Turkey Day Recap

Monday, November 30, 2015
Happy Monday, friends! Isn't it the hardest to kick start yourself for a new week after enjoying a holiday vacation?! I'd say so!

It feels like forever since I've blogged. Probably because it has been! Last week I gave myself a break from everything except for Thanksgiving prep and family. I'm finding that my body just doesn't have the same kind of energy that it did. I guess being 36 weeks pregnant will do that to a gal! I have to say that while I missed sharing with you all, it did me some good to tuck the blog away for just a bit. But, now I'm happy to be back, and to share our Thanksgiving Day!

Like the past three years, husband and I have taken on hosting a Thanksgiving meal at our home on Thanksgiving Day. It's a tradition we would like to keep throughout the years, and one that allows us to include both mine and his family. So fingers crossed that we can make it stick!

It's been customary for us to take Wednesday off from work for prepping for the next day. It's a good thing too, especially this year. Like I said, my body isn't up to its typical regimen, and I can't keep going full speed ahead. So husband picked up a lot of the to-dos on Wednesday, even letting me nap mid-afternoon. Bless him.

Thursday morning is all about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We eat our homemade ham and cheese quiche (made the day before) while watching the festivities. If we're feeling it, we'll add a latte for sipping too.

Mid-parade we start making the food that doesn't necessarily hold up for pre-making. We're talking appetizers for before the meal and cooking the turkey. This year, husband brined the turkey for about 16 hours ahead of cooking it. Brining does wonders, ya'll! Then we ready for the day and start welcoming guests around 1:30 in the afternoon. 

The night before, I whipped together this triple chocolate pumpkin pie, and it was a hit. I love taking a staple recipe and flipping it into something different and unexpected! Wednesday night, I also found myself piecing together our table's centerpiece. Take a look. It's my favorite tablescape to date!

Beautiful isn't it?! Fun fact, I'm more of ham person than I am a turkey person. So while this turkey is gorgeous, I'm looking forward to the Christmas ham! 

And wild beyond wild is how far along in the pregnancy we are! On Thanksgiving Day I was 35 weeks and 5 days along. Our little turkey's due date was exactly one month from Turkey Day. And how we can't wait to meet her! 

As the food finished up, the camera started to go away, and this part of the evening isn't very well documented. Can you blame us?! We had some incredible food to put away! Also the lighting is terrible at this time of day in the fall and winter months (someone teach me how to get better photos!). 

After dinner, husband and I picked up some, our guests headed home, and we changed into our pajamas to carry out a Hill tradition. Yes, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We grabbed popcorn and hot cocoa mix before trekking across town to the other Hills' house to watch the movie. I'd say our Thanksgiving was pretty wonderful, and we ended it on a high note or at least a very funny one :)  Now it's time to deck the halls!!! Bring on Christmastime and our sweet girl's arrival!

Oh Baby! || Week 35

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My girl, we are getting so very close to meeting and my mama heart could explode. We made it through our first Thanksgiving feast and you seemed to love it. However, I didn't get to eat near as much with the tiny amount of room I have left in there. That's okay, you're very much worth it! Your daddy and I are having to make some decisions about your birth, and it's causing me some anxiety. You are transverse and laying sideways right across my stomach; you're also facing out instead of my spine, which makes the likelihood of you turning all on your own very unlikely. So the doctors all think it's best that we give a try at turning you manually. That appointment is in the works of being set up. We pray that it works and doesn't bring you any distress. But, we're ready to make the call on scheduling a c-section if that's what is needed to meet you safely. Your health is our priority. But, if you get a hankering to turn yourself head down all on your own in the next couple of weeks, please help yourself :)  

How far along? In the 35th week

Baby's Size: A coconut || approximately 17ish-19ish inches and anywhere from 4.2-5.8 pounds

Gender: Sweet girl! 

Baby Fact: Baby girl's hearing is now fully developed, and she responds best to high-pitched noises.

Weight Gain: 26 pounds, and I'm expected to gain a half a pound until little one's due date.

Baby's Movement: She's still moving up a storm and mostly at night. She loves to ripple across my stomach with her head and belly. That's right, her head is to the right of my belly button, which means my girl is still transverse and hasn't moved into the head down position, not even close. That is causing me some discomfort when she decides to give me a big movement. And just this morning she stuck her legs so far out in my left side that I could feel the entire leg. 

Maternity Clothes: I wish it was acceptable to wear sweatpants everywhere. At this point that and a floppy shirt is all I want to be in. Forget the tight stuff, forget the bra. Just give me comfort. 

Sleep: I'm up to about two bathroom breaks a night now. Sleep is very intermittent and doesn't come easily, mostly because I can't find a comfortable way to lay. I typically fall asleep the hardest after my second run to the bathroom and just a couple of hours before I have to be up for the day. It's making my energy supply very sparse by mid-afternoon.

Symptoms: The acid reflux has been the one consistent symptom to worsen as the pregnancy goes on. It has gotten really bad over the last couple of weeks, and I know that if I lay on my right side, it's going to be horrible. TUMs aren't working nearly as well now. My hips and lower right back hurt daily now with the loosening and extra weight they are carrying. Swollen feet and ankles that are a result of me standing up for too long. And my face is officially getting that end-of-pregnancy puff. 

Cravings: The thirst continues and I'm downing water and juice like a machine. Peppermint patties are at the top of my list for foods I want, as are clementines.  

Miss Anything? Moving like I did pre-pregnancy.  

Best Moment This Week: Watching baby girl react to her daddy singing very high-pitched, made-up songs to her (see the baby fact above). I'm not sure what I love more, their already blooming relationship or listening to husband's ridiculous songs. 

Worst Moment This Week: Managing the anxiety I feel over the risks (although low) of having baby girl turned manually by the doctor. 

Looking Forward To: Thanksgiving with friends and family! 

How's Husband? He is so ready for our girl. And he's been such sweetness with me through the discomfort, aches, pains, and anxiety (over her birth). He's going to be an exceptional father, and our girl is so very fortunate to have him. She already loves the sound of his voice, responding with visible movements. My favorite was just a few days ago when husband kissed my belly and little girl fluttered against it. The look on husband's face was priceless. 

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Thoughts For Friday + The Pick: Week 46

Friday, November 20, 2015
Oh hey, Friday! It's so good to see you! This weekend we are kicking off the first of our Thanksgivings in my hometown. Husband and I will be headed through the mountains to enjoy a quiet weekend full of food. We'll see just how much food I can actually fit at 35 weeks. One thing I know for sure is that I'll be wearing my stretchy pants!

T H I N K I N G  > About baby girl's wild movements while I was resting in bed last night. They are the biggest I've seen yet, and I loved every second of it. 

P O N D E R I N G > The amount of Thanksgiving food I'll actually be able to eat. I think I'm going to have to make my favorite foods priority and enjoy those before sampling other foods. There is only so much room left in this belly of mine. 

N E E D I N G > This girl of mine to turn head down! Husband and I would love to avoid a c-section or having her manually turned, so your prayers over this in the next two weeks would be so appreciated.

L I S T E N I N G > To Christmas music on the radio. It's officially started playing! And husband was the one who informed me of this (the man who prefers to listen to Christmas music once Thanksgiving is over). So clearly he loves me very much.

D R E A M I N G > About meeting my girl. I had another dream this week about holding her for the first time. Oh, how I can't wait for that. So many snuggles to be had! Can you tell there's a theme to my thoughts this week? With only 5ish weeks left until her due date I can't stop thinking about all things baby Hill.

S W O O N I N G > Over the countdown to the holidays! I can't believe that we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving, and you know Christmas will be here super quick after that. Which also means so will baby girl!

I hope you have one wonderful weekend, lovelies!  xo
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Pick-Me-Up Bar || FLYJOY Giveaway

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are the two times a day when a little pick-me-up feels necessary. But you don't want to ruin your lunch or dinner with something too big, leaving you to figure out the best snack to grab. Cue FLYJOY bars. 

Truth be told, I'm always skeptical when it comes to healthy bars. First I wonder if the taste is going to be bearable; then I wonder how good they actually are for you. But I thought I'd give FLYJOY a chance and was pleasantly surprised by both the flavors and ingredients. Husband was too! 

So about these bars' taste....because we all know eating something for health benefits while it taste like a lot of yuck is just miserable. For starters, I love that there is a variety to pick from. We're talking cashew cookie dough to cranberry coconut macaroon and peanut butter and jelly. And that's not all. You can see all the flavors available HERE

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FLYJOY supplied this sample of bars for me to try. All opinions expressed are my own.