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Pregnancy Journaling & Maternity Pants

I knew I wanted to write down my thoughts and keep track of how I was feeling throughout my pregnancy. I found this beautiful journal and have fallen in love with it: Expecting You – A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal. It has prompts every month of your pregnancy as well as a lot of space for free writing. Writing down how I’m feeling, what I’m feeling, and keeping track of baby’s progress has kept be grounded!

Buying maternity pants is like a rite of passage into motherhood. I finally gave in. I gave in and bought maternity pants and it feels amazing! At the start of my pregnancy, I thought I could get away with wearing the belly band and dresses. And the thought of buying maternity pants and wearing them for only a short period of time annoyed me.  But as baby grows and as my belly grows, my regular pants were simply not comfortable!

My second trimester has been smooth and I am embracing pregnancy as much as I can. I am grateful that baby is growing and healthy. No food aversions, no morning sickness, and I am definitely eating for two! I am allowing myself to be present in this pregnancy and enjoying all the changes and challenges.

Pregnancy has taught me:

  • To listen to my body. When I’m tired I rest or nap. Sounds like common sense, but I’m on constant productivity mode that it makes it hard for me to relax.
  • To spend QT with my husband. There’s going to be a big change in the house soon and we are soon going to be a family of three! Quiet nights alone with my husband will soon be no more!
  • Be present & enjoy my pregnancy. Those baby kicks, I just can’t get enough! I love knowing that he is growing in my belly. I love knowing that he’s so close to me. I can’t wait to meet him but I want to soak in the pregnancy experience as much as I can (including the back pain and heartburn!).
  • That being a mother is going to be the ultimate life change. This feels different than past life events like starting my career, getting married, buying a house. I have never wanted anything so bad than to start a family and at the same time I am a nervous wreck on the inside!

Pregnancy Skin Care Routine + Favorites 

I hit 24 weeks this week and so grateful my pregnancy has been pretty smooth! The nausea has gone away and I am certainly eating for two! Nonetheless, I am enjoying the changes my body is going through. It brings me so much joy to feel baby boy move. It’s a constant reminder to me that my life is going to change. That we’re about to start this new life chapter. When I am having a bad day his little kicks and movements comfort me that everything will be okay.

My body is changing and so is my skin. My skin type is normally oily/combination, but pregnancy has made my skin more on the dry side. I’ve had to find new products to keep my skin more hydrated. Here are some of the products I have been reaching for and a few pregnancy favorites!

  • Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser. I am enjoying this cleanser as it uses French and Moroccan clay to remove makeup and oil. It’s gentle on my skin and the calming oils and vitamin C make my skin brighter.
  • Derma-e Overnight Peel. I had to ditch my retinol cream (a no no during pregnancy) and be consistent with something that would keep my skin smooth and clear. This overnight peel with alpha-hydroxy acids helps exfoliate my skin overnight and remove dead skin cells.
  • Caudalie Micellar Cleanser Water. Love using this to remove makeup. It’s oil free so I am able to use around my lash extensions. It’s effective, gentle, and does not dry out my skin.
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Moisturizer. This is my holy grail moisturizer and I continue to use it because it really is that good. It the perfect consistency and keep me moisturized without being oily.
  • Shea Moisture Mommy Stretch Mark Body Butter. My favorite belly butter! No matter what the product claims… you cannot prevent stretch marks by using topical lotions. But I love the natural ingredients in this product to keep my growing belly moisturized. The scent does not seem to bother me either.
  • Belly Band by Ingrid & Isabel. This belly band has been a life saver! I have been able to wear most of my regular pants open with the belly band holding it place. You can wear it throughout your pregnancy.

Hope you all enjoy my recent favorites. I really love doing these! Share below your must have products!

Gender Reveal Recap

Gender Reveal

As soon to be new parents, we knew we had to have a fun gender reveal party to share our excitement with family and friends. I know back in the day they did not know the gender of the baby until he/she was born. Now these parties are all the rave. I believe it is important to celebrate life as much as you can!

It’s A Boy!

My sister thought of the creative idea to do something that would also be a keepsake. Roger and I did two separate canvases of our handprints in pink and blue. My sister was the only one who knew the gender of the baby. While we head up a sheet and counted down, my sister changed the canvas to Baby Chan’s gender! We hope to add his little hand-print or foot-print at his arrival. Roger was especially excited as he thought baby was a girl the entire time!

Pregnancy Announcement & First Trimester Updates

She's Charmed

If you missed our most exciting news yet… here it is. Roger and I are expecting this July 2017! I always knew I wanted to be a mother. It was a moment I prayed for, that in God’s timing we would start a family.

Pregnancy announcement

How did I tell my husband?

I am the worse when keeping things from my husband. I told him right away that I felt like I should take a pregnancy test. He was overjoyed when that test was positive! I was in a bit of a shock that I took 2 more the next day.

How did we announce the news to our family?

The first person I told was my sister! We quickly made a plan to announce the news to our parents. My creative sister decorated 2 Christmas ornaments that said Lola and Lolo on it (means grandmother and grandfather in the Filipino language). A few weeks before Christmas we told our parents that we had gifts they could use to decorate their tree. They were so surprised and we got the whole thing on video. For Roger’s parents, we wrapped a gift of newborn baby boots and they were both excited too. This will be the first grandchild on both sides! So little Baby Chan will surely be spoiled.

We announced to the rest of our family on New Years Eve at our home. We were not planning to tell everyone yet but thought it would be fun to announce right at midnight!

First Trimester symptoms

  • Nausea. Shortly after learning I was pregnant, I noticed my nausea was worse on an empty stomach.
  • Always hungry. I noticed my appetite increased and I always had to have something in my stomach. Luckily, I had no food aversions! I especially craved fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Fatigue. I was more tired than usual and taking naps. I was never a nap person but I listened to my body when it needed more rest.
  • I did not gain any weight during my first trimester. This was a big concern to me but my OB reassured that it can be normal.

First Ultrasound

She's Charmed

I had my first ultrasound at 10 weeks. The feeling of going into your doctor’s office for your first appointment is one emotional roller coaster. Hearing the baby’s heartbeat and seeing our baby move around was the best feeling in the world. It really hit us that day that it is not going to be just be the two of us any longer!