1. What’s Keeping Me Busy Pt.2

      ⇀   Posted on Saturday, 13 September 2014


    What’s Keeping Me Busy Pt.2: Chronicles of an SAHM

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    Being an SAHM or stay-at-home mom is an occupation I’ve never seen myself having. I’ve always been engrossed in running little businesses. Before I graduated high school, I’ve been accepting photography commissions, requests to layout blogs, and design signatures (graphics) for online forums. Come 2008, I was running my own shirt-printing business. After that short-lived venture, I went into selling pre-loved and hand-picked thrifted clothes online. Surprisingly, people loved my merchandise and it was a hit.

    When I was transitioning into the harder parts of pregnancy (around the third trimester), I started saying ‘no’ to several photography commissions and studio rentals. I had to always consider my health since I get tired very easily and my body hurts when I overwork myself. My family and friends know how workaholic I am, and suddenly having this laid back lifestyle was not my thing. I became depressed having been unable to work as hard as I used to and suddenly depending on people and asking for their assistance.

    It was VERY frustrating.

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  2. My Birthing Story

      ⇀   Posted on Tuesday, 9 September 2014


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    06/16/2014 - I went to my OB-Gyne as per her request. She wanted to IE me to check when I was due. Earlier that week, she required me to walk for at least one hour everyday. After the IE, she told me I was 1cm dilated and if things go accordingly, I am all set to give birth the next day. My heart was pounding like mad. Was I nervous or excited, I had no idea.
    06/17/2014 (08:00) - Today is the day. I got up quite early. Little one was kicking like mad inside me. This never happened prior. Maybe he’s just as excited for the big reveal as I am. I ate a huge bowl of cereals and rechecked if I got everything inside my luggage.

    The rain had started to pour really hard. We were on our way to the hospital and I texted Jennell (who was in school then) that I was about to be admitted. I was told that I was 3-4cm dilated, but oddly I couldn’t feel any contraction. After a couple of tests and interviews, I was sent to the labor room.

    The labor room was empty. No beds, no anything. I was there lying in my bed, wired to a dextrose and several machines to monitor my stats. A med student doing his clerkship was asked to keep me company, with a resident OB who leaves every 20 minutes or so. The clock ticked and I still couldn’t feel any contractions even though the values on the monitor kept spiking regularly. They told me I had high tolerance for pain — I honestly don’t know. The resident OB kept her hand on my belly to manually record the contractions. It was quite funny and awkward. IE number i-don’t-know, and I still couldn’t feel anything except hunger and thirst. My last meal was lunch. I was starving so I kept sleeping to pass time. Another OB IE-ed me and told me I was around 8cm now and they started preparing to transfer me to the delivery room. Mmm, I still don’t feel anything.

    06/18/2014 (~01:00) - 8cm and no progress. I couldn’t remember anymore which happened first: the doctors puncturing my water bag or administering an anesthetic down my spine. All I could remember was me muttering “oh my god” at the sight of my amniotic fluid and repetitively asking the doctors if I was supposed to feel anything.

    And then there was pain. I could finally feel the contractions, and boy did they hurt. We started pushing. Everyone was asking me to push but it seemed like little one doesn’t one to come out. His heartbeat falls flat whenever I push and it was scary. After almost a dozen of attempts, I passed out. I tried to open my eyes and I could remember the doctors yelling and running in and out of the room. I was exhausted and groggy. Then I completely blacked out.

    I woke up to a bright room with several others lying nearby. I was in the recovery room. Touching my tummy, I confirmed that I was done giving birth. A nurse approached me and told me they could transfer me to my room as soon as I can move both legs. I got transferred to my room after an hour or two. I was happy to see my family again, but I was told not to speak too much. I conversed by scribbling words on a small sheet of paper. People keep telling me how huge and cute my son was. I envy them as they could see him in the nursery. I still could’t move much.

    06/19/2014 - I was told that little one can already room-in with me. My emotions were all over the place. I patiently waited.

    And then I finally, finally saw my son. The nurses kept asking me if I wanted to hold him but I said nothing. I just stared at him — overjoyed. It took a while before I could mutter a soft “yes”. I held him close to me and felt him lightly breathing. He was so beautiful, and warm, and gentle.

    For the first time in my life, I shed a tear out of happiness.

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    Joaquin Louis Manuel Portillo (8.2lbs; 54cm) was born via emergency cesarean section on 03:16 of June 18, 2014.

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  3. Recent Buys + Online Shopping Tips

      ⇀   Posted on Tuesday, 10 June 2014


    If you’ve been a friend/follower for quite a while, you’d know how addicted I am to online shopping. When Multiply was still up and at its peak, I’d purchase everything from there — clothes, shoes, random trinkets, etcetera! Damn, would you believe that was already six years ago? Anyway, let me share with you some of my most recent acquisitions from earlier this year!

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    Clockwise » (1) Sparkly gold flats which I used as my wedding shoes from Gifts Ahoy; (2) JC Coltrane-inspired cut-out boots, (3) A.O.D purple holographic creepers, Queen City leopard creepers and (4) Dr. Martens 1460 Replica, all from Petite Zombie; (5) Worship choker from OS and patchwork dress and leather headgear from Salad Day (6) Colorful socks from Smitten Everdeen.

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    Clockwise » (1) Instax Wide albums from ThirtyOnePH; (2) Blank paper mache letters from Artees Collection and washi tapes from Hobby Depot; (3) Organic body essentials from Human♥︎Nature; (4) Two pairs of contact lenses sponsored by Purpektion Shop; (5) Snug-a-Hug maternity pillow; (6) Matte mint case for my Macbook from Confidence Corner.

    I frequent online shopping for many reasons — one being convenience. I don’t need to leave the house just to buy a specific item, saving my time and energy. Also, I can hunt for the best bargain at the click of a button. BUT! Online shopping can confuse or deceive anyone. Both veteran and newbie buyers are still susceptible to transacting with bogus sellers. How do you prevent this? How do you get the best out of online shopping?

    1. Be observant. Research. Most of the time, you can tell that a store is bogus just by looking at its pictures and its posts. Also, look for feedback/reviews from its previous customers. If there is none posted online, you can ask around or ask the seller directly. IMHO, an honest seller wouldn’t be offended if a new customer would be asking for others’ feedbacks.
    2. Know what you want. It’s easier to look for a certain item if you already know or at least have an idea of what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking for shoes, try to narrow down your choices. Would you want boots, wedges, or flats?
    3. Always look for other options. Most stores, especially those who sell clothing, get their stuff from the same suppliers. Do note however that the best bargain does not only refer to hunting down the store that offers the lowest price, but also the store that offers the smoothest transaction.
    4. Do not hesitate to inquire. Sometimes, sellers neglect posting the items’ flaws and/or other details that are crucial to us buyers. Sometimes, their words are quite confusing and we get lost on how we should proceed with the transaction. Getting our money’s worth is top priority and that is why it is adamant to ask away if ever you need further details regarding purchasing.
    5. Read, read and read. In the world of online shopping, ignorance is a mortal sin. Most stores have a no return, no exchange, no refund policy. Unlike establishments in malls, you can’t return an item if you’re not satisfied with it. Probably the least you could do is leave a negative feedback and hope that people would consider it. Also, rookie buyers should read [especially] stores’ rules regarding pre-ordering, making reservations and shipping/handling.

    Online shopping might be fun and addictive, but as with everything, it still has risks. If you’re not 100% sure regarding the item or the store, maybe you should consider looking for an alternative. Trust your instincts and be a responsible buyer, and you should be fine.

    I hope this post is helpful! Feel free to discuss with me on the comments section below! :)

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