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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A lot of talk about boobs!

International breastfeeding symbol

August is breastfeeding awareness month and though I am THRILLED to see breastfeeding take the spot light I am a little confused why we even need to promote it.  Breastfeeding is one of the greatest things we can do for the health of our children and it's free! I had a terribly difficult start with breastfeeding my first child and it took a lot of patience, practice, help from friends and professionals as well as just good ole sweet time before we finally got it down.  And in the end, it was well worth it in every aspect.  I hate the argument that too much talk about breastfeeding makes mothers that choose not to breastfeed or cannot breastfeed feel guilty.  Well, I hate to break the news to all the moms out there, but motherhood can be filled with guilt if you let it.  We are never going to be a perfect moms because we're not perfect people and we live in an imperfect world.  So we all do the best we can with the best of what we've been given and most of us turn out to do okay.  Not perfect and sometimes not even great, but we do okay.  Our babies are loved, healthy and happy and our children seem to be developing into great little people.  So it is silly not to talk about what is best for baby because some don't like it! So in honor or this month's breastfeeding awareness, BREAST IS BEST!  Here's the link to a public service announcement about breastfeeding.  If you are afraid to hear a lot a talk about boobs, and a lot of words for boobs, you better not listen to it.  (BTW, a word for breast in Spanish not included in the PSA is mama.  Kinda funny don't you think.)   

Breastfeeding Awareness Month PSA

Countdown to Baby!

Today I found  It's from the same makers of that we all poured over as we and our friends married.  Now the makers have followed us right along into the next great event of our lives, becoming parents.  Though I do not intend to make a shameless plug for the site, I do love the baby ticker you can design and post wherever you like.  So we have a ticker now here at this blog counting down the days until my estimated due date.  (Top of the blog page) So the official count down to baby has begun!

Banana smoothie- yummy

A few weeks back a Dominican friend of mine made me a banana smoothie when I was visiting in her home. Since then I have thought about making one in my own home but was sure it was loaded with sugar, like most good Dominican beverages, and didn't want to have to feel guilty about the extra calories and refined sugar. So today my craving got the best of me and I ventured out into the world wide web to find a simple banana smoothie recipe. I was happy to find one Here it is:

1 c. milk
1 ripe banana, cut into halves
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-3 ice cubes
Place milk, banana, vanilla and ice cubes in blender container; cover. Process for 20 seconds. Pour into glass. Serve and enjoy. Yields: one smoothie.

I am pleasantly surprised that the smoothie was tasty without the added sugar! I doubled the recipe which really then makes 3 servings. I made a double portion thinking my son would enjoy the cool beverage on this hot afternoon. But though he said it was good, he was too busy playing to drink it, so I drank his portion too! So I am satisfied as my tummy is full of smoothie yumminess and my baby is thrilled to have gotten a extra special dose of calcium and potassium today.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"The twist you can't resist"

Today I have a CRAZY craving for Twizzlers.  I don't know why, but I am dying to eat them.  The sad news is that you cannot buy Twizzlers here in the DR.  A lot of candy is imported and though you have to pay more, it is available.  But not Twizzlers and that is what I want! I don't care what kind or flavor as long as it is red and it is Twizzlers.  My dad and stepmom are coming to visit in a couple week and I will have to make a special request for them to bring me some.  I guess I'll just have to wait until then. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Some rules. . .

I just wanted to review a few rules for friends and family members, or even complete strangers for that matter.

Rule 1
Only the pregnant woman herself may make a joke about her weight gain.  Her jokes are not an invitation for your jokes. 

Rule 2
Only the pregnant woman herself may joke about her size.  Even if she is thin, she is her largest during pregnancy and will see herself as big even if you don't. 

Rule 3
No one may comment on the amount of food consumed by a pregnant woman.  It is rude to monitor anyone's food consumption unless he or she is on a diet and has asked for your help. 

Rule 4
No one other than the baby's dad is allowed to state their opinion about the chosen name for the baby, EVEN IF ASKED.  You can always think of something nice to say even if you don't like the name.  You don't have to lie and say you love it.  But you can respect the name chosen by the parents.  

Rule 5
If asked if an outfit makes a pregnant woman look big or fat, the answer is always no.  Because what she really wants to know is if she looks unattractive.  Because of course she looks big, there is another person living inside her.  She is going to look big no matter what she is wearing.  

Rule 6
Any pampering or gift giving of any kind is always welcome.  Some ideas may include but are not limited to, a back rub, a foot massage, going out to eat, a manicure, free babysitting, jewelry.  (This rule applies to all women but is especially nice during pregnancy.)

Rule 7
Don't EVER ask a woman if she is expecting twins.  If she is not expecting twins, your question is insulting because it implies she is large enough to be carrying two babies.  She will tell you if she is expecting twins if she wants you to know.

Rule 8
If you don't have nice things to say about labor and delivery, don't say it.  We all know that labor is difficult, but your 80 hour labor with an epidural that never worked isn't an encouragement.  By the time a woman is pregnant it is too late for her to avoid labor.  Your horror stories only cause her to fear what she cannot avoid.  In reality, labor is challenge that many women find fulfilling.  Let pregnant women hear personal stories from those ladies.  She already has enough scary stories she heard about before she was even pregnant.

Rule 9
Don't ever ask if a pregnancy was an accident or if it was planned.  I know someone who used to say, "All babies are surprises." Whether planned or unplanned all babies will surprise you as they settle into your womb and once again upon their arrival into this world.  Our intention mean little once their arrival is anticipated.

Rule 10
Don't indoctrinate a pregnant woman with your old wives tales.  Here is a list of some of the most common ones I hear that bother me the most.  Raising your arms over your head will not cause the umbilical cord to strangle the baby.  Lifting a preschool age child for some motherly loving will not cause you to lose the baby.  Pineapple is full of Vitamin C and actually is good to eat while pregnant.  It does not cause deformations.  If I am tired, I will sit down.  If I am hungry I will eat.  I do not always have to remain seated and I am not eating for two full sized adults.  I am able to walk around the neighborhood, exercise is good for me and baby.  Basically, unless your "advise" has a recent study showing its harmful effects on me or my baby, I don't need to hear about it.

I know some of these rules may seem silly.  But the truth is, they all have been violated during my pregnancy.  And I know no one had the intention to be insulting or rude.  Therefore, I felt the need to post these rules to help those that may need a reminder.    

Growing right along

a 30 week ultrasound
This week makes week 30 in our pregnancy journey. Though the ultrasound posted is not our little man, I was excited to share what he may look like developmentally.  I can't believe how much he is growing!
Most days I feel like I have been pregnant for an eternity.  Last night I was admiring my pregnant belly and couldn't help but wonder how much growing does this baby have left.  I'm starting to look pretty big!
However, other days I think we need more time to be ready for a new family member.  I know it is obvious, but it's astonishing to think that at the end of the pregnancy we will be a family of four.  It's on those days that I think, "Wow, we still have a lot to do to get ready to greet this little man."
So today, I pray for my baby's health as he continues to grow physically and I pray for my patience and trust in God as He helps us prepare for the new baby.  So. . . here we grow together!

(When I can get hubby to take a photo, I'll post a belly shot.)

Monday, June 21, 2010

In the minority

I, in general, am a rule follower.  Now, don't get me wrong, I may question a lot about the rules and why they exist and why I should follow the rules.  BUT in general, in the end, I follow the rules.  I tend to go with the flow.  I don't like conflict or confrontation.  Maybe it is part of my need to make people happy or for me to feel accepted, but that is a psychological discussion that I wish not to explore at this particular moment. So the question is then, how can someone like me end up pursuing something that is so not mainstream like a VBAC? I guess that is where the other part of me is taking a strong hold.  I want to do what is right.  I have rarely had difficulty standing strong in my faith.  I have never felt incapable of advocating for my child. And with this pregnancy and birth, I want to provide for my baby, my family and myself the prenatal care, birth and postpartum care that are best for all of us.  So why are am in the minority?  A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics reported that only 8% of women that have a c-section have a successful vaginal delivery for a subsequent birth.  What that really means is that 92% of women end out with another c-section.  So am I crazy to even think that I am a part of that small 8%.  What about me is so different than 92% of other woman that would make me believe a VBAC is even possible for me.  Am I being rebellious not to just conform to the norm? Am I being arrogant to believe that I have some ability, strength or knowledge that 92% of other women lack? Or what I fear the most is, I am being reckless to explore the possibility of the unknown rather than just scheduling a c-section? I think I can say no to all these above questions.  I think that I can say that I am a dreamer.  I hope for the best in me and my baby.  I am trying to put my confidence not in myself, but in my God that made me and this baby that is growing inside of me.  I pray that he has given me the wisdom to seek what is best for us.  I thank Him for providing me with a doctor that is supportive of me and my decisions.  I pray that he gives me persistance to continue to accomplish my goal of a VBAC not to be a champion but to just do what I truly believe is the best for my baby, family and me.  So for this time in my life, I am going to take a stand.  Whether it is a part of my character to stand for what I believe in or against my character to go with the flow, it doesn't really matter much.  Because the more I try to focus on myself and "the story of me" the more I realize that this isn't about me at all.  But rather about God and me learning to trust in Him. 

 NCHS report