I’m starting a new food project focusing on baby food. Let’s see how many ways I can make puree look interesting.
6:00 Wh~Wh~Whaaaa. Emma is crying. I give her a quick feed and put her back to bed.
8:22 Wh~Wh~Whaaaa. Time to start the day! Morning routine.
8:45 Today is my husband’ birthday. Emma and I give him a card, a gift and two kisses.
8:50 Exercise and play time. She knows how to turn the pages of a board book now. She keeps on opening and closing the same book over and over again.
9:00 Start packing for today’s swim class. It’s Emma’s first swim class. Last week, we went to a pool party for a trial run. The moment her feet touched the water (the water was a bit cold), she screamed and cried. We are preparing for the worst at today’s class.
10:30 First nap of the day. Once she wakes up, we leave home and go to the swim class.
11:10 Arrive at the swimming pool. Getting the swim diaper and swimsuit on. She still has a smile on her face. She doesn’t know what’s coming yet.
11:30 First swim class. Daddy is with Emma for her first class. I’m sitting on the side observing. Emma did very well at beginning. Getting her feet wet, no problem. Getting half of her body into the pool, no problem. She on her tummy floating on top of the water, no problem. Putting her on her back, a frown starts to show. Dunking her into the water up to her nose (what!), crying and screaming! That’s it after this point, she is not having fun anymore. Daddy, it is a bit too aggressive! Try to be more gentle next week.
12:30 Getting her clean up after the swim class is such an ordeal. To keep thing easy, we are getting McDonald’s for lunch. My first McD lunch since forever. McNuggets and fries are very satisfying, but I know those would add a few pounds to my belly.
1:15 Second nap
2:30 Food time. Today’s menu is carrot & pea puree. Yummy. Emma agrees.
2:45 Play time. Song time. Story time.
3:30 We put on the radio for some background noise. Man, that girl really loves rap and hip hop music. The radio is playing Usher’s Yeah!. Whenever I sing along ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’, she laughs. Hum, mommy and daughter both have very poor taste in music.
4:30 Last nap
5:15 She wakes and we go out for daddy’ birthday dinner. This is the first time we go out for dinner with Emma. Very successful meal. Emma enjoys the new environment. Mommy and daddy enjoys great Japanese food. Everyone is happy. No one in tears.
7:30 Back home and starts our bedtime routine.
8:00 Bedtime for Emma. A lot of firsts today. A memorable day. Happy birthday Daddy !🎂
‘What do you do all day with a baby?’… A friend who doesn’t have a baby asks me. Very good question… I reply with a recap of my day. What’s your day looks like?
6:45am Wh~Wh~Whaaaa. Emma is up. I wake and look at my phone. Tell myself ‘Give me 15 mins. I will come and get you.’ Seriously no more sound. Good. More shut-eye.
7:15am Check baby monitor. She turns 90 degrees clockwise with her legs stuck between the bars of the crib. I laugh.
7:20am Good Morning Emma! Do our morning routine includes good morning hugs, nursing, change diaper and change into daytime clothes.
7:40am Exercise time includes tummy time, activity gym and a lot of hand sucking and drooling all over place.
9:30am Wh~Wh~Whaaaa. Emma wakes up. We play, read and sing songs together.
10:30am Feed her. Then load her into the car seat and off we go to the mall.
11:15am Have been at the mall for 30 min and we have received over five compliments from strangers on how cute Emma is. I wish someone would come over and tell ME how cute I am instead. Oh well, a mom can dream.
11:30am Time to put the cover on the stroller and let her nap a little bit.
12:00noon She is sound asleep and I’m heading to the food court for lunch.
1:00pm She is still napping. I use this time to catch up on all the chats with my friends and get up to date on all social media platforms.
1:30pm She wakes and it’s her lunch time.
1:45pm We go to Pusateri’s to pick up a cake for Emma’s 5-month birthday tomorrow. Just an excuse for mama to have some cake.
2:30pm We are home. We change into our home clothes and do a little bit of baby massage to stretch her legs since she has been sitting and sleeping in the stroller for a while today.
3:30pm Nap time again. A bit of crying at the beginning then she settles.
4:45pm She wakes and it’s her snack time.
5:35pm Time for some solids. I have been giving her different type of food to try out. She makes a disgusted face after the first bite, then she keeps opening her mouth wide waiting for the next bite.
6:00pm Preparing and eating dinner. She is sitting in her chair looking at me eating. I’m her entertainment.
7:00pm Play, read and sing.
7:30pm Start bedtime routine (includes changing diaper, changing into her PJ, feeding, a story and a kiss on the forehead)
8:00pm Finally… My time. The end.
Our baby girl is finally here but it is not without drama. My contraction started around 3am. When I started noticing the pattern, it was already 5 minutes apart. We went to the hospital at 6am and I was in unbelievable amount of pain already.
Baby daddy brought me to the triage area and he left to park and complete the registration. Meanwhile the nurse examined me and told me the baby was ready to come out! They wheeled me to the delivery room but he was not back yet. Luckily within minutes, he appeared next to me and I suddenly felt calmer.
It was always my plan to use epidural but everything was happening so quickly that it was too late to get it now. The nurse gave me some laughing gas to get through the pain while we waited for the doctor but looked like I had to go through labor without any pain med.
Pushing her out did not take long. After the doctor broke my water, the baby was in distress and the cord wrapped around her neck. The doctor needed to vacuum her out right away. The whole process caused a lot of tearing and I got quiet a bit of stitches afterward. However, all these did not matter as Emma entered into our world safe and sound around 7:30am.
Our nursery room is slowly coming together. Baby shopping is an extremely dangerous activity. Everything for baby is so small and cute that it just becomes hard to resist not to buy everything you see. Here is what we have currently in the room:
3) Fox blanket
7) Fox mug for mommy
‘When is your baby shower?’… At first, I was quite against the idea of having a baby shower. It seemed like an event that people were forced to get us gifts. And then our best friends told us that gifts were only one part of the event. The main idea was for our dearest friends to show us how much they love us and they wanted to spread the joy of welcoming a new member into our circle of friends. Also, there will be food, tasty pastries and sandwiches… So, we said yes to the shower.
The event turned out to be the most amazing baby shower with the most delicious food like I was promised. It got fox cupcakes (our favourite animal), freshly baked scones, fruit and veggie kabobs, cake, multiple selections of finger sandwiches and macaroons.
Everyone brought a story book to the shower and each of them was signed with a special message to our baby. When the baby grows up and reads the messages, she will know how much she is loved by her parents friends even before she is born.
For our new nursery, we want it to be really fun and colourful. I’m not a big friend of wallpaper or wall decal, so naturally when my designer brother offers to paint my nursery wall, I know I can count on him to bring my vision into reality.
There are a few must-have items I want on the nursery wall:
1) A bear
2) Simple and bold background
3) Gender neutral colour
After going to my friend Pinterest for some advices, I came across a post from Emily Henderson blog. That post gave me tons of inspirations and ideas. I created a mood board for my brother to illustrate what I’m looking for. A few days later, he gives me the design and it is exactly how I would imagine it…
I want to build a massive collection of gorgeous story books with great design and illustration. It turns out to be a little bit more difficult than I thought. I find a lot of books with cute or kid-friendly pictures, but they are not exactly my taste when it comes to the style of illustration and design. After some long and hard searching, I finally find what I’m looking at TYPE on Queen Street West, Toronto. All the kids story books there are selected carefully with great stories and great design in mind. Here are some of my top picks…
1) Lullaby and Kisses Sweet
Beloved children’s poet and anthologizer Lee Bennett Hopkins has produced more than 100 volumes of poetry throughout his illustrious career, but Lullaby and Kisses Sweet is his first collection geared toward babies and toddlers. Featuring 30 original poems by esteemed children’s writers like Jane Yolen, Marilyn Singer, and J. Patrick Lewis, the book introduces the youngest readers to loving rhymes in a playful, accessible way.
This beautifully designed casebound board book is organized into five themes—Family, Food, “Firsts,” Playtime, and Bedtime—while cuddly, anthropomorphized animals make the poems friendly and relatable. Lullaby and Kisses Sweet fosters the love of poetry and is the perfect gift for babies, toddlers, and their poetry-loving parents. (Copied from Amazon.com)
2) TouchThinkLearn: Opposites
Introducing TouchThinkLearn books, a format unlike any other. Combining scooped-out die-cuts with raised, shaped elements, each book is designed to offer the youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multi-sensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Experience green both in the beauty of a raised leaf’s surface as well as in the caterpillar that munches on the leaf’s edge. Celebrate a moon rising into the night, while simultaneously a sun sets deep into the mirroring page. Translating abstract thought into tangible knowledge, groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn books give early learning new dimension. (Copied from Amazon.com)
3) The Most Magnificent Thing
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn’t just “make” her magnificent thing — she “tinkers and hammers and measures,” she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” she “twists and tweaks and fastens.” These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (Copied from Amazon.com)
Everyone knows babies are expensive. I’m searching the web up and down to find free baby samples, baby coupons and sweepstakes. This list will be updated as I receive them:
Shoppers v.i.b. programs
Sign up on Shoppers website. You must be a Shoppers member to get the freebies.
Freebie: Bib, diaper, baby wipes, baby wash, Optimum coupons for baby products
Babies R Us
You must create a baby registry in store to get the freebies
Freebie: Newborn diaper, baby wipes, rash cream sample, baby wash, Playtex bottle, nursing pads, pacifier, baby wash cloth, coupons
Sign up on Nestle Baby website.
Freebie: Diaper bag, Nestle Good Start baby formula (340g), change pad, pacifier, 4 bottles of disposable ready to feed infant formula, diaper, coupons
Sign up on Similac website.
Freebie: 8 bottles of disposable ready to feed infant formula, Similac Advance infant formula (352g), Similac regular infant formula (227g), coupons
Buying a crib is a big decision for new parents. There are many factors that will affect the decision. Safety, comfort, practical, price and the most important factor for me, style. Here are some of the top my choices…
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