Throwback Thursday: August

August has been an amazing month for me. Things are awesome at work and I’ve received great opportunities for this blog. I’m now excited for what September will bring – it’s the month of our wedding anniversary and it has always been my lucky month!

Now that August has come to a close, I’m going to do another throwback of Ethan from a year ago. I love looking at his pictures from last year, I still can’t believe how much he has grown!

A year ago, he was two months old.

Those cheeks!

I was doing a mini-photoshoot with him here

Goodness, look at that triple chin!

Bath time!

I miss that toothless smile!

..and here he is today!

SLOW DOWN, BABY BOY. YOU’RE GROWING UP TOO FAST!
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How I Kept My Sanity During My Last Pregnancy

Pregnancy – for some it’s such a breeze while it drives others insane. Hormones are to blame, I tell yah. One minute you’re a peace-loving puppy-hugging hippie, and the next thing you know you’re channeling Linda Blair’s character in The Exorcist. You might be here because you’re a soon-to-be mom (congratulations!) looking for helpful tips. If you are, I hope you find my experience useful and informative. But if you’re already a mom, join me as I recall my hormone crazy preggy days and how I kept my sanity, I’m sure you’ll be able to relate in one way or another.

Remember this movie? Two characters with completely opposite pregnancies! Image from Google
1. I gave in to my cravings. Seriously, ladies. If you don’t then you’re gonna have a bad time. You’ll get cranky – extremely cranky – and it’s going to ruin your day. Some women have the most outrageous cravings though, take my mother for instance. When she was pregnant with me, she craved for apples. Not just any ordinary apple, though. She craved for apples that we’re almost rotten. So whenever she’d tell others about it, she’d say, “Pinaglihi ko siya na bulok na mansanas!”. Bizarre, right?! My cravings with Ethan were reasonable though – pancakes. I was lucky because my office back then was surrounded by fast food stores that sold pancakes for breakfast, and I always ordered some before coming in to work. It may be difficult at first, but food cravings normally end during the 2nd trimester. Hang in there!

My favorite fast food pancakes!

 

2. I always carried snacks with me. This is a must. You have to realize that you’re eating for two and your body will increase it’s demand for food, which means more frequent hunger pangs. When I was pregnant with Ethan, I swear my stomach was like a bottomless pit. No cracker could keep it from rumbling. I remember coming across a tip about eating small frequent meals, so I decided to try it and it worked well for me. Keep your snacks as healthy as possible and choose those that are more filling. I loved snacking on wheat bread sandwiches, Century Tuna Lite and hard boiled eggs, trail mix and apples. Always bring snacks with you whenever you go out, you’ll never know when you might need to munch on something.

image from Google
3. I drank a lot of water. I was always thirsty especially in my third trimester, so thirsty that I could finish a liter of water in one go. Water also helped me with hunger pangs, kept me refreshed and made me feel energized. Having a small water bottle in your everyday bag is an idea you might want to consider, that way you can take a sip anytime, anywhere.

image from Google
4. I warned people about my mood swings. I set expectations with people around me by explaining how I sometimes preferred to be alone, especially when my “suplada” side was rearing it’s ugly head. This way people will know what to expect and will understand how to deal with you on bad days.
5. I always had a Chinese menthol stick in my bag. They may not be for everyone, but these little white sticks work wonders for headaches and dizziness. I frequently used them during my 1st trimester, not only because of constant dizziness, but because I had a very sensitive sense of smell then. There were places wherein I felt like throwing up just because of the smell, back then I especially hated the smell of deep fried food.

image from Google

 

6. I also kept a handful of candies. I needed these for when I’d throw up due to morning sickness. Only after my pregnancy did I come across tips suggesting ginger as an effective remedy. Try ginger candies and ginger ale!7. I gave our dog Chicken hugs.

 

8. I watched my weight. I kept tabs on my weight during every doctor’s appointment and made sure I was gaining at a normal pace. My OB said I should only gain about 20 lbs, but I ended up gaining 30 lbs. Ten pounds is a big difference but my doctor said it was just fine. I was totally fine with it too because, compared to my 1st pregnancy, I gained 50 lbs. So how did watching my weight keep me sane? During pregnancy, a lot of women are easily alarmed by weight gain. I myself have self-esteem issues because of my weight, even now. When I was pregnant though I realized that I had to make a conscious effort to make sure my weight gain did not go out of control. Keeping track of my weight gain gave me the control I needed, it helped me understand that being pregnant is not an excuse to eat anything and everything to your heart’s (and stomach’s) content. I gave in to my cravings, but still ate everything else in moderation. Because of my efforts, I didn’t blow up so easily like I did with my first pregnancy, and I worried less about becoming ginormous again. No “OMG I’ve become so fat” moments to bring me down! Downloading a pregnancy app on my phone helped me a lot with monitoring my weight. You might want to check out these Google Play Pregnancy Apps if you’re using an Android phone.
image from Google Play
9. I ditched random loose clothing for proper maternity wear. During my first pregnancy, I always wore cheap dreadful denim colored leggings that were trying to pass themselves off as jeans, loose cardigans and P99 tops that looked liked drapes. You can imagine how awful I looked, I always had my head down because I was ashamed of how silly my ensemble was. I was like “It’s okay as long as my tummy fits and my arms don’t show” (I have huge arms. LOL). You couldn’t blame me though, because I wanted to save as much as I could for the baby back then. When I was pregnant with Ethan though, I realized that I should still be able to enjoy wearing nice clothes even with my growing tummy. I was lucky enough to have an awesome friend who lent me some of her old maternity wear, and I also invested in a few pieces for myself. I’m glad I did, because was finally able to say goodbye to my frumpy outfits and I ended up feeling confident about myself. I guess the key to get more bang for your buck is to buy something that you can still use after giving birth, like a nice classy blouse or dress. Take a look at this cute top from Buntis at Zalora!
If you still want to wear jeans but can’t afford to buy a new pair, you can try what I did – go DIY! Pinterest has amazing tutorials for DIY maternity jeans. If you have a pair you’re willing to sacrifice, go ahead and try it out. I tried doing the one with an elastic band in the front, and another with the band on the sides. The one on the sides worked best for me. Seriously, you can’t wear leggings for nine months.
10. I cried when I had to. There were times went I felt sad for no reason during my pregnancy, and there were also instances when I would get extremely upset over little things. They tell you not to cry because it will affect the baby’s well-being, but I think that bottling up such feelings can lead to more stress. I’d cry alone, let it all out and just be done with it. I’d always feel a lot better after.
11. I followed a TV series. It helped keep my mind off stressful things – a distraction. Whenever I’d feel overwhelmed by my pregnancy and my husband wasn’t around to talk about it, I’d load my favorite series on the computer and watch til I was tired.

image from Google

12. I made time for friends and family. I even commuted to Bulacan for a swimming trip with my in-laws while I was eight months pregnant! Chatting and catching up with people you love will never fail to make you feel awesome.

13. I spent quality time with my husband. We always went out on dates – we love movies and trying out restaurants. Just being with him, knowing he was there for me, kept me sane on most days.

14. I prayed. Prayers always got me through the worst days. It never mattered if my prayers were short or long, as long as I spent a few minutes to thank Him for the little miracle he blessed me with. I always asked Him for guidance, for patience and for a happy and healthy pregnancy.

How about you, mommies? How did you get through all the crazy during your pregnancy?
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Review: Attipas Baby Shoes

Ethan is not a big fan of shoes. In the past 6 months I have purchased three shoes which we barely use because he gets cranky when we put them on. When we do get him to wear them, they either come off easily or he stops a lot when he walks, probably because he’s uncomfortable. I tried slip-ons with leather soles, tiny squeaky rubber shoes and some cheap slip-ons with socks.
Now that Ethan is becoming increasingly active, I’ve come to realize that he needs a good pair of shoes. He spends a lot of time walking and running, and he needs durable yet comfortable shoes that he can wear at home and outdoors. I was so lucky when Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Attipas Philippines gave us the opportunity to try out the Attipas Baby Shoes, the timing could not have been more perfect!
Attipas Baby Functional Shoes are designed to teach our babies how to walk correctly while providing comfort, durability and safety. They come in different styles and colors, too!
Attipas Baby Functional Shoes is aimed at helping babies to start walking correctly by evenly distributing foot pressure and correct toddler’s walking behavior while he/she learns to walk. The design is based on kinetic and physio-dynamic test of toddlers’ walking that enables the steady and stable walking pattern of the toddler. It also helps in the toddler’s brain development by enabling the sole and toe movement while walking. (from the Attipas Philippines Facebook page)

Too cute, right? Imagine how excited I was when Attipas Philippines sent us a pair for Ethan!
Check out the cool packaging!
Ethan’s very own Attipas! They sent us one from the Natural Herb Collection in Yellow Gray
They arrived just a day before our big trip to Subic! Again, perfect timing!
When we had Ethan try them out, he was fussy at first and he tried to stop me from putting them on! But as soon as we got the shoes on, he started walking as if nothing happened. He did stare at the shoes at first, but then he went back to running around. Here are a few things I noticed:
  • He does not constantly stop anymore, like he did with his old shoes.
  • They don’t slip off like most slip-ons with socks do. He had them on for a couple of hours and they did not come off at all.
  • He did not get itchy or irritable from the socks, he usually does not like wearing socks!
  • He rarely trips or falls down.
During our two days in Subic I had him wear the shoes every time we’d go out. I can honestly say that based on our observations, these shoes are barely noticeable to him.
I love walking in my Attipas!
A budding model in action!
Their Red Marine design would be perfect with his outfit here!!
Upon checking the pamphlet they included in the package, I realized that there is a special benefit to the Natural Herb variant that they sent us:
“Natural Herb yellow is dyed with Amur Corktree. Amur Corktree is one of the most frequently used medical substance from old days. It is known to have outstanding effect for skin drying and sensitive skin. For contemporary people who pursue well-being, natural dye is a great gift. These natural dye will be a present to children with skin trouble like atopy inflammation”
What are the odds that they would send me shoes with such benefits? My son has skin asthma and has patches of eczema on his feet and legs. Come to think of it, this morning I noticed that the patches in the crease between his left foot and leg were gone – completely gone. I’m not sure if I can attribute it to the shoes, or to the salt water when we hit the beach – or both? I can’t tell. But the fact that they could incorporate such healing properties to shoes is just amazing.
All I can say is that these shoes are awesome and true to Attipas’ claims! I still have to observe though if there are any signs of improvement in the way he walks. I checked out Attipas on Lazada and they go for P899 to P1000+. Some of you mommies may find them expensive, but I’m telling you, they are worth it. You just can’t find shoes that offer so much.
Okay, mommies. Let’s sum it up, here are a few more amazing things about Attipas Baby Functional Shoes:
PROS
  • Easy to put on – goodbye to velcro straps and shoelaces!
  • Lightweight and flexible – perfect for active babies
  • They don’t easily slip off, they stay put!
  • Non-slip – thanks to it’s Silicone soles
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Safe for babies – made from 100% non-toxic materials, No hazardous materials and no glue or adhesives, no use of Formaldehyde
  • Easy to carry in your baby’s bag, they aren’t bulky
  • Easy to clean – they’re machine washable and they dry fast
  • They come in a lot of designs! They have collections such as Rainbow, Animal, Corsage, Ballet, Marine, Together, Sneakers, Polka, and Natural Hurb!

CONS

I honestly can’t think of any. Some might say price, but I’d definitely buy Ethan another pair without hesitation. And with everything listed above, I can’t come up with any reason to dislike these shoes.

Have you mommies tried Attipas’ for your babies and toddlers? Let me know what you think of them!
Attipas is exclusively distributed by CKMJ Greenovation Inc. with contact number 559-5140. Attipas functional toddler shoes are available in Tarte Tatin (Rockwell and Greenbelt 5), Babyland (Shaw, Eastwood and Festival), Rustans (Shangrila, Makati and Alabang), Babyzone (Fisher Mall), Baby Steps (Festival Mall), Wellworth Department Store (Fairview Terraces), Landmark (Makati and Trinoma), Fisher Mall Department Store, Kuku Duckbill (Market Market), Baby and Kids (Festival Mall); and online through www.facebook.com/PurpleCradle, cudsly.com and Lazada.
Check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AttipasPH
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Quick Tip 1: Baby Got Diarrhea?

If your baby has diarrhea,
try feeding him bananas and yogurt!
Bananas replace potassium and electrolytes lost during diarrhea, and help stools become a bit more solid.
Yogurt has probiotics which helps get rid of bad bacteria and is good for the tummy!
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The tip above should not replace professional advice. Babies with can easily get dehydrated, and the tip above does not address that. I am simply sharing this tip that helped improve my son’s stools while he was on his medication. A lot of mom’s swear by this combo, but please your pediatrician first above everything else. This is not intended to be a remedy.
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