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Tips for balancing work and baby

Juggling responsibilities of work and baby can be quite challenging, especially for a first time mom like me. But the good news is that there are simple and smart strategies for balancing work and a new baby suggested by Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect the First Year. I am practicing some of these tips, and I really find it helpful.

 Set up a family calendar
Whether it is on your phone, planner or wall calendar, it will truly help that you have every family member's work schedule, appointments, commitments and other events listed on it. It will help you organize and plan ahead on how to attend to the doctor's appointment, work meeting, and other family activities.

Find good child care
Leaving your baby to someone you know and trust will alleviate the guilt and sadness about going back to work. For my case, I leave my baby on the care of my mom, since I feel more secured with her than finding a nanny. But if you do decide to find a baby sitter or a nanny,  be sure that y…
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Tips on making your baby talk

Being a first time mom, every new actions of the baby is a big deal. And at this point there is nothing funnier or more adorable than hearing my baby make his first sounds. The oohs, aahs, and coos are music to my ears. I love talking to my baby and he loves being talked to, which makes me conscious also if there is a right or wrong way to talk to the baby. I wonder should I talk loudly or on a high pitched voice, or should I just talk in a normal way. 
So as a mom I made my research about how to help his vocalization skills grow. Here are a few tips I got: 

Narrate your day. You should describe what you are doing, step by step. Like while you are dressing up your baby you may say, “Let’s put on your shirt and pajamas, now let’s put your tiny blue socks” This will help your baby recognize words, labels and sound combinations.
Start making conversations. Make it a habit to hold one sided conversation. Ask questions and supply the answers. “Do you know where we are going? To the garden” 

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Disneyland Travel Diary

My favorite part of our Hongkong Trip last year was our visit to Disneyland. And now that I have a kid of my own, I am reminiscing our trip there, wishful thinking I will be able to bring my baby there too soon.

In order to get the best of your Disneyland experience, you got to atleast spend a whole day there, and it is very important to manage your time, allotting just enough for picture taking, strolling through the park, enjoying the attractions, watching the parades, locating hidden mickeys, and snacking in between.

A map of the park would really come in handy so you better grab one at the entrance. It will guide you to the locations of each attractions, plus it has the schedules of parades and other activities which you would not want to miss.

Each attraction were designed based on a disney movie which will definitely bring out the kid in you. Each theme were uniquely wonderful in its own way. The rides were kid friendly but also good for adults. I bet my own kid will want to g…

The fourth trimester

Those first three months after Kyrie was born was the happiest but also the most difficult times of my life. The first two weeks was the hardest, I was crying everyday, from the pain, from the frustation, and most especially from guilt. It was just everything bearing down on me. I was in pain after the labor and normal delivery. I was getting no sleep. I was having a hard time breastfeeding. I was guilty when my baby would cry and I could not do anything. Then I realize, I maybe suffering from post-partum depression. I made research and readings about the subject which helped me prevent on falling deeper into it. I realized that it is okay not to be able to do everything. It’s okay to pause for a while, have a quick alone time. It’s okay to ask for help. I also ask support from my husband and our moms. After all, it is my first time being a mom, i’m not perfect, then I became okay.

 Pass the first month mark, I became more used to caring for my child. I listened to the advice “sleep …

Pumping Breast Milk 101

Being a first time mom, I've had so many questions on how to continue breastfeeding my baby while I head back to work. I've asked advice from other moms and even join groups which discuss on how to express milk. It seem daunting at first, but once you get the knack of it pumping isn't complicated after all.

Here are a few of the things I can share based on my own experience to help you get the pumping-party started.

Choosing the right type of breast pump.

Electric pumps are the most powerful option and the most convenient, but I opt to use Manual breast pump as this allow me to control the rate of suction and the sensation most closely mimics the feeling of my baby sucking. Plus it is less expensive.

Best times to pump.

If you're planning to build up a stash of milk before going back to work, start pumping 2 to 3 weeks beforehand. It is best to pump in the morning or during nursing sessions while your baby is going to town on the other. If you are pumping at work, try t…

The working mom

The back-to-work after pregnancy jitters is not an easy transition. Becoming a working mom can trigger a lot of challenges. Some of which I am currently facing are the following;
I had contradicting emotions about returning to work. Guilt that I am leaving my baby. Relief to be away from my baby. Guilt that I am feeling relieved to be away from my baby. But the strongest feeling is missing my baby so much. Especially that I only get to be with him on the weekends since my husband and I must stay on our apartment while the baby is at home with my mom. Somehow I had to deal with this by arranging a couple of cute photos in my workspace, sneaking video calls when he is awake, and always looking forward for Fridays so I can finally see my baby again.

Another worry I had before returning to work is how to continue breastfeeding. Being at work means that the baby can’t directly latch on me, so I need to pump every 3 hours or the same schedule as …