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Raine Bella

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My Little Angel...

Here are the pictures I took of our angel today...

She is so precious,
I still can't stop staring at her!

Enjoy!

Breast feeding Chaos

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Disaster...
I'm only on my 4th day but feeling like crap already.
It hurts, yay! My poor boobs...

Although I do use a Nipple Butter,
It just doesn't seem to work.
My nipples are all cracked up.
Poor me.

Oh well... So I started pumping last night,
It was a great relief at least for the whole evening.
Then this morning, I kinda felt guilty so I decided to breat feed her again! And the first latch?
*shouting* OUCH!!!!!!!

I don't know what's my final decision yet, should I continue breast feeding he?r or just pump? Knowing that I'm still giving her the same nutrients anyways. Wish me luck.

The joys of motherhood...

Bow,
Lhey ♥




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I am blessed

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What more to ask for?
I have everything in life.
3 angels that makes living worthwhile.
A husband that is so perfect in every single way.
I am loved... Cared for and Respected every day.
Every morning I wake up
I utter a simple prayer.
Thank you for my life,
I truly am blessed.

XOXO,
Lhey

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She's Here

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She's Here Guys!
We are proud parents of a new baby girl...

Raine Bella Ralston
May 26, 2010
5:45 am
7.14lbs and 20 inches long


Everything happened so quick.
I started feeling the labor pains around 4 in the morning. I got up in bed having that intense pressure on my back, then I felt a lil gush of liquid, at first I thought it was just more of my mucus plugs because there's a lot of the mucusy stuff that came out with a lil amount of liquid. But then when the pressure didn't go away, I decided that I should really start timing how many minutes apart the contractions are.

I sat on my exercise ball. And tried to relax and focus, but trust me it was hard. I was like waiting for the contraction to come, and my brain is sending signals to my body that I should really try to ignore.


Pain. Pain. Pain. That's a lot of ouch ouch ouch!


I asked Jason to start getting the towels and baby's receiving blankets and hat ready in the oven. Yup, we were asked that it should be warmed up for the baby. I asked him also call the midwife and let her know what's going on.


So when I got up to go to the bathroom there was more fluid that came out, I asked Jason to get the yellow strip that our midwife gave us, and the strip changed its color to purple which means that my membranes ruptured. Yup, my water broke.
Contractions were getting more intense and really painful. I was trying so hard to focus and be strong. 


"I am gonna have this baby natural, I can do it!"


Brushed my teeth, put my hair up, and put my robe on! More pain... Gosh!


My midwife got in the house as soon as 20min. She asked me how I'm doing and if I timed the contractions, I told her that everything is happening so quick, now I'm getting it every 4min.
She asked me if I want to get in the water already? And of course I said yes.


The pain was so intense. Happy place? Oooh where's my happy place? I should go there and try to ignore this physical torture... 
Ya know what came into my mind? 
I pictured my mom in my head. That put a smile on my face and eased my worries a lil bit.


Jason got in the water with me, he was putting pressure on my back and on my knees every time contractions starts. My other midwife came shortly to assist us. When I was in the transition part of the contractions, which means I was probably 7-8cm dilated then, I could feel my whole body trembling already and was getting scared that I will not be able to focus through the next only God-Knows how long...


I felt bad coz I wasn't very nice to Jason during the contractions, he would try and kiss me just to let me know that I am doing a great job. He was so supportive, but I wasn't very loving in return! Heller? I'm having a baby?! I'm dying here! Lol!


My midwife kept asking me to change position.
 Sometimes I'm on my knee, or on my back. Then she would ask me to rock back and forth. 
By the time the baby's ready to come out, all I could here is myself saying 


"I can't do this anymore!" 

Then the 3 of them are there, with their sympathetic faces and assuring me that I was doing a great job!



The last 20minutes of the labor was the most intense. 
That was the time when I felt like I couldn't do it anymore, 
I cannot take take another torture. My body was just shaking... 
And I felt like anytime I'm gonna lose it and faint.


My midwifes were great, Suzanne and Sarah were very helpful. My husband was the best.
When the "Ring of Fire" started. (It means that the baby's head was crowning) 
I could literally feel like my private was being ripped apart, all I could here is their voices saying 


"Lhey, your baby's almost here..." 


Right at that moment when I felt baby Raine's head I stopped whining and crying already. it was the moment of truth, I stopped pushing and just fully let go of what my body's supposed to do to deliver the baby out. I could also feel that she is pushing herself out...


It was the longest 10 minutes since her head first crowned.
I felt the most intense pain, and most fulfilling feeling after she was born. 
I was so overwhelmed when I fist held her, 
her umbilical cord was still attached and they didn't wanna cut while its still beating. 
They want her transition to be as smooth as possible. For her breathing and all that.


She was the most beautiful thing in the world at that moment, she didn't looked like a newborn to me, 
she didn't look swollen and pale, not at all! 
Me and Jason were crying like babies. 
The whole experience was so special.
It is very memorable.


I will go through the same pain again, if in the end, the reward would be as beautiful as my little angel.


Natural birth is not easy...
But I am glad I went through the whole experience.
I salute all the mother's out there who gave birth naturally without any epidural.
My deepest appreciation to my friends, sisters, and my Mother. We are Superwoman indeed!






I stopped.

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39weeks pregnant yesterday.
And for the past week, I waited and waited impatiently.
But today, I realized that I will stop thinking about it already.
I will stop stressing.
and will be a good girl
about it
and just wait
for the
day.


My body will eventually
do it once it's ready.


I wanted to have the baby on daddy's
birthday anyways.
(05-29) 
And that's like a  few days away.
It's TUESDAY today
and we will
induce on Friday
and will have the
baby,
SATURDAY.


Perfect.


This pregnancy is an adventure.
I feel beautiful
most of the 
time.
And A perfect Husband is 
the key to 
that.


We cannot wait to meet our newest
bundle of joy...

...We can't wait to hold our 
little one

...I want to touch the baby's tiny hands
...I want the smell of a newborn
...I want to cry because of so much
happiness
...I cannot wait for Jazzle and Zyon
to meet
baby 
Raine

...We cannot wait for you
our little angel

We are here
your
family

We love you!


I do, I do need you... (quotes)

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"i wanna promise you honestly i'll always care
that's what my Love has come here for
and every time i smiLe you know there's something more
i'm waiting to share, wanting to share
"

Take a look inside my heart
- David Benoit





"When you have nothing left but love,
then for the first time
you become aware that love is enough."



"It's not just a physical attraction, I love him for every single thing he is. Every word he says, every step he takes. This is something that will never die. I have tried to stay reasonable with this, but I just can't anymore. I just can't."


"Happiness is falling asleep next to you and waking up thinking I'm still in my dreams."





Fairytales are real.
Look at Us.
You & I.
We are.












What is Marriage?

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Got this from my Friend Trish
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“so..what is marriage?”
someone asked me..and if it ever crossed my mind to remarry..it is not a difficult question, really..been there, done that..so i said “no”..but if i will just follow my heart, and not reason with myself, i would answer him with a big, big “YES!” right away..i would love to spend the rest of my life with someone who will love me, it’s just that i want that person to be geared up for things to come (and myself as well)..a proposal is just the start of something enormous, blissful and complicated altogether..once you’re married, you cannot press “backspace”, “delete” or “ctrl + z” to undo it..being married is not just having a piece of paper to prove that you are into it..it is a state of mind that affects your whole life, completes you as a person, and a whole lot more..


anyhow, let me enlighten you with what marriage is all about..

 

MARRIAGE..
. . is a commitment, first and foremost..it is an allegiance bonding two into one flesh.. it's an attempt to institutionalize love..
. . does not depend on whether you have good times or bad times together..you are still married..through sickness or health, the commitment remains..no matter what happens through the years, you are married until death do you part..
. .marriage is a covenant between two people..
. .marriages are made in heaven..but, again, as the saying goes, so are thunder, lightning, tornados and hail..
. .is not a static state between two unchanging people.marriage is a psychological and spiritual journey that begins in the ecstasy of attraction, meanders through a rocky stretch of self-discovery, and culminates in the creation of an intimate, joyful, lifelong union..whether or not you realize the full potential of this vision depends not on your ability to attract the perfect mate, but on your willingness to acquire knowledge about hidden parts of yourself..
. . something similar in ways to an intense, lifelong psychotherapy session: an arrangement that will expose layer after layer of your false self or character to another person, generally resulting either in a person becoming more delusional and mediocre or more enlightened..
. . an arrangement of which the purpose is for two people to help each other not only get through life, but to "find themselves" and "refine the gold" of their essential natures or souls by working through obstacles in the way of their deepest unfolding..
. .it involves respect, care, understanding, communication and a very important key factor called love..
what is love?
we all hear and talk about it, say we do it, experience some degree of it, think, wonder, and dream about it, sing, write, gossip and read about it, feel like there’s something immensely important about it..
but to ask the basic question..what is it?
"everyone admits
that love is wonderful and necessary,
yet no one can agree on what it is.."
diane ackerman
have your pick among these..
. .love is something that we can never define with words, yet completely obsessed with..
. . a need, desire, sensation, craving, emotion, or appetite (such as security, loneliness, possessiveness, dependency, horniness, etc) dressed in a warm, heavy coat of wishful thinking and pretense..
. . corinthians: "Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous, or conceited, or proud; love is not ill-mannered, or selfish, or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs: love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. love never gives up: its faith, hope and patience never fail. Love is eternal."
. . plato's aristophanes: humans were originally whole and complete, both male and female, until they were divided into separate types, males and females, and were condemned to wander the world in search of their other half..love is that force that is motivating them to search for that other half..
. .something you "fall into" . . . often shortly before trying desperately to climb out of..
. .something that is "unconditional."
. .chemical: a certain temporary biochemical combination of pheromones and hormones..
. . projection theory: it is the unconscious activity of taking one's innermost highest qualities and ideals and superimposing them, or projecting them, upon another person, and then "falling" in "love" with that projection..
. .evolutionary psychology and somerset maugham: love is nature's way of fooling us into having children..
. .victor hugo: ". . . the boundless release of infinite meditation."
. .something you get from another person..
. .something you give to another person..
. .love is a battlefield..
. .the walks over soft grass. . . .the smiles over candlelight, the arguments over just about everything else..
. .the opposite of "hate."
. .love is an act of endless forgiveness..
. .it's not a big enough word to describe how we feel..
. .the key ingredient to happiness in this life..
"the heart has its reasons
which reason knows nothing of."
blaise pascal
..finding real love, instead of the phony kind - is is very, very, very difficult..it might seem that everything that needs to be said about "love" has already been said.
poets and screenwriters have told stories about it..
psychologists have done research on it..
philosophers have argued about it..
preachers have preached about it..
academics have tried to study it..
singers have sung about it..
. . . but are we any closer to really understanding it?
in one sense, the "answer" to all of the major problems in the world - racism, violence, war, oppression, environmental destruction, and so on - is known, and it's exactly the same for all of them: "love each other."
but no cheesy, hokey, sentimental, emotional and melodramatic swell of affection and good intentions is really going to accomplish, change, or affect much of anything at all..
one way we think about it is this:
several hundred years ago, lightning wasn't understood the way it is today..all people knew was that . . . well, for some strange reason, huge bolts of powerful fire would blast down from the sky, randomly, for no apparent reason, and absolutely incinerate whatever random thing it hit.
kind of like the way "love" is often seen nowadays:
it's very powerful, it's completely random and unpredictable, it's mysterious, and when it "strikes" - more often than not - it does a lot of damage..
we eventually understood lightning, harnessed its power, and developed electricity..
. . . and some day . . . if we are able to keep going . . .
. . . we too might understand.
and become true lovers..
-whatever that means..
now let's get down to business..
in regards to "love", we know that preaching about it doesn't work…telling people they "should" love is something like telling people they "should" be hungry, or itch, or laugh.  It just doesn't work that way..
so, then, what does work?
this has been an immensely difficult task - but what i've found so far . . .
. . . is this.
in order to understand anything
you need to understand everything."
- richard rose
first of all, like i’ve said, preaching about it definitely doesn't work.
. . . and further,becoming wiser about it does..people nowadays often think that "love" happens "naturally," that it should be easy and effortless (somewhat like, for example, walking along and getting struck by lightning)..i disagree..pick up a history book..it seems to us that war, violence, resentment and antagonism are what actually happen "naturally",and the kind of "love" that folks tend to "fall into" ..well, it's normally not too long before they seem to "fall" right back out of it..so, if it doesn't happen naturally . . . what's the alternative?
to get to work..
how? well, for starters, this means becoming better and better at sorting out the real thing from all the imposters that pretend to be the real thing..for example, in many cases, what is often disguised as "love" is actually, sooner or later, revealed to be an imposter - an imposter such as desire, need, insecurity, dependency, emotion, fear of loneliness, a need to be needed, or just plain horniness..and so on.
and often, it's a matter of developing a sharper and sharper eye at spotting the phony things and just backing away from them - because what's eventually left is the real thing..and how to get started with that?
this process has something to do with what is called "spiritual enlightenment," thought that we should delve into that madness here . . .
- and have also tossed in a few stellar bonus materials - such as Krishnamurti, Kahlil Gibran, and Barry Long as well..and then, armed with a certain amount of knowledge, there comes the hard part: applying it out in the world.
for example, one of the best tests of love is whether or not you can still do it in a traffic jam..this means learning how to deal with stress..
and speaking of stress, there's probably no area more stressful than dating and all the grief and drama that entails..because this often leads to yet another matter - something that can become, depending on how you use it, a doorway to heaven . . . or a doorway to hell: s e x.
.. which is a huge part of yet another huge topic than can be the same doorway: m a r r i a g e.
. . . which is all really part of the hurricane
that surrounds those mysterious experiences called "i n t i m a c y".
. . . and often what you find when the real work begins:
if you really want to know "love" then you've really got to know yourself.
. . . and this means having a pretty solid sense of who you are and why you're here . . .
. . . which brings up the whole question of "God" . . .
. . . which means dealing with the one thing that many folks say is standing in between "you" and "IT": your very own "ego."
. . .
la la la la..dizzy? i could go on forever - babbling.. :)

Patiently waiting?

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So, midwife was here yesterday for a visit.

What's the Update?
Guess what? She said I am 3cm dilated and 60% effaced.
At first I got excited. After she checked me I started getting more irregular contractions.
And then this morning while sipping my coffee, I had to make some research.

Why did I have to do that for? Now what I read didn't help me at all to make me feel better.

I heard so many stories that they were stuck being 3cm dilated for 2 weeks to a month!
waaaaaaaah! I can't take this anymore, I really want to feel normal again!

My body is really tired and already giving up on me.

Well, my midwife also shared that this is my 3rd baby and that she thinks I might have it on/or before Monday. So I guess all I have to do again is to just wait. More waiting.

Patiently? I don't think so....




What an Honor

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It is such an honor to be featured on this Amazing Site for all the Hot Mom's Out there. I feel so good inside that in my own little way I might be able to inspire other mother's to feel good about themselves.

I am all about energy. I learned that from Jason. Negativity will take you nowhere. So feel good, share the goodness, and it'll be the best for everyone all around. Stay Happy and please visit the website. My deepest appreciation to Hot Mom Cherrie for this opportunity! Cheers!

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Something to keep me motivated

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Okay, so I wanted to order this online last night from "Fredericks of Hollywood"

I need some motivation to get back in shape you know? I'm kinda scared because what if I cant get my old self back? I know I did it after 2 babies, but I heard a lot of stories from friends that after the 3rd baby your body will completely change. Yay! I'm not looking forward to that!!!

So, I got this very seductive lingerie. Something to look forward to, I need the motivation.
But I do wonder when can I fit myself into the small size that I ordered? 

I'm giving myself 6 loooong months to be back in my tip-top shape.
We'll see what will happen. I will be posting pictures of the changes every month that my body will go through. I will start eating healthy, and I heard that breast feeding will be a big factor on losing the weight faster. 

But for now, what I should really worry about is pushing this baby out... LOL!!!







My Beauty Regimen

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Maybe some of you know that I am 9 mos. pregnant right now. For the past 9 mos. my mother has been bugging me to get this beauty regimen for stretch marks or for the "Mask of Pregnancy" (discoloration of the skin) For my last 2 pregnancies I didn't really get a lot of stretchmarks except for the boobie area. with this one, I got more crawly monsters (stretchmarks) on the same area. So last week I decide to listen to my mom's beauty advise. I thought, it's worth the try anyways. What is there to lose, right?

So this is what I'm talking about. The wonder Bio Oil...



Guess what? After a week of using it, I started noticing my skin clearing, I mean not that I lost all the creepy crawlers, but my skin looked cleaner, and the dark veins are getting lighter. I use it on my belly too... I have a very little amount of stretchmarks there, you won't even notice it... But I decided might as well start it so that in case it decides to backfire on me and starts showing up after my belly shrunk, I won't be so disappointed. I also use it on my legs where I noticed some spider veins showing up. They are like bright red and appears to look like light scratches. No kidding but after a day of applying it, It completely disappeared. WOW!!! I heard that this product is good on scars, aging skin or just dehydrated skin that needs extra moisture. TRY IT, It's worth it...


Okay, moving on.... 
I am a proactive user, even though I don't have bad acne problem. 
But even a few here and there bugs me a lot, and what annoys me most is my past acne scars. 
I am stubborn and I never listened to anyone who told me not to pick on my face when I have a pimple. 
So that's my greatest concern, uneven skin tone. I found this products that my husband used to use on his, (he doesn't like men skincare line) that i've never tried before and decided to use it. I LOVE IT!!!

The product is so light, and so silky on my hands, and you don't need to use a lot because a small amount will be more than enough for your face and neck. I am talking about this...


Here's some details that you might be interested to know about this product

Arbonne Nutrimin C Re9 is the line of antiaging Arbonne International Skin Care Products. I think it is a very good line of skin care, with some items that are really exceptional.

The Re in the name refers to the prefix re - meaning to return or renew. Each product has a RE word in the name - i.e. Renewing, Restoring, Reactivating, Repair, Recover, Reversing, etc. The 9 in the name is for the 9 key ingredients that each of these products contain. They are:
  1. Bio-Hydria Complex - this is Arbonne International Skin Care's proprietary blend of botanicals to soften and condition the skin.
  2. Nanosphere Technology - this technology helps to deliver anti-oxidant vitamins to the skin.
  3. Vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate a biologically-active form of Vitamin C. SeeVitamin C Skin Care
  4. Stimu-Tex another Arbonne Skin Care Line proprietary ingredient - this is a botanical ingredient intended to contribute to skin softness, smoothness and elasticity.
  5. Alpha Lipoic Acid - An antioxidant
  6. Kojic Acid- a natural skin lightener
  7. Copper - Used to smooth, soften and firm the skin. See Copper Peptides
  8. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids - Used to exfoliate the top layer of skin and reduce the apperance of fine lines and wrinkles. See Benefits of Glycolic Acid
  9. Peptides - See Peptides in Skin Care
All of the products have orange oil and an orange scent. If this bothers you or you are sensitive to botanical oils or scented products, you should probably pass on this line. 
I like it, It made my skin brighter and just glowing. I noticed that my past acne scars are starting to fade away... I have a friend on twitter that is a private consultant for Arbonne, and she sent me a few more samples that I can try so I can decide which would be the best product for me.




Leopard Look

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I was doing my daily routine of watching youtube makeup how-to videos. I remembered when I did this makeup last year.



It's a cool look for a photo shoots, or even just on a night-out. It's something different. Well with fashion, you should never be afraid to try new, different looks. That's the fun of it. Just keep trying until you get the perfect look that you want to achieve. Never be afraid to make mistake while doing your makeup, well unless of course you are in a hurry, just stick with a look that you're familiar with and that you're comfortable doing.

I redid the look today for you guys. I'm gonna put all the lists of the products I used. Try it, and Enjoy.        

I used Urban Decay Primer Lotion First....

    Then this Golden Orange Color which is...


I applied it using my MAC 217 brush


  Then added a not shimmery highlight which is MAC brule


              Then, just make small "C" like shape on your eyelids using a black liner, I love this pen liner from MAC because the brush is so precise. And it's also up to you how much of them you want, but for today's pictures, I only made a few on the sides just to show you... Then I added a darker shade of brown inside the circle or the "C"


MAC Mystery

That Easy!



You can watch the tutorial HERE






MAC FIX+

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Fix +

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