Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Date with Hubby

The face I miss so much when we go out.
During the baby’s first few weeks home, she was all that was in my mind. She became my world and my life. My every waking hour was determined by her schedule. I woke up to breastfeed her. And when she was asleep, well, that was my cue to go to the bathroom, watch some of the shows I follow, or get some shut-eye. Those moments wherein she would be awake, but not crying or hungry, were the best moments, so I spent them photographing her every expression, yawn, stretch, and whatever it was she could already do.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Let Me Wear You, Baby

Carrying a baby is one of the best feelings in the world. There is that feeling of warmth and love you give as well as get from the baby, whether the little one is a newborn or a child of three. But one of the most convenient things I learned from other moms is to wear them.

Before I learned properly use the sling
When I was still pregnant, I didn’t quite understand why my mommy friends were crazy about the different kinds of baby carriers and slings. When I gave birth, my sister-in-law gave me a ring sling. She said it would make life easier. But when I first put my then two week old in the ring sling, I had no idea how to use it. I felt like she was going to fall off. I needed to hold on to the baby in the sling and I thought that this was just a way to make her feel lighter (not that she was heavy). But after going to my doctor for a checkup, she taught me the proper way to use the sling. I felt so liberated. I never thought I could carry a newborn baby around hands-free.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mommy Cow

After getting past our struggles with establishing our feeding pattern (breast feed first then top up with formula) I was elated when I realized that my milk was really finally starting to come in. I was leaking and I now always had to put on breast pads* to keep from soaking my shirt. While feeding my baby girl on one breast, I would feel the other one filling up with this precious liquid gold. This got me excited to start storing milk in our freezer for a rainy day.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Mustela Picks

"Change Chichi's diaper!"
There are tons of baby products out in the market and when I would ask other moms what their favorites for their babies were, many would say Mustela. And I completely understand what there is to love. They have a full range of products from baby shampoo, body bath, face and body moisturisers to name a few that are very gentle on the newborn skin. While we use almost all of their products, our staples are the Physiobébé and Vitamin Barrier Cream.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Human Pacifier

Drunk on Mommy's milk
In the days that followed my first week of breastfeeding struggles*, I noticed that my little one went from a newborn who just wanted to sleep to a baby who wanted to eat all the time. She was breastfeeding from either side every 30 minutes and refused to be put down in her crib or the co-sleeper on our bed. She would only calm down when she was on my chest. I really didn’t want her to cry anymore because I was perpetually tired. I wanted to get some rest while she slept, but it seems that wasn’t going to happen.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Prepared Childbirth with Chiqui Brosas

Months before giving birth, I highly recommend taking a birthing class. There are a lot of things you can learn from books and articles, but the bulk of what my husband and I needed to know about giving birth and hospital procedures we learned from a birthing class.

There are many classes available in the metro, but we opted to take the class of Chiqui Brosas at The Parenting Emporium in New Manila back in August 2015.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Baby Blues

In the first few weeks of taking the baby home, I noticed some major changes in myself. The good was that I could lie down without feeling any back pain or discomfort and I was suddenly so flexible again. I could actually see my toes and I could walk without having to wobble like a penguin. The bad, well, I was always crying for no reason. 

Having a baby was the biggest blessing we could ever have. Having a cute and healthy one was icing on the cake. And yet I couldn’t help crying over spilled milk (figuratively and literally), be angry at everyone else around me (except for my husband and baby), despise the taste of food, and micro manage everything down to what serving plate to put the food in. I was so happy to be snapping photos of my beautiful newborn one minute then extremely irritable the next. It didn’t help that my husband had to leave during the day to attend a class that was required of him, so I was left alone with my thoughts when the baby was asleep.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fed is Best (Breastfeeding Part 2)

Cecilia using my old baby bed sheet and swaddle
During our first few days home with our newborn baby girl I always had the question “What am I going to do next?” going on in my head. Our doctor said that she needed to be fed every two to three hours. That meant having to wake her up when it was time to feed her, which really didn’t make sense to me.

Being a first time mom I did everything the doctor told me without question. I thought it made more sense to feed the baby on demand because my baby girl seemed to prefer to just sleep. If I didn’t wake her up to feed she could actually sleep through the night, which meant more sleep for me too. But we learned later on that, because a baby’s stomach is very small (around the size of a ping pong ball), they digest very quickly and would need to feed frequently

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...