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Elf Yourself for Chrismahanukwanzakah

December 25, 2008 Leave a comment

In honor of the holiday season, I of course had to make the annual “Elf Yourself” video for myself and James.  The viral video, which enables you to make an elf of yourself to a catchy holiday tune, was originally released by Office Max and has been around for a couple of years now.  This year, it looks like Jib Jab has weaseled its way into the mix, adding a couple of new dance genre options (in addition to the classic dance, you can also choose from disco, the Charleston or country).  I’m sure many of you have at least seen the original, but for those of you who haven’t, you’re in for quite a treat.  Here’s James and I doing the Charleston.  We worked pretty darn hard on the choreography, so be nice.  (Apparently WordPress is weird about embedding videos from places other than YouTube, so you’ll have to check out our performance at the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/PamJamesElf)

This video was obviously produced during my pre-pregnancy time (either that or in the future once I lost all the baby weight).  Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah, everybody!

Oven Timer: 37 weeks, 3 days

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A False Alarm? How Cliché!

December 24, 2008 4 comments
Oops ... ?

Oops ... ? (hanging out in the triage room)

Well – I’ve made it!   I’m 37 weeks pregnant this week, which means I’m officially full-term and Baby Lump could grace us with his/her presence literally any day now.  So hey – how about a dry run to the hospital?

Yesterday, I had sort of a suspicion that I was leaking some amniotic fluid, which is well, not good.  It wasn’t really concerning me that much, but James basically forced me to call my doctor anyway just to be safe.  The nurse I spoke with was a little concerned, so she advised us to head on over to labor and delivery.  I was really nonchalant about the whole thing since I was convinced everything was fine; we grabbed our hospital bags, hailed a cab, and I shot “Look what you made us do” looks at James all the way to the hospital.

Well, I was right.  Everything was fine with Baby Lump.  It was basically a waste of time.  Although it was pretty cool to be hooked up to the external fetal monitor and get a practice run under our belts.  Thanks to the tour we took a few weeks ago, we knew just where to go and what to do.  And yes, James was correct that calling the doctor was the right thing to do – it’s better safe than sorry!  Let’s hope when it’s the real thing, James and I are just as calm as we were yesterday (but can we have less traffic, please?).

Oven Timer: 37 weeks, 2 days

“All My Bags Are Packed, I’m Ready To Go”

December 17, 2008 3 comments

hospital-bag3That’s right!  My hospital bag is officially packed and ready to go for my mad dash to the hospital when the time comes.  A special thanks to all my Twitter pals and their awesome packing suggestions (see right).

Some other awesome news:  My friend, Justina, whom I graduated high school with and whose baby was supposed to be due two weeks before mine, just gave birth yesterday morning to an adorable little baby boy named CJ (Charles Joseph) – 7 lbs. 8 oz. and 19.25 inches.  Justina’s labor was induced, and it sounds like she took the super-fast progression of her labor like a champ.  Congratulations to Justina and Frank on their new baby!  Check out Justina’s blog – I’m sure she’ll be posting CJ’s birth story at some point, and I’m very excited to hear all about it!  It only makes me even more excited to meet my own little Baby Lump soon!

Monday I had my 36 week appointment, and my doctor said everything is going well with Baby Lump.  She also indicated that even if I end up delivering late, she highly doubts that Baby Lump will reach the massive weight James was when he was born.  According to her estimates, Baby Lump will be a maximum of 9 lbs.  Still a big baby, but definitely nowhere near as daunting as 11 lbs!   Unfortunately though, the results from my Group B Strep test came back positive.  My doctor didn’t seem too concerned.  Apparently 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women will develop the infection, and they’re not really sure of the cause.  Basically, it means I’ll need to be injected with penicillin through an IV every four hours during my delivery.  So much for my perfectly normal pregnancy.  Oh well – things could definitely be worse!  Let’s just hope for the best and that Baby Lump isn’t the one in 4,000 babies that gets infected!

Oven Timer: 36 weeks, 2 days

Braxton Hicks … Who Knew?

December 12, 2008 4 comments

It’s been quite a busy week on the baby front …

later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!"

later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!"

Sunday – My Boston gal pals threw me a lovely baby shower.  It was so awesome to have (most of) my best girlfriends in the same room at the same time, especially since many of them never cross paths.  We had a lot of fun eating yummy food (and rearranging some of it to spell funny things – “CAN RATS GO APE!“), “ooo”ing and “awww”ing at cute monkey outfits and stuffed polar bears (AKA “Buddy Bear”), and chatting about Baby Lump.  Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to Kara who hosted the party and made tons of delicious, homemade food!  Mmm – spinach and artichoke dip …

Monday – I had my 35th week doctor appointment, where I withstood a pleasant little group B strep screening, found out that according to the ultrasound Baby Lump is in the 40th percentile size-wise and also learned I’ve been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions unbeknownst to me.  For some reason – I guess I didn’t pay close enough attention to this part during our natural childbirth class – I was under the impression that Braxton Hicks contractions were supposed to be discomforting or painful, when in reality, they don’t have to be.  Apparently all those times I’ve called James over to “Feel how incredibly hard/tight my belly is!” I’ve actually been having Braxton Hicks contractions … who knew?

Tuesday – James and I took a tour of the labor/delivery and postpartum floors at the hospital.  It was really comforting to familiarize ourselves with the hospital, and it was especially fun imagining how we would be back there again soon to meet Baby Lump! We keep joking that Baby Lump’s ETA sounds sort of like a shipping date (“expected time of delivery – two to six weeks”).  The coolest part about the tour, however, was when were strolling past the NICU and one of the nurses brought out a one month old, 4 lb. premature baby girl (of a set of triplets) who was getting ready to go home in the next couple of days.  Definitely the smallest being we’ve ever seen, and completely adorable.  But man – imagine having to spend one whole month without your newborn!  It made me very thankful that Baby Lump should be coming on time.

Oven Timer: 35 weeks, 4 days

Baby Lump’s First Cousin Is On The Way!

December 5, 2008 4 comments

My oldest sister, Adrienne, is pregnant!!!

Can you tell I’ve been holding this in for a while?  Ever since she told me about about a month ago, I’ve basically been harassing her via phone and Facebook message about when I was allowed to blog about it.  Well, I’ve finally gotten the green light, and I’m ridiculously excited!

the mommy- and daddy-to-be

the mommy- and daddy-to-be

The baby will be Adrienne and my brother-in-law, Mac‘s first.  Their due date is July 11, so it looks as though Baby Lump is going to have a cousin very close in age, which I think is awesome.  While it is a bit of a bummer that Baby Nutter (Mac and Adrienne’s last name is Nutter) will be stationed far away in Michigan, it will still be nice for the two rugrats to have each other’s company at least during family gatherings.  And although Baby Lump will have bragging rights as the first grandchild in our family, I can bet both babies will be spoiled equally by both the grandparents and great-grandparents.

What I can’t bet on, though, is that A’s pregnancy will be anything like mine.  As far as I can tell, she’ll be finding out Baby Nutter’s flavor ASAP.  And the natural childbirth route?  Fuhgetaboudit!  Either way, I’m going to be a mother and an aunt all within less than a year – how exciting!

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Congratulations, Adrienne and Mac!  May your 9 week old tadpole grow into a lovely little Nutter Butter :o)

Nutter Oven Timer: 8 weeks, 6 days

I’ve Been Tagged in the Sixth Photo Meme

December 4, 2008 1 comment

My lovely friend, Amanda Gravel tagged me in a meme last night.  Basically, you grab the sixth photo on the sixth page of your Flickr photostream and write about it on your blog.  Unfortunately, the Little Baby Lump Flickr page only has a total of four pages so far, so I snatched a photo from my regular Flickr page, which you can find here.

James in the Park

James in the Park

The sixth picture on the sixth page of my photostream just so happens to be a pretty cute picture of Baby Lump’s dad (wearing my BU Terriers hat – thief!) sitting on a swing in the park across the street from my old apartment.  Something tells me the next time James and I will be visiting a park, it’ll be Baby Lump’s first time at one.  What a fun thought!

To keep the meme going, I am tagging Rebecca Corliss, Mike Volpe, Joe Cascio, Julia Roy, Shelley Greenberg and Yianni Garcia.  Have fun, guys!

Oven Timer: 34 weeks, 3 days

“Baby Lump, Getting Ready for Landing.” “Roger that!”

December 3, 2008 3 comments

Well, I had my ultrasound on Monday after my doctor’s concern that my belly was measuring slightly smaller than normal, and I’m happy to report that everything is A-okay with Baby Lump.  I guess I must just hide it well, huh?

"Congratulations Pamela!!"

"Congratulations Pamela!!"

So Lump is estimated to currently weigh 5 pounds (though I think it’s hilarious that there is apparently a 13 oz. margin of error when determining weight via ultrasound).  (Raising a glass of sparkling cider)  Here’s to hoping he/she doesn’t have some crazy ridiculous growth spurt in the next several weeks before birth!

What’s also cool is the ultrasound technician was able to tell for sure that the baby’s head is down, which means Baby Lump is starting to gear up for a (hopefully) smooth landing.  Apparently it’s highly unlikely the baby’s position will change at this point, so it looks as though I won’t have to worry about Baby Lump being in a breech position.  Hurrah!

In other news, I wouldn’t be surprised if Baby Lump gained a whole pound of weight from my cake consumption alone today.  My wonderful colleagues at the Office of New Media at BU threw me an awesome little baby party today, where they all wished me “Happy Baby!”  (Because, seriously, what else are you supposed to say at baby parties?)  Check out the cake they got me – definitely not a Cake Wreck, that’s for sure!  Special thanks go to my boss, Pam, who made all of the arrangements for the little shindig.  I had a great time!

Check out the latest ultrasound pictures on the Sonograms page!

Oven Timer: 34 weeks, 2 days

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