Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors

Bath time fun for tots.

Funky Feet

Not quite shoes.

Cinema Leonardo

Baguio house by the hill.

Friday, 25 February 2011

The New Mum: Baby Kick

I was about four and a half months pregnant when I first felt it. I remember it being the creepiest, most beautiful thing that happened to my body. Hubby couldn't take the smile off his face when I let him feel it too (he was kicked in the face though as he was about to kiss my tummy).

Fetal movement, also called "quickening", can be noticed around the fourth or fifth month (may depend on a woman's built). Movements start from gentle tippy-taps, then progress to painful jolts.

When my baby turned seven months in my womb, she started doing twists and turns and combos of jabs and kicks! I also remember her doing punches when I lie down to one side that she didn't like. Her punch would command me to rollover. Okay maybe she didn't really "punch" or "kick" (or "headbang" to music), if you're a fellow mum, you know what I mean.

It hurt. But hey, nothing a pregnant woman's body cannot handle.

Luna looks like she's going to be a football player or martial arts expert someday.

Fetal movement during the last month will slow down, for the baby's temporary abode will already be cramped by then. Photo above was taken two days before I gave birth. Luna didn't seem to care about her small space, she still stretched her limbs as she pleased!

How fast she grew... Now she's five months old, kicking me for real. And what great power her legs have!

Note: Fetal activity/movement should be closely monitored in the third trimester. Consult your OB-Gyn if you feel less than 10 kicks in about 2 hours.


Friday, 11 February 2011

Passport Wedding Invitation

Yesterday, I shared with you guys our Boarding Pass Wedding Invitation. As promised, here's our Passport Wedding Invitation which we also ordered from Printed Matter Express.

Passport invitation cover

It's more expensive at P130 a piece plus P1,220 processing fee. Minimum order is four pieces.

1st page. Shervin's name, misspelled on the draft.

Layout work will also take 3 days to one week. Photos and details can be sent thru email.

2nd and 3rd page, travel photos and wedding details.

A draft will be presented to the client, and when approved, will be sent to production which takes another week. Should there be revisions, a form will be filled-out. Any other corrections after that, there will already be a P100 charge.

4th and 5th page, list of sponsors.

6th and 7th page, more travel photos!

The immigration stamps coincidentally say Australia, where the hubby's from.

Last page, RSVP contact details.

This invitation was such a hit among our guests... everyone requested for a copy but uhm, we didn't have enough. Couldn't afford to order tons.


Boarding Pass Wedding Invitation

I consider traveling as a lifestyle, not just as an escape. So does the hubby. And I made sure this was depicted during our wedding more than a year ago. We had an AVP about our trips when we were still steadies (there was also a video of greetings from our friends around the world), our wedding cake had a topper of a couple with backpacks, we set off sky lanterns (something that reminds us of Thailand where hubby realized I'm "the one") at the after party, and the invitations?

Boarding pass invitation cover

We ordered boarding pass and passport invitations from Printed Matter Express!

Believe it or not, the invitations were two of the biggest splurges (even my gown wasn't at all pricey) for our wedding. One boarding pass invitation was P90, plus there's a processing charge of P1,150. Minimum order's six pieces.

1st page

2nd page

3rd page

Initially, we only wanted to order the passport invites, but the perky attendant of their kiosk at Glorietta 3 showed us a sample of this - and so we ended up ordering both.

I submitted our wedding info via email. Their layout-ing takes 3 to 4 days, sometimes up to a week if they're uber busy. When it was done they asked us to come back and see the draft, and fill-out a form should there be revisions. Any revision after that, you'll be charged an additional P100. Production takes another week.

Were they worth the hefty price? Heck yeah! We love 'em so much, it was so difficult to give 'em away!

Passport invites to be featured next.


Skip Yowell Wrote "To Luna"!

A hippie, mountaineer, author, and one of the founders of JanSport... That's Skip Yowell, and he autographed Luna's JanSport bag!

A friend made it happen.

One of my climbing buddies, Christine, used to work for R.O.X. Philippines. They handled Skip's talk/tour in the Philippines, November last year. She invited me to their event.

We were about to move to Baguio then, I told her I couldn't make it. Instead, I requested for Skip's autograph and Christine assured me it's doable. Problem was, I didn't own any JanSport item.

And so, I asked her if she could also buy a genuine JanSport bag for me (a stress on 'genuine' cause we were laughing at the thought of asking for Skip's autograph on a knock off). I chose pink, assuming our baby Luna will like it when she turns into a toddler. After a series of Googling images, emailing, Globe G Cash-ing, and texting... She finally bought The One (and charged me at a discounted rate!). An eye sore popping merry combination of pink and orange.

As promised, the bag was autographed on the day of the event, and Skip even wrote "To Luna". I just received it about three weeks ago when Christine went to Baguio to catch a Besao-bound bus. Now we're using it as Luna's first travel backpack!

She also gave me this cute sticker.

JanSport started with a shoestring budget! Read about its humble beginnings, fun ads, and the cool, creative trio who established the company here.

Check out also Skip Yowell's site, written on the main page is this: As noted by Ed Viesturs, the first American to climb all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks, Author of No Shortcuts to the Top, "(Skip) stayed true to himself, maintained friendships, traveled the world and most importantly, preserved his passion for his job.... We can all learn something from Skip."



Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The New Mum: What is a baby blanket?

This is the same question I asked my hubby while we were at the mall's infant wear section. He ain't got a clue also.

My hubby and I are very practical people. We only purchase stuff that we really need (and boy, whatta difficult task it was steering away from adorable baby girl clothes!). And since we thought the baby blanket was just an ordinary tiny blanket, we skipped buying it that day.

Our baby daughter, a few minutes old, wrapped in a baby blanket at the nursery.

I only realized what a baby blanket is during one of our OB-Gyn visits. My OB-Gyn shares her clinic with a pediatrician. So obviously the waiting area's not only crowded with other preggy women like me, but also with other mums carrying babies.

All of the newborns were wrapped in blankets. But not just ordinary blankets, blankets with hoods! Then it dawned on me that these are the so called baby blankets!

With further research (and tons of questions thrown at my OB-Gyn), I learned its importance. Let's state the obvious, it keeps the baby warm. And I was told that the hood protects the baby's head from hamog during early morns and evenings.

"Hamog" if I'm not mistaken, is fog in English. So how come the elderly warn the parents "Baka mahamugan ang bata." (Transliterated: The baby might get fogged.) when there isn't really any fog happening (we live in the mountains however, so this applies to us)? Beats me.

My fave.

I have read online that 30%, some say 45%, of a human's body heat is lost through the head (this is now considered a modern myth though). Could this be the reason?

A more important role of a baby blanket, when wrapped snuggly around a newborn, is that it gives a feeling of security. It imitates the womb's environment. It is believed to give the baby a deep sleep too (don't keep your hopes high, a newborn still wakes up every couple of hours to feed!)

Pointers in choosing a good baby blanket? Just make sure that it is of good quality (I got my bet on cotton). Not too thick during summer and not too thin during winter/rainy season (or again, if you live in the mountains like us).


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