Little Caesars It Is!

Well guys, I’m pregnant again.  I’m only 6/7 weeks right now, so I won’t post this until after I have my first appointment, which is next week, and hopefully hear a little heartbeat.  (p.s.  I am twelve weeks+ now).

I’m only six weeks in and I’m already feeling like shit.  Mike tried to take me out to one more “nice meal” before I started the nausea, assuming this pregnancy is similar to my last 9 months of pure hell.  Eh, I guess it was really only 8 months. That was a blessing in disguise.

So we go to one of my favorite places Valley Kitchen in Valparaiso, IN.  The last time we were there, I had the BEST grapefruit martini.  So fresh.  This place prides itself on using locally grown food and fresh everything.  I can attest to this in their food AND drinks.  AMAZING.

Anyhow, I was ecstatic to try their new sweet corn linguine.  They change their menu a few times a month since everything is generally based on the local availability of produce/ etc.   So we split the order of linguine.  Well, guess what?  The sauce was tomato based.  I took one bite and stopped.  Mike knew immediately.  Luckily, we also tend to load up on appetizers here, so we had fried green tomatoes, and truffle/ Parmesan french fries – both were amazing.  I also opted to get the vegetable cream chowder – another good choice!  So, it’s not like I left feeling hungry, but it was disappointing to say the least.  Of course, I made sure we ordered something sweet in the end.  It was a blueberry tart – the crust was made with sweet corn (obviously, sweet corn is big in season right now!).  Wasn’t wowed by the crust (I love a good, buttery pastry crust), but whatever was inside was awesome.  Good thing my tummy still allows me my sweets.

So, I’ve only gotten sick once so far, but the waves of nausea…oh my goodness.  They just stop me in my tracks.  Like right this second, I had to get up for something.  My legs feel like Jello!   I have had terrible headaches as well.  I’m trying not to take much of anything, but when things get really bad, I do pop a tylenol.  Pretty much does nothing for me.  Man do I miss my Advil Cold & Sinus.  Stopped the headaches and the sinus pain immediately.  ::haha, only been sick one, ERRONEOUS::

I love how everyone says, “every pregnancy is different”….well this one is measuring up to be pretty much the same.  So far, at least.  ::at 12 weeks, still just as bad..each day sucks just as much as the one before, but it’s harder when you have a child under 2 that you are chasing around..this will for sure be the last child::


I have not yet missed taking my prenatal vitamin each day, or gotten sick trying to do so (the pills are HUGE).  I take them at night now before I go to bed, and I can still swallow the pills without gagging.  I want to say that at this point last year, I was already on the gummy brand.  What I was not aware of right away was that the gummy brand does not contain iron, so I eventually had to start taking iron supplements in my third trimester.  No biggie, but I’d rather get it all done in one pill swoop if possible.

Kenzie slept through the night last night.   Of course when this happens, Mike wakes me up in a tizzy at 11:30 throwing the pillows and blankets about like a madman.  He said, “There was a bug!”  – so he’s searching with his phone as a flashlight to see if he can find this bug that he swears he felt/ saw.  In the meantime, Kenzie starts to cry.  I told him not to move until she settles down.  Fast forward, Kenzie falls back to sleep, no bug is found, and I cannot sleep for the next two hours.  Figures.

Mike is off this week.  We are looking to put the house on the market (hopefully) this spring.  Probably just in time for me to deliver baby number 2.  He needs to dig up around the side of our foundation where we tend to get seepage if we get a crazy, hard rain.  Since you have to disclose all of that stuff, I want to get it taken care of so there is no longer a problem and we can say, “we haven’t gotten water in the past so many months after making these repairs to our foundation/ exterior”…this also means that dinner should be ready by the time I get home.  Fingers crossed for a good week.

I have my first doctor’s appointment on Thursday.  This is good because I can request my nausea meds.  Maybe we can find something that works this time.  This could also be good in the event that they are able to hear the heartbeat – fingers crossed.  Otherwise, we will need to wait until the ultrasound appointment.  Stay tuned!



22 Weeks, 1 Day – Bebe is the size of a Corn on the Cob…

Alright!  So much for my 2015 goal!  I am convinced that this child hates me.   We went to Hooter’s on Sunday for some lunch.  I thought I’d order some shrimp fried in parmesan garlic sauce.  I took one bite of a shrimp, and quickly thought to myself, “Bad idea, genius”….now, I have had shrimp before while pregnant and have been just fine!  The consistency of this shrimp was just off – it almost tasted like they were raw and stringy, but still warm.   SO GROSS.  Mike could tell by the look on my face that I was about to have an episode.  He told me not to eat it, and that he would split his chicken sandwich with me.  I just had tiny little pieces of it, and was doing well.  Ate some curly fries and some fried pickles.  Good good.  We were getting close to being finished, and I suddenly got the urge to make a run for it.  Luckily, there was only a little girl washing her hands in the bathroom and promptly left before I could start losing everything.

The nice thing about Hooters is that their bathrooms are equipped with speakers so that you can hear the football games – and they are LOUD!   So even if someone was in there, they wouldn’t have been able to hear me.  I hate looking at myself in the mirror afterwards.  It usually looks like I have been crying, and my eyes look like blood vessels have popped inside of the whites.  But a big shout-out to Hooters, because our waitress was so kind.  I didn’t want to tell her what was up when she asked if there was something wrong with my shrimp.  I told her “no no, I’m fine!” and went on eating plain fries.  It was when I got back from the bathroom that she said, “Are you sure nothing is wrong?” that Mike told her I was pregnant, and that some things bother me.  She immediately had the shrimp taken off of our bill. She was probably thinking, “Why did this fool order this then?”  Oh well.  Live and learn.

eating:   I am a BIG fan of Cutie clementines recently.  I try to eat two or three a day (they are high in folic acid, and just convenient).  I keep them in my car so they stay cold (don’t tell Mike – he hates when I store things in there).  Also, I have been buying Vitamin Water XXX, which I usually reserve for after my sickness episodes, since water just never tastes right.  Again, Mike would kill me since Vitamin Water is a Coke product I think.  Definitely not Pepsi.  But I’ve tried Propel, and it disgusts me.  So he will just have to deal.    I could really go for some nachos now.  It’s negative degrees outside, so I’m contemplating a Taco Bell run for lunch, but probably should reconsider.   I also had the best burger of my life from The Butcher & the Burger…see their menu and info here:  Butcher & the Burger   It seems ridiculous to go all the way to the North side for a burger, but I have an inkling that we will be doing this again soon.  I already have a craving for another one.  And BONUS – it is super close to Binny’s!  We stocked up on beer (and non-alcoholic grapefruit soda).  Quite convenient.

drinking: Decaffeinated and unsweetened iced tea & Vitamin water XXX.  Fountain Pepsi when we go out.  Everything else disgusts me.

avoiding: Shrimp.  Chicken.  Exercising.  Organizing.  Sitting for long periods of time.

wearing:  I pretty much live in my maternity jeans now!  My mother-in-law was kind enough to get me a pair of skinny-maternity jeans for Christmas, and they fit great!  I bought a cute Liz Lange sweater dress, but will likely wear it with leggings.  No one need to see my pale legs.  Speaking of dresses, I also had to buy a pair of maternity nylons!  Didn’t even know they made them…Turns out they are super comfortable!  A little pricey, so hopefully I don’t get a run in them at all.


We had a wedding to attend this past Saturday.  Nothing like trying to find a dress that fits.  I didn’t want to have to buy something new, so I decided to try on things I already had.  What a joke.  Mike just laughed at the first dress (as did I)…

Pink Dress

Good thing the second dress had some give to it!  Also, I happened to buy this dress is two sizes when I did, so this is the bigger one.  Funny how things work out.  I had every intention of returning the one that didn’t fit as well…

Black Dress Wedding

feeling: Meh.  I feel terrible right now, so it’s hard to think of times when I feel GREAT.  I’m so thankful that I have an office job where I do.  I never would have been able to survive otherwise, and probably would have been fired by now elsewhere, though I believe that is probably illegal.

reading: Baby name book, now that we know the gender!  We went through both of our lists last night, and I think we will be okay.  I’m oddly surprised at how many names he likes from the 2000 era.  Like the name Madison.  Hello?!  That is so ten years ago!  I will likely be the one to give in for the name, which seems absurd since I’m the one who has been so sick and has to carry this bundle of joy around.  I will just be more stubborn about other things in the future.

buying:  We bought some booties for the baby at Target.  I just could not pass them up.  It was our very first purchase for Baby Peters!

sleeping: NOT GOOD.  It seems to be getting worse by the night, so I decided to invest in this:  Pregnancy Body Pillow from Bump Nest  It should be arriving any day now, so maybe that will put a halt to the constant tossing and turning.  Stand by for my review 🙂

loving:  Thinking about what the baby’s room will look like, whether it is at our house or at Mike’s parents’ house.  I have high hopes.

getting used to: Being a fatty.  But for real, it’s kind of fun.  We will be registering for the baby shower soon, so that will be a blast.  I can already tell that Mike is going to be indifferent to items.  That just gives me all the power 🙂

Time to Buy a Waffle Maker

*This will be a long post – mostly a foodie review at the end.  If you get bored, peace be with you.

Yesterday was a pretty good day, though it didn’t quite start out as such.  I woke up, and my husband said that he would go down and make us breakfast so I could stay upstairs and relax, in hopes of not getting sick.  He’s pretty wonderful.   So when breakfast was ready, I headed downstairs.  He made scrambled eggs with pepper jack cheese and dill, along with some toast on the side. YUM!

So we sat down in the dining room to eat, and all was well.  I ate about half of the scrambled eggs and a bit of the toast, and then had to stop for a second.  My husband can now tell when I’m having a wave of nausea.  I usually tap my fingernails on the edge of the table as a distraction to thinking about my stomach.  It helps me get through it.  Only this time, I didn’t get through it.  So now, I can cross scrambled eggs off of my list for the rest of my life (or at least the remainder of this pregnancy).

Of course, after that happens in the morning, my whole day is generally shot.  If I have to go to work, I will certainly go, but I am the most unproductive person and am not my normal, cheerful self.  Yesterday, we had tickets to a farm-to-table dinner/ craft beer tasting event at County Line Orchard with some of our friends.  I was not about to give those tickets up (they were $55 each)!  So, I basically sat around all day, took a few naps in preparation for the evening activities.

The good news is that I made it through the whole night!  Granted, I was quite tired by 9 p.m., but I made it without getting sick or even having to sit down!  The funny part is that those $55 tickets included unlimited food tastings (which were pretty decently sized), and unlimited craft beers from local breweries.  I walk up to the pop table and ask for a Coke like a 4-year-old (yeah, they didn’t even have Pepsi).  She pours me a pop and then says, “That will be one dollar.”   I just stared at her blankly.  Then I said, “Oh.  I will be right back – hopefully my husband has some cash!”  Since he is always way more prepared than I am, he did have some money.  Before he handed it over, he asked, “It’s Pepsi products, right?”  And I looked at the floor and said, “Sure.”  Granted, we were there with his best friend who works for Coke.  He let it slide since there was literally nothing else I could drink.  Still ridiculous that I had to pay for that.  I felt like collecting as much craft beer as I could and finding something to store it in to make it worth our while.   No problem though, the boys drank more than enough for all of us put together.

So the food was AMAZING.  I was a bit worried, because farm-to-table can sometimes be a bit weird (ingredient-wise, at least).  So we started out with appetizers.  Since it was at County Line Orchard, we had an apple tasting (honey crisp apples have never tasted SO GOOD!).  After that, there were some pita chips and breads set up, followed by a bunch of locally made cheeses from local dairy farms.  I was so impressed!  Aside from the fact that I knew I couldn’t try the moldy-oldy cheeses that looked so good.  There was one that actually said “penicillin” in the description!  And another one that had pure lactate and cow’s milk.  Mike was very concerned with what I brought back, but I think I stuck to the safe ones.  If not, one piece of cheese isn’t going to kill me (us).  The boys went to get the remainder of the appetizers.  This included a pumpkin-sweet potato hummus (NASTY – I love hummus, but I have always been a hater of the sweet potato), an onion marmalade (not bad), and a green tomato chutney (didn’t try).  CHEESE FOR LIFE!

Promptly at 7 p.m., the restaurant booths were opening up for business with their samples!  Megan and I started out at Strongbow while the boys held our table.  Basically, you get in line in front of the restaurant’s “window” – behind the windows were the chefs for each restaurant, prepping everything in the giant kitchen.  It was a very nice set up, in my opinion.  So here is what they gave each of us from Strongbow:  Chili-braised brisket tostadas w/ pickled tomatillo salsa (like a full sized tostada!), and then a mini cup of Turkey Mulligatawny w/ apples & pumpkin.   And the nice thing was that they allowed us to bring back extra servings for our husbands.  Strongbow’s food was AMAZING!  The tostada was fantastic (I went kind of light on the brisket because I didn’t want to mess up my stomach early on), but the lime salsa/ sour cream sauce was delectable.  Also, the Turkey Mulligatawny was EXACTLY what I needed.  It was a hearty, creamy stew with all good stuff in it.  Baby definitely enjoyed it and I felt like I could finally keep something healthy down!

Next window we went to was Rolling Stonebaker, since they were the only ones creating a wood-fired pizza.  And I LOVE pizza usually depending on the sauce.  What a let down.  As we were standing in line, I kept smelling this terrible smell.  I couldn’t even describe it, but I was praying it was the woman in front of us.  WRONG.  It was the pizza!  Oh dear.   Here is what they served us:  Wood-fired pizza with maple-glazed brussels sprouts, candy onion jam, wood-roasted squash, and Italico cheese.  So I can’t figure out what it was that smelled so badly (I know, brussels sprouts you would think, but I’m pretty sure that was not it), so I basically took one bite and was finished.  I just couldn’t get over the smell.  The crust was good, though!  They also gave us a wood-fired giant meatball made with local pork, lamb, and bison w/ tomato ragu, whipped ricotta and basil-chili oil.  I can’t eat anything with tomato sauce or I will vomit, so Mike has this.  He said it was fantastic.

Next was one of our favorite restaurants/ breweries that we frequent.  3 Floyd’s (Munster)!  We expected the best, and they did NOT disappoint.  They served us smoked pork shoulder w/ pork belly cornbread, cherry BBQ and last season pickled ramps (i.e. pork rinds).  They also gave us a piece of apple, maple, and sage pork sausage.  I didn’t try the pork sausage, but loved the pork shoulder dish!  The pork belly cornbread that everything sat upon was savory – wish I could have managed to steal the recipe somehow.  I always forget how much I love cornbread!

Next was Bartlett’s Grill in Tavern (out of Beverly Shores).  Bartlett’s is another restaurant that we have started to frequent in the summer months.  They have my favorite baked mac and cheese, and my favorite pear cider.  Their restaurant is out in the boonies, and we always lose service/ get lost trying to find the place.  But it ends up being worth it when we get there!    Anyhow, they served us a winter white bean cassoulet w/ local sausage, lamb, duck confit, and pork topped w/ truffled parmesan breadcrumbs.  They also gave us a mini cup of squash, cinderella pumpkin, leek & apple bisque, which was topped w/ caramelized shitake mushroom & baby kale/ arugula pesto.  The bisque proved to be too sweet for everyone, though the flavors worked well together.  The winter white bean cassoulet was a winner though!  Another hearty type of casserole with tons of healthy/ fresh ingredients.  SO GOOD.  (ps, I was still feeling pretty good at this point – just two more stations to go!)

Next was something that I was not even close to being interested in, but Megan and I got in line since the boys wanted to try it.  This was from White Oak Tavern, and the dish was a savory sweet potato custard w/ fall vegetable salad, smoked vegetable broth & buckwheat crumble.  I will never understand everyone’s obsession with sweet potato dishes in the fall.  Just so gross.  Mike really enjoyed the dish, so I will leave it at that.

Saving the best two for last!   The line was crazy long for the chicken and waffles dish from a restaurant called Valley Kitchen and Bar out of Valparaiso.  Chefs Cory Muro & Jason Rudy were the geniuses behind this dish.  It was a homemade belgian waffle (they had the sweet waffle iron right there so everyone could watch), butter, Sink’s Sugar Camp Syrup, with fried Amish chicken, Carbon’s Golden Malted Syrup, and a dash of hot sauce.  Now, I have never had the pleasure of trying chicken and waffles yet.  It has always been on my to-try list.  So, the chicken basically melted in your mouth.  That being said, chicken is usually a no-no for me lately, so I only had a bite so that I could take in the whole experience.  It was by far my favorite dish.  Mike went back to get me another one, and then I went back and asked if I could possibly get just the waffle.  The head chef was SO NICE and held up an entire waffle asking if I wanted butter and syrup (they were cutting them in fourths to fit them on the mini plates).  I love that I didn’t even have to explain my situation, they just buttered it up and handed it over!  Granted, they probably thought it was for my kids, but I wish I could have told them that their waffles are the best thing I have tasted in the past three months!  I think I will write them a thank you note.  The awesome thing is that they won first place!  Everyone got a voting ticket so you could vote for your favorite dish. So perfect.

And finally, they opened up the dessert window at 7 p.m.   This was from Valpo Velvet and consisted of Hoosier Honeycomb vanilla ice cream atop of an apple cinnamon donut, and everything was topped with a honey drizzle and sea salt.   BEST DESSERT EVER.  Sweet and savory.  Loved the addition of the honey drizzle and sea salt – I am a big fan of sea salt in just about anything, but this is the second time I’ve had it paired with an ice cream and it is just exquisite.  They even gave us a mason jar sample of the honey they used on our way out as a favor.  We will definitely go back next year!  A very well-planned event and evening – and it wasn’t overly crowded!  Win Win Win.

Okay – that’s enough from me.  Just excited to have made it past 9 p.m. last night WITH a full stomach 🙂

9 weeks, 3 days

I figure I should start titling these posts with how far along I am, so I can look back on this and remember how terrible each week was 😉

So, my first doctor’s appointment is tomorrow.  I will be 9 weeks and 4 days along.  I have been reading reports stating that yes, you will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat at this point, or no, you will not be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat.  So much back and forth.  I just want a nice, clean-cut confirmation that things are on the up-and-up.  The people who I could ask don’t yet know that I am pregnant, so there is no point.  Just wait and see at this time.

Today, by the way, SUCKED.

I woke up, knowing that I needed to eat something.  Walked downstairs and started up the toaster with a bagel.  Directly after I pressed down on the bagel lever, I had to RUN for the bathroom.  Oh yes, the lovely bile again.  SO GROSS.  I am certain that my throwing up sounds so gross that it probably makes others want to throw up, in return.  My husband always comes to check on me, asking if I am okay.  He is so sweet.  I probably look like the saddest person, with tears rolling down my face.  Does anyone else cry while throwing up?  It seems to be an involuntary thing for me.  Anyhow, I crawled back into bed, while he fixed me the rest of my bagel and got me some orange juice.  I started eating, and felt good finishing the bagel and orange juice.

Let me fill you in on something.  Drinking an acidic drink, such as orange juice, right after puking your guts out was probably not a good idea for me.  But, it sounded good at the time.  I needed something with a bit of flavor.  Well, that was STUPID.  I ate, I drank, and then I got up and promptly puked everything back up.  Stupid, stupid me.  I think I dislocated my jaw in the process.  Ugh.

So, the rest of the day has pretty much been a wash.  Luckily, we had no real plans.  I just laid on the couch all day, trying to slowly eat foods that weren’t going to disgust me.

Oh, and cooking anything in our house ends up being a real treat.  For example, my husband fried up some potstickers for his dinner, since I was not available to go shopping/ make him anything.  The smell was just excruciating.  I had to open up all the windows.  I can still smell it!  We tried making something in the crock pot over night a few weeks ago…BIG MISTAKE.  The smell permeated the whole house.  I nearly went out and slept in the car.

Okay, that’s enough of the gross update for the day.  Thanks for hanging out.  I am posting this in hopes of other women in my position googling symptoms and things such as this to make sure they are not alone.  It’s something that I do, and it helps me to sleep at night sometimes.

Anyhow, big prayers for tomorrow’s appointment, please.  I really, really hope that they can sense some sort of heartbeat!  I don’t like hanging out in limbo, and I’m sure bebay doesn’t, either.