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 Pablo’s City Hall Civil Registrar Copy (aka Certified True Copy/CTC of city hall’s birth records) on our own. The day after I gave […]

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#PabLOVE: 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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MONTESSORI VISUAL FOR INFANTS: THE MUNARI MOBILE

One of the things my husband and I did when I was still pregnant was to DIY our son’s Montessori Mobiles. You see, in our baby registry, we did not register for any commercial mobile nursery and instead made our own. Upon reading Montessori books and articles, I’ve learned that many of the commercial mobiles for nurseries don’t really serve any purpose to infants – design and color-wise. I am quite positive there are well-thought of commercial mobiles out there […]

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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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