Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh, Pregnancy Brain

I am currently 9 weeks pregnant. In addition to nausea, tiredness and crazy dreams, I get really bad pregnancy brain. In the last two weeks, I have:

  • Given the doctor's office my zip code from FOUR YEARS ago instead of my current one
  • Lost my menu for our camping trip
  • Forgotten at least one birthday

I don't have high hopes for my mental facilities in the next 31 weeks.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Growth, Change and Rest {Gifts 321-331}

Timmy is very close to crawling. He gets up on all fours, rocks back and forth and then lays flat down, upset that he isn't moving faster. I'm quite certain that once he does start moving, I won't sit down, ever.

Pretty soon, I'll be hopping on a plane with Timmy, flying halfway across the country to help celebrate my Grandpa's 90th birthday. I'll also be hoping that flying alone with a 7 month old while 10 weeks pregnant doesn't fall under Very Dumb Things I've Done. And I'll be missing my husband like crazy. Thank God for cell phones!

321 announcing to the world that Higbaby2 is on the way!

322 meals from the freezer when the nausea won't stop

323 reading

324 feeding Timmy solids while we ate dinner

325 Baskin Robbins specials

326 the nausea and tiredness that assure me Baby is doing fine

327 rest

328 getting my rings cleaned (for free!) for the first time in nearly 2 years of marriage

329 the lady telling me how much she loved my engagement ring that Chris designed

330 getting my whole to-do list done on a Saturday

331 a perfect Sunday afternoon at the park, reading on a blanket

Monday, August 22, 2011

About Those Changes...

I can now talk publicly about those life changes that are always coming. First, the not-so-good.

We placed an offer on a house. A lovely 3 bedroom, 1 bath house, built in 1959 with lots of character, a fabulous yard and a kitchen we were eventually going to bring out of 1973. And we didn't get it. :( Thankfully, neither of us were as disappointed as we expected, so we are continuing on in the house hunt.

And the wonderful, we-are-so-excited-and-thrilled news is that this big boy

is going to be a big brother! Baby #2 is due April 1 (I think). I still need to see a doctor; prayers for baby's health and growth would be much appreciated!

312-320

312 family walks to the donut shop

313 a finished Christmas gift

314 my slow cooker

315 Timmy sleeping in some mornings

316 making good Southern gravy

317 church picnics

318 Timmy's second tooth

319 his amber teething necklace

320 leftovers for lunch

Friday, August 19, 2011

Giving Up on Perfect

Last night, suddenly inspired by a recent placemat making fiesta, I pulled out the quilt I started working on many, many years ago. I don't remember the exact year, but it was pre-Chris and probably pre-college degree. In a flurry of productivity, I finished the top in less than two hours.

My secret? I gave up on perfect. I decided I'd rather have it finished than sitting around because I'm too scared of messing up. Sure, I tried my best, but I didn't use my seam ripper once (a record for any time I try to sew) and I had fun!
Very much not perfect

And because I quit seeking perfection, last night my quilt went from strips in a pile to a top ready for binding.

Monday, August 15, 2011

In Every Change, He Faithful Will Remain [Gifts 303-311]

This past week has been an absolute whirlwind of good, potentially life-changing events. But...because some things aren't 100% for sure yet, I don't want to share them online. Hopefully soon, though, I can tell you what God is doing and the crazy ride we've been on. (2011 isn't exactly turning out to be our year of normal, and that's okay...really.)

303 getting rid of a ton of clothes

304 family walks

305 excitment

306 naps

307 a raspberry custard danish--summer in my mouth

308 perfect summer evening weather

309 praying over Skype

310 dreaming with Chris

311 Timmy getting up on all fours

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Recipes for the Dietary Restricted

It's my firm belief that every cook needs to have recipes in her (or his) repertoire that meet the needs of people who either can't or won't eat a standard diet. Last night we hosted a friend and her brother, one of whom required gluten and diary free food.

I was pretty pleased with how everything turned out--I'd make the meal again even if we didn't have anyone over who needed the GF/dairy free aspect of it.

For our main dish, Chris grilled this chicken which I'd marinated. One of our side dishes was rice and the other was this interesting and delicious take on cauliflower. For dessert, Alisha and I modified a GF cookie recipe to make it dairy and egg free as well. (We would have used Thea's flax replacement for eggs, but I was out, so we subbed baking powder, oil and water.) They turned out pretty well. I've made them with butter and eggs before, and they are scrumptious even if you're not GF.

Mix together
3 eggs
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1/4 t vanilla
1 T Karo syrup (corn syrup)
1 1/2 c peanut butter

Add
3 c quick oats
2 t baking powder
1 1/2 c coconut
1 c chocolate chips

Bake on a greased sheet for 11 minutes at 350.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Gifts 289-302

Not much to say about this week, other than Chris discovered during church yesterday that Timmy had cut a tooth! It explains the whining and super short naps from Saturday. :) I can't believe my baby is growing up so fast, and as always, I'm seeing the gifts more and more each day...

289 popsicles made with real juice

290 a plane ticket

291 gift cards

292 Timmy doing well with a friend during my 3 hour dentist appointment

293 taking a shower, even if it was at 1:30 p.m.

294 Novicane so I don't feel pain

295 a toaster

296 delicious cantaloupe

297 a new bathmat to replace the one the dryer ripped to shreds

298 clean floors under my bare feet

299 the moment each day when Chris walks through the front door

300 a delicious and easy gluten free meal

301 Timmy loving his exersaucer

302 his first tooth! (with minimal fussing and pain--the only indication was short naps and some whining)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Thoughts From the Chair

I spent approximately 3 hours in the dentist chair today, but survived just fine, and so did the friend who kept Timmy at her house for me. While I sat there, several thoughts went through my mind.


  • Does anyone ever sneeze while the dentist is working on them?
  • It'd be kinda cool to be able to see what he's doing, but that also may gross me out.
  • What's that tool for?
  • Where does the dentist go to get his teeth worked on?
  • Deaf people are lucky because they can still sign while their mouths are full
  • I don't think interpreting a dentist appointment would be very fun.
And finally...

  • What makes a person decide to put their hands in other people's mouths for a living?

Monday, August 01, 2011

Grace in Difficulty [Gifts 269-283]

It hasn't been the easiest of weeks. My long-napping baby suddenly decided than sleeping for more than 30-45 minutes just shouldn't happen, and much of his awake time should be spent whining and fussing. Every time I'd moan to myself about how horrible the week was, I'd remember something a friend said on Twitter. "I am finding that adding "1st world problem" to my complaints helps put them in their place." No one died; no one got horribly sick. We have food, shelter, clothing and indoor plumbing. First world problems, indeed.
Pardon the shadows..cell phone photo :)

269 popsicle molds from a friend who knew I was looking for some

270 pizza and "happy 6 months of being a mommy/I'm sorry you're having a rough week" roses and cake

271 our church being given a piano

272 Pintrest inspiration

273 video Skyping with my brother

275 Skyping with my parents, sister and grandparents over a thousand plus miles

276 birthday cards done before they need to be mailed

277 color in our bathroom

278 progress on my to-do list by 9:30 on a Saturday morning

279 6 hours of sleep in a row!

280 a relaxing evening with Chris after a rough week

281 delicious leftovers for lunch

282 an impromptu trip to the park

283 a new-to-them, much needed building for old church