Monthly Archives: November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re heading out this afternoon with the free-range turkey in tow, along with the enormous bowl of cranberry sauce (ask me for the recipe!) that I made yesterday!

We’re lucky; no flying (something I’m eternally grateful for this year!), and only an hour and a half to drive.

Tomorrow I’ll watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at my in-laws house, as I did at my own family’s house every year growing up.

We’ll eat, we’ll laugh, hopefully nothing will get burned by me, and at some point we’ll watch some football, take a walk, and maybe play a game.

I’m very grateful to have family to be with on Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for the gift of life; my own, my baby’s and everyone’s. I’m grateful for God’s love. And of course, I’m grateful for all of you.

I hope you all have a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

And here’s the president on the Butterball hotline:

With 5 weeks left…

I have some questions that I’d love to ask any of you out there that may have wisdom to share. I’m a sponge ladies. I’m ready to soak it up.🙂

I do apologize if you clicked over here today to read something insightful, funny, or not related to babies. I’ll do my best to get something else up tomorrow! For now, please enjoy this:

The Opera Company of Philadelphia hidden out as shoppers at Macy’s, breaking out into the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah flash-mob style!


Now, on with the show. Because obviously my parenting questions are more important than Handel.

  • How did you find your pediatrician/family doctor? Did you meet him/her before the baby’s birth?
  • Is the MOBY wrap as incredibly difficult as it looks when I take it out and it’s in a pile on the nursery floor? How did you get into a rhythm with it?
  • If you have a breast pump, at what point did you buy it? Did you wait until the baby was born to see if you needed it? Or buy one ahead of time?
  • How many crib sheets and receiving blankets do I really need?
  • What was the most comforting/helpful/essential thing you had with you during labor?
  • What are/were your coping strategies for sleep deprivation?
  • Do I need both a bouncer and a swing? Are either of these safe to borrow/buy used?
  • What are the best nursing products you’ve used? Specifically, which brand of bra have you used/liked?
  • What is something you wished you had at the hospital/birthing center during labor and delivery? What is something you brought that was useless?

I really do appreciate any advice or stories you might have to share! And how awesome is that video? “A Random Act of Culture” — I love it!

Viva Cristo Rey!

Happy Feast of Jesus Christ the King!

“The King is Jesus; in him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind. God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wrong ways into right ways… The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the one who writes straight on crooked lines.”   – Pope Benedict XVI


Long live Christ the King — Viva Cristo Rey!

7 Quick Takes — Harry Potter Edition

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It’s been a long time coming. Tonight we are going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I! This is the beginning of the end of the series. The books ended in 2007 with the publication of Deathly Hallows, and the movie series will end in 2011 when part 2 is released. I’m devoting my quick takes to all things HP today.


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ten years is a long time:

Harry, Ron, and Hermione in 2000

Harry, Ron, Hermione in 2010

Kids these days, they grow up so fast.

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Here are some of my favorite lines from the Harry Potter series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all — the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”
— Dumbledore

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Ginny! said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”    – Mr. Weasley

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

“You think the dead we love ever truly leave us? You think we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him.”
— Dumbledore


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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”   — Dumbledore


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

Just read the whole book. It’s my favorite one.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! ” said Dumbledore loudly. “The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart…You have flitted into Lord Voldemort’s mind without damage to yourself, but he cannot posses you without enduring mortal agony. I do not think he understands why, Harry, but then, he was in such a hurry to mutilate his own soul, he never paused to understand the incomparable power of a soul that is untarnished and whole.”  — Dumbledore

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And probably my favorite piece of Harry Potter wisdom:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Dumbledore in HP and the Chamber of Secrets


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This is just one of the funniest videos related to Harry Potter that I’ve seen. It gets me every time.


heh. heh.


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This doesn’t have to do with Harry Potter exactly, but have you seen this? Emma Watson (Hermione) cut her hair off! I can’t say I blame her though. She’s basically had to wear it exactly the same for the last ten years.

What do you think of the short cut?

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And last but not least, the trailer for tonight’s event:



Hope you all have a great weekend! And if you haven’t read HP, what are you waiting for??

He won’t rest until you do.

33 Weeks!

Or I suppose one could say week 33?

In either case, Monday I was 33 weeks, and yesterday was my appointment. Since about week 20 or so, I have been saying to Atticus “Oh she’s going to put me on insulin this time” or something to that effect. But it still hasn’t happened! I know the last weeks of a diabetic pregnancy are the worst, and it still could, but it would be so great if I only needed a few weeks of insulin, as opposed to 20. Just saying.

At this point I’m going to talk about pregnancy stuff; if you’d rather not read it, here’s a cute scene from Elf to distract you:

A few other pregnancy related updates:

  • I have six weeks until my induction! I’m not sure whether I should secretly be praying that I go into labor a little early (which if a few days early would be on Christmas) or not. I’d like to not have to be induced, but I’d also like to not spend Christmas eve/day in a hospital.
  • Baby girl is head down as of yesterday’s ultrasound. I thought for sure after her gymnastics routines of the last few days that she was laying transverse. I hope she’ll stay head down for the duration.
  • She is measuring right on target for gestational age, and she weighs 4.5 pounds — no toddlers at birth for me (I hope!)
  • As of right now, I have gained 13 pounds with this pregnancy. It seems sort of strange to me that I’ve only put on 13 pounds, and the baby takes up 4.5 of them. I haven’t been dieting either. I’ve been watching my carbs (for the most part) but have been enjoying nuts, butter, eggs, and cheese to my hearts content. Oh well, I’m not complaining. It’ll just make it easier to lose after she comes out!
  • Though I have to say, this is getting old:

Random person: How far along are you? OR When are you due?

Me: 33 weeks OR December 27th

Random person: No! You can’t be! You’re so small. You can’t be 33  weeks! OR You better get eating! OR Feed that baby!

Seriously, just smile and say how nice or congratulations. Do you think I don’t know I’m carrying small or that you’re the first brilliant soul to point that out to me? I guess its nice though that people actually realize I’m pregnant at this point, because as recently as 25 -28 weeks, I mentioned being pregnant to someone and they said, “Are you really?” Nice.

  • Sleeping comfortably now is akin to an Olympic event. If I lay on my back more than 5-10 minutes I get dizzy and lightheaded, and I have siatic nerve pain in my lower back for about 40% of each day. I invested in one of those full body pillows for pregnant women, and it was so worth it. I love that thing. I’ve finally discovered a systematic way of twisting myself around it that allows me to mimic sleeping on my stomach, but actually being on my side. It’s great as long as I don’t have to roll over in the night.😉
  • The back pain. Oy. I’ve inflated my exercise/birth ball and spend a lot of time bouncing on it to help my back. Anyone else have suggestions for relieving siatica?
  • Her nursery is finally 95% done! Just some little things to get and it’ll be all set.
  • I don’t know if I’ve had “nesting” per se, but for the first time in my life I’ve noticed that gutters need to be cleaned, and created a to-do list for Atticus to winterize our home. Last weekend I made him clean the entire garage with me, my very first garage scrubbing ever. Never mind, I think I have been “nesting”.
  • Did I mention only six weeks?? I can’t believe that it’s that soon, yet at the same time it feels like forever. I’m also incredibly excited to be experiencing the last month of my pregnancy co-inciding with Advent. I want to write a post about this at some point.
  • One last thing, lest I sound like a whiner. Even with the discomforts, I am so happy and blessed to be six weeks away from our baby that 90% (hey I’m not a saint!) of the time, it doesn’t bother me at all.

I don’t have a 33 week picture, but here is one from 31 weeks:


Thanks for reading!

Where will YOU be…

On November 27th (the Saturday after thanksgiving)?

The Holy Father is leading a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on November 27th, the day before the First Sunday of Advent. Why just as Advent dawns?

“Advent calls to mind the centuries of expectation for the Messiah, but also focuses on the expectant Blessed Virgin Mary.

In its observance of the days leading up to Christmas, the Church implicitly recognizes that an unborn child is a human being, a person with the same dignity as anyone who has already been born. Christ once was an embryo, a fetus, an unborn child. He who died on the cross to save mankind is the same person who was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As Christ is in our midst from the moment of the Annunciation, a woman who is pregnant for the first time is already a mother.”

The Pope has asked all Bishops of the world to join him as he celebrates this vigil.

“It’s the first of its kind, and the symbolism could hardly be more meaningful, the need hardly more significant.

Pope Benedict will lead the main celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica. The vigil will include Eucharistic adoration to “thank the Lord for his total self-giving to the world and for his incarnation which gave every human life its real worth and dignity.” That’s according to a letter from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.”

You can read more about it here.

We were initially planning on getting a lot (read most) of our Christmas shopping done on that Saturday, so we can be more relaxed as the final weeks of this pregnancy are upon us. Well still get some shopping done, but in the midst of fluttering from store to store, hunting for bargains, we’ll take some time out of our day to attend the Vigil that will be hosted in our Diocese, and pray that this time of Advent’s joyful anticipation will also increase in our hearts a respect for all human life and dignity.

Will your diocese have a vigil on November 27th? If they do, will you be there?

7 Quick Takes Friday — Gratitude Edition

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Today’s post is devoted to things I’m grateful for; after all, November is the month of Gratitude right? In addition to these things, I am grateful for Jen for hosting quick takes!

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Fat-Free Greek Yogurt.

It’s a protein power-house, has no (or low) fat, and less carbs than regular yogurt. Since strawberries aren’t really in season right now, I eat the yogurt with apples, pears, grapes, or raisins usually.  It also keeps me full for a long time. Success!

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My washer and dryer. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain this. Just show you the alternative:


I rest my case. Praise the Lord and pass the dryers sheets!

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Books. I love books. They are my friends.

Libraries. Places where free book shopping happens. What could be better?

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My black velour track suit. Yes, call me J-Lo if you must. But it’s comfortable on my 3rd trimester body, and lets me look pretty put together when I pair it with a cute shirt or scarf, and nice flats. Don’t judge.

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Clean drinking water in three rooms of my house. This fact alone places me in about the most privileged 10% of the world’s population. I only have to take ten steps to get clean water.

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My wonderful, amazing husband, Atticus.

I love him.

The dog is in the picture is pretty cool too.


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Last, but certainly not least, the Internets. Without which, none of this would be possible.


What are you grateful for?

How Appropriate


I was reading my usual blogs this morning, and I came across a post from Jen at Conversion Diary about her 3rd labor, and how she came to understand the concept of “offering it up” just a little bit better through her very hard labor. You can read it here.

Seeing how my own experience of powerful physical suffering is impending (just about 7 weeks from now) I am so fascinated by this post. I’d like to say I’ve given a lot of thought to how to offer up labor suffering for certain intentions, but I haven’t.

I think now I will try.


If you’ve been through labor, or another intense experience of physical (or mental) suffering, did you “offer it up”? Was this hard to do?

Baby Shower!

I was so blessed to have a baby shower on Saturday! Elizabeth and Caitilin worked so hard on the food and drinks, and they were delicious! It was an intimate group, as two friends were unable to make it at the last minute (we missed you!) but a great time was had by all.

Here are some of the highlights:

Me with Caitilin (on the left) and Elizabeth, the hostesses!


Me with Grandma-to-be and Aunt-to-be!


The group minus Caitilin (who took the picture)


The delicious lunch which included a fall salad, lentil soup, wraps, fruit, and prosciutto wrapped dates. So good!

Also, please note the Preggatinis, which were apple flavored.


Gingerbread Maple cake homemade by Elizabeth!


She made the blanket!


Wearing the Mom-to-Be medal. It was silly.


One of many, many cute gifts sent by my grandparents, who couldn’t be there.


And, the real star of the show, the lovely miss Elaina, with her lovely mama Emily.


In case you were wondering where Atticus was hiding during all of this, he went with his dad and Elizabeth’s husband to the Indy Motor Speedway to walk around and see old race cars. I think they are pizza too. A sufficiently masculine activity.🙂

Again, I can’t say enough how blessed we are to have such wonderful friends and family, and how excited we are to welcome our little girl! Nursery pics to come soon.



7 Quick Takes — Baby Shower Edition!

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Tomorrow is my baby shower! I’m still kind of in awe at all of this happening. Not that I really thought I’d never get pregnant again before I did, but I was so very scared of another miscarriage after losing Michael. In the beginning of this pregnancy, every time a small milestone passed, and everything was alright, I breathed a little easier. When we saw her for the first time, heard her heartbeat at 8 weeks, then at each appointment after, and then to feel her movements. It’s been so incredible and healing for me.

Now to be going to my own baby shower tomorrow, it’s so exciting but also humbling to have be reminded again of the gift I’ve been  given in this pregnancy!

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Two of my wonderful friends have planned the shower; Elizabeth and Caitilin.

Elizabeth (and her husband) are dear friends from our Chicago days, and they are going to be Baby’s godparents! Elizabeth and I met when we were both volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center in Chicago.

I’m so excited because she and her husband are coming down tonight for the whole weekend!!

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Caitilin is a great friend here in Indy. We met her and her wonderful husband at a young adult adoration group last fall. She is about the sweetest person I’ve ever met (and I know a lot of great people!). She was part of the ENDOW study I facilitated back in the spring, and we got to know each other a lot better through that.

Even though Elizabeth and Caitilin have never met, they worked together to plan everything for tomorrow!

Another pleasant surprise for this weekend; my super-sweet (and very busy) sister in law Janice is coming up from Nashville, and we’ll get to spend some time with her on Sunday too!

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What does one wear to a baby shower? It’s going to be at my house, in the afternoon. I want to dress up, but I’m feeling like a beached whale these days, so “dressing up” is pretty relative. Also, it’s going to be a high of 43 degrees tomorrow.

I bought this dress from Target, and I want to wear it, but I probably need to wear either tights or leggings under it so I don’t freeze.*whines about tights like I did when I was six* They’re itchy. Not to mention, all I have are pre-maternity tights which make me feel like a sausage.

Product Image Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity 3/4-Sleeve Twist Knot Dress - Ebony/Purple

Cute dress though, right?🙂

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If you’ve ever had a baby shower, what was the best/worst gift you received? If you had a registry, are there things you registered for that you realized later were pointless? Did you go back later and get items from your registry that you didn’t receive as a gift?

I’m curious as to what other moms find useful or good as a shower gift.

If you’ve ever been to a baby shower, what was the best gift you have given? Do you think there are things moms register for that make you go, “why would anyone want that”?

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Games. More specifically, shower games. The only reason I’m not nervous about this is because I trust my two wonderful friends who planned this thing not to humiliate me (too badly!).

I went to a baby shower recently for a friend, and they had really good games. Nothing humiliating for the mom to be, nothing totally awkward for the guests, nothing involving melted candy bars in a diaper. A good time was had by all.

What’s the best/worst shower game you’ve ever (been forced to) play?

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Last, but not least, Preggatinis. Caitilin found this book at the library and showed it to me. Genius! It’s a book full of nothing but mock-tails created specifically for pregnant women. The book is broken down by trimester, and includes ingredients that are healthy for each stage of pregnancy.

There’s also holiday themed drinks, and ways to make the preggatinis real drinks for dads to enjoy too.🙂

We’re having a Thanksgiving themed drink tomorrow for the party; so excited!

I’ll make sure to have someone take lots of pictures tomorrow and give an update next week! Have a blessed weekend!

For more quick takes, go to Conversion Diary.

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