Facebook    Twitter    Pinterest    RSS    Email Updates Spacer 2

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).

Stay Connected

Subscribe to receive news, updates, and exclusive content from Dine & Dish.

Facebook      Twitter      Pinterest       RSS


  1. Congrats Kristen! Leah is such a great name – and you are bold and brave to share it with the world!

    Micha .:. Scraping the Skillets last blog post..Red, White and Green “Lasagne”

  2. Oh congrats!! Best wishes to you all and Merry Christmas!

  3. She’s beautiful already, and such long legs! (Watch out for those power kicks in the coming months.) It’s nice to *meet* Leah Katherine, she’s very photogenic (and Leah’s such a pretty name_.

    Congratulations again!

    Sandies last blog post..Wednesday InnSider: The Addison on Amelia (Recipe: Acorn Squash-Apple Cider Fondue)

  4. Kristen,
    It’s on again.
    And you’re still entered.

    Michaels last blog post..Wanna Make Some Money?

  5. Congrats!!!!!
    And that name is beautiful :)

    Danis last blog post..#28) IronCupcake:Earth Choclate with a Twist – Clementine Cupcakes

  6. what a lovely name–congratulations!

    graces last blog post..saltines have never had it so good…

  7. Congratulations!!! I hope everything is a-okay. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    Cats last blog post..La Cucina

  8. Congratulations on your little girl! I’m praying for her, keep us updated. The ultrasound is awesome!

    Dianas last blog post..What to bring to a Party: Cheese Tray

  9. Hurray for little girls!! I hope everything goes well with the next sonogram. Keep us posted:)

    Paulas last blog post..Sugared Cranberries

  10. That’s wonderful, congratulations! The doctors have to tell you if there are possible complications, but it almost never amounts to much. They just err on the side of caution in today’s world. Enjoy the extra peek you get of your little girl, very fun!

  11. Congratulations on your baby girl! Enjoy those carbs…more energy for an active baby.

    Elles last blog post..Christmas Cookie for Our Daughter

  12. Congrats on the little girl! I will be keeping you and your baby in my thoughts and hope all goes well. :)

    HoneyBs last blog post..Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

  13. It is simply amazing how much more they can see on a sonogram these days than they could back when I was pregnant! What a special gift! Nice recipe too!

    Lisas last blog post..Penguins in the Snow

  14. Congratulations on the little angel!

    Happy Holidays to you and the family!

    Cynthias last blog post..A memory is just a taste away

  15. Does this mean I can tell her that I knew her when….
    I had a very similar experience with my firstborn – the placenta low – couldn’t see everything – he was placenta previa and is today 30 years old and entirely healthy. Just keep smiling :)

    gizs last blog post..Christmas Cranberry Tarts

  16. Aw congratulations : ) what a beautiful picture, ultrasounds always make me feel all warm and fuzzy! We’re trying for a baby at the moment, but no luck so far…

    Good luck with the next ultrasound and I hope your baby is a healthy one! xxx

    Hayleys last blog post..Finest Foodies Friday

  17. So cute! I love how Leah Katherine sounds :) Best wishes and Happy Holidays!

    Judes last blog post..Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

  18. Congratulations!! Yay – we’re both having girls!! I hope everything is good with the heart – and I wouldn’t worry about the placenta too much. Mine was low lying at the first sonogram, and the doctor said 90% of them move – and mine did. I’m so excited for you!

    Deborahs last blog post..Banana and Chocolate Empanadas

  19. Congratulations. A little girl! Happy holidays.

    Psychgrads last blog post..Sharing during the Holidays

  20. The photographs of the baby brought a lump to my throat. It is so amazing to see a new life.
    Congratulations and Happy New Year to you and your family.



    Share Your Thoughts