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Thursday, December 30, 2010

My first uninvited belly touch.

When you are pregnant, something you will need to deal with are people who want to touch the belly.  Well, actually, not everyone wants to touch the belly.  You have all sorts of different people when it comes to pregnant belly touching.

Here is what you get:
1.  Strangers who will approach you and ask.  It's great if they ask, but what if you weren't pregnant?!
2.  Strangers who just come right up and place their hands on you.
3.  Family/friends who ask.
4.  Family/friends who just come right up and touch.
5.  People who think it's icky to touch and don't want to even if you tell them they can.  (my sister falls under this category, she thinks it's gross to let people touch you and she doesn't want to do the touching either haha)
6.  Your partner, who usually doesn't touch but you grab his hand and put it on your belly when the baby is moving, because this early on in my pregnancy I still think it's neat and I want him to feel it too.  :)
7.  Your doctor who measures the "Fundal Height" (how big the uterus is).

I have had experiences with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.   I think this is mostly because it's still difficult to tell that I am pregnant.  I have just started my 7th month of pregnancy (yesterday was day one!) and I'm really just starting to show.  Maybe I will do another belly picture soon.  One of my pregnancy emails suggested doing a photography session of my belly but all I could think was "what for?".   I really don't have much to show for it.  I hope my future daughter isn't disappointed that I don't have more belly pictures in case she ever wants to see them.  I just don't see anything worth taking a picture of. :)

So let me tell you about my experiences.  Number 7 is pretty funny.  At my last appointment (not yesterday's appointment) the doctor was measuring my fundal height and the baby was kicking at her the whole time.  And when she used the fetal doppler, the baby would kick at it and then move...I don't think the baby liked it.   We didn't have a lot of movement during yesterday's appointment, but I think that is because I was hungry.  I had to do the gestational diabetes test (my instructions were to fast for four hours before the test) and my appointment was first thing in the morning.  I hadn't eaten anything since the night before, so I think that contributed to the baby being quiet.   I have also decided that not letting a pregnant woman eat is about the meanest thing you can do to a pregnant woman.  I turned irrational, crabby and I nearly passed out at the doctor's office.   When I was finally allowed to eat again (you need to drink the orange stuff, wait one hour, get blood drawn, THEN you get to eat) I got a milk and an egg and cheese wake up wrap from Dunkin Donuts.  The moment I drank some milk all my senses returned to me. 

And then I realized just how horribly mean I had been to my husband that morning.  I was really awful.  I was upset because the living room was a mess and I was probably crabby from no food and I also have a head cold.  I was pretty unhappy.  But once I had food in my system, I immediately realized this and I called him to apologize.  I also took him out for lunch.  The best part about my husband?  He puts up with me!  How lucky am I?  (okay, okay, so there are MANY great things about my husband, but definitely high up there is that he puts up with me.)

Experience number 6 I believe I have already mentioned in a previous post.

Experience number 5 is my sister.  I have invited her to touch a few times.  (especially because she likes to tease me that I am faking my pregnancy)  But she refuses to touch.   Which is fine, I prefer not to be touched anyway. :)

Experience number 3 was my co-worker who asked while reaching at the same time.  I think I reacted pretty quickly by putting my hands on my belly, and I told her no, but only because there was no movement and it would be pretty boring.  I promised her that if there was movement I would come back so she could feel it, but I wasn't at that office for very long and so there was no touching.  I should probably try to control my reaction better, I probably seemed over-protective.  I really don't think I would have minded, but the request caught me off guard.

And experience number 4 is probably the best/funniest/cutest one.  This is because on Christmas Day I had someone touch my belly without asking.  And there was nothing I could do about it.  I was reclining on the couch and holding my belly because the baby was kicking quite a bit.  Basically I was taking a rest and enjoying the kicks.  And my four year old niece walks over, smiles shyly at me and puts her hand on my belly.  It was too cute and I couldn't get mad about it.  :)

So what advice would I give for wanna-be belly touchers?  Here ya go:
1.  If you don't know the person is pregnant, don't assume!  Start chatting with them, if they want you to know they are pregnant, they will bring it up.   If they do, ask about the baby, how they are doing, and then ask permission while keeping your hands at your side, don't reach while asking!
2.  ALWAYS ASK!  Don't reach until after you have been given permission.
3.  Ask if the baby is kicking at the moment, a belly touch is pretty boring unless the baby is moving.
4.  ASK ASK ASK.

Did I mention you should ask first?  :)

I hope you all enjoyed my belly touching post.  I have three more months to go, a huge belly to grow and a baby shower to go through as well.  Hopefully I can get some more stories to post about belly touching.

Have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snuggies rule! (who knew?)

I hope everyone had a good holiday! 

I had a great one.  I got almost everything I wanted and I got to visit with some relatives that I haven't seen in a while.  I had Christmas morning at my sister's house where we did a webcam Christmas with my parents and ate Cinnabons (a tradition my dad started when we were teenagers!). :)

One gift that surprised me (meaning, I was surprised by how much I like it) was a New England Patriots Snuggie.  (the blanket with sleeves)  This isn't the type of thing that I would ever buy for myself and I thought I might make fun of it as a gift....but we have blizzard like weather here today (and yesterday) and it is very warm!  And the sleeves are very convenient.  Especially while snacking during the Patriots game. :)   (and we won the game!  yay my weekend keeps getting better!)

Oscar got a really cool gift as well.  It's a light that attaches to his collar.  It glows a bright red-orange color and we put it on his collar last night.  I let him out into the blizzard and then watched through the window.  I yelled out to Anthony "he looks like Rudolph out there, that is awesome!".   So thank you mom and dad for the snuggie and Oscar's new light.  

And today I am wearing the sweater my dad gave me.  Not because it's cold (he's worried it's too cold where I live) but because it's cozy.   This house actually holds heat very nicely, especially the bedrooms.  The coldest room is the living room, and we keep a bunch of blankets in there anyway.  (It's usually where Oscar can be found napping during the day when we are not home, naughty dog! sleeping on the couch!)

We spent Christmas afternoon and evening at Anthony's mom's house.  The entire family was there so it got a little crowded, but it wouldn't be a family christmas without some craziness!  There were about 12 adults, 3 kids (two were under the age of two) and three dogs.  There is a cat there too, but she wisely hides while we are all there.  It was really nice to visit with Anthony's brother and his family.  My sister-in-law and I get along really well and I wish we lived closer so we could hang out more!  Especially because their daughter is really adorable and lots of fun.  She is a very good natured kid, even when she gets cranky.  I'll be lucky if our baby turns out the same way! :)   The best part about her though?  She ADORED Anthony.  Couldn't stay away from him.  She spent the majority of her time climbing on top of him, grabbing his t-shirt with both hands, giggling in his face and then hugging him.  It was VERY cute.   He was making funny faces at her and making her laugh too.  At one point he was shaking his hair at her (his hair has grown quite long...Tom Brady has started a trend I'm afraid) and she then shook her head back at him, just copying what he was doing.  And since their hairstyles are fairly similar, it was very cute.  I wish I had caught that on video, but the timing never worked out.

She was very adorable and made me look forward just a little bit more to having our own cute little girl to play with. :)  Only three more months!  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Whoa. Time flies.

I realized this morning that my baby's due date is exactly three months from today.

Where did the time go?!

I have started having the "dreams" that I have heard other pregnant women (and the books) mention.  They started three nights ago.  Very colorful, vivid, wild dreams!  On occasion I will have dreams like this, they usually "stick" with me when I wake up and I will write them down.  So when I read that this happens to pregnant women, I started looking forward to them.  I won't share all the details, but I did have my first dream about the baby as well.  In my dream the baby was about 6-8 months old (not a newborn) and would say "Mommy!" and light up when I walked in the room.  In my dream this made me very happy and I absolutely adored this baby.  And then I tried correcting the baby to say "Mama" instead of "Mommy".

I was very amused by this dream when I woke up.  Especially because in this dream, the baby was a boy. haha!

Yesterday I had the day off from work and I spent it shopping with my sister and one of my sisters-in-law.  I had a great time.   I didn't have anything that I *had* to buy so it was a fun relaxing experience.   Okay, so I *had* to buy some Lindt chocolate truffles.  But that was it. :)

I did find a sparkly shirt I can wear to a friend's New Years Eve party, so that is good.  It's going to be fancy this year (black tie optional) so everyone is dressing up.  I was a little worried about what I was going to wear, but it looks like black pants and sparkly top will be it.  I was hoping to wear a dress, but who cares, I'll be more comfy in my pants anyway. :)

Just because you are pregnant, does not mean you can't look fabulous!
Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snow Reversal

The area that I live in is typically cold in the winter.  And if there is going to be a storm, we definitely get it. It could be nice weather everywhere else and where I live will get a foot of snow. :)

The past two days though, we have had a reversal of sorts.  The area that is usually warmer than where I live is actually getting the snow!  It's very odd.  I wasn't prepared for this at all today. When I got ready for work this morning there was a light dusting of snow on the ground.  So I wore my regular shoes and didn't think much of it.  On my way in to work, I started to see some snow flurries and by the time I got to the area where I work, visibility was difficult.  It was almost snow storm conditions!  Totally crazy!

And of course I wasn't wearing my snow boots.  Last winter they were my regular go-to shoe for the entire season (they are from LL Bean and look more like high-top sneakers).  Looks like I'll be wearing those again starting tomorrow.   That is of course until my feet swell up from pregnancy and I need to wear flip flops in the dead of winter.  That would really stink.  I hope I don't have to.

Has anyone else seen those Hyundai commercials with the couple singing Christmas Carols and they have a car parked in their living room?  They look like they are having a lot of fun.  I was curious if they were a real music group and it turns out they are!  If you frequent YouTube, then you probably already knew that, but I didn't since I don't really surf YouTube looking for cool videos.

Check out this article to read more about them.  I may have to download some of their iTunes music later.

I hope everyone has their shopping and wrapping done!  Only three more days.  Tomorrow I have the day off and will be going shopping with my sister and sister-in-law.  I have all my shopping done, so tomorrow is just for fun.   yay!   I probably won't post an update to the blog.   Check back on Thursday!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Did you miss me?

On Friday I spent the day moving one of our offices from an old location to a new one.   This meant that I was away from my computer almost the entire day.  It also meant I was not on the internet or on any chat program.

I let my husband know that I would be offline most of the day Friday.  I didn't tell anyone else.

Apparently some people were worried!  Awww! :)  I'm glad you all missed me.   I was fine.   Some days I'm just not on the computer.  This usually means that I do not update my blog as well.

I'm sure you have noticed I do not update on the weekends.   The majority of my life is spent in front of a computer.  I try to get away from it on the weekends and evenings, I think it's better for me that way.  It would be way too easy to just go home and plop myself in front of the TV or computer again when I got home. 

So what else?  I probably won't have too many updates this week.  The Christmas holiday is the end of the this week and I will be very busy.   Loads of people to visit, presents to wrap and I am taking some time off of work as well.  I'm hoping later this week to have another video of Oscar.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My dog has a Hollywood smile!

Yesterday Oscar had to get his teeth cleaned at the vet.   For those of you out there who do not have dogs, this is actually a lot more complicated than you would think (and a LOT more expensive!).

When the vet has to clean a dog's teeth, they need to put him under anesthesia.  This is for the dog's comfort and safety as well as the doctor.  So this is an all day event that involves drugs and procedures and a lot of our money.   The reason Oscar needed his teeth cleaned was because he had a lot of plaque build-up.  He didn't have any infections or signs of gum disease (and his breath hasn't been too stinky) but the doctor recommended it as a precautionary measure to prevent any future problems.

Anthony thinks the vet just wanted our money.  I told him that they probably did want our money, but that they also care about the health of our dog.  (we go to a great office, they love the animals!)  If we want him to live a long happy life without bad breath, we need to take better care of his teeth.  We don't brush his teeth as often as we should.  Which we have NO excuse for, since Oscar loves to have his teeth brushed.  I think he likes to eat the toothpaste (it's beef flavored) more than opening his mouth to let us brush, but he does enjoy it. :)

We also don't give him enough bones or hard chew toys to chew on.  If we did, the chewing would remove some of the plaque on his teeth as well.  So lucky Oscar, we are going to give him more bones!

When Oscar first came home, he was still under the influence of the drugs.  His eyes had that funny look and his tail was down.  He was being very low-key actually.  He ate some food which was good and basically just wanted to cuddle in my lap.  Once Oscar was feeling better, I decided to check out his teeth...and WOW I was impressed.  They were WHITE (not yellow) and he looked great.  Now it's my job to keep them looking that way. 

And lucky for you, all my readers,  I have a picture of his Hollywood smile:  (with help from me)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Don't expect him to guess ladies.

Just save everyone a lot of headaches.  If you want something specific for Christmas, just tell him!

Every year (except our first Christmas) Anthony and I discuss gifts for each other.  We decide upon a limit and let each other know stuff we are interested in.  A few times we have also decided to buy something big for ourselves.   For example, last year we bought a new bed.  It was the perfect Christmas present because both of our backs felt much better on the new bed.  (plus it came with a TV!)

This year we have decided to pay off some debt for Christmas and Birthdays.  Some people think that is a bad idea because we might fall into a habit of not doing anything for each other.  This isn't true.  We always find a nice way to celebrate our birthdays (we usually go out to eat) and spend time with each other, without the need for gifts.  Sometimes we do gifts, sometimes we don't.  I like having the feeling of not being under pressure to "top" what I did last year.   Yep, this is my selfish way of not having to think of the perfect gift for him.  And you know what?  I think he likes it too.  :)

Besides, throughout the year we do buy things that we both want and could use, but it's usually a family item.  For example we may buy a new camera now that we are expecting a baby.   We have also been discussing a food processor and we did just purchase a new vacuum.  Even though these weren't surprises and they were not gifted to each other, we did spend the time together picking out the items.  And I prefer to spend time with him more than anything else.

So ladies, do your man a favor.  (or men, do yourselves a favor, you never know, she might be secretly pleased!) Bring up the holidays and other gift giving occasions, set up limits or expectations.  But most importantly, spend time together.  Tell each other how important you are to each other.   And never under estimate the well thought out card. :)

Or if you still want to try the hint routine, use this comic, but I would still be blunt, men don't pick up on our "hints" as much as we think they should.

...

Garfield

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Winner and more facebook grumbling.

So I have picked a winner in my contest.  We had four people guess correctly, but only one didn't need to google the answer.  I have decided that person is the winner, Tara!

It's my blog, so I get to choose who I want to win.  Plus she's having a girl and she is due same day as me, so I get to pick her as the winner. :)   If we had a few more entries into the contest, I would have done the drawing from a hat.  Maybe for the next time.   So what was the correct answer?

Jim Dear opens the front door and there is a blizzard outside.  He yells up the stairs:
"Darling, are you sure you want watermelon?"
Darling replies: "Uh huh, and some chop suey too!"

This is from Lady and The Tramp!  Lady looks on this scene half awake.  I loved this movie growing up and now that I am pregnant and have a dog of my own, it takes on new significance.   We get to see the arrival of a baby from the dog's point of view.   One of my favorite scenes is when Lady sings "What is a baby anyway?" and she sneaks upstairs to see what is going on and Jim Dear and Darling let her peek at the baby.   Lady instantly falls in love with the baby and is the baby's protector.    GREAT movie.  I need to get this on DVD.

So the prize that I wanted to give was this:
Lady and the Tramp Ornament

But it's sold out.  booo!  So I'll pick out a new prize soon, and I'll send it along to Tara.

I'm sure you all saw my facebook grumbling last week.  The story didn't end there.  On Saturday morning with the help of a friend, I found out that there was ANOTHER profile with my name and picture.  Yep, two profiles on facebook.  I have now deleted all friends from both profiles, deleted all wall posts and have set both accounts for REAL deletion.   Well, as real as facebook will actually delete the accounts.  I don't believe they will ever truly be deleted.   One of my accounts had been deactivated and had zero activity for THREE years.   And they kept all of my information.  Why?  According to my husband, he says they are convinced that if I leave, I will come back.   No way.  No how.  Never happening now.   I don't care if I am the last person to not be on facebook, I now refuse to join.   Want to guess how stubborn I can be?

Ok, I am done with my facebook ranting.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Facebook Spam: Not from me.

Hey everyone -

Most of you know me, and know that I do NOT use facebook.  I used to have an account but I had deleted it.  Or so I thought.  This morning a friend of mine sent me a note saying:

Him:  your facebook account is sending spam
Me:  I don't have a facebook account
Him:  well....it came from you
Me:  interesting.  Can you forward it to me?

So he forwards me the email and it does look like it's from me.  It's using my full name and my maiden last name.  It even has a picture of me.  (how scary is that?!)  The picture it was using was a picture that I used to have up as a profile picture from WAY back.  It's the very first profile picture I used and then deleted when I changed it.  I "deleted" my facebook account over a year ago.

So of course I had to do some digging.  Which meant I had to try logging into my account and hey look at that!  I do have an account.  They NEVER deleted it.  Those jerks!

So I went through and I deleted all my wall posts, all my friends and every message I had in there.  I tried to clear it out and make it as private as possible.  Then I set it to actually delete.  (Facebook has since added an actual delete feature.)  In two weeks my account should be deleted as long as I don't log into it.  (I also changed my password in case someone had actually hacked my account.)

So in two weeks...that account better be deleted.  I also sent in a report to facebook about the phishing scheme email.  I doubt I will hear back from anyone.  This was definitely the last straw for me.  I will NEVER join facebook now. 

There is no way that my "friends" should be getting an email that looks like it's from a facebook account of me with my picture and my maiden name on it IF my account was truly deactivated and facebook NEVER sells our information to third parties. 

My account had not been tampered with.  I had no "sent" items to my friends.  Some other third party used my profile picture and name (that they *only* could have gotten on my old facebook profile), sent a fancy email that made it look like it came from facebook and also got my contacts email addresses.   They either stole this information or it was sold to them.  Hmmm...how much money do the facebook founders have?  And how do they get that much money?  Users don't pay for the service.  The money must come from somewhere.

Nothing you put on the internet is private folks, just remember that.  I don't care what the privacy policies say.  The same goes for this blog, gmail, google, facebook, yahoo email, and the list goes on.  It doesn't matter.  If you post it online, even with secure passwords, it is available to unscrupulous people somewhere.  Guaranteed.

All of this makes me a little worried about how freely even I will use online banking and making purchases online.  Somewhere someone is tracking every move I make in an effort to either spy on me or learn what I might buy next and how they can influence that decision.    I should just go live in a cave.


So...if you got a facebook message from me, please delete.  I do not have a facebook account.
And now, because of this experience, I NEVER will.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

you should call my bluffs

Happy Thursday everyone!

Anthony and I were cracking up over that poor dog who was so sad in yesterday's post.  Too cute, if you haven't seen it yet, check it out.  (see yesterday's post).   Of course, what I wasn't expecting, was to find my own sad dog when I got home.  He had left me a present under the tree.  Well, technically it was next to the tree.  It wasn't the kind of present you usually want to find from your dog.   :)

Story Time:
I once got a birthday card from a boyfriend in college.  The front of the card was a picture of a dog.  It said "I made you a present."  and the inside said "it's in the front yard.".   My boyfriend at the time thought it was hilarious.   I only thought it was funny if there was a real home made present sitting in the front yard, not the brown and smelly dog-made kind.   There wasn't.  I was a little upset.   (Don't worry folks, we talked about it, and he made it up to me, he wasn't a bad boyfriend, he just didn't know that young ladies like romantic or special gifts, and typically don't want potty-humor gifts.)  Needless to say, we aren't together anymore but we did actually remain friends after a period of time.  I wonder what he is up to these days?

Lucky for me I am now married to a guy who knows not to get me a birthday card like that. :)  He is usually either GREAT at picking out presents...or completely wrong.  Most of the time he gets it perfect.  And regardless of the gift, he ALWAYS gets a great card.  Love my man! :)

So back to the title of my post.  You should call my bluffs.  I always write about how I am going to do this or that....and then I don't.  For example, last week I promised a post with a video of my dog.  I didn't do that.  At least not yet!

Here you go!  A video of my dog.  He is playing with a chestnut or acorn or something he found in the yard.  Every time I tried to move closer, he thought I was going to steal his new toy, so he ran away.   At the end is my husband on the roof of the house we are renting (he was cleaning out the gutters).


Don't forget to try and guess what I was referencing in my earlier posts this week, there will be a prize!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Velveteen Rabbit

Yesterday I received a gift for the baby from one of my co-workers, she gave the baby The Velveteen Rabbit.

This was a perfect gift!   I love to read and I love books.   I didn't read too many beginner's childrens books when I was younger (I started with Charlotte's Web) and so it occurred to me that I might need to make a list of books to get for my child.   I will also be raiding my book collection that is at my parent's house to collect my childrens books.   I do plan on reading to my child right away.  In fact, I may even start before she comes out!

This book really was perfect though.  I love animals and I love toys and I love books.  I think I was smiling for the rest of the day, it really made my day.

It also reminded me that I really want to write a children's book of my own.   My friend Marybeth is going to try to write 30 posts in 30 days on her blog.   I have decided to join her, but instead I will write a book that month.  (or at least begin one.)   I never did start writing during November.  I think I just got writer's block.  I couldn't get motivated.  But I like the idea of starting off January 1st with doing some writing.

Stay tuned for more information about that!

And to make you smile...this dog is so sad!  She/He knew she/he had done something wrong!  Poor doggy!
Sad Dog!

Don't forget to try and guess what I was talking about in my previous posts.  Here and here.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Milk, it does a body good!

Who remembers those commercials about how good milk is for your body?  Remember the commercials where the scrawny kid turns into a gorgeous adult?    You can bet I drank my milk!

Anyway, I wanted to share this article with you:
The Truth About Milk

I think you will learn a few things about milk while you are reading.  Just to let you all know, when I started losing weight, I switched from skim milk to whole milk or 2% milk.  The weight practically melted off of me.  Also, my doctor has requested that I drink 2-3 glasses of milk a day now that I am pregnant.  It's for the protein and the calcium, it's good for growing a baby.  It certainly doesn't hurt that I crave it like crazy!

So drink your milk (if you are not lactose intolerant) it's good for you!

Has anyone figured out my reference from yesterday's post?
The hint was my craving for chop suey and watermelon.   What am I referencing?

If someone guesses right, I'll get them a prize.
I don't know what the prize is yet, but I'll come up with something good.    If more than one person gets it, I'll put names in a hat and have Anthony draw a name out for the winner.  I'll then contact the winner so they can claim their prize.

C'mon...go for it, you have nothing to lose...   Entries for correct answer must be posted by Friday at 5pm Eastern Standard Time.   Leave a comment saying you know the answer, then I will email you. :)

Monday, December 06, 2010

Weight Loss then Pregnancy

Because I was trying to lose weight and then I got pregnant, I never really did learn how to maintain my weight.  I was working on the slow weight loss and now that I have a baby to grow, I need to work on the slow weight gain.   It's hard to know when you are eating too little or too much or just enough.

My doctor says I am doing a great job on my weight gain.  I'm 2 pounds below the average weight gain at this point in my pregnancy, so I even have a little wiggle room.   So I must be doing a good job....but I am SO HUNGRY!

When I got the hunger pains before and it wasn't one of my six scheduled meals,  I would ignore the hunger pains and tell them to go away.  Now I can't ignore those.  Typically, at 9pm if I was hungry I would have nothing, a glass of water, or a small glass of milk.  Now if I get hungry at 9pm I HAVE to eat.  Something substantial, with protein.  If I don't, I'm guaranteed to wake up at 1am with a growling stomach.  (Also, if I am hungry, it means the baby is hungry.  So now, if I ignore the hunger pains, I'm making my baby wait as well...this is not a good thing.  Growling stomach equals eat.  Now.)

The other night, it was 11pm and my stomach was growling so loud, my husband heard it.  He said, you better eat something.  I had a cheese stick.  I really wanted Southwestern Egg Rolls from Chilis.  Good thing I'm a nice wife and I didn't make my husband go get them.   There is no guarantee about tonight though.  I feel like I want some American Chop Suey...and maybe some watermelon.  (bonus points if anyone knows the reference!)

The expressions on his face! The tail wag! I love doggies.

I wanted to share this Peanuts comic....awww!  I LOVE Snoopy!   You can click on the comic to take you to the Yahoo comics page for more comics fun!

Peanuts Dec 04, 2010... 

More later today.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Baby Monitors

Our first real baby stuff arrived yesterday.

We bought a video monitor on woot.com.  It was a great price and had great reviews, so we decided to get it.  It arrived in the mail yesterday, and if all of the baby stuff is as much fun as that baby monitor, I'm really going to enjoy collecting some baby stuff.

Seriously, this was more like a toy for me than anything else.   It has a camera that you set up in the baby's room (and it has night vision!).  It also has a two way microphone speaker, so I can walkie-talkie to my baby and say "go to sleep."  It also has a feature where I can turn on 5 different songs for my baby, little lullabies.

I set it up so I could play around with the controls and I discovered another feature, it can monitor the temperature in the babies room!  Neat!   So I put the camera on a speaker in the living room and turned it on just to see how it all worked.   I was playing with the buttons and I turned on the music.  Apparently this got Oscar curious so he went over to check out the camera.  On my end I got to see a big black nose sniffing the camera.  It was pretty hilarious.  

I think I will definitely be using my new baby monitor to spy on my dog until the baby arrives.  hehehe.

Anyone want to guest blog?  I will threaten you with gross pregnancy stories and even a "I saved money on my insurance" story.  Any takers?  Let me know...haha.   Until then, you can look forward to those stories next week.

Or if you are really lucky I will give you a blog post with a video of my dog.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I can't shut up.

I have noticed a new odd habit of mine lately.  I can't shut up.  I get on this tangent and I can't stop.  I just go from one topic to another and I am hardly letting anyone else get a word in.    I don't know what started this.  Is it a pregnancy thing?  Is it because I no longer live in a condo community and I have less people to talk to everyday?

It's very odd.  The funny thing is, I realize I am doing it, but not until I have been doing it for a few minutes.  It's usually when whoever I am talking to starts to get that glazed over look in their eyes.  I'm sure you know what I mean.  They are just nodding and saying "uh huh" and they have lost all interest in what you have to say.   I think I will try to listen more, talk less.  Seriously, I don't know what brought this on, but hopefully I can break the habit before people start complaining behind my back that I don't shut up....unless the complaining has already begun?

On that note, I thought I would try an experiment!   Does anyone want to be a guest blogger?  I will shut up for a few posts and let others speak.  I would love to hear about how people celebrate the holidays or anything else they want to talk about.  (Their pets, their kids, whatever!)   If you know me well enough that you have my email address, send me an email to let me know you would like to be a guest blogger.   If you don't have my email address, then leave a comment here stating that you want to be a guest blogger.   I will get in touch with you.
Blog posts can be about whatever you like.  Even posts with no words and just pictures will be okay.   Need to vent about something?  Go for it!   Want to start your own blog but you aren't sure?  Guest blog!

Fun for everyone and I can practice that not talking too much thing!

Fun Fact:  This weekend, I am totally watching this Christmas Special:
He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special

I love watching Christmas themed episodes of my favorite TV shows and Christmas specials!  I'm so full of Holiday cheer this year.  It's so odd for me!  I'm usually Scrooge!  (This I am DEFINITELY blaming the pregnancy.)

Another Fun Fact:  My new profile picture is of a Mama Wolf and her baby.  Awwwww.   (yep, pregnancy again)  Mushy mushy goodness!

Contact me to be a guest blogger so I will shut up about all the mushy pregnancy stuff! :)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December First!

Wow!  Time flies!  It's already the last month of the year 2010!  Like my new background?   We don't have any snow yet, but I think this looked pretty.  It's almost winter anyway.

I will have more to post tomorrow, promise!  Including more Oscar stories.

I have decided to give up on my author posts.  I didn't get too much feedback on them and my subscribed readers actually went down!  (gasp!)  So I  guess people are not interested in reading about my favorite authors.  That's ok, I'll write some more about ME.  And pregnancy.  And my dog.  And life in general.

More tomorrow.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Baby can kick....and kick hard!

Hey everyone -   How was your holiday break?

The last four days for me were great!  I felt like I took a vacation from work.  The best part?  I didn't go anywhere, (except for the actual holiday) so it was actually relaxing.  I spent the majority of the time hanging out with my husband which was nice.  He is my favorite person in the whole world, so I do like to spend as much time with him as I can.  

The baby was very active this weekend.  In fact, we got to feel the baby kicking from the outside this weekend!
On Saturday night Anthony was cooking dinner and I was watching the TV.  All of a sudden the baby started moving around and kicking.  She was packing quite a punch and I wondered if I could feel her movements on the outside of my belly.  So I put my hand on my belly and "plop!" I felt it!

I rushed into the kitchen to make Anthony feel it too, but then she stopped.  Every time she started up again, he was busy at the grill, so he didn't get to feel it that night.

But on Sunday morning, as I was just waking up, she was moving again.  So this time when Anthony was half-asleep, I pulled his hand onto my belly.  And "PLOP!" there she goes again.  I didn't say anything, because I wanted him to ask me about it and he said "Was that it?" and I said "Yep!" and he said "Neat." and I said "and weird."  And he agreed.

Yes it is totally cool to be able to feel the baby.  But at the same time it is totally freaky weird to have something inside of you moving around and being all squirmy like.  It is not normal.  It is freaky weird.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Turkey...gobble gobble

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and most of us will be eating turkey.   Did you want to know where your turkey might come from?   If not, then stop reading here and have a good day tomorrow! 


Okay, you were warned!

For the rest of us, I have a link to a REAL turkey farmer.   They don't raise the kind of turkeys that will be on our tables tomorrow, rather they raise the kinds of turkeys that end up in our deli sandwiches.  Regardless, I thought it was nice to see just how well these turkeys are treated.

Happy animals = good tasting meat.

I have posted before about how I find it hard sometimes to be a carnivore, but the more farmers I meet, the better I feel about it.  REAL farmers care about their animals. 

Here is a link to On the Banks of Squaw Creek.   Check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Role Reversal

Since my post today was so short, I thought I would post this video.

Rat vs Alley Cats 

I am so hungry today!

I have been hungry all day.  Seriously.  The hunger pains stop for about 10 minutes after I eat and then they start up again.   I woke up hungry.  And I have stayed hungry all day.

I am currently eating a yogurt while I type up this post.  I'm hoping it will hold me over until dinner.

Funny thing is, yesterday, I wasn't really hungry at all.  I ate my snacks and all my meals but I didn't really have that "I gotta eat" feeling I have today.  By lunchtime today I had eaten all of my snacks except the yogurt.  It's a good thing I packed healthy food today!   At lunch I really wanted a pizza or a burger, but I was good and ate my protein and veggies that I packed to eat today.    Then I went for a walk and by the time I got back from my walk, I was hungry again! 

Apparently the tiny human inside wants more food.   I guess I better eat a big dinner.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stephenie Meyer

Another author I would like to discuss is Stephanie Meyer.

She is the author of the very popular Twilight series.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books though I didn't think the author was a very good writer (these are her first novels after all!).   But her characters and her story were what drew me in and I couldn't put these books down.

I actually picked up the first one as a distraction from my wedding planning a few years ago and the next thing I knew, I was flying through them!  It was nice to have another series that drew me in like the Harry Potter books.  But since there were only 4 and they were easy to read, I was done with them pretty quickly.

I was curious about her other book, The Host.  Not enough to purchase it, but I did eventually borrow the book from the library.  It was another page turner!  I couldn't put it down.  I was very impressed with the story.  Yet again I was left wondering, how do I write a story like this?

So today's post is short, but I wanted to add Stephenie Meyer to my list as I would like to find an addicting story in my head like she has done.  I want to write it down and share it with the world.  I just need to get over my writer's block.

Author's website:
http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/

Friday, November 19, 2010

Things I have learned about pregnancy.

I'm taking a break from the author posts to bring you some insider information on pregnancy.  Or at least some insider information on my pregnancy.   I have learned a few things that I didn't know before I got pregnant, so I thought I would share them with you.    (lucky you huh?)

1.  Number one and most important.  You have no idea what pregnancy is like until you go through it.  I think you can relate, have empathy or be sympathetic, but you really have NO idea what it's like until you go through it.

2.  It's a lot of fun to talk to women who are either going through it or have been through it, even if it was 30 years ago.  Because you have finally joined a special club and you now have something else in common with that woman that you didn't have before.

3.  It will bring you closer to your mom.  Like you have no idea.  You all of a sudden have a new bond.  :)
(hi mom!)

4.  One minute you are not hungry.  Two minutes later you are hungry.  30 seconds later YOU HAVE TO EAT NOW OR YOU WILL DIE.  There is no warning.  Carry snacks.

5.  I once was a light sleeper.  Now I can sleep through anything.  Seriously.  My husband once had friends over, they went out to a band practice, came home, had beers and then he went to bed.  I slept through the whole thing.  In fact, the only reason I knew that happened was because he casually mentioned the band the next day.  Our conversation went like this:
Him:  "blah blah blah...band practice."
Me: "Hmm, what?  when did you go see his band?"
Him: "Last night."
Me: "You did?  When?"
Him: "I had so-and-so over and then we went the band practice."
Me: "Really?"

I used to wake up if someone stood in my doorway and whispered my name!

6.  If you had a ahem, shy-bladder problem before, it goes away when you are pregnant.  When you gotta go, you gotta go.  Your bladder is no longer concerned that someone in the next stall might hear you pee.

7.  Where did the happy hormones come from?  I'm usually all bah-humbug about Christmas arriving early.  I get so annoyed when the radio stations start playing the holiday songs early.  Guess who has been listening to Christmas songs all week on the radio?  And singing along at the top of my lungs!  Bring it on!  I love all this mushy holiday cheer!

8.  When you are pregnant, you cry.  A lot.  At everything.  And you can't explain to anyone or even yourself why.  That baby looked at me!  I cried.  That was a happy song!  I cried.  That was a sad song!  I cried harder.   Aww...a cute fluffy kitten!  Tears.  They flow.  Just smile and look silly, it's okay.  Unless you aren't showing yet...then everyone thinks you are weird.

9.  Before you get pregnant and you run into people you know, they will ask: "How are you?".   Once you are pregnant, everyone now says:  "How are you feeling?"  And then they stare at your belly.  Which is weird.  Especially if you don't have one yet.

10.  And the last one for today.  (I'm sure I will post more things I learned later in my pregnancy.)
You are no longer in control of your body.  It belongs to someone else.  And at 5.5 months pregnant, this little creature only weighs in at one pound.  And it's in control.

But that's okay, it will be this way for the next 18 years.  Or the rest of my life.  Better get used to it! :)

And a bonus.  Your brain no longer functions.  Proofread everything.  I just had to correct about four spelling mistakes and three grammatical errors.  I'm sure there are more, I just didn't find them.  Like proofreading, is it spelled that way?  Or is it proof reading.  I'm not sure.   My brain no longer works.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Barbara Michaels

Barbara Michaels is the other author that I want to read every single one of her books.  I have almost the entire collection, I just need a few more.

I discovered her writing when I was in high school.   My cousin and I were visiting each other and she had two books with her that I became interested in.   (Growing up, a lot of the books I ended up enjoying were books that she had also read.)

The first was an Anne Rice book.  I'll get into that book and author in a different post.  The second book was "Wait for What Will Come" by Barbara Michaels. 

I think I have read this book four or five times now.  I was immediately hooked.  After that I started to seek out her books and I found that our local library (in the town I grew up in) had a large collection of her novels.  I couldn't read them fast enough to be honest.   Her stories are usually gothic mystery, usually with a female lead character and occasionally will have a supernatural element to it.   The heroine almost always ends up with a love interest by the end of the novel and I really enjoy trying to guess who will be her "one and only" at the end.  Love, love, love these books. 

One year, for Christmas, my parents bought me about ten of her novels.  The hardest part that year was waiting until we were done opening presents to read my books!  (and choose which one to read first!)

I do have two funny stories in relation to this author as well. 

First story:
I was on a ski vacation once and was bored one evening.  I decided to look at the book collections in the townhouse we were renting (this was in college, or just after college) and I found a mystery novel.   I really enjoyed the book and when we returned home I decided to research the author so I could read more of her books.  Guess what?   The author of that book, Elizabeth Peters, just so happened to be the SAME woman as Barbara Michaels.   This author uses a pen name for the various genres that she writes in.   I was very excited to then have even MORE books to choose from.  

Second story:
The majority of my book collection resides at my parent's house in northern Vermont.  The collection keeps growing and I really hope that someday I can have an old-fashioned library like I get to read about in my many Barbara Michaels books.   One evening, a few summers ago, I was in Vermont visiting my parents and we were looking for something to start a bonfire with.  We must have run out of newspaper.  My mom said "I have a book you can use, it was just awful."  Immediately I was horrified, I wasn't about to let someone burn a book!  My mom insisted that it was a terrible book and no one was going to want to read it.  So I asked to read it before we tossed it into a bonfire so that I could be the judge and decide if it needed to be burned.  My mom handed me the book....and it was one of my Barbara Michaels books.   I said "Hey!  This is MY book!" and my mom again commented that she didn't like it.  Now, there was one Barbara Michaels novel that I wasn't happy about the ending.  I was left feeling unsatisfied and it's one of the few that I haven't read multiple times.    And this book was actually it, which is kinda funny.
So what did I do?  Of course I wouldn't let them burn it.  Even if I didn't like the ending of the book, I need it to complete my collection.  And besides that, it was MY book.  I tend to be a little possessive about my books. :)    After that day, I decided to put my name in my books and I sectioned off a corner of our bookcases and told everyone in the family, these shelves are MY books.  Borrowing is fine, burning is not!

Check out Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels website:
http://www.mpmbooks.com/

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christopher Pike

As promised, here is an entry about one of my all-time favorite authors.  There are only two authors that I am attempting to read every single published piece they have out there.   Christopher Pike is one.  I'll write about the other one tomorrow.

I'm not sure when it was exactly that I first discovered Christopher Pike's work.  I don't have a specific memory, but I could definitely guess.  Around sixth grade I decided I didn't want to read Sweet Valley Twins anymore.  I now wanted to read Sweet Valley High.  It was a more "grown-up" version of the stories about the twins.  It took place in high school.  There was a sorority, cool cars and dating.  It was way cooler than the Sweet Valley Twins books.   I was probably in my favorite bookstore at a shopping plaza not far from my house.   This shopping plaza was not very close, but it was close enough that when I was older I could ride my bike there.  It also happened to be where my parents bought the majority of our groceries and I could usually ask to go to the bookstore while they were getting groceries and it would be okay.

I LOVED this bookstore.  In fact,  a crazy, "someday when I'm a millionaire and don't care about money" dream of mine is to own a bookstore.  I would love to run a bookstore with used and new books.  There is something very relaxing about being surrounded by books.  (yes, I love libraries!  support your local library!)

So I probably went to the bookstore to get a new Sweet Valley High book (they were a series) and they probably didn't have a new one released yet.  I was probably bored and decided to check out the other books in the Teen Section.  (wasn't young adult back then)  Since this was a small bookstore, the section I had to look at was also very small.   The Sweet Valley High books were written by Francine Pascal.  (who is actually a team of ghost writers).  Right next to Pascal, was Pike.  Christopher Pike's book, Slumber Party was there.  I believe this was one of his first novels.

Normally I don't like scary stuff.  I don't watch scary movies, I prefer Disney happy endings.  But this book got me curious.  I probably opened it to the first page and started reading, and got hooked.  I probably purchased the book and brought it home.

Christopher Pike's books were VERY popular when I was a teenager, I had many friends (and cousins) who also read his books.  I soon started a collection and would purchase his new books as soon as they came out.

I still do that to this day.  I have almost every single book he has written.  There are just a few left that I don't own.  His books usually have themes of horror, mystery, science fiction, and spirituality.  It is common to see themes from Eastern Hemisphere religions in his stories.

I really do enjoy all of his books, but if I had to pick my favorite, so far it would be "Season of Passage".

Here is a link to his fan site:
http://christopherpikefanclub.com/

Here is his official website (not ready yet, coming soon I guess): 
http://christopherpikebooks.com/

He is a reclusive person, there is not a lot of information out there about him.  But that's okay, I would rather read his stories and leave him alone.  I only hope that someday I can write stories as great as his.   That might mean dipping into some darker, deeper parts of the human soul than I prefer to go.

I do still love my Disney. :)

And to end today's post, I have officially "popped".  There is no hiding that I am pregnant now.   :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Belly Picture

so...yeah.  I didn't get to post on Friday.  And I didn't get to make up for it on the weekend.

So today's post will be a "belly" picture and I will do another author post tomorrow. :)

Here is a week 21 belly picture.  For those of you who don't follow "weeks" in pregnancy, this is just over 5 months.  This is also at the end of a day with loads of good food.  I am sucking in my belly for all it's worth.  At the end of the day, I always look pregnant now.  In the mornings, I just look a teeny tiny bit pregnant.






 I went shopping with my friend TC yesterday.   I had a coupon (thank you Cate!) and so I decided to get some maternity clothes.  I really didn't have anything that fit me correctly ( I need to hem the pants!) and I have been wearing my "fat" clothes from before I lost all my weight.

I made a discovery in the dressing room at the Gap Maternity store.  I have not gone up in size (with the exception of my belly) and I look really great in clothes that actually fit me!  I didn't realize until I put clothes on that fit me properly, just how dumpy I looked in my other clothes.  I didn't look fat in them.  I didn't look bad in them.  I just looked "not put together". 

I look really nice at work today!  Yay new clothes! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

J.K. Rowling

(Sorry this post is a day late, there are two posts today, this is my Wednesday post, keep looking below for the Thursday post)

The Harry Potter book series brought me back to my love of reading while I was in college.   When I went to college, I stopped reading.  It must have been because I was studying (partying) so hard.  :)   I read my textbooks and stuff for school, but reading for fun went on the wayside.   I don't really remember doing a lot of reading for fun in college.

One night, my roommates and I were hosting a party and some friends of mine were leaving at about 11:20pm.  Which believe it or not, in college party time is way too early to leave a party.  I asked them where they were going (was there a cooler party than mine somewhere?!) and they said they were going to a book store.  At midnight?  Yep.  They were going to get book #4 in the Harry Potter series.

I laughed, I couldn't believe that anyone would be that excited to get a book.  And I couldn't believe that some book stores would actually be open at midnight!  And to top it all off, for a dumb children's book?  I found out that night that the Harry Potter series was becoming quite popular and that many children and adults were reading the books.   I refused to pick them up.  After all, I wasn't a child, I didn't read children's books.

Fast forward some time and my roommate Justin comes home from his trip to London.  (He was there completing a project for school, IQP for you WPI alums out there.)   He brought back with him the UK versions of the Harry Potter books.  And so there they were.  In my apartment.  In the living room.  On the coffee table.  And no one was home.   No one was there to see if I peeked at them. 

I picked the first one up and looked at the book.   I opened up to the first page and I asked myself "What's so great about these Harry Potter books anyway?".   The next thing I knew it was a few hours later and I had finished all the books on the table.  (Did I mention I have a rare talent of speed reading?)

I couldn't put the books down!  I hadn't felt that excited about a book or a story in ages! 

I immediately went out and bought my own copies of the books and read them AGAIN.  I was back in love with reading.  So thanks to J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series, I became a reader again.   I do hope that J.K. Rowling will write some other stories, I would be very interested to see if I enjoy her story of Harry Potter or if I enjoy her writing style.   Some books I read I only enjoy that one story.  Other authors, I have to read every single thing they write.

If you haven't given the Harry Potter series a try, I highly recommend it.  Chances are, you know someone you can borrow them from or you can find them in used bookstores or your local library.  If you aren't into reading, try the audio books.  I think you will also discover a whole new genre of books to enjoy, Children's Literature and Young Adult novels.

I am hoping to write a Young Adult novel or Children's Literature, but I think my strong suit might be chick lit.  We shall see.  And for the November Novel Month thing?  I have complete writer's block.

E.B. White

So I will give you a bonus with today's post since I was too busy to post yesterday. (This is the Thursday post)

First off, I want to talk about E.B. White and his book Charlotte's Web.  This is the first book I can remember reading.  I was in first grade.  Yes, you read that right, first grade.   When I was in first grade my teacher was out for the year.  We had a substitute teacher, the elementary school reading specialist.  I'm not sure what she did, but reading came very easy for me and the next thing I knew I couldn't get enough books to fill my need to read.

I think my parents were surprised to see me reading the book, not just looking at the pictures.  They even have a home video of me reading the book out loud while rocking on a rocking horse that my Uncle Andy had made.  I went on to read James and the Giant Peach and other great classic books.  So while I wouldn't say he is a favorite writer, his writing had a HUGE influence on me and the rest of my life.  In fact, I'll admit, I have never read any of his other works.   I went on to always test way above my class level for reading comprehension.  In sixth grade my reading comprehension came back PHS, which meant Post-High School level.  When my parents asked about it, the teacher basically said that my comprehension was beyond the testing limits.

At this point I think my parents thought I might be some kind of reading prodigy.  (which was hard for them to understand as neither of them were the type to read a novel)  They started getting me some great classics to read.  This is where I started to rebel.  I was 12 years old after all. :)   I wanted to read Sweet Valley Twins and Babysitter's Club.  That is what all my friends were reading.   Instead, my mom got me Ivanhoe.   To this day, I have refused to read this book.

Although, I went looking for a link for you my faithful blog readers and while I was there I read a description of the book.  It actually looks like the kind of thing I might want to read.  haha, maybe I should give it a chance?  Has anyone read it?

So at 12 years old I started saving my allowance and I would buy my own books.  Which books did I like reading?  Tomorrow's post will be about that author...and guess what?  I still read every book that author releases.

Here is your bonus, I'm sorry again for forgetting to post yesterday.
This is a link to my friend Justin's blog.  He has a hilarious YouTube video on his website with a funny song about IT people.  That's me, IT people.

And oh yeah, I want this shirt.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Harry Potter movie coming soon!

I am excited about the new Harry Potter movie coming out soon.  Check out the Yahoo Movies website.  They have pictures and video and loads of information.

Yahoo also had this video online today about what Daniel Radcliffe is thinking about keeping from the movies as a souvenir.

For the past few movies I have done a movie marathon, attempting to watch all the movies in preparation for the new movie.  This year I will be doing the same thing again!  Although, it is tougher this year, most people don't want to watch all the movies in a row and well, we have lives and just don't have the time.   I'm still going to do my best to decorate, dress up as a character and make some chocolate frogs too!

So all of this Harry Potter talk is actually a great transition to my next topic.   For the rest of the month I am going to discuss my favorite writers.  I actually stole this idea from another blog.  I am going to discuss 15 writers that have influenced me.  These will be authors that either I enjoyed reading their books, they made me want to write a book, or they had a strong influence on my life.

I will start tomorrow, the first author I will discuss is one of the most popular, J.K. Rowling.

Monday, November 08, 2010

snow?!

I woke up this morning to the sound of Billy Joel (my alarm clock radio) and wet splashy sounds on the window (rain-ish).   I looked outside to see what today's weather was going to look like.  Because when you live in New England, the only way to really know what the weather is going to be like, is to look out the window.
(and even then, that's only guaranteed for about 10 minutes)

We had snow this morning!  It was just a light dusting, probably not even an inch, but it was enough to stick to the ground and make it appear snowy.  Of course the weather warmed up and the snow and rain has all melted away, but it was crazy to see snow this early.   I'm used to seeing snow towards the end of November, not the beginning.

And of course my commute to work was terrible.  It was bumper to bumper, stop and go almost the entire way.  Yuck.

From now on I will have to watch the weather forecast for more snowy, sleet-type of weather so I can plan my commute (and morning!) better.  See, Oscar loves the snow.  He really really LOVES the snow.  When there is snow outside, he does not want to be inside.  In the past I needed to plan a longer morning walk just so he could do his "business" and get a chance to run around and bury his face in the snow.  It's really cute.  My husband and I made a video of him playing in the snow last year and I have to say, it's pretty adorable.  

So usually, when I lived at the condo, I would walk him on a leash.  It was easy to control when we went inside, because I could just drag him if I had to.  In the week or so we have been living at the house, I have been walking with him outside but no leash.  I am working on training him to not go near the road, only do his business in certain spots, and to return to me when I call him.  He has been doing VERY well with all of this.  Especially "the return" command.  Usually a little whistle, snap of the fingers, or his name will have him running back to me as fast as he can.

This morning?   I whistled.  Nothing.   I snapped my fingers.   Nothing.  I said his name.  Nothing.  Finally I decided I was going to have to get a flashlight to see in the dark.  (he's black and white, it's hard to see him in the dark, even with snow)   Just as I went to go back in the house to find a flashlight, he came bounding toward me.  His face was totally covered in snow.  And I swear he was smiling.

It's hard to be mad at him when he's that cute. :)

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice



What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and all things nice!
That's what little girls are made of.


So we found out yesterday, it's a girl!  Now I just need to stop saying "it" and start saying "she" and "her".  I'm not posting a belly pic today (I was thinking I might do that every two weeks) because I don't look any different.  (I think)  Maybe I will post one next week.

Short post today, lots to do.   More tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mom Cave

Men get "man caves", now women can have Mom Caves.  (Although why didn't they just call it a Woman's Cave?  Not all women are moms?)   I have talked about creating my own space for a while but I wasn't really sure what to call it.  I don't know if I like "mom cave".   I think I prefer coming up with something better.   My cousin Colleen used to call her bedroom at my condo "The Fortress of Solitude."

That sounds way cooler than Mom Cave.  Of course I might have to go with something really geeky and call it The Crystal Castle.   That was She-Ra's place to escape when she needed some alone time. :)   And when I was little, I wanted to be She-Ra when I grew up.   One year my parents got me a She-Ra costume for Halloween.  Everyone in the neighborhood knew who I was that year, because for the entire month prior to Halloween, I wore the costume almost every day.   It was a REALLY cool costume.  I still have the glow-in-the-dark sword that came with that costume.   (you know...just in case it turns out that I CAN be She-Ra when I grow up. :))

Short post today as I am very busy.  I am leaving work early for a doctor's appointment.  Which means tomorrow's post will be way more interesting.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I caved.

I caved and I totally bought my first baby item last night.

It was a Halloween onesie (they call it a creeper).  It's black and white with a glow-in-the-dark ghost.  Since it was the day after Halloween, it was on sale for $1.50.  I couldn't resist.  It's gender neutral, so no matter what we find out tomorrow, it should work.  Hopefully it will fit.  It looked big.  This time next year, my kid will be around 6-7 months old.  :)  I have known about my pregnancy since August, I think I did a good job "holding out" and not buying anything.  The temptation to buy has been there all along! 

I didn't put anything else away last night at the house.  I was feeling a little lazy.  But I did get all my errands done.  So we are still half-living out of boxes.   I'll need to find the rest of my clothes soon though, I'm going to run out.   I work with all men, so they might not notice if I wear the same three outfits in a rotation, but then again, they might.

My plan tonight is to find clothes, finish unpacking the bathroom and go to kickboxing.

Oh yeah, I should probably start writing that novel too.  It's November 2nd and I haven't started yet.  It's National Novel Writing Month and I wanted to participate this year.  I better get started....blog posts may be minimal this month due to writing of the novel.   But hey, if I get a novel done, maybe I can get it published, then all my readers can read the novel instead! :)  (sigh...maybe someday.)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Moving weekend was fun...sort of.

So we are all moved in!

We still need to put everything away, but everyone has been moved.  My sister is all settled at our condo and we have all of our belongings at the house.  Our bed is set up, we have clean clothes to wear to work and the kitchen is about 80% put away.   Every time I think I am all done with the kitchen, I find another box of dishes or food!  It's amazing the amount of "stuff" we have.  I am determined to minimize our belongings.   This may be an uphill battle because I think my husband is determined to get more stuff to add to his already huge pile.

This past weekend he mentioned to some friends that he was totally a hoarder.  I told him that I didn't think he was a hoarder, he wasn't that bad.   His response?  "You're holding me back babe."    Good thing, we have enough junk!

Our friends are also moved in to their place just down the street which is nice.  Having neighbors that you are friends with is always fun.   We all took a break from moving and packing and unpacking and cleaning to watch the Patriots game last night.  Go PATS!  It was a great game, which of course means we won.

Oscar seems to be adjusting to the house okay.  He seems a little freaked out.  His ears are down, but his tail isn't, which to me just means he is confused, not sad.  Every time Anthony or I went near a door he would get excited.  Either he wanted to go out in our new big yard or he thought we were leaving.  He got very disappointed if we didn't leave.  He got VERY upset if we left without him, and he has been a very bad dog and already tried "escaping" a few times.   His attempts at "escape" aren't really him running away.  It's his way of making sure we don't go anywhere without him.   I don't blame him at all.  If I didn't know why I was in a strange house that smelled funny and I was being left alone there, I would make sure they were taking me with them wherever they were going as well!

Since Anthony and I have to be at work all day today, hopefully he will be okay.   At least he has windows to look out of, which he has never had before.

One more fun thing before I sign off this post today.   They were testing the fire alarms at work today.  One alarm in particular was piercing and very loud (flashing lights too).  And then within a few seconds of it starting (they left it going for almost a minute) I felt....I don't know..."something" from below.  Not really fluttering.  Not rolling or kicking or bubbles.  Just "something".   It wasn't subtle, and it wasn't really painful, but it wasn't ticklish either.   I decided to hightail it out of the area and away from the noise.  Once I got away from the noise it went away.  After the alarms were done, I felt a little more of that "flip" feeling I felt in the past and now all seems to be quiet.   So I *think* I felt the baby, but I'm just not sure.  I still have no belly.  I still can't feel it.   I'll do another "belly" picture later this week.  Maybe.  I don't look any different from the last time.

This was starting to bother me a bit, but I did a google search.  I looked up "19 weeks not showing".  I found links to forums where other women were as far along as myself (I'll be 20 weeks on Wednesday) and not showing.  So I feel much better.   Although I did consider getting my sister's boyfriend to grab his stethoscope and listen to make sure it was still in there.  (He's one last rotation and test away from becoming a Physician's Assistant.)

Besides my appetite, I barely know I am pregnant.   2nd Trimester ultrasound this week.  I'm sure Thursday's post this week will be exciting. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

The 50th Grilling

My husband has a goal.

Okay, my husband has many goals.  He wants to be a billionaire, own a Ferrari and live in Italy.  He also wants to run his own business, create the world's best grill and many many more.   Lucky for him, he is not just a dreamer, he is also a hard worker and very motivated.

One of his shorter term goals is to grill 100 times before the end of this year.  He is starting to run out of time, but he has grilled 49 times.  He has been looking for something special to grill for the 50th grilling.  He is a foodie and an incredible chef (lucky me!) and he can't just grill a hamburger for this monumental and special grilling occasion.

Yesterday he sent me a link to what his 50th grilling should be.

So I clicked on the link, looked at the picture and immediately thought "gross!".   (I had also just eaten that strawberry yogurt I talked about yesterday and I *thought* I was still hungry for more food, but I quickly changed my mind when I saw the picture.)

Okay,  a little background information for you:
I am not a vegetarian.  I have thought about being one a few times.  I love animals.  I can't stand the thought of any living creature in pain.  (I don't kill spiders either...if it's possible to move them outside I do, or send my husband after them.  He always kills them.)   So when I eat my food, I prefer it to not resemble the creature it once looked like.  Then it's easier for me to not think of that cute little lamb who was sacrificed for Anthony's 50th grilling.  Lucky for me, I'm friends with someone who is married to an actual REAL farmer.  And instead of listening to the crazy people at PETA, I got a real answer from an agricultural source that actually raises the animals we eat.  I also suggest you visit a farm or meet someone who raises animals for food.   They LOVE their animals.  Just as much as I would hope they do.   And they treat them well.

Happy animals  =  good food.    Good food = Happy Dani.  Especially while pregnant.  I think am ready for a snack.....

Anyway!

Back to the story:

So I sent him a note back. 
(note my awesome MUTTS comics Ying Yang symbol!)

Here is our conversation:

  me: ugh  I didn't need the picture
:)
  Anthony: why not?
  me: it's a baby sheep! I don't want to see it's ribs
  Anthony: tacos are just baby quesidillas you know
  me: LOL

**End Conversation**
I will never look at tacos the same ever again.

Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Posture and why I'm not moved yet.

I'm going to start today's post discussing posture.  This is something we normally don't think about unless our back hurts or our moms or grandmothers tell us to "sit up straight!".   I noticed the past two weeks that my back is bothering me.  Usually when this happens it is due to weight gain or a lack of exercise.

And of course, I am gaining weight and I am exercising a little less than my "normal" routine.  (Normal for me was trying to lose weight so it meant sweating profusely and making other people get tired just looking at me.)  The weight gain is minor.  I think I am up about 6 pounds from when I first got pregnant.  When my back hurt before, it was from gaining weight when I was already over my ideal weight.  The reason this causes back pain is because the added bulk puts strain on the muscles that have to support your core.  This means your stomach muscles, lateral muscles and BACK muscles all need to work harder to support that extra weight.  So just like when your muscles are sore after a really good (very hard!) workout, your muscles are sore from the "workout" of holding up your extra weight.   This doesn't mean you are fat or overweight.  It just means your body is suddenly supporting more than it used to.

But I don't think I have gained so much weight that my back hurts.  I think that my body is now adjusting to the growing baby in the front.  Everything is getting shifted around and pushed up and my body will soon be off balance.  But the real reason I think my back is hurting?  Poor posture.

I noticed the other day that I am starting to get the "pregnancy" pose.  Do you know what I mean?  You see pregnant women, backs slightly arched, pelvis tipped down in the front, usually holding their lower backs.  I did a little research on this, and what I found out is that you DO NOT want to give in to this.  I have always thought I had pretty good posture, but this body is changing in ways I cannot control.  (the food!  gimme more food!)

So starting today, I am making a concentrated effort on standing up straight.  Sitting up straight and keeping my pelvis tipped the correct way.

My back feels better already!

In other good news, my co-worker gave me their strawberry yogurt.  And it didn't taste any yuckier than normal strawberry yogurt.  yay!  I am hoping this means I can go back to my plain greek yogurt...yum!
(In the beginning of my pregnancy, I couldn't stand the sight of it, even though prior to pregnancy I ate it every day, sometimes twice a day.)

And for those who are curious...why am I not all moved in?  We can now.  We have heat, we have hot water.  The majority of our belongings are over there.   But I refuse to go.  This is because Anthony is traveling for business today and tomorrow and won't be back until Saturday.

At first, I was all excited to move in last night.  And then I realized I was going to spend the first two nights at the new place ALONE.  In the dark.  In the woods.  Where the neighbors are close, but I can't see them from my house.  And Halloween was this weekend?!  No way dude!

I don't want to say that I am scared of the dark....oh who am I kidding, I'm terrified to be alone in the dark. :)

I also haven't been alone in a building in almost ten years.  I have been living in apartment buildings and condo buildings.  There was always at least someone in the building.   So I wasn't doing it alone.

So Oscar and I are camping out at the condo with just the bed, the tv's (I wasn't moving those in yet either) and a suitcase until Saturday morning.

And THEN we will finally be moved in.  After my dentist appointment.  And after I help my sister move.  And my friends Katie and Jeff.  Okay, and then we have to unpack.  But we will be living there!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's raining babies!

...or at the moment it's raining pregnant ladies who are all due to give birth in the spring.

I now know 7 people besides myself that are expecting.  Today I decided to write down everyone's names and due dates so that I can keep track of them.  Seriously, it's that many.   And another friend from high school just had a baby girl last week, 10/21.   Crazy.

Here are the due dates in my social circle:  (I used mom's first initial)

S - 1/17/2011 (boy)
K - 3/2/2011 (boy)
A - 3/7/2011(boy)
D - 3/23/2011   me.   :)
T - 3/24/2011 (girl)
A - 4/7/2011 (not finding out until the birth day)
S - 5/4/2011 (boy, maybe, it's early)
K - 5/14/2011 (not finding out until the birth day)

Is that crazy or what?  I need to find a good deal on a bulk purchase of baby shower presents! :)  If anyone has any ideas for me, let me know!

Tonight Anthony and I do the *almost* final move of our stuff.  Tomorrow I will tell you why it's almost the final move and why it isn't the final move.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.

My title of this post is my explanation for a lack of post yesterday.   The only thing I wanted to talk about yesterday was....ok, the only thing I wanted to WHINE and COMPLAIN about yesterday was the teasing, comments and advice about food and pregnancy.

So instead of whining and making a big deal out of a mole hill, I decided to not write anything at all.

I'm still going to address the issue, but hopefully in a more calm and nice manner.  (hormones were raging yesterday!)  Here is what led up to me losing my cool:

1. Someone showed me pictures of pregnant women online to show me how "huge" I was going to get.
2. Some people went maternity clothes shopping and the comments about how huge I was going to get kept coming.  Not only am I going to get a huge belly, but my arms and face and feet and everything else is apparently going to swell up like Violet in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
3. I have been told that all the food I am eating now will catch up to me towards the end of the pregnancy.
4. This past weekend, some folks were teasing me about my hearty appetite and again all the comments about "getting huge".
5. Someone gave me some good advice about going for walks at my lunch break instead of a nap.  Apparently I didn't catch the part where this is going to help me stay awake.  I just caught that I needed some exercise instead of a nap.
6. And having three pieces of pizza will make me fat.  (Can I get an order of fries with that too?  plus dessert!)

Now, everything that has happened is harmless.  There was no harm or malice intended.  Most of what has been said is teasing and advice about pregnancy and food and exercise.

The problem is me.  I just lost 30 pounds before I got pregnant.  I already WAS huge.  I don't want to be huge again!  But I need to gain weight, that is what is healthy for the baby.  (My doctor has said between 15-20 pounds should be good.)  I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I need to gain weight.

And then, I am SO hungry!  All the time!  And if I go too long without food, it's like some alien being inside of me (I might start calling the baby "Alien") is controlling my body and mind and I HAVE to eat.  I seriously get this feeling of "if I don't eat, I will die."   And you can ask my sister, she gets a kick out of it, I get really whiny.

(my little sister used to be the whiner, now it's me!)

Basically, my problem is this:  I'm paranoid about my weight.  I now need to gain.  The teasing and advice are making me feel insecure about my body and my weight.   I'm still not showing and I still can't feel the baby inside of me.

From my point of view....what if I wasn't really pregnant?  What if I was just getting fat again?!

It didn't help that some of the fun and joking around this weekend included: "Are you sure you are pregnant?  Maybe you are faking it, where's your belly?"

(sigh)

So anyway, the problem is ME.  Not everyone else.

I'll be okay, but here is some teasing/advice back to everyone else:

Don't tease a pregnant woman about her weight, how big she is going to get or how much (or how little) she is eating.   A pregnant woman is already paranoid about not eating the right foods or getting the right nutrients and vitamins to her baby.  She is already worried about gaining too much weight or not gaining enough weight.

There is enough worry, and sometimes the teasing might just push a little too far for her very sensitive mind at the moment.

But hey, when this pregnancy is all said and done and I'm all skinny again, feel free to remind me of how much food I ate....haha, I'll probably miss that! :)

Mmmm...double cheeseburger...

Is it lunch time yet?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Duh. Why didn't I think of that?

I was talking to my mom briefly this morning and she had a suggestion for me.  For my next "belly picture" I should wear a clingy top, like a tank top, but something that clings to the body.  This way I will show off the belly and the changing shape without exposing my stomach.

Duh!

I should have thought of that, so why didn't I?  Because I have baby brain.  I can't remember the simplest words anymore.  Yesterday, for the life of me, I couldn't recall the words "cached exchange mode".  I knew what it was.  I knew where to find it in Outlook or while creating a profile.  But I couldn't think of it.  At least my co-worker was able to pull that out of my head for me.  :)

Besides forgetting words and dropping things (always my keys!) the other symptom I am experiencing right now is exhaustion.  It could be because I just need to go to bed earlier.  (late nights packing and cleaning and laundry for the move) or that this baby is just making me tired.  Everyone who already has kids or a baby just laughs when I tell them how tired I am.  They have all informed me that it doesn't get better.  I am doomed to all eternity of being exhausted.   My new plan is to start taking naps during my lunch break and to make sure that I am in bed early every night.   I think this will help.  Until then, sleeeeepy.

This weekend my sister and I are headed north to have a "girls" weekend with our cousins. We are going to be shopping, going out to eat, and maybe checking out a haunted house.  My plan is to scream my head off and get really into it and scare the other people going through the house.   This way the people and things in the house won't scare ME.   That is because I scare easily and have nightmares.  I figure if I get in on the fun and view it as a joke, I shouldn't have a heart attack or go into early labor.  :)

What I will probably end up doing is annoying everyone else in that haunted house. hehehe.

Hopefully I won't have nightmares and I should get a good night's sleep this weekend as well.  I think I have yawned about 10 times just while writing this.  (and today's post is short!)  Oh well, I can sleep later right?  And everyone says you are supposed to nap when the baby naps right?   I think I'll try going to bed when the baby goes to bed too.  7pm bed time sounds good to me.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Belly Pictures

It occurred to me last night that I should probably start taking pictures of my belly's progress.  Lots of women take pictures of the expanding belly.  You can look it up on the internet.  Enter into your favorite search engine: "18 weeks pregnant" and you will get loads of all different sizes of belly.  This actually made me feel better.

Because I got nothing.  Except a little extra cushion.  I was on my way to a slim waist when I got pregnant, and now it just looks like I'm gaining back a little of what I lost.  Truthfully, I haven't gained that much, but I feel like it looks like I have.  I'm very sensitive about my belly.  I always have been.  Even when I had the body to show off a stomach, I never did.  I don't wear bikinis (I hate them!) and even through my obsession with Britney Spears, I have never worn mid-section baring shirts.  I don't like anyone to touch my stomach area either.  It skeeves me out.  I don't even like to let my husband touch my belly, it's like "Here, have a handful of flub!".

Even doctors touching my belly bothers me.  I'm really going to flip out when I start to have the pregnant belly and everyone wants to touch.  I hope not.  Hands off!  It's weird!  Why would you touch me?!   :)

So without further ado...belly picture!


Yes, I am sucking in my gut.  I could let it all hang out, but that ain't pretty.  Trust me, it isn't baby, it's just belly fat. :)  If I lie down on my back, I definitely have some "roundness" but when I am upright, my belly fat is hiding the baby for now. 

So now that I have officially posted one of the most embarrassing pictures of my life on the internet, I need to go breathe into a paper bag.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apple Pie!

My sister and I made some apple pies last night.  Picture Time!

Here I am making the crust.  I almost look pregnant in this picture.  Too bad the shirt is just baggy and that is not an actual belly.  Well, it might be a belly, but it's a belly with fat, not baby.  (my baby is still tiny!)


Coincidentally (wow, did I spell that right?) I am wearing a maternity shirt today!  But that is because it is purple, and I wanted to wear a purple shirt today.  (Click here to see why.)

Here I am putting some holes in the top crust to let out the steam:

Here is the finished product.  YUM!

Oh, don't you want to taste this pie?!

If you really really really NEED to taste this pie, you can help Anthony move stuff this weekend.  I am sure he will be happy to share the pie, buy some pizza and provide some beverages. :)   Although, by the end of the day today, only half a pie might be left...hmmm, better help us out sooner! 

So now that you got to enjoy pie, I will finally share the book I was reading last week.  I was reading "Thirst: Volume 3".  This is the 7th book in a series of books that I read about 10-15 years ago.   This is a series by one of my all time favorite authors, Christopher Pike.   The series is called The Last Vampire.   I LOVED this series as a teenager and have re-read the series a few times as an adult.   Recently publishers re-released his books in a two volume set.  Thirst: Volume 1 contained books 1-3 and Thirst: Volume 2 contained books 4-6.   When I found out there was going to be a sequel I was beyond excited!  And then I was wondering how it would all happen, after all, book six ended with everything tied up in a neat little bow.  Without giving too much away (in case you decide to read these for yourself) I was very pleased with the explanation.   The ending I wasn't too sure about....but it leads to another sequel!   Or maybe in this case it is now a series. 

Anyway, Christopher Pike has a TON of young adult novels out there.  All are good short reads.  Well, short for me, I read fast.  I highly recommend his adult novels too, my favorite is Season of Passage.  The Blind Mirror and Falling were pretty good as well.   He has another novel, Sati, that I used to read whenever I was in a funk and needed to feel better again.  Funny, I haven't had to read it in a VERY long time.  I bet my husband has something to do with it.  I guess I don't feel sad or lost anymore. :)

If anyone wants more recommendations, let me know!  Or ask me about my favorite books.  I love to discuss my favorite authors and their books.  I'm always looking for something new.  I was thinking about trying out The Chronicles of Prydain next.  Has anyone read that series?

And of course, I should probably work on my own novel as well.  Maybe after we move.  And after all the other things I have to do.