Today's Forecast: Hot, Humid, & Pregnant

Living in Hawai'i, we only really experience two seasons: summer and winter.  Sunny, high 80s summer.  Cool, rainy winters.  Since we're transitioning from winter to summer... our weather tends to be a bit "bi-polar".  A few days ago it was pouring rain, then it was HOT and gross.  Since baby is expected to be born in late August, a lot of people keep telling me "you poor thing... you have a summer pregnancy".  The first few months have been really nice, the weather was nice and breezy and cool.  This past week though... ugh... so. hot.  There was one day that I was just laying on the bed with all the windows open and I kept telling Thomas, "Babe... It's soo hot..."

Last night, was another one of those hot and humid times.  The southern part of Kaua'i was experiencing thunder storms and here on O'ahu you could just feel the moisture hanging in the air.  I woke up around 3 in the morning... I normally hug either my body pillow or T.  When I woke up, my body pillow was on the ground (I had kicked it off the bed sometime in the middle of the night) and I found myself avoiding T's touch.  Even though we had the windows open, there wasn't a single breeze to be felt.  I laid in bed for what felt like forever... I was so uncomfortable.  You see, I also have eczema... throughout this pregnancy I've been able to keep it under control, but pregnant or not, heat (especially humidity) really starts to make me itch.  I finally decided to sleep at the other end of the bed, with my head to T's feet and my feet to his head.  Luckily, (but not until after 4) was I finally able to doze back to sleep.  If this is what summer's going to feel like, we were really going to have to get a better fan or something.

So, this brings me to my question... for you ladies who have been pregnant during the summer... what did/do you use to escape the summer heat?

A hui hou!


Big Moment for Daddy-to-be

For the past week or so I've been trying to see if I could feel baby kick when I place my hand on my belly. Finally, yesterday afternoon it felt as though baby was finally strong enough to kick not just mommy, but any hand eagerly waiting on mommy's belly. I immediately texted Thomas telling him that he might finally be able to feel baby's little kicks and jabs.

When T finally got home from work we were both laying in bed relaxing and talking. He was on the laptop and I was crocheting. When I would feel baby move I would stop and lay still... When it seemed that baby was going to pretty active I grabbed T's hand and placed it on my belly. Sadly, baby stopped moving (just our luck). T seemed a bit sad but I told him he would just have to be patient. When I felt baby moving again I quickly grabbed T's hand, "Did you feel that?!" I asked.

"That was baby?! Not!..." I took my hand off of T's and instructed him to leave it there and to push a little. We laid there for another minute or so when I felt another jab. I quickly looked over at Thomas... The smile on his face was absolutely priceless.

"I felt it!" He quickly moved closer to me and hugged me.

This Wednesday we make 22 weeks... I'm so glad T was finally able to feel our baby move. The look on his face was exactly the same as the first time we heard our baby's heartbeat: pure love and joy. He's going to make such a great daddy...

A hui hou!


Time Is Flying By...

It's been a while since I've last posted anything on here... and boy has a lot happened!  My last post was back in 2011!  Now it's 2013...

Some very important things have changed in our lives... the biggest of which is that we were happily married on March 1 of this year!  Now, every girl has always had their perfect wedding planned out from when they were 9 years old... and I have to admit, I, too, had a fantasy wedding that I thought I would always want to have.  But honestly... we pulled together a beautiful, small, and intimate wedding that was just absolutely perfect.  Both of us have pretty big families (I have a lot of siblings, all of whom have children, one even a grandchild!) and T has a huge extended family.  Being that this wedding was planned in about a month (with a LOT of thanks to my mom, Thomas' brother, my siblings, my grandma...) , T and I decided to have a very small and intimate wedding with just our closest family and a handful of friends.  We got married at my high school chapel, St. Alban's in Honolulu.  It's a small, open chapel with koa furnishings. We had the wedding in the afternoon so there was a nice afternoon breeze blowing through.  We had no more than 50 guests and the ceremony only lasted maybe half an hour at most.  It was kind of surreal to be back at my high school some 5 years later, with my middle school sweetheart getting married.  A lot of people ask how it feels now to be married... and even though things do feel the same, I personally feel even more connected to Thomas.  I feel, now more than ever, that it is important for us to love and support one another unconditionally.  Not only for the sake of each other, but for our family as well.

Which brings me to our next bit of exciting news!  Thomas and I found out that we would be expecting our first baby back in January.  Our due date is August 28, putting me at about 21 weeks (just over 5 months).  So far, it's been a very nice pregnancy.  I don't get sick, only if my stomach gets to empty, then do I start to feel a bit queasy. I do get tired, but T is very nice to let me have my afternoon naps whenever, and for however long I want.  And I think for the most part I don't have too many mood swings, but you would have to ask T for his honest opinion on that.  I haven't gained too much weight so far, in fact, doctor said I could start gaining a little bit more weight.  Thomas and I try to go walking, especially on our days off, and working in a restaurant business keeps me up and moving for a good 10+ hours a day.  We've had three ultrasounds (one formal one, one quick one, and the first one at our first appointment) and so far everything looks great!  Thomas and I were really hoping to find out if we were going to have a little baby boy or girl, but each time baby is camera shy.  Looks like it'll just have to be a surprise!  I do feel baby moving every day... especially in the afternoon, although they aren't quite strong enough yet for T to feel.  I started feeling baby (at least knowing that what I was feeling was baby) a few weeks ago.  Everyone always asks me if I have any cravings, but honestly, Thomas is so good to me... anytime I feel like eating something in particular we go and eat it.  Although, I still really love my ice cream... and I'm definitely enjoying eating it multiple times a week.

That's pretty much where we're at right now!  So far 2013 has been off to a very interesting, exciting, and blessed new start!  Enjoy a few pictures from our wedding and our baby's first ultrasound!

A hui hou!