32 Weeks Pregnant // Tales from the Final Trimester

32 Weeks Pregnant // Bubby and Bean

Here I am.  Eight weeks to go.  Wow, it feels crazy typing that.  In less than two months, I’ll be a mother.  Bananas.  I shared updates with you guys at the half-way point, and then again toward the end of my second trimester.  Now that I’m well into my final trimester, I thought I’d share one more big pregnancy update before baby arrives.

I was pretty candid in my other two posts, and included lots of joyful moments as well as plenty of details of the non-glamorous side of being pregnant.  In the first post, I shared my story of trying to conceive, my miscarriage last December, our positive test in April, and both the highs (like an intense sense of well-being) and lows (like constant vomiting and exhaustion) of the first trimester.  In the second post, I told you about my excessive emotions (I felt a lot of feelings, guys), and the strange, slightly petrifying nightly panic attacks that came (and for the most part, went) during my second trimester.

I’m happy to report that so far, the third trimester has been a really positive experience.  Sure, it’s difficult to breathe after every meal and while lying down when a mini human is pushed up into your stomach and diaphragm.  And the heart burn and acid reflux that feel like a fiery hot knife stabbing me in the esophagus aren’t exactly my idea of a good time.  Searing back pain, intense leg cramps, and an inability to tie my shoes/shave my legs/sleep for more than an hour at a time at night are all new and interesting parts of my daily existence.  But every time I feel this baby girl roll over, or watch her elbow move across my belly, or feel her tiny hiccups, all of the yucky crap just disappears.  It feels more real than ever now.  I have Braxton Hicks contractions preparing my body for childbirth.  And I can physically see a baby move under my skin.  It’s weird and alien and miraculous and freaking amazing, and it’s worth feeling huge and awkward and more uncomfortable than I’ve ever felt in my life.  I still have a while to go, and perhaps in a few weeks when I can’t get off the couch without help, I’ll feel a little less jolly about the whole thing.  Right now though, this just might be my favorite trimester so far.  I can finally get a grasp on the fact that (holy shit!) I’m going to be a mother.  In a few days, we have our breast feeding class, and next weekend, we take a (nine hour!) birthing class.  I can’t imagine how much more real it will feel after that. We still have a lot to do – the nursery is far from being done, I have about a dozen baby books that need to be read (because hi, I have no idea what I’m doing once she gets here), there’s still a lot of things to buy and to get in order, and it all has to happen during the busiest season (by far) for my work.  But it’s all going to work out just fine.  It’s going to be incredible, as a matter of fact.

Honestly, despite the struggles that I’ve shared here, all three trimesters have been overwhelmingly positive for me.  I’d say that aside from the panic attacks (because who enjoys being awoken from a dead sleep to intense feelings of irrational, unexplainable fear?), even the difficult parts have been magical in their own ways.  They’ve been reminders that I’m growing a human – a human who we really, really wanted.  Inside of my belly is a sweet little girl, who Robbie and I get to keep and love and watch grow, together.  Something about that washes away any fears or complaints or feelings of negativity, and allows me to realize that it’s all just a part of the experience.  I don’t know if I’ll ever have the opportunity to go through this again, so while I’m in it, I making sure that I appreciate every moment of it. 

Thank you, so much, for letting me share this journey with you guys. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Truckee Pop Warner | Mitey-Mite Reds handle Greenwave

Truckee Pop Warner | Mitey-Mite Reds handle Greenwave
The Truckee Mitey-Mite Red team recorded its first shutout of the season, 32-0, at the Fallon Greenwave this past Saturday. The game pitted two 1-5 teams against each other, with both playing on a 100-yard field for the first time — instead of the
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Sixth grade Mighty Mite football team
In the front row, from left, are: Ronnie Leech, Karter Brink, Cameron Shuster, Ruben Dierker, McKenzie Langley, William Rodriguez, Austin McRoberts, Joseph Semerad and Caleb Hall. Second row: Gunnar Bradley, Jace Stow, Dawson Copeland, Gavin 
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HealthyPetNet listing renewed in GreenPeople.org

This listing has consistently provided very loyal customers who are interested in doing everything they can for their pets, including adding high quality fish oil to their diets. They provide stats and show that since Mar 31, 2007:

  • 1477 people viewed your listing.
  • 493 clicked through to your website.

To have 1/3 of the people who see an ad click through to it is really impressive.

What’s cool about this directory is that they’re for real. In order to list a pet food with them, you have to meet the following criteria, and of course, HealthyPetNet qualifies:

Disallowed ingredients include : Animal Grade Animals (too sick/diseased for Human Consumption), By-products (feet, bones and intestines, etc.), Fillers (weeds, hulls or chaff), Meat meal, Bone meal, Rendered fats, GMO ingredients, Chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin), Sugar, Propylene glycol, Ethylene glycol.
Product Ingredients :
Meat, Chicken, Eggs : Any meat, chicken or eggs must be organic or at least from free ranged animals.

  • GreenPeople averages over 11,000 visitors per day
  • alexa.com shows Traffic Rank for greenpeople.org: 93,743 (1/06)
  • Google page ranks is a 6-7 out of 10 (and 1,110 sites link to us)
  • linkpopularity.com shows- AltaVista says 1018 sites link to GreenPeople.- HotBot says 1189 sites link to GreenPeople.

You can post free ads or you can post a variety of paid ads and banners. I usually pay for an annual Premier Green Star listing which includes a clickable URL ($ 29.95 per year).

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Shelter Sunday: Madison Animal Rescue Foundation / Madison, AL

Meet Bunny! This Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler/Great Pyrenees mix is about a year old and is being fostered in Madison, Alabama by the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation. Here’s what their website has to say about this cutie. Bunny is an energetic girl who would love to have a family to run around with and play. […]

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Family Dogs

Allow me to brag just a little. I spent this past weekend visiting my sister and brothers in Fairfield and Greenhills, Ohio (two small suburbs of Cincinnati), so I wanted to introduce you to our family’s dogs. First up is my sister Marilyn’s dog, a 14-year old Japanese Chin (probably) who is greatly in need […]

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FX Bobcat .22 Squirrel Pest Control

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Mike Raupp, “The Bug Guy” for the University of Maryland Extension, talks about an easy, organic way to get rid of pesky bugs in your garden called Integrate…

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Brimfield’s New K-9

If you check in here regularly, you know that I absolutely love the Brimfield (Ohio) Police Department’s Facebook page. They recently introduced their newest K-9, Pseudo. Hard to imagine this little sweet-faced puppy will grow into an aggressive, competent professional police dog! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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Famous French Bulldog Boss

French Bulldog


Famous French Bulldog Boss pondering whether he should get up now or stay put for a little while longer


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Nice Flea photos

A few nice Flea images I found:

flea market

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Too much flea…

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Flea market of Saint Ouen

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Feeding Your Golden Retriever

All Golden Retriever puppies will nurture from their mother until Add Imagethey reach the age of seven weeks. Once they reach the age of three weeks, they should be fed with puppy food, which you should soak and mix into a warm grubby compound. This way, it resembles the food they get from their mother, and they will learn quickly how their food tastes and how they should eat it.

Once you bring your puppy home, you should always make sure that you use the same food that he has become accustomed to. The breeder will start training the puppy with food, and it’s up to you to ensure that he gets the food he has come to know. Golden Retriever puppies have very delicate stomachs, and they can be very receptive to any changes in their food.

When you first bring your new Golden Retriever puppy home, he or she may not be too interested in eating for the first few days. Being in a new home can be stressful for the puppy, which is why you shouldn’t force him to eat. The puppy will also realize that he doesn’t have competition at the food bowl, because he is away from his litter. You shouldn’t worry if he doesn’t immediately eat, as it will take him some time.

Once your puppy has slept through the night, you should take him outside and let him relieve himself, then bring him in and give him some food. You should also plan feedings throughout the day, such as the morning, middle of the day, then at night. Once you have planned feedings, you should make sure that you stick to this plan so that your puppy will get used to it.

Keep in mind that the last feeding of the day doesn’t necessarily need to be set in stone. You should always aim to feed your puppy at least a half an hour before you head to bed, so that you can take him outside after eating. If you time it just right every night, you can feed your Golden, take him out to use the bathroom, and still have plenty of time to get ready for bed. At night, when you sleep, you should have puppy pads or newspapers in an area that your Golden is familiar with so he can use the bathroom if he can’t get you to take him out.

First the first few weeks, your Golden will eat a little bit of the food. Once he has reached 8 weeks of age, he should be on dry food with a little bit of warm water added to it. The best way to feed is to keep adding a little bit of warm water to the food, and let the pup eat until he is finished. If you continue to do this throughout feedings, your Golden will begin to eat all of his portion.

Keep in mind that you should never rush him, or change anything about the way he feeds. Golden Retrievers will eat their share, although it will take them a bit of time to develop the proper eating habits. As the puppy gets older, his stomach will grow and he will begin to eat more. During this time, you won’t need to add any water to his food. Golden Retrievers are a truly unique breed, a breed that loves to be fed – and craves attention. If you stick to your plan when your puppy is little – he will be a healthy eater as he gets older.
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