23 October 2015

A Feature in Internations.org

I was recently contacted by Internations.org for an interview about my expat experience in Singapore. Internations.org has over 1.7 Million members, and is the no.1 worldwide community for expats, offering its members the opportunity to network, socialize and find expat-relevant information offline and online. 

For my friends living overseas looking to make friends with other expats in their adoptive cities, I recommend becoming an Internations.org member. They organize activities for expats, and their website also has a LOT of useful tips about living abroad. 


Here's an excerpt from my feature...

21 October 2015

Katie is One Month Old!

My girl Katie turned one month old two days ago! Miss Chubby Cheeks, who likes to feed on a schedule, was born four weeks ago. Hurray!

It's been a blur of nappy changes, feeding and singing her to sleep. Poo, feed, sleep, that's all she pretty much does most of the day, with an hour or so of being awake long enough for a bit of playtime. Her dad, before he went back to work in Singapore, and I have been operating mostly at night, with a couple of hours of sleep during the daytime. Thank God for yayas (nannies)!

14 October 2015

The Double Miracle

September was PCOS Awareness Month. I wanted to post something about it then, but all of my time was spent with both preparations and taking care of the baby that I managed to post this now. Better late than never, I guess. Fair warning, though: each woman's PCOS experience will be different and unique. What I will describe below is my own, personal circumstance. Please consult your doctor for your own diagnosis and treatment plan. With that said, please read on. 

How happily ironic is it that our daughter was born in September, PCOS Awareness Month? You see, a large part of Katies' birth story is related to a condition called PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). Having a baby under normal circumstances is a miracle, isn't it? But doing so when you have PCOS...well, consider it a double miracle. 

image from trialsbringjoy.com

12 October 2015

Hello, Katie!

Our daughter, Katherine, came into the world on Saturday, September 19th at 905 AM (Philippine time) via a scheduled C-section here in Cebu City. 

The birth was pretty low-key: I did not experience any labor pains like those we see in the movies. And to be honest, I liked it that way. The day before her birth, at our weekly appointment, the doctor told us we needed to make a decision: wait another week till her due date and see if she turns head down (highly unlikely at that point, given her size), or we can get her out anytime we wanted.

We chose to schedule the C-section the very next day. There was no point in waiting. I knew (perhaps that's a mother's instinct), as early as the previous ultrasound scan, this little girl had settled into her position, and will not be moving an inch. 

So, C-secion it was. At that time, I put on a brave face for JP. But let me tell you, that procedure was the scariest, most uncomfortable, unnerving experience of my life so far. But it was totally worth it, when the doctors laid the screaming little creature on my chest, and I saw the person who had been living inside me for the past couple of months. I think I laughed and cried at the same time. It is surreal. Life-changing. 


Her daddy and I are in love -- with Katie, with each other, and this family we're starting. Our world now revolves around this 8.6 lbs. bundle of cheeks.

There are a lot of emotions right now: happy, melancholy, worry, even a bit of sadness. In a couple of days, I'll probably sort it out in my head and write about it. But for now, we are savoring this time with Katie and her sweet newborn smell. 

Thanks for the well-wishes, friends and family! 
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