August 30, 2012

the rume all ... possible diaper bag?

I'm still quite hesitant to spend RM238 on the Skip*Hop Duo Diaper Bag in Uptown Stripes and hoping someone would be kind enough to check it off our Baby Registry for us. But I am in need of a diaper bag because I'm quite reluctant to lug the heavy old gigantor of a diaper bag around anymore, especially with an infant and a toddler in tow.

So, off I went stalking my favourite online green store Tiny Tapir and decided to get the RumeAll in Teal. It's not a typical diaper bag but I think it will do the job pretty well. When the family went on a five week vacation to US ... I bought the a Mini Rume and a Medium Rume and after loads of heavy groceries, laundry and shopping from San Francisco to New York, the bags held up exceedingly well and has not even torn a seam. It's been two years since the trip and I'm still using the bags for my groceries.

Retailing at RM89.00 from Tiny Tapir, the idea of using the RumeAll as a diaper bag is beginning to grow on me. With a zip top, two elastic top side pockets and a zippered front pouch ... it's known to store tons of stuff and is machine washable. It's also super lightweight at less than 100g and folds small to take anywhere. Oh yeah, did I mention that it's also environmentally friendly? 

Can't wait till this arrives in the mail. I think I might even get one in Fuschia for my MIL ...

August 28, 2012

ah goo baby plush pads at RM99!

Heads up, mums-to-be who is looking for a portable changing pad for baby!

Tiny Tapir is clearing their Ah Goo Baby Plush Pads at RM99 instead of RM119; a savings of RM20! The catch? The foam memory mattress inside the cover is slightly discolored, probably due to exposure to light which happens. I’m not sure to what extent but I decided to get one in Poppy anyway since the staff assured me that the discoloration didn’t smear onto the white plush cover and doesn't effect it's primary function at all ; it's just smudged.

Fine. Call me an el-cheapo but the foam mattress will be hidden by the cover anyway and if the cover is discolored; there’s always Google to help me find a way of removing the stains au natural or otherwise.

Hopefully, hubby will be able to pick it up together with the super hard to find Grovia Magic Stick diaper ointment tomorrow before he comes home for the long weekend. I love dealing with the staff at Tiny Tapir. I just dropped them an eMail last night and they're already on it; delivering the plush pad to the retail store tomorrow morning and making sure that my Grovia Magic Stick will be there too.

Will post photos and a review when I get my hands on them. Can't wait!

August 27, 2012

the start of week 37

I’m starting my 37th week today and to say I do not want my lil’ man out of me very, very soon (like in the next couple of days) would be an outright blatant lie. I am honestly quite done feeling like a beached whale in the last couple of weeks but waking up this morning actually feeling and looking like one was very humbling – minus the swelling of my legs, which I am wondering when will happen because then it’ll mean labor is near. In fact, I haven’t swelled up much this pregnancy. I can still take my wedding ring off unlike when I was pregnant with Adrianna. Hubby was worried that my ring finger might turn blue and fall off by the time the 8th month of pregnancy rolled around.

Last night my Braxton Hicks were still irregular but they definitely went up a notch in the pain department and this morning, I could hardly find the energy to get ready for work. My stomach feels so heavy and the muscles are definitely feeling the strain and mind you this was happening all day long – could all this overnight changes be impending labor in the coming days?

Stay tuned ...

August 24, 2012

26 days and counting down

26 more days to my due date. How crazy is that?! Writing it that way compared to “36 almost 37 weeks pregnant” makes meeting my lil’ man so much closer.

Nothing new happening with me this past couple of days. The work front is pretty calm especially with my boss outstation until tomorrow ... perhaps then all hell might break loose, again. I’m still working and will probably work until I go into labor but so far I’m glad to report I’ve finished what I need to finish on a day-to-day basis so if I do go into labor during the night, the poor girls having to stand-in for me won’t have much of a headache especially with my multi-coloured sticky notes system combined with a very lengthy email of instructions. My colleagues say I’m organized ... hubby is much more blunt, he says I’m a tad obsessive compulsive. Unfortunately, I tend to agree with hubby because I sometimes tire myself out unnecessarily by being too organized..

Pregnancy wise; nothing new either. Exhaustion still lingers on a daily basis but that’s probably due to my inability to sleep through the night without my bladder waking me up every 2 to 3 hours, to which I should not complain because I've read in the forum I frequent that some women have it worse; like every 15 to 30 minutes.

My next appointment with George isn’t until Tuesday next week for which I think I’ll still be pregnant because my lil’ man has not given me any signs or indications he wants out even though his squirms are getting quite uncomfortable for me due to him running out of room to do any yoga-esk maneuvers. My Braxton Hicks are still quite elusive during the day but they do pick up a notch at night. I haven’t started to bloat and my back hasn't started to ache – I’m beginning to think my lil’ man might not want out unless I serve him an eviction notice ... forcibly. Sigh.

Preparation wise; I am now living vicariously through my unborn son since I'm too preggo to shop for myself; can't blame me for being super excited that these babies have been checked off our Baby Gift Registry all in the past week alone!

1. Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Sterilizer - gift from Grandma Molly.
2. Philips Avent Natural Feeding Infant Set - gift from my boss.
3. Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker - gift from my colleagues.

Definitely happy and relieved now since all the basics (and a bit of luxury) have been purchased. Feeling loved too because they are from family and friends. Can't wait to start using them and will definitely update with loads of photos and a review!

August 20, 2012

philips avent 3-in-1 electric sterilizer

It has been a quiet Raya holiday up until today when the hubby, baby and I went over to the in-law's to set up my bedroom for when I move in for my confinement.

All the packing and folding totally exhausted me out by mid-day but I got to check the first item off our baby registry today: the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Sterilizer, a baby gift from Grandma.

Did the first trial sterilizing run on my Philips Avent Isis Breast Pump which I finally took out of storage after three years and I'm totally loving the interchangeable compartments depending on what I'll be sterilizing and the slim space-saving design.

Total sterilizing time only took 6 minutes and it was also very quiet compared to the Little Bean one I used when I had Adrianna.

At RM279.20 (after 20% discount) the package also came with a 4 oz. Philips Avent PP Feeding Bottle, an infant soother and an itsy lil' wee thong.

Philips Avent also made a 4-in-1 version which includes an additional basket for the dishwasher but since we Malaysians prefer the sink more, I didn't think spending an additional RM50 was fruga (LOL! I cannot believe I just used the word "frugal" ... this coming from a chick who hasn't had a single dose of retail therapy for more than 8 months due to pregnancy and experiencing a famine in the bank account.)

Can't wait to try out more Philips Avent products especially the Natural Range feeding bottles - they truly do live up to their moto: Sense and Simplicity.

Here's a little video I found off YouTube on the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Sterilizer. Apparently with my unit, Philips Avent forgot to install the automatic interchangeable compartment with the hand clapping feature. Quite disappointed, but nevertheless it's still a stylish little nifty sterilizer. I also cannot quite understand the dancing though. Probably too tired to ... I prefer to just slump on top of the counter top or on the couch while I wait.

August 17, 2012

the graco mirage travel system

After being in storage for over a year, the hubby got our stroller out from under plastic wraps and brought the baby bassinett home with him from KL when he got home last night; we had loaned it to our cute baby niece last year and she's since graduated to a beautiful little two year-old.

When I looked at them again this morning, I'd forgotten how huge these things were but then the hubby had a penchant of buying things with big wheels and big things for our little girl ... you should see the kid's diaper bag, her crib and her current baby car seat; they are big and when I mean big I literally mean gigantic! (I wonder what happened to the phrase "demure" when it comes to little girls?!)

Hubby got the Graco Mirage Travel System in "Black Jack" for Adrianna about a month before she was born from myBBstore for about RM1,300 plus including postage. I forget the actual price tag but it was on sale at that time. When the box came, they were about my size and mind you I was eight months pregnant! I was only driving a wee Proton Wira hatchback and the baby bassinet alone took up half the backseat.

Other than the size, and with the size comes the weight especially with baby in it ... I don't actually have a complain about them.

The stroller is easy to fold down and it's well weighted so it feels really sturdy which means I've never had to worry about the stroller falling backwards if I hung my gigantic diaper bag off it - even when it's sans baby.

The wheels are huge but surprisingly easy to manouvere with one hand even when the stroller on full load - very useful for this rather uncoordinated mama.

There's also a very handy basket to dump whatever you need to underneath especially when you go shopping, with ample spacing too if baby is on board. Cool right?

When Adrianna was still in between the stages of being an infant and toddler somewhere around Chinese New Year in 2010, we being the Chinese that we are would go out for dinner at restaurants during the first few days. During dinner my little girl got extremely cranky because she was sleepy so hubby tilted the stroler seat back, tucked a pillow underneath her head, pulled out a flap from somewhere and made a boxed-like-bed and placed a blanket on top of her. She slept through the entire dinner in a nice little make-do bed without her legs sticking out. Cool, huh? I never knew we had that feature until hubby did that - letting hubby choose the stroller (as big as it was) was the best decision I made.

Yeah, we do get stares from people when we take out stroller out probably from the sheer size of it and this is after all Ipoh ... but when you weigh the features it comes with they can stare all the want.

Now ... cleaning up this dang thing before our lil' man arrives - that is another story.

August 16, 2012

how stupid can parents actually be?!

It's only 8.55am and I am furious after reading this piece of news from Asia One, "Home Alone Baby Saved from Burning Flat". This happened in Butterworth, about an hour and a half from where I live.

What perplexes me is that the babysitter, a 48-year old woman could actually feel it justified to leave a 6-month old baby alone in the house and go do some marketing nearby while the baby was sleeping.

I know babysitting an infant is no easy feat but to even fathom leaving him alone is down right stupid and irresponsible! Could she not wait for the father who had just fetched the elder sibling from kindergarten to come home first? What could possible be so important that she had to rush to the market first?!

Saved by the neighbour, the infant is now in critical care with 70% of his body inflicted with first degree burns caused by a falling oil lamp.

In another development, this one even closer to home ... "Four Year Old Girl Dies, Relative Quizzed". The girl died of suspected physical abuse after a post-mortem was performed. No matter how naughty a child may be, and my daughter is no angel; it also does not warrant such physical harm.

In both cases, I feel so bad for the child but I feel absolutely nothing but anger and disgust towards the adults particularly the parents who would condone such stupidity and irresponsibility in their lives and their household no matter the circumstances.

Makes me want to go home, hug and kiss my darling daughter now even if she was awfully naughty last night.

August 15, 2012

35 weeks and waddling with a sore crotch

My little one turned when I was 33 weeks pregnant and I could feel his little noggin' pressuring down on my pelvic area whenever he squirmed or had the hiccups. He's been gaining about 0.5 oz. a week since then and with the added weight comes added pain. Right now at 35 weeks, I can hardly walk without grimacing in pain ... not sure how I'm going to make it to week 40 and last eight hours in the office!

Last week he was 2.7 kgs (about 5 lbs. 9 oz.) and if he continues to gain weight the way that he is, I estimate he'll be about 2.9 kgs (about 6 lbs. 4 oz.) by the end of this week and about 3.8 kgs (about 8 lbs. 4 oz) by the end of week 40 which is just a short five weeks away. Ouch! Trying very hard not to think about how to push an eight pounder baby out of me since I nearly passed out pushing Adrianna out and she was only 5 lbs 7 oz.!

So, what's new with me in week 35 ... let's see.

Hot flashes! Goodness. I sleep with the air-conditioner on full blast on me and I still sweat bucketloads at night to the point I soak my pillow case. I hate being in my office as well because I can be sitted and I'm still sweating. It's horrible! With that in mind, I make sure I drink lots of water and I mean lots - about 3 litres a day or I feel like I might shrivel and dry out which doesn't help with the pelvic pain because I'd then have to waddle to the loo every 15 minutes or so.

An extremely sore crotch. I know I've covered that point already ... but I also read here that the body will adjust the pelvis to accomodate the baby's size by stretching the ligamets to the right size when baby settled in the pelvic bone. I fine with that. I just wish someone bothered to inform me that it hurts ... like %#^!.

Huge boobs. I've resorted to wearing my Bravado nursing bra to work and although it flattens my girls out and doesn't really flatter how my chest area ... I figured, being able to breath and comfort before vanity. It's only 3 to 5 weeks more to go.

August 14, 2012

the beaba babycook

All mamas will want the best for their babies, and this one is most definately included. With Adrianna, I was a first time mum and I didn't know a lot of things so Google was my best friend but with what I've learned, I did not have much freedom to practise because I was living temporarily with the inlaws and old-school was still pretty dominant around their house when it comes to raising a kid.

This time around, things will be a little different. I'm going to preservere in breastfeeding my son and when he's ready for solid food, it'll be home-made baby food. If I have my way, which I suspect I most definately will - I'll be splurging on a Beaba Babycook in "Gipsy" by January 2013 and stocking up on other cute storage supplies for baby food processing.

After much research, it was either the Beaba Babycook retailing at RM590 plus or the Philips Avent Steamer & Blender about RM390 less as they both do the same thing. But I've decided to go with the Beaba Babycook ... for now. You're probably rolling your eyeballs at me right about now, but in all honesty ... if this mama is going to be the one paying for it and then cook, wash and feed the baby; then this mama is going to buy something she loves using, cook, wash and feed with. But who knows, I might jolly well end up with the Philips Avent Steamer & Blender when the time comes - I blame this entirely on my fickle brain wrecked with lunatic infused pregnancy hormones. What a mouthful!

So ... what's the hype about the Beaba Babycook? Here's the lowdown:
A one-of-a-kind, patented compact countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. Quickly steam cook vegetables, fruits and meats in 15 minutes or less, while preserving their vitamins and flavors.
By saving the condensed water after steaming, you're able to add valuable nutrients back into baby's food. Puree and blend food to the desired consistency making it super smooth, chunky or anywhere in between for baby. Parents can also use the Babycook to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods. Clean up is quick and easy with a top-rack dishwasher safe bowl and basket.
Bowl is made from unbreakable, Bisphenol-A free copolyester and the cooking basket from transparent polypropylene (PP).
Comes with a 2½ - cup capacity bowl, cooking basket, spatula and recipe booklet. Bowl and basket are top-rack dishwasher safe.
I'll also be adding these to my collection when the time comes but till then, a mama can dream can't she?

Beaba First Stage Spoons.

The Beaba Multiportions.

The Beaba Rice Cooker.

August 13, 2012

the dark side of my pregnancy

Lately, quite a few people in my life thinks it's fun to start pushing this pregnant lady's buttons. I'm usually a very patient person and if I were to ever loose my cool with someone, it usually means they've pushed me to the very limit and according to my friends, I have a pretty well-buffered limit.

I've only ever lost it once during my first pregnancy and I was 8 weeks pregnant then and didn't know that I was. Now with this pregnancy especially when I hit my week 33 mark, I seem to loose it every single weekday morning and evening and for good reason too only I may have blown it out of proportion at times.

The thing is, it's not only because of hormones. It's also due to the cumulative discomforts of pregnancy. According to Clark Gillespie, M.D., author of Your Pregnancy Month by Month ... "In the early months, pregnant women experience nausea, the inability to eat a proper meal, fatigue, tender breasts and the fear that something might go wrong. And as time goes on, there's insomnia, heartburn, more pressue on the bowels and bladder and the constant feeling of overheating - all of which contributes to irritability."

I'm growing a human in here and it's a tough job. I'm also in pain because my little one has been head down since week 32 and now that he's piling on 0.5 oz a week, he's been putting a heck of a lot of pressure on my pelvic region to the point that I'm not able to walk without feeling like I'm grinding my pelvic bones to powder.

I still have tons of work to finish up at in the office. I also have no fixed date to go on maternity leave (because if I go on leave early, I'll hear no end of it from my MIL who will be constantly reminding me how I wasted the few precious days of maternity leave to laze around the house like she did the last time, not taking into any consideration at all that I'm in total and utter discomfort!) so work and filing is constantly piling up with no finish line in sight; which in turn frustrates the living daylights out of me. How on earth am I suppose to hand anything over to whoever is going to supervise all this work at this rate?!

Sigh. Seriously ... give this heavily pregnant, hot flashed and in-pain preggo lady a break can y'all?

August 10, 2012

what's in my baby registry

After much thought and deliberation, mostly on my end because I tend to over-think and over-plan things (according to hubby anyway) ... I've set up a Baby Registry at Baby Bump's Gift Registry 360 to help out family and friends who were clueless with baby gifting especially with an "OCD" and organic-mama-wannabe in the house (according to hubby anyway ... again).

I suppose after Adrianna's blessing 3 years ago and ending up with quite a lot of things we either didn't need it seemed quite a waste so to minimise our footprint I figured a Baby Registry was best.

So, here's what I've registered with online stores.

August 9, 2012

week 34!

I am now in the middle of my 34th week and this week my body no longer feels like my own. During my last appointment with George two weeks ago, I know that my lil' man has turned head-down which would explain the pressure I constantly have on my bladder and my need to go visit the loo much more often now compared to my second trimester.

So, what's new this week ... Fatigue. It is worse than when I was in my first trimester. Exhaustion has reached a whole new level this week. Might be from my inability to sleep comfortably the last few weeks or it might be from all this excess weight from baby and the water in the amniotic sac which reaches it's maximum volume this week and will likely stay that way until I deliver. That's an average of 20 pounds but at the last weigh-in, my lil' man was already at 2.1 kgs! During our latest appointment with George, he weighed in at 2.7 kgs so I'm definately going to be expecting a 3 kgs plus baby. It does scare me a tad because Adrianna was only 2.63 kgs when she was born but I suppose when the time comes, I won't even remember and George will have done a splendid job *fingers crossed!*.

Baby is suppose to drop starting this week too. Not too sure how that's going to work for me because I've been carrying him quite low this entire pregnancy and feel like he might drop out if I walk too fast or squat down so if he's going to drop any further, I'd have to waddle with my legs close which gives a whole new definition to the penguin walk.

Other than that, everyone is doing fine. George has hinted that our lil' man may come early but not to be too worried about it. Hard not to be because he also mentioned he'll be out of town during the Hari Raya holidays and will only be back on the 28th! Our lil' man better not come until after the 28th or mama will not be very happy. Hubby on the other hand is getting excited about meeting his son and I think he'll be an even more fantastic dad after having experience with our little girl.

Oh well ... four to six week more. Wait, I've mentioned that a few posts already, haven't I?

Pfft. Pregnancy brain.

August 8, 2012

letting it all go while pregnant ... guilty

I honestly do not know how other pregnant mamas out there do it (and I'm looking at you Mama @ The Missus Blog!); be pregnant, have a full time job, an active toddler at home and still find the time to look good. I personally look like crap ... been looking like crap probably since my first trimester. I couldn't stand the smell of my favourite Diorskin foundation, Estee Lauder lipgloss or Hugo Boss Orange perfume so I had to settle for the pale faced look during my first and second trimester.

Now that I'm in my third trimester and almost at the home stretch, I've gotten so used to not applying any makeup or doing up my hair (I've been letting my hair grow out then tying it up in a loosebun because of all the hot flashes I've been getting lately.)

I've pretty much let myself go.

This picture was taken when I first started feeling better towards the middle of my second trimester.

I do not look like this now. I look worse and in a few short weeks too. It's shocking!

I've not been to the facialist since I found out I was pregnant nor have my visited my hairdresser in over 6 months. I could just blame it on being lazy but seriously, between a full time job and taking care of Adrianna - I also don't have the time to. Whatever time I have left is spent cleaning up the house and making sure everything is in order so I don't have to run around like a headless chicken when bubs decides to meet the world.


It's my night off today. My little girl is going to stay the night at the grandparents. After work, I'm going to indulge myself to some KFC, stop by the Guardian on my way home to pick up a few items and have a spa session later tonight. Goodness knows I need some pick-me-up ... besides, it's our fourth wedding anniversary today. Hubby is back in KL for work but he'll be back on Friday and I think he'll appreciate a better looking wife, even if I'm about to pop.

Now, if I could only reach my toes ...

August 7, 2012

my lil' man's coming home outfit

There have been loads of "finally" accomplished last weekend and I'm pretty happy about that especially with only 4-6 weeks to go before I'm due to go into labor. The last of my "finally" is our lil' one's coming home outfit which I finally gotten off my MIL who's been keeping it in storage since my daughter was born a little over three years ago.

Yes. You read right. It's not brand new (... I can hear gasps of horror right about now).

I love this particular onesie because the bottom can be converted from pants to gown and the mittens are "sewn-in" so all I have to do is tuck the sleeves inside out and not have to worry about misplacing a mitten. The outfit was originally a gift from my mum to my daughter when she was born but it didn't get to my daughter until she was about 2 months old because hubby couldn't schedule a trip to US on time. So by the time he got it home with it, it was a tad snug for her. She's only worn it once for photo sake and been in storage ever since.

On the flip side, it's been washed and dried a few times so it's super soft and I think my lil' man will appreciate that. Besides, we'll be driving straight home from the hospital so as long as it's not the same outfit as his big sister's when she came home, I should not have a complaining tween in the near future telling his mama that he wore the same outfit as his big sister and that we his parents are el-cheapo (well, we are sort of ... in a good way but he'll understand).

I guess with this pregnancy, I realised that the hype of buying everything brand new is a little over-rated so we're trying to save where we can. Of course, there have been some splurges here and there but nothing overly crazy like I did with my daughter which ended up with us having quite a few items unused.

Four to six week more! Can't wait ...

August 6, 2012

my weekend maternity "luxuries" haul

Hubby came home last night and bought with him a bag of goodies for my hospital bag; some he bought and some was from a dear friend of mine who took the time to hunt them down for me when she was in US - on vacation.

Yup. I call 'em "luxuries" because they weren't originally on my packing list mostly due to the price but I'm glad dear hubby and my friends think some pampering is in order after nine months of pregnancy. Here's what I received:

From dear hubby
- Philips Avent Disposable Breast Pads Day 60's
- Bravado Original Nursing Bra Double Plus
- Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray
- St. Ives Apricot Scrub

From my dear buddy
- Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner
- Bare Minerals Refillable Loose Powder Brush

After almost ten weeks of procrastinating on packing my hospital bag after hubby started it off for me, I can finally zip it up this weekend and wait for my lil' man to decide when to make an appearance.

August 5, 2012

philips avent disposable breast pads 60's

I first saw the Philips Avent Disposable Breast Pads Day 60's on myBBstore selling at 20% discount at RM28.40 and used that as a benchmark in my quest of finding something similar and hopefully cheaper here in my hometown since I could save on postage if I bought it locally. I was sorely mistaken. All the other brands had less pieces and was more expensive. After 2 weeks, I was close to giving up and decided to ask hubby to buy the dang box for me from KL until we decided to waddle to Jusco where I found the last box going at the same price - grabbed it, paid for it and was finally happy to be able to zip up my hospital bag. I even got 2 pieces of night for free. Can't complain.

The day pads are ultra slim and is contoured compared to other brands in the market. They are also individually wrapped (white for day; night in magenta), is easy to open discreet packaged unlike some which required me to use the rip-with-force method. Even the night pads are slim-lined although just a tad thicker than the day ones but not by much.

I am beginning to be a Philips Avent fan; I wasn't always. After much research, I find their products are well thought of for the already frazzled mums-to-be. Simple yet does the job efficiently and effectively.

Our next Philips Avent purchase; the Naturals Feeding Bottle Newborn set and the 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer, and I think our shopping is complete! Now I just need to hunt them down and hopefully they're on sale too.

August 4, 2012

a quick weekend getaway to kuala lumpur

While spring cleaning my Facebook photo albums, I found a bunch of photos we took of Adrianna two years ago when we took a quick weekend trip to KL somewhere in the middle of August. Ever since hubby started working in KL last year in June and me staying back in Ipoh, we've hardly gone anywhere for a vacation. Now with me being 37 weeks pregnant, we'll probably not go anywhere for quite some time to come. Sigh ...

Anyhow ... back to the quick weekend trip we took way back in August two years ago ...

With the US trip looming near, the family decided to take a drive down to KL and spend the weekend there to sensitize bubs to travelling. Besides, hubby managed to book us a family room at The Royale Bintang Damansara at an impressive rate. So off we went early in the morning, with bleary eyed bubs in tow in her pajamas and hugging her bear.

We arrived around 10am and headed to Mid Valley; wiped down and changed bubs in the parking lot (something I've mastered since she has a knack of pooping in the car) and off for a quick session of lunch and shopping we went.

Bubs loves the little musical cars and had to try out every single one we came across.
And I mean every ... single ... one.