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Happy Birth Day Baby Girl

We have all watched and waited for this day to come.

She will now enter the world with a strain and a push.

It will soon be snips and snails and puppy dog tails, sugar and spice and everything oh so nice.  A life of stories of Billy goats, pony rides, fluffy new kittens, red fire trucks and Barbie Doll days. 

Soon she will hear her mother’s voice speak the first “I love you”.  Her father will hold her and gaze at the tiny finger that he will spend the rest of his days wrapped around.  She will smell of the sweetest scent of new baby skin as she settles into her sister’s waiting arms. 

Rejoice as she makes her presence known.  Remember every little detail.  Enjoy the moments for as we all know, they do grow up so fast.

She enters the world to a family who adores her.

Her Birth Day is here and we all wait to share in the moment she will begin her journey.

We all here await your arrival with stories of our own to share. 

Welcome to our world precious baby girl, we all hope you will like it here.

Happy Happy Birth Day to you Maci Lynn.
  • mimsmom

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Ok, now we're ready. :)

I still need to find a rug, but other than that, we're good to go! About 10 minutes ago I had a cramp in my lower stomach that almost dropped me to my knees. It scared the heck out of me, but got me really excited at the same time. :)
  • mimsmom

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Blessed by Elton John

Hey you, you're a child in my head
You haven't walked yet
Your first words have yet to be said
But I swear you'll be blessed

I know you're still just a dream
your eyes might be green
Or the bluest that I've ever seen
Anyway you'll be blessed

And you, you'll be blessed
You'll have the best
I promise you that
I'll pick a star from the sky
Pull your name from a hat
I promise you that, promise you that, promise you that
You'll be blessed

I need you before I'm too old
To have and to hold
To walk with you and watch you grow
And know that you're blessed

Picture Perfect Life

All the photos of either of my parents before I was born are in Black and White. As far as I can tell, there are no photos of my mother when she was pregnant with me, or either one of my sisters. There are no photos of my grandmothers pregnant either, for that matter and before that, well, there were no cameras, or at least they weren’t very common.

A friend of mine who has always been a little ahead of her time awoke one morning to discover that she was pregnant and decided that she would take picture of her pregnancy. There is this one film clip of her rubbing her swollen belly with some sort of oil while her soon-to-be-born daughter practices gymnastics. It’s a funny piece of film, but at the same time it’s striking in its implications; we can now be on film before our first birthday.

Not only is technology changing but the way we interact with that technology is changing also. Once upon a time photos were taken of birthdays and Christmas and no one owned a movie camera. Now we can take hundred of photos and delete the ones we do not want and keep those we do. We can store video on disks that will hold hundred and maybe thousands of feet of film, not that anyone uses feet of film anymore. What we choose to keep will define who are and to a degree, who we will be.

With all the implications, I think something that might happen is that we will become closer to the process of life itself. How will it feel to watch a film clip of a pregnant woman with life bouncing inside of her and think, “ Wow, that’s me!” I think that anyone who see that has to be a little awed by it. This is the first generation which will have that opportunity, to know what they were like, to see themselves alive like that.

Years from now, when Maci the Blog Baby has grown up and is looking to have kids of here own, she can pop a disk into a machine and see what it’s like, from both a mother to be, and looking at a mother to be who is carrying her. In a way us males cannot possibly ever understand, I suspect that she will feel comforted.

It is very likely that in the two decades plus before Maci becomes a mom, technology will shift again and she will look back at that video as something primitive and so terribly old fashioned. It will be like me looking at black and white.
But whatever device she uses to view her daughter-to-be the affect will be the same, I suspect. For no matter what species of technology is used, or how advanced it might be to see a life beginning will still cause anyone watching to be awed.

Take Care,
  • mimsmom

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Time flies when you're having fun! Let's see, what am I feeling?!?! Lil Miss Maci is kicking mama more and more these days. It's also not uncommon for her to have the hiccups, which I think are beginning to tick her off a bit. She starts moving around like she's trying to make them go away. My stomach has been getting bigger and bigger by the second. My shirts are getting VERY short and my elastic band on my pants now sits below my belly, whether I want it to or not. My inner thigh muscles hurt like heck. I notice this the most when I try to put on my socks (socks while pregnant are HIGHLY OVER RATED!). I've been wearing alot of slip on type shoes. If I wear shoes that tie, I end up with the shoestring tied towards the inside of my shoe. I had to laugh while waiting at the doc's office the other day. The lady across from me had her shoes tied the same way. :) I guess that is what happens when you have to cross your leg to tie your shoe instead of just bending over. I now LOVE taffy apples. I buy the 3 packs every time I go to the store. Heartburn has not eased up, but the morning sickness has. I have noticed that my hair has grown quite a bit. My skin is extremely dry. I'm losing my mind and have become very forgetful. I'm getting very anxious for New Year's Eve to come. I really think that I will deliver a few days before then, though.
  • mimsmom

29 weeks and counting.....

How your baby's growing: Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to accommodate his brain — which is busy developing billions of neurons. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester. To keep yourself and him well nourished, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium. (About 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton — which is now hardening — every day.)

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing: You should be able to feel your baby's movements strongly now. Pay attention to the kicks and nudges, and let your practitioner know if you ever notice a decrease in activity. She may ask you to do fetal kick counts to make sure everything's okay.

Some old friends — heartburn and constipation — may take center stage again. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows your digestive process, which can cause gas, especially after a big meal. Another problem you can credit to your growing uterus (and constipation) is hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids — which are simply swollen blood vessels in your rectal area — are very common during pregnancy and usually clear up soon after delivery. If they're itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath and applying a hot pad or cold compresses medicated with a little witch hazel to the affected area. Also avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your practitioner before using any over-the counter remedies during pregnancy, and let her know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

A small number of women get something called "supine hypotensive syndrome" during pregnancy. When they lie on their backs, they get a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes them feel dizzy until they change position. You might note that you get dizzy if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid getting the spins, move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.


Beta Version: Blog Baby It's not really gambling betting pool

Introducing The Maci’s Birthday Not Really Gambling Betting Pool.

As soon as Mimsmom, soon to be known as MimMacsmom stops throwing wild parties long enough to get a PayPal set up, there will be a Not Really Gambling Betting Pool that will serve as a launching pad for Maci’s college fund while being fun.

Here’s the thing: According to the little Fetus Graph on the last Blog Baby post, the delivery day is 97 days from now. That would make the baseline date somewhere around December 27th. I think that dates should be open from December 17th to January 17th. That gives us thirty one days to work with.
Here are the official rules:

(1) Mimmacsmom gets to make up any rules she likes because she’s the one having the baby. Like all women, even nonpregnant ones, any misinterpretation of the rules is not only not her fault, but the fault of the person who misinterpreted the rule. There is a five dollar fee for any misinterpretation of the rules.

(2) For the price of ten dollars a participant may choose any of the thirty-one days as the birthday for Maci. Days are chosen by paying ten dollars and then posting the day chosen. If more than one person chooses the right day, then the winner will be decided by some bizarre method that mimmacsmom will figure out later.

(3) The winner will be decided and that person wins the right to name Maci’s first Teddy Bear and an autographed copy of her first photograph with the bear ( how we’re going to get the bear to sign anything is another problem)


I got dibs on Christmas day!

Take Care,