Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Did You Know You're REALLY Pregnant?"

What people say never ceases to amaze us.  I know that every pregnant woman in the world has said as much, but when you're pregnant, your body becomes a free comment zone.  And today I must be looking particularly pregnant.

First thing this morning I went to a yard sale that advertised baby boy things and the lady running the sale just couldn't get over how far out front I pop out.  I don't think I've heard "wow" so often.

But the best one came later, when we all went to the farmer's market.  We were in line at a booth behind a couple in their 50s or so.  When they turned around after having made their purchase the man's eyes visibly widened.  He then proceeded to say "Wow!  Now that is a green striped watermelon if I ever saw one!" 

Yes, I happen to be wearing a green striped shirt today.  In fact, this is me--today.  I wish I'd had the wherewithal to say something to the effect of "I know, that's why I wore this shirt.  I LOVE watermelon."  More comments were made, to which I tried to graciously smile, nod, and say "I know, but I'm almost done."

Once it was over my husband was outraged.  He commented that people might as well come up and say "Hey, did you know that you're really pregnant?!"  Why, yes, as a matter of fact, I had noticed...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--A Sunday Afternoon Treat

My children have recently discovered push-ups.  They're a much anticipated Sunday afternoon treat.

Prenatal Cradle Mini Cradle Review

As I'm sure is obvious from my previous pregnancy pictures, I carry my babies way out front.

This was me at 30 weeks.

Though I know that moms who's babies are more tucked in have their own set of discomforts, unpleasant results of the way I carry are back pain, hip pain, and nerve pain.  I also get cervical pain in the third trimester.

And, this pregnancy, for the first time, I've been diagnosed with pubic symphesis disorder, or PSD.  Which, I've discovered, can be very, very painful.

I've always wanted some sort of pregnancy support belt, and was thrilled when It's You Babe agreed to send me the Prenatal Cradle Mini Cradle for review.  I received my Mini Cradle at 32 weeks.

The day after after receiving the Mini Cradle I loaded Mercy into the umbrella stroller to go to story time at the library.  I didn't make it around the block before getting a terrible stitch in my side.  So I promptly put on my new Mini Cradle.  I made it all the way to the library (about 1 mile) without the pain I'd become accustomed to!

And now that my PSD is worsening by the day I wear the Mini Cradle almost constantly.  Walking would be impossible without it, and though I still have pain when wearing it, it isn't debilitating like it is without it.

I highly recommend the Prenatal Cradle Mini Cradle by It's You Babe!  It relieves much of the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy while also being low profile.  I can wear it with any combination of undergarments and outer clothing, and it's a breeze to take on and off.  My only recommendation would be additional rows of eyes for the hook and eye closure.  I went through a period in which the middle size was too small, but the largest was too loose.  Something in the middle would have been perfect.

So, if you're expecting, I'd highly recommend that you head on over to It's You Babe to check out their great line of ergonomic products for pregnancy.  You can also keep up with this terrific company via Twitter and Facebook.  I'm looking forward to giving the Best Cradle for even more support a try these last few weeks to relieve my PSD.  I don't know what I would do without my Prenatal Cradle this time around!

Friday, August 12, 2011

UPrinting Winner!

The UPrinting Customizable Sticker giveaway ended yesterday, and today selected number 26 as the winner.  Congratulations Karla!  I'll be sending you an e-mail.  Please respond within 24 hours to claim your prize.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Customizable Sticker Giveaway from UPrinting!

I don't know about your preschoolers, but mine loves stickers.  And today UPrinting is offering to give one of Gluten Free Motherhood's readers 250 customizable stickers!  The stickers are 2" x 3.5" and come on 70 lb. Label Matte with front only printing and 4 business day turnaround time.  That's a $40 value!

I'm really looking forward to designing our stickers (with Mercy's help, of course).  I'm thinking about doing something pertaining to the new baby.  Or maybe a label she can use for her school books and coloring books.  Perhaps with her picture.  She'd get a kick out of that. Something that could be used for individual children, or both of them, would be ideal.

So, if you want to win your very own customizable stickers, here's the details!

PRIZE: 250 customizable 2.5" x 3" stickers on 70 lb. Label Matte with front only printing and 4 day turnaround.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Comment and let me know what you would like to use your stickers for should you win! (1 entry)

1. "Like" UPrinting on Facebook. (1 entry)
2. "Follow" UPrinting on Twitter. (1 entry)

Please leave one comment for each entry.  UPrinting sticker giveaway ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time August 11.  Open only to residents of the US ages 18 or over.

Disclaimer: Required as per FTC Ruling (Please see example below)
This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive stickers for hosting. Check out standard label templates  on