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Random Television Based Ponderings

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Okay, so let's be honesty and face it...when on bed rest there is very little to do besides watch television, play my DS, and keep up with pregnancy journals etc. Honestly, I record gobs of television's show. Some I watch. Some I play as background noise and a change of pace from Noggin. But the fact of the matter is, there are times when I just sit on my bed and wonder "What the heck?!" For example...

Big People Shows
The Flavor of Love 3 ~ I watched 1 and 2. I picked the "winner" both seasons. Obviously they didn't work out if there is a need for season 3. I really didn't get into it this season but I've started watching it purely for the "say what" factor. What are these women thinking?! Do they honestly and legitimately want to be with this man forever? Do they understand where he's "been"?! (Ew to the nth power!) I just can't understand why these woman subject themselves to this. I mean there are twins willing to share him! (Again, I say - ew to the nth power!)

The "say what" factor is the level of confusion felt during any episode (with shows like Flavor of Love it typically happens in most, if not all episodes) where you are left sitting there saying "say what" or some variation thereof.

Paradise Hotel/Island Whatever ~ Why?! Again, much like with Flavor of Love, why do this? What part of this show is a good idea? Who wakes up as a couple and says, "I know what our struggling relationship needs...infidelity!" Honestly, there are better ways to try and save your relationship and prove your love than to test your temptation on an island, in a hotel, on a boat (who cares where they are) and pray that you don't sleep with someone or your significant other doesn't cheat first.

Moment of Truth ~ Now I admit, I watch this show from time to time. But even for my strong stomach for most this television, it's a bit much. Why do people do this to themselves? Is money really that important?! I've lost count of how many marriages, families, friendships, careers have been ruined in the name of the "all mighty dollar". Why?!

CSI (and all similar shows) ~ First, I love most of these shows. Second, I understand they are supposed to be professional. I also understand that the average viewer has no real world knowledge of the criminal investigation field. However, does it strike anyone else as odd that they need to explain the obvious to their co-workers? Or what about the fact that lab work is rarely ever done without the beeps, bops and boops accompanied with flashing lights and screen changes? Yes, they make for "more entertaining television" but do they annoy anyone else besides me?

Children's Shows on Noggin
Max and Ruby ~ First, I say - where are the parents?! The only two adults you ever see in the show are sporadic appearances by the Grandma and the Bunny Scouts leader. Sometimes the candy show owner pops in as well. But 95% of the time it is Ruby, who is maybe 8-9 years old, serving as primary care giver for her little brother, who is maybe 3-4 years old. She bathes him. Dresses him. Feeds him. Takes him shopping for clothes. I think I've seen a family portrait on the wall, once. But seriously, I get that it's a kids' show but where's the parental supervision?!

Franklin ~ I'm confused. If we as humans, eat the flesh of another human that makes us cannibals. Rightfully so. So if a turtle eats other small woodland animals (that turtles wouldn't eat in real life) does that make him a variation of a cannibal? What about pets? It just seems wrong to me that a turtle has a gold fish as a pet. And his friend Beaver has a hamster as her pet. Oh and speaking of Beaver, why are Franklin and his family (parents and sister) the only ones with actual names. Every one's name is simply a variation of their species. ie Bear, Beaver, Fox, Goose etc. Don't they deserve names as well? And if Franklin is a turtle (which he is) and he wears his shell (which he does) why does he need clothing?

These are just some random things I've been pondering about in regards to telelvision shows. :)

T-Minus 2 hours 21 minutes

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In 2 hours 21 minutes (from the moment that I'm typing this up of course) Tiny will be 24 weeks!!!

Y'all know what that means don't you?

AGE OF VIABILITY BABY!!!!!!!
*does happy couch dance*

Hot off the presses! Check it out!

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Okay so we've done this song and dance before: Girl reads blog. Girl likes blog. Girl feels the need to notify the world about the blog. :) Here are the newest inductees into my "Blogs Of Note" club....


A Day in the Life ~ Jen is a stay-at-home of two, a 2 yr old daughter and 10 mo old son. She found my blog through random circumstances (the best kind) and then I found her's through her Blogger Profile. It's new. It's fresh. It's honest. I like it. :)


Monday, March 17, 2008

Purpose of this blog
I'm starting this blog as a little experiment. I want to see how many people I can meet through this new world of blogging and whether or not you can make friendships this way. It is going to be interesting to say the least. The worst case scenario is that nobody reads this blog or wants to get to know me. If that happens then I still have a wonderful "memory book" of what was happening in my life. Or, I good make one new friend. And lets face it, I think most of us could use a new friend.
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Journeys of a Peaceful Little Flower ~ I know Tressa in real life. She is a beautiful, peaceful soul. Her blog title is very fitting. She just started her blog so let's show her some love! :)

Introductions
Hi everyone! This is just a nice little post to introduce myself and tell you all what you can expect in the upcomping blogs.My name's Tressa, and I'm a counselor working in a charter school for kids with Autism and other special needs. I've been living in Canton, OH for a year now, but I grew up in New Castle, PA. I went to Youngstown State University for my bachelor's degree and my master's degree. I love Canton, and I'm glad to have found someplace that feels like home.Hmm...some other things about me. I study martial arts (Karate, and I've done a bit of Jiu Jitsu too), I love to bake, I write children's picture stories (I'm trying to get published soon), I'm a cat person (although I don't have any at the moment), I'm vegan (for anyone who doesn't know, that means I don't eat anything that comes from an animal), and I'm wild about singing, dancing, and musicals. I'm very spiritually strong, and my religious/spiritual path has been very arduous at times.Well I guess that's good for an intro. I'll primarily use this blog to vent my feelings, share my opinions about those issues which I feel strongly about, and generally keep people up to date on the ins and outs of my life. Leave comments for me! I love to know what others think about my thoughts!
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I Hope You Dance ~ Raelyn is a stay-at-home mom to two little girls. It is an account of her life, especialy right now as she is going through a pretty difficult time medically. So she could use all of the prayers and positive thoughts you have to spare.


Raelyn - 32 year old Mom to the best girls ever. I am currently dealing with Trophoblastic Disease and will be starting Chemo 2/4. But I have faith in God and know that with him all things are possible.
And so now, as always, I say: Go! Read! Comment! Pray! Share the love, folks! Share the love! :)

Bed Rest ~ Day 22 Ouch!

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Alrighty, I don't have the ultrasound pictures yet because Rob needs to scan them for me first. He's promised to do that tonight. So sometime between now (3:31pm EST) and when I go to bed (midnight-ish) you'll be able to see them. Believe me, they are worth the wait! :)

Here are the stats:

Weight: 176 lb.
BP: 90/60
Tiny's Heartrate: 142 bpm
Tiny's Weight: 1 lb 7 oz (Yay!)
Fundal Height: 24 cm

Our first appointment was at 11:00am for the ultrasound. I thought it was going to be a quick in and out just to check my cervix. Nope! :) She did check that but she also did a full biophysical profile (took all the measurements and whatnot). My cervix is actually longer (4.2 cm now, 4 cm two weeks ago) today that it was at the last ultrasound, which means the bed rest is working and the contractions are not! :) We have three new pictures of Tiny to show off. And boy are they cute! (Not that I'm biased or anything.) Tiny is measuring in the 55% for the gestational age. And some measurements were even coming up 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Barb said Tiny is 1 lb. and 7 oz which is a good weight for this point in the pregnancy. (Remember: big baby = fewer issues if the NICU is needed.) She read in my chart that we were worried last week about the posibility of leaking fluid so she took a few minutes to check that too. I have plenty! (Yay!)

After the ultrasound we saw Dr. D. Rob asked him about the home contraction monitoring that Lisa keeps mentioning. Dr. D said that in his experience it isn't very accurate at 24 weeks, it can still be pretty touch and go. He said if I make it another 2-4 weeks we'll consider it then. (sigh) He said so far things are looking really good because the contractions aren't causing any cervical changes. He's still concerned about how long this will hold out for so he ordered the Celestone (steroid) injections to help with Tiny's lung growth. Let me tell you (in case you don't know from experience) those suckers HURT!!!!!! Granted, I don't like shots but ask Rob it actually takes a lot from a shot to make me cry. This one, made me cry. Rob rewarded me with a double cheeseburger, small fry and large sweet tea from McDonald's afterwards though. :) The "best part" is that I get to go back to Dr. D's office tomorrow for the second dose. Which means 4 shots today (1 - 17P, 2 - Heparin and 1 - Celestone) and 3 tomorrow (2 - Heparin and 1 - Celestone). Other than that, we go back next week for another checkup and repeat fFN test. Then we will go every two weeks for a while before the weekly appointments and biophysical profiles start.

So far, so good. Tiny is moving up a storm. Barb was able to get some really good pictures of the heart that she couldn't get two weeks ago because of Tiny's position. Dr. D is encouraged by my lack of change so far. And other than a migraine and two sore hips, I'm actually feeling pretty good. I just took my migraine meds so hopefully they will kick in soon and I'll just have two sore hips to contend with. ;) lol

22 down ~ 113 to go
3 weeks down ~ 12 weeks to go

Success!!!!

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The "Big Huge Thanks a Million" Award goes to Jen!!!!!!! (Introduction to follow.)



Jen managed to find a copy of "Too Many Bunnies"!!!!! Yay! Jen...


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Bed Rest ~ Day 22 5 down 13 to go! (a massive medical rundown)

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Let's do a medical run down this morning. :)

Here are the stats from my trip to L&D the other night. (See this post for details.)

Weight: 174 lb.
BP: 111/66
Pulse: 81 bpm
Tiny's Heartrate: 133 bpm

Elliott Richard had his 2 year checkup yesterday morning at 11:00am. Rob had to take him while I stayed at home. :( He said it went really well. No shots - he's due for Hep A but they decided to hold off for another 6 months to a year. They lab pricked his finger to check his lead levels. We haven't heard back yet, which could be good news. But I don't know how long it takes to get those results back. Our house is apparently in a "high risk" zip code. Nevermind the fact that our house is over 100 years old. Both of which put the boys at an increased risk for lead posioning. No news is good news, so hopefully we won't hear from them. :) They discussed whether Autism is a concern for Elliott Richard (one of our biggest worries). Rob said they talked about it and filled out a questionairre. In the end Dr. H (Elliott's pediatrican) said that Elliott doesn't show any of the warning signs for Autism that would cause him concern. (Yay!) Overall, a good visit.

Best of all, my tiny little Twitterbug is becoming quite the chunky monkey! He's always been in the single digits of the growth chart but no one was worried because we was consistant. He's now in the 25% for both weight and 40% for length! WOO WHOO! Here are his stats:

Weight: 26 lb
Length: 33.7 in

Now for me again. :) Lisa just left. Yup, you read that right. LISA IS BACK! (Yay!) Now on to the good stuff. The appointment went well. Tiny was quiet the whole time she was hear and now that's she left Tiny is, of course, moving and grooving all over the place. lol The shot was slightly painful but in the correct place, which is much more important. :) Here are the stats:

BP: 110/63
Tiny's Heartrate: 142 bpm

And that's all for the medical rundown for now. I have an ultrasound (yay!) and appointment with Dr. D at 11:00am and 11:30am respectively. I'll be sure to post the rundown when I get home. And hopefully I'll be able to post pictures from my last ultrasound and today's. Along with the pictures I promised you guys the other day. :)

22 down ~ 113 to go

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