Kick Push

19 weeks baby ultrasound

Since I’ve hit my 23 week mark, our little baby girl has been stealing quite the spotlight. Just this past Sunday, Brian felt her kick for the very first time! Sadly, we couldn’t do our happy dance nor shout hooray since it was during the sacrament meeting at church (those church goers will never know what they’ve missed). It was quite a special moment for us. I’ve been anxiously waiting for Brian to feel her move instead of me describing it to him and Brian has been quite a patient daddy.

Baby girl

I sure hope to forever remember how special and magical the feeling of having a little human being grow inside of me. It’s honestly freakish, alien- like and yet so miraculous and beautiful all at the same time. It’s hard not to feel blessed and loved whenever I feel her kick which is pretty frequent lately. It’s been difficult to sit behind the desk because that’s when she constantly moves. And so, I always have to shake my knees and such to calm her down. I sure can’t wait to see her little dance moves.

I don’t have an updated baby bump photo yet so here goes some photos from my 20-21 weeks 🙂

20 weeks

21 weeks

PS: Check out this Pregnancy belt from Huggies.

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Dirty Dishes

As much as I love being a wifey and having my own kitchen, there is one chore I never got along with…

Dishes

Everytime I see the sink filled with dirty dishes, I seriously want to scream this out loud in a very melodramatic way…

no more dirty dishes

Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way… 😦

But I suppose a clean kitchen and a happy husband makes it all worth it

hubby dish

17 Weeks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Just want to do a quick update before I start making dinner…

Brian and I had the chance to visit with my in-laws in Tennessee. We brought Samson along with us for his very first road trip and it was quite a success!

Samson at 7 months TN

I also survived my very first road trip being preggo. There were uncomfortable moments and we had enough snacks in the car to keep the baby fed. One thing I love about my father-in-law is that he is a photobug like me. Here’s a little portrait of our family taken by him:

Simpson family

He also helped me start my weekly belly shots. 17 weeks pregnant

This 2nd trimester is definitely my favorite part of being pregnant. Long gone are the days of throwing up and super fatigue (finally)! Since my pregnancy, I’ve been losing weight and I am glad to say that I am finally gaining some weight- never thought I’d be happy about that. My appetite has definitely increased to the point that I ALWAYS have food with me nowadays. haha

I’m hoping to be able to put up our Christmas decor this week. Have you done yours?

Baby on Board

Ladies & Gentlemen

Behold the announcement we’ve been anxiously waiting to share with you…

WeVideo Baby Simpson

Click to watch the video

Here’s our little munchkin at 12 weeks…

Baby SImpson at 12 weeks

Brian & I are very excited & nervous to start this new chapter of our lives.

I just want to briefly express my gratitude to everyone who has been so generous & kind to me and my family.

Also, for our loving Heavenly Father for giving me this blessing & opportunity to be a mother to one of His sweet little children.

xoxo, Grace

My 3 Best Friends

It’s Labor day weekend and I get to spend it with these hotties 😀

Senador

I love my siblings! I’m so grateful that we actually like each other. Being the older sister, I had the privilege of helping my parents with raising them up (as much as I could). I love how we can laugh at each other and that no matter what, I can always rely on each one of them.

Senador

We’ve all grown up and we’re all in different places in our lives but I know we’ll always be brothers and sisters ❤

Sibling Love

xoxo, Ate

My Mama Graduated!

Last week, I got to witness my Mama graduate from LPN school. Look at that mega-watt smile 😀

Mama

 My mama is definitely an inspiration to me. She is beautiful, loving, caring and very industrious. In addition to that, she is very smart and is full of wisdom. She has always taught us these words:                                                                     “Doing your best makes you a winner”

 Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”

Mama's Grad Group

She was one of the top students in her class and she was also chosen to give the graduation speech. Let me tell you something… she was brilliant. She enunciated her words, took her time, and her speech was just awesome! She shared her experience of going back to school after raising 4 kids and being 50 something years old. Mama Speech

She also shared that It’s never too late to change your major or your career. My mom actually has her Bachelors degree in Accounting but has decided to switch to the medical field. She is now contemplating on branching to the RN program. 

Mama Nursing Pinning

This is a photo of my mom and her batch after the ceremony. She’s the tiny little lady on the very right 😉Mama's Batch

After the ceremony, my mom was overwhelmed with so much love and support from her friends that Papa had to creep in for a hug… and Brian just had to photo bomb that sweet moment haha

Mama and Papa collage

Papa may or may not have a tear or two. He has been such a supportive husband to my mom. One thing that I admire about my parents is that they share each other’s accomplishments. You can tell how proud he was of my mom. It’s the sweetest thing. I mean just look at them… I just wanna hug them!Mama and Papa

Another sweet deal about my mom’s graduation is that my grandma (Apo) was there to witness her daughter graduate. Apparently when Mama first graduated, it was just a nightmare. Mama Apo

I am thankful for the way my Mama has raised me up. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know the value of money or the meaning of hard work. When we were younger, Papa had to work abroad to support our family. Mama stood strong and raised all four of us by herself. That itself is an accomplishment worthy of recognition.
Happy Mama

In behalf of my mama, thank you for all your love and support.

I love you Mama

xoxo

Samson

I’ll make this short and sweet for now. Just in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been or what has happened to this blog … well, I’ll have to put the blame on this little fur ball of joy 😉

Samson 11 weeks Mini Goldendoodle

This is Samson. He is a mini F1b goldendoodle (go ahead and google it I’m not making it up). He is now 12 weeks old and weighs about 7 lbs. He knows a few tricks: sit, come, stay, shake, touch, and lay down. He is almost fully potty-trained and is still learning very eagerly. 

I never thought I would be one of those people I used to make fun of. Yes, I have become a “dog lover” or maybe even worse than that because… I treat him like my own human baby. Some may find it disturbing, others may find it annoying and I won’t even dare compare raising a dog to a human baby. All I know is Samson has been a great source of joy in our home. He is the sweetest pup and he’s unbelievably smart. My brother-in-law, Patrick mentioned something about our pets possibly living with us after-life. It has stuck with me since then. Call it a fantasy or what not but it sure is a nice thought. 

Samson Paws 11 weeks

Doodle momma out. xoxo