November 23, 2014

To 3rd or NOT to 3rd That is The Question!?

When you found out the gender of your baby, how did you feel?

I remember what I was pregnant with Nate I was sure it would be another girl. I was so excited of the thought. Being able to dress this tiny little thing in Ruby's outfits one more time. A majority of her clothing were only worn once and others still have price tags dangling off of them in my storage room. I can still remember the time prior to her arrival, standing in her new freshly painted room staring fondly at piles of neatly folded and organized itty bitty outfits gushing with joy. The idea of buying bows and hair accessories was maybe taken a bit too far...considering she only started having substantial hair after she turned 2 :) Secretly I wanted to relive having a girl once more...I feel like my time with Ruby as a newborn was almost non-existent. Being in a slump with post partumdepression it all just feels like a blurb looking back on it.

When I found out I would be having a boy I had a pang in my heart...boys are so boring. The first year he often wore subtle colours and was clung to me like a bee on honey, not very interested in toys, only being held by Mommy. Not saying his first year was boring, but I remember it being "different" with Ruby.

Things really changed after he turned one. I always felt a great connection between him and I, but I feel even MORE connected to this little fella now. He always seems to understand how I feel, he has a deep gaze and looks me right in the eye as if to say "it's okay Mommy". When I am down he takes his chubby little hands and places them on my face and looks at me with that special hypnotizing gaze he has. The comfort of his warm hands snaps me out of any bad or sad mood.

I am so happy I have a boy now, I wouldn't change it for the world. I love this kid so much (Ruby equally as much) but there really is something different about having a boy. Forget the bows and frilly things...I get 100% pure love from this kid. He is always hugging me, giving me kisses and making me smile. Of course he has his naughty moments (don't they all) but he is special. Nothing like a bond between a mother and her son. He always is eager to make me happy, he helps me unpack groceries and carries the bags from the hallway to the kitchen (I still can't figure out how he manages). He makes sure I catch his eyes and thank him and he get's the biggest grin and beams full of pride. He helps me tidy up and do the laundry...Pretty impressive at 1.5 if you ask me!

When I put him to bed, I love nuzzling his little bald sweaty head pressed into my neck as I rock him back and forth. I wish I could freeze those moments with him forever. When he falls asleep on my chest, I feel the rise and fall of his breathing, his little hands wrapped around me. He is always searching for my approval, admiration and a big smile. He makes my family complete. I am truly happy now that I have one of each. I have my girly moments with Ruby (she is a diva to the max). We paint our nails, dress up in extravagant clothing, play with makeup + Barbies + dolls.

Of course being pregnant is a wonderful experience that only a mother will ever know. Meeting her baby for the first time, the joy that overcomes you... But I think I am done at two. I am finally starting to get my life back (not to sound selfish). At times Nate is becoming more independent. Life feels like it is getting easier. I personally do not think I could get through the early stages of childhood another time. Kudos to those of you that CAN or HAVE!
Even when my children drag me out of bed countless times in the night and insist on getting up at 5am to start their day...I look on as they eat breakfast, focusing on how innocent and fresh these two are, untainted. Each part of them making me smile from their head down to their toes. I am happy with two. I love them as they are, a pair. Two peas in a pod. Both ready to take on the world. I can't believe they came from my belly. They bring me endless amounts of happiness and yes...not so happy moments, but they all tally up to one great big dream that I never want to end. These two are my everything and I am happy about that! That's plenty enough to make me happy for the rest of my life!

“I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be.”

Robert Munsch

November 18, 2014

Giveaway: United Colors of Benetton 500 AED Voucher

Always a joyous time of year when I get to give away a 500 AED gift voucher
courtesy of United Colors of Benetton UAE to one lucky fan!
Here are the rules of the contest:
  1. Follow "Mommy in Dubai" on {Instagram} or {Twitter}
  2. "Like" {Mommy in Dubai} and {Benetton UAE} on Facebook 
  3. Post a link to this giveaway and hashtag #MommyinDubai using any social media channels mentioned above
  4. Leave a comment below with "DONE"

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on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Please note, you MUST be a resident of the UAE to enter this contest. Voucher can be collected and redeemed at any Dubai store branches.
Contest closes December 1st 2014, at 11:59 PM. Winner will be contacted shortly after.
Good luck!

November 13, 2014

Thank you JustKidding :)

Thank you for this beautiful muslin wrap JustKidding & JustEssentials. You can find the one pictured below right {here}. A pack of 3 sells for 175 AED!
"The dreamy JustEssentials muslin wrap is practical yet comfortable, it can be used for swaddling, on stroller, nursing cover, changing pad cover, burp cloth, tummy time blanket, etc. It’s  made of 100% cotton. The opening weaving of the muslin keeps the baby warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm." 
Looking forward to learning more about your fun and practical homegrown products!