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How far along? 30 Weeks - ONLY 10 WEEKS LEFT!!
Size of the baby? I asked him yesterday what position is she in...it feels so hard behind my belly button and on my sides, so I was assuming maybe she was in a transverse lie (sideways instead of head down), but when he poked and prodded he said she was head down and her back was to my belly button, that's why it feels so hard. Strange how they can tell these things! According to BabyCenter - 3 lbs, 16" long, Cabbage!!
Maternity clothes? But of course. Sometimes I'll wear my normal t-shirts, but I find myself pulling the front down all day long...so maybe I should cut those out.
Stretch marks? Still just a few new ones around my belly button
Weight gained: 4lbs total. I was still kind of concerned by this so I asked the new doc what his thoughts were and he said the same exact thing, 15-20lbs is average.
Sleep: It's alright, still tossing and turning, but I'll live.
Best moment this/last week: KISS & Mötley Crüe was a lot of fun, I forgot that when you sit in the lawn at Lakewood you get to "people watch", there was plenty of entertainment even when the bands weren't playing :) . I also got to hear Persephone's heartbeat yesterday, it was 151bpm - I'm measuring 30cm. My blood pressure has been great too, it was 130/80!
Movement: Very frequent, even more so throughout the day whereas usually she's most active early in the AM and later in the evening. It's so neat to watch my belly move when she's twisting or turning.
Food cravings: Just a good ole' fountain coke, but I loved those pre-pregnancy, so I don't know whether to classify that as an actual craving.
Gender/Names: GIRL! Persephone Layne Jones!
Labor Signs: Don't think so...then again I've never had a baby before, so how would I know?
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On, but I decided to drop the engagement ring, just in case....my wedding band is looser than the engagement ring so it's easy to put on and take off.
What I miss: I guess it's sciatic pain...haha sometimes when I get up from sitting for a while, I hobble for a few seconds like an 80yr old lady because I get sharp pains that shoot from my butt down my leg. I'm to the point where I can't bend forward. I don't really miss it, but I catch myself trying to bend/lean and I'm quickly reminded I can't. I'm also finding myself sitting further away from my desk at work. I've already dropped my chair to the lowest setting, but the top of my belly tends to get squished if I try scooting in all the way.
What I am looking forward to: Getting this nursery together, my baby shower and meeting our little girl! Even though I feel this little alien, it's still hard to believe I'm pregnant.
Jul 26, 2012
My stomach looks so awkward for some reason.
If you keep your eye to the left part of the screen you'll see her make a big kick in the beginning and then almost toward the end she rolls or who knows what - you can see her move from the right to left.
Jul 25, 2012
Mötley Crüe is his all time favorite band and we have seen them just under 10x's, last night being the most recent. I generally know when we see Crüe Hardy will be in "his zone". Luckily I know lyrics to most of their hits so I can sing along and I'm able to enjoy it too.
This was Hardy's first time in the lawn, we have always paid the money for seats up close. He wasn't too disappointed which was a relief to me...I was really worried about that.
It was a great concert, both bands did awesome!
I snapped this photo of him last night jamming out. I used to think he looked silly, but I admire him for rocking out without caring who else is around :) head banging or playing air guitar and of course singing all the lyrics...that's my Hardy!
Jul 24, 2012
I've mentioned before Hardy is "the cook". Not because I don't want to, but he enjoys it and quite honestly, he's better at it than I am. Occasionally though, I'll make something because he's unsure how or because it's a recipe I found. A friend of mine from work recently told me about this REALLY easy dinner and we tried it last night - OMG yum. So I wanted to share it.
1 can 8ct croissant rolls (we used big n' flaky)
1lb ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
shredded cheddar cheese
seasoning - your choice (you could use taco seasoning or other spices for meat - we used Adobo, sofrito and sazon with azafran)
In a skillet, brown the ground beef and cook with onions and bell pepper, drain well (add seasoning of your choice). On a greased pan, unroll the croissants in pairs. Spoon in beef/veggies in middle of croissant square, add cheese to taste and then fold up croissant sides. Bake in oven according to croissant package and voila!
They were soooo delicious and at first I thought we needed something else to eat with them, but I was wrong - one was very filling. We had enough croissants/meat to make 4 pouches. Like I said you can season meat however you want, or use a different meat in fact. But I can only review the one I ate - which was what I listed above.
I also heard this is delicious using rotisserie chicken and cream cheese :)
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From the Raptor Resource Project regarding a monitored Decorah eagle named D12:
"We are very sorry to announce that D12 is dead. D12 was found electrocuted at the base of a power pole on a Sunday morning. We notified the power company, who modified the top of that pole on Sunday and several other poles in the area on Monday. As of this morning, they are continuing to identify and modify poles to make them raptor safe." (PHOTO: "For those that have asked for a photo of D12, here is one from our Facebook album. We continue to remember how blessed we are with all the successes from the Decorah nest so far, and we will be thankful for all the future successes as well. This is the first known tragedy from the Decorah nest, and we thank all of you for your heartfelt thoughts on this loss." (Picture from the Raptor Resource Project Facebook page))
"Power lines themselves are not an electrocution hazard for birds (birds can and do sit on wires), but unshielded poles can be dangerous. Again, we are very sorry to announce the death of D12. This pole and others like it in the area have been modified to prevent future electrocutions."