Wednesday, April 29, 2009

6th picture!

Alright, so I stole this from another blog. I thought it was a fun idea!

Here are the rules:

1. Find your sixth picture folder and in that folder, the sixth picture.
2. Post it on your blog with some of the background of the picture.
3. And if you feel like it, tag 4 others to participate.

This was taken about a year and a half ago. We went to House of Blues for a Tribute to Sublime concert--it was so great and lots of fun! The cover band sounded just like Sublime. LOVED IT! It was my Christmas present to Dusty. Good times!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pictures of a 32 week belly!

I can hardly believe it...we are 32 weeks pregnant today!! Yowzaa! Here are a couple of pics of just how "blossomed" I've become!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Baby Shower!

Saturday was the big baby was lots o fun! Kelley and my mom shared in the hosting duites. It was held at Kelley's house with her funky little style and menu. I'm pretty sure everyone LOVED it! I walked away with lots of loot for our little are a few pictures.

*Our menu*

Me and the other preggo, my bestie, Alyson

Me and my mama

Kelley's funky self and me

Our loot!

The super cute cake!

Dusty got his own very special gift!

Some of the loot on Addy's shelf

More loot

Just a glimpse at all the clothes we got for her

So much stuff!

Weekend Wrap-up!

I saw this on a friend's now I'm stealing it!

Best part of the weekend: my baby shower!! it was oh so much fun! pictures are on the way!

Worst part of the weekend: how extremely tired I was last nite...painfully tired....I'm 31 weeks now, everything makes me tired and uncomfortable

People I saw: Dusty, Alyson, and all of my family and friends at the shower

Something I accomplihed this weekend: taking our tour of the Labor and Delivery ward at the hospital...its getting very real people! :)

Something I wish I did this weekend, but didn't get done: grocery shopping...ugh

Things I am looking forward to this week: Friday...or any time I can put my feet up...

Things I am not looking forward to this week: dreaded meetings...UGH

Friday, April 3, 2009

I think this baby is going to be BIG!

So we had our last songram of this pregnancy today. I am about to be 29 weeks on Sunday..there's something like 12 weeks left. Holy cow!! Anyways, this perfect little baby girl already weighs 3.7 pounds! The average weight for the gestation I am is something like 2.5 to 2.75 pounds. I know! Any guesses on what she'll end up weighing come June 21? My good friend Kelley through out 9.7 pounds--yikes!
**BTW..our due date just happens to be Father's Day--kinda cool!! (just realized that today)**

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Autism Awareness Month

As many of you know, I am super duper passionate about Autism and working with the amazing children who live with it everyday. April is Autism Awareness Month! (And tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day.) In honor of that, here is my little part to help raise more awareness!

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees.

Did you know...

*1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism
*1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum
*67 children are diagnosed per day
*A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
*More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
*Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
*Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
*Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
*Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
*There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Incidence vs. Private Funding

*Leukemia: Affects 1 in 25,000 / Funding: $310 million
*Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 20,000 / Funding: $175 million
*Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 8,000 / Funding: $394 million
*Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $130 million
*Autism: Affects 1 in 150 / Funding: $42 million

People on the Autism Spectrum May:

*Not understand what you say
*Appear deaf
*Be unable to speak or speak with difficulty
*Engage in repetitive behaviors
*Act upset for no apparent reason
*Appear insensitive to pain
*Appear anxious or nervous
*Dart away from you unexpectedly
*Engage in self-stimulating behaviors (i.e. Hand flapping or rocking)

(Information from and the Autism Society of America)