Wednesday. 2 am. Couch.

19 Sep

It’s wednesday, 2 am and I’m half seated half lying down on the couch.

At around 10 pm, the little girl woke up and vomited all over her bed. She had beets last night by the way. So we weren’t surprised to see red everywhere. Poor petit mouton’s grey coat (it used to be white) had flecks of beet and meusli in it.

I would have found it normal if she had just vomited 2/3 times and went back to blissful sleep. But no. She has been semi dry retching since then and I’m scared to put her down as she might choke.

And so here I am on the couch with her sleeping on my lap. Sleeping reclined seems to work fine for her because she was able to sleep for 2 hours without retching until I put her down on the bed. 5 minutes after, she started vomiting saliva again.

Did no one hear me say I was already tired? And now I’m tired and worried. *Sigh*

She’s sleeping now but if she doesn’t get better tomorrow, I’m gonna take her to the doctor.

Mom duties above all else.

Get well soon little monkey.

Starting solids

18 Sep

We started Z on solids when she was 6 months. We didn’t give her rice cereal nor put soup in her bottle (that was the first time I’ve heard about that – wala nyan sa pilipinas I guess). Her first solid food was pureed carrots and she surprisingly loved it. She didn’t gag or spit everything out. She actually opened her mouth and gobbled up the puree. I guess that’s the advantage of waiting until 6 months – the digestive system is more mature and they have outgrown the tongue thrust reflex so it’s easier to spoon feed.

We started giving her pureed vegetables for lunch. One kind for 2-3 days just to make sure she has no allergies plus her usual bottle of milk. She first had carrots, then green beans, sweet potato, green peas, broccoli. Then we started mixing the veggies up. After two weeks, we started giving her fruit puree at 4pm plus milk. Then we started giving her yogurt instead of milk for her 4pm snack. When she was 7 months and a half, she started eating meat. Now that she’s 9 months, she’s eating pureed veggies for dinner plus milk.

I was really excited when she started solids because it really felt like she was growing up and was able to share the wonders and flavors of real food with us. I’d make a batch of puree for her and freeze some of it for the next feeding. When we were traveling over the summer we had to resort to ready make bottled purees. It wasn’t that bad. When I can’t find organic ones, I’d choose the ones with no salt (Nestle’s Naturnes line was our favorite). Although we encountered a snag when we were in Italy. It was very hard to find vegetable puree in the supermarket. All they had were meat. And really grown up meat for that matter.

Baby food in Italia. Uhhhmmm, no thanks, will stick to parmesan and veggies for now. Bukas nalang yung rabbit.

rabbit, ostrich, horse – we’ll stick to parmesan and veggies for now, thank you very much

So it was a relief when the holidays were over. We were able to slide back into our old routine and give Z fresh home made food. It’s not that hard, really. I just puree the same vegetables that I make for our dinner et voila. It’s just a pain now that she’s getting picky with what she eats. But we just try the same food again another day until she decides it’s actually not bad.

The next thing we’ll know, she’ll be eating bowls of pasta and pots of creme a la vanille  with her dad in no time.

Or rice and tuyo or adobo or sinigang.

Spell Tired. M-E

17 Sep

Has it been 9 months already? How fast time flies and at the same time it feels like it has been forever. I am dead tired.

Between work and household chores and a whining baby – I sometimes just feel like I don’t have any energy left to do anything else. Even watching TV feels like a chore. I’m just thankful that Z has been doing her nights since she was 3 months old – if not, then I would definitely just be plain dead.

But there are also times when all that work seems like nothing and I have the energy to go all week being super mom. It’s weird. Maybe I’m becoming schizo. Or maybe that’s just how being a mom is.

Recently the little monkey has been more of little monster. She’s having separation issues – always needs to be near me or in my arms. Plus she’s becoming more mobile – rolling all over the place. We have to make sure she doesn’t fall or hit her head somewhere.

I started her on solids when she was 6 months, only during lunch. And now she’s also eating dinner with us. She used to love everything we give her – but now she’s tasting everything first before deciding if she’ll open her mouth for the next spoonful. And then doesn’t open her mouth at all if she doesn’t like it. She also prefers to eat our food, it seems, more than hers.

Sometimes I feel want her to go back to the way she was – when she’ll just sleep after every feeding and just played by herself lying down. And sometimes I want her to start talking and walking so we can play more.

And all those schizo feelings make me tired. T-I-R-E-D. Physically tired. But despite that, I absolutely love this stage in my life and will not exchange it for anything.

Now where did I put that vitamin C?…

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She’s here

31 Jan

Yes, I’m a momma. After months of bedrest, the little monkey decided to come out and see the world on my 39th week – November 26, 2012.

That’s right, that was two months ago. And for you mommas out there you know what it’s like those first few weeks. I’ve only recently really been able to “breath” and find time to resume virtual activities.

We’re really ecstatic and amazed by this little ball of hair. But with it also comes the stress of looking for childcare options and resuming work and just mainly reorganising our already chaotic lives.

I’ll try to blog and share as much as I can…if only to keep me sane sometimes.
Writing this has actually made me miss it.

I have a feeling this blog will finally start to be more personal…

 

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Baby Haul 1

18 Oct

Aside from cloth diapers, I haven’t bought anything for the baby. But we have almost everything we need in terms of clothes. All of them given by or lent by friends. Mostly pyjamas, cardigans and coats for winter – since I’m giving birth in December. Hindi kaya ng diapers + Guitar sando dito.

But I still wanted to get things for her that I chose myself. Para special naman ng slight.

Good thing the husband and I agree on 1 thing – no pink!! Yes, it’s a girl but no, she doesn’t need to be stereotyped. Naks. It doesn’t make sense but the bottom line is, we do not like pink.

Her nursery will be lilac, light green, light blue, and silver/cream. Her diapers are mostly neutral with uber cute prints.

I like warm colors. No apple green/orange combos please. Let’s leave that on the toys and other stimulating activities and not on my baby.

As you can see, this haul is mostly sober colors and autumn-y.

I love the silver bird detail on this pyjama.

These I got because the striped onesie is cute and they come in 3 packs. I think I paid 9€ for the pack. Not bad.

These I love. Even though they don’t open up in front. The colors are neutral and I love the decals in front of the onesies. They’re sort of seude-ish. Just the right mix of color and style.

A bit boring some might say, but I prefer these than those horrible t-shirts filled with cartoon characters. So un-chic.

 

But who knows, one day the little critter will decide she wants a giant picture of Dora on her shirt and redecorate her room in all pink.

 

For now, c’est moi qui decide!

33 week update

16 Oct

Yes! Nearly there. I am now 33 weeks and 2 days. They let me go home from the hospital at 31 weeks and 4 days. Ever since then, I have been chillin’ it out at home. Making sure the little one bakes in the oven a little longer.

The last 2 visits made by the midwife were good. In an hour of monitoring, 0 contractions.

I had a bit of a scare over the weekend. I thought my water started to leak and so I was stressing so bad I wasn’t able to sleep well. The forums on the internet didn’t help at all.

I asked my midwife about it yesterday and he said it wasn’t my water leaking and that I shouldn’t stress at all since the I wasn’t having contractions and the baby is doing real well. That assured me a lot. Whew!

Today, G and I went to the hospital for the follow up ultrasound and doctor’s appointment. It was a fun outing – especially after having been cooped up at home for weeks. The weather was even cooperative.

The little one now weighs 2.1 kilos. A very good weight for her age and the doctor said she has a good mop of hair already and is quite chubby. How cute is that. As usual, we couldn’t really make anything out on the screen, but we were shown the usual limbs, her ear, and organs. We weren’t able to see her face coz she was shy and she was moving a heck of a lot!

I’ve gained 2.8 kilos since last month’s’check up. Not bad. My cervix hasn’t changed since my hospital stint 2 weeks ago. What a relief!

A few more days and the 34 week goal will be reached. Everyone from my midwife to the ultrasound doctor told me that that’s a very positive sign. I just need to keep on resting and not to exert any unnecessary effort.

The problem is that my family’s arriving on Sunday and I’m super excited. I know I won’t be able to really “rest” while they’re here but I’ll try. I’m sure my mom’s gonna make sure I rest in bed anyway – while they go out and explore Paris. Boo!!!

I’m so excited!!!

Semi Free at last

28 Sep

I’m finally off the line but not off the hook yet. After 48 hours of anti-contraction meds and meds to develop the baby’s lungs, they finally took out the dextrose.

No more lugging around that huge pole and huge syringe dispenser contraption. That was driving me crazy. It kept on beeping every couple of hours or so to be refilled.

They’re still planning on keeping me for another week though, until I get to 32 weeks just for observation and if ever the little one decided to make her grand appearance earlier than expected, we’ll be taken into care right away.

I’m just on oral contraction meds now. I haven’t needed to take the stronger one, so that’s a relief. I think I can now distinguish between a contraction and the baby just kicking up a storm.

We’re just taking it day by day for now. A day earned is a day earned for the baby’s development. There’s still a big chance that I’ll give birth prematurely but definitely not today and not this early.

Whew! Hang on little one! You’ll get your chance to see the world soon. But for now, stay where you are!!!!