Introducing: Nola Nerd Baby – part 3: Birth and Postpartum

Click here to read part one – conception.

Click here to read part two – pregnancy.

Our baby was due on March 9th, 2018. Everyone says that first babies tend to stay in longer, so I hoped that I would give birth on 3/11. 311 is one of my favorite bands and I celebrate 311 Day every year (usually by going to their concert in New Orleans, but this year it was in Las Vegas and I was about to give birth), so having a 311 baby sounded awesome. I do not plan on having another child so this was my one shot! I joked that I would just cross my legs until the eleventh so I could have my 311 baby.

During January, I started having doctor’s appointments every other week to every week. And as the weeks went on, my blood pressure started getting higher and higher. I started monitoring it at home as well, and I would routinely get readings in the 150s/90s. Although I did not feel bad, my doctor started to worry about it. High blood pressure is the number one sign of preeclampsia and it can be fatal to the mother and the baby. Other risks include seizures, organ damage, HELLP syndrome, and placental abruption. The hospital conducted two non stress tests to make sure everything was okay with the baby (which it was), but my doctor warned me to be prepared to have an early delivery. When I went to my appointment on February 19th, my doctor told me I should come the next day to be admitted to the hospital to prepare to to have my baby. Thanks, blood pressure. So much for my 311 baby!

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NOLA-ing: New Orleans Tricentennial festivities

This year is a big one for New Orleans, as it officially marks the Tricentennial. The Big Easy’s 300th birthday is a year long celebration and this week has some extra-special happenings. We hope to attend a few of these occurrences over the course of the weekend.

NOLA Navy Week: The Tall Ships are coming! To help celebrate the Tricentennial, NOLA Navy Week is bringing up tall ships from not just the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, but from Great Britain and Canada as well.  VIP FastPass tickets available here. Here’s a schedule below of how to see them.

Thursday, April 19
12:00pm Tall ships arrive into downtown New Orleans. All times approximate. Ships will dock at Woldenberg Riverfront Park at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. (No public boarding day on day of arrival.
Friday, April 20
10:00am – 12:00pm Pre-arranged school and social groups
12:00pm – 5:00pm Tall ships open to the public. Admission is free.
Saturday, April 21
10:00am – 12:00pm Pre-arranged school and social groups
12:00pm – 5:00pm Tall ships open to the public. Admission is free.
Sunday, April 22
10:00am – 5:00pm Tall ships open to the public. Admission is free.
Saturday, April 21
6:45pm – 12:00am Tall Ships® Tricentennial Gala – Tall Ships celebrate NOLA’s 300th! On-deck and dock-side black-tie gala in Woldenberg Park. Tickets include drinks, food, dancing and fireworks over the River. Download the Gala invitation (PDF)
Monday, April 23
9:00am Tall ships depart New Orleans. Please note: Navy ships maintain a separate schedule. Visit: NOLA Navy Week for more information.

Tricentennial Dog Parade: The Saints’ mascot Gumbo will lead those “lucky dogs” that call New Orleans home down the streets around City Bark on Sunday, April 22. If you want your dog to participate, check-in is at 10am and the parade starts at 11am. There is also a costume contest for your cute pooch. Registration is $40/dog or $45/dog on site. According to the website:

Dress your dogs up to compete in the following costume contest categories: Best NOLA-centric Attire, Most “Fest”ive Pet, Funniest Costume, and Best Pet Duo (dog and owner). Prizes include tickets to Zoo-to-Do, a membership to NOLA City Bark, a $100 gift certificate to Metairie Small Animal Hospital, a 5-day pass to Dogtopia, a gift basket from Magazine Street Animal Clinic and more.

Tricentennial Citywide Family Reunion: On Sunday, April 22, a celebration of jazz music will occur with music, food, and a nighttime fireworks display at 9pm at City Park’s Big Lake at 9 p.m. In Armstrong Park, there will be performances by Mia Borders, Ivan Neville and Friends, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers and other local acts. A jazz stage in Congo Square (starting at 2 p.m.) will feature Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Ledisi and other guests. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, drinks, blankets, and chairs to enjoy the festivities. If you cannot make it, they are filming the performances to be shown online as part of International Jazz Day on April 30.

If these festivities weren’t exciting enough, there is also Kenner’s Italian Heritage Festival.

Located at: 400 Blk of Williams Blvd. (from the River to the railroad tracks)

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With so many activities going on during this beautiful weekend, there is no reason to stay indoors!

 

Introducing: Nola Nerd Baby – Part 2: Pregnancy

Click here to read part one – conception.

The moment we had been wishing for during the past five and a half years finally came to fruition – we were pregnant! We could honestly not believe it. I kept thinking that the blood test had to be wrong. I wanted to see for myself that I was pregnant. I bought an at-home pregnancy test and managed to wait until the next morning, July 1, to take it, because first pee contains the highest level of pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Besides, I wanted to see with my own eyes a pregnancy test that was finally positive, after taking so many throughout the years that were negative. My husband and I did a little photo shoot to document this first step in my pregnancy. Goodness knows we love to document our lives and I naturally wanted to start a baby book. (I actually have three! Scrapbooking is definitely a guilty pleasure.)

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Introducing: Nola Nerd Baby – Part 1: Conception

You might be wondering why we have been pretty quiet the last several months. On February 22, 2018,  my husband and I welcomed to the world the newest little nerd. She is perfect and already so much fun and gives us so much joy. However, her existence came with many twists and turns, from conception to after birth. These complications took a toll on us and we had to put the blog on the back burner for awhile. We are ready to move forward again and I would love to tell you the story of our little miracle! Since I have so much to tell, I am breaking it into three parts. This is part 1 – conception.

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Our miracle Nola Nerd Baby

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The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 15: Wizard World New Orleans 2018 Wrap-Up

After a long absence, The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast is back! In this show, we explain why we were gone for so long, what we were up to in that time, and finally, we focus in on Wizard World New Orleans 2018!  Spoiler alert: we had a great con.  Show notes for this episode in the photo gallery below!

 

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World Programming

Besides meeting celebrities and browsing the booths from many different geek vendors, Wizard World New Orleans offers countless hours of programming.  Topics range from Q&A with celebrities to DIY cosplay to fandom discussions to creating your own fiction.

Here is a sample of what Wizard World New Orleans has to offer:

  • Interactive Q&As with Stan Lee (Saturday, 1 p.m.), David Tennant (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Ian Somerhalder (Saturday, 3 p.m.), Henry Winkler (Sunday, noon), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Saturday, 12:30 p.m.),  Ruth Connell (“Supernatural,” Saturday, noon), Joe Flanigan (“Stargate: Atlantis,” Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)

  • Group sessions with the casts of “Gotham” (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and “Boy Meets World” (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and “Women Of Sci-Fi” Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and  Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed) (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

  • Disney Trivia panel with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite ) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year,  Saturday, 2 p.m.)

  • Creator-themed hours featuring industry superstars Stuart Sayger (“Micronauts”), Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Clinton Hobart  (licensed Disney fine artist), Mark Kistler (“Secret City”, Tom Cook  (“Saturday Morning Cartoons”), Greg Herren (“Garden District Gothic”), Victor Dandridge  (“The Samaritan”) and more

  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions (Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m./LGBTPQ, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.mhttp://secure.campaigner.com/CSB/LGBTPQ, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)

  • Screening of the award-winning feature documentary COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages, a film all about comic books, and the phenomenon surrounding them that features some of the greatest talents in the industry (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.).

  • Fan-based panels on subjects ranging from podcasting, indie comics, “Ghosts of New Orleans” with the Paranormal Society of New Orleans, “Doctor Who,” “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and more

  • Kids programming all three days, including story time, face painting, puppet shows, dance parties, magic, learn to draw, (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)

  • World-famous Wizard World Comic Con Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Cosplay with special guests Da Berry Best Cosplays, Alex Cosplays, OhMySophii, Princess Morgan, Captain K and  Canvas Cosplay and more, throughout the weekend

  • Cosplay Workshops (Working with Worbla, How to Bring a Character to Life, Creators and Social Media, Intro to Molding/Casting, Makeup, Pokemon), require additional ticket

Most of these panels and workshops are included with the price of your ticket, but a few may cost extra. You can find the complete programming guide here.

The 2018 Wizard World New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 5, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

The Mr. Nola Nerd Music Podcast: My Favorite Albums of 2017

I didn’t listen to as much music as I normally would in this past year. However, I don’t really think I listened to an album that I felt wasted my time.

This is not a best of list, but just a podcast on my favorite albums of the year.  The higher the ranking the more I listened to the album is how I ranked them.

Spoilers: My top five after the jump:

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