Nov 9, 2016

Dear mommy,

Love.

You are the meaning of love.

I have always had trouble expressing myself about you, not because you don't deserve it, but because there are not enough perfect words that can repay you for all that you have done for me. You are such a caring and loving soul, someone to look up to and want to be like. Mommy, today I want to publicly thank you for being my mom, my friend, my teacher, my counselor.



Sep 5, 2016

15 Things I need to improve on


1.       Self- love. There’s so much more I can learn to love about myself; I mean, who’s going to learn how to love me if I don’t learn to love me?
2.       Independence. I’ve always been somewhat independent, but these days, I find myself not wanting to be alone in anything and wanting the help and support of others – especially my mom.

Aug 27, 2016

Meet Mali!

It's been quite a while since my last post and must I add that a lot has happened since then! I'm pretty sure that just with the title of this post, you already know what this one is about. That's right! I had my baby girl. Just 4 short days of turning 24 years old, I met the most precious human being in the whole wide world. I'm so in love, you guys have no idea! She is going on 3 months on September 11th. I know, I know, "what took me so long to blog about her"? Well, I was just focused on loving her and caring for her that nothing else mattered (and still doesn't) but I figured I've made you all wait long enough, lol.

Meet my beautiful almost 3 month old daughter: Irmaliz Enid Cano



Jun 7, 2016

Bump Update: 38 weeks!



Two weeks until my due date!

Mommies, I feel your pain. The last few weeks are always the most stressful because of the anxiety of wanting to pop this baby out. For the past 2-3 weeks, I've gotten checked for dilation and nothing *sheds tear*. Mali has found herself to be way too comfortable in mommy's belly. I don't blame her. She has her peace and quiet in there; who wants to enter into a chaotic and loud world?
I find myself every day more anxious to have her. I have everything ready for her; her bed, her clothes, her stroller and car seat. All that's missing is her. All of our hospital bags are packed and ready but this waiting game is really getting stressful. I've tried everything possible to get her out and she refuses!! I've gone walking, I've done squats. What more?

Today is my 24th birthday and I was really hoping to at least go into labor today and so far, nothing. If you've tagged along on this pregnancy journey, you should know that my original due date was June 6. 2016, which was yesterday, the day before my birthday, then it was changed for June 20th because the baby was measuring two weeks smaller than what we were counting. Naturally, I hoped they were wrong in changing my due date and still had hope she would be born around this week but let's see. I've heard that anything can happen in 24 hours so I'm still anxiously waiting on her arrival.

Yesterday I went on a small shopping spree to buy her some summer clothes; when I got home, I started having strong contractions. They started off between 7-10 minutes apart but then switched up on me to 30 minutes apart, so right before bed, I prayed "Lord, please let me have this baby on my birthday". Yes, I know, it sounds funny that I prayed over that lol, but I did. No contractions so far, though. Which I'm ok with. I know she is going to arrive at the perfect moment, but I can't wait to hold my baby girl in my arms.




  • Stretch marks : Plenty. I thought I would make it my entire pregnancy without them but when I hit 8 months, they just popped out of nowhere. Mind you, I avoided scratching and kept my belly moisturized. But at the end of the day, the stretch marks are worth it.
  • Weight gain : I've held off posting my weight, but now that I am at the end of pregnancy, I feel comfortable enough to share it with you guys. My pre-pregnancy weight was 135 lbs. Now my pregnancy weight is 154 lbs. So I've gained a total of 19 lbs. Not too shabby!
  • Cravings : Sweets. Sunflower seeds. And of course, sushi, but I have to wait until after I have Mali to indulge on those.
  • Contractions : Braxton Hicks have hit me since 7 months pregnant but lately I'm getting them a lot more through out the day. Yesterday (as I stated above), I got contractions between 7-10 minutes then every 30 minutes. Today, I've only felt 1 worth documenting.
  • Movements : I've got a little hyper child in there!
Keep me in your prayers! I would like to do a final pregnancy update, but I think this will be my last one until baby #2 comes along... Which will be a very long time from now, lol! I would like to go natural, no pain meds whatsoever, but anything can happen.

Can't wait to post an actual BABY UPDATE!!!!!
Xo, Cynthia


May 21, 2016

Book Review: Fight Like A Girl, Lisa Bevere

"In FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, Lisa Bevere implores us to embrace the differences between the sexes instead of trying to eradicate them. We live in a culture where women and men are encouraged to move closer to center and away from the traits that distinguish females from males. In fact, it's a common insult among men: to "fight like a girl" implies weakness. Instead, Lisa challenges women to accept - and celebrate -  themselves as God created them. Their femininity is actually their greatest strength. Instead of trying to adapt to the ill-fitting male model, women need to pick up the power God ordained for them and make their unique and much-needed mark on society, the world, and the church.

In FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, you will discover how to fully embrace and express the femininity God designed - and so highly values - in you. In learning to "fight like a girl" lies a woman's true potential and fulfillment.

May 16, 2016

Holding onto Your promises

I believe in Your promises, oh Lord
And I will keep them
Near and dear to my heart,
For when my mind starts to fear
That it may be too late
For Your blessings to get her
Your promise will remind me
To stand still because You are God
And You will never fail,
Your words of promise and comfort will sail
Through my heart and through my mind
And bring comfort to my deepest part.

© Copyright May 2016. Cynthia Enid Cano, Del Toro

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May 9, 2016

30 Motivational quotes to kick start your week

This is your reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you!


  1. "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."
  2. "Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring."
  3. "If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it."
  4. "Don't expect to see a change if you don't make one."
  5. "Stay positive, work hard, make it happen."
  6. "The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine among those she never believed she could."
  7. "You don't have to be better than everyone else. You should strive to be better than you ever thought you could be."
  8. "Will it be easy? Nope? Worth it? Absolutely!."
  9. "No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up."
  10. "Keep putting out good.It will come back to you tenfold in unexpected ways."
  11. "Go the extra mile, it's never crowded."
  12. "Punch today in the face!"
  13. "A negative mind will never give you a positive life."
  14. "The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
  15. "A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot."
  16. "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."
  17. "If you want a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects."
  18. "Take a chance, you never know what could happen."
  19. "You're brave and brilliant, and oh so resilient."
  20. "Don't be afraid to start over. It's a brand new opportunity to to rebuild what you truly want."
  21. "Strive for progress, not perfection."
  22. "Every accomplishment begins with decision to try."
  23. "When you think about quitting, think about why you started."
  24. "Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself."
  25. "Create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning."
  26. "Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do."
  27. "Have pride in how far you've come. Have faith in far you could go."
  28. "The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you."
  29. "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
  30. "Let today be the day that you love yourself enough to no longer just dream of a better life, let it be the day you act upon it."
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Apr 29, 2016

My biggest fear at 32 weeks

I'm in the final days of my 32 weeks of pregnancy and my nesting mood has kicked in. I have been into cleaning and decorating for the past couple of days and I can't seem to sit down and relax. Except for today. Today I woke up feeling my belly so heavy and feeling like I can't put my feet on the ground. So I've taken the day to just sit on my comfy couch, watch reruns of KUWTK and browse the web. The episode I'm currently watching (literally as I type up this post) is the one where North came 5 weeks before he due date and apparently, her nursery was nowhere near to being done or even started! That brought me to thinking....



I've had contractions this past week and had to call my doctor to see if I should go to the hospital or wait it out til my next appointment, which was the following day. Thank God, they said to just drink lots of water and relax since I wasn't having any vaginal bleeding and I had less than 5 contractions in an hour, so I did, for a few minutes and then I was up and moving again. Since then, I've been all about getting everything ready for Mali, I mean, she could be here any minute now! But after watching this episode, it kind of spooked me a little more than what I've already been and started to think about everything I'm fearing for the next couple of weeks.

Mali being born early and her nursery not being ready
For the past week I have been so focused on getting the room ready. Since I'm separated and living at my parents house, Mali and I will be sharing a room. I pretty much had my side of the room ready since December but I decided on a coral color for Mali's side a few days ago. So we painted, but now I have to change the color pattern on my side of the room again, lol. The struggle of decorating a combined room! My mom has been on top of me to sit down and relax, but I feel so anxious about her arrival and just want to see everything done already.

Labor pains 
Those that know me, know I'm not into experiencing pain. My family jokes all the time about how I reacted to the pain I had right before my surgery. Yea, it was a serious matter, but looking back on it now, even I crack up at it. I was yelling and telling everyone because of how bad it was, so I can only imagine how it will be for me when I go into labor. I've had the minor pain of Braxton Hicks but I'm pretty sure it can't be as bad as real contractions. So good luck to me!

Having to go in for an emergency c-section
I think this is pretty much every pregnant woman's fear, I have already gone through surgery once to remove my first pregnancy (it was an ectopic) and even though a c-section is almost completely different than the procedure I had, I'm terrified of having to go through it. The thought of being awake during the surgical procedure just freaks me out. I can't stand pain, imagine feeling all that pressure and movement inside (I'm assuming it's different than baby movements).

I've been so happy and excited for the arrival for my baby girl my entire pregnancy but as time goes by and I get closer to the due date, I become more nervous and scared of the entire experience.

With that said, what are/were some of your fears towards the end of your pregnancy?

Xo, Cynthia

PS: I started writing this post as I watched tv, It wasn't planned or anything so excuse an grammar mistakes.. I read over it once I finished it but didn't do an actual proof-read, lol.

Apr 25, 2016

Women's Retreat: Stand up & Shine!

This past weekend was such a blessing!

Friday evening, myself and some of the women from my church road tripped to Cincinnati, OH for a women's retreat. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there but when we finally made it, it was well worth the drive. Phones, tablets, etc, were put away and it was time to enjoy our time alone with God.

When we got there on Friday, we quickly entered to join the rest of the ladies in service. We sang songs to the Lord and many women received prophet words directly from God. When service was over, we made our way to the bunks. We had so much fun! We ended up changing rooms, where just the 8 of us. Because of how loud we were, three more people that weren't in our group ended up joining us in that room... but wait until you hear the testimony on that. It was so much fun!

Apr 22, 2016

Pursuing Intimacy with God

I used to think that in order for me to have a high level of intimacy with God, I had to go through tough situations; as if a tough situation would really push me closer to Him. In part, yes, that does need to happen because sometimes, we are so focused on the good that we forget to continue establishing that daily relationship with Him. The sad thing about it is that our intimacy with God has become circumstantial instead of being a passion we live for. I have noticed that in many people's lives, including my own, that intimate relationship with God is no longer a priority but more of a when I need it type of thing. It shouldn't be that way, plain and simple. We should (especially if we have already been given the opportunity to know Him) desire to have that deeper connection with Him; we shouldn't be satisfied to pursue Him only when we need Him for something.

Apr 19, 2016

Tips on traveling in your third trimester

No one knows the struggle of traveling better than a pregnant woman, especially when traveling over the road. I'm telling you, I enjoyed the 15 hour road trip but if you ask me if I would do it again, I'd say not in my third trimester. It wasn't a horrible trip, but it was tiring and uncomfortable with this big ol' belly and to add to the stress of my big ol' belly, we also traveled with three dogs. Never again.

Before taking the trip, I read a lot of different blogs about traveling while pregnant and I tried to follow a lot of their tips, but when it's your turn to take the trip, the results can be a little different. SO! I decided to create my own list of tips for all of you expecting mommies in hopes to lighten up the stress of traveling in your third trimester. By no means are these tips something you have to follow, but tips to keep in mind on your next trip.





  • Dress comfy!
    Try to wear loose fitting clothes if you can. On the way to our destination, I decided to wear leggings and a maternity shirt because I thought it would be comfortable and cute. Well, I did a great job on the cute part but on the comfortable part, not so much. Not only did the leggings not give me any breathing room on my legs, but they hurt the crap out of my lower belly after sitting for almost 16 hours. On the way back home, I decided on a t-shirt and loose pajama pants and I was so much more comfortable the entire ride.
  • Leave the sneakers in your bag!
    I thought sneakers would prevent my feet from swelling so much but it kind of made it worse. By the time I took off my sneakers I could barely walk due to the fact that since my feet were compressed the entire time, all the swelling went to my ankles. As dumb as this sounds, I'd rather have my entire foot swollen than just my ankles; it's way too painful. On the way back home, I decided on flip flops that were easy to take off and put back whenever we stopped for a restroom break.
  • Don't skip restroom breaks!
    You never know how far the next rest area is (well, actually you do).  Each sign should tell you the distance to the next one but don't try to be brave and hold on until you can't anymore. Stop while you can, believe me. There was only one time I decided to wait so that we could get a little bit more ahead and I regretted it afterward. I ended up telling my mom to stop wherever there was a gas station so I could run into the restroom, thank God we finally got to the rest area in time.
  • Pack lots of snacks!
    Healthy if possible! We packed ham and cheese sandwiches with a bag of lettuce on the side for those that eat lettuce; peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fruits and crackers. Oh! and lots of water and juices. You have to make sure you keep yourself hydrated with water (even if it means taking an extra restroom break). Remember to think of your little one. Believe me when I say, he/she will get uncomfortable in there and will let you know it.
  • Call shot gun!
    Sitting in the front seat passenger side is definitely going to help with the swelling on your feet. I swelled a lot when I sat in the back but once I sat in the front seat and was able to elevate my feet up on the dashboard, the swelling went down a lot.
  • Pack your baby bag & take it with you!
    Honestly, I didn't really need to take the precaution because I've had such a healthy pregnancy that doctors weren't worried about me traveling, but lets be real, anything can happen. You want to be prepared in case your little one decides to make an unexpected appearance. 
and lastly.....
  • Enjoy the ride!
    I stressed the trip a lot at first because I was so nervous about traveling so late in my pregnancy, but once I relaxed, I was able to enjoy the trip alongside my family.

Let me know what you mommies to be think about these tips & feel free to share your own!

Apr 13, 2016

Back to school, I go.

That's right.

I have officially completed my registration and financial aid application for the Fall. I know some people may down me for going back to school just a month and a half after my daughter is born, but I'm doing this for her.

I have wanted to go back to school for so long but due to certain personal circumstances, I haven't had the chance. But with bringing this little person into the world, and knowing I will have to provide for her until the day that she begins her own life, I decided I wanted to become a better person. Again, I wanted to this before but because of some issues in my life, I wasn't able to. Now that it's just me and her, I have found enough motivation to move forward in my life and do better, not for me, but for her, my princess.


Apr 11, 2016

Bump Update: 30 weeks pregnant!

Hello, Third Trimester!

Today I am finally 30 weeks pregnant. It's crazy how fast these 7 1/2 months have gone by. Pretty soon I'll have my little girl in my arms. Ah! I can't wait. Pregnancy has been such a beautiful experience for me; being able to feel Mali's little kicks and movements and feeling her have hiccups; ohmagoshhh, I love it. I know for a fact that when she is here, I'm going to miss feeling her inside of me, but nothing will compare to actually having her in my arms.

I'm excited to be a mother. I dreamed of this since I was a little girl. When I got married in 2014 I prayed nonstop for me to become pregnant. Many know my testimony and many don't but finding out I was pregnant in October of 2015 was truly a miracle - from having emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, to being told it would take a while for me become pregnant, to God tell us that we would be great parents and that I was healed, and then getting our confirmation. God truly does work in mysterious ways and that's why our babygirl is a miracle from Heaven (read the full testimony here).


In just two days my family and I leave to Connecticut for my first babyshower. Yes, my first, meaning I have a second one coming in May, lol. My father and stepmother are hosting a babyshower in my hometown so that our entire family can celebrate the coming of the first grand daughter in the Del Toro family (just like I was the first grand daughter, Mali now is the first grand daughter too). It's going to be such a beautiful day, I know it! Don't worry, I will definitely keep everyone posted on how both babyshower's turned out.



  • Movements : She moves so much during the day and night. But she does most of her hard kicks around 11pm, every single night, lol. She gives me a hard time sleeping most of the time, but I wouldn't trade this feeling for anything in this world.
  • Weight Gain : So far I have gained a total of almost 20 pounds and I'm not ashamed of it! Mostly it's all baby because you can't even see the pounds on me.
  • Contractions : For the first last week I had braxton hicks contractions around 1-2 in the morning. They were strong but not so strong, if you get what I mean. They were definitely strong enough to wake me up in the middle of the night.
  • Cravings : Nothing but sweets. Don't judge me! I get these late night cravings for sweet stuff a couple times a week. There's been a couple times we've made late night runs to McDonald's for Oreo and M&M mcflurries, lol.
  • Swelling : A lot. I started working part time a little over a month ago and ever since then my feet and fingers started swelling really bad and I ended up in the hospital. Everything turned out fine but they did tell me to stay away from salty foods, especially any fast foods (which I started eating a lot when I started working again).
  • Heartburn : I get heartburn from time to time so I'm hoping she comes out with lots of hair.

Pregnancy has been a blessing but I can't wait for June to come around and meet this little princess of ours!







Apr 2, 2016

Out of My Comfort Zone


Mar 1, 2016

Pregnancy Do's & Dont's: The First 6 Months


Six months into my pregnancy and I can honestly say that there are a few things I would do differently. I have enjoyed my pregnancy to the max, so don't get me wrong on that, but being as to how this is the first pregnancy I actually get to enjoy (and others have enjoyed with me) I was kind of hesitant to make certain decisions for myself. So, I gathered up a list of do's and don't for the expectant mommy. Keep in mind, these are my personal experiences and things I would do differently, so by no means is this a list of things you have to do (obviously, lol).


DO's

  • Do follow your baby's development. 
    • I downloaded two apps - Pregnancy on Baby Center and Baby Bump Pro. You'll love seeing how your baby grows and changes from the moment you found out you were pregnant to the moment your baby entered this world. I loved both because they each gave me different information to read each day. Baby Bump Pro caught my attention because every week it shows you a picture of what the baby and uterus looks like at that stage. 

  • Do take pictures of your belly.
    • Once your belly is gone, I'm pretty sure you'll miss it. I usually try to take a snap a pic once a week sometimes every two weeks, but of course, just your personal preference. I like to put the pictures together into a collage to see how much I've grown in just a few days. Believe me when I say, you won't notice any changes to your body until you see the pictures!
  • Do wear undershirts!
    • I know it sounds silly, but you will have the worse case of its getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes! OMG. I have never felt so hot until I became pregnant. The good thing about wearing undershirts/layers is that one by one you can take them off until you feel comfortable. If you rather not wear undershirts, a great idea would be to carry something like in your purse that would be easy to change into. Believe me when I say undershirts will become your best friend.


DONT's

  • Don't feel like you are obligated to let everyone touch your belly.
    • I don't mind showing off my belly, bu there are only a handful of people that I actually allow to rub it. In the beginning of my pregnancy (and sometimes even now) I would feel bad if I said no but now that I'm close to ending this pregnancy, I wish I would've put a limit to how much and how long people rubbed my belly for. There have been so many times where I have felt uncomfortable but to keep everyone happy, I've kind of just dealt with it. Remember, it's YOUR body. If you feel uncomfortable, don't force yourself to let everyone touch your belly. You do have a choice!
  • Don't stop wearing those heels!
    • Everyone always told me that once I became pregnant, I couldn't wear heels anymore. But, I did! It's perfectly safe just as long as you feel comfortable in them and they're not so high. I love wear heels so I still wear them, even at six months. Of course, with the extra weight I've gained I have to be extra cautious because my step has become harder. Lately though, I've leaned more towards flats... Expect to do the same towards the end of your pregnancy.


These were just a couple things I could think for the first 6 months of my pregnancy. I hope I'll be able to do another one after the baby is born. Look out for part 2 in June!


Feb 26, 2016

Should young children be responsible for house chores?


I saw this on Facebook a while ago and shared it to my Mom Squad Facebook group, then figured it would be a great discussion topic, so here we are!


Feb 7, 2016

IT'S A....................




Yes! Yes! Yes!
  It's a GIRL!

She obviously was not shy at all!

Giving mommy a big smile!


There are no words to describe my excitement, literally - look at my face in the video lol. All this time I thought it was a boy and to my surprise, God heard a prayer that I have had for many years. Ever since my grandmother passed away when I was 11 years old, I always prayed to God to give me a girl when I first became pregnant so that I could name her after my grandmother. But since I became pregnant (or found out I was pregnant) in October, I kind of programmed my mind to expect a boy for the simple fact that I have all brothers and no sisters. Orlando also all brothers, except for 1 sister. So I automatically assumed that if we both had basically all male siblings, that it would be really hard for me to have a daughter. But God heard my deepest of prayer and He answered it. This is truly a blessing to both of us and our families.

We agreed on naming our babygirl Irmáliz Enid.

Irmáliz, meaning Irma (after my grandmother) and adding Liz to the end to make it something unique and different.

 Enid, meaning "In Spirit" (which is also my middle name given to me by my grandmother)

Yesterday was such a great day! I am so thankful for all the family and friends that stopped by to share that special moment with my family and myself.




 Irmáliz will be sooooooooooooo spoiled. She is my mothers first grandchild ever and my fathers first granddaughter after 3 grandsons. So imagine the joy that we all feel to know that she will be here in just 4 months (that are going to take forever and eternity)!

Now.... the shopping begins!!!!!!




PS: I decided not to do the February Journal Challenge this weekend just because I have been too excited about the news on our babygirl. I figured this was reason enough to skip it lol. I'll start up again tomorrow!

Jan 27, 2016

The story behind why I started blogging






I've been blogging for many years - changed websites a couples times, decided not to blog anymore, and then came back. Why the back and forth? Long story.

As a young girl, I always loved to write. I kept diaries and notebooks for a bunch of different things. I had my mom buy me diaries so that I can keep my deepest darkest secrets, vent when I was angry, and talk about the future that I dreamed. The notebooks were more for writing poetry and planning. I am now 20-something years old and still do it. My "diary" is actually a plain composition notebook that I consider my prayer journal. There I write like I'm talking to God - mostly when I have a mumbo jumbo of emotions, I let it out there. The notebooks I have: one for church purposes, one for poetry, and a binder for my blogging material. Simple, isn't it?


Jan 23, 2016

I'm finally getting all of my energy back!

It only took until my second trimester (almost 5 months already) to get all of my energy back. Ugh! What a relief. Since day one of pregnancy all I could do was sleep. Which is not really such a bad thing but when you sleep all day and get nothing done, it's the worse. I would wake up tired even after sleeping a good 10-12 hours. I went practically an entire 5 months without cooking anything for myself. I've been living with my mother since August of last year, found out I was pregnant in October and ever since then, I've been eating my grandmothers cooking or my mothers. I mean, it's not bad food, but I did miss my own cooking.

This weekend I finally started feeling better. I gathered up the energy to actually clean something other than my bedroom, like the kitchen! Those that know me, know I hate cleaning kitchens but I enjoyed it so much! I even cooked!!! Yessssss hunnnnyyyyy. I made some ribs with roasted/seasoned potatoes and seasoned asparagus. Ohmygoodnesssss, I was in heaven. Yesterday, I picked up my grandmother and said, lets go grocery shopping - something else I have hated to do since I became pregnant but went! I think some people reading this are probably like, is she really excited to be doing this stuff?, well yes, yes I am lol. Do you realize what it is to go through a whole 5 MONTHS of laziness? >_<


I had my regular check-up Tuesday morning and it was quite interesting! My beautiful child did not want to be bothered at all. I find that the baby moves a lot more at night which is why half the time, I don't go to sleep until 2am. But Tuesday, as the doctor put the doppler on my belling and started moving it around, the baby decided to play hide and seek. He/She just wasn't having it lol. Thankfully, the baby stopped moving and were able to hear it's heartbeat - a beautiful 150. I don't get tired of hearing that sound.


BUMP UPDATE!!

  • MOVEMENTS  :  My baby is flexing now, so yes, lots and lots and lots of movements. And most movements are at night when I'm trying to fall asleep or when I'm (better yet, the baby) is hungry. But I love it! I can't wait to feel actual kicks and see it's elbow sticking out of my belly.
  • FOOD CRAVINGS  :  Nothing specific, just my own cooking. I missed it dearly.
  • WEIGHT GAIN  :  2 lbs gain from my pre-pregnancy weight. I asked the doctor on Tuesday if it was normal not to have gained much weight and she said it was perfectly ok, seeing as to how it's still fairly early in the pregnancy.
  • GENDER  :  Dun, dun dunnnn.... I find out on February 2nd. Well technically, my mother and best friends find out out the 2nd, I'll be finding out that weekend at the gender reveal party.
  • PURCHASES  :  I haven't bought anything since the babybook. It's really hard to find gender neutral things so I'll just wait it out and then splurge once I know the gender.


Pregnant mommies: are the prenatal vitamins making you sick? Mines did. I stopped taking them and mentioned it to my doctor. The best thing to take is the Flintstones chewable or gummy vitamins, and make sure they have iron in them. They are great. I take two a day. One in the morning and one before bed.



Jan 21, 2016

Book Review: Women of Destiny, Cindy Jacobs

As many already know, I started up a book club called Club 31, back in September 2015. It was something that I envisioned for quite a while before actually moved in to realize it. So far it has been very successful. It brought together a group of young women not only as friends but as each other's motivators and go to personnel's.

We finished off the year with Women of Destiny by Cindy Jacobs. It was the first book we read and it was truly inspirational. Below I will describe the Pros and Cons about it and leave you with a final thought.


Jan 19, 2016

My top 10 Instagram favorites



I absolutely love this "curly haired mommy/daughter blogger". She reminds me so much of myself with the curly hair, and her daughter, omg, she's gorgeous. She makes me want a daughter so much more. Imagine the matching hair!!!




Truly an inspiration. She is a minister of God with her own sense of style and personality. I really enjoy following her on social media. She is always positive and has a great outlook on life.


Jan 17, 2016

Dear young self,

I never thought growing up would come so fast, but it sure did. I remember when I was just 12 years old and planning my big Quinceanera and my dream Wedding. Man, I really drove mami crazy with all that planning! I must admit though, both Quinceanera and the Wedding surpassed my expectations. I remember dreaming of being pregnant and becoming a mom, and now, here I am, 4 months pregnant. It's exciting to look back and remember the things I use to journal and dream about, and now actually get to live those things.

Jan 16, 2016

Family game night

I've come to realize the importance of family much more recently than I have in the past. Difficult times always come extra baggage, emotionally. So it's good to know that even when I feel most alone, I have people there that will always stand by my side. Sometimes with correction, and sometimes with plain ol' support, but they're there.

Yesterday, between my parents, my brother and myself, we treated ourselves to a night out. We enjoyed watching the Pacer's play (even though they lost) very much. We laughed and smiled plenty. Take a look!

Jan 12, 2016

Your past is too heavy

For the most part, I usually try to start my blog posts with a catchy introduction but this topic is weighing so heavily in my heart, that I felt the need to get straight to the point this time around.

Before making it to leadership class on Thursday, the words "your past is too heavy" popped into my mind. I wrote them in my binder and left the binder open as if I was going to return to write something, but that was not the plan (I usually close the binder and store it away). After class was done, Apostle Christie began the closing prayer and there the Holy Spirit began to minister. She spoke of two hearts in the room needing to be healed and my eyes immediately teared, knowing that one of those hearts were mine. But in order to have the necessary healing there were two instructions we were to follow...

Forgive.
Listen to his voice.

Jan 4, 2016

First post of 2016... And a bump update: 16 weeks pregnant!

Happy New Year, lovelies!

This is officially my first post of the year, and although I've had a rough last couple of weeks, I'm ready to start this year with the necessary changes in my life. I have to admit, adjusting to change is hard. I found myself in a good place just a couple months ago, but lately, I have acted contrary to the person I had managed to become in Christ. As we all already know, things never get easier unless you depend solely on God, and honestly, I kind of lost a bit of that. Am I saying that I have given up? Of course not. It's been hard, yes, but I'm working on refocusing myself. I'm on a mission to detox myself of all negativity that can jeopardize my happiness and the happiness of those around me.

As the year continues on, I ask that each of you reading this today, to continue praying for me and the upcoming changes in 2016. Your prayers are always needed and appreciated!





Speaking of changes in 2016... One of the major changes this year for me is the transition into motherhood come June. Today , I'm 16 weeks pregnant and showing a lot more than what I was on my last update. Baby is doing great: healthy and very active! We call him/her Bubbles because that what I feel everytime there's movement.


Weight change ▪ Originally lost a pound, but at my last appointment I gained two pounds (all baby)

Movement ▪ BUBBLES!! Baby gets very active during the evening times or when I'm laying in bed

Favorite foods ▪ Nothing specific just sweets 

Sleep ▪ It's true when they said that during pregnancy a woman tends to sleep a lot more but I didn't think it would be this much lol 

Gifts ▪ The baby book! We went to Baby's R Us this weekend to update my baby registry and ended up getting the baby book. I'm so excited to get it filled out

Boy or Girl ▪ As much as I would absolutely LOVE to have my baby girl, I have a gut feeling I'm carrying my little man in there... But we will see come February 

Well, that's all folks! Stay tuned for Club 31's update this weekend. We have finally started our new book.



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