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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hi Spark friends!! Sorry I have been MIA. I was busy having my baby! LOL!
Laila Bronya was born @ 12:09 p.m. Friday July 10. Her birth weight was 4 pounds, 10 ounces.

It was not the birth experience I had planned or expected (I wanted a med-free, natural birth), but I am so absolutely in love with my little girl and excited that she is here already!! I am so happy to be a mommy!

Here is the birth story for anyone who is interested. I'll also post a few pics to my page.

I went in to the hospital at 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 b/c I had excruciating pain on my right side and lower back that would not go away. I had this pain before but it always went away after I rested. At the hospital, I had 2 sonograms and a CT scan (after waiting about 7 hours in the L&D triage) because they were trying to rule out appendicitis and see what was going on. I was kind of scared to have a CT scan while pregnant but they assured me it was OK. It was difficult for them to see much of anything on the images because my uterus was so big. They did rule out appendicitis and determined that the pain was being caused by the ovarian cyst that I blogged about before.

I had known about the cyst since my first ultrasound in January. At the time, they said cysts usually go away on their own and not to worry about it but that they will need to monitor it to see if it gets any bigger. A few weeks ago they did another U/S to check on it and determined that it had gotten bigger and needed to come out. My OB sent me to a specialist who said we could probably wait until 6 weeks after I deliver and then remove it laproscopically (SP?). So that WAS the plan.

For 3 days after I checked into the hospital they monitored me closely, assessing my pain, white blood cell count and temperature. They didn't want to deliver the baby unless it was absolutely necessary because I was not even 35 weeks yet. But by Friday July 10, they made the decision to deliver her by c-section and also take out the cyst. My pain was getting worse and worse and my white blood cell count and temperature went up so they determined that we shouldn't wait any longer. I was also having contractions the whole time although I never went into labor. It turns out that the cyst was twisted in my ovary and had completely cut off the blood supply to it. They had to remove my entire ovary. :(
Luckily my other ovary is still healthy and viable should we decide to have more kids.

They put me under general anesthesia for the surgery, so I missed everything!! I also didn't see her for the first time until about 9:30 p.m. that evening. They had planned to do a spinal block and have DH in the room for the c-section, and then determine whether to proceed with the cyst removal under spinal or general anesthesia but at the last minute decided it would be best to do it all under general. Although I am sad to have missed the birth, I am also kind of glad that I was not awake for the surgery.

Laila is still in the special care nursery since she is a preemie, but she is doing very well and they are taking good care of her. The nurses there are great. We visit her every day. She just needs to get the hang of eating without the help of a tube and gain a little more weight. They tell us she should be ready to come home very soon.

Thanks to all of you for your support and for checking in on me throughout my pregnancy! I really liked being pregnant. I miss my belly! :-) It's such a surreal feeling to be a new Mom. :) :)

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NAHAYO 7/31/2009 5:01AM

  Hope both you and Laila are doing well now .......

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CHANCE0719 7/23/2009 9:47AM

    Congratulations! Laila is BEAUTIFUL! I hope that you are recovering well.

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CANCER711 7/23/2009 8:52AM

  Wow what an amazing birth story! You are such an inspiration to have a wonderful attitude towards everything! I think I would still be in total shock! Congrats to you and your new family!

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DNJEN471 7/22/2009 10:39PM

    Congratulations lady! Sorry her birth did not go as planned... they rarely do, LOL. Hope she is home soon!

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STARTSPARKING 7/22/2009 8:56PM

    Sorry the ovarian cyst has thrown a curve ball to your pregnancy, and I am sorry that you lost an ovary. However, I am glad that your surgery went smoothly, and both you and your beautiful bundle of joy are both safe and sound.

Congratulations on the arrival of Laila. She is GORGEOUS, and I love her name. Enjoy every moment of this special time of your life. I hope your sweet baby will be able to come home very soon.
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CARTOONB 7/22/2009 8:51PM

    Congratulations on being a new mommy! She is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Give her hugs and kisses from all of us!

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SIMPLEJOYS 7/22/2009 5:40PM

  Thanks for sharing your story and beautiful pictures!! So glad that you are both doing well!!

(I'm still beaming from looking at all of Laila's pictures!!)


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TARABEAR 7/22/2009 2:25PM

    Congratulations, Momma!!! I'm sorry things didn't go as perfectly as planned, but you're right that it's enough to have a healthy baby. Hope she comes home soon!
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KARALVS2SCRAP 7/22/2009 12:39PM

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful! I am so happy everything ended up well. You will have her home in no time!

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LADY_DONKEY 7/22/2009 11:52AM

    What a beautiful little girl!!! Whoopeee!!! I'm happy for you, that everything ended well. What a beautiful blessing :-)

What a terrific birth story! Oh my, what an adventure!!! Whew! I held my breath while reading it!


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 7/22/2009 11:07AM

    Congrats! She's beautiful!!!

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MILAYA 7/22/2009 10:35AM

    What a beautiful baby girl! Birth doesn't always go as planned but the end result is what is important! I had two 34 weekers myself and they are both healthy and wonderful! When will she be able to come home?

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JENNIE.H 7/22/2009 10:16AM

    I am so happy that you and your beautiful daughter are doing good. I pray that she will be able to come home soon. If you ever need anything that I can help with, please let me know. And please let us know when you take your precious baby home!!

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EOSAURORA84 7/22/2009 10:05AM

    she is beautiful..congrats......i pray that i will have a chance to have one soon myself......

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ASTER2606 7/22/2009 9:54AM

    I almost emailed you yesterday since I'd noticed you'd been quiet. Congrats on your beautiful little girl. Sorry about the ovary, but the most important thing is that you are both all right. Have to comment on the dumbbell thing. When my friend Kate had her first son, she was lamenting the loss of time to exercise and our boss Pat who had two sons under the age of twelve said she was getting more exercise than she thought because she was pumping offspring instead of iron with all that baby lifting and carrying.

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LYNNA7499 7/22/2009 9:42AM

  Congratulations! Laila is such a beautiful name! I'm so sorry to hear about all your troubles. You and Laila take care and get stronger.

She is beautiful!


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MS.ELENI 7/22/2009 9:23AM

    Congrats on your beautiful baby. You are in for such much joy. emoticon

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MLSTHREE3 7/22/2009 9:20AM

    She is absolutly beautiful. Congratulations you will enjoy her so much. So sorry to hear about your ovary but don't fear because you only need one. I had an etopic 15 years ago and they had to remove my falopean tube and ovary and I have gone on to have 3 children with another on the way.
Again your daughter is beautiful.

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RINSKY3 7/22/2009 9:16AM

Your baby is beautiful =) I'm happy that everything turned out for the best.

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    LOL Your friends who haven't had kids yet will compare your baby to pets or inanimate objects -- Bar bells?! Seriously D?! emoticon -- those of us who have will compare Laila to our own. That said, as adorable as my babies were, they do not compare to Laila. She is GORGEOUS. Many congratulations, M. I've been thinking about you every day. I checked your Facebook last night for any news and as I was swimming lengths last night (backstroke), I was composing a Spark Mail in my head. No doubt you have been busy with pretty little Laila. I'll bet you can't wait to bring her home. Scolly can probably confirm or refute this, but my cousin who had very preemie twins said that the advantage of having them in NICU -- not that anyone would wish that on any parent -- was that the nurses got the babies onto a schedule so bringing them home was easier than with the full-term babies. Oh my. I'm blogging on your blog. Can you tell I'm excited?! I can't wait for more pics. Enjoy your baby and the "New Daddy Man", too. (My kids called their father "Daddy Man" LOL)



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ZIRCADIA 7/22/2009 8:56AM

    OH! I am sorry about your ovary, but I am SOOOOOOOO sosososo happy that you and your baby are doing well and have come out of the other side of it ok. :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! She is gorgeous and sooooo tiny!!! I haven't had any preemie siblings, but aside from ME (8lbs something oz) all my brothers and sister were 5lbs something... it's nuts to think your baby weighed less than a 5lb dumbbell when born! (Is it creepy that I just compared your daughter to a dumbbell? Sorry! It's how I put weights into perspective! hahaa) But anyway. I know you can't wait for her to be able to come home, but it's good to hear that things are going well with her in the special care nursery. :) OH MY GOSH I CAN'T STOP TYPING cause I'm so JAZZED for you! HAHAHA :D

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SPARKNMOM 7/22/2009 8:46AM

    Wow...what a beautiful little girl. Your story is amazing. I'm so glad you both are doing well. My twins were born on July 9th 2000 and were born at 31 weeks. There were tiny, but they are so very strong now - as will be your Laila!! Love her name, too! Take care - so glad you shared!

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Doctor update and weekend fun

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I went to the cyst doctor yesterday. He said the best thing to do would be to wait to remove the cyst until about 6 weeks after I deliver the baby. That surgery would be a laparoscopy (sp?). That method is less invasive and would minimize the recovery time. But if for some other reason I end up needing a c-section, he would take care of the cyst at that time. He said if I were in my second trimester, he would say to go ahead and remove the cyst now, but since I am so close to delivering, the risk of preterm labor is greater now. I am hoping it works out that I won't need a c-section and I could get the cyst removed as non-invasively as possible.

I am still kind of a stressball about the whole thing. Yesterday when we were waiting in the doctor's waiting room, the nurse asked me to take a picture with my chart. This doctor likes to have pictures of his patients because he can take a look at the photo and immediately remember what the issue is. Pretty cool, huh? But anyway, for some reason that request triggered something hormonal and I just burst into tears. So embarrassing. Anyway, I am now trying to relax, take deep breaths and enjoy the rest of my pregnancy. This baby deserves a calm and happy mama. :)

On to better things: My MIL, SIL and Mom held a surprise baby shower for me on Saturday. I totally had no idea. My friend and hubby cooked up this whole scheme where I was supposed to be going shopping with my friend and meeting up with some other girls for lunch. I was completely shocked when I got to the table and saw everyone there. :) The shower was at Maggiano's, an Italian restaurant (I think it's a small chain; they have it in other cities). The food there is so good. There was SO much food! For groups they usually do family style, which meant we had to choose 2 salads, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 pastas and 2 desserts (all came in unlimited quantities). Plus there was a shower cake. NOT very Sparky! But I enjoyed every bite. Somehow (without my knowledge) a lot of the leftover food ended up in our car. Hubby and I are still working on finishing it. Ughhhh.... Anyway, we got some very cute stuff for the baby. YAY! Just waiting for the big stuff, aka furniture, to arrive. Should be any day now. Hmmm....maybe I will call the store and follow up.

I am looking forward to this coming weekend. I love 4th of July weekend! Our niece and nephew's birthdays are on both sides of the holiday: July 3 and July 5. We are all spending the weekend in Richmond at my in-laws' home for their birthday parties. And our wedding anniversary is on July 6. Wow, these 7 years flew by like that! My husband is the most wonderful husband in the world. I appreciate and love him more every day.

I took a week off from working out last week. I was just so stressed out and not at all in the mood. Plus it was very hot outside and walking to the gym did not sound like fun. This week I am looking forward to being back in my groove. Body combat last night, and I finally made it to water aerobics this morning! It felt great to be back at the gym. I've missed it. The water felt great, but note to self: REMEMBER SUNSCREEN next time!!!!

We have our childbirth classes on Wednesday nights. Last week's class kind of freaked me out - just from hearing about everything that goes on during labor. All in all, I'm glad we are taking this class. Best to be as prepared as possible. I am still looking for a doula. If you know of a good doula in the Baltimore area, send her information my way! :-)

OK, so I think I wrote a novel here. To anyone still reading this, thanks for your support. Hugs to all!

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DNJEN471 7/6/2009 7:49PM

    Wow busy girl! I know... that last few weeks are sooooo stressful! It's so worth it though!

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PIGLETSMALL 7/4/2009 12:31PM

    First of all I'm sorry to hear about your ovarian cyst!!!! Secondly, what a beautiful surprise for you having your baby shower. Just goes to show what a wonderful person you are. Thirdly, have a happy 4th of July! Thinking of you. Love and hugs xxxx

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    I'm sorry to hear about the cyst, but I'm glad they can wait until after you deliver to remove it. How nice that your family had a surprise shower for you!

My nephew's birthday is also July 5--he's going to be 8. And a very Happy Anniversary to you and DH! What better gift than a beautiful baby girl in just a few short weeks.

I'm so excited for you! Stay healthy, and keep going with the water aerobics.

Happy 4th of July!

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SPARKNMOM 6/30/2009 9:27PM

    Good news - that they can wait to remove the cyst. Sounds like things are back on track for you and the little one :) Glad your family had a great surprise shower for you! What fun! We're going to be celebrating my twins' birthday this weekend. They turn 9 on the 9th, but Saturday is going to be their big party. What fun it will be!!

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MOM2ACAT 6/30/2009 9:16PM

    I'm glad that the surgery can wait, and I hope it all goes according to plan.
Hope the next class will ease some of fears and not be so scary! emoticon

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/30/2009 8:51PM

    It's good to know that they'll be able to wait to remove the cyst until after the baby is born... still stressful, I'm sure, but under the circumstances, one of the best outcomes. And it sounds like you had a FANTASTIC baby shower! Baby arrival day is getting SO CLOSE! =D

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MILAYA 6/30/2009 4:48PM

    I am so relieved about the cyst! Your shower sounds like it was so much fun! All that food! Hope you have a great weekend and if I don't remember...Happy anniversary!

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ZIRCADIA 6/30/2009 2:54PM

    AWWW BABY SHOWERS, childbirth classes, doulas -- OH MY! :) hehehe Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! That is good news about the cyst, hopefully everything will go exactly as planned. :)

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ASTER2606 6/30/2009 2:16PM

    Oh good. I thought about you this morning and wondered how things would go. I'm glad that the outlook sounds good and that the doctor was reassuring.

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Ovarian cyst

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So I went for an ultrasound and doctor checkup yesterday. During my first ultrasound, they found an ovarian cyst, and at the time they said they usually shrink and go away on their own but they will need to monitor it to make sure it doesn't get bigger. During the next ultrasound to check on it, she said it got a little smaller. On subsequent visits, the doctors didn't seem concerned about it. I breathed a sigh of relief and continued to enjoy my pregnancy. I didn't have any ultrasounds for a while, until yesterday. Well, it turns out that it has grown, and last time when they thought it shrunk it was probably obstructed by the baby. Since it grew, they referred me to a specialist for an opinion as to what to do. It's possible that I will need to have surgery to remove it while pregnant, or they might advise to do a c-section and take care of it at that time, or wait until after I deliver since my due date is so close at this point. In any case, I am a nervous wreck right now. I don't want a c-section and I am so scared of any type of surgery. I am trying to calm down but it's on my mind all the time. I go on Monday to see the specialist. Last night, I could not sleep very well. I was waking up every couple of hours and shaking from nerves. This stress can't be good for the baby.

I did have some pain on my right side last week that they now think might have been because of the cyst. It started last Wednesday but went away after about an hour or two when I rested on the couch. I was fine Thursday and Friday but Saturday morning it came back and it hurt pretty much all morning. I finally called the doctor's after - hours line. The on-call doctor called back right away and said not to worry, it's probably my uterus stretching and to rest on my left side. It did go away after that, and I was already starting to feel better by the time I spoke with the doctor. I hope this pain does not come back again, but so far it seems like it's one of those things that will pop up from time to time.

Ughhhhh.....I don't need this right now.

On another note, we got to see our sweet baby's face on the ultrasound. The tech took 3-D pictures this time, which we have never seen before. We didn't know the doctor's office we go to had 3-D. Maybe it was a new thing. The baby was covering one side of her face with her hand, and as hard as we tried, we could not get her to move it. LOL. The tech also confirmed again that she is a girl! :)

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MOM2ACAT 6/24/2009 5:53PM

    Keeping you in my prayers that you can at least put off the surgery until after your daughter is born. emoticon

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SIMPLEJOYS 6/24/2009 4:05PM

  Hey! I guess I should check for blog entries before sending goodies with random messages!

I am not a fan of any invasive procedure - surgery makes me quite nervous, especially when it's me...but I've had 2 C-sections. It was weird...because you're AWAKE...but my joy was not diminished in the slightest. (shhh...I would choose to do it that way again.)

I am sorry you're having to deal with the pain of a cyst while pregnant - sheesh! You don't have enough to think about?!! You will be ok - and things will work out...maybe not according to the original plan, but they will work out! :)

Everything will be ok.


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SPARKNMOM 6/24/2009 3:01PM

    Wow...what a lot you have going on right now. I will be sure to send positive thoughts your way!

I got a 3D ultrasound done with my 4th child. She didn't cooperate very well - not a good facial view - but the pictures were amazing regardless :)

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ZIRCADIA 6/24/2009 2:44PM

    WOW, that is SO COOL that you got to do the 3D thing!!! *HUGS* Sorry to hear about the cyst. I know two people that have had surgeries to remove cysts, though, and they both came through it just fine. Hang in there -- I know it's a really stressful TIME to be having ot think about this but I'm sure everything will be just fine. *HUGS*

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/24/2009 2:24PM


Know that you're in my thoughts.

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MILAYA 6/24/2009 9:50AM

    I am sorry about your cyst. I have ovarian cyst due to PCOS but they have never bothered me. I do have a question. Do you know the hospitals c-section rate due to vaginal deliveries. I am always very skeptical when they automatically suggest a c-section. I had Konstantin by emergency c-section and I was awake and Sergey was there but I do have to say it wasn't the same as my vaginal delivery. I felt like I had no control even though my life depended on having the c-section. Btw-do you have a birth plan? If you do make sure it's at the hospital and they know about it!

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LOLAGEEK 6/24/2009 9:10AM

    I am sorry you are so stressed right now. I am glad you are recognizing the stress can't be good for you and the baby. I hope you find some relaxation this long weekend before you see the doctor again. Breathe!

I can't even imagine how excited you were seeing the 3D images. I'm excited for you too!

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    Here I am.

I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with the pain and stress of a cyst right now. The upside is that, because you are expecting, you' ve had an ultrasound that you otherwise probably wouldn't have had and so you have a diagnosis and some preventative measures planned.

I have had two probable ovarian cysts rupture, with pain so sudden and sharp that one time a co worker had to literally scrape me off the bathroom floor and take me to the ER. The other time my husband did. I say "probable" because apparently once a cyst ruptures it is no longer detectable on ultrasound. but I do have a family history of PCOS and I have other symptoms, myself. In my case because I didn't know I had cysts I didn't have to worry about surgery (or a c-section for that matter).

By any chance have you read up on c-sections? You probably didn't before this, eh? I didn't when I was expecting, either; I planned on perfectly-natural births. You know, even pregnancies without cysts can end in c-section for a wide variety of reasons. Every woman should know about this surgery and be prepared to make choices about it in a split second. Might you have any choices? Like can you be awake? Do you want to be? Or can your hubby be in the room? Maybe reading up will ease your mind or at least give you some questions you can ask.

No doubt you are feeling that your pregnancy has been hijacked. You deserve so much more. I'm sorry and I wish I could fix it.


I'll be thinking of you and hoping that you get the answers that will help you to enjoy your pregnancy again.


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ITSCOREY 6/24/2009 8:54AM

    Oops! I posted from Corey's account.


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ASTER2606 6/24/2009 8:07AM

    M--my heart definitely goes out to you on this new development with the ovarian cyst. I hope the visit with the specialist is reassuring.

Very cool about the 3-D ultrasound. A friend of mine is in radiology tech school now and I don't know if they have this or not.

Take care.


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Random ramblings

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What's up, everybody?
I am pretty sleepy this morning. Need a jolt of caffeine for sure. Lately I have been getting up at least twice a night to go to the bathroom. Usually it's around 4 a.m. and I stay awake because for some reason it's nearly impossible for me to fall back asleep. Then the cat usually senses that I am awake and comes up right to my face with the motor running.

So it's Tuesday morning and of course, as has been the case onTuesday mornings for at least the past month, it's cloudy and it looks like it will downpour any second. WHY? Because I want to go to water aerobics class! Figures. Grrrrrrrr.... I think today I will go anyway and hope the rain holds off. I will pack regular gym clothes as well, so I can change my plans if necessary. If anything, the water should help wake me up.

Last night I went to body combat class. Just before the class began, a woman came up to me and said, " I think it's awesome that you are still doing this class. I love to see pregnant women continue to exercise. I'm an OBGYN and I see so many people make excuses for not doing any kind of exercise." I smiled and thanked her. She made my day and got me even more motivated to stay active. I have no idea what my labor will be like, but I am hoping that exercise is helping me prepare for it and cope with whatever comes my way, at least somewhat.

So it's week 31, and yesterday was exactly 2 months from my due date. It's so surreal! I mean, where did the year go? It's June - the year is 1/2 over!!! Time is just flying by. There is still lots to do. But hubby and I are getting more and more excited with each passing day. Lately I have been feeling like there is popcorn popping in my tummy pretty much all the time. She is running out of room in there. :)

Just watching the Today show. Heidi and Spencer (aka "Speidi") have been on every single morning show lately. They just need to go away. Seriously. And so should the silly show "I'm a Celebrity..." I mean, REALLY??? I feel my brain losing cells every time I even see a commercial for that show. While we're on the subject, Jon + Kate need to go away too. Where is the intelligent TV programming? Maybe we should just get rid of our TV. Ha ha. I don't think hubby would go for that idea. Nor would I, actually. LOL. :) See, I told you this blog will be full of random ramblings. Maybe I'm just tired right now...

On another random note, does anyone have any good recipes using fresh spinach? We picked a ton a couple weeks ago and need to use it up. I steamed some to go with our dinner last night, but I want to try it other ways. Can I make spinach dip with fresh spinach? I'll probably have to cook it first, right?

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STARTSPARKING 6/21/2009 6:36AM

    First of all, I agree with you that lately some of the TV shows are very dumb. In the past, we'd get reruns this time of year. Nowadays we get lots of cheaply produced reality shows. The shows you mentioned really do need to go away. I'm enjoying "So You Think You Can Dance" though!

You are truly inspirational for keeping up your exercises. There have been a couple of pregnant women at my health club who exercised up until their due dates, and they came back soon after giving birth. Then they get back to their pre-pregnancy form very quickly. Exercising really does a body good!

Happy Father's Day to you and your hubby as your await your baby's arrival in two months!

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SPARKNMOM 6/16/2009 10:26PM

    Sounds like the baby is already taking after her momma...staying active and healthy :) Love reading your ramblings!! Wow...31 weeks already. Exciting times, for sure! AND...I began consistently exercising AFTER my first 2 children were deliveries for my youngest 2 were so much better - and I credit part of that to my increased physical fitness...

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    Ever since I posted that recipe I've been thinking that there were more than four ingredients in it. I had to come back and look. Sure enough, I was right. Sheesh! Its a good thing I didn't pay for that book. What a deceptive title.

Here's another recipe stolen from , Jenincat's blog:

Sweet-n-Sour Spinach Salad

4-6 cups of fresh spinach - chopped
1 apple - diced (I like fuji or pink lady)

2 tbs rice vinegar
1-2 tsp of wasabi paste (depending on your taste)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp agave nectar

Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and toss with the spinach and apple. Serve with grilled or seared fish.

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ZIRCADIA 6/16/2009 1:09PM

    I agree with your TV comments!!! I love Spinach added to pasta dishes -- either like a pasta salad w/ feta and tomatoes and walnuts, or even like a nice garlicky warm spinach and herb style w/ grilled chicken or something. :) MMMMMM. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME on your comment at Body Combat class! :D I KNEW you were super cool for doing this, and you knew it, but now we know other people think so too and that's nice. :) GO YOU!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 6/16/2009 10:50AM

    Believe me, labour is an event made for endurance athletes. I wish I had been more prepared for that the first time round. My labour was very long -- typical for some first-timers -- and so I did a lot of walking and for delivery I preferred to go from laying on the bed to using a pullup bar to get me into the squatting position. Yah, it sounds like a gym workout and although I had the adrenaline to do it at the time with no training, the next day I could barely walk. Your body is well prepared. Every woman should work out like you do. That OBGYN is right. Way to go!

As for spinach, I eat it as a salad, mostly. This sounds tasy, though, from the book 1001 4-Ingredient Recipes by Gillespie that I just got from the library.

Sauteed Spinach and Raisins

2lbs cooked, chopped spinach
1/2 cup rasins plumped in boiling water and drained
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 cup bread croutons
2 tablespoons oil
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper

Saute grlic and pine nuts in oil for about 5 minutes until the garlic is browned. Add spinach and raisins, salt and pepper. Cook for about five minutes. Garnish with croutons

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MILAYA 6/16/2009 10:49AM

    Your labor should go much easier because you are so active. As for the spinach...I like to use it in omelets,greek pizza,lasagna,salads and in soups. I love spinach and now after reading your blog need to get some! emoticon

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ASTER2606 6/16/2009 8:28AM

    Good morning! I started out sleepy this a.m. too, but now with a little coffee and some yogurt and frozen fruit in my tummy, I'm feeling a little more energetic. Nice that you got some encouragement at the gym last night. I think it's good that popular thought is swinging toward pregnant women exercising being considered good for both mom and baby rather than something to be avoided or something that is merely just not harmful.

I've been fairly absent from Spark lately. Just busy and not on the computer. This weekend, I did a lot of yard work on Saturday and Sunday we went kayaking and this coming weekend we are planning a 21 mile overnight canoeing trip. I'm really looking forward to that. If I didn't have that pesky job, I'd leave right now.

I hope you enjoy or find useful any of the books I mentioned in my recent blog posting. I'm about half way through Real Food for Mother and Baby.

I hope the weather holds out for you.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/16/2009 8:22AM

    Ha ha, yes, where has the intelligent television gone? Between reality shows and re-runs, I'm very frustrated with tv, and I'm finding much more time for working out and reading lately--not a bad thing.

I'm so excited for you...these two months will fly by for you. When I was a competitive figure skater, my coach became pregnant. She stayed on the ice, skating and coaching right up until she delivered, and she reported that her delivery was much easier because she was so healthy and fit. And you're giving your baby her healthiest start also. So you go girl!

Why not go to water aerobics if it's're going to get wet anyway, right? emoticon

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Yesterday I was doing pretty well on the food front. I ate a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack. When I got home around 6, I wasn't too hungry so I didn't have a snack before my body combat class at 7. After class, I was suddenly RAVENOUS and we still had to prepare dinner (got home around 8:20). I ate chips and salsa before dinner, then dinner, THEN I still wasn't finished. I had about a cup of ice cream with chocolate sauce and a Trader Joe's dunker cookie. I probably ate something else that I don't even remember. I was just a bottomless pit.

To make things worse, I got all ready for my water aerobics class this morning. Put my bathing suit on, packed my bag with my flip-flops and towel. Unfortunately it started to rain in the hours before the class was to start. OK, in the interest of full disclosure, I COULD have gone because the rain stopped by the time I would have started walking over there. But it still looks like it might downpour any second so I kinda got out of the mood. Ugh. I will probably do a workout here at home (more ST than cardio) but at least it will be something. Tomorrow I hope I can make it to my cycle class in time after my doctor's appointment.

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NAHAYO 6/21/2009 2:58AM

  Wow!......... Just been readin you page. You've kept up with the exercise during your pregnancy. The first 3 months I was soo tired , I stopped exercising completely. The next 3 months I forgot. :( . But readin you page, I wish I hadn't. I think I will start slowly something back. I still have 3 months left.
Anyway , it was inspiring to read your commitment to exercise.

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DNJEN471 6/10/2009 11:51PM

    Hey girl... it's okay to give into your preggy cravings from time to time... let the little one enjoy ;)

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STARTSPARKING 6/10/2009 4:01AM

    I know I can be out of control when I get too hungry. However, good for you for having ONE cup of ice cream (instead of a whole container) and ONE dunker cookie (instead of an entire package). I also admire your diligence with your exercises. Enjoy the cycle class, and good luck with the doctor's appointment!

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SPARKNMOM 6/9/2009 9:32PM

    Ahh...the baby took those extra calories for ya...I'm sure it was needed :) I understand your frustration in losing control like that, but you're so very still rock!!

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ZIRCADIA 6/9/2009 3:26PM

    This is SO what I was like this weekend -- I didn't eat regularly, so then when I DID eat, I was totally starving and just kept going until woah, I'm super full all of a sudden and WHAT DID I EAT?!?!? :) hehehe. Now that I've started incorporating regular snacks my body is ready to REVOLT if I take them away.

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SSANFORD1 6/9/2009 2:37PM

    LOL, I get those binges sometimes and I can't even blame it on being pregnant. Well at least you realized it and it was probably a one day thing. I'm sure you will get right back on track.

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    Blame the binges on the baby. You are in control. She needs to be informed about Sparking.


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MILAYA 6/9/2009 10:34AM

    Welcome to the third trimester! emoticon

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ASTER2606 6/9/2009 10:18AM

    Even with a couple of slides (missing a work out, chips/salsa, ice cream, which sounds like a totally reasonable portion, by the way), you really are doing great. Maybe a small snack would have staved off the one evening binge. Maybe not. It's one day. One day can't undo all your progress. I hope you enjoy the rest of the day.

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