Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Life with a Newborn: Four Weeks In

Happy New Year's Eve!  I'm linking up with Jenn from Peas & Crayons on this last day of 2014 to share my eats annnnnd give you a peek into what one day in our new life with Baby O is like.  Mind you, no two days are alike.  But here's how our last Tuesday of 2014 went, and no surprise, alot of my day centered around food: making it, eating it, cleaning up after it.  Right now we have lots of help with the newborn, but in another two weeks, I'll be solo, so I'm enjoying home-cooked meals while I can!

Here's Baby O at four weeks, in her usual state: sleeping.  Unlike her older brother, she spends alot of time sleeping.  And occasionally eating.  But mostly sleeping.  She definitely takes after my side of the family:

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 was a Good Year Indeed!

I like to end each year reflecting on all the great things that happened.  I'm less interested in making new year's resolutions.


I'd much rather celebrate all the wonderful things that have happened than spend too much time looking over my shoulder thinking about what could've been.  I do like to set goals -- I am a list maker after all -- but the usual set of resolutions: lose weight, eat better, pick up a new hobby, etc. just don't apply because in the last year or so, I have adopted a healthy way of eating (that is enjoyable for me) and I am naturally an active person.

So let's just appreciate all the good things that happened in 2014, shall we?

1. I revived my blog, SuperSmartMama.  If you look back through my archives, you'll see that I actually started this blog in the spring of 2013.  Unfortunately, life got in the way, and I stopped blogging before the summer even ended.  I'm glad I gave the whole blogging experiment another try because I've learned so many new things, made some great friends, and found an outlet for myself that constantly challenges me to be the best person I can possibly be.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays

Happy Friday!  To readers who celebrated Christmas yesterday, I hope you had a lovely celebration.  To readers who are celebrating other holidays besides Christmas this December/January, I hope you are enjoying your week!

Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was lovely and peaceful.  We stayed home (mostly) with the exception of a little grocery shopping on Christmas eve.  

With the newborn, I had to stay sidelined for most of the action and leave the cooking and directing to everyone else in the house.  Between nursing, sleeping, and an occasional house "chore" here and there, I tried to sneak in a moment with the camera during key events over the last two days.  Here's what I was able to capture.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WIAW #29: More Postpartum Eats

Just like last Wednesday, I'm linking up with Jenn from Peas & Crayons!  Not only do I enjoy celebrating eating good food, but I also like to see what other people are eating... with this being a big holiday week, I'm sure people will be posting some delicious food ideas.

Come check out the link up!

If you're dropping by my blog for the first time, I should preface my WIAW post with the following facts:
1. I'm nursing a newborn, which means I'm hungry all the time.
2. My mother-in-law is staying with us for the entire month of December and she is cooking us some fabulous meals.
3. I love food, I love cooking, but I just don't have time to cook much so I'm very thankful for all the amazing meals my MIL is making.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Holiday Weekend + Sleep!

What a holiday weekend!  In my last post, I hinted that the first two weeks at home with a newborn have been blissfully happy (sleep! lots of help! a predictable schedule!)...

Well, this weekend marked the end of the third week with Baby O and all predictability has gone out of our schedule.  I have a feeling that if I don't come up with a plan for blog posts, many of my future posts are going to go out late in the day... sigh.

That's not to say we didn't have some fun sprinkled through the weekend.  But Saturday I was not the nicest person in the world.

We'll get to that.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meal Planning: December 21-27

It's the week of Christmas!  Unbelievable.  It feels like we were just putting out the Halloween decorations and the leaves were turning.  Now the tree is up and all the radio stations and stores are playing holiday music.

We won't be cooking anything extravagant for the holidays this year, but I do like to think about previous years where we gathered with family, either at our home or theirs.  In past years we've spent Christmas in the Bay Area (Oakland hills), Chapel Hill (North Carolina), and my favorite, Charleston (South Carolina).

The last time we had a newborn in the house, it was 2011 and we actually hosted Christmas dinner at our house, when we lived in California:

We also hosted a holiday party with new friends we'd made through having a baby.  We invited them and their babies over to our house for some light snacks.  So this week's meal plan is comprised of some of the recipes we made that year (at either the holiday party or the Christmas dinner) along with new finds that I might make this coming week...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Baby & Mama Postpartum: Weeks 1 & 2

Happy Friday!  If Baby O hadn't been born early (on December 1 instead of the planned December 19), I would have headed to the hospital for my planned C-section this lovely Friday morning.  I have no regrets; I'm super happy that Baby O arrived at 36 weeks, 4 days old.  My first child was born at 41 weeks, so the last three weeks have been a new kind of newborn education, as I've found that taking care of a late pre-term baby has its own challenges.

Last week I bragged about how happy I am these days, which is pretty cool, given that after baby #1, I had a little of the postpartum blues... Hopefully all that bragging celebrating won't come back to haunt me.  (Preview: in week 3 the honeymoon ends.)

For any readers who have had kids are about to have kids, or curious about what it's like to have kids (!), I thought it might be fun to start a postpartum journal and share on a weekly what's going on with newborn and mama.  I'm not sure how far out I'll carry out this experiment, but hey, let's go with it!  If nothing else, it might be a fun record to look back at when I've forgotten how it can be raising a newborn: some days are fun, some days are horrible, and some days one just might wonder if 4pm is too early to declare, "Bedtime!"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIAW #28: Postpartum Eats

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  It's been awhile since I linked up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons for my favorite link-up. Last Friday, I mentioned that my mother-in-law is in town for the entire month of December to help out with the new baby.  The first week or two, she did most of the cooking, but now that I'm feeling more like myself, I'm helping out with a little cooking here and there, mostly by preparing sides or salads.  If you're looking for ideas for sides, check out this week's meal plan.

I'm hungry all the time thanks to providing milk to Baby O, so I'm just going to show you a smattering of what I've eaten over the last two weeks or so.  I won't lie, I've been eating quite a bit.  Beyond breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there have been afternoon snacks and middle-of-the-night snacks...  I'll stick to sharing the main meals!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Breastfeeding: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It's been two weeks since Baby O came home from the hospital and we have settled into a routine (more or less) at home.  A big part of that routine is feeding our newborn and I've chosen to breastfeed instead of going with formula.

So I'll warn you now, today's post is going to talk about breastfeeding, which I'm sure is a subject that not everyone who reads my blog will be interested in.  If you're one of those people, you can drop off here and I won't be offended.  :-)

But before you leave, let me just share one piece of information: I don't care what anyone says, providing milk to a child is a TON of work and it requires a WHOLE lot of dedication.

OK, you can drop off now if you're still not intrigued. :-)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Meal Planning: Sides

Life is really good right now!  Baby O will be two weeks old on Monday.  My husband has been home thanks to paternity leave.  We're less than two weeks away from Christmas.  And I've got a personal chef (of sorts) cooking meals for our family for the entire month of December.

Actually, the personal chef is my mother-in-law who modified her plane tickets when Baby O arrived on December 1 instead of December 19.  So instead of having her with us for two and a half weeks, we have her with us for the entire month!  We've eaten out a few times, but for the most part, we've been eating home cooked meals for dinner and sometimes lunch.  I can't complain.

Now that I'm starting to feel like myself again, I'm trying to pitch in when I can in the kitchen.  So for this week's meal plan, I'm going to feature recipes for sides that I might try to cook if they compliment whatever my mother-in-law is cooking.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

It's Friday!  I've survived week two with our new baby and it's been quite a good week.  Let's kick off this weekend with a celebration of all the wonderful things that happened this week.

We hosted a potluck last Sunday.  We had the potluck scheduled weeks ago, before we knew that Baby O was going to arrive on December 1.  We waited until we got back from the hospital and had settled in at home and decided that with my MIL around, we could still host the potluck, since we were providing appetizers and drinks and everyone else was providing all the other food.  It was really great to see our friends and I know our son had fun playing with his friends.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Postpartum Happiness

With my first child, I suffered a bit of the postpartum blues.  This time around, with baby O, I've been pretty happy.  

It's been nine days since Baby O was born, and my husband commented, wow, mama, you're looking pretty happy these days...

Knock on wood.

What might be the reason for my postpartum happiness?  Let me deliberate and share my thoughts at Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud, a link-up hosted by Amanda from Running with Spoons.  Thanks for hosting, Amanda!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Hospital Story Continued...

It's hard to believe that it was only a week ago that the newest member of our family was born.  Last Monday, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl:
Baby "O"
Born: 6:35pm, December 1, 2014
Weight: 5 lbs, 8 oz
Length: 18 inches

I've shared the story of how quickly my day of contractions led to our little girl arriving on December 1st.  Baby O arrived three weeks early, and although we were a little surprised that she came early, in retrospect, I'm really glad she was born early.

One of the nicer things about this being pregnancy #2 is that I knew what to expect:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Arrival of Baby #2 - a Hospital Story

Happy Monday!  If you read my last post, you know that we got quite the surprise last week!

Baby #2 was scheduled to arrive via C-section on December 19.  In early November, I learned that I had polydramnios and that this condition could result in our baby girl arriving earlier than the 19th.

Well, it happened.

Last Monday morning, I woke up and felt uncomfortable -- much more than normal.  Not just the usual "Oh gosh I feel so big I can barely move around" to "Whoa, was that a contraction?  That was really uncomfortable."

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Just Arrived Three Weeks Early...

I've been hoping and praying that baby #2 would not come early.  A few weeks back, I shared a post regarding all the steps my care providers have taken to ensure that if I delivered pre-term, the baby would be as ready as possible.

Part of the preparation included making twice-a-week trips to the doctor to track the baby and my condition, polyhydramnios.  After multiple trips each week to the doctor through the entirety of November, my husband and I started to relax.  We were certain we were going to make it to December 19!!!

Original Due Date: Christmas Day
Scheduled date for C-Section: Friday, December 19

And just like that, we wrapped up our Thanksgiving weekend, and settled in to prepare for final preparations before December 19th.  There wasn't much left, really.

And just when we were breathing a sigh of relief, that's when the contractions started: Sunday night, during one of my regular pee breaks, I had a fairly strong contraction.  And they continued into Monday morning: they started coming more frequently and after lunch, they started getting much stronger.  By 2pm, I had hit several of the criteria for pre-term labor, so I called my doctor, and next thing I knew, we were checking into Labor & Delivery.  I was 5cm dilated.  It was time for baby #2 to come.

Baby "O"
Length of Pregnancy: 36 weeks, 3 days
Actual Delivery Date: Monday, December 1, 6:35pm
Baby stats: weight - 5 lbs, 8 oz.  length: 18 inches

We were in the hospital Monday through Wednesday.  Because baby O was just short of 37 weeks, we were considered "late" pre-term, and several precautions had to be taken.  We were ecstatic that they let us go home after 48 hours.  It was so nice to be back in our own home by Wednesday night.

I'll keep this brief, but highlights include:
- Baby O is eating and sleeping well
- Breastfeeding is going well (especially from mom's point of view)
- My husband and I have established a good schedule for the middle of the night feedings and changings
- Grandma was able to change her flight plans and has arrived from North Carolina to provide help and support (we are so glad she is here!!!)

As soon as the schedule allows, I'll provide more updates on how we're doing, but for now, thank you to all of your for your congratulations and love.  It's been great hearing from all of you!

Are you ready for Christmas?  Do you have any lovely holiday plans for this first weekend in December?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Things I Plan to Repeat with Baby #2

It's December!  Yikes!  I have three short weeks remaining until baby #2 is scheduled to arrive (12/19 is THE date for my c-section).  This past Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I started to freak out just a little bit about how the due date has snuck up on us.  Although we had a good scare earlier in November, when we were told that the baby could come early, now that another month has passed and nothing traumatic has happened, we're now holding out hope that baby girl will stay put until the c-section.

With so few weeks left, nesting instincts have set in.  For me, that means lots of laundry, lots of organizing of baby things, and lots of thinking: what does taking care of a newborn involve again?!

I went through old photos of when we brought our first baby home and what a walk down memory lane!  Here's a list of all the things I we plan to repeat with baby #2...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Meal Planning: November 30 - December 6

The last two weeks I didn't feature regular meal plans.  Instead, I featured a collection of veggie sides and holiday appetizers.  This week I'm back to regular meal planning... which is by method of cooking.  I generally choose recipes that I haven't made before, and then pick a few, which I try during the week.  I have three weeks left until baby #2 is born, so I'm trying to squeeze in as much time in the kitchen as possible.  I know I'll miss cooking after the baby is born, so this is my time to enjoy the kitchen while I still can.

But before we dive into the recipe options for this week's meal plans, here are some recipe wins from the last week.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Celebrating the Week: Thanksgiving!

Happy Black Friday everyone!  This has been such a fabulous week.  The husband managed to clear much of his schedule and only had to work from home here and there so we've had alot of family time this week.  There were so many great moments this week...

Moment #1: the Last Rosebud
Surprisingly, my rose bushes had one last rose that managed to bud.  This is my first year with roses and I actually have no idea what I'm doing, so I'm not sure why this rose came along...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIAW #27: Thanksgiving Eats!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  It's almost here!  On Sunday, I made my regular trip to the grocery store and was reminded of what a zoo the grocery store can be the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Of course, that doesn't compare to what the store is like on Tuesday and Wednesday night.  I try not to go to the grocery store the 2-3 days before Thanksgiving.  It's just too scary.

My husband and I love Thanksgiving soooo much, that we've already enjoyed Thanksgiving twice now.  Yes, twice.  We've made two dinners, just for two (our three-year-old stuck with mac & cheese one night and spaghetti & meatballs the second night).  Our excuse?  We're trying out different recipes, so that, come Thanksgiving day, we've already perfected our choices (or maybe we've eliminated choices and will be eating something entirely different on Thanksgiving day).

So what did we make?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

Happy Monday!  At my last pregnancy update (33 weeks), I didn't do a photo compare.  So here I am, looking a little exhausted.  I'd like to blame it on bad lighting in my 35 week photo, but solid sleep is getting harder to come by.  I'm waking up at least twice a night to go to the bathroom, and sometimes I have trouble falling back asleep.
How about a little blast to the past?  I dug up a few old photos from pregnancy #1 and thought it would be fun to do a compare.  32 weeks in 2011, and 32 weeks in 2014.

At the end of our 33rd week of pregnancy, I learned that I have a condition known as polyhydramnios, which apparently occurs in 1% of all pregnancies.  Now that it's been two weeks since I received this news, I've been back to the doctor for five sessions of fetal monitoring, and I'm beginning to relax again and am holding out hope we will make it to week 39, which is when I have my c-section scheduled (Friday 12/19!!)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Meal Planning: Winter/Holiday Appetizers

It's the week of Thanksgiving!!  Last year, we had some family fly to Colorado from North Carolina and Tennessee, and it was a great Thanksgiving.  Everyone was so excited about cooking that I gave over my kitchen and stood back.  I did absolutely no cooking last Thanksgiving.

This year, we won't have any guests.  Both sides of our family have tickets booked to come over the Christmas and New Year holidays to help out with baby #2, who is scheduled to arrive on 12/19.  So this year, we will be cooking a smaller Thanksgiving meal, as it will just be myself, my husband, and our three-year-old (who is not big on traditional Thanksgiving foods).

Although we won't be having any guests, I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for appetizers for those of you who WILL be entertaining this Thanksgiving.  I've expanded the list of ideas to include appetizer ideas for other events you might be hosting this fall/winter:
--> Football party
--> Wine & Cheese Hour
--> Pre-Thanksgiving Bites
-->Holiday Cocktail Hour

But before we delve into those appetizer ideas, let's revisit winners/losers from last week's recipe ideas...

Friday, November 21, 2014

I Mustache You Some Questions

Have you seen this fun survey making the rounds in the blogosphere?  I was super excited when Angie from A Mother's Pace tagged me to take part.  Thanks Angie!  I was hoping someone would tag me to answer these fun questions!!

Before I begin, I want to mention that I am tagging four lucky bloggers to take part -- that is if you haven't already!
1. Sophie @ Sophie in Clogs
2. Sandy @ Keepin' It Real
3. Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
4. Yuliya @ Welcome to Mommyhood

The Mustache Questions!

Four names that people call me, other than my real name (Marnie):
1. Mama
2. Keane's mom (that's what his friends at school call me)
3. Ms. Marnie
4. Marn (not commonly used, but I have a few friends who call me that)
Four jobs that I have had:
1. Project manager
2. Software tester
3. Information technology trainer
4. Retail clothing salesperson

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I'm excited to link up for the first time with Amanda from Running with Spoons.  I've read quite a few posts from this Thursday link-up party and I have to say, I have lots of random thoughts going on in this pregnant mama's brain, so why not share this week?

1. I've been loving the kitchen.  I think it's knowing that once baby #2 gets here, I won't have much free time to cook.  So I've been spending a LOT of time in the kitchen, cooking and baking, and just enjoying my kitchen.  We even did a Thanksgiving "dry run" this past Tuesday where the hubby and I made two of the 10 million dishes we want to make for Thanksgiving (even though we're not going to have any guests this year).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIAW #26: 34 Weeks Pregnant

I was bummed that I missed What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) last week.  After all, Jenn from Peas and Crayons hosts my favorite link up party of the week.  I love all things food.

Last week was a bit of a weird week.  First, I was coping with the recent development that I could have my baby at any time, and then the weather in Denver plunged for an entire week!  Knowing that I could go into labor at any time, I found myself thinking, this could be the last day I can go out and have Indian food... Or, this could be the last day I can cook myself a really good meal (beet salad!) or cook whatever I'm craving at the moment (Mexican!)  Or...this might be the last day I can go to Sugarmill (which has fabulous desserts!) and have lunch and a delicious dessert in complete solitude and peace.

So I've had a really fun week of eating.  Last week was the 34th week and I'm still pregnant.  It was a great week of eating.
Indian food from my favorite Indian buffet.  I may have had two plates of food...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Raising a Child with Hearing Loss: Getting Hearing Aids

I am mother to a three-year-old who wears hearing aids.  It's not unusual for people to stop me when I'm running errands with my son and get asked, "What's he wearing in his ears?"  I'll explain he's wearing hearing aids and the next question we often get is, "Can't they fix that with surgery?"

About this Series

I'd like to share with you the story of what it's been like these first three years, raising a child with mild moderate sensorineural hearing loss.  It's been a long but educational journey, so I'm breaking it up into the following posts:
Part 1: Detection in Newborns
Part 2: Getting Hearing Aids - this post
Part 3: Support and Resources
Part 4: Developing Language and Communication
Part 5: Speech Therapy

Note: I am not an audiologist, speech therapist, or any sort of professional with training in hearing.  I am just a mother sharing my story of raising a child with hearing loss.  I am including references throughout my posts for those who wish to look up more information on hearing loss!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Meal Planning: Veggie Sides

How is your mid-November weekend so far?  This week brought the first freezing temperatures of the season.  I was completely prepared - and it was a great excuse for this pregnant mama to stay home and off her feet!  But by Friday, I was itching to get out.  Given that I'm 34 weeks pregnant, I haven't done alot of shopping, but I did commit to this lovely winter item, which I can wear now and post-partum!

Friday, November 14, 2014

I Survived The Polar Vortex!

So the end of the week is here and I survived four days of sub-20 degree weather.  It is supposed to get up to the low 40s today, before dipping back down to 25 on Saturday.

The last couple of Fridays, I've been celebrating the highlights of each week.  Four weeks ago, I celebrated the beautiful fall weather, and three weeks ago, I celebrated making it to 32 weeks of pregnancy.  Then last Friday, I learned that I might deliver early.

Now that we are mentally prepared for a possible early delivery, I am back to celebrating the highlights of the week.  Have a happy Friday!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

I'm so glad so many of you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek post, How to Prepare for a Polar Vortex!  Having moved from California to Colorado in 2013, I still find having a real winter to be a novel experience.  And this winter is starting with a bang -- we didn't get above single digits yesterday -- and it is cold, cold, cold.

When it gets cold there are a couple of things that come to mind.  One of them is baking.

The other is my crockpot.

So far this fall, in the crock pot, I've made two kinds of chili, chicken tikka masala, and a pot roast.  On Monday, I made Chicken Pot Pie in my slow cooker.  And it was really good!  If you're eating Paleo, this is a great option, because you can leave the biscuit out... I'm thinking that substituting the regular flour for almond flour might just do the trick (although I did not try that).

And well, if you're a pot pie fan and can't stand the thought of dealing with a pie crust (homemade or store-bought), here is an alternative!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How to Prepare for a Polar Vortex

Have you heard about this winter storm hitting Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan?  I live in Colorado, and we're definitely feeling the effects.  This is my second winter in Colorado and so far both winters have been quite the experience for this California girl.  All weekend, I braced myself for the downturn in weather.  I have a good friend from San Diego visiting, and we're supposed to meet up on Tuesday for dinner.

I wonder what she is thinking about this week's forecast?

We made the most of the weekend, going out for date night on Saturday and brunch and a museum on Sunday, but I was still not prepared how quickly the temperatures dropped on Monday morning.  What started out as a beautiful sunny day (around 66F) at 9am quickly turned windy and gray.  By 2pm it was 22F and snowing:

So how does one prepare for a week of chilly weather?  I spent my Monday morning preparing...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Date Night & Southern Cooking

We spent this weekend trying to enjoy being out and about as much as possible because the weather forecast for the upcoming week in Denver is...

Yeah, I've been wondering for awhile when we'd get our first snowfall of the season.  It's looking to be a pretty cold week with the highs not getting above 34 all week.

On Friday, I shared in my 33 Week Pregnancy Update that I could go into labor at any time based on new information after my 32 week prenatal appointment revealed that I have too much amniotic fluid in my uterus.  Suddenly, my every-four-weeks prenatal appointments have been upped to going in twice a week.

Well I'm happy to tell you that I was able to enjoy my weekend and everything we had planned.  First off, we had plans for date night on Saturday.  We had tickets to see Mozart's Requiem led by Pinchas Zukerman, a renowned violinist, violist, and conductor visiting the Colorado Symphony.  If you've seen the movie Amadeus, you'll recognize Mozart's Requiem.

My husband and I aren't huge classical music fans, but we do love culture.  We love to see the ballet, the opera, and the symphony every couple of years.  And this performance was amazing.  Definitely one we'll be talking about for a long time.

On Sunday, we went to brunch at Sassafras, one of just a few restaurants in town that serves Southern food.  It's fun to go when I have a hankering for fried green tomatoes or grits.  It's housed in a cute little cottage of a home and the interior is cozy and welcoming.  We got there early enough that we beat the wait.  I had a gritcake with fried oysters and poached eggs.  Yum.

After brunch, we took the toddler to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  Getting there early in the morning is great because you can beat the crowds.  It was a good morning.

The rest of the weekend we relaxed, worked a bit on the nursery (husband painted), and made a lovely dinner.

How as your weekend?  Do you enjoy the performing arts (plays, musicals, ballet, opera, etc.)?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Meal Planning: November 9-15

The last couple of weeks, I've been meal planning by theme.  This week the theme is: International!  So I chose a couple of my favorite international cuisines and collected a bunch of recipes that fit these cuisines!

When we were in Paris a few years back, I was struck by the fact that most of the restaurants only served French cuisine.  Maybe it was the arrondissements we were in, but I didn't see much in the way of other types of food.  I think I spotted one or two Italian restaurants, but we were hard pressed to find any Asian restaurants.

But before we dive into the recipe options for this week's meal plans, here are some recipe wins from last week's meal plan...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 33 Weeks

Happy Friday, friends!  It's time for a pregnancy update!  I shared my pregnancy eats for week 33 and may have grovelled a bit about wanting the baby out already.

Apparently, I need to be careful what I wish for.

Since my last full pregnancy update (31 weeks), I went in for my 32 week prenatal visit, last Thursday.  In that visit, the doctor raised some concerns.  Apparently, I have an excess of amniotic fluid, also known as polyhydramnios, which is very rare and only occurs in 1% of all pregnancies.  He walked me through what additional steps needed to be taken going forward:
  • Although I've already done a gestational diabetes test, I'd have to do another, just to make sure we didn't get a false negative nine weeks ago.
  • Weekly monitoring of the fluid levels for the AFI, or amniotic fluid index, to see if the number is going up or down
  • Weekly non-stress tests (NST) / ultrasounds
  • Another check of the organs at 36 weeks

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Travel Thursday: Overnight in the Grand Canyon

This Travel Thursday I'm following up on my previous post about my epic hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back in one day!!

Destination: Overnighting at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Date of Travel: September 2010
Fun Fact about this Destination: summer temperatures can reach 120F in the canyon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIAW #25: 32 Weeks Pregnant

Agh!  It's November!  I'm stuck in a time warp.  The last two months went by quicker than I thought they would.

I suppose that would happen if you're 32 weeks pregnant.  Yup, I'm still smiling!  Although I'm feeling as big as a house and am so ready to just have this baby already...

So here's what this pregnant mama ate on Tuesday - Election Day.  Obviously my priorities were elsewhere because I didn't get many great food photos today.  But I did eat!
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