Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MARCH FOR BABIES

The 5th Annual Qhamata March for the Babies has kicked off.  The March of Dimes has released the date of the 2012 March for babies.  Those of you in the Houston area it will be at Robertson Stadium April 29, 2012.  We have already started fundraising and we are looking for Walkers to join TEAM QHAMATA!   


Please sign up to join the team and walk with me or give donations to the cause at Qhamata Family March.  


For those of you that are new to this every year the March of Dimes holds a march/run/family fun day similar to the Susan G. Komen Walk for Breast Cancer.  The difference is this march is to support the research to help determine, prevent and aid in the lives of mothers and children at risk of or born prematurely.  The proceeds also aid in medical research to find the cause and or develop ways to slow or stop prematurity all together.  One of these medical discoveries is the Progesterone shot (17P or Mirena) that helps to keep everything needed to hold in the baby closed so you can make it hopefully to full term or as long as your body allows giving the baby a greater outside survival rate. 


We as a family have participated in the march since 2008 when we first found out about it and loving kids as we do decided to join and raise money.  In 2009 we got a first hand reason to continue our efforts to help other families prevent premature birth or be able to afford the medical care of a premature child.  I know about the shot mentioned above because it has helped bring me my daughter Khalifah who even though I was 3cm dilated weeks before my water broke at 37 wks 6 days I still made it full term before her birth.  I am on them again with this little bundle of joy in hopes of making it the same distance.  


Please Join our family as we continue to fight against prematurity and try to bring every baby into the world with a fighting chance.


Join us here: Qhamata Family March!

Slight After thought

Being swept up in all the excitement of my friends finding out what they are having a tiny little part of me wants to catch a sneak peek at the next Anatomy scan on the 12th.  However I feel like I've held out this long what's another 2 months.

Now I know I'm not due until March 10, but that is such an estimate I don't think I will reach.  DD#2 was 2 weeks early by nature (Thank God for the 17P shots that with the help of God held her off till then) and being that this baby is consistantly measuring 1 week ahead I have a good feeling I'm looking at a February baby not March.  As long as S/he doesn't chose February 29th I will be one happy momma Boy or Girl.

Ps.  I think it's a boy :D

Congratulations!!!!!!

Congratulations !!!!

Congratulations is in order for two of my friends.

First:

Mrs. Penny Lueders who is the proud mother of on Miss Campbell Lyn born yesterday.  I pray you and Randy have all the blessings in the world that can be given by these precious children.  I'm sure now SHE was worth the wait.  Congrats! 

Second:


Ms. Keisha Simon who found out yesterday as well that she was having a BOY!!!! Babies are a blessing and I pray God continues to bless her on her journey to bringing this life into the world ETA May 22, 2012.




Congrats to both of you lovely ladies you deserve the happiness you have been blessed with.


PS.  I chose purple being that one (Team Green) friend found she was having a girl and one found she was having a boy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Doctor's Visits

Well I'm prepping for my doctor's visits today.  I got another anatomy scan scheduled this morning.  Praying LO is still ahead of the game on size although his/her weight is killing me I don't want him/her to have IUGR like DD#2.  Also afterwards I visit my OB for my GTT test and a regular visit.  whoo whoo (not on the GTT) So that is why I'm up at the crack of dawn because I was informed I could eat, proteins only, 4hours before the test and I hope to make around 10 ish.  Pray the drink doesn't make me pass out, ech.

27.5 weeks and counting, Alhamdulilah (All praises be to God) for making it this far with a healthy, active baby.  As the other women were told I know no news is good news so if I don't hear from my doc my Monday I passed.  I feel better than other years so hopefully I won't even have anemia this time.  Only time and God will tell.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

27 weeks and counting



27 weeks pregnant


Well here we are at the beginning of the 3rd trimester.  I'm so excited to be here.  10 more weeks to full term and 9 more 17P injections.  Definitely can't wait to be done with those.  The current consensus is that the baby is a boy.
What do you think?





Weight gain/loss: Gain of course, shhhh 17 so far AHHHH!

Maternity clothes? Can't deny it. 

Stretch marks? Finally found 2 new ones ( I say finally like it's a good thing LOL)

Sleep? Only on a good day 

Best moment this week? Making it this far

Movement: Oh yeah, LO (Little one) is a party animal

Food cravings: I would love some cookies n cream ice cream right now.....

Gender: Look at the pic above and take a wild guess.

Belly button in or out? Out

What I miss? Moving w/0 hurting LOL

What I am looking forward to? Follow up Anatomy scan and OB appointment (not so much the Glucose Tolerance Test)

Milestones: Last leg of the race 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New credit score will delve deep into consumers' histories‏


December 2, 2011

A Credit Score That Tracks You More Closely



There’s no hiding now.
Anyone who has recently applied for a mortgage knows that lenders are already looking much more closely at your financial affairs. But soon, they’ll be able to easily delve into the deepest recesses of your financial life, accessing information that never before appeared on your credit report.
This week, a company called CoreLogic introduced a new type of credit file, which is based on the giant repository of consumer data it maintains on just about everything that most of the traditional credit bureaus do not: missed rental payments that have gone into collection, any evictions or child support judgments, as well as any applications for payday loans, along with your repayment history.
The new report also includes any property tax liens and whether you’ve fallen behind on your homeowner’s association dues. It may reflect that you now owe more than your house is worth or if you own any other real estate properties outright. It also is supposed to catch mortgages made by smaller lenders that the big credit bureaus may have missed.
The idea, CoreLogic says, is to provide lenders with more details about prospective borrowers, supplementing what they already know through the more traditionalcredit reports furnished by the big three credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Moreover, CoreLogic has formed a partnership with FICO — the provider of one of the most popular credit scores used by lenders — which will formulate a new consumer score based on the new data.
Perhaps it’s not surprising that a company decided to pull together this information, since much of it is already publicly available. But because it comes on top of all the other information that’s being collected about you — your exact location at every minute, where you’ve been on the Web — you can’t help but feel that some of these companies know more about your activities than your spouse.
While the CoreScore credit report became available to all types of lenders on Wednesday, the actual score, which will be ready in March, is being created specifically for mortgage and home equity lenders, though it could eventually be developed for other types of credit.
For many consumers, the files are likely to reveal black marks that previously went undetected, which may damage an otherwise clean record. But the companies contend that it works both ways: The added information could help consumers with thin credit files by illustrating positive behaviors elsewhere, say making timely rent payments.
So why now? Clearly, the two companies saw a business opportunity. Lenders, who just a few years back looked the other way, remain particularly skittish aboutmortgage lending and are looking for more information about prospective borrowers’ ability to pay their debts.
“Lending is very constrained and origination volumes need to grow to make for a profitable mortgage business,” said Joanne Gaskin, director of product management global scoring at FICO. “So lenders are looking for ways to expand, but to expand safely.”
An estimated 100 million American consumers will have a CoreScore credit report, while more than 200 million people have traditional reports from the big three bureaus. Though the new information can influence a lender’s decision, the new score isn’t replacing the classic scores used in the automated mortgage underwriting systems kept by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Housing Administration, which buy or back the vast majority of mortgages (though CoreLogic said it has let the agencies know what it is doing). But the added information may sway a lender to charge you more (or less) in interest on a mortgage. Lenders of all stripes, including auto lenders, have access to the reports, and they will be marketed to employers and insurers, too.
Ms. Gaskin said that FICO was still tweaking the credit score’s formula. But the next step is to build something that will try to get even deeper inside your financial mind: The company plans to create a more sophisticated tool that will predict how you might behave under different loan terms.
The reason all of this is such a big deal, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at SmartCredit.com, is that CoreLogic already has major inroads with many lenders. When lenders want to pull your credit file, they go to a company like CoreLogic, which collects all three reports from the traditional bureaus, cleans them up a bit and merges them into a more user-friendly report. “They already have this massive market of mortgage companies that buy these credit reports from them,” he said. “It’s not like they have to go out and convince the companies to work with them.”
CoreLogic said that several national lenders had expressed interest in the report and the score. The company gleans its information from a variety of databases and sources, including its own customers, and says that it updates its reports daily. It says, for instance, that a new mortgage obligation doesn’t show up on a traditional report until about 60 days after closing, whereas it sees the new mortgage within 23 days. A lot of its information is derived from the nation’s courthouses and public records. And through its SafeRent business, it has “substantial coverage” of the multifamily rental management companies. It receives information on payday loans through its Teletrack unit, which agreed in June to pay $1.8 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it sold its credit reports to marketers, which is against the law (CoreLogic declined to comment).
Next year, it will begin to evaluate whether to include even more data, including your payment history on utility and cellphone bills.
All of this worries consumer advocates like Chi Chi Wu, a staff lawyer at the National Consumer Law Center, who questioned the type of information being fed into the new files. When it comes to utilities, she said “there is evidence that all it could do for a substantial portion of low- and moderate-income consumers is make their credit files worse.” That’s because some consumers tend to fall behind on their bills during the more expensive winter months, but typically catch up later in the year.
And sometimes, she said, people don’t pay their rent for very good (and legal) reasons; perhaps their landlord failed to correct a vermin or hot water problem. Will that be fully and fairly reflected on the report?
Payday loans are another issue, she said. “Payday loans and other high-cost credit are very onerous, and people have trouble paying them because they have a 400 percent A.P.R.,” or annual percentage rate, she said, adding that she believes that this type of data is irrelevant for the vast majority of jobs.
Since CoreLogic is now subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which governs consumer reporting agencies, you will be able to dispute any information that you believe is incorrect. But if the data is accurate, albeit unflattering, it will trail you for a long time. Information culled from public records stays on your report for about seven years (or 10 years for bankruptcies).
If you do find any inaccuracies — and the big three bureaus have been known to make their fair share of mistakes, including confusing the records of people with similar names — CoreLogic said that you can file a dispute (instructions are on its Web site). “Data dispute and correction processes are in place to ensure that any errors can be quickly and accurately resolved,” said Tim Grace, senior vice president of product management for CoreLogic. “In fact, one of the significant consumer benefits of the report is the availability of formerly disparate credit behavior data on a unified report that consumers can access, validate and correct.”
You should probably check the new credit report for any errors, so you’ll want to get a copy to review. Within a year, the new report will be available atAnnualCreditReport.com, where consumers are entitled to one free copy annually. That same rule applies to each of the big bureau’s reports on the site currently. Until the new report can be requested online, you can call 877-532-8778 to get a copy.
CoreLogic and FICO said that you will probably be able to buy the new score at some point. If you are turned down for a loan or don’t get the best rate, lenders are generally required to send you a notice that includes the score, as well as information about how your score ranks nationally and the major factors that weighed it down. But if lenders use more than one score to judge you, they can choose which one they want to include in the notice.
So while the credit bureaus may not yet know every last detail about your financial life, you should assume that they are watching.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

25 Weeks


Your baby's the size of an eggplant!
During month six, the average fetus measures about 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches and weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.



At 25 weeks your baby
  • S/he's enjoying her new sense of equilibrium -- she now knows which way is up and which is down.
  • S/he's growing more fat and more hair too!

As of yesterday I am officially 25 weeks pregnant. Alhamdulilah!  I have passed V-day (Viability day) and I am on the road to the third trimester. whoo hoo.  


Weight gain/loss: gain of course it's all uphill from here

Maternity clothes? Yeppers

Stretch marks? No new ones, Alhamdulilah for that

Sleep? what sleep, I get comfortable I wake up I'm so light now a pin drop will keep me up
  

Movement: Yep, little guys is on a roll

Food cravings: none


Belly button in or out? Out-ish

What I miss? being able to move w/o feeling like I am about to fall apart

What I am looking forward to? seeing the baby again at my next Anatomy scan

Milestones: Passed V-day

Thursday, November 17, 2011

World Prematurity Awareness Day is Today!

Today is National prematurity awareness day and I hope that everyone takes the time to think and cherish their kids that they have and ones they may have lost.

In April 2009 I was accepted into the club of parents who loved and lost to soon a baby born to early.  Since then I have been blessed with a healthy little girl born just 2 weeks early and still full term.  Do in part to the additional medical care received during her gestation.  The main part I give thanks to God for.  I am again expecting (Insha'Allah - God willing) our last little bundle of joy and am again under the watchful eyes of God and my doctors.

I look at my story and the many of those of the women from the message boards I frequent and I know that sharing my story and being an advocate and volunteer for the March of dimes - March for babies is the best way I know how to give back to those that are in need and stop or decrease the number of babies born to early.  Also help those that are have a greater chance of survival by giving the resources for them to get better health care and advanced equipment.

Please Join me in the 2012 March for baby and Help the babies of the future have a fighting chance.  I know that's what I'd want for mine.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

World Prematurity Awareness Month

World prematurity Awareness month has begun.  This month is used to give awareness to a growing issue that needs attention and many families have to struggle with alone because there isn't much known about prevention or help after a baby is born prematurely.  Please visit March of Dimes for more details on this month and World Prematurity Day on November 17th.




Prematurity Awareness MonthNovember is Prematurity Awareness Month® and when the March of Dimes focuses the nation’s attention on premature birth. The awareness month kicks off on November 1 with the release of the 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. November 17 marks World Prematurity Day, and the March of Dimes and our partner organizations worldwide are asking everyone to help spread the world on the serious problem of premature birth.

World Prematurity Day


World Prematurity Day

Honor the million babies worldwide who died this year because they were born too soon, and the 12 million more who struggle to survive. November 17 is World Prematurity Day and a when we focus everyone’s attention on the serious problem of premature birth.

“Like” World Prematurity Day on Facebook. Read stories from around the world and share your own. Help spread the word by updating your Facebook status with a message on premature birth. Together we can raise awareness of this serious problem and help more babies start healthy lives.

See also: World Prematurity Day Volunteer Guide (PDF, 368kb) 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

21 weeks


21 weeks pregnant


How far along? 21 week 1day 

Weight gain/loss: gain.

Maternity clothes? In totally, still have one pair of pants I'm good with.

Stretch marks? not that i've noticed

Sleep? with a toddler that somedays has sleep through the nigh issues, no..

Best moment this week? Passing halfway point

Movement: yes

Food cravings: nothing particular

Gender: My dear husband knows, but I'm staying Green as long as I can stand it :D 

Belly button in or out? still in, but on the verge

What I miss? caffeine 

What I am looking forward to? 2u2 getting into mischief and seeing my family all together.

Milestones: 3 wks till v-day

Friday, October 28, 2011

New inspiration

I found this website yesterday.  A woman on one of The Bump.coms message boards posted this picture


for Apple dumplings and the picture was linked to this website The Pioneer Woman.  And OMG I'm in love.  Being from the country myself and having my Nana (May God have mercy on her) being born in the early 1900's was a GREAT from scratch cooker.  I never really took to much interest in making the things myself just eating them, but being married with 2 kids and one on the way and my husband being so into making stuff ourselves because it's healthier (i.e. we know for real what's going in it) and cheaper than buying out for someone to make the same thing.  I've come up a little in my home cooking prowess and have slowly (much to my husbands dismay) began to try to branch out my cooking skills.

I think this website has definitely lit a small fire under me.  Again being from the country and knowing what real home country cooking tastes like I am in love and I pray God makes it easy on me to take some of these recipes and run with them.  I hope my family approves and I hope I do the Pioneer woman and my Nana proud.

Stay tuned for my hits and misses.

Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili

I have done it again.  Below is a recipe I tried out last night because well the whole family has been under the weather and I heard on the weather that it was going to get cold so I thought some night warm hearty chili would do the trick. 

We didn't have everything on the ingredients list but it still turned out pretty tasty.  DH ate 3 full bowls, Khalifah had a nice sized baby bowl and Africa even ate it without to many complaints ;).

I used fresh corn and kidney beans instead of canned.  We didn't have mushrooms.  I subbed tomatoes for ketchup chili powder for cayenne (only 1 tsp not the recommended tbsp) and Coriander for cumin.  Oh and I threw in about 1/4 tsp of salt for taste.






Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili
recipe image
Rated:rating
Submitted By: Tia
Photo By: Extra Foamy
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 55 Minutes
Servings: 8

"This recipe is a great alternative to traditional chili. It combines onions, carrots, celery, red and green bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes and corn."
INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
with liquid, chopped
1 (19 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn,
undrained
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
DIRECTIONS:
1.Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots, and garlic until tender. Stir in green pepper, red pepper, celery, and chili powder. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
2.Stir in mushrooms, and cook 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans, and corn. Season with cumin, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2011 Allrecipes.comPrinted from Allrecipes.com 10/28/2011




Thursday, October 27, 2011

bumper sticker of the day

Come to the darkside
___________________
we have
Cookies

My Dearest Africa

On this day 6 years ago God bless my husband and I with the most priceless thing in the world.  Our oldest daughter Africa.

Time has flown and I love watching her grow.  From a little 7lb 8oz baby to a tall little lady.  I thank God and my husband for my daughter.  God because of course without him none of us would be and My husband because without him she would not be the little person she is today.

So on this day as my daughter has turned 6 I ask only that God bless her with many more days like today with health, happiness and family.

Love,
 Mommy

P.s. If you thought I wasn't gonna share some of your baby pix you are so sadly mistaken.

 







Monday, October 24, 2011

20 down 20 to go

20 weeks pregnant



How far along? 20 week 2day 

Weight gain/loss: gain, finally back on the rise after the first tri Morning (all day) sickness

Maternity clothes? In totally still have one pair of pants I'm good with, but other than that I'm out an poppin :)

Stretch marks? not that i've noticed

Sleep? with a toddler that somedays has sleep through the nigh issues, no..

Best moment this week? Feeling baby move more

Movement: yes

Food cravings: nothing particular

Gender: My dear husband knows, but I'm staying Green as long as I can stand it :D 

Belly button in or out? still in

What I miss? caffeine 

What I am looking forward to? 2u2 getting into mischief and seeing my family all together.

Milestones: Half Baked whoo hoooo!!!