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Friday, October 5, 2012

24 Week Pregnancy Update

So, I went to my 24 week prenatal checkup and all checked out perfect! I gained 8lbs since my last visit! That's a record! I usually gain at the most 5lbs between my second and third trimester! Right now I am a whopping 138lbs and I'm only 6 months!!! My pregnancies in the past I usually weigh in at 145 at 9 months!! THIS BABY WILL BE HUGE!! I blame our unique taste buds this time around: Shrimp and sushi almost every week!! Ummm..come to think of it, I could use a California Roll! LOL

Today was my glucose screening test.This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition.

Glucose Tolerance Test
Some says it tastes awful, but to me it's just like watered down  soda

Here's R5 tracking at 24 weeks courtesy of

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts her at just over a pound. Since she's almost a foot long, she cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon start to plump up. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Little mama is quite active in the womb! During the fetus check, she was all over the place. The nurse was freaking out because she never experienced so much movement during these exams. R5 measured a slight bigger than a normal 24 week fetus being the size of a 25 week fetus. I wonder if I will finally reach the 9lb mark!? I have pushed out big babies in the past all between 7lbs 6 oz an 8lbs 11oz!! We shall see!!

I will have pictures posted of the belly bump soon!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Featured Blogger- Christa Colomb's Experience as a Working Mom

My experience with being a working mom comes with both regret and reward. I say regret because there has been many times when I had to make the tough decision of going to work and leaving a sick child with a caretaker, or missing out on a football game or school performance. Being the active parent that I am, missing out on anything important to them, was a painful situation for me. I am a firm believer that a parent’s presence serves a far greater purpose than any presents (gifts/things) that money can buy. Unfortunately my household could not survive without my income so going to work was not an option, it was a necessity. Now that my children are older, I am starting to see the fruit of my labor (reward). There is no way to reap and sow in the same season. During my sowing season, it was difficult to walk away from my crying/disappointed child because once again, work had to come first. Now, when I consider all things in retrospect, my strong work ethic back then was a seed sown into my children that I am able to reap the benefits from. Seeing me go to work and make sacrifices for my family then, has now spilled over into their young adult lives. I notice (and am Godly proud) that they all take great pride in a strong work ethic and knowing that my sacrifices in their early years, is now a reward for their character and has built in them a strong work ethic, makes me grateful to God for having the strength and wisdom to follow through with those tough decisions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

YouTube's Laura Vitale on ABC!!

One of my favorite YouTube chefs have landed a spot on ABC's Recipe Rehab, a new show debuting October 6!! Check it out!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Featured Blogger: Experiences in Motherhood by Courtney Kiner

Courtney is a wife and mother of 6 and is a dear friend and model of mine!

Living in a house with 7 different personalities is sometimes like being a telephone operator from back in the day. You have to pick up the server, hear where they want to go, then connect the line until the call is completed, then disconnect. Then connect again, remember who’s connected to what line and at all times remember someone else is waiting to be connected to a line. So, in the honor that is to be responsible for the receiver getting the right information or connection. I know that the LORD knows better than I my purpose.  

Mothers are the life givers so children trust you (don't doubt it) they listen they soak up every word you say so, be what they need when they need it, God will strengthen you.  The day will stop, the night will come, and rest will set over your home and you will be renewed. In this the LORD will reveal our gifts, our dreams, and aspirations. I would read my children the bible or stories I loved as a child and began change my voice and create new endings that my oldest daughter still remembers to this day; so I began to write short plays and stories for the youth at my church and daughter followed. She's better than me now, but I love to write and I pray God blesses her in talent. So when she mentions an audition or she needs ink for her printer... I'm connected, I'm concerned and I follow through.  It’s all in the connection.  

Get Connected to everything your kids say and do and stay there. And remember I will be blessed because I am the blessed of the Lord.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pregnancy: 20 weeks

I figured I write about my experiences so far in my fifth pregnancy!

I am experiencing a world of things in this pregnancy. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the new climate or what! Baby 5 will be my first baby who has gone through their full 9 months here in Texas. I was 4 months when we arrive here.

So....up until this point, I've experienced achy joints, stiffness, sickness, the works!! Never has this happened to me! All of my pregnancies have been smooth sailing, but I've accepted the fact that I can handle anything! My cravings have been a bit extreme!

When I first discovered I was pregnant, I craved Flamin' Hots with pickle juice. As time progressed, I wanted anything seafood (so did my husband!!) now it's anything peanut!! Peanut butter spreaded on a piece of whole grain bread with a slice of apple pie is my favorite right now, Honey Graham peanut butter sandwiches, and an assortment of nuts! I have literally gone nuts!! As of today, I need some peach cobbler! LOL... I know! Sad right?!

Now enough about me!! Here's some info about baby's progress so far!
Thanks to for the info:

How your baby's growing:

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against her torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of her head to her bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, she's measured from head to toe.)
She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and will see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

My Stats:
My pre-pregnancy weight: 135lbs
Now: 131 lbs
I always lost before I pick up weight due to the desire not to eat as much the first few weeks. But, I am packing on now thanks to this peanut butter diet this baby has me on!

I will try to fit a video in this series soon! Look out for the next post in October!!