First Trimester Must Haves!

Welcome to the Second Trimester!

What a wonderful present it was to say that I entered the second trimester on my husband’s birthday. I was out of town for a family member’s wedding in the states so we were unable to celebrate.

The First Trimester flew by and to be honest, it was made easier by the following:

  1. Naps and a sleep mask (to help when I had massive migraines)
  2. Anti-nausea remedies, Gin Gins Ginger Candies, Gravol and Dramamine Motion Sickness Tablets (I was a bit worried for a few weeks and thought I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and was relieved to learn that I didn’t)
  3. Water (due to the metallic taste in my mouth, I opted to drink vitamin water or just suck on ice cubes or popsicles.
  4. Prenatal and DHA vitamins the brand I used is the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and Whole Mega Salmon Oil with DHA. Prior to conceiving I was taking Nature’s Bounty Prenatal Complete.
  5. Bland crackers and other snacks, to help with all day nausea
  6. Ovia Pregnancy App (this app is so informative and user-friendly)
  7. Loose fitting shirts and leggings
  8. Reading material (Especially pins on Pinterest, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven, etc.)
  9. Wireless bra
  10. Chia seeds as a source of fibre and to help with constipation

Can you relate?

What were your must-haves during the first trimester?

Stay strong and beautiful!

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Secret Pregnancy Post…Weeks 8-12

I can’t believe it…..we are nearing the end of the first trimester!

Let me just say that pregnancy hasn’t been a walk in the park for me…there are moments of discomfort and pain but at the end of the day, I know pregnancy and motherhood is a blessing.

They say it is better to announce your pregnancy after the first trimester, as the risk of miscarriage decreases after this time. It was hard to hide my pregnancy from my sister, whom I work with every day. However, I managed to keep it a secret until the ninth week.

Sharing the News

My sister, brother in law, husband and I had planned a road trip to Montreal just a short two day trip. We excitedly shared the news that we were expecting and my sister admitted she had no clue, except for the fact that I looked bigger than usual. It was such a relief having them know, as she was pregnant too.

The only thing that was kinda annoying was that my sister had such a smooth pregnancy with very few symptoms. While I had a whole list of symptoms that changed as the weeks went by. It’s actually pretty interesting how much pregnancies differ between women.

We announced our pregnancy to close family and friends in the following weeks; everyone was so excited and thrilled for us.

A recap of weeks 8 to 12:

  • got another ultrasound I was around 11.5 weeks (picture featured), we also got the Nuchal Translucency (NT) test done to see if our baby was at risk for any chromosomal defects (the test is a combination of a blood test and ultrasound that measures the amount of fluid build-up that is present behind the baby’s neck….our results were great 1 in 16,000)

Some symptoms that I experienced included:

  • morning all day sickness
  • lots of nausea and vomiting
  • migraines
  • heartburn
  • nipple and breast sensitivity
  • extreme bloating
  • gas
  • emotional and extra sensitive
  • insomnia
  • tired
  • food aversions to meats and vegetables (anything cooked in a kitchen)
  • constant metallic taste in mouth (yuck)
  • constipation

But even after all that I feel so blessed and thank God every day! Keep cooking little one!

I cannot wait to share the rest of my pregnancy journey with you…stay tuned for more.

Stay strong and beautiful!

 

 

 

Secret Pregnancy Post.. 6 weeks pregnant

Thank you God. We are pregnant!!

The last time I went in for an ultrasound I didn’t know what to expect…When I went in I was told that there was a yolk sac but no fetal pole. It was a quick appointment and I was told to come back in two weeks. Sadly, nothing ever developed and I had a blighted ovum miscarriage.

I did not want to get my hopes up this time around. I called my doctor to tell her that my tom never came; I had missed my period and that took an at home pregnancy test and for a faint plus. She quickly sent me forms to get my blood work done to ensure that I was in fact pregnant. the first set of numbers looked promising and after a follow up test three days later. it was confirmed that my hcg levels were increasing and that the embryo had implanted in just the right spot.

I booked an appointment with the nurse and kept praying that our time to become parents had come. I was so nervous and didn’t know what to expect. There was a nurse and an ultrasound technician in the room and she began the transvaginal ultrasound. It wasn’t the most comfortable but I wasn’t thinking of that at all. I was just laying there holding my breath, anticipating the words that were going to come out of the technician’s mouth.

After a couple of minutes, she looked at me and smiled. She turned the monitor towards me and said everything looked normal and that I was 6 weeks and 2 days along. She told me that there was one baby with a nice, strong heartbeat (157 BPM). I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I began to cry as I became overwhelmed with happiness. Thank you God, I kept repeating as I left the room clutching the picture of my baby close to my chest. Although it looked like a blurry blob I was so overjoyed.

As I wiped away the tears and left the office, I excitedly called my husband and told him the good news…there was a baby in my uterus and growing healthy and that he/she had a strong heartbeat. I didn’t know now to react. He was so happy as well but didn’t want to get his hopes up.

We were so happy to keeping our secret for a few more weeks before we would tell our family.

Stay tuned for my next update and remember that everything happens in God’s perfect timing!

Stay strong and beautiful!

Uniquely Me

Who Am I?

There are times when I sit and compare my life to others…I know who I want to be…but why hasn’t it happened yet? Why are other people successful and I’m not? Why does it seem like my life has no purpose?

There are times when I often ask myself these questions and ponder.

Why can’t I just commit and do it? Why am I wasting my life making lists of things to do and then not sticking to them?

After much thought and research I concluded that:

  1. I am just too lazy
  2. I am not smart enough
  3. I don’t actually want to change (this one is hard to swallow)
  4. I am too scared of what might happen
  5. I link more pain to the possibility of failing than the potential of success

It’s Up to You

I have spent the past few months reading many books, articles, watching YouTube videos and have decided that regardless of what the reason is….I don’t want to keep living my life the way I currently have.

I have practiced the habit of gratitude and prayer but obviously not consistently. I can’t seem to stick with anything. At least when it comes to building new habits and destroying old ones. I read one of the most helpful and insightful books recently called No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy.

I Am ME, But I Can Change

The largest key that I am missing in my life is the POWER of self discipline…I capitalized the word power because I feel it truly is a power. A power that I have been lacking and misusing. A power that I am so grateful to have discovered, even at this late stage of life. I cannot express how much I related to the questions and excuses that the author talked about. I felt like he was speaking to me….and not in a good way. I honestly want to change, I know I want to change. It’s just that I am so used to living my mediocre life. Just doing things to get by and not really actually living.

Another key lesson or power I have been learning to embrace is self respect. I can’t stress enough how much you need to learn to respect yourself before asking for respect from others. I feel like I have lost myself after I became a wife. My priorities changed and I lived for my husband. I had this mentality that if I made him happy then I would be happy. I realized that in order to be happy I must be happy, starting with learning to respect myself and living for me. If all you do is listen to the opinion of others and live by their words, you will find yourself in a spiral of confusion, identity crisis and a whole group of other negative feelings. I have recently caught myself in this predicament and am taking steps to make worthy changes. At one point, I felt like I didn’t have a voice or opinion or that anything that I did or said wouldn’t be considered, which it often wasn’t.

Now that I know that the problem lies in my subconscious I am taking active measures to change that first. Here’s to this on going journey of self change and improvement.

It took me awhile to even write this post and get back into the habit of blogging. At first, I told myself it was because I was too busy and uninspired but now I know that those were just excuses that I just used to comfort myself.

So if anything this is my comeback post, I know that if changes are to be made they will be made by me and no one else. If my life turns out a way different than what I intended, regarding things in my control, then I know that it is because of my thoughts and actions that those results are what they are.

I have learned a lot about myself these past few months. I have started to begin the practice of self love. A healthy respect for myself, which I don’t think I truly ever had. Reading and saying these things aloud, make me feel sad and pathetic but the first step is to stop lying to myself and making excuses and blaming others.

I can’t sit back and complain anymore especially if I am just living life and doing nothing. These days have been somewhat exhausting but I know I have to pull through because I have a new reason to live my best life….the best reason and motivator…a baby on the way!

Stay tuned for future posts!

Stay strong and beautiful!

 

Secret Pregnancy Post…4 weeks along

Could It Be?

I was going through the dreaded two week wait and was failing…testing and testing..knowing that it was too early but feeling so many symptoms.

TMI warning

There were a handful of symptoms I had that raised my suspicions that I may be pregnant. I had gas like it was no ones business…I had trouble sleeping and would wake up every morning at 5 am. My forehead was always super warm and I was extra bloated. My nipples were on fire.

I was at work a couple days later and felt like Aunt Flow was going to appear at any moment….the next day came and no AF. So i went to the dollar store after work and there it was the faintest line you ever did see.

Thank You God!

I am so happy and hope this little bean sticks…but I am a bit worried as I suffered an early miscarriage this past December. The lines have been getting darker and darker so I splurged on a Clearblue digital and ‘1-2 weeks’ appeared. I began to cry with tears of joy and excitement. I am so grateful that God has blessed us.

Hoping for a happy and healthy pregnancy journey!

Stay strong and beautiful!

My Therapy

Life can be Stormy

For the past few weeks, I have to admit that I have been feeling rather down and somewhat depressed. I just feel so sad and helpless and am so disappointed in myself. I should have done more by now; I’m so far from where I want to be.

My blog posts have become fewer and fewer and I am just getting by in my desire to accomplish things. The little drive that I once had has diminished and some days I just feel like sleeping all day. But I know I can’t, I have a job to do and a life to live.

The Sun will Shine Again

On the flip side, I have sacrifices to make, lessons to learn and adventures to explore.

If there’s one thing in this life that can put a smile on my face, it has got to be music. I pretty much like all types of music. From country and classical to hip-hop and broadway and everything in between. I also enjoy the music of different cultures and different languages. It truly is like therapy to me.

So fast forward to the greatest ‘me time’ moments, when I just lay on the couch and listen to songs I grew up listening to. Hit after hit, it takes me back and I can’t help but feel happy and calm. If only I had more of these moments, I could get my drive back.

Just Go For It

I then set out to seek opportunities and just really going for whatever I felt would be beneficial to me. Amongst those opportunities was the chance to travel to the States for a few days and without hesitation, I said ‘let’s go!’ They say that travelling opens your eyes and keeps you humble. It is so interesting to see how people in different areas of the world live and work on a daily basis.

It really makes you appreciate what you have and also teaches you that if you work hard, you can also play hard. Who wouldn’t want to travel more and go on vacation whenever they wanted? However, like most things in life, travelling comes with a price. I have recently made it my goal to take life head on and conquer my fears. No more self-sabotaging, full of doubt mentality. I believe that I can do whatever I mould into my mentality and will not apologize anymore.

I used to think that my actions were helping others, but come to see that all I’ve done is neglect my own growth. Someone recently told me that whether I do something or not, nobody cares. The challenge is to keep striving to stay relevant and achieve your own goals. People will notice you at some point or the other, but it is not your job to get people to notice you. Your only purpose is to create your best life!

Below are pictures from my adventures in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. We went on a bit of a food tour and sampled a few bites from several popular foodie spots.

Las Vegas ahhh the city that never sleeps, With its bright lights and countless hotels, there’s something for everyone in Vegas. The hotels in Vegas are super creative and fun to look at.

We were there for 3 days and the trip ended with a Celine Dion concert live in Vegas. Let me tell you, that woman can sing! I was so impressed and a wave of tears just washed over me, because I was so happy and felt so blessed to be able to have this experience.

Travelling opened my eyes…it has given me drive to do what I do and do it well. It was the ‘pick me up’ that I needed and now I am focused to do well so I can have more of these experiences.

What are your travel plans or what do you do when travel opportunities come your way?

Stay strong and beautiful!

Planning the Perfect Vacation: Part 2

So in my previous post, I shared my experience and tips about the planning process of the perfect vacation. In this post, I will be discussing my experience with Ratings, Reviews and Extras.

Ratings

Ratings are not always as they seem. It is good to understand that a four or five star rating in Cuba or other popular destinations are not equivalent to four or five stars in say, Canada or the US. So when a hotel or resort claims to be a four star, it’s more likely a two star.

Reviews

The most important aspect of choosing a place to stay is reading the reviews. Reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt, because mainly only two types of people take the time to write reviews; those with great experiences and those with horrible ones.

It is also good to consider that their experiences won’t necessarily be your own so if they had a horrible room experience chances are likely the same thing won’t happen to you. However, issues that relate to food, bugs, shows, mannerisms, beach and pool are probably what to read about so you have a good idea of what to expect.

Extra, Extras

Why not indulge in a once in a lifetime opportunity while you are lazing away. Excursions or extras are great add ons that you can participate in. Generally, prices per person are charged in USD. The resort you stay at will have a booth where an excursion specialist can help you choose and register you for tours and activities.

My husband and I went on a Catamaran tour which included a cruise to a few small islands, snorkelling, lunch and a show as well as interaction with dolphins.

In my next post, I’ll be discussing what to pack and how to prepare for your trip!

Have you had good or bad experiences when travelling?

Stay strong and beautiful!