Guinness Pulled Pork Sliders

Night Before

Slice white onion and lay on the bottom of crock pot. Mix together paprika, salt, red pepper, garlic powder. Rub on the pork loin and place on top of the onion.

Mix together coleslaw and dressing and let sit.

Day of:

Add a beer to the crock pot and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or until pork is done and pulls apart. Serve on mini Hawaiian rolls with coleslaw.



Sweet and Sour Meatloaf


Chop broccoli, place in container and drizzle with olive oil, red pepper flake, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Mix beef with ketchup,

Prep can only be 1 -2 days prior to cooking.

Day of:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread broccoli on a cookie sheet and roast for 10 – 15 minutes.

Place beef in microwave for 8 minutes. While beef is in microwave, clean and pierce potatoes and put broccoli in oven.

Heat half and half on stove in a pot.

Place pierced potatoes in microwave for 7 minutes. Mix glaze and pour over beef. When the potatoes are done put the beef back in the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes and scoop out the potatoes into the half and half.

37 Weeks


Mommy Update: I don’t know why, but 3 weeks from done seems a lot crazier than 4 weeks.  I mean, I understand how numbers work – I even taught math for 4 years – and when we are talking simple addition and subtraction that I can use my fingers and toes to do (not that I can actually see my toes, but you get the idea) I’m pretty solid.  But for whatever reason 4 down to 3 is a little freaky.  Enter the 4 sheets of paper taped to our hall wall with to-do lists.  Slowly but surely things are getting crossed off.  We finished buying everything we think we’ll need, ran to Costco to buy XXX Vitamin Water in bulk so that I can take it to the hospital, and I even bought enough stamps so that I can finish getting out thank yous and am ready to go for birth announcements… and Christmas cards.  I am still having a few contractions and more pressure and my feet look like a cabbage patch doll’s, but other than that I am just peachy and hoping I have enough time and energy to get everything done!

Daddy Update: This week we finished buying all the big stuff we needed and put everything together.  First we went to Costco – seriously not sure how we did this prior to owning the SUV – and then we did a few trips to Brookfield to finish stuff up at Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us.  Now everything is assembled and has officially taken over our living room.  As an added bonus, N got to go to breastfeeding class with me this week.  When I signed up they said they “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” my support person came along.  I don’t think N agrees.  I mean, don’t get me wrong – very informative and the videos were stellar, but I think his time would have been better spent doing pretty much anything.

Baby Update: Now I am having weekly doctor appointments.  My doctor said that he is pretty good at guessing weights, except for when he’s wrong he is REALLY wrong.  With that caveat he is putting the baby at 6 lbs right now, which would mean a birth weight of between 8 and 9 lbs if I go to 40/41 weeks.  We bought a few of the side-snap t-shirts for right after the baby’s born before his cord falls off and had to get the 3 month variety with this in mind and the size was a little …. disconcerting.  I can’t in good conscious type what N said, but you can imagine.  I also had another ultrasound to quadruple check that Bug is head down, and he is – so we are good to go with that.  If you are keeping up with the baby to fruit/vegetable comparisons the apps put this week at a winter melon and a leek.  Bug is practice breathing (which we saw him do on the ultrasound) and sucking and blinking.  The apps also consider 37 weeks full term, but everyone else considers 38 weeks full term, but 40 weeks is the due date.  Whatever.  My doctor is going on some cross country road trip to the grand canyon so I should “feel free to not have the baby” until he gets back and I’m thinking that shouldn’t be an issue 🙂


36 Weeks


Mommy Update: Holy cow only 4 weeks left!  Things are getting a little more real and ready.  Having a whole weekend with no plans allowed us to really get a lot done to be ready for Bug’s impending arrival.  I am really getting frustrated with needing to keep my feet up – and a super fun new prego side effect popped up this week – heartburn.  Luckily I only get it from super spicy things… like water.  Overall though I am still feeling really good and know I am really lucky in the side-effects-of-being-a-human-incubator department.  Some side effects that are really exciting (seriously… I’m actually not being sarcastic this time…) are more contractions.  Since I was born so late, I am really hoping that all of these little signs that things are getting ready to go mean that my little one won’t be as late as I was… and that is what I keep telling myself. over. and over.

Daddy Update: N’s coworkers threw him a surprise shower this week.  He was very excited and apparently, there was also cake.  He really works with a fantastic group of people and we can’t wait to bring Bug to the office to meet everyone! N was also really excited with each new thing that gets done around the house for Bug.  It seems like the to-do list is longer than the amount of time we have left, but if anyone can get things done I’m really hoping it’s us!

Baby Update: Bug is as big as a Honeydew Melon.  Not a lot more length – he’s as tall as he’s going to get at this point, but still adding weight.  While I still have quite the honey-do list, our little Honeydew is finishing up a lot of stuff this week and is really close to being able to breath on his own, gums are now rigid, liver and kidneys are good to go, and his circulation and immune systems are also done cooking.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I am missing Bug moving around as much as he used to – he’s just running out of room!  I’m looking forward to seeing what his personality is like.  I’m really starting to get curious….


35 Weeks


Mommy and Daddy Update: We are just so blown away with everyone’s generosity and well wishes from our shower this week.  A humongous shout out to Mom V and Mom S, Kait, and Krystal for planning an awesome day.  Also, to all those that helped – Megan,Danielle, Joanne, Vicki, Denise, and Jessica, and I hope I didn’t miss anyone – we truly appreciate it!  To those that celebrated with us in person or in spirit – thank you for the advice, fun, books, and artistic additions to Bug’s nursery!  I will post pictures in a separate post because everything was beautiful – even the weather!

Mommy Update: Work was, as expected, absolutely crazy this week.  I was on my feet and working longer days than I have been and probably should have slowed down, but I am one stubborn cookie.  Unfortunately I started to swell, and it doesn’t seem to ever completely go away any more.  oops.  But even though work was crazy N and I were able to make major progress on the nursery and it’s getting to the point where I might be able to post pictures soon.

Daddy Update: N put his handy skills to work this past week and put together the crib!  It is really starting to look like a nursery!

Baby Update:  Bug is as big as a coconut – 17 – 18 inches and 5 – 6 pounds, which leads me to an obvious question – where do these people buy their coconuts?!?  His hearing is completely done developing and can respond best to high pitched noises, which is different from earlier in his development.  Earlier on he responded more to lower pitches and we definitely noticed he would react to N talking more than me.  Bug will also not probably get much longer, but will add about another pound or so before he is born.


34 Weeks



Mommy Update: Only 6 weeks left!  Yikes and yeah all at the same time!  The nursery is moving towards more complete and after shopping with my mom on Thursday, I even found fabric that will help finish off the space.  We also picked up the dresser, ordered a rug, and N found this awesome grey map decal for some wall decor.  I think the pieces are starting to (finally!) come together!  I am continuing to slow down and owe a huge shout out to N and everyone else who is making helping me out with this one.  I’ve definitely been having more contractions and Bug is still in the right (head down) position.  Bug is also slowing down because he is out of real estate!  Bug is also starting to drop.  None of these things mean I’m going to go early – everything is still totally on schedule.  Really, the biggest immediate impact of all of this is that I have lost my bowl shelf of a belly.  I got really spoiled not having to hold snacks and I wasn’t ready to let that go, but my Baby Bump shirt from N’s Aunt finally fits with my new shape!  A little kid asked me if I was having a baby and I said no, I ate a watermelon seed.  The kid looked like she knew I was playing with her, so I laughed and said yes – I was having a baby 🙂 Gotta love little kids.  I sure hope ours is born with a sense of sarcasm – otherwise N and I won’t really know what to do or how to communicate…

Daddy Update: N is excited that the dresser is here (with the added bonus that the extra miles on the car means he can now use cruise control because the car has over 600 miles).   He also finished peeling up the tape on the floor, put in new electrical sockets and a new light fixture, and spray painted the base coat for one of the shelves.  He managed to do all of this and only electrocuted himself once.  He twitches every so often, but is otherwise fine.

Baby Update: Bug can officially recognize music at this point.  Apps have suggested that if we haven’t started singing in my belly’s general direction that we should do so immediately.  N pointed out, however, that lullabies are supposed to be soothing, not scary – so for now we are going to pass.  One more thing Bug should be eternally grateful to us for.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To:  Just trying to enjoy everything as it happens… but I’m missing a whole night’s sleep.  People say sleep now because once the baby comes…. I would love to take that advice, but it just isn’t going to happen…  I’m looking forward to a crazy week at work (first week of camp, big grant coming due, and some new interns start this week, big Irish Fest meeting), a crazy week seeing friends (dinner with a friend, dinner with N’s work peeps, and a Brewer’s game), and a baby shower!