Get your Toddler Busy with Sensory Play using DIY Moon Sand

Toddlers are comparable to gadgets in the sense that sleeping is equal to charging and when they sleep for long good hours they woke up fully charged 100% energized to their full potential. That’s why I always research on activities that he can do when he’s up.

From our past trips on the beach and indoor playgrounds I observed that Seb enjoys playing with sand. It keeps him occupied for a very long time just scooping… and so my wish of having one of those sand boxes in our home is realized but space and maintenance is an issue and so I dropped the idea and settled into those occassional visits.

But then comes the solution (thank you, Pinterest) and its oh so easy to DIY that I did it a few hours after reading the pinned post. Let me share with you the process, experience and outcome of – Sensory play using Moon Sand.

First, let me highlight the benefits of the activity because its always a parent’s aim for their kids to learn while playing. Sand play is open-ended and the child leads the path of his own play and since there’s no right way to play with sand he can maximize the use of his imagination. It also expose the child to texture familiarization. Then there’s the eye-hand coordination, cause and effect and thinking skills. The benefits to reap are huge and its a simple mix of ingredients, so yey! and another good thing, no worries if he got curious and put it in his mouth as its all natural.

What you will need: Flour and Vegetable Oil

The thing is there’s no need for exact measurements as it depends on the texture you are aiming for and since I have little flour left on our pantry I didn’t actually get to fill a deep tub as I want to and so enter the little basin😑

Whenever I have an activity planned for Seb I am excited for him to wake up because whenever he sees the set up his face lights up!

 

Here are the photos of our Sensory play using Moon Sand:

 

 

It was mess all over and at some point he threw the sand as if its confetti, tipped the basin, sat on it and the best of them all, lay on it as if to nap so comes the hair dandruff effect. In that Pinterest post they don’t have that, but I am a toddler’s mom and should have known better.

It was a fun activity and the mess is manageable since its flour and easy to clean with water. It took him almost close to 2 hours before he’s done and wants a different environment.

Indeed it was a success and we will definitely be redoing it, this time with a tub full quantity I hope😊 Go ahead Momma, try this for your next bonding time.

 

Love,

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The Pros & Cons of Extended Breastfeeding to a Toddler

 

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First of, we define toddler age as 1-3 years old

We all know that breastfeeding is good for your baby but what if that baby becomes a toddler and has decided to pinch and pull your nipples? Ouch! right? you may think of stopping but please hold your horses first and let me convince you to push a little longer and do an extended breastfeeding for these reasons:

PROS
1. Health benefits to your baby. 

From his newborn feedings up until now during his toddler years, the quality and health effects of your breast milk continues to provide your baby the nutrients he needs.

Boosting the immune system – I observed that Seb rarely gets the sick. For common colds, if he does get it a week tops and he’s okay. As for fever, he had 4 days on and off and I blame it on his teething (some would disagree that fever is related to teething but I stand firm that it happens based from experience).

Brain development – imagine all the vitamins the milk supplies to help those neurons get in their right places and since I am not that consistent in the “Tamang Kain” as I want to be, I rely on my good milk to compensate for that. I am a vegetable eater so Seb’s been getting the liquid version.

2. Keep Mommy fit. 

I think this is a big factor to why I am back to my pre-baby weight aside from chasing after an active toddler. We all know that breastfeeding gives you the appetite of a hippopotamus – after every breast feeding is a food for you too and I eat a lot and I am thankful that those meals burn fast.

3. Instantly calms the baby.

Why instant? The moment Seb gets fuzzy I just lift my shirt up and he’s running toward the boob – his crying and  meltdown forgotten. Whenever he is about to sleep, he will cry a few minutes, feed and he’s off to dream land. I am wondering what I will do comes the day that he is no longer breast feeding. Oh well, for now this works and I am using it to my advantage.

4. Convenience and portability. 

You will never forget this wherever you go and the clean up is easy.

I tried giving Seb breast milk in a bottle when he was around 6 to 8 months as I do freelance work before and gone for a couple of days and the chore of pumping, washing and sterilizing those bottles is not something I look forward to. We are together 24/7 now and so direct feeding is the way to go.

5. Minus your expenses.

Whenever I passed the milk section on markets, I thank my lucky stars that I am able to breast feed my baby up until now as the prices of formula milk these days are not cheap. This free milk saves me a lot of money which I can allot on other baby needs such as wipes and diapers. I know that when he weans we’ll be buying the formula too but for now let me enjoy those little savings.

 

Not every moment of breast feeding is bliss. From that first 2 weeks of toe curling pain as your newborn sucks and open your duct, to this day that a very active toddler seems to think that your nipple is a chew and squeeze toy. And so to make this post relateably realistic, let me present the cons too.

CONS
1. Fidgety. 

Yes, that is the word that best describes them. Seb for one, cannot stay still. He’s kicking, climbing, pushing and keeps playing. Count those few moments of biting too. Oh the horror of nipple pulling! Remember those days of side lying with just his mouth moving and his cutie little hand on your arm? say good bye to that.

2. SOMETIMES it gets to you. 

When the mood strikes you, this question will surely arise. Am I just a milking prop? because it will feel like that. There will come a moment when it is not relaxing, easy and comforting. Those are the hard moments. It would not last long I assure you but you will feel that one time or another and please don’t feel bad or guilty that you thought of it. It is natural and everyone’s been there and done that. Its just a phase.

Clearly, the pros outweighs the cons because breast feeding is a blessing. Not everyone can do it and commit for a long time and that is okay. Whatever feeding method you chose for your baby is right as long as he is fed.

The secret to a lasting milk supply? Unli latch. It is the law of supply and demand. You may try those breast  massages, milking cookies, soupy foods, moringa vitamins and beverages but based from my journey, tried and tested – plenty of water and unli latch.

When will we wean? I say to let him lead and I will follow as weaning is a child’s decision.

For now, let me enjoy this moments as this will never happen again with him. Let me wear my breast feeding mommy badge a little longer while I still can and until he wants me to.

 

Love,

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8 Things I Do to Save Money on Groceries

Shopping and Sale. I used to associate these words with my clothes, shoes, and bag before but now they’re equivalent to that of Groceries – this is now my retail therapy. Do not feel sad for me because really enjoy it as it serves as my mini ME time aside from the usual series watching, social media surfing and eating I do whenever Seb is down for the night.

And so being at it for a few years now, I think I can claim a little expertise on the subject and since Inflation reach its peak now and can really be felt. This seems to be a negative impact of the TRAIN law but let’s not get to that.

As I was saying, now that all products and services have become pricey I want to share my little ways of saving in one of the biggest factors where the household budget is allocated. GROCERIES.

8 things i do

1. SHOP ALONE. If you want to stay on budget then this is a must to avoid extra items riding on your grocery budget. Also, you can focus and read items more carefully, even to the point of comparing two items side by side leisurely.

2. DO NOT SHOP WHEN HUNGRY. The term “Takaw Tingin” has its basis. You feel the need to have it all because when you’re hungry everything seems so tasty right? Grab a bite first before going in. You’ll see its effect in your receipt afterwards.

3. SET A BUDGET AND BRING A CALCULATOR. If you are the type who shops every payday then most likely you already have a grasp amount of your groceries for the necessities only and know how much it spikes up when you added the luxuries. Bringing a calculator and adding in price of every item may be a tedious task but it serves as your guideline to be aware of your budget limit.

4. VEER AWAY FROM BRANDED ITEMS. I’m sure you have your tried and tested products already and they sure come with the common brands we see on TV commercials. But do you really need a branded one for your iodized salt? baking soda? eggs? And other what nots. There are branded items worth purchasing and there are some that generics will do. It costs less but serves the same purpose. Once its out of that packaging you see no difference.

5. BUY IN BULK AND BIG QUANTITIES. I do this for detergents, shampoo, soaps and other long expiry products because I find sachets too non-earth friendly to the point of just being inconsiderate. I also like those products with the +20% more claims. Wether its true or not, I fall for it hahaha.

6. LOOK FOR DISCOUNTED DEALS. There are usual deals in soy sauce and vinegar combo, toothbrush and toothpaste, napkins and pantyliners, diapers and wipes. Either they are priced less or you get a freebie item, which usually are trial packs.

7. BEFORE CHECKING OUT, RE-SCAN YOUR ITEMS. This does not take too much time, just stop in one corner and look into your basket to check your items and see if you missed anything or some pricey item/luxury had been in (that’s not supposed to be there).

8. USE REWARD CARDS TO EARN POINTS. We know how this works and if you are consistent enough, points accumulation is a breeze as one grocery trip costs more than a thousand now. And if you reach enough points, it can be use to purchase.

There goes my list and I hope this has given you some tips to apply on your next grocery shopping. Remember, sticking on a budget is good but not to the point of sacrificing quality. Smart shopping is key. Knowing your brands and when to settle should be balanced.

Till my next post,

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10 Benefits of Play to Children

 

Play is a child’s work. It is so important to a child’s development that it is listed as Article 31 on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. Article 31: That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of […]

via Importance of Play: 10 Benefits of Play to Children — messythenessy

 

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Blogger’s note: This is a re-press from my sister’s blog www.messythenessy.wordpress.com

 

She just started and this is my little way of supporting her. This is a very good read and really applicable especially to us mommies who at present are in the stage of honing our toddler’s future and thinking of ways to occupy them when they are awake and us counting the hours until they fall asleep and we can have our freedom (lol).

Anyway, I have been in hiatus for soooo long that hearing tapping keys actually excites me and so I am back and again ready to mingle the blogging world.

 

Promising to create more entries,

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Happy 1st Birthday, Seb!

Our birthday month is over and so are the celebrations and now is the perfect time to blog before I forget the teeny tiny details of what seems my “hope to be a future business venture”… PARTY PLANNING.
At first, we’re thinking of doing it old school, you know the usual venue in your house, cooked meals, balloons and all… but considering the space, weather (soooo hot), parking spaces (which is a huge concern to MY DAD) and manpower needed we decided against it…

Birthday packages are a life saver! Especially for a new mom like me whose quite overwhelmed these days. Usual birthday packages come with a 3 hours use of an air-conditioned venue, food, host, party decorations, prizes, loot bags and a mascot appearance. So its a hassle free, just show up kind of party which is very appealing to me 🙂 A Jollibee party came to mind first because you know… kids. But the thing is, Seb still don’t know who the bee is. So not yet. Maybe on his 7th birthday.

There are sooo many options for such birthday party packages from different fast foods and restaurants that its a pickle which one to avail. What I did was to narrow my list based on location, parking (my Dad’s concern) and the package inclusions, so its a choice between Max’s and Shakeys.
Cut to the chase why not Max’s? this would have been our bet since our priority is PARTY = FOOD. But their children’s party packages does not fit our needs since there is more adult guests than kids. We looked into their milestone packages where you get the venue for 3 hours and food but that’s just it. No decors, host… you have to provide the party props yourself and get this, if you want to have a cake you’ll pay a corkage fee of Php 500 😦
And so we picked SHAKEY’S TAYTAY BRANCH and I am glad we did…
The party cost us Php 23,000 for 60 people. All in. Use of venue for 2 hours (1,000 per hour extension). Buffet style food includes: Pizza, garlic bread, carbonara, spaghetti, chicken, iced tea, soft drinks and ice cream and their birthday present which is this very huge pizza!

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They also allowed us to have a cake (no fees) and even sliced it. I ordered the 12 x 16 chocolate chiffon cake from Goldilocks and just created my own cake topper as I am not a fan of fondant cakes which are more for presentations / design than the taste itself. I opted for the “tried and tested” cake hehehe… which cost just Php 800 compared to the fondant one’s with a whooping 1500 to start with (no guarantee pa if they’ll achieve your peg cake).

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As for the design, there’s an existing tarp in line with the JUSTIC LEAGUE theme but I designed and printed my own and just added some balloons and a little pop art too. And the rest was provided by Shakey’s: game prizes, host, program, loot bags, balloons (for 30 children). I chose the slot of 2:30-4:30pm.

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For Seb’s birthday suit, My original plan is to buy the batman costume is SM department store but quite hesitated when I’m about to buy as I get this thought of where will he wear it after his birthday. It costs around Php 1,500. So we just bought a Batman-ish ensemble instead and it works 🙂 Me and my husband just bought the usual superhero shirts.

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It was a good celebration and I am very happy that it pull through, looking back on my mini drama to my post before this I don’t know where that woman came from?!
Sebastian changed my life and so is this 1st children’s party that I organized / availed. I am excited in doing more of these and I hope there will be more opportunities where I can try my hand in planning a party or any event pa (such as Weddings too). But for now employment is not an option, I want to have my own…

 

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY SEB! Mommy will always be here to LOVE YOU 🙂
As you are MY MOST FAVORITE PERSON IN THIS LIFETIME.

 

 

Love lots,

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Confessions of a Drama Mom

Who would have thought that planning Seb’s 1st Birthday will be a pickle.

Upon discussing my woes to my husband he told me this: “Event planner ka pero nahihirapan kang planuhin ang birthday ng anak mo?” Well, this hits me hard.

Torn between being grand, practical, traditional and everything in between. There are several factors to play with…

  • He will not remember his 1st birthday
  • It is not for the baby but more for the parents, people around him is why there is a party
  • This will only come once in his life
  • 1st and 7th birthday are the must celebrated ages

Present day: I don’t know whose talking here, why am I being a drama queen typing that eh? Of course its my son’s 1st birthday and there’s NO way it will not be celebrated. And so wear that party hat because it is ON 😊😊😊 woot woot!

 

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My Top Mommy Products

Researcher. I am that and more whenever there’s something that I am interested in. Thank you for the wonderful and I hope will be a much faster – Internet Connection that I can read on reviews before buying a product or availing a procedure (This is specifically true when I was pregnant: such as the OGTT and CAS test). But now that Seb’s here and I got a little more time to browse online shops while breastfeeding him I have become quite addicted to ordering online to the point that almost every other day within a week there is something delivered to our house. A gift from me to me 🙂
Anyway, online shopping can be a hit and missed. And I am thankful that its very rare when I come across a bad one and I credit my research for such success. Well, so much my intro let me enumerate “My Top Mommy Products”.

 

  • Coco Haven Baby Hair and Body Wash (Php 300.00 for 250ml) All natural, made of coconut oil and lasting scent. This smells soooo good. Another product from Coco Haven that I really like is their Bugs Away therapeutic cream (Php 200.00) this is one of my go to anti-mosquito products for Seb because it is not that sticky in the skin and again, the smell is really good. you have to try this one, the smell alone sold me out! I ordered this from @9monthsandbeyond_ph‘s Instagram.

 

  • Human Nature Rescue Balm (Php 99.00 for 10grams) I visited one of their stores and there really are a lot to choose from. Actually, there are two types of this balm, the other one is the soothing balm which i have yet to try. I chose this rescue balm because its for scrapes and scratches in the skin which helps for the bi from mosquito bites. Its pure tea tree + lavender. Wishing now that I bought the big one. Anyway, will definitely refill.

 

  • Pigeon Baby Oil with Telon It is not available here in the Philippines. This serves as my baby’s Acete de Mansanilla because I find the real one too strong and hot for an infant’s skin. My sister gave this to me from Indonesia.

 

  • Drypers Drypantz I tried Huggies, Pampers, Mamy Poko and EQ. All diapers worked for Seb. He did not developed any rash but we’re sticking with Drypers as I find it thicker and absorbent. I ordered a box of this in Lazada during their promos, you just have to check the site regularly as there’s always a great deal. Also their delivery is efficient too.

 

  • Bite Block Insect Repellant cheap, good scent and non-sticky on skin. Spot on!

 

  • First Bible Stories Book from WS Pacific Publishing Inc. (Php 300.00) as I mentioned in one of my Instagram posts that I intend to read the bible as Seb’s night story rather than the usual fairy tales and this is a great move in my behalf as I get to revisit the bible too. The book has a very good quality and the drawings and story are very in the eyes and understand.

 

  • Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil Cute packaging 🙂 but the thing that really makes me want this is the moisturizing effect. Great for massaging and works as Mommy’s lotion too.

 

  • Simba Safe Nail Cutter Sturdy, not that fragile like others because it is made of steel (I prefer this than plastic) and the edge of the tool is blunted to ensure safety.

 

  • Pigeon Peristaltic Nipple For me, this is the closest teats you can get that resembles the nipple. It is very soft and we never had a problem with nipple confusion. The price ranges from Php 400 – 550 depending on the size and months of the baby.

 

  • Looney Tunes Baby Bottles (4 oz) Cheap yet very good quality. These are the bottles I used whenever we are out and I can’t feed the baby directly. As I prefer to have a bottled breastmilk baon. This way he is also trained to bottle feed. We started bottle feeding him as early as 2 months.

 

  • Looney Tunes Manual Breast Pump (Php 900.00) Can be used for wide neck and regular bottles as it has an adaptor, very easy to assemble and clean. Cheap and very efficient. I prefer to use this rather than the portable Pigeon breast pump I have as I feel that I have a better control of the flow and output.

 

  • Lactation Cookies I ordered mine from @annabananaskitchen in Instagram, their oatmeal raisin with sunflower seeds cookies and it tasted delicious! I’m only supposed to eat 2 max per day but I ate more than that because it taste like a regular cookie that I tend to treat it as a treat/dessert. Yum!

 

There goes the list. I will be adding more from time to time but so far these are my tried and tested. Will be adding photos soon but will need to collate them first as they are everywhere! I have gotten inconsistent with my file storage this past few months as there’s too little “me” time for now… not complaining though as the baby is at its cutest now, he is starting to babble and oh so adorable! but close to 10 months and still toothless, I am not complaining though as teeth + breastfeeding is never a good combination. yikes!

 

Ciao for now,

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Career or Stay-at-Home Mom?

Before my M’s (marriage and becoming a Mom) I have a C. A career which serves as your identity, your accomplishment and life. It is where your world revolves. But now, being on the other side as a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM), Career had stepped aside and now seems pretty trivial. 
This new job demands your whole being. You 24/7. No breaks, No weekends, No holidays and No Pay. Who would have thought that I’ll be taking a smile and a grin as a payment? Hahaha.

But as tiring as it was, at the end of the day when you look at your baby sleeping and cute and cuddly… It was all worth it ❤

Amidst the rewards I reap and lessons learned for this new role. I feel like I still need to prove something. Not to anybody but to me. I feel like I owe the professional in me to give her an outlet where she can exist and shine.

Then the opportunity to do freelancing…

Prior to this, the last artwork I did was Seb’s baptismal invitation and backdrop then nada. 

So when the door opens for me to unleash my creative being once again I was quite hesitant to enter because I feel like I’ve been sabbatical for too long. Not that I forgot how to use the apps and all but I lost my jive. My momentum completely dropped. It was not the will to be creative again that made me say Yes but the money. I needed it. I missed earning on my own.

Once engaged, I am sweating buckets as I feel like a rookie. I lost the familiarity of it all. But as all things are… I faced it and guess what? I did very well with flying colors! The rush and hype makes me look forward to what’s next.

As professional as I felt. Motherness never left me. My work bag has a new must have now – the breastpump set. I have no need for alarms to remind me to pump every 3 hours, as I can literally feel my breasts rock hard. I have high respect for all working moms who pump at work and build their stash and have coolers to travel with. It is a chore. If only the baby knows what you have to go through to fill that bottle.

But the most motherly of all. The moment of leaving your baby to go to work. OA as I may sound. I’m only away from 6AM-1AM not even a whole day but it pains me to walk out the door and wave goodbye while he cries. 

With my current state of mind I can never go back to work with the 5 days job. I will be a miserable-earning momma.

I am thankful for the blessings. The opportunities to earn, learn and widen my contacts but as I think about it in a bigger picture. That part of me will always be a ‘sometimes’ because my reality has changed. My new family had replaced my career as my priority. My always.

Just to mention: I am a (Motion) Graphics Designer / Visual Spinner for Events. 

And so the choice to do freelancing is made. But even to that, I cannot commit 100% as Seb is now in a state where his separation anxiety is at its peak. Not just him actually…😑

Anyway, this post is too real and honest. If you read this baka ang comment mo “Ang arte naman neto!” hahaha but I feel that other moms whose in the same boat will get me. 

Thank you internet and kind family babysitters for making things possible. This way I am able to unleash the professional me yet be able to be a mommy who breastfeeds on demand. Naks!

A blogging mom when the baby’s down for the night,

DIY Activities for your Toddler

I have always been the creative type but never “frugal”. I can justify the need to spend and have more. (Justify mostly to myself as my husband does not buy it). He is my conscience when we’re in the mall. He’s always like”Do you really need it?” Blah, blah, blah… Hindi siya nagger ha. Mas practical at wise lang talaga siya😁

The creativeness in me tripled when I had Seb and discovered Pinterest. If you are not familiar with this app please stop reading my blog and install one NOW! (You’re welcone Pinterest for this promotion hehehe.)

I discovered this app way back 2014 when a friend recommended it and looking back on my boards it summarizes my life’s desires from pugs, to clothes, hair, shoes, to graphic designs, travel goals, wedding pegs, pregnancy tips and now, baby development, milestones and activities to name a few of my searches. It really is all very, very interesting!

My browsing lead to several attempts of Do-It-Yourself which are all successful ahem ahem. And I will share them with you.

Ref Magnets. Good for their stand practice and keeps them occupied for a long time. They can also see themselves in the ref’s surface so its like looking in a mirror. They also reach for the magnet or look for it whenever it drops.

The Ribbon Bar. I created it differently though as we only used a hanger to hold the ribbons making it more portable in my opinion (excuses… the bar seems hard and expensive to replicate)

Dig Out Toys on Jelly. This is easy and cheap. I will be doing this again soon as the baby enjoyed it. Warning: This is messy.

Discovery Basket. This occupies my boy for a long time and whenever he sees a fresh basket with new items he is very excited. I usually prepares this at night so when he wakes up this is my first trick as I am still sleepy to do active plays. The gist is you have this basket/box where you put items from different parts of the house. Example: Bathroom, Kitchen, Bedroom, Office stuff… Note: his favorite is the baking/kitchen items. He loves the whisk and spatulas.

Newspaper or Aluminum Step. Because of their texture once the baby kicks or placed their feet it produces a sound. Thus, the sense of hearing and touch are stimulated.

Balloon Tied to Foot. Seb did not appreciated it much because he was too young when I introduced this to him. 3 Months. Maybe I will try again soon. I’ll buy one of those charactered balloons they sell in the market.

The Silly Putty. The easiest combination I’ve read so far are flour + oil + water + food color and yogurt + food color. This is yet to be tested. I will post the one most effective and fun for him.

Cut and Paste. Using a double sided tape and cut out art papers, He gets to stick the papers on the cabinet. Its not mucb fun for him though, what we found more fun is the anti mosquito stickers. we stick it in his nose, belly, knees etc. we laughs and does the same to mommy.

The Messy Spaghetti. Cooked pasta with food color. I am hesitant to add food color as he will be eating the pasta for sure. Instead I will add a little beetroot for color but won’t mix too long for it might blend with the taste of the pasta and beetroot tastes like soil😑 so that is a no-no.

Coloring Materials. Colors and Colored Pencils are my go to’s when it comes to entertaining this little kiddo. He “tries” to draw nonsense using colors in an illustration board while I doodle with him. and my favorite is whenever he tries to put the colored pencils on its case. he gets to practice his motor and thinking skills.

Pimp the Walker. Seb’s walker is a hand me down and the toy in front of it is damaged so I just discarded it and created a new one. A very detailed car dashboard. It took quite some time and effort. I used a cardboard and sharpie and voila… ganda diba?

These next items are not DIY anymore… but still very helpful in their development.

  1. Read the Bible. I bought “First Bible Stories” and read it to him whenever we can. From the Creation, Isaac, Abraham, Noah, Jonah of the Old Testament and now we are on Jesus’ time at the New Testament. It is a review to me on the bible stories and It seem that I really am the one enjoying because whenever he tries to grab the book I say “No, this is Mommy’s book”. The book is too pretty.
  2. Read Fairy Tales. Aladdin, Puss in Boots, King Midas to name a few… but I prefer for him to read the Bible stories.
  3. Read pretty much everything. From labels, to signages and any other reading sources. I am a reader myself and I hope for him to develop a liking for it too. As I believe that reading is a solid foundation to having a good grammar. I credit my sister for my interest in reading. I remember the first book that my parents bought for me was Sweet Valley Kids.
  4. Massage. From newborn to infancy up to before he becomes too active and squirmish. Massage is a favorite activity. I have a thing for trying out new oils and watching youtube videos of baby massages. Complete with a lullaby on spotify. It was a bonding moment then but now that he cannot keep still… 😭

If you love who you are doing it for then it will never feel like a chore. This is my resourcefulness at its best. Thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration.❤

I hope that this post reaches out to Mothers like me who’s looking for activities that can keep their babies occupied giving them TIME – either to bond or to do something.
Tapping the creative in you,

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Constipated Baby: The Struggle is Real.

This has been a problem for almost 2 weeks now and It is driving me nuts! Who would have thought that POOP would become a big deal and take most of my time worrying.
Warning: If you are a Mom you’ll get me and sympathize but if not then you are reading the wrong post.

Here’s the story…

Seb did not poop for 10 days straight, as in nada a-a.

His diet stays the same: Breastmilk and porridge with vegetables and fruits (mashed).

So come day 6th we decided to go to the doctor and see what we could do. She prescribed Lilac, a Lactulose for 3x a day 2.5ml each time. But Seb hates it and just spit the super sticky, thick liquid (even I hate this stuff). So we opted for natural ways instead. There’s the tummy clockwise and I love you massage and bicycle massage. We also gave him prune juice. But still nothing. Until the 10th day where I gave in and just opted for the last resort which I really think is a savior, the suppository. Within just 10 minutes of pushing it in. Pooped out. I thought that was the end of it.

Come 3 days straight and nothing. So I fed him avocado and he did poop. I thought that was the end of it.

3 days interval and he did poop. I again pushed a suppository but this time there was a trace of blood in the poop and so I decided to again visit a new doctor. But the thing is, she prescribed the same thing which is the Lilac.

And so I visited another pedia. And she gave the baby a liquid laxative which is the Dulcolax SP 4ml 2x a day and she asked for an x-ray ( poor baby having to stay still, good thing he is not a cry baby). The result of the x-ray is that there are many poo inside. Backed up there and cannot descend as if there is a stopper in his butt😐 and so she increased the dosage to 5ml.

I do not want Seb to rely on suppository or medicines to poop so I went back to the basics and feed him papaya, an over riped papaya to be exact and gave him all sorts of tummy massage I found on Youtube.

Boy oh boy, when the baby strains and cry and scream bloody murder because of what I assume is the difficulty to pass such piece it really pains me, if only I could take away the pain. And so I tried to actually help him using my hand and oh lala after that piece which I assume is the stopper, all things are back to normal. No more are the 3-2 days interval, he now goes everyday and with a very good consistency. Thank you very much.

This may have been too personal and TMI but I want to record this for future reference. It is a good thing that Seb had never loss appetite, become irritable during this almost close to a month struggle. Resulting to 3 different Pediatrician consultations and x-ray.

I thought of all the possible factors that may cause his constipation but I can only think of one. MY diet. Prior to his constipation I become addicted to a frap (coffee+chocolate flavor) to the point the I consume it daily and since he is EBF maybe the transfer? I do not know exactly if this is it. But after watching my diet closely and returning to healthy eating, he did had a healthy bowel movement too. Lesson learned. The hard way.

So there goes my story. I really am a Mom now eh? Look at my post… all Seb and Mommy and Breastfeeding ooh! Embracing the #momlife

 

Happy for a piece,

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