Babywearing: Which SSC is better? Ergobaby 360 vs TULA vs Lillebaby All Seasons

Babywearing is something that I have yet to experience. I’ve seen many parents doing this almost everywhere and I say it looks pretty easy and very convenient instead of a stroller – No more elevators, bulky carriage and you can go anywhere as if you are simply carrying a bag… talk about portability. The concept is simple: You-carry-your-baby.👍🏼

I am a research person and that’s why I love reading blogs – especially Mom blogs nowadays ever since I’ve been one. Their recommendations are what sells a product to me because their reviews are as real as one can get. And so the search for the perfect carrier begins…

Baby Carriers are very indemand now and so comes the vast selection. From types, to brands, to colors, sizes and features and It can get pretty overwhelming. With this, you have to identify your needs to be able to narrow down your choices. And here is what I am looking for:

  • Can be use from Newborn to Toddler without the need for infant insert.
  • Can do front facing position.
  • Comfortable for Mommy’s use.
  • For the price: I understand that SSCs are pricey (almost the same price of a stroller) but as long as its brand is established and trusted, the quality is very good then I’ll just turn a blind eye😂
  • Hope Daddy can use too.

Okay so that was quite a list but I have narrowed my choices to three and will discuss them in a while. But first let me talk about what I’ve learned about babywearing so far..

Babywearing is not a new trend as it can be traced way back to our ancestors (tribe people – they use clothe as wraps then). From there it has evolved and is now known in its many faces: Mei Tai, Ring Sling, Woven Wrap, Stretch Wrap and the most popular and modern SSC (Soft Structured Carriers), which is my choice.

I have tried the SaYa (Pricing at Php 950.00) which is a stretch wrap and I was confused and kind of disappointed. It is hard to set up that I never get to use it. I ordered it when Seb is only 3 weeks, tried it with my husband’s help. Even with the manual and watching YouTube videos – we still fail. I find it too snug and fit that I am scared to put my baby in it in fear that he’ll get squish. I have the right size naman but I don’t know I am just not confident to use it.

And so I look for other wraps and find the Baby K’Tan breeze which look very promising. It is half mesh, half cloth so the airflow is present which is really important especially in Philippine weather. It does not seem that complicated to use and has more support. For the price of around Php 3,000 it was a candidate. Was I say because I thought that wraps would not be for my long term use as it has a tendency to sag if Seb becomes heavier which is inevitable. So from wraps I’ve jumped to an SSC.

SSC is sturdier and will grow with my baby. And from my research my top choices are:

ERGOBABY 360 – (still needs an infant insert) can be used from 7-33 lbs, has a front facing feature, ErgoBaby is the top brand when it comes to baby carriers so the quality is expected to be superb. Has very good designs but we’re interested to get the block gray if ever.

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TULA – still needs an infant insert and no front facing position but from reviews mothers say that these are the most comfortable to use as it fits the wearer very well. Also the designs are very stylish, I am so inlove with the block gray and star design.

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LILLEBABY All Seasons – no need for infant insert, has 6 positions including front facing and can be use from newborn to toddlers years so that’s 7-45 lbs. Has a lumbar support too which is brilliant.

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These SSCs cost pretty much the same, pricing at around Php 5,000 ++ costly I know but I’d rather spend than risk my baby falling (nooooooo!) All are available in the country. The Ergobaby and Lillebaby can be purchase in The Baby Company at selected SM stores but TULA has an exclusive distributor which is the CEO Emporium whose store is located in San Juan.

I am pretty much solved to LILLEBABY because its very “sulit”. Still need to try them personally prior to buying which will happen in the next few weeks. Seb is exactly  2 months now and I plan to start wearing him at around 3 months to make sure that his head and neck are stronger.

I joined the Babywearing Philippines page in Facebook and it really is a big help in giving information about everything I need to know in babywearing, check out and join the group moms. Its really helpful.

Will update you guys once my babywearing journey started.

 

 

Excited to buy her very first carrier,

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Breastmilk is Best for my Baby

Excerpt from my Postpartum Thoughts of a New Mom blog post:

Breastfeeding has its ups and downs, but mostly ups. The first week hurts the most because your nipple will bleed, get sore and blistered not because baby’s latch is wrong but due to the opening of the milk ducts (that’s my personal theory). Your toes will curl from the pain😱. Another down would be sleepless nights as you will be feeding by demand, so when the baby cries then so will you. Usually, they woke up every 2 hours but some nights as close as 20 minutes interval.

For the benefits: Of course breast milk is best for babies, I cannot stress that enough. The benefits that both mommy and baby will reap are huge. For Mommy, it lessens postpartum bleeding, diminishes one’s chances of having ovarian and breast cancer, helps us to return to our pre-pregnancy weight, there’s also the factor of cost efficiency and portability. As for the baby, the colostrum alone can do wonders to a newborn. Strengthening the immune system, lower risk of obesity and diabetes, helps in brain development and avoids the case of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) to name a few.

I’m still getting the hang of it. But I can attest that breastfeeding and lack of sleep really are the big culprits in returning to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am still waiting for my 6th week prior to exercising to eliminate my tummy flabs😑.

My breastfeeding journey is normal.

I say normal because I think more women tend to go this way at the start. See, Mother’s milk are produce after they give birth with the exception of the lucky few who at around 35 weeks of pregnancy is already producing a few drops. But at most very little or close to none were seen at around this time. If ever there is, That’s the very first drop which is the colostrum – the healthiest of all.

My breast milk has become evident to me at around close to 2 weeks after labor. When I say evident, it means that when I squeeze my breast there’s a milk leak. As for the colostrum, to be honest I didn’t see nor feel it the first time my newborn latches to me.

Seb went straight to NICU after birth as he ingested meconium while inside me so he was given an antibiotic via dextrose which is really sad. Until now, it pains me to imagine my baby being injected in what had been his teeny tiny hand. Anyway, we were not room in. I had to go down to NICU every 2 hours to breastfeed.

After discharge, during our first night (which felt like a year) my husband and I became worried as even if he latches to me he seems to be hungry still and so his cries were very loud and panicky on our part as parents. We decided to give him formula given from a dropper for him not to develop nipple confusion. So on the first week, My baby had mixed feeding. He latches to me first then if he is unsatisfied comes the formula at 2oz maximum per feeding.

On my 35th week, my doctor prescribed me with Natalac (malunggay supplement) twice a day in preparation for my breastfeeding. But still, as per elder’s advise I also feed on all food with malunggay and soup. I also had my breasts massaged and put hot towel in it at 30 seconds interval. I find these steps as my breast milk booster during those starting times.

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As early as 12th day postpartum I am able to pump 4oz of breast milk using my Pigeon electric portable breast pump. It took quite a while but I am very happy with that first 4oz!

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Farlin manual breast pump can accommodate both wide and slim neck bottle (I use my Pigeon bottle in this photo).

At 7 weeks, I bought a Farlin manual breast pump as I read in other blogs that it is good and upon trying it, I’ll rate it good as well.

I’ll say my milk supply has become stable now. It’s true that it is a supply and demand process. I strongly advise to keep your baby latching and soon those golden liquid will come plenty. Just be patient Mommies. All will come in time. Remember, that Breast milk is best for babies. 

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A glimpse of my breast milk collection. Baby Seb consumes 4oz per feeding, he only use this when I am asleep which is from 6AM-12NN wherein he is being bottle fed with my BM. I prefer to use storage bottles because its more economic and environment-friendly.

I am happy to be part of the norm, where Mothers chooses the most natural way to feed their baby and I am glad to be part of groups that support each other in the breastfeeding journey. To breastfeeding pinays and expressers / pumping Moms PH, Thank you very much!😊

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This is one cute little baby! Mommy is so inlove🙂

 

The effect of breastfeeding can very well be seen in my baby. He had doubled his weight and more at his 6th week check-up and counting. He’s rarely fuzzy too. I am thankful that he is an easy baby no nipple confusion and all, I attribute this to Pigeon’s peristaltic nipples.

Breastfeeding? So far, so good… Next stop! Babywearing.

 

A proud breastfeeding Mommy,

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My Newborn Learnings

Our little Sebastian turns one month old recently and I am still quite crazed that its only been a month when I feel I’d aged a number of years just by taking care of him. My daily routine of sleepless nights may have played a big factor with my aging theory😊

Anyway, here are my thoughts and what I learned for the past month since we had our little man… (in random order).

  • Mommy’s evident breastmilk usually comes a week postpartum but make sure to latch your baby asap for him to suck on the colostrum which is very healthy and beneficial to him as it gives him antibodies to strengthen his immune system. Do not rely on a breast pump to gauge your milk supply as newborns suck way better than that of breast pumps.
  • During the first 2 weeks – breastfeeding hurts. Your nipple will be sore, bleed and have blisters huhuhu. Literally toe curling pain.
  • Sleep, feed, burp and diaper change is what our entire day is about.
  • Hiccups in newborns are normal.
  • They are noisy sleepers! They grunt, wheezes and make all those noises while asleep. It has something to do with their breathing as they are not yet adapted to the outside world.
  • The little white lumps in your baby’s face and body commonly referred to as “milia” will soon fade. No need to put on anything to cure it. Anyway, these lumps came from you during pregnancy. The culprit as always: Your hormones.
  • They do turn beet red either when they cry or strain due to bowel movement because their skin is still thin and adjusting. (Their skintone and eye color is still a mystery too).
  • The umbilical stump falls off sometime during the 3rd week. Just clean it with cotton and alcohol and try to remove the little grayish parts. Don’t worry as your baby doesn’t feel the alcohol’s sting or any pain.
  • If you have a fat baby like mine, make sure to clean his in betweens with cotton and baby oil especially the ones in the neck, nape and underarms as they can smell pretty unbaby-ish / bad.
  • His first month milestone achieved: lifting his head during tummy time.
  • The elders are against it but we should practice tummy time a few minutes a day and increase gradually to strengthen his muscles and prepare him for crawling, standing and other physical activities.
  • For effective releasing of gas, push your baby’s knees towards his stomach for 10 seconds.
  • At 5 weeks, they shed their first tears (teeny tiny tears).
  • At 5 weeks, he’ll notice/stare at his toys especially the one hanging on his crib.
  • The baby’s sleep schedule is still out of whack so a few hours sleep is still what Mom has.
  • By week 6, ready your cash as baby’s vaccine is on schedule. Per our Pedia, it will cost more or less Php 10,000 for these shots.
  • Sometime right after celebrating his first month, he’ll look like a little person with too much cuteness and his clothes will feel snug one by one, also his diapers will change size from newborn to small.

 

The day is pretty much routine. The nights may be longer but be careful of wishing for it to be over as they do grow fast. Once they’re this tiny being then the next day their clothes won’t fit in!

Whenever I look at my baby I wish that he’ll stay that little forever so I can always carry him next to my heart.

 

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with his sleep-deprived parents. Oh little Seb what a blessing you are!

 

Loving this new Mommy role,

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Postpartum Thoughts of a New Mom

I am currently at my 20th day postpartum as of writing and want to share my thoughts and experiences during this time to have something to look back or review If ever I’ll be pregnant again (but not for the next three years please😐).

 

 

1. I believe I had an easy labor. From contractions to recovery I think I pretty much had it easy and simple except for the actual pushing which I never want to put myself in again (I find this to be some sort of torture! Laying strap in the table and all). Let me tell you guys that the birthing position in which they hold laboring mothers is not the best, most productive one. It even seems to put the whole process of pushing against gravity. Thank God this lasts for an hour and forty five minutes only.

2. I just discovered the wonders of sedatives. Being given a sedative and able to sleep for four hours help me to have enough energy for the actual pushing. The insertion of the medicine thru my vein may be painful but it was worth it.

3. The thing they called Lochia is real. You really need to wear adult diapers for days! Good thing that I bought my own set of adult diapers as I find it cost efficient rather than have the hospital supply me one because let’s be honest – hospital items are expensive. Also, buy a dozen of disposable panties as its true that your underwear will get ruined! By day 5 postpartum, I am already wearing maternity pads as I find the diapers hard to remove when peeing also I cannot seem to pee in the diapers as I am fully aware that I am peeing in a diaper, if you know what I mean. Anyway, maternity pads + disposable underwear = quite comfortable duo for my lochia problem.

*** Update on my lochia status by day 23 postpartum, Close to none anymore so yey! 

4. Breastfeeding has its ups and downs, but mostly ups. The first week hurts the most because your nipple will bleed, get sore and blistered not because baby’s latch is wrong but due to the opening of the milk ducts (that’s my personal theory). Your toes will curl from the pain😱. Another down would be sleepless nights as you will be feeding by demand, so when the baby cries then so will you. Usually, they woke up every 2 hours but some nights as close as 20 minutes interval.

For the benefits: Of course breast milk is best for babies, I cannot stress that enough. The benefits that both mommy and baby will reap are huge. For Mommy, it lessens post partum bleeding, diminishes one’s chances of having ovarian and breast cancer, helps us to return to our pre-pregnancy weight, there’s also the factor of cost efficiency and portability. As for the baby, the colostrum alone can do wonders to a newborn. Strengthening the immune system, lower risk of obesity and diabetes, helps in brain development and avoids the case of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) to name a few.

I’m still getting the hang of it. But I can attest that breastfeeding and lack of sleep really are the big culprits in returning to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am still waiting for my 6th week prior to exercising to eliminate my tummy flabs😑.

5. Newborns at 3 weeks are noisy sleepers. Whoever coined the phrase “sleeping like a baby” similar to a peaceful sleep has never sleep next to a newborn because let me tell you this little sleeperson is loud! You thought their awake based from those sounds and ready to feed but when you’re about to pick them up their eyes are shut… because they are dreaming, in an REM state or something.

6. Newborns nails are like that of Wolverine’s😱. They are really long and sharp and brutal to the skin especially to Mommy’s breast if ever the protective mittens are off which happens very often because the damn thing would never stick on! May it be the tie up or garter ones.

7. Those clothes sized as newborns (0-3 months)… They lie for they never fit well. My baby is quite average in size for newborns at 7.4 lbs but his tie sides, pajamas and the most frustrating stupid bonnet are all too big for him. But I would like to special mention the brand “hush hush” which newborn’s sizes fits my baby as if its especially made for him. These are found in the baby company in SM stores. Their bonnets are great.

8. Say goodbye to your long straight sleep. When I was pregnant I am wide awake from 8pm-6am and asleep the rest of the day so imagine how much sleep I get then and how ideal my sleeping pattern is now that I have a baby. But now that those sleeping patterns and time is needed that’s when my body would not cooperate, I am super sleepy at the wee hours of the morning when the baby needs me to feed and can never sleep when the day comes as I am wide awake!

9. Too many advices can make you go crazy! Elder’s old sayings really are too much. I follow some but at most it irritates me. I have gone 12 days without taking a shower because they kept on saying that I should not yet. After close to two weeks I finally had one but with a rinsing water made up of boiled guava leaves and while standing in a pile of assorted leaves (tanglad, sampaloc, suha to name a few).

What I really oppose to is whenever there are visitors and they are about to leave is that they need to swipe saliva on my baby to avoid bad elements… eeewww! no, no, no please!

There are more ill advises but I wouldn’t enumerate anymore since I myself would never bother doing them as some sayings are really too much. Anyway, you are the Mom and you will know and will do anything that you think is best for your baby no matter what others are saying.

10. You really need a support system. And I am very thankful that I have a wonderful husband as he really takes care of me and our baby. From the hospital when peeing, cleaning up post labor you need someone to watch over you and help you with things and when you get home, for when you need to take a break to shower, eat, sleep and recharge he can look after the baby. You just need to do shifting so both can have enough rest.

Confession: As early as 15 days postpartum I think I had a meltdown as I have been really overwhelmed with my body changes after labor, being tired, the downs of breastfeeding and sleepless nights that I cried and told my husband that I am tired and close to having a depression but he talked me out of it and we came up with minor changes in our responsibilities so as to ease my half and for that I am very thankful to him.

11. Now I understand why new parents flood facebook with baby photos. EVERYDAY because new parents can’t help it. You can’t get enough photos of your newborn and you want to share how cute they are. My camera roll these days only has one subject: my baby.

12. My epiphany. As I was breastfeeding my baby, I just look at him and thought of the times when I first learned of his existence, what I did during my first trimester, how he feels when I am still pregnant and now, there he is in my arms as a human being. Sucking, blinking, moving and breathing and all. Amazing! He came from inside me. Wow simply wow!

13. You’ll have several nickname for your little one. Same with the photos you simply can’t get enough.

These are my thoughts so far. I am still on my 20th day postpartum and many things will still happen and unravel. I still have a lot to learn as a mother but I am taking my time with my baby one step at a time. So to my fellow moms whose reading this… let’s do this together. Share your thoughts with me😊.

 

 

Will forever be grateful for my little Seb,

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Sebastian’s Birth Story

Note: This blog post is narrated in Tagalog as I find it more appropriate in order for other pinay moms to relate in my labor story.😊  I hope that you’ll be inspired or somewhat get a tip or two after reading this.

Due date: October 13, 2016. Baby came out 6 days early at 39 weeks and 1 day

Oct 5 (wed) – Check up kay Endo for my GDM clearance na no need for insulin kasi kaya naman ng diet. Happy ako dito kasi ayoko talaga mag insulin. Monitoring pa lang my sugar everyday after meals hassle na nga. Anyway, really happy na hindi super strict si endo.

Oct 6 (thurs) – I’m exactly at 39 weeks. Check up with OB was cancelled kasi may emergency CS sya so hindi nya ako na IE, back nung 38 weeks na IE ko wala no cm, mataas pa si baby pero I started with my spotting na, then after 4 days came the mucuos plug na super small lang pero feeling ko yun yun kasi jelly like sya.

Oct 7 (fri) – 12am start na ng contractions, wave pa lang sya sa harap then sumunod na paikot. I was timing the intervals until at 6am 5 minutes apart na sya. Niyaya ko na si husband to go the hospital along with our bags and admitting orders.

Ang bilin ni OB pag may red bright bleeding or water yun lumabas diretso kay ER pero kung contractions na 5 minutes apart kay admitting section lang. TIP na super helpful: If you have decided on a hospital where you’ll give birth mag fill up na kayo ng admitting forms days before your due date tapos itatabi na lang nila para pagdating nyo dun with contractions and all mas okay at mabilis ang admission.

Sa labor room, nag tracking sila for 30 minutes to monitor yung contractions and fetal heart rate so I have to stay still even during contractions medyo uncomfortable to. Ang kainis na part dito yung nurse na nag tracking ay bago pa lang so nung nakita ng senior yun chart nya pinaulit sya, so 30 minutes na nanaman yun 😑

After 2 trackings at 8am dumating yung resident OB and did an IE. 4 cm na, 80% effaced. Tinanong kung gusto ko daw ba ng sedative thru IV para mawala yung pain and I said yes. Masakit ang insertion nito sa veins, mahapdi. Feeling ko eto yung mga iniinject sa mga nagwawala sa TV kasi hindi pa ko tapos magsabi ng “ang sakit, sakit, sakit…” feeling ko nagfafade na yung malay ko. Ending tulog.

I woke up at 11am pagdating ni OB, IE ulit tinanong ko si nurse kung ilang cm na ko hindi daw nya alam ask ko na lang si OB, when I asked my OB all she said was we’ll wait na lang for the Anes since we discussed in my birth plan to have NSD with epidural.

Pagdating ni Anes I was asked to do the fetal position and tried to inject na kaya lang hindi daw perfect yun form ko kaya hindi ma-inject ng tama. So sabi sa delivery room na lang ilalagay. Sa DR, Prep na… I was humming with the song na nakaplay and Anes asked me If I was feeling any pain or contractions kasi mukang chill lang daw ako. Sabi ko wala, kasi miraculously wala talaga to think that I have a very low tolerance sa pain. Sa pag IV pa lang naku masuka suka na ko dati pag pinapasok or maybe what happened was I was expecting extreme, body splitting pain kasi yun ang nababasa ko at sinasabi ng mga tao when asked how their labor was. But what I can prove was super effective kausapin si baby while in the womb because as early as I learned na they can hear you inside, I kept telling him na “wag mo pahirapan si mommy ha, labas ka na agad ha. Mababa tolerance ni mommy sa pain.”

Anyway back to Anes’ question sabi nya “7cm ka na iha” and she seems really amazed na wala ko na fifeel so she told me no need for epidural na daw. Eto naman si OB may secret secret pa ayaw sabihin na 7cm na ko baka daw bigla ako makaramdam ng pain “psychological achuchu daw”. Then comes 9cm pinutok na si water bag yun masakit na!

At 12nn start na ng pushing. Eto na yung mahirap kasi hindi ako marunong. Ang ginagawa ko daw is push, push, push then bawi. Kaya ang scenario parang may crowd na nanonood ng basketball na nakashoot sana kaya lang dumaplis. They’re all like “cge ayan na ayan na… ayyyy”. 2 big male nurses na nakadagan sa tyan ko to help the baby descend. Ang hirap kasi push ng 1 to 10, hindi pa abot sa 10 kinakapos na ko ng hinga kaya napapabawi ako which led to baby’s head na medyo nahaba which is normal daw for NSD babies dahil nga sa pushing. Dito ko na-appreciate na sana nag exercise ako to strengthen my cardio… Anyway, husband came in mga 30 minutes for moral support na hindi ko masyado feel hahaha at mukang kabado rin si mister. Sabi nya after naawa daw sya saken 😑… Thankful ako kay OB kasi she really motivated me na normal delivery kahit umaayaw na ko sa hirap. Sabi nya “na-cut na kita (hindi ko naramdaman) hindi ka na pwede mag CS unless gusto mo dobleng tahi”.

Come 1:45pm sa wakas baby out! Nilapag sya sa tyan ko then kinapa ko sya kung kumpleto hehe. Head, shoulder, tyan, legs, arms, pati all fingers kung tig-5 then super glimpse lang then nawalan na ko malay. Pag gising ko recovery room.

We stayed in the hospital for 3 days kasi need mag NICU ni baby dahil sa antibiotics since nakakain sya ng poop. Actually dapat 7 days pero pedia decided na its okay to have a home service nurse na lang na magshot sa kanya ng remaining days. Pwede na ko umuwi kinabukasan pero I opted na sabay kami umuwi. The NICU calls me every 3 hours to breastfeed, pero when I got home nalaman ko na wala pa pala ko masyado milk. It took me 4 days postpartum to see un actual leak ng milk ko and so far so good, more malunggay pa.

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Still in my postpartum days…

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EQ Diapers free sample

Don’t you just love surprises?

It has been weeks since I signed up for their free diaper sample ad in Facebook so receiving a package via delivery from JRS really was a surprise. And upon opening it… “Oooh nice!” was my reaction and it came with a big smile and satisfaction.

 

They sent me diapers both in newborn and small sizes (which I think is well thought of since my baby may have grown much for the newborn size) also they put in the baby wipes for its usefulness in the diaper changing process.

I simply LOVE it.

So for First Time Moms like me, I encourage you to visit EQ Diapers Facebook page and sign up for this freebie as it can really make your day and for a good few minutes veer your mind off your incoming labor pains.

 

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My Second Trimester

It really is the happy and all-changes-occur trimester!

From my weight to breast to bump –  all things has double its sizes. Prior to pregnancy, I weigh in at 52 kg but comes my 25th week I have doubled to 64 kg! But I expected that as I mentioned in my first trimester entry that I am under the impression that I need to eat for two. Now I know better huhuhu…

 

To keep in line with my trimester series, Here are the highlights of my Second Trimester:

  • On my 24th week I had my Congenital Anomaly Scan at In My Womb Megamall and we’re very thankful that all is well with our baby.
  • Gender reveal. I have learned of the baby’s gender as early as 18 weeks but didn’t shared it to anyone until 21 weeks as I want to have my husband with me during the ultrasound for him to personally see that it definitely is a BOY!
  • Thinking out the baby’s name. From Lucas, to Noah, to Adam, to my husband’s junior until we came up with SEBASTIAN (The name Sebastian is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Sebastian is: Venerable; revered, respected and honored). And so we’ll soon see our son SEBASTIAN CASTANEDA HAMOY aka SEB.
  • On my 28th week, the secret is out that  I have a history of Diabetes from my parents and so the request for Oral Glucose Tolerance Test  and the result is: Borderline to having Gestational Diabetes. 
  • As I am energetic at the time, we decided to have a hospital tour to familiarize ourselves of the place where I plan to give birth. See Clinica Antipolo Hospital Tour. but nearing my due date, I am thinking to have my childbirth at Manila East Medical Center instead as it is nearer our house. Anyway I promise to put either one’s services once I am done with labor.
  • The bump shows! from peach to papaya that’s how they describe the baby’s growth and so comes the huge bump. From my ultrasounds my doctor tells me that baby is one week larger for his size, and so comes the verdict to DIET😦 Oh, and comes with the growing baby bump is my struggle to sleep.
  • Stretchmarks. They creep in at my 27th week huhuhu.
  • I had a mini scare when I reached my 17th week as I experienced light spotting (brown color – old blood) and abdominal cramps. My doctor gave me UTROGESTAN which is a progesterone for baby’s “pampakapit” I used it vaginally for a week. I also went immediately to have an ultrasound and thankful that after 3 days the spotting went away and the baby’s heartbeat is good. 

 

Yes, the changes turns 360 degrees but I am happy with all of it as this proves that the pregnancy is progressing well. I have immensely enjoyed my happy trimester thanks to that energy zap. And now as I am presently experiencing my 3rd trimester I’ll say its not so bad, but the waiting and countdown really is a distraction. To be thankful or dread it, that I’ll say both🙂

 

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My First Trimester

A first time for everything!

I am blessed to part of the few who had it easy in their first trimester. For a first time mom I am very thankful that I surpassed such pregnancy phase without much problems or aches. I’ll say it wasn’t much of a physical but rather it impacts more of my thoughts (the reason I wrote: Thoughts of a First Time Mom)

It took me close to 2 months to really grasped the reality of my pregnancy as there really are very minimal symptoms to begin with. I took me not just one (which isn’t so great, see: My Disappointing First Ultrasound) but two visit to different doctors before we’re able to confirm my pregnancy. See: Our Honeymoon Baby is here! but after that everything runs in smoothly.

Here are the highlights of my First Trimester:

  • The baby is here!!! First time to see that little embryo in my uterus and first time to hear the baby’s heartbeat and knowing the expected due date.  A little trivia: My husband’s birth date is October 10 and mine is October 15th. So the baby fits just right in the middle.🙂 at October 13.
  • Lazy like Crazy. I will just sleep and sit all day. I didn’t do anything all day and yet I feel so exhausted every night.
  • I ate everything. I was still under the impression that I should eat for two and so I did. Good thing is I am never picky and I have no any food cravings. I just eat whatever I want and everyone seems happy to give and cook meals for me. (Now in my third trimester, I realize that those foods are pure evil! hahaha, all carbs and sugar huhuhu).
  • Sore and heavy breast. This is a symptom that I really felt. A sure and one of the first real signs of being pregnant, that I can guarantee. My poor 32B breast before has really grown and my pretty bras were not able to keep up and so as early as 3 months I am using a seamless maternity bra that seems to shrink every week. My solution? I bought a bra extender and It was heaven!
  • Read. I began to read everything pregnancy related. The most useful is the What to expect when you’re expecting book, it has all the details I need in every questions I have. Also I installed several mobile applications that I check every week for my baby’s progress.
  • Few throw-ups. Up until my third trimester I had throw up a total of 4 times and the thing is, once I throw up a specific food I never want to eat it again. So now, I have 4 viands that I can’t eat.
  • I have submitted all the requirements and compiled the others in one folder for my Maternity benefits so as to avoid the hassle in the future. See Documents needed for your maternity benefits.

During those times, I am really excited to enter my 2nd trimester as they described it as the “happy and energetic” trimester and based from my experience? It really was.

 

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My Third Trimester (the last hurrah!)

The third trimester feels… I’m now on my 8th month and I am getting really big. I listed my experiences and thoughts on everything that’s going on. Some are good and some a little inconvenient. Just seems to prove that everything has its up and down huh?

So here’s my list:

  1. The simple things like – Getting up in bed which is a real struggle and don’t even mention picking things up! And how about trying to tie your running shoes, and how much I miss having pedicures. Also, how about wearing your underwear and fitting in those leggings? And yes, I swaddle now😦

  2. Hunger plus gestational diabetes and blood sugar monitoring and the lab tests – is another story.

  3. Baby kicks are always welcome. They are entertaining as well as a security that everything is all right with our baby. I can even see him move around my belly, those bulges are weird but I am exhilarated whenever they come🙂

  4. Sleeping is fine but not ideal. Remember those “sleep on your left side” theory? Well they seem to work until I have a strong spasm on my left side going up and down. Making me lose more sleep than I already have but upon research and the old folks said its simply “lamig” as what we filipinos are very familiar with. And so with a little massage and acete manzanilla… Voila! It gets better. Ooh and a little warm compress helps too.

  5. And the Braxton Hicks contractions, they seem harmless now with the belly just tightening and bulging up. No pain yet but I am expecting to have it anytime soon.

  6. Hot or cold. My body temp is out of whack! Sometimes I feel so hot but when the fan is on I feel so cold and vice versa. I’m telling you I’m sweating out cold which I think is the culprit for my “lamig” spasms.

  7. Peeing all the time. Enough said.

  8. Nesting. I’m getting things prepared one task at a time. This week I plan to wash the baby’s clothes and pack our hospital bags.

  9. Read all things pregnancy related. But now my attention is mostly on the “Labor and Childbirth” part because with just a month before D-Day that’s all you’ll think about.

  10. The thing I most feel hard to deal with: Exercise or “pagpapatagtag” so as to ease the descent of the baby into position. A minimum of 30 minutes a day. It is tiring! Imagine my body’s weight now huhuhu…

With just a little 7 weeks to go, things are getting hard and heavier now but I know that It all will be worth it because in just a few days I’ll be having my baby and I know he’ll be very special and loved. ❤️❤️❤️

By the way a tip for my fellow preggies:

  •  I read somewhere that eating DATES six times a day four weeks prior to your due date somehow ease the labor process.
  • Do Kegel exercises atleast 10 minutes a day to avoid urinary incontinence and to strengthen your pelvic muscles that will help you in pushing the baby out of the birth canal.
  • Use a birth ball / gym ball. Sit on it and do forward and sideway hip exercises as this will help to engage the baby in the right position for a normal delivery.

I am definitely trying this and will report of its effectiveness after birth.🙂

 
33 weeks  and counting… Please pray for us to have a safe delivery and a healthy child.

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