Healthy + Hapai : 11 Weeks

Something’s up this week.  Things are definitely changing inside and out! 

I’ve been feeling a bit more fluffy for the past few weeks, but this week my pants refuse to button and my mid-section – which has always been curvy – has filled out.  Instead of an hour-glass, I feel like more of a churro, ya know? 



Baby is now about 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig! She’s almost fully formed at this point, with bones that are beginning to harden, tiny tooth buds, and hands that will soon close into fists (source). 

Her heart is already quickly beating, and although many parents-to-be opt to hear/see the heartbeat via ultrasound at the eight-week mark, Ben and I will be waiting until next week to hear our baby’s heartbeat using a doppler with our midwife.

We’ve made the decision [which I’ll soon be writing all about] to steer clear of most western medical interventions during the pregnancy.  The decision was one that we’ve talked about over many years and it’s very personal.  Nonetheless, we recognize what a privilege it is to live in a society where we have health care and hospitals, but we’ve decided that it fits our values and ethics best to go about our pregnancy as naturally as possible. 

We are lucky to have medical through Ben’s job [which we pay an arm + a leg for!], so we’ve been going to the medical clinic to cover all our bases, but so far my experience hasn’t been the best.  We’ll see how it all progresses throughout the pregnancy. 


Like I said, I’ve been feeling different this week, and not just physically.  I thought my queasiness and nausea was waning, but it seems to be worse than ever at this point, especially in the afternoons and evenings.  I’ve found that ume plums help, but poor Ben has been having to deal with my intense grouchiness as a result of the nausea.  It’s been rough trying to find food that works for me and the baby [i.e. saltine crackers are awesome for the nausea but the gluten does a number on my intestines and sinuses].  Oh, and my mood has been all kinds of crazy this week.


The great news: I’m on winter break for a few weeks!  The stress of the semester is now gone and I can focus on doing fun things again, even if just for a few weeks.  It feels good to not have to worry about working with the multiple personalities of all my clients while I’m nauseous.  I’m hoping to be completely rid of nausea by the time next semester starts.  Oh, I’m also eternally grateful to be over the cold and soreness from last week!

It also feels really good to have shared the news with just about everyone.  Keeping the secret was just too much for me… and it’s nice to be surrounded by so many positive and happy thoughts! 

A few randoms for this week:

  • Aversions: the smell of anything cooking in the house… even if I had been craving it for days beforehand.  For example: falafel, acorn squash, scones. 
  • Cravings: corn on the cob with butter, egg sandwiches, veggie burgers with pickles.
  • Most nervous about: this weekend’s camping trip with the sis-in-law + her hubby [please nausea, be good to me!].
  • Lesson learned this week: the 30lb kettlebell needs to find a new home for the next seven months or so.


I asked Ben to do an update for the blog soon, so I’m hoping that maybe next week or the week after he’ll be up for it [once he’s on break].  For now, you’ll have to make do with my version, hehe. 

Daddy Week 10 sideDaddy Week 10

I’m pretty sure the toughest thing about being Daddy-to-be right now is my mood swings.  Ben’s had to deal with a couple of major wraths this week: one after I realized that the only maternity store on the island closed [where am I supposed to get one of these now??!], another in the parking lot at 10:30pm when he wasn’t searching through my bag for the keys fast enough for my liking [seriously.].  He also has to work really hard to convince me to eat an ume plum every day [I know I’ll feel better after I eat one, but they’re just so yucky at first!].  I still don’t know how I got so lucky.  Ben is the most patient and loving person I know. 

Some random Ben facts:

  • Current cravings: anything left on Haley’s plate [which includes sushi, veggies, an entire stuffed acorn squash], all leftovers, red beer, grilled cheese, all sandwiches. 
  • Current aversions: crappy beer. 
  • Current hobbies: afternoon walks around the neighborhood, running to the store for random items, giving footrubs Winking smile
  • Number of times a day I tell Mommy and baby I love them: at least two.
  • Most excited for: the second trimester!  Almost there! 

Have any questions specifically for Ben?  I’m hoping to get him to do a post next week or the week following… let us know! Smile

Healthy + Hapai : 9 Weeks

Healthy + Hapai : 10 Weeks

Aloha Pumehana.
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8 thoughts on “Healthy + Hapai : 11 Weeks

  1. Cathi says:

    Looking “Beautiful” and “Handsome” as ever… Keep up the posting I enjoy seeing and reading about your progress…
    Love & miss you both!

  2. Pema says:

    Ume plums are traditionally eaten with plain rice by Japanese monks. Maybe that combo would appeal to you.
    Mahalo nui for your hapai postings. Glad the big kettleball is being semi retired.
    Essential oil of peppermint ( 1 drop to 1 1/2 pints of water) is recommended for nausea and indigestion. So maybe peppermint tea would be just as good.

    • Haley Rabago says:

      Thanks so much for the recommendations, Pema! The ume actually really helps, but they’re so salty that Ben has to wash them off first before I’ll even come close to putting one in my mouth, lol. Mint tea has been nice to sip, but I notice it hasn’t done much for my nausea.

  3. AmandaonMaui says:

    What if you ate gluten free crackers instead of saltines? There are some really bland gluten free crackers out there, as well as some flavorful ones. Perhaps rice cakes would also be good. Having digestive issues (especially diarrhea) is really bad when you’re trying to hold onto nutrients for growing a baby.

    • Haley Rabago says:

      Thanks so much for the suggestions, Amanda! I’ve been trying gluten-free pretzels and rice cakes/crackers… still trying to find something that works for me, though.

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