Pregnancy

Baby Zottola is a…

Jimmy and I had our anatomy scan on May 1st, when we hit the 20 week mark and it was just amazing and such a blessing to see our baby again. What was even more of a blessing, was finding out that baby is growing and healthy!

20 week anatomy scan ultrasound to find out gender

The anatomy scan went well, and was longer than we expected because baby was moving and grooving the whole time and giving the technician trouble getting all the measurements and pictures that were needed, haha. We were able to see the heart beating, the spine, fingers, toes, little lips, and even a yawn! I can’t wait to see those sweet yawns in person.

At the very end of the scan the technician let us know we are having a baby girl! We are so excited to welcome a daughter in September and cannot wait to meet her!

How about a little pregnancy update?

I’m now 21 weeks and so happy to report that I’m feeling much better than I did during the first trimester! I’ve been having some minor heartburn and calf cramps, but those have been the only struggles, thankfully!

Baby girl kicks a lot, especially right before bed. Jimmy and I love sitting on the couch together just feeling her move around and karate chop inside me. Seeing Jimmy’s eyes light up when he has his hands on my belly and feels those kicks is a memory I want to cherish forever. Our families have also been able to see and feel baby girl kick, which is super fun for us all to experience!

We’ve been having monthly midwife appointments, which have been going well. My favorite part is hearing her heartbeat with the doppler.

We haven’t decided on a name, but have one that Jimmy chose that we both like and sometimes call her already. We have a few other contenders, but we have a while to figure that out. We may even decide on a name when we meet her and see what she’s like. Who knows!

We haven’t bought anything, registered anywhere, or done any planning in terms of a nursery, but I’m sure we will start working on that soon. If any moms (or dads!) have suggestions for baby items you think are absolute must-haves, let me know! We’re pretty clueless 😉

I think that’s about it for the update. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. To sum it up as I did in my last post, we’re feeling so incredibly thankful, blessed, and loved. God has been very good to us. ❤

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Adventuring and Getting Creative in the Kitchen

Pittsburgh has been getting some warmer weather and sunshine lately! So much so that we mowed our lawn twice this week and it was warm enough for Mavis and I to take a little adventure to a creek near our house.

Cocker spaniel puppy by water

This was her first experience with a body of water and she was definitely curious, but not super into it. Lola enjoys water, so I wish she had been with us to show Mavis how fun it is, but I’m not confident taking two dogs by the water with an almost 20 week baby bump, lol.

The warmer weather has me dreaming of gardening, too. Jimmy and I were back and forth on starting a garden this year since our baby is due in September and we have done like zero things to prepare for his or her arrival, but we figured we’ll just make the garden smaller this year and if it gets neglected, then oh well. We love gardening too much to give it up 🙂

I’ve been having fun in the kitchen lately! I think my favorite way to cook and bake is to see what we have on hand and then improvise and create meals or treats out of those items.

Tabbouleh ingredients cucumber, tomato, green onions, bulgur and quinoa mix, and lemonTabbouleh

I realized we had some of the classic tabbouleh ingredients on had yesterday, so I improvised off of this recipe and our little side dish turned out wonderfully!

I had also bought a container of cocoa powder and was in the mood for cookies, so I made these chocolate drop cookies and highly recommend the recipe. It’s simple and they definitely hit the spot.

King Arthur Flour Chocolate Drop Cookies on cooling rack

Other ways I’ve been creative in the kitchen lately include whipping up my favorite homemade baked beans and adding some extra spices, making a strawberries and cream oatmeal creation, and cooking cereal bars with marshmallow fluff, vanilla Chex, and Mr. Goodbars.

Alright, I better get going. I’m having my mother-in-law, mom, and sister over this evening and need to clean up our house a bit! I got the kitchen all cleaned from the aforementioned cooking and baking, but the rest has been a bit neglected 😉

Do you like to get creative with cooking and baking?