August 29, 2016

Second pregnancy

Yes, friends, this is finally happening! Our second baby is alive and kicking inside my womb! I feel so blessed and happy and over the moon I can barely breath. I already love this baby so much it's crazy. We found out we were pregnant on June 6th at 5ish AM! I woke up and had to pee but I didn't want to let my first pee of the day {the best to check for pregnancy} go to waste without doing the home test we had decided we would do that day since it was the day my period was due. So I decided I might as well just do the test at 5AM! We had been trying for a couple months without success already so I wasn't super nervous anyway. It goes without saying it was a mind blowing moment when the two stripes came out and I confirmed I was indeed finally pregnant again! You know what they say, third time's charm!!! It was at least for us! The thing is the pregnancy stripe came up even before the control stripe did (you need to be a little familiar with prengnacy tests to know what I'm talking about here), so it was even crazier! Because in that nanosecond before the control stripe came up (the urine reaches the pregnancy stripe first), I already knew I was pregnant but still had to see two lines to be absolutely sure and it was such a moment OMG! It's amazing how some seconds can have such deep impact in our lives, I will never forget the moment I saw I was pregnant with Liam, and I think the same will happen this time around! I went running {flying?!} to our room where Liam and the hubby were sleeping in our bed. I turned on the hallway light because I needed some light but I didn't want Liam to wake up either and I flashed the test in front of J's eyes after shacking his shoulder a bit. I think he was a bit too sleeppy to properly see anything on the test, but my smirking face was probably all he needed to see to know what was going on. He asked: Yes?? I said Yes!!!!! And again: Yes??? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we hugged and kissed in an absolute state of bliss for a good two hours before falling asleep again for a little bit before the alarm went off. All of this without waking up little Liam sleeping on our same bed, ha! =D

Now, with this being said, this pregnancy hasn't been as smooth as was Liam's. The first trimestre was a bit better nausea-wise since I didn't throw up as much, but I felt way more drained physically. I guess it's normal since I now have Liam to look after and he requires SO much energy! 

Other than this, we had a horrible episode when I was 9 weeks pregnant, we thought we lost the baby and it was the most heart-breaking feeling I've ever felt. On Monday July the 4th around 9PM when we were almost ready for dinner, I noticed something coming out. At first I thought it was maybe just vaginal discharge, but after a while I thought it was too much and went to the bathroom. To my dismay, it was blood. Bright red fresh blood that wouldn't stop. I don't think I've ever felt the pain I felt at that moment. I feel so sorry that Liam had to see me like this, too. I know he still remembers. We left to the hospital immediately but it wasn't until after midnight that they admitted me in for an ultrasound. At that point my sanitary napkin was full and I felt so miserable. I just couldn't understand what the doctor meant when she said everything looked fine. I thought: the miscarriage looks just fine? But she said, the BABY looks fine! And she turned the screen so that I could see. My baby was there indeed, and I was able to listen to its heart. By then, the hubby and Liam where not with me because Liam hadn't been fed before leaving home and they had to go back at some point so that he could have his bottle and maybe fall asleep before coming to pick me up. I felt sorry J couldn't be there to see the baby, but the most important thing was that everything was just fine. There was no sign of internal bleeding either and didn't know where the blood had come from. They diagnosed me with miscarriage risk and sent me home on bed rest until my first official ultrasound three weeks later, the 12 weeks one. I spent two weeks literally not moving from bed more than to go to the toilet and to eat, and I started going out on the third week, when I started to feel better. 

Soon enough it was time for my 12 weeks ultrasound, and I was convinced I would be able to go back to work after that. Unfortunately, a retrochorionic hematoma, where the placenta attaches to the uterus, was discovered during this ultrasound, filling me with worries again and being confined to more rest. A couple weeks later, we did a follow up ultrasound and the hematoma was still there, albeit a bit smaller. I was sent home to more rest until my 20 weeks ultrasound, and this is where I am at the moment. 

I am now 17 weeks along, and I have been feeling the baby kicking since 16w 1d, which is a major relieve, too! :) Also, in my 14w 5d ultrasound we found out the gender of the baby! It is to be confirmed 100% at my 20 weeks ultrasound, but I do hope they were right because I've started buying clothes already! My due date is February, 4th, 2017, my babies will be 2.5 years apart, since my Liam turned 2 just yesterday! {Happy happy birthday my treasure, mama loves you SO much!}

This was a lenghty post, but it couldn't be otherwise after having been MIA for so long!

Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby will be much appreciated. 


May 4, 2016

Rambla 130 Urban Spa Giveaway

Last week I decided to pamper myself and book a beauty service through Bellahora, the leading website in Spain to book beauty salons, and I decided on beautiful Rambla 130 for a nice pedicure + foot massage. Rambla 130 Urban Spa couldn't be better located, right at the heart of the city, it's on Rambla de Canaletes, 130, as its name suggests.

Once at Rambla 130, I was greeted by the owner and showed all the place {it was early in the afternoon so there was practically no one at the time and I was able to peek all around}. It was love at first sight. The most stunning room is their mani-pedi room, but they have different massage rooms and even a huge fitness room, too! I was surprised by how well curated everything was, even the bathrooms were perfect. 

I was offered a drink in the lobby while my beauty agent came to find me for my pedicure. We first decided on the color I'd be using {Essie only!}, and then off we were to enjoy the pedi and the massage which comes with an amazing exfoliant and hydrating mask. I was surprised the hubby noticed when I went back home that my feet were way for hydrated than before!

Now that you know how my experience was... comes the best part: 
I have a GIVEAWAY for you all today, {anyone who can make it to Barcelona whitin this year, that is!}. The giveaway is a full pedicure + foot massage, for a total of 50 minutes, at Rambla 130, valued at 35€.

All you need to do is head over to my Instagram @oliviaschoice, find the picture in which I'm talking about the giveaway and follow the steps there!

************************** CATALAN VERSION ************************** 

La setmana passada vaig decidir dedicar-me un temps i reservar una pedicura a través de Bellahora, el portal líder a Espanya per reserves a centres de bellesa. Al seu web vaig tenir la sort de descobrir Rambla 130, que em va enamorar només veure'n les fotos. A més, la seva localització no podria ser millor, i és que està al cor de Barcelona, a la Rambla de Canaletes, 130, com el seu nom indica.

Una vegada a Rambla 130, em va rebre la propietària i vaig tenir sort, perquè com que era un dia entre setmana a principis de tarda, no hi havia gaire gent i vaig poder veure totes les instal·lacions. L'habitació que enamora més és la de mani-pedis, però també l'entrada, la sala de fitness i fins i tot els lavabos estan cuidats fins a l'últim detall. 

Vaig demanar un tè mentre era a la bonica entrada esperant la noia que em faria la pedicura. Vam començar escollint el color d'esmalt que faríem servir, i a partir d'aquí va començar al pedicura i el massatge, que inclou exfoliant i mascareta hidratant. Em va sorprendre que quan vaig arribar a casa, el Jeff va saber, sense que jo li digués res sobre el massatge, que els meus peus es veien molt més suaus i hidratats que abans! :)

I ara que coneixeu la meva experiència... arriba el millor: 
el SORTEIG! Sortejo una sessió de pedicura + massatge per un total de 50 minuts, a Rambla 130, valorat en 35€. Busqueu la foto al meu Instagram @oliviaschoice on en parlo i seguiu els passos!

Molta sort!

April 20, 2016

Uncle & Auntie's 25th Wedding Anniversary

Last Sunday we had a lovely family get-together, after not having been all together since Liam's 100 days party! My uncle and my auntie celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and it was really nice. Can you believe I remember their wedding to the detail? I was just 4.5 years old! I was the girl who brought them the wedding rings, and I remember my auntie crying of happiness :) I asked my mom why auntie was crying on such a nice day?! :p

We met to go to church at 12:30 and the Father gave a nice speech commemorating their 25th wedding anniversary. We then headed to the restaurant, El Rubell in Monistrol de Calders, which serves the yummiest catalan cuisine and I highly recommend. The only drawback is the horrible winding road you need to endure to get there! The atmosphere was more wedding-y than I had thought, with presents for the guests and other suprises I really liked! My auntie and other girls surprised my uncle with a FlashMob dance which was so cool!

Liam had a blast playing in the terrace, the weather was amazing and he was oh-so cute with his shorts and elastics! :)

To my dismay, I realized we didn't take any family-of-3 pic, and Jeff was SUPER handsome in his suit. Awwwww :( Anyway, here is a pic with my cousin instead :p


April 8, 2016

One Day Getaway from Barcelona: Banyoles + Besalú

The hubby had been asking me to go on a Sunday getaway for the whole winter, but being it so cold, who would want to go out anywhere for the whole day?? So when the weather got all spring-like we knew it was our chance! 

And so we on a 1-day getaway we went! It was the hubby who chose the location this time, and it was Banyoles, a town an hour and a half away from Barcelona. 

The most typical thing in Banyoles is its huge natural lake. Lots of water sports take place in it, and going on a stroll or riding around it is absolutely wonderful. 

We rented a couple bikes, one of which had a cute chair for Liam at the front. Honestly, I had never seen a baby chair like this one. All the ones I had ever seen were at the back, and we loved this one! Liam had a blast being able to see everything and getting a hold of the handlebar! 

During our ride around the lake, I accidentally saw a road sign to Besalú at just 7km away! Besalú is one of my favorite medieval towns ever, it's absolutely gorgeous. 

I didn't know we were that close, and of course after lunch off we went to Besalú! I did a video too and hopefully I can upload it on my YouTube channel soon :)

I would love it if you guys want to leave some 1-day or weekend getaway trip ideas (from Barcelona!) below in the comments! =)

March 13, 2016

London 2016

This was my third time in London, and undoubtedly the best. The hubby and I traveled by yourselves without Liam or other family members after not having done so since our honeymoon a couple years ago. It felt like a second honeymoon to me! It was also a magnificent break from all the frenzy we've been going through lately, as if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen we just opened our shoe stores in Barcelona, and this has had a great deal of work behind. 

I was extremely happy we got to meet up with my BFF Soraya and her boyfriend, who currently live in Cambridge and came all the way to London on Sunday to spend an afternoon with us. I can't wait to show you all about it in the YouTube video I'm editing.

One of the things I was most looking forward to for this trip was visiting Maitre Choux in South Kensington, an amazing eclairs shop {by a Spanish maitre actually!} that I couldn't wait to try! We tried two and all I can say is they're not only the prettiest I've ever seen, they're also the yummiest. Good job! I absolutely loved them.

The highlight of this trip, and the reason why Liam didn't come with us, was going to the theatre to watch Billy Elliot. It was unbeatable! I hadn't been to the theatre for a while {mommy's life!} and I had the best time!!! I highly recommend it.

I was impressed at the beauty of London's Chinatown. I had never been and I thought it was so cool! Not only the location itself, but the food, made our mouth {the hubby's specially} all watery!

For one of our dinners we went to Burger&Lobster, a restaurant in which they only serve 3 dishes, and so there is not even a menu. You can have a lobster (grilled or steamed), a lobster roll, or a burger. Each costs 20 pounds, which is pretty expensive but we did enjoy it a lot! I had the lobster roll and I must say it was way better than Luke's in Tokyo, way more expensive too, of course!

Our hotel was perfectly located in Piccadilly Circus (The Z hotel Piccadilly, highly recommended), and so Covent Garden was just 5 minutes walking distance, hence is where we had lunch the first day, in this really cosy place called Chez Antoinette, which is owned by a French girl and we were delighted to have stumbled upon.

We did some touristy stuff on our last day before heading back to Barcelona, it's always nice to see London's main attractions again.

And last but not least, we went to Sketch for afternoon tea! Sketch is an insane restaurant in the heart of the city, one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever seen. Their Gallery Room, where we had our afternoon tea, is all pink and gorgeous and dreamy and and and I totally loved it!!!! The light was not the best at that time for pictures, but believe me, it's a girl's dream. The egg shaped toilets were another mind-blowing experience, whoever could have thought of that?! There's more of this in the video too, I can't wait to have the time to finish editing it!

We all know how London's weather is, so it did rain a bit indeed, but overall it was better than my expectations, and not too cold either. Such a lovely trip, I can't wait for another one :)