Just Got Back From Our Ultrasound!!

It's a crappy cell phone picture, but that's our baby!!! They changed our due date to November 22, so I'm 19 weeks now. A week later than I thought! And as for the gender... It's a GIRL!!!!!!! :) I am so happy. She was so active, she was wiggling the whole time and even waved to us!

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

1. My daughter makes me laugh.
2. Sometimes the way people treat each other makes me sad.
3. My hair looks slightly better after I brush it? LOL.
4. When I hear music I feel happy!

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for...

My ultrasound tomorrow! So excited, I can't even tell you! :)

My pregnancy symptoms letting up a little. I was getting soo tired of laying around all day, every day.

Having a really supportive mom and stepdad. When Steven's car got vandalized earlier this week, they had it towed to a shop for him, and drove him to work every day while it was being fixed.

Having a really understanding husband who is so sweet to his pregnant, hormonal, Bi-polar wife. <3

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Pregnancy Update - 18 Weeks!!

(Sorry I didn't do the Monday Blog Hop... I have bad pregnancy brain and totally forgot! I put it on my calendar for every Sunday now. :3)

Week: 18.

Due date: November 28.

Symptoms: Tired, but not as exhausted as I have been. :) Less nauseous, but now I'm getting heartburn instead. =/ Seems a little early for that, doesn't it?!

Feeling: HAPPY! I finally have my ultrasound appointment, this Friday! I am so so so so so excited! And terrified something will be wrong, but trying to focus on the excited part.

Cravings: Nothing really. I still prefer the more bland foods. I like avocado on everything, same as when I was prego with Kaylee.

Aversions: Anything with a strong flavor or smell. Steven was eating tuna fish the other day and no matter where I was in the house, I could smell it, and it made me gag! Dx

Sleep: I go to bed early and sleep in late. And I take a nap, if I get the chance! Sounds like a lot of sleep, but I wake up a lot with crazy dreams and heartburn attacks.

Health: Good. Still might be a little anemic, but I've been eating iron foods and taking my iron pills so there's not much more I can do about that.

Exercise: Going for walks again!

Labor signs: Noooo.

Baby's size: Bell pepper (5 and a half inches).

Weight gain: Around 20 pounds still.

Movement: This baby is super active. :D

Stretchmarks: On my hips. xP

Gender: Hopefully find out on Friday!!!!

Other stuff: Still seeing dragonflies around me all the time!

BabyCenter update: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Molly The Carolina Dog (American Dingo!)

When I adopted my dog from the pound, I was told she was a German Shepherd mix. I named her Miss MollyAnna, Molly for short, and she quickly became my best friend.


Me and Molly. :)

I was only 11 when I first got her, but I was absolutely obsessed with dogs and knew a lot about different breeds. I soon developed a theory that she was a Carolina Dog, which is a breed most people haven't heard of. It's not an AKC (American Kennel Club) accepted breed, so you won't be seeing it at those dog shows on TV, but it is recognized by ARBA (American Rare Breed Association) and UKC (United Kennel Club). You can not imagine how super excited I was by this. I had a piece of living history right in my house! (On my bed LOL.)

A Carolina Dog. Source: californiacarolinadogs.com

A Carolina Dog (soft-coated). Source: californiacarolinadogs.com

Carolina Dogs are a pariah type dog, which means they are feral, not completely tame. These dogs have been living in the wild in America, mainly in remote parts of South Carolina and Georgia, and only within the last 30 years have we realized that they are more than just strays. Now it is thought that these dogs are genetically similar to the ancient dogs that originated in Asia approximately 6,000 years ago. They share ancestry with the Australian Dingo, hence their nickname "American Dingo."

A wild Australian Dingo. Source: Wiki

A tamed Australian Dingo. Source: Wiki

This breed is in it's "natural state," as in, it was not bred for any of it's traits. This breed was developed by living in their natural habitat, and humans have not changed them to our liking at all, as we have nearly all other breeds of Canis Lupus Familiaris (Domestic Dog).

A Carolina Dog. This is the exact expression Molly has when she spots a bird or something! Source: californiacarolinadogs.com

A Carolina Dog. The wrinkly forehead is a typical trait; Molly's forehead often does that but I don't have a picture of it. Source: californiacarolinadogs.com

As I learned more and more about the Carolina Dog, I was just amazed at all the traits Molly had in common with them. Things I thought were just her quirks were actually typical for the breed! For instance, she makes "snout burrows" and eats dirt in the Fall and Winter months. She's extremely intelligent, hunts and eats small animals (I usually manage to stop her from doing that), and is very reserved around people and dogs outside the immediate family. Another awesome fact is that they are very healthy dogs and have a relatively long lifespan (15 years), considering their size.

A Carolina Dog and her pups. I bet Molly was a super cute puppy! Source: californiacarolinadogs.com

A Carolina Dog family, aren't they so sweet?! Source: californiacarolinadogs.com

When I first got Molly, she was almost a year old already, and had been abused. They also told me, based on her scars, she had probably been used as a bait dog, to train Pit Bull type fighting dogs. Despite that, after a lot of love and training, she became the most amazing dog (yes, I know I'm a biased dog mommy :). I went through so many things with her. When I ran away from home one time, she escaped the house and found me, and led me back home. I never needed a leash with her, she knew when it was not a good time to run after a squirrel. She knew when I was upset, and would put her head in my lap. She had a strong prey drive but knew that our family cats, rabbits, etc. were not for eating, and would let them crawl all over her! She would drool but not move a muscle, lol!

Molly bossing around my step-dad's giant dog, Zeph.

Molly and our hamster, Lynnie.

Molly has learned countless commands in her lifetime. I taught her many beyond the usual sit, stay, come type commands. Training Molly is not like training another dog. I would show her what I wanted, and wait for her to do it, if she felt like it. I know that sounds ridiculous, but if you tried to be dominant with her, she would completely shut down and not move at all.

Napping Molly. <3

Molly at the beach. She can swim very well but generally won't because she hates getting dirty.

She has also taught herself many words, and listens to us talking. She knows when we are planning on leaving, and if we're planning on taking her with us! Although she rarely gets a bath and even more rarely goes to the boarder's, she would know when we were planning it and run to hide under my bed. These days, she accepts it, and sulks to the bathroom or car with her tail between her legs before I can even tell her to. It's so funny and pathetic.

Cute Molly.

Lazy Molly.

Of course, I could go on and on about Carolina Dogs. But really, Molly is more than just her breed. She is a unique dog that has been my best friend since I was 11. She has ignored her extremely strong instincts to be the most well-behaved dog I've ever had, and she does it out of love, not because I order her to. Though the breed standard warns that Carolina Dogs may not good with young children, she has been protective, patient, and careful with my daughter since she was first born.

Molly and baby Kaylee.


Molly is 12 now, and getting arthritis, but you can still find her playing in the backyard with our insanely energetic Pit Bull puppy. I hope she has a few more good years left in her, because I'll never get another dog like her. Even if I do buy a Carolina Dog, no dog could replace Molly. So I've decided to continue getting all my pets from the shelter; not based on breed or looks, but on how much they need a forever home. :)

Molly and our puppy, Aries.

Our kids!

Sources of information: Wikipedia and ARBA.org

Fur Baby Friday featuring Kaylee the Photo Bomber lol

They get my couch so hairy!! But I don't have the heart to tell them to get off. -_-

Whenever he looks all depressed, I feel like singing Behind These Hazel Eyes lol.

Demon dogs! And of course, Kaylee didn't want to be left out!!

Wordless Wednesday - Father's Day Edition

Every time I try to write about Father's Day, I just start crying. The pregnancy hormones are making me crazy. So I figured I'd just do a post in pictures. :)

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