Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday...

I love that our baby boy is 24 weeks and wiggling around like a little jumping bean. He's SO sweet and I haven't even met him yet. I already told James to be on the watch because I've got another {little} man who is about to steal my heart away!

Yesterday was my 24 week Dr's appointment. All is well, I drank 40 oz of water and the glucose drink before I got on the scale... mistake. So thanks to my thirst I'm showing an additional 6 lb gain putting me up to 12 lbs total... personally I'm taking two off due to water. dumb, dumb duuuumbbbb.
Anyway, Tru loved the glucose drink apparently... Dr. Partridge could barely get a HB read on him due to him flipping and flopping around. She is so sweet and truly sincere, made me all warm and fuzzy inside.
His HB was at 130 BPM and is growing like a weed!
We talked about cramps and she confirmed that I have been a "victim" of round ligament pain, but obviously not to worry it's normal and part of it. I also talked to her about when I'm on the elliptical that it feels like my uterus is pulling/tugging and she said to keep on keeping on. I'm happy about it because I burn about 280 calories in 30 minutes on the elliptical vs 100 calories in 30 minutes on the treadmill. Ight moving on...

{PS me & Easter candy have broken up... sad stuff. I think my thighs are relieved though}

I've been making smoothies lately! This could be a bad thing but it's really curbed my hunger in the AM's and since I'm making it myself I'm aware of what is "in there".
Here's my recipe... please PLEASE if you have any smoothie advice, send it my way...

note I don't measure diddly squat.
- 5-6 cubes of ice 
- a bit of 100% grapefruit juice
- a bit of 100% orange juice
- a tbs or more of Yoplait light yogurt
- a small banana
- 3-4 strawberries
 - TMI ingredient... miralax.
{oh yeah I just admitted it, I think all pregnant/troubled in this area people can appreciate this}

My dear friend Jenny Dillon brought me a Lifefactory water bottle as a "yay you're having a baby gift"
 I really, really like it, I've used it every single day since she gave it to me. I've caught James eye-balling it so I actually now leave it at work... or take it to the gym.
Yes it's glass, in a silicone sleeve... I have been so worried about dropping it.
It's inevitable, I drop stuff.
I dropped it on the concrete floor this weekend and it's fine...
I dropped it on gravel (okay it actually went flying off the roof of my car because I forgot it was up there) and it's fine...

So... I decided if it's April tough surely it's Truman tough... so I bought the little man a couple of bottles...

 My MIL is excited about them being glass as well. So these bottles are an investment but in the end it is better than plastic.

My Pioneer Woman Cookbook should be here today! This is the longest has ever taken! I ordered it two weeks ago! I now keep the Vol. 1 out on my counter top now,  I'm such an idiot for not looking at this LAST YEAR when I got it as a wedding gift.

I don't know if any of you use The Honest Company but I subscribed to it back in January for their monthly products, not their monthly diapers... I'll do that when the little man gets a bit bigger.
All of her products are Eco-friendly & bio-degradable.  So far we've used the hand soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, all purpose cleaner and dish soap and I've liked it all. A lot of it is fragrance free, but some things have a very mild smelling scent. I'm anxious to see what other mothers say about the diapers, they are chlorine free and bio-degradable as well. (Not to mention cute!)
Also right now they're still offering their free-trial on diapers and wipes!

And just an update I'm still staying strong on the NO Zulily, Totsy, Hautelook, Plum District etc etc.
My mom asked me to get on Zulily for her yesterday and get the little man some shoes... I of course obliged *squeal*

Interesting information on the lifefactory's website FAQ:

About their entire line:
  1. How is the Lifefactory Beverage Bottle different from (and better than) plastic or metal reusable bottles?
    First and foremost, it's glass, which means it's free of BPA, phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate—nothing can leach into your water or other beverage in a glass bottle. Glass is also taste-neutral; no plastic or metallic taste will affect your beverage. The patent-pending silicone sleeve adds a distinctive touch to each bottle, and makes the bottle easier to grip and helps protect it from breakage. The silicone sleeve is also non-toxic and plastic-free. Finally, the wide-mouth design makes it easy to fill (add your own ice, citrus slices, tea bags, etc.), easy to drink from, and easy to clean.

About their baby bottles:
  1. Your new baby bottles say they are “thermal shock resistant”. What does this mean?
    Lifefactory is proud to bring one of the first borosilicate glass baby bottles to the American market. Borosilicate glass is pharmaceutical-grade glass that is more expensive, purer, and higher quality than other glass baby bottles that are made with soda lime. Thermal shock resistant means the glass is stronger and can withstand extreme temperature changes (from boiling to freezing) without breaking. Soda lime bottles do not have this quality. For mothers who pump and store breast milk, our bottles can go from freezer to refrigerator to hot water for feeding all in one step.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Don't do as I act, do as I say... My Supper Mistake

Last night's dinner started out as "lets have turkey sandwiches" and it turned in to a two hour cooking ordeal.
Instead of Turkey Sandwiches we made....

And Grilled chicken basted in "Brown Sauce" a freebie sauce I got when I bought the Zac Brown Band Cookbook...
It's not bad, it's different from our norm.
So, according to the directions which I failed to follow you coat the sweet potato wedges with a type of vegetable oil, I chose safflower oil... this could be where I went wrong. Then you sprinkle them with the above links spices. We chose Cavender's, Sugar and a little bit of Salt (Cavender's is already pretty salty)
and you put them in the oven at 450 for 30 min (15 flip, 15)

As you can see my pan is 1, awesome but 2, lacks a LIP! SOOO yeah.. Safflower oil went EVERYWHERE in the oven, caught the bottom of the oven on fire after only cooking for 10 minutes. Good to know I'm useless in a crisis all I said to James was "what do we do?" and he said "turn the oven off!" So we cranked up the grill and got cozy with the ovens "self-clean" feature... it did a good job! I regret not taking a before and after picture.

So here's our still raw sweet potato wedges on the grill and skinless chicken basted in Brown Sauce...
Notice the foil on only the sweet potato fries.... with "hand made" lip! 

after 15 minutes.... "flip"
 Hindsight's 20/20 and I'm no stranger to making a mistake. We learned last night that we also should have covered the entire grill with foil because all of the heat was sort of displaced and sent to the front where the chicken was... it was considerably hotter than where the wedges were... thus making the chicken pretty crispy! Also it's best that you keep oil on the foil throughout the cooking because, well, they burn... but we actually enjoyed the burned ones too. Just not the ones burnt to to a total crisp... Hank the dog got to enjoy those!
It's a little worse for the wear but here's our el finito dinner
So with a house full of smoke (luckily it didn't stink thanks to it being Safflower Oil) we stayed outside until the sun went down looking at other cookbooks I have and dreaming up future dinners.
Ahhh to be newly weds and so, so ignorant on food... Poor James.

Hank just before the "smoke scene"
I hope you all try these sweet potato wedges and don't make the same mistakes I made... they really were good! And we got a good laugh out of it all.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review! {the happenings @ Casa de Jech}

James and I made this last night...
Got all the products for under $20 (the oxy clean is optional... Would have been cheaper if I'd have omitted that)
James seemed to enjoy himself too... Something about reasonably priced items in the home that are safe & gentle made him smile, but mostly the $$$ aspect I'm sure :)

{thank you to Ashley <3 for sharing this with me}

We had a huge weekend last weekend considering we had very little planned.
Friday night we had a long overdue dinner party with The Keeners & Dillons!
They drank beer, I watched :-/ Well, Lindsey joined me in the spectating.
We cooked Bistro Steak, seriously go get this if you've never tried it. It's 1/4 the price of a filet minon and just as tender... Not to mention twice as big. We also grilled shish kabobs & asparagus w/ EVOO & garlic
Jenny brought over this amazing artichoke "dip" bread.
And Lindsey made this kill me good dip and s'mores dessert.
The girls said they got their recipes from pintrest... My response "I never pintrest it's to cluttered on my phone, it's annoying & overwhelming" I still stand by this, but on my iPad at the actual website it's as good as being on the laptop! Now I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!

Here's Jenny's arti-bread

I'll update if I find Lindsey's s'mores dessert & crack dip. :) in the mean time check out her board, she's got tons of good recipes!

Saturday night we went out with the Anderson family for Nanny Anderson's birthday!
I know I'm getting old when I complain about everything being too expensive on the menu. I know costs have gone up as we have a restaurant here at the store, but man!

Sunday was wonderful I had a much needed girls day with my dear friends Megan Colby & Kenzie! We should have taken a pic. It's been almost a year since the five of us were all together, unfortunately Tabitha had a wedding to attend that weekend in the Boro, so just Colby & I got to see her Thursday for some sushi. Mmmmm.
Since this picture was taken:
Tabitha is in sales where she travels all over but luckily a bit of her business is near NWA so we get to see her when it works out. Megan has moved to Conway, attending UCA to become a teacher. Colby is engaged & we're eagrly awaiting their wedding! Makenzie and I are both expecting our first children, our due dates are 14 days apart!
We had a great time visiting & shopping.

Which brings me to my next review or my newest epiphany...
Plum District, Totsy & Zulily are the devil! I've found myself buying things for Truman a few times a week, on every site! So I had a heart-to-head conversation with myself and I've decided to delete all of these emails without looking at them. Between these sites, amazon and etsy I've got to quit it. Luckily most of my "must buy" things have already been bought. All that's left is a breast pump if anyone really wanted to know that tid-bit.
And of course whatever is left on my registry that I really need.
Speaking of: check out Truman's registry!
Target: search James or April Jech- Target Registry
JC Penny: his bedding is online only :-/ -JCP Registry

Lastly, it's been four weeks since I took a belly pic. Please forgive the no makeup-ness. I was in a bit of a hurry!

Happy 23 weeks baby Truman!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What I'm Loving... Thursday

Whoops, I'm a day late and a dollar short. What else is new?
Moving on!

I love that we received Quentin's crib a couple weekends ago and got some new screws from the manufacture! We/I put it together this weekend and I made James "tighten it up" because that's mans-work and my fingers hurt...  I think it looks good, I pray oh LORD how I pray we use this crib instead of "the family bed". We already have a 60 LB hairy, pushy, log that sleeps with us AKA Hank. I don't think I can stand all four members of our family in a queen size.
Side note: I think this will transform from a crib to a toddler bed pretty easily!

 The nursery is a long way from completion so forgive the "bareness"

I love that Truman's "big boy" car seat came in. I know, I know I jumped the gun. BUT
This car seat will start out in James' truck. It is legit to carry a 5-70 Lb child. James didn't want to mess with the whole "infant carrier" business. So while momma is using the infant carrier car seat daddy will have momma's Britax car seat. When T-man gets big enough this car seat will go back in my car and James will have a different one. OR the person who hauls Truman the most will get the best car seat. This was a pretty big purchase, it stung to say the least but I feel that the peace of mind outweighs the big purchase.
Bonus: I got it for $125.00 off the normal price. Thanks Amazon!
Isn't it pretty though?
I love that this time next week we will have Truman's Changing table/dresser! I think it will match the crib easily. James says I won't use the changing tabletop, I'm really hoping to prove him wrong. I've heard that having a set place to do a majority of the diaper changing can really help cut down on germs & what-not.

I love my thank you post cards!!! Yes I know this is a big "jumping the gun" but It serves duel purpose. This is an 8X10 that will also hang in Truman's room!

Lastly, take a look at the Lenslight App for iPhone/iPad It's really neat!
Oh and play me on draw something! my username is Apezula

Monday, March 12, 2012

Projects for Truman

I've been on my mom and dad to come up with their grandparent names. I know some people say the baby chooses the name, others the other way around. Honestly from what I've seen it's probably best that I choose the name... hehe.
When my folks finally come up with their names I'm going to make a who's-who book for Truman.
It's going to look something like this...
Pictures by Miles Witt Boyer 





Grump  <-- yes this will be his name.
Cousins Quentin & Carlie

Uncle Morgan & Uncle Charlie

Aunt Mollie & Aunt Ashley
Cousin Colby
And so on :-D

Another project is Operation Bassinet.
The bassinet I'm using was "mine" when I was little, my brother and cousins Tara & Paige used it as well.
The fabric is in dire need of a facelift,  yet I want to keep a nostalgic feel to it. Since the bassinet is so old, the fitted sheets and such should be made, it's not longer "standard size".
So here's what we got at the fabric store this weekend! The seamstress is coming by today to pick it all up and put my plan into action.
45X45 T-shirt like receiving blanket. I don't know why, but I'm SO excited about this puppy fabric.

45X45 Receiving blanket for the bassinet.

Fabric for the fitted sheet for the mattress in the bassinet.
 We're going to take the "olive/polka dot" fabric and use it for the bumpers as well in the bassinet.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I love that Rhea Lana's was this weekend! Mom and I went Saturday afternoon and loaded up!
We got 52 pieces of boy clothing from 3-18 months. I also bought a boppy, boppy cover, Eddie Bauer Stroller, and one of those handy dandy vibrating chairs.
This is a pic of just his Rhea Lana clothes!

I love that the House Speciality Interiors still had this picture in stock. I saw it in mid December, before we told anyone we were expecting. I considered buying it but I thought I should wait. So I stopped in there the other day and bought it. It makes me cry. Like I can't look at it a lot...
But I love it.

I love that finally a great outdoor photographer got a great shot of our Leuistic hawk, "Lola". She's been on the property for over a year now and is VERY skiddish. Something tells me she's been shot at before, and not with a camera.
According to the AGFC this is the only known leuistic hawk mated up with a traditional red-tail hawk. Since we moved we don't get to see her every day, but our old neighbor Shane says she's currently on a massive nest. If only I could win the lottery, a bad-a outdoor camera/lens would be one of my purchases.
Here's my attempt last year with my camera... Go ahead and laugh, it's ok... I did.
Yeah... Great job Mr. Favors!!

Lastly, mom got this boo-bunnie ice pack for Truman and just gave it to me. I don't know why things like this make me talk in my momma-talks-to-baby voice but they do...
"Oh dis is oh so sweet!"

Also, hooray I'm five months pregnant, 21 weeks! And James got to feel Truman kick for the first time last night.
I love these men in my life. :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Marinade In It...

After days weeks months of talking baby names with James we've finally come to a great name.
It's a little unique, but we think it's SO fitting.
I've not slept exactly "sound" since we found out it's as boy. I have so many things on my mind and I love him so much already. James and I LIGHTLY talked baby names before we knew the sex. We'd settled on two girls names and three boys names. We're both very picky, and we both had criteria. Since we found out it's a boy we've talked names pretty thoroughly every night and at the end of each night we keep coming to an agreement on the same name, sounds like a match to me!

I know you're just dying to know the criteria.

- The name must be a two-syllable first name with the exception of Paul, James' paternal grandpa's name.
     < reason being our last name is Jech (like Tech) it's short, and sweet. We didn't want anything "choppy"

- The name must be easy to spell and lack spelling variations. AKA it is what it is.
     < in the beginning for a girl, I had my heart set on Kaylin after my late grandmother Myrna Kay and my late friend Tamara Lynn, I love it still, but we already have to spell and pronounce Jech to everyone anytime we have to say our last name. I would be doing a child a disservice by him/her constantly having to say something to the effect of "my name is Kaylin Jech, yes with a K not a C and a Y not an E at the end of Kay and an I not a Y in lin and it's not 'Yeck' and it's with an H not a K" I mean seriously, she'd end of going by Kay Jech and we're back to criteria one... too choppy.
     < as a general, caring human being I hate misspelling people's names I feel like I'm insulting them. I know they get used to it but I do feel for them.

- The name cannot be super popular or trendy
     < I don't think I even need to explain.

- The name needs to fit us
     < We're pretty laid back people... well, James more so then myself but I try. The name needed to be southern, comfortable, laid back, classic, practical, unique but not wacky.

- The name needed to pass the yell test, common phrases test, Christmas card test and transition test.
     oh I know you're on the edge of your seat wanting to know what THESE are!
     < The Common Phrases Test: Come on April let's go! James are you ready for school? etc.
     < The Christmas Card Test: "Merry Christmas from James, April _____ & Hank Jech"
     < The Transition Test: Infant: "awe James is such a cute baby" Child: "April is doing well in school" Teen: " My daughter April plays basketball" College: "James lives in my dorm" or "Heck yes I went to April's party last night" lastly Adult: "Hello 'future boss' my name is April Jech It's nice to meet you" or " oh are you talking about president James Jech? Yeah he's rad" stuff like that.... The name needed to be a good baby, child and adults name.
- The name must be sex specific.
     < This came highly recommended from my brother, Morgan who "hates" his name because it's also a girl name. I.E. "Hello can I please speak to Miss. Morgan Anderson? Is she there?" In Morgan's defense his name traditionally was a boys name until the girlie girls got a hold of it. I like his name regardless.

- The name must have family ties
     < We really wanted to incorporate one of both sides of our families Since on this baby we're using just James side perhaps the next we'll pick a name from my side. If they play their cards right... jk

And Lastly

- The name can't bring up negative feelings (for James and I) or have a preceding bad impression
     < I.E. Eh, I knew a guy/girl with that name and s/he was a real _______.

With all that I've got to say this....
This little boy is going to be the perfect combination of these two crazies: He's gonna look like us and hopefully act more like his dad than his mother. If we're lucky.

So without further adieu 
Baby Jech's name is....
that's right! "July Truman Paul Jech 2012" ;)

Truman Paul Jech!
Some folks love it the instant they hear it
Other give me a weird look and ask "Truman?" but later after they MARINADE in it, and it grows on them.
Others may or may not like it but they say something to the effect of "He's your baby, you name him whatever you want!" And if you don't like it at all, please keep it to yourself ;-)

We already have little cutie nicknames forming: Tru, Tman and mommies gangster side, Tpain ;-)