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Pregnancy Diary: 31 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 31 Weeks and 6 Days (October 13)

Pregnancy Diary: 31 Weeks and 6 Days (October 13)

Diary Entry | 8 October 2015

First time I unintentionally skipped my milk and prenatal vitamins. I ran out of stock and we were on a whole day meeting. Hope baby’s still ok for missing his needs for a day. #ALittleWorried

baby’s size:


my mood:

My mood is generally bearable. Nothing out of the ordinary. I can say this week was light on me, on us, which is a breath of fresh air.

my symptoms:

Tender breasts. I hope this means I can produce tons of milk when baby’s out!

Numbness / tingling. Becoming a common symptom especially in the morning.

Leg cramps. This annoying symptom is becoming a regular every morning. One time my subconscious even know that I will feel the cramps so I immediately know what to do even if I just woke up.

Backaches. Sometimes I cannot bear the pain but in a few weeks time I know it will all be worth it.

Swelling. Elevating feet really helps.

Braxton Hicks Contractions. I was a little worried at first, but I’m learning to ride the “wave”.

Shortness of breath.

Dizziness. Very minimal, maybe because of the hot weather.


Pregnancy Diary: 30 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 30 Weeks and 4 Days (October 4)

Pregnancy Diary: 30 Weeks and 4 Days (October 4)

Diary Entry | 30 September 2015

I’m on my 30th week! We had a routinely checkup to check my weight, blood pressure, baby’s size and baby’s heartbeat. All seems OK except that I already have edema (swelling) which usually appears around 35th week. Eeek! My OB reminded me to monitor my weight and not to gain anymore weight. My pre-pregnancy weight is 144lbs and today I’m already 172lbs. That’s 28lbs weight gain! My target is 30lbs until I deliver baby on December 9, which is my 40th week. I have 10 more weeks to go with only 2lbs weight gain allowance. Saddest checkup EVER! Doc said I may have passed the gestational diabetes test but I may be prone to high blood pressure by the time I go into labor. So that’s a scary thought. That’s a NO-NO! So we left the hospital while I was feeling defeated. All this time I thought I am on the right track with everything about my pregnancy. I guess I let some Jabee and McDo slipped their way through. Now it’s back to square one, I should be mindful of what I will eat and drink. 10 more weeks of foodie sacrifice and I will be able to hold my cute little baby in my arms. Now that’s a good reason to keep in mind. *smiles*

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Letter to the newlyweds

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Glenn and Maxine's Wedding

First kiss as husband and wife of Maxine (sister-in-law) and Glenn (my not-so-little brother). Photo by Brian Sahagun. <3

The start of my favorite ber months came in too strong leaving me playing catch up with last minute preparations for my (only) little brother’s wedding, assisting on B’s business, working on my personal biz, home management (basically everyday living like preparing food, eating and cleaning up after yourself take A LOT of time!) and now, preparing for baby’s arrival!

Life happened and I just have to live each moment!

Over the weekend was my brother’s wedding. The usual Jaycelle planned to squeeze in as much tasks as I can into our schedule. Since we checked in the day before the wedding, I planned to have a family portrait shoot before little brother ties the knot, our weekly baby bump shoot, our gender reveal shoot, as well as to “relax and unwind”. Ha! So much for a little r & r. But the reality is we weren’t able to do any of that.

Today, two days after the wedding was the only time I was able to get some rest. Earlier I was still in a high from this eventful weekend and I was feeling anxious. I kept thinking what else do I need to accomplish but I could not seem to move. Then I realized I need to sit down with my thoughts, in order to clear my head and really think — how was I feeling, what do I need to do, how do I move forward and get back on the grind.

I realized in order to move forward, I need to unload the many thoughts and emotions I’m feeling.

First off, I was planning to make a speech at brother’s wedding, but I guess due to time constraint and reception program priorities, speeches were limited to the best man and the mothers of the newlyweds. And so I’m going to make use of my little digital diary to share my speech for my brother and my sister-in-law.

Glenn and Maxine, congratulations to the both of you! I know you’ve waited 9 long years for this moment to be a reality and finally, here it is. I know you know that it isn’t easy planning a wedding. I believe that it’s actually one of the first tests to couples who are planning to spend the rest of their lives together. And like with our experience, we almost called the wedding off due to the overwhelming pressure, Show Content ofLetter to the newlyweds /Read More

Pregnancy Diary: 29 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 29 Weeks and 3 Days (September 26)

Pregnancy Diary: 29 Weeks and 3 Days (September 26)

Diary Entry | 23 September 2015

Third trimester feels exciting like second trimester with (the lack of) energy of the first trimester.

Hungry. Lazy. Tired.

baby’s size:


my mood:

I’m back to craving sleep. all. day. everyday.

my symptoms:

Shortness of breath. Maintaining my breath can be a labor too!

Excessive sweating. Being in a tropical country, with global warming surely doesn’t help.

Increased thirst. This is a good symptom because it reminds me to charge up on water, which has many benefits.

Swelling. This usually goes away in the morning if I sleep with my legs elevated. Then they start coming back at night especially after a long rough day for the legs.

Heartburn. I kind of mistaken this with shortness of breath, but I’m pretty sure I am experiencing both.

Tender breasts. I need to hug a pillow to cushion my boobies.

Frequent urination. Much like my first trimester symptom as well.


Pregnancy Diary: 28 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 28 Weeks and 3 Days (September 19)

Pregnancy Diary: 28 Weeks and 3 Days (September 19)

Letter to My Brian Love | 22 September 2015

Dear my B,

With your actions and aspirations now, I have no doubt in my heart that you would be a better father to our son more than our ideals. I will instill to our son how much you love him and how much we adore and love you back.

Yours, Jaycelle


Diary Entry | 21 September 2015

Today around 630am, I woke up abruptly to a major leg cramp (left)! I didn’t realize I alarmed B by shouting “Ang sakit nag leg cramps ako!!!” plus grabbed his shirt to wake him up. He jumped off the bed to my rescue and massaged my leg with his eyes half-opened. Poor B. Good thing he didn’t have a heart attack.

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