Thursday, October 9, 2014

34 weeks + the week where I baked ALL the cupcakes

I'd been dreading getting to 34 weeks for the last couple months... for no other reason than it was a jam-packed crazy busy week! I would have dreaded this week if I wasn't pregnant, let alone being 8 months along... 

As soon as we got back from Michigan, I pretty much jumped into nonstop baking for the next several days. I had to bake cupcakes for two weddings on Saturday, plus a big homecoming celebration at church on Sunday. Plus the usual weekly orders and cupcake counter duties. In addition, my Business Man left early Wednesday morning for a work conference in Las Vegas for the week. (How rude!) ;)

Luckily, I had help with the cupcakes for church. My friend Lindsey was a real trooper and helped start to finish, and a few other ladies from our Sunday School class helped frost the cupcakes and clean up. (I don't think I washed one single dish!)

I stole this picture from Lindsey's blog. I think I wanted to smack someone with that cupcake scoop, haha.
Because of the time constraints of the weekend, we actually ended up baking the cupcakes on Thursday, and storing them in the church freezer until the homecoming celebration Sunday afternoon. We used the church kitchen, which made things go a lot smoother and quicker. I had also prepped a lot of the ingredients/garnishes at home to make the process go fast. It took about 6 hours start to finish, but we knocked out 630 cupcakes! It was actually a pretty fun day.

I'm not used to convection ovens... this first batch got all blown out of whack! Nothing a little extra buttercream won't fix. :)

One table set-up at the homecoming luncheon.
Then I got to do it all over again on Friday, but at home. With the two weddings and regular Saturday orders, I baked over 900 cupcakes on Friday. I think it was a 13-hour work day, yikes. Total cupcake count in 30 hours = 1500+.
Saturday included setting up both wedding venues (of course, one was 45 minutes south, and the other was 30 minutes north.) After a pumpkin pie latte and some yummy popcorn, I got home Saturday around 3:30pm and immediately crashed. I don't think I got up off the couch all night except for food. My Business Man got home late that night, just in time for me to be done with everything. (Not that I had the chance to really miss him! Lol.)

I spy Maple Bacon!
All minis! So stinkin' cute. I love mini cupcakes.
It took me a good 2-3 days to recover from all that craziness. I am just glad it didn't put me into early labor! I had both those weddings booked before I even found out I was pregnant. 

Fortunately, those were my last super big orders before Poppyseed comes. All orders from here on out have a disclaimer - 'If I go into labor and have a baby, your order will be cancelled.' Lol, so legit. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda looking forward to taking it a little easier these next couple weeks. Just about 5 weeks to go, and who knows... he might come early?!?! (Wishful thinking...)

34 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: A cantaloupe! He's about 5 pounds and 18 inches long. No wonder it feels like there's a bowling ball attached to the front of my body.

Sleep: I have a hard time getting to sleep, but an even harder time getting out of bed! I hate to admit, but there have been a few days that I've still been lying in bed at 8:30am. No shame. At least my job allows me to do that. (Just requires me to get more stuff done at night.)

Movement: He really likes to jab me in the ribs. It's a little uncomfortable.

Running/Workouts: Elliptical, stationary bike, walks outside. I only have two suitable shirts for the gym that still fit over my belly, so I just keep wearing them over and over again. Today, I about freaked when I saw myself in the mirror in the gym bathroom. Holy belly! How can it get any bigger??! We still have a month to go!

I'm not gonna lie, this pic frightens me quite a bit.
Cravings: PB&J. With extra salt added. (I know.) Almost everyday for lunch this week. 

What I am missing: Sleeping on my belly. I've been trying to sleep on my side and I always wake up with my hands completely numb and tingly! So weird.

Looking forward to: Celebrating Poppyseed with another baby shower here in Lima! My mom & dad are coming and so are my Business Man's. Should be a fun family-filled weekend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

33 weeks + escape to that place up north

Slowly getting closer... feels like we are finally almost to the end! Poppyseed is over 4 pounds now, and at least 17 inches long. All that's left really to do is to chub him up a bit before he's ready to make his entrance! Fortunately, he's shifted or something, because I am feeling TONS better! My back pain is minimal, and my hips are only a little sore. I still haven't attempted any running (not worth having crazy pain again!), but am so happy to be able to go about my daily routine/tasks without so much pain.

33 weeks!
The big highlight of this week was definitely our getaway to Michigan... a 'babymoon' of sorts. (Barf, I hate that term. Ha.) We stayed at Castle in the Country in Allegan, which is our go-to place when heading to the mitten. We stayed there on our honeymoon, and like to go back every year or two to enjoy some 'us' time.

We have never been to Michigan in the fall, and it was a gorgeous time of year to be there. Beautiful leaves changing, and the weather was perfect. Warm during the day, but a little chilly at night. 

When we got there, we decided to take advantage of the sunny day, and went paddle boating on the little lake on the B&B's property. (After raiding the cookie jar, of course. I think I might have had a half-dozen cookies in the 40 hours we were there? Gotta take advantage!) They have paddle boats and kayaks available for guests to use, but I thought the paddle boat might be a little easier to operate, with less of a chance of ending up in the water. My Business Man and I did about half a loop around the lake... it wasn't as easy as it looked!

Obligatory selfie
We headed into South Haven to grab some dinner that night, and ended up at a pizza place on their patio so we could watch the sunset over the water. I was starving, so we ordered a cast iron cheesy-tomato dip, which was amazing. It was served with fresh-baked flatbread from the wood-fired oven. Definitely satisfied my cravings for all things cheese. We followed it up with some cheesy pizza. (Nothing like carbs on top of carbs, with some cheese thrown in for good measure.) 

After lots of wonderful sleep, we got up the next day and were treated to probably the best breakfast of my life. Fresh-baked cinnamon roll, and caramelized onion & gouda quiche. With bacon. Omg... there was so much butter in this meal, it should probably be illegal, but it was so good. I've already emailed the innkeeper to see if he will share the quiche recipe. After stuffing ourselves, we rolled ourselves out to the patio to enjoy a second cup of coffee while we waited for our massage time. (I know, life is so rough.)

Ugh, I would give anything to have this in front of me right now.
Remember the $200 I won from the 1-Mile Dash for Cash back in August? I've been holding onto it since then... so we could treat ourselves to a couples' massage at the B&B. We had one on our honeymoon, and it is quite seriously the most relaxing, rejuvenating experience that exists. We were not disappointed with round #2.

After our massages, we buzzed over to Saugatuck to spend the afternoon. We walked around enjoying the shops, and bought a few prints for Poppyseed's room. (Speaking of, we really need to get it finished up! I know that all he really needs at first is somewhere to sleep, diapers, and someone to feed him, but I'd really like to get the room all settled and ready.)

We enjoyed our first PSL's of the season (I know, so cliche), and spent some time walking along the water. We wanted to take the chain ferry across to the little town on the other side and check out some sand dunes, but sadly the chain ferry closed down for the season on Labor Day. Boo.

So, naturally I googled 'sand dunes' to see what would pop up, and google maps took us to Saugatuck Dunes State Park. It wasn't exactly what I was thinking of, but it was a park with lots of hiking trails, many that were completely sand. We chose a 2.5-mile route that would take us to see the lake... having no idea how challenging or not challenging it would be.

It was a bit of a challenge! Walking on sand is no joke. It wasn't crazy hilly, but there were a few spots where it went straight up that I was out of breath. I joked with my Business Man that he and I are probably finally on the same fitness level. ;)

This was the biggest hill we climbed... so not too bad.
And the view we were rewarded with.
After our strenuous workout (ha!), we headed to our favorite restaurant for dinner, Salt of the Earth. They are constantly changing their menu based on the season, and we were excited to try some fun dishes. I had some house-made gnocchi with fried brussels sprouts (with bacon!) on the side, and my Business Man had a big ole' pork chop with collards and mac & cheese. We shared a smoked pumpkin appetizer to start... which was different but absolutely delicious! It was literally a wedge of pumpkin, smoked bbq-style, served with goat cheese, a raisin-infused sauce, and pickled carrots. Not something you get to eat everyday!

After sleeping in the next morning and another great breakfast, we had to hit the road back to the Bean Town for a jam-packed week. More on that to come. :)

33 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: A pineapple! But I'm very glad there's not actually a pineapple inside me... that might be a little uncomfortable. Well, a little more uncomfortable than I am already, ha.

Sleep: Pretty decent!

Movement: Lots of it. Love it.

Running/Workouts: The elliptical, plus lots of walks outside. I love getting the fresh air. Plus some sand dune climbing and paddle boating.

Cravings: Donuts! Again, lol.

What I am missing: Being able to do things without getting short of breath. Walking from the basement to the second story in my house has proved to be quite the feat lately.

Looking forward to: My Lima baby shower this weekend! My girlfriends are hosting it for me, and my mom & dad and in-laws are coming out for one last celebration for Poppyseed. Yay!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

32 weeks + hot dogs & squash

Poppyseed is almost 4 pounds this week! (Well, supposedly.) I had my 32 week check-up on Tuesday, and all is going well. I have been really blessed with a healthy pregnancy on Poppyseed's side of things... he has been doing GREAT. (Just his momma who has to deal with all the side effects, haha.)

Luckily, my back has been feeling a lot better. It's just more general lower back pain vs. the super sharp pain in my SI joint. I can definitely handle general muscle/joint soreness. 

Busted out the leggings this week! I actually love this outfit.
Nothing super exciting happened this week... pretty much a boring week in the pregnancy world. I definitely do not forget that I am pregnant though - he is moving all the time. I have also been having a few Braxton Hicks contractions, which are a little uncomfortable, but really not a big deal. They give me an excuse to go lay down for awhile. ;)

Our friends had us over one night for a bonfire and wienie roast. Let me say, I typically do not like hot dogs very much, but this hot dog tasted SO good. I might have even had a second one. (So unlike me... before know it, I'll be eating beans & wienies every night.) It was a perfect night for a fire and to catch up with some friends.

Candace & I... rocking those hot dog sticks.
Hot dog + ginormous pile of Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles = one happy Sara. 
32 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: Jicama! And yes, I know what a jicama is... it's actually really good. They remind me a lot of water chestnuts (at least the texture.) I love it chopped up on salads, but I always forget to pick them up at the store.

Sleep: Overall, much better. Still have days when I wake up super early (like 4am)... I just choose to make those extra productive days.

Movement: He is definitely a mover!

Running/Workouts: The elliptical and I are becoming BFF's.

Cravings: The usual suspects - mac & cheese, cheese quesadillas, straight up cheese sliced from the block. I've also been loving the autumn squash soup at Panera... there was an instance where I was there two days in a row. (At least it's semi-healthy, maybe? Vegetables?) Let's just say my skin might be turning orange. 

Delicious squash soup that tastes like pumpkin pie in a bowl.
What I am missing: Sleeping on my belly, and running in this gorgeous weather. I just keep reminding myself how awesome it will be to start running again in January. With the beautiful snowstorms, ice-coated streets, and sub-zero temps. Haha.... yea.

Looking forward to: Heading to Michigan this afternoon to soak up some time with my Business Man! We are staying at our favorite B&B and even have a massage scheduled for tomorrow. And of course, the good food. Cannot wait.

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