Friday, December 23, 2011

34-35 Weeks

Just a quick post with a few updates. Life was a little crazy wrapping up the semester and getting into Advent, so we missed the 33 week picture...but here's one from 34 and 35 weeks.

During my birthday weekend (34 weeks) two of my college roommates and very bestest friends came and we had a great time! Jess brought her husband Josh so he and Jon got to hang out while we had some great girl time to relax on Saturday. We lazed around the house Saturday morning watching movies and baked a cake. In the afternoon we went out for pedicures-it was seriously the best pedicure ever! and met some of Jess's other friends in Lincoln for coffee.
Ready to go out to eat!

We came home and iced the cake, then got ready for an amazing dinner at Fireworks in Lincoln, a delicious restaurant where everything's cooked on a wood fire grill. This is why in the cake pictures I'm in my pajamas-when we got home elastic-waisted pants were definitely on the docket for everyone!
The BEAUTIFUL cake we made :) it was chocolate with mocha buttercream!

Blowing out the candles

It was so fun to celebrate my birthday with Jon AND friends-it's usually just the two of us, which is great! but it was fun to have a few things to do with friends, take time to relax, and celebrate with a group.
I must say, it was a little surreal thinking about this as my last birthday pre-mom. But 28 was great!

We had our 34 week appointment on Wednesday, which is actually when I was 35 weeks. During the ultrasound our doctor said he looks to be about 5 pounds or a little bigger. She pointed out some fuzziness around his head that is most likely hair. And, I'm dilated 2 cm...our doctor is pretty confident we won't make it the full 40 weeks. Which, on the one hand, is super exciting-we can't wait to meet him! On the other hand, it made us realize how much we have left to do! I'm waiting until after Christmas to do a few things, and the big stuff's pretty much ready to go...but it was definitely a reality check!

In the meantime, we're just trying to enjoy our time together during the holidays and our last Christmas before our family grows. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This is where the baby lives

Or, this is where the baby will live, once he's a) out here in the world and b) ready to sleep in his own room :)

My amazing mom made our nursery bedding, curtains, etc. It was super fun picking out the fabric-though I have to be honest and tell you it took us awhile for Jon and I to agree on fabric :) the first time we went to the fabric store, we started in the baby section, and I'm just not a big fan of pastels and stuff that says baby all over it. Jon preferred a lot of that stuff, because you know, it's a baby...but I felt like I didn't need fabric to tell me there was a baby around our house :) I feel like I did some convincing to get Jon on board with this fabric, but from the beginning we both really liked argyle as a pattern, so I think he's happy with it! But overall, I wanted more bold colors and fun patterns, and I think we achieved that! We've also gotten some really awesome custom gifts which I have yet to take pictures of but it's just so fun that everything goes together without paying a ton for it!

First, an overall shot:
This is standing in the doorway looking in. The only thing you can't see in this picture is the dresser far off to the left and the bookshelf which I'm standing beside.

Now, some detail shots. First, the crib:
We love love love this crib! and, it's convertible, so it will transform (I'll probably make Jon make transformer noises while he's putting it together) into a toddler bed and then a full size bed. The kid better like it, cause it's sticking with him for life! My mom made the crib skirt, crib sheet (there are also a couple of solid colors that match), and the pillows:
pillow 1
pillow 2
I totally stole the idea for these pillows from my friend Leanne's blog-so thanks for that :) And no, they won't be in the crib with the baby...they'll be like floor pillows or maybe one will go on the rocker (when it gets here in January-wheeee!!).

This is our main shelf, we will get some tubs and things for the toys. But look at that totally cute lampshade my mom made!! You can also see some of the curtains. Here's a close-up of the detail:
curtain detail
The buttons match the polkadots, which you can't really see in this picture. There are also tiebacks coming made out of the striped fabric.

Here's the dresser (amidst a pile of stuff we still have to put away, from the very generous shower thrown by Jon's youth and church!):

And, just because I love it so much, one more shot of the crib:

crib 2

So there you have it! All the big pieces are in place...for my birthday/Christmas Jon got me the rocker/glider I have been dreaming of, and it should be delivered mid-January, hopefully before the baby comes! I've been doing lots of laundry to be able to put clothes away, and over the next few weeks we'll get a few more decorations up. After we sort through/put away the rest of the shower stuff, that room will be ready to go! It's been so much fun putting it all together, and I'm so grateful for my mom's great sewing skills to make it all happen!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The long lost update

It's been so long, I can't even tell you what weeks these pictures are from. I can tell you they're in order...not that it's all that helpful. I'm disappointed I didn't do better keeping up with the updates, not just for my few loyal readers but for myself!! A few of these I do know-I'll label those :)
25 weeks
Week 25
These next two are from our first baby shower, put together by my friends Liz and Carla-yes, I know that's deserving of a whole other post...maybe I'll get there :)
26 weeks
26 weeks- this is with my mom and her sisters, who were all able to attend the shower! Sorry Linda, this isn't a great picture of you...

baby shower
These are the Baileys who were at the shower-Jon's grandma Donna, my sister in law Angela, and my mother in law Nancy! It was so great to have them there!
Can't tell you what week this is...can tell you I was on the phone with my mom :) I want to say this is week 28? I vaguely remember wearing this outfit for a meeting I was at that night...
And, I think this is week 30. Either way, this is around the time that everyone in the office started saying I was noticeably bigger-and I think that's totally true.
32 weeks
And, this is 32 weeks. I'm 33 weeks tomorrow, so this is a pretty accurate depiction of how I feel-which is huge. My face has really filled out-yuck :)

I'm still feeling decent, all things considered...more uncomfortable than comfortable, but I wouldn't say I'm sick of being pregnant or anything like that-aside from being anxious to meet our baby, I'm still grateful for the time we have left to continue preparations! My biggest "symptoms" now are swollen feet, especially if I'm on them too much, and pretty horrible sleeping patterns (getting up at least twice a night to use the bathroom, and general discomfort sleeping on my sides or being too hot). I'm working on a post to show you all the great nursery that's coming together so that'll be up next!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

An Apple a Day...

The first Saturday in October Jon and I headed over to Nebraska City to check out all the fall fun. We spent the morning at Arbor Day Farm exploring their trails (although enjoyable, definitely kid-oriented) and picking our own apples. We then headed into town for lunch, and spent some time window shopping in all their antique shops. It was a fun fall getaway, and a great way to spend a Saturday together! On the way home we picked up a pumpkin so Jon could make his favorite fall treat-roasted pumpkin seeds-and I roasted the pumpkin with the delicious result of spicy pumpkin soup that we enjoyed later in the week.

Having fun along the trail...

ready to pick some apples!

sometimes you have to reach up high to get the best apples...


We had to test a few along the way. They were delicious :)

Love this picture!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weeks 21-24

Minus week 22, because we forgot to take a picture :(

21 weeks
This was taken the same night as the reveal party...since Carla knew before the rest of us what we were having she brought us a little bag of newborn boy stuff from Evan, so that's a blue and white striped onesie sitting on my belly :) Not sure why I grabbed the baseball-we aren't too crazy about gender-specific stereotypes, but baseball is one of the things my dad loves, and if I had to choose a favorite sport, it'd be that one!

23 weeks
Another long day but definitely getting bigger :)

24 weeks
Jon had a little fun with this photo shoot :)

Things are getting really fun in pregnancy, because it's pretty obvious that I'm pregnant :) I'm getting lots of "I know I shouldn't ask this, but are you expecting?" questions. The little guy is moving around a ton...I always feel movement in the mornings right when I wake up, and almost always in the evenings, either after dinner or as we are going to bed. He's working on sleep cycles in the womb right now, sleeping about 12-14 hours at a time, and there's definitely a more distinguished pattern to the movement! Since the movement is more increased, Jon gets to feel time in bed he was laying with his head on my belly and got kicked in the ear :)

We're working on nursery colors and names now that we know what we are having. And no, we aren't sharing names until the baby's born, sorry everybody! I can tell you that the middle name is definite (I thought of it-and it is SO PERFECT!-the night we found out we were having a boy) and we're still deciding between two names for the first name.

Overall I'm still feeling pretty great, even on the days when I don't sleep well the night before I still seem to have this unexplained energy source, I can only hope that keeps up since our semester isn't quite halfway over! And, it's CRAZY to think about...but we're only a few weeks away from starting the third trimester! I'm beginning to feel what I'm sure will be more discomfort during that time-lots of back pain, difficulty getting comfortable while I sleep, and needing to get up and stretch lots when I have to sit for longer periods of time. Oh yeah, and less and less room in my belly, especially when I try to eat something resembling a full meal :)

It's a...

In case you're entirely disconnected from me in any other way (facebook, email, or the good ol' telephone) then I guess this is news to you...It's a boy! Sorry I've taken so long to put this up, but here's some fun pictures and an update about our reveal party from a few weeks back.

First, the logistics: I guess the reveal party was my idea, but Jon went along with it :) I thought it would be a little more fun to be able to share the news alongside our parents and the friends that could gather, rather than finding out at our appointment and then calling/texting everyone with the results. It definitely built up the anticipation, too!

When we decided to do this, I talked with my friend Carla who bakes some awesome cakes to see if she would be willing to bake us a cake so that we could find out what we're having when we cut into the cake (the color of the frosting on the inside would tell us if we were having a boy or a girl...we were praying it wouldn't be purple or orange, or something like that!). She did an AMAZING job with the cake:

cake uncut
In case you can't read it, it says "What will baby Bailey bee?" And, my friend Liz brought Mounds and Almond Joy...because sometimes your kids have nuts, and sometimes they don't :)

We had the gathering at my parent's house, and Jon's parents were able to be there, too, along with some of our Des Moines-area friends Dan and Rebecca (newlyweds!), Liz and Eric, Carla, Eric, and Evan, and some good neighbor friends I've known Forever-Libbey and Emily. We also skyped my sister in since she's hanging out in Brussels all year. We enjoyed some dinner, talked and hung out/caught up on life a bit, and then it was time for the big reveal...

(I upped the saturation A LOT so it was a little more obvious what's on the inside, our camera colors were a little out of whack that night!)


We were both shocked! For whatever reason, we'd both really been thinking girl, so when we pulled out the piece of cake with blue frosting, it really took us both by surprise! Someone else has some really fun pictures of me cutting into the cake, and there's a video of Jon's wonderfully shocked face when we found out-but uploading has not been our friend with that one!

It was so fun to be able to share this moment with everyone who was there. Here's some more pictures from the night:

jon and dennis
Jon and his dad, anxiously awaiting the results (and Chip gettin' some lovin...)

one of the cuties my little boy gets to grow up with and call "friend"

mom and nancy
My mom and Nancy-Binnie obviously has something REALLY EXCITING to say :)

So again, this picture would be way cooler if the color on our camera had been behaving (ok, really it's just us still learning how to use it...) but maybe someday I can get in there with Photoshop and make that frosting more brilliant!'s our happily ever after picture :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weeks 17-20

I have absolutely loved the last month of pregnancy. While I know my first trimester could have been much worse (I'm grateful that I had very few symptoms other than insomnia and a general "bleh" feeling much of the time), I totally feel more normal now. More energy (much needed now that school has started) and I'm really trying to rock the pregnancy belly which is way more apparent!

Dad and daughters
[16 weeks] This was an amazing weekend we got to spend in Des Moines going to the Iowa State Fair, I got to hang out with Liz and Carla and their boys one morning, we got to celebrate Dan and Rebecca's wedding once more, and we said "bon voyage" to my sister as she headed off to Brussels for the next 9 months. Here's my dad and his two daughters in my parents' fabulous back yard.

17 weeks
Around week 16 I was starting to feel some movement, and it definitely became more prominent as I noticed it more and more-but still not every day or on a regular basis. This picture is after the big dinner our campus hosts for all faculty and staff at the end of Opening Week-the start of the new school year! Thanks to Carla for letting me borrow this dress, along with many of the clothes you will see on me-mixed in with some of Liz's maternity wardrobe as well :)

18 weeks
This was a fun week. Jon felt a baby kick/punch/fist bump (who knows what's actually going on in there?) for the first time-and it's still the first one he's ever felt. Every time I feel action and tell him to put his hand on my belly, all movements cease :) We also got to celebrate Evan's 1st birthday and spend some good time with friends at his party! This picture was taken at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln-a beautiful, free, outdoor garden that is just breathtaking! Another thing we love about living in Lincoln.

19 Weeks
Sorry about the creepy close up (blame the photographer I guess...just kidding! Love you Jon!). Also, I'm obviously tired-Wednesdays are LONG days for me. Nothing in particular sticks out about this week-just getting into the swing of things with fall schedules.

20 weeks
20 weeks! I can't believe we're halfway there (I know, everyone says this...) but seriously! It seems like so long ago we found out that we're pregnant, but at the same time I feel like I've just blinked and the weeks flew by. This was a hard week in our lives-as you can probably tell by the even MORE tired look on my face. This picture was taken at the end of a long day-I led a memorial service on campus for a student who died in a car accident two weeks prior. We also found out this week that a college friend's dad had passed away, a good clergy friend's dad had fallen off a roof and was in a medical coma with brain bleeding and many fractures, and a dear family friend from home lost a battle with cancer.
But it was also a momentous week in our pregnancy-the reminder of life in the midst of death and suffering was so overwhelming as I was able to see my belly move with baby kicks (Jon, of course, still hasn't seen it yet...same situation as when he tries to feel the kicks!). While my heart has been so heavy for friends and family suffering this week, to have the ability to look down and see and feel the life growing inside me is such a poignant reminder of what a gift life is, and how grateful I am to be experiencing this part of the circle of life right now. More on that later...

We have a very exciting week ahead-our 20 week appointment is tomorrow, and while the sex of our baby will be revealed, it won't be revealed to us! Our friend Carla is baking a cake for a reveal party at my parent's house on Friday, so we have to wait ALL WEEK to find out what we're having when we cut into the cake! Place your bets now-boy or girl?? Jon and I both think girl-though I've been thinking boy a lot more lately, too! So stay tuned...a post about the party will be posted soon :)

Love, love, love to you all!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The past 16 weeks

The past 16 weeks I've been really busy. I finished my first year at my full-time ministry placement in campus ministry, and Jon and I did some fun traveling over the summer-Chicago, Colorado, Reno, and Texas! We moved to a new house, so I don't commute anymore *yippie!*.

Oh, yeah, I guess the last 16 weeks have also been busy with the small detail of growing another human being. NBD.

Ok, maybe a bit of a big deal! We are ECSTATIC to be expecting Baby Bailey, due January 25th!

Here's some shots to catch you up on our growing family over the last few months!

9 weeks
Our first belly shot-not really a belly but we thought it would be fun to remember where we were when...for our 5th anniversary Jon surprised me with a long weekend trip near Denver, CO-which included my first visit to Red Rocks park-BEAUTIFUL!

10 weeks
A little more belly...could also be in part from the huge amounts of fake sushi I ate for dinner before this picture was taken :) Also, don't mind the whatever is happening on my chin...there was a spot on the lens of our camera :)

12 weeks
Oops, missed week 11. Don't worry, you didn't miss much. This was a fun week-got to officiate at the wedding of some great friends in Reno!

13 weeks
Hello belly! Probably mostly due to the insane amounts of great food we ate with our friends in Texas (I think this picture was taken on rib night, even...that would explain a lot!)

14-15 weeks
Yes, I look like crap in this was taken after a long day. And, I can't remember when this picture was taken...but I can tell you it was sometime in weeks 14-15 :)

16 weeks
Bam! 16 weeks. Definite belly.

So far, things have gone very smoothly! I don't want to say I had an easy first trimester, because nothing about pregnancy is easy-but let's just say I know it could have been much worse. We will find out what we're having in September, so stay tuned for that, and more updates to come!
I have started to feel some movement (I am 18 weeks tomorrow) and am looking forward to the days when the movements are more pronounced, and definitely when Jon can start to feel them from the outside! We have yet to agree on an in-utero name-Jon calls him/her Sunshine (cause he used to sing me the "You Are My Sunshine" song, and plans on singing it to our child as well!) and I've taken to calling him/her Pipsqueak or Pip. I think we're both just bull-headed enough not to give up on the name we came up with, and compromise on the other-so we'll see how that develops!

Until the next update...much love to you all!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tiramisu Cupcakes

I am hoping to post more of my favorite recipes on this blog, another goal to add to the "why I should blog more" pile...but really, recipes are so easy to share and I love hearing what other people enjoy and then trying it out for myself! I think it's only appropriate that the first recipe I share is for my one true love (in the food world, at least!)-cupcakes.


So, here is my recipe for Tiramisu cupcakes, created by the musical director of "Annie Get Your Gun" which was performed last spring in the community theater in Beatrice-I played in the pit orchestra and got paid in yummy wares. I use a different vanilla cake recipe than she did, but you could use whatever white cake or vanilla cake recipe you prefer.

I have discovered that the recipe for vanilla cupcakes from the famous Magnolia Bakery in NYC is one of the tastiest around-however, they can be a little dry, which makes them perfect for this recipe. Check out the link for their vanilla buttercream recipe, as well.

1 ½ cups self-rising flour; 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Liquid Coffee Mixture:
1/3 c + 1Tablespoon Strong brewed coffee
1 oz Kahlua
¼ c sugar (*note-this all mixes together better if the coffee is still warm)

Marscapone Frosting
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz marscapone cheese
½ c powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons Kahlua

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two (capacity 12) muffin tins with liners. In a small bowl, combine flours; set aside. With electric mixer (yeah KitchenAid!) cream butter until smooth. Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Spoon batter into liners, filling 3/4 full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until tester comes out clean (tops will be golden yellow). Let cool 10-15 minutes.

While the cupcakes are still in the pans, use a fork to poke holes in each cupcake.


Spoon or brush coffee mixture liberally onto each cupcake (I have found that using a pastry brush first works well, and then pouring the remaining mixture on really soaks into the cupcake better than just brushing alone).


Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In separate bowl, blend together mascarpone, powdered sugar, and Kahlua. Fold this into the whipped cream. Pipe on to cupcakes and top with sprinkling of cocoa, chocolate shavings, a chocolate covered coffee bean-whatever you like!


Did I mention these are really fun to make with friends?


And, just for fun, the other version of cupcakes we made that weekend...chocolate cake with mocha buttercream...they were DELICIOUSLY amazing.


Happy baking, my friends!