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How the Owner of This Blog Changed My Life

*Note* – This is Soo Jin’s husband hi-jacking his wife’s blog to do a guest post icon smile How the Owner of This Blog Changed My Life

Daddy Evelyn How the Owner of This Blog Changed My Life

Another decade passes by…3rd one to be exact.

I know it’s just another knot to add to my belt, but I couldn’t help but reflect on the past 10 years of my life.  First off, I can’t even remember what I did for my 20th birthday and to think how long it feels since then…this gives me incredible joy knowing how much more time I have in this world to enjoy with my family and change it.  I have learned a great deal in these past 10 years.  I’ve learned just how greedy and selfish I was.  To everybody who showed me love through my crap, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Some of you guys know this about me, but when I turned 25, my life goal was to make my first $1,000,000 before I turned 30 and buy an Audi R8.  The thought of getting married and having a beautiful little girl NEVER crossed my mind.  Working was my life and everything I talked about, posted on Facebook, tweeted…(jk, I don’t use Twitter) was about my profession and making money.  No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making a ton of money…just as long as you don’t define yourself by the size of your bank account.

God had MUCH bigger plans for me because he brought into my life the only woman who would be able to break my hard heart, fight through my bullshit and literally change my life.

Soo Jin – I sincerely hope you always know that I am forever thankful that I somehow was able to con you into marrying a loser like the 27 year-old version of me.  Over the past several years, I know I haven’t been the easiest person to deal with but as I escape my twenties and move onto my thirties, there’s nothing more I could ask for in this world than looking forward to always loving you and being loved by you.

I actually had a conversation with Soo Jin this past week and I shared with her how I feel like I wasted my twenties working 18+ hour days and that I have so many regrets.  What she said brought me a lot of comfort and made me realize that mistakes truly are a blessing in disguise as long as you extract the little bit of wisdom that each decision carries.  If I could sit down with the 25 year old version of Max and have a face to face chat, first thing I’d do is smack him as hard as I possibly can.  Actually on second thought, he was a lot stronger than the 30 year old version so maybe that wouldn’t be the best idea.  Anywhoo, here are the top 7 things I wish I could tell myself.

  1. Do NOT forget about Jesus just because things are going well
  2. Stop obsessing over money, it’s one of the most toxic ways to mess up your life
  3. Get your temper under control NOW
  4. Buy a house, not a nice car.  Having a nice car that’s parked outside your apartment is not something to be proud of
  5. You’re not ready to start and run a company, so make sure you take a little time off working and invest some of your time into building stronger relationships…it’ll be a better use of your time
  6. Floss every night you lazy bum
  7. Think about what you want in life…then think about it again without the things you first thought about.  That’s what you should work towards icon smile How the Owner of This Blog Changed My Life

I’m incredibly thankful today for what God has done in my life.  I’m especially thankful that money is not something I use to define myself anymore.  What excites me most is that if given the choice between an Audi R8 vs a jogging stroller that I can use to take my little Evelyn for a run…I’ll pick the stroller 7 days out of the week.

With a new perspective on life, an incredible wife, an amazing daughter, and super awesome friends…nothing can stop me (we’ll see what the 40 year old version of me says to that).



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January 3, 2014 Family 2 Comments

LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

Hey Everyone!

I mentioned back in April that I was on the hunt for a stylish diaper bag that doesn’t scream “I carry diapers!”.  Some other important factors were that it’s light-weight, functional (pockets and can carry crossbody) and affordable.  Well I searched high and low and all the baby bags that I liked never met the affordable criteria.

Even though I wasn’t in love, I was pretty set on purchasing the MARC by MARC JACOBS Pretty Nylon Eliz-a-baby Diaper Bag in Black or Grey. It did take a while to justify the $298 price tag to Hubs.

stylish diaper bag marc jacobs elizababy black LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

PROS

light weight material (although the cross-body strap adds weight to it)
versatile – can be used as a travel bag or gym bag later on
easy to clean
lots of pockets for organization
stylish – doesn’t scream DIAPER BAG

CONS

 PRICE! Pretty spendy at $298 per bag
weight – heavier than it looks with the cross-body strap attached
size – it’s actually VERY large and dwarfs my 5’3″ frame.  looks more appropriate on Hubs’ 6′ frame.

Hubs eventually caved and approved the purchase but before I went ahead with it I realized that I hadn’t looked into LeSportsac’s baby bag line!  I reached out to my LeSportsac friends and they were so sweet to send me a handful of baby bags and accessories to try out and review.

LeSportsac Ryan Baby Bag

Lesportsac Ryan Baby Bag LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

Details

13 x 13.75 x 7 inches

Zipped main closure
Front zipper pocket
Back open pocket with changing pad
Two open side pockets for bottles (not included)
Two interior open pockets
Stroller holder straps
11in (27.94cm) Handle drop
Adjustable/Detachable shoulder strap (Max 50in/127cm)

PROS

light weight – lighter than the Marc Jacobs’ bag
versatile – can be used as a travel bag or gym bag later on
easy to clean
lots of pockets for organization
stylish – for the MOST part, the designs don’t scream DIAPER BAG (although some patterns do)
price – much cheaper than the Marc Jacobs bag
size – it’s a bit smaller than the Marc Jacobs bag and doesn’t look as large on my 5’3″ body

CONS

I do still like the Marc Jacob’s quilted look in black but the solid black Ryan Baby bag is pretty dang close

Aqua Dot – $138

Front view

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Top view

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Front pocket – one large full length zip

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Back pocket – One large no zipper opening

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Inside you have two more pockets

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Also some handy clips for your stroller

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One deep pocket on each outer side of the bag for bottles/drinks or anything else

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Comes with a fairly large changing mat

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Open

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While I feel like this print is a little too “diaper bag” for me, Hubs is actually a big fan of this print. He says that he’ll use this if he ever takes Baby Girl out without me.  I think this would be cute if we had a little boy!

Aberdeen Stripe – $138

Lesportsac Ryan Baby Bag Aberdeen Stripe LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

Currently this bag is being used as Baby Girl’s hospital bag.  I love the colors and the stripes!  I know this is part of the Fall line but it feels more Spring/Summer to me?  Regardless, this print is super cute and I know I’ll be carrying this bag around a lot.  The same features are included in this print as the Aqua Dot.

Black Solid – $138

Lesportsac Ryan Baby Bag Black Matte LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

I love love love the black solid print!  It’ll look great and go with any outfit any season AND it doesn’t scream “I’m a diaper bag!”.  This is definitely my go-to diaper bag that I’m planning on using.

Jessi Baby Bag – Black Solid – $148

Lesportsac Jessi Baby bag LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

The Jessi Baby Bag is actually a new design created for the more on-the-go, minimalist mama.  It’s a bit smaller than the Ryan Baby Bag so it’s easier to wear crossbody and carry around as your purse AND diaper bag.

Out of my eagerness, I tried using this bag as my purse but found that it’s way too big and spacious for just everyday use for a non-mama.  All the extra space, pockets and compartments will come in handy once I have baby stuff to lug around. icon smile LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

Details

14 x 18 x 6 inches

Zipped main closure
Exterior front zipper pocket
Exterior back panel divided open pocket
Includes changing pad and matching zip closure pouch
Interior center zip divider pocket
Two interior insulated bottle pockets (bottles not included)
Two interior front wall open pockets
Two interior back wall open pockets
Exterior stroller attachement straps
Adjustable/Detachable shoulder strap (Max 50in)

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Removable cross-body strap when you want to attach the bag to the stroller

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One large zippered front pocket

 

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2 non-zippered pockets on the back

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The stroller hook – just remove and attach

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The inside has tons of compartments~

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2 pockets for bottles with insulated interior

 

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Also comes with a changing mat that is a tiny bit smaller than the one from the Ryan Baby Bag

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Baby Bottle Bag – Aqua Dot – $28

Lesportsac Baby Bottle Bag LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

Details

8 x 3 x 3 inches

Zipped main closure
Insulated interior
Detachable crossbody strap (Max. 48in / 121.92cm)
Converts to a short handle when shoulder strap is removed.

This cute little bottle bag will carry up to a large size bottle.  One thing I noticed though is that it’s not waterproof.  I had a ziplock bag half full of ice in there that happened to leak and the whole bag got soaked from the inside out.

Lesportsac Bottle Bag LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

I’m super excited to try all these bags out on a day-to-day basis once Baby Girl arrives.  Seriously, the anticipation and waiting is the hardest in the last days and weeks!  Everyone keeps telling me and Hubs to enjoy our time right now but to be honest it’s so hard! We just want to meet our little girl as soon as possible. icon smile LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

After we’ve gotten some good use out of our Lesportsac Baby goodies I’ll let you know my thoughts on functionality!

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL day!



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September 9, 2013 Features No Comments

Week 39 Bumpdate

Hey everyone!

Yup, I’m still very much pregnant today!  My midwife yesterday told me that I’ve made no progress over the past week so she’s expecting that I’ll go the full 40 weeks.  It was a bit disappointing to hear because we were so excited for the arrival of our little girl but I’m realizing that it’s easier for me to have the mentality that she’s never going to come versus she’s going to come any minute now!

How far along?

39 weeks now – 6 days to go until her official due date, September 10th!

Size of baby?

20 inches – a mini watermelon! (according to the Bump app)

Total weight loss/gain?

My weight has now stabilized for the past 4 weeks for a total pregnancy weight gain of about 30 lbs

Maternity clothes?

Wearing whatever stretchy clothes will fit me these days!  I’m mostly in my Liz Lange tank tops from Target and lounge pants or Hubs’ gym shorts.

Stretch marks?

Yes yes.  I think if it weren’t for the stretch marks I would feel like my body would eventually return back to normal but since I’ve gotten stretch marks all over my chest, thighs and some on my belly I feel like I’ve forever been marked by pregnancy.

Best moments?

Just enjoying my last days with Hubs as a family of 2 and also sleeping in!

Movements?

She’s moving a lot like usual although she stops whenever I try to record her. How does she know??

Food cravings?

Nothing right now although towards the evening I start to crave sweets.

Anything make you queasy or sick?

Not really.

What I miss?

My non-pregnant body, being able to wear regular clothes, not having carpal tunnel pain, sleeping through the night…

Symptoms?

Even more frequent potty breaks (now 3-6 times a night), carpal tunnel pain but now my wrist gets clicks and gets stuck and I have to snap my wrist to get it un-stuck, and a new one- CRAMPS!  I feel like I constantly have cramps and my lower stomach is getting tighter.

Labor signs?

The cramps, pain that shoots down my hips, and my lower tummy is feeling more full and tight.

Gender?

Baby girl!

Belly button in/out?

Still in but seriously threatening to become an outie!

Wedding ring off/on?

Thought I’d take a photo to document just how swollen I am.  Here’s how far I can jam my wedding ring down my chubby finger.

Swollen Pregnant Fingers Week 39 Bumpdate

I wonder how long it’ll take for me to be able to wear my ring again…
It’ll be interesting to do a before/after picture!

Sleep?

Sleep has actually been pretty good minus all the potty breaks!  I am sleeping in SUPER late but I figure these are my last few days of ever getting to do that so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

What I’m looking forward to?

Having this baby!!!  Oh and my brother/sister-in-law are coming in town tomorrow for a wedding! YAY!  We were really hoping that baby girl would come out before so that they could see her while they are here but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

This week’s baby goals?

Have a baby.

haha.

 

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL short week!

 

 



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September 5, 2013 Family No Comments

Week 37/38 Bumpdate

ANY. DAY. NOW.  

On Wednesday I had my 38 week appointment with my midwife and I asked if she had to guess when she’d expect baby to arrive by.  Her response?  Within a week!!! icon biggrin Week 37/38 Bumpdate   Hubs and I are now on high alert and are super excited and anxious for our little one.

I’ve heard that the last month of pregnancy is the hardest because of the waiting and anticipation (especially for first time mamas) and I have to say that I agree.  Every little feeling I get I wonder if it’s the beginning of labor.  Also, it’s getting harder and harder to sleep at night and I’m pretty tired all throughout the day now.  Sometimes I wish I could take a vacation from pregnancy but we all know that only the opposite happens after giving birth!

Oh and I’ve been experiencing true “baby brain” the past couple weeks.  For example, our ice maker on my fridge has been broken for a LONG time now but last week I tried to dispense some ice from it!  Hubs was like “what are you doing??”.  And this week I mentioned a coffee shop name that we hadn’t visited in well over a year maybe even 2 years.  It’s crazy how my brain is pulling info from the past and trying to apply it now!

Anyway, let’s move on to this week (and last week’s) bumpdate. I wonder if this’ll be my last one!

How far along?

38 weeks – 12 more days until the official due date! Crazy!

Size of baby?

19.75 inches – the size of a leek (according to the Bump app)

This is a leek!

 Week 37/38 Bumpdate

Total weight loss/gain?

My weight has stabilized for the past 3 weeks so in total I’ve gained about 30 pounds.

Maternity clothes?

Of course! Plus some of Hubs’ gym shorts.  I’ve also only recently discovered the awesomeness of Liz Lange’s maternity tank tops.  Seriously, they’re SO comfy and stretchy and I can also wear them while I’m nursing.  I really wish I had bought these earlier on in my pregnancy! I guess I’ll know better for next time.

Liz Lange for Target Maternity tanks $12.99

Liz Lange Maternity Tank My fav Week 37/38 Bumpdate

Stretch marks?

All over like some spotted leopard.  I think I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I found some on my tummy?  Yup, I have about 3-4 new marks there now too.

Best moments?

Finding out that my midwife thinks Baby Girl will be here within a week.  She said it’ll be highly unlikely that I’ll be in one of those situations where she’s 2 weeks late, whew!

Movements?

Yup, she’s been moving around and stretching. I love feeling her little foot (or knee) stick out and then once I rub at it she pulls it back in. So funny!

Food cravings?

I’ve had a few strawberry milkshakes now (Thank you Hubs and Felise!) so that craving has been satisfied!  I’m not having any strong cravings right now but I’m thinking my days of eating what I want are quickly dwindling.  After I give birth, my mom is going to put me on some Korean post-natal food regimen so I can say goodbye to all the other tasty foods out there.

Anything make you queasy or sick?

Nope, just stinky things like the public bathroom – yuck!

What I miss?

You know, I miss wearing my wedding rings.  I haven’t really worn any rings in a while due to my super bloated sausage fingers and now I’m starting to miss wearing my pretty rings.  I wonder how long it’ll take for my fingers to shrink back to normal.  Right now I probably look like an unwed, knocked-up teen (hehe if I can pass as a teen still).   I guess in general I miss my old non-puffy body.

Symptoms?

Still have the same symptoms (carpal tunnel, swelling, insomnia, heartburn, tiredness) but now I have some new symptoms that could be signs of upcoming labor!  Pain in my hips and cramps.

Labor signs?

Yup, like I mentioned above I’ve been having shooting pain down my hips and also cramps.  I also had false contractions last week for about an hour but I haven’t had any since then.

Gender?

Sweet baby girl

Belly button in/out?

Still in but threatening to come out!

Wedding ring off/on?

Definitely off

Sleep?

Poor.  Plus the hot summer nights aren’t helping at all.  I have to have our bedroom window open to get any kind of sleep.

What I’m looking forward to?

Having my baby girl!!!! I’m definitely nervous for the labor process and breastfeeding and sleepless nights but I’m so excited to be done with pregnancy and start our new life as a family of three.

This week’s baby goals?

There’s a lot that I’ve wanted to blog about but I haven’t had the energy to get around to it.  Hopefully I’ll get some extra posts in before baby girl arrives. icon smile Week 37/38 Bumpdate

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL weekend!



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August 30, 2013 Family No Comments

Week 35/36 Bumpdate

Hey all!

I hope you’ve been well! Sorry for being so MIA these days but preparing for our little one has become my top priority especially with less than a month left now!  There are still a handful of posts that I would love to get out there before my world gets flipped upside-down but I won’t be making any promises.  As of now it really hurts my right thumb to type which is another reason for the blogging absence.  Let’s jump into my bumpdate for week 35/36.

How far along?

36 weeks – only 27 more days to go! WOW!

Size of baby?

18.75 inches – the size of a crenshaw melon (according to the Bump app).  Yesterday my midwife measured my tummy and it was at 34 inches. She said that plus or minus 2 from the pregnancy week (36) is perfectly normal but it secretly made me wonder if maybe Baby Girl is a little bit smaller.  My fear is that she’ll be enormous and I’ll have to have a c-section, haha.

Because I have no idea what a crenshaw melon is… here’s a pic!

crenshawmelon Week 35/36 Bumpdate

Total weight loss/gain?

So I think I’ll be hitting 30 pounds of preggo weight in the next couple of weeks! It’s so crazy to think that I used to dread working out with 30 pound sandbags and now I’m carrying that extra weight everyday.  My hips are definitely starting to feel the weight whenever I try to stand up.

Maternity clothes?

The looser, the better!  I love my GAP maxi dress because it just flows down with nothing applying pressure to my belly.  I’ve been wearing my regular workout pants through the entire pregnancy but now the waist is feeling too tight.  I wish I bought some maternity workout pants earlier on because now I feel like I’ll barely get any use out of them if I buy them now… Although I guess I can always save them for the next pregnancy.  We’ll see.

This GAP maxi dress is super similar to mine.
It’s on sale for $29.99 PLUS you can take an additional 50% off of all sales items today with the promo “GAPSALE”

Such a steal!!

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Stretch marks?

Chest, thighs (working their way up and downward) but still none on my tummy! So weird.

Best moments?

Really starting to feel strong movement and feeling her little feet against my hands.  Also knowing that I have less than a month left!!!

Movements?

Seriously getting stronger and stronger. Now it hurts when she pushes out of my side so I try to push her back in.  I also hate when she pushes against my ribs!  It hurts so much (why did no one tell me this??).  Other ladies have described it as “uncomfortable” but sometimes it hurts so bad that I lose my breath!

Food cravings?

Strawberry milkshake and fries please!  I really wish we had a Shake Shack here….

Anything make you queasy or sick?

Stinky stuff aka the trash and dirty gym clothes! YUCK!

What I miss?

My pre-pregnancy body!!! I can’t wait to lose all this extra weight not so much because of appearance but because it’s so hard to move!!

Symptoms?

Definitely the absolute worst pregnancy symptom that I’ve experienced is my carpal tunnel!  Hurts to do anything and everything. And it’s not like I can just stop using my right hand! I still have to cook (minimally), clean, put clothes on, take clothes off, brush my teeth, shower, turn on my car, open doors, carry my purse, etc.  Do you know how long it takes to unload the dishwasher with one hand?  I swear I’m pacing my kitchen 20-30 times before everything is put away, haha.  Who needs to work out when there is a house to clean with one hand?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention the normal sleeplessness in the night, tiredness in the day, heartburn and just having a plain hard time moving around!

Sorry for the long rant!

Labor signs?

Nope, although I’m eagerly waiting.

Gender?

Precious baby girl <3

Belly button in/out?

Still incredibly flat but in.

Wedding ring off/on?

No way, my fingers, hands and wrists are so bloated right now – hence the carpal tunnel.

Sleep?

Once in a while I’ll wake up feeling refreshed but for the most part I feel like I barely slept from all the trips to the bathroom.

What I’m looking forward to?

Holding my daughter.  Getting my body back to normal.  Being a family of 3! Enjoying my last nights with just Hubs watching our favorite shows/movies.  Making another batch of snickerdoodles in a couple hours because I discovered an awesome recipe yesterday.  My next midwife appointment which is now every week!

This week’s baby goals?

Install the second car seat base, pre-register at our hospital, finish packing our hospital bags, finish the car caddys, and finally complete Baby girl’s nursery room decorations!

That’s it for now! Not sure how many more of these bumpdates I’ll have before Baby pops!

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL day!

 

 



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August 15, 2013 Family No Comments

Week 34 Bumpdate

The days are starting to blur together and time is flying by!  If Baby girl is early we could technically be parents in 1 month! Mind blowing.  My midwife also told me to be prepared because she could decide to be 2 weeks late which would be 2 more months of pregnancy from now.  At this point I’m feeling pretty big and uncomfortable but I know my body can handle more (although I’m not sure about 2 months more!).

Oh and can I vent here for a second?  If I have to hear one more old Korean person tell me to work out I think I’ll scream.  There is something about Koreans that they don’t realize that what they say sounds very offensive.  I’m fine if you tell me once but hearing the same thing over and over again every single time I see certain people really rubs me the wrong way.  To me all I hear is “you’re so bloated, you’re getting too big, you should work out” and essentially “you’re fat”. Ugh!  I’d rather not hear it, folks.  Please keep those kinds of comments to yourself.

Anyway, let’s move on to this week’s bumpdate!

How far along?

34 weeks – 42 more days to go!

Size of baby?

17.75 inches – the size of a cantaloupe (according to the Bump app)

cantaloupe Week 34 Bumpdate

Total weight loss/gain?

The midwife didn’t say anything about my weight at my appointment yesterday so I’m assuming things are looking good!

Maternity clothes?

These days I’m either in a dress, skirt or Hubs’ clothes, haha.

Stretch marks?

Yup- same as the previous weeks (chest, thighs, hips)

Best moments?

Baby is getting so much stronger!  I know I say that every week but I’m amazed every week at how much she grows and gets stronger!  She’s starting to feel more like a real human baby inside my belly.

Movements?

Yup! She’s starting to react more to Hubs’ voice and touch which is pretty cool!  And now her little kicks and jabs are strong enough to really bump up my tummy! Hehe

Food cravings?

I think I get pretty excited about all foods in general these days.

Anything make you queasy or sick?

The usual- stinky stuff

What I miss?

My right hand: being able to cook, clean, dress , type or do anything without pain shooting up my arm.

Symptoms?

I think all other symptoms are muted by my carpel tunnel.

Labor signs?

None, not even braxton hicks!

Gender?

Little girl!

Belly button in/out?

In and really flat.  I’m wondering if it’ll eventually become an outie in the next month…

Wedding ring off/on?

Off of course!

Sleep?

I have a hard time falling asleep at night and usually a hard time waking up.  But it’s pretty irregular in general.

What I’m looking forward to?

Finally meeting my little girl and no longer having carpel tunnel!  Also it’s one of my besties’ wedding this weekend! I’m going to be one big bridesmaid but I suppose that’s memorable too.

This week’s baby goals?

Finalize on our pediatrician, finish the nursery decor and make some headbands for our little girl. icon smile Week 34 Bumpdate

That’s all for this week!

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL day!

 



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July 31, 2013 Family No Comments

Week 33 Bumpdate

Hey everyone and happy Thursday!  I just realized that Seattle has been having an incredible summer this year- like I don’t remember the last time it rained!  Everyday has been super sunny and in the 70′s. PERFECT!  We’ll be sure to tell our little girl that she brought the sunshine for us while she was baking in my tummy.  <3

This week has been off and on good.  Some days I feel great and other days I feel so uncomfortable and can’t wait to be done with pregnancy.  I think my carpel tunnel is getting worse (like my midwife predicted) especially while I’m tossing and turning through the night.  I can’t wait for my body to be back to normal one day, haha.

How far along?

33 weeks – 48 more days to go!  The end is near! So scary and exciting!

Size of baby?

17 inches – the size of a pineapple (according to the Bump app)
I can definitely feel her getting bigger and stronger inside and it’s becoming more and more obvious when I’m feeling a limb or foot!

Total weight loss/gain?

Hopefully still on track! We’ll see next week!

Maternity clothes?

Still rotating through a few outfits.  It feels way too late to buy any more maternity clothes now.   I’ve discovered that Hubs’ clothes are fitting nice and comfy these days so I’ve been dipping into his closet, haha.

Stretch marks?

Yes and they’re slowly but surely taking over my body.  My hips/thighs have been conquered and now they’re moving up my body.  I wonder if I’ll look like some kind of red leopard by the time Baby girl arrives.

Best moments?

Feeling Baby’s strong movements and it feels like she’s much more responsive to our voices and gentle pokes/shakes, haha.

Movements?

Much stronger and bigger these days. Plus she gets hiccups all the time now which makes it easier for others to get a feel of her.

Food cravings?

Not much actually~

Anything make you queasy or sick?

Just the usual – dirty laundry and public restrooms.

What I miss?

My old body!!  Having energy and not having to struggle when I get up from a seat or bed.  Being able to bend forward without having all my insides squished.  Being able to use my right wrist/thumb without pain shooting through it.

Symptoms?

I think I’ve pretty much listed everything already, haha

Labor signs?

Nope- I haven’t even felt any braxton hicks yet.

Gender?

Girl of course!

Belly button in/out?

Small and flat

Wedding ring off/on?

Off

Sleep?

I still have a hard time falling asleep because I’m so uncomfortable but I’m sleepy all day! It helps for me to turn on some Netflix and stay distracted while I drift off to sleep versus laying in bed trying to fall asleep.  I’m also getting up 2-5 times a night to go to the bathroom.

My current favorite show on Netflix – Fringe

 Week 33 Bumpdate

What I’m looking forward to?

Finally getting to see my little girl and being done with pregnancy! Also one of my besties is getting married next weekend! YAY!  It’ll be a bit challenging to get through the day as a bridesmaid but I’m figuring I’ll try to grab a seat as much as I can.  :)

This week’s baby goals?

Health and fitness as usual.  I’m so tired but I think I need to try harder to get more walks/stairs into my day.  Also it would be nice to complete one more decor project for Baby’s nursery.

DIY Wall Flowers

DIY Wall Flowers Week 33 Bumpdate

That’s it for this week! Hope you all are doing well!

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL day!

 



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Week 31/32 Bumpdate

Hey everyone!  Since I missed last week’s bumpdate I thought I’d combine it with this week’s.   Overall, I’ve been okay.  I’ve been sleeping A LOT and have developed pregnancy related carpel tunnel syndrome which is not fun at all.  It’s pretty frustrating when I can’t do everyday tasks without having pain shoot through my thumb and wrist.  But Hubs has been super helpful by cleaning, doing all the dishes, opening the door for me and etc.  I have my fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed that the pain will magically disappear once Baby is born.

How far along?

32 weeks – 56 more days to go!  And seriously, time is FLYING by!

Size of baby?

16.7 inches – the size of a large jicama (according to the Bump app)

Total weight loss/gain?

Hopefully still on track.  My skin on my belly feels so tight and stretched. I can’t believe I’m going to be growing so much more in the next couple of months!

Maternity clothes?

Yup, wearing the same few outfits all the time.  Lately I’ve been more interested in nursing outfits for once Baby is here.  I’m mostly looking at cute nighties, robes and stretchy tank tops. If I’m going to feel like a tired milk cow for the first couple months I at least want to look like a cute one! haha

Stretch marks?

Yes, yes, yes.  All over my hips, thighs and chest now.  Still none on my tummy.  I’ve mostly made peace with it.

Best moments?

I had my baby shower on Sunday and it was so great being in a room full of my closest girlfriends!  My family/friends did such an amazing job putting it together.  Baby E received so many new outfits and gifts!  She’s so blessed!

Hubs and I are also VERY close to having everything we need for her.  We only have a handful of items to purchase and we’ll be done- thank God!  Baby items can be so expensive.  We are so thankful to our family/friends that have helped us get the things we need through their generous gifts!

Movements?

Her movements are getting stronger and stronger!

Food cravings?

Yes! Have you ever heard of the candy company “Sweet’s“?  I was first introduced to them a couple years ago when my co-worker brought some taffy into the office.  I fell in LOVE with their eggnog and cotton candy taffies! I’m usually not that big of a fan of taffy but these are incredible.  I’d totally buy some online but the shipping price is ridiculous.  I don’t want to spend more on shipping than the product itself and I also don’t want to spend $75+ on taffy to get free shipping, haha!  So I’ve been really contemplating on what to do…  :(

Oh the 3lb bags are on sale right now too!

Sweets Taffy craving Week 31/32 Bumpdate

Anything make you queasy or sick?

Just stinky stuff like dirty laundry or public restrooms

What I miss?

Unlimited ice coffee and sushi.  Also being able to put clothes on without getting out of breath and breaking a sweat, haha

Symptoms?

The worst one is definitely my carpel tunnel syndrome.  It’s frustrating to feel this pain throughout the day when doing everyday tasks or trying to do things left-handed.

Labor signs?

Not yet!

Gender?

Baby girl!

Belly button in/out?

It’s really flat and small right now

Wedding ring off/on?

Off! My fingers are so bloated now I can’t stand having any ring on for too long.

Sleep?

This week I’ve been sleeping a ton!  I wonder if Baby is going through another growth spurt?

What I’m looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to my swelling going down and carpel tunnel disappearing after the birth!!!!

This week’s baby goals?

Let’s see… how about finishing up purchasing the rest of the baby items that we need and also getting a big chunk of the nursery decor done? icon smile Week 31/32 Bumpdate

That’s it for this week! I hope you all are doing well!

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL day

 



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July 17, 2013 Family No Comments

it Cosmetics – Your Most Beautiful You 6 piece Collection

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve been well! I’ve been a busy-bee preparing for the little one and also being a bridesmaid for one of my besties’ upcoming wedding.  I’ll update you on Wednesday on all baby-related stuff but today I wanted to share with you it Cosmetics.

I honestly had not heard of it Cosmetics until I was approached a while back to try out some of their products.  With all the travel Hubs and I were doing during the beginning of the year plus preparing for Baby I never got a chance to give it much focus.  I eventually did get around to trying out their Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush and Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Brush and I fell in LOVE!  Their brushes are super full, soft and feels “heavenly” on my skin! icon smile it Cosmetics   Your Most Beautiful You 6 piece Collection   I always reach for these brushes first when I can in my makeup routine.

Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush – $48

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Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush – $48

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I was excited when it Cosmetics asked me to try out their “Your Most Beautiful You” 6-pc Collection for their upcoming QVC feature.  I was all set to go and then of course “pregnancy-brain” hit and I totally thought they were going to be featuring the set on July 18th, not last Saturday (July 13th), bah!!  So anyway, I thought better late than never to share with you guys my thoughts on this set.  I’m sure you can buy these products individually off their website anyway.

it Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You 6 piece collection

it Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Collection QVC it Cosmetics   Your Most Beautiful You 6 piece Collection

This anti-aging six piece set includes:

Bye Bye Under Eye – a full coverage collagen treatment concealer
Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Foundation/Concealer Brush
Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer
Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush
YBBB Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil
Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain

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it Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Collection brushes it Cosmetics   Your Most Beautiful You 6 piece Collection

 

Of course I’m most excited about the brushes in this set!  I’m still mastering my concealing and highlighting skills so I know these new tools will be super helpful.

I haven’t had too much opportunity to try out their makeup products since I’ve been pretty makeup-free throughout this pregnancy but I can definitely vouch for the it Cosmetic makeup brushes and highly recommend them for anyone who loves luxurious, soft brushes.

I hope this has been helpful for those of you who haven’t heard of this company or if you were curious about their products!

Wishing you a BEAUTYFULL day!

**I received these products for review from it Cosmetics. These are my honest non-endorsed opinions.



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Week 30 Bumpdate

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I know I begin almost every bumpdate with “I can’t believe, etc, etc” but I seriously can’t believe I’m at 30 weeks today!  I can now start counting down the weeks before our little girl is born.  How does that make me feel?  Super excited yet super nervous!  I’m so excited to finally get to see and hold this baby that I’m feeling in my tummy but I’m also nervous because there is so much to learn/know about caring for a baby!  Hubs’ mentality is more “we’ll figure it out as we go” but the effort to be prepared as possible is probably the thing that’s keeping me sane right now!

How far along?

30 weeks – 70 more days/10 weeks to go!

This is a picture from the past Saturday when Hubs and I randomly discovered a beautiful neighborhood by the water.

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Size of baby?

15.7 inches – the size of a cabbage

Total weight loss/gain?

Hopefully still on track! My next appointment is on Monday.

Maternity clothes?

I’ve recently discovered some summer dresses in my closet that actually still fit me!  Seattle had a heat-wave the past week so I was super thankful to be out of my long maxis and into shorter dresses.

Stretch marks?

Hips and chest.  My hip marks are slowly making their way upward too… Still none on my tummy so far.

Best moments?

Feeling baby’s hiccups which are super cute and feeling her get stronger and stronger. OH! And we received her stroller yesterday! I’ve been practicing folding and opening it up so I’ll be an expert before she comes, hahaha.  Thank you Grandma and Grandpa!

 Uppababy Vista in Jake (black) $729.99

Uppababy Vista Jake Week 30 BumpdateWe also got the Graco carseat adapter and snack tray.  The awesome thing is that they now sell Uppababy at Nordstrom!  We made sure that my parents took advantage of their personal triple point day for this purchase. :]

Graco Infant Car Seat Adapter – $39.99

Graco Infant carseat adapter uppababy vista Week 30 Bumpdate

Snack tray – $34.99
 Week 30 Bumpdate

uppababy vista snack tray Week 30 Bumpdate

Movements?

Tons and they’re getting so much stronger.  It’s definitely starting to feel more squished in there.  She gets hiccups pretty often now sometimes three times a day! And I can definitely feel her little fingers or toes squirming around inside.

Food cravings?

My ice cream craze is definitely over now and Hubs bought me my chicken nugget meal last week so that’s been satisfied.  I’ve had pasta on my mind for the past few days but it’s not like I HAVE to have it.  Oooh some Butter Chicken curry actually sounds pretty good right now, haha.

Anything make you queasy or sick?

Nope!

What I miss?

Being able to move the way I used to. It’s getting harder to lean or bend forward with Baby in the way!

Symptoms?

Lower back pain, sore feet and heartburn.

Labor signs?

None!

Gender?

Baby girl!

Belly button in/out?

In!

Wedding ring off/on?

Off

Sleep?

It’s so different every day.  Some days I sleep pretty well and other days I just can’t fall asleep or stay asleep.  The heat wave did not help the situation at all!

What I’m looking forward to?

My baby shower is this weekend! YAY!

This week’s baby goals?

I’ve feel like I’ve been pretty active with cleaning and walking/shopping the past week but I didn’t deliberately work out a single day last week! I don’t know though, I enjoy walking around an air conditioned mall much more than doing a DVD workout in my hot house.  This week I’ll try to be more proactive about working out.

That’s it for this week!

Wishing you all a BEAUTYFULL day!



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July 3, 2013 Family No Comments