Mommy Moments – My Ultrabig Bumps

The theme for Mommy Moments this week is Preggy Tales. I’ve had two difficult pregnancies in two consecutive years and although they were the most trying years in our married life, I am glad to say that everything has fallen into place now and we are very thankful that the Lord has helped us go through those difficult times.

My period has always been like clockwork so when two weeks passed by and there was nary a sign of menstruation, I knew that I could be very well pregnant. I bought two different pregnancy test kits and, sure enough, both confirmed what I already knew. A friend of mine did suggest that I go to the local clinic where they gave Free ultrasounds to check and officially confirm but I had my own doctor. On the 14th of January 2008, a transvaginal ultrasound revealed something I would never even have imagined – I was carrying twins!


twin A and twin B became Jade and Jake after seven months

I still remember how shocked I was when I heard one of the sonologists say to the other, “Yung isa, na check mo na?” I practically screamed, “Yung isa?! Anong isa pa?!” When my honey was ushered inside the laboratory, I was ecstatically saying, “We’re having twins!! Twins, hon! TWINS!!!”

The pregnancy itself was really tough for both of us. The same ultrasound revealed that there was subchorionic hemorrhage so I was put on complete bedrest for a couple of weeks. Things were better after the bedrest and we were able to complete the preparations for our garden wedding which had to be moved from October to April of the same year. So, on our wedding day, I was already going on my second trimester.


honey and I on our third month of pregnancy - so, who's carrying the twins? ^_^

Sadly, everything turned downhill from then. To say that our pregnancy was difficult is an understatement. Since we were carrying twins, we were required to have ultrasounds every month. It was on our fourth month when we discovered that the twins had growth discrepancy – one of them was way bigger than the other. This progressed and the difference in their growth became wider.

A couple of weeks before our seventh month, I experienced pre-term contractions and had to be confined in the hospital. I was on complete bedrest with absolutely no sitting or walking privileges. After two weeks of being monitored, our doctors found out that the oxygen supply of one of the babies was already insufficient so a stat caesarian operation was ordered. I was fully awake during the operation and saw my twins right after they cleared them of mucus. It was truly an unforgettable sight to see the babies whose heartbeats I have been feeling from inside my womb. But my twins weighed only 1kg and 1.5kg and were immediately transferred to NICU. JAKE is now an angel in heaven after succumbing to respiratory distress syndrome on her 7th day of life. With God’s grace, JADE is now a precocious toddler who refuses to be called a baby or a little girl. She insists that she is already a big girl.


Our second pregnancy was physically not as difficult as the first but it was a very emotionally challenging time for the family. We found out we were pregnant again barely five months after giving birth to the twins. I was still suffering from severe post-partum depression then and our little Jade had just very recently undergone surgery for her inguinal hernia. I was really an emotional mess then. Fortunately, everything turned out well and I gave birth to a hefty 3.4kg baby boy.


a very big bump for a little mama

Both my pregnancies were extremely difficult for me, physically and emotionally. But I wouldn’t have second thoughts of going through them again because if not for those pregnancies, I wouldn’t have an angel in heaven, a darling of a daughter, and an adorable little son.

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Mommy Moments: Birthday Fun

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I’m the only one who has already celebrated her birthday this year as the rest of the family will be celebrating theirs on the third quarter of the year.  We were scheduled to go out for dinner to celebrate my very special day but I had the sniffles and a throbbing headache.  So when hubby got home from the office, he ordered me to rest and went out to buy dinner.


Which turned out to be quite a birthday feast!

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pinakbet, asparagus, garlic shrimps and crispy shrimps

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My all-time faves!!! sinigang na hipon, inihaw na pusit, kare-kare, and lumpiang shanghai

My toddlers loved the food and ate with much gusto!

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crunchy crispy kangkong for the little girl lumpiang shanghai for the hungry li’l boy

My sister brought home a cake for us to share.  The toddlers were so eager to eat the cake and couldn’t even wait for it to be sliced.  Jade loved the cherries and would probably have eaten all if we didn’t tell her she’d get a tummy ache for having eaten too much already.

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White Forest from Red Ribbon – Yum!!!

We didn’t get to go out for a fancy dinner, but the family was complete and the toddlers made us laugh with their silly antics.   For this, my birthday feast at home would always be one of the happiest celebrations in my life.


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Mommy Moments: White

 The theme for Mommy Moments this week is WHITE.   Unlike last week’s theme which was not a favorite in the family,  white is something we have in abundance.  I think all of us do!

I chose four of the cutest pictures of my toddlers in white.

The little ones racing towards Mama in their matching white and blue onesies

all ready for lunch with their white bibs on… but lunch isn’t ready yet

busy sorting the coins and chips in their overused white sandos

Little Jade using a white crayon on her black book

playing with the white cones in their comfy white shirts


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Mommy Moments: Purple-less

I missed joining Mommy Moments twice so I was very eager to join again this week. But, alas, the theme for this week is not one of our favorite colors. It’s now Saturday night and I still have not found any picture of the kids wearing purple. Now I’m making a mental note to get them some purple stuff to complete their rainbow colors.

After scouring our picture folders, I found these pictures which I’m very reluctant to share but would post anyway just to be able to join this week’s meme.

Last year, this 33-yr-old mom became an instant ramp model.  We went to Skydome to swap a couple of empty boxes for gift packs from Olay Age Defying Bar and to buy some shoes for my father-in-law.  Well, we ended up staying longer at the Swap as I found myself being made up in the backstage and being briefed for our walk on the ramp.  It was my 7 Minutes of Fame (or Shame as I would call it).  It was nerve-wracking, somewhat embarassing, but it is definitely one for the books.

with Jackie Lou Blanco and the other Olay Ladies – I’m easy to spot as I’m the only one who’s under 5′

my ever-supportive hubby and our little Jade who still claims until now that “Mama is a model”


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Mommy Moments: Dear Daddy

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Papa with 3-month-old Jade (yes, our teenyweeny princess was already 3 months old in this picture)

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Papa with newborn Jakei (and, yes! Jakei was just a few hours old in this)

Dear Papa,

We love you very much!

We are so blessed to have a Papa who takes care of our needs.  Thank you for helping Mama with all the “mommy” stuff. We truly appreciate all those times you changed our diapers, burped us after feeding, lulled us to sleep, gave us our baths, fed us our meal, etcetera, etcetera.

Thank you for being our own private nurse when we are sick. Mama says you do a better job of keeping our temperature down when we have fever.

Thank you for taking time to play with us even if you have other chores to do.  Thank you for taking us on afternoon strolls right after you come home even if you are tired from work.

We’re sorry if we don’t listen at times, we just get really preoccupied with what we’re doing. We also don’t mean to disobey you, we just have this natural urge to explore our world and discover new things.

We love you very much and we show it in whatever way we can.

Hugs and Kisses,

Jade & Jakei


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“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” from the Quote Garden