Wednesday, April 25, 2012

She's growing fast!

So I'm 29 weeks right now. I am getting huger (is that a word) by the day. For real...I can't believe I still have 10 weeks to go and another 4 1/2 pounds for Kennedy to gain. How is that possible? UGH, I can only imagine the discomfort at that point. My back, feet, etc. I'll wait to complain til I'm there. Right now, I feel she is way manageable.   
What else...

How far along? 29 weeks
Size: She is almost 3 pounds, the size of a butternut squash (what IS that?) or a small cabbage. Her bones are hardening and she can even distinguish my voice from another's! So cooL! 
Belly Button in or out: Totally out. Ugh. Most shirts are fitted around the belly, and there is no hiding the little popped button. Sorry if it grosses you out!
Movement? Now, more than little kicks, I feel her whole body pushing up against me. Part of my stomach will pooch out a bit and I can sometimes tell if it's her head or a foot or something. It's SO WEIRD to feel her roll around in there. I know she is slowly running out of room! (already!)
Food Cravings? Nothing specific but I can tell I'm hungrier now. I never felt starved or like I had to eat a lot more in pregnancy, but I think this trimester I'll be hungry more often. Baby is GROWING!
Sleep? I haven't been super uncomfortable, though Kent says I'm a lot more restless. I used to not move all night. I usually have a hard time falling asleep, but I'm not getting up to pee like I was first trimester. 
Aches and pains? 
When I sit, there isn't much room for her so she pushes into my rib cage and I can't breathe as well. I am still able to run, though 6 is my very max, and usually it's more like 4-5 miles a few days a week. I can tell as she gets heavier, I will have back pain!

29 weeks-feels MUCh bigger than last week
Preparation: Our walls are painted! We decided to do the back wall a beautiful aqua, and the front 3 gray. I am SO happy I decided to do both, because I could NOT make a decision and now I have my mostly neutral nursery, ready for accents of color, yet I also have a fun bright wall where the big dresser is. And with that dark wood, I love the contrast. Anyway, the furniture is in. This weekend we will put the crib together. Today I went shopping with my mother-in-law to look at gliders. This place has all kinds of fabrics and I picked out about 5 patterns to try out in our room. Gray and white, chevron, yellow and white, gray and aqua...I hope to make a decision this weekend about that too, so we can order it and start putting things together!
To Do: We need to find a pediatrician asap, and I also need to make a birth plan. I am still not convinced to go natural, so unless something changes, I will go as far as I can into labor before getting an epidural. But I think I just want to be able to relax and enjoy the experience more than be in anguish the whole time. But I don't like the idea of being stuck in the bed, monitored for the whole labor. Then again, if anything isn't right with Kennedy, I want them to know about it.... I hope I won't need to get induced... and of course will NOT be happy if I have to get a C-section, but God only knows how it will go. I also need to get all her 'stuff' still. Hopefully a couple baby showers will help us with that, but the list is intimidating. Her mattress, Jogging stroller, car seat, and breast pump are the biggest items I'll need. 

That's all for now!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cookie craving

Another cookie recipe...yep, I rarely make the same thing twice. I love trying new things. Sometimes they turn out, sometimes they don't, but this one did. I found these from a site called Spark has great healthy recipes you can search by whatever ingredients you have on hand. I have an app on my phone which I used a lot before pinterest came around. But I still have my favorites saved on there. Here is where this recipe is from.

Milk Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies


    1.25 c flour ( I used white-wheat flour)
    .5 tsp baking powder
    .5 tsp baking soda
    .5 tsp cinnamon
    .25 tsp salt
    1.5 stick margarine (I used 1 stick and 1/3 cup apple sauce. I didn't have 2 sticks on hand)
    .25 c Splenda brown-sugar blend
    .33 c granulated sugar (I used splenda)
    1.5 tsp vanilla
    1 egg
    2 Tbs milk
    1 pkg milk chocolate chips ( I halved the recipe and did half chocolate chips and half raisins)
    1 c Quaker quick oats


Preheat over to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugars, and vanilla with electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually add in dry mixture and milk. Stir in chips, oats, and raisins. Dough will be very sticky! You can refrigerate it for an hour which will make it a little less sticky.

Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 11 minutes until edges are crisp and center is still soft. Cool on baking sheet for at least two minutes before removing to wire rack. Cool completely. 

Enjoy! Mine made 2 dozen cookies. Depends how big you make them.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nursery Ideas

 So I am NOT good at decorating. I have ideas of what I like (from OTHER people's nurseries, not from my own head), but don't know how to put it all together. Here is what I THINK we are going to do.

Light Gray walls like these (on left). Maybe a TAD darker.

Here is the color scheme we were going with (mostly yellow and aqua against the gray...pops of coral/pink)
 This is the actual furniture we bought. (Above)

And we like THIS as a wall decal ... if it'll match whatever else we put on the walls.
We would make the birds yellow
These are the curtains we are putting up. I already posted these, but it's one of the few things I am sure about. Love the ruffles!

She is also making the crib skirt for Kennedy. See below! (Her daughter in the pic)
We will probably do a white or yellow crib sheet, and may not even get a bumper.

I really like the alphabet pic framed from this etsy site, so that's a possibility, and my mom is making a button "K" with yellow and white buttons like this one found at this site. (Thank you, Pinterest!)

This rug is another possibility, from Land of Nod here.
We don't have a glider yet, but if we go gray walls, I may get a white glider to brighten the room. We have an end table we plan to paint aqua and put next to the glider. Then another dear friend made a quilt! So...we will see how it all comes together! Way open to suggestions for all you people who can actually decorate! HOPEFULLY in the next month I'll have the finished product for ya.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


So I just got home from the doctor's for my 27 week check up and Kennedy is doing great! Heartbeat 145 bpm. They did the diabetes test so I had to fast this morning (not a HUGE deal, I know, but ever since I passed out, I get nervous about my blood sugar dropping and getting that nauseous feeling again...). I'll find out those results in a few days but HOPEFULLY it won't be a false positive (OR a real positive) or they'll make me go take the longer version of the test that takes like 4 hours. I've had a few friends have to go through it twice. But anyway, I was again very thankful that all is well with me and baby so far!

This past (looong) Easter weekend, I have been pretty consumed with one thing. HUNGER GAMES. Now, I don't usually jump on the trend wagon, but I figured with all the free time I have, I may as well enjoy reading for fun. So I borrowed the first book from my cousin Thursday. I finished it on Saturday. Got the 2nd book on Sunday and finished today (Tuesday). HOPEFULLY I can get the 3rd book this week and be over it all ready. But seriously, it's SO GOOD and SO ADDICTING, it kind of consumes you. You know it's bad when you are thinkin about the story and characters throughout the day wondering what will happen next. My husband and I are too cheap to go to the movies these days, so I will probably wait for it to come out on redbox, but I had to admit to you where most of my time the past few days has gone! (I've actually been laying out in my backyard soaking in the sun as I read. The weather has been GLORIOUS!)

Now, as promised, I am posting the recipe for the DELICIOUS cinnamon swirl bread I was eating last time I blogged. I had been CRAVING it lately, and my mom makes such a good recipe, but I'm trying to be good about diet so I decided to make it whole wheat. I got the recipe from pinterest, of course, from THIS site, but made some adaptions. So here is my version!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin bread
1 tablespoon instant or rapid rise yeast (1 packet)
1 1/2 cups of white wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (plus an extra 1/2 cup)
(You can totally use 3 cups of white flour! Tastes even better, just less healthy)
I sprinkled cinnamon & sugar on top too!
1 1/4 cups (295mL) warm water (110 degrees)
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey (I was out, so I used agave)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg white
1/2 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3/4-1 c raisins (optional)

1. In an electric mixer set to low speed, mix together yeast and 3 cups of flour. Pour in the water, oil, honey, and salt. Mix on low speed for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Add up to a 1/2 cup more flour if needed.
2. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead by hand a few times. Drizzle the inside of the mixer bowl with a bit more oil. Roll the dough around in the oil and cover in plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
3.  Butter or spray a large loaf pan and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.     4. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and roll out into a long rectangle the width of the loaf pan.
5. In a small bowl, mix together the egg white, sugar, and cinnamon, and spread out evenly across the dough.  Sprinkle the raisins over top
6. Roll up carefully, and pinch the dough on the ends, and all along the edge to create a seam that will hold in the filling.  Lay the dough, seam side down, in the prepared pan. (I coated the top of the loaf with remaining egg white and sprinkled the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top)
7. Cover with a clean kitchen towel, and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until almost doubled in size.
8.. Bake for 25-30 min until the top and bottom of bread is golden brown. Tilt the pan on its side and allow to cool for 20 minutes. (It is DELICIOUS eaten warm! With butter!)

*If you don't want the inside swirl to be gooey at all, use butter instead of the egg, spreading it all across the dough, and then just sprinkling the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter weekend updates

Happy belated Easter, everyone!
It was our first Easter in Memphis and it was WONDERFUL. We had Friday and Monday off, the weather was PERFECT, and we got lots of family time! We feel SO blessed and overwhelmed at all God has done for us, most of all, sending his Son to die in our place. I LOVE the reminder to really meditate on that truth and let the appreciation and gratitude rise up to our Father. Jesus. Where would I be without Him? What would I do without him? I AM SO THANKFUL HE IS ALIVE and that he REIGNS, that he lives to intercede for us and gives us HOPE that we too, will conquer death! It did hit me in a new way just that his resurrection is PROOF that all who are IN HIM will also be raised up! YES! Good news!

So what's up with the Austell's? 

Well, I'm 27 weeks! I meant to be good about taking pictures every few weeks, but I need my husband for that and somehow we never seem to be ready at the same time. So I don't have cute progress pictures comparing belly sizes for you. Here is one off my phone from 26 weeks... It's not the best. It really is crazy though how much she's popped the past 3 weeks!

Cannot believe we are entering the THIRD TRIMESTER! That is crazy to me because that means we have to start preparing for her BIRTH and afterwards! This whole time it just seems like a new experience-being pregnant- and that the cool experience will end and our lives will go back to normal. It is still hard for my mind to take in that there is NO MORE NORMAL. There will be a NEW normal, that I cannot even begin to grasp the reaity of. We are excited but aren't quite 'ready' for her. God's timing of 9 months, I think, is really necessary & perfect, because I think it really  takes that long to feel ready. But we are bonding with her more as we feel her move around and kick CONSTANTLY. I can see my belly move when she kicks or pushes up against me. I love that Kent will sit beside me every night and just hold onto her and feel her move too.

 Our crib has SHIPPED! Can't wait to put it together. It's dark wood. We have 2 paint colors we are going back and forth between for the walls-gray and aqua. Here is my gray inspiration from pinterest.

And here is the aqua color we like too (same pic as before.)  As cute as it is, I can't tell if I'll get sick of it.  

Anyway, April and May are our months to get the nursery done, then June will be time to get all the 'stuff' together that we will need when she comes. (Again, any 'essentials' or specific recommendations for baby supplies (certain brands, etc) I'd love to hear!) My sister-in-law, aunt, and a family friend are helping to put a shower together here in Memphis for me sometime in the next 3 months, so that will be VERY helpful to get all we need ready for Kennedy! There is just SO MUCH STUFF!

Mom is planning to come out one more time before the baby comes to help decorate, for which I am SUPER thankful! I'll take pics as we put it all together!
(OH...AND I'll post the recipe for the FABULOUS whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread that just came out of the oven. Eating it as we speak! You will want to make it too!)

Thanks for your prayers and support as we go through this new stage! Love ya'll!
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