Time to Relax in Nicaragua

LIFESTYLE - TRAVEL - 01.13.2019

This year we decided to take a trip to Nicaragua and we were able to get a good group of friends and family to go with us. It ended up being my brother, his two friends and Gerald's brother.

Nicaragua is a small but beautiful country. It is full of history and culture. I learned about this country because my hubby’s mom was born and raised there. I had been introduced to many of the foods from Nicaragua and I was intrigued to learn more about this place.

Back in 2014 was the first time I went to Nicaragua and I loved it! I wanted more. This time around I wanted it to be about adventures and food since the first time was mostly about visiting family.

I initially invited my brother and my hubby’s brother along. It eventually became a trip of seven people. It was great having other explorers on board. I made sure to plan ahead. I started by choosing the date. January 13 which was just days away from my hubby’s birthday. Keep in mind Nicaragua can be very hot, depending on what cities or towns you are planning to visit. I had learned that this country had lots of volcanos and beautiful beaches.

Granada, Nicaragua

This is the first picture taken from Granada, Nicaragua from the balcony of our master suite.


First of all, we rented an Airbnb home in the city of Granada. The house was better than what I had seen online. It had four bedrooms each with its own bathroom. Nicaraguan homes in cities have an open setup design. It is said that it helps to cool down the home during hot days.  


I had recently started to workout but when I found out I was pregnant I stopped. I had had a miscarriage before and I didn’t want to jeopardize my second pregnancy. Yoga and walking have been the only exercises I do now. I mostly stretch and look for safe pregnancy videos on Youtube. Most of all I enjoy taking my dog Buddy on daily walks. It is great for him and for mommy.


Since I had had a miscarriage before, during every second of my current pregnancy I am scared. Some days more than others. I noticed every change in my body. I recall feeling a pinch and thought, “I am pregnant. It is happening.” This was a couple of weeks before my missed period. Having two sisters who have had three kids each, I asked the experts. They just told me that I thought about being pregnant too much.

Maybe I did, but this time I was right. All l could think about is “Please reach 13 weeks and you’ll be ok” but even though I am currently 15 weeks I am terrified of the unknown. I am for the most part positive. I tell my baby that he or she is strong. That Baby is loved. I just want these scary moments to go away. In spite of that, I can’t live in fear. So I have decided to enjoy each moment of pregnancy. No matter what I am a mommy already.


Wow, is all I can say! I truly don’t recognize myself these days. I am usually a very emotional person (ask my hubby) (this is what I call him). I have noticed that I am very nonchalant these days. Not crying or getting angry all the time. Baby Lopez has definitely calmed me down. I really hope this continues postpartum.


I have always been a thin girl. Nevertheless, in the last three years or so I noticed I have gained weight gradually. I would love to be in better shape, but at the moment I just want my baby to be safe. I have not gained to much weight so far. No matter how much I gain, I just hope it is for my baby’s health. My breasts are pretty big at the moment. A double D since I last checked. I haven’t noticed any more growth but they are veiny and my areolas are a bit darker. Stretch marks are something that I have been thinking about for sure. I don’t have any stretch marks on the belly so far. I know that they will most likely pop up after I give birth. Nonetheless, I am taking minor precautions. I have been trying the Burts Bees Belly cream. It feels light and absorbs pretty quickly into the skin. I want to purchase other creams and some oils I have researched. I will keep you gals updated. (insert pic of Gerald and I )


During my first trimester, I really wanted to see the first ultrasound. It made me so happy to see a small ball inside that was going to change into a cute babyish!!! (baby) I am now looking forward to feeling Baby Lopez kick me. But most of all for Daddy Gerald to start to bond with baby. I am always happy to see him happy. I can’t wait for what is to come. Daddy, mommy, and Buddy love you Baby Lopez!

Any advice from mommies welcomed! I need reading material mostly but I also enjoy a great Youtube video or Instagram page.

Now, what will it be a GIRL or BOY??? Any guesses??? Let me know down below on the comment what you think we are having. Gender reveal coming soon! Janini sends you some kisses and hugs! XOXO


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