Expecting a Baby? Here’s How to Prepare for Your Bundle of Joy

When not properly planned for, having a baby can cause anxiety and stress, especially in first-time mothers, as opposed to relaxing and taking it easy during this time. There’s often so much to do with so little time and sometimes with a limited budget. All of a sudden, everyone has an opinion – water birth or no water birth; they leave you wondering whether your initial decision to go with a home-delivery was a wise one. Let’s not forget the all-important task of choosing a healthcare provider; because no law says you have to stick with your current provider. There are all these decisions to make and frankly, it can tire anyone out.

The objective of this post therefore, is to make the experience as worry-free as possible for you. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing; that feeling you get when you feel your baby kick for the first time is one that cannot be aptly described. Whispering sweet little nothings to your baby while still in the womb, seeing those ultrasound images of your baby, holding your baby for the first time…these are all precious moments that should not be ruined by the million and one decisions you have to make in anticipation of your baby’s arrival.

So if you are a first-time mom, you would probably find this simple guide from Dr. Thiara at MidAtlantic OBGYN on preparing for the arrival of your baby quite useful; and without further ado, here are some important decisions you want to make.

  1. In the first three months, you want to start taking your prenatal supplements. Prenatal supplements are vitamins and minerals that help your baby develop properly; they include calcium, folic acid, Vitamin D, and iron.

Prenatal vitamins also ensure that the mother is not lacking sufficient nutrients for her own body, as well as babies solely, rely on the nutrients they get from their mothers. This could leave the mother anemic in the case of insufficient iron.  

  1. Decide on a health care provider – Scout around for a good OBGYN, talk to people about their experiences with their doctors, read reviews, consider the distance between your home and the clinic, find out what payment plans they offer and how much insurance coverage you get. This is one decision, you would need to make really fast as you want to be sure that the doctor is involved at the earliest time possible.
  1. As your pregnancy progresses, you should get tested for gestational diabetes, this is important because if you test positive, it could mean that the fetus could experience overgrowth which can lead to all sorts of complications down the line. This test usually takes place around the 26th week or earlier if you have a history of diabetes.

You also want to do the multiple marker screening, a test that screens for possible defects such as Spina Bifida and Down syndrome in the fetus.

  1. Don’t forget to enroll in educational classes for child birthing, while you set up a birthing plan alongside. A doctor should be able to provide you with the necessary information.
  2. Finally, make the necessary changes to your diet; cut down on the caffeine and say goodbye to raw meat and unpasteurized milk. To make things easier, here’s a great nutrition guide for pregnant women you should checkout; let us know what you think.

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I am Always Tired

I am off today and I plan of just being lazy all day, guess what? That will be impossible because right here, right now I am glued to my computer trying to finish my online tasks. Luckily, I got so many of them that need to be done today while I have time, the many the tasks means more moolah. Then go to the bank and my child’s school, pick up the little one, go grocery shopping and cook dinner. That is my list for today.

Wait a minute, didn’t I say I plan of being lazy today? Life of a working mom, huh? I am tired, honestly. I work full-time in a job that requires physical strength. I walk constantly for the entire 8 hours I am at work and when I am off, that is when I feel the fatigue from working the last four days  straight.

They say, exercising helps but I don’t think it’s possible for I got a lot of things to do and I AM JUST REALLY REALLY TIRED! I can’t wait to become part time and see how it goes.

Guitar Center Killeen

Oh wow, I am surprised to know that there is actually a guitar center killeen. I thought I can only see them in big cities like ours. I have seen one around and it was surprising enough for me haha. Anyway, it is nice to know this musical store is everywhere so people can easily go to their physical store and shop for instruments or accessories they need. If you want to find out one near you, please visit their website or simply clicking on the link above. Thank you and have a good one!

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Deals

Who does not love deals ? I do! I don’t shop and pay full price for items I know that will eventually be marked down except maybe for groceries? Or even shopping for groceries, I will not forget going to the store’s clearance aisles and see what they have for me. When it comes to buying major things like electronics/gadgets, games and most of all household stuff, I would look for a store that offers the biggest deal before I proceed to check out.

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Small New Year Feast and 12 Round Fruits

If you have been following this blog, you would know that it is our tradition to put 12 different kind of round fruits on the table every New Year. Round fruits to represent prosperity and abundance and to also hoping for more $ this year.

This is what I prepared for my family last night, just cooked rice noodles soup with chicken and baked chicken breasts and drumsticks for dinner, some round chocolates and a round oreo cake that my girls love. A small feast is enough for the four of us, nothing fancy… just small and simple and that’s it.

What I am praying and wishing for this year is for us to be always healthy, strong, intact/being together, always safe wherever we may go and most of all, worry-free for the rest of the year!

2016 has been so great for us, I would say!

 

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Thankful on Christmas Day 2016

Another Christmas in our life, my family is intact and we’re together. I am more than thankful because this year has been good for us. We probably have less worries than most Americans. Thank You, Lord! Another thing is that we are able to provide for our children not just their needs but also their wishes and wants especially for Christmas. We have more gifts for them this year than previous.

Though presents under the Christmas tree look great, nothing is more gorgeous than the family that opened them this morning. I saw the facial expressions, I captured them all while they had fun!

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Nice to Have Filipina Co-workers

No man is an island” as the saying goes. I believe this to be so true especially here in America where the world can be so cruel at times. I am more than thankful I met this three ladies at work shown in the picture below because, I can be myself and relate with them when it comes to Filipino foods, life’s frustrations and most of all, they are the ones I can vent out my disappointments with when it comes to work. They are there to listen and most of all laugh with.

At my job, there are only 4 of us. Two in the kitchen and two in the cafeteria. We are outnumbered by other races, most people working there are blacks. So, knowing I have 3 friends of my own race  is pretty comforting, that I am not alone when the going gets tough for I know they will help me morally.

In this picture, we had lunch together and shared my monggo bean and rice one time. We all loved it because it was for a change from eating bland American hospital food. For us, Filipino foods are the best, don’t argue with that.

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Great Music Deals

It’s this time of the year that people are so busy looking for gifts to give to their loved ones. Some haven’t even started shopping yet. Although deals flooding online and stores across the country, it seems so difficult buying for things for other people no matter how many sales and discounts are right in front of you if you don’t know what to get for them.

But for musicians in your family, finding great music deals won’t be too hard. They are everywhere and if you will ask as to what specific musical instrument they want, you can very well find a good deal on each.

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Fruit of My Labor

We truly never know the value of money unless we work hard to make it. Although I am making a bit of $ online, it is way different when you go out there working for a company that requires your 8-hour energy to do the job and being constantly bossed at.

Anyway, I rewarded myself for working endlessly these past two months. I deserve it and it will serve as a remembrance working in a food service industry. I paid it in full and I am proud using this phone knowing that this is from the fruit of my hard labor, two weeks worth of my paycheck!

With this phone, I know that I appreciate/enjoy it and that I will take care of it to last for years. I know I can easily ask my husband to buy me this, but I wanted to prove to myself that when I like something big, I can buy it from my own sweat now that I have a job.

This is what I want for Christmas and the Victoria’s Secret XO perfume that I waited for so long to come down in price, got it for half off original price, so I am good not wishing for more other than for my family to be together and in good health always!

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Ukelele Natural

There is nothing more beautiful than this cute lani kai ukelele natural. We do have two ukeleles but they are painted with our girls’ favorite color, pink and purple. They look nice but a natural-looking ukelele is the best, well, at least for me. Try to peek this ukelele I am talking about by simply clicking on the link. You would know that it’s gorgeous once you see it in the picture.It’s got a 4.5 star reviews, meaning it is that good!

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