Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My life is not all cats! I swear!

I just glanced at my blog and noticed that it's mostly about cats right now! That's not a bad thing per se, it's just not terribly riveting I realize. So, other than my cats, and my pregnancy, there isn't too much exciting stuff going on right now to blog about. There have been record high temps in the area this week and I'm trying not to melt. I've been working a little bit, and volunteering, and growing a human inside my body (one of my favorite phrases as of late).

Anyway, here is a picture of our baby girl, taken during a 3D ultrasound on Monday. She has my cheeks, chin and mouth, and my MILs nose. Also, the technician exclaimed, "wow, she has a beautiful brain!" I explained that she got that from her dad. :)

I'm 28 weeks pregnant today.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Are we trying to keep kids safe from the wrong things?

My darling soon-to-be-a-father husband sent me a link to this NYTimes article recently.

Here were the quotes he wanted to make sure I read:

"The five things most likely to cause injury to children up to age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are: car accidents, homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide or drowning. And what are the five things that parents are most worried about (according to surveys by the Mayo Clinic)? Kidnapping, school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers and drugs."

"“The least safe thing you can do with your child, statistically, is drive them somewhere,” said Lenore Skenazy, author of “Free-Range Kids,”"

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's Cat Week on Ellen

Found on my fellow cat lover friend, Sarah's, blog.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Happy New Year! 5771

This is the year our baby will be born... 5771. Apples and honey and a sweet new year to all.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Minnesota visit

We spent a few days in Minnesota, taking the bump to visit her grandparents there. However, I didn't really take any pictures of our apple picking, visits with friends or Rosh Hashana celebration. I only snapped a few at the Twins game. It was a grey and wet day, and even though we loved the new Target Field, we longed for the dome.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Haddam Neck Fair

The day after the wedding we all went to the Haddam Neck Fair. A cute little local fair with farm animals and surprisingly amazing fair food. Again, it was a gorgeous day and a perfect setting to hang out with our friends post-wedding.

We saw bunnies, chickens, roosters, pigs, horses, goats, llamas, a camel, and even sheep with shofar horns! So appropriate for the upcoming Jewish new year.

I tried to compete with the prize winning pumpkin, but at only 25 weeks I didn't really have a shot.

Bessie and Alex's wedding!

Last night we attended the most lovely wedding. Bessie and Alex got married in Connecticut at her childhood home along a river. It was bright and sunny and there was a cool breeze. It was charming and touching and we loved seeing them so happy. Plus, many of our good friends were there, so much fun was had by all.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Overdue New Month post

Hi everyone,

Sorry my blog has been silent for a few days. I am currently traveling (the East Coast and Minnesota) and trying to stay offline a little more than usual (easier said than done). Anyway, I had been looking forward to writing my "new month" post for September because September 1st marked a huge milestone for my pregnancy. On Sept 1st I hit the 24 week "viability" mark. That means that if the baby is born any time after Sept 1st the doctors will do whatever they can to keep her alive. If for some tragic reason she had been born before 24 weeks, they would not have performed any interventions to save her. Now, I'm not concerned about her being born any time soon. She's doing well, I'm doing well, she's tucked in there very tight. But, it was still a big milestone for me to reach.

Be looking for future posts about our adventures at Bessie's wedding in Connecticut and then our time with my in-laws in Minnesota. We took the baby to her first Twins game!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Why have two cat beds...

...when it's perfectly fine to share one!

Is that a little white paw I see underneath all of that orange fur?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

What do the expiration dates on foods really mean?

My mom sent me this article the other day, and I thought it would be interesting info to share.

"Which five foods are most often feared as being unsafe after the printed date? According to, we are most wary of milk, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, yogurt, and eggs, and the site offers these helpful explanations:

Milk: If properly refrigerated, milk will remain safe, nutritious, and tasty for about a week after the sell-by date and will probably be safe to drink longer than that, though there’s a decline in nutritional value and taste.

Cottage cheese: Pasteurized cottage cheese lasts for 10-14 days after the date on the carton.

Mayonnaise: Unopened, refrigerated Kraft mayonnaise can be kept for 30 days after its expiration date or 3-4 months after opening, the company told ShelfLifeAdvice.

Yogurt: Yogurt will remain good 7-10 days after its sell-by date.

Eggs: Properly refrigerated eggs should last at least 3-5 weeks after the sell-by date, according to Professor Joe Regenstein, a food scientist at Cornell University. Note: Use of either a sell-by or expiration (EXP) date is not federally required, but may be state required, as defined by the egg laws in the state where the eggs are marketed."