Pregnant women and alcohol – Do they mix?

I enjoyed an occasional glass of wine when I was pregnant with Timothy.

Now before you judge me too harshly, listen to this – A recent British study shows that light drinking will not negatively effect the emotional, physical or cognitive development of an unborn baby.

Suzanne Phan asked for my thoughts on this subject for a News 10 special report. Somehow my kiddos seemed to steal the show!

What do you think?
Did you (or would you) imbibe while pregnant? Why or why not?

Pregnancy Dreams

I’ve been having some pretty bizarre dreams. Vivid dreams. Dreams of delivering Baby all by my lonesome.

Like, last night, for instance. I dreamed that I was pacing walking around the neighborhood by myself when my water broke. Now, my bag of water has only ruptured just before popping out my babies, so I knew that Baby would be here within minutes. I sat down on a neighbor’s front lawn and delivered Baby all by myself.

A few weeks ago, I dreamed that I was home alone and delivered Baby in the bathtub. Just before the paramedics knocked down my locked front door, I awoke.

The other day, during a nice nap, however, I dreamed that I was delivering in the hospital. I couldn’t see anything because I didn’t have my glasses on. My three oldest children were present and, just as the doctor lifted Baby up over my legs, Zach started jumping up and down yelling “it’s a girl! it’s a girl!” Of course, I never actually saw Baby, because I awoke just before doc handed her to me.

nighttime Much like any mama-to-be in her third trimester, I’ve been waking up several times each night. Sometimes to use the restroom, but most often because I have a cramp or I’m just plain uncomfortable. Whatever the reason for the interruption in sleep, I seem to have better dream recall than when I could sleep through the night. I suppose this means that I’m not having more vivid dreams, but rather that I am simply better at recalling them.

Do you have any crazy pregnancy-induced dreams to share? Are they as crazy as mine?

My Maternity Fashion Crisis {Averted}

Do you remember, over the summer, when I felt like I was wearing the same thing over and over again? I had a maternity fashion crisis, of sorts, so stuck in the tank-top-and-skirt rut that I created for myself. I wanted t be comfortable and fashionable, but it just hadn’t happened.

Well, I managed to find some great items that I brought along with me to BOBNOLA and BlogHer, but what I concluded was that feeling fashionable while pregnant is really about accessorizing. Unfortunately, however, I didn’t realize this until just recently. Oh well.

Check out some of my maternity fashion finds (listed below the slideshow).

I found some great items online at Kiki’s Fashions Maternity, thanks to Gena – a fellow mom-of-many. And that little black dress? I found it at! No joke.

Here’s a list of the items shown:
Khaki Printed Short Sleeve Maternity Shirt (Kiki’s) – $23.99
Blue Embroided Straight Leg Maternity Jeans – $29.99
Yellow Sublimation Maxi Maternity Dress – $19.99
Maternity Ruffle-Trim Sleeveless Dress – $13.00

My favorite, by far, is that last maxi dress in the slideshow. I found that on my ShopAtHome shopping spree in New York. (I’ll tell you all about that experience soon. Promise.) It’s not a maternity dress, so I am looking forward to wearing it even after Baby is born!

Baby Update – He’ll Be Here Soon!!

Yesterday’s OB appointment proved to be very encouraging!

I just had a feeling I was further along this whole time, but I hadn’t seen my OB since my ultrasound. Instead, I had seen the nurse practitioner who only dismissed my measurements, due to the fact that this was my seventh baby and my body “knows what to do.”

Um, okay.

Now, at 35 weeks, I am measuring in at 38 cm and have already gained 50 pounds! That’s more than any of my other pregnancies at full term, so I feel huge. I honestly think I am closer to 39 weeks, so I feel good about my size and the size of the baby.

Doc says that I am already beginning to dilate and as soon as Baby drops she is sure that my cervix will begin to efface, as well. Her guesstimate for the arrival of Baby? Within two weeks!!

Drop, Baby, drop!