37 Weeks

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Has it really only been 37 weeks? Its beginning to feel like I have been pregnant for over two years now! That false alarm was a little scary, but selfishly I was ready for her to be out. At this point everything feels uncomfortable. I forget I have an expansion pack out in front of me so I find myself bumping into more obstacles. Even reaching for a pack of gum in the check out isle has called for some creative maneuvers.
At our appointment this week the doctor let us know everything is looking great. Measurements are exactly where they’re expected to be. According to the Baby Center, this week our baby is being compared to the size of a bunch of swiss chard!

Fashionably Early?

Last Friday our little one gave us a scare. We thought for sure she was going to force her way into this world a whole month early! We just had our baby shower a few days before. The tags from clothing, blankets, etc. had just been cut off and tossed into the laundry basket. I swear that basket of the baby’s laundry was laughing at me as we scrambled around our home trying to pack up overnight bags for the four of us. My friend reassured me that as long as she has my boobs and diapers we will be just fine. I forgot hospitals will provide small items like onesies, beanies, and blankets – should you need them.
As you can imagine, most people don’t expect their bundle of joy to arrive an entire four weeks ahead of time. So yeah, we were kind of freaking the heck out. I just was not mentally prepared to give birth! I didn’t even read the chapter about the 9th month of pregnancy yet! The entire time were were in the car driving to the hospital all I could think about was how unprepared we were.

In comparison to my previous labor experience with Monks, I had no idea I was actually experiencing early signs of labor! With Monks I went straight into active labor and felt extreme pain shooting down my back. It felt like a no brainer to head out for the hospital at the time. When I got to the hospital, they almost turned me away because “if you’re able to talk respond through your contractions, you aren’t ready to be admitted.” Maybe most women don’t respond through contractions, but not all women work through their pain the same. I do not agree with this criteria to admit a laboring mother. I hope that has changed in the last nine years. Personally, if a doctor or nurse asks me a question I am going to respond as timely as I can no matter how much pain I am in. It was a good thing a more sympathetic nurse intervened and brought me back into a room to be examined. She found that I was indeed ready to stay and deliver the baby.
This second time around, I thought I was just experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. During dinner I noticed a consistent pattern of when the contractions were hitting. They weren’t painful, but they did feel uncomfortable. So, of course Marvin googles it and tells me I need to call the advice nurse. I let her know that for two hours I was feeling these consistent contractions every 3-7 minutes. She told me to pack my things and head to labor and delivery just to be safe. Turns out I was experiencing signs of early labor.

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It was late Friday night. Poor Monks had a very full day with school, a play date, and then this. He was in his PJ’s ready for bed when I told the boys we needed to pack up and go. They hustled! I guess once Monks knew we wouldn’t be going any where for a while he got comfortable. I offered him to lay up on the bed with me, but I suppose he felt uncomfortable since the staff said they would be back to conduct more exams. Luckily, there was a very sweet nurse working with us and grabbed him some pillows and blankets.IMG_0610.JPGSince my labor seemed to be progressing more than expected, the doctor decided to keep us overnight for observations. The nurses kindly found us a room with a couch so the boys could lay out and get some more comfortable sleep. Well, as comfortable as they could get on a tiny couch. It was hard for me to sleep too. In addition to the very firm hospital beds, I had a billion things running through my mind.We still hadn’t solidified a name for her and I was determined to find something decent before her possible arrival.
FullSizeRender-1.jpgWe were surely blessed that day because my contractions decreased and we were discharged. I was informed that because of these early signs of labor, my active or true labor will progress quite quickly when the time comes. Great…I live twenty minutes away. I hope this baby doesn’t come as quickly as I am imagining her to because I really don’t want to have to deliver my own baby in the car during the bay area’s  ridiculous morning or evening traffic!
When we got home we hopped on that basket of laundry immediately, packed proper hospital bags, and got some much needed sleep! Two weeks until the baby’s expected due date, but we’ll see. I think she’s aiming to be a September baby. Its okay…Now. The bottles have been sterilized, the car seat is locked and loaded, laundry has been washed and folded, and our bags are packed. We’re ready for you now baby girl!!

36 WEEKS

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Here we are at 36 weeks together! According to the Baby Center, she is approximately the size of a head of romaine lettuce. When I think of the head of romaine lettuce sitting in my fridge Its difficult for me to imagine the comparison because that head of lettuce is a lot thinner than an actually baby.  Seriously, who comes up with this stuff? I need better visuals people!
My oh my did she give us a scare toward the end of our 36th week.
You never really imagine spontaneous events to happen you personally so you put it out of your head and neglect preparation for such events. However, YES.. it can very much happen to you! It almost happened to us. So, if you or your partner are already in your third trimester prepare for the unexpected. Keep a bag with some overnight essentials in your car trunk because in this case it does not hurt to be overly prepared.

Celebrating Baby King

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The baby shower my friends threw for me in Sacramento definitely surprised me. I was not expecting it to turn out as great as it did. (haha – I know I should have given these two more credit, huh).  Honestly, I think I was just dreading being at a park in Sacramento without a restroom close by & the extremely warm weather. Anyone from Sacramento or that frequents the area knows how hot it can get…even in September! By some divine miracle the weather turned out to be so perfect! Thankfully, I don’t think it even broke passed 86 degrees that day. The food, dessert, games, and being reunited with everyone felt amazing. I only wish the baby was actually here to see and enjoy the party for herself!

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Mmmmhmm… Mama was craving Mexican food heavily in the 7th month of pregnancy.
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Everyone is guilty at least once or twice of being lured into pintrest for ideas. The inspiration I was looking for was Rice Krispy treat recipes. For some reason I have been on a Rice Krispy kick! I found some super cute heart shaped ones with one side dipped and drizzled with white chocolate. I showed my little brother the photos and he told me I would have them at the shower. I thought that was so sweet! Him and my grandmother did such a beautiful job. Too bad we didn’t get a closer shot of them.
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Um… Yes. Let me introduce you to Ettore’s Red Velvet cake. I love that my friend, Megan, skipped the traditional baby shower themed decorations because this cake was presented so beautifully with the velvety red rose petals. This photo does no do this delicious cake justice.
Looking at these photos I am realizing we had a lot of desserts and sweets at the baby shower. I couldn’t help it though. This baby has had me craving all sweets, especially pastries since our second trimester together.
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GAMES!! The best part of any baby shower.
Here we have the toilet paper diapering game.
Supplies: Toilet paper rolls & a willing partner.
Directions: Set a timer and create the most functional and creative you can in the allowed time.babyshower30

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And this was the result. I’m not sure what happened to the other three diapered babies. I think these must have been our winners.
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Time to feed the baby! Another silly game requiring a partner. I think people usually use actual baby food for this game, but I didn’t want to have to torture my friends and family with that goop. We used apple sauce instead.
So one person sits and acts as the baby eating the food. The other person is blind folded feeding the baby. Clearly… some of the participants had some difficulty finding their babies mouths or even their own partners for that matter.
I didn’t realize how messy this game was going to get, but I am so glad we had plenty of water and paper towels handy.
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Good ol’ classic, measuring the baby belly. This game is the easiest on to get everyone involved. No one gets messy with this game. All it takes is some scissors, some sort of ribbon or string, and a pregnant mama. Its so funny to watch people and their methods to potentially come up with the correct measurement of the Mama’s belly.  Some were close and some were very off…like if I were to have been pregnant with quadruplets! To people came extremely close. Go figure, one of those people would be my mom. But she actually didn’t win. My friend, Karen, won this round.
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The plate baby.
Supplies: paper plates, your head , and something to write with.
Directions: Place the paper plate on top of your head or forehead and draw a baby for the allowed time – we gave them 60 seconds.
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Ugh! I hate having to be the one to chose winners, so I chose two winners. Turns out one of the winners was my own son (pink baby on the right). Since he was partially hosting the party he was disqualified. Ya, he was bummed but he ate a cake pop and got over it. So, the winner was Rolo! His baby was pretty similar to Jayce’s but his baby’s limbs just weren’t all connected (brown baby on the left).

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My Sacramento Sweethearts. These lovely souls have been in my life since the 7th grade at the very least (missing two ladies)! The tall beautiful blonde and I go all the way back to kindergarten.  I have truly been blessed with genuine life long friends. Now some of them just need to get going on making some babies too so my kids have life long friends to grow up with too!
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Thank you all for coming to celebrate the arrival of our baby girl! We hope you all had enough to eat and enjoyed the beautiful day! We appreciate all your love and generosity!!
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35 WEEKS

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Not exactly sure what happened to the week 34 photo update. Somewhere along the way I think I have lost count of the days. OOPS! Well, in any case…here we are at 35 weeks!
At this point I feel very very pregnant. I swear she grew so much overnight. Now I can definitely see and feel a difference.
Insomnia has officially kicked in. I didn’t think it was possible considering how sleepy I start feeling in the afternoon. Its been hard to go to sleep and actually stay asleep. Whether its a sound or a very vivid dream, it will startle me and I will not be able to go back to sleep. I stopped fighting it and just embrace being an early bird when it happens. This lack of sleep does make me feel nervous though. I read in the baby bible, What to Expect When You Are Expecting, getting less than 6 hours of sleep will increase my chances of needing a C-Section. That makes me nervous. I know there are plenty of women who have done the procedure, but it just is not how I would like to birth my child. The thought of being awake during a major surgery like this makes me very nervous. If it has to be done…then that is what I will have to do. This Friday, we learn what position she is in which will determine if we will need a C-Section or if we are able to resume with our original birth plan. Wish us Luck!

Sitting on Top of the Bay

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Its been quite a while since I have stepped in front of the camera. This photo shoot really pushed me out of my comfort zone with my emotional pregnancy hormones & fear of heights.
Being pregnant has had me constantly battling myself with negative and self-conscious thoughts throughout these past few months. I don’t remember feeling like this during pregnancy with my son, Jayce. I was confident, happy and excited for every mini milestone of pregnancy.
I wonder if it has to do with carrying a girl that makes this pregnancy experience so different. I am a big believer in superstitions and being both Mexican and Chinese gives me a double dose to believe in! One of the Chinese pregnancy superstitions I read was that “when carrying a baby girl…she will steal all your beauty” and I am totally fine with that. It excuses all those days I refused to put make up on and style my hair. However, there is not a reason or superstition for throwing all my emotions out of whack. I would like to believe that she is stealing all of my sanity to become a future world leader respected for her intelligence and diplomacy. (:img_2799 I had no idea what location we were going to. All I knew was I would be wearing this beautiful sheer red dress with the possibility of my baby belly and my behind exposed to people hiking around the area, and that didn’t seem all that bad. When we got there Sam Graves, the photographer, lead us up to where he envisioned this magical photo set to be executed and explained where he wanted to position me. As I imagined carefully walking down the dirt path sprinkled with small rocks only to stand on an uneven ledge… immediately my hands started sweating and I started to feel light headed.

I AM SCARED OF HEIGHTS! WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING UP HERE?!img_2688I was doing my best not to freak the f*ck out at this spot. You can really see the fear through my body language with this one!  Knowing that I am now more clumsy and my center of gravity is way off.. my fear was intensified. Seriously, I could be just standing still and all of a sudden start leaning and tipping over. So, how could I not lose my balance once the wind catches into my dress? Ugh, my imagination can be a little to wild & crazy for my own good sometimes.
In addition, reading current events before driving to San Francisco  didn’t help. I was reading about people hiking who recently fell to their death because they were wearing flip flops. Of course… I was wearing flip flops that day – go figure, right?

Thankfully, my husband was there to help during the photo shoot. Making sure I was comfortable – well as comfortable as a person afraid of heights could be up there. I appreciated Sam being so understanding with my fear of heights. In doing so we ended up getting some pretty amazing shots together!

Once I was able to change back into my maternity workout pants and ultra boosts, that view over looking San Francisco was a thousand times more enjoyable.img_2790
img_2779Thankfully, my husband was there to help during the photo shoot. Making sure I was comfortable – well as comfortable as a person afraid of heights could be up there. I appreciated Sam being so understanding with my fear of heights. In doing so we ended up getting some pretty amazing shots together!

Once I was able to change back into my maternity workout pants and ultra boosts, that view over looking San Francisco was a thousand times more enjoyable. I am so happy with how these photos turned out. Hopefully I can squeeze in one more session before she arrives in October!
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Photographer: Sam Graves // Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories

 

33 Weeks

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Here we are at 33 weeks! There doesn’t seem to be much of a visible difference from week 32. According to the updates I get from the Baby Apps, she has got a lot of developing going on! I still don’t understand how they are able to compare the size of the baby to fruits. I suppose you’re just supposed to imagine that fruit and add imaginary arms and legs all curled up in the womb? Anyhow…she is the size of a honeydew melon at this point! Doesn’t sound very big, until I remember this little melon sized baby is going to need to exit my body somehow…and she’s not even done growing yet! If I remember correctly in the next few weeks she is suppose to double her weight – Yikes!