A PEEK INSIDE MY HOSPITAL BAGS

Some of you have asked me if I have packed my hospital bag already. We’ve done it before I reached my 37th week, and we have two separate bags: one for me while I’m in labor (to post-birth), and the other for my baby when he’s born and I’m breastfeeding. #1: MY LABOR TO BIRTH BAG Please take note that I’m bringing things for my plan of a natural, normal birth (for the hospital we picked, we are eyeing the […]

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MY MATERNITY MUST-HAVES

Now that my pregnancy is almost over, I am sharing the products that have been truly helpful in my journey to motherhood. These are products I believe are worth investing on, and in the end, I feel that they’ve done their job in helping me save more. #1: BRA EXTENDERS Many women get excited at the thought of buying maternity bras! I know I did! But not only are they expensive, your breasts can change sizes more than once at […]

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CLASSES FOR EXPECTING PARENTS

Whenever I talk to parents who had their children years and years ago, they always tell me how lucky we are these days that there’s so much help around for parents-to-be. I agree completely. Back in the days, there was no Google to help us research, no social media to help us find like-minded communities, not much classes and seminars, and there weren’t many books to read for childbirth preparation. These days, I really believe it’s much easier to make […]

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#PabloFernandez: BABY SHOWER #4

Just got home from another baby shower! After Baby Shower #3 was over, we really thought that was it. And then last week, my sister-in-law told my husband that she plans to throw us a baby shower for my husband’s side of the family, and if we still had time for it. We all met up in the afternoon, and we were surprised that my sisters-in-law even decorated my in-laws’ place for the shower. My mom-in-law was telling us how […]

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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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MTE PICKS: BRANDS AND STYLES FOR MATERNITY WEAR

The moment one gets pregnant…the question of maternity wear seems to come to mind. At least it did for me. But you know what I’ve learned? It’s best to just wait until your grow big enough to fit into your normal clothes. Being a curvy woman, I honestly thought I would get so big, but I was wrong. It is apparently thinner people who usually get “stretched” out much more, and much earlier. So up until my fifth or sixth […]

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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 MATERNITY SHOOT

I first met photographer Jamie Espadilla-Mapagu of JAMIE AND BABY in our house, where my sister did part of her maternity shoot back in 2014. When my turn came for a maternity shoot, she suggested that we go out-of-town and I kept joking her that it’s so ironic how she has been to our house a couple of times to do shoots for others, but that she planned to kick us out of our home for our very own. Anyway, […]

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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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#PabloGo: BABY SHOWER #3

Just when I thought the baby showers were over, I came home one Sunday night with a surprise from our “Diksyonaryo Family”. Diksyonaryo ATBP. is a non-government organization lead by Lia Manalac-Del Castillo. We are all volunteers of her organization and have gone around the country to give dictionaries, other books, and school supplies to different communities. Today, Diksyonaryo focuses more on its Book Mobile project, literally a mobile library that hopes to drive across the country to spread the […]

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