Saturday, September 29, 2007

darn cold


my 2 year old came home from nursery school Thursday with a cold he promptly passed on to me...

so now, i have to scan my preggers brain to remember what cold medicine is cool for pregnant women.

i'm currently sedated on a Claritin D/Thera Flu cocktail and I've been downing vitamin fizzes like Airborne and am patched up with vapor patches on my neck and back.

I smell of vicks vapor rub

i am sooo NOT SEXY TODAY!
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Friday, September 28, 2007

pica ? ice cube....yum









This is a picture of rapper ICE CUBE...but these days, I'm crunching all the time on the other type of ice cubes.

When I was little, I used to love eating dirt. Now as a pregnant woman, I, again like chewing ice.

In fact, me and the 2-year old hover over a cup of ice and share the chips, crunching with joy!

My sister, the nurse, says it is PICA:

The medical term for eating lots and lots of ice is - Pagophagia (pathological consumption of ice).

Pagophagia is a form of a condition called Pica. Pica is an appetite for non-foods (e.g., coal, soil, chalk, paper etc.) or an abnormal appetite for some things that may be considered foods, such as food ingredients (e.g., flour, raw potato, starch). In order for these actions to be considered pica, they must persist for more than one month, at an age where eating such objects is considered developmentally inappropriate. The condition's name comes from the Latin word for the magpie, a bird which is reputed to eat almost anything. Pica is seen in all ages, particularly in pregnant women and small children, especially among children who are developmentally disabled, where it is the most common eating disorder. Geophagia refers specifically to the consumption of dirt and clay.

hmm...there is a medical term for every weird quirk!
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

no Lap for you!


poor soon-to-be-middle child.

He insists on sitting on my rapidly vanishing lap. That is his favorite spot for reading a book or coloring while I'm on the computer.

UNFORTUNATELY, LITTLE MUNCHKIN, there is little room on there as Baby#3 grows and grows.

He slips off. He wiggles his little bum BACK BACK to try to squeeze back on...

He slides...He slips.

I have to put him on his own chair to sit on his own bottom.

Mommy's lap is "Out of Order" for 3 months, I tell him. Come Back in February.
POOR POOR SOON-TO-BE-MIDDLE CHILD!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

pardon my inner byatch

It happens everytime I am pregnant. I have a very short fuse and tolerance for much.

I've already had fights and cursed out about 5 relatives including my mom, dad, brother, husband and cousin.

I've had verbal words with about 5 clients as well, mainly over their lack of wanting to pay my invoices in a timely manner and/or get services for dirt cheap or free as if I am The Salvation Army or something.

Now, I need to reign in my terror especially when it comes to those closest to me like my family and those who have the power to keep me in business (clients). I know they'll excuse my craziness and let me blame the pregnancy, but still there really is no excuse for taking them for granted.

But for the rest of those crazies out in the world...hmph! It's every man and woman for him/herself.

Case in point: I went to the ghetto discount grocery store yesterday. I only ventured in b/c it was on my way home from the local university where my oldest son takes Kindermusik class.

I just wanted to dash in and get a few items, but of course 2 turns into 3 and next thing you know you have a shopping cart full of items.

It was okay until I got to the check out line and my oldest started helping me load the items onto the conveyor belt of aisle 5 just as the last customer was wrapping up her purchases.

Just then, the check out girl, turns off her light and tells me she's closed.

At that point, she was a good candidate for a verbal bashing because I started loading the items BEFORE she turned off her light and if I didn't tell myself, it's late, I have to pee and this is the "ghetto" supermarket after all, SHE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT GOOD THEN!

No... her verbal lashing would have to wait...for unfortunately only 2 minutes!

Just when I go to another line and halfway through loading, I see her ask a passing by shopper looking for an open line if she has WIC (WIC is women infants children, a government food subsidy for low income families).

When the woman nods "yes," she shakes her head and shoos the woman away.

I'm thinking, "hold up, she's not picking and choosing her check out customers, is she?"

I was right! I overheard her ask another passing by customer if all she had was the 5 gallons of water in her cart that needed checking out? The woman said, "yes"

She called the woman over and checked her out!

Of course, Raging Preggers Hormones Nelly over here was not going to let her get away with that madness.

"Excuse me. I thought you said you were closed. You see I'm pregnant right and made me unload half the conveyer belt and then I see you take another customer!"

Just then, I noticed that I had a shopping list in my hand and that sucker probably thought I too had WIC certificats and she just didn't want to be bothered with whatever extra 1 or 2 steps a cashier has to go through to check out WIC customers.

If my son didn't tell me he had to go pee and I too myself didn't have a bladder full of pee, I was going to search for the Supervisor and report her lazy ass!

See the mediocre poor customer service craziness that shoppers in lower income areas must suffer through?

I think I calmed down once I got home and told my husband about it, but on the way home, I was so going to call the shoppers and report her behavior!

WORLD BEWARE...there's is a raging near 6month old JJ on the loose! hahahaha!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

stay away from the Habernos


so in a fit of lunancy, I ate a sausage patty with Haberno pepper cheese for breakfast and if that wasn't enough, I had a turkey, tomato and a slice of this Haberno pepper cheese sandwhich for lunch.


Guess who is up at 4am with a sour tummy and can't go back to sleep?


yes, this here dumb bunny! PEOPLE OF THE GOOD WORLD: STAY AWAY FROM HABERNO CHEESE!


at least I get to go clean up my other blog.
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

23 Weeks

Your pregnancy: 23 weeks


How your baby's growing:

Your baby is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound. His skin is red and wrinkled. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing. He can swallow, but he normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium) until after birth. Loud noises heard often in utero — such as your dog barking or the roar of a vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze your baby when he hears them outside the womb.

compliments of BabyCenter.com
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Youthful looks: Pity Looks

I just started to realize why some folks look at me with such pity, bewilderment and awe (albeit without smiling), I look like I am a teenager or in my mid 20s even though I am in my mid 30s.

Sooooo when they see me, my 5-year old and 2-year old, to them I look like a young mom

(and I guess they may presume single b/c I get these looks when I am alone with the boys and never with my husband around)

...who's overwhelmed, gotten over her head and spitting out kids, and maybe charges to the state.

*sigh* It's okay. So long as I nor the kids get bad treatment b/c of someone else's ignorance or presumptions, I'm good.

It's times like this that I long for an older more mature look. It's a shame that other people can project their bullshit onto you giving you uncessary stress. Even though when I notice these folks, I get annoyed slightly, that is too much unnecessary stress that I and my unborn child do not need!
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IN OTHER NEWS. dE Hubby and his Mother have nixed my first choice of names: Monica!

hmprf! Back to the drawing board!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

cravings and aversions


with my first pregnancy, I COULDN'T STAND my favorite fish, Salmon. I couldn't stand the smell, look, or even THOUGHT of salmon...that aversion lasted for 40 weeks and after giving birth, the first thing I wanted was a smoked salmon sandwhich!

Weird.

This time around, I can't stand milk, especially in coffee.

I'm experiencing my first real craving for this pregnacy: toasted crisp and flaky French Bread with served warm with melted butter....mmmmm.

My breakfast this morning, scrambled eggs with sauteed onions and green peppers, spiced diced potatoes, veggie sausage patties, coffee (with nondairy creamer) and orange juice was topped off with a warm French baguette with butter....mmmmm

I am so stuffed. GLUTTONY is a bad thing. Good thing I only eat like this once a month other wise I would've gained 50lbs by now! phew.

AWWW. I'M SO STUFFED RIGHT NOW.
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*belch* I can barely button down the black collared shirt I'm wearing this Black Thursday in solidarity for the Jena6 case, all the children (black and white) are victims in this case. God Save us all..
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ketchup on my belly

when you got a bump that protrudes a good 6-12 inches in front of you, it makes a easy target for wayward ketchup, crumbs and other food stains and remnants.

Every night, I notice a blotchy patch of lunch, breakfast or dinner on my top.

It's messing up my cool swagger. I think I'm going to have to invest in a belly bib! :)

[check the blog spokesmodel for today. check out the stains under her hands!]
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

K-Fed's Meal Ticket

I thought it was very tacky for Sarah Silverman to call Brtiney's kids Sean Preston and Jayden James "mistakes" during her opening monologue on the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards,

However, I couldn't help but laugh out loud LITERALLY this morning when I heard two radio disc jokey's refer to the kids as TWO GOLDEN SCRATCH OFF TICKETS!!!!

LOL!!!!

They were referring to recent reports that an ex-Britney bodyguard has agreed to testify against her in K-Fed's attempt to get full custody. He plans to expose Brit's nudity, drug use and drunkeness in the presence of the kids and essentially that she has compromised the safety of the children numerous times in the past.

It's not looking good for Brit. While I believe she needs some medical and maybe some spiritual intervention and I'm sure K-Fed loves his kids, I'm thinking, those kids are also great insurance of a future of non-working.

Once he gets full custody, cha ching!!!
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Monday, September 17, 2007

You Preggers, NO? TAKE II

I was reminded again this weekend. that I am not as preggers with clothes on as I am naked in my mirror at home.

I went to an event and had to tell all 30 people there, individually, in groups that I was over 5months pregnant. No one could tell, even though I had on a stretch tank top under a maternity shirt and while wearing maternity jeans.

I guess be careful what you ask for may be appropriate here and I need to bask in my small- bellydome and shut up! LOL!

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

ode to Garlic


Garlic. Oh Garlic. How do I hate your scent? Let me count the ways.

Pungent. Offensive. You make me want to barf. You waif through the air

Attach to my clothes, my skin. No amount of spearmint, peppermint or vanilla mint toothpaste of mouthwash can banish your aroma...
you stank.


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Friday, September 14, 2007

Size 9 Anyone?


Yup, my hammer toes are spreading. I could barely squeeze my fat foot into my favorite loafers this morning.

Let the continental drift begin.

I'm afraid this will mean someone. *eh hem* hubby will have to massage my dogs every night and I'm going to have to keep these puppies elevated.

no sexy shoes for me this winter. *sigh*

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Celebrity Baby Bump Watch & the Miscarriage taboo

So Jennifer Lopez has joined me and the host of celebrities expecting a child in the next few months: Halle Berry, Nicole Richie, Salma Hayek, Christine Alguilera, Usher's wife Tamkea and Darma and Greg's Jenna Elfman. Really, I don't remember when celebrity baby bump watch became vogue: Was it Britney, Julia Roberts, Katie Holmes, Angela Jolie, Gwen Stefani who started this trend?

SERIOUSLY THOUGH,

I peeped this photo of J.Lo on Traci's Fashionista and Baby blog the other day confirming that J.Lo is most likely preggers. She looks more than 3 months though to me which makes me think she's been waiting to come out with her announcement perhaps because she has had a history of loss and miscarriage. She is older and has been trying for a while. Nicole Richie waited until she was 4 months to make her big announcement.
Then I thought about the recent announcement from rapper Foxy Brown's manager that despite an August announcement that Foxy was 3 months pregnant, it was later announced that Foxy is NOT PREGNANT. No one is talking about the fact that she probably was pregnant but had a miscarriage.

Miscarriage is quite a taboo topic still. I imagine perhaps that most celebrities are well aware of the statistics and are waiting the requisite 3-months as suggested by docs. By 3 months, if you can see and hear the heartbeat, chances are the fetus will thrive for the duration of the pregnancy. Notwithstanding, those who know know and those who don't won't because it is a taboo topic that is not discussed much. Even when Whitney Houston suffered a miscarriage on the set of "The Bodyguard" after taking some private time to deal with the loss, she discussed it. She later sufferer through another publicized miscarriage in 1994. I vividly remember before watching her during a performance on TV in 1994 and noticing that she was chubbier and had an obvious bump. I was so sad to hear she had a second loss. This second loss was after she gave birth to her only daughter Bobbi Christina who she had with her husband Bobby Brown in 1993.

But back then, there wasn't this big baby bump watch phenomenon and there weren't big ANNOUNCEMENTS proceeded by stalker-like following of celeb pregnancies as now.

These days, celebs themselves are making public statements and strategically selecting how to announce their expectant arrivals. And still, not all celebs know the 3-month hush rule.

For example, there were early confirmed reports that R&B singer Ashanti was pregnant with rapper Nelly's child and Kelly Rowland herself confirmed she was pregnant when she was merely two months pregnant. However, after 9 months passed with no baby from either, it must be assumed that they each had miscarriages. While early term losses are not really heard of, we do hear about the later term losses like  that suffered by  Tiny from the defunct-hip hop group Xscape and the full term still born loss of Rev. Run's wife Justine.

It's too bad more new moms aren't aware of how prevalent miscarriage is so they do not feel alone, isolated or that they did something wrong for going through it.. I think of one particular holiday party I had at my home and after the party, my husband and I noted that there were at least 5 women there (including me) who all had miscarriages, and one woman lost her child at 5months and had a still birth delivery.

Anyway, that is it for my deep pontification of the week!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Pregnancy Test Kit

HILARIOUS 50 second clip

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Names we will NOT be going with...


Flipping through the baby book recently and we're thinking we will DEFINITELY NOT be going with any of those fashionable cute names of late.

Apparently, these are the "it" names among middle to upper income black women in my part of the world b/c I'm hearing these names at showers, on the playground, in the supermarket, tho a few are still sticking with the traditional names, doing the name combination thing or going with historic or family names. MY no no list of really cute girl names:

KENNEDY
MADISON
MORGAN
BRIANNA
JORDAN
PAYTON
BAILEY
HAILEY
MONTANA
REGAN
JORDAN
BRANDI
RILEY
TAYLOR
CHEYENNE
MACKENZIE
LOGAN


no offense to anyone who's kid has those names, they all sound very cute and posh. Just a personal preference but I think I'm going to go for a biblical old school name (like we did with the boys)

The challenge now is to find a girl name in the bible that is not as ugly as Baal-Berizh, Bashemeh or Uphaz. HAHAHAHA!
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Monday, September 10, 2007

21 weeks bump


after taking this picture this weekend, I realize that I'm not as big as I feel. That's my youngest in the photo. We didn't even plan those coordinated colors or anything.
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

the pregnancy byatch is back

SmileyCentral.com
...i've been fighting the Inner bitchiness that comes with being preggers, but apparently without success (Ask the hubby).

I've curesed out three clients (in a friendly, "where is my money" type of way).

I'm excommunicating myself from my parents and brother cause they will drive me crazy and induce me into pre-term labor if I mess around with them. I am officially convinced as my sister has always insisted that THEY ARE ALL CRAZY!

Yesterday, I was talking to my sister, complaining about something and ranting and she goes,

"oh Lord, the Pregnancy Bitchiness IS BACK!" hahahaha!

I think I need to pray some more, I've fallen off the wagon and I think I may need to talk to God more or make my way to church at least 3 times a week.

AND I think , find a friend who is practicing to be a masseuse and offer my services as a test dummy! I'm so tense these days with all the unknowns in my life and now the bitchy-symptoms are kicking into overdrive!

*sigh*
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

thnx for the header gift Yo

what a wonderful birthday surprise. I love it!
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baby girls are making a comeback

SmileyCentral.com
there's that old wive's tale that in time of war more baby boys are born.

boy was this theory tested over the last 5 years as I dare say close to 75% of my friends, colleagues, family and acquantances who've had babies have had BOYS!!

If you had a boy already, chances were, your second would be one also. If you already had a girl, good for you, a baby boy was on its way!

HOWEVER, TO DATE, I AM NOW AWARE OF NEARLY 15 FRIENDS and family, acquaintances and friends of friends ALL HAVING BABY GIRLS!!

WOO HOO!!! MAYBE THIS IS A SIGN THE WAR IS NEARLY OVER...or AT LEAST WE'RE ABOUT TO BE RID OF BUSH! WOOPEE!!

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On this birthday of mine, I'm hoping my allergies not act up. After dropping off the boys, making a filing for a client this morning, I'm off to my mani/pedi appointment at Mei Ling's followed by a Signature Facial, then lunch with the hubby, and shopping for fall maternity stuff before picking up boy number 1!

Hope all is smooth sailing!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

klutz I am...

Ummmm DID I DO THAAAAAT??

so it's bad enough I'm already clumsy and a bit on the less than graceful side...throw in a bout of pregnancy-induced klutziness and look out world!


sometimes I feel there is a practical joke- busting ghost or spirit walking around just knocking stuff out of my hands for fun.

why else would I drop the entire bowl of cookie dough Caleb and I were going to bake on Monday or spill a half a cup of coffee on my lap while dropping off Jarrod yesterday for no apparent reason...really, I keep dropping stuff left and right. Is my equilibrium off or something? Do I need glasses?

geez! I'm feeling quite Steve Urkel these days that's for sure.

nonetheless, I'm cool. Baby girl is rolling and oblivious. SmileyCentral.com
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

wait wait...i have one month left...

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...until the end of my energetic second trimester, but I can't seem to keep my eyes open in the afternoon.

maybe i'm just not getting enough sleep at night. trying to catch up on reading, tv and blogs, but i'm exhausted ALL THE TIME!!!

it's supposed to be the first trimester is exhausting, the second trimester is your BURST OF ENERGY...and then you balloon so big and waddle that you can't help but be sluggish and slower in your last trimester

i'm feeling cheated out of an entire month here! maybe, I better pop some more vitamins...
*yawn* right after this nap!

the big boy and I have to go to the library for an hour before having to pick up the little one. I think I can squeeze in a good 15 minute cat nap!
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woo hoo!! only one pound!!!!


I gained only one pound this past month!!! wooo hooo!!!!

just got back from the doctor's with that phenomenal news!!

edited to add: I'm hoping to just gain 10 more total including baby, placen
ta and extra water...so help me GOD.

Go JJ, it's your birthday! Go JJ, It's your birthday!!!
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typical after all


As self-proclaimed veteran preggers mom, I find this pregnancy is smooth sailing (especially b/c of the absence of vomiting and nausea as with the first two)...

nonetheless, everyday I am realizing that it is still quite typical

case in point #1: today, after experiencing heart burn FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME a couple of hours after eating another salad, i realize that salads are OFFICIALLY now off the menu for these last 20 weeks!!

case in point #2: i eat and crave ICE ALL THE TIME probably cause I may have a slight case of preggers-induced anemia

*crunch* *crunch* i'm munching on my third cup today yum!

the itchy belly...pimples...gas...stretch marks...heart burn...crazy excessive weight gain...duh! I'm so slow....it's looking pretty typical now...I'm probably just used to it all by now and appreciate that they come with the territory
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Monday, September 3, 2007

you'd think this was my first pregnancy


me=dumbass

at a friend's baby shower this weekend, we're talking stretch marks, right?

okay, at one point someone asks the mom-2-be, preggers with #3 if she got new stretch marks. because we're all cool peoples, the mom-to-be lifts her cute lil frock to reveal the new ones b/c we couldn't believe after 2 kids she could possible get BRAND NEW STRETCH MARKS!

sure nuff, there they were. Streaks and Streaks of stretch marks!!!

i'm thinking "holy Cow!"

then, this other guest starts to feel me up (yeah, i know. weird right, but we're all friends right?)

anyway, she goes, "man, you're tight. I hope you're putting on your cocoa butter/shea butter/[insert miracle anti-stretch mark ointment here]"

we start to talk about whether those creams really work. i go, "that's all bunk anyway. it's hereditary.... my mom didn't get stretch marks after 4 kids so that means obviously I inherited the non-elastic skin of my father's side. ..it's all a crap shoot, but boils down to genetics."

i satiate myself with my self-righteous post-hoc rationalization for not buttering up regularly as I should be.

lo and behold, just now, while catching up on the week's worth of Reality Show Junk TV....

what do I see?????...NEW STRETCH MARKS!!! I'M ONLY 20 WEEKS !!! why am I such a fool???? waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

* massaging and rubbing down another layer of shea butter*
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Sunday, September 2, 2007

someone needs a facial




i think of the intro to hip hop star Kelis' song "Bossy" which starts with "diamonds on my neck, diamonds on my grill..." I LOVE KELIS! (video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARTS2lQ9bZo&mode=related&search=)

but in my version it goes, "I got pimples on my neck...pimples cause this girl...pimples on my neck..."

HAHAHA! i've counted 5 pimples on my neck and 4 on my chin in the LAST TWO DAYS! wHAT DA??? I am blessed with pretty good skin so these things set a sister back a bit...I've been mudmasking it for two days, but I think i need professional intervention....

That is why I am so glad I waited to cash in on the mother's day Full Day spa package de hubby got me.

This Thursday, on my BIRTHDAY, I will be treating myself after dropping my boys off to school, to a facial, manicure, pedicure and pregnancy massage...I CYAN WAIT!!!
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Saturday, September 1, 2007

sleep v. the bladder

this time around, i'm not letting my bladder win

even with a gallon of pee resting on my groins, I refuse to get up and interrupt those lovely and vivid dreams pregnant women get!

so i get up once a night and not 3 x as with the boys' pregnancy...i'm gonna ask my doc if I am destroying my bladder doing this and setting myself up for incontinence in the future!

i suppose the first time i wake up in small puddle that would put an end to my stubborn battle...

tee hee....
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