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Hello Blog Family! I need to know by next Tuesday if you are planning on coming to the “Gender Reveal Party” and if you are how many you are bringing so I can plan. You can EMAIL me at [email protected] or send me a message on facebook. So far I have eight families that have said that they are going to be at the party, and I am still waiting to hear from a lot of you. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. So let’s get on the ball and not make everything last minute. I know the people who are helping me with the party would appreciate a little notice.

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WIC Program

I know some people do not like to talk about having to get government assistance, but I don’t care. I believe that the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program is a great opportunity for those who are making less money than they should, and need some help buying food for the household.

Today I went for my first WIC appointment to see if I could get approved. I went in and signed in at 12:30 (my appointment was at 1:00), and we sat down. Apparently, they don’t care if you were early or not, because they didn’t call my name until 1:00. They took my paper work, looked at an ultrasound picture, and made copies of everything. I was like wow that was easy, then she told me to sit back down, and wait for my named to be called again.

So we waited for about another 30 min, and then went into another room, where they weighed and measured me. Then the nurse lady said sit down, I need to prick your finger. O BOY! So she pricks my finger, puts some of my blood in a little plastic thing, and then into a machine. She said it was to test my iron. She however, didn’t know if her band-aids were latex free so she had to give me a HUGE band-aid that I didn’t even need. And we still were not done. She gave me more paperwork and took me into another waiting room.

Next, we were taken into an office where a lady went over my paperwork, and asked me a bunch of questions. She also told me about other programs that were offered like the car seat program (that is for first time parents, and you go to a class about carseat safety, and then they give you a free car seat at the end of the class) and the breastfeeding program (gives you information on breastfeeding and helps you buy a new breast pump). She was really nice, and it seemed like she really enjoyed her job in helping parents. She took us into another waiting room where we had to wait for our WIC vouchers.

This lady had or vouchers printed up for the next 3 months and scheduled me for the breastfeeding program. That didn’t take too long, but she seemed rushed or something.

It was nice to be able to qualify for a government program, since we are not eligible for any of the other ones out there. This will defiantly help us with buying food, and I plan of taking the car seat and breastfeeding program.

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A Little About Baby at Week 15

BabyCenter.com
Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)

Pregnancy Today
At 15 weeks, the bones in your baby’s ear that are responsible for hearing are developing, and her taste buds are sprouting, too. From now on, she’ll get a flavor of whatever you eat via the amniotic fluid. One study shows that unborn babies swallow more amniotic fluid if it tastes sweet, and less if it’s bitter. Pass the cookies!

This week sees a period of rapid growth, with your baby starting to lay down fat under her skin. Her sex organs are maturing, and a highly skilled ultrasound technician might be able to tell the sex at this point. She’s also gaining more control of her movements. Scans at this stage have shown babies playing with the umbilical cord, snuggling up to the wall of the uterus, apparently for comfort, and even fighting with a twin. Your baby will probably get regular bouts of hiccups from now on, which help her lungs prepare for breathing.

What’s happening to you?
Your placenta is now 1 centimeter thick and 7 to 8 centimeters in diameter, and you’re carrying around a paper cup full of amniotic fluid. Your body is producing large amounts of estrogen, which can have weird side effects, such as darkening the pigmentation of your skin. You may notice a dark line running from your belly button down (linea nigra), as well as darker nipples and more prominent moles and freckles. Stretch marks might crop up around now, too. On the positive side, those same hormones tend to make your hair and nails grow longer and look healthier. Yes, you’re blooming at last.

What’s normal, what’s not?
As your bump grows and your center of gravity shifts, you’re likely to develop backache, especially if you stand for long periods. Work on your posture, dropping your shoulders, tucking your bottom in and tightening your abs. And ditch the heels for flats. But severe pain around the lower back and pelvic area can be a sign of pelvic girdle pain, a pregnancy-related condition that occurs when the joints of your pelvis become misaligned. In extreme cases it can leave you virtually immobile, so speak to your doctor. A support belt may help.

Your to-do list:
If you’re planning to have the blood test (serum screening) to screen for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome, make sure to tell your doctor. It needs to be done at around 16 weeks.

Wow! Did you know…
Your baby can suck her thumb already, and scientists think that her preferred sucking thumb is an indication of whether she’ll be left- or right-handed later in life.

The Bump
Baby’s now the size of a naval orange!
Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby’s legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can’t feel the movements just yet.

WhatToExpect.com
Your Baby in Week 15 of Pregnancy
One way to deal with the havoc of pregnancy hormones: Focus on how much is happening with your baby. She’s about the size of an orange this week, her ears have migrated to the sides of her head, and her eyes are moving to the front of her face. Plus, your little smarty-pants can now wiggle her fingers and toes and make breathing movements in preparation for life outside the womb.

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Gender Reveal Party

We are having an ultrasound on the 10th of Aug, and the ultrasound tech told us last time that she should be able to see the gender of the baby then. Michael and I would like to have a party to reveal the gender to local family and friends, but I am now worried that the baby will be shy and not reveal if he/she is a boy or a girl. So, if everything goes as planned, we will be having a Gender Reveal Party on August 14th at 5:00pm. I was thinking that maybe everyone could bring something to eat or drink, and Michael and I will supply the cake and something else. If you think you will be able to attend, please email me at [email protected] and I will email you back with the address and directions.

We are asking that if you think the baby will be a boy for you to wear blue or green or if you think the baby will be a girl wear pink or purple.

For those out of town family members, keep an eye on your mail (or email for some), because we will be revealing the gender to you that way.

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Pregnancy Week 14 | Pregnancy Today

Pregnancy Week By Week | Pregnancy Today
How is your baby growing?
Your baby’s eyes are now in their proper position at the front of her face. Her eyelids are still tightly fused, but she’s already sensitive to light. For the first time in your pregnancy, her body is growing faster than her head, so she’s beginning to look more in proportion. She now has fingernails, toenails and hair (yes, even eyebrows). In fact, her whole body is covered with downy fuzz called lanugo, which keeps her warm in the womb.

Your baby’s movements are becoming ever more sophisticated. She’s practicing breathing, inhaling the amniotic fluid and then urinating it out into the womb. She can also frown, squint and grimace, twist and turn her joints and may even be able to suck her thumb, feet and, bizarrely, knees!

What’s happening to you?
Your uterus has popped out above your pelvis, so from now on your doctor will check your baby’s growth by feeling your bump and measuring the distance from the top of your uterus to the top of your pubic bone. At 14 weeks, it should measure around 14 centimeters. It’ll grow by 1 centimeter a week from now on.

Your heart is working harder than ever to pump blood to your baby. Before you were pregnant, only 2 percent of your blood supply was directed to your uterus, but now it’s a huge 25 percent. And your kidneys are working 60 percent harder than ever to deal with your baby’s waste products. All this exertion means you’ll probably have a raging appetite, but be wary of eating for two. You don’t actually need any more calories at this stage of pregnancy than before you conceived. Sorry!

What’s normal, what’s not?
Constipation is common at this stage, because the hormones that relax your muscles and ligaments to accommodate your bump also slow down your digestive system. A good diet with plenty of fiber, at least five daily portions of fruit and vegetables and six to eight glasses of water will help you stay regular. But if you’re seriously uncomfortable and straining to go to the bathroom, seek medical advice. There are several pregnancy-safe constipation remedies to get you going again.

Your to-do list:
Now that your bump is beginning to sprout, it’s time for a shopping spree. Maternity wear is (thankfully) a lot funkier than the baggy smocks of old, and you’ll probably find it a bit more comfortable than squeezing into your pre-pregnancy skinny jeans, too.

Wow! Did you know…
Lanugo, fine soft hair, grows in swirls and whorls on your baby’s body. It usually falls out before birth.

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Doctor Appointment Today

I just got back from the doctor, and everything was great. Baby is doing well, and we got to hear “his” heartbeat going strong at 140 beats per min.

I also had to do my dreaded glucose test. That is where they make you drink this awful stuff and have you wait an hour so that they can draw your blood. It wasn’t too bad, but I don’t have the results back yet. They will be calling me in a few days to let me know how it went.

So next appointment is Aug 10th at 10:50am, and we get to have another ultrasound then. YAY!!

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I Guess I Won’t Be Getting One of These

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny® that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

CPSC and Baby Matters are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny®, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead.

CPSC and the firm have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny® even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro™ straps, located inside the Nap Nanny® cover are not properly attached to the “D”-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny® that was sold without “D”-rings.

In addition, if the Nap Nanny® is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny® and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny® and suffocate.

Likewise, if the Nap Nanny® is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny® on the floor away from any other products.

The Nap Nanny® is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness. The first generation model of the Nap Nanny® can be identified by the absence of “D”-rings in the foam base. In second generation models, the harness system has “D”-rings in the foam base and Velcro™ straps inside the fitted fabric cover.

The recalled Nap Nannys® were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.

The recalled product was manufactured in the United States and China.

Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny® models, without “D”-rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny® with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny® model, with “D”-rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. Consumers will also view an important instructional video to help consumers ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers who are unable to view the video or new instructions online, should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail. For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.napnanny.com/recall

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A Little About Baby at Week 14

From The Bump
Your Pregnancy: Week 14
In theory, your uterus’ ability to expand (14 times in size, 20 in weight) is awe-inspiring; in practice, it kind of hurts. When the aches and sharp pains hit your belly, think about this happy news: By now, your risk of miscarriage has gone way, way down.

Baby’s now the size of a lemon!
Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over her body for warmth.

From BabyCenter.com
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

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Breastfeeding predicts the risk of childhood obesity

Breastfeeding predicts the risk of childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic cohort of women with diabetes.
Feig DS, Lipscombe LL, Tomlinson G, Blumer I.

Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Abstract
Objective. To determine whether breastfeeding reduced the risk of childhood obesity in the infants of a multi-ethnic cohort of women with pregestational diabetes. Methods. In this retrospective cohort study, women with pregestational diabetes were mailed a questionnaire about breastfeeding and current height and weight of mothers and infants. Predictors of obesity (weight for age >85 percentile) were assessed among offspring of index pregnancies, using univariate and multivariable logistic regression. Results. Of 125 women, 81 (65%) had type 1 diabetes and 44 (35%) had type 2 diabetes. The mean age of offspring was 4.5 years. On univariate analysis, significant predictors of obesity in offspring were type 2 diabetes (odds ratio, OR 2.4, 95% confidence interval, CI 0.99-5.72); maternal body mass index (BMI) > 25 (OR 4.4, 95% CI 1.4-19.4); and any breastfeeding (OR 0.22, 95% CI 0.07-0.72). After multivariable adjustment, breastfeeding (OR 0.20, 95% CI 0.06-0.69) and having an overweight/obese mother (OR 3.49, 95% CI 1.03-16.2) remained independently associated with childhood obesity. Conclusion. Breastfeeding significantly decreased the likelihood of obesity in offspring of mothers with pregestational diabetes, independent of maternal BMI and diabetes type. Women with diabetes should be encouraged to breastfeed, given the increased risk of obesity in their children.

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