Thursday, May 31, 2012

35 Weeks... Will I make it to 40?

How far along? 35 Weeks and Everyone is starting to tell me that I've dropped... predicting an early arrival. I just need him to last 2 more weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: 29 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Mainly regular sized dresses but I love my Maternity jeans & Also, I can only wear non-ribbed tops to bed.

Stretch marks? My big belly has ZERO stretch marks.. and with this heat, My baby is getting a ton of sun!

Sleep: YES. I switched back to my side of the bed. My husband has to help me up but, I'm still sleeping very nicely. I LOVE SLEEP!

Best moment this week: We went to La Jolla for Memorial weekend. it was really nice! Also, washing his stuff and prepping for his arrival.

Miss Anything? I miss wearing a bra without it cutting off my breathing. speaking of bras, why are they sOOOooOOOo ugly and frumpy?? I went to ask for a little more support/padding and the lady laughed SOOOO hard at me. that my husband wanted to punch her. she said, "you are the only person that might want support or padding, you clearly are not experienced enough". she then sent me into the dressing room with a droopy nude bra to try on. so gross.

Movement: Yes, he's been moving around A LOT- and his hiccups crack me up!!

Food cravings: I love watermelon, PB&J (so random.. but I'm obsessed lately), klondike bars (biggest mistake buying a pack on sale... because I dream about it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Have you started to show yet: does a bear shit in the woods?? duh.

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: Sharp pains here and there- but they're not contractions.

Belly Button in or out? Still in... surprising, every morning my husband looks at it and says, "turkey's not ready yet." lol

Wedding rings on or off? Funny story, it's still on. We went to La Jolla to visit my Jeweler... they tried everything to get it off too. but the guy that's responsible for cutting rings was on vacation. so I have to go back to get it cut.

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY- but I have a little anxiety.

Looking forward to: finishing building his stuff and baby proofing. We also have baby CPR class next thursday. that should be fun!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Parenting Classes & Hospital Tour

My Husband and I signed up for quite a few classes recently. We wanted to prepare ourselves for little Landon but mostly, we were trying our best to see what we were really in for.

This is the "baby" we brought to class. lol.

First class was:

Baby Care Basics & Beyond Class. This class was designed to teach us New Parents how to care for a newborn. I mainly wanted to learn the following things:

1. How to take care of Little Mans circumcision. check.
2. How to take care of his umbilical cord. check.
3. How to take care of both the circumcision & Umbilical cord at the same time. check.
4. how to bathe him in the first month. check.
5. brush up on diaper changes.check.

I'm VERY happy I took this class! More so, I got to watch my husband interact with his "Baby". He actually asked if he could swaddle, diaper, and hold the baby. it was pretty sweet to see him WANT to do these things.

When we got home, we decided to test our little puppies. We wanted to see how they would interact with new objects.

Leiah, our white poodle, did very well. she was instantly attached. she wanted to sit next to the doll and sniff it, and followed the doll everywhere.

Maddox, our Yorkie-Poo- was very curious at first. but kept his distance. everytime we moved near him, he politely got up and moved. He sat at a distance and just observed.

The next day, we did a hospital tour. We got instructions on Where to park, where to register, which floor we go to, where we start and where we end up after the baby arrives.. EVERYTHING we needed to know about our hospital stay.

It was pretty intense to know that we are SO CLOSE to Landon's arrival and as much as I can't wait to hold him in my arms, I'm feeling a little anxiety now. I feel only 75% prepared and I feel like you can never be 100% right???

Thursday, May 24, 2012

34 week update

How far along? 34 Weeks Today! 41 days to go!

Total weight gain/loss: 29 lbs! Still working, walking and swimming!

Maternity clothes? Thank goodness for summer! Mainly Maxi's and for work- I have to wear jeans, with a top and lightweight sweater or cropped jacket & flats.

Stretch marks? Nada. thank goodness! I lather up with Palmers after my morning shower and then re-lather if i feel itchy and def lather before bed.

Sleep: YES. I switched back to my side of the bed. rolling from right to left is very difficult.

Best moment this week: We LOVED our newborn prep class. My husband learned how to swaddle the baby, take care of his circumcision and umbilical cord at the same time, change diapers, how to sooth the baby and rock him, and give him a bath.

Miss Anything? I Miss not being so emotional. I had a rough day on Sunday, over dinner... lol

Movement: YES! I swear when my husband talks to the belly Landon trying to push his face close to my hubby for a kiss... because theres always a round tennis ball sized lump facing my husband... they're going to be bff.

Food cravings: Same... I'm starting not to LIKE donuts as much as the other 32 weeks. lol... drinking lots and lots of water lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick: yea, everything on the menu at Chart House... (Sunday's issue)

Have you started to show yet: I am a whale.

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: Nope. My mom says I still need to drop before he's ready...

Belly Button in or out? Still in.

Wedding rings on or off? It is still on... and we went to get it cut off but were recommended to go back to our jeweler to have it cut since we have a lifetime warranty on our ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

Looking forward to: I'm going to start washing his clothes and prepping for his arrival.. plus we are taking a CPR class soon. :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

To Microwave or NOT to MICROWAVE...

After reading this article... I decided I had to share.. and I hope that everyone who reads this will spread the word!!

Below is a Science fair project presented by a girl in a secondary school in Sussex. In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts.

The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave.

Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave.

She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave.

As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference, after the experiment which was repeated by her class mates a number of times and had the same result.

It has been known for some years that the problem with microwaved anything is not the radiation people used to worry about, it’s how it corrupts the DNA in the food so the body can not recognize it.

Microwaves don’t work different ways on different substances. Whatever you put into the microwave suffers the same destructive process. Microwaves agitate the molecules to move faster and faster. This movement causes friction which denatures the original make-up of the substance. It results in destroyed vitamins, minerals, proteins and generates the new stuff called radiolytic compounds, things that are not found in nature.

So the body wraps it in fat cells to protect itself from the dead food or it eliminates it fast. Think of all the Mothers heating up milk in these ‘Safe’ appliances. What about the nurse in Canada that warmed up blood for a transfusion patient and accidentally killed him when the blood went in dead. But the makers say it’s safe. But proof is in the pictures of living plants dying!!!

Prepared By: William P. Kopp
A. R. E. C. Research Operations

Ten Reasons to dispose off your Microwave Oven
From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, one can conclude this article with the following:

1). Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term – permanent – brain damage by ‘shorting out’ electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].

2). The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3). Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4). The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.

5). Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6). The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.

7). Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumours]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in UK and America .

8). The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9). Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10). Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mother's Day

This is a photo of my mother and I when I was just a little baby!! Man do I look super ASIAN!! lol.

For My first un-offical Mother's day- we did have a little celebration! After all, I DO have a baby growing in my belly!

On Saturday after my brother's engagement party, we decided (Last minute) to take all the mothers out for some Cajun Crawl fish for dinner. (a party of 40!!)

Here is a photo of ME, My Mother & My two grandmothers! (that's 3 generations of Mothers!!)

I'm pretty excited that Landon will have the opportunity to meet his grandparents and Great-Grandmothers. I didn't meet my grandparents until I was in my Teens, and because they moved in with my family, I quickly learned how to speak vietnamese the RIGHT way.

I hope that Landon will learn vietnamese Fluently! I believe it's important for him to learn about his heritage and culture. I hope that he'll grow up to be worldly and smart!

Lastly, My mother's day gift! My husband is such an amazing man!! I got a beautiful set of stackable cocktail rings, a little necklace and a brand new LV purse! Oh, I can't forget- My pink tree!! Its still alive!

I hope all my Mommies to be and all the Mommies out there had a fabulous mother's day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Brother's Traditional Vietnamese Engagement

Last weekend, my Little brother had his Traditional Vietnamese Engagement. He basically brought an entire Entourage to his "Fiance to be's" house to ask for her hand in marriage!

Check out some photos below:

The Entourage.

The Introductions of family!

The Bride e

The Bride Enters (looking stunning by the way!)

Then it got incredibly hot in the house, so I had to go sit outside since I decided to sweat like a pig! But we did get a family photo!

and here is a photo of the cute couple:

a photo with my hubby & the Couple:

So cute huh?!?! I wish I had more photos! Maybe I'll have to share my Traditional Engagement photos!!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

33 Weeks & Counting!

How far along? 33 Weeks Today!

Total weight gain/loss: 29 lbs! I'm guessing I'll gain a total of 35-40 lbs. But I've been swimming everyday after work!

Maternity clothes? I've been sticking strictly with regular clothes, mainly maxi's, dresses. I do wear cotton legging shorts under because my inner thighs like to touch one another and I don't like the feeling.

Stretch marks? nope! People ask me that ALL the time.. and I Just might have to take a photo to prove it. lol...

Sleep: Yes- Like a rock. Last night My husband and I switched sides, I mainly sleep on my left side (recommended by most Doctors & websites to avoid putting pressure on your organs)... and we both tossed and turned. BUT switching sides has been sooOOoo difficult! Hopefully I'll adjust.

Best moment this week: Enjoyed my "First" Mother's day! My Little brother had his traditional Engagement and Landon started getting Hiccups!

Miss Anything? I miss not being sweaty and out of breath. I swear I breath like a creepy crank caller.

Movement: YES!

Food cravings: I enjoy fruit, smoothies, spinach and burgers. I eat like I'm pregnant with a girl.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.. Everything is still easy to eat!

Have you started to show yet: silly question to keep answering.. don't u think??

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: NO... but I feel my pelvis growing.

Belly Button in or out? Still in!

Wedding rings on or off? So, I did something stupid. On saturday, I decided to "see" if it would fit.. and it did. I put it on, wore it all day and haven't been able to get it off. I think I'll have to get it cut off this week and my husband was pretty upset at me for putting it on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

Looking forward to: Finishing up his nursery, starting our Birthing and Parenting class!

Ultrasound Update:

So Little man was super shy today! He was facing my spine and was curled up in a ball. Usually, our UStech is able to wiggle him out of his sleep, but today, he was not having it. He only let us see his hand, foot, ear and his family Jewels... here are a few photos we got.

Overall, he has a great strong heartbeat. He's measuring about 6 days ahead of schedule... that's 2 weeks ahead of his original due date. We anticipate his arrival around July 4th weekend AND they said he'll weigh about 7.5 lbs.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Maternity Photo shoot Sneak Peek!!

On Monday, I had an AMAZING photo shoot with one of my favorite photographers! She is an amazing talented friend that I've known for 5-6 years. She specializes in Maternity, infants, children & family!!

I've been very excited to use her since she got pregnant and I counted the days until I was big enough to shoot and within the first hour of leaving her side, she posted 2 photos of my shoot! AMAZING!!

Check us out on Facebook!

If you're located in Orange County or plan or visiting OC, I recommend contacting her! She is extremely affordable, fast and so easy to work with! My husband (who HATES having his photo taken) was very comfortable with her! He said the best part of working with her (besides the fact that she is nice), she didn't overwhelm him and she took him to the beach. lol.

Anyway, Enjoy!!

Little Man Baby Shower Filled with Love!!

I wanted to Give an update of my Baby Shower from a few weeks ago!

First off, I L.O.V.E.D every minute of it! All the little details were perfect!

My Sister made this Cute little photo board and we put up all these photos of my husband and I when we were kids.

The dessert table was ADORABLE!

The Beverage Table had Lemonade, Iced Tea and Mimosa's!

Now onto Games!! The first was "Measure the belly"!! I thought it would be cute to show my grandma, 2 mothers and the winner (Vanessa)!

The second Game is Match the socks! there was a bag of 20 mix matched socks and the fastest person to match all the socks won a prize! My GBFF's (Guy Best friend forever)wife won... which she should've since she has two little boys! But it was super exciting for her because this is the first thing she's ever won in her life!

The funniest Game was "Oh SHIT, My water broke". This involved little plastic babies frozen in water! Some of the girls thought my sis was serving a beverage and started immediately drinking the water, some of the girls squeezed the cups which caused a huge water explosion in the living room- and babies popped up and flew across the room! The goal was to get the baby out of the ice to win a prize! We didn't get a picture of all the girls playing because it happened so fast... but we did get a photo of my sister messing around after she dropped all the clean babies on the floor!

The last activity was pretty awesome, Everyone got to decorate a little Onesie for Landon!so CUTE!

And here are some photos of Family, Friends & some amazing gifts we received!

can't forget the puppies & their little T shirts!

Well, I must say- Thank you to my amazing Family and Girlfriends for such a beautiful shower!!! We were left VERY well prepared our precious pumpkin to arrive!

I feel very Loved & I know Landon will be SPOILED rotten! xoxoox

Thursday, May 10, 2012

32 Weeks...

How far along? 32 Weeks Today! Only 54 days to go!

Total weight gain/loss: 29 lbs... estimated 1 lb a week from now until I deliver. My doctor says I'm right on track, he said to watch the sweets but was SUPER proud that we've gone mostly organic.

Maternity clothes? Yes & No. I've been swimming after work almost everyday and after my husband took a photo of me in the pool I realized that I should probably stop wearing bikinis. lol.

Stretch marks? no.. thank you jesus! I do hope none pop up as i try to lose the baby weight.

Sleep: Yep! It's been very difficult to get in and out of bed, rotating to get comfortable is extremely difficult but once I fall asleep, I am knocked out. I do find myself waking up on my back and according to my husband my breathing has gotten louder since I hit 30 weeks. oops!

Best moment this week: Theres a few:
Landon had the Hiccups and it went on for about 10 minutes. I drank a little water and walked around and he stopped.
He did his first full Somersault on Tuesday and my husband got to see it. My hubby was super startled and excited to see it. Every time my Hubby starts talking Landon MOVES and gets excited!
At one of my hospital accounts, they asked me to stop by and had cupcakes to celebrate mothers day! so sweet!

Miss Anything? I really miss walking around without having my thighs touch... lol... and I miss NOT waddling. I miss wearing heels & I miss running around in heels. OH and I miss wearing my ring.

Movement: YES!

Food cravings: I can eat a baby watermelon in 1 sitting. I found this sandwich Shop that serves nitrate free pannini's and I go almost everyday.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.. Everything is still easy to eat!

Have you started to show yet: silly question to keep answering.. don't u think??

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: NO, but lately after work, my belly IS SUPER tight feeling.

Belly Button in or out? IN. I keep thinking its gonna pop but its still in there!

Wedding rings on or off? I don't like talking about it.

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

Looking forward to: My brother is having his tradition engagement party this weekend! I'm pretty excited! Then on Monday after work around 5, I have my Maternity Session with my favorite baby photographer!

On a side note, we've been trying to finish our Nursery. At my favorite baby store, "living textiles", we ordered our Glider/Recliner, then my husband got me the breast feeding pillow... check out this photo! I'm cracking up!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mid-Week Mumble Jumble..

Lets have a nice little Mid Week update!!

To start- We had a little Doctors Visit today. Baby Measures at 32 weeks, strong heart beat! When the OB asked me how he was kicking- Landon gave a nice jab at the doctor, so he said, "he's a good listener". lol. We were late to our Sneak Peek Ultrasound, so We go back on monday. I'll be seeing the Doctor every 2 weeks from now on. He did ask if I wanted to work until I deliver or start maternity leave around 36 weeks. I'm going to try and stay for as long as I can.

After the Doctors, we had a quick breakfast before I went to work.

When I got home, My hubby surprised me with my first Mother's day gift!

I love it! now if someone can tell me what kind of flower this is and how to take care of it, i promise I'll try hard not to kill it!

OOh here is an update on our little house!

Here is the side gate that kept flying away! My dad and husband worked on it for a few days and they did a great job!! They're doing such a wonderful job fixing up the house that the City Association stopped by to thank my husband and let him know that they wanted to put our house in the monthly magazine!

Then our little patio- that I posted photos of a few weeks ago... here is the sitting bench my husband built. it's a perfect place to sit and watch little landon play!

Looks nice doesn't it??

and here is our Little Leiah-Bear sunbathing outside and enjoying Daddy's hard work!

Lastly, I've been in a cooking mood. we recently converted to all organic! We've been trying to stay healthy and be more active about living a healthy lifestyle. Here are my past 4 dinners. All easy to make...

1. Baked Organic Chicken with Lentils (ready made from Trader Joes) & Steamed Broccoli.
2. Veggie & Talipia Fish wrapped in foil pockets and thrown on the grill for 15 mins.
3. Organic Filet with grilled rosemary potatoes (in foil pockets)& Brussel sprouts.
4. Spinach Fettuccini with sauteed shrimp and Broccoli!

All meals are pretty tasty and extremely healthy.. plus I'm getting my daily intake of veggies!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

31 weeks... 9 MORE WEEKS until I hold my little man!

How far along? You are 31 weeks pregnant! 62 days left

Total weight gain/loss: It seems like I'm the roundest pregnant girl of the bunch.

Maternity clothes? Yes & No. it happens. Lately I've been wearing regular clothes... my scrubs don't fit anymore for work so i'm wearing dark dresses with leggings & flats. My Dress this week is from Arden B. I LOVE IT! The Color is an orange Coral. Perfect for spring!

Stretch marks? no.. thank you jesus!

Sleep: YES!! I've been getting sleepy around 7. then wake up around 2am... back to sleep again around 3 until my alarm rings.

Best moment this week: My Brother celebrated his 28th birthday!

Miss Anything? I miss going out with my friends and having a good time. Cinco De Mayo is on Saturday and I want to sit in front of a blended mango margerita and just sniff it. lol

Movement: OH yeah. it makes me feel good when He moves around.

Food cravings: nothing to crazy.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.. Everything is still easy to eat!

Have you started to show yet: silly question to keep answering.. don't u think??

Gender: a handsome little man

Labor Signs: NO, but lately after work, my belly IS SUPER tight feeling.

Belly Button in or out? IN. oooh but its getting ready to pop!

Wedding rings on or off? Ughhh makes me soOOoo sad

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

Looking forward to: hopefully we can do something fun this weekend. Sorry the last few weeks have been blah!

I wanted to give a little SIDE update!!

Here is a video of my little man Yawning during my last ultrasound a few weeks ago.