Playtex Embrace Breast Pump System


Image courtesy of toys-game-store.com

It’s probably a bit too late to do this review, but it’s better not than never. My best friend got me the pump as a gift since he knew I really needed it and I was just renting the pump I was using at home from our hospital. The hospital was charging a good $25.00USD a mo which wasn’t so bad, but it also wasn’t as high tech.

My experiences with using a breast pump I’d have to admit that in the beginning I didn’t see the point of getting a breast pump that was expensive. I also wasn’t even sure for how long would I have to pump so renting was fine for me. However, my best friend surprised me with a gift and purchased a breast pump for me. He told me that it was a good investment because I can keep the pump itself and it’s also reusable. I also can save it for future kids later on. He was smart, but the price tag on this baby doesn’t go cheap, and well as we parents know having children in general doesn’t come cheap.

Details:

  • You can purchase this at your local Walmart, Target, Babies R Us, or any online baby supply store.
  • Price tag for this sucker is $249.99USD.
  • Product Features:
  1. Double electric pump
  2. Soft comfort breast cups
  3. 5 levels of speed
  4. 5 levels of suction
  5. Breast cups are dishwasher safe

Description:

The Playtex? Embrace? Breast Pump System combines ultimate comfort with state-of-the-art efficiency, including a double electric pump, stylish tote bag, and all the accessories you need for long-term, daily pumping.

My input:

Honestly, besides the Medela pump that I used in the hospital that I got to take home I haven’t used anything else. The Medela pump that was provided for me looked old school and it wasn’t quite that comfortable. It just did what it had to do, and well I was getting used to the pain considering that I thought it was suppose to be that way. I didn’t pump for a very long time but enough for Ryu to be supplemented with the breast milk that I had. After Jonathan gave me the Playtex pump I was so much more comfortable with the process of pumping. I felt like compared to the hospital’s pump it was like heaven on your chest, haha. I seriously felt like it was worth the almost $300.00USD price tag. Now of course I didn’t have the funds to just dish out 300 bucks to go buy this product. I do however, suggest that if you’re having a baby shower that you request for a breast pump. It’s so helpful in the long run and what I love is that the whole system comes in a bag you can carry around in your car for easier access to do your business.

The bag is cute and simple and well you can do it in the privacy of your car if you have to. I still have the breast pump in good tact and I love that I have it. It’s easy storage and at any point that I do end up having more children in the future it’s going to definitely be well worth it.

 

Rewind..


After seeing Cheechun’s site for her daughter Nai I realized that I too was in the same boat as she was. When I started Ryu’s site I should’ve started from the very beginning. Instead I just jumped right into blogging, which isn’t bad at all. However, I feel like I’m going to hate myself for not documenting the early stages of Ryu’s life and therefore I am going to be plugging in old posts on here. I feel like I owe it to myself and to Ryu to have something to look back later on since I’ve been lagging on putting together baby albums.

Thanks Cheechun for the idea of putting old posts up. I think it’s also a good way for other readers to see how we’ve raised our children through different stages of their lives.

Bare with me if you start seeing older posts if anything. Feel free to go back and read on them. I’d love your input on what I put up! 🙂

Shopping & 1st Haircut


I was very fortunate that during the week my boss had handed me  giftcard to Target with the amount of $200.ooUSD just as a gift for forgetting my birthday. I’m very thankful and lucky because that’s normal for my boss to give us gifts on our birthdays or even when they’re just in a very good mood. I decided that instead of buying anything for myself that Ryu deserved to get a bunch of brand new clothes and supplies since he needs it. The giftcard that was given to me is a big help considering that its letting me catch up with a couple bills and allows me a little leeway to spend on other things. Anyway, I was excited to go shopping for Ryu since it was about that time that I bought him clothes that were a good 1-3 size bigger than him. Shucks, I even bought clothes for a 2 yr. old just so he can wear it for a while and I usually do that when I shop for him. Kids tend to grow so fast that sometimes spending almost $20.00USD for a pair of jeans or shoes can be a waste if they don’t wear it for a while. Here are a couple of the items I picked out:

Infant Boys’ Cherokee® Blue Erie Wash Denim Jeans

Infant Toddler Boys’ Genuine Kids from OshKosh Grey Cuffed Denim Pants

Infant Toddler Boys’ Almost Black Track Jacket

I can’t seem to find the other hoodies or shirts that I bought at Target on the website. Anyway, I did buy him a couple other pairs of clothing that I thought would be great since the weather was starting to change (finally). I also got him a hat that I thought was super cute, and I’ll be posting some pictures of Ryu in one of his new outfits. If there’s one thing that I love it’s absolutely dressing Ryu, he’s so cute I just love that my baby boy looks like a little toddler now! He’s all grown up. To top oft the mini shopping over the weekend.. my friend and I went to go look around the mall on Monday and each of us bought Ryu a pair of shoes! Lately, I’ve been having this shoe crave for Ryu. I think I’ll be buying him a pair of Jordan’s next week!

from his Uncle Olah ❤

high tops converse.. my favorite for Ryu. ❤

When I came home with the boxes of shoes Ryu ran up to me and just yanked them from me. He was so happy about the shoes he kept smiling at me and opening the boxes. I’m not quite sure he gets that they’re gifts just yet, but he did know that they were for his feet, lol. He tried putting them on himself which was so cute. When I tried them on him he just sat down like a good boy and gave me his foot to put each shoe on.

On another note, Ryu got his first ever haircut over the weekend! I’m so glad that Ryu didn’t really give the hairdresser a problem. For the most part he sat like a really good boy in the chair and just sat there up until the end. I suppose he started to get a bit tired waiting. Here’s the Qik video that I took while he was getting his haircut. Sorry it’s not so clear, but on my phone it seemed fine.

I honestly, didn’t quite like how the hairdresser fixed his hair afterward, but it was a big change. I wasn’t used to seeing Ryu with such short hair let alone a semi-buzz cut. Romeo absolutely loved the cut! My mom dreaded it when we got home almost found her in tears because she’s so used to Ryu’s long hair. I told her hair is hair, it’ll eventually grow back. What I liked about Ryu getting his haircut was that he looks like a little boy now. I hate when others ask if Ryu’s a boy or girl, lol. At least now you can really distinguish that he’s a little boy. Here are some more pictures from the salon.

The good thing a lot of people are shocked why Ryu doesn’t cry when we put him through these first time situations. Honestly, we’re so blessed that Ryu barely cries. If he does it’s because he’s tired or finally irritated. Otherwise, he’s a very social, talkative little boy. I don’t know how that’s come about considering when he was younger I never liked anyone touching him, haha. I guess different kids, different strokes? He has his moments and I’m glad that at this point he can tolerate and make life a little bit easier for us. You’d be surprised too when he gets shots he actually just sits there up until he gets it he cries quietly. Eventually, he just knocks out. I love Ryu and I’d love him even if he was a loud little boy!

Here is Ryu’s outfit over the weekend.

Ryu and Daddy

Excluding the Mario hat, lol

Outfit:

Long sleeved thermal top – Target

Plaid short sleeved button down – JC Penny

Gray fitted skinny jeans – Target

Zip Paul Frank Jacket – Target

Allstar toddler converse – Target

 

Sippy cup me..


Instead of just posting random pictures I actually wanted to write about Ryu’s transition into using a sippy cup rather than a bottle. His pediatrician had advised that Ryu should completely be off the bottle by the time he turns a year old. Honestly, it’s sort of our fault why we’re taking our precious time. Ryu’s 15 mo. old and he’s still on the bottle. The funny part is that if you give Ryu a sippy cup he knows how to drink out of it and he’s not quite picky. However, in the evenings when he knows he’s about to sleep is really the only time he gets fussy for a bottle. I’ve bought him different cups that could possibly appeal to him with colors and characters. The problem is Ryu actually would rather drink out of a normal cup with help rather than trying to suck his juice out of a sippy cup since he struggles with a hard top.

I guess the good part about the experience is that we’re slowly trying to transition Ryu into using a cup properly. He doesn’t seem to be struggling too much which is good. Below are a few tops I read online that’ll help push your child to use a cup rather than a bottle enjoy.

This all comes from babycenter.com

Some babies take to a sippy cup immediately; others take a while to get used to the idea. Here are some tips on making the transition easier:

  • Start off with a soft, pliable, nipplelike spout, which will feel more familiar to your baby than a hard plastic spout.
  • Show your baby how to raise the cup to his mouth and tip it up to drink.
  • Give it some time. Until your baby masters the maneuvers, you may want to put only water in the cup. When he shakes or throws it, even a sippy might not keep purple grape juice from hitting the carpet.
  • Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t use the sippy cup properly for a while. It makes a fine toy, too!
  • Try different models until you find one that suits your baby. Some cups have valves that are so effective at keeping the liquid from spilling that children really have to work to get a drink.
  • Encourage your child to use a regular cup when you think he’s ready.

Hope that’s of any help to you other mommies out there going through the same thing I am with Ryu.

Wordless Wednesday.


Pumpkin Patch 2010


The day before Halloween I decided to meet up with a couple friends to have a little play date with Ryu and the other little babies. Ryu’s the eldest from kids and either way Ryu was quite intrigued to be hanging out with them. I opted on taking a couple pictures that I absolutely adored. This is the first official time that I’ve taken Ryu to a Pumpkin Patch (heck it’s the first time I’ve ever been to one). It rained that morning so everything in the area was quite muddy, and well putting Ryu down sort of was a bad idea he was slipping everywhere he walked. I know your children are suppose to get dirty, but I didn’t expect it to be muddy that morning since I didn’t even know it rained. I would’ve dressed Ryu in much warmer clothes and shoes that I didn’t care much for. The last thing I wanted was a pair of new corduroy’s or converse getting messed up by mud. It’s alright though, I still had a good time spending time with the ladies and Romeo. Our other friend ran late so we weren’t able to see her or hang out.

It’s pretty much a mash up of images, so please be patient and enjoy all the pictures I took that morning.

If you’ve noticed.. in previous pictures whether it’d be on here or on my FB most of the pictures Ryu has he’s wearing this Mickey Mouse sweater. Honestly, I love it on him and I absolutely am thankful that Mykka gave it to us. The sweater fits him perfectly. Honestly, Ryu wasn’t so thrilled about the Pumpkin Patch just because we didn’t want him to walk around so much, hence the mud. We decided to put him in his stroller which he absolutely hates and well that kind of made him frustrated. My little boy is no longer a little boy.. he’s turning into my little man where you can tell he wants to be independent and do things on his own.

Outfit:

  • Sweater from H&M
  • Corduroy Pants from Macy’s
  • Shoes from Target by AllStar Converse

I’ll post some Halloween pictures as soon I get situated and transfer them to my computer at home. Ciao!

Long Overdue Photoshoot.


I have been promising to post of pictures of Ryu and his photoshoot. Unfortunately, only one of his Godparents were able to post some of the pictures up. Honestly, I love the pictures that they took, but being “amateur photographers” they get really serious about the images they take and well they become picky and perfectionists. I’m just lucky enough that one of his Godparents found that they had some great shots of Ryu. I really appreciate that he posted them up. Please do enjoy the pictures. There’s quite a few so hope you can bare the loading process.

Thank you Ninong (Godfather) Roland! I absolutely loved the photos they he took of Ryu! Seriously I’m so glad that Ryu absolutely LOVES and when I say “loves” I stress it when he gets his picture taken. Ryu’s face lights up when he gets to see his picture in the little LCD behind that camera.

Outfit:

  • Greaser Shirt – from Uncle Dre as a birthday present
  • Skinny Jeans – H&M
  • Skull Slip-On Shoes – Payless Shoe Source Sz. 5

I sort of wish I actually entered Ryu in G.A.P’s search for models. I was thinking of entering him, but for some reason I was waiting on these pictures, and it completely slipped my mind to enter him. It’s alright there will be new opportunities for Ryu in the future. I’m just glad my little man is enjoying himself when he takes pictures and that it comes natural to him.