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Mom & Me Event Announcement

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

Bahay Amihan: Support for Solo Parents

I can’t imagine going through all of these experiences of being pregnant, preparing for the baby or having the baby without the support of my husband. I can just imaging how difficult life must be for single moms or even dads. I have friends who are solo parents and to them I give my very loud slow clap for I really admire all the effort and the strength.

For solo parents, who may be you, reading this, you are not alone in your journey. I came across this community of solo parents. They are called Bahay Amihan. Their goals are to promote the rights and privileges of solo parents, mobilize communities, stakeholders and duty bearers to provide the basic social services to the Solo Parents and their children and to empower Solo Parents through education, livelihood and psycho-social assistance programs.

Here is a copy of their brochure:

Bahay Amihan Brochure for Solo Parents (page 1)

Bahay Amihan Brochure for Solo Parents (page 1)

Bahay Amihan Brochure for Solo Parents (page 2)

Bahay Amihan Brochure for Solo Parents (page 2)

Bahay Amihan, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit, social development organization duly registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last June 13, 2012, was founded by a solo parent, Zena Bernardo Bernardo. She herself experienced all the hardships that a solo parent would go through trying to find ways to earn for her children, who were all honor students studying in the public school system.

She was granted a scholarship in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (PLMar) by the Office of the Mayor and pursued earning her BSEd degree and acquired license to teach Mathematics. She then pursued a career in social development work in public health and education sectors for women and children. With Bahay Amihan, she has finally found the opportunity to share the lessons she had learned through her experience as a young solo parent.

If you want to learn more about the projects of Bahay Amihan, click here: www.bahayamihan.org

If you want to help, you can be a volunteer. You can sponsor a solo parent/child into an empowerment program or have a collaborative project partnership with Bahay Amihan. You can also donate (cash or in-kind) to the following:

Local Bank: BAHAY AMIHAN, INC. – Banco De Oro (BDO) Savings Account No. 7330 0393 11
International Bank: IBAN : BE63 0003 2599 8408BIC – BPOTBEB1 – Communication: 100/9598/84550

I hope that this post helps spread the word about this community for solo parents. Do spread the word to people whim you think might need support.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Birthing Class of Rome Kanapi

Last November, when I was 5 months pregnant, I looked for a Lamaze class or a birthing class in Manila. The two teachers in Manila that I saw were Rome Kanapi and Chiqui Brosas. Based on the feedback and the reviews and the ‘kwentos’ of mommies, both are actually good, but I inquired about Rome’s class since my cousins studied under her. I called her up to sign up. She sent me a sign up sheet via email that I submitted back.

Her classes are composed of 6 meetings. Our classes started on January 6, 2013. We took the Sunday morning classes that ran from 9 in the morning to 12 o’ clock noon. The venue was at Room 2 Walter Hogan Conference Center also called Institute of Social Order Complex or ISO, Father Arrupe Road, Ateneo University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The six classes were packaged at Php 4,500 per couple. The cost was very reasonable for the amount of learning and knowledge that you will get.

Here are the things to bring to class:
1. One mat – either a local mat/banig, exercise mat with foam, yoga mat, sleeping bag or big towel
2. One small throw pillow
3. A list of your food & drink intake a week before classes begin

For the attire, be sure to wear anything comfortable like pants, shorts or leggings since you and your husband will be doing a few exercises.

There were a lot of things that I learned from Rome’s Birthing Classes. These are the things that I remember and I find very useful:

Birthing Class: Exercises

Birthing Class: Exercises

1. Stretching exercises: In your last weeks of pregnancy, the weight of your baby can give you aches and pains all over. I started feeling the weight during my 35th week. You will truly appreciate this.

2. Progressive Relaxation: The idea of being a mom soon can be quite rattling for some. I love these relaxation technique that Rome taught. I love that I can do this anytime!

3. Info on the stages of labor: Can be quite scary to listen to the details, but knowing is half the battle! (haha!)

Birthing Class: Ej learning how to change diapers

Birthing Class: Ej learning how to change diapers

4. Diapering: I haven’t attended any diapering classes before this one so this was a great way to learn. Ej and I were early during the day that this was taught so both of us got to practice a lot of times. I think EJ is now an expert on this.

5. Etc. Etc. Etc.: What I liked about Rome’s class is that she could cite a lot of examples from previous students, or based on experience or based on research on how it is.

Our Birthing Class under Rome Kanapi (Jan-Feb 2013)

Our Birthing Class under Rome Kanapi (Jan-Feb 2013)

The best part for me, too, was that you get to meet other couples who will have the same EDD (expected date of delivery) as you. Our batch formed a facebook group where we share with each other our experiences during labor, delivery, breastfeeding, etc. It’s like a little support group.

I also asked some of my classmates about their experiences. Here is what Mommy Hann has to say:

1. What is the most important lesson that you learned during class?
The breathing methods used during the different phases of labor. it really helped me a lot when I started with the contractions. Also, it really helps to know those medical terminologies, especially the medications used during delivery as we were able to discussed it with our OB without being clueless, hehe.

2. Would you recommend Rome’s class and why?
Yes! The truth is, we’re not really the well-off couple but I would still suggest taking it (pag-ipunan!), because it really pays to be well-informed with these kind of things. Because of this class, we knew what to expect during the whole process and how to prepare for it.

3. What did you like best about the class?
What I liked best is that I met couples whom I can relate to because we’re all going the same thing!

Here is what Mommy Kat had to say:
The most important lesson that I have learned is to keep calm in everything that would happen. I would recommend this class to every expectant mom and dad, and what I liked best was when there was participation from the dads’ to be, for them to be ready and for them to be part of the pregnancy especially giving birth and after…for them to be aware of their role.

Contractions Relaxation

Here is what Mommy Gem had to say:

1. What is the most important lesson that you learned during class?
The most important lesson I learned in class was that every pregnancy is different. I have read a couple of preggy books, the usual ‘what to expect when youre expecting’ books and other books passed on from various friends to ease my worries about the whole pregnancy (since I never felt I was ready). And what I have realized that although these books tried to answer as much general questions as it could, not all of them happened to me, or will happen to every pregnancy. Information about my own pregnancy, general concerns and lesson plan from Rome’s class helped ease my mind about what to really expect while being in the situation.

2. Would you recommend Rome’s class and why?
Yes, I would recommend Rome’s class. I feel that with the information that she gave, I was more prepared with what I was going to go through. The various tips was invaluable… the cheat sheet, birth plan, things to ask the doctor, the general up to date information that she had. These really helped prepare me and Jason (hubby) with budget concerns, what to do, what to ask, what to say and where to go. I stepped into class so clueless, and when we finished I was confident that Jason would be able to swaddle, diaper change and burp the baby without too much booboos. I am happy to share tips to other mommy friends on things we learned that they never thought of, just like recently when I directed a friend of mine to go directly to the labor room (instead of the emergency room), since if they go to the ER, they will be told to go to the labor room — little things like that.

3. What did you like best about the class?
What I liked best about the class was that although Rome has been doing this for some time, her information is not outdated. The brochure she gave us was merely a guide for the class, and I appreciate that she wasn’t just reading off from it. She had other things to share, and other things to make us practice and do. I also liked having a group of other preggy mommies who had the same concerns and now we’re friends supporting each other, even if our pregnancies are different. I also liked the candid atmosphere, the short talks from baby related companies and freebies!

And Mommy Marj says…

I have super low tolerance for pain and my baby’s birth always scared me. I thought the moment I had my contractions, no matter how mild it was, I was going to ask to be sedated, but I lasted until 8cm without epidural. Thanks to the breathing exercises, stretching and pelvic exercises I learned from the class. Note: I was still doing my pelvic exercises til 6cm.

Thank you to my mommy classmates for your insights! 🙂

I highly recommend attending this class. I’m not sure on when the schedule of the next birthing class of Rome will be, but you can call her up at landline number: 436-1757 or mobile number: 0917-541-5114.

Enjoy your pregnancy!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Side Sleeper: For A Sound Sleep

So this is how it feels to be 37 weeks pregnant. During the second trimester and the first part of my third trimester, I never felt like this. I feel sooooo heavy and I always feel hot. It’s also so hard to sleep during the evenings. With this, I am so thankful for the Side Sleeper.

The Side Sleeper is a gift that I got during my baby shower. I got this from my cousin, Twinkles! (Thanks, Twinkles!).

Side Sleeper

Side Sleeper

Unique shape for pregnant women

Unique shape for pregnant women

It has really helped me a lot in looking for that right position before sleeping. They say that you always have to lay on your side when you’re pregnant, and you should have a pillow in between your legs. This is for you to be able to keep your spine aligned. You will notice that even if you don’t get to read about it, you will be able to feel that this is really the most comfortable position that you can adjust to.

This Side sleeper helps a lot since you can easily rest your head on the Side sleeper and hug one of its legs. I don’t know how much this costs, but you can find it in Baby Company.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Mighty Mind Educational Toys

When I go to Rustans, Toys R Us, SM or any other children’s store, I am amazed at how many kinds of toys are available in the market today. As much as possible, I’d like to limit my child’s toys into those that would ‘teach’ her and of course, still be ‘fun’ for her. Right now, I’m looking for educational toys that I can get for her.

I came across these Mighty Mind puzzles from Fatty Brain Toys, Inc., which is the exclusive distributor of these educational toys in the Philippines. These Mighty Mind Puzzles are recognized as a valuable learning tool in 17 plus countries around the world. It also won several awards like the following:

– Parents’ Choice Honor Toy
– Teachers’ Choice Award
– Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Toy
– Nominated 4 times to Parenting Magazine’s Hall of Fame

These are the products that I got to see:

SUPERMIND

SUPERMIND

SUPERMIND

Super Mind from Mighty Mind

Super Mind from Mighty Mind

The child goes through 30 connected steps and with this, he or she develops skills in organizing & planning solutions. the child learns how to sort unique elements and learns problem solving. In this puzzle, the child manipulates geometric shapes to build pictures of increasing complexity. This puzzle from Mighty Mind is for kids ages 5-9 years old.

SuperMind Regular Edition consists of the following pieces and has these benefits:
– 32 colorful, easy to handle, durable design shapes
– 30 tangram-like advanced design cards
– Universal in appeal as no language is required
– All pieces neatly contained in the storage tray
– Made in USA; some components from China and/or Germany
– Instructions Included

MAGNETIC MIGHTY MIND SEA EXPLORER

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer parts

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer parts

Another educational to for kids ages 5-9 is this Magnetic Mightymind Sea Explorer. This creative adventure activity builds a child’s skill on how to build and solve colorful puzzles. Kids combine shapes and design blocks to create aquatic figures such as fish, sea creature, boats and imaginative pictures.

MIGHTY MIND : Makes Kids Smarter

Mighty Mind : Makes Kids Smarter!

Mighty Mind : Makes Kids Smarter!

This is the last product that I came across. It is for children from 3 – 5 years old. This is the game / puzzle that won the Parents’ Choice Honor Toy, cited by child development experts. Just like Super Mind, it offers a series of steps that the child must follow to encourage them to think, build complex designs, and solve puzzles without assistance. It definitely builds the confidence of the child. The box includes 32 colorful design shapes, neatly contained in a sturdy storage tray with a series of 30 numbered programmed puzzles.

I can’t wait for Zeeka to use these educational toys. Too bad though that I have to wait for her to grow up and be three years old before she can use these toys.

Do you know of other educational toys that I can buy for Zeeka?

Let me know!

PS. To buy these toys, you can visit the Mighty Minds PH facebook page.

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger