32 Weeks: Focused

First of all, thank you so much for all the great hospital bag suggestions. They are all so helpful. Things I didn’t think of that you guys did: personal pillow, thick socks, granny panties, pads, pajamas you don’t mind getting dirty, sour hard candies, boppy pillow and a draft email.

The draft email came from Zen Mommy.  She suggests you write up your birth announcement email and copy all the people you want to send it to ahead of time so all you have to do is upload the baby’s picture and include the name once you’re at the hospital. Genius!

I just feel focused now. Organizing the baby’s room. Washing baby clothes.

I find myself talking about Skittles all the time.. I think I’m annoying. At least, I think my husband may thinks so.

He doesn’t say anything but I catch myself only talking about the baby when I see him.  I usually just talk about how he’s moving or how he knows Jason’s voice or how I am worried the kids is going to get lost in the corn field behind our house or never come in the house because he is obsessed with the outdoors like Jason or how his hair is my property until at least grade school–(If Jason is in charge of the haircuts, that  kid will have his head buzzed the minute his hair is the length of a grain of rice)

Ha! Jason’s mom gave us some argyle, baby leg warmers the other day.

They look like these.

You should have seen his face.  I knew by that expression that those leg warmers may be the only argyle our son ever owns.

He may not wear them though. The way this kid is kicking..his legs won’t ever need warming.

Gotta go! Don’t forget.  We are less than a week out from the big virtual shower!!!

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Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on News 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

31 Weeks: Packin’ My Bags

I know it is early..but I am so excited and in high gear of nesting so I am packing the hospital bag this weekend. BUT I am not sure what to include.  So could you please help me?

I know I need something to wear home from the hospital, a camera with battery charger, clothes for Jason, a computer (so I can watch the Alabama game if need be) maybe a book..Ha! I am reading the entire Twilight series..every time I see Bella and Edward now I will think of  my pregnancy with Skittles..an outfit for Skittles, car seat. WHAT ELSE?

Some one just told me not to worry about diapers and blankets because the hospital is well stocked. Is that true? Can I sneak food in since I know they starve you? Should I bring DVDs? I just feel like it’s going to be a lot of hurry up and wait.

Here is the latest prego pic.

That was last weekend at Christy’s shower.  I’m sure we’ll have another one for you next week because this weekend the boys’ family is throwing us one.  Remember. We married brothers during a double ceremony and now we are due the same week (a day apart).

Oh! And Christy will be at the virtual shower coming up on August 25th.  You have to log on and check it out. Not only are we helping raise money for the March of Dimes, Practical Mommy and Zen Mommy came up with this great way for Christy and I to be in the delivery for each other’s birth without us physically being there.

Christy and I are getting Holding Hands bracelets and then exchanging beads for them.  Each bead represents a special woman in your life.

Think of it as a ring of girl power around your wrist. You can get one during the virtual shower and add different beads, too! And again, it helps the March of Dimes. The link you need for  all the info on the “Mom is Born” virtual shower is below.

Don’t forget to tell me what to pack  in my hospital bag!  I’ll be checking your suggestions this weekend. Thanks!

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Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on News 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

30 Weeks: Holy Heartburn!

Let the final countdown begin! Ten more weeks IF Skittles decides to come on time. I told him he could come in 9 weeks if he wants to. This trail of fire running through my chest and stomach is kind of an issue. I eat Tums for dessert now.

Passed out in the nail salon Sunday. My doctor says it’s all about blood flow. I can’t sit in any chair with a tilted seat. The pedicure chair did me in. Poor nail technician..she screamed. I was okay after I laid out on the middle of the floor. No one else was there. I go right when they open to avoid the fumes..

But the gestational diabetes test came back negative..it really is about the way I sit.

Other than that, I’m pretty much on cruise control.

Here’s the fun part. I think Skittles knows his name.  Especially if Jason says it. AND he knows his nickname Skittles. He kicks when it is said around him.

Yesterday, Jason and I met with the babysitter for the first time and met her family. Her youngest walked in the room and asked, “Where’s Skittles.” They know my nieces and that’s what they call him, too.  The little boy didn’t know Skittles hadn’t been born and thought he was going to see Skittles. Anyway, Skittles started kicking right then.

My poor son is going to kill me if that nickname doesn’t wear off by kindergarten

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Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on News 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

29 Weeks: Baby Got Cheeks

I saw Skittles yesterday! Guess what! Those choroid plexus cysts on his brain are shrinking so the doctor’s not worried about him having down’s syndrome and he has big ole cheeks like mine!

The kind of cheeks Santa Claus has in pictures with rosy highlights. He also weighs three pounds!

Here he is!

See the Kerr cheeks on my sister and me..the nose too!

And it is official. Virginia Kerr has hit nesting mode! My clean freak husband will be excited! I just scrubbed all the toilets last night for no reason.  I am decluttering the kitchen.  I even made matching homemade magnets for our refrigerator so it looks more uniform.

They look like these.

They are part of my french country themed kitchen that I have my husband creating. Thank goodness he agrees the kitchen redo must me finished before baby gets here.

This weekend I am washing baby clothes and looking for some of the must have baby med items.

I know I have 10 weeks but you just never know.

Meanwhile, I hope you can make it to my virtual baby shower on August 25th. I didn’t even know what a virtual shower was until I met Practical Mommy and Zen Mommy. This shower is really about you and premature babies, not me.

All you have to do is watch it live online from 11 to 1 that Wednesday, send me new mom parenting tips and you can win some amazing products for YOUR baby. The whole event is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

Plus, you can get a Holding Hands bracelet.

This is so cool! These are bracelets you give to moms and moms to be in your life. You add beads to them and each bead is from someone close to the person receiving the bracelet.  I know I am going to wear mine while I am in labor so I can take the support and memories of each woman represented on the bracelet.  If you buy a bracelet or charm during the shower, you will be supporting the March of Dimes.

I hope that all makes sense. If not I have a link below that explains it all.

I have to go clean out a closet now…I’ll talk to you soon!

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Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on News 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

26 Weeks: Stretch Mark Stress and My Bama Mama

Two more weeks until the third trimester! I’m so excited, I think I may have to celebrate that day with ice cream!

BUT it also makes me worry stretch marks are right around the corner. So far, so good but I’ve been reading women get them as late as three days before they give birth.

I’ve been dedicated to putting lotion on my belly, hips and chest every day. I started with that Tummy Butter but it’s too greasy so I just use my Bath and Body Works lotion. Then, I read this week that you can’t do ANYTHING  to prevent because it’s all genetics.

Well, my mom doesn’t have them but I don’t think she and I look  alike so I don’t know if that counts. Okay, maybe a little.

Here we are visiting our alma mater the University of Alabama ROLL TIDE!

Sorry I got distracted (can’t wait until football season and this baby better not be born on the day of the AL/Tenn game–he’s due three days before one of  the BIGGEST GAMES OF THE SEASON)

Okay, back to stretch marks.  I’m trying something new. Baby Belly Massage. Zen Mommy sent me this link.

Watch her video. It looks very relaxing. Skittles will love it even if it doesn’t keep the stretch marks away.

Back to my Bama Mama.  I have never felt so close to her or missed her as much as I do now. It’s this whole initiation into Club Motherhood. I already appreciate her so much more and I know she is going to teach me so much when she comes back in October to help with Skittles.

She is coming in town Friday for my shower and I am over the top excited! She hasn’t been here in over a year. But I have the guest room looking very Southern for her and look…

Jason finished the nursery just in time for her visit! Yes, Skittles real name starts with an “R”

Stop. Don’t even bother trying to figure out his name. YOU WILL NEVER GUESS. But it is a little Southern sounding 😉

Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on News 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

22 Weeks: Getting Hubby Ready for Baby

I must tell you that one of the most frustrating parts of being pregnant is that your husband has  NO CLUE what you are going through. Now I’m not talking about the side effects like morning sickness or the long list of  what not to eat and drink.  I got over that a long time ago.

I’m talking about the lack of urgency, the inability to understand why the nursery is so important and why it MUST BE DONE MY WAY.

Psycho? Maybe…but I’m the one who thinks about this baby all day and feels him/her all day. I’m the one already picturing that baby nursing and leaving me in severe nipple pain. I’m the one who will be spending the most time in that little room down the hall and I know if the project doesn’t get started early, it won’t be done on time.

I figured out what I wanted the nursery to look like back in February. I promised myself  I would not nag Jason…so I waited until Easter and then I became a broken record. Finally, after a couple arguments and a very long email…he got it.  It just clicked.  Now the argument (really yelling match) didn’t get me anywhere. It was the email. I explained how this mothering thing just kicks in once you realize you have a baby growing inside you and you already want to take care of him/her. I can do that by taking care of myself but I also want to read up and study what to do AND  I want to get the room ready.

I should mention that I gave him a long to do list..take wallpaper down, paint room, put up beadboard, paint and replace trim, paint closets..oh yeah and move his office out of there and down to the basement. That was really hard for him.  But he did it. This week the beadboard is almost done. All that’s left is the trim and closets…and hanging my new chandelier (he still doesn’t like the idea of replacing the ceiling fan with that frou frou thing) But as I told him, this room is REALLY for me. To calm me down when I can’t get Skittles to stop screaming and when that baby turns two and starts complaining about the decor..then we’ll talk.

Here’s my inspiration room.

I will post an updated picture…I may even whip out the FlipCam and give you a tour this weekend.

I can’t talk about me and my pregnancy without including my sister in law,  Christy.  Christy is also pregnant.  She is due two days before me.  She is married to Jason’s brother Brian. A year ago this past weekend we all four were married in a double wedding ceremony.

Christy and Brian

It was the most incredible day of my life.  So when we found out we were both having babies and we were due two days apart, we were over the top excited. We were going  to enter the next phase of our lives together again. We go to the same doctor and we have check ups on the same day. Well, our last check up changed everything.

Christy discovered she has what is called an acardiac twin.  She is carrying her baby and she is carrying a twin that doesn’t have a heart or brain. The problem is, it’s attached to her baby through a blood vessel and it’s causing her baby’s heart to work twice as hard because it is taking the blood supply from the baby.  If they aren’t disconnected, her baby will most likely die.   She is going to have surgery as early as Friday.  It’s a very risky procedure. They will make a very small incision and try to sever the blood vessel that connects them. Even after that, she could go into early labor.

The whole family hurts for her and Brian. They are both so incredibly strong. Christy is one of six girls in her circle of friends who is pregnant and I think she was by far the most excited and prepared when she learned she was expecting.  I just ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers this week.

Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on New 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

21 Weeks: Sex and Tears

First of all, thank you so much for all the nice comments.  I really am excited about meeting new people and learning all about motherhood!

So about the “sex and tears,” my husband Jason and I went to the doctor  this week. We were so excited to find out the sex.  I can’t tell you the sex just yet because we are trying to keep it a secret. Keep in mind, I’ve already slipped up five times, so you will know soon I’m sure. But it was so exciting to see our little baby. We call him/her “Skittles” because the baby was just a bite sized candy when we found out.

Skittles looked great.  We thought everything was fine…until the doctor came in.  He said they found what’s called a choroid plexus cyst in the baby’s brain fluid and that it is a “soft sign” for Down Syndrome.  And since I am 36, that means my chances of the baby having down syndrome jump to 1 in 62.  My heart sank.  I kept telling myself God is in control..don’t worry..it’s just a marker not a diagnosis…but it just changed my entire outlook.  Five minutes earlier I was joking with my husband about how the baby must be his because it looked like an all star basketball player jumping around in there, and had his high cheek bones and long legs.. Now, I was dead silent. I couldn’t look at him.

I held it together until I was alone and then the tears came.

That was Tuesday. Two days later, I feel much better. I read these cysts are common and they usually go away and mean nothing. I go back in four weeks to see if it is still there. I can take a screening test but I don’t think I will. I hear there are so many false positives. Besides, I would keep the baby no matter what.

I can’t say I’m worry free, but I’m not obsessing over it.

I have so much to share but I will save it for next time. I just got my hands on a flip cam too so I can talk to you face to monitor. I’m pretty comfortable with that 🙂

Until then, let me know if you have any questions. Especially you first time moms to be!

-Virginia Kerr

*You’re invited to a baby shower for Virginia on Wednesday, August 25. More details.

Month One: SUPPORT

I have been mama to one sweet baby girl and one sweet baby boy for all of 15 days. Though the main question I hear from friends and family is “How is it GOING?”, the concerned look in their eyes and the tone of their voice says something more like “How completely insane is your life these days?!@#!!!” I feel almost bad as I sit to journal with you today that I don’t have a bunch of “how-insane-my-life-is-with-newborn-twins” stories to share. Am I in denial? No. So why am I not pulling my hair out or falling down with sleep deprivation? In a word: S-U-P-P-O-R-T. My friends and family are teaching me the real meaning [Read more…]

Week 36: Pre-Birth ENERGY

After weeks and weeks of planning, fixing up the nursery, washing and folding baby clothes, etc, etc… I’ve still managed to wake up each morning this week with new “To-Do-Before-Giving-Birth” items. I see each day as a gift of time… 24 hours to do the things that I’ve either flat out forgotten to do or, to be quite honest, do not need to do prior to labor, but left undone, would surely fall by the wayside for a couple months.

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Week 32: Other New Moms & Icing

icingThis week I am reminded that there is nothing like the support of other new moms when you are expecting. I have called three different new mom friends on three different topics in the past week as we near B (birth) day next month and they have been SO helpful. I have also been on I don’t know how many sites to read reviews from other moms on everything from car seats to crib pads. Not to seem materialistic, but the last couple months of pregnancy seem to be full of all the last minute “material” purchases. I keep reminding myself that all I REALLY need are my girls (my breasts, not my daughters, though they will be helpful too!) blankets, burp clothes and diapers. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Icing on the Cake

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