January 26, 2009

Monday again

I took a blog break!

I just haven't been in the mood to post...or in the mood to compute in general. Plus we are still moving stuff every weekend- sick of it!!

Friday I went to my first doctor appointment and all is well. We had an ultrasound and the baby looked great- heart beating and it was wiggling its arms and legs at us. The due date is now August 17th. My doctor was easy going and nice. He also told me that we would need to have another c-section, but if for some reason I went into labor and was pretty far along, then I would probably be able to have the baby naturally. That's great- that is my answer.

So, I will tell them not to schedule the c-section until the due date. They like to schedule them early at times so you don't go into labor and you never go overdue. Then, I will do everything I possibly can to prepare my body for labor before then. Plus, I have a chiropractor friend who does acupuncture to start labor, which he did on me before, but he was new to it and I needed more than one treatment for it to work, which I didn't have time for. Now supposedly it will work within 48hrs.

So, we'll see what happens. I know that labor and birth is hard work and not necessarily easier, but recovery is what I'm thinking of. Being able to walk after birth would be nice. I don't know about you, but January seems endless to me. I am so ready to move on to spring, which is odd because I generally like the cold. I am ready to plant a spring garden and sew spring dresses.

Speaking of which, I am considering taking us back to mostly dresses again; my girls love to dress up and I love making them look adorable, so why not? I can't stand anything constricting my belly when pregnant, so all the new styles of dresses are perfect. I can buy a couple of cheap patterns and make all different styles of easy to sew dresses. I have been seriously 'craving' my sewing machine. I got tired of it after making two quilts, but it's been three months since I made anything and I have plans.

Anyways, I am feeling much better. I have more energy and am not needing to eat all day long so now I can actually accomplish stuff. Today I have bedding laundry, dh's laundry, the kitchen floor to clean, and about 6 boxes to unpack. If I can I am going to make homemade english muffins- been craving them too!

Speaking of cravings- FISH! I made an awesome clam chowder Saturday night, which I haven't made in years! A large can of whole clams was only $1.67 at walmart and I got an extra jar of clam juice, also $1 and some change. That along with some bacon, some heavy cream and milk and some potatoes and we had some good eatin'! Oh it was yummy...but I also splurged and bought shrimp for eating with cocktail sauce. I told Matt we might be eating that or a version of that every week.

Ok I'll just post the recipe:

3 slices of bacon or more if you want
1 medium onion, chopped
1 t dried thyme, or two bay leaves
1 large can of clams, if whole chop them up (yes they look gross)
1 bottle of clam juice
3 cups of milk
1 cup of heavy cream
3 cups diced russet potatoes

In a large pot cook the bacon till crisp. Remove bacon and add a pat of butter and the onions. Cook till soft, then add about 1/4 cup of flour. Cook a minute, then add the clam juice, potatoes and enough water to just cover potatoes. Cover and reduce heat; cook till potatoes are soft, then add the rest of the ingredients and season to taste. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes to blend flavors. Serve with crust bread or oyster crackers.


Kim said...

I'm glad you are back and feeling better :) I am also thinking of DD and I wearing dresses, she wants to, she actually asked me to...lol...I would love to some pics of the dresses you make! :) Have a blessed day!

DeNiece Barnes said...

Jessica I just wanted to stop in and say that I love reading your blog and that you are a great wife and mother, we all have some good days and some bad days but you seem to always pull it together.. And with God all things are possible, thanks for been a great inspiration on the blogging world and to me.. Please stop by my blog and pick up an award that I left for you Enjoy and be blessed...