Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Blog Hops

Blog hops are a great way to check out other fun new blogs as well as get new followers as well! This is one of the blog hops I joined today!  Thanks to the hosts for the fun hop!

Weight Watchers Wednesday easy 6 pt recipe!

In honor of Wednesday I am going to post a quick yummy recipe that is great for Weight Watchers!  Maybe I will go with Weight Watchers Wednesday!
Last week was my first week doing Weight Watchers and I did loose 2 lbs! Here is one of the fun recipes that I made during the week and its only worth 6 points!!! 
I call it.. Tomato, Basil & Garlic Wheat Rotini with Chicken and Veggies (I need a shorter names)

1 Pkt of Tomato, Basil & Garlic McCormick Marinade (prepared as directed) Whole Wheat Pasta (I like Rotini) and a 1 cup cooked serving is worth 4 pts
Veggies of your choice (I used squash and zucchini)
Tyson Grill Ready Chicken

I started by slicing and dicing the veggies and cooking in the marinade till soft
While veggies are cooking, cook wheat pasta and warm chicken
Drain pasta, Dice chicken and toss together with Veggies and Marinade! MMMM

Sooo easy it took at the most 20 mins to make and is super yummy! Even my 20 mo old Monkey Loved it!!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weight Watchers, ER Visits and Mini Meltdowns

Well I did it! I joined Weight Watchers! WW actually doesn’t have a prego plan but I discussed it with my wonderful OB and she said its fine as long as I’m getting enough calories and I could select the plan for breastfeeding along with supplementing for a few extra needed points…  So yay! I’ve been doing it for a week now and so far I am pleased.  I like that I can eat what I want as long as I keep track and stay with in my day plan.  So if occasionally I feel the need for a yummo guilty pleasurable biscuit (see previous post) then its ok as long as it fits into my daily points!  I like that it has helped me keep track and be aware of what I am eating instead of mindlessly eating what I what when I want and using the excuse of being prego. 

I actually did loose 2 lbs over the course of 1 week surprisingly and that makes me happy!  No im not trying to go on a crash diet while prego but do believe that this is a lifestyle change and not just a random diet plan. 

I am working on making some new goals of all kinds that I want to accomplish in this last 8 months of deployment… some will get more intense after baby comes but I am just taking a hard look at things and seeing what overall I want to change.  Some of the things are comical but necessary and others are serious and I gotta get these things back down and in front of me so I have something to work towards!

I can’t believe it’s only been 5 months of the hubs being gone and that we still have a long 8 months to go!  But I am sure that once peanut comes along things will pick up.. hopefully!  Part of me is scared to death about adding another baby but part of me knows it will all somehow work out! 
Yesterday I had a mini melt down when I had to take princess to the ER because she was throwing up and hadn’t peed in over 18 hours! I knew she would be fine and just needed fluids but the thought of having to go to the ER and deal with her while dealing with the Monkey running around was overwhelming!

Lately the Monkey has been… well… difficult!  I feel like I need a leash (a cute lil monkey back pack one) for him but the hubs thinks those are wrong. Ugh!
We went to Wal-Mart the other night for a quick trip of needing 6 things and it literally took 50 minutes because I spent the majority of the time literally chasing him around the store.  He was just having fun and playing but somehow in the last few months the word NO has come to mean absolutely nothing to him anymore! 
I used to think that he was such a perfect little angel and loved that he would quickly respond to ‘nono’ but man now he throws huge fits and acts like a little beast.  I hate that when you are at the store and if your kid is crying people look at you like you are a horrid mother! It makes me so mad! One of these days someone is gonna get an ear full lol! 

Today princess is doing sooo much better!!  I love that a nurse called to follow up and I took the opportunity to tell her someone needs to talk to the lady that come in to take our information…  When the lady was taking our info I told her that my hubs was deployed she said OH NO! Be careful! My sister in law is deployed and now her and my brother are getting divorced! And she went on and on and said oh not to worry you!  I said I am not at all worried! It was just frustrating to be facing the challenge of being at the ER with an 8 mo old and a 20 mo old ALONE without some IDIOT rambling off about stupid crap!  It aggravated me but then I thought ya know if you get someone in here that’s not strong and secure in their marriage this is not a good thing to be worrying someone with!  Man people are stupid! Lol Anyway the sweet nurse was like Oh I am soo sorry I hope that doesn’t make us look bad to you. I said I am fine and obviously not worried but those are the kind of things she needs to keep to herself. 

It seems that Mini Meltdowns are always going to come and go.  There is always going to be something slightly stressful and I had a week full of those moments last week and at times I think I am not strong enough to do this but then I remember Im not alone! This wont last forever and I am make it with the grace of God!

I think my new theme song should be “Strong Enough” by Matthew West – Read these words! They are pretty powerful and surely the song of my heart at this point!
You must
You must think I'm strong
To give me what I'm going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I'm not strong enough to be
everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe
Maybe that's the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I'm finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that's when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough

[ From: ]

Strong enough

Cause I'm broken
Down to nothing
But I'm still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong
When I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Its a.......!!!!!!

As most of you know my hubs decided since he will be gone throughout the entire pregnancy he didn’t want to know the sex of our baby and wanted to be surprised when it came.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be surprised or not but decided that my mom could go with me and find out so she could buy things along the way! Well last month my mom and I both found out and I have been dying to tell! There were only 2 people other than my mom that knew and this past week when I was at my monthly OB appt she decided to do a repeat Ultrasound since the last time they couldn’t see everything as clearly as she would like.  I was very excited to see our baby again! While talking to my hubs he said that he didn’t want to be surprised any longer and wanted to know.  I told him and he was surprised because he thought the opposite.  We decided not to tell anyone else (except a select few) till after our ultrasound the next day. 

Here are our fun lil ultrasound pics! I am not posting the pic of the ‘anatomy’ this time because, well, it’s a little explicit haha!  The ultrasound lady said were we able to tell last time and I told her and she said HOLY COW! That’s a BOY for sure!!!
Big foot like daddy already!

he has his tongue out!

His name is Jaxsen Neal and he will be here at the beginning of November!  If we get to keep the date we want it will be 10 days before Brothers 2nd bday and 20 days before Sisters 1st bday!  I wanted a boy just so our princess could continue to be the only princess! At least being the middle child she will at least have the advantage of being the only girl!!!  I think the hubs was a little disappointed he thought for sure it was a girl but I knew, even before the ultrasounds that it was gonna be a boy!!!
Very very excited!!!