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My Cloth Diaper : Laundry Essentials

Over the past 6 months I’ve experimented with different types of detergents that are cloth diaper safe and at the same time that would make me happy. I started out with Cyle Mild Laundry Detergent – this one was a mild scent to it, proven to be hypoallergenic, can be purchased at a grocery near me which was great but for me it took 4 to 5 rinses to make sure the nappies are all rinsed out that’s the only thing I didn’t like about it. I moved on to Charlie’s Soap just because I read about it and heard great reviews about it in a forum I joined, Charlie’s Soap has no scent at all, it rinses out well and it gives me the feeling of clean that I want BUT this is just based on my experience I’ve read somewhere that it causes rashes for other babies, but to each is own, right? the only slight disadvantage about it is, shedding out Php 650.00 for a tub, unlike Cycles it comes in packs of 3′s for Php 100.00 plus Charlie’s Soap isn’t available at local groceries, it can however be purchased online through online multiply sellers and can be purchased at SM Baby Company. I purchase mine online it’s more convenient for me that way. A tub would last 2 to 3 months depending on what I wash aside from Cloth Diapers. The next one I tried out was the all famous Tide Original (US) like Charlie’s Soap I read about it and decided to give it a shot, works well, no stink or repelling issues, BUT this one I only had the chance to get a box when I had the opportunity to go to Duty Free Philippines and I’ve also heard it’s available at S&R, but both are inaccessible to me.

I use Oxiclean Baby for stubborn stains, this is a product not readily available off the rack, I purchased mine online and at times there’s a certain scarcity of the product, I just purchased a tub and used just for the heck of it really, I don’t see the need of using it regularly.

Last on my list is Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover, like all the products I purchased I heard and read about it, this one works well on SPOTS, so if you have a HUGE spot like the size of your palm you’re better off using Oxiclean. Like Oxiclean Baby I used it on poop stains, those tiny little stubborn stains – it works well.

At the end of the day, it’s really up to you on what you want to use, as long as it works for you then so be it right?

Cloth Diapers

Amidst my own personal skepticism, I gave cloth diapers a try. Not the traditional lampin and diaper clip type of thing, the more modern way to do it. I purchased my first cloth diaper from BambooDappy www.bamboodappy.com , I chanced upon it at SM Baby Co. while shopping for a few baby items, I didn’t do any research about cloth diapering yet, I just happen to see a few online stores offering cloth diapers, I didn’t get to use it till my baby was about 6 weeks ( the weather during her first weeks was horrible, remember Habagat?) so I stuck to good old disposies.

Fast forward: I used it once and said – oohkay. still not convinced. I gave it another shot. This time I said OK so it works, next step was to talk to my husband about it, defending the cost -  ahhh yes the initial purchase is not that pricey but if you’re on a budgeted household like we are, things like these has to be discussed. After proving my point (which I always do) – pumayag na din sya. hahahaha (evil laughter) I started doing more research (online shopping) and looking for the best brand. Bamboo Dappy is between Php 500.00 to 600.00, I chanced upon Baby Leaf and Next9, these brands are cheaper and claim to work just as efficient at Php 350.00 — great I bought from Baby Leaf for the simple reason na ang ganda ng designs eh! hahahaha can you blame me? I have a baby girl. I bought their inserts as well and that insert pouch.

I noticed that BabyLeaf seems to be smaller in size and bit more slim – BambooDappy is a bit bulky. The insert of BabyLeaf is just as fluffy but is not made from Bamboo, it’s ultrasoft microfleece, it dries faster as well. I would probably update this entry later on – it’s just my first week using BabyLeaf, so far I am leaning towards BabyLeaf because it dries faster. Aside from that they have the same performance. Side note: My husband prefers BambooDappy because he fears that since the BabyLeaf diaper is smaller our baby will soon outgrow it.

Tip for new cloth diaper users before purchasing a HUGE stash of diapers, ask yourself muna if this kind of lifestyle fits you and your family, consider the people around you as well, I personally decided on using cloth diapers because it’s practical in the long run and also it helps save Mother Earth, don’t get  me wrong I am not going crazy about it, I just believe that there’s just too much waste. I believe in recycling and going green as well. I do my part in saving and conserving.

Going back to my tip, cloth diapering means washing them everyday or every other day, for me I prefer to wash them everyday.  Here’s a blog I chanced upon and maybe this will give you a bigger and clearer picture: http://www.tickledmoms.com/category/cloth-diapering/

This entry I intended to be short haha but oh well. Now time to get back to work.

Meal time is family time

In the past 2 years and 9 months, I have cooked the following dishes for my family. My husband thought I couldn’t cook at all. Google and recipe books helped me a lot. :) Chef Google lang ang katapat most of the time.

  • Pork Adobo
    Pork Sinigang
    Nilagang Pork
    Nilagang Beef
    Chicken Tinola
    Fried chicken southern style
    Fried chicken Max’s style
    Breaded porkchops
    Pork Menudo
    Beef Mechado
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Review: EMU Oil

This product has been raved about by a lot of netizens, so I gave in and tried it luckily a close friend (her name is Raven) gave me one bottle last Christmas yipeeee … at first it just appeared like all the other oil products in the market, the one thing I can attest to it is it’s fast absorbency rate, I used it on my keratosis pilares http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris together with the oatmeal soap I purchased from BNHS, so far so good.

While pregnant I used it on my stretchmarks – that part I am not sure if it worked well, but based on what I experienced the skin on my belly was supple and soft. I’ll update this entry once I am able to scrutinize my belly more.

BY NATURE Handmade Soaps

I am not a reseller of any kind – I just love the soaps by BNHS, I discovered them on one my trips to the Echo Store at the Podium, I was in my 2nd trimester and was looking for a soap of kind to further moisturize my already very dry skin, I chanced upon the Golden Honey Oats soap bar, I bought one and took it home with me, despite arriving pretty late I just had to take a warm bath to soothe me, I tried the soap and true to it’s word it’s unscented and refreshing, there was no immediate magic, but after about 3 days of using the soap I noticed my KP on my arms have healed and my once rough elbows are now supple, I continued to use it without fail until I gave birth, like all new mothers my skin was not at its best – recovering from my c-section, I asked my husband to scrub my back with a loofa, he noticed how much skin I was shedding, literally libag-like (yes I am also brutally frank) he scrubbed my whole back and saw my newly exfoliated back emerge, I attributed it to my using my Golden Honey Oats bar, I have further tried out different bars, but still go back to BNHS, it works well for me.

a GAP of 8 years

The title says it all, like what the hell was I thinking???  It’s being a new mom all over again, I thought I was past the stage of diapers and breastfeeding, not to mention diapers and bottles – yes the whole 9 yards.

I’ve been surviving on 2 hour naps here and there, that’s selfish of me, WE have been surviving on naps. I have to give credit to my husband for doing his best to be a hands-on dad, instead of a hands-off, thank you ma’am kind of dad. He makes sure I get to rest somehow, it’s challenging for him to go through this – at his age and his history it’s all new to him, so I have tried my best to keep my bitching to myself.

I’m mixed-feeding my child, not because I don’t have milk, but because it’s a decision my husband and I decided on. He and I had a loooong talk about it and I said I was willing to do it and would need to have his support, I read somewhere that in order to be able to exclusively breastfeed I have to inform everyone about it and seek their support, my husband believes in breastfeeding and the powers of it. BUT he believes that it’s a personal choice between parents and with him seeing what I went through, he goes by the saying a happy mom equals a happy baby, a happy wife = a happy home.

I work 8 hours a day (or so) and we have no full-time help, we’re basically on our own, I work from home and so does he soooo I thought it would be great to get into this whole business of exclusively breastfeeding our child, my daughter has no problems switching and latching, she latches like a leech on an open-wound (yes I know gross) but that’s how it is. She gets to feed about 3 to 4 times a day from me. I offer my breast to her when she cries in the middle of the night and whenever possible.

I felt guilty for choosing to mix feed her, and then I stumble upon a certain blog (which I forgot which one) that spoke of certain insecurities I had as a mother, this particular entry enlightened me in so many ways.   http://glamomamas.com/2011/05/breastfeeding-it%E2%80%99s-choice/

Enough of that, I respect all the advocates of different movements and organizations, I may not practice exclusive breastfeeding but that does not make me less of a mother or less of a woman.

Facts about me

Facts about me

  1. I am a mother to 2 beautiful girls ages 8 and 6 weeks
  2. I am a wife to a loving yet stubborn man for the past 2 almost 3 years
  3. I was a single parent for 5 years
  4. I love dogs
  5. I love the color red
  6. I love going to the beach
  7. I have size 9 feet (just incase you wanted to know)
  8. I do not fit into Asian sizes and would perfectly fit into UK sizes
  9. NO I AM NOT FAT ( just plump :) …)
  10. I love coffee hot or cold

p.s. I am sarcastic and cynical by nature

Babywearing time to be maSaYa

after 6 weeks of reading and researching about babyslings, I finally decided on which brand I would go for. I finally made my choice, placed and paid for my order thru an online store found on Multiply -http://fabnaima.multiply.com/

I decided to get the SSK printed teal design, I decided on the Semi-stretch material instead of the VersaTek material which can be compared to material used for Yoga clothes, the only difficulty I encountered was deciding which size to get, I am not really plus sized but since I have been blessed to sport 38C’s my shirt size meant I was an XL, the SSK sizing is shirt dependent, if you want help in deciding which size is best for you or which carrier, here’s 2 links of blogs that helped me out: http://krazekitch.blogspot.com/2011/03/everything-na-ma-saya.html and http://painterswife.com/2010/07/09/saya-baby-carrier-review-how-to/

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From birthing – NICU – being home

I gave birth as scheduled on the 31st, it was not the dream or plan of events that I hoped would happen. First of, the weather was ghastly it was pouring real hard, they could not find my designated anesthesiologist – they had to source one from another hospital – okay that clear, next the epidural I wanted was not available, they had to give me another one. I said OKAY.

The birth itself – she came out crying … then she stopped. (dead silence was the only noise I could hear) the nurses and all the doctors were shuffling left and right, I didn’t know what the f*** was going on, I asked the anesthesiologist where my baby was, she then explained that the baby sucked on a lot of water and they were suctioning it out, OKAY ( this is coming from a very drugged and groggy mother) they were asking me to breathe in and out – I was very much aware of everything so much for being drugged and confused, right?

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… 37 weeks

I am considered to be termed by my ever so dearest OB, routine check-up went well, another ultrasound to pacify the mommy, monitor all activity – this one surpasses everything she kicks like there’s no tomorrow.

SO far – we didn’t go crazy buying baby stuff, this is our 2nd child, we are way practical than before. haha. We have however, purchased a Graco Pack n’ Play crib – this will be used for about 2 to 3 years depending on the baby and our preference. I have not really had the strength to shop – aside from the fact my husband does not allow me to go out alone. I somehow managed to ask help from a real good friend to buy a few items for the baby.

Purchased / acquired the following items:

  • those tiny tie-side thingies I hate (but is compulsory).
  • booties / socks
  • 3 bonnets
  • 3 pairs of mittens
  • new born dypees just 1 pack ( I purchased a bamboo cloth diaper)
  • 3 small bottles (just incase my milk doesn’t make it on time)
  • maternity pads
  • alcohol
  • vaseline petroleum jelly – a small jar
  • oh yes I splurged on a Baby Couture Diaper bag – just because I wanted to. (evil grin)

aside from that we didn’t drown ourselves in baby comforters or pillows, we decided to play it by ear and see what we would actually need and use.

We’re packed and ready as well.

  • baby bag (with baby items)
  • laptop (because my husband has to work)
  • SmartBro (because we’re not sure how the wi-fi is at the hospital)
  • Pens (yes 3 pens)
  • clothes
  • ATMs
  • phone chargers

I guess this it for now.  My next post will reveal how everything went. :)