Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Baby's Little Corner Design Inspirations

I have so much spare time now that I have temporary halted my corporate life but I am not complaining in any way. I rarely go out of the house too and when I do it's just for appointments with my doctor, grocery shopping or completing what the baby will need when she finally comes out.

So yes today I decided to hop over Pinterest to look for crib/nursery inspirations. I was overwhelmed. There are so many options, there are a lot of designs and decors that I like. Pinterest can be "dangerous" sometimes. Hahaha! I am worried I might break the bank and I really need to exercise restraint when I start shopping for the big ticket items next month.

Hubby and I talked about not converting one of the rooms in our apartment to nursery anymore. This way, we would be closer to our baby and we could be at her beck and call since she will be staying in our room thus eliminating the need to buy a baby monitor and repainting a whole room and the whole nine yards. We've also decided to ditch the idea of buying a crib with a drop-side feature because it is very dangerous. So now I am on the hunt for a crib that is convertible to a toddler bed.

If I had my way, I would want a crib set-up like this from Projectnursery.com:


But if Christian would have his way, I am sure this is what he will prefer- gray with pink accents:



See how different our visions/pegs are? But true to my husband being so indulging of the things I like, he just has one request if I push through with the things I want, he wants a white crib (this is a little hard to give in to because I want gold or mint green or peach or lilac). I admit I still have not made up my mind yet and while writing this I am full of other ideas on how to pimp our little girl's corner. Confused mommy-to-be!

Here are the rest of the beautiful and dainty set-ups that I found:


I love the elegance of this set-up as this really suits our baby's first name... 


And of course this one too - perfect for her second name... 


This is a very clean and easy-on-the-eyes set-up without the girly frills... I guess this was designed to be a little boy's room... 


So many ideas out there - I guess I opened Pandora's box of inspirations. Now, I am up for the challenge - I say, bring it on! All for my lovely little princess VS.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Came Early

My husband finally bought a new refrigerator to replace the small refrigerator that I have had in my apartment before we got married. He always complained that it was too small for his height (he is about 6'2 and the fridge is only 6.7cu ft - imagine the difference). He also complained about it being too small to store a good deal of grocery items and he wants to have a bigger one so we would cut on our shopping trips for food. And so he did...

A couple of weeks ago, we bought a new Samsung fridge. We were initially eyeing on two other brands but eventually decided to pay for the bottom freezer kind. It was not the newest in the lot but we both felt that for the time being it would be sufficient for our needs and of course it would not occupy too much space in our little kitchen. Since we paid in cash, we also got a huge discount - we only paid almost 70% of the price. It is such a good buy! Totally worth it!

Who wouldn't want a side-by-side unit or a french-door fridge? I certainly would want it but the problem would be the space. Sigh! But yes, we are extremely delighted with our purchase and it could very well be my husband's gift this Christmas. Here it is ----


NOTE: This is not a real picture of our fridge. I swiped the picture from the Samsung website and I just edited it. Score! 

The main reason why we bought this  refrigerator was because of the several compartments of the bottom freezer. I can now store different food items without the risk of contamination and of course if ever I will breastfeed the little one then I can dedicate one freezer compartment to store my breast milk. Light bulb! I say the fridge is really worth the bang for our buck.

In case you are wondering still, this is not a sponsored post. I chose to write about this because really at this point I am super in-love with our fridge - because - the ice cream stays frozen! Forgive my shallow happiness, indulge the preggo. If in case you are planning to replace your fridge and at the same get your money's worth, I would recommend for you to consider checking out this model. But if money is not an issue for you, then by all means, buy the one with double doors and secret compartments and all those other state-of-the-art feature.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Daddy's Lullabye For Baby VS

While Christian was on vacation, he got used to singing "Lille Peter Edderkop" to our baby inside my tummy. She would calm down believe it or not. Haha! The song that Christian sings is the Danish/Dansk version of Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Dansk Lyrics
Lille Peter edderkop kravled' op af muren 
Så kom regnen og skylled' Peter ned 
Så kom solen og tørred' Peters krop 
Lille Peter edderkop kravled' atter op.


English Lyrics
The itsy-bitsy spider went up the waterspout 
Down came the rain and washed the spider out 
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain 
And the itsybitsy spider went up the spout again.



Now that he is back sailing again (he joined the tanker just last week in Rotterdam, The Netherlands), he calls me through Skype and sings to baby in the wee hours of the morning (he is on Euro time zone and since I sleep late the timing is just perfect - I probably have pregnancy insomnia!). Truly, mommy and baby are both very lucky to have a husband and daddy who would graciously sing to us before we sleep.

I meant to record his voice while singing to baby when he was here but I totally forgot because I would giggle with glee as he sings. If you are curious how to sing it in Danish, here's a video I found in YouTube and yes, I keep on humming and singing the first line over and over again (yeah, just the first line - I could not pronounce the rest of the Dansk lyrics yet):







Christian is bent on teaching his daughter how to speak Danish so maybe mommy can join the Dansk lessons too. Haha! For now, I can only recite numbers 1 to 10 and I can manage to say a few phrases. I guess I can understand more when listening and when I read but yes for now, I am horrible at spoken Dansk. 



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Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Hyperemesis Gravidarum Story

I have never heard of hyperemesis gravidarum before my doctor concluded that I am unfortunately suffering from it. Yes, suffering is an understatement and there is no better word to describe it. For starters, hyperemesis gravidarum is when pregnancy makes you violently ill - excessive nausea, vomiting (sometimes more than 10 times each day), several trips to the emergency room, dehydration, medications with several side effects, and the list goes on and on. I did not put on weight and until now I am still not back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

WHAT IS HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM? 

Hyperemesis gravidarum is  a condition characterised by severe nausea, excessive vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are treated with dietary changes, rest and antacids. More sever cases often require a stay in the hospital so that the mother can receive fluid and nutrition through an intravenous (IV) line. -AmericanPregnancy.Org


Morning Sickness:Hyperemesis Gravidarum:
Nausea sometimes accompanied by vomitingNausea accompanied by severe vomiting
Nausea that subsides at 12 weeks or soon afterNausea that does not subside
Vomiting that does not cause severe dehydrationVomiting that causes severe dehydration
Vomiting that allows you to keep some food downVomiting that does not allow you to keep any food down
Hyperemis gravidarum usually begins at between four weeks and seven weeks, easing off at between 14 weeks and 16 weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, HG will end by the 20th week. Unfortunately, for between 10% and 20% of sufferers, HG goes on to last for the whole pregnancy. -Babycentre.co.uk

MY HG STORY

I have often quipped that having a baby will be my self-actualisation but it never occurred to me that hyperemesis gravidarum will be robbing me of the joys of pregnancy. There were times that I would be wallowing in self-pity because I don't feel normal at all and I would hear comments that everything is just psychological and that it's all in my mind. I just shrug it off and try to find support from my husband and my family and stories of other women who also had HG at some point.

There were times that nausea just reduces me to be holed up in bed. There would be days that I won't shower because I would feel like I would faint in the bathroom. Every time I see a sink I would retch. Every time I smell something strong I would retch. Just a couple of minutes after I finish eating,  I would rush to the bathroom to throw up with tears rolling down my cheeks until the vomit is clear. Those moments would make me feel guilty that I am not providing enough nutrients for my baby. It was a nightmare that I wasn't prepared for. My husband tried to talk me several times to quit my night-shift job and I finally decided to agree to take a medical leave until after I give birth after my second hospital confinement.

I also felt that hyperemesis gravidarum did not let me enjoy the first few kicks of my little one because it felt like every time she kicks, the nausea sets off. I think that it was extremely unfair for me to suffer this much. There were times when I felt like giving up and there were several times that  I told my husband that this will be my first and last pregnancy because the risk is very high for me to have HG again on my next pregnancies (just like Kate Middleton).

ROAD TO RECOVERY

I am now on my 28th week of pregnancy and I can say that my condition has improved to say the least at the onset of my 26th week (vomiting is now reduced to at least 2-3 times each day). I have been resting a lot (zero work stress at that) and I have been eating on time. I have also regained my taste for water and I am starting to feel hunger pangs and thirst. I have never ever felt hungry nor thirsty before my 26th week maybe because I was fearful that I will just vomit everything I eat or drink. The metallic taste in my mouth has also disappeared so I can now drink either natural or mineral water.

My focus now is not so much on hyperemesis gravidarum as I pretty much got used to it (if I may say so). I am now monitoring my sugar level as I was recently diagnosed to have gestational diabetes as well as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

I am constantly praying that the next few weeks of my pregnancy until I finally give birth to our little one can only get better. I have been through a very difficult ordeal and I know that this will all be worth it when I finally see and hold our little princess, Baby VS.

Yes, I know and I am claiming it - things will only get better!



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

I See Something


Dananjaya Hettiarachchi won the Toastmasters' 2014 World Championship of Public Speaking over 30,000 other participants. Dananjaya's humor and with with his aptly titled speech "I See Something" captured the top of the plum. I personally enjoyed his speech and I want to share it you.

"Sometimes life has a cruel way of taking out your petals, breaking you in two and throwing you into the trash can. When you are broken, it is very difficult to feel special." 



Hettiarachchi joined Toastmasters 10 years ago and competed in hundreds of speech contests before reaching his goal of earning the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. In his acceptance speech, he said, "Toastmasters saved my life 10 years ago. When I failed my first speech, someone in the back said, 'I see something in you.' Now it's my turn to give back and be a role model for youth in South East Asia." - Toastmasters News Release 

Be inspired! 


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Today Is Our Second Wedding Anniversary


As you get older your perception of time changes from slow to lightning fast. Where did two years go? It does not feel like it's been two years since Christian and I got hitched. 

Exactly two years ago today we exchanged our "I do's" and vowed to love each other forever. Last year we spent our anniversary thousands of miles apart and today I am overjoyed because you are here to celebrate it with me. I was serious when I said that I don't want a fancy dinner nor any form of grand gesture. I am content with our overflowing love for each other. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband my darling Christian. Cheers to more years of togetherness, near or far, memories, laughters, tears, awkward moments, and the whole nine yards. Pretty soon we will have our little bundle of joy with us and I am looking forward to building our own family through the years.




I love you then, I love you now, I will love you forever... Happy anniversary sweetheart! 


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Online Shopping Before The Stork Arrives

I have been away from my blog and basically the whole of social media for almost four months now due to a very difficult first trimester of my pregnancy. Yes, you heard it right! I am going to be a mom really soon and there’s a bun in the oven expected to say hello to the world early next year. I am elated, excited but nervous at the same time. My second trimester is a lot better than my first so now I am slowly getting back to the swing of things.

I have started preparing for the baby’s arrival and aside from making sure that my baby will be comfortably clothed and well-fed, I am also making sure that frugality is still in the list. I have written down a lot of items in my list – from the crib to clothes to baby bottles to cloth diapers among others. I never expected it could be this overwhelming so I am glad that I am now able to catch up on things that I was not able to focus on while I was in and out of the hospital to treat my hyperemesis gravidarum. The whole ordeal deserves another blog entry one of these days.



Hey, it takes a village to raise a child ain’t it? The holiday rush in going to the malls is also something that I personally detest so I always opt to shop online – I save on time, gas, effort, and of course money. I am sure a lot of you can relate to this. Online shopping also prevents impulse buys for me as I get to keep items in my cart before I finally decide to check-out and of course I can use Nordstrom coupon codes 2014 to get awesome discount. Now that we are kind of facing the hard times, I believe that we should save whichever way we can and there’s nothing wrong with hunting down the best deals in my own opinion.

I’ve been religiously scouring through different online stores during my spare time and Nordstrom is one of my favorites to say the least. Nordstrom is an online shopping haven which offers a variety of options for kids and adults alike. I like scouring through pages and pages of cute outfits with modern designs. I can only wish these clothes were also available when I was a little girl. Of course, Christmas is just around the corner so getting my shopping list done is also a breeze. What’s more? I can use Nordstrom coupons to get free shipping, huge discounts, special offers, freebies and so much more.

All pictures from the Nordstrom website. Pink confetti breton stripe hooded bunting for girls / Navy peacoat breton stripe hooded bunting for boys / Ralph Lauren knit shawl collar dress and bloomers / Popatu ruffle pettidress / Baby Aspen owl bloomers / Sara Kety graphic bodysuit / Little Me lovebirds dress and bloomers 


Of course, before the bouncing baby arrives mommy should be well-dressed so I am definitely head over heels and really inspired looking at the hoard of maternity clothing offered by Nordstrom - so chic and fashionable. I am sure the hubby would be pleased and would not complain about me shopping eh? Oh and yes if he complains, I’ll show him the Nordstrom promo codes that I plan to use. Kidding aside, online shopping is really one of the best blessings of the internet and I am going to be a fan for as long as lining up to pay in department store counters is a part of my pet peeves.

Nordstrom promo codes can help you and me get discount and save money shopping online. Oh yeah, don't tell me I didn't share. Keep calm and shop on! Now please excuse me so I can get some shopping done. 


DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post.



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