Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Focus on the " Finish Line"

The past few days have been challenging for me.  The twins have been keeping me up all night and because I've been stressed, I haven't been pumping my best yeild. There were moments when I'd cry just to release the pressure I was feeling, then pray hoping that things would get better.

I'm blessed to have Ben, and I hold on to my experience with him and tell myself that the twins will grow up and reach his age, too.  Ben is sort of the "finish line" or the "goal". I try to look back at those challenging nights during his newborn days and tell myself, if I survived during those days, then there's a chance I'll make it this time, too. When I am worried about my capability to feed for two, I tell myself that during Ben's days, I had more than enough milk so maybe this time I'll be enough for my two girls.  These nights may be challenging but just as Ben eventually slept through the whole night, so will our lovely daughters.  It's just a matter of time.

So here's sending hugs and mommy/daddy powers to all new parents out there.  Lets all hold on and have faith that things will get better (sleep-wise and feeding-wise) :) 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Behind Every Breastfeeding Mom is a Supportive Dad

This Father's Day, I would like to honor these special men in my life by sharing how important their support has been in being able to breastfeed Ben and now, Bree and Bea.  One would think that breastfeeding is just the mom's responsibility.  But the truth is, a mom will find it very hard to breastfeed if she isn't supported by her husband (and dads).

Bry and I started our breastfeeding journey with Ben without attending any seminar or training.  It was tough because Ben fed frequently and even if we knew breastfeeding was best, we actually didn't know specifically why it is so.  Over time, as I was researching how to improve my supply, I also found out the many reasons why breastfeeding is best.  I'd share these with Bry who became even more supportive as he was more informed of its benefits.

It doesn't take a big gesture to support a breastfeeding mom.  It's the little things that mean a lot.  In our case, Bry would make sure I'm hydrated.  He'd also feed me while I'm breastdeeding.  He's very understanding with my pumping my schedule, helps me clean my pump parts and makes sure I have a proper place to express my milk.  Another important thing is that he understands that not each cry is a hunger cry.  This is especially important now with the twins.  He would cuddle one of the girls while I feed the other one. And when they do need to be feed at the same time, he helps me position and latch them properly.  

My father and father-in-law are supportive in their own ways, too.  They never questioned my supply.  They make sure I eat healthy dishes, and would spend time with Ben so I can focus on the girls.  They may seem simple but it goes a long way.

It just goes to show how important it is to have the support from the men in our lives in order to achieve our goal to provide our children with the best start in life.

And a special shout-out to brother-in-law, ahia Popoy! You and achi are doing such a fine job with Basti.  I'm sure with your guidance, he'll be a loving big brother :) 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there :) 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winner of Daddy Bry's Bday Giveway!

Hi Everyone!

A special thanks to those who joined our giveaway to celebrate daddy Bry's birthday month.  Here is the winner as randomly chosen by the superdad

Congrats, Mommy Evelyn Chua :) We'll email you to get more details as to how to send your yummy Kitkat snacks! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Happy 2nd month, girls!

Happy 2nd Month, Bree and Bea :)

It's been quite a ride with the twins and ahia Ben. Now that I'm not on house arrest anymore, it's becoming a challenge to strike a balance between spending quality time with Ben outside the house and spending time with the twins who are still at home all the time.

Ben can really be a handful and my lack of sleep can make me quite cranky.  Therefore it is a blessing that despite all the craziness, I am still able to get to know the twins better individually.  I must say, they're basically two different babies who just happened to be born almost at the same time.

Bree reminds us so much of Ben, physically as well as her demeanor.  She's the better latcher and likes her needs to be met instantly.  Her naps are short and likes to ne cuddled all the time.

Bea on the other hand, is more laid back.  More often than not, she would willingly wait for her turn after her sister is fed.  She does take her time, though.  When I tandem feed the twins, Bree would often finish earlier rhan bea even if Bea had a headstart.  Bea's eyes are bigger, too, which can be quite endearing when she stares at you wide awake at 3am.

I am trying to keep myself from wanting the twins to grow up quickly, but I do admit I am quite curious as how they will show their differences in personalities as they grow older.

Please join me and Bry as we give thanks for another month with the kids (yes, kulit ahia Ben included) and for their good health. :)