Monday, August 31, 2009

Week 26 Appt and the Bread Machine

Today I had an appointment. I'm 26 weeks along and have so far gained 23 pounds. Yup, another 10 pounds in 4 weeks.

Picture taken 20 minutes ago.

The conversation went something like this:
Me: *talking about what I've been eating and how it's been hard to curb the carb cravings*
Midwife: Well, you look really healthy so I'm not worried. Now if we starting seeing something odd, we may have this conversation again only different.
10 minutes later I weigh myself.
Midwife: Remember when I said we may talk again....
She wasn't really worried (yet anyway) but did suggest that I could try substituting more protein for carbs. If I continue this trend, I'm facing about 60 total pounds of weight gain.

Baby was doing good with her heartbeat in the 140s. Her head is down. And they say I'm pretty much all baby. (And Jared agrees with me that my thighs and butt doesn't look any bigger, so where is all that weight going? The boob growth can't equate THAT much particularly since they haven't grown any more in the last few months.)

They both said they love my appointments because I'm so easy. They assure me I'll be awesome when I go past my due date and also when I'm actually in labor. I'm not so sure about that. Just because I'm laid back now doesn't mean that I'm always like that.

Next topic: Making bread with my bread machine.

Some time ago, my sister-in-law got a new bread machine which means I got her old one. (This is also how I received my sewing machine.) I've never used it. I've intended to use it, but just never had. Well, one thing this carb craving did was to get me to use it. We had a bread machine box mix thingy. I made a 1lb bread because I didn't know if my pan would fit the 1 1/2 - 2 lb. Turns out that it will.

Anyway, I searched online for a manual. None. Great. So I looked at the manuals I could find and found one that had a similar display and interface. All other instructions seemed to be the same for this brand of machine (Oster).

It was delicious to the taste and very desirable. It was also gone in 24 hours. And no, I did not eat all of it. Jared had half of it.

Next time I will try "light crust" because "medium" was too dark for me. (ou should know that I am the person who eats what my husband and my family calls "warm bread" instead of "toast".)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chocolate: One Woman's Everyday Pleasure is A Pregnant Woman's Craving

I do not love chocolate. I don't think I have ever loved chocolate. Chocolate doesn't spin my world. Chocolate is best with other things. Chocolate-covered strawberries. Those little chocolates with nuts in them. I do like plain hot chocolate. As I was saying, chocolate isn't something I must have every day. Whenever I'm stressed, I don't turn to chocolate. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, it's usually not chocolate.

Then I get pregnant. Baby, what are you doing to me?

It's liking the same stuff as before, just wanting it much more frequently. Chocolate pudding. Chocolate chip cookies. Pepperidge Farm cookies with chocolate chunks. Almond Joys. Snickers. Chocolate muffins with chocolate chips. Chocolate ice cream (with other stuff). Chocolate cake (with good frosting). Chocolate milkshakes. Chocolate eclairs. Chocolate chip coffee cake.

Or anything that has a combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Yummmmmyyyy.

I do not want fudge. Or chocolate milk.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Um. Stuff.

I didn't mean to leave my blog alone for so long. I have a week 22 picture I need to get off my camera and onto my computer. I just haven't done it yet. So I haven't posted yet.

The most exciting thing that has happened to me is the amount of sleep I have been getting. In truth, it is not very exciting. Waking up at 4am was becoming normal to me. So was going back to sleep until 6am. The last several nights have been filled with many more waking moments than not. It is sad when you wish for 5 hours of sleep.

Yesterday I took the day off. I had slowly been approaching this point. It was unavoidable. I was waking up so often and had started crying each time. The day before, I was periodically crying at work. And while it's cooler outside, the car just doesn't stay cool enough with the sun shining down for me to take a nap.

Scheduling 40 people for interviews within 3 days is pretty exciting. And fun! It's a nice puzzle to put together, so I am enjoying it. It does scare me for next week when I'm gone. Balancing conference rooms and schedules is fun enough up front. I won't even be able to see the fruits of my labors and see the interviewers get confused while playing musical conference rooms or the constant flow of people from off site having no clue what room they should be or even not getting into the building because nobody's there to let them in.

I ate a caramel apple yesterday. It had rice krispies on it. And chocolate. And tiger butter (which is a peanut butter based yumminess). And mini marshmallows.

I received my first baby item today (hmm, guess I need to actually start getting the room ready). Pampers Newborn Diapers compliments of a co-worker (male, even). He says he has even more diapers, he just has to find them. Also, a lot of newborn clothes some of which haven't even been used by his little Catie because his parents brought them from England after she was too big for them. Actually, the people I work with are pretty awesome. Someone else (also male) said he has tons of toys and clothes. I just have to tell him when I'm ready to collect or if I'm looking for anything in particular. Jared's parents are paying for our crib (his mother is anxiously waiting to go shopping!). Jared's sister is letting us borrow her bassinet (especially since it's in Oregon and she's in Arizona). Valerie's giving me wall paper border (okay, so the story is that I bought it and got it shipped to her house - brilliant). We are very blessed with the people around us.

A chocolate chip oatmeal cookie sounds really nice right now.