Tuesday Morning Thoughts

“Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing to recognize. Once hopeless, my life is now hope-full, but it did not happen overnight. The last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one’s own way.” – Victor Frankl

It seems just when you think you have life figured out it splits into a fork, giving you choices to make that never seemed to cross your mind. She’s funny that way ain’t she? I will chock it up to “This is how we stay sharp and on our toes. This is how we stay smart and eventually become wise.” I think the trick in these, at times seemingly desperate, situations one must stay positive and remember that everything works out for the best. I know it sounds cliche but when I think back on the many lives I’ve lived and the numerous tribulations I’ve crossed and left behind, I realize – I am a better, stronger, smarter individual because of it. Therefore, who am I to ask for anything different.

Now pregnant, I am meeting women from all walks of life, all with different challenges and I see that each one of us has a life carved out just for us. It’s how we look at is is how we land – 0n our feet or our backs (no pun intended).

So let’s stay positive in the face of dark hours, lets look to the future, and lets look forward to the people it will mold us into. It’s up to us not to be crushed and support each other along the way.

Week 13 – Bump or Bloat?

An Obsession

A confession – I love a pregnant belly.

It’s true, when I see a friend with a bump it’s safe to say that the first thing I do is say hello to the bump. I can’t quite say what it is about it but something certainly draws me to it. I want to touch it, listen to it, and touch it some more. Weird I know.

This brings me to my next point: am I wishful thinking and speeding up something that has yet to happen? I have been reading that first time mom-t0-bees usually show around their 20th week. It’s the experienced moms that tend to feel an actual bump at weeks much earlier than that. With that said, I have been getting a bit of looks and comments from family that I am beginning to show. More than that, I can’t keep my hands off of myself, lol.

This leaves me wondering, is it the bump or is it just pregnancy bloat? Here are some pics of my week 13, tell me what you think:

So These Buggers Affect My Brain – Live Mood Enhancers

The Geek Inside Me.

Apparently there is a lot of that happening these days.

Yogurt: Microbes

Goes well with your brain.

As you get to know me, you’ll get to know my geeky tendencies (of which I am totally proud). One of those tendencies takes form in my love for NPR and the public radio station WNYC or 93.5 fm. When I say love, I mean it is the only set radio station in my car. Okay, okay I lie. The other one is the PA version of that one and the same station just in case there is a boring (happens very little) conversation taking place. In case you’re wondering, I love the information, news, cool topics on science (Science Friday), technology (Car Talk) and other sweet bits that I would, less than likely, come across anywhere else.

This is How I learn Around my World.

Today’s lesson was on microbes and their effect on the brain.

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

Rob Stein (NPR) Continue reading