Wednesday, August 26, 2009

9 Weeks Down... 31 To Go!

So I wish I could say that I've been doing all kinds of cooking and I've got some fabulous new recipe to share but I've been SO TIRED! I've been a bad blogger too... I've got to get on the ball and keep this updated!

Anyway, Baby Schultz is now 9 weeks and 3 days! I really like that compares the baby to fruit and veggies... not only does it give me ideas for my next craving but it helps me explain things for Adam. Not that I've even been through this but we've got to have some common sense here. The other day he asked me if I could feel the little gummy bear moving around in there. Um... no babe, I cannot feel something the size of an olive moving around in my belly! But you sure are cute for asking!

Here's what Baby Schultz is up to this week:

Baby's now the size of a green olive!
Your little embryo has now officially graduated to fetus-hood. Adding to the excitement, a Doppler ultrasound device might be able to pick up the beating heart. With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, baby is kind of starting to look like...well...a baby!

As far as how I'm feeling it's been kind of well... un-eventful?! Honestly, it makes me question if it's still really true?! I've had no morning sickness and no food aversions - well other than the smell of Adam's cocktail one night almost made me hurl but that's probably a good thing! Hey it could have made me crave it and that could have been bad!

What I am feeling is just a little more hungry than normal. Eating 3 meals a day is a must... if not 6 to keep the minimal queasiness at bay. I can now drink a whole glass of milk - this would have sent me running to the potty 2 months ago. I haven't really had too many cravings - just the occasional I have to have it NOW item. Last weekend it was lime popsicles.... YUM!

Ok it's still lime popsicles! :-) And last but definitely the most predominant symptom, I want to sleep ALL-THE-TIME! It doesn't make a difference if I get 6 hours or 12 hours... I wake up tired and by 2pm I need a nap.

Anyway, that's where we're at... 9 weeks down, 31 to go!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dating our baby

I think this blog really came about because Adam and I found out we are having a baby. So, since it's been 3 weeks since we first saw the two pink lines (3 times) and the digital flash pregnant (2 times), I figure it's times to write about it.

After the 5 home pregnancy tests, I was pretty sure that I was positively pregnant. I wasn't sure when it happened. So I head to the doctor to pee in a cup... they can't get me in with my regular doctor so I see the next best thing, a nurse practitioner. This irritates me but it is what it is and I figure she can give me the answers I need.

PIAC = Pee in a Cup

She confirms from my "sample" that it's positive however I'll have to come back to meet with my regular doctor and have an ultrasound to date the pregnancy. UGH... ok.

Another week later, I drag Adam to what I think is going to be our ultrasound. Turns out it's a consultation with DR. C, my regular doctor, to make sure we're on the same page:

  • Are you taking Pre-Natal Vitamins? Yup
  • Don't change the cat liter box? She does her business outside
  • Make sure to stop drinking alcohol. It's ok I pounded my last vodka tonic right after I saw the 1st set of pink lines (just kidding!)
  • Limit your intake of deli lunch meats. Lunch meat? Ok...???
  • Are ever around 2nd hand smoke? Adam gets a lecture and says he'll quit before the baby comes.
  • Don't jump on trampolines. Check
This list went on as I saw Adam slump further in his chair. She then says she'll schedule us for the ultrasound... wait what? That's today? No we don't do them here in the office, you have to go to our downtown office for that. Does Thursday work for you? Well... I guess so!?!?! Oh and by the way, we need to take some blood work as well. Oh great, look forward to that.

So Thursday rolls around and we head downtown to see our baby. I was told to make sure I have a full bladder before I go in. So at 6:45am I down my recommended 20 oz of water and 30 minutes later I get to drink 10 oz more. We get to the office to check in and by that time I think I might wet myself.

This was me in the waiting room!

The nurse finally calls us in: "So you are here to date your pregnancy?" Hmmm... Yes, I knew it was going to be a long 9 months but I get to feel like I'm dating it too? Anyway so I get to strip down and lay on the table. She first tries to do the ultrasound with the goo on the outside of my belly (I don't know the terms yet!?). Anyway she doesn't see much, and doesn't SAY much for that matter. So I get kind of nervous that it's all a figment of my imagination and that she won't find anything. She says that I can go pee now but she's going to have to do a vaginal. I get relief in the fact that I finally get to pee but... vaginally? Joy.

You want this where?

So anyway up it goes... but the second the screen blips on we both see the heartbeat. AHHH relief, I'm not imagining it, it's real! She measures and points and explains what she's seeing... to me it looks like a little gummy bear, or a blob depending on which way she tweaks the deal down below. Then she turns on the sound and it almost sounds like a little train tugging away... ba boom ba boom ba boom... 160 beats a minute if I can remember right. She tells us this is good.

Meet Baby Schultz!

She concluded that Baby Schultz was 7 weeks 3 days on August 13th.
Here's what says our little gummy bear is up to this week:

Baby's now the size of a blueberry!

Baby's brain -- both hemispheres! -- is growing fast, generating about one hundred new cells every minute. Arms and legs are emerging as joints start to form, and a permanent set of kidneys (baby's third!) is now in place.

So that's where we are at! Hopefully posts about Baby Schultz won't always be so long but I had some catching up to do. My next appointment is set for Sept 9th... stay tuned!!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009


About two weeks ago I rented a rug doctor and I have to say (with 5 dogs) my light cream colored carpets haven't looked as clean as I got them since we moved in 3yrs ago! Can you guess where this is going?

Fast fwd to this morning... My alarm goes off like normal I head out to the living room and usually at this point I'd walk straight through to the kitchen to grab the dog bowls and feed them their breakfast. Not this morning. I stop DEAD in my tracks and literally scream.

This is the culprit.

Yeah that little guy had S*** (not the solid kind!!!) all the way from my front door to my kitchen (where the doggy door is). Why he couldn't go OUT the doggy door before proceeding to do his business is beyond me! Maybe he had an upset stomach, maybe I don't care... GO OUTSIDE!!!

Adam gets up long enough to check it out and go back to bed... At 6:30am I don't have time to deal with this... so I calmly shower, get ready & dressed AND LEAVE! I don't know what's waiting for me when I get home on my lunch break... all I know is that I probably get to spend another $50 on the rug doctor again. Either that, or I'll be ripping out carpet this weekend...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The gloves are off... wait, I mean on!

As promised, when we find a good recipe and we have success making it I'll post it! Since hubby has quite the green thumb (and knows I love spicy food) he grew 4 jalapeno plants this summer so we are OVERWHELMED with jalapenos! We've been looking for different recipes and stumbled upon this one tonight. We made our own alterations and the recipe is as follows:
Fried Jalapeno Poppers
  • 1 pound of jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 slices of bacon, fried crisp & chopped fine
  • 1 package beer batter mix
  • 1/2 cup beer (or measurements according to beer batter mix)
  • 2 cups of plain dry bread crumbs
  • Canola oil for deep frying

Put on a medium sized pot of water to boil.
Put on a pair of kitchen gloves before you even think about starting! You will not regret this decision, because no matter how much you scrub your hands afterward, I guarantee they will retain the sting from these peppers! No gloves and you'll know what I mean the first time you touch your nose or rub your eye!
Meanwhile, slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise, removing all of the seeds and cutting out the ribs. Rinse. When water begins to boil, add the jalapenos, return to a boil, stir and boil for two minutes. Drain, fill pot with fresh cold water to cease the cooking process. Remove the peppers and allow to dry thoroughly.
Using a fork, whip together the cream cheese, cumin and bacon until well blended. Using a small spoon, fill the large end of the pepper with a rounded spoonful of the cream cheese mixture, and spread out to the narrow end, pressing into the pepper. Set aside on the prepared pan and continue until all of the peppers have been stuffed.
Prepare beer batter mix according to package directions in small bowl to cover the pepper when you dip it in, and dump the bread crumbs into another bowl. Using one hand for the wet and one hand for the dry, dip the stuffed peppers into the beer batter mix and then using the other hand, dredge the pepper in the bread crumbs and roll so that the entire pepper is well coated. Set on the baking sheet until you have dredged all of the peppers.
Preheat the deep fryer to 375 degrees.
Place the peppers into the fry basket with the stuffed side up and fry for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

To Blog or Not to Blog...

That was my question.

I already belong to one blog... anonymously. Wouldn't you like to know which one?? Some of you might... don't rat me out! **wink**wink** But I thought maybe it was time to express my real self someplace other than the well known "social networks." And I suppose I should have started this along time ago, when my husband and I were actual newlyweds or even before but it's better late than never right? I mean our kids need something to look back on us 50 years from now and go... wow, are parents were crazy! I really think blogging has become the new diary, but it's public. Still serves the same purpose and from experience... someone always sneeks a peek and reads your diary anyway, so why not make it public in the first place!

Anyway after 8 1/2 years together including 3 years of marriage, 5 dogs, a cat and a baby on the way I don't consider us newlyweds anymore. Hence the name.

So stay tuned for updates on this not-so-newlywed couple including: our dogs, new recipes, friends, foes, vents and just our newest adventure... pregnancy. It should be interesting folks...