Full Term? 20 Ways to Distract Yourself So You’re Not Waiting Miserably for Baby to Arrive!

20 things to do before baby arrives

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Ok. So I am full term and each day feels like the equivalent of three days! I’m just waiting for this little one to make his or her appearance into this world. Today, it feels like baby is just comfy. I’m not experiencing more frequent braxton hicks contractions like baby centre said when someone is 37 weeks pregnant. It definitely feels like baby has “dropped” but nothing else so far.

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10 Things You Might Forget To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

10 things you might forget to pack in your hospital bag

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So baby no. 4 will soon be arriving and I’m super excited and super anxious at the same time. I’m also in the process of slowly organizing my hospital bag. I have my small carry on luggage opened up and everyday I pack something. I remember with baby no. 1, there was something really important that I should have packed!

Here are ten things that you may forget to include in your hospital bag!

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How To Rock Your Maternity Photoshoot

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Hey friends! Today I have a very special post to share with you! I should have shared it with you all sooner but I’m 34 weeks pregnant and doing ANYTHING is getting much harder! I’m just so heavy and huge that, I’d much rather just sit in my comfy chair with my feet up and watch Netflix if you get what I mean. Read more

Why I’m Loving My Cardimom by Multiwear

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What’s great about being a mom blogger, is that you get to meet (virtually) other mom bloggers. I enjoy reading other mom blogs to learn about how other moms live their lives and their thoughts on different mom topics. I recently came across a fellow mom blogger who started her own business and what’s impressive is that she’s created this unique and versatile product that has multiple uses, a must have in every mom’s wardrobe. Read on to learn more about why I’m loving my Cardimom by Multiwear. Maternity clothing every new mom needs.

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What I Love About Being Pregnant!

For many moms out there, pregnancy is a very uncomfortable time in their lives. The first trimester is usually the worst, where moms experience morning sickness, (or rather ALL DAY sickness), with the constant nausea and vomitting. Luckily for me, I never had to endure any morning sickness with all of my pregnancies. Despite the not so nice things that come along with pregnancy, there is a lot I love about being pregnant! Not to mention you get a wonderful, adorable, baby to love at the end! Read on to learn what I love about being pregnant.

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How to Take Care of Yourself When You’re Pregnant with Your Fourth Baby

Ok, so whether it’s your first baby or your fourth baby, it’s never easy. When you have your first baby, you may have your own set of challenges like myself. With baby number 1, I wanted to be prepared. I prepped everything ahead of time. I had a whole closet full of of baby items. I had baby clothes from newborn to nine months and all the clothes were washed and folded and organized just the way I wanted. I had to have everything set up many months prior to the baby being born including all the baby gear. I read every book, searched every website, to ensure I was up to date on all the latest baby care recommendations. I had to know the gender and everything had to be exactly the way I wanted.

Now, 7 years since my first pregnancy, I’m pregnant with baby number 4! Who knew! Me and my hubby still can’t believe it and we are REALLY excited. I know it’s going to be a lot of work. Having four kids is not going to be easy, but I know it’s going to be a lot of fun too and we truly are blessed. With baby number 4 on the way, I have a new set of challenges. Yes, I may know what to expect now in terms of the birthing process and all the discomfort that comes with pregnancy, but now I got three little ones to manage while being very big and pregnant, while I work almost full time and manage a household. With all the responsibilities looming over my head, it’s really important to take care of myself since I’ve got precious cargo. Read on to learn more about how to take care of yourself when you’re pregnant with baby number 4. 

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5 Ways To Save Money On Maternity Clothing

Yes, I’m expecting baby no. 4! I’m half way there and due in September. When we first found out I was in shock myself! We weren’t planning for a fourth baby but here we are, and now that it’s sunk in, I’m actually really excited! Yes, it’s going to be really busy, but hey, we’re already busy so it’s not going to be much difference. (I hope! LOL!)

Anyway, so I’m writing this post because I gave away all my maternity clothes! I got rid of all my maternity dresses, tops and leggings, which means I have to buy all new clothing. If you go to major maternity clothing retailers, you’ll find their clothes are not cheap! They are quite expensive and how can you justify buying an expensive maternity top that you will only wear for less than 6 months!

I’ve found my favourite maternity clothing destination is Old Navy! I’m finding I can find a lot of non maternity clothing that is suitable for the expectant mother at reasonable prices. I also like their maternity selections as they are surprisingly quite comfortable.

Here is my post on how to save money on maternity clothing. 

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To the anxious mom, you are not alone.

Hey, I’m going to admit it. I’m a mom and I can get highly anxious. Now that we have three kids, you can say that the stress level has heightened. The older two are always fighting and the youngest one is just constantly on the go, climbing on everything! I’m always worried she’s going to fall, or hit her head on something. You just have to constantly be on watch! There’s always stuff to do around the house, the chore list is never ending and I find my energy level is not always where I want it to be and all of this contributes to my increasing levels of anxiety.

When our first child came, the anxiety levels weren’t too bad because we had a lot of help. We decided to have a  child after my father had passed away unexpectedly (which was a very tragic loss). We thought it was the right time and I just wanted something to be happy about. I thought bringing a new child into the world would bring us joy, and of course it did. We were thrilled to have our first daughter.

At the time, we had tons of support. We were living with the in laws and they helped us out tremendously. They helped us with the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry and of course, we didn’t have any financial obligations which really helped us out, so there were a number of stressors that we didn’t have. All I had to worry about was basically the baby, so I was able to spend a lot of time taking care of myself and the newborn.

I was very fortunate to have all that help as a first time mom, but a lot of moms don’t. Their families may not live nearby, they have financial obligations looming over their heads, and their spouse may not always be around to help as they have to provide financially. Also, when you have a new baby you have so many more stressors and you are just exhausted mentally and physically.  You can just imagine all of the stress and worries that can push a mom into an anxiety crisis.

In this post, I will briefly go over some facts about anxiety from a credible source and ways that us moms can deal with it. There’s help out there and remember mom, you are not alone.

I'll admit, I'm a mom and I can get highly anxious. Now that I have three kids, you can say that the stress level has heightened. With my older two kids always fighting and the youngest one on the go, life can get pretty stressful increasing my anxiety. In this post you will learn about anxiety and how to cope with it.

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How to lose weight after pregnancy

 

This is a topic that I have googled many times. After having baby #3, I am eager to shed the pregnancy pounds like many moms out there. Unfortunately for myself, I tend to gain a lot of weight when I’m pregnant. I am to blame as I feast when I’m pregnant. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. (except for the regular food restrictions that your doctor recommends i.e. raw meat, deli meat, sashimi, etc.) When I’m pregnant, I get super hungry and if I don’t feed myself, I feel like I’m going to die!  So, I ate! But you know what, that’s ok, because you’re supposed to gain weight when you’re pregnant. Your body is creating a human being with organs, a circulatory system, bones and all! Pretty amazing! I still can’t believe that I popped out three of these! So once you’ve popped out babe, give yourself a pat on the back because you did well mama! It’s not easy, the nine months, carrying that bundle of joy in your tummy.

Now, after your doc has given you the ok to start exercising again, you can tackle those post pregnancy pounds. As soon I was all recovered and healed, my husband and I tried our best to get active again.

We tried badminton. I think this really helped. Really got our heart rates going. I heard that interval training is really good for you. For those of you who don’t know what interval training is, Wikipedia says its, ” a type of physical training that involves a series of low- to high-intensity exercise workouts interspersed with rest or relief periods.” This helped us knock off a couple of pounds. With a new born, it began to get hard to find time to go to the courts so that didn’t last very long. It was getting hard to find a someone to watch all the kids while we went out.

We also tried shakes as meal replacements. This seemed to work for a bit as well especially for my hubby. He never had breakfast anyways so at least he was having some form of nourishment rather than none. For me I was left hungry and dehydrated so that didn’t work out so well. When moms are breastfeeding it is very crucial that they drink constantly throughout the day to prevent their milk supplies from decreasing. (Kellymom.com has some great info on this topic). It’s also important to have a well balanced diet.

I also tried exercising more! I did Zumba on the Wii. This was good because it was in the comfort of my own home. I could do it while baby was sitting in her bouncer. It was free and I could do it anytime! Although it made me feel good and I felt like I had more energy, the scale results didn’t change. I enjoy walking outside with the baby in the carrier, but it was cold outside and rainy so I had to find things to do inside. I also tried going on our elliptical at home which just made me really sweaty.

I also tried the South Beach Diet. But the low carbohydrate diet just made me really weak.

As you can see, I tried many things.

Then I learned that weight loss is generally 75% diet and 25% exercise. Studies have shown that people lost more weight by watching what they ate rather than exercise alone.

Now I follow these simple rules. I eat to my hunger and drink plenty of water throughout the day. The pounds are starting to come off. Not quickly though. It’s very gradual which is a healthy weight loss.

  1. Focus on eating plenty of vegetables. Half my meal is composed of vegetables, usually prepackaged salads that you can get from Safeway. It’s already washed and comes with all the toppings. I just go easy on the dressing. It’s easy to prepare.
  2. The other half of my meal is meat. Usually a frozen meat from Costco like chicken, beef or fish. I know frozen foods aren’t the healthiest but it beats ordering a meal from McDicks.
  3. I eat two eggs for breakfast. Keeps me full till lunch time.
  4. I drink plenty of water. I still have my coffee with sugar in the morning but I try really hard to avoid drinking sugar. I like to have lemon in my water to give it some flavor and it looks really pretty too!
  5. If I need a snack I go for fruits, cheese and grain bread. I love grain bread!
  6. I avoid buying any food that’s in a box like cookies etc.
  7. Avoid foods that are white like white rice, white pasta, and white bread.

I love my desserts though especially cake and key lime pie! It’s ok to indulge once in a while. If you are trying to lose weight, some experts say it’s ok to have a cheat day. Most people chose Saturday. Just know that if you indulge, it will hinder your progress.

Hope this helps!

Let me know if you have any recommendations.

-Emily

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