Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baby Tuesday

I think I'll indulge you all in a typical baby update post.  I mean, I am 14 weeks along now!

How far along?:  14 weeks today!  I thought it would take a long time, but it's actually going pretty fast!

Symptoms:  Just random growing pains in the stomach/abdominal area and some fatigue here and there.  I can't really complain about anything else.  I've only had a couple hormonal breakdown, but other than that my mood has been pretty normal. 

Food:  I haven't had any major cravings.  Although, I have been devouring strawberries if they are nearby or available with something else.  I did crave soda one day.  That was weird because I never drink soda.
One weird thing, though, is that I have some food aversions.  Nick and I used to always eat Costco's black bean chipotle veggie burgers and now I find them awful.  It's so sad!

Belly/body:  I'm not quite showing yet, but that's mostly because I just look pudgier.  I haven't moved to maternity clothes yet or even a new bra (it's coming soon), but I do have at least two pairs of pants that no longer fit and require me to wear them without being buttoned.  But, I will still indulge you all in a baby bump photo.
See?  Just fat :)

Baby:  As big as a "clenched fist".  Haha, that just makes my baby sound pretty cool.  We also heard the heartbeat last week.  It was actually quite exciting.  It helps make this all feel a little more real!  The baby (sidenote: Nick hates that I call the baby "baby".  He says it must be THE baby when I refer to the baby.  Silly man) ... anyways, the baby was moving around like crazy when we heard the heartbeat.  It got me all giddy!

Excitements:  We find out the gender in about 6 weeks.  I'm so excited!!  It will also be pretty close to my birthday.  I have been avoiding going inside of some of the baby consignment shops around here because I'm so limited to what I can buy.  I just want everything!

That's about it for now.  I'm going to leave you with a totally off-topic question.  I'm in need of your advice!

Question:  How does a person even begin to start menu planning?  I want to try it, but I have NO idea where or how to begin.


  1. BABY!!! I know it sounds cliche, but I don't think you just look fat - I think you look like you're growing a baby! :)

    As far as menu planning...I don't do it very often, but when I do, I just find a bunch of recipes I want to make, write them down on a calendar (which meals I'm going to make which days of the week) and then I make a grocery list for things I don't already have. And the more things you can incorporate into more than one meal, the better. I.e. fajitas on Monday, stuffed green peppers on Tuesday...you only have to buy green peppers once. I hope that makes sense. Mostly it just makes it easier to grocery shop because you know exactly what you need and exactly how much, and it (should) eliminate those random "what should I make for dinner??" trips to the store, and the times when you accidentally either buy something you already have, or forget to buy something!

  2. Honestly, you just start writing. I look at how many days a week I have to cook (usually 7 lol) and I assign a food a day. Chicken one day, beef another, maybe pizza, or pasta on two others. Build in room for leftovers too if there's only two of you. I use the crockpot on the weekends so we have something to eat if we're both home for 2 days straight.
    I make my list of meals, translate it to a list of groceries, and stock up for the week.
    It's not an easy process to stick with, but it's kind of rewarding!

  3. For meal planning, I usually look at the upcoming week, and figure out what nights he or I have evening stuff. Then I use those nights for left overs or something easy. Then I just fill in the rest with whatever sounds good. I go through the kitchen to see what i have and then make my grocery list. I have seen some crazy menu planning ideas on Pinterest, but I try to keep it low key around here.

  4. 14 weeks! omg, how cute are you :) I think you look absolutely adorable :)
    I'm a new follower and I'm so happy to be here.

    PS: still cracking up about the spider man funny from the top post :)


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