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Monday, June 29, 2015

Diaper Review: Pampers and Huggies

I wanted to do a diaper review a long time ago as Jellybean was outgrowing some of her diapers and we ran into leaking problems but I never got around to it. Well, now I can!

We bought some Newborn diapers as we continue to wait for Gummybear's arrival (38 weeks now) and I was shocked at how small Newborn diapers are, as well as amazed at how much Jellybean has grown!  I mean, look at the size difference!  Wow!!!  Anyways, let's start the review!

Pampers Swaddlers

1. The Yellow Line
What I really like about Pampers Swaddlers is that (for a premium) you get the diapers with a yellow line. In the first couple of days after your baby is born everything revolves around the number of pee and poop diapers you change in a day. This is to ensure that your baby is taking in enough breastmilk and is growing. The yellow line turns blue whenever it gets wet with pee. So since babies pee and poop a lot it's a great way to see that the plumbing is working. 

2. Smells Like Baby Powder
I like that Pampers smells like baby powder. It makes a baby smell like a baby. Other than that I don't really like any other artificial baby smelling products. 

3. Dry Weave Technology
The weave on this diaper wicks away moisture from the baby's bottom to keep baby comfortable and dry. I'm not saying to leave the diaper on for more than 1-2 hours but it's helpful to know that your baby isn't going to be too uncomfortable. 

Side note 1:  I unfold diapers like this (above picture). I don't know how nurses and daycare teachers can change a baby's diaper without unfolding it first. Does anyone else do this?

4. Velcro Tabs
These Velcro tabs are easy to use and stiff so they don't flop all over the place. They secure the diaper nicely. 

5. Space for Umbilical Cord
I love that Pampers made a little space for umbilical cord stump care. Yes, you can always fold the top of the diaper down but it's just nice knowing that the diaper engineers thought of it too. 

6. Overall Design Works for Infants
The overall design of this diaper works with infants who can't move around too much. We tried to be a one brand family with Jellybean as she grew up and started walking and running but we found that this style of diaper works best with mostly immobile infants. That said, let's move on to Huggies. 

Huggies Lil Cruisers

1. No Scent
So, even though I love the baby smell of the Pampers diapers, I'm also ok with no scent on the Huggies diapers. This actually works for Jellybean because she's starting to hold her pee more and her poop cycle is regulating itself. She's not yet at the potty training stage yet so sometimes she does not tell us when she has pooped. She's still happy to cozy up with the warmth of her poop for now. That this diaper has no scent helps us adults know when she has pooped and to clean her up right away as to prevent diaper rash. 

2. Dry Weave Technology
Same as above, this wicks the moisture away from her butt really quickly. But since she's been in daycare we've been battling bouts of diaper rash. So even though the liquid holding capacity of this diaper is awesome, rarely do I test its limit. I change Jellybean's diaper as soon as she pees, as soon as I see its puffy, or as soon as we start or end an activity. We go through a lot of diapers.....

3. Elastic Back Waist Band
This is perfect for a toddler on the go!  The elasticity holds the diaper in place while giving the toddler freedom of movement. 

Side note 2:  I really do unfold every single diaper like this. Tell me I'm not the only one!

4. Extra Velco Tab
That extra purple Velcro tab helps secure the diaper in place for an active toddler. It creates 4 points of contact that hold the diaper up while the toddler in walking, running, climbing or scooting around. However, I am insistent that there be a huge amount of material between the bottom of the purple Velcro thing and the top of the opening of the leg. Any shorter than what I've drawn in the picture and you run the risk of the Velcro rubbing and chafing the baby's leg. And trust me, seeing such an angry red mark on the baby should make the heart of any parent weep. 

5. Large Capacity for Pee and Poop
When you put a diaper like this on an infant who can't really move the diaper looks baggy or saggy. It's not necessary for an infant because you're going to change their diaper before it reaches capacity. But this diaper is perfect for a toddler. The bagginess of the diaper allows for more airflow to keep her little butt dry. But bigger kids put out bigger poop and bigger pee. The bagginess of this diaper is extra room for all that waste so it catches blowouts better. 

6. Stretch Tabs
The white Velcro tab itself is not stretchy but the blue piece it's on is stretchy. Again, I appreciate it for the security while allowing freedom of movement. My only gripe with this is that when I change Jellybean's poopy diapers while standing up the tabs, no matter how I fold the elastic waist band back, almost always fall into the poop!  It's like they're drawn to it!!  No one wants to work with a diaper with poopy tabs!  However, as I only change 2 poopy diapers a day, I can live with it considering that everything else about this diaper is perfect for my toddler. 

That's it for my thoughts on diapers. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

June Empties

I don't anticipate finishing anything else for the month of June so here are my empties for this month!

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Bought this as a set of 2 from Sam's Club last year. I think it got tossed in with a whole bunch of crap during our kitchen renovation and my husband just found it earlier this month. Anyways, it's an ok product. It does the job it's supposed to do and smells like grapefruits while doing it.

Dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away
I don't really have problems with dark or puffy eyes so I can't say this did much for those issues for me. On my husband, this product did lighten his dark circles.  Anyways, as the summer got hotter and my face got oilier, I ended up using this all over the face as a facial moisturizer. It was light, absorbed well, and didn't feel heavy on my skin. While I liked the product itself, I would not repurchase this  in its current packaging because the quantity is too little for the price to be used as a facial moisturizer. 

That's it for now!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's really any day now!

First order of business, I have decided on a name for Baby #2!  From here on out, she will be known as Gummybear!

So I went in for my routine visit with my ob/gyn and while I'm still more than 2 weeks away from my official due date, today's exam really surprised me. Gummybear's head is totally engaged  in my pelvis and cervix. I'm, as you can see, 80% effaced and 3-4 cm dilated. This time last time with Jellybean I had already been in pretty painful labor for 10-12 hours getting from 2 to 4 cm. So I'm grateful that it hasn't been painful getting to this point with Gummybear. 

But it makes me wonder when will I go into labor?  I've been searching forums and reading up on when I might expect to go into labor being this far along and all the results are the same. I could give birth tonight or in another one to two weeks. Not very helpful. 

It makes me a little sad too, that pretty soon we won't be able to devote 100% of our energy and attention to Jellybean, who is hitting language milestones right now. 

But on the other hand it makes me pretty happy that Jellybean is going to be a big sister. She and Gummybear are going to be lifelong friends and I really do hope that they cultivate a relationship that is just as strong, if not stronger, than the relationship they each have with their parents. I cannot imagine a Jellybean without a Gummybear and vice versa. 

Are we ready for this?!?!  It's too late to back out now!!!  But seriously though, we recognize that some things are going to be like an old hat. We'll just know what to do and have experience getting the tasks done. But other things will be uncharted waters for us. I think we're just worried about family life dynamics and how to navigate that with authority so that the children don't see us falter. 

And lastly, yes, 181 lbs. I am definitely carrying a lot of weight on my feet. I already have my workout plan on Pinterest and will start on it after I give myself a break and relax after the delivery. 

Wow!  I'm bouncing off the walls with excitement!  It's any day now!!  Yay!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Gearing up for post pregnancy weight loss

Today was my last every-2-weeks exam and first every-week-prenatal exam. I weighed in at 179 lbs. It's a little challenging knowing how much weight I've packed in this 2nd pregnancy. And when you factor in the fact that I never quite lost the baby weight from the 1st pregnancy the idea of weight loss becomes both daunting and motivating. 

This 2nd time around I want to do it differently. I want to take weight loss more seriously because I have to. We're going to have 2 under 2 and I can't afford to be sidelined because I'm not fit enough to play with my girls, or not be fit enough to tend to both their needs. Jellybean is still a baby and I certainly don't want to feel like I have an expiration date when it comes to caring for my kids.  I do plan to breastfeed for 2 months while I'm home on maternity leave but I don't know if I can or want to keep it up for a year. We'll have to see how our nursing relationship turns out.  

So based off the birthing, recovery, and first few weeks experience the 1st time, I've come up with starter workout plan for the first 8 weeks. 

Weeks 1 thru 2
Absolutely no working out.  It's important to give yourself a break to adjust to the baby and the healing process after birth. 

Eating decently. My parents ordered me the 月子餐 (yue zi tsan) same as last time. This is a special diet for post pregnancy recovery. It's very healthy and packed with Chinese medicines. 

Wearing a postpartum belt. This helps shrink your uterus since it'll be harder for that organ/muscle to bounce back to original size after 2 nearly back-to-back pregnancies. 

Weeks 3 thru 4
Walking outside (good for baby's circadian clock, good start for Mommy's new fitness routine) or walking on a treadmill (if we bring back that relic of my husband's bachelor days from my MIL). 

Continue eating the 月子餐. I'm going to try to document the foods they deliver because I'm sure I can make some of it myself. 

Continue wearing my postpartum belt. I may even consider getting a postpartum girdle. 

Weeks 5 thru 6
Add arm and shoulder exercises. There is a 6 week ob/gyn visit where they check up on your recovery. This is the best time to get the doctor's approval to work out and see if she has any recommendations on workout intensity. 

Keep walking. 

Keep eating the 月子餐. 

Keep wearing postpartum belt/girdle. 

Weeks 7 thru 8
Add light abdominal workouts. I'm pretty sure my abdominal muscles have split by my belly button (diastasis recti) so crunches, sit-ups, and workouts of that nature are out. There is a gentler version of ab workouts that can be done to slowly strengthen the abs and bring the 2 sides back together. 

Keep doing arm exercises. 

Keep walking. 

Enjoy the last week of the 月子餐 (my parents bought 2 months of this yummy food) and get ready to make the foods on my own. 

Keep wearing the postpartum girdle. I actually plan to wear it 4-6 months if not more. 

Pinterest has so many workout ideas that it's hard to choose just one. Everything is motivating!  The biggest challenge here is making time for myself a priority!  I didn't really do that the last time and felt so "mommied out" a number of times. So I want to focus some energy on myself so that I can be a better mom and wife. 

If anyone has any tips on post pregnancy fitness I'd love to read about them. Leave your tip in the comments below and how that worked for you.  Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 5, 2015

FOTD: Went to work without going to work

So this was last Tuesday, when I got dressed and made up for work, then started driving and turned around to go back home mid-commute. Jellybean was sick and couldn't go to school so I went back home to take care of her. 

Here, I'm experimenting with a Lancôme travel palette that I bought on the Duty Free shop on an international flight a few years ago. I realized that in my rush I did not line my eyes or apply mascara. 

Side note about eyelashes and mascara:
My eyelashes are actually shorter than ever before!  They are falling out and baby eyelashes are growing in as my pregnancy progresses. So even if I apply mascara, and with my monolids, they're so short that they're really difficult to see. 

But going back to the original topic, I am going to make more of an effort to "complete" the look and line the eyes and apply mascara. 

One thing I'm enjoying about Lancôme is that their makeup doesn't budge on me. I have not been using primer on my eyes and have found that their shadows don't travel southwards as the day progresses.

What I don't like about this particular palette is that the concealer (above blush) and the lip sticks/glosses are are located so close to the powder products. I have to be careful about the fallout from powder falling into the creamy products or accidentally dipping brush hairs into the creamy products when I'm trying to go for the powder or blush. However, that said, this is a fantastic little palette to take when you're traveling. You can pull off a complete look with just this palette and not have to bring anything else. 

Lancôme is a brand that does sell in China and therefore does submit their products for animal testing. Not too thrilled about that but I already bought the palette so will use it. 

Jellybean update:
She's doing fine now and returned to school most joyfully!  I hope she continues to have that attitude towards school.