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Another Round of Babypalooza Bazaar This 2015!

May 23, 2015


Calling all moms and dads! Babypalooza Bazaar is happening again!

Babypalooza Bazaar is FREE so be sure not to miss the event by pre-registering at http://goo.gl/forms/Mv2DyLsA32. They'll make sure to send you a reminder days before the event.

You may visit their website at www.babypalooza.com.ph and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Babypalooza.com.ph for more information.

See you there, rookie mom!





My #MOMMANIFESTO 2015 by Mommy Mundo

May 21, 2015


The final activity of the #MomManifesto online campaign has finally come to an end. The last activity sheet can be downloaded from expomom.com/mommanifesto. The 5 - week journey has nothing but fun, inspiring, and motivational for all who have participated, especially me.


Although I haven't have my piece of experience to share when it comes to motherhood as Arya is still inside my belly, I have learned a lot from following participants, reading their stories and realizations. This made me more armed and prepare for what is to come when Arya arrives. Furthermore, this campaign helped me learn more about myself, my wants, and my needs as a soon-to-be mom and wife.

I felt great working on my own #MomManifesto, this little piece of paper will soon be printed, frame and hanged on our wall, to remind me everyday of the things that I have to fulfill for myself, for my partner, and to Arya.



From Rookie Mommy Ph to Mommy Mundo, thank you for making #MomManifesto2015 happen. Yaaay!

#ExpoMom2015 is just a day away!


Don't miss this wonderful 3 - day event happening on May 22 - 24 at Glorietta 2 Activity Center, Makati City. Expo Mom 2015 is a much awaited event for moms and soon-to-be moms as there will be talks, bazaar and activities that will surely make your mom-day-off a worth while.

See you there, rookie mom!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - I'm 24 and Pregnant


Top 4 Facebook Support Groups to Follow for Rookie Moms

May 18, 2015
It's natural for a rookie mom to look for a sense of belongingness. I, personally experienced this and lucky enough, I found myself joining several Facebook groups and recognized organization who's main goal is to provide knowledge, comfort, and support for moms and soon-to-be moms.

So, fear not! Here's a list of our most recommended Facebook groups and organization which will surely be able to help you out in your pregnancy and motherhood journey.



Group Description:

"This group was originally started to address the actions of the Department of Health to make home birthing illegal. The original purpose of this group is to keep home birthing in the Philippines legal and to educate families about homebirthing in the Philippines. 


The group has since evolved and we now focus on gentle birth options. We seek to provide every woman giving birth in the Philippines information, research and experience to allow them to make an informed decision when making their birth option"


What's awesome about this group:

- Offers a very strong support for soon-to-be moms in terms of giving birth in the most gentle, natural way possible.
- Provides seminars and events for soon-to-be moms
- Offers services: Doula, Midwife, Obs that are passionate in helping you in every way that they can
- Great dynamic and engagement among members and admins.
- Shared birth stories are emotionally strong, engaging, passionate, and inspiring.

Even before finding out that I was pregnant, I initially wanted to give birth naturally. If you've been following this blog, you'll know that I hate being in hospitals, doctors, and every tools that comes with them. I imagined my birthing as relaxed and calm as possible, I even wanted to have a water birth. However, I wasn't able to get in touch with this group sooner that's why I opted to just give birth in the hospital.

What to watch out for:

- They provide materials and resources such as books, ebooks that can be hard to find in the market that's why shared files or free book downloads are not allowed. A separate groups called: Sustainable Sharing was created in order for moms to get the free materials.

How to join:

Fill-out Membership Form: http://bit.ly/GentleBirth

*Read Pinned Post once you get the approval from admin to join the group.



Group Description:

"This group is administered by Nurturers of the Earth, a support group for earth-friendly parenting and lifestyle.



The group was started by Nona D. Andaya-Castillo, the first and currently the only non-doctor in the Philippines who passed the accreditation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants or IBCLC. 


She also led national and international projects with Dr. Elvira L. Henares-Esguerra to support, promote and protect breastfeeding like the establishment of breastfeeding stations in all SM Supermalls, the staging of Simultaneous Breastfeeding in Single and Multiple Sites. The last two events inspired them to organize the annual Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide currently staged in more than 19 countries since 2007."

What's awesome about this group:


- Strong support group for moms and soon-to-be moms who wanted to try and eventually to breastfeed exclusively.
- Provides free tutorials, reading resources and materials that will help you how to do breastfeeding properly.
- Great educational source for breastfeeding.
- Can be a source of breast milk during emergencies if you need it.
- Members and Admins are passionate about helping you and your baby achieve your breastfeeding goals.
- Shared stories and photos of successful breastfeeding moms are inspiring and motivational for soon-to-be breastfeeding moms.

I know for myself that I wanted to breastfeed. No questions asks. I know how important breast milk is to babies in their first 6 months of life and that's what I intend to do. However, breastfeeding is not an easy task. This group already helped a lot in order to prepare myself for my breastfeeding journey. 

What to watch out for:
- They are strict in approving members and exclusively approves women as part of their group since other materials exposes a woman's breast. Dads who wanted to be part of the group to help their wives are advised to use their wives' personal Facebook page to be able to join the group. 


How to join:

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BreastfeedingPhilippines.Mothers/?ref=browser

*Read Pinned Post once you get the approval from admin to join the group.



Group Description:

"This is a page to discuss, review, buy / sell / swap new or second-hand nappies, upload pics of your stash or pics of your babies in your favorite MCNs."

What's awesome about this group:


- Great support group for moms who wanted to exclusively cloth diaper their babies.
- Provides How-to's in cloth diapering world.
- Provides honest feedback in cloth diaper online shops and brands available in the market.
- Provides DIY cloth diaper
- Admins and Members are active in group events

I wanted to cloth diaper my baby as well since that's what the "best" option that my lola and mom told me. But, of course, I know babies pooped and pee a lot during their first few weeks of life and I don't have someone to do all the laundry everyday. I intend to cloth diaper when my baby is a little bit older or as soon as she has a stable pooping time. As of now, I am building my stash of cloth diapers and possibly create my own inserts/boosters.

What to watch out for:
This group is all about "lampins" and cloth diapering so be careful when mentioning or asking about disposable diapers as some members can be a bit aggressive and unwelcoming for moms who are not switching yet.

How to join:

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mcnpinays/?ref=browser

*Read Pinned Post once you get the approval from admin to join the group.



Group Description:

"A place where we can discuss everything about babywearing. This group welcomes all types of baby carriers. Both local and international brands, DIY and inexpensive to highly sought after baby carriers."

What's awesome about this group:


- Provides detailed knowledge about babywearing, it's safety and how-to's.
- Provides babywearing brands that is safe for baby and the wearer that is available in the market.
- Offers buy and sell of babywearing gear within the group.

I am exploring babywearing too because seriously, it's cute! and I think it's a fun bonding moment when my baby arrives. There are tons of babywearing gear available that are cheap and super expensive for every babywearing moms and dads.

What to watch out for:

This group can be a little rude and harsh to members who are newbie and does not follow the rules and regulations of the group. Some members are often direct in telling you if you're babywearing the wrong way or if when you are using a dangerous carrier in a not so welcoming way without telling the newbie the reasons why it is not a safe carrier. Thus, some members feel like they are unwelcome or feels likes the groups is solely for babywearers who can buy expensive and approved gears. Also, even though the group focuses on supplying it's members the proper how-to's of babywearing, the community seemed to be more into sharing rants, raves and complaints of seeing other moms or dads who are babywearing the wrong way - which for me, can be a little bit annoying, time consuming, and space crowding the feed of the group. But, despite all this, you can still learn a lot if you really want to babywear.

How to join:

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabywearingPhilippines/?ref=browser
Fill-out Membership Form: http://bit.ly/1AfYC1B

*Read Pinned Post once you get the approval from admin to join the group.

There you go, rookie mom! If you have found any other groups that might be helpful, feel free to share it in the comments below and I'll be sure to add them on this list.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - I'm 24 and pregnant

A Roundup of Pre-Mother's Day Promos 2015

May 7, 2015
What will you give to your mom or wife this coming Mother's Day?



Mother's Day is just around the corner! Here's a roundup of some of the amazing promotions, sale, and contest where you can participate:

Cudsly's Mother's Day Instagram Contest - I love Cudsly! Cudsly is a one-stop online shop for moms, babies, and kids.


Instagram: @Cudsly
Website: www.cudsly.com

CEO Emporium's Tula Giveaway - Don't know what Tula is? Then you're probably not familiar with babywearing. But if you do, hurry and join their on-going giveaway! CEO Emporium is accredited distributor of Tula brand, a popular babywearing gear in the Philippines.

Contest Link: https://goo.gl/xWhUpl

Lazada Super Mom Sale and Chicco Carrier Giveaway


Contest Link: https://goo.gl/Xj8NWi

Zoey Jewelry - Proposing soon? Getting married? Or just looking for the perfect gift to your wife or mom? You may want to check out Zoey PH. 

Website: www.zoey.ph
Instagram: @zoey.ph







Things to Love and Hate About Pregnancy at Third Trimester


This is it, I am already at the final stretch of my pregnancy. - The Third Trimester

I have been breezing through my 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy unlike other pregnant women. I never experienced any difficulty during those two semester. However, no one told me that being in the last semester is the hardest and straining semester ever. Ever! Nakakaloka!

THINGS I HATE AT 30 WEEKS PREGNANCY:

  1. "What is sleep?" - I mean, seriously?! What is it? My sleeping patterns became wild once I hit the third trimester. 

  • I need to constantly pee. Like, every hour. I love drinking water during the night so that contributes to that too.
  • I can't seem to find a comfortable position to sleep. Pillows don't really help. My belly is growing big and I find it really difficult to balance myself on my bed. What I do is I have a pillow between my legs, a pillow to support my belly, and sometimes a pillow on my head. But still, it doesn't help a lot
  • Shortness of breath. Breathe In, Breathe Out. Never in my life I have experience shortness of breath. This is really scary. I find it difficult to breathe whenever I lie down flat on my back or whenever I sit awkwardly. I also find it difficult to breathe if I ate a lot. So, yeah, no more heavy eating at night.

  1. "Is it hot in here or what?" It's REALLY hot, I mean REALLY REALLY HOT. I do believe that being pregnant quadruples your body heat. Summer in Philippines really sucks. Global warming sucks, everything and everyone sucks.
  2. Anxiety, Depression, and Fears. What did I get myself into? I'm not a cry baby but this pregnancy made me so much like a child. It's probably just hormones, plus the thought of pushing out a human out of a tiny hole and everything that will happen before and     after that. Nothing to worry about. 
  3. "What's for breakfast? What's for pre-lunch? Lunch? Afternoon snack? Pre-dinner?        Dinner? How about mid-night snack?" This is self explanatory. Don't judge.
  4. Frequent check-ups. I hate this. Third trimester means check-up every two weeks from the previous once a month check-up. I hate being in the hospital. The aura just creeps me out plus I hate being reminded that a few weeks from now, I will be rushed in this   place and get hooked-up with a lot of machines that I don't know anything about. I                 really hate hospitals

But, despite all that, I still find some things to love about being in this last, final stretch.

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEING PREGNANT AT 30 WEEKS:
  1.  Baby movements. It always makes me smile to feel Arya move around my tummy, it makes me smile and help me re-adjust my thinking from negative to positive. Because going back to #3 above.
  2.  Everyone seems so nice! I don't know why but now that my belly is big and noticeable, everyone, even strangers suddenly seems so nice to me. No more lining up at the grocery lane, taxi lane, elevator, etc. 
  3. Baby Shower! No one throws a baby shower during the 1st and second trimester so     this is really something I am looking forward too along with my friends. And yes, I am   throwing myself one with my friends. Because I want too....and it's for the baby.
  4. Shopping for Arya's items. I am currently building my diaper stash. I have this growing fascination and addiction to diapers at the moment. I don't know exactly why...
  5. Excitement. Despite all the fears and drama. I still find myself getting excited for the big delivery day. I can't wait to hold little Arya, to see her beautiful face, and to play with her tiny hands and feet. But then again, this will all happen after all the panting, heavy breathing, and possibly screaming.


Care to share your love and hate list? Please do.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - I'm 24 and Pregnant