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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:

Fougasse

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.

 

#IDoItTwiceAWeek

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When you’re pregnant and expecting, your entire life instantaneously changes one hundred eighty degrees. You’ll have tons of worries revolving your unborn child, you’ll have unhealthy food cravings which may cause you to gain more weight, your body will feel heavy like a bulldozer, you’ll get to know “morning sickness” which attacks pretty much anytime of the day and you’ll have heavy vaginal discharge — altogether making you feel queasy, unconfident, unattractive and unsexy.

When I’m feeling exactly that, here are surefire ways I do that help me regain my balance, my confidence and overall, feel clean and sexy while pregnant.

Nourish the mind.

Tuesdays with MorrieRead and write. Oftentimes, I read something uplifting, encouraging, and mind-stretching. I love to read a great book of inspiring quotes or a short chapter of a story of someone else’s victorious life. I don’t stop with just reading it, I write it – I create a digital artwork of the quotes that really spoke to me and share it. There is something about writing it out and sharing it to the world that helps the brain process it more fully than simply reading it.

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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

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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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Pregnancy Diary: 27 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 27 Weeks and 4 Days (September 13)

Pregnancy Diary: 27 Weeks and 4 Days (September 13)

Diary Entry | 9 September 2015

During my CAS (Congenital Anomaly Scan).

I was a bit nervous before taking this CAS. Although we’re confident that we took precautionary measures and we really took extra care of our pregnancy from first trimester until now, you wouldn’t be able to shoo away the worries as first time mom and parents.

While laying down on one of the rooms with a TV monitor in front of me, I patiently waited for the OB Sonologist. To lighten the mood and ease my worry, I chatted with her as she sat down on her “throne”. Our conversation led for her to share that the mommy before me have a lot of abnormalities in her baby! That was really a frightening news. Suddenly I felt more nervous as she scan every little detail in my baby’s body. She measured and checked everything from head, to eyes, nose and lips, to the beating heart, lungs and kidney, spine, legs, number of toes and fingers. Gratefully, baby’s normal. I felt extremely relieved.

After the nitty gritty part of the scan, husband was called to join in for the gender determination. Gender reveal to follow soon! *grin*

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Diary Entry | 12 September 2015

Since I had my OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) and CAS(Congenital Anomaly Scan) medical tests last September 9, we consulted our OB in reading the results. I don’t have gestational diabetes and everything’s perfectly normal with baby!!! We’re so happy!

I also consulted Doc in regards my jock itch which has been bothering me for about a week. She checked and recommended me to use hypoallergenic feminine wash like Gynepro and to stick to panty liner that works for me. She also noted that my discharge looks perfectly normal so no need to worry about infection.

Doc also asked me to start monitoring baby’s kicks. He should kick or move a minimum of 8-count after a meal until it’s 2nd hour. I can monitor either after breakfast, lunch or dinner. If baby’s able to achieve his quota, then all is fine. If I notice a decrease in baby’s movement, I should go straight to any hospital delivery room to be assessed. But of course I pray that baby’s able to kick more than required not just after one meal but after every meal.

baby’s size:

Charlotte Royale cake

my mood:

Happy happy happy! We already know baby’s gender, although we chose to have a little gender reveal photo shoot to make the announcement more memorable. Extremely happy too that all is well for momma and baby. We pray that we continue to be healthy and happy until delivery day!

my symptoms:

Pelvic girdle pain. Baby is growing and putting on more weight, and my body could not keep up with my extra weight and baby’s.

White discharge / Vaginal irritation. It’s like a symptom that keeps coming back. Moisture down there cannot really be prevented so I need to be extra cautious in taking care of myself. I will try the feminine wash that my OB recommended.

Tender breasts. So this is how it feels when you have big boobs..

Swelling. 

Abdominal itchiness. I have been amassing pimples on my belly. And they are itchy!

Back pain. Lower back is the most victim of this symptom!

Heartburn.

Fatigue.

Shortness of breath.

Excessive sweating. Can an air-con follow me around?

Clumsiness. I should be holding on railings otherwise I might be rolling on the floor!