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We Are Having a….

It is a funny thing, being pregnant. I was sick for almost the entire first half of this pregnancy, only starting to feel good the past couple of weeks. I still don’t look pregnant. I just look like I have had a few too many Jelly Doughnuts. I don’t feel the baby moving very much either.

The funny thing about being pregnant, for me, is that it doesn’t really feel real. That is, until you sit in that dark room, anticipating the sonogram, and the second that wand hits your tummy you see the outline of the little human moving around. Moving, kicking, double flipping. It is always such a neat moment and one that I know I am very blessed to experience.

Today we found out that our baby, who will be joining our family in May, is a little girl. I know that we were all a little shocked because I would have bet money that I was having a boy this time around, but we are thrilled none the less.

The good news is that our little Leah Katherine (I *think* that is going to be her name, anyway) is an active little thing. I was so relieved to see all of her activty because on the way to the doctors appointment I was telling Nick how nervous I was because I hadn’t really felt her move lately.  Either there was something wrong with the baby or we had a lazy kid on our hands. Turns out I was wrong!

The bad news is that the doctor told us she has a possible obstruction on her heart. My doctor didn’t seem overly concerned. She said it could be something or it could be just a shadow or something. My placenta is also low lying and they couldn’t see her kidneys, but that is probably because she was moving around so much.

Anyway, I have a level 3 sonogram scheduled for the 31st and will keep you all posted. I’ve always wanted to have one of those, so I guess this is my chance!

And to tie in a recipe, one of the reasons I thought I was having a boy is because I have been craving a lot of the same things I did with our oldest. Breakfast food, tortillas and cheese and carbs. Banana Bread has been a favorite of mine this pregnancy as well. I have had the chance to try out a bunch of different recipes, even though I still have one recipe that is my absolute favorite.

The recipe I’m sharing today is from a Taste of Home Cookbook. It is a lighter version of the other banana bread recipes I try. It isn’t my all time favorite, but for a lighter version it is pretty darn good! I hope you enjoy it.

Banana Nut Bread from Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in bananas and sour cream. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir into banana mixture just until moistened. Fold in nuts.
Transfer to a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).

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  1. Congrats on the sonogram and finding out that it’s a little girl!

    Judys last blog post..Cinnamon Bun Cookies

  2. YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!

    brittanys last blog post..I’m feeling…poetic.

  3. Congratulations! Leah Katherine is a beautiful name if you decide to go with that.

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  4. Congratulations! I love the profile – she looks wonderful.

    Sharis last blog post..Santa and Snowman Milkshakes

  5. Congratulations! She looks beautiful :)

  6. Congratulations! Songrams are always so amazing – even for your 4th aren’t they? You sound very relaxed about the potential issues as well. Take it easy and try to relax until your next one where you get to see your beautiful daughter again!

  7. I am so incredibly happy for you Kristen.

  8. Congrats Doyle family!!! :) Hope you all are doing well! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  9. Congrats!!

    RecipeGirls last blog post..Cinnamon Bun Cookies

  10. Congratulations on having a girl :). Love the name.

  11. Wow Congrats! Your Fourth! You’re brave!

    katies last blog post..My Struggle with Bulimia- College

  12. CONGRATS on another girl addition to the YCDI family!!! How are the sibs taking it?

  13. Congratulations! That’s my name-Katherine. And my birthday is in May. :) I have three girls and every time I would have sworn it was a boy.

  14. What wonderful news. Wow. That sonogram is so vivid. The technology has certainly come a long way since my last sonogram in 1998. Enjoy your lovely Leah!
    PS: If you get morning sickness again, let me know. I have some great home remedies that really work.

    Liz Weisss last blog post..Recipe Rescue – New Feature Starting this Friday

  15. How exciting! A little girl! :) Please do keep us posted as you go along. I look forward to reading your posts since you always incorporate you life into them.

    Patsyks last blog post..Martha’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies

  16. Congratulations!

    Since you have a “hankering” for Banana Bread here’s a variation you might enjoy just posted on my blog:


    My three grown children devoured it!

    Ron Merlins last blog post..Banana Cranberry Bread

  17. Congratulations! This is good news. A new one in 2009. I love the pictures. I like the name.

    Hélènes last blog post..Chocolate Pecan Bars

  18. Awww…congrats!! Three girls and a boy is the ONLY way to go!!:) We will say a little prayer that all is well with Miss Leah. Merry Christmas!! ~Jen

    Jen Mullinaxs last blog post..Life as we know it is OVER….

  19. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yay!!! This is such a joy to read!
    And I LOVE the name you have in mind, too! :)

  20. A little girl! How wonderful! I’m thrilled for you! Leah is a beautiful name. I should know – it’s my middle name. ;)

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewys last blog post..Sweety Pies Giveaway Winner


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