Mommyfeels favorite: Baby wearing

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Baby wearing is definitely an activity for me! An activity and, may I say, a workout in itself. Especially when my 3 month old baby weighs 15lbs. and my 18 month old weighs 25 lbs. Carrying them while walking around is definitely a workout. I always wear my babies. I may not be capable of wearing them both at the same time, but if i could I would! Continue reading

Hi Ninang Aileen!

*’Ninang’ (n.) is Tagalog((Filipino) for Godmother.

Now that we’ve established that – it’s another first for Kheira! #KheiraDelviFirsts She has officially met every one of her Dad’s-dad’s family! Did that make any sense? After the rush of the holidays, we weren’t quite ready to settle down and put our feet up just yet… there was another visitor we were anticipating to see! “Hi Ninang Aileen! It was great to finally meet you!”

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Kheira’s Dedication

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What is a dedication? A lot of people ask me that question when they found out that Kheira will not be baptised but rather she will be ‘Dedicated’.
For those who do not know what a child dedication is, it is – literally – the act of dedicating. Ha! Bet you didn’t know that lol (just kidding). In this case, we are dedicating my child to Jesus Christ. As a Christian, I chose to do this because I believe that one should know when and what it means to be baptised by the Holy Spirit. I chose to dedicate Kheira to Jesus Christ to show our family, friends and community that my husband and I will be responsible parents taking on to bring Kheira up in the fear the Lord, in faith and teach her how to live life, the best way we can, as a good Christian and servant of the Lord.

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Mommy Feels Fail #2: Wear baby mittens at all times!

Here we go again… another #MommyFeelsFail I never  thought it would happen so soon. Well, sooner than I was hoping. Another MOMMY FAIL! This time there was more blood. Blood everywhere! Blood…

The husband wakes me up early friday morning (like 4am early) in panic. It was like a CSI Crime scene. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Well a dried blood type of crime scene. It had been long since the tragedy happened.
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Love your bones Bloggers event by Pfizer and Caltrate Plus

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Did you know that there is a World Osteoporosis Day? It is celebrated every 20th of October. And it has been celebrated since 1997! Last October 29, 2010 I was invited to a Pfizer event called “Love Your Bones

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Its pretty self explanatory and I could not have agreed more. As a full time mom and with a growing baby I need all the strength I can get!

They actually had a bone measurement device that allowed them to check and give you an estimated report on your bone density (fyi bone density means the amount of minerals in your bones). Results would say if your bones are in normal state or if they find a that you are in risk of having osteoporosis. I had mine done and if you would think that a 24-year old like me would have strong bones at a young age, you’re wrong!

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If you didn’t notice, in the result findings, they ticked that I my result was Osteopenia. What is Osteopenia, you ask me? I didn’t know at first, but it said ‘Osteo’ on the word itself so I knew it wasn’t too good. It meant that my bone mineral density is lower than normal. In short, I may or may not be a candidate for osteoporosis. Which makes sense, because I remember when I was a kid I ALMOST had to wear a back brace. Thank goodness my mum got into sports and yoga, and not have to go through that! Whew!

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Me with host Andi Manzano (center) and co-mommy and blogger Mafae Belasco (left).

The event was very informative. It was hosted by the lovely Ms Andi Manzano (If you haven’t seen her baby Olivia you have to, follow her ig @oliviareyes) We had a little live cooking show from the chef’s of Holiday Inn, Makati that showed us how to easily make quiche at home. Quiche?? Yes quiche. It is a great snack/meal to make at home for the family that is packed with the food group that is good for our bones. What’s great about a good quiche is you can customized what you wanna put in it. Yummy!

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Finished product! Délicieux!

There were other speakers such as Ms. Ana (bikhram yoga expert and teacher) who was kind enough to show us a few yoga moves/stretches that we can easily do at home and in our own time to prevent this silent killer (Osteoporosis). Why silent? Well according to Dra. Julie osteoporosis is considered a silent killer. Nobody knows their actual bone density state, and for all you know you have it already. She has some patients who accidentally slip and has broken their hip, spine fractures, and some who just cough and breaks their bone because they’re so weak and brittle. Anything can happen at any given time. That is why this campaign was created, to spread awareness.

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As I was saying, as a mom with a growing baby, I need all the strength I can get. With knowing that I may or may not be a candidate for osteoporosis is scary! Prevention is key! I still need to carry Kheira everywhere we go (I know I don’t have to but I love to lol) Baby-wearing can take its toll on your back as well as breastfeeding. Thanks to Caltrate Plus I can have that prevention. I was taking Caltrate Plus as well when I was pregnant, I just need to be consistent this time! I have an upcoming toddler and I still need to run around with her! We still have a load of playtime to conquer and a lot of carrying her and CARING for her. Mommy needs to be strong and healthy for all of that!

For more information on osteoporosis and World Osteoporosis Day 2015 visit their website; http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org  Instagram; @worldosteoporosisday  Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/worldosteoporosisday  YouTube channel; http://www.youtube.com/iofhealth

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Thank you Pfizer and Caltrate Plus for making me part of this wonderful event! I commit to healthy bones!

LOVE YOUR BONES 

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

From Jerseys to Onesies

Time really does fly, don’t it? Especially when you meet old friends for play dates instead of night outs. From changing outfits to changing diapers – From drinking beers and poppin’ bottles to feeding milk into baby bottles and pacifiers. Its crazy to see these transitions.

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Last weekend we were invited to the birthday celebration of our friend and my husband’s old teammate, Don Dulay, from when he played for Singapore Slingers in ABL (Asean Basketball League). They both met when they were both still single and still playing professional basketball. I can only imagine what they were up to during those times! Aaaahhh… the single life! And now, here they are several years later; Married and with babies!

Don and Glaiza (Don’s wife) have a little baby boy named Dylan. Glaiza and I met when we were both pregnant so this was Kheira and I’s first time meeting baby Dylan and he’s already 7 months old! This was the first time we’re both seeing each other without our bellies. Aaahhh… memories. Sometimes I still miss my big belly (who’s with me??) It actually became an impromptu baby playdate! I was really excited for her to meet Dylan. First play date! Yay!

This was the first time Kheira has interacted with another baby up-close and Dylan was such a delight! Here are some of their cute out-takes from that night…

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Trading places real quick because mommy wants a lil boy after Kheira and uncle Don wants a baby girl next!

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Dylan is soo sweet trying to hold Kik’s hand

I can’t wait until Kheira and Dylan can have an actual play date where we don’t have to hold them up to play with each other! I can just imagine it… both of them in a play pen on soft cushiony play mats helping each other build blocks or play catch with soft (baby approved) playing balls. I said the word ‘play’ about four times (yes, I counted). Is that accurate?? I’m new at play dates so I’m not so sure how to imagine how play dates really go.. (two more times!) Hahaha!

Nevertheless, here we are, now a bunch of parents getting together with our kids, stroller on each of our sides with our big bulky baby bags. It’s another journey in our lives and I don’t think its going to stop there!

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Look at us all grown up! This is another journey for all of us and I’m excited!

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Breast is Best!

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I want you all to meet my new best friend – my Medela Swing Pump! My lil’ bundle of joy is here and I just can’t get enough of giving her all the nutrients and vitamins from my breastmilk.

You should know that there are a lot of information out there regarding breastfeeding, and all of them has wonderful things to say about it. There may be people who will tell you about the downside/ disadvantages of it, but its mostly towards the mother and not the baby. And its usually superficial, i.e. sore breasts, cracked nipples, or the pain being unbearable blah blah blah – Just always remember: breastfeeding isn’t for you. It’s for your little miracle!

I, for one, is ecstatic about breastfeeding. Two best things about it (in my opinion is) It’s Nature’s BEST and IT’S FREE! You don’t have to spend for the BEST milk God has given you to provide for your little one. It was so amazing seeing her latch for the very first time. I swear I thought she read a manual, while inside my belly, on ‘how to get milk from mommy’s breast’. She was my lil’ pro!

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I’m so grateful for my new friend, Maricel Cua of The Parenting Emporium (formerly known as Medela House). They have been helping me throughout my breastfeeding adventure.

Though we did have our ups and downs, starting with the first week my Kheira came home. She suddenly wasn’t latching on me AT ALL. Like she totally forgot how to breastfeed after being in the hospital. This went on for the whole week. I was very sad and heartbroken. I thought that that was it and she was done! It hasn’t even been at least a month!

Because of the help and support of Maricel, and the rest of the Parenting Emporium family I learned a lot from their breastfeeding workshop/seminar. Plus they really help you out even with the most ludicrous questions you have in mind. It’s amazing how much they can teach you and what you can learn from them. I highly recommend going there and experiencing it first hand.

I would elaborate every single thing I learned from them, but that would just save you guys the adventure of actually sitting down and absorbing all the information yourself. Plus, it’s a good way to also educate your husbands/ partners in this experience. Yes, they need to be there! The dads also need to know their part in breastfeeding. He will be your best support system in time of need. Sometimes information overload can happen and when its too much for you- he can be the other half of your brain. Well, in my case that was where my fiancé stepped in and I’m glad he was there to be part of it as well. I believe it made him understand more of what I’m going through with the process of pregnancy.

Thank you Medela Philippines (Maricel and Beng)  for helping me with my first ever breastfeeding experience! Still going strong because of you guys! ♥

Remember to always get fitted so that when you’re pumping it fit right and its comfortable because those are key into giving your baby your breastmilk for a longer term! ♥

If any of you reading this, residing in the Manila, Philippines, and you are embarking on your breastfeeding journey I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Any questions or want to have more information about breastfeeding;  schedule a visit at The Parenting Emporium ( formerly known as The Medela House/Moms) They also offers classes for first-time mommies (like me!), breastfeeding 101, lamaze classes, and many more! Don’t hesitate to reach them!

 The Parenting Emporium, contact them:

Tel. no. 725-3723/ 09175614366 

Email theparentingemporium@gmailcom

Find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/theparentingemporium

Also don’t forget to add them on Instagram @TheParentingEmporium

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Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

‘KH’alm down you’re having a baby

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Photo by Tuchi Imperial

How excited were you when you found out you were having a baby? Yeah. Well I wasn’t. This isn’t the best intro in the world, but that was reality. I’m 24 and having a baby. It wasn’t exactly in my life plan. It took a while for me to wrap my head around it. I’m so thankful for, my boyfriend at that time, husband who has been my main support through all this.

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