Saturday, February 26, 2011

because it's Saturday morning and the kids are watching T.V....

I actually have a second to give the bloggy world a pregnancy update.  Ooops, spoke too soon.  I sat down which means I have a lap that the toddler wants to occupy.  Here we go.  Ok, now on to the pregnancy update. 

Currently we are sitting at 39 weeks and 1 day.  There is a small debate about my due date between Dr. and me.  I say tomorrow (2/28) and he says next Friday (3/4).  I won't get into all the reasons why I "know" my due date is different, but I was there and sweet Dr. Mac was not.  But I digress, because at this point it doesn't really matter.  I haven't "done anything" which means I have not dilated a bit, not effaced, and baby is sitting so high that my OB won't even consider inducing me in my current state.  We do have a tentative induction date set for this coming Thursday, March 3rd, but we're not really planning on meeting Baby Skotch that day.  Something tells me this may be my "latest" baby yet. 

I got to have an ultrasound yesterday and I am more anxious than ever to have that baby in my arms.  Baby is measuring in at 8 pounds and 9 ounces, which we all know can be wrong, but has me nervous none-the-less.  The U/S tech did say that all baby's weight is in his/her belly and that the head is measuring small, so it may not be so bad.  We'll see.  Remember, I've had an 8pound, 8 ounce and then a 9 pound baby.  So, they seem to be getting bigger.  Ethan had a big ole head, which may have been why his delivery was more difficult than Emory's was.  Her head was almost 3 inches smaller than his.

Meanwhile, there are 4 folks around here anxious to meet this kid!  Not the least of which is me.  Sciatica, prego exhaustion, and mood swings are a bit much to me when there is a 27 pound toddler in the mix.  Every bit of normal household activity kind of feels like a marathon to me and I am ready to not to be pregnant any more, to say the least.  However, with this beautiful weather we've been having, it's been my goal to pass the time left outside with the babes.

Currently, the littlest is chasing the cat down the hallway with a sword (don't feel sorry for the cat, she started it) and my big girl is completely plugged in to our electronic babysitter.  Hubby is off at work and I am wandering around trying to accomplish a few chores and maybe dry my hair at some point.  Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

at this very moment....

.... we have 2 children running fevers, one with a cough and one with a rash and sore throat.  Hmmm... I'm still opting to sit on it and give it a day or two before shelling out $60 in co-pays just be told the babes have a virus.  So, we've dosed up on Tylenol which seems to be doing the trick.  That, and Mom broke out the special juice reserved for sick kiddos - Kool-Aid!  Rashes and coughs are still with us, but everyone's spirits are lifted.  The weather is in the 60's today, so we've trucked outside, jackets over jammies, to play.  Kids are beside themselves with joy.  The game of choice is "feeding the goats", which amounts to both children pushing pebbles through the fence to our dogs.  That, and cooking up a mean witch's brew in our wading pool that has been left to acumulate water from snow and rain in the past week.  Gotta love a good imagination!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

a few lunch ideas...

..... #1
half a whole wheat pita
spread pb inside
use fresh cut fruit instead of jam or jelly

cut a few slices of whole wheat bread with cookie cutter shape of choice
spread with pb or cream cheese
top with fave fruit

open a whole wheat english muffin
spread with favorite tomato sauce
top with cheese of choice (we use almost anything we have in the fridge)

As a variation of #3, you can use cream cheese instead if tomato sauce and top with spinach and feta, tomatoes, olives, peppers, you name it!
Obviously, the above options are more kid-friendly, but all can be dressed up to be more grown-up.  And, I just came across a splendid idea for making chocolate yogurt.  HERE is my recipe for homemade yogurt that is stupid-easy to make.  As you may remember, I make every batch vanilla and prefer to flavor individual servings via my mini-chop.  Well, to make chocolate yogurt, you add a pinch of cocoa.  No need to add sugar if you sweetened your batch of yogurt with honey, like I do.  You can top this delectable treat with strawberries, raspberries, or bananas... whatever you're inclined to do.  I haven't tried this yet, since I just found this recipe today, well, actually about 5 minutes ago which is what got me so excited about healthy lunches I keep forgetting the share.  So, I'm anxious to see if I can pass this off to my kids as a real treat instead of the usually vanilla wafer or fruit snacks they get after meals.  We'll see......