Tuesday, March 30, 2010

And the baby is...

We've known for quite some time now but I wanted to keep it a secret. Then my hubby starts a blog and he couldn't contain himself. Click here to find out what our firstborn is!

Meanwhile, I will rest (I am recovering from pneumonia). I'm actually at work, putting to bed the May issue of OK!. Once this is done, off to bed I go. Need to rest! I have lots of stuff to tell you but, right now, let's get this magazine finished and this body rested. See ya around here soon!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

First fabulous purchase for the baby made

Vince pointed this out to me last week in a furniture shop. We were there to buy a big floor lamp and he just happened to say, "Hey, look at this," and there it was: an Eames RAR Rocker.

It wasn't cheap but, after thinking about it, it wasn't expensive either so by the time we left the store 10 minutes later, we had bought the lamp and the rocker. I think Vince was surprised at my impulse purchase. But he didn't dissuade me at all because he knew just as I did that it's a classic design piece! Any home will look lovely with one! It takes up very little space, is sturdy and durable, easy to clean and very eco-friendly. And did I mention it was a classic Eames design?!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crazy dinner

The great thing about being adults is you can eat anything you want anytime you want. So for dinner, I made breakfast: crispy honey-cured bacon, grilled cheese-and-tomato sandwiches and frothy strawberry yogurt milkshakes.

To make the sandwich, I slathered cream cheese on the slices then put mozzarella cheese for that melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Then I seasoned the tomatoes with a little salt and pepper (just a little!). Threw into the sandwich maker and toasted them to crunchy, gooey, golden perfection.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Jumping Jelly Bean!

I've been suspicious of the bubbly feeling in my tummy last week. But since I am a gassy preggy woman, I dismissed those feelings as gas.

On Wednesday morning, I felt what felt like three little kicks on my right lower abdomen. I thought, "Could that be it?"

Last night, at a dinner, I really felt some heavy-duty rumbling in my tummy, the kind that felt like I'm going to have to rush to the bathroom but at the same time, it didn't feel like I needed to go to the bathroom. I know that didn't make sense.

By bedtime, as I was lying quietly with my hands on the tummy, I felt it. Against my right palm--three moving bumps. I imagined the Loch Ness monster. I told Vince, he put his hand on my tummy, he felt nothing so he put his face against my tummy and said, "Hello?" and pressed his his ear against the tummy. Vince then got this shocked look on his face as he snapped his head away from my tummy: "I felt it. It jabbed my cheek!"

We're freaked out. But we're also giddy with excitement. At 18 weeks, the Jelly Bean is moving!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Plans to save the planet just went down the drain

We sold our truck last year so that we can lessen our carbon footprint. Well, so much for saving the environment. With a baby coming soon, we're looking to buy a new car... and a truckload of new things.

Joanna advised that we'll need to buy a huge car. For the stroller, the car seat, the bottles, the milk, the diapers, the sterilizer, the everything a little person needs. My goodness, for such a tiny thing, it sure contributes to a lot of environmental waste! Oh, and by the way, here's our photos of Joanna's kid when Paolo was christened last December 5.
Bernard and Coni check out the little guy.
 Here's the chubby one!
Nikki, Joanna and her little Paolo, Coni, me, Kabbie and Lana

Joanna says that that baby carrier is the best thing ever. Well, I guess we gotta add that to the list of things to buy for the baby then. To be honest, there's no existing list yet. Even now, as people giddily ask what we're buying for the nursery and the baby, Vince and I just say, "Huh?" Nope, we haven't bought anything for the baby, except the camera--and that was on the to-buy list even before we got pregnant, so the Olympus EPL-1 is really for us not Jelly Bean.

Update at 17 weeks and 6 days

Well, the dismay I felt in the first trimester is gone. Because all the horrid symptoms I felt are now also gone! Hooray!

And yet... now I'm worried. Because despite all the nausea and vomiting and headaches that made my life hell, those were also the exact same symptoms that reassured me that the pregnancy was healthy and going well. In fact, all the pregnancy books said that the worse the morning sickness, the healthier the pregnancy. So even though I was feeling bad, I was also feeling good. Did that make sense?!

So now I'm very alert for signs of movement. I'm supposed to start feeling "butterflies" or "bubbles" from this time to around 20 weeks. I've felt bubbles definitely and exulted... then I burped or farted so I guess that really was just gas, not the baby. Argh! I am so impatient to feel Jelly Bean start moving!

What else? Well, my tummy is quite distended now. Which attracts even more belly touching. I don't mind it so much anymore, though. I kinda beam happily at belly touchers now (as long as they ask permission first!) since they are all filled with wonder.

What I am wondering about now is I can't seem to be gaining weight. Remember when I complained about piling it on? Well, apparently that was just a lot of gas and fluid. Because now that I'm eating healthier (still not as healthy as my OB wants), my weight gain has slooooowed down. The good thing is I look great; the bad thing is I'm extremely worried about getting enough nutrients to Jelly Bean. I'm eating enough, taking my vitamins, drinking my milk, but the needle on the scale won't budge past 115 lbs. I'm gaining about a pound a week when I should be gaining 2 lbs a week.

A fellow editor assured me that her friend is just as thin as me and only gained 10 lbs her entire pregnancy. Everyone was so worried but the baby came out fine at 6 lbs so her friend didn't even need to worry about losing any weight at all. The point there is I shouldn't worry but I can't help it! And I really don't want to eat more--I'm already eating a lot. If I ate any more, I'd be eating for four and that would just be wrong.

How about you? Did you gain a lot? Or not much? When did you feel your baby move? What did it feel like?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Maxi-dresses should do it

So I've been running out of clothes.

But I guess I can do a Nicole Richie and just resort to maxi dresses, long hair, big jewelry so I can still look gorgeous--as a pregnant woman and after I give birth. That's how versatile these dresses are! I just love how Nicole looked so fab throughout her two pregnancies. I think I can be like her--I'll buy some flowy dresses and bring out the chunky accessories. Now if only I can color my hair!

ForMe has come out with a breezy stylish line of maxi dresses for their Summer 2010 collection. I like these two designs:
Smocked empire-cut maxi dress with beaded straps
P1,298
Available in blue (pictured) and purple

Printed maxi dress with braided halter straps
P1,198
Available in brown and green (pictured)


And at those prices, the dresses are pretty cheap! Now if only I can figure out where Charlene got those amazing neck pieces and those fab bangles!

Shop ForMe at Ayala Trinoma, SM Megamall, Glorietta, Ayala Cebu and SM Davao

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Need to do some shopping!

I'm back! Sorry to not be updating this mommy blog (I've been busy with the main blog Topaz Horizon!).

Anyway, I spent a good few hours today going through my closet, trying things on and folding away the clothes that don't fit anymore. After the 35th item, I felt a little panicky: "These are a lot of clothes that don't fit!" I ended up storing away more than half my closet. You see, I'm a skinny girl so I wear clothes that hug my body because when you have no breasts, no hips and no booty, you wear stuff that's like second skin so that you don't look like a stick.

Well, I've gained just a few pounds since getting pregnant so I really thought I'd need maternity wear in my sixth month or so. But, here I am, 4 months along and clearly needing new clothes just because I now have breasts and a growing tummy! Actually, I don't really have breasts yet--at this point, underwear brands will laugh at my chest--but all my clothes are meant for flat-chested women so now that I'm growing a small cleavage, my tops are tight. Argh.  

Right now, I have around 10 pieces left that still fit. YIKES! And I think they'll fit me only until 2-3 weeks from now. This means I'll need to buy an entire wardrobe! Not exactly a fun prospect considering I want to save up for the baby. Big sigh!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Expecting couple

This is me and Vince at my friend Nikki's wedding last Saturday. Everyone wanted to touch my tummy but because I've been so vocal about my aversion to tummy-touching, people were very very polite when they asked, "Your tummy is so cute. Is it okay if I touch it?" Said that way, how can I refuse? So I felt like a big Buddha with so many people rubbing my tummy reverently while Vince beamed at me proudly throughout.

(I wonder how Jelly Bean must've felt.)

So many people also couldn't help but comment on my new breasts. So I also felt like a sex object while Vince beamed at me proudly throughout!