Ludovic Layne’s Birth Story

Ludovic Layne’s Birth Story

– repost with permission from www.jadeannahughes.com Mommy Jade is also a customer of AnneeMatthew 🙂   I was sure Ludo would come fast, like his sister. Instead he proved us all completely wrong and took longer than both Luna and Aurora did combined. After recently moving downtown I hadn’t wanted to change doctors or delivery hospital, so I was keenly aware that we had a 30 to 40 minute trip to the hospital to factor into everything, and would also need to give my mother the same amount of time to get downtown to be with the girls. I very nearly left it too late with Aurora back in 2015, resulting in me making it to the hospital just in time and Cesar missing her birth, so I wasn’t about to let the same thing happen with our last child. How well we planned everything to ensure there would not be any Uber or unassisted home births, and how completely different it all turned out to be! It was on a Thursday, at 40 weeks and 4 days, that I knew labour was imminent. We walked a couple of miles in the 100 degree heat, finishing up a few things that I wanted done before baby, and came home to relax. At around 8pm my mother decided to come over and stay just in case things progressed rapidly, and I finished up my last work assignment for the week. We all went to bed but around 3am the contractions were every 5 minutes and I thought we should head in to the hospital. But I was only 2cm dilated and even after 90...
Style for Two – 5 Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

Style for Two – 5 Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

If you’ve received advice that you must spend your entire pregnancy in sweatpants for comfort, you’ve definitely been misinformed. There is no hiding out at home for the next nine months. It is time to embrace your personal style by purchasing essentials to get you through your pregnancy without sacrificing fashion. Before you head to the store or add to your online shopping cart, consider these pieces for their versatility in your changing wardrobe.   5 MATERNITY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS   Maternity Jeans. Decades ago women were limited to basic, less than attractive pairs of denim during pregnancy. Not anymore. Those seeking trendy maternity clothes can opt for designer lines, but there are still stylish choices in many price points. If you are petite or taller, select the correct inseam options to tailor to your height. There are multiple variations of waists, washes and cuts to choose from. Jeans can be paired with a dressy top for a night out or just a simple shirt for a casual afternoon. Wear it with heels and you’re ready for a night out! The Casual Dress. Don’t do date night in yoga pants (unless you are at couples yoga). Or head to the office in sweats before searching for a casual dress to be a staple in your collection. Dresses are a comfortable and stylish way to accentuate your changing figure. Some popular choices are empire waist, tunics or wraps. Soft knit or jersey fabrics provide comfort but, add accessories to make it fit any occasion. Bonus- after the baby comes out you may get some extra wearing until you are back in...
Mothers Day 2017 – $1000 giveaway draw *CLOSED*

Mothers Day 2017 – $1000 giveaway draw *CLOSED*

This Mothers Day, ONE lucky mum will win $500 worth of photography package and $500 worth of AnneeMatthew clothing in our special giveaway!!! To enter the giveaway: Please comment on this thread and tell us why you deserve to win Sign up for our mailing list (we will not be able to inform you if you win otherwise) Follow us on Instagram @anneematthew and @mymummythephotographer Tag a friend in separate line on our giveaway post in Instagram for more chances to win Entries are opened to Singapore residents above 18 years only. Contest will end on May 13. Winner will be announced on May 14. Judges decision is final. Good luck ladies!!! p/s. Previous entries in our Facebook page will be considered in the giveaway. Our Facebook page is currently unavailable due to some unforeseen circumstances. We hope to get it up and running ASAP. Apologies for the inconveniences. *Winner is mummy Sherr Yun* All other contestants will receive a special bonus discount from AnneeMatthew. Pls contact us (jill@anneematthew.com) to claim by May 20. Please follow our new Facebook page AnneeMatthew.com for the next...
Chronicles of a stay home mum

Chronicles of a stay home mum

Chronicles of a stay home mum   Having 2 small kids at home is no joking matter. In fact, on most days, it is very tiring and very exhausting unless, they are at grandma’s. Being a mum needs a lot of creativity to stay sane and, not to mention alive and still walking, at the end of the day.   I used to work in marketing for a MNC which requires a lot of traveling. I had to handle almost 300 personnel and tend to their needs. I’m used to making sales presentations and entertaining until wee hours in the morning but, nothing prepares me for the amount of responsibilities that I have to shoulder as a full time mum.   So here are my survival tips for any stay home mums out there (or those that plan to be one) in no whatsoever order… LEARN TO LOVE READING Kids just love to be read to. They will soak up any bedtime stories. Bearing in mind that their choice of bedtime stories may not be exactly your cup of tea, you must learn to love reading. I mean really love it with all your heart so, when you read, you will not be the first to yawn! The trick is to inject animation into the reading so, they will stay interested (hopefully interested enough to want to read on their own one day) and most importantly, to keep yourself awake!   LEARN TO VISIT THE LIBRARY You have no idea what kind of questions they can come up with. To avoid making up stories (which is a no-no) or...
9 Quick Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms

9 Quick Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms

By Susan Tanner   New mothers may find breastfeeding confusing at first. You may not know exactly what to do or how to do it. Hopefully these breastfeeding tips will help to get you started.   * Start Early – It is good to begin breastfeeding within an hour after birth if possible, when your baby is alert and the instinct to suck is strong. Although you will not yet be producing milk, your breasts contain colostrum, a thin milky fluid that contains important antibodies to disease. * Feed Frequently – You should try breastfeeding your baby at least every two to three hours. This will help to keep your breasts soft and lessen or even prevent engorgement. Watch for signs that your baby is hungry, such as changes in facial expressions, sucking sounds or lip movements, and rapid eye movement or restlessness during light naps. If you keep an eye out for these signs, you can learn to anticipate your baby’s hunger. Breastfeeding on cue will help stimulate your breasts to produce more milk. * Good Positioning – Having the right positioning for breastfeeding will play a major role in reducing nipple soreness. Use you hand to support the baby’s neck. The baby’s mouth should be open wide with the lips puckered out like “fish lips”, not folded in. The nipple should go back as far into his or her mouth as possible. If you need help finding the proper positioning, ask a nurse, midwife, or other experienced mother for some help breastfeeding. * Nipple Upkeep – When you first begin breastfeeding your nipples may become very sore....
Breasts engorgement : What to expect

Breasts engorgement : What to expect

Adapted from whattoexpect.com Right after you give birth, your hormones undergo a major shift — say bye-bye to estrogen and progesterone, and hello to prolactin, the milk-producing hormone. This change causes your postpartum breasts to grow even bigger (is this possible?) and more tender (more tender?!!) than they were during pregnancy. Welcome to the world of engorgement, which begins around two to five days after delivery whether you’re planning to nurse or not. The sinister side effects: rock-hard breasts that are swollen and wickedly uncomfortable. This is pain with a gain, though, since engorgement is a sign that your breasts are filling up with the milk your baby needs. The increased blood flow to your breasts (necessary to get the milk-producing factory up and running) is also adding to the pain and swelling. WILL ENGORGEMENT EVER END? Fortunately, engorgement is temporary, and assuming you get started breastfeeding right away (the earlier the better for relief), the pain and hardness should diminish within two to three days. By the time your baby and your breasts devise a good supply-and-demand relationship (usually within a few weeks), the engorgement will have diminished completely. If you’re not nursing, it’ll decrease within a few days. WHAT TO DO ABOUT BREAST ENGORGEMENT IF YOU’RE NURSING. Until your milk supply-and-demand cycle is well established, take these steps to minimize discomfort: Feed your baby frequently (every two to three hours) to encourage the demand to keep up with the supply. The less your baby feeds, the more engorged your breasts will become. The more your baby feeds, the quicker engorgement will pass (pretty strong motivation, right?). Place...
Sagging breasts? Is it due to pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Sagging breasts? Is it due to pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Adapted from babycenter.co.uk Many women think that breastfeeding causes your breasts to become saggy. It’s pregnancy, rather than breastfeeding, that may cause your breasts to change in size and shape after having a baby. Other reasons why breasts may appear more saggy after you’ve have a baby are if you: have a high body mass index (raised BMI) have had multiple pregnancies are an older mom had a large pre-pregnancy bra size a smoker Your breasts don’t contain any muscles. They are attached to the muscles of your chest wall by thin bands (Cooper’s ligaments). These bands aren’t very taut, which is why your breasts are able to move around. When you become pregnant, your breasts will go through a number of changes. They will become larger as they prepare for breastfeeding, while your nipples and the skin surrounding them (the areola) may darken in colour. Several days after your baby arrives, your breasts will become fuller and heavier. This is caused by the blood supply increasing to your breasts, and your milk coming in. As your breasts increase in size, the ligaments that support them may stretch. It’s this stretching that may lead to slightly saggier breasts. This change will happen regardless of whether or not you breastfeed your baby. A week or two after your baby arrives, your breasts should return to roughly the size they were during pregnancy. They’ll stay that way until you’ve been breastfeeding for about 15 months, or when you stop breastfeeding. When you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, your breasts will probably return to their pre-pregnancy size, too. Your breasts may not be quite as perky...
10 Tips to Get Back Into Shape After Childbirth

10 Tips to Get Back Into Shape After Childbirth

by: Janice Elizabeth Small You have just given birth and you want to get back into shape. Here are some tips: Be especially kind to yourself in the first weeks after your baby is born. Your body has gone through huge changes and it’s unrealistic to expect that you can snap back into your old shape straight away. Unrealistic expectations sets you up for failure and disappointment, but you CAN get your figure back if you are patient and take it one step at a time. Forget drastic dieting and treat your body to healthy nourishing food and gentle exercise to get back in shape. You will naturally lose some weight during the first few weeks as your uterus shrinks. Breast feeding alone will allow you to lose weight at 1lb a week if you eat normally and healthily as it uses up 500 calories a day, but you do need to eat enough so that your milk does not dry up. Plan on losing the remainder at a gentle pace. Your tummy will look very sad after the birth, flabby and saggy. Don’t worry you can soon get things looking good again. Do all the post-natal exercises and gentle exercise recommended by your health-care professionals during the first 6 weeks to get your tummy back in shape. After that check with them that it is Ok if you want to embark on a more strenuous exercise routine. Once your doctor says its OK to exercise, one of the best ways to retighten your muscles is a simple yoga move. Stand with your feet apart, hands on thighs. Breathe...

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