Friday, August 22, 2014

Breastfeeding: Save Money, Save the Earth

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 - Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Almost five years and counting... That's how long I've been breastfeeding, if you discount the one month break I had just before giving birth to my second child. I encouraged my eldest to wean, as I was already having difficulties maneuvering around with him nursing and my pregnant belly. It was a decision I kind of regret, honestly, as I would have loved to experience tandem feeding. But those almost five years of breastfeeding? Not remembering much of anything for the first month after birth for both kids except nursing round the clock? Making sure I leave enough stash inside the refrigerator or freezer when I leave for work? Making sure I expressed enough, or more, within the day to replenish what my child consumed? Having my child, or my pump with me every time I go out to make sure I keep up my supply? I don't. I cherish those every moment as I know I gave, and am still giving, the best milk my children can have, the comfort they needed, the warmth they craved.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Breastfeeding is Love: Why I breastfeed 'til 2 and beyond

When I got pregnant with my eldest, I never knew anything about breastfeeding. I was fed with formula. My sister was given formula. My aunt gave up breastfeeding and pumping milk by the second month, as far as I could remember when they lived with us and I remember her using that "bicycle" horn pump that was the manual pump in the 90s (which I learned later on was very unsanitary). But I was determined not to wake up in the middle of the middle, measuring powder, testing water temperatures, and then finally giving that formula to a hungry, cranky newborn.

Monday, September 9, 2013

JackJack's 4th

How time flies. It's now been four whole years since I gave birth to this little person for whom I will move mountains for.

I thank God for the gift of Joaquin Gregory because I am always reminded to be patient. Even if I continuously have trouble remembering during those times it is really needed.

Because I am always reminded to be the role model he would look up to. To be mindful of my actions and reactions.

Because I am always remindes that there's always light at the end of the tunnel when I come home tired from work.

There are a lot more reasons why I thank God for this now four year old boy. But the reason I would always feel blessed and lucky for is, because through him, I am able to feel how it is to love a person wholeheartedly. Without any doubts or hesitations. To love without asking anything in return. To love because I can love.

Happy fourth birthday, my son! Mommy loves you very much.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Superfood Grocer's Going Super Learning Workshop

Last April 27, I dragged J to a workshop held by The Superfood Grocer which is the Going Super Learning Workshop. From their website:

Our much raved-about, eye-opening learning workshop on going healthy

•Our much raved-about learning workshop
•Includes 4-Course Vegan Meal
•Green Smoothie Demo

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The birthday aftermath

I was too groggy to properly post yesterday so here are my sons' pictures. The good ones are taken last Friday then the others are taken yesterday.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy 1st, Gabby!

Time flies so fast. I can't believe it's now a year since I gave birth to my second baby, Jonathan Gabriel. Our Gabby.

Still connected to me thru the cord
You were born naturally, with no medication for me and because of that, you were very awake and alert when you came out. You were attuned to my sudden cries of pain while they were repairing where you passed through and you would quiet down when you hear my assurances that I'm ok.

Baptism on May 19, 2012
You're a delightful addition to our family of three and while your kuya Jack got jealous of the attention we were giving you when you were still very new, he adjusted well and seems to be the foremost source of your laughs and giggles.

This should be dated March 9, 2013.

I pray that you will always be happy and that you will love your older brother as much as he adores you. We love you, Gabby. Happy Birthday!!!

At Conti's Serendra.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The should have been March 2nd post

I forgot to take pictures of my two boys last Saturday. I remembered it one week after. Thankfully, we went out and took the kids at the park in Terra 28. It drizzled a little so we went to Bonifacio High Street. Jack-Jack ran around in the grass and I let Gabby go after his kuya Jack-Jack with his babysitter. They sat on the grass and that's when I grabbed the opportunity to take pictures of them.

So here they are... Gabby is sporting a Honeybaby owl bonnet. :)

Don't take it off!

PS. I should probably set an alarm for this. ;)