18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 8.5 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Not yet. Wearing dresses and elastic shorts as long as I can!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I get up once for a potty break. I actually slept through the night last week without getting up! I must have been tired!
Best moment this week: Spending quality time with Stew and our little man in Jamaica!
Miss Anything? Starbucks
Movement: I thought I felt him, but it’s hard to tell!
Food cravings: Still fruits.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: I think so… although my friend Juliet said, “It just looks like you ate a bunch of pizzas!” hehe
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: My ultrasound next week! I can’t wait to see Little Man again!

Classic Key Lime Pie

Growing up, my mom always made the BEST key lime pie! Stew and I went to our supper club the other night and the theme was “A South Carolina Supper”. Annie and Jeremy were the hosts and they prepared a Lowcountry Boil with tomatoes and okra as a side dish. I thought my mom’s key lime pie would be the perfect refreshing dessert! I never realized how easy it is to make! Personally, I think the secret is Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice she uses. You can get it in every grocery store. It’s so delicious!

Start with the crust. Combine the pecans and graham crackers into the food processor. Pulse until small crumbs form. Then pour the melted butter in as it blends. The mixture will come together nicely. Pour it into your greased pie dish and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. It will look like this.

While that cools, make the filling. Combine the condensed milk, egg yolks, lime zest, and key lime juice. Mix until smooth and creamy. Pour into the crust and bake for another 25-30 minutes. The outside will be set, but the center will still move. That’s ok! It will set as it chills.

Let that cool completely. Then, cover it and chill it in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Decorate with homemade whipped cream and serve chilled. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Classic Key Lime Pie-Serves 8

1/2 C chopped pecans

2 C graham cracker crumbs

1/2 C butter, melted

2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk

6 egg yolks

2 tsp. lime zest

1 C key lime juice

Whipped Cream

Lime slices (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine pecans and graham crackers in food processor and pulse until crumbs are formed. Turn on food processor and pour melted butter through the feed tube until well combined. Give a few extra pulses to mix together. Spray a 10 inch pie dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the crumb mixture into the dish and press the bottom and up the sides with a spoon until an even crust is formed. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until browned. Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes.

In a standing mixer with whisk attachment, combine condensed milk, egg yolks, lime zest, and key lime juice. Whisk until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until set around the edges. The center will not be set, but it will set up while it chills. Cool completely on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Decorate with whipped cream and lime slices. Serve chilled.

Whipped Cream

This is a go-to recipe for any dessert or drink. It’s not too sweet but has great flavor. Keep this recipe on hand!

Whipped Cream

8 oz cold heavy whipping cream

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pour COLD whipping cream into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until cream starts to get thicker (about 1 minute). Then increase the speed and whip until soft peaks form (about 2 minutes). Add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat on high for another minute until stiff peaks form. Don’t over mix or you’ll have butter! Once the cream stands up on the whisk attachment, it’s done. Chill until ready to use.

17 Weeks

How far along? 17 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 7.5 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Still just wearing my regular elastic waste clothes and dresses!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I sleep like a rock, except for my nightly pee break.
Best moment this week: Celebrating Father’s Day with Stew. We ate homemade waffles and eggs for breakfast on the porch. Then at my mom’s, he opened his gift which was 2 onesies that said “Daddy’s Little Boy” on them! Adorable : )
Miss Anything? Did I mention COFFEE?! I wish I liked it but I just DON’T!
Movement: Not yet. I bet he’ll flutter any day now!
Food cravings: Still fruits.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: I’m going with yes.
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Feeling Baby Boy move in there!

We’re Having A…..

Ok I know I told you last week that we didn’t find out the gender from our ultrasound. But for those of you who know me, know that I like to have the answers to everything in advance and control the situation (hazard of being an ex-teacher). So my friend, Annie, told me about See Me 3D where you can get a 3D ultrasound and find out the gender for sure at 16 weeks. So, I set up the appointment! We actually didn’t need to do the 3D because apparently 2D is more accurate when it comes to gender determination. So we went there and it took about 10 minutes before Baby moved into the “right” position. Finally, Baby went into shoulder stand and there it was! His Manhood!!! We’re having a BOY! Everyone thought it would be a girl! I was even becoming convinced with the high heart rate and wanting fruits and sweets. But my gut instinct was right! Now I’ll have my own little snuggle muffin! I’m so excited!

How far along? 16 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 6.5 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? I found one pair of maternity jeans on sale at Old Navy. I’m thinking someone bought them online and returned them. They’re a bit too big, but I figured when I’m the size of a house I’ll want big clothes!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I sleep like a rock, except for my nightly pee break.
Best moment this week: Finding out we’re having a BOY!!
Miss Anything? Still coffee!
Movement: I sure can see him doing all sorts of baby yoga in there, but don’t feel it yet! I’m hoping any day now : )
Food cravings: Fruits and juicy foods.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Yes. Although I can probably still hide it if you don’t know me!
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery and reading to Baby Boy at night : )

Mango Piña Colada

This whole baby thing means no drinking for me! But I can still have fun and make mocktails can’t I? This drink could be a meal in itself. It’s packed with flavor and it’s actually really filling. I say that it serves two because it’s rich, but you could probably drink it all if you were very hungry! Another fun thing I do is add a bit of avocado, which makes it reeeeally creamy! You can’t even taste the avocado. This drink is great for a hot summer afternoon, sitting on the porch, reading Southern Living (which is exactly what I just did while drinking it). As a side note, I used the canned coconut milk because I had it in the fridge and needed to use it up. But you could use any kind of coconut milk you like! A splash of coconut water would be nice too. Drink up!

Mango Piña Colada

Serves 2

1/2 c frozen mango

1 c frozen pineapple

1 1/2 limes juiced and zest

1 cup canned coconut milk

1 tsp agave nectar

Blend all ingredients until smooth. You can add a splash of coconut water or regular water to thin it out if needed.

Doctor’s Visit

We went to our 15 week visit at the birth center yesterday. Let me just start by saying that I’m so glad I chose to come here! First of all, I walk in and see this book on the table! They knew I was coming. I didn’t even enjoy drinking, until now that is.Take a look at the room we were in!

We met with Lesley (who led the tour we took months back) and she was so calm and reassuring. I was like , “clearly you’ve done this before” So she talked to me about a few different things like car seats, cloth vs. disposable diapers, vaccine options, etc. Then I asked her a plethora of questions. Then we went ahead and listened for the heartbeat! Last time we couldn’t hear it, which is why they thought I was off by a week or so. But this time, we heard it loud and clear! The heart rate was 162 beats per minute!! It was the most incredible sound. Stew took a video on his phone so we could save it!

After our visit with my midwife, we hopped across the street to get my ultrasound (to make sure I was as far along as I though). No we didn’t find out the gender, BUT we got to see Baby moving and shaking! We also found out that I’m right on target with the weeks. So good news all around! Here’s a picture of the ultrasound, which to you probably looks like a gray mass, but sitting there watching it, we could see the baby so clearly! It even went to suck its thumb! SO COOL!! The head is on the left and the body’s on the right. You can see the little spine too!

15 Weeks

How far along? 15 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 6 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Just dresses and my new obsession-drawstring shorts from Target! Who needs maternity clothes?
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: The usual
Best moment this week: Seeing my brother in law and his fiance. She got me the CUTEST picture from etsy for the nursery. Since we don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, the picture has yellows and greens. But it’s PERFECT with my vision ; )

Miss Anything? Quickly getting dressed, knowing that everyone I put on will fit. Not the case anymore!
Movement: I thought I felt something, but I think it was actually my hairdryer while blowdrying my hair
Food cravings: Still eating pretty normal stuff. Love fruits and berries still.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes. My pants don’t fit!
Gender: We have an ultrasound tomorrow, and I’m secretly hoping we’ll find out!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Going to the doctor tomorrow for our next ultrasound! I could stare at this peanut all day!

Chili Lime Corn

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’m newly pregnant and was going through the “thinking of food makes me sick” phase. But now, at 15 weeks, I’m starting to love food again! HOORAY! We have been getting our CSA bag for several weeks now. Unfortunately, those first few weeks of our CSA were torturous. We kept getting things like turnips, beets, and kale. The thought of eating those vegetables was sickening (so unlike me)! I’m more into the juicy fruits and vegetables and less into the fibrous kind. Finally, we’re getting yummy things like tomatoes and corn which I am loving these days!  Speaking of corn, I grilled some up with a spice rub that’s to die for! I must admit, I stole this idea from my friend, Emily, who made something like this the other night! It was so good that I had to recreate it and share it with you!

Start by pealing back the husks and removing the silks. Tie the husks back with kitchen twine for a pretty presentation! Then, soak the corn for 10-15 minutes so that the husks don’t burn. I used a roasting pan because that was the only thing big enough.

Pull out the corn and drain off the excess water. Pop these babies on your hot grill for about 10-15 minutes, turning every now and then. In the meantime, melt the butter and combine the spice mixture.

Once the corn is browned and tender, remove it from the grill. Brush with butter on all sides and sprinkle with the seasoning. These are perfect for a barbecue (or lunch if you’re me and Stew). Enjoy!

Chili Lime Corn-Serves 4

4 stalks corn

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp lime zest

Kitchen Twine

Preheat charcoal grill (if using gas grill, heat to medium-high). Pull back husks on corn and remove silks. Tie the husks back with kitchen twine. Soak in cold water for 15 minutes (turn halfway through soaking time); drain. Grill corn, turning every few minutes, for 10-15 minutes until corn is browned and tender. In the meantime, melt 2 Tbsp butter in a microwave safe bowl. In a separate bowl, combine cayenne, salt, chili powder, and lime zest. Once the corn is finished cooking, brush all sides with melted butter and sprinkle with the chili lime mixture. Enjoy!