Baby Update: The Irony Of It All

Welp, we are officially 38 weeks. In the ‘safe zone.’ Ready to go. So…dooteedoo, what now?

We have been on edge for months after a strict bed rest restriction at 20 weeks. Relatively speaking, we’ve made wonderful progress throughout the pregnancy. We were so happy to make it to 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks. We were a bit nervous when a growth scan showed that his abdomen wasn’t growing as quickly as it should and it was even predicted that we would induce at 37 weeks if that measurement didn’t increase.

We arrived at our 37 week growth scan and we were READY. The house was clean, the laundry was done, Elia was with her “Ooma and Oompa”, the dog was boarded, and the hospital bag was in the van. We were even able to enjoy a wonderful lunch out on a patio on a beautiful 80 degree KC day. When we checked in with the doctor we giggled and laughed that there was NO WAY the baby was coming that day, we had prepared too much. So when the doc told us that the baby had had a growth spurt and was nice and cozy we were SO happy but knew that we’d be heading home rather than checking in. We knew he was exactly where he needed to be and we were so thankful that he was doing so well but now that we were officially ‘full-term’ maybe a bit disappointed we’d have to wait awhile longer. When we got back to the van we looked at each other and said, “Well, now what?”

Now, rinse and repeat and you’ll be caught up to today’s appointment at 38 weeks. House is clean, laundry is done, Elia’s with her grandparents, Jackson has been boarded and our baby boy is just as content as can be hanging out in his womb. The only difference? Today it’s not 80 degrees. Nope, that was just a teaser day–today KC is going to get slammed again with another snow and ice storm. Sounds like baby-havin’ weather to me…yes?

Now that it’s REALLY safe to meet our little guy I’m wondering if he’s going to make an appearance this weekend. Who would have thought that after trying to keep him in there so long that we’d be at a point that we may have to kick him out!

In other news, his big sister is getting anxious to meet him too and has decided it’s time to announce his name.

Photo Credit: Wiertz Sébastien via Compfight cc

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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #26

The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s special co-host Jill from Frugal Plus. The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, Jessica via Networked Blogs and Haley and Katherine via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitter Haley: BlogFacebookTwitter Jill: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
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Big Sister Gift Bag

Our little Elia is about to take on a new role as “Big Sister” and we couldn’t be more excited for her. Our son is due to make an appearance any day and we have been hyping the big event to her for months. At just 20 months we’re positive that she has no idea what is about to happen but we’re confident that she’ll make him an awesome big sister.

I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to create something special for her to open at the hospital shortly after meeting her little brother for the first time. Even though we know that the true gift is the gift of a sibling it’ll be fun to have something special for her that she’ll be able to enjoy and hopefully it will keep her occupied during the long days at the hospital.

The first thing I knew that I wanted was a personalized tote bag that would hold her gift. I love that it can be reused and she can haul around her books and activities for years to come. I also wanted to include personalized t-shirts for both of them. Whenever I want anything personalized I contact my friend Jesi at The Polka Dot Lollipop. She is so talented and so reasonably priced. She made Elia’s sweet dress for her Olivia themed 1st Birthday party. If you “Etsy,” and if you don’t…you should, head on over and favorite her shop so that you’ll have it the next time you’re looking for something special.

The “Little Mister” shirt has his name and initial too, and trust me, it’s super cute–but we’re keeping his name hush-hush!

We also included a couple of big sister books, a Melissa and Doug peg board activity, and a big sister hair bow.

Here are all the gifts, including the little guy’s cute onesie, ready to be opened!

Stay tuned as our team grows! We can’t wait to update you all with our big news. 
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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #25

The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s special co-host Katherine from Irish Italian Blessings. The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, Jessica via Networked Blogs and Haley and Katherine via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitter Haley: BlogFacebookTwitter Katherine: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
(*Note: When liking on Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count as a “like” if you like from you blog Facebook page.)
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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #24

  The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s returing co-host Lanaya from Raising Reagan. The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, Jessica via Networked Blogs and Haley via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitter Haley: BlogFacebookTwitter Lanaya: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
(*Note: When liking on Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count as a “like” if you like from you blog Facebook page.)
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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #23

The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s returing co-host Brani Laine from That’s Just Lovely. The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, Jessica via Networked Blogs and Haley via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitter Haley: BlogFacebookTwitter Brani: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #22

The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s special co-hosts Christine and Janene from More Than Mommies. The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, Jessica via Networked Blogs and Haley via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, and Twitter. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitter Haley: BlogFacebookTwitter Christine and Janene: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
(*Note: When liking on Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count as a “like” if you like from you blog Facebook page.)
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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #21

  The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim. The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, Jessica via Networked Blogs and Haley via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, and Twitter. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitterHaley: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
(*Note: When liking on Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count as a “like” if you like from you blog Facebook page.)
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Tea on Tuesday Social Hop #20

  The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s special co-host Amy from Consider Me Inspired! The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 4 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, and Twitter. Jessica: BlogFacebookTwitterHaley: BlogFacebookTwitterAmy: BlogFacebookTwitter
2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.
3. HAVE FUN!!
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Dishing on Dinner: Chicken Marsala

Tonight’s dinner consisted of a new recipe via Pinterest and courtesy of Savory Sweet Life. When I came across this pin (see below) I KNEW I had to try it. And, I’m so glad that I did! We’re big fans of Chicken Marsala, and seriously, what’s not to love? I’ve never tried to replicate it at home but this recipe is super easy, fast, and tasted pretty darn delicious.


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I reduced the sauce as the recipe suggested but next time, and there WILL be a next time, I’ll probably reduce it longer and even let it ‘rest’ a bit to thicken up a little more. We paired it with some yummy mashed potatoes, green beans, and a soft dinner roll. 
Review: It was so, so, so good. The family loved it and I was able to have a delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes from start to finish. I’ll definitely be adding this one into our rotation. If you try it I’d love to hear what you think of it!
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