Saturday, January 26, 2013

Su-su-su-sugar town!

tired woman looking at the mirror

24 hours in a day definitely isn't enough, especially for new moms like me. If we could only stretch the hours and make so we could have enough "me time" (SHOWER, get pampered, SLEEP) and "mommy duty time" (chores), we would. When you're a mom or someone who doesn't have enough time on their hands, it's so easy to neglect ourselves.

Friday, January 25, 2013

When the Going Gets Tough

nanny with 3 children

Being a (new) mom or a parent sure isn't a walk in the park. You have to always take into consideration your child's needs above all when scheduling activities. You also have to always keep yourself in check as you are now responsible for another person. You are now in-charge of taking care of someone else other than yourself.

A lot of first-time moms have such a difficult time when it comes to adjusting to their new lives. Giving birth and adjusting to a new routine requires a lot of energy that you rarely get to have time to even shower and do household chores. This is where hiring a yaya comes in. Personally, I am not against it. The idea just doesn't seem appealing to me. I am a first-time mom so I'm very curious and excited about everything baby and motherhood-related. I want to be as hands-on as much as I can, growing and learning along with my little man. This doesn't mean that the idea never came to mind. Daddy J have actually been bugging me to enlist the help of a yaya/housekeeper, so I won't have to do everything on my own. As a mompreneur, my instinct would be to save, save, SAVE. I instantly dismissed the idea and moved on. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Best Gift: Gift of Knowledge

I had some "me time" today and went on a whim and bought books for baby dragon. I got him my beloved Dr. Seuss books! Oh, happy day!

I really want to impart my love of reading and Dr. Seuss to my little man. Hey, it's never too early to start learning! I believe that the Gift of Knowledge is one of the best gifts a parent can give her child. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Milk Diaries: Breastfeeding is a Choice.

Breastfeeding is a Choice. I believe that and I respect it. But what if you choose not to due to lack of knowledge or support from family, friends, and even your doctor and medical institutions? Make the best choice.

Breastmilk is the best and only milk that is acceptable and sufficient to nourish a newborn/baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best gifts you can give your child, from birth onwards. Please don't get me wrong. I am not being self-righteous when I say this. I believe that breastfeeding is a choice, that every mother has the right to choose what she thinks is right for her child. I just hope that moms would give breastfeeding a chance and realize the countless benefits it gives to both baby and mommy. I believe that breastfeeding is THE better choice. It is one of the best way to bond and express your love for your child—this was a concept that was kind of vague to me when I was starting out with breastfeeding, and before I started pumping/indirect feeding. You see, there's this certain connection an ultimate expression of love, a bond that only a mother and child can have; when you hold your child close, skin to skin and you feed and nourish him with food you and your body has produced. It's such loving, magical, and wonderful experience to create special moments of love and bonding with your child. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Let's Get 30 minutes! Circuit Training

For as long as I can remember, I have always been such an active person. My mom told me stories of how I was like my super hyper little man when I was his age. At home and at school, I would race my friends and played all day long, with my high energy level never ceasing. In grade school and college, I played football and was a member of the Women's Varsity Football Team. We played against burly women who played the sport professionally, and against our very own Men's Team. I also played amongst a Men's Team at the University of the Philippines. I was so brimming with energy even during my pregnancy that I ended up in the hospital, twice. I was moving around too much that I had strong contractions and almost gave birth prematurely (good thing my doctor was very cautious and prevented it)! A few days after giving birth, I was already moving about, walking all the way from my hospital room to the car.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Milk Diaries: My Breastfeeding Journey

It's 4:20 am and it's been an hour since baby has woken up from his day long slumber. He is at my breast, feeding, as I type this. It's almost been three months since baby dragon and I have started on this loving and wonderful breastfeeding journey. I can't believe we have come so far, inspite of all the hardships we have gone through. We came through, and boy, is it such a sweet achievement!

For new moms and breastfeeding "virgins", let me give you the lowdown breastfeeding is not a walk in the park— BUT, only for the first few days to weeks, that is. This is not to discourage nor scare you, rather to arm you with the knowledge to empower yourselves and have the confidence in you and your body's capability to nourish your child. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spreading the Love!

Happy new year!!! I'm so excited to announce my first giveaway for this year. Crumbs and Grubs is sponsoring a giveaway for all pregnant and nursing moms. Read on to find out how to win a Mommy Milking Goody Pack from Crumbs and Grubs.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Modern Mom Successful Mompreneur Tips: Client Meetings

Busy Mom, mompreneur
In today's fast-paced world, a lot of moms I know are into managing their own businesses. The modern mom is one who manages her business and household, while taking care of her self, like a well-oiled and groomed machine! It isn't easy multi-tasking, with taking care of the family/kids/home and running a business. Being a mom and an entrepreneur means you have to be constantly on the go and always on call, no matter what time of the day it is or whatever you are doing.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A New Year, A New You

Hard as it may be to believe, Christmas has come and gone again for another year. Now people across the UK are looking forward to 2013, and making resolutions for the new year. According to the Metro newspaper, the top 10 resolutions for 2013 are:
  1. Travel
  2. Get Fit
  3. Treat Yourself
  4. Quit Smoking
  5. Sober Up
  6. Lose Weight
  7. Do Something Nice
  8. Get a New Job
  9. Save Money
  10. Expand Your Mind

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Medela Harmony Manual Breastpump Review

Medela is a brand well-known among breastfeeding mothers. It is one of the most widely used and most established brand of electric and manual breastpumps. The brand has also received numerous positive reviews . As a first-time mom, given the countless brands of breastpumps in the market, with price and quality in consideration, it was overwhelming to choose one that's best suited for my needs.

Medela pumps and/or most breastpumps, for that matter, can be quite expensive, with prices ranging from P3,000 up to as much as P100,000++, which is why it's very important to choose a pump that's best suited for your needs and will last a long time.

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