May 19, 2010 by ajay
Shopping (read: retail therapy) was the one thing I sorely missed while pregnant. The heaviness of my belly just made it uncomfortable for me to walk from Point A to Point D of the mall. Thankfully, we got lots of stuff (mostly clothes) from relatives and the office baby shower. Hubby also happily took charge of choosing the crib, car seat and stroller. Chicco was one great store to shop in since they discounted your total bill by 10 per cent if you become a member for just P100. Here’s the Mr. Z in action at the Chicco store
Being the bag hag, I wanted to be serious about choosing my own designer diaper bag, preferably in the line of a Kate Spade or the Hammit Bel Air used by Angelina. In the end, I decided to go local with a utilitarian bag from 2 Oranges, a Multiply seller. Mostly I chose it because it’s got a nice shade of red, the same color as the baby’s Chicco car seat and stroller
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May 19, 2010 by ajay
pretending to be medical post ahead.
A friend of mine said she couldn’t imagine going under the knife to deliver a baby. I also had this fear, prior to having last week’s C-section even though I’ve had it before. I guess it’s just something you’ll have to face head-on. A Cesarean is a major abdominal surgery, all right, but it is also one which gives the biggest bonus since you get to bring home a breathing bundle of joy
Truth is, I’ve had a normal delivery with my son (where unfortunately labor was induced) and two consecutive C-Sections, ten years apart. Still I can say I preferred my Cesarean than the normal, if only because I recovered easier with the former than the latter. With normal delivery, I found it the hardest dealing with a zipped-up perineum where usual routines like sitting down and answering the call of nature take much effort and require a higher pain threshold. The only downside with a Caesarean is that it’s more expensive and you get to sport a scar in your tummy (although I heard that can even be made invisible now with laser surgery.)
Lest this be misinterpreted, I will always doff my hat to women who give birth the traditional, natural way and even those who do so at home being aided by hilots and midwives.
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May 16, 2010 by ajay
Hubby and I welcomed the newest (and last!) addition to the family, our daughter Lucia Solenn – a.k.a. Lucy – last May 13. Although I was scheduled to have my C-section on May 17 yet, she chose to arrive on the 13th which was the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. As I was telling my friends, it’s a nice coincidence that Lucia, the name I thought of before I gave birth, was known as one of the three shepherd children who saw the Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Fatima in 1917. Perhaps it is God’s way of telling me to start my devotion to the Holy Rosary again
I didn’t really expect to give birth a few days early. But early dawn of the 13th (about 3:30 a.m.), I felt an immense gush of “water” that stained even our bed. I consulted my pregnancy book and my doctor who told me that my amniotic fluid just broke and labor would begin soon. We immediately rushed to my chosen hospital (the Makati Medical Center). I was a bit afraid, yes, because I didn’t really relish the thought of being poked and pricked by instruments again.
Thank God everything turned out to be smooth and my fears were unfounded. My OB-gynecologist, Dr. Martin Manahan, started the C-Section at 7 a.m. and delivered our baby at 7:06 a.m. Wow! That was fast! It was quite an experience seeing our baby and hearing her cry right there in the operating room. Hello Lucy ~_~!
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May 6, 2010 by ajay
I can’t quite contain my excitement upon knowing that I was going to have a baby girl again. Maybe because am biased towards the fact that girls are generally easier to raise than boys? LOL. But hubby and I couldn’t really care what gender the baby is for as long as it came out normal and healthy. It just turned out that a girl is what God gave us for this, my last baby (yes, am not having any more)
We’re counting the weeks when she appears In the meantime, am coping with the occasional sluggishness, sleepiness and aches that a prego woman often encounters. Even though am still reporting to work, I haven’t really gone through this pregnancy in a breeze. What I really miss is malling and shopping as it seems I can’t even walk a decent distance without feeling my tummy tightening up.
Part of the excitement of pregnancy is having ultrasounds: first to know the gender of the baby, and second to have an idea how the baby looks like through the magic of 3D/4D ultrasound. I’ve had several throughout this pregnancy, and it’s generally considered safe, thanks to modern technology. 3D produces a still image, while 4D enables one to view a live video of the fetus in the womb.
Here’s a series of pictures of our baby girl. I don’t know about the skin color, but I think she resembles her daddy more During the sessions, we were able to see her yawn, smile and stick her tongue out. That was really thrilling!
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February 24, 2010 by ajay
Going to spas and getting a massage was the one precious thing I had to give up for the past six months that I’ve been pregnant. It was for the simple reason that none of the regular therapists wanted to touch me. Most of them thought that I was in such a delicate stage to be kneaded and rubbed thoughtfully. One time, I even tried to Google “pregnancy massage in the Philippines” just to know my chances, and a few names came up. I began to understand that this type of massage needs some type of training on those who performed it.
It was probably heaven-sent that we went on a tour of the Westgate Alabang. Here I chanced upon Sujivana Spa which takes pride in their Mama Mia (prenatal) massage. I wasted no time in booking myself for a session. Sujivana Spa is in a complex in Westgate called Serenity Place which I truly found to be an oasis because here, I can have my favorite coffee drink (now limited to only one per day) at BonaCoffee, shop for delightful Indian jewelry at Bohemian Nation Trading Co. and have a pampering pedicure at the Sujivana Salon.
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December 20, 2009 by ajay
image credit: whattoexpect.com
I’ve gone through my normal blog duties the past few months, but I guess some of my friends and readers didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes as well. Mostly, I was feeling the pangs and adverse symptoms of first trimester pregnancy which had me feeling unwell on most days, sleepy, and easily tired.
For a while there, I thought I lost my sense of taste too and so refrained from making any food/restaurant reviews to avoid being unfair to my chosen subjects. I can only remember being attached to kimchi during the first few weeks. I simply had to have it, even if it meant dining alone in my fave Korean restaurant.
Of course, I can only thank the husband, who has chosen to stay with me till delivery, for bearing with cranky old me. It was just as good, because I really couldn’t imagine driving myself to and from work, even at just four months. This is simply one of the my hardest pregnancies ever.
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