Post-Partum Progress and Food

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Happy Sunday!!!  I just want to pop in and fill you in on my post pregnancy progress.  I’m warning you though, this post contains quite a few random things, and since food is one of the main features of this blog I’ll be sharing that as well. April 10-2013 (1 of 1)-4

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2 Weeks Post Partum—Today

As  many of you know already, I was pretty active throughout my whole pregnancy and stuck with cardiovascular exercises and Ballet Body (see the exercise page for more info).  I’m not sure if working out made a vast difference, though it definitely didn’t hurt because I felt more mentally and emotionally stable, but I feel as though my stomach has been bouncing back to its {somewhat} original shape a lot quicker than I thought.  Even though I’ve been seeing several changes in my physique due to housing a little baby for 9 whole months, the changes haven’t been too drastic in my opinion.  It’s awkward to see my body doing all these weird things though!  And I’m wondering if I’ll ever look exactly like before???  Oh well, a woman can dream a little, right? Smile with tongue out


Please excuse the fuzzy pictures, but these were taken with my phone since someone needed my good camera!


Breakfast at 7:30 am—Overnight Oats with peaches, blueberries, coconut butter, and peanut butter


Mid morning snack--Mojo Bar around 10 am (one of my favorite bars around)

I also had lunch with my church family today but didn’t bother to take any pictures.  We had some delicious Filipino food and it was mostly sweet and sour veggies with fish, a famous dish called Caldereta, and chicken noodle soup.


Snack around 4 pm—Greek Yogurt with strawberries, cinnamon Kashi, and coconut butter

Snapshots of Selah

I ended up going a bit camera crazy and wound up taking a bunch of shots of Selah.  Here are some of the ones I liked because she just looks so darn cute or downright hilarious, as you can see in the first picture.  Hah!

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It was hard to position the lamb without her kicking it!

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I think someone’s waking up from her nap, so I’ll talk to you guys very soon!  Have a wonderful rest of the day and a blessed start to the new week.

PS:  I finally joined a blogging network a few weeks ago--Bloglovin'!  You can click on the link button on the left hand side, so let's follow each other, hehe.

What subject matter do you love to take pictures of?

-I enjoy photographing food and nature, but lately I’ve been loving people the most!  I guess it comes with being a new mommy?

What are your go-to meals and snacks when you’re extra busy?

Do you sometimes get scared at the thought of being pregnant and going through physical changes?

-I have to admit that it used to somewhat freak me out at times.  The thought of seeing myself gain a lot of weight and not having control over my body was quite intimidating,

but my perspective started to change when I realized that a child is far bigger of a blessing than nurturing my own fears and desires.


Ellie <33

Selah is Here!

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Hi everyone!  If you’ve been wondering whether or not I’ve already given birth to Selah (obviously the title states it all) during my absence around these parts, then you’re right on target. Selah is finally here!  She was born on Father’s Day, June 16, 2013.  Remember how I said that it would be so amazing if she arrived on such a special occasion?  Well, it ended up happening according to God’s timing and it couldn’t have been better any other way.  I’ll keep it short for now and I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Have a blessed day and thank you always for reading!

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:22


Ellie <33

Flexibility Equals Bliss

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So today is the day that Selah came to the world! Not.  But oh, how I wish that were true!

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Although I’ve been hearing left and right that it is quite normal for 1st babies to arrive later than the expected due date, I really had no idea that she wouldn’t be here by this morning.  Last night I definitely felt unpleasant symptoms that indicated that she was about to finally pop out of my body—but at this point all I can ask for is that she will be safe, healthy, and happy.  As for me and my emotions?  I’m really not that scared anymore, hallelujah!  I’m just at that point where I’m ready to welcome Selah because my brain cannot take the suspense anymore. Open-mouthed smile

Last night, Greg and I got probably a total of 2 hours of sleep due to the anticipation of, “oh man, what if she comes right now in the middle of the night?”.

Hopefully the photos I’m about to share will convey what a stupendous day I had today despite everything else!

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It all started at 6:30 am with a bowl of overnight oats topped with half of a Vitatop, berries, almond butter (I think this may be my new favorite nut butter!  Sorry PB), and Maranatha coconut butter that I got at Walmart for less than $7.  Now that’s a steal, isn’t it?

After a good while of doing things around the house I realized that I wouldn’t make it through the day if I didn’t take a nap, so a long 3 hour nap I took.  And you know what?  I don’t regret it one bit because I’ll be needing that energy soon.  Afterwards, I had some leftovers of the Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Pasta for lunch and ran some last minute errands around town.

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My snack was a delicious gluten free blueberry pancake that I had left over from Greg’s breakfast today.  I made it into a sandwich by slathering it with almond butter and blackberry preserves.  It was so simple yet so decadent.

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Since I had the rest of the day open I decided to have some time alone and walked around Redondo Beach.  Not only did I want to spend time in the cool sea breeze one last time by myself, but I also wanted to get a light workout outside instead of at the gym.  I was also motivated to walk so as to hopefully quicken the start of labor.  Winking smile I’m not sure if it helped or not, but I’ll let you know soon.

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And now, I’d like to introduce you to Brian.  He’s a super laid back guy who makes his own beautiful jewelry and accepts donations in order to support his family.  He’s so talented that he actually makes some goodies right on the spot!  I fell in love with his custom made creations and ended up getting a bracelet studded with colorful stones.  If you ever find yourself at Redondo Beach in Cali, please make sure to stop by and check out his creations!  Say hi to him for me and support his business.

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I had no agenda to cook dinner tonight, nor did I want to touch our frozen meals because I’d like to leave those for when things get hectic around here.  So when my stomach started begging for dinner on the way back home I bought some food to-go for Greg and stopped by Mitsuwa Marketplace where I ordered the most scrumptious eel egg bowl I’ve ever had!  Either they make a mean eel egg bowl combo or my long eel-deprived body was desperately craving some.

Despite the anticipation that I’m feeling regarding Selah’s arrival, I would say that today happened for a good God-given reason and I thoroughly enjoyed it as I went with the flow.  Life is so much easier when we’re flexible and let things be, isn’t it??  But still, I’m curious to see if she will arrive on Father’s day.  That would be such a special holiday for her to be born because not only would all of our men be gathered together in one place, but it also commemorates the day that Greg got baptized over 6 years ago!  And a baby girl isn’t such a shabby Father’s day gift now, is it? Open-mouthed smile

Have a blessed night and talk to you soon.

  Were you born on your expected date?  Or was your child born ‘on time’?

-I was born one week early.

Do you enjoy going to the beach by yourself?

What’s one dish that you’ve been craving lately?


Ellie <33

Last Wishes

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Happy Monday, dear friends!

As the due date is fast approaching I find myself adding more things to my “last wishes” list, for lack of better term, before I become an official mom.  I remember like it was just yesterday that I was wanting to go to this place and that place, and do this and that with such and such friend right before I got married.  And now the time has finally come where I start the cycle again before Selah arrives to this little world of ours.  Smile

Yesterday was that kind of a day and exactly what the doctor prescribed—a night out with girlfriends after a rather long weekend and a blessed morning service at church.

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Emily drove us over to The 3rd Street Promenade and we walked around popping in and out of the stores.  We browsed around several places like Zara, which by the way was heavily enticing me with its beautiful outfits that I cannot wait to wear soon, as well as Sephora.  Although I have never been a makeup person and usually just plop on some lotion on my face, a bit of powder and mascara, I was more than excited to purchase myself a Bare Minerals Matte powder.  It is one of the few things that I “pamper” my face with in order to freshen up each morning. I figured that I needed to take care of that before Selah comes!  Haha.

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After a simple dinner at the Santa Monica Place food court we made our way to Urth Caffe.  Although my mind kept telling me to stop indulging in rich foods like a normal person would, I knew that I had to give in to my craving!  I got the Torta della Nona, which is a pie type of dessert filled with pine nuts, some cooked custard type of filling, and peach jam.  Oh man, was this perfect!  This was one amazing little dessert and it totally hit the spot.  I highly recommend it for those of you who are fans of flaky buttery pie crust.

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Emily and Jenn ordered cheesecake and this simple yet amazingly refreshing Pot of Urth green tea!  It was oh so good, and we all ended up sharing our desserts.

Another thing that I’m hoping to be able to do before Selah gets here is have one more date night with Greg. Winking smile  We shall see if or when that happens, but we need to take care of first things first—booby class tonight at 6:30 pm.  Okay that didn’t sound right…more like, breastfeeding basics class, haha.

Have an amazing rest of the day and be a blessing to others, because we never know whose life we can save with a simple smile.

What facial products or makeup would I always find in your collection?

What’s the best dessert you’ve had lately?

Do you think you would have “last wishes” before the birth or your child?


Ellie <33

Not Too Shabby

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I hope Jenn doesn’t get annoyed with my on and off WIAW posts, and I sure hope that you don’t mind either because it’s been eh….at least umm…2 months since I’ve written one up. *Enter awkward thumb twiddling*

Sorry if I’m always throwing you off the loop with my random posting schedule, but being the type AB that I am, I doubt that there’s a quick remedy for my sometimes haphazard patterns.  Hey, we are all uniquely and wonderfully made and that’s the story I’m sticking to.

Summer is practically here and I’m sure that most of us have been leaning towards lighter fare and sensible snacks.  When the weather gets up to the 80s or higher the last thing I seem to want is too much heavy food especially if it happens more often than I would prefer.  Not only that, but this [almost] last week of pregnancy has me craving less food than usual as I seem to be more picky with my choice of eats.  But even then, I think I’ve been doing rather decently as evidenced below.


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Yesterday morning I finally went back to an old favorite and made myself some hot oatmeal drizzled with crunchy almond butter, cereal, strawberry preserves, and Nutella.  It was pretty darn delicious, but I didn’t end up enjoying it nearly as much as my latest bowls of smoothie and this beauty!

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I felt somewhat more creative today so I made a sweet breakfast sandwich and served it with a glass of cold milk.

It’s super simple to make, really.  All I did was toast two slices of bread and caramelized half a banana on the pan.  Then, I spread some greek yogurt and almond butter on the toast, sprinkled cinnamon, lightly drizzled some maple syrup, and added slices of fresh strawberry along with the cooked banana.  This, alongside some ice cold milk definitely hit the spot and satisfied my picky taste buds!


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My lunch meals have been really simple and basically a platter of mixed vegetables, meats, and all that good stuff.  Yesterday, however, I knew that if I wanted something nutritious and delicious I had to make a sandwich of some sort.  Enter this sandwich filled with egg, provolone cheese (which happens to be one of my favorites), mustard, and avocado.  I also roasted some brussel sprouts for that earthy crunch that I love.

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My snacks lately have been next to non-existent and I find myself eating about 4 to maybe 5 times a day instead of my usual  6-7.  And since the heat seems to get to me way faster these days (actually, I sweat even when it’s cold outside), I mostly lean towards cold juicy fruits like watermelon, pineapple, and apples.  I would say that my meals aren’t half bad considering my picky appetite!

Although I do miss my normal eating habits, not having to worry about overdoing it with physical work, and pretty much my normal lighter self—I don’t think I can exchange any of it for the joy that Selah’s soon arrival will bring.  It’s surreal to think that she’ll be here in merely 9 short days, if not earlier than that, and thinking of being a mom makes me leap for joy yet gets me all nervous at the same time.  I have to admit that it’s a whole circus of emotions riling up inside of me, but if there’s one thing I know for sure is that all I can do as a parent is simply my best.  Anything else that may come about as a result of me doing my best and trusting in God is all up to Him and the baby.  Of course, this won’t be easy to remember when times get heated with Selah, so that is why I’ll need you to remind me! Smile

Have a great day, and thank you so much for reading!

What do you tend to crave when the weather gets warm?

Do you consider yourself a picky eater? 


Ellie <33

What Pregnancy Has Taught Me

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“Everyday is Sunday” is what Grandma Betzen used to say to Greg.  And you know what?  I find that to be quite true in the world of pregnancy, let alone in your regular non-pregnant life when school and work take over, all in addition to your personal life that seems to become nonexistent due to the aforementioned reasons.  Although I feel like it was just yesterday that I announced my pregnancy, there are many little things that I’ve learned throughout this journey—some of them deeper in a sense and some of them, well, it’s just the little things that count, right?! So here’s what I’ve learned:

1.  When those cumbersome little hormones start to play with your foodie appetite, find what you like at the moment and not what you think you should like.  It is far too easy to become influenced by the foodie and healthy living circle and end up thinking that a raw kale salad is what you should eat every single day.  Sure, you definitely need those nutrients to help baby grow strong and healthy, but finding your middle ground in what you choose to eat is more helpful for your mental health.  Sometimes I’m even guilty of this myself.  Remember, happy mama equals happy baby.

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2.  For expectant moms who are physically able to be active as opposed to say, being on bed rest or anything that might endanger the baby, exercise is one of the ultimate key components to soaring energy levels, a fit body, and the dreaded symptom of swollen limbs that attack us if we’ve been sitting or standing for lengthy periods.  Of course, one should always consult her physical health with her doctor and  go from there to see what kind of routine is best suitable for her.  Remember, don’t compare your routines to other expectant moms’ workouts unless you want to be discouraged and obtain a low self esteem!  Find what you enjoy and what you feel comfortable with.  It can even be something like walking or hiking with your lovies.



3.  Take some time during the day when you are at your highest peak of energy and motivation to meditate, read, pray, and have alone time.  There’s nothing more important in this life than to do some good old soul searching and meditating on the things that are good for our spirits.  When we are recharged and encouraged on the inside, we will surely exude those very qualities on the outside.  Plus, as small as the baby in the womb may be, he or she can only benefit from such serenity!  You can even treat yourself to a nice quiet morning or a quick stroll at the beach.


4.  It is completely okay and acceptable to feel incompetent in your relationships.  You will inevitably experience those days when being around people (even your most loved ones) will drain you no matter how much of an extrovert you may be.  Once again, those nagging hormones and dips in your energy levels can make you less available to those who are around you (physically or emotionally).  Guilt can easily set in and make you feel like you are the worst friend and human being in the world for being so “out of it”, but it’s okay!  Don’t let those negative thoughts own you because that’s how pregnancy is sometimes, and it is not something we can easily control.  You are allowed to be human and you are allowed to make mistakes—obviously, you still want to give your best in all of your relationships because it’s not a license to be a meany poopoohead.  If that’s the case for you, well then, I shall call you a meany poopoohead.  I find this next cartoon to be hilarious.  It’s a bit exaggerated in my opinion.  But really, is it that exaggerated or is it like that with most women? Smile

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5.  With the Goodyear blimp looking belly that is hanging in front of you wherever you go, you will most definitely garner attention, so watch out!  Many people will initially look at you like you just fell from outer space and will even make you think you have a booger on your face (ummm people, haven’t you seen a pregnant lady before?), but not all is bad.  Use this time to your advantage, because it’s your once in a lifetime chance to get sweet smiles from 99% of the people you come across with (at least the women), and what’s even better, they never fail to open the door for you and make you feel like royalty!  I could really get used to this, but I only have 2 more weeks to go till the pregnancy magic wears off.

That was a fun rundown of what I’ve been learning throughout this journey!  I hope you enjoyed it and learned a bit of what to expect in the future.

Almost 38 Weeks


Yikes, I’m just about 2 weeks away from giving birth provided that Selah chooses to arrive on June 14!  This is how much my belly has dropped in the past few weeks and I can really feel her grinding downwards on my pelvis.  According to the doctor, everything looks great as of now which I am extremely grateful for.  Wish me luck and keep me in prayer because we never know when she might arrive.  It might be tonight, next week, or 3 weeks from now.  We shall see.

Have a great day full of love and peace!

Anything you would like to my list of things that I’ve learned?

What aspects of pregnancy scare you the most?  And which ones make you smile?

When is your best time to have solitude and a time of reflection?

-For me it’s usually in the morning and in little spurts throughout the day.  It’s much much harder to do that at night.


Ellie <33