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    One of my kids' favorite chicken dishes is to marinate chicken in ranch dressing, mustard, and brown sugar and then grill it.

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    Thanks Jina! Unfortunately, I didn't really measure anything, but I'll do the best I can.

    Alissa's Mustard Something Chicken
    Chicken Breasts
    Salt
    Pepper
    Onion Powder
    Garlic Powder
    1 TB Olive Oil
    3 TB Dijon Mustard
    2 TB Soy Sauce
    1 TB Minced Garlic
    1 TB Dry White Wine
    Dash of balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup Chicken Broth

    Spray a large pan with cooking spray and heat to medium high heat. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, and brown on each side (about 3 -4 minutes for each side.)

    In a blender or food processor, make your Mustard Something Sauce. Combine Olive Oil, Dijon Mustard, Soy Sauce, Minced Garlic, White Wine, and Balsamic Vinegar until smooth. Please note that the measurements are very approximate, so feel free to play with it and taste it until it tastes good. It will be intense, but the chicken broth will cut that - you just want it to be tasty.

    Add chicken broth to the pan with the chicken, and then add the mustard sauce. Bring up to a boil (should be pretty much immediate), and then turn down to a simmer. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes, occassionally stirring and "saucing" the chicken, and flipping the chicken in the pan once.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    6w2d

    I bought something for the baby today. I think that makes it "official" in my own head. I mean "official that I believe this is going to be a healthy sticky pregnancy."

    I really wasn't going to buy anything yet. I'm a little superstitious about this whole pregnancy thing. But, by this time last pregnancy I had already begun to spot. I haven't spotted at all, and I think that has to be a good sign, right?

    Anyway, my office had their annual breast cancer fundraiser, and one of the events is a silent auction where they give away different "themed" baskets. This year they had a baby basket, with diapers, a sleeper, an adorable stuffed zebra, baby lotion and baby shampoo, and best of all - a hand crocheted afghan made by Debbie, one of the ladies in Admin. She surprised me by giving me one when T was born (I don't know her very well, but she had worked with my husband for years and years when he worked for the same company, so I guess it's more like she gave it to him for me. Anyway.) and it was so soft and so beautiful. Once T got too big for his sleep sacks, he was probably okay to cover up with a regular blanket but the idea of it still made me nervous because what if his face got covered up and he still wasn't big enough/coordinated enough to pull it off? Enter Debbie's blanket! Warm, soft, and best of all, it has air holes!!!! I looooooved Debbie's blanket, and so did he. Unfortunately, it eventually began to unravel and I'm not skilled enough to know how to fix it, so I ended up getting rid of it. Luckily by that time he was almost 2 and I was ready to let him sleep under non-aerated blankets.

    So, I was checking out the baskets, and what should I see in the baby themed basket, but one of Debbie's Blankets! Oh happy day!!!! So I had to skulk around and keep coming back to it because it was in hot demand, but I eventually won it for the low low price of $57. Honestly, I probably would have paid that much just for the blanket alone - I really loved the first one that much. The diapers and sleeper and zebra were just icing. Plus the proceeds go to a great cause. Win win.

    So yay. This means, baby, you definitely need to stick around because I have some cool stuff already waiting for you.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Oh yay Alissa!

    Yes, baby, you'd better stick around!!!
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    Alissa, I don't know if you remember me, it's been a loooong time, but from BLC and also the A/A board (on rare occasion)... anyhoo, been skimming through your journal and wow, congratulations!!! So happy for you... And can I just say that I am LOVING the (as Noel from BLC called it) menu porn too! I'm going to jot down some of your recipes and try them out!

    Anyway, congrats again and good luck with your next appointment! Oh yeah, I was also completely obsessed with tracking my O'ing and all of that... I actually rented a doppler (is that the name) to have at home so I could check the baby's heartbeat whenever I wanted! Until I went for my 12 week-ish appointment and my doctor basically said to chill out and return the doppler (which I did), but it was definitely a comfort having it that first trimester. My doctor said that even though it was probably completely safe, she wouldn't recommend doing it daily (like I had been) just to be on the safe side...

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    Hi Charlene! Of course I remember you. So nice to "see you" around! Oh my gosh, your girls are getting so big!!! They are such cuties! Thanks for the kind words about my journal. It has been fun trying out new recipes and posting the results - they usually turn out well, although I have to admit that I haven't cooked a thing in like a week - too tired and my hubby (the teacher) is off for the summer so I have officially passed that torch on to him.

    It is SO hard to relax during this first trimester. I have had a couple of days of spotting (I am going to write about it in this journal when I get the chance) and I was seriously terrified. If I had had some sort of technology at my fingertips that I could have used to check on the baby, I would have been doing it constantly. As it was, I probably went to the bathroom at least 20 times yesterday just to check and see if there was any more blood. Probably for the best if I don't get a doppler - I would probably go overboard with it too.

    Anyway, so nice to hear from you. Please stop by again and let me know what's going on in your life!
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Oh man. It's been a stressful couple of days. I had some (red) spotting on Saturday, and then another drop of red blood yesterday. Which, of course, makes me think that I am definitely losing this baby. Total freak out. So yesterday afternoon, I went and saw my OB. I don't know that I have the strength to retell that story (if you stalk me on my Jan 2012 BB, you can read the whole thing if you want.) but long story short, we think we saw a heartbeat (old crappy u/s machine + only being 6 weeks = all you can see is an extremely tiny little flicker.) and my OB is "guardedly optimistic." So, so am I. We have our real u/s on the good u/s machine on Friday morning, so I am just trying to keep positive and hopeful until then that we will see a strong heartbeat and get a really great look then. Updates on that to follow.

    That's not really what I wanted to talk about though. What I wanted to talk about is DH.

    It's a small thing probably, but I'm so glad that I have him. Yesterday, when I was so freaked out, I called him after I called the OB, and he agreed to meet me at the drs office and go to my appointment with me. We had to wait in the room forever, and waiting patiently in drs offices is not DH's strong point. But he bore it with good humor, and kept up a steady patter of talk and little jokes to cheer me up and keep my mind off of the situation at hand. Then when we did the ultrasound, he stood by me and held my hand.

    I know that's probably a "duh" thing for most people - of course your DH should come with you if you may have to face bad news if he can. But what I'm trying to say is not about expectations, or about what people are *supposed to do*. What I'm talking about is the way that I feel - I feel like there is no one in the world that I trust more or love more, and there is no one in the world that I would rather have hold my hand through the good news or the bad news. I feel lucky to feel that way and to have someone to feel that way about.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Alissa, I’m so sorry you had to go through that. Spotting is no fun when you are pregnant and especially after a loss. I’m very glad they were able to see a heartbeat. Those ancient u/s machines aren’t the best so the fact that it was pick up a h/b at 6 weeks is a wonderful sign. I’m pretty darn sure you will see a beautiful little bean with a strong h/b on Friday! I can’t wait to see pics!
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    I've been wanting to take T to the Cool Park for months, and I finally did tonight before dinner.

    I don't have time to post about it now, but here are a couple pics. I will talk about it more when I have time.



    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Awww....T is ADORABLE!!

    Is the park really named The Cool Park?
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