Motherhood: How Not to Freak Out When You have a Newborn Baby

Last January, there were a lot of times when I freaked out when my daughter’s temperature would rise. She is more prone to having convulsions, since she already had one episode last December 2017. This is the reason why I am so hands-on when it comes to her health and nutrition. I  guess being a mom means having a lot of times when you freak out, because you don’t know what the #3!! is happening! I know that I am constantly learning new mommy tips and tricks as my daughter gets older. One thing that I am thankful for are the other mommies who have given me advice during times when I would freak out. So as a sign of gratitude, I am also sharing my tips on How Not to Freak Out When You have a Newborn Baby!

What to expect!

I remember feeling happy and excited to see my baby while waiting in the delivery room. After 9 months, you’re finally seeing your newborn baby — that human being that you grew inside your belly! It sounds unbelievably amazing, right? But, let’s face it! I’m sure your are also feeling a little bit of fear and anxiety on how to handle a baby properly. This is your first time as a mom, and you don’t want to make a mistake. I was like that! I wanted things to be perfect! haha! Many first-time mothers are anxious on how to breastfeed, bathe and calm their newborn babies. Today, I’m sharing an overview of things that I did and some ways on how not to freak out when you have a newborn baby. Knowledge is power!

How to breastfeed?

Place your baby’s body towards your breast. As soon as he opens his mouth, let him suck your nipple. His mouth should also cover the areola area aside from the nipple. Hold your breast for support. Be patient as this would require some practice to successfully nurse him. To be honest with you, my nipples hurt like crazy during the first week. But eventually, she (baby) got it right and we manage to pull through our challenge! You can breastfeed him/her as frequent as possible for more milk to be produced. The more demand there is, the more your body will create supply. So when I had my baby, I would feed as often as possible (since I knew I wasn’t gifted in producing a lot of milk). Target on nursing him for 8-12 times in a day.

How to bathe your newborn?

During the first month, it’s fine to only give sponge baths. The real bath can be given after the umbilical cord falls off. This usually happens on the third week. When giving him a bath, prepare first the things that you need near you. These are baby wash, towel and wash cloth. When you wash his body, focus on one area first. Try to work from head to toe. One hand should be on your baby and the other hand to wash him up. As soon as you’re finished, lift him/her up from his armpits. Place the baby on a towel and then wrap this around him/her.

Zeeka’s Bath Time!

How to calm your baby when crying?
Your newborn might be crying because of hunger or he/she is irritated with his wet diapers, or just feeling bored. He can make you frantic with his non-stop crying. Before rushing him to the hospital, you might want to try to comfort him by patting him on the back, swinging or carrying him on his side. If those don’t work, he might just be asking for some silence to doze off and finally fall asleep. My daughter always slept in the car! Cars are amazing for that moment when you don’t know what to do. Just drive around!

Baby Zeeka not feeling well… on the way to the Pedia

How to carry the Baby?

Guess what? We never used a stroller when our daughter was an infant. She hated all the strollers that we purchased. My tip is, just buy the stroller when the baby is there so they can test it out. We made a mistake by buying (because we were excited!) and being super ready even before the baby was born. A nice and super functional item that we bought (but test our first) are baby carriers. My carrier was like a belt with a seat. I would just carry the baby while she’s sitting. That seat acted like extra pair of hands! It was so cool!

Other moms use a baby sling carrier. This is another option that you can look at.

So there! These are just some tips that I’d like to share with you so that you don’t panic. Believe me, everything will be okay! 🙂 I used to think of the worst situations, but then I finally accepted that I beat myself too much when things (uncontrollable) go wrong.  So the best advice that I can give is stay calm and don’t freak out, event if you have no clue on what’s happening. When you’re calm, you have presence of mind, and you’ll be able to think  things through.

Do you have things on your How Not to Freak Out When You have a Newborn Baby list? I’d love to hear more about what you have on your list! Share it with the other parents or expecting parents who are reading this. Comment on the comment section below 🙂

Learning Snippets: What is a Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin?

This year, I thought of sharing snippets of information that I get to learn about. The first one that I’d like to share and talk to you about is  CRYPTOCURRENCY and BITCOIN. There is much talk about bitcoins and cryptocurrency. Of course, I also wanted to know and study what these were!

Ayoko ngang magpahuli! Plus I wanted to know why my husband was constantly borrowing my laptop to “mine”.

What I did was I watched Banking on Bitcoin on Netflix. Here’s a trailer:

What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a virtual or digital currency protected with cryptography. This feature secures transactions that are made online. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency developed by Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2009. It functions like a real money but does not come in printed form. It can be used to buy anything online like book a hotel, buy gadgets, equipment and a lot more. The transfer of funds is much easier and cheaper due to absence of extra fees for wire transfers (more to be said about that, but that was the original intention).

Here is a short video about BITCOINS:

Others trade it. Trading of bitcoin in different currencies occur in marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges”. Some examples of these marketplaces are Bitfinex, Bitstamp and Coinbase, which is taking the lead.

Bitcoins are stored in the user’s computer or cloud storage. This serves as the “wallet” or “virtual bank account”. It is where bitcoins are being received or transferred, withdrawn or deposited. To transfer bitcoins, just use a mobile application or the computer.

It is not regulated by any institution like the government or bank. It is checked-and-balanced by different people on different computers. Everyone validates everyone else. This is where mining comes into the picture. Mining is basically checking if the ledgers are correct. As for regulation, governments of China, Japan and Australia are now considering to regulate the system and the currency. Others are seeing the possibility of adding tax to it.

Anonymity of the owner of bitcoin is another feature. All transactions that were ever made online using a bitcoin are stored in a ledger called the blockchain. Although transactions are recorded, the personal information of the users is anonymous. Names and addresses are not revealed. It only shows the wallet IDs of the users.

That’s my learning snippet for today! I hope I helped you, even in a little way, to learn more about Crypotocurrency and bitcoins.

 

 

City Chef: Yummy Food you can Eat Anytime, Anywhere!

We (EJ, me and Zeeka) got try out City Chef during our stay here in the hospital. I don’t know if it was a sign to finally encourage us to eat healthier, but that was really good food delivered to us. Let me tell you about what City Chef is in a while, but first, let me tell you about our nutrition scenario at home.

For those who really know me well, I don’t cook. I didn’t know how to boil an egg by myself before the age of 27. I only knew how to work with a rice cooker in the beginning of January THIS YEAR, since I lost my nanny. I hate to admit that, but it’s true. I knew how to cook pasta even before I learned how to cook rice. So the past few weeks was a crash course on cooking different dishes; Most of the dished though were actually stuff that I just heated. For example, my daughter’s baon and our baon for at least a week was rice and hotdog. Then, I knew they were getting sick and tired of it so I incorporated tuna into our meals. I chose tuna because it’s easy to heat and because I love Gold Seas Tuna. I also then added hard boiled eggs for breakfast, because I learned that we should eat 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. And then, the latest one that I tried to cook was smoked bangus, which turned out to be shredded smoked bangus because when I was removing it from the pan, it broke down into bits and pieces.

As for veggies, I don’t really know how to cook vegetables, so let’s just leave it at that. There were no vegetables for my family for the past month.

I really don’t have the luxury of time to cook, so it is indeed a challenge to prepare meals that your family won’t get sick and tired of and to prepare meals that are actually both delicious and nutritious. So, going back to the sign, I learned about City Chef and ordered food from them to be delivered to the hospital where I am at today. I think it’s that whole ambiance of health that led me to choose cooked meals over fast food.

So City Chef met with my husband at the lobby of the hospital. City Chef is a new food delivery service that eliminates the hassle of cooking delicious and nutritious meals for your family. You need not go out also and spend for an expensive dinner, because you can enjoy it at home while watching shows on Netflix.  The service caters to people who value time, providing freshly cooked dishes to elevate their dining experience at the comfort of their homes. Each entrée is prepared by professional chefs. Meals from the uniquely prepared menu will then be delivered straight to your home from 5 PM to 7 PM, just in time for dinner.

I had City Chef for two days. Enjoy every dish with a group for only Php 450 (good for 2 -3 pax) or get a solo portion for only Php 250. I ordered the Php 450 portion.

This was what we got for Day 1 of City Chef 🙂

 

This was what we got for Day 2 of City Chef

I was so happy with our order! The meals were I feel COMPLETE. We had rice, protein and vegetables. The Php 450 portion was perfect for the three of us. We actually had some left for lunch the next day. Look at how huge the servings were.

My daughter who was sick and didn’t have much appetite had some of the delivered food and found it yummy! Feeding her during those nights wasn’t a problem.

I will definitely order City Chef moving forward. This will be one off from my list of things to worry about. Do you know that City Chef is also collaborating with up and coming chefs in the industry, starting with Chef Noelle Mauricio of Le Petit Soufflé and Ping Pong Diplomacy for the month of February? I love these two restaurants so I’m really looking forward to ordering this coming February.

To place your orders, all you have to do is log on to www.citychef.ph and click on the calendar to order daily or weekly! I order via their website and it’s so easy to order! You can use the code citychef200 to get Php 200 off from your full week family sized orders and is valid until February 28, 2018.

You may also opt to order directly at 0917 805 0280, at least two days before your preferred delivery date.

Being an believer of spending your time wisely, I definitely give City Chef PH a huge thumbs up!

To get updates on City Chef’s weekly menu, LIKE City Chef PH on Facebook and FOLLOW@CityChefPH on Instagram.

Enjoy! Let’s eat!