April 22

Water please!

I have been absent from blogging for quite sometime because I got sick. I had on and off fever for several days coupled by nausea and weakness. When I got confined at the hospital my doctor said that I was dehydrated. And because of it, I also developed urinary track infection (UTI). I had both because of only one reason; I wasn’t drinking enough water.

Considering the very hot weather now here in Manila, it is so easy to get dehydrated. Well, here are some signs that you are dehydrated:
1. Dark yellow urine
2. Dry mouth
3. Weakness in muscle
4. Headache
5. Dizziness
6. Low blood pressure
7. Increased heart beat
8. Fever
9. Unconsciousness

But in order not to experience any of these, it is best to hydrate yourself and drink plenty of water. You wouldn’t want getting sick to get in the way of your daily activities.

Because I am extracting milk for my baby who is in the incubator, getting sick meant no milk for my baby. I am allowed to pump my milk but not to save it for him. It was almost a week of throwing milk. I felt really bad. But good thing I have several reserves inside the fridge so my baby did not get hungry.

Now I’m up and about and fully recovered. As a mom, I realized that, now more than ever, I need to take care of myself for my two sons. Not only am I a mom who takes care of her kids, I am also the only source of food and nutrients of my second born son.

April 8

Faith… Total Surrender

With our Baby Hendrix in the Neonatal ICU, the past three weeks had been a roller coaster of emotions. Some days are up, some are down. There are several instances when we celebrate over some developments then just a few hours later cry over negative updates from his doctor. As a result, despite receiving some good news, I would find myself crying and worrying if it will be followed by disappointing news as well.
Last weekend was definitely one of those days. The Doctor reported a major setback. At that point, additional medicines or procedures were not advisable. The only thing to do is to observe and wait if Hendrix can fight it out.
For someone like me who is used to taking control of things, it is difficult to just wait. I plan everything. And when things do not go my way, I get really upset. And with Hendrix, I already expected a miracle, because of all the prayers we’ve been receiving from family, relatives, friends, relatives, prayer groups, even from people we do not know. I expected his Doctor to tell me “We do not know how it happened, but your son is perfectly healthy!” But it did not happen and I was disappointed. Very disappointed.
In the middle of these emotions, I read the bible to find some comfort. And the verses I read in both books of Matthew and Mark, tell how people’s faith in God allowed them to be healed by Jesus.
Matthew 9:27 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.
Mark 10:52 “Go” said Jesus. “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Reading these verses was the enlightenment that I needed. It made me realize that even thru prayers I was still trying to take control of things. I want things exactly my way; that I refuse “No” as answer. Reading these verses opened up my eyes and heart. I need to have faith and faith means total surrender. I have to believe that God will heal my son; and that God knows what is best for my son.
After reading the bible, I meditated and prayed. And when I opened my eyes, I felt relieved. I felt like a heavy weight has been taken from my shoulders. I have faith. I believe. I surrender.
Hendrix’s condition is improving as days go by. It is not perfect yet, but having that renewed faith allowed me to be thankful and be happy for the good news, and take calmly any problems that come our way. We are taking it one day at a time.
And if you’re wondering about the major setback I mentioned above, yes, Hendrix was able to fight it out. Thank God! A blessed easter to everyone!
April 6

The Sunshine Award

I got my first blog award! How precious! Thank you Viviene of The Journey of A Woman! According to her, this award is given to “bloggers who are inspirational, and who have impacted your blogging or your life.”
Here are the rules of this award…
§ Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
§ Answer 10 questions about yourself
§ Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
§ Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
§ Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
Now I got to answer these 10 questions…
1. Favourite colour – I love red. I think it’s bold and passionate. Both my 18th birthday debut party and wedding has red as a color motif
2. Favourite animal – I love Dogs!
3. Favourite number – hmmm… I don’t think I have a particular number that I like
4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink – Coffee
5. Facebook or twitter – Facebook! I find twitter boring at times
6. Passion – Fashion/Music/Family/Marriage
7. Getting or giving presents – Definitely giving especially the wrapping part! That is what I look forward to every Christmas season
8. Favourite pattern – I usually like solid two-toned patterns only
but now I’m trying to get myself to wear other patterns but nothing too bold
9. Favourite Day of the Week – Sunday!!
10. Favourite flower – I’m a red roses girl
Now the most exciting part! I nominate…
1. Bonz World – Meet the Chef Wannabe –My friend’s blog that talks about great food and promotes good health.
2. Mommy of One and Counting – A blog that talks about her experiences as a mom, and being pregnant for the second time around. A blog which also promotes breasfeeding, and cloth diapers.
3. Momto8blog – blogging her experiences about raising 8 kids in different age brackets. I often wonder how she does it!
4. The Feastful Life – Reading her blog will make you feel that life is indeed beautiful with her great scenery photos, yummy food and fashion finds.
5. The Adventures of J-Man and Millerbug – As a new blogger, she has helped me a lot with her cool blogging tips. She makes blogging seem so easy!
6. Chronicles of A Nursing Mom – She has inspiring and encouraging posts about breastfeeding. A great blog to follow especially for new breastfeeding moms just like me!
Category: Blogging Gigs
April 4

Fruits Trivia

I have always been fond of fruits most especially during my pregnancy. Not only is it nutritious with its loads of vitamins and minerals, it also became my pal during the first trimester when my morning (all-day!) sickness was at its worst and I could not eat almost everything.
Do you find fruits boring? Well, here are some interesting facts about your fruits:
Bananas between meals help ease morning sickness.

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Category: Family Matters
April 2

Post Pregnancy Changes

It’s been two and a half weeks since I gave birth and I’ve been experiencing some weird changes in my body. I guess this is what they call postpartum hormones.First of which is oily skin. During my confinement at the hospital, I was not able to wash my face with my regular wash. And lo and behold, when I resumed using my old facial wash, I suddenly felt my skin getting oily. An hour or two after washing and pimples came out. They suddenly appeared out of nowhere! Not the big ones but those very small ones. They are scattered around my cheeks, forehead, and chin and even in my body. I wonder if these will go away on my own or I will need the help of a dermatologist.

When I was eating hospital food, I kept complaining to my husband that what they are serving is very salty. But when I went home and started eating our usual menu, I still find most food, especially meat, very salty. Even the good old KFC chicken and Mc Donald’s quarter pounder are salty. Because of this, I’m losing my appetite most of the time which resulted to me losing almost all the pregnancy, weight I gained.

Lastly, I’m also experiencing higher than normal body temperature. I perspire a lot, get thirsty a lot and use the airconditioning a lot! I can’t seem to take the heat!

With all these changes, I guess my body is yet to get used to the idea that I am not pregnant anymore. I wonder how long will it take for my body to resume to its normal state? How about you, what were the changes that you experienced in your body after giving birth?
March 31

My Toddler Diaper Bag Must-Haves

Weekends means the most awaited family time. It is two days of hitting the mall, leisure parks and going to church. Whenever we go out,
my toddler’s bag has the following standard contents:
Extra pair of clothes – a t-shirt, shorts, underwear and socks. I only bring cotton ones so it won’t get too bulky inside the bag
A pair of Sweaters – just in case it gets too cold inside the mall
Cloth diaper – Truly a mom’s best friend! An all around helper! It can be used to wipe sweat, spills, drool, to dry wet hands
Water bottle – I’m very particular with the water that Heinel drinks so I make sure that he brings his own. I place it in a small bag so in case it spills, it won’t wet the entire contents of the bag
Wet towel/Wet Ones – to wipe dirty hands and for “emergency” trips to the bathroom
Hand sanitizer
Light snacks such as biscuits/crackers – you’ll never know if you will get stuck in traffic or the food that you ordered takes time to be served
Toy – since my son loves die-cast cars, I make sure to bring 2 or 3 small cars to keep him entertained insde the car or while waiting in restaurants
Insect repellant lotion
Extra reusable bag – to store wet or used clothes
Fan – for hot days inside the church
It may seem a lot but I am able to fit all these in a medium sized trendy bag. How about you fellow mom? What’s inside your kid’s bag? Feel free to add to the list!
Photo credits: Pursepage.com
March 30

Weekend Blog Hop!

Aside from sharing my thoughts, the one thing I like about blogging is reading blogs especially from other moms like me! So today I joined the Weekend Blog Hop!

Category: Blogging Gigs