Tuesday, March 3, 2020

8 Things To Do In Queenstown, New Zealand

Planning our family trip for 2020 made me realise that I never got to blog about our Queenstown trip in New Zealand. That's a shame because Queenstown is absolutely beautiful and perhaps one of the most beautiful places you will ever get to visit. I believe some people visit New Zealand and stay in Queenstown only. Looking around Queenstown and around Lake Wakatipu makes you feel like you're in a postcard come to life. Every angle is picturesque. You could visit Queenstown and fulfil your thirst for adventure for the thrill-seekers, or take a much slower pace for the lovers. As for us, we were here as a family for our annual siblings-trip so this is a family-friendly itinerary. Read on to get some ideas on what to do on your Queenstown trip.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8 Ways To Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

I went from producing only 1 ml of colostrum per day to exclusively breastfeeding.

As a first time mom, I had high hopes to exclusively breastfeed my baby. Imagine my worry when it was Day 5 postpartum and my milk still hadn't come in! My baby was a hungry baby who loves to eat from Day 1. The midwives had helped me start to mix-feed my baby with formula. But it is of my personal opinion and decision to aim to provide breast milk for my baby as I believe it is what is best for her.

Nobody ever really talked to me about how breastfeeding isn't always "natural" and sometimes the journey is actually a struggle. But I was determined to fight for it. I wasn't giving up just yet. People had mixed feedback. When I mention that it is Day 5 and my milk still hadn't come in, people (health care practitioners and mothers alike) would either A - roll their eyes and tell me to "let nature take its toll and it will come in, just wait" or B - give me large worried eyes and either tell me (or quietly think) that "Oh. Well... not everyone has milk supply. You can formula feed." Neither responses really helped me. So I chose to ignore them all and focus on doing everything I could to improve my breast milk supply. I was going to fight for my baby.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

My Pregnancy Journey

If you've been following this blog for a while, you'd know that I always write a year-in-review post. I always love to reflect on the year that has passed, look back on the things that have happened, check to see if I've achieved the goals that I've set for myself at the start of the year, and then create a new set of goals for the new year. 2019's reflection is a little bit different. Today, I'll be looking back on my pregnancy journey because really, 2019 was all about having my baby. In fact, my goals completely changed and all our travel plans got cancelled because I got so sick during the times when our travel plans were scheduled. But that's alright, baby is worth it all!
My Pregnancy Journey / Progress Photos

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Spring-themed Baby Shower [Plus Budget Breakdown]

Our baby was due to arrive at the end of Spring and we were holding our baby shower at the start of Spring. So I wanted the baby shower to be Spring-themed: think greenery, blush tones, with a touch of gold (much like our wedding motif, ahh I am so feminine, it's so predictable, but I love it). To start, I prepared my vision board of how I wanted the party to look like and feel and then commissioned one of my best gal pals and creative extraordinaire, Shine - who somehow made the party look like I spent $5,000 on the party when I only spent a fraction of the price.

Friday, November 22, 2019

A Love Letter To The Baby In My Belly [PLUS Beach Setting Maternity Photoshoot]

A Love Letter To The Baby In My Belly
By Jeanne Lua

A love letter to the baby in my belly

I want you to know that when I first saw your heart beating, I knew you were a miracle only God could make.

That when I saw you fully formed and happily swimming in my tummy despite weeks of me being so sick with nausea and vomiting and losing so much weight, I knew that you are such a fighter - and you're going to be tougher than I am.. but for now, and for every moment that you will need me to, I will fight for you.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Gender Reveal: Using Eggs Filled With Paint

The story behind our Gender Reveal is that we didn't actually intend on having a gender reveal party until our scan just happened to be scheduled a couple days before my husband's birthday party. And so we thought the timing was too perfect to waste. My husband had the awesome idea of putting paint in water balloons and having me throw them at his shirt. When I asked one of my best gals Shine if she could execute it, she suggested eggs instead - it turned out to be absolute genius!
Gender Reveal Using Eggs Filled With Paint
Gender Reveal Using Eggs Filled With Paint

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Maternity Clothing from Pink Blush [REVIEW]

As much as possible, I try to avoid buying maternity-specific clothing as I hate the idea of buying clothes that I won't get to use after a few months. However, it's gotten harder to do this while accommodating my ever growing bump. Also, it's so hard to find good maternity wear! And I know I'm not the only one who feels this way as I see a fellow mum-to-be complain about this on forums everyday. Enter, Pink Blush. In today's blog, I feature two pieces from Pink Blush that's so easy to wear and love.
Mauve Off Shoulder Maxi Dress