Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Yea

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! 
Thank YOU!
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

The 3D Ultrasound-The Coolest Thing Ever

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

Holy kicking and WTF is that movement in my stomach?

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!