Thursday, May 29, 2008

Still a Girl



I had my ultrasound today and all was well. We saw everthing from the labia to the bladder! She is about 3 pounds, 3 ounces, which is just about right. However, at 30 weeks, my belly only measures that of a woman 26 weeks along. So, I need to go back for another ultrasound in about 3 weeks. It's odd, because I certainly do not feel like my belly is too small... I think she is taking up every spare inch of my body... and some not so spare inches!

Annika was determined that, since we were at the doctor's and I was lying on the table, she was coming home with a sister. She is really excited to have a baby around now, but we will see how she feels once it is a reality. She got to bring home her very own picture of her sister today... there were some funny faces as the baby was sticking her tongue out & waving at us (Annika waved back... too cute!)

If you can't decipher the picture of Baby Girl, it is a face on shot with her poor little face smushed up against my belly. The top of her head is to the right of the picture.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

We had a pretty mellow weekend here. Lots of yard work, I had 10 yards of loam delivered last week so we have moved lots of dirt! Colby loves it! I have planted almost all that I am going to plant for the year, my poor body just isn't cooperating at this point, but all my gardens look good, so that is fine. Now I just have to keep watering everything I planted. Not to jinx anything, but we have gotten no rain in the last 3 weeks. I could really use some rain here to help with these plants, especially so I can plant grass where we laid the loam.

I only have 10 weeks to go before baby girl #3 arrives. It is coming so quick. I suppose I should give up and stop wearing my jeans now! I did have to buy myself a new bathing suit, as I will inevitably have to take the girls swimming at some point. Now THAT is a nightmare, if you think that swimsuit shopping normally is hell on your self image... try doing it when you are pasty white AND had a recent rapid weight gain... ouch! But I found some cute board swim shorts that cover some of the worst areas pretty well.

But, it is all worth this little angel that we will soon meet...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Smokers Faux Pas


As I had a few spare minutes the other day when Annika was with Kelly, I decided to grab a sub & sit on Main Street & do some nice, quiet people watching (something I rarely have time for). The downtown in Concord New Hampshire is very different than the one in Littleton. I would guess it stems from being the Capital. If you watch the people here at lunch time, it is a very business-type atmosphere. A lot of the men are in suits, and if not, at least a shirt & tie. A majority of the women are in heels, whether it is with dresses or suits. There are numerous political offices on Main Street, as well as banks, lawyers offices, etc. that would account for this dress code.

With that said, I watched a lady in her sleek black suit & matching high heels coming towards me. I noticed that she was smoking a cigarette... when will people ever learn???? I looked around & noticed there were no sorts of ash trays outside these businesses. Who would blame them though, they are an eye sore and very stinky. I would not want to be the employee in charge of cleaning one of those nasty things.

And then, to my astonishment, before she entered the bank, she put the butt on the ground! Surely this woman has some sort of education! Would she just throw a candy wrapper down on the sidewalk??? I am sure she walks these streets everyday, doesn't she see how gross it is to look down & see that waste on the ground? I think smoking is a personal freedom & everyone should be allowed that choice. BUT... it is people like this who really taint the vision I have of smokers. I have an awful coffee habit, but you wouldn't see me throwing my coffee cup on the ground!

Have a little respect!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Raising Daughters



This is the controversial photo of Miley Cyrus that appeared in Vogue magazine. It was on the news for days because, at age 15, she posed "nude" in a magazine. I loved it when asked about the photo, some random actor said "What, the War in Iraq is over??? Surely it must be if there is this much news about a photo of Miley Cyrus." I could not agree more!

I have a few issues with this whole "controversy". First off, it was featured in Vogue magazine, so if the rest of the media had not made a big deal of it, I, (& probably nobody that I know) would have ever seen it.

Second, I find it an artistic photo taken by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The media making it pornographic is just disgusting to me. Art and the human body is what we make of it. We have a painting hanging in our living room of a women showing her back & naked bum, Ariana doesn't think of it as pornography on our wall, but just a painting, like any other piece we have, I also showed Ariana the Miley picture and asked her what she thought. She said, "Her hair looks too poufy." She didn't even mention Miley's naked back or anything like that. Now, if I had let her see any of the negative media coverage on the photo, she would have run to school and said "Did you see Hannah Montana was naked in a magazine???" But, Ariana has been exposed to all different kinds of art from infancy with Baby Einstein, so I think she has a good grasp of art, the human body and appropriate exposure of the body.

I think the media should be more involved in why I can not find a one piece bathing suit for my daughter at major retailers. Why is it ok to make itsy bitsy bikinis for 4,5, 6 year olds for them to be exposed to numerous people out in public on beaches etc. Why is it that there are short shorts made for 4 year olds that have 'Cutie' written across the bum? Why are skirts for my daughter made so short that her 7 year old bum would be hanging out if I actually let her wear them?

Where are our priorities??? Make a huge deal about some random photo in an obscure fashion magazine, but overlook a country full of little girls running around worried about how their bums look in their short shorts and competing for the lowest cut tank top????

Kids Say the Darndest Things PART DEUX

"I want some water, Mommy."
"Where are you going to drink it?"
"My mouth."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Little Baby Girl

I had a Doctor's appointment today... she is measuring small so I need to go for a third ultra sound. That will make all 3 girls that I have had to go for Doctor- requested ultra sounds... after we paid for ultra sounds to find out the sex! Wouldn't you know it. After 2 7 pound babies, I am pretty confident that this one will also be average size. I like not having huge babies, it suits me just fine.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Well, I had a wonderful Mother's Day. I woke to my traditional breakfast in bed (Sunday paper included!), after I got to sleep until 9! The girls then presented me with their cards... precious as usual. And then I got to spend the day with the family in the yard, building a beautiful fence and planting a nice row of evergreen trees. I also got to plant some marigolds with Ariana in our garden. Ariana & Annika each gave me some, although Annika's were minus the flowers before I even got to plant them. I love that Ariana likes to garden with me, who knows how long it will last, but I will take it while I can.

Amazing Musical Talent

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Welfare

My last post prompted a couple of people to ask my views on welfare. So here goes...
I completely disagree with all aspects of our welfare system as I know it. Mind you, I only know welfare as it is in Maine and New Hampshire, so it could be different elsewhere.

I find it very frustrating to see a healthy mother and father in a household who get money for free from our system and complain that "It is so hard to get by." They have their childcare paid for 100% for 40 hours per week, their child's health insurance 100% covered, their housing subsidized... their food subsidized. Yet these same people can drive a new car while I drive one that is 10 years old... they can afford cable tv, internet, nail salons, etc. It is an insane system that means my family pays a rediculous amount in taxes and therefore has less for our own family.

I think the same hold true for our social security & Section 8 systems. How can it possibly be that I have paid into a system every week since I was 15 years old and will not get anything back from that investment when I retire... yet there are people who have reaped the benefits without working a day in their life because they have a 'bad back'? I am a firm believer that most people in this society can contribute to our earth in some way and hold a paying job. I have personally worked with many disabled people in my life, whether it be mental or physical disability. I know that both of the jobs I hold could easily be handled by many or most people that live off the social security system.

I certainly believe that there is a time & place where people need help... Some families are struck with a sudden illness where the bread winner is no longer able to bring in income, or a fire might destroy everything that a family has. In these situations, I feel that it is my place as a good citizen and caring person to step in and help wherever necessary. This is when the community should provide help & support. But for those people that just simple live every day of their life not trying to provide for themselves or their families, not trying to support their community or better their lives or those around them, I think it is a shame and it is a shame for those of us who pick up their slack.

Thats how I feel on the issue.
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