Preggy Diaries: Third Trimester and Delivery

Hello! My baby is now two months old as of writing! But before I share any of the latest news about him, let me tell you my third trimester experiences and my birth story.

Third Trimester Symptoms

During our Batman themed Baby Shower

  • Of course, I was getting big and so I was feeling too heavy. It’s hard for me to bend and to make it worse, for some reason, I was clumsier than ever that I kept on dropping things and needed to pick them up.
  • I had gestational diabetes but I had it under control with diet (Thank God!). I had to check my sugar four times a day. I would always calculate the total carbs in my food every meal. Meeting with a nutritionist really helped me control it on my own although it sucked because the desserts are much more tempting now when I couldn’t have lots of them.

Note: When I was diagnosed with GD, I blamed myself because I knew I was eating more sweets than before I got pregnant and my relatives were warning me about it, but I didn’t care. I felt so guilty and told my doctor about it but she said, it’s not my fault. Any one, even the ones with “healthy lifestyle” could have GD because it will depend on how much the pregnant body will respond to insulin which helps the sugar level from getting too high. (Correct me if I’m wrong with my explanation… I just focused on the part where the doctor said it’s not my fault. Hehe.)

  • Since I was getting less space for food in my tummy, I was always more bloated. There were nights that I needed to throw up or would really have a bad heartburn.
  • My carpal tunnel syndrome was a bit better but was still there
  • The baby usually moved a lot at night so it’s hard to get a comfortable sleeping position. Turning on my right side made me feel like I was squishing the baby whileย  lying on my back made it hard to breathe so I would just stay on my left side all night (which is kinda tiring). It’s the recommended sleeping position for pregnant women anyway.
  • Of course, I would have these Braxton Hicks contractions. Since I’m a first-time mom, there were times that I thought I was gonna give birth the next day. Hehe.

And The Waiting Game Begins…

I had my first cervical exam at 38 weeks… Gosh! It was so uncomfortable and painful and I was very surprised with the bleeding. I thought I was gonna give birth that day! That’s when I learned the phrase “rupture the membranes”. I thought that’s what the doctor did because it hurt so much. But it stayed dilated at 2 cm for three more weeks.

August 18th was my due date and I had a doctor’s appointment two days before it. Since I had diabetes, the doctor suggested not to wait longer than a week before I get induced so I scheduled it on the 25th (exactly one week after) at 5:30 a.m.ย  I was praying so hard to be in labor before that day because first, I prefer to be in labor naturally and second, 25th is my dad’s death anniversary.

For one week, I’ve tried different ways to induce labor naturally such as walking a lot and eating spicy foods but maybe it was really meant to be on the 25th.

A couple of hours after watching the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones ( I was binge watching it at that time),ย  I woke up around 2:30 am on the 25th to use the bathroom and it was a bloody show! Then, my tummy started to hurt so bad, pain that I haven’t felt before. I told my husband, “I think this is it!” so we rushed to the hospital.

I was only 3.5 cm dilated when I got to the hospital so I still had to wait and endure the pain for a long time. Around 3:30 pm, I was given the epidural. It worked for a bit but a couple of hours later, the right side of my tummy, really hurt like the epidural was not working. So they added more anesthesia (I think? something like that) but I started throwing up.

I started pushing at 6:45 pm. I had developed an infection due to labor so I had a fever. My husband, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law were all there in the delivery room. Everytime I had contractions and needed to push, one of them would lift my left leg, one would lift my right leg while my husband lifted my upper body. That whole thing lasted for four and a half hours. I was so exhausted so I asked the doctor if there are options to make it faster. She said she’s gonna use the vacuum and explained the risks to me. It was so hard to focus on what she was saying. I just wanted it to be done. So I just prayed and put my trust in the Lord, hoping it will be successful.

Baby came out at 11:21 pm. The doctor just used the vacuum once and baby came out naturally! I ugly cried when I heard the baby’s cry but those were happy tears. I was so glad that it’s finally over and my baby was okay. The Lord heard me and those who prayed for me.

Name: Dashiel Jordan a.k.a Dash

Weight: 6.15 lbs

Height: 21 inches

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I'm in-love. ๐Ÿ‘ถ

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My pregnancy journeyย  was a very unforgettable experience. It made me stronger as a woman. It made me feel like I can handle anything now. Hehe. But most of all, being a mother truly gives me joy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanna hear your birth story! Share it in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚




Preggy Diaries: First and Second Trimester

I’m back (kind of)! I just really want to document this great change happening in my life right now. Yes, I’m gonna have a baby! This is totally unplanned but who’s to say no for a big blessing? ๐Ÿ™‚

Finding Out

I’m regular with my period so a two-day delay is already a sign that pregnancy is possible. I waited for three more days before I used a pregnancy test. I woke up and did the test first thing in the morning. I was nervous because that was my first time to use a PT and I know I wasn’t ready yet for a positive result.ย  After about 5 minutes, I checked back in with the stick and saw a cross. I asked my sis-in-law what it meant (although I already know) because the cross was so light. She hugged me and congratulated me. I honestly didn’t know what to feel yet that time. I bought another pair of PTs just to be sure. I did the test in my school’s bathroom and the digital PT gave me the clearest answer. This time, I know for sure that I’m indeed pregnant. Now, I feel a little bit excited.

The whole day, my husband had been texting me and asking me about the result and I kept on saying that I hadn’t done the test yet. My plan was to tell him personally when I get home from work. When I finally told him, he was like , “Well, I already know because it’s so obvious you already took it but just wouldn’t tell me the result…” Well, duh!?!

My Symptoms – First Trimester

I think compared to most women, my first trimester is not that hard although I still had the symptoms and I could really feel the changes happening in my body.

  • During the first weeks, I couldn’t feel any symptoms at all except the frequent urge to pee.
  • I was always bloated accompanied by heartburn or vice versa.
  • I was always hungry but picky with food. It seemed like everything didn’t taste good for me. So, yeah, I didn’t have any specific cravings but it’s so hard to find food that’s delicious for me.
  • If I didn’t eat for more than two hours, I would feel nauseated. There’s only like more than a couple of times that I actually vomited and I didn’t like it. I’d lose my appetite after vomiting, too and it would be so much harder to eat.
  • I was so sensitive! I would cry over simple things. Usually, it would be my husband’s fault. Haha.
  • I had a strong sense of smell. I hated anything with strong smell including soap and perfume. And sometimes, I felt like my food tasted like soap so I wouldn’t eat it.
  • I was always tired. My sisters-in-law told me that they felt the baby’s a boy because I wasn’t perky at all but rather the opposite. I was always seemed gloomy and not in the mood to do the things that I usually like to do.
  • I started taking prenatal vitamins. After I finished the gummy vitamins, I tried a different brand with big capsules. That made me constipated because of its iron content. It also made me more nauseated and since the capsule is so big, I felt like it gets stuck in my chest everytime I take it. So, I just went back with the gummies.
  • I also felt lower abdominal cramps. It’s like a sharp pain like a knife poking me but only for a very short time. I also felt that whenever I would feel scared like seeing a child at school about to get hurt.

Announcing it the World

I only told a few people after finding out. You know, how they say that you shouldn’t announce it to everyone yet during the first trimester because of the possibility of miscarriage? I just waited because Iย  got scared. Anyways, right after the 14th week, I posted this photo on Facebook. My husband and I are too shy for photos of ourselves so I just had this idea of posting our matching shoes and bought a baby version of our sneakers from the mall. Some FB friends didn’t get it at first. Haha. But yeah, I’m glad that a lot of people were happy for us.

My Symptoms – Second Trimester

They say that the second trimester is the best. I believe so. But there are new symptoms that are still not so comfortable.

  • I usually have leg cramps in the middle of the night. My doctor said I needed more calcium.
  • My feet are swollen! They say it’s too early for them to be swollen but the only shoes that would fit me are the ones that are already kind of worn out.
  • My heel hurts or become numb when I stand for a long time. That’s probably because of my weight. I wear compression socks at home although it’s more recommended to use them when you’re working.
  • I’m experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. My left wrist hurts a lot especially when I wake up. It’s probably from hand’s position when I sleep.
  • I’m starting to love sweets.
  • My muscles get tired easily.

Finding Out the Gender

My husband and I were hoping for a girl. But, guess what? It’s a boy. And I’m still excited to meet my baby. I let my relatives guess the gender before my ultrasound. Most of them really thought it’s a boy so they are correct.

Second Ultrasound

In my my first ultrasound, it showed that I had a low lying placenta. After about a month, I got another ultrasound and it’s in the “OK” position now. Also, I got to see my baby in 3D sonogram and caught him smiling. ๐Ÿ™‚


During my second trimester, my husband and I went to Chicago for our “babymoon”. Traveling didn’t become a problem and we both enjoyed our vacation. We have a close relative in Chicago who accommodated us and toured us around. ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband’s niece also took some great photos of us including our gender reveal picture!

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Batbaby Begins #itsaboy ๐Ÿ“ธ @zelfiesunday

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I’m now in my third trimester and it’s not getting easier but will update in my next post! Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

2016 Highlights

I have completely been gone in the blogging world this year but here I am again! A lot of things have happened this 2016 but I wasn’t able to post about them. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  One of my goals next year is to give my blog a makeover (for the nth time) and to stay active. And… to share this blog to my Facebook friends. Hihi.

Anyways, here are the highlights of my 2016!

  • I got my Green Card!

    So, you probably already know that I came to the US through K1 Visa. After 6 months since I submitted my Adjustment of Status papers, I was scheduled for an interview and received my Green Card. This card is only valid for two years though, so I’ll be working another set of paperworks next year! But it feels good that all the stress had been paid off.


  • My degree has been evaluated

I’m currently working in a preschool/childcare for our school district. In the Philippines, I was a licensed high school teacher. My goal is to be a certificated teacher here also but I feel like I don’t have the confidence to be one yet. So for now, I just wanna get used to the culture here first. I also had my Transcript of Records evaluated and the result is that I have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in a regional accredited institution here in the US . I need to find out the next steps to take to achieve my goal!


  • Getting serious with music production

Last April, I purchased an audio interface with microphone to start my “home recording studio”. Hehe. I also bought a midi keyboard. I just started trying out these toys like a month ago and I feel like I have a potential to produce. Well, sort of. Haha. Maybe, I’ll share an output soon! If I ever finish it!


  • Watching Pentatonix Live

This has been the year I started being obsessed with this group and I’m just so lucky to have seen them perform live. It was kind of funny how I purchased the tickets right away after they got on sale but days before the concert, I found tickets on StubHub that has closer-to-the-stage seats. I sold mine in a desperately lower price so I could buy the better seats. Haha. It’s worth it though.

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  • Celebrating our first wedding anniversary

Time goes by so fast. It’s already been a year since we got married! We decided to take a day off to go around Seattle and stay overnight at The Edgewater Hotel which has a very lovely view of the waterfront (Thus, the name. We don’t have good pictures though). The day after, we watched a very romantic film called “Finding Dory”. Hehe.

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Breakfast in bed?

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  • Us the Duo Concert

After seeing them as the opening act for PTX, we decided to see them live again. This time though, they are the main performers. We also purchased the VIP package because it’s very affordable and because we love them!

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Us the Quartet

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We got to chat with them and take a selfie with them! Woohoo! They are the nicest!

They are incredibly talented, too (and a good-looking couple!).

Another cool thing that happened that night was that we met the Gardiner Sisters, too! They were sooo nice! We purchased their album and had them sign it.


So, we bought their album from a Tagalog/Bisaya-speaking white dude. I was kind of curious about him so I asked, “I’ve heard you said you’re from Cebu. Then, why are you speaking Tagalog?” Afterwards, he went on and on (in Tagalog) about how he learned the language, how much he loves the Philippines and that he has a group there and they’re gonna have shows there in two weeks. So, I asked, “What’s the name of your group?” He answered, “Hey Joe Show”. I told my sis-in-law, “Ui, sikat ‘to! Magpa-picture tayo!” (“This dude is famous! Let’s take a picture with him!”) That was kinda funny. Turns out, he was there selling Gardiner Sisters merch because he’s married to Allie Gardiner!


  • California Trip + LAs Vegas

I feel like this is the main highlight of this year. This is my first ever visit outside Washington except Oregon which is just a roadtrip away. My fave destinations were probably Universal Studios and Disneyland! Here’s a GoPro video compilation I created from my trip!

I also made a short clip of my experience with the walkers from Universal Studios.

And Disneyland! It’s the family’s first time to go there! My hubby and his family had this agreement that the first Disneyland visit should be with the whole family. My hubby was saying that I was lucky that I got to be there just after a year of being here in the US. He’s been here for 15 years. Hehe. Well, the good thing about being in Disneyland is it makes you feel young again. Our favorite parts are the parade and the fireworks! They are just so magical!

  • My vinyl Collection

After just a year, I have now a total of 27 vinyl records! I was planning to just buy one per month but I ended up with more. I’m planning to stick with my one-per-month goal this coming year.


  • Black Friday Post

On Black Friday, we went to the Seattle Premium Outlets which is really in Tulalip (not in Seattle). We went to different stores but the Nike Store there caught us by surprise. Every aisle of that store has orange boxes all over the place. My phone camera wasn’t working that time so I asked my sis-in-law to take a pic and send it to me. I shared that photo on my Instagram and it went viral!


This Instagram account called Complex reposted it and it got 41k likes. Different sites like BuzzFeed and Yahoo! News also used this picture. I wasn’t expecting it at all! The only thing I don’t like about it getting viral is that I see people’s irrelevant opinions about the photos of this Nike Store. Just like any trending topics, they would involve race or politics with the issue. It’s just a darn messy Nike Store and I hated how people did this. It’s probably not because they were Asians or because they voted for Hillary. Not relevant at all.

  • My First Snow Experience

I’ve seen it snow before but it didn’t stick to the ground. This is actually the first time that it did and the beauty just took my breath away. I know not everyone likes it because it’s not safe to drive. I’m lucky I got to stay home that day because our school was closed due to snow.


  • Christmas Gifts

These are the two things in my Christmas wishlist and I got them both! My hubby gave me the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera which I already knew about and in our family exchange gift, I got a concert ukulele from my mom-in-law and her partner. Now, my next project is a music YouTube channel using these new toys. Let’s see…


  • Something special coming soon in 2017…

Happy New Year! I have more things to share in 2017 and I’m so excited! Please stick around. ๐Ÿ™‚

April and May 2016 Movie Diary

Hello! I am documenting the movies Iโ€™ve seen this year and will share a little something about them.

Before you read this post, you can also check my previous movie diaries by clicking the name of the months:





17. Cant’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Date: 04.02.16
Source: Netflix
Comment: If you’re in the mood to watch a 90’s feel-good high school movie, I recommend this.

18. The 5th Wave (2015)

Date: 04.03.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: It’s not boring for me but I feel like there are a lot of plot holes. Not a big fan of this movie.

19. The Jungle Book (2016)

Date: 04.16.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: I love it!!! And the kid is so cute. He definitely fits the role. This is a funny movie and I recommend this for the whole family to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

20. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Date: 04.30.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Had to watch this before watching Captain America. I like Avengers movies (the the first one and the individual ones) and this one didn’t fail me.


21. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Date: 05.08.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: So much better than the Batman vs. Superman movie. In the movie, it’s hard to choose sides between Captain America and Iron Man because because both of them have a point. Spider-Man and Ant-Man/Giant-Man are awesome, too!

22. The Truman Show (1998)

Date: 05.21.16
Source: Netflix
Comment: It’s a nice film. I’m just not satisfied with the ending. I wanna know what happened to Truman after. Hehe.

23. Spy (2015)

Date: 05.27.16
Source: Cable TV
Comment: Funny and action-packed film. I like movies that show Girl Power and here’s one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚


What good movies have you seen recently? Share it in the comments!

March 2016 Movie Diary

Hello! I am documenting the movies Iโ€™ve seen this year and will share a little something about them.

Before you read this post, you can also check my previous movie diaries by clicking the name of the months:



Last Marchโ€ฆ

9. The Big Short (2015)

Date: 03.05.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Hmm. They say it’s good and I’m pretty sure it is. But I honestly couldn’t understand it. Haha. There are just so many jargons and even though they were explained through analogies, my shallow brain still couldn’t comprehend it. I watched it until the end though.

10. Man of Steel (2013)

Date: 03.06.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: I watched it in preparation for the Batman vs. Superman movie. It’s okay. It was too serious but my hubby said DC movies are usually serious compared to Marvel. Anyways, I also noticed how things were not-so-believable in the movie and I was pissed on how many buildings were destroyed killing lots of people . I know it’s just a movie but I thought that maybe that would be Batman’s reason for hating Superman. And I was right. Ooops, spoiler.

11. Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

Date: 03.12.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: I wasn’t able to finish it but I feel too lazy now to do so. I’m kind of cheating with my Movie Diary. Haha. Well, I’ve just seen the first hour and watched Mockingjay Part 2 the next day so I don’t think it matters now. I dunno why it doesn’t get my attention anymore.

12. Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

Date: 03.13.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Again, I wasn’t watching seriously but I still understood what was happening. I hate that it suddenly looked like a romantic film between Katniss and Peeta. I’m just not that enthusiastic with Hunger Games anymore. My hubby like the last movies though. He noticed a lot of plot holes with the first ones. I’m just, for some reason, bored with the last movies.

13. Daddy’s Home (2015)

Date: 03.13.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: It does have a low rating but I like it. Haha. Will Ferrel and Mark Wahlberg just have this comical chemistry that made me and my family laughed so hard while watching the movie.

14. Allegiant (2016)

Date: 03.19.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: I didn’t see the second one but I still understood this third installment of the Divergent Series. I can say that it’s just okay. I didn’t get bored during the film but there’s still no ending yet so there will be a continuation after this for sure.

15. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Date: 03.27.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: Unfortunately, the trailers were better than the movie itself. My hubby is a big Batman fan and he’s disappointed with the film. I don’t wanna give any spoilers but the climax was kinda funny. And their fight scene was only 5 minutes. They should’ve given it a different title. By the way, Wonder Woman rocks!

16. Sisters (2015)

Date: 03.27.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Watched it with my sisters-in-law. Tina and Amy are really funny together. We enjoyed watching it.

What good movies have you seen recently? Share it in the comments!