Archive | January, 2006


31 Jan

I decided I wanted to wear a skirt today, which required the use of pantyhose.

Putting on pantyhose while 9 months pregnant is a challenge, mainly because of the requirement of bending over and reaching your toes.

This morning, I had my hose about halfway up my thighs, and had stopped to take a breath. That is when JB looked at me incredulously, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”

“Putting on pantyhose,” I replied.

“Are you crazy?! Those aren’t going to fit you!”

Ah, yes, my dear, what a lovely way to make me feel HUGE! I grumbled at him that they were maternity hose as I pulled them up over my gargantuan belly.

I may be huge, but I figure he has a lot of fault in that by passing on his super tall genes!

Happy Chinese New Year

30 Jan

I just learned that my daughter will be born in the Chinese Year of the Dog, which is very appropriate in our family. That also happens to be her father’s sign, and to make it even better, the Dog is compatible with my sign of the rabbit.

Let the stars align!

Year of the Dog
People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people’s confidence because they know how to keep secrets. But Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dog people make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.

A Sad Day for the Black Dog Club

30 Jan

This is our dog, Heidi.

Heidi is almost 9 years old. Last week, we noticed a bump on her back leg, and took her to the vet on Saturday. The prognosis was not good. It’s a tumor, and it’s in her femur, requiring amputation of her leg. The vet will do a biopsy on the tumor to see if it is malignant, which is probably is. If it is malignant, she probably has less than a year to live.

I took her in today for her surgery, which was a sad, sad thing to do. Yesterday, we took her on a nice walk, and I sat in the backyard grass with her giving her extra TLC.

Can’t say much else. It’s really hard preparing to celebrate the new life of our baby when our canine child is going through such tough times.

A Little Known Side Effect

27 Jan

Did you know that women are more likely to snore during pregnancy? I now snore like a freight train, much to JB’s chagrin. This article talks about this little known phenomenon… Hopefully I won’t be snoring much longer, because it keeps both of us awake!

Pregnancy Increases Snoring

Women are twice as likely than normal to snore during the late stages of pregnancy because their airways tend to be narrower, says an Edinburgh University study.

Researchers found that 41 of 100 pregnant women snored, compared with 17 of 100 non-pregnant women. The increased snoring among pregnant women may be linked with weight gain and pressure on the trachea and lungs caused by the distended abdomen, BBC News reported.

The study also found that women snorers had, on average, a one-centimeter greater neck circumference than non-snorers.

The researchers noted that as pregnant women’s airways narrow, their blood pressure increases. High blood pressure is linked to pre-eclampsia. So this study supports previous data that pregnant women who snore have a greater risk of pre-eclampsia, the study authors said.

The findings appear in the European Respiratory Journal.


Update on Baby Bellin: 37 Weeks

27 Jan

Here is an update from, with my comments inserted…

How your baby’s growing: Congratulations! Your pregnancy is now considered full term — meaning your baby is developmentally ready to handle life outside the womb. (Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 weeks are post-term.) Your baby probably weighs a little over 6 pounds at this point and measures between 19 and 20 inches, head to heel. (MY THOUGHTS: BWAHAHAHAHA! TRY A LITTLE OVER 6 POUNDS, AND PROBABLY 20+ INCHES! GIANT BABY ALERT! GIANT BABY ALERT!)

Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children are born blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz. (MY THOUGHTS: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET THIS BABY GET HER FATHER’S INCREDIBLE THICK AND CURLY HAIR!)

How your life’s changing: The next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby’s nursery or to take care of tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby’s born. Take naps and catch up on your reading while you can. (CHECK)

Have you noticed an increase in the frequency or vividness of dreams lately? Anxiety about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange pregnancy dreams. (WHY YES, I’VE HAD WACKY DREAMS ALL DURING THIS PREGNANCY! TWO NIGHTS AGO, JB AND I WERE EN ROUTE TO ITALY WHEN WE REALIZED HE HAD FORGOTTEN HIS PASSPORT!)

You may be getting a lot more Braxton Hicks contractions now, and they may last longer and be more uncomfortable. Sometimes — when they start to come frequently — you may even think you’re in labor. (MY THOUGHTS: NOTHING YET. I THINK THIS BABY LIKES HER CURRENT WATER HOME AND WANTS TO STAY PUT UNTIL SHE HITS THE 11 POUND MARK.)

The Sky Isn’t Falling

26 Jan

Grandma used to say, “there’s nothing small about the women in our family.”

My daughter is carrying on that tradition. However, I seem to have jumped the gun a bit by assuming the doctor would induce me, simply because I have a giant baby growing inside of me.

No such luck. I saw her today, and the doctor said we were going to just wait and see a while longer. The baby is estimated to weigh 8 pounds 3 ounces right now (although the margin of error is significant). The doctor warned me that she may be too big for me to deliver, and that a C-section may be necessary.

But then again, she said that although the baby is big (this was repeated about 5 times in our conversation), and I am a tall person (i.e. NOT SMALL), so perhaps I WILL be able to deliver her.

And my comment was, “are my hips big enough?” Because, really, it doesn’t matter if you’re over six foot tall if you have small hips. So, next Thursday, she’ll be checking my pelvis to see if she thinks this baby can fit through it.

Fun times, people. Fun times. The appointment felt a bit anti-climatic, but then again, part of me is happy to keep on enjoying this last phase of pre-motherhood, which includes lots of sleep, rest, and working out. Oh, yeah, and work.

I’m now kicking myself for basically running around and saying, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling,” by assuming that I would be induced next week. Oops. Hurry up and wait.

The Word is Out

25 Jan

Word is starting to get out around my workplace that I’m about to POP! I have suddenly become very popular, as everyone tries to cram last minute projects down my throat so that I can complete them before I leave.

*head spinning*