Wednesday, November 30, 2005

If not one thing, another!

Well... So I took Charlie (my little brother) to the doctor today. My parents are in Canada, and he needed a ride. I got to see my old pediatritian! He was so excited that I was having a baby! He ran around the office telling everyone that his grand-patient was in my tummy! It was so cute! Anyway, for those of you who don't know, I have been having trouble finding a doctor that will see me, since I am already 26 weeks, nearly 27 weeks pregnant. Dr. Kavin said, "here is the name of the best OBGyn in the hospital! Give her a call and tell her I sent you! So, now we have a doctor.... but... still no insurance card. I tried calling the insurance company, and the phone number for my plan tells me all the time that they are closed, but their office hours are 7am-9pm! I called the number for one of the other plans and spoke to a rep. She is checking to the problem for me! UG! I hope this is fixed soon!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Saw it on Sarah's blog....

Yesterday a character from Charlie Brown, today I AM FOOD! Goes right along with being pregnant, eh?

You Are French Food

Snobby yet ubiquitous.
People act like they understand you more than they actually do.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I was a bit surprised!

I saw this thing on Judy's blog and thought it was cute!

Pig Pen
You are Pig Pen!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Friday, November 25, 2005

The countdown/Thanksgiving Pictures

Okay, so I kept seeing those cute little countdown meters on everyone else's pages, so I decided we needed one too! I am becoming more of a trend follower these days! SO, just to give you an idea of where baby is at, see the meter :)

Here is the link to the Thanksgiving pictures.... enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

26 Weeks, and HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

So, the baby decided last night that is was not time to go to bed. He, or she kept moving around and stretching! I felt like at one point I had feet on both sides of my tummy (don't say it! It's not 2). I did finally get to sleep, but woke up a few hours later to start cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. That's right folks, I am cooking this year. My parents went to Canada to see family, so Charlie (younger brother) is staying with us, and I am endeavoring my first thanksgiving to cook for my new family! Well, speaking of cooking, I better get back to work!

How your baby's growing: Your baby now weighs a little under 2 pounds and measures about 14 inches, from head to heel. The nerve pathways in her ears are developing, which means her response to sounds is growing more consistent. Her lungs are developing now, too, as she continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid good practice for when she's born and takes that first breath of air. 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.

How your life's changing: Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly as it returns to its normal pre-pregnancy range. (It was at a low from 22 to 24 weeks.) Though preeclampsia most often occurs in the last trimester, this is a good time to be aware of the warning signs of this dangerous condition that occurs in about 3 to 7 percent of all pregnancies. Signs you should be alert for include swelling of the hands and face, sudden weight gain (due to water retention), blurry vision, seeing spots before your eyes, sudden severe or persistent headaches, or upper abdominal pain. By checking for high blood pressure and protein in your urine, your caregiver will monitor you for preeclampsia at your routine prenatal visits, but call her immediately if you have any of these symptoms before your next appointment. Early identification of preeclampsia is essential for the health of you and your baby.

If your back seems a little achy lately, you can thank pregnancy hormones (which are loosening up your joints and ligaments) and your shifting center of gravity. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or cool compress might bring relief. Or you may want to schedule a prenatal massage by a trained therapist. Use a pregnancy wedge when sleeping, to support your back and abdomen. Try to maintain good posture, which will help reduce the strain on your back, and always take care when bending and lifting. If you experience severe pain or numbness in any area of your body, call your practitioner.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

You wanted pictures....

Ok, we have a couple pictures online... check them out here Watching Baby Grow

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

25 Weeks, and we're back!

Ok, well we have the net again! YEAH!! I will try to get back into giving a message a week. I missed week 24 completely... but I was not able to check my email. Things are going well... beside the fact that my doctor does not take my new insurance. She is trying to find me a good doc that does though. Well, I need to go. Enjoy!

How your baby's growing: Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — doesn't sound like much, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. His hair is probably recognizable now (in color and texture), although both may change after he's born.
• Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.How your life's changing: Your baby's not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but the hair you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. You may also notice darker or thicker body hair. It will return to normal in the weeks after you give birth. You probably can't move around as gracefully as before. It's fine to continue to exercise, but use your common sense: Don't work out when you're feeling overly tired, and stop if you feel any pain or when you begin to feel at all fatigued, dizzy, or short of breath. Don't lie on your back too long or do any exercise where you're apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods.When you have your glucose-screening test at 24 to 28 weeks, your practitioner may take a second tube of blood at the same time to check for anemia. Although your blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy, the total amount of your red blood cells becomes diluted — a problem sometimes called physiologic anemia that's common in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. If your blood tests show that you have anemia, your caregiver will likely recommend that you take a supplement.Have you started thinking about baby names yet? Choosing a name is an important decision, but it should be a fun one, too. Look to family history (Great Grandpa Zeb), favorite locations (Venice, where you honeymooned), or cherished literary or film characters (Greta, Meg, or Rhett, for example). Check out a couple of baby-name books to help you brainstorm, too.

Monday, November 14, 2005


Hey y'all, sorry that I have not done my weekly baby update... We have been without internet for a few days and I have not had a chance to get on at work until now. If you are interested in how the baby is doing, he/she is fine. I could not sleep much last night because that little bundle of joy would not stop moving around. You think it is hard to get comfortable when you are trying to go to bed... these babies sure can't get comfortable! Although, it might have something to do with all the candies I have been eating! At work, there is a candy bowl in the office that is loaded everyday! I get my share... and then when I get home, I eat lots and lots of gummy bears! Well, I need to go get my kids from Art class. I hope all is well with all of you.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

23 weeks, and a Karate Pro in my tummy!

Well, things have been going great around here. I have very few complaints. I officially have health insurance, I am just waiting on the doctor listing. I hope that my old doctor is on there, then I would not have to pay for a doctors visit to get a referral for an OBGyn. I really can't wait to get to a doctor. I want to make sure everything is okay with the baby. There is a lot of movement, sometimes he/she stretches so much it hurts! My skin is stretching, and I can feel it! All these feelings that I was not prepared for, but it's all worth what we get in the end! I got an add to Burlington Coat Factory, and they have some really nice cribs on sale! I am going to go look on Sunday, hopefully Chris does not have to work, and can go with me.

Well, I guess that is all for now. Hope all is well for all of you!

23 Weeks at
How your baby's growing: Your baby is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound. His skin is red and wrinkled. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing. He can swallow, but he normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium) until after birth. Loud noises heard often in utero — such as your dog barking or the roar of a vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze your baby when he hears them outside the womb.

How your life's changing: If you dealt with headaches in your first trimester, they might be subsiding now. (Many women have headaches in early pregnancy, thanks to pregnancy hormones, changes in circulation, and/or sinus congestion.)You may notice some mild swelling sometime during your pregnancy, especially in your ankles and feet. It's called edema, and it happens because changes in your blood chemistry cause fluid to shift into your tissue and because your enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins returning blood from the lower half of your body, slowing circulation in your legs. Edema is often worse at the end of the day and in the summer. Your body will eliminate the extra fluid after you have your baby (which is why you may urinate often and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery). In the meantime, put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, avoid sitting still for long periods, exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning). You may be tempted to skimp on liquids, but you need to drink plenty of water, because keeping hydrated actually helps prevent swelling. If you notice severe or sudden swelling in your hands and face, be sure to call your midwife or doctor because it may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia.