She’s FINALLY Here!

As I reached the end of my pregnancy, I started to get frustrated with my body and started to have serious doubts that I would be able to handle or deal with child birth this time around. When you get pregnant the first time, you really have no idea what giving birth will be like. You have no idea or even an inkling of what to expect. When the second time rolls around you have a general idea of what happens.  And when you have a traumatic experience the first time, you have fears and doubts about the second time. I had to keep telling myself to trust my body, and trust in God’s plan.

After reaching and then surpassing my due date, I was discouraged and uncomfortable, I thought she would never come out. I reached 41 weeks on Monday, August 1st, which coincidentally happened to be my son’s first day of full time pre-school. My husband and I woke up early, got him dressed and took him to school, where I was pretty much abandoned by my son as he walked (more like ran) away from me to play and yelled bye to me from afar. My husband and I went home to enjoy our FIRST and what would be our ONLY full day alone, to do WHATEVER we wanted.

2 o’clock rolled around and it was time to pick up my son from school and we also had a doctors appointment. My husband half jokingly told my father-in-law we would let him know if he had to pick up our son from the doctors office, and I added “…don’t worry she’s staying in, you won’t have to do that.” I was slightly nervous because of two reasons: 1) I had to see a different doctor because my doctor was out of the office, and 2) I KNEW they would be checking my cervix…WHICH (for lack of a better word) SUUUUCCCKKKKSSSS!!!

While in the exam room, I was talking to the doctor and telling her that nothing had changed and I was getting really discouraged because I was hoping to have that “natural birth” experience that I didn’t get with my son. Up until this point I had also denied a membrane sweep, 3 times, because I knew it would hurt, and because there’s no guarantee that it would work. There are stories of women who have to do it 2, 3, or 4 times before it works and really at that point you don’t even know if it worked because of the sweep or your body was just ready. If there is one thing I will always remember my Grandma telling me, it’s “follow your gut, you know what’s best for you, it’s your body.” During the exam, I felt a small gush and basically the doctor said that she thought my water broke so I should just go downstairs to labor and delivery. All I kept thinking was “Holy crap, she’s coming, I don’t know if I can do this again!”

I walked out of the exam room and told my husband what happened. So we went to L&D and anxiously awaited the arrival of our little one. The doctors and nurses were wonderful and I was able to labor on my own for about 4 hours. My contractions weren’t painful but they were really close together. Unfortunately they weren’t doing anything because I had only progressed about from 3cm to 4cm after 4 hours. I was induced the rest of the way and also had an epidural. I was able to SLEEP through my WHOLE labor which was AMAZING! When I gave birth to my son, I had the shakes the whole time so I was so tired when it came time to push. This time I was rested and ready to push!

About 11 hours in, I started to feel something coming after each contraction but I wasn’t really sure what I was feeling. So I just slept it off and went back to sleep.  After about 12 hours in labor, the doctor came in to check on my progress and can you guess what I had been feeling? the rest of my water bag and my daughters head pressing down. “Huh, so that’s what that was,” is what I thought.  The truth is I felt NOTHING with my son, so this was a completely new experience for me. Then the doctor looked up and said “Okay, let’s try pushing!” All I kept thinking was “Holy crap she’s coming! Holy crap 2 kids! Please don’t tear, please don’t tear, PLEASE DON’T TEAR!!!!”

After only 15 minutes of pushing, (and only second degree tears!) our little princess arrived on August 2 at 5:15am.

So to all you mothers and mothers to be: “Trust your gut, trust your body, only you know what’s best for you.”  After all was said and done, his plan was perfect and my body didn’t fail me. We are happy to announce the (better late than never) arrival of our beautiful daughter Tori. Here are a few moments from my delivery.





Thrifting for Baby!

When my son was born I will be honest, I didn’t really think too much about the cost of items because we had so many generous family and friends who bought us just about everything we needed.  As my son grew older however I started to realize how crazy expensive kids are. Now that I am pregnant (almost 9 months) with baby #2 and little man will be starting pre-school in a few months, I am determined to save as much money as I can.

I am actually pretty addicted to thrifting. I mostly blame my mom because she used to drag me on trips to Goodwill so often. I hated it. Of course I would become my mothers daughter and I now drag my son there, although he loves it and thinks we can buy everything from the thrift store.

I’ve compiled a list of how to thrift and get the best deals on your baby gear! The great thing about thrifting for kids is that you can thrift just about anything. Toys, books, baby gear, clothing, furniture; but there are also things that you should never thrift for.

Before Thrifting:
1.  Make a list of ALL the things you want to buy or need for baby
2.  Do your research on all those items
3.  Know the cost when bought brand new
4.  Check to see if the on sale price is comparable or better than second hand
5.  Check to see that the items meets the safety standards
6.  Check to see if item has been recalled

Where to thrift:
1. Craigslist or similar listing sites
Specific and takes a lot of time
2. Thrift Stores – local (churches, organizations)
Hit or miss with variety or selection
3. Thrift Stores – Chain (Goodwill, Savers, Value Village, Etc.)
Better Selection and variety
4. Garage Sales/ Yard Sales
Hit or miss with variety or selection, time waster
5. Specialty Consignment Stores for Kids
Large selection and hand bought to quality is decent to excellent

Never Thrift For:
Too much liability, better to be safe than sorry
-Stuffed Animals
Notorious for being the home to dust mites and bed bugs and are ridiculously hard to clean
-Car Seats
Along the same lines as cribs, once a car seat has been in a car accident its’ safety has been compromised and you don’t know what the previous owner has put that seat through. They also go through a pretty quick safety standard update and every year there is a newer model that has been updated to be safer. Be safe not sorry.
-Bath Toys
Bath toys can have hidden mold and mold is disgusting.

Use Caution when Thrifting for:
-Pack and Plays
-Baby Bath Tubs
These things are hard to sanitize and clean, although it can be done, it is a pain. Bath tubs also get deep scratches where mold and mildew live and it can be hard to get those things completely clean.

General Rules when thrifting for items:
-Ask yourself if it can be CLEANED, WASHED, and/or SANITIZED?
If the answer is no, do not buy the item obviously.
-Make sure there are no missing parts or pieces, no broken parts or pieces, no chips, and if it has batteries check the battery compartment to see if there is corrosion.

Definitely Thrift for:
Make sure there are no broken or missing parts and pieces and that sounds and lights work with batteries. Plastic toys are best but don’t avoid wooden toys, they can be cleaned! Just make sure the paint is not peeling and there is no chips in the wood.
No missing pages, board books are the best to thrift because they are easy to clean!
-Gear: Strollers, Bouncers, Jumpers, Baby Carriers
No broken or missing parts or pieces, can the fabric be washed/cleaned, no stains rips or tears, and for strollers check the brakes and make sure the ride is smooth.
-Nursing Covers/ Car Seat Canopies
No stains, rips, or tears
-Receiving Blankets
No stains, rips or tears
-Clothing (especially dressy clothes)
No stains, rips, tears, or that the item is not overly stretched out if it has elastic. Especially thrift for dressy items that kids hardly use and newborn clothing.  More often than not, those items will be brand new and gently used when they show up at the thrift store.

After you thrift:
-wash your hands, use some hand sanitizer
-take a black garbage bag and put your items in the bag and in your trunk
-clean, wash, and santize your items ASAP. I will be the first to admit that germs will probably be on the item.
-if you can’t get to the item right away, leave it in a black garbage bag and in the garage until you can clean it properly.

Here is the link to check for safety recalls and alerts:

If you would like to see how I clean, wash, and sanitize my thrifted items, make sure to like, comment, follow and subscribe! I hope this video and post helps you to save just a little bit of money!

Check out the video below for other tips on thrifting for baby!


Best Christmas Present Ever

So, remember how I said that baby in my belly was just as impatient as his mother? He proved me right yet again by showing up 2 weeks early!

(Enter flashback music)
let me take you back to Nov. 30.
The whole week I had been feeling really crappy. I was exhausted and tired of being pregnant and huge. It’s not easy carrying around an extra 50 lbs that you never had to before! I had a regular doctors appointment scheduled for the afternoon of November 30 so I spent the day relaxing and watching TV, my absolute favorite past time. Before I knew it, it was time to head to the doctors office. We were late as usual but at that point I really didn’t care. Went to the back with my ever so enthusiastic fiancé to get my vitals and weight checked to find I had gained a whopping 10 lbs in a week! I had suspected for weeks that something else was wrong because I had not been overeating; I had not changed my diet since I got pregnant but the doctors chocked it up to the gestational diabetes. Nurse took my blood pressure to find that it was high and getting higher. “Looks like we’re gonna send you to L&D today, lets get doc to check you first.” Say what?! I knew it! Something WAS wrong! Btw, google is the devil and I had been researching online for weeks about the symptoms I was having but thought, eh, it can’t be. So I went into the exam room, he checks my cervix, which let me tell you is THE most uncomfortable experience ever, next to someone sticking something up your butt. It is even more uncomfortable when your doctor is a male and tells you that you need to relax. Hmm, let me stick my hand into your penis hole and then tell me to relax my friend!
Turns out I had been in labor all week and was 5cm dilated and had felt absolutely nothing. Which I was definitely NOT complaining about. Also, as i had suspected, thanks to google, i had developed pre-eclampsia, which can be life threatening. Long story short doc sent me to L&D, for all you non-pregnant people that’s short or labor and delivery. Good thing my doctors office was in the hospital, so we went down a few floors and admitted myself.

All this fabulousness took place at around 3pm Hawaii time. Got settled into my delivery suite, got started on pitocin and still felt no contractions, at that point I felt like hey, I can do this! Then (excuse my language) shit got real. I wasn’t progressing so they popped my water bag and Like magic, I FELT EVERYTHING! Almost immediately I demanded the epidural. I was so scared because I knew that needle was huge but as long as I didn’t see it and compared to the pain I was in, I didn’t care, JUICE ME UP DOC! Once the epidural was in, I felt no pain whatsoever, even the cervical check was manageable! Midnight rolled around and I was FINALLY completely dilated but didn’t feel like pushing, so doc tells me just start pushing anyway. So, I started pushing. At one point they asked me, “do you want a mirror to see?” uh no thanks, in perfectly fine not seeing my va-jay getting demolished. then they ask me, “do you want to reach down and feel his head?” uh no! i will feel it when he is out, thanks. then the kicker, do you want to pull him out like kourtney kardashian?” hell no! just take him out and we’re all g!
It took me 2 hours to push out my 8 lb baby that had JUST made it to 37 weeks! Can you imagine if I had gone all the way to 40 weeks??? Pushing out an 8lb baby is rough, pushing out a 10lb baby is like giving birth to a bag of rice! That is definitely NO BUENO!

Let me tell you though, once that baby is in your arms, you almost instantly forget about what you just endured and it seems worth it.

I stayed in the hospital for 2 days on about 5 different bags of different IV meds. they wanted to keep me longer and get a blood transfusion (I lost way too much blood) but I refused because I wanted to go home. Having to stay in bed all day (as much of a luxury as it sounds like) sucks.

We’ve been home for 3 weeks now and I am EXHAUSTED! Between the nipple
Pain, back pain, and night sweats I feel like I will never go back to work, let alone back to sleep. But that is a whole nothe post that ill save for another day. Postpartum is no joke, you think pregnancy is bad? There’s a whole mess of things people don’t tell you about what happens AFTER the baby comes out.

25 days old!

Hello Again World!

Excuse my long absence. Things have been somewhat…tumultuous in the past few months.  I don’t even remember when the last time I posted was….then again I don’t remember a lot of things.

I figured I’d give you an update on what’s been going down on the baby front.  We’re now 35 weeks! Can you believe it???? 35 weeks! Only about a month left in my pregnancy, why does it have to end?????!!! HAHA! Who am I kidding? I can’t wait for this to be over and for our little guy to be here.

After my last post things started to get very mundane and boring, nothing new came up (besides my 2nd and 3rd chin), I had launched our jewelry business and was preparing for our first and last craft fair of the year and so I just stopped writing.   But now, I’m BAAACCCKKK!!!

Superhulk probably wouldn’t like that I’m gonna write it on here but you know what?  I’m sure some of those that pass through this blog are first time moms like me and could use a bit of advice or at least would like to know what happens as pregnancy progresses, so without further ado…here’s what’s been happening.

1) Glucose Test Boredom

So, when you’re pregnant you get tested around like 28 weeks for gestational diabetes.  You drink this horribly sweet juice thing and then wait an hour, get your blood drawn and go home.  If you’re blood sugar level is too high you have to go back for a LONGER test.  Most boring hour of my life.

2) Guess what? You didn’t pass your glucose screening test.

So a few days ago, Doc calls and says guess what? you didn’t pass you’re glucose test so you have to take the 3 hour test.

3) Enter Preterm labor stage right

Yes my friends, I went into “threated pre-term labor” the day after my babyshower.  Let me tell you how it unfolded.

I had been getting contractions for weeks, apparently they’re “fake” contractions called braxton hicks contractions that come and go throughout pregnancy.  Well, I noticed an increase in the amount I was having and that they were pretty regular, so I called my doctor and we went to Labor and Delivery.  I thought meh, they’re just gonna tell me you’re contracting, no big deal, go home, you’re good.  WRONG! I was told you’re cervix is sensitive and you’re dilated 3cm, we’re giving you steroids for baby’s lungs, putting you on blood pressure meds to control the contractions and giving you penecilin via IV in case you have GBS (another disease that pregnant chicks get as time goes on).  I was there for a whopping 5 days to get contractions under control, monitor baby and my cervix, and well just take it easy.  Fiance was great, stayed with me watching football, slept on the uncomfy chair and didn’t whine or complain at all…I do love him for that.  While in the hospital I was also diagnosed with SVT, a heart arrhythmia, that mysteriously came and went.  Thanks to both I was taken off work (YAY!!) but I am now also bored as hell.

4) We took our maternity pics, and they were hilarious.  Shannon Sasaki Photography, check her out, she’s my good friend and she’s the bomb diggity.

5) Find a cardiologist

I also had to go to my regular doctor to get a referral to a cardiologist.   Fun stuff those EKG’s. (not really, they’re pretty uneventful).

6) Sorry, you have gestational diabetes

WTF? as if spending 5 days in the hospital, and 3 BORING hours at the lab wasn’t enough I now have to go to counseling and testing and DIET for the remaining month of my pregnancy? UGH. life is good.

So that’s what’s been happening…Don’t feel bad for me or leave your sympathies, really I’m fine it’s not a big deal, I’m a total drama queen.

35 weeks 1 day

As my body grows…

As my boobs get heavier, my stomach grows pointer, my back gets sorer (is that a word? if not tough, I’m using it) and my feet and thighs get fatter I’m beginning to once again despise the effects of pregnancy, not BEING pregnant, but everything that comes along with it.

My mind gets dimmer, which leads me to wonder why I decided to open my Etsy shop at this point and time.  So over the past week I’ve finally had the urge to create a few logos, designs, and jewelry creations for my online Etsy shop.  You can visit it here at

Oh, so here’s a new side effect, my vision officially sucks.  I cannot spend more than about 20 minutes in the sun without sun glasses on.  If I do, I am officially blind for another 20 minutes once I step indoors.  Now, I know this happens to people who are not pregnant, it’s happened to me before, however, I feel like the effects are 500 billion times GREATER than if I weren’t pregnant.

We also FINALLY finished registering for our baby shower.  Who knew that there were so many different kinds of bottles!  Slow flow nipples, fast flow nippes, curved bottles, glass bottles, straight bottles, disposables, plastic bottles, and don’t you dare give me a bottle that has BPA! (WTF is BPA?)  I feel like I’m already a failure at motherhood, and the baby isn’t even here.  What do you even put on a registry to begin with? I know the big stuff but after that do I really have to list EVERY KIND of onesie available on the market?  Do I list the 5 different playards I want hoping that you’ll pick one I like or just list the one playard that I like hoping I don’t end up with 6 because target doesn’t delete from the registry once it has been bought.  Can you say overwhelmed?  No wonder it took me 3 months to finish that dang thing.

Here’s another thing, I went from being the laziest organized person on the planet to becoming the busy bee that needs to keep moving constantly.  I can no longer sit down to watch a 5 hour marathon of Charmed or The Big Bang Theory because I get antsy and start to see or think about all the things that need to get done before my little one arrives. And really, it’s things that should have been done LONG before I was pregnant as an every day chore, but being the laziest person ever I just never did it.

Remember I told ya’ll we found out what we’re having a few months ago? Maybe it was only a month ago?  My brain is fried and my perception of time is drastically skewed.  Anywho, Fiance didn’t want me to share what we were having at the time, but, I think it’s safe to say what we’re having now, considering everyone pretty much knows, and my registry is done, and my baby shower is next month. So here it goes, I’ll leave you with this picture:

It’s a…..Hopefully you can figure it out. 🙂

26 Weeks

25 Weeks

I’ve taken my Fiance’s computer hostage because I’ve realized I’ve been neglecting my poor blog. Sorry ya’ll. Here’s a quick update of what’s been going on in the past week.

The weather has been pretty amazing lately and it’s been very comfortable temperature wise.  Sooo, I’ve been a pretty happy camper.

Belly is getting bigger and the little one’s kicks are getting stronger and bigger.  Beansprout seems to be most active at around 10pm and lunch time…the first is not a good sign.  I’ve read that babies usually keep the same sleep schedule outside of the womb as they did inside….This may actually turn out to be a good thing because maybe baby will sleep through the night??? High hopes, I know. A girl can dream.

Pre-pregnancy clothes are becoming a lot tighter and smaller.  People are so nice and telling me it doesn’t look like I’ve gained much weight and I’m all belly and boobs.  My pants (and my doctors scale) tell me otherwise, FYI I’ve gained 9lbs in ONE MONTH!  My pants tell me I better stop eating all those damn ice cream drumsticks that the Fiance keeps feeding me.  He’s so sweet though because he knows I’ve been craving certain sweets.

Things I’ve been craving lately: Pasta, pound cake, and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.  Not together though.  Amazingly I haven’t been having any weird cravings, even in the beginning of my pregnancy, nothing weird, just craved food in general. Me and no food is no bueno.

The weeks are creeping by, but, I’m starting to enjoy this whole pregnancy thing, maybe I can do this again? (BAHAHAHA, who am I kidding, maybe I can, in like 5-10 years).

I’m still on a crazy cleaning kick right now. I’ve never really realized how much junk I had that I should just get rid of.  Something that has helped me to purge is thinking about my grandparents.  They don’t have much, and what they do have is meaningful.  I don’t need to keep EVERYTHING that I’ve ever owned, just things I know 20 years from now will mean something to me.  SO, I’ve gotten rid of about 5 rubbermaid tubs full of papers, pictures, trinkets, and just plain crap.  I’m pretty proud of myself and I’m still cleaning out more.  With a baby coming I’ve realized there’s not much I need, and what I have kept I didn’t even know I had so I probably won’t miss it in 5 years.

I wish I could post pictures of how big I’m getting but with my computer being down I don’t have access to my picture software. We’ll be taking our maternity pictures in about a month anyway. Stay tuned!

25 weeks

Hormones, hormones, how I hate thee oh hormones…

You can now add pregnancy acne (including back acne) and manly hair growth to my list of side effects.  That’s what I get for teasing the mister about his hair (which is a total turn on for me by the way, hey don’t judge me, I saw that look on your face) and always calling him bear, yeti, bigfoot, etc., etc., you get the drift. It also doesn’t help that I’ve been a hermit and haven’t really seen the sun in oh, I don’t know, 6 months or so? So I’m pastier than glue and glow in the dark brighter than, wait what glows in the dark?, uh, let me get back to you on that.  I guess you can also add pregnancy brain to that list too.

Thank you hormones for making me crazier than a mongoose chasing a chicken! Although I’m sure my Fiance would argue that I’ve always been kinda crazy…*crickets*…OKAY A LOT CRAZY! I’m bitchy, sue me.

On a happier note, I’m starting to feel my little beansprout move! CARAZY FEELINGS MAN! Let me tell you, it’s the strangest feeling in the world, but fascinating still.  My little tyke seems to be very, how do I say this? I know, He or She, has the stubbornness and laziness of it’s mother. Chee hee…let’s hope it’s a girl and that she looks like me too! Boom Kanani!

17 weeks!

Oh yea! I glow in the dark brighter than…oh forget it, I glow in the dark…period. ciao bella!