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Thursday, April 27, 2006
* i'll take a short break from work. i miss my blog so much! =(
i've got a LOT to blog, but then, my work load is a LOT MORE!!!

oh yeah, my baby boy's birthday kwento and pictures? to follow pa din. but one thing i can say...it was very successful and a happy one. i'm so proud of what we've done! =)

now, back to the main topic...
the first time i saw baby havaianas at Shang Mall, i found it so cute but fought my feelings and didn't buy it. i felt sayang lang coz baby boy was only few months old, and flipflops aren't needed yet.
but now that he's 1, and will be walking soon, i felt it's the right time, hehe. and who can resist this cuteee pair...

sorry, not me! it's just too cute to resist this time. besides, i have my own pairs! kaya ngayon, terno na kami ni baby boy!
ang problema, syempre, di papahuli si hubby! =)
and these are the latest i bought...

i've heard there's a Superman design coming very soon. i hope there'll also be Captain Barbel, Darna, Krystala and the like. haha, pang-Spartan dapat yata ito eh. atleast Pinoy ang dating! =)

enough now...back to work! grrr!
posted by apple @ 5:10 PM   4 comments
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
i was tagged...
by dang and jenc

today, 05april was my EDD. my baby was supposed to be 1 today but he came out a little late, adhering to my request. =)
so now, it's almost a year. hope i still remember everything, if not, it's the anethesia i guess! =)

How did you feel during those first few days after the birth?
it was a happy feeling! Of course because the long waiting was finally over, and also because the 3-day hospital stay was like a vacation in a 3-star hotel with hubby. my baby wasn't roomed-in because i delivered via CS, so i just had to visit him in the Nursery whenever i can. the rest of our time was spent watching tv, eating, sleeping, entertaining visitors, watching tv, eating, sleeping...see the picture? =) owel, i'm just taking my time and preparing for the big responsibility when we go home.

How were you emotionally?
still happy! i guess that's all i ever felt before. oh, also sleepy! =) i was lucky i didn't experience any PPB. i guess because i really prepared myself emotionally for the big change. and i've got all the help i'll ever need, so not much problem on that.
but of course, the first 2 weeks was really tiring, because it's that time my baby was adjustng to the real world. i was deprived of sleep, because he seemed to always know when i was about to sleep, then he'll cry! waaah! that 2 weeks was like a month for me! tired, sleepy, aching nipples, exhausted, but still, HAPPY! =)

Is there anything you wish people had told you about the postpartum period?
none, really. because i was pretty informed (warned) by my friends and my books. i just became so emotional until now, just watching a commercial or a scene with a baby on it moves me.

How long do you plan to breastfeed?
hopefully until 1 year, which is only 4 days away. but i'm still thinking to continue. just thinking, hehe.

Do you have any advice for getting through those first weeks of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a learned art! it's really hard at the start, but eventually gets better and easier. cracking of nipples happen, i experienced that, OUCH! you need to learn how to position your baby, how to latch and how to suckle (not only suck!). To get you through the year, always remember that Breast is BEST! That breast milk is the healthiest milk for your baby (as long as you eat right) and in the long run, you'll also feel the BIG savings you had by not buying that formula. =)

Was there any stress between you and your husband over the baby?
none that i can remember, hope my memory is serving me right! =) no stress for him because i was always the one waking up in the middle of the night. but that was because he was working and i was on ML. but now that i'm back to work, i'm still in charged! huh, unfair! =)

Let's talk about your body, did things get totally rearranged?
a big YES! and i can't even lose that extra pounds until now! i still have that 10!!!
breastfeeding didn't work for me. maybe because i always feel hungry every after feeding, so i need to replenish, hehe. my fault, i know!

Care to share how much you weighed before and how much now?
i gained 40 lbs. and lost 30 of that! so where's the 10? DON'T ASK! it's on the previous answer.

What advice-or comfort-can you offer other new moms about their weight?
it's ok to gain weight, people will always associate that with your giving birth. easy excuse!=)

How important is it for you to have a work identity?
not much. just for the reason that i have to work for my baby's future. but if i'll be given a choice (and a chance with so many conditions attached), i'd rather spend my whole time with my baby. how i wish! =)

Was your baby a lot of fun right from the start?
a lil boring, because all he did was sleep, suckle and pee/poo. my tiny consolation was seeing him smile on his sleep, which wasn't really a 'smile' after all. =)

What's your baby like now?
he's a cutie! with a few hair and a lot of teeth (he has 8!). he has so many gimmicks and loves to play a lot. he always makes us smile and laugh our hearts out with his antics. he'll be 1 soon, and just the thought makes me sad. how time flies, my baby will no longer be fully dependent on me. but i'm also excited, because he'll soon be walking and running and exploring the world on his own. i just hope he'll forever be grateful having us as his parents. =)

thanks for this! =)

i'm tagging Alpha and Jody. it's been a year, try to reminisce. =)
posted by apple @ 4:31 PM   0 comments
last minute preps
these are the things that we've been doing for our last minute preps...

at etong si baby boy, nakikigulo. gusto ko na ngang isama muna sa lootbag eh, para wala munang makulit. =)

nung saturday night ay sinamantala ko ang pagkawala ng isa pang mas makulit, si hubby na nasa inuman. nilabas ko lahat ang aking pooh prizes sa kani-kanilang mga taguan. nyahaha, sobrang dami ko na palang naipon, nakakaaliw! pahirapan tuloy sa pag-sort based on their tag price at pagdikit ng karampatang points. =)
here's baby boy with all his prizes:

at eto naman ang aking major prizes, around 5-7 points:

pagtapos ko at pagbilang ko, aba, i have a total of 377 points! eh 240 lang yung ticket card na ipapamigay ko. so sobra-sobra na talaga ang pang-prize ko, ibenta ko na lang kaya yung iba, hehe. =)

kagabi naman ay binuksan na namin ang mga piggybanks ni baby boy. binilhan ko talaga sya before ng piggybanks para pandagdag sa party nya. atleast yung mga barya namin ay naiipon. at nilagyan ko din ng piggybank ang room ng parents ko, at tinabihan ko ng picture ni baby boy. simpleng pangingikil ba, hehe. at eto na, pagkuha ko ng tatlong piggybanks (mine, hubby and lolo/lola) eh punong-puno at ang bigat nung sa parents ko, while yung sa amin ni hubby eh ka-gaan. =)
so eto ang aking baby with his piggybanks:

daming barya, daming pera! pwede nang pang-bayad ng isang game booth! =)

dahil napagod ang aking mag-ama sa pagbibilang ng barya eh maya-maya'y nag-duet na sa paghihilik. pero dahil madami pa akong kailangang gawin ay wala akong nagawa kundi gumawa! unfair!!!
buti na lang at enjoy ako sa pag-sort ng chocolates para sa mga ninong at ninang. halos lahat ng sobra ay nakain ko yata, haha. yumyum! =)
and here are my baby's souvenirs for his godparents:

posted by apple @ 3:28 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
photo mosaic

so cutie!!! =)
thanks to Mellisse for this mosaic, to The Picture Company for the adorable picture, to me for consolidating ALL the small pictures, and to my baby boy for the priceless SMILE! =)
posted by apple @ 5:48 PM   1 comments
Monday, April 03, 2006
recap on bday preps
mar 18 - distributed the invites to families & friends (this deserves another blog! =)
mar 19 - lootbags! inayos ko na at tinapos lahat ng lootbag items ko. i put the names of the kids and the label stickers in the key tags, attached it to the bags, then arranged it according to their age. since iba-iba ang laman ng loots ko for every age bracket, sobrang hirap i-organize. kasi may ibang pooh items na kulang, may ibang sobra for the age goup. medyo kawawa nga yung mga babies ko na 0 age eh, kasi wala akong masaydong nailagay, dahil wala akong makitang pooh items na appropriate sa kanila. sabi ni hubby, lagyan ko na lang daw ng pooh bottles, eh hello, ang maliit na bote kaya ng pooh ay P75.00 each na noh. wag na lang, yung diaper na lang ng mamy poko. haha, buti na lang, namakyaw ako! =)
after so many hours ay natapos din ako. i had a total of 37 kids. sobrang happy ako sa accomplishment kong ito talaga. next project ay ang aking prizes! mas madugo yata ito eh, kasi mas madami...waaah!
akala ko ay tapos na ako sa lootbags, hindi pa pala! kasi habang lumalapit ang event ay ang daming nadadagdag na bisita. last count ko was 120 adults & 38 kids na! mas ok sa akin ang magdagdag sa adults eh, kasi additional payment lang ito sa caterer. pero pag sa kids, mas madugo kasi additional loot na naman ito. eh naubos na kaya yung mga pooh items ko for loots! at please lang, ayoko nang magdagdag pa... papatayin na talaga ako ng asawa ko, hehe.
mar 20-24 - in-the-office and late-night preps, which includes typing, printing, cutting, labelling, sticking at kung ano-ano pang ING! =)
mar 25 - BREAK!!! =) swimming at 8th Waves, Bulacan (another blog)
mar 26 - do the standeeSSS.
mar 27-31 - same as 20-24. =)
apr 1 - prizes! hay, nung nilabas ko lahat ang aking prizes sa kani-kanilang taguan, tsaka ko lang na-realize na ang dami ko na palang naipon, haha. pwede na talaga akong pumwesto sa mall at magtinda ng Pooh items. sobrang naaliw ako. and during the sorting, me mga tinabi din ako for baby boy, hehe. super cute kasi nung iba, kaya syempre, di pwedeng mawalan ang aking anak ng prizes nya, kaya i saved some for him. point-system ang prizes ko, kaya madugo din i-assort lahat kasi i need to know the value of each para maidikit ko yung correct point nya. at nung i-add ko lahat ng points ng prizes, i had a total of 377 points! whoa! and i only bought 240 cards (tickets) to give to kids. sobra-sobra ang prizes ko kaya i had to buy additional cards pa. i'm so excited to arrange these prizes, i'm pretty sure the kids will love
apr 2 - attended the 1st bday party of Margaux (another blog); meeting with my host at Starbucks, Marquinton. Bobi and his team are my friends since we've started the party shop business. suki nila kami kasi lagi ko silang kinukuha for my big parties. tried and tested ko na sila, and i promised them way back that i'll get them when my turn comes. and now, it's finally here! i also like the idea of having a host who we really know, para may personal touch talaga. since we're both familiar with our "styles", we just discussed the program flow, the games and other gimmicks to liven up the party. they're also excited already! =)

that leaves me with just 1 WEEK before my baby turns ONE!!!
huhuhu, hope i can stop the time! not only because my baby will turn 1! but also because another dilemma is bound to happen after the 1st birthday! =(
posted by apple @ 1:53 PM   2 comments
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