Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thanks, Auntie Kimi!

And the gifts are still pouring in! Vince's best girl friend, Kimi, who's now a doctor in the US of A, sent over these delightful little onesies for the Bean:

Puppy set 

Super set

Elephant set

Our favorite is the one with the elephant. That's Vince's animal since, like the elephant, he has big ears, a big nose and a long memory. And when we saw our Jelly Bean's 4D ultrasound, the son looks very much like his father! Oh, how can I not fall in love?!

Thanks, Kimi! Umuwi ka naman dito sa Pilipinas! I'm due in a week or two so do book a flight to Manila so you can meet the little guy!

Tushy Wushy for the baby!

So I know I've been gone forever so I'm a tad overwhelmed because I have a lot of blogging updates to do. One of them is to tell you guys about my new favorite find--Tushy Wushy cloth diapers!

Jen Tan, one of the lovely women behind Next9, distributor of these fabulous cloth diapers, sent my Jelly Bean a pack of blue Tushy Wushies last month. Now I've been thinking of buying these diapers since I got pregnant because my friends Jennie and Joanna both talk about it like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. So when Jen emailed me out of the blue to say she's been following this blog and would like to send over gifts for the Bean, I just about jumped out of my skin, so thrilled was I!

When Jen sent over our Tushy Wushy set--a pack contains 3 diapers for P1,000--Vince (my adorable darling husband who I do believe is more excited about the baby than I am!) immediately practiced putting the diapers on--who else?--my Mozzarella!

Oh, we're using our new mini guerrilla-style photo studio set-up here and learning how to drop out shots and all. It's not easy! We need another light! Of course, Mozzy was as patient as ever being our guinea pig.

Anyway, Vince loves the Tushy Wushy because it's stylish and easy to use. I love it because it'll really help our cause in keeping the environment free from non-biodegradable disposable diapers. Still, this doesn't mean I'll never use disposables, okay? Many moms tell me that disposables will save my sanity when I take the baby out, so I'll do my part in saving the world by using cloth diapers as much as possible but I think I'll cheat once in a while because my sanity needs preserving, too!

Since Vince and I love these fabulous Tushy Wushies, I immediately ordered 3 more sets: black, orange and army green! My son will look so cute in these stylish environment-friendly diapers! Thanks, Jen! Thank you also for the R' Jelly Bean baby sling and nursing cover! God bless you!   

To order, click here!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

About the abrupt blogging break

Nope, I haven't given birth yet. So many people have called and texted me asking about my online absence... and congratulating me at the same time!

This is why I suddenly disappeared.

I hate Globe. Super duper.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beauty advice for pregnant women

I promised to give beauty advice to preggy women but I keep forgetting to do so! So now I'll dash off a few tips before I totally forget. But first, I want to tell you why we must try to look our best while pregnant and especially when we become mommies.

In my first trimester, my face and back broke out into a hundred pimples, my hair became lank and oily and--throwing up all the time--I was pale and tired. Everyone noticed and seemed to tell me with pleasure: "Oh, you're having a boy. You're so ugly!" You don't tell a tired, hungry, hormonal woman that she's ugly, people!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mommies and entrepreneurs: Be warned!

I know that a lot of mommies read this blog. And I know that some of you marvelous women own businesses, too (you are all beyond amazing!). That's why I need to warn you about something.

A lot of parents and businesspeople are eager to have their babies/business featured in magazines (especially Summit Media mags!). Please be warned that there are certain unscrupulous people out there who will prey on your enthusiasm. If someone approaches you and says that they will feature your products in a magazine like Smart Parenting or Good Housekeeping, please ask for identification! They will usually say any of the following: "Hi! We want to feature your product in our magazine...
  • "Please send us free samples."
  • "Send us gift certificates as a token for the editor-in-chief."
  • "I'd like to discuss this with you more but I ran out of load. Please send me load right now. I'll pay you back when you come by our office."
And it's not paranoia to then go one step further and call the editorial office/email the editor and ask if this certain someone is affiliated with the title (our trunk line is 451-8888). Especially when that certain someone says your child is the cutest thing on earth and can she model for magazines like Total Girl or Disney Princess or Candy and if it's okay to just drop off your kid at the shoot location.

Parents and entrepreneurs, be extra careful! Be extra wise!   

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Relocation. Rejuvenation.

Just want to say that I'm loving where I am right now. To make room for the baby, who will stay in our bedroom for his first year, we've transferred my gorgeous Prizmic & Brill writing desk to Vince's study. In one corner, him; in the other, me! So now I actually get to spend more time with him!

This isn't a good photo of me (hair unbrushed, no makeup) or my desk (messy!) but I'll post it anyway just so you see how happy I am to be in the same room as my hubby...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Must pay for my yaya's SSS contributions

Ack. My mother-in-law told me what I failed to realize now that I'll have a yaya (nanny)--I'm an employer now so I have to pay for the yaya's SSS contributions. I hope Ate Marita will welcome the news that her salary will be deducted. Yeesh, who likes hearing that?

Ate Marita used to take care of me and my siblings when we were kids and when she found out I was pregnant, she immediately volunteered to take care of Jelly Bean. At first, I didn't want to get her because, well, let's just say I talked back to my parents but I never ever talked back to Ate Marita. And I'm imagining that once she's in my house, I'll be reduced to a kid again!

My husband, of course, thinks that Ate Marita is an excellent idea since, like him, she is efficient and obsessive with cleanliness and orderliness. Plus, she's family now. In fact, when Mama died, I believe she cried more than we all did. The hubby doesn't want to entrust our child to a stranger and he does have a point so Ate Marita starts working for us soon.

Which means I have to really drag my pregnant ass to SSS soonest. Sigh.  So I just added more things to do to my Things To Do! My word, there are not enough hours in a day to do all the things I need to do to prepare for this baby!

Babinski Baby sent over some goodies for my baby boy!

Mae Esguerra Sy, one of my classmates from Assumption Antipolo, is one of the trio of beauties and brains that own Babinski Baby, this uber adorable baby brand that's proudly Pinoy!

Mae sent me a chatty email a few weeks ago and she said that she has a gift for the Jelly Bean. She also shared some mommy tips: "Ang ni-ready ko sa 'yo receiving blankets and burp pads and onesie for newborn. Receiving blanket, very useful sa newborn. Always put that piece of cloth in the baby bag. Pag ilalapag mo si baby anywhere, may sapin agad. Pag maaraw, pang-cover; pag medyo chilly, pang-balot. Pang-sapin din sa stroller, etc. etc... basta you'll see!"

And sure enough, I saw! Look at these cuties!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Three things I want to teach my boy

1. To cook so that he'll never go hungry.

2. To love reading so he'll never be lonely.

3. To trust God so he'll never be afraid.

That's all I really know actually and it's worked for me so I pray it works for him, too.

7 things to do before I meet the baby!

Vanity post! You already know that as a mom-to-be, I'm trying my darndest to prepare for the arrival of Mr. Jelly Bean but do also know that I'm also a wife and a woman so I have to take care of some beauty rituals, too! So I've scheduled the following beauty to-do's in the next few weeks:

1. Get a foot scrub. My heels are cracked. The girl who does the foot spas at Let's Face It says this is because my feet are suffering from all the extra weight I'm carrying. Now, because I know that my legs and feet will be in the faces of the doctors and nurses in the delivery room, I'm going to get a foot scrub so they won't get horrified at the sight of my heels... and my legs, I guess, so I'll also...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Handmade, with love, all the way from Germany

I can feel the love of my readers and I can feel it all the way from across the seas! My blogger friend, the very talented Duni of Lovely Purses, sent that package from her home in Germany to me. I don't know how exactly we found each other's blogs--was it through Entrecard, Duni?--but we've been following each other over the last couple of years and even emailed each other. Anyway, this lovely woman sent my Jelly Bean this darling gift:
It's a pair of little shoes for my baby boy and a little pouch for me! Handmade! That means Duni personally chose the cloth, made the patterns, cut the cloth and sewed them together lovingly. I am blown away!

These baby slippers are made from 100% natural cotton and felt. I'm sorry I took photos in such bad light but I was so excited. These are the cutest things and I still can't get over how she made them herself. My baby boy's fat feet will look so adorable in these.

This zip pouch is so me. It's the colors of my wedding--pink and brown--and it has a very special animal in its pattern. Do you see them? Rabbits! The fact that Duni thought of me when she chose this fabric means a lot. Like an enormous lot! I keep this pouch in my bag every day, for my facial tissues and wet wipes.

The baby slippers and the zip pouch are well made--the stitching is perfect, the fabric is high quality and the details, like this sweet zipper charm, are exquisite.

Thank you, Duni. God bless your generous heart!

Look your best!

I'll tell you why I try so very hard to look pretty and stylish especially now that I'm pregnant.

The entire day today was spent planning OK! magazine's editorial lineup for the rest of the year and for 2011. So--since we'll be stuck in the conference room all day--I didn't put on makeup, I didn't style my hair (no curling, no blowdrying), I didn't wear my contacts, I threw on a simple dress and a cardigan, and I just wore my slippers.

Today's comments were:
"Wow, you look ginormous! You're finally fat!"
"That tummy must be heavy. You look really tired."
"Baby already keeping you up? Those eye bags are huge."
"Are you due very soon? You look terrible!"

Hmm. To be fair, above comments were said in a most concerned tone. But that is why we pregnant women and mommies must try extra hard to look our best!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Preventing Birth Defects (from BabyZone)

Saw this interesting article over at Babyzone. Hmm, let's just say I wish I had read it about a year ago and not a month before I give birth!

While not all birth defects can be prevented, here are the top 10 ways to prepare your body for pregnancy.

Body Shop sent over Buriti Baby goodies

I'm a Body Shop user--soap, scrub, lotion, body butter, body oil and home fragrance! So of course it only makes sense that my child will be a Body Shop baby, too! Well, actually, this only occurred to me when Body Shop sent over a big paper bag filled with their Buriti line.

That's a soft brush, a massage gel, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, wash cloth and body butter. Lusciousness! Love the line! Of course, everyone tells me to wait till the kid's at least 6 months old before I start using grooming products on him. Oh well, that's okay. Maybe mommy will sample these then!

Thanks, Body Shop!

Friday, July 2, 2010

33 weeks and 3 days pregnant today

This is what I wore to my doctor's appointment today and to the Forever 21 VIP opening party.

Such a pretty dress, right? I bought it from Kamiseta. Yep, I'm 8 months pregnant and still no maternity clothes! You just really have to spot which normal dresses can accommodate a big belly!