Monday, April 28, 2008

The Invisibility Phenomenon

Now, I won't claim to have discovered this phenomenon, but I do experience it everyday, and I feel the need to comment on it.

I ride the train to and from work everyday. On this daily train ride, I have had the following 2 experiences almost everyday.

1) An elderly or pregnant passenger gets on the train. Noone moves. Finally, a young woman will get up and ask if the passenger would like to sit. Now, there is no shortage of men on the trains, but 9 times out of 10, it is a woman and a young woman at that (I'd say younger than 35) who gets up. I don't understand this.

2) People line up or queue (depending on where you are from) in order to get on the train. There are clearly people who have been waiting for a while (longer than you), yet it never fails that someone from the back will squeeze their way through and try to get to the front. Or just step in front of someone who has been waiting in line and get on ahead of them.

I call these two things the invisibility phenomenon. Why on earth do people think it is OK to behave like this? I really don't get it. Do you?

Friday, April 25, 2008

I Failed, Then I Passed

So, last Friday I got a call that I had failed the 1hour glucose tolerance test. That was a bit of a shocker since I've only gaine abou 10lbs w/ this pregancy and I thought that gestational diabetes resulted in really large babies and (to be honest) large Moms too.

Despite my misgivings about it - I had to go in for the 3 hour glucose tolerance test. Ok - this is how it works. You fast overnight and go in. When you get there they take a vial of blood, make you drink the sugar drink and then you wait. An hour later they take your blood again, and they do that 2 more times on the hour.

If you know me you know that I have a history of passing out when I get my finger pricked let alone a blood draw. So this was an ORDEAL for me. But I did it. And despite having failed the first test, I just found out that I passed the second.

I am kind of frustrated that I had to go through all of that - I hate getting my blood drawn and to have passed the test means it was all for naught. But the smarter side of my brain says that it was necessary - that if it had been positive I would have had to have been testing sugars and the baby could have had complications. I am going to focus on that side - otherwise I might cry again about having to give blood.

It's OK - I admit it - I'm a wimp...when it comes to blood!

Too Cute

Baby Girl had on the cutest outfit today - little Madras shorts and a green long sleeve t-shirt - so cute. Even cuter (ok - sick) is the fact that Daddy has matching shorts! Can't wait to get them dressed up together.

Didn't get a picture, but will post one the next time she's in them...too cute for words!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Loving Husband

I do love him, I do. So don't take my complaints the wrong way. I know I am a lucky woman to have a great husband like B, but...

The other night we were out at my SIL's house and it was time to go. I go to my purse to grab my keys and can't find them. This is somewhat typical of me, so I start taking things out figuring they are at the bottom of the bag. Still can't find them. Finally DH notices me looking frantically through my bag and says as if I should have known..."the car is started already". I said, "with my keys?" He says, "Yes". I say - "SO YOU WENT IN MY PURSE, TOOK OUT MY KEYS, STARTED THE CAR and I WAS SUPPOSED TO FIGURE THIS OUT HOW SINCE YOU DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING?" He says, " I don't know"...

This is not of the reasons I love of the reasons I....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


My husband is great - don't get me wrong. BUT...yes there is a BUT... he is passive aggressive. We just got into a fight - why you might ask...I'll tell you. Because he gets these looks on his face like what are you talking about when I say something and then when I call him on it by saying, "what are you looking at me like that for - what don't you get", he says, "WHAT? I didn't say anything."

Hello, your face says it all. And he takes no accountability for setting me's always I don't know why you are getting so upset. Darling - I am upset because you are sitting there looking at me like I am an idiot and then you deny the fact that you did it.

AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate this. I hate fighting with him period, but it sucks when it is so stupid it shouldn't have happened, but yet it happens all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Disappointed in Myself

This morning I was walking through the train station on the way to work - something I do 5 days a week, so nothing new. But today there was a homeless man standing against a wall in the station and he didn't have any shoes on. I didn't stop. I feel like an awful person. There was a Dunkin Donuts 3 minutes away - I could have asked him if he was hungry and gotten him something to eat, but I didn't. I stop for homeless people all the time, give them food, money, etc. but this morning I didn't stop and this man was clearly in dire straits - I mean seriously, he had no shoes on. Disappointed

I have no idea what was going on in my head. I considered stopping, but kept on walking. I didn't even stop. Isn't that the issue, people can ignore other people, we can walk by other people on the street who are in need without a thought about them. We can pass by people but be too engaged in our own worlds to realize that they need our help. As a society, we don't help other people the way that we should...I don't want to feel like this again.


Desperate Housewives returned to t.v. this weekend - it was alright - but not nearly as good as I used to think it was. I say, think it was, because I am not sure that it was ever really that good. But, the exciting piece of information is that Grey's Anatomy is also returning and so is - my guilty pleasure - Gossip Girl!

Yes, I admit that I watch Gossip Girl. I know that as a woman of a certain age it isn't a great thing to admit to, but I like it. I like watching how crazy people live! Definitely a guilty pleasure. A bit more guilty may be - the fact that I watch Desperate Housewives of NY. But I will also say that I only watch that on TIVO. So, maybe that's not so bad.

My darling husband hates my t.v. watching habits, and to be honest so do I, but I just can't help myself. What shows do you consider your guilty pleasure?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Why Drinking Water is Bad for the Environment

So, I've been trying to be good about my water intake since I've been pregnant. I was recently given a great 32oz Nalgene bottle from a colleague who went to a vendor conference, and I am using it to measure my water intake and to remind me to drink at least 32oz a day, preferrable 64oz.

Well, my conclusion - as a pregnant person, I am single handedly helping to destroy the environment, because I pee so much! I am constantly running to the bathroom - I counted no less than 10 times today. Just thinking about the amount of water it takes to flush a toilet, that's a lot of water...I may be doing good for the new baby, but this can't be good for the environment!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pregnancy Induced Insomnia

I have never had a problem sleeping. Matter of fact - I can sleep an entire day away and not feel the teeniest bit guilty. Well...that has changed since the birth of baby girl number 1, but you get the point. I have been this way as long as I can remember. I used to go to be at 9 or 10 and not wake up until noon. When I was in graduate school I reverted back to my highschool ways and did the same thing when I didn't have class in the morning or a paper to write on the weekends. I have never been good at staying up late. I never did the partying until dawn thing in college (or ever), I was always just too tired.

Not last night. Apparently I got my first taste of pregnancy induced insomnia last night. I have no clue why, but I just couldn't fall asleep until after 3:30 - then I was out. But that really doesn't bear well for today. Not to mention that I was exhausted yesterday and could barely hold my head up, and then I couldn't was double torture.

I hope this doesn't last long...and I know all the stories about your body preparing you for the baby, but I've already done this once - does this mean this baby is going to be an even worse sleeper than baby girl?

Saturday, April 12, 2008


This post from Crazy Working Mom over at made me LMAO...

"I am counting my blessings because...• The penis of a rhinoceros is 2 feet long.• The penis of a mosquito is a hundredth of an inch long.• The praying mantis bites her mate's head off while he impregnates her.• Elephants are pregnant for two years.• Many animals give birth to a dozen or more babies at a time.• My baby won't be born with hooves."

I May Be a Bad Person

I may be a bad person - well at least I had a bad thought. The other day, two days ago, I think...memory is fading the further I get in this pregnancy - I was pulling out of my parking spot at the gym (after a fairly decent workout if I do say so myself). While I was pulling out and looking in my rear view mirror, ***like you are supposed to*** I saw a large Yukon pulling in to their spot. Okay, nothing unusual there, but after they had pulled in, they put the car in reverse and started backing out. Mind you, I was already backing out, just the tip of my car was still in my parking spot.

Well, here comes the bad person thinking...while I was watching this happen, I thought to myself "What if I just let them back into me..." Now, let's be clear, my daughter was NOT in the car w/ me, and we were both backing out of parking spots, so we were going like 2 miles an hour, but yes, it still might make me a bad person.

Well, I did not let the car hit me, I stopped pulling out and watched for what felt like an eternity, but was most likely only a few seconds, and then when I noticed that they were clearly not looking out their rear view mirror - evidenced by the fact that they kept pulling out and got inches away from my car - I honked my horn very loudly. They then pulled back into their spot and I drove off.

So, I may be a bad person, but maybe not. Anyone else ever have those types of thoughts run through your head?

Friday, April 11, 2008


So, you might be asking yourself, why is this blog called PARENTise...well, the answer to that is...I am in the process of starting my own web based business, and at the moment, the best name I have come up with is PARENTise...which I like because it is a play on the word expertise and pretty much describes the idea behind the business. But I'm not really ready to share the details of the plan yet, so more on that whole thing later!

Starting Up

So, this is post#1 - out of well, what I hope will be many.

You see, I am in the process of changing my life and I figured I might as well share...

Yes, I am changing my life. How you might ask - and my answer would be - BY GOING CRAZY!
And, that would be true, but only partially. What I mean by GOING that I am in the process of starting a new business while I am pregnant. Currently just about 6 and 1/2 months prego. Oh yeah, I already have one baby girl @ home - she's 17 months (see the cutest baby picture in the world to the left), a husband and a house we are planning on renovating. Well, not just renovating, but adding a major addition to.

So, come here and watch me GO CRAZY...well, hopefully not, but you know what I mean...