PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 34-35

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I had another routine ultrasound last week. This one was a bit uncomfortable because they needed me to have a full bladder. My family kept on telling me to not pee because I needed a full bladder and honestly, at how far along I was, filling up my bladder is not that hard.

It’s amazing how a few months worth of growing makes. Once again, we saw her body parts which we’ve seen the last time I went for an ultrasound: her limbs, a profile of her face, her stomach, her heart / heartbeat. But what I was incredibly happy about is seeing her face. True, ultrasound faces are not very clear but it’s the fact that we were able to see the front view of her face: eyelids, nose and mouth.

Also, this pregnancy is so much different from my first. My self-esteem is definitely taking a beating: my legs are swollen, I gained more weight, and I got way more stretch marks regardless of how much moisturizer I apply on my belly. Honestly though, I wouldn’t trade all of this for the world if at the end of all this, we get a healthy and happy baby.

We’ve also started pulling out Taylor’s old clothes to get washed and sorted. I can’t believe how much clothes a tiny person can accumulate in almost 4 years! We’ve also pulled out Taylor’s ducky suit (pictured above) to bring home baby no. 2 in. It’s the same suit Taylor wore when we took her home from the hospital. Nostalgia’s hitting hard these past few days as we start to get everything ready.

Taylor is almost 4, and will be a big sister soon.

This is all so exciting!

 

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A Trick I Do To Get My Toddler To Try New Foods

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I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I had to fight with my three-year-old to try out new foods. Now let me clear out what “new” means. “New foods”, when it comes to me feeding it to my toddler means either one of two things:

  • The same kind of food but cooked differently. For example, mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes. They’re both potatoes but they are prepared and cooked differently.
  • Something totally new. Something she has never tried before.

I used to envy other parents whenever I see their kids eat whatever is laid out in front of them. There’s no “I don’t want that” or “I don’t like it”. They just eat while I’m on the other side struggling to get my kid to take even a single bite.

I now have come to realize my daughter has specific tastes of her own ad once in a while, I would need to navigate around it. However, one trick I found works with her whenever I’m introducing something new is telling her this:

Simply try it. If you don’t like it, I won’t ask again.

This works 99% of the time. It allows her to decide for herself if she’ll like what I put in her mouth or not. If she says it’s yummy, I’ll ask her if she wants more. If not, then I stop. More often than not, she ends up coming back and asking for more.

I think becoming a parent has made me more aware of raising a person who not only eat a variety of food, but also is willing to try those he/she has never had before.

What about you? Do you have any tips or tricks into getting your toddlers or kids to eat new foods?

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PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 32

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I still have about 6 or 7 weeks before I go on maternity leave and I’m already counting the days. I’m counting the days to when I can finally hold this little nugget in my arms.

We can tell that her personality is very different from her sister’s. The other day, Andrew and I were trying to get a video of her moving in my belly. She would be all over the place whenever I’m watching TV or reading, but the second I put my camera out to take a video SHE STOPS MOVING. Unlike Taylor who still kept on moving so we were able to get a video of her. It’s frustrating at times but then I end up realizing that no two kids are the same, even if they are related.

The stretch marks are multiplying and becoming more prominent too. But you know what, I’ll take it all if at the end of it we get a healthy little baby to hold.

 

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BLOGMAS | A Favorite Christmas Tradition

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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When Taylor was born, I knew right then and there that we will be taking her to get her picture taken with Santa that year. We were also aware of how terrifying Santa must look to a baby who has never seen him before so we were prepared to come home with a full blown crying baby picture.

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I thought it would stop there. A few days after, I picked up a frame ornament at Michaels. I was only planning on framing her first Christmas / first year with Santa but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to keep doing it until my kids doesn’t feel like taking pictures with Santa anymore.

My husband even suggested having it as a family photo for the kids to look back on when they get older.

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This is our fourth year doing this all with Taylor. Next Christmas season, we will be doing all of this with 2 kids.

I can’t wait. <3

 

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BLOGMAS | Writing Our First Letter To Santa

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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On Nov. 23, I had my daughter write her very first letter to Santa. A little early yes, but I love getting to the holiday season early. I can’t wait to finally start decorating the house… and the TREE!!!

Canada Post has a program where kids write to Santa, and Santa writes back as long as a return address is included on the letter. They also provide you with templates for little kids to fill out if they don’t feel like making their own. I used their template because a big snow man is more fun to look at than a blank page. Atleast for my daughter. 🙂

I also love that none of the templates asks for toys or any sort of present at all from Santa. They’re more of telling him things about themselves like what they’re favourite colour is, favourite animal, what they like to do during the winter time, things they like to do with their friends.

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I can tell my daughter is excited. We have seen Arthur Christmas enough times so she has an idea of what writing to Santa is all about. So if your kids are writing a letter to Santa this year, make sure you send them in by Dec. 11 to get a letter from Santa himself.

 

** This post is NOT sponsored by Canada Post

 

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