Friday, August 28, 2009

Time is moving so fast, but so slow

Now that Rakiem and I have finally switched midwifes, we are so happy that we're finally able to get the care and the birth that we want. We are very excited about this.

This is a very important time in our lives, and we have been discussing our birth plan for a long time now. The way things were going before, we didn't have the control or the environment that we really wanted. So now that we are in the care of a new midwife who is willing to cater to our needs, we are completely satisfied. We can relax because now, we get exactly what we want and I just know everything will be amazing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

33 weeks!

My life has been so busy lately, to a point where people are asking me "Aren't you pregnant?"
But I must say, it feels so good to be this this active and this energetic so far along in the pregnancy. I just cant believe that I have approximately 7 weeks to go and my daughter will be here. Are we ready ?

One thing I try not to concern myself with is that everyone keeps telling me that I am carrying small. I am very pleased with the fact that I weighed myself this morning and I have only gained a total of 10 pounds, but at the same time I wonder if baby Jones is growing the way she should be. According to the visits with my midwife, baby Jones is doing just fine, so I'll just leave all the worries behind!

We had a fabulous baby shower on the 8th. We received so many great gifts from all of our family and friends. Rakiem and I are so appreciative of all the gifts we received. (Thank you cards will be in the mail shortly) Everything is still packed up in boxes, and I didn't even wash her clothes just yet, or buy those darn cloth diapers, that's a project on its own.. I will be taking a week or 2 off before my due date, and during that time, I will do all the last minute shopping, organizing and purchasing before baby Jones arrives.

Now that we are getting closer and closer to the due date, I am starting to feel a few changes in my body; like my hip joints are a bit achy, my lower back is tightening, and sleeping is becoming a bit more difficult. But hey, I'm rolling with the punches. Bring it on labor!!

Now for the questions

How far along?: 33 weeks


Total weight gain: 10 – 11 pounds

How big is baby?: about 3.5 lbs

Maternity clothes?: Yes, and may I add that I LOVE maternity pants..well not the part where they are constantly sliding off my butt!

Stretch marks?: Yes, got a few more, they’re very faint, lets hope they stay that way.

Sleep?: Cant wait to sleep on my belly again, I really miss those days.

Best moment this week?: Rakiem and I went to Argyle Park in Babylon, NY to shoot and engagement session with a fall bride & groom. I love getting out and meeting new people, especially my brides!

Movement?: So I guess she really isn’t a kicker, just a mover. I get a kick maybe once or twice a day, but she is always shifting & moving & stretching.

Food cravings?: Sweet Tea from McDonalds, gonna go get one after this blog post.

Labor signs?: No.


Belly button in or out?: Still half out, half in.

What I miss: besides sleeping on my tummy, nothing. I’m really enjoying my pregnancy.


What I'm looking forward to: Organizing, washing, and preparing our humble abode for baby Jones.

Weekly Wisdom: Trust and Believe in yourself, if you don’t, then who will?

Friday, August 14, 2009

My 28th Birthday!

Having a bun in the oven is the best gift in the world, so there isn't anything that could have really topped that, but Rakiem came pretty damn close for my birthday celebration. I'm a simple girl that loves simple things, and I truly live by "it's the thought that counts". I'd rather spend quality with him, then for him to spend a single dollar on me.

Rarely does he ever listen to me when I say "Don't buy me anything for my birthday, I'm okay with that", I guess in fear of me flipping on him, if he were to ever listen to my suggestions.
Since both of our moms were in town on my birthday, Rakiem booked a lovely dinner for 6 at the Gyu Kaku Japanese Restaurant in NYC. The four of us drove into the city and met up with 2 close friends of ours, Sandy & Cam.


We had, what seemed like, a never ending meal, more than enough food to pleasure our palettes, but in small proportions. They serve you meats & foil wrapped veggies to grill or steam right there at your table.

We did the Prix Fixe Menu Dinner:
SALMON SCALLOP TARTAR
AHI POKEGYU-KAKU SALAD
SHRIMP GYOZA SOUP
U.S. KOBE KALBI TARE
HARAMI SKIRT STEAK MISO
CHICKEN WING YUZU
LAMB CHOPS BASIL
U.S. KOBE HARAMI PONZU
U.S. KOBE FILET MIGNON STEAK
LOBSTER BUTTER GARLIC SAUCE
CHILEAN SEA BASS
MUSHROOM MEDLEY AND ASPARAGUS
ORIGINAL CHICKEN BIBIMBAP
2 S’MORES, DORAYAKI ICE CREAM & DESSERT OF THE DAY


At dinner, Rakiem gave me a box, inside was a card & folded paper telling me that he booked reservations for me at the Edamame Maternity Spa.

Mrs.Jones handed me a gift bag with Mama Mio products that i love & use on my boobs & belly to keep the stretch marks away, which was perfect because I had just ran out.
On to the pictures.....





Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I know..I know..I'm coming!

So much to talk about, and I promise i'll get it all up soon:

My 28th birthday was yesterday
31 weeks pregnant this week, and 9 more to go
Re-modeling for a comfy mommy & happy baby

Ofcourse i cant do a post without pictures, so I will post images and blog very soon.

How to Measure Your Uterus During Pregnancy | eHow.com

How to Measure Your Uterus During Pregnancy eHow.com

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Step 1. First you will want to lay down on your back somewhere comfortable, such as a bed.

Step 2. Now feel your tummy for your uterus. If you are about 20 weeks, your uterus should be about at the level of your belly button. If you are less than 20 weeks, it should be below your navel, and if you are more than 20 weeks, it should be above. It will feel slightly hard, smooth, and round. Once you have felt it, feel around for the top of your uterus. The top of your uterus is called your fundus. You should not try to measure your uterus until 20 weeks because before that, the measurements can be off.

Step 3. Now you need to know where your pubic bone is. This is down by your pubic hair. Push down right above your line of pubic hair until you feel the top of a bone. This is your pubic bone!

Step 4. Now take the tape measure and measure in centimeters how far it is from your pubic bone to your fundus (the very top of your uterus). Whatever number you got for your measurement should correlate with the number of weeks you are. If you are 27 weeks you should have measured 27 centimeters. You may be bigger or smaller than how far along you are and usually that is nothing to worry about. If you are DRASTICALLY larger or smaller then I would bring it up with your doctor.

Step 5. Congratulations! You now know how to measure your uterus during pregnancy.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Belly Casting Time!

Last night, Rakiem and I decided to break open that pregnancy belly casting kit that we bought a few months back. I thought the 7 month mark would be a good size. We wanna do one or two more, it was fun for the both of us. I honestly thought that I'd be cranky and tired, but it was team work! We had so much fun doing it. It takes about 1 week for the cast to completely dry, and when that time comes, we'll sit together and paint it. I think I'd like some swarovski crystals around it too.

Here's the set up, the contents of the box. Everything you need is inside the box, well except for the vaseline you need to rub on your belly so the cast doesnt stick.
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You need to make you seat real comfy cause your gonna sit for about 30 - 45 minutes while the strips are applied. And protect your furniture & floors with the plastic drop sheets. Its VERY necessary! The next time we do that cast, I'll stand so that we get a more accurate shape.
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I chose to do the cast with my bra on. I just feel like the mold itself was so revealing, no need for breast danglation and nipplage! Do what ever you're comfortable with.That's what I did!
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And here it is, the end result. Pulling that cast off my skin was the hard part. It stuck to every little hair on my belly..LOL
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But the end of the week, we'll sand it down to get a nice smooth surface and paint it to make it pretty. I also plan to bring it along to the baby shower so that all of our family and friends can write kind loving words on the inside.
Eventually, this piece will be added to the nursery as decor/art work with a sentimental value.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Prenatal Yoga....at home


If you're anything like me, then you can never make it to your prenatal yoga course at the local gym or birthing center. I wake up late just about ever single Sunday morning, just in time to miss the class. I hate when that happens.

So this morning, I said enough is enough, I cant keep missing these workouts! So I started flipping through the channels on my TV and I found ExerciseTV on demand. They have an entire Fit Baby selection, which helps Mama's-To-Be like me get a quick 10 minute workout for the day. Since it's on demand, you can start, stop, rewind, and watch it again as many times as you'd like.

YAY for me.....well..us, if your anything like me!
(smiles)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Interview with My Mommy: Mrs Thomas


ME: Good Morning Mommy, you have a minute to talk. (Yes, I really do call my mom Mommy)

MOM: Yes, I can talk, I'm at the shop, but I have a moment.

ME: Okay, I have some questions for you about pregnancy, child birth, & raising babies

MOM: Ok, go ahead,

ME: Okay, lets start with pregnancy. You had 4 pregnancies, which produced 5 beautiful children, 1 who is now an angel. What do you have to say about your pregnancies?

MOM: Well every pregnancy is different from the other, but for the main part, all of my pregnancies were normal, no complications.

ME: How much did all of us weigh at birth?

MOM: Well Lisa was 7lbs 14oz, Symone was 1lb 13oz, Dwayne (deceased) was 1lbs 11oz, you were 8lbs 13oz, & Carl was 7lb 14oz. (Symone & Dwayne were twins)

ME: Wow, so I was the biggest?

MOM: Yes, you were a fat greedy baby (laughter)

ME: Ok, so lets talk about the one pounders, Symone & Dwayne. Why were they so tiny.
(I already know that answers, but for interview sake, I must ask)

MOM: Well you know they were premature. They were due in June, but I gave birth in February. Dwayne didn’t make it past 2 weeks, and Symone came home after 6 months.
I went to the hospital every single morning at 9 in the morning to see them. Everyday until I was able to bring Symone home.

ME: Wow Mom, Symone is a miracle baby.

MOM: Yes, she is.

My mother and I have spoke about this topic numerous times, and those conversations would go way deep into details but I decided to keep the topic short for this interview. Please don’t think I was being inconsiderate to the topic

ME: Okay, so back to the pregnancies, were you active through out all of your pregnancies?

MOM: Oh yes, very active, I did EVERYTHING!! Dana, remember that pregnancy is not an illness, stay active, and do EVERYTHING!! Don’t limit yourself, unless the doctors tell you so. But don’t get lazy, you need to stay active. All those things you’re telling me that you’re tired, you cant clean the kitchen, that’s all excuses! You need to get - -

ME: OKAY !! I get your point MOTHER!
Let’s talk about feedings. Did you breastfeed?

MOM: Yes, I wanted to breastfeed all of you guys, but you guys wouldn’t take the breast. I was only able to breastfeed Lisa, but the rest of you were formula fed. You were the one that was allergic to everything, WE had to get a special formula for you, It was called Neutromogen, it was the most expensive formula at that time. It was 19.00 for 1 can. Everything else we fed you would make you break out in rashes, so we had no choice. I couldn’t wait to put you on cornmeal & banana porridge.

ME: Ok. now lets talk about diapers, I really wanna use cloth diapers and I know that you used cloth diapers on Carl (my little brother) but did you use them on all of us ?

MOM: Yes I did, I used nappies (cloth diapers) on all of you. Nappies are a lot of work but this is all I know, this is what we used back home.

ME: Is there any reason why you chose to use them over disposables?

MOM: Well, like I said this is what I know, this is what I was familiar with. Also, you're going to save money , and they're much more comfortable for the baby. The nappies were 100% cotton.

ME: How often did you clean them?

MOM: Well, I washed them everyday by hand and hung them to dry. I would occasionally was them in the washing machine if I had a full load, but that was rare, so I would just hand wash them.

ME: How long were you able to use them?

MOM: When I went back to work, I couldn't force Miss Lottie (a family friend & babysitter) to use them, she had to use what was comfortable for her. But overall, I used the nappies for about 5 or 6 months, and then you guys were switched to disposables. You really need to be at home, if you wanna use them.

ME: Ok, now on to baby food, did you buy baby food in the jar or did you make you own ?

MOM: I did both. I would buy some baby food in the jar, but if I were home, I would make my own. I would blend peas, carrots, apples, fish, potatoes, etc. The jar food was convenient if i didn't have the time to make my own.

ME: I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. I wanna do the same mommy, I'm gonna blend fruits veggies, and meats to make her food. I wanna jar them and store them. But of course I'll buy them pre-made when needed.

MOM: Good, call me of you need help with that.

ME: Okay Mommy, I have one more topic. I wanna talk to you about natural child birth, were all of your births natural ?

MOM: Yes, all were natural, I pushed all of you out. No pain medication , and no cesarean section.

ME: So I guess you had no complications at all, right ?

MOM: Well, with my last pregnancy, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure the same day I found out that I was pregnant.

ME: So isn't that considered pre-eclampsia ? I thought they didn't allow women with that condition to give natural birth.

MOM: I guess my blood pressure was under control at the time of labor and delivery otherwise the doctors would have suggested a c-section.

ME: Well, Mommy, thanks for the interview, any last words of advice for me?

MOM: Take care of your body, eat right, drink milk, and lots of water, Make sure you take your prenatal pills too. Pregnancy is not an illness, so stay active, and everything should be okay. Okay ?

ME: Okay! Talk to you later Mom

MOM: Alright, Olive Juice!

ME: Olive Juice Too

(Olive Juice means I Love You)
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