27 Weeks Pregnant

27 weeks pregnantI was a bit speechless this week when I read my “27 Week” recap which stated that a baby born now, has a good chance of surviving with significant medical assistance.  I mean that is great to hear, but it’s still very scary to know that a baby can come any as early as the present.  As much as I’d love to meet the little guy, I couldn’t possible bear to see a creature struggle to survive at such an early age.  Breaks my heart.

Hopefully my baby can wait another 10 or so weeks!

  • How far along:  27 weeks. 3 days.
  • Total weight gain:  Approaching 35 lbs.
  • Sleep:  These days? Very reminiscent of my first trimester…exhausted!
  • Best moment this week:  Sleeping in on Monday morning.
  • Movement:  OHMYGOSH. Yes. Especially this past weekend when I was at an anniversary party. Music was pumpin’ and baby was groovin’.
  • Symptoms:  Where do I start? Severe lower back pains. Tailbone pain. Tightening/rock-hard stomach.  Dry skin.
  • Symptoms I DON’T have: Extreme nausea.
  • Food cravings:  CocaCola!
  • Food aversions:  Chicken that is bland or lacking flavor. Still.
  • Labor Signs:  I hope not…not sure if the tightening stomach will lead to Braxton Hicks contractions.
  • Belly Button in or out?   In.
  • What I miss:  Being able to lie on my stomach.
  • What I am looking forward to:  Getting a back massage. Soon.
  • Weekly Wisdom:  Don’t let your work life stress you out. Not worth it.
  • Milestones:  Baby is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes and perhaps even sucking his thumbs!
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Fear of Labor Pains

panic buttonLately, I’ve been giving a lot more thought to what labor and birth will actually feel like.  A bit too much at times.  I think I may be going overboard worrying, but I honestly just want to know what to expect as a first-time mother.

I know that everyone says each and every pregnancy and experience is quite unique, and I don’t doubt this is true since a number of factors play a key role here, including whether or not medication is administered.  But I still think that being aware of some of the signature pains and symptoms, will somehow prepare me for what is to come…if only mentally.  I also tend to be an anxious person to begin with, so I know that now would be a good time to practice some sort of relaxation techniques.

To better prepare myself and other first-time mommies, I just had to do research to find some of the general similarities women may experience during labor.  From contraction pains to the pains experienced during active labor, below are the top ways labor and birth pains have been described:

Contractions

  • Very bad menstrual cramps
  • Tightening muscles and severe stomach pains
  • Stabbing sensations
  • Really bad gas pains
  • Extreme lower back and lower abdominal pains
  • Tightening across your belly
  • Feeling of your stomach stretching in all directions

Crowning

  • Intense burning sensation
  • Really intense bowel movements
  • Possible tearing or ripping sensations

Although the list may go on and on forever, the “Charlie-horse” cramp-like symptoms and the burning sensation are the top two I’ve seen out there.  Well, guess that’s just the reality.  I better just learn to relax and know that in the end it will all be worth it once I see our little bundle of joy!

How would you describe your labor pains?

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Letters from Daddy 2/22/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.}

Dear Chili,

letters from daddyAs I anxiously await your arrival, my mind is filled with past memories, moments, and choices that have shaped my life significantly.  Two concepts spring to mind; understanding them will help you as you mature, as you face the many decisions that will determine who you are.  First, know that once a decision is made, it cannot be unmade without consequence.  Do not fear this fact of life; embrace it.  For good or ill, any choice you make will invariably affect your future decisions.  If is for this reason you cannot shrink away from your mistakes, nor sit idle when things go right.  You are human, and mistakes and successes will happen.  How you learn and adapt from the lessons your choices teach you will be pivotal on your journey towards manhood.  More simply put: As you make your choices, understand that they make you in turn.

The second idea I hope to teach you is very difficult to grasp without direct experience, but is still worth contemplating.  Whatever adventures or fortunes you may seek, you will encounter other travelers along the way.  Many will seek to confuse you or slow your progress; some will want to help you succeed; a precious few will be life-long friends.  When choosing your companions, know that character is defined through actions, not words.  While it is always important to listen to people, pay more attention to their actions.  The closer their words are to their deeds, the more reliable and loyal they are apt to be.  Trust is to be earned, not given freely.  In any case, my son, remember: There’s always a catch.  Life’s a catch, and I suggest you catch it while you can.  I love you, son.

Daddy

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Wordless Wednesdays: A Bad Haircut

These pictures clearly speak for themselves, but I just want to emphasize that both my husband and I, were extremely upset to find our very fluffy dogs were practically hairless when we picked them up from the groomers this weekend. Yes, they were very matted and needed a good trim, but it’s Winter for God’s sake!  Now they look like their identities have been stolen. Sad :(.

dogs before bad hair cut

Before

dog hair cut gone wrong

After

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26 Weeks Pregnant

26 weeks pregnantI’m feeling good overall this week. The only thing really hurting is my back — and it’s been a chronic issue for over 10 years now, so not blaming this symptom on pregnancy!  I’ve also noticed that my skin has become super itchy over the last few weeks — my stomach and ankles especially!

The one thing I’ve been bad at, is staying away from fried or less-than ideal food groups this week — mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and pizza to name a few.  It’s just hard to feed my hunger with salads sometimes.  I’ve also noticed that sweets are all I crave these days — perhaps it’s a sign that my body needs more “natural sweets” found in fruits.

Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit and do a survey of my pregnancy this week.  Check it out below:

  • How far along:  26 weeks
  • Total weight gain:  Hate to admit it…but about 30 lbs.
  • Sleep:  Going to bed much too late these days (after midnight :(!)
  • Best moment this week:  Enjoying a 3-day weekend.
  • Movement: Yes, lower abs — especially when I’m hungry or have just eaten.
  • Symptoms: Itchy belly, ankles and severe upper back pain.
  • Symptoms I DON’T have: Nausea.
  • Food cravings:  SWEETS.
  • Food aversions:  Chicken that is bland or lacking flavor.
  • Labor Signs: No, thank God! (It’s too early!)
  • Belly Button in or out?   Innie :)
  • What I miss:  The truth? Being “in the  mood” ;)
  • What I am looking forward to:  Meeting my little man.
  • Weekly Wisdom: Life is too short to fill with arguments and resentment.
  • Milestones: Baby’s network of nerves are even more developed now, making it easier for him to hear mommy and daddy :)!
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Product Review: Safety First Tub & Shower Seat

shower and tub seatI wanted to do a quick review on a shower seat I bought recently to help make my bath time less exhausting. Yes, I said shower seat.  Ever since my pregnancy began (with my center of gravity shifting off center), I found that standing up in a hot shower for more than 10 minutes was just too much to handle.  Even more challenging has been reaching down towards my calves to shave my legs.

That’s why on my last shopping trip to Bed Bath and Beyond, I told my husband a shower seat was a must! I didn’t really know what to look for, just knew I needed a small seat that would fit in the shower.  He came back with the Safety First Tub & Shower Seat priced at $34.99.  I didn’t really think too much of it, but the fact that it emphasized safety was a great selling point for an expectant mother.

Now that I’ve been using the seat for about two months, I think it was an investment worth making.  It’s sturdy, durable and doesn’t slip when wet.  It really has made it easier for me to shave my legs and take a breather when I need to.  The only downside to the seat is the size — it takes up quite some space in our one stall shower, which is a bit annoying when you want to stand up and get a nice rinse.  Nonetheless, this shower seat was one purchase I’m glad I made!

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Wordless Wednesdays: Sleepy

What can I say? Our pom, Thor is just as tired as I am today….well, maybe a tad more, considering he’ll sleep anywhere he can squeeze his poofy tush :)! Good night.

Pomeranian sleeping

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

flowersI know Valentine’s Day is often overrated and just another Hallmark holiday to drive consumer spending, but a girl can’t help but get excited…especially when her husband remembers that you can never go wrong with flowers…and sends a bouquet to her at work :)!

It was a nice surprise to see them as I made my way back from lunch.  Plus, the office receptionist notified me that my husband personally delivered the flowers himself!  Too bad I missed him.

Since last Valentine’s day didn’t quite go as planned, it made me feel quite special to be receiving them this time around. Flowers just have that effect on a girl :). Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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25 Weeks Pregnant

25 weeks pregnantThis week in my pregnancy countdown, my baby is the size of a rutabuga (a large round yellow-fleshed root that is eaten as a vegetable) and about 13 1/2 inches long.  Baby is still working on building up some fat and looking more and more like a new born (instead of an alien? hehe).

Nothing too different this week, although I have noticed that my eyebrow hairs are very sparse, I’m starting to get really overheated easily, and I’m getting more nose bleeds these days…sigh.  I guess if that’s the worst of it for now, I’ll take it!

Also, I’m not one to pay too much attention to the scale, but I’ve noticed that my weight is at a number I never thought I’d see in my life about 160 lbs, yikes :(!  I’m just glad I don’t actually look like it…or so I think.  According to the average weight a woman is expected to put on throughout pregnancy, I’m coming in quite close, so I better slow down a bit or find time for light workouts!

Oh well.  As long as my baby is healthy and feeling good, I am perfectly fine with that :)!

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Summer Camp Giveaway: Catalina Island Camps

I recently heard about an amazing new giveaway from The SITS Girls and wanted to spread the word to those who know of a deserving child between the ages of 8 and 17 that would enjoy a trip to Los Angeles for a summer camp program!

Catalina BeachThe overnight program, Catalina Islands Camps, is one of the country’s best, located off the coast of Southern California with a private beachfront!  Activities available, range from sailing, kayaking and climbing to gardening and cooking — to name a few.

But beyond the physical activities, the camp aims to develop life long skills in a child such as a positive identity and social skills, through a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment.

Therefore, I am entering to win a session of summer camp for my niece Katarina at Catalina Island Camps from The SITS Girls!  My niece Katarina, 14, is an extremely sweet and obedient only child, who I think would be an ideal candidate for this program.  As a home-schooled timid child, I feel that Katarina’s social skills, self-esteem and athletic skills would be strongly enhanced by such a positive program that fosters a sense of respect, friendship and teamwork amongst all participants.  The program would surely contribute to a key set of life long skills she would be forever grateful for.

I hope she gets the chance to experience such an amazing opportunity to grow personally!

If you’d  like to learn more about the camp program, visit them directly at Catalina Camps.

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