Sunday, November 27, 2011

25 Weeks

Different background because we are now in a new house! Still a bit messy.
Size of baby: 13.5 inches long and 2 lbs... about the size of an eggplant!

Symptoms: heartburn, backaches

Fetal Movement: Still lots of kicking... and they're getting harder. Love it! 

Cravings: Chips!

Aversions: Sprite & Lemon-lime drinks

Best moment this week: Feeding my baby a delicious Thanksgiving dinner made by me & the hubby. 

What I Look Forward To: Getting finals over with so I can finally relax for a bit! 2 more weeks...

Other Interesting Things About This Week: My baby is now considered viable! About 90% of babies born at this stage in development will survive. This is pretty awesome news.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today I am thankful for:
1) My hubby being home- It's the first year in a few years that we've been able to spend Thanksgiving together. 
2) Having a perfect baby girl growing in my belly. Every little kick and turn I feel in my tummy is truly a blessing. 
3) Having such wonderful family & friends, even though I live so far away from them. I can't wait to see (most of) them in three weeks. 

I can go on for ages, but anything besides that is just icing on the cake. I really couldn't ask for anything more. (although the Cowboys win was extra-sweet icing)

How we spent our Thanksgiving:
D taking the bird outta the oven. 
Slop pic. 
Our fellow Texas turned Hawaii friend Nick Brewer about to chow down!
Tried to hide the food in my mouth! Hah!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I'm so stoked the holiday season has begun. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

24 Weeks

Size of baby: 12 inches and over 1.5 lbs... about the size of a footlong and the weight of four juice boxes.

Symptoms: HEART BURN CITY! simply terrible. 

Bellybutton: Hasn't changed much in the last couple of weeks. Still really shallow. 

Fetal Movement: Baby Eva is bouncing around a whole lot! I love watching and feeling her kick me. 

Cravings: Frito Pie

Best Moment this Week: Parking in the pregnant-over-six-months parking space at the commissary!

What I Look Forward To: OB Checkup this week! I get to hear my baby's heart beating again. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Look who made an appearance on the homepage of my law school's website- it's baby Eva and me! lol

Sunday, November 13, 2011

23 Weeks

Excuse the morning mullet. 

Size of baby: 11.5 inches and 1.5 lbs... about the size of a Papaya.

Symptoms: Not many this week. Just backaches. 

Bellybutton: On its way out.

Sleep: Alright... I've had dreams about surfing almost every night this week. 

Fetal Movement: Kicking like crazy!!! I can actually SEE baby Eva's kicks from the outside of my stomach. The other day her daddy was reading her a story and she was kicking up a storm. I guess she was excited by his voice. Same thing last night when we were at a party watching the fight. There were all sorts of exciting sounds and she was dancing away.   

Cravings: Hmm... nothing, new really. 

Aversions: Cigarette smoke. The smell hasn't bothered me as much as I would think it would throughout this pregnancy, but last night at the party (which was outside where it was windy) the smell was really bothering me. 

Best Moment this Week: Definitely watching my stomach move up and down where Eva was kicking it so hard. So amazing.  

What I Look Forward To: One more month until I'm finished with this semester and back in Texas visiting my family!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Marines!

Today is the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps. Last night Daniel's battalion had an annual Birthday Ball to celebrate. It's only the third one I've been to since we've been together (over 6 years now) because of D's deployments. It was a lot of fun, but I was a bit bummed I couldn't take advantage of the open bar. And oh my Lord, does my baby belly look HUGE in that dress! It's crazy how big I look in some things but not others. It was really the only dress I could find that looked decent on me. Anyway, I would just like to take a moment to thank my amazing hubby and his fellow Marines for all that they do. Happy Birthday Marines!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

22 Weeks

Size of baby: 11 inches and 1 pound (about the size of a spaghetti squash).

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, backaches

Bellybutton: Wide and shallow... I think it's going to be an outie soon!

Fetal Movement: Lots and lots of movement! I love it. She's been kicking me really hard, once it even woke me up from my sleep. D puts his hand on my belly every night and feels her kicking before he goes to bed. 

Cravings: Hmm... I can't think of any this week. 

Best Moment this Week: Welp! We signed the lease on a house in town. We're officially going to be "townies." We scored a 3 bedroom single family house for about $700/month less than we're paying now for our 3 bedroom townhouse. It's  a lot older and a little smaller but it has a huge backyard and I'm really excited about it. I'm happy I won't have to spend a couple of hours driving every day when I'm big & when the baby gets here. The traffic isn't bad going in the opposite direction (to the East Side) so D will be able to get to and from work much faster than I've been getting to school. I'm going to miss the East Side (my favorite part of this island) but it'll be worth it. 

What I Look Forward To: Moving into our new house & getting started on decorating everything, especially the nursery!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dia de los Muertos

Today is my favorite holiday, Dia de los Muertos. It is a Mexican holiday that we have always celebrated back home in South Texas, though it has recently become more popular throughout the United States. Supposedly it's a mixture of an Aztec celebration of the dead and the Catholic celebration of All Souls Day. On this day we remember and celebrate our ancestors and friends who have died. In elementary school we would eat little skulls made of sugar and a special bread called "Pan de Muertos" while we colored pictures of skeletons and skulls. It's not really meant to be a dark, scary day like Halloween, it is simply a celebration of death and life and how they are intimately connected. Some families visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and leave "ofrendas" or offerings, such as the deceased favorite foods or toys. They tell stories about their loved ones and it is believed that they are present on this day. It is also customary to make a little altar in your house with pictures of your loved ones and trinkets that represent them. Since we are in the process of packing up our house for our move right now, I couldn't do that this year, but I thought I'd make a blog version to honor my ancestors who have died.

Dad's Side

 I'll start with the only two I remember, Papo and his mother.
I have information about some of the others that I'll share too.
Papo died when I was four so I don't have too many memories of him, but I do have a few. I remember he always wore scrubs and gave me popsicles when I went to his house. If I remember correctly, his favorite flavor was orange. Papo was a County Judge who was much loved by the people in our community. People always tell me about him and how they miss him. I wish I could have known him longer.

I remember my great-grandmother a little better because she didn't pass until I was 11. She lived in a house behind our ranch house and I used to visit her a lot. She always had a telenovela (Mexican soap opera) on and spoke to me only in Spanish. There were two things I loved going to her house for: Vanilla Ice Cream and Scrambled Eggs. She always had them and I loved them. 
The next picture is of Eufemia Champion, the daughter of Joseph Campioni who came to Texas from Italy and was part of one of the founding families of Port Isabel. There is a blurb about the Champions after the picture, taken from the Champion Museum in Port Isabel.
The next picture is of the patriarch of the Orives, known as "Papa Praxedis." He was born in Cadereyta, N.L., Mex., in 1812. His father was a Basque who came to Mexico in 1780 from Bilbao, Spain. Praxedis was a Free-Mason.
Benigna Trevino received the Palmito Ranch, site of the last battle of the Civil War. She was the daughter of Ignacio Trevino, a civil engineer of the early 1800's


Mom's Side

 Frederick joined the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in 1914 and he retired in  1945 He achieved major success in his life, rising from Bandboy to RQMS (highest Non commissioned rank) and then being commissioned in 1940. He retired in 1945 as a Captain, after 31 years and two wars.
It's crazy to think I wouldn't be here if it weren't for every single one of these people. Neither would the little baby growing in my belly. This is why I'm so interested in learning about my family tree. There is a little piece of each one of these people in me & my baby. In a way they live forever.


Dear Baby Eva,

In today's birthday series I will introduce you to your uncle and my youngest brother, Diego.  Diego was born on November 2, 1994 (Dia de los Muertos) in Brownsville, TX.  I was only 7 but I remember when he was born quite well.  I remember going to the hospital and seeing his tiny body.  I loved him so much.  Even though I had my own bedroom I wanted to sleep in the same room as him.  Here is a picture of your beautiful grandmother when she was pregnant with him:

Diego grew up to be the cutest kid ever.  I used to boss him around a lot and make him play "school" with me.  Our mom bought activity and learning books and I used to teach him things like the alphabet and numbers.  We had a lot of fun.

Sometimes Diego's birthday parties would fall on Halloween so he would have costume parties a lot. Here is a picture of him at one of his birthdays at Peter Piper Pizza:

Even though Diego is my little brother and he used to annoy me sometimes (you'll know what I mean since you are going to be the oldest), we were (and are) pretty good friends.  As you can tell from his t-shirt, Diego was obsessed with dinosaurs when he was a kid.  He knew all the names of them and random facts about them.  It was so cute now that I think about it. 


Now Diego loves baseball.  He eats, sleeps, and breaths it.  He's really good at it too.  He made the Varsity team his freshman year and he always makes the local "All Stars" team. 

Here is a picture of your grandmother, me, & Diego during one of my visits to Texas in 2008.  He's going through this "Justin Bieber" haircut stage I always tease him about. 

And here is a picture of the last time I saw Diego.  He and your grandmother came and visited me in Hawaii during their last week of Summer Vacation. I was about 10 weeks pregnant with you. :-) That picture was taken on a hike we went on to a waterfall called Manuawili Falls. 

Baby Eva, I hope you have a little brother or two to boss around and tease like I did when I was a kid. ;-)  Haha. Diego is so excited to be an uncle.  He'll be a cool one, as I know your other uncles will be too.  I can't wait for you to meet him!

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