celebrating Lola {what we wore Sunday}

red cape // Gap Maternity shift dress // Tory Burch Britten clutch

my wonderful family... we miss you Diana, N  and Amelia.

my baby, who does not look like a baby anymore....

this is how they burn off what they ate...

Bastian: Old Navy button down shirt for babies // JCP kids pants
Isabel: Zara white dress {similar from CrewCuts}  // CK jacket

Here's Lola and Bastian

bump at 34 weeks + 4 days

Have you had the meat sweats? I never have so I cannot really tell you what it feels like... Apparently people that eat at Brazilian steakhouses who consume a lot of meat have the "meat sweats" when they leave the place.

Since I worked downtown this weekend and my mom, who loves steak, has not been to Fogo de Chao; I thought it would be the perfect time to reserve seats for a really nice heavy lunch treat! It was really heavy! I can feel all that filet mignon + baby!

Happy birthday, Lola (mommy!)

Linking up with WWIW, TuckerUP and FLAP.

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measuring small

Old Navy top // Gap maternity tank// JCpenney Maternity tights // Chinese Laundry sandals 

Old Navy top // Gap maternity tank// JCpenney Maternity tights // Chinese Laundry sandals 

Would you believe that my belly is measuring smaller than expected? every visit after 20 weeks, OBs or midwives or NPs usually measure fundal height. They use a tape measure -- point A is the pubic symphysis all the way to point B, top of the fundus or uterus. Since 28 weeks gestation, I measured 0.5 cm below what is expected. When I went a week ago, apparently my belly did not grow! what?

Baby D4 is moving fine. I am not feeling anything different or unusual... besides the back pain. But to be safe, my OB ordered an ultrasound to check fluid status and baby's size. Is the baby transverse or breech presentation?  Is the baby descending too soon down the pelvic area (as in engaged and getting ready for labor)? I do not know... and I hope not. Baby D4 still has more or less 6 weeks for some growing in utero.

photo cred: my kindergartner

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my King's princess #BISsisterhood

Gap Chambray top (similar) // Purple Tutu ~ gift // Saltwater Sandals via eBay

Trying to get this post uploaded before the linkup ends... I am late joining the fun. But since 5/21's link-up is about body image and I was already going to post something about my little girl ~~ then might as well do it now right?

For those who have been readers of this blog, there is no surprise that my little Isabel is such a girly-girl. One reason why I was hoping for 4 boys/sons (yup, crazy wish!) is that I am afraid to raise a girl. I *mostly turned out alright (!) but I  have this fear that I would not know how to be a good role model for my daughters. Of course, I am thankful that I have her. She is a sweetheart. She is a girly-girl. She loves fashion, dressing up and all-things-princesses.

I tried not to introduce Disney princesses or Barbie to her. But when there is something you try so hard not to do ~ it ends up happening anyway!

A few nights ago, I had this conversation with her:
Isabel: now  i am princess. I will find my prince and go to a big castle. 
Me: you are always a princess... because you are God's princess. 
Isabel: Jesus does not have princesses. Princesses live in castles, not with Jesus. 

Granted, this conversation is with my 3 year old. I cannot really reason with her. I was surprised with her comeback and I did not have anything to say after.

Another conversation: she was playing with her play make-up given by a friend. She used the make-up brush and pretended to place something on her face. 
Isabel: now I am beautiful.
Me: you are always beautiful, sweetheart. God made you beautiful. You do not need make-up to be beautiful.

Am I going overboard? Am I looking for every single opportunity and teaching her every little second or chance I get? When is too much - too much? or when is "what I am doing" not enough?

I really believe that talking with our girls/daughters about body image, beauty, sex, marriage and life HAS to happen. I never really had a 'talk' with my mom or grandma about those things growing up. I was already in college exploring and learning about relationships sexuality, dating etc when they started talking to me about it. I also have body image issues. I was chubby growing up. I slimmed down once I hit puberty. But I always have this bad feeling about "weight gain", "flabby arms" and fat. Hence, the battle inside me when I gain weight during pregnancy. I was made fun for my weight when I was young. So now, yes, I have gained another 40 lbs (yikes!) and I am sad about that. 

But that sadness cannot be the only thing I show my daughter. And I am happy to say: that's not what I show her. I am happy I am carrying another blessing. God gave me this opportunity to be co-creator with him. Being a mom, with the big belly and "battle scars and all" is the best thing I have ever done.

Our bodies are beautiful and I want to show that to my daughter. I want to be an example.

Sex and love are beautiful gifts. I want her to wait until somebody as perfect as HIS ONE TRUE prince comes along. {Nobody can really be as perfect as Jesus -- but anybody as close to saintly as my husband is good enough for my daughters}.

I may be afraid but I cannot be paralyzed by fear all the time.

Any tips for this mom? Those with daughters, how do you handle day-today teachings or opportunities? I am all ears!

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go Scrappers!

Daniel is wrapping up his first season of rec sports. Being a first time sports mom, I missed registration for Tee-ball and soccer last year. I did not know that spring sports registration start around wintertime! And that little league registration is as early as December. {No worries, I have the date already on my calendar so I won't be missing registration}.

Our Tee-ball league is always in need of volunteer coaches. I asked Derrick if he's ok to be asst coach on the registration form. He agreed. Come start of the season: he was nominated as HEAD coach! yep.

I'd say Derrick did great his first year coaching -- having not played Tee ball or baseball himself (!) Honestly, it was more admin stuff than anything. Emailing the other coaches for weather cancellations. Reminding parents for practice or Friday night games, etc.  Coaching these kids is easy... just tell them, run, bat, catch, stay here, hustle etc. 

Daniel had so much fun! He said he is ready for Little League next year!

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memorial day weekend {wiws}

Dress via zulily // Steve Madden heels // earrings from Ate Yam from Hawaii

Bump 33 weeks + 5 days

Dress via zulily // Steve Madden heels // earrings from Ate Yam from Hawaii
on Bastian: jumper set from zulily // Saltwater sandals

Wishing y'all a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend.
We have a somewhat busy weekend planned. But since I am 33+ weeks pregnant, we have a lot of breaks in between. Right now, I have my feet up and listening to the Indy500 race streaming on the radio. 

Who listens to StoryCorps on NPR and cry? raise your hand. don't be shy. I am one of them. you're not alone. See below for Friday's storycorp.  we remember those who gave their lives for freedom and peace! To all our vets and active military men and women, THANK YOU.

Linking up with WIWW, TuckerUp, DC instyle, and FLAP.

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recent auction find

J. crew factory envelope clutch 

Carter romper // Saltwater sandals

JCrew factory envelope clutch via eBay // Chinese Laundry sandals

I love winning stuff on eBay. As for losing ~ I hate it when I get outbid at the very last second! uggh! I am so happy with this recent eBay win. The envelope clutch  from JCrew factory is made of 100% leather. I won this baby for $20! I am eyeing another color: cobalt blue with teal in the middle... That one comes with a shoulder chain. So it can be used as a shoulder bag or clutch. Maybe I will win that one too. Cross my fingers!

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pregnancy wardrobe {skirts}

Target maternity top // Target maxi skirt (now midi ~ girls XL!) // saltwater sandals via Ebay //
necklace via zulily

Target maxi skirt (now midi ~ girls XL!) // saltwater sandals via Ebay

Where did I get this idea to wear nonmaternity skirts as empire waist and make them look like dresses? Awesome mom, Lisa of littlelovesoflife! She was so cute with her bump a few months ago. She wore her skirts just like that! The belly bump is accentuated. Instead of just a big tent over the basketball belly.  

I do not have swelling but as you can see from above, my ankles are huge! cankles anyone? Instead of being size 7.5, I am an 8, pushing to 8.5. I cannot wear my pumps or my MK flats that I just bought a couple of weeks ago. 

The baby needs +/- 6 weeks of incubation but for sure, I cannot wait to wear my fave shoes again. 

photo cred: lilD

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ballerina {wiws}

Macy's dress {similar} // Louis Vuitton clutch // Madden girl sandals 

Janie and Jack top // Tutu from Lola // Saltwater sandals via Ebay

Reappearing are my 3-inch red sandals by Steve Madden Girl.

As much as we like going to Mass as a family, going by myself or even with just one child makes a BIG difference with my participation and attention I give to the readings and prayers.

Derrick served last night so he took Isabel while the boys and I napped. 

I took Daniel this morning as a mommy and me time. It was a good one-on-one time since this afternoon, isabel and I went to our second ballet. Seeing those ballerinas remind me of my "other dream". If I am not a mom or a doctor, I want to be a ballerina. 

During the intermission, Isabel danced and leaped and twirled. She is so funny. For a 3 year old, she endured a 2 hour long ballet. Although she was getting sleepy on the last 30 minutes. She kept asking "are they done?" poor girl, it was even the GREAT part. She passed out on the last 10 minutes. 

Linking up with FL&P, WWIW, DC instyle, and TuckerUp

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