Ariela Selah

She’s here! Ariela Selah was born in the water on August 24, 2017 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She’s healthy and lovely as can be. I’m excited to share her birthing experience and what life has been like as a mother of three. For now I’m going to enjoy these cozy newborn snuggles. ♥

Right Place, Right Time

Yesterday we went on a little surf adventure and headed South from Puerto Vallarta. We took the narrow, windy Mexi 200 South through the luscious green mountains of Jalisco. After about an hour or so, we found a dirt road supposedly leading to the beach. We turned right and followed it for another half hour. When we arrived, we were bummed to find small small waves. Just when we were about to leave, our luck turned around. A group of baby Sea Turtles had just hatched and ready for their first journey to the sea. We were able to help the baby turtles on their journey, keeping them safe from the lurking birds and other hunters. It was a magical experience, and a beautiful omen for the baby to be. 🙂

39 Weeks

39 Weeks! No signs of baby coming any time soon. I’m feeling fabulous now that I’m in Mexico. I went from tired and ouch to revived and energized. Amazing how a place can do that to you. I’m ready! Any day now!!

We made it!

We made it safe and sound to Puerto Vallarta! I knew at the back of my mind it was a risk and the baby could come at any time during my journey, but I tried to stay relaxed and the journey was relatively easy.  I still can’t get over how beautiful this place is. It reminds me sooo much of Hawaii with the big green mountains, thick forest, and turquoise water. It’s exactly the place I’d like to spend my last week or so of pregnancy and welcome our new baby. Yesterday I met with my doctor who did a quick check-up and determined the baby is still pretty high up in my belly and quite comfortable for now. I’ve started taking my Red Raspberry Leaf and Nettle to strengthen my uterus up for the birth and recovery. I’m still a little nervous but super excited for the days to come. On Monday we have a water birthing class to attend, and other than that we’ll be enjoying the sun and sea in this beautiful paradise… waiting for our baby to be ready.

Franklin Swell

Last week was a fun one. Hurricane Franklin hit just South of us in Mexico, providing some swell that is rare for Texas in the summer. The highlight of my week was watching Damian catch his first waves. At the beginning of the summer he was so hesitant. We didn’t want to push him, so instead we took it slow and just provided him with the opportunity. After a couple of months watching his big sis and all the other kids have fun, he finally found the bravery to do it on his own. Now he’s hooked. We have another little surfer grom on our hands, and I’m officially the only regular-footer in our house. Ryan, Eva, and Damian all surf with their left foot in the back, which makes them goofy footers. I’m the only one who surfs the RIGHT way. Hahaha, just kidding. But I do hope this baby in my belly is a regular-footer so I have another vote when choosing surf breaks to travel to. 😉

38 Weeks

It’s hard to believe I’m only two weeks away from my due date! My ribs would tell you otherwise, though. The pain & discomfort is unreal! I feel this baby both high and low, though. I think it’s going to be a big one. This week I leave for Puerto Vallarta, where I’ll be giving birth. Hopefully the baby stays put until I get there!

Summer Daze

August has arrived and Summer seems to be wrapping up around our little island. The days are getting shorter. Kids are starting to start school back up. It almost never even felt like summer now that I work a 9 to 5. But we made it to the beach as much as possible, and I got to see Evita ride her first waves to shore. The kids enjoyed spending their summer at home. They spent their days between the garden and grandmas and the ocean. Here’s what our summer has looked like so far…

37 Weeks

As you can tell I haven’t been as good about my bump shots with Baby #3. Also, I’m about as worn out as I look in that pic, hahaha. Having a full-time job, 2 kids, and being 37 weeks pregnant is, well, exhausting! But I feel very blessed to have these things, so I can’t complain too much. I will, however, complain a bit about this rib pain I’ve been having. Ugh. It has always been the worst part of pregnancy for me. I can’t wait for this baby to drop!! No signs of labor in sight yet, which is find with me.

Maternity Photo Shoot

A couple of weeks ago I asked my best friend Ashley to snap some maternity pictures of me. I was a little nervous being on this side of the camera lens, but I just love how they came out.

Verano Mexicano

 We took a short summer trip to Mexico to surf, relax, and check out a water birthing center in Puerto Vallarta. We left the grommies behind for this trip which was actually pretty hard and I’m not sure I’ll be doing that again for a while! It had been almost a year since I last spent a week away from them. Anyway, we really liked the birthing center and I think we’ve found our spot to welcome our little love child. After spending a couple of days in PV we flew to Guerrero. The surf is much better down there and we have friends and family but we weren’t able to find a midwife that would assist in a water birth. We had lots of fun, though, and are planning on returning for my maternity leave as soon as we feel ready to leave Puerto Vallarta. I can’t believe how quickly the time is approaching!!! I’m a bit nervous but mostly just excited about the changes we’re about to experience. We’re ready!!!