Third Pregnancy at month 9 Week 37...

~ Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:48 AM ~

This post is to journal down the 9th month week 37 of my third pregnancy now! From 33 weeks onwards, we are going for bi-weekly check ups with our gynae. Anyway here goes the update:

* APPETITE

Sweet sugary stuff still lures me every now and then which I do indulges after resisting long enough.

* WEIGHT GAIN

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My weight at this month (week 37 now) is 56.5kg, that makes it an increase of 11.5kg since I got pregnant, okay, so far so good, weight is gaining normally!

* GYNAE CHECK-UPS

Gynae said based on my previous 2 labors at 39 weeks, our 3rd child will most likely be the same, to be born around 39 weeks as well and based on the placenta shown in ultrasound scan, gynae said he doesn't foresee me giving birth so soon. Baby weight based on ultrasound scan is 2.8kg at 37 weeks preggy now - an increase of 800g in 2 weeks!!! I'm starting to freak out a bit as gynae said by the time baby is born, she might be weighing around 3kg. Benjamin was 2.73kg at birth while Alyson was 2.91kg at birth. Gulp!!!

Amniotic fluid level is normal so far and my biggest worry which is whether baby is turning head down already or not has been answered! She's down! Yay!

This time I also mentioned to our gynae that if possible, I would like to delay the cord clamping and let my hubby clamps the cord himself. Hubby looked surprise (hehehe I didn't tell him I wanted this) and asked why would I want that and I said I just want it lahhhh!!! Gynae is agreeable provided baby is born naturally and given all clear signs, else if baby is not crying after birth, he will have to clamp the cord so that the hospital staff can immediately look into baby's care.

* BREASTFEEDING DURING PREGNANCY

Yes, like what I did with Benjamin when I was pregnant with Alyson, I nursed him throughout the pregnancy. This round? Same. Nipples tend to get sore nowadays with Alyson continuing to suckle for comfort.

* BABY MOVEMENT

Baby movement very very active especially past midnight. Gynae advised to start monitoring for fetal kick count within the span of 12 hours, say from 11am to 11pm since I go to bed after midnight hehehe...

So there you go, updates as at 9 months (37 weeks to be exact) pregnancy... Overall, I am very thankful as all readings are normal and progressing well. I do get worry now and then when I think of the coming labor, even though this will be my 3rd experience, well, every labor is different you know!

Have a blessed week and thank you for reading!

How to Handle 2 Kiddos In An Outing?

~ Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM ~

I get asked often how do I handle taking care of 2 kiddos during an outing all by myself with them. Oh well, practise, practise and more practise I guess?

In my initial stage of pregnancy, I have avoided taking unnecessary stuffs like strollers and etc and prefer to travel light with my 2 kiddos. I get our 4.5 years old boy to wear his own school bag (with his own water bottle, a pack of baby wipes, a backup diaper for his baby sister and a spare change of clothes for himself and some snacks in case he's hungry) while my own diaper bag consists of the similar things I packed in my boy's school bag. Getting in and out of car must be swift and careful as well.

Anyway, now that I'm at 37 weeks preggy, it is tiring for me to walk for long distance and even carrying our 2 years old girl for longer than 10 minutes, so yes, I have to bring our stroller along for our latest mother-kiddos outing to Ikea. We had a church playgroup outing to a pet shop in a shopping mall nearby and I decided I must bring the stroller along since I also planned to get some box containers to revamp the toys and stuff in our room.

So how to handle 2 kiddos in an outing? Get them busy with something. The first thing I did when we stepped into Ikea is grabbed 2 pencils and 2 sheets of 'to-buy' checklist from one of their stands and then hand each to my kiddos. Both start doodling and scribbling as if they are onto a treasure hunt or something.

When it was time for lunch, I got our 4.5 years old boy to help out pushing the food trolley as I had to push our stroller with my girl sitting inside still. Just gotta make sure my boy pushed the food trolley carefully.

And finally, reward ourselves with nice yummy food! And before leaving, to gently remind kiddos it is time to go home right after our meal, no more stopping over at any toy shops etc.

Have a blessed week ahead and thank you for reading!

iPad App Review - Little Critter At Scout Camp

~ Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:13 AM ~

We had just recently reviewed "Just Me and My Cousin" and now, we have the privilege to add this story app to our collection!

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* Title: Little Critter At Scout Camp
* Price: $0.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Sept 04, 2013
* Current Version: 2.3
* Size: 36 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Little Critter's eager nature and inquisitive mind help him explore the great outdoors at Scout Camp. He and the other critters race canoes down the river, learn about different types of plants and trees, and make gifts for family members. Scout Camp is running smoothly until Little Critter explores a little too far and gets more nature than he bargained for! "

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I took this opportunity in this story app to teach my boy what normally goes on in a scout camp. 

* I took the opportunity in the page above to show my boy that we can learn a lot of things in a scout camp apart from making new friends

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You can purchase the "Little Critter At Scout Camp " app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code by the sponsor to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"