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Oh! well, hello everyone!! As all of you might have notice, I've been taking a little break from everything. The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me, and this time I can't only blame the pregnancy hormones.

I wanted to share a little bit of what happened the day after I took my 38 weeks photo, here you can see me playing with my “halloween” t-shirt, even tho I just played in Photoshop and added a face to my shirt so it's not really a halloween shirt but it's close enough because by that time I will hopefully have not a belly to dress but a little baby =]

We had planned for my Mom to come from Chile to be with us a few weeks before our our little Peanut's due date, and if any of you know the story of how hard it was to get her visa for our Wedding, then you can imagine how scared I was (and with reason) that she might get denied and not be able to come.

Not having any of my family or Chile friends here while being pregnant has been rough, I am very attached to my family and pregnancy is definitely something I would have loved to share with them not just over Skype and Facebook. So having my Mom here in my mind made it up for everyone I wish I could have closer.

So when we got the news that she had a visa and was ready to come I could not contain myself, I was so happy! But the day of her flight we found out that because of her Layover in Canada she also needed a Canadian visa. I blame it on the lack of information available when purchasing the ticket mixed with the fact it was the first time using that particular airline and my pregnancy brain. She was not allowed to board the plane until she got the Canadian visa and with my contractions getting stronger and more each day I really thought she was not going to make it. I probably cried for 2 days straight while we just had to sit and wait for the process of her visa. I stayed in bed rest (well, I've been with low activity since 27 weeks, but decided to go all the way to bed rest) trying to keep our baby comfortable and put until my Mom could come. Thankfully her new visa process didn't take the month she was told at the airport and with some rush fees she was able to make it to California on Sunday!

All the ups and downs of the last few weeks kept me not wanting to even come down to the office, so obviously no post, sewing of crafts for a while, now that my Mom is here I feel so renovated!! and I can't wait for us to make or sew stuff for this baby =]

I finally got out of bed and slowly started to do more normal things, I am so happy I had to share it with all of you!, Now we are just waiting for this baby to come because we are all ready! My Mom and I had a full day of catching up and talked so much about who will this baby look more like, and of course if we are going to have a boy or girl!? We can't wait to see, and here is what we have, Ken and I both at 9 months old, both so different!! (Check out the cheeks I used to have!!)

And here us with our Watermelons =] It was pretty funny that we happened to have a watermelon in the house so I told Ken to grab it to take a picture with me.

I hope everyone have a lovely day, I'm really happy to be back blogging and can't wait to keep showing all of the projects I did before going to bed rest!

I missed you guys!



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13 replies
  1. dada
    dada says:

    I remember reading about getting your mom’s visa for you on weddingbee, very happy that she can be here with you for the baby.

  2. Kristy
    Kristy says:

    how wonderful that your mum made it to you before the birth. Now I hope your little one is well behaved and arrives on time – both of my mine were nearly two weeks late and the wait was excruciating! You look fantastic by the way, those pregnancy hormones have given you a beautiful glow and lovely hair

  3. Sheryl
    Sheryl says:

    I am glad that your mom was able to get there safe and sound after a few delays. Cute pictures!!!

  4. Katie
    Katie says:

    Oh my goodness, I thought I was the only one that referred to babies as peanuts…too funny! May everything go smoothly for you, from here on out!

  5. Andaira
    Andaira says:

    Cariño, me alegro que por fin tu madre esté a tu lado.
    Deseo que tengas un feliz parto…mientras tanto disfruta de todos los minutos que tengas…ya sabes que después vas a estar muy ocupada…..y no te preocupes, seguro que vas a tener un bebé bien hermoso, porque los dos sois guapísimos.
    Todo mi cariño….

  6. Eleyn @Sweetsandlife
    Eleyn @Sweetsandlife says:

    I’m so glad you’re mom finally got here. :D I told my mom she’s going to have to move in with us for a month closer to my due date. My mom lives about 4 hours away but I don’t get to see her as often as I would like to since she doesn’t drive. How exciting for you guys! I can’t wait to see everything you have to share with us.

  7. Sewing Princess
    Sewing Princess says:

    Te deseo que todo vaya bien y que pronto tengáis un bebé tan guapo como los padres.

  8. Anni
    Anni says:

    So happy your Mom made it in time =] now you can relax and have that baby! I can’t wait until you announce it! Wishing you an easy delivery.

  9. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    So happy to have you back and even happier to read you have your mom with you! I know exactly how you feel about not beeing able to have everyone you love around you. My family lives in Spain, my Parents and my brother in Switzerland. I’m the only one in Germany….at times it get’s a bit lonely ;-)

    Anyway, I really wish you all the best for your little family. So looking forward for your little one! :-)

    Saluda a tu mamá.


  10. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Wow, que sorpresa más agradable fue encontrar esta página.
    Llegué a través de otra página (por el móvil de globos que pretendo, algún día, hacer para mi sobrina), y ahora descubro que eres chilena! Que pena que hayas tenido que pasar tanto tiempo preocupada por la visa de tu mamá, pero por lo menos ahora está junto a ti.
    Espero que todo te salga super bien con tu bebé :)
    Saludos desde Santiago!

  11. Kate Spade
    Kate Spade says:

    Thanks for sharing these cute pictures on your blog. I am happy to read that your mom was able to make it to California before the delivery of your baby. Giving birth is so much easier to manage when you have your mother at your side. My best wishes to you and your beautiful family.

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