Prepare Yourself for What God’s Preparing You For…

As you know I’ve Blogged about my Pregnancy & many know my Story about my Miracle Baby. I give all the Glory to God for His Promise to Us, which is Our Beautiful Baby Cora. But I want to share with you How I prepared myself for Pregnancy in hopes it will Inspire Women who are waiting for their “One Day”. There are a Few Things that I really stepped up: Faith, Prayer & Health.

I was a working Woman working Monday-Friday, Office Job & I was Blessed. But Life Happens. I was Let Go. At First it felt like a Blow. Like wait… what just happened?! But then I told myself God… You are in the midst of this. Do your thang”. For about 2 weeks I was feeling Anxiety like crazy. It’s a trip how your mind takes over, If you Let It! I asked God in Prayer one Night “What’s my purpose in this Season? What do you want me to do”? And as clear as Crystal I heard him say “Prepare Yourself For Your Miracle”. I knew what Miracle He was talking about & I knew I had to make changes in my lifestyle. It’s amazing how God will ask us to do Our Part & He will Do the Rest. It’s pretty neat because it’s everything You Prayed For & Some.

Faith- Complete Trust & Confidence. Which meant, I couldn’t let any doubt enter my mind. Since I had all the free time in the world now that I wasn’t working… Reading God’s word & really studying it was almost like my full time job. The more you fill your mind with God’s word, there is absolutely no room for Lies. Period. Everyday I would memorize a new scripture & I spoke it over my Life & over my Miracle.

Prayer- With Faith comes Prayer. I had to take my Faith into my Prayer Life & Pray My Heart Out. Can I seriously Be Honest? Sometimes in Prayer we can lose our Main Focus. We are so consumed with the “Desire’s of Our Heart” But God Should be Our Main Desire. My Prayer Life Shifted. It completely changed. I wasn’t focusing on my wants & needs (Even though God cares about them) But my Faith was so Strong all I wanted to do in Prayer was Tell God How Faithful He Was (and Still Is) & Remind Him Of His Promises Over My Life. I would Cry, I would Sing, I would be on my Knee’s, Blasting Worship. Everyday, In My Prayer Closet, There was always Something New. A Fresh Outpouring & A New Me. I could Feel My Miracle Around the Corner. Now it was all About Waiting & Trusting Him.

Health- So… I Love Food & I Love to Eat My Favorite Food. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s kinda funny how God will just kinda poke at you & tell you to Chill. Lay Low on the Junk Food. If he was cleaning me Out Spiritually, He also wanted to do it Physically. It was God & his Perfect timing let me tell you. A bunch of my Girlfriends from Church went in on a 7 week Weight Loss Challenge. I didn’t really care about Winning the Money (although it would have been nice Lol) I did it more to get my butt back on Track & to stay motivated. High Protein & No Carbs was my Diet. The First 2 weeks, yeah your Body kinda feels like it’s going into shock. I mean No Carbs. But by the 3rd week I felt strong, I felt Lighter & to be Honest… I Felt Happier. Self Control is one of the Fruits of The Holy Spirit & it’s What God kept reminding me when I was tempted to just Give up & eat what I wanted Lol.

Faith, Weights & Protein Shakes was an Everyday thing for me. I joined a Gym, My Diet was going Amazing but I didn’t win the Weight Loss Challenge. Because by Then I was Pregnant. The Obsession of Having my “One Day” was no Longer An Obsession. I made God my Obsession. I didn’t just let Go of My Dream to become a Mama. I Let Go & I Gave it to God.

God is in the Waiting. God is Definitely aware of your Situation. & God is All about Miracles. No Miracle is too Impossible for God. Believe in What You Pray For. See how God Moves. In Obedience there comes A Great Reward. Not only was I Blessed with my Miracle, God had totally given me a New Heart. In this Season, It was all about Preparation.

Don’t Worry About Anything: Instead, Pray About Everything” Philippians 4:6

Our Best Day Ever!

Nothing will ever prepare you when your Precious Little One is making their Big Arrival into the World. I mean you know He or She is coming… you’ve been preparing for their arrival for 9 months and still… you feel like nothing is quite perfect yet & for me it still didn’t hit me that I would be a Mommy soon! I had major insomnia the last month of pregnancy. All I would think about was Labor & Delivery. I was super nervous wondering when my water would break. You always hear other mom stories but it’s pretty neat when you experience your own. I still couldn’t believe, soon we would be holding our Little Girl.

Weeks Before Cora was Born… we experienced the Lovely “Nesting Phase”. Yes! That’s actually a thing. You start looking around your home & realize there needs to be some changes… some paint here, a touch up there. And then comes the Baby’s Room & Safety Proofing Everything. I enjoyed the nesting phase. One, because all this was for our Precious Little Cora & two because I enjoyed the little Projects with the Hubby. Even the Hubby’s get excited & are in the zone & so focused.

I was Pregnant during the Holidays. Thanksgiving was the first time my feet swelled up & physically I felt really pregnant. I guess now I was starting to really show & Cora was dropping a little Lower. Back pains were getting really intense & my Sciatic Nerve was very bothersome & constant. Even though I was able to take Tylenol… it still wasn’t enough to help with the shooting pain. The only thing that would work for me was to elevate my feet & hug my pregnancy pillow. Also, Thank God for the Hubby that would give me the best foot massages ever, At night while watching Netflix, before bedtime. He’s the Real MVP. I Love You Kid!

Then came the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…. Christmas!!! I absolutely Love Christmas. The music, the lights, the Weather, oh my gosh the Food!!!! Lol. That is one thing Cora allowed me to enjoy during pregnancy was Food! I wasn’t really grossed out by anything. But I tried really hard to keep everything to a minimum because the last weeks of pregnancy is when you gain the weight! Those tamales though were hard to resist.

Now my Dr. appointments were every week & my Doctor said Baby & I were doing just fine. I noticed walking up the stairs was getting a little tough & My feet would stay swollen. Then again I was too excited decorating our Place for Christmas. I was doing a lot of running around.

Okay but seriously I was & I still am obsessed the way we Decorated our Tree Last Year! It’s always been a Disney Theme since we’ve been together & we still plan on keeping our tradition with our Daughter!

Christmas came & left & still no sign of our little Cora coming into the World yet. It was so sweet to see how much she was loved even though physically she wasn’t here yet. Family & Friends Even our neighbors gave her presents. It melted Our Hearts. Every morning my prayer since the minute I found out I was Pregnant was “Jesus, allow me to Carry our Baby Full Term. Let her be Healthy & Thrive.”

December 26th we decided to Host a Game Night with our friends from Church. I’m so Happy we did that! We had about 12 People come over. Chips, Pizza, Wings, Soda & Dessert & Friends! Nothing but Laughs… it was one of the Best Nights the Hubby & I had in a really long time. That same Morning (December 26th) I had a Doctors Appointment. It was the usual. They checked my Weight, I did a urine sample & they checked my blood pressure. My OB walked in & said “Okay Mom… your Blood Pressure is a little High. And we found a little Protein in your urine. You’ve never had this problem during pregnancy up until now. I’m going to send you down to the lab. Get some blood work done & I want to see you back in 2 days. I’m sure you have nothing too worry about, I’m doing this just to make sure”. I wasn’t too worried when he said all that. It wasn’t until he said “ Just as long as You’re feeling Baby Move, we are doing good”. Hmm… feel the Baby Move? I actually didn’t feel her since that morning. So during our game night I was trying to feel her kicks & jabs & they would be very light. But still, I had a great time & once everyone left for the night, I went straight to bed.

Baby Kicks was the way I would wake up every morning. This time I couldn’t feel her move. I tried repositioning myself and still nothing. I told the Hubby & all he said was “Grab Your Hospital Bag, Let’s go to the Hospital & see what they say. Let’s make sure Baby is Safe”. We called our Parents & told them where we would be. We said bye to our First Babies (Our Dogs Penelope & Daphne) and told them there was a possibility we would be bringing them back a Sister. Now it was off to the Hospital. Thank God we had already Registered ourselves at the Hospital so all they had to do was look up my info. They slapped on the wrist band & by then I was in a room so they can monitor me & Baby Cora.

Blood Pressure was really really high this time & they kept trying to page my OB. Unfortunately that morning he was in Jury Duty & couldn’t return phone calls right away. So the On Call Doctor said “Mrs. Monico, we will be keeping you. My plan is to induce you because Your Blood Pressure is toooo High. Baby is doing just fine, we are just worried about you. We are waiting to transfer you to your room.” Ahhhhh!!!!!! I was super nervous, scared, anxious, excited, emotional, hungry, You name it, I felt every emotion a pregnant woman could possibly feel. Again, My Hubby to the rescue, He prayed over Me & Our Baby Girl. We would no longer be just 2, we would become 3. We were ready to meet her…

God is so Amazing. He heard my Prayers. I carried Cora full term. Going to the Hospital that morning I was exactly 39 weeks! That was really the only thing that gave me peace all the way through labor & delivery. Well, They moved us to our Delivery room & we got situated. They hooked me back up to the monitor & gave me the pill to induce.

That was around 6 p.m. by 10 p.m. I had only dilated about 3 cm. It seemed like forever but time really was flying. I remember laying to my side & waking up with major Contractions. They were getting stronger & I was hugging the bed rail tighter & tighter. I seriously thought I could tough it out lol but not this Mama. By 4 p.m the next day, December 28, 2017 I was only dilated 6 cm & that is when I asked for the fabulous epidural. The Dr. said I asked for it at the right time. I was in a lot of pain but still comfortable. The epidural helped… A LOT!! I had the best nurses & OB Doctor. My regular OB was still in Jury Duty and to be Honest I wasn’t freaking out. If this is how God wanted it, then I was all for it. Then at 5 p.m they broke my water. The Doctor called me and said we had to get Cora out quick because she diagnosed me with Preeclampsia (which explains the High Blood Pressure & Protein in my Urine) at this point everything was happening so fast! They gave me a pill to take so I wouldn’t have any seizures while I was pushing, since my Blood Pressure was so high. All I remember was my nurse checking how much I had dilated. Now I was at 8 cm. She called the Doctor & said it was show time.

She left the room & I felt like I was going to throw up. Oh no wait… I did! Lol. It was my nerves. Again Hubby to the rescue, brought me a barf bag & was comforting me the whole way through. He gave me the Pep talk & I was ready. By this time 3 nurses were in the room, along with my OB. At 6:15 p.m. I was pushing And by 6:30 p.m. Baby Cora made her Big Debut. Our Daughter was in my Arms!!!

We couldn’t believe how much she looked like her Dad. Identical! She was crying but once they laid her on my chest, she stopped. Our “One Day” Finally Happened. We had officially become Parents!!

Cora Annalie Monico

December 28, 2017

OUR BEST DAY EVER!

Oh Baby!

I thought my Themed Bridal Shower “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” was Amazing… Which it was! Don’t get me wrong….

BUT nothing will ever beat the feeling of Having a Baby Shower, especially when it’s your First! I guess because it’s not You that your Guests are showering, it’s your Sweet Bundle Of Joy that’s getting all the Spoiling & Blessings. Your family is growing & everyone wants to share & be apart of such a Special Day! I was honored to Have such a Lovely Baby Shower Hosted By Both Sides of Our Family, My Adorable & Beautiful Sister Alicia…

& Both of My Lovely Momma’s

Since I am a huge Disney Freak I always imagined my Baby Shower to Be A Disney Theme, But I went with something a little more Different. Anyone that knows me, knows I Love Themes!! I think it gives the event so much personality & Life. And that’s exactly what I wanted to have for My Baby Shower. I gave it much thought & went for a Boho Chic Baby Shower. I wanted Everything Floral & a Hint of Light Pink with Greenery. A Wonderful Friend & My Decor go to Girlie Brought my Boho Chic Baby Shower To Life! (Thanks Desi!!!!) Take A Look What took place on November 4th, 2017…

I would be Lying if I said I did not look at Pinterest for ideas. I created a Board & pinned everything I Loved! Of course sometimes our eyes see one thing & our wallets tell us different, But Desi Made it Happen & Our Family was such a Huge Help & a Blessing!

Okay so My Dress… LOL. I ordered this really nice cream color Maxi-Maternity Dress on Zulilly for a really good price. But guess what day it would arrive? The Day of The Baby Shower at 8 p.m. YIKES! I was really cutting it short. But when ordering the dress, it didn’t tell me when the estimated arrival would be. So I took my chances. I was tracking my package for weeks & still nothing. The week of the Baby Shower it finally notified me it would be arriving Saturday, the day of the Baby Shower! Sooo…. I did what any normal Pregnant Mama would do, I cried LOL. I panicked, & went to Baskin Robins to see what else I could do. It was too late for me to order something online. Amazon Prime was an option but everything I saw didn’t scream “Baby Shower” to me. The Hubby & I went to L.A to pick up the Succulent Plants the week of & I asked him to drop me off at the Fashion District to see if I find anything. I walked about 3 stores and I was huffing & Puffing. Not because I was upset. I was out of breath & my Sciatic Nerve decided to act up. Also, I had to pee ever 15 minutes. I saw the Peach Dress & I said… “I’ll make it happen”. I tried it on, it fit. I bought it. Ha! Thanks L.A!

Okay, back to Our Regular Scheduled Program….

Okay Can we just admire this Amazing Tee-Pee My Brother Put Together & Desi (My Decor Girlie) Provided the Fabric & Flower arrangement. Ahhhh!!! So Perfect to place all the gifts in!

I also asked a Cousin of Mine to create a SnapChat Filter for the Baby Shower. It came out Perfect! Thanks again Roxy!

Before the Baby Shower, people would always asked me what was I Planning to name my Baby Girl. We had a lot of names on the List But Cora Annalie Monico was Perfect & we wanted to present her name the day of the Baby Shower Because I knew people would be asking the day of. Cora Means: Lady, Miss, Maiden. Annalie Means: Favored By God. Also, My Middle Name is Anne & Alie is the end of my First Name. We thought it was Perfect.

And for Entertainment, we had…

Mariachi’s! I clearly remember Cora Kicking me Like Crazy every time I got too close to them. I think Dancing might be in her Future! Here are just a few of My Lovely Guests that attended. I’m still on Cloud Nine with all the Love That was felt that day. Thank You Again Ladies! I have such wonderful Family & Friends! I am One Blessed Mama.

The Baby Shower was a Success! And as Far as Gifts…. well we opened them later on in the evening . We had so many Gifts & Gift Cards! We were so Humbled & Touched by everyone’s Giving. Cora already has outgrown some of her outfits, and she still has many more to grow into. I do remember making 3 trips to bring back the gifts to our place. I think our Home looked like that for 2 weeks because we didn’t know where to put everything just yet LOL. It officially hit us the next morning that Cora would be taking over every little space LOL.

It probably took me 3 weeks to recover from the Baby Shower, putting things away & Organizing Our Home for Cora’s Arrival! It was such a Special Day that I will Remember & Treasure for the Rest Of My Life.

A Special Thank You to the Lovely Lauren Partida for getting me all Dolled up with Hair & Make-Up for Such a Special Day! I definitely was Glowing! She is such a Sweetheart!!

And Now it was just Waiting for Cora’s Big Arrival! But That will be in another Blog Post! So please, Subscribe Below to My Blog! Thanks guys for stopping by!

Xoxo, Little Mrs. Nat

Our Greatest Adventure Was About To Begin…

So We left off at “We are Expecting”! April 23rd was the Day I found out I was Pregnant. Our Happiest Holiday Indeed!

But before that, I was already feeling those Pregnancy Symptoms. Yeah I felt the nausea everyday & also Heartburn late at night. Let’s not forget those annoying headaches as well. But what really had me thinking I could possibly be Pregnant was…. the day of my Birthday,April 18th. We were at Disneyland.

I ate everything in sight & everything tasted extra delicious! That wasn’t what had me question if I was Pregnant. What had me question was when we Walked Over to California Adventure to see the Frozen Play. Once the music started “Do you wanna Build a Snowman”… I started crying. But I mean balling. LOL. Guys, I’ve seen that movie hundreds of times & I already had seen the Frozen play as well. So why in the heck was I crying?! I cried through the whole play. Makeup had completely came off & all. My husband was laughing at me & that made me even cry as well. Hormones were everywhere! LOL. Then April 23rd I found out I was Pregnant! So you can imagine how “Over The Moon” I felt. We prayed for this Child & Finally God Fulfilled His Promise to us. Already I was “Glowing”…

Hair was getting full, my skin was healthy, & nails were growing super fast. All that makes up for the Nausea and Heartburn because I seriously felt Amazing! Now it was time for our Appointment with my OB. The Amazing Dr. Potruch. He came in and introduced himself, congratulated us & said “Okay… let’s see what’s Baking”. I was super nervous. My Palms were sweaty & my Heart was beating fast. He turned on the monitor, typed up my information, & asked me to lift up my shirt to pour the gel on my tummy. Then he saw all my scars from my previous surgeries. He was stunned in what I had to go through to get Pregnant & said “So this is your Miracle Baby…” He couldn’t be any more right. And suddenly Our Precious Miracle popped up on the Monitor. Heartbeat Strong, & Moving around like crazy. He said “Yup! You guys are Pregnant! There is your Baby. It looks like Baby will be here On New Years Day. But I predict baby will be here a little after Christmas. Which is great! I wanna help you guys get that tax refund”! LOL. The Hubby & I were both in tears. There is nothing more Beautiful than Life Growing inside of you. I couldn’t feel her move yet but already, I Loved My Baby. I was helping assist God in this Miracle. It was Such an Honor. I have to admit I was nervous since the Pregnancy apps said the First Trimester is very critical. I think every pregnant woman feels the same. All you care about is Baby having a Heartbeat, Growing & He or She is Healthy. I even asked My OB if I should wait to share the news to everyone I was Pregnant because I would spot here & there. And he said “Natalie, this is Your Miracle Baby. You are going to have this Baby. Your job is to rest. To exercise. Listen to your body but don’t give in to all your cravings. Enjoy this exciting time in your life. Let everyone rejoice with you in your journey of Pregnancy & Motherhood”. It’s amazing how God uses people through their words. When he said that I had this sense of Peace & I knew it was okay to tell the world we were expecting. Anyone who knows us knows we are Huge Disney Fans, so of course the way we announced we were Expecting was…

Our Greatest Adventure was just Beginning & now it was time to wait for the Gender & the Big Arrival. We had a little Gender Reveal Party that my sister Hosted with Pastries & Coffee…

When the Ultrasound Tech told us what we were having, we were surprised! I felt like I was having a Boy! You read a lot of stuff online that’s says “If you’re feeling this, you’re having a Boy. & if you’re feeling this, you’re having a Girl”. It was official… we were having a Girl!

Once we shared the News with Family & Friends, it was time for Us to Celebrate our Little Girl on the way. What better way than a Disney Way….

Everyday I would wake up in Prayer Thanking God for His Faithfulness. Everyday day I had a song in my Heart. I was still in Awe with God & His Goodness. I still am! Doctors can tell you what they see what’s in front of them, But God can tell you otherwise. He can change things around. He is all about Miracles. And I was Blessed to be carrying one. Wishes do come true!

For this Child I Prayed, and the LORD has Granted the Desires of My Heart”. 1 Samuel 1:27

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April 23rd still holds a special place in my heart. It’s the Day I found out I was pregnant.

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I still remember like if it was yesterday. I had major nausea & a headache that wouldn’t go away. But still I got dressed & we headed off to Morning Service. That day was the Launch of our Church’s Annual Theme “Becoming More”. I remember serving that morning as a Door Greeter. Even though physically I wasn’t feeling all that great, but my attitude to serve was there. I Love Serving God & His People in any way I can. It’s an Honor. I was excited to see how God was going to Move in my Life, in My Marriage & In My church that year.

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A Video was played to present our Annual Theme before Our Pastor was going to Preach & the part that still gives me goosebumps is when my Pastor Said “Families Will Grow”. And in seconds, 2 of my Girlfriends from church That were Pregnant at the time texted me “Praying for your Miracle Nat”. Praying Friends are Seriously The Best Friends. It meant everything to me that they wanted my miracle to happen just as much as I did. They’re the Best! Love You Allison & Brigette! Okay so where was I? Oh yes! My Miracle. Well the day passed, I was still feeling Nauseous & Hungry. I was feeling all the symptoms a pregnant woman would feel when she’s pregnant but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I was only a day late from missing my period.

My Husband Knew I wasn’t acting like myself because I usually don’t take naps. And that afternoon I remember telling him “You know what I’m craving? A Delicious Burger & A Nap”. And we did just that. We ate at The Habit. While eating I was sharing with him how nauseous I was feeling & he said “After we leave here, let’s stop at Target & pick you up a Pregnancy Test, I feel deep down in my Heart that You are Pregnant”. My Heart was beating so fast when he said that. And I shrugged my shoulders like… Sure… No Biggie. But deep down inside I was a nervous wreck. We headed off to Target, bought the pregnancy test & drove home. We parked & as I was ready to get off the car my husband grabs my hand tight & said “Wait! Let’s pray before we go inside”. He began to pray. And we both began to cry. We hugged each other right after & we walked into the house. I went straight to the bathroom & he went straight to the room & pretended to fold his clothes LOL. Okay but can I just say waiting 3 minutes to take a pregnancy test is the longest 3 minutes EVER?! I was pacing back & forth. Looking at the stick & looking away. I was biting my nails… I would check my phone & check social media and still the stick was still blinking. Ahhh!!! I remember closing my eyes really tight. I took a really deep breath and opened them. I looked at the stick & it read YES+!!!!!!! I remember falling to my knees & crying. Now it was time to tell the Hubby. I walked out of the bathroom & he was pretending to fold clothes still LOL… he looked at me & I didn’t have to say anything. He ran to me, hugged me & we both fell to our knee’s & cried. We probably Thanked God for about a good hour. We wanted our close family to know & we were trying to come up with a way to tell them. So what better way to share with our family the amazing news than with the Little Baby Outfit we bought at Disneyland back in 2015.

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So April 23rd will Always be a Favorite Day of mine. We can say The Monico’s were Becoming More. It was a Day of God’s Yes+ & Amen!