Monthly Archives: May 2010

seriously exhausted.

tomorrow marks 27 weeks and the start of my third trimester (some sources say it starts at week 28, though).  we’re in the home stretch now!  it’s getting difficult to be on my feet all day at work now.  i’m always sore and extra tired by the time my shifts end, and tonight is no exception.

this may be my shortest post ever.  honestly, i’m so tired that i can barely keep my eyes open, let alone think of anything witty or profound to write about.  i’m going to finish up my (almost) midnight snack (pickles), take a warm bath, and get in bed.  goodnight and happy memorial day!

chocolate milk is the best thing ever.

that glass of chocolate milk (organic, low-fat and fortified with DHA omega-3!) i just drank was the best thing i have ever tasted. EVER. seriously. i never knew anything could taste that good. am i pregnant or what?!

work was very long and tiring today. i have two more equally long and tiring shifts tomorrow and tuesday before i finally get a day off (my first in almost a week)! i just have to get through this week and part of the next before my trip to pennsylvania. i can’t tell you how excited i am to see my family and friends! we’re all getting together to celebrate our baby shower and my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. it should be a wonderful week and just the kind of trip i need!


on a completely unrelated note, can we talk about groin pain here for a second? the last two days it has felt like i’m wearing underwear made of PAIN. have i been doing the splits? moonlighting as an olympic gymnast? doing the hustle with a little too much gusto? NO. i am growing a human, and i’m pretty sure that’s more tiring than all of those things combined. still, with only 10-13 more weeks left to go in this pregnancy, i find myself wanting to savor every kick, nudge, and flutter. searing groin pain or not, this has been the most magical 6+ months of my life. you stay in there, baby girl, and keep on cooking! we’ll finally meet when the time is right.

and now for your viewing pleasure, i present THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BELLYBUTTON!

i give it 4 weeks max before it’s a full-fledged outie.  also note my sweet (if very faint) linea nigra!

well, it’s about time for me to take a bath, drink another glass of chocolate milk and watch some lost.  i hope everyone has a safe and happy memorial day!

due date.

my official due date is august 31st. travis and i have had fun guessing when little s will make her big debut. for no reason in particular the dates august 24th and september 4th have been stuck in my head. call it intuition if you like. it’s the same feeling i got, early on, when i just knew we were going to have a girl. if i had to guess, i would put my money on one of the those two days. what’s your best guess?

we also spend a lot of time talking about what she’ll look like. we did a rough punnett square to determine her eye color and got a 50/50 chance of her having either blue or brown eyes. i have a feeling, perhaps more intuition, that she will have her dad’s dark hair and eyes and my pale skin. what do you think her hair and eye colors will be?

travis and i have a rare evening off together tonight. we’re going to spend it eating popcorn and watching lost. i hope everyone has a very happy saturday night!

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we didn’t get done anything else on our list for tonight.  instead we got our butts out of the apartment and went to a cook-out at our friend’s house.  it was worth it.  i’ll make up for it tomorrow and saturday.  it’s been a long day and i’m exhausted.  here are some random bump pictures for your viewing pleasure.

from my point of view:

the last one is a bit cheesy, but we hardly have any pictures of the two of us!

BEDTIME.  goodnight!

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the parents’ progress.

we have made a lot of headway on sylvie’s nursery in the last few days! tonight we got her bookcases put to together!

and a close-up of all of her cute things!

the larger of the two lambs was mine when i was a wee babe.  it plays mary had a little lamb and moves its head from side to side when wound.  the picture in the frame is a photograph of my nana and sylvie’s namesake.  the zebra and the hippo come from my parents and trav’s parents, respectively.  that little panda next to the zebra is a paci plushie from allie at it’s a wonderful life.  the rest are things we purchased for her at various places.

here is the smaller of the two bookcases.

these red bins are fantastic!  they are really heavy duty canvas and zip completely closed.  they’ll be great for when she’s mobile and constantly trying to get into things!  both bookcases are part of the expedit series from ikea.  the bins are from ikea, too.  as you can tell from these pictures, there is still A LOT to be done!  still, i think we’ve made great progress this week.  we’re going to be parents in 3 months.  she could be here, completely healthy, in 11 weeks.  how crazy is that?!  i can’t wait to meet her!

26 weeks.

to make up for my lack of content in this week’s gallstone gourmet, here is a picture of our delicious dinner!

roasted vegetables with herbed ricotta. yum!

after dinner we took our first baby for a walk around the neighborhood.

here is a quick bump picture. please excuse the less than pleasant face. travis caught me a bit off guard with this picture!

i can’t believe there’s only one week left in my second trimester! where has the time gone? speaking of time, mine could be put to better use right now. i still have a couple more things to cross off my to-do list before we call it a night. i had better hop to it!

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gallstone gourmet #3.

it’s monday again and you know what that means? it’s time for another installment of the gallstone gourmet! this post is a little light on the recipes this week due to sickness and a farro disaster. we’ll get to that in a minute. now it’s time for turkey burgers and oven fries!


1 pound of 99% fat free ground turkey breast
2 Tablespoons of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
kosher salt and pepper to taste

cooking spray
4 slices of low-fat (2%) american cheese (1 slice per burger)
1 package of whole wheat buns or sandwich thins

1. Add first set of ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Break up the turkey and combine with your hands.
2. Form into approximately 1/4 pound patties. If they’re the right size, you should get 4 (duh).
3. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium.
4. Once the pan is hot, add the patties and cook, flipping once, until cooked through (about 4-5 minutes per side).
5. Top each patty with a slice of cheese about 30 seconds before they come off the heat.
6. Build your burger to your liking and enjoy!


1 large baking potato (peeled if you like, we prefer the skin on)
1 egg white
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
kosher salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray
2. Cut the potato into 1/8 inch slices. Cut each slice into 1/8 inch matchsticks. Put the matchsticks into a bowl of ice water.
3. Whisk together the egg white, spices, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl until frothy.
4. Remove the potatoes from the ice water and dry thoroughly with a hand towel. This step is very important, as wet potatoes will not brown correctly.
5. Add the dried potatoes into the bowl with the egg white mixture and toss to coat.
6. Spread the potatoes out on the cookie sheet in a single layer.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, turning every 5-7, until browned and crispy. Serve immediately.

now for the farro disaster. i attempted to make a risotto for the first time with farro. i have made it the traditional way, with arborio rice, tons of times. every time it’s turned out great! i prepared the farro the same way, per a recipe and some tips from the chef at trav’s restaurant. after over an hour on the stove, 64 ounces of chicken broth, and ample amounts of elbow grease the farro was only half cooked and terribly salty. even after i tried to coax it with a rousing refrain of “let my people go” (way down in egypt’s land/ tell my farro/ let my starches go!), it still stunk. if anybody has any ideas about where i failed, please let me know! thanks!

ok, it’s about that time. i’m going to try my first non-alcoholic beer. i have very low expectations for these o’douls, but i won’t hate until i try one! wish me luck! happy monday, everyone.

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