Weekend in St. Croix

This past weekend, March 8-10- our 4 year anniversary- Broc and I finally got around to visiting St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. In the past we’ve always limited our island hopping to Puerto Rico, flying to Vieques and Culebra many times and exploring the main island almost every weekend. But since this was our anniversary and the last time we could really get away before baby boy comes we thought we’d venture out! And we couldn’t have been more impressed!!!

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38 and Pregnant

Being pregnant for the first time hasn’t been that bad. I’m bored more than anything and find myself sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing. Thankfully I’ve had a very smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness or typical symptoms but now that i’m entering my third trimester I am starting to feel the discomfort more and more- especially at night!

My last few appointments have gone really well with all the tests (glucose and thyroid are normal, etc). I’ve gained THIRTY pounds and definitely feel the extra weight in my back and feet! I’ve went to a chiropractor once and need to get on a regular schedule with that b/c I hear it also helps with labor and delivery. And this kid is measuring super big so I’m likely going to need all the help I can get in that department!

I also really want my mom and sister to be here in Puerto Rico when he is born, which is almost impossible to plan for. I feel like he’ll come early but that may just be wishful thinking. I’m about to hire a doula who I hope will help ease the stress of the unknowns and also act as a translator while I’m in the hospital. If i have to have a c-section she’ll be useless but hopefully that won’t happen!

For now, the waiting game is real and we just can’t wait to see our little boy for the first time!

Here’s a fun look back at how much I’ve grown in the past 10 weeks…

Baby on the way!

The past 6 months have been the longest and fastest of my life! Ha.

I am currently 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant with a baby boy we are naming Atticus and we still can’t believe it… Finally having our first kid at 37 (me) and 41 (Broc) years of age! I’d say we’re more than ready!

We started seriously “trying” to get pregnant when we got back to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, around mid-April of 2018. Zika wasn’t really on my radar as a serious issue anymore and all I could think was “have I waited too long? do I have any eggs left?” After a few disappointing months I finally got the results we’d been waiting for!!!

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Playa “La Selva” – Luquillo, Puerto Rico

One of my all time favorite beaches in Puerto Rico is Playa “La Selva”, a hidden paradise far away from traffic, trash & almost every other person on the island. You can only get there by walking approximately 40 minutes east from Playa “La Pared” or having a 4×4 SUV that you don’t mind getting dirty and possibly damaged. There drive to the beach is treacherous- with giant rocks, branches and occasionally flooded creeks blocking the trail. My husband swears his late model Land Cruiser can travel through anything though, and so far we haven’t had a problem.

La Selva is located in the middle of a nature reserve (the Northeast Ecological Corridor) and is the most important turtle nesting site in the Caribbean! Although we’ve never actually seen any, we often come across areas of sand marked with flags that are known to have turtle eggs buried beneath. (Maybe one day we’ll get lucky!)

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How to Save Your Dog’s Life

So I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now and should just go through old texts and emails because I’ve told it to well over 100 people. I suppose I just never wanted to jinx it and make my dog sick again by giving credit to the wrong thing, person or regimen. (A post is a post- it makes everything “official”. haha.) But it’s been almost 2 years and I can 100% say my dog does not have cancer. If he ever did is another story…

In May of 2016 my miniature schnauzer Sunny started acting a bit strange. His stomach was really “full” and his breathing a little rapid- kind of like a constant pant. I attributed it to him being hot and fat because otherwise he acted fine- and I honestly didn’t really notice it so this is speaking a bit in hindsight . Then one day he started running into walls, falling off small steps and acting completely disoriented – I was as freaked out if not more than he was and immediately called a vet in Humacao to check on this sudden blindness.

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Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat- Refill Your ☕🧘‍♀️💓

This weekend I had the pleasure to attend my first yoga retreat in Puerto Rico, properly named Refill Your Cup. I’ve been way out of practice the past few years and only attend a morning class with Daniella from Santosa Yoga once a week (and not religiously) so when I heard about the retreat I booked it immediately.

To say the retreat was needed is an understatement. The opportunity to get away from the stresses and challenges of every day life, connect with other like-minded ladies here in Puerto Rico and really focus on self-love and mindfulness is something everyone needs to prioritize- at least a few times a year. Continue reading “Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat- Refill Your ☕🧘‍♀️💓”

Vacation Plans in Puerto Rico – East Side- Part 2

Now that decisions have been made to visit the east side of Puerto Rico and the Island of Vieques, specific details can be planned on where to stay, eat and do.

My cousins will land Saturday and take a taxi to (our) condo in Condado. Saturday night it will be fun to visit Lote 23 in Santurce- the perfect place for a group of all ages and with different culinary tastes. Lote is an outdoor food park with a vibe like no other. Your options range from delicious tacos to noodle bowls to southern fried chicken, a rare find in Puerto Rico, but the creativity behind this festive experience is makes it a must visit for all.

Sunday (funday) should be always be spent at the beach! Breakfast at Sobao is easiest from our location, but Ocean Park Cafe is also really good. Beach day essentials include: a cooler full of beer & water, beach chairs/towels, sunscreen, and a really good book. (This is pretty much how I spend every single weekend). You can also rent jet skis, take surfing lessons or hop aboard a mini-catamaran from Jimbo’s boats which is free with a good tip 🙂 Continue reading “Vacation Plans in Puerto Rico – East Side- Part 2”