Peanut’s birthday

I wasn't sure whether to do a birth post or not, but since many of you asked, here's Peanut's birth story (no worries, I won't get gross on you).Friday morning Jon and I woke up early to get ready for my 41 week appointment.  I decided that since I was already showered and dressed, we should take a 41 week picture.P-nizzle, 41 weeks in my bellyWe made it to the New Haven doctor's office as scheduled and got to see our little Peanut on the Ultrasound machine.  As usual, she was moving around and kicking.  Next, I was hooked up to the stress test to watch the baby's heart rate since I was past my due date.Jon and I settled in for the 25 minute test and were chatting eagerly when I suddenly felt very uncomfortable and my belly got really hard.  We looked at the machine and it showed that I had a contraction.  I'm not going to lie, we got a little excited.  The midwife came by, looked at the monitor and told us to hang out for another 30 minutes or so to monitor the contractions.  Shockingly, they kept coming on average every 5 minutes and were getting stronger.  We were so excited!  Who else goes into labor while at the doctor's office?41 weeksAfter 30 minutes and continuing contractions, I was checked over and told that I was likely starting labor and should hang out close by since there was quiet a bit of snow on the ground.  Jon and I decided to go to IKEA nearby and grab some meatballs for lunch and see how things go.  … [Read more...]

Survey results

Thanks for playing gang! Here are my answers and the results of the Survey from Friday's post. I don't commit either - in case you don't know me by now, commitment is not exactly my thing.Gang, I love your answers.  Apparently I missed a whole bunch of fun stuff like dance and Zumba!  My favorite activity pre-pregnancy was definitely running.  After the first few months of pregnancy, I switched to walking.  I can't wait to start running again!I'm into a variety of things - shocker, I know.  Did you notice that most of my answers had that option?  By the way - thanks for your fun comments on this one.  As for whomever put down that their husband cooks their meals for them - please e-mail me a.s.a.p. with training guidelines to get mine to do that.  PS- ramen noodles don't count.Wine, wine, wine.  Oh and another glass of wine please!  Can we say how excited I am that I can have a glass of wine in the evening again?  So far I've only tried about half a glass because I'm a paranoid freak and have absolutely no tolerance anymore, but OH MY DID IT TASTE GOOD!  PS- Spiked hot chocolate? What?! Why didn't I try that before?Alright, so 1/23 was a popular answer and you were close!  To those of you who guessed 1/22 - congrats!  You're winners.  Your prize - more picture of Peanut!  Enjoy.PPS - Don't you love how awesome the 50mm lens is working out? … [Read more...]

Peanut is here!

Hello blog world! Sorry for being MIA but I totally have an awesome excuse - Peanut is finally here!I'll keep this post short since I'm holding the baby and typing with one hand.I (finally!) went into labor on Friday afternoon after a short false alarm earlier that morning.  We made our way to the hospital around 11:30 that evening and were admitted to Labor & Delivery.  Peanut was born on Saturday morning (1/22/2011) at 7:35 am.Addison Haley King is 6 pounds and 5.5 ounces and 19 inches long.  The first thing Jon and I both said (after all the tears of happiness) was that she really looks like a little Peanut!Needless to say, we are absolutely smitten with her.  We can't get enough of her. And yes - we did end up using both outfits because, shocker, I couldn't resist dressing her up right away.As we get adjusted I have lots more to post (including the survey results!).  As for right now, Jon and I will be here, staring at our little Peanut. … [Read more...]

The waiting game

While we wait, I have a fun little random survey for you guys and gals.I'll post the results and my answers Sunday!<p><a href="">View Survey</a></p> … [Read more...]

Chocolate cookies and walnuts

All I want these days is cookies.It's not like I'm pregnant or anything.Here's a recipe for some absolutely delicious Chocolate cookies with walnuts.What you'll need1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature1/2 cup light brown sugar1/4 cup granulated sugar1 large egg1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup cocoa powder1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 cup walnutsWhat to doPreheat the oven to 350 degrees.In a large bowl, combine butter and both sugars.Use a stand-up mixer, like the one I'd dying to get, or a hand mixer to mix the ingredients.  Beat on medium for about 2-3 minutes until it looks fluffy.Resist the urge to eat the mix with a spoon.  Are you listening?  Resist the urge!  Ugh, now you have to start all over.Add vanilla and egg and beat it some more.  Then sing Michael Jackson's "Beat It" song to yourself.  Maybe do a little hip swivel.In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder.Then mix it in with the butter and sugar mixture.  Mix everything until it looks like it's incorporated.  Add walnuts.Grab a baking sheet or two (you'll probably need two) and either line them with some parchment paper or get yourself one of these guys.That's right folks.  I've been sulking and whining and begging that I needed the Silpat baking mat and the cookie scoop for, like, a year!  Guess what was in my stocking this year?  Thanks, hubs!  Apparently asking directly over and over and … [Read more...]