She’s On The Way

I was browsing over recent update of my friends over Facebook, and I came across the page of  my childhood best friend who announced that she’s finally pregnant last month. I feel sad though that we’re no longer that close like before. When I read her post, it was a mixed feeling. I feel happy that she’s expecting of course. But I’m sad that communication made our friendship like a second option already. We used to send messages over BBM to check on one another. I hope that she still remember me, because her friendship is one thing I’ll never forget.

Here’s me and her catching up last 2010 while celebrating my big 30. I miss you Ping! I hope that you’ll have a baby girl. Will be looking forward to shop adorable baby girl clothing soon.

Twitter Pregnancies

Earlier this year, I found out that 3 of my Twitter friends are due the same month when I was still pregnant with Julie. Then came 2nd quarter of this year when 2 of them announces that they are on the way. Maileen for her 2nd baby, and Trinity for her 1st baby. And then yesterday, another one is blessed for the second time, my favorite digital scrapper Diane. We’re all so happy for her and we all pray for a safe pregnancy. There’s one more person we’re all waiting to be blessed, hopefully this year these lovely couple will be blessed soon. Always whispering a prayer for her. It’s ironic how we evolved in Twitter. Twitter babies, coming up. Hooray! :D

Postpartum Shape

I may say that I’m 90% okay now. I mean the remaining 5% is for the continuous healing after an episiotomy and the other 5% is the postpartum shape that I’m in right now. I did used a maternity band after giving birth, but I guess it’s a different thing now since this is my 2nd child. There’s always a way to stay shape. I’m not that in a hurry. But then again, you can say that I am (somehow) – why? Mainly because all my jeans doesn’t fit right now. Which worries me. Huhuhu! :( But buying a corset tops like is the last thing on my mind. I’m still wearing my binder. I’ll wear it for a month and let’s see what will happen.

MIA Because…

I gave birth already to a bouncing baby girl. We named her Julie just after her sister Julia. Yeah it’s odd. There’s too much letters in the alphabet that we can mixed up to have a name for her but, the moment we found out that we’re bearing another girl, my husband suggested to name her Julie. So be it then…

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Born 4th of June 2011 at exactly 10:00PM. Weighing 3kgs. Labored for such a long time. Contractions began at 6:15PM of June 3. But gave birth after almost 29 hours of pain. Normal delivery but no epidural since I was 4cm when we reached the hospital. It was 2cm the night before. But Julie was so in a hurry to come out that once we reached the hospital, the doctor informed me that it’s too late for him to give me pain killers, hence natural birthing method should be done. It was very very and another very painful journey of my life. But Alhamdulillah, thanks God even though I labored for so long, I was able to pushed her out on the 3rd call (or should I say, yell?) hehehe! :D

Right now, I’m still in the healing process but hopefully will be fully recovered after 2 more days. I thank all my friends and family who left their messages over FB and sent their warm welcomes over Twitter and IG as well.

Our Baby is 39 Weeks

Before going through some details about www.wholesaleinsurance.net and it’s services offered to it’s client, let me give you some updates re my pregnancy.

I’m currently on my 39th week. I’m exactly 39 weeks and 4 days. No signs of labor. Though I feel a lot of kicking over my abdomen area and some little tickling too. Most of the times whenever I stand up, I feel that there’s a pain from my back going to my legs. But it’ll only last for a minute. I guess it’s just because of the way I sit most of the times. My tummy is so small and I think baby doesn’t have enough space inside, hahaha! :D

Everything is ready for her home coming. I’ll blog about it as well. And so that’s the update for now.

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Yeah, I’ve been away for quite some time. I’m on a nesting mode. We’re looking forward to see our little one. Based on my LMP, my EDD is just 11 days away. I cross my fingers though that it’ll be soon. I can’t wait any longer to see and embrace the new member of our family.

But I’m sad though because FIL will not be here by the time I give birth. And since SIL left, it’ll be MIL and BIL only. All of my SIL are out now.

I have a feeling that I’ll give birth on the 29th – just in time for getting a cash advances for those working in the corporate world.

35 or 37 Weeks?

Before reviewing some medical issues regarding low testosterone symptom, I was going through my EDD the other night. And guess what I found out?

I found out that if I will based my EDD on my last LMP, my EDD will fall on the 2nd of June. Ever since the beginning of my pregnancy, my EDD is really undetermined. My first OB gave me 19th of June. Our 2nd check up back December 2010, during our 3D US back home, the practitioner gave me 13th of June which is based on the head of the baby. Then here whenever I have a check-up with my recent OB, we noticed that it’s always advance 2weeks. So he asked me when was the first day of my LMP. Based on that, the US head size and the weekly count of the baby, it finally matched.

How am I feeling? Not really sure. Excited and at the same time still confused. I’m packed up though. Baby Julie’s bag is ready since last month. I arranged mine last night. 2 of my Twitter friends are due as well next month. We’re praying for an easy and safe delivery for the 3 of us. Insha Allah God willing.

So there. Need to continue reading reviews. I’m way behind my online tasks. Need to catch up fast.

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If you’re interested to join us with the 365 Days Project for this year, click on the image below to know the mechanics.

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Tracy and the whole group can still welcome you even if we’re on the 2nd quarter of this year already. So go go go!

I don’t want to have too much blog back log on my 365 project so here goes the rest of the photos that was not included before.

Day 113Day 114Day 115Day 116My first EHD. I love it. Kakatapos lang nya mag clean-up.

Day 113 – The big sister’s gift for her baby sister.
Day 114 – My little girl all ready to take a nap.
Day 115 – Nesting mode on my 32nd week. Julie’s infants clothes are all ready. Her bag going to the hospital as well. But for my hospital clothes, not yet.
Day 116 – Feverish that morning due to running nose. Poor baby of mine.
Day 117 – My first EHD. Just finished reformatting it last night. It has a bug. Good thing that all files were not affected. It’s back to a new start w the same old content.

“Pamana” for Julie from Julia

I just got hold of Julia’s infant clothes. There’s a lot of clothes that are still in good condition, so I will let Julie use it for her first 3 months. Babies grow fast you know, so it’s not reasonable (for me) to buy new sets. However, when I checked over it, I noticed that I don’t have cotton mitts and caps. If I’m not mistaken I threw some of or had probably given it to some friends who gave birth last last year. I’m not really sure. I have a few Onesies but most of them are good for 2 months already. I have around 3 set of frog suits only – but not for new born. So I asked Hubby to ask SIL if she can guide me to a place here where I can buy in sets. We’re set to go on Thursday to get some new stuff.

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We visited a mall near by and I find it very expensive. The price are not reasonable, so might as well go for the good deals rather than spending too much. Right now, I’m happy that we were able to buy bottle sterilizer and some feeding bottles for Julie. I’m crossing my fingers that Insha Allah (God willing) I can make a long run for breast feeding Julie. That reminds me that I also need to buy a breast pump to assist me. Oh my! I’m noting a lot of things to buy. Good thing that we’re having another girl. Pink is a major part of Julia’s closet :D Imagine if I’m bearing a boy – yikes!

Our Baby is 30 Weeks

How your baby’s growing:
Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

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How Am I Feeling?
Well, aside from being bloated like before, I feel a little pain on my sides as I go to sleep at night. I have a hard time finding a comfortable way to sleep now. Haaay… I had my OGTT last week, and thank God Alhamdulillah my Glucose went well – except for my Hemoglobin and my Calcium which are both 1% low with the supposed normal range. So aside from eating and drinking lots of milk, I’m forced to eat cheese as well.

Julie’s active as ever. For our next visit, we’ll have another 4D Ultrasound to see her. I pray for a healthy baby girl – nothing more, nothing less. 10 more weeks to go. May God Allah bless me all the way.

Random Updates

It’s been a while. I’ve been wanting to blog for some time about recent happenings about me and my family but I couldn’t manage my time with blogging vs cooking vs pregnancy mood swings. But since I’m not that busy now, let me do this as fast as I can.

Now, where do we begin?

  • We went to Lebanon the other week. We renewed SIL’s passport. We left the house at exactly 5:45am and we arrived back around 7:30pm. We stayed over in another SIL’s house to drop MIL since she and my other SIL will stay there for the night with Hubby’s grandmother.
  • I’m on my 29th week. A few more days. Can’t wait for the big labor day.
  • MIL left yesterday for a month stay with FIL in Rabegh (part of Jeddah).
  • Yesterday, I also did an OGT Test. I passed the Glucose test. However my hemoglobin and calcium are 1% low with the normal range. So yesterday night, I was given another set of Calcium tablets to drink once a day and another set of vitamins to keep my folic and iron up. I’m underweight as per my OB. I’m only 46kgs right now. Watda! With Julia, I was 63kgs on my 9th month. I’m now on my 7th. But my fellow mommies told me not to worry. As long as Julie’s doing good and all vital signs are okay, I can worry with my weight and her current weight too after giving birth.
  • We’re waiting for a good news. I can’t blog about it right now – but soon. Insha Allah, ya rab!

Our Baby is 28 Weeks

How your baby’s growing:
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

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How Am I Feeling?
I feel heavy and full. My tummy’s big now. I can feel a lot of kicks from baby Julie every now and then, most especially if she’s hungry. And at the night, I need to place a pillow on my sides to make me feel comfortable. I’ve been sleeping with 2 pillows on my head, but now, I need to be a little bit higher than the usual. It’s the last trimester of my pregnancy. I’m scared to be honest. I’m praying that I’ll give birth naturally – I mean not on CS. I asked hubby that we need to take a glucose screening test soon. Last month, I made a sugar and blood test – everything is fine except for my calcium. It’s a little bit low so the doctor prescribed a medicine for me to drink once a day and advised me to eat cheese or drink milk. I hope the next test, everything will be normal again.

I can’t wait to see what Julie will look like. All of us are anxious to see her. We’ll be getting Julia’s baby clothes next month too. I need to check what are the things I need to buy before giving birth.

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Now it’s time to update my overdue post for the 365 days project. Sorry it took me a long time to post it here. I had to configure how to share photos from Instagram to Flickr. Clicking the image will bring you to the set where I posted all of images.

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Day 67 – Julia’s bed marks on her face. It’s funny house babies and toddlers sleep. A friend said that probably she fell into a deep sleep that’s why she woke up with these marks. I’m so glad she did. Well, if so I’m so glad she did.
Day 68 – Banana Crepe made my SIL with lots of love.
Day 69 – Julia and her cousins, Yara and Yazan.
Day 70 – Me at 26 weeks with lots of peanuts on my side.
Day 71 – Look at who has an eye for Julia?
Day 72 – Another set of banana crepe from SIL. This time custard inside.
Day 73 – Peanut overload.
Day 74 – Bored Julia.
Day 75 – Krispy Crème for breakfast when we arrived in Beirut.
Day 76 – Me and my crave for McDonalds – a dream come true, finally!
Day 77 – M&M’s addiction. Counting down 94 days to go.
Day 78 – When Instagram made their recent update, me and my friends over Twitter got addicted with the Tilt+Shift features of it. It made it look like it’s a shot from a DSLR camera. Cool right? We heart Instagram.