Saturday, March 30, 2013

Milk

One of the things I am hoping for my 2nd pregnancy is to be able to provide breast milk to my baby for even 1 month. Before, I was able to give Reese the first extraction which is the more important, but my supply didn't last. This time, I've done my homework by taking supplement about 2 weeks before giving birth and also, getting a new manual breast pump.

Gian's hospital (which is the same with his Ate) unlike before is now pro-breast feeding. That really helps to begin with since I need to know how to handle the first few days when I don't have any milk yet. They gave instruction manual and also helped us feed the baby for the first time.

First photo is showing hubby feeding our baby using a soft medicine cup. The logic is that we should not give feeding bottle right away as this will discourage the baby from latching which is needed to trigger and sustain milk supply of the mother. That's something we both learned the first time.

My breast milk, like the first time, appeared on the 5th day after giving birth. Second photo is showing my first extraction, 3 oz in 40 mins. Yes, it's not that easy. But I have to try harder this time and hope that our baby will also help along the way. More important for now is that I have the first extract to give him to keep him stronger and healthy.



Our Second Child

Everyone, meet our new bundle of joy!

Name: Gian Andrei Torres
Born: March 25, by around 12 noon
Weight: 8 lbs 10 oz

Below photos showing Gian's Day 1, 4 & 5. He looks very much the same with his ate Reese when she was still a baby, kinda carbon copy :p





Thursday, March 21, 2013

Preparing for ML

Written on March 21st.

Today is my last day in the office before I go on my maternity leave. I'm done sending my transition files and notes to my boss, already closed all pending action items on emails and have given final instructions to my team. :)

By tomorrow, it will be my little girl's graduation day in Kinder 2. That deserves another post entry which probably have to wait after I recovered from giving birth.

So what's the reason for writing? Before I finally let my baby boy out in this world, I would like to note the things that I will and will not miss on my pregnancy.

What I would miss?
* My non-gestational diabetes pregnancy experience. Imagine, no more counting of bread, rice, pastries, and frutis. I could eat ice cream, chocolate and cake.
* The baby kicks I got while intensely playing Candy Crush Saga!
* The compliments about me not getting too fat :)
* The concern and random acts of kindness from people even from those I do not know.
* Last but not the least, the PWD lane in Robinsons Forum Supermarket. I will definitely miss getting first in line all the time given that their regular lanes really pissed me off!

Now, here are the things I would not miss:
* My first ever "fainting" experience during the 2nd blood extraction for my OGTT on the 28th week
* The "always hungry" then afterwards "bloated feeling". I cannot eat too much.
* My swollen feet and getting prominent nose as my due date gets nearer.
* Lastly, the skin discoloration :(

I have created this list to somehow remind me of the whole experience I have. Not that I am complaining but more of acknowledging the good and the not so easy parts of this journey.

By the time I finished this entry, I already have given birth to a bouncing baby boy. And each time I look at him, I felt victorious on this pregnancy. Ciao!