MIA for a long time

Ok, I know I’ve been MIA from this blog for a long time. I have too much to do and too little time to start typing worthy posts.

What’s up with me and A?

A is turning 14 months this October 14. She’s learning the joys of stacking block (the most she could do is 3 cups before deciding that kicking all the blocks is way fun than stacking them). She can now walk a lot of paces and is getting a hang of running although she still falls after a few paces. I started giving her non-toxic crayons (with my supervision of course) so she can color papers. And yes, she already colored our walls but that’s ok.

I’ve been reading a lot of arts and crafts/DIY stuffs for kids that me and my baby can do and I can’t wait to try to do it with her.

I’m thinking that for my first project I will do a play-doh out of flour and see if my little bubs will have fun squishing and playing with it. I’m just not sure if it’s a wise idea to do right now since she still puts everything in her mouth. So maybe give or take a couple of months before introducing her to play-dohs right? Hmm… Well, family picture books it is then.

I also realized that it’s never wise to always say NO and to “correct” your baby all the time when she’s playing. (example of this is when your little bubs plays with spoons, cups, water, etc.) I guess with your supervision, the best way will be to explain the texture, the color, the feel, etc of a certain object to her before taking it away and giving her something else to play.

I’m not really fond of watching television but every morning before taking her bath, I let A watch educational videos (Your baby can read). I’m not sure if it’s wise to do so or will it be better to just read to her. I still read to her although lately, after reading a few lines on her books, she likes to get the book to me and “read” on her own. I encourage her to do the reading-on-her-own part because I guess it’s much better than to engage her (to no avail!) on my story telling. I guess at her age, she still lacks the focus and patience that an older kid has.

I’m also thinking of how to include A to participate in my daily tasks such as cooking, folding the laundry, cleaning, etc. Or is 14 months too early to be included in those tasks? Any suggestions?

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The excess baggage

To those few lucky ones who lost their pregnancy weight right after giving birth – congratulations. Seriously, congratulations. I’ll kiss a frog to have my body bounce back just like that.

For the majority of us women who have a hard time dealing with post pregnancy weight, well, you are not alone. I, myself want to have my post preg body back.

Unfortunately, there are some moms who got so passionate about losing the weight that they end up purging just so they can maintain their desired weight. Others became too preoccupied with their weight that they almost forgot the sweet angel that they have, leaving their chirruns to their yayas just to exercise excessively. At the end of the day, these skinny moms become too depressed to even care for their kids. They end up nourishing their egos over their children. Sad but true.

Some of you are beating yourself up for not losing the excess pounds after a few months of giving birth. One of the major reasons for this is because we are so obsess on what other people might think or say about our huge bellies and plump faces. We strive hard to lose the pounds instantly to the point of sacrificing our happiness when we eat food.

The key here is moderation. And yeah, just as long as we are happy then yes, indulge once in a while.

We should lose the pounds not because we need to please others but because we want to feel good; not because we want to fit into our old skinny jeans but because we want to be healthy.

Personally, it’s been 9 months since I gave birth but I still carry the extra 10lbs in my belly. To be fair with myself, I dont watch what I eat and I dont exercise much so I dont really have the right to bitch about having the flabs… But a girl can dream and like any other woman, I still want my post-preg body back, but I will lose it little by little. I dont have to hurry because I dont have to impress anyone but myself.

To be honest, I’ve never been really hard on myself when it comes to my body. I know I complain a lot about my tummy pouch, thunderthighs and cellulite all the time but the truth is, at the end of the day, my hubby and my baby still loves me – fatty thighs and all.

So mommies, remember, dont beat yourself up too much for not losing that extra baggage right away. We have a whole lifetime to worry about our thighs. Just take a deep breath, seat down and relax, and hug your hubbies and kids. They should mean the world to us! And as for that “spare tire” well, shrug it off, we always have tomorrow to lose them. πŸ™‚

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The day I decided to return to blogging

It’s been so long since I checked my wordpress account and to be honest, I’m not even sure what to write anymore; and for that, I’m sorry.

Things had been pretty busy for me and my baby.

Well, just an fyi, my baby is now 9mo and she’s now standing and walking with support.

I think I’ll go back to blogging again. Not only because I miss writing but also because I miss the comments I get from mommies who are experiencing the same thrills, frustrations, happiness and fullfilment that I feel.

Welcome me back to blogging. I’ll try my bes to update as much as I can. πŸ™‚

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Happy New Year!

image320277183.jpgIt’s been a while since my last entry. I’ve been really busy these past few weeks that I completely forgot to blog.

A lot has happen. My kiddo is officially a christian catholic plus she can now roll to her side and blow bubbles! Yey for the milestone!!!

Anyway, our pedia told us that it’s ok to start introducing solids to bubs. She advised us to feed bubs cereals or potatoes once a day.

Well, I dont really know if I should feed her solids this early (she’s 4 months). I read a lot of stuffs in the net that its best to wait until 6 months to avoid food allergies; however all of my niece and nephews are introduced to solids by 4 months and none of them have any allergies whatsoever.

I tried feeding her cerelac but when she cried, I stopped and I panicked.

Well, what do you guys think? When it comes to eating solids, is it best to wait until 6 months or is 4 months good enough?

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Wish List for Little Bubs

It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time for wish lists.

1. Diaper bag or baby bag or whatever it’s called. I’m thinking of buying this myself so that I can choose the design but if it’s a gift I’ll gladly accept it.

2. BPA-free bottles. It costs a lot more than the regular ones but hey! You don’t have to buy the whole line so I guess this is a reasonable request. Plus we’re tryring to eliminate all her bottles with BPA. We’re currently using Playtex Ventaire but any brand will do (except First Year’s Breastflow bottles! Review on my next entry) as long as its BPA free.

3. Cash.

4. Dress. Adriana’s size now is for 9-12months so buy a bigger size! I prefer pastel colors or brown. Nothing too flashy and hopefully not too kikay.

5. Pajama set or onesies.

6. NO STUFFED TOYS PLEASE. She has allergic rhinitis so stuff toys are a big NO-NO.

7. Toys. I prefer educational toys.

8. Story books or picture books.

9. Scrapbook.

10. Baby albums.

11. Picture frames. (When I was younger, I used to hate receiving this every Christmas party, now I love them!!!)

12. Bouncer. My bubs will love this.

13. Stroller. Big ones with safety belts and can be used until she’s old enough to run. If you have the money to buy one, why not buy one? A mom can dream…

14. Shoes. Because baby shoes are cute.

15. Gift Cheques. If you don’t know what to buy it’s good as cash.

That’s all for now.

Merry Christmas!

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Malunggay Capsules

image1656910787.jpgI’m having a hard time accepting the fact that my little bubs is having a major attitude-fest regarding nursing. She only takes my breasts at night or if she’s too drowsy to protest and this results to my supply dwindling; so to be able to “stock up”, I take malunggay capsules.

Anyway, if you guys are planning to take such capsules, I suggest you take Pro-Lacta. Pro-Lacta is cheaper than Natalac although it has a weird after taste. One mom told me that she used to take Moringgana but but didn’t work for her. So if you’re on a budget and wouldn’t mind a weird after-taste that stays in your mouth for a few minutes, then go for Pro-Lacta.

Just remember that malunggay capsules and pumps can only do so much to help your milk supply but nursing directly is still the best way to ensure you’ll have more milk to offer your babies.

Happy Nursing! πŸ™‚

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Double electric or single electric pump?

I’m having a hard time deciding what kind of pump to buy. I’ve decided to purchase a Medela pump (because of good reviews and all of their products are absolutely BPA free) eventhough it costs a lot more than Avent and Lansinoh. However, I’m still not sure which type to buy.

I’m leaning more towards electric pump over manual due to its efficiency and it consume less time.

Now I’m not sure whether I should get a double electric or a single electric and if I should buy a Medela pump in style or a Medela swing breast pump. Both have good reviews, the former gathering much more outstanding reviews but the latter is more budget friendly.

I’m considering the half price difference between single electric and double electric and the Medela pump in style and the Medela swing.

If I buy a single electric, considering I am always the only one at home taking care of bubs, then I have to spent 20 minutes (give or take) to pump each breasts; but if I buy a double electric then I can pump 2 breasts within 20 minutes. So which is much better with the cost and efficiency taking into consideration?

Any take on this? Anyone?

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