Baby May: Gender Reveal Party

Lucky for Justin and I, the time between the ultrasound and cutting the cake was busy. We had last minute preparations to make for the party and so we had no time to sit around and wonder “he or she”. Our moms seemed more anxious than us and did make many jokes about bribing our friend Kathryn (who made the cake), threatened to stick their fingers in the cake and I think there may have been some questions on whether they could take down Kathryn to get the answer. They stayed awfully close to the cake…

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The party began at 7.  Everyone enjoyed food and drink while mingling for the first 45 minutes of the party. A few of our friends needed to leave around 8, so we decided to cut the cake before their departure.

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For whatever reason, in the minutes leading up to cutting the cake, I felt nervous. I had no reason to feel this way; I would be ecstatic if baby may was a boy or a girl, but something about knowing the gender made this pregnancy feel 1000 times more real!

The entire pregnancy, Justin and I have both been convinced Baby May is a boy. It was just one of those “feelings” we had.

So, we were surprised to see….

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PINK!!!!

We are so excited for Baby GIRL May! Let the shopping for bows, frills and everything pink commence!

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Baby May: Gender Reveal

Since I started my “Future Family” board on Pinterest years ago, well before I was even married, I knew I wanted to have a gender reveal. The idea of capturing your reaction to whether it was a boy or girl was so exciting! I did not want a huge party, but just a few friends and family to celebrate the occasion.

We were lucky enough to have both of our moms fly in for the big reveal! On Saturday we went to Baby Bump 4d to have a 3d ultrasound. When we originally planned this, we thought we were going to have to wait closer to 20 weeks for the anatomy scan at our doctor. We also wanted to include our moms if possible, so we opted to have an ultrasound done at a ultrasound center that allowed for Saturday appointments.

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This was the 3rd ultrasound we have had in this pregnancy, but it was by far the coolest! The baby is now fully formed and we were able to see so many features that we could not see at our 8 or 11 week scan. Baby was also moving all over the place. The tech had to chase Baby May!

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I highly recommend a 3d/4d ultrasound at least once in your pregnancy. Insurance does not cover it, but its really amazing to see the baby in that much detail. We plan to go back for an ultrasound when we can see more facial features at 28-32 weeks.

We had the tech keep the gender a secret from us and write down in an envelope if Baby May was a he or she so that we could be surprised with everyone else at the party!

Up next: Baby May Gender Reveal Party

Big Updates

What a crazy summer it has been. I am not exaggerating when I say I think it was our busiest yet!

We moved to Raleigh in May. We went from around 900 sq feet in our condo in Winston Salem to 1700 in our townhome here. It is so nice to have storage space and a guest room separate from my office. I wouldn’t say that our home is fully decorated but I did spend some time on this nook and coffee bar. As a person with zero (and I mean zero) decorating skills, I was pretty impressed with myself!

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We are absolutely loving this city! We settled in to a bible study rather quickly and have already made some irreplaceable friends. Justin and I have prayed to have “couple friends” for years. Little did we know that He had them ready for us in Raleigh!

At the end of May, we celebrated a huge milestone. Justin graduated from law school!

10379941_10204060557304867_3089192506077090133_oWe had a wonderful weekend with family and friends celebrating this huge accomplishment!

Unfortunately, graduating law school typically means that its time to take the bar exam. Our summer social calendar was pretty empty as Justin devoted most of time to studying for the bar. It was all worth it, because we received the news last weekend that he passed! He started work as an attorney last week.

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Justin waiting by the mailbox for his results! We were both so anxious!

 

The biggest news of the summer? Baby May is on the way!

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I am 17 weeks this Wednesday and feeling great! We find out if Baby May is a he or she this week. We cannot wait!

 

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Having Thanksgiving so late this year is seriously throwing me off. I cant believe its already December 10th! This holiday season is really flying by.  We do have good news: we can mark 2 items off our 2013 Christmas Bucket List!

Sunday was so very cold. We were expected to get freezing rain, but the temperature hovered right around 33 degrees, preventing anything from freezing. I am not going to complain, because winter weather is not very much fun unless its snow. We spent the afternoon curled up by the fire playing Mastermind and just talking, while drinking Baileys. It was such a nice afternoon! With as busy as Justin gets during school, I especially savor each moment I get with him!

Last night we attended the 49th Annual Wake Forest Lovefeast.

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A Lovefeast is a Moravian tradition. Its a service with Christmas songs, a bible reading, a short message and the “feast” (which is often sweet bread and coffee) followed by a candle lighting.  Its a really neat tradition!

I didn’t get too many pictures, because I did not want to disrupt anyone during the celebration, but it was very beautiful.

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I will miss the Moravian traditions when we move!

What’s Your Mental Age

And I’ll leave you with this….I saw this quiz yesterday on twitter and had to take it. My parents always said I was born 0 going on 40. This quiz proved it since this 23 year old scored a mental age of 44! This must mean I’m going to love my 40s, right? What age did you get??

Questions:

Do you have any unique traditions where you live?

What’s your mental age?

St. Nick’s Day

Good Morning! I am genuinely surprised I made it up before 9 this morning, as Justin and I were up until 2am watching Breaking Bad. I know I am little behind on jumping on that bandwagon, but  nonetheless, I am addicted.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday morning. I am hoping to make it bodyflow this morning, but we’ll see if I make it out of the house. Saturdays are always hard to get motivated!

Last night Justin and I had a nice evening in (watching Breaking Bad obviously), but we did venture out to get ice cream on what was a surprisingly warm evening.  Each month I get a coupon for a buy one get one free ice cream from Baskin Robbins. While we don’t eat ice cream all that often, its nice to have a reason to get out. Plus, its a really cheap “date.” If you like ice cream and a saving money, I highly suggest you sign up!

Last night we redeemed the December coupon.

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It was really nice to sit outside and eat our cones. I can’t believe its December, because the weather sure isn’t acting like it is!

 

Yesterday was also St. Nick’s Day!

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I love this holiday because I think the story of St. Nicholas is pretty cool.  Plus, I love all the legends about him and how his image has evolved into the Santa Claus we know and love today.

I know its not really customary to celebrate St. Nick’s day in the U.S., but with my holiday fanatic mother, we always did. My mom mailed us advent gifts and included was a bag to open on December 6 for St. Nick’s day. So, yesterday morning when I woke up I took out the gifts and put them in our shoes, as this is the custom of St. Nick’s day.

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This is definitely a tradition I want to continue with our family. Its a great opportunity to give a bit of historical background with kids too!

Questions of the day:

Do you celebrate St. Nicks Day?

Do you have any  other “non traditional” holidays that you celebrate?

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I am not sure I can explain to you how much I love my crockpot. If I could make every meal using it, I would. I love that I can put in a bunch of ingredients and then come back hours later to a (often complete) meal.  Many of our dinners are whatever Meghan felt like throwing into the crockpot chicken. And its usually pretty delicious.

Our current go to crockpot meal is Chicken Tortilla Soup. I cant decide if the best part of this dish is that its fairly healthy or that its a one pot meal or that Justin loves it so much he says he would eat it every day. Basically, its just an around winner.

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Be warned about this soup- Justin and I love spices. My mom is an exceptional cook and seasons everything so well. Because of this I put a lot of seasoning into everything.  However, this soup is really versatile. You can add more or less spice, totally up to you. I suggest combining the chicken broth and spices in a bowl prior to adding to the crockpot and sampling to make sure the spice level is to your liking.

 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

1 can seasoned black beans (drained)

1 can navy beans (drained)

1 can corn (drained)

1 can rotel w/ green chile OR 1 can diced tomatoes and 4 oz can green chiles

1/4 cup diced onions

3 cups chicken broth

3 tablespoons taco seasoning

1 tablespoon chilli powder & cumin

1/2 tablespoon paprika

3 garlic cloves

1/2 can fat free cream of chicken soup (optional)

Avocado (optional)

Sour Cream (optional)

Directions

Salt and pepper chicken and then place in bottom of the crockpot.

Put remaining ingredients except for cream of chicken soup in crockpot

Cook on low for 6 hours

Take chicken out of crockpot and shred, return to crockpot

If desiring a creamier soup, stir in cream of soup at this time

Cook for another 15 minutes

Top with avocado and sour cream if desired