MommyFeels Fail #1: Baby Grooming

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Newbie mum alert!! I think i was anticipating my first mommy fail too much and it has arrived.

I’m not talking about spills, or putting baby clothes on the wrong way – I’m talking about those mommy fails that makes your heart drop and ALMOST call 911. I said almost, please don’t tell me I over react. Though I know I did quite a bit. I was panicking so much  I cried a little bit. I’m not talking about a tear, I literally cried.

So, I’ve been a mom for (exactly) three months and nine days i think i was too confident this time around when I was grooming Kheira. Grooming her in a sense that, we were doing our normal afternoon routine; took a nice bath, getting her all dressed up and brushing her hair when I noticed a scratch on her face. Its the time of the week where her nails grew long enough to scratch her face and actually cut her with them.

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Its not so visible in the picture. I took this one when it was already about to heal. She had 3 scratches; one on the right cheek, on her lil’ button nose and a long one along her left cheek (didn’t get to take a picture though, because it was the first one to heal). So the story goes on, as I badly needed to cut her nails already, I used the nail cutter that came from a gift set of baby grooming kit.

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My lil’ baby grooming kit from Safety First. It has a comb, soft brush, safety scissors, cute lil’ nail files and the small nail cutter that has a special handle for mommies to hold onto.

 I’ve actually cut her nails using this particular nail cutter a few times already. I guess I just felt a lil confident. So this is me telling you guys NOT TO BE TOO CONFIDENT. EVER. NEVER. EVER. I feel absolutely horrible that, as I said, I cried.

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I didn’t just nip a finger. I nipped two. Mommy guilt punched me hard in the face and I cried when she cried, which did not help. I kissed her little fingers to try to make things better – which surprisingly worked. My little champ was such a sport after I kissed her boo-boos she automatically loved me again 

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Keeping a note that kissing boo-boos is a must!

  Throughout the day every time I saw the lil’ cuts I made on her finger I would tear up. There it was again, Mommy guilt. It wasn’t Kheira who was crying, it was mommy. Let’s all keep in mind that, as a new mom, we will make mistakes. This one I’m not so proud of, because it was her first boo-boo and it was mommy’s fault! *hides behind hands* But at the end of the day everything is a learning process. Especially motherhood. I’m already twenty-four and my mum tells me that she’s still learning everyday. I’m now in her shoes and I couldn’t agree more.

More things to come, more things to learn! I’m scared, excited, ecstatic, anxious, and happy all at the same time! Oh the joy of motherhood!

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Happy 28th Birthday Daddy!

Yesterday was my better half’s birth day (now my husband). This is the first birthday he celebrated with our Kheira Delvi So you already know its special…

we had a little impromptu dinner celebration with my dear mother-in-law at Vikings Megamall.

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In Vikings, if its your birthday they give you this really sweet birthday greeting cake, and with it, comes a (I wanna say mariachi) band that sings mash-up songs inputting ‘happy birthday’ in the chorus. They’re really fun, though Kheira wasn’t too happy when they came. Well, that and probably because they woke her up from her nap. This year was quite easy to get my hubby a gift for his birthday since NBA 2k16 came out couple of days before his birthday – which he absolutely must have. My plan was to buy the video game, buy a picture frame the same size as the video game and put a real nice family picture of us in it and wrap them both – giving them to him separately. Picture frame first (he will think its the game) and then the actual – wrapped – game, making him think I didn’t get him the game but I actually did. Of course that DID NOT happen. The day it came out (or the next day I think) we happened to be at the mall with his friend and they were discussing on HOW to get the game, because apparently there was a “waiting list” and they were gonna try to see if any of the vendors would sell to them even if they weren’t on the list. Long story short – there was no list. I was afraid the game would sell out, so I bought it that day. So much for my surprise, right? So I came up with another surprise – which was his birthday cake – which I know is one of his favorite cakes 🙂 After his lil’ birthday dinner, me, Kheira and my mother- in-law quickly prepared upstairs – cake, candle and all – while he parked the car. When he opened the door.. tadah! 

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To Vaughn: It wasn’t much, but I hope we still made you feel extra special on your day. Loving you xx

I have posted on twitter, Facebook and instagram our (Kheira and I’s) birthday greeting. This, however, is NOT a birthday greeting but more of a sentimental note. I’m not trying to be cheesy. I just have a lot of nice things to say about my ‘husband‘ I’m still trying to get used to calling him that, by the way, but I’m overjoyed. Still a little weirded out about it every now and then, but nevertheless still overjoyed. (Hahaha!) We used to say, “we’re in this together” when we hit a bump and it gave me comfort knowing he got my back. Now, I really know what you meant by that.

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You were more than I expected. You made me the person I am today. And I can proudly say (with no shame) that he made me a better person. Because of you I’m a good mother, I’m a better friend and hopefully I will be the best wife. I’m still learning, because let’s face it, this is my first time. This year was, by far, the best year I’ve ever had because of him! It was a lot of ups and downs, emotional and physical hurdles, but we got through it and is still getting through. He is the rock that holds this family together. He was there where I experience the worst depression after my baby girl was born. He kept me inline and assured my feelings through it all; the pregnancy, giving birth and now taking care of the baby. You are my sound mind and my conscience. I couldn’t ask for anybody better!

Thank you for being amazing…

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Happy Birthday bb! from your Kheira and Kharla

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Happy 3 months to my Kheira bear!

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I’ve been officially a mom for about three months now! How crazy is that?! I still pinch myself every once in a while. Though I’m a lil’ sad I wasn’t proactive enough to start off my blog when we celebrated my Kheira bear’s 1 month, but better late than never right?? She’s been an amazing addition in my life and now I can’t imagine my life without her!

In her 3 months of being here on earth.. she can now do the following:

  • Can crawl from point A to B (she can crawl as far as 3ft!) on her stomach still though lol
  • Loves tummy time (for a max of 15-20 mins then she gets upset. Ha!)
  • Watches TV/people/anything that moves
  • Loves it when you talk to her and would respond with her coo’s
  • Can grip fingers, cloths, soft toys
  • Drools everywhere
  • Sucks fingers (all – no favorite finger yet), cloths, stuff toys, stuffed rattle, anything that fits her mouth (and is soft)
  • A lot of leg kicks! (Which also is the origin of her very popular nickname, “kiks”)
  • Can lift up head while sitting down/ can support her head to turn and look at things
  • SMILES all day!

I’ve never been more proud! Every smile, every coo and everything ELSE she does that’s new I DIEEEE of cuteness and I just end up annoying my husband just to show him. I’m so amused by everything and anything she does. Hahah! I’m a new mom and I don’t know much of what I’m doing, but she seems happy (LOL). I feel blessed everyday. God is so good to me. ♥ I can’t wait what to see what she can start doing this month!

Be a blessing to others!

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Sleep according to Kheira

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I love how my baby sleeps. Ever since she was born, I believe that she would show us her personality as early as day one with the way that she would sleep. As a new mom, I couldn’t help but take a few snaps at ‘em… and by a few snaps – I meant A LOT! Here are some snippets of the many faces my lil’ Kheir-bear has been giving us whilst asleep…

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How adorable? I wish I know what she’s dreaming about. I’m soo curious! So aside from her adorable faces whilst sleeping – I don’t know if you noticed in the pictures, but her wandering hands also play a major role. Here are more pics of her wandering hands 🙂

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I think, all this, she inherited her sleeping ways from her dad. Here are some evidence regarding this theory lol

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I know what you’re gonna say – I take waaay too many pictures of my family sleeping. Did I just seem like a creeper mom?But who wouldn’t? Aren’t they just the cutest?? This is why I need more memory on my phone! I wonder what else she got from her daddy!? I Love my family! 

I’m sure that each and everyone of us just loves to captures even the little moments. Share some of your amazing memories with me and Kheira. We would love to see some snippets of your lil’ doves in sleeping positions you guys think are funny, interesting or even weird! Comment box below 🙂

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

  ♥

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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