Year One Under Our Belt!

Can you believe it? It’s been one year (and almost a month) since we got married! Where did the time go? I swear it feels like yesterday we were dancing to our first dance song under a cloudless sky in front of our family and friends.

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We have made it through our first year of marriage! It’s been one fruitful year to say the least. Since our wedding on May 31, 2014, we jointly purchased our first car; moved from Baltimore city to suburbs; went on our amazing honeymoon to Italy; got pregnant with our first child; Steve got a new job; and we relocated to North Carolina! With everything that has happened in our first year of marriage, I can honestly say we are truly happy with where we are as an individual, as a couple and as a family. Despite all the changes in our lives, our first year of marriage was a smooth ride! We soaked in our married life and enjoyed each other’s company still feeling surreal that we are actually married, and let alone have a baby on the way! I’m so thankful to have a life partner to share this amazing journey for eternity and cannot wait to see what year two has in store for us. It’ll be a whole different ball game, but I’m confident that year two will be just as exciting as year one!!

2015

2015

To my better half, some people search their entire lives for their soul mate, and I’m so grateful to have found mine already. Since day one, you have motivated me to be my very best. I stand here today as a better person than I was 7 years ago all thanks to you. You have been my rock, the strongest supporter in everything I do, and I can’t express in words how appreciative I am of you. This past year was one of the most amazing years of my life, and I love you even more than I did yesterday. We can only go up from here! Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you ❤

-m

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Our Jelly Belly is a…

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GIRL!!!!!

The suspense is O-V-E-R, we are having a little princess!!! Steve and I are beyond ecstatic for this news. We couldn’t sleep the night before our anatomy scan because we were too anxious to find out what we were having. After patiently waiting for the ultrasound tech to check different parts of Jelly Belly (everything looked great and she is healthy!), she finally got a clear shot of her private part and confirmed that we are having a girl. I gotta be honest, as soon as she said, “it’s a girl!”, I choked then turned to Steve to say, “we are having a GIRL!!” I could tell he was overjoyed with a huge grin on his face. He’s been hoping for a girl, so you can imagine how happy and excited he was to find out he will have a little daddy’s girl. I swear, she is going to suck all the love out of him 😉 I did tell him that he CANNOT forget about his FIRST girl, ME! LOL. But look at this happiest daddy in the world!

May 18, 2015 @ Emma's anatomy scan.

May 18, 2015 @ Emma’s anatomy scan.

Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to our little girl, Emma!

Jun 1, 2015 - Emma @ 22 weeks and 2 days

Jun 1, 2015 – Emma @ 22 weeks and 2 days

Mommy and Daddy cannot wait to meet you in person Emma! Stay strong and healthy in there, we love you so so much! ❤

-m

PS: Old wives tales of gender prediction came true 😉

Pregnancy Update: 18 – 21 Weeks

With moving and all, we didn’t get to take bump pictures for the past month! But I did squeeze in some selfies 😉

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18 Weeks

Baby’s size: Sweet Potato

Baby’s movement: Oh my, so much movement! Especially when I eat breakfast in the morning, I think Jelly Belly is having a dance party, moving nonstop for the entire morning! I can now identify the baby’s movements, it’s unreal!

Total weight gain: 11 lbs!

Pregnancy symptoms: Not much except I have some hip pain on my left hip.

Food love: Korean sweet potatoes! And bagels again 😉

Food hate: Nothing in particular.

Sleep: Sleeping on my side is trucking along! I would flip over to my back in the middle of the night, but Steve ends up turning me to my side. Generally, sleep has been fine.

Currently living in: Still my regular wardrobe!

3 pros of this week: [1] Finally got my lazy butt off the couch and started working out again after one month hiatus. [2] Exploring possible new location for our family. [3] Playing with Steve’s coworker’s baby – practice! 😉

3 cons of this week: Not much this week!

Looking forward to: Checking out some new places this weekend!

19 Weeks

Baby’s size: Mango

Baby’s movement: A lot! Especially in the morning when I eat breakfast 🙂

Total weight gain: 13 lbs! This mama is getting big!

Pregnancy symptoms: Occasional headaches.

Food love: Korean dumplings!! Obsessed. Fruits as always, and just started getting into orange juice and string cheese!!

Food hate: Nothing in particular.

Sleep: Okay, but I’ve been waking up before my alarm goes off in the morning.. annoying.

Currently living in: Still my regular wardrobe!

3 pros of this week: [1] Celebrating my very first Mother’s Day. [2] Steve cooking me breakfast for being a mom-to-be. [3] Another good news for Steve – getting those job offers from left and right 😉

3 cons of this week: [1] Sleeping alone for a night this week. [2] Waiting game anxiety. [3] Being strap for time!

Looking forward to: Finding out the sex of our Jelly Belly next week!!!!!!!!

20 Weeks

May 19, 2015 - Jelly Belly @ 20 weeks anatomy scan.

May 19, 2015 – Jelly Belly @ 20 weeks anatomy scan.

Baby’s size: Banana

Baby’s movement: I swear Jelly Belly holds jam sessions all the time!

Total weight gain: 13 lbs

Pregnancy symptoms: Waking up to pee at night. Oh.My.Lord. It’s a problem. And, my girls, ta-tas are growing! I’m definitely not complaining, but I’m going to have to purchase new bras soon.

Food love: Nothing really new! But I really, I mean, REALLY crave drinking a cold beer. I think it’s the heat, but man..

Food hate: Nothing in particular.

Sleep: I woke up with pain in my abdomen area and realized it’s because I flipped over on my back.. It’s starting, I can’t sleep on my back anymore 😦

Currently living in: Still my regular wardrobe!

3 pros of this week: [1] Spending all day Sunday with my parents and eating delicious home cooked meal made by my mommy 🙂 [2] Moving to NC! [3] Finding out Jelly Belly’s sex!

3 cons of this week: [1] Feeling so strapped for time! [2] Dentist appointment – I hate going to the dentist. [3] Not knowing what to wear for a wedding next weekend.

Looking forward to: Our Chicago visit next week!

21 Weeks

Baby’s size: Pomegranate

Baby’s movement: Jelly Belly loves sweets, goes crazy whenever I eat/drink anything sweet.

Total weight gain: 15-16 lbs! This mama is getting huge!

Pregnancy symptoms: Other than feeling some hip pains on my left hip and occasional round ligament pains, I’m feeling pretty great lately. Oh! I noticed the linea nigra (line that forms on your belly when pregnant) this week. It’s faint, but definitely there.

Food love: Nothing in particular.

Food hate: Nothing in particular.

Sleep: I’m averaging around 5-7 hrs of sleep per night.

Currently living in: Still my regular wardrobe!

3 pros of this week: [1] Being in Chicago and seeing my Chicago family and friends! [2] Jelly Belly finally meeting Chicago family and friends for the first time. [3] Steve feeling Jelly Belly for the first time this week! I was laying down on the bed, and Jelly Belly started moving, and I could see my belly move with the movements (my first time seeing my belly move), so I yelled for Steve immediately. He’s been patiently waiting to feel the baby, and Jelly Belly is now big enough for him to feel and see the movements! The look on his face was priceless! My sister also felt Jelly Belly move for the first time! She freaked out and didn’t know what to do, but it was the cutest thing!

3 cons of this week: [1] Not being able to see all of my friends in Chicago. [2] Feeling like a whale… [3] Not getting a good night sleep! 😦

Looking forward to: Our one year anniversary! Can’t believe it’s been a year already since we got married! ❤

-m