Thursday, December 12, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Dutch Vergara

Brace yourselves for my cousin-in-law Dutch Vergara! (You must remember her from my feature of their romantic vintage wedding here.) 

She's always been the fashionable one - she's got the height, the body, and the taste. So it didn't come as a surprise that her maternity outfits look like they came straight from glossy magazines; I always knew she'd rock her first pregnancy! 

So have a feast with her buntis OOTDs and learn from her tips, too. Here's my darling Dutchie and her take on maternity fashion:



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Dress for comfort and be stylish as well. I love wearing dresses because I find myself having to deal with constantly wanting to pee every 30 minutes. I wish I had a bigger bladder:) I get rid of wearing heels because of the pregnancy-induced clumsiness so I always wear flat shoes that have excellent support.


Maxi dresses are a must-have and it will be useful after the pregnancy.Spice up the dress with a skinny belt just around the empire waist so you can rock your baby bump. Just add a denim jacket over it and you will be ready to go! You can be ready for the day in a blink of an eye.



You can even wear these even when you aren’t pregnant. Your figure isgonna change rapidly, new curves and new size but don’t worry about repeating your clothes. I try not to buy so many maternity outfits, because I would rather spend on buying onesies for my little baby bear.


You can never go wrong with black and white. Its simple and classic.The elastic waistband trouser is my favorite. It gives room to my expanding belly.


Don’t hide yourself over baggy clothing or your husband’s wardrobe, celebrate your pregnancy and try to look as fabulous as always. You don’t need to spend a fortune but in case you have to, buy clothes that will grow with your body. Invest in :
  • at least one perfect pair of maternity jeans (or two)
  • a good bra for your growing breasts and comfortable underwear
  • tank tops, camisoles
  • Maxi dresses
  • Slip-on shoes
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Hey, I've run out of mommas to feature! So please, hahaha! If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Loy de Leon


This post is long overdue. Loy is still pregnant (and fashionably so!) in the photos below, but now, she's already enjoying her little bundle of joy. Pardon the delay - I just find the maternity fashion feature articles so fun that I'm trying to space them out.

Loy de Leon is also a lawyer, and she was recommended by Anna because she finds her fashionably pregnant, too! And boy, I must agree! My favorite in her wardrobe is the red dress paired with a denim jacket. She inspires me; seeing the way she matches and mixes, I must admit, I'm not really trying hard enough to look better when pregnant. Must improve! 

So, thanks Loy for the inspiration, and for being gracious enough to accommodate this feature a day before your due date! And of course, congratulations on your baby.

Here's Loy and her take on maternity fashion: 
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Invest in a few items that will grow with you. Mostly clothes in jersey and stretchy lightweight material. The dresses/tops below are not from maternity lines. Choose material that adjusts as body grows and changes. Stick to basic colors and stripes. Accessorize with scarves and necklaces. Wore heels until 18 weeks. After that, sandals and flats all the way!







On the third trimester, I rarely wore pants! Buttons, zippers, waistbands are torturous. It's all about comfort. Maxi dresses also hid my swollen legs during the last few weeks. Haha.






Simple, practical and no-fuss tips, plus a lot of inspiring photos. That's Loy for you! =)

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If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next Maternity Fashion feature! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

32 Weeks - and other pregnancy news

I hit the 32nd week this week - only 8 weeks to go and I'm ready to pop! 

Again, I'm happy to share that everything is okay thus far. But that's not to say that this pregnancy has been totally worry-free. 

In fact, during my last check up some two weeks ago, my OB informed me that I lack 10 lbs. from my ideal weight gain. (I weighed only 118 lbs. when I should be hitting 128 lbs. already.) 

Also, my amniotic fluid is in "high normal" mark. According to my OB, the amniotic fluid indicates the baby's urine - which if too much or too little can present problems. She discussed a number of reasons why the baby and the mother's system produce too much amniotic fluid, like possible cases of hydrocephaly, a rupture in the baby's intestine, and Down Syndrome, to name a few. 

Of course, I was worried and anxious to know if there was any trouble with my baby. But she said she found none of the symptoms of those cases during our Congenital Anomaly Scan. "Some woman just carry with plenty of amniotic fluid, and you might be one of them," she said. Anyway, she added that I'm at "high normal", which is still within the normal range.

I've also had a number of routine tests completed. My OGTT came back negative for gestational diabetes. We did the Congenital Anomaly Scan and the result was normal, too. Thank God.

Unfortunately, I've been gobbling down sweets and caffeine these days :( I know, it's bad for me and the baby. But I seem to grow a sweet tooth and an enormous appetite everytime I hit the last trimester. (Same thing happened when I was pregnant with Zohan.)

Also, I've been waddling and finding it more and more difficult to move around. Unfortunately, my calendar of hearings is extremely full and unforgiving up until January next year. (My maternity leave starts in February.) Taking the stairs, riding the MRT/LRT, hailing an elusive cab, walking with folders on hand - all of them have been giving me a hard time now.

I'm trying to slow down, but how does one do that with a fulltime work that includes being out in the field? And also, in other news, Zohan has entered the "terrible two" phase and I am constantly at the receiving end of his tantrums and kicks and wailings. So, goodluck to me.

Anyway, here's my photo at 32 weeks:


Taken at Baby Kloud's Baptism. 32 weeks in this photo.

That's it for now. Maybe the next update will be about my delivery. Wohooo! I hope everything goes well as I progress towards the D-day. So excited!!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Where to Eat in San Fernando, Pampanga

I had a hearing last Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga; and since I still didn't know how to drive (2014 resolution!), I had to request my husband to drive for me. He'd be leaving for the States the following Sunday, so it really seemed like the perfect time to consider that day our little date.  

A few years back, my former officemates and I went out on a food trip to Pampanga. It was my first time there and we really had a grand time, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to blog about it. (Just in case you want to venture on a food trip, try VFW Canteen, Everybody's Cafe, Bretto's and Nathaniel's, of course!)

Remembering my favorites from that food trip, I planned on bringing my husband to VFW Canteen in Angeles. But when he learned that we'd travel far only for the eggs benedict, he gave me "the stare" haha. And besides, the hearing took long and we were both famished, so we decided to take our late lunch at a good place nearby.

We voted on A La Creme, a restaurant famous for their steaks and cakes. 



It was conveniently located along McArthur Highway, just a few blocks away from the court. 

Here's what we had:


CHICKEN QUESADILLA
PRICE: P265
The chicken quesadilla was my favorite. It was gooey and cheesy, and plenty enough to be a meal on its own (although it was actually just an appetizer).

SALMON ALIO OGLIO
PRICE: P235
The pasta was my order. It didn't say in the menu description, but this was a bit spicy. Just add a little bit of olive oil and perfect na!

STEAK A LA CREME
PRICE: P385
The steak was for the husband. He said the meat was good, and I agreed. (But then, we don't have steaks very often, so we're not your most reliable source of food review. Haha.)

Of course, we had to try their desserts. We were told these two cakes were their bestsellers.

UBE MACAPUNO WITH WALNUTS
PRICE: P98

I was not a fan of ube macapuno cake, but I thought this was okay for the price.

SINFUL CHOCOLATE CAKE
PRICE: P122
The sinful chocolate cake was really sinful because it was too sweet! (Poco Deli at Mary Grace chocolate cake pa rin!)

Our verdict: The main course were all good, specially the chicken quesadilla. The desserts were just okay. 

And just because it was a rarity that we were out for a long time, just the two of us, that made me one happy pregnant woman. 


31 weeks in this photo.


'Til next food trip!

There are several branches of A la Creme all over Pampanga. But we visited the one located in CTH Building, McArthur Highway, Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga.








Monday, December 2, 2013

My kind of Monday

You know how Mondays were always associated with a heavy heart to go to work? Well, yesterday was Monday but it was a fun Monday for me. That's because I didn't go to work!

My husband left for the States last Sunday to attend an international convention. He'll be staying there for long (but he'll be back in time for my 30th birthday) so it was a really sad Monday for me. It was a good thing I didn't have a scheduled hearing so I didn't have to wake up earlier than usual. I was taking my time, goofing around with Zohan before I hit the shower, when he blurted,

"Nanay, di popis, ha? Nanay baba lang? (playground)
Pis. Poh mi?" (Please, for me.)

How could you say no to that? And that was the first time he requested that I skip work. So I instantly decided - it's going to be a fun Monday for both of us!

We went to the nearby McDonald's for breakfast. Zohan insisted that I carry him (I still do that despite me being all heavy with a 7-month old baby inside) and I obliged. 

Meet my little bugoy:






Those make-faces were all his ideas! 

After breakfast, we hit the playground and played until almost lunch time. Then, I met with some friends for lunch, and decided to report to work in the afternoon. My Monday was perfect - I got to spend time with my son, I was able to catch up with some friends, and was still able to work in the afternoon. It made me think that if only I have a business, perhaps this arrangement would be possible on a daily basis. 

How was your Monday? 

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