Mama Mondays – 10 & 11 months post partum update

The Urban Ma blog post partum updates
Mama Mondays – 10 & 11 month 
post partum update

Only a few weeks to go and our baby girl turns the big O-N-E! We had such an exciting couple of months recently with our first ever trip overseas as a family of four! So this post is both a ten and eleven month update rolled into one.

Height/Weight: Hannah is growing fast and we haven’t had a maternal nurse check up this month but she already feels a lot taller and heavier! She is currently fitting into size 0 and 1 clothes and some of her dresses are still size 3-6 months old! Not sure if the label is wrong or maybe that brand just has bigger sizing.

Routine/Sleep: This month Hannah has been waking up at around 6am and sometimes even as eearly as 5:30am…she has been going to bed at around 8-8:30pm so I’m not quite sure why she’s up so damn early! Naps are still happening at around 2-3 times during the day depending on what we’re doing and she always falls asleep in the car.

Eating/Feeding: I breastfed Daniel until he was thirteen months and I think Hannah will probably be feeding until about the same age. We have already started to slowly eliminate her night feeds. The hubby sleeps with her in our room and I sleep with Daniel in his room so she can’t smell me at all. When this is the arrangement we are able to have her sleep straight through the night. Like Daniel, Hannah loves sleeping with one of us, especially her big brother so her cot has become just a play pen!
Hannah is eating practically everything and anything. She has tried a little bit of peanuts, honey and cows milk just in this past week and she hasn’t had any reactions. She loves to hold her food and whilst she hasn’t started using a spoon on her own yet, she is getting lots in her mouth by getting her hands dirty! The other night she had a gherkin in one hand and a spear of asparagus in the other and was alternating gobbling up the two. She loves eating oranges and lemons and doesn’t even flinch at the sourness, she just keeps eating until only the rind is left.

Hannah has still not taken to drinking milk from a bottle and I think she’ll end up skipping that all together. We bought her a drink bottle from Disneyland as a souvenir and the first time we gave it to her she couldn’t figure out how the straw worked – she kept tilting the bottle to get her water. After only the second time of giving it to her she had quickly figured out how to suck the water up the straw. Babies are so smart!

10 months post partum update

Milestones: Our baby girl finally has teeth!! Two weeks ago her bottom tooth cut through and then just this weekend we saw one of her top central incisors also make an appearance. It looks like there are three more top teeth waiting to erupt any day now. I tried so hard to take a photo of them because this will be the only time we’ll ever see her cute little gums like this but it was impossible with her moving around so much. I’ll have to get the hubby to help me. And to think just two weeks ago we were wondering when her teeth were going to come! – Daniel’s first tooth erupted when he was eight months.
no-teeth-yet“Where are my teeth?!!!”
hannah-asparagus“It’s all good – I can still eat without them!”

Hannah sounds like a little beat boxer in the making at the moment. The sounds she makes are so funny! She is still constantly babbling out words I can’t quite recognise but more than twice already we heard her say what we swear sounds like “hello!”. She absolutely love it when I ask her “What does the sheep say?” because she giggles as soon as I say “Baa-baa”. She must think that sound is so funny!

Hannah can stand and sit herself down easily now while she’s holding onto something and is still yet to master standing on her own.  At ten months old Hannah went on her first ever trip on a plane! We went to Hong Kong and from there boarded an amazing cruise and I posted part one of the trip last week.  


Both Daniel and Hannah were so excited being on a plane and on the cruise. They were well-behaved as we kept them occupied with lots of games and food. As long as both of them have food, it seems they couldn’t have a care in the world! Daniel has been planning his next “family holiday adventure” ever since we got back. He’s been obsessed with making collages.

How cute are the hand/foot printed cards the kids made for Daddy!Our personalised Mickey ears! Happy 7th wedding anniversary!

We celebrated both Fathers Day and our wedding anniversary while on our holiday. The kids had an absolutely blast! Can you tell? Hannah’s face says it all – that smile melts me every single time!img_2874

This past month Daniel and Hannah also watched their first ever live stage show. We watched some shows on the cruise and also at Hong Kong Disneyland. The live music and singing and dancing has them both mesmerised – I’m glad it wasn’t just me enthralled by the singing Disney princessses hehe!

11-months-post-partum

Lately this mama has not been eating very nutritious foods at all. So I feel like I was much more fit at eight months post part I’m and now. I really need to get my butt into gear. Luckily Daniel is such an active little boy. He wants to go for a bike ride every minute of the day so at least that pushes me to get some walking done. My eczema flared up quite badly towards the end of our trip, especially the first week back home. Not sure if it was the weather or my bad diet but after heaps of moisturising twice a day and getting a new script, my skin is now slowly healing and feeling smooth again.

Hannah’s first piggy tales! Hannah’s hair is growing and at that awkward stage where it gets so messy if I put a headband on. It’s still short but strangely long enough to look wild when it’s not held back with a clipThank you Kids Business for our family night at the movies! xx

Movies with a toddler?

The firsts kept rolling in these past couple months as we took Hannah with us to the movies for the first time. With no one to babysit and Daniel wanting so badly to see Storks, we decided to go. I had my snacks, toys and patience packed and ready so that we wouldn’t be disturbing anyone in the theatre. We watched the 7.20pm session and after having some dinner and a bit of playing on the seats Hannah fell asleep towards the end of the movie since it was her bedtime. All in all a successful night out phew! If you have to bring along a toddler to the movies then our top tips would be:

1) pack lots of food
2) bring quiet things for them to play with
3) watch a session that is during their down time, not a session that’s just after they’ve woken up
4) book seats where you have easy access to the exit in case you need to soothe them or they start making noise and,
5) be flexible! I don’t expect little ones to sit still through an entire movie so if they need to get up and about then at least you’re near the exit 🙂

Hope this helps if you want to go to the movies but need to bring a baby along!

Wishing you all have a wonderful week! And if you’re heading out this weekend you might want to check out this enchanting place. It’s just over an hour’s drive out of Melbourne so it’s a great day trip out to get some fresh air and indulge in stunning scenery.

What is your favourite road trip destination?

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Bump diary #7 – Stretch marks and June favourites

Stretch marks and favourites

Because I’ve gotten a few questions about what moisturizers etc I’ve been using, I thought I’d show you my favorites for the month of June!

Cocoa Butter Lotion with Vitamin E – This moisturiser leaves my body feeling so smooth and doesn’t irritate my sensitive, eczema-prone skin. I’ve also been massaging over my feet before bed leaving me with a relaxed, silky feeling in the evenings

me. Pink Clay and Jojoba Exfoliant (formerly Brown Skin Secrets) by Skin Naturale – I keep this bottle in the shower and use it on my face and neck every time I shower. I used to have really pimply skin with both oily and dry areas. I love this exfoliant as it’s gentle enough to use every day and has little beads that feel like they really clear out my skin.

me. Clarifying Serum by Skin Naturale – I got this with the matching moisturiser (you can purchase them together here as a handy travel set or a set of full sized products!) and I’m really loving serums right now. It has helped clear out my skin along with the exfoliant.

me. Balancing Moisturiser by Skin Naturale – I have been using this for a while now and actually need to stock up as I’ve finished it and am now currently using some moisturisers I’ve just purchased from Priceline!

Bio Oil – I used this almost every day in my last pregnancy and it just makes my tummy and hips feel smooth and moisturised

Dove Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea deodorant – love the smell of this deodorant – so fresh and clean!

Nivea lip balm in Peach flavor – such a peachy, fruity scent! Very moisturing on my lips especially with all the winter heaters and wind about.

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist – I got this from one of Priceline’s hair goodie bags and I use on my hair before and during straightening my hair with my GHD. It leaves it feeling a lot less dry and gives a smooth finish with no frizz.

Macadamia Oil Natural hair treatment serum – I bought this after seeing many vloggers on YouTube recommending it. I use this on my towel-dried hair to help it dry feeling soft to touch.

Swisspers Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes – Decided to try out a different brand of facial wipes just for a change and I really like the fresh cucumber scent of this one. The wipes are so good at taking off all my make up at the end of the day and leaving my skin cleansed and clean.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector in medium – In the mornings I use this BB cream underneath my foundation. Makes my foundation feel like it goes on evenly. Not sure if I should be using a primer instead but for now the combo seems to be working well. I’ve been looking into different make up courses so if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments below!

Stretch marks pregnancy bump diariesPalmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Cream for Stretch Marks – I also used this cream in my last pregnancy every morning. It has a nice scent and kept my bump hydrated throughout the day.

Just a thought on stretch marks while we’re on the topic of all these creams and oils…there are so many different suggestions on how to prevent and get rid of them. But in the end they are what they are – they tell a story of what you’ve endured and the blessing that you’ve been given xx

  

What are some products you’re loving to use right now? Are there any other creams, moisturizers that you can recommend for my baby bump?! 🙂

Top 7 pregnancy must-haves – a smooth 9 months :)

Take care of your body – it is the only place you have to live.

I have very sensitive skin and eczema. I have had eczema since I was born and throughout my teenage years I lacked confidence and was very self-conscious of this. It was only in my 20’s when I started to get into urban dance that I started feeling more comfortable in my own skin. Different costumes, dance gigs, positive company and doing something that I love allowed me to feel more confident in myself.

Even though in my last post I wrote about stretch marks and how they remind me of the precious time my tummy held a life inside of it, during my pregnancy, I still used creams and oils in order to keep my skin moisturized and prevent the onset of too many tiger lines! Using these oils prevented my tummy from getting too itchy and feeling too “stretched” out and also helped to keep my eczema at bay 🙂

My Top 7 pregnancy essentials!

So here are my top 7 products that got me through the 9 months in which saw many changes to my body:

1. Bio Oil – I used this oil every night from 9 weeks onwards before going to bed all over my belly, underneath my belly button and on my sides and back. It made my skin feel so smooth. I would have also used it every morning however I did not want the oiliness to transfer on to my work clothes. I used up around 4 bottles of Bio Oil throughout my pregnancy as I was very generous when slathering it on.

2. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion & Cream – I used the lotion as an all over body moisturiser and concentrated the use of the cream in the mornings on the same areas that I massaged with Bio Oil (tummy, sides, back). I think I used up around 6 or so bottles of the lotion throughout my pregnancy.  I had to cut the bottles in half when they were almost empty as the pump was unable to bring up the left over lotion on the bottom – they should really do something about the pump or the packaging!

The Bio Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products were my favourites as the Vitamin E and elastin kept my skin soft and supple all over!

3. Mum Dry antiperspirant deodorant – never really having to use deodorant before, I found that as soon as I got pregnant I needed this! You can depend on Mum 🙂

4. BioSilk Silk Therapy – I use this hair serum after I wash my hair to make it feel soft – it’s kinda like a version of Cuddley, for hair! I used this even before I got pregnant.

5. U Kotex Liners – for all your discharge needs – my beautiful ladies I travelled with to the U.S in May know all about this! ;P (remember the incident at Epcot Centre?)

6. Nivea Age Defence Facial Suncreen – with my daily 30 minute walk a must for exercise whilst pregnant, I used this sunscreen as protection and also found it to be a good base/primer before applying foundation! – a lightweight sunscreen that does not irritate the skin

7. Quick-Eze/Mylanta – not pictured here but I could not have survived without a packet of Quick-Eze or Mylanta on my bedside table – so quick to ease my reflux at night!

What are your top pregnancy essentials that helped you through the changes happening to your body over the 40 weeks? I would love to hear from you!

stretch marks…

A mark for every breath you took,
one for every blink, every sleepy yawn.
One for every time you sucked your thumb
waved hello, closed your eyes,
and slept in the most perfect darkness.
One for every dream you dreamed with me.
…It isn’t very pretty anymore
Some may even think it’s ugly
That’s ok.
It was your home.
It held you until my arms could
and for that
I will always find something beautiful in it. – Cassie Fox

I saw the above passage in an image on my Twitter feed and thought it was very touching. I gained a few stretch marks on my left hip during pregnancy and some underneath my belly button but after meeting baby for the first time last week, those marks remind me of the 39 weeks he lived in me – what an amazing and unforgettable experience. I am in awe of how the human body works. Take care of yours – it is the only place you have to live.

Below: original pic (Unknown Source)