Posted in Cars, Family, Life, surfing, travel

Sprinter van conversions

I’ve been thinking of traveling the US via van for several years now.  I thought it would be awesome to get one for my 40th bday.  Well, that’s almost 2 years from now.  Then, I thought it would be a great idea to pull the trigger and purchase a van when we have our little one.  Well, that time is quickly approaching as I’m in the 2nd trimester of the pregnancy.  So, like with everything else I do…. there’s a ton of research!

 

Which size to get?

 

Who to go with?

 

My YouTube channel on Sprinter Vans

Awesome YouTuber for getting onboard with the van life: Hobo Ahle

Here’s what I’m leaning towards right now:

Sportsmobile seems to have an awesome option of the pop up top that could be an additional sleep area when we grow our family.  That’s really the huge reason why we’re leaning towards Sportsmobile.  We actually went to check out and do a factory tour of Outside Van and they were incredible!!  If I hadn’t have found out about the popup top on the Sportsmobile, OSV would’ve definitely been our top pick.

 

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Posted in Family, Kids, Life, pregnancy, Review

Pregnancy

The first day of my last period was April 25, 2017.  According to my Glow app, my average period length is 6 days and it looks like there’s roughly 37 days between periods.  That’s about 10 days longer than the average Jane.  That last period occurred on our honey moon! We came back home on May 9.  Then, I had a weeks worth of diarrhea from May 20-27 and ended up taking ciprofloxacin at that time.  As June approached, I was just fatigued for a bit and so was Bear.  We thought we had caught a bug or had some kind of weird travel lag from the trip.  I was still surfing regularly with Ross — maybe a couple times a week.  Around the summer solstice June 20, I had some light cramping. Breasts had been tender for a while, but that wasn’t anything out of the ordinary as my period approaches.  In early June, we went to  the Toast the Coast Wine Festival at the Del Mar Fair (June 10) and then the evening of June 20, we had burgers and beers at Encinitas Alehouse.  I had a funny feeling to pee on a pregnancy stick that evening, so I did.  Lo and behold it was POSITIVE!  I quickly called out to Bear to make sure he got an eye on the reading to make sure I was reading it correctly.  The next day, we went to the drug store and got one of those digital ones so there couldn’t be any reading errors.  It said PREGNANT.

Once we found the info out, I immediately called to setup an appointment with my chosen OB/GYN.  I feel lucky to have a job in anesthesia because I get to directly see the work of our surgeons and care providers so it gives me an idea of who to seek for my own care if needed.  I setup an appointment with Kim Washkowiak for July 5 (1st ultrasound) and then an initial consultation on July 11.  I also started researching best books to read during this time and finally chose the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.

According to the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy that we’re reading, the chart states the following….

  • Week 1 If the first day of your last menstrual period was: Apr 25
  • Week 3 Conception likely occurred around: May 9
  • Weeks 5-10 Period of greatest risk of birth defects
    • Beginning of organ formation: May 30
    • Major organs have formed: Jul 4
  • Week 12 Risk of miscarriage decreases: Jul 18
  • Week 23 Some preemies can now survive: Oct 4
  • Week 40 (full term) Estimated due date: Jan 30

Mayo Clinic (2011-10-26). Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy (Bestsellers) (Kindle Locations 2230-2237). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

But according to our OB and U/S reports, we’re due February 20, 2018.

July 5, 2017

I’ve had about 2 weeks of low grade nausea.  I keep wanting to eat small meals to stave off the “morning sickness” that rears its ugly head throughout the day.  I’ve got some ginger candies to help.  I’m also eating more plant-based meals (Veestro and Splendid Spoon) and craving grapefruit and fruits!  I haven’t worked out much bc of the nausea.  I’m trying to get 3x 16oz waters down in a day.  Initially, I was having to pee a lot…. not just during the day but it would also wake me up in the night.

Week 18 – Sept 19-25, 2017

Recap:  The nausea was the worst for me from weeks 7-13.  It slowly got better.  Things I did to calm the nausea: ginger chews, ginger hot water/tea, bananas, toast, crackers, pasta, hydration, rest.  I found it worst during the day.  During that time, I also shunned Veestro and Splendid Spoon.  In fact, I could hardly tolerate any of my paleo foods that I typically eat.  Crackers and carbs were my savior.

Fast forward to week 18… life is good!  We just got back from a 2 week vacation to the Azores. I’m back at work and now I have Mondays off.  We’ve been doing research on state disability, maternity and paternity leave, vacation days for 2018, infant day cares, pediatricians, etc.  I still don’t see much of a baby bump yet, but my usual clothes are starting to feel tighter.

So far, we’ve found the following books helpful:

 

Week 21: Oct 10 – 16, 2017

I’m still feeling pretty energetic and able to maintain my pilates workouts.  Typically, I aim for 3-4 one hour sessions/week.  The ladies at Club Pilates in Del Mar are fantastic and are always offering me alternatives for new moves as I advance in my pregnancy.  I’m hoping to keep this up until delivery and beyond!  We’e completed two prenatal classes so far.  Scripps offers a lot of classes and resources and we’re taking advantage of the learning opportunities!  So far, we’ve done Getting Ready for Baby part 1 and 2.  It was a great overview for absolute essentials we may need for our newborn as well as how to change a diaper, swaddle, when/how to bathe, etc.  It also included an excellent session given by a pediatrician on normal/abnormal poops, diaper changes, breastfeeding, circumcision, vaccines/shots, etc.

I’ve been in a rabbit hole of baby registry items/reviews and we’re slowly building our list.  I’m pretty meticulous about researching anything prior to pulling a trigger on anything big (house, car, insurance, stocks, appliances, electronics, etc.).  I consider a newborn to be a really BIG thing!

 

Week 22: Oct 17 – 23

This week, it was recommended that I only stick to the pilates 1.0 or 1.5 classes.  😦  Pilates has been great, but they’re totally right.  My cardiovascular capacity needs to really stay in check.  The mini is the size of a papaya this week.

 

 


 

BRAINSTORMING

 

http://www.babybargains.com
https://www.babygearlab.com
https://www.momtricks.com/

 

Setting up a baby registry
Help and favors registry
https://www.babylist.com/hello-baby/pregnant-chickens-kick-ass-registry

 

Strollers
* Doona: https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/doona-infant-car-seat-stroller-with-latch-base/3312663
* https://www.consumerreports.org/products/traditional-stroller/doona-car-seat-stroller-295136/overview/#
* Bob Revolution Pro stroller (after baby is 6 months old): https://www.rei.com/product/100533/bob-revolution-pro-stroller
* https://www.amazon.com/BOB-2016-Revolution-Stroller-Black/dp/B019EZD7Y2?SubscriptionId=0K76CZ6RCX2Y05HSNPR2&tag=sppwtb-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B019EZD7Y2&ascsubtag=strollers&th=1
* https://www.consumerreports.org/products/traditional-stroller/bob-revolution-se-384281/overview/

 

Baby Carriers/Backpacks: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/backpack-carriers/buying-guide.htm
*

Car Seats:
https://www.safewise.com/resources/carseat-buyers-guide
https://www.consumerreports.org/products/compare/?id=284990-284989-385450
https://www.babygearlab.com/topics/vehicle-safety/best-convertible-car-seat

Breast Pumps:
https://www.babygearlab.com/topics/nursing-feeding/best-breast-pump/buying-advice
HelloBaby: Best breast pumps 2017
Medela Pump in Style advanced breast pump with on-the-go tote
Willow
https://www.babylist.com/hello-baby/free-breast-pump-through-health-insurance
https://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/qualify-through-insurance?dynid=babylist&utm_source=Babylist&utm_medium=sponsored%20content&utm_campaign=8536%20Babylist&utm_content=free%20pump
https://breastpumps.byramhealthcare.com/blog/index.php/2016/08/31/choosing-best-breast-pump/

 

Beds:

 

High chairs:
Graco Blossom 4 in 1 system

 

Great Day Cares:
https://www.babylist.com/hello-baby/8-important-signs-of-a-great-daycare

Local Day Cares to check out:
* Bright Horizons: https://discover.brighthorizons.com/thank-you.php
* Early Childhood Development Center: https://discover.brighthorizons.com/thank-you.php
* KinderCare: http://www.kindercare.com/our-centers/san-diego/ca/301463
* Lifetime Montessori School: https://lifetimemontessorischool.com/toddler-program-1
* LePort Montessori School: https://www.yelp.com/biz/leport-montessori-school-solana-beach-del-mar
* La Jolla Forest School: https://www.yelp.com/biz/la-jolla-forest-school-san-diego
* Gluck Maxwell and Muriel Child Care Center: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gluck-maxwell-h-and-muriel-child-care-center-san-diego?osq=infant+and+baby+day+care
* The Kids Bay Learning Center: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-kids-bay-learning-center-san-diego?osq=infant+and+baby+day+care
* Mary Lyakov, Licensed family child care: https://www.yelp.com/biz/lyakov-mary-licenced-family-child-care-san-diego?osq=infant+and+baby+day+care
* Del Mar Childcare: https://www.yelp.com/biz/del-mar-childcare-del-mar-2?osq=infant+and+baby+day+care
* The Goddard School: https://www.goddardschool.com/classrooms/infant

 

Posted in Life, Review

Learning to play the ukulele

The ukulele… it’s gotta be one of the most portable and entertaining instruments in the world!  I first came across this instrument while listening to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  The sound just gave off such a positive happy vibe.  Then, a super gifted ukulele player by the name of Jake Shimabukuro caught my eye while scrolling through YouTube.  His rendition of this song was incredible!  I was hooked and just had to learn to play.  So, here’s what I did….

ukulelesizes

Beginner Basics:

ukulele_diagram

Learn how to play:

My favorite song renditions/fingerings/chords:

My YouTube Uke bookmarks

My uke: Lanikai LU-21C Concert Ukulele

 

ukulele

Posted in Family, Kids, Life, work

Reflections

Today, I’m #20 on the call schedule after being #2 last night.  It wasn’t bad… I left work around 7:30p and never got called back to the hospital.  That’s a great #2 night!  A couple of days ago, I awoke with a pinched nerve along the left side of my neck and it’s incredibly uncomfortable turning my head and just doing regular tasks (i.e. making the bed).  Right now, I wreak of Bengay and I’m partially comforted with some Aleve.  Hot compress, you are next!  Sometimes, it’s really nice to enjoy a lazy morning with zero agenda other than to catch up on life and maybe even do some self reflection.

A buddy of mine sent me this article and asked me my thoughts….

How Many Children Should You Have?

I gave it a once over and thought, this is interested.  A small sample size of various parents from various geographical regions all commenting on their children.  Their is italicized because it seems like commenting on what the perfect number of children to have is so personal and completely unique to their experience.

It’s a heavy duty article with a lot of good perspective. I kind of agree with them all. I liked the one with 3 kids best… and the one with no kids the least. Since when did the purpose of procreation become about supporting the older generation? I had a tough one with that. I don’t think people have kids to look after them in old age.

What do u think?


This article came at a perfect time for me.  Bear and I just got married; we’re older… and we’re looking to start a family.  I just went on an Amazon spending spree for knowledge:

Even as an M.D., I am thirsty for knowledge in an area that I know pretty little about.  Sure, I’ve rotated on OB/GYN as a med student — but that was back in 2005.  Plus, doing two months of a rotation doesn’t equal a full understanding of mom’s body and baby’s development.  It taught me how to safely deliver a baby, but I need to know and understand the building blocks leading up to that.  Secondly, I’m an anesthesiologist who places labor epidurals for our pregnant ladies getting ready to welcome their little bundles of joy into the world.  I typically meet the moms when they are having contractions and wanting pain control and follow-up with them at delivery.  So you can see, there’s a 9 month knowledge gap that I need to fill in.

If you’re a future mom and are interested in an epidural, educate yourself on the pros and cons as well as what you expect to feel and when to ask for an epidural.

My blog post regarding OB Anesthesia

Remember, it is dependent on YOU as you are in control of your pain.  A pain scale will vary from person to person (i.e. everyone has different pain tolerances).  There’s no magical dilation number that tells you when to ask for an epidural.  Keep in mind that you will need to hold extremely still when you do ask for an epidural.  So please make it easy on your anesthesiologist (and yourself) and ask for an epidural when you are able to be as motionless as a statue — otherwise, it may be too risky to request an epidural if you are in too much pain to stay still.

 

Posted in Life, Relationships

7 Relationships That Will Change Your Life

I completely agree with the article below.  It really opens yourself to learning about others and how it may differ from your own personal situation.  Fantastic read!

Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Ann Hall Founder & Owner of: A Coffee with Friends Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Travel Writer I have lived life in the jungles with long periods of time in isolation which has changed my life and perspective on many things but one greater than all is […]

via 7 Relationships that Will Change Your Life (2 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest

Posted in Gadgets, Life, Review, surfing, Workouts

Skateboarding: A beginner’s journey

I played around with a skateboard when I was a kid.  I thought it was neat to hang with the boys and skate in the driveway/street.  Well, I didn’t get much street time as the street was paved with loose gravel on tar — which melted in the Texas summers.

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I came across this YouTube vid: https://youtu.be/jdJjW7pknfE and decided I wanted to give it a try.  Why are so many middle agers trying something that kids do often?

Great advice on getting a skateboard and beginner techniques:


Which skateboard to get?

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My current thoughts:

What I got:

What my husband got:


Any suggestions?  What would you get?

Posted in Family, Kids, Life, Relationships, travel, Wedding

Our wedding – Feb 4, 2017

The best day ever.

Our AppyCouple wedding website

Our Wedding Pinterest Board

Our Honeyfund

 


Our Wedding Day
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Bridal Veil: Mia Bella Couture
Bridesmaids: Vow to Be Chic
Cake: VG Donuts
DJ: Elite British DJ (Mick)
Rings: Brilliant Diamonds – Tacori (Ariel)
Wedding Planner: I do weddings (Melissa)
First Dance choreography:  Wedding Dance San Diego (Liz O’Grady)
Photo: True Photography (Billy)
Video: Campbellicious (KC)
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