Thursday, March 29, 2012

26 Weeks!!

**Today's dilemma**

I forgot to each lunch today.. I got home around 2:30, this is what I inhaled in 15 minutes:
2 chocolate covered marshmallow eggs
1 pack of chocolate koalas (Asian cookies)
1/4 cup of humus
1 snack pack of Cheez Its
2 slices of Colby jack cheese
2 Large strawberries
1/3 cup of pistachios
1 cutie (baby orange)
1 snack pack of spicy Doritos
1 slice of Pineapples

no joke.. then I made lunch/dinner.. linner. lol

I made 6 baked chicken drumsticks
homemade mashed potatoes (3 medium sized ones)
sauteed asparagus...

we ate that around 3:30...

its 5:12.. and I'm ready for dinner!

How far along? 26 weeks.. wow 97 more days to go!

Total weight gain/loss: total 15 lbs... I'm anxious to see how much weight I've gained at my next appointment!

Maternity clothes? Yep! I'm trying to shop for the perfect dress for my upcoming baby shower but my husband wants me to wait for a few weeks... I tried on this dress that fit me perfectly a few weeks ago.. I've had it in my closet for years! When I went to take it off.. it wouldn't budge. I started to panic because I thought my husband would have to cut me out of it!! I nearly dislocated my arm!! but after about 5 minutes I managed to wiggle out of it. back in the closet you go dress!!

Stretch marks? Nope! So far SO GOOD!!

Sleep: a rock. Evening walks around the lake puts me right to sleep! I also got a longer body pillow and its the perfect buddy.

Best moment this week: My husband asked me the best questions.. "So, when the baby comes... he wakes up, gets a diaper change.. and then eats.. Then what? do I lay him there and look at him? what will he do all day?"

Miss Anything? I miss drinking, dancing and wearing heels.

Movement: He's been getting very strong lately... its almost too painful.

Food cravings: nothing too special... i think about cake all day long but I only get to have sweets when we're out to dinner.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.. he has a very strong appetite.

Have you started to show yet: yes...

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: nope..

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? engagement ring came off for 3-4 days and now they're back on again.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

100 days left!!

well, actually 98 days left! We celebrated 100 days to go with a nice dinner and some shopping.

I can't believe how quickly my pregnancy is flying by!!

Yesterday we went to Babies R Us to look at gliders... they only had 3 to try, I didn't find anything I LOVED.. but I'll be visiting the other Babies R us to take a look.

Today I'm going to the DMV to change my Name, Address etc etc etc.

Last night, After our babies R us visit we got a cute little gift bag and inside was the smallest little diaper EVER. it was soOOoo cute!

Lastly, the baby has been a crazy little kicker lately. Last night at dinner, as the music got louder and more intense, he kept jiving to the music. it was almost uncomfortable how HARD he moves. At Babies r Us, he kicked me so hard I thought I might die. This is only the beginning, I still have 14 weeks left.

Sleep has been pretty awesome, I've been having the funniest dreams ever!! I wake myself up because I'm laughing so hard. Last night, I had a dream that my husband offered to breast feed the baby.. He kept saying, You carried him for 9 months, I'll breast feed for 9 months. and he was doing it. I was laughing and kicking so hard in my sleep that I kicked my little dog off the bed. lol!! OOPS!

thats it for now!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

& They're off.. changes, changes, changes...

This morning, my husband and I were talking about how much our lives have changed since we got married. First and foremost, I used to be a skinny mini and now I feel like a Big Girl. I'm not overly obsessing about my weight gain, I've never been that girl, BUT I still can't believe the transformation my body has endured just to be almost 7 months pregnant. Since the weight gain is somewhat slow I rarely notice the change.. but when I look back a year ago, I realize, HOLY COW!! So that's my Before I got married photo and my big ol' pregnant last week photo. My sister told me I didn't look that big when she saw me yesterday, it somewhat made me feel better. lol

Last night, I had to remove my engagement ring and put it away... OOOooH I was sOOoo sad!! I kept waking up thinking that I had lost my ring. Maybe it's the weather change. I'll try to see if it fits again in a few days. I LOVE my ring!! I feel so naked without it!

Over the weekend, we did some baby prepping. We got a rug for our family room. When Landon arrives, I imagined he'll have plenty of tummy time on the ground so It was nice to finally find the perfect rug for our room. We Temporarily moved our coffee table out of the way and the puppies have enjoyed the rugs. They lay on it, play on it.. and it feels cozy!

For the Landon's room, I found him the perfect map. It really goes well with the decor of our house. Ideally I wanted a map he could pin all our travels on, but when I saw this map, I didn't want to leave it behind! I think instead of letting him put stickers all over this map, we'll start a travel book for him instead.

I'm laughing as I put this photo up. It seems that Leiah-Bear (our poodle) loves giving Landon her one on one time. She could spend hours sleeping on my growing belly! It just cracks me up how attached they are to me. Oh lovebugs... you're soOOOo loved by your non-human siblings. I hope they watch over you and protect you from danger.

Lastly, yesterday- I was lucky enough to take my future SIL fabric shopping to look for the perfect traditional Vietnamese Dress fabric. WOW, in less than 9 months, I'll have a new little sister! It's pretty exciting! It brings back all these memories of when I had to prepare for my traditional engagement and wedding. I'm glad I got to help out a little bit. :) it was pretty fun seeing which colors looked best on her. She went in thinking "Yellow" and left thinking "Blue/Teal/Aqua" tones. It was My sister, Me and My FSIL walking around Bolsa trying to fit in with our people.. lol.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Baby Shower Gifts & Surprises

I started Registering around a month ago. I haven't really grasp the concept of registering (I didn't even register for my wedding)... But with baby stuff, theres so much to research and SO MUCH you need that the Baby Registry really helped out by keeping me organized.

As I finalized the registry list, a surprise arrived on my front door!

It took a little hunting to find out who sent it to me this adorable gift (only 5 people knew about my registry) but in the end, it was my cousin Paul and his wife Little Nancy. :) we call her Little Nancy because she's teeny tiny and she's also expecting her first!!

this was the Card/Message that was suppose to come with the gift. SOOoOOooOoo sweet!

Thank You Paul & Nancy, My little Landon will LOVE this gift. I can't wait to put him in it and put him to sleep!

**The reason why I registered for this item**

Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing - My Little Lamb

This Item was rated the Best "Swing Down to a science". It swings both side-to-side and front-back motion and it was rated a favorite with readers and moms.
I've heard MANY amazing rave reviews on this product and I am excited for my little man to utilize it!!

The second gift to arrive.. came in 3 separate boxes... it's the carseat, stroller and extra carseat attachment.

This is from my Mother In Law and Sister In Law. It was custom ordered from Living Textile because I wanted a solid color.

I LOVE this carseat and stroller!! I'm sooOOoo EXCITED!!

**Why I registered for Graco**

We chose the Graco SnugRide30. It's a lightweight carseat and it's super easy to use. It's also the country's top selling carseat and Got an A rating on all websites and books I've read.

I did go back and forth between the BRITAX stroller/carseat, I really was torn but the Britax is ALOT more expensive and it was a little heavier. I preferred the Graco because I really wanted the Frame/stroller that went with it.

I like this stroller because it's VERY LIGHTWEIGHT and easy to use. I really thought about weight, functionality and how long I'll use this for.

Since infants will grow out of this carseat quickly, I wanted to make sure when we transitioned the baby to a convertible carseat, I'll transition him to an easier stroller. I want the baby to be able to test out a stroller that he'll actually sit in. I don't want to go through 4-5 different strollers. I really hope I make the best decision for my little one. We just want him to be safe and happy.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

25 weeks & McNugget has a name!!

Well, I suppose I should make an official announcement for my Little McNugget.. We decided that his name would be:

 BabyName Ticker

Landon James Thiện Scaife

Landon has been his name since the day we got pregnant, My husband picked it out and I just let him go with it.

James is my husbands Middle Name and my Father in Law's First Name

Thiện in Vietnamese, which means “good” or “kind.” is my brothers Vietnamese name.

I love the name we picked, its strong and it sounds successful.

How far along? 25 weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: total 15 lbs... I'm anxious to see how much weight I've gained at my next appointment!

Maternity clothes? yes!! But I can still fit in regular clothes... I love Targets Maternity Shirts by Liz Lang (size small), the maternity line in general fits really nice and the fabrics are super soft!! Old Navy has some super awesome stuff. their cotton Tanks are comfy and their maternity pants are great and very affordable. I buy the bottoms at old navy and the tops at forever21.

Stretch marks? Nope! So far SO GOOD!!

Sleep: a rock. Evening walks around the lake puts me right to sleep!

Best moment this week: While sitting in a meeting today, my stomach starts growling... and then the baby starts kicking like crazy.. the O.R Manager looks at me and says, "Anna, your stomach is jerking. are you ok?" and I had to tell him I was pregnant. Then, he thought I was hungry!! "Nope, I fed him before I showed up.. that's why I'm late".. apparently, he proved me wrong because he stopped the meeting (with 3 other people in the room) to give me a cookie.. after about 2 minutes, baby stopped kicking. I was mortified.

Miss Anything? This week I miss wearing my good jeans... and high heels... and sushi.

Movement: all day long.. he calms down when my husband reads to us at night.

Food cravings: fruit, juice, smoothies... cake cake cake cake.

Anything making you queasy or sick: salmon. i can't eat it. every time I eat it, I want to puke after.

Have you started to show yet: I think I'm super showing but most people tell me I'm NOT that big.. My husband thinks I'm super huge.

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: nope..

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? bands are off, engagement ring is still on.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Viva Las Vegas!!

oooh my amazing hubby decided to take our little family on a mini weekend getaway... We even took our puppies on vacation!
So on Friday afternoon, we packed up the puppies and drove 4 hours Vegas. It was pretty smooth sailing, making a few stops to stretch our legs.

On our first night, we had dinner at the MGM and enjoyed a show called "cirque du soleil ka". With all the driving and hoopla of Vegas, I forgot to take photos of my husband and I, but I did sneak a photo during the show. It was pretty amazing!

On Saturday I woke up to find my dog Leiah laying on my belly. it was a pretty sweet photo!

she definitely loves her baby brother!

later that day, We enjoyed some sweets at Serendipity 3 at our hotel. I've been wanting to try out this place for the last 3-4 visit! The Frozen Hot Chocolate was amazing and the Giant Chocolate Donut was bigger than my face. I ate about 1/2 by myself and my husband ate a few bites.

For Dinner we ate at this French Restaurant called "Guy Savoy". It was the most expensive meal of my life. The service was very impressive. Nothing on the menu was less than $68 (soup.. and it was not good). I did Love the 20 different fresh baked breads, 10 different desserts, the corn soup etc..

later that evening, we got fancy and went to see PeepShow. :)

On our way home, our puppies snuggled each other for a little bit until the little one fell apart and ended up in the front seat with me.. and after the lunch, I ended up in the back seat with them and I must admit, it was pretty comfortable. I took a nice nap!

And now we're home! It was a pretty cozy vacation! I am very lucky to have an amazing husband who spoils me rotten. I love u Hubby!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

24 Weeks and feeling pretty good!

Hello 24 weeks. Thank You for being soOOoo welcoming. :)

I must say, so far, I love being pregnant and I LOVE that my little baby is growing healthy and strong!! Today, I welcomed 24 weeks with a new haircut that I LOVE, eyelash extensions to make me feel even MORE super awesome... and a mani-pedi. Then at 24 weeks, Ba Ngoai (your grandma, my mom) made you a yummy meal to enjoy.. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! I never realized how much I love coming home to visit my parents and I hope you will feel the same when you're old enough to be on your own!

what else happened, Not only did I get an amazing haircut, your big brother and sister got one too.. now they're nice and fluffy for our family trip this weekend... we're so excited even Daddy got a haircut!! So I hope we'll have fun!

I wonder what your hair will look like. I wonder what you will look like in general! <3

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: total 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? yes!! But I can still fit in regular clothes.

Stretch marks? Nope, I lather cocobutter like my life depends on it. well, my body actually does!

Sleep: yes... but I'm waking up in the middle of the night to eat and pee.

Best moment this week: your Great Grandmothers took turns feeling you kick today... then they talked about what you might look like. both agreed you're going to be tall and handsome like your dad, even though one great grandma is blind and can't see and the other reassured you that your daddy is a good man.

Miss Anything? I miss NOT having such an animalistic appetite. I miss not having to eat 4-5 meals a day + snacks.

Movement: you my dear, are NOT an ninja. I would appreciate it if you stopped your ninja moves at 4 to wake me up.

Food cravings: fruit, juice, smoothies...

Anything making you queasy or sick: salmon. i can't eat it. every time I eat it, I want to puke after.

Have you started to show yet: Yes... I'm a whale.

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: nope..

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? bands are off, engagement ring is still on.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Baby Prep...

About a month ago, while we shopped for baby furniture, we were introduced to this magical book:

It basically rates the best baby products out on the market... from car seats to strollers ALL the way to cribs and bedding... even Breast pumps and diapers. Because of this book (and reading about all the products online), I've been able to make decisions based upon safety, ratings and tips from parents. After I purchase items, I really am at ease and I sleep well because I know I'm making the right choice for my little McNugget!!

while we wait for our large items to deliver, here are some of my decorative purchases for Baby L.

Look at this little outfit!! H&M has baby clothes and Maternity clothes. I got this in a 3month size and I think it's adorable!!

So for his nursery, we decided on an Airplane theme. We got these hanging planes at Pottery Barn to hang from our ceiling.

so far, I LOVE it!! I have a LOT more stuff to add but so far, it's coming a long sooOoo nice! I hope you love it!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

23 weeks!!

How far along? 23 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: total 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I'm loving the Maternity T shirts from Target. I have them in all different colors. I Love that I can wear them in small!! Also, I bought these amazing shorts from express in a larger size (6) and they're low enough to fit below my belly button. It's perfect for the warm weather and they come in bright colors!

Stretch marks? Nope, thank you dear precious baby jesus.

Sleep: Yes, I've been waking up in the middle to use the restroom then back to sleep. I love sleep.

Best moment this week: I've been doing some shopping, and finding some amazing items for his nursery!

Miss Anything? I miss getting dolled up and going out with my girlfriend... I also miss being skinny. lol

Movement: it's like he's doing karate movements all day.. and all night. He calms down when my husband puts his hand on my belly.

Food cravings: cake, smoothies, sugar sugar sugar. all the good stuff.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but those darn leg cramps are killing me!

Have you started to show yet: bigger and bigger everyday.. sometimes I feel like I grow between meals.

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: nope..

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? bands are off, engagement ring is still on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm super happy!

Well, these last couple of weeks have been passing me by. Last week I forgot to take a photo and I was pretty bummed. but this weekend, we went to visit the Wild animal safari and I got some great photos, plus a bump pic with my hubby! My hair is feeling too long and it feels stringy so I've been thinking about a new hair style.

His nursery is coming together! it's pretty exciting to imagine him sleeping in his crib in a few months... I really only have a few months left!

perhaps I'll have more to say this week! until then, xoxo

Friday, March 2, 2012

22 weeks

Well this week has been pretty normal. 22 weeks hasn't been too exciting. My cousin Paul and his wife nancy has announced their pregnancy! We are beyond excited for them! I believe they are due towards the end of summer!

oh by the way.. I got to experiece my first pregnancy leg cramp... i NEVER EVER WANT TO FEEL PAIN LIKE THAT AGAIN!!

I literally couldn't stop screaming, it hurt so bad. It felt like someone took a hammer and bashed my bones to pieces. worst. feeling. ever.

How far along? 22 weeks 1 day

Total weight gain/loss: total 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? yes!! After weeks of barely being able to pull up my jeans, I got some amazing maternity pants at old navy... my size is a 4, but after a day of wearing it.. it really relaxed and I think I should've gone with a 2.

Stretch marks? Nope, thank you dear precious baby jesus.

Sleep: yes... I'm also back to my afternoon nap as well.. so a 1 hour afternoon nap and I sleep through the night! I love sleep!

Best moment this week: well, I got out of the shower and the baby had left a foot print on my stomach on Tuesday. My husband was home to see it! so crazy!next time I need a a photo!

Miss Anything? honestly??? I kind of miss my waistline. I feel like a honeybaked ham.

Movement: all day- I'm nervous about when I'm farther along!

Food cravings: I'm trying to eat healthier (per the doctors request to keep the baby from getting ginormous) and all I want is ice cream, cake, juice.. all the bad stuff.

Anything making you queasy or sick: this week.. nope.

Have you started to show yet: yes. yes.. yes I am.

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: nope..

Belly Button in or out? It's so deep I don't think it'll ever find its way out.

Wedding rings on or off? bands are off, engagement ring is still on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm a walking smile!

Looking forward to: celebrating my future sister in laws birthday tonight! cake cake cake!!