Whenever I’m in need of a foot massage, I often go to TonTon Massage. Aside from their cheap but quality service, I love the heating pad they put around my shoulders during the duration of the massage. And since almost every part of my body hurt during the last trimester of my pregnancy (upper back, lower back, hips, calves, feet, ankles), I wished I could go to TonTon every day or better yet, had an in-house masseuse who could massage me every night just so I could get a good night sleep. Wait, I did have a personal masseuse, my husband! If it weren’t for his patience, I wouldn’t have slept through the night because of all the pains.
I used to apply hot compress on my lower back to ease the pain using the little thing you can buy from Mercury Drug, the one you can put hot/cold water. But it’s too small and uncomfortable. I’ve been looking for something like the heating pad from TonTon but I guess I didn’t look hard enough that’s why I didn’t find one (hehe). Until I came across a DIY heating pad in Pinterest. It was super easy and so I did one right away.
I found two pieces of microfiber towelette (I find it better than any cotton fabric because it feels soft on the skin) from Bryce’s closet which I think is just the perfect size (19″x8.5″.) Since there’s already a bias sewn around the edges, I simply sewed it together (you can either hand stitch it or use your sewing machine) leaving about 3 inches gap so I can pour uncooked rice (use the cheapest one like NFA rice) in it. I think I used about a kilo. After pouring in the rice, I sewed the gap closed and I was done! I microwaved it on high for 3 minutes at first but since my pad is bigger than the usual ones, it didn’t get warm enough so I heated it again for another 2 minutes. The warmth was perfect and it last for almost 45 minutes.
I didn’t sew any dividing lines like the blog said because I want my pad to be totally flexible so the heat can be distributed well depending on the area. This is my favorite project so far and it really made me happy and it cost me practically nothing to make.
By the way, you can add a few drops of essential oil, like lavender, in the pad before sewing it closed, if you wish. Enjoy!
Sorry if for the next few days I will be posting baby pictures. I can’t help it! These moments only come once in a lifetime.
It’s our fifth day with Kenya and aside from engorged breasts and sore nipples, I’m doing quite good (and hopefully, so is the hubby.) I was expecting sleepless nights since we never had one with Bryce (and I don’t think we’re that “lucky” to not experience it with the second baby) but so far, except for the first night, we can still get fairly good amount of sleep. Kenya sleeps through the night and we only wake up 3-4 times to change diapers. She’s rarely up during the day too so I still get to sleep and even still have the luxury to blog.
Bryce is enjoying his new role as big brother and we’re making extra effort to spend as much time as possible with him. The hubby is now in charge of helping him with his Kumon assignments and reading to him before he sleeps. He still spends the day with me in the bedroom watching his movies and so I think nothing changed much except for one little addition in our room. It’s only been 5 days and I know we haven’t seen the challenges of raising two kids yet, but so far, being parents to two is great!
When Bryce was born, I didn’t have a DSLR camera yet and so most of his earlier pictures weren’t that good. I am not that good of a photographer and I need a LOT of practice using manual mode. I only have 18-55mm lens and nothing else so I have to work with what I have. For an acceptable lighting, I can only shoot on good day before lunch in our bedroom (the only place in the house where the natural light from the window is good enough.) These are what I’ve got so far today with the help of Photoshop.I really hope to take better pictures next time. Adorable babies: the perks of being a mom!
October 19-20: After 9 months of waiting, our newest bundle of joy finally arrived! I was in active labor for approximately six hours. From 4am to around 9am, the contraction pain was totally bearable. We got into the hospital at 7am and was still able to smile through labor until 9:30. I was only 6cm dilated but Kenya was already trying to get out with each contraction (my uterus wasn’t that ready yet, haha!) Pain, pain, more pain, then I was out. Next thing I knew, a nurse was asking me if it was ok for me to breastfeed Kenya but all I wanted to do was sleep…
We were home Sunday afternoon. How I already missed our comfy bed…
October 21: We survived the first night of endless pooping! Kenya seemed to be up all night, sleeping continuously only at past 4am. I’m not feeling too tired and I hope I can retain my energy (especially the hubby who is officially in charge of poop cleaning.) Dad and Kenya are going back to the hospital this afternoon for her newborn screening and I will be catching up on my sleep…