Lovingly Mama for the World Breastfeeding Month

My family during the Milk Code Forum last August 29, 2014.
The seminar I attended when Shane was 2 weeks old at SM Bacolod. Taken last August 2013.

August is World Breastfeeding Month. How poignant it is because this month also marks my second daughter Shane’s first birthday. That means that I had been breastfeeding her for one whole year already!

This little one has her quirks. For example, while side lying, she would suck on the right breast for a little while but she would stay on the left breast. She would sleep while latching, too, but her sleep her co-terminus to the latch. If I get up, she gets up, too. When in the car, she wants me to let both my breasts out so that she can alternate between sucking and fondling while standing up. So you can just imagine how I would look like to people in vehicles that are taller than ours because they could not see her–they can only see my exposed breasts. But I love her to bits and I love the fact that I was able to breastfeed her. I intend to do so until 24 months…or even more.

Shane and I at The Big Latch On — Hakab Na! Flanked by BMBC admins, Jireh (left) and Althea (right).
All the moms who joined Hakab Na.

This month of August, Shane and I celebrated the first year anniversary of our breastfeeding journey. We joined the Hakab Na or The Big Latch on 2014 for the World Breastfeeding Week on August 2, 2014 at the Santuario de La Salle, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. It is a worldwide event where breastfeeding moms gather at registered locations in order to simultaneously bring their little ones to the breast at 10:30am. The mechanics is that, the children will have to latch for an entire minute. And thankfully, Shane cooperated with the timed activity. hihi This event aims to promote breastfeeding and raise awareness on the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding moms.

Participants of the Milk Code Forum.

On August 29, 2014, my entire family came to the Milk Code Forum (E.O. 51) with guest speaker Dr. Anthony Calibo, Child Health Division OIC DOH-FHO and a breastfeeding champion. It was attended by close to 400 participants. After the forum was the formal launching of the photo exhibit of breastfeeding moms where Shane and I are also included.

“The MILK CODE or Executive Order 51 (EO 51) is a law that ensures safe and adequate nutrition for infants through the promotion of breastfeeding and the regulation of promotion, distribution, selling, advertising, product public relations, and information services on artificial milk formulas and other covered products.”

The breastfeeding photo exhibit by CM Fotografia.

I am just so thankful that I was able to breastfeed Shane–a second chance actually, as I had not been successful with my eldest. I am thankful that there had been people who cared enough to help, which is the reason why the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club was set up. I am also thankful to old and new friends who have helped me in one way or the other with their prayers and advice. Most especially, I am thankful to a very supportive husband who had been instrumental in all these–the research and readings, the vitamins and supplements, the back rubs, the encouraging words, and the love.But most of all, I thank God because I was given another child and another chance to rear her differently.God bless all breastfeeding moms! :D

Note: Where not credited, photos were taken for the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club fan page. :D

Teaching My Daughter to Fold Her Underwear

One of the most intimate things that a girl can own is her underwear. At present, I am still the one washing my daughter’s undergarments. And that is fine, we will get to both of them washing their dirty pieces later on. They are not exempted from household work, especially that we do not have our own helpers.

Dindin and some of her folded underwear. Yes, they are all Barbie panties.

But several months ago, I started my eldest Dindin, age 5, into folding her own underwear. She would remove them from the hanger where they dry, turn them out, and then fold them. We don’t really need complicated folding techniques because she only has a small space in her cabinet so she just folds them lengthwise, piles them up, places them in the designated spot in her cabinet, and closes it. However simple, that is still instilling responsibility to her.

She starts with a bunch of topsy turvy panties and she works on each one of them with care.

What I am glad about is that Dindin takes this responsibility seriously and still manages to do it happily. On the average, the folding activity is about 2-3 times per week, depending on how many times I have washed. Although it takes quite a long while for her to finish folding, she neatly presses each one with her hands until they are smooth or like they were ironed. I let her do this when it is her TV time and she is just sitting there. At least, her hands are busy and she does it well. :D

I know this may be simple. I know it is not a grand chore. But I know of ladies who are already in college and still do not know how to properly wash and store their intimate garments. That is why I think this is an achievement for Dindin already.

What a Musician Needs

G.P. When you are a musician, it is nice to make music and jam with friends. But if you are performing, it is a different matter.

Yeah, performing for an audience has its value and you cannot bring it down because it also cheapens your value as a performer.

One of the things that you need is a good synthesizer. Try the moog phatty. It is a good quality unit.

Clean Your Home After The New Year’s Party

After the New Year fireworks have faded, it is time to clean up.

You wake up after the massive New Year’s Eve celebration and when you look around, your headache becomes even bigger. There is so much cleaning and tidying up to do that you simply can’t figure out how you’re going to do everything and not spend the whole next year cleaning the mess. It’s not actually that bad if you plan the cleaning process well. There are some tips that will definitely come in handy when you start cleaning your house after the party.

    1. Garbage First

Start the cleaning process by throwing all the rubbish away. After the celebration, it’s normal that there would be plenty of empty bottles, plastic glasses, wrappings, and all kinds of useless things that are spread around the whole house, making it look messier that it actually is. Collect all the garbage, place them in big trash bags, and throw them away immediately. There is immediate gratification in doing this. You will see how much better your place will look after you get rid of the trash.

    1. Washing

The next thing you have to do is wash the dirty dishes. Perhaps this is what will take up most of your cleaning time. But, of course, it’s essential to wash everything carefully. A big celebration normally leaves many dirty plates, glasses, cutlery, and kitchen ware. Some of them might be hard to clean, especially those pots and pans that you’ve cooked in and left dirty since the previous night. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it looks. Pour very hot water in all of the utensils and let them sit like this for about ten or fifteen minutes. The hot water will dissolve all the dirt and make it super easy to remove afterwards. While you’re waiting, use the time to wash the rest of the things that aren’t that dirty, for example – the glasses. If you have a dishwasher, rinse them with hot water and place them in there. When you’re ready, wash the utensils. If necessary, use a metal sponge.

    1. Furniture

So, now that you’ve successfully completed the most difficult steps, the next thing you have to do is clean the table and the rest of the furniture that might be dirty. Start with the dining table and clean it, using a special cleaning product that will maintain it as well. If there are too many stains of wine or food, you might want to clean it first with a wet cloth. Then use a cleaning product and a dry cloth to clean it carefully. Choose a cleaning product according to the material your table is made of. It makes a big difference if it’s a wooden or a glass table, for instance. Continue with dusting the rest of the furniture. If there are tough stains on your furniture, you might either want to call a professional cleaner like TenancyClean W6 who offer many cleaning services to do it for you (in case your furniture is delicate and you’re afraid of damaging it) or you can do it yourself, using special cleaning products.

    1. Floor

The last thing you have to do is clean the floor. Now that everything else is already clean, you’re definitely seeing its end. Vacuum or sweep the floor. Then mop it. The result will be even better if you mop it twice, to make sure that all grime and dirt and stickiness have been removed. Keep the windows open while you clean the floor to let fresh air in. Then you can spray your home using a nice fragrance.

There you’ve made your home look incredibly clean after the big New Year’s Eve party.