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Sundays with Gage- The Chocolate Diet

I gained 45 pounds during my pregnancy and Gage was just over two weeks early so who knows how many more pounds I may have managed to pack on if we’d delivered on time?  My doctor told me to gain 25-30 pounds.  Whatever.  I knew that wasn’t going to happen and promised myself I wouldn’t obsess over it.  So I didn’t.  Here’s what I looked like a week and a half before Gage arrived.  My chin and neck had gone awol my ankles looked like thighs and I went from a size 7 shoe to an 8 1/2!  Yikes.  So when I got home from the hospital I was wondering what I would weigh.  I’d lost a lot of blood and other gunk during the c-section and Gage had been six pounds, so I was hoping for s significant loss.  I got on the scale five days after birth and…I lost six pounds.  What?!  Are you kidding me?  Needless to say I was disappointed, but I was recovering from days of being pumped full of drugs and a c-section so I had other things to worry about.  Oh yeah, and a newborn to feed, diaper, and love.

I gladly ate all of the chocolate that any friend brought me and went through more than one bag of Halloween candy bars and stepped on the scale two weeks after birth and…I’d lost 23 pounds!!  Soon after that my ankles showed themselves again and I can now fit into my pre-pregnancy shoes again.  I actually felt light enough on my feet to wear my 4 inch shoes on my date with Jason last weekend. 

I promised myself during pregnancy that I would join Weight Watchers Online come January to lose the baby weight and that’s still the plan, but until then bring on the chocolate, and mashed potatoes with gravy, and apple pie, and holiday cookies, and wine…

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Pregnancy | | 30 Comments

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff with Bonus Belly Shot :)

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff: Book CoverFinished 10-16-10, rating 4.5/5, pregnancy, revised pub. 2008

When I found out I was pregnant I made the decision to buy and read only one pregnancy book and this is the one I chose.  I’ve heard women complain about it being outdated or not detailed enough, but I found it to be very useful.  I did not read it cover to cover and the last section on things that could go wrong I didn’t read, although I did reference it early on when I was afraid I might be having trouble.  I felt like it gave me just enough information to feel comfortable, but not too much to cause increased worry, which is some thing I struggle with anyway.  I definitely have a worry gene and I hope I haven’t passed it on to Gage!

Not only does the book cover eating for two, but its week by week updates were so much fun to read with Jason every week.  It also helped for Jason to see some of my symptoms in print so he didn’t think I was making them up :)  As a first time mom who has spent very little time around pregnant women I thought this book was a wonderful resource and I would recommend it.

As a bonus I thought I’d share the last picture we took of me ‘expecting’.  We took this Saturday afternoon and I went to the hospital later that evening.  I gained 45 pounds during my pregnancy.  Hard to believe I gained all that belly for a 6 pound little guy!

This book was from my personal library.

October 30, 2010 Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books, Pregnancy | , | 9 Comments

So, just how cool are book bloggers?

Take a look at this…

So, just how cool are book bloggers?  Crazy cool!  Last week I pulled a small package from the mailbox and didn’t recognize the return address, although it looked familiar, and rushed inside to open it up and found this beautiful sweater for Baby Gage or Baby Tara.  It was knit by the wonderfully talented Jenny from Jenny Loves to Read.  Her kindness brought tears to my eyes and I can’t thank her enough for the time she devoted to our Little One.  Jenny is awesome and if you aren’t already familiar with her, you should check out her blog.  Thanks so much, Jenny!

I cheered for the readers of the read-a-thon yesterday and was sad that I didn’t get to participate myself.  My parents were in town to help celebrate my birthday.  It’s not until tomorrow, but I like it when the birthday celebration is  drawn out :)  Jason took the day off tomorrow and we are going to a continuing education lecture day.  Two of my favorite topics will be discussed – politics and books.  More details tomorrow if I think it’s interesting enough. 

Yes, that belly is 3 1/2 weeks from it’s due date :)

October 10, 2010 Posted by | Pregnancy | | 27 Comments

Baby-To-Be Update

On Friday Jason and I were able to see our 6-inch baby on the big screen and he or she was the cutest thing ever :)  Everything looked good.  We had the chance to find out if it was a boy or girl, but where is the fun in that?  We’re looking forward to our early November surprise.  Yesterday we narrowed our possible boy names to seven, which is still a lot, but we have a few months to work on it.  Today we’ll do the same with the girl names.  So, this is your last chance to get your name of choice on the record ;)  Wanda gave me a wonderful idea when I originally posted the pregnancy news about combining family names and I think we may end up doing that for a middle name if it’s a girl.  Thanks, Wanda!

This week I’ve felt it kick for the first time :)  On the flip side, I’m still getting sick a few days a week.  But my good days are better and my tummy is getting bigger every day, so things seem to be progressing as they should.

Because of my age they did want me to do an amnio, but we chose not to.  We did the early high risk testing and found it a little stressful and, honestly, not that useful.  Given the choice again we would not do it.  I’m only mentioning it because I wish I’d heard from someone that it’s okay to skip it instead of just listening to the doctor.  It’s your choice, not his.

I’ll hit the halfway point this week, so it’s time to start planning.  I’ve got some good ideas for a book themed nursery, but am welcome to more ideas for that too.

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Pregnancy | , | 67 Comments

   

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