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Buntit Diary: Week 29

Ola! These are my random thoughts throughout this week. No continuity bec I typed whenever there was something that I wanted to document. 

Week 29

Current Weight – 160.5 lbs 

Total Weight Gain – 32.5 lbs 
Woah! 3.75 lb pounds in one week?! I blame buffet 101, polvoron, flat tops and cupcakes. I hope all these additional weight goes to babies and not to my hips. 


And for the first time since I was a newborn, my pusod is now an outie! I don’t think it is cute but at least, it does not feel like it is going to get ripped any minute now.

I am left with less and less clothes everyweek. This week, I say good bye to my knee length pre-pregnancy dress because they are not too short for work!


One week to go and we hit the 30 week mark! We will see you soon, baby loves! Lord, please bless the next 6-9 weeks of this pregnancy. Allow me to nourish the babies inside my womb and prepare us for the new life after birth.

Look, bunny babies. Even our parish church put blue and pink banderitas in joyful anticipation of your arrival. 


Oh mi, oh my! My back is starting to hurt because of the weight of ever growing baby belly. Now, I know how it is be old. Your back hurts. Your joints hurt (in my case, my singit). You walk slow. You feel sleepy all the time. On the bright side, I am comforted by the fact that I have 3 loving kids who will take care of me when I am old and whiny. 


May 31 – Today, I officially end my baby clothes shopping spree. Pls no more temptations.


Waaah! Just learned that Aki goes back to school next week! There are 2 things in our to do list that we haven’t done. Hotel staycation and big brother movie marathon. Plus I still haven’t wrapped the books, checked if his old uniform still fits and sew his new patches. 


Franco donated his old iPhone to me. Now I can take pics even when he is out. I am still dreaming of a nice camera though. 

Speaking of photography, I normally like to document thru pictures and will not say no to photoshoots. For some reason, a maternity photo shoot does excite me as much as it did when I was preggy with Aki. 


Franco- Be, may mga leaves ba tayo this month?

Me- Wala! Wala! Tipid tayo ng leaves. Pag labas ng kambal natin gamitin. 

 Franco – Final na yan ha.

Me – Final na final.
A couple of hours later, I got call from my sweet driver lover
Franco – Be, mag kakasakit ako. Mag sabi ka na sa boss na di ka makakapasok bukas ( if Franco can’t go to work, I have no means of going to and from work)
And we were not able to our respective offices for the next 3 days.


Eight weeks (most likely less actually) to go and we still haven’t finalized our sleeping arrangements. One thing is for sure. The twinsipops will not sleep on the same bed with this rolly polly Kuyaki. 


Guess who just joined chubby feet in the manas party?! My fingers! Yikes! And to make matters worse, there are times when I can’t move my pointer finger. 

Week 30 will be munggo-filled! 


I had my first ever prenatal massage last Friday night. Yey! I would not say that it was glorious and that I heard Angels sing from the background. Getting a massage, no matter how light it was, is better than not having any. The thing with prenatal massages is that the achy break-y body parts like balakang, lower back and my swollen feet and hands can not be touched. If you are looking for a prenatal massage in the Paranaque area, contact Totally Relaxed at __________ . One hour is only Php250. Home service pa. You can go straight to sleep after your knots have been loosened. The therapist said by the 9th month, I can have a proper back and foot and hand massage. I will definitely bookmark that in my calendar. 


I am finally done reading Siblings without Rivalry. I definitely picked up a number of new concepts and tricks but I am not sure how easy it would be to put everything into practice.  

Got my urine tested again. Still positive for UTI. What oh what else can I do to make these urinary bacteria finally understand that they are not welcome to stay!?
Got a pretty breastfeeding dress from Marsy. Thank you, dear! You are so thoughtful.
Other things that arrive this week are

– free Huggies newborn diapers sample

– A big bag of baby clothes that I bought from Kathy of KSnaps! Online garage sales are the best!!

– Ring sling. Two years ago, I sold our ring sling online. I have regret doing so ever since I learned how expensive twin strollers are. This week, I woke up at 3am to pee. Normally I would go straight back to sleep but this time, I checked an FB garage sale page and found my old sling! 


My darling mother is in town. Her main agenda is to wrap her apo’s school books bec the mom is too lazy. Hehe. She swears by this product …… Instead of the usually plastic wrapper, it is a clear sticker paper. Tom, Monday she will also bring Aki to the barbershop for a haircut. 
Since SM Bicutan had a mall-wide sale, we took advantage of the discounts. Standing too long and being surrounded by strangers got me stressed. I sat while my mom looked around and filled our cart. 
Here is what is left of my to buy list
Things to buy:

Lampin – check

More diapers – Check

More wipes – check

Baby bath soap – check 

Sling for me and Franco or any carrier – check

Postpartum Binder – I have one  that will help protect the Caesarian wound. I want one that will help bring back my old body. 

Bfeeding pillow – My SIL said she will lend me hers. 

Twin books


Snacks for hospital bag


Cabinet – Finally found a carpenter who fixed the babies’ cabinet. 

All white bedsheets – check 
On her second day, my mom whose nesting instinct is always on high gear, lead the way to disposing most of our clutter. Hehe. What would take me days and tons of frustration with Ate Doring’s organizational skills, took Mommy only a couple of hours. Moms are truly heaven sent. I am glad I got to share this mother-daughter bonding with this pregnancy. I know it won’t be until many years from now but I already look forward to taking care of twin girl when she gets preggy and sharing my mom wisdom with her. 

This Kuya is so excited that he sometimes squeezes my tummy. 

Weirdest thing I heard this week: 

Ate Doring: Tama ang hula ko. Delayed na si __________. Sa I na nga ba at malapit na siya mabuntis. Ang mga pusa ay barako ng barako sa bakod nila. Aba, nung sayo tama rin ang hula ko. Walang tigil ang mga pusa noon. Sabi ko nga, mabubuntis na nga itong amo ko.
Prenatal Masahista

“Ang gamot Ma’m, sa namamanas na kamay ay ibabad mo sa mainit na tubig na may asin. Oh kaya, pagising sa umaga, ihian mo yun kamay mo”
Mother – while we were shopping for baby things

Me – Sige na ilagay mo na yang tabo at palanggana sa cart

Mom – Wag yan. Masama ang dilaw. Baka manilaw yun anak mo.

Happy 30th week tom!

1001 Things To Do · Aki's Preschool Years · Arts and Crafts · Maqui's Me Time · Memoirs of a Mummy · Playdates

Picasso Playdate Finally!

I can’t draw but I can paint! That is what I proved to myself last month. I have found another creative outlet and it is very forgiving.

Last April 20, Aki’s friends, Buwi and Maia came over for a painting playdate that I have been wanting to organize for ages.

Time really files. These were taken during our first playdates  in 2010. Continue reading “Picasso Playdate Finally!”

1001 Things To Do · Books · Faith · Maqui's Me Time

Book Recommendations for You and Your Kids

I have been regularly going to Booksale ever since Aki was born. The sections that I love are 1) children’s books, 2) magazines 3) cookbooks and 4) parenting books. I discovered late last year on one o those nights when traffic was so bad, you’d rather wait until the mall closes before leaving, that there are other sections, waiting to be discovered.

There’s the assorted topic section. Here you’ll find books about pop culture to painting, history to horses, carpentry to cancer and many more. My last good find was for Aki. He likes science so this Weird but True by NatGeo Kids is perfect for him. Continue reading “Book Recommendations for You and Your Kids”

1001 Things To Do · Aki's Preschool Years · Arts and Crafts · Holidays

Stamp Painting


How did you celebrate Valentine’s? Our little family stayed at home. I was still in bed when I heard footsteps rushing down the stairs. In a minute, Aki gave me the loveliest bouquet, handpicked from the garden. Later that day, we tried our hands again at stamp painting.

Materials: canvas, acrylic paint, disposable bowl and spoon, and a box wrapped in string Continue reading “Stamp Painting”

1001 Things To Do · Books

Update: Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time Collection

Whaaaat?!!! I only added 3 books to my top 100 children’s books of all time collection (top 110 actually since the list has 10 runner-up books) in the last 6 months?!! In my defence, I really should not be buying anymore books for now. Aki is now reading on his own and loves reading books that are familiar. And when he likes a book, he reads it over and over and over and over.  Plus, I am now collecting New York Bestsellers and Caldecott Award winning books.

For my easy reference, these are the 24 books that I still need to hunt for.


ABC3D: 89
Blueberries for Sal: Robert McCloskey 27
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems 18
Fancy Nancy: Jane O’Connor 26
Flotsam: T David Wiesner 28
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book: Rufus Butler Seder 65
Go, Dog, Go!: P.D. Eastman 22
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson 15
Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids: 94
Hop on Pop: Dr. Seuss 75
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat: 93
Library Lion 105
Not a Box: Laura Vaccaro Seeger 35
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Dr. Seuss 32
Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow: Christopher Santoro 70
Pat the Bunny: Dorothy Kunhardt 9
Peek-A Who?: Nina Laden 12
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day: Richard Scarry 44
Russell the Sheep 98
Sector 7: David Wiesner 107
The Dot: 83
The Rainbow Goblins 103
Tuesday: David Wiesner 50
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears 99

Continue reading “Update: Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time Collection”

1001 Things To Do · Arts and Crafts · Christmas · Modern Filipiniana Wedding

DIY 2014 Christmas Ornaments

Finally, a artsy-fartsy crafty post! Miss DD, this is for you.

I made a Christmas bucket list. I am proud to say that we were able to do everything on that list except one. The kids in our village don’t go carolling. I tried forming a carolling group but none of Aki’s friends was interested in joining. Double hmmmp! I already had a plan. I will talk to the parents’ of the kids to ask their permission. Franco and I will serve as chaperones and musical coaches. Hay hay. Maybe this year.


Here’s my list

Make a snow globe
Wear polkadot shorts for New Years Eve
Have an advent calendar
Wrap gifts creatively
Christmas movie marathon
Write birthday greeting for Baby Jesus
Send Christmas cards via snail mail
Watch Santa’s video message
Listen to Christmas songs
Drink hot choco in our Christmas mugs
visit an orphanage
Carolling around the village
Make holiday ornaments 

The last item on my list was also the last that I was able to cross out. Every year, we have new ornaments. For 2014, I wanted to DIY not one, not 2 but 4!  Continue reading “DIY 2014 Christmas Ornaments”

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Oh Christmas Trees! Oh Christmas Trees!

First of all, I want to greet everyone who will get to read this post a Merry Merry Merry Christmas! I hope you are able to celebrate the season with less stress and more meaning.


We kicked off the holiday season on the weekend after my birthday when we put up our trees. Yes, with an S. We bought a tiny tree when we moved in back in 2010. In 2012, we bought a proper tree, a white one. I was in loved with it until in 2013, when we took it out of the box, we discovered an epidemic that has been affecting thousands of fake white trees. Parts of our tree turned yellow  and dirty white. I was so disappointed that I lost the excitement of decorating for the holidays. There were other reasons of course, work for one, but I took the yellow tree as a sign to lie low on my Christmas decors.

This year, I promised myself that it will be different. As early as October, I have been turning down invitations to Christmas parties and get-togethers. We chose which ones  we’d attend. I wanted to make sure that we don’t get caught up with the busy-ness. I want to savor little quiet moments. The feeling that everything is falling into place when I fold corners and sides while gift wrapping… The fuzzy feeling when I drink hot chocolate in our holiday oversized mug… The silliness when Aki closes his eyes and sings Star ng Pasko in his made-up no-sense lyrics…Watching the snowman in our failed DIY snowglobe float…Reading heartwarming notes on gift tags… Swing dancing with Franco in the tune of All I Want for Christmas. I am lucky to be married to a DI  or dance instructor. Seriously, he can dance. He has the grace and timing that both Aki and I do not have. Haha. I’d love to post a password protected video here for posterity’s sake but the MB size is just too much for my free wordpress account.


Oh wait, back to our Christmas trees. Even though Christmas songs were playing loudly, the overall feeling on the night that we put up our trees was peace especially when the lights were turned on. Continue reading “Oh Christmas Trees! Oh Christmas Trees!”

1001 Things To Do · Arts and Crafts · Christmas · Family Traditions · Holidays

Button Monogram Christmas Stockings

Back in 2011, I went on Christmas stocking shopping spree and ended up with seven, including the ones that we received. Continue reading “Button Monogram Christmas Stockings”

1001 Things To Do · Costumes · Holidays · Memoirs of a Mummy

Halloween Post: Who you gonna call??!!!

This year we introduced Aki to our favorite movies and shows from the 80’s and 90’s. I was not surprised at all when he begged for a Voltes V costume. I initially said yes, thinking a Steve costume would be easy peasy. But no! Aki clarified that he wanted to be the robot with matching laser sword, ultramagnetic top and all the other effects. Last year, he made it clear that he was disappointed when we settled for a viking costume instead of the 4 headed dragon that he really wanted. If he is going to be like his cousins, I figured that Aki will only dress up for Halloween until he is eight. He will only be a kid once so I really wanted to grant his Halloween wish. Based on my research, the costume seemed challenging but doable. Thankfully, Aki changed his mind. I was relieved when he decided that he wanted to be Ghostbuster instead.

As early as mid-September, we already started on the proton pack.  Continue reading “Halloween Post: Who you gonna call??!!!”

Family Traditions · movies · The Gift of An Ordinary Day

Life is Good…2014 Q3 Recap Part III

Part I

Part II

Am most thankful for the time I get to spend with my boys.

Our staycation in Edsa Shangrila.


Ever since Franco decided to get into boxing, he has more time for us and has been more hands on when it comes to helping Aki review. Continue reading “Life is Good…2014 Q3 Recap Part III”