Monday, March 31, 2014

Baby stuff are almost complete

Last Sunday, hubby and I bought some goodies for our baby bean. (oh, we just can’t wait to see you baby. Pero dapat full term ha). Shopping wasn’t actually part of the plan, I was only supposed to get a Mom Card at Baby company and meet up with 2 Instagram sellers. But since I got so giddy seeing all the baby stuff inside the store, we were left with no choice but to buy some baby essentials.  I couldn’t believe that I bought too many onesies for our lil girl! Now, that’s a wrong move, because I was advised not to buy that much because a baby grows so fast, and next thing you know, can no longer use clothes you bought for them.

So here are the snapshots of the items we already have for her. We’re almost complete, and getting there. 3 more months to go babyyyy! 





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Busha Pants & 3D socks from Eazy Fashion

 A new package has arrived for our baby girl!



Last Sunday, I’ve ordered busha pants and 3d socks for our little bean. The busha pants I bought were such a great steal because I was able to avail the wholesale price. J Good thing I have a premium account on this online shop that’s why I can always avail the WP even if I do not meet the minimum items required per purchase.

To all the mommies out there who are looking for fashionable items for their little ones, check out www.eazyfashion.com ; just look for the kids section and you can find adorable and unique items for your kiddos. Unlike Lazada, EazyFashion doesn't offer Cash-On-Delivery. You have to pay the items first before they ship the items right at your doorstep. Delivery time takes 1-2 days if you're within Metro Manila. 




Peso power for all these goodies: 1,530. Such a great steal because the price of busha pants from other online sellers is 120 – 200 plus. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

First ever purchase for our baby girl

Before I got pregnant, shopping online was a part of my routine every payday. I would buy items (clothes/shoes/accessories) from several sellers. I even tried selling online, but had to stop because our most awaited baby is already on its way.

Now that we’re having a baby, everything had changed.  My priority is already our little bean. Even if I haven’t seen her yet, I am already enjoying shopping for her. Buying items for her even if I’m not sure if the garments I’ve purchased just recently would fit her just fine gives me so much joy. The excitement is just inexplicable. I become very giddy whenever I see stuff like onesies, bottles, accessories, shoes, towels and so MUCH MORE.

Just like last weekend, I nearly spent 7k buying stuff for our baby girl. I couldn’t imagine spending that much buying stuff online. My husband was so surprised because spending that much buying clothes alone wasn’t part of our plan. 

I also tried purchasing from Lazada, and I can say they are really reliable and has a good customer service. They have lots of promos too! What I love about their service is that they offer Cash On Delivery as a payment method, and they offer free delivery if your order is about 1,000 pesos.  Here's what I purchased from them 3 weeks ago. I'd give them 5 stars as an overall rating. One of the best online merchants! ♥ 

Baby Couture Minnie Diaper Bag
Really worth the price ♥
Peso Power: 1,050

You can get it from here: http://www.lazada.com.ph/baby-couture-minnie-diaper-bag-beige-74289.html

Avent Classig 9.oz
Peso Power: 1,300
You can get it from here: http://www.lazada.com.ph/avent-classic-feeding-bottle-9oz-set-of-3-clear-48681.html

Due to over excitement, I accidentally purchased 9 ounce bottles instead of 4ounce. ♥ So I need to buy another set for our lil bean. I also bought 1 set of pacifier, but wasn't able to take a picture of it. 

Congenital Anomaly Scan

2 weeks ago, I already had my most-awaited Congenital Anomaly Scan (CAS). This is a procedure wherein an extensive ultrasound is being done to check your baby’s development. This is where the sonographer checks if the baby is normal, or has some birth defects. 

CAS is a good way to check your baby’s development inside your tummy. Questions like “What if my baby is not normal?”; What if my baby has birth defects?” are quite normal. I myself also asked those questions and prayed to God that everything’s fine with my baby.  Thank God, the scan was normal and no birth defects were found.

I consider CAS as a must procedure while pregnant because this would give us the assurance that our baby is healthy and normal. Be sure to talk with your husband too how you are going to deal with the situation in case they find something wrong with your baby.

For more info regarding Congenital Anomaly Scan, please check: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a557390/anomaly-scan-20-weeks

Cost of CAS is more expensive than the usual ultrasound. Some hospitals offer CAS but if you’re on a budget, you may opt to have the procedure done on a diagnostic center. In our case, we paid 1,600 for the CAS in PMP diagnostic centers. Much cheaper as compared to hospitals. From what I’ve read, some hospitals charge almost 3k for the procedure.


Here’s a sample of the detailed CAS report; I have many printed pictures too in black and white. ☻ My OB was kind enough to give me the pictures she saved on her records. 



My darling baby. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ma, I miss you so much

The night before my mom died, she touched my stomach and uttered the words: "Apo, lagi mo iingatan ang mommy mo ha. Wag mo sya papahirapan" 

 I should be happy for my mom now that she's in God's care. It's only been 2 weeks since she died, and everything is still vivid. I know it wouldn't be an easy journey for me, but I'm very thankful to have good friends, in laws and of course my loving husband who support me and help me how to move on and to live my life without my mom. The only thing that makes me sad is the fact that she wasn't able to hug and kiss my baby bean. She was too excited to see and take care of her apo. 

Mama, I miss you so much. I know it's not easy living without you, but I have to move on. It's not that we are forgetting you but its a matter of pressing forward and leaving what is behind. I know you are in a better place right now. No more pains from injecting insulin 3x a day and taking too much medicines everyday. You can now eat whatever you want now that you're in heaven. I love you so much mama, and I promise to be a good mom just like you. You will always be my idol and my superwoman. I promise not to cry too much and to be sad for the sake of your apo. 
Til we meet again, ma!. 
Love, Kat

Here's a poem that I saw online that made me smile once again after my mom died. Again ma, I promise to be strong not just for myself, but also for your apo. 

I am learning how to live
In a new way
Since that day
You were taken away.

I am learning how to live
With the things left unsaid
Knowing I got to say them
With every tear that I shed.

I am learning how to live
By embracing the pain
Knowing that you live on
Through the memories that remain.

I am learning how to live
Knowing I will never again see your face
And I have peace knowing
You’re in a better place.

I am learning how to live
Knowing you’re in God’s care
It gives me the strength to move on
And makes the pain much easier to bear.



Monday, March 3, 2014

My DIY templates for baby shower

Reading forums regarding pregnancy has been my haven lately. It gives me the idea how to prepare for my delivery. But since reading articles and stories from other women’s pregnancy can be nerve-racking at times, I decided to shift my mood and plan for a simple yet intimate baby shower.

I’ve always dreamt of having a posh baby shower, but due to budget constraints, my husband and I decided to slash it off “my” plans and just save the money we would spend for food and some favors. 

Yes, friends are the ones who are supposed to plan for your baby shower, but planning for an event has been my passion (not expertise), that's why I opted to plan for my own baby shower instead. 

Planning for a baby shower doesn’t need to be that extravagant. I'm going to change my original plans, and stick with the budget I have in mind. (Would you believe that I only have a 2k plus budget for this?) I’m going to cancel the hotel reservation I made in Makati, and will just hold the simple get together at our house. As long as I get to spend it with my friends and close relatives, I think it will be more than enough and of course, more special (mas tipid narin)

Instead of ordering packed food, I'm planning to have a pizza and chips party instead. It’s even more affordable because there’s a pizza joint somewhere in Las Pinas that sells 36” pizza at a very affordable rate. 

I’m planning to D-I-Y some stuff too. I’m going to make my own invitations and water labels to make it even more personalized. And since we’re having a baby girl, pink and Hello kitty will be the theme. ♥


Here are the prototypes I made for the invites and labels. 

Sample invitation (Ooopss, there are two ON's) hehe!
Sample water labels

Here's how the Nutrition facts look like up close: 


and the circle label: 



I got the designs from the Internet and I edited the names and deleted some of the information. And since I've been giddy about the designs I saw earlier, I forgot to save the link. I promise to update this post to give credit to the original designs. 



Changes for the past 5 months

My baby and I are already 22 weeks, and just last week, I started to feel constant flutters and twitches on my baby bump. I suppose that’s my baby moving inside me, because those movements are really “not that familiar” to me and I am 100% sure that I didn’t experience these movements when I was not yet pregnant. 

A lot of things have changed already since I got pregnant. Most of my pre-pregnancy clothes wouldn’t fit me anymore, and a lot of my loose pullovers that I thought I could use all throughout my pregnancy journey are already body-hugging. I’m only relying to the number of dresses I bought a couple of weeks ago. I’ve managed to buy 8 dresses, and since last month, I’ve been wearing these dresses every time I go to work. I no longer care if some people would think I do not have enough clothes, but I just can’t buy too many dresses right now – most especially that I want to save my allowance for my baby. Besides, what’s important these days in my situation is comfort and my baby. Style/fashion is the last thing I’d want to think of right now:D (Though I can still manage to wear some nifty lipsticks and blushers and iron my hair, just so I wouldn’t look like a total mess)
5 months have passed since I got pregnant, and here are some of the major changes I’ve noticed in my body.

·         I’ve gained 10 kilos already; and I’ve faced the reality that I’m going to gain more. I still have 4 months to go, and my bump would be bigger.

·         My baby bump is already noticeable. You can never think of it as a part of love handles, because of its prominent round shape.

·         My bra size? Well it’s already size 43!!! I used to be 38. This is the only thing that I wished that would stay forever even after I give birth. Hehe!

·         My feet size, from size 7 to size 9. My feet got really fat.

·         I can’t even wear my wedding ring. It’s as if the veins would pop out every time I try to fit it in.

·         My waistline, which I’ve been maintaining for quite some time already, had bumped up to 38 inches. I used to be size 28.  

·         Those surreal light fluttery movements that I feel every now and then (BEST.FEELING!)


I still have four months to go – four months to cherish and enjoy the major changes that are happening to my body. Even if sometimes, I feel anxious about the way I look and the weight I’ve gained, I’m still thankful because I wouldn’t experience these changes if I were not pregnant. 

Errrp, just wanted to share this mapagpanggap pic. I'm really not sporty/athletic. I just wanted to try if I can play table tennis. hehe


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