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{dear baby} 35 Weeks October 29, 2009

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When I first started this blog, I had meant to write to my baby every week to let her know how I felt and share my thoughts with her. With so little time left in this pregnancy, it’s high time I get started with it.

Dear baby,

Mommy should have started writing to you a while back, but I kept putting it off due to, you know, stuff. We went to see Dr. Tai yesterday, and she told us that you are already upside down, and your head is already in mommy’s pelvis. Mommy kind of knew that already because you were kicking mommy in the ribs (on the right side mainly) and that could only mean that you are upside down. You used to kick mommy on the right side of the belly, and mommy thought that your head was on the left. When we went to do your 3D ultrasound, we saw that it wasn’t true. You were lying on the right but you like to fold your legs up and reach for your head with your toes. That’s really funny actually, because you prefer to rest your hands behind your neck instead.

Anyway, that is really good news, and so far you had been such a good girl and everything had progressed according to schedule. But mommy, daddy and everyone living in the house has to go get vaccinated for H1n1 (Swine flu) shots because we are afraid of making you sick when you are inside mommy and when you come out. Today, we heard that the line is very long to get the shot, so we will try to get the shot from Dr. Hui, who is our family doctor, and who will probably be your pediatrician.

Dr. Tai also confirmed that you are still going to be about 7.5 to 8 pounds when you are born. We are very happy about that, because mommy and daddy were little babies, weighing merely around 6 pounds or less when we were born. We are not sure how you became such a little chubster, but we think that you will be soooo cute! We can’t wait to hold you in our arms and smell and play with you in less than 5 weeks.

Last night, mommy and daddy went to our first hypnobirthing class with Ms. Natasha Marchand from Baby and Me Fitness at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at Bloor + Spadina. We really enjoyed the class and we want to have you with as little medical intervention as possible. We met other mommies and daddies who are also expecting their babies, and we learned about the birthing process. We also watched a few birthing videos of women who did not use any epidural or painkillers, but only using their mind power and relaxation techniques through the birthing process. Mommy would really like to feel no or little pain when you come into this world, but mommy is also not a fan of drugs.

Mommy and daddy are really glad that we live in a time and place that allowed us to make choices throughout this journey of bringing you into our lives. We have decided to breastfeed and cloth diaper you, and mommy will try to make baby food for you at home instead of buying them.

Anyway, you don’t kick as often as before anymore but you remain active in mommy’s belly by squirming around. Your movements are small but very strong. You are not like mommy, because grandma said that mommy was very quiet while inside her. You are more like daddy because he was the active one inside the womb.

Anyway, mommy has to stop writing now because we are going to aquafit tonight! I hope you like it when mommy splashes around in the water πŸ™‚

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Sushi Baby Booties October 26, 2009

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I was made aware of these cute booties for babies in the shape of sushi pieces on Etsy by Doris (my sister-in-law) last night. Aren’t they cute??

Sushi Baby Booties

Children’s Trunk Show in Toronto October 23, 2009

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Hello everyone!

I just want to highlight the Children’s Trunk Show that will take place in Toronto soon. See below for details:

Dates:

  • Fri, Nov 6 2009 (9:30am ~ 4:30pm)
  • Sat, Nov 7, 2009 (10:00am ~ 3:00pm)

Location:

  • The Distillery: In the Fermenting Cellar, Bldgs 6 & 7
    55 Mill St. Toronto

Cost:

  • $7 at the door ~ a portion of the money goes towards SickKids Foundation
  • Cash or cheque only

So what is the Children’s Trunk Show?

  • It is a unique shopping event featuring locally-made products by 60+ mom-run boutique companies. You can find fashions, jewelry and art geared towards kids and families.
  • It is the first show in Toronto that is organized by moms for moms.

I might not be able to check it out myself, since I have a pre-natal class scheduled for that day. We’ll see..

What makes my lil’ baby kick… October 22, 2009

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I should probably document this just because it would make for good reference when Madelyn is out. She is very likely to kick (hopefully because she is happy or excited) for the following:

  • Second Cup’s Vanilla Bean Steamed Milk with Whipcream
  • Sweet stuff like strawberry jam on buttered toast, and sachima.
  • Durians
  • Bubble tea (Mango or green apple milk green tea with bubbles)
  • Occasionally when I watch UFC with Andy
  • When Andy talks to her, she would sometimes kick his nose or mouth
  • When we read to her
  • During Babyplus lessons (although this is debatable because it feels like she is kicking the machine away rather than kicking out of enjoyment)

Now, I’m usually not into sweet stuff, but this baby sure has a sweet tooth! I’ve been tested for gestational diabetes and thankfully it’s negative.

Anyway, we went to see Dr. Tai yesterday for my routine pre-natal checkup and was told that our little chubster is a good size baby, and is already about 6 pounds at 34 weeks. She is scheduled to arrive on time (Nov. 28) so far and she will weigh at least 7.5 pounds, or maybe even 8 pounds. Andy and I were little babies at 5 or 6 pounds, so if lil’ Madelyn does become an 8 pounder then it’s great! As long as she is healthy, that’s all that matters. This is quite surprising to us and many people since I’m vegetarian and I hadn’t really binged on any type of food since I got pregnant. So far, I have put on 30 pounds and currently weigh 146 pounds. I am concerned though, that if our baby is this big then I might have to go for Caesarean to get her out. We’ll see!

Surprise Baby Shower at Work October 16, 2009

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Well… how did I not see it coming? I got surprised at work today after lunch with my baby shower. It was really thoughtful of them to do this for me. Everyone on the team contributed generously towards a gift card to be spent at Cadillac Fairview malls. I might have some pictures to share later…

The Baby Time Show in Toronto October 15, 2009

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For those who are in Toronto and vicinity, you might want to check out The Baby Time Show at the Metro Convention Centre (North Building) Oct 30 to Nov 1 (2009). They usually have one in the spring and one in the fall. We will be going to this expo with hopes to score sample products and to learn from the presenters and vendors. The only downside is that it costs $15 per person to get in, unless you go to your nearest Thyme Maternity or to the KidsAroundCanada website to get your $2 off coupon πŸ˜›

Event: The Baby Times Show (Fall 2009)

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Dates: Oct 30 to Nov 1, 2009 (10am to 6pm, or 5pm on Oct 31)

Price: $15 per person

Deal: $2 off coupon from Thyme Maternity, or click here to print your coupon from KidsAroundCanada website.

Website: http://www.babytimeshows.ca/ (Fall show or Spring show)

Sleeping on the right or left? October 15, 2009

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Some of you might have wondered why we are told to sleep on our left during the pregnancy, while for the rest of our lives, we should be sleeping on our right. During my yoga training and in all of my yoga classes, we were always told to roll over to the right after Savasana (final relaxation pose) unless your blood pressure is low (like me).

I did a little research, and here’s what I found:

Sleeping on the right: You may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, which is good for individuals suffering from heart conditions. Lying on the left side decreases your heart’s ability to function properly.

Sleeping on the left: The reason for this is the position of your liver. When you sleep on your left side, you take the pressure from your uterus off the liver, since the liver is on the right side of your abdomen. Women will see benefits of increased heart function by sleeping on the left side. The heart is able to pump blood better, which allows for better circulation of blood to the vital organs as well as the fetus and uterus.

During the pregnancy, sleeping on the left also improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands.

Apparently, sleeping on the left can be bad for your heart for those who are not pregnant, especially if you are suffering from chronic heart failure. Sleeping on your left side will decrease the sympathetic nervous activity in your body. This activity normally controls blood pressure and the heart rate.

Sleeping on your back is a big no-no when you are pregnant, especially during the 2nd trimester onwards. According to Jodi Mindell, a pediatric expert on BabyCenter:

“During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.”

There’s also a lot of information about sleep and sleeping positions from the ayurvedic point of view that is worth investigating, and you can read about it here. The optimal sleeping positions (and direction and times) varies for each individual’s body type (vata, pitta or kapha).

At any rate, sleep is challenging during pregnancy, and truthfully, I miss being able to sleep on my back. With the help of my Snoogle, I had been sleeping on my left faithfully, and although I do roll on to my back, my body still leans to the left since it is wedged by theΒ  pillow. I’m happy to be able to just be able to sleep through the night these days πŸ˜›

Cranberry, Cherry and Walnut Sauce October 11, 2009

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and I made a delicious cranberry sauce to go with my Tofurky (and the real turkey for the rest of the family) tomorrow. I made this sauce in the previous years and I just love how the aroma from the spices, shiraz and orange peel linger over the stove as I make this. With the temperature not cracking 10 C degrees these few days, the aroma sure reminds me that Christmas is around the corner.

The recipe was posted on my old cooking blog DinnerLately, but the original recipe came from EatingWell.com.

I’ll be making my Green Bean Casserole tomorrow as well for the dinner. Stay posted!

Once Upon a Child: Baby Shopping on a Budget October 8, 2009

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Last night, Andy and I were around Dufferin and Steeles area in Toronto to attend a baby expo that was organized by Welcome Wagon (more on that later), and we found a really cool store that has become one of our favourite place to look for baby stuff.

Once Upon a Child is a franchise that buys and sells gently used (a.k.a. “pre-loved”) or new items for babies and toddlers in the U.S.A. and Canada. Understanding that kids outgrow their furniture, clothes, toys and gears rapidly, Once Upon a Child is a pretty cool concept for parents on a budget like us.

The children’s resale store pays on the spot for the things that you bring in to sell instead of making you wait until you sell the item before you are able to get your money (such as a consignment store). The items bought/sold are inspected for quality, safety and value so you can be sure that the items that you find here are in fairly decent condition.

The items vary from store to store, so if you don’t see what you are looking for, you can always check out another one in your area.

We were in a rush, but we managed to find a cute onesie for lil’ Madelyn that Andy insisted on getting. I wonder why… πŸ˜›

I also own a shirt that says the same as this onesie in green and the alphabets in pink instead, so I had to get this:

Glycolic Peel during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding October 7, 2009

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My skin tone has gone from bad to worse during the pregnancy, and I wonder if glycolic peel is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A quick research on the net was returned with mixed feedbacks. Does anyone have any ideas?

I don’t breakout as often as I did back in first and second trimesters, but the acne left unsightly marks on my face due to hyperpigmentation during the pregnancy. As for maintenance, I’ve been using Bodyshop’s Tea Tree line to keep my skin clean and fresh, but not much on the repair side.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. πŸ™‚