Smothered Chicken and Broccoli

"Good work." I know I've added to my ever expanding recipe list when I those two words escape Scott's mouth.

If it's not coming from Pinterest I've found it on Abby's blog. This one is courtesy of Abby.

Talk about easy peasy!

Smothered Chicken and Broccoli
2 thawed chicken breast
1 package rice (your choice, there are about 500 different kinds of rice at the grocery store, pick the one that sounds good to you!)
1 can cream of chicken soup - 98% fat free (or use cream of whatever-you-like-at-the-moment soup; next time I make this I'm grabbing the cream of asparagus)
Approximately 1 cup fresh broccoli florets (I didn't measure, I just threw enough broccoli in to cover the pan)
Fresh cracked pepper.

Preheat oven to 400.
If you're prepping this for just two, use a 9x9 pan (I'll explain below what to do if you're cooking for a party greater than 2).
Grease the bottom and sides of your pan.
Add uncooked rice to the bottom of the pan.
Place thawed (raw) chicken atop the rice.
Add broccoli on to of the chicken.
Smother cream of chicken soup atop the broccoli.
Top it all off with the cracked pepper.
Bake for 30-45 minutes.
If you're cooking for 4 people...
4 chicken breast
2 packets of rice
2 cans of cream of fill-in-the-blank soup
Double the amount of broccoli

If you're cooking for 6 people...
6 chicken breasts
3 packets of rice
3 cans of cream of fill-in-the-blank soup
Triple the amount of broccoli

You get the idea. Obviously, as the number in your party expands so will the size of the baking dish you use.

This is some good stuff! The left-overs rival the dish hot out of the oven.

Source: Never Trust a Skinny Cook


Baby Macke Update - Week 36

On the home stretch!!

A few weeks ago I didn't think it was possible to expand any further. I was wrong. So wrong. I'm not huge, I'm ginormous. If I/we go the full 40 weeks I will be a TANK!
How far along? 36 weeks.
Maternity clothes? These sweats, mesh shorts and yoga pants aren't going any where. Odds are, when Baby M arrives we'll leave the hospital and I'll still be snuggled up in my sweats. :)
Stretch marks? Nope. Nada. None. Not much longer. Let's hope I can keep a stretch-mark-free belly!
Sleep? Not so much. There's just no comfort to be found, anywhere. Even the couch isn't providing as much comfort as it had been.
Best moment this week: We had our last appointment with the OB yesterday. We took one last peak at Baby M via ultrasound. It's so amazing to think the next time we see the little guy it won't be by an ultrasound; the next time we see the little man, he'll be in our arms!
The doctor also noted Baby is curently about six pounds, and in the Frank Breech position. Stubborn little fella.
In related news: my doctor called and has the version scheduled for next Friday.
Miss anything? I'm very aware sleep will be marginal when Baby M arrives, but I CANNOT wait to sleep on my back again. I'm also looking forward to easily getting up out of chairs, as well as putting on shoes and socks with ease.
Movement: Baby M is all over. I THINK he's trying to get out of the breech position. It's not unusual to see/feel his head moving along the side of my stomach. I just don't think there's enough room for the little guy to flip around to where he's supposed to be.
Food cravings: Move over Shamrock Shakes (not that I wouldn't be happy as a clam with one in hand right now), but Rainbow Sorbet is at the top of my list these days. 
Anything make you queasy or sick? Peanuts and peanut butter, which stinks, because pre-pregnancy I liked PB&J sandwiches! And, Scott continues to eat peanut butter toast - EVERY night. Ugh.
Labor signs? I've experienced a few things, of which I'll spare you the details, that have me thinking Baby M's arrival is near - woohoo!
Symptoms: I'm huge. That has to be a symptom, right? And, I'm hungry. Always. 
Belly button in or out? My poor belly button is having an identity crisis. Some days it looks as if the belly button is popping out and other days it seems to be flush with the rest of my stomach.
Linea nigra? Such a faint little line that's traversing up my stomach. 
Wedding ring on or off? The bands of bling are comfortably on.
Happy or moody most of the time? The best person to be asking this question is probably Scott. Of course I think I'm always happy. Scott may have a varying opinion on that. :)
Looking forward to:  Meeting with my doctor this Friday for our regular check-up; we'll also go over details for the version. Say a little prayer Baby decides to figure out which way he's supposed to be positioned, and maybe we can avoid this version all together.


Shrimp Risotto and Pesto

With Lent in full swing I have to think outside the box when it comes to the kitchen. Though I don't eat beef or pork, chicken and turkey - the staples of my life - are still meat.

Time to scour the Internet for Friday-friendly meals. Quite certain I found a winner.

Not only is this dish light and tasty, it is quick and easy.

Please note, in order to avoid an unnecessary trip to the grocery store, I used items I had in my pantry, and tweaked the recipe to fit what I already had on hand.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta
1 pound medium or large raw shrimp, cleaned, deveined, and tails off
8 ounces risotto
1 pound of asparagus (the trick to getting the "good" part of asparagus - the stuff that doesn't taste woody - is bending the raw asparagus until it snaps, keep the end with the tips, dispose of the other end)
1 packet of pesto sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (optional)
Parmesan cheese, for garnishing
1/4 cup and 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook risotto in salt water, according to package instructions.
With four minutes of cook time left on the risotto, add asparagus to pasta.
Drain pasta and asparagus.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, add shrimp, season well with salt and pepper; cook until shrimp begin to curl. Remove from heat.
Add garlic (optional) to pesto mix and cook according to package instructions.
Mix risotto, asparagus, shrimp, and pesto together. Add more pesto if necessary.
Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.
I simplified the heck out of this recipe, and loved every bite. If you're looking for the "extended" version be sure to check out the source link.


Source: http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com


Perfect Perch

Move over Drake... It's Seala's 15 minutes of blog fame.

Apparently, my protruding belly is an inviting spot for the little smush-face to snuggle up on.

I wonder if she knows in a few weeks there will be a new addition to the family? Maybe it's just Pan-Face being the little princess she thinks she is...


My Little Pan Face

Drake has demanded A LOT of attention these days. After his surgery we had to pay close attention to him, keeping him sedated and off his leg. Now we have physical therapy three times a day, seven days a week. Who's the physical therapist? This girl (with help from Scott in the evenings and on weekends).

With all that being said, I feel like I've neglected my little pan-face, Seala, some. So, I've decided since Drake has had a few recent posts, Seala should get at least one.
Upper Left: All snuggled up in my blanket.
Middle Left: Soaking up some rays - she loves our patio table.
Lower Left: Begging for treats.
Upper Right: More patio table time.
Middle Right: Still begging for treats (I'm not sure who's worse when it comes to begging, Seala or Drake).
Lower Right: Comfy in the big plush blanket. 

I should note, Seala is a long-haired Himalayan. Due to her long hair we have to give her hair cuts regularly. I happen to think the "lion cut," as it's called, is awesome (it's ok, you can laugh, everyone else who sees her can't help but let a few chuckles slip out). The puffy little ball on the tip of her tail, the "boots," and her little "mane" are just too much.


DIY Monogram Pictures

As alluded to in Mondays post, my mom and I decided we wanted to make Baby's monogrammed photos.

My first thought was to use Styrofoam, cover the Styrofoam with scrapbook paper, and ribbon around the edges of the Styrofoam to create the photos - an idea I'd found where else but Pinterest. In theory it was a good idea, but in practice  it was a total fail (for me).

The completed project should have looked something similar to  this --->
However, my end result looked sloppy, as if I'd let a first grader get a hold of a glue gun... My paper looked lumpy, as did the ribbon trimming the edges. After a brief consultation with Mom, we both agreed we needed to find another route to go.

To the craft store we headed. With President's Day sales, as well as a few coupons, we made out with some insanely affordable prices, and a much better alternative for our project.

To make the pictures here is what we ended up using:

3 - 12"x12"x7/8" canvases ($12.12 for all three)
1 yard of fabric ($3.14)
3 - 9" letters, already painted black ($7.18 for all three)
1 bottle Tacky Glue ($5.39)
Staple gun and staples, borrowed from the neighbors (free - our neighbors rock!)
A grand total = $27.83, or per picture $9.28 - I highly doubt I could have purchased three monogrammed picture for that price.

How we made them - and, when I say "we" I really mean Grandma Dudding. :)
1. The 12"x12" canvases ready to go.
2. Laying the fabric out to be measured.
3. 16"x16" squares cut out to be wrapped around the canvases.
4. Ironing out the fabric to ensure a smooth, snug fits on the canvases.
5. Canvas centered on the fabric. This part was a little tricky, as the fabric had the print "baby" on it. We needed to make sure the print was lined up straight on the canvas.
6. A staple gun was used to secure the fabric to the back of the canvas. The best way to describe how the fabric was wrapped -- wrap similar to that of gift wrapping.
7. The completely secured fabric; back side of the canvas.
8. The secured fabric on the canvas; front side.
9. Tacky glue, to be used to secure the monogram letters on the wrapped canvases.
10. A generous amount of glue placed on the back side of each letter. The letters were then centered on the canvases and allowed to dry overnight.
11. To hold the monograms on hooks, ribbon was cut and glued to the back side of the canvases. About three hours was allowed for the glue to dry.
12. Bows were tied and glued on the ribbon. Buttons were also glued on the bows.
The end result! Baby M's first name isn't being revealed until his arrival. We're not even giving away the first letter of his first name. So, until the little guy arrives the first photo will remain blank. :)


Baby Macke Update - Week 35

Only five weeks left! Some days it seems like AGES ago that we found out Baby M was on the way. Other days it seems like only yesterday we were announcing our soon-to-be bundle of joy.

I've had a few people tell me Baby appears to have "dropped." How I wish that were true. For Baby to have actually "dropped" he would have to be out of the breech position, and that certainly isn't the case.
Drake is on a diet. What he's lost I've found. 
How far along? 35 weeks.
Maternity clothes? In this last stretch I'm settling nicely into my sweats and yoga pants. I'll throw on the maternity clothes (that still cover my belly) if I HAVE to.
Stretch marks? Nope! We're so close to the end, let's hope those marks stay away!
Sleep? I do more tossing and turning than I do sleep. The couch has provided some reprieve, but not much. 
Best moment this week: My mom visited over the weekend and we pretty much finished Baby's room!
Miss anything? Sleep. Running. Sleep. Non-maternity clothes. Sleep. Sushi. Sleep. Wine. Sleep.
Movement: This kid is non-stop movement. I'm frequently moving Baby's foot out of my right rib.
Food cravings: Still can't say no to a Shamrock Shake. But, really, if I see/hear a food I pretty much want whatever it is that I've seen or heard. Like right now, there's a show on about BBQ. I will obsess about BBQ for the rest of the day.
Anything make you queasy or sick? Just keep those peanuts and peanut butter away from me and we'll be good to go.
Labor signs? Still dealing with Braxton Hicks; not much else happening that would suggest labor (dang it!).
Symptoms: Lack of sleep. Lower back pains. Inability to keep food out of my mouth.
Belly button in or out? For today we'll say the belly button is flush with the rest of my stomach. 
Linea nigra? That faint little line appears to be sticking around for the rest of the pregnancy.
Wedding ring on or off? Rings are on, and I don't see them going anywhere.
Happy or moody most of the time? Those emotions are still all over the board. For the most part I'm happy (especially if there's food near by:).
Looking forward to: Monday we make our final trip to the obstetrician for one more good look at Baby M, and hopefully we score a few ultrasound photos in the process. There are also a few things coming by mail this week that should complete Baby's room! 


A Room for Baby M

Grandma Dudding came to visit for a few days. That can only mean one thing... Baby M's room was FINALLY finished.

It's not that I couldn't get the room done on my own. I could have if I would have wanted to buy the bedding and curtains for Baby's room. Not at all what I had in mind, not when Baby's grandma is an out-of-this-world seamstress.

Here are some before photos of Baby's room. Incredibly plain and boring, right?
Top two photos: This was what the room looked like when we moved in.
Bottom photo: Setting up the room to add a splash of color.

Here are some almost-finished after photos.
As you can see, we added some thick stripes. And, awhile back Baby's Grandma and Grandpa Macke visited. During their stay the nursery furniture was assembled!

THIS is Baby's room complete! We added the tree decal, the fabrics of course, and monogramed photos. Check in Wednesday and I'll have a how-to on the DIY monogram photos.

 Any fabric you see in the room were sewn by Grandma Dudding.
 See the tiny little cowboy boots under the lamp? Those were made by Scott's Aunt Sandy, when Scott was born. Adorable, right?!
If you know Scott's middle name you know Baby's middle name, if you don't, so sorry - once Baby arrives I'll finish the first photo and add Baby's first initial :)
Baby's bedding - courtesy of Grandma Dudding.
There are just a few small things that aren't finished in the room. When those little things are done I'll post pics.
But, all that's really left to add to the room is Baby M!


Cone Head

The big guy is on the mend. It's not a fast process, but things are going well.

There is just one thing that we can't quite nix, and that's the ginormous cone we have to put on Drake when we're not around him for extended periods of time.

Drake hates the thing. And, seriously, can you blame the poor guy?
About six more weeks of therapy and hopefully my snuggle buddy will be back to his normal self.


Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Seems like it's been awhile since I've pulled out the trusty crock pot to make dinner. And, crock pot queso doesn't constitute a meal.

Huge thanks - once again - to Abby for providing me with yet another great meal. (Seriously people, if you haven't checked out her blog DO IT.)

This delightful dish requires only three ingredients. Ok, that doesn't include the tortillas and toppings, but you get the idea.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
4 chicken breasts
1 jar of your favorite salsa
1 packet of taco seasoning

Throw all into your crock pot, set on high for about three hours. If you're planning to let this cook while you're gone for the day, set your crock pot to low for 6-8 hours.
Shred the chicken, stir everything up. Bam. Done.

Fill up your tortillas, add lettuce, shredded cheese, onions, cilantro, whatever your little heart desires.

Source: Never Trust a Skinny Cook


Splendid Scenery

Though I can't run these days I've been getting out and taking advantage of the great weather and beautiful scenery.
Top photo: A view of the coast and Trump National Golf Course.
Bottom left and bottom right: Breathtaking views of the coast.

There is a stretch of trails that run along the coast and Trump National Golf Course. With views like this it seems criminal to stay inside.

The ocean stunned me with its display of colors of deep sapphire, cyan, aqua, and light blue, contrasting against the browns and greens of the coast line; I couldn't help but stare out into the vast waters and thank God for all that He's blessed us with.
Not only was the land and ocean scape breathtaking, I stopped to look a little closer to the trail and found a few beauties inches from my camera lens.
A solo boat traveling through the calm waters, with Catalina standing as a sentinel to the coast, under a blanket of clouds, in the background.


Baby Macke Update - Week 34

Happy Valentine's Day

Six weeks to go!!! Great news about the 34 week mark: if Baby M decides to come now he shouldn't have any health problems. Not that I want Baby M to come this early, but if he did it's reassuring to know that the little guy would be fine.
I just keep expanding...
How far along? 34 weeks.
Maternity clothes? My option of maternity clothes is slowly shrinking. There are now two tops, for sure, that no longer adequately cover my bulging belly. There are even a few of Scott's t-shirt that are starting to fit a little more snug than I'd like. The sweat and yoga pants are still holding strong, phew!
Stretch marks? Not seeing any. Believe me, I'm checking regularly!
Sleep? Ugh. Sleep. Not happening. There's really no comfort to be found these days. If I'm lucky, and exhausted enough, I'm able to snag a short nap during the afternoons, but nothing substantial. 
Best moment this week: Scott and I finished our child birth classes, as well as our infant care class, and we took a tour of the hospital.
Miss anything? Running. The weather has been PERFECT for running, and there are some amazing trails along the coast that I would love to run along. I do walk them, but what I wouldn't give to hear my feet hit the path as I looked out over the ocean... 
Movement: The question is more, "is there much 'quiet' time?" The answer is, no. Baby M is A-C-T-I-V-E!
Food cravings: SHAMROCK SHAKES! Holy moley, those things are fan-tab-ulous! There's a good possibility I had one, or two, this weekend; my only Valentine's Day request is that there's a Shamrock Shake in my hand at some point this evening. :)
Anything make you queasy or sick? Still can't handle peanuts and peanut butter. I think Scott has had more peanut butter toast in the past few weeks than ever before in his life. Not cool.
Labor signs? Those Braxton Hicks aren't going anywhere. Is the constant nagging need to clean a sign of labor? I've had the strong urge to clean. Everything. Last week I cleaned scrubbed down our couches, along with a deep clean of the entire house. I keep eyeing our pantry, and there's a good possibility I'll be attacking that very soon.
Symptoms: The third trimester nausea seems to have dissipated - thank goodness! Does constantly wanting to eat count as a symptom? And, of course, the never-easing back pains.
Belly button in or out? There are times I look at my belly button and think it's definitely pushing out a bit. Then, there are other times when it seems like the belly button is in. I think my belly button is confused as to where it should go.
Linea nigra? That faint little line above and below the belly button is still there, but not getting any darker. 
Wedding ring on or off? The sparkles are still on.
Happy or moody most of the time? Confession: my moods are on a tumultuous roller coaster. Thank God Scott has been so understanding of some of my more crazy moments (like when I broke down because we couldn't figure out what we wanted to have for lunch)... 
Looking forward to: My mom is coming tomorrow night!! This means Baby M's room will finally be finished. I'll post pics as soon as everything is ready to go!! We also see the doctor Thursday to see if Baby M is still breech - if he is we will schedule the inversion.


Some Final Preparations

As mentioned in my 33 week update, I've been looking forward to wrapping up our informational classes as we get ready for Baby M...

In our final preparations, the past two weekends have been dedicated to classes regarding Baby M. We attended a two-part child birth class, as well as an infant care class, and took a tour of the hospital, Cedars Siani. 

I've heard most of parenting comes from instincts and intuition, but the classes were a great way to ease any anxieties we may have had, as well as confirm any thoughts or notions we had about parenting before attending the classes.
After our classes I'm even more ready for this little guy to get here! Any day Baby M, any day.


Stuffed Chicken Pockets

Cook book? What the heck is a cook book? Since Pinterest I've found more awesome recipes and skipped out on cook books (and yes, I'm going to ruthlessly plug Pinterest - it is one of the best. things. ever).

Yesterday Scott and I were going back and forth between what we should have for dinner. After dismissing the thought of just plain ol' marinated/grilled chicken with rice and veggies I took to my favorite website. As usual, I was not disappointed when I came across this tasty dish.

Stuffed Chicken Pockets
2-3 cooked chicken breasts (I throw my chicken into boiling water to get it cooked)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk (go for skim, cut some calories)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (use the 2% cheese to scale back on fat/calories)
1 canister croissant rolls (you want the ones that are triangular in shape)

Preheat oven to 350.
Cut your cooked chicken breast into small cubes, 1" cubes are a bit too big.
Make the condensed cream of chicken soup according to the packing instructions, this is where you'll use your 1 cup of milk.
Slightly pat out the croissant rolls.
In each croissant place a bit of the chicken and cheese.
Then - the tricky part - folding up the croissant. I like to think this is practice on the swaddling technique :) Don't worry, the folded croissants don't have to look pretty, mine sure didn't - pretty has no effect on how great they taste!
1. Croissant flattened with a bit of chicken added to the center.
2. Cheese added to the croissant.
3. Bottom (skinniest end) of triangle folded up and over the chicken filling.
4. Side "a" of croissant folded over.
5. Side "b" of croissant folded over.
6. Openings of pocket pinched shut.

Place your croissant pockets in a 9x13 baking pan.
If you have any left over cheese and cubes of chicken (which you will), throw them in with the soup and mix them up.
Pour the soup mix over the chicken pockets.
Place in over until the pockets puff up, and the tops are a nice golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.
Top left: Pockets placed in baking dish.
Top right: Pockets covered with soup and remaining cheese and chicken mixture.
Bottom: Pockets straight out of the oven.

This dish lacks veggies, so I paired it with a side salad and asparagus. So good!

(Apologies for the poor photos. I had to snap these at night, and the lightening in our kitchen house is less than ideal.)

Source: Thrifty With Triplets


7Up Biscuits

This recipe has been floating around Pinterest for quite some time now, and I was waiting for the right time to give these a go. Last night was such a night.

I'm no baker. Cooking is more my thing. But, let me tell you, these puppies look easy, and ARE easy! Due to such ease I'm not sure how much this actually constitutes baking... In any case, they're super delicious.

7Up Biscuits
2 cups Bisquick mix
1/2 cup sour cream (as usual I used the reduced fat kind)
1/2 cup 7up
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 450.
Cut sour cream into Bisquick mix, then add 7up; you will have a soft dough.
Sprinkle your counter with a little Bisquick mix, then add your dough and pat it out.
Melt butter and pour into a 9-inch square baking pan.
Cut your dough; I used a pizza cutter to zip through the dough and it worked like a charm (you should end up with nine biscuits approximately 2"x2").
Place your biscuits in your baking pan, atop the melted butter.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
These were great served with dinner, but would be fabulous with breakfast. There's a good possibility after dinner I was hungry (shocking), so I put a little strawberry jelly on one of the biscuits and it was simply glorious.

As I mentioned, I found this recipe on my addiction Pinterest. The original recipe came from Monster Momma, whom I am now following. Almost all of her recipes left my mouth watering. Take a second to check out her blog... Tell me you don't see anything that looks scrumptious!
Source: Monster Momma, originally posted by Plain Chicken (whom I am now also following)


Tag! You're It.

You've seen it before, in your email inbox, or possibly even on a blog... I've been hit by the Tag chain. All I have to do is answer the 11 random questions below and keep the chain going. I was tagged by Sarah, and here are the rules:

1. Post these rules.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the person who tagged you. 
3. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
4. Tag 11 people and link them to your post (I don't follow 11+ blogs, so I added those that I do follow, however, if you're not a blogger, I encourage you to answer the questions in the comment section!).
5. Let them know that you tagged them.

My answers to her questions:
1.  Why did you chose to start blogging and how much time do you spend a week doing it? I began blogging so I could keep in touch with family and friends, not only in the Midwest, but all over the country! And, since we found out we are expecting Baby M in March it's been a great way to journal the journey of this pregnancy, as well as a way to follow Baby M as he grows once he gets here. I try to blog every weekday... And, I'm guessing I spend about an hour (give or take a few) for each blog post.
2.  What 5 things would you grab if your residence caught on fire? I'm assuming Scott is able to get to safety on his own.  Sooooo.... Baby M, if he's here; My chocolate lab, Drake; my Himalayan cat, Seala; our wedding photo booth album; our lap top (all of our pictures are loaded on to that)
3.  Who are your favorite sports teams? Collegiate - Iowa State Cyclones (and Kansas State, if they're not playing ISU); Pro football - Chiefs; Pro baseball - Royals
4.  What is your favorite type of food? Holy geez, right now, about anything that I can stuff into my mouth. But, as a general rule, mashed potatoes and ice cream. 
5.  If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be (let's go with only alive people here!)? All of my cousins (there are like 40 of us, I swear). I miss the big Dudding Christmas, Easter, and Cutty's gatherings, where we're all running around causing chaos. It would be phenomenal to get us all together and spill stories of "Remember when..."
6.  How will you most likely celebrate Valentine's Day? We'll stay in and let everyone else deal with ridiculously inflated dinner prices. 
7.  Did you play any sports growing up? Heck yes - softball, volleyball, swimming (of the synchronized sort).
8.  What was the best vacation you ever took and why? Scott and I traveled to Cabo fairly early in our relationship and it was an amazing time, and place, to better get to know one another. That trip pretty much sealed the deal (for me) that he was "the one."
9.  Do you have a motto or words of wisdom that you try to live by? I can't say there's an exact motto, but I try to find the positive in all situations, as well as keeping an open mind when it comes to new or unusual things.
10.  What is your favorite outdoor activity? Running - I can't wait to get back at it once Baby M arrives!
11.  Do you have pets? My snuggle buddy, Drake, and my little pan-face, Seala.

My questions to you:
1.  When did you begin blogging, and why (if you're reading this, and you don't blog, do you have any plans to begin blogging)?
2.  What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon?
3.  If you had an opportunity to travel any where in the world, where would it be?
4.  Growing up, who was your role model?
5.  If you came across $10 million what would you do with it?
6.  Do you have any pet peeves?
7.  If you were granted one wish, what would you wish for, and why?
8.  What would you consider your dream job?
9.  What is your most cherished item in your possession?
10.  What is your favorite sport to watch and/or participate?
11.  What season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) is your favorite, and why?

 The bloggers I'm tagging:
  1. Becky from all things new
  2. Alisa from Chantilly lace and a pretty face
  3. Ashley from Keeping Up with the Clarks 
  4. Erin at  Lemon Sugar
  5. Jill at MakeLemonade
  6. Lindsey from My Fabulous Married Life
  7. Abby from Never trust a skinny cook
  8. Emily from Sands on Portland
  9. Matt from Experiences with My Roommates


Baby Macke Update - Week 33

I. Am. Huge. There's still seven weeks to go. Is it possible I'm able to expand even further?!
Even in his drug induced haze, Drake couldn't resist the photo update. Look closely and you will see his shaved left leg. It's a slow process, but my snuggle buddy is mending. 
How far along? 33 weeks.
Maternity clothes? Still the same sweats and Scott's shirts, along with the few maternity clothes I own. However, the other day I actually got out of my sweats and into some true maternity clothes... To my dismay, some of my maternity tops no longer totally cover my swollen belly. Yikes. 
Stretch marks? Still no signs of the little buggers.
Sleep? Sleep is touch and go. I've found the couch to be my saving grace.
Best moment this week: Scott and I attended our first child birth class - makes me that much more excited to meet our little guy. 
Miss anything? I miss just being comfortable in general. 
Movement: This child is all over the place. This week Baby M seems to have snagged an energy spurt... There have been times I've pleaded with him to sit still.
Food cravings: Someone mentioned Shamrock Shakes yesterday and that is ALL I can think about right now. I foresee a shake in my VERY near future.
Anything make you queasy or sick? Peanuts. I think about the things and I get goosebumps.  
Labor signs? Still the occasional Braxton Hicks contraction. 
Symptoms: Third trimester nausea. I was really hoping this was a one-time thing, but doesn't seem to be the case; most mornings I wake up feeling like I did in the first trimester. Luckily, the feeling wears off relatively fast. 
Belly button in or out? I'd consider the belly button to be out at this point, but not by much.
Linea nigra? Above and below the belly button there's a very faint line.
Wedding ring on or off? Still sporting the bling.
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy - and anxious to meet the little guy.
Looking forward to: Our last child birth class, along with the hospital maternity tour - we're getting close to the big day!!