Saturday, November 20, 2010


This is the most surreal time in my life.

I have spent years and years wondering if I'll ever get the chance to be pregnant and give birth and then one day, I had the answer. YES.

Petesie and I were chatting today about how some women give birth without knowing they're pregnant. I get that each pregnancy is different, but literally - every single thing about my body has changed. My hair, my skin, all five senses, my taste  buds, the headaches, the back aches, my belly. Not to mention the many hours I've spent so completely nauseated that I can't get out of bed, and the daily (multiple times daily) throw up sessions. :) Feeling all these changes is absolutely surreal and to realize that this journey ends with a real baby blows my mind.

I promised myself I wouldn't buy any baby things for my own baby until I actually became pregnant, and when I did, I was too scared the dream would *poof* and be gone. So I still didn't buy anything. Today, we went to Carter's outlet and started the spending... Cannot believe that come May the little one in my belly will wear the cute little overalls I got today with the sweet little hat Petesie picked out.

Speaking of changes... I wonder sometimes if my "belly" is imaginary - the result of a big meal, or am I just pushing it out to "feel" pregnant??

Turns out, the answer is no. I do, in fact, have a baby belly. :)

5 weeks

6 weeks

 10 weeks

 13 weeks
(also note the changes on the floor!)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tag, I'm it!!

My sweet friend Emily tagged me to answer the following food questions. She definitely asked the right girl - I'm all about food..(or was, and I hope to be again as soon as this pesky morning/afternoon/night sickness passes)..

1. What is your favorite dessert? This is fairly easy for me - Creme Brulee, no doubt. Yum! All variations are welcome with this girl. :)

A more distant second would be Tiramisu... mmmmm.....

2. Ever try to cook something and fail miserably? Absolutely, without a doubt. I think that's what makes cooking so fun - it's all about trying, failing, learning, tweaking, and starting over. I doubt there are many self professed cooks out there who never get it way wrong.

In fact, as I search my brain for an awesome example, I look no further than the above answer. Tiramisu is tricky. :) On Petesie's birthday one year we had over his best friend and his then girlfriend (now wife) for the first time meeting her. It was my first time cooking dinner for the group, and while the dinner was okay (just okay), the Tiramisu was literally a liquified mess. Great first impression. Another funny time was another "dinner party" - our friends came over and I roasted a chicken... upside down... and by the time I realized it, it had been resting for about 30 minutes and the bottom (ie, the breast side) was so slimy and undercooked. Awesome. :) I pretended nobody noticed, carved off the breast, cranked up the oven and stuck the breast pieces back in. Salmonella be damned!

3. Is there a dish you haven't made yet, but really want to? Only about a thousand. I collect recipes and always have a list of dishes to try. Petesie got me a Creme Brulee torch for my birthday (in August....) and I have yet to use it. I blame the babe - haven't done much cooking the last 14 weeks!

4. What is your favorite food? Hardest question ever. The homemade chicken stock and stars pasta I'm gobbling down right now is pretty darn awesome. Fresh rolls and bread straight out of the oven is also hard to beat. I think I'm kind of a purest sometimes when it comes to food, but will try almost everything! Emily answered "pastries" to this question, and she may be right on - Croissants in France are divine! We had some amazing ones on our honeymoon...

5. What is your least favorite food? Slimy stuff like Oysters, Snails, etc... can't stomach them. In fact, thinking about it is making me want to vomit. Again. (it's been a rough day!!)

6. Do you have any seasonal meals you like? ooohh... what a question. The Talley family is long known for our amazing holiday dinners - Thanksgiving, Christmas. Both are amazing. My mom makes a Christmas brunch, and while pretty basic, is worth the 365 days wait. And Easter brunch. We celebrate at our friends farm and the spread is AMAZING! So, I guess I pretty much like all seasonal meals. :)

7. What is your comfort food? Certain casseroles (picked up the ingredients for Green Bean Casserole today!), meatloaf, binky beans (what's that, you ask? Sautee some bacon and onions, add green beans, cook down, add balasmic vinegar and salt to taste. Cook til mushy. Or less mushy if you like. Yum!). Fresh bread, Mac & Cheese, spaghetti. Again, I call out the chicken stock and stars I'm eating right now.... all amazing.

8. Chocolate: milk, dark, or white? Okay, call me crazy, but I'm not really a chocolate person. I think from all the above answers, it's pretty obvious I'm into savory. Sorry for the lame answer!

Thanks for the tag, Em! I'm tagging Kelli next. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Soo..... long time..... much to say!

Sorry everyone for going MIA there for a while. :) I swear I wasn't trying to blow off the blog entirely, but, well, life seems to have gotten in the way.

With what, you ask?

Well, first of all, there's this:

That's right, Peter re-did the floors. They look so pretty now. Thanks Petesie!

Then there's this:

We went to the cabin one weekend. Chilled, lounged, found petrified mice and did inappropriate things with them (mom....). Isn't my lil' sis so darn cute??

Then, there's this:

Aren't they cute? Some of the loves of my life, we've had lots of good days lately snuggling. :)

And lastly, there's this:

Oh yeah, that. :)

Spilling the beans - I'm somewhere in between 12-13 weeks pregnant! Ahhh!!! (I say somewhere in between because it changes depending on whose measurements you use. I like the date that says closer to 13 weeks - it makes me just one day away from the coveted second trimester....)

Our littlest one is doing just great. We saw him today (we call it him, but have no idea what gender he actually is... and won't be finding out until he comes out in May!) and he was jumping all over the place and waving hello (swoon.... I just love that lil' guy).

Seriously though - I will be doing more frequent updates now that there is something very exciting to update with. It's just that for the last 10 weeks I've barely had energy to get my head off the couch, and when I do lift my head off the couch, it's usually to throw it over the toilet. So, yeah - they aren't kidding when they say morning sickness is rough. I had NO idea.

I'll update more soon - lots to talk about! How we found out, what happened leading up to the whole "positive pregnancy test", how I'm doing, how Peter's doing, etc...

Okay, that's all for now. :)