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Beginning of Third Trimester

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Posting from my phone, but here is my photo from 28 weeks: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_photo_gal

Just over 10 weeks to go! Hard to believe that October is almost half over already. I have a feeling things are going to move very quickly from now on!

Well, you know that my chief complaint this whole pregnancy has been a lack of symptoms, which sometimes triggers worries whether or not everything is okay. Well, last week I had a scare... I didn't feel my little girl move much on Sunday or Monday if at all. I was told that movement may be muffled due to placental placement, but I struggled to feel anything which freaked me out big time on Monday night, even though everything was fine at the doctor's appointment the Thursday before. So on Tuesday, I called up and they told me to eat something and drink some juice and come in.

Once I got there, they hooked me up to a fetal monitor and basically counted movements for 15 minutes. Well, they said she was moving around more than 90% of babies at 28 weeks gestation and kept giving me incredulous looks and asking "you don't feel that?" Nope. They said they knew I was nervous because I'd been breathing heavily when I came in. The reassurance was great, but I still felt stupid and apologized. "I'm not a reactionary person usually, really!" But they were super nice and said I did the right thing.

Well, my daughter is a trickster already. That night she was punching and kicking so hard that you could actually see it from the outside of my stomach! I told her she was a bad girl for worrying me, lol...

We've been organizing her room and the guest room (fixing up this house is a never-ending ordeal!) and Sunday the temp hit 87F so we hit the beach one last time. OMG I have huge sympathy for all the women who have summer babies or spend their third trimester in the heat. Just walking down to the ocean from my beach chair felt like such a chore! Monday was just as hot and I hoped to go on a hike with a friend, but it was just way too much and I only made it about a mile before we turned back.

This weekend we are headed to the lakes/mountains and it'll be nice to get away from the constant chores around the house, if nothing else!

Other than that, things are pretty much rolling on. My dad still doesn't seem to have come to terms with the fact that he's going to be a grandfather in 2.5 months and my mom who spent the last 5 months getting sober, seems to be at it again. I had such close and wonderful relationships with my grandparents that it saddens me that my daughter won't have the same. Jon's family is more excited than my parents, but of course, they are across the pond!

I'm hoping to focus more on our soon-too-be trio and less on all the other drama people seem to want to inflict on us.

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FLORIDASUN 10/29/2011 9:32AM

    Oh my...soooo happy that little scare turned out fine! I hope this is a sign that you will have an easy delivery. When our Josher was born...all 10 pounds 11 oz of him...they had me hooked up to a fetal monitor...and the nurses kept looking at it...then looking at me with this incredulous look on their faces..."you should be screaming in pain about now"...not me...I'm a toughie and although I certainly wouldn't say that labor was a walk in the park...it was NOTHING like some of the horror stories I've heard.

One thing I DID take to heart was something I read or someone told me that every step you take after your 8th month of pregnancy takes a minute off your labor...I can tell you I was walking my legs off...so maybe it's true...certainly worth giving a try...especially now that you have that spiffy new treadmill! emoticon

Get your exercise in now...believe me after baby girl comes you won't have the time nor the energy for awhile.

And never fear about your parents...as soon as they hold that little darling they will be the BEST grandparents around! emoticon

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YINYANGSJM 10/26/2011 6:45PM

    I'm so glad everything is ok with your little girl. I think I would be the same way, especially with a first baby. I would wonder constantly if what was happening was normal or not and I would do a LOT of worrying. Seeing your picture just makes me smile...you're a gorgeous lady and pregnancy makes you even prettier!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/26/2011 12:41PM

    You know I feel that way about grandparents too. My fiance's mom died when he was 2 and his father is an alcoholic and lives 5K miles away so there will be limited contact. My father is well intentioned but has serious issues of his own and my mother is having her mid-50's crisis so I feel like my kids will have basically no grandparent figure. It makes me sad for them. Can't wait to see baby pics!

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THREADBENDER 10/21/2011 2:49PM

    Aw...so sorry for your scare. But you DID do the right thing. emoticon

Houses: by their nature, houses are a never ending project. Just remember to own the house and do not let it own you!

Hmm... with the amount of time you have left, maybe baby will arrive on my birthday, New Years Eve!! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 10/21/2011 1:20PM

    Kristina, so excited that your pregnancy is progressing so nicely! I know you are excited for the arrival of your little girl and I can't wait to hear all about it!

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_TRIXIE_ 10/19/2011 10:04AM

    I love your profile pic. You are so clearly happy that I can't help but smile along with you! :)

My mom had me in August and has been telling me ever since I can remember that I should never have a baby in the summer. Gee, mom. I'm 12, but I'll keep that in mind...

Focusing on the 3 of you sounds like the best course of action. I'm sorry to hear your family is trying to stir the drama pot, but I'm glad Jon's family is appropriately excited for you two!

And yeah, I TOTALLY would've gone in to see the doc as well. Just to be sure. You did the right thing, momma!

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MAMADELIGHT 10/18/2011 6:51AM

    I had one of those end of summer births. Yup, it was brutal, but thank goodness my parents have a pool.

Don't feel silly about being worried. Everyone goes in like that at some point. I went in thinking my water broke (with my second) and was told it was urine. HA!

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GRACEISENUF 10/17/2011 9:51PM

    You look healthy and happy. Kate gave me the same kind of scare when I was pregnant with her. They hooked me up and all was well but I hadn't felt her move in a couple days. Durn girls! ha ha

Sorry about the family stuff. I deal with some strange things on both sides, lol. Just remember your new trio will be YOUR family. My hubby constantly reminds me of this and it's true we are very "close knit" family... the four of us.

Your little girl will be here in no time to celebrate her birthday! Can't wait to see a pic of you holding her.


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TIGERJANE 10/16/2011 3:49PM

    I'm with you on not knowing how pregnant women cope in the summer, and I'm not even very far along! Have you guys done more on the baby's room? Would love to see some pics when you guys get a chance! The rest of your pregnancy is going to just fly by - so excited for you!!!

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WISLNDR 10/16/2011 9:30AM

    I'm glad things are moving along for you and you're able to enjoy some nice weather even if it is a bit hot. My niece had a baby in July and she spent the last month of her pregnancy at the beach because it was so hot. I can understand how scared you must have felt and it's wonderful that now you can breathe easier!

I hope you are able to find some grandparents, even if they're not blood relatives; grandchildren are awesome!

(I remembered to subscribe to your blog this time so I'll be more up to date on my responses!!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/13/2011 11:01AM

    So happy for the update! Look at your little girl psyching you out like that! LOL :-) Glad that all is good!!!!!

Yes, I can definitely understand how this new addition is going to bring up some of those family feelings and missing your grandparents. I miss all the time that mine aren't still here too to see how awesome my kids have become. The great thing is that because of all of what you have been through, you will appreciate how awesome your little trio is even more!

Much love to you, hubs and the little nugget! Getting excited for your little Christmas present's big arrival!!! :-)

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ZENNITH 10/13/2011 10:18AM

    I love the photo, your bump is beautiful! It's good that they checked the baby out for you and found everything ok. I definatly think you have a mischievous little one there though! My husband is desperate to see a kick even though he hasn't really felt much yet.

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TIME4AFITME 10/12/2011 6:28PM

    Glad everything is well. Such an exciting time for you!!!

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PAXAPUNCH 10/12/2011 5:33PM

    I almost wanted to cry when I read this last part of your blog....I spent way too much time enveloped in the drama of family. It takes from the moment. Even though you try not to it does. We have one child and struggled to have him. We tried for a second without luck....so far :) I sometimes think I want a do over just for the pregnancy and early days therafter to make up for what was "taken" from me. Of course we would love another child but the fact that I allowed my moments to be tainted by others is my one lifes regret....truely. So for all moms that wishes to have a "do over"....take it from us...dont let them take your most precious time. Enjoy her...love her with every ounce of yourself and have no regrets. We have a wonderful loving 7 year old that is perfect. We do live in the present and take all of it in....all of the joy he brings...everyday. So Enjoy :) So glad to hear about your pregnancy...Ive been thinking about you while you were away :)

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 10/12/2011 12:00PM

    Congratulations! I'm glad everything is going well for you even with the little scare.

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STORMTMB 10/12/2011 11:43AM

    So glad that everything is okay with the baby. It's okay to have the doctor check everything out to be sure. That's what they're for! The time is going to go by so fast. Best wishes!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 10/12/2011 11:23AM

    I'm glad she's letting you know she's okay now, with the big movements... that has to be such a weird feeling.

You are going to have an amazing trio, best of luck on the rest of your pregnancy!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/12/2011 11:18AM

    Happy 3rd Trimester!!!

You are right, it is going fast. And pretty soon you will have your precious little girl in your arms. Counting all ten fingers and toes.

Enjoy these last couple of months and try to get extra rest when you can. You will need it later!


And family drama.... never fun. Like you mentioned concentrate on your family and the health of you and your little one. Don't let family drama get you stressed or down.


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LINDAKAY228 10/12/2011 11:02AM

    Glad to hear that things are going well for you. I'm sorry that your parents aren't more involved and that your mom is slipping again. I never knew my grandparents. Both sets died before I was born and I always wished I had that. Two of my sons live out of state and I don't get to see those grandkids much but my two daughters live in town and I'm close to all 6 of those grandkids (they each have 3). My ex-husband is not though and grandparents of one set on father's side are dead and with my younger daughter, who is divorced they just aren't around much if at all. So I'm the main grandparent they bond with. It means so much to me because of the fact that I never had grandparents. Hopefully they'll come around and your mom will sober up again.

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/12/2011 10:37AM

    So glad to hear everything is going well, and what a trickster! LOL. Maybe once she's born your parents will change....the mountains sound beautiful, have a great time!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/12/2011 10:18AM

    Third trimester was always my favorite :). My third was born the end of August, we traditionally hit triple digits in August. I was so thankful for my job and the air conditioning it provided-lol! My son was a trickster like that too, also the first. Sorry about the folks. Hopefully, with all the technology at our fingertips, the grandparents across the pond can keep in close contact and develop an awesome relationship with their grandchild even though the distance is great. Keep that zen attitude, it is healthy for you and the baby and time really is going to fly. Hugs from CA.

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KATHLOW 10/12/2011 10:17AM

    Of course you did the right thing! better to be there unneccessary 20 times than miss an important one, right? have fun in the mountains, the three of you!

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BOOTS1221 10/12/2011 10:05AM

    YAYYY!!! I love seeing/reading your updates! I completely understand being worried that you couldn't feel her move, I would have definitely gone to the doctor too.. but I'm so glad everything is ok! Have fun at the mountains this weekend.. we went up to Lincoln last weekend to Clark's Trading Post and all that.. it was gorgeous and so much fun! Enjoy!!!

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's a struggle for someone who has adopted a healthy lifestyle to watch the scale go up and up and up, even though it's technically supposed to! As an overweight woman, there are different guidelines for what I'm supposed to gain as opposed to a woman of normal weight. I knew I would gain more than that because: 1) the fat cells are already there from when I was morbidly obese; 2) I used to work out intensely at least 5 times a week, and now I'm pretty much just stretching and walking; 3) my appetite is all over the place: I'm starving some days and not hungry at all others!

I decided to ditch the scale at my home during my pregnancy because I didn't want to stress out about it every day, but of course, I allowed myself to be weighed at my monthly OB appointments. I could tell I had gained by the fact that my thighs and arms (and back!) were bigger than they used to be, but I didn't "look pregnant" til just recently, so the weight gain was disturbing. According to the doctor's office's scale, I gained over 30 lbs in under 6 months. I had one new nurse chastise me a couple of appointments ago, which sucked, but I let my midwife and OB know early on that I lost over 100 lbs, and unless the weight was causing medical problems for me or my baby, I really didn't want to hear it. Since my tests and blood pressure have been so normal, they didn't push me on it.

Well, today I went to the OB and got weighed again on a different scale. I couldn't be bothered to take my sneakers off. I prepared myself for the worst.

I lost 10 lbs. Including my sneakers.

They were immediately concerned and ushered me over to the other scale and it read the same thing. I told them I really doubted I lost that much weight, but that they had probably been wrong all along. They checked, and yep... they had been recalibrated recently. So I guess I've gained less than 20 lbs!

My conclusion? The doctors and nurses want to make weight gain a huge issue in pregnancy, especially those who were overweight to start with, and they really should pay more attention to the whole picture of a person's health. I can't tell you how many nights I spent stressing over those pounds that I hadn't actually gained. This is despite my little girl growing right on schedule and her strong heartbeat and my normal blood pressure and lack of traditional pregnancy symptoms (no morning sickness!). I'm sure plenty of that "thigh and arm" weight is bloat from hormones.

So no more stressing! Hopefully my sugar levels from my gestational diabetes test I took today come back normal and I can enjoy my growing bump that makes me look pregnant instead of fat. (I have a ridged belly because I always had an indentation where my pant line is, and it's annoying because I feel like it looks like fat rolls rather than a baby belly!)

I hit my third trimester this week! I still feel pretty good. The recent humidity had me really tired and slow-moving and I can't walk at my old pace anymore, but that's to be expected. And I got a wonderful surprise from some of our closest friends. My friend (who wanted to throw me the baby shower that I declined due to my family's objections) booked us a weekend at a bed and breakfast in the White Mountains in October! We were originally going to do a "babymoon" somewhere but decided not to because we needed to make heating repairs at our rental property and my income will be reduced once the baby comes. It was such a lovely surprise and getting away from the house (and all of the stuff that still needs to be done since we moved in May!) So that is the next thing I am looking forward to!

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GREENEYES2020 10/26/2011 12:48PM

    You're doing awesome! This is good to keep in mind as we are also TTC at this time!

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GREENEYES2020 10/26/2011 12:47PM

    You're doing awesome! This is good to keep in mind as we are also TTC at this time!

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WISLNDR 10/9/2011 7:53AM

    Sorry I'm late in responding; somehow I'm not getting email notifications AGAIN and I missed this blog. I'm glad that things are progressing well for you. As I was reading about your B&B weekend, I was thinking that October is still in the future. Wow, it's right now!! Your little girl will be here in no time!

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/7/2011 10:23PM

    Thank you for addressing this! People can be jerks! Glad you and the baby are doing well :)

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NANASAMM 10/6/2011 11:50AM

    So glad things are progressing right on schedule and everyone is nice and healthy. Phooey on the chastising nurse and good for you for telling your midwife and OB how you feel. You're a take charge girl and more of us should be like that when it comes to vocalizing our wishes to our doctors. I used to be Miss Meek and Mild tell me what YOU want and I'll do it. I'm questioning a lot more these days and having more say in the direction of my care.

The White Mountains in October! Lucky you!!!
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YINYANGSJM 10/5/2011 2:20PM

    It's so hard to believe that you're beginning your third trimester. She will be here before you know it! What great friends to give you the weekend getaway!! It will be good for you to get away and relax. I'm so glad to hear that you and the baby are doing so well and staying so healthy. I can't wait to see pics of her, she's going to be such a sweetie!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/4/2011 8:26PM

    What wonderful friends you have! And it's absolutely wonderful to hear that you're having a healthy and happy pregnancy. Can't wait to see pics of her!

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SUNSHINE084 10/4/2011 2:26PM

    Happy you are in the third trimester. Don't worry too much about the wt gain. Concentrate on nutritional values instead. These are fundlemental building blocks after pregnancy. My wt has been coming off like crazy since I had the baby. Also try wear a pant with a magic tummy panel that stretches.. it is so comfy. I like the ones through Motherhood Maternity. Hope you have a great day.

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THREADBENDER 10/3/2011 12:28PM

    I love the term "babymoon"....have a wonderful time! emoticon

Your story about the doctors and the scales made me think about the TED lecture that Abraham Verghese did recently. It's here: http://www.ted.com/talks/abraham_ve

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 10/3/2011 12:32AM

    Doctors can be insensitive to pregnant women. My first pregnancy I was overweight and the doc told me not gain more than 5 lbs. They sent to me the nutritionist, who didn't tell me anything because she wasn't concerned because I was pregnant (much nicer than first doctor). I gained the 5 lbs pretty quickly and then thought to hell with it and ended up gaining 50 lbs.I didn't have any health problems during the pregnancy either. Some people just gain more during their pregnancy. My sister (who is a skinny little thing) and I both have a history of gaining tons of weight when pregnant.

You know your body best. All that matters is a healthy baby.

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AHEALTHIERJESS 10/2/2011 11:35PM

    Glad to hear your pregnancy is going well. I would have told the chastising nurse to shove it lol. I think weight gain during pregnancy is different for everyone, and unless the baby isn't healthy/safe, medical professionals should realize this and not get on people about it. But that's just my 0.02. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well :)

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ZENNITH 10/1/2011 7:56AM

    I always find people in the medical fields are quick to judge someones weight without taking into account where their weight used to be. It's good that you let them know about your weight loss though. I can totally sympathise with you about getting bigger, we're just not programmed for it and even though it's healthy and necessary it still feels almost alien.

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TIGERJANE 9/30/2011 1:13PM

    ugh, can't believe they had you all stressed about weight gain - and then it wasn't even real! It's my biggest concern going into my doctor's appt this afternoon, being chastised for my weight.

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CLALIZ 9/30/2011 12:45PM

    So glad you and the baby are healthy!!! and shame on the doctors and nurses for getting it all wrong and stressing you out about it :( but oh well I guess you can just enjoy the rest of the ride! Cute belly bump!!!!
Happy weekend!

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PAMAZON 9/30/2011 12:37PM

    Oooo, that makes me mad about the dr. scale! That is a huge discrepancy, I'm sorry it made you worry. The scale moves so fast in the last trimester, don't let it get you down. You've already gained most of the padding that comes along with pregnancy hormones, the weight gain you'll see coming up is mostly increased blood volume, tissue, and stuff that like to support the growing baby. It'll be gone with the baby!

And hooray for a getaway weekend! I did this for my sister-in-law/bff. She was having a lot of Braxton-Hicks, so we couldn't walk around like we wanted to for shopping. But we ate lots of oreos and played scrabble. What a nice memory we have, I know yours will be special too!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/30/2011 10:14AM

    Hurray for your friends. A babymoon sounds like fun.

I'm also sad/glad to hear that the scales were off in the doctors office... you would have thought they would have noticed it when a majority their patients were way up in weight.

Keep doing what your doing, as it appears to be working with both you and your baby's health.

Fingers are crossed on the gestational diabetes test.

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PINKCOCONUT 9/30/2011 9:25AM

    Girl! I had NO IDEA you changed your username! *phew* Glad I looked at my own page and noticed and have resubscribed!

That sounds SO FRUSTRATING and although I'm not pregnant now, I know that it'll be an issue for me so it's nice to hear you say that you're done with worrying! You're a healthy woman and in turn will lead to a healthy baby and that's the most important thing. When you're pregnant people either tell you that you've gained too much or not enough so you just need to do what's best!

I feel lik you just told us that you're pregnant and now you're in the third trimester!!! Eek!

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KATHLOW 9/30/2011 3:05AM

    i'm glad everything is going so well! Enjoy the getaway...

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 9/29/2011 8:43PM

    sounds like great news!! hope your 3rd trimester treats you well. try not to stress, whats meant to be, will be.

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MAGPIE17 9/29/2011 7:06PM

    What a nice surprise from your friend! WTG on gaining so little in your pregnancy, K!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/29/2011 5:07PM

    My doctor said stop getting fat you are already a big girl! LOL! Love it! Also said lay off the cheese! HA! Good for you for staying healthy! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/29/2011 4:23PM

    Yes, yes, and yes. Just like anything else, doctors need to take a look at the whole picture in order to really know the story. My doctor was concerned at the end of my last pregnancy because I wasn't gaining any weight. Until he checked the latest ultrasound (which I got frequently due to non-stress testing) and saw that my baby girl was growing just fine. She was taking everything she needed and after that he didn't mention our weight any more :). Third trimester was always my favorite. Keep up your good work your are doing a fine job growing that baby. Can't wait to see her baby pics :).

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CRYSBROWN1 9/29/2011 4:15PM

    Yup, you're right, you have the right attitude! As long as that little girl is progressing just fine then why worry? Oh, I have been scolded by the OBGYN with both of my pregancies. For my last one they made me see a nutritionist, I was just out of control with eating & of course working out was very low impact (60 lbs gained for both!). BUT, in the end both babies were healthy & really it just equated to more work for me trying to lose all the pounds which did kinda stink I have to tell ya with the moods, fatigues, etc, it would have been quite the challenge for me to "diet" during this time...

Glad to hear about your getaway!!

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GRACEISENUF 9/29/2011 3:26PM

    You are doing awesome...wish I could have kept my weight in a healthy range during my prego times. Of course that was nearly two decades ago and I can't have a do-over, lol.

I really hope you have a wonderful "babymoon". How fun the mountains and fresh air will be.

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PSALM42 9/29/2011 3:15PM

    What a wonderful friend you have there!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/29/2011 3:09PM

    Stress free is a good thing! Glad you had everything figured out and the doctors can stop hassling you. Enjoy the last trimester!!!

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MRS-BLOBBY 9/29/2011 2:53PM

    it's so nice you can enjoy the rest of your pregnancy without stressing now. I don't know what your health people are like with new babies... but here in the UK we have 'Health Visitors' ... and they have been known to fret and nag if your baby doesn't put on the required weight each week. Again- DON'T take any notice of them! I was made to feel miserable and a failure by these people with my first two kids. By the time I had my 3rd I decided enough was enough & I stopped going to the weekly weigh-ins, as I could SEE that my son was doing fine. There have also been studies which show that babies allowed to grow at their own pace and not made to put a fixed amount on each week, cope better with maintaining a healthy weight when they are older. Best wishes, and enjoy your baby!

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/29/2011 2:16PM

    Just keep eating wisely and walking lots, and you will do just fine, no matter what the uninformed nurses might say.

It's too bad that the medical profession hasn't learned that every body is unique and one size does NOT fit all. In their defense, I am sure that they see way too many women who think that pregnancy is an excuse to eat whatever they want in whatever amounts they may fancy.

I hope the next few weeks go well for you.


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NDRIVER69 9/29/2011 2:12PM

    I gained 65+ lbs with both my boys and not ONCE did my OB office say a thing. All vitals were in check and that is the most important. Here's to a speedy 3rd trimester. She will be her before you know it. and what a THOUGHTFULL gift your girlfriend gave you!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/29/2011 2:09PM

    This is why I heart you, Kristina! You are so beautiful-inside and out! If/when I have a little babe, please remind me of all this :) You are so dead on! So excited to "meet" your little running baby!! :D

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KITHKINCAID 9/29/2011 1:37PM

    This is a great blog. I'm so happy that you're not stressing about the weight anymore. I think doctors can be so overbearing, and sometimes the best advice is to just ignore them. Yes - we can do great things in modern medicine, but women have been doing this since the dawn of time and most of the time, things go just fine. Enjoy your burgeoning bump :)

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/29/2011 1:34PM

    I agree, weight is always over-emphasized with pregnancy, especially if you were or are overweight! I had to switch doctors with my first daughter because at 6 weeks she was already talking c-section because she said due to my weight I wouldn't be able to deliver a baby naturally - WHAAT? I switched to a midwife group that was awesome. I ended up gaining 40 lbs. but had a healthy pregnancy. With my second they asked me to only gain 15-20 and I kept it to 15 through swimming, yoga and ST. You are being healthy and the weight gain should be the last thing on your mind - you are healthy and so is that baby of yours!! Congrats on being in your third trimester! emoticon

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BOOTS1221 9/29/2011 1:29PM

    You definitely have the right attitude now! As long as you and your little peanut are healthy then I wouldn't worry too much about the number on the scale (which was wrong anyway!) I'm so glad you'll get to enjoy some time in the White Mtns!!! I love it up there :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/29/2011 1:04PM

    Well, HURRAY for that instant 'weight loss' (which was really not gained in the first place) and most of all for a continued healthy pregnancy. It's hard to not stress about any kind of gain, even if it's normal and healthy. What a wonderful surprise from your friend! You and your hubby need that little "babymoon" before baby arrives and turns your world even more upside down.


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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/29/2011 1:04PM

    Yep - I am right with ya as far as doctors should really be looking at more than just the number on the scale. Sounds like you are doing absolutely PERFECT! I would bet that you are probably one of the healthiest pregnant women they could possibly have...so revel in that and the fact that your little bun is getting baked to perfection. :-)

That is SO awesome of your friends!!! Enjoy every single moment...

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SEATTLESIMS 9/29/2011 1:03PM

    ahhh.. weight gain in pregnancy.. I'm with you.. don't worry about it, you have a healhty lifestyle, you know how to listen to your body, so relax and enjoy.
Kind of cool to find out that you haven't gained as much as previously thought. I've had plenty of friends that gained 40-45 lbs during pregnancy and lost it all within the first year post-baby (I on the other hand did not do that well, but that was because I hadn't yet learned the healhty lifestyle approach).
Enjoy your baby shower present of time away.. what a thoghtful gift!
Best wishes on your continued healthy preganancy!

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TIME4AFITME 9/29/2011 12:58PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Enjoy the weekend away!!!

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CRYSTAL8488 9/29/2011 12:43PM

    Sounds like you're doing very well! In the future when I get pregnant, I'm going to be very concerned with weight gain also...but I'll try not to beat myself up about it. Hope you have a great time at your getaway. Best wishes for you! emoticon

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100 Days to Go!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's up, Sparkers? I've just hit 25 weeks of pregnancy and I've been sleeping better! I've got a Boppy pregnancy pillow on one side and a king size pillow on the other side and I have the white noise from the fan... Haha, complicated huh? Those who questioned why we got a king-size bed... This is why! I do miss cuddling up on Jon though, but I need my beauty rest.

We've slowly started buying baby stuff. I figure if I see deals I might as well grab them. Therefore, the nugget has a ton of clothes for Summer '12 since they have been deeply discounted. And I bought last year's models of a stroller and car seat for 75% off which I think will fit perfectly with our lifestyle.

Oh and here is the "theme" for our nursery:
(No, we didn't buy most of that stuff in the photo, just a few pieces).

Still feeling good. I think my weight gain has slowed somewhat, though I haven't weighed myself in a couple of weeks. She's started kicking around some more (which is a relief!) and I'm almost in my last trimester with about 100 days to go! Scary, but at the same time I can't wait to meet her!

I had a couple of friends offer to throw me a baby shower, but I declined because my family is dead set against baby showers and so many of my friends are outside of the Boston area. So I didn't see the point in having like 10 people there. I hope to go get a massage and a pedicure instead... We do have massive christening parties in my family's religious tradition and I'm sure I'll be "showered" with plenty of stuff.

No weird cravings, but I never knew ice cream could taste so good. I miss sushi.

And that's about it.

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MICHSTATE 9/29/2011 4:49PM

    Very cute theme!!! I am very curious also, I have never heard of someone bring "against" baby showers?!?!?

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/27/2011 7:30AM

    SUCH an adorable theme!!!

(Why the against the baby showers? Cause she hasn't been baptized yet?)


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THREADBENDER 9/27/2011 7:06AM

    So glad things are going smoothly for you. Yep...you do need your sleep...you are sleeping for two!!
Hope the next 100 days are days of joy!

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CRYSBROWN1 9/26/2011 12:13PM

    I like the nursery theme. Woohoo, you're in the home stretch! Enjoy every minute of this wonderful experience!

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IMSMILEY88 9/26/2011 12:01PM

    Thought about you today & stopped by to see how things are going. Can't believe you are entering your 3rd trimester! Glad you found a comfy way to sleep & I hope you're enjoying this wonderful time of life! Take care!

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NIELSENSLADY 9/21/2011 9:21PM

    Oooh King size bed! How awesome! I hit 25 weeks this Friday!

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NANASAMM 9/21/2011 7:31PM

    Adorable nursery set. Love how girly it is. You are looking awesome! Your pregnancy seems to be going at lightening speed. Take care and keep us posted.

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TIME4AFITME 9/19/2011 9:37AM

    Love the nursery. Glad you are doing well. So exciting!!

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WISLNDR 9/16/2011 10:35PM

    So fun! I think I mentioned somewhere along the way that my family received three new grandchildren this summer (all on the same day!!) Babies are so cool and I'm so excited for you!!

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GRACEISENUF 9/16/2011 5:23PM

    Cute nursery theme. We love our king sized bed and would never go back to a double...EVER.

Oh I remember eating a ton of ice cream both times I was pregnant.

100 days or so until her birthday!

Exciting times....


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MAMADELIGHT 9/15/2011 6:48AM

    Super Cute theme!!

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    wow, LOVE the theme! It's super cute :D

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    Are you registered anywhere? You know, in case people want to contribute to the showering that's not really a shower but kind of is?


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TIGERJANE 9/14/2011 3:33PM

    Haha, we got a king-sized bed this summer. they're heaven, right? And i just LOVE those colors in the nursery! Do you have a 100 day countdown going on your calendar? It's gonna go by so fast, can't wait to hear your birth story and see what she looks like!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/14/2011 2:56PM

    Glad you found a sleeping arrangement that works :). That "problem solving" mindset is going to serve you well in the next year, well, really, for the next 19 or so years :). Can't believe you are only 100 days away. 3rd trimester was often my favorite. I always thought that a lot of the stress was gone (peanut is pretty well set by this point and chances of everything being just fine even if premature is good), I had more energy during third trimester and I "felt pregnant" (I think you understand what I mean). Good luck during the next 100 (give or take) and hope you love every single day. :)

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KITHKINCAID 9/14/2011 1:38PM

    Kristina! So excited about your name change and 100 days left! She is going to be such a loved little girl. The nursery set is adorable. Keep up the great work mama :)

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JMARIES51 9/14/2011 1:15PM

    100 days will be over before you know it. Your whole sleeping arrangement reminds me of my daughter who just had a baby in July. She thought she didn't get much sleep when she was pregnant, and then the baby was born!! Then she got NO sleep for a few weeks. But all babies are different. LOL.

Love your nursery things and I hope all goes well for the rest of your pregnancy. (also, love your Spark Page Background.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/14/2011 1:01PM

    I love the design--just a few pieces is all it takes to set the theme! Glad things are going well and that baby is making her presence known. The countdown is on, sooo excited for you!

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CHICAT63 9/14/2011 12:50PM

    Less than 100 days to go how did that happen !!! I am sure you cannot wait to see her. So very excited for you and Jon, the nursery theme is really vibrant & cute.

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ALOFA0509 9/14/2011 12:37PM

My how time flies!!!!! The nursery looks Fab emoticon


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PAPER_WINGS18 9/14/2011 11:50AM

    Cute! So very excited for you! :) Can you message me your address at some point, lady?? You are gonna be such a great mama!!!

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ELYMWX 9/14/2011 11:24AM

    Glad to hear things are going so well!

Oh, as an aside, it's probably more important to have the King-sized bed AFTER she's home; you never realize just how much space a baby will take in the bed :-)

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TRAVELNISTA 9/14/2011 10:40AM

    100 days is just around the corner. Stay happy and healthy! emoticon emoticon

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SARAHJ19 9/14/2011 10:37AM

    How exciting only 100 days to go! It seems like it is flying by! The bedroom theme is very adorable! Love it!

Enjoy your pedi and massage! Sounds amazing. I got a pregnancy massage with both my pregnancies and they were amazing!!!!

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BURGHGIRL 9/14/2011 10:35AM

    That nursery is adorable!!!!!! I just love it!!!! I can't believe you are already 25 weeks!!! I hear you on the pillows...I always needed 2 body pillows...one to hug and one to support my back. I still do sometimes to get a good night sleep.....so poor hubby gets pushed aside sometimes! He is just not as soft as my pillows! LOL

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KATHLOW 9/14/2011 10:28AM

    wow, only a 100 days to go, so exciting!

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CALLIKIA 9/14/2011 10:12AM

    Ooh! Love the design theme! Adorable. Glad to hear you're doing well and baby is kickin' in there. (That's the AB way. ;))

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ANNE7X7 9/14/2011 9:59AM

    So close!! That is SO exciting!!!!

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ASIAMORA 9/14/2011 9:33AM

    So exciting!!!! You'll be eating sushi again before you know it!!!

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KAISERSOZE 9/14/2011 9:27AM

    100 days?! Wow! That's so exciting! I love the nursery decor! And I think a massage sounds delightful!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/14/2011 9:24AM

    I seems to be going fast! Babies are always an exciting time and I can't wait to see pics of your little one.

Feeling kicking for the first time was weird and neat at the same time. Later on in the pregnancy it got to be hurtful and annoying. But enjoy having the little life inside of you! These last 100 or so days are going to go by fast!

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RAINTHIEF 9/14/2011 9:19AM

    Cute nursery theme! Love it! emoticon

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    OOh I love the nursery theme! It looks awesome. I can't to see pictures of the little nugget ... and you know I need your address to send her a "welcome to the world"-type gift after she's born.

And I totally hear you on the king size bed. You can move the pillows closer when you want to snuggle, but you can move them apart when you need too. Best. idea. ever.

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_TRIXIE_ 9/14/2011 9:14AM

    Cute room decos! Mani/pedi sounds *perfect* for you-- I hope you enjoy it!

I CANNOT believe there's only ~100 days left. This also means there's approx 100 days left until Xmas and that just made me freak out a little. But soon! Soon we get to see pics of the real, live nugget! YAY!

Glad to hear you're sleeping and feeling well. Miss you!

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LISSOME 9/14/2011 9:10AM

    That "Lizzie" collection is totally adorable. Nice choice.
I'm glad you're doing well, and the sleeping situation sounds very familiar to me. A king size bed must be fantastic!
I can't believe you're hovering around the 100 days mark already! I think that is deserving of a reward in itself. So maybe an extra massage?

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SWEETIE81 9/14/2011 9:04AM

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JBMT08 9/14/2011 9:00AM

    Aww, so exciting! I did miss sushi too while I was preggers. That and subway turkey sandwiches! Please get as much sleep as you can now...you will need it! emoticon

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More Than Halfway There!

Friday, August 26, 2011

I'm almost 23 weeks pregnant now! It has simultaneously flown by and felt like forever.

Here is my most recent photo, taken at 21 weeks:

I still feel as though I just look fat and not really pregnant. People who see me are surprised to hear that I'm due in December. "Where's the baby?" they ask. I'm not sure if that's just a nice way of saying that I just look like I ate a Thanksgiving turkey or what...

Because I've definitely gained weight. About 20-25 lbs so far. I haven't been stuffing myself with food either, but there you go. And I'm gaining it in places I hate, like my arms and thighs. But I guess those were the last places to lose weight, so they'll probably be the first ones to gain! I already asked my husband for a treadmill for my Christmas/birthday present and hopefully that will help me get back into running and to shed the baby weight. I'm not yet in maternity clothes, but I'm using belly bands to get into my size 14s right now

I am usually STARVING in the morning, hungry in the afternoon, and only eat a little bit in the evening. For exercise it's mostly walking and a little bit of hand weights and sometimes I jog during my walks. I wanted to run throughout my pregnancy but it was seriously tough. I felt like my legs were made of lead and I was winded almost immediately. I said I would listen to my body, and I did, so unfortunately my jogging routine is nonexistent right now, probably because...

My most pervasive pregnancy symptom in the beginning was intense fatigue. I felt like I would collapse as soon as I got home from work! It has subsided somewhat in the second trimester, but I still get spells of tiredness from time to time. I've been working long days (wake up at 5:30am, in work at 6:30am, leave work around 5pm) in order to save for this kid and the months I'm going to be underemployed, and sometimes I feel like I don't have energy to do much else!

Other than the fatigue though, this pregnancy has been pretty uneventful so far. No morning sickness or nausea, thank God. There were times that I had a hard time connecting with this pregnancy because I just didn't feel pregnant. When I heard the heartbeat for the first time, it was like "Wow, I really am pregnant!" but I still worried that everything was OK. But everything has gone so smoothly! She was perfect on the ultrasound, smack in the 50th percentile for length, and they kept my due date at December 27, but they couldn't tell me 100% whether or not she was a boy or girl. They said "most likely a girl..."

Well, we said going in that if they couldn't tell, we might just keep it a surprise, but the fact that they said "most likely a girl" was killing me. I waited three more weeks and then went to one of those elective ultrasound places that was doing a special. Well, that day, she was SUPER active. She was pulling on the umbilical cord, kicking around, and yawning. And yes, she was now "definitely a girl."

(Kinda creepy 3D pic)

(Fist of fury!)

I still don't feel a lot of those kicks though. The doctor said because my placenta is in the front, I probably won't feel them until later. So there are still times when I wake up and feel like it's all a dream. I feel like I disappoint people when they ask if I have weird cravings and I say no. All I really want to eat is eggs, cheese and ice cream. Oh, and today I needed to have a whoopie pie. Yum.

I'm really excited to be having a little girl even though I had a strong feeling it was a boy! I am a strong-willed independent woman and I want to pass on those same qualities to my daughter. (And yes, we probably do have a name picked, but will not make it official until she is born!) Being a girl can be tough sometimes, but we really are the stronger sex!

We already have the crib up. I found it for $62 (with a changing table) when they were doing a clearance at Target! And I've been picking up little things here and there...

And yes, she will be a member of Red Sox Nation...

That's about it. I'm sorry I have been absent lately, but I do not have internet access at work, and the last thing I want to do when I come home from 11 hours in front of a computer is get in front of a computer again. I have been reading your blogs though and even if I don't get to comment, I am definitely proud of all the great work my Sparkfriends are doing this summer!

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JENN26POINT2 10/12/2011 9:32AM

    You know what?? There is NOTHING more awesome than having a little girl (well, except maybe having a little boy)! Babies are amazing and they're even more amazing when they become little people and interact with you, talk to you, start walking around, get into stuff and drive you crazy. I have a boy and a girl. I thought I always wanted boys b/c I didn't want to deal with high school girl drama, but I have to admit that I wouldn't trade my daughter for ANYTHING (same with my boy, though, too). Each is special in their own way and it's so awesome to have one of each. I hope you can be blessed with one of each too. In the meantime, spoil that little princess!!

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JENELOPE 9/27/2011 12:01PM

    I love the fist pump ultrasound pic. It's like she's saying, "Right on, Mama! You rock!" And you do rock!

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/27/2011 7:34AM

    Ah, I'm so glad I came here and found some blog updates. :-)

I'm so excited for u! And I can't wait to meet her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEBA!!! :)

emoticon U GLOW!!!!!


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PEACEFULHOME11 9/12/2011 11:23AM

    Congratulations!! I am glad that things are going well and you are taking care of yourself. Pregnancy is hard, so I would not be too disappointed that you had to stop running. You will get back to it soon enough, as well as running after a toddler. Have a great rest of your pregnancy, and welcome to another Red Sox fan! Karen

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ELISEL 9/12/2011 11:16AM

    Sounds like things are going great. It must be so exiting and yet unreal to know the big day is getting closer and closer.

BTW, have you ever tried "Wicked Whoopies"? They're made in Maine and sold several places but they have a store in Freeport. They have about 15 different kinds and they're amazing!

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PAMAZON 9/11/2011 5:07PM

    It just sounds like everything is perfectly normal in this pregnancy and that is wonderful news! I always had grand plans to exercise and didn't do a bit through both of mine, like you, I could just make it through my necessary activities and promptly slept like a dead person starting at 9 pm. each night (except to pee more and more during the night).

I also gained a lot in my thighs, butt, and arms. I did not retain water, but I did get fat in lots of places. But you know how to take care of that, and you will in time! Your energy will improve in the last half of the pregnancy but your physical limitations will slow you down. And you will start getting that without-a-doubt pregnant look very soon. I was in your shoes on that as well, don't worry!

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SAMSPARK1 9/11/2011 1:29PM

    I am so glad you are having a good pregnancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FLORIDASUN 9/10/2011 9:03AM

    I'm just THRILLED, thrilled, THRILLED for you. You will make the most INCREDIABLE momma! What a lucky little baby girl! We are all here for you rooting you on to a peaceful and safe delivery! Take SUPER good care of yourself and know that you are loved! emoticon emoticon

I'm going through an incrediable funk right now still fighting to save our beautiful home from foreclosure. I've taken to doing lots of my OWN research and have found that our lender GMAC is at the bottom of the scum pit in fraudulent activities...I'm hoping our lawyer takes notice to the fraudulent assignment I've placed in his lap...but the judges here in Lee County really cow these lawyers...it's all SO frustrating to see crime commited right before your very eyes and then see the courts condone it...blahhhhh!

Sorry...hate to be a downer Deby...so ending on a BIG BIG positive note...be healthy , be happy, be strong! emoticon Geeze...I should be telling me own self that too right? emoticon emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/7/2011 8:52AM

    You look great! So happy to hear that everything is going well and you are both healthy!

Here's an idea.... save these blogs you are writing about your little one and the progress of your pregnancy and keep them in her baby book. She will love reading that when she gets older!

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AHEALTHIERME9 9/6/2011 11:34AM

    I am so happy for you and your hubby that you are having a little one soon!

I've been going through some "life" events and haven't been sparking much lately, but I wanted to make sure and congratulate you and to tell you that I'm cheering you on, especially, throughout this magical time in your life. :)

BTW, the photo of the baby's fist is definitely a sign that that baby is a WARRIOR!


D. emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 9/5/2011 1:05PM

    I am glad that your pregnancy is going so smoothly! You got much better 3D pictures of her than most I have seen - awesome! It must be fun starting to plan the room, the name and getting ready in general.

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    Congrats on the baby girl! How exciting. Can't wait to "meet" her in pictures once she's born.

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VIBRANTVIC 9/4/2011 9:05AM

    Great to hear things are going so well. Glad to hear you're listening to your own body, pregnancy can do a number on you. You're biggest goal is a healthy you and a healthy sweet heart. Get lots of rest, you're body is busy working hard. emoticon

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KATHLOW 9/4/2011 5:13AM

    glad to hear you're having minimal annoyances and you look great!

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BURGHGIRL 9/3/2011 11:57AM

    You are glowing!!!!!!! And I love the Red Sox outfit!!!!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 9/1/2011 4:15PM

    What a great update, I'm glad everything is working out beautifully! I know some people can muster up the energy to run for 9 mths but I was a lot like you working full time & TIRED! Good news is after the pregnancy you can still attack those pregnancy lbs so no worries. But more importantly I am glad that you baby is progressing well & I wish you a happy & healthy pregnancy!

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WE_PA_FIT 9/1/2011 3:30PM

    love the fist pump!! !LOL

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PHD140 9/1/2011 2:17PM

    so glad things are going well-- keep doing whatever you need to do to take care of YOU!
all the best!

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    Yay yay yay!!! I'm so glad you're having a (mostly easy) pregnancy! I can't wait to see pics going forward! :) :) And also, whoopie pie break? ;)

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DOLL2THEWALL 9/1/2011 11:32AM

    Love the update - thank you for sharing with us. I think of you all the time and hope you're doing well! *hug*

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/1/2011 10:55AM

    Thanks for the update. I can't wait to see your little bundle of joy when she arrives. Lucky you... girls clothes are so much more fun then boys.

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MAGPIE17 9/1/2011 10:17AM

    Miss your face! And I can't wait to see hers in December!!

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_TRIXIE_ 9/1/2011 9:57AM

    Fist of fury! I LOVE IT!

Oh, man--you two are going to be such AMAZING parents to this little girl. She's going to grow up so independent and sm-aht that I can't even handle it.

And holy moses, I want that whoopie pie, STAT! :)

Glad to hear you're feeling well and that the fatigue has subsided. I miss your face around here, but I know you're busy and have a lot going on right now. But know I'm thinking of you...

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KAKAKALI4 8/31/2011 2:22PM

    Congrats on your pregnancy and the fact you are still moving! You are doing great! Keep us posted and the crib is beautiful!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/31/2011 1:12PM

    What a sweetie!!!! Awe girls Rock!!!

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SUNSHINE084 8/30/2011 8:07PM

    Sounds like you are doing great. Keep up the good work..

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ASIAMORA 8/30/2011 10:37AM

    So glad to hear the update!!!

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LOOKY-LOU 8/30/2011 10:36AM

    Such an exciting time in your life!

And it just gets BETTER, and BETTER and BETTER!


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KAISERSOZE 8/29/2011 1:34PM

    I'm so glad everything is going well with your pregnancy. I've missed seeing you around here, but I would be MIA if I were working like you!

I still can't believe you're so far along! Take care of yourself! And congratulations to you and your husband on your baby girl!

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THREADBENDER 8/29/2011 8:17AM

    You look terrific!!

You have shown such wisdom in listening to your body...before the pregnancy and now. Congratulations! Keep up the good work! emoticon

BTW...weird dreams are part of the pregnancy package. IMO cheap entertainment...especially wondering "where the heck did that come from?!"

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NIELSENSLADY 8/29/2011 2:56AM

    This is incredibly sweet! I have my ultrasound and I find out the sex on Tuesday. I hope everything is ok. I get bumped and kicked and I feel my baby regularly so that helps. Other than that I stii fight nausea and bloat and I feel huge!

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GRACEISENUF 8/28/2011 8:17PM

    Aww thanks for the update. You look absolutely wonderful Lil Momma! I see the bump but good for you not gaining a ton like I did. Yep...both times around 70 lbs. Both times I lost it but it was hard as I was thirty three and thirty five when I had my two.

I craved eggs, ice cream and chinese food with one and mexican food with the other...my hubs gained about twenty pounds each time too, ha ha. I never got sick once and really enjoyed being pregnant until the last couple weeks when they sat on my bladder.....ugh! Felt like I had to pee 24/7.

Like I said...great to hear how you are doing....YOU ARE MISSED.


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    So glad everything is going smoothly and the pregnancy is uneventful! (Can't ask for more than that!) Great crib and what a steal. Frugality is a wonderful quality in a new mama!

It must be the weekend for whoopie pies, I had a pumpkin spice one yesterday!

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WISLNDR 8/28/2011 7:57PM

    So glad you posted, I've really missed you! This is such an exciting time for you, I can't believe you're this far along already. Keep us up to date as you have time. (My family has three new grandbabies this summer for my two nephews and their wives; the babies were all born on the same day - we're in baby heaven here!!)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/28/2011 11:14AM

    Awesomesauce!!! My first pregnancy was very much like yours. You are doing great and look wonderful. Great price for your crib and changing table!!! You're little Christmas present is going to be strong and beautiful just like you. Can't wait to read her first blog :)!

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SPARKLYNEW 8/28/2011 9:46AM

    You look great and you just beam! Enjoy every moment. Baby girls are such a blessing. You have so much to look forward to!

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CHICAT63 8/28/2011 7:12AM

    " Tu sera une merveilleuse Maman " your daughther is going to have a great role model and she be adorable in her Boston Red Soxette Dress !

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YINYANGSJM 8/27/2011 10:48PM

    Congratulations, you look fantastic!! How great to be having a girl, you will be a wonderful role model for her. I can see you running with a sweet little dark haired girl in a jogging stroller :). Take care of yourself and thanks for keeping us updated!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 8/27/2011 10:33PM

    Best wishes for smooth sailing until she arrives. Congrats to you and your hubby!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 8/27/2011 10:33PM

    Best wishes for smooth sailing until she arrives. Congrats to you and your hubby!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 8/27/2011 10:33PM

    Best wishes for smooth sailing until she arrives. Congrats to you and your hubby!

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CASEYGIRL1982 8/27/2011 7:57PM

    Congrats! Great blog! Thanks for sharing! And girl u look great and healthy! don't worry about it!

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WYND10 8/27/2011 4:49PM

    Thank you for the update, you look beautiful! Get lots of rest while you can, and don't worry about the weight. You DO look pregnant, no worries.

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SACGIRL 8/27/2011 2:14PM

    One word...BEAUTIFUL!!!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 8/27/2011 1:01PM

    Congrats! You look wonderful. I love the fist picture.

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SASSAGAIN 8/27/2011 12:52PM

    Awsome to see the progress pics and LOVE YOU!!

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ELYMWX 8/27/2011 12:47PM

    Glad to hear things are going well!

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CALLIKIA 8/27/2011 11:26AM

    I'm so excited for you! How great to have a little girl with a great Momma to pass on all her healthy ideas of a healthy mind and body to! Take care of you and the lil one!! :)

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BOOTS1221 8/27/2011 11:01AM

    SO much awesomeness crammed into one blog!!! I love that she's already fist pumping in that ultrasound pic haha! Hooray for the next generation of Red Sox nation :) I think you look amazing, and awesome job getting the furniture on the cheap fro Tar-jay! That stuff can add up SO fast. Girl, you are totally giving me baby fever!! Can't wait for the next update!!! :)

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