33 Week Update

Last Wednesday we went to our scheduled ultrasound that would determine whether or not I still have Placenta Previa. I am happy to announce that I no longer have Placenta Previa. Yea! Luke and I were so relieved to hear the news. My next task is to write up a birth plan with a natural birth in mind rather than a cesarean.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Placenta Previa it basically makes it impossible to have a natural birth and you have no other choice than to have a cesarean. There are also other complications that can come about such as bleeding and early labor just to name a few.

Baby is also doing quite well. He is growing as he should and was practicing breathing when the doctor was doing the ultrasound. He is also in the head down position where I hope he will continue to stay. I attached a picture of my sons 33 week check-up for your viewing pleasure. It’s not the best picture, but he’s a lot bigger now.

Firestorm 2007, Oct 25th

As we are starting day 5 of the wildfires and evacuations, the devastating fires around San Diego county are starting to take a toll on San Diegians.

I live in a central location of San Diego where the likely hood of evacuation is slight, but even though I am somewhat disconnected from those who are going through such tragic trials, I am still very much a part of this story.

My family is affected- My parents were evacuated Monday night and found refuge by going east to Arizona. Unfortunately their area is still under mandatory evacuation even though the fires are not in close proximity. What a huge difference from 4 years ago when Crest was engulfed in flames. So, for now they wait until they are able to return to their home.

My work is affected- I work out of my parents home and since it has been under mandatory evacuation since Monday, business is closed until further notice. That means I am stuck at home, waiting for my job to resume.

My body is affected- I am 33 weeks pregnant and because of the smoke and ash, I have been restricted to my home, my car or places with air conditioning. I haven’t been outside for longer than a few minutes and I’m starting to go stir crazy. The heat has also been an issue because I’ve had to keep the windows closed in my home in order to keep the smoke out. We don’t have air conditioning, so even with the fans going it’s still warm inside.

My community is affected- 20 minutes to the North, South and East of me are either under evacuation or on fire. People in areas of San Diego such as Ramona are getting restless as well. They have been evacuated since Sunday or Monday depending on their location and want to go back home to their neighborhoods to assess the damage, but are still being told to stay away. I can only imagine the frustration they feel and have recently been experiencing some myself as I wait for my parents community to be lifted off of mandatory evacuation. It is hard to be rational when all you want is to make sure your home, business and previous life still stands. Unfortunately, that is what many are faced with…waiting and wondering. It is like that all over…Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Jamul, Chula Vista, Julian, Fallbrook…and so many more. Slowly but surely people are and will be allowed access back home and they can only hope that their homes are still standing.

My friends are affected- I recently heard from my friend Angie that a gal we both know, her families home was burned down in the fire that tore through Fallbrook. They didn’t even have a chance to gather their belongings because they were out of town and heard about the fires over the news. I can’t imagine how that must have made them feel. They couldn’t even go back if they wanted to because of the mandatory evacuations going on…they just had to wait. Unfortunately, they were one of many that lost their homes.

The up side is that soon the fires will cease, the homes will be rebuilt, the grass will grow, people will go back to work and life as usual. Nothing on earth is permanent, everything is temporary.

Planet Bump

Planet Bump (now a cord blood bank) is asking pregnant women to submit photos of their decked out for Halloween belly bumps. If your picture is chosen, you could win a Baby Bjorn Carrier. Just log on to their website and submit your picture…it’s that easy.

BOO-TIFUL BUMP!
Show us how you go bump in the night! Trick out your baby belly and you could be treated to a Baby Bjorn Carrier. Whether you dress up your bump as a cool ghoul or a prego pumpkin, scare up an idea and send it in. All photo entries must be submitted by the witching hour of 11:59 pm (EST) on, November 30, 2007.

Just e-mail us a photo of your belly creation to enter and it will be featured here on PlanetBump.com. Visit our website often to see other approved submissions. The entry that our judges determine to be the most “Boo-tiful Bump” will win the Baby Bjorn Carrier.

Visit our website often to see other approved photo submissions.

The photo that our judges determine to be the most attractive and innovative way to feature your bump will win. Submitted photography must conform to certain criteria, and must not contain inappropriate images.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. VOID IN CALIFORNIA AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS ONLY OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. Contest ends on DATE.

Review the Official Rules and download the entry form to submit a photo.

How to write a detailed birth plan

I previously blogged on an example of a simple birth plan, but I also wanted to provide you with an example of a more formal birth plan format for those of you who want to be more detailed. Remember to keep your birth plan to a page and be as clear and specific as possible.

Birth Plan for (mother’s name)
Due Date: ________
Patient of Dr. _________
Scheduled to deliver at ________ Medical Center

Dear Dr. __________ and the Medical Center Staff:

I look forward to sharing my upcoming birth with you. I have created the following birth plan to help you understanding my preferences for my upcoming labor and delivery. I fully understand that in certain circumstances these guidelines may not be followed, but it is my hope that you will assist me in making this the experience I hope for. If you have any questions or suggestions let me know.

Sincerely,
(mother’s name)

Labor
� I would prefer to avoid an enema and/or shaving of pubic hair
� I wish to be able to walk, move around and change position at will throughout labor
� I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor
� I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum
Monitoring
� I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required or an IV put in my arm “just in case”
Labor Augmentation/Induction
� I do not wish for my amniotic membranes ruptured artificially unless signs of fetal distress require internal monitoring
� I would prefer to be allowed to try positions before pitocin is administered
Pain Medications
� I do not want any kind of medication/anesthesia offered to me during labor, though I would like it available if I specifically request it. I will ask if I need any pain medications, including an epidural
Cesarean
� I would like my husband present at all times if my son requires a Cesarean delivery
� I wish to have an epidural for anesthesia
� If my son is not in distress, I would like my son shown to my husband and I immediately after birth
Episiotomy
� I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless absolutely required for the baby�s safety. I realize that mean I may tear naturally.
Delivery
� I would like my husband &/or mother to support my legs as necessary during the pushing stage
� I would like to have my son placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery
After Delivery
� I would like my husband to cut the cord
� I would prefer my son be examined and bathed in my presence
� If my son must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany him at all times
� I would like a private room if available
Breastfeeding
� I plan to breastfeed and I do not want any bottles given to my son (including glucose water or plain water). I do not want my son given a pacifier.
Photos
� I would like to make a video recording of labor, not necessarily the birth
Other
� My husband, ______, will be with me throughout the birth as well as my mother, _______.

Scrapbooking

I became interested in scrapbooking and card making a few years back when a gal I knew would host Close To My Heart parties at her house and invited anyone and everyone to come and make a pre-designed card &/or scrapbook page using Close To My Heart products. We all became hooked right away because we saw how simple and fun the products were to use as well as amazing quality and prices they offered. The best part was when we left, we left with an awesome homemade card or scrapbook page.

I became a Close To My Heart consultant back in March of 2007. Knowing that Close To My Heart specialized in the very best scrapbooking supplies and that they have everything you can possibly imagine &/or want such as paper, acrylic stamps, stamp pads, tools galore as well as albums…I figured why not join the team. I believe in the product and I enjoy using it. I have to say, the greatest part about being a CTMH consultant is that they have other trainers and consultants that help train and build up new consultants. They also have newsletters updating consultants of upcoming events, company incentives, in home demos of the latest products, fellowship, and of course a nice perk for becoming a consultant is the amazing scrapbooking kit worth over $400.00 in merchandise you receive as well as a discount on all products ordered. You just can’t go wrong!

“we show you how to celebrate relationships through the art of scrapbooking and stamping. Faster. Simpler. Easier.”

Future Glory

Romans 8

18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that[i] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

A life in the Spirit

Romans 8

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in sinful man,[d] 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man[e] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind[f] is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.[g] And by him we cry, “Abba,[h] Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Give thanks to the Lord

1 Chronicles 16

8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

9 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.

10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

11 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

12 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

13 O descendants of Israel his servant,
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.

Another mile stone

Today I am officially 32 weeks which makes me 8 months along. I can’t believe it! The time has really gone by quickly, however I am now becoming very aware of my pregnant self. I am definitely starting to “feel pregnant”…where you feel heavier, more tired, a little cranky, a little more sensative, along with other uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms that a womans body goes through. Overall though, I have to say, God has really been gracious with me as I go through my first pregnancy. I haven’t experienced nearly the amount of negative things as I thought and I am so grateful for that. I am excited that I can actually share a positive pregnancy story with friends and not have to be the negative one that freaks all the other first time moms in the room.

Here is a little blurb from BabyCenter.com about what me and baby are going through right now:

By now, your baby is just shy of 4 pounds and is nearly 17 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he’ll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

How your life’s changing:
To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven’t had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it’s not preterm labor that’s ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.