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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Gifts from Taiwan

What I really love about going to Taiwan is catching up with family about what's going on their lives.  It's so interesting to see my cousins all grown up and reminisce about how we used to do things or play games when we were younger.  It's so different to see them all grown up now when I always remember everyone as kids.

Anyways, while we were in Taiwan, I got a couple of gifts from my brother's girlfriend and her sister.

These are some handmade soaps that my brother's girlfriend's sister made.  The soap on the bottom is a hair soap.  I want to use them but I want to save them for as long as possible too. 

This is a Lunasol starter set my brother's girlfriend gave me for our Engagement Ceremony last year.  I love that the eyeshadow palette is so neutral and can create effortless looks.  The only shade that makes me a little uncomfortable is the lightest shade in the top left corner.  I personally think it's a glitter bomb and I'm not sure how to wear it.

The lip gloss is super moisturizing and not very sticky.  It looks really pink in the tube but it actually wears a little bit more sheer.

The cream cheeks is a little intimidating for me to use but it's only because I haven't had enough experience using it.  I think the color comes off more like a bronzed peachy pink.  

 I'm really thankful to have received these gifts from my brother's girlfriend.  I'm so happy!!


Monday, July 15, 2013

22 Weeks!

Ahh!  There's some light reflection on the picture, but you can still make it out.  I'm so in love with our baby and I can't wait for Delivery Day!  I can't wait to see my husband become a father.  He thinks he's not going to know what to do, but I think he's going to be a great father.

I'm at this stage where I should be feeling the baby move.  For the past few weeks, about a month now, I've been having an extreme case of gas.  I can feel gas bubbles in my abdominal area.  Sometimes I can't contain it and have to let some go, sometimes nothing comes out at all.  I think those are the times it's actually the baby and not gas.  Pregnancy websites say that I'll know when it's the baby, but do I really?

Pregnancy is both a joy and chore, for me.  I think every woman views it differently and when it's all said and done, nothing will ever outshine the miracle of nurturing a baby inside you for 9 months then giving birth.

Every day, I'm grateful for:
  • The little gas bubbles I confuse for my baby.  In the off-chance it's the baby, then I know it's healthy and kicking around.
  • My loving and supportive husband, who can't be pregnant with me, but wants to know as much as possible what I'm going through and what I've learned.
  • My extended family who are excited to see their first grand child and who offer their love and support in different ways.
  • Frozen yogurt and fruit from Yogurtland, or Taiwanese shaved ice.  

Every day, I'm hoping for:
  • That moment when I'll definitively know the baby just kicked or punched out and I can have my husband feel them, too!
  • Another ultrasound so we can see and hear the baby in real-time.

Every day, I gripe about:
  • Not being able to sleep comfortably on my tummy because of the baby bump and not being able to sleep on my back for health reasons.  Sleeping on my side makes me feel stiff and old.
  • My achy feet that are swelling and taking my calves with them.

I'm feeling really happy right now.  I really can't wait for D-Day so we can finally meet our little baby!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Planning Ahead Part 1

I got a call about 30 minutes after my husband dropped me off at work this morning.  "Odd," I thought.  He usually never calls me to let me know he's made it to work.  I picked up the phone and the first words I hear are, "I've been in an accident."

A lot of things happened between that sentence and these next thoughts, but I'd really just like a moment to say I'm so glad and thankful that my husband is all right - he's bruised up but he's alive!

I was thinking that in any one instant our inevitable future could come and get us, either sooner or later.  We need to be prepared for that future especially with a baby on the way.  I don't really know where to start, except that the general direction involves estate and financial planning, knowing our assets, liabilities, and debt, and making sure that in the event something happens to one of us, the other and our child(ren) are covered.

We're going on a trip to Taiwan in 2 days, so I don't think there's much we can do in the next 48-72 hours with regards to estate and financial planning.  We'll probably be busy talking with the claims adjustor and our insurance agent about the accident in addition to packing and making sure our cats are taken care of while we're out.  God willing we come back safely, and if we do I fully expect to get the ball rolling on this!

I've never been so scared for my husband's life and safety as I was today and I fully intend to face this fear straight in the face if something should ever happen to him prematurely!