My mom has always reminded me and my siblings that our names have meaning and purpose; they symbolize her prayer for us, and we would eventually bring to life their respective meanings as we grow older. I prayed for my son's name for months until finally it was clear - JOHAHN”, God’s favor / gift from God, because he was given to us at rhe most unexpected time. This is also a variation (spelling-wise) I made out of John, whose hebrew origin is ‘Yohanan’, which means God is gracious. Through highs and lows, from pregnancy to postpartum depression, my little wonder human is the perfect reminder everyday of God's grace 💙 Oh and, gracious also means kind, compassionate, generous, and merciful. From my mom to me, and from me to Johahn - let this be my prayer 💙 What's your baby's name? Let's celebrate it with a gift of personalized Baby Dove Bottles! If you're a tito/tita /ninong/ninang/lola/lolo : order a sweet and personalized gift that goes beyond gentle and superior moisturization for your little wonder boys and gals! Visit www.mybabydove.com.ph to place an order until December 6! #BabyDovePH ** Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; Isaiah 43:1 ...Do not be afraid for I have redemeed you. I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME, AND YOU ARE MINE. **
P1: The past few months since my last post were the toughest chapters I had to endure this year. I was on the brink of giving up my work because I felt terribly robbed off time with my son; my passion projects since I had to realign my priorities; and myself - this, being my battle for 18 months now. It was timely I had phone issues too which made it easier to isolate myself from things seemingly perfect to me. Things I ache for. The pruning process revealed so many things. Saving them for another post! Would like to share though that just in time for Johahn's birthday, God made all things new. And these photos vividly capture my journey as a mom : The first being filled with blissful wonder, and all things perfect... While the 2nd still revealing the attempt to smile through the many faces of reality in raising a child. And as I embark on my 2nd yr as mom, my heart is at peace knowing that there are no perfect moms, just #realmoms who, in the process of becoming, are perfected through Christ's love. . . Thank you @babydovecare And @littleheartbeatphotography #babydovePH *** . . Adding an exerpt from my HS favorites : Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?' 'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. -Margery Williams
[SWIPE to see video highlight] Last 08.27 was surely a great way to spend our afternoon with fellow supermamas (sooo giddy to have seen you all!!) and @celestinegonzaga while letting our kids play freely and alongside @severianoelliott 💕 . . . Wish I had more photos but Johahn go hungry just when the program started, and then fell asleep just before the Ready, Get Set, Go! play time! Even so, we’re grateful for still having short but sweet moments of joy @gymboree 🤩Who says a 9month old can’t play like toddlers? 🤣 He climbed his way up the rocking horse, and rocked it 😂 that was literally my “Wow, mg baby can do that!” moment! . . . Just a few hrs more before the #PampersxLazadaPH #superBrandDay ! Aside from collaboritive #babymarathon video that will be aired, there are exclusive product offers too!! 35% off on Pampers Baby Dry Newborn Diapers and PHP100 discount vouchers 🤩 Time to stock up!!! Moms, dads, aunts & uncles! @lazadaph @pampersph #pampersph
SEVEN #WORDSOFWONDER I’LL TEACH MY SON : 1. I love you 2. Thank you 3. I’m Sorry 4. I Forgive You 5. I’ll Pray For You 6. God Bless You 7. I Trust You - Lord (most of all), and papa & mama . . (More on the blog, but highlighting #2 for this post because of this thoughtful gift we received last week) . . It’s natural to say Thank You when we receive something. But Twiga’s Story goes beyond ‘gratitude’, because it reminds us of childlike wonder and being grateful for the things around us. Mommy didn’t give Twiga anything, but instead she made Twiga focus on what he already has - a world full of wonderful things, created by the Lord. The wind, the river, the birds...and his mommy. . . Thank you @tinybuds for this simple story of gratitude, and wonder ✨ It isn’t just for our children - it’s for us, adults too! . . Because we sometimes forget to look at the things we have and be thankful for them. And there are things that also go unnoticed because of being swept by the mundane. Like waking up to a new day, having clean air to breathe, getting a glimpse of our babies sound asleep or even having them throw themselves at us early in the morning! Surely, thank you isn’t just for what’s given to us, but what we already have ❤️ . . . Life. Love. Family. A world full of wonder, we’ll only find when we seek it . . if you see something nice, say thank you”. . . A grateful heart, is a joyful heart. . . #lettersToJOHAHN
#wonderwhileintransit : “something in the way you look at me” . . Content. Comfort. Warmth. Peace. Amazement. Affirmation. Trust. Hope. Strength. Love. . . WONDER. . . It’s the first full week of August the first workday of the week! Sharing my dose of inspiration (as always)! He’s growing up so fast he’s even standing on his own now! 😭 can we please have a slow button :( . . . #onthegrid Johahn’s teething buddy @matchstickmonkeyph 💕
Our first #BoxOfWonder was from @nivea_ph ‘s new product line for babies ✨ SWIPE for more photos of Johahn having fun! Watch the full video on my IGTV 💕 . . . We’re on our 2nd week of officially using the products, and I’ll be sharing a comprehensive #boxOfWonderReview soon!!! Thanks again @johnpaulgalicia for sending this gift! . Who would’ve thought I’d start making reviews for mom&baby things 😅 speaking of reviews, you can check out my FOOD REVIEWS on LOOLOO :) search for “Bea Patricia J” ❤️ App is available for both android and ios, and is browser friendly ✨
PUR is now in the Philippines! >>>>SWIPE for more photos (check my IGTV for the full video) . . It was great to have met fellow mommies and bloggers alike who are always on the look out for innovative products that will give our babies the best experience. Only goes to say, “happy baby, happy mommy!” (On top of the happy wife, happy life) 😅 . . The event highlight for me, was the part where Mr. Limtong shared how Pur was finally able to enter the Philippine market despite a number of rejections. Truly, when we give our best, God takes care of the rest, and nothing is impossible with Him. . . Thank you for inviting us, @trishpunosamonte 😌 Thank you @purphilippines for bringing in products that are Pampering, Understanding, and Reliable. #PURlove ❤️ . . . FULL VIDEO ON MY IGTV ✨ . . Also wearing my @bebear_ph Aluminum Hipseat Carrier ❤️ 12kg is no joke and he’s probably too tall for 8mos but I’ll keep wearing him while I can ❤️ #bebearmoments #bebear
Almost done conquering the week!! Hang in there joe!!
• WEAR CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL WONDERFUL • I’d list this as the first step to post-partum recovery, and one of the ways to add a source of wonder if you’re going through post-partum depression. Timely cliche : “Dress up, show up, never give up” . Motherhood definitely turns moms into shopaholics for all things baby especially with digital and social media access nowadays! Proof : this top is my first purchase for myself that’s not related to breastfeeding (hello lactation treats haha). Yep! 8 great months that passed by, yet and I really wish I did it sooner! . . Aside from neutrals, wine/maroon and red are the only colors I wear to work&play (my colleagues & friends can attest to this haha) Thankfully beat the odds in ordering this ZOEY top that went out of stock in a matter of minutes! . . I told mommy @mykalimchocmd that it worked wonders, and receiving my order was truly a euphoric moment because it’s the first step of celebrating my #mombod (part of my ppd-story soon) and hey, “FINALLY SOMETHING FOR ME”😅 //aren’t we moms all guilty of online shopping for our baby stuff . . So here’s to being the best version of ourselves, and pampering ourselves with clothes that feel like magic! . This be mine, what’s yours? Tag me in your #gridofwonder . I’m curious! . Have a blessed week ahead! #happymonday - - - - - - - - - - - Proverbs 31:25 | She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
This little boy reminds me of how to never lose the childlike wonder - seek it bravely in the mundane, and find it in fractals that bring joy. I can’t help but wonder how he finds water splashes so amusing that he laughs, and plays, and laughs again. But that’s the very thing we adults might have forgotten - wonder in the ordinary, wonder and find answers, wonder in amazement. Childlike wonder. It is what I am striving to seek, and find, as I grace through motherhood, one splash at the time. Oh, how I miss weekends! It’s only tuesday but I’m being bathe-sick 😫 Aside from breastfeeding, and sharing meals with him, bathing him is filled with so many precious moments and firsts! #twhstories
Back in March,Johahn got sick for the first time and it lasted for a few weeks.I dropped everything to be with him everyday&directly breastfed.When he finally got better,and all the “starting to’s” in my previous post became evident,it hit me really hard-TIME WENT BY SO FAST. I lost 2months full of milestones & moments.I blamed myself& the situation,felt helpless,useless,and made myself believe that I wasn’t doing & giving enough.Was I? . . For 2+ months,I was desperate to just take care of him.I cried almost everyday,I dreaded “tomorrows” & sleeping because I didn’t want to leave him the next day. I was dysfunctional,my chest felt heavy and uncertain,I felt jittery every now and then.I lost “my bubbly and passionate self”. I suddenly had this inexplicable blankness,as if I were Riley,in INSIDEOUT. No sadness,no joy,just disgust,fear and anger.It got worse because of comments like: >You’re not the only one here who has problems.There are others who are even going through worse >Don’t self-diagnose >It will be unfair to others if we understand you >You’re not the only working mom who’s having a hard time >Don’t keep focusing on it.The more you talk about it,the more you feel it.Stop dwelling on it. >It will pass.It’s just a phase. . . I don’t think post partum depression automatically equates to suicide when left untreated.Maybe it’s “LOSING ONE’S SELF” in the process.And that’s what happened to me.I didn’t have suicidal thoughts,but I did kill myself with the worst thoughts about myself, because of the past and present. I “died inside”,and what’s left was the part of me that wants to just love & take care of Johahn. . . Somewhere in between,God made me seek experiences that would remind of the things I was most passionate about.I said yes a lot of times,and even got wonderful surprises that filled my heart with love and joy (thank you @looloo @skushno @rjrdancel @caringcup @dcupcoffeerepublicph @millennialmomsph ) . It’s a slow and steady process and even if I haven’t fully gotten myself out of the sinkhole yet, there’s relief in knowing that I’m not where I used to be.
#latepost || FIVE. I call this the “starting to-“ phase. Starting to sit on his own, starting to sit upright a bit longer, starting to crawl, two front teeth starting to come out, starting to notice eating gestures, starting to sit with us at mealtimes, starting to stare at food and slowly open his mouth in wonder, starting to grab his toys and put it in his mouth, starting to stand with suppor, starting to make talking-sounds, starting to sleep longer at night without feeding in between, starting to grow bigger and taller, and sadly starting to grow up. . . . This was also the month I fell into the sink hole of post-partum depression, but no one really understood. But I fought hard. (Story in my next post)
I’ve attended a number of prenatal, breastfeeding and baby care workshops. At 6months pos-partum, there’s still so much to learn from baby skin care, newborn bathing, to breastfeeding! . . Today’s baby care workshop for new moms & dads is made possible by @mommymundo . . . The SKIN CARE segment was most relevant to me because Johahn has atopic dermatitis. The session taught me much about proper cleansing, moisturizing, and caring for baby’s skin. DIY research can be confusing AND exhausting because there are so much brands out there with varying differentiators. That’s why I really look forward to events like this! I’m still looking for a product line that would suite Johahn’s skin, and these are some tips I made sure to take note of : . * CHOOSE products amphoteric or non-ionic surfactant / emulsifiers * AVOID paraben, lanolin, derivatives * LOOK for PETROLATUM, HUMECTANTS, and GLYCERIN * !! Foaming is NOT equal to cleansing * Bubble baths are usually not recommended because baby’s genitalia is prone to rashes . I wasnt able to take a video of the infant massage segment but it’s something I’ll be doing with Johahn soon! . . PS : dont forget to bring your cord and powerbank 🤣 I was probably too excited im now running outta juice! . . ** Regardless of mom-ranks (expecting mom, new mom, pro-mom, multigeneration mom), learning never stops! #mommymundobabylove #babylove #mompowerment #mommymundo #babylove2018 #mommymundoandbabylove
JUNE. Sweet solace to December daydreams. || . . How are you spending the rainy weekend? #wonderwithTWH . . Old sweater. Loose braids. Socks. Journals and a good book. A mug of hot chocolate. Baby sound asleep.
There’s this not-so-secret to make your day a little brighter when everything else seems to be in disarray : SMILE. Just do so. And the emotion will follow! Oh and it also helps to have a sibling / friend who’ll intentionally stall the picture-taking time just to make you smile a little longer. (📸 @nathaliekayee ) . I have a loaded list of things to do that badly need decluttering! I still resort to writing them on my notebooks x planner, BUT I’m really having a hard time catching up / moving items / rewriting everything again. (I had a crazy number of attempts to “maintain” my #bulletjournal but my hands are so full already now) Do you know of any apps aside from wunderlist / onenote / pendo that can organize and track progress? . . PS : My favorite clothing accessory lately is @elin_ph ‘s BILLIE MULTIWAY WRAP in gray stripes. It perfectly matches my usual weekday wardrobe AND works great as my pumping buddy too! . . PS2 : Still a pumping momma here! I’ve been using the Medela citystyle bag as my main pump bag for work and I like it, but I do think I need a spare pump bag that’s more formal, has multiple pockets, and is durable. Any suggestions? . . #blogph #blogged #bloggerph
YOU. Wonderfully, and intricately made. Every fiber of your being since the moment you were knitted in your mother’s womb - your parents, the environment you were raised in, your quirks and preferences, your habits, your character and every single experience and person you’ve met. One in a billion, YOU. . . ARE. Yes, now. In this season of your life, wherever you are, whatever it is you have and are facing, whoever you are with or without. You, at this very moment. . . ENOUGH. It’s as simple as being content. It’s knowing full well that it’s not about being perfect, flawless, or “right”, but being truly at peace with ‘what is’. . . YOU. ARE. ENOUGH. It’s not everyday we hear it, but when we do, it goes a long way. . . Smile and let it sink in. And may it be the start of many affirmations that’ll fill our hearts with love, this JUNE :) . . Thank you @mommytreats for these beautiful, golden words! Perfect timing to have had my last three brownies today, june 1!!! 😌 . . Is the small text a rhetorical question.........🧐😏🤣hay nako 😉🤣#overflowingmilk #happybreastfeeding . . Wouldn’t have discovered these goodies if not for @theparentingemporium ‘s breastfeeding 101 series!!
Being a first-time mom who’s also working full-time, I was emotionally and physically struggling to make ends meet and keep myself together. . I was in search for solitude. I was yearning to find answers to questions deeply rooted in the desires of my heart. I needed a break. I needed to let God speak to me through other people because I couldn’t do it alone anymore. . @cbtlph ‘s “MomME Time” Event last May 19 was the perfect retreat I needed, and everything was indeed orchestrated by the Lord to answer my prayers. . I blogged about it all in detail, but here’s a summary of the things that pulled heart strings. . 5 BEAUTIFUL WAYS GOD SPOKE TO MY HEART . 1. His Letter to Me during the #loveyourself session 2. Through Fellowship with Other Moms 3. A Glimpse of My Aspirations 4. Answering Worksheets/Prompts 5. The Watercolor Session & Interpretation . . . 8 TAKE HOME MESSAGES I WAS BLESSED WITH : . 1. Be thankful even when it is difficult 2. Say YES to rest 3. I need to believe God’s promises, not my thoughts and feelings. “Let your mind work wonders” 4. Invest in your gifts. When you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. 5. Do not passively comply and inwardly resent. 6. God turns chaos into order. 7. Say a thousand no’s and give way to the BEST YES. 8. “Bless this person more, and then bless me NEXT” . . . Link to my blog post is in my BIO. . Thank you @caringcup #CaringCup for this event! It was really a blessing to have met you @marianne_mencias @marjorieduterte and Kat 💕
#latepost || FOUR. My dearest little boy, I’m really loving this stage of hyperactive kicks, mitt and feet munching, more drools, and contagious laughter! You’re starting to reach your mobile toys, and you finally recognize my face already :’) You are a constant reminder of God’s favor and goodness every waking moment - whether you’re still asleep, feeding, or wide awake and mumbling. The hardest part of weekday mornings, is leaving you as you play. While the happiest is coming home to smell your little feet and feel your little hands on my face. I do think that I’m on my fourth month of learning how to love selflessly and unconditionally - and how beautiful it truly is to love, and be loved. #twhstories #letterstojohahn
My goodies from winning @mommymundo ‘s Grand Draw! A huge blessing to have been picked, and given the chance to meet the mom who made all these possible @janicecvillanueva , and @rjrdancel , their digital superhero who was my shopping buddy & soulmate for a while! Here’s my itemized haul with more detailed reasons in my blog and vlog soon : 1️⃣ @bebear_ph ALUMINUM HIPSEAT CARRIER (bebear) - I’ve had this in my pregnancy wishlist because of its lightweight feature + useful compartments. I initially wanted the Seafoam Green Mesh Carrier but the influence to get Aluminum was strong!! #musthave for every mom who’s transitioning from well loved and trusty wraps (like my baby k’tan) 2️⃣ @bonjourbabyworld A. GEO MAT - I’m a believer of interactive, free and safe play. Plus, they have safety sides AND breezy colors! B. @fazupph - Been holding off this anti-radiation patch since preggy days because I wasn’t quite sure it would work BUT reading RJ’s blog review convinced me to say “OK I NEED THIS” because Im breastfeeding and constantly on my phone. Two hits in one patch : less migraines for me, and more protection for Johahn! #worryfreemotherhood 3️⃣ @matchstickmonkeyph I’ve been stalking them for a while now and the timing couldn’t have been better!! Full body silicone,check! Soother, teether, and toothbrush trainer in one, check! Easy to hold, check! Fits my baby’s weaning aids’ theme,check! 4️⃣ @urbanmomph ’s BBQ PLAYKIT Just really had to save this for when he’s between 1-2! 😅 Early life skills / hobbies ready! Oh they have various sets too (ahhh sarap maging bata ulit) like play-doctor, chef, vet, hairstylist, etc 5️⃣ @kidsmephilippines FOOD FEEDER OK, there are a lot of food feeders out there and it will eventually boil down to preference and budget. In my case, I love the silicone size options (I got the large one, that’s the biggest among brands) and the colors available! Got the orange one so it matches all feeding items at home 6️⃣ @noshbabyph MUNCHABLE WAFERS perfect for finger food training! Just had to add 2 boxes in the cart because I wanted to test the “flavor-acceptance” first :)
I have so much dreams for my son... That he grows up to be a man after God’s heart - one who loves Him first so he can love others better; . a man slow to anger, and is quick to forgive; . a man humble enough to say sorry when he is wrong, and brave enough to stand for what is true and right; . a man of compassion, kindness, gratitude; . a man of integrity, wisdom and strength that comes from the Lord . ...and whenever I pray over him at night, I am reminded of the truth that I cannot teach him what I am not, because children learn best by example. I also cannot give him what I don’t have, and I cannot receive from him what I don’t know of. . I always look back at that mindset whenever I feel emotionally compromised, and when I get triggered by past memories that make me feel “i just can’t mom”. Because physical strength comes naturally when we become mothers. But the state of our hearts, is what makes us become the mother we want / don’t want to be. . *** “Guard your heart for it affects everything that you do” *** . These photos are puzzle pieces to my testimony of strength. . I conquered my pregnancy ( the whirlwind of emotions, the slope downhill, unfavorable and painful circumstances) and survived the first few months with my newborn (my fears, doubts, and worries) through Christ alone. He saved me from myself, He saved me from the things that could’ve destroyed my heart. . That’s why now, I am continuously striving to guard my heart and become God’s vessel of love to my son through words, thoughts and actions. . My son is a constant reminder that I am capable of loving unconditionally, and in many ways I didn’t think were possible. Being able to hold him, feed him, and pump milk for him, are special ways I could love him now. . This coming mother’s day, I’ll be celebrating God’s precious gift to me : He chose me to be Johahn’s mother - the greatest privilege I would honor to uphold for as long as I live. #mompowerment #mommymundo #expomom2018 @mommymundo
WHAT’S IN A NAME || Since the moment I found out I was having a baby boy, I got excited about choosing his name. I had a list I even shared with his dad, but we didn’t finally decide until I was 8months already. . Names have meaning and purpose, I believe. In the bible, the striking verse about names is what God said to Moses : “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:17 . It mattered dearly to me, so I prayed for his name. One day, without even running through a list, we just decided - FREDERICK JOHAHN. We chose two names because both of us have two names 😅 . FREDERICK, is derived from his dad’s father’s name - Alfredo. And I was happy about it, because it was coincidentally one of the names I considered that would give honor to his grandpa. Plus, it isn’t a common name too! And it means “peaceful ruler”. True enough, whenever we look at him, despite rockbottom and depressing series of events last year, we are at peace. . “JOHAHN” means God’s favor / gift from God and is a variation (spelling-wise) I made out of John, whose hebrew origin is ‘Yohanan’ / God is gracious. He is indeed the greatest gift, and everyday, I am learning how to be grateful because of him, despite the struggles and disarray. As they say - a grateful heart is a happy heart. . Today’s story prompt is from our #ThursdayCoffeeChat! Follow along with the Q&A! Join in and comment below with your answer! Tap the hashtag to check out what the other mamas in the group have to share. Don't forget to show some love and give us a follow! If you'd like to be a part of the #ThursdayCoffeeChat ☕️ group DM @theirmullerlife, @thirtyminusoneblog or @mammallammaa . This week @mammallammaa chose the topic of names! ☕️ • Q: How did you and your spouse come up with your baby/babies names? If you don't have children, how did you come up with fur baby and pet's names?
(3/3) THEN (2 months ago) vs NOW (Johahn at 4months) || Since my baby was born, I hold him/have him on my chest most of the time. It used to be his favorite position to sleep and feed,especially in his first 2 months.I didn’t mind the “don’t spoil him too much” advice because I knew that holding him close would satisfy his primal need for warmth and security, and it was my way of savoring those moments while I have them.True enough,in a blink of an eye,they’ve turned into sweet memories because he can now comfortably sleep on his own(although still beside me).But somehow, despite his chunkier everything, baby wearing preserves that bliss.Whenever we go out, I wear him instead of using a stroller because it makes me quickly aware of his movements and his needs, and at the same time -smell him, and have a longer look at his face,&&changing expressions.Just like my sentiments about “holding him close”, I know one day he’ll be too active and too heavy for me to wear(by that time we’ll definitely need a stroller) so I’m making the most out of these moments while I have them. . There are a lot of baby carrier options to choose from-Ring Slings,Wraps,even Pouch Slings. Perhaps it’s a matter of preference, but I tried all three and found the (Wrap) easier to use and it made me feel more secure.I chose the Baby K’Tan Active,because of the breathable performance sport mesh fabric that suites the weather here.They also have jersey knits/half jersey,half mesh/organic fabric variants . Really thankful to have learned all these through breastfeeding,pumping,babywearing classes when I was still pregnant! Through @theparentingemporium I found a home for continuous learning as I venture into motherhood. . So to all mommas to be, whether it’s your first time or not, there’s so much information out there and we just have to seek it! You’re luckier if you have parenting communities near you! The more we support each other, the more we are empowered. The more we are empowered, the more we can support other moms! . Side note : I can’t believe he used to be so small! He could fit inside my wrap like a little bug but now he’s just so, so big (and tall!) Ahh, don’t grow up yet!
(2/3) When Im away from my baby, pumping is my favorite thing to do because it secures our bond. It makes me feel connected to him, and that I could love him, even from a distance. . Pumping is necessary for working moms because it protects our milk supply to make sure our baby has more than enough milk for his needs. But just like breastfeeding, pumping has its own set of challenges. . ▪️Not all malls or buildings have a breastfeeding lounge, and not every mall or building with one is within my vicinity or is easily accessible. There were several occasions where I had to pump inside the restroom (not all rest rooms have powder rooms either, or is clean and tidy) because I had a series of meetings and events the whole day in a venue with security protocols, and only the restroom was available! But I’d do anything for my baby so, hello seat covers and steady knees! . ▪️Pumping at a cafe/restaurant is worse - we deal with wondering / malicious eyes or even looks of disgust. It’s tough cause we don’t have a baby to show . ▪️When in transit, there’s a high risk of milk spilling over, and I really did cry over spilled milk - 3oz gone! . ▪️Pumping while in a meeting is another story - especially if most of the folks are men. . There could be more, but there’s nothing too hard to conquer for my baby. . I’ve been pumping for 2 months now (since I came back from maternity leave) and my resourcefulness (and commitment) has been constantly tested. So today, I’m celebrating the 2nd month milestone of my favorite thing to do. Praying I have 36+ months more! . #happypumping ! * For super moms who pump, it’s important to have a pump-buddy that’s efficient (10-15’mins both breasts), portable (battery powered), discreet, and lightweight. Mine is the medela swing maxi I bought from @theparentingemporium . . . * #capturetherealyou #oppof5 @motherhoodunveiled #motherhoodunveiled
“The weekend is over 😩 “ || Here’s to conquering another work-week! Will never get used to being away from him, and it isn’t really getting “easier” or “better” by the day. But somehow, I’m learning how to reverse my thought process into “Just a little more, I’m coming home in a few more hours” instead of “Uhhh I still have x hrs to go”. Post partum depression is lurking around, and there are days I really sulk and cry and lose my sanity, to the point that I don’t want to see him when I wake up because it will only hurt me more to leave him. But when I’m conscious of the things I can control, I just keep going, I just keep fighting. So now, it’s 10 more hours to go until I smell his neck and nibble on his rolls! 💕 #workingmomdiaries #TWHstories