Week 21

Week 21- The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Week 21- The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Week 21- The Not So Desperate Chef Wife
How big is baby? The size of a pomegranate!

Baby Development FYI: 
At 10.5 inches and about 12.7 ounces, she’s big enough now that you’ve probably been feeling her movements. As her digestive system preps for the outside world, she’s manufacturing meconium — the tarry black substance you’ll find in her first dirty diaper (ew)!  If it’s a girl, she’s already got a lifetime’s supply of eggs in her womb — about six million of them!

My body has been invaded, how’s that going?
  The inbetweenie “am I fat or pregnant?” stage is over (thankfully).  A cashier at Bojangles even gave me extra fries to feed my little one! 

I’ve now experienced round ligament pain.  I thought I’d felt it a few weeks ago…not so much.  These are no joke!  Even made my first call to the OB to ask my first question…how do you deal with these?  An increase in my water intake (which to me is difficult since I already feel like I’m constantly drinking water), taking Colace 1-2 times a day, apply moist heat when necessary, and slow down on our evening walks.  She gave me a great way to gage how fast is too fast.  If your ta-tas are bouncing when you walk, you need to slow it down.  Boobs have so many super powers, just add speedometer to the list!

Starting to feel some discomfort while sleeping.  Mostly on the sides and my back.  So I’ve been testing out new pillow formations and will hopefully have one figured out soon.  And of course the bathroom trips are still never ending.  That is what I miss the most…a normal feeling bladder. 
My energy is still nowhere close to what it used to be.  I’m constantly amazed at how easily it is drained from me.  Just walking around the office, back and forth, up and down the stairs, too much and too quickly gets me.  Last weekend I went to the mall to pick up a shower gift and some Chick Fila. On the way back from Chick Fila to my car, I was walking so SLOW.  I just had to laugh at myself that a simple mall trip is different now.

What’s been on my mind?
  Just been trying to think of things to take care of before the baby gets here.  Not necessarily for the the baby, but other things we may never get to if we don’t do them now.  Like a new bed or a new mattress.  And getting certain parts of the nursery organized and ready to fill with stuff.  I ordered these canvas drawer organizers from Walmart this week.  Which should work great for a diaper drawer.

Crazy Cravings:
Fruits, veggies, cheese, and yogurt.
Oh, and an ungodly craving for brownies and chocolate chips.
The kicks getting stronger and more frequent.  Before getting pregnant I thought the kicks would get on my nerves, but I LOVE THEM!  They never get old and I’ll miss them when the baby is here.  It is so funny when I’m laying on my back with my feet propped up, the baby will be laying in the same position in my belly, like we are already just hanging out.  So whoever you are in there, you must be pretty cool!  Would love to feel some hiccups!!

Ruth’s Pork Ribs and Beans

Both of my grandmothers are excellent cooks and their styles are completely different.  My grandma’s style of cooking is from Wisconsin/Illinois and has a strong German influence.  My granny’s style is southern with a concentration in baking.  Of course they can both cooking anything and everything and it always tastes amazing.

This rib recipe is from my grandmother and these are what I grew up eating.  Slathered in sauce and the meat falling off the bone, to me, no restaurant ribs could ever compare.  These are sweet and tomato-y instead of your usual barbecue flavor.  Her original recipe call for soaking and baking in the oven, but I thought I’d give the crock pot a whack!  And thank goodness, they turned out perfect!
The only hard part was convincing Nate to try the ribs and the beans.  Because of where he works, the most unappetizing foods for him are pork and beans.  But he is an expert, and I had to have his blessing.  So he agreed to eat a whole rib and try the beans!  He said they were both delicious 🙂

Ruth's Pork Ribs and Beans - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Ruth's Pork Ribs and Beans - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Ruth's Pork Ribs and Beans - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife
Ruth’s Pork Ribs

3-4 pounds of baby back ribs, seperated
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium onion, chopped finely
2 cup ketchup
1 cup water
2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoon vinegar
4 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces

In a medium-size bowl, mix all of the ingredients together minus the rib meat.

Add the ribs to a large crock pot and pour the sauce over the top.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours.

The Beans
My friend Amanda had us over for dinner one night.  Which is something that rarely happens to us because people tend to be nervous about cooking for a chef.  Can you blame them?  But she was a brave one!  The whole meal was delicious and if I remember correctly, we each went back for thirds.  Ever since, I’ve fallen in love with her baked beans.  These were the perfect side for the ribs and potato rolls to slop up the sauces is the cherry on top!

1 1lb can of baked beans (any flavor, I used original by Bush)
1/2 a jar of medium salsa (I used Pace Picante Medium)
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Add all the ingredients to a 9×9 baking dish (recipe can be doubled and fit in 9×13)

Cover with tin foil and bake for at least 1.5 hours.  The edges should by bubbly and starting to caramelize.

Week 20

How big is baby? The size of a banana!

Baby Development FYI: 
 HALF WAY!  Baby weighs about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches. She’s still got a lot of growing to do though. Can you believe you’re halfway done? He’s got working taste buds. Now, he’s gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day — that’s significantly more than before.

My body has been invaded, how’s that going?  
This is the first week that I started to feel stretched.  There is no more room to grow unless my belly starts to stretch!  It is such a funny feeling, being the biggest you’ve ever been and filling out all the extra skin, then eating a huge meal for dinner, and that uncomfortable feeling after that, WOW.  Also, when I laugh really hard, it feels like my whole belly bounces and laughs with me.  Which makes me laugh harder because it feels so funny.

Of course, lots of kicking.  Nate has felt it twice now, woohoo!  Even with all the kicking, I’ve still been getting great nights of sleep, which I am very thankful for.  I think I’ve gotten really lucky in the sleep department so far.  In fact, this is the best I’ve slept in my whole life.  But I know some friends who’ve really had trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep with their bundles of joy, so I know it’s only a matter of time for me.

What’s been on my mind?
  Not so much what is on my mind, but what is NOT on my mind.  I’ve been having the hardest time concentrating on anything.  Unless it has to do with baby, I don’t give a hoot.  But I know I should, and it’s hard to make myself.  Anyone else have a problem concentrating?  What are some tricks to force yourself to concentrate?

I’m thinking nesting has started.  Over the weekend I dusted all of the baseboards, then vacuumed them, along with all the windows, blinds, doors, dvds, and any surface that had a speck of dust.  Also yanked everything out of the pantry and reorganized that.  Ended up getting rid of 3 trash bags full of food!!

Crazy Cravings:
Needed an artichoke.  To dip the leaves, I usually make a butter and lemon juice mixture.  This time…butter, lemon juice, and white wine vinegar.  Nate said it tasted like a foot, I thought it tasted like heaven.  Fruits, nuts, and veggies.  Still loving my hamburgers and milkshakes.  Everything is good right now.
Going home to see my parents this past weekend.  Was nice to just hang out and sleep in.  Also got to see my in-laws and nephew!  He is always fun to just watch because he is such a cute and happy baby.  My sister-in-law packed me up with some baby gear and clothes.  So I got some Dreft and did my first load of baby laundry.  Oh the smell.  Love the smell!  And the little onesies, I can’t wait to fill them up with a baby!!

Our lovely pantry.  And a special thank you to the Container Store for my newest store addiction!

Forgotten Chicken

Adapted from: Darling Doodles 

Forgotten Chicken - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Forgotten Chicken - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Thank you Pinterest! Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that take the amount of time the oven needs to preheat to be thrown together.  Quick, easy, and yummy dishes are a must for any busy family.  And the added plus of only have 2 dishes to wash, only makes this recipe even better for during the week.  Any recipe with a cream of soup always tastes rich and comforting to me.  You could easily add veggies and change up the seasoning to make this your very own.

Also, I’ve been on the look out for simple meals to throw together in preparation for the baby coming.  I’m thinking we will need some quick meals we can just whip together with no fuss or mess.  This one definitely made the cut!

2-3 lbs Boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups minute rice
1 package onion soup mix
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of celery soup
1 can of chicken stock (or water)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix together the minute rice, cream of chicken & celery soup, and chicken stock in a medium size bowl

Add mixture to a buttered (or nonstick sprayed) 9 x 13 baking dish.

Lay raw chicken breasts on top of rice mixture and sprinkle the onion soup mix over the top.

Cover with tin foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Served ours with a side salad and potato rolls!

Week 19

How big is baby? The size of a mango!

Baby Development FYI: 
At about 6.0 inches long and weighing in at about 8.5 ounces, she’s getting there! Developing a protective coating over her skin, called vernix caseosa. It’s greasy and white and you may see some of it at her birth. Working on her five senses. Nerve cells for her sense of taste, hearing, sight and smell are developing in her brain.

My body has been invaded, how’s that going? Kicking, fluttering, and rolling.  It is awesome, and I’m really enjoying it.  Just wish Nate could feel it more because it is so cool!  I feel the most movement during the day which is great because I get to sleep at night (don’t want to jinx this one), but it makes it super hard to concentrate at work.  It’s interesting how your interests and priorities change even before you have the baby.

I normally wash my hair every other day.  Now, I can go 3 and even 4 days without washing it!  It’s crazy.  This baby has sucked all the oil out of my head.  No complaints there since we get to save a buck on my shampoo and conditioner 🙂

Still having energy spurts and then crashing.  It’s amazing how fast your energy drains out of you and how long it takes to recover.

What’s been on my mind?
  For real, really, realizing I need to enjoy every day of pregnancy.  You only get to feel the baby inside of you for a few months, and then never again.  I used to get so annoyed with everyone saying “Enjoy it. Enjoy every second!” Because I’ve seen it so many times and thought it was so unoriginal and common sense to enjoy it.  But now I get it, and they were right 🙂  Well, except telling me to enjoy 1st trimester, that’s just crazy talk.  I don’t miss 1st trimester one bit!

I’ve been dreaming about giving birth this week.  Not nervous about it (yet), but curious about what it is going to be like for me.  Seems like every night I’ve dreamed about a different scenario.

Crazy Cravings:
EVERYTHING. I’m finally craving fruits and veggies.  Strawberries and cream oatmeal in the mornings is delicious.  Pistachios are little bites of heaven. Orange juice. Asparagus covered in lemon juice.  Still loving my milkshakes, but not as often as I’d like.
Feeling lots of movement and getting used to them has been a lot of fun.  Just trying to enjoy them while they are still cute little kicks 🙂

Wearing maternity pants and shirts.  I was kind of scared of wearing maternity clothes because in my head I thought, once I give in to the maternity wear, there goes my body!  But now that I’ve been wearing them and realized how much more comfortable I am, that fear is gone.  I’ve had quite a few compliments on my outfits too, and when I tell them it’s a maternity shirt, they can’t believe it!  So that definitely helped boost my confidence about wearing maternity shirts.

Flatout Craving Pizza

Most cravings are random so some sound terrible, but every once in a while a random craving works out for everyone!  That was the case with this one (thank goodness).  We use flatout bread for lunch wraps because they are much more durable compared to other wrappers.  We’ve been using them for over a year and I finally noticed on the packaging, you can make pizza out of them!  So I gave it a whack.

Just a little bun in the oven update, Nate got to feel the baby kick last night!  It was just a thump, but he felt it!  We tried to poke, jiggle, and wake it up to do it again, but it was done showing off for the night. 

Flatout Craving Pizza - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

Flatout Craving Pizza - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife

nonstick cooking spray
2 flatouts (used healthy grain, but choose whichever!)
1 16 oz can of pizza sauce
1 4-6 oz tub of goat cheese
1 peach, diced
1 package cappicola, sliced into strips
1 bunch baby bok choy, washed, sliced, sauted with EVOO, salt and pepper
1 bottle of balsamic glaze (or reduce your own balsamic glaze)
1-2 teaspoons dried oregano

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly spray each side of the flatout bread with nonstick spray. Place the flatouts side by side on a cookie sheet.  Bake in oven for 7-10 minutes. (Directions said 7, I did 10)

Remove from oven and spoon pizza sauce on to eat flatout.  Use preferred amount of sauce and spread evenly over the bread/crust.

Add all the toppings, sprinkle dried oregano over the top, drizzle with balsamic glaze.  Put back in the oven for about 12 minutes.  (The cappicola should sizzle a bit and start to crisp up.)

Remove, slice, and enjoy!

Week 18

How big is baby? The size of a Sweet Potato!

Baby Development FYI: He’s about 5.6 inches long and about 6.7 ounces now and he keeps on growing rapidly. (That’s why you’re probably feeling so hungry.) Can you believe she’s yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing? And he’s twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too — and he’s big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!
My body has been invaded, how’s that going?  Bump is still growing (duh) and from what I’ve read, it should really take off in the next few weeks.  Sleep has not been an issue aside from getting up to use the bathroom.  So I consider us lucky.  (I say us because when Nate was asked how he was doing he replied “I’m good if she’s good!”)  I’ve been trying to lie on my side, even when on the couch.  Nothing “new” in the symptom department, but I’m guessing I just jinxed it by typing that.  So all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.

…jinxed…my appetite has skyrocketed.  I’m hungry and thirsty ALL the time.  I had to leave work to go get a bacon egg and cheese biscuit, hashbrowns, cinnamon rolls, and orange juice because I was starving.  This was all after my routine bowl of strawberry oatmeal that usually holds me over until morning snack time.  Along with some unmentionable joys of pregnancy 🙂

What’s been on my mind? I realized this week, to people who know me and know that I’m pregnant, I look pregnant.  But when around people who don’t know me, I just look fat haha.  We hung out with some people from Nate’s work the other night and it was funny to see their faces once someone asked me how I was feeling.  A few of them sighed and said “Ohhhh good, you are pregnant!  We were wondering :)”  Some women may have felt awkward after that, but I thought it was hilarious.  Especially if we’d left without ever clearing the air, just imagining the speculation made me giggle.

Crazy Cravings:  Hamburgers. Lemonade. Pickles.  FINALLY back to my beloved pickles!  Has anyone else literally salivated when standing in front of the pickle section?  I went to the store Tuesday night and set all the food out on the counter before putting away.  Nate got home and looked at it all and said “Oh wow.  Did a pregnant girl go shopping?”  3 jars of pickles, salsa, hot sauce, apple juice, chips, honey. Definitely ate a whole jar of Claussen’s sandwich slices…sorry boo.

Highlights: We’ve decided on our names!  But we are keeping them both a secret 🙂

I felt the first flutters on Tuesday…during a meeting at work.  Needless to say, it was hard to pay attention to everyone for a good 5 minutes.  LOVE the feeling.  It feels like there is a tiny bubble machine blowing light, tiny bubbles at one time.  At one point it felt like something was lightly flicking the inside of my uterus too.  That was cool.  I asked Nate if he was a little jealous that I could feel the baby moving and kicking.  He said “NO!  Why would I want something kicking my insides?!”  So add 1 point to women are a little nuts. 

Then Sunday night, I felt the kicks!  So awesome, it felt like Christmas morning.  Right now the kicks are cute, but they will probably become not so cute once the baby gets bigger and stronger. I’m glad to know the baby is growing strong and doing alright in there! 

The anatomy scan on Wednesday. It is always great to see an ultrasound of the little one.  It was moving around, waving it’s arm, and rolling around (I knew I was feeling that!).  But when you have an extremely full bladder that the nurse and receptionist refuse to let you empty, and someone is mashing on it for 30 minutes…what kind of mood would you be in?  To make matters worse, when I could finally use the restroom, the nurse insisted on pointing out ALL the features of EVERY ultrasound picture print out. I was really trying to care, but I didn’t, I was about to pee on their floor. While listening to “see this foot print, that is a foot.  See those 2 dots, those are the eyes and the head around it.” I hear someone go into the one bathroom for some weird test that was going to take a while. I about cried. And about slapped the nurse and receptionist.  I think they stuttered a bit when they asked me if I could make it to the next floor without wetting myself.  Obviously I’m venting just a bit about Wednesday and I think Nate will remember more about me being pissed about my bladder than the anatomy scan haha!

Nate and I made burp cloths…can’t have too many!