Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cruisin' Mexico (Part 2)

After Cabo we got back on the ship and went out to see from Thursday afternoon until Saturday morning, arriving back in San Diego.  Our whole trip was filled with amazing weather and we got to see dolphins and whales as we cruised; however, the last day at see was windy and cold making the ship rock so hard that we couldn't even stand to sit through a nice dinner and had to return to our room before little miss prego could throw up! We attempted to go into the pool since it looked as though you could surf in it from the big waves being created by the enormous rocking. The sun did come out for a couple hours and I was able to complete my tan but needless to say we were more than happy to get off the ship Saturday morning!
Here are a few extra photos I couldn't fit on the last post:

                                                          A nice dinner on the ship.
                                                              My dinner!
                                                              Matthew's dinner!
                                                            Baked Alaska on FIRE!
                                   This is what Matthew did on the ship the whole time: study!
                                              This is what I did the whole time on the cruise!

                            We loved the animal towels that appeared in our bedroom every night.
                                           Matthew pretending to be an elephant . . .
                               This monkey animal towel scared us when we walked into our room!

Cruisin' Mexico

Saturday December 4th we headed off for a much needed vacation. We drove into San Diego, spent the night at my parent's house and then boarded the Holland America cruise ship. This was our first cruise so everything felt new! The ship took off at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and we were at sea until Tuesday morning, arriving in Mazatlan.
 Mazatlan was probably the most rural of our three destinations but it was different and beautiful. We first took a tour of the city with a crazy taxi driver and then got dropped off at a "ferry terminal" to take a boat to Stone Island where we heard we could find the best beach. The "ferry terminal" was nothing but a little stand and tiny boats where NO ONE spoke a bit of English. We get onto the boat and the person managing the boat says something in Spanish followed by everyone immediately putting life jackets on. We followed suit and prayed that the tiny boat would not sink! Stone Island was even more rural and as soon as we stepped onto the island we felt as though we were on a mission.

                                                 Mmmmmm coconuts!
The day ended with shrimp tacos and enchiladas and we didn't even get sick!

On Wednesday we arrived in Puerta Vallarta. It felt like Spain with all the art work and cobblestone streets. We spent the first half of the day walking around old town and going to the Cathedral, which was gorgeous! We went through a little market where tons of people tried to sell to us with every line you could think of. We bought fresh Vanilla and a cute little baby girl dress. Haggling became a team effort!

The second half of our day is such a long story that it would take up pages and pages to tell but to give a quick synopsis: We were tricked into going to a nice resort where we were pressured to buy a time share and given disgusting food. A big waste of three hours but lesson learned!

On Thursday we arrived in Cabo San Lucas, our favorite place! This is where we spent our honeymoon 3 1/2 years ago! It was so fun to go back here. It was nice because we knew the town and no one could trick us into anything! When we arrived we walked over to the beach in the heat and plopped ourselves at a restaurant on the beach where we got to lay out under umbrellas and have virgin pina coladas and fresh guacamole. The best part for Matthew was that he got free wireless internet and was able to download school lectures! After finishing up there we went swimming in the perfect water; not too cold and not too hot. Matthew was in a panic the whole time because there were little fish following his feet and he was afraid they were going to bite him. I fell in love with swimming while pregnant! We ended the day at our favorite restaurant, Squid Roe. We loved going back to the fun restaurant that we enjoyed so much 3 1/2 years earlier!

Friday, December 3, 2010


With Christmas around the corner I am starting to not sleep as well at night thinking we are quickly approaching March! It's only 3 months away! And just to increase how quickly the time is flying by we are leaving tomorrow for a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise. This will be our first cruise and I am getting kind of nervous . . . what if the ship crashes or something! And I don't know how I am going to feel about being in the middle of the ocean . . . this will definitely be a new experience! After the cruise I will stay in San Diego and Matthew will return to the Bay Area for a week to finish up the semester at school and then join us for Christmas. So time is really going to fly by!
Little Scarlett kicks all the time and even wakes me up in the middle of the night. Matthew and I love seeing my belly move, it's lots of fun! We went to the doctor a couple days ago and she said everything looked great. She measured my belly and listened for the heartbeat and said everything is exactly on track. Perfect!
To top this all off I have noticed that I have completely POPPED in the last week! My belly really looks big and there is absolutely no hiding this soccer ball under my shirt.

                                                                           24 weeks

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Baby Joys

    With all the excitement of seeing the baby on the ultrasound two weeks ago and discovering we are expecting a little girl, family has been quick to donate many gifts already! Here are some of the things we have gotten for the baby . . . it's funny how these things make me so happy! I guess it makes it feel more real to have a bunch of baby goodies.  Even though I am 20 1/2 weeks along (halfway through) this baby could not get here quick enough! Once Christmas is over time will fly by and the baby will be here before you know it! And then the real fun begins . . .

                                                     Cute Anthropologie Clothes!

  Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag!

                                                                The Bugaboo Frog Stroller!!!

    I could not be more excited to be a mom! I enjoy every moment with our baby girl and love sitting around to feel her roll and kick in my belly. She has a strong punch now and there is no mistaking it. Matthew and I had tons of fun feeling her kick last night and at one point she kicked so hard Matthew got all emotional and said, "I think I'm going to cry!" He is going to be done for when he is in the delivery room! I have a feeling he will be balling his eyes out when she is born . . . so cute!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Boy Girl Boy Girl Boy Girl?!

At 18 1/2 weeks we took the whole family to see a 3D/ 4D ultrasound of the baby so we could all discover the sex of the baby together. Our original plan was to go to Fetal Imaging in San Francisco at 5:00 p.m. and then have dinner at Ciappino's; however, at 2:00 p.m. Fetal Imaging calls me to tell me that their power has gone out due to the stormy weather and they will let me know by 3:00 p.m. if they can get it back on. Well with the unreliability of this situation and with my parents in town only for the weekend and Matthew's parents two hours away from San Francisco I needed to figure out something fast! Matthew and I quickly searched for another ultrasound place and landed upon A Little Insight located in Vacaville. They were so wonderful and let us come in at 4:00 p.m. to get the ultrasound done. So it all worked out perfectly! I LOVED the place and LOVED the ultrasound technician! She definitely knew what she was doing and even though we only paid for a 15 minute ultrasound she went on for 40 minutes!!! And she gave us extra pictures! You could just tell she loved her job, which made a huge difference. I would definitely recommend them to anyone! She was able to figure out the sex instantly! As soon as she started the ultrasound she said she knew what the sex was. I was so impressed!
                                                           Baby Abinante is a . . . GIRL!!!!!

                                            She kept trying to eat the placenta! So Cute!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Life in the Abinante Home

    Matthew is now in his second year in medical school, which is said to be the hardest. Matthew will have his first set of Board Exams in June, has now been called as Elders Quorum President at church and on top of it all we have a baby due March 21st, a couple weeks before Matthew's finals! This year will test us tremendously but we will survive . . . somehow. 
   This week will prove to be full of excitement as we have an appointment this Friday at 5:00 to have a 3D/ 4D ultrasound with the whole family to see if the baby is a boy or a girl! I felt like it would take forever to get to this point but here we are already! Amazing! I guess time will continue to fly, despite the ongoing feeling that March is so incredibly far away.
   This week I have had many body aches and felt tremendous growth. I feel as though there is no more room for any more growth and yet I still have 21 weeks left! I feel so tight already and my stomach itches all the time, this really is an out of body experience. The highlight of the past two weeks is feeling the baby move . . . it is tough because I will have moments of doubt and think the movement I feel is just gas or stomach growls but then I realize that my intestines are not that low and in front of my belly anymore so really the only explanation is the baby! It feels like a few little bubbles rising. It is so fun to feel! Poor Matthew wants to feel the baby move so badly but the kicks are not hard enough to feel with your hand. The baby seems to love apple juice and loves it when I am about to fall asleep. I go to sleep feeling the baby and I wake up feeling the baby and then throughout the day it is just random movements; however, I have noticed the baby always seems to move around 5:00 p.m., which is perfect since our 4D ultrasound will be at 5:00 p.m. and we should be able to get a good dance from him/her.
So here is a visual of my growth pattern (We forgot to take a picture at 15 Weeks):

                                                                        9 Weeks

                                                                    10 Weeks

                                                                          11 Weeks

                                                                             12 Weeks

                                                                          13 Weeks

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                                                                          17 Weeks

                                                                         18 Weeks