Visual Birth Plan

A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for things like how to manage labor pain. Keep in mind that you can’t control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you’ll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan. But a printed document gives you a place to make your wishes clear.

A written birth plan also helps refresh your healthcare provider’s memory when you’re in labor. And it informs new members of your medical team – such as your labor-and-delivery nurse – about your preferences when you’re in active labor.

Sounds great right?

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Sleep Baby Sleep

One night, I was rocking my 4-month-old daughter to help her fall asleep. Newly un-swaddled, she had her hands free and was rubbing her face and wriggling around. Lately, I’d found myself working harder and harder to get her to sleep, which seemed odd, since wasn’t sleep supposed to get better, not worse.

That’s when I realized: I am getting in her way.

Here I was working hard to “make” her sleep — but wait, sleep is a natural, basic biological function. I realized — with her wriggling and face rubbing — she was trying to self-soothe and sleep, only she didn’t have the space to practice, because I was busy doing it for her.

This was the time when I decided to do a little research on sleeping habits…( Sources are at the end )

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Margarine VS Butter

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings…

DO YOU KNOW… The difference between margarine and butter?

       Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

  • Both have the same amount of calories.
  • Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.
  • Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
  • Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
  • Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!
  • Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
  • Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .And now, for Margarine..
  • Very High in Trans fatty acids.
  • Triples risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
  • Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..
  • Lowers quality of breast milk
  • Decreases immune response.
  • Decreases insulin response.And here’s the most disturbing fact…
  • Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
    Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:
  •  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
  •  it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

    Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to butter them up’)!

    Chinese Proverb:
    When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

    Pass the BUTTER PLEASE

 

 

 

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Why I don’t have a nursery

Open any pregnancy magazine, and you’ll see that parents-to-be are expected to devote considerable time and money to furnishing and decorating a nursery for the new baby. Upscale publications even depict parents agonizing over how to apply their sophisticated decorating sensibilities to a baby’s environment by finding curtains, crib bumpers, and wall decals.

Let me tell you,I don’t have one for my daughter. It was not space problem for us. We have an extra room that basically looks like one of those,self storage spaces. It was not the finances that stopped us from having one either. If spending carefully,the furnishing and decorating a baby room won’t cost as same as buying a house. As a first time parents with no family to help us,we decided that it will be the best decision if we put the baby in our room. At least for the first couple of months until we all adjust. We have a big master bedroom with plenty of space for crib,drawers for the baby stuff,changing station. We even left our TV in there.

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DIY: Charcoal Mask for Blackheads

I am big fan of kitchen beauty but its been a long time… past few months instead of cooking my beauty masks I decided to cook baby food and buy my beauty masks. I was not impressed but It was my adjusting period so I had no choice.

But,now,when Matea is on (lets say) stable schedule I can cook some face masks and try to stable my postpartum hormonal mess.

Lately,I was reading about the benefits of Charcoal (here),and I decided to try the famous Homemade Charcoal Mask,BUT without the glue…I see people mixing glue with Activated Charcoal,but there is nothing healthy in putting glue on your skin. I made a modification and change the glue with gelatin.

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Soy Chicken w/ Veggies

Hello Mommies and Yay…finally weekend. I don’t celebrate the weekends like I used to but I am extremely excited for our family days a.k.a weekends.

I don’t think I mentioned that I love to cook. Traditional,fancy or just experimenting with salads…I enjoy while doing it. So I decided to have “Cooking Friday” posts. Just a quick disclaimer: Dont expect cakes and cookies from me because I dont eat them nor I make them.If I need them I buy them 😀

Ok,lets cook.

On today’s menu is “Soy Chicken with veggies”  

The same dish was served to me in a Chinese restaurants,but It was more watery and it came with white rice on the side. I am not a big rice fan anyway so I made modifications to fit my taste.

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Today I had tough day at work

I woke up at 6am and my Boss was already waiting for me. I put the same leggings and shirt from yesterday and barely managed to wash my face,teeth and tie my hair in a bun. My boss reminded me that I am already late with my daily tasks.

I helped her with her hygiene needs then serve her a breakfast. I also made myself a breakfast but forgot to eat it because me and my boss had a lot of things to do. I ended up eating it around 10am because that is the time when she takes her first,one hour,break and during that time I am usually multitasking. Eating,preparing the lunch,lightly cleaning the office,turning on the washer,because there is always some office stuff that need to be washed,making myself a coffee… 

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Losing Baby Weight While Breasfeeding

Sure. I`ve heard it too. “Dont expect to lose all the baby weight while you breastfeed.” – and let me tell you,this is true. I gained 47lbs during pregnancy,I was so swelled I was feeling like huge water tank that can solve California`s water problems in no time. And one day,I exploded and I was down 20lbs in just 2 days. My baby was born almost 7 lbs (In case you wondered).

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The First Two Months-Survival Essentials

Surviving the first two months with a newborn,especially if you have no help like me is a tough job. I was expecting my little sunshine like nothing else,and getting prepared every day for nine months. However,things can get little crazy once the baby is here and I found myself running around Target and CVS for stuff that I didn’t know I would need,almost every other day.

So I made a list for y’all new mommas. I will break down the list to baby,and momma stuff. I used 99% of these things on a daily basis. I didn’t expect to experience reflux (didn’t even know what that means) but we did. High temperature,diaper rash,detergent rash,even mastitis (ouch). So these are my newborn essentials and are no brainer when It comes to my second baby.

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Your First Breath Took Ours Away

That day…everything was so fast and crazy,at the moments scary,but beautiful. And I remember it…every second of it. Rushed at the hospital at 9am,but,hey…I had to stopped at the post office to send some packages because I had reselling business going on…

Moments of silence…then pain. A lot of pain…then silence again…

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