I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat (or as Ava says “heartbeep”) for the first time! :) It sounded wonderful and strong and was 170 beats per minute which is normal for this stage in the pregnancy. We took along a tape recorder and recorded it, and, if I ever figure out how to transfer it from the tape to the computer, I will upload it. :) All of the labwork they did at the first visit came back normal and my blood pressure today was good, so that was all nice to hear. I am upRead More →

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. :) It started off with Jody having breakfast ready when Ava and I woke up in the morning. Then I got some cards from Jody, Ava and my parents. And Jody and Ava got me some nice oven mitts (which I was desperately in need of since mine had holes in it and has been caught on fire, etc.) and a lazy susan (which I really wanted) for all of my spices. Jody said he also wants to get me a gift certificate for a pregnant massage, but he didn’t have time to track down someone who specializesRead More →

I’ve seen variations of this floating around the Internet lately and thought it was particularly appropriate for Mother’s day. It’s quite touching and made me tear up when I read it. —————————- FOR ALL THE MOMS… This is for all the mothers who DIDN’T win Mother of the Year in 2005. All the runners-up and all the wannabes. The mothers too tired to enter or too busy to care. This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf, laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, “It’s okay honey, Mommy’s here.” ThisRead More →

And now for a light-hearted entry. ;) SPOILER AHEAD!!! Consider yourself warned. Anyone watch the season finale of “The Office” last night?? Were you shocked that Jim revealed his feelings to Pam? And that they kissed? I think what was more shocking was the fact that Pam acted like she was so surprised that Jim is in love with her. DUH!!! Just discovered you can read Dwight’s blog here. LOL. Anyway, that’s one of the three shows I really enjoy – the others being “Smallville” (which Jody got me hooked on – of course it doesn’t hurt that Tom Welling [Clark] is so unbelievably easyRead More →

This (my pregnancy ticker I have in my signature on some of the msg boards I visit) made me smile when I saw it today. Baby is practicing smiling, grimacing, frowning and squinting. Awww. :) I’m 13 weeks today so I’m not sure if I’m officially in the second trimester this week or next, but either way, I’m close! I’ve been continuing to feel good, just feeling tired at times and the need to eat more frequently. I know I lost a few pounds after my stint with food poisoning (or whatever that was), but I think I probably have made up for it now.Read More →

You may or may not know that Jody and I took five weeks of Hypnobirthing classes in preparation for Ava’s birth. The techniques learned in the class, along with the relaxation cd and book, helped me tremendously during my labor with Ava. I have several friends who have taken the classes as well and have gone on to have wonderful birth experiences. The Hypnobirthing method does not promise you your birth will be without discomfort, but it does help you learn how to relax your body which “can help bring about a shorter, easier, and more joyful birthing, free of harmful drugs for you andRead More →