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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's important


I haven't written on my blog in a while because I felt like I really didn't have anything important to write about.  I have thought about topics like; sleeping, potty training, my personal life…….. again, but didn’t feel like my readers would find any of them very interesting.  My previous blogs were about milestones and very firsts.  Now that Angel is almost 2 the big milestones have been hit.  So after being asked by one of my friends when I was going to write again I decided to write about the things that I find exciting, momentous, and humorous. 
The other day Angel and I were at the park.  While sitting opposite me on the seesaw she looked at me and yelled out “I CAN NOT BE LIEVE IT!” for no reason at all.  I have no idea what there was not to believe, but I busted out laughing.  Since she saw that she could make me laugh with that comment, I have heard it every night since then.  Funny comments children make make me wonder what is going on in their tiny heads.  Yesterday, I was brushing Angel’s hair and again out of nowhere she points her right finger up in the air and says “AHA I have an idea!”  I asked her if her idea was how I should fix her hair and she said, “Pigtails”.  Great idea!
There are certain things that I find odd that Angel does, for instance the child loves to drink bathtub water.  I tell her every night it's disgusting and not to drink it yet she chooses to drink it anyway.  It makes no sense to me????  Doesn’t she realize there are germs, dead skin, dirt, and other things floating in this water she so willingly consumes??  I guess 2 year olds aren't too concerned about that kind of stuff.  All she thinks about is putting this dirty water in her mouth and spitting it out like she was a fountain.  The more I think about it I am sure it is a lot of fun for her, but it still grosses me out.  Another odd behavior is the pajama wars.  Each night she picks out her pajamas, I put them on her, and then she decides she doesn't want to wear them; she would rather wear a dress.  I tell her dresses are for daytime and pajamas are for bed.  So she picks other pajamas, gets them on and would still rather wear something else.  Then in the morning when I ask her what she wants to wear for the day, she wants to wear pajamas.  Go figure!
Her pallet changes daily.  One day she'll like something and the next day won't have anything to do with it.  This has even happened mid-meal when she is eating something and then decides I don’t like this anymore and it occasionally goes on the floor.  Finally, it appears that the “selective hearing phase” has started.  I will call her name a dozen times and she completely tunes me out.  I have had flash backs to Bill Cosby and his story about Jeffery.  If you have never seen this clip I suggest checking it out and when you have time watch the entire show.  It’s hilarious!!!!!!  *Jeffery* I am a bit disappointed that the selective hearing phase has started so early because from what I understand it last through the teen years….. great!

Although these things may not be as important as something like her first steps or the first time she said my name, they are still very important to me.  They are memories that I lock away in my mind hoping never to forget her facial expressions, the quirky things she says, and the way she makes me feel. The sweetest thing is at night when I'm rocking her to sleep and she looks up at me and says I love you mommy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Enjoy All Three Trimesters of Pregnancy


I am pleased to introduce Katie Moore, who wrote this blog.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! 

The impending birth of a little one can be an exciting, yet a nerve wracking time. This is especially true for a first time mother-to-be. However, there are simple things a mom-to-be can do to enjoy her pregnancy and be able to ease away the worries during this time.

In the first trimester of pregnancy, it’s easy for an expectant mother to feel overwhelmed with both the morning sickness and general fatigue. What’s important is for her to remember not to push her body too hard during this time and to get plenty of rest. To help calm a sick stomach, it may be helpful to avoid red meats; instead, stick to crackers or plain poultry. This is not a rule for the safety of the baby, it only helps mom feel less nauseated. It is also crucial for mom to avoid certain types of fish because the level of mercury the fish contains can be dangerous to the baby. If a woman is unsure of what foods are best to consume and what ones to avoid, she can check with her obstetrician.

The second trimester of pregnancy is generally considered to be the most comfortable. Most of the morning sickness is gone, and not a lot of weight is put on from the baby yet. This is a great time for a woman to start obtaining things needed for baby and setting up a nursery. Although it is easy to get caught up in all the novelties of items for new babies, they generally do not need all the new gizmos marketed by companies. Warmth, food, and mom’s love are the most important things a new baby needs to thrive. During this time, the obstetrician will be running a lot of tests for both mom and baby. An ultrasound can reveal the gender of the baby during the second trimester as well. This is generally done around sixteen weeks.

Most moms-to-be are ready for the baby to arrive by the end of trimester number three. This trimester is when the baby puts on the most weight and most of the crucial developing for the baby finishes. Mothers can enjoy feeling the baby kick and move; some pregnant women can even see the baby moving through the pregnant belly. Having some final medical considerations planned out will help a mother go into labor confidently. A woman can develop a birth plan so her medical team knows her birthing experience wishes concerning things such as pain medication and any optional procedures, like cord blood banking. Cord blood banking is when the umbilical cord blood is collected and stored at a private facility to be potentially used in the future to help treat a certain medical condition that could affect the child, possibly a sibling.

It is also during this time to know what labor looks like. Many women experience preterm labor; false contractions, known as Braxton-Hicks contractions, can confuse some women if they don’t know what to expect. They tend to be sporadic, whereas true contractions are regularly timed and get closer together. False contractions can be quite painful. If there is any doubt, be sure to call the obstetrician or go to the hospital right away just to be safe.

With each trimester enjoyed, it will be a natural progression into motherhood for a woman. Motherhood will be the most enjoyable and rewarding experience of them all.

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

HAPPY SPRING!

I know it has been a while since I have written, but please be patient.  I have some more stories to share it's just finding the time to write them.
Happy Spring everyone!