Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Happy Holidays everyone! As we gear up for the all the wonderful holidays ahead and the new year, I wanted to write to you all and say thank you for being supporters and readers of my blog. As I reflect back on 2014, it’s been quite a year for me personally and professionally. The best part, of course, was the birth of my daughter, Isabella. What’s also pretty incredible is that my business I have spent the last year and a half working on is still alive and kicking and is responsible for creating my daughter. It’s true when they said, “I’m not only the president, I’m also a client!” My wife and family are so supportive of my entrepreneurial spirit and my desire to take my invention, The Semenette®, and not only turn it into a reality but have success as well. For anyone that runs their own business, you can surely relate to the fact that it’s a labor of love. You have to love what you do and be willing to put in endless hours to make it work.
As luck would have it, last week my whole household got the stomach flu. It started with my daughter, then my wife, and then me and of course, I got it really bad. I was in bed all day on Tuesday barely able to move but knowing that the next day, I was scheduled to exhibit at a great local called Mass Innovation Night. I was chosen from a group of applicants to exhibit my product to other innovators, business people and entrepreneurs alike. It was a huge opportunity for me and I had done tons to prepare for it. What I did not prepare for was the dreaded stomach flu! When I woke up on the day of the event, I thankfully was not throwing up but felt like I had been hit by a mack truck. But, entrepreneurs never sleep so it was time to literally pull myself up and get to the event. In the end, I am so happy to say it was all worth it. Despite feeling like utter crap, I was voted favorite product of the night and took home 5,000 American Airlines points for free airline tickets! I also met some incredible people and am thrilled to be a part of the MIN alumni network!
Anyhow, it’s been a year filled with ups, downs, highs and lows but at the end of the day no matter what, I am beyond grateful to everyone that has supported me and my mission to bring fun and function into the bedroom with my sexy invention. It’s humbling to have such support from friends and even from strangers that just appreciate hard work.
Since next week mostly everyone is taking some days off (I hope you are at least), I won’t be posting next week so I want to wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy holiday and New Year. I've got a lot more in store for you in 2015 so stay tuned, keep reading and keep making life fun and sexy! My best to you all!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
If you haven’t experienced a 3D ultrasound yet, you are in for one of the biggest treats of a pregnancy. They even had 4D ultrasounds now but the 3D one is pretty damn awesome in itself. You get to see up close and personal your little cherub that has been invading your body for the last 6 or so months. I’m not just talking facial features either. You get to see how the blood is flowing through their bodies, their heart, the beating of their heart, each organ, basically everything possible on a big screen. If you thought hearing your babies heartbeat on a regular ultrasound was awesome, this will blow your mind. It’s as close to meeting your new child as you will get until the big day they arrive in person and it was nothing short of incredible for my wife and I.
And so the ultrasound begins. And there, on a huge screen tv pops up the image of my daughter. Admittedly so, she looks a little alien like because she is only 7 months old, however, to me, it’s the most beautiful sight I have laid eyes on. For the first time, it felt REALLY real. And then the tears started rolling down my face! Ok, so I’m a bit of a sensitive sally but I couldn’t hold back. It was a moment I will not soon forget. She had 10 fingers, 10 toes, eyes, lips, a mouth, a nose and all the things a perfect little baby should have. They did tell us we had a big girl growing in there! Although not much in pregnancy is an exact science, they were estimating that when born, our daughter would be tipping the scales at anywhere from 9-10lbs! (Insert the look of fear and horror on my wife’s face thinking about delivering a 9-10lb baby!) After the doctor was so kind enough to walk us through each part of our little (or not so little) girl, he printed out a bunch of pictures of her for us to take home. For my wife, since the baby was a bit on the larger side, they wanted us to come back for another 3D ultrasound in another month so they could make sure there was no diabetes going on. Scary as that news was, they said it was unlikely and more so to be precautious and the upside was that we would get to see our girl on the big screen again!
Here are a few of the ultrasound pics we got to take home. I hope at some point throughout your pregnancy, you get to experience the amazingness that is a 3D ultrasound! Now to go buy some outfits for my big girl in there :)
|The progression from first ultrasound to 3D ultrasound!|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And in the event we all likely stuffed ourselves full and have a little extra in the belly, I figured it was a good time to talk about that ever growing baby belly and all of the weird things my wife was feeling about this time. First off, the kicks to the ribs. Our little cherub in there was quite happy kicking the shit out of my wife’s left side right in the rib cage. It had been determined that we did not have a “small” baby in there and they were estimating she would be rather large which meant things were obviously cramped inside that womb. I would often see my wife sitting on the couch or just standing and then double over in pain as she was receiving a swift kick to the ribs from our little one. It was hard not to laugh because in life, I imagine there are many times in the future when parents feel like they get swift kick to the face or ribs from their child and that wonderfulness doesn’t waste any time starting!
One of the weirder and yet most awesome parts of the pregnancy for me especially for me was seeing the baby move from the outside. Legit, we had a little jazzerscizer in there and she was constantly on the move. Most often she would do her kicking at night and in the morning when my wife would be laying down. It was so freaky to see my wife’s belly moving from the outside! It was one thing to feel the baby moving on the inside but now that there wasn’t much room left inside there, we could see SO much more and what a cool experience it was! It was like an alien had invaded my wife’s stomach and was taking over. This isn’t a video of my wife but it will give you a VERY good idea of what we were seeing and what you will likely see as well! Ready for your mind to be blown?? This is nothing short of amazing, freaky and awesome.
I strongly advise you to take as many pictures and videos of your baby bump and all the crazy movement you will see. You can’t ever get those moments back!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I had been reading the pregnancy bible, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” for many months now. I had finally reached the section about the essential things you need for your babies arrival. I had also been reading about baby registries and my wife and decided it was time to take our first trip to Buy Buy Baby. It was a nice fall Saturday afternoon when we decided to venture out. Upon arrival they have dedicated parking spots for expectant mothers and moms with newborns…off to a good start! However, upon walking in seeing the swarms of people we both became instantly overwhelmed. We decided to open our registry and they handed us this fun little scanner so we could simply walk around and scan things we wanted. Sounded similar to what we did for our wedding registry which I had a blast doing. I actually had a little too much fun with our wedding registry (I still don’t use the damn ice cream maker I got…whoopsies). So upon being handed another scanner shopping experience, I was ready..or so I thought. We started at the front of the store in the stroller and car seat section. BIG mistake. There were about 100 different stroller options. Some convertible, some stand alone, some with 3 wheels, some with 4, lots of different bells and whistles and colors and holy shit my heads was already spinning. We decided it would be wise to ask someone for help. The guy we asked was kind of an idiot. He basically told us it was up to us and our personal preference what we wanted for a stroller and car seat and if we told him what we wanted he could tell us what was best. The point was that we had no fucking idea what we wanted or what would be best! Ok, take a breath. We decided to move onto the next section.
Cribs and mattresses were next and unfortunately, no better than car seats and strollers. There were approximately 15 different mattress options ranging from $100-$400 and the descriptions on them were of no help. I had no clue what coil structure would be best for a baby and was once again, overwhelmed. Luckily in the mattress section they had all kinds of recliners and rocking chairs and I decided it was time to take a time out. My wife and I plopped down in our respective chairs and just sat there rocking back and forth, staring blankly at each other. Maybe we should check out monitors. That should be easy, right? Wrong. Yet again, so many options, so little information. Fuck my life. I was having a rude wake up call that I knew absolutely nothing about baby stuff.
I told my wife I was headed into the baby clothes section. That would be my safe haven. I can always find my happy place here. Just wait until I tell you about my baby clothes shopping obsession. After about 5 minutes perusing cute onsies, my wife and I were both more than defeated. I think we scanned approximately 3 things which included diapers and pacifiers and wipes. We both looked at each other and decided it would be best to come back another time when we had a half a clue what the hell we were looking for. Our next plan of attack, make an appointment with a Buy Buy Baby specialist to help us figure out what da fuck we need. Word to the wise, don’t go into that store for the first time alone. You will have a nervous breakdown and likely cry.
I would like to mention a little shout out to The Semenette. XBIZ, the leading adult industry media source holds an awards ceremony every year to honor the best of the best in the adult industry. This year, out of 8,000 nominees, The Semenette is a nominee finalist for Couples Sex Toy of the Year and Specialty Pleasure Product of the Year. Pretty humbled and excited about it. Until next week!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
|This is what your baby looks like :)|
It’s kind of surreal when the 3rd trimester arrives. It’s been a long 27ish weeks to get there and now that you are in the final haul, reality is definitely going to start settling in. In this trimester there are so many new and exciting things that will happen, mainly, the big event. Insert panic attack and inner freak out. To see your partners belly go from normal to holy shit there’s a baby in there and the moment when you actually realize that you are about to embark on being a parent is the most insane feeling in the world. To this day, I still have those surreal moments when I’m staring at my daughter and my wife and thinking about how she started as a poppy seed and now she is sitting on our couch with us. The fact that my wife’s body nurtured her for 9 months and that she was a living person growing inside my wife’s belly is crazy to me. When you really stop and think about it, creating a child truly is nothing short of a miracle.
This trimester is when the fun really begins and I’ll be touching upon all kinds of funny topics such as baby shopping, creating your registry, 3D and 4D ultrasounds, baby kicks all the way up to the actual birth. If you haven’t already noticed, I don’t hold much of anything back so stay tuned for lots more jaw dropping material to come.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
As if being pregnant, hormonal and ever expanding wasn’t bad enough, you still have to worry about keeping some sense of personal grooming intact during your pregnancy. Let’s be honest, shaving is annoying. If you have ever read my other blog, you will know that I am anti-hair everywhere to the point where I have to shave every day. I can’t stand the feeling of stubble or hair on me and I’m just not a fan of a wiffle down there so I spend an extra 5 or so minutes each morning shaving all my parts. Imagine how annoying the task of shaving is for the average person and now magnify that by adding that you can barely see over your belly. How the heck does one attempt to shave their lady parts when they can’t even see their feet?
As my wife’s belly was expanding, I often remember her getting out of the shower and we would laugh together because she would tell me how hard it is for her to shave and how annoying it was to try and shave your vagina blindly. The worst times were when she would nick herself, see blood and then would have a minor freak out moment thinking she was bleeding internally. I would constantly ask her what I could get for her to help assist in her hair removal process but there was just no good response. Calling all you inventors out there, there is the need for something to help pregnant women see when they are shaving! I thought about getting her some sort of chair and mirror to basically sit and see, but the idea of that for my wife was not only embarrassing but way too overwhelming. I even offered to shave for her but that got an even worse response. Can’t blame me for trying! At the end of the day, everyone will have their own personal grooming preferences and after seeing my wife give birth, I gotta say, a little hair was the last thing anyone was thinking about.