33 Weeks: The Karate Kid

Those little nudges in my belly that I thought were so cute have grown into full blown karate chops! Skittles almost took me out twice today during the newscast.

Thank goodness I wasn’t on camera when it happened because it had me doubled over in pain.  Can’t get mad at the kid though. Just 30 minutes before I was worried because I hadn’t felt him in several hours.

The Mom is Born Virtual Shower was yesterday! It was so much fun.

Look how I was greeted when I rolled up to Overlook Farm in Clarksville, MO.

The shower was held in one of the cottages on the 200 acre grounds.

The chefs and director went all out with the “R” because they know Skittles real name begins with an R.

They served Skittles and even made personalized sugar cookies. One read “Skittles” another “Bama Baby.”

And my mother in law Lynn, sister in law Christy and close friend Jill all came to participate in the Holding Hands bracelet ceremony. My good friend Afton from Channel 4 was there as well as friends Jill and Christy, all three of which who are pregnant, too.

The Holding Hands ceremony was so touching! Now we each have a birthing bracelet with beads that represent each other. Mine also has one from my mother in law, sister and mother and Zen Mommy and Practical Mommy. I will wear it into the delivery room so I can remember each of them and what their beads symbolize.

The online shower was so fun and such an eye opener.  I could not believe 1200 people logged on and watched. I want to say thank you to the viewers and all the sponsors for the donations to the March of Dimes. You all helped raise more than $6500!!!!

Here’s a clip from the shower, if you couldn’t watch.

Until next time…seven weeks to go!!!!!! Seven weeks of duke it out in my belly!

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

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.

How To Stand

Well, sort of.

I actually don’t know where to begin here. This from a girl who is not usually at a loss for words. For those who know me well- jaws up off the table now please. Thank you.

There are very few things in our lives over which we have total and complete control. It’s an unfortunate by-product of being human. But I’ve alway been a firm believer that, no matter a person’s beginnings, every person can achieve greatness on their own individual terms whatever those terms may be. That may seem presumptuous given that not every person is dealt an ideal hand. And on my worst days I start to pedal backwards and I start to think I might just be wrong. Some people might just have no options. This is when I pull from storage some of my favorite inspirations. Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and this armless woman.

Oh yeah, there’s that. And my ‘woe is me‘ is shattered. Normally, that’s enough to get me back up and kicking. Except that there are those things that I can’t change. No matter how hard I work or how much time I put in. And maybe not even if I drain my bank account trying to turn ‘no‘ into ‘yes‘.

Things like when my body tells me no. Again.

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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.

How To Hire a Doula For Your Birth

So you’re convinced of all the amazing benefits that a doula can bring to your birth experience, but now what? Starting the process of hiring a doula may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be!
The Earlier, The Better– If at all possible, start your search for a doula early in your pregnancy. Most doulas limit the number of clients they accept per month and the popular ones get booked quickly.

  • Get a List of Names– There are both national and local doula organizations that have listings of their members. On the national level, DONA (Doulas of North America) and Doula Match are great places to start.  Your city or region most likely has a local doula organization, too. For example, Doulas of Greater St. Louis is the organization in my area. [Read more…]

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.

28 Weeks: Third Trimester Begins!

Holy Cow! I have less than three months to go. This has been smooth sailing until now. I went to the doctor Monday because I feel faint multiple times a day. Took the gestational diabetes test but still don’t have the results. Today I am meeting with a diabetes specialist. I’m going to learn how to take blood samples through out the day so they can figure out if that’s what it is.

But here’s the thing. Now I think it isn’t sugar that’s causing it but how I am sitting.

I feel the worst when I am in my car or at my work desk. I think the cushioning in the chair or the crease at the bottom of my stomach when I sit may be cutting off my blood circulation.  Is that possible? So now I am typing with the keyboard in my lap, leaned back in a hard folding chair. But I still feel like I’m gong to pass out.  I have to get up every three minutes to prevent it.

I go back to see Skittles and show the doc my blood sugar results next week.

Oh yeah! Bama Mama came to town for the shower.

I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if she moved here one day to be close to the baby.  She actually learned how to knit just so she could make a blanket and hat for Skittles!  Because of her, my mother in law and sister in law, I feel so blessed and taken care of.

They are so generous and supportive. If I didn’t have them, I would be freaking out about this baby!

Speaking of my sister in law. Christy is doing way better than expected.  Her doctors say the parasitic twin is shrinking and doesn’t appear to be taking any blood from the baby. Remember, they thought they were going to have to preform emergency surgery to separate them at 23 weeks and then take the baby around 25 weeks. Now we are on week 28 and they say she could carry the baby until 36 weeks! Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers.

Off to the diabetes doctor…I’ll let you know what happens.

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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.

How and When to Start Parenting

I recently met with Dr. Becky Brittain, Ph.D. also known as The Mothering Coach. She is a wealth of information but specifically expert in Perinatal and Prenatal Psychology, the focus of her doctorate. Not only does she have all those fancy letters after her name but she is truly a joy to be with. I’ve seen her in action with kids and the connection that she can create with them is admirable.

Did you know that, moms-to-be? Yes, stress does affect your baby. Mother yourself! Being gentle and loving to yourself is a wonderful way to start parenting! [Read more…]

27 Weeks: Passing Out at Work

I didn’t pass out but I almost did! Three times today! I started feeling really lightheaded in the car this morning at 2:30, then it got worse when I got to my desk.

I took off my panty hose because I thought that was the problem…By the way I was laughed at when a girl at work heard I still wear panty hose. Not because I am pregnant but because they are “sooooo out.” Whatever, I wear the black tights under black pants only.

Anyway, that didn’t work, then I unbuttoned my pants…I thought I was cutting off the blood circulation. Nope. Still about to fall over. I managed to get through the show but it was rough.  So at 7 I ran over to my mom to be mentor Afton (KMOV web producer) to ask what the deal was.

DEHYDRATION.

She said she ended up in the hospital because of it when she was pregnant with her first child.  It’s now 10:15, I’ve had three bottles of water and I feel better but still not quite right.

I just read pregnant women are supposed to drink at least 8 ounces of water an hour! Holy Pee Breaks Batman! Seriously???

I will drink more but I’m still wearing panty hose with my black pants! I hate that flash of flesh that breaks up the black flow from the pants to the heels.  Know what I mean?

Here’s Afton and my video blog about the mini crisis this morning.

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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.