Bonding with Louiji

I was on an unscheduled leave last Friday. My Dad has to go to the province and my Mom couldn’t handle 2 kids and a baby. I have an instant long weekend! My husband had to go to work so it’s just me and my adorable baby.

That Friday was a lot different from all the days that I spent alone with my baby. I had a great time and I could tell that he did, too. I was able to fulfill my mommy duties and the chores on time. I have bathe Louiji earlier than we do on weekends. He had more milk milk (what we call our breastfeeding sessions) and enjoyed longer naps. I was able to cook a decent meal for myself and marinate pork for dinner. I managed to squeeze in a little time for crafting. I was able to take a bath minus the rush. My biggest achievement that day was eating lunch together with my baby boy on time. He had the biggest smile while eating carrots from his own bowl on his booster seat. When he was finished with his bowl, I just gave him a toy so he won’t get bored in his seat while waiting for me to finish my food. After that, we went upstairs to have milk milk and take a nap. Actually, it was less than forty winks for me because I want to get more things done.

When my Mr Pogi was off to dreamland, I carefully got up from our bed and did more chores. I was able to tick a lot on my imaginary to-do list! I slowly crept back to the bedroom and saw that Louiji is already awake but, he didn’t cry. I clapped, clapped and commended my baby for being good and brave and for waiting for mommy to come back. After which, he whimpered to ask for milk.

We went downstairs to watch movies on our TV while I have my merienda. We finished Up then I started on Olympus. Found it boring so I just switched to Date Night (which I have already watched a million times with my husband). We were not that glued to the TV because we played with each other while I sang nursery rhymes for him. We also had milk milk sessions in between.

It was getting late and hubby would be home in a while. I needed to put my baby down so I can cook. He wouldn’t last that long in the crib even though he was sound asleep before I leave him. I think he knew that it’s night time and he doesn’t want to be left alone. He could really sense when I was several steps away from him. And when he did, he wailed. I came rushing to pick him up. I saw tears from corners of his eyes. He really cried. Hindi iyak-iyakan lang. Kawawa :( I stopped Date Night and played Despicable Me instead. It’s my son’s favorite! He kind of calmed down while we watched it.

That day, I had my son all to myself for several hours. It’s just me and him and our household chores. I really enjoyed that day. If only I can stay at home to take care of my little one while having a fab work-from-home job and/or a thriving business! That way, I wouldn’t miss him and I’d be there for each and every milestone that he will make. I pray that someday, I hope soon, we will get to that.

My Breastfeeding Journey

August is not yet over and the campaign for Breastfeeding Awareness is still on. I am one of its many advocates because I am still breastfeeding my baby who is almost eight months old already. Just so it’s clear: I mix feed my baby.

From the moment that I gave birth, up until I was about to go back to work, I direct feed my baby with my precious breastmilk. We only asked our pediatrician to prescribe a milk formula just in case I don’t get to produce enough supply for our baby boy to consume while I am at work. That’s why, days before my maternity leave ended, we trained our little one to drink my milk and the prescribed formula through the bottle. It was a bit of a struggle at first because my baby was not used to silicone nipple. But, he got the hang of it before I began working again. Swakto!

Because we have a baby boy, we know that he has a big appetite. My parents couldn’t believe at how frequent he feeds. Almost every hour! He can consume seven bottles of either 120ml or 80ml each when I am not with him. On the contrary, the most that I can express while in the office and in the car going home is a total of 8 ounces. That is only enough for two feedings. That’s the reason we use formula milk to augment his supply. If not, our poor baby will starve!

Formula milk is just a small portion of our baby’s nourishment. I breastfeed him in the morning and in the evening. There are times when he would ask for milk between 3AM and 6AM. As soon as I get home from work (after I have washed up), I take him to my breast to feed. We are the happiest on weekends and holidays. I can give him my milk anytime and anywhere he wants. I have my nursing cover for feeding outdoors. Sometimes, all I have is just his lampin, his blanket, or my shawl. As long as I keep hidden what must not be exposed, we’re fine. There was one time when I tried breastfeeding my baby without any cover in a restaurant. I was confident because I was wearing a button down blouse and an inner tube top. My husband got worried even though I assured him that I would be careful. He felt better when I finally draped the lampin over my shoulder and across my chest because our baby started to move a lot.

There were days when my supply is really low. I must admit that I feel sad when it happens. Glad that two of my teammates were able to help me (somehow). Blessed to have these men on our team! One brings malunggay leaves from their garden while the other one grinds the leaves and adds fruits to make smoothies and shakes for everyone in our group. Buti na lang health conscious sila! I get to benefit from their healthy lifestyle. Those malunggay concoctions really help increase my milk supply! Also, I have a secret and mysterious lactation aid: the pearl milk tea from Cha Time. I don’t know how it does it but I can really attest to its powers. Yesterday, my initial output was so low. It was less than an ounce! I had rice, drank milk and even had pan de sal for breakfast so I can tell you that I was not hungry when I expressed milk. After lunch, I bought my favorite drink and pumped milk after 30 minutes. My milk flow increased to 2.5 ounces. Amazing, right? I am looking for other ways to produce more milk for my growing baby boy. My goal is to breastfeed him until he is a year old. I am considering on buying Moringga (malunggay pills). The speaker from the Avent event that we attended earlier this month said that it would help, too. I’ll tell you more about that event in my next post.

 

Baby Dedication for Louiji

In an earlier post, I mentioned that the month of June made me a busy bee. It was exhausting alright, but the milestone and changes that came with it are all so worth it.

We’ve spent our time and effort on two major events last month. The first one is the dedication of our little one and the last one is moving into a new house. In this post, I will write about the former.

My whole month of June was packed with planning and preparations for our baby Louiji’s dedication. We call it dedication and not binyag or christening. I will create a separate post that will distinguish one from the other.

I started with research for the best caterer, suppliers and venue to find those that will suit our needs and fit our budget. I have spent so many days doing this. I’ve seen things that we’d like to have but are way over our budget. There are those that are really cheap but well, you will just get what you paid for. We did ocular inspections, too, just to see which venue would be most convenient for us and our guests.

After so many discussions and computations, we have decided to Queensland Catering and Woodsville Residences as the caterer and venue, respectively, for Louiji’s major event. We have tasted Queensland menu in one of the gatherings that we have attended and we liked their food, service and setup. Woodsville is our best bet for its proximity, clubhouse layout and rental fee.

Having crafting as my hobby, I could not resist but create DIY projects for our baby boy’s momentous occasion. I have scoured Pinterest and countless DIY, crafting and mommy blogs out there to find inspiration for my projects. The hubby also helped out and showed me several images that matches our party theme which is The Little Man :)

Here are my little DIY projects for our Little Man’s Dedication:

I chopped a big eraser to make mustache and LOUIJI stamps.
Chopped a big eraser to make mustache and LOUIJI stamps.

 

DIY money envelopes and cards
DIY money envelopes and cards

 

Used stamps and letter cut outs for my Little Man pennants
Used stamps and letter cut outs for my Little Man pennants

 

For the 4D letters, I recycled the illustration boards that we used in our pregnancy  week-by-week project
Recycled the illustration boards that we used in our pregnancy week-by-week project

 

I wrapped each letter in blue crepe paper
Wrapped each letter in blue crepe paper

I hope to do more DIY projects for all of our occasions in the future :)

 

When the Baby Gets Sick…

…the Mommy begins to panic! He was not sick with fever but he was not feeling well either.

Monday of last week, I took a half day off from work to be with my four-month old. After seeing the pictures which I asked my sister to take and send to me, I knew I had to rush home. The back of my baby’s ears were flaking again, but that time, they were red and itchy. The unbearable heat that day has caused my baby to sweat a lot. That too could have triggered the itch. He was so uncomfortable that he can’t even take a nap. My sister told me that he barely smiled, too. My parents had to turn on the AC so our baby could rest.

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What’s a working Mommy got to do? It’s a no-brainer; off to my parents’ house I go! Even if it means commuting with a bulky ice box on a schizo weather. Never mind if I have to hurdle the hassle of the commute that lay ahead.

When I reached my parents’ house, I was not able to get near my baby right away, much less take a peek of him. I need to rest, eat and take a bath so I could spare him from the germs and pollutants that have clung on me on my way home. When I have finally settled in, I went inside the room where he was in and kissed him and stroke his head. I laid my hand on him and prayed for his healing and comfort. Then, I took him to my breast to feed him and after that I let him sleep over me. It’s his most comfortable and favorite sleeping position. I gazed him, hugged him and kissed him some more.

When my husband came home that night, we wiped the back of our baby’s ears with a wet cotton and a bit of Oilatum soap to alleviate the itch. Whenever our baby boy would scratch his ears, we would gently block his hands and rub the area around his ears with utmost care.

My husband left us to stay at my parents’ bedroom so our little one could sleep through the night without scratching his ears. We have poor ventilation from where we currently live and it won’t do any good for our baby at that time. I also asked permission from my boss to take a VL the following day to take my baby to the doctor.

The next day, our baby boy is smiling again! He barely scratches his ears. We still used Oilatum when we gave him a bath. I still took him to the pedia just to have him checked. Too bad, she was still out of the country when we got to her clinic. I was about to look for another doctor but when I checked the back of his ears right after the secretary weighed him in, his skin is already back to normal! My baby is healed! :) To celebrate, we went to the mall to eat lunch with my family and enjoyed the AC minus the electric bill.

Our baby is well and he is happy again :) I’m one relieved and happy Mommy, too! :)

Prelude to Big Beginnings

I’ve been wanting to dedicate a post for my son’s birth story ever since I gave birth. It didn’t happen as soon as I wanted it to be because I needed to concentrate on taking care of my newborn, recuperate from my C-section, and adjust in my new life as WIFE AND MOTHER. I want to write this important post with as many details as possible complete with photos. I can’t do it right now because most of the materials needed were left at home. I will do my best to compose it this weekend and use the title, Big BeginningsWatch out for it :)