Throw Back Thursday (TBT) Dad and I – 1990

Yesterday was my late dad’s birthday. I miss him all the time especially on days like yesterday or when I have special moments in my life that I wish he could be here for. As someone with a photojournalism degree, I don’t ironically have a lot of photos of him and photos of us together are more rare, in part as he didn’t like being in photos and in part as he was often the one taking the photos.

One of the oldest ones I have of us together is one of my favorites, in part as it has us both looking young and in part as it shows so much about us in a single image. This photo was taken in 1990 at the occasion of my Cousin Alysse’s Bat Mitzvah. My dad’s hair had gotten a bit lighter, but was years away from turning gray, and mine was its true dark brown color that often looks black in photos.


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Transnucal Ultrasound and Bloodwork – Results 

One of the best things about being pregnant at this time and history is the wealth of facts and information our there. Some would say there is too much information out there online and too much to scare yourself with as uninformed sources post opinions as facts. So my actual doctors appointments have been especially helpful as they were entertaining and informative giving answers to all questions, with the exception of today’s visit which instead leaves more questions.

A few good things did happen at the appointment including a fun set of new ultrasound pics. Baby Perri stood on his or her head at the beginning and the tfirst ch had to wiggle my stomach to get the baby to wake up. The pics  in part made up for how uncomfortable the test was, which despite having a more full bladder than normal still get like little deep punches.

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Book Review – Little Fingers and Little Toes

This week I review the first light reading book of my blog: Little Fingers and Little Toes. The book is made up of quotes on every other other page, some pages with writing have one quote and some two. The pages with two quotes feature one religious and non/religious one. Opposite the quotes are adorable photos of babies in their first years of life.

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Week Twelve

The big development for Baby Perri this week is that of reflexes. S/he is able to open and close fingers and making sucking motions that will allow thumb sucking in the near future. The food size comparison is that of a lime, which in the spirit of Easter just gone by, I put near a plastic egg for size comparison.

Additionally his or her intestines are now moving into the abdominal cavity and the kidneys will start excreting urine.

This is one of the points at which some people share they are pregnant as I did with Matt’s extended family yesterday.

~ Danielle 

Celebrating Easter – Religious and Secular Aspects

In years past I’ve often spent more time and energy on the secular parts of holy days than the religious aspects, despite that being their true purpose. It’s been too long since I’d attended an Easter service at all, so I was thrilled that Pastor Jane had a half hour sunrise service this morning.

It was a beautiful mass that attended so many people more chairs needed to be added. It was great to be part of such a dedicated group. It was my first day out wearing a maternity top from my Target shopping and jeans from Macy’s, and while several parishioners who know I’m expecting asked how I and/or baby were doing, no one made comments about the clothing changes.

After church it was time to celebrate with family. Aunt Carol who is excited for me and will be the baby’s great aunt, told my cousin Alysse and he husband and daughters the news today. I looked forward to sharing with my extended family through Matt in person.

Great Uncle Harv and Great Uncle Bev were unable to attend today, so we went to their house first. They were thrilled for us and were happy to pose for a photo with the framed sonogram pics I used to tell them our good news.

After our visit it was time to go to Aunt Gina and Uncle Pat’s house for Easter celebration and food. Their Easter decor embraced both the secular and religious aspects.

Matt and I even had our pictures taken with Alan who dressed up as his interpretation of the Easter Bunny and Mad Hatter hybrid, he would be leading the Easter Egg hunt.

Matt’s family is big on Easter eggs, Candy even made one for our baby in green as she doesn’t know the gender.

Before dinner it was time to break the news. Uncle Pat helped me by setting up after his prayers an intro that I would talk about one more thing to be grateful for. Here is the video Matt shot complet with some happy tears from me and family reactions.


~ Danielle

Maternity Clothes Shopping – Online and In Person

This week, just as I was heading into my twelfth week of pregnancy, I realized a lot of my clothes particularly my pants as well as several of my tops were too tight for me. It seemed like a great time to start shopping especially as I had gift cards to Amazon, Macy’s and Target I could use.

I spent a lot of time putting things in and taking them out of my Amazon cart. Part of this was due to sizing, I wasn’t sure what to size to get made a little more complicated as many of the items were in UK sizes. I finally decided I really wanted to try on my pants prior to buying, so I bought tunic tops and under bump underwear. These tops came in sets of three (hence getting two black tops) and will be here tomorrow:

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Product Review – Maui Moisture Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner 

One of the biggest concerns I have as a mother to be is making sure baby has only the best and most natural things getting to him or her for me. An area of concern was beauty products and so I decided to set aside my normal shampoo and conditioner, which work great but have artificial colors and scents and are not organic and try a new brand. Today’s review is of Maui Moisture Coconut Milk and Shampoo Conditioner, which I picked up at my local grocery store.

As a very visual person the beautiful blue bottle and name that reminded me of our honeymoon caught my attention right away. I was intrigued by the all natural and vegan ingredients. 

The instructions for use are similar but do not include the helpful addition of how much to use, so I had to play it by ear. The first two times I used the shampoo and conditioner like I would use regular shampoo and conditioner. The third time when rereading to try to find out exactly how much conditioner to use, I realized it was supposed  to be left in for 5 minutes then rinsed – oops.

The shampoo and conditioner work great and the conditioner worked even better when I followed the directions fully. My hair has been very manageable – both easier to brush and even easy to style with just my fingers as I did for this quick photo after having my hair windblown.

I do wish the bottles would outline just how much of each to use, so the product would last me longer, and explain a bit more about what some of the ingredients with more scientific names do as they have a warning about washing either out of eyes immediately, but these are only a small part of the total product experience.

They are found in most supermarkets, many retail stores and on Amazon.

Rating – four and a half baby booties out of five 

~ Danielle 

Throw Back Thursday – SF Giants – Home Opener as a Special Road Trip 

Last year was the first time I was able to take off work to join Matt to view the San Francisco Giants’ Home Opener. Rather than a home based party as is his tradition, we combined the day with road trip to complete some very special errands as part of the process to get our marriage license.

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San Francisco Giants – Home Opener Party – Perri Style 

For the last nine years Matt has made a tradition of watching the San Francisco Giants Home Opener at home with food and beer and guests when possible. This year I was able to join as did his mom, Candy.

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Book Review – Expecting 411

My book review today is of a book that is on some ways the polar opposite to the one I reviewed last week. Pregnancy 411 is written by two physicians, an OB, and a pediatrician, who both are also moms to two children each. They are able to write both as professionals and mothers, and the book is richer for their combined experiences.

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