23 weeks 6 days


On the day you were born
Too little too soon

On the day you were born
I prayed and I cried
For the baby I needed
To stay safely inside

On the day you were born
Three months before due
Your heart rate kept dropping
Mine kept dropping too

On the day you were born
My world came crashing down
There was nothing to do
But deliver you now

On the day you were born
I spent the whole day in gloom
I mourned for the baby
I’d failed in the womb

On the day you were born
Yes you were really little
You are our little girl

So here goes your mother
Whose heartbeat you know
We are in this together
On a journey to grow

My child
A survivor
From the day you were born


Our little girl is getting bigger as the days pass by, I swear, she’s going to be a little chub when she finally arrives. I cannot wait for her to arrive. A few days ago we visited my parent’s house for a family barbeque so Cloud and Archer got to meet more of my large family, all of them completely obsessed with Cloud’s bump. They all shared their congratulations and joy with us. 

Now onto Cloud;

How far along: 23 weeks and 6 days!
Weight gain?: 2.5lbs.
Maternity Clothes?: Still wearing non-maternity clothes, but my jeans are much tighter.
Bump status: Definitely bigger than before.
Stretch marks?: More have started to appear.
Sleep: Not much changed, still the same.
Baby purchases this week: A few sets of clothing.
Best moment regarding baby this week: Visiting Lorenzo’s family and getting showered with love as well as gifts for the baby.
Gender: Girl.
Movement: Lots of kicking and moving around.
Food cravings: Burgers.
Food aversions: Fish.
Miss anything?: Nothing.
Belly Button In or Out?: In.
Rings on or off?: On.
What I am looking forward to?: The next update.
Our baby in veggie/fruit terms: Corn.


anonymous asked:

Can you talk about Hamilton and Jefferson's physical health, respectively? Or point me in the direction of where I can find this?

I honestly don’t know where to find something about Alexander Hamilton’s physical health (I looked everywhere) But, I can tell you a great deal about Thomas Jefferson’s physical health!

From age 19 on, Jefferson had a tendency to develop prolonged incapacitating headaches, usually at 7-8 year intervals, usually correlated with stress or grief, complicated by indecision and deeply buried rage. 

  • Violent headache for two days after behaving awkwardly in front of a girl he fancied (March 1764, age 20). 1764 March 20. (Jefferson to William Fleming). “I will endeavor to answer it as circumstantially as the hour of the night, and a violent head act, with which I have been afflicted these two days…My head achs, my candle is just going out…" 
  • Six week headache after his mother’s death on March 31, 1776. 1776 May 24. (Edmund Pendleton to Jefferson). “I am sorry to hear your pleasure at home was interrupted by an inveterate head ach…”
  • Six weeks of headache soon after arriving, unhappy and homesick, as minister to France in 1785.
  • While overburdened as Secretary of State, headaches recurred when he learned that a friend had become ill, but recovered (April 1790). 1790 June 13. “I have been prevented acknoleging sooner the receipt of yours of April 30, by an attack of the periodical head ach which came on me the 1st. of May, and has not yet quitted me. The first week was vilent, the rest has been moderate nad for these 10. days past I have been able to do business.”. 1790 June 13. “I am to return you thanks for your kind favor of May 28. which found me so far recovered as to have no further occasion for medecine. It was the first time the bark had ever failed to remove my complaint very speedily.”. About this time he had a second set of headaches, lasting from sunrise to sunset each day for 6 weeks. 1791 June 23. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). “I am in hopes the relaxation it gave me from business has fred me from the almost constant headach with which I had been persecuted thro the whole winter and spring.”
  • 1807 March 16. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). “The remains of a bad cold hang on me, and for a day or two past some symptoms of periodical head-ache.”
  • 1807 March 20. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). “I am now in the 7th day of a periodical head-ach, and I write this in the morning before the fit has come on.”
  • 1807 March 20. (Jefferson to Albert Gallatin). “Indeed, I have but a little moment in the morning in which I can either read, write, or think; being obliged to be shut up in a dark room from early in the forenoon till night, with a periodical headach.”
  • 1807 March 23. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). “My fits of head-ach have shortened from 9 hours to 5. but they have stuck some days at 5. hours, and when they will give further way cannot be divined.”
  • 1807 March 27. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). “My fit of yesterday was so mild that I have some hope of missing it to-day. I write this in the morning, but will keep it open till the evening to add the result of the day…P.S. Afternoon. I have scarcely had any sensation of a fit to-day: so that I consider it as missed.”
  • 1808 March 29. (Jefferson to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge). “I must here close, being under an attack of periodical head-ach. It began on Friday last. Sunday it was severe. Yesterday more moderate so that I hope it is on the wane. About an hour in the morning is all the time I have to write in the day.”
  • 1808 April 3. (Jefferson to Cornelia Jefferson Randolph). “I mentioned in my letter of last week to Ellen that I was under an attack of periodical head-ach. This is the 10th. day. It has been very moderate and yesterday did not last more than 3. hours.”
  • 1808 April 12. (Jefferson to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge). “I am entirely recovered of my head-ach.”
  • At age 75 Jefferson wrote: “A periodical headache has afflicted me occasionally, once perhaps in six to eight years for two to three weeks at a time, which seeems now to have left me”

Jefferson was inoculated against smallpox. He himself inoculated his own family- a procedure not to be taken lightly.

Arm fracture In late June 1781, Jefferson broke his arm after being thrown from his horse. Right wrist fracture: Jefferson broke his wrist in Paris in summer 1785. This seemingly minor event was to cause him grief the remainder of his life. One account described the fracture as compound and poorly treated by the Parisian doctors. The wrist remained swollen, painful, and useless for weeks. Despite taking the waters at Aix-en-Provence, it remained deformed and bothered him the rest of his life. Jefferson fell from a broken step at home in 1821 (age 75), fracturing his left arm and wrist. Now both wrists were significantly impaired. He was forced to write less. 

Dysentery: Jefferson developed severe dysentery (bloody diarrhea) in 1802. He consulted no doctor, feeling that horseback riding helped.

Back Injury: After performing extensive manual labor at Monticello in late summer 1794, Jefferson became almost totally disabled by a back condition for two and a half months. Repeated bouts of back pain assailed Jefferson after this initial episode.

Jaw infection: A severe jaw infection occurred in January 1808. Jefferson’s 1819 statement said that he’d never lost a tooth.

Reading Glasses: From middle age on Jefferson required spectacles to read. In his 70s he wore spectacles at night “but not necessarily in the day unless in reading small print”

Rheumatism and constipation: Jefferson was disabled by rheumatism in summer 1811. In 1818 he had his most severe attack of rheumatism ever. It was accompanied by life-threatening constipation. 

Buttock Boils: 1818, Jefferson developed boils on his ass (lmao). He did not ride a horse for several months.

In 1819 (age 75) he was “too feeble to walk much but riding without fatigue six to eight miles per day, and sometimes thirty or forty”. Jefferson might of had spinal stenosis because these patients are limited in their walking, but may have much better capacity for bicycling and other forms of exercise when seated. Jefferson had a history of back problems.

Jefferson’s strength declined further in winter 1822, but he remained in generally good health.  He could walk “only reach my garden, and that with sensible fatigue”.

Hearing Loss: In 1819 Jefferson wrote “My hearing is distinct in particular conversation, but confused when several voices cross each other, which unfits me for the society of the table”. By 1825, however: “This [hearing] dullness of mine causes me to lose much of the conversation of the world and much a stranger to what is passing in it”. Jefferson’s fondness for shooting as a form of exercise caused the hearing loss.

Prostatic Enlargement:There are statements that Jefferson had prostatic enlargement in at least the final year of life.

At age 75 Jefferson wrote: “I have not yet lost a tooth to age”. 

He did not use tobacco in any form.

The following description of Jefferson is a reminder that medical skills in that era were not always restricted to medical people: “He was a gentleman of thirty-two who could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, dance a minuet, and play the violin”.
No significant illness as infant or child.

Jefferson encouraged exercise, walking and shooting most of all, observing: “Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body.” Although a dedicated scholar, Jefferson advocated time to exercise even though it meant interrupting study, warning: “Health must not be sacrificed to learning.”

Jefferson was no fan of the doctors. He especially distrusted the practice of bleeding.

Ate little animal meat. Vegetables were his principal diet.

Drank 3 glasses of wine a day, but “halved the effects” by drinking only the weak wines. 

Slept from 5 to 8 hours nightly. Always rose with the sun.

Had few chest colds. Partially ascribed this fact to his habit of bathing his feet in cold water every morning.

Had a fever of longer than 24 hours “not above three or four times in my life.”

But Jefferson was not above practicing medicine himself. He: sutured the wound of a severely bleeding slave, inoculated his family against smallpox, and treated his daughter’s typhoid fever.


Think your story is any good? Yes? Well, is it good enough to capture the reader’s attention in 120 words or less? We’re about to find out!

The start of any story is important; your job as a writer is to grasp the reader’s attention as soon as possible! For some it takes a page, for others a chapter, to decide whether or not they are going to continue reading a story. This month’s Spotlight will be done a little differently. If you think your story is an attention grabber, then this is for you.

How it works:

Writers will submit:

  • 120 words (or less) of the beginning of each chapter 1 through 6. (If your story starts with an introduction or prologue you would submit that through chapter 5) No more than that, unless you are notified otherwise! 
  • Your Name
  • Title of story
  • URL of story

A series of rounds will occur!

During the first round readers will read the intros from chapter 1 (or prologue), then will decide/vote which one they would be more likely to continue. The intro with the least amount of votes at the end of the round will be out of the competition.

The second round the readers will again vote, this time on the intro from the next chapter. Again, the intro with the least amount of votes will be out.

This will continue on until there is one person remaining!

If there are more than 5 entries, I will split entries into groups. For example:

There are 10 entries, there will be 2 groups of 5 (Group 1 and Group 2) The rounds will still operate the same. So during round one the person with the least amount of votes from group 1 AND group 2 will be eliminated. The last writer from group 1 and group 2 would compete against one another. 

Another example, if there are 15 submissions, there will be 3 groups of 5. Again, the rounds will still operate the same.

If the number of submissions do not split evenly there will be an extra person tacked onto one of the groups. During round one the group(s) with an extra person, the bottom two will be eliminated instead of one. This will even everything out!

The Rules

  • This will only work with stories that have 7+ chapters.
  • Writers are NOT allowed to disclose that they have entered the competition. So no promoting this time! If i’m notified that you are, you will be disqualified
  • Readers if you recognize the story, please keep it to yourself! Don’t ruin it for others!
  • Writers are the only ones allowed to submit their stories!

 *the only think that the readers will see are the intros…I will not be posting the titles of the stories.*



There will be a google form, which can be accessed via mobile devices, so no voting through my ask box! 

  • Voting will start Sunday 8PM eastern (6/22)
  • Cuts will be made at 7PM every day Next week (Mon 6/23 -)
  • Each round will be available for voting, for 1 whole day! 
  • One vote per person, please! 
  • You can vote yourself!


Round 1: Sun 6/22 8PM Est - Mon 7PM 

Round 2: Mon 8PM- Tues 7PM



The hour  between each round is to allow me time to remove those with the least votes and to put up new intros!


In the event of a tie I will have someone close to me, probably my best friend, be the deciding vote!

The winner’s story will be put on my blog for a month!

This is just some friendly competition, pls don’t take anything to heart! I will be taking submissions until 6PM Sunday June 22nd!



anonymous asked:

So did we end up trending today? I didn't see it in the Worldwide Trends, but I don't understand how that's possible. We sent about 16,890 tweets - we've trended with much less in the past. I just want the writers / network to know how much we care about this pairing :(

Don’t stress over trends, Anon.  Trends (from my perspective) serve several different functions. 

First, they’re a fun way for the fandom to get together and show support for something and have fun as a whole “team.” 

Second, the goal of a trend (again, from my perspective) is, yes, about reaching out to the show runners to say, Hey, we enjoy this! Or Hey, we’re excited about this/celebrating this! but it’s also about exposure.  How many times have you seen something trending on Twitter, gotten curious and clicked it to see what is it?  That is what Twitter trends help do: spread awareness to people who have no clue what Arrow is.  You want to spread awareness, brand recognition, and (ideally) get them to tune into CW that night to check out Arrow and Oliver & Felicity and maybe… just maybe… come back next week, and the week after that, and maybe become a regular viewer who joins in to tweet about the show or tells their friends and family and gets them to watch it too.  That to me is the real power of trends.

Third, some trends, like last week’s and the trio power block we did a few weeks back, serve two functions at the same time.  This is where it gets tricky.  Function A is the same as the 2 points above.  Function B, however, is about adding show chatter that count toward the Nielsen twitter ratings.

If I may for a moment veer into an example:

This is the Twitter rating for Broken Arrow

This is the Twitter rating for The Fallen (Olicity knocking boots in Nanda Parbat)

This is the Twitter rating for the next week: Al Sah-Him

This is the Twitter rating for This Is My Sword

This is the Twitter rating for My Name Is Oliver Queen

Guess which weeks reflect when Olicity fans moved their trends into a time period when that trend chatter (aided by the inclusion of show hashtags) counted toward Arrow’s Nielsen Twitter ratings because the on-screen content gave Oliver & Felicity fans (in previews or promos) something to be excited about?  Get it?

Now, Anon, you said:

I don’t understand how that’s possible. We sent about 16,890 tweets - we’ve trended with much less in the past. 

Yes, we have, but there have been times we haven’t, too.  Also - and I stress this a lot – it’s not the number of tweets.  It’s the number of people participating.  Clearly with 16K tweets sent that day, we had a lot of people participating.  We also had a *ton* of stuff going on around the world and in the news.  Sometimes, Anon, we just suffer from bad timing (somebody dies, a huge movie trailer is released, war breaks out, an earthquake hits, something is going on in sports, Harriet Tubman is announced as the new face on the $20, etc).  It’s a wide, wide, wide world out there and there are only TEN slots on that Twitter Trending box.  Ten.

So if, say, a couple hundred or even thousands of Olicity fans get online to trend Destination Olicity they are competing against all of that.  Millions and millions of people all talking about *other things*. 

Also, you have to take into account where people live who are participating. Is the “popularity” of the topic widespread enough to trigger a trending alert from Twitter?   Is the velocity of the conversation increasing quickly enough (compared to the baseline of conversation on an average day) enough trigger a trend alert from Twitter?  It’s all a complicated algorithim of stuff that has to align in the perfect storm to trend.  Sometimes the storm is with us, sometimes it isn’t.

I saw someone say once: The Trends list captures the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular.

Now the super important part of what you said:

I just want the writers / network to know how much we care about this pairing.

Never, never ever, ever, ever think that a trend is your feedback.  It is not.  Yes, it’s a fun way to show support. Yes, it’s absolutely doing something constructive and useful and (see all the points above), and you bet the show runners and network LOVE when we trend for them & succeed (again, see all the reasons above), but it is not feedback.

If you want to make sure showrunners & the network know what you like?  Talk about the stuff you like and ignore everything else.  When the show is giving you the content you want, respond & let them know.  When they’re not, reach out and ask, “Hey, where is XYZ?  I like that.  I’d be excited about watching that.  I miss it.”

+ Respond to Official Show tweets, Facebook posts, instagram stuff, and tumblr posts.  Quick comments.  A quick like/thumbs up/fav/retweet takes mere seconds.

+ Leave comments on mainstream media articles for the things you like. I mean mainstream stuff (TV Guide, TV Line, E!, ET, THR, EW, etc) and forget all these small websites & blogs that don’t mean anything.  Focus on the big media outlets that your “average viewer” would frequent & read.  Mr. Paul’s Goldish’s Dog Blog? Not so much. 

+ Tweet during the show and use the hashtag (#Arrow #Olicity)

+ See opportunity to reply to them in *everything* they send out to social media from promos to article links to pictures, etc., and then take that opportunity to comment back to them: Yes! I like this!  Yes, I want more of this!  Yes, this gets me excited about watching.

+ Don’t wait for them to come to you… go to them.  It’s okay to reach out and talk to them about things you like, about what you’re excited about and – most importantly, especially right now – about what you want to see for the characters you love.  Be creative. A song comes on the radio that reminds you of Oliver and Felicty?  Use that an excuse to tweet them and say hey, funny thing reminded me of Olicity today…. 

I am in no way saying trends aren’t important and that people shouldn’t participate in them (heck, I run them every week, clearly I see a function for them and I’d love for more and more people to join us each week) but I think it’s just as important to recognize a trend’s function (and fun!) vs. ensuring you don’t rely on a Twitter Algorithm that may or may not swing in your favor that one day to be the sum and total of the feedback you give to the network and show executives.

There are 6 other days in the week and another 23 hours in the day we trend.  That time is just as important as one trending hour.  Make the most of it.