Tuesday, November 27, 2007
... a banana split ice cream! and rocky road!!! yummers! :) suddenly... a sweet, tempting sugary vision pops into my head...and I'm craving for ice cream but I can only dream of indulging til I finally give birth.. :(
so I just close my eyes in ecstasy as I take a spoonful of this mouth-watering ice cream treat, then my body heaves with delight.. self-indulging at the moment, a gratified smile..and I’m done. hmmm...I've never craved for ice cream like this before...and I can only dream. :p
in the left corner, weighing in at 17.1 lbs., wearing absolutely nothing...halleeer! duh!?! haha she's obviously a newborn. it's Nadia...hehe I just came across this amazing photo and yes, she was a C Section baby! coz I'm pretty sure her mom won't even hesitate for a C section anyway..and I'm sure it's her only option! She's a 17pounder , a sumo baby (read: BIG! HUGE! OVER-SIZED! HEAVY?) I'm wondering if her mommy is diabetic like me..now I'm praying that my baby won't be so big or else... huwaaaah! :) hoh well... She sure is heavy and I'm wondering how big her mum was at the time she was pregnant but imagine someone seconds after giving birth and she has already lost 17 lbs.. wow! as for me, for the record, I lost 20 lbs. after 6 months!
and before I forget, look at the baby in the right corner, it looks like it's saying, "Dang! This isn't a fair fight!" waaah!!!
wait a minute! i agree! this isn't a fair fight! really! lol
Monday, November 26, 2007
There you were with your quirky smile and your ruffled hair
Standing tall, beside an empty chair
The first time i ever saw you, standing beside your friend
How could i have known i would fall without end?
Your charms were boundless, i wasn't immuned
Your big,black eyes got me, one Thursday afternoon
I caught a glimpse of your face, then stood beside you
Though i know i wasn't ready to meet someone new
Had a crush on you, right there and then
but dismissed it as such, not knowing i could love again
Looked forward to every day but you shied away
Was wondering why, 'til you were pushed my way
My heart warmed, my excitement began
Thus it was that i started the plan
Got you shook up, caught unaware
Got you laughing, with my style and my flair
that's all! suddenly, I ran out of words...lol
Saturday, November 24, 2007
-> This is the prescribed and probably the best sleeping position for pregnant woman like me and I've been doing this for the last 5 months but these past few days, it's not working for me at all! or maybe I'm just having an insomnia... I'm wide awake in the middle of the night but sleepy and tired the whole day... ( ding! eye bags alert!).. so there's back pains, insomnia, heartburn and then some... *me whining*
So I just try and try and try to do my best to follow the tips I've gathered from my friends and the pregnancy books that I have, so here they are:
- sleep on your left side to allow for the best blood flow to the fetus and to your uterus and kidneys. Avoid lying flat on your back for a long period of time.
- Water!!! Drink lots of fluids during the day, but cut down before bedtime.
- To prevent heartburn, do not eat large amounts of spicy, acidic (such as tomato products), or fried foods. If heartburn is a problem, sleep with your head elevated on pillows.
- Exercise regularly to help you stay healthy, improve your circulation, and reduce leg cramps which I cannot do on a daily basis 'cause I feel so sleepy the whole day.
- Special pregnancy pillows and wedges may help you sleep better. Or use regular pillows to support your body...that's why I've got lots of pillows but is there such thing as magic pillow? thinking...
- Naps may help.
- Relax. Unwind. Meditate? ( I'm trying..)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Worry? Me? Naaah...Worry was not a part of my vocabulary until I was 16 weeks pregnant. I just had a conversation with one of my friends about the joys of being pregnant. The frequent urination, morning sickness, and back pains just to name a few.
And at that 16th week of my pregnancy, I stopped in the bathroom on my way back to my desk to take part in one of the many joys (frequent urination) and there it was. The word all pregnant women dread. Spotting. My entire world changed from that moment on.
I went for a monthly check up with my OB the next day and I told her what I had seen. "It was brown,” She said I needed to take some tests and have a complete bed rest to prevent preterm labor. So I did exactly what my OB ordered.
At the 23rd week of my pregnancy, I felt the prick of the needle for a couple of times in my arm, (ouch!) I could feel the pit in my stomach get deeper and deeper. I had to take the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test because my blood sugar is high. I was referred to a nutritionist to start a new diet plan. So for the second time, I did what a rational and obedient mummie in my situation would do.
No one could take away the uncertainty I felt. No hugs or kisses from my hubby. No word of encouragement from my friends. How could anybody understand how I felt? I was scared about what was going to happen if I was going to lose my baby... and if ever that time comes and nobody's there to help me. What would I do? When would it happen? Would it hurt? How painful could it possibly be? I felt alone. But right now, I'm trying so hard not to worry... the little life in my belly is still growing. I am just happy to say that I am now 7 months pregnant with my baby Dana Chanelle.
Now I’m not saying all the worry is gone. It is still very much there. Just not as sharp as it was those past few weeks but I truly believe that all the anxiety I felt for those weeks made me a stronger person. Worry can be an obstacle that keeps you from seeing the little light and the end of the tunnel. Or in my case, the “little life” at the end of my tunnel. =)
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after she finishes college.
Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.
Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
Not only am I dealing with some of the pregnancy blues, but I recently had back pains almost every day.
My question is how many other mummies have endured painful pregnancy problems?
- Leg cramps
- Morning Sickness
- Stretch Marks
- Back Aches/back pains
- Dry, Itchy tummy
- Skin Changes
- Pelvic Pressure
- PUPPP- "Pregnancy Rash"
- Carpal Tunnel
- Fatigue/Shortness of Breath
- Swollen Ankles
- Spider veins/Varicose veins
- Increased blood sugar or blood pressure
Best Movie Parents:
5. Bob and Helen Parr ("The Incredibles")
4. Daniel Hillard ("Mrs. Doubtfire")
3. Clark and Ellen Griswold ("National Lampoon's Vacation")
2. Furious Styles ("Boyz 'n the Hood")
1. Atticus Finch ("To Kill a Mockingbird")
Worst Movie Parents:
5. Mrs. Robinson ("The Graduate")
4. John Bender's dad ("The Breakfast Club")
3. Jack Torrance ("The Shining")
2. Kate and Peter McAllister ("Home Alone"; "Home Alone 2")
1. Darth Vader ("Star Wars")
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Recently, I noticed my belly vibrating as my baby tap-danced a new dance number under my skin..it felt like a heartbeat or a rhythmic beat inside my tummy.. I found out that it's actually baby hiccups! it worried me at first but when I knew it's normal, I found it's so fascinating that I forgot all about watching the new season of prisonbreak. hehe Yep, the wonders of being a first time mom that we can be entertained by such little things… I'm uber delighted when I felt my baby’s little fluttering movements mostly at night and I also got worried when she's not making any movements so I just say a prayer that she's ok and that's she just having her beauty sleep. :) The real reward was when I felt my baby’s tap-dance routine or one of her kickboxing sessions...and that's exactly what my OB refers to as quickening...meaning, baby moving,kicking,jabbing,dancing? I often wonder what my baby is doing in my tummy to make such rapid movements..
Even though my baby Chanelle has been moving more and more frequently, the movements are still quite soft and a friend told me I'm about to experience rib pains when my baby starts kicking my ribs. Occasionally, she’ll make a movement that is quite startling because of the force behind it, although these are quite few and far between. I suppose I ought to be grateful because I have been warned of the time when her kicks and punches will keep me up at night..
Over the last few days, my baby has taken to traumatising my bladder. She’ll hit a sure spot inside that feels as though he’s thrown a punch in the direction of my bladder because I’ll feel a sudden urge to pee that goes as quickly as it came...so waking up to make weewee at 3 or 4 am is a normal thing to me now...and that includes tripping on my way to the bathroom. Thankfully I haven’t had any accidents so far. I wonder if it is because I still have less than three more months to go or if it is because the Kegel exercises are working... hmmmm...
I’ve heard that by a certain stage of pregnancy, tripping while walking and spilling food during meals can be a common disaster. Well, I’ve already started..me being clumsy even if I'm trying to be super careful na. Whether it’s due to the fact that the enlarged belly prevents me from getting closer to the table or the increased clumsiness reported by most books, it seems I’m not just the size of a hippo but also a big blob when it comes to meal times. hehe The worst of it is that sometimes I’m not even aware of it!
Crumbs on my shirts are also becoming a regular thing to me... haha
The other difficulty I’m experiencing with the enlarged baby bump involves reaching for items at or near my feet. For instance, cutting my toe nails is another task requiring some acrobatics on my part since bending at the waist has become a very difficult task for me.
Carrying bags of any sort is considered a task too strenuous for preggos regardless of the fact that they contain items barely weighing more than a kilo, if that. Then there was the lady that bumped into me while I was wondering around the shopping mall. It wasn’t her fault because I hadn’t been watching where I was going. It's a good thing I already hired a helper to help me carry the bags. anyways..Ate Rosie, our new helper, is nice and masipag but it's funny coz she's sooo vain, considering she's already 42 years old, she loves looking for whitening creams and lotions everytime we go to to the supermarket...and she was elated when I bought her a whitening soap! haha this is a lil off topic but lemme tell you a funny story about her, we went to Glorietta and SM yesterday and she said it's her first time to go there so she was really excited and when we passed by a shoe store in G4, she asked me if she could buy the shoe kasi it's super cheap daw, 40 lang daw so we went back to check it... and when I saw the shoes it's 40 nga pero 40% discount hehe hoh well, it's silly but it made me smile.so..going back to the topic, hehe, poor posture is the other issue I face. I tend to slouch a lot when I’m sitting..like what I'm doing now! and I feel my boobies resting on my rapidly expanding tummy. I’m starting to develop red marks just under my breasts at the point where they contact my belly. haha
and now that my tummy has grown, I just hope I won't waddle when I walk... :)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Before I knew my baby's gender, I consulted the Chinese calendar! It's a girl based on the charts below. Turns out it was right. It seems that if you follow these charts, you can determine the sex of your baby even before the doctors know. Evrybody's tellin me it's a girl except for my first OB.. engg! wrong guess!but that's not exactly the reason why I changed my OB hehe
hoh well... Based on his calculation, our little one is a little girl! my baby chanelle!
Okay, so how do you predict?
You take the age of the woman when she conceived (you need the Chinese age, which is usually about a year older than the regular age we count by)...as for me, it's 26
+1=27 hehe galing ko talaga sa math! woohoo! and then the month of conception (i strongly believe that's may!) and check the charts below. Based on the wisdom of our ancestrs, word on the street is that these charts have proven to be 99% accurate for thousands of people. Believe it, don't believe it, well, you can test it out for yourself.
Use the chart below if your Chinese age during conception is: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Use the chart below if your Chinese age during conception is: 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45
You can choose for yourself whether you want a boy or a girl by following the chart. The woman’s age from 18 to 45 (Chinese reckoning) is on the top line while the months Jan to Dec indicate the month when the baby is conceived. By following the chart you will be able to tell in advance whether your baby will be a boy or a girl. Thus, you can plan to have a boy or a girl.
This chart has been taken from a Royal tomb near Peking, China. The original copy is kept in the institute of Science of Peking. The accuracy of the chart has been proved by thousands of People and is believed to be 99 percent accurate. By reckoning, you follow a line drawn from the figure representing the woman’s age to a line drawn from the month the baby is conceived.
For instance, if the woman is 27 years old and her baby is conceived in Month 1 (according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar), then her baby will be a girl. The chart is based on the month the baby is conceived and not on the birth of the baby, B-Male, G-Female.
Remarks: A Chinese Scientist discovered and drew this chart which was buried in a Royal tomb about 700 years ago.
But wait, there's more... If you're planning your next baby, there are certain things you can do to increase the likelihood of one sex over the other... This was sent to me by a friend so I'm afraid I can't credit the source of where it came from. I analyzed it...actually, I've over analyzed it and some of them are true!!! jeeez!
Man’s sperm consists of X & Y spermatozoa, X spermatozoon decides the female whereas Y is the male. Referring to these physiological properties of the spermatozoa, gynecologists set up the theory of ‘Choice of a girl or a boy’.
1st factor: Food
If you want a baby girl:
Husband must eat more alkaline food, wife eats more acidic food.
If you want a baby boy:
Husband eats more acidic food, wife eats more alkaline food.
Alkaline food: vegetables, fruits, egg white, milk, algae, etc.
Acidic food: meat, seafood, etc.
in my case, eventhough the pregnancy is totally unplanned, I remember eating mostly chicken and jollyhotdog! haha and I really love the BArbie doll in Decades! yummy!!
2nd factor: Timing (When to do it?)
If you want a baby girl:
Frequent copulation during pre-ovulation period.
If you want a baby boy:
Copulating just before ovulation or just after ovulation.
comment: uhmm...no comment! lol
How to confirm ovulation period:
Body temperature increases (you may want to use SPC chart to monitor your body temperature here).
I wasn't able to check my body temp ...the first thing I noticed was my pulse...uber fast and I have an electrocuting power! nakukuryente ko mga peeps! hihi
3rd factor: Penetration (How to do it?)
If you want a baby girl:
Husband to avoid deep penetration in the female vagina during copulation.
If you want a baby boy:
Deep penetration by the husband is suggested.
well, this is true! I always want to play it safe but...
Characteristics of X & Y spermatozoa
- X: Marathon runner with good stamina
- Y: Sprinter but poor stamina
So, with deep penetration, the chances for Y to reach destination will be higher.
hmm...now i know! lol
4th factor: Stimulation
If you want a baby girl:
Wife should avoid stimulation during copulation. Secretion from female vagina becomes alkaline when stimulated, therefore this promotes the activity of Y spermatozoon.
If you want a baby boy:
Husband ejaculates after wife has been stimulated.
ampf! no comment! again!
5th factor: Wife’s Preparation
If you want a baby girl:
Rinse the vagina with solution dissolving 2 spoonfuls of white vinegar in 1 liter of water. Since an acidic condition decreases activity of Y spermatozoon.
If you want a baby boy:
Rinse the vagina with solution dissolving 2 spoonfuls of soda in 1 liter of water.
6th factor: Positioning
If you want a baby girl:
Female to be on the top position & male to be on the bottom position.
If you want a baby boy:
Male to be on the top position & female to be on the bottom position. This posture allows the Y spermatozoon to reach the destination faster.
haha I forgot what position we had at that time...
Thursday, November 8, 2007
hohwell.... i'm on my seventh month already...yey!!! Like any other excited newbie mom-to-be, I just can't wait to see my belly pop soon... so I can see my wonderful first born =)
What is significantly new to my ever growing list of pregnancy discomforts this time, huh? Oh well...nothing much... I guess I'v already started feeling the faux contractions called Braxton Hicks and the lower back pains...arg!! I think a back rub at night will really comfort me a lot! my honey promised me for a back massage tonight! Thank God! so that's when I say I rub u and u rub me too! :) My body pillow helps too when I'm sleeping...
My dearest baby Chanelle, on the other hand, squirms and kicks more frequently these past few days. Perhaps she's enjoying her playtime or baka nagpaparty na si baby ko while she still can move freely around my belly. With my limited belly space, I can feel my baby's kick minsan na parang bubbles lang inside my tummy but then, sometimes her kick is like a supercombo kick ni chun li! haha and it sure can give me a jolt! sometime a heartburn...so I'd rather not eat anything during her kickboxin' time! maybe that's one thing she got from his daddy bengot who loves kickboxing din!
But I was super sad kanina for a friend coz she just lost her baby, she found out that her baby has no heartbeat na and she has a scheduled D&C today... :( so I can just imagine how sad she is right now... maybe God has other lans for her. it's scary and I'm getting worried tuloy with my baby especially pag di sya nagpaparamdam... I just hope and pray that she'll be strong and healthy...I love her so much and I really don't want to lose her.. anyways, I'll say a little prayr na lang for her baby and my baby Chanelle...
You know my fears even before I speak them, but still, I lay them before You. I am overwhelmed by how much I don't know, and I surrender all my misguided efforts and confess that I am totally dependent on You.
I pray for my friend's baby angel and I hope you'll give them the strength and courage to hold on. Help them endure the loss of their baby angel.
I rest in Your assurance to provide beyond what I can give...not just a friend, a daughter and a mother-to-be. I'm honestly frightened. At times, just like other moms, I feel paralyzed by a growing apprehension that something will go badly wrong with my baby's development. Suddenly, I am worrying about all the "what-ifs" again. This entire pregnancy has been such a gift to me.. and I believe that this is what You have planned for me. Lord, only you can see what the coming days will bring. You alone are able to hold this world, my world, securely in its place. Teach me to lay my fears and my fretting down at your feet. I take heart in knowing that Your knowledge is complete. I can quit worrying because You promise to be what I can't. Because confidence is mine through Christ and because You are more than adequate in all things, all these I pray through Christ, our LOrd.
since the time that people knew that im pregnant.. paulit ulit ang mga tinatanong nila sa akin.. so, eto, naisip ko na i post dito ang mga usual questions nila and my answers.. hehehe ...
1. ILANG MONTHS KA NA ?
:: ang walang kamatayang tanong ng lahat.. as im typing this im 26 weeks pregnant.. or 6.5 months.
2. KELAN DUE DATE MO? / KELAN KA MANGANGANAK?
::aahhh after 9 months of my pregnancy.. hheheeh! sabi ng OB ko kanina most probably jan or feb po pero feb 14 ang due date ko. and since first pregnancy ko to, there's a possibility na 2 weeks before due date eh manganak na ko. jeeezzh..parang di pa din ako ready!
3. NAHIRAPAN KA BA MAGLIHI?
:: medyo! kasi minsan di lang sya morning sickness kundi all-day sickness! haaay..buti na lang first 3 months lang yun!
4. ANO PINAGLIHAN MO.. ANY CRAVINGS?
:: mojos from shakeys. fettucine alfredo at pizza hut. and of course... yanyan! and chocolate mousse! hehehe ! kaya nga tumaas blood sugar ko e! hehe
5. BOY BA OR GIRL?
:: halos lahat girl ang hula before ...pero kala ko boy kasi super likot...pero sa ultrasound 1000% girl si baby ko hihi
i used to eat MAC for breakfast and oatmeal for make up ...
but now things need to change...from make up brands, im now into baby brands. hihi
--- from MAC to Graco
--- from Body Shop to Avent
--- from Cosmo to Gerber
--- from Loreal to The First Years
--- from Neutrogena to Enfant
Haay naku, so far eh yan pa lang ang nakikita kong brands sa mall. i stopped buying make up since the time i knew i was pregnant. coz i realized that there's a lot more than all that lipgloss,mascara, or blush on.
i think i had enough for myself for the past 26 years. from toys to make ups to clothes, to shoes , bags and all... im much more excited now to shop for our baby! :)
Thursday, November 1, 2007
apparently, I'm so heavy! I'm so fat! I mean, I've gained 24 lbs since I got preggers, but still, I don't think I was meant to be this heavy...or so I thought! My back hurts, my legs get tired easily...right now my baby Chanelle feels like a huge bowling ball weighing me down... Even exercising is impossible! I was 100 lbs before I got pregnant and now..tsk tsk...I used to love exercising and I've always enjoyed the body jam, the nike rockstar workout in the gym that I missed so much but I really can't even find some effort to have a stretching for the past few months... the last time I went to the gym was last June pa and that time, I wasn't aware I'm already preggo. Ah, what the... I guess just carrying this baby is an exercise in itself. Sigh...so sad! I think I'll have some ice cream but then again... I can't...and I won't because I love my baby so much...and I have some more things to worry aside from my weight...like my blood sugar!
I first took my OGCT (oral glucose Challenge Test) 2 weeks ago, when I was still 23 weeks pregnant. and mataas daw ang blood sugar ko so my OB sent me to a dietician who gave me a calculated diet or daily food plan.. meaning..no sweets! no sugar! no salty foods! and then, I have to take the OGTT (oral Glucose Tolerance Test) on Saturday to see if it’s diabetes. Super kabado na tuloy ako and I'm just praying na sana normal na blood sugar ko. and to think na four times ako kukuhanan ng blood ...waaah! hohwell...Meanwhile, I've to cut down on my food intake. my baby's growing fast, especially now that I'm in the last trimester. No more sweets, no more ice cream...:( I don't want to squeeze a bowling bowl out of me! Baby, you can get fat naman when you're born, but for now, stay small! At least small enough for me to give birth to you naturally! haaay..