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29Weeks.5Days.

I must be having the most boring pregnancy ever... not that I am complaining. It seems like every time I go to my yoga or kickboxing classes someone asks me if I am still feeling good. Well as a matter of fact, I feel pretty fantastic. The concern is sweet, but seriously, if I felt like crap I would stay home. 
The other day in kickboxing, one of the ladies and I were discussing how I felt like my pregnancy experience has been flying by. She told me that both of her pregnancies seemed to drag out forever because she was so anxious for her baby to be here. I think I have the opposite problem. Yes, I am excited about baby Jack getting here, but it has been just Daniel and me for almost a decade. We are used to the status quo and the thought of everything changing {while exciting} is also a bit intimidating. I am trying to savor these last couple of months while it is just us.

What I Wore Wednesday:
T-Shirt from Target – I am looking forward to fall so that I can wear some fun layers. I am…

Getting Organized

It is hard to believe that we moved into our new house almost a year ago. We are mostly unpacked, but there are still a few boxes shoved into closets and there was a serious need to get organized – mostly in the garage and our gear closet upstairs.
Messy garage: this wasn't actually the worst of it, just when I thought about taking some pics.
Recently the four wheeler has been parked inside and Daniel has had to park outside.
Much better. Daniel still has plans to hang things on the wall above the garage doors.
We finished hanging peg board in the garage and a bike hanging system in the storage room just off the garage {it is like a storage shed but it is attached to the house and holds our mower – also known as the four wheeler}.
Bikes are hung from the ceiling and the four wheeler is finally stored in the right place.
Now that the garage is clean and organized, Daniel can do some car maintenance – oil leaks are taking over our lives!
Our gear closet before we got organized.
I am…

Happy Birthday Daniel!

This year for Daniel's birthday I asked him what he wanted to do. He would have loved to go ride four-wheelers in the mountains but he didn't think I should be out on mountain trails at this point in my pregnancy {I would have gladly tagged along, but am trying to be respectful of his wishes}. Anyways, I offered to let him invite one of his buddies and go without me, but he decided to defer for now.
He also thought about going shooting, but again, this isn't something that I can really participate in currently. So he finally decided that he just wanted to stay home and get the garage organized. It would have been nice to go do something, but we have truly been busy every single weekend for the last month, so having a weekend at home was actually kind of nice.
Sunday we decided to head down to Huntsville to run some errands, see a movie at the dollar theater and then have dinner at Connors Steak and Seafood – Daniel actually took me here for my birthday last year and we reall…

Cheesy Chicken, Spinach and Orzo Casserole

This dish was going to be a vegetarian meal based on the Three Cheese Orzo and Spinach Dish by How Sweet It is. But Daniel complained about the number of times we have ate meatless dishes this week, so I decided to tweak the recipe and add chicken. The end result was a rating of 4.8/5 stars from Daniel. We are big fans of orzo, so I need to find more recipes that include this pasta.
Cheesy Chicken, Spinach and Orzo Casseroleserves 2-4
Ingredients1 cup orzo pasta2 cups water2 tbsp chicken stock 2 tablespoons olive oil1 chicken breast, diced 1/4 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic1 cup Fiesta style cheese (or whatever you have on hand)1 6-ounce bag of spinach
DirectionsBoil water and chicken stock. Add orzo and cook for 9 minutes. Meanwhile heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Saute the onions and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken breast to the onion/garlic mixture and cook until browned, about 7 minutes.Add the spinach and cooked orzo, cooking until spinach wilts.F…

Hammock Review

Back in early July, Daniel and I had the misfortune of our hammock giving up the good fight.
*This is how the hammock looked after it collapsed with us in it... imagine us laying on our backs with our feet in the air wondering "What the heck just happened???" Sophie managed to jump off as it was collapsing.
Posted to Facebook after our hammock collapsed {with us in it}:Daniel and Cheree on the hammock: still ok. 
Daniel, Cheree and Sophie on the hammock: it collapsed under us!!!
We are all ok. It turns out the steel stand had corroded over the last few years and it snapped in half when Sophie jumped on it. Daniel says with all 3 of us, we were over the 400 lb weight limit {yikes}. We have been laying on it all together for years...
We adore having a hammock, so we started the search for a new one. We decided to try a new style, The Pawleys Island Soft Weave Double Hammock {in red}. We really liked that the fabric was not vinyl and it was incredibly soft. We brought it home a…

Greeting Cards: Summer Reading

I adore reading and am on my third year of reading 52 books in 52 weeks, but more than my books, I love my husband.

*This is the eighth in my series of twelve "I Love You More" cards 
that I have designed and will be posting throughout the year.

© Cheree Moore

28Weeks.5Days.

My Pregnancy By the Numbers...198 prenatal vitamins swallowed.133 shots in my stomach. 133 beats per minute was what Jack's heartbeat was last Friday.79 days until our due date. 52 days of lower back pain – a frozen bag of okra is my go-to for easing the pain. 14 pounds gained. 12 days since I have experienced heartburn – thank you Nexium.10 days of sinus pressure changes in my head – makes me feel like I am living in a fog. 7 OB visits completed. 4 workouts this week.3 is approximate number of times I feel Jack moving each day.2 candy bars eaten this week. 1 glucose test passed.
What I Wore Wednesday:
Shirt from Old Navy. Shorts from Target {maternity section}.On a completely separate note, if you have been wondering what the dancer's pose is {ahem mom and dad} or are just curious as to what an almost 29 week pregnant woman looks like doing said dancer's pose... this GIF is for you.

52 Books: Books 34&35

So I actually finished both of these books over a week ago, just haven't had the time {or energy} to sit down and write a review. I seem to read books in pairs – as in similar topics. This always happens randomly, but it seems to happen fairly frequently.

Books 34 and 35 for the year are both biographies that fall into the theme of recovery. The first book: Manic by Terri Cheney is the very personal account of a woman who has lived with being bipolar for most of her life. Since my mom has lived with this condition for most of my life, I have a personal connection to this type of biography. I am so thankful that my mom has never gone through many of the things that Terri Cheney has endured. Her story is intriguing, but also made me sad for what she has gone through. Her story is not written chronologically, but the order is very fitting. I read this book in one setting and thought that it was a good book, but I have to confess that the best book I have read about being bipolar is An…

A Rose By Any Other Name...

When it comes to naming your child there is a certain amount of pressure to pick a good name. Though as Shakespeare eloquently writes, a rose will still smell sweet regardless of its name.
Papa Jack holding Daniel {sadly this was the only picture we could find of Papa Jack}.
For us naming wasn't actually a huge chore. A few months ago we sat down and tossed around some names and Daniel mentioned that if we were going to have a boy he really wanted to use the name Jack. Jack was the name of his Grandfather or Papa Jack as Daniel called him. This man was very important to Daniel and instrumental in shaping Daniel into the man he is today. Unfortunately Papa Jack passed away about two years before I met Daniel.
Daniel and Cheree on Mount Rogers – the highest point in Virginia
When we finally found out that we were indeed having a little boy, Daniel and I discussed names over dinner. It was a fairly painless process and by the end of the evening we had narrowed our choices down considerab…

27Weeks.5Days.

Crazy but we are actually about to start our third trimester... where is the time going?
This past Tuesday I went to Nashville to take a breastfeeding class with my good friend, Kristalynne. Her husband couldn't make it and Daniel didn't particularly want to go to my class... so we were each other's moral support.
We met at Boscos for dinner where we both indulged in the Boscos Burger before heading over to Vanderbilt for our class. The burgers were delish and I loved the Garlic Parmesan Fries that came with mine.
The nurse who taught our class was very informative and funny which made it a good experience. I took 4 pages worth of notes and we were given a book to read, The New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding. I also found the video we watched to be helpful and the opportunity to hold a pretend baby in various feeding positions was a useful exercise. At one point I told Kristalynne it felt like I was holding a football and then the nurse explained that we were practicing …

Sweet Relief

I have mentioned before how much of a struggle heartburn has been for me. In recent weeks it has become increasingly worse – to the point that I wake up in the middle of the night almost in tears. This is saying a lot as I rarely cry {even during this pregnancy crying has been rare}. The only way I have been able to sleep is sitting up and popping Tums every 1-2 hours. The Tums work, they are just not long lasting.
Heartburn comes from just thinking about food or drinking a single sip of water or for no reason at all. It is particularly bad when I do eat or drink. Since I can't stop eating or drinking I have been coping as best I can.
I am generally not a fan of taking meds and I have to feel pretty terrible before I will take anything, but I have been at my wit's end with this heartburn thing. I tried Zantac {which made the heartburn worse}, and then Pepcid {which did nothing for me}, before asking my OB for something stronger. She gave me a prescription for Nexium. My mom a…

26Weeks.5Days.

My Pregnancy By The Numbers...184 prenatal vitamins swallowed.152 days of heart burn.119 shots in my stomach. 93 days until our due date. 38 days of lower back pain. 11 pounds gained. 9 bottles of Tums consumed. 6 OB visits completed. 4 workouts this week. 2 pounds is what our little man currently weighs.1 partially popped out belly button. 

What I Wore Wednesday:
Shirt from Target. Shorts from Target {maternity section}. Chacos from REI.

Double Date Night: Urban Stack

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Saturday night we met up with good friends, Chris and Courtney, for dinner at Urban Stack in downtown Chattanooga.
This was a "grown ups only" night out. Courtney said their kids were sad not to be included, but were excited about a night of pizza and movies at their grandparents. Courtney also mentioned that her 6-year-old son, Andrew, had inquired if we were going to talk about inappropriate things since there would be no kids around. Kids are so funny – thanks for sharing that with us Court.
Daniel was thankful to have a night where we talked about things other than baby stuff {after our experience registering at Baby's R Us, I think he is getting warn out on the topic}. Hopefully we didn't bore Courtney and Chris too much – though it is helpful to get advice from friends who already have kiddos.
Urban Stack has been on my list of places to try out in Chattanooga for a while. They are a gourmet burger bar that didn't disappoint. We got right in at 6PM on a S…

The Stroller Diaries... misadventures on the way to becoming parents

Friday morning Daniel and I had an OB appointment. The best part was {should have been} the 3D/4D ultrasound. Unfortunately our little guy refused to show us his face. Everything else looked great. Hopefully he will be more cooperative when we go back in two weeks for my glucose test.
Other than our failed attempt at a 3D head shot, all appeared to be well. He is the appropriate size and is weighing in right at 2 pounds {a month ago he was 1 lb 1oz}. He was moving around quite a bit but I was still not feeling much – the ultrasound tech confirmed that my placenta is anterior {in front} which is probably why I haven't felt him that often. No worries though since he is healthy and growing. 
After our appointment we had lunch at Chick-fil-a before heading over to the dreaded Baby's 'R Us. I know that there are people who adore the whole registering for their baby experience, but Daniel and I are not those people. Mostly this stems from the fact that neither of us are really sho…

What's For Dinner?

Last week I didn't cook much... we were still finishing off the casseroles that I had made for Daniel so that he wouldn't starve while I was out of town.
Towards the end of the week Daniel started complaining about being tired of eating the same thing over and over again. This was a comical remark considering that years ago when we were first married, he would beg me to cook normal, plain dishes like spaghetti with sauce from a jar. It seems that he has gotten used to eating new things on a regular basis and was ready for me to start cooking again.
So this week I have gotten back on track. I made Vegetable Lasagna, Fajita Burgers with Parmesan Corn-on-the Cob and Steak Sandwiches with a side of Sweet Potato Fries. Daniel is happy and I am happy to be back in the kitchen.
In other cooking-related news... I had a major flop with a recipe for Peach Crumble that I tried last night. TOTAL.FAILURE. First of all, the peaches were white peaches and not very flavorful. Secondly the desser…

25Weeks.5Days.

 Shorts and shirt are several years old and I have no idea where I bought them. Just glad baby boy is sitting high and I can still wear some of my normal clothes.
Not a whole lot is new on the baby front...
I am holding steady at 10 pounds gained and it all seems to be in front of me. 
Heartburn still sucks – pretty sure I will get a prescription from my OB when I see her on Friday. 
I discovered that a package of frozen okra makes a great ice pack for my lower back.
Thankfully Sunday's fender bender didn't result in any unwanted trips to the hospital.
Some nights I sleep through the night. Some nights I am plagued by insomnia.
Little guy has started moving more. I feel him the most around 10AM {after my daily workouts} and late in the evenings when I am laying down watching TV or trying to go to sleep. I am just thankful that I am feeling more consistent movement.
 Dress for interview from Target. Shoes from Walmart.On an unexpected note, I was called in for a second interview this …

52 Books: Book 33

It's been a while since I wrote a book post. It has not been from a lack of reading, the two books on my night stand both happened to be over 400 pages and Moby Dick has proven to be quite tedious at times. Hopefully I will wrap it up in the next week.
The other book in my possession was What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell. First off I have to say that I adore Gladwell's style of writing and his way of looking at the world. Tipping Point and Blink rocked my world and Outliers was good {though I didn't like it as much as these other three books}.

What the Dog Saw follows the same structure as the previous books, looking into the psychology and economics of why things are the way they are. It is my favorite way of looking at the world.

This book covers topics like: the collapse of Enron; the effect birth control has had on increasing the risk of cancer in women; what really constitutes plagiarism; can homelessness be solved by getting rid of soup kitchens and homeless shelte…