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By M Davies   /     Oct 31, 2004  /     Mommyhood, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

My little one is quite the hiccupper. For the last 2-3 weeks she has been getting these bouts of the hiccups that last for an hour (if not more). I was convinced I was doing something to set her off, but after doing some research online, it appears to be perfectly normal for babies to get hiccups while in the womb. They practice swallowing amniotic fluid so they are able to swallow formula/breast milk after they are born. I feel so bad for my baby though. She gets the hiccups for hours on end. I wish there was something I could do to make her stop, but again, doing research online there is nothing you can do to stop them from hiccuping. When she gets them I usually try to lay still and rub my belly. I told Rich about the hiccups and he thought "trying to scare her" would do the trick. He yelled "BOO" at my belly. It's funny, she actually stopped for like a minute….then started back up again.

Last night he came back from Bryan's party (which I was not allowed to go to, but that is another story for another time….) and was drunk, and when he is drunk he snores LOUD. Well he woke her up and must have freaked her out because she started hiccuping once again. I went downstairs and slept on the couch. The silence seemed to make her stop. I hope once she is born she gets over this hiccuping thing. Here's a little Sunday morning fun fact. I went to the Guiness Book of World Records online and looked up hiccuping. Someone actually had a bout of the hiccups for 68 years!!! Can you believe it?! (See below)

Longest Attack of Hiccups Charles Osborne (1894-1991) of Anthon, Iowa, USA, started hiccupping in 1922 while attempting to weigh a hog before slaughtering it. He was unable to find a cure, and continued hiccupping until February 1990, a total of 68 year! Osborne led a normal life in which he had two wives and fathered eight children. The only discomfort from his hiccuping, he claimed, was the constant risk of losing his false teeth! During the first few decades, he hiccupped up to 40 times a minute, slowing to 20 a minute in later years. He finally stopped in 1990 after an estimated 430 million spasms and died the following year.

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Labor Predictions

By M Davies   /     Oct 30, 2004  /     Mommyhood, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

In my boredom at work and at home, I surfed around to some websites that offer predictions/readings on how your baby's birth will go. I figured I'd share them since it is getting closer and closer to my due date. I am curious to see how accurate they turn out to be.

Madame Zaritska's reading Madame Zaritska, our resident clairvoyant, wants to help you prepare for the arrival of your child. Here she does her best to predict certain aspects of your labor and birth experience. What she senses for you The day you deliver, outside will be windy. Your baby will arrive in the evening. After a labor lasting approximately 5 hours, your child, a girl, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and will be 17 inches long. This child will have dark brown eyes and be completely bald.

Tarot Reading

1.Situation surrounding conception XX The Judgement: a new phase of your life starting, a wake-up call from the universe.

2.Mother's hopes for baby Princess of Cups:emotions, intuition, emotional freedom, sensitivity, grace, softness. Thinking about the image on this card, I thought "diving into love without hesitation".

3.Father's hopes for baby Queen of Cups: sensitive, mature mother, wise, caring wife. Your hopes and his go together well, you seem to just be hoping to love the baby completely, he's hoping more specifically that you'll be able to love the baby and have love left for him.

4.Mother's fears VI The Lovers: In this situation, I think this card means you're worried about how the baby will affect your love life, which is a common thing to worry about since babies seem to have built in sex-radar. Luckily, this doesn't mean the end to all romance and sex- obviously, the existence of younger siblings proves that. It's just a bit of an interuption, something to adapt to.

5.Father's fears Princess of Swords: not being about to get it together, not being able to deal with situations.

6.The Pregnancy itself IX The Hermit: this seems to be a time of getting in touch with your inner self, a quiet time of reflection. Enjoy the peace and quiet- you're not going to get much more after the baby comes.

7.Health of baby 8 of Swords- interference. I'm not sure what this means in this context. Perhaps that there needs to be interference, or that a choice needs to be made related to the baby's health.

8.Personality of baby 5 of Cups: In this position, I think it means your child will have a hard time dealing with dissapointment, and will need guidance to see that life goes on even when things don't work out how you want them to, you need to adjust and find a new path.

9.Meditation for labor Ace of Cups: A cup overflowing with joy and love, having hopes and dreams come true. This is a very positive card, a happy happy joy joy card. I'm thinking this is a good sign for labor.

10.Prediction for the birth Knight of Swords- Passion, flexible thinking. Your labor card is associated with strong emotions. The Knight of Swords is more of an intellectual card, and in this position suggests a clear-thinking father, strong, wise, and mature. Girl, Scorpio Good Luck! Denelle


The readings seem to compliment each other, both of the predictions appear to be girls. I have been telling everyone that it has been a girl all along, and the two ultrasound techs I seen said it is most likely a girl, but could not say with 100% certainty. The second reading says "Scorpio". I just went to Google and searched "Scorpio" and it shows the dates as being October 23rd – November 21st. I am 35 weeks pregnant as of yesterday. The baby is considered full term at 37 weeks. November 21st I would be 38 weeks pregnant (going on 39). It is entirely possible that the baby could be born then. The part that I am liking best about these predictions is the labor. The first one says 5 hours and the next one says a very positive labor. That would be sooooo nice. I could handle that. Well anyway, just wanted to share that. I'll be sure to post what actually happens after I give birth.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

By M Davies   /     Oct 27, 2004  /     Medical Issues, Misc/Crap, Mommyhood, The Pre-Dooce File, The WTF File  /     0 Comment

After I wrote the last entry I ended up calling my OB-Gyn about my swollen ankle and they said that it might be a "bee sting" or I may have broken my ankle and to consult my family doctor. Ok…wtf??? It is practically November in Pennsylvania…there are no bees in sight. Furthermore, I did not break my ankle. I think I would have noticed doing that. That was yesterday. Today they called me back and asked me to come in for a check up. It turns out everything was ok, but it was still a ridiculous answer.

A week ago, I thought I was leaking fluid, so I had went in to have them check that out. They weren't able to find any proof that I was leaking at the time, but did an ultrasound and it showed that my amniotic fluid was low. I had to then go back for a follow up ultrasound and stress test 2 days later. Everything again turned out to be ok the second time around. I did get a peak of my baby on the screen though (NO PICTURES *pout*) and she is in the head down position. That would explain why I feel as if I have feet in my rib cage. I got to see her little face too on the ultrasound monitor. It was too cute. I will be 35 weeks pregnant at the end of this week. I have come so far, but am still so far away. I wish I just had my little baby girl in my arms already.

Lately I keep having all of these strange dreams about stuff. Last night I dreamed that I went to the hospital and did give birth, but I was unconscious the whole time and when I came to they handed me Gabby and she had really full lips and a full head of hair. I wonder if this is any indication of what she will look like in real life. After I gave birth I left the hospital and went to the Ground Round and came back in the hospital and took the baby home with me. Maybe I was hungry for a cheeseburg in my dream last night or something. Strange.

I am happy to report — 2 weeks to the day later — Wilkes-Barre finally is repaving those two roads!! I cannot tell you how happy this makes me and my car. Also, Hillary Clinton visited Scranton today in other political visits. I should have a countdown on my webpage until when the election is over. I am so sick of hearing the back and forth between sides. Its on the radio, TV, internet, and my co-workers are all talking about it. I just want election day to be here so I can cast my vote and watch whoever wins put their money where their mouth is. I can be damned sure that for how many times politicians have visited to PA that they won't give a damn about us once the election is over.

So to recap… The Good – Wilkes-Barre finally repaving roads, HOORAY The Bad – Election rhetoric. The Ugly – 6 weeks until my due date and are they dragging!!

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My Iron Lung

By M Davies   /     Oct 26, 2004  /     Annoyances, Misc/Crap, Mommyhood, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

To give you an idea of how good my day is going so far …. my left ankle has swollen to roughly the size of a softball……and it HURTS. My right ankle is fine however.

The roads in Wilkes-Barre are still not paved. If they are not paved by tomorrow, that would make it 2 weeks since the city has torn up the streets.

More political visits to NEPA:

  • VP Dick Cheney — Montoursville Airport, Friday 10/29/04
  • Elizabeth Dole — Pittston, Monday 10/25/04
  • Elizabeth Edwards — Lackawanna Cty (Penn State Worthington Campus), Friday 10/22/04
  • John Edwards — Wilkes-Barre, Tuesday 10/26/04

What else is new….really not much else. I'm exhausted. I haven't slept decent in at least a week.

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By M Davies   /     Oct 20, 2004  /     Annoyances, Mommyhood, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

I am really sick of a lot of things right now. Call it hormones or just sheer annoyance, but my list of annoyances is growing at a rapid rate. Time to get my bitch on.

1. The flu shot hysteria — who gives a flying f*** whether or not you get a shot. It's the FLU. Yeah getting the flu would suck, but it is not a permanent disease/illness like AIDS or Cancer.

2. The election & campaign commercials — Please god, let it be November 2nd already.

3. "How are you doing?" — I am 8 months pregnant, how do you think I'm doing??

4. People sabataging my car — Egged 2 weeks ago, yesterday it was shaving creamed in the parking garage. WTF. If I have to install a car alarm that cuts off peoples hands and fingers if they go near my car I will.

5. W O R K — Customer: "Wahhhh, I can't get on the internet." Me: "STFU, there is a life outside of the internet"

6. Trumpy — I swear to god, if he screws up one more time, I am putting him up for adoption. Since my 7th month of being pregnant, he has already pissed on my couch, pissed on the floor in the kitchen, bit me and shat in the living room. I cannot take his piss poor attitude anymore and I will not have a baby exposed to the same thing.

7. My house being a mess — I realize that the mess is temporary, and the progress is productive….but I can't even walk through my hallway without having to perform a gymnastic routine. There is shit everywhere. The worst two places are the hallway upstairs and the living room. The living room is filled to maximum capacity with items from my baby shower and the hallway has stuff that has been cleared out of what is now the babies room upstairs. The good news is its temporary, the bad news is….more "shit" is on its way. Today alone there is a swing and a changing table that is coming to our house. Where we will put it still remains a mystery. I do not want to complain, because I am thankful for the stuff I have received and the room being redone, but I wish my house was back to normal.

8. Feet in my rib cage — She is going to be a stubborn little girl to raise I can tell already. She puts her feet in my rib cage early in the morning and refuses to move them no matter how I try to position my body. Imagine getting punched or kicked in the ribs…that is what it feels like. Very painful.

9. People telling me that I am having a "Thanksgiving Baby" — NOOOO. This is not what I want. I want a December baby. I don't know why, but I think it would be nice to share a birth month with my baby. I know that I would rather have the baby in November because it would be a relief to just get the baby out of me…but November is a boring month. December is much more exciting.

10. Being tired — I just wish I didn't feel like crap every day I woke up. I wish I had more energy to do things. I wish I could just sleep for 24 hours straight so I can get caught up on my sleep. Well that is all for now. I have a doctors appointment this morning. I'll be sure to comment on that when I get back.

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Kerry & Bush

By M Davies   /     Oct 17, 2004  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

Source: WYOU News 22 Bush and Kerry to Visit Friday, October 15, 2004Northeastern Pennsylvania will once again play host to a presidential candidate and the president himself next week. Democratic Campaign spokesman Mark Nevins tells News 22 that democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will appear at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. There is still no word on a specific time or how you can be at the rally. The planned Northeastern Pennsylvania visit would be Kerry`s second since winning the nomination. Scranton was his first stop after the convention. The massachusetts senator appeared with running mate John Edwards in Downtown Scranton in late July. News 22 has also learned President Bush will be making another stop in Wilkes-Barre next Friday. He`ll be speaking at the Wachovia Arena. When we have more details about that visit we`ll let you know. President Bush has already appeared twice in Northeastern Pennsylvania since last month.

Great, this means that downtown Wilkes-Barre will all closed off again and we will end up having to come in for 7am like when Bush came to town a few weeks ago. We couldn't even physically leave the building until 12 noon after GW left, which means no cigarette breaks (I don't smoke), no coffee runs, and no going out anywhere for lunch.

I didn't realize that PA, more specifically NEPA was such a battle ground area until Kerry, Edwards and Bush started visiting like once a week. Here is a list of what candidate visited where and when (for those of you keeping score):

  • July 30th – John Kerry, John Edwards, Teresa Heintz-Kerry & family, Courthouse Square in Scranton
  • Septemeber 1st – John Edwards, Kirby Park in Kingston
  • September 6th – George Bush, Lackawanna County Stadium in Moosic
  • September 14th – Teresa Heintz-Kerry, Lackawanna College in Scranton
  • September 18th – Laura Bush, East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg
  • September 20th – George Bush, FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre
  • October 6th – John Edwards, Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton


  • October 19th – John Kerry, FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre
  • October 22nd – George Bush, Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre

Don't worry, I'm sure that if you don't catch either candidate again this week, they'll probably back again in a week or two if their record holds up.

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