I have been getting a lot of inquiries from expectant parents on workshops that are fit for them. I apologize as I haven’t been writing much about pregnancy and infant or baby related stuff. My daughter just turned four and she’s growing up so fast. I remember how it is though, when I was scrambling for information. Most first time parents are scared as this is the first time that you will be undergoing all — ALL of these things. Rightly so, it is understandable that you feel a little bit scared mixed with mostly excitement. I felt the same way! haha! So, here is good news for you! Manila Workshops and The Parenting Emporium, together with Stemcord Philippines Inc., will have another run of the All about Breastfeeding and Baby & Toddler Care Nutrition, this coming April 22.

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If you want to attend, just go to this link, http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-workshop-series-2017-2nd-run and purchase tickets. All of us need the help that we can get to know how to care for your little one. I remember the time before I had my daughter, we would regularly go to workshops like this to learn as much as we could about breastfeeding, nutrition, etc.  Sessions like these really helped us.

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The Learning Fees are as follows:

  • Individual rate: Php600/session
  • Couple rate: Php1000/session

Hope you can make time for this. By the way, this workshop is supported by our friends from Mega Malungay, VPharma, Pampers, Vicks, Mama Chows, Cetaphil, Beginnings, Cradle and Cycles!

For any inquiries, you can email donna@manilaworkshops.com and she’ll be happy to assist you. See you all at The Parenting Emporium on April 22!

 

 

 

Thank you so much to all those who attended the First Time Parents Workshop Series Second Run which was brought to you by Manila Workshops and the Parenting Emporium. It was truly a success and there were a lot of expecting moms and dads who attended. Thank you so much and we hope that those who couldn’t make it will be able to attend the next classes this July (http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-workshop-series-2016-thirdrun).  Our goal is really to help you prepare for your birth. With this, I have collated my personal favorite readings (my First Time Parents Guide) when it comes to preparing for Mommyhood (or Daddyhood!).

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OB Check-ups and Pregnancy Nutrition

As first time parents, we don’t know what to expect when we go to our OB-GYN. I remember during my pre-natal visits, my husband would come with me and he had more questions! haha!

http://www.babycenter.com/0_what-to-expect-at-your-prenatal-visits_9252.bc

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/what-not-to-eat-when-pregnant/

 

Preparing for Delivery Day/Newborn Care (delivery options, taking care of newborn)

Some of the articles below are from my own blog. I wrote it so that you can see how I wrote my birth plan and what were the stuff I brought to the hospital.

http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/childbirth-options-whats-best

http://mommyginger.com/2013/03/creating-a-birth-plan.html

http://mommyginger.com/2013/03/packing-things-for-the-hospital.html

All About Breastfeeding

I exclusively breastfed my daughter for 1 year + and I think it really did her good. She hardly gets sick and she’s always so alive, awake and enthusiastic!

http://www.parents.com/baby/breastfeeding/basics/

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/

 

Baby and Toddler Nutrition and Care

With our little ones, we often wonder if we are giving them enough vitamins and nutrients.

Baby Led Weaning – Starting solids with foods straight from the dinner table!

http://www.parents.com/baby/feeding/nutrition/

Hope you like the First Time Parents Guide (article links) that I collated for you! 🙂

Have a happy and stress free pregnancy!

We’re thinking of having another baby next year and I think it will be as challenging as how it was with our first child. I’m sure a lot of second time expectant parents know what I’m talking about. Based on talks with friends, not a single one of them said that it gets easier the second time around. Sure, you would already know the basics, like how to change a diaper, how and when to give them solid food, or that breastmilk is still the best for any baby, but it will still be challenging. Why? It will be challenging because each child is different.

You’re not just buying the same doll off from a store’s shelf! Haha! The challenge is really adjusting once again to that particular child. Little Ginger

I do love having someone to look after (aside from looking after my husband). I love being a mom, even if it may seem to many that I highlight my businesses more over my family in conversations. Even if I don’t talk about my family as much as I babble about business and my new ventures, I love the spontaneous, silly conversations that I have with my 3 year old daughter at times when I’m home. I love wandering through the streets in our community when we both need breaks from working (for me) and from eating and playing (for her). I love the hugs and the kisses and the surprise “i love you, mama!” that she gives all throughout the day.

If you are expecting a child, there is nothing more challenging (even more challenging than running a business!), fulfilling, precious, exciting, etc. (there are tons of adjectives really) as raising your own child.

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To make that journey more enjoyable, Manila Workshops, together with The Parenting Emporium, invite you to attend First Time Parents workshop series this July 23 and 30, 2016. First Time Parents workshop series is one of the most successful workshop series of Manila Workshops. We have been offering this workshops since 2013. This series is designed to help expectant parents to prepare for the coming of the baby. However, we also do invite singles, relatives and caregivers to attend, too!

To sign up for this workshop, please visit this link: FIRST TIME PARENTS JULY 23 and 30, 2016

This event is supported by StemCord Philippines, Cetaphil Philippines, Mamachows, Beginnings Baby, Pampers, VPharma, Mega Malunggay, Cradle and Cycles.

Turn this into a wonderful and stress free journey by embracing new knowledge and love learning! As expectant parents, we need not only know how to teach, but we need to learn, too! Let’s learn together on July 23 and 30! See you!

I had a conversation with a friend recently and she was asking me what my happiest moment was. I did not hesitate and immediately said it was the day I gave birth to my daughter. That was the day my life changed completely — totally — drastically! Haha! As a first time parent, I now know the importance of sleep. I now know how it feels to be completely responsible for another person’s well being and safety. I now know how much love you can actually give and I mean real love — the love that is defined by sacrifice and putting another person’s needs first before yours.

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Being a first time parent means a lot of joyous and super fun days, but also a lot of days of frustration and worry. It means having to go through the highest of highs of moments like hearing your baby’s first words to the lowest of lows, like when postpartum depression hits and times when you feel ugly as hell.

But what I want you to know is that all of these are normal and first time parents undergo these things. Your lives will definitely change, but there is nothing compared to the feeling that you get when you see your child for the first time.

Manila Workshops and The Parenting Emporium want to help you prepare for your lives as First Time Parents by sharing with you a series of workshops that you can attend. The first workshop will be on January 30, 2016.

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Check out the details on the registration page in this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/ftp2016-janfeb

If you need emotional and technical guidance, I know that you will get it through the support the of the community that you will come across with when you attend these workshops! I hope to meet you in one of these workshops! 🙂

 

For three years, Manila Workshops, have been giving you different kinds of lifestyle workshops and one of the workshops that we plan to sustain and really run forever (haha… if forever is a possibility!) is our Parenting Workshops, Parenting Pals and the First Time Parents Workshop Series. The First Time Parents Workshop series really aims to help expecting parents prepare for scenarios that are unfamiliar to most of us who are first time or even second or third time parents. This year, we are holding the second and the last run of the What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop on June 27, 2015.

This workshop is brought to you also by The Parenting Emporium and Stemcord Philippines, Inc. Here are the details of the workshop.

 

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Attending this not only helps you prepare, but you get to meet other parents whom you can talk to and share experiences with later on! To register, please go to this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/what-to-know-before-giving-birth-2

The Speakers for this talk are:

Dra. Patricia Malay Kho studied Medicine and underwent Residency Training in UP College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital. She is an Obstetrician Gynecologist with Subspecialty Training in OB Gyne Infectious Diseases. She is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She is affiliated with Makati Medical Center and St Luke’s Global. She has two children, and both were breastfed.

Luchie Callanta, RND, MSN is presently a faculty member at Center for Culinary Arts Manila teaching classes in Culinary Nutrition, Dietetic Desserts, Communication Arts, and other Management courses. She is also currently an adviser for Men’s Health Magazine. Presently, she is the consultant of Fly Ace Corporation and Armadillo Holdings Incorporated. Apart from her teaching and consultancy jobs, she is also a writer. She is currently a coordinator/writer for MAPEH series for Grades 7-10 at Abiva Publishing, co-authored “Cooking for Health Series”, and was a contributing writer/editorial consultant for Smart Carbs Workbook. She is married with 4 kids.

The workshop will be from 1-4 PM and the venue will be at the Best for Families Headquarters, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City. We hope to see you there!