Letters from Daddy 4/28/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Commitment Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality You can hear it spoken in words of bold intention You can feel it in actions that speak louder than words Commitment is making time when there is none It is coming through Time, after time, after time It is the fuel that sustains your spirit against all odds It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism Of excellence over mediocrity Of hope over despair You can see it as a light in the darkness when all … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Sweepstakes

WhatToExpectWhenYoureExpecting

By now I'm sure that most people have seen the  movie trailer for one of the most renowned pregnancy resources out there -- the "What to Expect When Your Expecting" #1 best-selling pregnancy book. Unlike the book, which takes a more informational tone, the movie is a romantic comedy that follows the journey of five couples into parenthood -- featuring a star-studded cast.  And...I have to admit, I'm a bit excited to know that the movie hits theaters in just a few weeks on May 18th, a week before my due date!  Makes things that much more real for me! :) Many brands are even piggy-backing … [Read more...]

35 Weeks Pregnant

35 weeks pregnant

How far along:  35 weeks. 5 days. Total weight gain:  Think it's still about 1lb a week. Sleep:  The biggest issue continues to be sleeping comfortably. My back hurts. It's hard to turn from right side to left side. And frequent trips to the toilet continue to interrupt my sleep. Best moment this week:  Meeting up with a couple of friends to break up the daily routine. Movement:  Yes! Although I don't notice any consistent patterns. He is active at random times, it seems. Symptoms:  Biggest symptom is the upper back pain, shortness of breath and waddling. Food cravings:  … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesdays: Yoga Tips

yoga during pregnancy

Just in case you didn't know which yoga moves were safe during pregnancy :)! … [Read more...]

Packing A Bag for Labor

hospital bag for labor

With the final stretch before my due date approaching, reality is beginning to hit me.  In just two short weeks, I will be full-term and know that now, baby can actually come at any moment. What worries me most, is that there is still so much left to be done before then.  The nursery needs a few finishing touches in place, including curtains, a rug, fresh crib sheets and a final clean-up.  All new clothes and blankets that baby will be using in first few weeks need to be washed and stored away.  And, I still need to make some final baby registry returns/purchases. But the one thing that … [Read more...]

34 Weeks Pregnant

34 weeks

Over the past week, I've definitely noticed a drastic change in my energy level, as I grow closer and closer to the full-term mark of my pregnancy.  The watermelon in my stomach (or cantaloupe according to BabyCenter.com) is really beginning to take it's toll on my body.  Forget the walking, all I can do is waddle around and make sure I have a glass of water nearby to quench my thirst! Getting through all the housework I expected to do has become nearly impossible as well, as my body cannot take too much bending or maneuvering.  I need to take a break every 20 minutes or so, lest I feel … [Read more...]

Baby Shower Weekend Part II

baby shower

What a great weekend! Not only did it feel like early summer weather-wise, but I was lucky enough to have a second baby shower, courtesy of my mother and sisters, for the other half of my family unable to make the first shower.  I was thrilled to finally spend some quality time with everyone and unwind with a day full of games, food and gifts. Everyone got a chance to guess how big my belly was by simply measuring out how much tape it would take to wrap around my bump.  Of course the majority of guests over-estimated, but it was fun to see everyone take a stab at it.  Although I feel like … [Read more...]

Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe

mac and cheese

Being at home these days in preparation for the arrival of our little bundle of joy, means I have a lot more time on my hands for trying out new recipes and cooking ideas that have been on the back burner for, well, years.  I've never really had the time -- or urge, really -- to get into cooking.  But now it's becoming a bigger hobby of mine, and I know with a little practice, my "latin cooking skills" will begin to shine. This past weekend, I decided to just start with a simple mac and cheese casserole and infuse it with a bit of nutrients, via peas.  It actually wasn't as time-consuming … [Read more...]

33 Weeks Pregnant

33 weeks

Very late in the week for my 33 week update, but better late than never :).  Happy Friday (Yes, it's Friday the 13th, but it can also be a good luck day!) Enjoy. How far along:  33 weeks. 6 days. Total weight gain:  If I've actually been calculating accurately, it's about 44 lbs! Sleep: Exhausted, and waking up throughout the night to relieve my bladder. Best moment this week:  Sleeping in past 7:30am! Movement: Yes, he is still an active Chili pepper.  Now I can even see his little body parts protruding around my belly! Symptoms:  Exhaustion, excessive back pain and … [Read more...]

Product Review: Pea in a Pod Maternity Leggings

leggings

If there's one piece of maternity clothing that I'd recommend you shelling out some extra cash for during pregnancy, it's maternity leggings! For the majority of my pregnancy, I've been able to get away with regular clothes...partially because over-sized sweaters paired with standard leggings were perfect for the cold winter months when my belly was barely noticeable to the outside world.  Then when spring hit, and my bump was much more apparent, the standard leggings just wouldn't cut it.  Not only did I feel like they were constricting my circulation and falling a bit too low on my hips, … [Read more...]