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!

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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:

Sudocrem: Antiseptic Healing cream

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I was introduced to my holy grail, Sudocrem, whilst at the hospital. It was one of the items inside the newborn package box they give out to patients who’ve just given birth. They gave me a much smaller size, a sampler, I believe. Since that day on, this has been my staple for everything. Literally everything.

I’ve used it at first as a cream for my little tot’s tushy to keep away the moist from the excretions to avoid nappy rash. Thankfully, to this day, 6 months forward, there hasn’t been any! I swear by this item!

This 125g tub of cream was given by a close friend of mine when I was looking for a full size of the product since there was and still is a blockade in Qatar, so some of the products are being substituted for something else, this cream included. Apparently, my close friend has been using this cream too for her son and it also works like magic to her, no nappy rash ever!

The best part is, look at the photo, I still have half a tub left and it has been 6 months. Less is more, they say. You don’t need to lather a lot, just a bit and then you are good to go.

I’ve also used this to treat small wounds, insect bites, etc. Wounds healed faster as well as the insect bites (not only mosquito bites). So for mommies out there looking for a good cream to use, this is The One.

Where to buy this? I’ve seen a lot from Lazada and Shopee, just make sure it’s authentic. Will check also if Mercury has this one. Hopefully!

Sleepy Mama is sold! 😍

Mommy Treats: Lactation Aids

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All the variations! Plus the choco spoons!

I think by now, it’s established that I like to try different lactation aids, especially cookies and/or brownies. So, during the Momzilla fair this past weekend I’ve come across Mommy Treats. Apparently, they’ve pioneered the lactation goodies here in PH. I did not know that since, by now, there are a lot of lactation treats out there that it’s hard to know where to begin.

I was handed out a flyer by the seller of the booth and I was intrigued by the products since some were quite unique to the brand like the Lactation Choco Spoons. It was the one that caught my eye. You just have to dip it in hot water then stir it using the wooden spoon it was sitting on.

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To all mothers: You are enough.

I was so excited to try it that on our way home, I ate two of the brownies! It was very soft and yummy! The oat cookies were okay, but my favorites are the brownies and choco spoons. I love their box packaging too! The best out there I must say. I love calligraphy, that’s why.

About the effectiveness, well, I woke up the next morning with a drenched top. My breasts hadn’t leaked in months! So, definitely one for the books!

This Sleepy Mama is sold!

 

Vaccinations – Health Center or Private?

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At first, I couldn’t believe how expensive vaccinations are. Lowe was born in Qatar where everything was literally free, vaccinations included, so when I moved back here, my eyes went wide as saucers upon learning the prices of every single vaccine Lowe has to get prior to reaching his 1st year.

During his first pedia visit here, we shelled out almost Php 5000+ for two vaccines. Yes. TWO! 😳 Which was exactly my point.

So I searched for the cheapest source of vaccines or any hospitals having their “vaccination day”. Luckily, Alabang Medical Center has their vaccination day every Saturday and their vaccines are a fraction cheaper than the regular days’ price. I was ecstatic!

For the schedule of the vaccines themselves, I still follow the baby book from where I’ve given birth to Lowe. So far, the baby book from Hamad Hospital is the most comprehensive one than the ones here. Plus factor, it’s easily broken down to months, in tables and enumerated. For a first time mom like me, this is the best baby book. It’s practically spoon-fed information.

While I am already happy with the place Lowe gets his discounted vaccinations, my husband was still not satisfied. He wanted them for free. He informed me that government health centers for each barangays are giving out free vaccinations. I couldn’t believe it at first. So we went and inquired.

In every barangay, there’s a health center assigned to them and this is the only place you can register as you need to have a proof of address that you are living there, thankfully, my husband’s center was not crowded so by the time we inquired, they informed us that it’s okay for that day to have my son vaccinated with OPV1.

I was pleasantly surprised. A free vaccine and we just walked in, no waiting, no queue, no hassle!

However, the only con with the center is that not all vaccines are free, there are selected vaccines which are free whilst the others, you have to pay for a discounted price than what an average pedia will charge you.

Oh well, as long as we got some for free!

So, the verdict is: I will continue to take vaccines from the government centers and from private hospitals.

UV Sterilizer – Haenim

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One of the main players out of all the baby gears that we’ve bought for Lowe, Haenim Sterilizer. Sterilizers are a must! Whether steam or UV, I just opted for UV sterilizer since I could use it for anything and not necessarily only for Lowe’s things. I was torn between Haenim UV Sterilizer or Ecomom. Both are UV sterilizers, both have drying option and timers but only Haenim has bluetooth option which is good when I am feeling lazy to stand up from where I am seated  when I am far from the unit I can just turn it on using my phone via an application.

Basically, I’ve been using this sterilizer for Lowe’s teethers, breastpump parts, bottles, utensils, toys…. I can even put my mobile devices inside. It kills 99.9% of the harmful bacterias and germs. I also love the storage option wherein it automatically sanitizes everything in store in regular intervals and uses energy saving mode.

It comes with different colors, I just chose pink since I am the one using it the most. It retails for Php 14,899. I got mine from a bazaar so I had it for a bit less plus with 2 additional lamps.

So, if you are looking for a sterilizer, I can personally vouch for this one especially now, there’s a bazaar going on. Their last bazaar for the year, Momzilla at Century City Mall in Makati (Nov 9-11, 10am-8pm).

Breastfeeding aid: Mega-Malunggay Capsules

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Before giving birth, I have decided to breastfeed until I can. There was no other option for me, I believed that I can even before Lowe came out. If there’s no complications for the mother, they say: Breastfeeding is 90% determination, 10% milk. I put this phrase as my mantra during the first week of Lowe’s life when my nipples were sore, wounded, bleeding and barely recognizable. It felt like there’s a shark not a baby suckling on my breast.

Breastfeeding was that painful for me in the beginning. It was also difficult for me as I needed to pump for a day as Lowe spent 1 day in NICU for observation for his mild jaundice. Also, aside from the wounds on my nips, I also got blisters because of the pump since my breasts weren’t used to it and I was frustrated as there was very less milk coming out: only 1 oz. After a while, I learned that it was normal to have that amount of milk in the beginning as that yellow and thick liquid was the colostrum and a newborn’s tummy can only accommodate that much amount.

Just to be sure that I will be having ample of breastmilk, I sourced out both Natalac and Mega-Malunggay. The latter being a recommendation by a good friend from work. Between the two of them, Mega-Malunggay came out the winner and I’ve never looked back. What I love with Mega-Malunggay is that out of all the competitors in the market, it contains the most amount (500mg) of Moringa Oleifera (Malunggay) which is a known galactagogue and a non acidic Vitamin C. The competitors contain lesser amount: Natalac has 250mg and Pro-Lacta has 350mg.

I can honestly say that this capsule aided me and still continues to aid me on my journey of breastfeeding Lowe. I just pop 2 capsules every morning with my Mother Nurture Malunggay Coffee and 1 capsule during late afternoon to dusk and I am all set for the day!

Mega-Malunggay is made by V-Pharma and you can buy it online on their website: https://vpharma.ph/products/mega-malunggay-capsules-moringa-oleifera-sodium-ascorbate or you can now buy it from Mercury Drug just make sure to mention that when searching it on their system to include the hyphen ( ) between the Mega and Malunggay.

Challenge 1: Making a baby smile for a photo (difficulty lvl 8/10)

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Looking at this photo taken by GJD Multimedia PH , you will never know that Lowe did not smile like this throughout the photoshoot. In fact, his smile was rarer than a lightning during a sunny day on the shoot. One of the reasons a photographer is called a professional is because they can capture moments like this and make it seem the opposite from what it really was during the session.

I never realized how difficult it could be to have a baby at a shoot. Why? The main reason is, you cannot tell the baby when to smile. Babies cannot fake a smile. They are the most uninhibited people on the planet!

They cry when in pain or sad, shout when angry, smile when happy or contented. Very simple! Yet very complicated because they just don’t smile for no reason, especially when placed in a new environment such as this. Lowe is very much like William in this case, very quiet and observant when placed in a new situation/location.

Thankfully, Miko from GJD Multimedia PH captured these fleeting smiles of Lowe and made it seem like he was smiling throughout the shoot! We brought his favorite stuffed toy Minion and a bubble-making toy which wasn’t very effective. Only when placed on the mat to stand or on his tummy did he smile.

I guess Lowe isn’t one for the cameras. It’s okay Lowe, you’ll find your true calling in the future.

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