Archive for October, 2007

in the “sick” of things

Well, my poor wife is home sick from work again today. Although we had high hopes for the gin-gins, it looks like they too are falling short of helping her feel better. Up until today, although she had been very nauseated, she had not actually thrown up. All that changed this morning. Shes a trooper though, and did try to go into work, although it didnt last long. She has a call in to the doctor to see if there is anything he can recommend. I fell terrible for her. She is the first to admit that she isnt the first woman to be pregnant, and alot of women go thru this, but its really wearing on her. She is even having difficulty keeping water down. People tell her all the time, dont worry you will forget all about being sick after you have the baby, but Jen tells me she doesnt want to forget, because she never wants to go thru this again. Im sure its harder on her because before she got pregnant, she was never sick. The ironic thing is that after years of drinking in college, i am actually quite used to being sick in the mornings. Maybe i should be the one carrying this baby. Nah, im sure she’ll do fine. 🙂


October 30, 2007 at 1:15 pm 2 comments

weight a minute!

So we were a little concerned to find out last nite that Jen has actually lost a few pounds. There are certain to be some fluctuations with water weight during birth, but nevertheless this was still an eyeopener. She is still having a tough time with not feeling well, and because of that, nothing sounds good, aside from the occasional grilled cheese sandwich, or (and i hate to even say this) Chicken McNuggets. Everyone weve talked to says it will get better for her, she just has to get over that “hump” (no pun intended, well maybe) of being sick. Word on the street is that the sickness and the constant feeling of exhaustion should subside around week 15. So the good news is that there IS light at the end of the tunnel, the bad news is that we are only halfway there.

October 29, 2007 at 6:44 am Leave a comment

did someone say sex?

A popular question when people find out we are expecting is: Are you going to find out the sex of the baby ahead of time? For the longest time, before we ever thought about having a baby, it just seemed like a no-brainer to me that we would find out beforehand, so that we could have everything bought ahead of time, and be color- coordinated, etc. male_female_symbols-small.jpgBut a few years ago when i asked a friend of mine whose wife was having a baby the same question, he gave me an answer that the more it sunk in, the more it resonated with me. He said, “John, there are so few real surprises in life that i cant imagine ruining the best one.” Id like to say that it hit me right at that moment what a profound answer that was, but it really didnt sink in until days or even weeks afterward. The more i thought about it, it suddenly became a no-brainer again. Why on earth would i want to know ahead of time? So that i know what color of clothes to buy? In a world where stores are putting out their Christmas stock the week after halloween, it feels refreshing to know that we wont know the sex of our baby until we have it, until we are holding it in our arms. And if our new baby has to spend the first few months of its life wearing plaid because no one knew what color to buy, thats a risk we are willing to take.

October 28, 2007 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

and knowing is half the battle.

Here are some random facts that youre almost certain not to care about unless you are pregnant:

1. In 1970 the average age for a first-time mother was about 21, but in today’s world the age is 25-29.

2. The average weight gain for expecting mothers in the U.S. was around 30 pounds during their pregnancy.

3. The number of multiple births has increased by more than 400 percent, yes, that’s right, 400 percent over the last 20 years.

4. Boy babies outnumber girl babies, this ratio has stayed the same over the last 6 decades.

5. Tuesday is the most popular day for babies making their arrival in the world, with Saturday being the least busiest day of the week.

October 28, 2007 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

parenting: not as hard as you think!

And just about the time you become overwhelmed with uncertainty about being a parent, and start second guessing your ability to raise a child, you see something like this, and suddenly you dont feel so bad. Does Hot Topic have a baby registry? I almost waited to post this on Halloween, but i think that takes away from the realism of this picture. That, and i have a feeling it wasnt taken on Halloween. 😦



October 28, 2007 at 12:55 pm 6 comments

music, baby!

Theres an interesting article over at WebMD about music and infants. Apparently there was a study that showed playing the nocturnes of Chopin helped restless babies sleep.babyheadphones.jpg This would help explain how Chopin has managed to keep the top spot on the Billboard 100 since the 19th century, the 2nd longest run in history after Pink Floyds “Dark Side of the Moon.” But seriously, who is doing these studies, and how is it that in 129 years of recorded sound  the only music they mention  is Chopin? Nothing against Frederic, but throw me a bone here, could we maybe try Wilco or Radiohead the next time we run this experiment? After all, Radiohead put out a CD called “Kid A“, surely we could at least give them a shot.

October 28, 2007 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

gin gin makes jen grin

After trying a little bit of everything to feel better, Jen has found that Gin-Gin candies from the World Market seem to help her nausea. They are billed as the “Double Strength Ginger Hardcandy.”

gin gin

We had read in the information the Doctor gave us that peppermint and ginger could help with an upset stomach, and it looks like we have a winner. This was great news, as the Metoclopram the Dr. prescribed seemed to help, but also made her very tired. You can visit the good folks who make Gin Gin at

October 27, 2007 at 12:30 pm 1 comment

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