Wednesday, August 29, 2012

All About Cravings

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the first thing that came to my mind was...what am I going to crave for first. Was it going to be hard to find? Will my husband give me the evil eye when I ask him to go to the store in the middle of the night (or, worse, climb a tree until he finds the perfect sized fruit)? My mom said that when she was pregnant with me, she craved for these steamed Chinese buns (locally, we call them Siopao). Is that why I'm, for lack of a better word, "round?" LOL

Well, my first [of many] cravings didn't really happen for me until toward the end of the first trimester. Suddenly, I had a very intense need to eat tomatoes. Freshly sliced tomatoes; nothing of the canned variety. I guess there was nothing out of the ordinary about it. Tomatoes are delicious. Healthy, too. But what was weird was I wanted to have it with everything else I ate, regardless if it complemented the food or not. I had a side of my sliced tomatoes with local dishes like Tinola, fried or steamed fish, grilled meats...the list is endless. I've also used it a few times to cook my own flavorful creations, like this really yummy Mediterranean Chicken recipe. Try it out some time. You don't have to be pregnant to enjoy it.

Then the next one came on my 18th week, of all weeks. I wanted a specific kind of Filipino dessert - the Turon (deep fried banana rolled in spring roll wrapper). It wasn't a hard thing to find in these parts, but most of the establishments were closed at that time in observance of Holy Week. So, my ever resourceful husband bought a few things from the market and made the stuff himself. How awesome was he?! But after that, I pretty much wanted everything that had bananas in them, especially Saba con Yelo (caramelized banana wedges served with crushed ice and a splash of milk). Writing all this just made my mouth water for some actually.

My next craving attack came around late June. I remember getting dressed at like midnight and asking my husband to take a drive with me in the search for some refreshing Dalandan Juice (a Filipino orange - which really isn't orange but green - that looks like a big calamansi). After searching on Munchpunch, we ended up at a Chili's Bar & Grill. We ordered a couple of their super delish salads and I had me a tall glass of fresh Dalandan shake. Sure, I had a really bad case of sore throat in the days that followed, but, man, was it worth it.

After that, I pretty much ate everything and anything. LOL

Now, they say that husbands feel pregnancy symptoms sometimes. This was very much true for mine. He'd be tired, cranky, sleepy, and, yes, he had his own bout with cravings, too. His, I have to say, were even worse than mine! Worse in a sense that they were harder to find and usually came at the oddest hours. Imagine me, his pregnant wife, scouring the streets for Cebu Lechon and waking up at 5AM to satisfy his Kimchi munchies. LOL I couldn't complain though. I mean, I got to eat, too, so it was all good. Now, that's a story to tell our baby, huh.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Augustana - Celebrating Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and New Life

Gotta love events. Events with free stuff, no less. Free consultations, free giveaways, free food, and discounts galore. But more importantly, this month is a BIG month for mommies, moms-to-be, and babies alike. It's World Breastfeeding Month. Yay! Aside from promoting breastfeeding, we're also celebrating pregnancy and our precious little cargo, arming moms with all the tools and know-how for caring for these amazing gifts we were blessed with, and providing our little angels with all the necessities (and a few irresistible wants).

There are quite a few events happening in the metro, but I've been really looking forward to a couple. The Annual All About Baby Bazaar is nothing less than a shopping haven for both rookie and experienced moms. And Pigeon's "A Celebration of Pregnancy" should be a fun-filled day for moms and dads.

With that, I leave you with some wise words from Irena Chalmers. She said, "There are three reasons for breastfeeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it." lol Good points!

Hope to see you all expectant parents there!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Childbirth Classes - Preparing for The Day

Today marks Day 2 of our Childbirth Class with Chiqui Brosas. We're only halfway through with the course, but we're learning so much already. Side track story #1: I had just learned that Chiqui was crowned Bb. Pilipinas in '75 and successfully represented the country in the Miss Universe pageant that same year, bringing home the Ms. Photogenic and Best in Swimsuit awards. So, a former beauty queen is teaching us Lamaze. The pressure just gets more intense every week!

Why are we taking the class in the first place? Well, primarily because we want to be certified. Getting the certificate at the end of the course grants my husband entry to the labor and delivery rooms on The Day. Most hospitals really don't mind anymore, but for some reason, ours requires it for the husband to be ever present in the birthing festivities. PROVIDED I go for au naturale. Meaning, natural vaginal birth without the administration of anesthesia. The second I demand for an epidural or the doctor sees a need for it, hubby's getting the boot outta there. Hospitals and their rules, what can you do.

The second reason why we've taken the class is to eliminate any doubt and have a clearer grasp of the whole labor process. I mean, sure, I've read like a dozen books on pregnancy and all its highs and lows, the labor experience included. But I guess it's a completely different thing just reading about it from hearing true accounts and actually being shown first hand what to really expect when you're expecting.

The third reason is to get my husband as involved as he possibly could. It's not like I had to drag him into the class. In all fairness to him, he's been very willing and open about it all. Not a big fan of the sharing portions of the class, but he does his best, and I'm grateful to him for that.

Last but definitely not the least, I wanted to attend the class because I wanted empathy. And, to be completely honest, I needed to know that other pregnant women have it bad (or worse than I). These bloated, aching, wobbly pregsters were going to whine about something at some point and I'd be damned if I wasn't around to hear it!

This leads us to last Sunday, which was the first day of the course, where we did the usual introductions, sharing of basic information (due date, expectations from the class, etc.), a few ice breakers to get the ball rolling, and some floor exercises for pain relief and relaxation. It was pretty much standard, I would say. But then again, my husband and I haven't attended any Lamaze or Bradley Method birthing classes before, so what do we know, right? lol

It was very educational. Quite fun, too. It's weird to be in a room full of expecting couples. There was one point when about 6 or 7 of us preggies decided to go to the restroom at the same time. Looking at everyone, including, that was a freaky sight! Freaky, but in a good way.

Then today we went over more in-the-moment-of-labor stuff like what actually happens before, during, and after. Counting contractions, measuring stations, Apgar scores...the whole shebang. Chiqui even had this pelvic bone model (not an actual pelvic bone, but a really good replica of it) with the baby and the umbilical cord and everything. It was like sex ed class, but like a super advanced course for teens who just weren't careful. lol Then came the best part - giving away of freebies and yummy snackage. Any mom-to-be would be thrilled, as you could imagine.

We have 2 more classes to look forward to. After that, we're on our own. But surely, anyone who has ever had the chance to attend these classes wouldn't go home learning nothing. It's been a great experience so far and it may have cost us a bit of money, but I'd say it's worth every penny.

If you're expecting and looking for a prenatal, Lamaze, or childbirth class in Metro Manila, visit Chiqui's blog or Facebook page. She offers private one-on-two classes and doula/coaching services, too! How about that.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Oh, Mother

So, how did I get myself to start a new blog (and about something I have no clue about whatsoever). Well, the rumors are true. I'm pregnant! And I'm going to be a mother very soon. In less than 10 weeks, to be more precise. And since I am diving head first into a bottomless pool of amniotic fluid, soiled diapers, and osterized baby food, I thought I might as well write about it all; the cute with the not-so-cute, the firsts with the lasts, the oh so familiar with the what-the-hell-did-I-get-myself-into accounts of motherhood. If I'm grossed out, scared out of my wits, or just plain old clueless, there's no point in suffering alone, is there. Yes, I'm dragging you all down with me. <insert evil laugh here>

That said, I can't wait to be the bestest mom in the whole wide world.