Mar 13, 2008

Just to let you know

Hi guys, I just wanted to let you know, I am having serious computer problems and have almost no access to the internet right now. I will be back as soon as I can.

Mar 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday–Wonderful Winter

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Running to Mommy


19 Weeks

I am 19 weeks pregnant.

Close up of the face and hands The right foot, including the developing bones, are clearly visible in the middle of the screen

Your baby's crown-to-rump length is 5.2 to 6 inches this week. Your baby weighs approximately 7 ounces and will increase its weight more than 15 times between now and birth!

Most women can feel their uterus about a half of an inch below their bellybutton at this point of pregnancy. If you turn to the side, you can really tell that your body is changing! Most women have gained up to 14 pounds now and only 7 ounces of that is your baby! The placenta weighs about 6 ounces and the amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby weighs 11 ounces. Your breasts have increased in weight by 6 ounces each and the uterus has grown to 11 ounces! You may be gaining weight in places other than your abdomen and this may be affecting your posture and sleeping habits.

One of the most amazing aspects of your baby's growth and development is that of the fetal brain. Your baby's brain is one of the first organs to appear. Your baby's oversized head shows the brain's importance in his development. Because the nerves that connect the muscles to the brain have grown into place, your baby's movements are consciously directed. Your baby's ears stand out from the sides of the head and the buds for your baby's permanent teeth appear. Your baby's arms and legs have reached their relative proportions and his feet are approximately one inch long.

Mar 11, 2008

Random thoughts

I have been thinking about home a lot lately. Not the home I grew up in, well it would be hard to narrow down the list from the the more than 40 places I have lived. But when I think of home, I think of somewhere I only lived for 6 months. I think of the people I knew there, of the way they made me feel a part of things, of the way that it so quickly felt right. I also think of the fact that in all of my more than 40 moves, moving away from this place was the only place that made me cry. Truthfully, being near Grandma great was a large part of what made that place home and I think anywhere that I could live that would be near her would feel like home for me as well. I think of the Christmas morning, I made muffins and biscuits and Grandma Great and Grandpa Grumpy came over and shared them with us while we opened presents. I guess I just miss having family near by. I miss small towns and spontaneous gatherings over a fire in the backyard or simply a nice cup of tea with someone who made me feel like I was her daughter from the first time I met her. It could be because I am 19 weeks pregnant or because I am sick but I am a little emotional today. I am thinking of home.

Mar 10, 2008


I have some sort of bug or something. I am burning up, I have yet another headache and my sinuses are killing me. This is a quiet day for me. Hopefully I will feel better soon.

Mar 9, 2008

18 Weeks 3 days Belly Pic

Here is my latest belly pic. I am not gaining all that much weight at this point but holy cow my belly and my butt just keep getting bigger.

18 weeks 3 days forgot to smile

18 weeks 3 days up close

Mar 7, 2008

Saturday Photohunt–Different

Theme: Different Become a Photo Hunter

The theme this week is Different. And I figured I would share a few pics of Princess's different way of watching television in her room. She is too funny sitting in her toy box, sucking her thumb watching her shows. I sneaked up and suprised her in these. She really does make me laugh every day, this girl.


Watching tv in toybox

caught watching tv in toybox

Planning for my baby

I am planning things I need for this baby. I want to have everything I need at least 3 months before the baby is due. I want to be prepared and organized. Here is the list I have of things I don't have yet. What do you think? Is there anything you think I have left off?

Baby Blankets
Baby Carrier
Diaper Pail
Boppy Pillow
Diaper Bag
Diapers and Wipes
Baby Monitor
Mattress Sheets
Bottle Brush
Nail clippers
Bulb syringe
Change pad
Car Seat Cover
Bouncy Seat

Mar 6, 2008

18 Weeks

I am doing pretty well. I am definitely looking pregnant and I feel it more now than I used too. I feel movements occasionally now. I have my big U/S scheduled for March 19th and I can't wait to see what the gender of my baby is.

You are 18 weeks pregnant.

Thumb-sucking at 18 weeks....
By week 18 of your pregnancy, your baby's crown-to-rump length is 5 to 5.5 inches long. Your baby continues to develop fat layers and weighs about 5.25 ounces. Your baby will continue to grow and develop, but the rapid growth will slow down for a little while. You will be able to feel your uterus just below your bellybutton. If you put your fingers sideways to measure, you can feel your uterus about two finger-widths below your bellybutton. At this point of your pregnancy, your uterus is approximately the size of a cantaloupe. Although weight gain varies from woman to woman, your total weight gain at this point should be 10 to 13 pounds.

At this time if you had an ultrasound, heart abnormalities can be detected. If the ultrasound technician detects abnormalties, further ultrasound exams may be ordered to follow the baby's development. There is still space available in your uterus and your baby will be active for periods at a time. Your baby may sit cross legged or turn somersaults.

Around this time, your baby becomes more sensitive to the outside world and shows her presence through powerful kicks and prods. The bones through which sound is passed to the inner ear have hardened and the part of the brain that receives and processes nerve signals from the ears are developing. This means that your baby can hear now. Your baby will get used to familiar sounds, such as your heart beating, familiar voices, blood rushing through the umbilical cord and other daily routine sounds. Your baby will become startled if he hears a loud sound.


Mar 4, 2008

Random Recipes

Homemade Laundry Soap

1 cup Ivory Soap (grated with cheese grater)
1/2 cup washing Soda
1/2 cup borax

2 Tbsp per load of laundry.
Vegan Pumpkin Cake

Dry Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 tbspoon baking powder
1/4 tspn salt
1 tspn cinn
1/2 tspn nutmeg
1/2 tspn ginger
1/4 tspn allspice
1/8 tspn cloves

Wet ingredients:

1 cup pureed pumpkin fresh or from a can
1 tablesppn cold water
1/2 cup of soy milk
1/2 cup veggie oil
2 tablespoon molasses

Cook on 180 C

Mar 3, 2008

Great Vegetarian Site

I found this great site with Vegetarian tips and recipes. I am still in there searching around but I really like it.

I found this one too which has a lot of interesting things including recipe ideas, ideas for kids and ideas for moms.

Jeff Healey

I used to love Jeff Healey. I haven't heard about him for a while, but truthfully, I have always loved him, his personality and his music. So when I read this morning that he had passed away, I was truly saddened. To read more about it, check out these two articles.

Mar 2, 2008

Sunday Six

I thought I would just share a few random things today.

  1. My headache is back. I went five days without a headache and now it is back. *sigh*

  2. A part of me has a hard time beleiving the the reality that I am finally pregnant and that I am going to be having a baby in a few short months. I have waited through 5 years and 1 miscarriage. I have dreamed and wished for this for so long that now that it is here, I kind of feel like I am going to wake up and it will all go away. But as I watch my belly get bigger, I am starting to realize that this is really real.

  3. I am inventing a recipe for my supper. It will have: 1 cup of brown rice
    1 cup of leftover vegetarian chili
    1 tomato
    1 green pepper
    1/2 cup of cornprobably some garnishes of some sort. I think it will be really yummy.

  4. I am making my omni family the following for supper.

    Cranberry Sauce Chicken II

    Submitted by: Honda
    Rated: 4 out of 5 by 75 members
    Prep Time: 15 Minutes
    Cook Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
    Ready In: 2 Hours
    Yields: 7 servings

    "A creamier version of Cranberry Chicken, using Russian salad dressing with cranberry and onion for a quick path to a tart sauce."


    6 skinless chicken breasts

    1 (16 ounce) can cranberry


    1 (8 ounce) bottle Russian-

    style salad dressing

    1 packet dry onion soup mix


    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2.Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl combine the cranberry sauce, salad dressing and soup mix and mix well. Coat chicken pieces with this mixture.
    3.Cover dish and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Remove cover for the last 15 minutes of baking time.

  5. I found this amazing picture while I was googling. Isn't it incredible?

  6. And a little laugh to brighten your day. This pretty much sums it up today.

Mar 1, 2008

Saturday Photohunt–Party

Theme: Party Become a Photo Hunter

The theme this week is Party. And I figured I would share a few pics from Princess's birthday party.

Turning 6

Turning 6

Turning 6

Turning 6