Happy belated fourth of July, our faithful readers!
I hope it was filled with lots of red (meat), white (sangria), and blue (cheese) - just some of the things I miss while faithfully carrying this baby in my belly.
Today was another monthly dr.'s visit for my 2nd pregnancy so I thought, why not blog comparing the two pregnancies? because believe me- as similar as they are, they are so different!
- Morning Sickness (level 9)- I threw up every.single.day from week 8 to week 20. It was clockwork, without a doubt. I had to leave work by 4pm so that I can be home by no later than 5pm to hug the guest bathroom toilet and throw up everything I ate for that entire day. It sucked. But atleast it was a routine so I expected it- on a daily basis. The days I didn't throw up were very rare and I considered them a break from God/baby.
- Food regulation from husband (level 10)- Oh man, was Han strict or what during the first pregnancy? He regulated everything I ate and made sure the baby did not get a whiff of that rare meat, fresh sushi and sashimi, alcohol, deli meat and hot dog, and all other wonderful things you can't have when pregnant. This basically meant, he gave up everything I couldn't eat.. Well, he could've eaten sushi during lunch but during dinner, no way. He wouldn't even consider teasing me like that...
- Take out/Eating out aka: "Date Night" (level 10)- It's hard to go grocery shopping if 1. you just threw everything up or 2. you don't know what random thing you'll be craving within the next week or so.. So then we just stopped going grocery shopping for a while. Instead, we'd go out and eat or order delivery. Han was super understanding and always said "once you start feeling better/when the baby arrives... we need to cook at home." But he never pushed me to cook at home unless it was something specific I was craving, that I wanted to make.
- Babymoon (level 8)- It's the last time it'll just be the "two of you" so we definitely took an advantage of going on an international babymoon. We've considered going to B&B hotel/inn within southern California but husband's justification was "we can go to those for baby #2... or #3...". So where did we go? We went to Cabo San Lucas! Our seats got upgraded for one of the routes and we traveled in first class, which was super nice. Honestly, babymoon would be rated 10 but there are 2 reasons why it got bumped down to level 8. Reason 1- We stayed at an adults only all inclusive resort. Everything was beautiful and spectacular except for the fact that what's always included and free at an adult only resort? Yup, that's right: alcohol- that I can't drink. Reason 2- our resort ended up being in Puerto Los Cabos, which is about a 45 min car ride from Cabo San Lucas. There was a couple of things I wanted to do in CSL but were now "too far" from PLC..
- Baby growing excitement and journey (level 9)- Oh, the bliss of seeing your baby grow and counting the weeks! Quarterly belly photos were definitely taken and baby apps were downloaded to monitor the size and development on a weekly basis. There were countless nights Han and I would lay in bed asking each other, "Can you believe this baby is the size of a _______ already??"
- Personal body admiration (level 9)- Man, I loved seeing my body evolve. Granted, I lost 15 pounds the first half of my pregnancy due to the clockwork morning sickness, but this was the best I ever looked in my entire life- even better than on my wedding day! My boobs were perkier and fuller. Before the baby bump, I looked like I've been working out. I personally felt the "pregnancy glow", hence going sans make up free for half of my pregnancy. Lastly, I felt like the weight "gain" was proportional all throughout my body and accentuated my growing belly very well.. (lol).
- Morning Sickness (level 7)- It started around the same time, I think week 7? It wasn't clockwork and it didn't matter what time of the day it was. It would happen randomly and unknowingly. I couldn't prepare myself for it. No matter what I ate.. no matter how strong of a craving it was... at some point in the afternoon, evening, or wee hours of the night, I'd throw up. This happened until week 22.
- Food regulation from husband (level 6)- He's not so strict anymore. Or should I say, he's not as respectful as he was before? Haha. Not only does he order sushi when we go out and simply cover it up by saying "sorry", but he also eats the things that I crave but shouldn't eat (ie: hot dog) and takes pictures of it and sends it to me while I'm at work... how rude.
- Take out/Eating out (level 8)- It's not "date night" anymore when you have your toddler and your choice of food depends on what she can eat or if the restaurant is children-friendly. Most of the time, we end up doing delivery or pick up. The only problem with this is that it usually ends up being the same delivery or food pick up: Thai food, teriyaki, burger and fries, etc. Therefore, I try to cook more frequently at home, for Halie's sake.
- Babymoon (level TBD)- There's a reason why I quoted Han for the first pregnancy... because B&B hotel/inn is NOT happening with baby #2. haha. As well, his passport expired and with his fear of height/long airplane rides, there's no agenda for an international babymoon. Granted, the zika virus is scaring our parents also so they don't want us to go anywhere tropical either. Considering all this, I asked Han if we can just go to Disneyland for my babymoon. What girl doesn't like Disneyland?? To his convenience, he decided to treat both Halie and I, and will be taking us to Disneyland for my babymoon and for Halie's birthday happening in couple of days from now.
- Baby growing excitement and journey (level 5)- Is it because I feel like I'm jipping Halie? I've been so focused on spending as much time and making memories with Halie that this pregnancy has just flown by and I haven't done anything for baby #2! Belly has been growing at a rapid speed and there were no belly photos until two weeks ago, when a friend found out and was shocked! (Thanks Izzy for making sure I document this belly growth!) Baby milestone and development apps aren't on my phone anymore and my What to Expect book is collecting dust somewhere... and PLEASE don't ask me how far along/what week I'm in unless you want to make me feel like a bad pregnant lady...
- Personal body admiration (level 5)- My boobs have finally "perked" again and although people say I'm "all belly" (which is supposedly a good thing), I don't feel the "pregnancy glow". Overall, I just feel all blah about my body during this pregnancy... nothing on you, baby. It's safe to say, by the time I do get a chance to look at myself in the mirror, I'm just exhausted from teaching (summer school now) and spending as much time as possible with Halie and as a family of 3.