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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. Ohhh..man I thought ou were going o name her Leslie??LOL
    Congrats on your little pink peanut.
    I am sure the level 3 sono will go just fine. but yes, please keep us posted!

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  2. What wonderful news! Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations! And what nice ultrasound photos–seriously. Mine I think were always too early (they did them at 18 weeks where I was) and so frankly I could never make out anything.

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  5. Congrats! Such a beautiful name for an already beautiful baby :)

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  6. I always tear up when I see an ultrasound. I remember how incredibly emotional I felt seeing both my boys in utero. I was convinced my second was a girl because I felt much more sick and craved different things the second time – but no! Congrats!

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  7. Ya hoo! She really is kicking in those pics isn’t she? I am sure you will feel her moving a lot soon! You will both be fighting for space especially when it is time to sleep. I would push my baby one way and he would push right back, he is still pushing! Congratulations! Will be praying for a healthy little baby girl for sure!

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  8. That sono is so clear! Those 3D ones are AMAZING! Can’t wait to see that one.

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  9. Congrats Kristen and way to go Katherine! ;)

    Lores last blog post..Original Recipes Round-Up #6-Winter Holidays

  10. I always look like I ate too many jelly doughnuts. :)
    Congrats to you and your family…remember, Peabody makes for a great girl name. ;)

    peabodys last blog post..Single digits…

  11. That’s so exciting! I do love the name Leah and my mom is Katharine (although with an ‘a’), can’t go wrong there ;-) I hope everything goes well on the 31st. I’m sure it will.

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  12. awwww a little girl, Mazeltov x


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  13. Congratulations :) I hope everything turns out well for you!

  14. yay! congrats on another girl! we will keep her and your family in our prayers! let us know how it goes.

    Hilarys last blog post..A Fresh Start

  15. Congratulations! Don’t worry too much. I think sonograms are good and bad. My sister’s showed something concerning, but a month later it had “resolved.” I wish the doctors had never said anything.

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  16. Congrats on the lil girl! I think Leah Katherine is a beautiful name :)

    And thanks for sharing the banana nut bread recipe. I’m busy with all the Christmas baking, but am already eyeing what to bake after that :P

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  17. Aww, what a cutie!! Congrats! BTW, when my mom was pregnant, the doctors actually DID place bets that I would be a boy… Been proving the medical community wronge ever since!!

    Sarahs last blog post..Caffeine Hit!

  18. Congratulations on your little girl! I hope everything turns out okay with her heart.

    I got the June Cleaver book in the mail yesterday. I’ve already read the first chapter and am eager to continue reading the whole thing!

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  19. How exciting! That recipe looks great. I’ve never found a banana bread recipe that I liked. I’ll have to try your’s.

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  20. She looks just like you. ;) Ok, maybe I can’t tell but she looks great! Congratulations!


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