Style Saturdays – Halloween with his cousin

Halloween costume
Style Saturday – Easy Halloween costumes for kids

Today after his swimming lesson Mr D went out trick or treating with his cousin Madison from Her Lust Palette blog. Watergardens Shopping Centre always seems to have lots of fun activities planned for the young ones and today they had organised a centre-wide trick or treating special where they filled their free pumpkin bags with lots of goodies!

Mr D is wearing an easy kids costume from Kmart which was only $9! This doctor costume was a little big for our little man especially the bottoms, so luckily he had a pair of blue pants that he wore instead! I’m not really a fan of the whole halloween thing but seeing Mr D and his cousin so excited all dressed up and joining in the festivities had me won over – anything that puts a smile on our boy’s face ūüôā

Bump Diary #22 РThe Finale Part One , 40 week update

Time has gotten away from me the past week since Baby’s arrival so this blog post below is one that I was working on last Wednesday when I hit the 40 week mark and was getting a little impatient waiting for any sign that labour was coming.¬†

How far along are you? 40 weeks (14/10/2015)

How big is baby? In the 40th week of pregnancy Baby is around the size of a small pumpkin. On average around 51cms long and weighing around 3.4kg.

Body and changes:

‚Äď Weight gain¬†As you can see from the last Bump Diary post I published last Monday, my weight in the final week of pregnancy was 81.2kg, so I had gained roughly around 20kg!

‚Äď Stretch marks¬†Again¬†I’ve just been doing the same thing as¬†previous weeks and rubbing oil and belly butter in the mornings and before¬†going to bed. During this second pregnancy I’ve gained a lot more tiger stripes than when I was pregnant with Daniel – they’re like a dark red colour and I’ve been trying really hard not to scratch them even though it’s so itchy!

Bump photo taken at exactly 40 weeks last Wednesday 

‚Äď Sleep I¬†felt like I didn’t get any¬†sleep at all in the 40th week of pregnancy – constant trips to the bathroom, reflux, watching out for Baby’s movements & kicks and a general feeling of discomfort and impatience really got to me in the final week ūüôĀ I just wanted Baby to come already and with Mr D coming 5 days early I really thought that this baby would be early too!

‚Äď Maternity clothes¬†For once I didn’t really feel like shopping for clothes! – during the 40th week of pregnancy I spent lots of time with mum and the grandparents and family shopping at Kmart for homewares and then spent a whole day at Highpoint just waddling from one eatery to another! – first Roti Road, then Dessert Story and then the Coffee Club. It was so nice to just hang out with family.

The Other Stuff:
I’ve been¬†reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting and there are so many different things that can happen during and after labour that I can’t believe how lucky we were with Mr D’s birth that there were no complications.

Feeling restless and just want to meet Baby already!

Needing¬†to plan out Mr D’s birthday celebrations as his birthday is coming up at the end of this month.

Wanting¬†to meet Baby already and wanting to sleep on my tummy and back…can’t wait for those little simple things!

Watching¬†Mr D sleep – we’ve been sleeping in until 8:30am and even past 9am on some days…I love cuddling him and watching him so content.

Bookmarking baby wraps and cute baby clothing and bows.

Noticing¬†that¬†this could be the last week being a family of three…a bit nervous and sad that I might not be able to give Mr D as much as attention when Baby #2 comes along…

Enjoying¬†spending nearly everyday with mum either shopping or eating out while she’s on annual leave.

ducks with lolaSo lucky to have a number of different parks and lakes within walking distance of home
Crossroad KitchenA lunch spread with mum and the kids at Crossroad Kitchen, Cairnlea
40 week collageThis is what we got up to last week: a manicure and pedicure on Baby’s due date, sleep ins with Mr D, conversations and Malaysian food with the grandparents, pool time fun in the backyard with our cousins!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel:¬†Thanks to God for¬†my monster trucks¬†and for Mummy and Daddy’s arms.

What is one thing that you’re grateful for this week?

Part Two coming up next is the continuation of last week’s events and Baby’s birth story so stay tuned! ūüôā Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on giveaways and the latest updates! Thanks so much for following along with my pregnancy journey ūüôā


Saturday Style – Monster suit playtime

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Monster Suit Playtime with Mr D

This week’s Saturday Style post is a flashback from last May where a surprise party was organised for my brother by Her Lust Palette. It was held in the Gold Coast coast in an amazing two-storey rental and there was a whole group of us that flew up for the special celebration.

The weather in May on the Gold Coast was not too hot and not too cold and this onesie number we packed for Mr D was worn a lot! Great for running around and tumbling in, and an easy outfit for quick changes into swimwear for the beach.

This onesie has also doubled as a Halloween costume for Mr D’s Halloween Disco last year! He got it as a present – perfect for 1-2 year olds!

IMG_4173 Styling Daniel Target onesiePlaying with Mummy Gold Coast

Pinoy Fridays – Filipino dining in Melbourne, Occasions Restaurant

Filipino Barbie, Occasions Restaurant, William Angliss
March 7, 2014

For this week’s Pinoy Friday post, I wanted to share with you a flashback to early last year where we attended a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival¬†event in the city. Chef Sau del Rosario and Chef JP Anglos showcased a procession of timeless Filipino classics with their own little touch to a full house. It was so nice to see that the event was sold out and that the people of Melbourne were interested and willing to give Pinoy a go.

The below lists out the descriptions of each dish from the menu:

Cocktail – Luzviminda
Our pass around food represents the 3 main isalnds of the Philippines. Mini Tamales from Luzon which Spanish influence is very evident, the Ukoy with aoili is an influence from our Malay ancestors and the Fresh Oysters and use of ginger is the Chinese presence in our country.

Malunggay Pan De Sal & Butter

Filipino Barbie cocktail

Appetizer – Kare-Kare
A Filipino “fiesta” staple of braised oxtail simmered in peanut tasting sauce and annatto seeds, we stuffed this in a ravioli and drizzled with macadamia kare-kare sauce and truffle oil

Kare Kare Filipino Barbie 2014

Soup – Binakol
A traditional chiken soup cooked in coconut water, our soup is sous vide seasbass in coconut broth and served with fresh green papaya and candied ginger

Binakol Filipino Barbie 2014

Salad – Pinoy Salad
Grilled prawns marinated in coconut milk, karrif lime leaves and ginger and served on Asian greens and cilantro served with pineapple salsa

Pinoy Salad

Entree – Lechon
Traditionally a whole pig and roasted for 4 hours, we picked the best part of the lechon, “the pork belly” and we stuffed this with paella valencia, a rice dish we ingerited from our Spanish ancestors and formed a cripsy pork belly roulade served with French beans

Lechon Filipino Barbie 2014

Dessert – Halo-Halo
A Filipino favorite dessert all rolled in a spring roll (stuff with red beans, purple yam, coconut) and cut like sushi and topped with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with banana chips

Petit Fours – Filipino Petit Four
An espresso cup of Philippine chocolate tablea drink served with “pinipig”, Filipino crunchies, Uraro, Philippine cookies and Chocnut

Petit fours Filipino Barbie

Filipino dining William Angliss Melbourne

Bump Diary #21 Р39 weeks

39 weeks pregnant The Urban Ma blogThis is totally how I feel right now!

How far along are you?
39 weeks and 5 days (C’mon already!!)

How big is baby? This week Baby is as heavy as a mini watermelon. On average around¬†50.7cms long and weighing around 3.2kg – that’s how much Mr D weighed when he was born and he was 51 cms long.

Body and changes:

‚Äď Weight gain¬†Ok grand total this week is 81.2kg – 3kg more than I gained in my first pregnancy and I’m really, really feeling it this week.

‚Äď Stretch marks¬†My tummy feels so heavy and we just got back from a night time walk and I feel like my stretch marks are way more noticeable now…either that or a few more have crept in the last hour! Still doing the same as previous weeks and rubbing oil and belly butter in the mornings and before I go to bed.¬†¬†

Tonight’s bump photo straight after our walk, can you see all my stretch marks on the lower half of my tummy? I’ve got way more stretchies now than I did when I was pregnant with Mr D. It’s so amazing how much our bodies can transform in nine months. I look so different here compared to one of the first Bump Diary updates I posted!

‚Äď Sleep¬†Mostly good except some nights reflux has been so bad that I feel like throwing up…it’s feels so acidic in my throat. Some nights I feel like drinking heaps of water and then end up taking multiple trips to the bathroom and other nights Baby has been moving so much I just end up staying awake watching my belly move sideways making all sorts of shapes! Sometimes I’ve had an uncomfortable feeling down there but then the pain goes away and is not really regular enough for me to think Baby is coming…the waiting game is officially in full swing.

‚Äď Maternity clothes¬†I haven’t bought any new clothes this week because I’ve been busy shopping for things for our new outdoor living space now that our pergola is up! I have been eyeing so many pretty dresses and heels though as I walk past the clothing stores but I’ll leave that for later!

The Other Stuff:
I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned the BabyCenter – My Pregnancy app in these Bump Diary updates I’ve been doing but it’s been a¬†good companion throughout the first nine months of navigating motherhood before birth. It has daily information on tips and tricks to help you through the stages of pregnancy and this weekend’s update made me laugh because it was so timely (I’ve included a screen shot below)!
I had what I hope will be my last midwife appointment before Baby arrives last Saturday and she mentioned that the below activity and walking may help bring on labor. I spoke to my friend who is also pregnant and due today, and she explained that expressing helps release oxytocin, which may also aid in bringing on labor. Hey I’m willing to try anything so walking and expressing look like the go as they do not require the cooperation of a hesitant other half ūüôĀ Man I thought it would be easier than this! Grrrrr.
Anyways, I have been trying to walk daily for at least twenty mins but Baby is not budging. It feels like I’ve been pregnant since forever and feeling heavier by the minute. I miss being able to carry Mr D and I really want to help out in the backyard with the garden but I shouldn’t be carrying heavy things….so I’ve been cleaning out the linen cupboard and re-arranging some storage spaces in the house. Totes nesting!
I can totally see my face feeling a little puffed up now as it did in my last week pregnant with Mr D…hmmm maybe I should try that contouring stuff? Hehehe! Also, because it has been really hot lately, I haven’t been able to put on my rings. Today however, has cooled right down to 17 degrees and I was able to wear my wedding ring again ūüôā

LOL!! How detailed is this weekend’s Pregnancy app update hahah!¬†

What things did you/your wife/partner do to deal with the waiting game during the last month of pregnancy?

¬†Feeling impatient and nervous. I’m feeling nervous about Baby taking so long to come out and I don’t want to be too much overdue as I’ve heard that being induced, or having a “stretch and sweep” is super, super painful. I guess I won’t be able to escape the pain either way!

Needing to some more tradies in to finish off our outdoor area – I need to get an electrician, plumber and paver in – I can’t wait for summer this year! We’ll have a whole new area to play in!

Wanting¬†Baby to come out already…not just because she’s due on Wednesday but also because mum has taken annual leave for her and is going back to work next week!

Watching¬†Mr D make the most of our backyard…as soon as he gets downstairs in the morning he asks if he can go outside. He wants to eat breakfast outside, paint outside, and just be outside ūüôā

Bookmarking outdoor decor ideas, birthday party ideas and pretty dresses and heels!

Noticing¬†how affectionate Mr D is…I hope he stays like this for as long as possible! I love his hugs, kisses and sweet little things he says to me.

Enjoying¬†being able to share both gripes and joys with friends who are going through things in life. This week I’ve also enjoyed seeing Mr D countdown his sleeps until the Monster Jam event at AAMI Park which happened last Saturday. He had swimming lessons in the morning and then went off into the city with Daddy for some monster truck fun. The hubby sent me some photos and videos of him yelling out and cheering on the monster trucks…it was soooo cute to see I wish I was able to go with them.

 An unforgettable day for Daddy and Mr D (as seen on my Instagram feed!) РMonster Jam 2015 at AAMI Park. Their first time attending the event.

¬†¬†¬†The best $27 we’ve spent! – this water table from Kmart has had Mr D occupied each day for hours on end. I’ve been taking Mr D to the pre-school storytimes at the libraries in our area, he loves getting a stamp at the end and coloring in the weekly pictures. Grandma helping Mr D get changed after swimming lessons and pool time with Daddy. He loves playing I Spy in the car these days!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God for my monster trucks and for my friends Ate Alyssa and Aiden (they came for a visit and play this evening!)

Have you got any friends who are currently pregnant? Feel free to share the love and share this post ūüôā


Date Night in Yarraville

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Cafe Terroni white bait


Date night – A cozy Italian night
Cafe Terroni, 18 Ballarat st, Yarraville 

It was a Monday night and little did we know that most of the restaurants down Yarraville’s cute little Ballarat street were closed on Mondays. Yim Yam was open and as much as we love that place we thought we’d try something different for what could be our last date night in a while!

Just¬†a block or two closer to the Sun Theatre were a few Italian places we thought looked like the perfect place for a romantic kid-free dinner. Dim candle lit tables were inviting us in¬†to try out¬†Cafe Terroni. I was worried we didn’t have a booking but the staff happily gave us a few seating options and we chose to sit at the bar at the window.

We ordered:

Рfast fried white bait with aioli (it was on the specials board)

– salmon with cauliflower puree and an apple and walnut saland (also on the specials board)

– Parmigiana di melanzane e ricotta – traditionally layered eggplant with ricotta cheese and tomato sugo served with rocket and parmesan salad

As it was such a hot night we decided to go for a walk and have an ice cream over at Hello Gelo. I had the maple walnut flavor while the hubby had good old chocolate.

It was nice to have uninterrupted conversation with the better half and felt so relaxing not having to rush around anywhere…but at the same time we were so glad to pick Mr D up from grandma’s house giving¬†him lots of cuddles and kisses before bedtime! He’s so soft and always so happy to see us ūüôā Blessed.

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Bump Diary #20 – 38 weeks

third trimester

How far along are you? 38 weeks and 5 days (I can’t believe it’ll be 39 weeks on Wednesday!!)

How big is baby? This week Baby is as long as a leek. On average around 49.8cms long and weighing just over 3kg still in a head-down position.

Body and changes:

‚Äď Weight gain¬†I haven’t weighed myself this week so nothing to report here except I’ve been eating heaps of Weetbix lately and I haven’t had it for ages. This week I had it for breakfast nearly every morning with half a banana sliced up, some blueberries, low fat milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

‚Äď Stretch marks Same as last week¬†and still using both moisturizer and oil on my belly.

‚Äď Sleep At the start of this 38th week I was officially feeling to heavy to fall asleep comfortably. Every time I tried to move in bed my tummy felt so heavy like I had eaten the whole China Bar buffet! The past couple of days have been a lot better.

‚Äď Maternity clothes¬†Bought some big comfy undies from Kmart this week amongst other things (they have so many amazing things there and I may have gone on a little shopping spree with mum buying homewares and stationery…damn #kmarthacks hashtag on Instagram has got me wanting to buy everything!)

The Other Stuff:
Nothing too different this week except just feeling a little more heavy like my belly is a lot lower ie. when I sit down I can’t sit with my knees touching each other!¬†– they’re so far apart in order to make room for my low belly. It has been such a hot start to October that I am so glad I’m not pregnant during the middle of summer. Ahhh mama life! I’m going to miss all the movement inside once this little one decides to meet us – Baby was moving so much on Saturday night that I thought she was going to come out! But nope…we’re still playing the waiting¬†game.

Sorry for the blurry pics! Uggh I though I just cleaned the mirror the other week…why is there still dust on it?!

¬†Feeling exhausted but at the same time wanting to get out and about before Baby comes as I know I’ll be stuck in the house for a¬†little bit¬†post partum.

Needing to make some adjustments to our budget and book our next holiday already!

Wanting to meet and play with Baby.

Watching some funny stand up comedians and TED talks

Bookmarking¬†outdoor area decor ideas now that our new pergola is up! Bring on summer!! ūüôā

Noticing how grown up Mr D is putting on his own shoes and pants etc. He is constantly questioning everything!

Enjoying¬†the backyard and picking fresh veggies and herbs to eat. Also enjoying these few weeks off work with Mr D before baby number two comes – mother and son bonding time. It’s been so nice but now I think he’s getting a little too attached as we couldn’t even leave him with grandma tonight to go on a date without him being upset.

¬†¬†Caught up with some of the girlfriends and their little bubbas this week and had an amazing smoothie from HealThy Self Co, Mr D went swimming heaps this week and loved it, the talented and hardworking guys from JPT Kitchens hard at work, can’t go past chocolates, strawberries ad churros!

Date night in Yarraville ūüôā¬†

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel:¬†Thanks to God for¬†my monster trucks and Monster Jam on October 10 (he knows the date of Monster Jam more than his own birthday!). Thanks for Mummy and Daddy and cousins, and Kumar (Wait, what!? How did the name of the pizza store owner make it into our gratitude journal this week? The hubby and I cracked up laughing so hard! I guess Mr D must’ve have been impressed with the pizzas or parma night last week haha!).

Have you been continuing to practice gratitude in the past week? What have you been grateful for?