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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #5

Combine your gift registries online. You can open as many registries you want in different stores and link them all into one page and forward this page to your friends and family. This way you do not have to remember 20 different registries and wonder what all you have registered for. My sweet friend Sa found this idea online and combined all my registries before sending out my baby shower invitation. I think it was an awesome idea!

Here are a few websites that can help you combine your registries.

http://www.myregistry.com/
http://www.amazingregistry.com/

Amazon.com has a universal registry button. I have not used it but according to the site you can add items from different websites on your Amazon registry through their universal registry button.

Hope this tip helps you and your guests!

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My Baby Shower

I thought I would share some pictures and thoughts about my baby shower on this blog before I start writing about baby shower ideas.

My baby shower was planned by my husband and three beautiful friends R, Sa and Sw. I totally couldn’t believe that they would plan all this for me and I love them so much for that. Two of them Sa and Sw flew all the way from East Coast to throw me a party and I think that was the best gift ever. I love my husband for making sure everything that my friends planned fell into place. He also managed to sit through half the party without getting too embarrassed among all the ladies.
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My shower was not a surprise as my friends and hubby were not very sure who all to invite. I was new in Las Vegas and was missing all my friends from Raleigh, NC but I still managed to invite 15-20 new friends and colleagues that I had made in this new town. And several of them were present to celebrate our new beginning.

The baby shower venue was chosen to be Verandah at the Four Seasons . The venue was sophisticated yet comforting and beautiful. We had rented a private dining room that seated around 30 people. I was actually invited by my husband and R to choose the menu a couple weeks before the party in order to finalize. I totally loved their Oreo Cheesecake they had for the tasting and was one of the desserts I distinctly remember. It was not something I would otherwise order but I ended up trying it and loved it.

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Sa and Sw flew in a day before to prepare for the party decorations. Sw made and decorated a delicious cake for me with a “boy” theme The baby topper was the cutest! The theme for the invitations, balloons and centerpiece decorations was animal theme. The return gifts and the cake were in a “boy” theme. I don’t remember everything we had on the menu but if I find it in my email I will post it on the blog as an update. My friends had planned funny baby shower games for the party like guessing how large my belly was , whose water will break first, guessing whats in the poopy diaper, etc. And there were prizes for correct guesses too!
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Towards the end we cut the cake and also opened presents. I must say it was all very overwhelming at the end, everyone was so nice and showered me with wonderful presents for the baby and it made me realize how close I was to giving birth and how my life was going to change soon. But the best part was that I was surrounded with so much love during this time.
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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #4 : Don’t forget folic acid supplements!

Please remember to take right amounts of folic acid along with vitamins during pregnancy. Folic acid is important for bone, blood cells and brain development of the baby and helps minimize birth defects. Infact if any of my readers are wanting to get pregnant, now is the best time to increase your folic acid intake. 

Folic acid is found naturally in many vegetarian sources like green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, legumes and beans. Here is a list of 15 sources of Vitamin B9 found on my internet search :

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/folic-acid-foods/

 

 

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Expecting Mommy Tip of The Day #3 : Kegels and more.

Your friends may find this difficult to discuss with you or it may not come across their mind to warn you about this when they first hear that you are pregnant. As awkward as it may sound, urinary incontinence is a side effect of pregnancy. It is very important to keep doing Kegels throughout pregnancy. Kegels are exercises for the pelvic floor muscles that can easily be done at home. These helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Strong Pelvic muscles also help during pushing your baby out during delivery. Your doctor/doula or midwife or your yoga instructor can help you show how to do these daily.

Also in order to avoid awkward situations like “peeing in your pants while sneezing or coughing or even vomiting, due to weak pelvic muscles” always carry extra underwear and maybe use pads or panty liners. This tip will surely help in saving you from embarassment in office meetings or other important public places or even at home with guests around.

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Baby Moon Destination 2 – San Diego

DSC_0421 My next baby-moon destination recommendation is San Diego, California. It is just a very happy place in my mind and so beautiful. And with so many “To-DO” options to choose from.

Beaches : Coming from desert, ocean and the sound of waves seem very fascinating to my soul. San Diego has 17 different beaches to choose from with options to go surfing (which I am hoping people don’t do while pregnant unless they take permission from their doctors), just lie and read a book on the sand, go swimming, just walk by the beach or on the pier , make sand castles, watch sunset, etc.

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Balboa Park : An awesome place with lots of parks along with the famous San Diego Zoo , museums, lot of cultural and perfoming art venues. It also provides a perfect scenery to get maternity pictures taken. DSC_0525

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Gaslamp Quarter : Gaslamp Quarter offers large number and variety of restaurants, shopping boutiques, accomodations. If you are a party person and want to get most of the crowd, this is where you should definitely plan to visit and spend a day.

Cruises : From the San Diego Harbor you will have options to many dinner cruises or whale watching cruises. DSC_0464

Wine tasting : For the dads (I do not recommend even a sip of wine or any other alcohol when pregnant) there are quite a few local wineries to choose from.

Old Town San Diego To get close to local mexican culture and delicious mexican cuisine you must visit this place. From history tours, parks to art festivals, shopping , music and entertainment , this place has a lot to offer.

There are hundreds of other things that I would want to mention about San Diego and this post will not be enough for it. Pregnant Moms will have a gala time here and that I guarantee!! If you want to email me more about how to plan a babymoon in San Diego please email me at ninemonthsofshower@gmail.com