1st Trimester Must Haves…

Being that this is my first child, I wanted to make sure that I had all the essentials “the must haves” for the beginning months of pregnancy.  After all the research on the internet, I realized not all women are the same.  I didn’t need the body pillow or a water tumbler.  For one, during my first trimester my belly wasn’t big enough to need the body pillow (maybe the 2nd trimester).  So in the meantime, I just cuddled with Tim.  Also,  I don’t like to drink water through a straw or have to carry the water tumbler everywhere I go.  I’ll use one if I’m drinking coffee.  Other than that, it’s a water bottle for me.  Oh and another thing,  all those pregnancy books gave me a headache and stressed me out.  “Can’t die your hair?  No sushi?”   Jeez give me a break!  If I have a question guess who I ask?  MY DOCTOR!

1.  Like I mentioned before, there are so many pregnancy books out there.  I don’t want to even read one that amuses me or “for fun.”   The BEST book for me was What to Expect When Expecting.  Straight to the point ANNND information week by week.  It doesn’t get any better.  Who has time to read all those books?

2.  I tried to stay away from the regular cheese puffs so I stalked up on the Natural kind.  How natural?  Who knows! Damn they are so good!

3. Just the thought of a coconut daiquiri  makes my mouth water.  Come to find out that the lovely ingredient not only tastes good in drinks but it also works great for the skin and hair.  Another must-have for me! Seriously, just read the reviews here.  I use the oil on my belly and in my hair.  Skin feels soft and hair looks and feels healthy.  I also mix it in my smoothies.

4.  I have to give a shout out to one of my best friends, Carmen Humphries-Muirhead!  Not only did she send me pregnancy books to choose from, she also mailed me lots of other goodies.  A gift certificate to my favorite nail salon- “Use this when your belly gets as big as a basketball and you can’t reach your toes anymore.”  Ha! Love her!  She also sent me a pineapple ginger Archipelago Candle.  It burns nicely, smells great, and helps when you are feeling nauseated.  Ewww the thought of raw meat!!!! Gross!

5.  Maxi dresses..enough said.

6.  I definitely like my alcoholic beverages and desperately crave them.  Here’s what helped for me- Pellegrino Mineral Water +  fruit juice.

7. My canon camera.  Since all my close family and friends are back home, I thought it was a good idea to document my first pregnancy through this blog.  Also, this will be the first grand baby in the family! Other cool ideas would be to start a scrapbook or a slideshow.

8.  I love to shop at Trader Joe’s.  They have lots of healthy choices and random eats.  I discovered this protein powder there as well.  Good thing is, I can order more through Amazon. It has 100% Folic Acid, Calcium, Vitamin B12, Iron, just to name a few.  I mixed this in my shakes after my workouts.

9.  Besides the gallons of water I have to drink during pregnancy, I do enjoy my occasional coconut water to keep me hydrated.  They come in different flavors like pineapple and mango.

10.  My mom’s first pregnancy gift to me, Belli Oil.  I’m on my second bottle and have no complaints about this product.  It keeps my belly soft and keeps me from scratching it too.   It is a bit oily, but just let it dry for a couple of minutes and you are good to go.

11.  I bought Champion Sports Bras at Target.  I wear them during my workouts and when I go to bed.  Wearing a sports bra (or one that fits comfortably) can help prevent sagging and stretchmarks.

TAH DAH!! My first trimester must-haves! Would love to hear yours. 🙂


Week 15!

How far along:  15 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: .7 lbs this week/ Total: 5.7 lbs

Exercise: Cardio and light weights/ biking

Maternity clothes:  Wow! Maternity jeans and leggings are so comfortable.

Sleep:  Tossing and turning throughout the night

Best moment this week:  We found a condo!!! Move in date is May 15th.

Tim’s best moment this week:  “Finishing our apartment search!”

Have you told family and friends:  Friends are really excited!  Liam is going to have lots of play dates.

Miss Anything:  Energy to get off the couch :/

Movement:  lower stomach cramps

Food cravings: Brownies with vanilla ice cream, cheese puffs (as always), juice

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still no desire to eat healthy.  I gagged on broccoli, but continued to eat all of it.  Liam better be a genius when he is born! ha!

Have you started to show yet: GROWING and SHOWING!!!

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time: No singing! PLEASE!

Looking forward to:  Moving out on May 15th to our new condo.  Thank goodness for movers. 🙂

Difficulties:  Allergies- sneezing and stuffy nose

Fact: Liam is 4 inches long and weighs about 2 1/2 ounces.  He can also sense light!

13th & 14th Week!

How far along:  14 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 0 lbs this week/ Total: 5 lbs

Exercise: Cardio and light weights/ power walking with Cookie

Maternity clothes:  Tim’s mom took me shopping at Motherhood.  I bought several dresses and stretchy leggings.  They are extremely comfortable!

Sleep:  I don’t sleep in anymore.  Sometimes I take 15 minutes naps.

Best moment this week:  Getting my taxes done and shopping for new clothes.

Tim’s best moment this week:  “Coming home after a week working in Montana and snuggling on the couch with Corina and Cookie.”

Have you told family and friends:  Yes! Liam got his first pair of shoes and bib from his Grandma Sharon.

Miss Anything:  Energy to workout more.  I’ve been slacking! :/

Movement:  cramps

Food cravings: Cold fruit juices, cupcakes, Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs, and tostadas with chili cheese.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing is making me sick.  I just have no desire to eat healthy food.

Have you started to show yet: Stomach growing by the second!! and boobs have grown a cup size!! Holy Moly!!! I FREAK OUT all the time.  

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time: It’s an even balance.  Annoyed at the smallest things like hearing Tim tap or whistle.  Arggg!!

Looking forward to:  Moving into a bigger place!  We’ve been scouting out condos and apartments and hope to move in May.  Wish us luck!

Difficulties:  breathing in the morning.  My allergies are driving me crazy!  It’s time for a humidifier.

Fact: I had a mint chocolate chip and red velvet cupcake in one sitting.  No regrets!  

Food Diaries

I’m not going to lie, eating healthy has been a pain in the ass for me and I do have my moments where I get really frustrated or annoyed with vegetables. ” Sorry broccoli, I just don’t like you right now and your little friends either.”  If I’m going to look like Humpty Dumpty for 9 months I’m going to enjoy it…occasionally ;).

Sprinkles has been one of my FAVORITE places to buy cupcakes, but since they are located in Bum Fucked Egypt Beverly Hills, I decided to try a new place right around the corner. ” Velvet Cupcakes, I Love you.   You are just as delicious as those expensive Sprinkles cupcakes.”  I was even nice enough to buy Tim a Mocha Toffee Crunch.  Needless to say, I ended up eating almost half of his and of course, all of my Red Velvet.

I’m a huge fan of cheese and when I found out I couldn’t have soft cheeses during pregnancy I flipped!  What the hell?  I get really fat, but can’t eat what I really love!  Damn you soft cheese and your growing disease-causing organisms! I am always in the mood for something extra cheesy so I made macaroni cheddar cheese cups.  You can find the recipe here.  Let me know what you think.  I’m going to use more cheese next time…just saying.

Just another craving out of the thousand others I have….Wendy’s Frosty and Fries.  YUM!!

The BEST hamburger I have ever tasted in Los Angeles! The Truffle Burger at Umami.  and I won’t dare leave out the fries and the condiments that come with it.  Tim and I always order our fav 3…garlic aioli, jalapeno ranch, and Umami’s homemade ketchup.  God Bless!  I’m drooling just thinking about it.   If you think you’ve tried a better burger in LA, please share!

Sunday morning at Bob’s Big Boy.  Tim drinks his coffee while patiently waiting for his EXTREME SUPREME breakfast.


Guess What?!



I can’t tell you enough how anxious we were to find out the sex of the baby!!  Excitedly, Tim and I walked into our “Fetal Anatomical Survey, Level 2 Sono”. Most commonly referred to as an Ultrasound..

I got weighed in at 149 lbs.. Tim was 209 lbs!! Ive gained a total of 5 lbs and Tim has gained 14lbs!!! Whose pregnant!? Jeeez!

So I get papered up and the Tech comes in and the first thing she asked was, “So do you know what we are doing today?” I immediately stutter out “find out the sex of the baby; 80% accuracy anyway”. She responds with a small laugh and says, “Well yes, but we are actually going to determine the health of the baby through some measurements and make sure he/she is ok”. Tim and I look at each other and gosh we were so anxious to know that Tim was right, that we failed to fully realize there was waaay more at stake here than just the sex of our baby…

Spina Bifida, Down syndrome, heart defects, cleft palate, Cystic Fibrosis, and internal abnormalities are just a FEW problems this Ultrasound can discover.. Now. Tim and I are a little nervous. Tim tells me he is worried because he is older and I didn’t think I could get prego in the first place! Well, Let’s get this party started! Bring on the “wand”

Holy smokes the pictures are AMAZING!! Tim can’t stop smiling and I am blown away by the technology we have in 2012!! Tim counted fingers and toes and I wondered who the baby would look like.   The whole exam took about an hour and some.. Internal “wand” and then a “hand sander” looking thing for the external exam.. All Tim and I heard was “normal”, “this is normal”, “checking blood flow; normal”, “aorta, normal; pulmonary artery, normal”. Did you know that the pulmonary and aortic arteries could be backwards!?!? Wow.. Thank you technology.. Thank you very much..The exam also checked my uterus, placenta and blood flow.. Apparently, I am ALL GOOD!!

The bottom line..Mom and Baby are HEALTHY!!!  (Dad is alright)

And now that we know, we can proceed with the baby planning.

  We also decided on a name…

Don’t forget to play our baby pool game!!  Visit the site below and type in corinatim!!  Thank you to all our blog followers!!  It’s always nice to hear your comments. 🙂

ExpectNet: Corina and Tim’s Baby Pool

12 Weeks!

How far along:  12 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 0 lbs/ Total: 5

Exercise: Cardio and light weights

Maternity clothes: Not quite yet! Wearing lot’s of dresses because my jeans are tight. :/

Sleep:  I sleep ok.  I wake up for an hour or two then doze off again.

Best moment this week:  Had lunch with Tim’s family in Ventura.

Tim’s best moment this week: “Enjoying quality time with the mother of my child.”

Have you told family and friends:  Yes! My dad is already planning our trip back home to meet the farm animals. lol

Miss Anything:  Besides cocktails, sushi.  I miss our dinner dates at Katsuya.

Movement: Not yet

Food cravings: Chips, Strawberries, Wendy’s Frosty’s…. YUM!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really…not in the mood for chicken or veggies.

Have you started to show yet: Yes!  Still freaking out!! Is there a baby in there?

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Irritated with annoying sounds.  And I drop everything…oops clumsy me.  

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender of the baby !!! so close.

Difficulties:  Going to the gym and fitting into my jeans.  Ughhh!