Made it to 9 months!


This was definitely a big risk we took for not only my health but also the potential health of our baby so we’re for sure counting our lucky stars we’ve come this far. We did have a few hiccups along the way (was hospitalized for possible kidney infection and severe anemia) but thankfully treatment helped kept things stable. 

Do I look excited to meet baby? Because I really am! So grateful baby is being patient and have waited until after my brother’s wedding to make his/her appearance! 

Caricature artist at my brother’s wedding drew us but I think the most accurate is probably my belly. Hehe


It was the most beautiful venue! (Big daddy’s antique).

And finally, how fitting is it that I’m closing out this season with a baby announcement session right before baby arrives? 

Baby, you’re welcome to come now whenever you’re ready! 

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Minimalist nursery (and misc. update)

Our nusery is literally just a mattress on the floor. Actually, it’s a mattress topper. Regardless, I can’t wait to spend my days cuddling up to a little nugget there.

Baby’s clothes currently only fills up half of one of the brown baskets and it’s making me question if we’ll have a half naked baby midway through each week.  

I advocated for no baby shower but this picture below and seeing close family and friends together was really nice, despite the stained shirt and PJ bottom with ripped holes I wore when I first walked in to the surprised shower.

And lastly, I’m almost 35 weeks! (Wearing undies here because pants in bed has been irrelevant since week 25 thanks to the personal heater in belly)


I’m definitely nervous about how this little man is going to react to a new human in our space. But we have high hopes that slowly introducing baby similar to how we introduced foster kitty Yuuki may work. Crossing our fingers and toes it does.

Anniversary dinner on a budget, plus babe and bump stuff

Our two-year anniversary dinner, (Hawaiian sea-salt encrusted prime ribeye steak, creamed spinach, stuffed baked potato, and cronuts from Paris baguette) adorned with a chipped plate and fancy workout shorts and all. 

It’s been so long since we’ve had a fancy sit down dinner out that when I asked Kallen how much our anniversary bill would have been at Forbes, he naively said $50. He was probably just a hair shy of an extra $100 (not including drinks and desserts.)

We’re trying to stay laser focus on paying our student loans and occasionally still enjoy a bit of life when we can.

And with a little babe on the way, life enjoyment nowadays include making little purchases like these:


Cute and functional, but mainly uber cute.

In other related news, I’ve made it a little past 32 weeks (8 months)! Just another month and I can breathe a huge sigh of relief for achieving full term. This pregnancy hasn’t been all smooth-sailing, but given the circumstances, we expected a lot worse and so grateful baby is healthy and have made it this far.


Baby is a kicker, tumbler, and roller who doesn’t go through less than 3 bouts of hiccups per day (and at least one of which is in the middle of the night). Nights these days are filled with restlessness from intermittent kicks from baby. Baby is already making it known who the real boss will be. Yep, I’m already surrendering to you little one, white flag raised. As much as I’ll miss the belly, I can’t wait to officially meet you.

“You look like a squash”

Says my husband after seeing a photo of me at 27 weeks. 

Then he proceeds to google an image of said squash and shows me this:


Here is said photo:


He just seems to have a way with words doesn’t he? Haha

But honestly, despite the discomfort of round ligament pain and struggles of getting up from any sitting/laying positions, I already feel like I’m going to miss this belly. I’m going to miss feeling the kicks, the rolls, and the more recent discovery of hiccups. I’m going to miss it all. 

Missing this guy


We knew we weren’t going to keep him forever but I didn’t want to give him up so soon. Maybe it’s my hormones, but it’s only been 2 days but I miss him terribly. 

Kallen became overprotective of me and decided it was time kitty goes. So now he’s with my brother for now until my they sister takes him permanently in a few months. 

How to want to cook

Steps on how you find the desire to cook more:

1. Be in debt

2. Want to get out of debt

3. Buy affordable foods

4. Cook

We’ve been on a cheap diet of ham and cheese sandwiches lately and I really thought by week 4, I’d be totally over it. But so far, I’m okay! The smell and thought of sandwiches haven’t yet made me want to hurl. Perhaps all the mayo I keep asking Kallen to add makes it much more appetizing. Haha

And here’s a pic of my foster kitty who I may or may not be trying to convince Kallen we should keep for life. He has seriously stolen my heart. No surprises there though.

Proud Mama

I’m so proud of my boys. 

It took weeks of slowly introducing/exposing them to one another and now, I cry tears of joy at this beautiful site. All of them together in one room. 😊

We’re foster parents! 


Ok, not really, but we are fostering this pretty little guy here. He’s my sister’s. But I’m secretly hoping Kallen falls madly in love with him and wants to keep him. He’s seriously the cuddliest and sweetest. 

We’re slowly introducing him to Naimo and Machu. At this rate though, I’m expecting it may take months for Machu to warm up. I think Machu just wants his mama all to himself so any threat of that he won’t like. He’s a stubborn one. Any how, will keep you posted!

Back to basics


Christmas 2017 came and went and I’ve decided it’s about time I go back to something much simpler, the basics. 

So Kallen and I took all our savings, sold our stocks, and doubled down on paying off my $280k student loan debt. 

I got a library card, borrowed some books on getting debt free, and just for kicks, also books on business fundamentals. 

2018 is going to be all about living with our bare essentials and to be honest, I’m really loving it already.