22 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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I’ve been getting SO annoyed with how off these weekly updates have been.  I typically take the photos on Sunday and then I write the post on Monday-ish.  Well, on Tuesday marks the next week.  So, today is Wednesday (it’s been a little hectic, so I wasn’t able to post on Monday), I took the photos on Monday and then on Tuesday I turned 22 weeks.  It just doesn’t make sense for me to do the 21 week post when I’m less than 24 hours away from 22 weeks, so I’m just going to skip a week so these are back on track.  Sorry if that’s confusing! I just want the belly photos and the descriptions from here on out to match the start of the week I am posting about, not the end.

How big is baby: 8.5 inches long; the size of a spaghetti squash!  She’s getting so big!

Weight gain/loss: No clue!  Trying not to care!  With working on the house, eating healthy hasn’t been something easily achieved.  I ate SUPER well last week when I had all my meals planned, but this weekend wasn’t the best.  I need to just remind myself that I am doing the best I can given our current circumstances.  I am not a miracle worker, but I am hanging on to faith that I will remain healthy for our daughter and will eat the best I can as I am able.

Sleep: Overall, good!  I think I may be having some braxton hicks contractions at night, but I have no way of knowing what those feel like!  I have woken up a couple nights now with some belly spasms that almost feel like Celia is kicking, but they are more consistent and a little stronger.  No pain, just enough to wake me up temporarily.

Stretch Marks: None yet, thankfully!  I am prone to them, so I’m just waiting for them to make an appearance.

Cravings: The only noticeable craving I’ve had a few times is an apple craving.  Apple juice or just plain apples.  I haven’t been a huge apple fan most of my life because I don’t really like anything tart, but sweet apples have been satisfying me lately!

Aversions: Still chicken.

Movement: Celia is a kicking machine!  I love feeling her move around!  I had an ultrasound today and she moved from her head being on my right side to her feet in just a matter of minutes.  It’s so awesome to feel her being active and to feel it on the outside fairly easily now.  It is a little nerve-wracking when I don’t feel her for an extended period of time, but I know movement is not typically consistently felt at this stage of the pregnancy.

What I’m loving: Okay, I’ll try to make this a short story.  Basically, during our 20-week anatomy ultrasound two weeks ago, the ultrasound technician found a small cyst in Celia’s brain.  It’s called a choroid plexus cyst.  These are found in about 1-4% of “normal” healthy babies, but that number may be higher because they may not be there when the ultrasound is performed because they typically resolve spontaneously.  They are not harmful, but they are one of the many markers for a genetic disease called Trisomy 18, which typically results in a stillborn baby or a child with severe issues that typically make it a terminal disease.  My doctor and the ultrasound had assured me they wre nearly positive the cyst would go away and that Celia is perfectly healthy, seeing as everything else on the ultrasound looked great and there were no other correlated markers.

Fast forward a week and a half when I’m trying to transfer my care to a new hospital in the city we are moving to.  When trying to make my initial appointment at that hospital, the receptionist keeps telling me I am high-risk.  I assure her I am not, but as we go back and forth, she finally gets a little irritated as she is looking through my records and says, “Well, does the baby have a cyst on her brain!?!”  I confirmed that she does.  Then the receptionist told me, in a not very nice manner, “Well, a cyst is abnormal.  That means your ultrasound was abnormal, which means you and your baby are high risk.”  There were other things said, but that was enough to send me into a full-blown panic attack with hyperventilating, tingling in my extremities, and lots of crying as I thought maybe something really was seriously wrong with our baby and I was not informed.  My mom and a friend helped to calm me down, and then I called my original doctor who once again assured me that all is probably fine.  Just to be sure, we scheduled a level 2 ultrasound to see if the cyst was still there and to look with more detail to see if there are any other markers.

Today, I had that ultrasound and thankfully all is well!  The cyst is gone, just like my doctor was sure it would be, and her heart, brain, kidneys, stomach, feet hands, and head shape are all perfectly normal and she is measuring exactly 22 weeks.  The new doctor I talked to said there is no reason to label me/Celia as high-risk and that I need not worry.  She is perfectly healthy as can be!  It was such a relief to know our baby is okay.  I was trusting God 100%, but it is still very scary to be pretty much shouted at by a receptionist and told I am high-risk for the first time, when I obviously was not aware/had not been told that by my doctor during a time when I was prepared to hear news like that.  I’m not the most excited to start care at the new hospital, but many people have assured me that they do a great job.  So, to make a now long story short, I am loving that our baby girl is healthy!

Symptoms: Nothing other than those listed.

What I’m excited about: I’m just excited to be a mom!  I’m excited to continue working on our house, to be done registering, to have so much to look forward to, and to be doing this all with the most amazing husband I could ever ask for.  I would definitely never go through all of this for anyone else or with anyone else.  He is my rock, and knowing this is all happening for our baby makes it all worth it.

What I’m nervous about: Well, considering I don’t even have a planned income come next Wednesday, that is a little nerve-wracking.  I am trusting God 100% however because I know he brought us to this and will get us through somehow!

Here are some photos from our most recent ultrasound!  She looks so much like San it just makes me smile!

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Her little fingers got to me!  I teared up!

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We barely could get a usable profile shot because she was doing gymnastics in there!

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Another CRAZY Announcement

As if this year needs any more craziness, we have gone and added some more crazy to our lives.

We are very excited (and slightly overwhelmed) to announce publicly that . . .

That’s right!  We are moving!  We grew up in a small town a few hours from where we currently live.  We have thought about moving back closer to our families before, but the opportunity had never presented itself.  That is, until about a month and a half ago when San received a text from a previous coworker asking if he would be interested in a position as a Sous Chef with another company.

A couple interviews later and now our entire lives are upside down!  The end result will be completely worth it, and being pregnant is what really motivated us to jump on this because the idea of raising our daughter and any (hopeful) future children near family is important to us, but the timing is a little less than idea.  What about this year has been ideal, though?  I’m learning to trust God because he’s just doing some amazing things and I don’t want to stand in his way!

San already started the new job next week and has moved in with my parents who we are so grateful for!  They have a large house with a finished basement (which definitely doesn’t feel like a basement at all) that we can call home with a little kitchenette (a small fridge, a sink, and a mini dishwasher), a living room, a bedroom, and an exercise room.  The dogs will be quite at home with us down there.  As a nanny, I couldn’t just give the standard two week’s notice (well I could have, but I didn’t feel right doing that), so I gave about 5 weeks’ notice.  I have to find a job now in the new city, so that is my biggest concern right now.  I have a little over two weeks until I am done.

We met with our wonderful realtors a couple weeks ago to run through a few market analyses to see what our home would sell for given different scenarios.  Basically, the price we could sell our house at right now with no changes would be about $11,000 more than what we bought it for, but after all the fees of selling, we would only be left with about $2,000.  We put a lot more than that into the renovation, so it’s not worth it to us to not make anything back.  Plus, we would love to be able to have some extra money to put toward our next house.

We ran a few scenarios, but we ultimately decided on the whole shebang: finishing the basement, and bringing the upstairs to a “finished” standpoint.  When we renovated the main level of our house, we turned a legal bedroom (that made no sense – had four doors in it – and was being used as the dining room) into an open dining room to make the floor plan open.  By doing that, we took our house from a technical three bedroom/one bath home to a two bedroom/one bath home.

To the main level, we will be:

When the basement is finished, the house will have about 600 or so more square footage, another bathroom, a family room, and two more legal bedrooms.  It should sell for  A LOT more than we paid for it, and even with the cost of finishing the basement, we should have made our money back and then have plenty extra to put toward a new house.

Here is what the basement floorplan is currently:

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The laundry area is on the back wall of the house under the dining room and the utilities (furnace, water heater, etc.) are positioned right about where our upstairs hallway is.  There are currently two “bedrooms” already sheetrocked, but they are not legal because only one has a closet, there is only one entry into that area, and there are no egress windows.

Here is the plan for the basement when we are all done with it:

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Under our current upstairs living room will be a family room.  Behind that will be the bathroom and behind that, the storage/laundry/utilities area.  We will add a little hallway off the family room to the two bedrooms.  The front bedroom will use the closet that currently has a doorway into the back bedroom (which will be closed up).  The back bedroom will then get a brand new closet with only one bifolding door since the electrical panel is on that wall.  The two windows on the back of the house have been replaced with the same size vinyl windows.  The two windows in the bedrooms that are on the right side of the floorplan will be replaced with 36″x36″ egress windows.  Thankfully, our house sits up high, so not much digging will need to be done to add the egress windows – just a lot of cutting cement blocks.

The list for the basement seems almost endless, and I think it’s pretty obvious by the changes in the floorplan that there will be a LOT of work.  Thankfully, it is in an unused space and there is not a lot of altering the existing structures, which is what made the upstairs renovation take so long.

I’d like to give a shout out to my amazing parents, by the way!  Whenever I say “we will be _____” what I really mean is, “my parents will be _______ and San and I will be helping as much as we are able.”  My dad is a contractor and together, my mom and dad have turned an Amish house into a beautiful farmhouse (with added electricity, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, etc.) and have built a house from scratch, with countless other house projects under their belts that I haven’t mentioned, plus all the work my dad has done during his 30 years of carpentry experience.  They feel very strongly about helping us live the “American dream” of owning a home, and have helped us build equity through renovating our home.  We could never have done the initial renovation without them, and there is no way we could ever even attempt the basement renovation without them.  We are very lucky they are not only letting us stay with them, but they are working as quickly as possible during their own spare time to help us make money off our house.

Wish us luck as we get to this new chapter in our life!  We hope to update as much as we can, but it certainly won’t be as often as we had been.

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20 Weeks | Celia Rae (Baby Raisin)

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How big is baby: 6.5 inches long; the size of a banana!  Ahhh!  So big – no wonder my belly has just exploded!

Weight gain/loss: About 12-14 pounds.  I’ve decided not to stress about the weight.  As long as I’m eating mostly healthy, I am doing the best I can, and am eating when I’m hungry, then I’ll let the weight come.  It’s definitely been a struggle with my body image lately as I can barely fit into my regular pants (I have one pair that is stretchy so it has worked wonders as a transition pair) but can’t quite hold up maternity pants I bought.  They are just too loose around my hips but fit everywhere else, so even with the elastic all the way up to my bust, I’m constantly pulling them up.  I no longer really care if I look cute at all.  I just want to be comfortable and buy the least amount of maternity clothing as possible.

Sleep: Overall, good!  Waking up on my belly and feeling Celia kick is not fun – it’s so uncomfortable and I feel like I’m squishing her.  Other than that, I’ve been sleeping through the night most nights.

Stretch Marks: None yet

Cravings: Nothing really.

Aversions: Still chicken.

Movement: Celia is kicking regularly.  I haven’t noticed a consistent pattern, but it brings me to tears just thinking about how excited it makes me to feel her!  I will admit, thought, that she must be sitting pretty low in there today, so ever since I woke up, I’ve been pretty achey (almost crampy like I have my period) and I just feel super uncomfortable.  I’m assuming it is normal and will just get even stronger as she gets bigger.  Too bad telling her to find a new position doesn’t work!

What I’m loving: If you couldn’t tell by our gender reveal, I am just still in so much SHOCK over the fact that our miracle baby is the Celia Rae we have had in our hearts for years.  I just feels so incredibly blessed, thankful, humbled, terrified, excited, and overjoyed all at once.  I love calling her by name, finally being able to start picking out registry items and stuff we want to buy, and just dreaming about our little angel.

Symptoms: Nothing other than those listed.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited to start planning our registry (we already made one the day we found out we were pregnant, but it was pretty impulsive, so I want to do more researched planning this time around to refine it).  I’m excited to be pregnant even though it definitely isn’t easy!

What I’m nervous about: Um….just so much is up in the air right now.  I’m nervous about what I will be doing in even a month, but I’m holding on to faith like crazy!

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Baby Raisin | Gender Reveal

Oh my goodness, the day I had been waiting for for YEARS finally arrived!  San and I are both dreamers, so we have always talked about our children like they are already here.  Before we were even married, San was convinced our first child would be a girl.

We had her name picked out years ago, and when we found out we were finally pregnant, we wondered if his prediction would come true.  As the weeks went on, I was fully convinced Baby Raisin was a boy.  I’m not sure why, but I figure that with so much pressure for the baby to be a girl, I wanted to be super excited either way.  I had two dreams that the baby was a girl, but I didn’t take it as much of a sign.

Because this baby is such a surprise and a longed for miracle for us, I have wanted to photograph as much as possible to document every emotion during this ridiculously happy time in our lives.  We may never experience this again, so I want to be able to look back and remember with our baby for years to come.  I have wanted to do a gender reveal photo session for a few years, but now I went all out.

San and I are big doughnut lovers, and we had been planning on having a gender reveal party as a few friends had wanted to be there when we found out, but due to a lot of chaos in our lives right now, and the fact that the ultrasound was on a Wednesday and we couldn’t have the party until a Sunday (no way could we wait that long!), we went ahead with the private session.  I’m really glad it worked out that way, because as much as I would have loved to have been with friends and family, I’m not good at reacting authentically with all eyes on me.

My dear friend Anna is so special to me, so I’m so glad she got to be there during the reveal!  She was the first to know (other than the ultrasound technician) and she did an AMAZING job of hiding it on her face when she found out!  She told us she is glad there is autofocus on the camera because she was crying right along with us!

I have adored our wedding photographer, Leah’s, gender reveals (baby #2, baby #3, baby #4) in the past, so the photographer and over achiever in me wanted to do something big and grand to document our reaction to learning if our baby is a boy or a girl.  I had never known just how nerve-wracking these sessions are!  The adrenaline was pumping!

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Root beer, our favorite, with bows and straws from our wedding!

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Craspedia flowers dried from a wedding and a blue mason jar from our wedding.  So special to include those in our session.

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Boy or girl?

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I was seriously freaking out at this point.  Part of me didn’t want to open my eyes because the anticipation was just too much!  I may have said some swear words just because I am not good with so much intense emotion.  This was one of the most exciting moments of my life!  When we found out we were pregnant, we were not expecting it, so there was no adrenaline.  It was pure shock and a humbling sense of gratitude.  This was so different because we had been counting down the days for months and it was finally time!

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3…2…1…OPEN!

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Complete and utter shock as I looked down and saw not blue, but PINK.  I think I looked at it for a second not realizing I was seeing.  I was completely certain the baby was a boy!

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Pink!

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Then, the tears came!  We have dreamed of this little baby girl for years, she is already named, and we couldn’t be happier!

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I love this man more than words could ever describe.  Pictures are worth far more than a thousand words in this situation!  They are worth my whole life and so much more.  This sums up our marriage and bond perfectly.  Complete adoration and protection.

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So, coming in February, we are happy to get to welcome little Celia Rae Syhakhoun, the love of our life!  Her first name means heaven, which was our intent to have her named for years, but now God made the name have real meaning after our infertility struggle.  She is sent as a gift straight from above and her name will be a constant reminder of just how blessed we are.  Her middle name I just love anyway, but also comes from my Scottish heritage of my dad’s Scottish family coming from the Macrae clan in Scotland.   I can’t wait to meet this little one!  In the ultrasound, she already looks just like daddy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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19 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 6 inches long from head to bottom!! The size of an heirloom tomato or a mango!

Weight gain/loss: According to my scale, I’ve gained about 10 pounds (although I didn’t weigh myself on that consistently at the beginning of becoming pregnant, so I’m not sure).  We will see tomorrow the official weight gain at our 20 week ultrasound (these updates are a week off, so I’m technically 20 weeks today, but I’m just posting at the end the week.

Sleep: Overall, good!  I’ve been really trying to sleep on my side which has been working overall.  It just is very uncomfortable and somewhat painful when I wake up on my belly!

Stretch Marks: None yet

Cravings: Nothing.  No consistent cravings to find here!

Aversions: Still chicken.

Movement: I’m officially feeling the baby daily, and San and I both felt Baby Raisin kick on the outside of my belly on Saturday.  It was the best way to wake up that I’ve ever experienced!

What I’m loving: I’m loving that the baby is moving daily and can be felt in my lower belly if I push a little hard.  So cool!  I’ve been waiting for this start!

Symptoms: Nothing other than those listed.

What I’m excited about: We learn the baby’s gender tomorrow!!!!  I cannot wait!  I’m also just so excited to see how big the baby is on the ultrasound screen!  So exciting!!!!

What I’m nervous about: I’m just a little worried the baby won’t cooperate or that the ultrasound will show something abnormal, but we are holding on to faith that everything will be just the way we hope for!

We plan on posting the gender reveal photos tomorrow if all goes as planned!

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18 Weeks | Baby Raisin


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How big is baby: 5.5 inches long, or the size of a sweet potato!   Wow, that’s something I can really picture since I ate so many of them trying to get pregnant!

Weight gain/loss: No idea, truthfully.  I’ll find out next week at our 20 week ultrasound!  I’ve realized that I’m posting the updates pretty much a week late, but oh well.  I turn 19 weeks tomorrow, but it’s a good recap of the week I just had, I suppose!

Sleep: Um…we have some major changes going on in our life (we haven’t shared it openly on the blog or our Youtube channel yet, but we plan on it, so sleep has been really hard because I’ve honestly been incredibly stressed out.  I’ve gotten better at calming myself during the day, but at night, the worries wake me up quite often.

Stretch Marks: None yet

Cravings: I think I’ve had my first consistent craving: apple juice!

Aversions: Still chicken and just random things at night.

Movement: I’m not sure if I’ve felt anything that was real movement, but on Friday, I had a lot of pressure, almost like the baby was using the bottom of uterus as a trampoline.  Definitely not butterflies or flutters!

What I’m loving: I’m loving all the support we have from family and friends!  I’m loving that I feel good overall and that I can use more energy now since I definitely need it with all the stuff we have going on.

Symptoms: Really nothing this week.  I seriously don’t even feel pregnant really anymore except for the obvious belly and other growing parts.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited that in a week and two days we will (fingers crossed) know what the sex of our baby is!  We can finally start shopping!

What I’m nervous about: Um…where do I begin?  I’m leaning on God right now 100% to get me through the next couple months because our life is completely turned upside down right now.  It’s all in very good ways, but it leaves this hormonal woman feeling very stressed and out of her element!

Let’s do a fun comparison of my belly pretty much before I started showing at 6 weeks compared to now, three months later.  Um…a lot has changed!  I may need to buy a different tank top and bra because certain parts don’t really fit into what I started this photo journey wearing!

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17 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 5 inches long, or the size of a turnip!   He or she is growing super quickly right now!

Weight gain/loss: At my appointment last week, I was up 6 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I believe at least 1-2 of those pounds were from the state fair two days earlier, but either way, it’s a healthy gain so far.  Let’s hope it continues to increase slowly!

Sleep: Sleep has gotten a lot better.  I’ve been sleeping through the night most  nights now.  The only hard part is transitioning to sleeping on my side since I am a stomach sleeper all the way.  I’m on the edge of ordering of pillow that wraps around the front and back of me.  It sounds heavenly!

Stretch Marks: None yet

Cravings: No really strong cravings.

Aversions: Still chicken and just random things at night.

Movement: Nothing, no matter how much I concentrate, poke my belly, or talk to the baby.

What I’m loving: I’m loving that two people I know just gave birth yesterday/last night!  They both posted photos earlier while still pregnant and then by the time I woke up, the babies were born!  It made me so excited to meet our little one and also made me realize that in the scheme of things, delivery will not last more than a day in more cases, and even if it does, it’s really just a small amount of time compared to how long we have to wait for the baby to come.  Maybe I can actually push a baby out of my body naturally!  We shall see . . .

Symptoms: Random shooting pains in random areas once in a while.  Nothing else otherwise!  Just congested, but that’s due to allergies as well.

What I’m excited about: Two weeks from tomorrow we will learn the gender.  I am doing just about all that I can to stay sane, but it’s not working very well.  I’m not sure I can wait that long!

What I’m nervous about: Life has become really hectic.  Like, really, REALLY hectic.  We aren’t sharing publicly why yet, but we will shortly.  Let’s just say that the blog is going to be taking a hiatus for a while, which I am bummed about, but BIG changes are coming!  GINORMOUS!  As if having a baby isn’t enough for us, we have to go and make some more drastic changes.  All for the better, though!  More on that eventually.  I’m just nervous about handling the stress, but I’m keeping the end result front and center.

I was doing biweekly videos, but I don’t have much to say right now since not much has changed, so I’ve decided to do them randomly when there are new changes to discuss.

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End of Summer Thrift Store Haul

I love me some thrift store shopping! I’m getting pretty uncomfortable in my current tops, but don’t want to invest in a ton of maternity tops if I don’t have to, so I headed to our local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores to check out some stretchy, loose tank tops that I can wear into the fall and winter with cardigans and sweaters. I may have picked up some home decor and Christmas items while I was there . . .

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Our First Round of Pregnancy Purchases

Because we don’t know the gender yet, we have been holding off on buying anything major for the baby, just in case we change our minds on something after knowing whether the baby is a boy or a girl.  However, we have been super excited to begin purchasing pregnancy-related items such as maternity clothing and books!

I filmed a video of everything I’ve bought so far.  We would definitely appreciate suggestions on other items as far as maternity clothing and books go.  Also, if you have any websites, magazines, or items of that nature that were helpful to you or someone you know during pregnancy or as a new parent, please let us know!  We are so new to this and are definitely open to suggestions!

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A Pregnant Woman’s Dream: MN State Fair

It’s Christmas in August!  It’s better than a birthday!  It’s the Minnesota State Fair!  San and I make it a point to always try to go a full day to the state fair, and to eat as much of the new food as we can!  It’s probably our favorite day of the year!  We love our state, despite it’s nasty winters, and we just love all of the Minnesota pride at the fair!

We went with my parents this year, and in order to avoid walking more than we need to, missing out on foods we wanted to try or attractions we wanted to see, I got a little crazy and made a color coded chart to help us not miss a thing.  I printed out the state fair map in black and white and used different colored numbers to mark all the attractions we wanted to see, the food we had to try, and the food we were open to but that weren’t necessary (in case they sounded good at the time that day).  I even went so far as to laminate them because there was a chance of rain.

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Despite the jokes made about my OCD tendencies, this came in so handy!  We were able to plan a route that didn’t require any back-tracking, we ate all the food we wanted, and we got to see a ton of cool stuff while we were still energetic and not yet drained from the heat, food, and walking.

I got roped into doing the Giant Sing-Along after I commented that I could do such a better job than all those currently singing to “Walking on Sunshine.”  Little did I know, the highlighted words were hard to follow and I was not nearly as familiar with the second verse as I was with the first.  Oh well, it was fun!

 

 

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The pizza tots from Green Mill were really good!  I didn’t realize that we’ve actually had these before at Green Mill, so I was a little let down that they weren’t specially created for the fair, but they were good nonetheless.

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My mom was craving a brownie, so we indulged in this turtle brownie.  It’s so nice to have four people to split everything with!

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O’Gara’s was on our must-have list with their pretzel cheese curds.  They were probably the best cheese curds I’ve ever had.  The outer shell was made from pretzels, so it was very crunchy, and the inside had delicious beer cheese.  I could eat those daily!

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My dad is really into our Scottish heritage (he may own bagpipes and a Scottish hat…oh and he has a “utili-kilt” which is a tool belt and kilt in one), so we stopped to listen to the bagpiper for a while.  Redheads, unite!

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The PB&J French Toast at the Robbinsdale Dining Hall was delicious!  Seriously, the french toast were good enough, but the peanut butter and jelly was just a fun addition.

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San had to try the beer gelato.  I thought it was disgusting (I’m not a beer drinker even when I’m not pregnant), but San really liked it.

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We definitely had to stop at the newly revamped West End Market.  It was gorgeous!  I loved the Blue Barn.  My mom and I agreed that one of us needs a blue barn.  It is so fun and gorgeous!

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We tried the Blue Cheese Corn Fritz there and they were actually delicious!  I’m not a big fan of bleu cheese, but it wasn’t that noticeable.  All the flavors were very interesting and the texture was amazing.  This was definitely my favorite really unique food there.

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I had to get a yearly photo of San drinking beer – his favorite part of the fair!

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We got to see a historic house that was home to the first MN state senator!  It was just so cool to learn how far our state has come!

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San wanted to try some deep fried lobster on a stick.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything amazing either.

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I always have to order the Hotdish-on-a-Stick from Ole & Lena’s if we see it.  It’s nothing amazing, but it’s a tradition and very Minnesotan, which is what the fair is all about!

 

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We walked through the various animal barns.  I was giddy when I saw the piglets sleeping on top of each other and I actually got to pet a newborn piglet!  I was in heaven!  I love pigs!  It was so soft and just precious!

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We also saw the largest pig in Minnesota.  I believe it was 800 pounds!  We learned that piglets grow a pound and a half every day!  I’m so glad human babies don’t grow that fast!

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We had a hankering for onion rings, so we got a Blooming Onion.  It was pretty good.  It was a lot even for four people to split.  The batter was very, very hard, and didn’t have much flavor, but it was still good overall.

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We had to stop at the Dairy Barn.  They have the best ice cream ever!  San and I shared a raspberry malt (Aaaaa.maz.ing!) and my mom and dad shared a twist cone.

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In the Ag/Horitculture building, San and my dad shared some beer samples.

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San had to try the s’mores beer.  He said it was really good!  It looked good to me…if it wasn’t beer!

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I decided to try the walleye mac and cheese when I saw that it had red pepper, corn, and gouda cheese.  It was very delicious!  I could have eaten a huge plate full of that.

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Toward the end of the day when we were getting tired, San didn’t want the food to end, so he bought another round of just regular cheese curds.  They never disappoint!

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To end the day, San ordered some crab fritters.  He loved them!  I thought they were almost delicious, but they had too much of some spice that was overpowering.  Very good, otherwise!

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Oh man, what a day!  We also walked through many exhibits, bought a bunch of stuff (like some handmade wooden toys for the baby), visited the Pet Center (you know we love spoiling our pups), watched part of a stunt dog show, and just had fun walking around!  I already can’t wait for next year!

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