Friday, July 31, 2009

6 Weeks!

At 6 weeks post partum, I have not lost any weight yet. This is bad! I not only have an unsightly tummy, I have all these extra weight I'm lugging around! I just asked my OB when I could start exercising (since I underwent CS), she said that 2 months post partum should be okay. But I have a little bit of suture granuloma, so I probably have to wait a bit.

I do breastfeed full time. I have gone back to my pre pregnancy weight with my firstborn at 3 months postpartum. I'm hoping I could at least achieve that sort of weight loss and just rely on exercise for a better looking tummy. I guess supplements like Lipovox could help, but I don't want to take anything extra since I'm breastfeeding.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pearls On The Wedding Day

There's a belief that brides should not wear pearls during her wedding day. I thought that applied to guests. Apparently not.

On my cousin's wedding day, my mom wanted me to wear a set of pearl jewelry that she's been keeping for me. I was surprised and told her about the belief. She told me that the belief only applies to the bride herself and not to the guests.

I ended up not wearing those pearls on that day, though, because I was afraid that some people might interpret that belief the way I did and take it the wrong way. I do not want to have misunderstandings over old beliefs and jewelry.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Water Problem

We're having some problems with our water system lately. There's been a huge, huge spike in our water bill, but the water flows out of our faucets (whether the ordinary type or the nicer Delta faucets) in small trickles only. There seems to be a huge leak somewhere. Currently, repairs are underway. Hopefully, our water situation would be much better (and our bill much less) when the repairs are done.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Scaredy Cat

I am such a scaredy-cat. The thing is, I think I'm more of one now than when I was younger. Would you believe that I never learned to ride a bicycle? Nor even learned to use a skateboard? I used to ride roller coasters when I was in my teens, but now, I don't. I just don't feel like it. I don't even like scary movies (but weirdly enough, I loved "The Sixth Sense" and wasn't as scared as other people).

While I do not wish my kids to be regularly involved in extreme sports, I wish they'd be more courageous than I am. A few slides up and down skateboard ramps should be okay. Or climbing mountains in the right weather. Or biking. I just hope they'd know their limits so that I wouldn't be perpetually scared of what might happen to them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Car Insurance

My family and my in-laws have different views on whether or not to get comprehensive insurance for our cars. For my family, it's a small expense to pay so that if anything happens that relates to our car, we won't have to worry too much about the expenses. For my in-laws, it's an extra yearly expense that may not be used anyway. I guess I'd still go for the comprehensive car insurance, but I'll look at auto insurance quotes first to see if there are good deals. I guess that would be an acceptable compromise.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ideal Vacation Is With My Family!

Would you believe that my 86 year old grandmother actually went and enjoyed a few days on the sea via a cruise? I'm not really sure where it is, but she actually enjoyed herself. Honestly, I didn't think that a cruise was her idea of a good vacation, but she enjoyed both the luxury liner and the stops that they had. It also helped that her children (my uncles and aunts) were with her during that vacation.

It made me think that maybe a Caribbean cruise might just be a great way for my husband and I to spend some romantic days together. The last time that we had been on a trip alone together was in Hong Kong. It was fun and memorable, although quite short, and you gotta admit, it's not the most romantic place in the world. What made it romantic was the fact that we were together, and we were newlyweds!

I believe that the sea, the luxurious boat and the exotic places that we will get to see will be a romantic way for us to spend, hmmm, maybe our tenth anniversary? Or maybe we can bring the kids and enjoy the cruise as a family. As long as my husband and my kids are with me, it will be a great, great vacation for me!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Handbag Business?

If you're like a lot of women who go gaga over bags and shoes and want to make a business out of it, there's a new site which features wholesale handbags . What's different about their products over other handbags you usually see is the unique, quirky, western designs, some with rhinestones and other decors. I mean, how many sites do you know feature wholesale western flip flops and wholesale western handbags ? I know that these are not available here in the Philippines (or perhaps I just don't know about them?).

The fact is that when you're doing business, you should consider the following:
1. Saleable items -- things that would attract buyers because of the goods, quality and price
2. Your own interest -- it's hard to do a business if you're not interested in your own goods
3. Uniqueness -- if you have too many competitors, it's more difficult. It's easier if you have a bit of monopoly or not too many competitors.

If only for the number of women who are so into these stuff, wholesale handbags seem to be a great place to source out items for a good business, especially if you yourself are into them.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Future Pianist?

My little girl has long, tapering fingers. They look very nice. Everybody says those are the hands of an artist, maybe a classical pianist. Who knows? My husband and I both play piano, but at a very basic level only since that's not really our interest. Maybe our little girl will be more inclined to it than we ever were.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Herbs After Giving Birth

The traditional ge-lai is practiced by most traditional Chinese families. This is the one month period following the child's birth in which the mother is pampered in order for her to regain her strength. Care is taken that she does not become too tired. Traditional Chinese Medicine also suggests several herbs and suitable food for her to take, many of which are supposed to strengthen her, make her uterus recover and supplement her with iron she lost during the childbirth.

In cases of Cesarean deliveries, fresh (live, if possible) lapu-lapu (grouper) soup is also given, in the belief that it would make wounds heal faster. It's also believed to be a good galactogogue (increases breastmilk). Since it's a natural and nutritious food and I lose nothing, I have nothing against it. It's actually delicious. :)

Since I'm breastfeeding though, I do ask my mom to provide me with the list of herbs traditionally used and try to research on them. No ginseng nor dong quay for now, since they are contraindicated in both pregnancy and breastfeeding. No Phenphedrine either. This is simply not the time to be indiscriminate about things I take, even if I am a bit concerned about my excess post baby weight.