Monday, January 31, 2011

We have a name!!!

It feels so good to have a name chosen for our son. I was beginning to stress out a little because he didn't have a name, but we're good now. So, without further ado, his name will be:

Liam Bradley Paxton

I love the name. I have always loved the name Bradley, but John wasn't a huge fan. So, he caved a little and let me use it for a middle name. Liam is short for William, which was my dad's name. It feels good to get someone from my side on the family remembered with his name.

I can't wait to start on his room. We have the bedding and theme all picked out. John is a pirate lover and we both wanted to go with a pirate/nautical theme if we were having a boy. Here is the set we have picked out:

I absolutely love it! The colors are perfect and I love the whale. It's a good mix of a nautical and pirate theme. We will be using Jenna's old crib, which is a light wood, and I think it will look great. The matching accessories are also adorable.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Recipe Monday

So, I have a little recipe to share today. I had to make this twice this weekend because everyone requested it. I learned about it from a friend a few years ago. It is such a simple recipe, and I'm sure there are different versions and names. But here's mine. It is a little time consuming. You should allow for about an hour and a half of your time.

Hot Chicken Cheese Dip

9x13 glass baking dish
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 small bottle of light ranch dressing(I use light because the regular is a little strong)
1 8oz cream cheese
1/2 bottle of Moore's Buffalo Sauce
1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips

Preheat your over to 400 degrees. Boil chicken until cooked. Remove from water and sit it to the side for about 15 minutes, or until it is cool enough to shred. During that time, coat the bottom of your 9x13 dish with the cream cheese. Mix the shredded chicken with the buffalo sauce in a medium mixing bowl. Spread the chicken mixture on top of the cream cheese. Pour the ranch dressing evenly over the chicken mixture(you may have to spread it out with a spoon). Sprinkle both bags of cheese over the top.

Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese in the center is melted.

And, viola! you have an amazingly delicious dip that all your friends will love!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

21 weeks!

Wow. I can't believe I'm over half way through this pregnancy. It seems to go by so slow in the beginning, but, I'm really starting to get excited now. So, here is a little update on our progress:

Gender: It's a Boy!
Size of baby: about the size of a banana
Total Weight Gain: 5lbs
Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants and tops w/some regular tops too.
Movement: lots of kicking
Sleep: still sleep well, getting up once to pee
What I miss: shaving my legs easily
Cravings: Pizza, pizza, pizza
Symptoms: I'm done for by 9pm every night
Best Moment this week: Jenna talking to my belly

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What's in a name?

Why is it so hard to name a boy? Jenna's name came so easily to us and we had the perfect girl's name picked out if this one was a girl. But we're having issues with picking a boy name. It started out Jack Thomas. It didn't go over so well with certain un-named close family members who thought it would be ok to make fun of. Seriously!! who makes fun of a name?? to the parents faces!! Those of you who know our family should know who I'm talking about. So, instead of struggling with that his whole life we decided it was best to take that one off the list. Plus, I think we were both settling with it as well. We've got 4 1/2 months to come up with something and we may not know till he's here, but he'll have a name before he comes home.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Life and Death


So it has been four years since my last normal pregnancy. This one, thankfully, is going very well. I am one of those rare people who doesn't get sick or have a rough time in their pregnancy. Every pregnancy is supposed to be different, but this one has been very similar with only a few exceptions.

I am so excited that I'm having a baby boy! It's going to be a totally new experience. I am wondering how I we're going to handle a rambunctious little boy, especially if he's anything like how he's been acting in my uterus. This kid is the future karate kid. He hurts! I don't ever remember Jenna kicking me like this. He moves around so much. But I love the movement, it is the coolest thing about pregnancy to me. The fact that God chose me to carry this little life is awesome.

My weight gain has been non existent far. I'm eating, but I have noticed that I don't have that huge pregnancy appetite yet. I did get in trouble with my doc. I had not gained anything by my 15 week appt. At my 20 week appt I had gained 5 pounds and that has satisfied her for now. I'm sure I'll start to pack on the pounds soon enough. ;-)


Ronan and Axle are our two cats and we have two dogs(German Shepherds), Max and Lucy. The cats are predominately inside and the dogs are outside surrounded by a privacy fence. (can you guess where I'm going with this?)

Axle is still a kitten and stays inside 90% of the time. He has started venturing out occasionally with Ronan. Ronan goes in and out regularly. Axle and Jenna are best friends. He lets her push him around in her baby stroller, she carries him around, and when he was really little she would wrap him up in a blanket and hold him like a baby, and he liked it! He tolerates her better than any animal I know.

So, Sunday night we are awakened by Axle scratching at the carpet and Jenna's door wanting to get into her room. John gets up and lets Axle outside and we go back to bed. At around 3:15a I hear the dogs.........then I hear a cat.........(if you don't care to read details stop now)......I opened and looked out the window to see poor Axle being tossed around like a toy by our dogs, he never had a chance. John got up and went to clean him up and I lost it. All I could think about was Jenna and how much she loved that cat.

The next day we got Jenna ready and I took her to school and went to work. That afternoon is when we would tell her. The afternoon came pretty quick, I picked her up and we went home. When we got home John sat her down and told her that Axle had gotten out and died. She lost it for about 5 minutes and then she asked for a snack and to watch cartoons. Kids amaze me sometimes. She did ask what happened and we told her that a dog bit him and he died and went to heaven. She's been doing OK, but will occasionally tell us she misses him. We won't be getting another one. I don't want her to get the idea that she'll get a new one every time something bad happens.

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's a.......

BOY! John is ecstatic, and Jenna is so happy to be getting a baby brother. Let the planning begin!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back in the Saddle

Wow, I can't believe I have let this blog sit for almost a year. I logged on earlier and read through the few posts I have and really enjoyed remembering them. I guess thats why people blog after all (lol). I remember feeling like I didn't have anything worth writing about, but SO MUCH has happened this past year. Let us recap:

April- We closed on our house, thankfully it went off without a hitch.

May- We moved into our house after working on it nonstop for about two weeks.

June-July Turned 28. Worst Summer of my life, without a doubt. Went to my yearly check-up only to discover that I had an ectopic pregnancy. I didn't even know I was pregnant. Thankfully avoided surgery and losing my tube, but the treatment and recovery was horrible. My mother was hospitalized again with another infection and spent 6 weeks in a nursing home.

August- Cleared to try again for a baby, my mom has recovered. Finally getting back to normal.

September- Conceived our little miracle on the first try. I was very nervous, to say the least. We were very afraid of another ectopic.

October- Saw our little peanut on U/S, tucked nicely in my uterus, with a very strong heartbeat.

November-Not much to report. Holidays, football, and family get togethers.

December- My first born turns four. She is growing so fast and turning into such a young lady. She is also very excited to be a big sister. We almost get our first White Christmas, it turned the ground white, just not enough to measure.

Here we are in January. Of course the most exciting thing about this month hasn't happened just yet, but it will tomorrow. We will find out if Jenna gets a brother or sister. I am so glad that she doesn't want one over the other. She just wants a baby to love. I will of course post again as soon as we know, I can't wait!