Raffy tries Kidzoona

Last Sunday, we took Raffy to Kidzoona while his daddy performs in the mall show at Shangri-La. I’ve been feeling so depressed lately and I’m just missing my mom so much, so even though I was not in the mood to go out, I had to push myself so that our family could experience some normalcy. It has been almost a month since my mom’s passing and I’m still having a tough time getting my sh*t together.

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Since it’s expected that we will be spending the entire duration of the soundcheck and show in Kidzoona, I purchased 3 hours of playtime, about 400 PHP. To compare, 90 minutes of playtime is priced at 300 PHP, so it’s worth it.  Looking at the play areas, Raffy’s eagerness, and the long-waiting hours for the show, it’s already a good deal because It’s basically the same amount that I would spend if I decided to hang out in a coffee shop while waiting. 

I originally wanted some alone time to just sketch or journal and drink coffee in a cafe, but bringing our little sunshine is so worth it. In this grieving process, I’m so blessed to have a baby to keep me occupied. Just seeing him enjoying himself and smiling feels like a ray of sunshine broke through the stormy clouds.

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No-Bake Lactation Bites

img_7749Dripping and wet: the best way to describe my breasts after munching on these goodies. Best of all, they’re very easy to make.

Some recipes call for Brewer’s Yeast Powder, but since my baby and I has a history of thrush, I had to leave it out. This batch only took me around 10 minutes to make, and 30 minutes to set in the fridge.

For this recipe, I was able to make nine big pieces. If I made them a bit smaller, I would probably have a dozen. I like them big, though. 🙂

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Breastfeeding: Period Survival Guide

Gone were the days when the only problems I had during my period were cramps, migraine, PMS, and emergency stains. It’s a completely different story when your baby is depending on you and your supply almost dries up when your period returns.

At the beginning of my breastfeeding journey, I didn’t have many problems. It was almost smooth sailing, save for an occasion of engorgement that resolved quickly. However, come six months postpartum (May 2016), my period returned.

My immune system weakened, and I also came down with the flu and pneumonia. At first, it was only the feeling of malaise that I usually get before my period, then came the flu. A few days after, I was diagnosed with pneumonia and a couple of days after, my period came and my milk supply almost dried up. My son, Raffy, lost weight, but we persevered with constant latching. He lost weight, but we were still in the safe zone. He was able to gain his weight back (and more) two weeks after my sickness.

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B A B Y W E A R I N G

babywearingpostSometime in the midst of my pregnancy, as I was searching for strollers and travel systems, I came across the baby wearing trend. Apparently, it has been around for hundreds of years in different parts of the world, and has been gaining popularity recently.

According to Dr. Sears, when babies are worn, they cry less, learn more, become smarter.

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S P E C T R A 9 +

spectraThis is the start of my pumping journey!

Before the year 2015 ended, we went to Babymama PH‘s store in Ortigas to purchase a Spectra 9+. It’s already March, yet I’ve only pumped for less than ten times.

I’m a stay-at-home mom so I haven’t had the need to pump regularly. Our little Rafael still doesn’t know how to feed from a bottle, so I just pump for back-up and I.C.E. stock. My lactation consultant, Nanay Nona, does not recommend for me to pump regularly since I have an abundance of supply, and pumping may cause me to have oversupply issues.

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