Monthly Archives: June 2012

Have I Mentioned How Much I Love Being Pregnant?

Definitely not me… but I sure feel this beautiful. 🙂

To reiterate the title, I absolutely love being pregnant.  As I type this our little girl is moving and grooving in my belly, it truly is the most beautiful and comforting feeling.  I don’t know if she is happy that she finally isn’t pushed up against a desk at work … I don’t know if she is grooving because she liked the grilled cheese sandwich and apple I had for dinner … I don’t know if she is pissed off because she – well, because she is a girl and sometimes we just have our moments.  BUT she is moving, and that means she is healthy.  That is all hubby and I can ask for.

I have had a fabulous pregnancy so far.  Nearly 30 weeks in and other than an expanding belly and some back aches here and there, I feel no different than I did prior to being pregnant.  (Other than the moving creature inside me mentioned above…)  I still work out at least five days a week – albeit a little less intense, but still staying as active as I feel I can handle.  I never had morning sickness, I have no stretch marks, I haven’t swollen up, and I sleep great at night.  And yes, I am knocking on wood right now.  😉  I am not sure why I have been so blessed, and yes, I do realize how incredibly blessed I am, but I think I can thank genetics for feeling so great.  My mom said the best she ever felt was when she was pregnant with me and I feel as though I am on a similar path.  I can only hope that when our daughter is pregnant – if she decides to have children – that she feels this great.

All this being said, who knows what is in store for me these last 10 weeks, but I do know that this has been an amazing experience so far.  I just have to make sure that I don’t think too long and hard about where she has to come out of, because the thought of her coming out of THERE, is still a bit unsettling.  We will just have to cross that bridge when we come to it.  If it wasn’t for the fact that we can’t wait to see her face, I would probably just try to keep her in there forever…

For all you moms and soon-to-be moms, what was your best part about your pregnancy experience? And for those of you who are trying, what are you most looking forward to?

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Why you vote the way you do …

Love this designer’s AIGA “Get Out and Vote” poster submission –

On the eve of a very big election day in Wisconsin, I stumbled upon an article so extremely relevant that I just had to blog about it. The article was “Why you vote the way you do” in The Week magazine. It was an intriguing read suggesting that “genes play a role … but it’s six moral values that determine your political outlook.”

Now, before you assume what side of the line in the sand I stand on, I want to say I don’t intend to get on my soap box and preach about who I think you should vote for in the election taking place tomorrow (June 5, 2012). I actually have a cardinal rule of not discussing politics with friends (unless asked). However, reading that article on my couch last night simply made me stop and think – reminisce if you will – about A.) why I vote, and B.) why I vote the way I do. How you ever stopped and asked yourself that … honestly?

I vote because its my right to have my voice heard. Alternatively, I’ve also exercised the right to not have to vote because I wasn’t sure I was informed enough to make the proper decision. It’s the beauty of the USA … voting here is not compulsory and every citizen (of age) holds the right to make that individual choice.

Why do I vote the way I do … sure, maybe my DNA has predetermined some of my voting tendencies … but nurture, my values, education, work experience, my curiosity and search for more information most definitely play a role as well. I’ll be the first to admit I was once young, naive and easily influenced by my peers and by what I heard/read, etc. – especially in my college days. Unfortunately, I fear too many fall into that category – young or old, rich or poor, college graduate or not!

Regardless, my message today is simple … VOTE!

This election in particular is a BIG one. And your educated and informed opinions matter! BUT … please vote for you, not someone else. Make a decision based on your own beliefs/morals/values/etc … vote with your heart … vote with your brain.

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