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Rules of Pregnancy

1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is "Congratulations" with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk.

2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus, or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase "my baby"

3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in #2, the pregnancy, birth and the raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.

4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someones stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5. Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight- ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about to pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is "You look fabulous!"

6. Most of us have picked up on the fact that summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.

7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, mother-in-law or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt or genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.

8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are not invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents home. you do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to "help out". if your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from various locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask you to wait 3 weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.
Yesterday I took the kid up to the outlets in Kittery Maine..she needed summer sandals and the stride rite outlet is the only place where they seeem to have narros in stock for her skinny little feet. SO on a complete whim I picked her up from school and we headed to maine. It was one of those typical New England days when it cant make up its mind to rain..or be muggy and sunny. we did our little bit of shopping and then I asked her if shed like to head to the beach for some icecream and to stick our toes in the sand. The sun finally decided to make an appearance, and we drove the 15 min up the coast to York beach. For a kid who the first time i took her to a beach refused to let sand (nevermind water) touch her feet..she got over that fear. She chased after a few gulls...and then proceeded to run around me in a circle for about 30 min laughing at the waterPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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I dont know what it is about the maine coast..the roughness of the rocks and the dark sand and the fact that it was not very crowded at ALL but I so would move there in a heartbeat to see the ocean out my window every morning.
I love this one pic in particular..I can't believe my little girl is getting so big!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket After she fell face first and got covered head to toe in sand..we decided to have a snack before heading home.  Luckily I had a change of clothes in the car for her...the pockets of her dress had sand in them :P
We went to the Goldenrod for ice cream and bought some fudge and caramel corn to take home.  
It was a perfectly wonderful mommy and daughter day...only not so good thing was the $25 parking ticket I got cause my meter ran out 5 min before I got back to the car.  Hey we needed to stop in the little girls room..and when ya gotta go ya gotta go..so it cost us $25 to pee.  One thing I am not crazy about is th eMaine police..they are even stricter than New Hampshire...5 min ..empty parking lot..spare me
I promised kid we will return but next time with lunch a blanket and umbrella and more quarters in hand
Rest in peace Stephanie.  I want to remember you like this..a joyful 21 year old full of hope and joy.  May you now breathe easy.
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You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

someone please inform my skin we are not 14 anymore ..please.
And people wonder why I think they are devil spawn eh?  This is gonna give me nightmares I swear. I am so getting some earplugs!

abbeySo driving down the road today with the kiddo, and she is holding on to her favorite stuffed animal of the moment..a leopard.  And we have the following conversation:
Abbey: Momma..what to leopards do to protect themselves?
Me:  They have sharp claws, teeth and can climb trees.
Abbey : Momma what do leopards eat?
Me: Smaller animals hon.
Abbey: NO! They do not eat aminals!  Thats mean!  They eat MEAT!
Me: and where do they get the meat?
Abbey: The store!

I better stock up on vegetarian cookbooks for the inevitable day she discovers where meat REALLY comes from.
 Leopard Steak 

You Are Dancer

Carefree and fun, you always find reasons to do a happy dance.

Why You're Naughty: That dark stint you had as Santa's private dancer.

Why You're Nice: You're friendly. Very friendly.
Which of Santa's Reindeer Are You?