Tuesday, February 3, 2015

1st Trimester Recap

I have killed the rabbit, so to speak, and I do want to talk about it a little.  So here's a recap of the first trimester:

This pregnancy has started somewhat typically - married couple goes on a big vacation (the last hurrah), then a lot of silence in the following months (what have we done?!).  Even though it was sorta planned, I was still quite surprised when my expired Chinese pregnancy tests came back positive - I just assumed it would take a while. But then, looking at the number of children, and (perhaps more importantly) the number of surprise-children in my family -  I should have assumed differently.

Chinese pregnancy tests are a good deal, as you can see.  I think I got these ten for a dollar something.

Going into TMI territory for a moment - on Thanksgiving I had a crazy unexplained blood gush while playing smash brothers on our new wii u, so I ended up telling my Mom that night since I was quite shocked and convinced that it was all over.  But it stopped as soon as it started, and weeks later at my first appointment there was, in fact, still a baby in there.  Just a head and a butt, really.
But I think it's a cute butt. Of course.

Around this time I was also offered the job position I interviewed for several months ago.  I took it after disclosing that I'd probably be taking off sometime in the summer, and the new boss was very understanding. I liked what he said - "If you're the right person to hire now, you'd still be the right person to hire a year from now" (Paraphrased).  I haven't worked out all the details yet, but I'll probably plan on taking the max time off (6 months) and then head back to work.

So I started that new job this week, actually, and I didn't have to move my physical location, which is nice.  Plus, we'll need the salary raise with this new savings-sucker coming along.

We announced to our immediate families the weekend before Christmas, Sak's family via Skype and mine through embroidered santa hats my mom had made with "grandpa", "aunt", etc. written on them.  My sister thought that the cat was pregnant at first. :P  Not sure how that works since our cat is..male. :P

At Christmas we told the rest of the family - my mom had come up with clever ways to tell my grandmothers - my favorite and most creepy was a baby shoe sewing pattern she photoshopped my head onto.  My head on the mom, and my head (from a baby picture) on the baby.  It was weird.  If I get the picture from her I'll post it.

I only really threw up once, but had pretty constant nausea/reflux/heartburn throughout the day, from weeks 7 to 15.  The nausea seems to have let up (hopefully for good) the past few days, leaving just the reflux, which is a lot better.  As for Sak, he was sick too, and actually threw up twice.  I'm still not sure if he was really sick, or just anxiety sick like he was when we first started dating. :P

Our 12 week scan was amazing. Baby potsticker (it's name for now) was flipping around like a sea monkey, and waving it's arms around in protest of the ultrasound wand.  The clinic gave us lots of pictures on a CD too, which is always a bad idea when the future mother has photoshop.
pot belleh!

baby is totally saluting here.
easier to see this way yeah? Ironman baby :3

So that's where we ended of the first trimester.  We'll find out potsticker's gender later this month at the anatomy scan, and hopefully I'll get to feel it move soon?  I have grand plans and project ideas for the second trimester, but am still working on moving my craft room down to the garage to make space for baby.  It's like a tornado of craft supplies and random action figures.  So much work.

I think our nursery theme will be anime animals, like totoro and luna and pii-chan and any other mascot or cute character.  Since that'll probably end up being pretty hodge podge, I'll probably have to find a basic fabric print to tie the room together.  Or something.  I still haven't even made curtains for the house we've lived in for the past four years, so I'm not too confident in my domestic sewing skills.

Actually, it kinda weirds me out that we spent more time planning for our wedding than we have for a kid.  A kid is arguably more important, and things we mess up now could possibly affect potsticker for life! Whee! :P  I guess we'll have to do what every other new parent does and learn as we go along.  And pray.  A lot of praying.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Note from the Daycare Man


Yep..uh..don't know how it got there. *shifty eye* ;)

But it's due in July!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kabocha and Pork Belly

In my kabocha eating quest, I received this recipe from Friend E, for a Filipino dish of pork belly, green beans, and of course, Kabocha!

It's super delicious, so I do recommend it!

Ingredients:

1 lb of pork belly, cubed
1 Tbsp or so of garlic, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 large handful of Chinese string beans, cut to ~2 inch pieces
1/4 kabocha squash, cubed
1 Tbsp Filipino shrimp paste
1 cup water
It took me a while to find the super-pink shrimp paste, which Friend E insisted there is absolutely no substitute for. >.>"  I eventually found it in the fridge section of Ranch 99 though. Check your local Asian grocer!

Dice veggies.

Brown the cubed pork belly with the garlic, and a little salt or oil.
To be honest this step took me a long time because I didn't have the heat up high enough. I was scared of flying grease! And it did fly towards the end, so be careful!  Drain the excess fat, but leave enough to coat the pan.

Add in the tomato and onion next, and sautee until it resembles a beautiful mush.
Then add the kabocha and string beans.
Finally add the cup of water with the shrimp paste (there are eyeballs swimmin' around in there, lol).
Bring to a boil, cover and then let simmer until the kabocha becomes soft.

Mmm.
Serve over rice, and enjoy!

Seriously, this is some tasty stuff.  Though, it's pork belly! How can it not be delicious??

Thanks Friend E!