Monday, November 24, 2014

Inspired at 2014 Glamour's Women of the Year

On November 10th, Glamour Magazine honored its 2014 Women of the Year. I was lucky enough to volunteer to help out (directing outside people traffic to the ticket pickup), and with that was able to attend the show. I had gone a couple of years ago and was so inspired by all of the women that I just had to go back again. I did get to see some of the lesser known nominees outside as they rushed into will call. That was pretty cool.

The event was full of very powerful women, from politicians to activists to celebrities to everyday women (and girls) making a difference in their own cities. Among the women being honored were Lupita Nyong’o, Chelsea Clinton (having her first “night out” since having her daughter), Robin Roberts, Laverne Cox, and my favorite girl Mindy Kaling, just to name a few. I don’t know if it was the extra hormones running through my body, but everyone’s speeches had me on the verge of tears, even presenter Amy Schumer’s tribute about Joan Rivers.

My favorite nominee was presented by Stephen Colbert. He’s such a witty guy. And I love Mindy. I love her motto “Why not me?” And that is now something I ask myself when ever I want to do something. Mindy if you read this, I want to be your BFF, after all, why not me?

Although we were up in the nosebleed section, it was nice to have all of the honorees look up directly at the balcony and inspire us to be the best we can be. Even in my thirties, there is always room for inspiration.

The night ended, and the attendees got to go home with a special goody bag full of the sponsor products. Thanks L’Oreal. I hope I get to back!

For more highlights visit Glamour!








A Quick Trip to NYC!

Two weeks ago I had quite the trip, just 24 hours in NYC and 16 weeks pregnant. That was going to make things more interesting. It was of like my solo Baby-moon. Usually I’d walk everywhere, but this time around I was going to rely heavily on public transportation. And the good thing about the city is yes you can take the subway anywhere. Thank goodness, because I could barely get down 2 blocks without feeling out of breath or the need to pee. LOL. I figured, who knows when I’ll get the chance to take a trip to NYC. Plus there were just a couple of places I still needed to get off my bucket list.

I finally visited the Empire State Building. Not what I expected at all. Movie magic had made me think of the space in such a different way. When I finally got up there I was surprised as to how tight the area was. But the view was amazing! It was also a very different feeling than that of being at the Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower). The second place I needed to visit was the 9/11 Memorial. I didn't have time to visit the museum, but walked the area and saw where the two towers once stood. Although I knew no one who had been there at the time, it’s still very emotional. I still remember watching the news as it all happened. I’m glad I was able to visit the site. I also attended the Glamour Women of the Year event, which I will follow up with in another post. And last but not least, took a brisk walk after the show to Times Square. The lights are so bright! A very quick trip, goodbye New York, until we meet again!

And if you are looking for a cheap, yet decent place to stay near Times Square, I recommend Comfort Inn. It was a small room, but perfect for those just looking for a place to sleep, rest, shower, and leave your belongings.

Times Square and Baby Bump at Hotel

Empire State Building

9/11 Memorial 










Monday, November 17, 2014

And one makes 4!

Surprise!


Here comes baby number two!

So the last couple of weeks have been wonderful! Ah, Pregnancy. Well minus of course, the morning sickness, fatigue, head colds, sore feet, non-stop visits to the bathroom. I think I'll stop there. I mean other than those tiny details, I have been having the time of life letting people in on our little secret. So yes finally at the beginning of the second trimester we were able to let our friends and family know that we would be welcoming a new baby come April 2015. We cannot wait to be a family of 4. We had Maddie help out and make our announcement on social media. Because after all, its not official unless its posted on the internet.

We thought now would be the perfect time to add another one to the family. This would put Maddie and the new baby at about 3 years apart. And yes, I am stressing out and hope that this baby will stay put until it is fully baked! Having a preemie baby is scary, and hopefully we don't have to go through that again.

This pregnancy so far has been completely different than the first. With Maddie, it was smooth sailing until delivery. This time around I've been hit with every possible pregnancy symptom. I'm not one to complain too much, but yes this time around that morning sickness had me, well you can imagine, it was not pretty. Luckily science and technology is around to help. So with a  couple of pills I've been able to stay on track and keep on with a pretty normal daily routine. But with the second trimester comes hope of morning sickness going away and my energy coming back, since I do have a toddler to keep up with!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Protecting Your Baby From Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.



There are so many things we have to worry about when we bring a newborn baby home. But imagine how much more one has to worry when their baby decides it wants to come a little earlier than planned. I've learned that each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely. But still many parents don’t know the risks of premature birth, which is the leading cause of neonatal death. I for one wasn't exactly sure how many weeks were considered early, just like 75 percent of parents. The definition of premature is birth at or before 37 weeks gestation, and during prenatal care, most pregnant women don’t ask their healthcare provider about the risk of delivering prematurely and the potential consequences of preterm birth for their child, I know that I never discussed this with my doctors. I thought that since I did everything by the book that I would have no problem delivering on or around my due date.

I know for me in particular I was very scared when at 34 weeks I went into preterm labor. Luckily my doctors were able to stop it for an extra week, but baby did arrive at just a little over 35 weeks. I was holding this just over four and a half pound baby and didn't know what to do. Because of their immature lungs and fragile immune systems, preemies often have specialized health needs. Preterm infants do not receive the full amount of infection-fighting antibodies that are transferred in utero, leaving many susceptible to a variety of illnesses and infections, especially during the winter months. I was afraid to let anyone hold her and at one point I almost didn't even want to breathe on her for fear of spreading my germs and not knowing if her immune system would be strong enough. I thank God everyday that my little girl turned out to have a pretty clean bill of health and was able to go home, even at that low weight.






In the time leading up to November 17—World Prematurity Day—we’re hoping to educate all parents of the increased risks that often come with premature birth, particularly around one seasonal virus that poses a threat to infants – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).


What is RSV?
RSV is a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, and typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies.
RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to-year.
RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year.
Despite being so common, many parents aren't aware of RSV; in fact, one-third of mothers have never heard of the virus

Why Are Preemies At Higher Risk for RSV?
While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing severe RSV disease. In fact, preterm infants are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the hospital for RSV-related symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Severe RSV Disease?
Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:
Persistent coughing or wheezing
Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)

How Can I Help Protect My Baby From RSV?
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical. To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
Never let anyone smoke around your baby
Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick

I know this is a huge amount of information to process. And I hope many of you will let get informed and let other parents know as well, especially those who will be delivering in the winter months. To learn more speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about RSV and prevention, visit www.RSVprotection.com. Be part of the conversation by following an using the hash tags #RSVawareness #PreemieProtection