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The Now Ever So Popular…Gender Reveal!

I’m seeing more and more people jump on the gender reveal trend and I have to say, I LOVE this idea. People are always excited to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl…and why not do it in a fun way?! When I was still pregnant, I didn’t see anyone on island doing gender reveals, but was reading about how this trend was picking up in other countries.  As a hobby baker, I decided I would make my very own gender reveal cake, and with lots of posts on facebook, I was hoping this was a trend that would pick up on island.  Needless to say, it has and I’ve now seen more parents-to-be opting for this cool trend!

Personally I love the concept of using a baked goodie – cake, cupcakes or even cookies to reveal your little one’s gender.  This is for obvious reasons – I LOVE to bake! Gender Reveal cakes are a fun way for the parents-to-be, extended family and friends to find out what gender the baby (or babies) are! Traditionally, the ultrasound results are delivered to the baker, who will bake a pink or blue cake and ice it in a very gender neutral way.  The only way to find out what gender baby is – is to slice the cake!  It’s a fun surprise for everyone involved.  I was a little unconventional because I was my own baker.  So when we did our gender reveal, my husband and I knew the results but we waited for a few days and announced the big reveal at a family gathering. 

It was so much fun to experience all of the Old Wives Tales, having people feel the baby bump, inspect the shape, ask about cravings and other pregnancy things to figure out if they could accurately guess what gender this baby is!

I LOVE Bee themed baby shower ideas and thought it would be fun to do a bee themed gender reveal cake.  This is the cake I made:

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And by now everyone knows the result of this reveal…as a slice inside of the cake revealed that Cheeks is a GIRL!

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Everytime I find out that a friend or family member is expecting, I encourage them to do a gender reveal, if for no other reason than the amount of fun it is for all involved.  Baked goodies (as I mentioned before) is my favourite way to do a gender reveal but I’ve seen some really brilliant ideas out on blogs, websites and other social media.  These include:

  • Having pink or blue balloons placed in a box, and the parents-to-be open the box and whatever colour balloons fly out, you know what baby is.
  • Playing a “boy” vs. a “girl” song for family and friends to reveal baby’s gender.
  • Placing pink or blue confetti in balloons or a pinata – pop it open to see what baby is expected to be.
  • Parents-to-be are given a present, based on what is inside the present (pink vs. blue onesie, hair bow vs. bow tie etc.) they know if a boy or girl is on the way.
  • Painting party – pop open the can of paint to have a paint fight, and whatever colour the paint is, is the expected gender.
  • Putting a hair bow or a bow tie on the baby’s ultrasound picture and present it in a gender neutral envelope.

Those are just a few of the very cool, and in some cases, quirky gender reveals I’ve come across.  Pregnancy had lots of fun experiences for me…and the gender reveal was just the first of many celebrations that we’ve had for and with our daughter. Treasure each memory and moment!  Until next time…

Cayman Mummy

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Pandora – Cayman Style!

There are lots of trends that come and go but for me and so many of my friends who are mothers, there is one trend that looks like it’s here to stay…Pandora Charm Jewelry. I LOVE my Pandora charms – and honestly, everyone I know that has one loves them too. What’s not to like? And gift giving is a cinch when you’re dealing with a Pandora gal! (Hint, hint for the men out there)

I have a dear friend who is a local jewelry maker, Ms Launa Green. She makes the most gorgeous accessories from Caymanite, which is a semi-precious stone found only in the Cayman Islands. Caymanite comes in different colours but it is almost always streaked with shades of creams, browns and greys. She also makes jewelry from conch and whelk shells too. So when Ms Launa showed me her latest creations, I immediately placed my order for Pandora charms in Caymanite, conch shell and whelk shell.

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Did I say how much I LOVE my new charms?! Here are some closer pics…

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Whelk Shell Charm

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Conch Shell Charm

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Caymanite Charm

Shop local and support this Caymanian artisan – not only are her prices reasonable but her craftmanship is out of this world. Besides – what Cayman Mummy Pandora collection would be complete without a little piece of stone or shell from Cayman?!

Cheers!

Cayman Mummy

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What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding BEFORE Becoming A Mum!

One of the biggest challenges new mummies face is feeding…are you going to breastfeed? Formula feed? Both? Neither? (You’d be surprised how many babies out there are being fed cow’s milk, powdered milk, juices etc instead of proper baby formula or breast milk!!)

For me, the choice was breastfeeding. But there were some unexpected hiccups along the way that came with my naïveté. I read and was told that initially breastfeeding would be slightly uncomfortable but that it becomes easier. So in my head, I would stick my darling daughter on my breast, produce a dairy truck worth of breast milk to freeze and la-de-da I’m the perfect breastfeeding machine. Yeah, it didn’t quite work out that way! Here are the top 5 things I wish someone told me about breastfeeding:
1.) It hurts like hell initially…to me, it was worse than delivery and I delivered my daughter naturally.
2.) Establishing a proper latch is super hard!
3.) You will never experience hunger and thirst like what you will experience those first few days of breastfeeding. (If you are pregnant and are reading this…pack snacks – lots of them!)
4.) Breastmilk is absorbed more quickly by your baby so he/she will become hungry more frequently (which means you will be up feeding your baby more than you realize)!
5.) Have breast pads….lots and lots and lots of breast pads. Not the thin ones from the supermarkets – the heavy duty ones! I found the Avent, Lasinoh and Medela brands to be the best.

If you’re a new breastfeeding mummy or about to become one these are the top 5 things that got me through those rough first weeks.

1.) Seek help! The midwives at the hospital were helpful but not as detailed as I needed. I received handouts but again, not as specific as I needed. I went for the big guns – a lactation consultant (LC). My initial LC was on maternity leave like me but referred me to an amazing LC – Rebecca at the Children’s Clinic. I left there feeling better about myself and ready to tackle breastfeeding head on. Thankfully I went to see her when baby girl was 5 days old. There is also a lovely group of ladies who volunteer with the Cayman Islands Breastfeeding Support Group. You can call or email them and they are happy to help with whatever breastfeeding hiccup you’ve encountered, so if you feel things aren’t right – get help ASAP!

2. Get Rid Of Guilt! Breastfeeding is never easy but it comes easier to some than others. During those first few weeks I supplemented 1-2 feeds a day with formula. I felt guilty about it then, but then I realized – my baby needs to eat! A happy mother has a happy baby and allowing hubby to feed baby while I slept an extra couple of hours made me much happier! Baby girl became exclusively breastfed by the time she was 7 weeks but we still keep a can of formula on hand – just in case there isn’t anything pumped and I’m not around.

3. Get A Cheer Squad! There are times that make you want to throw in the towel, but having that cheer squad can give you the strength you need to persevere. Even if you facebook about it…you’ll be surprised how many people will root you on – it helps!!!

4. Make Friends With Breastfeeding Mummies! They have either gone through it or are going through it. It helps to chat with them and know you’re not alone in this breastfeeding journey!

5.) Eat, Drink and Be Merry! You still need to fuel your body to produce adequate milk that’s healthy and nutrient rich for your baby – so drink lots of fluids and eat up! Keep in mind that some foods and drinks that you think are healthy may negatively affect your supply. For example, I am an avid tea drinker so I was drinking 2 cups of mint tea a day and was struggling with keeping up my supply after I returned to work. I later found out that peppermint tea can dry up your milk, so I’ve now switched to nettles tea – problem solved! (PS – I adore the Nettle With A Twist tea from Tea Time in Cayman -it’s light, refreshing, delicious and Nettles tea is fantastic for milk production!)

I’ve had friends who’ve struggled with breastfeeding – some with poor supply and some with latch issues that they couldn’t get over. They had to resort to formula feeding – and guess what? Their babies are healthy and thriving as well. We live in a stressful world and unfortunately more and more mothers are struggling with breastfeeding. My advice to those mothers – please don’t feel guilty. You have to feed your baby and that’s why formula was created – to nourish your baby if for some reason you aren’t able to. However, for those who can get over the initial struggles of breastfeeding, you’ll find it to be a rewarding life experience that you won’t regret!

Happy Feeding All!

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Welcome to the Musings of a New Mummy!

Welcome to my brand new blog on motherhood in the Cayman Islands. As a new Mummy (just shy of 20 weeks on this motherhood adventure!!) I keep trying to balance what the books, the doctors, family, friends, and strangers off the street say about raising my baby girl – it’s been quite an experience so far and I’ve figured out this much…do what works for you! So as I go through this new life adventure I invite you to join in with me – I hope you find my musings enjoyable and that it can help you along your journey into motherhood too!

Cheers!

Cayman Mummy