Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Nesting Instinct" - Our First Dibs on Preparing for our Baby and a Quick Aprica Air Ria and Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller Reviews.

That Nesting Instinct During Pregnancy- Reorganizing the closets, alphabetizing the spice rack, and thwarting dust-bunny breeding efforts under the bed? Welcome to a pre-labor ritual that helps get your home ready for the baby, and helps you pass the time.

I am no clean rat. I figured out a long time ago that I can't seem to work on an uberly organize space. People are amazed on how I can find things on a space only I can move into. (haha) But now that I'm having a baby (GIRL!) the mommy side of me wants to tidy everything up and make it baby proof. And of course, preparation doesn't only includes the "nest" but also all the other things that my "baby bird" needs. I signed up in tons of mommy sites, and followed mommy and baby stores on facebook and instagram. I also have been religiously updating my "What To Expect Pregnancy Journal and Organizer", (which I recommend to all moms to be out there. :p It will make you more prepared and even more excited!) This journal also became my go to checklist as to what items to buy in preparation for the baby. Now, that's my favorite part- SHOPPING!

The checklist includes categories such as baby's wardrobe, baby's linens, baby's grooming needs, medicine cabinet. feeding supplies, things for when the baby is older (high chair, foldable seat etc), nursery gear and outing gear.

We already started to buy some everyday clothes that are (and still!) on sale at Mothercare (My new favorite store!) I couldn't resist buying cute onesies that I can already imagine my baby wearing. :)) EEkkkk! everything is soo cute. While window shopping J and I  were amazed by how baby things transform through the years.

Feeding bottles have different types now (Anti colic, anti bacterial etc)

cloth diapers have cute prints already

 and cribs, carriers and strollers have amazingly cool features.

For our first big baby purchase, we started to scout for the perfect stroller. Like most things, we not only like an eye catching one but a comfortable and sturdy one as well. Our choices include brands like Maclaren, Inglesina, Quinny and Aprica. We narrowed it down to two brands (Quinny and Aprica) after much research and lots of window shopping.

Zapp Xtra (retails at 24,999Php) is one of Quinny's model that can be use for newborn till 3 years old. We like how sturdy it is and how easy you can manoeuvre it. It also has a removable seat that you can change to forward or rear facing depending on what you and your baby needs. The downside is that you need to remove the seat before you can fold the wheels. Not practical if you are alone with your baby.  We also noticed that it's not padded enough for a newborn and can barely fit in the trunk of our Ford Focus considering that we have the hatchback type.

So we decided to purchase the new model of Aprica stroller- the Aprica Air Ria. We like how it only weighs 4.8 kg, light enough to carry with one arm. It has a 53cm high seat making the baby away from the heat and dusts of the ground and closer to us. We also like the full range hood and the breathair cushion.  It looks and feels so comfy for our baby, not to mention that it is also vibration free meaning that our baby wont feel any stress even if we push the stroller  along a rough surface. Plus points for the reversible handle and durable frame. But what we really love is that it can be opened and closed with just one hand and stands on its own even when it is folded. It comes in 4 colors: green, purple, red and black. For our baby girl, we chose purple-elegant and girly at the same time :)

It is a stroller fully loaded with features! :) 

This retails for 23,999Php but we got 10percent off because of my baby company "Mom Card" (which I got so kilig when I applied for it. Wee! my first mommy card :p haha). A bit pricey but definitely a good investment. We are such happy customers and we can't wait for our baby girl to ride on it. :)

One big purchase done, crib, carrier, car seat and more bottles to go.  We are already scavenging bazaars and sales for these items. So speaking of sale, if you ike discounted quality items (who doesnt?) like us, LJS Warehouse will be having their sale on Nov 7 till Nov 10. Aprica, Avent and Goody products along with other participating brands will be on sale (some even up to 70 percent off!)

We are  hoping to see (and purchase) the Aprica carrier and car seat that we like, bottles and some baby clothes- all for less! 

So see you there!

one OC moma,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

20 weeks update

Countdown to the baby makes me and J so excited. We really can't wait to see our little darling. My bump is finally showing and doesn't look like I just had a big dinner :) Weee! 4 more months :)

How far along? 20 weeks
How big is baby? about 6 1/2 inches

Total weight gain/loss:  8-9 pounds

Maternity clothes? I didnt buy any. Trying to fit on some of my stretchy pants and leggings

Sleep:  I have dreams almost everyday and I wake up at the middle of my sleep around 2-4 am

Best moment this week:  Feeling the baby kick in my hand

  Continous kick at night and early in the morning

Food cravings:  Veggies with lots of sauce

Food Aversions: none

Gender:  Can't wait to find out this weekend.

Labor Signs:  None

Pregnancy Symptoms:  Few dizzy spells whenever I change positions.  Few heartburns also

Belly Button in or out? About to make it's way out

What I miss: coffee and wearing jeans

What I am looking forward to: knowing if the bay is a boy or a girl

Upcoming appointments/events:  OBGYN checkup for the gender!

Milestones: looking pregnant! :)

We attended the Mom's on the floor event last weekend at Rockwell Manansala sponsored by Mommy Mundo. It was actually very informative for a 2 hour talk and Yoga session. We actually signed up for a birthing class for January with Ms. Rome Kanapi which is one of the speakers of the event. So excited to know the gender so that I can start shopping for cutesy cutesy clothes already. Started to buy one set just because the linen feels so soft! :) Haayy! Such a happy feeling :)