Disneyland

A little over two months ago, I took my 5 year old sister to Disneyland. It was her first time going to Disneyland and we went to celebrate her 5th birthday. I had promised her last year that we would go and she was so anxious for the day to come!

She was so excited to go. She kept telling all her teachers and friends at school that she was going. I took the day off from work and my mom took care of my baby so that  my sister and I could spend the day together at Disneyland.

We were able to get on a few rides. The first ride we got on was It’s a Small World. My sister didn’t like that ride because she thought it was boring. Her favorite ride ended up being Thunder Mountain . We got on that ride twice and she wanted to keep getting on it but the line was long. We also got on the Roger Rabbit ride and Haunted mansion.

I took my sisters to meet a few princesses. She was happy! She got to meet Snow White, Ariel, and Elena of Avalon. We didn’t have to wait too long for this. She took pictures with all of them and was very happy when we left.

There were a few food items that we splurged on. For sure my favorite was the hot cheetos and nacho cheese funnel cake! We also got dole whip, which was pineapple and raspberry swirled together, frozen strawberry horchata, and my sister got a chocolate covered pineapple.

 

Here are some of the pictures we took.

 

Disneyland can be pricey, starting with the tickets. But here are a few things we did save money at Disneyland:

  1. Eat breakfast at home. I didn’t see any point in eating at Disneyland when we had food at home.
  2. Take snacks. We took hummus and pita chips, strawberries, carrots, jello, and yogurt.
  3. Say no to souvenirs. I offered to buy my sister one but she didn’t want any. Which is good, because pictures are enough for us to remember the fun time we had at Disneyland.
  4. Eat dinner outside of the park. I took my sister to Mcdonalds and spent less than $10 on food for both of us.
  5. I didn’t do this, but my mom took sandwiches with her. You can’t take them inside Disneyland, but my mom just left them in a cooler in her car with ice and when it was time for lunch, they left Disneyland to eat.
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Boysenberry Festival 2019

In April, Knott’s Berry Farm had their annual Boysenberry festival. I have the season pass for Knott’s and I love boysenberries, so of course I had to go. This was their 5th year and I have gone every year. Most years I only go once, but this year I decided to go twice. They had some new food items this year. Most of the food I tried was good. However, there were a couple disappointments.

Here is how I rate the food items at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival

 

 

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Boysenberry Icee Float A++

This is my favorite drink. It’s basically an boysenberry flavored icee inside of a boyseberry flavored soft serve, so good. I first tried it last year and couldn’t wait to get it this year. got it during both visits to the festival.

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Boysemberry Cheesecake on a Stick B

Had this last year, it’s pretty good. Very sweet though.

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Boysenberry Waffles B-

This was good, but not something I would eat more than once

Boysenberry tortilla chips with boysenberry ice cream B

This was good, also very sweet

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Boysenberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich B+

I love grilled cheese sandwiches and this one was really good!

 

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Boysenberry chicken wings A-

One of my favorites from the Boysenberry Festival

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Pot roast w mashed potatoes C+

The pot roast was really good!! However, I did not like the mashed potatoes at all!!! Which is what brought the grade down. I did not enjoy eating mashed potatoes with little boysenberries inside of it.

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Chicken Skewers A

This was for sure my favorite food to eat at the Boysenberry Festival! On my first visit I got this twice! They ran out when I was in line during my second visit.

(I forgot to get a picture of the hummus, oops!)

Boysenberry hummus B-

This was okay, nothing too special about it.

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Baked boysenberry mac and cheese A-

I did not expect to like it, but I really enjoyed this one. I loved the baked mac and cheese and the habanero sauce wasn’t too spicy.

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Boysenberry dole whip float B-

So disappointing. I wish that it had more ice cream than what it came with.

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Boysenberry steak w cream cheese topping A-

This was my second favorite food at the Boysenberry Festival. So good!

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Boysenberry pulled pork tostada C+

Not a big fan of pork, which is why this has a low grade, but it did taste good.

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Boysenberry elote

I love eating elote and this was good. My sister enjoyed it so much that she got 3 of them!

Overall, I enjoyed the food and can’t wait for the Boyseberry Festival in 2020!

My Baby Girl is 3 Months Old

Writing this a few days late, but my baby girl is now 3 months old! Time went by so fast. She is getting so big. I went back to work two weeks ago. Only worked one day, it went well. I admit that it was very hard for me to leave my baby girl for a few hours. Couldn’t stop thinking about her while I was at work. I am currently working part time, which means I work 2-3 days a week, anywhere from 3 to 5 hours at a time. This is fine for now because it gives me a chance to get used to being away from my baby. Down the line, I plan to work more hours. I just hope it gets easier leaving her with her baby sitters. If it was up to me, I would be a stay at home mom with an at home business. For now it’s not possible, but it is something I want to do sometime in the future.

As I mentioned earlier, baby girl has grown so much. She’s getting taller and heavier too. She smiles a lot, baby talks, and is very curious about everything. She is also starting to sit up and she also does tummy time.  She sleeps through the night and has been since she was 2 months old. She started off sleeping 5-6 hours at a time and now she sleeps anywhere from 8 to 11 hours a night. It’s great for me too because I can get at least 7 hours of sleep, which is all I need to function.

I’m with my baby almost 24/7. I do take the time to have time for myself though. One of the things I do is try to go for a run or go to the gym early in the morning. I try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I normally wake up at 5am those days and I’m at the gym by 530am. I leave the baby with my mom since she usually doesn’t wake up until 630am or 7am. I also like to go running. If I am running alone, I can run 3+ miles. Sometimes I need to go for a run but don’t have anyone to watch my baby, so I will run on the track at the park while I push her in her stroller. Those days I only run 2 miles.

One thing that many people ask me is if I breastfeed her or give her formula. She drinks formula. When I was pregnant, I wanted to breastfeed because everyone always says it’s way better and healthier for the baby. But no one ever talks about how hard it is. Yes it’s natural, but it’s not as easy as it seems. I tried for the first few days. The nurses at the hospital would give me advice. In the end, it didn’t seem like I could do it and I decided to feed her formula instead. She is a very healthy baby even if she is drinking formula.

I want to raise my baby as eco friendly as I can. One way I am doing that is by having my baby use cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers. I had two baby showers, one thrown for me by my mom and one thrown for me by my coworkers, and I received so many boxes of disposable diapers. I was also given some from the nurses when I had my baby. I have enough to last me until she’s 4 months old. Once they finish , she will be in cloth diapers 90% of the time. The only time she will be in disposable diapers is when her dad watches her. It might seem gross to people having to wash and reuse diapers, but it is way better for the environment. I am also looking into buying some reusable wipes rather than using reusable wipes.

She will be starting to eat solids pretty soon. I plan to give her veggies and fruit and tofu when she turns 6 months. I’ve heard that there are parents who give their babies soda and french fries when they are 9-12 months old, but I plan to feed my baby girl healthy food. I don’t want her to become obese when she’s older or when she gets teeth to have cavities.

Although I was caught by surprise last year when I found out that I was pregnant, having this baby girl is one of the best things that has happened to me. I’m so grateful that I have been blessed with such a beautiful and wonderful baby girl. I look forward to seeing her reach all her milestones and watching her grow up.

 

Back to Work

I’ve been on maternity leave for about three months and tomorrow I am finally going back. This was the longest time I ever went without working since I started working back in late 2012. I don’t mind going back, esp since I work part time. I just wish my mom or sister could babysit for me while I work. My boyfriend and his mom will watch her while I work. Luckily, they only live five minutes away from my job. I’ve been so anxious about going back to work that I haven’t been able to sleep much these past few days. 

Selena Taylor

It’s very hard to believe that my baby girl is almost three weeks old! I feel like I just gave birth to her. The nine months went by so quickly. Well, except the last month. It seemed to last forever. At the beginning of my pregnancy I weighed 114 pounds, by the end of it, I weighed 128 pounds. I gained a total of 24 pounds. The first seven months I gained 11 pounds, I gained 13 pounds in the last two months. The last month was definitely the hardest. I had trouble sleeping, couldn’t work out anymore, not even walk, was always low on energy, and would have massive back pain just driving to and from work.

My doctor scheduled me for an induction. On January 18, I got to the hospital a little bit after midnight. The nurse decided to check how far along I was. When I got there, I was only 1 cm dilated. However, I was having contractions that were less than 5 minutes apart. I didn’t realize since at that time, they were not painful. Not going to lie, I was definitely nervous. I had heard that being induced might lead to longer labor or even an emergency c section.

My mom and I were debating whether I should stay at the hospital and be induced or go home and wait for my baby to come naturally. Since I was already having contractions, we decided to stay. At 3 am, the nurse finally induced me. I had originally wanted to have an all-natural birth, but 3 hours into my labor, the contractions were becoming too painful for me and I decided I wanted the pain reliever and the epidural. Besides my mom, two of my sisters were also there with me. I took my tablet and was watching Netflix to pass the time.

My boyfriend and his mom went to visit me. They were unable to stay when I gave birth because the hospital only allowed two people to be present. Of course I chose my mom to be there and I also chose my sister. I wanted my boyfriend to be there, but he said he didn’t like the sight of blood.

My doctor got there a few hours after I did. He broke my water, but I didn’t realize that’s what he had done. I remember telling my mom that I thought I had peed on myself. The nurse was like no, he broke your water. When I moved into the second part of labor, aka the delivering baby part, I had no idea what to do. I should’ve taken classes, but I didn’t. Luckily, my mom was there to help and motivate me. There were a few moments when I felt like I couldn’t keep going, but my mom pushed me to keep going. The doctor ended up making a small tear (episiotomy) and having to use a vacuum in order for the baby to come out. Even though I couldn’t feel it because of the epidural, it kind of freaked me out seeing so much blood and seeing the doctor stitch me up.

When Selena Taylor was born, she was 18.5 inches and weigh 7 lbs., 5oz. I started crying as soon as she was born. I am not a very emotional person and I rarely cry, but that day I was so overwhelmed with emotion. Even my sister was shocked to see me crying. It was one of the happiest days of my life, seeing my little baby girl being born. My mom was the one who cut my baby’s cord. Since she is her first grandbaby, I thought she should have the honors.

After having the baby, I remember I was shaking so much. It kind of freaked me out, but apparently, that was normal. I also ended up throwing up a while after delivering the baby. I think my body was trying to get rid of the medicine in my body. One of the most embarrassing things that happened was when I went to the bathroom for the first time, one of the nurses went with me and showed me how to use the bottle to clean myself. I felt so awkward.

My sister spent the night with me at the hospital. I was really grateful. If she had not been there, I wouldn’t have been able to get any sleep at all. I think I went 30 hours without sleeping. At one point, I was a little dizzy. I only had to stay one day because there were no complications. I’m so glad because the hospital food was awful! The only meal that tasted good was my first meal after having the baby and that was only because I was starving by that point. Even though the room was super cold, I kept waking up in the middle of the night sweating. It kind of freaked me out, but apparently, that’s normal. My family went to visit me both days. One of the funniest moments was when my sister Ayanna, who is 4 years old and at that point was the baby of the family, took a look at the baby and started crying. Later on, she was looking at the baby and saying that the baby took her spot from her. I would take my sister everywhere with me, it’s almost as if she was my actual daughter and I guess she got used to that.

This might sound vain, but I am really happy that I managed to get through the pregnancy without getting stretch marks or without my hands and feet getting swollen. However, in the first week of recovery, my calves did get swollen but they eventually went back to normal. During the first week, I was taking ibuprofen every day, so I didn’t really feel the pain of having to get stitches. My sister and mom helped me a lot with the baby. Feeding her, watching her while I took naps.

The second week somehow felt even harder than the first week. I felt pretty sick most of the week, but luckily my mom and sister were able to help me take care of my baby. On Thursday, I had decided that I needed to take care of myself because otherwise, I couldn’t be there for my baby girl. I went to urgent care, but it was closed. So I went to another one and though they were still open for two more hours, they were no longer accepting patients, so I had to go home.

The next day, I had to take Selena Taylor to the drs for her two week checkup. The doctor said she was very healthy. I was so glad to hear that because I was nervous that since I am not breastfeeding, I thought she would be too thin or not in good health. After her dr apt, I took her home, dropped her off with my sister, and went to another urgent car. They were unable to help me, so they sent me to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena instead. I went to the emergency room. I waited about two hours to be seen. There were so many people there. Once I got admitted, I was there another four hours. It was so tiring and I missed my baby girl. While I was there, I watched a documentary on Ted Bundy. I am glad I went because they were able to help me feel much better and gave me medicine. I had spent all week being miserable and now I was finally better. I only wish I had gone sooner instead of waiting so long.

I always said I wouldn’t become the mom who is constantly posting pictures of her kids. However, that is exactly what I have become. I can’t help myself, I just want to share my little bundle of joy with the world. My camera roll on my phone is basically 80% pictures of Selena Taylor.

I never really thought of myself as one day being a mom. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in shock and nervous/scared etc. The day I gave birth to my baby girl was one of the happiest days of my life. It’s such a cliché, but it’s so true. Now I can’t imagine my life without her. Don’t get me wrong, it is hard sometimes waking up constantly to feed her and change her diapers in the middle of the night. Changing her diapers when she poops is the worst! But she brings so much joy to me and my family.

Some of the things that I missed most while being pregnant were eating food like hot dogs, deli meat, and esquite (corn in a cup with mayo, butter, cotija cheese, and sometimes hot Cheetos crumbs). I also missed going on roller coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm and working out and especially running. Some people continued running and working out while pregnant, but running became difficult for me in the 7th month and I stopped working out in the 8th month. I just did not have the energy for it.

In case anyone was wondering, I picked the name Selena after the most famous Selena in history. Selena the Mexican American singer who died at a young age in the early 1990’s. I grew up listening to her music and to this day, she is one of my favorite singers. I also liked that the name Selena is derived from the Greek goddess Selena and I have always had an interest in studying Greek mythology. I’ve always like the name Taylor as well, though I did have some concerns choosing that as her middle name because of Taylor Swift. But I like how the two names sounded together. My two other choices were Samantha and Anastasia but my boyfriend didn’t like either name. Oh, well, maybe baby number two can have one of those names.

That’s my birth story and the first three weeks of recovery. I only have about nine weeks left of maternity leave and I plan to enjoy all this time I have with my baby girl.