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Prep Rock

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As soon as we get our new fancy DSLR, I will start posting live pics of me in my new found maternity wardrobe.  I'm having a blast shopping for new items and shopping my closet for existing items that work.   For now, here is the look that I wore to work.  The only difference is my stud bracelet and earrings are from Forever 21.

The Preggo

Sunday, January 29, 2012
I've kept track of some of my symptoms and such so I thought I'd post a few from the past few weeks. I'm still not comfortable taking belly shots. I just look so fat and not pregnant yet. The belly is getting there but not quite.


How far along? 8 Weeks

Total weight gain: 2 lbs
Maternity clothes? the bella band (although I think this thing is a joke), a pair of maternity jeans and a few other tops
Stretch marks? Yes but I’m prone to them. Sucks!
Sleep: I am extremely tired. Falling asleep is much easier than pre-pregnancy. Waking up 2 to 3 times a night to go pee. My hips are sore so finding a comfortable position is getting harder.
Best moment this week: My husband asking me, “So tell me what’s going on with our baby this week.” We were talking on the phone while he was driving home from work. I read him the 8 week breakdown. He was impressed with our little kidney bean.
Miss Anything? Wine. My holiday mojo. Energy.
Movement: Too early.
Food cravings: Not really.
Anything making you queasy or sick: The meat isle at the grocery store. Veggies, particularly broccoli.
Gender: Too early – husband thinks boy.
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Really sore boobs, nausea, fatigue, a bit of indigestion, hip pain, round ligament pain, belly is already starting to grow
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: mostly happy
Looking forward to: My 11 week ultrasound. Hoping that this little one shows up nice and healthy and that we pass the 1st trimester mark with flying colors.


How far along? 10 Weeks

Total weight gain: 0 lbs (was up 2 lbs but lost 2 since last weigh in)
Maternity clothes? 2 bella bands, 2 pairs of maternity jeans and I bought a few more tops and sweaters
Stretch marks? No new ones
Sleep: Exhausted but not having great quality sleep. Too many trips to the restroom, dangit.
Best moment this week: Feeling my uterus stretch. Weird but gives me hope that our little one is growing and that this pregnancy is progressing normally.
Miss Anything? Wine. Energy. Sex.
Movement: Too early.
Food cravings: Grandy’s.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Eating in general. The meat isle at the grocery store. Veggies, particularly broccoli.
Gender: Too early – husband thinks boy.
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Bad nausea, super bad fatigue, a bit of indigestion, round ligament pain, belly is growing more. Had some hip pain and sciatica issues last week but that has passed – thank you, Jesus!
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: mostly happy
Looking forward to: My 11 week ultrasound. Hoping that this little one shows up nice and healthy and that we pass the 1st trimester mark with flying colors. 

How far along? 12 Weeks
Total weight gain: 3 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes – buying stuff almost every week. I love to shop, what can I say?
Stretch marks? A couple more… :-(
Sleep: No trouble falling asleep but still too many trips to pee in the middle of the night…
Best moment this week: Seeing the baby at the 11 week Ultrasound with a heartbeat of 174 beats/min although the little snuggle bug didn’t move hardly at all so I have to get another sono. Also, my husband always joking that he wants full custody. So cute.
Miss Anything? Still - Wine. Energy. Sex.
Movement: Too early but I do feel flutters. Not sure if it’s my Ute growing or what.
Food cravings: sopapillas with honey even though I haven’t eaten any. I really want some.
Anything making you queasy or sick: My retainer. Suddenly the plastic in my mouth is grossing me out.
Gender: Not yet…
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Some nausea and I’m still tired but that is getting better. A bit dizzy this week. Some round ligament pain.
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy
Looking forward to: My 12 week ultrasound and seeing the baby move. Need to eat breakfast and drink juice to give the little one some energy.


Thursday, January 26, 2012
I won a $100 giftcard to Talbots c/o the Vogue Influencer Network.  Woo hoo.  I love Talbots, obvi.  If it was still the Holiday season I would have bought the amazing sequined skirt below.  Not sure where I would have worn it... maybe around the house à la Carrie Bradshaw.

Instead, I purchased these preppy little lovelies.

Hey, I'm pregnant and I'm not Victoria Beckham.  I need comfort sometimes.  I actually have an outfit planned for these:  kelly green jeans and a striped navy tee with an ivory trench...Cute!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I know I haven't been blogging regularly.  I'm sorry.  It's just that I've been a bit busy.  Well, really just infinitely exhausted and nauseous beyond belief.  Yes, I'm pregnant and currently 13 weeks along.  Yay!!!  We are very excited albeit a bit cautious.  I had two miscarriages last year that really sucked (one very early chemical and one at 11 weeks).  The baby I lost at 11 weeks was particularly hard because just 4 days before, I announced it on facebook.  Well, I decided not to do that again and I definitely decided to wait until after my 1st trimester screening or NT scan to announce anything.  What's funny is that up until now, I've had 3 attempts at the NT scan.  Yes, I also already know we have a very stubborn baby who I have some good pics of.  I actually go see my Perinatologist tomorrow to try and get the NT scan done.  I'm so happy I get to see my baby again so soon.  I'm trying to look at being high risk as a perk in that way - lots of pics.  Hopefully, I'll have some happy updates to share as I try my best to blog more.  I'm not yet comfortable with the baby bump photos.  I currently look like I ate two huge lunches and three huge dinners in a row.  Very awkward and I feel huge already.  There is no way I'm going to say, "this will not turn into a baby blog," because it may very well. 


Sneak Peak: Safari Shower

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm planning a baby shower for my cousin who is due in March.  The shower is actually this Saturday and I am so excited.  Seems like I'm more excited than the mom to be.  Hmm...this has happened to me before when planning other showers.  But I digress.  My purpose here is to share some teaser pics of a couple of projects and goodies.

My inspiration board - she's having a girl, obviously.

The invites I designed and printed

Some decor goodies from

The cute little banner I designed with her little baby's name.

The shower will be at a rented space which I haven't seen in person but I know me and my co-host SJ will make it work.  I love parties and giving people parties.  Sometimes I feel like people don't know what all goes into throwing parties and it makes me feel a bit unappreciated but at the end of the day, throwing a party in honor of someone is a gift to them.  I like to give so I'm going to keep it up.  Pics after the event!

A Little Tatse of My Festivus

Monday, January 2, 2012
It's a New Year.  I don't really do resolutions.  You can make those any day of the year as far as I'm concerned but I do understand that New Year's Day is a Milestone.  Today, the hubs and I went to Central Market and bought a gang load of organic veggies and all-natural meats and other goodies.  I figure we are starting the New Year off right with our diet, at least.  The rest of the day, we stayed home, relaxed and watched football.  It was great!

I did want to post about a several amazing Christmas gifts I received.  First, my husband got me a foot massager.  A fancy one, at that.  It's nice and I feel like I will use it every night.

My mother bought me the most amaze fragrance, Bottega Veneta.  Oh, I would marry this inanimate object if it were legal.  I wore this to work one day last week, and literally - not figuratively, but literally smelled myself 75 times that day.  It lasted all day.  When you first spray it, it doesn't smell strong, which I like but it starts to mix with your body chemistry and just grows more distinct.  The faint leathery notes are to die.  It just smells so wonderful.  One of my favorites ever since Narciso Rodriquez, which is still numero uno, btw.

I also received a lovely and very meaningful piece of jewelry from my dear cousin.  The Dogeared one in a million is so stinkin' cute.  What a sweet sentiment.  I was so touched!

And not to be outdone, my dear brother and family sent me and the Mr. a fabulous Overstock gift card.  I love, love love, Overstock so this was perfect for me and the hubs.  It will be very difficult to choose what to spend it on.  Too may things.

Christmas and the Holiday Season in general is my favorite time of year but this year my mojo was seriously lacking.  I'll explain later and I think you'll be able to understand why.  But hopefully, despite my lack of early shopping or gift wrapping, my family and friends were happy with what I gave them as well.  

Well, here's to a great new year.  I sincerely hope it is better that 2011 although I am thankful for everyday 2011 gave me because I was alive, in love and living in faith.