Our Little Angel At 12 Weeks

Our little bubba is now 12 weeks and 3 days old. How fast time flies! We have to wait until the 20th week to know the gender but we are praying it will be a baby girl. Everyone we know hopes for a baby girl too. I can never be more excited.

Last time we went for my prenatal checkup, my OB tried to listen to the baby’s heartbeat using the doppler but we can’t hear it. She said it was probably too early to detect the heartbeat so she did a quick pelvic ultrasound just to make sure that the baby is okay and is alive. The baby was sleeping so we can’t really see any movement. My OB tried to prod my abdomen gently and the baby moved a little. What a relief to find out it’s okay.

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According to Babycenter.com, at this age, the baby is already the size of a lime. Great improvement. Last week, it was just the size of a brussel sprout. It weighs about half an ounce and measures around a little over 2 inches. It is looking more human every week. It got reflexes now. The eyes have moved from the sides to the front of the head. The ears are now in place as well.

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As for me, I am beginning to feel morning sickness. I know it’s late since I am already about to start my second trimester. I haven’t had any morning sickness during my first trimester so I must be a late bloomer! Heartburn has become more and more intense now. And talk about frequent trip to the bathroom especially early in the morning!

I have no particular craving for food but I want cold drinks always. It’s hard to pin this down to pregnancy since it is full Summer here so I am thinking I will still crave for cold drinks even if I am not pregnant.

My tummy is getting bigger now. I am running out of clothes that fit me.

My family has been nothing but very supportive and helpful at this stage. I thank the Lord for the gift of family to help me get through this exciting but scary journey.

 

5th Week – Pregnancy Surprise

What a surprise when I found out I was expecting last Feb 28. I had a one day spotting on February and as I realized it was already the end of the month, I was scared I might have some sort of physical illness so I planned to get checked the next day. I told my husband maybe I should do a pregnancy test first to rule out pregnancy from my reasons of missed period. We were totally not expecting pregnancy because after 14 years, who would have thought this will be a possibility?

So I took the pregnancy test almost a hundred percent sure it will be negative but to my surprise, it was positive! I was shocked and didn’t know what to say. Equally shocked was my husband, my son, and the rest of my family! I think I’m too old to still get pregnant. I am 35 and God has a surprising way of putting me on the last trip to motherhood.

So to confirm the result, we went to 2 Ob-gynes. Yes, I really wanted to make sure. I had 2 ultrasounds too which I realized may not be good for the baby but what’s done has been done. Anyway, here is the image of the ultrasound I had.img_6484

The baby is not yet visible as it is too early. On my first ultrasound, I was told that there was no baby yet, it was just the amniotic sac. The second ultrasound I had was transvaginal and I think it showed clearer result. The little white spot inside the black circle is apparently the tiny heartbeat of the baby. It was too early to actually see something.

From the ultrasound, it was determined that I am on the fifth week of pregnancy. I haven’t had any major discomfort. I feel a little sick in the morning, like I have a fever or stuffed nose but apart from that there is nothing major discomfort that I feel.

I was asked to take folic acid and hormone replacement supplement which I always forget to take. Perhaps this is one of the effects of pregnancy, I am more forgetful now.

I was also asked to drink pregnancy milk which is such a pain to take. I don’t like the taste but hey, I have to do it, right?

I don’t have any food cravings but my son was craving for pasta yesterday. Is it possible that he’s the one craving for me? I remember when I was pregnant with my son, my husband was the one craving for food and not me. It’s an old wives tale that if you walk over someone during pregnancy, that person will be the one craving and not you. I know there is no logic to it but who knows? LOL

This has all been a surprise to me and I hope to document my journey to help expectant mothers too. We can all learn from each other.

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!

Ways To Pacify Your Finicky Baby

It’s a thrilling experience when you hear your baby crying for the first time. But that thrill can easily be a cause of concern and frustration as weeks go by.

The best thing that you can do is to stay calm. Keep in mind that if your stress level heightens, it also increases your baby’s. Thus, by remaining calm, your baby might just follow suit.

Here are some ways to comfort your crying baby. It takes a few tries. However, with patience and practice, you’ll know what works for him and what doesn’t.

Check Diaper

A soiled diaper is one of the reasons your baby is fussy. Even if you’ve changed it recently, you may want to check it again. Before trying other calming methods, check it first and adjust it as needed.

Check Baby’s Body Temperature

Feel the baby’s neck if he’s too hot or cold. Remove or add clothes accordingly. To be sure, take his temperature using a thermometer. If he has a fever, consult his pediatrician right away.

Play a Calming sound

It can be a sound that reminds him of being inside your womb. A white noise device is a good idea. If you don’t have one, try the humming sound of an electric fan.

You may also walk him in a body carrier or rock her. Calming motions will remind your baby of the movements he felt while he was still in the womb.

Feed Your Baby

Most babies do cry when they’re hungry. Track his feeding times. Look for some signs of hunger, like he puts his fists to his mouth or lip-smacking. If he shows signs of hunger, try offering him breast milk to soothe your little one.

But don’t overfeed your baby as it can make him uncomfortable. Wait at least two hours from the beginning of one feeding to the next.

You may offer a pacifier if it’s not yet time to feed him. He may also suck his thumb or finger. Most babies will calm down by sucking.

Wearing of teething necklaces by Baltic Wonder may also help. Parents find a positive change in their baby’s mood when their kids are wearing these necklaces. They seem less fussy.

Ease Gas Pain

If he cries after you fed him, the crying might be the result of a gas bubble. Ease the gas pain by patting his back or bending his knees to his chest. It’s also helpful if you rub his back while he lies on your lap.

Decrease External Stimulation

Some babies cry because of the many things going on in their minds. You may turn off the light or remove his toys to ease his crying. Reducing noise levels will also help him calm down.

Wrap Your Baby

Another way to calm him down is to wrap him tightly in a warm but soft blanket. Some babies don’t realize that the arms they see are their own so they are frightened by them. Wrapping them may help ease any discomfort.

Give Him a Bath

Warm water can offer a lot of calming benefits. In the tub, add a few drops of lavender to help further him relax. The lavender oil may also assist in easing your tension. Thus, hop in the bath tub with your little one.

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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Along the way I saw this:img_6377

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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!

Summer Kuwentos

Happy Thursday my loves…

It’s been a month since Summer has officially kicked in but I haven’t been truly maximizing it yet. First, I’ve got loads of work piled up. Second, it’s just too hot to plan anything outdoor. Third, it’s not cheap to go out.

But it’s not zero activity naman for the family. There are also a bit of activities here and there that we did and hopefully the kids enjoyed. The idea here is not really to make the activity so lavish but to make it extra memorable. We are creating memories here and not just killing time right? Anyway, here are some of our summer kuwentos (stories):

La Edley Swimming

Few days before Holy Week, we went swimming with the kids. It was a quick one, perhaps a couple of hours only. We went to La Edley Resort. We intentionally went there before the Holy Week because we know that resorts or pools for this matter, can actually become too crowded during Holy Week. As in kadiri na sometimes to dip because the water has already magically turned to opaque instead of the usual transparent. The day we went swimming, it was raining. Not that hard naman but hard enough for Mom and our baby to stay in the cottage. We don’t want the baby to get sick. She’s only like a little below a year, so ingat ingat din.

Casa Mamita Island Hopping

We went to Casa Mamita, a resort in Badian, Oas. What’s super kaloka here is the travel time. Oas is supposed to be an hour trip from Legazpi only but Badian is located at the end of the world. At least it feels like that. Endless road is all that we see. Couple and a half hours after, we finally reached the resort. We actually found this resort on Facebook. I must say, it is overrated. As in!

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We were a group of 15 people. We were accommodated in a villa with 2 beds and 2 spare single mattresses. Hello!!!! 15 kami teh! After talking to the staff, we were given another 2 single mattresses. Not that bad anymore as we have kids naman with us so they won’t be using a lot of space in the bed anyway. There was like an attic there and that is where they put the extra mattresses. Scary because we have to sleep there and the floor was only made from a thin plywood. I am not that confident it can carry our weight. But it did!

Did we enjoy our stay? 50% we did. We went island hopping, sunrise is a fantastic view, and we also went night swimming at their infinity pool. The staff are accommodating and they go out of their way to make sure that we are okay. So why 50% only? Because the other 50% is a failure. And it is because of the accommodation which is not that clean, we ran out of water just as we are about to shower after our night swimming, and the food is pangmaharlika. Imagine pansit na almost half a kilo cost 900 pesos! OVER!

 

Sumlang Lake

There is also a lake popularized by Facebook today. It is Sumlang Lake in Camalig, Albay. We went there last week. It was okay and the view is amazing; however, we probably went there too early as it was super hot that time. I think the perfect time to be there is around 4pm. The sunset view I imagine to be breathtaking. In Sumlang Lake, you can stay in one of the floating cottages. For one hour, the charge is 200 pesos. Not that bad at all. But because it was too hot when we were there (around 2:30pm), we were literally begging for the staff to take us back to the land!

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These are some of the things we have done so far. I am hoping we can do more before Summer ends. I’ll make kwento when that happens 🙂

The Joy Of Parenting Teens

Some parents consider parenting teens as a challenge. But the truth is it’s not. Teens bring joy to parents’ lives. Parenting teens is actually a joyful experience. You may ask why?

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Here are the reasons why:

* Teens are someone you can easily relate to. You have been a teen once in your life as well so you know what they are going through. It is easy for parents to relate to their teens’ concerns because they have already experienced what their teens have experienced.

* As long as there is open communication, you can be bestfriends with your teen child. It is amazing how many things under the sun can you talk about all day long.

* You will have a mate for life. Teens are friends who will never ever leave you. You already have a child and you have a best mate as well.

See, parenting teens is actually a joyful experience.

Let’s Talk About Brushing

A very important aspect in achieving overall wellness is to have healthy gum and teeth. To achieve this, you need to have a healthy diet and do regular brushing and flossing.

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Diet that is high in sucrose and starch leads to tooth decay. When it comes to fruits, choose the fresh ones because dried ones has high sugar content. When it comes to oral health, be wise in choosing the food that you eat.

Regular brushing is extremely important to prevent cavities and dental caries. There are times when bacteria lurk on the tightest spaces between the teeth. Flossing will help deal with these bacteria.

Remember, don’t lose your teeth over bacteria. Always keep your gum and teeth healthy.

Christmas Countdown – For Kids Only?

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When I was a kid, I always look forward to the “ber” months because they signify that the Christmas season is just around the corner. Christmas is the happiest time of the year for me. In fact, I enjoy it more than my birthday. I just feel that people are at their best during the Christmas season. Everyone seems to be trying so hard to be the nicest person in the whole planet.

As Christmas is nearly approaching, I come to realize that as we grow older, we tend to be more lax when it comes to the Christmas season. For a lot of adults I know, Christmas is just another day of the 365 days we have in a year. The excitement is no longer at its peak.

Well, this is not the case at home. My son is excited for all the gifts that he is surely going to get for Christmas. He is also excited for the food that seems to overflow during this season. More importantly, he is so excited to have the long awaited Christmas break from school. Come on, who doesn’t look forward to a long vacation? I surely did when I was a student. If you can see the excitement in my son’s eyes, you will be surprised at how such a little boy can contain that much excitement. He does the Christmas countdown every year – never fails.

But guess what? I am an adult and yet, I have the same level of excitement as my son. We don’t have the same things that we look forward to, but we’re both very excited for the Christmas season. While he is excited to receive gifts, I am excited to give him gifts. Parents can relate to me when I say that there is nothing more satisfying in this world than to see your child overflow with joy and happiness and you are part of it. While he is excited to binge, I am excited to cook. I plan my Christmas menu ahead of time. While he is excited to take a break from school, I am excited to spend time with him at home. Being a “work from home” mom, I am blessed that even though I have to work through the holidays, I still get to spend time with my son at home.

See? Christmas countdown is not just for kids. It is for everyone. It is for mommies like me too. So how many days more before Christmas? I am excited!

 

It’s School Break

It’s that time of the year again. This week is the most awaited school break. To kickstart the week, what about a nice desert for my little man?  
  

It just feels so good not worrying about waking up early in the morning. What a relief…
Well I want to do something special before school break is over, any ideas?