she's here

Baby D4 is born Friday looking like a mini-Isabel. Older sis fell in love at first sight. Amazing how the children knew that baby is a girl! They have xray vision like Superman or something.

Birth story is in the works. We are home now after a normal 48 hour stay at the hospital. We are spoiled parents home with one baby to take care of. Tonight is the ultimate test as all three sibs are coming home after their mini-vacation with their grandparents.

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my man + my manly watch

motherhood maternity top // MK bradshaw watch // LV damier clutch // Zara flats, old

This man right here is the best labor support. I do not think I would have survived 3 natural births without him - to remind me about breathing, praying and having the goal-in-sight. Any day now, we will be tested again with our teamwork.

I have always been a swatch girl. I grew up wearing the brand, changing my straps to match my dresses. For the past few years, I have worn this and this.... Then the batteries died and I stopped wearing watches altogether.

Casual watches are perfect for everyday use specially when I was a resident doctor, on call and wearing scrubs/white coat everyday.

Now that I am "older" and not in scrubs anymore, I can spice it up a bit. I like the idea of a watch as a jewelry making a BOLD statement. I started researching oversized watches and landed on this one! It is HUGE. The case is 43mm. Derrick calls it a man watch. My sister says it's arm candy. I pick the latter.

The watch is huge but I am also HUGE bec of pregnancy weight gain. I wonder what it will look like once I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and the arms and thighs and cheeks are not so chubby anymore. I hope this watch will still look okay.... because I really, really, REALLY like it.

And now for the close-up of the biggest watch EVAH!

MK bradshaw 43mm watch, gold tone

What do you think?
Will you wear one this oversized?
Are you a gold-tone, silver-tone or rose-gold type of person?
Do you prefer to wear casual watches all the time OR fancier watches instead?

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thoughts about baby D4

Daniel: I think it's a girl.

Me: What if we have more after this baby?
Daniel: we can have 3 boys and 2 girls but that's it. Because how are going to fit them in our car?
Me: we will get a bigger van, like Mrs. xxoo
Daniel: she's crazy. Why does she need all those kids?

(and of course the dreaded question:) How does the baby come out?

Stranger/friend/etc: Do you know if it's a boy or girl?
Me: We don't know. it's a surprise.
Stranger/friend/etc: what do you think?
Me: I want a boy.
Isabel: mommmeeeeeee, it's a baby girl.

Me: will you share your dresses and dolls with your baby if it's a girl?
Isabel: sure!

Me: wow the baby is moving a lot.
Sebastian: {no comment, continues to sit on my stomach}

For now, let's leave you with HIS CUTENESS!

If you like to share your prayer requests below, please do so. I am planning another natural birth (God-willing!) and would love to offer your requests. Doing so gives meaning to the suffering of labor pains. 

Just to give you an idea: my labor with Daniel, my offering was to all children who don't have parents who love or take care of them. May my suffering find them love and protection. 

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name if baby is born July 4th + outfit deets

Let's start with his beautiful smile...

Before the huge belly makes it appearance.

The innie trying to be an outie.

I cannot believe I posted these photos... I guess I will have to be reminded somehow of my +50 lb weight gain and HUGE belly someday.

These photos were taken by my sweet Daniel at 36 weeks + 6 days. Just one day shy of 37 weeks. (I am now 38 weeks). I have been boasting that I haven't had braxton hicks. Well.. well... silly me.  For two consecutive days, if I just walk >5 minutes, my belly tightens. Someone say: yup, practice contractions going on, over here.

I also dumped a few things in my hospital bag. Hubs said: I am asking to deliver soon. I don't know. I am still suspicious that this baby is asking to be named: America, or Independence or Freedom. What do you think?

Sharing outfit deets:
beautiful swarovski golden shadow crystal tennis bracelet ~gift from my MIL

Here's a few more that will be a good birthday present or push present or any-day present.

- bound leather bracelet {leather + crystals = perfect combo}

Also, if you'd like to share your prayer requests below. I am planning on another natural birth and would like to offer your prayers.

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vintage bling {wiws}

vintage cuff // vintage bangle set // vintage fashion ring
octagon gold band with diamonds {from my grandma, similar}
gold and rose gold ring {from HongKong}

target maternity tee // floral skirt via zulily

Michael Kors Bradshaw watch, 43 mm //arm cuff, similar // bangles set, similar

See what happens when I am kept waiting while the crew went to change car oil? I was dropped off at my appt, but got done earlier than anticipated. I crossed the street to the vintage store. I have always wanted to check it out.  Lucky me, the entire store is 20% off! 

I could not pass up the bangles and rings. I got the bangle set for $2.50 after the discount. As you can see, it's gold, rose gold and silver tones. I found the heart cuff and also got it for $2.50. The fashion ring is part of the 3/$10 deal -- then 20% off. 

Not shown, but part of the spontaneous shopping, are:
-bicep cuff which I got for $4.80
-two more rings (again part of the 3/$10 deal)
- I found a top with an interesting crochet collar hiding the sleeveless silhouette. It will be a postpartum post

I stopped myself and did not get a gown for $35  because where am I going to wear it?

if you missed the link-up yesterday, you still have 29 days to post and join us!

outfit post linking up with: FLaP, WWIW, TuckerUp.

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super parent {23 questions link-up}

Join us for the link-up and ask the following 23 questions {without giving clues, as much as you can to your kids} and see what they think of their fathers. 

Let's see what my children think of their super parent.

Daniel age 6
Isabel age 3 1/2
1. What is something your dad always says to you?
D: yes

I: I don't know

2. What makes your dad happy? 
D; hugs

I: a card

3. What makes your dad sad? 
D: hitting him

I: when he can't fit on the swing

4. How does your dad make you laugh? 
D: tickling me

I: funny face

5. What was your dad like when he was a child?
D: he played video games

I: He watched ghostbusters when he was a little boy

6. How old is your dad?
D; 68

I: I don't know

7. How tall is your dad? 
D: 7 feet

I: Bigger

8. What is his favorite thing to do? 
D: play with us

I: watch basketball

9. What does your dad do when you're not around? 
D: watch tv

I: Daddy goes to a different house

10. If your dad becomes famous, what will it be for? 
D: crazy

I: --------

11. What is your dad really good at? 
D: basketball

I: playing basketball with his friends

12. What is your dad not very good at?
D: playing wii

I: he's not good at playing Mario with the hot lava

13. What does your dad do for a job? 
D: uh... uhm...where does daddy work? I forgot.

I: work

14.What is your dad's favorite food? 
D: noodles

I: uuuuhhh I DON'T KNOW!

15.What makes you proud of your dad? 
D: playing with him

I: --------

16. If your dad were a character, who would he be? 
D: a firefighter

I: an astronaut

17. What do you and your dad do together? 
D: have fun

I: play so much

18. How are you and your dad the same? 
D: i don't know

I: ------

19. How are you and your dad different? 
D: our hair

I: -----

20. How do you know your dad loves you? 
D: Because we are his babies

I: Because I like him

21. What does your dad like the most about your mom? 
D: hugging 

I: ----

22. Where is your dad's favorite place to go?
D: wherever we go

I: Qdoba

23. How old was your dad when you were born?
D: 68

I: More than 5

Here's a preview of what you will see tomorrow. I do not want to take center stage when today is all about Super Daddy.

Seriously, link up now! The link-up is live for 30 days... so yes, you can procrastinate. :)
I'll be waiting for your posts.


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he's still my baby + outfit post

necklace from my grandma // gold cropped top (in large so it was meant to be loose) from F21 via igshop // skirt via zulily // sandals via CL laundry

skirt via zulily // sandals via CL laundry // salvatore ferragamo via eBay

Old Navy button down shirt // Janie and Jack trousers // Saltwater sandals via eBay

This cute toddler is STILL my baby. The night we took these pictures, he was our only child. The older two asked to stay with their lolo and lola. I requested that Derrick take Bastian home.

I cannot believe he will be a big brother soon! He does not have a clue what's about to happen.

I, on the other hand, have more and more trouble looking for things to wear. I gained the most (yikes) this pregnancy! a whopping 50 lbs as evident on these pictures.

i refuse to buy any more maternity clothes. In fact, I am prematurely shopping for postpartum clothes on eBay. I already won a skirt and a dress -- both will be breastfeeding friendly. I ordered a size up too.... so i can wear them, hopefully right away.

The gold top fit me right now and it will be a postpartum choice. It's glittery and brighter gold in person. Too bad, the photos did not capture its true color.

update on the baby: my ultrasound showed normal amniotic fluid. The baby weighed 5 lbs and 15 oz at 35 weeks. I carry small babies.

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