Saturday, June 23, 2012

What I wish I'd Instagrammed..

Bubble experiments with the kids.
Burgers and hotdogs at the amphitheater production of Joseph.
Seven Peaks with the kids.
My giant floppy hat.
Dinner picnic in my parents' room while Dad recovers from a knee replacement.
Brave at ten pm with my most favorite person.

What I have instagrammed:
Corndogs.
Father's day breakfast and dessert.
Experimental indoor s'mores.





Thursday, June 21, 2012

happy note

On a happy note, while shopping at the mall yesterday we found a corndog for me, one free of honey in the batter. Yay!



dang girl!

Maternity clothes are dang expensive.

Granted, this is coming from a girl that does 98% of her shopping at thrift stores, 1% at cheapo trendy stores like H&M, and 1% on quality splurges (boots, pretty dresses, leather jackets, etc.).

But dang!

I returned the $70 of Lilac clothes to Costco (the shirt and shorts with holes in them). I searched all over the mall for more maternity. JC Penny had some good clearance, but all the sizes were huge, and the one pair of pants that could have worked were way too short. I swear, clothiers must think that all pregnant women are shorties. I tried F21: no stores in Utah carry the maternity line. I tried Motherhood. Nothing was on sale for less than $20, and is it just me or do their pants run really small?

Finally I gave up and went to Target. Thank you Liz Lang Maternity. But still, I picked up two pairs of pants for around $60, and for Target that is pretty expensive.

What can I say? I'm desperate. Now that I'm public, I'm free to wear pre-pregnancy shirts that show off my sort-of-bump, but pants are a growing challenge. If I do the rubber band trick, I have to be extra sure my shirt is long enough in the front. Anyway, I hope these pants last for 6 more months and multiple pregnancies, because they were not cheap. And, I should probably make a better effort to thrift some maternity clothes. Who's up for a shopping trip?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

week 14*

week 14 bump

How far along: 14 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
4 pounds gained

Maternity clothes: Yes! Loving my maternity maxi dress and two tunic shirts from Old Navy. Maternity work pants are great, maternity jeans still a little big. I bought a shirt and some shorts at Costco, really cute and comfy but expensive ($70 for two things). Got them home and both had holes in them, so they are going back for an exchange and maybe just return.

Stretch marks: None yet, knock on wood.

Sleep: So far so good, minus waking up for a bathroom break around 4:30 every morning.

Best moment this week: Sharing the news with extended family and friends, and all the support and love that followed. You're all the best. Also making Father's Day special for my baby-daddy.

Worst moment this week:  That moment of nervousness before I shared the news at work. scary!

Food cravings: Corn dogs (but they all have honey in the breading, so I haven't had one) and today Kraft mac and cheese. So far the cravings are un-indulged.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Breath. Especially bad breath, but pretty much all breath, so please don't breathe on me.

Labor Signs: None, but I think that is normal.

Innie or Outie: 
Innie, but I have a big innie so it will probably stay that way for a good while.

Wedding rings on or off:  Still on, but can get pretty tight by the end of the day or when it gets too hot.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, unless I'm tired or hungry. And still emotionally vulnerable to tender TV and radio moments.

Looking forward to: Gender scan ultrasound next week!

* I'm borrowing this form from my cute pregnant friends Chelsea and Rachel. Thanks girlies!

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Hey guess what? You can become a fan of baby Nielsen. I mean, who's not a fan of babies? Wait, don't answer that. Just click the "join this site" button on the right to become an official baby Nielsen fan. If you do, who knows? I just might post a week 14 update with a picture later today.

Monday, June 18, 2012

the waiting game.

Introducing the waiting game. Hopefully this will explain the Christmas cupcakes and the otherwise lack of posting for the past three months.

This is the second time that I've gone through a dry spell because what I really want to post about is temporarily off-limits, so sorry for that.

I've been privately posting on the waiting game for three months, so if you're really that interested, start back in April. Also, don't worry, I will be making some cosmetic improvements to it, and adding in pictures.

Oh, and we're really excited for December.

dates.

June eleventh. Day I told my boss that we're having a babe. Then I told the world on Facebook.
June twelfth. Day I brought Christmas cupcakes to work and confused all my coworkers, til they realized what it meant and congratulated me.
June seventeenth. Day I spoiled A for his first Father's Day.
June twenty ninth. Day I have a gender scan ultrasound, at just more than fifteen weeks.
July sixth. Day I have my sixteen week OB appointment.
July nineteenth. Day I have my second NuMom2b study visit, with another ultrasound.
July thirty first. Day I reach twenty weeks, the halfway mark!
December eighteenth. Estimated day baby will come. We cannot wait.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

best one-bowl chocolate cupcakes



Today I thought I'd share my favorite cupcake recipe with you. I originally made it for the halloween brain cupcakes of 2010, and it comes from Martha Stewart. I made the recipe again this week for some treats to take to work, and they were just as delicious as I remembered. Both times I have made them as mini cupcakes. The size I use is between standard and truly mini, but I think they are the perfect size! You don't have to eat two to be satisfied, but if you do you won't feel sick. Also, this last time I halved the recipe, and it made about 25 cupcakes. If you make the full recipe in mini size, you will have a ton.

Here's the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dutch processed, yum!)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (I never have buttermilk, so I either use milk+lemon juice or powdered buttermilk)
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil (I use canola)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl (I don't sift, and it is okay). Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  2. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes (11 if using the medium-mini pans), rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Frosting

I used a good old Betty Crocker recipe for this, from my mom's ancient red book. It was very simple, and A thought it was particularly delicious.

Combine 1/3 cup butter and 3 cups powdered sugar in the mixer. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk, and mix until smooth.

I wasn't sure I would have enough frosting to pipe, so these last cupcakes I knife-frosted, which surprisingly took a lot longer. They don't look super awesome in my instagram picture, but in real life I thought they looked charming. I was going for Christmas decor, but we didn't have as many Christmas sprinkles as I had remembered (a lot more red than green). I actually don't like eating sprinkles, but in this case they communicated the point I was going for. If we're friends on facebook, you know what I mean. If not, I'll explain later.

Anyway, give these cupcakes a try! They are crazy easy, and super delicious, and did you notice that they only have 3 tablespoons oil? Awesome!


Monday, June 11, 2012

obsession

I'm a little bit obsessed.


nerd alert:

We saw MIB3 last weekend (loved it!) and saw the first in-theater preview for The Hobbit. I may have squealed in delight. Quietly, muffled by a mouthful of popcorn and swedish fish.

doctor doctor

We had our twelve week appointment last Friday, and guess what? Baby's still in there! We heard the heartbeat for the first time, it was a healthy 165 bpm. I was one big smile. And, the baby was really high in my abdomen and felt bigger than twelve weeks three days, whatever that means. I also found out that because I have A- blood and A had A+ blood, I well have you get a rhogam shot. But, I probably won't have to be hooked up to an iv, and they won't force me to be induced on Christmas day, two awesome things.

Meanwhile, I'm still feeling great! And still tired a lot. And I ordered some maternity clothes from Old Navy. I've already worn the black short-sleeved maxi dress (love!), and won't be big enough for the cute shirts for another few weeks. Finding comfortable pants is also becoming increasingly challenging, though luckily my maternity work pants fit pretty well.

Next doc appointment is in four weeks, the morning we leave for Yellowstone, and the next one is the gender reveal ultrasound! Other big milestones, I'm sharing the news with my employer tomorrow, and after that with the facebook world. I'm looking forward to not having to dress secretively anymore!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

you know you're pregnant when...

  • watching so you think you can dance makes you cry a little bit.
  • you get back to your desk after a bathroom trip and have to go again.
  • you are too tired to go to bed, or too tired to get up and take a an antihistamine and then you are up coughing all night from allergies.
  • buttoning your pants gives you a stomach ache.
  • you wake up an hour before you have to get up, having to go to the bathroom.
  • you have an emotional breakdown at work.
  • watching a diamond jubilee special on tv also makes you cry.
  • master chef makes you cry (the blind woman, amazing!).
  • burgers sound good, pretty much all the time.
  • a radio story about the doctor that responded immediately when Abraham Lincoln was shot makes you cry.
Pretty much right now I feel chubby around the middle, emotionally sensitive (usually in a "that's so touching" way, not a "I'm just crying for no reason" way), and I have to go to the bathroom all. the. time.

But I'm twelve weeks now! And I have my twelve week appointment on Friday: so exciting! Then just one more appointment at 18 weeks and the next one is the 20 week gender ultrasound. Eep!
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