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Bright Starts™ Infant to Toddler Rocker

Bright Starts™ Infant to Toddler Rocker

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Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I know a lot of new moms like me who have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. A lot of us also want to stay committed in feeding our babies the best that there is (which is obviously, breast milk!), but a lot of us have concerns and go through obstacles that make us feel that we could not stay committed to breastfeeding.

Before I gave birth, I did what any mom would do. I actively sought for information about breastfeeding. I joined the breastfeeding classes being offered by Medela Moms. I also joined the one bring offered by LATCH. I read articles about it and probably watched a ton of videos in YouTube.

That was a lot of preparation. And, yes, I felt prepared and raring and daring to go do this.

A week before I gave birth, that was when all the doubt came. I feared that I would not have enough milk. I started taking malunggay capsules (moringana) when I heard that one of my preggy friends was already taking. My mom and a friend gave me milk enhancing teas, which I took immediately after I gave birth (i took 5 tea bags to the hospital).

Tea to increase Breast Milk

Tea to increase Breast Milk

It was a scary thing not knowing if I would have enough supply for your little one.

Me feeding Baby Z!

Me feeding Baby Z!

Fortunately for me, milk came right away. I had my c-section operation in the morning (11 am). I had milk that afternoon (6 pm). I thought I wouldn’t have milk, since my mom said she didn’t have milk when she gave birth to me and my sister. What I learned from classes kept me going. They taught us in the breastfeeding classes that every mom who gives birth has milk.

I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding already for three weeks now and my pronlem now is that Zeeka seems to have increased her appetite already. Just a week ago, she was contented with 1 to 1.5 oz of milk every feeding. Now, she’s only contented when she takes in 2 oz. I directly feed her but I also express milk when I can. I already want to store milk, but it seems like shes always hungry, and so she ends up taking all the milk that I expressed plus all the milk that she takes from me when she feeds directly. At the end of the day, I feel so drained, tired and frustrated.

How to Increase your Milk Supply

How to Increase your Milk Supply

I’m excited to attend this seminar by Medela moms at the Medela House this coming Saturday, since I really want to know how I can increase my breast milk supply.

If you have questions about maintaining or increasing your supply, do sign up! Medela has really helpful seminars that you can learn from. 🙂

Have you encountered any barriers in maintaining or increasing your milk supply?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I can’t wait for Zeeka to grow up so that we can go hang out together. I have been thinking of so many things that we can do together. She can go with me to my yoga classes. We can also do arts and crafts together. We can also go to fun events like this event on May 25-26, 2013. It’s called the Mom and Me Event.

From 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., you can have fun and do fun activities with your children. This event will be held at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Mom & Me Event

Mom & Me Event

In the Mom & Me Event, there will be a Yoga and Zumba activity that you can do with your kids. For those who love cooking, you can cook dishes with your kids. There will also be activities on arts and crafts and story-telling activities.

I will probably go for the family portrait. There will be a booth where you can have your family portrait taken. There will also be a beauty make-over booth and there will be a lot of giveaways and raffle prizes!

The Workshop/Event Tickets are at:
P499 for (1) Mom and (1) Kid and gives access to ALL Mom and Me activities
P199 for limited access (Shopping and booth activities only)

But you can win a FREE ticket to the Mom & Me Event. All you have to do is follow the mechanics in the Rafflecopter widget below:
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For those who are interested to go, you can check out more information in this LINK

Zeeka and I will see you at the Mom & Me event! 🙂

Love Lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Dearest Zeeka,

In the stillness of the morning, I look at you. I wonder how anyone or anything can be so perfect. I touch your flawless skin, and even while sleeping, you give me than cute little grin.

I wonder what it is you’re thinking of. I wonder if you see me, your Mommy. I wonder if you see Daddy. I wonder if you see and feel the love that we both have for you.

My Zeeka's First Bath

My Zeeka’s First Bath

We just watched a movie. The guy in the movie had two children and they were both girls. I could very much relate to the movie, since it showed the relationship that the mommy and daddy had with their two girls. It brought me to think about you, Zeeka — your future and how you would be to us your mommy and daddy.

When you grow older, I know that you will have a mind of your own. You will form your own thoughts and ideas about people, things and even yourself. As early as now, I want you to know that you are perfect. You are perfect since God created you and He gave you to us. You are our precious gift from God.

I want you to learn how to love and appreciate yourself. I know that there will be times that you may think differently, especially at times when the world seems to be against you. Remember that to us, the people who love you, you are the most beautiful and talented girl in the world.

Also, never doubt your capabilities. If at first you fail at what you do, rise up and try again. There is nothing wrong with failing. Failing and falling are steps on the ‘success’ ladder. Mommy and Daddy also experience failure and defeat (until now), but this doesn’t make you less of a person. Also, remember that we will always be here for you during these trying times. Be confident and never forget to pray that you may overcome all of these obstacles.

Zeeka, my wish for you is that you learn to love yourself. That love overflows. By loving yourself, you get to love others and have enough courage and strength to show others that you love them.

We love you!

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

And voila! It’s done 🙂 I finally got around to picking up the last furniture that I ordered for Zeeka’s Nursery room last week. I ordered it from Mothercare a month ago and finally, the new stock arrived. It actually arrived that week that I was in the hospital. I got to pick it up last week! Hurray!

As you all know, I made an article before entitled Fixing a Nursery. I got a lot of great ideas from fellow moms who have decorated their nurseries very well. I was inspired!

I have shown you the ‘before’ pictures. And now, here are the ‘after’ pictures… drumroll please…

Zeeka's Completed Nursery Room

Zeeka’s Completed Nursery Room

First off, the walls of Zeeka’s room was painted green. The shade was sort of like apple green. It gave the room a fresh clean vibe! For the crib, this was the walnut colored Cuddlebug crib given by my parents (thanks, mom and dad!). I wanted the all the furnitures to be of this shade. Later did I find out that it’s so hard to look for furniture of the same shade.

Details inside Zeeka's Room

Details inside Zeeka’s Room

For the picture frame, I got the pink colored frame from Dimensione. We then printed out a picture of Zeeka. We really had a ‘shoot’ in our house so that her attire matches the color highlights of the room. We also had the Z is for Zeeka poster printed out. I got the design from http://ontobaby.com.

For the wall stickers, we bought these stickers from Youji & Me. I saw these stickers on their facebook page and I completely fell in love with them. For the other wall, we also stuck stickers from Youji & Me. It was the Circus stickers with a sticker for measuring your child’s height.

Cute Stickers from Youji & Me

Cute Stickers from Youji & Me

Letters from Invitation House

Letters from Invitation House

As for the letters stuck to the wall, we had it made by Invitation House. The minimum order is 6 letters. I think I spent Php 1000 for all the five letters. I had two letter Z’s made.

For the clock in Zeeka’s Nursery Room, I got this from SM Makati’s Home section. I think I spent less than Php 500 for this clock. Isn’t it so cute?

Check out Zeeka's Clock

Check out Zeeka’s Clock

I was looking for comforters that would match the theme of the room. Lo and behold! My tita gave me comforters for Zeeka! (Thank you, Tita Ter!). It was perfect. She actually gave me four, but this one in particular matched the design of the room!

Animal Themed Comforter (from my Tita Ter)

Animal Themed Comforter (from my Tita Ter)

The picture below shows the dresser that I got from Mothercare. It was perfect for the things I wanted to put, like Zeeka’s sterilizer, bottles, etc.

Dresser from Mothercare

Dresser from Mothercare

I love this gift from Zeeka’s great grandmother and great grandfather (Thank you, Mama Edie and Papa Arnold!). I was really looking for a cabinet with a lot of drawers for Zeeka’s things. I couldn’t find any. I was getting frustrated. I was so thankful when my grandparents offered that they had a cabinet customized and this would be their gift. It’s really a nice cabinet and it goes well with everything else in the room.

Customized cabinet with drawers (Thank you, Mama Edie!)

Customized cabinet with drawers (Thank you, Mama Edie!)

So what do you think of my DIY project? I hope you like Zeeka’s nursery room. 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger