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Friday, November 5, 2010

A Promising Afternoon

I had a talk/ workshop with the labor and delivery room staff of Oca Robles Seamen's Memorial Hospital. Thanks so much to Dr Karen Fransisco, who is 35 weeks pregnant, for organizing the afternoon.


Trying things out for ourselves: Why pushing flat
on our backs is tough.
Trying Out some pushing positions and what works better.




I wish all the best to Dra Fransisco (who was there when I was having my 2nd and 3rd baby), Beth, Edelyn, Mylene, Ivory and Dessa (who is due to have her baby next year). I hope you grow in your practice and know how blessed and supported you can make others feel.
Your presence in the labor room, when another soul is in transition, is life enhancing. All the best ladies. May we have an "Empowering Natural Childbirth Friendly City".

Saturday, October 30, 2010

How Could YOU Bore Me?

My eldest daughter has an interest she feels passionately about. She talks about ballet, ballerinas and ballet videos with eyes twinkling. She seems determined, dedicated and excited about ballet. She was chatting away with me in the car and she suddenly stopped and asked me, "Do I bore you? Not many people are into this?" I was stunned. Does she bore me? Prior to her sudden question my mind was raising. Listening to her made my heart swell. She has a dream, a plan, she's learning a skill, building her character, interested in something I am not particularly interested in. How can I be bored? "No, not at all."
And she went on chatting away while I went on listening and driving. And feeling something in my heart.
As she opened the car door, I wanted to say, "Wait!" But then, what will I say. I drove her there and she wanted to go. So, I simply said, "Bye, Ambs. You don't bore me I am really happy for you."
"Okay I end at 4 mom. Bye!!!" And she happily walked away.

I drove back to our house with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. My eldest daughter whose gaze (as an infant) followed me around the room just asked me: "Do I bore you?" I think I got super jolted shock!!! How could she bore me? She did not bore me but she definitely made me cry. She is becoming her own person. And I sure am happy and proud. She showed consideration towards me. And I sure am happy and proud.
As I was getting down from the car I wiped my tears before my 3 younger ones see me. They tend to imagine the "worst worst ever" when I cry. And I did not want to explain. It might be too long and inarticulate and they might get bored...

Friday, October 8, 2010

No Rush!!!

It warmed my heart to see them like this. I just had to take a picture.
Little brother went with dad to work, so we girls have some peace and quiet for about an hour. Since the kids don't have to rush in the morning I found them like this. Homeschooling is such a blessing to our family.  


Some days are better than others. For now, all is quiet. And I am enjoying it!!! A few days back it was piano and singing and arguing over who's turn it is right after breakfast!
Oh, the downside of taking a photo: they got distracted from what they were doing. I broke their active stillness for a little while. I really couldn't resist.

Monday, October 4, 2010

When beautiful heads come together...

A vision and mission comes in hand. Was in Basti's this afternoon. Love the new look and the pizza and the coffee with excellent company. How I wish I had yogurt too. 

Was with mommySense moms making plans for 2011.

Great meeting and many things to do!!! 
Go! Go! Go! 
We have our goals and we know what to do! 
Lets do it and around this time next year we will be meeting again and cheering for a year well done!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Boxes for Childbirth Class

Last class for the year will start in about 2 weeks and I am already thinking about what to do next year. Excited with next year and sentimental for this year. I decided to make the boxes for my class.
I am seriously crafting away!!! I started printing cards for my class this year and I asked the ever reliable Dynah Tupas of Crafter's Haven to help me with the box for the cards each couple will have. (Biggest thanks to you Dynah for the design and the patience and for always coming up with the yellow box on time). This is really taking a lot of my time yet after every box I finish, I feel super!!!


 At first I have to think with all my might which side to cut, then fold, etc. But now that I have a pattern box, thoughts of the classes this year fill my head. This year is a growth year for me. The class now has a projector for pictures and videos. Like the previous years, I learned many many things from my students but this year I've gained confidence as a teacher. I can't wait to start this last class for 2010 though I haven't met any of my students yet.

To embrace the coming tomorrow
With confidence and kindness.

May the coming class be...
What each most need...






Thursday, September 30, 2010

YUMMY Project

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!
I am thrilled!!!
I am back to baking and loving it like never before!!!!  Of course, I had to get everyone in the house involved! We started...

Harvest
Harvest






Get them out of their stalks.
Just before baking.
Aha! I should take a pic of myself in the kitchen. I don't think I have one considering I spend a great deal of time in that part of the house.I missed the whole mixing process.






MALUNGAY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.... 

My daughter who makes a face and quivers at the site of malungay soup or any vegetable for that matter ate so much!!!
Analyzing Yummy
 So I've made a whole bunch and I have ideas brewing in my head!!! And what shall be done with all the malungay stalk?
Stalk Arrangement. Waste not...

Friday, September 24, 2010

The TOY That Thinks its a BREAST PUMP!!!

I would like to know: Have you ever tried this? If you did how was it? Seriously I need feedback so i posted this in facebook.

A few months ago, a mother who gave birth to a premature baby was using this
 to express her most precious milk to give to her much cherished little baby who happened to be born 2 months early!!! She bought her pump at the drug store near the hospital where she had her baby. Lo and behold! As engorge as she was she couldn't express her milk!!! Then, I meet a working mother who was much in distress with a pump like this! She couldn't express her milk and she was due to go back to work in a week! And at the grocery, I saw a pregnant lady looking at this!!! I just had to stop and tell her DON'T BUY THAT!!! Of course I had to temper myself lest she think I am a crazy stranger. I feel hysterical!!!I had it!!!! Please!!!! FRUSTRATING!!!

I think this is a toy that believes its a breast pump. I have never seen it work- as in do the job it set out to do! This shouldn't be sold at all!!! It can cause injury!!! I don't go around recommending expensive breast pumps but this product is just way too off. Its really cheap by comparison to other pumps in the market too. I saw and tried a similar pump in 1997 when I had my first baby. At least that one had a bottle attached to it. Huh! (my breast pump history: for another post maybe!). I didn't know any better then!!! I can't believe this is still around!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kangaroo, My Guilt And Inspiration

I love my children to pieces but sometimes I seriously wish I were a kangaroo. And here are my reasons:
1. When my son wants me to carry him and my hands are busy. Oh I wish I had a pouch! Then I can roam the great vast plain or in mommy terms do the chores/ run errands with my baby hands free.
2. When I have to bring my 2 younger ones to a place where they might break something I have to pay for. Keep them in the pouch!!
3. When I want to walk really fast but have to slow down because my younger kids couldn't keep up. Keep them in the pouch and use that mighty tail and hop away!!!

Oh well, since I am not a kangaroo I get to leave my "joeys" at home to explore the great vast plain". So yesterday afternoon, I went to San Perdo Hospital (SPH) feeling a bit guilty. If I were not in SPH, I would be snuggling with my 4 precious ones reading "Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shoguns". This guilty thing always happens to me!!! So I started talking to myself. "Why wallow in guilt? You are her now! Make the most of it!!!"

I was  in SPH, thanks to the invitation of the very enthusiastic and soon to be dad Phrix Pondoc, to listened to Dr Socorro de Leon Mendoza, President of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). Her talk was entitled, "Kangaroo Mother Care, The Practice, The Science, The Relevance."  SUPER!!! Her talk made me want to cry! She was talking, showing pictures and research stuff of Low Birth Weight (LBW) and their mothers and fathers or with mother's friend. Holding them. Very tiny babies in their mothers' arms and breastfeeding! AMAZING!!!

 Mommies hug (KMC) versus incubator resulted in:
  • 50% fewer deaths among low birth weight babies due to infection (Fabella Hospital)
  • Higher breastfeeding rates after mother was discharged from the hospital
  • Savings due to less medical cost
Dr Socorro de Leon Mendoza with her
Low Birth Weight Doll
And she wasn't talking about mothers from another country but mothers like you and me here in the Philippines. She mentioned system changes and key people needed in the hospital setting so that Kangaroo Mother Care can be implemented. I left SPH inspired and hyper!!! They had the courage to do this to low birth weight babies! SUPER!!!! Then we can do this to full term infants as well!!! I wish I could share her whole talk here. Mommies, we can do so much for our babies!!! Come to think of it, I was a kangaroo all along but not for the reasons I wanted. Learn about Kangaroo Care and ready your tissue for this one
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