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October 2015


My Pregnancy Journey- Surprise 11 weeks!

October 22, 2015
Baby at 11 Weeks

My Pregnancy Journey- Surprise 11 weeks!

We had are first ultrasound today on Baby Ackerman! Where we got a surprise because the baby actually measured at 11 weeks 4 days (by medical standards we were at 10 weeks 2 days) So it looks like we got a big baby! Yes, only 1 baby!

We were able to see its face and its little leg! It even kicked a few times and jumped up, it was amazing to see this!

Baby at 11 Weeks Baby at 11 Weeks

So that changes our due date from our Wedding Anniversary to May 6th, 2016!

The nausea has gone done significantly BUT, if I don’t eat any protein for breakfast or if I get too hungry the nausea comes back. ALSO, I get sick if I ride in a vehicle after I eat.

Also I found out that my uterus tips backwards and that was what was causing all the pain early in pregnancy. My doctor said that it happens in about 20% of women and that its not a concern because pretty soon my uterus would take up that entire area.

We decided to announce it on Facebook that night and since it was so close to Halloween that we decided to go with our little Monster is coming soon!

Here’s the post:
Our Little Monster Coming Soon


My Pregnancy Journey – 7 Weeks Pregnant

October 21, 2015

CF150951_DefaultMy Pregnancy Journey – 7 Weeks Pregnant

This week has been another ROUGH week! They (all the moms I know) keep telling me that this will soon pass but right now it doesn’t feel that way! This week I did create my chalkboard for my Facebook announcement that we will do after we go get the ultrasound on October 20th (just to be sure). It took me over an hour to write “Our Little Monster Coming Soon”. I definitely do not have my sister’s chalkboard writing skills! We will announce it using that chalkboard and Fall decorations. I also got these cute monster boots from Carter’s in a pink and green to tag along with them! I thought that would be a perfect way to announce it around Halloween! My mom, however, does not like me calling him/her a monster! LOL. We have also come up with some names that we like this week. I’m still in love with Harrison Lee for a boy and the new one we like is Mackenzie Lynn for a girl and call her Mickey!

Lets check in and see what this little nugget(s) are up too!

What is happening inside your body at 7 weeks: 
• Baby is generating about one hundred new brain cells each minute!
• Baby’s heart is also becoming more complex
• Also important: Baby is developing a permanent set of kidneys
• Baby’s arm and leg joints are now forming
• Baby is .51″ and the size of a Blueberry!

My pregnancy symptoms week 7:
Still nauseous. I have gotten a lot more tired this week than I was in the past. I’ve been going to be around 8:30 every night. However, this does cause me to wake up naturally a little earlier. I still have not made it back to the gym yet. I did go on a small walk this week with my husband and dog and I thought I was about to die lol I was so tired! I also started getting headaches this week that I think are tension headaches because I feel it mostly around my head/neck area. So I discovered the prenatal gummy vitamins that one of my friends recommended to me a while ago and I have been able to stomach those! HOWEVER, I did not realize until the last day of my 7th week that you are supposed to take 2 Gummies a DAY! Ugh, I felt like a horrible mother already but my mom assured me that my baby was going to be fine! (Let’s hope she’s right!)

What to eat during Week 7:
This book that I am reading “What to eat when you’re pregnant” suggest eating  this week.  This book is a great source for what is going on in your body at every week as well as letting you know what food is best for the baby during that week. It then gives you a recipe for that food item!



Safe Medicine to Take While Pregnant

October 21, 2015


In my Pregnancy packet that my doctor gave me, here are some of the approved medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy. Of course, I would recommend you talk to your doctor but this was put out by my hospital.

-Try to increase your fluid intake and get more rests before taking medication. Sore throat and/or a cough can be relieved by throat lozenges or cough drops. If you don’t get any relief, try the following medications. If you develop a fever or any other symptoms of an infection, please contact your doctor.
• Afrin
• Sinutab
• Benadryl
• Theraflu
• Chlor-Trimetron
• Tylenol Products
• Comtrex
• Vicks Products
• Dristan Cold & Flu
• Sinutab
• Robitussin
• Sine-Off
• Vicks Formula 44

Nausea and/or Vomiting
-Try eating small meals every 2 hours. Avoid fatty and spicy foods. Herbal teas and starchy foods such as crackers, pasta, breads and rice can help. Use a medication off this list if there is no relief.
• Dramamine
• Emetrol
• Unisom
• Vitamin B-6

Body Aches/Pains
– Resting or taking a soothing bath may help relive minor aches and pains. If more relief is needed, you may use the following medications:
• Acetaminophen
• Tylenol

Heartburn may be relieved by eating small portions frequently rather than large meals. You should also avoid lying down immediately after eating. Spicy food or those containing caffeine may cause more discomfort and may need to be avoided. If heartburn is a problem after these measures, you may try the following:
• Tums
• Rolaids
• Maalox
• Mylanta
• Zantac
• Pepcid AC
• Prilosec

– One way to avoid constipation is to eat a diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plenty of fluids. The best natural laxative is to use prunes or prune juice. If you require medication, you can use the following form the list:
• Colace
• Fibercom
• Citrucel
• Dulcolax
• Surfak

One way to prevent hemorrhoids is to prevent constipation. However, some women still develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy. The following medications can be used for relief:
• Preparation H
• Anusol Cream
• Tronolane
• Nupercainal
• Tucs pads or cream

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My Pregnancy Journey- 6 Weeks Pregnant

October 21, 2015

My Pregnancy Journey – 6 Weeks Pregnant

Nausea, Nausea, Nausea. Oh and did I mention Nausea?  Another tough week, but lets check in and see what this little nugget(s) are up too!Sweet-pea8

What is happening inside your body at 6 weeks: 
• Baby is circulating blood with their increasingly more sophisticated circulatory system.
• Baby is now measurable at .25″ and is as big as a sweet pea
• Baby is starting to sprout a nose, eyes, ears, chin and cheeks
• Baby might even be wiggling their (paddle-like) hands and feet!

My pregnancy symptoms week 6:
It is a DAILY struggle to find something to eat. Or find something that doesn’t make me nauseous. Oh and when I do find something to eat, I get half way done with it and then I can no longer eat it anymore, or the next day. I am running out of fast food options! I still can not go into the kitchen without getting nauseous. Don’t know if I mentioned this before but around 5pm (when I get off work) I AM STARVING!!! Which makes me feel nauseous. LOL! If you can’t tell I complain a lot about being nauseous and hungry all the time. Don’t really have any other symptoms this week, havn’t been peeing a lot. I think that is because drinking a lot of water also makes me nauseous. I’m working on this situation so I do not become dehydrated!

What to eat during Week 6:
This book that I am reading “What to eat when you’re pregnant” suggest eating Beets this week.  This book is a great source for what is going on in your body at every week as well as letting you know what food is best for the baby during that week. It then gives you a recipe for that food item! I of course can not stand the sight of vegetables right now, so I got one of those juices from the grocery store that have beet juice in them. Then I mixed with the Pom Hula drink.


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My Pregnancy Journey – 5 Weeks Pregnant

October 21, 2015

My Pregnancy Journey – 5 Weeks Pregnant

This week has been a ROUGH week! We meet with our nurse practitioner and they confirmed the pregnancy! Just a very basic meeting saying what you can do and what you can’t do. Our next apt (around 10 weeks) we will get an ultrasound! But lets check in and see what this little nugget(s) are up too!
What is happening inside your body at 5 weeks: 
• Baby is starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, kidney) and systems (digestive, circulatory and nervous)
• Baby is now measurable at a wee .13 inches and in the next week the baby will almost double in size!
• Baby is as big as an Appleseed!


My pregnancy symptoms week 5:
Turns out I can no longer exercise. I know that they say that exercise is good for the baby and for you but the days that I have gone to the gym to walk are the nights that I have the worst back pain.  Back pain controlled the first half of the week until I discovered that when I don’t workout I don’t have the pain. So for now I am taking it easy on the exercise and might try to add it back next week (or in 2 weeks). A slow digestive system is really tough this week as well! Then the next half of the week the nausea really hit me hard. I’m talking about nauseous all day long. I never threw up. I am trying to hold off on that as long as possible because I feel like I won’t be able to stop if I start. I can no longer step foot in our kitchen as just being in that room makes me nauseous. My poor husband hasn’t had a home cooked meal in about a week. Along with the nausea, I have no taste for food at all. Nothing tastes good and nothing sounds good. I ate a lot of plain noodles with butter and Cheerios. I did get spinach noodles thinking that at least I’m getting something. I am able to eat when we go out to eat and so we did that so I can get some red meat. Another symptom that came around starting Saturday is that I am constantly hungry. It is probably one of the worst feelings (even above the nausea). I literally ate a big bowl of Cheerios and then once I put the bowl away and sat down again my stomach growled and acted like I hadn’t ate in days. It did make me break down and cry because nothing sounded good to eat but yet I was so hungry. I did get some plain almonds and I have been snacking on those. My mom (who is a nurse) told me that protein lasts longer than carbs. Almonds are also a good choice for a snack and they really don’t have a taste so they don’t make me sick. I did finally pick up some of those Sea Bands and they have significantly helped. I finally lost that bloat and can fit back into my jeans!  Can’t wait to see what happens next week….

What to eat during Week 5:
This book that I am reading “What to eat when you’re pregnant” suggest eating Asparagus this week.  This book is a great source for what is going on in your body at every week as well as letting you know what food is best for the baby during that week. It then gives you a recipe for that food item! I of course could not stand being in my kitchen so we did go out to eat two places that I could get some asparagus cooked for me!



My pregnancy journey- 4 Weeks Pregnant… so it begins!

October 21, 2015
Follow my pregnancy journey- 4 Weeks

My pregnancy journey- 4 Weeks Pregnant… so it begins!

My husband and I just found out last Wednesday that we will be expecting our first child! We were so excited and we just couldn’t wait so we told our family and best friends. I also wanted to share this exciting news and share my journey along the way will everyone! I know most research that you do will say to not to tell anyone besides close family until after the 1st trimester is over but we are so excited for this baby and we are happy to open our lives up to our families and friends!

What is happening inside your body at 4 weeks: 4 Weeks the baby is the size of a poppy seed

  • Our baby is the size of a poppy seed.
  • The ball of cells is splitting into the embryo (your future child) and placenta.
  • Baby’s neural tube, the building block of his spine, brain and backbone, is already formed.
  • The amniotic sac and fluid are forming into protective cushioning for your baby

My pregnancy symptoms Week 4:
Starting the Sunday before we found out I had some pretty bad “cramps” or what I thought where “cramps”. This got me discouraged because I thought that meant that the embryo didn’t implant.  However, I decided to take an early pregnancy test on Wednesday morning just for fun (I am known for taking pregnancy test a week before they would actually work!). That morning I was pleasantly surprised that the test came back with two lines! It was one of those cheap tests so I took one of my expensive tests out and sure enough that came back positive as well!

So that Wednesday night I woke up about 6 different times with horrible back pain that only seem to ease up once I was walking around. I have had back pain off/on sense we found out. That is pretty much the only symptom I have really been able to tell (most experts say you won’t feel anything in week 4). My mom thinks that I am having twins since I tested positive so early and that I already have symptoms, but only time can tell!

What to eat during Week 4:
This book that I am reading “What to eat when you’re pregnant” suggest eating Spinach this week because it is full of folate which is important during this week of pregnancy.  This book is a great source for what is going on in your body at every week as well as letting you know what food is best for the baby during that week. It then gives you a recipe for that food item!

Hope you all will enjoy my pregnancy journey!


All medical information came from


A must have for every new mom

October 5, 2015
Tags 4 Tots Preemie No Touching Sign

A must have for every new mom

Tags 4 Tots Preemie No Touching Sign

Tags 4 Tots Preemie No Touching Sign


Another one of my business ventures was creating a company called “Tags 4 Tots.” I sell signs that you can place on your newborn or preemie’s car seat or stroller that kindly asks everyone to look but not touch! 1382063_10100672011835002_193022402_n

It all started with the motivation behind my little nephew Carter who was born with two holes in his heart. It was very important for all of us to be careful around him and wash our hands because any little germ could have huge impacts on him. Thank God we are able to say that his surgery went great and he healed super fast and now he is 100% cleared from the doctor!

Being a new mom is very stressful. It just adds to your stress when people are always wanting to come up and touch your newborn, all with good attentions. These signs help new moms by having a sign that politely asks others to look but not touch!

I just wanted to share some of the photos that my customers have sent in over the past year!