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WHAT’S IN MY GYM BAG | ESSENTIALS

WHAT’S IN MY GYM BAG | ESSENTIALS

When I feel like my 10 minute fitness commitment just isn’t going to cut it for the day, I know I need a good sweat! I am slowly getting back into the grind and it is hard AF and I’m not even going to lie […]

REN SKINCARE | PERFECT CANVAS PRIMER

REN SKINCARE | PERFECT CANVAS PRIMER

REN Skincare introduced a silicone free primer! There is a lot that I like about this clean skincare line and the NEW Perfect Canvas Silicone Free Skin Finishing Serum is my newest makeup addiction. There is so much though from the name to the packaging to how […]

Motherhood | My First 30 Days with Baby

Motherhood | My First 30 Days with Baby

Motherhood First 30 Days Mom HelloNance

My First 30 Days of Motherhood

For fleeting memories, anxious Mothers-to-be and for all the super humans we called Moms.

 

Day 1: Finally after 36 hours, for a brief moment you forget the pain when you hold your child for the very first time. It is a super weird but satisfying feeling when baby comes out like a slippery fish.

Day 2: Still checking every box off with a plethora of drugs while feeding this little beast every 1-2 hours.

Day 3: Another day in the hospital – we finally have our private room and we’ve moved onto formula (while the milk was still coming in).

Breastfeeding Strategy: This lactation massager is the first ever milk expression aid! This tool can unplug milk ducts and get your milk flowing!

Day 4:  Just like seasoning a chicken. Just tell yourself that when you are wiping a baby girl’s vagina.

Day 5: Primal. Babies are wild animals. They feed on you every 1-2 hours. Heads waling and smashing into boobs.

Side Note #114: Whoever came up with the poster slogan of “breast milk is best” must be male. Sure BM has a lot of nutrients not found in Formula, but if you need to top up with store bought go right ahead. It’s hard mentally and physically to force yourself to produce milk with a starving new born.

Day 6: It takes a village to raise a child. Parenthood friends brings food.  Childless friends brings toys. Any help offered to look after Baby for 5 minutes while I take a shower is much appreciated.

Day 7: Never leave a New Mom unsupervised. They are super hormonal and emotional. I broke down over some bad humour. And never tell a new Mom that “You’re a Mom now. You just need to wear pj’s.” And NEVER send any family member a photo of Mom without her consent.

Day 8: Putting Baby on a new sleeping routine to correct her day/night confusion. Strictly no bright lights. Change dirty diaper and feed in the dark for fear – just like the vampires in I Am Legend. She can turn on you. I don’t want to go Will Smith on her.

Side Note #298: If you’re not helping….  who asked for your advise? Everyone always has an opinion.

Day 9: Immobilized with Baby on top of me. Binge watching Netflix. I’m scared if I move the monster would wake. We bought a Boba Baby Wrap. Thank fucking God for Amazon Prime same day delivery. We ordered it at 10am and was hands free by 7:30pm.

Day 10: We feel like horrible human beings. Baby Doctor was judging us because baby lost 2 oz. “You can never over feed a baby.” Where is the instruction manual?

Day 11: It was a SIMULATED SHARK. I feel personally attacked. My poor nipples.

Day 12: Today was the first day we ate in a restaurant with the Baby. We both felt so uneasy – what if she starts crying? takes a shit or catches some germs. I want to put a mini face mask on her.

Sleep strategy #247: Hubby sleeps in the guest room on work days.

Day 13: On my own today with Baby. I feel pretty accomplished taking her to the Doctor all by myself today. Everything takes twice as long. Plan for a 2 hour window before any appointment!

Day 14: This little human is officially 2 weeks old today. She was fussy all day during those Witching hour: between 3 to 7am marked by constant and inconsolable tears with only briefest moments of reprieve and the neediness to be cuddled.

Side Note #856: Infant fussiness usually starts at 2 to 3 weeks. 

Day 15: Trying to avoid eye contact with Baby (so she doesn’t demand cuddles and I can go take a nap.) #badmom #momlife #insomnia

Sleep strategy #389: Don’t get too close to Baby, she can smell you!

Day 16: Baby smiled at me.

Day 17: Being a parent means that personal time (including sleep) is extremely scarce. Short, disconnected windows if you want to pursue your hobbies.

Sleep strategy #402: When Baby sleep, you SLEEP!

Day 18: I’m slurring and can barely hold a normal adult conversation. Sleep deprivation and baby brain seriously is hurting my social skills.

Day 19: Bath time always results in stink eye and concern looks. Stop judging me baby! It was Dad that bathed you!

Day 20: FML. Fussy baby all day. Once Daddy’s home, someone’s a little angel.

Day 21: I’m hiding in the bathroom. Never thought I’d find solace inside this 100 sqft space.

Day 22: It is 4am. Put the grenade down slowly without waking her. One false move and we are all toast.

Side Note #568: Infants are born with just 25 percent of adult brain size. Compared with other mammals, human infants take the longest time to grow up, and they remain in a biologically dependent state for the longest period of time. Human infants cannot control their bowels, speak, make tools, digest large molecules, or walk. In the words of anthropologist Ashley Montague, human infants are “extero-gestators” (1), meaning they complete their gestation after birth, and someone’s got to be there to help with it.

Day 23: Velcro Baby. She’s super clingy and needs cuddles and kisses all day long. There is no such thing as giving a baby too much contact or affection – they thrive on touch, and grow more the more they get of it. When they are deprived of these sensations, their primary survival response (crying) will produce cortisol (a stress hormone) as they attempts to attract the attention of their parents.

Day 24: It’s back to that straight jacket swaddle at night. Surprisingly she slept 3.5 hours straight through the night – both times after feeding and a fresh diaper.

Day 25: Postpartum Depression (PPD) / postpartum blues can hit anyone at anytime. Even if you think you’ve got it “together”, the overwhelming sense of exhaustion, confinement of talking only to an infant, and physical demands can wear on you. Caring for an newborn is 24:7. There are no breaks. Sometimes when dad goes to work, sometime it feels like he “leaves” us – even though it is not true.

Day 26: It’s not a joke when people tell you to get much sleep as you can, do couple-ly things, and travel before children. I get it now. Only parenthood friends get it now.

Day 27: Remember how good Baby slept the night before, well… last night, I was losing my mind.

Side Note #78: Sleep duration increases among babies who experiences increased skin-to-skin care. They seemed less agitated in general while enjoying more stable heart rates and breathing patterns leading to greater overall oxygenation. They breathe more regularly, use energy more efficiently, grow faster, and experience less stress.

Day 28: Feeling guilty of eating my dinner tonight while Baby was alone in the bedroom herself. Some call it guilt; I call it sanity.Day 29: Cluster Feed. Hourly attention.Day 30: I will never look at Dijon mustard the same way again.

 

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Exclusive First Look at the New Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Exclusive First Look at the New Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Babies fuss less when held close to you! Parents who love to wear their babies can get excited for going hands free! Finding the best newborn baby carrier can be difficult when it comes to babywearing products. The Ergobaby just released their best all-in-one carrier […]

Must Have Newborn Items | Essential Gear for Baby

Must Have Newborn Items | Essential Gear for Baby

Here are a few essential gadgets and gears to help get your newborn started at home! These tested and true baby essential gear are life changing for new mom and dads. If you’ve ever been immobolized by a plastered baby sleeping on your chest than […]

Influenster VOXBOX Spring Vibes Review

Influenster VOXBOX Spring Vibes Review

Spring Vibes VOXBOX Hellonance

I was sent the Influenster Spring Vibes VoxBox just before I went into labour. This box of goodies includes a variety of items including instant coffee, food, skincare and some press on nails. Truly a lifestyle “subscription” type box. The requirements for getting a VOXBOX is a bit vague. You can increase your social reach by 1. referring more friends to join Influenster, 2. complete campaigns and 3. share on social media.

Here’s a look at what’s inside the Spring Vibes VoxBox:

 

Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil 

This lightweight body oil contains a mixture of oils to help your skin stay moisturized and hydrated. It is non-greasy and absorbs quickly. I started using this for my stretch marks after my 100% jojoba oil was finished. My skin feels nourished, soft and silky. My only complaint is that the fragrance is a tad too strong for my preference.

 

Ebates Popsocket

The popsocket is a nice tool to help you get a better grip on your phone – especially for taking selfies! Although I didn’t personally use this (I hate bulk on my phone), I love using EBATES! If you haven’t already discovered EBATES, you must sign up now! Ebates is an online website that gives you CASHBACK when you shop online!! There are 1000s of stores like Amazon, Well.ca, Sephora, etc. So you you are always shop online, why not get some money back? Sign up for Ebates now because you will be making money for shopping!

 

imPress Press ON Manicure One Step Gel Nails

For all your Nail Inspirations. These press on nails are the quickest way to get a perfect manicure. They are easy to apply and lasts approximately 5 days. The quality of the adhesive is also very good. ImPress Press ON Manicure comes in a variety of colors and prints.

 

Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni and CheeseContains Real Cheese and Milk Ingredients

Did you grow up eating KD Mac and Cheese? Consider Annie’s an upgrade. Made with 80% organic ingredients with no artificial flavours, synthetic colours or preservatives. It is also made with non-GMO/GE ingredients. And? the cheese is read aged cheddar!

 

NESCAFE Sweet and Creamy
I’m a morning coffee person. I like the convenience of Nescafe instant coffee sachets. It makes morning commute easy and it is flavourful. I like that it isn’t to0 sweet.

 

Quacker Harvest Fruit & Nut Granola Bar

These granola bars are delicious and nutritious snack. These bars combine the goodness of 100% Canadian Oats with delicious premium ingredients like dark chocolate, dried cherries and apples for a tasty snack you can feel good about.

 

Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean 3-in-1 Power Packs
I was really excited to try this brand for the first time! These packs are boosted with a stain fighting power that helps reducing the stains. I tested these with the clothes of my 2 year-old child and I was very happy with the results. It helped reducing some strong stains and it also gives a nice fresh smell to the clothes!

 

 

That’s all that was included in this Influenster Spring Vibes VOXBOX. I can’t wait for their Summer box and I hope I get selected. If you are not an Influenster yet, I highly recommend you Sign Up! Who doesn’t like getting some free samples in the mail? It requires a little participation by writing reviews but it’s absolutely worth it!

 

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Fitbit Charge HR Review | Fitness Tracker Smart Watch

Fitbit Charge HR Review | Fitness Tracker Smart Watch

Fitbit Charge HR wearable fitness tracker is perfect for the average consumer. I was on the hunt for the best fitness tracker / watch that is stylish. I wanted one that tracks different exercises, sleep at night, active heart-rate resting, heart rate working out, syncs to […]

BIOSSANCE | Plant Based Natural Skincare Review

BIOSSANCE | Plant Based Natural Skincare Review

I haven’t been tinkering with natural skincare for a long time. The idea of a skincare line without the harmful chemicals is lovely though. Who doesn’t want glowing skin? That’s why we are all on this never ending journey to find the holy grail of […]

SUDIO SWEDEN WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW | REGENT BLUETOOTH

SUDIO SWEDEN WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW | REGENT BLUETOOTH

SUDIO SWEDEN HEADPHONES BLUETOOTH HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

With baby due in less than a month now, I’ve been nesting at home a lot. Cleaning, decorating and organizing for our little one’s arrival. Not to mention, I don’t really feel like walking around too much (even though it is good for us), my back hurts and she’s getting quite heavy my the pelvic floor. So it is the perfect time to sit back, elevate my legs and listen to some good music. These Sudio Sweden Regent bluetooth wireless headphones are perfect! No pesky wires. I can keep my hands free from getting tangled.

 

SUDIO SWEDEN HEADPHONES BLUETOOTH HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

I love with the packaging and the white and gold combinations is aesthetically very pretty. It also comes in jet black. Similar to the Sudio Vasa Blå earphones,  it comes in a nicely packaged box complete with USB charging cables, auxiliary audio cables and usual manual. The headphones pairs seamlessly with all your bluetooth device.

There is 24 hours of active battery time and a full 20 days standby. Quick charge time only takes only 10 mins to get the headset going or ( 2 hours for full charge).

There is a built-in microphone and an auxiliary port if you don’t want to go wireless.

I also like the 3 button remote buttons on the bottom of the ear piece. You don’t have to keep fumble around with your phone to try and change the song or adjust the volume. Rather, all of these options are available right near your ear on the 3-button remote.

 

Included

  • Sudio Regent
  • Auxiliary Audio Cable
  • Charging Cable
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Guarantee Card
  • Quick Start Guide

Drivers

  • Type: 50 mm Dynamic Speaker
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 47 Ohm @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 22 kHz

 

Sound Quality

  • Nice clean, crisp sounds for highs and mid-range.
  • Lows has nice natural full bass instead of an loose, empty sound.
  • However this would not meant for heavy, heavy bass music.

 

SUDIO SWEDEN HEADPHONES BLUETOOTH HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

SUDIO SWEDEN HEADPHONES BLUETOOTH HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

I like the interchangeable caps even though the stock white with gold is pretty slick already. For those who like variety, a nice feature these Sudio Regent headphones has is the interchangeable caps. It comes in blue or pink botanical print and also a black or white marble. Personally I really like the white on white marble look!

 

SUDIO SWEDEN HEADPHONES BLUETOOTH HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

Overall, I am quite impressed by these headphones and like the full ear coverage to fully immerse myself with my favorite music. They make a great everyday alternative to earbuds.

 

Buy now and get 15% OFF by using promo code “nomss15”.

Sudio Sweden always offers tax-free purchases and fast and free worldwide delivery.

 

38 Weeks Pregnant Update

38 Weeks Pregnant Update

38 Weeks Pregnant Update: I’m feeling all sorts of emotions this week. My baby is full term and technically can arrive any moment now. I’m going to be a Mom soon. And Dave will be a Dad soon. Wow! It is so important for us […]


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38 Weeks Pregnant Bumpdate HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

38 Weeks Pregnant Update: I’m feeling all sorts of emotions this week. My baby is full term and technically can arrive any moment now. I’m going to be a Mom soon. And Dave will be a Dad soon. Wow! It is so important for us to capture this moment that a baby lives inside me. Savour this moment of being a couple and before we become parents.

 

Vacation / Pre-Maternity Leave

I am so happy that I took 2 weeks vacation before my due date. In hindsight I should have taken 3 weeks. Nonetheless, I am on Maternity Leave! My baby dropped even lower to my pelvic floor making 1. harder to walk (yes, I have that penguin-pregnancy-wobble now); 2. harder for long distance travel (go forbid I have to find a washroom mid-way on my drive to walk); and 3. just plain tiring (all I want to do is nap).

I love this time to rest. Everyone keeps telling me, get as much sleep possible now. I won’t be sleeping for the next 2 years! But I also find it a little boring to be home most of the time when hubby is at work. I don’t feel comfortable to drive myself anymore. What if my contractions start when I’m on the road? What if my water breaks? OMG!

 

38 Weeks Pregnant Bumpdate HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

body-con tank dress | similar

 

Get Out and Do Things

Although at 38 weeks I’m pretty tired most of the time from carrying this baby but I’m so happy to be able to go out and do things. I got to go out with hubby on a few dates. We ate some of my favorite restaurants (here, here and here). The weather has been also very sunny, so it was nice to go to the park to walk around and get some fresh air!

 

Coffee and Heart Rate

Throughout my whole pregnancy, I hated coffee. This is a surprise even to myself. I’m one of those people who has to have a cup of joe to get my day started. Don’t talk to me if I haven’t finished my first cup! To my surprise, the the taste of coffee was bitterly unbearable (even if the aroma was inviting). Then comes week 38 of pregnancy. Suddenly iced coffee was invigorating and ever so delicious!

A word of caution to expecting moms to be. Do not drink this before your OB GYN visit. My heart rate shot up to 140/100 and my doctor was so worried, she sent me to the hospital for blood work. Thankfully I was discharged within 3 hours with no complications. But it was quite the scare for my hubby and myself.

 

38 Weeks Pregnant Bumpdate HelloNance.com Baby Beauty Travel Lifestyle Vancouver Blog

slip on sandalsculottes

 

Swollen Feet

I have also been pretty lucky throughout my pregnancy that I had no swollen feet, ankles or hands. I mean my wedding rings didn’t fit around week 20. It was getting tight and I optioned to stop wearing them. But NEVER had my feet or toes swelled up like sausages. However, comes 38 weeks pregnancy, Edema kicks in. The swelling usually gets worse as the day progresses. And I have to elevate my legs at night or get a feet massage.

 

Nursery

We are just putting in the finishing touches to the nursery. I even got a guest bed for Dave if he needs to get some quality sleep for work or when the grandparents visits. I’ll have to share those pictures with you soon!

 

 

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