50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-section (book review)

Moms, did you remember how it was on your first pregnancy? I know I did. I remember feeling so excited about it that I gathered every mom I knew just to hear their side of story about how delivery was. Almost everyone I spoke to told me the amazing thing, how the struggle was, how the pain was, but as far as I remembered everyone’s face was glowing in happiness as they were telling me the story. It made me wonder that how much painful it was it must be a joyous experience as well. Hence I waited for my turn excitedly.

This is little A when he was just out of my womb

This is little A when he was just out of my womb

Of course, you would know very well that going on labor was no wonderland. I have read a lot of books, including the hypnobirthing method, swear none had worked. I really wished back in time Pamela Peery has had come up with her awesome book, the 50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-section (POP), because every tip written sounds so normal yet most new mom would have overlooked.

There is almost zero medical term in this book (well epidural…one..hmm..) but anyway reading this is like you were talking to your mom friends when every one of them took turn to tell you about their experience and then every one chipped in some tips to help you get by the unforeseen experience of laboring day.

No lengthy paragraph that can make you fall asleep. The tips are very straight forwards, grant, if not all you will at least giving a nod of approval on some. Because I did :)

My favorite part? Page 109, a story from Vicky when she came to the hospital because her water broke and the nurse asked what was the weighed of her pad (apparently you need to soak your water in a pad and scale it – lol), and there are many more interesting stories like this one.

In my first labor I didn’t get epidural, imagine the excruciating pain I had to endure for almost 11 hours. Not to mention that K was stuck on 8cm for 2 hours. One of the sections in 50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-section is talking about Women Not Getting Epidural. I really wished this book was already in store then…seriously!

Pamela Peery spent quite few years to finish this book project, I must say it worths every second.

If you are a new mom this book is something I would recommend you to gift to yourself. If you know someone is going to be a new mom soon, buy this as a gift because everything here is so light, easy to digest, informative and at the same time very fun to read.

The book will come out on 6th May this year, so be happy you are amongst the people who get the first scoop of sneak peek of it. Click here to buy the book on Amazon.

 

Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of the book for this review purpose. All opinions are 100% mine. No other compensation was given. Hence this post falls on level 1. See my Disclosure Page to learn more.

Picnic Day Must Haves

Been a productive day so far. Did unpacking and managed to get rid of those ugly boxes to make some space at our little home. Too bad I didn’t take the before picture but please be sure they were totally messy. Of course after such accomplishment I am thinking to do something relaxing. We are very close to the beach so doing a little afternoon picnic at the beach doesn’t sound bad at all.

The sky has turned cloudy just now and J has checked the weather forecast, it said it was going to rain. Boohoo..so much for a picnic! However, despite big possibility that our picnic is not going to happen due to rain I am still planning it in my mind. These are my ideas on picnic must haves:

- Comfortable clothes, laid back style, - Comfy shoes, flats is okay, - Sandwiches , - Fruit Salad, - Cupcakes!, - Cookies, - Lemonade

picnic day

 

Can you think of something more?

The Reset Button in Life

Did you believe that in this life there is never be a reset button? that there is always a consequence in whatever you do and whatever done can’t be undone? Well I personally believe that some things are undone and yes regret can come too late but I also believe that every one of us is privileged with a reset button that we can press any time we want.

I guess the right question is whether we are brave enough to press it.

Found this button on Pinterest.com

Found this button on Pinterest.com

I met a colleague recently. Actually she was a new colleague from work and she has recently resigned from the career that has helped her building her identity. She said she had come to a point where she felt enough was enough, she needed a break. It is indeed a very well-deserved break. She has pressed her reset button and there is no going back.

Talking about reset button I think I have pressed mine once. Once when I decided to quit from my career and turned into full time mom. It wasn’t easy I must tell you from one with a name card, own office and own paycheck to someone that was only recognized by the husband’s name or the kids’ name. But it was a perfectly right journey because it has led me to a different career path afterwards.

Pressing your own reset button is scary. It means a lot of changes…big ones and you have to be ready first to face all that. At times the changes can become a little too overwhelming. But if you are confident and courageous enough to do it, there should be a beautiful path that lies behind that button.

Tell me what you think!

How to Choose the Perfect Shoes for Work

Exhausting. That pretty much sums up my entire first week at new work place. Despite the work load is still light (being a new kid on the block) somehow I still feel very tired once I am back at home. Maybe it’s because I have to play role to be the kids ‘teacher’ after work, or maybe because the landscape is not so shoes-friendly, or perhaps it’s just that I am simply getting old. Whatever it is I am feeling it.

The worst thing was my brand new shoes was broken!

I am sure you still remember how I despised flats for work. Hence I do insist to still wear heels although I have to walk up and down to go to and from my office every day. Not to mention the long road I have to take between one office to another, or between one property to another. Of course cheap shoes like mine even though they are new, they won’t survive the pressure. I just didn’t think they would give up so quickly. Ough.

 

shoes

 

Oh well I guess lesson learned. Here’s a list of couple of thing to keep in mind when you are buying a pair of shoes for work:

1. The company dress code

Some companies give you a dress code along with dos and don’ts. Some will make you wear uniform. When you know which type your company is then it is easier for you to decide what kind of shoes you need to wear. If the dress code is formal then a sophisticated black heels would be excellent to pair with your pencil skirt. If it is a uniform, please go by the color.

2. The nature of work

What kind of work you will be doing? Is it a desk job or a field job? If your work needs you to sit tight at your desk in front of a computer wearing a gorgeous high heels is highly recommended. Also when you need to meet a lot of clients, making a great first impression is important. Hence your look is almost everything. If you need to move all the time, walk a long way or something that involves physical movement so much you may want to wear something comfortable. In this case I think flats serve the purpose more.

3. The work environment

Obviously working in a corporate environment would be different with working in a resort. Or working at the bank would be different with working at a club. Then you need to adjust the type of shoes you are going to wear.

 

Bottom line is the shoes that you wear have to be comfortable and not the one that will break your leg at the end of the day :)

Oh oh another thing that helps a lot especially if you are like me who live in a remote island, or if you are just simply too busy to go shopping, buy your shoes online is the best option. You can choose whichever shoes you want just by sitting in front of your computer. If you are browsing around with your mobile you can even shop while you sleep ha!

Do you have anything in mind to add on how to choose the perfect shoes for work?

Back to Work Essentials

I am going back to work tomorrow at the new place in a new job. You could think I am so excited but the truth is I am a little bit nervous. This is the second job I had after the long break I took due to being dutifully traveling wife. I still am a traveling wife but since we are now in our home country opportunities are more open for me to grab.

I believe I am not the only mom here on earth that has to suppress the nerve of going back to work. Admit it, it does sound creepy right? To meet a new set of people, new boss, new environment, new of everything. Next time I am going to share with you how to write a gorgeous resume that will work effectively to land you a first job after long hiatus. But before that do check these back to work essentials!

Back to work essentials are like the tools to hold on to, the things that make me confident to start the day. It’s like the magic wand that I could swing to make everything better.

Back to work essentials

On your first day you want to leave a good impression right? I know I would. So dress up to the nine is highly recommended. Wear the best watch, put on your sunglasses on a sunny day, wear your heels and carry your favorite bag. Wear your make up subtly enough to make your face and skin glow, spray the lovely fragrant to your body and then my most favorite items of all: cute agenda and a lucky pen.

Of course the most important thing of all is to remember to wear your confidence. At the end of the day that is what that matters.

 

Starting New Healthier Habits

It was 7.20 AM when I got out for my morning exercise. The road was so quiet all I could hear was the sound of nature. I enjoyed the quietness as I slowly began my run. Chirping birds were accompanying me along the way. Super peaceful.

I am glad that we are in the middle of no where, surrounded by trees, the beach with no car and hilly grounds. Every thing here pushes me to start new healthier habits and I don’t mind with that. So after one whole round I stopped by at the local market (the only one here) and bought a lot of veggies. I am determined to redo my diet too!

Last night I went to Dear Crissy and enjoyed reading how she deals with her Diet Coke addiction. She suspected that her weight gain had probably something to do with the addiction. I was like, wow I am having the same problem too. Only in my case, the addiction was the canned/pre-packaged coffee.

I recall my weight gain was so dramatic every since we reached Medan. By that time I was so addicted to the canned coffee that in worst days I could take three or four a day. Did you know how many sugar and carbs in one can? Oh My!

So now I am trying really hard not to buy any of those anymore and change with just normal coffee home made with only a drop of low fat milk. One cup a day. Every time I am turning into a small store thinking to buy one can I strongly change my mind and go for a bottle of mineral water instead.

It’s a long battle I can see but the hope is always there and I will never give up.

I am also still squeezing my love of detox water and today I made these little cut banana in sprinkles for K and little A.

Detox

Banana Sprinkle

Are you starting new healthier habits too?

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