Saturday, February 22, 2014

feeling fab

It should be said I felt fantastic today! I had an achievement days conference, and it was so fun talking to those girls! They are so silly and so sweet. There were at least 5 girls there from the 3rd grade class I student taught in, so it was a happy reunion. It has been a while since I have heard... "MRS GOODRICH!!!" It was also mani and pedi day. I swear the place I go may be the most sketchy, but it is the BEST and cheapest you will ever get. The lady I always end up with is so sweet and massaged the swollen right out of my poor hands and ankles. Then hubs and I worked in the garden, and I had so much energy I just wanted to freaking jog a mile. A couple of laps around the yard sufficed.   And- we shared a blizzard. Yes, my germaphobe husband and I effectively shared an ice cream. It was a nice little day. 


a few of my favorite things

Sitting here in hubby's husky tee and sweats you would think it would be more on the torturous side of things to fake shop for post baby clothes. Frankly, I just enjoy it. There are things that will always be Kayla. Sweaters with animals, impractical heels, romantic flowy blouses, dresses that make me feel like a million dollars ( even if it cost 30), leopard print, pants could be confused with pajamas, and almost anything cat related. I had fun putting together these items that make me drool and make my wallet remind me that it is the wallet of a soon to be stay at home momma. My income will be baby snuggles : )

          10) simple pink blouse  11) kitty ring     12) white wrap dress 


Monday, February 17, 2014

the difference between true and false labor

The difference between true and false labor is that one ends in a baby, and one ends in you feeling like an idiot.

the end.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

30 million weeks & a baby shower

I am almost 38 weeks!!!! 

Here is a picture from my baby shower last week. It was so very perfect! Two of my great friends threw it for me, and baby girl was thoroughly spoiled. I was so grateful to everyone that came and showed their love for me and my growing family!

At this point, there are some things that I am excited about, and... some other stuff.... The best thing is that baby girl will be here so very soon! She could make her appearance anytime now! Plus, at my last visit I was dilated to a one! One is something. One is much better than zero. I think the hardest part has been the swellling and the achy wrists and feet. Which I know is so ridiculous because my body is performing this amazing miracle and I am so so very grateful that I am able to be pregnant at all, as I know many friends  would be happy to take my carpal tunnel and morning sickness if it meant they could have a baby, and my heart goes out to them. I have tried to change my attitude and focus on the positive, because pregnancy is such a blessing. Like my husband said, if poofy fingers have been the hardest part of your pregnancy you are very lucky. He is right.  

I have been trying to stay active, and have been doing a low intensity 10 min workout vid, or going for a walk at least a few times a week, to get my blood pumping. I think this is the first time in my life I have worked out for proper reasons- for my health and for the health of my baby. Not to look good in pants. My friend and I were talking earlier this week about pregnancy, and we both agree that while we are not eating much differently, the pounds just stick! I've gained about 37 pounds. They say a healthy person should gain 25-35, but the dr man has not said anything other than my weight gain is right on track.

We have got her crib up! It is the fisher price charlotte crib in cherry. It got awesome reviews and was super budget friendly! I love how feminine and dainty it is compared to other cribs. Pictures soon. I have been organizing her little nursery corner. She will be in my room until we move, where their will be second bedroom upstairs. The original plan was to make hubby's office the nursery, but I really don't want her anywhere else. It will make feeding easier and I will sleep better knowing she is close. 

more later, this momma to be is tired.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

please don't freeze

Our heated chicken watering system froze over.
My shivering dog is taking shelter in the laundry room.
The kitties who once were enemies now cuddle in the hay bales as closest friends.
I watched my goose attempt at a winter's activity in ice skating. Good try, nerd. 
My out of doors walking speed has been reduced from pregnant woman to 96 year old woman.
Complete with head scarf.

It is safe to say that it is COLD!!

top secret hot cocoa recipe:
heat mug of milk
dump in packet of swiss miss.
make marshmallow faces according to mood.
(Sometimes hubs gets a sad face in his hot chocolate... but the man is still getting hot cocoa, you know?)

stay warm friends!!


Monday, February 3, 2014

on being 36 weeks

I am 36 weeks pregnant. Good nights sleep are a thing of the past. I am always torn between doing something productive like mopping floors, getting to packing a hospital bag, or taking a 2 hour nap.

I am getting used to being this big. I am getting good at it! I cleaned out a garage with hubs today (  a post for another time), loaded stuff into the truck, loaded it out at goodwill, AND THEN found two unbroken eggs I had forgotten about in my farm coat pocket. Do you know why this is!? Because I am so careful with my baby bump that even forgotten eggs in my bump pocket survived a move. We can attribute the forgotten eggs to pregnancy brain.

It hurts to walk around. It feels like.... I have a 5 pound water balloon with a baby inside of it, pressing down on my pelvis threatening to burst open at every step. Oh wait that is kind of for real the deal.

 I have not had heart burn, but I get acid reflux pretty bad at night.

I am not nervous about labor. I read a book about hypnobirthing and relaxation and feel pretty on top of things at this point.  I would like to see how long I can go without an epidural, but I won't rule it out. Because A) it would be embarrassing to claim to want a natural birth only to chicken out and B) ..... I don't have a B. So just be content with A. I am interested in a natural birth, yet not fully committed.

I have a lot to do. I am in the midst of cleaning out the home of an antique collector, my hubby's grandma, which is no small task. In fact, it is incredibly overwhelming. After my baby shower this weekend, I need to take an inventory of things we still need, get those things, get all babe's clothes washed and organized in her dresser, set up the crib....have a panic attack ( jk mainly ), and have my baby girl!!!! I can't wait for her to be here.

here are the eggs that survived!  told ya!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

sunday mornings

If you have ever looked at a cake and thought to yourself.... " I wish it were socially acceptable to slather this in butter" then I have a recipe for you. I basically make this coffee cake every weekend. It makes hubby super happy, and now that I am pregnant I, too, see the value in cake for breakfast. Here is how to make your own!

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease your fine self and 8x8  pan. Beat the following ingredients together just until smooth ( in a mixing bowl just fyi, you know, in case you cook like those fairies on sleeping beauty):
1 c. flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp salt

Then rubber spatula this mixture into your greased pan. Now is the part where I rinse out  my mixing bowl so I can use it again for the topping. My dishwasher has a tendency to get overloaded, so I do what I can. Dump all this stuff into a bowl except your nuts:

1/3 cup softened butter
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon  ( or when I do it, a good shaking)
1/2 cup chopped nuts ( or a handful )

Smash it all up into a crumble with a fork. Be aggressive. It might take a minute or two.  Add your nuts. I like walnuts or pecans. Or, skip them. It's your cake. Then sprinkle this mixture all over your batter in the pan. Once it's covered, take a butter knife, and run it through in an S shape, so that the batter and streusal can become better acquainted.

Then pop this sucker into your toasty oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Or until hunger overtakes you. Because it is going to make your house smell fantastic.

Enjoy your cake. Preferably with butter and a tall glass of milk. Some bacon if you want to be really impressive. Or just some fruit to even out the fact that you are consuming cake for breakfast : )

And oh hey, for purposes of simplicity, I just use one whole stick of butter. Slightly more than 3 tbs for the cake, and then the rest of the stick goes to the topping.

- farmwife