Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sore Eyes and Breast Feeding

Question: If mommy has sore eyes, can she continue breastfeeding her little one?

My Answer: Yes, I continued breastfeeding even if I had sore eyes, BUT I made sure I did the following:

1. Since I already had one sore eye, what I did was I covered the sore eye with an eye bandage to prevent me from scratching it and/or transfer the germs to anywhere else. So with this being done, I only had one eye to see. I replaced the bandage whenever I need to put on my anti bacterial eye dropper (Tobrex).

Friday, November 2, 2012

Robots and Dolls Salon

Thanks to, I was able to pay Php130 pesos only for a haircut and hair treatment for my son in Robots and Dolls Salon in Pergola Mall in BF Homes. It's a good bargain because their haircut alone costs a whooping Php300! Why do they cost so much compared to regular barber shops? Browse along to know why.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Effect of Rotavirus Vaccine for My Baby

My 3-month-old baby just had her rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix) last Tuesday, October 9, in Vaxcen (Pergola Mall) and it was given to her orally. She did refuse to drink it a bit probably because it tastes too bitter, but, of course, she has to drink it for her own good.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Desowen Cream for My Baby's Rashes

My pedia recommended to use Desowen Cream if the rashes in my baby's face goes out of hand. At first, we would use Cortizan cream for mild rashes, but if they don't disappear, then Desowen does the trick. It takes about 12 to 24 hours for it to take effect.

My Baby's Christening Celebration

Last September 30, 2012, my baby was officially a member of the Catholic family. It was held in Jesus, the Divine Healer Parish.

This was the type of "regular" baptism where there were supposed to have other babies to be baptized at the same time. Luckily, we were the only one scheduled for that day. :) 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Breastfeeding is Still Best for My Baby Agnes!

I would like to introduce you to my daughter who is only 2½ months old. Weight: 5.4 kilos.

As of now, she only uses Johnson's Top to Toe Wash for her baths just to be safe. I would like to try Enfant's Baby Wash next time because I like the scent.

Her pedia recommended Similac for her formula milk which we tried for almost 2 weeks. It was okay for her - no negative reactions whatsoever, but I decided to give her breast milk exclusively.

My Personal Experience on the Benefits of Breast Feeding

When I started to breastfed her for a couple of weeks, I lost 6-10 pounds or even more without any exercise. My baby didn't have problems with colic that much as long as I burp her after feeding and she seldom poops which is normal. She poops every 3-4 days so it's less hassle for cleaning and I can save some diapers. Her poop is quite soft so it's easy for her to poop it out.

I also tasted my own breast milk and it is indeed sweeter than milk formulas which is why (like my OB said) babies prefer the taste of breast milk than milk formulas.

As of now, my baby still hasn't gotten sick. Everyone in the house got sick during the rainy season (including me) except for her. Yes, even when I'm sick, I still breastfed and it didn't had any negative effects on the both of us.

Do I still need bottles? Yes, I still need bottles to store water and to store breast milk when I leave the house.

Negative Effect/s of Breastfeeding

I can think of only one: lack of sleep for me. :D  Of course, at the first trimester of her life, my baby seldom sleeps so I also seldom sleeps to give her milk whenever she needs it.

No Breast Milk

There are also times when I'm stressed out because I don't have any more milk on my breasts so my baby was also crying. What I did was I gave her water and cradled her to sleep so I can also rest and wait for my milk to be "refilled." My doctor recommended me to take malunggay pills which I always forget to buy.

I did noticed that whenever I drink cold beverages like milkshakes, sodas, frappes, etc., the stronger the milk supply I get, but, of course, this is just me.

What Not to Drink

Our pedia also told me not to drink alcohol, coffee or iced tea, but I can drink milk teas. They are prohibited because they can be passed on to my baby while breastfeeding. That explains why the other day, my baby got irritated and I noticed she had difficulty sleeping because I remembered I drank a cup of coffee during the day.

Well, that's all for now. :) Thanks for reading.

Veritas Pre-School: My Son's Second Pre-School

It's been a while since I last posted here and I do apologize. I never thought having 2 kids would be quite troublesome especially if you don't have a yaya around.

Anyways, our son is currently enrolled in Veritas Preschool. It's a parochial school where they learn the basic subjects such as Language, Reading, Science and Math with an additional subject of Writing and Christian Living where they learn good manners. The school also had a parent's orientation where we're "oriented" of the school's staff and what to expect for this school year.

Parents' Orientation

So far, my son is adjusting quite well. His schedule is currently 12:30PM to 4:00PM, which is good because he's an late riser. Whenever he comes home from school, he always tells me stories of what he and his classmates did that day.

A day with their big sisters and big brothers (Veritas high school students)

The school doesn't have teacher assistants unlike in his old school because Veritas would like to teach the students independence. I also don't have any negative comments to this because my son doesn't have any negative reactions to it, too.

It's really like going to a standard school where you have classmates, one teacher, a principal, guidance counselor, etc.

On Fridays, they have their P.E. that the kids love.

So far, so good. I guess I can say that the school tries to balance everything - studies, interaction with kids, christian values and public awareness. That's what I'm looking for in a school because it doesn't stress out my child ( so far ).

You can check out their Facebook account where you can post inquiries. They always update their photos category where you can see their latest activities in school.

Pre-School Campus
Cabarrus corner Palanca Streets,
Phase 1, BF Homes, Paranaque City
Tel. No. 794-3660

Thursday, August 23, 2012

MetroDeal's New Look

Finally! Metro Deal has changed the way they look! Every day, I always check to see what's new on Metro Deal. What I like about MetroDeal is they always come up with deals Manila Ocean Park and with the coolest restaurants. What I also like about them is they're easy to transact with. I've never had any problems transacting with Metro Deal. So far, I've bought deals with Hero Sausages, The Creamery, Barbara's Restaurant and more. Now, I'm always eager for tomorrow because there might be another good deal with Metro Deal :)

Metro Deal

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Searching For a New Preschool within BF Homes

The new school year (2012-2013) is coming and my husband & I have decided to look for a new preschool for our son because Elizalde Preschool will be moving further from our residence. As of now, we're currently looking for a school inside BF Homes that is near Tahanan Village.

Note: We're not a rich couple meaning we can't afford tuition fees that are above P45,000

So far, we found the following schools with their tuition fees:

1. Veritas Parochial School (Traditional)
(809-6236 / 772-2966)
** located beside Robinson's Supermarket. You may also find pictures in their Facebook account.

For Kinder 2 (Age 4-5)
 Annual: 38,330

Upon enrollment:  P27,530
Due - Oct. 1, 2012: P12,000
2. Marymount School (Preschool, Grade School, High School)  (Traditional)
J. Villaroman St., Classic Homes Vill., BF Homes, Paranaque
809-4486 /88/89 or 0917-8926090

For Kinder (Age by June: 4.6-5.5)
Reservation: P2,500
Annual: P35,926

Reservation: P2,500
June 4: P19,198.50
October 4: P19,198.50

Reservation: P2,500
June 4/Aug 4/Oct 4/Dec. 4: P10,020.00

Reservation: P2,500
Every 4th of the month starting June 4 until March 4: P4,284.00

Miscellaneous fee: P2,800
Development fee: P1,000
3. Precious Jewels Learn & Play School (Traditional)
79 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes  Paranaque
473-0419 / 497-8552 
**easy requirements: birth certificate & picture only. Tuition fee includes books and materials. Uniform is P400 per set. Misc. fees not yet included such as Christmas party, field trip, graduation, etc.

Kinder 1
Annual: P32,000
Initial: P15,000
September: P9,000
December: P9,000

Initial: P10,000
July - March: P3,000

South City Central School (Progressive) 
(Nursery - High School) 
86 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homse Paranaque 1720 (beside Slimzone)

(632) 836-2514 

SCCS is a progressive school with a US curriculum called ABEKA,  that provides a nurturing yet challenging environment where children between the ages of 18 months to 6 years will learn, play and develop life skills.  I visited the place and I got some pictures of their preschool room:

18 mos.-2 years old = pre-nursery
3 years old = Nursery
4 years old = Kindergarten 4
5 years old = Kindergarten 5
6 years old = Advanced Kindergarten 5/Grade 1 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
7 years old = Grade 1/ Grade 2 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
8 years old = Grade 2/Grade 3 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
9 years old = Grade 3/ Grade 4 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
10 years old = Grade 4/Grade 5 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
11 years old = Grade 5/Grade 6 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
12 years old = Grade 6/Grade 7 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
13 years old = Grade 7/Grade 8 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
14 years old = Grade 8/Grade 9 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
15 years old = Grade 9/Grade 10 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
16 years old = Grade 10/Grade 11 (depending on the diagnostic exam)
17 - 18 years old = Grade 11/Grade 12 (depending on the diagnostic exam)

  1. Copy of latest report card or transcript of records ( for grades 2-12) 
  2. 1x1 photo
  3. Accomplished application form
  4. Birth Certificate
  5. Health Certificate
  6. For foreign students - photocopy of passport
  7. Letter of recommendation from previous school (GMRC) for grades 2-12
  8. P200 diagnostic testing fee
Tuition fee:
Initial payment: P11,000 ( for materials from the US and miscellaneous fee)

A. Regular Monthly payment 
Pre-Nursery to Grade 8: Php 4,650 monthly, payable on the 15th of every month
High School (Grades 9 to 12): Php4,840 monthly, payable on the 15th of every month

B. Yearly Payment with 5% discount
Pre-Nursery to Grade 8: Php 44,175
High School (Grades 9 to 12) Php45,980

C. Quarterly Payment 4% discount
Pre-Nursery to Grade 8: Php 11,162.50, payable June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15, Feb. 15
High School (Grades 9 to 12) Php 11,616 payable June 15 , Sept. 15, Dec. 15, Feb. 15

D. Early monthly payment 2% discount, must be paid before the 15th 
Pre-Nursery to Grade 8: Php4,557
High School (Grades 8 to 12): Php 4,743.60 

*If you have suggestions or ideas, please feel free to leave the on the comment section. Thank you. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lactacyd Baby Bath: Treatment for Prickly Heat for Toddlers

Since it's summer time and the sun is really scorching, I'm really worried about my toddler's skin especially when he's all sweaty. Because of the heat, my son has developed prickly heat on his neck that becomes itchy when he becomes sweaty. Even if he wears loose sando, it always comes back whenever the weather is hot so he begins scratching again.

One thing, I do not recommend using powder because it really does nothing and my son has rhinitis so I really don't put powder on his neck or else he'll sneeze to death.

So what did I do to make his prickly heat disappear?  I didn't use any creams or antibiotics. I used this one:

Lactacyd Natural Skin Cleansing and Protection Baby Bath (P 76)
 My sister bought this Lactacyd because she read in a blog somewhere that it's also good for adult's facial skin. I asked her permission to use it for my son so I used this as a liquid soap. I just took a few drops and used it like a liquid bath soap and applied it to my son's body especially on the neck.

After every day use for 5 consecutive days, the prickly heat totally disappeared! It's too bad I wasn't able to take a "Before-After" picture of my son's neck to show you that this product really works. I was really happy because even though he's all sweaty and the weather is too hot, his neck doesn't itch anymore.Let me remind you that this is not an experiment. Latacyd, as indicated on its back, says that it really treats prickly heat. I really recommend this!

In addition, Lactacyd Baby Bath is also good for treating diaper rash for infants, wet dermatitis, mycosis, eczema, intertrigo, and seborrhea (dandruff).

Note: This is not a paid advertisement of Lactacyd. I am writing this to share with my fellow moms/readers my personal experience with the said product.

Comments and Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome :)
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