Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme Remixed

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Ingredients:

  • Large Flour Tortillas burrito style
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • sour cream
  • guacamole (optional)
  • shredded cheese or nacho cheese
  • tortilla chips (you could use use a corn tortilla)
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • corn (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, add the packet of taco seasoning and stir until mixed well. Cook for another minute or so. For those of you who would like to add corn, boil the corn for ten minutes, let cool, cut kernels off cob with knife, separate kernels using a fork and mix with your ground beef.
  2. Microwave the tortillas for a few seconds just to warm them up, it will make the wrapping easier.
  3. Take a tortilla, spread some sour cream in the center.Top with ground beef.
  4. Top with shredded cheese or a few scoops of nacho cheese.
  5. Next add a layer of tortilla chips or at this point you would add a small corn tortilla like a tostada size.
  6. Top with lettuce and tomato and then starting on the bottom, fold up the tortilla toward the center, continue all the way around until it is all folded over, it WON’T cover it completely.
  7. Carefully lift it up and set it fold side down on a non stick pan. Press with a spatula and cook until nice and brown, flip it over and cook the other side. It won’t take long at all.
  8. Serve with extra sour cream and guac if you rock! ;D

Related Articles: http://fullbelliesmakehappykids.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/homemade-crunchwrap-supreme/

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It’s The Little Things.

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Mommy Loves You Baby Girl :*

Being a mom is an indescribable feeling. I enjoy every single little thing about it. Most people would say that it gets tiring and aggravating, but I have yet to feel that way, honestly. My daughter amazes me every second of the day. Fortunately being a stay-at-home mom means that I don’t miss any part of her growing up, especially during this time when she is growing so quickly. It’s as if she’s growing right before my eyes! I notice progress every day, it’s incredible.

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Zebra Baby (:

Being a young mom (I’m 20 years old) is another stereotype that I “fall under” which I’m not at all ashamed of it. As a matter of fact, I prefer being a young mom versus an older mom because I can grow with my daughter as well as being able to do things with her while we’re both young. I love the fact that I ALWAYS have somebody to go somewhere with. I enjoy the fact that being a mom is a job that I love without being paid, I love that being on call 24/7 gives me something to do since I hate the feeling of not having anything to do, and I love the fact that I am so lucky to have a good baby that gives me opportunities not to have to do anything.

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I Love Mommy ♥

The littlest things she does helps me discover her unique personality every day. Things like her falling into a dead sleep when she’s laying on me. I can go walking around, talking loud, going here going there, she won’t wake up. But as soon as I put her down, no more than 3 minutes later she starts crying realizing that I’m not there anymore. As soon as I pick her up, she stops and falls right back asleep. Is that not the cutest thing ever? It fills me with love.

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Her Face?! Too Cute!

She’ll probably love pedicures, or getting foot massages because she LOVES when you play with her feet. It calms her down almost every time she fusses.

I have rarely heard stories of babies who don’t cry during bath time, but Natalia doesn’t. She loves bath time and the feeling of her body being massaged with warm water and getting clean. I wash her head full of hair real good which she appreciates I’m sure.

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My Little Ray of Sunshine ❤

She will probably be a morning person because she’s always in such a good mood when she wakes up, and usually “cranky” or fussy at night if I wait too long to put her to bed. Early riser, early sleeper; opposite of me.

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Waiting for the Doctor.

She’s starting to turn her head to follow me wherever I go. I even read in an article sent to my email about baby stages for her age (which is 1 month and 10 days old today) that she will start recognizing people, sounds, and environments. I have been noticing that Natalia seems to know who her grandma is, and where her changing table is, and things like that. I imagine that she’s thinking “This is where she changes my diaper. Yay, Thanks mom!”, lol. She knows when it’s time to get changed because she’ll cry, and if she has a dirty diaper, I lay her down and start messing with her diaper and the crying stops. She used to cry all the way until you were entirely done, all the way to you snapping the last side. 😀

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My Cutie Pie ❤

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Natalia @ The Doctor’s

She’s very sensitive. Every little thing bothers her, from her clothes being uncomfortable, her seat being too hot or cold, her mouth is wet, when she has the littlest bit of poop in her diaper, every little thing. She’ll probably be a neat freak or perhaps a perfectionist like her mother. (;

She gets bored easily, which means she’ll probably be a busy body, not lazy thank God! She gets tired of being in one room too long and enjoys walking around (or being carried around) so she can look at different things. I feel like this will make her a curious person, someone who wants to learn new things. She seems to enjoy it when I go outside with her. I think the fresh air, sunlight and the company of animals makes her calm and happy. It’s adorable.

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At the Dr.’s Matching. (:

What’s even more adorable is that my 3 little dogs seem to know that she’s a baby, that she’s my baby. Shoot, they knew when I was pregnant, they could feel it. I could tell. They acted different. I remember them sniffing my belly as if they knew there was a little being in there. When I brought the baby home the dogs were so curious to see her and sniff her. I let them sniff her little foot and it was as if they knew she was my baby and accepted her right away. It was interesting to see the dogs and the way they reacted. Even the youngest of them, Bandit, acts like her big brother. When she cries, her runs to where the cry is coming from, barks, then runs back to us and barks again as if saying “Hey, hey! The baby’s crying!”. It’s the funniest, cutest little thing.

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My Everything ♥

I love it when she’s feeding, and she has her hands holding me and closing and opening her fingers over and over again. It tickles sometimes, but it’s such an amazing feeling to feel those tiny little hands that I made kneading on me like a kitten nursing on their mommy. Sometimes I’ll look away, and when I look back down at her I catch her staring at me. It’s a very touching experience, I love it so much.

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Her First Bath.

Every little detail of everything about her fills my entire body with love. Even things like her crying and her poop. She cries like a little lamb and says “mmbaaaaaaaaaa!” and I can’t help but think how adorable she sounds. Her poop is nasty, but then she acts so cool and cute about getting changed that I forget all about how nasty it is. Even her farts and burps are cute! They’re so loud she makes me think there’s another adult in the room with us, lol! That little girl is so funny she could be a comedian already. 😀

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We matched. (:

The way Natalia stares at me while I do my hair, or put on my makeup is another thing she does that melts my heart. I can already tell she’s going to love hair and makeup just like me. ❤

All the little things she does and the things I notice make me enjoy being a mom so much more. I even told my mom last night that I loved being a mom. She told me that I loved it more than she did, and that made me feel good, or more confident that I was a good mom because my mom was a wonderful mother to me and my sister. (:

I ordered a bunch of pictures of her and of me when I was pregnant to start scrap booking and decorating the baby book.

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Left: Buddy, Right: Bandit

By the way, my apologies for the slack on blogging. I have been very busy enjoying every minute of Natalia’s life and getting things organized that I haven’t found the time to write any posts. But that will change. I plan to get back to my crafts that I want to finish, scrap booking, and getting things ready for college that I’m going to start this year in August. But that’s for another post later on. (:

One more thing, one of my very good friends Ashley took some professional photos of my little family which will be posted later on as well. Here’s a sneak peek to see what you have to look forward to! ♥

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Homemade Frappuccino & Pigs In A Blanket

Looking for a quick snack that’s both delicious and quick to make? Here’s the perfect recipe for you! These pigs in a blanket are AMAZING and they go well with my homemade caramel frapp that I chose to accompany this delicious snack.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Little Smokies (You can also use cut up hotdogs to improvise!)
  • 1 Can of Crescent Rolls
  • Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Flour
  • Large Baking Pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Boil Little Smokies & drain to cool.
  3. Grease Baking Pan with butter and Flour, Any flour left over put back in container or empty in the sink.
  4. Cut the crescent roll dough into little strips, as many as the number of little smokies you have.
  5. Wrap the smokies with the strips of dough and line them on your baking pan. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top for extra flavor if you like.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve Warm

IMG_20130415_191004Caramel Frappe Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Cold Coffee
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2-3 tbsp Caramel
  • 2-3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Whip Cream to Top (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend all Ingredients except the whip cream in a blender until its to your desired consistency.
  2. Pour in a glass and your ready to go! Add whip cream and drizzled caramel on top if desired. (:

Simple huh?! Easy to make and very, VERY tasty. Enjoy! ❤

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Right before I delivered Natalia, Me & the baby daddy made these DELICIOUS Lasagna Roll Ups that I pinned on Pinterest. Actually let me correct myself: IIIIIII made them, Jacob watched ans taste tested lol. Well he did help me roll half of them up, but I did the rest (:
Also, I made enough to have plenty of left overs so I wouldn’t have to cook for a few nights in case Natalia decided to come.

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Here is the recipe that I followed, although it doesn’t include ground beef, I took initiative to add that in there for extra protein!

My Labor Experience

Well here’s the post everyone’s been waiting for. I’m going to start from the very beginning:

At 41 weeks, Jacob and I started doing everything, literally EVERYTHING, to induce my labor. From eating spicy food, going on bumpy rides every single day, walking until my feet felt like they would fall off (BTW I didn’t swell during my entire pregnancy because I drank plenty of water), doing the dirty, acupressure, massages, bananas, yoga, stripping my membranes (twice!), whatever you can think of, we did it, and NOTHING WORKED. So my conclusion on inducing labor based on my personal experience is that nothing can induce labor, your baby comes whenever he/she decides to come.

I was scheduled to be induced Monday morning, and as much as I was opting not to be induced, I was going to let them because one, it would be safer for the baby not to exceed 42 weeks in utero, and two I would be more than ready at that point for Natalia to be here. Fortunately my water finally broke the Friday afternoon prior to my induction date. At first I wasn’t sure if it broke or not, so I asked my mom what it felt like. She said it feels like you’re uncontrollably peeing on yourself. Soon after that, about 15 minutes, I was confirmed of my water breaking because liquid started pouring out, lol. I didn’t call the Doctor nor did I go to the hospital. I waited until I started having contractions 5-10 apart for an hour like my doctors instructed, which didn’t happen until 18 hours later. Bad idea for me to not go in right away because of the risk of infection, but how was I supposed to know? This is my first time having a baby, and BOTH of my GYN’s told me not to come in until I started having contractions. There was no mention of my water breaking. And since I’m totally healthy, I didn’t think there was any reason for me or my baby to develop an “infection”. According to what I researched, the vaginal exams are what cause infections in the first place, which makes complete sense to me.

So the next morning around 6am I started having mild contractions, then they increased in pain and decreased in time apart, so by 8 am Jacob and I were on our way to the hospital. When we got there the nurses asked me if my water broke & I told them yes it did, yesterday afternoon. They all looked at me like I was crazy and asked why I waited so long to come in. I told them that I didn’t feel the need to come in because everything seemed fine and that my Doctor told me not to come in until I was having contractions, so I was simply following instructions. Well, when they started my IV they told me they were going to start me on antibiotics. In shock I asked “for what?” And the nurse said “the GBS that you’re positive for”. I was in total disbelief and said “excuse me, but what in the world are you talking about?” She explained to me that I was positive for Group B Strep, (the test they give you when you’re 36 weeks) and that the baby has been swimming in infected amniotic fluid for the entire time since my water broke. GBS (Group B Strep) is a bacteria that is carried by both men and women, that does not affect adults but can be very harmful for unborn babies, which is why pregnant women ate tested for it at 36 weeks. Men will never know if they have it or not because they will never be tested for it since they obviously can’t get pregnant. Well when I took the test, nothing was ever mentioned about it after that, so I assumed I was negative. I would expect a Doctor to tell you the results of your tests, ESPECIALLY if you’re positive for it, don’t you?! So yeah, I was carrying this infection and had no idea about it. I was infuriated by this new found information because now my baby is at risk. If I would’ve known about this infection, I would’ve been at the hospital the day before when my water broke.

Anyways, once your water breaks you have 24 hours to get the baby out or it can become something serious. So I had 6 hours to deliver my daughter and I was only 2 cm dilated (and have been for two weeks!). They started me on pitocin right away. 2 hours later they checked my cervix to find that I was still only 2 cm dilated, so a c-section was the final decision. At first I wanted to cry because I felt cheated out of my wanting for a natural delivery since I was never informed about this infection that could be potentially fatal to my unborn daughter. I also was not so phsyched about having such a dramatic surgery, especially since I’ve never had surgery of any kind. I asked the nurses if they had c-sections and even asked if I could see their scars because I also wasn’t very excited about having such a large scar on my belly. One of the young nurses showed me not her scar because it was so low, but pulled her shirt up just to show me that the scar was below her panty line. I couldn’t even see it! And she was so skinny you wouldn’t even be able to tell that she had a baby, and she had 2! So that made me feel A LOT better about it. So on we went with the procedure.

They had me fill out all kinds of forms and explained to Jacob and I what would be happening. He had to change into scrubs so he could be there with me while the doctors carried me into the operation room so they could numb me from the waist down. They gave me a spinal anesthetic that literally took 5 seconds to kick in. I felt a rush of a numbing sensation that actually felt really good, lol! I felt very shaky though shortly afterwards which I didn’t like too much. Also, the shot they gave me was a MUCH smaller needle than that of the epidural, which I was very happy about because that was the very reason I had decided I wasn’t going to have an epidural if this would’ve happened naturally.

They cut me open and tugged, pushed and pulled (which I could feel a lot of although it didn’t hurt, it was just a lot of pressure) and then out came the baby, 7lbs. and 14oz. of her. About a minute later I heard her first cry and was in tears at the amazing sound that I had waited 9 long months to hear. Jacob cried with me and we were both very happy. However, because she was infected, they took her from us right away. I got to see her and kiss her cheek before she left and dad asked to see her hair because she was wearing a cap. When they took it off, we were amazed to see a head full of dark hair, just like I dreamed about!

So they took me to the recovery room while we waited to hear from the doctor’s what was going on with Natalia. Now there are a lot of details to what was happening between the surgery and the end, so I’m just going to make the long story short: The doctors were concerned about her breathing patterns. They ran blood tests and white blood cell tests which came back triple the amount of what was normal, meaning that her body was already building white blood cells to fight off whatever infection she had. They were also concerned about some “seizure-like episodes” that she was supposedly having which made the nurses decide to transfer her to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville because they were a small town hospital that did not have all the tools needed to run the tests they wanted her to have. They weren’t sure what she was doing because she’s a  newborn, hence their wanting to run tests just to make sure she was acting normal. I was completely devastated because the doctors made it seem like she was having all these problems, they even mentioned a possibility of meningitis. I cried so hard and asked “what are they going to do to my baby?!” Jacob tried his hardest to keep his composure because I was so upset about everything and then he broke down and started crying with me.

Natalia went through so much in the first days of her life in the outside world. She IV’s since she was born, she had all kinds of tests run on her, she had MRI’s she had her spine tapped, all kinds of bullshit. I know that they were just trying to be on the safe side, but what new mom wants to see her first baby go through all this trauma?! Anyways, in the end Natalia was completely fine. They ran all these tests just to find nothing wrong with her. She just had an infection and the antibiotics they started me on before the surgery killed it just in time. So we went through all this heartache for nothing. It was very crazy. We ended up being in the hospital for 5 days before finally bringing her home.I was in the hospital for 3 days recovering from the surgery. They transferred Natalia on my second day of recovery so I couldn’t even go to the hospital to be with my baby until the next day. Jacob had to drive from Lake City to Jacksonville, back to Lake City to pick me up, back to Jacksonville so we could be at the hospital every day and then finally back to Lake City so we could come home, and then he had to drive back so he could go home, lol! Lots and lots of driving.

At the end of the day, there were a lot of lessons learned from this entire experience. Although it was scary, it was very worth it and I am happy to say that I am a new mom to a very happy and healthy baby girl. According to her pediatrician she eats better than the average baby for her size and is growing at a great rate. She is such a good baby, hardly ever cries unless she needs something. She is always very content and has such a well-developed personality already. She’s definitely mommy and daddy’s little diva girl!

I also would like to mention that my perspective about c-sections have dramatically changed since I underwent the surgery. I actually prefer to have the c-section because I didn’t have to feel any pain WHATSOEVER, everything went by so quick it was unbelievable. The entire procedure took a total of 55 minutes. No contractions, no pain, GREAT pain meds during and afterwards lol, and my little girls head did not get squished and my vagina didn’t rip! The scar is barely noticeable, looks like a pen line just below my bikini line and nobody will ever be able to see it unless I show them, which means I can still wear my bikini this summer! Best of all, this entire event brought me and Jacob closer together and he loves me more now than ever before since having to be there with me and watching me go through all of this craziness. I definitely want to share my story because I think it’s well worth mentioning to people. Always prepare for the worst because you never know what’s going to happen, and always be optimistic about negative things that you have no control over because they are not always as bad as they seem.

Today my baby girl is 2 weeks and 3 days old and she is making the cutest “ooh” and “ahh” sounds, she picks her head up all by herself to look around because she wants to see everything, she will NOT fall asleep without being held, so she’s already spoiled, lol! (Thanks Jacob!)

One more thing I want to add before I conclude my super long birth story; because Natalia was taken from me right from the beginning, we didn’t get to experience the first bonding of mother and baby to establish breastfeeding, which is essential! And I am completely against giving my baby formula for several reasons. One because I’m pro-natural, two because I don’t feel that formula gives babies everything they need like breast milk does, three because of all the side effects that come from formula fed babies that I’ve researched, such as being more prone to obesity and becoming sick with diseases, and four because although the formula feeds the baby for longer periods of time (formula fed babies eat 6-10 times a day vs. breastfed babies eat 8-12 times a day) which means the formula “sits” in their stomachs and that just reminds me of McDonald’s food which is totally gross in my opinion. I already decided I wanted to breastfeed exclusively. Well since I didn’t get to breastfeed for the first week, I didn’t establish a good milk supply, so I couldn’t produce enough milk to feed my baby. Not only that but the doctors shoved bottles and pacifiers in my newborn baby’s mouth which pissed me the **** off! If they needed to syringe feed her then okay, but I was not about the pacifiers or bottles because of nipple confusion. So Natalia had a difficult time latching on for the first week and a half of our being together. It was making me sore and I was to the point where I was about to just give up all together. But then I decided “screw that!” I’m not going to give up because I WANT this for my baby, so I’m going to MAKE SURE it happens, no matter what it takes. If I have to breastfeed her every half hour then so be it. I consulted with a lactation specialist who was so inspired by my determination and told me that that’s what it takes, you have to really want to breastfeed for it to work out, which is what I truly want, exclusively. I only will use formula if I have to supplement, but otherwise I want to strictly breastfeed my baby mostly because it’s the healthiest for her, but also because it does establish a bonding relationship with you and your baby that just feels like pure love, and I want that with me and Natalia. So I have a $700 hospital grade breast pump that I’m using FOR FREE for a week-2 weeks just because my lactation specialist wants to help me because she sees how bad I want this. Unfortunately Natalia and I had a rough start, but now that things are back to normal we are going to work this out to both of our benefits. My advice to anybody else out there with this problem is to never give up on the things that you truly want. I am proud to say that Natalia has gotten MUCH better about latching on (although she still needs some improvement) and I am finally being able to produce enough milk to catch up with her needs. (:

Bringing Natalia Home <3

Bringing Natalia Home ❤

Natalia & I Now (:

Natalia & I Now (:

Slow Cooked Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

I’ve had this mean craving for chicken enchiladas lately, so I made some for dinner last night! I would go on and on about how freakin’ delicious it was, but I will leave you readers with the recipe so you can just try them yourself! ;D
NOTE: If you plan to make this for dinner, you have to prep the day before by taking the chicken out if it’s frozen so you can start cooking it when you wake up in the morning. Also, this recipe is enough to serve 3 people twice, or 6, depending on how much everyone will eat. It only makes 3 extra-large enchiladas that you can cut in half, which is what I did.
One more thing! You could just cook the chicken in the pan with the sauce, but I recommend putting it in the crock pot because it makes the chicken so tender, it falls right off the bone. This makes it easier to shred. (:

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  • 10” Flour Tortillas
  • Pack of 4 chicken breasts (Sorry, idk the weight just the package I bought. I recommend boneless&skinless, unless you want to spend extra time pulling that stuff off!)
  • 1 10oz. can Enchilada Sauce
  • Handful of Black Olives (optional)
  • 1½ cup shredded cheese of your choice (I used Mexican Blend)
  • 2 tbsp. Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp. Softened/Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Large Onion

Directions:

  1. Cook the chicken in a crock pot filled with the entire can of enchilada sauce, sautéed garlic, onion and cilantro. Cook on the low setting that says 8 hours. (It will not take an entire 8 hours to cook)
  2. About 6 hours later, take the chicken out leaving the juices in the crock-pot, and put your chicken in a large plate where you will have plenty of room to pull it apart using 2 forks. Before you start shredding, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. After your chicken is shredded, get a separate bowl and mix together the sour cream, cream cheese, and ½ cup of shredded cheese. I also added diced black olives but you can leave them out or replace them with jalapeños if you like your enchiladas spicy. Once mixed add your chicken.
  4. In a 10” by 12” baking dish, pour a ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce from the crock-pot, just enough to cover the bottom so your tortillas don’t burn.
  5. On a flour tortilla, fill it with a generous amount of your cheesy chicken mixture, roll it up, and place it flap side down into your baking dish. Repeat until mixture is finished.
  6. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce on top of your enchiladas. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from oven, let cool, and serve.
  7. You can add anything you like on top: sour cream, guacamole, pieces of cilantro for looks and zesty taste, tomatoes, chiles, more olives, whatever you like! Serve with a side of rice and beans to have the full authentic Mexican Enchilada dinner! My mom made her special made Brazilian style white rice that I stove-top steamed. I made homemade re-fried beans using a can of Goya black beans with a tbsp of butter and 2 tsp of flour to make it thick.

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BTW this is my own personal recipe that I made up using bits and pieces of other peoples recipe, souped it up to my liking! I hope you enjoy it. (:

Related Articles:
http://cookingandcraftingonabudget.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/chicken-enchiladas/ http://www.allthecooks.com/cream-cheese-chicken-enchiladas.html http://www.allthecooks.com/miles-of-cheesy-chicken-enchiladas-casserole.html

Pregnancy Post #14 – 33 Weeks

  • 33 Weeks & 5 Days Pregnant Today.
  • 142 Pounds; Gained a Total of 31 Pounds since Pre-pregnancy.

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With everything that has been going on for me & Natalia since my last post, I am EXHAUSTED. I spent an  entire week preparing for the baby shower, had the baby shower over the weekend, celebrated my 20th Birthday, and for the past week have been shopping & preparing to finally start on the nursery. I still have a little over a month and a half until Natalia’s due date, but I want to get the room done as soon as possible before I get too big to do anything. I love the idea of playing mommy & daddy because it gives me a sense of independence and it reassures me that I can do everything I need to do to care for my baby, with or without the help of ANY man. And that makes me feel good. (:

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I went shopping a few days ago to buy some pink paint and painting supplies so I could start working on Natalia’s dresser, along with some adorable, had-to-get baby items. The dresser I am painting is my old dresser and is in desperate need of a few touch ups. The top is ruined with chipped paint, nail polish, marker stains, etc. I used to be like the typical American teenage girl and draw “I love so and so…Laura & ____ Together Forever” all over my things; in permanent marker. So I need to cover all that up! I got some painter’s tape, and some brushes (I already had the other supplies I will need) to start my project. I spoke with the painting people at Lowes to figure out exactly what paint was best for the dresser I have and got a list of everything from supplies, to preparation, to the actual job itself. I’m so excited about this because I love painting! I plan to start this project this afternoon and hopefully (if I stay persistent) I will have it completely done by the time Monday rolls around. After the dresser is painted, my mom’s bf is going to rip out the carpet in the bedroom and put tile down. When that’s done I’m going to start putting the crib together, setting up the furniture and decorations, and organizing the closet and all the baby items. I don’t have to worry about installing the car seat until another 2 or 3 weeks, so I’m not going to worry about that for now.

birthplanI also had an OB appointment on Tuesday. It was a very fast 10 minute appointment for them to check my weight, heart rate, pulse, and protein levels. They also heard the baby’s heart beat on the Doppler to make sure she is healthy as well. I requested to have one last ultrasound done before the baby is born so I can actually see how big she is and where she is positioned. I thought that’s what they were going to do at this appointment, but I guess I misunderstood. I love my doctor because the nurses there are so very nice. They actually gave me really nice comments at this visit, saying how pleasant I was and how happy I seemed to be, and I confirmed to them that I was definitely extremely happy about everything that has to do with this pregnancy. My nurse and I discussed birthing options and a plan for my laboring and delivery. We both agree that I should do this as natural as I can, which was my ideal birth anyways. I want no medications unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. She informed me that as long as I’m not drinking any fluids, I don’t have to have IV’s running through me, which gives me the freedom to walk around, get in the shower, or whatever it is I feel the need to do at that time. She also informed me about anesthesia, which I told her I was going to try to do without it unless the pain is too unbearable. I know that I will experience pain throughout this experience, but as soon as I see that adorable little face for the first time, the pain will subside immediately. I even had a dream about giving birth and crying tears of the happiest feelings I have ever experienced. That’s how confident I am about this entire birthing process!

Cleaning-suppliesI’ve been on a cleaning spree since I am getting ready to do the nursery. I super cleaned my room, my bathroom, somewhat cleaned Natalia’s room to prepare it for everything, and even cleaned the rest of the house just because I could not sit down! Nesting has DEFINITELY kicked in, but I’m enjoying it because it’s making up for the yoga I’ve been slacking on (which I plan to do tonight before I go to sleep) so at least I’m still getting my exercise. I also want to get started on making a baby box for all Natalia’s keepsakes, including her baby book, as soon as possible. I want to decorate it to match her room so I can display it on a shelf as a decoration. Pinterest is steadily distracting me from actually doing my projects and thinking up new ones. So I think I need to calm down with that a little bit. ;D

lower-incidence-prostate-cancer-coffee-drinkers_235As far as my pregnancy physically and emotionally, I’m continuing to feel good every day. I have no additional stretch marks, which I’m extremely happy about! I actually got a mirror to look under my belly just to make sure, because I can’t see anything below my belly button, lol! I do have this very noticeably dark line running down the center of my belly, which I’ve read about and it’s completely normal. My belly button bulges out and you can see it through some of my shirts. I think it’s the funniest thing ever! I get a kick out of looking at it and playing with it because I’ve never been able to see the inside of my belly button before. It’s getting more and more uncomfortable to bend over. I can hear myself grunting and making funny noises when I struggle to get near the floor or my feet, let alone turning in bed at night. I came home from running errands all day last night and realized I left the coffee pot on by accident, so I decided to make a small cup of coffee to give me a little energy to make something to eat. I will NEVER do that ever again while I’m pregnant. Natalia did not like having coffee so late and started kicking me like crazy, kicks that actually hurt me; and her kicks never hurt me! I had to dance around the kitchen just to distract myself from the pain. It didn’t last very long, thank goodness, but It was definitely something I never experienced before. There is no doubt in my mind that this baby hasn’t turned already (I get the confirmation at the next appointment because it’s an ultrasound!). I can make out what position she’s in based on where she kicks or punches me, lol. She seems to be running out of room because I can feel her in every part of my stomach; it’s kind of weird. But I feel so big already and I still have a month to go. I am SO READY for Natalia to be here already!!! But those are really all of my thoughts for this post, so ta-ta for now! –xoxo<3   :*