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32 Weeks– WOW!



How far along: 32 weeks
Gender: still clueless but lately I’ve been flip-flopping between a girl and a boy!
Weight gain: 18 pounds. Actually LOST a pound since my last appointment 3 weeks ago. Really wasn’t trying to but I think between being more mindful of what we are eating and getting back to zumba I finally leveled out.
Maternity clothes: 100% maternity clothes that are uber comfy!
Stretch marks: Still a NO!
Belly button in or out: Innie. But it really is starting to flatten out.
Sleep: Sleep is still a struggle but at least I am lucky that I can nap during the day.
Best moment this week: My husband James was able to come home for the weekend. He hasn’t seen PJ and the belly in 9 weeks. Was very nice to have him home, even if it was just for a few days.
Miss anything: being able to slip my socks on without having to maneuver around the belly.
Movement: still rocking and rolling in there! Still fascinates me!
Cravings: I have about 10 different cravings a day. Trick is narrowing it down to what I’m REALLY craving, which varies from day to day.
Queasy or sick: Heartburn still but getting used to it. Ugh.
Looking forward to: some very much needed pool time…in our baby pool. 🙂

31 weeks!

cute preggo shirt!

cute preggo shirt!


How far along: 31 weeks
Gender: still not finding out and it’s starting to get serious with these guesses! 😉
Weight gain: 19 pounds still!! Really trying to keep the weight in the check and being back in zumba and walking is REALLY helping!
Maternity clothes: 100% maternity clothes that are uber comfy!
Stretch marks: big NO! Whew!
Belly button in or out: In! The husband says the belly button will pop out when PJ is ready to make an appearance. Ya know, like a built in timer!
Sleep: Right now it seems like every other night I get a really good night’s sleep but then the next night I toss and turn and am wide awake at 4 in the morning.
Best moment this week: My amazing sister in law is getting together the announcements for baby PJ AND even sent his/her first “gift”: a playard!!
Miss anything: sleeping through the night!
Movement: OH YEA! I think s/he naps during zumba but as soon as I lay down the movements and kicking starts! I was able to FINALLY catch some movement on video to share with the husband!
Cravings: Pineapple and watermelon. No kidding!
Queasy or sick: Heartburn is not so bad. Bad. But better.
Looking forward to: Having the husband home soon for a weekend so I can take a bath and he can help me out of the tub!! HAHA!!

30 Weeks!

How far along: 30weeks
Gender: still don’t know! But getting a lot of guesses from friends and family!
Weight gain: 19 lbs. *apparently during my little vacay in Phoenix I put on a bit too much weight on too fast. I’m still within the “range” but just trying to tone it down some.*
Maternity clothes: 100% maternity clothes that are uber comfy!
Stretch marks: Still a big no on the stretch marks!!
Belly button in or out: In! But I think it may just pop out. Checked it out today and the hole seems to be flattening out. it’s too funny!
Sleep: We’re back in Dothan so I have my bed and very special body pillow so sleep has been better. Just the getting up to tinkle 3 times a night, which normally entails rolling the belly, has gotten a bit annoying
Best moment this week: 2 Best moments happened this week: 1. went to the beach for a couple of days and got some much needed sunshine (and yes- I was still able to fit in a few of my longer pre-preggo tankini’s) and 2. I started back to Zumba! I so missed shaking it with my awesome zumba ladies!
Miss anything: An ice-cold beer on the beach!
Movement: PJ has been sporadic lately but the last 2 days s/he has been working up a storm! definitely some acrobatics going on and lots of hiccups too!
Cravings: liquids! I’ve been so thirsty lately.
Queasy or sick: Feeling great other than the heartburn
Looking forward to: more time at the beach before PJ shows up!

THAT’S a serving size?!

I am sure a lot of you have run into this same question/exclamation: that is what I am supposed to be eating? Serving portions have come and gone, repeatedly, in the Vizuete/Kaffenberger household. Back in the day when the husband and I were doing Insanity we (or rather I, being I cooked) really tried to stay within our designated calorie count, which boiled down to serving portions. But of course we fell off that wagon – hard – and began eyeballing it again.

Well, that philosophy has gotten US in trouble. And it’s rather funny, too, that we both came to this realization on the same day, almost 350 miles apart (as you may recall he’s at FLETC right now). His came from a physical evaluation and measurement of his body fat while at training; mine from my routine appointment at 29 weeks with my ob/gyn (that damn scale!). So it seems we are both on the tad chunky side and it’s now time to get back to that pesky serving portion thing!

While “eating for two” is a great philosophy, in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t a good idea as lugging around a watermelon on the front of my body has proven a bit taxing. But it was oh-so-good indulging in In-N-Out double doubles, 12-inch steak and bacon subs, <gasp> chicken gizzards, and numerous caramel machiattos (did I mention I have been in Phoenix for the last 4 weeks helping my father pack up his house so he could relocate to Dothan then Puerto Rico with us? So it was sorta kinda like a vacation….right???) So we got back on Monday (after a 3 day u-haul drive across the country) and ALAS – I had to see my doc. Bless her heart she was so sweet as she cataloged my weight gain over the last 12-weeks of my pregnancy and gently indicated how quickly I have gained in the last 5 weeks with an little nod and wink, saying, “it’s not so much of a concern but I sure would like you to be aware of where you are on the scale at this point.” In other words– quite stuffing your face!

So here I am. Back to serving portions and being more conscious of what I am putting into my mouth body. To help facilitate this change in eating habits, I am enlisting the help of my good pal Ellie Krieger (we are not really friends; I just LOVE her cookbooks and pretend we are cooking and hanging out together) and her new cookbook Weeknight Wonders. My husband is normally my guinea pig when it comes to [new] recipes but since he’s gone, that honor has now fallen to my father. Let me tell you a bit about my father…he’s one hell of a guy but when it comes to food he’s a meat and potatoes kinda guy who really isn’t interested in the subtle nuisances of flavor profiles, balance of taste and textures, or complexity of a dish. It better be good, hot, and filling. I remember the first time I made Julia’s (yes, Julia Child and I are on a first name basis) Beouff Bourgignone my father took a bite, pondered for a moment, and muttered “yea, that’s good” while spooning a heaping bite into his mouth. Gotta love the man. So the recipes I make from this point out have to be filling (and manly) and will ultimately met with a “yea, that’s good” comment.

The first recipe from Ellie’s book was the Guinness and Beef Skillet Stew (you can find the recipe over at the recipe tab of the blog). Relatively quick and easy to make, this certainly was a manly recipe that went over quite well with my father and me! I am not a huge pearl onion fan so I left them out but did sauté an onion and garlic prior to browning the meat. Other than that I stayed pretty true to the recipe (as to make sure I keep within the dietary info she provides) and it turned out delicious. It was a bit soupy but still thick enough to sop up the sauce with some good, crusty french bread! Even the serving portion (1 1/2 cups) was sufficient…for me. My father had a bit more but he’s a a bit bigger than me!

So far a good start to our (MY) healthy eating habits!

But a double-double sure still sounds yummy!


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