THE LAST TIME

It’s been 3 months since I gave birth, the time when many parents share how sleepless they’ve been, how much everything has changed (and how tiring it is), and how they need a long break from it all. Several times before I gave birth, I would be told to prepare for the worst – zero sleep, consistent crying, etc. etc. I totally get where these feelings come from, and all those feelings are valid. I mean, the first weeks can make […]

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COMMON REASONS WHY WOMEN END BREASTFEEDING (EARLIER THAN PLANNED)

Did you know that at birth, your baby’s stomach is only as small as a cherry (or in Philippine reference, a calamansi)? This is why our body does not produce a lot of milk on our first few days post birth, because our babies can’t handle it yet! It’s amazing how nature works. I haven’t been a mother for a long time, but I have talked to a lot of women about breastfeeding, and I realized that many women actually wanted to breastfeed. […]

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MONTESSORI MOBILES FOR WATCHING

In my previous post on Montessori Mobiles, I shared how we did the black-and-white visuals. As mentioned in that post, the difference with Montessori mobiles is that they are intentionally used while the infant is awake and ready to absorb his/her surroundings. The mobiles are meant to help develop focus on a moving object and develop perception of color and depth. Just yesterday, my mom-in-law had visitors and she was holding our son while chatting with them. When I came to […]

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HOW TO CHANGE YOUR (PHILIPPINE) PASSPORT TO YOUR MARRIED NAME

In this blogpost, I shared how we applied for a passport for our son when he was two months old. Because he had a priority pass via the courtesy lane (no appointment needed) and one adult can ride with this pass, I decided to have my passport changed to my married name, too (we’ve been married for almost 4 years, after all, haha!). So, if you are changing your Philippine Passport from your maiden name to your married name here […]

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A U.S. VISA FOR BABIES (PHILIPPINE PASSPORT HOLDERS)

There was a crazy airline sale sometime last year, so my husband, mom, and I booked a flight from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles, California, USA for March 2017. I was already pregnant when we booked the fare, so we knew that we would be traveling with our little one, but he was not born yet, so we just booked ahead because an infant is easy to follow – all you have to do is call the airline and ask […]

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(MY FAVORITE) BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS

Google “BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS”, read a book on breastfeeding, or attend talks on breastfeeding and you will be bombarded with information on why breastfeeding rocks for both mom and the child. I am not here to collate all the benefits for you (that would probably be good for one whole book!), but on this blogpost, let me share my personal favorite benefits of breastfeeding! These are the reasons why I keep going! 1. IT’S ALIVE AND CUSTOM-MADE TO MEET YOUR BABY’S […]

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HOW WE GIVE P A BATH: INFANT EDITION

I blogged about how we gave our son a bath when he was a newborn (before the cord fell off and a little after that) IN THIS BLOGPOST. Today, I will be sharing how we give him a bath nowadays. We began giving this kind of bath when we felt he was already big enough for him to be propped up on a bath chair, which was maybe when he turned 1 or 1.5 months old. WHAT YOU NEED: Cotton […]

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT FOR BABIES

When I posted about applying for my son’s passport, I got so many questions, so I’m sharing our experience here! We booked a long-haul flight for March 2017, and I gave birth late October 2016. I have about 4 months to complete both a passport and a visa. With this in mind, we decided to work on our son’s City Hall Civil Registrar Copy (aka Certified True Copy/CTC of city hall’s birth records) on our own. The day after I […]

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BABY SHOWER #5

So, for the nth time, I thought my last shower was the one before this. But as I was nearing my term, Ms. Jeyme of ONE TREE SOUTH (a PR and EVENTS company) contacted me and told me she wanted to give me a baby shower! Because I was almost due when she contacted me, I told her it would probably be safer to hold the shower after birth, so we set the date to November 20. It turned out to be a few days shy of […]

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MTE FINDS: NURSING BRAS

When you’re pregnant, your breasts start growing and the tendency for many is to buy new sets of bras. I did not see the need to spend much on new sets of bras just for my pregnancy. After all, I knew my breasts could even get larger after birth. For my pregnancy, I solely depended on sports bras (and all kinds of stretchable bras) AND bra extenders (you may read about it HERE). Buying bras post-birth is a different story, though. […]

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