Lowe’s Battle with Roseola

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It has been a while!

Ever since Lowe learned how to walk, my short ME times became even shorter! Now, I have to be literally attached to his hips as I don’t know what else he would be picking up from the floor while walking around the house and immediately placing it in his mouth.

He loves tissues. If I leave those somewhere he could reach, trust me. He will be munching on those or trying to pretend wiping the floor with it.

He also picked up a millipede sometime last week, thank goodness he didn’t try to eat it. I almost had a heart attack!

What he did picked up was Roseola.

We gathered that he was infected by it when we let him play at Kidzoona, as he started showing symptoms after going there, as there might be someone who was already sick with it and shed it there.

Roseola is a common illness in children ages 2 and below. As per kidshealth.org:

Roseola is a viral illness that most commonly affects young kids between 6 months and 2 years old. It’s also known as sixth disease, exanthem subitum, and roseola infantum. It is usually marked by several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever breaks.

As a first time mom, it was heartbreaking. Lowe couldn’t sleep properly for 3 days due to his fever as it was making him uncomfortable. His fever was ranging from 38.5-39.8 C (101-103.6F) and it was making my heart palpitate whenever I touch him as he was like a little radiator. Thankfully, Lowe’s demeanor and appetite didn’t change during this ordeal and as per the Pedia, a child with roseola appears normal in demeanor and appetite and the only sign is high fever in the beginning and rashes to follow afterwards. His pedia gave paracetamol for his fever and asked for urinalysis to rule out UTI (he was negative for UTI), so he deduced to wait further and if on the 5th day the fever doesn’t subside, he will order CBC and PC (Complete Blood Count and Platelet Count).

On the 4th day, his fever was gone but Lowe looked like this:

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My polka-boy in his birthday suit!

He developed rashes. As what was the Pedia concluded, it was indeed Roseola. Lowe didn’t seem to mind the rashes but the pedia gave him cetirizine to counteract the possible itch it could develop.

We were advised not to go out and possibly infect other children for another 3 days since the rashes appeared. Thankfully, Lowe recovered even before the 3 days was over.

Now, I fully understand why my mother kept on telling me before, when I was sick, that if there’s a way to transfer the sickness from the child to the mother just to alleviate the pain, she would gladly take it from me.

I would do the same.

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Day 1 in Japan with a Toddler

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Well, Technically our 2nd day! But we arrived late night yesterday and we didn’t go out at all! Just ate 2 onigiri’s from Lawsons to keep our hunger at bay (we bought Lowe some chicken curry) and then settled in for the night. So the next day which is today, is our FIRST DAY OUT!

To say travelling with a toddler is difficult, is an understatement. I think the best word to describe it is “Challenging”. It challenges us in every thing. Our patience, our strategies to arrive safely to our destination, our faces when he starts to throw tantrums… basically, it challenges us to our bones! BUT… as I was telling my husband this morning, I do admit that it is really difficult… but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would like to have Lowe learn by experience. Actually, not only Lowe, I also learn from the process! I learn how to be more patient and to prioritize better. Packing has been easy for me before, I’ve lived my life in a suitcase for 12 years. However, when it came to packing for my son, I was dumbfounded at the sheer amount of the things I needed (or wanted) to carry. Towards the end, I just did a process of elimination and just counted the days we will be at Japan and that would be how many clothes I will pack for him + 3 additional outfits, for his “Just In Case”‘s situations, since with babies/toddlers… anything can happen!

We brought a stroller when we went out in addition to my baby carrier, we found it easier since if Lowe doesn’t want to be in the stroller, it served as a shopping cart. However, when Lowe wants to sleep.. he’s much more relaxed laying flat inside the stroller. However, in the coming days.. let’s see!

How thankful I was that Lowe’s finally a year old so he can start trying a lot of stuff when it came to food. Our first stop: Ichiran Ramen! Better start the baby young! Train those buds! Ichiran Ramen will always be one of my favorites! Must try when in Japan, I swear!

Well, that’s it for now. Have to turn in for the night. Still have a full day tomorrow! Got to have that energy!

Morning Musings: “Dear Past Self…”

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“Dear Past Self,

Hi! I’ve missed you a lot. I just remembered you while scrolling through my albums and albums of pictures. I must say that I’ve really missed you for the past 2 years. You’ve always been a globe trotter! You have the world at the palm of your hands and you can go anywhere, buy anything and care less of everything! I know you’ve enjoyed this phase a LOT!

You can sleep through the day, eat any time you like and most of all, WEAR anything and KNOW that it will fit your XS-S body frame. You’ve been taken cared of ALL your life. Being a single child means that the attention of your parents are with you only. When you’ve had your first job, your co-workers turned into friends and you were the youngest…. they’ve cooked for you all the time while you are away from your parents and treated you as their youngest sister. Life’s been great! You just needed to wash the dishes afterwards like the youngest sister, always! You will realize after all of these, that it was preparing you to see how to care for others in the future!

You’ve also been through a lot of pain, losing the whole of your family and you will feel that you will have no place in this world…. BUT! Wait for it! Good things come to those who wait. Just wait.

A great thing will be coming, SOONER than you think!

After exactly half a year of being an orphan, you will learn that you will NEVER be alone: a tiny human inside you!

I know it sounded incredulous, you might not even realize it. You will still continue to be a globe trotter that you are until you cannot zip your work trousers! Only until then that you realize something is up. You’ve spotted your period and you can’t zip your trousers? Yes, I know. Something adds up–literally! You will have to buy those things that will show you those two lines for you to believe it!

You will start to experience what “having no clothes to wear” mean. Thankfully, a generous friend will give you all her maternity clothes so that you don’t need to buy. You will have to clip your wings and sit in an office until you give birth, then go to fly again afterwards, sounds easy, right?

You will find another set of family in the office, believe it or not, you will enjoy being in an office! Another set of perspective and you will learn a lot through this phase too. Enjoy it while it last, since you will not stay for long.

After a while, your XS-S body turned to a whale will experience back pain and you will feel like a turtle on its back since you won’t be able to get up from the bed without your husband to push and pull you up. Doesn’t sound nice but it will be your truth for a few months before your tiny human arrive. You will also lose your ankles, believe me. It will be all legs and feet, no ankles.

Oh, and that jaw line? It will disappear too.

Did I mention that your pits will darken like your worst nightmare too, but do not fret! It will go back to its color, trust me.

Prepare also for the worst pain in your life! You will be torn and ripped apart. That nice little va-jay-jay? After a while, you won’t recognize it too. BUUUUUUUT, know this: Good things come to those who wait aaand the pain will be worth it, as I said!

Now look at those tiny fingers, didn’t I tell you it will be worth it? I know, thank me later since this will be the start of something bigger!

Say goodbye to your precious “ME” time and to your precious sleep. It will take a while before you can say hello to those again, even after 10 months, I assure you…. those things will take their own sweet time to come back.

Remember how everybody took care of you? Yes? THAT is how you will take care of this tiny human too. You will name him Lowe and your world will change as you know it. Say goodbye to your globe trotting career! You wanted to go back, you said before? One look at that baby, you will even forget what you’ve said and you will never want to part from him even for one second! He will be the clingiest person you will ever know, sometimes you might not like it but then, when you look at him, you change your mind and LOVE it.

Say goodbye to your old body that you still wish you had since you have tons of clothes of that size, but somewhere along the way, you will have to accept that you’ve transitioned to a few 5 kgs from your original weight pre-pregnancy. You will throw away your old clothes, old practice and even your old, selfish self.

You will learn to be selfless. You will learn how great this love is.

You will have a new meaning.

You will have a family, again.

… and suddenly, you will not miss your old self because the you in the present is much better.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Present Me”

A SleepyMama Channel is up and running!

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It has been a while and the main reason for the silence here is because that I’ve been reading and watching a lot about creating a Youtube channel. I felt that, since I want to immerse myself in on this kind of media, I wanted to try them all and see which is more fun!
Realistically, “Vlogging” is tough work. I thought that it would be easy! Boy, was I very wrong.
I was in for a ride.

First, I needed to find the right equipments. Not necessarily the perfect ones, just right ones to start with. I needed a good camera, good audio, good lighting and a good editor.

I didn’t want to buy a new camera so I’ve just used the one on my phone and about the audio? Just bought an external mic connected to another phone of mine which I placed nearer to me and then I just sync them during the edit.

However, the lighting is one that I cannot recreate. I needed to buy a good light. So I’ve researched and then decided to buy a ring light. Quite expensive, yeah, but if I want to make this work. I have to buy one.

After assembling everything I might need. I thought that I was ready.

Was I wrong, again.

I needed a space in the house with ample lighting and a decent background which doesn’t focus on the clutter of the house. Cue, a house with a baby plus a lot of baby stuff strewn around. After much careful deliberation, I’ve decided on a small corner overlooking the living room.

Then came the recording day, I realized that I have to be presentable. So, make up – ON. Took a while since I don’t really wear make up on a daily basis nowadays. Then ofcourse, choosing the clothes, etc.

Finally, I could record! I’ve recorded in my native language (still thinking about doing a video in english to cover a wider audience too). Then I sputtered quite a few times that I had to cut and edit a lot. I realized then that I have to write some points I wanted to cover to avoid these “uh…uhmmm” pauses that annoyed me during editing. After the recording, I had to transfer the files and edit them on Adobe Premiere which I’ve learned only through Youtube.

Thankfully, there are lots of tutorial about them. So there! That’s what I was up to recently. I’ll be writing more, I promise.

I’m just having fun recently. It’s totally out of my comfort zone.

X Smart Home: Wireless Video Doorbell

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Something nifty I got over the holidays, X Smart Home: Wifi Video Door bell. I came across this item when I was searching through Lazada any kind intercom which is connected to my phone since whenever Lowe’s sleeping, he keeps on getting woken up by the doorbell if someone rings it, which is often. I am sure you have an idea that it’s very difficult to make a baby take a nap in the afternoon and that’s when most of the disturbances happen. With this Wi-Fi doorbell you get no sound inside the house instead, you get a notification on your phone when somebody rings the doorbell from the outside which is ideal for me. I got this item for approximately Php 1,300+ or USD 25 (it was on sale) from TreeOne (the name of the seller from Lazada).

It boasts of a lot of functions such as HD camera, high-quality audio and supports motion detection which serves like a CCTV. The only thing that I did not like with this product is it runs on 2pcs of 18650 battery which was quite difficult to look for, I only found it in a DIY store at a local mall which was kind of lucky. Apparently these batteries run for 5 to 6 months which is great but then again I haven’t really tried it for 5 months, so let’s see if will really last for five months. Also it only runs on your 2.4G Wi-Fi connection. It also has a slot for an SD card which is great! In case you want to capture an image or a video recording of a person coming into your premises.

After unboxing, I have placed it on our front door facing the street and not just on the side of the door, for me to capture the widest angle possible. After installation, I immediately tried it. After pressing the button, the border of the button illuminates blue and I heard a ding-dong sound just on the equipment itself, not too loud. Then, I got a notification on my phone, “Someone rang the door, whether to view“. This is after installing an app XSH cam where I could control the device and speak on it for two-way communication! No more unanswered doorbells, undelivered parcels, etc! The only downside is, it’s not waterproof, therefore, cannot be installed where it could be contaminated by the rain. So, you really have to look for a spot where it could see people approaching the premises plus be protected from the weather. All in all, this is a great buy! For its price, it packs a lot of features! This Sleepy Mama was sold! ❤️

Philips Avent 2-in-1 Healthy Baby Food Maker

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It has been almost 2 months now since Lowe started his solids. So far, he has been eating well. No allergies whatsoever, not that I am expecting any since his father and I don’t really have any specific allergies, so hopefully and crossing fingers, Lowe will not develop any. Recently though, I’ve noticed that he started to have his favorites, meaning, specific food that he leans towards to. As of the moment, he absolutely loves bananas. Just seeing my husband starts to peel one makes him ga-ga in excitement. I am in awe and so thankful that he did not inherit my picky taste buds.

So, for today, I will be writing about an item that has been (and still is!) a great help in aiding me with this journey of feeding Lowe, Philips Avent 2-in-1 Healthy Baby Food Maker. You can buy this from their website or you can buy it from Shopee or Lazada where they are much, muuuuuuch cheaper.

The food processor is really nifty and very practical to use, from the picture on the right, you can see that I’m currently steaming a mixture of broccoli and carrots, and then when it’s over, you just flip the jar and put it back on the base and select the slicer option which is the furthest right selection from the knob to make it puréed. To see it in action, a sample video is found here. What I like about this item is that, it saves me the time and effort to get my steamer, watch over it and then afterwards, mash it manually. Oh, and not only veggies, you can throw in some meat too! Trust me, I don’t like cooking at all, so for me, this is heaven sent.

There are a lot of variations and brands that sell food processors for babies like the Baby Bullet, Babybee, etc. you might not get the exact one like mine but consider buying one, since even I use it to steam veggies for the side dishes! It’s not only for the baby, it also for us.

Lactation Cookies: Sweet Delights by Charlotte

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Finally it arrived! It was a day late c/o LBC Express. They’ve informed me, it was because of the volume of the deliveries, but nonetheless, here it is! It suddenly felt like Christmas came early! The packaging felt like a gift, complete with red-colored wrappers for the brownies.

I’ve come across Sweet Delights by Charlotte in Facebook while searching for another store to try their lactation goodies. Then I’ve checked them out through instagram. The transaction went very quick and seamless, the seller was very responsive. I’ve requested for 2 orders of dark chocolate cookies priced Php 400 (USD $8) per order which is 15 pcs. and 1 order of their chocolate brownies priced Php 480 (USD $9) which is 12 pcs. Yum!

Just look at that good chunk of chocolate! It was soft and chewy, just the way I like my cookies. Like the Chips Ahoy Chewy variety, except this one is good for lactation. They are still in very good condition, despite it being handed over to LBC last Dec. 11 and it just arrived now. Thankfully, they have good handling and storage to preserve this delicacy.

Oh! Let’s not forget the softness of the brownies! Thank goodness for bakers and good cooks. It’s like magic how they create these delicious stuff! If I didn’t know that these stuff were substituted with lactation ingredients, I wouldn’t have known.

Lastly, were they effective?

From the looks of it, I would say, YES!

Gardening 101 – Bougainvilleas

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I am not an expert in gardening. The only experience I have about it is growing monggo seeds which is practically not gardening since it grows easily. However, we have quite a spacious front yard that almost screams of its need for flowers. So I decided to go to the nearest gardening store and bought a few bougainvilleas.

Why bougainvillea?

Apparently it’s easy to care for, it lives with less water and full sunlight, plus it has different colors. I opted for different shades of pink. I never expected buying plants to be quite pricey. The first 2 from the left of the photo above were bought on the same shop along Rosario and was bought for Php 250. My husband then told me to go check out other gardening stores, if we can buy another batch of the same for lesser price.

Then I went to Bong Bong’s Garden in Biñan. The garden is huge with a lot more variety. I then saw these lot of bougainvillea, notice that it is more lively and colorful than the first two that I’ve bought from another shop. These two were priced for Php 300. Quite a huge difference for Php 50! These were bigger, has more color, more mature and ready to bloom!

I just can’t wait to buy a few more, put them in pots and line them up to create a beautiful range of flora just at the border of our house.

Now, every morning, I feel so happy just looking at them. I didn’t know that plants will make me quite happy, now I realized, I really am getting old!

This is the first few steps of the Sleepy Mama being a Gardening Mama!

Coco Haven: Bugs Away

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Having a tropical climate, bugs and insects are rampant. If I didn’t have a baby, Baygon is my go-to product. It delivers and is effective, however, isn’t really advisable when you have an infant around.

I had to source out multiple insect repellent room sprays, one of which is Coco Haven’s Bugs Away. It comes in 2 sizes: 500ml – Php 650 and 250ml – Php 350.

I liked the fact that it’s natural and safer for babies than the common ones we use, but please, do not spray it inside an enclosed room with the baby, even if it’s natural, it may trigger allergies or asthma. I was advised by the seller in the bazaar where I’ve gotten it from, to leave it on for 15 minutes before occupying the area with le bébé.

Just to be clear, it’s totally different from Baygon which kills the insects. Bugs Away does not kill, it just repels. So if you have insects inside your home it will just avoid the area you’ve sprayed. I’ve tried spraying this on the fruit flies inside the house and after a few minutes, I’ve started wondering why they won’t drop dead and suddenly, I had this Aha! moment, where I’ve realized that it is an insect repellent and not an insecticide.

Yes, I use this to spray our trash cans where fruit flies love to gather and have their daily and nightly meetings and also I spray this on our cat litter, thankfully, our cat doesn’t seem to mind the smell.

In the end, it is effective to ward off the insects. To kill them, no.

What’s in a name?

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Until now, a lot of people have asked: Where did you get Lowe’s name? or Is it a combination of both of your names?

We’ve contemplated on combining our names but we couldn’t come up with something that we like. We were also on the verge of naming Lowe, Blake Nash, but I’ve decided against it since it was pretty common (and both were basketball players! Haha!).

Almost towards the end of my pregnancy, I’ve just told myself to just look for a great meaning behind a name. I’ll choose the meaning first, then we can decide on a name.

I’ve started looking for names with meaning of: “To be loved” or “Beloved”, since our son is a beloved one for us.

Unexpected, yes, but beloved, nonetheless.

Anwyll came up. Its meaning is “beloved” or “To be loved by all” in Welsh. I wanted my son to be loved by all, so it was a perfect fit. Plus, it’s pretty uncommon. He will not be having any difficulty getting clearance when he’s older! Haha!

Next, is a second name. I wanted a second name since Anwyll was quite short for me. So I searched again, this time, I wanted to search for a quality or a trait we would like our son to have in the future.

We would like my son to grow up strong and independent, the name Lowe was perfect for him. Lowe is pronounced “Low” but we call him “Low-ee”. Lowe was derived from a German name meaning “Lion” or if you take the Old French meaning, “Young wolf”. Both animals possess strong personality and strength which I wish he will have.

So, there you have it, the etymology of our son’s name.