Monday, May 7, 2018

Maternity Mondays - Week 38

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Holy cow friends. This is it. This is my last week being pregnant!! It really hasn't sunk in yet to be honest. I am so incredibly excited, but also really nervous! Due to a concern with the umbilical cord, they are wanting to induce us a week early. So when we walk into the hospital next Saturday night, we know we will be walking out as a family of THREE! Which is so incredibly overwhelming to think about. 

-Everything about my physically is awkward at this stage
-The number of times I get up to pee in the middle of the night - my poor husband

-Getting my last mani/pedi for awhile. I had to choose a baby blue color in honor of our little man
-Knowing we made it as far as we can go. That is such a blessing and a relief to us

How far along? 38 Weeks
Maternity Clothes? Yep. I'll be honest. I'm pretty much living in my comfy pj pants and a baggy shirt. Nothing else makes me feel as comfortable at this point. 
Stretch Marks? Just the couple small dots on my hips, but those are the only ones so far!
Best Moment this Week: Having one last Me Date, treating myself to a mani-pedi
Miss Anything: I think being able to sleep comfortably. I know sleep will be few and far between in a week or so, but being able to physically get comfortable will be a small blessing
Movement: This little man is one stubborn dude. On Friday, I didn't feel him at all, so we had to make the trip to Labor and Delivery. Even though his heartbeat came up strong on the NST, the doctor was concerned for lack of movement when she did the ultrasound. She told us that if the movement was still not what it should be, to call back the next day. Low and behold, the next day, no kicks. Went back in to L and D, heartbeat was incredibly solid, and we had little movement on the ultra sound machine. They scheduled me for another NST for Monday for an extra day of monitoring just to be safe. Flash forward to Sunday, he's moving up a storm. This little guy likes to keep us on our toes!
Food Cravings: Not really, just looking forward to eating a deli sandwich :)
Labor Signs: Just the Braxton Hicks at this point, and is becoming more and more exhausted a sign of labor? ;)
Looking Forward to: This time next week, I might be a Mom. And the blessing of that is not lost on me. I just cannot wait. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hubby's Hockey Tourny

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Oh CAHA. Each year my hubby plays in the California Amateur's Hockey Association tournament, and it is one of our favorite weekends of the year! This was our 4th year, 4th year! Every year, the same group of guys get together and kick butt at the tourny down in San Jose. The past few years, Mike and I have gotten a hotel and stayed in San Jose with the team, and treat it as a mini getaway. We spend most of the days at the rink, then go up to the awesome bar/restaurant they have that overlooks the rinks and pig out on bar food and beer. Then we usually all go out for a team dinner and hit the town for some drinks after. This year, obviously, looked a bit different for us. Me being 9 months pregnant, it was just going to be too much for me. So this year we stayed at my parents house in Castro Valley and drove down for each game. It worked out well, but we definitely missed spending the whole weekend with the team! The guys on the team, and their wives/girlfriends have become like our second family, and we feel so grateful to have this awesome group in our lives! 

Here's a look down memory lane of past tournaments! 


This was our first year back in 2014! It was 11 am and we had already celebrated with 3 mimosas each, oh what a fun day we had
This was 2 weeks before he proposed! He had told the team, so they all knew, but I had NO IDEA!! We look like babies!
In between games we went to Dave and Busters! Played some games, had some shots, and had an awesome time.

Our group out for drinks after a day of hockey!

One of the only times you will see my hubby drink alcohol is on this weekend :)
2 of my favorite girls - out with our men!

Last year I attended a John Pardi concert with work friends the day before the tourny, and the concert was right across the street from the hotel Mike and I were staying at! Definitely a fun way to start the weekend early!
Hubby snapped this pic of me before the first game :)

As a thank you for freezing my butt off at the rink all weekend, hubby treated me to some Cream :)

Last year my poor husband's back went out in Game 3, so he had to sit out the last game of the tourny.


9 Months preggers but still cheering my man on!

All the wives/gfs! 
Silly hubby photobombing. Love this girl so much

Some of the best men I know! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tasty Tuesday

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Hey all, happy Tuesday! I am sharing a recipe that has become a staple in our house lately. It is from my favorite, The Pioneer Woman, who always has guilty pleasure recipes that Mike and I really enjoy. This dish is great for a family weeknight meal, but it is also easy to make for a party or group get together because it makes a lot of portions. 

Red and Green Stuffed Shells

-1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
-1/2 Whole Onion, Diced
-1 Clove Garlic, Minced
-10 ounces, weight Fresh Baby Spinach
-4 Tablespoons Butter
-1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
-2-1/2 cups Whole Milk, More If Needed
-2 Tablespoons Chopped Basil
-2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley
-Salt And Pepper, to taste
-30 ounces, weight Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
-1 Jar of Marinara Sauce
-1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, Plus More For Sprinkling
-1 whole Large Egg
-12 ounces, weight Jumbo Pasta Shells (25 To 30 Shells) Cooked Until Slightly Firmer Than Al Dente

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion starts to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring continuously, until it's slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove the spinach from the pan and let it cool slightly, then place it inside a few paper towels and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Give it a rough chop and set it aside.

Turn the heat to medium-low, then, in the same skillet, melt the butter and sprinkle the flour over the top. Whisk it together to make a roux, then cook it for a minute or two. Slowly add the milk, whisking out lumps as you go, and cook it until the white sauce is thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in half the basil, half the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Add another 1/4 cup milk if the white sauce is too thick. Taste and adjust the seasonings. 

In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta, Parmesan, egg, the rest of the basil, the rest of the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste until combined. Stir in the chopped spinach mixture.

To assemble the shells, use a spoon to fill the pasta shells with the cheese mixture. Place the shells seam side down in a 9 x 13 casserole dish or disposable foil baking pan. Pour the marinara evenly over the shells, then ladle the white sauce over the marinara in a zig-zag/line design. Finally, sprinkle with more Parmesan. 

Bake it in a preheated 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

***To freeze, cover the unbaked shells tightly with heavy foil and freeze for up to 6 months. To bake the frozen casserole, place it in a 375 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours, then uncover and continue baking for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how frozen it was. 
***Thaw the pan in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours, then bake as directed.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Maternity Mondays - Week 37

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Well folks, we are officially under 2 weeks until our induction date! Of course there is still a chance he can come before then, but 2 weeks from today I will either be in labor or will be cuddling my sweet little man, I can hardly believe it!

-It's quite comical watching me trying to get off the couch...
-Walking up our stairs is not the most fun thing to do at this stage

-All of Mike's hockey teammates who are rooting for us and wishing us good luck with our upcoming delivery
-Knowing that little man is fully developed and that he will be healthy if he comes at any time now

How far along? 37 Weeks
Maternity Clothes? Yep. But I was able to wear a pre-pregnancy sweater to the hockey rink this past weekend!
Stretch Marks? Just the couple small dots on my hips, but those are the only ones so far!
Best Moment this Week: All our hockey friends rubbing my belly :)
Miss Anything: Being able to partake in the pitchers of beer at our annual hockey tournament
Movement: It depends on the time of the day, some times of day he is quiet, others he is moving up a storm
Food Cravings: I craved a Mint Delight this past weekend and Mom took me out on a date for one and it was so satisfying to indulge!
Labor Signs: Just the Braxton Hicks at this point, and is becoming more and more exhausted a sign of labor? ;)

Looking Forward to: Mike and I are going to Skipolini's Pizza at the end of the week. There is a rumor, old wives tale, what have you, that if you eat the Prego Pizza, it will induce labor in the next couple days. So we thought, why not?? We will keep you updated on how that goes.... :)

I meant to take a photo on the night I actually had makeup on, but pregnancy brain is real and it slipped my mind. So this week you get messy bun, tired mama 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

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Hey everyone! I can't believe that we are coming to the END of April! That is just insane to me. What is even more insane is that means the next month is May, which is the month we are due with little man!! I can hardly believe it, for awhile I didn't think we would make it haha. 

But today I am linking up with Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday, so here's what we've been up to this month!


On Saturday, my in laws took Mike, my sister/brother in law out to a fancy steak dinner at Flemings, just because. And it was wonderful! We fed on crab cakes, filet mignon, potatoes, mac n cheese, and had a chocolate lava tower for dessert-it was heavenly! 

I mean, it doesn't get much better than that.
In terms of what I'm cooking this week, we are having stuffed shells, courtesy of the Pioneer Woman, and pulled pork sandwiches. 


My flat tummy! Ha! I know that sounds so vain, but I honestly don't remember what it feels like to not have a gigantic belly. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my belly because that means my son is growing nice and healthy, but it seems like it's been 5 years since I could get of bed without having to be pushed by Mike. 

This is what I feel like at this point in pregnancy haha


Being on maternity leave! It has been so nice to be able to catch up on some sleeps with a nap during the day, and to be able to get the small last minute things taken care of before little man gets here. So I have definitely been binge watching TV, reading books, and taking at least a nap a day, because I know in a few short weeks, those days will be no more!


As stated above, I have been reallllly good at relaxing lately. Besides that, Mike has been a champ getting all the last minute things ready, he put together our stroller, installed our car seats, getting the guest room completely ready, painting, basically, Mike has been up to everything lately! He is definitely my hero. 


Labor. Even though I know the outcome will be more than worth it, I would be lying to say that I am not terrified of it. But I keep telling myself it is only temporary, and after it's all over I will get to snuggle that little man in my arms and I will forget all about it!


No official work at the moment, because did I mention I'm on maternity leave? ;) But I am working around the house to get all the last minute things in order before we deliver. 


Meeting this little guy!!!!


I asked for some book recommendations so I could have some me time before the baby gets here, and the large consensus was A Man Called Ove. I'm only a few chapters in but I'm starting to realize why everyone is raving about it! In terms of TV, Survivor is still a staple in the Petrellese house, and I started watching Splitting up Together and it's a cute new show-I mean, ya can't go wrong with Hunky Oliver Hudson and the adorable Pam from the Office. 


The Greatest Showman is still in my car CD player, and I'm not ashamed! 


Let's be real, folks. I'm wearing a whole lot of comfy sweats, maternity tshirts, and flip flops because none of my shoes fit me anymore haha. But I am embracing it and will hopefully be back in my normal jeans by the end of summer!


Every year Mike is in a hockey tournament down in San Jose. He plays with the same team so it's been kind of a tradition for us, it's one of our favorite weekends of the year. This year is obviously a bit different since I am VERY pregnant, but we are still going and are going to take it hour by hour and enjoy it!

With the team!

We look like babies!!


Becoming a mom!!! ....I'm sensing a trend here, aren't you?...

That's about it! I hope you all have a fantastic month!!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Maternity Mondays - Week 36

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Well, quick update. On Friday I had my normal NST to monitor baby and the doctor noticed there isn't a ton of fluid around baby. She checked me and my bag of water hasn't broken yet, so they are a bit concerned about the lack of fluid. They are having me go back in today to check on things, and if things aren't looking the way they want, they said we will have a conversation about inducing....So there is a possibility this time next week we will have a baby! Prayers would definitely be appreciated. 

-Trying to get out of bed at night to use the restroom-it's like a beached whale trying to move. I'm now getting up every hour or so, hence why I look so exhausted in the below picture
-I'm officially in full waddle mode

-Installed the car seats in both hubby and my car - so exciting!
-Knowing we will get to meet him soooon.
-I'm officially on maternity leave!

How far along? 36 Weeks
Maternity Clothes? Yep. But I was able to wear a pre-pregnancy dress to dinner the other night!
Stretch Marks? Got my first couple little dots on my left side, but I'm considering them my battle scars!
Best Moment this Week: I'm officially on maternity leave!
Miss Anything: Ordering a glass of wine while out to dinner
Movement: It's still less than normal, but I feel him occasionally :)
Food Cravings: Sushii
Labor Signs: Starting to get contractions, although they are Braxton Hicks, definitely feeling them!
Looking Forward to: My NST tomorrow so we can have more information about our possible induction

Monday, April 16, 2018

Maternity Mondays - Week 35

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 The weeks are starting to go by faster and faster, and little man will be here before we know it-thank goodness! 

-The previous week we had been off for Spring Break, and our first day back, I had after school car duty. Two different parents rolled down their window and said, "Wow! You got sooo big since the last time I saw you!" Thanks, thanks, as if I didn't know I look like a giant bowling ball...
-My shoes officially don't fit anymore...guess it's time to bust out the flip flops for the next few weeks

-The adorable students in my class threw me the cutest baby shower to celebrate Baby P and I. It was so sweet, they had been spending all their recesses in the library planning it, and it was so sweet. They had games, like "don't say 'baby', the poopy diaper game, and guess what's in the bag. One student even mad a cake. To say it warmed my heart to no end would be an understatement.
-When I was out in front of the school doing after school car duty, a mom rolled down her window and said "the further along you get, the cuter you get, it definitely wasn't like that for me!" That really made me feel good since I feel like a whale at this point. 

How far along? 35 Weeks
Maternity Clothes? Heck yes! And loving them!
Stretch Marks? Got my first couple little dots on my left side, but I'm considering them my battle scars!
Best Moment this Week: My students showering me and Baby with such an adorable baby shower 
Miss Anything: Sleeping through the night without getting up to pee every hour...guess this is just a preview for what is to come!
Movement: It's starting to lessen because he's running out of room, but his foot or arm has found a home in my right ribs and when he moves this mama definitely flinches each time!
Food Cravings: This week I had a huuuuge craving for a Nations Cheeseburger
Labor Signs: The nurse who does my NSTs said that he has dropped since she saw me last week, and I am officially in full blown nesting mode...
Looking Forward to: This is my last week of work then I am officially on Maternity Leave! Wahoo!!

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