Well I am still trying to do Freezer Meals. I will post the next batch once I get it more organized… idk if that will happen but we will see 🙂 Paul has gotten really into making homeade burritos. We make them in bulk and freeze them it has worked out really well and we have decided we should open our own burrito place 🙂 FUN
We are officially back in Colorado!!! Yay 🙂 Paul got a job with Saunder’s Construction and starts this week. When he got the job we had to make LOTS of decisions very quickly. For those of you who know me, know I SUCK at making decisions. Multiply that by a million, and that is what pregnancy has done to my brain. SERIOUSLY!!! it’s so sad. Paul says I go into the grocery store with this blank stare that says I am lost. Pair the blank stare with a huge pregnant women who no longer cares about her appearance and it’s a pretty scary picture. Luckily I try NOT to get out so I don’t scare anyone. ANYWAY we decided to move before baby thinking that it would be smarter in the long run. So we had to find a place to rent by just the pictures online…. scary…. but it actually turned out for the most part. The owners just moved out to upgrade to a bigger home and come to find out the owner was a cop. So our place is so secure it’s not even funny. They even have a remote control panic button! COOL. One thing that I have decided is I WILL NEVER! buy a front loading washing machine… I’m pretty sure the one they left is pretty high quality but because the place hasn’t been used, water had pooled in the seal and created a mold/mildew mess!!! I got it as clean as possible but still. I guess that is what you get when you rent. ANYWAY
So within a week of him getting the job we found a place, booked a penske and started taping boxes. Luckily we had lots still in boxes from the last move so it wasn’t as hard as it could have been. My job.. well the only thing I could really do was pack boxes and tape them shut. So moving fell on Paul’s shoulders again! This is the second time we have moved while being pregnant. The first time I was sick and couldn’t think, the second time I was to big and having back issues to do much. Poor Paul. So Paul decides to see if he can pack everything by himself! With the limited furniture we have, he moved. For those of you who sat on our behemoth couch, yes the deep oversized couch that is longer than 6 ft 5 across yes he moved that into the truck. Luckily he survived without injuring himself. And no I wasn’t aware he was going to do this alone. I thought he was going to get help. Time started ticking away and the evening before we were about to take off we got some help to finish bringing boxes downstairs… then we started realizing we might not have enough room. Aside from a few things we had to leave behind we crammed it all into the Penske and the passanger side of the truck. The honda that we dragged behind the Penske and then the Prius, which was loaded with me Liz and random stuff. Our journey began early in the morning which we had planned. Paul realized it was going to take a lot longer than the usual 7-8 hours to get back into Colorado so he left early. Wait let me clarify. After packing and loading all day instead of sleeping he decided to just start driving. It ended up taking him like 11 hours to get here because the truck was so loaded! Apparently the mountains weren’t to kind to him and he barely made it up! I thought Penske was suppose to be the industrial high powered trucks! UM NO!!! They suck. I left when I woke up. SOOO we all made it and are now living in SE Aurora in a condo near the air force base. I found a new doctor and will tour the hospital this week. Everything has fallen into place its crazy! We are so very blessed.
Ok here is the last bump pictures!
your baby at 36 weeks
- She’s getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own.
- Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid.
- Her liver and kidneys are in working order.
- Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.
pregnancy symptoms at 36 weeks
- Better ability to breathe. Baby might soon descend into your pelvis, giving your lungs some extra space. ( Not yet)
- Pelvic Discomfort — for the same reason! (YES)
- Difficulty Sleeping. Find some ways to relax even if you aren’t getting much shut-eye. (Somewhat, taking a hot bath helps)
- More heartburn and ankle and foot swelling. ( YES! Heartburn SUCKS)
- Back pain
- Tummy pain aka feeling like your going to pop literally
- Difficulty breathing
- Headaches- trying to stay hydrated
Since baby is soon to arrive one of the things I wanted to try was to stock up on freezer meals. I see so many Pinterest posts on different ideas so I decided to try them myself, and post the ones I have tried, and what changes I made to the recipe in pink. If I can I will put the total cost of ingredients.
This weeks meals I had most of the ingredients EXCEPT veggies. So the cost was minimal.
Chicken &Black Bean Chili (4Bags)
4 Chicken breasts-boiled and shredded (We decided to put the uncooked chicken straight into the pot after dicing it)
56oz tomato sauce
30 oz black beans (added 1 additional can)
2 onions- diced (Only put in one)
4 stalks of celery
2 packets of chili seasoning ( 1/2 tsp chili pwd instead, I also added some cayenne pepper)
Garlic (4 cloves…. I love garlic)
Chop everything up, throw it in a crockpot and let cook for 1-2 hours. (We let it cook on auto in the crockpot for 6 hours).
You cook everything together then divide after it is cooked and cooled.
Teriyaki Chicken (2 Bags)
Medium-Large bag of carrots
Red Onion into large chunks
2 Large cans pineapple (undrained)
4 Garlic cloves
4 chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce
Split between 2 freezer bags, seal, mix, lay flat, freeze!
Directions: (Write on the bags)
Add additional ¼ cup sauce to crock pot. Cook low 6-7 hours. Serve over rice(Paul didn’t really like the pineapples but I did… so good luck with that) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Savory Chicken (2 Bags)
4-6 chicken breasts
2 cans stewed tomatoes ( Get the hunts seasoned ones!)
4 Tbs white wine (or extra broth)
1 Large onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste, 2 bay leaves
4 cups broccoli (add while cooking)
Split between 2 freezer bags, seal, mix, lay flat, freeze!
Cook on low 6-7 hours. Add broccoli during the last 30 minutes, remove bay leaves before serving.
Chicken Spaghetti (2- 8×8 casseroles)
4 Chicken Breasts- boiled and shredded
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 green bell pepper- diced
1 onion- diced
4 oz jar of pimentos, diced
3c thin spaghetti, broken into small pieces
2c shredded cheese
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/8 tsp cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
Boil chicken, keep 2C of broth. Cook spaghetti in the remaining broth, In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Mix in the saved chicken broth gradually. You want the mixture to be creamy, slightly soupy, but not drippy. Press into pans and top with more cheese. Instead of topping with cheese we mixed it into the mixture). Wrap in foil. Reheating: Thaw casserole. Remove foil and place back in baking dish. Cook at 350 for 45 minutes. ( We bought the foil casserole dishes and put the one we froze into that so it would be easy to just throw in the oven)
This one was our favorite meal of them all! So easy and delicious 🙂 We ate one of the meals then froze the other. We decided casseroles are the easiest otherwise you only have half a frozen meal unless it’s soup, stew or chili.
Both sites have more recipes to choose from. I just printed off the options and picked enough meals for the week.
The Chicken & Black Bean Chili, Chicken Spaghetti I got from: http://pregnant.livejournal.com/17071127.html
The Savory Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken I got from: http://www.ringaroundtherosies.net/2012/02/freezer-cooking.html (She has cute little print outs for each meal!
Well so much has been happening it’s hard to know where to begin. It’s been awhile. Let’s start with baby updates! Well we have 1 month left! How crazy is that. I can remember the day we found out we were pregnant. It was Paul’s birthday I got up early for some reason and ended up waking Paul up. I guess the tone of my voice when I said Paul’s name made him think he was in trouble or I was mad so he says. Anyway I asked him if he could look at the test to make sure I am was not hallucinating. ” Is there a cross?!” Yes he said. And that was the start of our 9 month journey. I had just gotten a job with Columbine Health Systems! Literally I think I was there maybe 3 months. Anyway so I went in and had to quit. Because my job required me to be able to lift 50lbs I knew I wouldn’t be able to anymore. I was in shock and remember telling a co worker that I might be pregnant. LOL, Anyway everything went over smoothly with that and then the months started to go by. It wasn’t until month 5 I could really say I was showing even still I was at the phase where people wonder if your fat or pregnant. Now I am 8 months along and Paul told me “Now everyone knows for sure your pregnant!” I’m glad we have established that by now. The coolest thing for me has been all the movement. I always try and figure out what body part is being used to either restrict my breathing, or that causes my stomach to ripple. I haven’t been able to figure out anatomically what is being used, but hey you never know. We completed our prenatal class and got a cute certificate, I am so glad I took the class, not only did I learn A TON but it was so exciting to go and meet other soon to be moms. Paul even enjoyed going! This past weekend my wonderful mother and sister in law threw a shower for me. We decorated onesies, which turned out so well. It was neat to see what everyone came up with. My mom flew into town for the shower, and aunt drove down to be their. Slowly but surely we are checking things off the “to buy” list. For all mom’s this comment will be a big DUH for you but, its amazing how much stuff you really need for a baby. You start buying stuff and you think of more and more things you need, and then you look at your stash and realize what you missed and the cycle continues.
32 Weeks your baby’s the size of a squash!
That is what my birthing teacher, Suanne kept repeating to us during the class. The story of my life, well probably everyone’s life. I have come to realize how we really have no control over what happens to us, or around us. We can control how we handle things, and what situations we put ourselves in. Yes this might be a BIG DUH for you, but I guess I am suppose to learn that right now. It seems every day that passes I am not only reassured but shown that it’s okay not to be in control. I went for my daily morning walk and noticed that it was dark, but saw some ladies running so figured I could go, I just had to hurry…. well I get around the block and notice it’s actually really dark. So I decided to say a little prayer in my head, “please don’t let it rain till after, just hold on”. Well within seconds! I literally mean that, it started to rain. I just smiled and turned around. I realize I have probably written about this topic before but to be honest it is not until now. Until the pinnacle of my life (our life), that I really am LEARNING to let go and LEARN to be okay with whatever is thrown my way. It’s quite the humbling experience. But each day I learn something new about myself. Both good and bad. I have learned that I am not good at being alone, I am not the type of person who can keep to themselves and talk to people occasionally, when it seems to workout. I thrive off of interaction and social connections. Luckily we have something called a phone so this can be easily remedied. I have learned that I am good at pretending to go with the flow, until later where it catches up with me. I have learned that I have those special people that don’t get the credit they deserve. That I can always call no matter what, even if it’s to be selfish and talk about myself since I can’t really explain to a dog what is going on. I have learned that when things don’t go your way or how YOU want them to, and you can take a step back you find that there is always someone in a more difficult situation. ALWAYS be grateful! Then you realize not only how lucky you are but how the Lord truly does give YOU only what YOU can handle. I started my birthing class and I found out once I got their I was the only one going alone . But there weren’t very many people there to begin with. Two of the girls brought there mom, and only one there husband. We went around and Suanne, the teacher got our names, due date, girl or boy etc. She got to a girl named Christina. Come to find out she hadn’t been married a year but her husband was in the military and would be leaving soon so they had started trying early. Trying to plan by the time he got back the babies would be born. Well that didn’t happen and they got pregnant really fast. So by the time her husband gets back the babies will be 6- 7 months old and oh I purposefully forgot to mention she is having twins! At that moment I not only thought she was amazing for being so calm and at peace with everything. I then took a step back and was so grateful that Paul will only be gone for a very short period of time, and if she can do it I can definitely do it!
The Soul’s Captain – (Reply to Invictus) Orson F. Whitney
Art thou in truth?
Then what of Him who bought thee with His blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood,
Who bore for all our fallen race
What none but Him could bear-
That God who died that man might live
And endless glory share.
Of what avail thy vaunted strength
Apart from His vast might?
Pray that His light may pierce the gloom
That thou mayest see aright.
Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree,
Thou, captain of thy soul! Forsooth,
Who gave that place to thee?
Free will is thine-free agency,
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto Him
To whom all souls belong.
Bend to the dust that ‘head unbowed, ‘
Small part of life’s great whole,
And see in Him and Him alone,
The captain of thy soul.
28 Weeks!!! Hello Third Trimester!
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (Like a Chinese Cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
Well this is Paul last week home. He leaves Saturday morning, luckily it’s at a reasonable hour 🙂 But this will be the last time he is gone for an EXTENDED amount of time. Soon enough we will have a plan for the future which is very exciting! For those of you who love football. Yes, Ray Rice did negotiate a contract with the Ravens. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-what-theyre-saying-about-the-ray-rice-deal-20120717,0,888843.story
Even though the past few months have been hard, as will probably the next additional few. I have come to realize that those who play professional sports are like those who live on a different planet. The media paints this picture for all to read and watch, but do they really know what they are talking about. Have they been there? NO. All I can say is if you only REALLY knew what it is like… and I am not even playing 🙂 Goes to show you how you can paint a picture in your mind of how things will and should be, and then when you get their you realize it’s a 360 from what you were expecting. YOU are not in control.
We are always learning and changing. Being molded constantly. This reminds me of a talk that I carry with me. Progress through Change by Elder Marvin J. Ashton. I have the talk below for those interested.
But the part I really like is a quote: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan Co., 1960, p. 160).
So pull up your britches and hang on for the ride!
Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
Baby’s soaking up your antibodies, getting her immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and she’ll soon be practicing the blink…perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.
We have our monthly doctors appointment this Friday and luckily Paul will be here to come with 🙂 Next week we start our class at the hospital! So excited!
Well it has taken me awhile! Paul got home Tuesday June 26th. From the second he got back it has been CRAZY! Family visiting and family gatherings. But now I get him all to my greedy self 🙂 He has till July 21st and then if he is invited back he will go until final cuts August 28th and September 1st. The following link is the schedule including Preseason games if you are interested. You can also watch them online. http://www.baltimoreravens.com/Gameday/Schedule.aspx
The way the Ravens set up camp is throwing everyone into a hotel with a roommate. I honestly don’t know how he did it! You have NO personal space. You just share a room with some stranger. As of now they have 17 linemen they will be cutting 6-7 people. 2-3 Will be resigned onto the practice squad. Everything changes daily so we never really know what to expect. Our plan is to move there after final cuts if everything goes in the direction of football. If not Paul will be looking for job and we are hoping we can find a job in the Denver area. Either way we will be relocating again. Even though being apart and living alone is difficult, time does go by and I am learning the great lesson of patience and trusting that the Lord has everything under control.
As for our little girl she is growing up a storm! I now officially look pregnant 🙂 We are at 24 weeks tomorrow! It was confirmed at our late ultrasound which we just got done this week so Paul could see his little girl 🙂 Boy was she stubborn!!! She was in breech position in addition to facing toward my spine which means we couldn’t really see her little face. She is quite the kicker! already I feel like sometimes she is going to come out of my belly button? Has any other moms felt that way? Its bizarre! Let me tell you! We ( Liz, Baby and I) have adopted the new habit of walking every morning. Since I can no longer run because of edema. Even though I don’t sweat as much and don’t feel like I am conquering the world like I usually do when I run. It’s still so nice to get out and feel active. I have added lunges and hope to try some cycling classes as advised by my mom, saying I might like them. I am so excited to have some soon to be mommies so close behind me Ellen Short and Ashley Clark who are both having boys!!! 🙂 Wish we were all closer/ lived next door and we could discuss all the detail 24-7!
Here is a bump picture I had requested! Sorry it has taken so long I just needed a photographer aka Paul who would take a plethora of pictures so I could go through them all.
your baby’s the size of a cantaloupe!
- Her see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque.
- And it’s got a new pink glow, thanks to the small capillaries that have recently formed.
Well ALOT has happened since I last wrote. I went to visit Paul for about a week and got to look around and see what all they are doing. The weather was just beautiful! But I was told winters are horrible which makes sense because Buffalo is right next to Canada and bordering Lake Erie. After getting back I stayed with my Aunt for a few days and then headed home to Austin, TX. I got in on May 30th right when I landed I got a text from Paul saying he needed to talk to me. Come to find out the Buffalo Bills had to cut him because they needed a receiver, and for some reason had WAY to many offensive linemen. 17 I think was the number meaning in the end they had a bunch of people that will need to be cut. Paul was going to be flown back to Utah where we had everything planned out. He ended up getting into Utah, Lucy my aunt picked him up and brought him back to her place. He had about 30 minutes in Utah and then he was called by the Ravens saying they want him their asap. Talk about a day of travel. He was picked up off the wire which means once someone is released all other teams have 24 hours to pick the player up without having to renegotiate a contract. So his would contract was transferred over to the Ravens. As of now he is just trying to get the hang of everything. Compared to the Bills ALL meals are provided as well as there play book is an Ipad… pretty cool. Paul said he met Michael Oher who the movie Blind Side was based off of. So for now things are going. Paul will get a break for about 3 weeks at the end of June which will be the best thing ever! I told him we need to become siamese twins for those few weeks. 🙂 ” I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” Ether 12: 6
Well I have officially hit the half way mark! Yay 20 weeks. Lots of kicks and growing going on.
- She’s got working taste buds.
- Now, she’s gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day — that’s significantly more than before
Well I figured it might be time for an update, for the few who read this. I got into New York Sunday night, everything surprisingly went well… even though I was waiting for something to happen. I got my bag and went to Budget to pick up my rental car. Oh the things your learn by first experiences! Well I have never rented a car before, so I did all the research looked up the cheapest possible place and looked for discount codes and supposively found one…. that ended up not working. I came in with a few new ones and he told me I can’t add them in addition to discount codes don’t work on “Economy Cars”. You have to get “Compact” and above for it to work. OH DUH that makes sense to save money you have to spend more that makes sense?! Anyway I went to the garage to find the cutest car!
It looks like a cross between a Prius and PT cruiser? Anyway after the fact I realized I should have gotten a bigger car. Seeing as my Prius seems like a van compared to this. I have been driving Paul and his roommate to the stadium in the mornings and picking them up afterwards. To say the least we can barely fit them in the car. His roommate who is 6’7” -6’8” ( can’t remember exactly) has to awkwardly lay across the back seats. We have to be exceeding the weight limit. I am just waiting for something to fall off. One of them jokingly said they should try to pick up the car….. haha that is how small it is. I remember Paul lifting my Jetta which still boggles my mind. His roommate said in the snow him and his teammates used to SPIN the cars! What would it be like if you were HULK? hmmmm this gives you an idea.
Anyway rule that I have been told when driving into the stadium is to “speed up”. Even though there is a security stand with someone waiting to check each car on top of a stop sign. Your just supposed to drive through! So on top of running stop signs I have been doing what I was told…..wondering if I would not be allowed in if I stopped? I have become their chauffeur except without a luxury vehicle. I don’t know how others are getting to the store and such. The only type of transportation they have is rides from veterans or those who brought cars which is few or take the shuttle that just takes them to and from the stadium. BUT everything other than that is covered, fully furnished apartments, any kitchen supplies cable, internet and they get fed except for dinner. All the players are scattered throughout this complex unless they live here or have gotten a place for their family.
Oh and come to find out there is no Wells Fargo anywhere close! How does that happen?! Supposedly the only one here got bought out so all Wells Fargo people are stuck!
When Paul was preparing to leave, the whole week of, all I could do was think of him leaving and I would always end up balling. Throw in hormones but I have really started to understand how it says “And they two shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.” Mark 10:8 For both of us we have been apart for a max of 2 weeks so to jump to a few months a break then another month this has and will be one of the hardest thing summers we have. Given Paul has to also practice and perform on top of that. But as you take it day by day and make the most of the situation I try to remind myself to be grateful for the opportunities we have been given, as well as friends and family to support us. It would be a whole different story if we didn’t have what we have been blessed with.
As for baby well she is growing!!! The size of a sweet potato.
Your baby at 18 weeks
- Can you believe she’s yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?
- And she’s twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too — and she’s big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!
I am now just barely starting to show… only if you knew before that I was pregnant. It could probably pass as just pudge though. I haven’t been able to feel any kicks yet, trying to figure out what that is like.
Well Mini Camp is over for Paul. Now he moves on to Rookie camp. Tuesday they will be moved to fully furnished living quarters instead of a hotel so they can somewhat get comfortable. It’s interesting to hear all of the interesting stories and how the environment is. It’s literally fight for your life! During Mini camp all those with a contract got “special treatment” compared to those coming in to grab the two open spots. To give you a small idea just from what I heard they have chefs, the best after workout recovery drinks, the bathrooms are stocked with everything you could possibly need. Forgot a razor don’t worry they have a stash! There laundry is done for them they just leave it wherever and the laundry fairy finds it and returns it. Wouldn’t that be nice! The following is a link where you can find pictures and such if you are interested.
If you go to the media center you can find videos and pictures.
Once Paul gets his schedule Tuesday we will then be able to figure out when I can visit! yay
No baby pictures for awhile but we are 17 weeks!
your baby at 17 weeks
- Her rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.
- And she’s growing some meat on those bones — putting on some fat.
- She’s growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord, too.
- your baby’s the size of an onion!
Baby continues to beef up. Now she’s about 5.1 inches long and weighs about 5.9 ounces.WHAT A CUTE LITTLE ONION!
Well looks as though Paul leaves Thursday the 10th until………………………………………………….the end of June. From the 10th till 13th is “Mini Camp” then he goes into Rookie Training camp. He will be given living quarters food and a small stippen for a little extra food. The one good thing is wives can come. BUT what would I do all do and without a car and such so I will probably just fly in occasionally, Paul will be rooming with another married man and they each have their own living quarters and such so its like two apartments shared by a door type of thing. So that will be interesting a pregnant lady showing up at the door. ” Hi! I’m Ashley I am Paul’s wife, oh did you notice I am pregnant? and I am here to stay for a bit I hope we get along jk I will have an instant friend if his roommates wife is their also. Anyway. Then Paul get’s back at the end of June and we have until August to get things together and figure out our lives.
So for me the time apart will be spent commuting to different places, thanks to my Dad one of them will be the Bahamas!!!! My parents will now have a pregnant woman to deal with on top of a soon to be college student. Hopefully they won’t regret taking me. OH by the way Fort Collins my little brother is coming to CSU (Colorado State University) please take care of him! So his last summer he will get to spend every second with his one and only sister. AARON I hope you are reading this because I can just picture you in your red Camaro shuttling your large pregnant sister around!!! Oh wait did I forget to mention Rap music with multiple subs will be blasting out the windows, I just need to include everything to paint the proper picture 🙂 LOL we will have to document this when the time comes 🙂 Hopefully the wheel doesn’t almost fall off like last time.. then we would both be hitchhiking…. maybe it would be easier to get a ride if I am pregnant? SWEET there are advantages to being pregnant 🙂
16weeks and counting! Baby is the size of an avocado.
- She’s listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in her ears.
- She’s growing hair, lashes and eyebrows.
- And she’s forming taste buds.
When will a legit baby bump pop out?! I just feel fat! It’s that in between phase that people don’t know your pregnant you just look chubby. I don’t know how long the pictures will continue since Paul will be gone and I will have to rig the camera on a stool or something. So this might be the end till June.
I decided to add two because well… I felt like I needed to
I feel like a special Congratulation should be made to Dane and Ellen Short who are expecting as well we are only a few weeks apart. I hope we can stay and contact and talk about all the weird things that happen to you when your pregnant!!!!