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August 30, 2009

You've Got Mail!

I was so excited when my husband finally put a flag on our mailbox. I had asked him a few times before to put one on after our mailbox was vandalized in December. I was tired of taking the mail with me to work and forgetting to drop it in the mailbox, or leaving it in my car for a few days before I remembered to drop it off at the post office.

My new flag was installed on a Friday night and on Saturday morning on my way out the driveway, I noticed our mailbox had been vandalized AGAIN! This time, both doors were torn off of it, but I was able to find both of them in the ditch and we reattached them. The part that took the most damage was the post. I think our mailbox can handle one more beating and then it's done. My husband says he's making a steel mailbox after this attack. Although I love him to death, if it has taken him over six months to install a mail box, I cannot imagine when I will get my new mail box...

 

BUT, the best part is the flag! It's still standing strong! 

 

August 27, 2009

Dreams 2 - Pregnancy Update #20

I've come to the conclusion that I am terrified to breast feed. This is the second dream I have had about nursing a child. This time, my child, a boy (we all know I'm having a girl) was at my breast trying to nurse. He was the cutest little thing, the dark pink skin tone, brown hair and a cute blue outfit. He was so tiny. Then, I got a glimpse of my nipple. It was the size and shape of the old school square-top Playtex nipples.  I remember using these bottle nipples years ago as a babysitter.  But my nipple was covered in dark wrinkly nipple skin! I saw my nipple once and was so horrified to even look again! That's when I must have woke up!

 

These are the old-school nipples I recall...

 

August 25, 2009

Baby Bump Photos - Pregnancy Update #19

A few friends suggested I take photos of my belly. Some suggested weekly photos, while others suggested monthly photos. One of my friends said, "Even if you don't share them with anyone, they are fun to look at." How and why on Earth would I take photos of my baby bump if I am not going to share them? Isn't this why people tune in to read my blog and find out what's going on in my life? 

My husband and I attempt to take weekly photos but things don't always go as planned and before we know it, a week or so has slipped by. I also make him cut off my head because our photo sessions are usually when I spent an hour at the gym and am super nasty and sweaty and often not wearing a bra. I wear the same black yoga pants and try to stand in the same position on the tile floor in the dining room. He kneels a few feet away, shoos the dog out of the photo, and three clicks later, we're done. I've also made him take photos of my butt. I want to see how wide it gets. So far there has been no change from the first photo (at 11 weeks) until now (21 weeks), but I'm convinced my butt will get bigger soon.

Below you can see my baby bump at 15 weeks and 21 weeks. 

 

August 24, 2009

That's Not Gas - Pregnancy Update #18

This one's for you, Heather D.

Sometimes I forget there is a sperm that sprouted appendages inside of me. Often I'll be sitting at my desk thinking, "What is going on inside my belly, is that gas?" I quickly realize it isn't gas, but a baby moving.

August 20, 2009

First Purchase - Pregnancy Update #17

 

My husband and I made our first baby purchase last weekend...101 baby hangers from my boss's garage sale. We paid $5 for all of them. Currently they are retailing for $2.50 for a pack of 10 at Babies R Us. That's a savings of $20. They are hanging nicely in her closet...

August 17, 2009

Dreams - Pregnancy Update #16

I've heard a woman who is pregnant can have crazy dreams, and so far I've had only one, but it was odd...

For some reason I scheduled my normal monthly prenatal exam at the gym about 40 mins before a group class was to begin. My doctor (who was completely different in the dream than in real life) was oriental, and about 8 months pregnant herself. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but she decided to give me a shot so that I'd go into labor one week early. This was odd since I'm not due until December. A class instructor, who is also pregnant in real life and due in December, came into the room and I told her about the shot and she wanted some of the shot, too. The doctor was trying to find another needle so the instructor could have the shot and then all of the sudden, the instructor was gone.

After that, I was concerned about this shot and the doctor gave it to me and said, now, I need you to nurse for the next 10 hours. I looked at the doctor and said, "What??? Nurse??? I don't have a baby, I don't have a breast pump!" The doctor said to me, you don't need a breast pump, you just need a coat hanger, I'll show you.

All of the sudden I'm back at my house (which of course is a little different in my dream than reality), with the doctor, who has to go soon, and we don't have any metal coat hangers at our house. (This is probably true, since I hate them and always use the plastic ones). So I was crying and freaking out that I wasn't going to be able to nurse for 10 hours because we didn't have a coat hanger and the doctor was packing up and getting ready to leave so she woudn't have time to show me how to nurse with a coat hanger...and that's all I recall.

I'm sure this is the classic "feeling of not being prepared" dream...

August 12, 2009

It's a Girl - Pregnancy Update #15

This week I'm 20 weeks pregnant and happy to be half way done with my pregnancy. It's honestly been fine compared to lots of horror stories of morning sickness, back aches and swollen feet that I've heard about. I'm sure I'm not ready to be a parent, but I'm ready to have my normal clothes back, especially pants, a big girl soda pop and the ability to do anything--roller coasters, race events, etc.

Today was my ultrasound -- It's a girl! If you followed my gender test blog, you will realize most experiments said it was a boy. My husband put all of his eggs in Jim M.'s basket because Jim's wife, Maria, said he was always right. Jim predicted a boy, so his average is slipping.

Everything looked "good" and "normal" according to the technician. Below are the photos we received. We also get a VHS tape that she forgot to give to us, but we don't have a VCR at home, so we are in no hurry to pick it up!

Here is a close up side profile of our little girl.

 

 

 

A collage: top row is the face (skull like image on the right), followed by the spine.
bottom row shows the profile, and a foot.

 

August 10, 2009

Myths Busted

I recently read this in a pregnancy magazine that came in the mail and I'm so excited! As a back sleeper I couldn't be happier!

MYTH: You should always sleep on your side. 

REALITY: Many pregnancy books caution women not to sleep on their back, claiming that it causes the uterus to rest on-and thus block- the vena cava, a large vein that pumps blood to the baby. But docs say these fears are greatly exaggerated. During the fist and second trimesters, you can safely sleep on your back because your uterus is still too small to compress the vein. After about 28 weeks, when you're entering your third trimester, doctors do recommend trying to sleep on your side. But you needn't worry if you accidentally flip onto your back while dozing. If you really are blocking the vena cava, you'll wake up short of breath and lightheaded. It's your body's way to telling you to get off your back.

Taken from the American Baby Magazine. The Welcome Issue. "Don't Worry." Page 12.

August 07, 2009

Rock Hard Abs - Pregnancy Update #14

This past week I've been noticing my belly is tight. It doesn't feel tight unless you touch it. I even pointed it out to my husband and made him poke at me. Maybe it's been that way since I got knocked up and I never noticed because I really don't like to touch my stomach. My friend Sam C. (who is a guy) even asked me the week before if it was tight. And I don't think it was. I really wish it was just my tight abs...

 

August 05, 2009

Peas Please

Just a sampling of the peas I have in my garden! I love to eat them fresh, right off the vine is when they taste best! They are now all gone, but I'm diving into my green beans!

August 03, 2009

Boy, Girl, Twins or Triplets? - Pregnancy Update #13

My husband has recently expressed his desire to try all of the "tests" to determine what the sex of his child will be. Here are the results of our experiment:

Chinese Baby Gender Predictor #1
Based on the following information: 

Woman's Birth Year: 1979 -- Month: 6 -- Day: 12 -- Time Zone: EST
Conception Year: 2009 -- Month: 4 -- Day: 3 -- Time Zone: EST

It's a boy. (Chinese Age 31 at Lunar month 3)

 

Chinese Baby Gender Predictor #2
Based on my age at conception (29) and the month of conception (April) this chart shows it's a girl. There is a 33% chance it will be a boy and a 67% chance it will be a girl.

 

Wedding Ring Gender Prediction Method
Attaching my husband's wedding ring to a piece of dental floss, the ring was held over my belly while laying down. If the ring swings in a circular motion, it's a girl. If it swings to and fro like a pendulum, it's a boy. My results were as follows:

Laying on the living room floor: To and fro motion = boy
(My husband even tried starting the movement of the ring with a circular motion and it went back to the to and fro motion.)

Laying on the bed: To and fro motion = boy
(After I did this experiment, my husband got on the bed and I had to do the test over his belly. He's having a girl.)

 

Drano Gender Prediction Test
Ingredients: 
2 tablespoons of Crystal Drano. It is very important "crystal" Drano is used.
2 to 3 ounces of pregnant woman's urine. Preferably first morning urine.
glass jar

Directions:
Take test materials outside. Add Drano to glass jar. Add urine to jar and back away because a chemical reaction will occur.
When the reaction stops, observe the color:
if the mixture darkens to a brownish color, within the first 10 seconds, it's a boy.
if there is no change in color, it's a girl.
Dispose of materials properly.

This test must be performed after the 4th month of pregnancy and outdoors. 

One early morning my husband and I came outside armed with a glass jar filled with Drano Crystals and a cup of my urine. We poured the urine into the glass and watched and waited. 

Above you can see the Drano we used; The jar filled with Drano Crystals; The jar just after the urine was poured in and the end result.

My husband and I have concluded that these results are inconclusive, but after looking at these photos, the urine did turn brown...so perhaps it's a boy. 

Personal Predictions
Jim M. says it's a boy. His wife says he is very accurate.
Dawn W. says it's a boy. Her employee Judy C. says she is usually always right.
Jaime O. thinks it's a girl, but she is rarely accurate.
Erica G. says if you crave sweets, it's a girl. If you crave salty food, it's a boy. My sweet cravings have remained unchanged so far.

We did all of this for fun and had a great time doing it. No matter what the gender, we just want a healthy baby and we'll know for sure if it is a boy or a girl on August 12th!