Letter to Oreo: A Malunggay Binge

Dear Oreocakes,

I’m stressed about your recent milk intake. You’re becoming a big boy so fast, but I was still surprised when your milk intake jumped from 18oz daily to 30oz for 12hr period. Yes baby, that much. While I’m used to setting aside a 6oz bag of excess milk in the freezer daily, the past two days I find myself watching the ref to check if there’s still any chilled milk left. Uh-oh, wala na naman?! Time to pump!

I had malunggay cookies and chips – one from Bohol and the latter, Tagaytay – I set aside supposedly for future use, but now the cookies are gone and the chips bag is half empty. Hindi naman nagpapanic si mommy.

But don’t worry baby,we still have milk stash with lola, and whatever happens, I’ll do my best to deliver my promise to breastfeed you until you’re two. So just sit tight love, drink all the milk you want and let mommy do her pumping.


your Mommy Yemmy


Letter to Oreo: A Bad Night’s Sleep

Good morning Oreo baby,

Last night was not one of our best nights. You cried a lot in the wee hours of the morning, which you haven’t done since a week after you were born.

You’ve actually been a very very nice baby, especially at night. You’d fuss a bit before bedtime, but once we get you to that sweet sleepy spot, you’d wake up only at 2am to feed, then 4am, and fall right back to sleep. And once you hit 2 months you settled for just a 4am nursing. Yup, we are the stuff of envy of a lot of other new parents.

But last night was different, and it really worried me. What was wrong baby love? Why did you cry non stop for almost an hour? Were you just gassy, hungry, or sleepy but you couldn’t find your sweet spot, or all of those three? Eventually, you settled on my thighs and held on tightly to my thumbs while daddy fed you, and drifted off to sleep on my shoulder, and then your dad’s. So it was still a happy ending after all, and we were all just left a few hours short of sleep.
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Letter to Hubby: Happy Father’s Day

Dear Hubby,
(Oreo’s daddy-to-be)

I can’t officially greet you Happy Father’s Day yet
but I still want to thank you now for all the great things you’ve done as a Hubby and father-to-be,

Thanks love,

For always letting me sleep an extra hour past the alarm,
For getting up two hours earlier to make breakfast,
For waking me up gently with a ‘Good morning baby, how are you & Oreo?’
Instead of ‘Get up, we’re late again’, because we really are,
For driving me to work everyday,
For letting me sleep a bit more in the car on the way,
For eating the occasional burnt tocino/daing/pancakes I make,
For thanking me with a kiss anyway,
For policing my carbs & sugar intake,
For getting me a sans rival at 9pm,
For calling me sexy despite all the weight I’ve gained,
For babysitting me in the pool every weekend,
For going with me to every baby shower, mommy class, and baby sale,
For being genuinely excited about them,
For rubbing my back when it hurts,
For rubbing my feet when they hurt,
For saying nice things when I go under the weather,
For tucking me to bed when I can’t sleep,
For doing your best to soothe my aches and fears,
For always being strong for us three,
For being always sure, sensible and steady,
And for being always caring, kind and understanding.

Thank you, love.
Next year Oreo & I will make you a Father’s Day card.


Letter to Oreo: Skipping Lines, Dodging Policemen


Dear Oreo,

Today your Daddy and I went shopping at SM Megamall for our hospital bag checklist. On our way back your dad made a U-turn, and we immediately got flagged down by a policeman.

He said, “Sir, bawal pong mag U-turn dito.” And true enough, there was a no U-turn sign there, daddy just didn’t notice.

As with my other experiences with our street enforcers, I was already wondering how much he’d ask for his ‘midnight coffee’, especially when he said, “Taga san ba kayo? Ah, Pasig, pareho pala tayo e.” But then he peered into the car and saw us, huge belly and all, and he said, “Naku, buntis pala si mam. Sige sir, para di na kayo maabala, ingat n lang.”

And he walked away just like that. You’re some lucky baby aren’t you, love?

I also had a similar experience this week when I strolled in S&R after work. It was lunchtime so there was a long line for check-out. Usually I don’t buy anything because I hate queuing for a long time, but I saw this tub of prunes I just had to have.

I hate cutting lines, but what’s a mommy with swollen feet got to do? So I walked up to the Senior Citizens lane and asked the nice lady if I could pay there, and she said yes. Yay!

Incidentally your dad and I also watched Ironman 3 the other weekend. It was free seating, and there was already a queue when we got there. Basically the same thing happened ๐Ÿ™‚ We got in first and got really good seats.

Thanks baby Oreo! You’re already a very big blessing on your own, it’s really just amusing to also get these little perks that make our journey together even a bit more fun.

Love you baby,




Letter to Oreo: Five Days at our New Old Home


Dear Oreo,

We’re here right now at our new family house in Calapan. Last Friday Mommy went home to attend the opening of PUREGOLD Calapan, and then extended our stay here so we can spend some time with your lolo and lola.

We miss daddy, but I missed my parents a lot too.

Your lolo and lola fed us a lot of yummy food, which included roast chicken, pork soup stock boiled over a low fire on a clay stove for hours, crabs, spicy shrimp, and just about every other food mommy has been craving for the past month.

We kicked out your lolo and took his place beside your lola, and mommy slept well for days. We also got some “exercise” buying mommy more clothes from the local ukay-ukay – including several swimwear so we can still be cute on the beach.

We’re really excited for your arrival Oreo. I hope you like our vacation as much as I do. Don’t worry baby, we’ll see daddy soon.


Mommy Yemmy


Letter to Oreo: We got you your Momo


Dear Oreo,

Yesterday your Daddy and I went window shopping in Robinson’s Pioneer. On our way back to the parking lot, we saw this pile of stuffed toys on sale – big white teddies and purple dinosaurs that nobody was really buying. Mommy being mommy, I just had to take a look at some of the fluffiness, and dad came along.

As I was checking out the big white bear, daddy pulled a tiny creamy dog from the pile, and I think I’ve never seen your dad have that look on his face before – he immediately adored the little dog so much. Daddy started to say something about how kids always have something they always hold on to, and he can just imagine you love this little bundle of doggy fluff.

But then daddy returned the little dog to the pile reluctantly, saying it will be a long time before you’d get to play with him. But he had this really cute puppy look on his face, so I said, ‘We can buy it now and keep it for him? See, he’s really just cheap’. ‘But I don’t have any cash with me’, he said. So I said, ‘Then I’ll buy it for you.’ and immediately, his face lighted up like a kid’s, he just looked to thrilled and happy and all.

As we paid for the stuffed puppy, your dad said, ‘Let’s call him Momo’.

And so Momo it is, another someone out here waiting excited to see you.

Love you always baby,