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Sorry I went MIA for week 27. But there’s been a whirlwind of change in our household with our oldest starting kindergarten. Plus my mom was out here for 8 days, and dance class started up again. I am one tired mama.

But I’m ready to catch you all up on the happenings.

I don’t have a picture for week 27. I just kept forgetting, and before I knew it I was 27 weeks and 6 days and had completely missed the window. No point in taking a week 27 picture that’s pretty much going to look identical to the week 28. But here’s week 28:

28 Weeks Pregnant

This was taken right before we headed out for my 28 week checkup with my OB-GYN. It ended up being the longest appointment of my life because they had to do the diabetes test and I had to get my rhogam shot. Everything looked fine with baby despite the daily contractions, which was reassuring. So I downed my sugar drink and then had to wait around for an hour before they could do the lab work for the test.

I do not do well with blood work and IVs. I was a sickly child and had many blood tests as a result. My parents probably kept waiting for me to outgrow it, but I never have. Mind you, I’m not running away from the lab assistants like I did as a kid, but I get close to fainting every time.

This time was no exception, and the waiting only made it worse. When the hour was up, my hands and feet were sweaty and I was already feeling light headed. The lab assistant put me in a reclining chair so I wouldn’t faint and did the deed quickly, which I appreciated. He then got me a cup of water and told me to take as long as I needed. Which was nice and all, but no way was I going to feel any better with all those vials within eye line. So once my head stopped spinning enough for me to stand, you better believe I was out of there.

But I still had to get the rhogam shot, and they had me waiting FOREVER. At that point, I had been at the clinic for an hour and a half and I. was. DONE. I actually ended up standing in the lobby because my hips were burning from sitting for too long. After complaining to the receptionist, we were told that the nurse would be coming out in a couple of minutes. My husband popped to the bathroom quick and I continued to stand in the lobby waiting for this allusive nurse.

Then in waddles an old, grumpy man, who beelines to the receptionist to complain that Walgreen’s did not have his prescription. She asks him to take a seat, and he picks the seat right across from me. He looks me up and down and asks, “You in pain?” I suppose it was odd for someone to be standing when there were perfectly good chairs all around.

“Yeah, a bit”, I replied.

“So, you gonna pop any day now?” he bluntly asks.

“No; I’m due in December.”



“Nope; no way you’re gonna make it. Looks like you’ve got triplets in there.”

So not only did I have to get blood work done, a shot in my ass, and have to waste over 2 hours in the clinic, but I also got told by a man whose beer belly rivaled my baby bump that I look big enough to be carrying triplets.


But my doctor’s assistant called yesterday to give me the very good news that I do not in fact have The Diabetus. So it was worth it…? Even though I already knew I didn’t have diabetes. But I guess it’s nice to have a test to confirm that.

J/K that was a huge waste of my time.

Except the stupid butt shot is pretty important.

Whatever, I’m very happy that I have continued to not have The Diabetus because fall baking has been in full swing in my kitchen. As you all know, we did an apple orchard photo shoot to record Eowyn starting school. When we were done, the girls of course wanted to pick some apples. And of course they had to have their own bags…at $5 a pop. $15 and 10 minutes later, they had classic childhood memories and I had way too many apples on my hands. But after dropping $15 on apples, I was not about to waste a single one.

So aside from the apples that we (mostly I) ate, I made a batch of this crock pot apple cider. Not only was it absolutely delicious, but it made the whole house smell like fall. I kind of want to have a pot of that stuff forever simmering so my house will always smell of warm cinnamon and apples.

I also decided to start a new tradition of a first day of school cake; a special fall recipe that I only make on the first day of school. Since I had all those apples lying around, I tried out this caramel apple cinnamon cake. My caramel came out too thick and the cake itself was a strange crumbly texture without being dry, so it wasn’t perfect. However, the new school girl really loved coming home to a cake to celebrate her milestone, and the caramel softened up perfectly after popping the slices of cake in the microwave for 10 seconds. Ironically, this cake was actually much better in the following days, because it gave the apples time to soak their juicy goodness into the cake, making the texture moist instead of crumbly.

Next up was these salted caramel apple pie bars. They kind of took forever to put together, but oh my goodness were they worth it! Perfect crumbly, buttery (without real butter, of course) crust, cinnamon spiced apple, brown sugar oatmeal streusel, and then the gooey salted caramel dripping off every side. There is truly no better way to celebrate fall.

With all that baking making my house smell like fall, I broke out the mantle decorations to match.

Fall Mantle

I know what some of you are thinking, “Calm down Amanda–fall doesn’t actually start until September 22. Well you know what, haters? I took this picture on September 4th.

Wisconsin Fall Leaves

BOOM! Fall. Screw September 22nd.

Once all those fall yummies were eaten up, I discovered the best rice krispies treats recipe ever. Her secret is she reserves some mini marshmallows to add at the end, so that they don’t melt all the way. You are left with the perfect ratio of cereal to marshmallows with added bursts of halfway melted marshmallows. Seriously, you have to try this recipe!

To celebrate the girls starting dance class, the girls and I went live on my Facebook page to make these adorable ballerina marshmallow pops. The kids in their classes all loved their special treats and I love how they turned out!

Ballerina Marshmallow Pops

Eowyn and Arya were so happy to be back at dance class, but Laurelyn had a totally different experience on her first day. She ended up falling asleep in the car 5 minutes away from the studio. Like dead-to-the-world asleep. So when we woke her up, she was not happy. In fact, she was done before she even started. The instructor allowed parents to be in the room because her assistant was not there, but Laurelyn still wasn’t having any of it. Her sisters ended up enjoying the class, and Laurelyn ended up stripping down to her diaper.

First Day of Dance

It was hilarious, not even gonna lie. Hopefully she does better next week…


Baby Stats: Week 27

  • Baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14 1/2 inches long when the legs are extended; about the size of a head of cauliflower
  • Baby is sleeping and waking in regular intervals
  • Baby is opening and closing eyes
  • There has been more brain tissue that has developed, making baby’s brain more active
  • Baby’s lungs are still very immature, but they would be able to function–with a LOT of medical help–outside the womb
  • Baby is likely to get hiccups now

Baby Stats: Week 28

  • Baby now weighs about 2 1/4 pounds and is about 14.8″ from head to heel; about the size of a large eggplant
  • Baby can blink his/her eyes, which now have eye lashes
  • The eyesight is developing more, so baby may be able to see the light that filters through the womb
  • Baby is developing billions of neurons in his/her brain
  • Baby is building up adipose (fat)



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