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Childbirth Prep Class: Part One

This weekend, my husband and I got up bright and early to attend our first childbirth preparation class!  It was the one class that I knew we needed to sign up for, to be as ready as we'd ever be for the reality of childbirth! We had a bit of a rough start to the morning as my husband isn't a morning person; He was super grumpy to be up and about at 9am on a Saturday (yeah, he better get used to it, I know!).  But as the morning progressed, he seemed to liven up a bit and looked less miserable then when we first arrived. The instructor began with a a power point overview of general … [Read more...]

29 Weeks Pregnant

A little late posting again this week.  For various reasons, I haven't been able to stick to posting the pregnancy updates the very first day of the new week like I had initially hoped to!  There has also been a few time constraints....whether I'm making time to play fetch with Gizmo, figuring out what the hubby and I are eating for dinner, doing laundry, or simply watching a bit of t.v. to unwind after an exhausting day at the office, it's been tough! I'm really starting to feel the symptoms of the "third trimester".  I'm much slower overall.  Can't get out of the car too fast, can't bend … [Read more...]

Product Review: Herbal Essences Smoothing Serum & Heat Protection Spray

Recently, I was invited to be an Herbal Essences Influencer as part of the Mamás Latinas community.  As a member, I received a collection of great hair care products and simply asked to use and then talk about each, sharing thoughts on the experience with other moms in the Mamás Latinas community. Not only was I super excited to be one of twenty-five chosen, but I couldn't wait to sample some new hair care products! I received four products in total, but just two that were perfect for my day-to-day styling routine: Herbal Essences Smoothing Serum Herbal Essences Heat … [Read more...]

28 Weeks Pregnant

I'm a little late in posting this week's update, but here we go anyhow... How far along:  28 weeks. 5 days. Total weight gain:  Think I actually only gained about a pound in the last week...so 36 lbs total. Sleep:  Having lots of trouble falling asleep again :( Best moment this week:  Getting to see my baby niece, Astrid Maria for her Christening! Movement:  YES! Baby responds to music vibrations, touch and sweet foods! :) Symptoms:  Severe back and neck pain...sigh. Food cravings:  Breads! Food aversions:  Chicken that is bland or … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesdays: Pregnant Fish?

Just wondering...because our tropical fish definitely seems to be sporting a baby bump!     … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Decorating a Nursery

With only 12 weeks 'til my official due date, I am thrilled that our baby nursery is slowly but surely coming together. Charlie and his dad painted the room a couple weekends ago, to what is now a medium, tropical blue.  Once that was tackled, I spent hours (literally!) looking for a complimentary wall paper border.  I was having such a tough time finding a perfect match, simply because all the underwater-like themes were already blue, which was a bit redundant.  However, I finally found an adorable border that fit into the theme; not only does it bring a smile to my face (think: soft … [Read more...]

27 Weeks Pregnant

I was a bit speechless this week when I read my "27 Week" recap which stated that a baby born now, has a good chance of surviving with significant medical assistance.  I mean that is great to hear, but it's still very scary to know that a baby can come any as early as the present.  As much as I'd love to meet the little guy, I couldn't possible bear to see a creature struggle to survive at such an early age.  Breaks my heart. Hopefully my baby can wait another 10 or so weeks! How far along:  27 weeks. 3 days. Total weight gain:  Approaching 35 lbs. Sleep:  These days? … [Read more...]

Fear of Labor Pains

Lately, I've been giving a lot more thought to what labor and birth will actually feel like.  A bit too much at times.  I think I may be going overboard worrying, but I honestly just want to know what to expect as a first-time mother. I know that everyone says each and every pregnancy and experience is quite unique, and I don't doubt this is true since a number of factors play a key role here, including whether or not medication is administered.  But I still think that being aware of some of the signature pains and symptoms, will somehow prepare me for what is to come...if only mentally.  I … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 2/22/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, As I anxiously await your arrival, my mind is filled with past memories, moments, and choices that have shaped my life significantly.  Two concepts spring to mind; understanding them will help you as you mature, as you face the many decisions that will determine who you are.  First, know that once a decision is made, it cannot be unmade without consequence.  Do not fear this fact of life; embrace it.  For good or ill, any choice you make will invariably affect your future … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesdays: A Bad Haircut

These pictures clearly speak for themselves, but I just want to emphasize that both my husband and I, were extremely upset to find our very fluffy dogs were practically hairless when we picked them up from the groomers this weekend. Yes, they were very matted and needed a good trim, but it's Winter for God's sake!  Now they look like their identities have been stolen. Sad :(. … [Read more...]