33 Week Belly Picture

How far along? 33 Weeks 1 Day
Total weight gain/loss Not as much as I’d originally thought. At my doctor appointment last week, I hadn’t gained any from the previous appointment. My total weight gain is at 25 pounds, not 28 like I thought.
Maternity clothes? Affirmative.
Stretch marks? A few new ones popping up along the sides of my belly.
Sleep Still disrupted by frequent side-switches and bathroom breaks.
Best moment this week Unpacking her clothes and tossing them in her hamper in preparation to wash them!
Movement She’s been moving a lot more consistently the past few days.
Food cravings MOZZERELLA STICKS.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Got my cervix checked at last appointment; it’s tightly closed. No contractions. I actually haven’t even had any Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie – but it’s getting flatter.
What I miss Not having lower back pain.
What I am looking forward to Our 3d ultrasound on Saturday and baby shower #2 on SUNDAY!
Weekly Wisdom Can’t think of anything right now.
Milestones 8 months pregnant!

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33 Weeks – Baby Pineapple

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

— From BabyCenter.com

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Back in Business

After a few days of internet blackout, I am happy to report that I’M BACK ONLINE. Ugh! Not having the internet kills me. I think I have a problem.

Anyway we are moved into our new apartment and I LOVE IT. We have so much more space and have already started getting Nellie’s room ready. I have a lot of her clothes unpacked and in her hamper, just waiting to be washed and put away! It’s good to be back!!!

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Thankful Thursday

I won’t be including a picture. I am updating from my home computer and my home computer likes to spaz out and crash when I do too many things at once, because it sucks.

Today, I am thankful for my Nellie Rose. The sweet, tiny little girl that’s growing inside of my womb as I sit here typing. I’m going to get to see her again next Saturday for our big 3D ultrasound and I can’t wait. One more look at her before she makes her big debut.

Yesterday, my doctor checked my cervix for dilation. I was amazed that it’s come to that already… My girl is really and truly just a few short weeks away from being in my arms. How did the time go so quickly? It seems like just yesterday I was standing in my bathroom, staring in disbelief at the positive pregnancy test, feeling overwhelmed that it had finally happened… It feels like yesterday that I first saw my tiny little baby on the ultrasound, giving us a wiggle and looking like a Gummi Bear. I felt like I was never going to get out of the first trimester; into that “safety zone” and now I’m just a few weeks away from delivery. The moment I’ve waited for for so long is going to be here before I know it.

Nellie Rose…. Thank you again for choosing me to be your mama. Thank you for staying with me, for growing big and healthy. I cherish every bump, every kick and every flutter that you give me. Even when you dig your little feet into my ribs.. I love it. I love to think about you; to imagine what you’re going to look like. I spend many moments dreaming about your personality, about what your likes and dislikes will be. We picked out your first stuffed animal yesterday.. One that’s from me and daddy. I hope that you will like it. I love you so much, little girl, and it’s amazing to me that my heart will fill even more with love when I lay eyes on you. It takes my breath away to think about how much richer my life will become with you in it… Because it’s already been enriched so much just by your kicks and nudges. Today – and every day – Nellie Rose, I am thankful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it. I am looking forward to eating myself into a food coma later.

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Ramblings of a Pregnant Brain

Well, this weekend is the big move. We were originally going to sign our lease and pick up our keys tomorrow but upon hearing the prorated amount we’d have to pay for moving in so early we decided to postpone that until Saturday. Yeah.

I am off for SIX DAYS STRAIGHT starting TOMORROW. Today is my last day at work for nearly a week. GLORIOUS. And of course, Thursday is Thanksgiving… AKA Pregnant Lady stuffs herself so she’s even fatter with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and pie. AKA, The Happiest Day of the Year. I’m pretty psyched for my mother-in-law’s Turkey Day food. The woman is a warlock of food, and I’m not even kidding.

Thursday and Friday should be interesting. I scheduled the electricity to be cut off Thursday at our current apartment, and turned on Friday at our new place…. Because originally we were making Friday Moving Day. But now Saturday is Moving Day and we will now be without power for two days. It’s not a big deal; we’ll just…. Live like cavepeople for two days. No TV, no Gears of War 2…. Just me and the hubby, spending time with one another!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned Nellie’s reactions to video games here yet. We don’t play a whole lot. We have an XBox 360 that we received as a Christmas gift from my dad last year. I like video games and enjoy playing, but I always have a hard time justifying spending $200-$400 on a gaming console. Up until last Christmas, all we had was an old PS2 and a Nintendo GameCube. That’s probably all we would have had for a very long time, too. Luckily, however, my dad bought us an XBox as a gift. My favorite game of all time is Guitar Hero and I could probably kick your ass at it, thank you very much. I’m a rock star. It’s true, and it’s OK to be jealous. I’m also in love with LEGO Indiana Jones and Batman.

Joshua enjoys a wider range of games; his favorites being God of War, Assassin’s Creed and the Gears of War games. He has played Gears of War for a long time and I’ve watched/halfheartedly observed up until recently. He and I have gotten into playing together on Horde mode; which is basically where you have to kill bad guys in waves, each wave getting harder and stronger than the last. I now enjoy playing it with him….. And Nellie likes it when we play, too. EVERY SINGLE TIME we have played Gears of War 2, she has begun kicking almost immediately. She either really likes it, or really hates it!

OK, sorry, Pregnant Brain detour. Back to our busy month. We have got 2 baby showers scheduled for December. I have 2 performances with my quartet, and several with my chorus. Obviously, Christmas is in December. I have doctor’s appointments, not to mention the little fact that on December 27th, 2009 I will be considered full-term pregnant. MY CHILD COULD BE HERE BEFORE 2009 IS OVER. THIS IS CRAZY TO ME. Speaking of Pregnant Brain, mine is like a seive and I literally forget things ALL THE FREAKING TIME. I forget where I put my keys two minutes after I set them down.. I forget what I did with my cell phone, I forget that I HAVE a cell phone, I forget to make phone calls, write e-mails, and I drop things more than a clumsy person covered in baby oil.

……That last statement was really strange. Hmm. I am not real sure where it came from.

So, to sum up… The next month is crazy busy. I am a barbershop rock star along with my ladies and we are in high demand to perform all around the Scenic City (wait, was that the sound of me tooting my own horn?). My baby loves it when her mommy and daddy kick virtual subterrenean bad-guy butt. If my head were not attached to my shoulders, I’d lose it on a daily basis. I will be living in the dark for two days this week.

I am going to try and make my Wordless Wednesday post, but more than likely I will miss Thankful Thursday. So next week I’ll have to play catch-up! If I don’t post before, I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving!

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MASSIVE CRIB RECALL! Must Read for Parents and Parents to Be!

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I just snagged this update from a friend’s Facebook status. Apparently there is a huge recall in the works of drop-side cribs. I have not been able to find a list of crib brands, but apparently anything with a drop-side crib is being considered unsafe for babies. You can read the story here at CBS News online. PLEASE pass this along!

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Weekly Belly Pic – 32 Weeks

Taken at 32 weeks.

How far along? 32 Weeks, 1 day
Total weight gain/loss Still at 28 pounds total gained since start of pregnancy. I’ll find out at the doctor on Wednesday how much I’ve gained since last visit.
Maternity clothes? Affirmative.
Stretch marks? No new ones to report; just the ones near my hips/side of the belly.
Sleep Still disrupted by frequent side-switches and bathroom breaks.
Best moment this week Having random strangers ask me about the baby.
Movement She’s having a quiet period. She hasn’t been as spastic the past few days. Still moving, but a lot gentler and less frequently.
Food cravings NEEDED ice cream Friday night, with rainbow sprinkles. Hubby indulged my craving! He rocks!
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs None.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie.
What I miss 8 solid hours of sleep, having a beer with dinner or a cold deli sandwich.
What I am looking forward to Moving into our new apartment at the end of the week and starting on her nursery!
Weekly Wisdom Can’t think of anything right now.
Milestones 8 months pregnant!


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32 Weeks – Baby Jicama


Your baby is taking up more and more space in your uterus and weighs as much as a large jicama — about 3 3/4 pounds. (Length: about 16 3/4 inches, head to heel.)

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 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, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

I’m not real sure what a jicama is, but it must be big b/c I’m a gigantic. You’ll see in the weekly belly pic – to come later this afternoon! Stay tuned!

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My Thoughts on Twilight

It’s FRIDAY! Hooray! I love Fridays so much. More than is natural, I think. I have an obscene love for Fridays.

So I saw this crazy ass thing on the news this morning. As I am sure you are already aware, New Moon came out at midnight last night. I’m actually sort of afraid to say “New Moon” out loud for fear that I will be assaulted by shrieks and screams by teenaged girls (or grown up women) who materialize out of nowhere just from hearing the words strung together. I know many, many women who are fans of the series. I myself have read the books. I have seen Twilight (pirated copy, I never would have paid money to see that sad excuse for a film) and will only be seeing New Moon (*cringes*) if I am given a copy to watch.

I was watching the news this morning, and the local channel had footage from the movie theatre from last night’s midnight showing. THERE WERE SCREAMING TEENAGERS EVERYWHERE. I mean LINES AND LINES OF THEM. I don’t think I was even aware of the fact that many teenaged girls EXISTED in this city. And they were all sitting around, squealing and shrieking. You would have thought that Edward freaking Cullen WAS ACTUALLY THERE by the sounds of them.

Then they interviewed this one woman, who looked approximately my age (25). She said that up until earlier that day, she had been in the hospital.

BEING TREATED FOR PNEUMONIA.

And she CHECKED HERSELF OUT OF THE HOSPITAL and drove AN HOUR AND A HALF TO COME SEE THE PREMIERE OF NEW MOON.

I’m sorry, WHAT?! I was under the impression that this was opening night of the film; not, “IF YOU DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE AT MIDNIGHT IT’S GOING TO VANISH FOREVER”.

I mean honestly, SHE CHECKED HERSELF OUT FROM THE HOSPITAL WHEN SHE HAD PNEUMONIA. Pneumonia KILLS PEOPLE! Is watching Robert Pattinson skulk around on screen for two hours worth RISKING YOUR LIFE? Are you going to explode into a pile of goo if you don’t see Kristen Stewart and her hair (and her horrible, HORRIBLE acting) whining and crying over Edward and Jacob PRECISELY AT MIDNIGHT?

I apologize if I offend anyone who enjoys the Twilight saga. As I said, I’ve read the books. All of them. And while I was reading them, I enjoyed them. But the more I got to thinking about them the less I liked them. My experience with Twilight is something I equate with eating a double quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald’s. You pick up the burger, and you know it’s bad for you. You just know that you shouldn’t eat that cheesburger but you’re going to anyway. While you’re eating it, you’re in heaven. It’s food bliss; the taste erupts in your mouth and is just full of deliciousness.

About halfway through the burger, you start to realize that it’s not as great as that first bite but you can’t stop eating it now. So you continue. You munch and slurp and chomp on that burger until it’s gone, and immediately upon finishing it you feel a sense of regret not only because you just consumed approximately a day’s worth of calories, but because it is sitting in your stomach; a greasy pit of meat and cheese. You start to feel worse as the minutes roll by. That once-tasty treat begins to form an undigestible, fast-food lump in your intestines and you feel sick and unhappy. The more the food sits in your belly, the more you wish you’d never eaten it.

That is what reading Twilight (and the following books) was like for me. While I was reading them, I devoured them hungrily. Not because the writing was good (because it was probably one of the worst-written things I’ve ever read) and not because the characters were particularly compelling (I’d like to push Bella Swan down a flight of stairs) but because it was so bad, it was good. It wasn’t until I got to Breaking Dawn and all of the various WTF plot twists in it that the books started to turn sour for me. Breaking Dawn was like that last bite of big, fat greasy burger that started making me feel sick. After reading all four books, I realized that I actually kind of hated the entire series. There is almost nothing positive I can find to say about it. Except that I kind of liked Jacob. And think that Bella’s a moron for choosing Edward.

But all sarcasm and snark aside, I think that the relationship between Bella and Edward is a really unhealthy one. I think it teaches young girls who read the series that being codependent, helpless and needy is an OK trait to have when trying to land yourself a boyfriend/husband. Bella literally cannot function without Edward (as is displayed in New Moon). She practically goes catatonic without him. That’s not love. Edward is ridiculously overly protective of Bella; to the point where it’s borderline abusive and controlling. Bella is clumsy, accident-prone, and completely idiotic. She is such a horrible role model for young women. Shouldn’t we be teaching the young ladies in the world that you can be strong, independent and stand on your own two feet WITHOUT the aid of your sparkly, immortal boyfriend?

Okay, my Twilight rant is over. Again, I apologize if you read the series and like it. This is just my opinion, so please don’t take too much offense to it. I’m not personally attacking anyone who likes the series. I myself enjoyed it while reading it. I just didn’t happen to like the aftertaste it left in my mouth once the books were consumed. I will leave you with one more piece of snark, which makes me snicker uncontrollably.

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