Monday, April 23, 2012

Asian Glazed Pork Chops

Here we are. Hubs is gone again. He was home for a brief visit, which was fantastic, but now he's back to work for probably another month. Boooo. But, this is what I signed up for, right?

The worst thing about hubs being gone is the fact that I have to make up for the yard work. Which I believe I've mentioned here before...I hate. Although, I'm starting to get better at the whole mowing the lawn thing. And luckily, we have a riding mower, so there's not too much physical exertion for this preggo. The weedwhacking is a little worse and weeding worse still. But who else is going to do it?

Now that my appetite is starting to come back bit by bit, I've started cooking for one again. Tonight I whipped up two little Asian Glazed Pork Chops. Curious? 

Asian Glazed Pork Chops

2 bone in pork chops
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Warm oil in skillet. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and sear in pan. About 5-6 minutes per side depending on thickness. Mix the remainder of the ingredients and add to the pan. Reduce for 2-3 minutes. Serve pork chops with extra sauce. 

You all are lucky this recipe didn't involve pickles...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pregnancy Diet

Thanks, everyone for the nice comments! We're very excited, that's for sure. This baby will definitely change everything about our lives.

I've learned so far that pregnancy is the best weight loss program ever. What? You didn't know? Yep, that's right. I'm one of the lucky ones that's experienced all kinds of nausea and food aversions. I'm down 12 pounds, in fact. BUT I'm sure it's going to start packing on now. The last few days it seems like my appetite has returned to normal. Not a whole lot has made me gag.

The last few weeks though? Meat, vegetables (especially green leafy ones), frozen meals, fruit...all of it made me want to puke. The mere smell of it had me running to the restroom. I was living off applesauce, yogurt, string cheese, pasta and rice.

Meat made it's way back in the last week or so. And vegetables have also made an appearance. I'm still a little hesitant when it comes to broccoli. Something about the texture has me grossed out. And I normally love broccoli. What do I want instead? All the sour gummy candy in the state of Maryland.

I guess the good thing about hubs being gone during the first trimester is that I didn't have to cook anything that would have made me gag. When he was home this weekend, he got to see me run back and forth to the bathroom when my lunch made its reappearance.

11 weeks down...29 weeks to go!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Game Changer

Hi friends! I know it's been a little while. I took a little hiatus. Things around here got kind of nuts, what with hubs gone and all. And, well, it's been hard to blog about life, when my life has been changing. 

You see, on February 21, we found out that we're expecting a baby!!!

Yep, you heard right. Our little baby is set to make his/her appearance November 1, 2012. What a HARD secret to keep. We just broke the news recently to coworkers and friends. My family knew right away, and so did close friends. Let's be honest, when I refused my usual glass of wine, they knew something was up. 

To say this pregnancy has had it's ups and downs is an understatement. Hubs has been gone for most of it, meaning he's missed out on my daily upchucking, dry heaving, nausea and overall lack of energy. Lucky him, right? Plus, hormones are NO JOKE. One minute I'm happy face, the next minute, I'm weeping to one of the dogs. My anxiety is in full swing. But I'm learning to deal with it. 

Plus, daycare is HARD to find and it has stressed me to the max. I assumed the one down the street that was convenient and I liked would have room for my baby. Wrong. So wrong. Most home daycares in the area have no room until 2014. Or they're SUPER expensive. After weeks and weeks of searching, I finally found one that I love. It's a little out of the way, but hey, can't have everything. 

You might think I started early, but with home daycares only taking 2 children under 2, infant spots in quality care settings are hard to find. I wrapped that shiznit up this afternoon, signed the contract, reserved my spot. Booyah. Planning at its finest. 

So, now? I'm nearly 11 weeks pregnant. Down 12 pounds due to my nasty food aversions and nausea. Meat and I only recently became friends again. But hey, at least I'm starting down weight, right? I can only assume it'll pack on soon. Especially after that bag of sour gummy candy I ate this weekend.

Am I excited? Of course. Scared? Yep. Afraid we'll have no money anymore because, damn, kids are expensive? Yep. But it'll all be worth it. Mommy is a role I've wanted to play for a very, very long time.