Archives for February 2011

Inducing Labor – Does Anything Work?

37 week belly pictureThis morning I had my 37 week doctor visit. My blood pressure has been elevated the past few days, but I can always get it back down by lying down on my left side. I was anxious to talk to my doctor about that today.

The appointment went pretty well. Gained a pound. I’m up to 9 pounds gained for this pregnancy. I am SO happy about that! Blood pressure was  a little high, but not too bad. It was 140/85. It tends to get worse as the day goes on, so I wasn’t surprised that it was ok.

Went back to the exam room, and he came in a few minutes later. We talked about my blood pressure, and he told me that he’s not too concerned since I can get it to go back down, but if there ever comes a time that I can’t get it to go back down, I need to go to the hospital immediately.

He then checked my cervix. Still really high, (not surprising!), but he could feel the baby’s head, and I’ve dilated to a whole ONE. It’s better than nothing, though, right? He stripped my membranes and told me that because I’ve done so well this pregnancy, he really, really wants me to see if I can go into labor on my own. Fabulous. <insert eye roll emoticon>

Since I’m past 37 weeks, he told me to start doing anything I can think of to put myself into labor. Since I’ve never gone into labor on my own, I really have NO idea what will work!

So, I got home and started googling “ways to induce labor”. Oh. My. Word. Everyone and their mother has an opinion on this.

Now, so you know, I will NOT drink castor oil or Kaopectate or do anything that’s not natural or safe. While I want this baby to come naturally, I do NOT want to do anything that could cause him any harm.

What are the ways to induce labor that you have used that have actually worked? Are there any that really will work?

So far, the most common ways to induce labor that I’ve found are the following:

  • Sex
  • Acupressure
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Eggplant
  • Chinese Food
  • Nipple Stimulation
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Walking

I am also planning on trying the Break Your Water Cookies that I posted recently, and see if those do anything at all.

I know that this post will cause people to comment and tell me that I need to let the baby come naturally and on his own. I already know that nothing will bring on a baby that’s not ready to come. And since I have never, (in all 5 previous pregnancies), gone into labor on my own, I figure that if I start doing these things now, maybe by the time my due date rolls around, he’ll be ready to come. So, please, no lectures. I’m not going to do anything that could hurt my baby, and since my doctor is the one recommending that I do these things, who am I to question his advice? 🙂

I am curious to know, though: Is there a method to induce labor that has worked for you?

Happily Healthy with Baby Looney Tunes {Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Sunday., March 13 at 11:59pm EST.

BLT-MainLogoI love Baby Looney Tunes. I have for as long as they’ve been around.

Now, Warner Bros.’ Baby Looney Tunes is committing themselves, and their brand, to promoting education on health, wellness, and nutrition for babies and families in a fun and engaging environment. Baby Looney Tunes has partnered with leading physician Dr. Aliza Lifshitz. Dr. Aliza will be their resident in-house expert on questions that expectant and new moms may have. This partnership between the active and healthy infant characters of Baby Looney Tunes and Dr. Aliza’s passion for promoting wellness and nutrition for babies will prove to have a positive impact on many, many families.

To help spread the word about this new partnership and the Happily Healthy with Baby Looney Tunes, I am giving away a Baby Looney Tunes prize pack to one lucky winner. You will receive a plush character, a pair of baby socks, a pack of infant pacifiers, and a Healthy Fit and Fun book. (See picture.)

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I Am A Woman of God {Discount Code}

Christian Woman- Christian Blogs - Christian DecalsI am not quiet about my faith or what I believe. I am proud to be a Christian woman, and dedicate my life to rearing my children in the way I feel Christ leads me. My faith is what gets me through every trial and tribulation I face. It also allows me to celebrate and rejoice when I receive blessings from my Savior.

Recently, I was introduced to the “I Am A Woman of God” website. They offer lots of different styles of tshirts, bags, and decals that are a fun, fashionable way for you to share your faith with those around you.

Now through March 10th, if you use the code “blessed” at checkout, and you are a new customer, you will receive 15% off your order! Since their items aren’t expensive to begin with, this is a fabulous deal!

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Family Friendly Friday – 2.25.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 2.18.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What do you love most about the Oscars?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! Being a lifelong movie buff the Oscars is one of my favorite times of year. I love the suspense and excitement leading up to the delivery of those beautiful gold statues. This week I am THRILLED to announce Jackson Murphy, a 12-year-old movie critic, will be interviewed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno! Family Values Cinema will be working with Jackson in the coming months and we would love your opinion about our new young, enthusiastic host for a soon to be announced weekly half-hour family centric entertainment news show.

The Tonight Show will air tonight, Friday February 25th at 11:35PM EST/10:35 PM CST and Jackson will be the second guest interview. If you are unable to watch the show tomorrow evening, you can watch a clip of the interview starting on Saturday here. Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on what you love about the Oscars!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

The family movie DVD pick for this week is a truly wonderful story about the importance of family and the bond we feel with animals. Enjoy!

TOUCHINGWILDHORSES_NBOMTouching Wild Horses

Directed by: Eleanor Lindo
Cast: Mark Rendall, Jane Seymour, Charles Martin Smith, Gloria Slade, James McGowan
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2002

A touching story about respect and how we all can learn lessons from each other about compassion, faith and family ties…

Lunceford: Nice story about respecting and valuing others.
Bartlett: Great Movie
Lechner: It is a touching story

Worth Noting: The story contains some mean and rude adult language, examples of adults arguing and the accidental death of the mother horse.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, Bolt, to continue the animal theme this movie is entertaining for the whole family; second, It Happened One Night, an Oscars classic that will get you ready for all the Sunday Oscars excitement!

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 25, 2011
Bolt, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel The canine action star of a hit TV series, who actually believes he has superpowers, accidentally winds up in New York City and must find his way back to Hollywood, so he recruits a streetwise alley cat and a hero-worshipping hamster for his cross-country trek.
Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Angela discovers that Tony is moonlighting to finance his father’s apartment, but his father’s been dead for a year.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
It Happened One Night, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM  A spoiled heiress runs away from her father when he refuses to let her marry the man of her choosing, and ends up falling instead for the jaded, down-on-his-luck reporter who is secretly planning on cashing-in with an exclusive story about her. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, this Frank Capra classic screwball comedy won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Justin’s class tries to get back into WizTech, but a pretty new student who is awful at performing spells threatens their chances.

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dream House: Log Cabin, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) DIY An unexpected storm leads to repairs; the house inspection uncovers serious problems.
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Part 1 of 2.  A family of five play the games in hopes of winning 1 million dollars.

Monday, February 28, 2011
Hooked, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) National Geographic Channel In Mongolia, Zeb Hogan tries to track down the elusive Hucho taimen, a species in the salmon family that can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds.
Martha Stewart Show, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Celebrity guests and home projects are highlighted in this combination of do-it-yourself advice and talk show.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.
The Emperor Waltz, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine star in this romantic musical romp about a salesman in Vienna who tries to woo a countess.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Frankie clashes with Brick’s third-grade teacher, Ms. Rinsky, when Brick gets a D on a math test and Frankie thinks poor teaching is to blame.  But will Frankie and Mike pass when Rinsky makes them take a math test?
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Tinker Bell must complete a dangerous quest before the Blue Moon rises in order to save Pixie Hollow from a terrible fate.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [check local listings] Experts appraise antiques and collectibles from Des Moines, Iowa including circa-1838 E. C. Brewster beehive clock, an antique diamond and platinum ring, and bee-themed antiques.
Touched By An Angel, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark An embittered postal employee haunted by memories of Auschwitz helps a girl from a troubled home.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun date night movie featuring the adorable Jennifer Aniston and funnyman Adam Sandler. Check out below the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate in case you want to take the kids. Enjoy!

Just_Go_With_ItJust Go With It

Release Date: February 25, 2011

 

MPAA rating: PG-13

 

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker

 

Running Time: 150 min

Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon looking to find love and when he meets what he thinks is the one, his dedicated assistant played by Jennifer Aniston gives him a run for his money acting as his ex-wife.
The beautiful scenery of Hawaii mixed with Adam Sandler humor and the lovable Jennifer Aniston makes this a recipe for laughs and enjoyment the whole way through. A fun date night movie that will have you forgetting about your week’s worries and holding hands as you go home to the kids.

The National Board of Mothers® is not able to give this movie the Seal of Approval and does not recommend this movie for viewers under age fifteen.

 

 

 

It’s a wrap! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Jackson Murphy and the Oscars!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Did Ya Miss Me?

So, on Monday, I kind of just disappeared with little to no explanation why. Sorry about that. But, I wasn’t ready to share our news just yet. (And, no, Baby Gage has NOT made his appearance, and after the way my doctor appointment went on Monday, it looks like he won’t be coming for quite some time.)

Well, I’m finally ready to share our news.

On Monday, hubby, the kids, and I moved into a new house. It’s only a few minutes from where we lived before, which is great – since I’m 36+ weeks pregnant. The house that we are renting is fully furnished, so slowly but surely we will be moving things over here. It’s going to take a lot longer than it takes a normal family to move, but at this point, I think slowly but surely is the way to go.  I have to interject that I am so thankful to my grandparents for everything they have done for us. They helped us get down here, and have been amazing. If we hadn’t kept having kids after we moved down here, we could have stayed in that house forever. But, our family just outgrew the space, and we had to find something that could fit all our stuff.

Our new house isn’t huge, but it is perfect for us. It’s got a full basement, 2 bedrooms, a huge loft that’s been converted into a bedroom, and 2 bathrooms. It’s a cabin-style home, and it’s so cozy. We’re surrounded by woods, and only have a few neighbors. There’s a deck off each level, so I plan to start spending every day outside once the weather gets nice and stays that way. The main floor deck and the basement deck are both covered, so we can even enjoy them when it’s raining.

We don’t get cell phone service at the house, so the first few days were pure craziness. They installed our phone line, but they did it wrong, so it was Tuesday night before we had any kind of communication with the outside world. I was promised internet service on Monday, but they kept calling to postpone. On Wednesday, I was told it would be Friday evening before anyone could come out. Luckily, I got a phone call this morning from their technician, telling me that he had a cancellation. When he asked if I wanted him to come today, it made my whole day. So, I’m finally back in touch. I won’t tell you how many emails I have to go through for being offline most of the week, but it may take days to go through it all! 🙂

Here’s what our new house looks like:

Home Sweet Home

And if you want to see more, I’ve uploaded a bunch to Facebook. You can see them here: Our New Home

Thanks for your patience during all of this. I really appreciate it!

Oh, and if you’re wondering – I’ve updated the winner’s page to announce the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Unreachable… Hopefully Not For Long

I’ve got some big things going on around here, but I’m not ready to fill you all in just yet. Soon, I promise.

But, just so you all know, I will probably be very scarce for the next few days. Don’t worry. I’m not running away. And, no, I’m not having a baby, either.

I’ll be back with lots of updates and more very soon. Don’t forget about little old me in the meantime!

36 Week Belly Picture

Can’t believe we’ve made it to 36 weeks with no real complications! Praise the Lord!!

36 week belly picture

Winners Page Updated

Winners!I’ve finally updated the winner’s page and sent an email to the winner of the Custom Covered Wipes Case.

Click here to see who won: Winners Page

Thanks to all who entered!

Family Friendly Friday – 2.18.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 2.18.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

Has Bieber Fever hit your house? How do you control it?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

We are in the midst of award season with the Grammy’s behind us and the Oscar’s just around the corner and I heart all the entertainment excitement! This is the time when the best of the best are recognized for their hard work, I always find it amazing to watch the stars gain popularity and see how kids react to the role models. Check out our movie pick of the week, it teaches a good lesson about the rewards earned from working hard!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback about how one of the latest teen phenoms is being treated in your house!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks for the week: First, The Nutty Professor, I totally heart this movie it is my complete fav funny family movie; second, Presidents, offers an educational opportunity to learn about our great country’s history of leaders. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 18, 2011
The Nutty Professor, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC Grossly overweight Professor Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight, takes a special chemical that turns into the slim, but obnoxious Buddy Love.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex tries to save Justin from his devilish angel girlfriend with the help of a guardian angel who is attempting to earn her wings.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Touched by an Angel, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel The lives of two competitive skiers-who have a history of first and second-place finishes-are dramatically changed after an accident on the slopes that leads to a revelation.
Must Love Cats, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Domestic and wild cats living in harmony in Mississippi; a popular cat on TV in Little Rock; a cat scratching-tree builder in Kansas.

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Worst Cooks in America, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network The six remaining recruits make sausage from scratch during a trip to a butcher shop.  Then, they face their seafood fears when tasked with cleaning and prepping whole fish and squid.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A soldier wounded in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, and his fiancée are given the wedding of their dreams and a new home.  Those helping out include comedian Dane Cook, designer Monique Lhuillier, entertainer Terry Fator, and Duff Goldman.

Monday, February 21, 2011
Presidents, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel Part 2 covers John Quincy Adams to James K. Polk, including the idea of Manifest Destiny under Andrew Jackson; Polk’s expansion of America to the Pacific Ocean.
The Parent Trap, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Haylel Mills plays twins scheming to reunite their parents.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Ice Age, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Prehistoric mammals try to rescue a human baby in this computer-animated comedy.
Family Feud, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GSN Two families of five try to guess what the “survey Said” in polls conducted with 100 people in this game show.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Tony questions Angela’s motives in weekending with her boss just when she’s up for a promotion.
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) NBC A game show where contestants use household items to complete tasks in under a minute in order to win cash and other prizes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [Check local listings] Experts appraise antiques and collectibles including a 1623 Shakespeare First Folio valued at between $40,000 and $50,000 and a Russian snuff box inscribed with the Romanov dynasty’s imperial arms.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark A wedding anniversary prompts Caroline to recall her early days with Charles.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

What can I say, I am fascinated with the phenom that has become Bieber Fever! So without further ado, let all the girls in your household scream to their delight with this week’s movie pick. Be sure to see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

Justin Beiber Never Say NeverNever Say Never

Release Date: February 11, 2011

MPAA rating: G

Starring: Justin Bieber

Running Time: 105 min

This is the story of a little boy, loved by his mom who dreamed big and through dedication and perseverance is getting to live his ultimate dream. Justin Bieber has taken the country by storm with Bieber Fever. Never Say Never takes you on the journey of his quest to live his dream, from his early childhood years to his recent sold out concerts and everything in between.

This movie teaches how hard work pays off when you believe in your dream, be kind along the way, and always remember where you came from. In a time where our country sees lots of turmoil and strife, this movie is an uplifting opportunity to teach the kids how dreams really can come true.

You come away with a respect for the dedication it takes to rise to the top and an appreciation for the talent of a young boy who wasn’t afraid to dream big despite people telling him he would never make it.

The National Board of Mothers® is happy to give this movie the Seal of Approval but does not recommend this movie for viewers under age seven.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy our picks this week and I can’t wait to hear your Bieber feedback!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

36 Week Ultrasound

This morning, I had my 36 week ultrasound. I am so glad hubby had the morning off, because he would have hated to have missed this.

The entire visit was so much fun. Really! We had a ball.

Our ultrasound technician was fabulous. And she must have had a Pepsi for breakfast or something, because she was just as giddy as could be. She took all the measurements, and showed me that there’s no sign of any knot in his cord. (A *huge* fear of mine, since that’s how we almost lost Jace.) After she got all the measurements she needed, she started poking at the baby to get him to turn his head for a face shot. I warned her that Gage does *not* like when people poke at my belly. She kept poking. All of a sudden, we see THIS flash on the screen:

Flipping the Bird

We all about died laughing. I told her that I warned her, but she didn’t listen!

She got a few good face shots, and you can see that he’s already got chubby little cheeks. She also estimated that he’s weighing between 7 and 7 1/2 pounds already. I don’t know how true that is, since they told me Parker was going to weigh between 6 – 7 pounds, and he only weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. So, one just never knows how accurate they really are. You could see a good layer of fat and some chub rolls on the baby, so he will be plump.

Baby Gage

Baby Gage

On our way out, we ran into my OB. He asked why we didn’t invite him to the party in the ultrasound room, because it sounded like we were having way too much fun. Hubby showed him the “bird” picture, and he got a kick out of that.

I go back on Monday to meet with the doctor and talk about the results of the ultrasound. I’m *really* hoping that he schedules an induction date for me, but I’m not getting my hopes up yet.

Have you ever had an ultrasound experience that was really pleasant? Do you believe that the u/s tech can totally make or break the mood in the u/s room?

Wordless Wednesday: Can’t Believe I Made It!

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My Love/Hate Relationship With the Third Trimester

In all my pregnancies, the first trimester has always been typical. The second trimester is what I like to call the “pregnancy moon” phase, where things just kind of putt along with minimal excitement. (Most of the time.) And then there’s the third trimester. Never have a I experienced a “normal” third trimester. I have never gone into labor on my own, never went to a doctor’s appointment and heard, “You’re 3 centimeters dilated!” Nothing. While I have dilated to 2 centimeters on my own, I stall out there, and cannot go any farther. (I stayed at 2cm for 9 weeks with Jace. They finally induced me at 39 weeks. Same exact thing happened with Lucy.)

So, I can’t put up a post and tell you the truth about the third trimester, because I really have no idea what it’s like for most women. Maybe someone can explain it to me.

There are things that I just love about the third trimester: The baby is bigger now, so when he moves, my whole belly moves with him. If I poke at him, I get a reaction from him. I feel like it’s the start of the special bond he and I will share when he finally makes his appearance outside the womb. There’s nothing sweeter than that.

And, hubby can now interact with him, too. He starts talking to my belly, and it shows me that I know he’s going to be a great father all over again.

Then, there’s the fact that the pregnancy is almost over. In a matter of weeks, I will be holding my sweet baby boy. Those are all my favorite parts of the third trimester.

But, as I said, this is very much a love/hate relationship that I have going with the third trimester.

The contractions get a whole lot stronger and much more intense. I’ve always worried about actually going into labor on my own, and not knowing what it’s supposed to feel like. Delivering a baby at home doesn’t sound like much fun to me, so I’d like to avoid that at all costs.

It is impossible to get comfortable. I can no longer sit on my couch, because it feels like my pelvic bone is going to snap in half every time I do. Thank heavens I have my glider from Hayneedle.com. I spend most nights in it, and as much time as I can sneak in during the day.

Because this pregnancy has been so different from my previous pregnancies, I am terrified that I may actually go into labor on my own and not even know it. In fact, the other night, I was having severe contractions. They were coming every 3 minutes, and I had back pain unlike anything I had ever experienced. From midnight until 4 am, I tried everything I could think of to ease the pain. Hubby spent several hours rubbing my back. I’d walk, sit in the glider, lie on my left side. Nothing helped. My husband joked that if the baby’s head started showing, he’d figure out how to get me to the hospital, since my truck was parked at the top of our driveway. I laughed between the tears.

Finally, a little after 4am, I fell asleep. The alarm went off at 6, and I got up with the kids. At that point, the contractions weren’t nearly as severe, and the back pain wasn’t nearly as severe. Another false alarm? I really have no idea. All I knew was that I wasn’t trekking all the way up my driveway to get to the hospital and be told that it was nothing.

A crazy, unpredictable 3rd trimester is nothing new to me. If I knew what to expect, maybe I could write a book a become famous. But I’ve learned that I need to expect the unexpected.

I have an ultrasound on Thursday, and my next doctor’s appointment is Monday the 21st. Provided my blood pressure is still ok, and there’s no change in my cervix, we’ll keep holding out as long as we can.

Now, you tell me: What has your third trimester experience been like? If you’ve had several pregnancies, have they been different each time? I’d love to hear how the third trimester goes for the rest of you! 🙂

Family Friendly Friday – 2.11.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 2.11.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

How do you teach your kids what constitutes good quality TV shows?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Valentine’s Day is so close! I heart this holiday as an opportunity to show those around me how important they are in my life. Everyone from my kid to my dry cleaner gets extra compliments and love this week! We have some very lovable picks this week so gather up the family and enjoy!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback about how you teach your kids about good quality TV!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite loving picks for the week: First, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Valentine, what better way to start the Valentines weekend than with an adorable animated movie about love; second, William and Kate, A Royal Love Story, who can resist a love story with the upcoming wedding of the century. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 11, 2011
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Valentine, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A “Peanuts” twin bill.  First, Charlie waits by his mailbox for a valentine.  Then, Valentine’s Day finds the gang searching for love.  Charlie crushes on a little red-haired girl.
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Tim McGraw researches his father’s ancestry and discovers a link to descendants who were among the U.S.’s first settlers and a connection to George Washington.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Elevator Girl, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel An uptight lawyer and a free-spirited woman become trapped in an elevator together.  The incident sparks chemistry between the two, but their different lifestyles threaten to ruin the romance before it gets off the ground.
Phineas and Ferb, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A musical in which Phineas and Ferb revisit the day they built a gigantic roller coaster in their backyard.  Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz tries to pull the East Coast to the west using tinfoil and a huge magnet.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC Prince William’s courtship with Kate Middleton is explored.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A family dedicated to disaster relief has a new home built by Ty and his team when theirs is flooded, and their disaster-relief aircraft is upgraded.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex, Justin, and Max attempt to rescue Mason after he is kidnapped by rogue wizards who turned him into a dog.  Meanwhile, Jerry and Theresa go on an anniversary weekend and are alarmed to learn that Harper and Zeke are running the sub shop while they are away.
Ice Castles, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A tragic accident blinds a  young figure skater, which forces her to reconnect with the past she left behind and realize that she doesn’t have to give up her dreams.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
WALL-E, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Oscar-winning CGI-animated delight, set on a wasteland Earth circa 2800, where the last robot on the planet, a centuries-old trash compactor named WALL-E, romances a sleek, high-tech android.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Tony’s bullish on Sam’s stockbroker boyfriend, but Sam can’t bear it when Tony takes up all his time.
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Frankie looks for a friend for Brick and Sue sneaks into an R-rated movie against Mike’s wishes.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Parent Trap, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Remake of the 1961 Disney comedy about twin girls who were separated at birth when their parents divorced, find each other again while away at camp, and scheme to reunite their parents.
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [Check local listings] Experts appraise collectibles, antiques, and heirlooms including a late-Victorian 13-karat gold vest chain and fob; footballs autographed by the 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers; and promotional movie memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org
I have been seeing the previews for this movie and am SO excited it is finally here! A timeless adventure for the whole family to enjoy perfect for this Valentine’s Day weekend! Be sure to see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

GNOMEO & JULIETGnomeo & Juliet

Release Date: February 11, 2011

MPAA rating: G

Starring: Ashley Jensen, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Michael Caine

Running Time: 84 min

Gnomeo & Juliet is a fun animated twist on the Shakespeare classic Romero & Juliet. The adorable garden gnomes sit and wait, with their adventure coming alive only when the humans are sure to be out of their way. The timeless tale of Capulets’ versus Montagues’ comes to life in the red versus blue world of gnomes in neighboring homes.

This fun story of star-crossed lovers is sure to have the whole family laughing and entertained with this forbidden love and an epic light-hearted battle of small creatures. The music of Elton John will have you dancing in your seats and providing a fun memory for all.

Gnome & Juliet is a fun animated film, the  National Board of Mothers® give this movie the Seal of Approval, but does not recommend this movie for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I am sending all of you lots of love for Valentine’s Day and I can’t wait to hear what you do! If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Dannon’s “Small Steps to a Better You” Program

Most people that make New Year’s Resolutions always include one that’s focused on eating better, exercising, or doing something to make a “better you.”

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, only because I rarely follow through, and I get discouraged when I fail at anything. However, since getting pregnant – and already being overweight prior to the pregnancy – I have taken a lot of little steps to change my lifestyle. I’m eating right, I’m exercising, and I’m just trying to make healthier choices. And I’m not just doing it for myself, either. I’ve made changes to my whole family’s lifestyle. We’re parking farther from store entrances so that we have to walk farther, we’re eating better, making better snack choices, and cutting down on all the fatty, greasy foods. It’s made a big difference in my blood pressure, my pregnancy weight gain, and it’s helped keep my husband from gaining weight right along with me this pregnancy. We sleep better at night, and we feel better during the day.

Dannon Small Steps SweepstakesNow Dannon wants to encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle with their Small Steps to a Better You” program. Not only can you take these small steps by making healthier eating choices, you can also get the chance to win free groceries for a week, a month, or even a year! All you have to do is head to dannon.com/smallsteps and enter the UPC code from any Dannon product. You get four daily chances to win instantly. (There’s also a free way to enter at dannon.com/smallsteps.)

Here are the prizes you could win:

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To learn more about the Dannon “Small Steps to a Better You” Sweepstakes, and to enter for yourself, head to www.dannon.com/smallsteps today.

Please note: Sweepstakes ends February 28th, so hurry and enter!

Now, tell me: How are YOU taking small steps toward a better you?

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Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dannon and received a coupon and gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Wordless Wednesday: Santa’s Had a Bad Week

Hubby and I were walking through a local store. We happened to notice that Santa was in the storeroom. Only thing was, Santa’s head was on the ground beside him! Talk about a bad week!

Santa's Bad Day

None of the kids were with us when we saw Santa, so Hubby decided to show them the picture and tell them that’s what happens when Santa has to deal with too many bad kids.

SIGH.

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Udder Covers Discount Code

Carson Udder CoverI am a huge fan of Udder Covers. In fact, I own several of their nursing covers already. I used them with Parker when he was nursing, and I will use them again with Gage once he’s born.

There are several features of Udder Covers that I love:

  • They have a special neckline that allows you to see baby while you’re nursing, but doesn’t let anyone see under the cover.
  • They are machine washable. (Awesome feature when baby decides to spit up all over your cover!)
  • They come in really nice patterns that are sure to please any taste.
  • They make even someone like me feel more comfortable nursing in public.

I am a very private person. When Zander was a baby, and he needed to nurse, I would head out to the van and nurse him there. It wasn’t until I purchased an Udder Cover after Parker was born that I felt comfortable enough to nurse him in public. The Udder Cover offered complete privacy, and it was so nice not to have to run to the car to nurse him every time.

Now, I’m excited to tell you about a special offer that Udder Covers is running right now. You can try one of their covers at no cost! All you have to pay is shipping.

Here’s how to get your special offer:

1.  Go to UdderCovers.com .
2.  Click on “Shop Now” and select any nursing cover you like.
3.  Once you have made your selection, you’ll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. Enter the promo code “ VALENTINE ” and they’ll deduct 100% of the cost of the cover – all you pay are the shipping fees! (Shipping fees are $9.95!)

You can also apply the discount code toward one of their fabulous gift sets. It will bring the price down to just $5, so you get the entire gift set for less than $15 – including shipping!

So, don’t forget: the promo code is “ VALENTINE “. You can even use it more than once – just open a new browser window each time you do.

Udder Covers make the perfect gift for any mom or mom-to-be, so be sure to stock up!

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Family Friendly Friday – 2.4.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 2.4.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What is your trick to keeping the kids organized during the school year?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Now that we are in full swing of the second part of the school year I am focusing on making sure that I am organized. Us moms know that good organization can make the difference between smooth sailing and a tough day. I think the picks for this week will hopefully help you stay organized with your family entertainment.
Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on how you moms stay organized amidst all the school and activities!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks for the week: First, Who Do You Think You Are, this great show is back and taking you on an adventure of finding long lost relatives; second, Toy Story 2, the second installment in a fun animated adventure with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen’s voices.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 4, 2011
What If? , 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC A heartwarming story of Ben Walker, who 15 years ago left his college sweetheart Wendy and his calling to be a preacher in order to pursue a business opportunity.  Now with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancé, and a new Mercedes he goes on a thrill ride where his car mysteriously breaks down and meets an angel named Mike, who is sent to show Ben what his life would have been like had he followed his true calling.
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Season 2 starts with actress Vanessa Williams tracing her ancestry.  Williams investigation directs her to South Carolina, where she uncovers a familial connection to the Civil War’s Union Army.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
The Wish List, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A perfectionist makes a list of the qualities she’s looking for in a mate and soon finds a seemingly ideal guy.  But she’s also drawn to a kooky barista who encourages her to loosen up and explore her creative side.
Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Bailey returns home to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday, and Cody follows after her to win her back.  Meanwhile, Zack and Woody challenge Moseby and his brother to a basketball game, only to learn that his sibling is a pro player.

Sunday, February 6, 2011
Toy Story 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Buzz and the gang try to save Woody when he’s kidnapped by an evil toy collection in this splashy computer-animated sequel featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
Puppy Bowl VII, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Adorable puppies romp around a miniature football field in the seventh annual adoption fair for shelter pets, which also features kittens and baby chicks.

Monday, February 7, 2011
Cars, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A cartoon about an arrogant hot rod who gets sidetracked in a sleepy burg on his way to a big race.
House Hunters, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV A couple living in a small New York apartment with 2-year-old twins look for a home with more room.  But to get space they need, they have to look in northern New Jersey.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex puts a spell on her new boyfriend, a transfer student from England, so that she becomes the inspiration for all of his artwork.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Axl has a new girlfriend he wants to impress on Valentine’s Day, while Brick has a crush on a fellow student and Mike accidentally lets the news slip out, humiliating his shy son.  Sue searches for a boy she kisses on a Halloween hayride.
Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Tinker Bell comes to the aid of a lonely human girl who believes in fairies and longs for a friend in this animated fantasy directed by Bradley Raymond.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Pioneers of Television, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [check local listings] Episode focuses on Local Kids’ TV including L.A.’s “Time for Beany,” which was a favorite of Albert Einstein; New York’s “Puppet Hotel,” “Romper Room,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and many others.
Annie Get Your Gun, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Betty Hutton stars as Annie Oakley in this fictionalized musical biography, featuring songs by Irving Berlin.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week I am featuring a fun family movie that has been out for a while, but continues to get great reviews. If you haven’t seen this yet, it is a fun one for the family. Be sure to see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

TangledTangled
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: November 24, 2010

MPAA rating: PG

Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy

Running Time: 100 min

Sex: None

Violence: Stabbing, cartoon action, splapstick

Language: None

Behavior: Mild deception

Tangled retells the legend of Rapunzel, with minor alterations: kidnapped at birth, the Princess Rapunzel is imprisoned in a tower by the repulsively evil Gothel, who poses as her mother and keeps Rapunzel secret in order to have sole control of Rapunzel’s magical hair, which can heal any wound and keeps Gothel eternally young. But the princess longs to escape, and seizes her chance when inadvertently discovered by the rougish thief Flynn Ryder. Alternately aided and abetted by Gothel, Flynn’s former compatriots the Stabbington brothers, a band of comic thugs, and the intelligent horse Maximus, Flynn and Rapunzel return to civilization…but will they be able to overcome the seeds of dissent and suspicion sewn by Gothel, and return Rapunzel to her royal heritage?
There is no profanity or sexual content in Tangled. There is, however, much stylized action – so much so, the movie could almost be retitled, “Rapunzel: Action Hero.” This varies from humorous slapstick (Rapunzel repeatedly whacks Flynn unconscious with a frying pan), to breath-taking animated stunts (Flynn and Rapunzel are swept away from a collapsing dam in a cascade of water), to slightly grimmer moments (Gothel stabs Flynn with a dagger, drawing blood).
Themes in the film also run the gamut, from Rapunzel learning that each member of a barbarian horde has a secret “dream” (like becoming a mime or an interior decorator), to Rapunzel’s desire to escape from her domineering “mother” Gothel (who repeatedly warns her about the horrors of the outside world and incessantly tells her “mother knows best.”) In the Disney/Pixar tradition, there are adventures, songs, humorous sentient animal sidekicks, a pop-culture-referencing rogue, and messages about leaving home, growing up, and following your dreams.
Tangled is a safe and fun animated film, ideal for children and families. Because of this, the Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® give this movie the Seal of Approval but does not recommend this movie for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I hope all of you have a great week and I can’t wait to hear your oganizational tips! If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Pregnancy Fears – What is Wrong with Me?

GASP!Usually, you hear the phrase “pregnancy fears” and you think of the usual things – how bad will labor be, will these stretch marks ever go away, will my body ever look normal again… You get the idea.

But this time around, my pregnancy fears are SO different. Instead of fearing childbirth, life with a newborn, and all the “normal” stuff, I have this petrifying fear that my husband is going to leave me.

Now, anyone who knows my husband knows how silly that sounds. My husband is the most dedicated family man that I’ve ever seen – since my own Daddy was around, of course. Gene adores his kids, and he’s never once done anything to cause me to doubt his love for me.

So why do I have this fear that he’s going to find someone younger, prettier, and not all stretched out by giving birth to 6 kids?

It’s because of my dreams. Since I found out I was pregnant, which was an absolute shock to begin with, I have had the most horrible dreams. They always involve one of two things: Me going back to junior high, or my husband cheating on me.

Now, thank God, I know that I will never have to endure junior high again. And I’m guessing those dreams are coming because we have a daughter in junior high that’s about to drive us batty.

But why the adulterous dreams? What would possess my mind to even go there? I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. People do stupid things. But, it’s just not something I see my husband doing. Again, he’s never given me a reason not to trust him.

My husband works very long hours, and up until a few weeks ago, he was also driving 2 hours one way to and from work. He’s in a grocery store, surrounded by pretty girls all day long. (Ok, that’s probably stretching the truth a bit – but some of those cashiers are pretty dang cute.) That, and everyone loves Gene. He’s easy to get along with. People can’t believe he’s with me, because he’s so likable – and I’m, well, stuck up. 🙂 (Can you believe people think that about me?)

You put all of those things together, and I guess I can see where the dreams are coming from. But why am I so afraid that it’s actually going to happen? I’ve spent many nights in tears, just fearing the worst. I’ve broken down in front of Gene and told him what was wrong. He’s assured me time and time…. and time again that it’s not going to happen. So, why can’t I just take his word?

Is this just a pregnancy fear, and it will magically melt away once Gage is born? Have you ever dealt with a fear like this – one that just makes no sense at all? I’d love to hear your stories and/or any advice you might have.

And, if you convince me I’m not completely crazy, that would be nice too.