First Timers

as of this writing, i’m now on my 11th week and 5 days in my pregnancy. :) how time flies since my last pregnancy post which was on the 6th week. there seems to be quite a few changes happening in my body as well as my lifestyle.

body changes

last time i checked, i weighed 64 kg and i haven’t bothered checking again from then because i’m scared of reality that i might have reached 70 kg now that first trimester is about to end. i read somewhere that gaining 2-4 kg or 8 lbs during the 1st trimester is normal but still…i’m scared! i’m wondering how some women still maintain to be in shape with only their stomach expanding but in my case, everything is growing big – from face, hips, thighs and stomach!

weight

also, i am now more comfortable wearing loose pants instead of jeans. well, ALL of my jeans no longer fit so buying a bunch of harem pants at kmart saved my life. my last slacks standing couldn’t be zipped up too so wearing them at work with the zipper all the way down is a clear sign that i am getting big.

pants

and i’m so happy that in my 30 years of existence, it’s still possible to achieve bigger boobs. every time i look at it, feels like magic! haha.

breast

lifestyle changes

perhaps, i’m one of the few lucky women who doesn’t experience very bad morning sickness. the only time i felt like a total crap was on my 6th week when i had occasional nausea and vomiting. i have to blame the overeating for that because as it turned out, my body could no longer accept big meals unlike before. but now, my energy is back and i’m as healthy as a horse. :-)

sleeping early is now my daily habit. this i think is my most obvious pregnancy symptom. i remember when i still do not know that i am pregnant and i’m starting to miss the evening chats with my father because i go to bed too early and he said that he had a gut feeling that i am pregnant. hehe!

food

from time to time, i have different food cravings and sometimes i feel sad if they are not available. few times, i was able to resolve my cravings by cooking the food on my own (thanks to panlasangpinoy and the internet). i’m behave and do not ask my husband to find a mango for me during 3 am. hehe, nothing like that. my cravings can be a part of how i missed singapore and manila and the range of food available there.

food

food

list of food cravings in random order:

  1. bbq indonesian chicken with curry sauce and egg toppings in plaza singapura – (status: FAILED. cannot find anywhere. i think nothing beats the bbq indonesian chicken in plaza sing!)
  2. chicken rice - (status: SUCCESS. i found a chinese/malaysian eatery somewhere. not as good as the one in singapore but it’s better than nothing.)
  3. pinoy chicken curry – (status: SUCCESS. i was able to find the curry powder i need in an asian store and cooked my food. our ulam for 4 days. hehehe!)
  4. pork chop steak with red onions as toppings - (status: FAILED. my husband burnt the pork chops we bought last time so he had to cook one for me.)
  5. fried fish with sawsawan – (status: SUCCESS. despite not having galunggong and tilapia here in new zealand, i was able to find mackerels and make use of that as a work around. it’s been a while since i last ate fried fish with toyo/suka/bawang/sili sawsawan. aaaaggghhh).

i have no food aversions nor hate any scents. in fact, i like all the food i see. hahaha!

ultrasound scan

on my 9th week, i had my first ultrasound scan. it’s a dating scan to check accurately the baby’s presence, size and estimated due date. my computation and the sonographer’s findings were a close match and my estimated due will be on the 25th of february next year. as first time parents, we were very excited for this experience because we will finally be able to see the baby’s presence. the feeling is surreal. despite not feeling anything from the outside, there is definitely someone growing inside very fast. then we finally saw the baby, its small heart beating rapidly in the black and white screen. at 9 weeks, ‘it’ measures 24mm and perhaps a size of a bean. the happiness i felt seeing the baby with a heart beat gave me a huge sigh of relief, ending my doubts of whether i had a silent miscarriage, no baby, etc. looking at the monitor screen together with my husband is one of my most memorable days. i was teary eyed during the ultrasound session, unlike my wedding day. lol.

on my 12th week next week, we will have a meeting with the midwife and this time, she will check the baby’s heart beat using a doppler device. i only saw the baby’s heart beat last time but did not hear the sound so i guess this will be another experience for us. keeping my fingers crossed that baby is still hanging on since the last ultrasound, rest assured that chances of miscarriage will be very low. i’m finally graduating from first trimester, yyyeeesszzzz!

i still don’t have a temporary baby name for our bub unlike most pregnant mothers i know. i need to come up with something so i won’t call him/her ‘kuwan‘ and ‘ano‘. LOL! wawa naman si bebe noh!

and so here’s our ‘Baby Putona busog sa aming love (and $25 worth of puto). :)

puto_scan

My Baby Puto =)

 

Wedding Day

sleepy and scrolling my phone in the midst of creating ‘boring‘ test cases, suddenly alert me back to my senses when i saw our wedding photos featured in Bride and Breakfast. it’s a philippine based wedding blog catered to inspire couples especially bride-to-be’s in their wedding planning. i’m subscribed to their blog ever since, wishfully thinking that someday my dream wedding will become a reality.

it’s been 3 months (going on 4) since our wedding day and up to this day, i still can’t forget that special day that i will marry (again) my logic 101 seatmate whom then will become my husband. it was a long journey for us. sweet days then happy days then turned challenging on the latter years. but then eventually we survived. it’s true that, “you have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” how rewarding!

i was planning to do a blog entry about our wedding – from preparation, actual day and up to the supplier reviews but then laziness get back to me. and i’m not changing my mind about being lazy so here’s the link of our memorable wedding day (note: thank you bride and breakfast team for the lovely feature. very timely for a tbt!). :)

seatmates turned lovers

my logic 101 seat mate turned husband :-) (photo by Manny and April Photography)

 

wedding bits trivia:

- wedding preparation run for 10 months

- i first considered filipiniana as our wedding theme then change to a rustic backyard theme.

- my top wedding mandatories are 1) it should be outdoor and 2) backyard style

- our only wedding non-negotiable is the caterer; rest are budget dependent.

- musician and florist are local sourced thus saving us a couple of bucks.

- weekday and out-of-town wedding definitely save us extra bucks thus enabling us to upgrade on food and styling.

- husband chose the entrance/first dance song ‘Get Lucky’ because slow dance is too mushy for our standards and we thought of doing it soul train style. come wedding day, dance is impromptu because we did not practice. hehe.

- husband draw our caricature which we used for the photobooth layout and guest well wishers note cards.

- i used flats from start to finish of the wedding day (did not use the wedges in the photo at all) because my favorite Sanuk pair retired after 5 years and i have an excuse to replace it with TOMS which I can use for more years. :)

Thai Night

there is always something special about finding great food in hidden places. it’s like discovering a secret that only a few people knows. one day while husband and i were strolling along new brighton area, we happen to pass by a simple thai dine and take away place tuck in an alley at a mini mall near the beach. by the looks of it, it can only hold 10 people at a time. i would guess that the thai lady and her kiwi partner runs the place. they are a nice and friendly couple who always welcome us with a smile whenever we ate at their place.

one thing i like about the place is that the owners are very hands-on in that the lady always gets the orders, then she goes inside the kitchen to cook the food while her partner is manning the cashier booth. the guy serves the food and from time to time, checks on the customers how the food was. i don’t remember seeing a third staff working with them. i just feel that the mere presence of the thai lady is more than enough to prove that the food we are about to eat is an authentic home cooked thai food! hehe!

our secret thai place

our secret thai place

smile before lamon

smile before the attack

smiling, posing and chewing in between. multitasking at its finest.

smiling, posing and chewing. multitasking at its finest.

omg, pad thai!

omg, pad thai!

green curry chicken

green curry chicken

chicken satay in peanut sauce

chicken satay in peanut sauce

if we want chinese food, we go to bensons. for japanese food, samurai bowl is the default. if we crave for indian food, there’s always kinara. and if we want thai food, we just go to spicy thai dine and take away place. :)

Think Positive

i am pregnant.

i learned this few weeks ago out of curiosity when after i missed my period for few days, i bought packs of pregnancy test kits at the mall and tried them all in the office. positive. to convince myself i am not hallucinating, i took the test again the following morning upon waking up and saw the same result, big fat positive. then i went to the gp to officially confirm the result (because husband is only 99.9% convinced) and there, i was greeted with my first ‘congratulations’. it’s only been 6 weeks and so far, only a very few knows about my pregnancy – our families, couple of people at work (because i’ve been feeling sick for some days) and you. yeah, we haven’t made formal announcements yet because i want to see the scans first and hear the baby’s heart beat before fully celebrating. not that i’m being negative, it’s just that it’s kind of hard to announce then suddenly you may have to retract it if things did not go as planned (keeping my fingers crossed).

we’ve been trying for a couple of months and the first time i got delayed and only to find out that i had the period the following day, i have to admit that i felt sad for a while. that day on, i told myself not to expect and things will come at the right time. the sadness did not prolong because i always keep in my heart that god’s timing is always perfect based on my personal experience. he never failed me on this.

what a perfect surprise for my upcoming 30th birthday. :) i was telling my husband before that if by july comes and i’m still not pregnant, i will skydive again to mark my big 3-0. of course, you gotta enjoy life while you’re still in the calendar. haha! but i guess the lord has other plans and i have to take care of myself more now and forget about my carefree life.

i am praying and wishing for a very safe pregnancy and healthy baby. i am anxious and excited at the same time. i’m still waiting for my 1st ultrasound in the next couple of weeks because by then, baby will be very visible. i honestly do not know what’s going on inside my body and it makes me paranoid at times. is the baby growing? is it forming properly, etc? but there’s nothing much i can do except eat healthy, rest and relax. god’s will is god’s will, period! so far, morning sickness is not too bad. i’m feeling well most days and nausea/vomit only happened thrice. i stopped eating sushi (huhu) which is the major thing i have to quit for now.

so, i won’t be flooding social media with my pregnancy stories. perhaps, i will post occasional updates but the rest of my pregnancy stories will mostly be documented here. :) i seem to be slowly gaining weight now and i just wish that i won’t get too hippo to the point of not controlling the weight anymore!

that’s all for now. i now miss baking. see, pregnancy comes with constant tiredness and laziness thus the absence of posts.  hehe! but don’t worry, i’ll be back soon. i’m so thankful to husband because aside from helping me with the household chores, he often brings me more food! hehehe! *evil laugh*

to my friends reading this, please kindly include me, tiny baby and husband in your prayers (and let’s keep this tiny secret for now). :)

think positive!

think positive!

Fat Witch Brownies

because i’m happy, motivated (*cough-ahem-cough*) and not to mention that we already run out of snacks, i bake some fresh fat witch brownies from the fat witch bakery cookbook.

fat witch brownies cookbook

fat witch brownies cookbook

here are the ingredients:

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unbleached flour
  • pinch of salt
butter, chocolate chips, sugar. eggs, vanilla extract, flour and salt

butter, chocolate chips, sugar. eggs, vanilla extract, flour and salt

steps:

  • grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with butter. dust with flour and tap the excess and preheat oven to 180 C.
grease with butter and dust with flour

grease with butter and dust with flour

  • melt butter and chocolate in a small pan in low heat, stirring frequently. once melted, set aside to cool.
melt butter and chocolate together

melt butter and chocolate together

set aside to cool

set aside to cool

  • cream the sugar, eggs and vanilla together.
cream sugar, butter and vanilla

cream sugar, butter and vanilla

  • add the chocolate mixture to the sugar mixture and mix until well blended.
  • sift the flour and salt and put them into the chocolate mixture. mix the batter gently with hand until well combined and free of lumps.
  • you can add extras like nuts at this point.
  • spread batter evenly in the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
spread evenly in the pan

spread evenly in the pan

  • remove from oven and cool on a rack for 1 hour. >> it may appear broken and toasted from outside but it’s chewy and yummy inside. this is actually my favorite among the brownie recipes.
  • cut into slices before serving.
cut into slices

cut into slices

  • enjoy!
boom relax!

boom relax!

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