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Friday, November 20, 2009

mila | MY baby bump week 24

entering into the third trimester now and i feel huge!   my excercise days seem to start with rolling out of bed ... 3rd attempt is a charm usually.  what happened to the dancer in me is a constant question.  doing photoshoots is like a MAJOR work out and i'm always winded it gets embarassing.  i meant winded ... like short of breath .. although i will admit to major gassiness (it's an inevitable part of the preggo cycle).  that's embarassing too.  i've had to learn to make light of it.  it's a reality check to know that when i get old i won't have control over my body functions and this is what it's going to be like.  so i laugh it off... and that produces more.  haha!

last month i started feeling the baby move.  curtis felt it this month.  he had such joy on his face.  makes me tear up to think about it.  it was really kool until he got it into his head that he wants to feel her kick all the time.  so he pokes my belly, hunting for the munchkin, prodding her into annoyance just so he could feel her fight back against the pressure.  then proud papa pats my belly and says... "good girl".  it's becoming a daily routine.  i can already see the daddy-n-me bond forming can't you?

so we got into a discussion early on about race affiliation.  curtis' biological mother is white and his dad is black.  his skin color dictates his ethnicity (right or wrong that's pretty much the way it works).  i'm part filipino and part euro mutt and half the time people don't know what to call me.  but i denounce my white side and call myself flip coz i grew up there.  so the question is... when it's time to fill out those questionnaires and we need to identify the baby's ethnicity do we just pick OTHER?  coz you know .. you can only check one box.  they really need to change that.  it won't be long till everyone is just a mish mosh of racial ethnicities.  if they ask us for specifics we're jotting down BLACKAPINA.  hehehe.  brw people... if you know me n curtis you know that we say all this with mirth in our tone so keep the nasty letters away.

btw... we've finally settled on a first name.  unfortunately i've been sworn to secrecy so don't ask or i'll get in trouble.  still struggling to find that second name.

on a different note...

curtis and i were walking through the patchwork indie art show last weekend and found these two lil guys sitting in a booth just staring up at us.  it was like looking into a miniature mirror.  even the shop guy started laughing when we held them up.  so of course we had to buy them.  our replicas ;)


  1. the box has always been a puzzle. Why do we need to check the box? does it matter?

  2. omg, i almost spit my drink all over the monitor reading BLACKPINA!

    and what an awesome find. they're perfect for you guys!

    do not tell anyone that baby's name. no good comes out of it. we made that mistake with the first name we chose and was told by my sil's boyfriend that it was a white trash name which pretty much ruined it for my hubby. you'll always get unsolicted comments if you share, so you just keep that precious name a secret until your lil one is here!

  3. Super sweet photos! And I'm loving your holiday sessions!

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