Shot at Sulo Hotel, QC.
As with most guys, my hubby is really uncomfortable posing in front of a camera. But after a considerable amount of coaxing, bribing, threatening and (fake) crying (not all at the same time, of course), I had finally convinced M to let me have a maternity shoot. I contacted a few photographers who were referred by some friends on my social networking group but were unsuccessful in pushing through with the booking. So I got in touch with our wedding photographers and asked them if they wanted to do a maternity shoot. Guj (of Redsheep) was an all go and I was happy that I would be able to capture an important part of my and M's life.
Shot at Sulo Hotel, QC.
As mentioned on my birthing story, I had GDM during my pregnancy so my endocrinologist had me taking insulin until I gave birth. When I was still recovering in the hospital, my blood sugar was still checked and I was glad that they seemed to have gone back to normal.
Before I was discharged, the doctor told me that I need not monitor my blood sugar anymore (no more pricking! yay!) nor take in insulin (no more injecting on my legs! double yay!) BUT I had to be wary of my diet and I still had to take the OGTT come 2012 to be sure na di tumuloy sa diabetes ang aking GDM.
So last Saturday, I went to USTH for the test and had to drink again the orange flavored drink (ok sana kasi parang Royal kasi malamig pa yung binigay sakin kaso talagang sobrang tamis). I was a bit nervous while waiting to see the results because I really do not want to be a diagnosed with diabetis. Thankfully, the results came out all NORMAL. Yes! *pump fists* My doctor told me that I just continue my diet (sa totoo lang, di talaga ako nag-diet after ko manganak and I was nibbling on chocolates which were aplenty during the holidays) and just have the OGTT annually to be sure. No problem with me, doc! I'm just happy and thankful to God to know that I'm not diabetic. :)
The past year had been a truly memorable with my pregnancy and the birth of our little gem, Georgette. My journey to motherhood had been somewhat smooth and my work had kept me busy until I had to go on my maternity leave. I'd posted a few blog entries during my early pregnancy but with making sure that I am healthy for our baby, clearing out my desk from work added with pregnancy hormones that made me so "tamad" to face the computer (again) at home had kept me to keeping you up to date with what's happening. So to make up for it, here's my birthing story.
Before I make kwento on my D-Day, I mentioned that my pregnancy was somewhat smooth. I never got sick even if my colleagues who are seated in the cubicles next to me have all been contacting colds and cough. I was energetic and was religiously having my "walking exercise" at the mall near our office during my lunch break. But during my 3rd trimester, I was diagnosed with GDM or gestational diabetes.
I am not one to have a sweet tooth and I could easily say no to desserts but my carb intake (I was eating a cup of rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes even as afternoon snack) made my blood sugar shoot up. I was at first advised to revise my diet and monitor my blood sugar. But the numbers were still fluctuating so my endocrinologist had me take insulin for the rest of my pregnancy. It wasn't such a big deal for me but it was a bit of a hassle bringing the insulin pen with me especially when I had to eat out. I got through it though :)
I'm posting here some more of my dabbles in the kitchen. These are just a couple of dishes that I've served at home.
First up are the dinaing na bangus that my mom made me take home when we visited Bulacan. These were given to me still raw but already seasoned so I stored it in the fridge and just took it out when we run out of food to eat. He he. I prepared this when it had been raining hard here in Manila. I'd fried the bangus, chopped some ripe tomatoes that had been in the ref for some time already as edible "garnish" :P Paired this with some salted eggs and a spicy vinegar dip - Yum! Bring on the rice and kamayan na! :)
Myke and I had got to see our baby girl today. We dropped by In My Womb in Glorietta during our lunch break so we could have a first look of our baby :)
She was just beautiful. Our baby is in a transverse position and we couldn't see her face during the initial probe. But after having lunch, she was just cooperative. She was smiling and twisiting her wrists. So cute! There was even an instance that she opened her eyes briefly :) We were given the b&w photos for now and we are hoping that the colored pictures and videos would be better.
Just a little rant though on IMW. I had initially set a 4D ultrasound schedule for last Wednesday. They got my mobile number to inform me in case there would be scheduling problems. But they apparently got a digit of my cellphone number wrong so I didn't get their text blast last Wednesday morning that we have to be re-scheduled. We had then set the appointment for today at 12nn for the ultrasound. Myke and I spent the rest of Wednesday afternoon window shopping for playpens.
But today, the doctor was late! Instead of 12nn, we only started the session at 12:30pm :( During the initial check, our baby was in a transverse position with her hands and feet covering her face so the doctor couldn't get a good view of her face. We were asked to have some lunch first and then come back to see if the baby will cooperate. When we came back, the attendant was gesturing for us to hurry up as if saying na bilisan namin pumasok sa room :( Sana di naman ganon. It wasn't our fault that the doc came in late so they have to adjust the time of those who had their apointments after us.
Anyway, we were still happy especially with the experience of seeing our baby girl in video. Myke and I are excited to see her in November! :)
During my lunch break, I get to the habit of going to the nearby mall – whether Greenbelt, Landmark or Glorietta. But I don’t always shop (otherwise, I’ll be broke). I browse among the items and mostly just window shop. Landmark Makati though is having its month-long sale this August and the marked down items are really tempting. On one of my lunchtime forays, I happen to chance upon this blouse from Nafnaf. I ♥ the print and the silky-soft material. Can you guess how much was it?
It was only Php100! I had to confirm with the sales clerk if it was indeed only a hundred bucks. He he. But it was such a steal so I had to buy it.
Don’t you just love going to sales and stumbling into something that you’d think is a good find? :)
They say sometimes we have to be in touch with the inner child in us so we could appreciate the little things in life. Paano naman kung bumalik ka sa pagkabata? He he he.
I don't know if hubby would kill me for posting this but I can't help sharing his kakulitan. :P We were waiting for the scheduled screening of Transformers 3 at Greenbelt and Myke decided to kill the time by playing a missile game on his phone. One would think that the he could have settled for the built-in game sounds but no, he had to make his own "special effects" (?!).
Whenever I play this clip on my phone, it always reminds me of the sound cats made when they're in heat. Ha ha!
Hope this brings a smile on your face. To my Bibi, I love you! Peace! xoxo
Trying out the versatility of Eden's Miso skirt :) Accessories are from AX Avenue.
That's me with my baby bump at 23 weeks!
I'm happy that I've graduated from the first trimester of my pregnancy so I feel less nauseous and am now a bit more energetic. That is why I haven't been much active in blogging this past months. I'm not complaining though. Despite the challenges physically, Myke and I are both excited and eager in anticipation for our baby :)
So expect that for my entries, you'll read about our baby's development and day-today living of soon-to-be parents :) My Style Diaries might feature more of maternity fashion. But it's still the same me that you'll read about and I hope that you'd still check my site for updates.
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