Country Victorian Baby Shower

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My sister’s baby shower by Art-Monit event & wedding planning

Looking to plan a baby shower party? Here’s one stylish yet classic idea to get inspired from for a refined and sweet baby shower. It’s a Victorian-era themed Tea with a country feel. For such an impeccable setting both the location and the decoration are equally important.  Look for a venue with a classic, historic and elegant style to start with. Add delicate decorations: Flowers are a must; candles, kerosene lamps or lanterns can also add a romantic, vintage feel. For the table décor, use a flower centerpiece with soft colors (roses are particularly great to emulate an old english country ambiance) and an old-fashioned lace or crochet tablecloth. Fine china and antique or vintage inspired tea cups can also add a great effect if available. Use soft colors (white and pastel) in cake, cupcakes, cookies and party favors’ decoration. For party favors, marmalade jars and softly scented baby soap bars are chosen here for an old country touch.

Featured baby shower by Art-Monit event and wedding planning (www.art-monit.com)

23 Weeks: Direction Babymoon!

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Since NYC has become an icebox in the past few days and because the 3rd trimester is looming on the horizon and promising to be quite a rollercoaster with discomfort making its big comeback and a long list of preparations in anticipation for the big baby # 2 day, it was time for one last sunny Hooray! Hello Babymoon!

My Babymoon Planning Checklist:

• Consult with OB prior to booking to make sure it is safe to travel and because some destinations require prior vaccination

• Timing: 2nd trimester (week 18 to 24) is the safest time for pregnant women to travel

• Destination:

– Would like South Africa but need relaxation more than adventure at the moment so –> any amazing beach

– Short travel time is ideal but will not compromise on the beach

– Somewhere with good medical facilities

Result: Hawaii (I know I’m pushing it a bit with the 11hour flight time!)

On the plane:

• Wear compression socks, comfortable clothes and layers to account for the various temperatures during transit

• Keep feet elevated if possible and don’t cross legs to help prevent leg swelling

• Get up and walk around every hour or so to aid blood circulation

• Keep hydrated

My Beach Packing List (I’ll only share the essentials here…I’m not a light packer!):

• Don’t forget the prenatal vitamins

• Plenty of sunscreen to avoid dark pregnancy patches in the sun

• Hand gel sanitizer and sanitizing wipes

• Fill iPhone with the latest hit tunes and delete all pictures to make space for new ones

• Lots of bikinis

• Jelly sandals

• Light flowy clothes

• Sunnies

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Inside my travel bag

Pregnancy and Sex Don’t Mix… At Least Not for Me

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When Miss OCD meets Mr. OverAnalyser this means there’s no room for intercourse during pregnancy. Even though we were reassured by my gynecologist, pregnancy books, internet searching and my mother that sex is safe as long as the pregnancy is proceeding normally, we opted for sex fasting for the whole 9 months period. We wanted zero interference with the baby’s development and so we decided its nest should stay intact from any exterior and unnecessary (= non-medical) intrusion. Nevertheless, fasting on chocolate doesn’t mean you can’t have caramel! Happily, this worked for us the first time so we instinctively went with this decision in pregnancy #2.

Long story short, it’s my second bebe-bearing, I’ve been there before and since the steps are proceeding in pretty much the same way as my first pregnancy, I thought I’m pretty well acquainted with the modus operandi. I’m talking more specifically here about the annoying side effects and the drama that comes along with the pregnancy. Much to my surprise, a new, scary, weird manifestation hit me the other day, as safe caramel time got me into some trouble thanks to those maleficent hormones that just can’t leave me alone!

This is when I first learned about “cold/hot flashes”. Lovey-dovey session was instantly followed by a horrible cold flash that left me severely paralyzed, painfully shivering, unable to make the slightest movement in any part of my body for at least a couple of minutes accompanied with heart palpitation and nausea. This was then suddenly followed by a brusque increase in my body temperature and an abrupt heat flash, and so on…cold, hot, cold, hot, cold…Gradually things calmed down throughout the night but in the meantime and for at least a couple of hours, I just couldn’t sleep. I kept alternating between covering every inch of my body with a whole lot of covers to then give away one layer, two layers, to uncover myself, to get attacked with a cold flash again, to throw the duvet on me, to wrap myself, to then stick one feet out, half a leg, an entire leg…I just couldn’t find a normal temperature condition that would allow me to sleep. This was an exhausting exercise!

Of course in the meantime we went into panic mode and my husband started looking online for an explanation hoping that I’m not having a heart attack or that this didn’t affect the baby in any shape or form. In fact, after a thorough research, it seemed more like a menopause syndrome (wait! Meno-what?) that could as well occur during gestation due to hormone fluctuations. When hormone levels fluctuate, so does the body temperature and hot/cold flashes result. I’m not sure if the lovey-dovey session contributed to the hormone fluctuation (I’ll be discussing this with my gyno on my next visit) but for now we’ll just hug and cuddle!

Mama’s Perfect on the Go Snacks

Halfway through pregnancy, things are getting more and more busy for me. Therefore, I’m more often on the go and it’s essential for me not to skip a meal and to have healthy snacks to fuel my baby’s rapid growth. Mini-meals are particularly tempting because discomfort becomes more common now so I’m opting for smaller, more frequent, snack-like meals instead of the usual 3 meals. Here are my picks of nutrient-rich, portable and hassle free snacks for busy preggos on-the go, perfect for popping in your mouth, munching or biting on when hunger strikes!

Perfect pregnancy portable snacks with suggested portions. Mix 2 or 3 of those and you've got a complete meal!

Perfect pregnancy portable snacks with suggested portions. Combine 2 or 3 of those and you’ve got a complete meal!