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Water Bottles with Straw? Yes, please!

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 in Pregnancy | 0 comments

Seriously, I am not even 9 months pregnant and I already feel like this when I try to get off the couch or bed:

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Source: The Pregnant Husband

 

I get thirsty often.  And often in the middle of the night.  We have TONS of water bottles at home, and I usually put two of them filled up on my bedstand for this purpose.  But, it’s getting harder and harder to sit up to just reach for the bottle and take a sip.  Then, I found that we have a Camelbak bottle but straw!  I was like a little kid the night before Christmas when I went to bed last night.  The only thing was, I was waiting for myself to wake up from thirst to try out my new found bottle.   Boy, was it great!   I didn’t need to roll out of bed just for one sip of water.   Yay!   Camelbak Better Bottle, you just got yourself a new fan!!

 

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Pediatrician “Meet and Greet” Questions

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Pregnancy | 0 comments

I’ve just set up a few pediatrician interviews so that we can select a doctor who will see our baby after birth.  Before going to the meetings, I’ve researched a bit of questions to bring with me.   I assume our meeting will cover most of it, but in case anything is not covered this will be a handy list for me to go over.   Most importantly for us will be to find a good doctor we are comfortable communicating with and has views that align with what we want for our child.

 

Take note from Observations during the meeting:

  • Try to arrive a little earlier to see how the other patients and receptionists are?  (Happy?  Grumpy?  Looks like they have waited forever?)
  • Clean environment?
  • Kid-friendly?
  • Staff friendly?
  • Parking available?
  • How long was the wait?
  • Was there a sick/well waiting room?
  • How’s the doctor?
    • Do you like the doctor’s communication style?
    • Do you feel comfortable with the doctor?

 

 

My Pediatrician “Meet and Greet” Questions

About the Practice

Operations

  • Is there a separate well and sick waiting room?
  • What are the office hours?
  • Are extended evening and weekend hours available?
  • When the office is closed?  Where should we go for urgent and emergency care?
  • How will we reach you if my child gets sick after hours and on weekends?
  • Are same day appointments possible?

Physician

  • How does the practice work and can I expect to see the same doctor at each visit?
  • Who will I be speaking to if I call with a question or concern regarding my baby?
  • When are you not in the office and not on call?  What happens if we need to come in and you are not in the office?
  • What hospital are you specialized in?  If my baby is hospitalized, will you be treating the baby or someone at the hospital will?

Non-emergency concerns

  • Is there a nurse hotline or do we need to come in for everything?
  • Are calls or emails for routine/non-emergency questions available?

Labs

  • How are lab works (blood testing, vaccine shots) handled in the clinic?  Is it done inside the clinic or do we have to go to an outside lab?
  • What happens if more testing is needed but the clinic doesn’t have the equipment?

About the Doctor

 

  • Do you sub-specialize in anything else?
  • What are your thoughts on vaccination?  What immunization schedule do you follow?  (Are you open to alternative and delayed schedule?
  • Views on breastfeeding/bottle feeding?
    • Will you be available to discuss issues with breastfeeding?
  • Views on developmental milestones?
    • Will you be available to discuss behavioral developments?
  • What would be your standard advice and procedure if my child has a fever? A viral infection?

About the Baby

  • What happens when my baby is born?
    • Does the doctor see newborns at the hospital or at the first office visit?
  • When should I schedule to bring my baby in to see the doctor after birth?
    • Do I need to get the birth and medical records from the hospital before leaving? 
  • Should I give vitamin or iron supplement to the baby after birth before I come in to see you?  If yes, what would you recommend?
  • How often will my baby need to be seen during their 1st year of life?

About Me

  • If breastfeeding, should I continue to take prenatal, Vitamin D, and DHA supplement after giving birth?
  • Anything else you would recommend I do after birth?

 

Source: Baby Center, Baby Center Community

Fishies…when can I eat you again?

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in Health, Healthy Living | 0 comments

Here I am towards the end of my pregnancy looking forward to meet my little bundle of joy and…. eating fish again!  Sushi is one of our favorite things to eat.  My hubby and I gave that up this year since I’m pregnant.  But, boy do I miss it!  Also, in Chinese culture, drinking fish soup postpartum is one of the best healthy food you can give to your body for the recovery.   So, I knew I was in for lots of fishy meals after I give birth… until.

Well, until the news about radiation that is still seeping out from Japan and running the current through the Pacific.   Goodbye fresh Alaskan Salmon.  Hello, Chilean Salmon!  (Chile is still part of Pacific Ocean…but at least Chile is farther from Japan than Alaska!)

Another thought came to my mind… what about the mercury level that we are so careful about during pregnancy?  Does that matter after pregnancy for breastfeeding moms?  After a little bit of research, it turns out mercury level is also something to be careful of since it will pass through breastmilk to the baby.   Luckily my favorite Salmon is on a “Best Choice” list.  Phew!  But, will still have to be very careful about eating other fish…especially those big fishies that we like to buy to make those Chinese fish soup!

 

Below is a Fish Types Mercury Level

Best Choices
Lowest in Mercury &  Highest in Healthy Fats

herring
mackerel (Atlantic, jack, chub)
rainbow trout (farm raised)
salmon (wild or farm raised)
sardines
whitefish

 

Lowest Mercury
12 ounces per week

catfish (farm raised)
clams
cod
crab
flounder, plaice, sole
haddock
herring
mackerel (Atlantic, jack, chub)
mullet
oysters (cooked)
pollock
rainbow trout (farm raised)
salmon (wild or farm raised)
sardines
scallops
shrimp
squid
tilapia
tuna (Skipjack, Light, canned)
whitefish
Lowest

 

Moderate Mercury
4 ounces per week

bass (saltwater, black)
buffalo fish
carp
freshwater perch
grouper
halibut
lobster(northern, Maine, Atlantic)
mahi mahi (Dolphin-fish)
Pompano (Florida)
sablefish
sea trout (weakfish)
snapper
Spanish mackerel (S. Atlantic)
tilefish (Atlantic)
tuna (Albacore, Yellowfin,
White, canned)
white croaker (Pacific)

 

High Mercury / PCB*
Do Not Eat

bass (striped)*
bluefish*
Chilean sea bass
golden snapper
jack (Amberjack, Crevalle)
king mackerel
marlin
orange roughy
shark
Spanish mackerel (Gulf of Mexico)
swordfish
tilefish (Gulf of Mexico)
tuna (all fresh or frozen)
walleye (Great Lakes)
*PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) are higher in these species

 

Source: Fish4Health.net, Baby Center

Built-In Measuring Ruler

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in DIY, Efficientizing, Home & Lifestyle, Studio | 0 comments

Are you tired of looking for your tape measure or ruler?  I am!  And maybe I am just too lazy to turn my chair to grab it from the shelf.  I decided to semi-permanently put the measuring tool on my table with help of some permanent marker and washi tape.   Super easy and took like 5 minutes!

Materials:

  • Washi Tape
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Table or Desk where you want to put the ruler on

Direction:

  • Place Washi Tape where you would like to have the measuring tape.
  • Line it up with your ruler.  Mark the measurements you use most frequently.  (In my case, I always use inches.  So that’s what I used)
  • Ta da!  Enjoy the complete, easy, and convenient measuring tool!

 

 

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Skin Safe Products

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 in Health, Healthy Living | 0 comments

As I am a mommy-to-be, I have become very aware of what I use very early on in my pregnancy.   Suddenly, I have to start shopping for products for the baby too.  It makes me even more careful as babies have even less immunity than we do.   Every single product I look at from diapers to wipes to shampoo and lotion, I’m carefully considering every option and health safety.

 

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One site I came across that I love is EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.   It allows me to search and quickly glance over the safety rating of the product I’m consider on a Healthy Scale of 0-10.   With 0-2 being the safest options.   There are products that I did not find in there.  But overall, its coverage is pretty comprehensive.   This greatly helped as they also broke things down into different category for me, such as Baby Shampoo, Baby Wipes, Baby Lotion, and etc.   Now, of course, you can’t rely on just this site alone.  You have to consider other factors, such as those 0 rating lotion and why they rate so well.   (It may be because they don’t have any preservatives, which might be too bad because it will last no more than 3 days).    So, I also rely on other resource such as Amazon Reviews to backup my final purchase decision.

At the end of the day, if you are trying a new product that you are not 100% sure you will love.  Don’t bulk buy!  Test first and make sure you love it before stocking up!  🙂