If you’re going to ask what Asher wants to be when he grows up, you’d get different answers. There was a time when he wanted to become a foreman as inspired by the foreman and the group of carpenters he saw last year when Little Mansion was still being built. There was also a time when he’d say he wants to become a nurse or any of the Physicians & Surgeons Jobs he had probably seen in the hospital during his well baby checkups. Then there was also an instance when he blurted out he wants to become a dentist as he asks us to open wide our months for him to inspect just like dentists do.
But after seeing him perform during their Filipiniana Day in celebration of the Buwan ng Wika in their school last Friday, I bet, you’d agree with me and say that he has a knack of performing in front of a huge crowd. Watch how he gamely showcased a song number with his classmates. Isn’t it impressive that he knows the actions so well? And how he dislikes getting covered by another kid. Haha! He certainly enjoys the spotlight, huh?
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During the time that I was pregnant with Asher, I don’t remember attending childbirth classes or any expectant parent seminars. One, I was still working then and I couldn’t spare even just a free day to attend as much as I wanted to. To compensate as I also believe that as a responsible new mommy, one should constantly learn and research about the new whole world of pregnancy and parenting a newborn so the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting was my bible. I also subscribed to the weekly digest of MyBabyCenter online where I learned and got familiarized with baby and pregnancy jargons like lanugo, layette, UTZ, etc throughout my pregnancy and until now that Asher’s a toddler. Two, free seminars and events were very scarce then (or I was just not aware perhaps) unlike now that there are so much parenting events organized left and right. I guess it has to do with the vast social networking tools that are available online (Facebook and Twitter) that’s why promoting and marketing such events are a lot easier now and it gets to reach the targeted market/audience in a breeze.
It was through Mothercare’s Facebook Fan Page that I learned about this last week:
The event which took place last Saturday at Greenbelt 3 featured speakers from the sponsors and they talked about:
1. Proper nutrition for pregnant women
2. Cordlife banking c/o Stemcord
3. Dental hygiene for kids c/o Metro Dental
4. Breastfeeding c/o Medela and Pro-Lacta
Even though I didn’t win any of the prizes in the raffle (and I thought swerte pag buntis? Kung sabagay lahat pala kami dun mga buntis! hehe), attending the event was still a delightful experience as it was very informative and engaging. Mothercare and the sponsors were also generous to give away these freebies and a yummo Cafe France refreshing snacks!
1. I’ll strive harder to eat nutritious foods and I’ll take Pro-Lacta this time for a more bountiful supply.
2. Cordlife banking sounds a good “investment” but it’s so expensive! If we just have the moolah, why not!
3. According to the pediatric dentist from Metro Dental, use toothpaste with fluoride when brushing the kids’ teeth so any adult toothpaste will do. For 1-2 year olds, just a smear amount while a pea size amount for 3-6 year old kids will do. Also, no rinsing or gargling afterwards as this will just wash away the fluoride. It’s okay for them to swallow the “bubbles” as the small amount of fluoride shouldn’t be harmful for them.
4. I’ll still breastfeed all the way..for as long as I can and Ashley would want. I was able to breastfeed Asher for 2 years and 9 months so breastfeeding for the second time should be a lot easier for me. I just need to beef myself up so that I wouldn’t become so skinny and overly underweight again.
There’s one upcoming event for pregnant mommies from Mommy Mundo next month. I’ll definitely be there, too.Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (0)
I have so much in my To Buy List for Ashley that I really wish that my online earnings get credited soon. I enjoy my freelance online work but the fix 15th & 30th payday is what I miss most about working in the corporate world.
The greatest thing about second pregnancies is that you don’t need to buy a lot of new baby stuff since most of the firstborn’s essentials can be handed down and used by the next sibling. I’ve made a checklist of the things Ashley will be needing and so far here are the items that need to be covered:
1. Cloth Diapers – Asher is still using his cloth diapers as “pamunas” for his sweat so it’s imperative that we buy new sets for the little girl.
2. Swaddle Wrap – During Asher’s newborn days, his startle reflex was so intense that he’d easily wake up upon the slightest sound or noise. I’ve read that swaddling the baby addresses this issue. Besides, it’ll be colder by the time Ashley is born so there’s no hesitation or thoughts that it might make her feel hot.
3. A few girlie Newborn onesies – Obviously, she can’t expect any hand me down non-unisex clothing from her Kuya. But we’ll not be splurging on this since she’s expecting naman a lot of hand me down clothes from her cousin, ate Lauren and as per our experience, she’ll surely receive lots as gifts on her Christening and Christmas.
4. Breastpump – I’ve also read that just like the feeding bottles, the breastpump is among the baby essentials that should be bought new for every baby for sanitation reasons. But since I’m just working at home now so there’s no need to stock much breastmilk or I’ll just be using when there’s a need to relieve an engorged breast, a cheaper but quality brand will do. I’d still prefer though an electric or battery-operated one.
5. Breastfeeding tops, nursing bras, breast pads – These are the things that I regret not investing on during Asher’s time. I’m looking into ordering a few pieces similar to these ones from Tiny Tots. I’m still canvassing for more stylish designs from other brands/stores. If you know of other online stores, inform me please.
6. Sterilizer – Asher’s Pigeon Steam Sterilizer broke down last year so we’re looking into buying perhaps the same brand and hopefully the same model or an upgrade model but with the same affordable price range (Php 3K+).
7. This Fisher Price Swing we saw at Toy Town Eastwood Mall (or a Baby Rocker)– The last time we checked it’s on a clearance sale for just Php 3K+ (50% off). Hopefully, there are still stocks left when we come back.
8. Umbroller – Asher’s umbroller showed signs of impending slits and tear on the clothing so it won’t be safe anymore to pass it on and use. But since Ashley won’t be needing this so soon, we can postpone buying until her 6th month or when she can already support her head.
I’m in love with this Bugaboo stroller. So chic and trendy and perfect for a baby girl! But nakakalula ang price!
I like this one from Chicco. I hope to see one in the upcoming SM Baby Company Great Baby Sale next month. The price is less cheaper too compared to other models and brands I see in malls.
9. Diaper Bag Organizer – Asher was gifted 2 Baby Couture Diaper Bags before so Ashley will get to use those since they’re still in pretty good condition. I just need to buy diaper bag organizer similar to this one:
or this one I found on the web:
11. Prokids, Huggies or Pampers Newborn Diapers
12. Grooming Kit
13. Baby Toiletries: Desitin Diaper Cream, Johnson’s Baby Milk Bath Shampoo, Baby Oil
Glad we won’t be buying anymore a crib (we will be co-sleeping), a playpen (she can use Asher’s), diaper bags, stroller, Avent Feeding Bottles (I’ve already ordered from the US where it’s cheaper), baby beddings, nursing cover & nursing pillow (I’ll use my old one), bath tub and other essential newborn outfits.Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (0)
Finally, the first batch of my Photobooks (PBs) that were ordered from Artscow has arrived!
They were supposedly the second batch but Artscow “upgraded” the shipping method to Fedex so these books that were dispatched last week arrived in less than 5 days. The first batch were sent out from Hong Kong last August 2 but with Quezon City Postal Office’s VERY fast parcel mailing system (insert sarcasm here)…I only can just cross my fingers and pray that I get the books before the
month year ends.
This Fedex-delivered batch also has its own tale involving how “corrupt” the Customs is and Artscow’s minor booboo. Just a preview of my long rant:
I really wonder what type of paper the Customs use for its forms and what’s special about its stamp that they have to charge whopping Php 315 just to have a parcel cleared for delivery. Tsk tsk. Enough with that. That deserves another post. I’m too happy now seeing the fruits of my labor to rant. Saka na lang. Hehe!
The shaded ones have been delivered..so that’s 5 down, 8 Photo Books + customized school bag + 20 scrapbook pages + 9 cosmetic bags to go! As I’ve said, I’m fervently praying to receive them very soon. The Photobooks of my friends (non-QC residents) who ordered theirs the same date as I did have already reached them. Hmmm..paging Quezon City Postal Office…galaw-galaw naman diyan! Paki-padala na po ang mga parcel notices pleaseeee.Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (1)
I have mentioned in my recent posts that I was looking forward to the The All About Baby Fair Bazaar 2 that happened last Saturday at the Rockwell Tent. We were actually long scheduled to attend this event not to necessarily splurge but just to window shop for Baby Ashley’s needs. I event bought the latest issue of Working Mom Magazine to serve as my entrance ticket and get in for free. However, with husband’s 15th paycheck going directly to dues we settled the day before and Baby Ashley covering her genitals (there’s a slight possibility that the 19th week ultrasound could be wrong and that she’s not a she but could be a boy), plus some lazy hormones joining, I opted not to go anymore. I’ll just wait for the final ultrasound (which we plan in 3D) on my 31st week for the gender confirmation and until then we can be sure and start shopping for Baby A’s essentials. Besides I heard that Baby Company will hold a Grand Sale next month so a few more weeks of waiting isn’t that tough.
So it was a laid back Saturday for the three of us…a very rare one since our weekends are usually spent outdoors. Besides, Asher was scheduled to have his First Quarter Individualized Assessment (First Quarter test) last Monday so we took our free day to review the little boy.Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (0)