Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Laughed A Lot

Thumper got the hiccups today.
I'd read it would happen, that you may see them hiccuping...I read that a good while ago, though. And thought probably I wouldn't see it.
Thumper got the hiccups today and it was SO FUNNY.
I kept laughing then kept trying to hush in case my laughing would scare his hiccups away.

Weird and trippy.
To have your belly spasm out due to a hiccuping baby.

Best ever.
Wish boy had been home to see.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's The Little Things

My gorgeous sexy husband made Rice Krispy Treats last night.

The first thing I thought upon waking (no joke) was 'go get a RKT from the fridge!!' and I reeeeeeeeeeally wanted one.
HOWEVER: I waited until after my prenatal appointment and got an egg and cheese biscuit instead. I had a RKT *afterwards*, but I waited until I had gotten some protein for Thumper first.

Then, for lunch, I really really REALLY wanted a bowl of vanilla ice-cream with chopped nuts and hot fudge sauce (yes, we have them all).
HOWEVER: I cooked two veggie springrolls instead and ate them with some sweet n' sour sauce.

After lunch I really really REEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY wanted some more Rice Krispy Treats. So I microwaved and ate THREE STRAWBERRIES instead.

And all day I haven't been thirsty at all, but I've been chowing down my water.

It may be a pain in the arse now, but it's the *little* things that with help our romper-stomper be tough and strong.

Right now I'm contemplating healthy meal options for dinner...maybe a thai curry (with chicken for boy's half) over some rice. Or maybe I'll do something with spinach...

*thumpers biceps swell up like popeye within the womb*

Monday, January 26, 2009

Nursery Floor

The boys put in the nursery floor last night.
Or at least the first half of it.
We're all very excited, it's looking awesome - we hope to finish it today.

While they worked in there I worked in two other rooms of the house - the lounge and the art room.

Maybe I overdid it a little...I'm very tired today.
Or maybe I just stayed up too late.
At any rate I'd *adore* a lazy day but there is still so much work to be done.

I suppose we'll figure it out.
It's 10.30am and we should be clearing out our rental (we're due out by the end of Saturday, this coming week)
And all I want to do is crawl back into bed and rest.


Maybe a good breakfast of museli will help me get started.

Week 31

Fetal development in pregnancy week 31:fetus in seventh month

Your not-so-little-one is just a bit closer to their birth weight and height at around 4 pounds and 17 inches. With each added layer of baby fat, your baby's skin starts to look more and more like it will when they finally get to see the light of day. The heavy news: you can expect your miracle-gro muffin to gain about a half a pound of weight per week from now until about two weeks before birth. Great. That's just what you needed. Even more weight to carry around!

Your baby's still-developing immune system has gained substantial strength over the past few weeks getting them in full gear to face our disease-ridden world o’ wonders. Obviously, a large majority of your child’s immune strength will be derived from exposure to breast milk as well as the outside elements. Their cute little noggin’ (which could already be covered with luscious locks or just purty peach fuzz), is still soft because the skull bones have not yet fused together. As much as that sounds a little too vulnerable, their “skull softness” allows for a much smoother passage through the birth canal during labor—something both you and your little swimmer will appreciate when it’s finally time to “go!” Also, some babies will have that “soft spot” on their head for up to one year after birth.

And how's mom doing? Have you felt anything you suspect might be contractions already? Braxton-Hick contractions are part and parcel of the second half of pregnancy and lucky for you, become more frequent during the third trimester. Cleverly dubbed “false labor” contractions, these spasms are an obnoxious fake-out and shouldn’t be confused with premature labor. The fun part of having BH contractions is that it’s not unusual for them to be painful... and by fun, we mean “why oh why, does the third trimester mean everything is uncomfortable?” Still, just a heads up: if you notice the contractions more than four times in one hour, or even more glamorous—changes in your vaginal discharge, call your healthcare practitioner right away.

As for other third-trimester niceties; your nipples may be engaging in a bit of “pre-milk” expulsion at the most untimely moments. So next time you’ve got yourself a pair of damp head-lights in the grocery store, just go ahead and purchase the nursing pads to protect your clothes, bras, and any remaining shreds of dignity you can salvage.

As your magical growing baby obstinately refuses to shrink or give back any real-estate in your belly, you can sit back, "relax," and take in the heartburn and increased lower back pain. If you choose, you can always eat less with each meal, and instead opt for smaller more frequent meals, this should help the heartburn. As for your poor back, get off your feet and elevate them above your heart, double-check the names list, and how many key baby-items you’ve already got in your registry. If you’re lucky, you might just make it in less than eight weeks! Hang in there wonder-mom, we believe in you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I really *try* to look pregnant in my blog photos.
I really don't look very pregnant at all.
Here I am, without trying to look any particular way, dancing with my lovely little Thumper.

The best photo I could come up with (with him) is the last one, mid-twist.

9 and a half weeks until we'll be dancing as separates!

Tremendously exciting.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Week 30

Fetal development in pregnancy week 30:fetus in seventh month

The light is visible at the end of the tunnel! Your oversized self and amazing growing baby have finally reached the single digits (in terms of weeks till birth)! The fine lanugo hair that has been growing all over their little monkey-like body is going to start falling off this week in preparation for the big day. But don’t be shocked if they’re hairier than you’d anticipated, some babies keep their lanugo until after birth. Still, it’s not any cause to be concerned as it will fall off eventually. No surprises here: your little porker is getting even cuter with increasingly pudgy arms and legs this week thanks to the ever-growing layers of subcutaneous fat. In terms of numbers, your baby should be weighing in at around 3 pounds 12 ounces (or more!) and be nearly 16 inches long.

And how's mom doing? On a very serious note: you should make sure to determine both you and your baby’s blood type. It’s extremely important for everyone. In the case that you and your maturing babe’s blood types don’t match there’s a chance you could produce antibodies that could potentially attack and harm a future fetus. It is rare, but with modern medicine, the problem is easily corrected and little cause for concern if dealt with properly.

As for the ongoing joys of being in your third trimester: your not-so-fun symptoms are just intensifying this week, so it might not hurt to slow down a bit and focus on yourself. If you’re feeling extra fatigued, you’ve probably joined the sleeping shouldn’t be this tough when I’m this tired club, especially if you’re experiencing a lot of back pain and general discomfort. If you’ve been pushing the exercise thing, then this is the time perhaps to cut down on the physical activities and focus more on getting proper sleep (if this means buying a pregnancy pillow, then do it!). Oh and all that moodiness? Just go with the flow emotionally. This doesn't mean letting the hormones win and becoming a complete psychotic. Instead, feel the feelings, but know that the drama you’re feeling is largely a result of increased adrenaline thanks indirectly to hormonal swings—not because things really are that dramatic and merit adult temper tantrums. The clincher symptom for this week: it’s highly likely your libido has gone on sabbatical. This, as far as we’re concerned, is perfectly natural in your condition.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


So I drank 30-ozs yesterday and 30-ozs the day before.
This is pretty amazing for me, though still short 70-ozs that I need.
I bumped up 20-ozs.
So I'm a temporary rockstar, anyway.

Mum & Dad

Mum and dad at work in the nursery.

Although, as he walked out the door for work this morning, he forbid me from doing any on my own!
This is through-and-through a joint project, it would seem.
I can't wait to get to the mural. ;)
(although we must wait, no $$ for the paint right now!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bad Report, Glowing Patient

Well I got a bad report at my prenatal appointment this morning.
But it was also somewhat nice because inside of the growling I was called the perfect patient.

Nurse: How much water have you been drinking?
Me: Um...probably not enough.
Nurse: Well I know not enough! (laughs) That's why I'm asking!!
(enter TMI)
Nurse: Your pee was cloudy when I dipped it and I got confused because you're such a perfect patient. So the only thing I can think of is you're not drinking enough water. I try to get my patients to drink at least 80-100 ounces of water a day.
(I exchange a look with B)
Nurse: (nurse reads me list of consequences about dehydration while pregnant)
Me: I *promise* I will start drinking more water. I promise.
Nurse: Do you have any other questions?
Me: How were my tests last week?
Nurse: Perfect. Your sugar was fine, no diabetes and your iron levels were great.
Me: *grin* Okay! Awesome. I was really worried about both my sugar and my iron. I will drink more water.
*Sarah flounces out the door, hushing Brennen as he exclaims YOU ONLY DRINK 10 ounces of water a day! At MOST!*

And Thumper is the right heartbeat, right length, right energy level, right everything.

And I've got 10 more weeks to go and I've gained 20lbs all up. For someone of my height a good weight gain is 35lbs so I can afford to gain 7 pounds each month for the next two months.

So all I need to figure out now is how to increase my water intake from 10-oz to 100-oz a day.
That's a BIG increase for me.
*sad face*

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Mamma got BIG!

Monday, January 12, 2009


My darling husband is asleep.
Worn out from moving boxes from one house, to another, to another, to another.
We are going through multiple moves.
Moving 5 people.
6 if you include Thumper. ;)
And everybody thinks Brennen has all the time in the world.
When in fact he has none.

Later today we will attack the staples in the nursery floor.
Drop some things off at Goodwill.
Caulk the bedroom floor, rip up some more carpet.
And try to accomplish some more.

But for now, I let him sleep.
With JoJo, his other best friend.
While I potter around the rest of the house, starting on our new home.

Happily, gladly.
Finding my feet.
(no mum, they're not hidden by my belly yet ;)

Week 29

Fetal development in pregnancy week 29:fetus in seventh month

If you’ve been feeling butterflies moving around in your belly, it’s not just your run-of-the-mill pre-birth performance anxiety. No, it’s your amazing baby with a case of the hiccups: a fairly common occurrence at this point resulting from practicing breathing for their big birthday. In addition, to getting a round of butterfly-like hiccups, your little swimmer has arduously managed to accumulate enough baby fat to account for nearly 3.5% of their overall body weight. Yeah, compared to we adults, it’s not a lot, but when they’re little like that—it’s certainly a healthy (and warming) accomplishment in its way. Another fantastic accomplishment: your baby's spleen is now in charge of hematopoiesis—the 10 dollar name for the process involved in building up certain important blood components. Another fantastic-accomplishment: your little monkey has been peeing into their amniotic sac for a little while now (this is why potty training takes a while) and if you didn’t know, actually swallows it along with the rest of the amniotic fluid. Although the concept is nasty, their urine is sterile and as part of the amniotic fluid base, is replaced several times throughout the day. So if you didn’t know before, now you can tell people, that yes, you drank your own urine—you were still in the womb, but nonetheless, you’ve been there.

And how's mom doing? Here’s another new-parenting-issue that you probably don’t have the time or energy to handle: the decision whether or not to breastfeed. If you thought this was one of the obvious ones (stick out breast, attach child, feeding commences!), think again. Right off the bat, there are women that simply cannot breastfeed for medical reasons—and have no choice in the matter but to opt for formula-feeding. Then there are the women who attempt to breast-feed and run out of milk, or the baby won’t latch on (they even have breast-feeding classes because despite the apparent animal-easiness of the behavior, some babies just don’t take to breastfeeding).

Now, if you are planning or deciding whether or not to breastfeed, here are some of the big reasons why it’s a great thing for you and your little “sucker”: breastfeeding actually releases a hormone that will help you relax (and if you don’t nurse milk production will actually cease: i.e. use it or lose it!). If you choose to breastfeed, your body will produce oxytocin—(no, not Oxycotin, Rush Limbaugh already took care of that), which actually increases uterine contractions to decrease post-birth vaginal bleeding.

And the vain reason to breastfeed: all that charming excess body fat you’ve gained is used for milk production, thus making it MUCH easier for you to return to you pre-pregnancy weight. Also, nursing mothers’ bones re-mineralize faster than those who don’t and are less likely to contract ovarian or uterine cancer before and after menopause. Not to mention the fact that breastfeeding means you’re directly bolstering your baby’s immune system. For even more reasons why your child will benefit from breastfeeding, visit

Saturday, January 10, 2009

To, For, From


I love you, Buster.


I am very tired of my breakfast cereal tasting like earwigs.

Bad Mamma Gets Worse

Boy and I have had a somewhat crucial blow to our hearts.
Unfortunately this blow also messes with our future.
It's been a very rough week.
On top of this, at times where I should be reading stories to my belly, playing Thumper music, indulging in good foods and resting, I'm tired, stressed out, I cant sleep, I can't eat, I have no energy to read to my belly or to play music.

I don't dance any more.

I think that is one thing that really brings tears to my eyes.
Thumper and I were supposed to be dancing and singing together this month.

I don't want to 'make anything up to him' when he is born.
I want to be amazing for him now.

How do you fix crucial blows to the heart?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dear Baby Baby (3)

Do we wake your daddy up?
Or do we have a bubble-bath without him?

Dear Baby Baby (2)

Heh. You tickle and thrill.

Dear Baby Baby

I love you more and more.

Monday, January 5, 2009


I *never* get sick.
I play in the rain, roll around in the mud, hug kids with snotty noses, lick know, all the usual...and I *never* get sick.
In fact I've watched everyone around me fall prey to some sort of illness this year and happily danced around it.


I woke with a smashing head, a very sore throat and I'm very, *very* drained.
This just a few months away from delivering.
And in the MIDDLE of moving/home renovations.

Needless to say I am not a happy camper.
Today is poopy indeed.

Week 28

Fetal development in pregnancy week 28:fetus in seventh month

You know how you’ve been feeling a bit like a barn with legs? Well, that feeling won’t subside before… well, you know, when you finally give birth. For the time being, you’ve got yourself a baby in the business of collecting fat and lots of it! In spite of the dubious joys of being a human-barn, this baby fat business is very serious and you’ve got to put up with it because it’s going to keep your little porker warm and healthy after birth. Other good stuff from inside: their eyes are doing lots of blinking this week because they’re now able to respond to light and dark. Also, their industrious little bone marrow is now a major construction site for developing red blood cells, while their super-cute adrenal glands are actually producing androgen and estrogen—which will stimulate your hormones to begin milk production. Can you say, “Moo?”

And how's mom doing? If you’re not already fully entrenched, it’s just about time to head into the Name Game field. If you haven’t yet landed on “the perfect name”, there are only about a trillion books (check them out at and websites with head-spinning lists of name possibilities. You can always opt to invent a name as well (like say, “Thygor”). Obviously, naming isn’t always the most straightforward or easy process and not every couple has a name for their child even after birth. Really, just take your time and try to consider any possible mean nicknames they might be inflicted with once they hit adolescence (i.e. What happens when you name your kid “Willy"?).

As if we have to tell you: their little “cute” kicks are getting stronger these days, but just pay attention. If you notice a significant drop in the number of kicks experienced per hour it would be a good idea to tell your physician or mid-wife. But before you start getting anxious, keep in mind that during the final weeks of pregnancy your in-house-football player will be kicking significantly less as they will lack the space to move about as vigorously.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


I love our baby.
Very very much.
But lately he's been all about making me want to puke.
So I'm doing a fat load of nothing.
I've been doing a lot of work around the new house.
But TODAY I shall do a fat lot of nothing, if I can help it.
I may lay in bed on this Saturday morn and watch Grey's Anatomy.
Yup yup.
Or maybe I'll attack the moulding in the nursery with a wonderbar.
That seems like a fun option, too.
With every wave of nausea I'll let out a blood-curdling scream and whack at the wall.
The sweaty, wild-haired, wild-eyed, crazed pregnant woman.
I'll need some good music to blast while I work...
Any suggestions?

Thumper & I will 'git 'er done!'

just...right after I puke, okay...?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Tee Hee Hee

People can tell I'm pregnant now.

That's groovy.