Friday, December 28, 2018

Counting Down to Baby Thomas

Pregnancy has been the most rewarding and amazing thing I have ever experienced. I always knew that one day I would want children, but finally being able to grown a little one inside of me has surpassed any expectation I ever had. Every day I dream of who he will be. Will he look like his daddy or me? What will he grow up to be? I have no idea who he is but I already love him so, so much. 

I have never prayed as much as I have these last few months. I pray our baby is healthy and not affected by any stress and hurt my heart and mind may feel. I pray that my labor is fast and without complications. I pray that I am a great mother and example for him. I pray that pregnant women never have to go through a pregnancy without feeling completely loved and nurtured. 

I've heard women say "I'm going to miss being pregnant" and I had always found it hard to believe and a bit silly.... well I completely understand it now. I can't believe I am officially three weeks away from my due date. Although I can't wait to hold him in my arms, I am sure going to miss feeling him wiggle inside of me. 

In honor of being 37 weeks and possibly "popping" at any moment now, I am sharing some of our maternity photos Anel from Tender Nest Portraits captured a few weeks ago. Also, enjoy a few fun facts about my pregnancy below. 

How I found out I was pregnant: Mother nature's monthly visit is usually pretty punctual for me. After being a few days late, I decided to pick up a pregnancy test after work. I took the test as soon as I got home and I think it's safe to say we all know what the result was... POSITIVE :)

How I told Eric: I waited three days to spill the news. I still can't believe I was able to keep it from him for so long. I told him the morning of mother's day and he was completely shocked!!!! I gave him a little gift with a note inside and a separate box that had the pregnancy tests. I was actually able to get it all on camera and I can't wait to show Baby Thomas one day.

Best Part of the First Trimester: Hearing our tiny baby's heartbeat for the first time. I never imagined it would be so magical and it made the pregnancy feel even more real. 

Worst Part of the First Trimester: It wasn't terrible at all but I did feel a bit tired at the beginning. I could have probably slept all day if I could but I pushed through and tried to stay as active as my body would allow. I did take naps after work every now and then. I never had morning sickness or nausea and I am so thankful for that!

First Trimester Cravings: I mainly craved my mom's vegetable soup and fresh fruit... especially blueberries. 

Best Part of the Second Trimester: Three things. We found out the sex of our baby and got to share it with loved ones. Eric kept saying he wanted a girl but had a felling "he made a boy" lol. I also regained my energy and started going to the gym again instead of taking naps. One of my favorite parts of this trimester was finally feeling Baby Thomas move.  

Worst Part of the Second Trimester: I loved the second trimester, it was full of excitement. I felt the most like myself and had tons of energy.

Second Trimester Cravings: There wasn't anything specific I craved besides fresh juice... especially orange and carrot juice.

Best Part of the Third Trimester: A few things. Our babymoon/anniversary trip to NYC, our Baby Shower, putting the nursery together and my favorite part- feeling him kick and wiggle inside of me.  

Worst Part of the Third Trimester: Heartburn. Sometimes it's triggered by things I eat but other times I feel like it just comes out of no where. I am also starting to struggle a bit to get comfortable at night. 

Third Trimester Cravings: I am still always in the mood for fresh juice and have gone back to always wanting my mom's veggie soup... nothing too crazy.

We are beyond excited to meet our baby boy and already feel incredibly blessed. He is so loved by so many and we are anxiously waiting for his big arrival. 

Until next time,

Friday, December 21, 2018

It's a... BOY!!!

There is nothing more exciting than finding out the gender of the baby growing inside of you. Eric and I waited until around 20 weeks to find out but it felt line an eternity. I could never be one of those parents who waits until they deliver to find out, I am way too impatient. I still can't believe it... I'm going to be a boy mom!!!

So how did we find out? My sister, Melissa, came to our appointment and was the only one who got to find out that day. They gave her an envelope with the gender and she held on to it until the day of our reveal. She was the mastermind behind most of our gender reveal party but, of coarse, I couldn't help but throw my ideas out there. As much as I love bright colors, I also can't resit all neutrals so I knew I wanted to stick to grays and white when decorating for the party.

My husband and I debated whether to have a gender reveal party. He wanted to find out as soon as possible but I thought it would be fun to do a reveal. After giving it some thought, he decided that if we were going to do it we would have to think "outside the box." We bounced several ideas around and finally came up with the giant baby popping out of the box. We told Melissa (my sister in charge of the big reveal) our idea and she started her planning. 

Get the giant baby costume here.
Melissa finally let us see the envelope the doctor handed her at our ultrasound appointment. 

Days after the reveal, I decided to post our video on my social media accounts for my family and friends to see. Little did we know, it wold soon go viral!!! We never in a million years expected that, it was literally the last thing on our mind and a huge surprise. It was a little crazy and funny to know that a "viral video" out there was actually our video. It will definitely be a cool story to tell our little one once he is older.

Eric and I are so excited to welcome a baby boy into our family. Finding out the gender together with our family and friends was absolutely perfect and a memory I will treasure forever.... How did you reveal your baby's gender?

I leave you with a little video of this special day created by one of my friends, enjoy!

Until next time,


Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Morales family affair

Having a family photo session is something I had been wanting to do for many years. My twin sister and I talked about it before her sudden passing and we had even started a Pinterest board to start getting some ideas. Tener una sesion de fotos familiar es algo que habia querido hacer durante muchos años. My hermana Vanessa y yo hablamos sobre esto antes de que falleciera e inclusi habíamos empezado una collecion de fotos en Pinterest para tener algunas ideas.

I finally got all my family members on board and even though it wouldn't be the same without Vanessa I knew that we had to move forward with our original plan, especially for her. Finalmente convencí a todos los miembros de mi familia y aunque no sería lo mismo sin Vanessa, sabía que teníamos que seguir adelante con nuestro plan original, especialmente para ella.

Most people get a little shy in front of a camera but our amazing photographer, Ivan from ICfilms, made us all feel so comfortable. I am lucky to have such talented friends that are not just great at what they do, but also friendly and family oriented. We had so much fun at our photo shoot thanks to him.
La mayoría de la gente se pone un poco tímida frente a una cámara, pero nuestro increíble fotógrafo, Ivan de ICfilms, nos hizo sentir muy cómodos. Tengo la suerte de tener amigos tan talentosos que no solo son geniales en lo que hacen, sino también amistosos y familiares. Nos divertimos mucho en nuestra sesión de fotos gracias a él.

ICfilms is not just great at family portraits, he does is all. He is great at weddings, quinceaneras, maternity, graduation, and everything in between. Oh and did you know he also does videos? He seriously does it all! ICfilms no solo es genial en retratos familiares, tambien es excelente en bodas, quinceañeras, maternidad, graduación y todo lo demás. ¿Y sabías que también hace videos? ¡El lo hace todo!

I leave you with a few of my favorites from our session a few months ago. If you're ever in the market for a photographer and/or videographer, I would highly recommend Ivan and his team! Los dejo con algunas de mis fotos favoritas de nuestra sesión  hace unos meses. Si estás en el mercado para un fotógrafo y / o videógrafo, ¡te recomendaría mucho a Ivan y su equipo!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Our Anniversary Getaway

And just like that... one year of marriage flew by!  We spent our anniversary weekend in the Texas hill country, which never disappoints. La Cantera Resort and Spa is a great destination for a little getaway and just a few hours from Houston. We wanted to unwind and have a relaxing weekend and this place was perfect for that. 

Their Loma De Vida Spa is situated on one of the Highest points in San Antonio and offers amazing views.
Loma De Vida Spa
My Hubs <3 

We disconnected from our phones (for the most part) and enjoyed each other's company while reflecting on the past year. I think we would both agree that sometimes he is impatient and sometimes I get extra sassy. We don't always see eye to eye, things are far from being perfect, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't want to boast but this last year has been amazing. I had always heard that the first year of marriage is one of the hardest, but we didn't feel like that at all. Maybe it was because we had already lived together, or maybe it was our cute fur babies Sir Theodore Costanza and Elaine Sparkles that always brighten up our day. 

Not much changed after we said I do, but we have learned so much over the last few months. Can't wait to see what year 2 has in store for us. Happy anniversary Mr. Ruvalcalcaba!