I just love these blouses that I bought in Landmark. I like the crocheted neckline but I love the prints especially the blue and gold one. I liked it so much I couldn't resist taking a photo inside the fitting room. Hehe.
Earlier this week, Myke and I had to bring my MIL (mom-in-law) to the hospital because of high blood pressure. We came straight from the office to fetch my MIL before proceededing to the ER so my last pumping session was at 3pm that day. We stayed in the ER til the wee hours of the morning and during our vigil, I was getting uncomfortable since I was feeling "full". Since I didn't have an idea of how long are we going to stay in the ER or if my MIL had to be confined, I decided to seek out the nursery of the hospital so I could pump and donate my breastmilk. Though I would have wanted to let my baby have the milk, there's the risk that it will spoil if left standing in room temperature. So rather than letting it go to waste, I thought it'll be better to let the other babies have the milk.
I wasn't wrong in the decision. When I told the midwife in the nursery that I want to donate the milk, they were very grateful and said that they need breastmilk badly. But they didn't have any breastpumps and I left mine in the car so I had to learn to express my milk manually. It was hard and I was a bit disappointed with the little milk I got. But the nurses still received them gratefully.
A couple of hours later, we were still in the ER and the doctors were still monitoring my MIL's condition. I asked Myke to get my breastpump from the car and then headed out again to the nursery of the hospital's charity ward. I gave them the milk I expressed earlier (I kept them in the insulated bag with some ice but because of the long hours, the ice had already melted) and proceeded to pump more milk. This time, the midwife asked me to stay in the NICU instead of their breastfeeding room (which was occupied at the time). And during my stay there, I got a glimpse of the preemies who were inside incubators and babies with birth complications and had tubes stucked onto their frail little bodies. Nakakalungkot kasi tayo nga na matanda na, nasasaktan pag may nakatusok na IV sa atin, pano ba kaya yung mga babies? So I was glad to have made the right decision to give them my milk. The babies in that ward need them more and my Georgie still has me to give her the milk she needs. Seeing the plight on those babies, I was wishing that I had a large stash of milk at home so I could donate some more but the milk that I express when I'm at work is just enough for my baby's feed for the next day. Still, I'm still happy that I was able to help in a small way. When I got home, I talked to Georgie and told her that mama doesn't have a "pasalubong" (her milk) because I shared them with other babies. And you know what? My daughter who probably had no idea what I just said, just gave me a beatific smile in response :)
When you become a parent, every aspect in your life changes - physically, mentally, psychologically, socially.. and apparently even my shopping agenda is affected :P When I was still single, I would usually go straight either to the ladies wear, make-up or accessories section/ stores whenever I go malling. But ever since I got pregnant and had a child, I noticed that I was frequenting the children's section and decisions on what size / colors / design to get is even more time-consuming compared to when I was just buying for myself.
So earlier today when I went out for my lunchtime "walk" to the mall, I had spent my lunch hour scrounging the racks for (yet another) dress and some house clothes for Georgie. Ang bilis naman kasi lumaki ni baby kaya yung mga nabili kong damit dati e medyo "body fit" na ang dating sa aking anak :-O I was supposed to just get a couple of shorts and sandos but I just couldn't resist buying these dresses!
When I was pregnant, I was a regular on forums discussing pregnancy and childbirth experiences. I also pored over the topics about child-rearing and the next steps after giving birth. Conversations with expectant moms and already mommies help me build up my resolve on breastfeeding and cloth diapering our baby. No, no. This entry isn't about how I was successful in doing both. I'm still in the early stage of being a mom so I know there is still a lot of things for me to learn. I just want to share my experiences so far. First off, breastfeeding my daughter.
Just so you know, my brother and I weren't breastfed by our mom when we were still children. My mom told me that her breasts weren't producing any milk at all. That's why we grew up drinking formula. But during my "research", I've read that it is by nature that a mother's breasts would produce milk as long as there is a demand for it - meaning a baby latching on to feed. I kept a positive attitude that my mom's condition then would not apply to me now. I didn't think na namamana ang di pagkakaron ng gatas. I'll just follow the advice of fellow moms - just keep offering your breast whenever your baby wants to feed and let nature take its course. I'd imagined that I was successfully exclusively breastfeeding my baby and would not be fazed by shyness(?) or embarassment(?) should the situation call that I breastfeed in public. Medyo nasobrahan ata ako sa kaka-imagine at di inakala na mahirap pag actual mo nang gagawin. :P