Friday, March 11, 2005

The Baby Library of Books

I love books. I love reading. And I especially love reading pregnancy books when it comes to having an actual baby grow inside of me. Along with asking friends and family, reading online, and talking with your OB, a great resource are books. Here are some recommendations from myself as well as friends. You might like some and you might hate some, but it's a good list of books to check out. - Pregnancy for Dummies (Joanne Stone) - What to Expect When You Are Expecting (Heidi Murkoff) - Your Pregnancy Week by Week (Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler) - Birthing Partner (Penny Simkin) - Mother of All Pregnancy Books (Ann Douglas) - Baby Whisperer (Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau) - Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy (Vicki Iovine) - Dr. Sears Pregnancy Book (Dr. Sears) - Expectant Father (Armin A. Brott) - Becoming the Parent You Want To Be (Laura Davis, Janis Keyser) - Unoffical Guide to Having a Baby (Ann Douglas, John R. Sussman) - From Conception to Birth (Alexander Tsiaras) - Hot Mama: How to Have a Babe and be a Babe (Karen Salmansohn) - Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation ( Pam England, Rob Horowitz) Got a book title you want to recommend? Leave a comment.

Are You a Cool Momz?

This is hilarious. Now I supp0rt any kind of mom/pregnancy related endeavor. But when I read about Cool Momz on CityMama's website, I couldn't help but laugh. Are you a mom who's got it going on? If you --- -Can live anywhere in the USA -Must be 30 years or older -Have at least one child or dependent -Are community leaders -Are involved in philanthropic activities -Should be stylish and trendy -Can be single or married Will display photos of her family, home & self Because --- This world is full of devoted mothers who have dedicated their lives to having the best…All the while maintaining a secure & household for their children, a workout schedule and time for fun, family and personal activities. We are looking for full spectrum of mothers. If you feel as though you have it going on.....this is your time to get the word out. Well then, you must be a Cool Momz!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Got the Baby Blues?

Ebay Lady Gives Birth

Remember Amber? The woman who auctioned off her belly? And netted $10k for her baby? (Hopefully she spent it on something like useful like cord blood banking or college fund or lots and lots of diapers or perhaps a Dyson?) Well she gave birth to a boy, Parker admist a lot of Golden Palace Casino advertising. Even the surgical masks worn by the doctors who were delivering had "Golden Palace Casino" printed on them. Here is what GPC wrote in their press release: In true style, the casino went all out in their role as sponsors. The masks, gowns, baby accessories, blankets, and practically everything in the delivery room displayed "", including a huge banner behind the bed. Even the baby's room at home was similarly decorated, along with fabulous gifts. The casino's eBay shopping spree has made headlines all over the world. They have bought some of eBay's most outrageous items including the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Ghost Cane, Evil Kermit Doll, as well as advertising space in the strangest of places such as cleavage, pregnant bellies, and foreheads. Crazy story. But hey a healthy happy baby is always good news. So we wish Amber Rainey the very best with her new baby. ;) - For history of this story: read here and then here.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Pregnant with multiples? You might like reading the Jumpstart comic strip.

Thanks to all my Pregnancy Weekly readers! You rock! And thanks to Susie Sunshine for all your help.

Prenatal Classes

Break out the notebooks, pens and apples -- it's learning time! Many pregnant moms choose to take a prenatal class especially if they're a first-timer. With all the classes out there, which path do you choose? It's best to find a class that you feel comfortable with and that fits your lifestyle. These classes can be great for meeting others who are pregnant and for making new friends as well as calming those pregnancy jitters you might have. Several of my friends I met through a prenatal class. We all gave birth within the same timeframe and it's great to have someone going through the same experience you are! Ask friends, collegues, or your OB for some leads. You can try looking for one through a local community center or community college or one that is certified by the International Childbirth Education Assocation. When inquiring, here are some questions to consider: - Are instructors comfortable being asked questions? - Are the instructors up-to-date with current news, technology? - Will the class be offered in your native language? Can it be adjusted to account for your cultural background? - Can your significant other, partner, friend or relative attend with you? - Will you get financial support from your healthcare provider for the class? - What is the class like? How is it structured? Will you learn? - What do you want to learn from the class specifically? Leave me a comment and tell me about the classes you've taken or plan on taking! * Blog of the Day: My Pregnant Wife Do you like pickles?

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Pregnancy Jokes

In the news last night and in the paper this morning --- laughter is a great medicine for prolonging life. Certainly makes sense doesn't it? You feel better after a good laugh. So in the spirit of that, some pregnancy jokes, courtsey of Lots of Jokes. Q. Should I have a baby after 35? A. No, 35 children is enough. Q. When will my baby move? A. With any luck, right after he finishes high school. Q. How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu? A. If it's the flu, you'll get better. Q. Since I became pregnant, my breasts, rear-end, and even my feet have grown. Is there anything that gets smaller during pregnancy? A. Yes, your bladder. Q. What is the most common pregnancy craving? A. For men to be the ones who get pregnant. Q. What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex? A. Childbirth. Q. My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational. A. So what's your question? Q. What's the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a model? A. Nothing, if the pregnant woman's husband knows what's good for him. Q. How long is the average woman in labor? A. Whatever she says, divided by two. Q. My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right? A. Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current. Q. When is the best time to get an epidural? A. Right after you find out you're pregnant. Q. Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor? A. Not unless the word "alimony" means anything to you. Q. What does it mean when the baby's head is crowning? A. It means you feel as though not only a crown but the entire throne is trying to make its way out of you. Q. Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth? A. Yes, pregnancy. Q. Does pregnancy cause hemorrhoids? A. Pregnancy causes anything you want to blame it for. Q. Where is the best place to store breast milk? A. In your breasts. Q. Is there a safe alternative to breast pumps? A. Yes, baby lips. Q. What does it mean when a baby is born with teeth? A. It means that the baby's mother may want to rethink her plans to nurse. Q. How does one sanitize nipples? A. Bathe daily and wear a clean bra. It beats boiling them in a saucepan. Q. What are the terrible twos? A. Your breasts after baby stops nursing cold turkey. Q. What is the best time to wean the baby from nursing? A. When you see teeth marks. Q. Do I have to have a baby shower? A. Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly. Q. Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again? A. When the kids are in college.

You're Such a Baby

Latest shopping find for your shoppers out there. You're Such a Baby has very cute stuff.

Irish Names on the Rise

MSN Family/Baby had an article about the rise in Irish names for babies. The boy's name Aidan? A very popular name right now and an Irish name. I have my own theory about that name actually. It can't be proven. But the rise in the name Emma (IMO) is directly related to Friends. I think the same with the name Aidan. It is directly related (again IMO) to Sex in the City. But okay that was a tangent, where were we? Oh right, Irish names. Here are a few the article listed. Ryan, Liam, Ciaran (keer-in), Casey, Evan, Brady, Core, Brendan, Colin, Riley, Conor Siobhan (shiv-awn), Aisling, Tara, Deirdre, Bailey, Maureen, Mackenzie, Kaitly, Eileen Kiddo#1 does have some playmates who are those listed above so it must be true! The article also has the Irish naming conventions: For Boys Oldest son named after the father's father Second son named after the mother's father Third son named after the father Fourth son named after the father's oldest brother For Girls Oldest daughter named after the mother's mother Second daughter named after the father's mother Third daughter named after the mother Fourth daughter named after the mother's oldest sister If my family were to actually follow these conventions, it would be mighty confusing during family reunions. Want to check out the Baby Name Wizard Launcher? Click here.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Pregnancy Directory - For Your Most Important 9 Months!

Why search when it's all in one directory for you? Pregnancy Directory is a great online resource which essentially like a phone book. Need resources for health and fitness? Check. The different sections: Baby Healthcare, Fitness, Nutrition Healthcare Professionals Maternity Parenting Pregnancy Safety *Plus* (and this is what's really great) you can submit a resource for them to add to the directory. Imagine if *all* the pregnant women out there submitted a link. It would become essentially the Online Pregnancy Bible. Which would make this tired pregnant mom a happy camper.

In the Womb

In the Womb was on the National Georgraphic Channel last night and was truly amazing. There should be repeat broadcasts so I would check your local listings. What is In the Womb? From their website: From a single cell to a complex, self-sustaining organism. With ground-breaking photography, computer graphics, and 4-D imaging, In the Womb reveals this amazing process as the first heart cells begin to beat, the nerve cells flicker to life, and the senses develop. If you don't get that channel, visiting the website is also great just to see the photo gallery.

Interviewing? Pregnant?

Pregnant? And looking for a job? That's a lot on your plate, but here are some things you should be aware of. During an interview, it is discriminatory for U.S. Employers to ask if you're pregnant. It's up to you whether you want to say you're pregnant or not. Of course if you're showing, then it's pretty much an obvious answer. If you do reveal that you are pregnant, it will give employers a loophole however. They can then ask if you will be able to perform all the job duties. However they cannot deny you the job on the sole basis that you are pregnant as long as it doesn't prevent you from performing those duties. For instance, if the job you are applying for is in a stock room lifting and moving packages, that is an example where you would most likely be unable to perform the job duties. It would be nice to think that all employers are unbiased but the reality is that there are many baised employers. And there is the fact that they can run into a dilemma when you'll be away on your job on medical leave after hiring you. And you don't want them resenting you. So what do I recommend? Approach an interview as you would any other interview. Talk about the job, qualifications. You can wait to bring up your pregnancy during the negotiation phase. It's entirely up to you and your judgement call.

Dad/Partner To Do List

I hope you all had a great weekend. I stayed away from the computer for two whole days and you guys left a lot of comments! Wow! Thanks! I will try to respond today. There was this comment posted by "Matty" and pretty much brought me to tears:

Wow, and I thought I was the only tactless wonder. Really, I feel that I have been doing a good job at saying the right things during my beautiful wife's pregnancy, though she makes it easy on me by remaining to be the most beautiful woman in the world, outside and in. I am currently geographically separated from my wife thanks to a career in the military, but the two times I have seen her (through video teleconference), and pictures that I have received, show my beautiful wife looking as great as ever, her belly I find to be even more attractive, her hair looks great as it is growing a little faster now, the stereotyical glow about her while she carries our son makes her radiant and as beautiful as I have ever seen her to be. I love you and miss you terribly honey, and for all those fortunate enough to be with your spouses and moms-to-be during their pregnancies, be happy for what you have, for all others like me, they can't keep us away from our loved ones forever.

* Now, on to the topic at hand. There has been much advice given on the blog for you mothers-to-be. But what about that significant other? Well, this is for you. Both parents are "pregnant" and can take advantage of the time before baby arrives to prepare for their new bundle of joy! Below are some things the new dad (or partner) can do to prepare themself for parenthood:
  • Attend prenatal appointments, especially the ultrasound (around the 20th week).
  • Purchase or borrow parenting books, tapes, or videos.
  • Attend childbirth or Lamaze classes with the pregnant mother.
  • Visit the hospital or birthing center tour with the pregnant mother.
  • Attend parenting classes or new fathers support groups.
  • Increase circle of friends with children for both you and your partner.
  • Check on and request for paternity leave or leave of absence.
  • Assist the mother-to-be in finding a pediatrician.
  • Assist the mother-to-be in setting up the nursery.
  • Develop list of volunteers to help out after the baby arrives.
  • Discuss dividing household and parenting responsibilities.
  • Set up accounts with local eateries, restaurants and grocery stores.
  • Set up a savings account or life insurance policy for your future family.
  • Assist new mother in locating and securing childcare if and when she returns to work.
  • Purchase a pager or cell phone for both you and the new mother.
  • Finalize the "plan of action" for when the mother-to-be goes into labor.
  • Make sure you have all needed emergency information close at hand.
  • Make sure you have her hospital suitcase (and yours as well!) packed and ready to go.
  • Assist in writing out birth announcements, notifying family and friends, etc.
  • RELAX and REJOICE in the joy of being a new parent!
In particular, my husband tried to be there for every doctor's appointment. We soon learned that we needed to bring kleenex for both him and me since we're both weepers. He also handled a lot of the financial planning as well as doing the grunt work of the nursery. And if you are like Matty and are separated from your wife, communication is always a plus. Checking in, asking her how she's doing and constantly telling her that you love her and that she's beautiful. These are the few words that a woman most needs to hear. As an additional note, let's say you are doing the pregnancy solo. More power to you. You can enlist a family member or friend to accompany you on appointments or handle the big obstacles for you. But no one should go through their pregnancy alone. Happy Monday!