Friday, March 27, 2015

OMG I'm Pregnant!

A short story of how I went from plain old me to preggo me!
And, of course, my first trimester journey. What a journey I tell ya!

[Location: Las Vegas, NV]
I was 4 days late according to my period app. 
Ever since day 1 of being late, I was getting more and more excited.
It was the end of 2014 and the eve of New Year's 2015: 12/31/2014
I had my last alcoholic drink and celebrated NYE with my family.
It was a super small Fat Tuesday cause I'm a lightweight. LOL.
Everytime I went to pee, I hoped my period didn't start.
I didn't finish my drink; just in case.
[Location: Chula Vista, CA ]
When we got home from Vegas, I couldn't wait.
I bought a 3 pack of pregnancy tests.
But the results were super confusing.
So I had to go buy a different test to validate.
Digital results are definitely easier to read. Haha!
Confirmed. I'm pregnant 3+ weeks along.
Yaye! I was super excited and so happy!
Our first baby purchase. 
Transportation-wise, we are now baby ready!
My very first craving: Crispy m&ms!
[Miscarriage scare!]
At 7 weeks, I woke up in the morning with TERRIBLE cramps.
It lasted all morning until noon while I was at work facilitating a conference of 25 people.
I excused myself to use the restroom and found bleeding.
I immediately pulled out my phone and Google'd "cramping with bleeding when pregnant."
Then I started crying out of control and called my BFF. 
She told me to call my doctor and I immediately left work to get a blood test.
It was Friday, so I waited super impatiently all weekend to find out on Monday if I was still pregnant.
Thank God. There was a baby in there!
My very first ultrasound of our little baby Cruz:
My bump was strangely huge for a someone who was barely pregnant.
Only to find out, it was undigested food. Gross huh? Haha.
I experienced the worst constipation of my life.
I opted for PreNatal vitamin gummies without the Iron supplement to help.
To help myself go, I ate prunes. Yuck! 
I then had to result to medicine.
I took Colace daily for the remainder of the 1st trimester.
My other craving was Eggo waffles with butter and syrup.
I had to stop this immediately cause I was gaining weight too fast.
Also found some sugar in my urine during one my visits.
I had to take an early gestational diabetes test. I passed! Phew!
But I had to lay of these for awhile. Just in case!
My second Ultra Sound. Only a week after my first one.
Baby Cruz is growing fast!
Some days, I look really big. But I really think I'm just bloated. Hahaha.
Constipated too. But this is me at 11 weeks!

I was nauseated 24-7 all 3 months, so I was super excited for the 2nd trimester to begin. :D

Love, missmichelleann

6 Things That Remind Me of Growing Up on the East Side of San Jose, CA

Did you grow Up on the East Side of San Jose? I did! Here are 6 things I believe you must have experienced if you grew up here too! Comment below if you have other good ones! 

#1. You have had the Burnt Almond Cake from Peter's Bakery. Enough said.
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#2. At one point in your life, you tried break dancing. You were in a group, wished you were in a group or you watched your favorite groups perform.
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#3. 3-Style Attractions DJ'd one of your parties.

#4. You have eaten at TK Noodle House and you know that TK stands for Tung Kee and that you actually call it Tunks for short. You also know to ask for pork grinds cause your meal ain't nothin' without that pork crunch! Gotta have one in every bite!
Number 3 Baby!

#5. You and your homies went to a photography studio and took pictures together. It was either Perfect Studio, Sieu Studio, or 30 Minute Studio - or some other place that printed pictures fast or developed photos in Sepia tones. Thank goodness we have camera phones now; but these old pictures give memories that last a lifetime!

#6. You have been to one, or all of the late night restaurants after a night on the town.
McDonald's or Denny's on Berryessa Rd. Jack in the Box on Tully Rd. Lee Noodle House!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Draft Republic Restaurant - San Diego, CA

It's a commercial restaurant; but I feel like it's a hidden gem.
From the name, I thought it was a just a brewery with bar food.
But we came here on someone else's suggestion, and I must say, I was really content with my lunch.
Appetizers were packed with flavor and there were no leftovers.
Burgers are surprisingly juicy and delicious! Definitely a must try in San Diego, CA!

Our Appetizer: Sausage Platter!

Draft Republic Cheeseburger (I added bacon of course)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fancy Lunch in La Jolla, CA at A.R. Valentien in the Torrey Pines Golf Course

Just because you dine in a fancy place with a spectacular view doesn't mean you have to burn your pockets. For average entree prices between $15-$22 and appetizers ranging from $11-$18; you get quality for fair quantity at A.R. Valentien in La Jolla, CA. If you dine on the outdoor patio, you have access to an amazing view of the golf course and right behind it; the coastline. An awesome view while eating, and an even more awesome view while golfing. This place is great for a casual business lunch, or even a lunch date with your significant other. Either way, the food is delicious! 

Lunch Menu
Table set for 14 right on the outdoor patio deck.
Our view from the table.

Our appetizer plate of duck pate, liver pate, and beef pate. Came with slices of toast. So good!

Our Crab Louie appetizer - freshest ingredients you can taste in the quality of the food; everything blends together well here. It's a classy party in your mouth.
One of my co-workers got the duck entree. Medium-rare with a sweet potato mash. He loved it.
 Another one of my co-workers ordered the trout without knowing it would be smoked. But he still enjoyed the taste! I got to try some of it and it was tasty!
I ordered the chicken. The soup base it lay in was a little bitter (from the leafy green? maybe Kale?) but I liked it. Skin was crispy on top and that made the dish even more enjoyable!
After lunch we did a little walk around the greens to check out the views. Pretty neat golf course. I hear the US Open is held here and all the players stay at the hotel!