Monday, November 29, 2010

Preggy Me @ 28 Weeks

Yesterday was our third session on our birthing class. Rome made us watch a birthing video. The truth is before the start of the class, I thought Joema was nervous at the thought of watching this video. I was teasing him and joking him that it will all be alright. But after watching the video, I was terrified! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to go through labor and delivery without the meds! Last night I had a hard time sleeping because I kept on remembering the video and then some other things that we discussed yesterday like enema and shaving. We have to discuss these things with our OB when we return for our next check-up.

We haven’t bought anything for Bambini yet. We always tell her, “Wag ka muna lalabas kasi wala ka pang gamit,” especially at times when I’m having contractions. I’ve downloaded a list online but I’ve asked friends on their comments regarding the list if I should really buy those things, if they are really essential. I don’t want to buy everything and then end up not using half of what we bought. Especially because I can’t go around the mall/store for long periods of time. So I’m still waiting for their replies. This actually resulted to me finding out about a supposed “surprised” baby shower for me haha! But it wasn’t really my fault, it was my friend’s fault hehehe.

The only things we bought for Bambini are music CD’s. We’ve been playing her classical music as early as my first trimester. Can I just say, my daughter’s been really playful recently. She’s been moving a lot in my tummy and I’m always delighted with glee everytime. Yesterday during class, while we were being taught on how to breathe properly during labor, Joema can see my tummy bouncing like a radio speaker because Bambini’s so likot hahaha! We can’t concentrate on practicing breathing and pushing. I think my daughter thinks she’s part of the exercise. WE’ve been talking to her every chance we get. Last month when Joema was on night shift I had him record a song for her (his lullaby for our little Bambini), the past week I noticed that every time I play it instead of falling asleep, the little girl starts squirming inside me hehehe.

Oh, I can’t wait to see you Bambini. Although we still have to wait for a few more weeks! Here's me at 28 weeks and 3 days.

Here you can see clearer my big tummy...and arms haha

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Depression’s hitting again..HARD!

But when our little bambini gives me a hard kick or a couple of jabs (like Manny Pacquiao) I’m happy as a clam. Every morning when I wake up, I tell her to be with me the whole day (as in kick me the entire day). Going to work has never been this hard and I need every bit of motivation to go to work everyday. So that was our deal, she has to keep me company and I in return, well I don’t really do much for her now but I eat and rest.

Now this depression, I think I’m sad because I want to go on a vacation. I know I have been resting but that’s at home. I want to go to a new place, sleep in a new bed, eat hotel breakfast. Oh my, hormones! I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it. Haaay!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vettel is Youngest F1 Champion

Woohoo! I was so happy last night! After a late Saturday night out and the birthing class yesterday, Joema and I were both exhausted when we got home. He went to sleep early and asked me to wake him up before the race. But a few minutes before 9pm, he said he was too sleep. I almost didn't watch it myself but decided against it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch the start of the race (when the five red lights illuminated). When I found the site for the livestreaming (no TV cable here boo!), the safety car was out and they were already on their way to lap 2.

Well, I guess everything turned out well for Vettel during the race - his pole qualifying position with Webber qualifying 5th helped his chances of course - Button overtaking Alonzo on the first corner giving him 3rd place, the early pitstop of Webber and Alonzo after the safety car, the two Renaults defending their positions (Petrov agains Alonzo and Kubica against Hamilton), Vettel's quicker pitstop by 0.6s compared to Hamilton's. But I wasn't cheering before the checkered flag. I had to wait after the checkered flag was waved before I celebrated, which was before the Red Bull team celebrated because they were waiting were Alonzo would finish.

All in all, this season was very exciting. 4 drivers (I don't consider Button haha!) seriously contending to be world champion. Vettel was never the the frontrunner. In fact in the middle of the season, I actually lost faith and just told myself Vettel will do better next year. But Vettel never faltered, he fought and fought, and now he has won. Congratulations Vettel!!!

Photo from f1fanatic.

Preggy Me @ 26 Weeks

I'm once again here at home. I had to go on leave again as I wasn't feeling well this morning. Although I already went back to work last Thursday and Friday.

This was me at 25 weeks and 5 days.

At 26 weeks and 4 days.

For the past week, I was always hungry. As in! An hour after eating breakfast or lunch, I'm already hungry and looking for merienda. I wonder how many pound I would have gained on my next OB visit. For my last checkup, I gained 9 pounds. Yikes! But my OB wasn't really worried, maybe because it was the first time I really gained weight and it was between my 5th and 6th month when the weight gain happened (haha palusot pa!). Well, our birthing class teacher said I was on track with my weight gain, too. Yes, we enrolled in a birthing class under Rome Kanapi and our first class was yesterday. And for the first session we talked about nutrition and some exercises.

I wasn't able to participate in some of the exercises - like this pelvic rotation - because of my condition.

Joema getting stretched. I was actually able to do this, I was the one lying down and then Joema lifting my legs. With this exercise, you can feel your lower back being stretched. Since the preggies can't do this to their husbands, the daddies did one another hehe.

Raikkonen, aka Joema, doing another set of exercises. I was excused in doing this again.

We learned a lot from our first session and excited for the next ones.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sex and the City 2

One of the things I did while on leave was to watch, watch, watch. I was finally able to watch Sex and the City 2. I wasn't able to watch this on cinemas when it was shown here. But finally finally! The movie is a feast to the eyes! It definitely did not disappoint in that area. I didn't really want to dig deep too much into the storyline of the movie (because I read in an online review why the movie was set mostly in a foreign land instead of NY, etc, etc.), I just wanted to be entertained. And it did entertain me - with the clothes, the places, even the lines of the stars. My favorite scene in the movie was when Miranda and Charlotte had some drinks and dinner and they talked about motherhood. Well, it sort of "alerted" me that being a mother is not just being mushy about your baby, but it is actually hard work. I also love Anthony and Stanford's wedding with Liza Minnelli's version of "All the Single Ladies". I've watched this movie 2 times while I was on leave haha!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dreams of the Solo Trapeze: Offstage with Cirque du Soleil

I was so interested to start reading this book because of the subtitle "Offstage with Cirque de Soleil." And I wasn't disapppointed. The author of the book, Mark Schreiber, followed the Cirque de Soleil for their show Saltimbanco all throughout Europe. He met the solo trapeze, Olga Sidorova, in an Amsterdam night club and that started his love affair with Cirque. The book focused on Olga but it also told the story of the artists of the Cirque - the ringmaster, the mime, the juggler, the aerial acrobats among others.

It's actually my first time to read that there actually is a circus school. And these artists really study for this kind of job. Sorry if that sounded discriminating but I always thought they only trained by themselves. I never knew there's a formal training for this kind of career. Yes, this is actually a career for most of them. Read's really fascinating reading about the troupe's lives - inside and outside that big tent.

Steve & Me

This book is (obviously) about the life of Steve Irwin written by his wife, Terri. It started with how they met and told the story of Steve's marriage to Terri and their TV career. I've nothing really much to say about the book but while reading through it there are times when I can't believe how passoniate Steve Irwin is about wildlife. I can't imagine myself being so affected by crocodiles getting hurt because in my mind crocodiles are beasts. So this book actually opened my eyes to these things. Steve Irwin called himself a wildlife warrior and I think he really is - he's love for the wildlife and on protecting it is unbelievable. I've never met or read about this kind of love until I read this book.

Of course, one of the factors that pushed me in reading through the end was the curiosity on how he died (I know he was stung by a stingray but nothing else) and how he's family knew. And even though I knew he was going to die at the end of the book, the knowledge it didn't really prepare me for the sad ending.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

2 Celebrate

2 years and we're again celebrating. Although we had a different kind of celebration this year - due to my being advised to rest and my hubby's schedule - we stayed home and ushered in the 8th of November watching the Brazilian Grand Prix and had midnight snacks of instant noodles and pineapple tart. I love it!

My husband's been the most wonderful person these past few months - with my being pregnant and all. He's always been my rock. I am so grateful God gave him too. Sometimes I think I don't deserve this kind of love but whenever I feel that I only have to thank God for thinking otherwise. He is the most important person in my life and I love him very much!

Honey, no words can tell you how much I love you so I hope my actions are enough. You are my everything. I love you!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Preggy Me @ 25 Weeks

I'm now 25 weeks along my pregnancy. This pregnancy has seen me at my very high and my very low. And I'm blaming the hormones for these haha!

We went back to our OB last Saturday. Everything's fine with Bambini although our OB said her weight is below average but within the range of baby weight around her gestation period. But she advised me to take Anmum twice a day and eat a lot of proteins (meat, egg). She still told me to limit my physical activities since the baby's position is still low. I wasn't actually alarmed by this anymore. I thought we managed to be alright the past few weeks as long as I follow my OB's orders. But when I talked to two friend of mine on separate occassions they told me maybe I should have asked the OB to put me on bed rest just to make sure. So just to ward off their anxieties I told them I will go back to the OB when I feel something else like when my back aches again. Because when I told my OB that for the past of couple of days I've been having back aches she said it's also because of the baby's position. I usually have these back aches at the end of the day at the office, and I thought it must be just because of the whole day seating in front of the computer. But when Wednesday came and I felt my back aching at around 9am, I was a bit alarmed. Hubby and I went straight to the OB's clinic, and she advised me to rest at home for atleast a week just to be on the safe side (she also checked the baby again and everything's okay with her). So yes, I've been on house arrest for 3 days now. Don't get me wrong, I 'm actually loving it hehehe. I get to rest away from the stress at work and at the same time be assured that I'm taking care of the baby while doing this.

The problem was I had a major breakdown this morning. My husband got off work a little bit late (he's on night shift the past week), so he wasn't here yet when I woke up. And a lot of things came to my mind - that he might not want to come home anymore because I'm so losyang, I always wear pambahay when he gets home, or I haven't taken a bath yet when he gets home. Argh! It was a major blow to my self esteem. I got up from bed ready to take a bath only to spend the next few minutes crying in the bathroom while showering. He was already at our room when I got out of the bathroom and I've tried to stop crying by then. Then something fell on the floor and tears were falling down my face again and I was bawling like a baby. He panicked when he realized I was crying. Believe me, it was a scene right out of a movie! I had to explain between sobs why I was crying. I don't think he really understood why but he was able to calm me down. Haay! Hormones!

Photos were taken when I was 24 weeks and 4 days pregnant! :)

It's safe to say that I'm feeling much better at the moment. Here's hoping no more breakdowns in the near future hehe.

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