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!


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.


pahabol na piktyur (wahahaha)



almost there

I had my OB check-up today.

My doctor did an IE (internal examination) but I was still only 2-3 cm. Since I’m already at my 39 weeks and hasn’t started labor, my OB had to make sure my baby’s doing fine so I was advised to do ultrasound again with BPS (stands for Biophysical Profile Score, a simple and painless test to assess your baby’s well being). My baby’s score is 8/8. My doctor told me that in general, 8 or 10 is considered normal, 6 is borderline and below 6 is worrisome. Thank goodness, my Sophia is well.

Anyhow, I checked the rest of my ultrasound results and compared it with my recent ultrasound which was 10 days ago and found some discrepancies. For instance, my baby’s estimated fetal weight was 3.3 kilograms and now it is 2.9 kilograms. Another thing is my estimated due date, from February 24 it got moved to March 17. I also noticed that my placental grade decreased from grade 3 to grade 2. Although I’m in the medical field, I got alarmed after the comparisons I made so I immediately called my Ob-gyn to consult my observation. She told me its the BPS that counts and with regards to the discrepancies in figures regarding the rest of the ultrasound results; she said that some of the components that each sonologist measures are usually subjective (how in the world does that happen, I don’t know). Honestly speaking, I’m still doubtful even after talking to my Ob-gyn so I checked online if there are expectant mothers out there who’s got the same experience and I was not disappointed. Lots of forums confirmed that most often than not, ultrasound aren’t reliable. This doesn’t put me at ease but knowing that someone from the cyberspace was able to get through with their pregnancy just fine, it makes me feel a little bit better . I hope I’ll have the same luck though.



my mom’s in town. she arrived the other day thinking that I’m already on labor. unfortunately, it seems my baby’s enjoying her sweet time inside my tummy and doesn’t plan on coming out anytime soon. well, I do hope I get to see her sooner though. Everyone’s excited to meet her.

we don’t have much to do here at my in-laws so we went to their backyard yesterday just to roam around and chit-chat. It’s been almost a year and a half since I last saw her. she’s grown thinner, I think. taking care of them (hitler, her grandchildren, nieces and nephews) is taking its toll on her. I hope that her short stay here with us will do her good and will make her relax for a little while.

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my mom’s a sucker for green mangoes

my mom enjoying her time with those freshly picked mangoes (thanks daddylabs for getting those) Thanks Nanay and Tatay for accomodating my mom. I’m one happy preggo at the moment. 


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)









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 😁)


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

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. However, when your labor and delivery is fast approaching, all you could think about was how fast it (time and your pregnancy) went.


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 ☑ 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.

🏥 bag checklist


  • 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. 😉



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.





make a blog entry

kasama to sa stuff to do when boredom strikes na naresearch ko sa google.

ay bakit ako bored? tambay na kasi ako. siguro lagpas 1 month na. I’m expecting my baby girl soon. as in next month. sabi kasi ng OB ko around third or fourth week of februarydue date ko . tsaka recently nasira ang phone ko eh almost 3/4 ata ng tambay na buhay ko nauubos sa kakacellphone, ayun nung nasira nawalan ako lalo ng direksyon

oh, I almost forgot. Happy new year! this is my first new year again in the Philippines after being an OFW for 4 years. It was fun. Iba pa din talaga pag sa Pinas ka nagcecelebrate. Warm ang atmosphere. Holiday na holiday. ang gaganda ng fireworks. daming pagkain. masaya naman pero syempre mas masaya kung kasama ko din sila mama magcelebrate. ganito pala pag may asawa na noh. now that I think of it,  single pa ko nung huli kong nakasamang magnewyear sila mama, sana sa susunod makasama ko din sila kasama na ang baby sophia ko hehehe.

ay, nagfasting pala ako last night from 10 pm till 7am today, nakaschedule kasi ko for FBS and OGTT, 32 weeks na kasi ko, routine check daw un ng mga preggy. Ayun namuti mata ko sa gutom hehehe. tapos ung oral glucose solution na pinainom sakin, kasumpa-sumpa, parang isang kilong asukal na hinalo sa isang tasang mainit na tubig, halos hindi ko malunok muntik pa kong masuka, ewww. hindi naman ako maarte pero eww talaga. buti na lang sabi ng OB ko hindi na yun uulitin. ayun dalawang tusok din pala ko ng karayom magkabilang  braso, sana hindi magpasa, pero sabagay mukha namang magaan ung kamay nung medtech na nagextract ng dugo sakin.

excited na ata ung baby kong lumabas, sipa ng sipa eh, hahaha, kababaeng baby parang pacman. sana healthy siya paglabas. excited na din akong makita siya, pero syempre kinakabahan din ako kasi sabi nga nila masakit pero mas lamang pa ngayon yung excitement. tinanong ko yung OB ko kung normal delivery ba siya sabi niya hindi ko daw dapat tinatanong yun kasi majority sa kanila CS kasi sila mismo yung nakakakita ng horrific  scenarios sa DR so ayaw nila maranasan yung sakit, hahaha, ironic. ako din naman nakakita na ng mga nakakatakot na pangyayari sa delivery room, yung mga nanay na na-siyam na anak na pero maka-OH MY GOD sa pag-ire wagas, meron naman na primi talaga at wagas makahagulgol sa sakit. meron din namang subtle lang umire. kung alin ako dun, abangan ang susunod na kabanata, hahaha.

sa totoo lang gusto ko sana epidural kasi sabi nung bestfriend ko ganun ung sa kanya kaso nagresearch ako andaming risks nung epidural saka mas mahal siya so gusto ko normal delivery. ayaw ko din ng cesarean kasi maliban sa keloid former ako, matagal ang recovery ng cs incision, tsaka naman, pagkadami ko nang peklat dadagdagan ko pa ba? hay naku sana talaga makeribels ng beauty ko ang normal delivery hahahaha.

naku napahaba na ata ung post ko, anyways, till next time. :PPP