aoinoue: (Default)
At 15 months:

your child is 22.25 pounds, and that is
at the 37th percentile for weight.

your child is 31.5 inches, and that is
at the 76th percentile for height.

your child has a head circumference of 18 inches, and that is
at the 41th percentile for head circumference.

aoinoue: (Cooking - Tea!)
Morning Hash )


Chicken Chili )

aoinoue: (Nature - Rose)
At 9 months:

your child is 21 pounds, and that is
at the 80th percentile for weight.

your child is 30.5 inches, and that is
at greater than the 97th percentile for height.

your child has a head circumference of 17.25 inches, and that is
at the 39th percentile for head circumference.

aoinoue: (Misc - How I Roll)
TV Meme! Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] avengangle.

TV Meme
Okay, so one of my flist posts the answer to one of these each day, but I totally can't wait that long, so you're getting all of mine at once. Also, I don't watch that much sitcom/fictional TV anymore so that made this a lot harder.

Day 1: A show that never should have been canceled:  Who Do You Think You Are? They aired like two episodes and then it went away. I was very sad.

Day 2: A show you wish more people were watching:  The Rachel Maddow Show, because she's brilliant.

Day 3: Your favorite new show (aired this TV season):  LOST. I am distraught that it's over.

Day 4: Your favorite show ever:  Uh, too many.

Day 5: A show you hate:  Jersey Shore and/or Toddlers & Tiaras.

Day 6: Favorite episode of your favorite TV show:  See answer above.

Day 7: Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show:  See answer above.

Day 8: A show everyone should watch:  Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex because it is awesome.

Day 9: Best scene ever:  At the moment, probably the Sawyer/Juliet reunion during the series finale of LOST.

Day 10: A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving: LOST. I blame [personal profile] anthogna.

Day 11: A show that disappointed you: House - I loved the first two seasons, and then it started to go downhill during the third season and by the end I just stopped watching it entirely.

Day 12: An episode you've watched more than 5 times: "To Love and Die in Dixie", Family Guy.

Day 13: Favorite childhood show: Sadly, Full House

Day 14: Favorite male character: Benjamin Linus, LOST. He's just so interesting and complicated. I would totally watch the "Hurley & Ben Run the Island" Spin-Off.

Day 15: Favorite female character:  Katara, Avatar:  The  Last Airbender. She's just so awesome.

Day 16: Your guilty pleasure show:  Inuyasha. Shut up. Also, Family Guy.

Day 17: Favorite mini series:  I can't actually recall that I've seen a mini-series that I've liked.

Day 18: Favorite title sequence:  Cowboy Bebop.

Day 19: Best TV show cast:  Mythbusters.

Day 20: Favorite kiss:  Sawyer/Juliet during the reunion scene in the series finale of LOST. I could watch that scene a million times.

Day 21: Favorite 'ship: Miroku/Kagome from Inuyasha or Katara/Zuko from Avatar:  The Last Airbender. Shut up.

Day 22: Favorite series finale: "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", Futurama. It was just perfect. I'm not sure I want to watch the new episodes now that they've brought it back it was so perfect.

Day 23: Most annoying character:  Barry the Chopper, Full Metal Alchemist.

Day 24: Best quote:  There are so many, but the only one coming to mind at the moment is "I reject your reality, and substitute my own!"

Day 25: A show you plan on watching (old or new): Debating about Glee.

Day 26: OMG WTF? Season finale:  Full Metal Alchemist, Season 1.

Day 27: Best pilot episode: House.

Day 28: First TV show obsession:  I can't actually remember, there have been so many.

Day 29: Current TV show obsession:  Sadly, I am lost at sea and require a new television show to bear the burden of my interest. :o) 

Day 30: Saddest character death:  I cried pretty hard during Jack's death at the end of LOST. Also Fry's dog in Futurama ("Jurassic Bark"). And Hughes from FMA.
aoinoue: (Parenting - Geekling)

At 24 months:

your child is 27.125 pounds, and that is
at the 55th percentile for weight.

your child is 35 inches, and that is
at the 77th percentile for height.

your child has a head circumference of 19.5 inches, and that is
at the 92th percentile for head circumference.

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At 6 months:

your child is 18.13 pounds, and that is
at the 81th percentile for weight.

your child is 27 inches, and that is
at the 82th percentile for height.

your child has a head circumference of 17 inches, and that is
at the 64th percentile for head circumference.
aoinoue: (Default)
At 4 months:

your child is 15.5 pounds, and that is
at the 78th percentile for weight.

your child is 25.5 inches, and that is
at the 81th percentile for height.

Really?

Feb. 15th, 2010 01:27 pm
aoinoue: (Misc - Lolcat)
While reading my RSS feeds on my lunch break, I found this quote in a Mark Bittman editorial in the New York Times about a possible soda tax:

“What you want,” says Kelly Brownell, director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, “is to reverse the fact that healthy food is too expensive and unhealthy food is too cheap, and the soda tax is a start..."


Uh... so the correct choice is to make all food expensive? How about we stop subsidizing cheap corn and start subsidizing fresh fruits and vegetables in urban areas instead?
aoinoue: (HMC - Happily Ever Afte)
Aoi:
NOOOOO: http://racked.com/archives/2010/02/08/crocs-converse-native-shoe.php

Anthogna:
MY EYES!!!!!
OH GOD WHAT MAN'S HANDS HATH WROUGHT!

Aoi:
lol

Anthogna:
IS THIS WHAT THE WORLD WILL NOW LOOK LIKE WITHOUT ALEXANDER MCQUEEN?? HAS HIS SUICIDE OPENED THE DOOR TO SUCH GODFORSAKEN HYBRIDS?
THEY ARE A CRIME AGAINST HIPSTERDOM
aoinoue: (Rachel Maddow - WTF)
I agree with snowmentality, I would also like to see this ad from Dodge:

“I will get up at 5:30 and go to the gym. I will lose the baby weight in a month. I will shave my legs. I will put lotion on my legs. I will put on foundation and lipstick and eyeshadow and powder so you can’t tell I’ve put it on at all. I will cook your dinner. I will wash your plate. I will keep track of your doctor’s appointments. I will fold your laundry. I will wipe your pee splashes from the toilet. I will wear a push-up bra. And because of this, I will drive the car I want to drive.”

Rice Pilaf

Jan. 2nd, 2010 12:20 pm
aoinoue: (Cooking - Wine)
Per a request from [livejournal.com profile] supermeg83, here is my rice pilaf recipe. It pairs very well with any kind of chicken, but especially roast chicken.

1/3 cup orzo pasta
1 cup long grain white rice
2 1/3 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt (if using broth, regular chicken stock or salted butter, omit or reduce the amount of salt)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp herb de Provence
1 tsp onion powder

In a small pot on medium heat, toast the dry orzo pasta in the olive oil until golden brown - about 3-4 minutes. In a medium pot or rice cooker, combine the rice, toasted orzo and spices. Add chicken stock and butter to the pot and cook as directed on rice package.

Serves 4.
aoinoue: (Parenting - Geekling)
This birth went very differently than Chester’s, in almost all positive ways. For those that don’t know, I switched doctors at 22 weeks to a practice that, in addition to many OBs had two midwives on staff. If you were determined to be low risk, you had the option of delivering at the Alternative Birth Center at the local hospital. The ABC does not use IVs during labor, they allow you to eat and drink at will, and they do not practice external fetal monitoring (they user periodic Doppler readings to check fetal heart rate). They also have birth tubs available in each room (although you’re not allowed to give birth or push in them) and queen-sized beds. The ABC does also have the benefit of being in the hospital, so if anything were to go wrong, they had access to all of the necessary equipment and personnel just down the hall.

This was my goal – a natural birth in a setting that would provide for it with staff that was used to dealing with natural births – and after many months of obstacles (gestational diabetes, baby being a bit larger for her gestational age (likely due to the discrepancy between doctor and mom’s due dates), and my alleged clotting disorders), I was able to have the birth I wanted at the ABC.

Further Details... )

We’ve been home for nearly a week now, and Chester is adjusting (I think anyway) to having a little sister. We’ve been lucky thus far though, there has always been at least one adult around to pay attention to him while the other pays attention to Shelby. I will be very sad when Anthogna returns to work next week. I also miss sleeping, but that’s part of having a newborn – at least now we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

All in all, I absolutely loved delivering at the ABC. It was exactly the kind of birth experience I wanted and I am very grateful that I was able to deliver there.
aoinoue: (Art - Rose Petals)
Shelby arrived at 11:14 am on Friday, November 20, 2009. She was 10 lbs, 4 oz and 21" long. Labor was only 6.5 hours, and drug free. :o)



Mom and baby are both doing great. Birth story to follow.
aoinoue: (Books - Not Alone)
Aside from my completely irrational fear of vampires.
aoinoue: (Nature - Sunset Yoga)
Baby is getting big! And not so much a baby anymore.

At 15 months:

your child is 22.8 pounds, and that is
at the 23th percentile for weight.

your child is 32 inches, and that is
at the 72th percentile for height.
aoinoue: (Rachel Maddow - WTF)
You are sent two spreadsheets. Spreadsheet #1 is a finished version of last month's report - it is basically just a bunch of columns with data items in it. Three columns are calculations of # of days, months, years since a date in one column. Two more columns are if/then statements based off of the calculations in the previous three columns.

Spreadsheet #2 is simply a copy of Spreadsheet #1 only with the calculations and if/then statements missing. All other data items are present.

You are now asked to make Spreadsheet #2 look like Spreadsheet #1.

What would you do?

If you answered, "Send both files over to one of the Business Analysts because I don't understand Excel and it scares me," congratulations, you did what my co-worker did.

Why "copy the formulas for the five columns in spreadsheet #1 that are currently blank in spreadsheet #2" did not occur to her, I do not know. Argh.
aoinoue: (Misc - I Beat the Internet)
So I'm working on a project (one of many) that has been held up by contract negotiations in customer legal hell for over a year. It finally looks like it's going to be done soon, though, so on our weekly "Is the contract done yet? No? Okay, see you next week" call, our Customer Project Manager asked me to ask my Project Manager (who was at the dentist and not on the call) for a timeline to see how long it would take to do the project once the contracts were finalized as soon as possible.

I sent my PM a text saying "[Customer PM] wants a timeline for [Project]. Can you call me this evening to discuss?"

She writes back: "Did you tell him I said I have been attending calls for over a year waiting for [Dude giving us contract updates] that he can wait until next week and if that's an issue he can kiss my ass?"

I LOLd.

Shelby News

Oct. 9th, 2009 07:18 am
aoinoue: (Kurt Halsey - Yellow Bird)
So, just so everyone knows - I was hospitalized on Wednesday from pre-term labor contractions. They gave me some drugs and hydrated the hell out of me and so they went away and I was discharged last night.

Shelby is awesome (from our ultrasound she's going to have tons of hair too!), and growing well. She's about 5.5 lbs yet, and looks like she's not ready to come out yet (she's actually breech), my body was just getting a little over excited with the Braxton Hicks Contractions. My cervix wasn't even dilated or thinning at all.

So I'm at home now, and will be off today and Monday (as previously scheduled) and the doctors at the hospital just asked me to follow up at my regular doctor's appointment on Monday. Here's hoping they don't put me on bedrest, but we'll see.
aoinoue: (Default)
...that you don't hear very often, and unless you know to ask, your OB might not tell you.

1) You *will* feel some pain. There is no getting around this. You will potentially be in early labor for up to 24 hours prior to even setting foot in the hospital.

2) Inductions and/or labor augmentation are more painful than natural labor, and are harder on the baby.

3) Epidurals can slow labor and cause a drop in maternal blood pressure, leading to fetal heart tone decelerations and fetal distress. If the doctor/nurse cannot correct your blood pressure with a large influx of IV fluids, you will end up with an emergency c-section.

4) Epidurals will fail in 20% of laboring mothers. Plan for this possibility and research other pain management strategies.

5) The standard "on your back" position for pushing is the *worst* position for you to be in. You're essentially pushing the baby uphill, and it makes your pelvis smaller, thus a) making you more likely to tear and b) makes the pushing take longer. It's only standard because it's easier for the doctor to catch the baby in that position.

6) If you have not had an epidural, push when *you* feel the urge to do so. Purple-faced nurse/OB-directed pushing does not make the baby come out any faster, it just makes you more tired.

7) Episiotomies are not standard practice anymore. Neither are enemas or shaving. If your OB practices any of these with any regularity, find a new doctor if possible.

8) The required eye drops are ridiculous. They are treating your baby for a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection it may or may not have picked up in the birth canal. THEY PROBABLY TESTED YOU FOR THIS DURING ONE OF YOUR FIRST PRENATAL APPOINTMENTS. And, it makes the baby unable to see you for the first 48 hours. Assuming you were negative on the initial test and you haven't been cheating on your partner, I recommend declining this procedure.

9) Ultrasounds in late pregnancy can be up to to 2 lbs off. Do not get talked into a c-section for a "big baby". C-sections are a *major* abdominal surgery and have all the risks associated with a major abdominal surgery. No way to know if the baby is too big until you try.

10) The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology have just released that their recommendation is that women should be allowed to have clear liquids to drink during labor. Personally, I do not understand why they did not realize that ice chips (which is still standard practice) melts to water in your stomach, but wouldn't let you have a glass of water. Either way, you should be allowed to drink something during labor if you want it. Link here.

Anybody else with more tips to add?

Edit: How could I forget my favorite fact? Epidurals are not shots. They are catheters in your back that are put in by a hollow needle. Yes, you will have to stay perfectly still during one or more contractions while the anesthesiologist places it. And yes, it will add nearly $4000 t o your hospital bill.

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