PLANNING PABLO’S FUTURE

When my husband and I got married in 2013, we knew we did not want to have a child right away because we knew from the start how big a responsibility a child is. Sure, you get paid with lots of hugs, kisses, and love, but at the end of the day, it is a lifelong commitment to be a parent your child deserves. My husband and I spent years doing things just for the both of us. We travelled […]

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PABLO’S NEWBORN SHOOT

From our PRENUP shoot, to our maternity slash paternity shoot to our baby’s newborn shoot (he was 11 days old here), the camping-slash-birdwatching travel series has been present! They’re the “glamourous” versions of the camping and birding we do in real life, but we’re so glad that our shoots represent even a bit of our reality and style instead of just a random concept. For this shoot, our photographer Jamie Espadilla-Mapagu of JAMIE AND BABY did all the styling at […]

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BIRTH? (OR MORE LIKE, WHAT I WISH I PREPARED FOR…)

I have read up A LOT when I was pregnant. I have read up on how to have a beautiful birth experience, I have read up on child care, I have read up on breastfeeding…what I did not read up on is well, what happens to ME after birth. We always hear of post-partum depression, but I now realize it isn’t just that – post-partum (whether you feel depressed about it or not) is real, and these are some of […]

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PABLO AT ONE MONTH

Our son turned a month old today! We’ve been thinking of how to take the “monthly” photos of him since that’s what everyone’s doing now and honestly a great idea! Imagine keeping track of his growth in a year! I’ve been on Pinterest for so many days just looking for inspiration, and I can’t seem to pin anything I really want to do. Then my husband, Mr. Practical, gave me the best idea – he told me to just do […]

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BREASTFEEDING AND MY NURSING AREA

My sister told me way before that the secret to surviving breastfeeding (and doing it long enough) is to have a comfortable nursing chair. I believed her, but just really truly believed her now that I am breastfeeding. My son is only 2 weeks old, and breastfeeding has not been my easiest journey in this thing called motherhood. Now I understand why some mothers say breastfeeding is harder than birth itself. I mean, sure, my pain was intense during my […]

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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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POST-BIRTH CONSIDERATION: PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

So, you’ve prepared for the birth experience you want. You have interviewed your healthcare provider and you are done with your birth plan. Have you thought about what you’ll do with your placenta? After you deliver the baby, your birth is not yet over. You have to wait for the placenta to come out of your body (in my case, we waited for an hour and it didn’t eject by itself, so I had to be induced again). Without any […]

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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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QUESTIONS FOR YOUR OB-GYNE/MIDWIFE

*photo from http://obgynmiami.com/obstetrician-in-kendall/ When preparing for your birth, it is important that you’re on the same page as your main healthcare provider (Obstetrician-Gynecologist or Midwife) in terms of philosophies and expectations. Here are the questions I asked my OB-Gyne during one of our checkup sessions. These questions helped me get to know my OB more – and to manage my expectations (as well as hers) for our upcoming work: which is my birth. Asking these questions and hearing my OB […]

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MY BIRTH PLAN

BIRTH PLAN: Many expecting women hear this term nowadays, but what exactly is it? A birth plan is a document that lets your medical / birthing team know your preferences for things like how to manage labor pain. Keep in mind that you can’t control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you’ll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan (definition from babycenter.com). Basically, it’s a list of […]

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