Monday, April 29, 2013

Fried Egg, Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Pizza

Like I've stated before, I am not a breakfast person. But I am a breakfast pizza for dinner kind of person. So when I saw the idea of a breakfast pizza, I knew I had to give it a try. I've made this several times now and each time, just as yummy!

It's super simple with basic ingredients I already had on hand. The Husband and A. liked it and A. who normally doesn't even eat eggs, gave the white part a try. He said the ranch he drowned it in helped.

Fried Egg, Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Pizza
If you buy premade dough, I find mine in the frozen section and let it defrost and rise overnight in the fridge, this goes even faster. Even with my pizza stone, I always put parchment paper under my dough, I find my oven runs hot even with adjusting the temperature and this seems to prevent the bottom from burning. Best of all, the leftovers reheat wonderfully for actual breakfast the next day.

pizza dough - either premade or make your own
olive oil
grated parmesan cheese

breakfast sausage - browned and drained
roma tomatoes - sliced thin
shredded mozzarella cheese
3 eggs

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out your pizza dough to the thickness you like. Brush the top of the dough with a thin coating of olive oil and sprinkle the grated parmesan over the top.

Bake in oven for 3-4 minutes.

Top pizza with sausage, roma tomatoes and shredded cheese. Crack each egg carefully on top of the cheese.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Adjust time and temperature as needed to ensure that the pizza doesn't burn but the fried eggs are done.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My date with the orange jug

If you've never had to go to a lab to collect ones of these beauties, consider yourself lucky.

Last Sunday I was stuck in the house doing a 24 hour urine collection to make sure everything with me and Baby were going good. I did a baseline 24 hour urine catch for preeclampsia at 13 weeks due to having it with A.'s pregnancy. My OB prefers that her patients do a baseline before 16 weeks just to be safe.

On top of the baseline, my OB was a bit worried this week due to the fact that I have had a now constant headache for the last 2 weeks combined with "seeing stars" and extreme dizziness. They aren't the worse kind of headaches I've ever head, I come from a family with migraines, but still, not fun. My OB said headaches are very normal for pregnancy but she likes to be safe in ruling out other reasons.
Well the results are back including lab work and a 12 hour fast blood sugar check (on a different day) and yay, everything is normal!
My OB was pleased with the results and told me that my headaches may just be normal for this pregnancy, which isn't a great answer she admits, but it at least is not blood pressure issues or gestational diabetes.
So now, with my OB's approval, I get to take meds and drink caffeine. Yay!  Up to 4 times a day, every time my head starts hurting, I need to: eat a snack that combines carbs and protein, take 1,000mg of Tylenol and a boost of caffeine (1 can of pop or 1 cup of coffee or 1 shot of espresso). Sounds good to me :)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Our Pregnancy Announcement

I'd like to tell you that I know how to post about anything besides pregnancy and babies but I suspect that the majority of my posts from now until I give birth, where I will altogether give up on even trying to post anything besides an occasional picture, will be about pregnancy and babies.

That being said, I knew I wanted to make a cute announcement involving A. for on Facebook. After all, he is the big brother and a pregnancy announcement without him just wouldn't be right. So in order to make a big brother pregnancy announcement, I made some quick signs and spent 20 minutes getting A. to model for me.

In case it's hard to read, his signs say, "The rumor is true. It's not just the flu. My mom's due with Jolly Baby #2! Expected October 24!!!"
I love his smile in the last picture the most :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Greek Yogurt

If you're not already on the Greek yogurt band wagon, you're behind. It's every where and everyone sings it's praises as a high protein, healthy alternative to regular yogurt that is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'll be honest though, I don't know or really care about it's healthful benefits, I just like the tanginess it adds to dishes.

So when a friend hosted book club last month and made oh so yummy artichoke dip, I knew I needed to make it. Thankfully she shared the recipe which was cream cheese based with cooking creme added. Based off what I already had in the house and what was on sale, I slightly altered the recipe to make this hot spinach and artichoke dip with Greek yogurt. It was the perfect appetizer for movie night.

I am in no way saying this is healthy, I'm certainly not the one to be giving nutrition advise. Swapping Greek yogurt for mayo might help but considering the amount of cooking creme in it, maybe not. By the way, for a fascinating read from foodies and their skepticism of this product, nothing beats an open comments section on The Kitchen. Why did I use it? Easy. It was super on sale, less than knock off cream cheese and it already has seasonings in it.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Greek Yogurt
While this doesn't taste exactly like the kind you get at sit down restaurants, I liked it better. The combination of the Greek yogurt and the hint of lemon made the dip both tangy and savory. This made a ton of dip, enough to fill a 9" cake pan (it was clean and handy) and tasted great reheated the next day.

6 oz artichoke quarters
9 oz frozen spinach
4 tablespoons butter
pepper to taste

1 10oz Philadelphia Cooking Creme - Savory Lemon and Herb
24 oz plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

shredded parmesan cheese - enough to sprinkle on top

Sautee the artichoke quarters and spinach in butter and pepper. Drain any remaining liquid or it will make your dip thinner.

Mix the cooking creme, greek yogurt, parmesan cheese together.

Add artichoke and spinach to yogurt mixture. Sprinkle top with parmesan.

Bake at 400 degrees fot 10-12 minutes until bubbly and warm. Serve with chips or veggies.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My SCH: Subchorionic Hematoma

So with my news that I'm pregnant comes excitement and happiness. Like how everyone in mine and The Husband's family is super excited. My in-laws were not in the state when I was pregnant with A. and didn't see him until he was nearly 15 months, so they are pretty much freaking out with excitement. Also, A. has determined that the babies name is Hulk and now hugs my belly before work and says "bye hulk". It makes my heart melt.

Oh, and my pregnancy also came with the news that I have a SCH or subchorionic hematoma. Yay for me.

If you haven't ever heard of it, which I hadn't, it's where you have a blood clot and it is usually between the wall of the uterus and your placenta. I of course, have made the mistake of Googling SCH. Bad, bad idea. If you weren't sure how bad something pregnancy related can be, a Google search will not help you. 

I found difficulty finding postive outcomes for pregnancies with SCH. I'm not sure if it's because people who have SCH but go onto have healthy babies would rather not share or think about it, I don't know, but it wasn't exactlty the reassurance I was craving.

Anywho, it all started back when I was 8 weeks and 6 days along. I was giving A. a bath and when I stood up from washing his hair I felt a gush. I actually thought I had peed myself, classy I know. So when I checked and saw bright red blood every where, I started bawling immediately. The Husband put A. to bed while I cleaned myself up and laid down.

I called the OB on call who explained it was a wait and see kind of situation. She said that if I kept bleeding for more than 4 hours, it was probably a miscarriage. Either way, she wanted me to come in, in the morning for a visit.

In the morning I had an ultrasound at the hospital (they couldn't squeeze me in the morning like they wanted) and expected the worse. For 20 minutes the tech said nothing and I stared at the ceiling tiles above me in silence. To my disbelief, the tech was able to find the heartbeat on the baby. I remember staring at the screen not believing that my baby was alive. There was just too much blood for my baby to be alive. But there on the screen was the proof.

I got dressed and walked to my car where once my door was closed I burst into sobs. Sobs of joy. Sobs of relief. Sobs of being emotionally drained.

My OB called me shortly after to tell me I had a SCH that measured 3x5cm in size. She said the placenta was firmly attached and baby was measuring exactly 9 weeks and 0 days and that while it wasn't fantastic news, they at least had figured out the cause.

I was told to go home and "take it easy", not to lift anything more than 10-15 pounds and to top it off, that I was now on pelvic rest, i.e, nothing else should be going on down there for a while. So that is what I have been doing, taking it easy.

And eventually it stopped. I was still taking as many breaks as I could and sat with my feet up while at work (I have an office job this pregnancy, thank goodness!). Everything was going good until last Friday. When it started all over again.

I called my OB who told me to lay down and stay laying down for the weekend. I had My Mom help me finish Passover dinner as I had made the soup and pot roast already by this time. It was both a relaxing Passover, to be surrounded by family that I knew was praying for me, but beyond stressfull wondering if my baby was once again okay.

This Monday I had an appointment scheduled already so I went in. They did another ultrasound and baby was still there, still kicking (literally!) and it's heart rate was 156-160 every time they scanned it. Baby also measured a week ahead at 11weeks and 3 days though the tech thought it might just be a long baby.

In a turn of wonderful news, my OB called today to report she can no longer visably see the clot and that she believes it may be in the begining stages of healing it self. Yay!!! I'm still supposed to take it easy and see her in 2 weeks but she was very confident that there is no longer a large clot anymore.

I hope that this is the only hiccup in the road for this pregnancy. But if it isn't, we'll figure that out too :)