I just came from the doctor yesterday, and I was 19 weeks and 4 days. I’m so happy that I am nearing 20 weeks which is half of a full term pregnancy. Dra. Sarmiento said that Baby PA is already at 19 cm! Whew! His/her weight is just right already. The doctor said that they cm should be directly in sync with the number of weeks (except of course during the first trimester). Usually, the baby grows and catches up on week 20. Mine caught up in size yesterday! Yey! I was getting bigger and I was worried that the weight was all me. Haha!
So what has been happening lately? I have been busy preparing for the It’s a WAHMderful Life Workshop last week. Thank God it was a success. I got to know more than 40 work-at-home-moms and they were all so nice and supportive of each other. I would say that this group was the most supportive and very welcoming group I have ever encountered in my entire life. 🙂 I am happy to be part of this group! I thank the sponsors, too, for showing us their trust. We hope to have a continuous flow of sponsors so that we can constantly come up with workshops like these.
Thank you to our sponsors: Celeteque, Unilab, St. Patrick, Howards Storage World, inWrite, Titania and Xend. I would also like to thank the mommies who shared their knowledge as guest speakers. I learned so much from the workshop.
I, personally learned a lot from the workshop. Attending the workshop just validated that I made the right decision to be a Work-at-home-mom. Ever since I was little, I knew I was destined to be an entrepreneur — from selling headbands to my classmates when I was in Grade 3, to selling calling cards to people in the gym when my sister and I were in our early teens, to joining bazaars in our late teens. I enjoyed doing all those things. I never regretted though going into Corporate. I know that I am a stronger, wiser and better person with all the experiences that I got from working in a corporate environment. I learned to weight risks. I learned about different businesses. I grew my contacts. I know that I do not know everything there is to know about business and life at this time, but I’m ready to step into this new stage of my life.
In the seminar, several speakers mentioned that it is about defining your own objective. At this point in my life, my objective is really to have time for this child and probably another one during their toddler and formative years, while earning enough to help me buy the things I want. Before jumping into this decision, my husband and I really talked it over and we agreed that he will provide for all the funds that we need to pay loans, bills and to spend for food and the other ‘basic’ needs. If I earn something from my businesses, it will all go to buying stuff that I want or to our savings.
It is important that you have a support group. As Toni Tiu said from the seminar, “Align the bottom line with your support system.” If you are a single parent, align it with your parents or the relatives that you live with. They should all be supportive of your decision. In my case, I was fortunate enough that my husband and I were aligned in this decision. We really want to have our own business in the future and between the two of us, I was the one who could afford to take the risk.
These were just some of the things I learned from the workshop. I wished we could have accommodated more people since it was really a learning and enlightening experience for me (I hope it was for others as well :)). We are planning to have another WAHMderful Life workshop with a different topic early 2013. Please like Manila Workshop in Facebook so that you will be updated on the workshops that we have in store for you.
Doctor’s Appointment (October 29) and My Pregnancy
My hubby was happy that the baby grew bigger already and big enough. The past weeks have been really ‘active’ weeks for me. I started WALKING on the treadmill. Yes, walking! I couldn’t stand just being at home and just watching TV. Well, being a bit active helped me just gain 3 pounds at the end of four weeks. I’m the type of person who can’t keep still. Anyway, I compensate by resting after a short 30 minute walk. I do not want to overdo it also to avoid spotting again.
Anyway, just to summarize my pregnancy thoughts and feelings now that I am on my 19th week:
How far along? 19 Weeks, 4 Days
Total weight gain/loss: 17 lbs (from 132 to 149) I gained only 3 pounds from the last time I checked! Yey! 🙂
Maternity clothes bought? Still currently using my sister’s dresses 🙂 I still have to look for a gown for my friend’s wedding this November 11. Congrats, Veron!
Stretch marks? None… but I still feel the itch at times.
Sleep: I sleep well at times, but when I wake up, I have to blow my nose. It gets stuffy still. I still have my cough and colds.
Best moment this week: Doctor’s checkup! To know that Baby PA gained weight already and has gained enough. To know that the heartbeat is good at 156 beats per minute. And to know that I will find out the gender by November 26!
Miss Anything? Nope. I think I finally absorbed that being pregnant means a lot of changes in my body.
Movement: Not sure but I feel weird things in my belly occasionally.
Food cravings: None anymore!
Anything making you queasy or sick: still the smell of Coffee and I’m not that into ice cream.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, I really have that bump already.
Gender prediction: Everyone except EJ and my dad are saying that it’s a girl. We will know by November 26. I will have my sugar test and my Congenital Anomaly Scan (CAS). To know more about CAS, here’s the link to babycenter.com.ph: Congenital Anomaly Scan
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy…happy!
Looking forward to: Feeling the baby move again and knowing the gender
Well, that’s it for me this week. BTW, a big shout out to my sister-in-law and her family for staying strong for Baby Noah, my nephew! We love you all. Here’s her story: http://manilamommy.com/2012/10/dearest-baby-noah/