Many people lately have been asking how we told our parents we were expecting. So, I figured I would fill you in on what we did to announce our pregnancy. Way back in October, we decided to have our regular session of professional photos taken for the holiday session. This time we chose Vintage Bloom Photography; she was a sweet photographer who recently moved from Colorado to Texas. We were considering starting “trying” that month, so we decided as part of the photography session (for a couple photos) we would be including baby footwear.
The photographer was all for it and very excited for both of us! She even mentioned being more than happy to do my pregnancy photography. Though, I was kind of nervous we were jinxing ourselves on the whole baby thing, we went ahead with the photos and the husband reassured me that such jinxing was improbable.
When the time came and we found out we were actually expecting, we decided to blow up that same picture and photoshop a little note that read: baby snitker august 2013. We put them in nice 8×10 frames for both our parents and had them open it as their very last gift during our Christmas festivities.
Needless to say everyone was overjoyed with our news; there were some tears of joy, and everyone was very excited to have another little bean added to our extended family.
With the frame, we figured we could always send more pictures to be switched out of the little guy or gal during each stage of development.
Another exciting announcement comes when we find out the gender of our bean at 20 weeks. We are very much considering finding out (okay, I think its a done deal), and I think a fun way to have people find out would be shipping our families little cupcakes from a local bakery either with the gender written on them or pink or blue cakes! Then, have them all open them via FaceTime or Skype! Kinda fun when we don’t all live in the same town!
These are just two ways we celebrated/plan to celebrate the amazing process of expecting and gender announcements. The bambino will make his or her own announcement on their own time in August. I can’t wait to see what date he or she picks! I hope nothing goes wrong that we need to be induced or have a cesarian section. I just want the little dude or dudette to come as it pleases! I’m sure mothers are laughing at me because I know around 36-40 weeks, every mother wants that baby out as soon as possible. I’ve seen it.
My master bathroom got some love the other weekend and I would love to share the results. Nothing crazy, but some fun flare to help finish the space. This could be a great way (cheap, too) to help your own space.
This is how it looked before.
I loved the stripes but I need some art! I also wanted a designated space for my makeup brushes and bag because they were always set on the counter. I went to West Elm with a gift certificate and picked up a fun metallic lacquered tray. They come in a bunch of colors and I have a couple around the house that I love! It’s a fun addition to help structure the space.
I had a frame laying around, too! I bought this wall art that fit with the color scheme. It may or may not stay in the space but it’s been fun having it in the space for the time being. Whales in the bathroom?!? I’m just talking about the watercolor! Ha!
These are just two great ways to help evolve a space. A little wall art and a tray can transition a space well!
Please excuse my design board. It’s the cut-and-paste variety but I heart it all the same and hope you get the idea.
Source list: menagerie bookend & rolling storage crates – serena & lily, giraffe bust – anthropologie, squared lacquered tray – west elm, martini side table – west elm, bird’s nest hanging lamp – serena & lily, parklane 3-in-1 crib – wal-mart, presidio glider – senera & lily or grano gliding recliner, Pouf – DIY’d, patchwork dresser – west elm.
I plan on keeping the wall color Benjamin Moore Pashima AF-100 and staying very gender neutral, as we’re on the fence about finding out the gender at 20 weeks. If I do find out, I can incorporate more gender specific details and maybe paint the ceiling or the closet a corresponding pastel color. Oh, the possibilities!
Honestly, I always thought I would be the girl that could wait until the birth for the big reveal. I was always a believer, big believer in: Santa, The Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny. Never would I think to search for presents or Easter candy prior to the big event. But this little person growing inside of me has me feeling differently. I seem to want to know with each passing day if it’s a little boy or girl in there. Isn’t 20 weeks a long enough wait!?! Ha. I think you can see which side of the fence I’m leaning on. I’ll keep you posted with the baby and nursery!
Tuna burgers have been a staple in my household since elementary school. It was a simple dish easily whipped up after my two hardworking parents got home from work. I really loved them. Transitioning them to my own household was another story. The husband was willing to try them but doesn’t like tuna from a can or miracle whip. It was kind of a lost cause but I pressed on and made them anyway.
- 1 can tuna
- 2 Tablespoons celery
- 2 tablespoons onion
- Cheddar cheese(small cubes or shredded)
- Miracle Whip (to taste)
- 4 buns or hards rolls
Mix all ingredients together.
Lightly butter hard rolls or buns. Add mixture to buns. Wrap with aluminum foil and bake 350 for 20 minutes until melted and hot throughout. I still love them and yes, the husband confirmed his dislike from both tuna in a can and miracle whip. I shamelessly ate two.
This is one area of my life when my anxiety has actually paid off… I got handheld reassurance that yes, in fact there is a baby in there. Three different times! Though my OB thinks I’m crazy… Actually she just commented that I know way too much about this process because of my education; I feel like I’ve learned more about myself and my amazing body than I’d even thought possible. To share my body with another human for a little over 9 months is a pretty amazing gift I’ve been given. Here’s the little bambino growing up so fast! :)
6 week 2 days
10 weeks 2 days
12 weeks 5 days
Our last ultrasound before we actually get to meet the bambino is at 20w/4d and I’m oh so excited to see what he/she is doing during that visit! If we elect, we can find out the gender at that visit. I think the husband and I have a pretty good idea from the 12w/5d visit, but we’ll see if we’re right!
Oh my goodness, I cannot believe I haven’t put this fabulous recipe on the blog! I made it during Thanksgiving, here and haven’t talked about it since. I’m so sorry for the delay!
Usually this creation is my Grandma Anne’s tradition to make in the fall when her apple trees are pouring over with apples and she’s trying to find fun ways to use them. Unfortunately, I don’t have an apple tree in my backyard, but then again I don’t have to wait for fall to make this delicious dish either. Win? I think so: it’s February and I’m eating apple cheese crisp. I win. It has this salty – sweet combination that most people love. Like pretzels and chocolate, cheese and sugared apples are amazing. Make it.
- 6 cups cored, pared and sliced apples
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed cake spice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Place apples in greased, shallow baking dish, 9×9. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon. Pour lemon juice and corn syrup over apples.
Combine sugar, flour, and salt; cut butter until mixture is the consistency of coarse corn meal. Lightly stir in cheese. Top apples with this mixture.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until apples a very tender.
Serve warm with cream or ice cream. Or I prefer mine straight with a side of coffee.
A few weeks ago the hubs and I got some semi-unexpected news:
There’s about ten more of these, but I figured you’d get the idea. I say semi-expected because we started semi-trying the same month we got pregnant.
I’ve had extreme mixed emotions since the day I found out we were pregnant. From what have I done? To holy cow it worked? To am I really pregnant? (hence the multiple tests). With all these mixed emotions, I still feel truly blessed. Blessed that I didn’t make the plans, (okay, thats kinda a lie. I love organization and control.) Blessed with our families’ reactions. Blessed and extremely lucky to not have to go through the heartache and trouble of infertility. Blessed that I have multiple friends and family to turn to for questions and answers about pregnancy and raising children. Plus, I get to decorate a nursery! I’m really excited for that too, obviously!
Guessing what’s on my reading list these days?
*Thanks to my sister-in-law, I have lots to read!
Overall, we’re just happy to welcome our new addition coming early August and start our family of three… Technically family of five, with the boys too, of course!