Pregnant, For the Second Time

So how does it feel to be pregnant for the second time? The word that comes is challenging

am now on my 35th week of being pregnant. And in a matter of weeks, the baby will be here.  

So how has this pregnancy been for me?

It has been harder now that I am over 35 years old and looking after a very active toddler. Although the pregnancy had been mostly problem-free. There was a one-time spotting in the first trimester. I threw up more than my first one during the second term. I decided to take it slow now that I am on my last term. 

When I was pregnant with Javi, I had all the time in the world. I was doing prenatal yoga, listening to classical music. This time, I didn't have time for those. I am now running a household and raising a toddler. The one thing I am not depriving myself of is SLEEP. There is no guilt when I want to nap mid day. I would stop whatever I am doing and catch some ZzzzzZzs. Javi would either join me or I would put on some shows for him to watch. Because I know sleep would be non-existent when the baby arrives. 

It is more fun to be pregnant here in Bangkok. I have more choices for clothes to wear. I discovered H&M has its own maternity line which I find affordable and stylish. After I was done buying clothes for me, it's time to pick out stuff for the baby. We didn't keep much of Javi's things. We do have a crib, stroller, high chair, Bumbo seat, a Jumperoo, a breast pump but no clothes.  

While in Manila, I bought a year's supply of baby clothes from SM. It will always be my favorite place to buy cheap baby clothes. Although when I looked at the prices, they are no longer cheap. But still cheaper than the clothes here in Bangkok. I bought the rest of the stuff here in Bangkok. I was so thrilled to shop here. The items available are so much more than the ones I could find in Cebu then. And this time around, I know what a baby will actually use so I picked out the ones we need and nothing else. 

New baby stuff we got: an Ergobaby carrier and Flexi Bath
I am more emotional this time. There's this roller coaster of emotions - excited, sad, happy, fear. I am a very hands on mother to Javi. I do not believe in nannies so I took care of him. He has been my baby for almost four years. He goes with me anywhere I go. I am happy he will have a sibling because he definitely needs one. I am feeling sad because I know I cannot give him the 100% attention I had for him. My little boy is growing up and this momma needs to let go. 

This is the only time folding socks can be fun. Look at those tiny little socks.

In a few weeks, another little angel will capture my heart once again. And everything will be alright. 

My July 2013 in Photos

The second half of the year begins with 2013. Time really is moving very fast. And the baby in my tummy has gotten so big. By the end of July, I am on my 31st week. 

And my July went like this --

Day 1 - Happiness is...receiving these Pinoy goodies unexpectedly.
2 - Shoes (We're Crocs wearing mommy & son team.)
3 - Cold (Frozen desserts I found in our neighborhood grocery)
4 - Red, white and blue (My current obsession, baby onesies)
5 - Love
6 - Fave smell (At the moment, I am loving the scent of lavender.)
7 - Where I am (The "You Are Here" in every floor plan)
8 - Path
9 - Three things (The three varieties of Cheetos in Thailand)
10 - Smooth (Cooking squid for dinner)
11 - I wore this!
12 - A bad habit (But french fries taste sooo good!)
13 - 4 o'clock (I am all shopped out. Shopping for me, my unborn son and my firstborn child.)
14 - Edible (I ordered this salmon dish from IKEA and it's only 150 baht. Not bad.)
15 - Outside the window (Rush hour traffic slowly building up along the street in front of us.)
16 - Bottle (Coke and Sprite in Thai)
17 - Inspirational (My daily reminder, Philippians 4:8)
18 - Number (My toddler's Elmo phone)
19 - Building (And my little boy spotted the rainbow!)
20 - Hot (Steamed barbecue pork bun or commonly known in the Philippines as siopao asado)
21 - Fave food (I love Filipino pancit! I learned to cook it when we moved to Bangkok.)
22 - Grey
23 - I drew this! (In reality, I do not draw. Just hearts and happy faces.)
24 - D is for Dymo label maker (My current obsession is labeling. And I also discovered the wonderful world of washi tapes.)
25 - Ground (The sidewalk in Bangkok. Actually, I think this sidewalk pattern is all over Thailand.)
26 - The everyday (I have several books to read to Javi every evening but he always asks me to read this to him every time.)
27 - Black + white
28 - This is new! (I have piles and piles of baby clothes which I need to wash and sort.)
29 - Perspective (Rush hour and after the downpour traffic in Bangkok)
30 - Friendship (Buzz and Woody)

There you have it, I am now updated. Stay tuned for how my August will turn out. 

My June 2013 in Photos

Okay, let's try it again. I have been religiously taking photos every day for Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day challenge. You can view the photos on my Instagram and Flickr accounts. Sadly, I don't blog about it. 

Since it's mid 2013, thought I could try posting again. 

My June went something like this -- 

Day 1 - B is for Burger King
2 - A moment (Watching this little angel - my nephew - sleep.)
3 - On my table (We went to Jollibee for lunch.)
4 - After dark (Time to call it a day. Back to Bulacan.)
5 - Environment (Surprised with all the construction in Bonifacio Global City)
6 - Transport (The Philippine jeepney)
7 - Bright (Glow in the dark horse)
8 - An animal (A cow and a sheep cookies - favors from Julian's baptism)
9 - From down low (Glorietta 4 and the Ascott Hotel)
10 - Me!!! (This type of journal is perfect for me. From a very dear friend.)
11 - Something funny (This poor little kid has no idea what's going on.)
12 - 11 o'clock (Time to sleep)
13 - Kitchen (Our host's kitchen in Punta Fuego)
14 - Texture (A baby's soft skin)
15 - From above (Time to go home)
16 - Family (Father's day dinner)
17 - Centered (My bowl of cereal for breakfast)
18 - Street (Early part of the morning when streets are still vendor-free.)
19 - Currently reading (I have put off reading for quite sometime now. Too many things happening and I cannot find the time. Then this sequel came out. Hopefully this will get me back to reading again.)
20 - Cute (The Baskin-Robbins' line of shorts from Uniqlo)
21 - Lunchtime (Chicken marinated with my favorite Mama Sita Barbeque Marinade Mix + Quinoa with Corn)
22 - Enjoying life (We are back in our daily grind. And weekends are family time. Today, we chose to watch Man of Steel.)
23 - Last (This Friday is my son's last day in school. Oh no!)
24 - Negative space (It is so easy to fall in love with these little things again.)
25 - Sharp (Edges)
26 - Empty (I love going to malls when it just opened as halls are empty and I can shop minus the crowd.)
27 - Into the sun (It's another gloomy day in Bangkok.)
28 - Red (Strawberries for breakfast)
29 - In my bag (What was inside my bag)
30 - Handwriting (Once upon a time, I can do the Paulinian handwriting very well. Not anymore though.)

Watch out for July's photos next!

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