cravings & such: at this point, i am just trying to eat as much good food as possible. i am sneaking in veggies whenever and wherever, upping my protein intake, consuming plenty of healthy fats, and trying to take it easy on those carbs…but i gotta have my granola and my super seeded, grainy bagel on the weekend. yum. in addition to the everyday menu, ben and i are scheduling out some fun date nights for the next few weeks leading up to elinor’s arrival. we are going to hit all of our favorite spots to savor the flavors for a last time as just the two of us. so crazy that the next time we visit those locations, it will be with our baby girl. i plan to bring her to all of our haunts so she can get acclimated.
the bump: oh yes, it is a-growin’. and let me say, the belly veins are giant and blue and kinda freaky looking. hurray for preggo circulation! the belly button still hasn’t popped yet, but it does look awfully goofy.
cool & cute things: the little miss weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17 inch mark. and according to my sources, she is also [quote] “losing that wrinkled, alien look”. well, thank goodness!
new things: her skeleton is hardening but the bones in the skull aren’t fused together which allows them to move and slightly overlap. this makes it easier for baby girl to fit through the birth canal. these bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood so they can grow as her brain and other tissues expand during infancy and childhood.
meaningful moments: at 17 inches long, i’m pretty sure that she is awkwardly folded up in there so she violently flails about in a sassy act of aggression. it is getting serious. her favorite position seems to be curled up with her head in the lower-left portion of my belly, with her bottom in the lower-right. this allows for her legs to curl upward and tuck in right under my ribs. i think that she alternates between kicks and fist jabs, using my ribs and diaphragm as her target. eek. i must say that it feels pretty crazy…but i know i will miss that feeling once it is gone. so, i am savoring every kick-punch session with my wee little kung fu boxer.
the countdown: 49 days. gaaahhh! under 50. i can’t believe it.
this post is a short and sweet one…much like our weekend.
can anyone tell me why the workweek creeps and crawls while the weekend is over in a flash? not fair. i could have used a few more days.
this weekend was spent eating yummy food [shocker] and spending time with family enjoying the most decadent chocolate ice ever. homemade! we also got the rocking chair for miss elinor’s room, put up bookshelves, and checked more items off the ol’ shopping list…more boxes of baby goodies will be arriving this week! stay tuned for some snaps…
happy friday face + two silly bunny/gopher faces + my major vice, queso + street tacos + enjoying some of our breakfast favorites…apples with peanut butter and chipotle lox cream cheese on hemp bagels + taking advantage of hatch chile season + enjoying a chile burger at home…smothered in cheese, of course
this was a big one. dinners with family, a birthday celebration, car races, and memorial day.
here is the pictoral plethora to prove it…
the weekend is here + a game of scrabble + we used all of the letters! such word nerds + quick stop at jimmy johns + my very handsome date + a tasty sandwich for him and a turkey, lettuce roll-up for me + can’t forget the chips and oatmeal cookie + our weekend entertainment…sherlock holmes season two and burn notice + the buddies enjoying some lap time + summertime sunshine + a refreshing pink drink for ben + homemade tostadas and enchiladas at the whitehouse home…sooo amazingly delicious + dessert: warm berries over graeter’s ice cream + off to the races! + some sunday brunch while we watch indy + hanging out with old family friends during our annual tradition + mr. charles being a good boy on his many car rides this weekend
a very happy monday to you. hubby and i had such a splendid weekend. food-full, family-full, and fun-full. practically perfect in every way. and, all the laundry is not only washed, but folded and put away! feels good. starting off a new week on the right foot after a quite enjoyable weekend. here are some snaps to prove it!
starting our weekend adventures together! + a late night run to in-n-out [just what hubby has been waiting for] + splitting a double-double and fries. perfection + taking in a matinée of the avengers with rachel & nathan + happy faces + buttery and cheddar powder dusted popcorn + my very own bag + ben’s hands-off approach to popcorn consumption [hence the individual bags] + a dinner and dessert back at the whitehouse home + dad-in-law’s superb street tacos + colorful toppings + sunday morning grapefruit + car trip to church + post-church carb brunch of bagels…and a few sweet treats for my sweet hubby + dinner date night at home + steak and green beans with some brad mehldau mood music + coco’s sad little expression of longing as she attempts to share our meal + sorry miss monkey…no steak for you + a scrumptious dessert of fresh blackberries, the sweetest pineapple, and orange scented greek yogurt with a dusting of cinnamon. a sweet close to a lovely weekend.
i’ve been doing some research. did you know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of pinterest boards dedicated to cheese? awesome, i know. and it is no wonder, cheese is perfection. you can dip things in it, melt it on pasta, melt it between two slices of bread, spread it on bagels, spread it on crackers, slice and serve with fruit or charcuterie, turn it into cake, whip it into frosting. amazing. i love cheese. i love the way it looks when it melts on bread. i love the way it seeps into the nooks and crannies of pasta. i love dipping things into a cauldron of melted and oozy goodness. it is so good.
not convinced? okay. take a look at some of these…
need more? just head over to pinterest and type “cheese” into the serach bar. then try not to crave mac and cheese, fondue, or a sandwich. yum.
a warm welcome to a new week! hubby and i had a simply splendid weekend together. here are a few little snaps…
waiting for the baroque concert to begin + my handsome and remarkably talented hubby leading those strings while the youth soloists are featured + a post-concert splurge at jalapeño inferno + we split some queso and mini chimis…it really hit the spot as our evening snack + my current obsession in a cup…32oz iced decaf americano from coffee bean and tea leaf. big coffee flavor in a huge cup with heaps of tiny ice cubes. i can already tell that this will be my go-to summer beverage. it was lovely to sip on our 80-something days…and will be even more refreshing when it is 120 outside [eek] + weekend breakfast snapshots…harissa eggs with gluten-free bagels [a guilt free indulgence] and savory sweet potato hash + charlie’s adorable face…he likes to sit as close to me as possible + driving around town on a warm spring day, just me and my man