Friday, July 31, 2009

Affordable, High Quality, and Stylish $8 Eyeglasses from Zenni

Zenni Optical on TV!!! Wow! That's great news! See for yourself.

I've seen it a while ago and really I'm glad that Zenni continuously provides affordable, high quality, and stylish $ 8 Rx eyeglasses. If I were to get one for my 5-year old daughter, I'll choose this:

That pink frame looks cute, right? It will look good on Yana, I'm sure. I'll simply place my order online and have the item shipped for more convenience. Another great advantage buying from Zenni. You can even read more about it here: High Five to Zenni Optical!

So if you are also thinking about getting affordable eyeglasses for your children, visit Zenni now!

82 Days and Still Counting

According to my widget on my other blog, The Baby in Between, it will be 82 days more before my due date. So, that means it will still be around 2 1/2 months more of waiting. I certainly hope that my baby will last that long inside me. Because with the bleeding episodes that I'm constantly experiencing, there's really a big possibility that I deliver this baby boy early.

Of course, any expectant mom would want to deliver a full-term baby. So, I really pray that my baby boy will reach even up to 37 weeks before I give birth to him. For now, it will be 82days more to go and I'm still counting.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clinique Happy I Like

I've always loved wearing perfume. However, when I got pregnant I stopped using one because the fragrant smell often makes me feel nauseous. But as soon as I get over with this, I'll buy a new bottle of perfume, at least for a change. I still have my Victoria Secret here, but then it would be better if I switch to something new which has a milder scent like the Clinique Happy.

My friend Glad used to have one. The first time I tried it was when she allowed me to use it. The moment I sprayed it on my wrist, I immediately fell in love with its chic, modern, and multi-layered floral scent. So, from that day on, I promised myself that I'll get one once I'm done with this pregnancy. I thought of buying it from an online perfume site, that way it'll be more convenient for me.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pregnancy Update: 27 Weeks

I'm now on my 27th week of pregnancy. And believe me, everything is getting more and more difficult for me. Unlike my previous pregnancies, this one is really high risked. I have another episode of bleeding tonight, maybe due to the placenta previa partialis complication that I still have.

I know, I should be at the hospital right now instead of writing this blog. But, the stubborn me tells me that I should observe the bleeding first if it really won't go away overnight, or if the mild contractions that I'm feeling now persist. It's just me and the nanny here, so it's really difficult on my part in case I'd be admitted without anyone to look after me.

So, what else about me and my 27 week old baby inside? Hmmm. Oh the little one really kicks a lot now! Sometimes I even let the kids see him do that, and they are both so amazed to see my tummy moves. Anyway, here's more about me and baby at 27 weeks pregnancy:

Week 27

How Big is the Baby at 27 Weeks Pregnant?

Your baby at 27 weeks now weighs slightly over 2 pounds by 27 weeks pregnant. Your baby's total length is close to 15 inches during pregnancy at 27 weeks! Your baby is now a perfectly formed albeit very tiny human being, but of course will continue growing as you continue your pregnancy week by week .

Your Baby's Growth and Development

Your baby's systems continue to mature during pregnancy week 27 and your little one even starts accumulating some weight in the upcoming weeks.

Up until between the 27th and 28th weeks of pregnancy your baby's eyelids are fused together. After this week or next they will open. The retina or the light sensitive portion of the eye typically starts maturing at about 27 weeks of pregnancy. The layers that form in the retina will allow your baby's eyes to receive light and transmit the information it is receiving to the brain to form images. This basic process is referred to as 'sight'. Imagine that, at 27 weeks pregnant your baby is a tiny, seeing human being!

Your Growth and Development

Your uterus continues to climb the height of your stomach during pregnancy at 27 weeks, now measuring almost 2.8 inches above your belly button. If you were to measure your uterus from the pubic symphysis at 27 weeks pregnant you would find that it is approximately 27 centimeters to the top of the uterus.

Changes in You

You may start to notice that the abundant energy you experienced toward the first part of the second trimester is fading somewhat as you approach the third trimester. Your growing uterus is placing increasing demands on your circulation and your body during pregnancy 27 weeks and beyond. Remember it takes a lot of energy to create life. Try to get some much needed extra rests in the form of a nap or two if you can during the day. Even a small catnap in the front seat of your car if you are at work may be helpful.

You may start feeling increased Braxton hicks contractions during pregnancy at 27 weeks or later as you gear up for the third trimester. Again for most women Braxton hicks are simply the pre contractions that prepare you for labor and delivery. They are usually nothing to worry about unless you have a history of pre-term labor.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Camo Mint Nap Mat for Hubby

Hubby's friend, Kuya Jimmy, is here in the Philippines for a 2-week vacation. Tomorrow, we will meet somewhere in SM North so he can give me the MP3 player that hubby bought for me. I'm excited, of course, because I can already do away with the PSP which is way bigger to carry with me whenever I travel to and fro the office. At least with the MP3 player, I can easily slick it in my pocket.

Now, I'm thinking what to give hubby in return. I already asked him about this but he just told me not to bother anymore. But well, I'm a stubborn wife, so I'll get him something still. And you know what I'm thinking? I'm thinking about getting him this Camo Mint Nap Mat from Posy Lane. It looks nice, isn't it? Hubby can use it whenever he sleeps over at his friend's house there in South Korea. I just hope he'd like it.

So, okay, I'd better order one fast before hubby's friend goes back to SK. Hmmm. I'm also thinking about getting something for myself so I can save from shipping. I'm choosing between a purple towel wrap and a pink laundry bag. What should I choose?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Lately, I've been experiencing a very uncomfortable pregnancy symptom which is called heartburn. I'm sure moms out there had also experienced the same thing when they were pregnant. It really feels awful, especially when that sharp, burning sensation suddenly runs through the chest, as if I drink a super cold water the moment I get out of the bed. So uncomfortable really.

During my pregnancy with Baby Guian, I also experienced heartburn, but not as bad and as early as this one. Imagine, I'm only on my 2nd trimester but the burning sensation is really making me feel very uncomfortable a early as now. When this happened last time, I did not do anything since it wasn't that bad. But this time, I don't think I can afford to just let it pass because it's really taking the toll on me. Even when I'm at the office working, I can feel that burning sensation inside me, and it's really so distracting. I could hardly concentrate doing my work. So, I did a little research in order for me to know what to do about it. For expectant moms like me, let me share to you this info:

Many women will experience heartburn during their pregnancy. Even for women who have never experienced it before, heartburn may occur for the first time while they are pregnant. That burning sensation in the chest and throat, and sour, acidic taste in the mouth, may become an all too familiar sensation for some of them. Why?

Heartburn during pregnancy occurs for a number of reasons. Increased levels of hormones in your body while pregnant can soften the ligaments that normally keep the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) tightly closed. If the LES relaxes at inappropriate times, food and stomach acids can reflux back up into your esophagus and throat. Also more pressure is put on your stomach as your body changes and your baby grows. This, in turn, can force stomach contents through the LES and into your esophagus.

Though you may not be able to eliminate heartburn completely, you can take some steps to minimize your discomfort.

* Don't eat foods that are known heartburn triggers. These include chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and tomato-based products, mustard, vinegar, mint products, and spicy, highly seasoned, fried, and fatty foods. For a complete list of foods to avoid, check out this chart. For foods that have a low risk of causing heartburn, check out this chart.

* Avoid drinks containing caffeine (coffee, tea, cola) because these can relax the LES and allow acid to reflux back into the esophagus.

* Avoid alcohol. Alcohol relaxes the LES. Read the article on alcohol and heartburn for more information.

* Don't eat big meals. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead.

* Don't rush through your meals. Take your time eating, and chew thoroughly.

* Wait at least three hours after your last meal before going to bed.

* It's important to drink plenty of water during pregnancy (8-10 glasses daily) along with other fluids, but don't drink these only at mealtimes. Large quantities of fluids can distend your stomach, putting more pressure on the LES and forcing it to open inappropriately. Drink some of your fluids in between meals.

* Sleep with your head and shoulders propped up with a wedge pillow or elevate the head of your bed six to eight inches. This will allow gravity to work for you and it will help keep your stomach acids where they should be--in your stomach and not in your esophagus. For some tips on easing nighttime heartburn, read this article.

* Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You need to avoid any tightness around your waist and stomach.

* Bend at the knees instead of at the waist. Bending at the waist puts more pressure on your stomach.

* Sit upright in a comfortable chair rather than slouching.

* Gain a sensible amount of weight and stay within the guidelines your doctor suggests. Too much of a weight, and obesity, puts more pressure on your stomach, and can force stomach contents through the LES and into your esophagus.

* Don't smoke. While your doctor may urge you break the habit because you're pregnant, smoking can also increase your odds of experiencing heartburn. Read about smoking and heartburn to find out the reasons smoking increases heartburn.

* You should always check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter remedies while pregnant, but there are a few choices you have that can help eliminate heartburn. Some heartburn relievers such as Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, or Gaviscon may prove helpful. Again, it's important that you check with your doctor before taking any of these remedies.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

It's A Boy!

Yes, it's a boy! I had my pelvic ultrasound done this afternoon and I couldn't believe when the sonologist told me that what I'm having is a baby boy. WOW! As in, it was amazing! I've been longing for a baby boy ever since I had two girls, so today I finally realized that dream. God really answers prayers. And I'm more than thankful that after a long wait, he's finally here - my long-awaited dream. Oh, I can't wait to see him!

I'm only on my 24th week of pregnancy, so it means I still have to wait for about 16 weeks before I can see how adorable my little boy is. Oh, I wonder how is eyes look, his nose, his lips, everything! I'm really excited, very excited. And I'm pretty sure the little girls will be so happy too because they also wanted to have a baby brother this time. Can't wait to go home and tell them the good news.