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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What's for dinner!

 Sami had to help make dinner for Try-it for Brownies.  Here is what we made:


Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers and Fries


What You Need

2 large baking potatoes (about 1 lb.) 
1/4 cup  KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing 
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese 
1 lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips 
1 pkt. SHAKE 'N BAKE Chicken Coating Mix 
1/4 cup  GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard 
1 Tbsp. honey

Make It

HEAT oven to 425°F.

CUT potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick strips; place in large bowl. Add dressing and cheese; toss to coat. Spread onto large baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 12 min. Meanwhile, coat chicken with coating mix as directed on package.

TURN potatoes over. Add chicken to baking sheet. Bake 15 min. or until potatoes are tender and chicken is done. Mix mustard and honey. Serve as a dipping sauce with chicken.


Friday, January 21, 2011

8 1/2 months

I am 8 1/2 months pregnant now....and if this little one follows in his siblings foot steps it is quite possible we will have a baby in the next 4-6 weeks!  I have a doctors appointment on Monday so hopefully we have a better idea of when they plan to delivery him. It would be nice for him to come when he is "scheduled" since we have no real plan in place if I go into labor on my own (i.e. who to call if I am home alone or who to watch the girls while we are at the hospital, or get them from school).  I do have a back up plan for Sami if I go into labor while she is in school but Summer is a bit more difficult to get from school and not just anyone can pick her up.  I went into labor with Sami and Garrett in the morning and they were born early afternoon.  Summer and Grace, I went into labor in the afternoon and they were born at night.  I suspect this one will be an early morning/middle of the night baby:)  I just hope I don't go into labor while at work...they would FREAK out!

His (no he doesn't have a name yet) clothes are washed, dried and put away, the hospital bags have been packed, wound care supplies (just in case) are ready to go.  Still need to put his bed together and write up instructions for the hospital if he is born with EB, and still need a few things, blankets, bibs, burp cloths, boy colored socks (I am not sure Joe will want him to wear pink and purple socks;) and a few more odds and ends.  He has a lot of clothes, as long as he is in the 5-7 pound range.  If we get into the 8-9+ range, I will need to go shopping!  We are using Garrett's things, but we didn't have a lot of things for him to begin with, especially clothes in the 6+ month range.

The girls are doing ok.  They only had 3 days of school this week (yea me!) so its been an adjustment for everyone to have all three of them home all day long.  

I am doing ok...getting very big, though there are people at work who JUST realized I am pregnant and think I am still very small.  While there are others who ask me all the time if I am having triplets!  My lupus has been giving me troubles, a lot of pain, rapid heart rate, extreme fatigue a lot of the time, so some days are more of a struggle than others.

Here is a pic of the big ol' belly for your view pleasure!

I will update again after my appointments next week.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Too many dates, kick counts and more things to worry about

When I first suspected I was pregnant I went to the doctor and they did an ultra sound...but didn't see anything so they assume I either a) I wasn't pregnant or b) a miscarriage was likely.  But for some reason they put in my chart, '4 weeks pregnant' and was given an EDD of 4/6/11.  Because my history of an ectopic pregnancy I was asked to return in 2 weeks to for another ultra sound to confirm either way; we did not want a repeat of last summer.  So I went back two weeks later and the doctor did another ultra sound and there appeared to be a baby and the doctor measured it to be about 7 weeks in age and gave me new due date of 4/1/11.  But for some reason it was never changed in my chart and "technically" my EDD is still 4/6/11 even though two doctors agreed I am further along than that.  Apparently 1 weeks isn't enough difference to make someone change my records.  So they on paper I am 27 weeks and 1 day pregnant, even though the doctor agreed I am more like 28 weeks (tomorrow).  So when people ask how far along I am, I tell them 28 weeks since that is what the doctor said and i'd believe him over an error on piece of paper!  

So today I had an appointment with the high risk OB and another ultra sound.  Baby boy's new nickname is BIG baby boy.  He is measuring in a 29 weeks and 3 days and a whopping 3 pounds!!!  So his due date is now March 21st but since I am so far along in the pregnancy they aren't going to change it but it will be kept into consideration when it comes time to deliver.  So that is the good news...but there is bad news...even in-utero our children like to keep us on our toes.  We got lots of great pictures of his little face and hands and feet and even the umbilical cord...which unfortunately is wrapped around his little neck:-(   That my friends earned me my first non-stress test of this pregnancy to be followed up by weekly ones till either the cord moves or he is born.  I also have to keep track (on paper) of how often he moves/kicks.  And if he doesn't move/kick enough within a certain period or moves too much (constantly, like he is trying to escape) I get to head to the hospital for another non-stress test and ultra sound.  If those determine he is in distress, an emergency c-section will be done regardless of how many weeks and days I am!

We are trying not to worry but considering everything we have been through, its very hard not to.  Hopefully he'll continue to move like he should and unwrap the cord himself sooner rather than later.  

Other than that, I am healthy, I passed my glucose testing (yea!!), all those contractions I have been having haven't affected my cervix and apparently all my pain I have been having is most likely Lupus related, which is good for the baby but bad for me since I was hoping all the pain would go away once he was born.  

I will post updates as things change.  

Here are some pictures from today:)