Checklist for Baby #2

Gosh, there’s only 10 weeks left before I’m due. 10 weeks! Or lesser if this baby decides to follow her sister’s step keluar (2 weeks) earlier than the EDD. And I haven’t bought a single thing! But I’m not panicking tho because I already have most of the things needed.

I blogged about this checklist some time ago when I was pregnant with Ayra and this time for the second baby, there’s only a few stuff to get. I could probably wait until I’m in my 35th week or something to only start shopping for them.

Or maybe not. It’s always better to prepare earlier, no? Although it doesn’t really consider “early” as I’m in my final trimester now.

Clothes:

  • Long sleeve/short sleeve/sleeveless rompers
  • Sleepsuits
  • Socks
  • Scratch mittens
  • Hats
  • Receiving blankets
  • Barut
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Drawer for clothes

Gee, I feel bad for this baby. Most of her clothing are hand-me-downs from her sister. Maybe I’ll buy some more for her… but I need to sort out Ayra’s clothes first before deciding what to buy (and I’m sure most of her clothes still look like new!).

Feeding:

  • Breast pump (my Avent breast pump went kaput after only like 8 months of usage. I’m thinking of getting one of Medela breast pumps this time)
  • Feeding bottles + teats
  • Storage bottles
  • Sterilizer
  • Bottle & teat brush
  • Bottle/food warmer
  • Bib
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Bottle cleanser
  • Muslin squares

Bathing/Baby Care:

  • Bath tub
  • Baby shampoo/baby bath
  • Baby lotion/oil

  • Diaper rash cream

  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton balls
  • Hooded towels
  • Wash cloths

  • Changing mat
  • Baby wipes

  • Top n tail bowl

  • Brush & comb
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Baby nail clipper
  • Thermometer
  • Disposable diapers
  • Minyak telon

Beddings:

  • Baby cot
  • Mattress (latex)
  • Blankets
  • Bedding sets
  • Mosquito net for cot

Travel:

  • Stroller (not really needed yet because last time with Ayra, we only started using the stroller when she was 11 months old)
  • Car seat (hmm…do we really need 2 car seats? Nampak gaya kena beli van la)
  • Baby-on-board sticker
  • Baby Bjorn carrier

  • Baby sling (I’m planning to give ring sling a try)
  • Diaper bag + travel changing mat (we can still use the current diaper bag, but I kinda want this!)
  • Head support cushion for stroller

And stuff for myself…

For Mommy:

  • Disposable/washable breast pads
  • Nursing bras
  • Nipple cream
  • Maternity pads
  • Nipple shields
  • Massage oil
  • Warm socks
  • Indoor slipper
  • Nursing tops
  • Disposable briefs

That’s it!



The Must-Read Book for Pregnant Moms

When I was pregnant with my first child, I used to read as many books as I can about pregnancy and baby, besides doing a lot of research (online). I just had to know what was going on inside of me, what to expect and such, and I find having good books to read about pregnancy is really helpful. I guess that’s normal especially for first-time moms.

Now that I’m on my second pregnancy, I don’t read pregnancy books anymore. I just skimmed through certain topics when I feel like it (which is only like 2-3 times so far) because my toddler keeps me busy. I read her books more than I read mine!

The only pregnancy-related reading I do now is the weekly email I get from BabyCenter.com and also this app called What To Expect which I downloaded on my iPhone.

But there is one book that I want to re-read and would highly recommend to all pregnant women or those who are planning to get pregnant. I’ve talked about this book before in my previous posts but I want to talk about it again. It’s Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

This book is about natural childbirth and it’s a must-read, even if you’re not planning to have a natural birth. It’s very informative and mind-blowing! The first part of the book is a collection of inspiring birth stories. Reading these stories is kind of like a brainwash from all those negative birth stories that were “installed” in your head. The second part of the book is about the essentials of birth.

“Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention”eNotAlone.com

You see, I’ve already set my mind that I wanted a natural birth even before I was pregnant and never considered taking epidural, not even a tiny bit – all thanks to my mom and my MIL. But then when I got pregnant, the fear of labor started to creep in – the pain, the process, everything. And the gory stories I’ve heard/read/watched didn’t help at all!

But you know the feeling when you’re so afraid of something that’s going to happen and you would do anything to really prepare yourself for it so that you won’t jinx it? Like a job interview or a speech or something. You’d do as many research as possible and equipped yourself with knowledge to prepare yourself. Well, the same thing with childbirth. Or at least, that’s what I did.

I searched high and low about natural childbirth and came across Bradley method. Then I searched about Bradley method (I wanted to sign up for the classes if they were available in Malaysia, but I don’t think there have it here) and that was how I came across Ina May’s book. I was so convinced to get the book after reading the customers’ reviews on Amazon.com, especially this one review from a woman who was actually planning to take epidural but later changed her mind after reading the book. I thought, wow this book must be really good. And so I bought it. And read it. And fell in love with it. This book played a major part in preparing me for childbirth, 2 years ago. Let’s just say that God has created the woman’s body to be capable of giving birth naturally, and the fewer interventions a woman has, the better.

And now I want to read this book again, especially because Ayra was born before I could finish reading it. I hope my second birthing experience will be of ease too, insyaAllah.

The book is available at Kinokuniya bookstore for RM69.90.



Chubby Feet

A lot of people think these “swollen” feet of mine is because of pregnancy.

I wish I could say they were, because pregnancy swollen feet = temporary.

But these are permanent. Because I’m born with chubby stubby toes (and fingers). Some find them cute, some think they look “cacat”; but I’m just grateful God gives me two feet with ten toes. Nothing more and nothing less.



It’s a burger, baybehhh!

When I first found out I was pregnant with my first child, I instantly had an instinct that it was going to be a girl. But a few weeks later, I started to doubt it and thought I was going to have a boy (not that the gender matters).

Turned out my first instinct was right. I have a baby girl!

Now this time around is different.

I had an instinct that I was carrying a boy when I first found out about my pregnancy (probably because of the difference in cravings and NO sickness at all). Then quite recently my instinct changed to a girl. It was puzzling, but it was fun trying to guess the baby’s gender!

I went to have my pregnancy check up and ultrasound scan the other day. Guess which one I’m carrying at the moment – boy or girl?

It’s a GIRL! I’m going to have 2 girls (or probably more in the future)!
My house is going to be filled with more girly (and pinky) stuff! 🙂

The burger sign was crystal clear just like the picture above and the doctor said, Insyaallah it’s a girl. Looks like Ayra’s gonna have a playmate and err… handbag-mate! Diharap tak berebut handbags yer anak-anakku ;p



Pregnancy Milestone: I’m halfway there!

I can’t believe I’m already in my 20 weeks. I’ve hit the halfway mark of my pregnancy, which means I have another 20 weeks or so left. I didn’t remember it being this fast during my 1st pregnancy!

Went for an ultrasound scan the other day but little one was in a weird position (its head, arms and legs were all at the same spot – can you imagine?) making it hard for the doctor to see its gender. Hopefully next month boleh nampak. I’m itching to know!

Speaking of which, I honestly don’t have a gender preference for my second one. I can go with either boy or girl because we want to have more than 2 kids (maybe mmm 4?). Insyaallah. If it’s a boy then Alhamdulillah, I have a pair. If it’s a girl, Alhamdulillah, I have another girl and dia boleh tidur sebilik dengan Ayra when she’s 1+ year. And Ayra’s cute baby clothes (which still look like new) will be put to good use. Hee!

Anyways as you can see, my bump is now showing a little and I’m happy about it because I look more pregnant than fat (heh) and I get to shop for new clothes to fit my growing bump! Normal (non-maternity) clothes still fits me especially empire cut, but it’s kind of hard to find one. Pictured above is me wearing an empire dress from AllureIsBeautiful that has been altered into an empire top and I love it! Do share if you know any shops or blogshops that sell empire-cut tops, please. I’m running out of clothes!