Skipper is here!

Skipper arrived late last Tuesday after 48 hours of labor and 21 hours in the hospital. She surprised all of us–doc included–by being a tiny 7lbs 13oz and 20 1/2 inches long. No 9-10lb baby here!

Her birth story, including the complications we both had after, will come. For now, here are some photos of her.

Two days old

Two days old

Kissy cuddling her at 4 days old (just before this was taken, Kissy had her paw wrapped around her).

Kissy cuddling her at 4 days old (just before this was taken, Kissy had her paw wrapped around her).

Four days old

Four days old

Six days old

Six days old

Bumpdate: 33-39 Weeks

Yeah, it’s been six weeks since I’ve updated. Not a whole lot had been going on, but now I’m getting so close, who knows if this will be my last or not. I’m so anxious to meet her.

How Far Along? 39 weeks, one day!

This photo was taken at almost 39 weeks.

This photo was taken at almost 39 weeks.

Size of Baby? Full size. Whatever that will be. She was estimated at a little over 7 pounds at 37 weeks, so I’m guessing she’s over eight at this point. My uterus is measuring at least two weeks ahead, so she’s a good size baby. It was measuring 40 weeks at 37, though at 39 weeks, it’s measuring only (only, ha!) at 41 weeks.

Maternity Clothes? Only a few… because only a few fit now. I’m permanently in maternity yoga pants because even my full panel jeans are awfully tight in the panel area.

Weight Gain? Still too much. It’s hard to tell because I have a bunch of swelling going on and so it changes daily back and forth. It’s around/over 40lbs though.

Stretch Marks/belly button? Oh yes. Sides of hips, underside of belly (which can’t be seen unless I pick the belly up), tops of thighs and… surprisingly… the inside of my KNEES. Yes, knees. Apparently from the swelling. I had no idea you could get stretch marks there. Frankly, these are the only ones that bother me because no one expects them there and they will be awfully visible during the summer vs stuff a bathing suit can cover. The belly button looks like the mouth of a Simpson’s character… the top sticks out a bit but the bottom is still an innie. LOL

Baby’s Sex? Very much a girl!

Baby belly! While it's a big belly... I'm not sure if it's big enough for a 9-10lb baby that the doctor and my family history both predict. I fully expect an 8lb one though.

Baby belly! While it’s a big belly… I’m not sure if it’s big enough for a 9-10lb baby that the doctor and my family history both predict. I fully expect an 8lb+ one though.

Sleep? I’m up every hour or two either peeing, shifting, or dealing with Braxton-Hicks (which is why I have to pee).

Food Cravings? Actually, I’ve been wanting lots of fruit. Unfortunately, I can only eat before 5pm otherwise I have heartburn and aspirating acid reflux issues. It’s not nice and I’m on some pretty serious meds for it.

Best Moment This Period? Seeing Skipper for what is probably the last time on ultrasound. I saw her at 37 weeks when they were estimating her size to see how big she’d be since my family has big babies.

What I am loving? Enjoying the movement because I know I’ll miss this when she’s here. I’m getting sad knowing this is probably my last pregnancy and I won’t feel this again.

Movement? Yes, though she goes through very quiet periods for days, which has prompted one NST. She doesn’t have much room in there.

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting this baby.

Other Updates… I don’t have Group B Strep, which is good. But since my 38-week appointment, I’ve had problems with blood pressure. At 38 weeks, it was 128/90 and they said they’d check carefully the following week. At yesterday’s 39-week appointment, it was 138/70. Now I have to check at least every other day, if not every day. If it gets over 145/95 (either number), I’m to call in. I have a feeling they’ll have me come in and re-check it and if it’s still high, I might be looking at an induction. Last night it was 130/93. So we’ll see.

Please note: photos were taken by my friend Poekitten at Many Waters and were edited by DTex Photography

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Mmm… Monday! Crockpot Chimichanga Recipe

It’s been a while since I did an Mmm… Monday recipe. This week I’ve decided to feature a recipe that has quickly become a favorite. There’s not really a hard-set recipe for this, so I’ll just explain what I did the last time-ish…. ish because it’s not measured.

Enchilada - Filling

Filling the tortilla

 

Crockpot Chimichanga

Ingredients

  • Frozen chicken breasts/strips.. about 2 pounds
  • Small amount of chicken broth (maybe 1/4 cup)
  • 8oz package of cream cheese
  • Your favorite salsa
  • Your favorite tortillas (large are best)

 

1. Put the chicken breasts in your crockpot.

2. Add a little bit of chicken broth… not too much as it’ll make it too soupy. If you don’t have chicken broth, you could probably skip it or just add a little bit of water.

3. Add a bit of salsa on top.

All finished! Mmmm... so much yum!

All finished! Mmmm… so much yum!

4. Cook on low for 10 or so hours.

5. When finished, add block of cream cheese and stir in until mixed together.

6. Spoon into tortillas and fold sides in and roll to seal closed.

7. Place enchiladas on a baking sheet, edges down, and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

8. Flip the enchilada and bake on opposite side for 7-10 minutes.

9. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

 

Note: These are great to freeze after baking so they can be easily used as quick meals later. 

The Great Wait… For Orders

It’s that time. Time to start thinking about deployments and care packages and how I’m going to adjust to solo parenting without any communication with my husband for months at a time.

Yup… we are in the window for our orders (and yes, OUR orders because as a MilSpouse, I’m included on those orders). Huzzy will be detaching his current command in November and should have to report sometime in December.

Besides a three year tour recruiting in Michigan (which was kinda his choice), he has been stationed here in Washington state ever since he completed his training. That’s more than 10 years here, total. There are only two places he can be stationed (besides recruiting), and that’s here and Kings Bay, Georgia. KB is the armpit of Georgia… it’s 40 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, so it’s definitely southern Georgia. It’s located on a built-up swamp and is a pretty isolated area.

It’s always been easy to stay in Washington because, for some reason, many people would prefer to go to Georgia (maybe because they like the heat or closer to family, etc), and 60% of the submarines are stationed in Washington. Never been an issue.

Until now.

Huzzy’s ability to look/shop for orders was supposed to open on the 1st, but now it’s been pushed back to the evening of the 13th. However, he talked to the detailer and was already asked if he’d go to KB… and to the least desirable boat type as well. He’d be miserable. Absolutely miserable.

We do not, under any circumstances, want to go to KB. Besides the fact that we love it here in Washington and absolutely hate weather in the south, we have a house here, my mom is considering moving here to help me with Skipper once she’s born (and she will not move to Georgia as she hates the heat as much as I do), and it’ll be financially detrimental to us. I have been planning on starting my own communication consulting business after she’s born, which I wouldn’t be able to do if we moved until after we moved and got really settled and THEN had to start fresh with no contacts. We also have a house that, due to the current market, would cost us several hundred a month even if we were able to rent it out… on top of the rent in KB that we’d have to do. I’ve looked at rentals there and, like here, the BAH is several hundred dollars shy of what we’d need to rent a house. So we’d be out probably at least $500 a month between the two… and BAH is more than $200 lower there. So that’s approaching $1,000 less in the budget. Not do-able.

I could get an additional job, of course (on top of Jamberry and my Navy Reserve stuff)… but the closest city where that would be possible is 45 minutes away with no traffic. Commuter traffic would probably make it in the hour one-way commute. Plus, then there’d be daycare expenses as well that would eat into it.

And really, I realize that this is something all military spouses go through, but when you have been told (and have 10+ years of personal experience behind it) that you’d never have to leave… it’s a rough transition of thought. On top of that, I’m, of course, just about two weeks away from full term and five weeks from my due date. I have enough to worry about without this unexpected stress.

I just hope Huzzy can grab orders to something here. Even if it is the least desirable boat.

 

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Target’s Poor Customer Service

I sure hope I can write an update to this soon and say Target redeemed themselves, but the complete IDIOCY that I experienced yesterday was crazy. I started looking around thinking maybe I was on a Punk’d show.

We have a baby registry at Target and my cousin helped my grandma get something off that registry, which happened to be the high chair we want. They had it sent to the local store (my cousin even verified the store with me) and told me I’d get an email when it was ready to pick up.

I received an email and it said it was at a store that was two hours away. Whaaat? So I immediately called the store and talked to customer service, who was rather confused, so he gave me to his manager. The manager said it looked like the order was sent to the wrong store and then asked if I could pick it up from there.

Me: “Uh, no, that’s about two hours and a ferry ride away.”
Manager: “Oh, well, do you have the phone number to your local store? I could call them and try to set up a store-to-store transfer.”
Me: “Uh… I guess I could look it up for you on my phone, but it’ll take a few minutes.” (I’m wondering why they can’t look up one of their own stores.)
Manager: “Do you know the store number?”
Me: <laughs> “No, I have no clue what the store number is, but I suppose I could look that up as well.”
Manager: “Well, can you cancel the order and re-order it through your local store?”
Me: “No, this was from my baby registry. My grandmother in Michigan ordered it.”
Manager: “Oh, well, then, can your grandmother come and pick it up?”
Me: “Um, no, that would involve a 2,500 mile flight because, like I said, she’s in Michigan.”
Manager: “Well, do you have any other family members in the area who could pick it up for you?”
Me: “No, we are military… my grandmother is the closest family member.”
Manager: “Well, I really can’t help you without your local store’s phone number.”
Me: “Hang on, I’m still trying to get it from your website, but I’m on my phone and it takes a bit.”
Manager: “Oh, ok, I’ll wait until you look it up.”

I finally got the website to load and gave her the phone number to the store. She said she’d call and check to see if a store-to-store transfer could be done. Hopefully it can be.

But really, Target needs people, who are supposed to be managers, to LISTEN to their customers. And it’s odd to me that she, who is a manager at a Target store, couldn’t look up the phone number of another Target store. And that she expected me to know my local Target store’s store number.

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Mmm… Monday: Zucchini Brownies and Zucchini Bread

This past summer, I harvested a super large zucchini from my garden (pretty much the only good thing from it this year).  What do you make with zucchini? Well, in this house I make my grandma’s Zucchini Brownie and Zucchini Bread recipe.  There was enough to make both, plus I threw some frozen zucchini in my freezer so I could enjoy it later (like now!). I love this recipe because with one recipe, you can make two different things. I absolutely love the brownies and the only thing really “bad” about them health-wise is the cream cheese frosting on the brownies. Or the butter I put on the bread. LOL.

 

Zucchini Brownies & Zucchini Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

(Note:  If zucchini is a little more than 2 cups I just add a little more sugar and vanilla–if I am using imitation vanilla–I am a little generous with it anyway, but these days I only use real Mexican vanilla in my baking)

Then add:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon (I make rounded teaspoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

For BREAD: Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours or until done.

For BROWNIES: Pour into a jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes or until done. When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.

***Loaves and brownies both freeze well, so don’t be afraid to make a lot and freeze it!

 

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Bumpdate: 29-32 Weeks

<<warning… one 3D ultrasound face shot is toward the bottom… I know some find 3D photos or ultrasound photos creepy/triggering, but this is Skipper’s photo debut>>

Whoa. Less than two months before Skipper is due. Holy. Crap. This is getting real… and close! I do have issues, but most stem from other problems I have that are exacerbated by pregnancy.

Five years ago, I was injured while on my two week Navy training. Namely, my shoulder was apparently partially dislocated and my labrum was torn. It took 18 months before someone believed me that there was something wrong. By then, the damage and really been done and though it was fixed (by putting four anchors in my shoulder) and I have about 90% range of motion in that shoulder, I also have arthritis in it. It’s also, obviously, not as strong as my other shoulder and I’m much more likely to have it dislocated again. With all the relaxin going through my body right now, I have to be VERY careful.

The problem is, I have to sleep on my shoulders since I cannot sleep on my back nor my stomach now that I’m pregnant. I generally have to turn from one shoulder to the other every 30 minutes to two  hours. Add on top of that my every two hours bathroom breaks and the pain that comes from the shoulders not getting a break for months and I get fun nights like last night where I slept one hour between the time I went to bed at 9:30 and 3 a.m. I then slept from 3-5 a.m. and that’s my night of sleep. I know people say this is just “practice” for later, but that, quite honestly, pisses me off. I could deal with normal pregnancy up and down, but this? This pain and added into the lack of sleep? No, this is above-and-beyond.

Remember, I’ve not had consistently good nights of sleep for five years. I most likely will not for the rest of my life. The pain will improve once I can sleep on my stomach to give my shoulders a break, but that doesn’t mean it gets all better. Ever. I’ve been surviving on 2-6 hours on average for the last five years… and now I’ll be adding a newborn. I’m always tired already. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like once Skipper comes. It’ll all be worth it for sure, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have ONLY the typical pregnancy sleep problems or ONLY the typical newborn sleep problems. I guess I’ll never know. Anyway, here’s my bumpdate:

 

How Far Along? 32 weeks today!

Photo at 30 weeks. Not the best photo of me, but whatever.

Photo at 30 weeks. Not the best photo of me, but whatever.

Size of Baby? The books say she’s supposed to be about 4lbs and 19 inches long… but she was that weight more than two weeks ago!

Maternity Clothes? But of course. I’m slowly losing the number of maternity shirts I can wear, too, as they are starting to creep up my belly.

Weight Gain? Too much. I’ve gained 29 pounds so far, which is two pounds more than my OB told me I should gain. But I’m also carrying a big baby.

Stretch Marks/belly button? I have some very small stretch marks on either side of my hips now. My belly button is the same… shallow at the top, but not out.

Baby’s Sex? Very much a girl!

Sleep? Sometimes (see the intro above).

Food Cravings? Nope!

Best Moment This Period? Getting a 3D ultrasound and watching Skipper be obsessed with her toes. She just kept grabbing them and touching them and playing with them. She wouldn’t leave them alone! Even the ultrasound tech was laughing at her.

I know many feel 3D ultrasounds are creepy, so I'm only posting one photo. It looks like she has my eyes, cheeks, and lips, and Huzzy's nose and chin (seriously, that chin... such a defined chin--other photos show it better)

I know many feel 3D ultrasounds are creepy, so I’m only posting one photo. It looks like she has my eyes, cheeks, and lips, and Huzzy’s nose and chin (seriously, that chin… such a defined chin–other photos show it better)

What I am loving? Every day loving being pregnant, despite the pain and the lack of sleep.

Movement? Definitely, though she’s doing less kicking and more just shifting. Little girl isn’t so little and is quickly losing space.

What I’m looking forward to: Just enjoying this pregnancy and her movements still.

Other Updates… I had my gestational diabetes test and I’m so way far away from having GD that it’s awesome. Everything else came back ok, too. I had a few days of bleeding and so had an ultrasound then to check her (before the 3D) and at 29w5d, she was measuring about 4lbs and at 31w4d… so two weeks ahead. She’s in the 90th percentile. She’s on track to be about 9lbs, which is fine with me since I figured from the beginning that’s where she’d be based on my family history. I was hoping for an 8-9lb baby and am still hoping she doesn’t hit 10lbs ;)

 

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