Henry’s (and Halia’s!) World

Their story from conception to the present

Pregnancy quote

Filed under: Expectant Parents — Ada at 7:22 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2009
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“Life is tough enough without having someone kick
you from the inside.”
~ Rita Rudner

My method to shopping for baby gear

Filed under: Articles, Expectant Parents — Ada at 7:31 am on Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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This time around, shopping for this surprise baby feels harder; 1) I’m a much more mature mom with three young one’s and 2) the amount of information out there to new and expectant parent’s is overwhelming.

Seven months into this pregnancy, getting ready has been on my mind a lot more with barely thirteen weeks to go to D-Day, and while some items like a high chair, and even a crib can wait till the baby is older, a car seat is the one item a hospital or birth center will not discharge you and your newborn without it.

So my method to finding affordable yet safe baby gear this time around starts with;
a. browsing the inventory available online, then sorting them by ratings (highest to lowest),
b. going to the store if possible to view the item as it pictures don’t always tell the story.
c. concentrating on those within my price range,
d. reading the available reviews written by other parent’s,
e. and finally visiting the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission to investigate any recalls or possible problems.

So today is co-sleepers and stroller systems day yeah!

To those of you born between 1930-1979

Filed under: General — Ada at 10:43 am on Monday, May 25, 2009
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1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight.

we were always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running
into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo, X-boxes and Wii’s. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no
surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chatrooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes..

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them?


Fear of hip pain keeping me up

Filed under: Expectant Parents, General — Ada at 9:53 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2009
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bsm_isitaugust_pink_av.jpgWith my previous pregnancies, I had always wondered how I would deal with the “side-effects” of pregnacy and this time around I am experiencing every single one of them!

From morning sickness to extreme fatigue, and now hip pain so bad, the pain actually keeps me up at night. Warm showers, and compresses have done nothing to help, taking any kind of pain medication is out of the question (have had the pain since week 14, and worry about the long term effects on baby), but disgustingly every single chiropractor I’ve contacted wants me to pay an additional $75 plus what they charge my insurance?!?!

So I sit here longingly eying my bed knowing that getting into it means instant pain, but on a happier note, I am officially 25 weeks today, 2 weeks till the start of the third trimester, and 15 weeks till this little bundle of joy is ready to emerge and revel his/her self!

Nesting in high gear

Filed under: 52 weeks of baby — Ada at 6:45 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2009
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Today was a beautiful, sunny day, and I spent the day in serious nesting mode . After the birth of Henry I noticed a worsening in my seasonal allergies so I clean and change sheets, vacuum and dust relentlessly to somehow help, but it is a tough battle.

So while all the cleaning in the world is keeping the house 100% dust free, just being in a cleaner environment makes me tired, and one can only hope for a much better sleep tonight. On an equally positive note, the constant moving around kept rocking baby to sleep, so it looks like I may have unintentionally set myself up for a disco dancing baby tonight , but that’s ok as long as he/she is ok.

I have done tons of reading on hip pain in pregnancy, and just may be missing something, but after 9-hours of intense cleaning involving carrying, and walking up and down stairs an uncountable number of times, I feel no improvement in my back or hips. It does bother me that this pain is always here, and the birth of the baby seems like the only solution to feeling better which is a pretty painful and crummy way to spend the summer , but its all for a good cause and will be over soon!

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