2 Apr 2011

I Gotta Feeling 2011 UBP Party is dedicated to ME…

I truly feel like 5minutesformom has dedicated their 2011 Ultimate Blog Party (UBP) to me and AMI (my sweet husband).

First thing: today is one of our 6th wedding anniversaries (we had two weddings, a council wedding on April 2nd and a church wedding on July 30th).

Second thing, which is very IMPORTANT for us is… I am PREGNANT! We recently found out that we are expecting our first Baby. But today I will not talk about that - I know, I am cruel, aren’t I? LOL ;)!

My lovely old blog buddies, I know you’ve being waiting for this announcement since forever! And I am sure some of you are wondering what-when-how did she announce it?

I announced it YESTERDAY, but I am sure you thought it was an April Fools joke. Nope, nope, nope… I couldn’t joke with my feelings and yours in that way.

I am really PREGNANT, more details will follow… in another post ;P!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Today I am blog partying!!! And it feels great!

Every party has music, so Click play…

… if you want to be in the party mood :)!

Then have a glass of CHAMPAGNE, meanwhile I will have ORANGE JUICE because I AM PREGNANT – do I sound like a broken record :)?

We are partying and I going to talk a lot, so be prepared :D!

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Around this time last year I’ve just started seriously contemplating trying for Baby. My blog, just like me has been through many transformations. Initially this place was known as The Baby Plan. I recently changed it into Life of TOI [life is more than The Baby Plan], because I thought I was blogging under a title which screams baby-baby and the Baby I wanted to write about was taking time to come, LOL :)! Life has its own way of laughing… now, I am PREGNANT.

The main title Life of TOI will remain. However, the subtitle [life is more than The Baby Plan] might change – this is how I roll ;)!

_____blog history_____

My blog started documenting about the journey to motherhood before I became PREGNANT. I documented about my fitness. I’ve expressed the desire to become a yummy mummy and the things I will enjoy when I am pregnant. I wrote Thoughtful Wednesday’s posts in which I posed my inquisitive mind. In some of the posts I questioned aspects of motherhood, feminism and life.

In other posts, I’ve contemplated about some of the names we might choose for our Baby. In another post, I confessed my teenage crush: Leonardo DiCaprio. I’ve shared the beautiful places I’ve travelled to. But most importantly I’ve shared my life changing experiences. And I’ve learnt a lot from everyone around me in the blog-sphere, this journey is ongoing.

_____about the Baby journey_____

During last year’s UBP party I said:

I have been preparing physically for the journey [to motherhood] since January 2010. So far I have managed to tone up my body. However, I must keep taking care of myself. Also deep in my heart I am ready but sometimes I have cold feet because OUR lives will change forever (I hope for the better). When I think about TTC I get panicky. There are few things that I might not be able to control: How long will it take us to put the TWO things together? What if I am ... (do you know the scary WORD I can’t say)? Would it hurt...(to push)? Would my body swell up? How can I get my stress under control and still be fit and healthy for my journey!

To conclude I commented:

I also know that you can’t PLAN having babies but you can prepare your body, mind, and life so that the surprise is ENJOYABLE. I also know that with the Almighty everything I desire will come through, therefore I want to put together the best wish I can possibly dream of. I don’t want to blame anyone for losing my shape, mind and personality; I want to be prepared and would like to be a yummy-mummy! I really hope women/parents like you can share the secrets of parenthood, help me as you follow me on my journey toward motherhood.

This year I can answer some of these questions:

How long will it take us to put the TWO things together?

It took us eleven months to put the TWO things together. We officially started for Bebe (baby) after my circle on April 22 2010. I believe it took us all that time due to stress and other life changing experiences. Bad timing – we were travelling for work every other month and I was away when I was most fertile. But I believe STRESS was the killer in the journey.

I am happy it took less than a year because during this journey I’ve learnt that I am quite sensitive and I can get upset fairly easily. I was recently feeling low, but as it turned out it was for a good reason: pregnancy hormones, LOL ;)!

What if I am ... (do you know the scary WORD I can’t say)?

Infertile, that’s the word I was scared to say. But thanks to the Almighty Lord, I am not. AMI is not. We give grace to our Lord every day and night because HE is wonderful in the way he set people’s life. He has promised a child to every woman and you will have yours, you just have to be patient.

Patience is another virtue I learnt when I started my journey to motherhood. I believe, it was exactly a month after I wrote Pregnancy?... No pressure!, that the Baby decided to stay because she or he could tell I’ve learnt something important. To be patient, because GOD’s time is the best!

Would it hurt...(to push)?

This I don’t know yet but, so far, apart from last week’s mood swings and a little bit of nausea (no vomiting), I haven’t had any major symptoms. I don’t have back pain, my bladder seems normal. I began doing moderate workout to improve my mood, but I hope this will prepare my body to deliver our baby without too much pain.

I am not toned as I was here, due to unhealthy eating :(. Now, I am going to eat everything in moderation.

Would my body swell up?

I DON’T care if my body swells up (well, I am scared of big ankles, yuk), because that will mean that the baby is healthy and rocking :). However, I want to be fit during this pregnancy. At the moment I walk circa 40mins a day.

Once I am 100% sure everything is fine with the development of our Baby (the first scan is in 6 weeks time. On week 12), I will start the gym and do swimming, yoga and pilates classes. Hopefully these exercises will help my weight stay low and my body work in favour of good delivery. But there is time for that.

How can I get my stress under control and still be fit and healthy for my journey!

I know Circle+Bloom is one thing that I will keep using. It’s perfect to de-stress my soul. Also, doing pilates, yoga, reading and writing will sure help me on this journey. I am working on my healthy. I feel quite healthy at the moment. I am reading few books that give me tips on what to eat and what not to eat while pregnant. Also, there are online database that gives information on nutrition, fitness, fashion and love relationship during pregnancy.

_____questions-questions-questions_____

However, I still have many unanswered questions running through my head. Which kind of delivery is going to be the best for me? Caesarean or al natural...? Would I use natural remedies or medical remedies to ease the birth pain? Would I be a green mum or techno mum? Am I going to be a good mother? What is Crunchy?...

As you can read, now that I am PREGNANT, I need more tips than ever!

For instance, we’ve been living in Canada for nearly a month, and now that I know I am pregnant I want to work, because I would like to have a maternity leave. Silly me right?

Should I work after I’ve given birth? (I would like be with our Baby for at least her or his first three years of age). Am I going to be a SAHM (stay-at-home-mum) or a WAHM (write-at-home-mum)? Am I going wear a glove on the hand and hold a pen the other hand?

For me, the journey to motherhood is a journey to real womanhood and adulthood. I need to ask many questions to be able to learn more :).

_____future steps_____

I would like to find balance as a woman, wife and mother. I am going to voice my opinions on pregnancy, cloth diapers, what makes me tick and what not. I will try to find answers to my many questions.

I know my pregnancy is in its infancy, but I trust in God and I know he gave us this Baby, so everything will be fine :)! So, if you are new on my blog and decide to follow me you might learn how TOI became Mama TOI. I am still learning. And now that I am PREGNANT, I will like to share my journey with you and learn from you.

_____acknowledgements_____

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my LOYAL blog buddies. Over the past one and half years, you’ve given me tips and encouragement. If it was not for you, I would have being so lonely in this long journey. I want to THANK everyone and I hope you will sit next to me in this ride called PREGNANCY-MOTHERHOOD-WOMANHOOD-ADULTHOOD! I know soon many of you will be talking about diapers in your household.

Now that you are already here FOLLOW me and enjoy the journey together!

I am looking forward to read more blogs and learn from you!

_____become a sponsor_____

At the beginning of this year I opened my blog for sponsorship. If you would like to promote a small business or etsy shop on Life of TOI, please email me at msbabyplan @ gmail.com! You can read my i heart sponsors for more information. Read how I like to present my sponsors.

I HOPE YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE :)!

Please stay awhile…

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22 comments:

  1. ((BIIIG HUGGG))
    YOu already know i love your blog, no matter what you call it etc.
    I'm so excited for you and hubby and baby!!!! Congrats again.
    And happy anniversary!!!

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  2. Wow, what great news! Congratulations on the anniversary too :) I'm stopping by from the blog party, hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  3. This is really exciting news lady. Now you get to think about a baby room in your new place and start looking for who you'd like to deliver the baby and think about a birth plan. I'm really really happy for you! Happy Anniversary as well!

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  4. Congratulations!! If you have any questions, please let me know.

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  5. Thank you thank you ladies :)!

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  6. I read Baby Making Machine and when she said that you announced a real pregnancy on April Fools, I just had to come check it out. Congrats!

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  7. Yay!!! Congrats!! God's timing is the best. Could you imagine having had to move to Canada with a baby or 6 months pregnant? You would be searching for a new OB and everything.

    I am so happy for you!!

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  8. @ Natalia thanks :)!

    @ YUMMommy, sure, sure God's timing is the best!

    we settle in at once and not with a little baby or me pregnant struggling to find a new OB.

    God's timing is the best!

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  9. Congrats! Stopping by from the party! :)

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  10. I am SO excited for you! I totally didn't believe you yesterday!

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  11. congrats and remember to enjoy every moment and you HAVE to share with all of us!

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  12. Saw you over at the "tea party"
    Yippee!!! I had to stop by all the way from MN, USA to extend my best wishes for all of your exciting news!!!!!
    best,
    ~d

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  13. I am just SO SO happy for you, T. And can't wait to read all about your journey. :D

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  14. Congratulations! This is such an exciting time, and I'm so glad wonderful things are happening for you!

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  15. SO happy for you!!!! And, thought I'd share- our anniversary is also April 2nd... :)

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  16. OMG OMG First I want to say Happy Anniversary and then I want to say CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BABY NEWS!!! I'm so so happy for you!!!!!

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  17. Congrats again and Happy Anniversary! :)

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  18. It was your title on the linky at the blog hop that got my attention.

    I hear (read?) anyone say they're pregnant and I do a little "squeee!" in my head...even though I'm done having babies and have ZERO desire to be pregnant ever again. LOL

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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  19. I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop party, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you :)

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  20. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am also pregnant now with baby #2. Motherhood is truly a magical time, filled with challenges, heartaches, and lots of smiles. I found your blog through the UBP and am now following. I look forward to reading more from you and following your pregnancy journey. Come visit me too when you get a chance at: http://mommyhoodnextright.blogspot.com

    See you around!

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  21. Hi! I am still making my way through the links at the UBP and came across your blog. I love meeting new bloggers! Congratulations on your pregnancy...so exciting!

    Come over to my blog to see how I am creating a healthy home for my family if you get the chance. I'm your newest follower!

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