our pregnancy journey

Let me start my pregnancy journey by saying I was one week working already in burnaby as qa analyst in BBY when I found out I was pregnant. My period came late, it was February 18 , when I tried to use our pregnancy kit and I found out that I was pregnant. I can still remember the initial reaction I had and I gave thanks to the Lord for He has heard our prayer for a child. So when I told my husband that I am pregnant, he was sleepy that time because it’s a weekend and around 5am in the morning. So he just said yeah and go back to sleep. When he woke up, he got his phone and took a picture of the pregnancy kit test and send it to our family. My husband is a bit excited for the new blessing that we have.

First Trimester:

The first three months of my pregnancy journey was a roller coaster ride for us. Getting up to work in the morning, was so hard. All I want to do was to sleep but this momma has to work. We also went to our family doctor to confirm that I am really pregnant. Indeed the doctor confirmed that we are pregnant. We are then transferred to Richmond Hospital for my pre natal check up.  Some pregnant women has severe morning sickness, but mine was in the afternoon after getting out of the office. I had to puke after getting out of the bus. Not only that I also experienced several food cravings which includes fried chicken of Churches and Siopao Asado of New Towns. I always ask my husband to get me one of those comfort food. I don’t know but i like them a lot. To tell you the truth, when we dine in churches, we will order 2 piece chicken for both of us (hubby and me). I will surely finish them and even asked for the other piece from my husband. I guess I have a little one that loves a chicken.  There was one incident when I want to eat siopao, We came from the office and it was past 5pm when my husband and I decided to go to new town to get my siopao. When we reached our destination, we found out that the siopao was sold out. So I honestly asked them, if they had one so I could eat them and I even told them I am pregnant. But they did not give me, they saw me crying going back to my husband where he parked.

Then on my third month, I received a phone call from my OB that I need to immediately have my blood tested because they see something on the last test about our baby. I was at the office that time, doing my test scripts when I went to my manager and asked his permission if I can go to richmond hospital for emergency. He approved it immediately and gave his phone number to contact him for any help. I was really touched knowing that my manager cares for me. When I got to the hospital the OB mentioned to me that Jared’s test came out nearing the border of Down Syndrome. My heart sunk, my body shivers, and everything is a blur to me that moment. The OB consoled me and advice me to have a second test that will take my blood and have it sent to ontario for further testing. While waiting for it I was already googling how to take care for an infant with down syndrome. My fear is so high that I came to the point that I asked God why would he allowed jared to be like that. But my husband is so calm and even mentioned to me that everything is going to be ok. We continued praying for a good result,  when the test came, the OB mentioned to me that Jared is negative for the Down Syndrome and we knew that our baby is a HE. We were so happy and we knew that God was with us all through out this first trimester.

Here’s our pregnancy kit test showing 2 lines confirming that what we prayed during prayer and fasting 2017 was answered :

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Here’s my little bump:

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Here’s a video link of our first ultrasound of Jared for first trimester: First ultrasound of Jared.

Second Trimester

My second trimester is easy peasy. I feel like everything is a bit easy. No more vomiting and i feel my energy bump up a bit that time. The second trimester I was more focused on working on my crm projects along side with epos and pos testing. I also noticed when I was on my second trimester, I always help people in need and always give my best smile to everyone. During this period I always read bible stories to Jared and we always talk to Jared. We may not feel yet his movements but as the doctor said, we can feel his movements more during the third trimester.

Here’s a baby bump of momma :

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Third Trimester:

As my third trimester approaches, my tummy gets bigger and i am literally fat.But on the 7th month I noticed that my foot are so swollen and my wedding ring needs to be removed because my hands are swelling. We had received also a great favor from my team in BBY, they gave me a crib for my little jared. Honestly, I was having mixed emotions, excited to held my son and i fear that I might not be enough and the things I will be doing for my son will not be enough. Maybe it’s just the pregnancy hormones. But when jared tried to kick while inside my tummy, I giggled and realize that I will be taking care of this little blessing from God and God will never leave me nor for sake me.

It was 1st of September when we had our normal routine check up with our OB. They weighed me and of course took my blood pressure. The doctor told me are you tired? I answered back, nope. She tried measuring again my blood pressure. She then told me your BP is 140/100. She then write a letter and told me I will be sent upstairs in maternity section for further test. So we went to third floor and we had a machine they will use to check jared’s heartbeat. They call the test as non stress testing to check on jared’s heart beat. After finishing the test, my husband and I went to the waiting area and waited for the OB for her verdict. When the OB came back to see and talk to us, her face seems serious. She started with saying, we found out that you have a high blood pressure that makes you a high risk in pregnancy because of this we concluded that you are preclamtic and we have to admit today for further testing and we will have you take the labetalol. She mentioned also it’s not your diet it’s just that the placenta has an issue.  We were admitted on the same day together with my husband. I was on labetalol for the rest of the night while my husband stayed with me by my side. I thank the Lord for providing me a husband who knows how to make me laugh despite our situation. The next day we were allowed to go home but I got a little note from the doctor that I need to take an early leave in the office.

So we applied for an emergency leave for 7 days and after that we applied for disability leave which was approved by my manager. I am super beyond blessed to have working with BBY who take cares of their employees, we finally find an amazing company that God provided us.

We were scheduled for non stress testing for a couple of weeks and a lot of ultra sound. I thank the Lord for providing me people who are more than willing to provide their time with me. I was not driving that time so, either my husband , my sister in law ate marivi and her husband kuya jun will drop us in richmond hospital. I thank the Lord for they blessed me and surely the Lord will bless ate marivi and her husband and family for everything they did to us.

I was admitted again for almost 3 days now and was allowed to go home. It was the second week of September which were due to a spike again in my blood pressure: 180/110. We were supposed to be prepping for Jared’s stuff but unfortunately we can’t do it anymore due to my blood pressure. They put me on labetalol from 50mg to 100mg 3x a day.  I still remember that we were able to attend our baby shower before we found out on our non stress testing that my placenta water is decreasing and Dr. Rivera advised me to stay at the hospital.

So I stayed at the hospital, and was on monitor and labetalol. This was not an easy task, it was so boring for me. But I asked my husband to bring my bible and it was the time when I realize that I was not listening to God but instead I was just praying and asking for this and that. Every night I will be reading my bible and have an OB talk to me about my status if I am going to have jared be out early. Until one OB saw my bible. She asked me what is that, i told I was just reading a book. She said do you know that my husband is a pastor and she prayed with me. At that moment, I knew that God was with us and that Doctor hugged me and told me to be strong for our baby. They wanted Jared to stay until 37 weeks.

It was September 22 when they decided that Jared needs to come out because of the decline in amniotic fluid. So the plan was to induce labor for me and they put a thing inside me to cause dilation where jared will come out. It was not a very good experience. I even scratched my husband hand because of the pain. They keep monitoring Jared’s heartbeat during the induced labor phase. So how do i explain the feeling, have you ever felt cramps in your tummy but it felt like a gazillion waves of cramps in tummy which makes you feel like you need to pee or no poop, I just don’t know how to explain it but in few word, PAINFUL.

The next day September 23 2017, my husband and ate marivi bought food in well tea yes, food this momma likes food a lot, we ate a lot.After eating lunch, Dr Kawalsik, mentioned to us that Jared’s heart beat is slowing during contraction and she presented us two option:

  1. They will inject something to make the fluid increase inside my womb to make jared stay longer in my womb.
  2. C-Section

We chose option 2, we were prepped immediately.  I went inside the operating room and ready to be C-sectioned. The procedure was really simple, they will inject something in your backbone, it was called anesthesia. My anesthesiologist asks me if I feel something on my leg, then I told him just put my feet properly as I thought it was crossleg. He said it was already properly put. Then that signals that I feel nothing on my lower extremities. By the way my husband is with me and he was awesome in his gown and cap and of course his mask. I don’t see any marks of fear in him, but I knew God is with us and this was the day God made for us to see our little Jared. I was awake all throughout the operation and then I heard a loud cry, and they let me see Jared. He was so cute 🙂 My husband was the one who cut his umbilical cord and was able to bond more time with Jared. Jared was moved to NICU for he was born at 35 weeks and 6 days.

After they stitched me up, I went to the recovery area and waited until my lower limbs are back to normal. But the noticed that I have a high blood pressure again. My blood pressure is 200/110, they put labetalol and IV on me but my blood pressure is high again. When I went up, to see my husband waiting for me in my room I thank the Lord for protecting me. The Lord provided nurse for us to guide us overnight because the first night was critical. I was able to hold jared for the first time, but I was on high pain killer dosage. The feeling was magical and it was that moment that I realize that I was so blessed to have Jared and Jap in my life. That very moment, I praise the Lord for granting us our prayer.

Jared was in the NICU and we wanted to make his weight a bit higher. My husband and I was able to go home without jared. It was painful to leave jared at NICU but we have to endure it and be strong. God sustained us all throughout this pregnancy journey, from Day 1 till this day. We were able to bring Jared home after 10 days of staying in NICU.

We praise and Honor God for providing us people and loved ones who prepared and even helped us in the best way they can.

Here’s some of our picture during the third trimester:

At the operation room:

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Everyone we are pleased to introduce you to our bundle of joy :

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Hi, Im Jared Seth Lee, I was born last Sept 23 2017 at 2:25 pm.
Thank you for praying with us. 👪
Born at 35 weeks and 6 days.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 NIV

~ally~

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from slumber to awakening

I have been on a blogging slumber since 2016 of November.A lot of things happened to me starting from moving from Doha to Vancouver,getting my job as QA Analyst, getting pregnant, DS scare in the first three months of pregnancy, moving to a new house called home,Preclamtic on the 8th month of pregnancy, emergency c-section and gave birth with a baby boy at 35 weeks 5 days,hematoma in the c-section and weight gain issue of my premie boy. All these happened for a reason because that was the season of testing of my faith in God and again God proved how great He is in our life.

To be honest, my life last year is like Jonah’s story. Jonah was asked by God to serve and preach but instead of following God’s direction he went the other way around,a storm came in while he was traveling and later on Jonah asked the people in the boat to throw him in the sea and the storm stopped. Jonah was then swallowed by the whale and stayed there for three nights. He prayed to God and the whale spit him up in the seaside.

This story is also available in kids bible story in you tube, I played this story several times while my little boy Jared is still in my tummy. He will move when ever I played this story. I even told Jared to be obedient to God because a whale might eat him. Fast forward to January 14,2018, Jared and I attended a service in New Hope Christian Church and the topic is about Jonah. All along I thought the story was for my son, then the holy spirit yesterday prompted me that this story is for me since I was in slumber and I’ve been in church hopping since last year.When I attended the church service yesterday with Jared, I felt the holy spirit guided us to the church that God will nourish me and plant me to spread his good news the gospel.

Now back to the preaching, just like Jonah, I was in slumber in my christian faith. I know I believe in God but a whale ate up my existence as a christian. This whale represents the circumstances of my life:

  • getting a job
  • getting pregnant
  • being a mom and wife

This was the whale that ate up my christian walk in 2017. Like Jonah, it took me while to pray for this whale to spit me up. I literally enjoyed being caught up by this whale. Until I joined the 5 days prayer and fasting of Every Nation for 2018. It is also thru the 5 days prayer and fasting for Every Nation that I was able to gain the momentum to reconnect with God and nurture and rekindle our relationship. It was like a sweet second chance, when I am doing the devotions everyday, God thru his words in the bible reminded me that I am loved by Him and I am welcomed back to return to Him.

When God gave me a job in 2017, it was favor from Him so I learned that this should not eat up my christian life but instead I need to be thankful for this job and be a good steward of it. When I prayed for a child, God heard my prayer and granted it.Now being a mom and wife should not be a reason for me not to serve him and worship Him. I did passed all the testings in my pregnancy from Down Syndrome scare, to preclamsia, to csection hematoma and weight gain of my little one, no a big jared now it’s all because God promised me before I landed here in Canada this verses:

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”- Genesis 28:15

All these struggles that made me a slumber thought me that God was always there with me, He provided me people to take care of me which includes my husband and his family here and our extended friends. He also provided finances for me to be able to pay for expenses here and of course to offer and do our tithes. Most of the struggles and battles I went through, I literally didn’t went alone but God was with me and He reminded me this verse:

He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.-2 Chronicles 20:15

Lastly, Jonah’s prayer reminded me that I was eaten and cling unto worthless idol of the world and I am thankful that God heard my prayer and now I was drawn out of the worthless idol that tarnished our relationship.  Let me leave me you with these verse from Jonah as an inspiration to all:

“When my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
    to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
    turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

-Jonah 2:7-10

Lets us claim this verse for our slumber to reawakening of our walk with our christian life.

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blessed fruitful marriage year 1

It’s been a long time, I guess i’m too busy for the past few months. I haven’t blog in a while. In all honesty, I’m just lazy but I guess the blogger in me still kicks in despite several months passed.

So today, I wanted to blog our one year anniversary of marriage. Yes we are still in the long distance relationship but I believe God promised us this verse:

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.- Mark 10:9

We are holding on to His promises to us because He is a faithful God. My husband and I maybe miles apart but His grace is sufficient for us to overcome every issues that comes along our way. So what happened to our one year of anniversary? It’s very simple, my husband sent me a pretty flower and I received it here in the office and it was really a surprise for me since we are undergoing another transition in our season of marriage(a very good one), we may not be physically present for our first year of anniversary,but God’s grace is sufficient for us and His promises are within in our heart to overcome the thought of longiness for each other. We have been faithfully waiting for His right timing for us to be together and we still hold on to His promise that this year will be the completion of His promise to us.

Here’s a quick snapshot of  my hubby’s sweetness galore >.<

thank you bhe for these flowers they reminded me of fresh start. Cheers to a million years of blessed marriage life. Dangatoon taka bhe sobra

To God be the Glory!

~ally~

wedding website up and running

After Jap finally finished all the qr codes invitations and save the date card, he send it to Philippines and ask our friend, Ronald and Tots to distribute some of them to our guests. I did not yet send the invitations here in our Barwa Office and West bay office. I’m planning to give them before september ends.

How is our 3D QR Code Invitations linked to this post?

The answer is quite simple:

You have to scan the 3D QR Code with QR Code App on your mobile devices and it will give you the link to the website that both me and jap had worked on for quite sometime.

So the website is composed of  the following pages:

  • Home
  • The Wedding
    • The entourage
    • Let Us Know
  • Blog
  • Entourage
  • RSVP

Home- This is the landing page which consists of

  • Save the Date
  • Count Down to Wedding Ceremony
  • The Bride and Groom Pictures with Introductions
  • The Entourage  Picture Rolling
  • The Blog Posted
  • The Venue
  • The Reception
Upper Part Home Page

Upper Part Home Page

Middle Home Page

Middle Home Page

From the picture above , you can clearly see our motif, yes Teal, Black and  little touch of white.

I kinda don’t like the picture that my  bhe posted there, but  as per his preference, he likes my photo under the bride section. Well in fairness, I also like his picture, but I will tell Ann, that he cropped her in the image. That’s silly of him, but his cute and very handsome and look at his eyes.. my jap , my chinitong chito 🙂 The blog area is composed of how our story as a couple unfolds and of course our very own proposal story.

I won’t discuss the details of the website but  I will focus more on RSVP page:

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RSVP

So our rsvp, jap and I collaborated together in coding/testing this part. Well as we all know google is our bestfriend specially in coding. So I research on how to make an RSVP linked to google documents. So after carefully studying and finding a solution. I told jap to try the said solution and bwahaha, I have one great fiance, who codes very good.After he developed the said rsvp page, he asked me to test the rsvp. After trying different scenarios, I told him, passed no more revisions or fixing. So that’s how a dev and qa  hangs out.

Now we are receiving some of positive response on our website. But I wont yet share the website link for the moment, until RSVP is complete.

Thanks for reading!

To God be the Glory!

~♣ally♣~

IM-possible issues being investigated

This is a sequel to my previous post

complains that’s too complicated to comprehend

For the past few days I have attended the Mid year Prayer and Fasting 2015 here in ENQ. But this will be a separate post. For now I’ll be posting one of God’s way of saying,Hey Ally I got you covered.

So here it goes:

After sending some emails and distributing some forms for my evaluations, I finally got all the needed feedback  to back up my inquiry for the said evaluations and performance review.

When I am asking them to send me feedback I was asking God for wisdom,guidance,truthful feedback. I asked them in humility, God knows my heart that I am really shy in asking for feed back.The first feedback I received was really positive feedback, after few days the feedback that really touched my heart was the feedback from one of seniors that I am currently working, that moment it got me really teary eyed. Indeed if you don’t ask boldly, you will not receive it. After waiting for how many days, I made a survey form for my job. It’s a bit easier than constructing an email.So after printing it , I was really hesitant in giving it to me. So I seek the Lord and told him, I’m scared, what if they reject me? what if they say I am not good in supporting them? what if… Then I was  reading the following verses:

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.– Jeremiah 1:8

This verse has been posted on my fb acccount on June 27 2011, June 27 2012 and June 27 2015 in utmost.org. The Lord is so sweet to remind me of these verses that has been with me during the very first part of my walk with Him.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” – Acts 18:9-10

I was reading this as, one of my daily devotions, I was like Ally, obedience brings blessings.

I still didn’t give it not until I prayed for it and asked to be cover in prayer with my prayer buddies(Cha,coeli,cherry,sandy and ate jan) here in Doha.

After that I boldly gave the feedback forms and they even told me when do you need these. I told them if it’s possible today so I scan it. They said, sure. After giving the feedback forms, I was really in peace. This is a common sign when you know that you are doing something that is align to His will.

When I got the feedback form they were all positive results. I thank the Lord above for bringing people like them. After a couple of days, I received feedback from one of the person that is in charge of the most people I worked with, in the email he praised my effort and work. He even told me that there were no complains on the way I work with them.

Yesterday, I woke up to these verse:

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline- 2 Timothy 1:7

He reminded me of these verses again, the day I received the news on complains about me. I was again the coward ally. But God has really a unique way of reminding me and so I declared all the verses He gave me and act in faith that He who promise is faithful. So I prayed and even asked some of my prayer buddies to pray for me.

I composed the email, but was hesitant to send it. So I ask one of my prayer buddy coeli, and she gave a lending hand to correct my email.She even prayed with me together with cherry, ate jan and sandy. They are actually encouraging me and declaring God’s promises to me. What I can’t put in words in my email, coeli put it in words for me. Truly she has a gift for it and thank God for her.

So we sent the first inquiry, then after few minutes we receive email reply from them telling me the reason was for the not so good feedback as well as performance.So I started again replying and attached all the emails and feedback that I have gathered.Coeli edited it for me again and made it actually more comprehensive.So when I sent it again,I just surrender to God, in my prayer I just obeyed you father God. What ever the answer or reply I surrender it to you and hit sent.

Up until now I still have no reply email from them. Now the I just obeyed Him.

Backreading this post, I saw several pray and ask prayer. It was the first and last move that I had made prior to seeking and inquiring of the Lord. Yes, I do ask Him first before I do something. Why? Because I am relying on Him in everything I am doing. It is also an act of worship and total surrender to Him that apart from Him I am nothing.

That’s it, what ever happens I know God is with me and the battle is the Lords! I know impossible issue that’s being investigated becomes I’M POSSIBLE with GOD

To God be the glory!