christmas… kinda

so i don’t know what it was about this year that just didn’t make it feel like christmas, it could be cause i did my christmas shopping super late, or cause i haven’t watched any xmas movies (still searching channels for home alone), but maybe its cause its still like 80 deg outside and christmas is less than a week away. (i still have yet to see snow but i wasn’t holding my breath for that anyway)

so because i am super “corny” as he says, thoughtful is more like that, i decided we should decorate just a little before going home. i got this little, maybe a foot tall, tree that came with a little string of lights and put it on the dresser next to the bed. i got a couple of little gold ornaments too but they looked a little big for the tree so they’re hanging out in the box still. maybe i’ll take them home, i know my mom has a real tree lol. and then i got a 5′ string of little snowflake lights from ikea which were supposed to stick on the window behind it. key word here is supposed to, the little suction things wouldn’t stick so i gave up and lined them on the windowsill. i also got us two plain red stockings to decorate πŸ˜€

i thought we’d do something different and celebrate christmas together, like just us. we’re starting a family so i thought it would be cute if we had our family xmas first (as in before we celebrate it for real with the rest of our family), so i made him pretend that yesterday was christmas eve and we exchanged one present then and the rest this morning. we made the cookies from my cousin’s care package last night as we decorated our stockings and watched back to the future movies.

decorating stockings

i was pretty crafty before so i already had all the paint and brushes we needed. we had fun trying to decided what to put on them so i ended up doing a snowman, christmas tree, and santa with his reindeer flying into the night. Β i did all the lights on my tree in pink and blue since we don’t know if its a boy or girl yet lol. he did a christmas tree with falling snow and a candy cane at the bottom.

here is the final product :

finished product

when they had dried a little i hung them on the dresser drawers under the tree and put the gifts on the floor under the stockings. when without, improvise. Β we waited til midnight and exchanged a gift, in his case i let him open the two that could fit in his stocking.

i know he thinks i’m corny but i think one day we will look back on this day and smile. like i always tell him, we are in the process of making memories.

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these are late

so i know i said i was going to post a few pics from when i disappeared for a week..

[the graduation pics are on my camera so those will have to come later. ]

the first one is of the awesome and super thoughtful care package my cousin sent me. i actually didn’t open it at first because i thought it was a fedex package that i was expecting from my job and since i already knew what was coming i didn’t bother to check it when i saw it at the door. even if i had read the label it didn’t have her name so i would have been clueless still.

when i finally did open it, i was surprised to see it wasnt what i was expecting at all. she had wrapped everything in this beautiful green tissue paper and there were these little “baby” confetti things in the box.

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every item was thoughtful and meaningful from the Tums which saved my life from this acid reflux, to the journal to document my experiences, to the massage package to help relieve my backaches and sore feet Β πŸ™‚ she is the cutest. (made the cookies last night and they were amazing, chocolate chip are the best kind of course)

and this next pic is for those that wanted to see a pic of my tummy ….

drumroll pleaseeee

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here is daddy giving kisses to the baby πŸ˜€

a friend had mentioned that i didn’t really look pregnant at all but of course at work im conscious to wear loose fitting pants and flowy shirts or long cardigans so no one has noticed that i havent told. of course when i pull my shirt up, or wear a more fitted shirt (like i did when we went xmas shopping) then my little bump is a little easier to see.

a week later…

i feel like my last post was so long ago. maybe a lot has happened since then. i think its a little of both.

he graduated last friday πŸ™‚ so we had family in town and of course had to celebrate and spend lots of time with them. we ate, we celebrated, we talked, we laughed. i had fun, we even did the ring test for them to see. we went to a carnival and they went on a few rides, and we kept picturing that we will be doing this again soon with our child. [insert warm fuzzy feeling here]

ive been eating a little more some days since last week but other days still not so much. i think its safe to say im over the morning sickness, but now i have some acid reflux; ugh if its not one thing its another right? the berry tums my cousin sent in my care package have helped with that though. i promise the other night i was up til after 2 with that uncomfortable feeling in my chest trying to prop myself up on pillows so i could fall asleep.

i also woke up yesterday morning with a stuffy nose feeling like im getting sick. ugh no fun. you can hear it when i talk that im a little congested so ive been trying to drink water and stay away from milk and i slept with the humidifier on last night. i just hope it goes away soon.

in brighter news, i reached 13 weeks yesterday. hellllllooooo second trimester! bring on the appetite and the pound a week im supposed to gain. hello to the nursery and baby shower planning, and to the need for clothes that will fit my expanding tummy. today we went shopping for each others gifts, and someone in a store i went to asked me if i was having a boy or girl πŸ™‚ i smiled cause i guess im showing more than i thought. i told him i dont know yet, i want a healthy baby but it would be nice to start picking out nursery decorations and baby clothes πŸ˜€

im going to put up a few pics from my past few absent days soon!

update

sorry this post was supposed to go up last night but i was super tired. first of all a thank you to everyone that has read and/or followed and to those of you that have commented. we appreciate all your love and support ❀ thanks for being there for us during this amazing journey! πŸ™‚

this week i am excited cause our families will be here πŸ™‚ well his and my mom and brother anyway. theres nothing that can compare to spending time with the people you love. that being said we went to dinner with them yesterday. it was funny cause i was just telling him i want to go to joes crab shack when this nausea stage is over. not two minutes passed and his sister calls and asks where is there a joes crab shack !! that’s like a sign right?!Β  i figured i would give it a try (lately the smell of fish makes me feel weird) but with me feeling slightly better and wanting some crab i couldn’t pass it up…

and im glad i didn’t

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we did the lobster daddy feast which comes with a full split lobster tail and 1 1/4 lb snow crab. OMG it was so good. and be proud, i kept it all down! πŸ˜€ baby steps i tell you.

and even though i’ve been eating a little more, i still haven’t forgotten that we want to know the gender. we heard of a couple of fun home tests that we can do.

the baking soda and urine test had some inconclusive results. if it fizzes it means boy but if it doesnt it means girl. i didnt think it fizzed but he saw bubbles. we looked up some videos and one lady used baking powder. OMG it fizzed but since i was skeptical i made him try the test too. it looks like both me and him are having little boys lol. the cabbage and urine test came out purple which most people say means little girl. the chines calendar test came up boy 4/5 times. (this one confused me because i would think there should only be one chinese calendar test and if so then how did we get different results using different sites??) (also we tried to see if it worked for us, apparently i am a boy and he is a girl- that gave us a good laugh)

the last test we tried was the ring test. i’ve heard about this one because my mom said it worked for me, my brother and i think some of my aunts) what you do is take a ring, put it on a chain and hang it above your belly (or some people use it over your open palm) and see how it moves. if it swings back & forth – boy, in circles -girl. this test was realllllyyy freaky. we tried it a few times and every time we saw it swing back and forth. just to check i made him do the test too, the ring DID NOT MOVE. and as soon as we put it back over my stomach it would swing back and forth!!! we did the test for his sister to see and we took turns with our hands, it would stop when his hand was under it, and swing back and forth when mine was under it. so the consensus from most of the tests we did said we are having a little boy.

i know that some of these tests are “old wives tales” but whose to say that they are wrong…

bowties or barrettes?

this question has been plaguing us for a while now; bowties or barrettes? are we going to be buying basketballs or barbie dolls? is our little angel a beautiful prince or princess? ugh the wait is killing me! i know that we only have another 4 weeks to go (im 12 weeks today yay !) but 4 weeks seems like such a long time away especially when i want to know now.

today wasnt a good day in terms of what i ate, because honestly i didn’t eat a whole lot but im hoping tomorrow will be better. what did make today good was i saw a lady at work that i know who is a little further along than me. as i normally pass her desk while she’s sitting down i never noticed the beautiful bump she now has. i went over to talk to her and give her congrats and tell her im expecting too.

because we work in a male-dominated field, ive been struggling with how to tell people at work my good news and wondering how maternity leave works. the policies were hard to find she said, so i was glad i had found someone that could help me. we talked for a GOOD minute about our experiences so far and she gave me some good tips on things i need to look into like daycare, putting together my registry and how to announce my news to the office. success.

she also told me that she took the gender prediction test that we were skeptical about. she said it worked for her and for a lot of her friends. it put me back to wanting to know the gender ASAP. i also read somewhere about doing a test with baking soda and urine and another with cabbage juice and urine… dont know how effective/accurate those really are but they could be fun to try? or we could just wait til we have the 16 week ultrasound -__-

but i want to know now 😦

lazy days

today was a lazy day. laid around, put away some laundry, played cards with him, and went for a walk around the neighborhood (check for doing some exercise)

the real highlight of my day was going out to eat. i have not been out in so long, i didn’t even know what to do with myself. the night was almost alien to me! my “morning sickness” normally has been worse at night so i’ve pretty much made a nice dent in my bed by sitting at home doing nothing these past few weeks except going to school and work. i’m sure my friends have forgotten what i look like by now. i’m hoping when i reach that 12 week mark that i’ll have more energy and less nausea. one of my aunts was telling me today that she threw up every single day for 9 months when she was pregnant with my cousin O_O. lets hope i’m not one of those lucky few.

i’ve been craving mashed potatoes and occasionally steak lately so we went to applebees. they do that 2 for $20 deal where you get 2 entrees and an appetizer so it was a win. except my lemonade was sour. that was a fail. i couldn’t finish all my food but who cares i was outside the house for once! Β and with leftovers for later.

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i’m gradually noticing that i can eat a little more too. other than dinner at applebees, today i had a bowl of frosted flakes, a cinnabun and some ice cream. not the most nutritious diet ever i know i know, but its more than i’ve been able to keep down and i’m working my way up to eating like a regular person again. baby steps, baby steps Β (no pun intended)

am i doing this right?

so i’ve never had a blog before, i guess it can’t be a whole lot different from writing in a diary right? except the whole world now can read what i say. it’s an interesting concept i guess. lets hope im doing it right !

yesterday was a long day. got up at like 640 for my 7 am final, rushed all the way to campus for my teacher to tell me i don’t have to take it.Β i saw a quick glance of the test too; it didnt look pretty.

i was able to eat TWO bowls of spaghetti, which is a big accomplishment if you look at my track record of eating during these past couple of weeks. we went to the gym and i spent a combined 30 minutes of a stationary bike. ive got to look into what other pregnancy workouts i can do cause i get outta breath pretty easy.

and thennn i got to eat some blue bell mint chocolate chip ice cream. he kept telling me no when i asked if i could have some, but i guess he caved in and let me have it πŸ™‚ i told him that maybe the baby wants the ice cream and thats why i wanted it too, but i don’t think he believed that πŸ˜‰ Β either way i got the ice cream and i was a happy camper.

and now today is saturday and i got to sleep in. what a wonderful feeling to wake up WHENEVR you want, not bothered by an alarm, and to know that you have no worries, just a day all to yourself. i am officially done with fall semester and don’ t have to think about finals, or projects, or homework or any of that. i think i rolled out of bed somewhere around 12 and laid in bed for a long time thinking about all the things i could do with my day that don’t involve schoolwork at alllllllll. it was a really nice feeling. i would have laid there for a long time but my little pregnant bladder had other ideas πŸ™‚

first post. ever.

As this is my first post, I guess an introduction would be a good place to start?

My name is Bianca, I’m 23 and I’ve never had a blog. I like chocolate, and watching movies, and cuddling. I like to read, talk in the dark, and Β I watch ridiculous amounts of HGTV. I also like shoes, tattoos, and sushi. I’m 11 weeks pregnant with my first baby and figured this would be a good way to keep track of my new life, as everything has changed already.

First of all “morning” sickness is a lie. It’s all day and it’s horrible. The meds I got from my doctor make me sleepy so it’s hard to take it during the day when I’m supposed to be at school or work. Crystallized ginger which I’ve heard helps, tastes gross and the ginger chewy candies I’ve tried aren’t really a whole lot better. Not wanting to eat anything is also really frustrating, cause before I was a big fan of food. I’ve lost 5lbs because I can’t find many things I want to eat, and because sometimes I just can’t keep much down. He gets pretty worried cause he knows I should be gaining weight and not losing it but I hear its common for women in the first trimester to lose a couple lbs. Hopefully once I hit that 12 wk mark I’ll wake up and feel no nausea and just a big appetite for everything I can think of. Hopefully.

Besides all the sucky parts of the first trimester, we’re happy. Life growing inside you is not something to be taken lightly. I’ve heard a saying “a woman becomes a mother when she becomes pregnant, and a man becomes a father once he sees his child.” I think its pretty accurate. Since I’ve known there was a “bun in my oven” I’ve altered a lot of things about my life. There’s like an underlying feeling that I always need to protect my baby and that I would do anything for them. I don’t have to know what my baby looks like to know already that I love them unconditionally.

But I can’t even say I don’t know what they look like; I’ve had two ultrasounds already. During the first ultrasound, we actually got to see the heart beating. Even if I wasn’t an emotional pregnant woman I think I would have cried. This past week was my second one and I could actually see the head! And the arms ! And the little legs ! And the baby was moving around so much, just swimming around making it hard for us to hear the little heartbeat but we did, and we recorded it. I’m in love…