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Pregnancy Diary: 24 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 24 Weeks

Pregnancy Diary: 24 Weeks (August 19)

August 20. It’s 1:25am. I just finished my shower and I’m now in bed beside my B. He’s sleeping. He’s too tired from all the tasks he needed to do for office work, carwash business, my personal requests like photo editing of my baby bump photo shoots, and his personal tasks in preparation for his trip. He’s been busy for weeks now! I feel like crying because in a few hours this morning, he will drive me home to mom. I will stay there while he is out of the country — San Francisco USA, for his UX conference. We’ve never been apart since 2009. I don’t know how to handle this feeling of loneliness being apart anymore. Insert tears here because they already fell as I type this. I’m paranoid. There’s a storm or typhoon and I’m worried something bad might happen. I’m usually like that. But I feel like it doubled now that I’m pregnant, and since because we are never apart for this long. I pray to God and all the saints to keep my B safe going there and until he comes back to us.

baby’s size:

Demi-baguette

my mood:

Feeling happy, in love, loving, yet worried and anxious.

my symptoms:

Headaches. Still troubling me from time to time. And I still haven’t give into taking meds of any kind. A little more sacrifice for our baby’s health.

Tender Breasts. I feel this pain whenever I woke up from sleep. It feels like they’ve been squashed while I was sleeping.

Leg Cramps. I’ve been stretching and keeping myself well-hydrated but I still get this.

Swelling. No shoes can fit anymore!

Pelvic Girdle Pain. One-sided pain on my left lower back all the way to my buttocks.

 

Pregnancy Diary: 23 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 23 Weeks and 5 Days

Pregnancy Diary: 23 Weeks and 5 Days (August 17) ||| Dress: Ashley Collection – Aloysia Strappy Maxi Dress from ZaloraPH

We had quite a scare when we were at a mall for errands. I peed and wiped and saw light spotting on the tissue and on the pantyliner. I took photos and showed to my B. We were alarmed and tried to call our OB but no answer. We texted and waited and finally she replied that it isn’t normal. We’re advised to monitor it until the next day and if it still persists, I should go to a hospital’s delivery room to get properly assessed.

My guess is that the blood came from my V because of the irritation or itchiness I’ve been experiencing lately. I hardly noted when it started but I can only think of the time when I switched pantyliner. I’m suspecting my new pantyliner is the culprit. Someone also advised not to put cornstarch powder (esp not talc) on my V and to refrain from scratching that can lead to skin abrasion. I didn’t feel anything painful in my belly nor my V but I’m somewhat worried. I kept praying that our baby is OK. Let’s hope for the best and I will continue to monitor my condition.

On the bright side, baby’s starting to kick like crazy — I hope this is a good sign!

baby’s size:

Buche de Noel

my mood:

Happy to be feeling my baby’s kick more and more, yet anxious about this recent scare we had.

my symptoms:

Headaches. This is the symptom that I haven’t figured out exactly when it strikes.

Stomach itch. I’ve been having acne and itchy skin on my belly.

Swelling. Aside from my hands swelling, my feet swells like crazy!

Pregnancy Diary: 22 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 22 Weeks and 3 Days

Pregnancy Diary: 22 Weeks and 3 Days (August 8)

Taken after attending St. Luke’s Mom 101 and Breastfeeding 101. That was a really fun and informative event especially for first time moms like me. I will digest what I’ve learned and hope to share it here in the following weeks.

Just three days ago, I felt baby’s kick. Not exactly baby’s first kick because I have been feeling it for the past couple of days BUT it’s the first time Daddy Darlan felt it in my tummy too! For the past couple of days, I’ve been trying to grab his hand and placed in my tummy in the hopes that he’s going to feel it too but most of the time either baby would stop kicking or my B’s too sleepy to feel it in his hand. But couple of nights ago was different! Baby kicked once and Daddy already felt it! I’m just so happy to be sharing my belly fluttering aka baby kicking with my B!!!

baby’s size:

Flaugnarde

my mood:

Elated to share my baby kicking with my B!!!

my symptoms:

Swelling. I cannot wear my engagement and wedding rings anymore as well as my closed shoes.

Bloating. Although I feel hungry, my stomach feels full in a not so nice way.

Breast engorgement. Breast pain. Tender breasts. ‘Nuff said!

Backache. This affects my lower back, but the pain is already traveling upwards.

White discharge. Since I could not find a longer and wider pantyliner, I’ve been layering my trusted liner.

Abdominal / pelvic cramping. Feels like cramps during PMS.

Leg cramps and insomnia are still some of the persisting symptoms.

Pastry Overload

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Pastry Overload at the Launch of Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines. I had the privilege to meet the world-renowned pastry chefs – Chef Jean Louis Arnaud and Chef Niklesh, amongst other multi-awarded pastry chefs.

This is to share more luscious pastry photos from the eye of my iPhone. I dare you not to salivate!

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

Assorted Petit Four

Assorted Petit Four

Heavenly chocolate desserts buffet spread

Heavenly chocolate desserts buffet spread

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Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts, NOW in the PHILIPPINES

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World-renowned Pastry Chefs Open Pastry and Bakery Academy in the Philippines

Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines Grand Launch with Chef Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean Louis Arnaud

Chef Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean Louis Arnaud at the Grand Launch of Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines

World-renowned pastry chef Jean Louis Arnaud leads a group of acclaimed international chefs in opening a Philippine branch of the region’s top pastry school – the Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines – this August 5 in Makati City.

The educational institution that they are establishing in Manila is a sister-school of the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, which Chef Jean co-founded with premier pastry chef Niklesh Sharma. Another branch of the school was recently opened in India. Incidentally, this year, Chef Jean is one of the judges for the World Food Expo (WOFEX) competition here.

Assorted Petit Four

Assorted Petit Four

Chef Niklesh, the Academy’s managing director, shared that many students, including Filipinos, go to Europe or the United States to undergo pastry training, where the courses can be very expensive.

“We feel the Philippines is a great destination to open up an academy looking at the number of Filipinos working in hotels within and outside the Philippines. We want to provide organized and structural training for students looking for a career in the hotel industry, pastry shops, and those who want to put up their own businesses,” he further said.

The training at the Academy, according to Chef Niklesh, prepares students to world-class skills Manila has never seen before. “We can provide an even higher level of training here at 40% of the cost students spend in other local pastry schools. In the next six to nine months, our students can be at par with seasoned hotel pastry chefs in the Philippines,” he said confidently.

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

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