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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our Cloth Diapering Journey

Before our first son was born my husband and I agreed to make him wear lampin. We thought that disposable diapers are costly, wasteful and could cause diaper rash. So when Kulay was born last 2010 we made him wear good old lampin with pins for three months using only disposables at night and when going out. 
Our First Born in Lampin
We eventually succumbed to using 100% disposable diapers because we got tired of doing the laundry , we have no helper. It was not just the lampins but also the bed sheets, blankets and etc  because of pee or poop leaks. I was aware then about modern lampins or cloth diaper but I found it too expensive (around P500 and up) since most of available brands are US made.
With our second child, Liwanag, I did more research on cloth diapers and found the Modern Cloth Nappying Pinays Group in Facebook. The group was really informative and all I learned all about the modern lampin from that page. A friend who was also pregnant found online stores which sell China made nappies like Alva so we ordered together to avail of the wholesale price and save on shipping fee , I bought 5 pieces initially. I chose Alva 3.0 pocket cloth diapers because it is cheap and it would fit newborn babies up to 2 and a half year old kids.
I got the actual diapers when I was still 7 months pregnant and it was love at first sight. The designs are so cute and it feels so soft to touch.  I can’t help but order again, so I bought 5 more CDs.
When my daughter was finally born last March, I waited for 4 weeks before I made her wear the CDs, making sure that the meconium (that black sticky stuff) on her poop was gone. I thought the diaper was too big for her but then I later realized that I didn’t adjust the snaps properly.
my second child wearing her first CD at 27 days old
 We survived exclusively cloth diapering her with the 10 diapers but it was too tiring to do the laundry each day. I handwash the cds myself at night before going to sleep so I decided to buy additional Cds.
Whenever I am online I stalked the MCNP group and made sure to check the for sale/trade album. I eventually bought more second hand pocket diapers, brought covers and tried other pocket diaper brands until I found out what worked for us.
Now my daughter is almost 6 months, medium wetter and we have 25 CDs in rotation which is mostly composed of Sunbaby Size 2 pocket diapers. She uses around 6 to 8 CDs per day so we need to do the laundry every other day not to run out of CDs.
Loving our Sunbaby CDs
 I never regretted choosing cloth diapers and am always encouraging other mommies to try it out. It really has lots of benefits,see my next post.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Breastfeeding, A Winning Goal for Life!

"Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 - Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries."



The moment that a woman gives birth she does not only give life to the newborn child but also she also gives birth to her new persona, becoming a mother. Becoming a mother is no easy task as you are given a big responsibility or rather a gift of nurturing a new life. Women are designed by nature to nourish their children and this is through breastfeeding.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My 2nd birthing experience

I thought  giving birth to Kulay was the greatest of my life but then I had a repeat performance. Here's what happened.

March 10
10:30 am
I went to my OB for my weekly check up. I am at 38 weeks 3 days. She conducted an IE for the first time and found my cervix still closed. She then told me she would insert three Evening Primrose Oil Capsule to soften my cervix and let me lie down for 20 minutes. She then prepared my admission for labor papers just in case.

7:30 pm
I noticed blood and mucus on my undies and urine when I was peeing at Gmall. I didn't feel any pain or strong contractions so we had dinner at KFC with hubby and son and had our grocery and went home.

10:00 pm 
Still no labor but I decided to go to the hospital for a check up. Car won't start so we waited for a taxi.

11:00 pm 
Arrived at Davao Doctor's, the OB at the Delivery room conducted an IE and found my cervix to be opened at 1-2cm she then inserted more EPrim caps. As per my OBs instruction I was advised for admission since labor might start at an unholy hour. And so I spent the night at the Labor Room while Mike slept at the OB ward. 


March 11
5:00 am 
Still no labor and they conducted another IE and cervix is at 3cm. She also performed a membrane sweep.

10:30 am 
My OB arrived and conducted another IE and cervix is opened at 4-5cm. My OB joked that I should give birth before 4pm because she have classes.

2:30 pm 
My contractions are becoming stronger and is starting to be painful, I told the midwife. The resident OB conducted an IE and cervix is opened at 7cm and it is fully effaced. They then prepped me for delivery and brought me to the Delivery room. We waited for my OB and during the wait, I heard a pop and my water bag broke and then the pain intensified. I feel the urge to push but they told me to wait. I tried to fight the pain by breathing.
My OB arrived and so I started to push...after 3 push...Liwanag came out at 3:07pm..wailing loudly and was placed on my chest.

Thank you Lord for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A pregnancy Scare

A couple of weeks ago, well January 30 to be quite exact I had a pregnancy scare. My officemates and I were on our way to Compostela because we have a meeting there. We stopped by Gaisano Mall Tagum for lunch and when I went to the bathroom to pee, I noticed blood on my undies and urine. I didn’t feel any pain or contractions so I didn’t panic but I was really worried. I was still 32 weeks pregnant then. I told my officemates that I won’t go with them to Comval and contacted  some of my officemates who were fortunately at Mawab (30 mins away from Tagum) to accompany me back to Davao.  I waited at Gaisano Mall in Tagum and became really paranoid when I felt abdominal pains. Thankfully my officemates from Mawab came quickly to my rescue and the abdominal pain subsided. ...maybe it was just the nerves...being alone in a place far from home and bleeding.
The driver then brought me directly to Davao Doctors and we arrived at around 2pm. I went directly to my OB and husband and son met me there. She conducted a pap smear and confirmed there was indeed bleeding and cleaned me up. She also requested for an Abdominal and Transvaginal ultrasound. Her initial diagnosis was placenta previa, meaning the placenta is low lying and might be causing the bleeding.
Luckily I was still accommodated by the Ultrasound Section even if it was already past 4pm. I was the last patient and was quite surprised to see a male OB/SOnologist doing the test. He conducted the ultrasound and found my placenta to be in place, the baby to be fine and everything is fine and that my cervix haven’t opened or dilated yet, Thank God! He also showed us the baby’s face and he was very kind to give us a 4D print out even if we only paid for the normal ultrasound. He didn’t check the gender though as my OB specified “NO Gender” in the request but it was enough for me to see the baby’s face who looked like his Kuya Kulay. It was a really scary day but turned out to be quite rewarding at the end.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Keeping the Baby's Gender a Surprise

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I am now 30 weeks pregnant or at my 7 month of pregnancy and we do not know yet the gender our baby...by choice. We wanted to keep it a surprise to make it more thrilling. We both wanted a girl since we already had a boy that's why we don't want to know until the last minute. We figured that in our parent's time they don't know the gender and highly anticipates the actual day of birth for the gender. I want to experience the "It's a boy or girl moment" when the baby eventually comes out. I wanted the gender to be an extra motivation during labor. 
I had a trans-vaginal ultrasound at 8 weeks and at that time the gender can't be determined yet. After that I haven't had any ultrasound. My OB also encourages me to keep the gender a surprise and promised not to tell me the gender even when I will undergo an ultrasound as she is also a Sonologist and will conduct my ultrasound.
During my pregnancy with my first born there was no surprise about the gender because at my trans-vaginal ultrasound at 13 weeks the testicles can be clearly seen so we know early on that it is a Boy.
I honestly question the wisdom of our decision to keep the gender a surprise. I often have dreams (sometimes nightmare) about the gender of the baby. It is difficult to look for unisex clothing. I don't enjoy shopping as much as I long to buy cute boy or girl outfits. Every people I meet would immediately ask me whether I'm having a boy or a girl and of course they have their own predictions. Most of them thinks that it's a girl judging from my appearance and shape of belly. 
What's more important right now is to be fit and prepare myself for the big day. And of course what I pray most in the world is a healthy and normal baby and a safe  and normal delivery irregardless of the gender.Wish me luck! :-)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Project Hygiene Kit for Yolanda Victims

The whole world is aware of the Super Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines which is the strongest typhoon recorded for the year 2013. Everyone is aware of its devastating effect on the Philippines specifically in the Visayas region with death toll reaching up to almost four thousand and still counting while it left more thousands homeless.
Everybody is doing their own share in helping out the victims in any way they can. It is very heartwarming to see the whole nation and even the world help out by sending relief goods, medical teams, rescue teams and etc. I even can't help but be teary eyed when I saw a Japanese Kid break up his Piggy bank which he probably saved for the whole year to donate to the victims.

The Davao Bloggers Society which I am a part of, launched the Project Hygiene Kit. 



Aside from food, water, clothing, we also recognize the need for hygiene materials for basic cleanliness and self esteem. We aim to send 1,000 hygiene kits which cost P100 each thus amounting to P100,000 in total. Each hygiene kit is estimated to last one week and contains the ff:



For males:

60g Soap
Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
Toothbrush
40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
10 g Cotton
75 mL Alcohol
2 x 3 mL Deolotion
12 mL Insect repellant
Resealable Zip Bag
Total Cost: PhP95.60

For females:

60g Soap
Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
Toothbrush
40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
10 g Cotton
75 mL Alcohol
2 x 3 mL Deolotion
12 mL Insect repellant
2 pcs Sanitary Napkins
Resealable Zip Bag

Total Cost: PhP100.00


We will be sending each kit along with an encouraging note from the donor. For online donors you may e-mail me your note at florainea[at]gmail.com
I know most of you have donated in some way or another so I would highly appreciate if I could call on your generosity once again to donate P100 or $2.50 and help us in this endeavour. Let us all unite to help the victims overcome this tragedy.

Thank you very much! Maraming Salamat

For goods, the drop-off point is: Mam Bebs Bakery
Location: CVA Building, CM Recto Street, Davao City
(fronting City Triangle, adjacent to Ateneo Claveria Gate)
Mondays- Fridays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM 


You may also send your cash donations via PayPal to merchant@alleba.com. Send the confirmation email (or a screenshot of it) to: bloggersforreliefPH@gmail.com.

Feel free to contact bloggersforreliefPH@gmail.com or Facebook Page  for all your inquiries and questions. Please also help us disseminate this information to those who are willing to help and contribute. All kits and other donations will be turned over to Ateneo de Davao University.


You may share or link this post to your social media accounts with hashtags #bloggersforReliefPH #YolandaPH

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Minion Kid Costume for Trick or Treat 2013

For the past two Halloween, I was the one who decided on what will be my son's costume for Trick or Treat. This time since he is already 2 years and 10 months old, I tried to get his preference as he might refuse to wear my chosen costume. I asked him if he wanted to be a Zombie as he is fond of watching me play Plants Vs. Zombies 2 or Minion as it is his favorite movie character. He replied without skipping a beat, "Minion" and so began my search for a minion costume.
I haven't seen any ready made costume on department stores so I resorted to online search. I found minion crochet beanies so I asked Kulay's Godmother, Ailyn to make me one.

Then I remembered that Kulay has a denim jumper so I only lacked long sleeved yellow shirt. I looked for plain ones at the department stores but most are big in size and only short sleeves are available. I was decided to let him wear his yellow polo shirt but then I found a Cotton On long sleeved yellow shirt and it is on sale, perfect!

So this was our Trick or Treat ensemble , i forgot about the black gloves though. Good thing my son wore it without a fuss.

We arrived late at Abreeza mall and most stores run out of candies already. I was happy that people were able to recognize Kulay's costume. They would point to him and say "look there's a minion". One kid even sang "ba ba banana" when he saw kulay. Kulay was very much game while trick or treating around the mall and would say on his own "Trick or Treat" and "Thank You" after. However he wants to eat the candies and would ask me to carry him when he is tired. He also demanded to ride the train and play with the slides.

My husband though injured accompanies us though he just sat down at Starbucks and waited for us to finish.

(L)This are what's left of his candies when we got home...he ate most of it while trick or treating.(R) Showing that his teeth are still okay.

 I believe Kulay was happy with the experience and I still plan to join again next year with our little baby. I am already searching for sibling costumes LOLs

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