This is Ryu, our youngest. Everyone calls him Bubu after Aoki gave him that nickname. We used to call him Bunso but since she could not pronounce it months ago, he became Bu or Bubu.
Don’t let this photo deceive you. Continue reading “Bubu”
Yey!!! I have always wanted to have our photos printed. We have a gazillion softcopies unsafely stored in devices I can’t remember. When I was younger, printing photos was a priority. I would save my allowance just to get hardcopies. In my mom’s house, I have 4 thick albums filled with memories from highschool to college. When taking photos got easier and cheaper (thanks, mobile photography!), I got lazy at printing. The storage system also evolved. From CDs to external drives to cheap USB sticks, OTG and now cloud. Continue reading “Printing Our Pictures At Home”
UP was in the UAAP Season 81 Final Four! Having studied in UPLB in highschool and UP Diliman in college, this was a huge deal for me. I watched the game against Adamson from our house in Laguna. I was screaming so loud that the kids woke up crying. My mom closed the windows because she was worried what the neighbors will think. She described me as mukhang baliw. For game 2, I was having dinner with people I work with. As soon as I arrived, I apologized and explained that watching the game was very important. I tried not to curse during turnovers and raise my fist and shout YES everytime UP scored but I failed many times. Haha. I am sure the diners from other tables stared at me but who cares? We were going to the Finals! Thank you UP Fighting Maroons for giving us that celebratory moment. Watching the compilation of the videos from different UP campuses when buzzer rang and it was official that we were in the Finals made me cry like a baby. Grabe this UAAP high lasted for weeks.
For several years, I used to get teary-eyed every time I heard the song All I Want for Christmas Is You. The lines (Santa won’t you bring me the one I really need? Won’t you please bring my baby to me?) reminded of how much I really wanted to have a daughter. I had been picking names since I was 12. Continue reading “Living the Dream”
Raise our net worth to PHP XXX. Eyes on the Prize. This is the main goal for this year. Here is what we have done so far to get closer to XXX
- Updated our statement of asset, liabilities and net (SALN)
- Created a projection of how incoming funds and expenses monthly
- Defined how much we need to set aside after every pay day
- Opened a new bank account so we can easily transfer our monthly savings.
I have also identified how much I want our net worth to be for the next 3 years. I am now on the lookout for investment opportunities. For the longest time, we were extremely loyal to mutual funds and UITF. It was very convenient but our money is not growing at the rate that I want. We now have 3 kids. By next year, all three will be going to school. Researching about tuition fees make me palpitate! Last year, we learned about agri-investing. It was risky. It was scary at first. We interviewed stakeholders and investors and read all materials I could get my hands into. A year later, things are looking bright and promising. Continue reading “2019 Goals”
Last December, I whispered a desperate prayer. I really wanted to watch Disney on Ice with Aoki. She loves the Disney princess. I just know that seeing them up close will make her day. Scratch that. Seeing Belle, Cinderella, Jasmin and Elsa will make her year. But but but, yes there is a but. Even if my kids’ happiness is priceless, Disney on Ice comes with a price tag. I am still kuripot to the core. PHP 1400-PHP2600 for a two hour show per person just isn’t practical. Continue reading “Disney on Ice 2018”
Week 35July 11-17
Current Weight – 173 lbs (estimate)
As Aki always says, OH YEAH!
Most twins are born between weeks 35-36. So yup, anytime now!
I am extra careful now coz as I have said, anytime now! I intentionally did not go to PatientFirst to check my weight. I wanted to but walking from G1 to G3 will surely stress my puffy feet. Stress could lead to contraction and contraction leads to labor. I don’t want to give birth inside a mall alone! Hehe
Btw I am still going to work. The Philippine standard 2-month maternity leave is not enough for one new baby. How much more with two!? Unless doc tells me that I need to be on bedrest, I plan to continue to report for work. Not easy but I would rather be miserable at work than waste my precious maternity leave credits.
I met with my doula friend, Velvet.
Hopefully, she will be by my bedside during labor and delivery.
We talked about a lot of things. My birth wishes. Breastfeeding. Preparing for birth and post partum care. After our discussion, I had a list of questions for my OB.
Velvet also suggested that I bring lots and lots of bath towels. She said that towels are much better than breastfeeding pillows. How so? I don’t know. We will find out soon.
Special shout out to my bosses, MJY and DDM! Today, I received news about a very special work related blessing. Thank you!
Another reason why I go to the office despite the discomforts, despite the fact that I can always work from home, are my bosses and my team. The work and dedication they put in day in and day out makes me feel that anything less than my 101% is injustice.
Thank you again, MJY, DDM, my SG&A, my PBJF and my Comp teams!
Still on the topic of work.
I have been asked one of the nicest questions ever.
I was walking towards the rest room, both hands on my waist. My back was slightly slanted backwards to balance my weight. I paused for a moment to catch my breath.
Suddenly, someone was calling, “Miss Jamie! Miss Jamie!”. It was Ella. She asked, “Miss Jamie, pwede kita ipag-pray?”. I am still teary eyed as I type this.
Before I went home, with my dorm-mate turned officemate and soon to be Ninang to one of the twins, Josica, Ella and I, had a solemn moment in one of our vacant meeting rooms. I always pray that God keeps us safe and healthy. Ella prayed for that any many other things like financial blessing, strength to overcome challenges, God’s plan and many more.
Ella, thank you so much. And to everyone who prayed and are still praying for us, may God bless you! We will include you in our prayers too.
I am bad at taking selfies but for this week, which could be my last week as a working expecting mommy, I tried to take more preggy pictures.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been asking our facilities team on when will the La-z-boy chairs be returned to our breast feeding rooms. My pangungulit worked!
I am proud to share pictures of our mother’s room in Glorietta.
Special thanks to my cousin, cousin-in-law, niece and aunt for the pamana clothes, shoes and baby paraphernalia!! We are so blessed!
Now that I am so so close to the finish line, I am extra sensitive to any discomfort in the belly area.
Is the tightness because of the weight of the belly? Or maybe it is because the kids are pushing their back and bums against me? O wait, I think I just need to pee? No, no, I am hungry. Hold on, how can I be hungry. I just ate. I think it is hyperacidity. It can’t be contractions, right?
When I met with Velvet, she touched my belly and confirmed that I am feeling contractions. The uterus is practicing for the D-day and that is a good thing.
One last Fri-date with Franco before we become a family of 5. Had dinner in Dad’s. He posted this photo in Facebook. Originally, we did not want to announce the pregnancy in social media and just surprise everyone when the twins are out. Oh well, to date, this is our most liked photo.
Since I was having a hard time walking, Franco was the one who went to the buffet table to get me food. My request was to have the cheesiest dishes available. As there was no more space in my tummy, I had to settle with 2 platefuls. Normally, whenever I eat buffet style, I goal to have at least 3-4 plates plus dessert. The food was great as always. Dad’s never disappoints. It is was the walk to the parking area that was terrible. My belly was hurting so bad. I really thought I’d be giving birth in a few hours. Pain went away as soon as I was comfortably seated in my recliner. Kakai, my prenatal masseuse, arrived soon. This was our 4th session. Before I knew it was already in zzzzzz land.
Another item off my buntis bucket list: Bring Aki to his pedia.
It’s been almost 2 years since Aki has seen Doc Vienne Saulog. Is this your first time to hear about her? Go find the search field of this blog and type Saulog. We adore her!
We were surprised when Doc asked us if we had our twins thru in-vitro fertilization. Throughout this pregnancy, I think we have only been asked twice or thrice. And the questions were more like ,”You did not do anything special to conceive twins, right?”. Apparently, a number of twins nowadays were conceived via IVF. Doc said we are extremely lucky to be naturally blessed with two since a lot of young couples are finding it difficult to conceive bec of lifestyle and work.
One more takeaway from our meeting with Doc Vienne. Vaccines go as high as 4.5K per shot. Ouch! Make that double ouch because we are having two babies!
From now on, if someone asks me what items do I need, I will automatically answer, “Pneumonia and 6-in-1 vaccines, please!”
Had another check up with our OB. I was expecting that she’d say that my cervix is starting to dilate. But no, it is still closed. Which is not a bad thing. I know I complain all the time that I am big, heavy and miserable but I do pray that we make it to our 37th week. Looks like we will. Yey! Doc said I should avoid physical stress, sitting, standing and walking for long periods. I was advised to be on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy.
Doc reviewed our test results and gave the go signal to try vaginal birth. Yey! So yes, unless one of the twins turn and change positions from now until labor, we will aim for normal delivery. I would really appreciate if you can say a short prayer for me and the babies.
We got our second unexpected question for the day. Doc asked us if we are considering ligation. That was a tough one. Definitely, three is the max number of babies that I want for now. But who knows, if we win big time in the lottery, I might consider having more kids.
What are your thoughts on ligation? Is there a reversible way?
Oh look look!
My edema has gotten better. My feet last Monday was so chubby it had it is own bilbil.
According to Ate Doring, the next (third) time for my feet to get manas is the sign that I am about to give birth.
We have been taking family pictures more often. It might be Aki’s last pic as an only child.
Dear Baby Girl, I have been looking forward to reading these books to you. As early as 2013, even before I got pregnant, I’d always keep you in mind whenever we go to Booksale. The main character in these books are not your damsel in distress princesses. They don’t need to be saved. They are heroes in their own right. I got you these books in the hope that you will grow up strong, independent, determined and still be feminine and caring.
These are books by Babette Cole, one of our family’s favorite authors. We love her humor and her wacky drawings. Tarzanna grew up surrounded by forest animals. She was invited to live in the city where she helped zoo animals escape and go back to their home.
Princess Smarty Pants’ parents insisted that she chooses a husband soon. She subjected the princes to various tests from all night roller disco dancing to shopping with the queen. In the end, she found that the only person she deserves is herself.
Zog and the Princess and the Wizard were written by Julia Donaldson, an award winning author who gave us The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale and Smartest Giant in Town.
The princess in the Zog book refused to be saved by a gallant knight. In the end she chose to be a doctor and even convinced Zog, the dragon and the gallant knight to join her Flying Doctors team.
Princess Emily’s family was turned into stone by an evil wizard. The wizard also held her prison. She tried many times to escape. She failed many times but refused to give up. In the end, she outsmarted an evil wizard and saved her family.
These princess did not want to be boxed in the standard prim-and-proper, sit-and-smile-all-day princess stereotype. By getting their hands dirty and doing actual work, they learned that it is more fun to be involved than to be pretty and do nothing the whole day.
Helga was the most beautiful troll but she was very poor. She wanted to marry her boyfriend troll but she could not afford the dowry. Instead of giving up on her man, she put up several rackets. Thru her determination and wit, she earned more than the gold that she needed. When she met her boyfriend again, she realized that any man who waits to be saved and does nothing to help her lady love, just is not good enough for her.
Your Kuyaks is the most imaginative kid that I know. I can’t wait to see him show you and your brother how to have an adventure in the comforts of our home. Grace is very much like your Kuya. She likes to reenact scenes and copy characters. She wanted to be Peter Pan in her school play. As expected, she received lots of objection from her peers. At first, she was disheartened. With the support that she gets from her family, she realized that she could be whoever she wants to be. She became the best Peter Pan that her school has ever seen.
Another favorite. Lala, the rugabee, wanted to be a real princess. She lives in a cave beneath the ground. One day, she sneaked into the castle and tried on princess gowns. The 3 real princesses caught her. The three pretended to be real friends but their actual plan was to humiliate Lala in front of all their guests in the ball. Lala with tears in her eyes ,went running back to her cave. Days later, she decided to go back to the castle to return the princess gown that she wore to the ball. Then, something happened! I will save the rest of the storytelling when you are big enough.
Oh, also, I got you a lot of books about real women who made a mark in history. I wonder which one will be your favorite?
See you in a few days, bunny girl!!