Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cheapest baby products in Vancouver

(Babyville at the Superstore)

If you're a mom, you always buy baby products in bulk - because the last thing you need is to run out of diapers at 2am! And what you definitely don't need is to buy baby products that are marked up - especially when you're getting 5 of them at a time!
The cheapest prices are in bold:

Shoppers Drug Mart
Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (112 count) - $34.99
Huggies Simply Clean Wipes (216 count) - $10.99
Diaper Genie Refill - $11.29
Good Start Probiotic Formula Powder (640g) - $31.99

London Drugs
Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (112 count) - $29.99
Huggies Simply Clean Wipes (216 count) - $9.99
Good Start Probiotic Formula Powder (640g) - $29.99
Medela Microwave Steam Bags - $14.99
Vaseline Baby (375g) - $5.49
Travel size Vaseline - $2.99
Johnson's baby oil (591ml) - $5.99

Safeway
Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (100 count) - $39.99
Huggies Simply Clean Wipes (400 count) - $14.59
Good Start Probiotic Formula Powder (730g) - $28.99
Johnson's baby oil (591ml) - $5.99

Babies R Us
Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (120 count) - $31.99 
Huggies Simply Clean Wipes (216 count) - $9.99 

Diaper Genie Refill - $8.99
Good Start Probiotic Formula Powder (640g) - $30.99

Tj's Kids
Medela Microwave Steam Bags - $13.99
Avent pacifier (2 pack) - $8.39

Real Canadian Superstore

Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (204 count) - $33.76
Huggies Simply Clean Wipes (184 count) - $5.99
Good Start Probiotic Formula Powder (730g) - $28.97
Johnson's baby oil (591ml) - $3.97

Medela Microwave Steam Bags - $12.49
Avent pacifier (2 pack) - $7.99
Milupa Rice Cereal Starter - $3.97


Some of the price differences are huge here - the same pack of diapers is $10 more at Safeway than it is at London Drugs! The majority of the products are cheaper at the Superstore, except for the wipes surprisingly - which are the cheapest at Babies R Us or London Drugs.

* prices valid Fall 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Things about childbirth nobody tells you

(My belly, past due!)

Childbirth is every woman's rite of passage into motherhood. It truly is a journey into the unknown, unique to you. Some are easy, some are hard - nevertheless, impossible to predict or control. During my first pregnancy I was asking everyone "what does it feel like?" and nobody could give me a detailed explanation! (To their defense, after childbirth is over, it does all feel like a blur!)
So since it is still fresh in my mind, here is my best account of the things about childbirth that nobody tells you:


1. You feel so relieved after. Seriously. All the pressure in your belly is gone. It's like you can breathe again!

2. You're doing all the work. Whatever kind of doctor you have, whether you're surrounded by people, or nobody's there - all the mental and physical strength you go through, this process is all up to you! The pro/con is that you're doing it all by yourself. After, you'll feel so proud and strong. I've heard from many women that after birth they feel so confident in themselves - I as well said, "if I can do that, then I can do anything!" It is truly empowering for a woman.

3. This is really what a contraction feels like: you see a big hill in front of you and you sprint up it really fast, then you come over the top and come down the hill. It's like a series of hills, some big and some small. You can feel the contraction coming on and coming off.

4. What you think you'll want changes once you're in it. I thought I could eat something or take a shower in between contractions. But for some reason I did NOT want to do that! I didn't want to go near any kind of water at all, and I didn't have an appetite. I also had planned out that it would only be me and my husband. But in early labor, I wanted my father in the house. Not with us, but I wanted him in the next room.

5. Your hips and legs hurt from being wide open for so long, like you're doing the splits!

6. Breast feeding is waaay harder than I thought. You don't know what to do. The baby doesn't know what to do. Don't worry, this is a learned skill. Don't expect to know it right off the bat.

7. You go into your own galaxy. It's all a blur. You don't know what you're saying, you don't know what you're doing. You're just getting through it!


If you're reading this and you're currently expecting, be confident and good luck! Remember, this is what our bodies were meant to do!
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Friday, October 26, 2012

This blog: musings on motherhood


So we got pregnant. It was the longest 9 months ever.
Then we had her (in 4 hours!) Our beautiful daughter, perfect in every way.


When I got pregnant When I realized I was pregnant (at 8 weeks!!) everything changed for me. I really reflected on everything in my life as I became aware that life as I knew it, was about to completely change.
I went into hibernation just like a caterpillar in a cocoon. And when I came out of it - when I became a mom - I became this butterfly. Still the same as I was before, but accepting my new direction and just going for it.


Being a parent is the most important job I will ever have. I take the responsibility very seriously, but in a fun way! I'm excited to be a parent and to navigate through this amazing journey with our new family.
I have so much on my mind regarding this amazing new path that I'm going to use this blog as a vehicle for my thoughts on modern motherhood - with a range of topics including parenting, marriage, pregnancy, style, books, our multicultural family,  etc. 

Basically, my unsolicited advice on everything related to motherhood - y'know, because just because I had one child... I'm an expert and everything! :)


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