My Pregnancy Journal Week 21

Monday, March 19, 2012

Symptoms: Nothing really different, just more uncomfortable back aches.
Weight Gain: On my scale, I am still coming in at the same weight as last week, so I'm guessing I haven't gained any this week...I hope. I can totally tell my boobs have gotten bigger though! haha
Cravings: So we are a making dinner at home, no eating out type of household. So fast food is just way out of the question, the thought of it makes me want to vomit. BUT, for some reason, pregnancy makes me go blind when it comes to my healthy eating habits!! So I started craving Taco Bell nachos and couldn't fight it any longer. I gave in, and wow,  thank goodness I got that out of my system, I never want to look at those nachos for as long as I live!! YUCK!! Looks like there is only 1 place that will get me every time, it's a little local burger place called Mikie's. Those burgers are heaven!! hahaha but I hope to not eat those either for the rest of my pregnancy!!
Food Aversions: Taco Bell Nachos!! hhaaha
What made me cry this week: Interupted sleep, My son woke us up multiple times this week, due to him fighting a cold and well, because my husband can sleep right through things, I got upset, then super sad.
Medical Stuff: Nothing much there, just waiting on my 26 week check up now. But here are pics from last week's ultrasound!!
 Her tiny profile shot
 Her little feet
A face shot

Thoughts from Cody (Pregnancy through a 5 yr olds eyes): I think Cody is growing more fond of his little sister everyday. This week was filled with tons more of his questions and thoughts. One situation was very interesting and comical to me, but very serious to him, we have been looking for houses to move into soon and so as we were coming to look at a house we met the owner and she asked us all our names. Once she got to Cody, and he answered, he had a very angry look on his face. I asked him, why he had "angry eyebrows" and he said "She didn't ask Eisley's name!" I smiled and said "She can't see Eisley hunny." He said, still very angry "So, she's there in your belly, so she should have asked!" hahah, I was very touched that he want to make sure his little sister was not left out and she's not even here yet. Love it!
Something I'm excited about: Making cloth diapers!! We started a whole new sewing journey and are attempting to make our own fitted cloth diapers! I've made 1 so far and love it. Not only is it cheaper, but I also love sewing, especially for my kids. So this is fun times for me!!

My First Fitted Cloth Diaper!!!

So friends, I am very excited to share the first product of my new sewing journey!! It's my first fitted cloth diaper!! I made this one last night using some left over fabrics I had on hand. I've made 2 trips to Joann's already for tons of super cute fabrics so you will definately be seeing those soon. I just wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing before I started using the cute stuff :)
For this being my first time, I think I did rather well!! I learned that I need to make the hole (to turn fabric inside out/right side out) in the front so that I can do the elastic along the back side seam allowance. I also learned that I want to double up on cotton flannel, on atleast 1 side. I also need to add one more layer of absorbency. I think watching all those youtube videos really paid off!! haha. We used the pattern from Darling Diapers, it's the newborn one and it's FREE!! It worked really well for us!
So this diaper consists of a layer of cotton flannel on the outside, a layer of cotton knit on the inside, and 2 pieces of microfiber terry for the soaker. We also plan on sewing velcro on the cute ones, I didn't want to waste velcro since it's not cheap (Because we got colored velcro) and sewing velcro on, really isn't a challange.
So all in all, I think the second one will be much better and I can't wait to share the rest of the stash we create!! I'm also working on burp clothes, bibs, a quilted blanket, and some cloth wipes. I'm going to be busy, busy, busy!!!

Menu Plan Monday (Or Tuesday)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dinner Plans
Tuesday- Roast Chicken with Red Potatoes and Veggies
Wednesday- Baked Chicken Strips with Veggies
Sunday- Caramel Apple Pork Chops and Mashed Potatoes

Lunch and Breakfast Ideas

5 yr old IN THE HOUSE!!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yes, it's true, we now have a 5 yr old in our house!!
I can not for one second understand how time flew by that fast, but it did. 5 YEARS AGO he was my sweet, tiny, first little baby boy. Everything about parenting was new. I was really playing it by ear. But boy was he my life changer. Everything I thought I wanted for my life, changed because of him. I wanted nothing more in the world than to be the best mother for him I could possibly be. I can't express how happy this child makes me, that I would move heaven and earth for him.
He's been nothing but a blessing to our lives and has made me a better person. I am so grateful God trusted us to raise this little man. He's got such a bright future and I know he has a huge calling. This kid is gonna move mountains and change lives. I'm so proud to be his mother!!!

Cody Kade Robinson

Here are some pics from his Mario Birthday!!

 All the printouts you see, like the cupcake picks, Milk Carton Favors, Bowzer Lava Labels, Yoshi's Candied Apple Labels, Questions Marks on the yellow boxes and the Birthday Banner are all available for you to use!! I will upload them to my google docs soon :)
We also played Mario Bingo I created, which the kids LOVED!!
He had a great time and got tons of stuff he was wanting so YAY! A blessed day for a blessed boy!


My Pregnancy Journal (19-20 weeks)

Happenings of the Harper Household
I had every intention on taking a picture of myself sometime in the last 2 weeks..but it didn't happen. I'm sorry, I failed. But, I will do one this week!! Promise!!
Symptoms: I've been feeling great these last 2 weeks! I mean aside from my feet hurting when I walk too much and my back hurting when I've been standing for too long, but that's pretty normal considering this baby is getting bigger :)
Weight Gain: I want to say maybe 1 pound, but it's been jumping from 3 extra pounds in the evenings, then going back down in the mornings. Really crazy.
Cravings: Top Ramen with Tabasco!!! Soooo weird, but I never wanted to look at Top Ramen again after my husband and I practically lived off of it back in our newlywed days. They say that you're craving sometimes come from a nutrients need or a comfort memory, I totally think it's a comfort memory because there is nothing nutritional about Top Ramen. hahah.
Food Aversions: Subway haha, just the mention makes me gag.
What made me cry this week: I've had a really good 2 weeks, but I did get all choked up when I was writing my little status on Facebook about my son turning 5. Here it is: "5 yrs ago at 9:01 pm March 4th we were blessed with a child. A child who would forever change our lives. His charm, smarts, over active imagination and love has warmed our hearts and those he meets. Cody Kade Robinson We love you so much and feel forever blessed that you are our son. Happy Birthday Big Boy :)"
I wrote that and immediately started balling, I was just so happy and proud of my son and grateful!
Medical Stuff: Well I had my 20 week ultrasound and you know what that means!!!
Thoughts from Cody: (Pregnancy through the eyes of a 5 yr old Boy) Well Cody is full of all kinds of fun things to say, I mean constiently! These last 2 weeks there was alot of talk about the ultrasound and trying to make him comfortable with either way it would turn out and lucky for us he really did feel fine about either one, boy or girl. But the talks after the ultrasound went a little different. haha. He was a little dissapointed :( But he is coming to terms with it) He's excited that he won't have to share his toys and that mommy will have "Someone on your team!" But a funny little thought came out when he came into my doctors appt. with me for the first time and heard the baby's heart beat with us. He said "Does that mean she's still alive?" Daddy was quick to answer, "Yes." But then he fired back with "What happens if it stops?!" Oh geez, the midwife just looked at us...but daddy again, very quick to the draw said "It won't, see yours is still beating and so is mine" hahah good job daddy!! So yeah. He's a big thinker and talker!
Something I am excited about: SHOPPING!! I know I was excited about that last week too, but now I can pick out GIRL stuff!! A first for me so I'm over the moon excited. I am loving the fact that there is soooo much variety out there. I'm not a pale pink or shades of pink fan, so I was a little afraid, but thank goodness there are soo many options!!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday, February 27, 2012

Getting back into the swing of things, after a horrible week of eating out, thank goodness we are getting back to normal and making dinners again. I mean don't get me wrong, eating out is pretty fantastic because it's no work at all, but after doing it a couple days in a row, it loses it's spark. We were eating out alot because I was recovering from bed rest and while I was actually on bed rest my parents were here cooking meals everyday. But when I started to get back to doing stuff on my own, my husband didn't want me to his solution, let's go out. hahah. Love him for trying.

So let's see, we're gonna go with a few favorites this week. My husband is kinda picky so I have to spring things on him by surprise otherwise he'll protest it. Which is al ot harder now, because he wants to be apart of the meal planning now. Can't say I don't enjoy that, but I see him wanting to pick the same things over and over. Is that a guy thing?

Monday : Taco Soup 
Tuesday : Rotisserie Chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies
Wednesday: Apricot Glazed Chicken Drumsticks with salad
Thursday : Coconut Ginger Chicken with quinoa
Friday : Creamy Corn and Shrimp Chowder with corn bread
Saturday : Tuna and Fig Wraps (Recipe below)
Sunday : My son's 5th birthday, dinner out!!

I found this recipe in my All For You magazine awhile back and it sounded amazing, so I'm gonna try it and see how it goes.

Tuna and Figs Wrap
Serves: 6
Ingredients:1 5.3 oz container 2% Greek yogurt, honey flavored
1 tsp lemon zest
1 12oz can solid white tuna in water, drained
2/3 cup quartered dried figs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 rip celery, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 scallions thinly sliced
3 cups mixed salad greens
6 10 inch multi grain wraps

Directions:Combine yogurt and lemon zest in a medium bowl and season with pepper. Stir in flaked tuna, figs, walnuts, celery, parsley, and scallions. Place 1/2 cup salad greens on each wrap and divide tuna mixture equally on top. Roll and serve.

Meet Me On Monday

Acting Balanced

Every Monday, Acting Balanced hosts a great little get-to-know-you hop. She posts questions that all us bloggers must answer to get to know each other. Here are today's questions!

1. What was the first live concert you ever attended?
Wow, I started going to concerts when I was 12, I couldn't tell you what the first one was. I used to go to shows every weekend. I'm pretty sure there was Creation Fest when I was 12 and Warped Tour when I was 13, were the big ones I remember.
2. What colors look best on you?
Lots of people say hot pink looks really nice on me, and I'm not a girly girl so I find that to be funny although, I do love me some hot pink!
3. What is one thing about you that most people wouldn't know?
Every time I answer this question it's the same answer, I skateboarded for 4 years when I was a teenager. I was actually pretty close to a local sponsership. It wouldn't be that much of a surprise if you knew me. You would know that I'm a total tom boy and it makes sense. hah
4. Who would you call to be bailed out of jail?
My husband most definately. I doubt anyone else would really try. haha
5. What do you think is the greatest invention of your lifetime and why?
INTERNET!!! Because it is seriously such a revolution that I don't understand how you couldn't be benefiting from it in a positive way!