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.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

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Back when I was still flying, I used to fly to Australia a lot. The first time I went there, I’ve asked what is popular to buy except for the manuka honey, I’ve always gotten this answer: Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. Majority of the number of crew I fly with, always have this tube in their pockets. When I’ve asked why, they always give me the answer that it is good for healing wounds.

Why wounds? We get wounded a lot in the plane. From burns to papercuts, name it, I’ve also experienced all. So, I went and bought a couple. Little did I know that I will use it, not only when flying, but for my baby too.

When I went back here in Philippines, I’ve realized that Lucas’ Papaw has already a cult following however they use this as a lip moisturizer which isn’t one of it’s primary usage but I believe, to each his own. It’s good for cracked skin (if your lips have cracked then, yes) as per the fine print behind.

So, how do I use this? If my Sudocrem isn’t readily available, like, when we’re outside and Lowe gets an insect bite or I get any surface wounds, I slather a tiny bit of this over it. It speeds up the healing and lessens the swelling.

The only downside for me?

I am not actually a fan of the smell and the local price, while in the Australia it only costs around AUD $5 (approx Php 200), if you buy it here in Philippines, it would cost you around Php 400-500 a tube. I’ve seen 3 tubes of 25g pack in S&R being sold for approximately Php 1,500 (AUD $40). My eyes went wide as saucers!

Still, despite the price, it works.

Expensive, yes! But it works.

Air Purifier: Sharp Plasmacluster

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Lowe was born with a regular morning episode of sneezing. I was confused at first, then William informed me that, he too, sneezes a lot due to his allergic rhinitis. It gets triggered by a whole lot of random things, but mostly, dust.

I then realized that it must’ve been passed to Lowe and a house with a cat inside can also contribute to this, my husband suggested to eject my cat, haha!.

Ejecting my house cat is not an option, having a dust-free environment is quite difficult to achieve too, therefore, the next best thing is to have an air purifier. Not just any air purifier, for a house with pets, the one with HEPA (A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke) for cat danders.

The one we chose to buy is Sharp Plasmacluster with Mosquito Catcher from Anson’s Alabang Town Center. It retails for Php 14,000+ (USD 265+) but if you pay in cash, there’s a discount. We bought it for approximately Php 12,000+ (USD 227+). I liked the fact that it has mosquito catcher and hopefully it caught a lot by now.

Ever since we started using this air purifier, my husband does not sneeze at all and the same goes with Lowe. It was quite an expensive alternative to medication but if it will give Lowe his peace from sneeze, it was worth it.

I’ve used this also to remove certain smells from the house, one time we had our pantry painted, the entire house smelled like paint and it was making me high. Haha! I placed this just outside the pantry and turned on the haze feature and it sucked all the smell!

As for the care and maintenance, the mosquito glue sheet can be replaced when there’s a lot of mosquitoes caught, (ideally every 3 months). The HEPA filter can be changed after 2 years and the pre-filter when be vacuumed and washed.

If ever you have or someone you love, suffering from allergic rhinitis, this might be the answer. Quite an expensive answer but useful, nonetheless.

Lowe’s First Dental Visit: Teeth for Keeps

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Last Saturday, I booked an appointment for Lowe’s first dental visit since his tooth eruption as recommended by his pedia. I searched for a Pedia Dentist within our area and found Teeth for Keeps which was just beside my old high school. The location was very convenient plus I saw good reviews on their Facebook page.

I inquired last Friday and booked Lowe the next day. The building was quite old but when you enter their office, it was well equipped and had a nice ambiance. We were greeted by a small play area for toddlers and two young-looking dentists. We learned that they were Dr. Tim and Jim.

They commended bringing Lowe at the first sign of tooth eruption instead of bringing him when there’s an obvious problem. They just put flouride on his 2 teeth and that’s it.

However, I was impressed by their professionalism. The impressive part was how they took their time to orient us, parents, on how to move forward from here. Dr. Tim gave us a background about the real purpose of baby teeth and how it would support the upcoming permanent teeth.

He also answered my silent question of whether or not to use toothpaste with fluoride. He informed us that a lot of recommendation of fluoride-free toothpaste from 1st world countries does not apply to us since we do not have any other source of fluoride unlike for them, they have fluoridated tap water which they can use. However, here in Philippines, we don’t have that, therefore, he informed me to start brushing with any toothpaste with fluoride.

I chose Bud’s Children’s Toothpaste which is preservative free and organic. They have toothpastes for babies but they don’t contain fluoride and this is the next toothpaste after babies which has. I checked the origin and it is made from Australia, so, another 1st world country.

Anyway, back to the check up, Dr. Tim informed me to use a baby toothbrush and not a silicone finger brush to actually start brushing the two teeth, I informed him that I still use gauze to which he agreed and advised to put a smear of the toothpaste and carefully clean Lowe’s teeth and tongue.

All in all, our experience with Teeth for Keeps is really for keeps. I’ll be staying with them till Lowe’s next check up which is on his 1st birthday! Yey!

Fisher Price – Jumperoo

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Tired from all the jumping ❤

I’ve seen this Fisher Price Jumperoo from a close friend while I was still in Qatar. She bought it for her daughter and I’ve seen the joy in her eyes whenever she was on this contraption. I then swore that I will look for the same when Lowe’s at the right age.

The only downside to this Jumperoo was that it was freaking expensive! A brand new one will cost you a whopping Php 5,000+ (approximately USD 100). I was scratching my head whether it is worth it? Nah. For a toy that he will play for a limited time, not a chance! However, deep inside me, a nagging feeling settles and keeps on whispering that Lowe will enjoy this tremendously as he likes to jump when being held.

I was conflicted to say the least.

Then I told myself, I will just wait for a bazaar, I might find it cheaper there. I found one but not exaaactly the one on the photo so I wasn’t convinced and I didn’t want to fork out my Php 3,000 easily for something I wasn’t totally into.

Then came the Facebook Marketplace. A place where you can see everything. From brand new to used. Original to replica.

Everything!

Hindi ako maselan, so I decided to search for a Jumperoo there, even a used one will do. I even searched within our area.

For the first few days, I could see that the cheapest and used one still costs around Php 2,000. I waited and I searched, I turned on my notification for “Jumperoo”.

Miraculously, an ad popped up a few days later and it is within the area and is costing only Php 1,500! A few minutes drive from where I live. I contacted the seller and when I found out that we shared the same Alma Mater, I knew, this is it!

So, to make my story short.

Yes, Jumperoo is sooooo worth it. My little bubba was enjoying the night jumping up and down.

His smile was priceless.

Wisemom’s Portable UV Sterilizer

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Recently, I was able to get my hands on this portable UV Sterilizer by Wisemom. I bought this so that I can sterilize Lowe’s toys which are big and cannot fit my Haenim Sterilizer since it already houses a lot of Lowe’s dining paraphernalia and my pumps’ dismantled parts. Plus, I can sterilize our pillows at night especially now that I’m having a flu.

So far, I’m finding it very good. Albeit, I don’t really know if it kills all the 99.9% of the germs but I will just assume that it does. The only downside of it is that it is not rechargeable. You need to put in 4 AAA batteries for it to be fully portable and not wired. It comes with a USB Cable but it only serves as a powercord, not for recharging. So, that’s the only downside.

You just hover it to the object you want to sterilize for a good 10-15 seconds then you’re good to go! Sounds great to me. I had a sterilizing-spree in the room once I got those 4 pesky batteries. Haha! PS. Make sure you don’t put it over your skin or make any eye-contact with the light.

So far, the only place that distributes this is BabyMama.ph. I decided to drop by in their shop located at Richville in Alabang since it’s the nearest to us, however, you can also order this online. It retails for Php 1,200. Not bad for a sterilizer.

This SleepyMama is sold!

Breastfeeding while having flu? — YES!

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It has been a while, a lot happened. I got sick and I still am. I got an upset stomach over the weekend and then after barely recovering, I got a cold and flu. I hate this the most since it’s very easy to be transmitted especially when I am always in contact with my son who doesn’t even know how to blow his nose.

Well, what to do, right? Does that mean I should stop breastfeeding? No way! According to La Leche Leage International, This is even a better time to breastfeed since we all know that breastmilk is like magic and is constantly changing due to the demands of the baby or the condition of the mother. So now that my body is currently fighting this flu by producing antibodies, those same antibodies are being passed along to Lowe to fight the onset if transferred.

Hygiene also plays a huge part.

Even when we were at the mall the other day and I am babywearing Lowe, I made it a point to put a mask over my nose and mouth. It may look weird from the point of view of other people, but, who cares? I am at an age where I really don’t care as long as the baby is safe from harm.

I suddenly felt like writing this entry as recently I’ve come across someone informing another mommy to stop breastfeeding when upset or sad. Apparently, she was informed by a relative that her feelings for that moment whether sad or upset will be carried through her milk and make the baby sick.

I was exasperated to say the least.

A baby who’s hungry should be fed. No matter when or where. Remember: Fed is definetely best!

For those who believes urban myths in breastfeeding and it directly affects the baby in a negative way, this is for you: