34 Weeks

March 16, 2014 in Our Little Cub

34weeksThis week…

Cub is the size of a… pineapple!  She is about eighteen inches long and weighs around five pounds.  We’re only six weeks away from her due date and her little body is already getting in gear for her big arrival by preparing her lungs for the outside world.  She’s running out of space now, so her movements have gone from sharp kicks and punches to rolls, stretches and wiggles.

My bump is… feeling a little bit beat up.  My belly feels pretty stretched and tender and always seems to be in the way.  I’m definitely a bigger, slower moving version of me, so I’m trying to give myself a break and take it easy for the last few weeks of this crazy journey.

Our favorite thing has been… the INSANE amount of exciting things that have been going on around here!

Last week my best friend Megan threw me a gorgeous Kate Spade inspired shower at Bella Mia Downtown.  The details were absolutely incredible and some of my favorite ladies in the whole wide world showed up to celebrate, including my mom, grandma, sister and mother in law.  I loved the big balloons, headband bar and delicious food.  Cub was completely showered with the cutest, most girlie gifts you can imagine.









While we were having our girl-fest, a friend and I arranged a surprise guy’s day (or “man shower” as they called it) for Jake and some of his most awesome friends.  They showed up at our door step that morning and took him on a day trip down to Firestone Walker in Paso Robles.  They spent the day “sampling” craft beers, eating good food and catching up.  All of the guys had a great trip and it meant so much to Jake to get to celebrate with them.


Later that week I celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday with lunches and dinners with family and friends and a trip to Cream for ice cream cookie sandwiches!  Yum!  Jake’s gift to me was a prenatal massage at Burke Williams which I am saving to use in a few weeks when the schedule slows down a little bit.

This week we were treated to our third and final shower, a delicious brunch at Abby’s Kitchen in Brentwood.  My mother in law and sister in law did an incredible job with a sweet pink and leopard themed soiree.  The food and decor were amazing and my MIL gave a beautiful devotional to me about becoming a mother that made me tear up in front of everyone.  Cub got some more great gifts to finish off her growing collection of completely adorable belongings.








After all that showering, we received her pack and play, stroller, glider, crib, and nearly all of the smaller necessities we need to bring her home.  Yesterday, we went out and bought her car seat.  It’s finally starting to feel like we are prepared to have a real baby in the house, which is good because she’ll be here before we know it!  Her room is really coming together and we can’t wait to share photos soon.

I have been feeling… ready for a change of pace!  Like I mentioned before, things are wrapping up with our busy schedule within the next couple of weeks and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It will feel great to have a few more things off my plate.  I’m focused on everything that has to be done, but I’m starting to put more of a priority on slowing down, enjoying the time we have left and preparing myself emotionally for the big event ahead.  Relaxation is a huge part of what we have been practicing in our birth classes the past few months and I’m excited to use that training to get my mind in the right place before this little girl decides to make her appearance.

I have been craving… sweets and pizza!  I know this baby takes after her dad, because those are his two favorite things, not mine!

We are looking forward to… things slowing down a little bit, making final preparations for Cub’s arrival and our last few weeks just the two (or four) of us.

20 Weeks

December 8, 2013 in Our Little Cub


This week…

We’re half way there and we’re having a girl!

Cub is the size of a… banana!  She’s about six and half inches from the top of her head to the tip of her toes and she weighs about ten and a half ounces.

My bump is… the real deal!  There is no sucking it in these days.  I’m still getting used to the feeling because it is hard to bend at the waist and I’m starting to feel unbalanced, but I’m also extremely proud of my bump since it’s keeping Cub healthy and safe as she grows.

Our favorite thing has been…  there have been so many favorite things in the last two weeks that I really can’t pick just one, so I’ll name a few.

No. 1 – At nineteen weeks, Cub had her big anatomy scan.  It was completely beautiful and humbling for us to see every inch of her miniaturized little body, from the ventricles in her brain, to the four chambers of her heart to her tiny hands and feet.  She measured perfectly and the sonographer assured us that every little part of her anatomy was “textbook”.  We could not have been prouder or felt more blessed as parents.  She wiggled around, waved and sucked her little thumb.  In fact, the only things we didn’t see were her gendered parts.  As hard as it was to close our eyes and not open the envelope when we left, we were so excited to be surprised with our families later that week at Cub’s gender reveal!

No. 2 – On Black Friday both of our families got together for a beautiful Black Tie Gender Reveal for Cub at my grandmother’s house in Southern California.  My mom lovingly planned a completely decadent and over the top soiree instead of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  It was one of the best nights of our lives!  Everyone got dressed up and we had a delicious steak dinner and a big confetti reveal.  My aunt made a beautiful cake and arranged the poppers and balloons, so she was the only one there who knew the sex of the baby.  The best part was having both families there with us when we found out that our Cub is a baby girl!  There was lots of screaming and celebrating.  We could not be more excited for our little girl and we will never forget what a magical night it was!  I wrote a little post about it with a video here and hope to have more photos in a few weeks.

No. 3 – Cub’s movements have been getting stronger, and this week Jake felt her kick for the first time!  It has been so fun getting to feel her moving around several times a day, but sharing that feeling with him was a whole new level of awesome. He is now convinced that she will be a soccer player just like him!

After all that wonderful stuff happening back to back, we have had a hard time wiping the smiles off our faces!  Next comes Christmas with our friends and families and then, in the New Year, it will be all about preparing for our little girl’s arrival!

I have been feeling… happier than ever.  As Cub gets bigger, I’m starting to feel more intense fatigue from things like hard workouts or being on my feet at Ikea all day.  I’m hoping to find a good balance between doing it all and getting the rest we need.

Being completely candid, I am occasionally very fearful about all the things that could happen to Cub.  I remember some of the dark places we struggled through during infertility and our miscarriage and I can’t help but compare them to the joy we feel now.  Of course I don’t want to go back there.  I hear stories every day about mother’s losing their babies from this point all the way until their due dates and beyond.  I know many of them personally and my heart aches for them.  We love this baby so much and can’t imagine losing her.  There is such a temptation there for me to think that things must be too good to be true and that heartbreak is lurking around the corner.  I just try to remember every day to appreciate this beautiful season in our lives and not to take it for granted.  Our God isn’t a cruel one, hiding out or waiting to snatch things away from us.  He is a loving and merciful God who has a plan for each of us.  A plan that is totally unique and better than we could imagine even when it is hard to understand.

I want to be honest about my feelings and that sometimes I find it really difficult not to worry.  My friends with kids assure me that this is a constant struggle of motherhood from here on out!

I have been craving… soul food!  My first real craving just hit this week and I’m constantly thinking about fried chicken, ribs, red beans and rice and corn bread.  I have no idea where it came from since we don’t get soul food very often.  We don’t know many good places around here, but Jake has promised he will take me to a restaurant we found on Yelp this week.  I can’t wait!

We are looking forward to… Christmas!  We’re busy with shopping and planning and all of that fun stuff, but we can’t wait to settle in with our families and celebrate in a couple of weeks.


Gender Reveal

December 2, 2013 in Our Little Cub

This weekend our families put on the ritz with a Black Friday Black Tie Gender Reveal for little Cub.  We could not have been more excited to have our loved ones together or to find out the sex of our little one!  My mom did an incredible job and everyone in the family pitched in.  My aunt was the ONLY one in the family who knew because she sorted out the balloon, confetti poppers and a beautiful homemade cake.  Jake and I were just as surprised and thrilled as everyone else!




We are ecstatic to be welcoming a little girl into the world in April!  She is already so precious and so tough at the same time.  Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!  More photos to come in a couple of weeks.


Photography: Tina Chiou Photography

Balloon & Poppers: The Gender Reveal