Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pregnancy: 25 Weeks

Gender: Boy
Baby Name: Rory - In Irish, the name Rory means- famous ruler, red.  This was the name of the last king of Irelend, Rory O'Connor.
Total Weight Gain: 25.4 pounds
Belly measurement: 38 inches
Favorite Clothes: Sweat pants and maternity tank or tee
Stretch marks: No, didn't get any from the first pregnancy so I'm hoping the same goes for this one! 
*I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula on my belly daily after getting out of the shower.

Sleep: Not very comfortable, I toss and turn about 134 times each night.  Okay, so maybe not that much but I am using a body pillow which is hard to switch from side to side when I need to move. 
Nesting: I have been organizing and tossing things out left and right.  I have this major urge to purge!  It's nice because my kitchen cabinets are getting organized, closets have more room in them and the house seems cleaner than ever! 
Cravings: Fresh strawberries, rice crispy treats and I have been really excited for my daughter's birthday coming up this weekend so I can enjoy a piece of cake!  :)
Contractions: Braxton Hicks have been happening quite a bit each day lately.  They are just a mild contraction that makes my belly feel really tight, usually happens when I have a full bladder or if I'm leaning foward while sitting.  They last about a minute or less.
Pregnancy Symptoms: Acne!  Yikes, I am breaking out so bad.  I am getting zits above my lip and on my chin really bad.  My hair has been getting really thick too.  Time for a haircut!
Baby Measurements: At 25 weeks the baby measures about 13.5 inches long and is about 1.5 pounds. 
Best Moment This Week: Feeling the baby move so much, he's an active little guy!

This Weeks Happenings In Our Life: Mollie's birthday party is this weekend, she is turning 2!  We are having family come over for lunch on Saturday.  I plan on serving BBQ's, salad and some fabulous cake.  In other news, I go to see a general surgeon tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the inguinal hernia surgery.  I have TONS of questions I need answered because I am feeling extremely nervous about the surgery during pregnancy.  **UPDATE: I have been scheduled for surgery on Monday.  It's been chaotic the past few days trying to line up things for work, figuring out who can help take care of Mollie and Jason deciding what days he needs to take off work.  Fingers are crossed and I'm hoping everything goes well. 

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Healthy Chicken Fajita Bake

My mouth was watering as I smelled this wonderful chicken fajita bake in the oven.  I could not wait to dig in.  I found the recipe from a mommy vlogger on YouTube and I will put the link down below to her video.  This was beyond simple to make and simply delicious to eat.  This is going to be on a regular rotation in this household from now on.  Give it a try and I hope you love it as much as my family did. 
Sliced green pepper, red pepper and onion.

Under the veggies are the chicken breasts which I first cut into thick stips.
After my husband and I dished out our portions we still had this much leftover.  I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow!

Garnish with 0% plain greek yogurt and a little reduced fat shredded cheese and serve on a whole grain tortilla.  I think this would be great served over brown rice as well.

Chicken Fajita Bake

1 large green bell pepper
1 large red bell pepper
1/2 large onion or one small onion
2 boneless chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Slice the peppers, onion and chicken into strips.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass pan with Pam Olive Oil Spray.  First place your strips of chicken on the bottom of pan and then evenly spread out the veggies on top.  Season with salt, pepper, chili powder and Mrs. Dash original blend.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until chicken is done and veggies are done to your liking.  Serve on a whole wheat tortilla or over brown rice.  Garnish with 0% plain greek yogurt (I use Chobani) and reduced fat shredded cheese.  I think a squeezing fresh lime juice over this would be fantastic too but unfortunately I was out of limes when I made this.



Here is the video from CandidMommy on YouTube!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pregnancy: 24 Weeks (VIDEO)

24 Weeks (6 months) Pregnancy Vlog & Belly Shot.  Click on video below! :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Oh Hoppy Day!

Happy Easter!  I hope you all had a wonderful day spent with family and/or friends.  We had a busy day with an Easter meal at Jason's Aunt's house, a trip out to my Dad's house for a mini Easter egg hunt for Mollie and then home to watch the Master's golf tournament which we had recorded.

Mollie in her spunky Easter outfit.

Mommy & Mollie <3

Yay, a picture without the pacifier!

Monkey see, monkey do!

Easter Bunny at Aunt Ellen's house.

Jason and I put together a fun little basket for Mollie which we let her open after we got home from Easter dinner.  We bought all the items at Target.  Mollie will be two years old this month and we filled the basket with a few of her favorite things.

1.  Monkey Box
2.  Micky Mouse Water Paint Book
3.  Curious George DVD
4.  Sunglasses
5.  Purple Star Pants
6.  Play-Doh
7.  Gerber Fruit & Veggie Bites

Easter Basket Goodies for Toddler

Mollie going through her Easter basket.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baby Burghardt is a....

BOY!  We're having a baby boy!  I don't know what the deal is but I am over the moon excited about having a little boy.  Mollie is going to be the best big sister, Daddy is going to have a golfing buddy and I am going to have a precious little child to hold and love unconditionally forever. 

If you ask Mollie if she is having a brother or sister she will tell you matter of factly..."NO!".  If you ask her if Mommy is having a boy or girl she will also tell you..."NO!"  I have a little video clip of her doing this and it's pretty darn cute.  No matter when we ask we always get the same answer. 

During our ultrasound the baby felt like he was practicing some dance moves.  The ultrasound tech was laughing because she could feel him moving around so much.  It was awesome!  We were able to see the baby open it's mouth and it looked like he was talking.  Every time she would show us a shot of his hands it looked like he was pointing at something with his index finger.  Cutest thing ever!  It took about three separate tries to see the gender but on the last attempt she was able to get a clear view.  Jason and I were so excited.  I felt like I was on cloud 9 after the appointment and I kept getting butterflies in my stomach.  It is an overwhelming feeling of pure bliss knowing that we have this huge blessing coming into our lives soon.  We can't wait to meet him!

22 Weeks 4 Days

Bottom of Foot


Baby's Heart Rate: 142
Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz.

I wasn't able to see OBGYN today.  We were told she was called over to the hospital for an emergency so we rescheduled for another day.  I did have some questions for her but it can wait until next time.  I have had some major pain from a inguinal hernia and had gone to see a general surgeon who actually scheduled me for surgery.  The idea of surgery during pregnancy FREAKED me out and made me extremely nervous.  Long story short: I called a surgical facility in a nearby city to get a second opinion and they strongly disagreed with the first doctor.  They said they would NOT do surgery unless it was an emergency.  I was told the pain will probably get worse but going through surgery is too risky to the baby.  I am hoping my doctor has some suggestions on how to manage the pain over the next four months.  At this point I have a hard time picking up my daughter and most of the time I can't stand longer than 5 minutes without being in pain.

Enough about that not-so-fun stuff.  On to happier topics!  As soon as we left the clinic I told Jason we had to go buy something for our baby boy.  We headed to Target and picked out a couple things.  It's quite a transition from buying everything that is pink with ruffles and polka dots to things that are blue and well, boy-ish!  It was fun!  Here's what we found.

Lots of onesies, socks and a sleeper.  I'm loving all the monkey themes!

22 Weeks 5 Days


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