Where I've been...


I have to apologize because I haven't been actively updating this blog. To be honest, it's because my husband now works locally. Back when I was actively posting my nonsense here, he was working out of town. Therefore, I have all the time in the world to think of and do random stuff and tell everyone who would care to hear about it.

Now that he's back home (which I am glad that he is because there is now someone who I can share my responsibilities at home with--HA!)

Anyway, for a quick update. Beginning late April this year, we have been to many fun places.

The beach. Anna Maria Island, FL. I think I'm 21 weeks here.

Disneyworld - Orlando, FL. 21 or 22 weeks here.

Riding the scooter. Still at the beach.

Washington, DC for 4th of July weekend. This pic was taken at the Air and Space Museum. 25 weeks pregnant here.

Chicago. Lunch with my cousins at Flatwater. 27 weeks pregnant.

That's my MIL. Still in Chicago at the Signature Room (Top of the Hancock Building)

Architechtural Boat Ride on the Chicago River. What's cool about this is that I am actually watching the filming of Transformers 3 while we were waiting for them to call us to board the boat. Very cool. I wish I could post the pics here of the set. But I didn't have the presence of mind to take photos when I was there. DUH!

That's it! We were everywhere this summer. Hence, we are SO SO SO broke! We had a lot of fun, though. However, this should be it when it comes to travelling for me. I'm getting huuuuuuge. I've approximately gained 30lbs. And I'm sure I will weigh as much if not more than my husband when all is said and done.

It's ok. As long as baby boy is healthy and happy.

Hello! I haven't updated this blog in a long time! I have been so busy with life! We just came back from a great July 4th trip to Washington, DC. Saw my good friend there and played tourist all weekend. Next week, I'm going to Chicago with my MIL for a shopping trip that she has always wanted to take with her daughters-in-law. Unfortunately, one SIL is going through a divorce with her son so she's obviously not coming while the other SIL bailed on us since she's been going on so many trips this summer. All's well. More allowance for me! Hahaha!

Anyway, I just had another ultrasound this morning. Everything looked great. Baby boy now weighs at around 2 lbs (I'm at 26weeks and 5 days today), 22percentile in overall growth. The doctor was happy about what he saw so no more scheduled ultrasounds for me! YAY!!!! I can't believe how fast time flies. I have about 13 more weeks to go and then I'm DONE! I'm really happy about the latest updates with everyone around me. Keep the good vibes coming.

Coming back from Chicago next week, I will be seeing my OB-Gyn. Hopefully, she's gonna be satisfied with how things sound. And maybe I can try to convince her to induce me 10/10/2010. Ha! Knowing how strict my OB is, it's not gonna happen. Haha!

Second Level 2 U/S

Had my 2nd Level 2 ultrasound this morning. Everything looked good. The baby looks a lot bigger and it's definitely a boy. Even Izzy recognized the wee-wee when she saw it. No idea how she figured that one out. She probably heard us talking or something. Anyway, the heart and heartbeat looked great. Although, baby's weight is on the low average. It's still average, though so that is a good thing. I'm thinking they did not take my heritage into consideration. I'm a smaller person compared to most Caucasian women, therefore baby's size might be affected by this? I don't know, I'm not the professional here. For this reason, I have another ultrasound scheduled on July 6th. I asked if seeing the baby this regularly is normal. The response was, yes, it is normal because of that initial bloodwork result (which is NOT AT ALL reliable, as I am told), the doctors feel the need to monitor the baby's growth from here on until maybe delivery. Fun stuff. Cha-ching for them, empty wallet for me. But that's the least of my concerns right now. What's important is I received good news today. I'm just praying and hoping that the baby will grow faster. I probably should get off my low-card diet? Eat more? I don't know. For sure I just need to be healthier and happier. I'm halfway through. I'm almost done.


20th week checkup
It's been a while since I wrote on this blog. Been out of town for vacation. So relaxing and Izzy had a great time at the beach and of course, Disneyworld. :))

Anyhoo, I had my 20th week appointment this morning. I've gained 6.5 pounds since last month's checkup. My doctor was quite surprised, and so was I. She said the weight gain was more than what she expected. I charged it to vacation eatings. Ha. She told me to lay off on the carbs---pasta, bread, rice....basically, the good stuff. I'm starting this "diet" on Monday as it is Memorial Day weekend and I don't want to miss out and hold out on the the yummy food tomorrow. Looks like I'm on my way to gaining another 50lbs. I hope not. But if that's the case, I would just have to work out like there's no tomorrow again to get rid of the baby fat. I'm not too excited about that. I'm dreading it. I'm older now than when I gave birth to Izzy. I was 29 then. My metabolism isn't really very cooperative anymore. It's weird because I notice the fat only on my arms and some on my cheeks. My legs still remain skinny. Strange. I'll just deal with this, I guess. Also, my OB noticed the rashes on my chin. Whooohaaaa. Sucks. Sucks. Sucks. I had these when I was pregnant with Izzy so I kinda expected these. My hormones are going nuts!!!!

Good news is that she checked the baby's heartbeat and it sounded perfect and normal. This is the kind of feedback that I love hearing. Never mind all my weight gain and skin issues. The baby is far more important. Another Level 2 ultra sound is scheduled for June 5th. Hopefully, baby still looks good. Also, I need to confirm if it is really a boy. Ha.

There's really no good news if there's no bad news. I just want to rant about how this Level 2 ultrasound costs. Get ready for this--$895!!! I received the notice from my insurance about the cost. Although, they did state that "This is not a bill.", it's still pretty scary. I'm not sure as to what percentage of $895 is covered by them. Knowing our sucky insurance, probably not a whole lot. I haven't received the bill for the Genetic Counselor. I swear this is all a scam for those professionals to earn their living. Maybe not. It just sucks. But like I always say, the baby is the priority and the main concern.

So it looks like I'm gonna be a broke whale. My husband did buy a couple of lottery tickets today. Prize is $220M. Wouldn't it be something if we won, huh?

One can dream.
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Believe. Pray.
Level 2 ultrasound done today. Results were favorable enough. The baby's heart looked good. Heartbeat was 144/min. Growth was where it should be at. Digits were all present and not overlapped. Bone structure looked good. Overall, the doctor was pleased the with outcome, and so are we. Another ultrasound was scheduled 4 weeks from now--June 7th. Baby would have more fat by then and more details can be seen via u/s.

Praying for the best.

Sinking feeling in my stomach won't go away
Ultrasound scheduled for Monday 915am. I am so scared. I can't function normally. I feel so sorry for my Izzy. I haven't been normal since I received the news about my bloodwork. My head is full of 'what-if's'. There are no certainties even if the ultrasound comes back ok. I really want to see the future but obviously that is not possible. I've stopped researching on the internet. I'm trying to stop thinking about it now. I would succeed but a random thought would come back and I'm back to square one. I can't help but think of past events that may have caused this--karmically or otherwise. I know I'm not perfect--not the perfect wife, daughter, mother, friend, etc. No one is. But I still can't help but blame myself. I'm beginning to lose my faith. Well, not really. Let's just say that I don't find myself praying over this. I don't know why. I've succumbed to my fate, I guess. My glass always seems to be half-empty. I am not the most religious person in the world, nor am I spiritual. Sometimes I couldn't help but think that God is just trying to shake me to wake up, that's why this is happening. That in the end, it will all be alright. I don't know. Inspite of everything, I'm such a weak person after all. I am literally going crazy but of course I have to show face to the peopple around me--Izzy, most of all. I can't imagine the psychological trauma this might cause her if I actually start showing that I am losing it. I can never forgive myself. Never. This is hard. Monday can't come any sooner. And October as well--or maybe even sooner. I am in a perpetually sinking ship. It's just too bad that I didn't teach myself how to tread water.
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Bloodwork done last week for standard quad testing. Called doctor today to follow-up on results. Positive for Trisomy 18. I'm devastated. Now awaiting for genetic counselling appointment and Type II ultrasound. Words cannot express how I am feeling right now. Helpless. Scared. Blame. It's no one's doing. It's just how the chromosomes decided to pair themselves. Still can't help but blame myself. Now, how am I supposed to live my life for the next 6 months of this pregnancy? No one knows. For sure, I can't cry everyday. I hardly cry. I've cried out every tear I have today I think. I have an amazing family and friends for a support group. In the end, everything will be fine, I guess. I just keep imagining a beautiful sand castle being washed away violently by a huge, unforeseen wave. FML.

Awesome find!
If you know me, you probably know that I absolutely hate doing chores---especially cleaning house. I have hardwood floors all over my house. It's pretty and all but it is such a pain to clean it. I don't have a big house---3BR/1BA. However, it takes me about 4 hours to clean it. Why? Beats me. I blame it on the hardwood floors. It's a whole process to keep it clean. First, I sweep off the dust particles, then I mop. Lastly, I run the vacuum sweeper just to make sure that there are not leftover particles. After which, I vacuum the area rugs. All this after I dust the furniture etc etc. I could go on and on. But I won't. Hehe.

I discovered this little duster sweeper when I was over at my Uncle's house in Chicago. It's awesome. It looks funny but I believe it works.

I almost forgot about the Slipper Genie until I started cleaning again yesterday to get rid of all the pollen that has been bothering me and my family. So I head over to the nearest Wally World and looked for it there since that's where my Uncle got his. I got a couple and will buy a couple more next week. Haha! It's so awesome. My MIL was over today and she thought this is one of the best things ever for people who have hardwood floors! I'm actually thinking of having some people over and have them wear these babies. Walk around my house and voila! My floors are clean! LOL

You can get these at Walmart or online at www.asseenontvguys.com/ Of course, it will be cheaper at Wally World than online.

Average is the New Exceptional
Awesome, AWESOME speech. True in every sense. Left me with a smile after watching it. Enjoy!

Info from YouTube:
BinghamtonUniversity December 14, 2009The Binghamton University Events Center was filled with laughter provided by undergraduate Anthony Corvino, a bachelors degree candidate in political science, chosen to deliver the undergraduate student commencement remarks.

Corvino championed the "average" individuals out there, who aren't often in the limelight, unlike their genius fellow students. The political science major thanked his "average" mom for always sending him a package of Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids on Halloween, and he proclaimed his opinion that Wikipedia is the greatest innovation ever. He then urged fellow graduates to thank those who helped them get to this point in their life.

He also told his compatriots that while they may be "average," that doesn't mean they can't have an effect on the world and others.

"You aren't given opportunity," Corvino said. "You fight for it."

Corvino will remain at Binghamton to pursue his masters degree in elementary education. He has performed with the Dickinson Community Players and in Bard in the Yard and is currently the president of the Roller Hockey Club.

Super comfy shoes!

As I am now progressing with my pregnancy (going into my 2nd trimester), I find myself thinking of footwear to wear for the rest of the six months and more of my life. I am pretty sure that my feet will swell and wearing my fashionable, cute shoes would be close to impossible. Possible, maybe. Comfortable, heck no. I don't remember how I came across TOMS SHOES, but I decided to look into it. Tried them on today and fell absolutely in love. They are the most comfortable shoes I've ever tried on (next to flipflops) and I must admit that they look kinda cute.

I got mine in Olive which I think is a neutral enough color for me to wear with most things I have in my closet. If you plan to order one online, I suggest that you purchase the shoe size that you normally wear. I am currently thinking of getting a second pair, the Seaport Vegan Classic. Again, neutral but colorful enough to make anything in my closet work.

Another wonderful thing about TOMS SHOES is that for every shoe you buy, they give a pair to a child in need. "One for One." Fashion for a cause. Gotta love that!

Check them out! They're pretty awesome!


Edit: April 2, 2010 20:26
Just ordered my Seaport Vegan from www.nordstrom.com They're offering free shipping on ALL shoe purchases. I'm such a sucker for free shipping, that I can tell you right now. Though they cost me $.95 more, it sure beats paying over $8 for shipping. :))


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