Sep 26, 2013

Letters to Baby K - Week 23

I am pleased to announce that I don't have any crazy stories for this week! No ER visits, no weird pains, just normal life. Finally! Now, if only the next 17 will just remain calm and pain free we'll be in business...wishful thinking? Probably. Today, I visited my doctor who informed me that the next time I come in I will have to do the Glucose test...groan...Hopefully it's not as bad as I'm anticipating. We'll also be checking to see if my placenta has moved into a more favorable position. If you missed that post, I ended up in the ER due to bleeding from stress and found out that my placenta was only .9 cm away from the cervix opening when it should be 2 cm away, not good. For the time being they weren't super concerned, but said that if it didn't move I may have to go on bed rest later in my pregnancy. Let's hope that's not the case!

On a happier note, I am really looking forward to my maternity session with the fabulous Candace Moore from Minerva House! The weather looks like it will be cooling off right in time for our photoshoot and I know Candace will have something way creative and beautiful up her sleeve! I'll be sure to post photos as soon as I have them!

As you can see, I'm quickly working my way towards "large and in charge" status, haha! I feel like I'm growing (belly-wise) so much each and every day. According to the doctor's office I've only gained 7 pounds but there is no way that can be true! I mean, yeah, I'd love if that were true, but I don't think they had the right pre-pregnancy weight for me. According to my daily weigh-ins I've gained right at 13 pounds. That seems to be right on track for week 23 according to all of the pregnancy apps I have. Fingers crossed that I don't gain much more than 30 pounds so that it's easy to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight! Things like rolling out of bed, reaching across the counter, and picking something up off the floor are becoming harder, but not completely unbearable. It's so weird struggling with normal daily tasks...Lord help me when I'm 30+ weeks pregnant and can't do these normal things! It really makes you appreciate being healthy and able to do these simple tasks when not pregnant.

At week 23 Peyton is the size of a pomegranate, measures around 11.5 inches from head to heel and weighs about 1 pound! Wowza! If I can already feel him running out of room what the heck is it going to feel like when he's 6 pounds!? Good grief...

If this is your first time on the blog feel free to check out some of my previous pregnancy posts! I hope you'll stick around for the long haul!

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Week 22
Week 21
Week 20

Sep 22, 2013

Nutella & Raspberry Rice Krispie Roll

Pregnancy cravings are in full force here in the Kurtz house. On this weeks menu, Nutella! Whether on a banana, apple, or just by the spoon full, I'm craving it! During a recent trip to see our friends in Austin we had our first taste of a Nutella Rice Krispie Roll Up, and boy was it good! It's so simple to make and the results are delicious. To jazz up my roll, I added freeze dried raspberries (purchased as Whole Foods). I LOVE anything chocolate raspberry, so I thought this would, of course, be magic! If you don't like raspberries you can throw in other freeze dried fruit or just keep it simple with good ole Nutella. I chose to use freeze dried fruit to avoid extra liquid from the fruit and I figured it would keep a lot longer...or as long as you can keep your greedy little hands off it! 

1/4 cup salted butter
7 cups minis marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 small jar Nutella
freeze dried raspberries (amount to your liking)

Prepare a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. In a medium pot, over medium low heat, melt butter and add marshmallows. Stir to combine and let marshmallows completely melt. Be sure to stir frequently to keep the butter and marshmallows from burning. While marshmallows are melting place the Rice Krispies in a large mixing bowl. Once the marshmallows are completely melted pour them into your bowl with the Rice Krispies and stir immediately until well combined. Quickly spatula mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread with your hands to cover the entire surface. To prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands, spray your hands with some non-stick cooking spray before pressing the Rice Krispies into the pan. Trust me, it works!!

Once the Rice Krispies have completely cooled, use a rubber spatula to spread your Nutella. I used an entire small jar of Nutella. You can use more or less, but I thought this was a good Nutella to Rice Krispie ratio. Next, sprinkle on your freeze dried raspberries, as many as you'd like.

Roll your Rice Krispie up into log form. Just start at one end and roll.

Using a large, sharp knife, slice your Roll into thin or think slices. Serve or store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

Sep 21, 2013

Letters to Baby K - Week 22

This has been another week of ups and downs. This past weekend we headed to Brady, TX to do a little dove hunting. It was a slow day, but between Justin and I we shot enough for a full dinner, so I'm happy! I only shot 4, but considering how slow it was I'm pretty proud for being over 20 weeks prego and able to still shoot! The weekend was great and then Tuesday came...around lunch I was struck with sudden abdominal pain that radiated to my back and then turned into left side and back pain which sent me into tears. My office was really worried and sent me home so I could go to the doctor and see what was going on. From what I had described the nurses and midwife that I saw thought I had Kidney Stones. They took a urine sample to test for an infection which came up negative. I stayed home the next day and drown myself in water. I think I drank like 12 to 15 cups. After all the water, Tylenol, and heating pad I was feeling a lot better the next day. I'm still not sure if I have Kidney Stones and I guess we won't know unless I pass them if I do. I could have pulled something in my sleep, or Peyton was pushing on a nerve, who knows! Peyton is perfectly fine according to the sono, so I feel better. Jeez, will this little guy cut me some slack? What are you doing to my body, P-man!? lol

Realistically, there's no perfect pregnancy. Every single one of us is going to go through some sort or issue or scare. If you know that going into pregnancy and just keep reminding yourself it's much easier to cope with the stress of it all. I'm feeling so much better now and have to remind myself whenever I feel stressed, "just keep swimming" it's all going to be so worth it!

On a fun note, the hubby and I have been placing bets on what we think Peyton will look like, what he will be like, who he'll get what from, just overall fun daydreaming together. We actually plan to write it down to see who guesses what right! We also have a WAY COOL project we'll be working on during his first year of life, but that's all that I can share!! I may reveal part of it month by month...or I may be evil and make you all wait a whole year to find out what it is, muahaha! It's going to be awesome, that's all I can say!

Week 22 - According to the I'm Expecting app, Peyton is now about 12.25 oz, roughly the size of a papaya, and is 10.9 inches from head to heel. I'm not so sure I believe that! I can see him moving my belly in ripples, not just teeny tiny kicks, I'm talking waves of movement! I was so pleased, the other day my mom and I were sitting on the couch, she hadn't felt him kick yet since she lives 3 hours away, and I felt him kick, so I said, "Here, feel, he's kicking now!" He stopped for a moment, but then I started talking to him saying, "Peyton, NeNe's here, she wants to feel you kick!" Immediately, on cue, Peyton kicked! Each time I called his name or said something he would respond with a kick for my mom to feel, it was so neat! He's already such a good boy, I've got this mom thing in the bag! *brushes off shoulders* haha!

If this is your first time on the blog feel free to check out some of my previous pregnancy posts! I hope you'll stick around for the long haul!

Previous posts:
Week 21
Week 20

Sep 16, 2013

Letters to Baby K - Week 21

Well, it's never a dull moment here in the Kurtz house. No ER visit this week, but I'm pretty sure I was having, they were not Braxton Hicks, I'm talking menstrual cramps that radiated to my lower back. After feeling these for 2 hours straight on and off I called my doctor and headed in to make sure it was nothing serious. I wasn't dilated so everything was fine. We're not entirely sure what was causing the pain, but my doctor sent me home from work to rest, drink tons of water, and monitor the pain in case I needed to head to the ER to be monitored. The pain finally subsided and I haven't felt it since. All I know is this little fella is not taking it easy on me! I am sure it could be way worse and other women have it 10x harder than I do and for that I am grateful and will "take my licks" and endure because I know this little prince with be 110% worth it!!

This week we are heading on our first dove hunting trip of the season. Yes, I know some of you are thinking, "hunting, while pregnant, are you crazy!?" and the answer is, no! Hunting is perfectly safe while pregnant. Dove hunting is super laid back, you sit pretty much the whole time. You're not climbing up trees or into hunting blinds, you're just sitting in the field. The sound from the gun isn't loud enough to even phase the baby. So, really the biggest concern is not twisting your ankle walking through a field. I'm sure some of you are still thinking, "but guns aren't safe, you could get shot!" and my answer to that is guns are perfectly safe as long as you know what you're doing, you practice safe habits, and pay attention to what you're doing. Just because I'm pregnant I refuse to lock myself away and not do the things that I enjoy (within reason of course). If anything, it's great exercise!

This week I am feeling Peyton move so much! I'm even starting to feel him roll when I am laying on my side. Before I wasn't sure of the movement, if it was rolling or not, but now I'm almost positive that's what it is. It's such an incredible feeling!

I have been very lucky to have no swelling (so far), no stretch marks which are hereditary and neither my sister nor my mother had them (feeling lucky on that one!) and my weight gain has been very steady and on the low end. Right now at 21 weeks I am up 12 pounds and hoping to stay under 30 pounds total. Here's to hoping!! I do plan to start heading back to the gym now that I am feeling much better and have more energy than I did in my 1st trimester.

This week Peyton is about the size of a carrot, measuring about 10.5 inches from head to heel and weighing in around 10.5 oz. These are all estimates of course, based on the I'm Expecting app, we will see how accurate they are at my next visit with a sono.

If this is your first time on the blog feel free to check out some of my previous pregnancy posts! I hope you'll stick around for the long haul!

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Week 20

Sep 9, 2013

Arm Knitting - DIY 30 Minute Arm Knit Infinity Scarf

I know the majority, okay pretty much all of my recent posts have been pregnancy/baby geared, but I am here to say, yes, I am still crafting and I will be posting more about crafts and recipes, too, don't worry! It hasn't turned into just a pregnancy blog. So, here is my first Fall craft for this season! It's still scorching hot here in Texas, so sadly I can't wear these just yet. But you know what they say about Texas weather, If you don't like it just wait a few minutes! I'm hoping that saying hold true and some cool weather heads out way soon!

After browsing Pinterest, as I so often do, I was pining for Fall weather after seeing so many cute chunky Fall scarf and sweater combos. I love buying new scarves each year to accessorize with, but with a baby on the way, shopping for anyone but him is out of the question...well, not really, but I like to save save save, so why not make them on my own right!?

I found a really beautiful arm knit scarf on Pinterest from Simply Maggie which led me to YouTube. After watching a few videos I grabbed some yarn that I had sitting in my craft closet and got started! Since it was my first it took more like an hour instead of 30 minutes, but hey, it turned out darn cute! The second scarf I made was so much easier to make after doing it just once and I was able to make that one in thirty minutes.

I shared my finished infinity scarf on Instagram and everyone loved it! I figured this would be a fun tutorial to share as we all gear up for Fall. This is the perfect craft to do on a rainy day, in the car while making the long drive to see family, or just anytime you have a free thirty minutes! This would make a great gift if you're on a budget and of course they're perfect for just you, because we can never have too many chunky cozy scarves, am I right?!

Below is the video that I created and posted on YouTube. Hopefully it's as easy to follow as I think it is. If you have any questions feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer them! Have fun!

12 stitches wide
20-25 links long

Brand: Lions Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Super Bulky #6
Colors used: Lighter scarf - Oatmeal
Maroon/Red scarf - Spice

- 2 skeins of yarn are necessary
- The tail goes around your thumb as you are casting on and will get shorter as you go which is why we start with a really long tail.
- You can use 2 different colors!
- My scarf was 12 stitches wide and about 25-30 links long
- You can use less bulky yarn, but to achieve this look you will need #6 bulky

DIY 30 Minute Striped Infinity Scarf

I had a few questions on how I combined the two ends of my scarf to turn it into an infinity scarf, so I created a follow-up video to show how I did this. Here it is below!

Sep 5, 2013

Letters to Baby K - Week 20

Boy, oh boy...handling stress during pregnancy has definitely been a challenge. The stress of starting a new job and wanting to do the the absolute best I can, not let anyone down and on top of that worrying that I could end up in the emergency room again, ugh, I've hit my breaking point. It's all so foreign to me, too, because this is not who I am normally. Normally, things don't bother me and I don't stress. I may worry about normal things from time to time, but I am super laid back, I don't sweat the small stuff, and I laugh things (and people) off. I would say that I've developed some pretty thick skin over the past 8 years (going through college and the four years post grad), but dang man! These pregnancy hormones? Grab a freakin' life vest because the flood gates have been opened! I mean, I'm not crying over stupid weird stuff, these are legit worries of job performance and staying out of the ER. Although, I was sitting at the dinner table with my husband, it had been a great day, and I just look up at him and say, "I feel like I want to cry" haha! He looks at me concerned and ask why, to which I reply, "I have no idea!?" I really had no reason at all, my crazy, hormonal body just wanted to cry. Needless to say, I am trying my hardest to de-stress after work, take deep breaths when I'm feeling overwhelmed and of course the hubby is being super supportive. He may not always understand what I'm going through (how could he!?) but he tries his best to understand and help me cope.

Aside from learning how to deal with this crazy stress I feel and the ER visit, the only weird thing I've had to deal with is developing oral Thrush. Weird right!? Normally, babies get Thrush, but apparently during pregnancy it's not uncommon to develop Thrush because all of the changing hormones. I had heard of it, but didn't really know what it was till the nurse at my OB/GYNs suggested that's what I may have after I called complaining of sore taste buds. It literally felt like I had eaten 100 pineapples or 100 sour patch kids and my tongue was raw from the acidity. Foods tasted weird and things that shouldn't burn my tongue did. A flippin' brownie made my tongue burn, absolutely strange! It was a super simple fix though, the Dr. office gave me Nystatin, which is safe for pregnancy and all you do is swish and swallow or swish and spit it out. I took it for a few days and was golden. So, if you're prego and you're mouth starts feeling weird, you may have Thrush, and that is totally normal and easy to fix!

As you can see the bump is really starting to pop out, including my belly button lol which is half as deep as it was before I was prego. Luckily, I have no swelling so far, no stretch marks (yay!) and I've only gained 9 pounds (woo hoo!). Peyton is now the size of a small cantaloupe (ew) or banana (yum) depending on the pregnancy app you read lol. He is around 10 oz and measures around 6 to 6.5 inches from crown to rump.

Seriously, I cannot believe I'm halfway done! I just wish it would hurry up and go by faster, I'm so ready to meet my little man :) Only 140 days to go!

If this is your first time on the blog feel free to check out some of my previous pregnancy posts! I hope you'll stick around for the long haul! And yes, to all of my followers from pre-pregnancy, I WILL be posting crafts and recipes soon, it hasn't turned into just a pregnancy blog. Look out for some Fall DIYs, hopefully this weekend!

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