Thursday, April 26, 2012


It is a rainy, yucky day here on the East Coast. And the weather isn't looking
 promising for the weekend. That means we can get the house more organized! I can see the look of excitement on my husbands face ;)

I am sure we have all felt like this at somepoint but why is it that when you try and do something nice for someone, it becomes more complicated and unenjoyable then you expected.  It is almost like you should go into it thinking "yeah this is gonna suck but I'll do it anyway" then if it doesn't suck you'll be pleasnatly surprised.

I have been thinking about a Big Sister gift for H.B.Nanna for when Baby Boy arrives.  I want to get her something that means something but not something that is going to get put away and forgotten about.  She has quite a few Big Sister shirts and unless she changes her attitude on shirts with words, they may never get worn. I was thinking about a necklace or bracelet.  She likes to wear them when she plays dress up but I don't know if she is ready to wear something like that all of the time.
Any suggestions?

Every year since H.B.Nanna was born we have participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies walk. While H.B.Nanna did have to spend some time in the ICN, we were forunate enough to have a fairly easy time.  Other babies are not so lucky.  This year {as much as I really want to} we are not participating.  With my pregnancy being high-risk, I don't want to take any chances on doing something that could encourage an early arrival for Baby Boy.  That being said, please consider making a donation to the March of Dimes.  They are wonderful people that do wonderful things for those that are to little to help themselves.  If you are unsure how to make a donation or if you want to donate specifically to a walk team, let me know and I will be more then glad to point you in the right direction.

Guest Post - Learn to Walk and Read at the Same Age

Learn to Walk and Read at the Same Age
Article submitted by Kathleen Thomas on behalf of Primrose Schools
For decades, research has shown that reading to your child and providing your child with the opportunity to interact with books are two of the main predictors for reading and school success. Many parents think that babies are too young to be read to, but you can instill a love of reading in children as young as a few months old, and even before birth.

When you read to a young child, point to pictures and talk about them with your child. Ask your child questions about the characters in the pictures and ask your child what he thinks is happening or will happen. You do not need to read the exact words in the story. Be creative and personalize the story for your child to make it fun and keep the child's interest.

One of the most important gifts you can give your child is time spent reading. This will not only help the habit become second nature, but also prepare them for an educational child care. Setting aside time daily to read to your child will help your child love to read and be an active reader. Although your child will be read to in preschool, this is not enough. Spend time reading to your child daily at home in addition to his reading in school.

The author of Dr. Spock's Baby Basics, Dr. Robert Needlman, believes that the most important way to raise a reader is to read to the child frequently beginning in infancy. Make the time to sit down with your child and share a story. Read it together and engage your child by asking questions. Connect with your child and make the experience fun, and your child will soon associate books and learning with fun.

Reading any book is better than not reading, but try to choose books that will engage your child. Young children enjoy vivid pictures and rhythmic words. Since toddlers like repetition, you will be reading the same book over and over again, so choose books you enjoy. Selecting books that you enjoy will encourage you to be more animated when reading, which makes it more fun for the both of you. When your child sees you enjoying a book, whether it's a novel or a children's book, he will also begin to love books and reading.

Here are some tips to help you raise a reader:

• Provide your child with books on his level on different subjects
• Read to your child daily beginning in infancy
• Keep books available in the car and in your bag for long waiting periods
• Ask your child's preschool teacher what they are reading in school and get the same books to read at home
• Preschoolers will enjoy "reading" their favorite books to you. They will retell it in their own words and use the pictures as cues. Even if they tell you a vastly different story than what is written, this is important because it means they are associating the written word with telling a story.

Children are born wanting to learn how to use language in both spoken and written forms. As parents, we talk to our children to teach them how to communicate with other people. Reading to your child is another way to foster their learning and teaches them how to use written words to tell a story. Read to your child every day beginning in infancy to raise a child who loves to read and loves to learn.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Seriously, when did my Baby Girl get so big?!

She picks out her own clothes {for the most part, I still get the final say!}

She goes to the potty all by herself.

She sleeps in a big girl {double} bed.

She uses big words like predictable.

She writes her first and middle name.

She knows how to spell her last name and is days away from writing it.

She counts by 2.

And thanks to her favorite song B-I-N-G-O, she knows how to spell most family members names.

I feel like yesterday she was just this small!

29 Weeks

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Sleep habits: Sleep?! Some nights I get lots.  Some nights not so much. 

Maternity clothes: Yep.

Food cravings: Some days I can not get enough chocolate. As in OMG give me your chocolate now. Other days, it is all I can do to force myself to eat.

Symptoms: Still a little swelling here and there. I am still having some headaches but my bp seems to be ok.

Gender: Boy :)

Movement: Some days this boy is going crazy and other days he is just down right lazy. Sometimes I get worried but if I can do something to get him going then I am happy.

Nursery: Yet another productive {rainy} weekend.  Baby Boy's room is really coming together.  The carpets were cleaned and the crib was put together. I've emptied the closet and started washing clothes.  I want to be ready in case he decides to make an early entrance into this world like his sister!

We even put the swing together.  I want H.B.Nanna to get used to it.  She wanted to push her baby doll in it.  We are working on the slow and gentle part but she seems really excited.

I think the dog was pretty traumatized when she saw it.  Kind of like "Oh Gosh!! Here we go again!"

Next appointment: Today I go for my weekly visit and ultrasound.  Next week my ultrasound is a Level II at the Maternal Fetal Medicine office.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rants of a Pregnant Woman!

Sure blame it on the hormones! 

I have really tried my best to not let my hormones get the best of me.  I try and be nice to Stephen.  I try not to lose my cool with H.B.Nanna.  And I really try not to give my dog away when she won't stop following me.

I must be doing ok because everyone is still present and accounted for in my life.

That being said, there are some darn things that really get me going.

Like when someone feels the need to touch my belly. Please respect my space.

Or when someone tells me that I am large and that they don't think I will make it till July.  Seriously...who asked you?!

People who do not respond to emails.  I emailed you for a reason so please respond. I don't care if it is a week later...something is better then nothing.

Comments from the peanut gallery seem to be bothering me more then usual.  They don't even have to be about me.  I find myself biting my tongue more then normal and I am not normally a person of confrontation.

How about when you feel like you are the only person excited about something?  I know...been there, done that...but for the sake of the hormonal pregnant lady, can you at least pretend to be excited?!  Please and thank you.

Weekly doctors visits and ultrasounds.  Love that they want to monitor me more closely.  I feel better knowing exactly how I am progressing from week to week....but what a pain in yhe tookus. The schedule gives me appointments till a week after my due date.....oh H*E*L*L no!!  I am evicting this baby long before then!!

And this heat!  Goodness it is only April and we are in shorts and tank tops.  Whatever will I do till July?!  I told Stephen that I may never leave the air conditioning.

I could go on and on but who wants to listen to me. As Mom's we've been through this. It's nothing new. And when this is all said and done, there will come a point when we openly admit to missing it and even admit to how great pregnancy was.  {key word is at some point}  I mean really, how many times in your life can you really tell a person what you think and blame it on the hormones?!

Monday, April 16, 2012

28 Weeks

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Sleep habits: I find that I am so tired at night I am actually not waking to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  That makes for quick dashes in the morning!

Maternity clothes: Bring on the warm weather! This past weekend I picked up 2 pairs of shorts.  Thank goodness because I have worn them both already.
Food cravings: I ate really poorly this weekend.  I find I am giving in to the ice cream craving a lot...but that is what cravings are, right?

Symptoms: Still swelling. I have had some headaches but my bp is low so that is a good sign.

I passed my glucose test! That makes me happy since I wasn't able to drink the drink {I tend to have a reaction to things that have a lot of Red 40} and they did a fasting/double blood work test.  It was a pain {pregnant women should not have to fast!!} but I am glad it worked out.
Gender: Boy :) Four different ultrasound techs and a doctor have all confirmed it!

Movement: Little boy is moving well.  Last week we had a few slow days which had me a little nervous but as long as I can do something to make him move then I am happy. During my ultrasound today he had his feet and his hands covering his face. Silly boy!

Nursery: I love productive weekends!!  Thanks to my loving husband, Baby Boy has fresh paint in his room!  Three walls are blue and one wall has stripes.  I LOVE the stripes.  The gray really makes the blue pop.  I am painting letters for Baby Boy's name orange.  I saw something similar on Pinterest and I really like it.

Next appointment: I am now on weekly visits with ultrasounds.  This is what happens when your first pregnancy results in severe pre-eclampsia.  As much of a pain it will be going every week for the rest of my pregnancy, I would rather them monitor me more closely then not.

At each ultrasound Baby Boy has to pass an 8 point test.  If he doesn't, then I have to go to the hospital for an NST.  They only give him 30 minutes to pass.  Today we had not problems, thank goodness!

I have to have a Level II once a month until the end of my pregnancy.  I have to travel to the Maternal Fetal Medicine office for that which is about 2 hours away but again...I'd rather be safe then sorry.

Holy Belly!!!! 
I have really been slacking with the belly pics so I snapped this one quickly today.
Shirt is Liz Lange {Target}; Shorts are from Burlington Coat Factory

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pinterest Recipes

The other day someone posted on FB asking what we did before Pinterest.

I may have gone to culinary school but I really do enjoy searching for new recipes.

Pinterest makes this easier.  And is pretty addicting.

A few weeks ago we made this guacamole grilled cheese.
I added bacon to it which is kind of like this recipe.

It was so good!  We made it again the other night for dinner. 

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!!
It occurred to me this morning when the three of us were cuddling in bed that this could potentially be our last holiday as a family of three.  Of course Memorial Day is at the end of May but since H.B.Nanna was five weeks early, I wouldn't but it past Baby Boy to make an early entrance.  {He can't let his big sister show him up!!}

I don't know what to think of this.  For the last three years my holidays has revolved around H.B.Nanna.  Now they will revolve around my two children.  Wow.

In keeping with Easter tradition, of course H.B.Nanna has to be sick.  Her first Easter she was only a few months old and {if memory serves me right} still on her heart monitor.  Her second Easter she was one and had a 104 temperature.  While everyone was eating dinner, I was crying as I had her in the bathtub.  Her third Easter we had moved but traveled up to my parents for the weekend.  H.B.Nanna spent the weekend with a fever and throwing up.  This guessed it...another fever. So we decided to stay home and have a quite Easter. 

I think Easter was not meant to be our holiday.  Last night I told my Mom that I am not celebrating next year. I can't even imagine....

Friday night we dyed Easter eggs.  It was a struggle to get someone to agree to a smock but eventually she realized no smock = no egg dying.

Egg dyeing is exhausting..even when you are the dog! 

Quality control! 

Saturday we went to see the Easter Bunny.  It was obvious that H.B.Nanna wasn't feeling well. Her red cheeks said it all but I didn't want her to miss out. She did really well with Santa so I thought the Bunny would be no problem. So we waited to see the Bunny. She talked about how she was going to ask if his name was Pete {She kept asking if he was Pete from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse dressed up as a Bunny} Then it was her turn to see the Bunny. And she wanted nothing to do with him!  I told her I would go with her {thinking I would be able to sneak away} but she wouldn't even give him a high five.  I sat next to the Bunny and with lots of tickling we were able to get this picture -
{Please excuse the picture of a picture}

We came home and dealt with a sick H.B.Nanna and a sick Stephen. It was such a fun night that we forgot to leave carrots for the Bunny.  But amazingly enough he still found our house.  Amazing!

She just knew to bite the ears. Such a smart girl! 

This paint book was the highlight of the Easter basket.  
It's nap time at our house.  We are planning to have an Easter egg hunt after H.B.Nanna wakes up.  Then it is a quiet dinner including the mac and cheese I was supposed to take to my parents for dinner.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter with family and friends!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

It isn't very often that we get a great picture of the 2 of us.
This is definitely a frame worthy picture!

Monday, April 2, 2012

26 weeks

Sorry there was no update last week.  I was in bed for 2 days completely useless as Stephen says.  Getting sick stinks but getting sick when you are pregnant is a million times worse!

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

Sleep habits: Same.

Maternity clothes: I ordered a dress and capris from Old Navy and they both fit really well. 
Food cravings: I want salty food but I think I have been ding really well limiting myself. And chocolate.  There isn't enough chocolate to make me happy!
Symptoms: Still swelling. I came home from San Francisco last week with a cold. I have been dealing with this for 11 days now {I finished my 5 day antibiotic} and it is still going.  It just really stinks!!

I had a doctors appointment today and my bp was a little high. Nothing to be concerned about yet.  I was to have my glucose test today but because I sometimes have a reaction to Red 40, they are sending me to have it done without dye.

Gender: Boy :)
Movement: This is one active little boy!!

Nursery: Well we have a little progress. H.B.Nanna made the big change to her big girl room last night.  She did really well once she FINALLY fell asleep. Now that she is in her new room, work on the nursery can begin. I have decided that due to time restrictions we are going to forgo the stripes in the nursery. I still want gray and blue {3 walls blue and 1 gray} but I will be nice to Stephen! ;)

Next appointment: I have to go MFM tomorrow for a second Level II ultrasound to look at my uterine arteries.  My regular OB is starting me on 2 week visits with ultrasounds at each visit; my next appointment is April 16th.

I had the pleasure of being in a dear friends wedding this weekend.  Jacqui and I go way back but like they say, even if you don't talk for a number of years we get together and pick up like there was no time lost. 

These are picture from the wedding. I was 25 weeks 6 days in these pictures.
The dress wasn't maternity and they only had to add 3 inches to each side!

I loved my dress!