Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Getting ready to go and get my family partying on with Sofia

This was probably the first New Years Eve that I didn't stay up all night long to partake in. We went to Juan's cousin, Ivan's house and celebrated there. After making my way around the crowded house with the bump, I was finally able to sit down comfortably to eat some great food and sweets. I chatted with Sarah and Karina and the rest of the familia around me before quickly getting tired from said good food and sweets. I told Juan to tell me when it was time for the countdown; didn't want to miss that! Then I went to sleep in one of the guest rooms.

Sure enough, Juan woke me up and I made it just in time to countdown to the New Year and to kiss my husband with the first kiss of 2012. Even though I slept through most of the night, I still was able to ring in the new year in time. I also wished my little sis a happy birthday; the New Years baby that she is.

Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Seeing Sofia For The First First Time

My mother and I went to go and see Sofia in the womb in a special 3D ultrasound today. It definitely was a beautiful experience and I was so happy to see my little miss moving around and touching her feet to her head. We already know that she's a girl but the ultrasound tech wanted to see if she could get another picture to confirm. Sofia denied us the privilege as she kept her legs fully closed. When I told Juan that she did that later on that night, he laughed and said:

"That's right, girl! Keep it that way." That's my husband, ya'll.

We got some photos to keep and a cd to see Sofia whenever we wanted. If you soon-to-be mamas haven't done 3D ultrasounds before, you should!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Talent Show 2011 in Pictures

Courtney singing Adele

My aunt Janet doing a swing out dance

My cousin Michael singing to his wife

Kearrah, M'Kya and Jaybri as background dancers

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Trees of Light

As promised, my hubby decided to take me to see the Christmas light covered trees near the Pier One building in downtown Fort Worth. I was so amazed by all the colors! It was cold as heck that's for sure but I was covered in a good coat and so was Little Miss. I just hope that we can take her next year. Hopefully she will like these trees like I do.

The Ortiz family...minus one little girl

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Three Little Lines

So...Wednesday, Juan and I went to my first OB appointment. I know, I know...I'm already 18 weeks, what was the hold up? Financial problems can really put a hold on you, especially when you didn't have insurance in the beginning. We went and everything went smoothly with the payment. Then we were called back and I was weighed. I was about 228 lbs. So about three pounds higher than my regular weight. Not bad, I guess. We came inside the room and after asking me a few questions and taking my blood pressure, which the nurse said was perfect, she said that she was going to check my baby's heartbeat.

I was like "YAY!" because that's what I was looking forward to this whole time. The nurse used a doppler on me and started moving it around. There was a wooshing sound and then a heartbeat. I was least until the nurse informed that that was MY heartbeat. I was like "Oh, no...where is the baby's then?" She kept moving and moving around and nothing. I was  in tears by this time. The nurse reassured me that she was going to try to find a heartbeat; I was going to get a sonogram. 

I was relieved a bit, but still very nervous. The sonographer called me and my husband back to where the sonogram was and after prepping me, started moving her own device around my stomach...but below  my navel. Immediately she said, "There's the little heartbeat." I was stunned. "Where?" I said, searching everywhere on the black and white screen. She turned the speaker on and sure enough...there was my baby's heartbeat. 143 bpm. I was amazed. It was real...I wasn't dreaming this up. There was really a baby inside me! Juan couldn't believe it either.

After the heart beat, we got to see our baby's body: head, spine, stomach. It was so beautiful and that's saying something for a black and white 2D view. I asked her if she could tell what the baby was and she looked around saying that the baby was moving around and that the booty was high up in the air. She said, "From what I can tell, it looks like you are having a little girl." 

A GIRL! Juan and I were so happy to hear that. Everybody in our families with the exception of Mom and my sister, Alisha and my brother in law's girlfriend, Bianca, seemed to want a boy more than anything. But a mother and father know best. 

I was so happy to see my Sofia Anneliese that my day didn't need anything else to make it brighter. The sonographer said, "I believe it's a girl, because between her legs are these three little lines." I believed every word she said and she replied, "If it turns out to be a boy...I'll be very surprised." 

So, in 5 more months, Sofia will be making her appearance. Mommy and Papi can't wait to meet her.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Miscellany Monday

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1. It's been raining since Friday and I hate cold rain. It just chills me to the core. Aren't babies supposed to make you like overheat or something? I could use that heat right about now.

1a. Everytime it rains, the internet goes out. It's highly irritating and I wish I could just walk up to the Charter headquarters and just yell out, "Cover that thing why don't you?!"  I know, I know...I'm just ranting.

2. I can't believe Christmas is already coming and I can't wait to eat IHOP with my mom's side of the family. Every christmas all twenty-eight of us come and eat breakfast. Then afterwards, like 2 hours later, we come and eat dinner at my great aunt Janet's house. We're pretty much stuffed after all of that.

3. I don't really know what I want for christmas. I really wanted an electric double breast pump and I hope my hubby can get it for me. If not, any baby items will do. My sister has already asked if she can get something for the baby instead of me. I say, "Heck yeah!"

4. It's been a month since my hubby and I have been married. It's still kind of weird for us, especially when it comes to the rings. They're cheap and will have to be replaced, so we really don't wear them constantly.

5. My family's talent show is coming up fast. It might be the shortest show we ever had. I won't be in it this year, but I can't wait to see what they come up with.

5a. This will be the first time I meet up with Kelly who's coming to our show as well. She was my sister on the game Second Life. I hope she is just as cool in reality as she is behind the screen.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Daily Photo Post || November 27, 2011

Kristina and Jaybri

Michael and Joanie

Courtney close up!

Mr. Matt

My ladies and me

Lori, my cousin

Ryan and Courtney with my Great Aunt Janet up front

Me and Sofia at 16 weeks

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Gobble Day!!!

Is it already Thanksgiving Day?! This holiday came by so fast and I just know that Christmas is going to come just as fast! A couple of years ago, I didn't know what my plans were for the holiday because ever since Nanny passed away, it's been so hard trying to figure out where to celebrate this holiday of food and thanks. Last year, I had Thanksgiving at my apartment for the first time. It was just a small thing with some of my family and Juan. He really doesn't celebrate it and isn't a fan of turkey but he won't turn down cooked food. :) It was a good time and I actually did a good job cooking! Go me!

This year however, seeing as we don't have our apartment anymore, I had to find somewhere to go and eat and since I had been communicating more with my Auntie Brenda, I asked if I could come over and eat. She said yes and now I find myself writing this blog in her house. I spent the night because my husband had to leave for Lubbock, TX with his family. I miss him so much already. But I know he's going to have a good time, just like I will. He'll be drinking and I'll be eating. We'll definitely keep in touch while he's over there.


Already, I can tell this is going to be some good eating. There's going to be turkey, ham, stuffing, corn, mac and cheese, greens, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, pecan and sweet potato pie, and yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Then there is the fruit salad that I helped make. I hope everybody likes it. My mom is going to her best friend's house to eat and we made a deal that when we get through eating, she's going to make me a plate from there and I'm going to make her a plate from there. That way we get to eat all kinds of stuff. I know...we're gluttons!

I don't really know why I love Thanksgiving so much. Maybe it's the food...maybe it's the family. I think it's both, really. Just being able to sit and eat good soul food with your family makes it all worth it. I haven't seen this part of my family in a long time and it's going to be so nice to hang out with them for a while. 

I'm kind of sad that the situation with my dad is the way it is. But I've decided that my husband and my child are more important now. If that means that we don't talk until the baby is born then I guess that's just how it's going to have to be. Things might right themselves in time. 

Well, it's time for me to take a nap before everybody arrives. I hope everybody has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I will!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Member Profile-Kearrah

Name: Kearrah Alexis
Birthdate: June 5, 2005

Kearrah is one of the people located in a space deep within my heart. She is my little cousin and the oldest daughter of my first cousin, Audia. She's a sweetheart who just loves to give hugs and kisses. She wasn't always that way...she used to be wild, and unpredictably funny. But childhood hasn't really been easy for her. In my eyes, it's almost like her spirit has been broken. It's sad really, but she's doing good for what she has.

She loves Spongebob, iCarly, and other shows like that. She loves to spend time with her sister, Kya and taking care of her. Kearrah also has a broad imagination. One night she cooked Thankgiving dinner for me (pretend of course) and you should have seen that mind working! I had so many plate of fake food I didn't know what to do. 

KeKe is very smart and I have a feeling that despite what's happened in her past, she's going to go forward and do what she needs to do in life.

More Photos of Kearrah

Miscellany Monday

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1. Went to see Happy Feet Two with Juan on Saturday. Had great music and animation as usual but the first movie was definitely better, I have to say. Also why does Mumble STILL have as much fuzzies on him as his son does?

2. While watching the movie, we had the best popcorn ever. It was a large covered in butter, then covered in nacho cheese seasoning and THEN covered all over with jalapeno's. My stomach argued with me later, but it was so worth it!

3. We saw Breaking Dawn right after Happy Feet. I don't know...hubby was in a movie mood. Was pretty good. I still like New Moon better than all of them.

3a. Breaking Dawn...definitely not for little ones. I was surprised by some of the more bloodier and intense scenes.

4.  Found out that hubby will not be joining me for Thanksgiving because he is going to Lubbock with his Mom and Dad. He's Mexican so his family doesn't really celebrate it. Which is fine, because since I do celebrate it, I'm staying for some turkey and dressing! Don't forget the cranberry sauce!

Not exactly what my family's dinner will look like...but close!
5. Finally got an appointment to see an OB by the name of Dr. Heather Neville. This will be the first doctor's appointment I get to go to. Hopefully everything is well with the baby and maybe we might even get to see what we're having! Is it a Sofia or a Nicolas?

More about the Writer

Yep, that's me!  Pretty nice looking woman if I should say so myself. :P

Well, where do I start? Well, let's start with what I know. I'm 26 years young and so far doing a pretty okay job at living this life. I can be a complex person if you don't really know me. At first glance, I'm probably looking like the world is crashing down on me. Believe me, most of the time , it's not. Depression has a grip on me pretty hard and I also have Aspergers. It's getting a lot easier to live with but it's definitely there. Once you get to know me, if I haven't made you laugh your head off yet, I haven't done my job. I can be quite goofy and at other times, quite sarcastic. Making people laugh makes me very happy.

I'm married to a wonderful man named Juan who to this day I'm convinced that God made for me. I'm not racist but I always wanted to be married to a Mexican man who loved me and took care of me. However, I never thought that my God man really existed. He's amazing and caring and just an angel. I love him like I love oxygen in my lungs. He is my king.

I was born to Tracy and Alton on July 17, 1985. It was an all right childhood. I wasn't a spoiled princess, but I was surrounded by a large loving family and you know sometimes, that's better than getting everything  you wanted. I was a happy child and I had quite an imagination. A trait I still have to this day. A trait I hope that I can pass on to my child as well.

I'm a writer of interracial erotic romance. I love knowing that love can exist beyond racial boundaries; I'm prime example of that and I want people to know that same feeling. I have several works in progress with chapters that I plan on putting on this blog. Once people read it they sometimes feel that they are inside the story alongside with the characters. That's my goal. I don't want people to just read my characters, I want to them to be best friends with my characters. It's going to be quite a journey.

Other than writing, I love music, singing, dancing and of course, writing and blogging about my life. I'm an avid gamer girl. I love Zelda, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and God of War. I've been playing since around eight or nine years old and I can probably play just as well as any guy. Just don't let me play any kind of shooting game cause I have really bad aim. 

Lastly, I'm happy to announce that my husband and myself are expecting our first child. He or she will grace us with their presence around May 8, 2012. I love that date because our baby will be a great Mother's Day gift. So as my pregnancy gets closer and closer each month, the big question is this: Am I afraid to be a mother? My answer is no, not really. I'm more afraid that I won't be a good mother. That I won't be able to give what my child deserves. But I think that with the help of Juan, I will be ok. We'll be okay and hopefully soon, we will be able to have a good house for the baby to grow up happy in. That's all I really could ask for right now at this moment.

My life's journey is still unknown in some places but with what I have going so far...I'm excited to know what's next and I plan to chronicle it as I grow and discover. I hope you all will join the ride with me.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My First Post

I don't really know what inspired me to write a blog. I guess probably the same reason for anybody else. Bloggers love to write about their lives; how extraordinary they are. I don't know what is going to happen in my own life, but so far in it, I have been blessed by the lord or as one of the characters in Madea's Family Reunion said, "divinely favored". God had given me a wonderful husband and now my child is on the way. That alone is a wonderful reason to write in a blog. I want to put everything I see and know in here and in doing so, this will give me a wonderful chance to grow on the inside and out.

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