Project 365

I'm going to try this challenge: Project 365. Basically, the goal is to take a picture (or more if you wish) a day for 365 days. I thought this would be neat, especially considering that Elah will be here in about 3 months! If you want to take this challenge as well, just read the tips on that link I posted above (click Project 365)... you can post EVERYDAY or take pictures and then post them once a week and write about each day. I'm going to try and post everyday! I'll be starting tomorrow, on October 1st, 2010... let's see if I can keep up with it :-D


Anterior Placenta...

I have an anterior placenta, meaning that when I got pregnant Elah's placenta attached to the front of my uterus (closer to my stomach rather than my back). Because of this placenta I haven't felt as much movement in my tummy as a woman with a regular placenta, or a posterior placenta (closest to the back). Typically I could start feeling her around 18 weeks, but only at the lowest part of my abdomen and when she was on my bladder. I hit 26 weeks on Saturday and was pretty bummed that I still hadn't been able to feel Miss Elah better... however tonight I SAW and FELT her EVERYWHERE! It was incredible! So of course I tried to wake Justin up and once he finally did and put his hand on my stomach she stopped moving! Stubborn little booger!


Dear Non-Pregnant Person... (HILARIOUS!)

Someone posted this on my birth board, thought it was pretty funny!

Dear Non-Pregnant Person,

I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn't mean me- then you should probably read this twice.

1) The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is "Congratulations!" with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you an arse.

2) Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase "my baby".

3) On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in #2, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.

4) The body of a pregnant women should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5) Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight- ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is "You look fabulous!".

6) By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.

7) There is a reason that tickets to Labor and delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, mother in law or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.

8) Like everything else is life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents’ home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to "help out". If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

9) If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

10) The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.

Sincerely, Pregnant woman.


26 Weeks! :)

I'm 26 weeks today and although I feel yucky pretty much everyday... I only have 14 more weeks until Miss Elah is here! I can't wait to meet her and finally find out what she looks like! Here's my belly picture....

I'm helping Janelle fill out shower invitations tonight... it's in 4 weeks! I just can't believe how fast everything is going! It's incredible!


Snaps & Snails

Free Giveaway!!!! Snaps and Snails is giving away 5 fitted diapers, 3 wool covers, 3 doublers and 6 prefold diapers) Just go like their page, and comment in the discussion board post about the giveaway! Check it out on Snaps & Snails Facebook page!!! Click HERE!



I woke up this morning... sipped a little gingerale, grabbed a handful of cheerios from my bedside table.... and got up. Went to the bathroom, blew my nose, BRUSHED MY TEETH, and came back to bed and I'm watching a movie. Why is this exciting? I DIDN'T THROW UP! I DIDN'T GAG! I woke up with a little nausea, but it was tolerable. I don't have to constantly snack on something or sip my soda to keep my stomach from freaking out. Please please don't be a fluke! This is an amazing feeling!


The Princess Room

Well, most of you know that I have never been a huge fan of pink. Ever since we found out Elah was in fact... well... Elah, my husband has been determined to turn everything PINK! So... here is Elah's "finished" room, which I have now dubbed the "princess room". Keep in mind that her name letters have not been painted yet, but we wanted to hang them so I could figure out where I wanted the decals...and we have yet to find curtains we like!



The Cloth Diaper Whisperer is giving away a Flip cover, a stay dry insert, an organic insert, and a pack of 18 disposable inserts!!!!! Enter by tomorrow (the 16th) by 7pm for a chance to win!

Go here: Cloth Diaper Whisperer to get more info and enter!


I ordered Elah's diapers yesterday! This is what I bought:

I bought this color (blossom) in a day pack. They pack comes with 2 diapers and 6 microfleece inserts :)

I bought a day pack of these (econobums) as well, which now come in trim colors but I couldn't find any in stock :( . This pack came with 3 covers and 12 prefold inserts!

And then I ordered a BUNCH of Kawaii Diapers! I'll just post the pics of those below, they all come with 2 inserts!

For the above, I bought the green and purple

In the last picture I bought the purple and green as well.

From these I bought the purple, the yellow and the dark blue!

I'm so excited!!!!!


24 Weeks Picture & Tumblr

I wanted to add that I have also created a Tumblr which will be ONLY about my pregnancy and Elah, where as this blog will be about everything. I'll post all my entries from Tumblr on here as well!


24 weeks!

I’m 24 weeks today! I can’t believe it! This pregnancy is going by so fast and that means it just under (or hopefully NOT over!) 16 weeks we’ll get to meet Elah! I can’t wait! At the moment she is doing cartwheels, so she must be pretty excited too!
Tonight we invited my inlaws and Justin’s nanny over for dinner, I made beef stew in the crock pot, and we had cornbread and salad with it… sooo yummy! Ever since then Elah has been incredibly active, so she must like momma’s cooking :)
We’ve got lots of errands and such to get done this week AND we will be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary! We got married on September 15, 2007, and have been together since February 15, 2006. Time flies… it’s incredibly scary and exhilarating but it just means we’re doing something right I guess!
We’re planning on buying my rocker/glider set this week, so I’m really excited about that, and I also need to buy a few more maternity tops and pants. I have been able to wear some of my pre-pregnancy clothes, but they are slowly getting to small. Jeans are too tight, shirts are too short… and let’s not even start talking about my bras! Eek! Luckily mom was kind enough to buy me a few to get me started! LOL!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and please remember to pause and pray for the families and friends who lost loved ones on September 11th, 9 years ago. It’s a day we’ll never forget.



School SUCKS while your pregnant! I can't concentrate. I honestly don't even CARE about my classes. However... I know that I have to get it done. Justin is going to take the Dietary Manager Certification Course this winter to get a higher paying job (which he's totally stoked about), which means I may be able to stay at home with Elah and our future children. That's my DREAM! Even so, I still want my degree, so I'm determined to finish, because someday, when all of my children are in school I can start teaching! Ugh, so prayers would be great. I think this semester is bad, I can't imagine how much harder Spring Semester will be with my beautiful little girl in my arms!