eleven months old

August 14, 2012

 

Dear Milo,

You can now walk! For real! Every time I see you take steps on your own, I am in awe. A few months ago, you were just a blob that couldn’t even control your own neck! Now you are really, truly, a small person. You’re eleven months old now and soon graduating from being a ‘baby’ to being a ‘little boy’.

Your Daddy says you don’t look like a baby anymore because you have so many teeth now. As of today, you have 2 in the bottom and almost 4 on top. We still haven’t given you a hair cut and I’m not sure when we will. There are days when we want to shave it all off but there are days when I just want to keep it as it is for a little while longer. It’s often in your eyes now though so I think we will have to cut it up sooner rather than later.

You sleep through the night much better now. Sometimes you still wake up once in the middle of the night but more often, you don’t wake up until it’s morning already. Unfortunately, you are turning out to be an early morning person waking up somewhere between 5AM and 6AM – EVERY DAY. I really wonder when the day would come that we would have to wake you up because you’re sleeping in so late.

You still love to eat noodles/pasta. You eat it like you’ll never see it ever again and it’s your last chance to eat it. You love fruits of all sorts – grapes, bananas, mango, watermelon. You seem more hungry for solids lately. Actually when you’re crying and I don’t know what to do to console you, I usually offer you some crackers or cheerios and you settle down almost right away! I’m apologizing in advance if this is going to create some problems for you when you’re an adult and the only thing that can console you when you’re upset is food. Haha.

I’m not sure what your favorite toys are because it seems like you play with everything. You’re very curious especially if you see something new. If I had to answer what your favorite hobby is, I would say it’s opening cabinets. You just don’t get tired of doing that for some reason. Lately, you like playing with balls, things with wheels (cart, stroller, trains, cars), Tigger, Poe, you love destroying towers of blocks, and you like looking through your books.

You really know what you want now. You already reach, point, and pull to get whatever it is you want. Unfortunately, if there’s something you want and we don’t give it to you, you already throw mini temper tantrums. I’m already very afraid of the terrible twos. Fortunately, right now, you’re still easily distracted so you easily forget what you were so upset about.

Oh, we’re not planning on a big party for your 1st birthday. Heck, we’re not even planning for any sort of party at this point.  Instead, we’re going on a trip! You’ll get to ride an airplane for the very first time.

 

month-by-month photo comparison

 

 

six months old

March 14, 2012

Dear Milo,

This past month, we let you have your first tastes of real food. You started with carrots but so far, have tried broccoli, zucchini, kamote, squash, pan de sal, banana, avocado, papaya, and baby corn. It’s really fun to watch you learn about the different textures and tastes. During your first meal, you wore a shirt and a bib. By the next meal, you were down to just a bib. By the third meal, we’ve learned our lesson and now, you eat naked – except for your cloth diaper of course. Your favorites (those that you’ve eaten the most of) were the pan de sal with squash palaman, baby corn, and zucchini.

Lately, it seems you’ve also discovered that you can control different parts of your body. You squirm when you’re being carried to try to reach for an object you’re lusting after. You hold out your arms if you want to get picked up. You are now also crawling a bit on the floor. I  get so surprised when I leave you in one position and when I come back you’re in a totally different position.

We have upgraded your bath situation. You no longer use the newborn sling your bath tub came with and you now take baths in the bathroom! Woo hoo! We need to get you sleeping on the lower part of your crib though. You’re getting too mobile and too heavy for that top part. We have to figure out how to put you down there without waking you up and without breaking our backs.

Unfortunately for all of us, you still don’t sleep through the night. One time, you surprised me with a 7-hour stretch. Key words = ‘one time’. Usually, you still wake up every 3-4 hours. Sleeping is so nice, you should really try to enjoy it.

Your favorite songs I think are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Ba Ba Black Sheep, and the ABC song – or maybe I think they’re your favorite because these are the only ones I can sing to you? Note to self, we should learn more songs.

We’re now starting the Summer season so I hope we will get to go swimming soon!

month-by-month

any day now

September 7, 2011

That’s what I’ve been telling everyone when I get asked when the baby will come. That’s what I tell myself too. This is now my 3rd day on my leave and I am bored. I’ve even checked work email every day while I started my ‘leave’. I guess I should just really try to enjoy the last few days that I have left.

As of today, I should be 39 weeks and 1 day buntis. Less than a week left supposedly until the due date which is more like a deadline really. I always thought that I would be expected to give birth + or – a couple of weeks within the due date but everyone, my OB included, is acting like the due date is a deadline rather than a guesstimate.

Yesterday, I started to take Buscopan as advised by the OB to help things move along – supposedly. So far, no new labor signs. The baby is still moving well though so I’m trying not to worry about it.

countdown

July 12, 2011

 I haven’t blogged lately not because I haven’t had any new updates about this pregnancy but because I haven’t had any inspirations for any new drawings. So, as much as I’d love to maintain this blog purely utilizing my amazing drawings, we are now moving on to equally amazing (and more convenient) photos.

The card shown here is what I received in the mail today from Mapet! Yay, I love getting mail (excluding bills)! Lately, packages have been arriving too – all the stuff I’ve ordered online for the baby. I’m definitely ‘nesting’ now as I try to make sure that we will have everything we will need and figuring out how to fit everything in the space we have.

Yesterday we had another doctor’s check-up. Heart beat was heard loud and clear with the doppler and we are now upgraded to seeing her bi-weekly (as opposed to once a month). Weight gain is still under control and I got the glucose tolerance test results. I was cleared from having gestational diabetes! I was kind of surprised because my results showed 66.41 and everything under 140 is ‘normal’. I just didn’t know that I’d be that far off from having GD. Anyway it was kind of ironic but I insisted we celebrate with Dairy Queen for dessert.

The baby’s movements are a lot stronger now. I’m trying to get a video recording of when I can physically see my belly moving but I haven’t managed to catch it in action yet. As for my pre-natal care, I love that my OB still doesn’t over-prescribe anything for me. Aside from my daily dose of Elevit (prenatal vitamin), she just tells me to watch what I eat and to try to eat healthy things. No unnecessary mommy milk and no other supplements.

Today marks the start of the 31st week of this pregnancy. We are down to the single-digit countdown – 9 more weeks of being buntis to go!

third trimester

June 23, 2011

We’re officially in the third trimester! It’s going by very fast and very slow at the same time. It’s anxiety and excitement all rolled into one weird feeling.

Since yesterday, the baby has been more active than usual. It’s as if he just learned how to do cart wheels and is constantly practicing. We’re now past the soft nudges and flutters, he’s definitely using all his might and exploring a lot more now. It’s still surprising sometimes but overall I don’t mind. I’d rather feel him moving than worrying about not feeling any movement.

Last Sunday, we went to our first birthing class with Chiqui Brosas-Hahn. There were probably 20 other couples there, all expecting their first babies and all due around the same time give or take a month or two. Overall, I had a very positive experience and I thought the class went well. It gave us a good idea of what to watch out for and what to expect. The classes last for 3 hours and occurs one day (Sunday) a week. We have 3 more classes to go so I’ll write a separate post on the birthing classes soon.

So far, it’s still early but the third trimester is the most uncomfortable one. I go to the bathroom way too often to pee. My belly feels so heavy all of a sudden. It’s harder to find the right sleeping position at night. It’s harder to sit comfortably. It takes a lot more effort (and grunting) to bend down when I have to pick something up. To top it all off, I’m hungry all the time! Oh wait, that last one is not new.

As of this post, I should be around 28 weeks and 2 days buntis. Approximately only 12 more weeks left. Next week, I’ll go to Makati Med for OGCT – Oral Glucose Challenge Test – to see if I’ve developed gestational diabetes. I hope I’ll pass!

random status updates

June 9, 2011

Our last monthly doctor’s check-up was held last week (May 31). She used the doppler and after searching around my belly area for a minute or two, we all heard a strong heart beat. As always, it’s a reassuring to hear the heart beat. It confirms that there really is a growing human being inside my body and I’m just not over eating for no reason.

My weight gain was on track averaging at about 1 lb per week since the second trimester started. The doctor actually seemed a bit surprised that I’ve managed to keep it in control so far. I’m even wondering if she was that surprised because she has a secret spy cam installed in our house and she sees all the food I’m eating. Hmmm.  Anyway, since this pregnancy started I think I’ve gained a total of 11 lbs so far. The doctor says that the third trimester though is the part where most of the weight gain usually happens and when the appetite increases. Yikes.

I’ve also been feeling movement in random parts of the belly now and not just at the bottom part. It’s all still mostly on the right side only though. I’m also still not sure what kind of movement I’m feeling – whether they’re kicks, tumbles, or hiccups. Whatever they are, just like the doppler, being able to feel the baby movements is reassuring. So far they don’t hurt at all and it’s just amusing.

As for sleeping, I’ve had no problems so far. There was one night recently when I couldn’t sleep until I got up and ate a bowl of Cocoa Crunch Duo. Yumm! I’ve also been trying to sleep on my left side rather than on my back. I’m more of a back sleeper but it’s getting uncomfortable now with such a heavy load on top. In various pregnancy resources, the recommended sleeping position is on the left side for improved blood flow and to help your kidney efficiently eliminate waste. Something like that. I’m a sucker for everything I read off of Google searches.

As of this post, I should be around 26 weeks and 2 days buntis – a.k.a. my 27th week. This means that next week, I will be on my 28th week and I will be starting the third trimester! At least I think that’s how it’s computed. I still get confused sometimes about calculating which trimester starts on what week.

It’s a…

April 27, 2011

This morning we went for the 20-week ultrasound (a.k.a. anatomy ultrasound, congenital anomaly scan, gender scan). Since we are half-way through the pregnancy, our main purpose was to get another peek at the baby and see if everything is developing as it should be. Although they can’t give us a 100% guarantee that they can see everything, we still wanted to push through with it since it was a non evasive procedure.

Fortunately, everything looked normal or right on track. Unfortunately, the baby was a bit shy and was covering the face so the Sonologist was not able to get a clear look on that part of the body.

We were also looking forward to this ultrasound to find out what the gender is. All along, ever since the beginning of the pregnancy I thought the baby was a girl because my father in law sent me a Chinese gender prediction chart that said it will be a girl. Ever since then I’ve mentally convinced myself that it’s a girl and we even referred to the baby as ‘she’ or ‘her’. I was definitely surprised when the Sonologist said that the baby is a BOY! The ultrasound pictures provided were a bit dark but the Sonologist said that she was 100% sure that what she saw in the monitor were boy genitals.

We don’t really care what the gender is as long as the baby is healthy but this was definitely a surprise. Good thing we didn’t buy any girly clothes yet! As of today’s ultrasound, I’m now 20 weeks and 5 days buntis and the new estimated due date is September 7, 2011.