Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's a Boy...Sike! At Home Gender Prediction Tests

Let me start by telling you that I am not being paid to write this post, although I probably should be:).

For those of you who just can't wait, for one reason or another, now there is a product that can help determine (kind of) the gender of your baby as early as 10 weeks! It's called Intelligender, and it's even available at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aide, Baby's R Us. Buy online, or see the full list of major retailers near you here. *Buy 2 or more tests, receive 20% off your order and receive free shipping.

Now, before you rush out and raid the drug store, know this:
According to Intelligender.com, this test is (allegedly) 80-90% accurate. Check out this great news clip ---->

Of the two people I know that have actually used this test, both had accurate results (confirmed by the birth of an actual human being). Intelligender states that positive boy results are less accurate than that of a girl. Interestingly enough, both these people had boys. Intelligender's website states that the test is, "a fun pre-birth experience for moms who can’t wait to know!" This is a great gift for the expecting mother, but not meant to determine the color of your nursery.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Funny Shit Kids Say #3


When Carson (my nephew) was around two, he was really into Thomas The Train. One of his favorite characters was Percy. Well, one day he was at the store with his Mom and saw the Thomas The Train toy aisle, and began to scream at the top of his lungs, "I want Percy! I want Percy! I want Percy!". The only problem with that, was that Carson couldn't pronounce his letter 'r' yet. So, you can imagine what it sounded like he was screaming!  Hint, it's usually hairy and it's one of Snoop Dog's favorite words.
             - Thanks for the story Dad.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pregnancy Boobs - Look, but don't touch...hard

Why does God like to mess with people? Beautiful tree filled with succulent red apples, but don't eat them! Beautiful white light, don't go towards it!

You may not be able to personally relate to those two examples, but I know the men reading can relate to this one:
Man get's Woman pregnant. Woman's breast get very large and beautiful, but Man can't even touch them (even if it's accidentally)!
At only 11.5 weeks, my wife's tata's are morphing into quite the impressive jugs (your welcome honey, I think). I'm not a pig, but it's incredibly attractive and she tells me that it's only the beginning (I'm giggling like a little school boy). Isn't it funny how Western Man has developed such an infatuation with the female breasts? Soon, I'll be forced to give up the thought of my wife's bazookas as a sex object and relinquish them to the newborn child. Incredibly weird thought.

Typically, mothers should breast for anywhere from 6 to12+ months, but nowadays it's not always possible for working mothers to breastfeed for an extended time period. Additionally, there are other medical concerns that requires mothers to wean their child off breast milk early. Read more about common breastfeeding problems on Imaginis.com.

It must be an absolutely amazing shared bond that a mother and newborn have when breastfeeding. Such a primal instinct and the ultimate motherly act. The gaze of a child into the mothers eyes during feeding is enough to melt the heart of even a perverted passerby. If I could, I would totally whip out my mammary and let the little one have at it.

F.Y.I. - Do you know what's the funniest thing to shop for when registering? Breast Pumps.

What's your opinion about breast feeding in public? Have any funny stories related to this article? What's the oldest child you've ever seen breast feeding (and I'm not talking about your husband). Please share them by clicking the comment link below.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Do You Really Know How Pregnancy Happens?

Check out this hilarious video that I found that teaches us how and when a female gets pregnant (besides the obvious). I'm not sure if this would be suitable to show in grade school or even high school. What do you think? Leave a comment.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

One Time, in Baby Camp Contest - Enter To Win!

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Is your kid full of more one liners than George Carlin? Could your nephew or grandson have been a star on Bill Cosby's Kids Say The Darndest Things? Now they can be featured on Wonderful Whoopsie's Funny Shit Kids Say series, and you may even win a $20 gift certificate to Alternative Motive T-shirts + Apparel if your story is one of the funniest! Deadline is March 7th!

To enter, click HERE, or visit the Submit It Already Page when your good and ready!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bondage Couples Baby Shower

Over the past several years, my wife and I have been bombarded with invitations to friends and family members Baby Showers. Prior to that, was the wedding invitation era. Well, all those baby gifts add up and now it's finally time to, "Get ours!".

Babies are a time for celebration, right?! I've never felt that people were creative or fun enough when putting together a baby shower. They always seem to be on Sundays and the highlight would be a giant cake made of diapers. Now I understand that the baby momma can't drink alcohol, but does that mean that a baby shower has to be filled with cheesy generic games that someone found on babyshowere101.com, thebump.com or some other parenting magazine? Let's get our shit together people and take baby showers to the next level please. After all, it's a celebration of life, right?! Here is the first of my ideas for an entertaining and hilarious Baby Shower Theme Party:

Roger Moore as James Bond
Bondage Theme Baby Shower Party
Side note - While in college (10 years ago), others had moved on to Sony Playstation2 and XBox video game consoles. Instead, our college houses decided to embrace the Nintendo64 for one reason only, James Bond 007 and GoldenEye. A sophisticated shoot 'em up style game which allowed up to four players to play against each other at the same time. The bigger the television and louder the stereo, the better.

Instead of requiring multiple visits to Target, Babies R Us, etc. to search for that one gift still available on the pre-registered gift list, guests will just need to make a quick stop at the bank and possibly a stop at the costume store. Here are the requirements:

1. Come dressed as your favorite James Bond character. Ladies, this could get interesting.
2. There will be a sign-up sheet available for a James Bond video game tournament. $50 first prize.
3. The only gifts that guests are allowed to bring are Savings Bonds for the baby.
4. Food and drinks will be only the classiest of choices:

  • Casino Royal - Dry Martini (vodka martini - shaken, not stirred)
  • From Russia With Love - Raki
  • Goldfinger - Mint Julep
  • Thunderball - Rum Collins
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service - beer!
  • Live and Let Die - Sazerac Cocktail
  • Die Another Day - Mojito
  • Champagne and Sparkling cider will also be available
    • Here's a great link to learn more about what James Bond drank.
This idea seemed much cooler when I first thought of it. Now, I'm questioning my thought process. As a backup, my other Baby Shower theme party is an Adult Diaper Party. Guests must arrive dressed in adult sized diapers and or onesies. We will be serving only the finest mashed pears, carrots, and peas. In addition, we will be featuring White Russians made with formula milk that everyone must drink out of a baby bottle. Yeah, this just got weird. Sorry for the visual. My next post will be better. Do you have any better ideas? Please share!

Friday, February 18, 2011

You'll Never Believe What Happened This Morning

This might be a little off the parenting subject, but, it's definitely in line with the whole "Surprise" theme! I'm willing to bet the bank that what happened to me this morning has never happened to anyone reading this blog. Read on.

7:43 AM - My wife had a breakfast meeting to go to, so I decided to lay in bed a little longer and catch up on some sleep (crazy late night of American Idol watching). All of the sudden, Christie (my pregnant wife), bursts through the door and hollers, "Logan!! The horses got out!".

Now, let me preface this quickly. We live within the city limits of Cincinnati, OH, yet we back up to a beautiful horse farm (36 acres, pond, polo field, etc...it's badass). It's kind of like watching your nephews; you get the pleasure of having them, but not necessarily taking care of them. There is a simple pioneer fence separating our property from theirs. Typically there is anywhere from 2-6 horses roaming around, which we love petting and feeding (and it's always a treat when they try to eat your shirt).

Cut back to this morning...I reply "Okay". The horses are out all the time, it's kind of like Christie exclaiming, "The sky is blue!".

"No, the horses were in our front yard, and I tried to get them but they started running and now they are a street over!", says Christie.

"Awwe poop," I thought. It's on like Donkey Kong! I leaped out of bed and started to rush out of the house to save the horses, until I suddenly realized I was still in my sexy tighty whitey's. So, I hopped in my phone booth threw on some shorts, a sweatshirt and some running shoes then flew out the door.

After running down our street, I caught up to Christie who was in her car and we drove up the driveway of the horse farm. After notifying them that the horses were on the run, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Let me interject that I'm a self-proclaimed deer whisperer (ever since having a tramatic fatal incident with a doe 2 years ago). Well, deer are totally related in some way to horses I'm sure, and so the story continues...

Christie hands me 4 carrots (the only thing besides orange juice and beer that we have in our fridge) and I leap out of the moving car as I perform an amazing ninja-like tuck and roll. "Bye! I love you!!," I yell as I hobble down the street toward the horses (I hurt my ankle the night before trying to relive my glory days of soccer) which were now in another front yard. As soon as they saw me (and the carrots), they came walking toward me (and the carrots). The two horses approached and I gave them each a carrot. Just enough to make them want some more. As I coaxed them into following me, I began to hobble into an awkward jog back toward the horse farm driveway.

After a minute or two of heavy-mind speak and a good 'ol game of chase the carrot, I had the two horses safely back in their confined world of reality. With only a couple awesome piles of horse crap on some lawns to show for it, those four leg-ged friends definitely had their short time in heaven, and I had just   gotten the wake-up call that only John Wayne could dream about.

Thanks for reading! Can you top that craziness?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Am I Growing Breasts?

What is going on with me!? When looking for topics and content for this parenting blog, I often find myself deeply engaged in "Mommy" websites that discuss womanly topics not necessarily intended for men. Woman to woman advice about how to manage their pregnancy gas, bloating and diarrhea, product reviews on maternity clothes, and one of my favorite so far, The Baby Center Challenge - Sex Every Day For A Week. Usually it's educations and often extremely comical!

The Internet is a dangerous place for someone with ADD. One minute I'm researching statistics for a blog entry about sex while pregnant, the next minute I find myself looking at remodeling projects on The DIY Network or researching mini Babymoon vacations for this coming weekend. All this while doing my best to read a book on a 2 hour break from my coaching job. However, I'm doing my best to organize some of my favorite sites in my bookmarks tab. Here are a few of my favorites:

Baby and Parenting Websites:
  1. BabyCenter.com - Great reference for info and parenting insight
  2. Babble.com - All encompassing parenting website
  3. TheBump.com - From the same people who do the website TheKnot.com
  4. TopBabyBlogs.com - Collection of interesting and funny Mommy and Daddy Blogs.
  5. BabyNameWizard.com - Wanna know which names were popular and when? Best site out there!
Top Distracting Websites:
  1. Autotrader.com
  2. DIYNetwork.com
  3. YouTube.com
  4. ProBlogger.com
  5. Craigslist.com
  6. Amazon.com
  7. Barrett-Jackson.com
If you have any other Baby/parenting websites/blogs that you are a fan of, please post a comment and share! Also, if you have an idea for a blog entry (topic, product review, etc.) that you would like my take on, please email me!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wonderful Whoopie (that's SEX!)

Now that I'm almost over not going on our summer vacations because of the pregnancy, there is something even more important that has been weighing on my mind lately, sex (or lack of it). Maybe it's just me, but all of a sudden, I've become attracted to pregnant women (especially my wife)!

You can read everything there is to know about having sex with your pregnant partner (and I have), but that doesn't change the fact that she just might not want to do the wild thing! Guys, if you get to make whoopie during the first trimester, consider yourself lucky. Typically, this is the time of nausea, bloating and emotional breakdowns due to hormones on the fritz. Is it weird that all of the above are making me want sex even more? For both partners, pregnancy can actually strengthen ones intimate connection with each other. I've already found myself swooning over my wife and feeling more emotionally and sexually connected, each and every breakfast I make for her.

It's still the first trimester and my wife is battling nausea everyday, so bringing up the fact that I want more intimacy (anything past 1st or 2nd base) could end up starting an argument. Fortunately, I'm a smooth talker;). Guys, be very cautious and approach this very nonchalantly. Remember, first and foremost, we need to be patient, loving, kind, supportive, helpful, accepting, attentive, positive, caring and did I say patient? This territory is similar to talking to your wife about exercising. Chances are, your wife has thought about the whole sex thing and most likely feels bad that she hasn't been in the mood. Do you blame her? So, no matter what she says, just agree and be supportive...and know that the 2nd trimester is right around the corner!

From what I here, the second trimester brings out the playmate or Jenna Jamison in your pregnant partner. If not, email me and I'll give you a couple of good websites (that I've only heard about) to keep you busy. During the third trimester, things tend to slow down a bit due to the uncomfortable nature of the belly and all. Learn more about good pregnant sex positions on www.parents.org.

Ask Dr. Whoopsie
Is sex with a pregnant chick safe?
Yes, as long as your pregnancy is not high-risk (ask your real Dr.).Your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as the mucous plug that blocks the cervix throughout most of your pregnancy. Sexual activity won't affect your baby. Guys, not matter how big you think your one-eyed-willy is, you're not going to touch or poke the baby with it.

Can having an orgasm harm my baby?
No, they are actually good for both you and your baby. Your baby is oblivious to you having sex or an orgasm, but he will experience the rush of happy hormones. He’ll also be soothed by the gentle contractions of your uterus. Some women even experience their first multiple orgasms during pregnant sex as raised hormone levels may make it easier for you to climax. Ladies, did you hear that? You might actually have not only your first real orgasm, but multiple!
If you've ever questioned your own lack of intelligence, read on. There is no such thing as a stupid question, just stupid people that ask them. You've gotta love the sarcastic (I think) reply. See below.



As the bond between you and your partner grows, sex during pregnancy tends to be more fulfilling. But, like any guy, I'm looking at the due date on the calendar and thinking, will I ever have sex again after that day?


Get all of your questions about pregnancy sex answered at www.homeandfamilynetwork.org

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pregnancy Tip For Guys #3

Assuming you go with your partner to the OB/GYN for the first pregnancy visit, make sure to pay attention. If the OB/GYN smiles and winks at your wife and says, "Alright, time to take a look in there!", it's time to find a new doctor.
Too far? I'm just sayin'...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hello Negative Nancy! Hello Debbie Downer! Meet...My Pregnant Wife!!

Do they prescribe a drug for partners of pregnant women that makes us think we're still married to Carefree Barbie? Holy crap!



Today officially marks week 9 for my wife's pregnancy. Let me type that again to reiterate. Today officially marks (only) the 9th week of pregnancy for my wife. Now I understand why the name Nancy is in the word pregnancy (see title).

Yesterday, I got a slight idea of how the Americans felt the day they were unexpectedly attacked at Pearl Harbor. Okay, maybe an insensitive bad analogy, but focus on the surprise element of it please;). I was rushing around trying to make a sensible breakfast for my wife before we rushed out the door, when I handed her cinnamon and sugar toast, a cup of orange juice and an unpeeled orange for later in the day. Anyone catch the foreshadowing there?

"What am I supposed to do with an orange that's not even cut?", asks my wife. I replied nonchalantly "I figured you could peel it later when you get hungry." "Peel an orange?!!" exclaims my wife. Little did I know, but according to my wife, you don't peel oranges, you cut them. Hilarious. News to me! Needless to say, the orange was not eaten.

Lately, it seems that my wife has been extremely negative and down in the dumps a bit. I'm not a fan of this. I totally understand that she is constantly nauseous, irritable and bloated/gassy, so why does she feel the need to make me aware of it every twenty minutes? Why doesn't she just post an update to Facebook to let everyone know?

Listen, I'm just venting. I understand that hormones are powerful beasts, but REALLY?!

Check out this hilarious blog entry from Almost A Dad about pregnancy hormones that I came across that had me laughing out loud. In summary, here's what he learned:
A few points of pregnancy wisdom I learned from this experience:
1. Don’t make a pregnant woman feel worse than she already does. It’s your job to keep quiet. Putting up with her craziness is the male analogy of experiencing hormones directly, it’s just something you have to go trough as part of pregnancy.
2. A pregnant woman may not even be aware she’s acting strange. If she isn’t, then don’t bring it to her attention. She may forget about what she did later on and only remember your reaction. I'm very lucky that my wife at least realizes when she's being irrational.
3. If a pregnant woman wants food, she wants it five minutes ago.
4. Don’t expect an apology from a pregnant woman, and don’t ask for one. If you happen to get one, that’s icing. Just support her lunacy and cravings, and keep in mind that she’s going through a tough time.
Please read his blog entry, it's hilarious and very well written. Just remember to come back here when you're finished:). Also, please leave a comment with your funny story about raging pregnancy hormones!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Funny Shit Kids Say #2

A few years ago, my nephew (4 years old) walked up to my sister and asked, "Mommy, are you pregnant?" My sister, somewhat shocked and embarrassed replied, "No Carson, Mommy is not pregnant." Immediately, in an curious tone, Carson blurted out, "Well, is it just possible that you've got a baby in your butt?"

Ladies, the speaking before we think is just an innate behavior. We can't help it.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Honey, what's that smell?!

Fact: Pregnant women are gassy. Although I personally hold the crown as the Fart King, my wife is starting to gain some serious momentum. Why do women make more gas during pregnancy? The primary reason is that they have much higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation slows down your digestion, which can lead to gas, bloating, burping, and flatulence and generally create miserable sensations in your gut, especially after a big meal.

In later pregnancy, the woman's growing uterus crowds the abdominal cavity, further slowing digestion, and pushes on their stomach, making them feel even more bloated after eating (www.babycenter.com).

Although the gas is inevitable, there are ways to reduce the output. Cut down on beans, whole grains, and certain vegetables – such as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus – are common offenders. They contain the sugar raffinose, which makes a lot of people gassy. In addition, try to cut back on fructose. Higher amounts are found in leeks, onions and scallions, artichokes, dried fruit, pears, apples, honey and wheat. Even worse, is it's ugly step-sister, high fructose corn syrup. You often find this in empty calorie sodas and most processed foods (Yuck).

Certain starches (such as wheat, corn, and potatoes, but not rice) can cause gas for some people. And certain fiber-rich foods (such as oat bran, beans, peas, and many kinds of fruit) cause gas because they're normally broken down in the large intestine.

Wheat bran, on the other hand, basically passes through your digestive system without getting broken down. This makes wheat bran a good choice if you have constipation and need more fiber but also suffer from flatulence (www.babycenter.com).

So, if you have learned anything from all this garbage, it's that no matter what you eat, your screwed. Both of you! Maybe the focus should be on which candles mask the smell best or her not eating foods that make the farts smell so bad! Stay away from eggs and White Castle's! Better yet, give these a try:

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Pregnancy Tip for Guys #2

It's a good idea to buy or make cards for you pregnant wife. Being thoughtful goes a long way and timing is everything. Give cards often and keep it simple. Don't waist your time at the baby/pregnancy section, go straight to the Sympathy section. Trust me.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Letter to Myself. Feel Free to Read.

Dear Self,

One of my biggest concerns with having a child, was that my kid would end up being like me. Isn't it funny how we have a perfect picture painted of what we want our child to be like and it always revolves around the perception we have of ourselves? Prior to writing this entry and even before impregnating my wife, I always focused on the traits that I wouldn't want my child to have. It's safe to say that in part, this is what held me back from wanting to have a kid in the first place! Focusing entirely on the negatives, even though they are few and far between;). Maybe it's my own self-consciousness coming through or possibly frustration with where I am right now professionally/financially. Maybe, my expectations were too high to begin with. In a world where we are trained to compare ourselves to others and that we must follow the path to success, it's hard to take a step back and focus on what really matters. Having a baby can do this though.

What's more important? Raising a child to be financially successful or to be a good person? Of course, the two are subjective terms to begin with and the chances of being both are possible. But, what if you had to choose between the two?

After thinking about how amazing my childhood was and what kind of person I have evolved into, (yes, I may have my quirks and faults) but for the most part I've turned out better than my parents probably could have imagined. Although a little ADD may cloud my professional and financial judgment at times, it hasn't stopped me from being an extremely unique, creative, well-rounded individual. A career with an $80k/year salary, benefits, vacation time, sick leave, etc. may never be in my or even my child's future, but one thing's for sure, he/she will be a good person (and hopefully they'll marry well). Speaking of marrying well, check out this song by Alanis Morissette called That I Would Be Good, it was "our song" that we danced to for our wedding back on May 14, 2005. How fitting.

I'd like to know others opinions on this. Whether you have kids or not, it will be interesting to get different takes on it. Post a comment here or feel free to try out the Wonderful Community tab above!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Funny Shit Kids Say #1

During the introduction and explanation of rules to our 4-5 year old soccer class, my co-worker, Brian Lafevre, asks the class (of about 12 kids) what part of the body we use when playing soccer. He then waits for a blurted out response or two and jokingly responds, "Yup, your right! We use our ears!!" Well, one outspoken boy stands up and declares in a defensive tone, "No! Our ears are for where we put our boogers!!"

Needless to say, I immediately rolled on the floor in hysterical laughter. One of the best yet.

Friday, February 4, 2011

How to say, "Your getting fat", in a nice way.

POkay, the title was just an attention grabber. I'd really like to address how to appropriately and tactically introduce working out into your pregnant wife's regimen, and I'm not talking Kegel exercises. That's in a post down the road a few months:)

Pregnancy Yoga. Wow. Courtesy of GrowingYourBaby.com
Chances are, your baby momma will bring it up herself (insert relief smiley face), that saves you the 100% likelihood of coming off as a insensitive ass. The reality is, whether she is an athlete or a novice, exercising, stretching and strengthening her core muscles (click link to visit The Mayo Clinics core exercises) will prove to be far more beneficial to her than just her physical make-up. Trust me, I was a Gold's Gym Trainer for 3 months (see the about me section of this blog to "get" that joke). The positive psychological advantages of working out for pregnant women, far outweigh the physical benefits. According to research/reports on the EF Deportes website:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended physical exercise to pregnant women who do not present medical or obstetric complications. They indicate that the beneficial aspects of physical exercise would maintain and/or improve mothers’ cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, which would in turn help them to have better control over their bodies during the physiological and psychological processes of adjustment. As a consequence, their bodies would adjust toward an optimal environment for the growth and development of the fetuses.
The Melpomene Institute has encouraged pregnant women to undergo regular exercise sessions intended to achieve positive psychological effects in enhancing their self-image.
Right, so now back to the part about helping your wife pursue working out. My advice is to tackle this toward the end of the 1st trimester (due to pregnancy sickness). You can bet that she will not want to hang out at the local meat-head gym. BUT, those big box gyms do have some added value for mothers to be! Typically, the gyms have a Women Only workout area attached to their locker room. In addition, there tend to be a vast assortment of classes (which are dominated by girls, gay guys or puny guys like me trying to impress a girl). My gym of choice is Urban Active (Gold's Gym). It's an energetic and fun atmosphere that offers just about every piece of workout equipment and class possible. An excellent choice for the mothers to be would a Yoga or a Total Body Workout Class. If you have never done Yoga, don't be fooled by the commercials, it's tough as hell! It can be taken at your own pace and adjusted to a pregnant woman's ability accordingly. For $30/month per person you can get unlimited use of the gym, pool, group classes (including Yoga), Spinning classes, showers, racquetball and my favorite, the Cardio Fitness Theater. The best thing about it, is that you can go to the gym together, yet not be tied to working out together. However, if you're trying to get her into a routine for the first time, you should always offer to take classes with her (and hope that she says "no").

Other, more expensive (but highly effective and customizable) options include a one on one with a personal trainer at a local "studio" gym. Often, you'll be working out with the owner themselves. Two local examples here in Cincinnati that I love are Studio S and Hyde Park Body Boutique.

A lesser expensive option, but which requires more self discipline, is purchasing pregnancy workout/Yoga DVD's. You can find them for next to nothing on Amazon or Ebay. One that has been recommended by several people is, Dr. Christine Anderson's Dynamic Prenatal Yoga. Always go used if possible, and better yet, rent them from your local library or borrow from a friend! Gentlemen, help make it easier by setting up a comfortable workout area that is uncluttered, well lit and relaxing. Make it as much of a place they can go to relax, as it is a place to workout. A few other workout programs to checkout:
As far as your wording of how to suggest this working out, keep it factual based. Take note of the physical and emotional benefits that working out as a pregnant woman presents (they are short and long-term). It is a very sensitive subject, so treat it as such. If you and your wife/girlfriend want the best for your child, then that includes taking care of yourselves. Emotional stress weighs heavily on both fetus development in addition to the evolution of you and your partners relationship. Time spent together (even if it's working out), is time towards forever. I just made that up and now I'll copyright it!

Do you have an stories or suggestions about this topic? Is what I think totally bogus?!! Funny or not, our readers would love to read it! Thanks!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pregnancy Tip for Guys #1

If you decide to write a blog, DO NOT poke fun at your beautiful pregnant wife in any way within your blog entries! Even if it's light-hearted and indirect. Of course, as a sensitive and thoughtful husband that loves his wife to death, I would never do this.

What About Our Vacations?! Babymoon Anyone?

It may not have been the first thing that came to our minds, but it was definitely the 2nd or 3rd. Vacation. Pregnancy has a way with putting vacation plans, whether already planned or not, on hold:(.

This year was going to be our first week long vacation since our honeymoon 6 years ago, and actually, there was a potential for 2 of them. One was an already paid for (Christmas present from the parents) family vacation to Myrtle Beach. This would have been a very fun weekend of family games, beaches, eating, drinking and lot's of golf. The second, was a potential President's Club all inclusive vacation through my wife's work (Christie is on target to potentially make it) to Bermuda. I'm actually shedding a few tears right now, give me a moment...

Traveling for pregnant women presents a few problems, and should be limited. The 2nd trimester is the best time to travel because you are past (hopefully) the sickness part of the 1st trimester, and in the 3rd trimester, women tend to be more easily fatigued.

Most importantly, travel can be a health hazard for pregnant women. It's recommended that car/plane trips be less than 5 hours, and hourly stops to walk around be mandatory. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can increase the likelihood of pregnant women having a blood clot. Most doctors will discourage all air travel, and any land travel in excess of 5 hours for the third trimester.

Why do I mention this? Well, as luck would have it, both of our trips fell in the third trimester!! Yippee!! Here's a great website to checkout with all the do's and dont's of pregnancy and traveling while pregnant. Pregnancy and Travel Site

Immediately, we started discussing other smaller/closer vacation destinations that we could still plan as our Babymoon. Our budget would be $1500 total. I divided them into 2 categories: Rustic and Sun, both which would benefit from having a Spa type resort. Since we live in Cincinnati, OH (the "Midwest"), we are about a 2-5 hour drive to Rustic, 3.5 hour flight from Sun. After hours and hours of online "research", here are a few of my picks:

"Rustic"

1.  My top choice is the Primland Resort. "This pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offers 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Eco-conscious and thoughtfully developed, Primland is the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty." - www.primland.com. The resort offers only the best in spa, relaxation, golf, food, wine, hiking, hunting, horseback riding (not a good idea for a pregnant lady I'd imagine) and more. Just wait until you see the pictures. From Cincinnati, your looking at a 7 hour drive, so a lot of stops will be in order to keep the blood flowing.

A three night stay with spa treatment, golf and food/beverages/tips should come to right about $1500 or less (this includes gas to get there). Check out their website for more info, www.primland.com


Primland Resort Spa - 2000 Busted Rock Rd, Blue Ridge, VA 24120
Rates from November 1, 2010 – April 30, 2011
rooms sun - thurs fri - sat
Piedmont Room 259 275
Mountain Suite 325 375
Blue Ridge Suite 425 499
Pinnacles Suite 1,000 1,200
rates from May 1 – October 31, 2011
rooms sun - thurs fri - sat
Piedmont Room 279 329
Mountain Suite 369 409
Blue Ridge Suite 499 539
Pinnacles Suite 1,000 1,200


2.  Other choices for "rustic" relaxation getaways (Midwest oriented) ranged from Hocking Hills (Logan, OH), to Red River Gorge (30 min. outside of Lexington, KY), Gatlinburgh, TN and Nashville, IN ("Little Nashville"). All of these spots offer an array of cabins/lodging, many with their own fireplaces and scenic mountain views. Gatlinburgh, TN offered the most "bang for your buck" at $130/night for some incredible 1 bedroom cabins overlooking the smokey mountains and only minutes from shopping, golf, etc.

Do you have other great rustic/nature vacations spots that you would recommend? Email me or leave a comment below to share with everyone! While your at it, enter yourself in HGTV Dream Home 2011 sweepstakes to win an incredible dream home in Stowe, Vermont. If you win, please invite me over :).

"Sun"

1. The top-pick for Sun themed vacations is Orlando, FL!! Prior to reading a great article about Orlando and Walt Disney in the AAA Journeys magazine called The Grown-Up Side of Disney, I would have laughed in your face had you mentioned Walt Disney as an adult vacation spot! After doing a little research, it seems that Orlando, FL has plenty to offer, even for expecting parents! Here's a blog that addresses pregnancy while at Disney World belly on: http://www.passporter.com/wdw/pregnant.htm.


Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort
My goal was to find a resort that offered all the amenities of both relaxation AND fun in the sun! My top choice in Orlando is Walt Disney World's Swan & Dolphin Resort. Although it is a family oriented vacation spot (better get used to it Daddy!), you'll be relieved when you see all adult amenities offered. There are four championship courses plus a nine-hole walking course. That's eighty-one breathtaking holes in all! As a guest of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, you can take advantage of advanced tee times. There are beautiful pools, beaches, romantic boat rides, tennis, basketball, volleyball, jogging trails and more on the outside. Restaurants, bars, a health club and most importantly (to your wonderful wifey) a Mandara Spa await you on the inside! Don't forget comfortable, modern rooms with a view of Epcot!

Be sure to take advantage of the resorts special rates/packages. If flying, be sure to check surrounding airports for your cheapest and most direct flights!

2. Unfortunately, for those of us living in the Midwest, fun in the sun vacation spots tend to be about a 10 hour drive away! Here are a few places and sites to check out if you're willing to make the trip:
  • Apple Vacations Website - Stick with the all-inclusive resorts that rate 5 apples or more. They will be more relaxing in the long run (even if you get stuck drinking for two - you and your pregnant wife). If your wife suddenly doesn't like what she's eating, no big deal, just get something else!
  • Michigan - Mackinac Island, upper peninsula, etc. Beautiful untouched white sand beaches with huge dunes...and lots of relaxation, golf, etc. Find a resort or lakeside cabin to relax in!
  • Charleston, SC -  If you love romantic shopping, eating, architecture, beaches, golf and history, take a trip to Charelston, SC? If you haven't been, you need to go. My wife says that it's her favorite place in the United States! Be sure to stay downtown to take advantage of all of the above. Beaches and golfing are just a short 15 minute drive away.
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL - Located on the panhandle of Florida, you'll find some of the most beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, parks, golf, and shopping in the world. You're sure to find a spa right around the corner! Plenty to do, and plenty of not doing anything. Get your wife to show off her cute pregnant belly on the beaches of Santa Rosa Beach!
For more great travel links, check out this great travel blog called Travel Answer Man Blog. Or, if you and your wife are really adventurous, check out my good friend Rick Steves and all of his great European adventures!

Once again, if have other great sun vacations spots that you would recommend, please email me or leave a comment below to share with everyone! Thank you and good luck planning your Babymoon!
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