Second trimester = Finito

Well folks, we've made it through the second trimester.  We're officially 29 weeks (and a day, but who's counting?).  

Here are my second trimester necessities:

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The Snoogle Pillow.  I actually have a love/hate relationship with this thing.  I love it because there is about a 0.01% chance of me sleeping in the recommended position of lying on your left side without it.  It really is so much more comfortable for me to sleep using it.  The hate portion comes in to play when I want to roll over to my right side (the second recommended position for sleeping whilst pregnant).  I'm always so tangled up in the thing that I have to wake up to roll over.  Not that I wouldn't wake up soon anyway for a bathroom run...

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 A humidifier (this is not the one we have but I couldn't find a picture on my first search and that was about all of the effort I felt like putting forth).  The dry winter air wreaked havoc on my skin, but more notably, on my nose.  So, so dry.

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Related to the above, I have used more tissues since becoming pregnant than I thought possible.  No one told me about this side effect of pregnancy, but I will tell you: You blow your nose a ton.  And you get some crime-scene worthy used tissues.  Same goes for when flossing and brushing your teeth - you might end up with a crime-scene sink.  

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I'm a fan of this pregnancy book. 

 Hello, back & round ligament pain.  You were an unwelcome guest during the second trimester.  I'm not a huge fan of taking medicine, so I relied heavily on my rice heating pad.  

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But sometimes, it didn't cut it, and I had to drug up with the only pain remedy allowed during pregnancy - Tylenol (or the Meijer knock off!).

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Is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion actually preventing me from getting any stretch marks?  I don't know, but I'm going to keep rubbing it on, just to make myself feel better.  

So there you have it - second trimester necessities.  And, so you don't have to ask, here's a "welcome to the third trimester" bump picture:

Eight weeks until full term, eleven until our due date!  Now, if only there was anything in our apartment to signify that we were, indeed, going to have a child. 


Early mornings = Love.

You know it's love when your phone rings at 4:45am and your husband tells you he's almost to the hospital and realized that he doesn't have his white coat (or pager or parking pass) and is there anyway you can bring it to him, pretty please??  

Good thing I can't fall back asleep after that 4am alarm anyway, right?


Surviving another week of night float

Night float is not my favorite thing.  I don't know any med wife that enjoys it.  You see your husband in passing for maybe 10 minutes a day, all of which he is groggy and completely out of it.  All he cares about is going to bed or getting coffee.  You sleep alone every night after checking that the door is locked three times.  It's not enjoyable.  

The past week (from Monday to Monday), my husband was at the hospital/in lecture for 98 hours.  That week was made up of night float Monday night through Friday morning (6p-8a), four hours of lecture on Wednesday (1p-5p), a 27-hour weekend call shift (6a Sat - 9a Sun), and a regular shift (5a-5p) on Monday.  Oh, the joys of surgery. 

That Wednesday lecture meant that my husband planned on going into the hospital at 6pm on Tuesday for night float, sleeping in a call room after his shift was over on Wednesday morning for four hours, attending lecture, then starting his Wednesday night shift at 6pm, and finally being home Thursday morning after 8am.  

Remember how I sometimes overpack my husband's lunch cooler, because food is my love language?  Here's what he took in for his 38 hours at the hospital/school.

Asian pork & noodles, red beans & rice with asparagus, beef stew, baked oatmeal, a breakfast burrito, yogurt and granola, melon & grapes, an orange, a banana, a protein bar and some powdered caffeine.  

But when his resident heard that he had to be back at 1pm, he kindly sent my husband home at 6am after he was done rounding on Wednesday morning to sleep in a real bed.  So what came home with him? The red beans & rice with asparagus, the beef stew, the yogurt and granola, the orange, the banana and the powdered caffeine.  Ha!

In other night float news, a recent change to our bedroom decor has helped my husband sleep better during daylight hours.  Normally, I chuck blankets haphazardly over the curtain rods to make it darker in our bedroom for his daytime sleepingBut, in an effort to reduce some of the heat lost out our windows this winter, I added some simple flannel panels to our bedroom windows.

I attached them with sew-on velcro to the flannel, and sticky-back velcro to the frame, which is mildly ghetto, but it's okay.  No one sees. 

Here's the difference it makes in the brightness of our bedroom:

Yeah.  It's pretty much pitch black in there, no matter the time.  It rocks.  

So now, just one more Friday night call shift (from 6p-8a, after a regular day), and a Sunday day call shift (6a-9p) stand in the way of us being done with nights/call for THE YEAR, as there aren't any call shifts on family medicine, the next & final rotation of my husband's third year.  

Now THAT is something to anticipate!   


Atop my igloo...er, soapbox.

What we woke up to this morning:

We've been in a snow globe all day.  We have a winter weather advisory, for Pete's sake!  The snow was practically gone a few days ago (save for the snowplowing piles)...which is a day I anticipate all winter long.

Please enjoy comparing the high temperatures from this week in 2012 to the high temperatures for this week in 2013:

Monday: 75 degrees / 34 degrees (& snow)
Tuesday: 81 degrees / 27 degrees (& snow)
Wednesday: 83 degrees / 24 degrees (& snow)
Thursday: 87 degrees / 32 degrees (& snow)
Friday: 85 degrees / 36 degrees (& clouds)

Yes, least year was extreme.  I am happy that it's not that unseasonably warm, because I really missed Michigan apples last fall.  Our average high for this week in March should be 46-48 degrees, so I could go with a happy medium of say, 55 degrees.  

Is that too much to ask? 


Simple Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

When your husband is on surgery night float, working a 26 hour shift on a Saturday and you've feel like you could count the number of minutes you've seen him conscious since Monday on one hand and you're pregnant, you should probably make cookies.

But only make a dozen.  Because otherwise eating all of them will be painful.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from the recipe by Michelle Dudash

¼ cup quick oat
½ cup flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter (or butter substitute)
¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 egg white
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.   

In a food processor, pulse the oats until ground.  Add flour, baking soda & salt; pulse to mix.  Pour out onto paper towel or wax paper.
Add butter and brown sugar to food processor and blend together.  Add egg and vanilla; process until creamy.  Add flour back in and pulse until combined.  Add the chocolate chips and give it a few whirls to mix, or mix for longer to break up chocolate chips (my preference!).  

Drop with small cookie scoop onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes until golden on the bottoms.  Cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.  The ones you don't eat immediately, that is.

Makes 12 cookies.  Each cookie has 3 grams fat and 82 calories (2 WW+ points).

Note - I'm not a baker.  These are my normal chocolate chip cookies - I leave the real cookie baking to my sister or my mom-in-law.  But these were so quick & easy, required minimal clean-up and are relatively not terrible for you (they are considerably healthier than my Simply Break and Bake's 7 grams of fat and 150 calories per cookie!).  Plus, my husband was gone, so I could bake them crispy, just like cookies should be.  

Right?  Crisp cookies are the way to be...not gooey and under-baked!  Agree or disagree?

I'll be sharing these yummy cookies with these fun parties this week - come join in the fun! 


(im)patiently waiting for spring

Is it spring yet?  There's snow three out of the next five days of our forecast. 

Enter Easter decor with a blue & orange scheme.  

(I don't claim to be a decorator.  And I'm cheap.  And pretty much all of this is homemade). 

New covers for our pillows!

Easter Eggs

From last year's HobLob 90% off clearance rack.



Easter-y garland, with images from The Graphics Fairy.

Close up of the garland.

Is it too early for Easter decor?  I feel like it's not, as it's only just over 2 weeks away...but mid-March seems crazy.  And I'm not a St. Patty's day fan, so I just went ahead and skipped right over that one. 


Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends Giveaway

I am a big cereal fan - I could eat it for breakfast every day if I let myself.  And probably for dinner too, when my husband is working nights.  

Honey Bunches of Oats (the regular, boring Honey Roasted variety!) is one of my favorites.  I was recently mailed a sample of the new flavor of Honey Bunches of Oats - Tropical Blend, to try and review.  This cereal has crispy mango flavored flakes combined with real coconut shavings and coconut flavored granola clusters.  

Per serving, a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends contains:
  • 10 g Whole Grain
  • 120 Calories
  • 6g Sugar (well under my self-imposed 9g limit!)
  • 9 Essential Vitamins & Minerals including 60% Daily Value of Iron
  • 4 Wholesome Grains
  • Get the full nutritional information here

I'll be honest with my review - this cereal is not my new favorite.  It is definitely incredibly tropical tasting - I think it is a better summer cereal than a winter cereal!  The amount of flavor in the first bite surprised me, especially compared to the original flavors of Honey Bunches of Oats.  There was the trademark crunch that comes from the bunches of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal.  But there was just something about the flavor that was just too...exotic for my taste in cereal.  Perhaps my morning taste buds aren't sophisticated enough to handle so many bold flavors together early in the morning!  

While a new cereal is always great, as an added bonus, Purex, Honey Bunches of Oats, and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts are joining forces to send one lucky winner on a tropical paradise vacation to Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach!  To enter to win this tropical vacation, simply enter here!  There are some great runner-up prizes too ;)  But you can't win if you don't enter! 

Now for the SECOND fun part - Post has supplied me with a couple of coupons for you, my favorite readers, to try a box of the Tropical Blends (or any other Honey Bunches of Oats flavor!) for free!  To enter to win one of the coupons, just use the Rafflecopter below:

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This giveaway is open to folks in the United States until 12am on Sunday, March 17.  If you've won, I'll contact you via email to snail-mail you your coupon! 

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winners, Alycia & June!

Post provided a free sample of their Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends so I could review it.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own, and Post is not a sponsor of this giveaway.


On to surgery!

Internal Medicine is officially complete!  My husband enjoyed it more than anticipated, particularly the last two weeks when he was following various cardiologists.  He kind-of-sort-of loved that.  To the point that it might be an actual, real life possibility, which is both exciting and a little scary.  For those not in the medical world, the post-med school training that would require includes a three year internal medicine residency, a three year cardiology fellowship, and an additional year to be an interventional cardiologist, which my husband would definitely do if he went this route.  This also means we'd have an 8-year-old before my husband got his first real job, but we won't think or talk about that ;)  A perk of doing an internal medicine residency?  So many possible sub-specialties...meaning that if my husband changed his mind from cardiology during residency, he would have plenty of other options available.

Surgery is up next!  His first day was today, but it was all orientation/scrub sessions/gowning/gloving.  Hopefully he will actually get to do some hands-on stuff quickly. 

We're fully anticipating that this will be an intense rotation.  My husband will report to the hospital at 5am daily (this would be a great rotation for me to learn how to fall back asleep!).  There is one week of night float (four overnight shifts), two evening calls (staying until 9pm after a regular shift), two 24-ish hour calls (a Friday morning-Saturday morning and a Saturday morning to Sunday morning), and one Sunday all day call.  

Any other 3rd year wives (or those further along) with insight into this surgery rotation?  Is it as terrible horrible no good very bad awesome as we're anticipating?  Because it sounds....fun. 

You know what is actually fun?  Medical Mondays blog hop...visit some new blogs and meet some new medical friends!