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Hospital Tour Questions for Labor & Delivery

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Pregnancy | 0 comments

My hubby and I recently took a tour of the hospital where I will be giving birth to our baby in a few months.  We also registered there, so we don’t need to worry about that when I am in labor.  Below is a list of questions that we compiled before the visit.  It’s very handy to have this list, because I knew I wouldn’t remember all my questions with my pregnancy brain when I actually got there!

 

Checking in

Can we pre-register?

When should we get admitted to the hospital?

Where to go (and during after hours)?

What happens if all birthing rooms are taken?

 

Rooms and facility

Private vs shared rooms

Cafeteria hours

Visiting hours

Partner sleeping over policy and accomodation

What labor tools are available (Labor chair, labor ball…etc.)?

Is a fridge to store food available?

 

Policy

How long can I stay?

What is the camera/filming policy?

Is it ok to eat during labor?

Is IV required?

NICU policy?

How late we can opt for epidural?

 

Availability of medical staff

When does the doctor come?

Availability of anesthesiologist (How long does it take if we opt for epidural?)

When does the pediatrician see the baby after birth?

Will baby be in my room or in the nursery?

 

Breastfeeding and post-birth

Is there Lactation consultant on staff and available?

Breastfeeding, will it be taught/consulted after birth?

Will baby be separated from me shortly after birth?

Skin to skin contact policy?

Final Piece of Furniture for Nursery

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Pregnancy | 0 comments

I have been in nesting mode for probably the longest time…since a few months ago.  The transformation of my studio to nursery has been slow, but definitely happening. 🙂  The last piece of furniture that we need is a recliner.   We initially wanted a twin bed, so I can sleep there at night if I get too tired running back and forth between our rooms.   However, the room is not big enough to fit a bed, so I decided to get a recliner instead to serve this purpose.

I have narrowed down to two recliners, but my hubby refuses to give me opinion because he thinks I will regret either choice and blame him. Smart decision.  Haha.

So here are my choices:

 

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The reason I am struggling is because I have tried the Simmons and it’s soooo comfy.  But, it’s not white.   I haven’t been able to find the other one, Monarch,  in stores.   So I haven’t had a chance to try it.  But it is WHITE, and it goes with the design of the nursery.

This is seriously my struggle between style and comfort…  I am still deciding… Will share my final decision and nursery once everything is done. 🙂

Managing Duplicate Photo Copies in Lightroom

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Efficientizing, Photography, Studio | 0 comments

What do you use to manage your photo collection?

I used to go the simple Windows Explorer route and had a perfect way of naming each photo so they sorted correctly.  It worked fine …until Lightroom came along.  Suddenly a whole new whole opened up to me.  Photoshop and photo management in one?!   I was in heaven.  We have been using Lightroom for the last few years.   Now the problem is my husband and I both use it.  Sometimes we will import photos into Lightroom and forget to clear those photos out of the camera.   And someone would import it a second time in a different location.   This happens a few times a year, usually with those important photo collections from vacations we are afraid to lose (imagine 1000 images becomes 2000!).    Recently, it has gotten to a point of being very unmanageable.   There are double and even triple copies of photos everywhere!  Just imagine trying to delete those individually….and I actually did try it!!

As mentioned in my recent post, one of my current project is to finish all of our unfinished photo albums.   It’s going to be a long process for me since I tend to be very picky and want to include everything in our yearbooks.   Then, I came to this huge roadblock…. why do we have so many duplicates?!   Oh right…because…   So then, I prayed for a solution.   And a solution came to me in form of a Lightroom plugin called Duplicate Finder.  Thank you for thinking of my problem before I realized there’s one!   This was definitely money worth spending (about $15), that saved me many hours of hunting down the files.  It matches files based on a variety of data within the photo itself, not just the file name.  Phew~!

 

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This is what the plug-in looks like.  Very simple, you just have to check attributes that you would like to match and click ok.   They will go through your selected photos, find the duplicates, and put it into a collection for you to deal with.  Usually that means DELETE for me.  🙂

 

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Now, if there’s a tool like that to help me find duplicate things in life…and then organize them for me into neat folders.  I will buy that too!

Art of Macaroon

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 in Eat | 0 comments

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Took a macaroon class yesterday with my friends.  Didn’t realize it is such a long process just to make these one-bite sweeties!  My conclusion? I think I need a bigger kitchen and lots of equipment before I can test my new skill!  Nevertheless, we will be enjoying these yummies over the weekend. 

The Photo Album Rush

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in DIY, Photography | 0 comments

I have set a goal for myself in the last few months to finish up all my unfinished Photo Albums.  My goal is to finish this before our baby arrives so that I can focus on documenting our memories of him/her.   I think our focus will shift a little bit once the baby arrives.  I have only done one yearbook for us, and that was 2009.  I was so hopeful that I will be diligent and create one each year.  What happened?  Well, you know…wedding albums, honeymoon albums, vacation photo albums and just chilling.  Yup, I have been busy and then very lazy.  Now, every free moment I get I am trying to organize and create our yearbooks.

My hubby loves the yearbooks.  Recently I came up with a brilliant idea, and I casually asked him what if I just do a summary photo album of our years together?  You know…like a “Best of” type thing.  He didn’t buy it.  He wanted one album for each year.  I think I’ve spoiled him with all our detailed albums.  Ha!  Well ok, I am up for the challenge…it will just take me a few hundred hours longer.

To make my life easier, I recently tried my hands on LumaPix Fotofusion. (Thanks to review from Photobook Girl’s site. Her site is a great resource for the most current photobook deals.)   A program that I will use to create all my albums from here on out.  It seems to have a little bit of a learning curve.  But, I think it will be worth it once I get the hang of it.   It will literally save me hundreds of hours.   And I won’t have to relearn to use every single service with their unique album creation programs out there.  I will do a review once I get the hang of using the program myself.  For now, I need to shuffle through the clutter of my millions of photos from the last 5+ years!

Here’s a peak of some of the albums I have created in the past.   Wish me luck as I dive into our millions of photos!!

 

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This is actually my latest creation…but also covers our oldest photos from when we first began dating.  I made this for my hubby as one of the presents for this birthday. 🙂   I used MyPublisher for this and took advantage of the coupon code from Photobook Girl.  And it was less than $50 (includes tax and shipping) for a 100 page photo album!!  Great deal!

 

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This was my first “yearbook” from 2009.   This one was ordered from Blurb.  The size is a small 8×8.   I’m doing major catching up now.  As you can see, my albums aren’t too much about style at this point as a “fit-every-meaningful-photo-as-I-can”.  I do have a pages sprinkled here and there with full page size photos.   The cover is actually a photo taken right after our engagement.  <3

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Albums I “usually* do not slack on are vacation albums.  This ons is from Blurb. The only reason is because right after our vacations, I’m always so eager to go through, sort, and edit the photos before sharing with friends and family.  But the time I have finish that task, putting together the albums isn’t that hard.  It’s usually the sorting and editing that takes the most time!

 

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Another vacation album.  This is my first soft cover album (this one is from Blurb).  I was actually pleasantly surprised by the outcome.  I probably will do more softcovers it the future for casual vacation albums like this one because the glossy photo cover is really pretty!

 

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Last but not least is my favorite album of all times, our wedding album.  This one I ordered from Photobook America.    It took me over a year to put this one together.  It has over a 1000 photos from our wedding in there because there are photos that I just don’t want to leave out.  After sorting through the professional photos and friends photos, I picked a handful of favorites for the main part of the album.   And the end, I have pages to put in smaller size photos that I did not want to leave out in a yearbook style and also “Behind the Scenes” section.  Love it so much. I sometimes just take it out to look at it myself and relive our wedding day. 🙂

 

These are just a few of my photo albums that I’ve put out.   As you can see, I order quite a few of my albums from Blurb.  That’s mainly because I was so familiar with using their album creation program.  Now that I’m going to start using Fotofusion, I am going to have more flexibility to trying out other photo album companies!  Very exciting indeed!!

Hope to finish  2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and start on 2013 soon… Where can I buy more time??

Pregnancy Announcement

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in My Life, Pregnancy | 0 comments

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It’s been a few weeks since we announced our pregnancy to our friends on Facebook.   I created this announcement animation using our caketoppers from our wedding.  Unfortunately, I found out Facebook does not allow the use of animation photos… so I ended up just splitting 4 frames from the animation to use on there instead.  Not wanting to waste it… here it is!

We are very excited to become parents.   I loved using the cake topper from our wedding, because it signifies the beginning of our story.  And from that beginning, we are looking forward to another new beginning.   We are so excited!!