Say Hello to Vera

Pregnancy was an adventure, an emotional roller coaster with lots of cravings for chocolate milkshakes. For almost 10 months, my body slowly started to change and grow. By 6 months I finally had a cute belly bump and the last trimester felt so short, within one day I went from a prego chick into a new mama. No one tells you how weird recovery is, or how awkward breast feeding can be…OR how everyone in your delivery room will see you naked!!

Labor didn’t take long, in under an hour I had my very own squishy purple baby plopped onto my chest. I was so lucky my delivery nurse and husband were so supportive and coached me the whole way. Thanks to epidural I didn’t feel anything during the labor. The aftermath, the recovery was another story. Wowza!!! I won’t go into details but this whole new life event has made me appreciate my mom more.

We named her Vera, my maiden name. Dad only had 3 daughters and no sons to continue our last name. Our family name always meant alot to me, since I got married and changed to my husband’s name I did feel a little identity crisis, this really seemed perfect to name her Vera.

Here is my last prego picture at 40 weeks. My mom made Vera a baby wreath with her nursery theme: Totoro!

last prego pic My mom made this baby wreath for Vera.

I’m learning how to take care of this little strange human. My husband is back at work and my mom should be coming back this weekend, leaving me alone with the baby during the day. She sleeps for only a few hours at a time and then wakes up for food. She sleeps more during the day – she is a little vampire and is more active at night. My poor husband is lacking sleep! But she is funny, she giggles alot and gives this cute gummy smile when she is boobie milk drunk.

I love her gummy smile sleeping pose

She is changing and growing so fast! Almost at 3 weeks old and I notice new things about her daily!! I finally got a chance to update on here…she is now crying. Time for a diaper change!

Meeting the baby tomorrow

Its May 19th, I’m home listening to the thunder. Sounds like there is going to be a storm – the perfect day to spend my last moments with my baby in my tummy.

I will be 40 weeks tomorrow and the doctor is a little worried that she is growing so much. So, looks like I am going to be induced tomorrow morning. Going to bed tonight is going to be difficult. Scared, nervous, excited just too many emotions running through my head. I’ve had some small contractions for the last couple of weeks and if that us any indication for the pain I will be having tomorrow….then wowza. I am seriously a wimp, and have low pain tolerance.

I know women have been having babies since the dawn of time but I just never thought this day will come. The only thing keeping me positive is that I will meet our daughter soon. That by the end of this weekend – all the stretch marks, throwing up, the peeing while coughing and waddling around will be worth it. Also, thank goodness for my husband, every night when I am wincing in pain from contractions he is rubbing my back, helping me in and out of bed and going on late night runs to Whataburger!!! My sisters and parents are another pillar of strength for me. Their excitement puts me at ease and helps me try to enjoy these last few hours before I go to the hospital.

Here are the last few belly pics. Weeks 36 – 39.

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Next time I update, I’ll be a mom…..eeeek! For more quick updates and most likely pics of out baby girl will be posted on my instagram: mijavera

Baby Shower


Our friends threw us a baby shower earlier this month! The baby’s room theme is Totoro and boy is it nice to have nerdy friends who totally understand us. First off, our friend Anthony designed and put together this amazing diaper cake. I didn’t even know what a diaper cake was and he created this thing of Totoro beauty!!!!

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Our lovely friends: Paul and Jeff cooked us Vietnamese food for the party, they even had vegan options for some of our friends!! Tofu – yum!!!

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My pastry chef sister helped me make snacks and sweets for the event. Cakes, chocolate covered pretzels, cupcakes, and fruit cones.

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Our friends gave us amazing gifts for the baby, I can’t say it enough but we really have AWESOME friends!!!

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OH – we also had blank bibs for everyone to draw and dedicate to our daughter! We had a few Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Monster Hunter bibs which is to be expected with our lovely friends!

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Love our friends!

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Fire Emblem and Waifus

Never have I ever played a Fire Emblem title before. My husband played Awakening a few years back and loved it. Every day he would tell me which couples got together, which kid got which stats etc… Sounded like a soap opera more than a game.

When Nintendo announced that this year they would release 2 different family lines to the same story, I knew I had to try out the game. My husband walked me through the basics, he explained the leveling and breeding for stats and I caught on pretty quickly. I restarted the game twice because of breeding and stats but it was worth it.

I played Birthright while the husband played Conquest. I really loved playing Birthright – the Hoshido side was so pretty and very Japanese in style and music. Conquest was a bit more European.


I finished the game in about 2 weeks but now there is a 3rd version of the story where you pick neither side. I just bought it and started to play that. Lovely game and art. I am a new fan of the series.

Now I am 35 weeks pregnant and probably won’t be playing as much as we get closer to our little girl’s debut. Capcom announced a new Monster Hunter and Microsoft announced a new Gears of War game. Ah well, not sure how to balance family and gaming yet.

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