29 February 2012

Planning for Z's Christening

Z's christening was originally scheduled on April 21st since my graduation rites is scheduled on April 20th. By the way, I graduated last October but our school holds only one graduation ceremony for the entire school year, hence, the April graduation. The original plan was we'll have one party for both occasions but my mom suddenly decided to make it earlier (she'll be paying). We have decided to set it on March 25 instead. So here I am, rushing through things and hoping that I'll be able to pull this off.

I actually have no idea how to plan for christenings but thank God for Smart Parenting Forums I was able to get some idea. So here's my checklist for Z's christening. I don't know yet how much the budget is, so I only included the basics.

1. Church
  • My mom wanted the christening to be held here in our parish church, but it would be hassle for our guests since most of them are coming from Quezon City and Manila area. We are yet to decide if it would be held in Good Sheperd Cathedral near FEU Hospital or in Mary the Queen Parish Church near SM Fairview.
2. Reception Venue
  • We have decided to hold it at Dory's Restaurant near Jordan Plains Subdivision. My mom knows the owner and we love their food. :)
3. Guestlist and Godparents
  • Our guestlist depends on the budget but I guess it would be more than 50 people.
  • I already have a list of godparents, but it's not yet final.
4. Invitations and Tarpaulin
  • I am thinking of sending out e-invitations instead of the usual invitations.
  • I am no good at Photoshop, so I'll probably look for someone who makes tarps and invites.
5. Christening clothes
  • Will visit Divisoria soon! But will check SM Fairview first. They have a 3-day sale this weekend.
  • I also have seen cute costumes on Multiply that Z can use during the reception. But I doubt that those would fit him well because the smallest sizes are for 6 month old babies.
So cute!
I like this one. :)
I like this, but my baby might be sweating buckets when he wears this.

6. Cake
  • I want an Estrels Cake or those fancy fondant cakes. :)
Simple yet so cute!
Love the details!

7. Venue Decors and other props (candles, etc.)
  • I don't know yet. :| But I'd love a red and white or blue and green theme!
8. Photo services
  • My dad has a good camera and good photography skills. I'll probably be the one to edit the pictures.
9. Giveaways
  • Again, I don't know yet. Will probably scout Divisoria for this also.

So that's it! Have I missed out on anything? What do you guys think? :)

27 February 2012

The Notebook

A repost from my old blog. ;)

I was alone and bored so I decided to pop some DVD into my laptop. I’ve only got few DVDs with me, so I went with The Notebook. Yeah, I watched the so-called most romantic movie ever. And yes, I was alone and it would have been better if I got to watch it with someone. I’ve actually seen it a couple of times already and every single time I got to watch it actually feels like the first time. It’s just as heartfelt and as romantic as the first time I have seen it. Funny it may seem but the movie made me shed tears, again.

I love watching romantic movies ever since, though I value old romantic movies more. Romance is all about classicism and timelessness anyway. Watching romantic movies somehow relieves my stress and makes me all dreamy. It gives me this fuzzy unexplained feeling and it makes me feel what they are feeling and it actually feels good. It makes me fantasize about things beyond my wildest imagination. Questions would suddenly surge into my head. Will I have the chance to have such? Will I have a happy ending with someone as well?

Even with all the mushiness we could get from these romantic movies, there is nothing dreamier and more surreal than a love story you experience yourself. Yes, the real kilig moments we get from our a-mile-far-from-Noah-like boyfriends or a-mile-far-from-Allie-like girlfriends. A sincere “I love you” or a kiss on the forehead from someone really special is way better than watching Noah say or do that to Allie. A tangible origami flower made from yellow paper with some gooey note on it from someone is more heartfelt than seeing a bouquet of roses on films. And what romantic movie can beat witnessing your most cherished write your name after his surname? There is nothing.

Let’s admit it, we try to put ourselves in the shoes of Allie and Noah much that we consider their story as ideal but there is, in fact, more to experience than what they had. All the days spent with someone special can actually come up with an amorous story - probably better than what Allie and Noah had. I believe that every couple sharing a great passion and love for each other have their own “The Notebook.” As what the quote on the casing of the DVD implies, behind every great love is a great story.


- Jul 18, '08 6:16 PM

One Step Closer

I just found out that I passed San Beda College of Law's entrance examination! I'm still, however, waiting for UP College of Law's entrance exam results, which I have no idea as to when it will be released. Nonetheless, I am happy! :)

That boxed number is my application number. The one before me was a classmate in college. We both passed! :)

Let me tell you a back story on how lucky I've been because things (in line with my dream on pursuing law practice) fall into the right place no matter what. UP College of Law's entrance examination is usually scheduled on the 3rd or 4th week of November. But for the coming school year, it was scheduled on the 3rd week of January. Had it been scheduled on November, I would not have been able to take the exam because I was due the same month. I gave birth on November 16 via C-Section and there would be no way I could make it. So I thank God for at least giving me a chance to take the test whether I get into UP or not. :) By the way, I also passed the Civil Service Examination - Professional Level which I took last October 2011. I am so blessed! :)

Z and me as we are about to go to UPD for my entrance exam.

25 February 2012

First Photo

Here is Z's first ever photo taken. I was on my 24th week of my pregnancy at the time. My boyfriend and I were told that we're expecting a baby boy. :) It makes me smile and teary-eyed (almost) every time I see it.

24 February 2012

My Little Race Car Driver

My dad's cousin gave Z a cute 2nd-hand walker that looks like a race car! My cousin used it when he was a baby and he's now 2 years old. Obviously, Z can't use it yet. But we made him sit on the walker and he looks so cute in it. :) Can't wait 'till he can finally use the thing!

He wants to play with it but can't reach it yet. :)

Happy baby!

23 February 2012

Hitting the Roads with a Baby

My parents are originally from Nueva Ecija so we regularly visit our relatives there. Before I had a baby, travelling was a breeze. Now with Z, it's different. I don't know how other moms handle this, but travelling with a baby is one of the most stressful things I've experienced. Packing up Z's stuff is very time consuming so it is important to prepare it ahead of time. Unfortunately, our recent trip to the province was not planned at all. I ended up cramming. I failed to bring his water and extra pajamas. Poor boy!

With this experience, I made up a list of things to bring to make packing up for baby's things easier and some tips to make travelling with a baby lighter! ;)

1. Clothing and diapering:

  • For an overnight trip, make sure to bring at least 6 set of clothes. Bring hats or bonnets for baby to use at night or when it is cold.
  • Bring lotssss of diapers! It is easier to use disposable diapers when travelling and we always bring at least 12 pieces for an overnight trip
  • Also bring lots of burp cloths! Kiddos sometimes get dizzy and throw up.
  • Include in your diaper bag some wipes, alcohol, changing mat, rash cream or petroleum jelly and other toiletries such as baby soap, vitamins, and medicines.
  • Also bring a separate bag to place soiled clothes and burp cloths.

2. Car seat:

  • Although we do not have any law in the Philippines regarding the use of car seats, trips are easier when babies are on their car seats and it also much safer! Just don't forget to bring toys to entertain them during the long drive.
  • Also, bring a flashlight during night trips. I do not know if it is just my baby, but he is afraid of the dark. My dad can't drive with the lights of the car on, so we used a flashlight as a dim light.

Happy Z on his car seat! :)

3. Feeding:
  • Avent Tempo or Playtex Drop Ins come in very convenient during travel because there is no need to bring your bulky steam sterilizers. Just make sure to bring clean and sterilized extra teats.
  • Manual breast pumps also come in handy during trips because it can be used without electricity and it is easy to assemble. My Medela Harmony was very useful during the trip.
  • Make sure to feed your baby before leaving. It is challenging to feed the baby in the car especially if your baby is bottle fed and feeding the baby while travelling makes the baby more prone to throwing up. My baby did. :|
Image retrieved from Google.
These bottles would be your life saver during a trip!

4. Other stuff:
  • Bring baby's bedding and pillows to make sure that he's sleeping in hypo allergenic and clean cloth.
  • Make sure that his daily schedule won't change! He would have a hard time adjusting again and it would be stressful to your baby.
So there you go! I'll probably add more tips when we hit the roads again. Looking forward to another out of town trip this summer! :)

22 February 2012

Z loves his bath time! :)



My son loves taking his bath. Even the nurses from the hospital where I gave birth told me that he was the only baby in the nursery who does not cry during bath time. I find it unusual because other babies I have encountered are scared of water and have crying spells during bath time. But my son would actually play with the water. My parents are planning a trip to the beach this summer and I'm pretty sure Z would enjoy the trip! :)

Tablea Brownies

I've never been interested in baking, or cooking, until recently. I guess motherhood makes a person more inclined to home-making activities. ;) I've only experienced baking cookies (chocolate chip, triple chocolate chip and oatmeal) so far because it is the easiest to make and this is actually the first time I made brownies from scratch! Since my mom received lots of tablea chocolate last Christmas and we don't know how to make use of it except for making hot chocolate drink, I decided to look up for a tablea brownie recipe over the Internet and found one at Yummy.ph.


TABLEA BROWNIES 

1 cup butter
1 cup chopped tablea tsokolate
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
7 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped nuts

For the tablea-jam sauce
2 tablea tsokolate
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar (less if you want it less sweet)

1  Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2  In a pan, melt together butter and tablea tsokolate; cool.

Letting my tablea and butter mixture cool.


3  In a bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, and salt. Beat eggs in butter-tablea mixture. Fold in dry ingredients; do not overmix. Transfer to 2 prepared 8x8-inch pans and sprinkle with nuts over each pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Oven-ready! (I wasn't able to add nuts because my mom failed to buy yesterday.)

 
I panicked! It looks like a disaster. :| But it flattened eventually.

4   To make the tablea-jam sauce: Boil tablea tsokolate with water and sugar until thick and the tablea is melted. Swirl in a tablespoon or two of black currant jam or your preferred jam. Serve on the side with the  brownies.

My tablea brownies with tablea sauce! :)

  Recipe copied from Yummy.ph



The brownie was not sweet at all! It is kind of a dry brownie though. But it has a very rich chocolate flavor. Great for desert or merienda! :)




21 February 2012

Maternity Photoshoot

I looooove taking pictures of myself. So when I got pregnant, I did not miss the chance to take a picture of my huge belly! :) My friend, who is a freelance model, set me up with one of his photographer friends but I did not have the time with my final exams and preparations for the coming of my baby. So I asked my sisters to take my pictures instead. I was 7 months pregnant at the time these photos were taken.

this one's my favorite!



<3

My next dream photo shoot would be a breastfeeding photo shoot! Z and I will work on that. :)

20 February 2012

Product Review: Human Heart Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil

Old people often say that if you are expecting a baby boy, you'll become ugly and your neck and underarms will darken. During my pregnancy, I did not experience any changes in my face. Some people actually told me I was blooming! But I my underarms became dreadfully dark. I waited until I gave birth before I do something to lighten my dark underarms as beauty products might have bad effects to my boy. I researched about products that I can use for my underarms which is safe for breastfeeding moms. I considered HHN Sunflower Beauty Oil as it is an organic product and it is very affordable!

photo from Google Images

A few weeks after giving birth, I gave this a try. I apply a generous amount on my underarms once daily. After a few days of using the product, I could see positive results already! My underarms became smooth and soft. However, the lightening effect is not that really visible. I only saw the lightening effect on my underarms around the second week of my use.

The only negative thing I could say about this product is that the smell was stuck on my clothes even after washing. Other than that, HHN Sunflower Beauty Oil is a really wonderful product as it can be used for other purposes. I would recommend this product for people who wanted lighter and smooth underarms who are not in a hurry. ;)

You could get this piece of wonder at Human Heart Nature outlets and retailers, Sesou, and Beauty Bar. :)

18 February 2012

My Relactation Journey! :)

I've always been a frustrated breastfeeding mom. Coming from a pseudo breastfeeding friendly hospital, a not-so-supportive breastfeeding support system and a little knowledge regarding breastfeeding, I was not able to breastfeed my baby during the first few weeks of his life and it disappoints me so much. When my baby was given to my later the day I gave birth, the nurses have already fed him with formula. Moreover, it was only after two days when little amount of milk started to flow from my breasts. Since my baby was so tiny and it was hard for him to latch, I hand expressed the few drops of milk and gave it to him through a bottle. At first I was getting quarter an oz per session, then it became an half an oz. The most I could get was 1 to 2oz of milk per session but that's just when my breasts are engorged. Hand expressing so little milk became really depressing on my part so eventually I gave up. From giving him at least 3 servings of breast milk, my baby boy became purely formula fed.


my handy dandy medela pump! sorry for the lq photo. ;)
After learning more about breastfeeding and its benefits, I started to give breastfeeding another try. Not only can breastfeeding be good for my baby as it is incomparable to any other formula, it can also help me get back to my pre-pregnancy body! I started researching about ways so that my breast milk supply can increase. I stopped hand expressing for only 2 weeks so it is easier for me to be back on the track. I took malunggay capsules which eventually helped in increasing my supply. I stopped dieting, ate oatmeal and soups, and hand expressed more often. After a week, I was able to get 1 oz of milk at most per session. When I saw the positive results, I bought a Medela harmony breast pump and pumped every two hours even if there is nothing to pump. After another week, my milk supply increased tremendously. During my first pumping session of the day, I can collect up to 9oz of milk and my regular output is 3 to 4oz per session which is more than enough for my baby.


my breastmilk stash :)

Now, I am happy that my baby is a breastfed baby! He's gaining proper weight and I can be assured that he is healthy and equipped with antibodies that no formula can ever give. I hope that I can keep up with this for at least a year.

17 February 2012

The Ironies of Being a Young Mom

I am definitely unprepared for my baby's coming. Not only that I am still studying at the time, but I believe that I am still too young to handle a baby. Hey, I can't mature and grow up in an instant! But I decided to take full responsibility for my actions. I still went to school to make it up to my parents, yet no one actually noticed. I graduated a month before my baby was born and that's one of the biggest accomplishments in my life. When my baby came, maternal instincts truly kick in. I guess it always do no matter how young a person is.

I thought having a baby with LOTS of help would be a piece of cake. But, no! There are the sleepless nights and restless days. But nonetheless, I am loving every single second of it! My baby boy, Zack, may be cranky at times and gets into my nerves, but his smiles changes everything right away. It makes me feel light and happy and complete! I may not be entirely ready with his coming but I am delighted to spend the rest of my life taking care and loving my son. :)

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