The long ago expected twins are 3 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, and 1 day old.
I don’t think there are many women out there who haven’t heard of this book if they have been pregnant before, and if they haven’t been, they soon will.
It’s a literal one stop resource for EVERYTHING pregnancy, and has been on stores shelves racking up sales for over 2 and 1/2 decades and 4 brilliant editions!
I have personally bought many pregnancy books in my time (from 18 years back), and this is the one I aways kept closest to my side for step by step pregnancy guidance, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester support, and literally when I needed to know, ‘what to expect, when I was expecting.’
I was thrilled to be contacted to help spread the word on this infamous book, and host some giveaways. A book that I already had a relationship with, and many times over might I add. It’s a book you will read and re-read for all of your child-bearing years.
It’s referred to as the pregnancy bible, and I honestly couldn’t have said it any better then that. It’s got everything you need to know and then some! For $14.95 no other book will serve you better. Heck for over twice that amount, no book will serve you better.
Here are just some of the things this book talks about:
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2) What to expect at each month’s check up at your Ob/Gyn.
From internal examinations to ultrasounds and other prenatal testing. This book has got it all covered.
3) Eating well and exercise.
All about having a proper and nutritious pregnancy and pre-pregnancy diet, as well as some light exercises to help make your postpartum recovery easier. Not to mention the pushing phase of your labor.
Pregnancy symptoms and discomforts.
Common symptoms of pregnancy in the beginning, and the aches and pains that often come at the end of one.
4) Pregnancy complications, and dealing with loss.
From high blood pressure, to placenta previa you will learn about it all. Plus, how to cope with a devastating miscarriage, or any pregnancy loss.
4) Labor, delivery, & both types of births:
Vaginal and Cesarean section. What to expect, and what the recovery is like for both. Plus, how to know if you are in true labor or not.
5) Postpartum fitness.
Getting your body back after baby. Every woman’s ‘after baby mission’, made easier.
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I found that support during this part of the journey was the absolute most crucial for me, as it’s quite easy to feel scared, alone, and disappointed when you are failing to conceive month after month, and in my case, year after year.
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Abercrombie & Fitch Doesn’t Want To Sell To ‘Fat’ Women & ‘Uncool Kids’ CEO Says
(Read & Take Our Poll)
*This was written 4 days ago. I just had a problem with the Poll Daddy log in. My apologies.*
Abercrombie and Fitch won’t sell their clothes to not only plus sized women but to even women sized above large, such as X-large? I don’t believe that is considered to be a plus size at all. This is because they don’t make their clothes for ’large women.’ OK, that is sugarcoating it.
Basically, the CEO of the popular brand, Mike Jeffries, bluntly announced to the world some time ago and continues to maintain that he does not want FAT women wearing his clothing. (Yes, he did go there!) I am more than annoyed at the brand quite frankly.
Overweight women? He doesn’t like them. They’re not ‘cool’. That’s why he won’t make women’s slacks larger than a size 10. Large women (even larger children) don’t belong in their clothing. And they can’t belong. (If you listen to Jefferie’s dribble.)
He even attacks ‘cool and uncool’ children and what is attractive even as kids. They are solely seeking to target the ‘attractive and popular’ children of our world. Implying that attractive must mean THIN! (WRONG!) What absolutely horrible things to say!! And publicly? To this day he continues to stand by his words and add to them.
I saw this online and just couldn’t resist. This is the guy (PIG) behind the comments.
I think it wasn’t a very smart move for the brand in a whole being that the majority of Americans are not a size 4. (Get a clue!) Also, they are a two-face. They do sell to larger men though. Up to XXL. Hm…sexist much? Why? Are large guys ‘cooler’?
Listen A&F..we areall women. And kids are ALL cool. Why bully them and us with your brand? We are all beautiful from size XS-5XL and should be respected as such.
Just a moment ago I was listening to this on the news. One of the HLN anchors said, ”Well, does Lane Bryant sell a size 0? No.” Basically implying that what’s fair is fair. Some might see the truth in that, but let me clarify.
1st off…Lane Bryant is known for making garments for a fuller figured, curvaceous woman to start with. And 2ndly and most importantly, I do not hear them saying anything negative towards smaller-sized women (nor bullying children) either. They sell the clothing that they sell without any prejudicial comments.
I think these, and other remarks by the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, were in fact the icing on the cake as far as it offending even myself, regardless of if it affects my size or not. Why wouldn’t you want someone who is curvalicious rockin’ your clothes? I guess the designer doesn’t realize the world we live in includes many hotties of all shapes and sizes, and not a one is hotter than the other.
A store such as Lane Bryant may be geared towards larger women because too many stores have a shortage of fashionable attire in these sizes because of such closed mindedness. Look around people! Squash the insensitivity. We’re not all pencil thin models. We shouldn’t have to be.
Everybody has the right to freely shop the trends. My friend all the time tells me how it’s hard to find cute clothing in her size. I applaud places like Lane Bryant. But I’m honestly very turned off by A&F right now.
Abercrombie may carry my size, but my taste for their line has certainly soured.
Do average Americans look like this? Not when I walk out my front door they don’t.
No offense to the models, but it’s people like this all over the media that always made me feel bad about myself and very imperfect. Even during childhood.
What do you think?
Take the poll below and tell me how you feel about this. I added some detailed options for you to choose from. I’m allowing up to 3 answers per voter based on the various options provided.
Tuesday’s Product Of The Week: Cartoon Character Thermos 12-Ounce FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Bottle
My thermos sucking twins are 3 years, 2 months, 1 week, and 5 days old
This may seem like such a small product, but it’s been a really BIG one in our household for the past several months. We have gone from sippy cup to sippy cup and have found every last one of them to be quite disappointing.
Most end up with chewed and ruined straws, puddles on floors, pieces often lost and forgotten. The twins kept wanting to go back to the bottle phase. (At home at least) though they are far too old for that. Now, for whatever reason this ‘big kid’ cup has made the twins feel like little ladies instead of babies, and it is the only sippy cup that they will drink from anymore. 1 each is all we need to.
The price of them set me off at 1st. I’m frugal, and I was very wary of spending $26 on two of these canteens. However, let me tell you they have been worth every penny and than some. These incredibly cute, quality thermoses are an absolute lifesaver for us and are darned cute to! The twins love them, so they take care of them.
I worried about chewed straws but nada. They have broken other sippy cups before, but this is made of stainless steel and are pretty darn bomb-proof. More terrific perks unlike the competition is that it has:
1) One click-button operation.
Hygienic click-button cap pops up and down with the touch of a finger. Even little fingers can handle the chore. They may even find it to be fun. They can lock it up themselves. No screw on lids. A definite +.
2) Vacuum-insulated stainless steel for maximum thermal retention.
Even on a hot day the twins’ juice has stayed nice and cold for hours. I have been quite impressed. You don’t get that with your average sippy.
3) BPA free
An absolute must!
4) Easy to drink from, quality straw. It’s actually spill-proof to.
No false claims.
5) Dishwasher safe
They take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.
7) Cute designs for boys and girls
Kids want to take care of these and drink from them. They come in Minnie Mouse, Dora, Hello Kitty, Thomas the Train, Spider-man, Cars…from what I saw on store shelves.
I’ve also seen Star Wars, princesses, Mickey Mouse, Batman, Hannah Montana, High School Musical, iCarly, Tinkerbell, and many others on Amazon. Didn’t see those ‘in-store.’ Some at great sale prices.
8) Stainless steel. No cheap plastic.
You get what you pay for I have learned here. Buy a bunch of $4 sippies or spend more and actually save money in the long run. I’ll stick with Thermos.
9) Thermos. A name brand you can trust.
I grew up with this brand in my home. It’s always associated with quality. These canteens are no exceptions. The girls just love them.
10) The straw is easy to suck through.
(Yes, I have tried it.)
These 12 oz. bottles are slim fitting and slide right into the small side holes in my diaper bag. They hold the perfect amount of liquid and are easy to hold in little hands.
1. The con I have seen with this product is that when it is shaken up, much like a can of coke, a small amount of liquid (nothing like a coke can though) can eject out from the straw while opening. It doesn’t happen every time you open it by far, and this would not be enough for me to even re-consider buying this product. Perhaps, it has something to do with being over full and shaken before opening. It is not a huge problem. I am just noting.
2. The plastic lid can pop off when open and dropped hard against the pavement, but it snaps easily back into place. No true breaking. Again not a deterrent for me. This is the longest any sippy cup has survived in our home and the only ones the twins actually have taken to. These will continue to be a staple in our home for a long, long time to come. They will be inside the twins’ lunchboxes when they start school. I know they will survive. I’d even recommend these enough to buy as a gift now!
If you don’t have a Walmart near you, or want another design, these are also available on Amazon. Just click the pink link below to see many more ‘styles’.
Here We Go Again Twin Mamas: The Dumb Woman With The Offensive, Dumb Comments
Funny in parts. At least on my end anyway .
My happy, healthy twins conceived by IUI, born when I was 34.5 years of age, are 3 years, 2 months, and 1 week, 4 days old.
Some people should….
You all know how I love to share the comments I hear, both kind and crazy, from people regarding my being a twin mom. Or about the twins themselves. The other day was no exception. I’m at this play place with the kids, and my head was pounding badly, so she was very lucky indeed to not get snapped at.
This woman with a 2 year old daughter comes up to me and starts up a conversation, which normally I wouldn’t mind but I had a headache that was so bad I had to have my husband come and pick us up and have his brother take the other car back home. I couldn’t even drive it grew so bad by leaving time.
She blabbing. I didn’t know her age, but I would have guessed around 32-33. (She could have passed for 35 though.) I’m usually a great guesser on that, but apparently she was only newly 23 and just had to make me aware of her age at every turn.
She starts getting into how she’s in school and her husband stays home all day with their child (which is admirable). She is trying to convince him every second of the day that she wants another baby like yesterday.
OK..all well and good until this moment. ”I want a second child fast because I like being a young mom. Old moms don’t have any patience, and they get tired easily. Plus, I want to have energy to play and to be there to watch my kids grow up. I don’t want to have my kids at like 30 something and not be able to be a great mom who can juggle everything, ya know?” WOAH, WOAH, WOAH..BACK THAT TRAIN UP!
I had two children by 21 and let me say this. I still have as much get up and go now as I had back then. (I’m 37.) I may push myself a VERY slight bit harder, if at all. But I definitely do NOT consider myself old..body, mind, or soul. I’m still crazy and more hands-on than this lady was, or any mom I have personally run into on my daily outings.
And while I often may joke that I should have had my twins at 20 instead of now, it’s only a joke. I’m still sliding down slides, throwing tots in the air to hear their laughter, being as insane as I ever was. I’m certainly not on a Bengay commercial as of yet, but she sure made me feel like I should have been.
Plus, I have a lot more knowledge now than I ever did back then. I think I’m a damn good mom. Of course, her comments were personally offensive. So, if I didn’t feel old before that, I certainly did come that moment. Oh, and no she didn’t think I was in my 20′s either. I voiced my age without any apologies or verbal backtracking. There was also zero shock.
Might I add my 47 year old friend was beside me with her own young child. What? You can’t get run over by a truck tomorrow and me..I could live till 100? Come on! I’m not 75 with 3 year old twins. Whether or not it was a personal blow or just her feelings..whatever. I just thought it was insensitive.
Then here we went on to the twins. ”You must have died when you found out you were having twins.” Apparently not lady. I’m still here talking to you..DUH. No, I knew what she meant, I’m just sick of hearing it. (Especially with a migraine present.) Yes, I died and then I came back to life once the shock wore off.
I said, ”Yeah, my husband is almost 14 years older than me so he was very shocked and scared about the twins coming.” She was like ‘WOAH”, but I made point to mention his age to. The look on her face said it all. Then her saying, ”He’s such a hands-on dad”, pointing to her young husband playing with the child.
Tell me…what did my husband’s hands do? Fall off due to age? Is he not hands-on to just because he’s older? I think not. There are plenty of lazy 20 something fathers. This I clearly remember AND have had personal experience with . (Clearing throat.)
”I would not be able to handle twins”, she says. No, it’s the other way around. ‘Twins would not be able to handle YOU!’ (Yes, it was only a thought.) I got the ‘they are obviously not identical’ crap again. Obviously. ”Who do they look like?” ‘The mailman’ .
Oh, and quite early on this came out, and let me remind you we are in a play place, however, in the most quiet section with about 8 other people within listening distance. ”So, I guess you had In-Vitro right? My friend did and she’s only 26, but her husband has sperm issues.” I could have died!
This lady is talking so loud and getting obnoxious at this point. If only her poor friend knew what personal information she was divulging to the world. She would have killed her! Anybody can have infertility problems at any age. My own, if I had any, were none of her concern. She just expected that I had to have had treatment. My friend looked at me like she was ready to step in and get nasty.
I have been questioned before, but she was just like almost telling me that I must have had it. Rather than get into my IUI stories with this embarrassment of a woman I just said, ”No, we did not”, which isn’t a lie because it wasn’t IVF. What business was it of hers though? I DON’T KNOW YOU, NOR CARE TO!
So, she started getting into the whole, ”Which side of the family do the twins run on?” BLAH, BLAH. I don’t even remember what I said. Unfortunately, they were sitting and not running around at the time so I couldn’t use my usual line. ‘They run on every side that there is to run on. ‘
Then she went back to age again. ”I heard that when a woman is older her chance for having twins goes up.” Uh-huh. Was this a good time to tell her that she looked a decade older than she was? I think so, but I kept my trap shut. (Darn it.)
I just wonder what makes some people tick? She was a few ticks away from a slappin’ though . Never a dull moment, I swear. We run into all kinds..don’t we? I have several funny posts about comments made to twin moms (like me). If you’d like to read them..click on the pink links and enjoy some multiple mommy laughter. I’m sharing a video I made on this some time ago, as well.
God bless all of the moms out there who are feeling the pain of losing their child, this time of year and always. Maybe it was their only child, maybe not. Either way the pain is great.
My biggest hope is for those with empty arms to find healing and peace deep within. And I pray they are blessed with a beautiful and healthy child to give their broken but hopeful hearts to. Just remember, a part of your heart will always stay with, and will forever belong to that child you lost, but will never be forgotten. They are by your side. Today and everyday — I PROMISE!
To those with other children, I pray that nobody minimizes the pain you feel tomorrow on Mother’s Day and every other day of the year. Like me, we are always thankful for what we do have, but will always mourn what we have lost. Your hurt should never be pushed aside by anyone.
To those who have never suffered a loss reading this now, you are truly the luckiest of all. Never take anything for granted. Having happy and healthy children is the greatest blessing one could ever have.
You may get frazzled, impatient, and downright crazy sometimes by the things that they may do, but just know, some aren’t fortunate enough to even hold their child today, tomorrow, or any day. So please…HOLD YOURS TIGHTER THAN EVER BEFORE!!
Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Make Mom Smile
With only a couple of short days to go until Mother’s Day, have you bought or even thought about your Mother’s Day gifts for your mom, your wife, etc.? Well here are some ideas for gifts that will surely make any mom smile.
Personal favorites for mothers
1) A gift certificate for a massage.
You can buy them online and print out the certificate to. I did this for my dad last year on Father’s Day, and he couldn’t have loved it more! Perfect for someone when you don’t know what they want or need, or seemingly already have everything.
2) A day, or a 1/2 day of beauty
(If it can be afforded.) There is nothing more appreciated by a mother than some R&R and being catered to, instead of catering to.)
3) For wives.. be her personal maid
For the day let your wife have her own time to do as she chooses while you take over her daily tasks which includes cleaning up the house. Your wife will return home with a grin from ear to ear from your efforts, believe me. This also is FREE!
4) Say it with flowers
Yes, flowers can be pricey and all they end up doing is dying, however, many wives most especially, get sad that nobody (meaning their husbands) send them flowers anymore. It’s what the flowers mean, not the short life-span of their blooms, which is unfortunate.
Show your spouse that the romance is still alive. Grab her 12 or 24 long stem roses in her favorite color. Or buy her her favorite flowers. The one you remember the name of but haven’t bought her in almost a decade. She’ll be all smiles. Remember to do that at some other unknown point during the year to seem romantic and spontaneous.
5) A gift card to her favorite store.
Some men just aren’t good at knowing what their wives (and moms) want. I know I always appreciate a gift card to my favorite stores. It’s more personal than giving cash because she’ll know you remember where she likes to shop, and you went out of your way to go and buy it for her. Plus, she’ll be able to finally spend it on herself. I have learned that cash just ends up going to the kids, or bills, etc.
Gift cards with a romantic, hit-home, Mother’s Day greeting card with a handwritten, romantic little note inside, will score you more than just a few points with the wifey..(wink, wink.) Can the romantic note and it’s perfect for your own mother also.
6) A romantic evening out.
Yes, that includes dinner. If she has a favorite restaurant like I do (hint, hint hubby), don’t wait any longer. Make your reservations NOW, as Mother’s Day is one of the biggest eat-out holidays if not the biggest of all year.
Figure out who will watch the kids, a friend, family member, or trusted sitter, and set up a nice quiet evening for you and your wife. After a great meal it doesn’t hurt to park somewhere really private and pretend you have run out of gas. Hey, she’ll never buy it, but I know after a glorious meal and a couple of drinks, I don’t feel like returning home very quickly.
Hey, if you can spend the entire night in a hotel room.. even better. Of course, you’d need to have someone you’d trust overnight with your children. For your own mom, taking her and your wife and the kids out to dinner is a great choice. Less romantic of course, with mom and children aboard, but she’ll surely appreciate it.
7) Photo gifts
Put thought into your gift and do it with family photos. I do this for my mom for Mother’s Day, and my husband for Father’s Day, from the kids. It shows that you care and took time out to make the gift. Nothing moms love more than their kids. And you of course.
(Some can be made quickly.)
Personalized photo frame with family picture inside.
Canvas painting of your family, or you as a couple
The list goes on and on….
And if you think it’s too late..don’t. Go to Walmart.com and some gifts will only take an hour. Shutterflyand like sites do an amazing job. Just choose overnight shipping ASAP!
Those are some personal gifts for Mother’s Day. Other tangible possibilities for mom are:
1. Her favorite perfume
2. A pocketbook by her favorite brand. (Know her style.)
3. A piece of jewelry
4. A cashmere sweater
5. A memory foam mattress, soft down pillows or memory foam pillows. Special body pillows for the mom-to-be.
Something that makes mom’s sleep time more comfortable. She never gets enough of it. Also, let your wife sleep in to. Trust me, it will score you big time points .
6. A lovely jewelry box.
Both romantic AND practical.
Things to NOT buy mom for Mother’s Day
1. Gym membership
(Unless she’s been asking for it personally.)
2. Workout equipment
(Same as above.)
3. Flowers if she is allergic.
4. A kitchen appliance
Too domestic to be romantic, even though this isn’t Valentine’s Day. Unless she asked for it for Mother’s Day, or is hinting at it, go with a more thoughtful, romantic gift idea above.
5. Cash in a card
I do love cash, but that gift does not require any thought or work on your part. Gift cards are better.
I hope this post has helped make gift choosing easier for the upcoming holiday. Feel free moms to add what you’d like below in the comment section to help the men out!
Footage Of The Jodi Arias 1st Degree Murder Verdict: Finally Justice For Travis Alexander – Abuse Victim
To see some of the action outside of the courtroom beforehand, the verdict, and aftermath, check out my little video below:
This woman made a mockery of this poor, murdered man. She made a mockery of all of us who truly have had PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) She made a mockery of me and millions of other women like me who once have, or are currently suffering in abusive relationships. She dragged the Travis family through the mud without hesitation. And even did the same to her own family.
She swore to the world that ‘no jury would ever convict her’, and what happened to this manipulative, little psychopath? GUILTY OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER! (Pre-meditated.) The best possible outcome for the Alexander family. I think that she should die, but the needle is far too easy. I wish our system allowed for a true eye for an eye, as she deserves to suffer in fear the way that Travis did.
I had to put aside my planned topic today to share this because I had taped this trial on DVR from the very start of it. And I intently listened to it while I worked online and before bedtime. I followed it much like the Casey Anthony trial which shocked me with a not guilty verdict.
Here we had much more absolute evidence and a confession, though I still believe there was enough to convict Casey but..whatever. There’s nothing I (nor you) can do about that. It’s over and done with. Casey will meet her maker and face her consequences sooner or later.
But from a woman who dated a man that resembled Casey Anthony in her lying and narcissist ways, and VERY much so resembled Jodi Arias whom both women share similarities. I mean lies right down to the bitter end. If it was cloudy out my ex would stare you in the face and swear to you that it was positively sunny and radiant.
I just got really drawn into this. I realized how easily what happened to Travis could have happened to me. He stalked me when I moved from place to place. He had me at knife point. He always threatened to kill himself if I left him to make me feel sorry for him.
He was a pathological, lying narcissist, with vacant eyes like Arias. He had a temper that was more than satisfactory to have pulled off the heinous acts that Arias carried out. Also, NO CONSIOUS! A person without one is downright scary! They have no emotion, no empathy, no feelings for anybody other than themselves.
So basically it’s the opposite in this instance, proving that men can be victims of domestic violence as well as women. Jodi was the perpetrator in this case. Travis was her prey. Travis was a clear abuse victim. Whether he partook in good sex or not, that is NOT a crime. Few men would refuse that with a familiar and willing party. She used sex to lure him and ultimately kill him.
Sadly, we hear about this kind of domestic violence the other way around every day. People just don’t seem to take it seriously enough when it happens in reverse. ”Oh she’s just hung up on him. She’s in love.” Obviously, look at what can happen to not only a woman with a stalker/ fatal attraction, but to a man as well.
Hopefully, Arias has opened up many eyes so that men can see the signs on their own behalf, and not suffer a similar fate as Travis Alexander.
This is a day of celebration! The jury got it right..praise the Lord!