prelude to the preggie ward reunion

motherhood, pregnancy, meeting up with mum friends, toddlers

Pregnancy has been one of the most profound and enjoyable part of my life, apart from all the beautiful changes taking place in my body {I am a beautiful pregnant, or so they say, and I particularly loved the cleavage! ;)}, what could top the feeling of having your baby kick and move around inside your tummy, right? It was one of the most things I miss after I gave birth.

There are hard times, of course, and don’t ever forget the morning sickness which turned out to be round-the-clock sickness since I get to be sick at any time of day, regardless if it’s day or night. It would have all been a one-woman struggle and the days would have been a tad boring and uneventful if I have not found these beautiful, not to mention very-pregnant, too, women!

See, in my previous place of work, a call centre {yes, it was not misspelled as we work in a UK-based one}, as consideration to women in the family way, they’d let you opt for the best schedule, in the early hours of the morning, mind you {which is a gift in itself as most of the shifts at work begins at 1pm!} to suit the morning sickness and your pregnant body’s demands, as well as allow you to get enough sleep at nights. There are also lesser calls at these times as it was already midnight in the UK by then. So instead of getting the usual work loads, and the usual calls requesting for common listings for locksmiths in Nottingham or a plasterer in Birmingham, we’d normally get calls asking for 24-hour takeaways or restaurants. The worse thing you can get is a drunk caller looking for an escort service, who’d say a litany of expletives before even recalling the name of the business he was looking for in the first place. I would normally cringe at this and worry that my little man’s delicate ears will here the not-so-pleasant words! :D

Oh, sorry for being a bit nostalgic today. I miss my old workplace and my workmates, I guess, and I also had my reasons, apart from missing our preggie ward so much, you know. ‘Cause last week I had a fun play date with my preggie ward-mate, Moi and our little men. We purchased this online promo for Fun Ranch a few weeks back and decided to use our vouchers last week. A best decision, really, as Jared and Rylan had a blast playing with each other, trying out the slides and roaming around the playground. We did not get to chat much, though, since they arrived a bit late due to traffic, and we were early coming from another event prior to our play date, plus the boys cannot wait to play, it was really nice seeing her again and I hope we’ll be able to do it again with all our other preggie ward-mates very soon! :)

photo credits go to Mommy Moi :)

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christmas gift ideas for children #3: a day at activefun

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There is nothing the children would want more this Christmas {aside from loads of toys, I guess} than a whole day of playing + having fun! Playing builds their character as well as develop their motor + coordination skills. Apart from that, for bigger kids, mums can catch up on her me-time {by probably watching a movie, going to the bookstore to buy stocks for her crafts or postcard collecting hobby, or have a mani-pedi, too!} whilst her little ones play. So, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone really.

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potty training 101

 

My little man has recently started saying “popo” then touching his diaper front, I am now thinking if the time is ripe for us to potty train him. I’ve read about amazing stories of mums potty training their little ones before they even turn 1, but I was thinking the best way to go about it is to not force my child to train how to use the potty, but to wait until he is ready to learn the ways of potty-ing.

In search of healthful potty training tips, I stumbled upon this amazing bit of information that I’d like to share with the other mums,  the ABC’s of potty training:

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christmas gift ideas for children #2 – affordable wooden toys

Wooden toys, gifts, kids, shopping, Christmas

I have found these adorable wooden toys for children whilst I was browsing through my Facebook page one time. I immediately fell in love with the wooden train toy. Jared will love it to bits as he is fascinated with anything that has wheels on them. These will be “cars” for him, in the meantime, as he refers to most vehicles that way. The wooden toy {which sells at P220 per set} train set comes with numbers on top which I believe will be very helpful in teaching my tot his numbers. They can also be disconnected + re-attach which ought to aid little children to use their fingers and practice their grip.

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I have been scouring online shops for toys like these so I just had to get some for my little man. I also got him this wooden bed maze {P180}, which ought to help him develop his logical + critical thinking. I also got him a wooden puzzle {P120} appropriate for his age. These puzzles come in very engaging designs like animals, insects, airplane {the one I got for Jared} + construction.

What is good about these toys, apart from being affordable, is that they are educational, safe, + more importantly non-toxic {tested by EN71, which is the European Standard safety requirement for children}.

There is also a wide array of toy designs to choose from. Aside from what I have mentioned, these are also available:

  • Wooden toy clock with shape sorter {P340 per set}
  • Wooden tool truck toy {P360}
  • Tool box {P500}, +
  • Geometric box {P300}
What’s even better is you can pay thru Paypal, so check out Mummy Jem’s site to reserve your orders now :)
images from https://www.esupermommy.com
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