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Tom with positive testMy husband, Tom, is gathering as much information as he can from new fathers.  We had brunch with one of those newer fathers on Saturday and Tom was given a ton of information.  Thank you to our friends from NJ for their great advice.  One of Tom’s biggest concerns is the lack of sleep that all parents will suffer.  I told him that eventually the baby’s cries will become distinguishable and we will know whether s/he needs to be changed, fed or if s/he is just fussy.  Tom has come up with an idea of doing shifts.  I will do a 4 hour shift then he will stay up for the next 4 hours.  We have yet to really explore how this would or could work but it is something new that not one new parent has suggested to us.

A few things that have been suggested are:  Miracle Blanket, Sleep Sheep, mirrors to entertain Baby J, speak to Baby J in full sentences, not baby talk and these are just a few.  I think that Tom is getting more excited and less freaked out about pending fatherhood.  I hope that this continues.  What was the best advice you received?

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Do you have a great mother-in-law story?  I have tons of them and I won’t bore anyone with all of them.  However, I will say a few things:  She is not a part of our lives, Tom is much happier as a result of her non-participation and our child will probably never know this person.  Many people would say, “Oh, how sad.  Children should know their grandparents”.  Well, I think that children should have positive role models in their lives and she, along with her husband (Tom’s stepfather), do not fit that role.  Our children will have plentry of experiences with my parents and also my father-in-law.  They will also spoil our children enough that our children will not feel the absence.  Please share your good or bad mother-in-law stories.  It is always so nice to hear about a great mother-in-law.

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15 weeks 5 days_3Prior to getting pregnant, Tom thought that I would be a miserable person to be around.  He based this assessment on his (little) experience with others who have been pregnant.  Those people being his mother – a miserable person in general, and the other a woman he knew in the army.  Now, I don’t know if I am the most reasonable pregnant woman but think that I have taken this whole pregnancy thing in stride.  I think this is due to a few factors.  The first being how long it took us to be pregnant, I am so grateful to have this experience that I am enjoying every minute (even the nauseous ones).  Plus I think that I am a generally happy, positive person.  I started showing pretty early on. I  think that I was still in my 1st trimester.  At first I was not too happy because I didn’t want people to know before I told them.  However, I am loving the fact that I am showing now.  I look pregnant, not just fat and it is a great feeling. 

I also thought that because I was not skinny prior to getting pregnant that I would end up being a whale.  However, I lost 4 lbs at my first appointment and have only gained 1 lb this entire pregnancy.  I am actually still 3 lbs behind my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am surprised as I have struggled with my weight and thought that I was just going to pack on the pounds.  One thing that pregnancy has done for me is to eat healthier.  I am now eating tons of fruit and love cold food – popsicles, fruit, applesauce.  These are all things that would never have been eaten prior to pregnancy.  Baby J is a good influence on me all around.  I hope that pregnancy is this pleasant for others.

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Pregnancy tests

Test2When you are younger and take a pregnancy test due to a “scare”, most of you are praying that it comes back negative.  Once you get older and want that positive result, you get scared every month that it will say negative.  If you are me, you expect that every month you will get the negative and don’t hold out hope for a positive result.  I find it funny how our lives can change so much but really it is a difference of words or lines in some cases.  When you finally do get that positive, I think that it is surreal.  And I don’t know any woman who has taken only one test because she thinks that there must have been a mistake.  Were you one of those women?  I think that EPT, Clearblue Easy and First Response love me because I tested for over 2 years.  That is a lot of tests!!

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Bugaboo blanketI went and picked up my “gift bag” from the Big City Moms event at Planet Kids today.  I was pleasantly surprised when I was given a microfleece Bugaboo blanket.  I figure that overall I definitely got my moneys worth on this event.  I won two raffles and got a blanket that is worth more than the event cost me.  Thank you, Big City Moms and Planet Kids for a great experience.  To all you Moms – expectant, new, established, Big City Moms has great events and it is worth taking a look at their website.

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Some of the posts here will be more personal in nature.  I have decided to keep them up.  My reason for doing so is that there are so many people out there that may have struggled with infertility and the disappointment that goes with it.  Some may have also experienced a miscarriage and not spoken about it.  These are just a few things that many women go through but don’t talk about.  I think that there tends to be shame when talking about the above mentioned topics.  I can understand as I definitely did not share any of these experiences with friends or family.  I felt alone when these things were happening.  I am sharing my experiences now so others may feel more comfortable that they are not alone and that others have been through it too.  I apologize if my posts make you uncomfortable, but my advice is: Don’t read them.  I hope that this blog will reach others and give them a sense of comfort.

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I went to an event hosted by Big City Moms last night at Planet Kids on the UWS – Stroller Spectacular.  It was worth every penny.  It was informative, interesting and fun.  It allowed moms and dads the opportunity to ask representatives from the respective stroller manufacturers about their products.  You also learned quite a bit about each stroller.  I have done quite a bit of research about both the Orbit and Uppa Baby, however did learn something new about each one.

At the end of the night, they did 3 raffles.  The first was for a Maclaren Quest Maclaren Queststroller, the next for a Micralite Toro and the third for a spot at their Dr. Harvey Karp event.  I happened to win the first one and was so excited.  I even get to pick the color of the stroller I want.  Tom and I are going with the Coffee/Green to be neutral. 

I never win raffles.  It has been proven throughout my life.  Now, I have a friend who has won tickets to numerous contests and trips to various places.  She is quite lucky when it comes to contests and raffles.  I guess Baby J is bringing some luck into our lives.  Thank you, Baby J!!

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