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13 Weeks - Baby Bump

Monday, October 29, 2012

Doing a little re-cap on my 13 week baby bump since I'm almost 15 weeks. Eek, I'm not doing to well on these updates. Hopefully I can keep up with taking pictures of the growing bump!

Props to the dress for making me look a little bigger than I really am ;) 

How Far Along: 13 weeks as of 10/18 !

Size of the Baby: baby is the size of a Lemon!

Maternity Clothes: My belly band has been a lifesaver, I wear it with most pants. I bought one pair of dress pants for work and love how they fit.  

Stretch marks: none

Weight gain: About 2-3lbs.

Sleep: Sleep is good right now, just know the day is coming when I won't be able to sleep on my belly.

Best Moment of the Week: Going to our genetic screening ultrasound and counselor and finding out that the baby looks great, and is on track to be healthy :) Only one more test to go till we are in the clear! After our ultrasound we shared the news with all of our friends and family and were so overwhelmed with love.  


Movement: Possible flutters? But really, nothing. 

Food Cravings: This week was amazing, about mid way through I actually craved Chinese food, the food aversions have been lifting! 

Gender: Not yet. 

Belly Button in or out: In

Anything making you queasy or sick: Smells still kinda get me. I have my moments, but it's much better than before. 

Labor Signs: No

Wedding ring on or off: On

What I miss: My energy, still feeling a little sluggish. 

What I am looking forward to: Our babymoon to the Bahamas! We booked this trip pre-pregnancy, but still wanted to go. It's a little early, but we're very excited to relax!! 

Nursery: Starting to think neutral colors and soft pinks/blues.

Emotions: Pretty good this week, feeling more like myself so I've been feeling normal :) 

a quote for friday

Friday, October 26, 2012


My exact thoughts as we are traveling and making memories today! 
Happy Friday everybody, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Oh Baby, Baby!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today I am linking up with fellow blog mama-to-be, Michelle! I haven't linked up in so long, and since I've been pinning away since I found out I was pregnant, I found it very necessary to participate today! I've been pinning a lot of nursery inspiration lately since that's something I am most excited about doing. Luckily the husband and I just moved into a bigger place over the summer and now have an extra room for the baby. Now, as soon as soon as we find out the baby's sex I can go crazy over the decor!

Be sure to follow my pins on pinterest! 








Hope y'all have a great day! 

baby bump at 9 weeks

Monday, October 22, 2012

Now, present day today, I am a little over 13 weeks, but I'll have to play catch up until I get back on track. Next week I will post my 13 week bump update! Honestly, my bump stayed the same size for the last 4 weeks anyway, so you didn't miss much :) 



How Far Along:9 weeks as of 9.20!

Size of the Baby:baby is the size of an Olive or Grape!

Maternity Clothes: None. Although I am going to need to invest in a pair of jeans pretty soon. My jeans were tight fitting pre-pregnancy, so I've definitely been feeling scrunched. 

Stretch marks: none

Weight gain: About 3lbs.

Sleep: Sleep is okay, I feel like I have to pee a lot, but it's just my uterus pushing on my bladder I guess.

Best Moment of the Week: We went to our first Doctor's appointment on Wednesday (9.19) and saw the heart beat, saw the baby's little body, and found out how far along I am. We were so emotional and happy during this appointment! 

Movement: Still pretty early, so nothing yet.

Food Cravings: Ughhh nothing... Food is not my friend, and I hate when I get hungry..

Gender: Not yet. 

Belly Button in or out: In

Anything making you queasy or sick: Umm everything, it's been tough, not gonna lie.

Labor Signs: No

Wedding ring on or off: On

What I miss: I miss food. I haven't eaten a full course meal in so long. Always just munching, which causes me to have less energy :( 

What I am looking forward to: Telling our family and close friends this Friday/Saturday 9.21!

Nursery: Haven't began thinking about it.

Emotions: Well, maybe my husband should answer this, but I'd say I've been a little more emotional these days. Joel thinks I'm more defensive about things, and I think that it stems from feeling weak and being so dependent on him lately.

Five Things I'm Thankful For.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Five little things that I am super thankful for today :)

#1 Leaving for vacation today, yay! I'll be trading my boots for sandals and cruising over to the bahamas with my hubby! It will kind of be a pre-baby-moon since we booked it pre-pregnancy, but we still wanted to go and have a last little hoo-rah together, in case we can't take a trip in the Spring! Plus, we need some serious R&R! I think I'll order room service everyday!

#2 So thankful that hubby is done studying and is on fall break! He took his test yesterday and did good, so we're celebrating and catching up on missed time together.


#3 Thankful that we have such good friends to take care of our Rayne Rue while we're gone. I am praying she does well because she can be a little spoiled at times. We believe her chewing days are gone, so hopefully she is a good girl for them! I'll miss her so much!


#4 That we get to see my parents for a couple of days before we embark on our cruise. I've missed them so much, and my Mama especially wants to see her grand baby bump!


#5 That we got to see our baby this week moving all around in my belly on the ultrasound. It's truly amazing to know that there is a baby growing inside of me. I am also very happy that the nausea, food aversions, etc are letting up a bit! Yesterday I ate a cheeseburger!! And I hadn't done that in over 6 weeks! It was good y'all :)


It really has been a good week, even though it was super tough not seeing Joel all week, it really is so worth it that we'll have a whole week together with no interruptions or distractions. We've been looking forward to this trip for so long, and are so thankful we can have this opportunity. I posted this a while back, but the reason we are taking a big trip now, is because it will most likely we our last "big trip" for a long time. Joel starts clinicals right after the baby is born so we will never get a whole week off until he is finished with medical school. He will get 2 weeks off for Christmas, but thanks to the Step 1, he'll be studying the entire time. So, here's to our last "big trip" for a very long time! We're gonna make the most of it :)

While I'm gone I've got a few posts scheduled for y'all! I will be posting pictures via Instagram- so follow along to see what we're up to at: britt_themagnoliapair 

 I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
 

My 1st Trimester Surival Kit.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

During the first trimester of my pregnancy, it was quite rough. Today I am 13 weeks and the nausea, fatigue, food aversions, etc are finally letting up a bit. Since this is my first pregnancy, everything was so new, and I had no clue what to expect. Little did I know that the glow wouldn't be right away. I just wanted to share some of my must-have's in case there are other mom's out there looking for some remedies. 

**Updates** 
This graphic I made has gotten lots of attention via pinterest, and with a lot of questions/emails. I decided to add a few additions to this post in red. Thank you for all of the wonderful responses, I am glad this is so helpful. 


1st Trimester Survival Kit

 


1. Gatorade- I never was anywhere without one handy. Great for regaining sugar/energy and staying hydrated.
2. Tylenol- with off and on headaches, tylenol is one of the only safe pain medications, so this has been fully stocked in my purse from day one. 
3. Bras- those boobs will grow. And fast. It was one of my first symptoms that I overlooked in the beginning of my pregnancy. Oh, and I've felt like I'm carrying bowling balls on my chest, so good support is necessary. 
4. Water bottle- Always try to keep myself hydrated because that's where most of my nausea/fatigue stemmed from. 
5. Peanut Butter- I considered myself a vegetarian for the 1st trimester since meat just made me so nauseated to even think of. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and can pick me up fast if I'm feeling low blood sugar. 
6. Saltine's- Oh how I never want to look at another box of these, even though they were the only mild thing I could put in my stomach. Go ahead and have your significant other wake you up about 20-30 minutes before you "get up" and have him shove these down your throat with some water. I literally could not start my morning unless I had eaten/drank something before my feet even hit the ground in the morning. 
7. Prenatal Gummy's- I made the mistake of buying the horse pill, and I found myself gagging from taking them. The gummy's are much easier to take, and are actually pretty good, especially when you are already experiencing nausea. Taking these gummy's can still cause nausea. So, my routine that helped prevent the nausea was to take them at night, to ease my stomach. This was extremely helpful. 
8. Burt's Bee's Acne Items: I used the roll on oil stick, because pregnancy gives you beautiful acne from when you were 13 in 7th or 8th grade. But this little stick shrunk my break outs almost immediately. 
9. Belly Band- bloating was one of the first symptoms I had, so my clothes were starting to feel tight. I bought one pretty early because when my pants were too tight I developed indigestion, so this made a world of a difference. 
10. Burt's Bees Lotion- my favorite is the milk and honey. Maybe it's because it's close to winter + being pregnant, but dry skin is often an irritant, and with Burt's Bees being natural and safe, it was my best friend! 

Other favorites:
1. Preggie Pops - great for nausea
2. Ginger Gum- another really great nausea remedy that works pretty fast. Also, if you drink tea, I added some ginger in mine in the morning to give me a kick start. 
3. Zofran- my best friend.
4. Kellog's Fiber Plus Chocolate Chip Bars You'll need these for #3 if you take Zofran religiously, like I did. Let's just say.. some things get a little delayed in your digestive track, and need a little push. Catch my drift? 
5. Earth Mama Angel Baby: Mama-to-Be kit- amazing things in here that are so refreshing. It's been working for me so far..And I will swap out with bio oil if I am wanting to switch it up. 


I promise my blog won't turn into a total baby blog, but while I'm transitioning into it all, I just want to also keep this blog about me and what my life is all about at this time. As soon as I get to feeling 100%, I can't wait to beak out some posts I've been drafting. So, thank you for hanging in here with me if the pregnancy/baby posts don't interest you. The baby is a huge part of my life, but staying true to myself and what I am passionate about (hobbies, recipes, style, etc) will always be a big part of my life. 






Letters to Baby R Vol. 1 & 2

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

First and foremost, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent such sweet and wonderful comments, emails, tweets to me the other day. I seriously was so overcome with love from all of the support from our big announcement. I am almost done responding to those emails, and have re-read those amazing comments so many times. Seriously, many thanks, we are so blessed! 


I wanted to start a little series of letters that I've been writing to our baby and post them every couple of weeks. This is such a special time for me, and I have so many thoughts on my mind lately, and want to remember this time. 



Letter 1
(Written on 9.20.12)
Dear Baby,

Today you are 9 weeks! I cannot believe you have been in my belly for that long. Yesterday we got to see you on the big screen for the first time, and your Mama and Daddy's heart just sank. We are absolutely in love with you already. We got to hear your heartbeat (which was a strong 177), see your little body, and find out exactly how old you are. You surprised us a little, as we didn't realize you have been cooking in there for 2 extra weeks. This puts your due date at April 25th! We thought you were going to be a Cinco de Mayo baby, but that's okay, as long as you still like Mexican food one day, we'll be happy to hold you two weeks early :) Mama is a little nervous about what is to come, and Daddy is nervous about balancing his school work/clinical years, but we just know you are going to be an amazing addition to our family and will bring us so much happiness and love. Keep growing strong and healthy in there, we cannot wait to feel you move around soon enough. We love you so much!

Love,
Mama



Letter 2
Dear Baby,

Yesterday (10/15) we got to see you on the screen for the second time! I knew my heart would grow more, but you really made my heart melt this time. Seeing and hearing that you are doing great and looking healthy brought tears to my eyes. Your Daddy just about jumped out of his seat when he realized you were flapping your arms and legs. You are already so active (with a heartbeat of 165) and I cannot wait to feel those movements! Of all of the pictures the tech gave us, this one is my favorite. You are so sprawled out and look like you are comfy in there. Baby, you are so loved already and our family and friends cannot wait to meet you. The response from our expecting announcement was phenomenal, and I hope to show you all the sweet comments you've received when you're older. We love you so much!

Love,
Mama





There's Something In My Belly.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Have you been wondering why I've been MIA lately or blogging less? I think I have a tiny excuse for you....
 


We thought we had our whole lives planned out, but God really does have his own plan, and it is indeed more beautiful than what we had in mind. 

We are so excited to announce that we are expecting our first baby next April!
We are already so in love!

DIY Outdoor Fire Pit

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


After a high demand from others asking that I share this tutorial, here it is on the blog! This is probably the fastest I have edited and written a post. However, I was very inspired to write this because after purchasing all of the supplies, I realized how unrealistic some of those pinterest pins were. The tutorial I followed promised this would be $30, and y'all we had to cut a level of bricks when we did the math and realized we were already at over $50. We don't regret spending that, but at the same time, I was upset to know we had to decrease supplies and spend more. Here is my realistic tutorial of a DIY Outdoor Fire Pit! So, like I said, we cut costs by removing a level of bricks, and instead, we dug a 6 inch hole to make up for the space we lost. And actually, I kind of like the underground look way better. We really love how it came out, and we are already looking forward to having our friends over for a marshmallow roast! This was a great project, and we're so happy we finally made it! 


Costs
$51.12 total + tax
  • 0.5 CU FT Bag of Drainage Rocks 
    • 2 bags @3.48 = $6.96 
  • 12 inch Walnut Basic Wall Blocks 
    • 24 @ $1.84 a piece = $44.16 total 
*Even though I am an advocate for Home Depot (because they sell more American made materials & are often cheaper) -all of the supplies used to make this fire pit were purchased at Lowe's.


Tools
  • Shovel 
  • Gloves (so you don't get cuts from the cement)
  • Sticks/Logs  
  • Rake (optional for leveling out rocks) 

Directions 
  • After purchasing your supplies, bring your supplies to the area you will be building the fire pit. Make sure the area is level and then place a few blocks down at a time. Make sure the blocks are tightly placed next to each other. 
  • Complete the circle, make sure it is even, and all bricks are neatly stacked next to one another. 
  • You will want to dig your ring out before adding the second layer because some bricks may get displaced in the process. Dig about a 6 inch deep hole with a shovel inside your circle. 
  • Start placing your next layer. You will want to find the crack between the two bricks on the bottom layer, and then line the second layer brick centered on top of this crack. 
  • After you are done adjusting the second layer, begin to dump the two bags of rocks on the ground. Use a rake to even out the rocks. 
  • Gather some sticks, and light that fire!  
*Total time to buy supplies, unload supplies, and build was about an hour!


I hope this inspires some to start a fun project. It was great to do this together with my husband and then get to enjoy it later that evening. So go ahead and jump start your fall if your itching to start a project, I promise you won't regret it!

Weekend Snaps.

Monday, October 8, 2012

This weekend was quite eventful. We were social, productive, and very busy!

Friday night we went to the med school Halloween party, which was a blast! We saw so many friends and got to dress up as Where's Carmen San Diego and Where's Waldo! Joel enjoyed being Waldo, and photo bombed some pictures. It was a great time!

Saturday we played hostess, and had some friends over for the sad LSU game. Our poor tigers... something is just not going right. Hoping we'll pull through soon though. I cooked some yummy jambalaya and corn bread, so that made up for the upset. We then saw a late showing of Taken 2, which was not as good as I thought. It was still good, just definitely did not live up to my expectations.

Sunday we were super productive, I tell ya. We got up early to finish our front door decorations and build our outdoor fireplace! I'll post more of the door when I finish the wreath. Since temps have been in the 50s here, we decided it was very necessary to make an outdoor fire pit. And we are clearly obsessed! Tutorial will be on the blog tomorrow! And, I am really excited about it because a lot of the Pinterest tutorials I followed were inaccurate and way under priced. This really was a let down because we had different budget expectations. I'll be posting the real deal, y'all! Before the Saints game, Rayne got a bath, because she helped build the fire pit, by playing in the dirt that we dug up... Dogs! Sunday night we witnessed history with our boy Drew Brees breaking records! I am so happy for him, and am proud to be a Saints fan!

And, can you believe it? I actually took more than one picture on my iPhone this weekend! Whoop Whoop, I am so proud of myself!


I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend, and are able to enjoy this fall weather! I am so thankful for beautiful days and good times with friends :)  Happy Monday!

hello friday.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Happy Friday y'all! I am seriously so happy it's the weekend! This has been a long week for me, and I am just so glad I can rest up and enjoy some time relaxing. First up, I need to muster up some energy for the med school halloween party this evening! Thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions for a costume, I am so appreciative, because I think we narrowed it down to Where's Waldo and Where in the world in Carmen San Diego! I am excited, but we need a few more items to complete our costumes.
Saturday we'll be glued to the TV in hopes that our LSU Tigers will do well against the FL Gators. While it will be a relaxing weekend, it will also be somewhat busy, but more than anything I am just so excited to spend some time with my love bird :) We miss each other during the week, and weekends mean morning snuggling and sleeping in! I can't wait!

Have a wonderful weekend y'all!

Halloween Options

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

So, I am writing this post in hopes that y'all will save my creative soul and help me out with some costume decisions. This Friday is the med school Halloween party, and I am so lost on what Joel and I should wear this year. We are both pretty creative, but not this year. Pinterest has helped a little, but I still need some good suggestions.

This is what the husband wants us to be.....
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 See!!!! I really REALLY need your help! I am not totally opposed to wearing this, because I DO think it's funny. But, when we're going to be amongst a couple hundred people, I will get a little nervous wearing this.

This is more among the lines of what I wanted to wear.
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And here's a few pictures of what we've done in the past. Circa 2008.. We really did a good job this year, especially Joel. He gave me the creeps all night! This is probably my favorite Halloween picture of us and our costumes. All of his face paint was done by me, I gotta take the credit :)

Last Year!

So, really I am all ears! I would love any and all suggestions you have. Just need a little motivation to get the ball rolling here. I have eh 2 days to finalize our costumes!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, October 1, 2012

Y'all, I'm no peanut butter cookie fan, and when these cookies hit my mouth,  I could not have enough of them. Therefore, I am sharing this recipe with y'all! I can't take credit, my friend Brittani made them, not me. And before I left her house I put some in my pockets to eat for later... They were that good! And they are Buddy Valastro's recipe, so I mean of course they're gonna be awesome. This recipe turned me into a peanut butter cookie fan for sure. And my favorite part about this, is that the recipe allots for a chunk of dough to be frozen and baked later if you want. I always forget to do that, so this was super helpful to know. 

Check out my pitiful iPhone picture of those delicious cookies. Even if I took a picture with my nice camera, it wouldn't do it justice. They are so yummy y'all! 




Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring your work surface
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Directions 

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325°F.

Put the peanut butter, shortening and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (If you use a hand mixer, let the peanut butter soften at room temperature before beginning). Cream together at low speed to ensure there are no lumps. Add the egg and beat at medium speed until the ingredients are blended together, about 1 minute. Stop and scrape with a rubber spatula.

Add the condensed milk and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, stop and scrape, then continue to mix until the mixture is smooth and shiny, about another 30 seconds. Turn off the mixer.

Put the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and stir together with a fork or whisk. Add to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed for about 1 minute. Stop and scrape. Continue to mix on low speed for another minute. Then, with the motor running, sprinkle in the chocolate and peanut butter chips. If you’re adding the chopped peanuts, add them at this point. Keep mixing until the chips are evenly distributed, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (The dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to two months. Let it come to room temperature before cutting the cookies.*)

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, using nonstick spray or a dab of butter in each corner to glue the paper in place. (If you have more than two cookie sheets, line a third sheet to speed up the process of baking in batches.)

Flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto the surface. Divide the dough in half. Roll one half out into a cylinder 20 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Use a knife to cut the dough crosswise into 1-inch segments. (You should have 15 to 18 segments.) Quickly roll each segment into a ball and press down with the palm of your hand until the dough is squeezed down to 1/2 inch high. (You don’t want to take too much time rolling each one or your hands will warm up the dough too much.) Arrange the discs on the pans, about 12 per pan, about 1 inch from the edge and 2 inches apart. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake the cookies in batches until golden-brown on top and brown at the edges, about 8 minutes. (If they crack a little bit on top, that’s all right.) The cookies will still be soft but the carryover heat will finish cooking them. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven. As soon as the cookies can be moved, after about 10 minutes, use a spatula to transfer them to a rack and let them cook.

These cookies are best enjoyed as soon as they have cooled enough to handle and eat, but will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

* Tip: It’s tempting to freeze dough in cylinders because we’ve all seen that slice-your-own ready-made dough in the supermarket. But it’s so much better to freeze raw cookies after cutting them because it will speed the thawing process when you’re ready to bake. After cutting them, dust them with flour to keep them from sticking, put them in a freezer bag, and freeze them. When ready to bake, let them thaw completely, roll, press and bake as described in the recipe.


Recipe and video Here
Directions adapted from Rachel Ray



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