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
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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

 

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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 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 Gadgets, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Apple watch vs Pebble 2

I got the first apple watch when it came out and will be using that version to compare to the new Pebble 2.

CNET comparison bt apple watch 2, samsung gear s3, fitbit, android wear, garmin, pebble

First off, I was very happy with my Apple watch 1.  There’s a lot of great notifications for it and it’s user friendly.  One thing I did not like about the watch is that the notifications would go directly to the watch without warning me on the iphone despite my ringer being on.  

The main reason why I decided to look for a watch outside of my stellar apple watch is because the battery life on the apple watch is incredibly low.  I can only go one day between charges.  Sometimes, I’m at work for more than 24 hours so it becomes more cumbersome on the logistics.  Sure, I could bring my charger and charge it… but that takes time, effort, and extra cords since it doesn’t have a lightning charger.  So, enter the Pebble 2…a Kickstarter project!

Ars Technica Reviews: Pebble 2 vs. Apple Watch 2

Wareable Pebble 2 review vs. Wareable Apple Watch review

CNET review: new apple watch 2 vs. CNET review: pebble 2

My overall thoughts and winners comparing Apple watch 1 to Pebble 2:

  • Battery life: Pebble 2
  • HR workout tracking: Apple watch 1
  • Apps: Apple Watch 1
  • Waterproof: Pebble 2
  • HR, sleep, steps, calories, distance tracking throughout day: Pebble 2
  • Cost: Pebble 2
  • Phone required: both
Posted in Life, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Inflatable SUP

Thanks to my wonderful fiancé, I’m spending more and more time on the water! The calming and relaxing effects are pretty amazing as well as the vitamin D and sunshine!

I love my big surfboard (8’4″) and just floating on the water. An idea occurred to me to get a big raft. But that’s cumbersome. So, then I thought about practicing my turns and paddling strength in the pool. But what about a lounging island or floating flamingo? Boom: the inflatable SUP seemed like a perfect blend of relaxing raft and ocean cruising in an easy to handle, fold-up, easy-storage, and hide-away apparatus. 

But which one do I get? 

http://m.outdoorgearlab.com/Inflatable-SUP-Reviews/Isle-Explorer-11

http://www.isupworld.com/isle-explorer-inflatable-sup-review/

https://www.islesurfandsup.com/stand-up-paddle-boards/11-explorer-airtech-inflatable-paddle-board/

The decision was tough, but I love comparative graphs the Outdoor Gear Lab provides. And with an honest breakdown like that and comparing the different inflatable SUP brands… My decision was made. Plus, I love supporting local!

Posted in Cars, Review

Land Rover LR 4

I’m obsessed with the body of the LR4.  It’s got a great look with great functionality — found that out by taking a test drive and really enjoying what it could offer through the dealer’s off road ramp and track.

The research:

http://www.cars.com/land-rover/lr4/2014/expert-reviews/

http://www.thecarconnection.com/review/1093771_2015-land-rover-lr4_safety_5

http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/latest-reviews/review-land-rover-lr4-lot-truck-article-1.1585791

http://www.edmunds.com/land-rover/lr4/2015/review/

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Land-Rover_LR4/

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/land_rover.html

http://www.landroverworld.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19304
The 2017 Discovery (LR4):

http://bestnewsuv.com/2017-land-rover-lr4/

Posted in Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

My favorite surf places

I’m lucky to live in a place that promotes my newbie surf adventure. Albeit, I’m not a water baby… waves that are over my head and currents that pull me under are definitely scary.  But, I used to love boogie boarding as a kid and being on the water is nature’s meditative sanctuary.

Surfline: Southern California

WannaSurf: San Diego County

Surfline PDF for San Diego

Learning to Surf: My newbie thoughts

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Some of my favorite places in the Southern California area:

La Jolla Shores, CA

Magic Seaweed: LJ Shores

Scripps oceanography Cam: Pier and LJ Shores

La Jolla Shores Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at Surfline.com

Swami’s/Boneyards

http://e.cdn-surfline.com/syndication/embed/v1/player.html?id=4789

Swami’s Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at Surfline.com
Scripps Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at Surfline.com

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