Week 19

Well, I think it is safe to say that this week I POPPED! Last night I told Sol that I felt huge and could swear that my bump had doubled in size over the last few days, he laughed at me but when I looked at the week 19 picture next to the week 18 picture, I think it’s totally true!

Also in big news this week, I finally felt Baby K move! It’s strange to wait and wait for something that you don’t know what it feels like, especially when your body and your digestive system are doing all kinds of other crazy things too, but last night I KNOW that’s what I felt. I was laying in bed very very still and I distinctly felt a movement against the inside of my belly like something was brushing horizontally against me from the inside. Today I felt some little “pokes” or kicks from the inside in a certain spot that were very faint but very distinct. Now I want to feel her moving around alllll the time! I like the constant reminder that she is swimming around in there. Tuesday we get to have our 20 week appt. and ultrasound, I can’t wait to see our little girl again. More pictures of our little lady to come!

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Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve mentioned my unhealthy love for soup more than a few times. There’s nothing that screams “FALL!” to me more than a stormy day and a warm belly of soup. I could eat soup every day, for every meal.

On Kamman family pajama day I whipped up a home-made chicken noodle that was filling, healthy and delicious and a perfect end to pajama day.

-Sautee chopped onion (the base of any good soup) in olive oil

-Add zucchini, carrots, celery

While veggies are softening, bake chicken breasts (to underbaked) for about 20 minutes at 350 with olive oil and salt and pepper and boil pasta (to still hardish)

-Add chicken chunks to veggies

-Pour in chicken broth to cover + some to account for ingredients you add later

-Season to taste, I use salt, pepper and Italian seasonings

-When the veggies and chicken are at adequate stewiness, add shredded cabbage and noodles about 15 minutes before serving

Enjoy your warm-soup belly!

Banana bread

Sol is so spoiled…I said I was going to make more pumpkin bread and he whined “but I ate sooooo much pumpkin bread last week, will you make banana bread?”

I’m a sucker for a cute face, so I made banana bread.

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Oh, and I added Walnut hunks, ya know, for some added protein value.

Kamman family pajama day

On Sunday the weather was even more delightfully awful than on Saturday.

The pouring rain and howling wind set the perfect scene for a….KAMMAN FAMILY PAJAMA DAY!

It was absolutely perfect and glorious. I wish we could have turned it into 4 days. We wore pajamas all day. We didn’t go outside. We snuggled and stayed around the perimeter of the couch area the whole time.

Although it was a lazy day it wasn’t entirely unproductive:

-I deleted 900 emails from my inbox

-We watched 3 football games

-I finished the baby registry

-We pet cats

-Sol did laundry

-I made chicken noodle soup and banana bread

Kitties don’t have pajamas, but they love pajama day anyway!

We can’t wait to institute a similar holiday again, although with our busy schedules I think it’s going to be a special and rare treat.

new territory: the baby registry

 

Sol working hard...testing nursery chairs!

 

Saturday we braved the stormy day and headed to BabiesRUs, our local overwhelming baby superstore to set up our baby registry. Wow, we had a lot to learn! I had polled my Facebook friends, done a lot of research and had a list tucked in my pocket and thought I was prepared to venture in to the new land of baby gear. Sol took charge of the little gun, and I managed the list that I had brought in addition to the list of stuff THEY think you need (which is obviously wayyyy more than you actually need) and we developed a strategy of attack around the store. We started in the toy section, not because that was the most important but because it geographically made the most sense in our plan of attack. I had read that you receive a lot of books and toys anyway, so those shouldn’t be a priority to register for, but they are so much fun! Sol and I spent quite awhile testing toys, although it was difficult to distinguish if Sol thought we should scan it because he thought our daughter would like it or because HE wanted to play with it! (Yes, we are registered for baby bongo drums…haha). We picked a few things in that section and then headed to the blankets and swaddlers.

Me: “Um, it says that we need 4-6 receiving blankets”

Sol: “What’s a receiving blanket for?”

Me: “Um, I don’t know, receiving?? Just scan 6 of them, we can Google it when we get home!”

There were several more of these conversations throughout this experience, including when we were standing in front of the wall of 30 types of bottles discussing low-flow and medium-flow nipples, and in front of the humidifiers discussing gallon size and warm or cool vent.

We circulated around through the chairs, strollers, car seats, kitchen stuff, high chairs, breast pumps, etc. etc. it all becomes a blur around this point. Towards the end and several hours later we were both tired, hungry and bleary eyed. It actually works out, me pregnant and hungry equals about the same level of patience as Sol regularly hungry so we were ready to bail simultaneously. We left having no idea what we had gotten, if we needed it or what we were missing! After I had some food and a few hours of rest at home, I got online to see what we had ended up with. We actually did pretty good, although I did spend a couple of hours online later that night checking through my list, deleting things we didn’t need and adding a few things that we had missed. I also swapped out a few in-store things for a few only-online things that I liked better. I am now fairly certain the registry is complete with awesome gear for miss baby K, although they told us not to register for clothes until 2 weeks before the shower to make sure they have everything in stock so at some point we will have to venture back in to the baby super center. Check out what we chose if you want to, try to guess what half of the stuff is for…I am still trying to figure it out! lol

Baby Kamman fashion

Baby girl stuff must be REALLY fun to buy (who am I kidding, I KNOW it is!) because little miss K is getting spoiled already! By the time she is born she is going to have a bigger wardrobe than me, and I love it! I can’t wait to dress her up in all these cute duds. The latest package of baby K love comes from Rivkah-mom, who has been waiting through 3 sons and a grandson to buy cute baby girl stuff.

Mary Jane socks

Soft bunny boots

A cute hippie onesie