Thanksgiving Weekend

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, we had a house full of friends and family and it was fabulous!

My Thanksgiving menu went off well, with only a few minor problems. 1. My pregnant brain forgot to add sugar to the pumpkin pie. So, it was very diet friendly. ūüôā I also forgot to cook the rolls, but no one seemed to mind. It was tons of food, and a lot of good times.

Friday morning Amanda and I left the house at 330 am to start our shopping. We went to Kohls were I found some very cute baby clothes. We stood in line at least 45 minutes to check out, but that was expected.

Next we headed to the Outlet mall to hit Coach. We waited in line for 2 hours to get into the store, but I found a gorgeous diaper bag for 70% off, so it was all worthwhile. I also left Amanda to hold our place and headed to the carters outlet, where I found even more cute clothes.

The final stop was JoAnn Fabrics, where I got all of the supplies I needed to make the bedding set. Finding them did not take to long, but I stood int he fabric cutting line for about an hour and 1/2.

I was pretty happy with the shopping trip though, I got all of the stuff I was out looking for. The rest of the weekend was pretty low key. I cut all of the pieces for the bedding, and my mom and I are going to start sewing.

It is a girl!!

So, as most of you know we are having a baby girl! It was so exciting to find out and it definitely makes us feel like it is more real than it was before. Now instead of the baby we can say she, and her. It is very exciting.

I thought I would write a little recap of finding out, for those who care and so I can look back on it later. ūüôā

Before we even went in for the ultrasound I had to meet with my diabetic counseling nurse. At these appointments I show my food journal for the previous two weeks and we go over any above average numbers on my blood sugar reading. I am happy to report all were well within the acceptable numbers. The nurse then goes over any new lab work they have received and we discuss the next two weeks. This particular appointment seemed extraordinarily long, but it ended right on time and we moved on to the ultrasound.

When the ultrasound tech came in I immediately¬†asked if she thought we would be able to determine if it was a boy or girl. She said she did not know because I am a “fluffy” person, like her. In my head I thought, “I hate you.” After she said that I started to prepare myself that we would not be finding out.

She did the entire ultrasound and we saw all of the extremities, the spine, head, brain, tummy, everything except for a good profile. Feterson¬†kept putting her fists in front of her face. During the process the woman said that the babies legs were together, but if she moved we would be able to see. So apparently¬†I am not to “fluffy”. Finally at the end she went back to look and the baby cooperated¬†and opened her legs and she said it looks like you are having a baby girl! I immediately got really choked up! I did not expect that reaction at all! It was such a powerful moment though, all of the sudden we are not just having a baby we are having a daughter!

Since I am considered a diabetic I have to go back for another ultrasound in 4 weeks for a closer look at the heart. The doctor said this ultrasound looked great and everything looked perfect, but the next ultrasound is an additional precaution. It sort of worried me, but Dan says that I should not worry since they said it is a routine precaution and I have been managing the diabetes really well.

Oh, and the baby was measuring exactly 19 weeks 6 days, which is exactly what I was yesterday ūüôā All in all, next to the day I found out I was pregnant, yesterday was the best day of this pregnancy!

20 weeks!

How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain: -43 lbs

 Maternity clothes? Nope

 Sleep: Could use some more!

Best moment this week: Finding out the sex of the baby!

 Movement: little flutters

Gender: GIRL!!!! We found out yesterday we will be welcoming a little daughter!

 Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Still in.

What I miss: uninterrupted sleep

What I am looking forward to: Getting all of the baby stuff we need, choosing a color scheme, everything!!

Weekly Wisdom: I have nothing this week:)

Milestones: We’re 50% done with this pregnancy!

Today is the day!

We find out if the baby is a boy or a girl! (If Feterson is cooporative, and shows us what they are, that is.)

I am so excited to know, the work day is crawling!

That is pretty much it, I am just killing time until I leave for my appointment at 2pm ūüôā

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Thanksgiving Menu

So, I am making Thanksgiving Dinner for 12 people this year. My mom is recovering from foot surgery, so the best she can do is give me instructions from the couch. I thought I would share what is on the menu.

Blue cheese ball- A recipe that I thought was a family tradition, turns out my gramma just found it on the back of a cream cheese container in the 60’s. It has definitely turned into a tradition.

Gruyère cheese puffs- An amazing recipe I learned at a cooking class in Chicago. It is basically a cream puff with Gruyère cheese in the batter. So yummy.

roasted garlic and brie

Sage Butter Turkey-recipe I found in Bon apatite magazine. I love their holiday issues. I am making a few things out of their December issue for Christmas.

Stuffing-My mom’s recipe. It has celery, onion, sausage, and apples.

Gravy-My mom will actually have to hobble into the kitchen to make this. I have never had a succesful gravy experience:)

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes-Another recipe learned at a cooking class in chicago.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts-Cooking class in Chicago. Pretty much any vegetable roasted is amazing!

glazed shallots-Cooking class in Chicago ūüôā

rolls-I was going to make these from scratch, but this morning I came to my senses. I am already making so much from scratch that I thought why mess with the perfection that is the Pillsbury crescent roll:)

cranberry sauce-not my favorite, but everyone loves the gel that comes out of the can.

 Pumpkin Pie-A must have:)

Lemon Blackberry Cake- A recipe I found on Countryliving.com that I have been dying to try.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

One thing that I will be missing this year is wine! We have a ton of sparkling cider though. In attendance there will be 3 non-drinkers, 2 pregnant women and someone on pain meds. So the drinking will be at a minimum.

I am looking forward to making all of this stuff. I love cooking for a large group!

19 Weeks

How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain: -43, I lost 3 lbs this week

Maternity clothes?Nothing yet

Sleep: An uninterrupted night would be great!

Best moment this week: My mom arriving.
Movement: I think I have felt the beginnings of movement. Little flutters here and there. ūüôā ūüôā

Gender: All by two people say girl. We are unsure. BUT, the 20 week post will have the gender!!!!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Still in.

What I miss: A great night sleep

What I am looking forward to: making the bedding with my mom and getting the nursery in order in January/February.

This is starting to annoy me…..

I really am trying to avoid being negative on this blog, especially since this is such a happy time in my life. But, there is one big thing that has been annoying me while being pregnant, and I wanted to share it here. Maybe some of you have had this experience as well??

Every time¬†I tell anyone about any upcoming holiday¬†plans that Dan and I have the response is always take it easy, or don’t take on too much. Usually I just ignore this, but lately it is getting under my skin.

We are having 12 people over for Thanksgiving, and 10 people at Christmas. I have mentioned this to a handful of people outside of my immediate friends and family. EVERY SINGLE PERSON (outside of friends and family) has made some comment about how I am taking on too much and it is not good for the baby.  You would think that I was climbing Everest not hosting a small dinner!

Although this is my first pregnancy I feel like I am respecting my bodies limits really well. If I feel tired, I rest. If I feel hungry, I eat. It is sort of annoying/insulting to me that people feel the need to remind me that I am carrying another life, trust me I am well aware!

The people coming over for both holidays are family and friends. I am 100% sure that if I say hey guys I am tired they will be happy to pitch in. I doubt anyone is expecting to be waited on hand and foot by a pregnant girl.

Maybe I am just overly sensitive, but all of the comments and advice is wearing thin.

 

Crib Bedding

As I mentioned before my mom is visiting for the next 6 weeks. Really she is here to have surgery on her foot and recover. Since she has to be off her foot almost completely she has agreed to help me make the baby bedding.

Obviously, I am not going to buy the fabric until we know boy or girl (1 WEEK FROM TODAY!!!), but I did find a pattern at JoAnn Fabrics last night that I think is so pretty.

I think it will work well, with a couple of minor changes. I will not be putting up a canopy or the little daisies. I cannot wait to choose fabric next week!

On a side note, I have barely sewed in my life. I had to buy a sewing machine for this project. The reason I decided to try this is because I could not find any reasonably priced bedding that I loved.

Did anyone else make their crib bedding?

10 rules of pregnancy

I read this on Matt & Beckie Munson’s baby blog and I had to repost. IT IS OH SO TRUE!!!

1. The appropriate response to a couple/mother advising they/she is having a baby is “Congratulations”. Say it like you mean it. Anything less than that makes you look like a jerk.

2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father~~NOT the grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus, or you are the man that helped put it there, you are forbidden from EVER using the phrase “MY BABY”.

3. Furthermore, on that same note, unless you made the baby (reference #2), the pregnancy, the birth and subsequent views and rules about raising the child are not about and will never be about you. You have no input. No one solicited your opinion and, if one is needed, we will ask for it.

4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. No touchy! I do not randomly ask you about your uterus, cervix or plans for use of your breasts…do me the same courtesy and refrain from asking me about mine. Pregnancy does not remove or void all traces of privacy from me but it has rendered me completely incapable of dealing with other people’s BS and stupid comments.

5. No woman wants to hear any comments about weight gain. EVER! A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you feel she is about to pop when this pregnant woman knows she has at least 8 weeks left to go. All you managed to do is render a veiled “you’re fat” remark. This also means any comments saying she must be having twins, she looks like she’s retaining water and her nose is spreading are also unacceptable. Don’t say she looks thin because then the mother-to-be will worry she is starving her baby. If you insist on making comments about a pregnant woman’s physique then be prepared for the backlash that will no doubt ensue when it’s our turn to ask you about how big you are. The best reply is “You look gorgeous/fabulous/radiant/amazing!”

6. We already know it’s hot during the summer. It’s always been hot in the summer. Don’t be the person who needs to point out to us how hot it is in the summer during our pregnancy/before we deliver.

7. Ticketmaster does not sell tickets to Labor & Delivery for a reason. This has to do with the mother/father or whomever the MOTHER decides is suitable to be in the room. This is a private and emotional event. We’d rather not have an entire host of family members checking out our junk during delivery. You didn’t help put the baby there and you’re not watching it come out. We know your feelings are hurt….this too shall pass.

8. If you did not receive an invitation to the ultrasound, amnio, hospital, L&D, home- then you were not invited. You do not get to trump the mother’s call on this one. Don’t think you are doing us a favor by just showing up to “help out”. If your assistance is needed, it will be requested.

9. If you are asked to come help after the birth then your duties are restricted to cleaning the house, cooking the meals and staying out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluids from various locations get up to do the tasks you agreed to help out with isn’t helping. It now means you’re being a pain in the butt.

10. From here on out, the only people that are entitled to have exclusive time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you come to the hospital or wait a month before coming to see the new baby, that is the parent’s call…not yours. Be appreciative that you are given the privilege of seeing their child. If you complain, whine or act like a butthead by showing any level of disappointment then your visits, should they be granted, will be restricted.¬†

My husband

Here is a fun married person quiz I grabbed off of a friends blog. 

1. When is your “engagement” anniversary: Early July 2000

2. When is your “marriage” anniversary: August 2, 2003

3. How long have you known your spouse? Almost exactly 14 years!

4. How long did you date/court before you were engaged: 3 years

5. Where did you meet your spouse for the first time? It was my first day of school at Wasilla High and I decided to try out the Academic Decathalon group (mostly to avoid the bus ride home). He introduced himself and I thought he was a bit nerdy ūüôā

6. What is your spouse’s full name: Daniel Sanford Peterson

7. Do you have any children: 1 on the way!!!

9. Do you have any house pets: A boston Terrier named Remy

 10. Do you own a house or rent: Rent

11. Do you live in the country or town/city: We live in a mid sized town I guess, everything on the eastside runs together.

12. What is one of your favorite activities together: Travelling, watching the few shows we both like, taking our dog to the dog park. Lots of stuff!

 13. Do you have a favorite vacation spot: So far our favorite place/region has been the Carribean.

14. Sometime during the summer of 97

15. What church do you attend? No church for us.

16. Is this the church you were married in: We were married at the Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood, AK

17. What town is your current address at: Kirkland, WA

18. Do you work or stay at home: Work.

19. Where did you go on your honeymoon: Dominican Republic

 20.What was the funniest gift you gave when dating? mmmmm, he once ripped off the hem at the bottom of one of his pants legs and used a fake olympic medal to make me a bracelet. I still have it.

21.How long have you been together? 12 years. 6 dating, 6 married

22. How long did you know each other before you started dating? 1.5 years

23. Who asked who out? We sort of just fell into it.

24. How old are each of you? me-29 him-31.

26. Did you go to the same school? same highschool, different colleges for awhile, but we ended back up at the same college.

 28. Are you from the same home town? yes!

¬†29. Who is smarter? We’re both smart! But he¬†probably knows more about a lot of stuff. ¬†

30. Who is more sensitive? ME!!!

 31.Where do you eat out most as a couple? We do not really have a regular place her ein WA.

 32. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Our honeymoon in the DR, or the cruise we took to the Southern Carribean.

 33.Who has the craziest exes? Neither of us really have exes that meant anything.

34. Who has the worst temper? Me :(.

 35. Who does the cooking? We both cook!

¬†36. Who is more social? We’re both pretty social

37. Who is the neat-freak? I wouldn’t say either of us are neat freaks.

38. We both have our moments

39. Remy ūüôā

40. Who wakes up earlier? Me, but he just has to put on a shirt and go downstairs to his office.

41. Where was your first date? driving to hatchers pass

42.Who had more boyfriends/girlfriends? about the same

43. Do you get flowers often?not as much¬†as I would like ūüôā

 44. How do you spend the holidays? we alternate between families, although we see mine more I think.

 45. Who is more jealous? Neither of us.

46. How long did it take to get serious? 2 years, then we moved in togther.

47. Who eats more? him, I am on a pretty strict eating plan

 48. Who does the laundry? we both do

 49. Who’s better with the computer? Dan.

50. Leave a piece of advice for the other couples. Dont’t focus on being right, you waste a lot of time if you are trying to prove the other person wrong. Work together and be happy!