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Bella @ 22 months. Aug 2012

Bella @ 22 months. Aug 2012

24 6 / 2010

Ok… this is my first blog on tumblr. I used to blog in xanga when I was in high school. Ever since, I laid off online blogging and started on writing through my journal. However, I am now 26 and am expecting my first baby. I am so excited. Felt the need to blog, in hopes that I will start to blog everyday so that I can reflect on this. A small part of me is also wishing that this blog engine will still be here when my little girl is old enough to go through it. So here is the beginning for you my little Isabella.

Your dad and I met in Las Vegas on January 10, 2009. I had just turned 25 and was celebrating part of my birthday. I was good friends with your Uncle Kip’s girlfriend Vanessa and that’s how I met your dad. We didn’t hit it off right away. Your dad was busy with his work because at that time he was working with IGT and was going to go to Pittsburgh for a casino upgrade. He didn’t seem much fun to me but I noticed that he wasn’t bad looking either. Actually, before heading to Vegas, Vanessa was already hinting to me that your Dad would be a perfect match for me. I didn’t pay much attention to her then because I didn’t want to expect something or be disappointed about it. 

So as it turns out, your dad was much more fun when he had some alcohol in his system and was more relaxed. I noticed that he had a dimple on his right cheek whenever he smiled. He was also my designated partner for the night - in case I got drunk and stuff. But we chatted and found out that we had a lot more in common than we thought. We both were hard working. Your dad was a system engineer for the company IGT and travelled a lot to do upgrades in casinos. I on the other hand was working as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Holy Name Hospital in New Jersey; who also happened to love to travel everywhere with friends.  Your dad and I clicked right away and enjoyed each other’s company.

As much as I wanted to get to know him better, he had to leave the next day for Pittsburgh. I didn’t think I’d see him again. Although we did exchange numbers and communicated through texting. 

Two weekends later, your dad decided to come visit me in New Jersey. And that’s how we got to know each other more. Enjoyed each other’s company and decided to be together. But it was tough doing a long distance relationship with your dad. He lived in Las Vegas and I was in New Jersey. We talked a lot over the phone but it was also hard because we were in different time zones. We were lucky though because we both were working and could afford to come visit each other. By Valentines day, I came back to visit your dad in Vegas. 

It was also then that I decided that I wanted to venture out. Being a nurse was a perk at that time because all the hospitals were always looking for ICU nurses. My parents also we not against me moving away and venturing out because I was already done with school and they wanted me to “spread my wings.” So I didn’t feel bad about thinking of moving away. Actually, it gave me more strength to move out of my parents’ house so that I wished that it could set a good example to your uncles *ace and rex*. It felt so good that I was done with college, able to put a roof over my head, make my own decisions in life, and had a support family.

So I started looking for jobs in Vegas. I must admit your Dad being there definitely helped encourage my transferring. By April I was offered a job at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. I moved before Easter in an apartment. Your dad stopped traveling so that I wouldn’t be so lonely. He worked at the lab instead for IGT and completely loved his job. He also started taking up his MBA degree online.  

We were and still are very much in love. He always knows how to make me smile and takes such good care of me. Things we did included frequent trips to the movies, eating out, visiting San Francisco, and San Diego. When we first started to live together, we couldn’t help but think ahead how great we would be together. How great it would be to start a family filled with happiness and love. That was our goal, we wanted a family that was happy and which was also filled with love. We found the secret to staying happy and being madly in love with each other. Not to mention lots and lots of late night talks.

Well, that’s the beginning for now.

Love you Isa,

Mama