Some Resolutions

Dec 29, 2011

Well, after a whole morning of hurling my guts out every 45 minutes I'm wide awake at 9pm! Its not very often that I am still this awake at this time of night. Being pregnant sure takes a lot out of a women.

I promised myself I would write in this blog as much as I could and I think I need to make a couple New Years Resolutions, starting with this blog.

Being pregnant and thinking about the future is pretty overwhelming. Its hard to believe that in under 6 months we will be welcoming someone else into our family. The best way for me to express myself sometimes is through words... even if nobody else reads it, I still feel better if I can just type and get stuff off my chest. I need to do it more often, even if its only 3-5 times a week. I need to do it more. I was getting so frustrated that we were keeping this whole pregnancy a secret until Christmas, even though I was well past the scary part in the first trimester. So, New Years Resolution #1: Write more.. write often.. quantity produces quality right!

Something that has taken a beating is my eating habits. Being sick all day with morning sickness and having no appetite as taken a tole on my body, and I can tell. I lost weight, which isn't a good thing when you're pregnant. My doctor hasn't said anything yet, but being 15 weeks pregnant and only gaining 2lbs can't be good. I should have gained at least 5lbs by now. So, for New Years Resolution #2: Eat healthy.. eat more.. eat good hearty food and think of the baby! (I'm also going to throw in take your vitamins under this one, even though I've been taking them religiously already.)

Sometimes in life, we get distracted from the things we love. Lets face it, we get busy, we get distracted, its part of life. There are lots of things I love in life, but my family always comes first. That means both Daniel, his parents, and of course my parents, brother and sister. I want them to be involved in my life, with my baby and I want my baby to learn from them. I need to take the time out of my day or week to talk to them, to visit, to have fun. So, for New Years Resolution #3: Spend time with family and friends.. visit, call, text, whatever.. just take the time to include them in my life and my future baby's life. Dan and I are lucky in that all our family and friends are close to us. I need to include them more, and I admit I'm horrible for going home to visit my family because we always seem to have things going on. The main reason I am doctoring close to my parents is so I can make appointments for Fridays and take the whole day off to go home to them and visit them after my appointment!

Also, I love being crafty. One of the presents I got for my bridal shower is sadly still in the box. My new sewing machine. I also love scrap booking, and I need to get into it more. I signed up for an online digital scrapbook maker and have barely used it! I also love drawing/painting/knitting/cooking/baking.. the list goes on. I never seem to find the time to do these things. So, for New Years Resolution #4: Take the time to do the things I love. When the baby comes I won't have time to do these things, and I know that.. so now more than ever I need to take the time to do these things.

Of course there are more things I need to do in life, but this is a good start for now.

A Little Bit O' News

Dec 27, 2011

I have had something on my mind for the past couple weeks and I've kept it a secret. It is also most of the reason why I haven't been around much blogging. I find blogging to be relaxing and a great way to express myself. This whole keeping things secret just doesn't work very well for me!

So whats my news you ask? Well ok, here it is..

We are expecting!

Yup thats right, around June 24th 2012 we will be welcoming a little baby into our family! By now most of our families know so its safe to put it out here! I can't believe how far along we are already! Man has time flew by! Here are some updates for previous weeks:

Week 4:
After a weekend at the farm, and getting up at night to pee (which is super odd) I took a pregnancy test, or 4.. all came back positive!

Week 5:
Patiently waiting for my doctor appointment.. so excited! Still feeling good..
Week 6:
Doctor appointment to confirm pregnancy and then to get some blood work. Morning sickness definitely started this week!
Week 7-8:
We went on a vacation to the Virgin Islands for Daniel's work.. We were with some other couples and that we knew from the company. I got sick of coming up with excuses on why I wasn't drinking and actually was sick in general and missed out on a couple of the functions. So we had to tell the people we were with and made them keep it a secret! Also, Daniel's grandfather passed away while we were gone and after his funeral Daniel's sister cornered me and finally figured out that we are expecting. Also was told to keep it a secret!
Week 9:
Morning sickness got way out of hand and we ended up in the hospital... got some meds from the doctor there so hopefully feeling better!
Had our first Prenatal Visit. Daniel came along just for fun, but had to leave halfway through to go to a meeting. Louise went through our medical history, all the bloodwork I had done a month ago, did a head to toe physical. Checked on my cold to make sure it was under control.. Took blood pressure, and all that other fun stuff. Then she went to find a heartbeat. She had warned me a couple times that it was way too early to find it, so I wasn't to worried when she couldn't find it. She did find the sound of the blood flow into the uterus and it was going strong. All in all it was a great checkup!

Week 10:
Stayed at my sisters place in the city. Did some maternity shopping. I was really dissapointed that the store wasn't honoring the Black Friday Sale they had signs and posters for in the store. What did I buy you ask? I bought 9 items (sale was buy two get one free). A pair of really cute jeans, black dress pants, a dressy top, 3 long sleeve shirts and 3 t-shirts that are oh so soft and comfortable! Also, on Sunday was the Christmas Story play my mom had bought tickets for. We had made supper reservations and I wasn't feeling super great and ended up throwing it all up and just eating a bit of ice cream.. yum. Still feeling super sick and not much of an appetite.
Week 11:
Anything carbs seems to be sitting well in my stomach.. carbs and salty. I've been eating lots of cinnamon toast and it seems to stay down ok. Still feeling super sick but not much else going on.. hope it goes away soon.

Week 12:
Definitely feeling like the morning sickness is starting to subside. By 9 or 10am I am feeling good enough to down a bagel with cheese, skittles and some crackers! Definitely need to work on the diet a bit!
Week 13:
Had our second prenatal visit. My N.P. mentioned that I'm measuring big (top of my uterus to the top of my pelvic bone) at a whopping 16 cm. After about 5 minutes of searching she found the baby hiding behind my pelvic bone! Heart beat was super strong, about 158-160bpm, and the bloodflow can be heard across my whole uterus! Still hoping that we only have one in there! Won't have a ultrasound until the first week into February.

Week 14:
Christmas - present.. everyone now knows! I'm feeling much better, haven't been sick for like 5 days!

So thats it for now! Christmas was amazing as usual. I got absolutely spoiled with a breadmaker, cookbooks, new pizza pans, a deep fryer, a new george forman grill and so so much more! I also got the most comfortable pajama pants in the world, and a new fleece sweater that I've pretty much lived in all weekend!

I will have to write more of an update tomorrow!

Renee

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

Dec 6, 2011

Good morning! I have really been slacking.. but something is going on and I will have to fill you in later...

We had some company this weekend, and we decided to do a fondue party Friday night. We had three different fondues. One cheese, one oil, and one a chinese broth. To dip in each we had pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, veggies and then a jalepeno bread. It turned out amazing, everyone had so much fun.

I made some cinnamon buns Saturday and thought I would post the recipe. They are made with a cake mix, and left overnight in the fridge. They turn out soo good everytime even though I somehow seem to screw up the recipe differently everytime.

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (24 servings (2 9x13 pans))
  • 3 cups warm water, plus 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 pkg traditional yeast
  • 1 pkg Duncan Hines White Cake Mix
  • 5 1/2 cups flour (or more)
  • 2 eggs
  • margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
Sauce:
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
Instructions
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add cake mix and eggs. Beat well. Add flour to make a soft dough. Knead for a couple of minutes. Let rise until doubled in size in a greased bowl (about 1 hour).
While the dough is rising make the sauce. Heat all ingredients in a saucepan until everything is mixed together. Divide evenly and spread in two 9x13 inch pans.The sauce should be cooled before you place the rolled dough into it.
Punch down the dough and divide in half. Roll each half into a rectangle. On each rectangle, spread thick layers of margarine, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the raisins on if you're using them. Roll up like a jelly roll. Slice each into 12 buns and place into the pans. Put into the fridge overnight or for 8-12 hours. The buns won't rise much.. don't worry they rise when baking!
In the morning pull out the pans and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. (I find I usually end up baking a bit longer until they are browned on top)
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