HOW WE GIVE PABLO A BATH: NEWBORN EDITION

Someone sent me a personal message on Instagram asking for a step-by-step guide on how we give Pablo a bath. Luckily, at this post-partum stage (our baby is 12 days old as of writing) where I’m still having bleeding down there and generally recuperating from Pablo’s birth, my husband has taken most of the caregiving tasks such as diaper changing, burping the baby, and giving him a bath. I really am blessed to have a hands-on husband, and so for […]

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MY BIRTH STORY

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know I’ve been preparing for a normal (vaginal delivery), natural (unmedicated) birth. As I always say though, I am aware that sometimes, things don’t always happen as planned, though what’s important is that you worked for it and tried your best. Of all things I did not in any way consider nor expect, it was how my labor started. This is my story with my firstborn, Pablo. ***  37 weeks – […]

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MTE FINDS: LAUNDRY DETERGENTS FOR YOUR BABY

When I about five or six months pregnant, I went to a bazaar where I met someone selling laundry detergent that’s supposed to be environmental-friendly (no dust particles after washing and drying + it’s locally produced), uses mild surfactants, and more importantly, has no scent. No scent for me is very, very important because prior to using this brand, we were using a popular laundry brand that’s available in every market, and every once in a while, I would ask […]

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MONTESSORI-INSPIRED ROOM

If you read the principle of Montessori on infants, there really is much stress in freedom of movement. Infants can slither from birth, and continue to develop their body throughout the year. In the second month of life, the muscles of the neck are brought under control and the head can be supported without assistance. Between the third and fourth month, coordination begins to extend to the hands. At the age of five months, they are already slithering skillfully. By […]

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MY PREGNANCY READING LIST

Let me begin this blog by saying that now, I finally understand why pregnancy takes at least 37 weeks long. It really is giving you all the time to prepare for the coming of your baby – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Back in my mom’s time, they only had a book or two as resource for everything baby-related, but today, there are a LOOOT of books out there that can help you with your journey. This is why I believe […]

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MY TRASH, MY TREASURE

I have been busy re-cleaning the house before my son arrives. Today, I decided to clean a drawer full of broken accessories. I kept them thinking I could be a jewelry maker someday, but let’s face it, that’s just not my thing and I’ll probably never be one. I know of Marie Kondo and appreciate the wisdom she tries to impart, but on days like this, I am just really happy to be a basurera [a Filipino term that means “garbage” […]

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOES TO YOUR BABY’S SKIN?

Becoming a mother can suddenly turn you into a more careful being. I never really bothered to check the ingredients of what I put in my skin before, but now that I’m about to have a little one, it seems I have become more mindful of many things, including the products I want to use for my son. I recently learned about the Environmental Working Group (EWG.ORG), a non-profit, non-partisan organisation which aims to protect both human health and the […]

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