Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pregnancy Update: Week 35

Only 5 weeks to go. YES! I feel like we're finally on the downhill slide. I am so ready for this kid to get outta me. We saw our doctor yesterday. She's still breech (her head is near my ribcage). I really thought she'd flipped over this week, so I'm totally bummed. If she hasn't turned by the time I go into labor I might have to have a c-section. DO NOT WANT. I'm really hoping she turns! The doctor did tell us today that if we go into labor he won't stop it. I really hope I go into labor early (don't tell MM I said that).

I'm super big and uncomfortable now. Just between you, me and the internet, I've gained 45lbs. FORTY-FIVE. MM assures me it's all baby, but we both know he's lying. Still, a lot of it is baby. My stomach is huge. She's starting to run out of room in there, I think, because her kicks have gotten more painful. She's in my ribs and my pelvis a lot, too, which is muy uncomfortable. Sleeping at night has become almost impossible. I toss and turn all night, trying to find a comfortable position. Either that or I'm getting up to pee. I must get up 5 or 6 times a night. Sometimes more. I'm ready to have my body back.

My feet and ankles are swelling like crazy. My right foot swells more than my left, so it looks like I have one normal foot and a giant club foot. I try not to look at them much, since it just depresses me. The good news is I can't see them unless I work at it, so ignoring them isn't hard.

This past weekend the So Cal Bloggers - Tracy, Lori, Renee, Wendy, Rowena and Nikki - threw me a baby shower. It was a ton of fun. I had a blast playing silly games - Pin the Sperm on the Ovaries - and eating excellent food. We got some great gifts. Lori made us a super fabulous diaper cake that I adore! (I'll share more about the shower and pictures later). Last night MM and I went through them and organized everything. I think I'm moving into the nesting stage. I want to get everything in order, just in case I go into labor.

Speaking of, MM says I'm not allowed to go into labor until at least the 19th of November (my due date is the 27th). He has way too much going on at work before then. Plus, he has it worked out so he'll be off a total of 8 weeks, but that won't work unless I wait until after the 19th. Like I have control over when I got into labor? Riiight. Poor MM, he'll learn someday.

The Girl is starting to get really excited for the baby to come. She's great about putting lotion on my feet and she gives me foot massages. She's always asking if she can rub my tummy, too. She keeps saying she's going to take care of the baby so I don't have to, but we'll see how long that lasts once the crying begins.

Little Man is a little hesitant about the baby. I think he's worried about his place in the family once she's born. I know he'll lover he and be a great big brother, but it's going to take some time for him to adjust to the idea of having a little sister and not being the baby anymore. He's still really creeped out by my stomach and refuses to touch it. It cracks me up. I ask him if he wants to feel her move and he runs. Poor LM.

Last time I promised a picture. MM took this after the shower on Saturday. Here it is, me at 35 weeks:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Overheard at Our House

Tonight MM and I went through all our baby gifts, organized them and wrote thank yous. I started washing all the baby clothes we got and I noticed we had a ton of pink stuff. If you'll remember, MM was in charge of the scanner gun for our registry.

Me: We sure got a lot of pink stuff. I wonder how it all ended up on our registry, MM. Seems to me like you were in charge of the registry gun. That makes it your fault.
MM: Hey, it's your fault we got a girl. If we'd gotten a boy like I wanted we wouldn't have pink stuff.
Me: You need to talk to God about that. He's the one in charge of the sex.
MM: You burned down the Sonic. You have the power. If you'd wanted a boy you would have made it happen.

Freaking MM.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Recipe: Baked Potato Soup

I found this recipe in The Best of Cooking Light cookbook. If you don't have it, I suggest you get a copy. It's chock full of great recipes that are both tasty and healthy (or healthier, in any case). I have another recipe for Baked Potato Soup that includes a lot more fat and calories, but this one is the one I make most often.

The main thing keeping the fat and calorie content down is cooking the bacon separately. If you don't care about that, you can make this all in one pot (cook the bacon in a large dutch oven, then drain the grease. Add the flour and continue on from there). This will add a lot of flavor (who doesn't love bacon?). Or you can do it the way the Cooking Light way. You still get the bacon flavor, but it isn't as intense.

Baked Potato Soup
(Adapted from The Best of Cooking Light)

4 baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 ounces)
6 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Cracked black pepper (optional)

I also add:

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon no salt seasoning

Preheat oven to 400°.

Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). - The key here is to stir it continuously. If you don't, the flour will clump and you take the risk of scorching the milk, which is very bad.

Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, cumin, no salt seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.

Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil).

Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 329
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 10.8g
  • Saturated fat: 5.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 13.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 44.5g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 38mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 587mg
  • Calcium: 407mg
 This is a great fall recipe. It's easy enough to do on a weeknight (especially if you bake your potatoes ahead of time and store them in the fridge). I serve it with warm bread and call it a meal.

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