New addition to Brooke's room...

Paintings by our wonderful friend Beth! Brooke's room is SLOWLY :-) coming together and when Beth offered to make some canvas paintings for us we couldn't resist.



I've been following a food blog for a while now {Picky Palate} and I made these last night...SO YUMMY!!!

Honeyed Banana Berry Cake Cookies….4 Ingredients!
1 box yellow cake mix
4 large bananas, mashed (about 2 1/2 Cups)
3/4 Cup dried blueberries
4 Tablespoons creamed honey or 2 Tablespoons normal honey
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place all ingredients into stand mixer and beat until just combined.  Will seem sticky, no worries.  Use a cookie scoop and scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 11-15 minutes or until cooked through.  Let cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Original post: http://picky-palate.com/2010/08/19/honeyed-banana-berry-cake-cookies-4-ingredients/


36 weeks...so close!

We are now 36 weeks...this pregnancy has flown by! I thought with bed rest everything would slow down but it seems to be going even faster! We are just a few days away from being able to deliver at the birth center...you must be exactly 37 weeks to do so...we keep telling her to hang on but not for too long :-). I would like plenty of time with her with what's left of my maternity leave so 38/39 weeks would be OK! We'll see, though, they come when they are ready. This week brings an even bigger belly :-), a very very sore lower back (probably from all the lying around HAHA), a little baby head pushing in places it really shouldn't, and a very anxious mommy and daddy who can't wait to meet their little girl! At our midwife appt today she listened to Brooke's heart, bowels, and umbilical cord with the doppler...she said everything sounds great! My belly measured 35 cm and I was able to gain the 1 lb they wanted me too, LOL!
We have the 3D/4D pics of her sweet little face but I still have a hard time actually picturing what she will look like and what it will be like to actually hold her. We have finished getting all the little things we need to bring her home...surprisingly babies don't really need that much, LOL, and I think most of it ends up being for mommy and daddy ;-)! So many wonderful friends have let us borrow what we need though and it has helped more than they will ever know! Our good friend's Dave & Beth bought us her bouncer and Beth is now painting canvases to go above her crib...Beth is an amazing artist/designer and we can't wait to see how they turn out! Next weekend we are finally going to be able to go to Phoenix to see family and friends who we have missed SO much...while we are LOVING our new place it will be nice to get out for a while! I'll leave you with my usual pictures...

You can barely see it on the front belly shot but a bug bit my belly this week...how rude, LOL!

Brooke's Heartbeat

We accidentally recorded it as a voice note instead of a video so I had to add pictures so we could upload it :-).


Horrible Blogger :-(

SO I have been a horrible blogger since 25 weeks, LOL! I am going to try and make up for it all in one post...this could be long!

26 weeks

27 weeks
28 weeks
29 weeks
30 weeks
31 weeks
32 weeks...went into pre-term labor and spent a week on hospital bed rest :-(...I am on maternity leave from this point on.
We also moved into our new place this week...thank you SO much to all of our wonderful friends and family that helped while I was in the hospital!
33 weeks

34 weeks
35 weeks
We are getting so close to meeting our little girl and couldn't be more excited!