Sunday, June 28, 2009

Preggo update week 32

It's probably about time for another preggo update!
I have my next appointment tomorrow morning and am already in my 32nd week! Can you believe it? I think I start going every two weeks now.

I'm getting pretty big and baby Devlend loves to move around. He's going to be a feisty one or maybe just a kick-boxer. He'll move my whole body sometimes.. it's crazy. Corben was a little more subtle in his movements and stretches. Everything is going well, I'm just ready for this summer heat to pass! At least I'm not swelling yet. Thank God for that!

We're starting to think seriously about the birth, who's going to watch Corben, and the fact that we probably need to be prepared for a fast delivery. Baby will be here before we know it!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Ah free chocolate...

I had to share this great find. Every Friday thru September... THRU SEPTEMBER! You can go to this site and get a coupon for free chocolate from Mars company.

There is a limit of 250,000 coupons per Friday so go right at 9 am.

I know all you pregnant ladies out there are drooling already. Get your chocolate on... for free!

Real Chocolate Relief Act

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A little bit of nostalgia makes everything better

We went to see Chad's parents again this past week and will probably be the last time before the new baby comes. We are happy that they now live closer and we are able to see them more and Corben is getting to know his other set of grandparents.

However it is always a very hard trip for me. Chad's parents are much older and have had a lot of health problems, so they aren't really able to help much with Corben. I freak out a little inside when his mom picks him up. She's really not supposed to lift that much weight. So because of this usually Chad ends up trying to help his mom & dad with projects that they are not able to do. Then Corben is in a new place with lots of new stuff to teach him not to touch etc. Then add on the fact that I am pregnant and already tired :). I'm sure you get the idea...

This trip was actually better than past ones. I tried to take Corben outside to run around any time he seemed to get restless. I think the change of scenery on a constant basis helped a lot. And for some reason... my third trimester feels like it should be my second. I've gotten my energy back. I've been exhausted throughout the first and second trimester. The second was slightly better than the first but once I hit the third ... I was back again!

I just thought I didn't get my energy back during the second trimester because I had a toddler but I think this pregnancy is just different. I can't wait to see what kind of individual Devlend is going to be... because he sure has been very different from Corben so far :)

So on the way home we stopped for some gas at the only gas station for a good long time outside of Anderson, SC. And of course it is also a bait/tackle/hunting shop also :) The bathrooms were even marked "Doe's" and "Buck's". Yeah not kidding. Anyway, I walked by the coolers and I noticed that they had glass bottle sodas!

You hardly ever see those anymore and they had Cheerwine in a glass bottle. If you've grown up in this area you probably know what Cheerwine is but if not... It's not wine... it's a soda that is cherry flavored. It's soo good. And to top it off, it's made with real cane sugar, no high fructose corn syrup. What's not to love? Every time we would stop at a gas station growing up, my dad would get me a 33 cent Cheerwine. Maybe it tastes so good to me because it reminds me of my childhood.

So of course I couldn't pass it up. It was a little bit of heaven. That was my Job 8:21 for the day... a cool crisp bottle of cheer :) A little bit of nostalgia makes everything better.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Spilling the beans. Are you ready?

All right, I'm going to share our name pick...

I've had plenty of time since all the baby naming drama, so I'm ready to spill the beans.

Here it is ... drum roll please...

Devland (or Devlend) Cruz Gammon

I like Devlen better but Chad is insisting on having the "d" on the end. So I'm warming to it. It means "fierce courage" and is very Irish, which is one of the reasons why I love it. We really like it and feel like it is sophisticated and different but not crazy different.

It fits us :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dirty Hippie Is BACK!

I hung out with a long time friend today and it got my wheels turning about a lot of different subjects. I've been having some writer's block lately but I got some fuel to my fire today and am going to jump into some really interesting conversations.

The first one I love, because it validates my skepticism and who doesn't like to be validated? :) As I've talked about many times before... the more I learn, the more skeptical I am about my food, what I put in and on my body etc.

Which brings me to my next point... Jet fuel in my baby's formula. Don't know if any of you have heard about this but, to be honest, it didn't surprise me a ton. Here is the link to an article about it and you might have seen it on the news etc.

The rocket fuel component, perchlorate, has been found in baby formulas. The EPA knew it was there but didn't think it was at a level high enough that would harm infants. Well guess what? They forgot to think about the fact that formula... gets mixed with water which has also been found to have percholorate in it. So the combination can make it to toxic levels. OOPS! Oops and my infant aren't two words I want in the same sentence.

I have been repeatedly shown that natural, in most every area of life, is the way to go... You can't rely on other people to make sure that what you eat and use is of good quality and safe. It's been proven time and time again that the FDA isn't really doing much for us. It's time for society to be more RESPONSIBLE. I know that is a dirty word and most everyone just wants to do what's easy and convenient for them so that they don't have to use their brains. But we are reaping the consequences because of that line of thinking ... or not thinking :).

So call me a dirty hippie if you want... but it's not looking quite so dirty anymore.
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