Friday, April 12, 2019

I'm pregnant!!!

My little family and I are so excited to share with you that we are having a baby this September!!! I'm in the beginning of my second trimester and sometimes I still cannot believe I am pregnant. I wanted to share how I found out I was pregnant so that I can help out anyone who is trying to conceive and is getting the same confusing results as I was. I also wanted to share this on my blog so that I can look back at it years from now, and who knows, maybe baby will read the post too someday. It's a long post so grab a snack and enjoy.

Since my husband and I are both about to hit our 30's, we knew we wanted to start trying for baby number two sooner rather than later. After having baby talk with a few friends and family, I was shocked to hear that it took most of them more than 7 months to get pregnant with their second baby. For some reason this led me to believe that it was also going to take me this long to get pregnant. I honestly had a gut feeling that it wasn't going to be easy for me, and I even started looking into fertility clinics just in case I needed an appointment in the future.

We started trying in November of 2018 and I was devastated when I got my period in December. You see, I really thought I was going to get pregnant in November because my husband and I were active while I was ovulating or so I though. I was tracking my ovulation on an app which is just APP!!! You should never trust apps when trying to conceive because you will only stress yourself since they are not so accurate. I used the one with a flower icon called "Period Tracker" which estimates your most fertile days/next period based on the dates in which you had your previous periods, but ovulation can truly happen sooner or later than expected, and obviously there's no way a period tracker will know that! So while on my period in December, I ordered these ovulation strips (which also come with pregnancy tests) to accurately track my ovulation.

The way these ovulation strips work is that you have to pee in a cup and then dip the strip into your urine. You have to start doing this a week and a half to two weeks after you've finished your period but I highly suggest to start a week and a half in case you ovulate early. Let me tell you, peeing on an ovulation stick twice a day every day until you hopefully get a positive can be so stressful and nerve wrecking. I was so happy that I finally got a positive strip 16 days after my period, and I told my husband it was go time if you know what I mean lol.

Monday morning of January 7, which was also 10 days after I got my positive ovulation strip, and 4 days before my missed period, I decided to take a pregnancy test. I was not expecting to see a positive because I knew that if I did get pregnant, it would be too soon to show up on a test and sure enough the test was negative. I put the test away and went about my day. Hours later when I got home I grabbed the test to throw it away but before doing so I glanced at it one more time. To my surprise, there was a very, very, faint second line that I did not see earlier that day which meant positive right?

In that moment, I wanted to jump up and down, do cartwheels, and scream of happiness, but at the same time I really didn't know if it was truly a positive test. According to pregnancy test instructions, you have to look at your test within 3-5 minutes after you pee on it and anything after that time frame can be a false result or an evaporation line. Because the line was extremely faint, and appeared waaaayyy after the 5 minute window,  I figured it was just an evaporation line and decided to just take another test early the next morning.

Tuesday morning January 8, and Wednesday, January 9,  I took pregnancy tests and the same thing happened on those days. The tests were negative as soon as I peed on them but hours later when I came back from work, there were faint lines indicating they were positive. I started questioning these test strips because they were super cheap price wise. I thought maybe I got a defective batch of pregnancy tests. When I mean the lines were faint, I mean you had to really squint or get under good lighting to see the second line. So what did I decide to do? I made my 15 year old sister which I know  for certain that she is not pregnant, pee on one of the pregnancy tests so that if she got a second faint line, I would know that I did in fact have defective pregnancy tests. My sisters test was completely NEGATIVE!!! Hers didn't even get the second faint lines like mine did and it was at that point that I started to realize that I was more than likely pregnant.

My plans were to surprise  my husband in a really cute way but because I was so confused with the faint lines, I decided to tell him about my doubts.  We both agreed to buy a Clear Blue digital test and look at the results together. On Friday afternoon, January 11, one day before I would have had my "missed period",  I took the Clear Blue digital pregnancy test. It was my first time taking a digital pregnancy test and didn't know it would blink for about 30 seconds before getting the results. Those 30 seconds felt like hours, and then finally the word "Pregnant" came across the screen.

My husband and I both looked at each other with huge smiles, then hugged so tight while tears of happiness rolled down our faces. He knew I was afraid it was going to take months or years for me to get pregnant, and because we got pregnant on our second month of trying, we were so happy and thankful to God. Still to this day I thank God for giving me the gift of carrying a second baby.

If you've made it this far on my post, thank you for reading. I highly recommend ovulation strips for anyone trying to conceive. The ones I bought had really good reviews on Amazon and I was surprised they worked for us, hence I'm pregnant. You can get the same ones I bought here. Looking back and doing research, I now know that my Amazon pregnancy strips were super faint because I was newly pregnant and there wasn't enough pregnancy hormones to create a dark positive line. So ladies if you ever take a pregnancy test or two and you get a faint line, it 99% of the time will be a positive. Best of luck to all mommas trying to conceive. I will surely keep you in my prayers so that you too get your positive test.  And to all currently pregnant moms, I pray that you have a healthy pregnancy. Thanks for stopping by! XO

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope your New Years was great and if it wasn't, I wish you a remaining 2019 full of blessings and success! I have not posted on my blog for over a year and I am happy to be able to do so again. 2018 was a year full of wedding planning, and with all the craziness of trying to plan my own wedding and a broken Mac Book, there was just no way for me to be as active as I wanted to on my social medial platforms. My sweet husband knew I really missed blogging so for Christmas he bought me a Mac Book Pro (Thanks babe), and I couldn't wait to open it and type away.

I wanted to start my first post of 2019 by sharing a few changes that will happen on my social media platforms in the next few months. I'm so excited for these so here they go...

Social Media Rebranding
Up until now being a social media influencer has been a hobby I truly enjoy. I do have an 8-5 job but someday I would like to be my own boss, and work from home doing what I love-which is this! That is why I plan to rebrand my entire social media platforms to something that defines me a little better as it will eventually become my business. I have a few choices in mind and will share with you once I make a decision.

Blog Makeover
I started my blog back in 2015 so it's definitely time for a makeover. There are a few things my blog needs in order to help it grow and instead of trying to mess with the complicated HTML stuff, and possibly screwing up my blog, I'm going to have a web designer change the entire layout and design. This is one of the things I am most excited about and hopefully by the end of February my new design will be live.

Change of content
My passion for fashion is what inspired me to start my blog and while I still love all things fashion, it will no longer be my main focus. Sure I will incorporate a fashion post here and there however, I want to branch out my content to travel, lifestyle, fitness, and beauty.

Starting my Youtube channel
The other day I asked my husband "Babe for how long have I been talking about making a Youtube channel?" He answered "Ummm for about five years". Honestly though, it's been longer than since I graduated high school long ago, and that was back in 2008!!! I’ve had several friends and family constantly telling me to start one and I know they’ll be happy to know I’m finally getting it done lol. This year I decided that I was no longer going to procrastinate on this and just go for it. It's now or never, and with so many exciting things happening in my life this year, I think it's the perfect time to start vlogging for my channel. I am still figuring out video editing, and will have my first video up soon after because uuummm I don't want to upload anything just to have a video up. I want to upload fun and entertaining stuff all while nicely edited :)

Ok so that is all for todays post. I tried to make this as short as possible so if you made it this far, thank you for sticking around :) You can shop my planner, or anything from the picture above by clicking on the pictures below. Thanks for stopping by, and have an awesome day.