Wednesday, December 21, 2011

7 1/2 Months!

I haven't done this in a really long time, so I thought I would update you all with how I'm progressing through this pregnancy! All I know is that time is FLYING by! I love it! Soon we will be kissing and loving Aleena up all the time!! Cant wait!!

Weeks: 30 weeks and 1 day!

Weight Gain: According to my last Dr. appointment, which was 2 weeks ago, I have gained a total of 23lbs. I am amazed with how much weight we women gain during these 9 months, but I know that it is all for the well being of our beautiful babies-to-be!

Appetite: I am pretty much back into my first trimester habit of eating every hour. I'm trying my hardest to make the healthier choice but that is not always successful! I enjoy my treats, but during the day I have at least 4 pieces of fruit as a snack! Grapes and bananas...YUM!

Clothes: The only thing that Ive noticed is that my maternity shirts are becoming more figure fitting than when I wore them for the first time! Oh well, I love seeing my baby belly!

Belly Button: My belly button might stay in its awkward stage during this entire pregnancy! It just seems to want to stay halfway in but stretch the outside rims out more like crazy! Is anyone else like this too?

Aleena's Progress: " Your baby is about 15.7 inches long, and weighs about 3 pounds". I can definitely tell that she is getting a little chunky in there! When she moves I feel her more than I ever could! I love talking to her, knowing that she knows my voice and responds to it makes me fall more in love with her every time!

Goal of the Week: I am officially almost done with Christmas shopping! Just a few more gifts and then the wrapping will begin! Every year it seems like I am the last one to finish up and actually have gifts under the tree. I have accomplished a lot of projects this week, however they all had to deal with Aleena's nursery! I can't wait to actually see it all put together! She is going to love it (or at least thats what I say)!
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your families!

A For Aleena!!!

I thought I would share really quick my late night project that I threw together last night! I got this wooden A from Hobby Lobby yesterday for a little over $1 and I knew right away that it was going to be something  gorgeous for our little Aleena's room-to-be! Sorry I'm making this quick but I'm headed out to my dentist appointment...blah. Well I hope you like it! 

Oh, ill be back on here tonight to give you all an update with my baby belly and my overall pregnancy at 7 1/2 months! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Craft Time!

I wanted to make this years Christmas a little more special with making all of the kids in my family handmade gifts that they were sure to love! I was searching on the internet for about a week when I stumbled on a tweet by Craft that showed how to make a sleepover pillowcase. It was so cute, it had a zipper and button pocket that held stuffed animals, books, or any special keepsakes. I decided on starting them last week, so I made my way to the fabric store. I was a little nervous because I have never used a sewing machine, so I was going to have my Nonie help me learn! I sure had a surprise in store for me, fabric is expensive!! Well I thought so and I was also trying to make these gifts special and on a budget. That was not going to happen if I went with the same gift idea. 

I didn't want to make my trip to the fabric store a complete waste so I decided to pick up three beautiful patterns and decided to make some cute pillows for our little girls nursery! They are all different sizes and they came out exactly how I imagined them! Plus I was able to experience a sewing machine for the first time! Success!

I also saw an adorable idea to make a clock out of buttons and using a embroidery wheel. Im almost done with it, I just need to buy the actual clock arms and battery. I am already so excited with how its coming out!!

I am a DIY freak now, and I love following other crafters on FB. Thrifty Decor Chick had these adorable candle holders that she just used as center pieces. I thought that I could do the same with some scrapbook paper and some glasses from the thrift store! They are absolutely my favorite! I think that these will be great for Aleena's nightlight using the battery candles! We are super excited to put her nursery together after we move!

Oh and one more thing! I picked these adorable butterflies up from Hobby Lobby for only $1.50 each! I think they will look great hanging on one of the nursery walls or from the ceiling! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Car Seat Canopy!

I absolutely love getting emails from all the baby and mommy websites. Giving me tons of information on baby products and baby info in general. One of my regular emails came the other day and I jumped at the opportunity it was presenting me with immediately! Fernando, like myself, thought that it was a scam at first because of how awesome the deal was, a little too good to be true. That was not the case at all! It offered a promo code while supplies last for a free, yes, free car seat canopy! Regularly $50, we were able to drop the price to $0! They were also offering the Whole Caboodle set for $30, regularly $135! Obviously we would be covering the shipping expense but we were all for it! 

I have been seeing these canopies ever since I became pregnant, but I never knew anyone with one, or much about them for me to purchase one. Well, when this deal came to me I jumped on it and am excited to see for myself how wonderful this product is! We should be receiving the canopy in the next couple of days, but until then, I was just wondering if any of you had heard anything, or have one yourself? What do you think about it?

We chose this adorable black and white exterior with a hot pink interior! I didn't want to over power the whole pink baby girl idea so I figured this is a very cute and even balance between my taste as well as sharing with everyone that we have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl!!

This cute little baby girl really makes me excited for our little Aleena to be inside of her canopy! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Bola Musical Pregnancy Pendant

A package was delivered to me today from my brother Matthew and his girlfriend, who at the moment are living in Sweden. I have been getting messages from them for the past couple of days asking if I had received it yet. I figured it was a cute pair of shoes or a piece of clothing that they had picked up for our little baby girl Aleena. However, I was emotionally surprised by how thoughtful and meaningful the gift inside the package was, and I was unable to keep my tear ducts from going into overdrive. 

Inside was a letter, this letter made me cry, and I hadn't even opened the bubble wrapped gift yet. The letter said:

The Bola Musical Pregnancy Pendant is worn just like a necklace, except that the pendant rests low on a pregnant mama's belly and creates a soft chime when she walks or moves, or when the baby is active. From about 20 weeks, your baby will be able to hear and enjoy the soothing sound of the chime too!
Nadja heard about this and really thought that this would be a great thing to have. After your baby is born it will be able to recognize  the sound of the chime, like your voice or music, and it can help relax your child. We both love you and hope you will enjoy it.
Matthew & Nadja

Inside the package was this beautiful pendant connected to a long string. I immediately put it on and moved it so Aleena could start to recognize the beautiful, soothing chime that came from it.
I am truly blessed to have my brother and Nadja in my life, Aleena is so loved already and she wont grace us for another 2 months.
Thank you Matthew and Nadja, we all love you so much!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Life as a Blurr!

These past few weeks have passed by my eyes in such a blur that I cant comprehend how I am still standing! Here is my last couple of weeks summed up for you all!

Update on our craft day: I was going to make the chalkboard name tags...that never happened like I had planned...sorry! I was so caught up in making these adorable hats and gloves with my family that I decided to do the name tags another time. Here are a few that I made!

School is almost over for the semester, just 2 more weeks! I cant express how thrilled I am to be away from books and class discussions! Although I know this break will fly by I plan on enjoying every second of it!

Thanksgiving was AMAZING! I had this thought that I could eat as much as I wanted due to the fact that Im pregnant, but I found that it was harder than I thought! Our little girl was taking up all the space that I could have fit more food into! We had two dinners so I did eat more than I thought I could. Plus leftovers, I think I'm set till Christmas!

 All I know is that our baby girl is growing so fast and I couldn't be more happier about it! Only 2 months and 1 week until my due date! We are thinking of naming her Aleena!

Note for pregnant mothers to be: Black Friday and large stomaches equals a rough shopping trip! Although we did find some killer deals on diapers and some household items, if I'm ever pregnant again during Black Friday madness I will happily skip it!

New Belly Photo! (2 weeks old sorry!!)
 I hope you all had an amazing holiday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Ideas Coming My Way!

I have found myself to be in a bit of a fog lately. I feel like I never have anything exciting happening and I just feel the need to find a hobby. Everyone has a hobby, nope not me, I have never been able to find my edge that makes me me. Well its time for a change, and I need to be the one that makes my hobby fit my own needs!

It just so happens that my niece, nephews, and little sister (with the help of their mothers) have entered to be in a craft fair and have been busy making little knick knacks to sell in a couple of weeks.

While eating my delicious dinner tonight, I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get my creative flow going! I plan on making these cute holiday chalkboard name tags that you could use for your Christmas gifts! Im super excited to get these done this weekend, so make sure you come back to check out my finished products!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Fave Maternity Jeans!

Shopping for maternity clothes in general has not been a fun experience for me. Let alone buying maternity jeans just to see how big my butt has really grown. Well that was my train of thought before I found these amazing low elastic band maternity jeans at Forever21!
The fit is perfect, the price is right, I've been wearing them since I was 2 months pregnant, and best of all they fit my style perfectly!!! I don't want this pregnancy to take away my personal choice in style, so these allow me to still feel and look like my pre-pregnancy self!! I wish I would have bought more than one pair at the time, but be sure that I will be back! What can I say, Im a skinny jeans type of gal!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Hamburger Gal: Just Maybe

Dinner was amazing tonight! All thanks to Fernando and his amazing grill skills!! You see, I've never been much of a hamburger type of gal, but after tonight I believe I have changed my mind!

I guess you could just say that some deliciously sauteed mushrooms,lettuce, tomatoes, and some dijon mustard seem to make my mouth water over the idea of eating a hamburger!

Plus a side of calabacitas (squash and corn) make everything that much better!!
Thank you Fernando for an amazing dinner, me and our baby girl enjoyed every last bite!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Little Help Please!!

I guess since I don't have experience with preparing for a little one I have tons of questions. Questions that I should know but forget to ask. Questions I look up on Google, but don't trust the answers given to me.

So here is where you all fall into play, load me up with your advice!!! Please tell me your hidden secrets and the ways you prepared for your child(den)!! Don't be shy!!! I want to see what cool tricks you all have up your sleeves!!

1. When did you start shopping?
2. How did you decide what to shop for first? Diapers vs. Adorable outfit?!
3. How soon did you have your baby shower? It did you wait till the last minute?
4. What items are okay for hand-me-downs, and which ones need to be bought new?
5. When is too early to set up the nursery?
6. Parenting classes..are they worth it?
7. Is a birth plan a must?
8. What types of meals did you make to be frozen when it was time to welcome your little one into this world?
9. Is it worth it to overthink EVERYTHING??
10. What did you pack in your hospital bag? Food included!

Now I know there are a lot of questions but I really would appreciate your your thoughts! I look forward to reading your responses!

Free Time Means???

All week long Fernando and I are busy doing one thing or another. Its rare for us to be able to just have a day to ourselves between the days Monday and Friday. For me, Saturday is a work day so I don't really get the typical weekend break but im not complaining. When I do have a day to myself, no homework, work, or planned events,
like Sunday, I never know what to do with my time! Its like I screw myself over and make a mental list of the many honey-do things that I could just ignore. I use to ignore them, why can't I anymore? I think that this baby girl inside of me is acting as an inner clock for me. "The cleaning, organizing, and planning needs to be done now, not later", thats what she is telling me lately, and I have a feeling that its not going to go away! So I guess i'll have to get use to this busy, busy, busy schedule of mine! Bring it on!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Some Sunday Fun!

Yesterday our baby girl and I experienced our first ever Denver Broncos game! All thanks to Fernandos' mom! Thank you Priscilla! I've been to Rockies and Nuggets games all of my life, but never a football game! Its a completely different experience and the atmosphere makes you want to be a die hard fan that paints their face and wears crazy wigs! Ever since I met Fernando he has talked about these amazing games and I always thought that he was just over exaggerating! Now I know, now I get it, I am officially hooked! Im so happy we are going again in December!

Here are some pictures of us from yesterday!

Since I can't have hot dogs, I indulged in these nachos. Im so happy I did! They made the game even better, I didn't know that was possible!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mexican Tonight? I Think YES!

Fernando and I have been a couple for a little over 3 and 1/2 amazing years. When we first met, being the gentleman that he is, for our first date he picked me up from my Nonies (which is my grandma) house with all of my family waiting to meet my mystery man! It was my moms condition (I was 17 at the time) that if he wanted to take me on a date then he would have to meet my family. Little did he know that by family it meant meeting 13 people (who are all immediate family members), that's what scared me the most. I didn't know how he was going to react to all of them at once, since he was coming from a family of 2 kids. Well let me just say folks, he did amazing and he looked as handsome as ever! For dinner he took me to this cute little mexican restaurant on the other side of town that him and his dad had been going to for years. OMG... I was hooked with the first bite, I didn't even do the lady like thing and act like I wasn't hungry. Nope not me, when dinner was over my plate was clean! How embarrassed was I when I saw he still had half left!

Anyways!! We go and eat El Jardin at least once a month now because their food is addicting. The beans and rice are the best ever, and how can that be? Beans and rice are like the easiest things to make, but they are heaven there! I think it has a lot to do with the New Mexico chile smothered, no drenched, all over the stuffed sopapilla and side of beans and rice!

Well when I got home from work today Fernando was just finishing getting all spiffed up and told me we were going to eat El Jardin. I was so excited! All I could think of was how full I was going to be for the next 2 days! One of my lovely pregnancy symptoms is my superhero like taste buds. They are working on overload and they know what they don't like, like, and love. Well they LOVE what I fed them tonight! Thank you babe for dinner, our little girl is going to be a mexican food lover just like you and me!

Stuffed Sopapilla, beans, rice, and green chile!

Chips and salsa!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's Going On?

Well I am continuously browsing other mom blogs on a daily basis. A couple of them that were pregnant had given an update post, I thought that was a great idea! So here it goes!

Weeks: 22 Weeks 1 Day

Weight Gain: Well my next appointment is coming up soon and I try not to weigh myself in between each visit. At my last visit I had a total weight gain of 6 pounds. That was two months ago due to my ultrasound being at the beginning of this month. So I'm pretty sure I can add 4 pounds to that. So my magic number will be 10 pounds which I think isn't too bad, especially since the doctors told me I was a little under weight...I don't see how that can be possible!

Appetite: I have not noticed myself having any type of cravings this entire pregnancy except for hot, hot, HOT chile. However, the amount of food that I want to eat during a meal has definitely gone up! It's funny how Fernando is always trying to feed me even when Im not hungry! He says that I need to feed this baby, he doesn't realize that if this baby gets too big, I am going to be the one to push her out!

Clothes: My clothes have gotten to be too small so I am strictly stuck with maternity pants If I want to wear one of my own shirts, I can expect my belly to be popping out! I think another visit to the maternity store is much needed soon!

Belly Button: My belly button is in an awkward stage right now! Its in the middle of popping out and still being an "innie"!

Our Babies Progress: " She is 11 inches and almost 1 pound. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she is developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums".

New Found Fun: So our real bonding time is right when I lay down for bed. I've noticed that she loves to kick away and I love feeling her little feet,hands, and head push against my palm. Its so funny when I tell Fernando to feel, its like she can sense it and quickly stops kicking! Its like she knows he is spying on her! Poor him, he is lucky if he catches the last thump on his hand!

Goal of The Week: I am not a messy individual, and I believe that my house reflects that. I just feel that I can never clean it fully lately. So my goal of this week is to spring clean ( even though its now officially winter here in the lovely Colorado state) this house of ours. I believe that a cleaning genie has put a spell over me and now I'm almost like a germaphobe!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Little Lazy Mixed With Fun

Our weekend was very ideal for me, I think this has a lot to do with me rubbing off on Fernando. He has always been the type to go go go, but ever since this pregnancy I believe his true lazy side has started to show! I must say, I'm enjoying it very much!

Saturday, we were supposed to run a bunch of errands and then he was going to go ride his dirtbike for the day, well that never happened. I treated him to an amazingly yummy lunch at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants, that was my little trick in getting him to agree! You see, I always want Vietnamese food lately! Then we went home, it was only supposed to be a quick stop to let our dog Odom out. However, we woke up 2 hours later from a much needed nap! I haven't taken a nap since my second trimester started, now I know that I need to start up with them again. Long story short, nothing that we planned was accomplished yesterday!

For today, we watched the premier of Tebow and his new starting position with the Denver Broncos. I'm starting to get the hang of this whole football thing, I think! Then we went to my works company picnic, bowling style! Let me just say, my mom had her concerns because she went into labor with me when she was bowling! I was just fine with my little 8 pound ball! Until the second game, then Fernando had to finish for me, scoring a couple strikes to add to my winning score! I think our little one had fun too because while we were enjoying our time she was busy kicking away!

To be on the fair side, we ended our day hanging out with Ray and Sammy, my two brother-in-laws. They had their ATV's and Fernando had his dirtbike. While they were busy with their toys, Odom and I enjoyed a long walk with a little bit of catch for his exercise. Like I said, this weekend was very ideal! I wonder what the week has in store for us!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Party Time!

This weekend was so fun! My sister Elesha hosted a Halloween party at her house and to tell you the truth I was a little nervous about what I was going to dress up as. I knew that I wasn't going to be big enough to pull off a cute pregnant costume but I still wanted to have my belly showing. For all of my previous Halloween years I've always been something cute and girlie but for some reason I let Fernando talk me into being a zombie with him.

To be honest, I think that we both pulled it off really good! The cuts were pretty gruesome, and made Fernando gag a couple times, but everyone wanted to know where we learned to do our makeup! Being pregnant made the flow of the party go a little differently for me this time around. While everyone was enjoying their drinks, I was in my own joyful world of chips and dip, cookies, and my version of jello shots! Plain cherry flavored jello! Everyone looked at me like I was crazy, but hey, Im pregnant and jello sure did hit the spot!
I don't plan on going all our for Halloween night though, it took a little too much maintenance for me! I plan on concentrating more on making some fun food for my little sister, niece, nephew, and of course our baby girl to enjoy! Im thinking green goo worm cups!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Our Baby Girl!

Last week we found out that our hopeful little one was going to be a little girl!! I was so excited during the entire ultrasound, I didn't want to take my eyes off of the screen! I managed to pull my eyes away a couple of times and glance over at Fernando to see his expression, it always made me smile even more. He was feeling the same happiness that I was, the sight of his little girl was all that he was going to need from now on! Even though my bladder was going to explode at any moment, I didn't want the ultrasound to ever end. Thank goodness she let me use the restroom before we got into the main part of the ultrasound. The tech was amazing, she made us feel very comfortable and every question we had was answered with a perfect answer! She was even having fun watch our little girl move around like crazy!

I would have to say that my favorite part of the ultrasound was when we saw her yawn on the screen a couple of times! She was tired and we were disturbing her sleep! I think thats why I felt her kick at the little wand a couple of times! We sure do have a tough little cookie inside of me! No wonder why I thought for the longest time that she was a boy!

So here you go world, here is our little girl! Our life!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Kicks, Pokes, and Shoves!

I really feel like my belly is now a war zone inside of me. Our little one and I are in a fight for space and comfort! It's not like I intentionally try to make the little one mad but I'm not always in a "pregnant" posture or stance. For instance, bending down to put on my shoes earns me a kick in the lower part of my stomach, laying on my side, that happens to be the side which we both are sharing, means that im in for a long night of shoves! Fernando gets a kick out of how active our baby is, we think its a boy because of all of this movement! Even though my baby belly is the one taking all of the beatings, it is just a constant reminder that our little one is getting big and stronger as each day goes by!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A New Country, Amazing Food!

Growing up with 3 sisters and 1 brother has always been such an amazing experience for me! Always having someone to play with, shop with, an older brother to look up to, and never having a dull moment are things that I have always cherished!

I always thought that learning to love my sisters boyfriends was a lot easier than learning to love my brothers girlfriend. However, I was wrong, my brothers girlfriend Nadja has stolen his heart and made all of our hearts a lot bigger with her in them now!

For the past 2 months my brother has been in Sweden, staying with Nadja and her family. Learning the different traditions, exploring the country, taking trips and best of all, eating the amazing food! While Nadja lived here for the past 2 years, our family has seen them be the amazing chefs that they are, and have happily been the taste testers!

Now this is how the Swedish eat, while we are thousands of miles away drooling over the beautiful pictures they send to share with us!

Fresh Bread!

Gorgeous Salad!

Pile of steak and potato gratin!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thinking Ahead of Time

The thought of having a girl or a boy is always on my mind. I know that most people have names picked out for either gender, already know what their nursery is going to look like, and basically have the whole thing planned out down to the very last detail. I am not really focusing on the names at this moment because I just end up getting worked up about the entire thing, and Fernando and I just start throwing out funny and awkward names to one another! I have been thinking about my nursery theme though, that is the one thing that I am for sure about so far!

I love how adorable owls are!! They just make me heart melt when I see the different types of designs that there are! I don't want any colors that are over powering but just cute and subtle!

If we have a girl, I want the colors to be a light pink or purple with grey incorporated into it! Something along the lines of this!

If we have a boy then of course I want either light green or blue with grey as well!

This pregnancy has been so amazing so far, I just am so excited because I know that it is going to continue to get so much better!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kick in the Butt!

Wow what a week that I have had! Let me just say people, when I decided to try out online classes this semester I thought it was going to be a piece of cake! Umm that is not the case! I feel like I am going crazy with the amount of reading that I am needing to do just to keep up, and I love reading!!! So hopefully I will get this school thing under control soon and actually get to enjoy my free time again!

Guess what?!?! I am now 4 months and 1 day pregnant with our beautiful, or handsome, little baby! I feel like the time has gone by fast, but no matter what week of my pregnancy I am in time goes by in slow motion! Oh well, I don't want to rush my pregnancy, I am already enjoying it so much and I am only in the beginning of my second trimester!

I went to the doctors on Monday for a routine check up and I was so excited to hear the heartbeat I didn't think my day could have gotten any better! But it did! When we were listening to the fast little flutter of our baby I was able to hear it moving around in me so fast! It made a little swoosh noise and thats all I needed, to know that our baby was right on track!

Less then a month away we will know what out little one is! I know that I am going to make time go by slow because of how often I think about 10/10/11! Will it be a boy, or a girl?!?!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mothers of Multiples!

Today was on the path of being another blah day and I was on auto-drive for the most part! When I least expected it, it turned out to be eye opening for me.

I was helping out a member with her account and she stated that she worked for a non-profit organization, so I asked her what is was all about. She works for Broomfields local mothers of multiples club! I thought wow, that is so neat! So I started talking about how I was pregnant with my first and how I was hoping for having multiples but was blessed this time around with a singleton. This woman was the mother of 11 month old triplets! Talk about being lucky!!

The organization has a sale twice a year that sells used baby goods, they try to help out mothers in all possible ways including monthly meeting/support groups! For the next sale, I plan on attending with our month old little bundle of joy next March! I know that this group is putting their used goods towards such a great cause because they are already a group of great mothers!

For this post I just wanted to recognize all of the mothers of multiples and just say that you are all troopers!!!

-As a side note,so are all the moms and dads out there!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Taking a Chance With Dinner!

Today started off with tons of homework that needed to be completed... and I am still working on that. Let me just say as a side note that reading really makes me hungry, even if I just recently ate! Dinner was the last thing on my mind, but when Fernando came home early I felt bad because he had been cooking dinner for us the last couple of nights.

All Recipes is such a great website that I turn to when I am in a rush and want a home cooked meal. I have never made, let alone ate cheddar cheese covered chicken and rice casserole but for some crazy reason I was craving it right that moment! Let me just say that it was a complete success and I plan on putting this dinner into the recipe book!

Fernando had never ate it either so I was worried that he wasn't going to like this new dinner choice of mine so I decided to make a back-up plan. You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies! I guess I'll have to wait to enjoy them with Fernando because I think my dinner knocked him straight into nap mode!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Too Soon to Tell!

Being so early in this pregnancy has really tested my patience. Not knowing if we are going to be expecting a little handsome man or an adorable little lady has really gotten the best of me! I have to say what a trooper to my mother and grandmother were for never being able to find out early due to the time of their pregnancies. I doubt I would have been able to do the same! I feel like a little kid that is waiting for santa to bring me my gift but the date just keeps getting pushed further and further back! I think that I am going to pull out my hair one of these days... very soon!

I have always loved my shopping trips, even if the items aren't for myself. The joy of being able to pick whatever I want and be able to see in worn, played with, put to good use or just adored, has always given me such great satisfaction! Now I feel completely different about these money hogging trips.

I get that I am able to purchase neutral colors for our little one, greens, browns, light blues, yellow and white. To me however, that just takes all the fun out of shopping for my first baby. I want to be able to pick up that handsome varsity cardigan, or that adorable purple and pink tutu, but instead I get to pick out neutral colored items.

Today however, I was able to fulfill a little morsal of my satisfaction when I picked out these adorable little moccasins, that can be worn my our soon-to-be little man or little lady!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A New Kind of Shopping!

A lovely day today is what I had with my mother, sister Raquel and her two crazy adorable sons Sammy and Noah. I am always taken back when I hear the smart and mindful thoughts that come out of those two boys. I guess like others I catch myself underestimating the the level of maturity that my nephews are capable of!

Our journey today started with bumming around the mall, window shopping for some even that is bound to be around the corner one of these days! I don't know why I am so gullible when it comes to these outings. I am the one who is always broke but I somehow seem to be the one who makes the first purchase! Oh well, in the back of my mind I am beaming with happiness, thinking of the great new find I have at the bottom of my bag.

Now in the past I have had frozen yogurt, but until today I have never had REAL frozen yogurt bites of deliciousness! I was quite content for the rest of the day, ( so I thought ) with my raspberry yogurt topped with blackberries, sliced kiwi, bits of strawberries, and a couple of fresh raspberries to go on top!

On our way back to the car, Motherhood was spotted and in we went, to window shop... so I thought! I hadn't been in that store sense my older sister was pregnant with her first, so I didn't really know what to expect. Well hellooo skinny jeans!! I was so surprised with how many cute, stylish and affordable clothes that they offered! Fitting rooms here I come, along with the awkward baby bump latch on for quick peeks into the future as to what Ill look like in 5 months! That is something very weird to me. Needless to say, I fell in love with these cute dark jeans that I could picture myself going into labor in! Stylish and ready to become a mama! As a gift from my lovely mother, she insisted that she make the purchase for me, well thank you mom!

Pregnancy here I come, with a cute new wardrobe!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blog Time

This blog was started a little over three months ago to help me gather my thoughts and to test out this amazingly fun blogging world! As the months have passed my daily experiences have been shared with those that pass by, but mainly myself! I have become a huge fan of Top Baby Blogs and try to browse a different blog as much as possible; hense my continuously dying phone!

From my first visit to the website I knew that I wanted to be a part of it, but I had to keep up with my blog for three months before I could do so. Well that time has finally come! Everyone, i am now a member of Top Baby Blog! Waking up to an email stating that my blog was approved was more exciting then I ever expected! I found myself texting Fernando right away ( 6 am right away ) telling him the great news!

I feel like I have accomplished a huge obstical, I am almost over the mountain in front of me! My blog is going to mean something to someone other than myself! Followers press my vote button! I was so excited all day until reality struck. I don't know how to add all these nifty features to my blog, I can't find my blog on the website, and I feel like I got my hopes up all for nothing.

Question of the day: Why am I not a computer whizz?!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crazy Monday!

I have known that this particular Monday was on the horizon and that along with it came the first day back to school for the fall semester. I love school, it lets me realize that learning comes naturally to me and I will never stop retaining information. The first day back for me this time however was a little different. For the first time I was going to give online classes a whirl and see how I liked it. Staying at home while doing my school work would challenge me, putting myself to the test, I succeeded!

Look at me! I'm such a great multitasker! 3 classes, a clean house, and all the laundry is done!

To top off this monday of craziness, my sleeping time was blessed with a new discovery! I find myself waking up frequently, whether it be for needing to use the restroom or to find a new comfortable position to sleep. Well, during one of those wake ups I felt a slight nudge inside of my stomach! Trying not to overwhelm myself with joy, I started to come up with other explanations as to what it could have been: air moving through my stomach, no, it didn't feel like that at all, me moving in an awkward way and imagining the movement all together, no, I wasn't moving fast or weird at all. In the middle of my thinking, and lying still I felt it again! This time I was certain, for the first time in my life I was feeling my little one inside of me giving me a nudge. Telling me, "hey scoot over, your squishing me", or, " hey mom, I am going to be so darn cute and wake you up with my nudges in the middle of the night"!

Either way I am thrilled to have been awake for it! A lot of people say that what I felt wasn't the baby at all, but I know my body, and I know what I felt! This experience has given me an entirely new feeling of what it is like to be pregnant!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yummy In My Tummy!

For what I have heard, most women with little buns in their oven suffer from fatigue ( Fernando calls it my excuse to finally be as lazy as I love to be! ) the worst during the first trimester. Well yesterday I had a break through! For the past 3 months I have been lucky to get through my work day without taking a nap. Yesterday was a 180 for me! I cleaned, had my car windshield repaired, went swimming with my family for a couple of hours, went shopping, cleaned the house, cooked a gourmet dinner and did the dishes afterwards. Not once did I flip out on Fernando, and I did this all with a smile on my face! I see my old self coming back into the light and some delicious food on the horizon! Second trimester here I come!

This was our dinner last night: Veggie and 3 Cheese Stuffed Shells with a Cucumber, Red Onion, White Wine Vinegar Salad! Yum!

My new favorite snack/dessert! 12 Flavors of Gummy Bears!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Belly Pictures!

I know that this blog site hasn't been receiving my full attention and I do apologize. This job has been getting the best of me and recovering from the stress has been my top priority.

One of my worst nightmares came alive, and I was looking at a gun pointed at my face. All I could think about was that I needed to calm down and not get over worked. I am pregnant and I need to put my baby first, we will be fine as long as I stay calm. Believe me, I did my best and it paid off!

A week off of work and a new transfer to another location is just what I needed! As a precaution I scheduled a same day doctors appointment to make sure our little one was not being affected by my my unwanted eventful day.

When I first heard that fast hummingbird thud of a heartbeat my heart sank and I knew that everything was going to be okay! God has blessed us with a strong baby and allowed my little family to move forward. That is why I wanted to share with everyone our little one growing!

12 Weeks!

11 Weeks!

10 Weeks!

9 Weeks!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Not This Time Around!

Fernando joined me at my doctors appointment which went great, and a lot of exciting news was discovered by us both! Let me just say that Fernando was a trooper and he handled the awkward pelvic exam like a pro!

So when the ultrasound began ( which was a vaginal ultrasound ), my eyes were searching the screen for more than one baby blob! Then I realized that I had no idea what I was even looking at! I think my doctor caught on to my expression right away because then the lesson began! After a couple of minutes I realized she wasn't moving that device around in me. So I asked her, is there more than one in there?

Ok, I know I'm only 20 and having twins for my first pregnancy would be a lot to handle but I guess for me it just seems like the perfect scenario for Fernando and I!

The Doc told me that it was just too early to tell, but I dont believe her! If I'm not having twins this time around then I am perfectly content with that! So I guess that the Pencil Test was a fail in our case!

Our Baby Blob Herrera!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Pencil Test

I have found myself to be a Google fanatic lately. Looking up every little symptom I have, symptoms that I might have and tons of belly pictures to compare myself to. Fernando thinks I'm crazy but with this being my first pregnancy I have no idea what to expect! Just the other day I was wondering what the symptoms of twins were because I'm already showing at 7 weeks and I know that's not typically normal. So as I'm searching blogs and peoples Google responses when I come across this lady's blog. She says that her husband thinks she is pregnant with twins because he did the pencil test. I'm sitting there thinking, what the heck is a pencil test and how do I do it! So I search "pencil pregnancy test" and sure enough there are you tube videos and entire websites dedicated to the pencil pregnancy test! So after reading up on it I decided to try it out! I took my needle, thread and #2 pencil and started hovering the pencil over my wrist. The websites stated that if it swung from wrist to elbow then it meant boy, side to side means girl and diagonal means twins. So with my first, second, and third try my results were all the same. If this test is correct Fernando and I will be blessed with twins!

Out of curiosity I have made my mom,sisters,cousins, aunts, grandmother and all the men in the family that already have kids try out this test. The results for my family all came out accurate,crazy huh?!

Tomorrow we will find out if the test is right because I have my first appointment! We are both so excited!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Broken Record

I know its been a while since I've last posted anything but I just haven't found any energy to keep up with it. The first week and a half after finding out I was pregnant was everything that I could hope for! I ate every two hours and realized that my body was capable of retaining TONS of water, meaning I knew where the bathroom was everywhere I went! I was pretty excited and grateful that I didn't get nauseous or feel any sickness at all. My two sister have had two children each and I remember them throwing up continuously. Well I guess I jinxed myself because for the past week I have not been myself. I am always tired and fatigued. At random times during the day I have to sit down and help myself relax so I won't get sick. I know this will pass but for now every day is the same. I am so excited to be further along in my pregnancy so that I can fully enjoy this wonderful experience!

In one week from today I have my first doctors appointment. Fernando and I are excited to hear our babies heart beat for the first time and share that special moment together!

Monday, June 27, 2011

T-Shirt TIme!

After a day at the beach, my family and I decided that a day indoors was exactly the relief our burnt skin needed.

For as long as I can remember my family has gathered at my Nonie's (my grandma) house for all occasions. So traditionally we all met up there geared up with our acrylic paint, hobby lobby T-Shirts, googly eyes, markers and a bunch of glitter! Our mission was to decorate baby onsies for the little one in my tummy! Colors were kept as nutural as possible but that is hard when you have everyone wishing for a certain gender! I was surprised by my boyish colors when all along I have never cared if I had a boy or girl first, was this a sign that I am hoping for a little man deep down inside of me? Or is this just the mood I was in for the dY? Either way, our baby will soon be wearing adorable shirts that were made with love!

From Mama to Baby!

From Auntie Eia to Baby!