Saturday, July 21, 2012

Life Lately

This blog seem to be heading down the pregnancy/baby blogging route. I promise not to make my married life a baby blog but honestly my life is pretty boring right now aside from that excitement. Although is summer and I should be having the time of my life, all I've been doing is sleeping, eating, working, and sometimes crying (I blame the hormones). So yea baby blogging it is for a few more weeks, sorry. I'm sure once fall is near we'll be busy doing other activities and getting ready for the holidays so things should get a bit more exciting around here. There's still pictures of the new house to come, yummy Dominican recipes, DIY/Pinterest inspired projects, and so much more. But for now I leave you with my life lately.

~I got pregnancy hives! :( well at least it was only in one spot and it seems to be going away (not sticking around for the next 5 months like I hear they do).

~Baby boy is six going onto the teen years. He's always right. Wants things done his way. Has been asking for a little too much (could it be that he's realizing he won't be the only spoil child anymore?)

~My primahermana (cousin almost sister) had a baby shower today. Finally some fun in my life! She had a bit of a scare two weeks ago and dilated to 4cm so she was put on bed rest for two weeks. Luckily little Kayden behaved and stood in the oven a bit longer. Now he can come out if he wants (I'm almost positive that after tonight he'll make his grand debut soon ;))

~One week left till a knottie GTG in NYC! This one should be almost as big as the one in VA.

~I am clueless on where to start for nursery planning. Obviously I can't make big decisions until the big gender reveal next month but I should at least have ideas right? Well nope. I got nothing. Zip. Nada. I don't even know what type of crib I want or if to go with a semi neutral theme or very gender specific theme. What is going on inside my little head?!

~I'm planning a gender reveal party for next month. I'm also having trouble here deciding on anything. Plus I'm worried little peanut gets shy and the party is planned for the day after the appt. nerve-wracking!

~Deciding on a school/work schedule has me over the edge. I just know is not going to be easy working FT nights, taking 3 classes, and being pregnant along with every day life activities. I can cry just thinking about it. What to do? what to do?

~I've decided to engage myself into developing better photography skills. After all a new baby will give me motivation and keep me occupied :). Guess what has been keeping me back? Editing pictures. For some reason I find it intimidating. I have all this pictures that I don't know what to do with them. *puts head down in shame*. Is it even necessary to edit them?

I think that's all. For now at least.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dear Baby

Today makes four months on this journey that we've been blessed with and every week you surprise me more and more. There has been lots of stress coming my way since before you decided to make a quiet appearance. Needless to say that I've been worry sick thinking the worse. Still you keep growing and growing, developing all those little details inside and out and that makes me very happy. That makes me wonder of the type of person that you'll be and I know for sure that you will be a strong one. The type that when life throws lemons your way you'll simply take them and make lemonade just like daddy :). You are loved by so many people already especially your big brother. He gives you hugs and kisses all day long and has promised to share his books and toys with you and take care of you always. In just four short weeks we'll find out if you are a little boy or girl and I think I'm well set on names. Daddy and big brother love them too. Early this week a baby bump popped out of nowhere and boy was I waiting for it. Now every time I'm sad all it takes is a look down to remind me how blessed I am to be given the opportunity to have you as my child. Morning sickness seem to have subsided (yaayyy!) except when I take too long to snack on food (sorry). Yesterday I got a fetal Doppler to use at home and you bet I have taken every chance I've gotten to hear the sound of your little heartbeat. Nothing but music to my ears. I can listen to it all day. And I swear I've felt you moving around a few times when I'm relaxing quietly on the bed. I look forward to a strong little kick or position change in the near future. I just hope your daddy and brother are near by and that you do it again for them. I love you to the moon and back sweet baby so keep growing big and healthy. We'll wait patiently for your arrival.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Week 15

How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: -5
Maternity clothes? I'll be buying some maternity leggings this weekend :)
Stretch marks? No new ones.
Sleep: better.
Best moment this week: belly finally popping out! Now I'm starting to really look pregnant.
Have you told family and friends? Yes
Miss Anything? At this moment no. Well my mommy
Have you started to show yet? Yes
Movement: None this week that I've noticed.
Food cravings: not really.
Anything making you queasy or sick: water at room temp. Yuck!
Gender Predictions: girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: had a little bit of cramping but I'm thinking it was all the process for my belly to pop.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy
Looking forward to: planning the gender reveal party :)


Monday, July 16, 2012

Belly Books!

My two must have favorite books to have while pregnant are these two:

1. You're Going To Be My Mom by Astrid Rivera, M.D.

2. The Belly Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

This first one was a gift from my sister-in-law back during my first pregnancy. Is a 40 week devotional journal that gives you weekly talks like if it was the baby talking to you, a small section on the Mom's Response which is usually a small prayer, baby growth information, and a small bible quote/verse. I look forward on reading this every week devotional even the second time around. It was and still is so beautiful. It makes me feel closer to the baby somehow.

The second one I found through another blog I follow, Heather Drive. I've been following her blog for years now and I'll be making reference to quite a few items or post ideas I got from her. :)

So this book is plain awesome! Heather actually has the Baby Book that follows this one but I figured this one should be just as awesome. I first bought it for a friend last year and now that I think about it I never really asked what she thought of it. Although I love it! Is the perfect memory book. Just the right amount of questions and plenty of space for pictures.

This book is divided into the 3 trimester and each section has a spot for 2 ultrasound pictures and a belly picture for every week along with appointments info and stats. It seriously is the perfect combination of the things you want to remember way after the nine months are done and over :) at the end it has a page for the birth story, first birthday picture, and how fast or long did it take you to go back to your pre pregnancy weight/body if so. Didn't I say this book is Awesome! I'll be done with the first trimester section next week because is from 1-3 mos. the second section starts at 4 months and although I'm at the second trimester mark I still have 1 week left of month 3.

This baby book was purchased at Amazon. I hope you find it as awesome as I do if/when you're expecting!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Week 14

I love this picture. It truly shows my tiny baby bump :)

How far along? 14 weeks
Total weight gain: gained a few but still in the negatives -1
Maternity clothes? Nope. Although I foresee some maternity leggins very soon.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: much much better.
Best moment this week: feeling my baby hiccups. It was adorable I had to record it :)
Have you told family and friends? Yes
Miss Anything? My energy
Have you started to show yet? Just Barely
Movement: I think so but after 6 years I'm still considered myself a rookie so it might of just been gas lol
Food cravings: a cold corona with a lime in it. Omg!
Anything making you queasy or sick: my job.
Gender Predictions: girl/boy/girl/boy kind of unsure.
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: still nausea but has gotten better.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy
Looking forward to: my appointment on Friday. I love hearing my sweet baby's heartbeat :)

Hello Second Trimester!!!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Food for your Soul

I've decided that from time to time I will post things out of my daily devotional readings that speaks to me. This is from day 67.

"God's Word, the Bible, is His one love letter -- His one message -- to you. There are paragraphs where He gives you His thoughts on discipline; He talks about financial matters; there are pages concerning interpersonal relationships; and He gives advice on how to meet the myriad unexpected pressures that will undoubtedly arise in His absence."

~ When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:20 NLT)


Thursday, July 5, 2012

13 Weeks

How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight gain: -5
Maternity clothes? None but pants are a bit tight already.
Stretch marks? No new ones ;)
Sleep: I'm always tired so I sleep almost all day long. But there are times I only sleep 4 hrs after work which is no bueno! Then I end up napping here and there throughout the day.
Best moment this week: getting to see my sweet peas again on Monday.
Have you told family and friends? Yes
Miss Anything? Sushi
Have you started to show yet? Just a bit. Most times is just bloating.
Movement: none
Food cravings: my momma's cooking :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: fruity smells. Yuck!
Gender Predictions: girl
Labor Signs: None
Symptoms: nausea. All.The.Time! Occational vomiting as well :(
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Both but mostly moody
Looking forward to: entering the second trimester hopefully with less morning sickness and more energy :)


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Steven's Birth Story

It's been six years now although it feels like it was just yesterday that I was given the privilege to become a mother.

Let's see how well my memory recalls such a special and amazing day.

It was June 30th 2006 and the hubby and I had went to the movies to watch Click with Adam Sandler. I had been having contractions for weeks now but none were strong enough for the doctors to keep me in the hospital. So back and forth we went about 2-3 times with no luck. That night I was having mild contractions but since I had tried every old wives tale there was to deliver and this baby was as stubborn as they can get I had given up trying to chose my own delivery date and let him pick his own birthday.

I remember sitting on a chair during the movie with my "cramps" getting a bit strong. Suddenly I got this immense urge to use the restroom but was worried that I would get up and my water would break and what not. So I held it till the end and until everyone was out of the room.

We went home and called it a night. I was just so uncomfortable. It was now July 1, 06 around midnight. I laid down in the bed and for hours I tossed and turned while my "boyfriend" at that time slept like a baby. Eventually I opened my eyes and looked up at the ceiling trying to figure out why was I feeling this way? Why was I in so much pain? Pregnant and all I couldn't put my finger on it so I ignored it and tried to go back to sleep.

Suddenly my eyes opened up again and a thought came to my mind. Was I having contractions? Was I really in labor this time? Could this baby be finally ready to meet us? My lips curved upward with a smile from ear to ear and my eyes glowed like a child on Christmas morning. I did what I've been dreaming on doing for weeks. Track my contractions. They were about 4 minutes apart. I waited about 30 more minutes and as they continued and got slightly stronger I decided to call my doctor. I headed to the bathroom and waited for a call back. As I was trying to explain how I felt I had had 5 contractions within 5 minutes. Before I even finish explaining my symptoms he said "you are definitively in labor. Head on down. We'll be waiting for you". :) Yaayyy!

After my phone conversation with the doctor the hardest part was convincing the hubby that I was really in labor and needed to go to the hospital. It took what it felt like forever to get him to wake up and drive me. Poor guy. So many false alarms and he was in denial. Finally I said "if you don't wake up I'm calling my mom, your mom, and your dad! And I'll drive myself to the hospital." his response: "ok ok. But I swear Pam if this is another false alarm..." he got up and on our way we were.

When we got to the hospital it was 3:30am and I was 3cm. They monitor me for awhile then told me to walk around the unit. At 4:30 I was checked again and was 4cm. Again we were told to walk around the unit. This time I didn't make it and turned around back to the triage room. The docs came in and told me that I would be admitted and I would be moved shortly to a delivery room. They offered me the epidural but I declined it. I wanted to have a natural delivery. Well that didn't last long. By 7am I wanted my epidural and I wanted it NOW!

We called our parents and spread the news that little Steven would soon make his entrance to this world. Time seemed to be going slow after that and boy was I hungry. I just wanted some breakfast and orange juice but all I was given was flavored ice chips :(

By noon I had reached 10cm and baby was crowning. They turned down my epidural because I wasn't feeling my contractions and we started practicing my pushing. Once baby head was visible they put a big mirror in front of me so that I could see all the hair on his head. This was the most Amazing and Magical thing I'd ever seen! I was witnessing my firstborn moved further and further down the birth canal. Pure heaven :).

A little after 1p it was time for the real pushing and by 1:18p baby boy was out from within me and putting to good use his fresh pair of lungs. Tears filled my eyes. Soon I had him right on my chest and we shared our first look as mommy and son. This feeling is indescribable. Then they took him away to finish me up with the rest of the last birthing stage. I just saw from the corner how proud daddy stood there with one finger in his son's small hand, teary eyes, and praying. Grandmothers were taking pictures and calling the rest of the family to give them the stats.

Soon the room filled with family, flowers, balloons, and congratulations. Pictures were being taken left and right. And our life as a family of 3 began.

There are not enough words for me to express my joy to being a mother. It has definitely been a learning journey in which I have no regrets. I look forward so much to reliving this process again with this sweet miracle inside of me.

And to my dear firstborn. I have nothing but the best wishes for him. He is an amazing boy and I'm sure he will make his mommy and daddy proud with everything he'll do. I love you baby boy xoxo!