Monday, January 23, 2012

17 Weeks!




How Far Along? 17 weeks yesterday! I really can't believe we are at 17 weeks already! I found out from my doctor last week that am due on July 1 instead of July 3, so that means I will start doing these posts on Sunday instead. 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +3  
Baby Related Purchases: I got my first maternity clothes item this week! Last week, I was really hating how my work pants felt so tight. Plus, you can only wear your black leggings so many days in a row...so I thought that it was time to at least see what maternity pants are all about. I don't really need any tops yet. After trying on tons of pairs of jeans and black pants at Target and Old Navy, I was excited to find one pair that fit me at Old Navy that were marked 50% off! I'm realizing that there is a LOT more selection online than in the stores - at least in Augusta there isn't much selection, especially in my size. So I might give online shopping a try. Right now, I am scavenging the web and blogs trying to find stuff that I will register for in about 3 weeks after we find out if we are having a boy or girl! Can't wait! :) 
Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: I get up a LOT more in the middle of the night. Still sleeping okay though. 
Movement: Nothing yet!
What I miss: Still alcohol and Diet Coke whenever I want. Running :( I decided to cut running out of my exercise regimen since I didn't think I could slow my running to pace to a pregnancy-safe rate. I know there is a lot of disagreement out there about this topic, but I just feel more comfortable either walking or using the elliptical machine. But I really do miss running, especially when I see else doing my fave form of exercise! 
Cravings: This week it was Lemon Bars & Publix Premium Frozen Yogurt - Raspberry - Delicious! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not currently. The only things I remember not being able to stand during the first trimester was soup from a can, cooked spinach, and this chinese shrimp dish I cooked. 
Gender: We find out in 3 weeks - Feb. 14th! I really have no idea if it is a boy or a girl. I have no mother's intuition" or anything like that. I'm just utterly clueless. I have tried a few of those wives tales things online, and about half of them indiciate boy, and half girl - so who knows. Any guesses? 
Labor Signs: Hoping that at least another 20 weeks will pass before that happens! 
Symptoms: I definitely feel bigger, especially after I eat. Sometimes when I stretch, my side stomach muscles feel tight. 
Belly Button In or Out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time:  I think I get stressed out easier. Mainly though I think when you are pregnant, you feel justified when you're in a bad mood- at least I do. This probably isn't good! 
Worries: That Baby Baareman will be okay despite the fumes explosion that happened today in the Baareman household. We cleaned the house this weekend and I decided to clean the oven. I sprayed oven cleaner in there, that you are supposed to leave in just for over night. Unfortunately, I forgot about it - and after two days passed (tonight), I turned the oven on to make a blueberry crisp (which still hasn't been made - sigh). Fumes started coming out of the oven and I realized my mistake. Jason started freaking out and opened all the windows and turned on the fan. I turned off the oven, wipes all the cleaner out, and turned on the oven cleaning cycle. But that just made matters worse, and now we are secluded in the office with the window open - freezing, and waiting for the smell to die down! 
Best moments this week: I loved the relaxing weekend we had. We had dinner at the Cotton Patch and hung out with the Myers on Friday night. On Saturday we slept in and I spent the morning finished The Hunger Games - LOVED IT! We cleaned the house during the day since it was raining, then we went to Kohl's, BabiesRUs (to look at some stuff I want to register for), and then had dinner at Guiseppes. After that, we went to Walmart to get some random stuff and finished the night off at Barnes and Noble. On Sunday, we went to church in the morning and the evening for small group training - but got to relax at home in the afternoon. 
Looking forward to: Gender reveal! on Feb. 14th - any guesses? 
Size of Baby: About the size of a turnip.
What Baby's Up To: (from BabyCenterYour baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop. Body fat (baby's, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy.  By the time your baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight. Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby (and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts).  Your baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration  to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed.  And since practice makes perfect, your baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills too. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that your baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The BEST Lemon Bar Recipe

*For those that asked - Yes, this is the recipe my mom uses to make her VERY popular Lemon Bars*


Lemon Bars are one of my favorite desserts. We have had the BEST recipe in our family for about 10 years now. My mom bought a cookbook of family recipes that a private school was selling when we lived in Seattle, WA. And this recipe alone makes the entire cookbook worth its weight in gold! Here's the note at the top of the recipe:

We almost made the mistake of assuming that this was the same recipe that has been quite popular the last few years. This one came from Norway via an 80-year-old dear friend. There are just enough variations to make it just that much better! 

Lemon Bars
Yield: 3-4 Dozen
Prepare: 20 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the above ingredients together well. Pack in 10x14 inch, un-greased, baking dish (I use a glass one). Bake 20 minutes.

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind (I use the rind of one lemon)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar 

In mixing bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add sugar, lemon juice, and rind. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat into egg mixture by hand. Pour over cookie layer as soon as it come from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake another 20 minutes, until done. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cool, then cut into squares.

16 Weeks!



How Far Along? 15 Weeks today!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +2  - This is the first week that my clothes definitely feel TIGHT! Not so much fun! I'm still trying to hold off on buying maternity clothes, because I just don't feel like I'm big enough to be buying them yet. My first splurge will most likely be some work pants, since that's what I wear most of the time. 
Baby Related Purchases: I forgot to mention in my 15 week post that we have a crib! Well kinda...you see, we did Christmas a little differently in my family this year. We all pulled names for one other adult to lessen the number of gifts we all had to buy. My grandparents pulled my name and saw that I had "crib" on my wish list. So, they gave us some money to buy a crib when we are ready and have made our final selection. If you have ever seen my "Baby Baareman" pinboard on Pinterest, you will notice that I love white cribs. So I'm leaning towards this one right now. 
Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: Still getting up in the middle of the night. I read online somewhere that you should start exclusively sleeping on your side after 16 weeks, so I've been using my trusty Snoogle a lot more! 
Movement: Nothing yet!
What I miss: Still missing alcohol. Also, I'm realizing that it was nice to eat and drink whatever I wanted (prior to pregnancy) without a second thought. Now, I really have to weigh my choices and ask, "How badly do I want that soda, dessert, etc.?" I am realizing on my stressful days, I really like to eat candy/dessert and have a diet coke in the afternoon - so I am missing those binges, haha. 
Cravings: Nothing in particular - other than eating a TON of cheese fries at Outback, but I think I am eating more - and feeling bigger as a result! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: So thankful I'm not feeling sick these days! :) 
Gender: Find out on Feb. 14th! I can't wait! Only 4 more weeks. It is crazy to think that if I had an ultrasound today, we could know! 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Nothing new
Belly Button In or Out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Unfortunately I think I get grouchy easier (maybe that can't be blamed on pregnancy...). I'm trying to work on that and have a good attitude! 
Worries: I still worry that everything will be alright and that the baby will be healthy. This has been a faith building time for me - learning to trust God more and more in this area! 
Best moments this week: Traveled to Atlanta for my sister Kristen's first wedding shower. Jason came with me (to Atlanta - not the shower) and we had a great day with the family. I got to see Kristen in her wedding dress - so pretty! We also all had dinner at Outback with the whole fam. Good times. Enjoyed dinner and a movie with friends (How to Train Your Dragon - really good!), and also enjoyed time with Jason this week just hanging out and watching movies together. We just watched Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 on our Roku - both were really great! Finally, I had my 16 week appointment at the doctor yesterday and although it was annoying to wait for an hour - it was all worth it to hear that heart beat! 
Looking forward to: Gender reveal! 
Size of Baby: About the size of an avocado!


What Baby's Up To: (from BabyCenterGet ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

15 Weeks!



How Far Along? 15 Weeks today!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +1.. I think I lost a few, and gained a few back since the beginning. My weight has definitely been shifting around - probably away from my muscles to my stomach!
Maternity Clothes: Not a one. Luckily, I like to wear a lot of my clothes a little loose. So I've been wearing the "looser" ones more often lately.
Baby Related Purchases: Snoogle! I can thank reading other pregnancy blogs for this awesome discovery. You see, I only sleep on my back, very rarely, on my stomach. Well, turns out both of those are bad positions for pregnancy - especially for later on. The Snoogle helps you sleep on your side. I'm sleeping with it most nights just to get in the habit of sleeping on my side.
Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: I definitely have been getting up more in the middle of the night...
Movement: nothing yet!
What I miss: believe it or not, alcohol! This one is shocking to me to, since I wasn't much of a drinker before - buy hey - you want what you can't have I guess. I can't wait until my first full glass of wine and/or margarita in come July!
Cravings: I'm pretty much past the wanting all things greasy stage that plagued me in the first trimester.  But this week, I can't get enough Wendy's Frostys. So far, I've tried the vanilla one and the oreo one  -YUM!
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really...but I'm finding it hard to eat super healthy food.
Gender: Find out on Feb. 14th!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Tummy that looks like it is full all the time 
Belly Button In or Out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time: Is tired an answer? I been back to my old bedtime of midnight, and it is catching up with me!
Worries: that everything is still okay...sometimes I feel like I'm not even pregnant! I think this will get better as I start to show more...
Best moments this week: pigging out at Miyabi's with the hubby, finished off by watching Flawless together. Also had Mellow Mushroom with friends and watched the Republican Debate.
Looking forward to: 3rd doctor's appointment next Tuesday
Size of Baby: About the size of an apple!
What Baby's Up To: (from BabyCenter) Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces. She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.") - Unfortunately, we won't be finding out the gender for another 5 weeks at our 20 week appointment on Feb. 14th! 


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Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Resolutions & Books to Read in 2012

The cool (or not-so-cool) thing about a blog is it helps you be a little more accountable to the  things you said you were going to do. So, on December 31st, I nervously took a look back to what I had resolved to do in 2011....so how did I do?

  1. Read through the Bible in a year - I'd give myself 50% on this one. I am on Day 200 out of 365, so the goal was not completed. However, I did start to do my reading plan on my i-phone using NewVersion App - which is super awesome! 
  2. Have a quiet time and pray once a day - not as consistent with this as I would have liked, it will remain a goal of mine. 
  3. Pray for global missions - a little better with this one, it will remain a goal of mine. 
  4. Post 15 blog posts a month - I learned that this is a bit too ambitious for us! However, I was really happy that we posted over 100 times in 2011! :) 
  5. Run 400 miles in 2011 - with the news of Baby Baareman coming, I decided to change my exercise routine a bit. I actually was on track to do this one, but alas, it was not completed! 
  6. Run another Half Marathon - nope 
  7. Go to the gym at least 8 times a month -YES! 
  8. Find a new way to serve locally - YES! Will write another post about this particular mission opportunity... 
  9. Read 6 books and review them on the blog - YES! I did read 6 books - see below, but didn't review them on the blog. 
  10. Cook more homemade meals - YES! Still room for improvement though 
  11. Save for a Macbook - YES! Got that with tax refund money and love it! 
  12. Play the piano more - big fat NO on this one, oh well...don't worry, it gets played plenty by Jason. 

2012 Resolutions:

  1. Read through the Bible in a year
  2. Have a quiet time and pray once a da
  3. Pray for global missions 
  4. Exercise 3 times a week 
  5. Call my friends (who don't live near me) more consistently 
  6. Cook more homemade meal
  7. Read (or listen to) 12 books

Here are the books I read in 2011: 


2011
  1. Something Borrowed
  2. Something Blue 
  3. Heart of the Matter
  4. The Help 
  5. The Boleyn Inheritance 
  6. Radical 
  7. The Birth Order Book  - some 
  8. What to Expect While You're Expecting - some 

Here are the books I would like to read in 2012:

Fun:
  1. The Hunger Games - have  
  2. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
  3. The Girl who Played with Fire
  4. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 
  5. In the Garden of Beasts
Spiritual:
  1. Hudson Taylor Biography - have 
  2. Don't Waste Your Life - have 
  3. 12 Spiritual Disciplines - have
  4. Cost of Discipleship - have
  5. Adopted for Life 
  6. The Reason for God - have 
  7. Mere Christianity - have 
  8. Desiring God
History/Politics:
  1. Liberty and Tyranny - have (audio) 
  2. Inside the Revolution - have 
  3. 1776
  4. Revolution: A Manifesto
  5. Common Sense
Business:
  1. Entreleadership - have
  2. Good to Great - have 
  3. First, Break all the Rules - have
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People - have (audio)  
  5. Richest Man in Babylon

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jason's Year End Book Review 2011

2011 Book Review

If you follow our blog, you will know that I really don't like to make resolutions.  But every year I have a goal of trying to read at least 5 books.  In 2010 I accomplished this feat, however, this past year (2011) I came up just shy of 5 total by completing 4 and a half.  Halfway through the 5th book isn't too bad considering I'm trying to balance this reading with graduate school reading and other adult responsibilities.  So here you go.  The 5 books a read and would recommend to you to read this year!

Generous Justice:  This book was written by one of my favorite authors, Tim Keller.  He has such a thoughtful way of writing and tackling secular issues logically and eloquently.  This book aims to deal with the common thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the great hinderances to doing justice and that the Bible is filled with regressive views.  But in this book, Tim argues against these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as the fundamental source of promoting justice and compassion towards those in need.  He explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace. This book will give you a new and fresh understanding of modern justice and human rights.  I highly recommend this book if you are searching to answer questions about justice and the world around us.

Hudson Taylor, Autobiography:  This was recommended to me by a friend and it didn't disappoint.  It is the thoughts and journals of a dedicated man of God to taking the Gospel to the Chinese at all costs to himself in the 1850-60's.  In it, he records amazing stories of God's provision and work as well as life changing experiences in a foreign country.  This book is also applicable if you want to see the attitude of a Godly healthcare practitioner because he was a doctor.  A powerful and inspirational book that I would recommend.  There are many nuggets of provoking thought and challenging questions but I'll leave you with a powerful one.  Having come back to England from China to rest and get over some severe sickness, Taylor makes this observation at his church.  "On Sunday, June 25, 1865, unable to bear the site of a congregation of a thousand or more Christian people rejoicing in their own security, while million were perishing for lack of knowledge, I wandered out on the sands alone, in great spiritual agony..."

The Seeds of Turmoil:  This is an excellent book written by Bryant Wright.  In this book he describes the current unrest and chaos in the Middle East in light of Old Testament history and prophecy.  This was a fantastic book if you want to understand Old Testament history and the what is happening in the world around us today.  And, as always, Bryant eloquently makes bold arguments and staunch lines while compassionately presenting Jesus and the Gospel.  I think this is a must read of you want to gain practical insight into Old Testament history, the nation of Israel, the Gospel, and the world around us.




Preach and Heal:  This book was written by Charles Fielding and was given to me be one of our pastors at our church.  This book deals more with strategy for plans for carrying medical missions in unreached people groups.  The author is quick to emphasize that the number one priority of medical missions is to make disciples and then establish a local church to disciple new believers and have the locals outreach.  He makes it clear that the medical aspect is solely used to gain access to difficult communities but that really medical missionaries are disciple makers and church planters first.  So he describes many different approaches as well as medical strategies for all healthcare practitioners to use.  I was especially captivated by his thoughts on rehabilitation and missions.  I think this is a must read if you are considering medical mission abroad.  Oh, and there are also cool stories of miraculous healing's!

Bonhoeffer - Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy:  This is the book that I didn't finish before the end of the year.  But I am halfway done.  It's quite extensive at over 500 pages so now you might see why I'm only halfway!  Anyway, this biography was written by Eric Metaxas, who is a brilliant writer.  The book is excellent so far and Metaxas meticulously explores every facet and detail of this incredible mans life.  A brilliant German theologian, Bonhoeffer was at the forefront of preserving the truth of the Gospel and the german pastorate that was being attacked and changed through political pressure and indoctrination to meet the needs of the powerful leader of the third Reich, Hitler.  A truly inspiring man and I am excited to finish this up in the next few weeks.  Last year I read is book Cost of Discipleship, and now knowing more about his life and the risks and costs he took to preserve truth and defend justice, his other writings have more profound impact.  If you want a lengthly, in depth biography, this is your book.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How We Found Out! & Pregnancy so far...

We found out the big news on Saturday, Oct. 29th. We were at Wynngate (my parents and our joint real estate venture...) cleaning up the garage and the backyard. We started off with a dump that we filled with tons of junk the old renters left behind, and finished up the day by raking and bagging leaves. My sister is getting married in March 2012 and the time had come to order my bridesmaids dress - especially since the dress was about to get discontinued! I literally HAD to buy it in the next upcoming week. In the back of my head, I knew that there was a small chance that I could actually be pregnant now. I was late by about 3 or 4 days - which isn't terribly abnormal for me. More on my mind was the fact that we were really hoping to get pregnant sometime between now and March, so there was a chance I would need to order a larger dress. While we were at lunch at Subway, I told Jason we should probably stop at the Dollar Tree to get a cheap test (I had heard from other bloggers that the Dollar Store was the way to go for cheap yet accurate pregnancy tests). So we bought two and continued on with our day. As soon as we got home, I had to find out...and look what I found! Yup 2 lines = positive!


I've been secretly blogging about every week since we found out. Check out the now public posts here (Sorry, these include lots of me rambling, but I figured I might want to go back and read my pregnancy thoughts later on...) :
Until next time,
Laura

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Very Special Video Announcement for 2012!

Watch and see the big secret we've been hiding for the past 14 weeks! We decided to try out our acting skills on this one....

  

We are so excited to welcome Baby Baareman in July 2012! Much more news and updates to come! 

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