Anastasia @ 7(months)!

I may have been working full time on a night shift, but that does not hinder me from seeing how Anastasia grows. I have witnessed her developments and her little milestones that make us even more proud of her. I must admit, I like it more now that she’s basically trying to go on her own. She is now able to hold her bottle and drink her milk. Play with the stuffed toys she has, she even often initiates playtime. You would know that she’s in the mood to play when she doesn’t stop screaming and would laugh after. She would even welcome us from work with a very huge smile and you would even see how ecstatic she is to us come home. Oh how I love Anastasia! Sometimes, the exhaustion I get from work, the stress I deal with everyday, and a whole lot more are already making sense. What I really mean by that is I now have a purpose, an inspiration and a very strong drive to continue and work harder. Sometimes, you would just really be surprise to the things that you could do just for the ones you really love! Like how I am with Anastasia, and with our family. Below are her pictures during her seventh month! Ooh and not to mention, she’s turning 8 months in a few days. Yey for my little munchkin!

 

 

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6 months and counting with Baby A.

Imagine that! She’s turning seven months a week from now. I am just so happy to see her grow into someone I want her to be. She’s such a happy kid. She would often laugh and play by herself. She doesn’t cry for nothing. She’ll just cry whenever she is hungry or tired and wants to sleep. She is starting to talk right now, she knows how to interact and play with us. She would often shout at the top of her lungs when she wants to talk  with us. Anastasia has always been my stress reliever, the only drive that keeps me going to whatever I have to face. I don’t have much to say for her developments, I’ll just post the photos below and you’ll see ow grown up she is.

Life with Anastasia.

And so after being on hiatus, I finally have enough time to continue blogging. I just got back to working, not to mention, on a very graveyard shift. LOL! Oh and with longer hours! I must admit that it was really exhausting. But as soon I got the hang of it, and also a big thanks to Yomi who helped me cope up with the changes. A lot of adjustments were done just for us to work. Insert all words synonymous with “TIRED” here. Those are the things we often feel, but because Yomi and I got no choice, we continue to strive harder for our little angel.

But after all the stress, that’s where our Anastasia comes in.She takes away all our discomforts in life. Amazing how she is able to do that by just simply smiling. Speaking of my cutie Anastasia…

Anastasia’s second and third month!

Time flies so fast and she is almost on her fourth month. Anastasia is growing even more beautiful everyday. She is starting to have her own habits. She is now able to sleep by herself and oftentimes we need not to carry her every now and then. She started to turn on the first week of her third month. She was struggling at first, and we cannot help but try to push her a little for her to be successful. But then, little by little she is now able to turn without any help nor assistance. She is able to lift her head and would often smile. She now likes to talk, her coocoo’s, all day all night. She is now taking 4oz of milk and sometimes would ask for more! She sleeps the longest during nightime and would be awake all day. In just two months, she’s able to achieve a lot of things! I couldn’t be more proud of my little Tasia.

Below our her photos during her second and third month:

 

First month with Baby A.

I have been thinking of words for me to describe my first month with Anastasia. Everything is surreal when it comes to my little munchkin. Now I get how rewarding it is to be a mother. Times like these, I often remember everything my mom told me before. That there are things I would not understand until I became a mother. True enough, now I am able to fully understand what she meant.

FIRST MONTH WAS:
Tiring for I really do not have a consistent sleep schedule. Anastasia would sometimes be awake all throughout the day and will sleep during night time, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Then I have to be awake every after 2 hours for she is always hungry and will wake up no matter how sleepy she is just to drink her milk. Then every after 4 hours I have to change her diaper because her skin is so sensitive. She isn’t a cry baby at all but she likes to sleep in my arms and wants her body on top of me. I think she is at ease whenever our skin touches.

Exciting for every development of Anastasia. She’s starting to gain weight and her cheeks are fluffier than ever. When she is in the mood, she will smile and will respond to us by nodding her head and then smiling. She also likes to listen to nursery rhymes, one day I tried playing nursery rhymes and then she fell asleep listening to it. And then I tried it the other day and same thing happened. It relaxes her.

And a whole lot more of emotions. She had her first check up and her pediatrician said she is doing very well, though I stopped breastfeeding three weeks after I gave birth. I just don’t have enough supply of milk for her, too sad. But she is doing great with Enfamil together with her vitamins prescribe by her pediatrician which is Tiki-tiki.

She is now starting to have a very distinctive look. I guess she has my eyes and my nose. And the rest, she got it from her father. Her round eyes, fluffy cheeks, shape of her face, almost everything.

There are a lot of things Anastasia have taught me which obviously she’s not aware of. I learned to be very patient at all times. It’s never easy to take care of a baby, specially newborns. You would have to adjust to their schedule, may it be feeding time, sleeping time or play time. I also learned to take a bath real quick for I only have a very limited time to do things at home while she is sleeping. I also don’t get to eat on time anymore because I have to wait for her to be asleep. Sometimes, when I can’t take the hunger anymore, I bring her with me while eating. Very tiring! My mom once told me that being a mother comes with no instruction. It will just come out and you will be surprised you are doing it. And that, I have to really agree with her.

My world now revolves around Anastasia. Apparently, it is really not easy but still I am able to manage it little by little. Good thing I have my support system with me. My parents whom I can just beep online for my endless queries, my mother-in-law (and the wholw gang of Yomi) who is always there to assist us in taking care of Baby A, my other relatives who would often call me just to check on Anastasia and wil then give some advices and most specially Yomi who’s really a loving father to Baby A. It’s really an amazing feeling since Baby A cme to our lives.

Below are some of her pictures taken of Anastasia’s journey to first month:


‘Til my next blog! Take care everyone!
Any questions, comments or tips, message me or send an email (mkeo.ramos@gmail.com)
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keooo

 

 

Preggy diaries: SECOND and THIRD TRIMESTER WITH BABY A.

As much as I would like to share my whole journey during my pregnancy, too bad I got so little time for now. Know why? I will tell you all soon! So, shall we start with my “Second Trimester?

Second trimester or mommy and babies’ 4-6 months is a bit challenging. Well for me, one good thing about my second trimester is that I no longer have my morning sickness, I still have my weird cravings but this time it was more specific, and my baby bump appeared during my 6th month. Like what I have shared on my previous post, I have a very complicated pregnancy. I was in and out of the hospital during my second trimester. Reasons were:

  1. Spotting around my 6th month. Good thing baby is fine, it may just be because of the stress I am getting from work that Yomi and I decided that I should take a leave from work until I give birth.
  2. Pre-term labor around 4th month and 6th month. I am experiencing “menstrual-like” cramps and it was really painful. Since then, I started reading every single thing about pregnancy. But I suggest that you don’t read too much for you might overthink things and you may start to feel paranoid about it. STRESS AIN’T GOOD FOR MOMMY AND BABY, OKAY?
  3. Yeast infection all throughout my pregnancy. I have read that having a yeast infection is really common specially when you are pregnant. There are a lot of reasons on why you might have an infection, mine was because of too much sugar intake. Having this kind of infection is really disturbing for first time preggo’s for it can really cause discomfort. And not too mention, medications are a bit pricey. Ugh!
  4. Lastly and the most common for all preggo’s out there, UTI or Urinary Tract Infection. This is something that you have to treat before you give birth. I have read that the baby can have it also once you give birth. Of course you can’t take the thought of your little angel having it. I was given antibiotics to treat it.

Not really a good second trimester for me but all are worth it every time I feel my little munchkin move inside me. I also gained so much weight during these times for I really eat heavy meals. I always feel famished even after meals and I would easily cry, or be furious on things (ugh, blame my hormones).

Third trimester or the last three months of my journey as a preggy! And so my baby bump is getting bigger and heavier, I started to have stretch marks all over my body (arms, legs and my tummy), back pains were surreal and even finding the right position to sleep was a struggle! It was really difficult for me to get up from bed and even taking a bath was a challenge for I cannot stand too long and even just watching a movie was difficult for I cannot sit for too long as well. It was these times when I wished to give birth already for I can no longer endure the pain. Good thing, I have a very understanding and loving partner who would always cheer me up during my down times and would always give me a massage on my back and feet. I started to fix as well the requirements that we needed for me to take advantage of my benefits from SSS and Philhealth. (will share the things that you need to have and do on my next blog post). And I suggest as well that you prepare the things you’ll be needing and all the baby stuff so that when the big day arrives, you will not be rattled and everything will go smoothly. And there!

Comment or message me if you have anything to add or ask about pregnancy!

And for my next blog post… Let me share my experience about giving birth to Anastasia! Yey!

More posts about baby A soon!!!

keooo

 

Preggy diaries: FIRST TRIMESTER WITH BABY A.

I may be a first time mom, but I am really sure that the big day is about to happen days from now, if not then make it a week. I really don’t know what word will best decribe my journey with baby A inside my tummy. It was thrilling, tiring, full of surprises and a whole lot more. BEING A MOM IS SURREAL!

So before the big day comes, I would like to go back to the beginning of this journey. I will share my month to month experience with baby A.

FIRST TRIMESTER

(1st month)
My pregnancy was not really expected or thoroughly planned. So Yomi and I were really clueless that I was already conceiving baby A around February. Though there are slight signs then and since I do have irregular periods, it was really confusing that time. I was delayed on the month of February and already took pregnancy test. Result was NEGATIVE. It was really a relief for me. A lot of things have crossed my mind for I was not ready then. Besides, I still have a few months left ’til I finish my degree.

(2nd month)
It was this month (March) when I really felt a lot of signs of pregnancy. I am starting to gain weight, felt really tired the whole day even if I had hours of rest, felt like vomiting every time I eat, series of headaches and severe mood swings. And most of all, I still do not have my period. So I asked Yomi if we can have another test, unfortunately the second time I took the test, result was invalid. No lines at all on the pregnancy test so we decided to have another test a week after. And that was when I saw two lines on the test. I was dumbfounded that very moment. Thoughts such as how will my family react, can I really handle this, are we (Yomi and I) really ready for a little munchkin, will I be able to finish my degree on time, and a whole more. But as I told Yomi that the result was positive, a saw a huge smile on his face. A genuine smile. I know he really wanted to have his child long before we met and it was really a good news for him. That is where I got the strength to continue with this journey. I know he’s got my back with this. So to be very sure with the result, we went to a maternity clinic and got a confirmation of my pregnancy. And to our surprise, I was 8 weeks or 2 months then!

(3rd month)
And so as every preggy mom says “Struggle is real.” MOrning sickness was my nemesis during this period. I really had a hard time dealing with waking up feeling very nauseous. I lost my appetite. I had severe headaches that really made me cry. I have been reading blogs about pregnancy and it seems like I am having a not so smooth one. I am still not able to confide to my father, or to anyone else, even with my closest friends. I was really afraid of how will they react, specially with my parents. I was working on a nightshift post during this period and there was not a day I did not visit the clinic to rest for I can no longer endure the stress. Until Yomi and I decided to have my pre-natal check up and asked if she can advise me to leave from work until I surpass the first trimester. It is also the month of my graduation and I was really exhausted from work and school during these times. My tummy was starting to have a bump and I am really having a hard time trying to cover it so no one would see. There are times that I wished my father would just ask me about it so I don’t have to do such things but I really don’t have the courage that time. There are also medicines that I have to take but I also need to be cautious so my father will not see these medicines and ask about it. And as part of their graduation gift for me, they decided to take a trip to “Kamay ni Hesus”. I could not say no for they might have a hint of my pregnancy, so even if it was really exhausting, I still joined the trip. But I was a bit distant and was really timid all throughout the trip. I was thinking a lot of things and unconsciously talking to my little munchkin to hold on and we’ll surely get through this soon.

I really cannot imagine how will I be able to surpass all of these. But you will see as I we continue with my journey on my next blog post. One thing I really learned during these times was to never lose hope and always keep the faith. And always look on the positive side of everything.

‘Til my next blog! 🙂

keooo