Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bloggy Winner!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
55
Timestamp: 2008-11-02 23:15:37 UTC

So, winner is:
jenna

I have left a note on your blog and/or sent you an email to let you know you've won. If you do not respond by Wednesday, Nov 5, I will choose another winner in your place.

Thanks for all the visits. I look forward to seeing you all again for the spring Bloggy Carnival.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Bloggy Giveaway!

It's that time again....BLOGGY GIVEAWAY madness! Go here to find a link list of the many blogs that are participating this go-round.

This time I am offering a bag of goodies for mom-to-be!

To be entered, you will need to go here to look for my current fee for services. Post a comment telling me what that is. Comments not including this information will be deleted. Winner will be chosen after 6pm (Eastern time) on Sunday, Nov 2.

To gain an additional entry, subscribe to this blog (dont' forget to leave a comment to let me know you have subscribed). If you are already a subscriber, just let me know by leaving a comment.

Thanks for checking this out & GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Miscarriage Remembrance Day

Today is Miscarriage Remembrance Day. {{HUGS}} to all those who have experienced a loss. Please feel free to share your story if you have one. I am posting mine because I like to share & let others know there is someone else out there who has been there, done that, not because I want sympathy.

Here's my miscarriage story:
Back in 2006, my husband, son & I had just moved into a new house. I was out of work to stay home with my (then) 11 month old son. We were not trying to conceive, but not avoiding either. We had a holiday party scheduled on a Sat night in the middle of the month, and I had not had a period in a few weeks, and wanted to be sure it was ok to have a few drinks should I so desire. I tested on a Friday, and it was negative. Still no period on Tuesday, so I re-tested, and lo & behold, it was positive! I was very surprised because I had taken some medication to aid me in getting pregnant with my son, so I had never imagined it would be so easy. The + test was on 12/19/06. I broke the news to my husband & the rest of the family on Christmas morning. Everyone was very happy for us, despite the fact that we were a little concerned with how we were going to manage with me being out of work.

After Christmas, I had a close friend come visit me. While I was SUPER excited about this visit, I was also a little bummed, because just a few days before, I had started spotting. My OBGYN wasn't too concerned, and really, there wasn't much we could do if I was in the process of miscarrying, other than wait it out at that point. I tried to put the fact that I was bleeding in the back of my mind, and our visit was very nice!

Unfortunately, I didn't stop bleeding, and eventually, it got heavier, and was accompanied by some pretty severe abdominal cramping. My doc referred me to the ER, where I spent an evening in limbo. They did several internal checks, blood test, and a sonogram. Everything looked ok, despite the fact that I was still bleeding, so I was sent home, on pelvic rest.

A few days later, I was still bleeding, so I went back to the doc for another blood test. This time, it revealed that my Hcg levels (pregnancy hormone) were lower than before, and it most likely was not a viable pregnancy. While I had accepted this in my head, my heart just didn't want to, though hearing it from my doc made it a little easier. She gave me the option to have a D&C or to just let my body do it's own thing since it seemed to have started to anyways. I chose the D&C, mainly because I was so emotionally drained, I wanted some closure. Everytime I went to the bathroom & wiped blood, it was a constant reminder that my body wasn't doing what it was supposed to (or maybe it was?) in carrying my sweet baby. I had the D&C on 1/19/07, a month to the day after my + home test.

We were told there was no reason to wait to begin "trying" again, once I'd gotten my first cycle after the surgery, but decided that we weren't ready emotionally yet. Well, in April, 2 days after my yearly exam, I tested + again! My sweet daughter was born on Dec 19, 2007, a year to the day of the + test with my "angel baby"

My "angel baby" due date was Aug 23, a date that I will always remember. In fact, I "celebrate" it every year, buying a small flower to put on my desk at work, and just remembering. Here's a scrapbook page that I did in remembrance:



Here are some links that I found helpful when dealing with my miscarriage:
Facts about miscarriage
Pregnancy & Infant Loss

I purchased a memorial necklace for myself after my loss, which I still wear on occasion. It came from La Belle Dame, and was her "Forget-me-not memorial pendant" I purchased mine to have 3 dangles, 1 for Dec (month of conception, and when I found out I was pregnant), 1 for Aug (due date month) & 1 for Jan (month of loss). These months are significant in more than just my loss; my husband's birthday is also in August, and my son's birthday is in Dec (and my daughter too, now). One Saturday morning while sitting here at the computer, I kept seeing a red light dancing on the wall, and for the life of me, couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Finally, it dawned on me that the sun was peeking through the blinds and catching my necklace & making it reflect on the wall. I knew it was my angel baby letting me know I was being watched over.

Below you will find several "blinkies" that you are more than welcome to lift from here for your own use. I only ask that you host them yourself rather than linking to mine.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Friday, October 10, 2008

Breastfeeding Hoopla

Why is it that people go crazy when they see pictures of women, especially celebrities, breastfeeding their children?! It's the most natural way to feed younglings, heck, mammals do it every day, but no one makes a big deal when they see a calf, kitten or puppy nursing it's momma.

I saw this headline today: "Jolie apparently breastfeeding on W magazine cover:
Here's the story:
Oct. 9, 2008, 3:18 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- We've already seen the baby pictures — now see the photo of Angelina Jolie apparently breastfeeding on the cover of W magazine. Jolie appears on the cover of the W's November issue in a sleeveless top, which has been opened to reveal part of her left breast and a tiny hand ostensibly belonging to one of her twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, who were born in July. The black-and-white photo shows Jolie smiling, her long brown hair cascading over her shoulder. The cover headline promises exclusive "private photos" of the 33-year-old actress by her partner Brad Pitt.

Why this "story" is actually a story is baffling to me. Like I said, breastfeeding isn't something new & radical; it's been practiced since the first humans were put on the Earth.



Here's another headline from not too long ago: "Jamie Lynn Spears breast-feeding pic prompts probe"
And the associated story:

Zap2it.com

Jamie Lynn Spears has been exposed in mommy mode.

A photo of the teen breastfeeding her baby has allegedly been stolen and has sparked a federal pornography investigation, reports TMZ.com.

The actress' baby daddy Casey Aldridge had taken several photos of the Spears clan, including Britney, brother Brian, mom Lynne Spears, Jamie Lynn and daughter Maddie. In one photo, Jamie Lynn's left breast is exposed while she's feeding Maddie. The digital camera's memory card was taken to a Wal-Mart for processing. Law enforcement believes that a man, who has tried selling the photos and has yet to be found, made extra copies at the store.

At 17, Jamie Lynn is still a minor, so the selling or purchasing of that particular photos could be seen as a violation of federal laws prohibiting child pornography.

Yet another photo features Jamie Lynn in a negligee while holding the baby.

Jamie Lynn Spears is best known for her role on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101."

Jamie Lynn's mom recently came out with a tell-all book that details how Jamie Lynn revealed her pregnancy to her.

Now, I do have some issues with certain aspects of this story. For example, why on earth did her boyfriend take them to WalMart to be developed??? Ummmm, get your own printer & print them at home. Certainly you or I could probably take similar pictures to Walmart without worry of them being stolen, but we're not celebrities.


So, do you have a nursling picture you'd like to share? Mine is below. This is my sweet daughter, in one of our last nursing sessions before my return to work full time & weaning.

Photobucket

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Breastfeeding-Oprah

Here's a brief snippit to spark your interest. Visit www.oprah.com for more information

Are You Too Old to Breast-feed?
Are you currently breast-feeding your son or daughter? How old is he or she? Do you wonder what age is appropriate to wean your child? Do you think your family and/or friends feel uncomfortable around you or discussing the topic of breast-feeding?

What is your position on when to wean your child? We want to hear your thoughts.

Please only write-in if you are willing to appear on television.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Birth Survey

If you have given birth in the past 3 years, please consider going here to complete a survey. The more women who complete it, the greater impact we have in regards to our birthing experiences.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Eating Right for a Healthy Baby

You hear a lot about how you need to eat the “right” foods when you are pregnant. Sometimes you may wonder if you are getting the right kinds and amounts of foods. It’s really pretty easy. Eat healthy foods during your pregnancy to give your baby a good start in life. The foods you eat help your baby’s growth, muscles, bones, brain cells and more!

It is important that you get enough calcium. Even if milk does not agree with you, you might find you can drink small amounts at a time. A few other options are cheese or turnip greens.

You need to drink more fluids when you are pregnant. Drink at least 8 glasses of water, milk, fruit/vegetable juice each day. These are your best choices are you will be less constipated and less likely to get bladder and urinary tract infections.

If you fill up on junk food, you won’t have room for healthy foods. Snacks like potato chips, cakes, cookies, pies, candy, salad dressings, and fried foods are high in calories, fats and/or sugars. Although they taste good, they do nothing to help your and your baby stay healthy. Choose snacks wisely. Great snack ideas are raisins, fresh fruit, low fat frozen yogurt, salt-free pretzels, and raw vegetables with a low-fat dip.

You may be eligible for WIC services. Besides learning about the food you need, you will be able to get free food. The healthy foods include milk, eggs, fruit juice, peanut butter, cheese and dry beans/peas.

A lot of women are worried about weight gain during pregnancy. Eating enough during pregnancy can make a big difference to the health of your baby. Healthy eating will help you maintain a safe and steady weight gain.

Weight gain during pregnancy varies from woman to woman in each pregnancy. If you were a normal weight before you got pregnant, it is recommended that you gain between 25 and 37 pounds. Talk to your prenatal care provider for advice on weight gain if you were under or overweight before you got pregnant.


*Portions of this post originated from "If You Are Pregnant: A Handbook for Expectant Mothers" previously distributed by Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.