22 October 2012


Today I thought was almost the day, but somehow I knew it wasn't....."Mother's Intuition". So James and I drove out to our regular check up at 39 weeks. We were told last week that I may be getting induced today, depending on how far I had dilated since 2 weeks ago at 1cm. We packed our hospital bag, left Mahie home with my Dad w/her packed bag, and off to Castle we went. For some reason, I just knew today wasn't the BIG day, didn't feel it, hahaha. There were no emotions, nerves, etc....in fact I remembered a lot of things I had forgotten back at home.

Our check-up took almost an hour because of waiting, waiting. And then finally Tina (the midwife) checked me and was shocked I was only 3cm! However, after a little more examination her disappointment left as she mentioned, "The baby is RIGHT THERE! Basically it's just the water bag holding it up." So no inducing for us, they suggested I allow my body to go naturally which will for sure happen any time this week. If not, we are scheduled Friday morning to break my water. We were sent home with a LIST of recommendations to get baby movin'......but for some reason I don't feel like going into labor RIGHT NOW, I know selfish.....whatever happens, will happen!
Yesterday after church!
Definitely wasn't looking like this with Mahie. I may have been twice the size & for sure wouldn't have fit into this pre-pregnancy dress. (Obviously very stretchy!)

My pre-labor tradition: getting a pedi at the mall this past Saturday :)

Maybe next post will be from the hospital??!!
Kinda nervous now about the pains & recovery flashbacks....but excited that I'll be holding A NEW BABY!! What the heck!!

17 October 2012

Baby Brother's Shower

Thank you to my Parents, Sister, Sister-in-law Ida & Tiana for such a fun "HALLOWEEN THEMED" baby shower for my son....and for all the friends and family who came out to eat, play & laugh. It was a really enjoyable evening. James and I appreciate all the gifts we were showered with, it has definitely been a big help :)
My "Thank You" to my guests was a candy bar: cupcakes w/skeleton bones sprinkles, chocolate licorice, candy corn + salty peanut mix, granola bars wrapped as mummy's, gumballs...and my fave, caramel apple lollipops!
*I suggest checking out the food section at Ross during the holidays....so many spices, candies, etc. are super cheap & one of a kind.
Doesn't this look REAL? & kinda gross....I never played this game before

Some of everyone who came!
All I can say is that baby shower gifts have truly stepped up with creativity! 
If you follow me on Instagram, you can see more detailed pictures of the cute Halloween decor :)
Mahalo again to everyone! It's always weird for me to be the center of attention...i love throwing parties for others, just hate it when its ME. I never know how to act. Good thing I was able to talk story with everyone who came out :)

Boys clothes.....such a transition!

14 October 2012

Mahie is driving us nuts!

We've got a handful of updates that have occurred ONE after the OTHER here in the "Aspinall Grass Shack". Things have just been crazy and life never takes a step back to help you catch up...but we are surviving and doing good.

First off- On October 5th, I worked my  LAST day at the Polynesian Cultural Center's Marketing Department. That was surreal in itself. Going from an everyday work schedule, nonstop phone calls, emails, work events, etc., etc., for a WHOLE year....to being able to sleep in, was weird. Hahaha, I'm not going to lie, I didn't know what to do with myself that first week off. And by the second day, I managed to irritate everyone in my home & was told I needed to develop a hobby or go back to work! I was told I was "Too bossy", however my reply was, "Well if I wasn't THIS MUCH pregnant I'd DO IT MYSELF!".
 My CAREER WOMAN IDOL: Larie Manutai & I

I've learned so soo much at my internship turned job. I feel more confident communicating through writing & speaking, especially in a more professional manner. I have no problem taking leads for projects and planning, keeping an eye for detail, being unafraid to basically get any task completed thoroughly. I've gotten more organized & maybe also a little more IMPATIENT at expecting others around me to do the same. I definitely have been trying to work on patience & charity. This past year has opened my eyes on what I'd like to accomplish as a career. I hope to gain more experience after baby boy is born, but right now Heavenly Father is telling me to kick back and enjoy the moment with my hubby and kids (which I'm struggling with a little?!). My body is telling me to rest & my mind is thinking about Grad School, more internships, etc. But that's a whole other blog post :)
 Red Velvet from Diamond Head Grill

My department threw me a party, Larie even drove down from her new Waikiki office. Good food as always. I will miss all the memories I made at that job and the people I've worked with and met. I mentioned to Larie that I didn't think anyone really knew me outside of our Marketing cubicle, until emails came in thanking and well wishing me on the baby. Some people who never smile said they enjoyed working with me, wow did I feel special, haha. This job totally stressed me out at times, but in the end I felt very sad as I clocked out for the last time :)

Second- NO MORE PACIFIERS aka "Dummies" "Bubba's" and what ever else it's nickname was. It was probably a week and a half ago that my parents lost Mahie's pacifier, so we decided PERFECT WE'LL START OPERATION NO PACIFIER! And that was a trip to hell! I'm serious, haha. Our daughter LOVES her pacifier, which is only a particular kind too. Over the last few months, we knew she started to always want it 24/7 and not just for sleeping. We planned on 'easing her in' at first, but since it was lost....we did it 'cold turkey' style. OMG so many tears and tantrums the first 3 days. We also probably sang EVERY LDS Primary song there is. During the day was ok, but nighttime was a headache. By the fourth day, she was good, and I guess forgot about it. We were VERY surprised. No one was allowed to say the "P" word. She did however, struggle to get used to putting herself to sleep when she was overtired, which we helped by singing, being in a quiet cool area and patting her back. We are happy for this milestone, but it seems that Mahie has gotten crazy active since. She is all over the place and independent. At this point in my pregnancy I just let her do whatever & I tell everyone that too. Lol. Sadly this has made James go nuts & he has probably shed some pounds chasing her everywhere.
Miss Kolohe getting caught pinching the family dog, Cooper

Third- Mahie's pacifier addiction has been replaced with a "Tangled Ever After" addiction. She can watch that friggin' movie OVER and OVER again. And since we only have the itunes version, she will cry and whine when she sees our laptop. We give in when we need to get things done around the house. But when we need to LEAVE the house and take her....boy is it a pain. She will cling onto the laptop for dear life, wiggle from our grip and run back to the laptop.....ANYTHING for Tangled, lol. We have since downloaded to all other Apple devices for easy travel.
Pretty much she hogs the laptop & no one can break her concentration

Fourth- No More Movie Theaters! Mahie at 18months has pushed us to our limits. She does not stay put at the movie theaters, even when we plan on a movie during her nap time. She stands up, waives and says HI to everyone behind us. Whines when we hold her firmly. Tries to push her stroller, climb the side stairs, walk around....and when James tried to hold her on the side aisle, she'll scream Mama! Mama!! Hooooly Moly! So we put our foot down, because lately we've been leaving the movies early....and I told James it feels like we're basically just donating to the theaters.
Alone at Laie Theaters watching Hotel Transylvania

Lastly- I am almost 38 weeks and I really feel like this baby will be here soon. I didn't feel this way with Mahie. I've actually started to dilate two weeks ago, now that my appointments are every week. I haven't been able to sleep, which is annoying. I stayed up until 4am one night watching documentaries on Netflix. I feel those lower cramping and pains even more now....but then I freak out and drink tons of water to get rid of them. My baby shower is this Tuesday, so my Mom says I have to keep him up there until then! Since I've recently ended work, I feel like I'm cramming to prepare for our son's arrival. I was ready months in advance with Mahie....so I hope I don't go into labor this week ( I had Mahie at 38 1/2 weeks) because I don't feel ready. And also, my head hasn't wrapped around the idea of LABOR!!!!!!!
Until the next blog post!
-Ashlyn, James, Mahie & Baby Brother!