Friday, August 31, 2012

Since I'm On a Recipe Kick...

Here are a few fun, yummies that have been happening in the Moss household.

Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Oatmeal Pancakes:

I think pancakes are a once in a while thing and when we make them, we pack them with a ton of goodness to make them better for you. (They also don't make you feel so ick.)

1/2 c pancake mix
1 c oatmeal
1-2 spoonfuls vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp flax seed
1-2 bananas (optional)
1/4 c berries (optional)
1 c milk or water

Prepare just like regular pancakes. If it's a special day, Isaiah will get a little syrup but they don't need it. They're very sweet on their own. They're also VERY filling. I gave Darren two the other day (he can usually throw down at ihop) and he looked at me like, "Are you putting me on a diet?" But he was totally stuffed. You can also freeze and toast later for a quick breakfast.

Killer Dave's French Toast

Ever had Killer Dave's bread from Costco? You should. It's so good and good for you. It's one of those "loaded" breads and Isaiah likes it with a little butter for breakfast. One thing Isaiah won't eat is eggs. It's so odd. I love eggs. I ate them pregnant and nursing so I figured he'd like them too (like almost everything else I eat). No such far. So I decided to make French toast in an attempt to just get him to consume them. Success!

2-4 slices Killer Dave's bread
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon

Scramble eggs and cinnamon, dip bread, and pan fry in coconut oil. Serve with fruit and cream cheese (yum!) or syrup if it's a special day. Isaiah calls these pancakes too. :)

Isaiah's Morning "Coffee"

I get asked how I usually give Isaiah his vitamins, etc. Here's his recipe while I drink my morning coffee:

1% milk
1 dropper full multi-vitamin
1 drop fluoride
1 tsp Barley Life
Small splash of vanilla creamer ( masks the strong Barley flavor)

Sausage, Peppers, Zucchini, and Ricotta Crock Pot Pasta

1 package Italian sausage (cut up)
1 green pepper (sliced)
1 red pepper (sliced)
3 small zucchinis (cut up)
1 container (like 15 oz) Ricotta
3 Tbsp pesto

Throw in crock pot for 3 hrs on high. Serve with bow tie pasta. Yum!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

12 meals. 60 bucks. Voila!

I have been wanting to complete a crock pot freezer meal extravaganza since the first time I saw it on Pinterest months ago. With a little one close to being here, a wild toddler, and a hungry husband, my nesting skills came out in full force today in the form of crock potting. And it was insanely successful. Why didn't I do this before?

The biggest problem I had with the blogs I pinned was that I didn't like all the recipes (or they just weren't my favorite) so the grocery list ended up not being helpful. So, my solution? Go through all my crock pot recipes (both in my head and on Pinterest) and make my own grocery list. This took me about 20 minutes. No seriously. 20 minutes.

The meals I decided to make include:

1 ranch pork chops with potatoes and carrots,
2 chicken 'n dumplings,
1 Zuppa Tuscana,
2 Teriyaki Chicken with carrots (to be served with rice),
1 Italian Chicken with potatoes and carrots,
1 Ranch Chicken Tacos (to be served with taco fixings),
2 BBQ Chicken with sweet potatoes and zucchini,
1 sausage and peppers (to be served over garlic bread or noodles),
1 shredded chicken tacos (to be served with taco fixings)

Here's my grocery list:

1 bottle BBQ sauce
3 ranch seasoning packets
2 cream of chickens
2 32 oz. chicken broth
2 cans pineapple
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 bottle Parmesan cheese

1 8 oz package cream cheese
1 pint whipping cream
2 packages of biscuits
3 bags of frozen chicken breasts (approx. depending on how much is in the bag)
2 packages Italian sausage

2 large sweet potatoes
4 bell peppers
1 zucchini
1 bag of red potatoes
1 onion

My total was $63 and some change but I also bought milk, bananas, cheese, and tortillas. I went shopping at Winco. The total always surprises me. It's so cheap!

Here are the items I already had at home:

3 pork chops
1 giant Costco bag of carrots
1 bag of spinach
3 cans corn
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 fajita seasoning packet
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Teriyaki sauce

After we got home I did what all the blogs say to do. Lay it on the counter and get to work. Considering nap time was over, I wished myself luck, got Isaiah a snack and a show, and booked it. I mean I went crazy fast and I got everything in bags within an hour. It then took me 30 minutes to clean the craziness and admire my work. I'm proud.

1 in the crock, 11 ready to freeze. BOOOOOM!

OK. So here are the recipes. I don't follow any of them strictly and I don't measure things. I don't have time. :)

Ranch pork chops with Potatoes and Carrots
*A few handfuls of carrots
*4-6 red potatoes cut in half
*3 Pork chops
*1 Packet ranch seasoning
Update: Yum.

Chicken 'n Dumplings (I made 2 of these)
*16 oz. chicken broth
*1 can cream of chicken
*1 can corn
*A couple handfuls of carrots
*A little garlic powder
*A little pepper
*1 package of biscuit dough (cut each biscuit into fourths and add AFTER the meal has been defrosted)
(I did not add chicken because I usually used leftover chicken or ham or turkey when I make this...think holidays. This may need water when put in the pot.)

Update: Don't use biscuits. They don't freeze well. Add them in fresh the day of or use ripped up tortillas.

1 Zuppa Tuscana
*32 oz. chicken broth
*1 cup whipping cream
*1 package Italian sausage (cooked and cut up)
*3 handfuls spinach (could also use kale or swiss chard)
*2-3 potatoes cubed
*some garlic powder
*some oregano
*some pepper
*1 onion chopped
(Also may need water)

Update: Yum.

Teriyaki Chicken with carrots (to be served with rice) - I made 2
*3-4 chicken breasts
*1 can pineapple
*handful or two of carrots
*1/2-1 cup teriyaki sauce
Update: Yum.

1 Italian Chicken with potatoes and carrots
*4 chicken breasts
*4-6 potatoes cut in half
*a few handfuls of carrots
*1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
*1 bottle Italian dressing
Update: Yum.

1 Ranch Chicken Tacos (to be served with taco fixings)
*3-4 chicken breasts
*1 packet ranch seasoning
Update: Yum. Add water while cooking!

BBQ Chicken with sweet potatoes and zucchini - I made 2
*4 chicken breasts
*2 sweet potatoes (cut up)
*1 zucchini (cut up)
*1/2 bottle BBQ sauce
Update: Don't use zucchini, it just gets mushy.

1 sausage and peppers (to be served over garlic bread or noodles)
*1 package Italian sausage
*4 bell peppers, sliced
*Italian seasoning
*garlic powder
(add EVOO when in the pot)
Update: Yum.

1 shredded chicken tacos (to be served with taco fixings)
This is what we ate for din, din, served on tortillas with cheese, romaine, and spinach. SO good!
*3 chicken breasts
*1 8 oz. package cream cheese
*1 can corn
*1 can black beans ( one wants to be gassy)
*1 can diced tomatoes
*1 packet ranch seasoning
*1 packet fajita seasoning
Update: Yum.

All recipes cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low, except sausage and peppers. Cook that on low for 4-6 hours.

That's it. 12 meals (11 in the freezer, 1 in my tummy) for $60. I suppose you could add another $20-30 for the food I already had but still, not a bad deal. Plus, all of these meals yield crazy leftovers. We love leftovers!

And here's the reality check. Isaiah emptied the tupper ware cabinet and dish towel drawer in the process. He also may have eaten a dog treat. The jury's still out on that one. No harm done, right? At least he's well fed.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

35 Weeks! THIRTY. FIVE.

I've been so nervous about being small this week that I had to compare these pictures with when I was pregnant with Isaiah. While my belly is a totally different shape, my size is pretty similar. Man, am I OCD or what? You can see those pictures here.

Every day I feel a little more at ease with pregnancy. For some reason I get super anxious between 32 and 37 weeks. I think it's because your close to the end but not full term yet...why does it have to be so stressful? I have to admit being 3 weeks small last week has had me a little nervous. I KNOW she is low, it's just hard for me to not be by-the-book. I ended up asking my friend who's a labor and delivery nurse, Stephanie, her thoughts and she said just to pay attention to Maci's movement. If it decreases, go in. Thankfully Maci has been reminding me she's alive and well all day long but I'm REALLY starting to notice how low everything is. The other morning I felt her shoulder (SHOULDER!) bumping into my hip. I feel like I could sneeze and my water will break...oh wait, no, I just wet my pants again. Can I get some Depends up in here?

It really makes me wonder if and how early she'll get here. I can't imagine making it to 41 weeks but what do I know, right? Last night I woke up at midnight and couldn't sleep for two hours because I was having some serious stomach cramps (and other pre-labor things I won't get into on here). I woke up this morning not really feeling like myself. I even text my mom to tell her to keep her phone on her...just in case. Thankfully, I don't think she's coming today or anytime this week but my body is doing all the wonderful, crazy things it does to gear up for the real thing.

In other news, Isaiah has been majorly bonding with Darren. Of course, he's always loved him but I can tell more recently the father/son relationship is growing much stronger. He'll run over to him squealing, "Dada! Dada!" and get Darren to chase him around the downstairs. They'll do this for an hour and break a sweat and everything. They also flex their muscles and say, "rawr!" and he's learning about all the super heroes. They even sit and watch football together and Isaiah will say, "Boom! Crash! Bee-ball!...uh-oh." They're so cute together! Isaiah will even ask for Darren during the day. "Dada go?" "He's working." "K." It makes my heart melt. While he'll always be my baby boy, I've been enjoying how much he looks forward to seeing other people besides me. Today when I picked him up from the church nursery he didn't even care. He kept playing. I'm hoping this means we'll have a somewhat easier adjustment with the new addition. Wish us luck and pray for strength, patience, and mercy!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Maci's Nursery

We are ready. We have everything we could possibly need for this sweet little girl. Everything is washed and put together. All we need is our little Maci to enjoy it all. (Isaiah already has...he's tested the crib, bouncer, bassinet, toys, everything.)

Get here soon, sweet girl! (Just not too soon!)

Some of her clothes neatly washed and put away. I know this won't stay neat so I'm enjoying it while I can.

Her bedding was made by my mother-in-law. So cute, huh?

Maci's room! We didn't get to do this with Isaiah so it's been exciting for us.

She already has so many toys - what a lucky girl to come second! She seriously has so much stuff!

Bow holder. Pinterest-inspired.

The bassinet we borrowed last time isn't available this time around so we decided to get a rock 'n play sleeper instead. I've seen them at the store and thought "how nifty" then read an article about one and how awesome they are and then my sister said all her friends used it and loved it. It was a sign. Plus, it's about 1/3 the cost of a traditional bassinet. Woot! Woot!

Fearfully and wonderfully made.

I mean, seriously. Are you dying? Her first pair of jeggings. Size 3 months. I can't wait to put her toosh in these.

I had to get a diaper shot. I am fully aware this is going to be my life. Newborns on the left, then 1-2's. then 4's for Isaiah, and plenty of wipes on the bottom. We are fully stocked. Thank goodness for Costco!

I have fully been nesting this week. Cleaning out cupboards, organizing bottles (just in case), finding my nipple shield, cleaning out closets, the carpets are cleaned (brand new area rug being delivered), organized the pantry, packed the hospital bag, and the list goes on. Considering little Maci could sneak up on us anytime in the next month or so, I want to be prepared!

Side note: As I'm typing this, I can here Isaiah playing upstairs in her room, pulling everything off the shelves and having a good ol' time with dada. I can't even tell you how many times I've cleaned Maci's room. And she's not even here to make a mess of it. Being a parent to young children is comical.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

34 Week Check Up

I met with Dr. Lee today and I thought the strep b test was happening but it's not until 36 being the curious mama I am I asked her to check me anyway. She agreed, of course, especially after I told her about my tight belly and contractions and according to her, I'm not a dramatic pregnant person. Sweet, huh?

Anyway, let's get to the good stuff. I am 1 cm dilated already, my cervix is very soft, and only 20% effaced. See? I'm not crazy...things are happening! I wasn't 1 cm until 40 weeks with Isaiah. Now I know this means a lot or very little so I'm trying not get my hopes up for an early baby (just not too early!). My belly measured at 31 weeks. Yes, 3 weeks small (what?!) which triggered a little panic in me. I've never measured more than a cm small at the end with Isaiah. Dr. Lee said it's because of how low and cozy she's sitting. IF, however, I measure 3 weeks (or more) small at our next appointment, then I'll be sent for an ultrasound just in case. I'm pretty confident in Maci's growth and I'm also confident in her position as well.

So now I'm really trying to get things in order...just in case. But, again, not getting my hopes up. They say to plan on going 41 weeks, right? Here are a few other stats from my appointment:

-up 4 lbs, 29 total
-heart rate 138 bpm
-BP great
-hospital registration complete

Getting closer...

34 Weeks and Ready for Summer to Be Over!

Here I am, 34 weeks and a few days...two or three. I can't remember. Forgive me, but that's what it is these days. If I avoided the pregnancy brain fog at all this time around, then it definitely arrived in the last couple of weeks. Maybe it was the heat. Regardless, conversations are becoming more difficult. I lose my train thought (please don't interupt! :)) and sometimes I just feel kind of like I'm dreaming (foggy) while I'm talking. Definitely losing it a little.

I'm also ready for summer to end and fall to arrive. I love fall. It's especially beautiful in Washington. This fall, though, means quite a few more things: cooler weather (which I need right now), Maci's arrival, and Isaiah first time trick or treating...AND our first holidays as a family of FOUR! Very exciting.

As far as pregnancy symptoms go, I'm feeling it all. Pretty nauseous - I couldn't tell you the last time I finished breakfast, swollen (ready for colder weather!), squished and peeing a lot (she dropped, I'm positive). I get a lot of BH contractions but some days my belly is just tight all day long. Ugh. So uncomfortable. I've woken up a few times in the middle of the night in the last weeks with some sort of contraction. Not strong enough to be real but more uncomfortable than BH...enough to wake me up. I'm going to talk to my doc this week about it. I know I'm close to full term and it's kind of the time where they don't want to "slow things down" too much, but also don't want to put me at risk for pre-term labor. We'll see what she says. I've also developed leg cramps...this did not happen with Isaiah. Those are really obnoxious.

I've decided to really, really try to not complain about this last month of pregnancy. I KNOW it will suck. But it IS worth it. And it IS over so quickly (in hindsight). Maci really is going to be here soon. Last night was Isaiah's first night away from me and he did fine. He asked for me but he loves his Nena and Papa. I did OK too...cried a little...not because I was worried. I knew he was in amazing hands but I cried because he's getting so big! And him staying at Nena and Papa's means Maci really is going to be here soon (this visit was mostly in preparation for my hospital stay). Speaking of hospital, I've already (mostly) packed my bag. Maci's clothes and bedding are washed along with all the toys and equipment that needed washing. I figure we have the energy and time to do it now so why not? Things are coming together. It's very surreal.

Lunch time at the counter with mama on a 90 degree plus day!


I brought a block of ice out on the deck. Isaiah had so much fun breaking it up and putting it in his water table. This ended up being a genius parenting idea. I'm sayin' :)

At our friends lake house cabin. It wasn't necessarily toddler proof but he had a blast just the same. Running around in the woods, climbing up to the attic, hunting for frogs and craw dads, and watching "big boats" go by. He's 100% boy and 100% busy. :) LOVE this kid!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Things I Never Want To Forget

As of last week, I officially have an 18 month old. This means he is closer to two than he is to one. Aaahh! Part of me feels sad because there are so many moments I wish I could freeze in time. The other part of me feels so BLESSED and excited. Every day Isaiah and I grow closer and every moment he's learning, saying or doing something new. It makes me realize even more how blessed we are as parents to rediscover the little wonders of the world through tiny, innocent eyes and chubby, toddler hands. Here are few things I never want to forget...

Isaiah got his frog cage and brought it over to me and said, "f***, f***!" Yes, that's how he says it. :) So I said, "Ok, let's look for frogs over here." He squats down and says, "Let's see..." And now he says that all the time - so sophisticated.

He used to say, "bye bye dis" every time he said bye but that's already changed. Now he says, "byyyyyeeeee!" He also says heeeeeey and everyone. Hello, Mr. Friendly.

My parents live next to a peacock farm and if you've ever heard what they sound like, you know it's a funny noise. Isaiah will, out of no where, say, "hooooow, hooooow!" and then say, "cock! Cock! Nena! Papa!" He LOVES my parents and asks for them every day. No joke. And when my dad is around, he doesn't leave his side. It's so sweet. I'm so thankful my kids get to grow up with their grandparents and that they are already so close. Side note: Isaiah just started saying "peacock" instead of "cock." Darren is grateful.

He calls all flying insects bees and upon seeing them says, "a bee! Shew fly!" He calls butterflies, fly-flies and flowers, flow-flows. He loves ALL bugs and pretty much anything outside.

He always says, "Where go?" Then upon discovery of whatever it is says, "der it is!"

Isaiah just started saying, "this/it mine!" Luckily, he does it in a cute and playful way (I hope that lasts!) and likes to turn it into a game. Example: showing me his smoothies, "this mine!" I say, "no, it's mine!" runs away screaming and laughing.

He loves to sing twinkle, twinkle and when anything is in the air, whether it's a "copter" "pane" "bubbles" or "shunshine," he puts his hands up and sings, "up above, up above" over and over. Yep, my heart is melting!

Just today I was getting him out of his car seat and I said, "What's stuck on your pants? Oh, food. Of course." He then says, "of course! Of course!" during our entire outing.

Seriously, where did my baby go? THIS is why "they" say to cherish every single moment. And this is how it feels to have your heart break with love and joy...a little more every day.

(18 month old stats: 2' 10", 29 lbs.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

33 Weeks and Baby Shower!

It's such an amazing feeling to have a group of people come together to celebrate someone they love just because she's yours. I felt like I could burst into tears the whole time. My mom really threw us the best shower...ever! We made it pretty casual. We had a bbq with boys, girls, and lots of kids. It was the perfefct way to celebrate adding to our family because it was a FAMILY event. Here are some photos from the day:

All the yummy food. My sisters are awesome!
Daddy got to BBQ
Decor done by my mama. We had a watermelon theme - how cute!!
Opening gifts in the hot, hot sun! It got up to 89 (I think) which is about 200 degrees for a pregnant person. ;)
Riley, Megan, Monica
Me with the most fabulous hostess
...and Riley

Me at 33 weeks. I probably should have put on a little make up for this but this is what it is. I'm just huge.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The 7th Month Slump

I seriously do not remember being this uncomfortable this early with Isaiah. But then again I didn't crawl around playing monster, run after a toddler, or try and play on the big toy at the park. I'm sure I look pretty ridiculous, but that's nothing compared to what I'm feeling. The pressure, the heartburn, the exhaustion, the nausea (it's baaaaack), the back pain, the all around discomfort is really getting to me. I'm even having trouble holding Isaiah and that's all he seems to want lately. It makes me sad, frustrated, nervous - ugh, I'm just having a tough time. I'm starting to realize why people wait 3-4 years before having a second baby. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret this at all. I'm so blessed to be able have children and being pregnant is truly a miracle but it's no joke either. And it certainly isn't for the faint of heart. Even if it is a so-called easy/text book pregnancy...what does that even mean? THIS ain't easy!

While laying in bed the other night, I said to Darren, "No matter what I say when Maci is 6 months to a year old, we are not doing this again for at least a few years." Without hesitating, he said, "deal." I think he knows I'm reaching the end and I think he's realizing how quickly I'm getting uncomfortable. I think he's also a smart man and knows better than to argue with a pregnant lunatic. Forget being nervous about introducing Isaiah to a sibling, I'm terrified about getting through the next month and a half because...well, let's just say I haven't been mom-of-the-year this week.

As I looked back at this blog from when I was this far along with Isaiah, I'm realizing I felt similar...kind of over it and ready to meet my baby. What pushes me farther into the 7th month slump is KNOWING that come next month, my discomfort level is going to make me lose my mind. I keep praying I'll go to the doctor and she'll say, "We made a mistake. You're actually 40 weeks. Would you like to get induced?" Okay, I know that's crazy talk. But I'm fearful of the end draaaagging on the way it does. Lord, please grant me an attitude adjustment. I know how quickly pregnancy is over and I know the crazy that is to come. But forgive me for not LOVING every moment of pregnancy and wanting to meet my baby girl.

4 1/2 weeks until we're full term, 7 1/2 weeks until the end. Time to let the clock count DOWN.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

32 Weeks!

It's been a rough week. Isaiah got four more teeth, a fever, and then a cold. So that means I got it too. I guess I just get everything he does. I've been sick 4 times this pregnancy. That's more than I've been sick in the last few years. Part of me wonders if it's just the germs from having a toddler or (as much as I hate to admit it) living in Wasington. It's green and beautiful and I forgot how allergic I am and how bad my asthma can get. Ugh. Definitely not fun. And even less fun when you're pregnant and a mom of an 18 month old.

Other than that, I'm okay. Tired and hungry but I can't eat much without feeling sick. Maci is officially tap dancing on my ribs at all hours of the day and she is very low. If I sit a certain way for too long, my hips ache and I feel a lot of pressure. Something I didn't feel much until later on with Isaiah. It really makes me wonder when she'll get here. There's a big part of me that just feels ready to meet her, to be done with pregnancy, to feel more like myself again. I know, I know I'm complaining. But pregnancy makes me feel a little out of sorts.

I also plan to take a picture this week. But see, I'm over here, the camera is over there, and I don't feel like it. :)