How Baby #2 Changed Me

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It’s been 4 months since I gave birth, I don’t have an office job, or an 8-5 job, but I still feel like there is “no time”. I’ve been wanting to update my blog as it (theoretically) seems like I have all the time in the world, but being a full time-slash-praning-mommy, there goes my update plans.

So, how did baby #2 change me?
I have turned into a zombie, I have become a light sleeper — I jump into the slightest sound at night, I became more praning as ever…

With the age gap of my daughters (such surreal feeling saying daughters with an “s”), I am back to square one. No I am not complaining, it’s a wonderful feeling actually. I’m like a newbie newborn mommy with baby #2. With my first born, I had post-birth complications, I had a day job. The reason why I had all the help I needed, and luckily, there were resources to do so. I didn’t really experience the series of puyat mode at night because I had a full time yaya who aids us with that.

Now with baby #2, it’s a different story. It is all me, it is all us. For the first 2 months, there was no helper, no yaya — I was basically breathing her, 24/7. If I needed to go somewhere, I can ask my parents to look after her for awhile (Thank God for grannies), but that’s just that. By the start of her 3rd month, we were able to get household helpers. But the thing with baby #2, even if there are helpers, I am still on top of things.

I am enjoying this, a midst the jumping from bed with the slightest scratch, just to check if she’s okay, the sleepless nights (especially the first 2 months — zombie mode).

Now, at 3 – 4 months, ako na yun gumigising every 3 hours to feed her… and when she has moments where she sleeps 4 to 5 hours straight, ako na ang nagpapanic, forcing her to feed as she may be hungry but too sleepy. LOL.

To my dear baby love aka baby #2, you came into our life just at the right time. We are more matured as parents, we are more ready to take on this challenge called parenthood all the way from step one. Whenever we look at you, we are mesmerized, smitten and everything in between. Just like with our first born, your ate, we cannot thank the Lord enough for the another wonderful blessing that is you.

I may have turned into a zombie, a jumper and a more praning mother…

All these, I am privileged to be… 😉

The REAL Baby 2 Adventure

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08.27.2014

It’s been 21 days since I gave birth.

And I’m here, feeling guilty of not having to blog about this #baby2adventure that I have coined. I blame it over Instagram (haha! may masisi lang =p) since I’ve been “micro-blogging” over on that side of Social Media. But oh well, there is no reason to cry over spilled milk, or well, over lost time. So here I am, 3 weeks post-delivery, trying to remember THE day, with the daughter sleeping soundly beside me – in my arms – on my chest (she’s fussy the past days kaya iba-iba na position namin, in a span of – writing this post).

It was August 6, 2014, 11:04am via C-section that our new bundle of joy arrived

August what???

Yes I gave birth first week of August when my due date is sometime September 12! That makes our precious angel a premie – something I’ve been worrying about (but has learned to let go — and Let God). I gave birth at 34 weeks, 6 days (based on LMP). So why the sudden birth?

The Pre-Birth

August 5 (Tuesday) – In the afternoon, I was particularly irritable. There was something different but I couldn’t pin point. Naiinis lang ako and naglalambing for some reason. I kept calling the husband on his phone, wanting him to go to me — he was just in the backyard. But I never actually finish the call. Nagpapa-ring lang ako. I did that for more than 20 times. Then when he finally came to the house for dinner, I was angry already.

Dinner came and, as I was eating, I felt a sudden gush. I didn’t mind because I had a liner anyway. After eating, I went up to the room and felt another gush, this time more prominent maybe because I was standing up. I checked and my liner was soaked. It wasn’t pure “water”, there was a little bit of “white mens”

So I stayed in bed and got a bit worried. There were around 2 more episodes of sudden gush, and when I stood up to go to the wash room, there was liquid flowing down my legs. That was one of the scariest feeling… did I break my water bag already? Why? It’s only the start of August.

My OB wanted me to immediately go to Medical City. Mother however was hesitant because it was past 9pm, and it’s a good long 3 to 4-hour drive. To cut the argument short, I agreed to be checked at Premiere General Hospital in Cabanatuan. Mother contacted her OB friend.

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Emergency Room

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Labor Room

 

We arrived at the emergency room around past 10pm.

Questions, history, IE… and I was transferred to the Labor Room. I stayed there overnight, with dextrose, heartbeat monitor, bp monitor, and oxygen (though I kept removing the oxygen because I’m having a hard time). There were several injections and skin test too for medicine.

Over the course of my labor room stay, there was continuous dripping down there. Interval of maybe every 30-mins to an hour. My nappy was soaked.  I was told that peeing and pooping should be done on the bed. When I felt the urge to poop, I told the nurse I don’t want to poop there. To my surprise, she allowed me to go to the washroom 🙂 But then again, as I stood up… the water dripped down my leg!! ang iniisip ko nun, this is really something. Pwede bang mag ultrasound nko.

 

Tests, Pain

August 6 (Wednesday) – In the morning, that was the first on the list, an ultrasound. At 8am, I was sent to the Radiology section (I think), for the ultrasound. The sonologist said that there is no sign the baby wants to come out already. Actually, I asked him… and that’s what he said. However, there was a 6/8 score for the baby’s movement, which my new OB found a bit alarming. Dapat daw yun, 8. I remember the sonologist tapping and moving my tummy, rigorously, and asking me if I felt the baby’s movement. I only felt 1 out of 3 or was that 1 out of 4… He found it quite questionable why I couldn’t feel it when he could see in the monitor that the baby is moving. Ako naman, ang bilis naman kasi, gagalawin nya un tummy ko, eh di sympre my flabs would jiggle (LOL), the he’ll ask if I felt the baby… eh parang wala naman. Mabilis naman ang mga pangyayari. Haha!

Regarding my amniotic fluid, the sonologist said “madami pa”, and that there was no rupture. I, then thought that we were gona go home. To my surprise, when my OB arrived and saw the result, she said she couldn’t let me go home. I have 2 options — we deliver now, or if I opt to go to Manila, I have to go directly to Medical City. Reasons: the 6/8 result, the 12-hr continuous leak, and the irregular heartbeat of baby. Pag gumigilid kasi ako, nawawala un heartbeat or nag-iiba. Feeling ko, because I change position lang eh. But who am I naman… they know better.

The notable pain during my labor room stay is my back. It was really almost unbearable pain that I have to switch to my side. Problem however, nawawala un heartbeat if I do so. Or nagiging abnormal value. Kaya I have to lie on my back for the baby.

The Decision

So at 10am, there we were, deciding on the faith of my pregnancy – to deliver now, or head to Medical City via an ambulance. Thinking about the ambulance, the travel, and the protocol at the TMC — back to zero na naman ako for sure — pre-labor room, IV, questions, IE, tests etc… Napagod ako thinking about it. Bottomline, we decided to go for it, right there, right now. Actually, I was in disbelief asking, as in right now? Like if I say yes now, I’ll be cut open na? I am so not ready. But a decision has to be made.

Delivery Room

So at 10:30am, I was wheeled in to the delivery room. I remember talking to the anesthesiologist, and then the next thing I know, they were waking me up to see the baby. Our little angel was born at exactly 11:04 am, at 2300grams (or about 5.1 lbs), 45cms

Two things I regret though, I didn’t get to take a picture right then and there, and she wasn’t latched to me… pinakita lang si baby, as in face to face. And I remember saying “hello baby” and I kissed her. Then she was taken away and I was groggy. I’m not sure if it was because she is a preemie that perhaps they need to check her immediately. I can hear the team, a lot of them talking about blood — how I was so bloody. As in the terms I heard were “bumubulwak”, and that “ang daming dugo”, and I heard someone say, “oo sinabi nya un, bleeder sya” (which I did, I am a bleeder and I have history of hematoma),  “pero talagang ang dami noh”. And then I looked at the watch, it was 12 noon.

Recovery

I was reeled into the recovery room. I felt nothing… it was such a breeze that I was loving this Cesarean section delivery. I had to wait 2 hours in the recovery room. At past 2pm, they were prepping me up to transfer to our room. At 3 pm I was in the room with the hubby.

No labor pains, no pushing, and no stress! It was literally a breeze. The only downside is that I delivered my baby girl 2 weeks premature (of 37 weeks). She was born, based on my LMP, at 34 weeks and 6 days to be exact. Gestational age however on the last ultrasound is at 35 weeks and 6 days, and weight is about 6lbs. Kaya un din ang nagpalakas ng loob ko to say, okay let’s do this, kasi 6lbs naman na din (or so we thought), a weight for most full-term babies.

I’d have to note too, that in this delivery, other than my back pain, the fact that I was so thirsty bothered me. As in uhaw uhaw ako. Nun gabi pa lang, when I was admitted, nauuhaw nko. But OB ordered na bawal. Until in the morning, bawal pa din. I think for CS, di yata pwede uminom several hours. And since anytime, I can be cut open, I wasn’t allowed to drink. Post-delivery, even at 3pm when I was in the room, hindi pa din pwede. I was allowed 7pm to use pillow on my head, then finally at 11pm, allowed to drink. It was the most delicious drink of water. Ever!

Here is an open letter to you, my baby girl.

Dearest Sabina,

My heart is overflowing with joy as I held you for the very first time. You are so fragile, yet you are healthy and strong. Me and daddy are thankful that, despite giving birth ahead of my due, you are reportedly doing very well.

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The first time I held you in my arms 08.07.2014

I was heartbroken with the advice that we have to leave you for a few days in the hospital. They have to monitor your breathing and feeding… to make sure all is well. Even though I don’t want to, it is what’s best for you.

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The first time I saw you open your eyes… the day we left the hospital and left you in the care of the nurses and doctors

After 5 days, I had to wait for the advice if your blood result is okay. With God’s blessing, your result is negative and we got to take you home on schedule.

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Best news ever! We got to bring you home right on sched 08.11.2014

Everyone is so smitten by you, especially your Ate. She wants to be beside you, caress you, hug you, kiss you, give you milk, and even carry you. To her disappointment, we have to say no for the meantime — except for giving milk. Your Ate is such a darling with all the help she wants to give you. She doesn’t even want to go to school the first morning we brought you home.

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Sachi and Sabina

I thank God everyday for another wonderful blessing, that is you. And I pray everyday that you grow healthy, remain strong and be normal all the way. Come to think of it, you and your Ate cannot be “normal” in our eyes, you will always be special and extraordinary, in more ways than one.

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Your first day out – doctor’s appointment 08.22.2014

Sabina Blanca, know that your daddy and I, along with your sister, love you to pieces. We are beyond blessed.

We cannot thank the One above enough, of this new blessing and source of utmost joy.

 

Love,
Mommy

 

  

US Visit 2012

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  Post-script: 

I am looking in my drafts and look what I found, an unfinished entry of my US trip 2 years ago. I am not sure what else I have to post, but for the sake of not wasting the draft, I will post whatever I started —

 Flying solo, summer of 2012 to grace the Christening of Max, made possible by her parents!

Clouds – Cathay Pacific Meal – View of LA

Shopping on the side

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and more…

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Max in her glorious headpiece

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Max’s Christening

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Reception at Coco Palm

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Max’s Christening

   And well, hindi mawawala na isingit talaga naman ang mag side trip. New York, baby!

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Unbelievable, we are off to New York!

Sachi the First, 5th Birthday Party

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I love birthdays, especially now that I have kids. Birthdays are festive and fun! Well, at least for children. For adults, it’s more of meaningful, intimate events (at least that’s how I feel now).

The birthday girl, being in love with Sofia the first, the new princess show from Disney, has this for her birthday theme. I thought our party won’t push through because the day before her birthday, I was confined in the hospital. I pleaded to my doctor if I can be discharged the next day. I wouldn’t want to miss the craziness of a DIY yearly party I make for my daughter.

Thankfully, I was discharged. The morning of her birthday, you guess, I was a busy bee —

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Yay for Sofia the First!

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How can I not be strong for this little princess?

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I will conquer confinement just to be with you and make you feel special, little (but-not-so-little) girl!

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Silly faces with Tita Ayee

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Our ever reliable mommy friends who, despite short notice are always present in our kiddo’s life.

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Isabel Sachi, as you grow older and you grow wiser, I pray to God for His guidance. May you be kind-hearted and a good Christian.

You make us proud, and you fill our life with so much joy and happiness. Your sweet ways are commendable, even your discipline. At this age, you know what you want, and often times, insist on it. I see you have a strong, yet sweet personality. You enjoy being around people, yet you are shy.

This year, we are going to be a party of 4 — a family of 4 or a team of 4 as you would fondly say. But you will always be my/our first. You taught me to be selfless and loving. I thank you for that. You reciprocate very well the unconditional love we give you.

Everyday, we pray to be the best parents for you… and for your baby sister. We love you so much!

 

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Birthday celebration in school

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Costa Pacifica, Baler

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This Holy Week 2014, we visited the recently much talked about new beach destination – Baler. It is just a few hours from our hometown, and with the plans of moving permanently – perhaps starting summer – it seemed like a good idea to plan a Baler trip with friends.

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Summer means Palay everywhere. Taken before leaving for Baler

From the town proper of Rizal, it was approximately a 2-hour drive. I couldn’t say it was the best ride, because it was majority all  mountain and zig-zag road (much like Baguio but the zigzag road is longer). If you easily get dizzy and nauseated with this kind of road, taking a form of “byahilo” tablet may be a good idea.

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Are we there yet?

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Lush greenery and mountains on the way

This is what greeted us —

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The pool, the sky, the trees – oh, summer!

  The daddies were tired from the long ride, especially those that came from Manila pa.

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Pagoda

The kids had a lovely time swimming. The pool water is warm (although it is green, not blue — I wonder why). The mommies took a dip too — with noodles and kick board in tow. LOL

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We can “swim”!

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Kids’ Pizza Making

We stayed at Costa Pacifica. Thankfully, we booked months ahead because the place was packed. Actually, that is one downside of this vacation, the whole of Baler was packed. As in ang daming tao. Langgam sa beach. And food takes about an hour to two (yes, 2hrs!) to be served in nearby restaurants. I guess the whole of Baler wasn’t prepared for the number of tourists coming that week.

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Yellow Fin, ihaw ihaw

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Baler 2014

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Family of 4  — Baby Bump at 4 months 🙂

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“The sun is hurting my eye mommy” -Sachi

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The drivers

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The bakasyonistas

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The yayas

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 With our friends and our kids’ in tow, it was indeed a family vacation.

I’d love to come back when I’m not preggy so we could explore the place thoroughly. AND, when it’s low season. Nalunod ako sa dami ng tao LOL. Our 3 days were spent just on the hotel, the pool and a quick drive in the town proper.

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’til next time, Baler!

Senior Nursery – Class 2014

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This SY(2013-2014), we are in Senior Nursery. Who would have thought nurseries have junior and senior levels? Then kindergarten. Then oh I hope there is no more “prep”, or we may get drained without reaching grade 1. LOLs 

First day of school 2013This year, we are very lucky to have the school president to be our teacher… AGAIN! : )
Taken first day of school June 13, 2013

Last year, I have religiously blogged school activities; I am guilty of not doing the same this year. So in the hope of doing the same, I am back tracking with a summary of the first half of SY2013.

We had the Mommy and Child which miraculously I was able to blog about :p

And of course, the paternal counterpart, the Daddy and Child day. It was originally a minute to win it themed activity but because of the typhoon and its aftermath, the school decided to change the activity into a repacking activity. Now isn’t that wonderful?

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There was also linggo ng wika where we used her red Filipinana dress last year

Linggo ng Wika 2013Naki red lang din ako :p

Grandparents Day

Last year, it was Papa who graced the Grandparents day event, this year we invited Mama

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She does this best: silly faces!

Sachi’s class danced the “Mama Mia”. I am so proud of my baby girl!

The last activity for the sem is the “ala trick or treat”. This year’s theme is Wizard of Oz. The teachers were all out in their costumes… even the parents! How cool! Biglang nawalan ng effect ang pagka “stage parent” ko. There were mommies wearing all-out costumes, walang effect ang effort ng zebra headband and scarf ko. haha!

Zebra ladies 2013

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There is still the other half of the school year, and we look forward to it!

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The above post was drafted November last year. Now 4 months after, I am finally publishing and finishing the post. We already finished Senior Nursery and Sachi graduated, ready for her big school! But before that, below are the second half of school activities:

Christmas Concert in December

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The class sang “Noche de Paz”, Spanish version of Silent Night. Thus, the flag bib 🙂

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Christmas Concert 2014 ISYC

Dinosaurs Island Field Trip to start off 2014

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The Senior Nursery Butterflies
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Family Day Fun Run

Sachi at Fun Run

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The school organized a Fun Run activity for the families, held at UP Track Oval. We joined the 400m Family Run.
With my barely there tummy but my I-don’t-know-when-my-preggy-pain-episodes-will-attack, I braved the track. Sachi ended up dragging me. Haha! 🙂

Then finally, March activity is the Moving Up and Graduation Day.

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Sachi with her SN Teachers: Teacher Leah and Teacher Tin

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The class sang “I am but a small voice” and Sachi was one of the students that introduced their class performance

“All throughout our Senior Year, we danced and sang a lot. But now with voices loud and clear, we’ll sing with all we’ve got!”

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Look how tall she is!

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So proud of her as she delivered her lines loud and clear.

“My name is Isabel Sachi P. Delos Santos. I learned how to sing my favorite songs like Take a Trip, Seed Cycle and 8 Planets in ISYC”

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Senior Nursery Class 2014

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We originally planned to take assessment at Poveda and Miriam, but since she passed Poveda, we didn’t take the Miriam test anymore. Unfortunately for us, the wind blew in a different direction and we had to let go of Poveda too.

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We are one proud parents!

As we say goodbye to 2 years of preschool education, I just want to note that we are both very happy and satisfied with this first formal school. Thank you Lord for leading us here and always blessing us, so we can provide.

We love you Sachi, we are beaming with pride!

The best decade of my life

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September 15, 2013

I cannot say this year’s birthday is something that I look forward to. Who looks forward to their 30th? It just sound so… different… and mature… and old… ugghh. Imagine being 20 something for the past ten years… that past decade was so memorable, the highlight of my (so far 3-decade) life. It was in this decade I enjoyed the single life and started my family life. This is the decade I stepped into the real world…

But it’s inevitable, so I have to embrace it, stepping into a new decade. I AM THIRTY (still gives me the shiver saying that).

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Embracing my 30s with a selfie :p

I did not want a party but hubby insisted he would throw me one because it’s a milestone age. Who am I to say no? It was the perfect day to reminisce and celebrate the joys and blessings of the past decade, and celebrate what is to come.

I am very blessed beyond words, not for abundance of money nor material things, but blessed with lots of love from family and friends. Stepping into this age, I have a lot of things I want to do, achieve, still far from our family goal — but I am blessed in such a way that the Lord gives us and opens to us a lot of opportunities. The Lord never fails to provide.

The last day of my twenty-ninth was my birthday celebration, partying the 20s style. Complete with vomiting,  fall down the floor, knock down and throbbing head the next day.

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 Ume-effect lang ako with the DIY balloon invitation

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Party Menu
We ended up not following this because we consumed way less than the minimum. Not a lot of friends were able to attend. Nevertheless we got wasted. Ehem, especially me

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At 12 midnight, time to blow the candle

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and drink this shooter…

Which was a bad idea because after some more photos, it was the end for me. LOL

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Here are some photos from friends IG account

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In the morning, this is what I felt

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With my throbbing headache, dragged myself to dinner at MoMo Eastwood. Para hindi naman masayang ang araw ng birthday. Haha. And I repeat, oh wow, I am not twenty no more

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Cheers to this milestone age!

I know the best(-est) is yet to come! 🙂

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