6 MONTHS BABY UPDATE


So, I’m a little late with this, but hey. What can you do? Seriously though, I can’t even believe it myself, but on the 1st, Avery turned 6 months old. He is 16 lb. 9 oz., and 26 inches in length. He’s such a big boy, and I LOVE it!

These six months FLEW in all the normal clichéd ways. It’s been the most magical six months ever (as only it can be with your first newborn) and also extremely challenging and BIZZZZZZZYYYYYY.

So here is where we are:

First and foremost…got MILK?
…quite possibly the most boring and yet fraught subject in all of motherhood!!!
The milk situation for me has been challenging, for sure! Long story short – I’m happy to say that I’m still nursing…well pumping 90 percent of the time and nursing doing those late night feedings since I’m super lazy to get up and prepare a bottle. I told myself from the beginning that I would want to breastfeed for at least a year and during the first few weeks…I was ready to give up! It was so painful, I was exhausted, I felt like I wasn’t producing anything which made me think that he wasn’t eating enough! But the thought of not breastfeeding was making me sad and so I told myself that I would stick to it for 2 month and will see how it goes from there. I started pumping – it hurt but not as much as breastfeeding and so it began…I was pumping more and breastfeeding got better since he was only nursing twice a day. And so 2 months has passed and I told myself lets go to 3 months and see how that goes…well it’s been 6 months and I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it this long. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely HATE pumping – but you gotta do what you gotta do!!! I guess what I’m trying to say is that, set yourself small goals and try and not be so hard on yourself. Hey, at least you tried!


Eating Solids?
We were given the OK to start with solids at our 4 month checkup but we actually didn’t start giving him anything till about 5 months. We started off slowly with just rice cereal and oatmeal. Then we proceeded to sweet potato which is lovvvves and carrots which he was not a big fan…lol! On his big half birthday, we made him try avocado! Will be experimenting with more foods – so stay tuned!

Sleeping Through The Night?
Oh no! How I truly wish he was though!


The sleeping situation hasn’t been great. Just last month, we started putting Avery in his crib and he hates it. My fault for not moving him sooner, I just love the cuddles too much! He usually always wakes up twice at night and will fall back asleep instantly during nursing and then I place him gently back into his crib. I feel very Macgyver at times cause he’s like a ticking time bomb, one wrong move and he’ll explode…lol!
He takes 3 short naps a day (fairly unpredictable, but roughly three hours apart except for the first one that is usually 2 hours after he wakes) and it’s all pretty manageable. Will eventually start the whole sleep training thingamajig soon!

Teeth?
No teeth!! I don’t see any either but he sure loves to chew on everything and has quite become a drooly monster, so I’m pretty sure they’re coming!

Rolling Over?
Yep. Rolling like a champ both ways, and prefers to sleeps on his stomach now!


Crawling?
So close, but no cigar! It’s so cute watching him. He likes to do the plank, sorta down dog and crawl backwards. He can move forwards but it’s not your typical crawl. He can push up into a table top position and then kinda thrusts his body forward but can’t figure out the arms yet. He’s got the legs down but the arms need some help.

Words?
No official words but I’m hoping it’s Mama! He is a chatterbox and is quite the listener! He isn’t shy with smiles but he is very particular about his giggles. You’ve gotta work for your giggles.


Avery has really started to love being more present in his day-to-day too. What I mean is that he’s no longer just a lump watching the world go by! It’s so awesome to see him engage in what we’re doing. He smiles, laughs, “talks,” reaches, feels, tries to stand, loves to sit and just be around us. It’s a wonderful change, that’s for sure. So far, this has been my favorite age!

BLESSED

Happy Baptism Avery!


“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” – Psalm 127:3









The christening was held at St. John Vianny. Father Vu Tran and his congregation were so accommodating and welcomed us with open arms.








Avery did very well throughout the ceremony, he didn’t even make a peep when Father Vu poured water on his head. What a little trooper!


With his Ninong Jeffrey & Reyvillyne who was a proxy for his Ninang Diane

This is the part where Avery started getting very sleepy.



It takes a collective effort to pull off such a big day, and I’m so thankful to everyone that helped to make Avery’s christening such a memorable one!

Thank you Reyvillyne for helping put this together! We love you!

BUMPIE

When I discovered the BabyPics app, I completely got really excited about capturing my growing belly bump! It’s a great and easy photo-journaling tool to document your growing baby belly “bumpies” week after week. I’ve started when I was in week 16 and probably around week 28 is when you can start seeing some major belly growth!






He’s here!!! He’s finally here!!! Welcome Avery Grayson Reyes

APRIL FOOL’S BABY

I went in for my weekly OB appointment on March 31st and when they checked my blood pressure – it was high! So high that it was best that I head on over to Labor and Deliver! They were going to induce me since technically I was already full term.

I was not ready for this – but no one ever is…right?!?! I mean, I haven’t even packed my hospital bag yet!!! Luckily our car seat arrived the day before!

So we checked into University of Washington Medical Center at noon and on April 1st we welcomed baby Avery Grayson Reyes at 5:43 p.m.






My dearest Avery,

From the moment they placed you in my arms, you snuggled right into my heart.

xo,
momma

COUNTING DOWN TO BABY REYES

With my due date just around the corner, I’m sharing some maternity photos that Andy Shepard captured. Also, enjoy a few fun facts about my pregnancy below










Best Part of the First Trimester: Hearing our baby’s heartbeat for the first time! Andre and I scheduled an ultrasound at 10 weeks to check up on baby and make sure there was indeed a heartbeat. I’ve never been so nervous for anything in my life! Hearing that tiny heartbeat was the sweetest thing and really made the pregnancy feel so much more real.

Worst Part of the First Trimester:
The nausea! It kicked in about week 10 and didn’t subside until around week 16. It was an all day, every day nausea that never went away. Also having to take the prenatal vitamin that was also making me feel nauseous which is why I ended up taking them right before I go to bed.

First Trimester Food Cravings:
iced honey green tea

Best Part of the Second Trimester:
Finally gaining my energy back and being able to get up and go somewhere. Pregnancy massages.

Worst Part of Second Trimester: The nausea that lasted the first few weeks into the 2nd trimester. Other than that, it was great! I had the most energy and felt the most like myself.

Second Trimester Food Cravings: Chocolates (all kinds), strawberry milkshakes, fried chicken, Eggos ice-cream (esp. ice-cream sandwich & haagan daaz mini),

Best Part of Third Trimester: My Baby Shower and having my best friends fly in from out of town to attend the shower! Getting to listen to baby’s heartbeat at weekly doctor visits!

Worst Part of Third Trimester:
Finding a top to wear every morning since I basically rotate the 2 pairs of maternity jeans that I’ve purchased. My massive and annoying boobs.

Third Trimester Food Cravings: Cheetos Puffs, mango, yan-yan

I can hardly wait until our baby make their debut. Both Andre and I are so excited (and antsy) to meet the baby and already feel so blessed to be able to be their parents.

DREAM BIG, LITTLE ONE

I am so thrilled to be able to share photos from the most beautiful baby shower I have ever been to and even more excited because it was MINE! Ha, I still can’t believe it!!! I have to say, I’ve never had a party planned in my honor where I didn’t plan it myself or contribute. I have always been the planner and the crafter and the doer, but with this one my friends kept me completely in the dark, all I had to do was show up and pick my jaw up off the floor after I took in all the sweet details of the day.

































So many of my dear talented friends hosted the shower and each brought their own expertise to make this a picture perfect event!


Special thanks to Mel, Stephy, Mur, Jaimz, Nancy, & Mich for all the work into organizing and putting together this memorable event. A big thank you to Stephy, Len, Chel, and Che for flying in to celebrate this joyous occasion with me. Erika for lending out her guest room. My sister Diane for the delicious cake made from Flour, Sugar, and More Bakery. Andy Shepard for taking amazing photos. And Gian Cruz for catering a delicious brunch!

31 WEEKS BUMP UPDATE

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How far along?: 31 weeks and 1 day
Total weight gain: 16 pounds total. I gained 3 more pounds since my last checkup on January 18, which puts me at 147 pounds.
How big is baby?: The size of a pineapple. Weighing in at about three-plus pounds and measuring about 16 inches long.
Sleep?: So far so good! I sleep best on my left side and wake up just once to use the restroom.
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Best moment this week?: Being told at our OB appointment today that baby is measuring right on track! Yay! Getting to read a bedtime story and feeling the baby kick right afterwards!
Worst moment this week?: Not fitting into anything cute. Feeling really fat instead of feeling preggo…thanks boobies…grrrr!
Movement?: Plenty! Baby moves around ALL of the time. It is the best feeling ever, and I find myself stopping everything to just really soak it in. Every movement, every little kick and hiccup, they tell me that everything is going to be okay.
Labor signs: Nope! Thankfully!
Food cravings?: Grapefruit, peanut butter sandwich, & ice honey green tea
Symptoms: A general ‘full’ feeling in my upper stomach. Low back pain, fatigue and shortness of breath has also gotten a lot worse as my lungs are all squished up now…ahh!
Stretch marks?: Belly is still stretch mark free
Belly button in or out?: Still an innie
What I miss: Being able to go bowling
What I’m looking forward to: If we’re having a little boy or  a little girl!!! I think there are so few genuine surprises left in life I couldn’t think of anything better than letting this baby be one of them. I can’t wait for Andre to be the one who reveals to me what we’ve had (as tears stream down his face)!

28 WEEKS BUMP UPDATE

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Hello, Third Trimester!!!

3 more months to go!

I’m ‘sorta kinda’ showing…if I wear really tight clothing, otherwise according to people I don’t even look pregnant….let alone be ‘only 28 weeks’ pregnant.

I had an OBGYN visit today as well as the big glucose test (which I passed..YAY!). We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat which was in the 150s.

I don’t have any weird cravings that most pregnant women talk about. I think it’s just their way of wanting to eat something pickled without feeling to guilty about eating it. The only maternity things that I’ve purchased are 2 pairs of Paige maternity jeans that I absolutely love!!! I wear them ALL the time.

Not only is the belly growing..but my boobs have become massive. And gross. And annoying. And FULL. And uncomfortable. I cannot stand to wear a regular bra for very long and I hate that sports bra gives me a uni-boob.

I have lower back pain and shoulder pain that easily goes away thanks to pregnancy massages! I still continue to take my prenatal pills that makes me feel nauseous but as long I take them before going to bed then it’s not so bad!

Absolutely LOVED the tumbling feelings in my belly. It’s weird and sometimes it hurts, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I also cannot seem to stop touching/rubbing my belly these days. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but it’s oddly soothing to me!

With 12 weeks to go:

  • I’ve gained 13 pounds which puts me at 144. I’ve read weight can either continue increasing by a pound a week, or slow down to stall out completely as you get closer to term, so will see how that goes!
  • No stretch marks (knock on wood). I don’t use any oil or cocoa butter.
  • I am tired. No matter how exhausted I am I cannot fall asleep before midnight. I’ll start dozing off sitting up multiple times throughout the day, but when I lay down in bed I just can’t fall asleep.
  • I walk. A lot. Everyday. To and from work so that’s has become my daily exercise.

DEAR SANTA:

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I told myself that once I had a family, I would start the holiday tradition of Christmas cards!
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My friend is an avid Christmas card giver and she has used all sort of sites and recommended that Minted was the best one. So I tried it for our first family card and I absolutely loved it! Minted takes 90% of the stress out of the holiday cards. You can customize every aspect including back of the cards, addresses, return address and even stamps with pictures. The uploading of images and appearing on every card design, having a personal designer at your fingertips and their FREE address assistant makes addressing holiday cards so freaken’ easy. Talk about a time saver!

Have the best weekend everyone!!! Merry Christmas Eve!

xoxo