Monday, January 30, 2012

Poppy Seed Nursery Update - Furniture and Bedding

We have made a start on Poppy Seed's nursery!

I ordered this bedding for her. It came last week and is even cuter in person. I haven't decided what color we're going to paint her room. I'm leaning towards yellow, but I don't have a good track record with picking out yellow paint. And BD is not keen on the idea of painting the room 10x to get the exact right shade of yellow. I have also thought about doing wainscotting on the bottom half of the walls and painting the top half. (Reading this post will be the first BD has heard of that idea so... surprise, BD!)

Her crib and dresser are ordered and should be here in a few weeks.

The other big thing that we still need to get is a glider rocker. This is the one thing that we can't agree on, style wise. BD wants one with an exposed wood frame, similar to this:

And I want a fully upholstered one, similar to this:

There are still a million things we need to get for her and the nursery, but I think this covers it as far as things that have to be ordered.

If you follow my Pinterest boards, you've seen that I've pinned some wall art for her nursery. I'm having trouble finding anything that I really like. It seems that most everything has words on it - which, the quotes are lovely and all...but it's going to be a while until she can read, you know? I'm not really sure what exactly I'm looking for, which is part of the problem. I'm planning to hang the quilt from the crib set on the wall, so that will take up some space, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the rest. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tales of the Tail: That's Typical

Let me paint you a picture...

It's January, so it's cold and dreary outside - perfect weather for settling in on the couch, watching TV, and perhaps taking a long winter's nap.

You've got your pillow situated juuuust right, and you're covered up with your favorite down blanket, and the cold leather couch has warmed up and is nice and cozy.

You flip on the TV guide channel and notice there's a good movie coming on in 10 minutes. You decide a last minute run to the fridge and a trip to the bathroom would be a good idea before you really get settled in for a while.

So you make those last trips in record time - that warm, cozy spot on the couch calling your name the whole time you're gone.

And then you round the corner to the den...only to discover that warm, cozy spot was apparently also calling someone else's name.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

One of my Pinterest boards is titled "I Pinned It So I Did It" and this is the first pin to actually make it on there!

This pie is basically a giant cookie in a pastry pie crust.

I'm just getting back into the swing of baking, so I took the easy way out and used a pre-made, refrigerated crust. I actually think these crusts are pretty good and it definitely saves a lot of time.

You mix all the base ingredients together (butter, eggs, sugar, flour, salt) with a hand mixer.

Next you stir in the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and nuts, then pour it all into the pie crust.

It baked for about an hour. I'm still learning the ins and outs of our new ovens so I originally had the timer set for 45 minutes. It was still really jiggly in the middle after 45 minutes and I should have trusted my gut and slid it back in for a while, but I was afraid the crust was getting too brown.

Later when BD tried to cut into it, it was not done!! So I put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes - I had no idea if that would work or would totally ruin it, but we weren't going to eat it the way it was, so I figured it was worth a shot. Turns out, it worked like a charm, and it was much better after the re-bake.

The crust got just a teensy bit browner than my ideal, so next time I'll probably cover the edges with aluminum foil halfway through the bake time.

Let it cool for a while - just like cookies, it needs time to set after coming out of the oven.

My piece:

BD's piece:

Recipe source

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Stitches: Kind of Like Thanksgiving Leftovers

I just can't seem to get finished with this piece. I've been working on it for several months now but not very diligently so it is taking forever.  

It is not very intricate - especially the tail feathers, you can see they are basically just large blocks of the same color - so I make quick progress on it when I actually sit down and work on it. I just don't sit down and work on it very often.

I still have another layer of color to add to the tail feathers and the wording at the bottom: "Count Your Blessings" before it is complete. I do have 2 other new projects waiting behind this one, so maybe that will provide the motivation to go on and get this one done.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Week 20 Poppy Seed Update

Sugar and spice and everything nice...that's what Baby GIRL Armstrong is made of!!

These are pictures of the ultrasound pictures, so the quality is not great, but the one above shows her profile and the one below shows her upper arm and hand up by her face.

In addition to the exciting "it's a girl" news, we also confirmed that the rest of her anatomy scan looked great - 4 chamber heart, 2 kidneys, etc. She was measuring spot-on for her due date, so we're moving into high gear to prep for her arrival in early June.

How far along? U/S pics taken at 19wks 5d. My pic taken at 20wks 1d.

Size of baby? The size of a cantaloupe - about 10oz, 6.5" long

Total weight gain/loss? +6lbs

Maternity clothes? Some, but not all. I can still wear most of my pre-pregnancy dresses and most of my pre-pregnancy weekend/comfy clothes.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? Pretty good - I can still sleep on my tummy but not for long stretches of time.

Best moment this week? Finding out that Poppy Seed is a she! I've been saying I thought she was a girl for months now, so I know I at least have a tiny bit of mother's intuition. (And yes, by "mothers intuition" I mean "total guess with a 50/50 shot at being right"!)

Food cravings/aversions? I don't have much of a sweet tooth which is highly unusual for me.

Gender? GIRL!

Belly button in or out? In.

Movement? Yes, I've felt her move a few times -- usually it's when I'm lying flat on my back.

What I miss? Although I do have more energy than I did earlier in this pregnancy, overall I definitely don't have the energy I had pre-pregnancy. I'm sure that's probably not unusual, but I guess I just expected to go back to "normal" after the first trimester. So I miss being able to go-go-go like I did before. Now it's more like go-rest-go-rest.

What I'm looking forward to? Picking out furniture/bedding and starting to put together her nursery.

How's Mommy feeling? I'm not having any issues other than the morning sickness, so I'm feeling pretty good most days. I've started pre-natal water aerobics classes, and I've got a couple of pre-natal yoga/workout DVDs, so it's nice to feel a little more like myself as far as getting regular exercise.

How's Daddy feeling? Already worried about the teenage years.

Milestones? Finding out the gender was the biggie this week. I guess the next thing coming up is the glucose test?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Finally Baking(ish) Again!

For many months now, I haven't been able to bear the thought of baking. Finally, the awful morning all-day sickness has started to subside, so I pulled out a recipe I've had saved for a while. 

I chose this one because it was really simple and didn't have many ingredients, so the odds were good that I'd actually be able to finish it. Does it really count as baking if I didn't even turn on the oven?

Semi-sweet and white chocolate, oreos, and peanut butter:

Melt the chocolates:

Crumble the oreos:

Mix peanut butter in with white chocolate, then mix half of crumbled cookies into each chocolate.

Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper:

Swirl chocolates together:

Refrigerate until firm, about one hour - and then break into pieces:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Poppy Seed Milestone

Wearing 1st real maternity top -- 18wks, 5d.

Although I feel big when I look in the mirror, on the grand scale there's still not much of a bump here, which gives me plenty of room to grow into this shirt. But most of my pre-pregnancy tops are getting uncomfortably snug in the chest and belly.

The weather here this week has gone from 10 degrees below average on Tuesday to 10 degrees above average today, so getting dressed with ever shrinking wardrobe options is proving to be increasingly challenging! Luckily I dug through my bin of borrowed maternity clothes and found this lightweight 3/4 sleeve top that is perfect.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tales of the Tail: Smart, but Not That Smart

SHHHHHHhhhh! Don't tell him that he could just step right over the chair that's blocking his access to the dining room.

He is under the impression that it is an unscalable barrier, and we are just fine with that.