Jul 24, 2014

The CDC Says Children in the 95th Percentile Are Obese. I Call BS On That!

A little over a month ago, while driving in my car listening to National Public Radio (NPR), I heard a discussion on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's stance on childhood obesity. The comment was made that, Children in the 95th percentile according to the CDC Growth Charts, were considered to be obese. My ears perked up immediately, because my son has been in the 95th percentile, or "off the charts," his ENTIRE LIFE! I was not only concerned about my son being labeled, Obese, I was concerned that his pediatrician had not said anything about this yet. Being the ever dutiful and over protective mother, I made it a point to talk with my son's pediatrician, the first chance I got! 


He is not even 2 1/2 years-old!  He is a big badass toddler!
Not obese!?!

Before I get on to my conversation with the pediatrician, here is a little background on what prompted the conversation... According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Jul 23, 2014

No, Son, You Can't Take EVERY Toy You Own With You...

With only a few short weeks until my sweet little boy turns two-and-a-half, I have noticed some real changes in my toddler's personality and demeanor. While some things are definitely annoying, all have been a welcomed addition to my child's awesomeness. I am loving having this new independent, sometimes stubborn, but always busy, toddler running around. It's really cool to watch his personality, preferences and vocabulary develop on a daily basis. Here are a few of his new behaviors...

1. He INSISTS on taking as many toys as he can carry with him every time we leave the house. I've had to let him take his Thomas rolling back-pack on a few occasions just so we could leave the house with everything he insisted on taking! It's not like he has fear that his siblings will steal them, you know, not having any siblings and all. It's not like they have EVER vanished while we were away, I know, I pray for it sometimes. In fact, there have been occasions when we have come home from running errands and thanks to the HUGE mess, I have thought for a split second we have had a break-in, then I remember, we left the house like that! There is no other answer other than, my kid is a hoarder...

2.  Fearless. 100% Fearless. Last weekend, we took Ollie to a church carnival that had rides. Ollie could barely contain himself.  He wanted to ride EVERY ride.  So what did we do? Let him. At one point, while he was smiling at the top of the Ferris Wheel with FTD by his side, I thought, OH CRAP! Are we totally instilling a love of heights and fast rides into our kid WAY too early?  You know the whole, what he doesn't know... can't give us heart attacks? or something like that... He is a dare devil, always has been, and I'm terrified he always will be.  I wonder if I can just buy a suite at the children's hospital? 
Look, Ma, NO hands!

3. Entertained by his own image. My kid is in love with himself.  While most kids are asking their parents to play games on their phone, my kid is asking to, "See Ollie?!" The minute he gets my phone in his hot little toddler hands, he goes right to my photos and videos and spends the next five-minutes looking and laughing at himself. Not sure if I should be concerned, but for now, I'll happily take that five-minutes of quiet toddler free terrorizing.

4. The toddler is OBSESSED with water and car washes. Yes, you read right, CAR WASHES! My son begs to watch car washes on YouTube, and every chance he gets, give his own cars a car wash.  This is the most annoying of his new things.  Every time I turn my back on him, he is off to the bathroom sink to give his cars a car wash. The minute we go outside, he goes right to the hose holding a handful of cars begging me to turn it on. He refuses to take a bath without his cars... you get the idea, it is car wash central around here.

5. Still my little baby. I am so thankful that as he gets older, he is still a momma's boy. In fact, even more so! He wants more cuddles lately, stays a little closer to me, and always makes sure I am watching him. And the best, best, best part of it, he comes to me and gives me unsolicited hugs, kisses, cuddles and "I love yous" all the time.



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Jul 22, 2014

10 Things I've Learned About Parenting... The Hard Way.

For today's installment of Top 10 Tuesday, I though I would tell you about a few parenting lessons I had to learn the hard way. Hopefully, I can save you from having to learn these lessons the hard way too...

HAHAHAHA!!  

Just kidding. ALL parents have to learn these lessons the hard way...


1. Parenting is ridiculously hard! Full Stop. If you are a parent, no explanation necessary.

2. EVERY preconceived notion I had before becoming a parent was so far off. I was SO SURE I was going to be the perfect mom with the most perfect kid. Not. Even. Close. Because, neither of those exist.

3.  Breastfeeding is not plug and chug. I had absolutely no idea that nursing my son would be the hardest damn thing! It was frustrating, painful and required a ridiculous amount of lactation consultations and pumping just to get the milk to flow, and the kid to drink it.  Yeah, it's anything but easy.

4. Toys will take over. Regardless of gender, toys will take over your life. Doll shoes will make it into the laundry, and Hot Wheels will make it into your pillow case. Toys take over, there is absolutely no way to stop it. Hint: Buy toy boxes, and storage shelves.

5. Potty Training is messy business. Regardless of the method you chose to get the job done, you will hate every minute, and find yourself, the bathroom, and possibly the entire house turned into the world's largest potty.

6.  Nap time is the new happy hour.  I used to decompress with friends after work, now I decompress VERY quietly on the couch... terrified if I make one loud noise my 'happy hour' will come to an abrupt end.

7. Toddlers can say, mommy/daddy/please and/or ask the same question four-million times in less than a minute. FYI: This will not stop until they are completely satisfied.

8. The attention span of a baby/toddler/child is about 4-seconds. This is the reason they can watch the same show or movie over and over... and over again... It's like watching a new show/movie every time, since the last time they "tried" to watch it, they got distracted. It turns out, you are the only one who is really watching the TV. This poor attention span is also the reason the minute you finish building the train track or doll house, they have no interest and have moved on to something new. It's impossible to keep up. 

9. Your child will outsmart you before two. Those little geniuses don't even have to know how to talk before they can trick you into doing, giving, or allowing them to do and have whatever they want.

10. Your kid is 100% positive that THEY are the parent, and that their job is to train YOU. Teaching them how wrong they are is the reason parenting is so damn hard. 




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Sneak 137 Extra Antioxidants Into Your Day! #Organic #Matcha #Giveaway

KissMe Oganics provided me Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.


With so many choices between green juices, smoothies and health bars, my head spins.  Half of the time... no, nearly ALL OF THE time... I have absolutely NO idea what in the world is in them, and if I'll really benefit. I used to go to a leading smoothie chain, until I found out that most of the smoothie was full of fillers and crap to mask the flavor of the "good-for-you" stuff. So, when I was asked to review KissMe Organics Green Tea Matcha Powder, I was certainly apprehensive.  I mean, am I really the right person to review something I know absolutely nothing about? Not really sure, I called a close girlfriend who doubles as a FABULOUS chef, and asked her what Matcha was all about. Of course she knew, and said it was a really good thing, and that she would come over and help me make yummy things if I agreed to do the review. So, I emailed my KissMe Organics contact and said, "Let's do this!"

And I am so so so glad I did...




Do you see all of the claims that KissME Organics MATCHA Powder promises?  It's like miracle stuff.  So, after calling my chef friend, I called my mother... ex-hippy, to see what she knew, after all Matcha is nothing new. She immediately said that she recently heard a story on National Public Radio about how Matcha is the next big thing  At this point, I could not wait for my friend to come over and help me find innovative ways to sneak this powder into my diet...


My dear friend and chef, Miranda Stooksbury, came over with a bag full of healthy ingredients, to make three different things: Mojitos, Cupcakes and Panna Cotta.  Needless to say, I told her to get the mojitos flowing.  I mean, after all, a HEALTHY BOOZY DRINK???  YES, Please!!!

Super tasty!
The mint was able to still shine through the green tea flavor.
 I drank Two!
Ingredients: 

1 lime, juiced
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp. KissME Organic Matcha 
5 fresh mint leaves
Crushed Ice
2 oz. sparkling soda water
1 1/2OZ Rum (Optional)



Next *we*--I use that loosely since, I mostly watched--made the Panna Cotta. Think: Creamy yummy dessert. Almost like a mix between creme brûlée and jello. There is a chef out there cringing right now from that analogy. Sorry, dude. 


Ingredients:
1 cup milk, fat-free 
1/3 cup water 
2 tsp. KissME Organic Matcha 

½ cup sugar 
4 tsp. gelatin powder
1/4 cup blueberries and raspberries 

Last we made Cupcakes!!!!!  My favorite!!!


These were SO SO SO Yummy!  Moist and fabulous!
Cake Ingredients:

2 ½ cups flour 
½ tsp. baking powder 
4 eggs at room temperature 
1 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 
2 tsp. KissME Organic Matcha 
1 cup low fat milk 
1 ½ cups brown sugar 


So, what's my verdict on the KissME Organic Matcha?  First of all, I LOVE green tea, so I was partial to the flavor of it going in. If you love Green tea, no doubt you will love this! Still, it was well masked in the cupcakes and mojitos, and still delivered the energy boosting antioxidant benefits. That being said, did I instantly feel and energy boost or have clear skin immediately, no. And I using it every chance I get now, absolutely!  I am officially hooked on, KissME Organic Matcha. I most certainly recommend it!

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Jul 21, 2014

YAY! I Have My Body Back! Wait... Is That REALLY A Good Thing?

I got pregnant two weeks after my thirty-third birthday. I stopped nursing three weeks after my thirty-sixth birthday. That's a solid three-years of continuously watching the foods I consumed and  restricting myself from certain "unhealthy" activities. (Think: crash dieting.) Now, nearly two months since the last time I nursed my son, I am finding myself still living like a nursing mother. Imagine my excitement when I come in contact with a food or activity that I realize I can take part in again! Think: Happy Hour!  Woo Hoo!  Or not...



I spent three years devoting my life to staying healthy to keep my son healthy. I ate as healthy as possible, took a multivitamin daily and NEVER drank until my son was asleep for the night. Even then, I never drank more than two drinks in a sitting, out of fear I would need to be on my game. I RAN from second-hand smoke like it would kill both of us, and questioned every plate of shellfish I came in contact with. I was in the mindset that I was a walking milk factory, and had to live by that.

Now, I am no longer a milk factory...

Now, I am a thirty-six year-old mother reconnecting with her body and love of naughty foods and behaviors! I'm like a kid in a candy shop ready to order everything...

After all those years of being so rigid, it's strange to have control back. It's strange to not have to think before I eat, drink or get invited to an early dinner. I keep finding myself in awe of being able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I keep forgetting I can go out to an early dinner with friends, since I am no longer needed at bedtime. I love that I can have a super caffeinated coffee or tea whenever I want, without fear of passing that energy on to the already wild wild-child. While it's very cool to have this free reign, it's very different at the same time. 

Something else that is very cool and very different, is my recent weightloss. You see, I DID NOT lose weight while nursing. Quite the opposite. I packed on more pounds after my pregnancy. That's right, I continued to gain weight while nursing, not lose it. And now, I am not sure if it is because I am no longer nursing, or the fact that I am nowhere near as hungry, or that it's summer and I am more active, but the pounds are melting off. I have lost a full pant size since I stopped nursing  last month!

WHOO HOO!

Pretend that's me doing the weightloss dance!
Needless to say, this new weightloss is wonderful, and freeing. I can wear my old favorite jeans again. I am in a medium size shirt thanks to the full-cup I lost up top! I am absolutely loving it, and am excited to lose more. Like the extra 15 pounds I need to lose to get back to my pre baby weight! The questions is, what lengths am I willing to go to now that there are no limits? Do I want to go back to my old ways of crash dieting my way to skinny, even if that means headaches, crankiness and zapped energy? Tempting... but, nah. I'm the mother of a toddler, ain't nobody got time for that! 

While it's nice to have the ability to eat, lose weight and party like a rockstar anyway and time I want, I learned over the last three years, it's not worth the brain damage. I've grown comfortable in my own skin. Sure, I certainly would like to look like that Saint's Cheerleeder on my 40th birthday, but no way am I going to starve my ass off to get there!

That chick, pictured with her two sons, is 40-years-old
AND
a cheerleader for the New Orleans' Saints!
GET IT GIRL!!!
BRAVO!

Who knew after three years of bitching about the restrictions, I would happily still cling to that way of life over my old pre-baby ways of poor choices and crash dieting? I'm healthy, happy and mindful of what I eat. Today, my life is about my health and family, not about crash diets and happy hours. Yes, I know I always say becoming an adult was one of the dumbest things I ever did, however, in this case, it's actually a win. One point, healthy mom lifestyle. Zero points, pre-motherhood dumbassery. 


A little note to nursing mothers... This will most likely be you too! <Insert Evil Laugh> XOXO
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Jul 20, 2014

July 20th is National Ice Cream Day!! What's Your Favorite Flavor? #Giveaway #Awesomeness

WHOOO HOOO July 20th is National Ice Cream Day! In honor of this super sweet (pun intended) day, Yay Lab's sent me a Soft Shell Ice Cream Ball to help celebrate! All opinions are my own...

Ice Cream is a staple in my house. The only problem is trying to pick a flavor! I love Strawberry Cheesecake and Spumoni. FTD loves Moose Tracks (chocolate ribbons and peanut butter cups), and mint chocolate chip. Ollie loves, well, all of them! The only problem is that I am not a fan of FTD's favorite and Vice Versa. I try to be fair when shopping for ice cream and trade off; buying either my fav or FTD's fav. Now, thanks to Yay Lab's Soft Shell Ice Cream Ball, we can MAKE our own favorites, and lose a little weight while doing it! That's right, I said lose weight making ice cream.



Allow me to show you how this magic ball works...


To make good old fashioned vanilla ice cream, you will need: Rock Salt, Ice, Cream (you can also use soy milk, almond milk, low-fat or fat-free milk...), Sugar, and Vanilla Extract.



The ball has two chambers that open on either side of the ball and are color coded so you don't forget which side holds which! White=Ice Cream Ingredients; Neon Green=Ice + Rock Salt

After 10 minutes of playing with the ball, inspect your ice cream and scrape the sides of the ball to mix the frozen ice cream with the not so frozen ices cream. Close the ball and get back to playing! This ball is kind of heavy so it really does create quite the arm workout when throwing back and forth.

Then, after about 10 more minutes (20 minutes total) it's ice cream time!!

I MADE ICE CREAM!!!

SOOOOOOOO COOOL!!!!

 I cannot recommend this ball enough. It was so easy and so much fun to do. Ollie was amazed that milk went in, and ice cream came out. LOVE IT!!!!

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, Yay Labs, is giving away one soft shell ball on First Time Mom and Dad, and twenty-five on their Facebook Page!  Sign up below, then head over to their Facebook pagefor more chances to win!


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Jul 19, 2014

Make Learning Fun With Movie Fact Reading Comprehension Task Cards

Today's post is being brought to you by a friend of mine!  Ashley Lafeur, a middle school teacher, and mother of a SUPER cute little! I have agreed to let her post today because she has created an amazing teaching tool that teachers, parents and homeschoolers can use to make learning fun!  I hope you enjoy...



Reading comprehension task cards are a perfect back to school activity for your kids. If you are a teacher, a homeschool parent, or even a parent who just wants to motivate your child to read, then these “Frozen”-movie fast fact reading comprehension task cards are for you!

            There are 20 task cards with brief facts from the movie- about the characters and events. There is a recording sheet with 20 questions about each card. All of my students were obsessed with the movie last year, and I wanted something like this for my incoming students because I knew they would be watching the movie and listening to the music this summer. Their background knowledge will be at a premium! I will say that students do NOT have to have seen the movie to be able to use these cards. The facts are on the cards and the questions come directly from the cards. They’ll love seeing the movie characters on the cards, which will be an extra motivator and fun piece for them!

            I simply place the cards around the room. My students put a recording sheet on a clipboard and carry it around the room to each card. They read first, then answer the question that matches the card number. You could also have students do this as an independent center activity, or you could do this as a whole class. It could be a team activity/game. As a bonus, students could also use the cards to put the events of the movie in order – if they do this, it could easily be a summarization activity!
            This packet is for sale for only $3.75 on my personal page at TeachersPayTeachers.com 

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Jul 18, 2014

20 Things I've Learned From My Toddler...


I have learned a ridiculous amount of ridiculousness being the parent of a wild toddler... below are twenty worth mentioning... 


1.   Patience. 
2.  Waking up at the ass-crack of dawn repeatedly to play IMMEDIATELY, will in fact, NOT kill me. 
3.  Bribery is key when it comes to training and maintaining a toddler. FYI: In order to make it through the grocery store with a toddler, food items must be purchased and opened every three aisles. 
4.  A toddler’s attention span is nearly nonexistent. 
5.  Patience. 
6.  Even though I am in charge, the toddler thinks differently.
We will leave the park when I say it is time!

7. Just because you stop following them does not mean they are going to stop running away. And good luck if you think calling them to come back is going to work!
Bye bye, mommy....

8. Toddler is code for, Diva. Sometimes, Shithead. But mostly, Diva
9. Toddlers suck to feed. If they don't want it, you, the floor and/or the pet will wear it.... I would rather feed hungry alligators with my bare hands, than feed a toddler.  
GO GET ME A STEAK!

10. Patience.
11. There are no limits to what a toddler will stick in their mouth. None. Zero. 
12. Just when you think the temper tantrum is over, you realize that it was just a short pause before the real freak-out. No day is complete without a melt down in public.
Oh It's On Now!

13. Movies like Ice Age, Toy Story and Frozen, NEVER ever get old to a toddler, even after the five hundredth time.
 
14. Four hundred zillion pictures of a toddler are not enough.  You have to take more, so you don't miss anything. 
15.  Patience 
16. They will crap their pants anywhere, anytime, and most likely at the most inopportune time 
17.  WARNING: They will HAPPILY repeat every single bad word and behavior they witness. 
18.  Naptime and bedtime are on their terms, you screw up the routine or piss them off, and you can forget your precious naptime or bedtime. 
19.  It is near impossible to keep a straight face when they are being oh-so-bad and oh-so-cheeky at the same time--This one gets me every time-I have nearly bit my tongue off trying to maintain my angry mommy composure when he is being hysterically naughty.
20.  Patience.
Whhhhaaaa?




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A Mother's Love... There's Nothing In This World Like It.

I was maybe five when I started playing the, “I love you more than…” game with my mother.  I would start off with, “I love you more than all the grains of sand in the world.”  Then my mom would reply with something like, “Well, I love you more than all of the stars in the sky!”  To this day, we still play this game. However, it was not until last year when I had a child of my own, did I realize that she was right, she did love me more…

So far in my 36-years of living, I have had some great loves; the first, of course, was my mother. My next loves were the handful of boys from grade school to college I was sure I was going to marry, and make babies with. Then, at 30-years old, along came my husband, my true soul mate, the great love of my life, no love could be better, or so I thought... There was one more love to come, just as amazing and profound... but in a much different, unimaginable way...


This is my bliss.
When I hold my son close, I am filled with such an amazing and euphoric bliss.  The rush of energy shoots out of my heart and down to my toes. I feel all tingly inside and numb at the same time. I could stay there holding him, feeling that blessed feeling forever.  Or when my son runs over to me to give me a hug and a kiss, I am certain there is no better gift anyone can give me.

On a daily basis I find myself living two lives; my own, and one through my son.  I get excited when he gets excited, I hurt when he hurts, I laugh when he laughs, and yes, at times, I cry when he cries.  I love my son more than all of the words in the dictionaries across the world.  I love my son more than all of the grains of sand and stars in the sky combined.  I love my son more than I know, because everyday I manage to love him more than the day before.

The love I have for my mother, husband, dear friends and son are so completely different. And while I can explain the love and admiration I have for my them, I cannot come close to explaining the love I have for my son. When I try to wrap my head around the emotions I feel when I think of him or hold him close, my eyes fill with tears, my heart beats faster, and my body fills with adrenaline.  Without a doubt the greatest blessing in my life is my son, and the love I have for him is truly magical. There is absolutely nothing in this world more profound and unconditional than the love I have for my child.
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Jul 17, 2014

Things Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Dental Health


 Most parents do everything they can to take good care of their children. From clothing them to feeding them, parents are responsible for keeping their children in good physical health. However, many parents simply forget about the importance of taking good care of their child’s oral health as well. Because tiny teeth are often overlooked and forgotten, tooth decay is currently a very big issue for children between the ages of 2 to 11. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have already had one or more cavities that affect their primary teeth. In order to combat these statistics, here are a few things that every parent should know about their child’s dental health.


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Pregnancy: 10 Things To Really Expect When You're Expecting...

For all my expecting readers, and moms who have had the pleasure of post-pregnancy amnesia... this one is for you...


1. Pregnancy is not an Event, it's a Process-Who ever said it was nine months was a damn liar! 40weeks=10 months Dumbass!  10 insane months that take you on the wildest most unexpected journey of your life.

2. Morning Sickness Is Only The Beginning of a LONG day- Speaking of Dumbasses...Morning sickness is really morning-noon-and-night sickness! So who ever called it Morning Sickness and got it to stick was clearly a male dumbass doctor! That shit lasts 24 hours a day for 20 weeks... or 40 weeks depending on... God knows what since no two doctors can agree on the exact cause of it.

3. Weight gain is inevitable- I don't care who you are - you're going to gain weight, so get over yourself and your size four jeans. Doctors recommend, depending on your size and weight, that you should not gain any more than 15-25 pounds. Sorry but, I call BULLSHIT on that! I have yet to meet ONE woman who gained 25 pounds or less. (Go ahead leave a comment below saying it was you, because when you do, 345,987,907 other women will leave a comment right after you saying, "WOW!  Good for you, I gained 40+." Because 40+ is the average. If I can impart any real tip here, don't look at the scale, don't bother with that number, be healthy, eat right and take care of yourself, that is WAY healthier than focusing on gaining no more that 25 pounds.

4. Pregnancy induced exhaustion is inevitable, you have no control- The insane fatigue that takes over during the first and third trimesters is so freaking debilitating, and since caffeine is frowned upon, plan to do EVERYTHING during your second trimester. 

5. Your hormones will rage harder than a pile of juggalos at an Insane Clown Posse concert- (Or swing more than a pile of kids on a playground, you pick...both apply.) I would have to say one of the most frustrating things about my pregnancy was the roller coaster ride of psycho hormones.  I could laugh, cry, and get angry during a 30:second fabric softener commercial. 

6. Paranoia will destroy ya- I spent my entire pregnancy scared something awful was going to happen.  If my Morning sickness was really bad, I was afraid I was going to throw up the baby (Yes, I am a freak) or when my morning sickness went away, I was afraid the baby did too.  Or when he would move too much, I was afraid he was having a seizure (Thanks for that Dr. Google) or when he wouldn't move, I was terrified.  I got an ultra sound at 34 weeks because he didn’t move for a day- he was fine just breech and running out of room.  If I would have horrible heartburn... I mean the list just goes on.  Everyday I would worry.  SUCKED! 

7. Pregnancy cravings go WAY beyond 'Pickles & Ice Cream'- First of all, no one eats pickles and ice cream in the same damn bowl at the same damn time.  My only guess as to why the combo is instantly attributed to pregos is because of two things, 1. Pregs love Sweet and Salty., 2. Pregnant women crave both pickles and Ice cream, but seriously, not at the same time!  Now, as for cravings in general. I learned that the cravings were most times my body begging for dairy, or vitamins, or protein... there is a method to the madness.

8. Potty humor looses its luster- Man oh man, I love a shit or fart joke as much as the next guy, however, when I was pregnant, there was nothing funny about constipation, hemorrhoids and seedy public toilets. They hit too close to home. While it is funny hearing about a how your pregnant friend had to pee so bad she pulled into the dirtiest gas station in the scariest part of town, prepared to go toe-to-toe with the meanest gangster on the block to pee, however, when it happens to you...  NOT FUNNY! 

9. From Princess to Pregnant to Parent: Nothing will humble you like pregnancy-A friend of mine sent me this meme the other day with the caption, "Man how times have changed!" 


I replied with, "No, it's still true. I said that the other day." Truthfully, MAN HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!! Nothing will humble you like being poked and prodded by numerous doctors for 40 weeks. And if that doesn't work, the massive weight gain, losing friends who are freaked out because kids scare them, swollen ankles and feet that no longer fit into your cute shoes, stretch marks, constipation, hemorrhoids, the awesome preggy waddle... and then the best part of all, complete strangers rubbing your belly like you are jolly little fat Buddha giving out wishes.  Trust me, by the end of your 40-week journey; you will be a whole new kind of princess.  

10. You may not be ready to be a mother now, but by the end of the 10 months, you will be more than ready to get on with it- I was terrified (from day one of pregnancy) of becoming a mother, but by the end of my pregnancy I was so damn ready to get on with it.  I was tired of being pregnant and ready to feel normal again! I could not wait to meet the little guy who was practicing Kung Fu on my bladder 24 hours a day. I could not wait to see this little guy I had been talking to and rubbing on for the past 40 weeks. I couldn't wait to meet my, son.  



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