Friday, February 28, 2014

A Parent's Nightmare: S.I.D.S.

     When I was new to this parenting thing, I tried to read as much articles as I could to aid me on the start of parenthood. How to put a baby to sleep, how to give the baby a bath, etc. And I often came across the acronym SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This is when things in the crib accidentally covers your helpless baby's face and causes the baby to suffocate or choke, or any other crib/sleep related deaths in infants. It could happen in just a matter of seconds. It's really a scary thing. And sadly it really happens. 

       And so almost every article says that the crib must not be filled with anything at all except a very fitted sheet, and the baby. Nothing else. This is so different from what Filipinos are used to. I usually see cribs filled with hotdog pillows, a baby pillow, a comforter, and stuff toys. Yikes!


baby crib with dolls
My chubby little Rain at 3 months

        Ooops! Guilty as charged! Rain's crib had a few toys and pillows and stuff. Thankfully though we were one of the lucky ones who never experienced close calls of SIDS. Ever since Rain was an infant, she never really slept well in her crib. I remember the first few nights after coming home from the hospital, she would wake up every 2 hours to feed, and then after burping, it was a challenge putting her back down in her crib. But whenever I would make her sleep in my arms in our bed, she would sleep so soundly. And so as a rookie mom, and out of exhaustion, I would just let her. We co-slept. But again, thankfully no close call happened. But you can never tell.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Play Place in Galleria: Tom's World: AustinLand

        Since my little toddler is not going to school yet, and there are lots of instances where I need to run errands that usually take almost the whole day (waiting game included), I sometimes make it a point to bring her and her yaya with me. It's a great opportunity to take her out of the house and beyond the gates of our village.

        And what do you do to entertain your toddler while inside a mall? You take her to a play place! It must seem like Disneyland to little kiddos like her. And with all the colorful padding, I believe it's the perfect place to let your toddler run around and practice her coordination skills!

austinland

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Peppermint: A Dainty & Vintage Kids Salon

peppermint salon sm aura

        I have always hated my hair. And ever since I found out I was pregnant, I have been praying that he or she won't get my hair. It's thick. Too thick. And looks really really rough. If you've seen me with beautiful straight hair before, that's because it was rebonded. 

        Anyway, although appearances shouldn't really matter, I was really thankful that Rain is born with gorgeous locks of black wavy and shiny hair. This is why I never thought of cutting it until just recently. And also because of the belief that a baby's hair is not cut or trimmed, it will be thin and will look too flat even after she grows older. So I went ahead and had her hair cut for the first time.

        I only had it trimmed a bit and so it wasn't really obvious that it was cut. But after a few months I decided to go all out and give her a slightly shorter hair with bangs. I have been eyeing a really cute kid's salon called Peppermint at SM Aura and so this time I decided to take Rain there for her second hair cut.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Coca-Cola, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity Teams up to Rebuild Visayas


        When I was invited to cover an event of Coca Cola + Philippine Red Cross + Habitat for Humanity, I immediately said yes! Events like these don't need to be assessed if it's worth it to attend. No matter where it was, if I could help in even just a little way, I would do it.

coca cola rebuildPH araneta

        Thanks to Coca-Cola Philippines who has been helping spread awareness in efforts of rebuilding the lives of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, a lot of people attended and volunteered to help in any way they can with the Philippine Red Cross and the Habitat for Humanity serving as recipients of monetary and in-kind donations for the whole campaign.