Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Baby Shower Recap!

Baby Shower Synopsis (I wanted to wait until I had pics).

My baby shower was this Sat. I was so psyched because I'd never been to one. Last week my digicam got wet and now it's focked up, so no digipics. So, I bought one of those disposables and my peeps had one too. First thing, my mom calls me when I'm getting ready and I had actually told my ex-coworker the wrong times because I sent her an email image of the 1st version of the invite. But it all turned out well she ended up pitching in with my mom and granma (she was the only non-black guest there, too).



Well, I get there and all the food is laid out in the kitchen looking fabulous. I wonder if anyone took a pic of that before we started eating. We had 2 spiced shrimp platters, a platter of croissant sandwiches, meatballs, fried chicken wings, veggie platter, pasta salad (so-so good), potato salad, a meat and cheese tray, and a cracker and cheese tray. YUM!



The party was held downstairs and we played a lot of fun games and ppl. got prizes, I wish I could have played because one game was guess the celeb. parents by the child and I knew all of them!!! My mom had bought for prizes a Bombay & Co. cordials set, Gift Cards to Target, Christmas Glass Drink Stirrers, a silver frame, and one game had a cash prize.



The game with the cash prize was the one with the baby pins and you can't say certain words or someone can steal your pin, the words were BOY, SHOWER, and BABY. At one point in the game my great-aunt and her ex-girlfriend started arguing about the rules. My aunt said she hadn't heard that there were 3 words you couldn't say and she wasn't giving her the pin. My non-black guest looked a little frazzled at this point. :lol:



I got a ton o' stuff! The baby has 24 onesies alone in the size 0-3 mths. I also received a baby swing, play yard, high chair, carrier, baby tub, a Bombay & Co. memory box, 2 Target gift cards, 1 Babies R Us giftcard, and loads of clothes. The funniest moment of the night was when I pulled out these window shades for the car and I thought it was a flat-iron (everyone laughed at me) you can't take the PJ out the girl even at a babyshower. :lol:



I had a lot of fun and I am going to do my Thank You cards this weekend. Yesterday when I was at home I put together the baby swing, I love it!







 

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

COME ON BABY!!!


 I am 34 wks. and SO READY to have the baby out!  It is sooo hard to get a goodnight's sleep.  My ribs hurt at night, my back hurts, I have to get up to pee...AARGH!  I'm really hoping that he comes the week of Christmas (and is healthy, if so).  Also, I want everyone to know women are pregnant for 10 MONTHS, not 9!!!  A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks...do the math!!!

In other news my shower is on Saturday and I am so psyched.  This will be the first baby shower I've been to EVER!  

More news...nursery is NOT DONE!  We need to:
  • Remove the dangonne couch.
  • Move the desk downstairs.
  • Paint the walls.
I guess it's okay, since we won't be getting the nursery furniture until January, but I would like it to be set up.  So far I bought an unfinished shelf with a place for pictures in the bottom and stained it as well as decoupaged it with basketball images.  It is very cute if I do say so myself.  I still have to spray it with the sealer and then it'll be finished.  I also made a lightplate switch in baby blue, that says BABY HASSAN on it in brown wood letters.  I am working on these wooden block letters that spell out his name, they will be baby blue and brown and hung on the wall with ribbons.  Kind of like this:

Image Courtesy of Gaga Designs

Monday, November 27, 2006

New Tummy Pics....

Turn away from the screen, if tummy pics bother your delicate sensibilities.

I am 31 weeks, in these pictures. (Nov. 22, 2006)

 

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Homestretch




The Homestretch is HERE! I’m in month 7 (almost 30 wks. to be exact)! The baby can come between 36-40 wks. and be considered full term. These next few months will be very busy, with an increase in doctor’s visits, getting the house ready for baby, my baby shower, and taking my childbirth classes.

So far I need to:


  • Pack my bag for the hospital

  • Clean my bedroom and reorganize it so it’s not like an obstacle course – Hassan will be sleeping in a co-sleeper bed with us in our bedroom for at least one month, but maybe up to 3mths.

  • Prepare the nursery – Paint, reorganize, get rid of the couch in there, set up things.

  • Take the childbirth classes-they start Dec. 3.

  • Find out what I'm wearing for my shower.

I'm so psyched right now and just can't wait for my baby to come home!

Monday, October 2, 2006

It's getting closer to that time...

And I am as excited as heck! Here's what's been on my mind lately....LABOR! Oh my gosh, I'm kind of scared, but also kind of excited. I sorta pride myself on my high threshold for pain, so I'm actually really contemplating a NATURAL CHILDBIRTH! I started thinking about it after reading an article in one of my baby magazines and they were saying how alert their baby was because of the natural childbirth. Also, I've read that when doing a natural birth, the mother is more in control and that the doctors may have to do less interferring because of that.

One thing that I know I do not want is an episiotomy, I was reading that if you start massaging the perenium at about 34 weeks, you should not have to have one. I know some doctors give you one as a preventative measure so you don't tear regardless, but I DO NOT WANT ONE and I don't want to tear either.

Starting around 34 weeks, you could try massaging your perineum (the area around your vagina). Daily perineal massage may increase the area's stretching ability, leading to less need for an episiotomy and fewer natural tears.

Try this technique yourself, with clean hands and trimmed nails, or have your partner do it for you. If you're going solo, have a large mirror handy so you can see what you're doing and to help familiarize yourself with your perineal area.

* Sit in a semi-reclined position in a warm, comfortable area, spreading your legs
apart. Lubricate your fingers, thumbs, and perineal area with vitamin E oil (from
punctured vitamin E capsules), pure vegetable oil, or personal lubricant. Don't use baby oil, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly.

• Place your thumbs about 1 to 1 1/2 inches (to or just past your first knuckle) inside your vagina and spread your legs. Press down toward the rectum and toward the sides at the same time. Gently and firmly continue stretching until you feel a slight burn or tingling.

• Hold this stretch for about two minutes — until the tingling starts to subside.

• Now slowly and gently massage the lower part of the vagina back and forth, hooking your thumbs onto the sides of your vagina and gently pulling the tissue forward, as your baby's head will do during delivery. Keep this up for three to four minutes.

• Finally, massage the tissue between the thumb and forefinger back and forth for about a minute.

• Be gentle because a vigorous touch could cause bruising or swelling. During the massage, avoid pressure on the urethra (urinary opening) as this can lead to irritation or infection.

Of course, perineal massage isn't for everyone and it may not help in every case. The most important thing you can do is to choose a midwife or doctor who's experienced and comfortable delivering babies without doing episiotomies. In general, midwives tend to perform this surgery less often than physicians. Regardless of the type of practitioner you choose, discuss your wishes and expectations with that person before the birth.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Busy Mama...

I've been so busy doing so many things. But I've come back to the Babyhead Diaries with pics and stories to tell.

Pics:

Sonogram Pic of Hassan Elijah Williams at 19 wks.


My Tummy at 20 Wks.



My Weight:
I weighed myself about 2 wks. ago and I was 129lbs (I started off at 115lbs). I am fine with that, but I'm not sure how my doctor is going to act. I know that ideally women should only gain about 35 lbs. during pregnancy, but I think that's a bit of bolderdash. I know lots of women who have gained more and had average size babies as well as gotten back down to their pre-pregnancy size.

Where the Weight Goes:
7.5 - 8.5 lbs Baby
2 lbs Amniotic Fluid
1.5 - 2 lbs Placenta
1.5 - 2 lbs Breast Tissue
3 lbs Blood Volume
2 - 2.5 lbs Uterine Muscle
4 lbs Water
8 lbs Maternal Stores


My Diet: I am still doing bad on the fluids thing, I have such an issue with drinking fluids. I never really feel thirsty and I weaned myself of drinking with my meals when I was in high school, so it's a really hard habit to break. I'm doing better, but I know I'm no where near drinking 64oz. of anything a day. :(

Shopping: I've bought Hassan some clothes, but everyone in my family has told me to stop because people will buy him TONS of clothes. I still want him to have some clothes that his mama picked out. I bought his "coming home" outfit, a velour track suit, a bath robe, a sleep sack, a sleep & play (a one piece with pants), a t-shirt/pants combo, and a pack of socks.
I also got him a co-sleeper so he can sleep by our bed and breastfeeding will be easier.

Lastly, I've done a little shopping for myself in the maternity department, esp. since the weather is turning cooler here.

Well, that's it for now. I have a regular appt. with my OB/GYN on Friday and then an appointment with my Maternal-Fetal Specialist on my birthday, October 6.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Oh Joy...



Yesterday, I went to the maternal fetal specialist for my sonogram. I was referred to a specialist because my mother had preeclampsia while pregnant with my sister and I, and my sister has hydrocephalus, which my specialist is saying was probably caused by my mother having to deliver her so prematurely (at 6 mths). Well, the sonographer starts my sonogram and she is quiet...REAL QUIET...for a long time just pressing buttons and all that, so I'm getting scared, the hubster is getting scared, then suddenly she says, the heartbeat is going at 149bpm! Oh joy, our baby seems to be doing fine. Then she shows us the screen and is showing us his little baby parts, oh that's his head, and that's his bladder, and that's his arms, his legs, his thighs. So then I ask her the BIG QUESTION..."Can you tell if it's a boy or a girl"...She says, "do you want to know" (chick didn't I just ask, LOL!) so I say yes, then she goes NO DOUBT IT'S A BOY and shows us his penis. So, then tears of joy are just streaming down my face. I had no real preference on whether I wanted a boy or a girl, but we really kept thinking we were going to have a little girl. But I was just so happy. She said that our baby is doing fine and his weight is average and my due date is still around Jan. 24th (I'm working on a 27th due date for my timeline though).

So, we are overjoyed to have a bouncing baby boy on the way!

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

My Latest Doctor's Appointment

My latest doctor's appt. was this past Friday (Aug. 7,2006). My appt
was at 1:45 and we waited for at least 45 minutes for my name to be
called. Like always they weighed me (I gained 5lbs and am now
120lbs), took my blood pressure, and a urine sample. Then I go wait
in the little room. I asked my husband, who goes with me to all
appts. to ask the nurse how come she didn't give me one of those paper
cover things you use to cover up your nether regions and she said I
didn't need to get undressed. ?????

So, the doctor comes in and asks me how did I manage to gain 5 lbs. in
this weather (it's been like 90-100 degrees every stinking day). I
laughed and said you know hot weather, you gotta eat ice cream. Which
was a total joke because I haven't even been eating ice cream like
that. I was so psyched about my weight gain because I had basically
stayed the same weight since finding out I was pregnant until like 2-3
wks. ago having morning sickness and all that. Then he says that he
thought I gained a little too much, so I ask how much should I have
gained and he says, 4 lbs. Ooooh, I'm one big stinky pound over!
Then he goes on about how big babies stretch their mommy's and how
they're harder to deliver.

Miss me with all of that. African-American women on average, no
matter their socio-economic level tend to have lower birth weight
babies and because of that should gain more than a caucasian woman to
have a baby of a normal weight.

"African-American infants are at greater risk of being born
prematurely and/or with a low birth weight and are more likely to die
in their first year than babies who are white, Latino or Asian.

Babies born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces are considered low
birth weight infants, and very low birth weight babies weigh less than
3 pounds, 5 ounces." - USA Today

Other than that, I am happy and moving along. At the end of this
month, I have an appointment with a Maternal-Fetal Specialist and will
be getting a sonogram and hopefully finding out whether I'm having a
boy or a girl!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Crazy Dream: Baby Turns Into...

Last night I had a dream that we had the baby, it was a girl. She was really sick late at night throwing up what looked like collards and then I handed her to my husband. Then when I finished cleaning myself off she had turned into a TOOTHBRUSH! But she was still sick. I was yelling at him for letting her turn into a toothbrush and I was trying to figure out how I could get a toothbrush to breastfeed.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Layette...

Okay, I am sooo itching to buy baby stuff, but I've been good and haven't really yet. But next month I will buy the layette after I find out the sex of our baby. So here's my layette list!

  • Bodysuits/Onesies 9-12
  • Lap Shoulder Tees 4-6
  • Sleep & Play 4-6
  • Bibs 4-6
  • Receiving Blankets 4-6
  • Hooded Towels 3-6
  • Caps 2-4
  • Booties 2-5
  • Socks 6-12
  • Infant Gowns 1-3
  • Sleep Sack 3
  • Puffer Jacket 1 (not really part of the layette, but too cute not to get, esp. since the baby will be born in the winter).

Friday, July 21, 2006

Belly Pics...

I finally have a little belly, or as Celeb Magazines like to call it a "bump". If you do not like Belly Pics, turn away now.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Baby Stuff Galore

There is so much baby stuff out there it makes you wonder what's really necessary and what is just media hype?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Aches and Pains...

Lately I had been feeling a pain in my pelvis, so of course being the queen of looking stuff up, I looked it up on babycenter and found out I am having Round Ligament Pain.

What is round ligament pain?
It's generally a brief, sharp, stabbing pain or a longer-lasting dull ache that women commonly feel in the lower abdomen or groin, starting in the second trimester of pregnancy. You may feel it as a short jabbing sensation if you suddenly change position, such as when you're getting up from a bed or chair or when you cough, roll over in bed, or get out of the bathtub. Or you may feel it as a dull ache after a particularly active day, say when you've been walking a lot or doing some other physical activity.

The round ligaments support your uterus in your pelvis. As your uterus grows during pregnancy, the ligaments stretch and thicken to accommodate and support it. These changes can occasionally cause you pain on one or both sides of your abdomen. You may feel the pain starting from deep inside your groin, moving upward and outward on either side to the top of your pelvis (where your hips are). The pain is internal, but if you were to trace it on your skin, it would follow the bikini line on a very high-cut bathing suit.

Maternity Clothes

I am moving out of the regular clothes phase and into maternity wear. My pants are barely buttoning now days, although most ppl. can't tell that I'm pregnant yet. So, yesterday I stopped into Target and went to the Liz Lange Maternity Section. I bought two pants (one in brown/one in black) that would be perfect for work in a size 4 and a teal top in XS. So, I get home excited to try on the pants and those bastards don't fit! I should have known though, Target upsizes and I cannot wear a 4 from there. I'm debating whether to keep them and maybe grow into them or take them back. I'm probably going to take them back and maybe get some more colors of the shirt I bought, it's too cute. I'm wearing the top today with some black cuffed capris (that are zipped, but not buttoned!).
The shirt:

The pants that don't fit:


For this in between time I think I'm going to get some Bella Bands to hold me over so I can wear my regular pants unbuttoned.

Someone on my board also told me to buy low rise jeans; I found a pair of Levi's Too Superlow rider jeans that I had and not worn much and they are my PERFECT jeans right now.

I am also on the hunt for some Seven for All Mankind Maternity jeans (yes, it's a sickness) on Ebay!

Monday, July 10, 2006

My baby can sing...

This past Fri. was my 11th week appt. and they used the Doppler to find the babies heartbeat. Well at first the P.A. was moving the Doppler on my stomach and we start to hear a singing/whistling sound like dolphins make underwater. The P.A. was like this is the first time I've heard a baby trying to sing in the womb and we all started laughing. Eventually we heard the babies heartbeat, but it was funny and surprising to hear the other sound. Maybe my baby will be the next Michael Jackson (minus all the weirdness)! My next appt. is in 4 weeks and maybe we'll get an ultrasound then and be able to see whether it's a boy or a girl, if not it will be the 19th week appt.

I've still been getting morning (all day) sickness, so I hadn't gained any weight since my last visit. However, I just recently bought some seabands and they've been helping a bit with the nausea. They use accupressure to help with the morning sickness, Scientific studies have proved that one of the most effective drug-free treatments is based upon the ancient Chinese principle of acupressure - effectively acupuncture without needles! This is available as the Sea-Band. The Sea-Band applies continuous pressure on the P6 (or Nei-Kuan) point on each wrist using a plastic stud.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

My First Prenatal Visit

I went to the doctor for my first prenatal appt. on June 9th and I am actually only 7 wks. pregnant so I should be pushing out my bundle of joy January 26th, 2007! I got to hear the heartbeat as well as see him/her on the sonogram (although right now he/she just looks like a circle). I am OVERJOYED!

First the doctor was feeling my uterus and he was like your uterus doesn't seem big enough for 10 wks. so he sent me to the imaging center downstairs which is where I got to see my little baby. Because of my family history at 16 weeks I will be seeing a maternal/fetal specialist for my sonogram just to make sure everything is kosher.

My next appt. is in 4 wks. I got a sample of the PrimaCare One prenatal vitamin with DHA and EFA and if I do well on it they will send the prescription to my pharmacist.

The doctor delivers at Holy Cross hospital which I'm very happy about, he says that that facility is ready for anything and has a great NICU, too. But hopefully we won't need that.

In not so great news he did find a cyst on my ovary.

Without further ado here's my lil bambino/a...

Smells

I am a freaking bloodhound, I can smell EVERYTHING and I HATE IT! Every smell is overwhelming to me and they make my stomach hurt! And ohmygosh, being on the train can be HELL loud perfume, people passing gas, BO! Last week, I got on the escalator at my station and it's one of the LONGEST escalators so I was not trying to walk it, this Indian guy in front of me smelled like straight up MUSK and CURRY! I wanted to hurl right there and the escalator was so crowded I couldn't walk up past him unless I wanted to walk the whole thing. I told the DH that I need one of those medical masks. And tastes are stronger, too. I had seafood alfredo the other day and I was like I can't eat this, it tastes like the sea.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

TMI: Morning Sickness & Green Poo...

After bragging last weekend about not having any morning sickness, it has hit me HARD this week. Yesterday while at work, I was feeling really nauseaus despite eating Saltines and drinking Ginger Ale. So, I say to myself, you need to eat something, so I make some oatmeal. After it's made I look at it and I'm like, this is not happening, so I decide to drink one of my Ensure Healthy Mom drinks. I drink about half of it and all is well for like, one minute. Suddenly, I feel it welling up. So I grab my bathroom keys and run out my office. While in the hall my mouth filled with throw-up, but I keep it in. Fumbling with my keys to get in, it fills up a 2nd time. I run into the stall and SPEW! Oh my gosh, it was so gross and it felt gross because the liquid was still cold. I also managed to get some on my WHITE shirt. So, I was still feeling bad and decided to go home. I also ended up telling my immediate supervisor I was pregnant. I wanted to wait until the end of my first trimester, but with the hurling I didn't want her to think I was having a hangover or something. I'm still kind of nauseaus this morning, but not as bad.

Also, green poo, why is my poo green? I'm going to have to investigate that. I could understand if I was eating lots of green veggies, but I'm not, yet my poo is GREEN!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Oh Baby!

I think that I'm going to have a girl. I really will be happy either way, but I think it's going to be a girl. About a month ago my husband had a dream that we had a baby girl and we named her Khaliah, he woke up and told me about his dream and asked me what I thought about the name and I told him I liked it. BTW, Khaliah means Eternal in Arabic. Well, at that time we didn't know that we were pregnant, so fast forward to last weekend when we told our parents the good news. My MIL and I were talking and she was asking about names and I told her about Khaliah and she gasped! Why, because she said that's what she was going to name my husband if he was a girl. Now, he had no idea about this, so for him to dream this before we even knew we were having a baby and for it to have been his inteneded girl baby name, I feel like maybe this is God's way of saying it's going to be a girl!

One thing I really am wondering about is who will our baby look like! I've been looking at my baby pictures and my husband's baby pictures trying to imagine what our baby will look like. He thinks that the girl will look like him and the boy will look like me because that's the way it is in his family. And my sister and I look more like my father than my mother. I don't know I'm just so excited to see my baby's face!

Friday, May 19, 2006

My registry, yes I've created one...

Psycho Mommy strikes again, I have already set up a Target Registry for our baby. Yes, I know it's early, but is it ever really too early to gear up for the coming of a blessing, NOPE! So, here is the link Baby Head Registry of course you have to know my first/last name and/or my husband's to get into our registry, but I just wanted to start it because dang it I'M SO EXCITED!

The psycho mommy chronicles continue...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I am a nutjob or sentimental, your pick!

And since I am a nutjob I took another pregnancy test this morning because I just can't believe I'm really having a baby! Also, to add to my nutjob-ness, yesterday while I was at home nursing my toothach I was watching all the TLC and Discovery Health Channel baby shows. Then I start singing a song to the baby and started crying happy tears. What's that you say... what are the lyrics to the song?

Mommy loves the baby, daddy loves the baby,
Everyone loves the baby.
We're excited and you're invited,
to meet all of us, your family.
Mommy loves you and daddy loves you.
And we're excited that we're invited,
to meet you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

How I found out and me being overzealous as usual...

I missed my period last mth. and I've been peeing every 5 seconds, so I was like maybeeeee.... so I said well let's get a test on our Anniversary (5/27) because wouldn't that be cool. Well, I was too antsy so I was like how about the day before mother's day because then on Mother's Day I can tell our moms by saying, "Hey, where's my Mother's Day card!"

So we bought a test at Target and we get home and I take it, so before we go to look at the results Sharief says a prayer, "Lord, I am not going to ask you that we be pregnant, but for you to do what you will and if it's the right time to bless us with a child you will, AMEN." So, I just took the test about an hour ago and behold 2 lines and 99.99% accuracy. I will be making an appt. to visit my gyno to do the blood test, but I was so excited I had to blurt it out to everyone.

We told our parents in the same kind of way. It was Mother's Day so first we went to my parents house, we gave my mom her gift and chit-chatted and then as we were in the driveway to go to the restaurant, Sharief says, "Hey, what about Kenesha's Mother's Day present." My mom goes well, then lightbulb recognition, she's like are you? And I shake my head then she says congrats and my dad was like y'all shoulda got a puppy. Then the whole time in the car she kept asking us were we serious.

Later that day we went over his parents house and we did the same thing except this time I said, "Where's my Mother's Day present?" Sharief's mom started jumping up and down and saying, are you, are you? I told her yes and she hugged me then me, Sharief, MIL, and FIL were all group hugging. My FIL was really happy when we told him if we have a son his name will be Hassan because that is his Muslim name.

I have already bought a DHA Pregnancy/Nursing Supplement to go with my vitamins until I see my doctor and I can get the prescription pre-natal with the DHA already in it. It's called Expecta Lipil and it's made by the Enfamil brand co. http://www.expectalipil.com/

I bought myself the Ensure Healthy Moms drinks and snack bars in chocolate of course. At work a lot of times I will eat really late (Fri. I at at 2:30) or miss breakfast, but I cannot be doing that now, so I wanted to have these of course I don't want all my co-workers to see it, so I only put one in the freezer to chill and then I'm going to drink it.

I'm also entering every sweepstakes related to baby stuff and maternity that I can find as well as printing out coupons for everything I can think of, so far I entered the Makeover Your Maternity Contest from WE to win $500 worth of Liz Lange Maternity Wear, the Pampers Year's Supply of diapers contest, and printed off a $300 coupon for the Ensure Healthy Mom stuff.

Oh yeah, I am peeing like there is no tomorrow.

The Baby Head Diaries Begin

First, I'm sure you're wondering why this is called The Babyhead Diaries. Well #1 I'm silly; I've always thought the word Babyhead was funny and my husband and I call each other babyhead because of this. I've also always said I was going to name my dog Babyhead Jones, alas I do not have a dog, but I did just find out I was pregnant and no, I am not naming my child Babyhead and no my last name isn't Jones.

Yeah, it's hard to understand if you don't know me. Just know this:

1. This is the start of the Baby Head Diaries.

2. I will recount my pregnancy experience, birth, and subsequently the life of my baby.

3. This should be fun!



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