Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Honey!!!

You know, there have been times when people have told
me they regret the way
things have turned out in their life.

And they've told me where they feel they went wrong:
'If only I'd gone in on that deal.'

'If only I'd got on that flight.'
But I don't look at it that way. I have not one regret.
I say that, because 8 years ago, the most wonderful
person in the world came into my life.
And that person has made this life of ours wonderful.
So for me, there are no IF ONLYs.
And the WHAT-IFS are only sad...True we have had our moments
that tested our marriage and each other. In the end I don't think I could ever
find someone who loves me and cares about me as much
he does. He is the the one that one that owns my heart,
the one that is the calm after my storm, the breeze that carries
me home, the one that anchors me.

Happy Birthday Dearest Honey!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Adrianne's Baptism

We finally had Adrianne’s baptism last Dec 23. Though it was all last minute I was able to book the church, did the seminar, booked a restaurant for the reception and booked a photographer. It was a no fuss, no frills event.

Church: Mary Star of The Sea 870 W 8th St , San Pedro, CA 90731

Actually di namin plan na gawin sa parish namin ang binyag plano sana namin dun sa malapit sa house ng tita ko sa Los Angeles or sa malapit sa sister ko sa Corona. Kaso naisip ko teka nga pala dapat una yung convenience namin kesa sa ibang tao. If di sila makapunta okay lang kesa naman kami mahirapan kasi malayo. Ang original schedule ng binyag ay dapat January 13.Kaya lang nung nalaman namin na puede pa kami ma-accommodate sa Dec 23 na date nagpalista na kami. Kaya okay na rin kasi 3 families lang kami more time for picture taking. It was a great experience.

Reception Venue: The Golden Pheasant 1077 W Carson St Torrance, CA 90502

Ang unang choice ni Philbert was a buffet restaurant kaso tumawag ba naman sa amin ng 6PM na din na daw nila kami ma accommodate the next day kasi shut down ang kitchen nila. Naku po nag panic talaga ako kasi nasabihan na namin lahat ng tao na dun gagawin ang reception. Buti na lang may alam si Philbert na restaurant. So we went there and nagpa book na kami agad. Buti na lang nasabihan agad na nagpalit ng venue. Madami rin naman yung food nakapag pauwi pa kami sa mga bisita.

BAPTISMAL GOWN: Something I found on EBAY

I really liked her baptismal gown so simple and yet so nice. Unfortunately she barely wore it because it was a bit too tight. Sinuot na lang naming sa kanya nung picture taking na.

BAPTISMAL DRESS: Something I found on EBAY/

I really loved her dress it wasn’t pure white It had touches of pink on it. But It was a great and she was comfortable in it.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Julie Livingstone

She was a member in one of my egroups she was honest enough to say that she had no experience in taking photos of a baptism but it was okay I told her because I would tell her what to do. She showed up on time much earlier than me which was great. She gave me a great deal and I can’t wait to see her photos.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mamaya Na...

Mamaya na ang binyag hayy salamat mangyayari na rin ito..
Dapat talaga natutulog na ako. Pero may aayusin na lang ako
bago matulog.I thought we couldn't pull this off but we did..
Kanina habang nasa labas kami biglang tumawag yung
restaurant kung saan gaganapin ang reception.
Di daw puede sa place nila kasi daw sarado kitchen nila
kasi may nasira sa kusina nila.. Buti na
lang may alam si Philbert na ibang chinese restaurant na
masarap din naman kaya dun na lang kami nag dinner
tapos nag pa reserve na rin kami ng 2 tables. Habang nag
dinner kami taranta ako sa pag text sa mga tao to let them
know na may change of plans.

Will definitely be posting photos of the binyag.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

An Early Gift

I received the packages in the mail. Thanks so much
to my kumareng Pinky for the wonderful gifts.
What makes this so special is that Pinky lives in the Philippines.
So talagang super touched ako that she thought
of sending us a gift. So to you my
dearest friend thanks so much. .
I ready mo na ang famous Hello Kitty collection
kasi susunduin namin yan ng inaanak mo.
(hahahhaha!!! baka isauli bigla ang kandila)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007


Finally nagawa na namin ang seminar.. The baptism will be done
next Sunday. December 23 tamang tama ika 2nd month ni
Adrianne. May slot kasi na open and sabi baka 2 or 3 families
lang ang magpapabinyag.Naisip ko agad ayan maraming time
magpa picture for the scrapbook.Thankfully open pa yung
photographer na kausap ko.

We will be hosting a small dinner for those that
will be coming. Pero the major event, the

reception (parang kasal ano) will be on January kasabay na
rin ng celebration ng 7th birthday ni Kuya Joshwa.

Grabe na ito parang production number ang binyag na ito

sobra sobra ang logistics involved. Pero salamat at
evertyhing is falling into place.

Ang kailangan na lang bilhin this week ay damit ni Philbert
and Joshwa. Gusto ko sana pareho sila nang polo.

2 sets of godparents will be there this Sunday.


Nets---- My sister
Kuya Ariel-- Brother in Law
Floyd---- Friend ni Philbert
Ces--- Neighbor namin

Karamihan ng Ninangs nya are based in the Philippines
there are Ninangs na based in the US pero di sila makakapunta.

I know na maski malayo sila they will still be able to give
guidance and be great ninangs kasi there's always
technology to help bridge the gap.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ang Binyag..

Tomorrow will be the seminar for Adrianne's baptism.
Problem lang is kailan nga ba talaga ang binyag.
Naka schedule ang binyag sa January 13. 3PM
sya tapos dinner ang kainan. Im tempted to have her
baptised on December 23 tapos have the reception
on January 13 para lunch time ang kainan
kaso baka wala nang slot sa December 23.
Kasi parang ang weird na dinner ang kainan sa binyag
tapos Sunday night pa. Di pa rin kami decided sa venue
kung saan ang reception. Definitely it will be in a restaurant.
I know we can pull this off. I hope maging okay
ang kakalabasan.

Ano na ba nagawa ko sa far?
---Bought the outfits

---Booked the church
--- Attend the Seminar
---Found a supplier that will make the invites
---Found a supplier that will make the give aways
--- Booked a Photographer for the church.
I was able to get a good rate kasi taga San Pedro
lang sya pero mahal pa kung pati yung reception kasama.
Lalo na yung reception will be most likely 30-45 miles away.

Ano pa ba dapat gawin
--- Find a reception venue
--- Buy outfits for the 3 of us
---Order a Special Cake for Joshwa
---Order Joshwa's birthday gift
---Find an entertainer preferrably a magician para may kaunting
entertainment kasi nga birthday din ni Joshwa
--- Call and Confirm with friends and family na Ninong sila
or Ninang sila.

Madami pang dapat gawin pero may nasimulan na
rin pala ako.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

My Only Fan

I admit i'm not a singer.. The singer sewing machine sounds
better than me. I like to sing my heart out much to my
family's embarrassment Philbert and especially Joshwa
when I would start singing he would cover my mouth
if he could speak he would definitely tell me to stop singing.
My mom once described my singing voice as the sound
of the siren of a big ship.

But still I sing because I know I would find someone
who will just listen to me and not react and kind of enjoy it
and that is Adrianne.

Lately when she starts getting fussy I would open
youtube and look for Darius Ranesh's song
Colourblind and she would stop crying and I would
sing along to it and she would look at me as if
telling to sing. Of course I have other songs
on my playlist and she seems to have a preferrence
for boyband songs.

The downside is that my voice is a little
bit hoarse from all the singing. But what
job doesn't have an occupational hazard?

Friday, December 07, 2007


Here are some photos of Joshwa.. He'll be turning 7 next month..

Saturday, December 01, 2007


I haven't been blogging about Joshwa lately..
He's been adjusting really well to the new baby.
He knows her because when we tell him Joshwa
where's Adrianne your baby sister he will come and
kiss her on the forehead. I keep telling him that
he will not be replaced and we love them both.

He's not as demanding with me when I'm with
the baby but he's more clingy with Philbert.
He reacts a bit when Philbert is holding the baby
but he's getting used to it.

Academically he's doing great and winter break is almost here.
On December 5 and we're going to have his yearly
Individualized Education Program(IEP) meeting. Where
we will be discussing his goals for the year. Let
me just discuss briefly what it is.

What is an an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
It describes the educational program that has
been designed to meet that child's unique needs. Here in the US
each child who receives special education and related services must have an IEP.
Even if you are applying for outside services like from the Regional Center.
Each IEP must be designed for one student and must
be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an
opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators,
related services personnel, and students (when age appropriate)
to work together to improve educational results for children
with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education
for each child with a disability. For me IEP meetings can be
at times a cause of stress because if you feel that your child should be
getting more then you have to be prepared to fight for it. I'm lucky that we
found a great advocate who has been helping us navigate this process.

December na???

Ay grabe December na where does the time go? I can't believe it
malapit na ang pasko. Tagal na rin akong di nakaka scrapbook.
I've started work on Adrianne's 8x8 scrapbook. Guilty ako kasi
di na talaga kaya na gumawa ng 12x12. Pag ginawa ko yung baby
scrapbook album nya baka 7 years old na sya ginagawa ko pa rin.
So much to do so little time pero on the other hand If you want it
so much you'll make time for it. Saan nga ba ako dun?? ah ewan ko
in between siguro. I started making christmas cards na from my
stash goodluck sa akin sana matapos ko. In fairness nagawa ko na
ang isa naipadala ko na sa Christmas Card Exchange buddy ko.
1 down 29 to go na lang goodluck na lang sa akin sana kayanin ko.
My goal is to finish as much as I can so it can be sent out ASAP.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Our New Toy

For the longest time I have been on a lookout for a new camera.We really needed a new one. I was debating to either get a wishblade or a new camera it can't be both so the camera won.The best part is I didn't have to fall in line to buy it. I just have to wait for it. Hopefully it will be here by Dec 5.
Here are the details of our new toy.
Fuji FinePix S800 SLR-Style 8MP 10X Zoom Digital Camera

Resolution (in pixels): 8 megapixels - delivers high quality with sharper,
more brilliant, higher-resolution pictures
Zoom: 10X optical, 4.8X digital, 14.8X total - get up to 10 times
closer with the touch of a button; equal to 38 - 380mm camera

Display: 2.5" LCD or viewfinder - easy to see what you're shooting

Memory: 27MB built in, expandable to 2GB with xD or SD cards
(sold separately) - so you always have plenty of memory available
Other Differentiators:
· High light sensitivity up to ISO 1600 - shoot even in low
light without a flash for more natural-looking photos
· Picture Stabilization Mode - reduces blur caused by camera
shake or subject movement
· Intelligent Flash - when needed, flash pops up; flash output
is adjusted to give you ideal pictures without wash-out common to other flashes
· Camera can function like a camcorder with camcorder functions
· Natural Light and Natural Flash mode - takes two shots in quick
succession, one with flash and one without, displaying them side by side
on the LCD screen; less likelihood of missing a good shot due to the wrong setting
Additional Features and Specifications:
· File Formats: JPEG. AVI, Wave
· Storage Media: Choice of xD or SD
· Lens Focal Length: 6.33 to 63.3 (35mm=38 to 380mm)
· Image Sensor: 1-2.5 CCD
· Focus: Auto focus
· Focus Range: .4 to infinity
· Flash: Automatic
· Aperture: f3.5 - 3.7
· Viewfinder: 2.5" LCD or eye level electronic
· Exposure Control: Automatic
· Exposure/Shooting Modes: Choice of 25
· Color Modes: Normal, fine or black and white
· Shutter Speed: 4 seconds to 1/1000
· White Balance: Automatic
· Digital Interface: USB
· Power Source: 4 AA batteries
· Product Weight: 10.8 oz. without batteries or memory card
· Still Resolutions: 8MP F, 8MP N, 3:2, 4MP, 2MP, .3MP
· Frames Per Second: 30 fps
· Sensitivity: Up to ISO 1600
· Body Type: SLR style
· Measures approx. 4.2"L x 3.75"W x 3"H
· Made of metal, plastic and glass
· Made in China
· Comes with a manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Adrianne's Latest Photos

Adrianne's Latest Photos.. I can't believe it she'll be a month old on Friday..

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Too Much TV!!

I know i'm watching too much tv and reading too much pinoy chismiss. Coz the other night I had a dream. Para nag ala Carlene daw ako (for those na di kilala ni si Carlene. Ex GF ni Dennis Trillo na dineny ang anak nila then inamin tinapon sya sa US para manganak tapos pag uwi nya ng Philippines eh naka move on na si Dennis at nag date na ng iba ang resulta sinugod ni Carlene ang dinedate ni Dennis..) it was liked I was placed in the same situation and nanugod daw ako pero the difference sa panaginip ko the other woman fought back sa dream ko tinulak ako and I even told Philbert pa daw pick me choose me, love me and I started crying and wailing out loud kaya ako nagising kasi Adrianne started crying..

Lately, I've been watching too much of Zaido di dahil kay Dennis but because it brings happy memories of childhood.. My last song syndrome is the Kuma dance song... Umm shigi shigi.. ganun na ba ako katanda..

I started watching La Vendetta last week and for someone na di mahilig sa nakakatakot im still watching it. Pero etong La Vendetta maski nakakatakot sige nuod pa rin ako kasi okay naman ang plot nakakatakot lang talaga once they play the music at biglang may multong sumusulpot and I scream out loud. Wala lang ako lang tumatakot sa sarili ko.

I admit matatakutin ako super I don't like watching horror ,scary, gory movies basta anything na may multo ayoko.Kaya nga when asked by Jaime Licauco if i want to open my third eye. I said no thank you and he said other people want to open their third eye bakit ako ayoko. Sabi ko kasi takot ako ano.. I believe in ghosts and elementals pero di ko na sila kailangan makita. There are things better left unseen.. Like for a fact I know maraming spirits sa hospital and strangely enough wala halso multo sa sementeryo. Basata ayoko sila makita kasi talagang matatakot talaga ako. I know people say matakot sa buhay wag sa patay. I don't care what they say basta takot ako talaga..

Another thing I don't like are Rats.. Diring diri lang talaga ako.. Parang pag nakakita ako nun feeling ko lang madumi sya saka may dala syang rabies. Kaya nga yung Ratatouille di ko talaga sya kayang panuorin.Kasi although they tried to put the rat in a different light its still a rat.


Excited na ako mag thanksgiving na..Im excitedly looking forward to it because I don't have to cook.. (hahaha) It will be so great to really give thanks and spend the day with Philbert, Joshwa and Adriannet. We are also spending that special day with our respective families who have been there for us in good times and in bad. I think that is what thanksgiving is all about..

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Philbert's Tag

This tag is simple. If you feel comfortable and your better half does too, you can post a picture of him in your blog (but if not a description will do). May it be a baby picture anything that you like with the following:

1. First name: if he doesn’t like his name plastered all over the internet, a pet name will do.
2. How and where did you meet?
3. Characteristics
4. Your plans 20 to 30 years from now.

My Husband's name is Philbert we met through Ginger.
Actually the real story is that Philbert WAS TRYING
to hook up with Ginger.Since Ginger just got out
of a 5 year relationship and was starting to guys
who I felt were not right for her.I offered to screen
this latest acquaintance of hers. So I met up with
him and found myself to be always talking to
him on the phone and having lunch with him.
Since his office was one jeepney ride away
from my home. I was thinking he's a nice
guy and Ginger would be lucky to have him.
I caught myself wishing I wish I have someone
like him in my life. Someone who is constant
and someone who will love me and really take
care of me. I asked Philbert in one of our
phone conversations what his type when it
comes to girls. He said that once he has met the girl
he will know that she's the one. He says that
every girl that he meets is a potential girl
for him. Syempre ako naman nagpapacute
eh ako potential din ba for you. Sabi nya hindi
kasi ang tingin ko sa yo bestfriend kasi di ba
bestfriend ka ni Ginger. (Those words
haunt him til now)

Then we had a foursome date
Philbert, Ginger, Jason and I. We rode a cab
and ate at Shakey's in Park Square I.On the
way to the venue Philbert who was seated in front
of the cab kept glancing at the back and I was like
wow he must really like Ginger he kept glancing
at her. The date ended and Philbert brought me
home. We set a day to go to Ginger's home
on June 19 so he could see where she lived.

The next day I asked Ginger what the deal
was.. Does she like him? She said that she thinks of
him only as a friend. I took it upon myself to tell him.
Since he became my friend na lang din. We decided
to try out my chat software. Here's some part of
the conversation..

Me: Bakit tingin ka ng tingin sa likod sabi ko
kay Ginger nakatingin ka sa kanya.Sabi nya
hindi daw ikaw sa kanya nakatingin sa akin daw.
Totoo ba yun??

Philbert:Oo sa yo ako nakatingin

Me: Why? Eh di naman ako ang pinopormahan mo ano
Hello!! Si Ginger di ba?

Philbert: Nag iba na eh.. Nakita ko si Ginger wala na akong
na feel wala nang dating ikaw pala gusto ko

Me: Tama bang sa chat ka magtapat kausap kita
araw araw. Lagi ka andito sa chat ka magtatapat

Philbert: Natotorpe ako eh.. Parang di ako bagay
sa yo. Pero promise ko lahat gagawin ko para
sa yo.Gusto kita.. sana gusto mo ako

Me: Di ako sasagot sa chat.Ituloy pa rin natin
ang lakad natin sa Sat pero instead of
going to Ginger's home mag mall tayo then
maybe we could talk about this.

June 19.. Our First Date the date we decided to
give US our try.

Philbert is a good person, very great
husband and the best father.He really takes care
of me and the kids.

I just hate it when he has one
of his PMS moods..I hate those computer games
hayyy pag nag computer na wala nang kilala.
I know dapat masaya ako kasi he doesn't go
out and walang bisyo. No one is perfect and thats
what annoys me talaga sa kanya..

Ten, Twenty or Thirty years from now. We will still
be together that I know. We will still be the same
couple who argues alot but will be holding hands and
hugging and being sweet when we know that no one is watching.
We will still say I love you to each other and I know
that our kids will be proud of us because after
all the storms and the trials and the tests that have
come our way we are still together.
I know because
I saw that example from my parents and my in laws.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Top 5 Baby Things

Here is my list of 5 Baby Things I can't live without this is of course aside from the baby essentials like milk, diapers and wipes. This is ranked in no particular order

1. The Baby Sling- I thought i'd never be able to use of this things kasi nga lampa ako so iniisip ko baka mahulog ko lang sya. Pero di naman pala ganun kahirap gumamit nun. I use it when I need to go out and pick up Joshwa from the bus stop or when I need to carry her and yet I need to do somethng else. Lifesaver!!!

2. The Baby Bouncer-- I put her there and she's okay. I love the vibrate mode feature on the bouncer.

3. Playtex Drop In Liners- Another lifesaver for me coz I dont have so many bottles to clean. I only just to keep sterilizing and cleaning the nipples.

4. Johnson's Disposable WashCloths- This is such a great product..

5.First Years Close and Secure Sleeper--I'm so paranoid of SIDS so this is a great product.I use it on her crib and secures with velcro attachements. The sleeping surface is gentle, but firm for baby's safety. Though I know she doesn't like it at times but I dont want her to sleep on the bed just yet kasi baka madaganan sya ni Joshwa. Likot ni Joshwa matulog

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Slowly adjusting to our new life and I'm loving it.. Adrianne is an easy baby doesn't take much to calm her down. Thank God she's not colicky .. I couldn't imagine how our life would be without her. Can I just say that I love the baby plus gadget. Most of the testimonials that they say on the website is so true. It's a bit pricey but its a great investment.

Having Adrianne also gives me a second chance to start anew and do things that I never did with Joshwa. Like train her to sleep in her own crib, wake up for the night time feedings(Philbert did that with Joshwa), totally take care of her on our own with no outside help. The term sleep while the baby sleeps is totally true in my case.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Adrianne's Home

Just wanted to let everyone know that our princess is finally home.
Our new adventure as a family begins..

Friday, October 26, 2007

My Birth Story

Birth Story Time Line

October 20,2007—The day of the baby shower. Many of the guests were saying na malaki daw ang tyan ko. Medyo nag drop na sya. I was really happy and smiling all through out the day kasi I was touched that many people went to the baby shower kasi medyo malayo ang house ni Ate Beth and yet marami pa rin pumunta.

October 21,2007- Went home from Ate Beth’s house to go to Grishan’s home para ihatid si Brox. Went to church and nag dinner kami sa Thai Restaurant. The dinner was good. Loved the Tom Yung!! Nung pag uwi namin pag baba ko sa car napansin ko masakit yung paa ko saka biglang nag manas. Uh oh usually not a good sign in my case. Kasi nung pinauwi ako sinabihan ako na pag manas ang paa balik sa sa hospital. What really had me worried was that this didn’t happen gradually. This happened all of a sudden. So naisip buti pala may appointment ako the next day.

October 22,2007- Nagpahatid ako kay Philbert sa hospital kasi may schedule ako na Non Stress Test. Nung andun na ako sa office ni Theresa. Sya yung nurse na mention ko nag manas ang paa ko. Sabi nya normal daw yun. Eh masakit din ulo ko. Dun na sya nag worry. Kinuhanan ako ng BP. 140/100 medyo mataas na sya. So dinala na nya ako sa labor and delivery. Medyo worried ako kasi parang na mention na yung word na induction eh di pa sya 37 weeks. Mag 37 weeks pa lang sya sa October 26.I prayed and prayed and told God na bahala na sya sa amin.Alam ko di naman nya kami pababayaan.Tinawagan ko na si Philbert at nagbilin na ako. I called Grishan and texted some friends to pray for me kasi nga induce na nga ako. I called my doula and told her na induce na ako. God is good kasi yung nurse na nag aalaga sa akin kababayan ng asawa ko so I was assured na talagang di ako pababayaan. Saka if I have questions she would be there to help me by answering my questions.

3:00PM—Start na ng induction. May kinabit na IV sa akin, Fetal Monitor and yung pang measure ng BP. May pinasok silang tube sa pipi ko and sa dulo andun yung gamot na parang balloon. Tapos pinasok din nila yung parang cathether kasi di na ako puede tumayo para mag wiwi. So ayun nakahiga ako the whole time.

7:00PM—I felt something falling down sabi ko ano yun medyo ninerbyos ako yung nakakabit na balloon nahulog. I immediately called the nurse to tell them na may nahulog. Sign pala yun na medyo ride na cervix ko. Nung na IE ako 4 CM na.

11:00PM- 4CM pa rin medyo ninerbyos na ako kasi nung manganganak ako kay Joshwa di nako nag progress past 4cm pero ang kaibahan this time masakit ang balakang ko as in now lang ako nakaranas ng ganung feeling. I tried to be a better person I refused an epidural. Pero I told the nurse to give me something mild for the pain. Ayoko pa sana agad mag request at first. Kasi naisip ko baka pag time na kailangan ko na wala nang effect

12:00 AM-Tumawag Mama ko and I told her na di pa ako nag pa epidural pero I told her na may nilagay sa IV ko masakit na talaga di ko na kinaya medyo it would have helped if I was able to change positions kaso I was strapped to the bed. After I talked to my mom I called the nurse swallowed my pride and told her I want an epidural.

1:00AM—Dumating yung doctor and they discussed the effects of the epidural and I remember telling him now you tell me and you’re scarring me. Sabi nya we have to tell you this things so that you’ll know. At that time I didn’t care kasi masakit na talaga balakang ko at likod ko. Not so much my the womb but the back pain was really,really, really bad.

2:30AM- The doctor told me that they we’re breaking the water bag and I didn’t feel it anymore as in bangag na ako because of the epidural.As in wala na akong na feel nakatulog na ako. They told me na baka may ma feel ako na basa as in wala akong naramdaman. Before ako nakatulog I heard them say nasa 7CM na ako medyo nakalma na ako.

6:45AM—Nagising ako kasi may nag IE sa akin masakit sya at naramdaman ko at naisip ko naku po wala nang effect ang epidural. Sabi nya 9CM na. Sabi ko sa sarili ko Thank You Lord!!! Kaunting tiis na lang.

7:20AM-Finally 10CM na I was moved to the other room na tataka ako bakit parang kuarto lang din di sya mukhang delivery room pero sabi sa akin dito ka na manganaganak. Pero I kept telling the baby sandal lang ha wait tayo for Daddy kasi padating na. True enough pag dating ni Philbert It was time to start pushing tapos dumating na si Peggy yung doula naming.

8:00AM-10:00AM I was pushing for 2 hours medyo may gaps in between. Di ko naramdaman ang epidural as in lahat ng sakit naramdaman ko talaga.Di ako marunong mag push inaamin ko kasi kung marunong ako di ako mag push ng 2 hours.Nung una sinasabi nila okay lang ba I forcep if di ko na kaya. Sabi ko oo maski pa I vacuum nila okay lang. Wag lang I-CS kasi If I wanted a repeat CS nagpaschedule na ako kaso I wanted to try to do a VBAC talaga. Saka never did I say it out loud habang nanganganak ako na open me up CS na. Ayoko talaga kasi baka sabihan ako o sige we’ll do that.

Finally at 10:06 AM just as I was really tired and did a final push she was out. Nung lumabas na sya na feel ko talaga yung sakit. Kaya pala ako nahirapan kasi nung una nakatilid sya tapos pag push ko bumabalik sya it took awhile for her to go out on her own. Pero I’m so thankful na nakaraos ako at nakaya ko mag VBAC. 6.9 LBS sya mas malaki pa sya kay Joshwa. God is good kasi kung umabot pa sya ng 39 weeks mas malaki pa sya di ko alam kung kakayanin ko pa. Dati pag may nagtatanong kung possible ba ang Vaginal Birth After A Caesarian Section ayoko mag salita kasi di ko pa nasubukan pero I’m now proof na possible sya.

I’m now at home Adrianne is still in the hospital kasi may jaundice pa sya pero we’re hopeful na maiiuwi na namin sya in the next few days

Adrianne Marie Therese

Adrianne Marie Therese

Sa lahat po ng nag email and leave ng message sa blog ko.. thanks po.. this was a long and complicated pregnancy. Thank God kinaya ko mag normal delivery ( birthing story to follow) 6.9 Lbs sya.

Friday, October 19, 2007


Sa mga nag email, nag text, tumawag, nag iwan ng message sa blogs ko to greet me a Happy Birthday thanks so much..I'm so touched and so thankful that people remember and took time out to greet me.

I spent a quiet birthday at home. Boring right? well yes but i have to stay home and didn't want to stress myself that could send me into early labor because the earliest time I could give birth is not till October 26.

I'm so thankful because I had a very great year. God has been so great. He never fails me..Philbert and I are okay sure we do have our moments when we fight but I guess that's normal. Joshwa is doing so well in school he's not yet verbal but we're getting there. A new baby will be joining our small family what more can I ask for. Yes i have a lot of wishes and I know in my heart that as long as I hold on to my faith and to God's promise that he will come through for me then the prayers that I have in my heart will be granted.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


We celebrated my birthday a little early this year we had dinner last Sunday at Chili's. Kasi baka di na kami makalabas sa Friday. Anyway we have the baby shower on Saturday so parang post birthday celebration ko na rin siguro yun. It's actually weird na this year di ko agad naisip na malapit na nga pala birthday ko.Unlike the previous years na Sept 1 palang nag count down na ako at nagplano kung ano ang gagawin. Pero this year di ko talaga naisip siguro kasi medyo pre-occupied ako.

I'm sure sawa na kayo magbasa tungkol sa kuento ko about the binyag.Pero indulge me na lang. Though we're ready to have the baptism on December. We decided to push it back to January because Joshwa will also be turning 7 on January so naisip namin na isang celebration na lang. Saka we don't know yet if I'll be able to have a VBAC or a Caesarian so baka I might need time to recover. We'll try our best to attend the baptism seminar on November 4 para at least man lang yun magawa namin.

5 Things

5 Things I don't like About Being Pregnant

1) Gestational Diabetes

2) Nosebleeds

3) Shortness of Breath

4) The Physical Fatigue

5) The Emotional Rollercoaster

5 Things I love About My Pregnancy...

1) Pampering I get from my husband

2) Feeling the baby move

3) Being able to take naps when I want to.

4) Hearing the baby's heartbeat

5) The excitement and anticipation that soon I'll be able to hold the baby in my arms.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


I wish i could tie you up in my shoes
Make you feel unpretty too
I was told I was beautiful
But what does that mean to you
Look into the mirror who's inside there
The one with the long hair
Same old me again today (yeah)

pre chours:
My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
Everytime I think I'm through
It's because of you
I've tried different ways
But it's all the same
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
I'm just trippin'


You can buy your hair if it won't grow
You can fix your nose if you said so
You can buy all the make up
That M.A.C. can make
But if you can't look inside you
Find out, who am I to
Be in the position to make me feel
So damn unpretty
I'll make you feel unpretty too

Never insecure until I met you
Now I'm being stupid
I used to be so cute to me
Just a little bit skinny
Why do I look to all these things
To keep you happy
Maybe get rid of you
And then I'll get back to me (hey)

pre chours:

My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
Everytime I think I'm through
It's because of you
I've tried different ways
But it's all the same
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
I believe I'm trippin'


Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh (oh)
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh (oh)

Chorus x 2

Friday, October 12, 2007

Random Thoughts

Ayos na yung baby bag ni Adrianne. Nung na confine kasi ako although nag prepare na ako just in case manganak ako di ko pa sya dinala sa hospital pero at the back of my mind feeling ko kulang kulang ang laman. Luckily Ate Beth did a great job of putting together a great baby bag. As in lahat na ng kulang ko ilagay andun na lahat. While I was at the hospital I was reading this book by Dr. Harvey Karp. The Happiest Baby on The Block and dami ko rin natutunan. Dun ko lang nalaman na kailangan pa talaga yung swaddling. Ni hindi ko alam yun naisip ko na lang na kasi baka di applicabe sa Philippines kasi none of my tita's did the swaddling maski mga friends ko di naman nila na mention sa akin na kailangan pala ang swaddling. Siguro dito mas na practice nilla kasi medyo malamig dito. Talagang na bilib ako dun sa book I even bought the CD and the DVD. Sana mag work ang next na balak ko bilhin is yung DVD ni Priscilla Dunstan yung Dunstan Baby Language. I know that nothing beats mother's instinct kaso di naman siguro masama gumamit ng tools lalo na dun sa mga gabi na naloloka ka na kasi iyak nang iyak yung baby tapos di mo alam kung bakit. I keep telling the baby na pagdating ng November 5 its okay for her to make her appearance na kasi may baptismal seminar pa kami ng November 4.

Speaking of binyag ready na ang baptismal gown at 2 dresses na pampalit nya and the souvenirs. Ang di ko pa naayos ay kung saan gagawin ang reception. Pero kung di namin makuha yung sa Gerry's iniisip ko na sa Max's Restaurant gagawin kaso ang problema lang kasi medyo malayo sa amin eh. Pero si Philbert naman gusto nya sa Chinese Buffet gagawin. Which is another great option kasi mas mura dun. I just know that everything will fall into place pagdating sa venue. Sabi nga nila bahala na si Batman at sabi nga din nang isa kong friend na si Jovee isama mo na rin ang Super Friends.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I'm Home

Yes i'm home di pa ako nanganak..thanks so much sa mga nag iwan
ng messages at sa mga nagdasal para sa min. I just have to go
back for some tests and check up. Otherwise they won't be
expecting me till I give birth. I have to give my husband the
credit that he deserves he took care of everything without
complaint. I'm not ashamed to say it made me love him
even more.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Of to the hospital

Im off to the hospital they say until manganak na ako. May mga complications kasi with the Gestational Diabetes and even now pati kidneys ko affected na. I thought we could wait to go until Saturday but the doctor says it can't anymore. They want to monitor me 24/7 kasi elevated yung protein sa urine ko ang normal count is 600 and mine is 3000 kaya natatakot sila na baka ma affect yung baby. Im stressed because we're really not ready because the baby stuff isn't even here yet. So Philbert will be going to Ate Beth's house this weekend to get the baby stuff. Halos complete na kami kulang na lang sa amin ay yung stroller and bassinet pero madali na yun. Please pray for me and Adrianne na sana wag muna sya lumabas. I'm willing to stay in the hospital nang matagal as long as okay yung baby. I'm not scared because I know God is with us at di kami papabayaan. Medyo worried lang ako kasi sa logistics as far as Joshwa is concerned. Philbert will need to cut back on his work schedule kasi kailangan may kasama si Joshwa. Yun lang muna ang update will bring the laptop with me and will try to use it from the hospital. Please include us in your prayers

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Special Mention

Last night, Desperate Housewives, in their season premiere insulted the Philippine doctors.The exact lines of Susan Meyer to the Doctor was let me see your diploma, I want to know where you graduated and not from some medical school in the Philippines. Ay grabe nagulat ako at di naka react tapos I stopped watching na. Nakakawalang gana naman magagaling naman ang medical schools sa Philippines ano. Wala lang naiirita lang ako..

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Prayer for a Safe Delivery to St Gerard Majella

O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ,
perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior,
and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within
my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity
which glowed in your heart and made you an angel
of love.O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely
accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master,
without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked
men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and
protector of expectant mothers.Preserve me from danger
and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, a
nd shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the
light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters
of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

At 33 Weeks

Im now at 33 weeks praying na sana umabot pa nang 40 weeks.The baby is fine and she's now so active and she's responding so well to Baby Plus. I now have my Non-Stress Test twice a week and im glad everything is fine. I have another ultrasound on October 16 and hopefully everything goes well.

Dami pang dapat gawin di pa maayos para sa pagdating nang baby. Kailangan pa namin bumili ng another cabinet para may lalagyan ng gamt The doctor says na baka mapaanak ako ng maaga due to increase levels of protein in my urine. I asked him what can i do to prevent it wala naman syang masabi. I have a pre-natal on Wednesday and if elevated pa rin baka ma confine pa ako ng Sat and Sunday next week so that they could run a few tests.

Unang reaction ko di pa ako ready sagot sa akin no one is really ready for a baby. Sabi no you dont understand my baby shower is not yet the 20th of October.. hahahaha yun ang inisip ko agad. Saka most of the baby stuff is with my SIL like the stroller, the playpen, the baby clothes and the blankets sa 20 ko pa makukuha kasi she offered to wash it and make sure malinis na lahat. Touched talaga ako kasi ang bait ng SIL ko. Ang nandito sa bahay are some items like the bottles and the breast pump and carseat.

Saka naayos ko na rin ang binyag eto ay gaganapin sa Dec 9 kailangan na lang mag attend ng seminar sa November 4 kasama ang mga Ninong and Ninang and Parents. I know iniisip nyo grabe naman ako wala pa ang baby na plantsa ko na kung saan sya bibinyagan.Kasi kailangan dahil darating ang parents ko so kailangan may date na talaga. Iniisip ko yung reception sa Gerry's gagawin hopefully bukas na sila pag dating ng December.Kaunti lang invite namin strictly Family and Ninongs and Ninangs lang.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Another Update

I'm still having Braxton Hicks contractions.. Thank goodness I have an appointment tomorrow they can check if the baby is okay. On another note I was watching Christian Bautista sing and he fumbled with the words of Lupang Hinirang and naawa talaga ako sa kanya kasi he felt really, really sorry afterwards. Syempre pa sa Eat Bulaga pinagtawanan nila yung tao. Naiirita na naman ako kasi why kick people when their down. They also used him para paringgan si Willie.

Monday, September 17, 2007


I'm now on my 31'st week. In 6 weeks I could give birth already but of course I would want to wait till I reach my 39th or 40th week til I give birth.I'm still not prepared. Have to get the big items from my SIL and we have to buy one closet to be used by the baby. GD is still a pain but it's almost over.I'm not going to miss the prickings and the injections. I've been having some contractions lately which comes and goes.According to my doula those are just Braxton Hicks. It started last Friday when I tackled the big mountain of laundry and it went on the whole weekend. Thankfully it went away and I have another appointment on Wednesday. I am now a happy wife because Philbert "volunteered" to tackle the laundry and the vacumming. Now if only I can get him to do the cooking and the cleaning and preparing Joshwa for school then I can be one happier wife. But thats wishful thinking on my part.

We finally decided on a first name finally and her name is Adrianne or maybe the spelling will be Adrienne. The middle name is still up in the air i want it to be Marie not Marie' (hard to pronounce) but Philbert thinks its best to stick to just one name.

It's just so weird that many people kept asking me hey have you been to the area near the Port. To eat some great seafood well they say that feel of the place is sort of what Dampa has. And I kept saying no sorry not yet when most of the people I know kept raving about it even my friend from Baldwin Park has been there and they've been to the parks here and we even have a local Aquarium Attraction here in our city that we've never been to. Unfortunately Philbert is a homebody so he doesn't really like to go out.I guess its because when he's at home he just wants to rest , play with Joshwa, tinker with his pc and watch tv. But I do tell him we have to go to this seafood place but he says we'll wait until I give birth because according to what he read seafood isn't good for pregnant women and that is another weird part because my husband doesn't like to read.


Sunday, September 09, 2007

10 Weeks to Go

I can't believe it 30 weeks na ako. Kaunting tiis na lang.. All this pains and pricks and aches and discomforts will soon be over. I can't wait pero at the same time di pa talaga ako ready pag dating sa mga gamit nang baby. I'm sure we'll manage somehow.. I was supposed to attend a childbirth class at the hospital but I have to skip it because its in the afternoon and by then Joshwa will be home already. Thank God I have a doula who can walk me thru this entire process so that I don't have to go to the childbirth class.Malapit na and before you know it the next photos i'll be posting are the baby's photos. Super curious to find out kung sino kamukha? kamukha kaya uli ni Joshwa or kamukha sya ni Philbert? Malapit na.. kaunting tiis na lang this will soon be over soon.

Monday, September 03, 2007

High School Musical 2 -You Are The Music In Me

You are the Music in Me

Na na na na
Na na na na yeah
You are the music in me
You know the words
Once upon a time
Make you listen?
There's a reason.
When you dream there's a chance you'll find
A little laughter
or happy ever after
yeah harmony to the melody
It's echoing inside my head
A single voice (Single voice)
Above the noise
And like a common thread
Hmm, you're pulling me
When I hear my favorite song
I know that we belong
Oh, you are the music in me
Yeah it's living in all of us
And it's brought us here because
Because you are the music in me
Na na na na (Ohh)
Na na na na na
Yeah yeah yeah
(Na na na na)
You are the music in me
It's like I knew you before we met (Before we met)
Can't explain it (Ohh ohh)
There's no name for it (No name for it)
I'm saying words I never said
And it was easy (So easy)
Because you see the real me (I see)
As I amYou understand
And that's more than I've ever known
To hear your voice (Hear your voice)
Above the noise (Ohh ohh)
And know I'm not alone
Oh you're singing to me (Ohh yeah)
When I hear my favorite song
I know that we belong (Yeah ohh)
You are the music in me
It's living in all of us
And it's brought us here because
You are the music in me
Together we're gonna sing (Yeah)
We got the power to sing what we feel (What we feel)
Connected and real
Can't keep it all inside (Ohh)
Na na na na (Ohh yeah)
Na na na na na (Ohh yeah)
Yeah yeah yeah (Na na na na)
You are the music in me (In me)
Na na na na (Ohh yeah)
Na na na na na (Ohh yeah)
Na na na na
You are the music in me
When I hear my favorite song (Favorite song)
I know that we belong (We belong)
You are the music in me
Yeah it's living in all of us
It's brought us here because (Here because)
You are the music in me
Na na na na (Ohh yeah)
Na na na na (Ohh yeah)
Na na na na
You are the music in me (Yeah)

Sunday, August 26, 2007


Well this is the name that Philbert wants.. He has this crush on Marie' Dibgy who looks like Alice Dixon. Kaso naman ang hirap naman kasi i-pronounce. It's pronounced as Mar-yey. Eh ultimo ako nabubulol. But i guess okay lang naman din na may Marie kasi thats my baptismal name. So we sort of agreed on a the second name but the 1st name is still up in the air. Gusto ko talaga kasi Adrienne kaso ayaw ni Philbert. We still have 2 months to decide kung ano ba talaga magiging pangalan nya. I'm sure we'll think of a great name.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Malu Fernandez Scandal on TVPatrol World

She finally came to her senses and did the right thing.She resigned!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Malu Fernandez Issue

So much has been said about this issue that I will not say so much anymore.
I will not go on a rampage and start attacking her and saying nasty
things about her. Others have already done that. Kulang na lang ipakulam sya..
People are up in arms and are ready to burn her effigy. Even resort to name
calling like pig, baboy and fat ass. (wag naman name calling) If we start
to resort to name calling then we'd be no different from her. One thing
I'm highly opposed to is people want to boycott her store. Sure I don't
like what she wrote but boycotting her strore is another matter.
Its not only her that will be affected. I see their point but by boycotting
her store we are not helping her employees. Mahirap nang mawalan ng trabaho
sa atin hirap ng buhay.Im not condoning what she did. What she did was
wrong and I say that again and again. Ayoko lang na madamay
ang ibang tao dahil kawawa talaga yung employees
if matuloy nga yung boycott.The bigger picture here is
the reality that its not that easy to look for a job in the
Philippines. My friend who is a college graduate lost her job
up to now nag apply pa rin hat more pa yung staff nya na
siguro di naman lahat nakatapos ng college.Like what I said wag nating idamay
empleyado nya. When we boycott her business at magsara
sino ba ang affected yung mga tao nya. May mga pinag aaral
yang mga yan may pinapapakain na mga anak.
Granting mag apply ng work but do you think sa hirap ng
buhay sa atin agad sila makakakita. Palagay ko hindi..
Can you tell their kids sorry boycott namin tindahan nya
saka na kayo kumain pag nakahanap ng work uli parents

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Found It.

Found the cell phone this morning.. Where you ask?? Well kaya pala naman di ko makita eh nahulog ni Joshwa sa ilalim ng make shift computer table (AKA Our dining table) ni Philbert. Im glad that's over and It was found. Til the next missing item's next rant or good news or whatever comes first.


Im so annoyed na nawawala ang cell phone ni Philbert was supposed to charge it para magamit bukas. Di ko pa rin makita..Kanina ko pa sya hinahanap.Kakainis talagang totoo ang kasaihan na pag hinahanap mo ay di mo makita. Im sure mahahanap ko rin yun ang tanong is kung kailan ko makikita. I just hate it when this happens. And please to those of you who have suggestions about preventing this from happening again please keep it to yourself im too inis para makinig.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Baby Plus

I love the Baby plus that we're using right now. I really feel the baby move everytime I use it.I've heard so many stories about baby plus and I can't wait to share my testimonial when I give birth. Here are some information on Baby Plus.Though its a bit pricey.The standard retail price is $149 just bought it for $55(shipping and handling included) on EBAY second hand and in very good condition and just the way the baby is reacting when I use it i know that i made a great investment.

Why should we use BabyPlus?

The real question is, "why wouldn't you use BabyPlus?" It is safe, it is scientifically sound, and the benefits are remarkable. In order to give your child every advantage, you take care of your health while you are pregnant - eating right, taking prenatal vitamins, avoiding alcohol, etc. Why not start educating your child as early as possible?

Is it safe?

Yes it is. There is no question that this is an entirely new field of education, but on the other hand prenatal stimulation has been around for thousands of years. BabyPlus simply represents the evolution of prenatal stimulation to a technique that has incredible benefits for the child. We believe that, someday, the use of BabyPlus will be as much a part of being pregnant as is taking prenatal vitamins.

Is there any chance of over stimulation?

No! The entire system is designed to present the sounds of BabyPlus to the fetus at a level below that of the normal sounds of the maternal heart beat.

How do the BabyPlus sounds educate my baby?

The unborn child receives very little stimulation in the uterus. The only sound that it can clearly discern is the maternal heart beat. By providing the infant with sounds which closely mimic the maternal heart beat but which vary in ever increasing ways, the child learns one of the most basic learning skills of all - discrimination - before she/he is born.

Does the mother's heartbeat conflict with the BabyPlus sound?

Obviously both sounds are occurring at the same time, but it is the same as if you listen to two different rhythms being played at the same time two sets of drums - you can listen selectively to one or the other and clearly hear the difference.

Why heartbeats?

Whether the maternal heart speeds or slows due to exercise, emotion, stress, or sleep, changes in its rate are randomized, hence not curricular in structure (progressively and consistently more complex), therefore no different from any other sonic stimuli in the mother's environment - all reaching the unborn child but nonsensical, merely meaningless white noise with no opportunity to imprint; both extreme simplicity and repetition are required for this very special kind of learning, a critical phase which ends with birth.

BabyPlus provides what the infant's natural surroundings cannot: Sequential variations from the imprinted cardiac baseline, thereby exercising formative neurology through elementary information-processing, strengthening memory and comparative functions to reduce normal brain cell death concluding gestation. Neurogenesis is so developmentally dependant upon recognizable data that the mother may stimulate with BabyPlus no matter her level of physical activity, mental state, or mood - the evolving brain will relate to that which makes sense at its most important stage.

Can BabyPlus aid bonding?

There are two primary ways in which bonding between a pregnant mother and her unborn child are enhanced by using BabyPlus. First, the physical act of stimulation occurring twice or more daily (particularly if provided at the same times of day) becomes a regularized process which by its very mechanics focuses upon the fetus, drawing attention to any potential response; this is the psychodynamic effect.

More importantly, as the mother witnesses fetal movements in response to the BabyPlus rhythms - often synchronized with them and of considerable duration - a dialogue is established: Her infant has reacted to cues she initiated.., our earliest connection with another individual, just like a game; in this sense, the baby becomes personalized without having to exit the womb - it relates directly to the mother's behavior. As she realizes this growing attachment, every motor reaction by the fetus to the mother's use of BabyPlus in turn elicits her hormonal/biochemical responses which cross the placental barrier, further evoking in the child reinforcement of its playful activity.

Naturally, while such bonding is most intense between mother and her unborn child, father, any siblings, and extended family can as well share in this interpersonal exchange - not only do they observe maternal happiness at its effect, they can place their hands or face against the mother's abdomen and feel what is going on... the beginning of human communication in the family classroom.

Can I use BabyPlus more than twice a day?

It is not beneficial to increase the amount of your baby's daily listening time. If a child hears the lessons too frequently, they become habituated to the rhythms of BabyPlus and the distinction is not as readily made.

Can I start using BabyPlus before the 18th week of pregnancy?

Although it certainly would do no harm to begin using BabyPlus before the 18th week, we cannot guarantee that it would be of any additional value. The baby's sense of hearing does not become functional until about the 18th week. We encourage that lesson one be started during week 18 at the earliest.

What if I am past 18 weeks when I begin to use BabyPlus? Will I still see benefits?

Absolutely! We have many parents who have started using BabyPlus much later than 18 weeks and still report the same benefits.

What if I completed all 16 lessons and still haven't delivered?

Simply continue playing lesson 16 until delivery.

Do I have to rest while using BabyPlus?

Although we believe it is best to use BabyPlus during periods of relaxation (and enjoy the bonding experience), you may continue all usual activities (except, of course, bathing or swimming).

Thursday, August 02, 2007

10 Reasons Why I'm Doing a VBAC

  • VBAC is usually safer for mom and baby.

  • VBAC reduces the risks of infection to the mother.

  • Labor is good for babies in most cases.

  • Not having surgery makes mom's recovery easier.

  • VBAC reduces the risks of respiratory problems in babies.

  • VBAC involves a shorter hospital stay.

  • More than 80% of women will be able to have a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean.

  • Breastfeeding is easier after a vaginal birth. Usually for a variety of reasons, including faster and more direct access to your baby and less postpartum pain for mom.

  • VBAC can help prevent injury to your internal organs, like your bladder, intestines, or even the need for an emergency hysterectomy.

  • VBAC is less expensive.
  • I'm doing everything to make sure that I can achieve this goal.

    I even hired a doula to make sure that she can help me and walk me through the whole process. Here is the definition of a doula. . (from the DONA Website)

    The word, "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

    A doula...

    Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life...

    Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor...

    Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth...

    Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor...

    Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions...

    Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical careproviders...

    Perceives her role as one who nutures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.

    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    My Latest LO

    Title : My 3 Wishes

    materials used:

    MME Magnolia Paper

    MME Wild Asparagus Paper

    Heidi Swapp Bradds

    Heidi Swapp Ribbons

    Sasafrass Lass Stickers



    By Rascal Flatts

    I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow

    And each road leads you where you want to go

    And if you’re faced with the choice and you have to choose

    I hope you choose the one that means the most to you

    And if one door opens to another door closed

    I hope you keep on walkin’ ‘til you find the window

    If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile

    But more than anything, more than anything


    My wish for you

    Is that this life becomes all that you want it to

    Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small

    You never need to carry more than you can hold

    And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to

    I hope you know somebody loves you

    And wants the same things too

    Yeah, this is my wish

    I hope you never look back but you never forget

    All the ones who love you

    And the place you left

    I hope you always forgive and you never regret

    And you help somebody every chance you get

    Oh, you find God’s grace in every mistake

    And always give more than you take

    But more than anything, yeah more than anything

    Chorus x2

    My wish for you

    Is that this life becomes all that you want it to

    Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small

    You never need to carry more than you can hold

    And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to

    I hope you know somebody loves you

    And wants the same things too

    Yeah, this is my wish

    This is my wish

    I hope you know somebody loves you

    May all your dreams stay big