MY PARENTING (AND MOSTLY MONTESSORI) BOOKLIST

If there’s one question I often get on Instagram, it’s this: “May I ask what books you read to guide you with your parenting?” I am not ashamed to admit that I am the type of mom who relies on lots and lots of books to help me guide my son. If I’ll be honest here, I admit I don’t believe in “mother’s instinct” 100%. If that were true, we’d all be doing the same thing and treating our children […]

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PABLO AT FIVE MONTHS

It’s been so long since we updated here. After our trip to the US, Pablo has just been really mobile so it’s been hard to update here. He’s 9 months now but will still upload the months we missed. Here’s a roundup of what mattered between his 4th to 5th month! We were still in the US when we shot this since we extended! It’s a good thing we were able to bring his 5 months onesie! Lotion – We […]

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PABLO AT FOUR MONTHS

Here’s more about our little one from 3-4 months! Wooden Rings – he loves grasping and biting these! Balls – He still loves his balls. His favorite would be the one his Ninang made for him, and the O-ball! He loves hitting them, grasping/holding them, eating them, watching them, and making his own game using them! He also accidentally hit his O-ball with his feet, and loved exploring the sensation! Carabiner – Just like his papa, he looooves them! We […]

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3 TIMES BREASTMILK PROVED TO BE BEST ON FACEBOOK

Everyday, I see something about breastfeeding and breast milk that amazes me. Whether we can breastfeed or not (for whatever reason), whether we choose to give up or go on, whether we like it or not, #BreastIsBest. Feeding our children something else does not automatically mean we are bad moms (how many children do you know got mad at their mothers or thought they’re the worst mothers just because they were not fed breastmilk?), but in the end, we cannot […]

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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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PABLO AT THREE MONTHS

Our son is three months old today – it feels like he’s been with us forever, but it’s just been three months! Three months I will never replace for anything! So just like his FIRST MONTH and SECOND MONTH series, here are his favorites from when he turned 2 months to 3! PS: His onesies is from IN THE CRIB | His name is from his Welcome Party event and was made by Ms. Maja of PASSION COOKS PH (Styling and Catering […]

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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 (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 in the Philippines, you […]

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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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