Tagged: motherhood

January 1st, 2010

A Happy New Year & Resolutions

New Year’s Eve has always been a fun holiday for me. What comes into my mind are fireworks, feast, my big clan of a family and talking or texting friends on the phone to send that last minute holiday messages. These past few years, my New Year’s Eve had been a bit laid back. But one thing that hasn’t really changed is the atmosphere of hoping for the best on the new year that is to come.

NY Times Square New Year's Eve

One thing that changed for me is that now, I’d become a mother. I’d never realized what a roller coaster ride that is. And it’s true what they say that you gained another level of appreciation towards your parents. I really don’t know what 2010 will be like with the recent changes in my life but I’m an eternal optimist. I just feel and think that things just gets better.

One thing that haven’t changed are the resolutions we armed ourselves with this new year. I’m gonna follow my doctor’s orders this time and I’ll take it easy. I’d resolved to have resolutions that I know I’ll be able to accomplish. Something like: this new year, I’ll never smoke. Well, for one thing I really don’t smoke, anyways and I don’t have any plan to do that. Hahaha!

One thing I feel for sure, is that the blue moon of New Year’s Eve is a good omen for 2010. That’s the eternal optimist speaking. And that’s one of my new year’s resolution, never change that mind set.

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August 9th, 2009

Baby Steps Towards Parenthood

23 weeks into my pregnancy, I started enrolling myself & my hubby into “Babywise Education” in our preferred hospital. Since we’re first time parents, we practically enrolled in every seminar possible. There’s the Maternity Tour, Breastfeeding, Infant Safey & CPR, Babycare & Parenting, & Childbirth Preparation (Lamaze). I really don’t know what to expect but I learned that the classes filled up really early. Well, considering we’re having an increase in live births per year in the US according to the New York Times article, “2007 U.S. Births Break Baby Boom Record,” by Erik Eckholm. He said that there were about 4,317,000 births in 2007 which surpassed the 1957 figure at the height of the baby boom. I wonder if this trend will continue since US is currently having a recession.

My 23rd Week Bump

My 23rd Week Bump

We’d also started window shopping for necessities to our incoming little squirt. We registered at Target, BabiesRUs & Amazon. We went to the stores and I just realized there were a gazillion of parents shopping for their kids. I consider myself a veteran shopper but going to the Baby’s Department was like being Alice in Wonderland. So many choices! — it was fun & yet confusing.

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June 5th, 2009

Another Role: A Mom

4 weeks ago, I was planning to have a mammogram which led me to finding out that I was pregnant. I’d mistaken the symptoms for something else. A week after that, I learned I was already 3 months on the way. How strange. I felt normal…it seems that nothing has changed. There’s no morning sickness (thank God!). And yet, that first week I was in shock. My hubby & I were trying before & then stopped — but we do want to have a baby someday. I really don’t know what it means: becoming a mother.

Baby Ivens

Baby Ivens

I started researching the internet on what to do & what not to do as an expectant mom. I realized I did everything wrong on that first three clueless months: I drank coffee & green tea everyday, I occasionally went to bars where people smoke, I eat lots of spicy tuna roll, I work out vigorously. And yet he/she survived. The baby wants to live. I think the baby’s saying it’s about time.

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