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So much for blogging often.  Seems I blog like every 2 months. Hah, better than nothing!

May already. Craziness.  Time is flying way too fast and lots happening this month.  We go on vacation next week in Montreal for a week.  It’ll be nice to get away and get a change of scenery and food.  It’s always nice to go back there.  We are going solely to drive my MIL back to Montreal since she’s been staying with us for the past 3 weeks to take care of Carey while my parents are out in Taiwan.  We’re also going to celebrate all the April/May birthdays and there are a lot in my in-law family!

Carey will be starting daycare in mid-May.  My baby is a big boy now and old enough to go to daycare!  I’m both happy and sad about it.  Sad because he’s all grown up but at the same time I’m happy because he will be learning new things and interacting with kids his own age.  He’s talking a lot more these days and he babbles alot.  I’m sure he’s talking and saying words but it’s really hard to pick them out.  Lately, he’s been saying “What’s up?” as a greeting.  “What?”  His ultimate favorite word is “cow”. He calls everyone and everything a cow.  I have no idea why. He also knows what a cow is and when he sees one on TV, he will say “cow” and will point to a cow in his book.  LOL.  I just hope no one gets offended when Carey ends up calling them a cow because he probably will.  Hee hee hee. 

Whenever Carey calls me a cow, I always ask him where’s the cow?  Does Mommy moo?  MOoo? And he’ll say “Wherezit?”  Hehehe.  Last week, he was talking in his sleep and I guess it was a bad dream because he was whimpering and I heard “I..don’t..wanna..DO IT!!”  *sobs*  😦  But he was ok the next morning.  I just love that he is talking more!

These past 3 weeks I’ve been spoiled on the weekends and been allowed to sleep in because my MIL is around.  Carey always wakes up really early in the mornings, either between 5am to 8am but he’ll come to wake me up if I”m still sleeping. He’ll say “wake up!” or climbs up on top of me as if I were really a cow and smash his face to mine.  Or he’ll just stand to the side of the bed and just stare.  It’s really cute to wake up to your almost 2 year old toddler, smiling ear to ear just at the sight of you.  I love my happy baby boy!

He does have his bad moments too.  Lately, he’s been abusing me a lot. Smacking me in the face and so on.  I usually try to leave him once he starts doing that.  He only shows me this kind of abuse.  The articles on-line say that your kids do that because they love you the most and they know they can get away with it the most from you but I’m starting to think that whoever who wrote that article is just saying that to make the victims, like me, feel better. 😦

We went for his 21 month appointment back in March and he’s still little for his age.  I forget alot that he’s a preemie so he’s about 2 months slower than his actual age.  His height and head size is good and on target but his weight is less than normal. They call him a skinny baby. He’s inherited his dad’s stick legs and he’s got a tiny booty so most of his pants slide all the way down by his 3rd step.  I ordered something called Dapper Snappers. These things are awesome and they truly work!  Now Carey can wear his jeans and khakis now, aside from the sweat pants I usually put him in, with the help of Dapper Snappers!  They’re not the most attractive accessories but it’s usually covered by Carey’s shirts.  They also have mom-sized ones, too.  Good to use when you’re preggers!

I feel like I used my son as an advertising tool.  Too bad I don’t receive sales commission from these places!  I’ve been putting Carey in shoes that squeak ever since he’s started walking. He’s a runner so he’ll dash off to anywhere and I need to keep track of him. We are against those leashes so squeaking is the only way I can keep track of him.  I follow him like a hound, too. I usually buy Squeakers or Wee Squeak shoes from  The styles are cute and they squeak! And every time we go out shopping or something, we get a ton of comments and everyone with children wants a pair.  I think I’ve sent like at least 20 different people to their websites.  Where’s my sales commission?  🙂

I love the baby sales websites.  That’s where I get the bulk of baby stuff.  Sites like:

The first two links are my favorite. I’ve also ordered from Totsy which I do not recommend at all. Totsy’s prices are always very inviting but the shipping costs make up for the rest of the cost.  Their customer service is one of the worst I’ve ever encountered before. It’s truly tragic because I was a loyal member of and they merged with  I REFUSE to buy anything from Totsy anymore because 1) they have always gotten my order incorrect, 2) always takes more than a month for something to ship out, 3) never give out refunds (I am still bothering them for my last refund and it’s been more than a month). I’ve also noted that their stuff sells quickly and then after a month, they sent out an email to you saying that they’ve been “short ordered”. Maybe more like “Oh, we didn’t realize our inventory sucked but we sold you something that we don’t have anyway” type of BS.  Beware at your own cost, literally!

On the Bzzagent front, I signed up for the Children’s Claritin campaign except that I don’t know anyone who has kids with allergies.  I hope Carey doesn’t have them but it’s too soon to say.  So I’ve got a bottle of Children’s Claritin in Grape flavor.  Is there anyone who would be interested in having it?  I’d love your opinion on it, too.  These bottles generally cost like $12 in the drug store. It’s pretty steep. I also have coupons if anyone is interested in it, too. Let me know!

Catch you later!

>Post-Pregnancy Feet and other Random Things

>So, in addition to my hair falling out and then growing back in – which are just starting to look like short bangs and not sticking up anymore – my feet grew.  A whole freaking size up.  I went from a size 6.5 to a 7.5.  And now I have to get a bunch of new shoes cuz my old shoes don’t fit anymore.  What saddens me is that I had just gotten this really cool pair of silvery Cole Haan open toed shoes right before I got preggers and now they don’t fit anymore and I’ve never had the chance to wear them!!  They’ve become my sister’s birthday gift.  *sobs*

My mom was elated that my feet grew so I had to buy new shoes..and give her my old shoes. She says her feet grew too so she can fit a size 6.5 now which was my size – pre-pregnancy.  At first she thought I had diabetes when I said my feet grew so she kept on poking her finger on my foot to see if it was just swollen but it wasn’t.  I kept on telling her that after some pregnancies, feet grow but she just chalked up my new foot size to my being fat.  Yay. 

I did some research and it’s not just the weight gain from the pregnancy.  It’s a hormone called relaxin:

I think my feet have grown. Is this possible? (Source)

Expert Answers

Jane Andersen, podiatrist

Yes. As you’re discovering, your belly isn’t the only thing that gets bigger during pregnancy! This is partly due to pregnancy weight gain and swelling from the extra fluid your body retains while you’re pregnant (called edema). To ease the swelling, soak your feet in cool water and prop them up as often as you can.

But there’s another reason that feet seem to grow during pregnancy. The aptly named pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the joints around your pelvis so your baby can make his way down the birth canal, also loosens the ligaments in your feet, causing the foot bones to spread. Your foot bones aren’t actually growing — it’s just that the ligaments that hold these 26 bones together aren’t as tight as they were.

You may notice your shoes getting a little tight as early as the second trimester, and they may continue to increase in size until late in pregnancy. While the foot swelling generally subsides within a month after delivery, any foot spreading caused by looser ligaments is permanent. I estimate that half the moms out there wear shoes a half or a whole size bigger than they wore before having babies.

The bright side, if there is one, is that you get to buy new shoes! Buy a few pairs of comfortable, roomy shoes to wear during your pregnancy, but be aware that you may have to go back for more once the swelling settles down and your shoe size stabilizes about a month after delivery. Whatever you do, don’t try to make do with your old shoes! Wearing tight shoes can aggravate bunions and cause a host of painful foot problems, ranging from ingrown toenails to corns and calluses.

Finally, since feet tend to grow with each pregnancy, you may want to hold off on those pricey Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks until you’re finished having babies.

Ugh.  I guess I should be happy my fingers weren’t affected.  I still fit my wedding and my e-ring!

My colleague recently told me about Skechers Shape-Ups. They’re like MBTs but run a little cheaper around $100-110.  I thought the price was a little steep considering what a cheapo I am these days.  A hundred buckaroos for sneakers??  I don’t have time to work out or go to the gym anymore now I have a tiny tot that takes up all of my time when I’m not at work.  Especially since he’s teething these days.  His fourth tooth (the top right one) is coming in and it’s especially painful since he’s especially fussy these days.

I bought my first pair of Skechers Shape-ups via Amazon at a whopping $90 at a size 7 but they delivered the wrong color to me and the size didn’t fit either so I returned it.  The Slickdeals alerted me to a new deal on Woman Within – if you bought 2 items, the 2nd item (the more expensive item) would be at a 50% discount! Woweee!!  So I got onto that deal and got my new Skechers for only $55, instead of a freaking $100!  I just received them and tried them on yesterday and wore them to work this morning.  It’s like walking in moon shoes and you have to get used to the rocking.  But my calves actually felt a little tired today when I got into work!  Just standing in those require you to use your muscles just to stay balanced.  So we’ll see if these work in any way.  I’m going to walk around everywhere during my lunch hour especially since it’s nice and sunny today.

On baby news, Carey slept his first full night yesterday allowing me to get continuous sleep! I did wake up several times at night just to check on him via the monitor and he was sleeping soundly  We were thinking to give him a little Tylenol last night too because he seemed to be in so much pain but in the end, he passed out soundly.  It’s makes a huge difference to get a night of continuous sleep.  I’m still tired but at least I feel somewhat refreshed. 

My baby is so smart these days.  He tells me he’s hungry or thirsty by making these lip smacking sounds. It’s so freaking adorable.  And he doesn’t make that icky face anymore when he eats his puffs – whether it’s Happy Bellies Organic Puffs or the Gerber Graduates Puffs.  I got the latter at my sister’s recommendation since that’s what her kids loved to snack on.  They have much more flavor than the Happy Bellies Organic Puffs.  I’m not sure which one Carey prefers but he’s happily munching on all 3 kinds – Happy Bellies, Gerber Graduates or even plain Cheerios!  And I started him on water in his sippy cup.  He has a little problem using some sippy cups but he’s working on it.

He started rocking on all 4s and he’ll be crawling in no time. Actually he is getting somewhere, kinda, but I can’t really call it crawling.  More like stretching and shimmying. Hehehe.  I definitely think that he’ll be full-fledged crawling by Easter!

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