Sunday, August 31, 2008

ONE YEAR 20,000 HITS

woo hoo!! a year ago YESTERDAY, i put in my counter and who knew Bellyitch would be this popular. Today, we're at 20,130 hits.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

The cadillac of Jogging Strollers...

that is what one reviewer said about the B.O.B.

I'm going to my local REI coop store because they will assemble it for me for free and I don't want to have it shipped to me at a discount thru my Stroller Striders class because my hubby or I would have to assemble it and let's just say I'm not looking forward to having a wheel come loose mid stride! ha!

I heard that if you sign up for a free customer loyalty card, you get 10% off your purchases made all year at the end of the year.

There is already a sale going on and I'm thinking of getting this $389.00 stroller which is now $89.00 off and for a total of $309. Pretty steep, but that will encourage me to get my money's worth and use it daily.

I am hoping this purchase will help me get GG some fresh air daily and keep me on track in my training for the Army 10 Miler this October.

Despite telling her babysitter to take her out for daily walks and to read to her, I have a funny feeling she isn't obliging so my new fall schedule will be.

Pick up kids, pick up GG, feed boys, engage in play until hubby comes home, dinner, then run with mom, bedtime story. I'm going to enroll GG for the library story time for babies. I think this fall, she becomes of age. It's never too early to start them excited about books. She's getting of the age to start appreciating Baby Einstein dvds too I think.
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Friday, August 29, 2008

belly itch habits: the good and the bad

the good: she waves now. goodbye or hello. when she hears either word, she waves

the bad: she eats everything in her sight. including the following items we luckily found in her mouth before too late: a tiny elastic hair ornament and an earing. Not so lucky was the cotton ball that I discovered too late....um in a diaper! ewwww!

we've gotta put on two extra eyes on her.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

GG summer Vacation Pictorial

she headed to her first out-of-the-country flight to sunny Saint Maarten...enjoying a little mid-flight snack...
at a nice secluded but rocky Cupecoy beach at the Wyndham resort...(there is my baby sister/sitter who we carted along for her services, as sucky as they were and all! ha)
i love this photo...even tho she looks very serious...
me and GG, getting ready to head to the pool or beach...i forget where we were going this day...
chilling with daddy at the beach at our Royal Palm resort...
hanging in the suite with daddy...
we're getting ready to head out to Anguilla, another country a ferry ride away...
look sexy legs! hahaha!
i love this pouty mouth photo with the sunglasses on her head. too cute!
we invaded the baby pool at the Wyndham hotel...

our last day was spent at the capital city of Phillisburg, shopping our last dollars away...
GG was quite spoiled and mommy struck all trip and didn't want to be with anyone else but me. it was quite endearing but stressful because I am still anxious over hearing her cry a bit and it didn't make it easy to go out with hubby. Baby sister/sitter text us back home merely 2 hours into me and the hubby's one night away. *sigh*

on the ferry on the way to Anguilla...
chilling in the resort lobby before heading out for the day excursion. It was fun. too short! Lucky Girl!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Advertise or Promote your Product on Bellyitch

If you are a producer of a product for pregnant or nursing women, new parents or infants, feel free to drop me a line at belly_itch@yahoo.com to advertise or promote your product.

Bellyitch gets Thousands of Hits Each Week from Unique Web surfers looking for the following products/services:

1. Maternity Photography

2. Baby Strollers (Expensive ones at that, for some reason we get thousands of hits for that term monthly)

3. Baby Clothes (Again, there is a deep interest in the most expensive infant clothes)

4. Shoes for Infants Learning to Walk

5. Chic and Hip Diaper Bags

6. Infant Swings that use Batteries

7. Baby Registry Items

Bellyitch will do an update of its Most Expensive Stroller and Infant Clothes post each Summer in August. Give me a shout if you want to be included!

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OR YOU CAN DO A GIVE-AWAY


ONGOING HEMAWAY SEAT GIVE-AWAY - FOR HEMORRHOIDS RELIEF


Item from the Damo Momo Maternity Wear Collection
- Contest Ends Dec. 30


Little Lesiw Set of Three Blooms - Contest Ends Dec. 20


Purple Trail One Year Membership - Contest Ends Dec 15 at Midnight


WUBZZY'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE - Contest Ends 11/20 at Midnight



BEBE AU LAIT HOOTER HIDERS - Contest ends Nov 15 at Midnight


Making Babies BooK: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
-Contest Ends Oct 21 at Midnight


SANDRA MANGSAMEN SNUGGLE ME STORY BOOKS - Contest Ends 9/17 at Midnight


GINGERA ANTACID - Contest Ends August 7, 2009


A COPY OF YOUR BEST BIRTH
- Contest Ends May 8, 2009


WANT TO SPONSOR A CONTEST OR GIVEAWAY FOR BELLYITCH READERS?

Disclaimer: Bellyitch is published by JJ Ghatt who occasionally receives items/books for free related to pregnancy, childbirth or parenting for review. Her opinions are her own and she will publish reviews even if she does not find a product satisfactory.


CONTACT ME @ BELLY_ITCH(at)YAHOO.COM



Regards,

JJ
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BELLYITCH RECOMMENDS!

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Belly Itch Contests and Giveaways

Check back here for give-aways and Contests.


If you are the producer of a baby, maternity, pregnancy related product, book or service you want reviewed on Bellyitch, drop me a line at belly_itch@yahoo.com to discuss.

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Ongoing Contest: The Hemaway Seat

There’s a new treatment for hemorrhoids called the HemAway Seat (www.hemaway.com). According to the makers, the device, it is FDA-cleared, convenient and effective. You don’t need to use creams, suppositories or even undergo an invasive procedure. The HemAway Seat fills a void in the available treatment options for hemorrhoids that allows sufferers to avoid surgery but is more effective than the home remedies currently out on the market. The Seat only works for internal hemorrhoids so make sure you consult your doctor to see what type of hemorrhoids you have.
Intriguing no?

How the HemAway Seat works:

  • The HemAway Seat discreetly attaches (home model) or rests (travel model) on a toilet seat. Sufferers sit on the seat, which allows the hemorrhoid to retract into the body for instant relief.
  • Hemorrhoid sufferers can use the device in the privacy of their own home.
  • The HemAway Seat naturally uses one’s body weight to allow the prolapsing internal hemorrhoid to gently withdraw into the body for immediate relief of pain, discomfort and irritation.

Some facts about hemorrhoids:
  • Hemorrhoids are one of the most wide-spread medical conditions in America, affecting more of the U.S. population each year than asthma and even obesity.
  • One in two Americans experience hemorrhoids by the age of 50.
  • 70 percent of women suffer from hemorrhoids at some point during pregnancy of after delivery. Thirty percent of them are still bothered by hemorrhoids one month after the baby’s birth, and 11 percent still have a problem after 6 months.
  • According to one clinical study performed to test a new and highly effective surgical procedure, only 41 percent of advanced-stage hemorrhoid sufferers were satisfied with the results of surgical removal.
The makers of this device called The Hemway Seat are letting me give away one travel seat valued at $129.00!! to a Bellyitch Reader!

I will keep this post open until I get 10 entries. Email me Belly_itch@yahoo.com.

Put in the Subject line: Hemway Seat Giveaway.

Thanks for participating and Good luck!
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About Me

[Edited to Add: 7 Things About Me Post]

I am a thirty something wife and mother to two wonderful and mischievous little boys and their sweet and equally mischievous baby sister, GG. I love to go out and dress up. In fact, I fancy myself a bit of a fashionista, keeping up with the latest trends and experimenting once in a while in them.

I have been called a supermom. I don't think there is such a thing. Who can be all things to everything all the time...and be happy? Unfortunately, I come from a social circle of those overachieving "Keeping Up with the Joneses" set of folks that try to compete with members in the circle on everything from homes, cars to children's achievements. I try to limit myself and exposure to situations where I am in unnecessary and unsolicited competition. I found that a lot in my law school and since getting married and having children have been good about distancing myself from people who want to compete with me. Really, What's the point? Why can't we all just "do us" and be happy for one another?

I manage two businesses including my law firm. My family is my life. It includes my best friend, my husband of 10 years, who keeps me on my toes, keeps me laughing and grounded. He is my rock and I am so in love with him. Of course, my beautiful amazing, smart, witty, fun-loving, children who make me so happy to be alive! My sisters and I have a great bond. They each have one child. My brother is a lark. He is trying to find himself. Maybe it's a male thing or early 20s thing. He's going to get it together eventually. My folks are African immigrants and I enjoy staying grounded and in touch with my African roots through them.

I have many flaws with my biggest one being my time management skills. I need to learn to respect my and other's time more. Imperfect am I, working each day towards a better me! I am prone to typing too fast and being too quick to want to post and will let go with a few typos. Thank Goodness I am not that anal to let that get to me. I ask readers to do the same. My motto is, after all, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff."

I love pregnant ladies. I started this blog on the suggestion of a friend Saucy, from the Triinidad Carnival Diary when I was pregnant with my third and last child. It has since taken off and become its own thing, highlighting tips, reviews, celebrity pregnancy photos.

Regarding Celebrity Pregnancy Photos, I try to seek out those who are not covered by the other pregnancy blogs. Hence the tag line "colorful pregnancies" I don't discriminate. The pregnant woman is a miracle. She carries life and that should be celebrated, honored and revered. It is a tough task and a privilege not a right. Enough of my soapbox!

Bellyitch is much found via Google searches for all things maternity related and is often the first or second hit for pregnancy topics, hence its top listings among rankable sites like AllTop and Post Rank. It also, fortunately or unfortunately, gets a lot of unique hits, which means that it courts new users in the thousands each week. I do hope one day to get a loyal and larger following of repeat visitors, especially those that comment! I love getting comments, but rarely do. Oh well. Someday!


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Monday, August 25, 2008

we're back!

GG spent her first vacation in the Caribbean, on the beautiful sunny island of Saint Maarten or Sint Maarten as spelled by the Dutch Netherlands countrymen that own the twin island. (The northern bulk of the island is owned by the French, Saint Martin). Alas, GG's hair is a frizzy mess and I am tempted to use this which I found while surfing for some hair care alternatives. It's supposed to be designed for black, multiracial, African American and ethnic hair. I like how they acknowledge that not all black people are African American.

The Carol's Daughter's products that I spent a small fortune on does a great job at getting GG's hair smelling nice and I love the all natural wholesome ingredients in the products, but unfortunately, it's not working too well to get GG's hair as manageable as I would want it.

Oh, I experimented on GG's hair with help from my baby sister (who is 15 years my junior and who came along on the trip to be a babysitter). I learned how to cornrow her hair! yay!

Gonna upload pics soon.

in other news: GG turned into a first class/first rate mischiefmaker while away and she became utterly mommy-struck as she got used to 24 hour access to me and would not go to anyone else. not her dad, my baby sister or her grandma who traveled with us. Hrmphf!

tough luck for the babysitter who gets a freshly spoilt rotten child tomorrow.

Oh and SHE WAS A TOTAL HIT during travels and up and down that island. I think she made like 1,000 friends of all ages, races, genders etc...couldn't walk two steps without being stopped by a fan. She's a flirty happy baby. It was nice to meet so many different people with GG.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Celebrity Roundup

I will definitely use a little piece of my vacation next week to fix up this blog, in the meantime, here are a few select pics of preggers celebs and celeb kids I found around the blogsphere.


rapper Lil Mo recently confirmed that she is NOT pregnant, but that this dress just bubbles up and made her look so...Mohammed Ali's daughter boxer and former Dancing with the Stars phenom, Lailah, is pregnant and due in September, the best month to be born in, may I add. :D

Barak and his daughters vacationing in Hawaii in April. I know I'm late
Beyonce and an old'ish pic of her baby sister Solange's son Juv...
Kimora Lee Simmons and her princesses out on the town with boyfriend Djimon Hounsou (and friends)...
Usher in a recent People magazine spread with his 8month old son, Usher Raymond V...
Rest in peace, Isaac Hayes, seen here with his son, Nana Kwadjo Hayes, who is now a toddler...

Bernie Mac left behind a beautiful grandaughter, Jasmine....rest in Peace Bernie his daughter, Je'Niece, seen here with her husband Tre while preggers with Jasmine

Brad pit took Zahara out to the museum in Saint Paul de Vence, France recently...
Yeah...Nicole is still razor thin despite having popped out a kid around the same time as me...i'm hating, pardon me (though she is a bit wayyy thinner than I'd like to be)
just the other day I was listening to my Lenny Kravitz cd and singing along to "Flowers for Zoe" he wrote when he and Lisa Bonet were together and Zoe was a baby and lookey here, lil Zoe is 19!!! Seen here with her mom, and her 1 year old half sister Lola Lolani Momoa.

photo credit: blackcelebkids.com and theYBF.com
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

i hate to have to bring out my inner byatch but...

...I am going to have to start enforcing certain neuroticism on the world when it comes to my baby.


To the public

1. STOP TOUCHING MY CHILD'S HANDS!!
No matter how hard I try to hold GG close to me when standing in line or in close quarter's with other people, it is IMPOSSIBLE to stop random well intentioned strangers who are drawn by her chubby cheeks from TOUCHING HER HANDS. aye!! I do not know where your hands have been, whether you wiped your ass when you came out of the bathroom, whether you'd be playing in dirt, so why would you think it is okay to TOUCH MY CHILD'S HANDS. She puts her hands in her mouth all the time and that is a recipe for her to eat your FUGGIN GERMS! Aye! People are making me have to be one of "those mothers" that are neurotic and borderline "overprotective" of their children. But I think *sigh*it is in order and I have to stop being so nice and not wanting to offend or come off as a byatch. I have bitten my tongue long enough but from TODAY ON, I am going to nicely as possible tell people not to do that. I think I'm going to have to travel with my anti-bacterial and be so "rude" as to rub it in GG's hands immediately after the offending action AND BEFORE she gets a chance to put her hands in her mouth. I really don't think people actually THINK BEFORE DOING THAT...

2. STOP TOUCHING MY CHILD'S CHEEKS AND/OR HAIR! This brings me to the next annoying and offending thing. GG's face is currently broken out and it could be from incessant kissing from us, but I dare say she is too susceptible to innocent people again (maybe while in the child care giver's care and sometimes from her brothers) touching her cheeks. I admit, the fact that they are so chubby and "pinchable" it is hard for folks' to resist the urger to touch them, but please EXHIBIT SOME RESTRAINT PEOPLE! Again, from TODAY ON, I WILL politely as possible tell folks to NOT TOUCH HER FACE (and hair). She seems to have sensitive skin and is not reacting well to all the nasty bacteria. Am I being unreasonable?? I don't think so because I have to treat GG's break outs and she is MY CHILD!! I have to look out for her or I wouldn't be doing my job as a mom.

Privately, I must insist to my wonderful hubby again to not wash the baby's clothes in adult detergent.
At 7 months old, and again because she has sensitive skin, I think it's best to keep washing the baby's close in Dreft or some other mild detergent reserved for infant clothes. It is so easy to relax about the stringent rules we used to impose when the baby was just born, but given GG's recent rash outbreak on her body, it's probably better to be safe than sorry.

Also, I myself must resist the temptation in outfitting her immediately in clothes I just pick up from the store BEFORE washing it. Those clothes are touched by all sorts of hands in the store and the manufacturing plant probably had all sorts of unknown agents on the stuff. Who knows, the few times I dressed GG in clothes not previously washed could have contributed to her outbreak. It's so easy to get lax.

And GG has a cold right now that I think she got from her 3 year old brother but who knows if it is from a non-sterilized cup. GG has never gotten the hang of drinking from a bottle and I've since stopped giving them to her, but I have been lax about sterilizing her sippy cup. The other day I discovered that her brother will drink from the cup when I'm not looking. That probably explained a possible way that GG picked up her brother's cold, but in any event, the lesson learned is to NOT RELAX too soon. She is an infant still until her first birthday and all those uptight rules still apply until then.

OKAY. NOW THAT I'VE MEMORIALIZED ALL OF MY ANGST AND ISSUES HERE IN THIS BLOG, I THINK I FEEL EMPOWERED TO START ENFORCING THESE RULES CONDITIONS ON MY SELF AND THE PEOPLE AROUND ME AND STOP BEING A PUSHOVER (AND LAZY)
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

NINE YEARS AGO TODAY...

My sweetheart made me an honest woman! And I haven't looked back! The laughter and good times keep on coming. Lucky me!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

weightloss wednesday

after 7 months and 2 weeks, I am FINALLY DOWN TO MY PRE-PREGNANCY WEIGHT OF 140LBS!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!

somebody pop some champagne!

I, personally, have decided to give up alcohol and dairy and meat products for this last stretch before our annual family vacation abroad. I'm hoping to look quasi svelte in a Tankini!

Which reminds me I need to hog tail my but to the local swimsuit store that is going out of business before all the College Coeds from my town make it back to campus and swoop down!

I have my eye on an orange something on a mannequin in the window.

pressure!

I'm going to go tackle a mannequin! ha! I'M A NUT...A 140LB nut, to be exact!
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Flickr Meme

I got this from EbonyMommy and I had fun putting it together!
1. Jeneba 2. Spinach 3. Eleanor Roosevelt 4. Blue 5. Boris Kodjoe 6. Mojito 7. Japan 8. Brownie Sundae 9. Talk Show Host 10.Children 11. Funny 12. Cocoa

Your turn!
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your Flickr name.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

the Bradgelina twins pics

14 million for these first pics! wow! so glad the money is going to charity.

photo: Hello Magazine
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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Play with my 7month old

After two kids, I think I've quasi-mastered the art of play with small children at different stages. I've picked up quite a bit from the very costly sessions at Gymboree and Kindermusik and other Play and Learn programs I've enrolled the kids into...from those classes, I've picked up the two top 2-3 activities:

These days, in addition to letting her play and explore free of mom on her play mat with her assortment of toys, me and 7month old play together by doing the following:

Making Faces in the Mirror: I sit in a long mirror with her in front of me and make funny faces. Then a straight emotionless one, then a wacky smile, then normal, then tongue dangling. It cracks her up!! She learns: it is her reflection and not another kid in the mirror.

Roll the ball: With her sitting on one side of the room a feet from me, I roll her a ball and encourage her to roll it back. She learns about cause and effect. These days tho, she's apt to pick up the ball and start suck/teething on it, but I think she's getting the concept anyway.

Fun with Scarves: I lay her on her back and dance around her swishing colorful scarves in her face. She learns to track objects with her eyes and appreciate depth.

Texture fun: We walk around the house and when an object catches her eyes, I let her feel it. She learns about the textures of different objects.

Dance with mom: She loves music and bounces up and down whenever its played overhead. I hold her hands and let her bounce on my lap or pick her up and get a little exercise of my own and dance with her. She gets the benefit of inner ear coordination from the whizzing about. We get the same effect when we play Tick Tock Tick Tock I'm a little cuckoo clock or Airplane.

Read with me:
She loves to see the pictures and feel the texture books. She learns about variation in spoken/oral language and starts the process of learning to read and appreciate books.

Up under me: While she plays, I lay at her feet playing with her and her toys. She learns to appreciate having mommy at her level which is a different perspective from looking up at everything/one all the time.

That's it for this stage. I think I might enroll her in a Gymboree class this fall so she can have fun with all the cool soft indoor play gym equipment.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

7 months Old!!!


Aye. They grow so fast. SLOOOOOOOOW DOWN BABY!!! (pictured here with daddy)
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