just because


I posted my maternity photoshoot pictures before so now it’s my baby’s photoshoot snapshots this time😈😈😈

The photoshoot wasn’t as enjoyable as my maternity photoshoot was. My baby was very fussy and after the shoot, she developed rashes on her cheeks and forehead that I almost regret bringing her to the studio. Anyways, her photographs turned out nice so I guess it’s alright. She’s recovering from her rashes now, thank goodness.

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Ain’t she an angel?😚

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addicted


well, apparently, tunay na nakakabusy pala ang maging mommy. puyat wagas. ung naipon kong fats pawala na, ung sa tummy ko na lang ata natira pero katiting na din (nakakatuwa ung tyan ko parang sa mama ko anlambot,hahaha).

sa instagram lang ako karaniwan nakakapagupdate kasi microblogging dun diba. anyways, magpopost sana ako ulit nung mapagmasdan ko ung mga recent posts ko sa IG, halos puro piktyur ng anak ko, hahahaha,

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sorry naman pero #sorrynotsorry pa din, I’m one of those newbie mommy na walang magawa kundi titigan ang anak at kuhaan ng piktyur although mild lang naman ung akin, hahaha

my labor and delivery experience


My baby’s 11 days old now but I haven’t talked about my little one’s birth story. (I think I have had a pleasant birthing experience compared to the horrible birth story as told by some of the moms I know)😊

The day before I gave birth was my scheduled OB-gyne check-up. My doctor did an IE (internal examination) and said I was already at 2-3 centimeters. Since I haven’t had experience strong continuous contraction, I was sent home. She even prescribed Primrose capsule to help thin and dilate my cervix in preparation for my labor. Actually, I have been eating 6 pieces of Dates fruit per day for the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy because it also helps with labor and delivery. (according to studies, dates fruit helps with cervical dilation and reduces the duration of labor) I told my OB about this and she said it seems effective since my cervix was softer the last time she did an examination. Anyways, since I’m already 39 weeks that time and hasn’t had labored yet, I took Primrose as well that night.

It was around 2:30 am the next day (February 21) when I felt a throbbing pain from my back radiating to the front coupled with my tummy hardening with a few minutes interval. I have had contraction before (Braxton-hicks) but this one’s different because no matter what position I tried to do, the pain doesn’t go away. I recorded my contraction and noticed that it has become regularly strong although it has a short duration. The pain was still bearable so I decided to sleep through it but it still wakes me up from time to time. I knew right then that I’ll soon be meeting my little angel.

Come 4:30 am, the radiating back pain continues together with my tummy getting hard so I woke up my husband. He told me to take a bath already to prepare to go to the hospital but after bathing, I felt better although I already have bloody show. I told my husband it’s not yet time.

We were able to attend the morning worship service and do some stuff at home. My mom and I was even able to sweep the backyard despite the pain that I was feeling. When lunch came, I only eat so little (I was more anxious about passing poop during my delivery than the delivery itself, yeah, it sounds crazy coming from a nurse like me considering I’ve witnessed lots of labor and delivery cases with patients pooping and delivering a baby at the same time. I just can’t imagine it happening to me though 😱)

After we had our lunch, it was then that the pain was becoming constantly strong it’s so annoying that I told my husband it’s time to go to the hospital. I texted my OB about my condition and asked how to proceed. She instructed that I be sent to the ER and be checked there.

We arrived at the hospital around 1pm. They took my admission paper (prepared by my OB weeks before my duedate) and asked some information and identification cards. They made me lie on the bed, remove my clothes, put on a hospital gown and diaper, took my vital signs and attached an intravenous line. The doctor on duty did an IE and I was only at 3 cm that time but since I again had bloody show, they continued with the admission. After a few minutes, I was transferred to the labor room because the private room where I will be admitted isn’t prepared yet. I think I stayed there for 2-3 hours together with my husband and my mom. My labor pains continued as the nurses and doctors come and go for vitals signs monitoring like every 30 minutes (though I’m not sure about the time intervals as I can barely concentrate on my surroundings because of the pain that I was feeling).

I remembered being transferred to the private room which was very near to the delivery room. When I got transferred there, I remember seeing my OB and she instructed to administer Buscophan via IV. She keeps on checking my cervix (via IE) and she’s doing stripping as well to facilitate labor. When I reached around 7-8 cm, I think that’s the time they gave me an Oxytocin drip (this is to speed up my labor and to make my contractions more effective). I believe they have administered a pain reliever before the Oxy drip although I’m not sure if it was Morphine or Demerol.

My mom and my husband were there throughout my labor and I am more than thankful. My mother would encourage me to walk around the room to manage the pain and facilitate my contraction. On the other hand, my husband would occasionally hold my hand and kiss my forehead although I keep on telling him to stay away (I remember myself telling him this, “wag kang lumapit, susuntukin kita!”). Yes, that’s what labor does to you, from your composed and calmed persona you find yourself turning into a monster πŸ‘Ή, hahaha) He would always ask my pain scale of 1-10 to which I would always answer 8 or 9. He would instruct me to do deep breathing and would occasionally talk to my baby not to torture me much. All through out my labor and delivery, not once did I rate my pain as 10. For me, I’d rate my pain as 10 if it’s enough to get me into tears to which my labor did not. However, I’m not telling that my labor and delivery was a piece of cake just because I did not reach the maximum pain rate. I can confirm what my sister said, “pag naglalabor ka, buhok mo lang ang hindi masakit.” Everything just fucking hurts you just want to get over it.

After some more time, I think I was at 8-9 cm when my OB decided it was time for me to go to the delivery room. According to my mom, I was wheeled inside DR around 7:30 pm. I remembered being transferred three times from bed to bed it was exhausting and annoying. I remembered being transferred to the DR bed and being put into lithotomy position. An oxygen cannula was attached to me and right then, my journey to never ending pushing started. Every time I got contraction, I was instructed to push. I push hard and strong lots of times but it still wasn’t enough for my baby to come out. Since I’ve been there for more than just a few minutes, my OB decided to ask another doctor (the Pediatrician who’s supposed to catch my baby) to do fundal pushing. It took 3 rather painful and literally breathtaking fundal push until my baby came out. I remembered hearing my baby cry. Alas! My Sophia Avery was delivered at 8:35pm. (I actually thought for a minute that I’ll die not because of my labor and delivery but because of the forceful fundal push to which I gladly didn’t.)

After my delivery, everything was a blur. I remember to have woken up already in my assigned room and my vitals being checked by a nurse. The first thing I noticed was my tummy was way smaller. Only then it sinked in that I have already given birth. I scanned my room for signs of my baby but she wasn’t there. I immediately asked the nurse who’s doing the checking and was assured that my baby was in the nursery room and will be roomed in soon.

My husband and my mom immediately attended to me and asked how I was feeling. They prepared soup and drinks for me. I remember feeling drained. My arms and knees are wobbly. It feels like Mt. Pulag again only it wasn’t. They told me my baby was a bright eyed beauty. They said they took pictures although I don’t remember anything about that. They also told me that Nanay, Tatay, Wewel and Maida came to visit but I barely remember seeing them. Maida told me that I even talked to her but I was so groggy.

I slept for a few more hours and finally, the nurse on duty roomed in my baby. I was told she cried the whole time she was away from me. She has this unique cry that it sounds like she was hurting so much although she wasn’t. I have a feeling she’ll get spoiled because of this. When I get to hold my baby, different emotions crawl through me. I mean, can you imagine, me? A mother? If you asked me decades ago if I picture myself a mother, my answer will be downright NO. I ain’t sweet, I ain’t responsible and I’m freaking lazy which disqualifies me to be one.Β But when I was holding that tiny creature who looks so delicate, right there and then, I had convicted myself to try hard to become the mother this child would ever need.Β 

Indeed, I have given birth to a miracle.

(below are some pictures during my labor and delivery)

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Being a mother is both a blessing and a responsibility. I pray to God that I’ll be able to give justice to the word.

achievement unlocked!


my baby’s umbilical cord has fallen off!yey!oh, by the way, she’s now one week old! (insert happy me here 😁)

I have taken a picture of my baby’s cord together with the clamp. I know it might look gross but I don’t care. #sorrynotsorry

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By the way, I have another good news, I’ve expressed breastmilk up to 3 ounces! Thanks to malunggay capsule! Thanks to sabaw ng halaan made by tatay and other sabaw that they keep on preparing for me. I’m so happy to give breastmilk to my little Sophia. Aside from the famous line that “breastmilk is best for babies”, breastfeeding gives me a chance to bond with my baby. It also gives me that “mommy na talaga ako” feeling.

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Tada! I hope I’d be able to express more milk as weeks and months go by. Wish me luck peeps! πŸ˜‰

sophia hiccups


Hic. Hic. Hic. Said my little one almost everytime after feeding and burping here. Curious that I was, I asked my mom about this and she said “ganyan talaga, nagpapalaki ang anak mo.” which translates to “it’s normal”.

I can’t stop thinking about my hiccupping baby so I decided to google it. I learned that hiccups are contraction of diaphragm after sudden stimulation of the muscle. It was told that it’s normal for newborn and babies under a year old. I even read that even in utero, babies hiccups (I don’t how does that happen though). Unfortunately, you can’t do much about it but the good thing is, they go away really soon (so patience is indeed a virtueπŸ˜‰)

Hic. Hic. Hic. There goes my Sophia hiccupping. Again.

 

unica hija


I started my labor at 2:30 am in the morning of February 21, 2016. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally got to meet my little angel!

Meet Sophia Avery, my first born delivered at 8:35 pm, weighing 3 kilograms and measuring 49 centimeters. This was love at first sight!

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first photograph

I promised myself that when I get to hold my baby, we will take a selfie together, hehehe, here it is!

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And because I get to have selfie with my Piaya (her nickname), my blog post wouldn’t be complete without our first family picture! Daddylabs wouldn’t miss our first family selfie for the world!

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This is indeed the miracle of life. I’m so happy I couldn’t put my feelings into words that would actually describe them perfectly. I’m simply thankful. I’m blessed. I’m overwhelmed. All those feelings rolled into one. Thank God for the blessing called family.

p.s.

pahabol na piktyur (wahahaha)

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maternity shots


just like what I have mentioned previously, maida and I did a maternity photoshoot. (chos. feeling lang,hahaha)

below are the pictures, hope you like them! (maida did all the works just so you know, I’m one fat lazy preggo)

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Those are just few of the photographs that maida took. It was my first time doing the maternity shoot and I enjoyed doing it the whole time. I think my baby shares the same sentiment as she was actively kicking in my tummy during the shoot.

hayyy, I can’t wait to meet my baby girl. (insert excited emoticon here 😁)

P.S.

I figured you’d get tired of my face and my lame poses so I did not post the rest. 😈😈😈

DIY maternity shoot


my due date is fast approaching so maida and I decided to do a DIY maternity shoot.

here’s a sneak peek from our shoot this afternoon πŸ“·

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P.S

calligraphy props and decors are all made by my kb tropapips/sis-in-law maida. (as in wala kong contribution,hahaha, tamad na buntis)

what’s in my hospital bag?


When you’re on your third trimester, all you could think about was when you’re going to see your little angel.Β However, when your labor and delivery is fast approaching, all you could think about was how fast it (time and your pregnancy) went.

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I went to my OB yesterday and was told I was good to go. I’m already 37 weeks and she said I could deliver anytime soon. I’m so excited to see my little one that I have been packing and unpacking my baby’s diaper bag and my hospital bag for the longest time. I’ve been browsing the net to get a β˜‘ list for stuff that I’ll be needing for my pre&post labor and delivery and for my baby.

For reference, I have used MommyPracticality blog’s hospital bag checklist though I added some stuff suitable to my preference.

πŸ₯ bag checklist

Documents

  • Admitting paper/Prenatal journal/ultrasound copies/laboratory test results
  • Philhealth form
  • Philhealth ID
  • PhilHealth contribution certificate
  • Identification Cards (for mom and dad to be)
  • ATM (Debit card)
  • Cash

For me

  • 1 pack maternity pads
  • 1 Robe (just in case you would need to roam around and you don’t want to look like a hubadera wearing the hospital gown)
  • 1 nursing cover (I got mine from Bloom which is available from all leading SM department stores)
  • Underwear
  • 2 nursing bra (I bought mine from Sana, I got it long back when I was still in UAE)
  • 2-3 pairs breastpads (I bought a washable one from SM department store)
  • Nursing pillow (I got mine from Bloom as well)
  • 2 pairs of socks (I read somewhere that you’ll feel a little cold after labor)
  • Extra shirts
  • Going home outfit
  • Slippers
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (wipes, toilet papers, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, facial wash, petroleum jelly, alcohol, cologne)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Pain relief cream

For baby

  • Baby go-to diaper bag (I got mine from Juniors)
  • Disposable diapers (1 pack)
  • 2-3 sets tie-side clothes /kimonos with snap closure
  • Baby towels
  • Baby receiving blanket
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 2-3 pairs of bonnets, mittens and booties
  • Small feeding bottle and formula milk (just in case I won’t be able to express milk immediately)
  • 1 pack baby wetwipes
  • Burp cloth/bib

For daddylabs

  • Changing clothes
  • Snacks
  • Mobile phone and charger

I hope the list above will suffice for a neophyte mom like me. I’m excited and a little bit nervous at the same time! Wish me luck!

P.S. I’ll post my hospital bag picture next time. πŸ˜‰

 

advance


Nakachat ko yung isa kong tropapips dati sa al Reef at sinend niya sakin tong piktyur ko.

IMG-20160117-WA0001Hanep, mukha kong kalansay. Hindi ko matandaan kung ano yung pinaglalaban ko diyan pero tanda ko kuha yan nung birthday treat nung isang doktor namin.

Hindi ko alam bakit naisip kong ipost yan. Siguro looking back na din sa tingting kong katawan noon, ngayon kasi ultimo paa ko di ko kita, pero syempre jontis, alam nyo na. Pero syempre kahit manganak na ako ayoko nang bumalik sa ganyang kapayat na mukhang malnourished hahaha.

Anyways, tinanong ako nung tropa ko kung excited na ba ko manganak, sabi ko naman oo, syempre gusto ko na makita mukha ni bebi kung ako ba kamukha niya or si daddylabs. Tinanong niya din ako kung natatakot ako sa sakit, pinagisipan ko maigi pero hindi naman ako natatakot. Sabi ng ate kong panganay since birth mataas daw talaga ang pain tolerance ko, but I highly doubt kung chill galore ako sa araw ng labor and delivery ko noh.

Kung tatanungin nyo ako kung natatakot ako sa sakit? Hindi din ang sagot ko. Mas natatakot pa ako sa katotohanan na paglabas ng baby ko maeexpose na siya sa mundong walang kasiguraduhan. Mararanasan na niya ang sakit, init, gutom, pagkabigo at kung ano-ano pang bagay na nagdedefine satin bilang tao. Exaggerated ba? Hahahahaha sorry naman masyadong advance lang talaga ako mag-isip.

Bukas babalik akong hospital para magpaultrasound, malalaman ko na kung diet as tolerated pa din or no rice na till the time na mangitlog na ako, Wish me luck! Hindi kasi natuloy ngayong araw kasi wala yung doktor.