End of Babymoon, Beginning of Countdown!

We just got home from what was probably one of the most memorable trips we’ve had. This weekend was such a wonderful treat, and I am incredibly lucky to have a husband who treats me so well. I already told him he has to be careful or I will be very spoiled 🙂

The drive up to Pismo Beach on Friday was beautiful. Although it was a bit rainy for portions, the coast looked so pretty and there was no traffic. We stopped in Santa Barbara for a delicious lunch and to get some special chocolates from a shop we visited the last time we were there. When we got to Pismo just before 4pm, we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the hotel was. The view was gorgeous and we were surprised with a little gift bag of a onesie with the hotel name on it and a blanket. Inside were also coupons for some treats during our stay.

Our hotel room was simply amazing. The view of the coast was breathtaking and we quickly set out to explore before the sun set. We made our way down to the beach where the tide was out and got to explore some tide pools. We later went out for a lite dinner of salad and pizza before heading back to the hotel room and a nice warm bath for me.

Our second day was pure luxury and relaxation. We started with a complimentary breakfast, then took a quick trip to a butterfly grove. I loved seeing thousands of monarch butterflies flitting around. We also walked around the Pismo pier for a bit, before heading back to the hotel to prepare for our couples massage.

We each had VERY relaxing massages! I almost didn’t want to get off of the table! I will have to remember to have a few more before baby comes 🙂 we headed back to our room after that to continue the relaxation by just being lazy. We watched tv, requested our complimentary sparkling apple cider and dessert, and just laid around before getting ready for dinner. It was in this relaxed state that David felt his son move for the first time! He was laying with his head on my stomach and heard (and felt) baby kick him in the ear. Later, as baby was really moving a lot, he was able to feel with his hand. It was perfect timing for baby to show off for his daddy 🙂

If you saw David’s Facebook posts, we had an incredible dinner. We had a voucher for the restaurant in the hotel, and didn’t think to make a reservation, but luckily they were able to give us a table. They had a special “restaurant month” menu which included 3 courses for $30. I figured it would be decent, but was treated to a spectacular meal. I had a butternut squash soup to start, followed by a very fresh piece of salmon over some asparagus and tomatoes in a citrus and balsamic sauce. David had a delicious lemon shrimp risotto and seared duck breast over some greens with onions, apples, bacon and croutons. Just when it couldn’t get better, i ordered the chocolate cake with mango sorbet and the server gave me a HUGE piece! David had an equally yummy pineapple upside-down cake with coconut sorbet and a little coconut cookie. We somehow managed to tear ourselves out of the food coma and make our way back to our room, but not before raving to the maitre’d about how much we enjoyed the dinner. Since we were stuffed, we got back into the relaxing mode and ordered an in-room movie and called it a night.

This morning, although we were sad to leave, we made the most of it by having a very tasty breakfast at a little hole in the wall place and walking around the town a bit. Sadly, soon enough we needed to start heading back to reality. Now we are home, and trying to stay in a vacation state of mind.

That will be tough, though, because my countdown says I have just under 15 weeks left. So, we will soon be busying ourselves with preparations for Baby B’s arrival. Within the next few weeks we will start planning his room and making some of the bigger purchases. It is so exciting to think we are going to meet this little guy soon. Well, it is a little scary too, but I know that we will figure everything out. We have a great support with our family and friends. So, onwards with the countdown!

Baby kicks daddy in the ear

I was laying my head on Val’s stomach, listening to her insides (that’s normal, right?), and I felt a swift two kicks to the ear. “Woah” was my only reaction as Val laughed. That was the first time I have felt the baby. Then I kept listening and got another kick to the ear. Hahaha. Exciting.


What is a “babymoon” exactly? Well, my book describes it as your last peaceful vacation before the baby is born or before your wife gets too big and uncomfortable to go somewhere fun. And don’t tell her I said “big” or I may get it. So here we are in Pismo Beach, California. I reserved the nicest suite at The Cliffs Resort for the two of us. Today, we spent some time walking on the beach as the sun set, did some shopping — because shopping always seems to make women happy, and had a nice romantic dinner. Tomorrow we will enjoy our “And Baby Makes Three” package at the resort which includes a nice breakfast, couples spa massage, dinner, movie in your room, ice cream, sparkling apple cider, muffins, dinner, and a gift bag. This was actually a belated birthday gift for Val. She deserves it for being an amazing wife. Plus, I just love spending time with her.

Val 23 weeks - Babymoon

24 weeks and an Eggplant

Baby has reached the size of an eggplant (but one that weighs over a pound). Looking at my stomach these days, I can believe it! Baby B is also getting lots of practice in moving around and kicking. Sometimes, out of nowhere, my stomach will jump with a good swift kick. Yesterday he was really active, and it is amazing every time I feel his movements. I tell him he is doing a good job at kicking, and to keep practicing.

In other news, I caught a pretty bad cold. Lots of people are sick around me, and even though I try to avoid them I guess it is just in the air. I spent all yesterday hanging around at home with Netflix to entertain me and what seemed like gallons of orange juice and water. Hoping I see some improvement by today, since it is a long weekend and I don’t want to spend the entire time sick. Baby doesn’t seem too disturbed by my coughing or sneezes.

I have another doctors appointment tomorrow, but as far as I can tell everything is going along normally. I booked the majority of my prenatal classes for March and April. Now David and I are just talking about starting to get the baby’s room ready and making some purchases. He’ll be staying in the Yuko suite (aka our spare bedroom), and we have already seen some decor we like. We may paint one wall (by we I mean David) for extra color in the room. If I am feeling better Monday I will suggest a trip to Home Depot to look at paint choices.

Lots to do and just over 15 weeks left! How time flies!

So it hit me today …

This morning, on the way to church with my amazing wife, it suddenly hit me. This year, I will celebrate Father’s Day in a much different way. I mean, I always celebrate Father’s Day, but it is always for my own dad. This year, I will be the father. That seemed so strange and so awesome at the same time. How crazy is that? Me … celebrating Father’s Day … as the father. Consider my mind blown. 16 weeks and 6 days to go.



According to my pregnancy app, baby B is the size of a papaya this week! He is growing so fast! I just caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and was a little surprised at my new figure. It is funny because even though I am gaining weight (and a belly) I don’t really feel much heavier. Just more awkward. I can still get out of bed and out of chairs pretty easily. I may not run anywhere, but feel like I still walk relatively quickly. Going up many stairs is harder now.

It is hard to believe I still have just about 4 months to go! Time will go by so fast that despite the physical limitations ahead, I am looking forward to each moment. It will only get us closer to meeting our little boy 🙂

This is going to get expensive

Well, we went to the new Buy Buy Baby store that just opened up near us to get an idea of what we should be looking for. We played with strollers, car seats, stroller-car seat combos, checked out cribs, dressers, fancy rocking chairs, diaper bags, room decorations, video and audio monitors, and much more. After spending a good deal of time in the store, I have come to one conclusion … this is going to be expensive straight out of the gate.

Despite the dollar signs that kept flying past my eyes, it was cool shopping around. It makes things feel even more real. We feel blessed by Baby Bonilla, but even more blessed knowing that he will be well fed, have a roof over his head, be comfortable and very loved.


Bad son!

Stop kicking your mother or you are going to be put on a timeout! That is all.

Baby Installing Maternity T-Shirts

We got a lot of compliments on the maternity t-shirt that I made Valerie. She loved it. I even had a few people say that we should sell them. A few people asked over and over. So I went ahead and opened a Cafepess shop that features the maternity t-shirts in all of their wondrous glory. If you choose to get one for yourself or someone that you know, I hope you or that person enjoys it.


Browse the Baby Installing Maternity T-Shirt Store

New year, new pregnancy symptoms!

Now that I am moving in to the second half of the pregnancy, I am starting to experience new (and not so exciting) symptoms and feelings! Some funny, some awkward.

1) now that Baby B (Auntie Linda came up with that one) is getting bigger and stronger I can feel more kicks rather than just movements. Today at work, I think he was bored that I was just sitting there, so he kept kicking all over. At one point, he kicked my bladder really hard and I had to run to the restroom!

2) the last few days I have had a pain down the back of my left leg. It kind of feels like I pulled my hamstring. I don’t know if it is a pregnancy thing, but I never felt it before.

3) I started getting a little bit of a bloody nose today, which I hear is a pregnancy symptom. It isn’t much, but I never get bloody noses.

All in all, as long as I keep feeling my little man wiggling, I am happy 🙂 I am sure that David is going to feel him soon, because this baby is really getting strong!