Thursday, November 29, 2007

Xtina poses nude!

and joins the other celeb mommas who've bared it all! wow. What a 180 degree turn, eh? First, she's remaining secretive and sacred about her wonderful joyful news, waiting nearly 9 months to announce, next thing, we have this airbrushed masterpiece, which I ripped from PerezHilton.com!


and lookey here, it looks like conception might have happened in my backyard, Georgetown DC

"We were planning on starting to try after the tour. And so, I had gone off the Pill to prepare my body, because I didn’t know how much time it would take. You’ve heard it takes some time — except with Power Egg and Super Sperm here,” she laughed. “I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, can you believe it just happened?’”The singer reckons she conceived during a stop in Georgetown."

oh well for secrecy. seems like everyone has their business on display these days. Ha!!! Me included. :)
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

baby Astrology


so just when I thought i was having an Acquarius Girl, I go and get scheduled for my mandatory c-section date and turns out I'm having a Capricorn!

Capricorn babies thrive on routine and order, which gives them the sense of security they need. They are usually even-tempered and self-contained. Capricorns can be strong-willed and will get what they want by slowly wearing down parental resistance. Young Capricorns tend to prefer older company and they enjoy pretending to be grown-up. Your child will probably prefer to have just one or two close friends rather than being a part of a large group. Capricorns usually love to read and to make things.

Your child will need to be encouraged to spend time outside in the fresh air, since Capricorns are not usually very enthusiastic about sport or the outdoors. Sometimes they are very serious children who need to be encouraged to relax and play. Capricorns have a good sense of humour but cannot bear to be teased.

A Capricorn child will do well in a secure environment with regular routine and reliable, appreciative parents. Young Capricorns can also lose self-confidence easily despite their maturity. They should be taught how to express their very sensitive inner emotions and how to relax, because Capricorns are natural worriers.

Capricorn babies can be prone to illness, although this improves with age.

compliments of www.astostar.com
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

32 Week Belly Pic


For Tanyetta who asked to see a bare belly pic. I'm channeling my inner pregnant rocker chick here! HA!
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Friday, November 23, 2007

professional maternity photo session


i'm so excited about getting these done tomorrow by one of my clients who is also a very accomplished photographer.

i was looking for what to wear and checked out other photographers' maternity photos available online.

i wanted to see what type of stuff i should wear and i think i'll be good carrying a white and black camis, a pair of jeans and black yoga pants, and a white and black collared long sleeve shirt. i'm thinking i may be able to get white collared shirts for the boys and get them in on a couple of shots too...oh and maybe my hubby too!!! i'm getting excited! i think this is worth a trip to manicurist too.
Edited to add: This link to an article that New York-based photographer Koren Reyes did on "what to wear" her photography website.

Edited to add: I got mine done by award-winning photographer Gideyon Kilfe
Whom I highly recommend though he is in the DC/VA/MD Area. He was patient and had an eye for capturing the pregnant woman. My family came in too and the results were great!

http://www.robfitch.com/maternity-photography.html

http://www.dannysteyn.com/pregnancy-photography-florida.htm

http://www.pregnancyportraits.net/


http://www.maternitybykoren.com/


http://www.linnealenkus.com/pregnancy-photography-intro.html
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!




ENJOY!!!


I'll be cooking today and Black Friday hustling tomorrow!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Houston: We have a Date!!

Got THE CALL from the scheduler at my OB office. I now know the DATE of lil chickadee's arrival.

It's going to be on the birthday of super hottie rapper LL Cool J and brainiac politician Julian Bond
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Monday, November 19, 2007

i just had an eerie and scary thought...


what's up with all these older celebrities giving birth to boy/girl fraternal twins?


Now InTouch is reporting that an insider is saying that JLO is expecting girl/boy twins.

Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross, Julia Roberts, Cybil Sheppard all had girl/boy twins as older moms who may have likely opted for fertility intervention options to conceive. Comidienne /Actress recently had boy twins too.

NOT TRYING to be judgmental, I'm just praying that while on fertility treatment, they didn't conceive multiples and decided to terminate (read: kill) the rest except one boy and one girl or just two.

I've heard of celebs do all sorts of whacky unethical and unsafe things for the sake of vanity;

induce at 8 months to avoid stretch marks....get tummy tucks on the same operating table as their c-sections....opt against breasfeeding so their boobs won't droop despite the benefits to their newborn...


But this, for me, if it were to be happening would be sickening.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

So what's new?


counting kicks: now that lil bean is growing and running out of room, gotta keep track of her movement as these last few weeks as babies start to double in size, many babies start to get tangled in their own umbilical cords and get theirselves in all sorts of trouble.

It doesn't help that my nurse sister who works in the OB/GYN phone triage accidentally shared with me a couple of disaster stories.
UM....WHAT ELSE?

I've started to Nest. On the list:

GET HOUSEHOLD AND WORK FILES IN ORDER
1. SORT the 10+lbs of paper from old files (to be shredded, to be filed, to be trashed)

2. CLEAR out the archaic files in the office and pack away files that are rarely used.

3. FILE the to be filed stuff away

4. SORT expenditures and invoices and hand over to accountant to do profit/loss statements and end of the year filings

GET READY FOR BABY
1. REGISTER for baby shower

2. BUY girly elements to neutralize the boys' old room
(get pretty drawer pulls, feminine looking blankets for the crib & wall hangings)

3. Wash clothes and infant plush toys in Dreft

4. Lease larger SUV or minivan. We're seriously leaning towards the Honda Pilot which seats 7

5. Arrange finances so can take at least 8 weeks away from office without having to do too much strenuous client work.
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Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

indigestion isn't a friend of mine!


so i was hoping i'd skip this stage, but NOPE!!! no such luck for this bambito.

combined with my acid reflux which has also decided it wouldn't be outdone by these other pregnancy symptoms and now post-nasal drip that I swear is coming from mold related allergies (GOTTA GET OUT OF MY OLD TOXIC HOUSE),

I have become a tums popping....Mylanta drinking...Rhincort snorting...FOOL!!!

yikes!!

THIS reminds me to call my doctor to schedule my elective C-section (I must have b/c no insurance company will allow a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for a person who has had TWO PREVIOUS C-sections. The medical risks are too high! *sigh*

'Tsalright with me...those 18 and 20 hour labors that ended in emergency C-sections were enough for me NOT TO ARGUE!! who wants to go through that a 3rd time? NOT I!

:D
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

when you're getting big, don't you hate skinny people even MORE?

Me...looking rolly and polly with my two SKINNY baby sisters aged 29 (in blue) and 18(in purple)
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Monday, November 12, 2007

baby at 30 weeks


Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

compliments of www.babycenter.com
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

what's in a name

so I'm thinking this week will be a good time to start thinking of a couple of back up names. We have settled on one now that is (1) biblical; (2) fits in with the boys' name; (3) makes a good initial...BUT...i'm not ure I'm liking it anymore and something is telling me she will not look like that name.

with our second child, we sent out announcements via email once he was born announcing his name and everything! Then...when the woman was down the hall on our way to my room to order his photos, I panicked! He didn't "look" like that name. CAlled hubby on the phone who was getting me a sandwhich down the street, but on his way to the hospital.

We had a quick convo trying to decide between our two back-up names AND its spelling. Needless to say, we picked a name and unfortunately a spelling that can easily be misprounced as there are two pronunciations of the name; one of which I ABSOLUTELY HATE!!!

ANYWAY...Back to the baby name drawing boards for us!
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Thursday, November 8, 2007

the most expensive strollers

based on my own personal online search, i think i found...
Edited to add: Check out the 2009 to this post HERE


THE MOST EXPENSIVE PRAM
Silver Cross Balmoral Pram retails for $2,995.00. For over 128 years, Silver Cross has been handcrafting traditional prams in Northern England. This model boasts three coats of high shine lacquer, English leather and is painted by hand and individually numbered. Okay!

THE MOST EXPENSIVE INFANT CARRIER SYSTEMThe Orbit Baby Infant Carrying System retails for $900.00 This sytem includes car seat that moves from car and attaches to become a stroller. There is metal chassis and aerospace-grade aluminum backbone,EPP foam liner, easily removable and washable micro-fiber cloth upholstery. The stroller features 360 degree rotation, removable Cargo Pod, sunshade extension,unique front suspension and rear pneumatic tires, convenient drink holders, telescoping handles.

EDITED TO ADD: The ever popular Bugaboo is close behind.

Every Celebrity I've read about and those Park Avenue and Orange County moms are strolling their babies around in this thing. Or shall I say their nannies are...This Bugaboo 2008 Cameleon Single Stroller Base in Dark Grey with Pink Canvas Fabric retails for $899.00!!!!

edited to add (thanks to my commenter)
THE MOST EXPENSIVE UMBRELLA STROLLER



Through its unique and innovative design, the Stokke Xplory provides you with an unparalleled flexibility that enables you to elevate your child to be closer to you. Being closer allows you to keep in contact and interact with your child, strengthening your child's own sense of security, safety, and assurance.

Available in six colors and with a wide range of optional accessories, the Stokke Xplory is the only carriage, pushchair, or stroller your child will ever need.

This puppy retails for $999.00

THE MOST EXPENSIVE LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLER
The Euro-baby Micralite TORO Newborn costs $849.00 $749.00. This stroller reclines and converts so you can use it until the baby is 4 years old. It has an allweather hood with a zip or rain cover, shopping basket, 5 point safety harness, adjustable handlebar


THE MOST EXPENSIVE JOGGER STROLLER

Baby Jogger Switchback Trailer Hybrid that retails for $699.00. The company boasts that this stroller is the quickest and easiet folding trailer stroller on teh market. It had 5-point harnss, directpull V-brake for increased stopping power in jogger mode. It has

  • THE MOST EXPENSIVE DOUBLE JOGGER STROLLER

    Baby Jogger City Series Double 12" Wheels retails for like $599.00 and has Front suspension that helps absorb bumps and keep wheels even on uneven terrain and boasts swivel front wheels with locking mechanism for fixed straight position, multi-position adjustable handle, deep padded reclining seat and can hold up to 100 lbs of kids!

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    I like this Joovy Big Caboose double stroller that retails for a comparably modest $300... but I think I'll try to get my current double stroller which is a quasi-busted Peg Perego Italian lightweight double stroller repaired and buy this Baby Trend Snap N Go Double thing below for when i am out just with the baby:
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    Wednesday, November 7, 2007

    Outing and Confirmation News

    Christina Aguilera finally confirmed her pregnancy! Whoa, she waited until she was in her THIRD TRIMESTER!! wow!
    And Italian designer Roberto Cavalli "outed" J-Lo too recently. Who says you can trust your bgf Designer to keep a secret!?! :DUPDATE!!! Apparently, they outed themselves at a recent concert. I wonder if Cavalli had any thing to do with it. J.-Lo announced, "Marc and I are expecting. After her announcement, Marc kissed Jennifer's belly and said, "I didn't know she was going to talk." JLo joked to the crowd for the rest of the concert after her announcement. "You don't mind if I catch my breath for a minute?"
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    Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    you still look good



    maybe it's an old fashioned thing, someone told me "wow...welll...you still look good" huh?

    and i notice that many older women comment and are surprised y my energy levels

    my mom and mom-in-law can't get over the belly hugging stuff i wear even tho they see it is more fashionable in these days to accentuate the belly. they shake their heads and tell me, "in our days, we didn't wear things to show off our round tummies."

    i think the opinion of older women are if you are pregnant, you should be holed up on a bed, eating bon bons getting fat, waddling around in a big moo moo or overalls with messy hair and not out and about looking fabulous...

    ..or something like that.
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    Monday, November 5, 2007

    The Layette

    We already have dozens of white and generic colored onsies and nighties from the boys. Thank God for my mother-in-law who spent a couple of days washing and folding an entire storage bin of these. Nonetheless, we wanted to add some girly stuff for Ms. newcomer, I headed out to Macy's yesterday, armed with a $50.00 gift card I got from a friend as a thank you for guest lecturing in her class, a $25.00 off gift coupon, a $10.00 rewards gift card and the hubby's Macy's credit card....

    ....I got all of the following for $75.00 net after factoring all my gift cards and coupons!!!A cute pink bunting; a two 6-pack of socks; a sleeper blanket; a pair of opaque tights; a sweater; a polka dot fleece outfit; and three layette sets that came with 2 fleece cardigans, a blanket, three bibs, two short sleeve shirts, three longsleeve onsies, 6 pair of pants, a nightie, two caps, two pair of socks!!!! I got newborn, 0-3months and 6-12 month size just in case girly is big or is a fast grower. I learned a lesson from gathering too many teeny tiny clothes that the boys quickly outgrew.These three are my favorite pieces: This cute cardigan, this bunting and the polka dot outfit. I SWORE UP AND DOWN that if I ever had a lil girl, I would not outfit her in Pink.

    tee hee. I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF! HA!
    Isn't this true???
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    Saturday, November 3, 2007

    girly diaper bag

    • HOLY DIAPER BAG!!!!!

    i think i'm in love with this Cynthia Rowley Diaper Bag...perfect for a girl...so far all my bags from the boys are black, navy and scream boy...i think girly needs her own special bag. tee hee.

    • Contemporary Style Diaper Tote
    • Shiny Patent Leather
    • Grosgrain Ribbon Detailing
    • Personal Notebook Blotter
    • Multi Easy-Drop Full Size Pockets
    • Matching Thinsulate TM Insulated Double Bottle Case
    • Coordinating Zippered Pouch
    • Fold Out Changing Pad w/ Head Rest Cushion
    • Eco-friendly -- Kalencom Diaper bags are AZO-free and utilize no Phthalates
      Zipper Enclosure

    oh my!!!

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    pregnancy work out



    after the traumatic news about my weight...i decided to add aerobic videos to my sporadic treadmill and steps routine I do in the basement....this morning, my kid was prolly like what the heck is all this bouncing about??!!!???



    I got this for my 2nd pregnancy, but for the first I got the Redbook video which I did it this morning before walking 30 minutes on the treadmill while catching up on a Digital Video Recording of Monday's Heroes episode




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    Thursday, November 1, 2007

    28 Week OB Visit

    i am going to not say a thing about this 9lb weight gain from last visit! Augh!

    on the good news all is going well...

    i got a clearance to get a preganancy massage...woo hoo. i can't wait and my back has been killing me and my sciatic nerve pain is back!! eeeek!

    i got a flu shot and they drew my blood after taking the glucose test.

    i'm crossing my fingers that it isn't positive like with my first child...tho, i do recall not gaining any excess weight after being put on a gestational diabetes diet...hmmmmm....
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