Tourist Visa for Mom

My parents are on their way to Davao right now. Their flight to Manila is at 10:00PM. I’m kinda worried that they might not know their way or they might get lost. It’s their first time to go around Manila on their own. I have booked a hotel for them already, I am just worried that taxi drivers might trick them – and know that they don’t have any idea how to go from one place to another.

My mom will be going to the US Embassy at Manila for her tourist visa interview. I hope she gets it so that she can travel to US next year. I have planned for her to travel on January 15, 2017 so that she can help me look after my baby when I start going back to work. It is also my gift to her for her retirement. She has worked so hard so that we can finish college so I want to reward her for that.

Although I feel bad for my Papa, I just can’t afford to have both of them travel next year. And besides, I’m scared my father won’t be able to endure the 22-hour flight.

I hope and pray that the Consul gives my Mama a tourist visa…

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Pregnancy Diaries: Yeast Infection

I was hoping my appetite will be back now that I’m already on my second trimester.  But nope,  even on my 14th week,  I still don’t enjoy eating.  😦

But I’m glad that I finally got rid of the yeast infection that was bothering me for months. A month before I got pregnant,  I was already suffering from the infection. Doctor Summers prescribed Fluconazole. It helped for a while but it came back a month after I found out I was pregnant.  I didn’t do anything about it because I was scared that it might affect the baby.  The nurse also told me that she would recommend treating it during the second trimester.

But oh boy, it got worse and worse with each passing week! I was miserable and I would cry.  My husband got so worried and wanted me to call my OB. But I was too lazy and always told myself that I’m almost gonna see my doctor in a few days. Finally my appointment came for my 12th week of pregnancy and was able to tell the doctor about my misery.  She took a look at it and confirmed it was yeast infection.  She felt sorry for me because it looked really,  really irritated and she knew that I was very uncomfortable. She told me that I shouldn’t have let myself suffer too much and buy Monistat 7 as soon as possible. And I don’t have to worry about the baby because it is totally safe. And that I need to make sure to buy the 7day pack.

We bought the medicine right away and my goodness,  it itched like crazy!  Like never before!  I wanted to cry! That feeling lasted for I think an hour! Hubby tried to help and soothe me by giving me an ice pack.  I read the box and lots of comments online and everyone is saying that it is a normal reaction and they experienced a similar side effect. Good thing the itchy feeling went away and I got to sleep in peace.  The following nights were a lot better.  I didn’t have that itchy feeling anymore. And now 2 weeks after,  I feel great! I can’t believe I put myself in misery for that long. Thank you Monistat 7!

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By the way,  the highlight for my doctor’s visit at 12 weeks is that we got to listen to or little jedi’s heartbeat!  It sounded like galloping horses! Made me tear up a bit. 🙂

Happy 33rd Birthday to Me!

I turned 33 yesterday, April 10. I didn’t celebrate it… I mean, I’m too tired and not wanting to socialize so I just went to church (D- took and picked me up to/from church). After church we just went to Wendy’s to get a 4 for $4 meal plus extra fries and a chocolate Frosty for me. It was good.. 🙂 Better than the fancy meal we had last Saturday at BJ’s. Well, we call it fancy because we’re very frugal and a $50 meal is already fancy for us. I was looking forward to enjoying my Grilled Chicken Alfredo but I didn’t really like it and ended up only eating a tenth of it. 😦

Anyway, so we enjoyed our Wendy’s meal and went to Walmart to get some bananas, and Honeycrisp apples. We’ve been eating more fruits than meat lately. And it’s very surprising especially for my meat-eating husband.

I enjoyed just lying on the couch and relaxing. We watched Star Wars for the 3rd time while I responded to Facebook greetings and messages.

Update on my pregnancy: I’m already on my 13th week! We had an ultrasound for baby on April 7 – so the doctors can check if the baby is growing at a normal rate and they measured the fluid that was on the baby’s neck to find out if he/she has Down Syndrome. Doctor said that babies who have Down Syndrome have 3 or more measures (forgot the measurement) while normal babies should have less than 3. Our baby had 1.67, which is good! Yay! 🙂 So we finally announced the pregnancy on Facebook and a lot of people left messages of support, which warmed my heart.

What I’m worried about: I have been stressing about my project and work in general. Recently there’s been  a lot of pressure at work. And I’m overwhelmed. I need to handle it better.
– What can I do?
– manage my time better
– organize my work better
– ask help
– delegate
– Work SMARTER!

I’m going back to blogging regularly because this helps me de-stress and unwind

Pregnancy Diaries: Back Pain

Since yesterday I have been experiencing serious back pain! 😦

From what I’ve been reading, this back pain is caused by the change or shift in the center of gravity in my body and also by the hormonal changes.

Gosh, I’m so happy with this pregnancy but I just hope this back pain goes away. It’s bothering me even when I walk. Oh I love you so much little one.

A Different Year: Start of greater things

My husband quit his job last Monday. After working at the company for almost 5 years,  he finally decided it’s time for him to move out. 

He has been complaining about work for quite a long time now. And last October he started having upset stomach and had been throwing up. We had him checked by a doctor and a specialist. Both of them had the same diagnosis. Stress.

Our plan right now is for him to go back to school as soon as possible. He started driving for Uber too. It’s not the same as having a regular job but at least he has an income. He’s still looking for grants and scholarships and maybe a student loan to help cover the costs of culinary school.

We have faith that eventually this investment in his education will pay off. He will excel in this venture. 

I published this post late. It’s been 2 weeks since my husband quit his job. Two wonderful things have happened to us since then.  But those deserve their own post.  🙂

We’re pregnant!

Saturday, January 30, we just arrived from Escoffier(Derek’s culinary school) and I ate a big serving of spaghetti. Derek rented the Transylvania 2 movie and while watching it I can’t fight sleep taking over my body.

Almost a month ago, I felt I was pregnant. Even Derek was suspecting it because I was eating lemons and I really enjoyed it. He cooked baked salmon for me and topped it with slices of lemon and put half of it on the side of the plate. I ate it and wanted more. He thought it was very weird. The next day he bought an early pregnancy test kit.

I didn’t want to take the test because I loved the thought of me being pregnant and didn’t want to burst the bubble. But Derek was insistent so I did it anyway.  It was negative and I was a bit sad. Of course,  I was secretly hoping I was pregnant.

And then last Friday,  while waiting for Derek to be home,  I watched April & Justin’s YouTube channel.  April talked about her having a miscarriage.  She didn’t know she was pregnant and she took some medicine for her flu. I’m not sure if that’s the reason why,  but she lost the baby. So when Derek was home,  I told him about it and we were joking about me being pregnant.

So today,  January 30, I decided to use the second test. I peed on the stick and saw only the horizontal line.  So I was disappointed and I didn’t even wait for 3 minutes to see all the result because I thought it would come out negative again.

Several hours later,  Derek was calling me and asking me what I’ve done.  I was clueless.  I thought I left the toothpaste uncovered or something. I was confused when I saw him wiping his eyes. He’s crying (or maybe just teary-eyed)! And then he pointed to the stick and I saw a faint vertical line.  It was positive!  I’m pregnant!  Oh my God! I can’t believe my eyes!

We were getting ready to go to my friends’ promotion Party at Golden Corral but we stopped by Walmart to buy more pregnancy tests.  This time,  we bought 2 of the more expensive brands.

At golden corral, both of us just kept smiling and having a hard time to keep our little secret all to ourselves. We couldn’t wait to get home and do another test so we went inside the family bathroom and I took the second test for the day.  After 3 mins, right before or eyes,  the screen said Pregnant. We were so happy. We just hugged there,  inside the bathroom! Of Golden Corral! Ha ha.

When we arrived home,  I took another test again and this time,  Derek was 100% convinced – and I was still having second thoughts. LOL.

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San Antonio trip for my green card interview

I took a day off work today to have my interview for the green card. Derek,  my hand l husband drove and it only took us an hour to arrive.  We went to IHOP to grab brunch and to kill time because we were 2 hours early. Below is b the fruit crepe I had. Yummy!
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I hope the interview goes well. After all, we ARE married! Legally. So I don’t see anything that would prevent us from getting a green card for me. Anyway,  my H1b is still valid and if this doesn’t work out, I can still work on my H1B. Although I would still feel bad because we already spent around 3k dollars for all the processing. We paid for the processing of the applications,  medical exams,  English translation of my birth certificate, courier fees,  Uber, fuel, plus all the time I took off work to appear for the biometrics,  vaccinations/medical,  and now, the interview.

We’re praying all goes well.  Crossing our fingers.

Thinking about my progress

Work-life integration – My life has revolved around my job lately and I feel I haven’t been able to manage my time well these past few years. Ever since I got this job onshore, I have been working harder than ever. Sometimes looking for a new job crosses my mind. It’s just harder to look for a new job because I am still not confident with driving. Hopefully when I get my green card, it will open up more options for me.

Establishing a second income stream – My mother-in-law and I have been working on setting up our very tiny business of handicrafts (hair bows, fridge magnets, coasters, etc). Last December we ventured into making hair bows and we were able to make some really cute ones. I haven’t worked on it again this January because I’ve been very busy with work. Hopefully I can carve out some time and commit 1 weekend to working on our business. I really love the idea of having a second income stream and hopefully it grows slowly but surely until I would have an option to work on it full time when I retire when I’m in my 40s.

Work – I have lots of responsibilities at work. From managing the Offshore team, reviewing their technical document and code, analyzing defects, fixing defects myself, answering questions from other teams, submitting status reports, organizing team activities, etc. I feel that I still haven’t achieved my goals in terms of improving and expanding my current technical skills. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself but I think because most of my time is spent working with people, I have very little time left on learning new stuff. I hope this project will be successful and be on schedule so that I can move on to other projects where I won’t have to manage people Offshore – no more waking up at 5:30 am to review code at 6am or 7am! But this is my job, and it pays the bills, I am still very grateful for having it. Besides, I have learned a lot on managing virtual teams and my communication skills – both verbal and written have greatly improved as well.