All posts tagged: Pregnancy

It’s a Bump!

It’s been five months since my maternity shoot. Taglet is now four-months-old and I am posting this just now. Because life happened and I wasn’t able to write a lot. Haha! Anyway, this was shot by my good friend and Taglet’s ninang, Ria Bantugan of Graceworks Photography. Another friend, Mek Loo, did my amazing day make up. Looking at these pictures, I never thought that I was that big. Like really, really big! My stomach was huuuuge! And my nose? Humungous! Why did I do this? Simple. I wanted to love my body while it is so big and full of stretch marks because I am carrying a wonderful gift inside me. I sometimes rub my belly and miss the big bulge that I carry around. But don’t get me wrong, I love every single day spent with my son. This was shot in The Columns Legaspi Village where we stayed for a while during my pregnancy. Anyway, here are some of the photos! If you want to get any of Ria or Mek’s service, …

How I Met My Taglet

It’s been almost a month since I gave birth. Yes, the Taglet is here! After nine long months, our bundle of joy is finally here! Let me tell you the story of how I met him. It was September 23, my 39th week of pregnancy, and I went to Dr. Chie for my¬†regular check up. She did the routine dilation check. During my 38th week, I was already 2cm dilated. I was 3cm dilated at 39 weeks. She told my husband to pack our hospital bags, go to Medical Center Manila and have me admitted while I was on the toilet.

On Pregnancy and Fatherhood

“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” (Col 3:19, NIV) Photo from http://www.alaska-in-pictures.com/ This passage has never been so crucial than during my wife’s pregnancy. I am not perfect, and there would be times that I need to remind myself of this passage. To be honest, the pregnancy wasn’t easy for me, and especially for her, but in the end, we both know it would be soooo worth it. Thirty-two (32) weeks and counting. Around 6-8 weeks to go. Time does fly, but now Taglet’s birthday seem so far away. Of course we’re both excited, and I’m pretty sure, both afraid as well. Afraid that we’ll screw up one way or another, or afraid that we’re not actually “ready” by today’s standards. Yet I know Joy and I will always have each other, together with God, in this journey of parenthood. Isaac Joseph, we are not perfect parents. We don’t promise to be, but what we promise is that we’ll do our very best to bring you up in this world. We …

An Open Letter to Isaac

Dear Isaac,  I do not know how to start this letter. I am staring at my moving stomach and about to cry again. You always make me cry, but in a good way.  Long time ago, long before I even met your Tatay, I thought to myself that I don’t want to have kids. I tend to gain so much weight, so I thought being pregnant is such a bad idea. If you look at me now, anak, I am 72 kilograms. That’s waaaay heavier than my 55 kilogram self when your Tatay met me. A few months before I met your Tatay, I was 25 and been single for a while, I told my mother, your Lola Fe, that maybe I should just adopt. I was starting to worry about myself. I was starting to think that maybe I will never get married because being young, pretty, and single for three years was not a good sign. Your Lola of course told me that it was a crazy idea. Sayang daw ang magandang genes. Aba’t anong klase, ano? …

My Sweet Road to Normal Blood Sugar

I know this isn’t as interesting as it sounds. But believe me, to us pregnant women, high sugar levels in the blood or gestational diabetes is a big deal.  Photo from http://www.health-sourcing.com/. According to my OB, Dr. Barrameda, high sugar levels in pregnant women can cause congenital diseases to babies. Upon knowing that my family has a history of diabetes, she went crazy on monitoring my sugar levels.  Before I tell you my ‘sweet story’, let me give you an overview of some technical terms that I used to not understand, too. Hehe.  OGTT – The oral glucose tolerance test measures the body’s ability to use a type of sugar, called glucose, that is the body’s main source of energy. An OGTT can be used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes. An OGTT is most commonly done to check for diabetes that occurs with pregnancy (gestational diabetes). – source: WebMD So when doing the OGTT, the OB will either order 100g or 75g of glucose that you will take. During the first two tests, I was ordered to …

Bucketlist #10: Baby Bump x Bikini

The other day, my mother called me to ask about the picture I posted when Jeff and I went to Calatagan for our anniversary trip. She’s pertaining to my bikini photo while showing my baby bump. ‘Ano ba yung pinost mo, anak? Binibigyan mo ata ako ng kahihiyan?’, and she went on laughing for a good few seconds. Oh, my mother! On our second day at the beach, I asked Jeff to take a picture of me and my baby bump wearing my bikini. I was on my sixteenth week at that time and was starting to show. I told my mother that I will flaunt my skin for as long as it doesn’t look ugly. I also told her that I think it’s sexy to be pregnant. I don’t mind showing off my bump. The fact that it took us a while to get pregnant makes me more proud to show it off. On my seventh or eighth month, I’m gonna do a baby bump shoot with my friend, Ria. I’m sure it’s gonna be …