3/31/14

ramen fest

Description of Photo Over the weekend we went to the Ramen Festival at Santa Anita race track. Jerry is crazy about ramen, and I like it too, not like him but I was still excited to go and see what they had to offer at a ramen festival. It's been nice weather here in Los Angeles, 70's mostly, I checked the weather on Friday night and the weather said 72 degrees. Nice for a hot soup festival, Saturday morning I checked it one more time and all of a sudden it jumped from 72-79 degrees. 79 degrees is still nice but I thought for ramen the cooler the better, of course when we got there it felt like 90! That didn't stop us tho from enjoying about 4 bowls of soup.
On Tuesday night we had dinner with Jerry's family and his told him brother about the ramen festival, his brother mentioned that they are going to have the ramen burger there. I didn't think anything of it other than it sounded interesting. When we got to ramen fest tho something happened and suddenly I really really wanted to try it. Mai and I stood in line for about 45 minutes to get that burger, our husbands went into another line got there ramen and then we switched. Ardo was hot and poor guy needed something to cool him down quick! Jerry came with the neatest looking burger. The ramen burger is fried ramen noodles (not too crunchy) on the outside to make it a little crispy and a hamburger patty on the inside. There was a soy sauce or something to that nature along with lettuce and tomato. That thing was amazing good. Jerry and I shared everything because it was so much food but I am still thinking and talking about that burger. 45 minutes well worth it.
The back of the line for the ramen burger. All those people waiting the good wait. Description of Photo The amazing unforgettable ramen burger! Description of Photo Description of Photo He didn't want ramen but he sure enjoyed his frozen lemonade! Description of Photo Description of Photo This is the last ramen we tried from Japan. It wasn't my favorite broth, and they only put bamboo shoots in it, but after a few bowls, I was too full to judge correctly. Description of Photo

3/28/14

brothers :: a little pregnancy talk

When I was pregnant with Ardo we had a 12 week ultrasound with an ultrasound Dr, they told us you are having a boy! I knew it tho, and I know I've said this story a few times, but I just knew with Ardo from the moment I read that test I knew that he was a boy. I don't know how I knew but something just told me. (I may have mentioned that before a few times) This baby tho has been different. From the moment I found out with this baby, I was completely thrown off because I was sick from about 5 weeks to 10 weeks. Okay when I say I was sick I mean, I didn't feel good every morning. I actually don't like using the word "sick" because I know some women who have REAL morning sickness and can't leave the toilet bowl. I wasn't that women and to you ladies that do, I bow to you, but for me to wake up every morning and not feel good with a toddler you need to get to preschool and an 8 hour day, it still sucked for me. So because the start of pregnancy was different, I thought maybe it's so different because we are having a girl? The thought crossed my mind, but I thought if I have a girl that would be great, but it would also be great to give Ardo a little brother. I wasn't sure how early we would find out the sex of this baby because I know all ultrasound Dr's are different and usually they like to wait til about 18-20 weeks to be a little more accurate. I had an ultrasound at 8 weeks and at 13 weeks. At my 13 week scan, I asked the ultrasound Dr if it was too early too determine the sex, she said I can check if you want to know? I said yes and then she asked how old my son was, then asked if I saved any of his clothes? I said 2 and no I didn't, she said that's okay you can buy him new clothes, because you are having a boy! After she told us she saw this baby was a boy from the beginning of the scan but wasnt sure if I wanted to know. I was happy and kinda had a "wow" feeling. Really a boy...brothers! I came to work that day and at lunch time I raced over to the mall. I went straight to baby gap to find a little outfit I could give to Jerry as a gift to let him know he going to have another son. I bought him this Description of Photo all day he asked me to tell him but for once I kept a secret (for 5 hours) and let him be surprised. He pulled it out of the bag and said "A BOY!!" Jerry was excited, and from that day forward Ardo knows he's going to have a baby brother. Everyday we talk about baby brother, he kisses my tummy for baby brother. I think Ardo thinks baby brothers name is baby brother, that's all we ever say. I have a feeling we'll be saying it for a long time too. I am 20 weeks right now, we are officially halfway there to meeting this little guy. I've wanted to take a few pictures but the next time I don't want to be in my pj's. Happy Friday!

3/26/14

a little pregnancy talk

I hate when I really want to write about something or upload pictures but the time just gets away from me and its like every month I'm starting over with this blog! I've really been wanting to talk about my pregnancy, and a few things about my first pregnancy with Ardo that is changing the course of this baby. I never had the urge to share about my experience before but for some reason, lately I've been itching too.

When I was pregnant with Ardo everything up until 32 weeks was fabulous. I hardly had any sickness, I gained weight very slowly and steadily, I wasn't really tired, everything was perfect. Then at 32 weeks I mentioned to my dr I was starting to have contractions, she checked me and I was having preterm labor. My cervix was thinned to about 80% and I was just starting to open, very little, but still at 32 weeks I shouldn't have been. From 32 weeks to 36 1/2 when Ardo was born I was on bedrest and in the hospital. My labor and delivery wasn't ideal, and I felt a great deal of shame about the whole experience. At the time blogs were new to me and I remember reading blog after blog on how glorious and perfect their labors and deliveries and just the whole experience was, it was a tough pill to swallow. It took me a really really long time to overcome that my reality was mine and nothing was going to change it. How I brought Ardo into the world wasn't more important that he was here and healthy. It just wasn't as easy for me to accept that 2 days postpartum, heck even a year post-partum I had that little naggin "ugh" feeling. I am happy and grateful to say that after 2 years, I did accept it, and now when I tell my story, if anyone asks, I just tell it, because it is mine, and I did everything under the sun for that little guy. Whenever I think about my bedrest and having to stay in the hospital for 3 full weeks, I wonder just how I did it. I didn't let my hospital stay get to me, my mom and sisters came every single day so I'm sure that made life easier and I just knew that I was doing what I had to do for my little guy. What I went through with Ardo has helped me with this pregnancy. I saw the Dr right away and immediately from the beginning we discussed my spontaneous preterm labor. What made me fall in love with her is she had a game plan for me from my very first appointment. I was 6 weeks and already preterm labor was on my mind. She explained to me I would see her as often as I needed and I would have more ultrasounds than I did the first time. She told me she was going to keep a closer eye on me and one additional precaution I would be taking is when I hit 16 weeks I would start my weekly progesterone injections. (I'm going to write more about my progesterone injections now that I've gotten a few, the ups and downs) I am definitely the kinda person who sits well with future plans. Right now I see the Dr on a normal basis every 4 weeks, but my ultrasounds have been a little more frequent. I've already had 3 ultrasounds at 19 weeks, but those check ups and seeing sweet baby is the best. For someone like me it's probably better eases my nerves a bit, I've just started feeling little wiggles too, I love that!
Description of Photo Don't mind that lamp behind me, mom took this picture because she was excited to see my bump.

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