How to Prepare for the Arrival of Your Newborn

When it comes to your newborn baby, even before they arrive you’re ready to do anything for them. The excitement of having your child will be overwhelming and you should be able to enjoy it as much as possible!

That’s why we’re going to help you prepare for the arrival of your newborn. This way, you’ll be ready when they come and instead of scrambling to get prepared, you can enjoy this precious time with your little one!

Understand Maternity and Paternity Leave

When it comes to maternity and paternity leave, laws vary from state to state. It’s important to make sure that you understand what you’re entitled to where you live when it comes to maternity and paternity leaves. You can be given several weeks of paid leave and sometimes longer. First time parents often get 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Whether your leave will be fully paid, partially paid, or unpaid and the length of time you’re given varies depending on where you live and some specific circumstances. Be sure to understand what you’re allowed and how it will work for you!

Lots of Poop

While you’ve been warned about how much of a mess your baby will be, nothing will prepare you for the mountains of poop that arrive with your baby. For such a small human, it’s actually pretty astonishing.

There are ways of getting ready for this before the baby arrives. This will help you keep your home less of a mess and much less stinky!

You’ll definitely want to stock up on diapers before they come so you’re ready. However, some babies are big and may skip the smallest sizes of diapers. Others will grow fast and grow out of a size fast. You don’t want to be stuck with diapers that won’t be used, so try to be conservative when stocking up on diapers as you don’t know what will fit properly (or for how long).

Another must-have is a diaper pail. These handy contraptions keep your baby’s waste in one place and help to control the odor effectively. This lets you get rid of odor problems more efficiently and make sure that it isn’t stuck in your home!

Budgeting and Expenses

There is no arguing that a baby costs a large sum of money. It’s important to consider the added expenses for when the baby arrives – including clothes, food, supplies, and extra gear – and prepare for them ahead of time. By planning ahead of time and knowing what to expect will help you budget properly for life with your new baby.

It will inevitably take some balancing and adjustments, as this is a big responsibility and huge burden. However, if you plan ahead, start early, and budget right, you’ll be prepared for the baby before it arrives!

By taking some steps to get ready before the arrival, you should be prepared and able to handle anything that comes your way. Don’t panic; breathe and keep pushing forward. Hopefully, preparing early will let you spend more time enjoying your child!

I Have An Awesome Lawyer!

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In the Philippines (and I believe in many parts of the world), an accused without any financial means to hire a lawyer is given a public lawyer free of charge. This is the provision of the law that ensures everyone gets a fair trial and judgment for their case.

We are all sinners. No one can boastfully say that he is of no blemish. If we are to be judged, we are all guilty. And you know what the Bible says about the punishment for our sin – death.

But I am not afraid anymore. Why? Because I have an awesome lawyer. I can’t defend myself before the Father.No family or friend can ever defend me. But there is one – of no blemish – who is willing to defend me before the Father. He says I am acquitted because He has already paid for my sin. He says I am free because he already bore what I should have endured. He says I am His because He has bought my life with His own blood. How lucky am I? And how lucky everyone who accept His free defense offer will be.

I have an awesome lawyer who has victory in all the cases he handles! This was part of the discussion that we had last night during our family devotion. Having the time to talk about God and His goodness strengthens our relationship with the Lord and at the same it tightens our relationship with each other as a family. It is a good thing that I see my son participating in the discussion. As a parent, there is nothing more that I desire than to see my son living a life that glorifies the Lord. As a pilgrim in this world, I want to leave a legacy to him and that is a life that serves the Lord.

We have started our family devotions recently and I must say that it is a good thing that we did especially nowadays when the temptations of the world get stronger every day. Studying the Word helps us fight these temptations.

How about you my loves, have you ever consider having a family devotion?

 

I’d Rather Have Few Friends

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Contrary to what other people may think, I don’t have a lot of friends. Yes I have quite a handful of people in my circle but I wouldn’t really consider them as my friends. Acquaintances maybe, but not friends.

Last night’s devotion with the family involved the story of Jonathan and David. In the Bible, their friendship is ideal. When Jonathan helped David escape the wrath of Saul, it was genuine friendship that urged him to. I don’t have a lot of Jonathan in my life. I know of only a few people who would go beyond their comfort zone to help me. There are a lot of people who would be happy to laugh with me but not a lot would cry with me.

As we were discussing, I told my son to choose his friends wisely. I asked him to pray for the gift of discernment so he will know who his real friends are and who are hiding behind fake smiles. There are a lot of users in this world and without the gift of discernment, it is just so easy for us to fall prey to their sweet lies.

I’d rather have a few true friends than to have heaps of fake friends. And this is what I want my son to do as well. One true friend is better than a thousand fake ones.

 

Lignon Hill Hike

Because of the “Palarong Bicol”, my son has 2 weeks rest from school. How awesome! The truth is, it was actually me who was too happy for the 2 weeks break from waking up early. We planned a hike to Lignon Hill to try their “Hanging Bridge” and “Zip Line”. I want the kids to get out of the house even for a few hours and take a break from their 12 hours bonding with their phones.

“Ligñon Hill is a prominent hill in the city of Legazpi, some 3 kilometers west of its downtown port area in Albay, Philippines. The summit rises to about 512 feet (156 meters), overlooking the Mayon Volcano to the northwest and the entire city and Albay Gulf to the east. The whole site is managed by the city and provincial government, and has been designated as a Nature Park.

Ligñon Hill is a prehistoric cinder cone near the foot of Mayon, some 12 kilometers south-southeast of the volcano’s summit. It is mainly composed of dolerite and basaltic volcanic rocks. Except for Mayon Volcano, it is the highest point in the city situated next to the Legazpi Airport in barangay 41 (Bogtong) near the city’s border with the municipality of Daraga. It hosts the Mayon Volcano Observatory, the central monitoring station of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology built in 1989.” (Wikipedia)

This is the entrance to the park.

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This is the hardest part of the trip, going up the steep road. Here are my sisters and nieces on the first part of the long and winding road. They don’t look tired yet, but a few minutes later…haggardness to the highest level!

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This is the stairs leading to the Japanese tunnel. We didn’t dare because it looks scary!

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The zip line. I am afraid of heights and so is my husband but my son was insisting he do it. Being the overprotective mom that I am, I spoiled the thrill for him 😦

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My boy convincing me to allow him to do the zip line activity….NO WAY!img_6404

Here is the husband all prepped up for zip lining but backed out when he saw how high it was!img_6383

Over all it was a good bonding activity. Connecting with nature and stretching those muscles!

On Foods And Self Image

Who doesn’t love food? But lately I’ve been scared of food because I feel like I have doubled in size the last few years. Okay, I’m exaggerating but when people see me, all they notice is how I gained weight. They didn’t even notice I recently had my eyelashes done or that I had my hair cut! Bitter ako mga ateng!

If you don’t know yet, I work from home and contrary to what other people may think of, working from home is more stressful than working in a regular workplace. Why? First, I have to work double time because my boss counts my output and not my time. Second, I have no social life. Third, I always take my work home (huh? Remember when people use to say that leave your work at the office, don’t take them home so you will not get stressed? Well, since my work is at home, how can I ****ing leave it at the office? Right?)

I love eating! It’s my stress reliever. Whenever I feel worn out, I eat. Whenever I feel stressed, I eat. Whenever I feel down, I eat. Gosh, I even eat when I’m happy. Basically I eat all the time! Jeskelerd! (Note to self: At nagreklamo ka talaga ng taba sa lagay na yan teh?)

Who can resist these?

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Okay, so pano ko iiwasan ang pagtaba ngayon? Sabihin niyo nga sa akin?

Apparently, gaining weight and constantly being called out for it is not good for my self esteem. Heck, it is not good for anyone’s self esteem! But the truth is I don’t really feel offended when someone tells me I’m fat (ouch!). Actually, it is a good eye opener to start realizing how important it is to keep our body healthy. I don’t just look at weight as a measure of one’s physical appeal, I look at it as a measure of one’s health. The more I gain weight, the more I become a target for health issues.

So do I refrain from eating? Hell, no! I still eat what I want but now I am teaching myself to control a bit especially on sodas and junk foods. I tend to eat more fruits too. I may or may not lose weight by doing this but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am starting to eat healthy and this is my first step. As Lao Tzu said, the journey to a thousand miles begins with the first step.

 

 

 

Back To The Grind

Hello my loves…

I know I’ve been so slack in updating this blog. It’s partly because I have become too busy juggling work with mommy and wife duties but mostly because I was lazy. It’s 2017 and just like that, it’s already February. How quick time flies, right? One day I was just preparing for our “media noche” (a thanksgiving meal on the eve of Dec 31 to welcome the New Year) and the next thing I know, one month has already passed. Where did January go?

For this year, I have decided to be more active with blogging. I was inspired by the mommy blogs that I follow and religiously check every day (psycho alert!!!). But I couldn’t help myself. I just got so hooked with these mommies and I feel like I will miss a lot if I don’t get to check their blogs daily. I know, I’m such a loyal fan. Anyway, just to feed your curiosity, these blogs are MommyFleur, Chuvaness and She Did It Anyway.

So I’m back to the grind and I will be more visible. There are a lot of backlog stories that I have not told you. I’ve been through the darkest moments of my life these past few months and I have seen better days too. I’m excited to make kuwento so watch out for more regular posts from me.

Signs Your Partner Is Falling Out Of Love

If you are in doubt that your partner is already falling out of love, chances are you are right. There are just so many telltale signs that will help you verify the issue at hand but I will give you the most obvious ones.

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  • Lack of communication. If your conversation has become limited to “have you eaten”, “are the kids okay”, “what’s for dinner”, etc., and you don’t talk about yourselves or how your day went anymore, you are just a divorce waiting to happen. If you want to know whether your relationship is on the rocks, trust me, silence always means yes.
  • Taking you for granted. Do you feel like you’re invisible to your partner? You are physically present but for your partner, it seems that you aren’t. This is a sure sign that your existence doesn’t matter anymore. This is when you can say that love has gone cold and perhaps you have to “Let It Go” especially if the “cold” does bother you already.
  • Boredom. When things get boring, who would want to stay? If the relationship has gone boring, there is something wrong about it. Try to keep things fun between you and your partner but if you notice that he or she doesn’t want to make an effort to do so, don’t fret about it anymore. You can never force somebody to enjoy your company.
  • Love lost. This is the ultimate sign. If there are no more “I love you’s”, it’s time to pack up and leave. A relationship is not worth having or saving if there is no more love. Just go and find your happiness somewhere else.

I am not a relationship expert but these signs are guaranteed signals that your partner has gone cold and has fallen out of love.