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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Survey

I saw this on a blog I follow and since I love surveys, I thought I would do this as well. Not to mention that baby #3 is quickly approaching and I haven't written any pregnancy updates aside from telling you I am pregnant. 


1. Did you have an epidural? Two with my first that only worked on one side, then a spinal for the c-section. With my second I did after 29 hours...vbac'd 3 hours later. You can read their birth stories here and here

2. Was the father in the room? Yes, of course!


3.Were you induced? No. Although Ewan's birth was a case of "failure to wait" so I had every intervention possible. 

4. Did you find out the sex? Yes, but we're not telling about the third!

5. Due date? December 29, October 19 and June ??

6. Did you have morning sickness? Ha! I think you mean 24/7 sickness. I was sick with both Ewan and Cecily from about 6 weeks through labor. Surprisingly with this one, it finally quit around 24 weeks. A friend of mine suggested taking magnesium to combat nausea and while skeptical, I figured might as well try and see what happens. Maybe it has helped, who knows. I'll take it though!

7. What did you crave? With Ewan I was really limited on what I could eat due to my gallbladder, but Chick fil A, Mexican and Grape Fanta. With Cecily Chinese. With this one Chinese and sweets. 

8. Did you deliver early or late? Ewan was at 41 weeks, Cecily was at 40+6. This one I think will be probably around then too. 


9. How much weight did you gain? 26 lbs, 33 lbs and currently about 25 lbs.

10. Did you have complications? Yes. With Ewan I was hospitalized twice for gallbladder attacks and wound up with an ERCP which is a stent in the bile duct to allow bile to pass through and your liver to function. With Cecily I was exposed to rubella in early pregnancy and was no longer immune. So I had to go through all sorts of testing to see if I had contracted it. With this one, yes I have, but no I really don't want to talk about it. 

11. Where did you give birth? Upland, PA (Philadelphia area); Evansville, IN

12. What was the sex of the baby? Boy, Girl and ??

13. How many hours were you in labor? With Ewan 36 hours, with Cecily 32 hours. With this one I'm hoping it'll be less than 24 but I'm not getting my hopes up. 

14. How much did you baby weigh? 8lbs8oz, 9lbs8oz and ??

15. How old is your baby today? 6, 4.5 and almost 35 weeks. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I've Been Keeping a Secret...

If you follow me on Instagram, are friends with me on Facebook or know me in person, then you already know, but I've been keeping a secret for several months now....Baby #3 is arriving in June!


When I first found out I was pregnant, I was looking forward to doing all the things I didn't do with my other two kids. Weekly bump photos and posts galore! But life had other plans. I've had several complications early on that meant I wasn't comfortable telling many people until after the anatomy scan around 20 weeks. Unfortunately this complication also meant that I have had to stop running, which honestly drives me crazy. I also had to give up on my plans to run the half marathon at Disney World in January. Coupled with being really really sick for the first half of my pregnancy, I went through a dark time for a few months after realizing the WDW half wasn't going to happen. Although I walk a few miles a week right now, I miss running. A lot. 

Let me just say that pregnant at 35 is definitely different than at 30!

I honestly don't really like taking photos of myself while pregnant, but here are the two that I have taken (aside from race photos...ahem 2016 Evv Half and Urban Bourbon).


We do know the sex and no we aren't telling. We also have no idea on a name. We cannot agree on one at all. Any suggestions? 

Semi-Homemade Beef and Noodles

Lately all I seem to want is comfort food. For me that means things like pot pie, mashed potatoes, chicken n dumplings, bread...basically all the carbs. Especially since winter decided to show its face this week.

One of my favorite things is beef and noodles, even though I hardly ever eat it. There is this restaurant in my hometown that has the best beef and noodles that my mom and I used to go to all the time. My stomach is grumbling just thinking about it! 


A few weekends ago I threw a roast in the crock pot with some veggies and herbs and decided to attempt to make my own version. Sidenote: I totally intended to use the Instant Pot to make this a lot quicker, but the roast was so big that it wouldn't fit. In fact it barely fit in the crock pot. Yay for my local grassfed beef farmer! 

I call this semi-homemade because I didn't make the noodles, I sent Alan to the store for them :-) But, by all means if you are ambitious enough to make your own, go for it! I cooked my store bought noodles into some bone broth I made (you can use canned beef broth but here's a great recipe for bone broth if you're ambitious) and then stirred a tablespoon of flour into a bit of water to add to the noodles after they were cooked to thicken the sauce. I then shredded the beef and added it and the veggies to the noodle mixture. Done! Yummy beef and noodles.


I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


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