Archives for June 2013

First Time Parents: Delivery and New Born Care

Having Zeeka in my life made me a better person. I am more in touch with my emotions and I feel like I want to help other people in any way that I can. One of the ways that I think I could help other people is through blogging. In this blog and in Manila Reviews, I have shared various experiences that would help other expecting parents and new mommies and daddies go through these experiences smoothly. I, of course, want them to enjoy every minute of having a baby that is why I share my experiences with them so that I can share what I have learned and what I have found out going through all of these experiences.

Another way that I could think of is through the brand and the work that I have started. Through Manila Workshops, I think I can create mini sessions where expecting parents can learn from experts, like doctors, certified nutritionist, consultants. etc. This is why I created the First Time Parents Workshop Series together with Medela Moms, Inc. and The Learning Basket.

We recently ran the First Time Parents: What to Know Before Giving Birth. You can read my post here:
http://mommyginger.com/2013/06/first-time-parents-workshop-series-what-to-know-before-giving-birth.html

I am personally inviting you to the second part of this four part workshop series. It’s entitled Delivery and New Born Care. In this workshop, I hope that a lot of the expecting parents learn from it. The topics to be discussed will be:
– Baby Milestones
– Newborn Baby Care
– All About Breastfeeding
– Safe Sleep

Delivery and New Born Care Workshop

Delivery and New Born Care Workshop

I would love to know more about Baby Milestones. Now that Zeeka is 3 months old, I would love to know what to expect from her during the first months until she becomes a toddler. I am also excited to learn more about Newborn Baby Care and Safe Sleep. I would love to hear your questions on breastfeeding, too!

Please do sign up and I hope to see you there! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

3rd Run of the Babypalooza Bazaar

Yey! I’m so excited! I heard that there will be a 3rd run of the Babypalooza bazaar! This bazaar is held at the Walter Hogan Center at Ateneo De Manila University. In the bazaar, equal exposure for both PRE-LOVED (i.e. gently used) and BRAND NEW items for babies, young children and expectant parents is given.

Babypalooza's 3rd Run

Babypalooza’s 3rd Run

What’s good about this bazaar and I think what has made it successful is that it implements the Babypalooza Vendor Protection Program (VPP). This means that the organizers will ensure that no two vendors of brand new items will be selling the exact same thing. This helps ensure that shoppers will not get bored of seeing the same merchandise over and over. Items that will be sold are necessities of every parent and their child: clothing, shoes and accessories, gear, strollers/baby furniture, feeding bottles, nursing wear, breast pumps, skin care and cleaning products. All at negotiable, easy-on-the-pocket prices!

To continue providing a family-friendly bazaar experience, special function areas will still be available for free for all visitors, these are the following: breastfeeding station, play area, 88DB Daddy Waiting Lounge and the Twins Lampein diaper change area. Clean rest rooms are also just a few steps away from the bazaar stalls for added convenience.

Venue is fully air-conditioned, and the parking and entrance is free.

Hope to see you there!

 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

Kasambahay Law: Now Implemented

I have a new all-around maid. It’s so hard to find good help these days. I have been reading a lot of horror stories from my fellow moms/wives in forums and all I can say is that I feel scared. With this, I want everything to be right with this new maid of ours. She is the sister of my yaya. I got my yaya late last year, when I was pregnant. So far, she has been a big help. She’s a very clean, hard-working yaya. I hope that she stays this way (I’ve heard stories of those who reveal their ‘true’ identities after a few months).

Well, with the both of them here, I plan to have them submit all the necessary documents that I require of them, like their medical checkup (which I will shoulder every year), their NBI clearance, etc. I plan to follow the things already stated in the Kasambahay Law that was implemented last June 4, 2013.

For those of you who want to familiarize themselves with the salient points of the law, here is a good infographic to explain everything. This is from ABS-CBNnews.com (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/06/04/13/infographic-kasambahay-law)

Kasambahay Infographic

Kasambahay Infographic

My friend, Arpee, also translated the important parts of the law in Filipino. Check out his blog post: http://arpeelazaro.com/2013/06/batas-kasambahay-what-is-republic-act-10361-in-filipino/

If you want a copy of the contract made by DOLE, here is the link to the contract: http://www.ncr.dole.gov.ph/fndr/mis/files/sample%20contract.pdf

Hope all of these information on the Kasambahay law helps you! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Goodbye, Summer from Baby Fashionista

Hi Readers!

I am saying goodbye to summer! It started raining already and it has been raining quite a lot lately. I’m sure all of you are excited to see what I wore for this corner. My mommy has been calling me Baby Fashionista already, since she noticed that I love to dress up.

To bid summer goodbye, I am wearing this cute yellow dress from Periwinkle. I wore it when I went with Mommy, Daddy and yaya to Rustan’s Makati yesterday.

Check out my dress form Periwinkle!

Check out my dress form Periwinkle!

My socks are from Tippy Toes!

My socks are from Tippy Toes!

My headband is from Dainty Ashley!

My headband is from Dainty Ashley!

I hope you like my look today on Zeeka’s Style Corner!

Love lots,
#BabyFashionista Zeeka

The Joy of Learning Givewaway Winner

Congratulations! We have chosen a winner of the 2 FREE Passes to The Joy of Learning Seminar by Fisher Price.

CONGRATULATIONS MS. MARIA ALLYSA PASCUAL BUENCONSEJO!

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For those who haven’t registered yet, you can find the details in this post: http://mommyginger.com/2013/05/the-joy-of-learning-workshop.html

We registered already and I am so excited to learn!

See you there!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Breastfeeding is still the ‘Best Start’ with Dads or Moms or Whoever!

Guys at Mead Johnson Nutrition, seriously? What is up with this Best Starts With Dad campaign? I’m sure that your brand managers and your marketing people are pretty much aware of the Milk Code. I’m sure that all of you are intelligent enough to know what is and what isn’t a violation.

Do not think that we, consumers, do not read and that we do not think. Do not think that we do not know subliminal advertising. Why come up with the title Best Starts with Dad for Father’s Day? Even when you tell us that the promo is for those with kids who are 3 year old and above, the word “starts” seems to target even those dads with younger kids. When you say ‘start’, you usually begin with a number called ZERO. You don’t begin counting from 3.

Anyway, it’s just sad. I’m not really the type who would reply to such an issue, but this makes me sad especially now that I am a nursing mom. You do not know the effort, the time, the patience and all the blood, sweat and tears that some of us moms go through just to defend our stand of breastfeeding our kids. I think my mom and I did not talk for quite a while because we had opposing views on breastfeeding (I’m glad that she is very supportive of it now! :)… love you, mom!) I had to stand up to some of my relatives who did not believe in breastfeeding. I was just so glad that my husband was there every step of the way to support me in this decision.

From the moment Baby Z was born, I had firmly decided to breastfeed and my hubby was there by my side. He would help me research for facts that we could show or tell our relatives and friends to convince them that breastfeeding Baby Z was what was best for her. Until now, every day, I make that decision and I’m glad that he is still by my side.

It’s just so sad that subliminally, you are telling people and rewarding them for choosing formula as the best start for their children.

For those who want to know more about the issue with the #beststartswithdad campaign, please visit my friend, Jenny Ong’s blog: http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com/2013/06/breastfeeding-beststartswithdad.html

Anyway, I hope you stop this campaign, and help spread the word that breastfeeding is still the best start.

Love lots,
(ang bait ko pa! :>)

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

First Time Parents Workshop Series: What to Know Before Giving Birth

I am so happy with the turnout of the first ever First Time Parents workshop series entitled “What to Know Before Giving Birth”. This was an idea that I had when I was pregnant with Baby Zeeka. I wanted to create a workshop that would guide parents as they went through the whole experience of pregnancy, labor and delivery, taking care of a newborn, then eventually, taking care of a toddler. This idea was then made possible by a partnership between ManilaWorkshops.com, Medela Moms, Inc. and The Learning Basket.

Last June 1, 2013, the day started early for me. I had to feed Zeeka early in the morning so that she wouldn’t be fussy on the ride going to Medela House. For those who are wondering where Medela House is, it is at #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City. We got there at exactly 8:00 am. We had enough time to set up for the event.

Our sponsors started arriving, too! 🙂 St. Patrick though already gave us the free socks to be included in the kit days before the event. These are really very cute socks.

This is the booth of Mama Chows of Raquel. They gave free yummy lactation cookies to our workshop participants. They also served our lunch for the event.

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Indigo Baby and Mamaste Art were also there to showcase their products and services. It was great to finally have met Mimsy of Mamaste Art. I find her services so cool! My sister-in-law availed of her belly casting services when she was pregnant with Noah.

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And of course, our Co-sponsor, StemCord Philippines, Inc. was also there to talk about Cord Blood Banking and explain their services to the attendees.

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This is me, welcoming the guests to the First Time Parents Workshop. I had a wonderful time explaining to the attendees where the idea came from.
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Our first speaker was Dr. Diana Liu Sarmiento. She is actually my OB and I really love her! She takes time to answer our questions all the time, which I thought made her a good speaker for the workshop. I was right!

Dra. Sarmiento is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She completed her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UP-PGH and proceeded with her fellowship in Trophoblastic Diseases also at the same institution. She is a consultant at the Asian Hospital Medical Center. She is also a writer for the Women’s Health and Wellness section of Yahoo! South East Asia. I love that she has her own website where she entertains questions from readers. This section is called “Magtanong Kay Doc”. Her website is www.filipinamd.com.

During the workshop, she discussed the pre-natal check up and creating a birth plan. The attendees asked a lot of questions and they were all answered by doc.

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The next speaker was also very impressive. She was Ms. Cecile Bayaga, who is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian.

Miss Ces discussed Nutrition during Pregnancy. I learned a lot from her. She discussed the vitamins and nutrients that are essential for a pregnant lady. She also discussed exercises that you can do while pregnant.
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Lunch was then send served by Mama Chows of Raquel. Mama Chows sells lactation cookies that are so addicting! I am about to finish one box already!
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After lunch, Ms. Phoebe Tsai-Te, President and COO of StemCord Philippines, discussed Cord Blood Banking. I actually availed of their services when I gave birth to Zeeka. I was really happy with their fast and reliable service.

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Mimsy of Mamaste Art then came up to share her belly casting services with the attendees. I love her work and I think that she is so creative! She can help pregnant women create belly casts that they can keep to remind them of their pregnancy. They can show these casts to their kids when they grow up. She also shared the products of Indigo Baby, since Denise couldn’t make it (congratulations on your baby, Denise!).

Belly cast

Polly Fong of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography couldn’t make it, but she shared a video with all those who attended. It was about Birth Photography. Here it is:

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And last but not the least, we had Daisy Lauron of Peek-a-boo Yaya Training Services discuss the topic maintaining a good relationship with yaya. She also discussed the Kasambahay Law.

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All in all, there were a lot of useful information that was taken from the workshop. I’m glad that the attendees liked that run of the First Time Parents Workshop Series. Sharing with you the blog post of one of the attendees! http://musingsanddoings.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/parental-and-baby-prep-what-to-know-before-giving-birth/ Thank you Musings and Doings for sharing this with us. 🙂

For those who want to sign up for the second workshop under the First Time Parents Series entitled Delivery and New Born Care, please sign up by visiting this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/05/first-time-parents-new-born-care.html

I hope that you spread the word about this workshop, and I hope to see and meet you in one of these workshops!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

PS. Feel Free to join the group that we created called Parenting Pals on Facebook.

Baby Fashionista: I <3 Pink

Hi Readers!

Is it already too obvious that my favorite color is pink? I love pink! I know though that when I grow older, I might change my favorite color, but for now, pink is the coolest color. Mamou and Papou were going to pick up mommy, yaya and I to go to SM Aura. Mommy picked out a whole ensembles for me.

Baby Fashionista: I <3 Pink

My pink onesie was from Debenhams (baby section). My green and pink shorts are from Osh Kosh B’gosh. I love the pink ribbon that came with the shorts. My jacket is from New Baby, but I don’t know where Mamou Annie bought it. And last but not the least, my socks are from Tippy Toes.

Check out my socks!

Check out my socks!

Check out my pink socks! My mama (great grandmother) says they look like shoes. These are actually is skidless socks.

Tippy Toes

Tippy Toes

They come in different colors. This was a gift from my Tito/Ninong Gino! Thank you, Tito Gino! 🙂
My sock collection

This was my final pose before I leave for SM Aura! Doing a Donald Trump Impression…

"You're Fired!"

“You’re Fired!”

Yey! I love car rides! I was sitting comfortably in the car in my baby fashionista attire.

Car Ride

Car Ride

That’s it for Baby Z’s Style corner for today. This is the lovely attire that I wanted to share. I hope you like it!

Love,
Baby Fashionista, Baby Z!

*I just love being a girl!*