Thursday, November 28, 2013

New Moms: Hospital Bag Checklist

I've had new moms asking questions on what to prepare in their hospital bag before delivery. So here's to you. When the time comes to go to the hospital, every mom wants to be fully prepared. Packing for labour and delivery is not like packing to go on a big trip. Pack a bag with everything you think you'll need at the hospital, so that you're ready to go as soon as you baby's ready to arrive.

When do I start packing?
You certainly don't want to do any last-minute scrambling worthy of a sitcom script (it won't be nearly as funny if it happens in real life). My suggestion would be when you're around 34-weeks pregnant. Yes, weeks before just in case your baby decides to make an unexpectedly early appearance just like myself, welcoming my baby at 36 weeks.

How much should I take?
It's tricky - you don't know how long your labour will last and therefore how long you'll be there. Most first time mums stay in hospital for at least one night or you may even have to stay several days.

For your partner:-
  • A camera or video recorder
    Someone has to document the big event. You'll want to immortalize every moment of those first few hours with your new baby. Don't forget the chargers and extra memory card. But check with your hospital first. Some hospitals don't allow videotaping of the birth itself.
  • Cell phone and charger
    Be sure your partner has a cell phone when you head to the hospital. He can call friends and family to update them on your progress and announce the big news when your baby arrives.
  • Snacks and something to read or watch
  • Toiletries
  • Some clean t-shirts to change
  • Important contact number of family, friends and office mates
  • Blanket or sleeping bag

For yourself:-
  • Bra and nursing pads
    Once baby is born, she/he will need to be fed several times while you're at the hospital
  • Socks
    Bring several pairs of warm socks; delivery is no time to get cold feet ;P
  • Toiletries & Personal items
    Hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion. (remember: travel-sized products are your friends)
  • Extra Bags
    To put all the goodies from the hospital. You're bound to have a lot more luggage coming out than you did going in.
  • Eyeglass (if any)
  • Headband or ponytail holder
  • A few pairs of maternity underwear
    (The hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy)
  • Your MP3
    (Loaded with your favourite tunes)
  • Slippers / Flip flops
    Get the slip on ones where you can wear your socks at the same time. Your feet are too swollen to fit into regular shoes.
  • Homecoming outfit
    Make sure to pack a comfortable outfit you can wear on the way home. Don't expect to pull on your jeans. You won't fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes just yet.
  • Snacks
    After many hours of labour, you're likely to be pretty hungry and you may not want to rely solely on hospital food. So bring your own crackers, fresh or dried fruits, nuts, granola bars or whatever you think you enjoy.
  • Maternity Pads
    Sanitary pads will help away any unnecessary leaking during the first few days after giving birth.
  • Nipple Cream
    If you're planning to breastfeed, a lanolin breast cream will help prep your nipples for their new permanent accessory - your hungry baby.

For Baby:-
  • Swaddling Blanket
    Keep baby snug on the way back home
  • Scratch Mittens
    Baby skin is delicate, so prevent your little one from scratching themselves.
  • Nappies / Diapers
    Make sure you buy nappies for newborns. (some hospitals provide nappies, for example while other don't. These are the sort of things you need to know)
  • A going-home outfit
    Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn't have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool.

To make-all-the-difference extras:-
Here's some of the things you could do to make the whole hospital birth experience a much more pleasant thing
  • A hairbrush
    For brushing, combing & mussing before the regulation 'happy mum & baby' photos
  • A water spray
    For dampening you down during hot and sweaty moments during labour. You can spray it all over your face and neck. Really refreshing.
  • A hot water bottle
    For soothing backache during contractions. "Surprisingly great for pain relief"
  • A pillow/duvet
    For a little slice of extra comfort
  • Something for your midwife
    To show appreciation and say thank you


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Craft, activity and Alex!

Hubby left for Manila last Thursday for a work trip. So, before leaving he was too kind to help me assembled my craft trolley that we bought from Ikea earlier last week. How handy to have a handyman in the house to fix everything I need . Yay! So when he was away for nearly a week, I decided to reorganize my craft supplies so that I get the extra motivation to work on my scrapbook, card-making and project life. I have yet to get all my things together to fill this up completely. hehe So far so good. 

Stationary and sticker collection
Project Life, card stock and embellishment
Washi Tapes, Assorted Scissors etc.
Some of my collection. Gotta fill it up.

Since hubby was out of town for a couple of days, FiL came over to help me look after Alex. He even drove me to Midvalley for Baby Expo. Bought quite a lot of small things there. :) FiL went crazy over baby stuff especially the food section. He was worst than me but all is good. 
At least ada geng. haha

These are some of Alex's photos I took recently. He's growing so fast!
I miss him being all small, light, cuddly like a newborn baby.
 No I don't want to smile. Let's get it over and done with.

Uh-oh mommy forgot to bring my stroller, trolley it is then!

Mommy, can I play badminton please? 

 Yay, up up and away!

Sunday is usually family funday. Took baby for a swim as usual although hubby wasn't around. There were so many kids there. Lupa pulak dah start cuti sekolah. Baby got distracted half of the time by just watching other kids swimming and splashing in the pool. But i think he had fun. 

Now that hubby is back, can't wait to spend some time with him. Alex misses his daddy. Always saying "Daddy, daddy, daddy". Last night, we brought him to the new Tesco in our area. He was so happy to explore his happy place.

A happy video of Alex calling his daddy

Doraemon, are you ready to roll?

Mommy can I take him home please?


Friday, November 22, 2013

Madness and stay home mommy for a week.

I've been meaning to write soon but I got caught up with everyday life.
Been juggling so many things lately and couldn't find the time to actually sit or do the things I enjoy besides taking care of my baby boy.
Work - Home - Baby - Family - All-in-between

When you think life is good and well managed, you would be surprise when there's a sudden change in your routine. I went through a crazy episode a few weeks ago when my maid decided to create a sad drama to get her ass out from home. Everything was good until one fine day she decided to let me know that there was something bugging her and she has been vomiting blood with hair and sand inside. It's some kind of Pawang Black Magic shit. Thinking that we would believe her lies, she then begin her crazy never-ending story to my MiL at her office. She did mentioned about going to Johor to look for her husband before going back to Indonesia to 'berubat'. Hubby decided to send her straight to the agency and not to return to our house again after hearing her many sides of story. From A to Z, different stories going into circles eating her up. 

At first I was quite sad to say goodbye coz she was good at taking care of Alex but after I went into her room to pack her stuff, I found things that wasn't supposed to be in her room and even worst, in her bag. Was pissed after discovering stuffs and long letters of her communicating with one of my neighbour's maid. All the drama she told us was just lies to get her out from our house to her husband who works in a factory in Sibu, Johor.

Of course we did not let her go so easily. She even begged us to send her to Johor to reunite with her husband. What a crazy idea. Uh-oh, not so easy makcik! She was pissed as hell coz she couldn't go as planned, she then started hurting herself to create a sad sad drama and made up stories about how she was treated at home. What bollocks. We sent her home immediately. Even got someone to escort her right until her boarding gate. hehe

We were too nice to her:
-She eats the same things we eat
-She gets her own peanut butter, jam, kaya and margarine.
-She gets to watch TV all the time
-She gets to sleep with A/C
-She gets to sleep early and wake up late
-She gets IDD phone cards all the time
-She followed us back to Penang all the time and get to stay in a good hotel
-She asked for Olay Age defying UV face cream (which I don't even buy it for myself)
-She finishes up all the desserts I made
-She gets to eat good fruits 
-She got to eat McDonald's just like us
-She finishes our chocs,biscuits,pies and cakes.
(Not to 'berkira', she was living a good life here)

I thought she was different than the rest but she proved us wrong. To conclude, all maids are the same. Never ever trust them! We are still waiting for our new one. This time, we are getting a Filipino maid. Tired of Indonesian maid. 

I took a week off to look after my baby and reorganize everything at home. Then my MiL took over for the weekend while we were out of town. Then Mak came over to take over the duty in order for me to go to work. Now FiL is helping out with a few trainee maids around. Can't wait for our new maid to come.

Enough about maids. Now let's move on to something fun.
I usually cook porridge or fruit/veggie puree for my lil one and for a change, I tried cooking carrot & broccoli pasta and he loves it. Not bad for a first try. Will try something else soon.

Carrot and Broccoli Pasta:
- Heinz Star Pasta
- Carrots
- Broccoli
- Milk

Everything is so easy with Beaba Babycook! This compact product functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals. The best thing is while cooking, it can also preserve their vitamins and flavors. A good buy. I would recommend this product to new parents out there. 
Beaba Babycook RM799