Marcos’s Birth Story

Marcos Andres Dominguez arrived on April 1, 2017 at 10:22 p.m. weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. These past eight months have been the most exciting, blissful, exhausting and stressful months of my life but I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.

Each time I look or think of my my son I feel so much joy and love and a desire to be the best Mother and person that I can be.As I type this, he is sleeping peacefully in his crib. As I watch him on his monitor, I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, handsome and healthy baby boy who smiles, giggles, waves, babbles, and completely melts my heart every day.

Marcos’s Birth Story

On Friday evening, Oscar and I went to go see the movie “Logan”. We knew it would be a long time before we could go to the movie theater together so we went out for a date night. I had just finished my last day at work because I was 39 weeks and knew that Marcos could come any day now.  We got home late and I had trouble falling asleep. I think I finally fell asleep around 1:30 a.m. only to be woken up a few hours later feeling some light cramping and pressure in my lower abdomen. I remember thinking to myself “Could this be it?” Could this be the day? Or is this just Braxton Hicks?” I went to the bathroom a few times but nothing was happening so I figured that I should probably get back into bed and get some rest.

I managed to get another hour or two of sleep then a little after 7:30 a.m., I started to feel uncomfortable. I got out of bed and googled “the first signs of labor” into my phone.  Then I sat and rocked on my exercise ball for some relief, played some Hall and Oates and started timing and logging my contractions. I woke Oscar up around 9:30 a.m. and told him that I was having contractions since they were really starting to hurt and I didn’t want to be alone anymore.

Oscar and I hung out in the living room together to try and relax while I timed my contractions. They were about 10 minutes apart. I remember thinking to myself that this better be the real deal because I was very uncomfortable. My contractions were getting pretty intense and I was also getting some sharp pains in my back which were alarming and there was nothing I could do to cope with the back pain. Luckily they only lasted for about 45 seconds but they were coming every four to eight minutes and they HURT!

Oscar called my OB/GYN because we were unsure as to why the back pain was happening. I remember being instructed to call only when I experienced contractions that came every five minutes and lasted for a minute for more than one hour but the back pain had intensified so we called the doctor just to be safe.

The doctor told us to head to the hospital with our bags so she could check me out. I showered before we left while Oscar packed up the car with our hospital bags. A warm shower felt good, but by the time I got out and started to get dressed, my contractions significantly intensified. I found myself folding over and holding onto the dresser and the wall as I tried to deal with the pain. I remember throwing up a few times before we left and thinking to myself…”this is gonna be a looong day!” We headed out the door to the hospital around 2 p.m. By then my contractions were eight minutes apart.

When we got to the hospital, we were sent to the triage room while I was hooked up to a monitor and asked a bunch of questions by the nurses. I can’t remember everything, just that I was in a lot of pain and I did not want to be sent back home. They left Oscar and I to wait in the triage room for an hour to see if I dilated. I remember the pain getting really intense and crying out “I can’t do this!” My wonderful husband took my hand, reminded me that I can do this and continued to comfort and encourage me while we waited for the nurse to come back.

After an hour, the nurse came back with my OB/GYN to check on me and told me that I had dilated three centimeters and we would be welcoming our baby today!! Hoorayy!! That was music to my ears!! 🙂

Oscar and I spent the next 60 minutes getting registered and prepping for the epidural. Oscar had to do all the talking because I was in so much pain I couldn’t speak. I had to motion my social security number with my fingers as the pain of my contractions and back labor was just excruciating.

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After the epidural, the pain was more manageable but the back pain started to creep back. Also, the epidural seemed to work better on one side than the other so Oscar and my Mom took turns giving me back rubs to help me with the pain. Its hard for me to remember all the events that took place between the time I received the epidural and the delivery but here are some key details:

  • The epidural definitely helped with the contraction pain as monitors showed when they were happening but they barely registered with me.
  • Eventually, the external baby heart monitor was not working and they had to insert an internal heart monitor to better monitor the baby’s heart rate.
  • The external heart monitor could be heard in the room and we started noticing the heart rate slowing with some of the contractions. At first we didn’t know that the sound was the baby’s heart rate.
  • During one contraction that was paired with a shot of back pain, our doctor came in, looked at the monitor strip, and spoke with the head nurse off to the side of the room.
  • After the doctor left, Oscar asked if there was something wrong and that was when we were told that the sound we heard slowing down was the baby’s heart rate.
  • The next contraction saw another drop in heart rate, which is when the doctor came in and called a need for the emergency c-section.

The C-section operation did not take long and Oscar remained by my side holding my hand the whole time. I laid very still, went into my “zone” and prayed for my baby. I couldn’t feel a thing but I was awake and I heard the doctors talking while they were operating. And I heard them say that my baby’s neck was wrapped around my umbilical cord! Poor thing. I was scared but I had a feeling it was going to be OK. And then…I heard him. I heard my son crying.  Oscar and I watched the nurses clean him, test his vitals and wrap him up in a blanket. I remember Oscar and I saying to each other….”there he is, that’s our son” and we were both crying while we watched him taking his first breaths. I am crying now as I type this.

The nurse brought my bundled up baby to me while I was lying on the delivery table. I wasn’t able to hold him yet since I was still strapped on to the table so I rubbed my cheek against his little face so he could feel me and smell me. That was not what I wanted for us but I was so relieved that he was delivered safely and I knew that we would have plenty of time to bond. I was taken to another room to recover while Oscar and my parents got acquainted with our boy. I will never forget Oscar’s face and reaction to the birth of our son. It was a wondrous moment and he was practically skipping and prancing into the nursery.

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I will never forget our very first night as parents. We were so exhausted from the entire day and couldn’t wait to go to sleep and get some rest but wait….we are parents now. We have to take care of our newborn baby! The nurses brought Marcos into my room and bathed him and then gave him to for skin-to-skin contact and to start breastfeeding. After that, he woke up about every two hours to feed. Oscar changed his diapers and brought him to me each time he woke up because of the surgery.


The next morning with my son was absolutely surreal! I just couldn’t believe that he was sleeping next to me and no longer in my belly. When I held him in my arms the next morning I sang to him “You are my sunshine” and I cried happy joyful tears.

We had to stay in the hospital for a few days so I could recover from the surgery. Marcos stayed in the room with us the entire time. The recovery was hard but the more I walked around and moved my legs the better. During my second night in the hospital I was suffering from post-surgery gas and bloating from the air that got sucked into my abdomen during the surgery. It was very painful but I still had to get up out of bed to breastfeed my son. Despite the pain, I got myself up and breastfed my son without my husband’s help.  Afterwards, Marcos looked at me with this happy and appreciative look in his eyes like he recognized me and knew I was his Mom. It was the best feeling in the world. That was when I officially felt our bond and I knew I was gonna rock at being a Mom!!

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With each day I got better and Marcos was healthy. We took him home on a Tuesday and celebrated with a homemade quiche, salad from my Mom and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Then we celebrated our Anniversary a couple days later as a family of five 🙂

This is the end of the birth story but the Mommy and Daddy adventures continue. I plan to document my journey into Motherhood so stay tuned for more Marcos blog posts in the future!



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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 33, 34 and 35

Hello! Hello! I hope that you have been enjoying my pregnancy posts. I look forward to posting about my baby shower, nursery and delivery very soon! As I type this my baby boy is sleeping in his bassinet. He was born on April 1, 2017 (which is why I haven’t posted in a while). I look forward to sharing my delivery story on the blog very soon!

Oscar and I were very busy getting our home prepared during these weeks. We had our baby shower and set up the nursery. Oscar rearranged the office to make it an office/guest room and cleaned out the garage so we could store all of the diapers and wipes we received at the shower. I cleared out the guest bathroom to make room for all of baby Dominguez’s medicine and bath time products and washed all of his newborn baby clothes. Whew! It was a lot of work but for a very exciting cause!

Baby’s Growth:

Week 33: Baby is about 4 pounds and is the size of a pineapple!

This photo was taken at my baby shower while I was channeling my inner Beyonce 😀

Week 34: Baby is about 4.5 pounds and is the length of a butternut squash!

That’s a HUGE belly!!

Week 35:  Baby is 5 pounds and is about the size of a coconut!

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How am I feeling?

I am feeling much better now that I’ve got my anemia under control. I haven’t had many other pregnancy symptoms and I feel pretty good. I am just very tired the bigger my belly gets and am easily out of breath.

Once in a while I do feel some tightness in my upper belly area. I am not sure if it’s from the baby moving, or if its gas, or if it’s my uterus contracting from Braxton Hicks. My Doctor said that it’s nothing to worry about. I am not a high risk pregnancy and as long as the tightening sensation doesn’t last over an hour, everything is fine. When that happens I just get up and walk around and it goes away.

Leaning and bending over really stinks so I squat when I have to pick something up off the floor. At least I am getting some kind of workout, right? I am also feeling some plantar fasciitis in my feet so I try not to put too much pressure on them.

Weight Gained:

23 pounds

Belly and Baby Movement:

My baby is kicking and rolling around like crazy and that’s good. I hope he is just as active outside the womb as he is on the inside. He is especially active at night when Momma is resting and during meetings at work.  My belly has become quite the spectacle during our staff meetings as my coworkers are getting a kick out of watching it move from side to side. It’s funny and kinda weird at the same time.

Belly Button – In or Out?

It’s popping out just a little bit 🙂 I guess that means he almost done! LOL!

Pregnancy Related Purchases?

I bought some nursing bras and tanks from Target along with some sandals and comfy PJ’s for my hospital bag. I also purchased the brest friend nursing pillow.  I was very impressed with Target’s selection of comfy lounge wear. If you need a place to shop for your hospital bag I would recommend Target. It was a one-stop shop for all of my hospital bag purchases.


I love how people tell me to get as much sleep as I can since I won’t be getting any when the baby arrives. I wish I could but it’s very hard when you have a big ole belly and can’t get comfy. It’s soooo not fair!! Oh well. I have no idea what my sleep schedule will be with a new baby in the house but I will be so relieved to have my body back and be able to sleep in a more comfortable position even if it’s only two to three hour stretches at a time.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

Everything looks good. I am very reassured that everything is coming along smoothly and on schedule.

Looking forward to:

  • Meeting my little man!!!
  • Having my body back
  • Enjoying a beer or a cocktail

Things I’m Loving This Week

Hello everyone! And hello spring!

I am so enjoying this gorgeous weather and feeling so grateful that I don’t have to spend the last weeks of my pregnancy in the hot summer heat.

I am also grateful that my baby boy is healthy and in his optimal fetal position (head-down) for birth! I am currently at 37.5 weeks and am feeling anxious, excited and nervous each passing day. In the meantime, I am practicing my calming and assuring labor mantras and enjoying the last days of work!

Speaking of gratitude, I wanted to take some time to list some of the wonderful things that I’ve encountered this week that have made me smile.

Cherry Blossom Trees

I had no idea that Palm Beach had Cherry Blossom trees!! I went to grab a bite to eat from the Island Bee and since it was a gorgeous day, I thought I would eat my lunch in the nearby park. Low and behold as I walked up to the park entrance, I noticed a gorgeous row of Cherry Blossom trees! I had never seen them before and have always wanted to. I thought I would have to go to Washington D.C or Japan to see them but nope they are here in the same Town where I work! Ahhh!! I snapped a bunch of photos and then sat down on a bench to eat my lunch while marveling at the spectacular trees. The weather was cool and breezy so there were some pollen and petals floating in the air around them. It was truly magical! 🙂


Chai Moments Chai Tea Lattes

I haven’t had any desire for coffee but I do drink it from time to time out of necessity. My nights are pretty restless and uncomfortable with this big ole belly in addition to multiple trips to the bathroom. Plus allowing an overly affectionate doggy sleep next to you doesn’t help either. But I digress….

Lately I’ve been enjoying a warm cup of Masala Tea from Tea India Chai Moments. It’s got the perfect blend of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and other spices. I picked up a few boxes at an Asian Festival that took place over the weekend. One in each flavor: Ginger, Masala and Milk Tea. Each box contains 10 packets so I bring an extra one to work with me when I need my tea fix.


Baby/Doggy Wraps

MMmmpph…hahahaha! I couldn’t help myself and had to share this. My hubby and I were curious about how to use the baby wrap so we watched the video demo and decided to give it a try. As we were trying it on, a curious Guinness who was close by and whining for attention from his parents got placed in the wrap! Haha!! I just love my doggy’s expression. He looks so cute and funny being worn by his Dad.


Power Pressure Cooker XL

My husband and I finally caved into that dang infomercial and bought a pressure cooker. We got the 8 qt power pressure cooker XL which came with the copper chef pan and a veggie slicer.  We thought it would come in very handy for us with the baby coming and working full time. So far we have only cooked 2 meals but we were not disappointed. We cooked a whole chicken with sliced veggies using the chicken/meat setting then walked away and 40 minutes later it was done. The smell was amazing and the chicken was moist and fell right off the bone! So our first dinner was a success! We also used it to cook moros y cristianos (rice cooked in black beans). Honestly, the dish came out a little mushy and a little bland. The blandness can be fixed but next time we may just have to cook the beans separately or use less water. Sometimes you just gotta learn by trial and error. We still love our power pressure cooker and will keep it on our counter top.

What I love is that we can use it to prepare Make-Ahead meals and that it’s a quick one-pot system where you can drop all of your ingredients in, walk away and then come back to a perfectly cooked meal with very little dishes to clean up. I also like that we don’t have to worry about thawing out our meats ahead of time. And you can make everything from soups, bread, casserole, meats, beans and lentils, steamed veggies and even breakfast bowls. It’s a huge help when you are busy and working full time. I can’t wait to use it more and will definitely share some recipes in the future!



Baby Dominguez: Weeks 6,7 and 8

And so the fun begins!!! I’m pregnant! Oscar and I are over the moon excited!!!



I discovered that I was pregnant back in early August and have been writing weekly updates to post on my blog once I was ready to tell the world.  I consolidated my post for each week into groups of three and am beginning with weeks 6-8.

Baby’s Growth:

Week 6: Baby is the size of a lentil!

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

Week 8:  Baby is the size of a kidney bean!

During these weeks, baby is growing limbs, eyes and ears, fingers and toes!! Your baby is an embryo and although he/she be little there is some fierce growing and hormonal changes that are happening in your body.

I’m tired, nauseous and always have to pee! I am also dealt with interrupted sleep from having to go to the bathroom multiple times per night and would often have trouble falling back asleep. There are some other bathroom issues that I won’t mention here 😦

Food Aversions:
Cold chicken, cooked vegetables, hot coffee and anything sweet. (I had a major sweet tooth pre-pregnancy so I welcomed the break from sweets).

I had my first ultrasound at Week 7 and heard my baby’s heartbeat! It was surreal!! We also broke the news to our parents. I know this photo looks like grainy ultrasound but this is my first photo of my developing baby and it is absolutely priceless to me!

Favorite Exercise and Activities:
Walking our dogs, yoga twice a week, Leah’s Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique and Tracy Anderson’s: The Pregnancy Project.

Breakfast: Boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, and cottage cheese with fruit.

Snacks:  Multi-grain crackers, ginger snaps, nuts, cheese sticks and dried apricots. These snacks were perfect for keeping my nausea at bay.

Lunch: Soup, salad, and Amy’s frozen meals.

Dinner: Stir-fries with some veggies, chicken and brown rice, multi-grain pasta, sweet potatoes and crunchy beef tacos!!

(Tip:  I honored my body’s cravings for carbs but I would also try to include protein and veggies and ate small meals.)

Drinks:  lemon and ginger tea, peppermint tea, lots and lots of water, ginger ale, chocolate milk, and Perrier water.  I noticed the Perrier water and ginger ale made me gassy so I drank it sparingly.

(Note: I avoided coffee until week 8 since the doctor said that one cup a day is fine. It really helped me with my sleepiness during the day but it gave me awful heartburn….wahhh!!)

Advice from the Doctor: Drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, exercise is safe but don’t do anything new or too extreme, listen to your body, and stick to small frequent meals as you do not need to eat for two at this point in your pregnancy! And take your pre-natal vitamins!!


Summertime To-Do List 2016

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden

Aloha! And happy almost Summer! I know summer doesn’t officially start for a couple of weeks, but I consider Memorial Day weekend the start of summertime over here in sunny South Florida.

Although I don’t care for the heat and humidity , I am happy it’s here.  After 35 years of being a Florida girl, I think I can deal with the heat. I’m ready for my summer feels!

To me the summertime represents love, happiness, new experiences, parties, having fun and livin’ easy.

My husband and I haven’t made any travel plans. We just want to stay local and do some house projects which I am very excited about. I am also looking forward to spending time on the beach, wearing my sandals and flowy dresses, relaxing by the pool, going to bbqs with my favorite people, wearing less make up and letting my hair dry natural and wavy. I’m ready to relax and keep things simple.

I did create a summer bucket list of course since I am a planner and a bit “to-do” list obsessed 🙂 This is my  reminder to kick back and enjoy the season before its gone!

1) Visit The Girls’ Strawberry Patch

2) Start gardening

3) Go for long bike rides

4) Do beach yoga with beach yoga girl!

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5) Read a book in my hammock 🙂

6) Go to Happy Hour at Guanabanas!

7) Visit Busch Wildlife Sanctuary


8) Take a road trip to Clearwater Beach

9) See a movie at the Lake Worth Drive-In

10) Watch a Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Show!!

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Anyone want to join me??


The Adventures of Harlow & Sage

Hello my fellow dog lovers! I have something really cool that I want to share with you on this dreary Monday morning called: Harlow and Sage (and Indiana): A True Story About Best Friends. 

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A couple of weeks ago a fellow co-worker and friend of mine recommended that I follow Harlow & Sage on Instagram. Since we are both dog lovers (she owns 2 dachshunds and I own 2 schnauzers) she thought I would get a big kick out of it and boy was she right!

Harlow is a cool Weimaraner who has the funniest facial expressions. Sage was an older Dachshund and was Harlow’s sister and best friend. According to their owners, they both shared a love of movies, Meryl Streep, Christmas presents, and playing and cuddling together. Unfortunately Sage passed away at age 13 and left poor Harlow sad and lonely without a doggy pal until one day Harlow’s owners brought home a mini dachshund named Indiana. After a few months, they became friends and sidekicks who go on lots of fun adventures together.

You can follow their adventures on Instagram or Facebook or you can purchase their book that was just published early last month. I might have to get it. It would make a great coffee table book 🙂

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I posted some cute photos for you below. As you can see, occasionally their owners dress them up in silly outfits and it’s hysterical. I hope this brings a BIG smile to your face 🙂

Have a great week everyone! XOXO

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Petsmart Training

Howdy folks! Happy Saturday! I am so happy it’s the weekend. It sure has been a long week. Although when I think back to it, there were definitely some highlights to it.

I spent the day with my Mom at Buckler’s Craft Fair out at the West Palm Beach Fairgrounds. They come each year around October and December and sell everything hand-made from holiday decor, gifts and clothing to spices, jellies, make-up and cosmetics. My Mom and I go every year. Sometimes it’s hit or miss but this year we took home some cute really Halloween decorations for my house. I also picked up some pretty cool gifts since I have a few special birthdays coming up for some very special peeps.

One of my favorite purchases was a sassy scarf from a vendor called Creative Accents FL. They were having a BOGO sale so I bought a few more as gifts including one for my Mom. I am going out to dinner with friends tomorrow and look forward to wearing mine.  I also bought the jewelry that comes with it.
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Another highlight of my week was taking Baxter to his last puppy training class at Petsmart and watching him graduate!!  I signed him up for a six week puppy education course where he and I were taught some basic commands such as: watch me, sit, stay, drop it, leave it, loose leash walking, greetings and coming when called. Our trainer Terry, was awesome and I definitely feel like it was worth the time and money. He showed me a lot and taught me so many important things. I feel like Baxter is a different pup now (in a good way) and I am better able to control his actions.

My husband Oscar and Baxter’s brother Guinness showed up  to cheer him on and give their support. Baxter was given a cap, and the trainer played the graduation song and made a special announcement for him in the store. Then the staff and customers all came and stood by to watch while Baxter was presented with his certificate and gave his trainer the paw shake. It was the cutest thing ever and I just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing.

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If you are looking for a place to get your new puppy trained, I would highly recommend PetSmart. It’s about $110-120 and you go once a week for an hour. It’s so worth it. I feel like I have more control over my dogs when they get out hand and I learned lots of good tips for helping them through situations that could also help save their lives!

If you want more information, you can call your local PetSmart or any Pet Store.

Have a good rest of the weekend! 🙂