Monday, November 23, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 19: My Birthing Experience (Part 2)

When we reached the hospital, my cousin dropped us off at the main entrance and will just meet us inside. Meanwhile, hubby and I were figuring out were to go since we didn’t have time to explore the birthing center of the hospital during our visits.

When we reached Genesis, the birthing center, my OB was already there dressed in her scrub suit and the nurses were already waiting for me. When my OB saw me, she asked me to proceed inside for the preparation. Meanwhile, hubby was tasked to arrange my admitting papers.

Inside the room, I was prepped. The nurses asked me to change into a hospital gown and then they asked me to lie down. At this point, I was already thinking to myself, “This is it!” In a few hours time, I will be seeing my baby.

I waited for the nurses to do their “thing”. I was then hooked on an IV (my first time, and it hurts!!). One of the nurses was conducting an interview on me. She asked me about my medical history, etc. Then another nurse came and shaved me “down there”. The anesthesiologist was also there and she explained to me how the anesthesia will be administered and what I could possibly feel. I could get tingly all over, I could have difficulty in breathing, etc. I just nodded and said ok. I couldn’t really digest what she was saying. =) And then my husband came inside and was asked to change into a scrub suit. He was asked to stay there until he was called inside. We didn’t have an exchange of words, no words of encouragement. We just stared at each other, and instantly I knew everything’s going to be alright. And then it was time to go.

The nurse wheeled me inside the operating room. I was imagining the room to be creepy. But when I got inside, it was actually ok. It was not at all creepy. There was music inside (RNB, mind you). And the atmosphere was rather welcoming.

Then I was transferred to the operating room table. The anesthesiologist came and administered the anesthesia. The first shot was rather painful but with the second shot, I didn’t feel a thing. Within seconds, my lower body went numb. And then I realized that the time has come. One by one, the doctors came inside and then I saw my OB. They started to “cut me up”. And then I heard my OB tell the nurses, “Tawagin nyo na si Jake, yung husband. OK na ko”. I remember her telling the nurses that statement 3 times. I then saw my husband come inside with the camera around his neck. We again stared at each other. And he started taking pictures. It all came so fast. The next thing I knew, my OB was showing me our precious baby. She came out at exactly 5:45PM. And according to my hubby, it was as if the whole operating room stood still. Everyone was asking, “Baby out na?” and they gathered around the table to see. Everything went well. Hubby kissed my forehead and the anesthesiologist congratulated me. Hubby then was asked to take pictures of baby while she was being cleaned. Once clean, they showed me our baby and the anesthesiologist gladly took our first family picture.

By this time I was already feeling tired and the anesthesiologist asked me if I wanted to sleep already and I said yes. She administered the drug that would make me fall asleep. And I guess that was the time when the doctors started to stitch me up. I woke up a few hours later and I can hear the doctors talking about tennis, etc. And then my OB approached me and told me, “Jen wag ka muna magsasalita ha”. I just nodded my head. And then the doctors left. The nurses left inside transferred me to another bed and I was wheeled inside the recovery room. I looked at the clock and it showed 7:15 PM. I was inside the operating room for about 2 hours. And I have to stay inside the recovery room for another 2 hours.

After a few minutes, hubby came inside the room and he kissed me again. Since I can’t talk, he did all of the talking. I can’t remember the things he told me. All that mattered to me was that my baby is ok. I was ok. And my hubby is with me.

Hubby then went out since my mom and papa wanted to see me also. My mom came first and asked me if I was ok. I told her yes. My father came second and he kissed my forehead and the first thing he told me was, “ang cute nya”.

Hubby came in again bringing with him my cousin’s celfone and he showed me photos of our newborn. The digicam’s battery was already drained by this time. He stayed with me until I was cleared to go to my room.

It was already past 10 PM when I was finally allowed to go up to my room. At that point, I was already exhausted and I wanted to rest. I was then brought to my room on the 10th floor, Room 1007.

When I entered, my mother and father were waiting for me. And they kept asking me if I was ok and I just nodded yes. Then the phone rang and it was the Huggery nurse. She will be bringing our baby up for me to breastfeed. Yey! This will be the first time I will see her after our short encounter in the operating room! Too bad Ate Mhel and Aira were no longer there to see her.

While waiting for our baby, our first visitors came. Some of my former colleagues came in to visit me. Li-anne, Jacy, Kris, Arianne and Excel were there to visit and greet me. Though I was not allowed to talk, I can’t help but answer their questions. Ang kulit kong pasyente! And then when they left, my mother and father decided too to call it a day and headed home. My husband and I were left in the hospital room. I knew he was also tired and hungry. I insisted that he already eat the dinner bought by my parents for him but he didn’t want to since he felt guilty about me not being able to eat yet. I told him it’s ok. I was already feeling sleepy by that time. I think I fell asleep after a few minutes. I keep waking up because I felt uncomfortable. The effect of the anesthesia was already wearing off. I can feel the pain of my stitches, my body is itchy all over, and I felt too hot. I kept asking Jake to adjust the temperature and make it higher since it was too hot. And also, the nurse kept creeping inside the room to check on me. Quite irritating actually, but impressive also. They really do check on their patients. =) Apparently, he was already freezing cold! I also kept asking him to wet my lips with cold water because I was really too thirsty.

September 25, I woke up early still groggy from the effects of the anesthesia. This time the effect has totally worn off. I can really feel the pain. I couldn’t move freely either since I was still on IV. Again, the nurse kept on checking on me from time to time to administer the medicines prescribed by the OB.

This morning Mama Tess came in early to visit me and also to help Jake in looking out for me since Jake will be processing the needed Philhealth documents for my discharge the following day. We were also visited by my in-laws.

My OB also visited me and she even “forced” me to stand up. It was soooo painful! But I had to endure it. I had to be a good patient. When I stood up, my feet and legs felt weak. I was afraid I would fall over. But hubby was there to support and assist me. I wouldn't know what to do without him!

That night, a lot of people came in to visit me. Mean and Lala from Ericsson, Mau and Effer from MGS, Ate Vive, Ate Mhel, Yna, Nicole, Aira and Ate Ing, Ate Judy and Kuya Eric, PingPongPang friends (Nestor, Marbon, Arthur, Lea, Chevy). My room was literally full of people. It was so heartwarming to have these people come and visit us.

After that tiring day, Jake and I fell soundly asleep. I can barely feel/hear the nurse creeping in! Hahaha!

September 26, it was a stormy morning. The rain was pouring in so hard. There was traffic jam everywhere and waters were starting to rise up. I was discharged at 11am but we were allowed to stay until late afternoon. The rain kept pouring. Little did we know that this typhoon (Ondoy), will be one of the few typhoons who will cause so much damage to the country. I was still thankful because my OB was able to see me that day. According to her, a lot of doctors weren’t able to come because of the rain.

All of the nurses who took care of me and baby kept asking us if we really are going home already. Most of the nurses decided to stay in the hospital since they couldn’t get home because of the heavy rain and flood. Even my pediatrician was not able to check on our baby because of the flood.

We left the hospital at around 6:00 PM. We didn’t avail of the Pre-discharge Dinner for 2 included in the hospital freebies. It was a blessing that we were able to go home safe and sound. Our baby is such a blessing to us.

This is the end of my hospital experience. But my journey as a mom has just started. There’s still a lot to learn. But for now, I just want to cherish every moment I have with my baby.

My Mommy Entry # 18: My Birthing Experience (Part 1)

It’s been 2 months since I gave birth to our precious little princess Jenika Mikayla. And until now, I can still vividly recall that most unforgettable day. I want to share with you the story of the last few weeks of my pregnancy and of course, the D-Day itself.

Week 35 (September 5 – September 11)

I was on my 35th week and things haven’t been easy for me. I was having a hard time sleeping at night. I can barely walk because of the heavy weight I am carrying around, and I can’t seem to find a position which could ease the pain and discomfort I am feeling. I was already praying that days would pass by faster than usual. I was already feeling uneasy.

Week 36 (September 12 – September 18)

On my 36th week, my OB then decided that I will be having a weekly checkup. I was so excited because I knew that the big day is fast approaching. I took several days off from work this week because I couldn’t function well because of the discomfort and heaviness in my stomach. I decided to have my maternity leave form signed by our manager. I have decided to take my leave starting September 28, though my OB wanted me to take my leave on my 38th week. Gusto kasi nya masulit ko daw ang leave ko.

Week 37 (September 19 – September 26) - And baby is now full-term!

September 22, I had my checkup and my OB did an Internal Exam on me for the first time. Having read how painful it is, I already braced myself for the incoming pain. But it never came. Maybe I was expecting that the pain would be excruciating and because of that, the pain I felt wasn’t too much for me to handle. It was actually bearable. When she did the IE, it was found out that I was already 1-2cms dilated and my cervix was already thin (dilated and effaced). She then decided that I should already take my leave since labor could already start anytime. She asked me to come back to her clinic after 2 days.

My husband, Jake and I then decided to stay at my cousin’s place (Ate Mhel) since her house is nearer the hospital and she can readily bring me to the hospital should the time to give birth eventually come.

September 23, I was waiting the whole day for any signs of labor. I was so bored waiting for the moment to come. I just wanted to get this pregnancy over and done with. But my waiting was in vain. Labor didn’t come and my body was aching more than before.

September 24, I was already 37 weeks and 5 days. Hubby and cousin accompanied me to the hospital for another checkup. And I was actually praying that the dilatation of my cervix progressed already and I was hoping to be admitted that same day! I don’t know if that was a wise wish but nevertheless, I wished for it, and I think hubby did too. We were both too tired of waiting for our baby to come out.

We arrived at the hospital at around 10:30 AM. Of course as usual, my OB wasn’t there yet. So we waited for a few minutes (or should I say hours?). When the doctor came, I was already eager to be checked by her. And then my name was already called. My cousin stayed in the waiting area while hubby and I went inside the clinic. She asked me to lie down and she will again do another Internal Exam. While she was doing the IE, I was searching her face for clues – am I in labor already? Or is there no progress yet?

That’s when she told me, “Hindi ako masaya”. We asked her why. She told me that the dilatation already progressed, about 3-4cms already, but she cannot feel my baby’s head. At that point, I started to get scared. I didn’t like the sound of it. We asked her what could be the reason for that. And she right away told us that possibly baby’s head can’t fit in my pelvic bone. She gave us a 70%-30% chance of delivering via Caesarian Section. And then I felt as if the world became gloomy. I was torn. I wanted so much to give birth via Normal Delivery (since it was less expensive and the recovery time is shorter). But at the same time, I don’t want anything to happen to my baby. Another dilemma is where to give birth? Giving birth via CS in the hospital we preferred was really expensive. And I honestly didn’t know if the money we have would be enough for my delivery. But I wanted so much to give birth there because I feel like I’m more safe and secure. Should I give birth in that hospital where I feel secure but will incur more expenses? Or should I give birth to a cheaper hospital where I don’t feel safe? My hubby did the deciding for me. He told me that I will be giving birth in the more expensive hospital since he didn’t want to risk anything especially our lives. He assured me that everything will be ok. Though at the back of my mind, I was still having second thoughts. But I trusted my hubby and Him. I know He will provide.

And so we told the OB that we will be giving birth in that hospital and she gave us just a few minutes to prepare. She told us that the hospital charges additional 100% if the operation was done after 5:00PM. Actually it was barely a few minutes. Since I had to undergo an X-ray pelvimetry to check if the baby’s head really is too big for my pelvic bone. The result of the X-ray was positive. Baby’s head was indeed bigger. And she wouldn’t fit in my pelvic bone. It was already 3:30PM. I can’t help thinking that in a few hours, I’m going to be a mommy. And hubby’s going to be a daddy. I was just so elated.

We first fetched my niece Aira from school, then went back to my cousin’s place since they still have to take their lunch and I have to take another bath and we also have to fix our things and of course get the camera. And if I may add, I was no longer allowed to eat or drink! Imagine! I was so thirsty and starving!

We left our cousin’s place at around 4:15 PM. Aira came along with us. It was now a race against time. I didn’t have much time left to think about what would happen when 5:00 PM strikes. But I think it helped since I didn’t feel nervous or scared. I just wanted to get to the hospital on time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 17

Week 37: And we're ready for take off!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 37:fetus in ninth month It’s the calm before the storm. Changes in your baby's weight have leveled off with only a few ounces of fat added this week. At this point your baby should weigh in at around 7 lbs and 20 inches (with boys somewhat heavier and longer than girls). Happily, as far as internal organs go, they are now developed enough to function in the outside world although the oh-so-important immune system is still developing and will continue to do so after birth. With a large boost of antibodies provided by breast milk when nursing begins. Fighting infection and staying healthy should be well within their physical capacity when your little fighter is born.

And how's mom doing? Your health care provider will assess the likelihood of where you are relative to your upcoming birthing process—seeing as you’ve now arrived at that waiting phase that could turn into labor at any time. Various charming indicators such as loose stools, expelling your mucus plus (along with the bloody only 4-5% of women actual deliver on their predicted due date. What’s more if this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to be anywhere from two days to two weeks late show – see week 35), a dilated cervix and increased Braxton-Hicks contractions are all signs that labor is only a few days away. The infamous water breaking may or may not be your first true indicator that labor has commenced. However, water breaks for only 15% of mothers and despite what Hollywood would have us believe, is more frequently just a slow leak rather than a large gush.

Be patient: if labor doesn’t start this week, or even next, keep in mind that only 4-5% of women actual deliver on their predicted due date. What’s more if this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to be anywhere from two days to two weeks late. You can distract yourself by keeping track of fetal movements, mostly to reassure yourself that all is well with your little miracle. In the off chance that movements do start to decrease substantially, try not to freak out and instead, call your doctor of midwife and discuss it with them.

If you still haven’t decided whether to breastfeed or not, here’s a good reason: some experts estimate that mothers excrete between 400-700 calories a day while breastfeeding, and to compensate, you should be eating roughly 500 extra calories a day (mmm that’s like one spoonful of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream).

--> We went to my OB for checkup yesterday and she said that I'm already 1-2cm dilated. yippee!! a lot of changes are going through right now and i just can't wait to bring this baby into this world.

I am now on leave from work as per my OB's advise. I just hope I'd get to see my baby before the month ends!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 16

Week 36: Wee fingers o' steel

Fetal development in pregnancy week 36: The countdown continues… and in fetal developments: most of the bones (soft skull aside) in their little body are now completely hardened, providing a solid structure from which they can now make their grand debut into the world. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are structurally ready for a secure launch. In physical fitness news: their muscle tone has also improved over these past few weeks, and you’ll definitely be impressed by their steel-like Ulnar grasp (a newborn reflex that occurs if you lay your finger in their palm). And in genital development: if you’re having a girl, her labia are now fully developed. Finally, in the fluids/excretion department: the amniotic fluid-to-baby ratio has fallen over these past weeks, although they’re still swallowing fluid (building up even more meconium for that historic first poop), and some vernix caseosa. They will be more than ready to swallow and digest milk after birth. Just in case you didn’t get it quite yet: you’ve got yourself an adorable and hungry 6.5 lbs 20 inch baby—are you ready?

And how's mom doing? If you haven’t done so already, you’re going to need to take the time to do some baby-proofing. We know you don’t have loads of energy right now, but waiting until your little crawler is getting into the Drain-o or sticking their finger in a light socket just isn’t the safest strategy. There are plenty waiting until your little crawler is getting into the Drain-o or sticking their finger in a light socket just isn’t the safest strategy articles and check lists to assist you in making sure your home is a safe place for your new explorer (check out sites like:’s safety products, and BabyCenter's buying guides (follow link to safety section). Go ahead and fix those broken cupboard latches and window screens. Hide or toss out harmful chemicals, detergents and aerosols as newborns are typically very sensitive to air-born agents and toxic cleaning supplies and if exposed, babies can easily breakout with rashes, have belabored breathing and watery eyes, along with others signs of irritation. Simply thinking about removing all these products can be overwhelming, so start small if necessary. Use vinegar to dust instead of Lysol, and if you’re planning on painting the nursery, try to stay away from the industry-standard synthetic mixes. Also, think about purchasing organic or dermatologist approved cotton comforters and pillows for the crib. It’s a nuisance to think about right now—but trust us: once your child is on the outside, you’re going to have a lot less time to be dealing with baby-proofing.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 15

Week 35: Hey! It IS getting cramped in here.

Fetal development in pregnancy week 35: Congratulations! You’re now carrying nearly 6 lbs of baby not counting their amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord, or the placenta itself. We’re impressed because that’s a LOT of work non-stop. Are you feeling proud of yourself yet? Well, get to it—you’ve done an amazing job! At this point, your little grower is almost busting out of the womb size-wise, which make their restricted attempts to move much challenging. Of course, your stubborn little sucker is still trying to move around as if they weren’t in a cramped space. And the accumulationg baby fat deposits are starting to level off so your little butter ball will be padded and warm when they head out of their super snug little home.

And how's mom doing? We’re sure you’ve noted that the contractions are picking up and despite the obvious appeal of getting the pregnancy over with at this point, try not to jump the gun too soon by declaring actual labor. Of course, if it’s getting to the point where you’re having contractions continuously— you’re in The pain experienced depends on several things including your own natural pain threshold, medication, birthing position, fetal position, previous births, your general health and the actual birthing environment labor and yes, it’s time for the "grab your bags we’re gonna have a baby" rush. For the rest of you not yet in labor, your watermelon-betwixt-my-legs waddle is as charming as ever, not to mention the glorious ongoing back pain and fatigue. Hang in there! Once you’ve got your miracle baby on the outside, this will all be a dim memory. So, catch the cat naps whenever possible and keep yourself hydrated with water and try to imagine how all of this will (hopefully) be much funnier in hindsight.

Your doctor or midwife should soon start monitoring cervical effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation in order to predict labor. If your cervix is already dilated labor is probably not far away—although there are some moms who walk around with a dilated cervix for a couple of days prior to labor. And if you haven’t heard about the joys of discharging the mucus plug (which protects the uterus from infection) along with some spotting, commonly called “bloody show”—both are signs that labor is around the corner. Should you discharge anything unusual in consistency and/or coloration, don’t hesitate to call you health care providor, it’s probably nothing, but you certainly don’t need the extra stress right now.

Let’s talk about pain. Reports on the intensity of pain experienced during labor and childbirth are widely varied from woman to woman. The pain experienced depends on several things including your own natural pain threshold, medication, birthing position, fetal position, previous births, your general health and the actual birthing environment. Of course, there are natural births, cesarean deliveries, spinals, IV’s and other pain medications, all of which also play into how you experience pain during child birth.

Ideally, you should attempt to be as relaxed as possible and willing to accept the pain as part of the birthing process. In reality, your experience of the birthing process is unique to your body and how you choose to respond to it. Pain is a two part process: the first part is the physical experience of the pain and the second is your emotional reaction to your experience—and that is the part you have the most control over. Choosing to accept and endure the pain of child-birth (with or without medication) can be an empowering experience for any woman, as well as making the birthing process notably easier for those assisting you.

--> We're getting there!! We have already started cleaning our room and buying stuff for our little one. I have a doctor's appointment every week now. A few more snoozes to go...

Monday, September 7, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 14

A nice surprise from Ericsson/Kuriray friends

Last Friday, September 4, was really a fun day. I had a nice suprise from my Ericsson colleagues. They hosted a nice and cute baby shower for me. It was really a surprise coz i didn't really have any idea that they were planning on giving me one.

Backtrack: Wednesday, September 2, I stayed at home coz I was not feeling really well. I've been having abdominal cramps since the night before. So I just decided to take a break from work.

Thursday, September 3, I went back to work, feeling a bit normal. It was just an ordinary day for me. Nothing unusual happened. Until hubby Jake sent me a text message, asking me, "Bakit tumatawag sakin si Lala?" Hmmm, bakit nga? and then just before going home, Yuwan told me twice, "Jen, pasok ka bukas ha". And Lala asked me also if I was going to work the next day. =)

Friday, September 4, I was late for work. I missed the 7:45 AM shuttle. So i had to wait for the 8:15 shuttle. When I arrived at the office, still I didn't notice anything unusual. Until I saw some of my colleagues (actually Kurirays, hehehe...) wearing my favorite color, purple. Thinking it was just coincidence, I just acted normal.

At around 3-4pm, Yuwan asked me what time I was going home. I told her I was late so I had to extend my stay for a few minutes more. She then told me, "Mag snack muna tayo mamaya ha". Hmmm...

5pm came, I started to fix my things, getting ready to go home. Then again, Yuwan asked me, "Uwi k na?!" Hahaha...I told her, "Hindi pa, late nga kasi ako..."

And then at around 5:30, Yuwan, Karen and Lala approached me and told me, "Tara merienda tayo".

Then instead of going out, we headed to Asia meeting room, where I was greeted by the rest of the accomplices. =)

It was such a nice feeling. Most of them were really wearing puple, some were wearing pink. Yuwan and Carole served as the party hosts. Everyone gave their well-wishes for me and baby. To top it off, my favorite Pancit Malabon and Cheese Pichi-Pichi from Amber was served!

But that's not the end of the my surprise, hubby was there too, with matching flowers pa! All this time, he knew that they were planning on surprising me and didn't even give me a clue!

I love suprises...especially if I'm not the one being surprised! hahaha...but this is one suprise I surw will never forget. Special thanks to my Kuriray friends for this wonderful surprise. Just to share some pictures:

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I'd also like to share the cute e-invite sent out by the master mind, Yuwan. =)

And the nice AVP made by Mean =)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 13

Week 34: Upside-down baby!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 34: Your amazing baby is on the move! They’ve been riding fairly high in your stretched-out womb till now (while kindly compressing your poor internal organs), but now they’re planning on making the big move to your pelvis this week. If you haven’t noticed it already, you’ll be feeling the weight shift that signals that your baby is most likely out of breech position, with their head now resting on your pubic bone. In liver news: although not quite fully formed, your little miracle’s liver is now capable of processing a certain amount of waste. In general, most of your child’s prenatal physical development is pretty much up to snuff and ready for the outside world. Naturally, further weight gain is expected—so you’re still not at maximum capacity despite probably feeling like you definitely are maxed out.

And how's mom doing? Obviously the big change for you is the notable weight shift (known as “lightening” or “engagement”). Now that your baby is resting deeper in your pelvis, you may find yourself walking as if you're carrying a watermelon between your legs. Yes dear, you’re officially “waddling” these days. Try to comfort Now that your baby is resting deeper in your pelvis, you may find yourself walking as if you're carrying a watermelon between your legs yourself with this thought: it’s nearly over. Soon, you’ll just have to carry your adorable little watermelon in your arms. And in a rare spate of good news: this weight shift means you can breathe easier now that your lungs aren’t compressed. The not-so-good news, it’s a trade off: (we’ll wait till you’re back from the restroom) this new position has your poor bladder even more squished than before. We’d recommend writing your bladder little love poems to convince it not to leave you altogether, but unfortunately bladders don’t speak English (only Italian love poems will do).

If you've recently noticed some less-than-appealing itchy red bumps on your belly (and possibly around your thighs and belly), you've got yourself a harmless but not fun round of pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP if your don't have the patience for the full name). If you feel itchy ALL over your body, that's different, and you should call your health care practitioner as this could be a liver problem.

At your next check up you can expect your physician to conduct a Group B Streptococci test (GBS), a common bacteria screening. As long as you have a strong immune system, you’re in the clear (one more reason to eat right and exercise!), but your little one is more susceptible to serious health complications (including meningitis, pneumonia and blood infection) if not diagnosed and treated properly—so the tests are good for some peace of mind. Hang in there momma, you’re already a super-star for making it this far!

--> a few more weeks to go and we're all set...waiting seems like forever! i can't wait to finally see our precious baby girl.

At this stage, the discomforts of being at this advanced phase of pregnancy continues to kick in. The restroom is still my best friend. Sleep seems to be a chore for me. Walking long distances makes my feet ache so much. Increased pressure in the pelvic area is starting to become more intense.

Aside from that, I am experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions. I am excited for our baby's arrival, worried and scared of the pains of childbirth. Anxious and stressed of the expenses we will incur.

But all these are worth it. In a month's time, our baby Jenika Mikaela will be here...and everything will be ok...hopefully...

Monday, August 24, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 12

Week 33: Is it just me or is getting a little cramped in here?

Fetal development in pregnancy week 33: For all the weight and bulk you’re lugging around these days, you’d think your little champ should weigh much more than a mere 5 lbs and measly 17 inches in height, but nope, that’s about the average size for a baby in its thirty-third week. In terms of appearances, they’re getting cuter and pudgier every minute as they pile on the baby fat for those adorable little wrist rolls and chubby toes. And as we’re sure you’ve already noticed they’re getting stronger with every passing day. Nowadays, it’s possible to observe a well-placed kick just by watching your belly—but you already knew that didn’t you? Although they’re getting stronger, your bigger-by-the-day baby is losing space to move around, so the actual rate of movement will drop off in the last few weeks, despite that powerful drop-kick they’ve been working on. Hey, did you know you’ll continue feeling their movements even during labor?

And how's mom doing? Here’s a good way to deal with your mounting impatience: map out your plan of action for the big day. It’s an important and necessary step that’s also pretty soothing and fun. So, get out a piece of paper and pen. If you think about it, planning all the details now can be a real saving grace once Massaging the perineum (the area around the vagina) can reduce your chance of it tearing during delivery the chaos and pain of labor starts up. This would include having a packed bag with a change of comfortable clothes, reading material, maybe an i-pod and your camera or camcorder (whichever you decide, if any at all). Know your driving route to the health center. Or if you’re delivering at home, make sure you have the delivery room prepared (equipped with your most favorite soothing music), and all necessary instruments and materials ready for use. Of course, get your doctor or midwife on speed-dial. Massaging the perineum (the area around the vagina) can reduce your chance of it tearing during delivery and there’s no time like the present to start. Be on your toes (not literally, just mentally) as it's now totally conceivable you might have to spring into action any day! Then again, it might still be another seven weeks.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 11

Week 32: Mommy, you're HOT!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 32: In the latest womb reports, your amazing baby has now developed sensitivity to temperature! This means you’ll probably get a swift kick if you put a hot pad on your ginormous belly. For the Elton John lovers out there-- yes, baby’s got blue eyes. At this point, all babies do, although depending on their chromosomal disposition, this could easily change after birth (or even between now and labor), but for the time being, blue it is. Thanks to their recently matured lungs and a remarkably strong immune system, over 90% of babies born in their 32nd week, survive premature births. So it’s pretty much a done deal. Even if your little monkey’s planning on heading out early, their survival odds are in everyone’s favor. Time to celebrate (no, no, wait until after the birth to crack open the champagne!) We’re talking baby-showers and alcohol-free punch!

And how's mom doing? If your family or significant other is around and involved, it’s probably time to start discussing what’s going to happen when you really go into labor. Of course, the delivery itself can be quite overwhelming for first-time viewers, so make sure and openly discuss the fact there will be blood, sweat, make sure and openly discuss the fact there will be blood, sweat, mucous, and possibly even a bit of poop mucous, and possibly even a bit of poop (if you didn’t know already, it’s likely that while in labor and pushing, you also push out a bit of the ol’ number 2—it’s totally normal if not a little disgusting). Even the weak-stomached birthing buddies can still help to make the labor-process more bearable with breathing assistance, massages, and constant reassurance and cheering: "Yay! That was a great contraction honey!" (Now run! Before she breaks your wrist!). For the more blood-bold and not so faint of heart, the positions of cameraman, baby-catcher, and/or umbilical cord-cutter are always available—just talk to your doctor or mid-wife beforehand so they can be prepared to deal with an extra person during the birthing process.

Surprise! Your third trimester symptoms aren’t going away yet. If you just got back from peeing, you already know that your bladder is nearing non-existent-land. These joys will persist till you’re on the birthing bench. Also, be careful of lightheadedness during these last weeks. Your blood tends to pool in the lower limbs, resulting in low cranial blood pressure. So, watch out for the head rushes and get up nice-n-slow after sitting for long periods.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 10

As I have mentioned during my previous post, I had my 3d/4d ultrasound at In My Womb, The Link, Glorietta Makati. We finally got the video last Saturday (Aug.8). And now, I want to share our precious little one's first ever video. Please feel free to comment. =) ENJOY!!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 9

Week 31: Another day... another ounce

Fetal development in pregnancy week 31: Your not-so-little-one is just a bit closer to their birth weight and height at around 4 pounds and 17 inches. With each added layer of baby fat, your baby's skin starts to look more and more like it will when they finally get to see the light of day. The heavy news: you can expect your miracle-gro muffin to gain about a half a pound of weight per week from now until about two weeks before birth. Great. That's just what you needed. Even more weight to carry around!

Your baby's still-developing immune system has gained substantial strength over the past few weeks getting them in full gear to face our disease-ridden world o’ wonders. Obviously, a large majority of your child’s immune strength will be derived from exposure to breast milk as well as the outside elements. Their cute little noggin’ (which could already be covered with luscious locks or just purty peach fuzz), is still soft because the skull bones have not yet fused together. As much as that sounds a little too vulnerable, their “skull softness” allows for a much smoother passage through the birth canal during labor—something both you and your little swimmer will appreciate when it’s finally time to “go!” Also, some babies will have that “soft spot” on their head for up to one year after birth.

And how's mom doing? Have you felt anything you suspect might be contractions already? Braxton-Hick contractions are part and parcel of the second half of pregnancy and lucky for you, become more frequent during the third trimester. Cleverly dubbed “false labor” contractions, these spasms are an obnoxious fake-out and So next time you’ve got yourself a pair of damp head-lights in the grocery store, just go ahead and purchase the nursing pads to protect your clothes, bras, and any remaining shreds of dignity you can salvage shouldn’t be confused with premature labor. The fun part of having BH contractions is that it’s not unusual for them to be painful... and by fun, we mean “why oh why, does the third trimester mean everything is uncomfortable?” Still, just a heads up: if you notice the contractions more than four times in one hour, or even more glamorous—changes in your vaginal discharge, call your healthcare practitioner right away.

As for other third-trimester niceties; your nipples may be engaging in a bit of “pre-milk” expulsion at the most untimely moments. So next time you’ve got yourself a pair of damp head-lights in the grocery store, just go ahead and purchase the nursing pads to protect your clothes, bras, and any remaining shreds of dignity you can salvage


As your magical growing baby obstinately refuses to shrink or give back any real-estate in your belly, you can sit back, "relax," and take in the heartburn and increased lower back pain. If you choose, you can always eat less with each meal, and instead opt for smaller more frequent meals, this should help the heartburn. As for your poor back, get off your feet and elevate them above your heart, double-check the names list, and how many key baby-items you’ve already got in your registry. If you’re lucky, you might just make it in less than eight weeks! Hang in there wonder-mom, we believe in you!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I have always been a worrier...i worry about a lot of things. even small ones. but i have never been THIS worried in my entire existence. it's bad for me, i know. but, what can i do? i simply can't help it. i don't know how to cope with's so hard...especially when you don't know who to turn to...

i just hope everything will be ok...

Monday, August 3, 2009



The girl's name Mikaela \m(i)-kae-la\ is a variant of Michaela (Hebrew) and Michelle (French, Hebrew), and the meaning of Mikaela is "who resembles God".

Mikaela is an uncommon female first name and a very rare surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census).

[ 3 syll. mi-kae-la, mik-a-ela ] The girl name Mikaela is pronounced as MiyKEYLah KEY. Mikaela is largely used in the Scandinavian language and its origin is Hebrew. Mikaela is a variant of the name Michaela (Dutch, English, and German).

Mikaela is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name's popularity rose from the 1980s up to the 1990s; before that, it was of very light use only. At the modest peak of its usage in 1997, 0.056% of baby girls were given the name Mikaela. It had a ranking of #273 then. The baby name has experienced a fall in popularity since then. In 2008, its usage was 0.027% and its ranking #540. Out of the family of girl names directly linked to Mikaela, Michaela (Dutch, English, and German) was the most commonly used. In 2008, it was more commonly used than Mikaela by 62% .

Baby names that sound like Mikaela include Micaela (Italian and Spanish), Mikayla (Russian), Magali (English and French), Magalie (English and French), Magaly (English, French, and Spanish), Magola (Spanish), Makayla (English), Mckayla (English), Michaela (Dutch, English, and German), Michaella (English), Michaila (English), Michela (Italian), Michella (English), Miguela (Spanish), Mikala (Hawaiian), Mikhaila (Russian), Mikyla (English), Mozella (English), Mychaela (English), and Mykala (English).

My Mommy Entry # 8

Week 30: Goodbye monkey baby, hello roly poly!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 30: The light is visible at the end of the tunnel! Your oversized self and amazing growing baby have finally reached the single digits (in terms of weeks till birth)! The fine lanugo hair that has been growing all over their little monkey-like body is going to start falling off this week in preparation for the big day. But don’t be shocked if they’re hairier than you’d anticipated, some babies keep their lanugo until after birth. Still, it’s not any cause to be concerned as it will fall off eventually. No surprises here: your little porker is getting even cuter with increasingly pudgy arms and legs this week thanks to the ever-growing layers of subcutaneous fat. In terms of numbers, your baby should be weighing in at around 3 pounds 12 ounces (or more!) and be nearly 16 inches long.

And how's mom doing? On a very serious note: you should make sure to determine both you and your baby’s blood type. It’s extremely important for everyone. In the case that you and your maturing babe’s blood types don’t match there’s a chance you could produce antibodies that could potentially attack and harm a future the drama you’re feeling is largely a result of increased adrenaline thanks indirectly to hormonal swings—not because things really are that dramatic and merit adult temper tantrums fetus. It is rare, but with modern medicine, the problem is easily corrected and little cause for concern if dealt with properly.

As for the ongoing joys of being in your third trimester: your not-so-fun symptoms are just intensifying this week, so it might not hurt to slow down a bit and focus on yourself. If you’re feeling extra fatigued, you’ve probably joined the sleeping shouldn’t be this tough when I’m this tired club, especially if you’re experiencing a lot of back pain and general discomfort. If you’ve been pushing the exercise thing, then this is the time perhaps to cut down on the physical activities and focus more on getting proper sleep (if this means buying a pregnancy pillow, then do it!). Oh and all that moodiness? Just go with the flow emotionally. This doesn't mean letting the hormones win and becoming a complete psychotic. Instead, feel the feelings, but know that the drama you’re feeling is largely a result of increased adrenaline thanks indirectly to hormonal swings—not because things really are that dramatic and merit adult temper tantrums. The clincher symptom for this week: it’s highly likely your libido has gone on sabbatical. This, as far as we’re concerned, is perfectly natural in your condition.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Keep it to yourself...

Why are there people who always tell you what to do? Why cant they mind their own business? Why do some people tell you that this is better than the one you chose?

Why cant they just keep their opinions to themselves?? We have our own lives to live...

Makes sense, right??

Wednesday, July 29, 2009



Meaning: Its source is Yochana, a Hebrew name meaning "God's grace."

Alternative Spellings: Jenicka and Jennica

Variant Forms: Jeniqua

Narrative: The Hebrew Yochana was translated into Latin as Joanna or Johanna. Over time these developed into the Old French Jehan(n)e. At various points this string of ancestors spun off many modern variations that have enjoyed a great deal of popularity.

Most of them share the quality of simplicity. Whether we call to mind the fictitious Jane Q. Public or the legendary Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'Arc in French), these names seem to emerge from the heart of the people.

[ syll. je-ni-ca, jen-ica ] The girl name Jenica is pronounced JHEHNahKah KEY. Jenica's origin is Hebrew, and its use, English and Romanian. Jenica is a variant form of the English Jane.

Jenica is not commonly used as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names. In 2008, within the family of girl names directly related to Jenica, the English Jane was the most popular.

Baby names that sound like Jenica include the English Jameka, the English Jamesha, the English Jameshia, the English Jamesia, the English Jamessa, the English Jamika, the Polish Janeska, the English Janessa, the Czech Janica, the English Janisa, the Scandinavian Jannike, the Slavic Jasminka, the English Jenasys, the English Jennica, the Polish and English Joanka, the Czech and English Johanka, the Dutch Johanneke, the English Genesis, the English Jamese, and the English Jamesica.

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 7

My In My Womb 3d/4d Ultrasound Experience

Last Saturday, we had our 6th checkup with our OB-Gynecologist. So far, everything's ok. I passed my Glucose Challenge test, but I still need to cut on my sugar intake. We were also able to hear our little one's heartbeat. Next week I will be having my Tetanus Toxoid shot -- scary!!

After the checkup, we proceeded to Makati for our scheduled 3d4d ultrasound at In My Womb. I have heard lots of great reviews about this ultrasound center so we have decided to have our ultrasound there. Their center is located at 2f, The Link Bldg, Ayala Makati. The building is beside Landmark. Before proceeding, we had our lunch first at Ineng's Special BBQ -- great food, terrible customer service!

After eating, we then proceded to the 2nd level. We were greeted by a courteous nurse and I told her that I was scheduled for an ultrasound with Dra. Ramos. I would actually like to have the procedure done by the owner, Dra. Shiela Illescas, since i have heard lots of good feedback from other patients. But when I called in to have my appointment scheduled, I was informed that there were already 25 patients in line. So I had to settle for Dra. Shelma Jane Ramos. I was hoping and praying that she is a nice Dr...

We waited for about 30minutes because there was another patient in line ahead of us. Good thing I made an appointment with them in advance because I didn't want to wait too long. We settled our bill first and waited for our turn. I was already giddy at this point. I was just so excited to see our baby.

Then our turn came...we were called in by a young (and pretty!) doctor. Dra. Ramos was so nice and patient. She just asked me a few questions and then she proceeded with the scan. I was hoping and praying that our baby is in a good mood that day and wishing that she will show her face to us. And so she did! She was sleeping during the first part of the procedure and we freely saw her face. She was so cute! We saw her smile, yawn and even eat! Dra. Ramos said that the baby is so matakaw. Everything was going quite well -- and then she woke up...she started hiding her face with her arms. We spent a few minutes prodding her to remove her hands on her face. And when she didn't, Dra Ramos decided to do the measurements first and to confirm that we are having a baby GIRL! Everything is normal. And I hope it stays this way until the end of my term. After measuring everything, we went back to convincing our baby to show her face. Dra. Ramos asked me to cough, laugh, change positions, and Daddy Jake was even asking the baby to please show her face. And after a few minutes she did show her face! Dra. Ramos was able to take some good facial shots. And then, she hid her face again...And then. feeling that she won't show it again after a few minutes, Dra. Ramos ended the scan. For me it was bitin! I was thinking, "hey, we've been here for only a few minutes!" But Jake told me that we've been doing the procedure for about 45 minutes already! I just can't get enough of my baby!

The experience was exhilarating. It was so overhwhelming to see our little one moving inside me. The experience was worth the price. And even though some are discouraging us to have a 3d4d scan, given another chance, I would do it over and over again. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your baby for the 1st time.

And now, we're just so excited to see her in flesh! can't wait for October!!!

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Photos and Video to follow...

My Mommy Entry # 6

Week 29: To pee or not to pee...

Fetal development in pregnancy week 29: If you’ve been feeling butterflies moving around in your belly, it’s not just your run-of-the-mill pre-birth performance anxiety. No, it’s your amazing baby with a case of the hiccups: a fairly common occurrence at this point resulting from practicing breathing for their big birthday. In addition, to getting a round of butterfly-like hiccups, your little swimmer has arduously managed to accumulate enough baby fat to account for nearly 3.5% of their overall body weight. Yeah, compared to we adults, it’s not a lot, but when they’re little like that—it’s certainly a healthy (and warming) accomplishment in its way. Another fantastic accomplishment: your baby's spleen is now in charge of hematopoiesis—the 10 dollar name for the process involved in building up certain important blood components. Another fantastic-accomplishment: your little monkey has been peeing into their amniotic sac for a little while now (this is why potty training takes a while) and if you didn’t know, actually swallows it along with the rest of the amniotic fluid. Although the concept is nasty, their urine is sterile and as part of the amniotic fluid base, is replaced several times throughout the day. So if you didn’t know before, now you can tell people, that yes, you drank your own urine—you were still in the womb, but nonetheless, you’ve been there.

And how's mom doing? Here’s another new-parenting-issue that you probably don’t have the time or energy to handle: the decision whether or not to breastfeed. If you thought this was one of the obvious ones (stick out breast, attach child, feeding commences!), think again. Right off the bat, there are women that simply the vain reason to breastfeed: all that charming excess body fat you’ve gained is used for milk production, thus making it MUCH easier for you to return to you pre-pregnancy weight cannot breastfeed for medical reasons—and have no choice in the matter but to opt for formula-feeding. Then there are the women who attempt to breast-feed and run out of milk, or the baby won’t latch on (they even have breast-feeding classes because despite the apparent animal-easiness of the behavior, some babies just don’t take to breastfeeding).

Now, if you are planning or deciding whether or not to breastfeed, here are some of the big reasons why it’s a great thing for you and your little “sucker”: breastfeeding actually releases a hormone that will help you relax (and if you don’t nurse milk production will actually cease: i.e. use it or lose it!). If you choose to breastfeed, your body will produce oxytocin—(no, not Oxycotin, Rush Limbaugh already took care of that), which actually increases uterine contractions to decrease post-birth vaginal bleeding.

And the vain reason to breastfeed: all that charming excess body fat you’ve gained is used for milk production, thus making it MUCH easier for you to return to you pre-pregnancy weight. Also, nursing mothers’ bones re-mineralize faster than those who don’t and are less likely to contract ovarian or uterine cancer before and after menopause. Not to mention the fact that breastfeeding means you’re directly bolstering your baby’s immune system. For even more reasons why your child will benefit from breastfeeding, visit

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 5

Week 28: Why, you look positively bovine!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 28: You know how you’ve been feeling a bit like a barn with legs? Well, that feeling won’t subside before… well, you know, when you finally give birth. For the time being, you’ve got yourself a baby in the business of collecting fat and lots of it! In spite of the dubious joys of being a human-barn, this baby fat business is very serious and you’ve got to put up with it because it’s going to keep your little porker warm and healthy after birth. Other good stuff from inside: their eyes are doing lots of blinking this week because they’re now able to respond to light and dark. Also, their industrious little bone marrow is now a major construction site for developing red blood cells, while their super-cute adrenal glands are actually producing androgen and estrogen—which will stimulate your hormones to begin milk production. Can you say, “Moo?”

And how's mom doing? If you’re not already fully entrenched, it’s just about time to head into the Name Game field. If you haven’t yet landed on “the perfect name”, there are only about a trillion books (check them out at and websites with head-spinning lists of name possibilities. You can always opt to invent You can always opt to invent a name as well (like say, “Thygor”). Obviously, naming isn’t always the most straightforward or easy process and not every couple has a name for their child even after birth a name as well (like say, “Thygor”). Obviously, naming isn’t always the most straightforward or easy process and not every couple has a name for their child even after birth. Really, just take your time and try to consider any possible mean nicknames they might be inflicted with once they hit adolescence (i.e. What happens when you name your kid “Willy"?).

As if we have to tell you: their little “cute” kicks are getting stronger these days, but just pay attention. If you notice a significant drop in the number of kicks experienced per hour it would be a good idea to tell your physician or mid-wife. But before you start getting anxious, keep in mind that during the final weeks of pregnancy your in-house-football player will be kicking significantly less as they will lack the space to move about as vigorously.

--> Another week has passed...Our baby's getting bigger and bigger! I'm so excited to see Baby J! His/her kicks are stronger nowadays. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night because this little one inside me is kicking the hell out of me! But I love it! I love to see my tummy move and feel my baby inside me. Oh, i'm so going to miss this once our baby gets out of me...

We will be having our 3d/4d ultrasound week after next and we're extremely excited! I'm going to see my baby...As for the name?? we already have names for both genders. But we're still figuring out if we are going to add a "second" name...But for sure, the name starts with letter "J"! Why? Isn't it obvious? Both mommy and daddy's name starts with baby's name must too!!! =)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter Mania Strikes Again!

Once again, Harry and the rest of his Hogwarts friends are back for another thrilling adventure...Tomorrow is the opening day for the 6th movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I personally like the book, though the ending is really, really sad...

I'm a self-confessed Potter fact, I got the title of this blog from the series. I just love the magic, the mystery, the adventure, the friendship that forms the whole of the story. I have read the 7 books (not once, not twice, not thrice...i actually lost count already) and they are all great. JK Rowling never fails to amuse her readers. And I hope the movie won't be such a disappointment for us Potter fans.

I usually watch Harry Potter on its first screening day. But this time, I'll save it for the weekend. ;) I am so excited to watch it with my hubby. I have made him a fan of Harry too. And hopefully we'd be able to reserve tickets today.

I'll surely write something about the movie once I watch it, so better stay tuned for a detailed movie review! =)

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 4

Week 27: I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 27:Your not-so-tiny-anymore brilliant baby(about 2 pounds and 14.5 inches long!) is slowly rotating in preparation to “head out.” Obviously, this doesn’t happen overnight, but when you start to feel an unfamiliar pressure on your cervix, you’ll know you’ve got a fully flipped baby locked and loaded for the countdown to their birthday! Even now, at the beginning of the third trimester, their little lungs are already capable of breathing air while the pulmonary vascular system can provide sufficient gas exchange and the central nervous system can generally regulate rhythmic breathing as well as their basal body temperature. For what it’s worth, at this point in a healthy pregnancy a premature child (with intensive care) could easily win on the show: “Survivor: The Early Years.”

And how's mom doing? You’ve worked hard, done your research, endured a plethora of joyless symptoms and would like nothing more than to have wonder-baby on the outside. Well, dig in for the final endurance round and say hello again to the familiar but not-so-lovable faces of fatigue and nausea. You guessed it, the dratted the third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this time… hormone factory is once again running at full-tilt (and causing rapid hair growth), sigh…. Your (“yaaaawn”) fatigue stems from several factors, including the proverbial weight gain, shortness of breath and of course, sleep deprivation. (See week 29 for tips on how to alleviate fatigue!).

Yes, ladies, you’ve finally reached the infamous “live-on-the-toilet” stage. Your feet are bigger, your breasts are bigger, your belly is bigger, even your baby is bigger—and something’s gotta give. Annoyingly, nature didn’t choose your butt and instead opted to compress your bladder, which is now being completely squashed by your-super-sized-baby... all day long. So your best shot is to just accept the fact you’re going to need to urinate every 10 minutes (and if you manage to go longer, thank the good lord).

Of course breast tenderness is also very common at this phase as milk production is kicking in. Other thrilling third-trimester symptoms include more swelling (known as edema) and feeling like you live in a sweat factory as a result of increased basal body temperature. Thank your baby: this temperature increase stems from their body heat coupling with your own, which of course all adds up to one hot mama!

Just in case you don’t have enough things to stress out about: we’d like to remind you the third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this time… when you’re not nauseous, constipated, running to the toilet, or just plain wiped out. (And don’t forget to get your sleep, be active, and eat well! Phewee! we're tired just thinking about what you're going through!)

--> oh my...3rd trimester, here I come...hope I would feel the same way I did during the 1st trimester...and i just can't wait to see my baby! less than 3 months to go...and yeah, I am now the toilet's bestfriend...peeing every after so minutes...sometimes it's tiring...especially at night! Imagine yourself sleeping tight and enjoying the peace of the night then suddenly you have to get up and head to the toilet! it's so damn frustrating. but all for the love of the baby...

Our Baby J...can't wait to see you!

Monday, July 6, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 3

Week 26: Eye see YOU!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 26: At long last, your little swimmer can see the womb! Your miracle’s little eyelids have finally separated (they were fused closed previously) and they’re probably having their first moments of sight as you read this (or maybe it already happened while you were brushing your teeth or watching Oprah or something). In addition to seeing their little studio in your belly, they’ve recently acquired the ability to say “yes” and “no” in rudimentary sign language as they can now move their head back and forth. This is also the time where your little super star’s head hair is starting to grow! A cute little cowlick or two may be springing into position right now, getting ready for years of cute-but-stubborn bed-head. Also, their toenails have grown in and you little raisin continues to slowly pile up fat beneath their still-loose skin. Most importantly, brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace, increasing their (genius-level?) brain activity and will continue to function at accelerated levels for the first seven to eight years of childhood!

And how's mom doing? This is the final week of your second trimester. We won't go on and on about the joys of constipation, but if you’re curious why you’ve got to put up with this much-less-than-fun blockage, it’s basically because you’re producing higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes muscle tissue throughout you’re producing higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes muscle tissue throughout your entire body, including the G.I. tract and ultimately slows digestion down… waaaay down your entire body, including the G.I. tract and ultimately slows digestion down… waaaay down. Not to fear, there are plenty of natural remedies for the joys of constipation, including: increasing your standard fiber intake with fruits and veggies, oatmeal, or whole grains (such as millet, rye and wheat). Another way to get things moving "down there" is to get yourself moving! If you haven’t been very active, try putting some time in walking or swimming. Increasing your general activity levels often inspires a bowel movement without requiring a suppository. Many women also experience restless and jittery legs during the second half of pregnancy. It’s a common condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome (or RLS—not a very creative name). Cutting out caffeine, stretching your calf muscles slowly, and some nice and deep muscle massages are generally effective ways to help deal with RLS.

--> A few more weeks...I still can't believe that a baby is growing inside me. It just feels so amazing...3 months to go and Baby J is here...We just can't wait!