Look who finally decided to cooperate with Mama’s belly photos! I attempted this 2 days ago, but Mia was being a punk about it. I told her how that made me sad and hurt my feelings so today, she said she wanted to be a good listener and be in my photos with me. I’m in love with them. Thata girl, Big Sister.
So, this little snuggle bug of mine that’s currently residing in my belly is 30 weeks along. He/she is about 15.7 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage). A fun little fact that I didn’t know (or just forgot since Mia was in the womb) is the baby’s brain has been smooth until now. It’s starting to form those characteristic grooves and wrinkles that a developed brain has. Huh.
I’ve been feeling just fine so far. Some fatigue is starting to set in again (since the first trimester), but kicks in the strongest by the evening when you’ll find me propped up on a couch with my feet up.
I’ve started feeling a subtle pain in the sides of my lower back. It’s one that doesn’t go away no matter what position I sit or stand in, I just have to let it ride. I’m pretty sure I experienced this with Mia. It’s just a typical pregnancy side effect that kicks in around this time.
My sleep is still pretty solid. The only thing that wakes me up is Mia, if she cries out in the night (only happens once or twice a week). I do have to pee often throughout the day, but it hasn’t woken me up in the night yet.
I had a doctor appointment today (no ultrasound) and she said my belly measures just fine, feels fine and the baby’s heartbeat is solid. This kid is always on the move, still. He/she is way more active than I remember Mia to be. I swear I’ll be standing in a line at the store and will feel big movements from within and can’t help but wonder if everyone around just saw that. I feel him/her in the morning, afternoon, evening and as I’m dozing off to sleep. Other small news I learned is that I’ve only gained 10 pounds since I got knocked up. That’s fantastic. My doctor’s and my goal for my weight gain this pregnancy was a max of 15 pounds. Looks like I’m on track to meet it. It doesn’t really feel this way, though. More often than not, my belly feels SO FULL! It feels tight, stretched and bloated to the max. I can’t imagine getting bigger and stretching more, though I know that I will. Be kind to me, little baby.
I’ll see you in about 10 more weeks!
Mia: My little nature bug is taking in the scenery, overlooking Snow Canyon on our trip in Utah over the weekend. We made our very first trip there to visit my parents since they had moved there a little less than a month ago. I’ll be posting more about that in a future post, but oh my was this place beautiful. The hike started off rocky (no pun intended), but this kid ended up loving it as much as the rest of us did (grandparents, parents and uncle).
Baby: Oh, this little light of mine. The side effects of pregnancy have been fairly mild for me, but discomfort is there. It’s funny how they can make my face turn sour, but the minute I try to imagine what this sweet little life inside me will look like, I just light up. The image of holding him/her for the first time in my hospital bed has been popping up in my mind quite often these days. I get butterflies just thinking about it. And the image of Mia setting her eyes on this baby for the first time, her first touch, first kiss…makes me weak. In the photography above, I tried to have Mia sit next to me and lift up her shirt to expose her little tummy, too…but she was less than cooperative. Maybe next week :)
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Not only did we just make our very first trip to visit my parents since they’ve moved (which was a little under a month ago), but we made our first trip to Utah over the weekend. It was a two for one deal for all of us (Daddy Dom, Uncle Chris, Mia and me). My parents used to be a 10-minute drive from us and now they’re 6+ hours away. You can find me all bummed out about this over HERE.
Anyways, we all headed out of town at the what-the-hell-am-I-doing-up hour of 5:30am, which means waking up at 4am for me. We grabbed some donuts on our way which Mia decided to stay awake for before she dozed back to sleep for a few hours at the start of our trip. She actually slept for most of our ride into Utah, thankfully. We had planned for this which is why we decided to leave town so early.
We made a little pit stop in Las Vegas (yay, it’s on our way) which broke up the length of the drive. It was the first time that Dominic and I had been there together. Nothing all that exciting to report from the city of sin. It was too short of a stop to really do anything besides lose some of our cash money at the Blackjack tables and have a bite to eat. We arrived as hopeful to play our luck as every other shmuck who enters that town, and left as disappointed as most do.
Less than a few hours later, we had made it to Grandma and Grandpa’s new house. Well, it’s a temporary new house since it’s a rental and they’ll be making their way into their permanent new house that they just bought in a week or few. Mia was so excited to see both Grandma and Grandpa. It’s still weird to me that this is going to be our new norm.
Overall, we had a very nice trip. It was short and sweet since we only had about a day and a half to spend together. My parents had checked out a very scenic and beautiful hiking spot called Snow Canyon a week or so before we made the trip and were excited to show us out there. It didn’t disappoint. All of the photographs you see in this post are from that hike there. Mia had been so good during our whole trip up until getting out of the car for this hike…no clue why. All of a sudden she was whiny, crying, fussing, didn’t want to walk (refused to walk, actually) and it took my mom and I about 15 minutes of bribing her, playing nice and then pulling out threats and stern voices before she realized how amazing this day could be. Below is a shot of her in protest of the hike.
She finally left her cranky pants at the car and fully dove into nature, hiking up the cliffs and “baby stairs” on her own and exploring like the little adventurer she is. She loved it, as did all of us.
It was nice to be out and about with my whole family (brother included), I can’t really remember the last time we were all together like that.
After our time in Utah, Dominic and I both decided that this area of Utah wasn’t at all how we had envisioned it to be. It’s a lot more desert-like and dry than we thought. I know that it’s winter and there’s less greenery around, but I think we had pictured more trees (pines) and forestry. It does offer a lot of really great nature walks, trails and canyons to explore, though. That’s something we really do like and we’re looking forward to future trips when we can explore more, especially Zion National Park! That one, we’re dying to check out.
On our drive home, we hit up Primm instead of Vegas for some lunch and gambling. It’s much less crowded and the table minimums are cheaper. I had to kill time, roaming around the food court and arcade area with Mia since there’s not a spot on the casino floor that I can sit with her since she’s a minor. But it was worth it since Daddy Dom walked away from the Blackjack tables with $300. Heck, yes. The rest of our drive was long and mixed with some traffic here and there. Mia was awake for at least half of the drive and we almost made it back home without a single fuss. She broke down about 20 minutes away from home and cried out for “Gramma” for about 10 minutes straight. We were all cranky by that time and so glad to be out of the car and at home.
Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa, for housing us for the weekend and for showing us a little of your new town. We’re still bummed that you live far away, but it is what it is and we do look forward to seeing more of what Utah has to offer in future trips. Next time we head on up, we’ll have another kid with us!
Mia & Baby: Yeah, I know I’m cheating a little here. Not only is this an image from my Instagram feed and taken with my phone, but it’s a “twofer”. Two kids in one (which I actually really like and want to try capture more). This week was uneventful in the picture taking department, mainly because Mia was sick. She stayed home from school with me all week. She’s getting a much needed bath, enjoying the warmth of the water and easing the congestion she was experiencing in her nose and chest. The baby (at 29 weeks) was happy to have me relax a little more, since I was caring for Mia instead of running around so much. I was enjoying wearing my pajamas all week since we stayed home for most of it.
*The 52 Project: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015*
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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE.
*Note: I fell behind on the portrait project from last year and I’m playing catch-up. This portrait should have been posted in early November. 7 more portraits to go!*
Mia: This week, Mia began her own little series of “sleep reading” during nap time. Everyday at nap time, she is allowed a stack of books in her bed to read through quietly before falling asleep. I have a video monitor so I’m able to keep an eye out for when she actually falls asleep so that I can enter her room to remove the books from her bed. This was the first time I’ve caught her with a book still in her hands as she sleeps and it hasn’t been the last. I post my photos that capture her “sleep reading” over on my Instagram feed (follow me here). I’ve also found her with other random items in her hand or on her face. She’s definitely a little bookworm and has a love for books. It’s the cutest thing to listen to her “read” them through the monitor, too.
Okay now just for fun, here is the portrait from last year’s week 45 in 2013.
I think we may be the first family ever to use this theme as their Halloween inspiration for costumes this year. Well, I can at least say that I didn’t come across any others (or anything remotely close) while searching for ideas via Pinterest and Google. So, I’m going out on a limb and announcing ourselves as the first…so there.
This idea may be original out there in the world of family themes but it’s not all that original for us. Daddy Dom is the head honcho of his own pond company so the concept of our theme is a pretty obvious one for us. We were all elements of a pond! Mia was the adorable lily on a lily pad, I was a koi fish and Dad was the pond maintenance man.
I made mine and Mia’s costumes with some help from my mom (always the life saver). Dad’s costume was basically what he wears on a daily basis so that didn’t take a bit of work to put together (whew!).
Mia seriously loves Daddy’s business and talks about it often. She recognizes his company logo and always says “So-Cal Ponds!” every time he wears his shirt, hat, or when she sees a business card, his website or truck. We knew she wouldn’t mind playing along with this theme so we went for it and we were right. Since the start of my costume creating, she would tell everyone who would listen about our theme and what each of us were going to be. There’s nothing wrong with a little shameless advertising for the family business, right?
Here’s a quick little description of how I put the costumes together. This isn’t meant to be a complete “step-by-step”, but if you like what you see and want to try to recreate something similar, feel free to contact me with any questions.
Mia’s lily + lily pad costume:
-Her tutu was handmade and super simple! All I needed was a piece of elastic measured to fit around her waist, and plenty of tulle that was cut into strips and tied close together to fill the elastic. I hand cut all of the white petals for the lily out of felt. I used a piece of cardboard for a stencil to make each layer of petals the appropriate size. Each petal was doubled with 2 pieces of felt and I glued 2 parallel pipe cleaners in the center of each to make them firm and bendable. I used strong fabric glue, by the way. After the petals were cut and glued together, each one was sewed (thanks Mom!) with only a few stitches into the inside of the tutu’s waistband, one layer at a time.
-I ordered her green tights and her nude bodysuit online. We already had a pair of green Toms (shoes) that matched the tights perfectly. To ornate the bodysuit, I made a few insect pins to attach to it. Looking back, I should have made more. It seemed too bare and simple. I made a dragonfly and bee pin for both front and back out of felt and other random materials I had laying around. The last item I made was a dragonfly headband. I took a headband that we already had, wrapped it with a long piece of felt (hot glued it on) and then made a dragonfly out of felt (and other random materials: pipe cleaner, fabric, jewels…) and hot glued it onto the headband.
My koi fish costume:
-First, I found the white hoodie at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. I went for a more loose fitting top since I was just barely starting to show my baby bump and was feeling more “fat” than “pregnant”. I wanted to conceal it so that explains the oversized shirt. I already had the pair of white leggings lying around that I hadn’t used in years so I was willing to “ruin” them for the sake of Halloween
-I laid out the top and leggings and used orange acrylic paint to create the koi’s signature markings. I placed a piece of cardboard on the inside of the top and leggings so the paint wouldn’t bleed through to the other side. Once it was completely dry, I did the same thing to the other side of both pieces of clothing.
-I used white felt (doubled it using fabric glue) to create fins and a tail, which I placed on my arms/sleeves and on the ankles/calves of the leggings. I glued them onto the clothing and they stuck just fine.
-To complete the look, I used a pair of fishnet stockings (the net size was too big in my opinion. A finer net would have been better) to cover my face while I sponged white face paint on my face. The goal was to create the look of scales. I used orange face paint to add some koi markings and attempted to give myself fish lips. I was short on time at this point to head out for trick or treating and I didn’t try out the make-up prior to the big day, so I was a bit rushed and kept whatever came to be on the first attempt that night. I’d improve the face paint if I were to do this costume again, ever.
Dominic’s pond maintenance man costume:
-Like I said, he wore what he does on a daily basis. He wore his company’s shirt, hat, a pair of work pants and work boots. In his hands he carried a bucket and a net (both used on the job). It doesn’t get easier or more comfortable for him than that!
Unfortunately, we didn’t take a family photo that night of us all together. Like I said, we were a little rushed to get out of the door. I’m kicking myself about that now. OH WELL!
The night was great. We met up with friends who had kids that Mia knew. It was her first year actually walking door-to-door on her own and she nailed it (um, after a few warm-up houses). Once she saw what the other kids were doing, she caught on to the whole process. I had worried that she wouldn’t speak up for her candy once at the door, but she surprised me there with her big “Trick-Or-Treat” call. She also made me proud with a kind “Thank You” after each house and a “Happy Halloween” at a few of them.
What a fun and memorable night it was and I’m already looking forward to next year! Oh man, there will be 4 of us. That means one extra costume to make which means I’ll have to start the creative process on our theme by….um, now?
Oh and I forgot to mention: I get that this post is nearly 3 months late, but my first trimester really got the best of me and I’m trying to make up for my long absence here on the blog. #sorrynotsorry