Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Baby Bump

By the fact that I can barely button my work pants anymore, I'd say I have a baby bump!  Andrew and I began taking profile pictures from when I was 1 month pregnant to most recent, just after 3 months pregnant.  It's exciting to see that someone is growing in there!

*disclaimer - bump looks bigger in person than it does in picture *
I wish I could say that I'm not nauseous anymore, but I am :(  Hopefully it will be getter the farther along I get into pregnancy.  We had our 3rd doctor's appointment on Friday, and we are very impressed with Dr. K as he spent approximately an hour with us answering questions and just having good conversation.  The heart beat sounds great (according to him) too!  He is very down to earth and open to using a doula and letting us choose how we want to handle the birthing process.  Now I just have to read the 3 books I recently ordered on Amazon to figure out how to get this baby out when the time comes!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shout-Out to Andrew

Andrew survived the first trimester!  This post is an ode to my patient, kind, & nurturing husband.

What he has pleasantly tolerated during the first 3 months of my pregnancy...

Listening to complaints about bodily changes/nausea/fatigue
Cutting down on his beer intake
Increasing his chore list
Missing his new favorite vegetable, Brussels sprouts (makes me gag!)
Learning all about female reproductive anatomy & physiology
Watching me vomit on the side of the street
Cleaning up Smokey's vomit (which if I would have...would have made me vomit)

Thank you for being you, Andrew!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Grilling Season

 In Texas, grilling season starts around February.  We have been consistently grilling 1-2 times per week since then, and the more we use our Weber, the more we like it!  Recently, Andrew grilled me some tofu which actually wasn't too shabby since I spiced it up in some marinade before throwing it over the flames. 

Grilled tofu caprese sandwich

Our favorite recipe from Weber's Way To Grill (highly recommend it - awesome pictures & instructions) is for Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Quesadillas.  The guacamole at the end is very simple & delish!

Serves: 4-6
Prep: 30 minutes
Grilling Time: 10-13 minutes

1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, about 4 oz each
2 zucchini, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 ears corn, husked
10 flour tortillas
4 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lime juice
olive oil

1.) Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat
2.) In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients. Lightly brush or spray the chicken, zucchini, and corn with oil. Season the chicken with the rub.
3.) Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the chicken and vegetables over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the meat is firm and the juices run clear, the zucchini is barely tender, and the corn kernels are golden brown in spots, turning the chicken once and the vegetables occasionally. The chicken will take 8-10 minutes and the vegetables will take 6-8 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow to cool.
4.) Cut the chicken and zucchini into 1/4 inch chunks. Cut the kernels from the cobs. In a large bowl combine the zucchini and corn with the oregano, garlic, and lime juice, and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the vegetable mixture and stir to combine. 
5.) Lay the tortillas in a single layer on a work surface. Evenly divide the chicken and vegetable mixture, and then the cheese, over half of each tortilla. Fold the empty half of each tortilla over the filling, creating a half circle, and press down firmly.
6.) Grill the quesadillas over direct medium heat, with the lid open, for 2-3 minutes, turning once. Transfer the quesadillas from the grill to a cutting board and cut into wedges. Serve warm with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.   

2 medium Haas avocados, diced
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Mash together all ingredients in a small bowl.

Next grilling adventure - grilled pizza!


Monday, May 7, 2012

I'm Pregnant

I'm Pregnant!  (That's actually the name of the first pregnancy book I bought - cheesey yes, but I do like the book).  Andrew and I are excited to announce that we are expecting a little one the beginning of November!  We are overjoyed to welcome this blessing into our lives and ask for your thoughts prayers as my pregnancy continues.  Any advice on raising a kid is greatly appreciated too :) 

I am 14 weeks along and I think that peeking into the second trimester, my nausea is getting better.  Why they call it "morning sickness," I do not know, because I am definitely nauseous all day.  I have also been quite fatigued, but I have continued to train for a sprint triathlon (Cap Tex Tri) which will be on Memorial Day here in the ATX.  

Food Aversions

Food Cravings
-tortillas (and pretty much anything else made of white flour)

So weird what these crazy hormones do to your body.  My doctor recommended vitamin B6 to curb the nausea, and Andrew promptly asked if there was any vitamin to curb the mood swings :P