"Pregnancy is a kind of miracle. Especially so in that it proves that a man and woman can conspire to force God to create a new soul."- Robert Anton Wilson

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding” – Erma Bombeck

Friday, December 17, 2010

Are you pregnant?

Do you feel something different? Or are you suspecting that you are pregnant?

Be proud because you are a certified woman . Please share your thoughts, experiences, questions about pregnancies here in this topic. Anything about pregnancy.. To begin with, I would like to ask you this.. How do you know if you are pregnant?

Here are some of the signs and symptoms:

Could you be pregnant? Most likely you won't notice any symptoms until about the time you've missed a period — or a week or two later.

If you're not keeping track of your menstrual cycle or if it varies widely from one month to the next, you may not be sure when to expect your period. But if you start to experience some of the symptoms below — not all women get them all — and you haven't had a period for a while, you may very well be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test to find out for sure!

10. Tender, swollen breasts
One of the early signs of pregnancy is sensitive, sore breasts caused by increasing levels of hormones. The soreness may feel like an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. Your discomfort should diminish significantly after the first trimester, as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes.

9. Fatigue
Feeling tired all of a sudden? No, make that exhausted. No one knows for sure what causes early pregnancy fatigue, but it's possible that rapidly increasing levels of the hormone progesterone are contributing to your sleepiness.

You should start to feel more energetic once you hit your second trimester, although fatigue usually returns late in pregnancy when you're carrying around a lot more weight and some of the common discomforts of pregnancy make it more difficult to get a good night's sleep.

8. Implantation bleeding
Some women have a small amount of vaginal bleeding around 11 or 12 days after conception (close to the time you might notice a missed period). The bleeding may be caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the blood-rich lining of your uterus — a process that starts just six days after fertilization — but no one knows for sure.

The bleeding is very light (appearing as red spotting or pink or reddish-brown staining) and lasts only a day or two. (Let your practitioner know if you notice any bleeding or spotting, particularly if it's accompanied by pain, since this can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.)

7. Nausea or vomiting
If you're like most women, morning sickness won't hit until about a month after conception. (A lucky few escape it altogether.) But some women do start to feel queasy a bit earlier. And not just in the morning, either — pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting can be a problem morning, noon, or night.

About half of women with nausea feel complete relief by the beginning of the second trimester. For most others it takes another month or so for the queasiness to ease up.

6. Increased sensitivity to odors
If you're newly pregnant, it's not uncommon to feel repelled by the smell of a bologna sandwich or cup of coffee and for certain aromas to trigger your gag reflex. Though no one knows for sure, this may be a side effect of rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your system. You may also find that certain foods you used to enjoy are suddenly completely repulsive to you.

5. Abdominal bloating
Hormonal changes in early pregnancy may leave you feeling bloated, similar to the feeling some women have just before their period arrives. That's why your clothes may feel snugger than usual at the waistline, even early on when your uterus is still quite small.

4. Frequent urination
Shortly after you become pregnant, you may find yourself hurrying to the bathroom all the time. Why? Mostly because during pregnancy the amount of blood and other fluids in your body increases, which leads to extra fluid being processed by your kidneys and ending up in your bladder.

This symptom may start as early as six weeks into your first trimester and continue or worsen as your pregnancy progresses and your growing baby exerts more pressure on your bladder.

3. A missed period
If you're usually pretty regular and your period doesn't arrive on time, you'll probably take a pregnancy test long before you notice any of the above symptoms. But if you're not regular or you're not keeping track of your cycle, nausea and breast tenderness and extra trips to the bathroom may signal pregnancy before you realize you didn't get your period.

2. Your basal body temperature stays high
If you've been charting your basal body temperature and you see that your temperature has stayed elevated for 18 days in a row, you're probably pregnant.

And finally...

1. The proof: A positive home pregnancy test
In spite of what you might read on the box, many home pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough to detect most pregnancies until about a week after a missed period. So if you decide to take one earlier than that and get a negative result, try again in a few days.

source: www.babycenter.com/0_pregnancy-symptoms-...nt_1146468.bc?page=1

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Story Of My Horrible Labor And The Happiness of Having Our Baby

Let me recall what happened during my labor! Grrr...

At first, I really insisted to have a vaginal delivery (others call it.. normal birth). I already told about that to my OB. However, there were certain things that I couldn't avoid. If I have known that I will end up C-section in here(Thailand), I would have done it in the Philippines and probably the doctor will encourage me to have it normal birth.

We were disappointed about the hospital package that we signed up for. It was really horrible! They gave us the normal birth package for 18,000 Thai baht (private room/special) But then, a day before my due date, I called up to confirm about the cost of the package which I signed up last year (the very first day I visited the hospital) and they told me that the package was already expired??? so they were saying that it was a promotion only? If I am a moron I would have agreed to what they were saying... I don't believe so! Because if it was a promotion.. the OB must have explained to us (I was with my hubby every check-up, he's been very supportive) that we were signing up for a promotion and that it'll be ended on this day blah,blah,blah right? The OB knew and took note of my due date or else... why was he became a doctor anyway? if he didn't know my due date... RIGHT? and why the hell was he not informed by the hospital that there were changes??? before my due date... I came to see him every week.. DUH?

I came up with this thought:

First, the hospital really have this kind of thing to be able to gain more income because the patients (victims) are not aware that they will be spending too much of what they are thinking (referring to the package they signed up for) Where did I get this information about the packages/prices? It is all there in their hospital leaflet/brochure that they're giving away! And I did not see promotion... if so.. why they did not put the date??? promotion has got a deadline or end of promotion until... when? nothing written in there.

Second, being a foreigner who couldn't be able to speak and understand Thai language... It will be so much hassles to communicate with them despite the fact that they understand but refuse to understand you (laughs). Why did I say so? Look. The OB can speak a little English but he could understand (pretty well, when it comes to package and MONEY, duh!). Otherwise, why was he assigned to me, anyway? This make no sense to me, anyhow but I tried to see the logic why it happened to me. The front desk was saying that my OB then, did not know about the package... I began to raised my eyebrow and asked them as to why did he try to explain the brochure to us last year when he knew that it's not his responsibility to explain the package for he had no knowledge about it? And if so... who was responsible? The front desk who couldn't understand any English, when we came? They gave us the brochure, told us to go at 2nd floor and left us. No explanation about the brochure. Another thing is why did the OB did not refer us to someone who could be able to explain about it?

1. They knew we are foreigners (Filipino and American).
2. They knew that we could not read, understand and speak Thai.
3. They knew that we cannot understand the brochure in Thai.
4. OB knew about my due date, why did he not informed us about changes? We can afford to pay but atleast we have the RIGHT to know what was going on? why do we need to pay extra, etc.? We are paying the bill...so we must know the correct/right amount.

The promo was ended on April 15 and it sucks! They changed the package without informing us ahead. Is it because they knew that I was giving birth or due on the 24th of April?

Third, when I was on labor my gosh.. They just ignored me and said that.. that is normal birth all about... as if I didn't know what it is like.. duh! I was laying on the hospital bed (literally, as in flat!) Nobody was coaching me to labor in a normal way like this picture below.

assisted vaginal birth

It was the thing I was expecting because I had my first born delivered through vaginal birth done by... take note.. just a simple midwife! she's not even famous and her clinic is small, with only two beds. But, my midwife before was very patient and caring. What do I expect, anyway? This is not my country and I am just an expat :(

In short, I had to accept the C-section because I had no choice but to agree :( Because the OB was saying that our baby's head was BIG (he kept saying that since I was 4 months pregnant). If so, then why did he not try to cut something in there so the baby will be able to pass through?

My OB did not do anything he could, instead he left me during my labor and attend to other patients. The other thing is, there was a woman who was doing internal exam (inserting her finger to my vagina and see if how many inches dilated) but she was not helping me to breathe in and out, push or what to do to make it quicker on labor. That was so frustrating! I won't encourage any of my family, relatives and friends to give birth here specially to that hospital and that OB, grrrrr!!!

And because, I was struggling so hard ALL BY MYSELF take note! They told me to go C-section. Of course, the baby's head will be big if I kept on pushing and nobody's assisting me. The air will pass through my vagina and the baby's head will expand (I am not that stupid to figure out why? grrrr!) The OB said that I was only 3-5 centimeters dilated... it is because my legs were not spread wide enough and they didn't help me to do it. They just abandoned me in the hospital bed laying on my back as in flat!

It was only fair enough that they allowed my hubby to be inside the operating room... because I requested and he explained that if something happened to me during the operation, I couldn't be able to understand what was going. In fairness to my hubby, he was and he is so caring, supportive and loving. He told me that the baby was already out, that I need to breathe normally as I could, etc.

So after the operation, they took me to the 6th floor (private room) and my hubby followed our baby to the nursery room.

I stayed in the hospital for 4 days and 3 nights. When we were checking out of the hospital, they told us to pay for the 2,000 baht for the baby's diaper. We were surprised why would it cost a lot to pay for the diaper? We thought it was a "package" means to say that it is over all or total bill for mother and the baby. Again... THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL!!! Grrrrr!!! really HORRIBLE! This hospital is worst than a money making, taxi driver. We were very upset and disappointed again. Then, we said that we were aware of the 30,000 baht for the C-section package but not the 2,000 baht for diapers. They must have explained it correctly why they're charging that to us! Again, when my husband composed himself and accepted to pay the 32,000 baht hospital bill at the cashier, which he thought that it is ALL... The attending nurse came up to us and said, "Let me see the receipt, sir. Oh no, it is wrong because you have no 2,000 baht receipt here, sir.." And my husband turned red in anger. He couldn't say anything at all because he got so mad, which I understand.

I told the nurse that it was not our fault if the cashier did not itemized the things well, if the 30,000 baht charge is separate in one receipt and so with the 2,000 baht (for the baby) because he payed 32,000 baht already in total. We already had the clearance which means to say that we payed the correct amount.

We were angry, disappointed, horrified... BUT we're HAPPY because we could go home. We went to the nursery and gave the clearance stub to the nurse assigned there and they gave us our baby. We went to the front desk and gave the clearance stub, too. Then we went straight HOME with so much gladness.

Home sweet home. It is nice to be back home with our baby Sofia. Giving birth is a nightmare to us both, but having our baby is really rewarding.

As the saying goes, "For every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a BLESSING in each trial. For every problem LIFE sends.."

God bless us ALL! :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Our Baby Sofia Is Here! It is really a GIRL!

It took awhile for me to post this blog because I got so busy with mothering job... I bet you know what I am doing (laughs aloud). Becoming a mother is not new to me, but I need to recall what I did when I was a new mom to my first born. Some of the salient details of being a mother to a newborn baby are still in my mind. On top of that, I have more time to browse and research online, read books, and magazines on baby's development(as whole). Because, the changing earth has something to say about babies and raising kids these days. I will explain this in my next blog (smile).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Labor & Caesarian Operation

I woke up at 6:30 am, I felt so weird that morning because I thought I was hungry. I went to the toilet to pee. I checked out my panty liner if there was bloody show or spotting but there was nothing in there and I wiped my private part with a piece of tissue. I felt hungry, my tummy was burning so I ate spaghetti for breakfast thinking that it was only hunger, but I still feel the pain in my tummy after eating. I went to the toilet again to pee and when I checked my panty liner, I saw something red in there, I wiped it with a piece of tissue and it was really blood. I ignored it, maybe because I was still in denial state. I took a shower and dressed up. I grabbed the bags to get ready and I told my husband that we should go to the hospital, right away because I was feeling something weird. He was watching the football or baseball then. He was getting nervous, I know.

The doctor was expecting us on the 27th of April, Tuesday at 9:00 am for that was really my schedule for check-up. My husband picked that date. When we were in the car, I felt the contractions already but it was every 30 minutes apart. But when we reached the hospital, it became so much painful. We left home at 7:30 am. At 8:00 am, we were at the ER. They were asking so much details and told me to fill out the forms. They informed us that if we wanted to have it caesarian and we insisted that we agreed on the normal birth and the doctor was aware of it. They were explaining that the package was change because the promotion had ended. We needed to speak to three different people to be able to understand what they were saying, goodness gracious… I was in labor!

Then, we were arguing about the hospital packages, they were telling us that there’s another charge of 2,000 baht for baby’s diaper. I just thought: what is he talking about? It was not what we had agreed. We told them to contact my OB so we could understand what was that all about. Why would they tell us these things only now?

The contraction intervals were getting closer and it was becoming painful... VERY, VERY PAINFUL! I couldn't be able to talk because I wanted to SHOUT. But those drama on big screen and on TV that the pregnant women are cursing, saying bad words to the people etc. was really not TRUE. Because I could be able to control not to shout out loud. I was not even blaming my husband why I was feeling the pain (laughs). In fact, I got so mad about the doctor because he left me all alone during my labor! Argh, grrrrr..

At 9:30am, the nurse took me to the other room and told me to undress and put on the patient's uniform. Then, she inserted something like pointed plastic thin tube in my butt/anus and told me to go to the bathroom. It was so hurt that it made me suddenly pooped.

Then, they took me to the labor room and told me to lay down and wait for the doctor. The lady doctor (not my OB) came and inserted her fingers with plastic gloves in my vaginal opening to check if the baby's coming or how many centimeters dilated. She said it was only 3-5 centimeters. After 3 hours, she checked again and nothing happened. At 3:00pm, the doctor told us to decide because the baby's already tired of coming out but couldn't be able to because I was not dilated enough. I asked for a pain reliever but I could still felt a little pain. I was on labor for 9 hours.

I decided to have a caesarian operation because I had no choice, the doctor was going home then and I couldn't be able to bear the pain any longer. They took me to the operating room and injected me in my spine, they called it epidural so that I won't be able to feel the pain (anaesthesia).

I did not feel any pain at all during the operation. However, I only noticed the shortness of breathing like I was running hard and got tired. I asked my husband why I was feeling that way, he said that it was just normal and that I should stay calm and breathe as much as I could. Though, I had an oxygen I could still feel that I was running out of breath.

The operation only took about 30 minutes. They cleaned the baby, etc. They let me see the baby and I kissed her with gladness. After my operation, they told me to sit down, which obviously I couldn't (they're so stupid!). So, they helped me transferred to the hospital bed and took me to my room (6th floor).

On the following day, they were asking me to sit down, again... if I could. I tried but I really couldn't. The feeling was awful like my legs were not there. I felt like my upper half body was separating from the lower half (laughs). It was very painful, after all.

I was motivated to recover and move because I wanted to see and breast fed our baby Sofia at the nursery department (4th floor), on the following day after my operation. Day three, I was able to stand alone, unsupported and was able to manage myself. I went to the nursery room and visited her.

She was the only baby there who was very quiet and she was sleeping a lot, too. On the third day, she tried to hold her head up.

I am so much blessed to have a wonderful family! I love them all.

Monday, April 26, 2010

What To Do When You're Overdue?

It is almost three days past my due date, in short... OVERDUE! For some, they would fear this and it could be annoying for pregnant woman (like me) to hear some words of discouragement from people who do not understand your situation and you, as a person.

I am worried, too. Yes, but I won't let my fears affect me to give birth. Some friends said that most overdue pregnant women lead to C-section and some said that maybe the baby has got problems inside the womb so she couldn't be able to come out on time. Due to my curiosity, I've searched online and found this very interesting ways on what to do or how would you spend your days when you're overdue.

100 Things To Do When You're Overdue

1. Read another pregnancy book.
2. Take a bubble bath.
3. Get a pedicure.
4. Eat something spicy.
5. Talk to an old friend.
6. Learn to time contractions.
7. Pick out a baby book.
8. Go over your list of baby names one more time.
9. Write a birth plan.
10. Change the message on your answering machine to inform callers you're still around.
11. Get your hair done.
12. Get a massage.
13. Go for a bumpy ride.
14. Recalculate your due date.
15. Hang out on the pregnancy forums.
16. Watch reruns on television.
17. Wash all of your baby clothes.
18. Check out a matinee movie, alone or with a friend.
19. Make a rice sock for labor.
20. Try a new recipe for dinner.
21. Pack your birth bag for the hospital or birth center.
22. Look through your pregnancy journal and relive some of the better moments.
23. Buy a new nightgown.
24. Go dancing!
25. Look at some birth announcements.
26. Put the baby's car seat in the car.
27. Go window shopping.
28. Daydream about the baby.
29. Eat something else spicy. Might I recommend Samosas?
30. Buy a nursing bra.
31. If you have older kids, read to them.
32. Shave your legs.
33. Visit someone else with a new baby and practice holding them.
34. Think of goofy answers to the questions about whether or not you're still pregnant.
35. Try a new nail color. Change it again.
36. Call your mom.
37. Sit in your baby's room for a while.
38. Buy a cute baby toy.
39. Get lots of fiber.
40. Put together any unmade furniture.
41. Buy stamps for birth announcements.
42. Work out - go to yoga, aerobics, whatever you like to do.
43. Practice a new position for labor.
44. Walk around the mall.
45. Check to be sure your insurance information is packed in your birth bag.
46. Do you have batteries for your camera?
47. Listen to a favorite album.
48. Buy a pack of diapers.
49. Buy a new toothbrush for the birth.
50. Make a birthday cake.
51. Call your best friend.
52. Play with your pets.
53. Do nothing for a change.
54. Give your husband a back massage. Show him how you like to have your back rubbed.
55. Buy any birthday cards or presents you'll need for the first 6 weeks after your baby is born.
56. Have a smoothie.
57. Recheck your birth bag for the hospital or birth center.
58. Go to a La Leche League meeting or breastfeeding class.
59. Take your husband dancing.
60. Pack some snacks for the hospital or birth center.
61. Make a belly cast of your belly.
62. Buy some sexy underwear, or at least not granny panties, for after the birth ( a couple of weeks).
63. If you have older kids, make I'm a big sister/brother t-shirts for them.
64. Bake a batch of cookies for the doctors and nurses at the hospital or birth center.
65. Go to your last prenatal appointments.
66. Order your favorite pizza for dinner.
67. Have sex! *wink*wink*nudge*nudge*
68. Think about anything but the new baby or labor.
69. Tell your husband how much you love and appreciate him.
70. Make sure you have a long distance phone card for the birth.
71. Have someone inspect your car seat for safety. Try AAA or local car dealer.
72. Get a new scented lotion for labor.
73. Pack a diaper bag.
74. Page your honey to make sure he's paying attention.
75. Bake a casserole to eat after your baby is born.
76. Put your birth bag in the car.
77. Make sure you have some postpartum help lined up.
78. Start a scrapbook for your baby if you haven't already.
79. Call your pediatrician to see if they have a recommended list of first aid items.
80. Look through your old baby books and pictures.
81 Have a lunch date with a friend.
82. Read positive birth stories.
83. Chat with your doula about any last minute worries.
84. Feel your baby's movements. Remember how you waited to feel the first fetal movements?
85. Make a romantic dinner for your honey.
86. Make a list of everything you will miss about being pregnant.
87. Learn to knit baby booties.
88. Ask your mom about your birth.
89. Clean out the refrigerator.
90. Rent a video.
91 Take a practice drive to the hospital.
92. Listen to a book on tape.
93. Read a novel you've been dying to read.
94. Go to work - why not?
95. Think about your postpartum birth control choices.
96. Read a new breastfeeding book.
97. Practice a new relaxation technique.
98. Refold all the baby clothes.
99. Write a letter to your baby telling him or her how much you can't wait to meet them!
100. Make a list of everything you won't miss about being pregnant.

source: about.com

Tomorrow, I will walk all day :D

Friday, April 23, 2010

40th Week Of My Pregnancy: My Due Date is Today!

I am so excited to give birth today... Apparently, it is not time yet for my little one to come out to see the world. The more I am waiting and excited to deliver my baby.. the more that she's not ready to show up (laughs).

Why there are things in life when you have waited long enough for something and yet it won't let it happen the exact time you want it to be? But, if you don't wait for something.. it will just happen unexpectedly~ Hmmm... the way of life!

Anyways, she's gonna come out whenever she's ready and it is not a sin if she won't like to show up on her due date. Just that, every baby will come out sooner or later and mommy like me must relax and wait patiently because the baby will definitely come out very soon :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two Days Before My Due Date

My OB said that my due date will be on the 23rd of April. But my guess is on the 24th, but it doesn't make much difference to me.

On the past few weeks and days, I feel that my feet are swollen and at times are numb. Specially my left foot which is bigger than the other now. My both hands are numb,too. I woke up this morning and felt the numbness of my both left hand and foot.

I tried to take a walk and I got so tired easily. It's difficult to breathe and my body feels so heavy like I am carrying a sack of rice every day.

If I were to describe how I feel now that my due date is coming, here are they:

♥ I walk like a turtle because I couldn't be able to walk as fast as before.

♥ I feel like a pig and a penguin because my body is huge my hips, boobies, thighs, butt, face and tummy are enormous, and making me look funny when I walk.

♥ I walk like a frog because of my big tummy. Must walk feet apart otherwise, my thighs or upper legs are in friction, I tried not to but look what I've got... rashes :(

♥ I feel like a very old granny because I always have a left leg cramps every day and night and feel weak sometimes.

♥ I feel like I always carry a heavy load like a sack of rice when I walk and as a result, I always feel tired easily.

♥ I feel hungry all the time and when I eat...I couldn't get enough to eat a lot! 1 cup of rice is not enough for me. I still have food cravings until now.

♥ I feel like an owl because I am awake at night till 3 or 4 am. But wakes up early at 6 or 7am.

I wish to deliver my little Sofia vaginally because I am pretty much nervous about that CS thing. Still praying hard. Trying to ignore these challenges for the sake of my little angel :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

39th Week of My Pregnancy: Pre Natal Check Up

I didn't expect that today will be my last day of check up with my OB. He told us to go back next week, wtf? My due date is next week on 22nd or 4th of April, already. I thought my doctor would do internal examination (inserting the finger to vagina to measure if the patient is already dilated of certain centimeter/s) on me. But he just did an ultrasound, AGAIN!

In the Philippines, the doctor or midwife will never advice to undergo an ultrasound unless it is necessary and must not be more than once (unless again, necessary) for only two famous reasons which are: to determine the sex of the baby (boy or girl) and the exact position or situation of the baby inside the womb (head down, side ways, breech, cord around the neck). This ultrasound will be advised on the 6th month and/or before the due date. Which simply means not every monthly pre-natal check up which is happening to me. This is freaking me out!

I don't know if my OB is just after his doctor's fee which makes NO SENSE because all he's gonna do is just ultrasound and not elaborating details of what's happening because he's running out of English (He's a Thai).

Just imagine, my last month's check up was March 29 (ultrasound again) and yesterday April 12 (ultrasound still)... My goodness! I wish this ultrasound radiation won't affect my daughter's health otherwise... I'll kill my OB!

My weight is 77.1 kgs.(76.2 kgs. last March 29). The dumbass nurse got my blood pressure right away without telling me to rest a bit because I just arrived. Of course, my blood pressure will go up (what do u expect?). My blood pressure was 122/68.

It really surprised me when the baby's weight increased from 3.23 kgs. to 3.55 kgs. within two weeks. I gained a kilo in two weeks, OMG! :P I'm praying that I won't have to undergo a C-section. Help me God.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Preggy Pictorial @ 38 weeks

This is my sexy preggy pictorial for this super hot summer 2010. Really hot in here, imagine 37 degrees HOT!

I got so really bored so I've made a self photo shoot once again for the sake of ART and for recording purposes. I may not be able to undergo pregnancy after giving birth hehehe who knows... I am getting older and I want this memorable... something to look back :)

These are all edited version because I feel shy somehow to post the original pics so I played around and edited these photos so they will still look wholesome somehow hehehe

38 weeks and 4 days: My Swollen, Ugly Feet and Panic Attack For Caesarian

I was astonished to see my swollen feet like this. Jeeezzz... I haven't cleaned my nails for a long time! Perhaps, I am just lazy to visit the nearest salon here or even too lazy to clean my own nails. Ewww.. really horrible feet!

Seriously, I am panicking right now because I may be able to give birth anytime soon. My due date is fast approaching, is it the reason why my feet looked fat or swollen? I just figured out today, when I talked with my Ninang Mitch (One of my sponsor in my wedding) that our little angel's weight is heavy because she is now 3.28 kilos (as of March 29). She added that, the weight of our baby is actually two months old already. I am panicking now to death! Oh help me God! I don't wanna undergo a caesarian operation... No way please!

She is 7.23 pounds already (3.28 kilos converted to pounds)!!!
My source is http://calculator-converter.com/converter_kilograms_to_pounds_kg_to_lb_calculator_chart_table.php

Goodness gracious! I need a miracle this month. Tomorrow will be my pre-natal check up and I just wish the doctor will never tell me to undergo CS. I hope the baby's weight will not increase anymore. I couldn't be able to sleep because of my fear.

This is the result of my gluttonic behavior in the past huhuhu I should have avoided over eating, laziness, stay away from sweets and cold food. All I have to do now is to pray that everything will be fine, the baby will be delivered safely and that she's healthy. For me, to be able to cope up whatever is necessary for my baby. But still my option would be a normal delivery (vaginal birth).

I just leave it all to God. For He knows what's best for everything. He has got a perfect plan for all mankind. I trust His plan.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

38th Week of My Pregnancy: Panic Buying For Our Little One

We didn't have a chance to buy important things for our Sofia in the past few weeks because we didn't have enough time, was waiting for sale but good quality items for newborn at malls around here, and was finding somewhere else to buy stuff according to my taste and color... :)

This afternoon, we had decided to finally buy other things that our little one needs when she arrive and it will be soon! So went out for panic buying after we had lunch at home. I didn't expect that it is gonna be a lot and it seems we bought the store hahahaha

We went to Ladprao (Bangkok)at Central Mall. This mall will be closed after this month due to renovation/remodelling or widening as evidently, it is really an old mall. So they have sale items on almost anything there up to 90% off! Nice huh? never heard of such thing in my life since I got here in Thailand... Yes, indeed it happens only here. I saw Levi's jeans on sale for 30%.. great! But, it's not my priority right now (laughs).

Last week we bought a stroller and a car seat for our baby at Fashion Island Mall. Not to mention the clothes, I never forget to buy more clothes for her specially if I saw something really nice quality but cheap.

We had finally bought a bassinet and nursing cover which were really difficult to find here nearby. I saw nursing cover at Emporium Mall but it was so expensive but, I couldn't find a bassinet everywhere. Until we came there at Central Mall. The bassinet is 25% off this month and the nursing cover is 50% off. Wow! so nice... But here's more... it was not ended there.. we saw baby's clothes on sale too. I was surprised that my hubby could be able to know which is nice looking and which is not! great! hahaha I teased him that he has got a homosexual side and he smiled at me.

Since, the baby grows fast we have decided to buy big sizes like for 3 to 6 months so she could be able to wear clothes that we bought for a long time.

We did not buy a crib yet, since she won't be using it for now until she reached 6 months. I bought a bassinet so that she can sleep beside me all the time. Moreover, we have no space right now for a crib. Sadly, we still haven't move out yet and we couldn't find a huge place for our family. For the meantime, we will just wait until we move in to a new house.

I am just delighted because my hubby is so supportive and responsible all through out my pregnancy. He would really insist to involve himself whatever issues or anything about our baby. Plus the fact that he doesn't want me to cook because he wants to do it for me. I feel like a princess at home. She would buy me anything I like, any food I am craving at the very moment.

I know he will be a GOOD DAD. And I am very proud of him.

Panic buying was fun because we had a common goal which was to buy things for a little Sofia. We didn't buy something for ourselves because for us, our baby becomes our top priority than our wants.

Monday, March 29, 2010

37th Week of My Pregnancy: 9 month Prenatal Check-Up

I had my nine month prenatal visit to my OBgyn this afternoon. Before, we usually go in the morning but we both decided to be there a little late. We are both feel sleepy and lazy to go early in the morning.

We've waited like forever to be served, there were many patients this afternoon ahead of me. If I am not mistaken, we waited for one and half hour. The nurses got my weight and blood pressure. They told me to get my urine sample, as the usual procedure... My weight is now 76.2 kilos (before was 73.1). I couldn't remember my blood pressure but I am sure I've got low blood pressure this time. It is because of my super late sleep or irregular hours of sleep.

We thought that my last prenatal check up was this afternoon. Apparently, the doctor told us that our last visit to the doctor will be on April 12, a week before my due date.

I've undergone sonogram again (as usual every visit). The doctor said that the baby is doing fine, she is now 3.28 kilos and I may give birth any day soon because the baby is in full term already and she's in head down position which means ready to come out hehehe. Which simply means to say that if she will arrive tomorrow, she will no longer be a premature baby because she reached more than 36 weeks of gestation. But I believe, it is safer if she will be born on her 37 or 38 weeks.

She is very, very, very active inside my womb stretching her body, kicking and moving. She also experience hiccups almost everyday. I noticed that my body is so much heavier now, it is difficult to stand up from sitting position, long hours of walking, and long time sitting. I have difficulty of sleeping, it is not that I am not sleepy because I really am, like right now. But my baby's movement keeps me awake and stay awake though I feel sleepy. I had short naps in the afternoon but that doesn't help. I have 5-6 hours of sleep every morning because I can't sleep at night :D.. I usually go to bed at 3 or 4 am already and wakes up at 8 or 9am. Although, I tried to sleep I still couldn't. Last time, I went to bed at 9pm, but it is still the same because I was able to sleep at 3am.

My husband was thinking of having the baby on the 12th of April, Monday. He would like me to have induce labor on that day because his vacation will be over too soon and he needs to go back to work by the 3rd week of April. He doesn't want to worry about me waiting for him to come home and take me to the hospital. He was thinking to have me induced on my next pre-natal appointment.

I am a little afraid though, but I am constantly praying so I may have strength and take my fears away. "I will be fine... Our little Sofia will be delivered safely and she will be healthy", I told myself.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

36th Week of My Pregnancy

It is 36th week of my pregnancy this week or 9 months but according to what I've searched online and what the doctor has told me, full term pregnancy is at least 40 weeks. Babies who are born on 36 weeks and less have high risks, thus considered as pre-mature. I am praying that my pregnancy would at least be 37 weeks and few days so that our little Sofia will be healthy and will be delivered normal.

So technically, I still have to wait for another 4 weeks or one more month on my due date. I couldn't be able to sleep at night. I usually fall asleep at 3 or 4 am already. During the day, I have short naps but that wouldn't help to rest. Whenever I go to bed early like 9pm, I still feel restless and will be able to sleep late, too. It is because my baby keeps on moving and stretching inside. She has no more enough room in there. Then, I always feel her hiccups everyday. I've searched it online and it is just normal for babies to hiccups because they possibly swallow amniotic fluid and they are practicing their breathing as lungs are already developed.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Preggy Pictorial @ 8 mos and 2 weeks

I woke up one morning and decided to take pictures of me for my 8 mos and 2 weeks pregnancy as souvenir... something to look back after giving birth. My due date is fast approaching and I am getting so excited to hold our little one.

When I took these photos, I literally just woke up! as in... I haven't washed my face, brushed my teeth, combed my hair and ate breakfast yet (laughs)

I don't know, but I was in the mood for preggy pictorial that Friday morning. Yeah.. it was taken last March 12. My sweetheart was not there, he took a walk around for his morning routine exercise. He has no work for it is summer vacation here in Bangkok. I am glad because I will have more time to be with him everyday.

I set up my digicam on self timer mode about 10 seconds to take a shot so I can prepare for my best pose (of course! who wants to look ugly in photos? hahaha)

This is one of my favorite shots. I like it becausse it looks natural, not much effort yet I've captured my right angle and it turned out sexy notwithstanding my weight hehehe. That is why I changed the template of the border and added caption. As a result... Awesome! I chose this as my new profile picture on Facebook :D

These are the pre-natal vitamins I always take every morning. One is multivitamins and the other one is folic acid. I used to take ferrous sulfate and calcium lactate during my first pregnancy... Evidently, my doctor advice me not to take those because each pregnancy is different. Instead of taking calcium lactate medicine, he told me to drink fresh milk and include dairy products in my diet such as cheese, butter/margarine, yogurt, eggs, and a lot more.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

34th Week of My Pregnancy: Discomfort and Challenges

I have a headache today since this morning when I woke up in bed. The last few nights, I could not be able to sleep again not only because our little one is kicking hard from the inside, but because I can feel that my tummy is getting hard every now and then. They call it "contractions". I wonder what is wrong with me. I saw my left foot and I noticed that it was swollen. Although, it's not that serious. Maybe because I stayed all day at home in bed finishing my cross stitch and I did not go out for my walking and stretching exercises. I really got so lazy.

Good thing... my hubby is there for me to prepare food and assist me about my special needs hahaha I am feeling so spoiled when I am with him. He cooks delicious food or sometimes we dine out. He takes good care of me. I don't need to tell him what to do, he has got initiative to do things for me... and I love it! :D

I need his support specially these days that my due date is getting near. I am feeling so many discomforts and challenges like sleeping too late, Braxton Hicks contractions every now and then (tummy's getting hard and a little painful at times or called false labor), headache, toothache, leg cramps, painful back, hips, waist and specially my lower abdomen (puson in tagalog term).

My only consolation is to think that our little one is doing fine, she is very healthy because I am feeling her movements, hiccups and kicks. I am counting a little more weeks and I can carry, kiss and hug our little Sofia.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

33rd Week Of My Pregnancy: Pre-Natal Check Up & Ultra Sound

I had my doctor's appointment last Monday, March 1 and it was a holiday here in Thailand. It was a Makha Bucha Day (Substitute Day). It is nice that my doctor was there as I thought he would spent his one day holiday with his family.

When we got there, it took us an hour to wait for the doctor because he had to attend someone in the operating room. I was afraid, in my mind, it could be a caesarian operation... geeezzz.. I don't like it. I hope I won't be that worst when my time has come.

My husband guessed that I would be 75 kilos more. But to my surprise, I was only 73.3 kilos. I am not sure enough if that is a normal weight for an eight months pregnant. However, if I am overweight, I am pretty sure my doctor would advice me to start dieting (laughs). I am happy he didn't say anything about my weight, I assumed it was a good news for me not to undergo a caesarian soon. I am not alarmed, why should I? Should I be alarmed? No... I am not overweight. When I was at the Thai Immigration last Friday, I saw a weighing scale with a coin slot machine. It only need 1 baht coin to operate. I weighed myself and it turned out that I was 73.9 kilos, that was because I was super full in lunch hehehe.

I handed my USB to the doctor so as to save my sonogram (ultrasound)result there. I should have thought of bringing my USB for my 6 month pregnancy check up but I always, always forgot to take it with me, or too lazy to prepare things in advance... (perhaps).

To be honest, I am not satisfied about the doctor's interpretation/impression on my sonogram because he has limited english vocabulary. I am not saying he couldn't understand and speak english, it's just that he could not interpret it in english perfectly. Like when, I look at the ultrasound (image # 4 while he was explaining it to us, I wasn't convinced that it was a nose or lips because it look like hands and fingers than a nose and lips. I can't see why the nose is far from lips :(

This is one thing I didn't like about my male doctor, the fact that he's not telling all the details about my pregnancy like my water or fluid level is normal, my weight is fine and everything. Perhaps, if I have a female doctor... I wouldn't have any confusions like this. First of all, it is sensitive to discuss that my breasts are itching and I have my milk already, or even ask this: what should I do to prevent myself scratching my itchy boobies? But I am happy when he told me that my placenta is in a normal position, and the baby's head is down in a vertical position. Unlike, the last time we visited that she was in a horizontal position, her head was on my right and feet were on my left.

It is difficult to communicate with Thai doctors here indeed as they have limited english vocabulary but I have got no choice because there are no other doctors there who could speak any better than him. Language barrier is really a big problem. How I wish, we won't deal any problems during my labor and I am keeping my fingers crossed, whew!.

I wish I could ask for more questions but he looks busy all the time that he need to attend to many patients. I started thinking to list down all my questions in my mind so I am ready the next time we visit him. My next and last check up will be on March 29, 2010 and it is also a Monday.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

32nd Week: Buying Clothes and Things For Our Little Sofia

I started buying things for our little one since the first day of February. I am so excited to buy stuff for her, even the expensive ones ;) Which is why I was grounded lately hahahaha

Just few of the things that I bought for my little Sofia. They look simple but they are expensive indeed.

Monday, February 22, 2010

My Sweetheart's New Car

Last February 5 (Friday), my Sweetheart bought a new car so we could use it to take our little one safely to where we wanted, by the time she's born. As well as, to make it easier to move out, as we planned. I had my first ride on the following day and I thought of taking a few pictures of him so I could show them to our little one when she grow up.

He's having a difficult time sometimes because the car's steering wheel is right handed, the streets here are narrows and congested due to frequent traffic jams, nevertheless he's such a careful driver.

We went out to see a movie and shopping afterwards, for our basic necessities which is usually good for the whole week. When we went at Fashion Island Mall, the problem was, the parking lot. It was such a pain the in the ass to park in there it is always full. It took us about 40 minutes to find a parking space available.

The next day, he invited me to see the house he wanted to get for us. It' s a three bedroom and two storey house. We hope to move in there as soon as possible. But, he needs to settle things from work first before we move out. I am happy that he is responsible enough to think of our future.

Before he bought the car, he first ask me if the color of the car seat is okay with me. I thought, he's gonna buy the second hand car but he told me it is wiser to get the new car because it has an insurance and we won't have problems of taking it to the repair shop every now and then because it is brand new. The cost of buying a second hand car is almost as much as having a brand new one.

Every planning or decision he's going to make, he is always sharing it or asking me about my preferences. It is very important in any relationship that the couple has same expectations or aware of their expectations and accepting their differences.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

31st Week of My Pregnancy: Fetal Development

Just thought of sharing this fetal development here so it will give you all future moms out there to imagine how it goes during the 31st week of fetal development and for me to reminisce in the future :D. I subscribed to this website called Triplets Mommy and here's the website below so you can also search for whatever you want about your pregnancy status.


From this week on, your baby will continue to gain around 1/2 pound a week until shortly before birth (even though it may feel like a whole lot more with every step you take). Other highlights this week:

Due to increasing space constraints, your baby's arms and legs stay drawn up close to the body now, known as the fetal position (oh, so that's where that name came from!). Plus, your baby can now process information from all five senses—so she'll be all set to smell the pureed peas, taste them, feel them as she mashes them into her hair, hear you crack up and then see the flash as you grab the camera to snap picture after picture.

By now, your baby's lungs are the only system not fully mature. And by mature, we're not saying that the rest of your baby's systems are mature enough to be out past 10 PM with the neighborhood hooligan, just that her lungs need a little bit more time to bake before they can kick it in the outside world.

Your baby weighs about 3½ pounds and measures a little over 16 inches, about the same length as that miniskirt you used to wear (and will again someday!).

Your Body In Week 31

Your abdomen may be aching as it swells and your rib cage and pelvis may be sore as the baby gets bigger and fills up all the space you have available. It’s a wonderful thing that your baby is growing so well, but it may not feel that way. You will find yourself with lots of aches and pains from the pressure and the decreased amount of room in your abdomen. The pains most frequently experienced are pelvic and back pain. This would be a great time to ask your partner for a back rub or to invest in a heating pad. Also, don’t forget that maintaining good posture, taking exercise and gentle stretching can help, too.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Experience

* Breast Changes: tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
* Frequent Urination
* Constipation
* Heartburn or Indigestion
* Headaches
* Stretch Marks
* Itching
* Round Ligament Pain
* Hemorrhoids

source: http://tripletsmommy.com/week-31-third-trimester-week-by-week-pregnancy-calendar

Thursday, February 18, 2010

31st Week of My Pregnancy: Activities &Toothache + Headache

I have been so busy lately that I couldn't find time to sit down and do my pending blogs for the past days and weeks. I have five (5) blogs in this account, but I've got no time in the past because of my other commitments. Yeah~ doing household chores and attending to my husband's needs, my other recreational activities (cross stitching, knitting and baby scrap book making), my travels and meeting with my friends.

One of my accomplishments this month would be the baby book of our little Sofia. It was already finished but my only problem is the printer. I am thinking of buying one but it is not wise to do so because I only need it for the baby book and nothing else. My husband promise me that he will borrow his friend's HP printer & scanner in one but it seems that the owner needs his printer these days to do his final examinations in his class. I have no choice but to print it outside, it will only cost me 10.00 baht per page. I'll start printing next week to get it done, finally.

It's my 31st week of my pregnancy this week and I am getting excited as next week will be 32nd week already which means to say that I am on my eight months and one month to go to finally be with my little darling Sofia. Time really flies so fast, I couldn't imagine that next week will be the last week of February and here comes March... then... April and the big day for our little one!

From last week until now, I have been experiencing toothache in my lower left first molar. I guess it is because my tooth filling has already a small hole that is why it is sensitive whenever I lay down, drink cold water, eat something or even breathe. I found out through my research on the internet that toothache is one of the many discomforts during pregnancy because the baby inside me is taking so much of my calcium, though, I drink soya or strawberry milk everyday. Sometimes it bothers me but sometimes it don't. If it hurts, I just couldn't bear it but sleep a little while then when I wake up it's gone.

My husband said, he researched online that the basic remedy for toothache during pregnancy would be warm water with dissolved salt or saltine water, to gargle like mouth wash. I did it once and it was really effective. My tooth only hurt like every other day and it is mild because it will only hurt about 3-5 minutes and will be gone. If it's getting worse then, I will just take a nap. I used to put toothpaste around or on the affected tooth after I brushed my teeth and gargle mouthwash. I felt relieved afterwards.

If this continues to hurt like everyday and I couldn't be able to sleep, I might see a dentist. But I am afraid because I am pregnant and i don't like to take any medicines except for my pre-natal multivitamins which is very essential to my body.

This past two weeks until now, my little one is getting more and more active. I can feel her kicks and movements in my tummy. There are times, she is quiet and doing nothing. But there are times that she doesn't seems to stop moving and kicking me. My tummy is harder than before. When I am laying on my back, I could hardly breathe. But if I lay on my right or left side, the baby is moving and kicking me. For the past three or four days I was able to sleep calmly, maybe because I did some walking exercises and outdoor activities which made my little Sofia fell asleep and stay calm... lols

Today, I have a slight headache and mild toothache. But, these won't bother me thinking of taking paracetamol or any pain reliever because I won't take risk of making my little Sofia's health go bad when she will be born. I want her to become normal and healthy baby. Nothing else matter to me. Not even my toothache and headache :D

What To Buy For A New Born Baby?

I've looked at online and at the mall about the necessary things to buy for our little Sofia. Here's what I've got (list below):

Baby's Nursery
* Crib sets
* Crib mattresses
* Bassinets
* Cradles
* Bumpers
* Sleepers
* Nursery decor
* Dressers
* Small lamp or Nightlight
* Rockers

* Crib bedding
* Crib sheets
* Receiving blankets
* Mattress pads
* Waterproof liners
* Baby blankets

* One-piece outfits
* One-piece pajamas
* Sock and booties
* Mittens
* Fleece outfits
* Sweater or Jacket (for winter)
* Bonnet or Cap (for summer)

* Cloth diapers
* Disposable diapers
* Wipes
* Washcloth's
* Diaper powder
* Sealable trash can

* Baby bottles
* Nipples
* Bottle liners
* Bottle brush
* Bottle rack
* Baby bibs
* Teethers
* Breast pump
* Breast milk storage bags
* Breast pads
* Pacifiers
* Highchair
* Cream for nipples
* Nursing pillow
* Nursing bras

Baby Bathing and Health
* Soaps & Lotions
* No-Tears shampoo
* Newborn tub
* Baby oil
* Hooded towels
* Ointment
* Thermometer
* Petroleum jelly
* Sterile cotton balls
* Baby powder
* Washcloths
* Baby nail scissors
* Baby nail clippers
* Liquid aspirin
* Baby brush
* Nasal aspirator

* Car seat
* Stroller
* Baby monitor
* Smoke alarm
* Toys
* Dreft laundry soap
* Books on parenting

This will serve as my checklist now.

source: http://www.babynamestats.com/newborn_baby_checklist.html

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Getting Ready: Things I Need To Bring To The Hospital

I remember this famous song, goes: ~And now... the end is near... and so I face... the final curtain... (laughs) as it is getting really near to my due date, next week will be the last week of February already. What comes to my mind when I'm writing this? The list of things that I need to bring to do hospital when the right time comes. I will stay there for three days and two nights.

Check out the list below:

1. For my oral hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, gums or mints for bad breath)
2. Alcohol or hand sanitizer
3. Underwear (3-5 panties & 2 maternity bras-I know when giving birth,they will ask you to take off the bra and panty, lols)
4. Breast pads
5. Sanitary napkins or adult diapers (after birth, I'm pretty sure I will have my heavy flow)
6. Deodorant and Lotion
7. Snacks to keep my energy up
8. Socks and slippers
9. Clothes to wear in the hospital and when checking out
10.Reading materials (magazine, pocket book, etc)
11. MP3 player to be able to relax
12.Digital camera
14.Pre-natal medical record
15. Breastfeeding privacy cloth (this is used when you don't want others look at you while your breastfeeding your baby)
16. Tissue
17. Bottle of water

Things that our baby Sofia needs:

1. mittens and socks
2. receiving blanket with hood
3. shirt
4. pants
5. diapers
6. baby wipes
7. cloth diaper
8. Bib

I still have some things on my mind, but for now... these are on my list. I may just add up later, if I already remember other essential things to include here.

I started buying baby's clothes and things she will be needing, since the first week of February. My husband bought a new car already so that little Sofia can safely travel with us, without any hassles at all. This week's agenda is to buy her a stroller, breast feeding privacy cloth and crib.

Next week, hopefully, we could be able to settle things for our new home. We will be moving to a bigger space because we are going to have a baby too soon. My husband and I already looked at the 3 bedrooms apartment near the Fashion Island mall here in Bangkok (still). I really hope by the first week of March we already have the new house so we could buy more stuff for the baby. At present, there's no enough room for those. I'll just crossed my fingers so it will be done.

Monday, February 15, 2010

7 Months Preggy Photos Part 2

These photos were all taken last Saturday, February 13. It was a day before Valentines day and the celebration of Chinese New Year in Siam Paragon Mall, Bangkok City. I was with my two friends: Harley and Angie. It was our first meeting but we had a good time. I met them through the Siam Pinoy website, it is a social networking site for Filipinos or (OFWs) working and living in Thailand.

The rose was given to me by a close friend of mine in College named Eds. We've met early in the morning that day to watch the movie "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" @ The Emporium Mall, Bangkok.

As though I am not 7 months pregnant here in this photo :)

I was showing off my big tummy here. Next to me is Harley.

The Dragon dancer with Angie and me

I was feeling good to strike a pose here :)

Again, with Harley and my big tummy :D

The dragon made up of balloons was behind me, what a nice background :)

Then, I was bitten by the dragon, OUCH!!! hahaha

It was a very tiring day, last Saturday because I almost got home past ten in the evening. Good thing, my husband was not there waiting on me geeezzz. That was my first girls' night out, since I've been here in Bangkok. And, I must say... it was successful! Thanks to both of you, Harley and Angie! :D
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