23 Weeks


Mommy Update: Bug is definitely getting on a schedule.  I have been woken up every morning since last Tuesday between 3:58 and 4:05 with a karate kick to a random internal organ.  N and I are both hoping that bug is as good about sleeping almost all the way through the night once August hits 🙂  I have 2 weeks left until I am officially in the 3rd trimester, which is a little hard to believe!  I have started seeing a lot of articles on “how to survive the 3rd trimester” and I am just glad that everyone is predicting a cooler than normal summer…

Daddy Update: N felt Bug moving around a TON on Friday night.  It’s been a while since he felt a lot of strong, consistent movement so it was pretty cool and good timing.  N is also settling into his new job and is really loving it.

Baby Update: Bug is the size of a grapefruit (11.8 inches and 12.7 – 20.8 oz).  Bug’s size will be doubling over the next few weeks (!) which means I will probably be getting huge because I am allll baby right now.  Bug is also finishing the growth of the 3 bones in the ear and can respond to familiar or loud sounds like a car horn honking, a dog barking, or N & my voice.  I have noticed that if Bug is moving a lot and I start talking, Bug goes still.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I miss sleeping through the 4 AM hour.  I am looking forward to getting the nursery furniture so we can start decorating!  I’m also looking forward to next Easter because we’ll be able to have the Easter Bunny visit…



Christmas Eve Apps

We had my side of the fam over for Christmas Eve and, per usual, I made way too much food.

Here is the recipe roundup:

  • Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip
  • Mama Voss’s Crab Fondue
  • Green Olive Cheese Ball
  • Dippers: Veggies, Italian bread, and pita chips
  • Crispy Baked Ravioli (my least favorite – I wouldn’t do this again, but the breading stayed on surprisingly well)
  • Crock-pot Swedish Meatballs (used this recipe as inspiration, but then made them in the crock pot – turned out great)
  • Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake (Easy & yummy.  What can I say, I love a good poke cake. I used 1/2 of the pudding & it was cheesecake flavored, which was plenty)
  • Peppermint Chocolate Crackle Cookies (I used 3/4 tsp mint extract instead of peppermint chocolate – a definite winner!)

I love a dinner of appetizers!  Please be sure to share your family favorites!