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.
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.
Mommy Update: The nursery is painted! I feel like this has been on my “looking forward to” list for a really long time! It looks great and N did a fantastic job. We ended up having to do the stripes one shade different because there wasn’t enough of a difference with the tone-on-tone stripes. With all the work that it took to tape and paint (seriously, over 150 feet of tape and over 3 hours just for taping the stripes!) we decided that maybe the stripes shouldn’t be so … subtle. On a not completely unrelated topic, we have made a very important parenting decision. Bug is never allowed to paint his room. Ever. We are looking into the legality of keeping future owners of this home from painting over the stripes as well.
It definitely started getting more summer-like this week and one fantastic benefit is that I have the capability to store water like a camel – except I do so, apparently, only in my left ankle. One day I got to work and when I left the house everything was fine and then it was like POOF. I actually called the nurse because it was so fast and so one-sided. This is the first time I have called my entire pregnancy, so I hope I get a sticker or something for making it this long. That being said, everything is peachy and I am much more committed to keeping my feet up at night and even a little bit at work, when I am actually sitting.
Daddy Update: We finished birth class this past week and it was the one N was looking most forward to. The focus was “Congratulations – you have birthed a living, breathing, crying child – now what?!?” It’s amazing that the answer to that question was covered in the span of a little more than two hours 🙂 N is an excellent swaddle-r (or in his words, making a baby burrito).
Baby Update: Bug is slowing down, just like his Mom. Clearly running out of room, I’m feeling a lot more stretching and hiccups as opposed to Irish jigs and flips.
Looking Forward To/ Missing Most: I am looking forward to getting the crib together and some of the other nursery pieces to come together. We helped a friend move this past weekend and I was not as “on my feet” as I normally could be and couldn’t make it until the fireworks that night. Fireworks are pretty much my favorite thing too. So, basically, I miss not feeling like a 83 year old that needs to walk slow and go to bed “at a reasonable hour”.
Mommy Update: I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends! I had my first shower this week with friends from my old teaching job. It was so fantastic to spend a wonderful afternoon with everyone! Last Monday we toured the hospital and things are definitely starting to be very real (although when I catch my reflection in the mirror I am still sometimes like – woah – my belly is really that big?!?). The rooms are really nice and quiet and I am just so happy with all of the progressive things the hospital allows. I thought I was going to have to argue for clear liquids besides water (like vitamin water or juice), immediate skin-to-skin contact (even with a cesarean), and intermittent monitoring (because who wants to be tethered to a machine the whole time like a laboring marionette doll?). However, all of these (and some stuff I didn’t even think to ask about) are totally standard operating procedure! Life has been really busy so, like every other week, I am promising that this week I will actually slow down. I have been waking up more during the night again and so I’ve started taking occasional naps. I also have been eating smaller portions (when I can help myself) and even had heartburn when I laid down a couple of times. Truly minor stuff, but good reminders for me to s-l-o-w down.
Daddy Update: N is really excited with our most recent baby purchase – the new car. We picked up our new Forester this week and N was really excited to drive it in the pounding rain. He was also excited to tour the hospital. N was pretty surprised by how quiet it was – he (and I) kind of expected to see or hear at least one pregnant person, but nope – not a one. Although our nurse said that it was really busy the previous week with the full moon, so maybe it was a little slower than normal. Teachers and nurses are the only people I know that truly believe there is something behind a full moon.
Baby Update: Bug is still getting bigger! This week we are in bok choy and squash territory. In standard measurement that translates to 4 lbs and 16 – 17 inches. I can tell bug is getting a lot bigger because punches have turned into stretches and I’ve even felt hiccups a few times. Average children are getting into the head-down position this week, but not our early achiever – he’s been in the head down position for at least a month and a half. I wonder if that is something that should be mentioned on applications for preschools and Kindergarten? Never too early to start planning these things.
Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I am really missing being able to pick something up off the ground without thinking “do I really need that?” The answer is typically still “yes” but I can see the importance of things on the floor decreasing drastically over the next few weeks. It’s also nearly impossible to stand up from sitting on the floor without either N helping me up or the use of a large crane. I am looking forward to finishing the stripes on the nursery wall. (we are doing one wall of tone-on-tone stripes) I am not sure which is more fun – wandering around Venice, jet lagged and lost (because that city doesn’t ‘believe’ in street names) or trying to tape off 8 1/2 inch horizontal stripes in an almost 70-year-old home. At least Venice had wine…
Mommy Update: We are so excited to share that we are having a boy! I had been thinking boy since January because if I ever do have a girl there is no way she would be this easy of a pregnancy. This past week we had another birthing class and I had a doctor appointment. Everything is still looking really good, but I am definitely starting to need to slow down – not that I am – I just probably should. We made some major progress painting the nursery this week and hope to have it finished next week if we have the time.
Daddy Update: N is really excited to have a boy and mentioned it’s probably a good thing a Dick’s Sporting Goods just opened so close to our house. So there’s a stock tip if you need one 🙂
Baby Update: At my appointment Bug is still registering as big, but waaaay less big then 2 weeks ago. He is as big as a pineapple, weighing in at 3 – 4 pounds and 15 – 17 inches long. All five senses are in working order.
Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I am missing sleeping through the nights – but hey – it shouldn’t be that long until I can make it through the night again, right? Looking forward to my first shower this next weekend with all my teaching friends – so excited to see everyone!
Mommy Update: Well, the time finally came this week for my wedding rings to stay off. My belly button is officially flat. Bug particularly enjoys laying on my bladder or curling up under the right side of my rib cage. I definitely “felt” pregnant this week. Thank goodness though, I still haven’t had any back or leg pain, which I was really expecting a lot of. This week I made another trip to the prego lady clothing store with another friend who is expecting and that was a lot of fun. It is so much easier to buy clothes when your not worried about if your stomach looks flat, or at least that has been my experience. We also took maternity pictures this week and hopefully I will have them ready to share for next week’s update! We went to Grant Park on a practically perfect day – what a great excuse to get out and enjoy the weather! We also started birth classes this week. So that’s a thing. This week was mostly about the stages of labor and when to know to go to the hospital. Useful information, but really I just want to see how big the epidural needle is.
Daddy Update: N is mostly excited about the fact that his new toy is going to be available for delivery this week… and we are also getting the crib delivered this week so he is looking forward to getting that all set up and ready to go. A side note, one of his new favorite past times is waking up the baby if bug is sleeping and messing with the baby if bug is already awake. I wouldn’t mind as much if there was a way to do this without poking my belly. Not sure if this kiddo is going to need a college fund or a therapist fund – probably both 😉
Baby Update: The big 3 – 0. Bug should be the size of a large cabbage (15 – 17 inches and 3 – 4-ish pounds). Bug is able to do some pretty amazing things at this point. For example, bug is strong enough to grasp a finger (also known as the Palmer Grasp Reflex). Bug will automatically grab anything that brushes the inside of the hand and automatically open the hand if something brushes the back of the hand until bug is 5 months old. Bug can also tell the difference between sunlight and artificial light, but typically I like to have my stomach covered up when I’m walking around the neighborhood (you’re welcome) so I don’t really know how much natural light our wee one is getting… Also, although some people can feel hiccups at this point, I haven’t noticed any.
Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I miss my rings – SO annoying not having them on! I might need to buy something to wear and fiddle with. I am looking forward to seeing the maternity pictures!
Mommy Update: Another great week – I am officially having moments where I am feeling uncomfortable, and bug really likes resting on my right side. We also made a lot of headway on the nursery this week – the crib, dresser, and rocker have all been ordered and are on their way! We ended up going with white furniture and a light grey rocker with charcoal piping. This week we start our birth class and we are both really looking forward to it. I spent a lot of time this week in the basement organizing. We got an awesome storage shelf from my parents and between getting rid of a ton of stuff we don’t need anymore (because 3 coffee pots is just excessive) and reorganizing everything else, we had enough space for a Costco run. Because really, 12 bottles of seltzer and enough brownie mix for 6 pans is going to make me one happy mama!
Daddy Update: N is really glad that I am going to stop obsessing over rockers. We also found out that the new car will be here in 10 days! With the amount of stuff I’m cleaning out of the basement we will need the space to haul everything to the self help center!
Baby Update: Only 77 days left! Bug is the size of a butternut or acorn squash. This is anywhere between 15 and 17 inches and 2.5 to 3.8 lbs. Bug’s bone marrow is now making all of the red blood cells bug needs. Bug is also beginning to regulate personal temperature. At this point some people can start to feel their wee one hiccup, but so far I haven’t felt any. Bug’s calcium needs go through the roof starting now, so it is really convenient that that is pretty much all I want to eat.
Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I miss Bug being a little bit smaller, but those days are gone 🙂 I am looking forward to taking some maternity pics next weekend if the weather cooperates.