I’m So Rumbly in My Tumbly

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My Bump Style at 32 weeks and 5 days

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Fighting Pregnancy Edema. Haha, the struggle is real!

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(DRESS: Garden Ridge/ CARDIGAN: thrifted/ SANDALS: Parisian/ SUNGLASSES: A/X Armani Exchange)

I admire how other pregnant women look so fabulous during their pregnancy, as it is I’m having trouble trying to look fab instead of drab because honestly I would rather  just lounge at home in my big comfortable night gown. I guess that’s a natural thing to feel lazy and sluggish during your pregnancy and the few times I’m out I literally feel like a “walking whale” (must be the hormones). But its little moments like these that I look forward to in my pregnancy, the moving and the kicking assures me that my little one is growing stronger everyday. We can’t wait to hold you Cassie! #spriki

~Rhea

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It’s Good to be Back, Houston

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(CARDIGAN: black /TOP: Merona/ SHORTS: Liz Lange Maternity/ SANDALS: Qupid / NECKLACE: Fossil / SUNGLASSES: Aviators; Kenneth Cole)

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I actually got this outfit as a “Welcome Home” present from the family

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I know, I know my baby bump is big.

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The last few weeks of July and the first few weeks of August were quite chaotic, we literally had a million and one things to worry about. Marco was scheduled to take his Step 1 USMLE around that time and for days I had a very anxious husband. The delay of his US spousal visa didn’t help the situation either, it added to his anxiety and it added to mine. I on the other hand had to finalize my thesis drafts before leaving and I had to communicate with my adviser through email due to my current state. Its never fun for a pregnant woman to be stuck in the middle of Manila traffic, the drive from Alabang to UP Diliman now that school has started is no fun at all.

Being the big worry wart that I am, I still kept telling myself to trust in the Lord because he’s never let me down…EVER, but I’d be lying to myself If I didn’t say that I was starting to get impatient (boy, if you could only hear my dialogues with the Lord). I worried about a lot of things, I worried that Marco’s visa might take longer, I worried about not finishing my thesis (again), I worried about the tickets being so expensive by the time we get his visa, I worried about not being able to fly because I was a little bit over 7 months already, I worried about not being able to handle the long flight, I worried about the results of Marco’s exam… I was just WORRYING big time and so I finally gave it up and I offered it up to him, I mean there’s nothing else that I could do anyway and as soon as I did that things started turning out for the best.

On what we didn’t think was our last week in the Philippines, we got to visit family in Bacolod to celebrate Marco’s niece’s 1st birthday, they also threw me a baby shower and a despedida for me and Marco. We got a text from the embassy saying that his visa was going to be delivered in Manila (its a good thing we had Dolly Ann in Manila to accept it in behalf of Marco), the next day we purchased our tickets to LA so we could see Papi and Javi first before flying to Houston. We got to do a 4D ultrasound and we saw our little one for the first time and we got to visit the dentist. We then flew to Cebu to say goodbye to our grandparents in both sides and got to meet up with some close family and friends and then we flew back to Manila.

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Here’s the 4D of our little angel.

Manila was more hectic than ever, in less than a week we had to visit Marco’s eye doctor to make sure everything’s okay since his corneal transplant, I had to visit Tita Py, my OB-GYN for my final check up and also so she could clear me for the long flight to the US, I had to meet up with my thesis adviser so he could approve my final drafts before binding 3 copies of my thesis, we met up with our families for farewell dinners and we had to PACK (some wedding gifts from last year, all the baby shower gifts and tugons). We ended up with 4 Balikbayan boxes, 1 check-in maleta and 2 carry-on maletas. I’ll probably write about our travel experience in a separate entry and as I sit here in Houston recalling everything we had to go through I still can’t help but be amazed how all of those things happened in a span of 2 weeks (or less), “When it RAINS it does POUR” and once again HE came through for us. We are very grateful and are truly blessed, it’s good to be home Houston.

~Rhea

A Baby Viking Shower

Surprise Dada!

I’m so glad we made it to Bacolod just in time for the surprise baby shower for this fellow soon-to-be-mom—see the baby viking details below. (they’re so cute!)

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Can’t wait to meet your little bundle of joy, Hans and Dada.

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The baby viking cake. Awwww..

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Adorable mini cupcakes

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Pastel colored viking cookies

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Cupcakes and Chocolate covered marshmallows inspired by How To Train Your Dragon

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How cute are these baby viking and baby dragon cake pops

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Pia’s cake was lemon goodness!

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Last Minute DIY Baby Wishes

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Thumu-THOR…haha

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Opening of gifts

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Everyone at the baby shower. 🙂

~Rhea

A Pastel Baby Shower

A few hours after Eva’s 1st Birthday, we headed home. My in-laws were throwing us a baby shower/ going away party (despedida) and the mini-reunion pretty much continued in the comforts of our own home. As if the goodies earlier weren’t more than enough, they had a whole new set of cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and a personalized cake just for Spriki, I mean Cassie. 😀 Thanks mami for coming up with this get together and thanks Pauline for organizing this whole thing!

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The cute little pastel invitation for the baby shower

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Spriki’s little corner. Thanks Angel for putting up the party pom poms! 😀

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Baby Pastel Goodies

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The “Spriki” blocks just made this cake cuter than ever. I love this so much Pauline, thanks!

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These cake pops remind me of baby blocks and baby rattles

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Personalized Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizer were the giveaways for the baby shower. I still can’t get over the “Spriki”, haha. Aren’t these handy?

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Let the games begin. 🙂

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Even the yarn they used for the game was pastel 🙂

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Guess the Girth Game

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Sophia making her guess. Hahaha…

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Match the Baby Socks Game

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George preparing the lechon yumminess

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Thanks for all the presents ladies

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And most importantly thanks for your presence

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On one last note, balancing a cupcake on your belly is a talent. Haha.

~Rhea

Eva’s Ice Cream Party

This little baby decided to spend her 1st birthday here in the Philippines (Bacolod to be specific) and coincidentally Marco and I were really planning to be there around that time. It was quite a family affair, a mini reunion if I must say. Here are a few snippets from her Mint/ Baby Pink Themed Ice Cream Party. DROOL.

The Venue Set up (thanks Nans for the photo)

The Birthday Girl and her family— Tito Tommy, Rachel, Sophia and Eva

“All you need is Ice Cream”

Cute little frames with Eva’s photos as center pieces

The 2 “Pilars” hosting the event once more

“Make your own ice cream” stand

…And here’s Sophia showing off her creation

w/ Abu Viol this time around

I love this candid photo of Abu, Ninang Ito and Cali

The “Babies” Table. As you can see they’re busy coloring. 😀

Just had to take a photo.

Not only was this good, it was also in theme. Haha, Thanks Pia!

The mommy and the birthday girl

We had nowhere to hang the patin…

Improvisation. The key is to have two tall guys hold up the pabitin for the kids, Hans and Nacho to the rescue.

Scurrying for candies, chocolates, coins and such

Standing (or should I say sitting) still in the chaos

Favorite tita Pica? Need I say more.

Handing out the give aways

Btw, thanks to Mariana Lopa and Angel Lopa for some of the photos! I can’t seem to figure out where I saved my shots on the details of the party including the delectable invite. I’ll update this post once I get a hold of ’em. Enjoy!

~Rhea