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When It Rains It Baby Showers I – Reunion with College Friends

The rainy season has begun, and this week it has finally started raining in earnest! I’ve always hated the heat, and especially now that I’m pregnant and always feel overheated, I really look forward to cooler weather.

But this week, each rainy evening brought not only soothing rain showers, but also good friends and buddies from years back.

Today I had my second baby shower – this time with my good friends from college, most of whom I haven’t seen for quite some time (read, last seen years back). In fact, I wasn’t expecting this group at all – I thought it would just be a few friends from my org, but when I finally got to open the Facebook invite I was very pleasantly surprised that my batchmates & review schoolmates would also be there! It was one happy college reunion indeed.

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Unfortunately for us the rain really poured with a vengeance that night. Fortunately, it takes more than that to keep us apart. And lucky Oreo, because despite the downpour there weren’t much cars or flood on the streets, which was actually a bit wierd.

The venue was the quaint Epic Cafe at East Capitol. Hubby and I arrived a bit late, but so did the other half of the party.

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Honestly it was more of a reunion for us than a baby shower. The agenda was around 20% Oreo and 80% friends catching up. There was no program – or rather, they planned for one, with someone suspiciously carrying Dr. P adult diapers, but in the hustle bustle of people arriving and giving each other bear hugs they just gave up.

It took us about an hour to get over taking group photos, and another to fill in each other with updates on our lives. I also got to introduce Hubby to them finally, and since one of us was a newly minted lawyer, we even got free legal advice!

In the end I’m just really very grateful to baby Oreo for getting us together in that cafe on such a rainy night; I can’t imagine how else we could’ve pulled everyone out from their busy lives and take time to catch up.

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And as icing to the cake, we got two big gifts for baby Oreo! The First Years Close and Secure Baby Sleeper and the Chicco Baby Trainer Ergo Gym, both perfect for keeping Oreo safe & snug while we hang out in the house for the months to come. Oh, and I got to keep the pack of Dr. P!

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Childbirth Class Day 5 – Complications, Drugs & C-Section

Today was all about complications, C-section and medications. It can get quite scary just talking about the many things that can go wrong, but as they say, knowing is half the battle.

It’s a good thing to know that not all complications call for a C-section; sometimes a natural birth is still possible. We plotted them out like this:

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At the end of the class, most of us agreed that we will all try our best to give birth naturally without epidural. Good luck to us!

Today we were also missing something we’ve always had since Day 1 – our name tags! Ms. Rome challenged us to remember each other’s names last meeting, and today she made us identify our classmates one by one.

Since I’m really bad with names I already had a hard time just remembering everyone’s first names. However,as always, Mr. Hubby had a 1UP plan – when it was his turn he named almost everyone by their first AND surnames! So proud of you, hubby! Because of that we won yet another prize – a pack of Chino Pino pre-folded diapers!

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TALK of the DAY!

Of course the class ended with anohter talk, this time from Ms. Honey of Huggies. It was actually my first time to touch a wet nappy, and I was surprised by the cold gel-like feel to it.

In the end we each got 2 packs of Huggies newborn nappies. I must say, it looked pretty convincing to me, but what do I know? I’ll definitely give it a try and probably write a diaper review when baby arrives. So excited!

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Ms. Rome also told us to google “Priscilla Dunstan’s baby language”, which interprets babies’ different cries. Here’s a link to her Oprah episode. Basically it says that 0-3 month babies all have a universal secret language, and they’re basically telling us 5 things:

“neh” – hungry
“owh” – sleepy
“heh” – discomfort
“eair” – lower gas
“eh” – burp

Amazing!

And finally, just to share some of my notes on today’s topics,

COMPLICATIONS

Postmature

One of the things I asked my OB is, “What if I still haven’t popped at 40 weeks?” Well, she said that by that time I’d already have to be induced.

During our class, a postmature baby is actually defined as one who hasn’t popped beyond 42 weeks. By this time a lot of things can go wrong – meconium stain (baby can poop inside the tummy), he can contract pneumonia, or grow so much bigger, etc.

When this happens, they can give you drugs to induce labor, but it can also be DIY – via a lot of walking, driving around bumpy roads, or even sex.

Yup, sex actually induces labor, but not because the main reason is not the rigorious activity or the position, but actually the prostaglandin in a male semen. Trivia for the day alert!

Premature

This time baby is under under 37 weeks, so he’s still not fully developed, especially his lungs.

Prolapsed cord

When the cord detaches while the baby is still inside, it calls for emergency C-section. This usually happens when the water breaks and the cord detaches and goes down first.

Other Cord Problems

Like when the cord loops around the baby, or when the cord is too short, keeping baby from getting out.

Placenta Abruptio

Like prolapsed cord, when the placenta detaches while baby is still inside the tummy, baby loses his life support system so this calls for C-section also.

Herpes

When a mom has herpes the baby is at risk of picking up the disease from the birth canal.

Placenta previa

There are three types of previa – when the placenta s just low lying, or when it is partially or completely covering the cervix, blocking the baby.

Meconium stain

When baby poops inside, which can be toxic for both baby and mom.

Preeclampsia / Eclempsia

High blood pressure, swollen feet, extreme body temperature, or in extreme cases, having seizures and severe drop in the levle of amniotic fluid.

Face-brow Orientation

When baby present himself face first.

CPD

When mommy’s pelvis is too small.
C-SECTION

C-section is a 10cm cut (eep, got more info on advanced methods with smaller cuts, anyone?), which can be done horizontally – Bikini Cut, or vertically – Classical Cut.

For moms who want to try for vaginal birth after C-section, or wear a two-piece again, the Bikini Cut is recommended.

DRUGS

There are 3 types – local (for episiotomy), regional (epidural, or spinal to numb a certain region), or general (which knocks both mommy and baby out completely).

On drugs I didn’t take much notes, but the handouts pretty much covered everything.

– end of notes-

Next week is our last week! I’m excited that the weeks are passing so quickly, but I’m sad at the same time that we’re going to go our separate ways again after sharing Sunday mornings for more than a month.

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Baby Shower with the Superstars

Today was a fun- filled Saturday of games, gifts, and good wishes, and also a first for all of us who’ve never been to a baby shower before. Today Oreo was welcomed by his titos and titas as a baby Superstar 🌟!

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As the youngest in our Nestlé batch, I’m pretty sure no one expected to be throwing me a baby shower first, but they did a really great job at, especially our lovely host. Of course Hubby was also there along with our other significant others.

We started off some food – Shakey’s pizza & mojos, salad greens, lovely home-baked lasagna, really good cheesecake, some Iko’s cupcakes that we brought and some drinks, and I admit that even if I’m already supposed to be watching my weight already, I helped myself to everything except the cupcakes and soda (sorry, Oreo).

Then came the games. The first one was we had to guess which baby pic is who, and after some head-scratching, we scored perfect! Yep, we’re competitive like that!

The second one was even more fun – we had the guys including Hubby drink fresh milk from feeding bottles! I guess it was a lot harder than it looked because they were all struggling to suck, but eventually the boys got the idea and bit the nipples.

We also had our photos taken, then our host made the boys line up and make faces representing the 9 months of pregnancy – from sex face until birth!

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Then came early Christmas. There’s only one thing more fun than shopping for baby stuff – getting them for free, all wrapped up in pastel gift wraps. I made a registry a few weeks back at Baby Company at SM North EDSA The Block, and it took me a lot of effort to keep myself from buying the things I just registered for.

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Here’s a list of the things I got from my Superstar batchmates, waaaaaaaayyy more than I expected to get in one baby shower. I even got a baby showcase from just one person – 5 items in just one box!

  • The First Years Deluxe Fold & Go portable changing kit
  • Beco Bloom Bag Organizer
  • Bloom Nursing Pillow Blue
  • Summer Swaddle Me
  • Chicco Sterilizer
  • Crystal Living Case
  • Nursing Feeding Wrap Cover
  • Owen Starter Set Towel
  • Bamboo pocket diaper
  • Rubber sheet
  • 4pc feeding bottles Newborn Starter Set
  • 4bottles Gerber
  • Superstar onesie!


  • Even until now, I’m still a bit unsure if all baby showers go like this, if my batchmates just got too shopping-happy for their first baby shower, or they’ll really just a generous lot. Most likely the last two combined, and I’m not complaining!

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    Thanks Superstars! 🌟

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    4D Ultrasound – Oreo’s First Baby Photos from Face2Face

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    My hubby and I have wanted to have Oreo’s picture taken in 4D for a long time now. But for our past 2 check-ups, he’s been such a camera-shy baby, hiding his face in his hands, so we couldn’t get a good look. But hubby just won’t give up.

    So today we went to Face2Face – The Baby Ultrasound Company in The Block, SM North* to try and get his picture taken, and finally, we got it! Our very first photos of his cute chubby face at last!

    But being the stubborn chipmunk that he is, he just wouldn’t make it easy. It took us almost four hours to complete the shots, and even in that much time we didn’t get a lot of variety at all. Not that Face2Face didn’t do their best (the doctor was very patient and persistent), but Oreo just kept on sleeping the entire time with his face partially tucked under his hands. Even a dose of Bubble Tea green tea milk shake, extensive walking around the mall, and lots of sweet dried mangoes didn’t manage to perk him up! I guess afternoon naps are really his thing, just like his daddy.

    Overall it was still a very wonderful experience to see our baby’s face for the first time, and even now I can’t help but stare at his photo, which is now my wallpaper. It’s something I’d recommend to other first-time moms out there who have a little extra money and lots of time to spend.

    Just some tips though –

    Have it at the hospital, or at a mall boutique?

    We have our regular check-up at VRP, and they do give 4D ultrasound there too (package @ P4,200). We did try to have it done there where we would’ve felt 100% safe about the process, but every time our baby wouldn’t cooperate, and after a few minutes, they’d already call it a day.

    Of course I don’t blame the hospital because they really have infinitely more pressing concerns than taking my baby’s first photo (like the queue of another half dozen expecting moms waiting for their check-up, for example).

    On the other hand, in Face2Face their business revolves only around taking ultrasound photos, so they were ever so patient in poking and prodding my tummy, sending me out for walks and then jellying my tummy back again until we got enough shots.

    Call ahead, sign up early, and don’t come in on a Saturday

    We actually went to Face2Face the day before (on a Saturday) and weren’t served at all. We called ahead and the receptionist said the doctor will come in at 3pm, and customers would only be served on a first come first served basis. However when we got there exactly at 3pm the lounge was already full of other pregnant couples, and to our horror we were already #16.

    Eventually we decided to just come back the next day. They opened earlier at 1pm, and to our surprise, there was just one other couple already inside.

    Have it done when you’re just 24-28 weeks

    I was already at 33 weeks when we had it done, so the pictures weren’t as clear as they could have been since baby’s face is already pressed up against my uterus and he didn’t have much room to move anymore. We still got a lot of good photos, but have it earlier just to be sure.

    Come with lots of patience

    Because we need to stock up on lots of this anyway. And when the doctor sends you out for a 10-minute walk the umpteenth time, you can always go to Baby Company to do your baby register, just as I did.

    *About Face2Face – The Baby Ultrasound Company

    (this is not a paid entry mommies, just sharing my experience & research)

    Branches: The Block, SM North EDSA & SM San Lazaro

    Gold 3D/4D package: P3,300 for 1 DVD (for video), 1 CD (photos) and 5 prints which we availed. But you can start with the P1,000 package (photos only) to check baby’s position, and then pay the difference just to be sure.

    Contact # (02) 391 3806 – SM North EDSA

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    Rome Kanapi’s Childbirth Class Day 1

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    Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

    Today I attended my first Lamaze birth class by Ms. Rome Kanapi. If you browse through my blog you might think I’ve started to become a bit of a mother’s class junkie. Guilty!! Well, what’s a clueless mom to do?

    I first learned about Rome’s classes while I was browsing in the internet for search word: “pregnancy/baby classes in Manila”. All my searches led me to the two classes: Rome Kanapi’s Lamaze class, and Chiqui Brosas’ Bradley classes.

    I found a lot of helpful tips from other mom bloggers, who put in a good word for both. My OB also basically said I can take either. And then finally, I found a friend of mine who actually took the class – Sarah attended Rome’s class and gave me a glowing review; however she still ended up having a C-section for her first baby, so now she’s looking at taking Chiqui’s classes this time.

    Rome Kanapi’s Birth Class Curriculum

    Finally I decided to take Rome’s class, mostly just out of gut feel. I also thought maybe her six classes will be easier to digest than Chiqui’s condensed into just four.

    Classes are held in Ateneo for 6 consecutive Sundays. Our are from 9am to 12nn, though there are also classes in the afternoon. Fee is P4,500 for the 6 sessions per couple.

    Below is Rome’s class curriculum, which we got on the first day. I was really delighted when I saw the last day will be about baby care.

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    Why take a birth class?

    I’m not really planning to give birth medication-free. Maybe I’d change my mind after a few more classes, but right now I’m already scared as it is.

    I really just want to have a normal delivery. My mother had all of us three daughters by vaginal birth (all delivered at home too, which makes her even more amazing, but I don’t think that’s recommended). I really want to have the same experience as she did.

    Also, I’ve read a lot of studies about the benefits of vaginal birth – that when your baby passes through your birth canal she picks up good bacteria that protects here later on, and other such benefits.

    Of course, there are also those hospitals who only allow birth partners inside the delivery room if they have a birth class certificate, so be sure to ask your hospital just to be sure.

    DAY 1

    Classes start on time. We were just a wee bit late so we picked up our nametags by the door and walked into a comfy semi-circle of other preggy couples, where Ms. Rome was already starting introductions.

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    The class was informal and very comfortable, and Ms. Rome was very warm, motherly and professional at the same time.

    The class went exactly as the curriculum said and I definitely learned a lot, but these were some of the most interesting points of my day:

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    • Getting to know other preggy couples. It was really nice meeting other couples who have the same due date – most of us are due June to August, and majority are boys like Oreo! It made me feel a lot less anxious meeting other first-time moms who share the same fears and backaches, who eat more (but healthier, oops) than I do, and who also have the same questions and apprehensions like I do. The mix of good humor and excitement in our group is very infecting too!
    • Hubby should talk to my baby from the lower portion of my belly, so he’d be more encouraged to turn upside down. Rome explained the many different ways our baby can come out depending on his position (orientation of his body) and presentation (which body part comes out first), and which positions would make us more likely to be candidates of a C-section. My baby is still transverse (lying horizontally on my belly) when we had our last check-up, so wish me luck!

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    • Mother’s Day Mustela Freebie! Mustela also came in before break and gave a talk about their products. They gave away samples, and since it was Mother’s Day, they gave away FREE full-sized Mustela Post Partum Body Restructuring Gel (worth P1,600)each!

    I’m not really a big fan of Mustela since I got a less than stellar experience with their anti-stretchmark cream, but another mom swore by it, so I guess to each her own. I still really appreciate the gesture, and look forward to trying their other products, especially the baby care ones.

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    • Exercise & relax your way to a healthy childbirth. Of course this is really what we came for, and we already got down on the floor (including the partners) on that Day 1. The message was simple – stretch, exercise, and Kegel to a better childbirth.
    • Daddy is involved too. My hubby is really excited and supportive – he was even the one who kept reminding me to book a childbirth & prenatal class, so it was good that they were involved as we are during the session. They shared common sentiments about spoiling us girls, and they got their share of relaxation too.

    For all clueless moms out there, and even the not so-clueless ones, I really recommend joining Rome’s classes. To join, you can reach her easily via (0917) 541 5114.

    You can also learn more about Chiqui Brosas here, or reach her via (0917) 882 4748.

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    Summer, Swimsuit, Seven Months Pregnant

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    I went swimming for an hour today after a month of pining for the pool. My hubby and I took advantage of the (relatively) clean pool at the Hampton Gardens. Relatively, because last month there was an entire stretch of weeks when kids & older guests kept pouring in to enjoy the pool during the summer heat. To our horror the water didn’t get changed for a long time so that it turned into a prominent yellow.

    That said, we decided that as much as swimming has become my favorite exercise, I just couldn’t risk soaking (and possibly accidentally drinking) from the obviously contaminated pool. Incidentally (?) that’s also around the time I exceeded my weight target.

    But just last week the water got changed (though of course ideally, it should get changed EVERY WEEK – because ahem, dear admin, that’s why we pay those dues, you know) so we decided to take a dip. And did that feel good.

    So there I was, happily treading the water wearing a very stretched-out one-piece, getting my exercise and cooling away at the same time.  I always feel a lot better in the water, and in my opinion it’s an exercise option every pregnant girl out there should try.

    I’d like to share some benefits and tips for swimming when pregnant that I was able to research, with some additions. But you should also check Baby Center (where I copied most of the below items from), and your OB for more info.

    BENEFITS of swimming during pregnancy:

    1. It’s a total body workout.

    Swimming has great cardiovascular benefits, especially for our arms and legs.  Swimming also improves circulation, increases muscle tone and strength, and builds endurance. If you swim, you’ll burn calories, feel less fatigued, sleep better, and cope better with pregnancy’s physical and emotional challenges.

    The breast stroke is particularly great in the third trimester, because it works on our chest & back muscles, our two main problem areas during this stage of pregnancy.

    2. It’s one of the safest form of exercise.

    Swimming is a low-impact sport. The water supports the joints and ligaments as we exercise, preventing injury. And obviously falling on water is usually a lot safer that falling when brisk walking, for example.

    Just in case though, I always bring my hubby along so he can watch over me and also shed the extra pounds he’s gained ‘sympathizing’ with me. And of course,  be extra careful of the wet floor, ladies.

    3. It makes you feel light & cool at the same time.

    Swimming supports our weight on the water so we feel lighter, providing a temporary relief from the strain of carrying around our growing bump 24/7.  My belly actually feels smaller, less tense and lighter under water.

    It also protects against overheating, a benefit that I can’t hype enough in this kind of weather.

    TIPS for swimming when pregnant:

    1. Check with your OB around first

    I wasn’t a regular swimmer before I became pregnant – we didn’t have a pool close by where I used to live. But when I asked my OB about it she still said okay, that it would be great as long as I don’t overexert myself.

    However, just to be sure, ask.

    2. Warm-up

    Do a gradual warm-up routine before swimming. Hey, even those who aren’t pregnant should do so.

    3. Wear comfy swimwear

    Determined as I was to have a babymoon before my third trimester, I went shopping two months ago for some mommy swimwear. Maternity  swimwear is ideal, but the ones I got works well too – secondhand one-piece floral Speedo suits from our local ukay-ukay – snug & comfortable but supportive enough for my growing belly, and at the same time cheap enough so I won’t feel bad not using them again after a few months time.

    4. Swim early in the morning

    I feel especially great after a good swim in the morning. It is said that swimming early in the morning helps with the nausea especially during the first trimester. And it  also feels much better to swim when the sun is still not too hot.

    5. Stay hydrated

    Being in water often makes us forget that we still need to drink water. Always bring a water bottle with you, and drink at least every 20 minutes, and then again after.

    6. Keep to clean pools

    As much as swimming feels good, always keep to clean pools to stay away from contracting allergies and infections. Be judgmental especially of public pools.

    7. Bring a companion

    It’s fun, it’s safer, and I always get a warm kilig feeling when my very manly 5’11” hubby does preggy-style water calisthenics with me.

    8. Don’t over exert yourself

    As with all things, swim in moderation.

    9. Watch other swimmers

    This is not a joke. Especially when you’re in a public pool, you need to be very careful  of other swimmers hitting your baby bump. Keep your distance, and wear goggles so you see where you’re going.

    10. Watch the wet floor

    No dive-bombing either.

    Lastly, have fun!

    SOURCE: Baby Center

    I’m not very good with citing sources, so I will just hereby declare here that most of the credible-sounding tips & things cited above are most likely lifted from the declared source above. Please forgive me. 

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    Letter to Oreo: Five Days at our New Old Home

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    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.

    Love,

    Mommy Yemmy