Thursday, March 29, 2007

Drool.



Ooh-lala. Now, this is what I call "High Mummy Fashion".

After viewing my photos from the oh-so-fab baby shower, cousin Patty asked me via email whatelse I needed for my upcoming birth (aside from that Avent breastpump I requested). Apparently, she and her mom are preparing my baby care kit to be sent from Florida. Yay! (I swear, It's so cool to have relatives living in the US)

I immediately replied "BABYSLING!" and sent her some sites with babysling designs I've been drooling over. Right now, it's the stuff from Zolowear and Rockin' Baby Shop that I am absolutely in love with!

Yes, babywearing is a must for me! Despite the growing number of local babysling suppliers, I noticed there hasn't been much mums in Manila babywearing....where could they be hiding?! In my 8 months of pregnancy (wherein I am suddenly more aware of those other preggies or parents with kids), I have yet to see them pop up in Power Plant, Greenbelt or Glorietta. It's so sad that parents still insist on those bulky & boring prams! Even if the mom of my boyfriend got us one of those, I am certain I will be flaunting my lil cutiepie in a sling or pouch.

Whee! Can't wait for me in high mummy fashion joining the babywearing bandwagon! I'll work on some self-produced fashion shoot upon receiving the sling/pouch (given that I've delivered my son, of course!).

BABYWEARING
'Because your baby is the ultimate fashion accesssory'

I knew I could've been a copywriter!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Surprise Baby Shower

As mentioned in my earlier post, my fab friends threw me a surprise baby shower. A surprise for me in the sense that I didn't know they had a 'theme' in mind -- which was to come in their most chic 3rd trimester outfits!

Check out who came and followed the invite instructions:

Me with event organizer, Chicho!
Very realistic preggy belly, don't you think?


So, who do you think is faking it?
Well...there's Sab with a square-ish womb!


The real preggy bellies!
with college thesis partner & now, my ultimate preggy partner

I am deeply touched by this intimate event thrown for me and my baby. Sometimes, you just need the magical presence of your girlfriends to forget the pains of late-pregnancy. (Oh, believe me, there are lots!) Thanks to all those who came and celebrated this special day with me - Chich, Nic, Deng, Sab, Jess, Jen, my mom and sisters Kim & Diana. I truly feel your support in this crucial time of my life -- A wonderful transition from being a mere daughter & friend to a mother myself. Cheers to womanhood!



Thursday, March 22, 2007

In Due Time

For weeks, I have been complaining about the agony of the looooooong wait of my child's birth. Each time someone asks "How's your pregnancy?", I quickly reply "I can't wait anymore! I want to give birth today...NOW!" The transition from having a regular job to being a stay-at-home-mom adds to the stress of waiting because now, boredom hits me more often. Many times in a day, I would say to myself, "If only my baby were out already...I can play with him, breastfeed him, give him a bath..."

Thank God for this beautiful and wise piece sent to my mail from my good friend and fellow yummy-mummy-to-be, Denise.


Exploring Our Readiness
In-Between Times
It could be argued that life is more about the time spent waiting for something to happen than it is about something happening. What this means is that the big events in our lives are preceded by many days and nights of dreaming, planning, organizing, and waiting. The times of waiting in between the big events actually constitute the majority of our lives. These in-between times are anything but uneventful. In fact, they are rich with possibility and filled with opportunities for reflection and preparation. Like a pregnant woman awaiting the birth of her child, we have a finite period of time in which to prepare internally and externally for the upcoming event that will define a new chapter in our lives.

When we find ourselves in an in-between time, we often can't help but feel impatient for the impending event. We just want to get to the future and have the new baby, the new job, or the new house. And yet, there is a reason a pregnancy takes nine months to fulfill itself. Nature provides the expectant parents with this time so that they can prepare the nest. This preparation plays out on many levels. Materially, a space must be created in the home and resources must be set aside for the baby's future; psychologically, a shift must occur in which the psyches of both parents agree to be responsible for a new life in the world; and emotionally, the heart must open wider to embr
ace and fulfill a new love.

Whenever you find yourself in such a time of waiting, you might want spend time exploring your material, psychological, and emotional readiness. For example, if you are preparing to move to a new city, you could make a list of things you'd like to do in the city you will be leaving beh
ind, and go to your favorite places and spend time with old friends. This way, you will remain fully engaged in the present as you await your future, savoring the in-between time as a vital experience in itself.

The underlying message here reminds me of the same ideals in the book entitled THE POWER OF NOW. May I learn to be patient and live each day truly in the present. My mantra for today is from Ecclesiastes:
"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun."
My baby will come...in due time ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Of Baby Showers & Wishful Thinking...

Currently 32 weeks pregnant. In 5 weeks, I will be full term and able to give birth anyday....I cannot wait to see my baby boy's face! Even if I sooo wanted to, Montri and I have chosen not to undergo 4D ultrasound anymore because he says "you're a few weeks away from seeing the real thing!" FINE! I will wait patiently....

This Saturday, my girlfriends are throwing me a baby shower - the very first in our young, crazy group. I'm pretty excited for that. These days I love to surf the net for adorable baby items shown below:


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