Thursday, May 27, 2010

My bunny wabbit shirt is so cute!

I wanted bunny ears onesies and shirts from a month ago so I went on a shopping spree! The shirts arrived a week after I nearly drained my PayPal account (that'll be around election week) and I was almost hopping about in excitement!

Vince is super happy with the shirts I got him and I'm super happy with the onesies and shirts I got our baby! But to see those, you'll have to go look at the super cute photos in his blog instead!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I am loved (in very sweet ways!)

Last week, Mariel made me the most delicious carrot cake in the world (read why in the previous post). Just look at it!

Yummy yummy yummy! Even Vince said it was amazing and Vince does not eat vegetable confections!

Then a few days ago, Nicole sent me red velvet cupcakes that she also baked for me! Wow! These were such a lovely and tasty gift.
Coni, Mariel and me enjoy our baked goods

Truth to tell, my OBG will kill me if she ever finds out I've been stuffing myself with sweet stuff. Because, contrary to what people say, pregnancy is not the time you can eat anything and everything you want. This is the time to eat healthy and in small portions throughout the day. Which is driving me totally crazy because I want to eat, eat, eat all the sweet, fat and salty food in the world and I can't! That is why I am not a fat pregnant woman, by the way, because I am really trying to follow my doctor's strict diet regimen of vegetables, fruits and other yucky healthy stuff.

But how can anyone resist the goodies above? And the love of friends? I mean, they didn't buy those cakes--they baked them for me! Thank you, Mariel and Nicole. You are the bestest friends a girl can ever have!

*Mariel posted her carrot cake recipe!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This is one big reason why I love being pregnant!

Last week, I was craving for something sweet. My friend Mariel makes the best carrot cakes in the world. The world! So I tapped away on my Facebook status that I wanted to eat her carrot cake. Of course, there was subtle manipulation there--it was my teensy weensy hope that the public request will make her make me a cake!

Et voila--it worked! Mariel instantly replied, "Must never deny a pregnant woman!" And this week, she presented me with--not a slice--but an entire round rich carrot cake slathered with sweet cream cheese frosting!!!

Mariel, I've eaten half of the cake already all by myself. I'm so greedy! Thank you for loving me!

To my readers, you have got to have Mariel's carrot cake. It's sinful! Just go to her blog All My Sugar and drop her a message there. Warning: If you're on a strict diet, then this cake will put an end to that nonsense!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

John Travolta & Kelly Preston Are Having a Baby!

John Travolta & Kelly Preston Are Having a Baby!

This news makes me happy. After the recent tragedy in this family, I celebrate the fact that blessings spring anew. Just reminds me that no matter how dark and terrible life can sometimes be, there is always hope. This really makes me happy. I hope you're also celebrating your own little miracles, my friends!

Mommies are suckers. Big time.

Mommies, do you sometimes feel that baby brands are taking advantage of you?

We'll always try to give our children the best that money can buy but as I was looking through baby stuff online and at the malls recently, I can't help but be shocked at how much things cost. How can a breast pump cost more than my laptop? How can a crib be P95,000? My fantastic dining table with wood from New Zealand and chairs lined with leather don't even cost that much and I'm going to use my dining table and chairs for years and years and years. The crib? Maybe two years at the most! There's just no logical reason why they would price that crib that much.

And yet we'll buy the stuff anyway, right? I dunno. I just feel like salespeople and stores are banking on our love for our kids and ruthlessly taking advantage of our love to make themselves rich. A saleslady gave me a list of things I absolutely need for the baby and I zeroed in on VHS tapes. "VHS tapes? Why would I need those???"

Argh. If there's anything I hate, it's being stupid. But now that I'm going to be a mom, why do I feel I'm being had and I'm going to let them go on doing it anyway?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thinking of shopping again!

If you've visited my husband's blog lately, you'll know that we have an exciting new gadget in the house, which is driving the Third World Nerd crazy happy. He's so cute really.

This, of course, means we should slow down on the purchases with the impending arrival of Mr. Jelly Bean. Actually, that would be "purchases unrelated to babies" since I just got a list of stuff we supposedly need for a kid and that list is mighty long. I've already looked at how much things cost and am seriously upset.

For example, an Avent electronic breast pump is about P13,000 here, but if I buy from the US, it'll just cost me $140, or P6,200. Same goes for a lot of baby stuff--they're cheaper from online shops so I guess this means we'll use Johnny Air again.

We really really love Johnny Air! I think from now on, we'll buy our things from the US because Johnny Air ships absolutely anything and everything for an inexpensive shipping fee! We've already bought books and toys and gadgets and we really love the service. Although, we bought small and light stuff so maybe for big stuff, like a new HDTV, we'll have to get from here!     

So there. Must save money now. And yet, I still want to buy this yellow topaz ring I saw in a jewelry shop last week. It's been haunting me every day! And we also saw these cute puppies for sale from Project Lightning!
Awwwww! Cute little critters! I can totally see my son with a beagle! Vince wants Jelly Bean to own a dog. Research has shown that children who had pets were more responsible, healthier, more compassionate and--this is the interesting part--were less likely to get pregnant/get someone pregnant out of wedlock. Well! That's a good enough reason for me! Thing is, we live in an apartment. With a rabbit. So maybe we'll get a beagle in 5 to 7 years' time, when we'll maybe live in a house with a big garden!

*breast pump photo from Philips online shop. Puppies photos from Project Lightning's Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day makes me sad

Thank you to everyone who greeted me a happy mommy's day. That really amused me since, technically, I'm still a mom-to-be but, gee, I already am taking care of a little one in my tummy and a fat rabbit in the utility area so yup, that makes me a mom! Thanks!

Happy Mother's Day to you, too—moms of their own kids, pets, nephews and nieces—as long as you're taking care of someone, I salute you!

Anyway, I've been avoiding my darling blogging community the last few days because it was Mother's Day weekend and I just didn't want to read about how happy you are to have your moms around. Makes the emptiness in my heart just a wee bit more hollow, you know? But that didn't mean I didn't think of Mama, though I did try not to so I wouldn't be sad, but hey, maybe sadness isn't too bad. So today I finally allowed myself to wallow.

I was thinking today of this huge irony in my life: Mama had always wanted a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Our house used to be nice but decay had set in and we didn't have the money to do repairs so the house just became... well, not nice. Also, our once quiet neighborhood had become a den of thieves and peeping Toms so Mama always talked about moving to another place.

She loved looking at the Crown Asia subdivisions in Antipolo—Maia Alta, Cottonwood—pretty little communities nestled far up in the hills. She'd say she'd buy a white car so she can visit us and she'd plant a pretty garden because Mama had an awfully green thumb and she can make dead things come to life.

So when I started working, I promised Mama I'd buy her a house in Cottonwood (it was nicer there, I thought). Vince knew this dream and agreed with me—we were going to buy Mama a house! Of course, a house and lot (and that white car) don't come cheap so I really spent the last decade just slaving away. I had a day job and then I had many other projects—PR writing here, web content there, and magazine articles, too. I seemed to be endlessly writing and never sleeping. Mama said she understood whenever I couldn't see her. I was just too damn busy, yes, but it was all for buying her that house! I hardly saw her the last few years of her life but I was getting there, getting closer to our dream.

On February 14, 2008—her 63rd birthday—I told her that with the way things are going, Vince and I would most likely buy her her own house and lot as her 65th birthday gift. She was so giddy. She died a few months later.

A few months after we buried Mama, I got a big raise. I remember looking at that piece of paper and just feeling... nothing. Just this vast emptiness that threatened to swallow me up and never spit me out. I think I went on a shopping spree for me, Vince, my sister and my nieces. I don't really remember.

Do I regret working too much when I could've spent that time with her? Sometimes I do, most times I don't. I did it for her, you see.

Sure, I may not have been able to get her her house but I was able to do this one thing for her: When I got married in 2007, and Mama walked down that aisle looking like a queen, I was so happy for her. When the wedding came out in the society pages and the people who had put her down and sneered at her all those years for being poor and unlucky began calling her up and wanted to be friends again, I was happy for her. She had a daughter who made her proud, and I was that daughter. I gave her a reason to lift her chin again. And I am never going to regret that.

Still, when Mother's Day comes rolling around, or her birthday, or mine, or the holidays, or when this whole motherhood thing crashes down on me and I get terrified at becoming a mom myself, I do wish she were still around so that I don't have to be so strong and so brave all the time. Because really, most of the time, I don't have any idea how life works and it would be so nice to have a mother around. Even for just a little while.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Style Bible just included me in their Pregnant & Pretty list!

This is just so fabulous!!! Considering I mostly dress for comfort (except when it comes to shoes) and that I hardly ever know what's the latest on the runways, to be included in their feature is definitely most unexpected and appreciated.

Everyone else on the list--Daphne Osena Paez, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Kerri Zamora and Issa Litton--are not just celebrities, they're also such fashionistas! I'm just an ordinary girl!

Giddy, giddy me! Click on this link to read my interview and on this link to read the entire story--this I suggest most because the other women are much more stylish than I am and have more advice to offer you than I do. Yey, what a way to usher me into motherhood! Thanks, Style Bible. I think this is a fantastic first Mother's Day gift!

Monday, May 3, 2010

I've begun looking huge!

I'm now on my 25th week of pregnancy. That's 6 months. And finally, my tummy has distended to the point that I am truly, undeniably preggers!

I'm wearing a Miu Miu for Prada silk dress with a thin black velvet ribbon paired with Nine West slingbacks.  I wore this outfit to the Pond's Dear Diary TVC launch.

Yesterday, Vince and I went shopping for clothes because I can no longer fit into anything in my closet. I was going for comfort, he was going for style. Yes, it's actually the hubby who's stylish. In fact, the first few years of our relationship, he was coaching me on what to wear! Leave me alone sartorially and I'm bound to reach for t-shirts and jeans and flip-flops. It's Vince who's gloriously into shopping for fab stuff.

Anyway, Vince wanted me to get these tunics in aquamarine, psychedelic stripes and tie-dye. Very boho-chic. And a little beyond my budget. I told him I'm off to Gingersnaps because there's a sale. After a very long while trying on stuff, I ended up with two gray dresses and two pairs of leggings for when I finally exercise (my OBG insists I walk 30 minutes a day... ack!).

Vince is a little disappointed that I've succumbed to maternity wear. But I'm going to show him and y'all that the dresses may be drab but with a little styling (like huge accessories and fab shoes), I can still make pregnancy look great!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I miss my belly button...

I was squinting at the mirror today, realizing my eyes need to be checked because my glasses are more than a year old and need changing. At the same time, I also know that pregnancy changes the shape of the eyeball so my increasingly blurry vision may just be temporary. I did think of getting cheap prescription glasses to tide me over till when I give birth in August, then I figured, what the heck, with all the changes in my body, I might as well wait out these last three months.

Three more months and then I'll be confronted with the real damage to my body. People have been warning me about stretchmarks, varicose veins, darkened skin, saggy breasts, swollen abdomen, stubborn fat... Well, I don't really mind. Really! Stretchmarks and dark skin can be bleached away, veins can be lasered off, fat can be exercised away, etc. What really has me sad is my belly button.