Monday, November 24, 2014

Mommy Mondays: Paisley Jean Update

That picture was taken yesterday - at 35 Weeks and 2 Days pregnant!  I may be smiling but this mama is tired!  

25 Days to Go!!!!!

At the most!  My scheduled c-section date is still December 19th which is only 25 days away!  Crazy!  However, my blood pressure has been creeping up at every single appointment.  At first I was told it was pregnancy induced hypertension, but now my doctors have been saying preeclampsia.  This has really thrown me for a loop because I never had any issues during my pregnancies with Lacie and Blakely!  But Paisley was determined to be different right from the very beginning when she gave me morning sickness and a 15 pound weight gain before we even told people that I was expecting! 

But with all that is going on, I trust my doctors.  I have been seen for weekly appointments since about 28 weeks and they are monitoring everything closely.  Lots of non stress tests and bloodwork for this Mama!  I may be having this little girl earlier than expected - as soon as December 5th (which is less than two weeks away).  The main goal is to make it to 37 weeks when the baby is considered full term! 

For now, I have been put on a "modified bedrest" which is easier said than done!  Stay-At-Home Mamas can't exactly apply for medical disability.  But I do make every effort to put my feet up when my girls are napping or playing nicely with each other.  The house may not be as clean as I like, but that's okay.  

Looking Back Over the Past Few Weeks:

33 Weeks!  This was taken a couple of days after my 32 week growth ultrasound!  Paisley Jean looked wonderful and weighed in at 4 pounds - exactly what she should be measuring at this stage.  From this point on she will gain about another 4 pounds.  This is another way that Paisley is proving to be different - both Lacie and Blakey measured well over 5 pounds (in fact B weighed almost 6 already) at their 32 week ultrasounds.  Both were predicted to be very large babies, and the doctors were almost exact about their birth weights!   

34 Weeks! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

We have been super busy at the Hilosky House getting ready for Paisley Jean's arrival in just a few short weeks!  I have a bunch of to-do-before-baby lists, and I love that I have been able to keep busy accomplishing tasks and crossing things off!  In fact, I feel like Friday arrived pretty fast this week between baby prep and Thanksgiving anticipation!

1. Christmas Jammies

I cannot explain how excited I get on November 1st when the Halloween PJs go away and the CHRISTMAS JAMMIES make their first appearance.  Way back when Carters was having a Christmas in July sale, I bought two pairs of Christmas Pajamas for each girl.  My sweet in-laws found the most adorable (and cozy) Elf of the Shelf PJs.  Of course, Blakely also has all of Lacie's pajamas from last winter.  So we are pretty much stocked with Christmas Pajamas, which is great because we will have a brand new baby on Christmas this year....meaning we will most likely not be leaving the house!

2. Our Elf on the Shelf
Cocoa's back!  Last year was our first year doing the Elf on the Shelf - and my girls have been talking about Cocoa's return for weeks now.  She came back on Sunday, the same day we put up the Christmas Tree!  You can check out all of Cocoa's antics from Christmas 2013 on my Christmas page.  She will most likely be in a lot of the same spots this year since the girls are still so young and would be tempted to touch her if she landed anywhere they could really reach.  I already showed you the girls' Elf on the Shelf PJs, but there is so much other fun stuff to go with your Elf this year!

3. Blakely's Birthday
On Saturday, we celebrated Blakely's 2nd Birthday - and yes she insisted on wearing her Halloween costume for her special day!  You can read about it here!  Seriously, I cannot believe that she is two (although her personality serves as a daily reminder).  The years definitely go by faster with the second baby!

4. Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Blakely's birthday leads me to Friday Favorite #3 - Chocolate Whoopie Pies!  This was the dessert that she requested for her birthday treat!  They seemed to be everyone's favorite whoopie pie yet!

5. 35 Weeks Today
It's the Final Countdown!  And truly it might be since I could have Paisley as early as December 5th or as late as December 19th!  Either way I have less than one month left before I am holding my baby girl.  Look for a full Baby Update on Monday!

Happy Happy Friday!  What were your favorites this week?

Today, I am linking up with Momfessionals and Meet at the Barre


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

All Blakely could talk about in the weeks leading up to her birthday was that she wanted Chocolate Whoopie Pies!  If you asked her what presents she wanted for her birthday she would answer you with "Chocolate Whoopie Pies."  And if you asked her what she wanted for dinner she would answer with "Chocolate Whoopie Pies."  Seriously, my children are so simple when it comes to what they want for birthdays - all they care about is the dessert!

Chocolate Whoopie Pies was what she wanted, and chocolate whoopie pies was what she got.  A few family members remarked that these were their favorite flavor Whoopie Pie yet!  And they just happen to be Cake Mix Recipe #49!

Your Shopping List for the Chocolate Whoopie Pies:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup veggie oil
  • vanilla buttercream icing - you can buy some at the store or make my recipe HERE

Now Let's Make the Chocolate Whoopie Pies:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the cake mix, eggs, water, and oil
  3. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop to drop batter onto prepared baking sheets - leave room for spreading
  5. Take the back of a spoon or spatula and swirl the batter into circles 
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 9-12 minutes until cakes are cooked through and spring back to the touch
  7. Allow to cool on pans for 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely
  8. Once cakes are cool, flip half of the over and spread buttercream icing on the bottom. Top with additional cake, essentially making a sandwich
  9. Store at room temperature for up to 24 hours if using homemade icing, after that store in the fridge

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mommy Mondays: Happy 2nd Birthday Blakely Hope!

On Saturday, my baby turned two years old!  I can hardly believe how quickly these two years have gone by!  Of course if you ask Blakely, she will tell you that she is now three just like Lacie!  I'm not making that up...she insists that she is three!  Sigh... She wants to have everything and do everything like her big sister!  And in just a few short weeks, she will no longer be the baby!  She will get promoted to Big Sister and earn the title of Middle Child!

Blakely Hope on her first birthday!

Her first and last day as a one year old!  What a difference a year makes!  

A Look Back at Blakely ages one to two! 

Queen Bee!

At Blakely Park! 

Totally opposite from Lacie in the sense that she stands and climbs on everything.  


Blakely's Second Easter!  But her first time being able to do the egg hunt! 

She loves nature!  She didn't get that from her Mama! 

Blakely's Half Birthday! 

Announcing to the world that she is going to be a BIG SISTER! 

Finally we like the swings! 


And in typical Blakely fashion she fell and split her lip open 3 days before her birthday.  Sigh.  Last year she had the Chicken Pox and this year she looks like she got into a bar brawl.  

 Her very last day as a one year old! 

Happy 2nd Birthday to our Sweet Blakely Hope!  Yes, she picked out her own dress for the occasion.  

Blakely got to pick her own dessert and she decided on Chocolate Whoopie Pies!  Recipe coming later this week! 

If you want to take a look back at Blakely's First Birthday, you can click HERE! 


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