Alright the big day is here! We are half way through the pregnancy and found out the gender of baby #2 just a couple hours ago. We are so thrilled with the news and wanted to make it extra special for our first child, Roman. We have been doing superhero themed stuff for him since he was born so we decided to stick with that idea for the gender reveal.
Roman and I went to the “Build-a-Bear” store earlier this week and picked out a bear and two outfits, one superman and one wonder woman outfit. As soon as we found out today, I dressed the bear in the gender of the baby and put it back in the box so that Roman could open it and find out what his new sibling or sidekick would be. Although, I am sure he does not understand the concept or that he is even getting a sibling yet, it was really fun and I am glad we will have the pictures to show them in the future.
So without further delay….ITS A ….
We are so excited that Roman is going to have a little brother to pal around with. They will only be 21 months apart so I am sure they will have a blast growing up together. I am so excited that we already have all the boy stuff and we are not going to go broke buying girl stuff…because let’s face it there is so much cute girl clothes out there. We can now start planning out there future shared bedroom too. 🙂 Bunk beds are in our future for sure.
Baby boy #2 is also looking very healthy and measuring exactly to the due date of October 9th. We are very blessed and thank God for it all.
Here is another one of our favorite rotisserie chicken dinners. It is so quick and easy and tastes so refreshing. I think it is a great spring/summer weeknight dinner when you want something quick and healthy to eat. Also it is a nice change up to Mexican taco/nacho night.
All you need:
1 Rotesserie chicken from your favorite grocery store (we get ours from Wegman’s for only $4.99, I think that’s a pretty good deal)
A package of grape tomatoes- diced
A handful of Green Olives w/pimentos or your favorite olives- diced ( I use jarred Spanish Manzanilla with Pimentos because they are relatively inexpensive and have a lot of flavor)
Hummus- I use roasted garlic hummus but there are so many different kinds out there that could be tasty with this as well
Crumbled Feta Cheese – (I get the kind that has tomatoes and basil mixed in it)
What to do:
You are making Nachos so first put the Chips on a plate, then start piling the toppings…hummus, chicken, diced olives, diced tomatoes, and feta cheese! See easy 😉 Now just enjoy that yummy quick dinner.
It has been a quick last 4 months and I am now officially in my 5th month of pregnancy. I am just going to do an update from the last month of pregnancy and how things have changed from that rough 1st trimester.
SIZE OF BABY: At 18 weeks, baby is about 5 1/2 inches long and around 7 ounces. Fruit/Veggie Comparison= Bell Pepper
BABY BUMP: My bump is showing this month although the size of it definetly changes depending how much I have eaten. I think I look bigger in that 17 weeks photo then the 18 weeks photo. But it is nice to fianlly look pregnant especially when you are the only one not drinking at an event…no questions are asked.
TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN: My last official weigh in was two weeks ago at my 16 week check up and I had gained 3 pounds. So I am almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It’s also a nice change to step on the scale and be excited that you have gained weight.
MAIN SYMPTOMS: I am still pretty exhausted by the time 7 pm comes around. I try to go to sleep by 9:30 every night. Roman has been waking up earlier (before 7 am) and I have found that getting 9-10 hours of sleep at night really helps me feel better the next day. Here is to hoping Roman remains a good sleeper!!
MEDICATIONS: I am only taking my prenatal vitamin and folic acid now. I had to switch to a prescription prenatal because the gummy vitamins that I was taking were hurting my stomach and also just started to taste fishy to me.
FOOD CRAVINGS/AVERSIONS: I am still not eating a lot of meat but it doesn’t turn me off like it did in the first trimester. I don’t like smelling fish. I am not sure if freezer pops (the flavored ice pouches everyone had as a kid) count as a pregnancy craving but it sure has been a fun little evening snack.
CRAZIEST MOMENT: Found out I have a herniated belly button at my last appointment. I had it in my first pregnancy too but never asked about it and it never hurt me like it is this time. It basically looks like my belly button is bruised but it aches all around the area and some days it feels like stabbing pains. Not so fun. The doctors only words of advice were to duct tape it. So …
It actually does help! I can thank my husband for the beautiful pattern of duct tape, “only kind they had”. uh huh. Just dill’in with it.
BEST MOMENT: Feeling the baby kick with 100% certainty. I felt it last Thursday night and I knew immediately it was not just gas. It felt like #2 was trying to give me a high five when I put my hand on my belly. Best feeling in the world. Been feeling movement now every night when I lay down to go to sleep and also if I am sitting really still during the day (which is not very often due to my crazy climbing gymnast of a toddler).
LOOKING FORWARD: We find out the gender in less than 2 weeks! Well, hopefully the little one shows us his/her goods 😉 I have been hearing a lot of stories lately where people go in for their ultrasound and the baby is in a bad position to see anything. But thinking positively and I will probably drink a lot of water and orange juice before the appointment. Get that baby dancing!
It has been feeling like Summer here in Northern Virginia the last few days and Roman is ready for it to be. He is one happy little fella when he can play outside all day. Seriously, he will bang on our glass patio door until I let him out there. He has become obsessed with our dog’s water bowl and played in it for an afternoon. It is amazing what can entertain a toddler!
I decided to upgrade the dog bowl for a clear plastic container this weekend and it was a total hit. I know I should just get a baby pool but I used what I had and it works for now. Just threw in some stacking cups and plastic bowls and he was good to go. It was so warm out this weekend that I wish I could have fit in that bin too. But Mama has to wait for the community pool to open on Memorial weekend and I am super pumped about it! Anyone who know me, knows I am a fish. Truly, love the water! I am hoping Roman will love the pool too. Things are looking good so far. Swim lessons are going to be needed soon!
We had a fun family outing to the Smithsonian National Zoo this weekend too. I think everyone in the DC area had the same idea too because it was packed! It was our first visit to that zoo and Roman’s first zoo visit ever. He is at the perfect age for it. He was actually pointing at all the animals and seemed very interested each time we would stroll up to another animal exhibit. We thought he was going to take a nap at one point and then we walk by the alpacas and he perks up and wants to get closer. Pretty darn cute 😉
It is so fun to have a little one around to enjoy these fun activities with. My hubby and I enjoyed doing kid friendly activities before we had kids but it is truly awesome to do them all again with our own child and watch the look on his face when he sees or experiences something for the first time. Makes me feel like a kid again.
One of my favorite things to make with a rotisserie chicken is enchiladas. Its easy and makes lots of leftovers to eat for lunch and sometimes dinner the next day. I must say, it is hard to have leftovers in this household too. Papa belly likes to eat! My daily meal intentions are to have enough dinner leftover to give him something to take to work the next day. It doesn’t always work out. But it always works out with this meal. I can make anywhere from 6-8 enchiladas with one chicken and that is awesome in my book.
6-8 (10 inch) Flour tortillas
whole rotisserie chicken
2 cans of green chilis
8 oz. sour cream
can of Cream of Chicken
can of diced tomatoes with Basil, oregano,
1 cup of frozen vegetable mix (corn, onion, green and red peppers)
2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shred the meat of a whole rotisserie chicken in a medium bowl.
2. Add can of diced tomatoes and frozen vegetables to the chicken. Set aside.
3. Heat a can of cream of chicken soup with an equal can of water. After it is simmering add the sour cream. Mix it until combined. Then add 1 can of green chilies. Turn off heat and set aside.
4. Now you can start filling your tortillas with the chicken mix. I can usually get 6-8 enchiladas out of my mixture. Place enchiladas in a 9×13 casserole dish.
5. Pour sour cream sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle cheese generously over the top.
6. Heat in the oven without cover for 20-25 minutes.
7. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy! I love to serve it with tortilla chips and avocados! Yummy!
This meal is definitely a staple in our home. But I love finding new recipes to use with a store bought rotisserie chicken. It just makes life easy to have the meat already cooked and hot and of course it smells great too! Anyone have a favorite rotisserie chicken recipe? Would love to hear from you.