- I hosted a cloth diaper show at the house on Sunday. I made one sale...just confirmation that I am not a good salesperson. However, I am working on scheduling one at hubby's company for their employees and letting Kristi Rooks, the owner of Hip Green Baby do the product presentation. Kristi has a wonderful selection of products and a wealth of knowledge to share. Visit her site and see for yourself!
- I had a guest post published at Go Graham Go! on Monday. Check it out!
- Still mourning MJ. He was the icon of my generation. I can't believe he is gone. Enough has been said about his personal decline over the last 15 years, the circumstances surrounding his death, and the fallout over his kids and estate. I just want to add that his musical legacy is unmatched and untouchable, and I hope he is resting in peace.
- I have been slow to accept the physical limitations of my final stage of pregnancy. I have been trying to do too much and suffering the repurcussions (back pain, insomnia, Braxton-Hicks contractions). So I made a decision to take it easy and not view this as a sign of weakness (Superwoman is temporarily hanging up her cape). I had a pedicure today at The Spa at Whole Foods. I have been sleeping on this gem of a service at one of my favorite places. A couple of neighbors clued me in. It was heaven and all natural...no harsh fumes or chemicals in any of the products. Tomorrow I get my hair done. yipee!
- We've been experiencing some problems with one of the midwives at our birthing center. She has a prickly personality and it was rubbing me the wrong way. I strongly considered transferring to another facility (even took a tour at one in another city in the Mteroplex). I have been guilty in the past of avoiding confrontation with people who remind me of someone from my past-who shall remain nameless. I want to break free of this habit, so using the tools from The Secret and Birthing from Within, I brought the issue to the attention of the head midwife. In summation, she did a bit of mediation. We had a good visit at our appointment today and I am optimistic that we are going to have a positive experience from here on out.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
- Some days being pregnant makes me miserable, especially now that the weight of the baby is straining my petite frame.
- I don't care if I ever have sex again.
- Paradoxically, I am horny all the time, but usually can't muster the energy to do anything about it.
- I stopped shaving my legs (and other areas of my body) at 26 weeks.
- I don't always eat healthy. Sometimes I prefer a bowl of cereal to a well-balanced, homemade meal.
- I have reached the point where I just spot clean the bathrooms
- I resent the fact that my husband can do things I no longer can like lay on his stomach, bend over, see his toes, walk fast, climb the stairs without gasping for air, and drink alcohol.
- I relish the fact that I have this amazing bond with the life growing inside me, get to feel her every movement and response to my voice, and he doesn't!
- Being pregnant is one thing...baby girl Petite is safe and snug inside me, and I have to do very little to except take vitamins, eat right, exercise, go to appointments, and get plenty of rest. I am petrified about the life changes that parenthood will bring.
Damon: I don't think there really is a "dark side" of pregnancy for guys. And even if there was one - I think my wife would kill me for putting any of it down in writing: ) To tell you the truth, the pregnancy has been somewhat uneventful for me. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait for baby Petite to get here, but right now it's just a waiting game. So, instead I have included a little cheat sheet below that I found on the internet for what expecting dads should be doing during the pregnancy. Um, I do each one to varying degrees - and I have about two months left to work on it!
List of Things To Do For The Expectant Father (Source: babycenter.com)
- Pay attention
- Be there
- Get healthier, too
- Love her changing body
- Go the extra mile
- Memorize the route to the hospital
- Be a a partner in labor
- Shop, talk and make lots of decisions together
- Prepare for your new life as a family
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My first win:
Miracle Blanket @ Just a Mom's Take on Things
Other recent wins:
- Two Boob maternity dresses @ Life Starring the Kids and Me!
- $100 My Wonderful Walls gift certificate @ 3 Ps in a Pod
- $5 credit toward blog design @ Custom Blog Designs
- One-year supply of Ballpark Franks and Hillshire Farm products @ momlogic
- Dysfunctional Father's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Babies @ A Busy Mommy
- Melissa dress from Picaflor Kids @ My Organized Chaos
- $25 Amazon gift certificate from Got Free Cards @ the Mom Buzz
- So Easy Baby Food Kit from Fresh Baby @ My Four Monkeys (new win!)
- $50 gift certificate for Tiny*Prints @ My Organized Chaos (new win!)
UPDATE: People have been asking me how I've won so many times. Quantitatively, I haven't won a lot considering that I enter 1-3 giveaways every day. Statistically, I am in the bottom percentile. I do it for fun, so this doesn't bother me...it chases away the boredom, and I get to meet some cool mommy bloggers and learn about some great products. If I had to share one tip for winning, it would be to do the bonus entries and read this post by Victoria @ Life Starring the Kids and Me! Tips and Tricks for entering Blog Giveaways
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Tip Junkie is turning 2 years old and converting from a .blogspot to a Dot Com. In celebration of her anniversary, blogger (and fellow DFW resident) Laurie is hosting a birthday bash. For five days, she will be will be giving away 50 amazing prizes from June 15-19. Ten prize packages will be awarded each day during the Going Dot Com Birthday Bash. Go check it out!
I love swaps! I have done several scrapbooking swaps and enjoyed picking, packing, and shipping gifts for my swap buddy as much I loved getting a package. Angies's Spot is hosting a Christmas in July Swap. I am so there! The first 50 participants or whoever signs up by June 24 are accepted. Don't miss your chance to get in on the fun!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
So, now I am passing the award to these bloggers I've recently discovered, listed in alphabetical order:
- Akilah @ Execumama
- Brandy @ Irish Baby Bump
- Cafe Mocha Momma @ Capuccino Confessions
- Courtney @ The Artis 6
- Dawn @ Painter Mommy
- Denene @ MyBrownBaby
- Diana @ Custom Blog Designs by FreestyleMama
- Diane @ dkMommy Spot
- Dumb Mom @ Parenting BY Dummies
- Felicia @ Go Graham Go!
- Jeni @ A Busy Mommy
- Lolli @ Better in Bulk
- Paulette @ Revelations that Turn Pages
- Shari @ A Psych Mommy
- Stephanie @ A Pocket Full of Buttons
Sunday, June 7, 2009
- Never ask her if she is pregnant unless it's absolutely obvious (like she will deliver at any moment). If she is, it's her news to tell, so don't ruin it or force her to lie. If she is just gaining weight, you will make her feel horrible. Either way, you are going to look like a heel.
- Never tell a pregnant woman that she has stretch marks, swollen feet, hemorrhoids, leg cramps, varicose veins, etc...to look forward to. It sounds like you are wishing these dreaded conditions on her and just because it happened to you, your wife, your sister or friend does not mean it will befall her.
- Never share tragic pregnancy or birth horror stories like, "my sister's-best friend's-cousin was 16 weeks pregnant when she miscarried" or "this woman at my job went into preterm labor due to an incompetent cervix." Are you trying to freak us out? If you don't have something nice to say, HOLD YOUR TONGUE!
- Never ask if she is having a boy or a girl or what the name is going to be. Offering to guess is even more of a no-no. If this information has not been volunteered already, then it's probably a secret.
- Never suggest baby names. Do you really think your opinion matters in something so intimate?
- Never pat or rub her belly without permission. Strangers, don't even ask!
- Never, ever look at a pregnant woman and exclaim, "Wow, you are huge! I know you're not going to push that big baby out." Pregnant women come in all shapes and sizes, which don't correlate to the weight of the baby.
- Never ask the private, personal details of her birth plan. If she tells you voluntarily, this is not an open invitation to give your "expert" opinion about how "epidurals are the best" or "too many women are having C-sections." There is no right or wrong way to have a baby-- it's a matter of choice to be discussed with her maternity care provider, and you aren't part of the decision-making.
- Never look at a pregnant woman coming down the aisle and not make room for her to pass or offer up your seat the front of the bus. Come on!
Damon: On the subject of pregnant women and questions, it is very clear and simple. I always call upon the tactics used to keep the Clinton marriage intact - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Again - very simple. You don't ask a pregnant woman anything. You definitely don't ask her - "are you pregnant?" Even if her water has broken and she is ready to pop, don't ask - I would first just assume that she has wet herself or maybe she's bloated from eating at that discount Chinese Buffet. I could go on, but why? Again, clear and simple - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Trust me!