Kerygma Conference 2013 (and why i am feeling a bit un-merry this holidays)

for 3 years in a row, my husband (side tidbit: year 2, he was my fiancee, year 1 we were still going steady) and my best of friends attended the Kerygma Conference 2013. this year's theme was: Champions, Arise! we always make it a point to never miss this, no matter how busy we are. and this year, we are so proud that the chicas were able to become sponsors of the conference. yahoo for us three! :) also, it's my husband's birthday that day, which was a perfect gift for him :)

there were four speakers that day: pio español talked about family, obet cabrillas talked about youth generation, alvin barcelona talked about career and lastly, bo sanchez talked about how to become a champion.

bro. pio talked about family. i always love listening on how sweet and gushing he is about his wife. this year, one of his children shared a really personal experience. the story reminded us parents that the values we teach our children will never get lost even if they make wrong decisions somewhere in their life. they may fall, but because of what we taught them, what they have seen as good examples, what they learned from us as their parents, will help them get up and do their best again. i welled up in this particular talk because as a new parent, one of my most worry is that, "are we doing the right thing?" i have to admit that 90% of the time, we do not know what we are doing. and we need God's guidance in our journey as parents.


my 1st blog giveaway win. finally.

ever since i became dedicated to my blog, i've been having so much fun joining blog giveaways. so much, yet i don't win. i don't believe i'm unlucky in these things but believe me, i've attend our company party for 7 years and i have not won. ever. even minor prizes. when i was still pregnant, people rubbed my rounded belly before our party (which will be very annoying to other preggers) and guess what?! they got my jinx. ha ha ha.

and finally, i won! *happy dance* and i won a very useful one for that. the mommy mundo 24/7 planner! woo hoo! as i answered in the Ira's blog, being a mom is sure 24/7. even at work, 20% of your mind is on my little one :)

anyway, i just wanted to revel in my first blog giveaway win. thanks ira! :) please follow my friend Ira for more blog giveaways. thanks. and i hope this will be my start in more wins. he he.

proof of my win. haha. tweeted every single day.

here it is: written already my first sched for next year. i will tell you about it too. because it's a blog worthy event. ha ha ha. i already browsed the pages and it's so cool. what i like best is the menstrual tracker since i'm on NFP method so it's really useful. hubby will really look for a daddy planner when he sees this one..

and it came with this.........it's so cute!!! i have to ask her where she had this done.


and speaking of a giveaway, i currently have one ongoing. please join. if you do not have kids, you can join for your inaanaks or niece or nephew. thanks. to join my blog giveaway, click HERE. 

sometimes, i feel this way.

there are really some things that make you feel that you are a failure in whatever it is that you do. only few things really get me down because i've already made a decision in my life to be pro-active in all things but something really escapes my firm resolve.

*sigh*

i cannot really talk in details. and that makes me a little sadder. oh well, hubby will have to listen to me tonight. all i can say is that, we are raising...........okay, enough. i should not say anything. any words i write will reveal the whole of this.

but i'm fine. in fact, i'm fueled to do better. i hope it also went the same with the others.

Making Little Things, BIG MEMORIES

don't you just love your baby's little fingers and toes? me, i love smelling S's hands and feet when she was just a newborn and now that she's 8 months old, i still love doing it to her little fingers and toes. in fact, i playfully "bite" her toes and she would laugh heartily. and thanks to Lifecastingph, you can keep a memory of those tiny things that make our hearts melt easily.

i met althea in a breastfeeding peer counselors seminar/workshop and after a few text here and there, we agreed a tie up with my humble blog and her really growing business.

so we met last sunday and Aeia is really nice to work with. she would take time to warm up first with the baby (especially with babies who are already experiencing stranger anxiety like mine) and it helped a lot that Zoey, Aeia's baby was there. S was a ball of energy (so much energy she forgot to feed, ooops!). before we started the casting, she explained the process to me. she explained what materials we will be using, sharing the usual reactions and behavior of babies and what parents must do during the process. thankfully, S behaved well. *sigh of relief*

what i really liked about the material used was, it smelled so good (that i actually wanted to eat my baby's hand, ha ha!). no seriously, it smelled very sweet and fruity. i'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story...



before we started, Aeia made me choose between a paper holder and a pen holder (the photo below)...since i work in a office, i use a lot of paper and i imagined my S handing me a notepad when i need one so i chose the first photo :) isn't it amazing? you can actually choose what to do with the cast. (but that depends on the available design they have) but you can also opt for the framing, which is more popular.

[why i love gift registries (plus a holiday giveaway for kids!)

i "almost" postponed my year-ender giveaways due to recent events but i was already plugging them, i could not back out from my word. don't worry, my family have not neglected  our duties as Filipino citizen :)

back to the giveaways....

i love enrolling in gift registries! in fact, I AM AN AVID FAN OF GIFT REGISTRIES. and for the very simple reason: it's a win-win situation for both parties. the celebrant gets what they want and you save the giver time of thinking what to give. please don't get me wrong though. i would still want a well-thought gift and i don't mind a surprise. in fact, i love a gift that's been well-researched too. admit it, you have a friend or an aunt or relative who wants to cut to the surprise route and just give you what you want, gift registries is the answer. i enrolled my wedding at SM Department Store wedding registry and well, i must say, Y and i were very happy newlyweds opening our TONS of very useful gifts. and it saved us from getting the same thing too! (although, we received 3 flat irons and none of them were from our registry, he he he..) also, i enrolled S's baptism at Baby Spice Gift Registry program. downside of gift registries though, giver cannot stick to their budget since chosen gifts means fixed price. but from my experience, if an event is enrolled in a gift registry, guests get special discounts if they purchase. i'm not sure with this one though since i've only tried 2 registry program. he he.

YES, BABY SPICE HAS A GIFT REGISTRY PROGRAM! so i am inviting you to enroll your kids for the perfect season: Christmas! i'm sure it will save their ninongs and ninangs and lolo's and lola's and aunts and uncles a lot of time in this peak season of rush. i'm sure you agree with me? :)

and as an added treat for you, Baby Spice has decided to throw in a giveaway for your cutie kiddos. you can win the following:
1 winner of this Lovely Hair Accessory made by Celestina and Co. (also sold at Baby Spice)
1 winner of this Adorable cloth headband from Baby Essence Online Shop
and.............


3 HAPPY WINNERS OF Php350 GIFT VOUCHER at Baby Spice
(2nd Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao)!

isn't it great?

Mechanics:
1. Contest is open to all with valid Philippine address. However, the GIFT VOUCHERS will be only available to Davao based residents since Baby Spice is located in Davao City. you may join to win for somebody else :)

2. Contest will run from Dec 14, 2012 until Dec 21, 2012.

3. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED. (Author's Note: I will disqualify some entries, not the specific individual!)


GOOD LUCK! :)


Happy 8 months S! (and her busy weekend)

as it turned out, S was uber busy on the first weekend of December. originally, i had to bring her along to my work-related activity because i had no yaya and found out late of that week that Y was chosen to be a ninong of his college friend. so i decided to meet up with my friend that weekend too, to put all our errands in a day. our little family was booked.

and then S got runny nose and it turned into a cold. i cancelled our sunday afternoon meet-up as i was worried S's cold might get worse because of the crazy hot weather but we were dragged along to another appointment. thankfully, S did not get worse. and i am really grateful for her Ninong Sid who went all the way and drove us home.

i'm not being scrooge, okay?

i'm not scrooge. and i'm not screwed. ha ha. (i think i am so overworked..)
i have not done ANY christmas gift shopping. in fact, i have not done anything "normal" for the past few months. (i will expound on this matter soon. good luck with this promise. ha ha.)
because this year, i decided (much to my regret but i believe a really wise decision, both to my sanity and budget) to narrow down my gift giving list. before, i would give gifts to everybody i know - family, godchildren and all friends - yes, i decided to cut back on them. i decided to give people (particularly godchildren) whom i cut off from my holiday list really NICE gifts on their birthdays so that i can avoid spending on one season.

i think i made the wise move. now, i can only count the people in my list on my fingers. these are the people whom i think deserves a good reward for all the help they gave us this year. for some who have been always on my gift list, i decided to give out general & really useful pieces. no, i am not being kuripot. and besides, not everyone will have a merry holidays this year. in fact, we simplified all our parties to give more help to our affected brothers and sisters. i urge you guys to help out in any way you can.

so, to you my dear readers, have a happy and stress-free holidays. and let us not forget to celebrate the reason of the season, the Baby Jesus :)

Mommy Diaries: early days on solids

i want to poke myself because i really want to start this blog with "time flies so fast.."...haha.
but seriously, it really does. i was cleaning my cam of photos because i realized i have so many drafts and none of them are not posted because i cannot transfer the necessary photos for them.

i had a good laugh looking at these photos, i swear. these were taken during S's first month with solids (october 2012) and homaygash, what a mess. ha ha. BUT DEFINITELY A FUN MESS. i am proud to say that i have no problem feeding S with solids. she automatically opens her mouth the moment you lift the spoon from the bowl. so far, we have fed her sweet potato, broccoli, sayote, squash, carrots, papaya, mango, avocado, potatoes and banana. right now, we are giving her fish and rice porridge. we need to feed her rice porridge because she's so active lately and she needs carbohydrates. i plan to give her apples and other fruits and other green leafy veggies already. at 8 months, we decided to feed her twice a day (breakfast and dinner) and milk in-between. it's been really fun. i love feeding S, i swear :) 

i used to give her a bowl of her own so that she can get a feel of the texture of what she is eating but ever since we had no yaya, i had to stop doing this because i feed her all by myself. but boy sure this is messy!

S looking at her daddy to check whether daddy disapproves. hahaha.

HAHAHA! S loves doing this. she does this to her bowl toys and there was a time she cried because nothing comes down from her toys..

on being a breastfeeding peer...(and my first challenge as one)

i wrote about the breastfeeding peer counselors training i attended and i wanted to post this with it altogether but i realized it's going to be so long, my readers (naks!) might get bored by it's length.

after the training, one thing i pondered was relactating (the rebuilding of one's milk supply weeks or even months after lactation has stopped). i told my husband about it and he asked if i was willing to go through everything again and this time, with a growing 6 month old who feeds voraciously: pump every two hours and take supplements here and there to help increase supply. i told my husband i will try. i did try a month before and i was half-successful at it. sad to say, i was not successful at my relactating plans. i am not going to go through the guilty feelings again. i really tried, but my milk supply just did not improve. and also, S was not latching anymore. exclusively pumping with low supply and no latching baby is not a helpful situation. no, such situation will not work at all. and the week i decided to do it, i got swamped with work. i was so busy that pumping every 2 hours is not feasible or else i would fail to deliver efficiency. i am not making excuses here. i just want to share what i have gone through, that is why from the very beginning, i was reluctant to become a breastfeeding peer counselor. 

1st Breastfeeding Peer Counselors Training: Learnings and Photos

i got an invite from alex of the pod (and Mommy Sense Davao) about this breastfeeding peer counselors training. initially, i wanted to attend but i expressed my hesitation and told her that i am not exclusively breastfeeding and i will be the only different person there. anyway, i did some thinking the night after our talk, and i thought, if i was not able to breastfeed exclusively because of lack of knowledge and confidence, i will not let it happen to another mom.

(note: this is a really delayed post. imagine, a month after. i must really do something about my blogging schedule. sigh...)

the 1st day of the seminar/workshops were mostly lectures, then group discussions and group activities and open forum. the seminar/workshops was given by arugaan, a support system for women with young children. we had 3 interesting speakers: velvet, nanay rich (lactation massage specialist) and tin-tin (wet nurse)...a particular lecture topic made me sad (again) - the dangers of formula and bottle-feeding. it was like sitting in my own inferno. i just consoled myself that i still breastfeed S during the night that time, the least. and also, nanay rich, one of the speakers, also formula-fed her first 2 kids due to her lack of knowledge and support. it affirmed that i can do this - to help other moms out there about breastfeeding. since this is a "very" late post, i will just share significant ideas that i find relevant to my breastfeeding experience, and interesting facts about breastfeeding in general.

1. breastfeeding is 90% psychological and 10% physical.
if i look back, i knew i was doing the right thing. even before i gave birth, i was already doing image exercises. my favorite was breastfeeding my baby - i imagined myself that i was enjoying it immensely. but my bubble of breastfeeding pleasure got burst by a lot of things: delayed room-in, stress, S's getting dehydration fever and most of all, LACK OF SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT. it was really too much that i actually lost confidence to breastfeed. and when my milk came, i will just let S latch when i feel my breast is engorged. it was wrong.

what i learned from our runaway yaya

i never really wanted to share this. really. because i feel it's so trivial and besides, it's already been a month. and honestly, it doesn't matter anymore. if you remembered, i wrote a post about being a wreck of bad vibes and this is what it was all about. anyway, to try to make the story short (but i bet you this post will not be, hee hee..) our yaya never came back after a supposedly short vacation last november 1.

but i survived the little tension of being "yayaless", which i am supposed to. and in the words of fellow mom & blogger Ira, "all mothers goes through the yayaless phase." but i went through it with a bucket (no, make it ocean) of short tempers, crying fits and outbursts, back pains and just a senseless kind of anger at somebody (particularly of course our yaya). there was a time when i was alone (while my mom was on her way to accompany me at night) and S was pooping. i wanted to clean her but she refuses to lie down still and would roll and crawl and cry and the poop got scattered all over the crib and i was so tired from taking care of her the whole day....that i just cried and cried. i was so mad at my husband for going home late and most of all at our runaway. S was crying and i was crying, goodness. but after that episode, i told myself, i need to get my act together because God gave me this wonderful thing and how could i just cry and wallow? i was being ungrateful. that night, i prayed and said "Ok Lord, you made me a champion. give me the strength and grace to continue to be one. i cannot do it without Your Guidance." and God is really Good. Praise Him :)

cuteness overload. seriously. (and a post of gratitude)

before i finish the post that comes after this, allow me to drown in the rays of the sunshine of our lives. i also want this as a reminder that God has blessed me with so much and i cannot allow one minor tension in life forget about His wonderful ways :)

da master rapper in the house..yo! ha ha.
can i pass out now from her cuteness??? haha. i lilly lilly love your smile anak :)
i really wonder where S gets all her facial expressions. we do not have TV at home, all she gets are live entertainment courtesy of me, her daddy and her G-Ma. haha.

anyway, drunk with love for this girl. and her daddy of course :) 

ps: thank you to the anonymous giver of this gift. haha. there was no gift card so i really don't know whom to tag. whoever gave this to S during her christening, please text me. haha. thank you. and for the rest of the gifts, i'll post them when she's using them so there's no rush actually. and there were some gifts that might really take a long time to get posted because of size issues. hahaha.

Pinay and Proud School Tour is coming to Ateneo de Davao University!!!

i am very pleased to announce that Pinay and Proud school tour will be in Ateneo de Davao University on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM. THIS.IS.REALLY.EXCITING.

to give you an idea about what the Pinay and Proud is all about, here's an excerpt from our invitation letter (written by tita monique of human nature-davao):

photo taken from Human Nature website
This year, Gandang Kalikasan, the social enterprise behind the popular brand of personal care products Human♥Nature, gives tribute to the Filipina woman in its latest campaign, PINAY & PROUD. The campaign celebrates and recognizes 15 outstanding women who epitomize the true Filipina – NURTURING the minds and strengthening the values of people to encourage everyone to give their talents a chance to reach its full potential, COURAGEOUS in making sacrifices for her family and country that truly goes beyond selfless, INSPIRING other people through the story behind her successes, and BEAUTIFUL inside and out, making everything around her beautiful.

here in ateneo de davao, we will be joined by the following inspiring ladies: Anna Meloto-Wilk, co-founder and president of Human♥Nature, Bai Linda Eman, GK Regional Coordinator for Southern Luzon (who is a former MILF Commander and now a peace builder) and Xilca Alvarez-Protacio, a lawyer and a full-time social entrepreneur (founder of Gourmet Keso and Cafe de Sug Sulu Coffee). to read more of their stories, visit www.pinayandproud.com

if you are interested to attend, please contact me. it will definitely be a worth it moment to meet these ladies. to be honest, the first time i met Ate Anna (yeah, nakiki-Ate po ako, hehehe), i was starstruck and was in heaven (hubby has a huge crush on her, okay, now i'm spilling our beans, hahaha). you really feel so proud and overwhelmed at the same time to meet someone like her. and it's not because she is popular or because she is the President of the company, but because she is very inspiring as a woman and a mom and a Filipina. so i cannot wait to meet her again (and probably talk about babies, hehe. fyi, she gave birth 2 or 3 months ago..)

this assembly also coincides with SBG's Entrepreneurship Week.

2 days more to go!

ps: i was actually planning to do a giveaway for this but my schedule is being impossible. i just had to write this because it's really urgent, so please do watch out for my giveaway :)

Mommy Diaries: all i want for Christmas is.............Saree's teeth.

..and may i just add to the title, and other stuff about S at 7 months and 2 weeks.

i have to admit that i really have to stop reading those monthly baby developments. mainly because it makes a paranoid out of me. and the thing now is, S has no teeth at 7 months - well, who knows it will come out this afternoon, by the time i come home..

i know, i know. it's nothing to be worried. i was researching and there are a lot of moms who actually posted this question over the web, and theirs was already at 9 months. whew. how could i worry about teeth? you see,  S has 2 baby neighbors, the same age with hers. and they already had their teeth! so mommy of the adorable all-gums baby is starting to worry. and i know now i should not. (okay, ask me again after 10 months, ahahaha!) anyway, S is making chewing sounds with her gums and i think she's ready for finger food..i actually give her a share of her food and just let her touch it. sometimes she puts them in her mouth, sometimes she squeezes them in her hand and sometimes she just slaps her messy hands to the person feeding or holding her (which is me actually). i will definitely try finger foods once she turns eight months by december. anyway, back to the teething. i think the worry build-up started when S was drooling a lot at 4 months, people were telling me she'll get her tooth  so early. and now it's 7 months, and they are like what?-no-teeth-yet reaction..really, people are cray cray. ha ha.  she's been gum-biting my chin every chance she can get lately and i do not want to term it as teething because she's been on the teething symptom ever since people have been telling me she's teething, ha ha. i actually inspected her gums and i think there a tooth there. even her pedia said her tooth is there, it just did not erupt yet. i have surrendered it to S's teeth gods/fairy or whatever when her teeth is going to come out. for now, she is just my adorable tooth-less S :)

Mommy Diaries: Happy Christening Saree!

this, aside from my work, is what has been keeping me busy the previous month. i thought of splitting the post into two, but i am worried that part 2 might take longer to post. ha ha. (okay, this post is another break from my supposedly blog pause..)

originally, S's baptism rites was supposed to be at the church where Y and i got married. but due to a HUGE misunderstanding of schedules, we transferred it to Sta. Ana Shrine. on a sentimental note, i was baptized in this church 30 years ago, and now, it's my daughter :)

i asked my friend Ronald (he is not working professionally as a photographer but Ron has been my un-official photographer for ages so it's only necessary for him to this - also aside from the fact i'm his boss, he will take photos for food, he is a great friend and photographer, ha ha ha!) to meet us at our home because i wanted to document a lot of things. photos are already selected because believe me, you will get drunk from too much cute-ness of Saree, and so here goes....

new partners!!!

if you look at the right side of my page, you might notice 2 new names: Lifecastingph and Baby Essence Online Shop. cool right? but it would be more cool dear readers if you click on them and check what they have to offer you.

i met this 2 moms (you know, the universe of moms is a universe of wonderful people, i swear!) during a breastfeeding training and well, the rest is history. i am really supportive of moms doing their thing in business. superwoman to the nth level, i must say.

i will be blogging more about them soon. please be a dear and check out their sites. thanks guys.

and i have a giveaway, click here to join.

[GIVEAWAY] 2 Tickets to Kerygma Conference on December 8, 2012

i have dreamed of doing this giveaway ever since i have been attending the Kerygma Conference for the past three years and finally................I.AM.DOING.THIS. Praise be to God :)

i only got to attend the first Kerygma Conference last 2010. i knew i had to attend, but i also had a lot of excuses not to attend. and now, i have a million reasons WHY I SHOULD ATTEND this occasion.

i attended the 2010 conference with my fiance (now my husband) and my best friends. 4 days after the conference was the traditional "pamamanhikan" for me and Y and i made ourselves attend this. IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF OUR ENGAGED LIVES. the theme of the conference at that time was Restoration (full story here)

the 2011 conference was superb! we attended it (me, my now husband and 5month in my tummy Dash), my mom and my 2 best friends and their families. we laughed, we sang, we cried, we were blessed. it was good the best place to be! :) unfortunately, i have not blogged about it. (and i am still like, whaaaaaaat?i have not blogged about it?!??!?!)

i know this year will be another super! and what's more, it'll be a gathering of God's champions. and i want you to be there because we are all God's champion.

i have to tell you honestly that i did not want to continue with this giveaway. i am currently struggling emotionally. i prayed while on my way to work today to give me the grace to see the blessings in my situation right now and God is really faithful. i will not exactly say that i am totally okay now, but, i am progressing. because i am God's work, and so are you! i cannot truly express how much my life has changed ever since i opened that book of Bo Sanchez on "Thank God, He's Boss" ... until now, i am still amazed by the beauty of the changes, the pain of learning and the abundance of God's blessing when i embraced the life He willed for me. and it is through this giveaway that i hope i can share everything. i got to admit, all the talks every year are point on - it's either an assurance to erase my doubts or fear, or an affirmation of my dreams. God speaks through other people on that day ;) that is why i want you to be there, my readers :)
WIN two (2) Kerygma Conference 2012 Tickets, on December 8, 2012 from 8AM to 5PM at PWC Event Center! Be Blessed, Champions! Get the chance to meet and hear Catholic lay preacher and author, Bo Sanchez.

Mechanics:
1) Participants must be a resident of Davao City, because the conference will be in Davao City. however, if you are an out-of-towner (if there is such a word, hehehe) and will be here in Davao for the Kerygma Conference, of course, you may join :)
2) I will announce the winner on December 1, 2012 (Saturday) through here and Facebook. i will contact the winner through email.
3) To join, please click on the rafflecopter widget below.
4) All entries will be verified.

CLICK the blue box with text "Log in to Enter" TO JOIN! 
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good luck to all of you. i really wanted to give more but for now, 2 tickets up! but who knows? God is a happy God and full of surprises.

Happy 7 months Saree!

every month is a milestone for us, especially for me. of course, i'm her mommy. ha ha ha. i can talk about S for the whole day, the entire blog...i take the opportunity to show to my friends her photos. (yep, i always bring my cam with me. hahaha)...(take note, i only write S for Saree's name because, well, i'm lazy sometimes..hehehehe.)

i am grateful to God for Saree's good health. and more so, for ours. we need our health to take care of her. she's really "malikot" now, like super-exhausting-to-the-caretaker type of likot. she can sit on her own now and she's learning to stand. although learning to sit in her own means refusal to lay down for a long time. ha ha ha ha.
let me just tell you that we started this photo thing with S in a lesser-than-good mood. before we started, i let her sit in the crib while i took the cake. she rolled on her own and bumped her head. crying with tears. and never got back the happy mood she was in previously.
i let her do this again. RETHINKING IT. check the next photos.
checking our reactions about her touching the cake. he he he.
the name is officially erased by her hands. hahahahaha.
this is why i should rethink the i-will-let-saree-hold-her-cake thing..(but you know, it's just too adorable for words. ha ha ha.)

and this is why i want her to hold the cake again. ha ha ha. Y carried her and S is very sweet to share her icing with her daddy. he he he.
*sigh* she's growing up too fast...again, happy 7 months Sareebee. love, Mommy and Daddy
thank you Tita Meh-meh, Tita K.C. and Tita Maricris for her cute outfit :)

and speaking of 7 months, i am already planning her 1st birthday. no, i'm not crazy. ha ha ha. 

a break in the pause (much needed)

frustrated. angry. pissed. probably any other negative vibe i can think of, i'm kind of feeling it right now. i don't want to talk about it here yet, but, i've already blabbed about it to other people who would care to listen. but i will write about it soon, when probably my emotions are not this negatively high. I NEVER WANTED (and would never want) TO WRITE ANYTHING THAT GIVES OFF NEGATIVITY (and more so that i have a very nice giveaway this week, it would not look good.) but this is just too much for me. and everybody goes through a first, i guess. well, this is a first for me and i think i am not dealing with it well.

right now, i can only be grateful for my husband whose positivity is not dwindling despite the "super sayan" mode i've been, and my family especially my mom and my sister, who never failed to be supportive.

anyway, so there. i would not make a break in the break without a valid reason. i just needed an outlet.

temporary pause

*sigh*
it's my time of the year again that my work will make a slave of me thus i need to make a break-up with my blog for 2 weeks the most - no, make that 3 weeks the most. i have so many things to write about: there's the breastfeeding peer counselling training that i attended which deserves different posts, S's baptism that also needs different posts and a lot, lot more. and i might have a lot of stories from our 4-day vacation.

but on the brighter side, finally, uninterrupted days with S and hubby. yahoooooo!

please do check my friends and fellow breastfeeding peer counsellors posts (cause they might put it up first): Alex Hao and Anne :)

so, i hope you miss me and my posts. hahahahahahahaha :)

the drama is in the daily commute

yes, i am a public transport user. a commuter, in short. i've been commuting to and for and in-between for the past 17 years and i just got to say this.......

one, a public transport is somewhat everybody's extension of their houses.
someone talks loudly over the phone like they are in their living room, CHECK.
eating like int their kitchen, CHECK.
putting on make-up, CHECK.
sleeping, CHECK.

(please don't get me wrong, i don't mind it. i just find it funny, and true.)

and two, the most interesting things happen during the commuting process, (read this for example).

i could not count the number of times i've proven the two statement above. but i will not talk about that. i want to talk about what bothers me the most. ha ha ha. oh no, i am not complaining or anything because some things are really beyond our control. but i would be a hypocrite to say that i was not annoyed at the very least. but you see i've grown to laugh about it most of the time and as i would put it, endure it for the whole ride..ha ha.

1) The Buzzers Category 
this is probably the most difficult peeve i had to deal every time. the buzzers are those people who talk loudly about other people's lives that it's like a soap-opera-on-the-go. there's a wide variety of talk: who's cheating on who, who's not paying their debts, who's being the negligent partner, who's the discontented breadwinner, and everything else you do not really want to know. i like a little gossip (who doesn't) but too much is so bothersome. and you know what is worse, they actually say the names of these people. horror of horrors.i actually had an experience of hearing people talk about people i know. the first one was about my boss, and second, about ME. i mean, a little discretion please. also, people who talk about their personal lives in loud voices are also part of this category. it's actually making me uncomfortable. perfect solution: sleep. or put on an earphone and max the volume.

2) The Hassler
personally, i have a huge dislike for people who creates a lot of disturbance. as a daily commuter, i highly think that it is OUR responsibility to prepare smaller bills or the exact change for a fare. i had a really irritating experience about this months and months ago. it was monday, and half of the 14 passengers paid 100 bills. poor driver, believe me. and the nerve of one guy who paid the hundred bucks to keep looking at his watch and click his tongue impatiently while the driver made two stops at a gasoline station to have the bills changed. i wanted to snap at him. (and i was pregnant at that time so i guess everybody would understand, ha ha ha!) and the latest one i encountered was this old guy. it is routine in our puj's to collect the fare beforehand. and this guy did not pay either, even when the collector was asking for everybody's fare. and when he was nearing his destination (his stop was roxas), he pulled out a 500 bill. 500 bill? this man is unbelievably stupid. even the driver was mad. when he was asked why he did not pay beforehand, he said that nobody collected. i wanted to protest loudly. he was seated beside me and i knew he was wide awake when the collector was doing his rounds. gawd, the nerve of some people talaga. i just wish people would be more sensitive to other people too. yes, i pay 100 bills but not early in the morning. 

3) The Round Table
these type are those who initiate a certain topic and almost everybody chimes in for a discussion. ever since i became a mom, i am always invited to this group. ESPECIALLY if there is a baby around. all kinds of advice, experience and how-to is given. this could be fun, but sometimes unsolicited words crop up and makes somebody uncomfortable or offended. fun, but must be carefully treaded. a simple way to deal with it is smile and nod. the cliche of "less words, less mistakes" would be totally appropriate here.

4) The Sleeping Beauty
...........and leaning on you like you are a sofa or a human pillow? 'nuff said.

5) Hello, Hello Baby
hearing conversations over the phone is also uncomfortable to me. unless it's work related. but life woes? lover's intimate talk? no, thank you. it's 1 reason Y does not call me while i travel. because he knows i won't answer him completely. ha ha.

6) The Juan Tamad
you must know that our puj makes rounds within our village so there is a huge probability that a passenger gets drop off in front of their homes. what i find irksome is people who take this privilege literally. they make the puj turn in a corner and then declares, STOP. OMG. what a lazy a**hole! it would have saved everybody's time if they just asked to be drop off in that street.

whew. you must think i am complaining? i'm not. actually, i find this all funny. i told you, life's a drama. and the drama is in the daily commute.

ooppss....PARA LANG PO SA TABI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it's a mix and all about love

i apologize for the being quiet for the past days. i am really swamped with work (it's the end of another term and you know, reports are needed to be prepared here, there and everywhere, it's crazy i tell you...) and also, i am in a middle of something that really takes my time and effort and thrown in my creativity too. i will talk about it SOON.

for now, i just want to share my story of mix-feeding my baby. i've gone through a lot of mommy blogs and mostly are either exclusively breastfeeding or not. there's nothing in between. the closest thing i got to know about someone mix-feeding is through a comment and i tried to look for her blog but i was not able to locate it. (but if you do come across someone and i have not seen it, please tell me..)

i've already shared my huge desire to breastfeed and my frustration about being not able to pump enough milk (w/c i think was my post-partum blues) and this post is just an update on where i am now. probably a rah-rah to myself that i've held on to my milk for this long and why i am loving it.

 when S turned 5 months last september, my milk was starting to dwindle. i can barely pump two ounce. i got worried. i did 3 things: first, i bought an electric breast pump. my husband supported it even if it would make a BIG dent on our budget. second, i increased my pumping schedule (i used to pump 3 times a day: one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - i know, not exactly helpful in building a good milk supply but i had so much work i cannot possibly squeeze an every 2 hours pumping and i should have done it in the first place, sigh. and third, i drank organic tea for nursing moms (and i normally don't drink tea because i dislike their taste very much)..and it worked....for a while. two weeks the most. and it was back to little output and worse, barely an ounce.

i got sad and worried for a time. but now, i have made peace with it. i still pump even if i don't get too much. in fact, i use my breastmilk in S's solids now. and it made me happier that way.

S usually latched before i leave for work but a week before she turned 5 months, she suddenly won't take my breast anymore. did she wean? i did not force her anymore because truthfully, S can now express that she doesn't like something, he he. (i will have another post about it) but she still latches at night when i put her to bed and it always, always warms my heart (and make me teary-eyed sometimes) that she actually reaches her hand and touches my breast and looks at me with her charming round eyes which i read as, "mommy, i want to drink your milk before i go to sleep.." and she would snuggle as soon as i offer it to her and latch. such moments that made me hold on to my precious milk for so long..no matter how small the quantity i pump, i will never tire of pumping it out. in fact, i learned the art of hand expression because it also helps in pumping out my breastmilk. i will carry with this pumping thing until it dries out. right now, S sleeps through out the night already and she rarely asks for milk so my milk supply at night seems to dwindle but i hand express my milk directly at S's solids every morning. even if it's in small amounts, expressing milk for S for her solids is really making me happy.

and even i am only partially breastfeeding, i've learned tons about motherhood and parenting, and i would like to share them here (i wanted to make this as another post and i might get distracted again and you know, it might not get posted..) one, it's all about S's needs. to be truthful, i wanted to breastfeed S not only because i want her to get the best nutrients from me, but i also wanted it for myself. does it make me selfish? yes, because i failed to realize that S needs to be fed - from me or otherwise. but i have forgiven myself for that now. i was afraid to become a bad mother because i did not breastfeed but in fact, i will be a bad mother if i did not feed my baby in any way, just because i did not want to become a bad mother. oh please get me. two, because i am feeding S through me, i became more careful with what i eat. i eat veggies everyday, i eat fruit and i drink lots of water. i have been more careful with what i eat because i might give S something. and to be honest, i feel a lot better about it. and three, bottle feeding S has given my husband a way to bond with S. i realized that with FF, i can actually take a bath "properly", eat and get some rest.

looking back, i realized i should have taken a breastfeeding class before i gave birth. because it's not something you learn through reading. me? i read everything i could get my hands on about breastfeeding but i guess it's not enough. we need a "breastfriend" (i borrowed the term from Chronicles of a Nursing Mom), even a support group. believe me, i drowned in comments that goes like this, "naa diay siya makuha pag mag-dede siya?" (can she get something from your breast?), "kulang lagi na imong gatas.." (your milk is not enough..), "sakit kaayo mag-pump, dili nimo kaya.." (pumping is painful, you cannot handle it.) and just about everything that could make a new mom surrender her breastfeeding desire. it happened to me. and also, when my milk came after 5 days, i just left it stay in my breast and waited until S wants to latch. i should have pumped it so that it could increase my milk supply. and other things..

i want to be a breastfeeding advocate but i feel like i could not be an effective advocate because i am not exclusively breastfeeding but you know, the more i am pushed to learn more about breastfeeding.
that is why, i am really glad we have this upcoming breastfeeding peer counseling training. i immediately signed up. i want to be part of this. and i want to learn and try to figure out where i should i improve. (actually, learning about this might make me want to have another baby to put it into practice, hahaha, just kidding...) and i want to help new moms. and it will be next week. weeeee! truly excited :) i am not sure if there are still slots available but better call up the numbers and just check. kudos to Alex of mommySense for organizing this.

 

to end this post, i just want to say that it's a mix, but it's still all about a mommy's love :)  have a nice weekend everybody :)

finally, i have made it.

finally.
i have given my blog an identity. i have been thinking over this for so many months already and i just can't seem to reconcile my url with what i want.
you see, i really like my current website name, but it cannot stand as my blog's identity. so i have to decide to keep the website address (ofdreamsloveandfaith) and my identity as a blogger. the OC in me wanted to change everything but my links will be messed up again so i had to settle with it. don't worry, i'll manage. ha ha.

so.................i will be known now as "the missus on the 5th block". and i'm planning to make an FB page for it actually. ambitious but hey, i'm living my dreams right? i better be prepared when those big-time sponsors will finally come :) and though i have 10 followers through GFC, i have 4,347 page views. i mean, people read this and i am really grateful to all of you.
do you like it? i hope you do as much as i do.
you see, i have been using the irrational missus for the past 3 years (see my multiply, which by the way will be removed this december according to one of my friends and eeeep, my photos!!!) so i decided to work out that one..and while i was putting S for her afternoon nap, i had a LIGHT BULB moment.

ting! i live on block 5. PERFECT. at first it sounded funny, but hey, it's me. ha ha.

i decided to google if something similar will come up and well, there are a lot of blogs out there using the missus term, but thankfully, no one from the 5th block. but you have to tell me because i did not go over the whole pages. he he.

and please pardon my header for now. it's my amateur attempt at photoshop. i've never been a photoshop fan or user. i usually have my friend do my lay-outs and since i am rushing this (maybe i have not thought this through, ha ha!), so i had to whip something during my lunch break. i will work on it before the year ends, i promise that to my self :)

so there. my next goal is, my own domain. he he. you know, God is good all the time and His timing is perfect so i better be ready :)

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First on Solids

as promised folks.

S is starting on solids and her first taste of water. i have been excited about this for 3 months. imagine that craziness, ha ha. i have been reading up materials (mostly based on other mommy blogs) on what to give her. and finally the day has arrived! S woke up early (actually she has been waking up at 4AM dawn since last week of september, is this normal if i may ask..). at first, i expected S would get weirded out with the solid food but to my amazement, she swallowed it like a pro. and also partly because she wants to chew her spoon, he he. but seriously, there was no spitting out of food. truly worth the wait :)
FIRST FOOD: squash mixed with breastmilk
i really wanted S to eat avocado as her first food but after two days of searching high and low at wet markets and groceries even, no avocado for sale. SAD. so i decided on squash since it was my favorite thing to eat when i was pregnant with her. and i hand expressed my milk on the spot to mix it with. it felt wonderful to be squeezing my milk for her food, to be perfectly honest. we actually joked with hubby that parang gripo lang. ha ha ha.
would you look at that? she loves to chew on her spoon. and she drank her water like a pro too.
yum yum yum!
Day 2 on solids
 this is actually photos from her 2nd day on solids. i just wanted to post them because S really looks like her daddy. ha ha. pero in fairness naman sa akin, she has a little bit of me. actually, S looks like my brother when he was a baby. not me exactly, but still from  my side. he he.
saree: my spoon squash tastes so good!
saree: more more spoon, squash!
originally, i was planning to feed her squash for the next four days then another food, then after 2 weeks i was planning to start her with lunch. but her pediatrician suggested (and i realized she is right) that at 6 months, we only feed her once a day (that is, breakfast) so that S will continue on her milk (both formula and breast milk, since i am still mix-feeding her) and give her two meals when she turns 7 months. and she also suggested that we feed S one food every week to make sure she will "like" the food and lessen preference over food, based on taste.

i have already lined up her food, such as: kamote, sayote, carrots and hopefully, avocado. i am truly excited.

i also read up about baby foods at this site, Momtastic's Wholesome Baby Food. they have great materials and recipes to spice up a baby's menu. there are a lot of sites out there about baby food but i mostly focused on the site i mentioned. i got the site from the blog post of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom. but it would be good to have your menu checked or consulted with your pediatrician to make sure.

i guess i will post about S eating adventure weekly. ha ha.

Happy 6 Months Saree!

what i am really excited about S turning 6 months is she is starting on her solids. woot woot. but it will be another post, but i promise it will be the next one. ha ha.

for this day, we went for her monthly immunization. then, we brought her to abreeza ayala mall, together with her G-Ma and G-Pa (my mom and dad) and my sister. S only half-enjoyed the trip. i believe she was already sleepy since 2 of her attempts at morning nap were disturbed. she rarely smiled while riding the animal thing and rarely smiled at people ogling at her. he he. at lunch, she slept. if we were at home, she would have slept longer. after lunch, we took her around. guess what S did? she shopped, ha ha. i will still get the photos from my sister today so i might put it up later.

anyway, i'll let the photos speak this time.

with her Tita Mavin. see how serious she is? ha ha.
with G-Ma and G-Pa. again, serious mode on.
my 6 month old little darling
attempting to hold her sans rival. ha ha.
look at her face! ha ha. mommy, i want that cake!!!
since it's her 6th month cake, i let her hold it. hehe.
my sareebee with friends. (L-R: giffy the giraffe, kiki the kangaroo, bunny, harry the hare (which i believe is actually a mouse - i must tell my husband, ha ha) and dr. quack the duck)
saree: mommy, the ribbon is getting in my way. he he.
everyday, i am filled with deep gratitude to God and it is my constant prayer that Saree will grow up healthy and vibrant about life. and she is. i will not say that i could not ask for more because it's not but i am happy and will still work hard for more.

and for those who have not yet joined, i have a Happy-6-months Saree GIVEAWAY. please click here to join. :)

this is just in...additional photos from my sister's phone.
saree: hmmmm, do i like this?
saree: it's the same style Mommy!
saree: i think i like this Mommy.
Saree with Mommy and Tita Mavin

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