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.

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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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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.