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.

 

 Just in case you need this: 

Love lots,

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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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Our Honeymoon Baby is here!

Since that first disappointing visit to my doctor. I researched and learned everything I can of what happens during early weeks of pregnancy. From forums to health articles and I’m glad I did as it tells me one thing: It is TOO EARLY to tell. It is a usual result during such ultrasound at that time. Most advisable timeline would be at 8 weeks.

** I was kind of irritated to the OB-GYNE who did that “Disappointing First Ultrasound” for mentioning Ectopic pregnancy as it really scares me!

Moving on, comes my 7 week and 5th day (I can’t wait any longer) and visited other doctor. Much to my delight, my husband went with me and I guess we just needed Daddy and its confirmed! We’re having a BABY! What a wonderful news.

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With 162 heartbeat per minute and an estimated due date of October 13 we’re elated! 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.

 

Confirmed first time Mom,

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