Growing a Miracle #2

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So yeah, we’re having our baby #2 ANY DAY now!

Oh my gosh, you guys!!! Any day now! ANY day!

We’ll be a family of 4!

I’m so excited, terrified, happy, anxious, and READY! I’m ready for this little munchkin to come to this world. All the laundry is done. Baby furnitures are all set up. My mom is here. And my body is barely hanging in there, because my belly is absolutely HUGE. 🙂

Is Grant ready to be a big brother?

Ha, this’s going to be interesting. He just turned 2.5 years old, and I have no idea if he really grasps the idea! He knows that there’s a baby in mommy’s belly,  he hugs and kisses the “baby”, he sees all the baby stuff around the house now. And I’m anxious to see his reaction once he meets the baby. He’s quite gentle affectionate toddler, so I’m hopeful that it’ll be a smooth transition.

I’m also so emotional that he’s no longer going to be my one-and-only-child, but I’ll do my best to give him as much attention as I possibly can.

Thankfully, I’ve had a pretty smooth pregnancy though with similar symptoms as my first pregnancy. But here’s a quick recap.

1st Trimester: Ah, the period of extreme exhaustion!!! Right after Thanksgiving, I felt so exhausted all the time with severe aversion to screen time, like no interest in working on computer, no reading blogs, no TV shows. And it was the same with my last pregnancy. But when you have a toddler to take care of, that fatigue feels 10x worse. It felt like that I’ll feel like this forever. Luckily, I didn’t have crazy morning sickness though. Just mild queasiness was my biggest thing. So I should be pretty grateful for fairly “easy” 1st trimester.

2nd Trimester: My 2nd trimester started with our trip to Hawaii at the end of January. And everything got back to normal. I got motivation to work. I was able to stay up a little later. And I had an ENORMOUS appetite for pretty much everything, especially carbs, spicy food and french fries! I mean I wanted to eat non-stop, and still do! I love this trimester!

March 7th was a very special day! We had 20-week anatomy scan, which means we got to find out the gender of our baby! Now I’ll be totally honest and admit that I was really, really hoping for a girl. The entire first 20 weeks of my pregnancy, I tried to prepare myself that there’s 50% chance of having another boy and not to get my hopes up. Yet I had already picked out a baby girl name, and I was just generally hopeful. And the big day came, and we learned we’re having another boy. I meant to be a BOY MOM, what can I say. I’m not disappointed at all, because boys are fun, kind and oh-so-sweet! But I’m a little sad to let go of my dream of having a daughter.

And just like we did last time, we stopped by a store after the appointment and picked out the first onesie set for our little man. SUPER CUTE!

3rd Trimester: Boy, has this been challenging?! I’m all belly! I carry my baby all upfront, which is very, very hard on my back. Combined with picking my toddler up frequently and working on photoshoots and filming recipe videos, which requires lots of bending over, my back is about to give up on me. Severe back pain/sciatica, pinched nerve, you name it.

That’s why I decided to take it easy on myself and stopped working on new recipes. I’m still in the kitchen all the time, cooking and baking my favorite things, but without worrying about bending over to take pretty pictures. I hope you’ll understand the lack of new recipes around here. I’ll be taking a month or so off from posting anything new, and once we welcome our little munchkin and settle into our new life, I’ll resume sharing new and delicious recipes with you.

And until then I wish you a very fun summer filled with many memorable times with your friends and family. Also, feel free to browse around in my archive for great summer recipes, and if you make any of my recipes, please leave a comment with your feedback, and/or send me a picture. I always love hearing from you!

Hi, I’m Shinee!

Welcome! I’m so happy you’re here! I believe anyone can cook restaurant-quality food at home! And my goal is to help you to become a confident cook with my easy-to-follow recipes with lots of tips and step-by-step photos.

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  1. Sain bainuu Shinee ! Bi tanii blogiig bainga unshdag, bas zunduu goyo hoolnuud bolon cake nuud hiij surlaa. Tanid bolon tanai ger buld udahgui turuh mamad hamgiin saikhniig husie !!!!

    1. Mash ih bayarlalaa, Ninjee!!! Hiisen goe goe yumnuudiinhaa zurgiig yavuulj bgaarai. Joruud taalagdaj bgaad bayartai bn. 🙂