22 Weeks – Bump Update

by Aquila Mendez-Valdez on October 24, 2014


22 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss? 162, so I either lost 4 pounds in a week, or weighing myself in the mornings is a MUCH better idea. I’m going to go with the latter.
Maternity clothes? Yup, and I noticed a few days ago one of my workout tank tops kept riding up to reveal a bit of my belly.   Keepin’ it classy.
Stretch marks? No, but I have started itching randomly, so I’m terrified it’s stretch marks getting ready to rear their ugly head.
Sleep? Cora slept all by herself in her big girl bed until morning last Saturday (WOO!) but unfortunately I stayed up until 2 am wondering when she was going to wake up. Fail.
Best moment this week: Getting my Halloween costume all planned out! Yay for maternity trick or treating!
Movement? Baby girl is much more active in the evenings when I finally lay down for the night.  It’s strange but wonderful. :)
Food cravings? None, but I’ve been in a serious baking/cooking mood lately.  The only part that’s rough is when I bake cookies and no one eats them except me!
Gender?  GIRL! :)
Labor Signs? Nada.
Belly Button in or out? Innie, but starting to streeeeetttcchhhh. :)
Wedding rings on or off? On, no issues there.
What I miss? It’s getting harder and harder to pick up Cora with my big belly getting in the way.  I’m starting to work with her on being a big girl and walking when she can, but sometimes I just want to swoop her up and cuddle!
What I am looking forward to? Fashion Week is coming up soon and I’ve found a good amount of maternity dresses to wear! It’s been SO hard to save them for the occasion, but it’s just around the corner now!
Weekly Wisdom? Give in to the organizational urges when they happen during pregnancy.  I know I won’t have the energy for months, maybe years, after this little one arrives, so tomorrow I’m organizing the pantry because 1) it’s been driving me crazy and 2) I actually have the time and energy!
Milestones? None that I can think of this week, just trucking along!
Outfit Details:
Top: Club Monaco
Jeans: Gap Maternity
Boots: Crown Vintage
Necklace: Bib – Stella & Dot Chain – Kendra Scott
Earrings: Gifted from my mom
Bag: Cuadra
Sunnies: BCBG MaxAzria


Why a midwife is the right choice for our family.

by Aquila Mendez-Valdez on October 22, 2014

If you’ve read Cora’s birth story (Part One and Part Two), you know that she was born in a birth center.  If that’s an unfamiliar term to you, it’s essentially a happy-medium between a home birth and a hospital birth.  We had a midwife, I was never given any pain medication, and I was free to move about and eat/drink throughout my labor.  If, however, I would have needed to transfer for an emergency or a c-section, the birthing center was located in the Medical Center of San Antonio and literally across the street from any number of excellent hospitals.  As first time parents, it made us happy to know that we were choosing the birth we wanted, with the reassurance that all would be well should my labor need intervention.

As it turned out, I was able to deliver Cora med-free, with the help of my midwife, her assistant, and of course my husband and mother.  The room at the birth center was like a comforting bedroom with warm colors, artwork on the walls, and a big tub to labor in.  Still, though, I always tell people if you would have asked me five seconds after delivery if I wanted to do it med-free again, I would have had some strong words for you.  Now that I’m almost three years separated from that pain though, I can tell you I am wholeheartedly choosing a midwife this time around as well.  The same midwife who delivered Cora as a matter of fact! The only difference is this time we are planning on a home birth instead of at the birthing center. [click to continue…]


32 Ways I Miss My Husband

by Aquila Mendez-Valdez on October 20, 2014


I was originally going to title this post “5 Reasons Why Long Distance Marriage Sucks” or “Why Long Distance Love Is Harder When You’re Married With Kids” but it just felt too negative and complaint-ridden.  Many of you know that Orlando plays professional basketball in Mexico, which means he’s out of the States for the better part of a year, every year.  And most of you probably know that Cora and I have decided to stay here in San Antonio this year because I started a new business venture, Cora was accepted to a great school, and we knew I would have to come back mid-season anyways due to the pregnancy.  Despite all the logical reasons for us to stay, it still doesn’t take away the sometimes tiny, sometimes overwhelming ache we feel when the leader of our family is missing.  But in an attempt to avoid an entirely depressing post, I just want to list all the ways I miss Orlando when he’s gone, in an effort to remind myself of what I have to look forward to when he returns. [click to continue…]


21 Weeks – Bump Update

October 17, 2014

21 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 166.  I may have to stop calculating my exact weight, this is getting depressing.   Maternity clothes? Jeans for sure, otherwise I’m still getting away with mostly normal clothes.  Although, in this outfit that top is actually one of my semi-scandalous mini party dresses from my pre-kids days, but now […]

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15 Christmas Traditions I’m Stealing From My Mom – Plus an Olé Market Giveaway!

October 15, 2014

But it’s not even Halloween yet! Why on earth are we talking about Christmas today? Well, first: Christmas is the most magical time of the year, but you have to PLAN the magic well in advance.  And second, the Junior League of San Antonio has their 21st annual Holiday Olé Market starting TOMORROW and its […]

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Droopy Earlobes: A letter about aging to my younger sisters

October 13, 2014

Dear Sisters, A few months ago we were talking about earrings…maybe it was what kind of earrings you were going to wear for Kelsey’s wedding, I can’t remember.  Anyways, one of you said you didn’t want to wear a pair of big chandelier earrings because you’d heard that wearing heavy earrings will eventually make your […]

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20 Weeks – Is baby number two pink or blue?!

October 10, 2014

  I’m officially(ish) halfway today y’all! 20 weeks have FLOWN by, and I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going.  I’m going to start a little Friday tradition of a weekly bump update, but today’s announcement is a BIG ONE.  Are you ready to find out if we’re having a girl or a boy? […]

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5 Revolutionary Makeup Tips I Learned from The Makeup Show

October 8, 2014

On top of bringing home a plethora of new beauty products to sniff and sample at The Makeup Show a while back, I also filled up my (significantly prettier) noggin with lots of useful tips and tricks for putting on your face every day.  See if you find them to be helpful as well: 1. […]

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Enjoy the ride – My pregnancy workout plan!

October 6, 2014

Before I became expectant with Cora back in 2011, I hadn’t really been exercising too terribly much.  When I made the unexpected discovery that we were pregnant it scared me to death to imagine working out during pregnancy when my body wasn’t really used to it beforehand.  So I mostly sat around, walked a bit, […]

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The power of women and makeup – an interview with celebrity makeup artist James Vincent!

October 3, 2014

If you followed my Instagram or Facebook page last weekend, you may have noticed my love of makeup increased exponentially in the two days I spent visiting Dallas for The Makeup Show.  Although I was invited to attend as a part of the press, I found myself oohing and ahhing right alongside the beauty professionals […]

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