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Birth Story part 1

February 29

I was NOT feeling like myself at all, I was extra tired and I noticed lower abdominal cramping and a pain in my back. I decided to take it easy that day and not walk/workout because I was simply too exhausted to handle it. So after cleaning the kitchen I decided to take a nice warm bath. With that I noticed the back pain subsided but the stomach cramps were still present so I decided to be a complete bum and relax in bed the rest of the afternoon. I read my book and completely relaxed with a slight hope that these pains were an early sign of labor. By this time I was SOOO anxious, especially since I was already past my due date, but wasn’t going to let it get to me because I knew it wouldn’t happen if I kept anticipating it. Needless to say, I was very ready for labor to get here so I could meet my sweet little blessing. However, nothing happened besides the occasional cramping here and there throughout the rest of the evening. I figured if it was anything, it had to be false labor. With no sign of any progress, I went to bed without any anticipation of what would happen the following day….(So much for a leap year baby..lol)

March 1

I slept well throughout the night and woke up that morning feeling the same as every other morning. I got up and began watching the news while snacking on cereal because I had to get ready for my prenatal appointment at 8am. I was super bummed that I was having to attend this appointment after all, but it was alright, I was hoping to get some information from the doctor on my progress. While sitting down on the couch I felt it….a warm trickle of water in my shorts….I immediately told myself “No way!” and sure enough I went to the bathroom and noticed a small amount of fluid there. I told myself again “This can’t be what I think it is….” So with that I continued to watch the news and…..it happened AGAIN!…..at 7:13 am exactly I noticed the small trickle again and couldn’t believe it. I thought to myself “Ok this could really be it! My water is breaking!” So I decided to go upstairs and let my husband know and sure enough while walking up the stairs more and more fluid kept leaking out. 😀 I was SOOO EXCITED, yet completely calm all at the same time! 🙂 I went into the bedroom and told hubby, “I think my water just broke!” He immediately jumped out of bed (more alert than I have ever seen him) and said “Ok! Let’s get things ready to go.” He began gathering our items for the hospital and such while I checked to make sure we had everything we needed. I could tell he was nervous because from upstairs I heard him spill Lexie’s food all over the kitchen floor. 😛

At 8 am, instead of heading to my doctor’s appointment we were headed to the hospital. I called my parents to let them know the news and immediately upong answering my little sister said “No baby yet?!” and with an overwhelming joy I told her “Maybe baby..” and she responded with “What?! Really?! Baby!?” It was the cutest thing ever. I proceeded to tell my parents what had happened and how we were on our way to the hospital. They were in complete shock and were absolutely estatic. 😀

Upon arriving at the hospital I was checked to make sure my water had broken and the doctor immediately confirmed it and said I was 3 cm dilated! 🙂 I couldn’t believe it, I was sure that I was barely at a 1 if even. Then with a bit of confusion, my husband asked the doctor “So what does this mean? Are we staying or are we going?” and the doctor responded “Yes sir, ya’ll are definitely staying.” I couldn’t help but smile because in that moment I knew, that it was really happening…I was in LABOR! 😀 We waited a little bit for the paper work to be done and we  were then escorted to our delivery room where I was hooked up to the machines and Baby A and I were monitored.

After being on the monitors for a little while I noticed my contractions started to become more prevalent. I even thought to myself, “this isn’t so bad, maybe I can do this, especially if I’m already dialated 3 cm!” My nurses were absolutely darling, they were so nice and made me feel great throughout the whole process. After feeling stronger contractions in my back, I asked the nurse if I was able to get up and walk around a bit, with the hope of helping me progress faster and to alleviate the back pain I was feeling. Thankfully, she let me get off the machines and walk around. Sadly, as soon as I was up and moving, my contractions didn’t feel as strong, and instead seemed to lessen in strength. After 45 minutes of walking, I was hooked up to the monitors again, only to find out that my contractions had slowed down and spread apart. The doctor also mentioned to me that pitcocin might be considered if I need helped getting my contractions closer together. Though I wasn’t too fond of the idea of using pitocin, I knew I didn’t have much a choice if it really came down it. After being monitored for abour 2 hours and no great change in my contractions, the doctor suggested intervening with a bit of pitocin to get things going. My nurse specially said “thing are going to get real here in a minute.” The nurses also told me that whenever I wanted the epidural, they’d go ahead and set that up for me. At this point, I was still feeling really good. My contractions had increased in pain but weren’t completely unbearable. (Again I thought “Hey! this isn’t that bad!”) But then an hour after the pitocin began things really did “real” and the pain was INTENSE. After several painful contractions and wanting to curse on the top of my lungs, I asked for epidural. I had always known I would most likely ask for it, even though I wanted to see how long I could go without it, so it wasn’t too big of a surprise. The pain was so intense that I had forgotten everything they had taught me in the birthing classes on how to breathe and I could not focus properly throughout them. I loved the fact that my husband kept telling me that he felt I could handle it without the epideral but he understood and supported my decision to get the pain reliever. He was very encouraging and positive and I loved his faith in me. I also knew that I still has a good amount of progression to make and the pain would only intensify so the epideral was much needed.

Though a bit shaky and nervous, the epideral was administered and the pain slowly went away. Things were good! Or so I thought. The nurses kept coming into my room and asking me to switch positions, so I went from one side to my back, to the other side several times. At first I didn’t understand the reason for this, until the doctor came in and said that he was going to take me off the pitocin because the baby wasn’t liking it. I was checked and still hadn’t made ANY progress. :-/ So, the nurses continued to monitor my contractions on their own without the pitocin to see if that would work better. Another 2 hours passed and the doctor checked me again…still NO progress…again my contractions weren’t staying close together like they should. With this, they decided to try the pitocin again to see if this time things could progress better…maybe the second time is a charm?

During all of this, my nurses kept telling me to rest because I would need all the energy I had when it came time to push. Though I tried to sleep some, I just couldn’t because I was so anxious to know if I was progressing at all. I had already been checked twice without making any progess and I needed to know if things were ok and my body was cooperating well with everything.

By the next time I was due to be checked, the doctors and nurses had changed shifts and I had a new doctor who would me monitoring my progres. I was not too happy about this, but I couldn’t help the situation. I felt comfortable with the previous doctor (heck, he had checked me 3 times already!) but by this time I also kept thinking to myself that all that mattered was the safety of Baby A.

Again, while on the pitocin, I was told to switch positions on several occasions and when the new doctor checked me, he said I was still at a 3-4. 😦

Two cycles of pitocin and no progress…and even worse baby A was again not liking the pitocin at all.

By this point, I was tired, hungry, and completely let down by the fact that I wasn’t progressing like I should be. Though no one had said anything yet, I knew that we were running out of time and an alternative birth plan could be in the future. Complete sadness, frustration and dissaspointment had hit me by this point. I kept thinking to myself “my water broke, so my body must be ready for labor” yet it wasn’t cooperating like it should and I began to feel like an absolute failure. 😦

Then the on-call midwife came in to check me since she had been on-call with my first doctor and would be a better judge of my progress. After checking me, I could read it by the look on her face….I was barely a 4, maybe a 5, but being that it was already 9 PM, I was still not progressing fast enough. Shortly after, the midwife returned with another doctor who wanted to check my status and monitor my contractions first hand. He saw that with every contraction, baby’s heart rate dipped slightly and once again confirmed that this wasn’t a good sign. He also checked me himself and reaffirmed the fact that even though I had progressed to a 6, I wasn’t progressing fast enough and with each stronger contraction, the baby’s heart rate continued to drop. He said he would give me a few more contractions to see if things changed otherwise another birth plan would be taken….

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Keeping busy

This is totally how I’m feeling:

Discouragement has definitely started to settle in…not so much so to completely CONSUME me but it has started to take a toll on me to a small extent. I’m beginning to worry if I’m going to go way past my due date which could lead to me having to be induced and thus leads to a whole other set of worries. :-/ I know I need to stay *POSTIVE* and I constantly remind myself that it’s all in God’s hand and that when little man is ready, he’ll come out! 🙂 Though I will say it’s soooo tough to hold in my excitement with each lingering day that passes. I seriously thought yesterday could have been the “the big day” because I was feeling all sorts of aches and pains throughout the afternoon, but during the night I felt absolutely NOTHING…in fact I woke up feeling just fine. While I’m dreading this waiting part, I often remind myself to just relax and enjoy this time as much as possible but it’s just SOO hard when I’m eager to see his sweet little face already!

{Thought this was TOO CUTE not to share}

& No, it hasn’t come down to this yet,…but maybe…lol jk

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But this is very true:

{& I’m totally LOVING it! I’m truly blessed with such a loving family…they can’t wait to get that phone call!}

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To keep myself busy I decided to get in an early workout….but after 20 mins into it I totally wasn’t feeling it at all. 😦 My body was saying “You’re hungry, it’s almost lunchtime, go get food and take it easy!” After ignoring the message a couple of times I finally just decided to *listen to my body* for once and took it easy instead.

So instead, I decided to…..

Paint my nails…AGAIN! haha {TWICE in less than a week?… That’s when you KNOW I’m bored.}

{Pretty in PINK!}

Since Baby A is contining to bake, I decided to do some baking myself…

{Mini Banana nut muffins<3}

Topped with some lovely Peanut Butter & they are AMAZINGLY delicous!! 🙂

& There is nothing like some Jason Mraz to cheer up my discouraged spirits and help me get my bake on!

Baby A was enjoying the music as well and loves to ninja kick to the melody!

Can’t forget to mention the lovely breakfast I ate this morning…

{Amazing is a complete understand in deed! I ❤ Kashi!!! This combo has become one of my favorites & I’m not even a cereal-kinda gal.} {Kashi Cinnamon Harvert + Kellogs FiberPlus Cinnamon Oat Crunch+Unsweetened Almond Milk+Fruit= SOOOOOOO GOOD!}

I’ve also been drinking some Raspberry Leaf tea…

Read below for details from AmericanPregnancy.org

Are the herbal teas called “Pregnancy Teas” safe to drink?

There are a number of teas labeled as “Pregnancy Teas” or herbs such as red raspberry leaf that are in teas, that are considered to be good for pregnancy. Many midwives and professionals who work with herbs believe that the regular consumption of these teas may help prevent pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, preterm labor, prolonged labor, and postpartum hemorrhage.  Get your tea here.

Medical studies have shown that red raspberry leaf can be consumed safely during pregnancy and can decrease the length of labor and decrease the number of interventions used such as artificial rupture of membranes (AROM), assisted delivery, and cesarean delivery.1 Red raspberry leaf also seems to help prevent pregnancies from pre-or post-term gestation (delivering too early or too late).

Herbs Used in Teas

The following are common ingredients you may find in herbal teas. Note that some have a questionable safety rating. The safety ratings given here are from the Natural Medicines Database. More extensive research and discussions with your health care provider will help you make the decision about what herbs are safe for you to use in teas.

  • Red Raspberry Leaf (Likely Safe) – Rich in iron, this herb has helped tone the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains.  Many of the “Pregnancy Teas” commonly contain red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy. There is some controversy about whether this should be used throughout pregnancy or just in the second and third trimester, so many health care providers remain cautious and only recommend using it after the first trimester.


    I know some people say it’ll help induce labor, but I’m just using it to help all of the above reasons…who doesn’t wanna ease labor pains if possible? 🙂 So I say get your tea on! 😉

    {Loving my Valentine’s Day mug…it’s STILL February so I can STILL use it without feeling like a dork! 😉 lol }

    What are some of your favorite Teas!?!

    Since yesterday was a holiday, it was nice to hang out at the casa and have a movie day with the hubby <3. Today, on the other hand, I could tell he was nervous about me being at home when it’s so close to my due date…but he needs not to worry because I’ve got someone furry keeping an eye on me..

    {My watch cat. He’s on labor alert apparently and won’t let me leave his sight. 😛 lol}

    Well I’m going to read some and enjoy a mini muffin while I wait on my Love Muffin to get home from work.

    Have a great day friends!

    ❤ Alicia



 

 

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*38 weeks* <3

Feeling: Great! I was actually expecting to be totally exhausted and worn out but I’m surprisingly feeling pretty stinking awesome right now. Physically-Feeling good as well. The soreness in my hips/pelvic area comes and goes, though it is uncomfortable at times, it’s nothing too horrific or anything. I’ve definitely noticed more “lightening bolt” feelings and braxton hicks here and there but nothing too off the wall. The other day I got one pretty intense “lightening bolt” that hit me and I jumped up from the couch because it totally caught me off guard. After I described what it was like to the hubby he couldn’t help but laugh. 😛 Everyday now he’ll ask if I’ve felt anymore “lightening bolts down there.” haha Emotionally-I’m feeling really good; I’ve been chatting with my friend who recently had her little girl and she’s totally helped ease my worries and fears. I swear she’s like my labor preparation coach-I’m so lucky to have her help me throughout all of this. I’m definitely past the *FEAR* stages, I think it hit me a few weeks ago and now even though I’m still fearful (who isn’t honestly?) I’m starting to feel so much more confident and READY. I’m PUMPED! I know it’s gonna be hard, tough, agonizing, overwhelming, emotional, every bit of everything I have and have not felt in my life but I am sooo ready for it all. 🙂 I’m looking at it like a marathon that I have to endure and I’m so ready to reach the finish line.

Exercise: Continuing to exercise daily, some days more than others. Lately I’ve had a burst of extra energy when it comes to my workouts, I’ve been doing more walk/jog intervals while on the treadmill and let me tell ya it feels SOOO GOOD to get a good sweat on! 😀 I do monitor my heart rate though just to make sure I’m not overdoing it. 🙂

Cravings/Indulgences: Totally craving tons of FRUIT: Pineapple & Grapes in particularly. 🙂 No major indulgences, just enjoying all my regular foods and one additional oldie…I started drinking skim milk again…I hadn’t drank REAL milk since a while before I got preggers. I had just stopped drinking it altogether and sinply chose other milk subsitutes. This past trimester I had a huge urgency to drink a nice cold glass of milk and though it surprised me a bit, I totally indulged & it was….really good. Maybe my body was craving/wanting more calcium??

 Changes: No major changes minus the fact that I feel as though he has definitely DROPPED and I feel as though I can move around much better and TUMS is no longer my bestie. *WAHOO!!*

Doctors notes: Everything looks great! Baby A is HEAD DOWN!! 😀 I’m soooo happy that he is in the right position and ready to go! 🙂 My weight gain is just right and little man is measuring just right as well, so now it’s just time to continue to let him bake.

Baby stuff bought: The swing and bouncy came in last week and now we’re pretty much set! 🙂 Just a few things here and there but nothing major.

What I’m loving: I’m totally loving all the love and affection I’ve been receiving from my family, friends and sweet hubby. ❤ My parents call me every morning to *check in* on us, which is so sweet. Hubby does the same thing every morning via email, the first thing he asks is “how are you feeling today?” 🙂 Which just makes me feel so loved and cared for. My little furbabies have also been on the lookout lately too-they follow me EVERYWHERE and keep a close eye on me. I swear they talk to one another and are saying “She’s bound to pop any day now, so keep a close watch on her” 😛 hehe

I’m also loving the waiting part, though at times it keeps me up late a night because I’m soooo anxious and excited to meet our little guy, at the same time I feel totally BLISSFUL for everything thus far. I’ve realized we’ve got to cherish every moment of every day because it’s only going to continue to change as the days pass by. I’ve just been feeling an extra special connection to my husband lately that is sooo amazing and wonderful. I’m just thankful for everything and hopeful and excited for the future. ❤

Fun stuff: No more baby classes at all, now it’s just the two of us playing the waiting game! 😀  I can’t believe there are only *12 days* til my due date!! 😀

Predictions: Hubby says Feb. 23…..I still say the 1st of March…we will seeee!!

{38 weeks on Valentine’s Day<3}

{“Baby got FRONT!” as my little sis would say!}

{Valentines Day 2012 <3}

{Belly photo fun}

{Baby A lovin'<3}

{<3 Belly belly}

{napkin love notes <3}

{the doc said he his head looked “perfect” 🙂 <3}

Welp, that’s all folks! Hope you have a fabulous day!

❤ Alicia

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36 weeks!

(Sorry I’m been totally MIA lately friends, but I’ve just been busy prepping for baby getting and taking a long relaxing break from blogging. But I’m back and hoping to post more frequently and look forward to catching up with all of you.<3)

(source: TheBump.com)

Feeling: Good!! Anxious and excited all at the same time.  Physically-I occasionally have lower back/pelvic pain but it comes and goes sporadically.  Less and less heartburn(YAY!)-for a while there I was getting it after pretty much anything and everything I ate. Emotionally-Good as well, but starting to get super nervous too. I tell my hubby it’s been “easy” being pregnant thus far, thankfully I’ve had a relatively nice pregnancy and now that it’s so close to his arrival I’m feeling anxious because I’m beginning to worry about all the do’s and don’ts of parenthood. What if I’m not a good mom? What if I can’t tell why he’s crying? What if I have trouble breastfeeding? You name it, I’ve been thinking it and it is really starting to worry me, especially since I won’t have my mom close by to help me out throughout this new beginning.

Exercise: Consistently moving, like I said before I think this has definitely helped alleviate the aching pain in lower back. I’m not doing intervals as much anymore but I am continuing to walk my little heart out and do small weight sessions here and there.

Cravings/Indulgences: Just like in my first trimester, while walking around IKEA I got a huge craving for a cinnamon roll and I devoured it with great joy. I also bought a couple of them for my pregger pal too since she LOVES cinnamon rolls, particularly those from Cinnabon. Oranges have come and gone, now it’s bananas, peanut butter, and *GRAPES*. I feel like my normal taste buds have finally returned and I’m loving all the things I loved prior to being pregnant, with the exception of spicy stuff because I’ve apparently inherited a great love for all foods, salsas, and dips that are flaming hot during my pregnancy! Little man takes after his momma’s side of the family. 😉

Changes: I think my belly has dropped, I asked hubby what he thought be he can’t tell the difference. I’m also warmer than usual, my hands and feet were always freezing, even up until a few weeks ago but now I feel like I’m burning up all the time. Hot flashes? Yep you betcha. Oh & remember the stretchy pants?…yep I have a couple of them that are my FAVORITE and all I want to do is wear them 24/7 along with all my other yoga workout clothes. I do have a few pairs of maternity jeans/pants but they just aren’t as comfy & at this point I’m all about *comfort*.

Doctors notes: 36 week check up was really good. My doctor said my weight gain was perfect and baby seemed to be doing really well. My next check up is scheduled in two weeks. I was a bit disappointed because I was ready for the WEEKLY checkups already…lol I’m just sooo excited that I can’t help it.

Baby stuff bought: ALL sorts of goodies, wipes, diapers, onesies, bath tub, blankets galore…. 😀 We also got the glider, which we totally LOVE (I’ll post pics later).  There are a couple of things we need to get, but since he’ll be sleeping in a bassinet in our room, those things can hold off a bit still.

What I’m loving: Baby A is moving A LOT!! I’m loving every bit of it and can’t help but smile and stare at my belly every single second of the day.

My pregger pal who is/was two weeks ahead of me had her baby this past week and words cannot describe how happy I am for her and her hubby. 😀 Her little girl is precious and though I was a bit nervous at first, I think I was mostly in shock that she was no longer pregnant anymore and she had a NEWBORN in her arms. It was very surreal to see and comprehend the whole thing but once it finally sunk in I feel excited and sooo happy. Holding her sweet baby girl is the sweetest thing ever and I gladly held her during the super bowl and thought she was way more entertaining and eye-catching than all of the super bowl commercials.

Hiccups-Baby A gets hiccups pretty much daily and it’s seriously the cutest thing ever. Feeling them is the one thing but seeing them is even more amazing. ❤ I’m sooo in love with him already it’s insane.

Reading other blogger’s birth stories/mama tips. I must say nothing is more helpful than getting real life info from women who are going through this transition as well. Though everyone’s experience is so different, it’s so nice to read things that make you feel more at ease with things like labor, breastfeeding, and the ooey gooey-ness that baby classes don’t always cover in depth.

Fun stuff:      36 week baby class & tour of the hospital (check!)

Baby Boot Camp (check!)

Hanging out at much as possible with fellow pregger pals (check!)

First visitors to the new casa (check!)

So far, no more baby classes….CRAZY!! Now it’s just a matter of playing the waiting game…. 😀

Guessing game:

My family & friends have put in their guestimations of baby’s date of arrival and I think it’s just so fun to see what dates they’ve picked.

My brother Daniel: Feb. 8 (tomorrow? Ha! Yes, because it’s his *2 month anniversary* with his gf….LOL)

My sis Mia: Feb. 28th (my due date)

Mom-Feb. 20th

Dad-Feb 21st

Gal Pal & the newbie Mommy- Feb. 20th

Hubby-no idea

Me-I still think he’s gonna make us wait til March, so I’m thinking the first week in March sometime.

 Got any predictions?? Feel free to add them, I’m loving all the guesses. 

{36 weeks & the day my friend’s little girl was born<3}

{Another 36 weeks pic, taken later during the week}

 

{sweet onesies}

{Baby Boot Camp [34 weeks] Real men wear empathy bellies!}

{Diaper changing practice…yeah buddy!}

{realizing the pretend baby has “real” fake baby poop…not so fun…LOL}

{Belly loving from my snuggle bunny Lucas}

{Lex not so into her brother’s hat…lol But still looking adorable as always!}

{33 week & 36 week belly comparision<3}

Oh & please disregard my frizzy hair-thanks pregnancy hormones.. 😛

P.S. TODAY!!! I’m actually *37 weeks* 😀 Wowza! **Full term happy dance**

Have a great week friends!

XOXO

Alicia

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32 weeks!

Stats: By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth. (Baby Center)

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How I’m feeling: GREAT!! 🙂 Each day, I tell you I’m more and more amazed with my body’s changes. I’ve honestly never felt more happy & confident with myself! Thankfully, the heartburn has subsided drastically; I only get it occasionally now so Tums is now just my part-time bestie. 😉 One thing I have noticed is that when I lay on my side, I feel a huge tug on my belly, as if the baby shifts and is pulling in the opposite direction. (talk about being VERY uncomfortable) While sleeping, my huge snoogle pillow comes in handy when this happens, but when sitting or lying on the couch, I have accommodate my belly appropriately to keep this from occurring. I’ve also noticed that I get tired more easily, so occasional naps are always in session to help me get through the day.

Exercise: Since Excercise TV is now extinct (*tear*) I’m no longer able to get my Cardio Kickboxing on :-/ but I’ve been walking daily on the treadmill at a moderate walking speed with a variety of incline settings. I also do some free weights to work my arms and legs (legs mostly) but I haven’t done them as often as I did before I became pregnant. The treadmill along with squats and lunges have been my most dominant workout routine lately. Exercising has definitely helped me with the back pain that I was experiencing earlier in my pregnancy and it has also helped boost my low energy levels which definitely helps me get through the day. The Baby Center app says that exercise=more energy. I didn’t believe this theory until I tried and it really works.

Food Cravings: ANYTHING & EVERYTHING CITRUS related. Oranges/Tangerines/Mandarins have overwhelmed my refrigerator. I cannot get enough of them! Other than that no other major cravings…besides desperately wanting something that I can’t have…….a DRINK!! haha A sangria is totally calling my name!! (& I was NEVER a big drinker before, I suppose it’s the fact that I CAN’T have it that makes me want it sooo darn bad!)

{Ohhh yess!! The best $5.99 I’ve spent in my life!!}

Indulgences: A homemade caramel apple…

{so it’s not a REAL caramel apple, but it tastes just as DELICIOUS!!}

Baby A’s Food Faves: …..Chocolate. 🙂 Sooo weird because I’ve never actually been a big chocolate fan. I would occasionally eat a teeny piece here and there, but I read in a pregnancy magazine that the endorphins in chocolate can help baby be more HAPPY! 😀 So with that piece of advice, I figured I’d give it a try, since hubby (I mean *Santa*) bought be an assortment of Ghirardelli Chocolates for Christmas, which include the milk chocolate & caramel, peppermint bark, and dark chocolate squares. {To be honest, I hadn’t even touched the bag since Christmas, I figured it would last me ALL year and then some since chocolate isn’t my thing, especially DARK chocolate.} Well, I decided to experiment and have a half of a square of the DARK chocolate (since it’s healthy and all and that’s what I’m aiming for) and 10 minutes later…….BABY A was in a kicking frenzy!! 🙂 He apparently REALLY liked it. Funny thing is that hubby and I are not big chocolate fans to begin with, so this is an interesting find. I’ve eaten some of my other favorite candy (in moderation of course) and he never really responded to it like he did with the CHOCOLATE. Needless to say, I’ve now begun to incorporate an 1/2 of a piece of chocolate into my diet daily & he LOVES it!!

So I’ve concluded that he has taken after his choco-holic Auntie Mia! ❤ I’m sure she’ll LOVE him even more now!

{Auntie Mia displaying her LOVE for chocolate, taken a few years ago while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. When we asked her what her favorite part of visiting D.C. was, she’ll tell you it was getting the chocolate bar, no joke. 😛 Thought this was very fitting for the occasion.}

What I’m loving: His movements have definitely become stronger and more distinct. Before I felt tons of kicks and jabs and such but NOW I feel movement all the way across my tummy! 🙂 Watching my belly morph is the cutest thing ever and I can’t get enough of it. It got me thinking the other day how much I’m going to miss all of this. Hubby reassures me that once he’s here I’ll be so happy, I won’t miss being pregnant, but part of me still feels that I might, because it’s been such an amazing and indescribable journey.

Baby Stuff bought: More clothes, blankets, the stroller & his BEDDING!! 😀 Our Christmas gift from my parents was Baby’s A’s bedding and we absolutely LOVE it! 😀 It’s been soooo exciting seeing of all his things in his room and around the house. I absolutely LOVE baby shopping. In every store we go to, we go to the *baby* section FIRST, it’s especially cute when hubby does it. He used to be “Mr. Electronics” and would go to that section first, but other cool things that sparked his interests now.

Upcoming Events: Baby Bootcamp class, Baby class #4 🙂 36 week class & tour of the hospital!

Photos:

*32 weeks & GROWing*

{The two three of us on Christmas Eve}

Significant growth in the last couple of weeks! 😀

Only a few more weeks to go, it seem SOOO far away yet so close.

❤ Alicia

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28 weeks!!

How I’m feeling: GREAT! My last appointment stated that all looks well, I’m gaining just the right amount and all is good with little man<3! I also took the glucose test at my last appointment last week, haven’t heard anything thus far so I’m hoping that no news=good news! 🙂

Exercise: Daily! ❤ I’ve noticed that doing some sort of daily cardio activity has IMMENSLEY helped my back ache, in fact since I started to do some type of daily exercise I’ve had ZERO lower back pain…(*fingers crossed* that it continues to be that way)

Food Cravings: SWEETS! The holidays have brought on my sweet tooth, I’ve been really wanting some PIE, (I didn’t get ANY during Thanksgiving….BOO!) and an assortment of holiday cookies. I baked a batch of cookies- they were healtified and yummy but there’s nothing like receiving holiday cookies from someone…(like the wonderful Connie) This time of year definitely makes me miss being home with the family to indulge in all of these wonderful goodies.

I did totally have a random craving for CEREAL…lol & I’m not a big cereal person…but I’m LOVING Raisin Bran.

Indulgences: None really, my taste buds are finally starting to be normal again though. Hubby & I did go to Cold Stone the other night for our favorite: Banana Caramel Crunch<3, but it was mostly *hubby* who was wanting it…lol Baby daddy gets cravings too ya know! 😉

Food faves: Eggs with spinach, peanut & almond butter, cottage cheese, bananas, tangerines and Raisin Bran cereal. A new to me product, which I HATED during the beginning of my pregnancy…Nutritional Yeast. Seriously, dunno what happened but I’m LOVING it now and find myself adding it to everything. Oh of course this girl is loving the SPICY things in life, HOT SAUCE is still my numero uno condiment of choice.

{Ever tried it? Is it a yay or nay?}

Baby Stuff bought: More clothes 😀 Daddy has actually been more excited because he’s fallen in love with the little Nike and Jordan booties. 🙂 It’s rather cute to say the least. & MORE BOOKS! 😀

{We LOVE books!}

{Our favorite: *Fox in sox* He kicks every time we read it!}

{More books from GG<3}

What I’m loving: ALL the kicks and movements. Little guy is ACTIVE, he wakes up around the same time every morning and gets his kick on. Sometimes I think he’s JUMPING because I feel kicks/punches on both sides of my tummy at the SAME time. 😛 It’s rather adorable.

I love that every night when we read, he’s always so active. He LOVES his story time that’s for sure.

I love the belly rubs I get from the hubby. I especially love that he talks to my belly more and enjoys reading to little man at night. ❤

I love seeing my belly grow, I find myself lifting up my shirt and just staring at it in disbelief sometimes. I really love seeing all the kicks and punches as well. 🙂

I can’t say it enough, all the movements, kicks and punches are the sweetest and most amazing feeling ever. Every little kick feels like the first and I can’t help but smile and love every second of it.

Special events:

Completing my 1st semester of Grad school! YAY!

Entering the *3rd Trimester!!*

Upcoming events: Belly photos 🙂 Can’t wait to take them!!

Baby Bootcamp! Can’t wait for Daddy to wear the pregnancy belly! hehe 😛 (Pics will be taken, no worries!)

Photos:

{don’t mind the messy hair..lol}

{I love my sweating for two tank!}

{can barely see my toes…& little miss Lex had to get in on the action as usual! 😉 hehe}

P.S. Techically, I’m *29 weeks* this week, but with finals and such last week I never got around to writing this.

much love,

Alicia

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*24 weeks*

& GROWing!! 😀

I’m *24 weeks* already and I cannot believe it!! Truly such a blessing!

So far things have been pretty stinkin’ awesome, they say the second trimester is the *honeymoon* period of pregnancy and I gotta admit, they are sooo right!!

We had two doctors appointments this week, both stating that Baby A is looking really GOOD!! Lots of movements, lots of baby dexterity and LOTS of sweet kicks, which are all good signs!! We won’t have to make the long trip to the speciality ultrasound clinic now that we know baby looks good and appears to continue to grow accordingly without any red markers.

😀 I am one happy little mama to be!! 🙂

Food Cravings: Wings! Ahh! I know…but this little guy has DADDY’s taste buds apparently and craves manly foods like WINGS! 😛 My favorite of course are the kind hubby makes that are *baked* instead of fried with LOTS of spicy sauce. That’s one thing my love muffin likes…ALL THINGS HOT & SPICY like his mommy!

Food Splurges: An ICE CREAM cone from Wegmans. It’s weird because I haven’t really craved any DAIRY products at all and since I’ve stopped drinking dairy milk, ice cream hasn’t been a big deal for me, not that I was an ice cream-acholic before or anything… I am kinda missing some FRO-YO from *MENCHIES* though! Island Banana is calling my name…

Weight Gain: 13 lbs! 🙂 I never thought I’d be sooo excited to GAIN weight (especially considering my weight issues during highschool), but I’m loving the fact that I can see my tummy grow with each passing day. I also never believed my friend when she said that she learned to LOVE her body while pregnant. I was like “yeah right!” but SERIOUSLY even with all the changes, I’m truly more appreciative of both the body I had before and the one that is continously changing. 🙂 I saw a pic of the me other day from when I was just a few weeks pregnant and I thought to myself “Wow! I actually looked good! I dunno why I was always so negative and hard on myself..”

The images I am referencing:

{I’ve always been self conscious of my legs but seeing these pics makes me PROUD of my strong muscular shape.}

Lesson learned: Love what you have and be grateful for it because you truly never know what you have until it’s gone.

I’m not saying my body is “GONE!!” but it IS changing and though those changes are for a VERY GOOD reason, I wish I could have been more confident in myself and in my skin beforehand like I am now. 🙂 What I am saying is…..

(source)

Baby stuff bought so far: …..We’ve been slacking in this department…. :-/ With all the traveling we did to TX to visit the fam and then being so busy with school we’ve mostly just been researching and gathering ideas on the products and things we need to get. We’ve gotten a few onesies and baby outfits for little man, but nothing major. We have started our BOOK COLLECTION and Baby A LOVES Dr. Seuss! Our plan is to get down to business these next couple of weeks which starts with getting the nursery painted! 🙂 Hubby will take on that task soon and I’ll be heading over to the my friend’s house for the time being.

Names: YESS!!!! We have a name..hence the reference to *BABY A* but we’re keeping it a secret, except for my Mom and Dad because they are just too hard to keep secrets from! 😉

Fun events so far: -Baby store browsing. -Attending my little brother’s football game<3 -The big GENDER announcement party! -3D Ultrasound pics! 😀

Special Moments: Feeling baby *KICK*!!! 😀 By far the most amazing feeling EVER!! We’ve even SEEN a few hard kicks/punches and words cannot explain how wonderful it is! Hubby felt baby kick for the first time on Oct. 26 🙂 just before bed after eating an apple. Seeing him smile with joy and amazement was super awesome. 🙂

Lucas (the cat) felt Baby A kick one day when I was laying on the couch on my side. He came and nestled himself right next to my bump and quickly fell asleept. A few moments later I felt the baby kick and Lucas began to twitch his little leg, followed by another kick and another twitch. It was the CUTEST thing ever!

Lexie on the other hand isn’t so sure of the bump but does enjoy being in photo shoots, she won’t let him have all the photo glory as you can see…. 😛

*24 weeks & LOVING it!*

<3-Alicia

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