Tuesday, September 10, 2019

This Great New Diaper in the Market Called Ultra Fresh

When I am amazed by something, I tend to follow it up with the question, "What sorcery is this?" And so when I let my baby girl number two use the Ultra Fresh diaper to sleep one night, I woke up in the morning with the question, "What sorcery is this?!?"

A good friend of mine introduced me to Ultra Fresh founder, Siosan Te Baysa, who did a demo on the diaper for me to see. You know how they do it in those commercials where they have a glass of water and they pour it all over the product to show how super absorbent it is? Except she did it right in front of me and I got to feel how dry it was after pouring two glasses of water into the size small diaper.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Little Help from Iba Kami Home, Inc.

We all know how difficult it is to find help that we can trust into our homes these days. I’ve heard of stories where money gets lost, kids are mistreated, or the help asks for permission to go on vacation and never comes back, to name a few incidents. We have been lucky with the two we have, who have both been with my husband’s family for many years. And so my husband and I have been reluctant to hire a third person into our household, especially since we have a new baby.

Photo from Iba Kami Home Inc. Facebook Page

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Very Fruitful Visit from Nanay Rich

Breastfeeding during the first few weeks was never easy for me. I was lucky with my first born because she was such a natural latcher. After the learning curve of latching her correctly, establishing my milk supply, and toughening up my nipples, we were good to go in just two weeks.

My second born is a different story. She falls under the category of barracuda feeder. Especially when she is very hungry, she latches on vociferously causing my nipples to crack and become wounded. While she latched on to my right breast just fine, it was different for the left that I had reached the point where I would be afraid to let her latch because of toe-curling pain. I would, instead, collect the milk with a milk collector (only latching her occasionally) which meant there was liquid gold left behind clogging the ducts, adding to the pain.

I sent a message to a friend who is a breastfeeding advocate and she recommended I get the help of a lactation counselor by the name of Nanay Rich Talle. I am so so so glad I called her up. She helped me big time!

I recounted to Nanay Rich my story and she seemed very calm about it. She taught me the different positions in which I can let my baby feed and explained how each position drains different milk ducts more effectively. She taught me how to properly latch and unlatch my baby girl. It feels a world of difference to be able to breastfeed without the shooting pains, and how liberating it feels to be able to latch your baby without being afraid of getting hurt.

The best part was the lactation massage. There was a fine line between relief and pain. One of the reasons why feeding was painful was because I had a lot of clogged ducts already which made my areolas hard. She massaged and unclogged every single area of my breasts and nipples until I was literally squirting out milk. And lo and behold, my baby girl was latching and drinking so easily and effortlessly that she got so full and went right to sleep.

Thank God for Nanay Rich! I was ready to quit because of the pain. But she brought a whole new light and joy to feeding my barracuda easily, effortlessly, and painlessly. My baby girl is suddenly drinking more and sleeping a little longer.

For new moms who need help breastfeeding and would like to contact Nanay Rich Talle, please pm me for details. I promise you, a visit from her is so worth it and she will change your life.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Normal Delivery vs. C-Section

Whenever people would ask me the question, “how are you giving birth?”, my answer would always be, “normal, not natural!” That’s because I am terrified of giving birth without any epidural, and I really do not want to be cut open.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

How I Got Through My First Trimester

My first pregnancy was easy. I was proud to be one of the few women who didn't experience first trimester symptoms. But I wasn't so lucky this second time around. I had every symptom in the book (morning sickness that would last til evening, nausea, vomiting, smell and food aversions, constipation, you name it) and it was simply horrible. I just felt miserable everyday. Fortunately, I had awesome support groups in the form of mommy friends and healing arts practitioners to help me through it.

I would like to share with you some of the things I did. Hopefully, it may work for you too.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Motherhood, Take Two

It’s been a long time since I last updated my blog. What happened? I got pregnant with my second! Just like how people are all different, so is every pregnancy.

I’ve heard it said by many moms that every pregnancy is different. I just never expected myself to be one who would experience that.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

From Tantrum Two to Testing Three

Before I had a child, whenever I meet sweet toddlers for the first time and let their parents know how wonderful their child is, they always say, "You don't know terrible two!"

This Great New Diaper in the Market Called Ultra Fresh

When I am amazed by something, I tend to follow it up with the question, "What sorcery is this?" And so when I let my baby girl n...