Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10 year high school reunion!

     Back at the end of August I had my 10 year high school reunion!
     I was so happy to have this experience and did my best to communicate with some of my colleagues before actually getting there. It didn't turn out exactly like I thought it would, I expected more of my former colleagues to participate, but the ones who took part, myself included, were thrilled about it!

     Making my way to our old school, made me feel a bit nervous, kind of like it used to feel in the beginning of each school year, getting back through those gates and excitedly waiting to see all of my piers.  But seeing a couple of familiar faces right away, made me feel so comfortable!

     Our class teacher was there as well and soon after, all of the 11 attendees were present and we went to find a class. Unfortunately, we could not meet in our former classroom as it  was in renovations, but we went to the adjacent building and found it quite comfortable as well. I quickly shared flower crowns to all of my girl classmates. I had this idea a long time ago and I think it was a good icebreaker, plus it made it all feel a bit more ceremonious!

     Each of our turns came, alphabetically, to share some information about the last 10 years of our lives. I couldn't help but feel really impressed with all of my colleagues. I felt that we were all really grown up and each and every single one of us, though coming from completely different backgrounds and having had such different experiences, we were all mature, strong and accomplished. It made me feel proud to be in the same room with them.

     On top of that, listening to our teacher share little bits of his wisdom and remind us all of the important aspects of life was such a great experience. The way he was addressing us with such kindness and pride, like only a parent would address his children, made being there so worth it!

     After we wrapped up our conversations at school, we headed to the restaurant, had some good food,  pictures, cake, even more conversations and ended it a few hours later.  All in all, it was a very satisfying experience and it meant a lot more than I imagined it would!

     Looking forward to the next reunion, 20 years since high school! I am also wishing all of my former classmates all the best, may the next years be full of happy events, health, success and fulfillment!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The pretty flowers

     What can be more of an indicator of a person's beautiful soul, than entering their home and being inundated by light, positivity, plants and kitties?  :)

      We've managed to visit Maruan's older brother and his, now, fiancée, during our time in Germany and this is the impression that stuck with me the most. There was so much light there, that I felt I could grab some and take it with me when we left! 

    Some of the nicest people I know! I am so glad they are doing so great and am definitely looking forward to next year's wedding season!   :D

Monday, September 22, 2014

Taking stock 01

Making : lists! lists for grocery shopping, lists for to-do's, lists for to buy's
Cooking : recipes found on Pinterest. I am constantly out of ideas lately, so this has been a major      source of inspiration for me!
Drinking : juices and smoothies...I've been slacking on this healthy habit and am trying to get back into it!
Reading: mostly baby related books, websites, blogs...
Wanting: to sort out all the baby stuff, before I am too big and tired to do so.
Looking: forward to birthing classes and getting in touch with other parents to be
Playing: mostly pinning tons of stuff on Pinterest...that counts as playing, right?
Wasting: time...I could be so much more efficient throughout my days. Somebody give me a crown for I am the procrastinating queen!
Sewing: Nothing. Ever.
Wishing: for a natural birth and that this baby girl comes in good health and with no complications.
Enjoying: feeling her kicks all the time.
Waiting: for the weather to cool down just a little bit more, so we can really enjoy some pool time
Liking: where we live. It's always great to go back home to Europe, but coming back here feels like home too!
Wondering: how big is my belly going to get by the end of this pregnancy.
Loving: my husband. Sooooo much!
Hoping: we can make the best decisions for our baby girl
Marveling: at the transformation my body is slowly going through
Needing: a hair curler
Smelling: perfume samples in all of my September magazines
Wearing: flip-flops...I swore I wont be that kind of pregnant woman, yet here I am!
Following: so many bloggers!
Noticing: my priorities shifting.
Knowing: how to change a baby diaper, thanks to a very dear friend from back home.
Thinking: there must be a way to cast my vote for Romania's presidential election this November.
Feeling: more and more confident in myself and my body
Bookmarking: Abu Dhabi based photographers that we may use for a little maternity shoot.
Opening: the refrigerator. Then closing it without picking anything out. I'm a weirdo.
Giggling: every time I look at the latest ultrasound picture of our little baby
Feeling: so happy and at peace!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I am a Mother.

     I will be a mother. We will be parents. Wait, actually... I am a mother. We are already parents. I can tell, because my heart is already filling with this new love. A different love, the kind that makes me really understand things I already thought I understood and smile with my whole being, with a warmth I didn't know existed!

     We are somewhere between week 23 and 24, according to the Dr's measurements. So far I have been truly blessed with an uncomplicated pregnancy.

     The first trimester was a bit restless for me. I am guessing that comes naturally when having a rainbow baby, but I tried my best to wait it out patiently and not over-worry. Didn't really have any severe symptoms, except for some nausea, usually late in the evenings, tiredness and the bloatiness, which showed up around week 8 and made sure that I feel as uncomfortable as first trimesters should feel like!

     One thing that took me by surprise was the fact that I pretty much lost my appetite. Here I imagined I would be so hungry all the time that I would have to fight the chocolate, ice-cream and puff-pastry demons with all my strength, but nope. I had to try as much as I could to put anything in my belly. And it wasn't because of nausea, I was simply not feeling hungry at all!

    Although I created pretty healthy food habits before I got pregnant, like juicing, having a good breakfast of granola, yoghurt and berries and such, it all went to sh*t, when I realized that cocoa pops and milk were better than...well...nothing at all. So I went with whatever I could swallow.

    As far as cravings go, I never felt any extreme desires in the middle of the night, but I also spoiled myself with whatever sounded good to me: hand made potato-chips, mac and cheese, corn on the cob with salt, tomatoes with salt, pickles...yes! I fell into the cliche of ordering an extra side of pickles in the restaurant... So sue me!

     The extreme bloatiness I mentioned before, pushed me to buy maternity jeans and a few dresses, because there was just no way I was going to be comfortable in my old ones for much longer, which felt a little weird so early in my pregnancy. But the thing is, once I befriended the Destination Maternity shop, especially during sale time, there was no going back. I could not understand what all the women were talking about avoiding purchasing maternity clothing, because it was in no way more expensive than my normal clothes (even cheaper I might add) and my God, are those fabrics soft and cuddly...  I don't know what is going to stop me from buying there even after I am done with my pregnancy!  :D

     I also started applying natural shea butter all over my belly, in the hopes that it will keep things nice, moisturized and elastic.  Nobody wants to get any new stretchmarks...

     By the 12th week I felt a bit reassured and told our family and close friends. They were all so happy and excited for us! Week 14 was when I started feeling really well. A lot more energized, out went nausea and in came my appetite. At around week 16 we found out it's a girl! :)

      Girl, is what my first instinct told me, but then I was so afraid that I might be disappointed if it turns out to be a boy, that I kept trying to convince myself it is a boy. So I started browsing all the aisles covered in blue, looking at all the little tractor toys, balls and training shoes. It wasn't until I heard the Dr. say it's a girl, that I thought... I really gotten used to the thought that I am having a boy...  It took a few good hours to get into the idea that I will be mother to a girl!! I will get to guide and help form a future woman!

     At around 18 weeks we made our public announcement on social media, for all our friends to know. I was overwhelmed by everyone's response, congratulations and well wishes. That is the moment when it felt so real and it became a sure thing.

     I also felt an urge to inform myself about, well, everything from birthing to infant care, to the best and most useful gadgets. Books, websites, blogs, apps...you name it I've looked into it!  I will leave it for another post, but let me just say... the amount of information out there and the variation in opinions is absolutely overwhelming!

     We also went on a little baby moon, just us two and traveled to Oman for a few days. I just cant comprehend  the thought that after January we will never ever, ever be alone! 

     At around week 19, we geared up for our longer travel back to Europe to spend some quality time with our families and all our great friends. That's a long story that is still unfolding on my blog as I manage to go through all the pictures we took!

     The latest news consist of our little cookie moving in there all the time! Feeling her is the biggest reassurance ever and it always makes me smile! Her daddy finally got to feel her with his hand, otherwise I thought he will say I am crazy. She played a little hide and seek with him, as every time he would reach out to my belly she would stop moving all together.

     My nesting instincts also kicked in and I already bought most of her newborn clothes. I am also ready to prepare her little corner in our bedroom, as well as slowly acquiring all the basic items. Still debating some of the stuff I saw on other moms lists of necessities for baby, but I hope we will end up making the best choices in the end. The ones to help, support and ease our life once our baby is here!

The picture above resulted from today's ultrasound, when I got to ask a bunch of questions about the delivery procedure here in Abu Dhabi, got all my Dr's recommendations and most importantly saw that our little girl is just fine! I think it's today that I really fell in love with her and I felt my heart expand, just like they say!

     I am so so excited about this journey we are on and I am looking forward to meeting her come January!
     There will definitely be more pregnancy updates as I am trying to document this very precious time in my life. I will try to share my thoughts, challenges and joys. There is nothing more important than having a little piece of time standing still with these words, pictures and videos. We will surely be grateful later on!

Monday, September 15, 2014


      During our stay in Munich, my husband celebrated his 30th year of life. As per his instructions, there was no big party to be planned, but he knew that there would be no way we wouldn't do anything to mark the occasion. So I got to thinking and came up with the idea of having a picnic in the park. I mean, if it's not during the night it doesn't count as a big party, right?

     After receiving confirmation from our friends that it would be a good idea, we started planning around it a bit. With Maruan not really knowing what we were up to, I knew I needed all of their help and they really raised to the occasion. I will always be thankful for their support!

     So we had our gathering with most of our good friends (unfortunately, some of them couldn't make it on the day), decorations, large blankets, lots of really good food, drinks,  a cake with candles, music and various ways to entertain ourselves... The only thing missing was sunshine, but we compensated with a lot of laughter, storytelling and a good mood!

     It turned out really great and most importantly, Maruan was surprised and happy on the day! (not so happy about having to change prefixes, but happy to be there with all of us!)   :)

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