Heartburn and Sleepless Nights

Week 25!


Well I've made it to week 25 in one piece. According to Babycenter.com this little one is about 13 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 pounds.

I truly hope he/she is bigger than that, since I've put on a heft amount of weight in the last month and a half! I know, I know...it's all for the good of the baby. I don't have an issue with gaining weight during pregnancy, though I will admit that I am already planning my post-baby weight-loss strategy.

Even with the weight gain (which is looking to be more than previous pregnancies) I have to say I've been very lucky this pregnancy.

Things have been going well. I have the normal pregnancy complaints of course. My lower back and left leg can get pretty bad at times. I have to sit when I get dressed or my leg will randomly give out on me, which is really more embarrassing than anything. Heartburn is becoming a problem, and it seems that no matter what I eat, if it's after 7pm it just is not a good idea. I drank a glass of milk around 9pm one night and ended up with heartburn. I didn't even think that was possible! And, of course, sleeping is getting difficult.

It isn't that I'm uncomfortable so much that I have some terrible pregnancy insomnia. On the bright side I've gotten really far on Candy Crush lately. Go me!

I have 3 weeks until my next doctor's visit and the dreaded glucose test. No one looks forward to that. With my daughter it was no biggie, but with my son it made me feel awful. Part of me is a little concerned this go around. I feel like I'm due for some sort of problem or complication.

Latest craving? Coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker really, haven't been in years. Suddenly I want to move into a Starbucks. All I want anymore are vanilla iced coffees with lots of cream and sugar. I've been so good with caffeine this pregnancy that I did treat myself to one the other day while we were at Target. It was so damn good but I felt guilty afterwards. Next time I'll just get decaf. Treating myself once or twice a month can't be so bad, right? Ah, go ahead and judge me.

Hoping all the other expecting moms are doing well, I know there are a lot of you!

Nursing Tank Giveaway - Ends 11/1

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La Leche League Intimates Nursing Tank Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: Nursing Bra Express

I absolutely love my nursing tanks. To be honest, I used them pretty much exclusively for the first few months of my son's life. You know, that rotten period of time when you're constantly breastfeeding, you're leaking everywhere, and your boobs are way too big for that cute little bras you used to have. I didn't want to spend a ton of money buying bras that weren't going to fit for long, so I lived in nursing tank tops. When out and about I loved having them under a bigger t-shirt to allow me to discretely breastfeed in public without covering baby in a blanket.

Nursing tanks are a staple wardrobe piece for any breastfeeding mama. They easily allow you to expand your wardrobe when wearing them under other tops you already have by allowing easy access for baby while still covering your midsection. The Nursing Tank by La Leche League Intimates is soft, breathable and comes in a variety of colors and sizes from S-3XL. It retails for $38.50 (ARV). Read the full review at mama pure. When looking for a wide selection of nursing bras, tanks, apparel and other breastfeeding accessories be sure to visit Nursing Bra Express! They carry an amazing range of sizes and the top brands in nursing wear.

Nursing Bra Express is generously giving away a Nursing Tank by La Leche League Intimates. This giveaway will run from 10/16 at 12am EST through 11/1 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to the US only. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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Not Quite Crunchy Mommy was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin' Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com

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Spiders and Caterpillars and Crafts, Oh My!

I am not a crafty person. I'm just not. I love Pinterest and I have a ton of supplies that I'll probably never get around to using, but when it comes to actually sitting down and doing crafts I suck. Big time.

Hands down the biggest hurdle (for me) is time. There are days when I'm not sure how much more I can possibly squeeze in without losing sleep! Luckily for me last week was my week off from school. That meant extra time with the kids doing fun, crafty stuff. It also meant more story time and cuddles, more tea parties, and more quality time in general.

It was awesome and exhausting. But, mostly awesome.

Like I said, I'm not particularly crafty. The nice thing about preschoolers though is that they don't care - at all. The craft can be the silliest thing, but if it's messy and colorful they're happy. Well, at least my daughter was.

We made spiders and caterpillars using an old egg carton, finger paints, markers, and pipe cleaners. The results were a bit messy, but she had a blast.


Totally worth it. I'll be saving up egg cartons from now on. This cost me practically nothing, and it kept her busy for most of the day. She was very excited to scare daddy with her spiders when he got home!

I'm no Suzy-homemaker, and I know a lot of SAHMs who run circles around me in the craft department. Still, after this I am definitely going to make an effort to do more crafts with my daughter. What fun crafts do you like to do with your kid?

A Pro-Vax Article? Time to Rage Quit!

Yesterday I shared a link on this blog's Facebook page. The link was to an article written by a mom with a child who is immunocompromised. It's an article about vaccinations.

I've never made it a secret that I personally am pro-vax. I clearly state that I vaccinate both on this blog and on the corresponding Facebook page. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and I do understand it can be a rather polarizing issue.

That said, I shared the link not to force anyone to vaccinate but to show another point of view. It was shared simply as "Good read from the viewpoint of a mother of an immunocompromised child."

Many times I hear the argument that non-vaccinated children are not a harm to others and that those who don't vaccinate do not understand why others are upset with them over it.

I see this all the time. If it's a valid question, so why get upset at the answer?
I also constantly hear that those of us who vaccinate are "bullying" parents who don't. I'm not quite sure that we're all using the same definition for bullying here, but there are lots of people who feel this way (at least if we go by the responses the article got).

Pot, meet kettle.

While there were a few people who responded and simply stated that they did not care for the article, a number of the responses were quite scathing. Impressively so in some instances. I was not so much shocked by the anger as I was that it was directed at me as if I had personally gone to their house and demanded they vaccinate.

"What a crock of sh*t. Unfollowing."

"I also feel these types of posts are 'parental bullies' and designed to take choices away from parents."

"They justify this form of bullying because they feel it's for the greater good when in fact they are just being bullies."

"<name> saw you liked this page as I was unliking. Thought you'd like to see this ridiculousness."  

Although I will say that the worst of the worst was sent to me in private messages instead of public comments.

I'm going to make this very, very clear. 

You don't have to read my posts. You don't have to follow my blog, follow on Facebook, enter my giveaways, or tag along anywhere else on the vast interwebz that I appear. No one is making you.

I'm not going to reevaluate my life choices because someone on the internet does not agree with me.

That said, if you're going to cry "Bully!" when someone posts an article that you have the choice to read or not read, try not to harass them afterwards with curses and insults. Yelling out "idiot!" as you rage quit isn't going to bring about the bully-free zone you are hoping to cultivate. If you don't like what I post, unfollow me.

I promise I won't take it personally!

Just remember that while you can pick and choose who you want to see online , in real life you sometimes have to learn to accept that others do not share your views. 

Happy Family Prize Pack Giveaway

Happy Family Prize Pack Giveaway

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