JD’s Dedication Day

  • Being a FTM is really exciting. After D (delivery) day, you’ll always look forward to what will happen next. From your baby’s first smile, first laugh, first everything. But one of the biggest events that I’m truly thrilled about is JD’s Dedication to the Lord. We are born-again Christians so we’re allowed not to held the “dedicating ceremony” in a church. For that reason, we tried to look for a venue that is spacious enough for the short program and at the same time share something to eat. I do not plan to held an event like this at home because 1. I don’t want to bother other people in preparing for the food, setting up of chairs and tables and decorations and 2. I’m not a fan of cleaning the after mess, lol! To tell the truth, we were in rush when we prepared for this event. A week before the event, my grandmom was hospitalized and admitted in the ICU. 3 days before the event, she went home with the Lord already. I asked my mom if we need to reschedule it but as per her brother, my uncle, pastor who will dedicate JD, told us that it was fine to push through with it because it is a celebration of life. All invitations were distributed so I really can’t cancel or resched it. Good thing I have a very supportive family and relatives. Going back to the preparation, below are the things that we needed:

Budget. We really would want to stick to a 30k pesos budget. This was the most important thing. This is really hard because we both have a huge family.

Caterer. I immediately contacted our caterer from our wedding. They gave us a discount already but considering that we still have to pay for the event’s place, I doubted if we can stick within our budget. Hence, I looked for a venue with a budget of 3-5k pesos to afford the caterer. To my dismay, there’s no such place with a price like that nowadays. I’m lost from here and I don’t know what to do but to stretch our budget to 35-40k pesos.

Venue. Since we can’t find a place that is within our budget, Jek thought of the cafΓ©/resto just above the office where he worked before. His previous boss is also our ninong in our wedding. We thought we can have a discount. We hurriedly went to Beans and Leaves in their branch in Guiguinto. We went there with my mom because we planned to also dine in there so we could taste the food. However, they serve different dishes for their daily menu and occassion/event menu. After checking the place out, they invited us to come over to the next event that they will cater for us to taste their food. My mom agreed that she will be the one to attend because we’re unable to do so because of Jek’s work schedule. As per my mom’s approval upon having a taste of some of their food, we immediately booked them as event’s place and also the caterer. Below are our deals that made us say yes:

  • Free use of venue for 4 hours.
  • Menu consisting of 4 viands, 1 pasta, steamed rice, desserts and drinks. Mind you, this is a buffet / eat all you can style.
  • Free basic set-up according to color motif.
  • Basic sound system.
  • LCD TV with USB port if you have AVP to be played.

    Prices vary depending on the package you will avail. You will be billed as to how many guests attended per plate. We got the 229/head for adults and 99/head for kids 7 years old and below.

    Buffet Table

    Guests. We reserved for 100 guests. Upon payment, there are still 17 plates left out of 100 that we reserved so we have the chance to take home the left overs, except the drinks. To total, we paid only Php22,900 for the venue and food for 100pax.
    Invitations. To save, Jek made the layout for the invitations and have them printed out. So this one is free.

    Invitation

    Souvenirs and Giveaways. We just ordered cupcakes from our good friend Koni of Cerahlicious Sweet Treats as giveaway to JD’s godparents. A box of 6 cupcakes costs Php140/box (discounted). We ordered 16 boxes that costs Php2,240. For the guests’ souvenirs, we made-to-order ref magnets to my cousin Ate Rizzel and Kuya Pau of 7 Folds Printing. We ordered 50pcs for Php15 each totalling to Php750 which they ended up giving it for free as gift for JD. Yey! Thanks guys.
    Cake. We just wanted to have a customized cake so we also ordered a customized one from Koni. I don’t know how to explain it but the cake was sooooo perfect! From its look, size, quality, taste, everything is so perfect, beyond my expectation. I forgot about its size but it is really purely cake even on the inside and it was heavy and thick. For just Php2,500, its really worth every bite. I highly recommend Koni’s creations.

    Tarpaulin. Jek also made the layout so we just looked for tarpaulin printing shop. We found one in Bocaue. If I’m not mistaken, the size is 5×5 for just Php370.

    OOTD. Ofcourse we needed some cute outfit especially for JD. I don’t want it to be the normal “baptismal outfit”. I want it to be unique so I looked online and found Luna Belle’s Facebook. She customized baby clothes and costumes. I made to order a cute bloomer with suspender, necktie and bow tie with the print design I wanted for Php450

    Didn’t let JD wear the bow tie because it’s too tight.

    Candles. I forgot much much was the cost but definitely under P100 including the ribbon. The big candle was recycled from our wedding.

    Photo booth. We are so blessed for having Ninong Kerwin, Jek’s cousin. He is a photographer as profession and owns and operates a photobooth. We are so thrilled that he offered his service for free. Thanks Ninong Kerwin for the unlimited shots and print outs.


    REVIEWS: 

    Beans and Leaves CafΓ©. The food was superb! We chose creamy vegetables, fish fillet, menudo, kare-kare, carbonara and brought lechon (gifted by my FIL and MIL) from outside. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked. Good thing they didn’t charged us corkage fee for bringing in the lechon and also the watermelon. As for the drinks, we chose gulaman and it was so refreshing. Water was also available. For the dessert, we chose graham balls and coffee jelly. I haven’t got the chance to taste the coffee jelly though but the graham balls are so yummy. The service was good. One of the things we want about them is that it was not a “tong buffet”. You can have whatever you one from the buffet as much as you want. No limits. The staff was already friendly especially Sir Carlo. They were all very accommodating and easy to talk to.

    FB page – Beans and Leaves

    *They have 3 branches in Bulacan. Balagtas, Sta. Maria and Guiguinto. Guiguinto is the largest and spacious for events.

    Photobooth. We really love pictures. Especially when they are printed out already. Photo booths are the best for any occasion. We love Kerwin’s photo booth because 1. It’s free. Who doesn’t want free stuffs? 2. Personalized backdrop using chroma. 3. You can request reprints. 4. Lots of props to be used. 5. High quality camera and equipments. 6. Very friendly operator. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    FB page – Kerwin Photography

    *They also conduct Basic Photography tutorial from time to time.

    Cakes. The best! Koni made all my requests possible plus the taste was so yummy and mouth watering. Bonus, very huge and thick cake. I’mso in love with her chocolate cake. It was moist in the inside and the fondant was perfectly done.

    FB page – Cerahlicious Sweet Treats

    *You may have your cake customized or just indulge in readily available pastries once in a while.
    I’d like to thank the Lord for all the blessings the He has given us. For a wonderful child, JD. We owe everything to You and we dedicate JD’s life to You only. Also, to our families especially to my family and relatives. You still came and supported us even though we are grieving for Nanay’s loss. To Papa Jun, the pastor, for officiating the dedication. To Jek’s family. To all JD’s godparents, thank you for giving your time to attend. To our friends, neighbors and everybody who came, thank you for the time and gifts as well. To Beans and Leaves, thank you very much especially Sir Carlo and Ms. Lyn. To Koni, muffin, thanks for the cakes and also for Jek’s bday cake. To Kerwin, thank you for your generosity for the photo booth. Ate Rizzel and Kuya Pau for the souvenirs. To Luna Belle on FB for JD’s OOTD, thanks for the cute outfit. To Joshua for the pictures, thank you so much! We are so grateful for everything. Thank you for sharing your precious time with us. God bless you all.

    Our Daily Routine – Breastfeeding Mom, Infant + Pet Dog + 2 Puppies

    I have sooooooo much things and ideas in my mind for my blog, vlog and even just simple house chores. However, nothing is close to possible doing everything if you are a mom of an infant especially if you are still breastfeeding your little one. Writing this blog while nursing JD is such a bonus. I can’t do any thing because all we do is nurse, latch, nurse, latch and so on. Even when he’s asleep, he didn’t want to let go of the boobies. Others say they’re waiting for their kids to sleep so that they can do something but it’s the other way around for me. I can’t do anything while he’s asleep because he don’t want to depart from the boobies. I can actually do some work while he’s awake because I can either put him in his crib or let him play on the bed (with lots of pillows on the side so he won’t fall down). However, I must be really quick because he easily gets bored. Ending, still no chores done.

    Below is a timeline of what we typically do on a daily basis:

    7:30 AM – cries from sleep. Sometimes, nursing is the answer but often, he just want to be rocked/cradled again then falls back to sleep. Plus, nurse again.

    8:00 – 10:00 AM – this consists of nursing every 30mins and/or rocking and cradling again. It’s still morning yet I’m already physically tired.

    10:00 AM – this is the time when he usually wakes up.

    10:00 – 10:15 AM – play a little.

    10:15 – 10:30 AM – make bed, eat my breakfast, feed the dogs, wash dishes (depends), heat up water for JD’s bath time. Yup, you have to be really quick!

    10:30 – 12:00 NN – bath time, play time, messing around time, make bed.

    12:00 – 1:00 PM – he’s usually sleepy around this time. Either rocking or nursing will put him to sleep.

    2:00 PM – awaken again from his first nap.

    2:00 – 2:30 PM – a little play time, eat my lunch, feed the dogs, wash dishes.

    2:30 – 5:00 PM – play time, messing around time. Sometimes this is the time when I can sweep the floor or anything else but this should be done in less than 5mins, make bed.

    5:00 – 5:15 PM – we go out to the veranda so we can watch neighbor kids play around and also the birds, trees, clouds, dogs, etc.

    5:15 – 7:00 PM – he’s usually sleepy around this time. Either rocking or nursing will put him to sleep. I have to squeeze in my bath time here.

    7:00 – 7:30 PM – 2nd nap.

    7:30 – 8:30 PM – play time, waiting for Jek to arrive from work.

    8:30 – 10:00 PM – eat dinner, feed dogs, finally have some me-time (about 10mins), make bed.

    10:00 – 11:00 PM – he’s sleepy already and want to always cling to me.

    11:00 PM – next day – consists of sleeping, nursing, crying, rocking/cradling, nursing, nursing, sleep and so on.

    Listing this down is really exhausting already to me. I can’t do pretty much anything else aside from nursing. That’s what I do best. You can easily say, “manage your time” or “you have to multitask”. Yes, I know, and I’m already doing it. I tried my best. It’s just really hard to do since we are exclusively breastfeeding. JD nurses every 30mins to 1 hour interval. He’s so clingy to me. Plus, I don’t want to leave him alone for a long period of time just to make sure that the house is clean or the dishes were cleaned or I already ate. No, that’s just not my priority. Having an exclusively breastfed infant is already time-consuming and I won’t complain. I know this too shall pass. I won’t be breastfeeding forever. This is just for a few more months/years. It will be beneficial to the both of us in the long run.

    If someone will see how messy/cluttered our place is, others will be easy to judge that I’m not cleaning the house or I’m just a mess. If you ever exclusively breastfed plus you’re left alone with an infant, a dog and 2 puppies, then I’ll accept your comment. But if not, well, I have nothing to say. To me, I really hate untidy places. My husband knows this. I always nag at him if there is a tiny bit of a mess. I want everything to be clean and organize. Now is just the opposite. I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t do everything on my own. I have to look after my little one first. I’d like to thank my husband for being so supportive in our breastfeeding journey and for being a good husband. He do the laundry, he cooks for me, he prepares JD’s food, he wash JD’s cloth diapers, he cleans the mess of our dogs, he plays with our baby, he wakes up in the middle of the night if he hears JD cry (and cradle him), he just loves us always. Remember, this too shall pass. 😊😊😊

    Our Hospital Bag Checklist

    Photo not mine. CTTO.

    Hi guys! This is long over due but it’s never too late. Hopefully I still remembered everything, haha. I know there are lots of expecting moms out there who are still clueless on what to bring to the hospital.
    PS: I’m a FTM and not expert or whatsoever. This is based on my own personal experience.

    On my last part of my pregnancy, about 7th month, I started googling and asking my sisters on what to bring to the hospital. I was taught to start packing early so that when the day comes, we’ll just bring our bags and go straight to the hospital. 

    Here are what’s inside baby’s bag:

    Baby bag – My sister gifted us a baby bag and I just fill it up. 

    Tie-side shirts and pajamas– First of, the very famous tie-side shirts. Upon my reaserch, they included a long-sleeved one but I preferred to use just the short-sleeved because having a tiny baby with still soft bones, it’s very difficult to put on a long-sleeved shirt. We just stayed in the hospital for about 30 hours so we just need 3 tie-side shirts and 3 pajamas.

    *I brought a onesie that baby should wear upon delivery but the hospital didn’t allow them. They preferred the easy-to-wear tie-sides and pajamas.

    Bonnet, Mittens, Booties– You should need about 3 depending on your stay but 3 should be enough. It’s easier for me to use the tie ones instead of the garterized mittens and booties. It’s a hassle to tie, yes, but garterized ones were easily taken off everytime.

    Receiving blanket/Swaddle – 2 should be enough. 1 will be given to the nurse to cover baby and the other 1 is just extra incase baby spits up on it. I preferred the ones with hood because it might be cold for baby once outside.

    *Just always look after your baby, the hood might be too big and may cover the baby’s face. This too is also applicable with bonnets.

    Baby blanket without hood – 2 is enough. This one is like a mattress (sapin) for baby. You don’t want your baby to be lying on the bed “unprotected”. 

    Blanket (kumot) – Others don’t recommend this because it might cause suffocation. But it’s a mother’s instinct and you have to look after your baby. We use blanket just below his tummy to avoid suffocation. 

    Baby Wipes – Just a pack of about 80 pulls is enough. Your baby will poop almost every time so you’ll need this.

    Bib/Burp Cloth/Lampin – whichever you prefer to with your baby when he spits up.

    Diapers (Disposable or Washable) – I bought some cloth diapers to use for my baby however I was also told that the baby poops a million times in a day so I ended up buying disposables. We used Huggies and it’s really a good one. No rashes, no leaks.

    Changing Mattress – just 1. Used for changing diapers so that the bedsheet won’t be soiled.

    Baby Wash – bring a small bottle for baby’s first bath. The nurses will do it for you for the first time. We used Lactacyd Baby.

    70% Alcohol for cleaning your baby’s belly button until it fell off and for sanitizing your wands first before you hold the baby.

    I brought some feeding bottles (Avent Natural) but we didn’t used it because I wanted to exclusively breastfeed my baby which I still do up until now for nearly 6 months as of writing.

    —Also brought baby oil but tend not to use it because it is better not to give anything like powder, lotion, oil, etc for babies below 1 year old. I read this online and also advised by the pedia afterwards.

    *Separate 1 tie-side shirt, pajamas, bonnet, pair of mittens, pair of booties, blanket/swaddle, diaper, baby wash to give to the nurse for baby to wear.
    For mommy’s bag:

    2 sets of clothes – consisting of pajamas and loose shirt that you can easily breastfeed in to. You may also want maternity or nursing shirts.

    A pair of socks – it might be cold in the hospital. You will be needing this after the delivery.

    Undies – bring as much panties as you want. My water bag broke when I was on labor so bringing extra panties is very much needed. Also, you will discharge lots of blood after the delivery. For bra, I just brought I nursing bra for going home. 

    Towel and toiletries – if you wish to take a bath. I didn’t took a bath yet in the hospital because I was too sore down there and also on my whole body. I bathe after a day at home with warm water. Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste,deodorant. 

    Betadine – the once meant for wounds. I dilute it in warm water to wash my pempem. However, my OB told me that normal room temperature water is okay rather than hot water because hot water might weaken the “thread” used to stitch you.

    Kikay/ cosmetic kit – bring whatever you might need for taking pictures when you have a visitor. 

    Maternity pads / Adult diapers – you’ll be bleeding a lot after the delivery. Others don’t want to use diaper because it’s too bulky and may give a hot feeling but I preferred it because it catches more bloody discharge rather than the pads.

    Bed pad – some hospitals provided this one but our hospital asked us to buy some of this.

    Nursing / Breast Pads – you might leak if your milk comes in already. This will be very helpful. Trust me. Disposable and washable are available in the market whichever you prefer.

    Pillow and Blanket – you might need extra pillow and blanket for your companion. The hospital I gave birth in, provided an new pillow that you can take home.

    Going home clothes – wear comfy dress that you can easily pull out your breasts if you intend to breastfeed. Avoid jeans. It might hurt down there. πŸ˜€

    Extras:

    Snacks – You might want to stock up some food to bring so that you and your partner can munch on something even in the middle of the night after the delivery.

    Drinking water – you’ll need lots of this because you’ll be very thirsty after the long and dreadful labor and delivery.

    Phone/Camera/Gadgets – these will help you pass out time while waiting for ‘the moment’. You can ask a nurse to capture videos or photos of you and baby while inside the delivery room. Don’t forget the chargers.

    Hair ties – if you have medium to long hair, you’ll need this for comfort. It might get hot while you’re in labor. However, when I entered the delivery room, they took it away from my hair and handed it to my sister.

    Documents – SSS, Philhealth, Health Card, etc. You need to ask your companion to hand these over to the hospital staff.

    Cash/Card – no need for explanation 😁

    Name Card – provide a small piece of card or paper and write down the name of your baby on it. You might still be sleeping or groggy when the nurse will ask you this or you partner would still be at panic mode 😁. Better write it down to avoid mispelled names.

    Hopefully this list would help you out to avoid over packing and under packing. I guess I covered almost everything here, lol. Good luck on your labor and delivery. Have a safe one. πŸ˜‰

    Hugot Sizzling Hub

    Mga beshies, Tagalog blog para intense!

    Inaalay ko ang blog na ito sa minamahal kong kaibigan na si Aiko Lee na pagkahaba-haba at pagkalalim-lalim ng hugot.

    Nagpunta kami dito nung March pa. Sorry mga bes, busy sa junakis ang lola nyo. Wala na nga akong oras para maligo, magblog pa kaya? 😁😁 Enihaw, galing kami sa lamay ng kapatid ng tropa namin sa Marilao. Pauwi na kami at nagiisip ng makakainan dahil halos dumugo na ang mga tyan namin dahil sa gutom. Gaya ng masalimuot na lab story ng kaibigan kong sobrang nakakadugo ng puso. Naalala ko na gusto ko nga palang kumain sa Hugot Sizzling Hub na matagal ko ng nadadaan daanan. Matatagpuan ito sa 3rd floor ng St. Anne’s Building sa Balagtas, Bulacan sa tapat lang ng palengke at sa taas ng KFC. May parking space naman kaya lang kung madaming kumakain sa KFC, siguradong wala ka ng mapaparkan. May mga bata naman doon na tutulong sayo na magpark kaya wag kang magalala. Tutulungan ka nila hanggang sa OK ka na sa dispusisyon mo. Parang yung kaibigan ko, talagang tinutulungan pa nya maging OK ang kanyang dating iniibig (o hanggang ngayon pa). Move on na day! Ayun na nga, pagakyat mo ng medyo nakakapagod na hagdan, bubungad na sayo yung Hugot. Maliit lang yung lugar pero maayos at nakakaaliw yung mga nakapaskil sa dingding. Pero dahil gutom na nga kami, agad kaming umorder para makalamon na. Akala naming mabilis lang kaming makakapili ng mga putahe, mahirap pala. Mas gugustuhin mo muna kasing basahin yung menu.

    Oh diba? Malilibang ka muna bago ka makaorder. OK naman yung menu nila, madaming pagpipilian. Pero sa mga drinks, hindi lahat available. Ewan ko lang kung dahil pasara na nung pumunta kami kaya naubos na siguro yung gusto ko. Mabilis din naman dumating yung mga order namin. At eto na nga sila..

    #LettingGo Pasta Carbora. Ang sarap nito promise. Kasing sarap ng dating pagmamahalan ng mga kaibigan ko. Tamang tama ang timpla, may crunch pa. Ang kasamang toasted bread ay masarap din. Parang may butter at garlic yata kung di ako nagkakamali. Pasensya na nakalimutan ko na. Mabilis akong makalimot di tulad ng kaibigan ko na hindi pa din makalimot sa past nya.

    #Tinadhanang Pork Sisig. Sorry Hugot pero di namin to bet. Nakalimutan ko na yung lasa basta hindi ko bet. May matitigas na parts. Kasing tigas ng puso ng kaibigan ko. πŸ˜–πŸ˜–

    #MahalagaKa Tofu Con Liempo. Ay winner to! Bet na bet mga besh! Pagkasarap.. Di ko maexplain. Basta masarap. May anghang din. Gaya ng nagaanghangang masasakit na salita na nasambit ng mga kaibigan ko. πŸ˜”

    #BurningForYou Choco Hot Fudge in Pabida at Cucumber Juice. Sa kaibigan ko yung juice so hindi ko alam yung lasa. Pero sa tingin ko ito yung nabibili lang din sa Nestle na powdered juice. Pero yung frappe, masarap din. Matamis gaya ng dating pagmamahalan ng mga kaibigan ko. 

    Bukod sa masaklap na kwento ng kaibigan ko habang kumakain kami, madami ding masasaklap na hugot ang resto na ito. Pero ako muna ang huhugot tungkol dito, OK naman, masarap at madami yung serving nila. Hindi ka na lugi beshy. Mura na, masarap pa. Madami kang pagpipilian depende sa trip mo. Parang jowa lang yan, madami kang mahahanap kung anong trip mo. Basta piliin mo lang mabuti at wag kung sino lang. Makakahanap ka din ng masarap at sulit mahalin. Pero tandaan mo, lahat ng bagay nagbabago. Gaya ng sisig na nakain ko, hindi sya sulit. Pero malay mo magimprove sa darating na panahon. Gaya ng ex mo, maaaring may mali sakanya, maaaring may kulang, maaaring masyadong matapang. Pero pwedeng magbago yan. Pwedeng magimprove yan. Kapit lang mga bes! Malay nyo maging swak ulit kayo sa tamang panahon.

    Kitchen Avenue – Cravings Satisfied!

    Another food blog! ☺☺☺

    Kitchen Avenue is the newest food haven for BulakeΓ±os which opened last February 2017. Located in GD Plaza McArthur Highway, Ilang-Ilang, Guiguinto (in front of Waltermart). They’re open everyday from 10AM to 10PM. They have huge parking space and very accessible both through private and public transport. They offer wide variety of comfort food from burgers, pastas, rice meals, salads and refreshment that will satisfy your cravings. 

    I went there with Jek, JD and Isha last February 17. First thing that I noticed was the clean and classy look of its interior, simple yet comfy. You’ll feel at-home. Thanks to Kuya Pau who designed and conceptualized all the imagery that you can see inside the place. The air-condition gives just right coolness inside.

    Here are what we ordered and our thoughts about them:
    My order.

    Beef nachos for all of us. It was the typical one but the sauce is really delicious, not the ordinary cheese whiz-like. The portion served is just right for 2-3 persons, I guess. I recommend this one.

    Pesto pasta with chicken. It was okay and it tasted better that The Old Spaghetti House’s version. I like this one way better. I chose chicken over shirmp as toppings. This was served with toasted bread. The serving is good to fill my hungry tummy.

    Mango Milkshake Grande. I liked its presentation. It was so inviting to have a sip. With caramel over the whipped cream plus candy sprinkles and a marshmallow, wow! It tasted good. Not too sweet yet not too bland. It is creamy as well. Next time I’ll order the large one because this is too much for me.

    Jek’s order.

    Johnny Bravo Burger. Oh my! 3 layers of quarter pounder beef patty? No surprise why Jek was really busolve (busog + solve). It was really filling just by the looks of it. I managed to taste it and it was heavenly for me. I love its patty, really tasty! The taste of smoke and meat… Wow! It was not dry and it was juicy. 2 thumbs up for me but I can’t finish this one so I guess I’ll choose the other smaller burger over this next time.

    Isha’s order.

    Sizzling Chicken BBQ. I didn’t had the chance to taste this because I was carrying JD while they served this to Isha. But as per her, it was good. The sauce was also good. The chicken also looks tender and perfectly cooked. Plus the mixed veggies adding some color, perfect!

    Cookies & Cream Shake. I wondered if the cookie on top of it was Oreo or something else. But it was good. Isha didn’t finished this all up so I had the chance to taste it. I think this is their best seller. It tasted really good and it’s creamy. I loved it.

    Overall, it was a good experience to dine here. I love the ambiance and the food, of course. I’m looking forward to taste the rest of their menu. Next time I’ll try to have burger because I’m really craving for its taste. The price range is good for its serving and quality of food and service. The wide variety of food to be chosen is a plus. Looking forward to visit this place again some other time.

    Kitchen Avenue, pop na pop! πŸ˜‰

    Our Breastfeeding Journey

    I have 4 nieces and 1 nephew that I got the chance to take care of or look after. I can say, I pretty know almost everything about the basics, how to carry a baby, feed the baby with bottles, change diapers, how to put a baby to sleep and so on. I took note of those learnings and told my self that I will do the same to my own child. One of which is that I want Avent feeding bottles and pacifiers for my future baby. As per experience, Avent bottles lessens the chances of colic because minimum to no air was present when the baby sucks its teats. As for the milk, I opt to give my future baby, Enfalac for newborn as well. My nieces were all smart and advanced in development compared to other babies with different formula milk. Until one day while I was still pregnant, while searching the web for cloth diapers, I stumbled upon an FB group named Breastfeeding Pinays. I was intrigue because it is very popular in the cloth diapering group that I joined, Cloth Diaper Addicts PH. I’ve learned many benefits of exclusively (meaning no water, no formula, no bottles pacifiers) breastfeeding not just for babies but also for the mommies. Below are what I learned:

    For baby:

    • Healthier baby – breastmilk contains vitamins and nutriets that your baby needs. It contains antibodies that will help protect baby from illnesses. It also protects baby fro developing allergies.
    • Smarter baby – Experts explains that the emotional bonding during breastfeeding sessions probably contributes to the brainpower benefits.
    • Fitter baby – Breastfeeding protects the child from being overweight and obese when they grow older. Breastfed babies tend to have more control in feeding when they are already full. They will automatically refuse the breast once their tummy is full. Breastmilk also contains less sugar that the sugarry formula.
    • Safer baby – Breastfeeding lowers the chances of risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

    For mommy:

    • Reduces the stress level and risk of postpartum depression. Oxytocin aka the happy hormone was released during BF sessions. Making you more relaxed.
    • Reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
    • Helps you return in your pre-pregnancy body faster. The breastfeeding body burns 500 calories per day.

    Knowing all these things helps me decide to ditch the formula milk. I was convinced that breastmilk is really best for babies up to two years and beyond. However, when I already gave birth and finally came the time to nurse my baby for the first time, stress hit me really hard. Below is my breastfeeding story.

    I thought you will just offer the boob then the baby will suck to it easily. Dream on! That’s not going to happen for a newborn baby. They still don’t know how to suck. Stupid me! Of course! He’s been in my tummy for 37 weeks. How will he learn how to suck? He can’t practice while he’s inside, you fool! So what happened was, my baby cried and cried because he can’t find the nipple (I have small nips). Having a small mouth and feeding in these gigantic boobies really stressed out my baby and I too. I kept offering even though he cried for minutes then finally finds and sucks the nips. And it wasn’t that good to feel. It hurts! Why does nobody told me that it would be this hard to breastfeed. Why does it feels like he’s biting me even with just his gums? On the 3rd and 4th day, wow! It really do hurts! With cracks, wound and blood on my nips. Every BF session is like torturing my own body. While my baby is crying having trouble finding the nips, I was also crying due to severe pain. All I do is clenched my teeth and shut my eyes hard. I often read from Breastfeeding Pinays about others’ experiences and questions then checked out the comments for possible answer or solution. It was indeed helpful. I’ve learned that you can actually apply nipple cream on the affected area to heal the wounds and cracks. However, if it wasn’t available, you can just let it air dry after a BF session. They say, your own milk plus your baby’s saliva is the most effective cure to it. And that’s just what I did and it worked. After the bloody nips for about a week, another challenge occurred to me, the great ‘Let Down’. It is the overstreaming milk from your boobies. Ending with wet and sticky clothes. I ended up changing clothes 3x because of the over flowing milk. What I did was put “lampin” under my shirt to prevent the leaking but it didn’t help. I was still left with milk-soaked shirt on. From that moment, I thought of hand expressing my milk so that I won’t waste any liquid gold. Of course you’ll need storage bottles ang bags where you can peacefully store your milk. Don’t worry because you can store them in the freezer and won’t be spoiled for 3-6 months. So I bought storage bottles from Bebeta at Waltermart for P199.00 pack of 4 4oz bottles. Initially, I thought 4 was enough but I ended up buying another 4 because having a newborn, I can’t wash the bottles as much as I wanted to. At that moment, I thought I would be fine, but no! There is also a ‘let down’ from the other breast while JD was latching on the other which I can’t hand express during nursing because I only have two hands (one for holding the baby and the other for holding my boob for support). Whenever Jek is available, I asked him to catch the milk using the bottle but when he’s not around, I just let the milk ‘down’. Since it hurts to see my liquid gold being wasted, I resorted to posting a question in Breastfeeding Pinays. One mommy advised to use Haakaa silicone breast pump. I immedietly looked for it in Shopee. To my dismay, we don’t have a budget to get one. I tried searching for silicone pump and yes! I found a much affordable version that costs P375.00 only. I bought it at YouhaPH (in Shopee). I also bought from them storage milk bags for P135.00 for 20pcs (There are sellers that offered it for just P100.00. I just chose YouhaPh because of the silicone pump.) Once I received it, I washed it with Enfant Nipple and Bottle Liquid Cleanser then sterilized it. On our next feeding, I used it and it was a game changer, life saver and my holy grail. I was able to collect as much as 4oz of breastmilk while my baby is latching on the other, it is a hands-free device, btw. This lasted until our 5th week. Since JD is latching directly on me, to my surprise, I already have lots of milk stash in the freezer. I don’t know what to do with them so I posted in another FB group called Breastfeeding Bulakenyas. I looked for someone who’s in need of our stash until I contacted Mommy Nica (hi mommy) who happened to undergone surgery due to Mastitis. She was left with one breast to feed her cutie baby Naya (hello cutie cutie Naya) until the other one is fully healed and the milk comes back in. If I remembered it correctly, we were donating breastmilk to them since December 2016. We are very happy to help them even in this little way. They are very friendly, easy to talk to and generous. Aside from the pasalubongs that Mommy Nica gave to us, she also gave me a bottle on M2 Malunggay Tea which is unbelievably yummy. I took it with hot water and added a little honey in it. Also, she shared with me her pre-mixed of oats, flax seed and I forgot what the other ingredients are but it is also delish. I added Smackers Chocolate Syrup in it for better taste. These are milk boosters to the point that after a few minutes of taking them, you’ll feel hardening in the breast which means they are full with milk. On the 6th week, my body finally knows how much milk to produce that JD (and Naya) needs. Milk supply was already stablished although there are still let-downs but not that overflowing than before. I can now discard the lampin to avoid wet shirts. I used washable nursing pads (P90/pair) that i bought from KMC Baby Stuff in Shopee. We are almost fine with our set-up at home but going out is a different story. Almost every FTMs who breastfeed their baby knows how challenging it is to breastfeed in public. I am guilty to bring a feeding bottle and some of my expressed milk when going to feed JD. In my thinking, using Avent bottle won’t give JD nipple confusion between the bottle and my breasts. But after few weeks of guilt, I finally ditch the thought of using feeding bottles. JD was not nipple confused, however, he doesn’t want feeding bottles at all. He just cried and pushed the teats with his tongue. That was good but not when I was about to go out, poor me. Jek’s rest day from work is every Friday. So we always go out to buy errands or just to eat out. Often times, I nurse JD in the car before we go out but when we were in malls, I always look for their Breastfeeding Station. We were once in SM Marilao and we were eating at Tokyo Tokyo when JD cried out loud from sleep. I knew what that means, it’s boobie time! So we hurried to find the breastfeeding station which was very clean and well-maintained. Another incident was when we were at Jollibee Lolomboy, as usual, when I was about to eat, JD will automatically cry. Good thing I was babywearing (another post for babywearing) that time using my ringsling (P550) which I bought from Eribiellascloset from Instagram. It served as a nursing cover (which I don’t have and still contemplating if I should get one) so that my breast won’t be exposed to Jollibee’s customers. Often times, we just hurried in whatever we were doing and waited until we get to the car for JD to latch. I am still kind of shy in breastfeeding in public. That’s why I salute the other breastfeeding moms who have the guts and courage to do what is right and not to be ashamed of it. I’m hoping that someday, breastfeeding will be a normal act in public places. Our babies have the right to eat freely whenever and wherever he’s hungry. Hopefully, I can also breastfeed my baby in public and not be ashamed of it. Is eating in public illegal? I guess not. Next time, I’ll try to gather some courage to do so. As of writing, we are 12 weeks of exclusively breastfeeding (EBF). I’m happy that on JD’s last check-up last February 3 (2months old), he weighed 6.2kgs. I wonder how heavy he is now because I’m really having a hard time carrying him, haha! I’m looking forward for more months or years of breastfeeding for JD. I won’t stop him until the very last drop of milk from my boobies. Or if baby #2 will be present at that time.

    Here are some more tips in breastfeeding as per my experience:

    • Be prepared and dedicated.
    • Formula milk is not an option unless prescribed by a breastfeeding advocate pedia.
    • Do not think that you’re not making enough milk for your baby.
    • Breastmilk can help in nipple wound, insect bites, cradle cap and scratches.
    • Always bring extra clothes when going out. I suggest to use printed/patterned tops so that leakage won’t be that obvious.
    • Eat whatever you want but make sure to always eat soupy foods and foods that are milk booster such as Malunggay, oats, green leafy vegetables, etc.
    • Join the groups mentioned above.
    • Do some research in breastfeeding.
    • Do not believe all those breastfeeding myths.
    • Sleep when the baby sleeps.
    • Stay away from stress. It will lower your milk supply.
    • Always ask support from your husband/partner, family and friends.
    • Your baby, your rule.
    • Do not buy formula milk, feeding bottles and pacifiers unless otherwise needed.
    • You may use nursing bra, nursing clothes, nursing pads, nursing cover to help you with your breastfeeding journey.
    • Drink lots of fluids.
    • Always tie your hair.
    • You may drink alcohol, yes! But in moderation and stay away from hard ones. Beer is enough!
    • Enjoy every breastfeeding session. 😁

      Silicone pump.

      Bebeta milk storage bottles. (With spoiled milk which you can use in baby’s bath for softer skin.)

      My Birthing Story

      Baby’s first picture.

      It’s been a while since my last blog. The reason? I gave birth already! *Yey* Though it was earlier than my due date (December 17, 2016 – as per my last menstrual period), I was indeed very happy about it. On my 35th week check-up with my OB, she conducted IE (internal examination) to me. According to her, I was already 2-3cm dilated. Really? Am I in labor at this moment? We were shocked (I and Jek). Dra. Bajao, my OB, told us that I can give birth anytime. I asked her what to do because I don’t want my baby to be premature (37 weeks is already safe). She told me to just do whatever I’m doing in a daily basis. She asked us to have an ultrasound to check if my water bag is still enough and how the baby’s doing. Thankfully, the baby’s fine inside. I was advised to monitor baby’s movement and kicks. It should still be frequent inspite of my hardening tummy. Right after check-up, we ate at Doc Jones again. Haha! When we got home, my ever so full bladder strikes again. I went to the restroom to pee and to my surprise, blood on my panty liner! I was like 😱. I immediately called Jek calmly and let him see the bloody show. He panicked right away (as expected, haha!) I called my OB instantly. She told me not to worry because the blood is caused by the IE. I remembered how it hurt when she did it to me earlier. I also told my mom and my sisters about it, and as always, my eldest sister was the one who’s hysterical, haha! She told me to go to the hospital immediately. I refused to because I trust my OB and I don’t feel anything unusual. Everyday, I talked to my baby inside my tummy to just stay inside. Also, I flooded God with too much prayers. I know He is in control and He knows what my heart desires. With my daily routine, Jek told me to be in pabebe mode. He won’t let me do the laundry, sweep and mop the floor, cook for his breakfast and baon. I was just on the bed lying and sitting in different positions, watch TV and surf the net. 2 weeks have passed and came November 28 at 2am. I was awoke by pain on my lower back. I went to the restroom and peed but still, the pain is still there. I thought I was just tired from yesterday because I attented a birthday dinner. I went back to sleep again. After how many minutes, the pain was there again. I went to pee again. The cycle continues until 5am with 45 minutes interval and I checked my pee and there is some white mucus discharge. Upon reading in other blogs and forums, I knew I was in labor already. I texted my OB and informed her everything. She advised me to go to the hospital. I blinked a million times and woke up my snoring husband 😁 . I texted my sisters and mom again and they were really excited. I took a bath first and prepare some more needed things to bring. Jek and I went to BMMG Hospital in Bocaue, Bulacan along with my MIL. We went straight to the ER to have myself checked. The attending nurse assisted me by checking my BP, weight, etc. The resident doctor conductd IE again and as per him, yes he’s a guy and it’s awkward, haha, I’m already 4-5 cm dilated. Howmigash! Really? And that I should be admitted already. I texted may sisters and mom again and my mom, being ever so supportive, was already travelling from home to the hospital in a flash. I was wheeled in to a female ward. I asked the guy who assisted me if we can be in a private room instead. He told us to have it reserved in the ER. The private rooms were all occupied and they can only give it to us once someone got discharged. To make the story short, we were 3rd in the line-up. What? Well, we have no choice, we stayed in the ward. There were only 2 patients in the ward, I chose to be in the innermost part of the ward where the aircon is located and was near the restroom. I was admitted about 7am with no pain or what so ever. I was feeling normal. I thought of having just a false alarm. If I have recalled correctly, my OB went for rounds about past 9am and told me that I was just 2-3cm dilated instead of 4-5cm. She advised me to take light breakfast which is lugaw. After waiting and waiting with no unusual feeling, I got nervous because I thought I wasn’t progressing until my OB’s 2nd rounds about past 1pm, still 2-3cm. I was really worried and praying at the same time. My OB decided to induced me to help with the opening of my cervix, I agreed because I know it could help me to delivery the baby. I then decided to just sleep in for a while to let the time past quickly. However, I really couldn’t sleep because there’s a lot going on in my mind. At 4:30pm, I felt like a balloon was popped inside me and a gush of water came running down. I was laughing because I can’t control it and it’s tickling. Jek and I went to the restroom to check and I knew it my water bag broke already. I changed my soaked sanitary napkin to adult diaper to better absorb the waterfalls down there. My sister, who was already there, called the nurse’s attention to have me IE’d again. As per her, I was already 4cm dilated. Yup! Just 1cm additional and it’s frustrating me already. But after the gush of water, I was feeling a true labor already. At around 4:30PM I can feel a serious pain in my back. I tried to sleep but to no avail. At around 6PM, man, it was getting more painful with shorter intervals. My OB wasn’t around so my sister called the nurse and have me IE’d. Guess what? I was 7cm dilated already. They all panicked and get a stretcher for me to be brought in the delivery room. I was really in pain, I just held Jek’s arms and told them to sedate me, which they did. Though I felt nothing different. I was still very concious and could feel the pain getting more and more intense. When I was in the delivery room, which was full of nurses, some were just chatting, others were helping me with my needs, some talked to me to hold on because my OB was not yet around. The pain is getting severely painful. I can’t bear it any longer. I need the urge to push already. I felt like you need to poop. To be honest, you don’t need to make an effort to push because your body will automatically do it for you due to intense pain. I never thought it would be that painful. When my OB arrived, I felt a little relief. I told myself that I can do it and kept on praying. Nurses checked my blood pressure, gave me oxygen and continuously cleaned my poop, haha! I can saw everything they did through the reflection in the operating lights just above me. I am very concious when my OB taught the nurses how to IE properly. I thought to myself, can we proceed already and stop experimenting me? But I knew they were waiting for me to be 10cm dilated. During rest time (no contractions), I would fell asleep. When contractions are in, I pushed again. After a few tries, my OB and the nurses told me, “Konti nalang. Malapit na.” When I chech through the mirror, yes! I saw my baby’s head already so I really pushed hard. It drained all the blood in my face. Suddenly I felt like I pooped but more relaxing. “Baby out! 8:02PM.” I heard from my OB. And true enough, it was relaxing. I saw him crying and covered in white mucus and blood. I told my OB of the Unang Yakap which we did. They put my baby on my chest while they were getting the placenta inside me and clamping of the umbilical cord. He stopped crying when placed on my chest. I think he recognizes me. It was so heavenly. Although I can still feel the pain. I even felt the cut in my vajayjay to help the baby find his way out. Aside from the pain, I can see what they’re doing to my oh so poor pempem. I was chatting with my OB and nurses. I can see them stitching me up. It hurts! I asked my OB if I am in painless because I could still feel the stitching. They wondered how did I know what they’re doing and I told them that I can see it through the reflection in the lights. I was joking around while they cleaned me up and we were laughing. When they were done cleaning me up. I was again transfered to a stretcher to be wheeled in to my private room. Yes, a private room was already available by the time I gave birth. Thanks to my mom for making kulit with the staffs for us to have a private room. Finally, I was on the hospital bed. Then Jek came in and I smiled. He kissed me and I felt more relieved. Around 9PM, my mom, sister and MIL all left. The nurse called in and asked us if we’re ready for rooming in the baby and I said yes. Around 12MN, I finally held, hugged, touched and kissed my precious baby. All the pain were gone. It was really indeed satisfying to see him. Im one proud newbie momma here. More stories coming soon 😁😁…

      I still managed to put some makeup on.

      The waiting game.

      My baby boy.

      Bunjo Home-Cooked Specials Buffet

      Buffet restos are so in right now. Filipinos are known for good cooks and mahilig kumain. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why buffets or eat-all-you-can restaurants are popular in the Philippines. From the famous Vikings, Barrio Fiesta, Dad’s and all others, there are also small-scale businesses like these across the country. The newest I’ve discovered is the Bunjo Home Cooked Specials. Located at Brgy. Parulan, Plaridel, Bulacan and opens every Tuesday to Sunday. They serve lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm while their dinner is served from 6:00pm-9:00pm. For the price? A whooping P150.00 only per head. For elderly, they offer senior citizen discount if you can present your senior citizen ID for only P120.00. We went there for lunch on a Sunday after Church Service. We texted their number for reservation but we were told that reservation is full but we can just walk-in and so we did. We got there around 12nn or so and we got in at 1pm. There’s a reservation for 30pax that time for a reception for baptismal. That explains the long waiting time. When we got in, the place is just small but clean. They have ACs and a restroom. The entire place can accommodate 85 persons. Without further ado, we lined-up to grab some food.

      Starting with a plain rice. Just a normal rice.

      This pancit canton is the bomb! It’s really delicious.

      Their baked-mac is also mouth-watering. I can tell that there is a secret ingredient in here that I can’t distinguish. It’s very flavorful. The photo about can tell, once it was refilled, it needed to be refilled again after a short while.

      I didn’t manage to taste this one but it looks like a potato salad or something. It looks yummy, though.

      This one I have no idea what this is but I should tell, it’s really good. One of the best. I believe it’s made of pork.

      This is the beef Kare Kare. I melt. This may not be the best KareKare I’ve tasted but probably 3rd of the best. The meat is tender and the peanut sauce is just right.

      Here are the veggies for the KareKare. I’m not sure if there were any other veggies but these two were the only veggies I got. Along side with the bagoong. I think it’s also home-made.

      This! Grilled squid. Lovely! They’re very tender and not chewy. Cooked just right. With toyomanci as dip.

      I didn’t taste this but I think it’s ham omelette or something. Not sure though. But they said, it was good also.

      Grilled pink salmon. I’m not a fan of fish so I can’t say if it’s good or not. But my mom recommended it so I guess it’s good.

      Shirmp. I don’t know how they cooked this. I think they just fried it? Haha. It’s good also. Comes with a vinegar dip.

      This is soooooooo good! Cheese sticks I don’t know if it’s just me but I really liked it. With the dip that I don’t know what that is. It tasted garlic, mayo and something else. Really good! And crispy too.

      Chicken BBQ. By the looks of it, I know it’s good as well. I have read somewhere that this is good. My mom also said it was.

      Haaaaay.. I want to go back there now just for this lechon kawali. Super crispy and flavorful. Comes with just Mang Tomas sauce but still, the winner!

      Pineapple slices. There is also sliced watermelon. It’s good that they also have fruits for dessert. I would like some mangoes or banana, though.

      Vegetable salad. It’s just cucumber a lettuce but the dressing is good, thousand island, I think.

      They also serve buco pandan for dessert. But without the buco strips/meat. Hehe. But it was good as well. Not too sweet.

      That was the menu for that day. I believe they change their menu once in a while depending on the availability. I heard they have sisig and baked tahong , which I really would like to try. Maybe some other time.

      When I had a chance to tall to the owner, Sir Fritz, he told me that he and his mother were the ones who cooked. Bunjo is what he was called since his childhood. Being an only child, I guess it meant bunso or youngest child. He told me that they just started last July 5 of this year, 2016. I asked him if they’re not lugi for their price of P150.00, he said no because they own the place. They need not to rent. They are planning of expanding the place because obviously, their parking area can just accommodate like 10 vehicles, I think. Also, for the dining area itself. I suggested to include some ice cream for dessert but he said they might increase the P150.00 price if they did that. Silly me! Of course! What did I asked that in the first place? But maybe they can charge additional if you will avail unlimited ice cream, right? I almost forgot, they also serve free water to quench the thirst. Just don’t drink to much for you will be filled with it. You want to be stuffed with great food, not just water.

      I super recommend this place. It’s really Pop na Pop. For it’s price and quality and huge variant of food? No other place like Bunjo.

      If you’re planning to visit, I suggest to contact them first at 09237118920. I’m not sure the honor a reservation through text. You can try to reserve, it not, you can always walk-in just like what we did. Honestly, I don’t know how to go there if you were to commute. But if you have a private vehicle, you can take the route from Walter Mart Plaridel then turn right to the way going to Bustos, Bulacan. You may also take route from Plaridel Crossing, I guess it’s easier from there. Sorry I’m not familiar with the place also, though I’m live in Plaridel. Haha. If you happen to take a visit, please share your experience as well.

      Doc Jones Food Garage

      Finally, I happen to have time not to be lazy to write a blog again. Shame on these pregnancy hormones! Anyway, last November 11, after we went to LTO Sta. Maria to have my driver’s license renewed and applied for a Philhealth ID in Philhealth, of course, we decided to ate our lunch at Doc Jones. It is located at #20 R. Mercado St., Poblacion, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. I, Jek together with my niece, Isha were famished and craving for rice, haha! On our way to Doc Jones Food Haus, we came across Doc Jones Food Garage. It was just few meters away from the Food Haus. We thought it was their new place with a huge parking space. So instead of going to the Food Haus, we just went straight to Food Garage for better parking space. What I initially noticed is that there is no aircon (boo) but it has an open space with fresh air and also electric fans to cool you so more. There’s only one group dining when we got there. Being still very pregnant, I first checked out their restroom. It was clean and roomy. Plain and simple. However, the toilet flash isn’t working so you need to use a bucket to flash it manually. After which, we placed our orders. Below are what we ordered:

      Baked Liempo. The picture may not be enticing to eat because of the camera phone I used but as per Isha, this one’s delicious. It came with touge and a slice of tomato and cucumber. Price: P50.00

      Tapsilog. There were many viands lined up there but tapa happened to be my holy grail slash conform food slash to-go-to dish so here I am ordering Tapsilog again, LOL! Same as the liempo, it really looks awful in the photo but this is the bomb! It goes with a really good serving/portion. I managed to made balot like 4 or 5 pieces to take home for Tyra, our dog. It comes with a slice of tomato and cucumber. Price: P55.00

      Malsilog. This one’s for Jek. I don’t know why he ordered this inspite of having Maling as his baon almost once a week (or maybe twice, haha). Unlike other silog places, this is really the Maling brand not other luncheon meat brands then named the dish as Maling. Comes with a slice of tomato and cucumber. Price: P40.00

      Shanghai Rolls. If my holy grail is tapa, shanghai is Jek’s. So we ordered this as additional. The sweet and spicy dip is really good. We thought they put pineapple juice in it. It’s not the typical UFC sweet and spicy in the bottle that other’s serve. Price: P40.00

      Lasagna. This is Isha’s order also. We were already full so we just made this balot. It was okay. Sauce is sweet and cheesy. However, there are more sauce and cheese than the beef. Well, who will complain for its price? Price: P35.00

      Mango and Banana Shake. I was surprised when I saw this in their menu. It is really cheap. I asked how big is it and the lady said approx 12oz. We ordered Mango Shake but it tasted like banana also. I guess they mixed it or someone ordered Banana Shake before us then didn’t manage to clean the blender or something. I don’t know. I have no idea. But it tastes good. I liked it. Price: P20.00

      For a total of P270.00, I think it was good. We ate for 5 persons, haha! I recommend this place if you just wanted to eat. No extraordinary food that you can actually order. But they have a huge variety of other food. I noticed students often went to this place especially in their Food Haus (it is air-conditioned). The place is clean, simple and colorful. They have free mineral water. Below is there menu and contact number as well.

      For budget-friendly yet decent food, this is a good place for you. If you’re not maselan with the parking space, you can go to their Food Haus. They have aircon the free WiFi there. 

      Have you been in this place? What did you ordered? Any suggestions?

      Modern Cloth Diapers for Babies

      Cloth diapers! Before, the first thing that came to my mind was the lampin. It was our grandma and momma’s favorites. They are breatheable, quick to dry and easy to remove pee and poop. When I got pregnant, I’ve learned that there is a new “breed” of cloth diapers (CDs). It all started when I stumbled upon Ms. Anne Clutz’s vlog on YouTube. I am an avid subscriber to her videos specially make-up reviews and tutorials. But one particular vlog caught my attention. It was just a random scene wherein the Clutario Family were in their home and I saw Baby Joo wearing this cute printed piece of cloth on his bum. If my recollection is correct, Ms. Anne mentioned in the description box where she bought the diaper. Ooooh.. It was a diaper pala. When I checked the comment section, people were all congratulating her for choosing to use cloth diaper to her son. One commenter mentioned to join a group on Facebook named Cloth Diaper Addicts PH. I was really intrigue and immediately I hit Facebook and joined the said group. There are many members. As of writing, there are 24,771 of them (including me). But when I started to read their posts, I was like, Are these people aliens? They kept on mentioning LO, MF, BC, MIL, FTM and so on. To the point that I can’t comprehend what they’re saying. At that moment, I got lazy to read everything in there. After I think a week, when I was browsing my FB newsfeed, I saw this cute printed piece of cloth again. Scrolling down, more pictures appeared with different prints and colors. By then, I checked out the group again and read the pinned post wherein I finally learned and understand almost everything. I learned that LO stands for little one (baby), MF for microfiber (a type of fabric used as an insert), BC for bamboo charcoal (type of fabric also), MIL for mother-in-law and FTM for first-time-mom. They are not aliens, thank God! I read and jot down notes that are important. Below are some of the basics that I learned:
      The Benefits of Cloth Diapering (CDing)

      CDs are safer than the disposable ones. Why? Because disposable diaper (DD) contains harmful chemicals such as Dioxin and Tributyl-tin which can irritate your LO’s gentle skin that may lead to rashes. Also, DDs are bad for the environment. Why? Because the will take at least 250 years to decompose. Talk about saving mother nature? Obviously, CDs which are made of cloth, are washable and can be used multiple times. They are also cheaper compared to DDs if we will be talking about long term. A CD costs P200.00 or more depending on brands and cloth used. While a DD costs only P8.00 each. They say newborns most likely poop all the time, like 8x a day? If we will compute, 8 x 8 = 64. P64.00 per day will just go straight to the garbage bin. A cloth diaper may be more expensive at first but as I’ve said, it is washable and reuseable. You can even pass it on to your next child or if not, resell them. There are lots of moms in the CDAPH group who are willing to buy preloved.

      Types of CDs

      Flats. The are the lampins. Commonly made of gauze or birdseye cloth.

      Prefolds. They are like lampin but with thicker layers in the middle perfect for catching the pee.

      Fitteds. They were shaped like a diaper already. Consists of layers of absorbent cloth. Needs to be secured by pins, clips, Velcro or snaps.

      Pockets. Are the most common ones. They consist of 2 parts, the shell with a pocket and the insert to be stuffed inside the pocket.

      All in Ones (AIO). They are like fitteds but with outer waterproof fabric already.

      All in Twos (AI2). They are like AIO but the absorbent layer can be detached.

      Okay, so when I learned about these, I really got excited. Aside from the cute designs and colors, there are benefits also. When I was on my 5th month, I started to buy CDs. I was able to score 2pcs of Alva 3.0 Pocket type cloth diaper with 3 layers of microfiber insert each for only P170.00 + free shipping. You heard (or read) it right. Take note, they are brand new. I got it from a seller in Shopee (mobile app). From then on, I always check my Shopee account for new updates on sale. As of the moment, I have 8 pocket type CDs, 3 MF inserts and 2 hemp boosters. Before I deliver my first baby on December, I’m targeting to have a stash of 15 CDs and more on the traditional lampin to be used as inserts. And also more or the MF and BC inserts. I’ll just add boosters and other inserts when baby grew a little more. 

      One thing that I hated about CDs are the laundrying. I don’t want to deal with poop. But as read further in the group, I learned that it’s not bad after all. You just need a bidet, a high pressured water or even just water straight from the faucet to wash away the poop. Then rinse or wash them like what you would do to a normal laundry. You may hand wash, machine wash or even the fully automatic machine. Your baby will have the nicest OOTD and at the same time, you’ll save a lot of money. As my saying goes, Gastos now, you can save forever. Unlike gastos now, gastos again later.

      Here are the other things that I learned about CDs:

      • You should change the diaper every 2-3 hours or when it’s soiled already. This one is for hygiene purposes and also applies to disposables.
      • Microfiber should not touch the baby’s skin. It can absorb the moisture in the skin that may cause rashes. You may use disposable liner (a thin layer of tissue/paper like) between the MF and LO’s bum.
      • You may use regular laundry detergent such as Tide, Breeze, Ariel, Calla and Champion but stay away with the variants that contains fabcon, bleach, whitener and softer. Separate use of fabcon is also not applicable.
      • Do not soak CDs for a long period of time as it may relax the elastics or garters.
      • You may mix and match different inserts and booster to have a better absorbency that can last overnight.
      • DIY liners – you can use fleece fabric.
      • DIY cloth wipes – you can use flannel fabric.
      •  Mr. Sun will be your bestfriend. Inserts and boosters take long to dry. Also, the sun helps in removing the stains and in disinfecting.
      • Hang nappies horizontally to prevent stretching of elastics.
      • Use only a little amount of detergent. Detergent build-up can cause rashes, odors and leaks.
      • In case of diaper rash, use only CD friendly nappy creams. If you need to use a regular cream, insert a nappy liner as a barrier between the cream and the CD.