Sunday, September 14, 2008

The race to 4500 - And first belly pics

First off let me start by saying, no I will not be hogging the blog with my own non sense every week. AJ is starting to feel much better so I will be turning over the keys shortly. She is planning on giving everyone an update tomorrow after our doctor appointment.

Now back to my update. As many of you know, and TV has taught us throughout the years, pregnant women eat...A LOT. Not just because they want to, but as it turns out because the have to. The simple math says to add between 300 - 500 calories to your normal diet....per baby! So with one baby that does not mean much of a change, but with four babies you are looking at a pretty big increase. All the books and doctors tell us AJ should be eating between 4000 and 4500 calories per day! Now at first glance that seems like a walk in the park, but try doing it without eating sweets or for the Sather's drinking beer. For instance take a look at what AJ consumed yesterday:

3 Eggs
1 Piece of toast w/Peanut Butter
1 Grapefruit
3 Peanut Butter Crackers
1 Brownie Snack Cake
1 Granola Bar
1 Personal Pizza
1/2 cup of trail mix
1/2 baked potato
5 oz of Steak
1 pudding
1 serving of potato chips
1 milk shake
1 bowl of cereal

All that and she was still 1000 calories short of her goal!!! Obviously one problem is just the amount of food it takes to reach 4500 calories, the other problem is battling the "morning sickness" which lasts all day. So here is where we need a little help. Give us your suggestions for the most fattening, high calorie foods you can think of. The meal you only wish you could eat everyday. We found the personal pizzas (which seem to be going down the best so far) pack a mean punch with 700 calories per pizza, but we are looking for some other suggestions. A few restrictions: Can not contain a lot of sugar (high risk for gestational diabetes) or revolve around chicken (trigger food at the moment) pork (never been able to eat) or fish (avoided eating while preggers). Anything from fast food to frozen dinners is welcome, we just need to get this girl eating. Doctors say she needs to gain 70 pounds by the time she delivers so we have 69 more to go. Which is only 3 lbs. per week.....if we all only had this problem. So now that I have made you all jealous here are the first belly pics. Our camera broke a few months ago and we finally got around to replacing it today. She started her 10th week today so you can see how fast her belly is growing, despite only gaining one pound.


Anonymous said...

Amy Jo, SO CUTE, YOUR BELLY!! You and I even have the same hair cut!
The food... i know the food, itold you some of my secrets for adding fat. I know its hard, but once you get to the 12th week, the sickness does go away. I am cheering you on and here for you in any way i can :) And great job Brandon on the blogging, all my blog readers prefer my husband's entries, go figure! Cant wait to see you guys on the 22nd

Anonymous said...


Whataburger Chocolate Shake (medium)

Calories 904.8
Total Fat 24.8
Cholestoral (mg) 90
Sodium (mg) 478.5
Carbs (g) 145.7
Protein (g) 19.5

The double meat Whataburger packs a punch too at 836 calories but the sodium is 1304.

- Tim C.

Anonymous said...

Mr. B's Calorie Challenge '08

When: Early October TBD

What: Men vs Women Pizza and Ranch eating contest!

Coors light available for the men.

-Tim and Barb

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe how big you are. I miss you guys so much, wish we could be there. I am so proud of you for eating, I am sure if you eat whataburger all day you will be good. At least have a plain & dry whataburger w/ gravy & fries for me. Love you guys & miss you....Patrick & Christine