Update on Pregnancy

Hi all! Happy Tuesday. I realized that I haven’t really written an updated post on my pregnancy lately. Well I’m now 24 weeks and physically I’m feeling pretty good! Baby is moving a lot and can finally be felt from outside of the tummy, so my kids are really enjoying feeling the kicks of their baby sister. I’m super thirsty all the time. I drink soooo much water during the day, I think a lot of it has to do with the humidity here on the islands, but I also find myself in the bathroom emptying out my bladder most of the day. I’m still getting cramps in my legs, but the pickle juice is helping with that (when I remember to take it). I feel myself getting heavier and a little tired whenever I go shopping or just doing work around the house. I feel like it’s a little too early in the pregnancy for me to be experiencing this type of exhaustion so it’s only safe to admit that I’m totally out of shape. LOL! I got no shame in my game! But I have been trying to walk around as much as I can just to get some exercise in during the day.

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Moving on to my mental health now…. I think I’m going crazy sometimes. I have such a short fuse! I have rage in me that I can’t get rid of! I make a conscious effort every day to keep myself in check at work, with Kahele and the kids and even just in public period! On Friday night Maui had a football game and we were sitting in front of some very rowdy kids. Well this one girl kept cheering screaming at the top of her lungs and banging her umbrella on the metal bleachers and I just couldn’t take it anymore so I turned around and said “Are you serious? Is it necessary to be that obnoxious?” Can you believe this girl (knowing that I was around 20 years older than her) came back at me and said “WTF did you just say” OMG people that was the absolute worst thing she could’ve done because I basically went off at her. I stood up and put that disrespectful little brat in her place. Even the other parents around us told her that they’d had enough of her screaming and banging of the umbrella. The point is that I couldn’t hold it together. This morning I was sitting in traffic and internally road raging about all the stupid drivers that don’t know how to properly merge! I had to put on some Teddy Pendergrass to calm my ass down. Let me tell you if you need to calm down in a situation “Love T.K.O” will help ;) Dishes in the sink are one of my major burdens in life now; if you don’t want to get snapped at by me it is in your best interest to wash your own dirty dish. Anywhooo…. That’s my mental state at that the moment! Pretty scary huh?

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Some of the other little things that have developed are…
1. My equilibrium is out of whack. I only wear flats now because I may break and ankle or my neck in heels.
2. I can’t remember anything! I never know where my keys are, where I put my glasses, that I actually spent the $100 that was in my purse and that’s why it’s no longer in my wallet!
3. Heartburn hits on a daily basis! Tums are always on hand.
4. Brushing my hair and putting on makeup feels like labor work, so my new motto is… “I woke up like this!” Thank you, Beyoncé!
5. Fast dinners are my new thang! Ready-made, just heat up lasagnas, Ground hamburger with mushroom gravy, chili, spaghetti anything that takes little to no prep work is on the menu in my home. It’s too damn hot to be slaving in the kitchen!

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Well thank you for reading and I hope that I haven’t scared you away from coming back! I hope that my sanity (or what’s left of it) will stay intact through the duration of this pregnancy

Leg Cramps Every Night! Can pickle juice help me?

Update:

So guys I tried the pickle juice last night and guess what?!  NO CRAMPS!  I can now recommend it as it definitely worked for me :)

So it’s come to that point in my pregnancy where I get leg cramps every night. This is something that I absolutely dread during all my pregnancies.  It started last week, and no matter how much I stretch before I go to bed or how much water I drink, between 3 and 5 am every morning my leg cramps up.  It’s terrible!  Last night I experienced one of the longest lasting, most painful cramps in my left calf.  I started crying and Kahele was massaging it but even the  massaging was painful.

I’ve read several pregnancy websites that give several suggestions on how to prevent these cramps and frankly it’s a bunch a BS because I’ve followed their suggestions and I keep getting them.  Kahele coaches several sports and is very athletic himself and he keeps telling me to drink pickle juice.  I’ve saved his advice as my very last resort because honestly the thought of drinking pickle juice in the middle of the night just sounds awful.  But after last night I’m going to suck it up and do it tonight.  I’ll let you know how it works.

BTW some info that I found online stated that  “The American Council on Exercise recommends that you drink this salty ‘juice’ while practicing sports. The secret, according to ACE, lies in the sodium and water content — your body expels both of these essential nutrients with sweat, contributing to cramps. High sodium intake can be dangerous, however, so stick with small doses and see your doctor before sipping from the pickle jar.”

I also found that In a  2010 study was published by Kevin Miller and colleagues at North Dakota State University and Brigham Young University.  Cramps were induced and tested using both water and pickle juice and the results were that cramps followed by water consumption lasted over 2 minutes but cramps followed by pickle juice lasted less than a minute and a half.  So with all this information and because I trust Kahele so much, I’m definitely gonna have some on hand.

 

Paint the Night Away

On Friday evening we attended a painting class for my cousins bridal shower.  It was such a cool experience.  Our instructor (for the life of me I can’t remember her name) was awesome.  She took us through the process step by step and the end results were amazing.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how nice my painting came out.  The event took place at Fresh Cafe in Nuuanu, so along with some good company there were also yummy pupus and drinks.  They gave away free shots all night for those who weren’t pregnant and for those who are pregnant me I was stuck with nada!  But I did enjoy a yummy mango Italian Soda and Plantation Iced Tea.  If you’re looking for something to do with a group, I highly recommend something like this!!!

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My Blank Canvas

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So here’s my finished product.  I was pretty impressed considering that I’ve never done a painting on canvas before.

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My cousin put together these cute little favors for the attendees to take home.

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The bride, Kalyn (front in white), (from left) my sister Tasha, myself, cousin Kira and my mom.

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The rest of the class!!!

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I’m still here… some updates on life

Wow it’s been a while since I posted. Life’s been busy and I’ve been enjoying it.  On Sunday Kahele, Maui and Kuha’o attended the Aloha Aina Unity March through Waikiki. It was basically a march where Hawaiians stood in unity to allow their voices to be heard about their goals to stop further development on lands considered to be sacred, using lands for economic greed and taking care of the lands and natural resources with sustainability in mind. The turnout was amazing. I’m so glad that the kids were able to be a part of it.

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aloha-aina-march-7 For the last 3 weeks my sisters been in California with my brother-in-law as they take (what I hope) are the final steps towards treating his cancer and getting him well again. Last night she came back to Hawaii while my BIL does his bone marrow treatment. She’s been away from her daughters for so long; yesterday my nieces were soooo ecstatic for my sister to come home. I can’t wait to see her; even I missed her a lot.

I also have my other sister (she’s actually my cousin, but I consider her my sis) coming home today! She’ll be getting married in October and we’ll all be flying up to Cali to attend. I hope that we can get some things done while she’s down here. We’re planning on having a little bridal shower for her too. My cousin Kira came up with this cute idea to have a painting party for her, being that she’s not really a party girl. So our plans for Friday night are to all get together and meet at a paint gallery and…. Paint! I love trying different things and I love getting creative, so I’m really looking forward to this.

Here are some random picture of life as of lately…

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10 Secret uses for everyday beauty products

I love finding cheaper products to do the job of an expensive product.  These products may not be a part of my everyday routine, but when you’re running low on something its always nice to have an alternative product that you probably already have around the house.  I do admit though that most of these products I do use regularly.

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^^ I love using hair mist as a body moisturizer.  The cooling sensation is great for days in the hot sun^^3

^^ I’ve personally done this.  I only apply it on my hairline when my hair is pulled back.  I think anything more than than would make your hair feel gross^^4

^^ I only use baby shampoo to clean my brushes.  I’ve tried expensive brush cleaners and they’re just not worth it.  This is the best way…IMO ^^5

^^ It really does work for fly away hairs, but another great use is apply to eyebrows to give them a nice clean look  :) ^^6

^^ I tried this for the first time a couple of days ago.  It worked nicely, it wasn’t messy at all.  You may want to avoid the gel deodorants, those could be dangerous^^7

^^ This is my go-to makeup remover.  I absolutely love using baby oil to remove makeup.  FYI its even great for removing temporary tattoos off the kids^^8

^^ I use this as my everyday primer.  I love the way my foundation is applied so evenly and the outcome is flawless.^^

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^^I don’t wear hose, but I know that this works because I’ve witnessed it!^^

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^^This not only works, but feels so refreshing! I like to stick it in the fridge for a little bit before applying it.^^11

^^ I love to exfoliate my face and lips and sugar is a cheap alternative to expensive exfoliating washes.  I also like to add a little sugar to my hand soap once in a while, it leaves your hand feeling so soft.^^