Thursday, May 31, 2007

How it all started ... and the saga continues ...

I have been asked many questions (at iba iba pa ang version and style ha) kung papano nalalagay mga kids ko sa magazine ... naku mahabang kwento yun as i would always answer ... may nagtatanong sa text, sa email, sa ym at face to face ... eh papano wala pa akong blog nun (naks! blog daw oh?) ngayon pwede dito ko na lang din kwento ang aking salaysayin ng history ng aking mga magazine exposure ..hahah!!

Ganito kasi yun, kasi nga di ba SAHM ako, kaya ayun my only career were my kids (actually si Bea pa lang noon) ... so my love of joining photo contests bloomed nung 1999 (tagal na noh) sinali ko si Bea sa Vandol Baby Contest, and she won as the Vandol Baby month of July, so tuwang tuwa ako! Then was called for the awarding kung saan may "picture-getting" at lumabas yun sa newspaper at magazines ... eh di lalo akong natuwa! Pero before that talagang mahilig na ako magbasa ng mga mags nun (Baby Mag pa lang ang uso nun) so complete ako jan. So yun ang first exposure ko sa magazine pages.


Aba shempre, di dun yun nagtatapos, nung si Sam naman sinali ko din sa Vandol Contest (every year kasi yun, buong Philippines ang kasali) and nanalo si Sam ng Monthly Baby ... nung finals naman aba, nanalo si Sam ng over-all Vandol Baby of the Year!!
Then yun na ... sali ko na sila Sam sa baby of the month sa diaper brand, winner siya uli ... then nagkaron ng Cover Baby Search and she was one of the winners ... di nga lang natuloy yung pag-cocover kasi biglang nagpalit ng editors, so instead of cover shoot they changed it na for situational shoots (yun yung mga pictures na accompanying an article sa magazine) na happy na din ako kasi constantly we were called for a shoot.


Then (o ano sabi ko sa iyo mahaba eh) there was a call na you could send in your birth story at pag napili ka lalagay nila sa magazine... and ako yng unang-unang na-feature sa Baby Magazine .. happy uli ako, kasi di ba mapapakita ko kina Bea at Sam paglaki nila .. nung dumating naman si Vin wala na atang ganun, but i still contacted my editor (na friend ko na! ) and asked if i could send it in .. and yes it came out sa Baby Magazine ... o ayan eh di pantay pantay sila!

Baby Magazine days pa lang, nameet ko dun isang friend ko and when she transferred to Smart Parenting Mag napasama na din kami , kaya yun naman ang binili ko, and gaganda naman talaga ng mga articles kung baga icing on the cake na lang pag andun mga kids ko ... pero talagang nothing can compare to the the high you get seeing your children's photos on the glossy magazine. At always kung magpabili ako ng magazine parating days before the first day of the month here i am scouring the bookstands (actually parating si Christian ang biktima ko jan! heheh!!)

So yan na ang history ... kaya ang mapapayo ko lang ay ... buy magazines, look kung saan pwede magpadala ng picture ng mga kids, join contests (minsan di mananalo, pero okay lang di ba..try and try) you will never know baka anjan lang yung chance kaya lang di ka nag-try .. pressurin ka ba? hehehhe!!


Nga pala, si Vin super tuwa ako sa SP june issue picture niya, eh to think ang first time niya sa SP was at 5 weeks old, pati sa SPBaby magazine he won the spot to be the model for 3 month old baby (na may mga copies ako na pinamigay sa mga newly nanganak friends kasi very informative at andun pa si Vin..hahah!) .. like Bea and Sam .. Vin practically grew up on the pages of the magazines, well-documentd ko yan as i have a big black leather clearbook na andun lahat ng mga sightings nila (kahit name lang nila, may mga nagsusulat kasi sa editors page na nagrereact s abirth story namin o kaya request nila na magmodel daw uli sina sam, tinago ko lahat yun, para makita nila paglaki nila) aside pa sa mga extra copies nila na naka-plastic pa, at copies na pwede ko pahiram at titigan..heheh!!

Hay, ang maging stage momma nga naman .. if you want to see all the pages na andun sila from different magazines, i have scanned them all and saved them sa cd para tag-isa isa silang magkakapatid and they can
show their own kids din ... i uploaded them here sa link na ito if you want to see them http://perfectpixelsmelisse.multiply.com/photos/album/30

Also sa aking mga mommie friends, pag may need for models don't worry i have you all in mind, tatawagan ko kayo para naman you can share the joy of seeing your little ones sa magazines .. dami na din akong narefer sa kanila and they are happy with them kaya di ako magaatubili na iprisinta kayo ... mga mababait kong mga ka-chika na mommies! :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bea, Sam and Vin on SP June 2007 issue :)

Yehey! Smart Parenting Magazine for June is out na! :)

Actually ay May 25 pa lang, naghahanap na ako, kasi maaga lumabas ang YES mag june issue ng Summit, kaya eto naman ako hoping na baka out na nga din ng maaga. Di ba excited? hehehe!! Then a text from good friend Kate Nepomuceno last night said "Melisse, may sp ka na?"..and that did it all..hahhaha!! Took a quick bath and kahit 730 na ng gabi, went to the mall and get my copy (este copies pala!!)

What makes this shoot really special for me, kasi this time my three kids sabay sabay sa isang issue, it's usually si Bea lang, or si Vin lang, or si Bea and Sam (nung wala pa si Vin sa mundong ibabaw..heheh) ... now silang three andun! Sabi nga ng commercial ng KFC :"Wow, Sulit!!" hahaha!!!






Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Shrek Mania hits Manila

I was deep in my designing work (A.K.A. magkakapalit na kami ng mukha ng computer monitor) when Bea and Sam in unison said "Mama, mama, look at the Tv, Shrek is in SM!" at nasundan na ng dreaded "Let's go now! Please!! Pretty Please!!" ... hello??!! 6 pm na kaya yun, at kahit "super ganda-please pa" di na talaga pwede. I told them bantayn nila kung kailan uli papalabas so i can see kung till kelan ba yun dun.

Wala pang 10mins "Mama, Look now!!" ... aarrgghh!! Two days pala yun at LAST day bukas ... was really naghahabol sa mga design work ko kasi one week kami sa kiddie crew so that means i lost all the afternoons of last week to work on it kaya talagang puyat ako (happy naman ako at lahat natatapos ko way before schedule) so i promised them that bukas ng umaga as soon as the mall opens we will go. Discussion closed and their faces were plastered with smiles.

So, kinabukasan, off we went. Ganda naman, wala kasing tao..hahaha!! Kaya solo nila! Pag pasok register ka then you are given hats, Princess Fiona for girls, Shrek for boys. Shempre Picture taking na naman.

Then may mga samplers ng nestle products ata yun, chaka Sustagen milk, pero no pansin sa kanila yun as they went straight to the bouncing ball area. Dun naman papatry sa iyo yung mga balls, okay naman kasi heavily padded yung floor kaya i let then go and try it. Si Bea as always "Ms. Energy" was all over the place. Si Sam naman hinaharass ni Bea kasi kakaumpisa pa lang niyang tumalon eto na si Bea halos babanggain na siya..heheh!

Si Vin swerte nang makasakay, parating nahuhulog. Kaya panay na lang ang pose sa akin. Para nga naman may audience particpation siya..hehehe!! You can see the pictures sina Bea at Sam di ko mapicturan kasi talon ng talon, si Vin lang ang steady, pero all the same tuwang-tuwa din siya! Aba at nagdala pa ako ng video cam so andun lahat ng mga attempts ni Vin sumakay at mahulog at ang dalawang girls na talaga naman parang kakalabas lang sa muntinlupa..hahaha!!


After that we had glimmer tatoo of shrek's sign sa mga hands nila, then palagay ng nail art, na kadalakad namin ang mga fingers nila naka-stretch, palagay ko nangawit na sila, kasi maya - maya "Mama, i don't like na.." hahahah! Di nila alam humingi pa ako ng tag isang extra set para paguwi nila makapag-laro uli sila.

Ate at KFC then ikot ikot sandali sa SM (our home away from home) then uwi na din. Happy na naman ang tatlong bulinggit at ako naman ay nakaptrabaho uli, everybody happy! You can still catch it as it moves around SM Malls, kakaumpisa pa lang, i think SM Bicutan was one of the first leg na pinuntahan ng Shrek. Pero suggest ko go sa morning at sa weekday para solo ng kids yung area ng ball para mas ma-enjoy nila kasi malaki yung space .





Tagytay in May

Was still in slumberland at around 10:00 am, May 6, when i was awakened by texts, landline calls all geared to an impromptu lunch at Tagaytay with the entire family.

Was still sleepy as we had our family ritual of "salubong" for my papa and my sister who are celebrating their birthday together, kaya nakauwi kami madaling araw na. Kaya was really groggy pa and halos di ko na maintindihan kung ano ang ipapack ko sa bag namin na mga stuff for the day.

Add to that tulog pa ang tatlong kiddies ... hehehe!! Kaya ayun, ginising ko na sila with a promise of a pony ride to perk them up, and soon enough they were all up and about except Vin na talagng antok na antok pa, gave me the chance na din to fix my things before "my Boss Vin" wakes up.

Dinaanan nila kami since on the way ang house namin papuntang tagaytay ... after all the bilis-bilis ... nasa car na nung naalala ko na since kinarga ko lang si Vin, wla siyang shoes!!! Oh no! Kaya along the way naghahanap ako ng mabibilhan kahit slippers lang.

Our lunch was at TaaleƱa Restaurant, sarap naman ng food, it was my sister's treat (it being her birthday!) we ordered gambas, adobo sa gata (yun lang yung talagang nakain ko sarap na!), chopseuy, sinigang na baboy, inihaw na assorted na nasa parang bilao, pancit for long life, di ko na maalala yung iba. Tapos dun sa baba ng restaurant was a spacious garden overlooking the Taal Volacano, kaya that only means one thing "picture time " na!!

Si Vin di maintindihan yung feeling ng grass sa feet niya, una ayaw niya, mamaya gusto na niya ..hehehe! Sina Bea and Sam naman had a fun time playing with their cousins. Doon pa nga lang enjoy naenjoy na sila, sabi nga namin pwede nang umuwi eh..haha!!

Pero shempre di pwedeng umapak ka sa tagaytay na di nag horsebackriding ... naku, ang alikabok sobra! Pero pagdating naman ng mga 6pm, super lamig na. We ate balut, quail eggs and chicharon while waiting for the kids to go around the trail. Kilig na kilig si Vin, sila Sam din tuwang tuwa, gusto pa sana magpa-extend kaso medyo madilim na. Kaya next time na lang uli.

On the way home stop over naman sa KFC along the highway for dinner, treat naman namin ng younger sister ko sa two celebrants. Tapos uwian time na, happy uli mga kids! They can't wait to go back there and ride "Angel the horse" again!





Monday, May 14, 2007

Mc D's Kiddie Crew week

My two girls joined the kiddie crew workshop for the first time this summer... and boy did they have a fun time!

Super sulit yung binayad na P500 kasi they had many things to do, feeling nga nila kulang pa yung time na pag-stay nila sa outlet.





It was a two-hour daily stint for one whole week and a recognition day caps it off on the fifth day. They experienced being at the counter getting orders, drawing drinks (their favorite!), putting icecream on floats, giving toys for the happy meal, french fries and apple pie to smiling customers. They also went around the lobby asking if anybody needed ketchup or gravy refills. They also gave coloring books to kids eating in the restaurant.

Everyday it was a choice of a Mcspaghetti meal or Burger McDo meal for the hungry kiddie crews. Sammie always got spaghetti with no complaints and always finsihed it. Si Bea naman do not like spaghetti and burger McDo so i had to pay extra for her meal, i paid in advance for a whole weeks meal of cheeseburger meal alternating with chicken fillet with rice. Okay lang na i had to add pa as long as nauubos niya yng food niya, and she always does.

They stay for two hours, the first hour for counter/lobby practices and the other hour for arts and craft naman. They made me a picture frame and a mother's day card, thay also painted a pair of slippers.

Super enjoy sila talaga! Thay asked me nga na next year sasali nga daw uli sila. The one handling them and went up to me and said naku nagenjoy po sila talaga, chaka ang babait po nila, kaya lang pinahirapan po kami ni Sam ... gulat ako ... i said "Ha? Baket?"... "kasi po di sha marunong mag-tagalog, buti na lang po andito si bea, siya po ang interpreter namin"..hahaha!!!


I'm really glad na naksali sila this year, kasi it made them experience something fun and alam nila what's going on behind the counters na kasi they were also shown how food was prepared at pumasok pa daw sila sa freezer. Ako naman memorize ko na nag mga stores ng SM Bicutan kasi nga everyday ako nagiikot with Vin. I stay for a while lang kasi sa McDo kasi di sila maka-concentrate sa kaka-picture ko sa kanila, stage mama na ito!

The grand graduation is still to come, on May 19 at the Aliw Theater, im sure they will have a great time too!



Saturday, May 12, 2007

I thought it was going to be a quiet holy week at home when suddenly plans were made by my papa to go to Tarlac with the entire Avellana family and go up to a monastery that has a piece of wood from the actual cross of Jesus Christ's crucifix. Without thinking twice everyone agreed and we all trekked the high mountain to see it.




The monastery was situated on top of a mountain and it was really serene and beautiful. We had to wait for our turn as you go in the chapel per batch. So we waited for our turn, the priest told us the history of the relic and how it was brought to the Philippines and that we could stay for as long as we want and pray in front of it, and that we will be allowed to touch the glass holding the relic.







Vin was kinda fussy na while waiting for our turn, kasi inside fall in line din papunta sa altar (though mga 30 people lang naman kami per batch) so kung ano ano na ang mga sinabi ko to keep his attention.

Finally turn na namin (last nga pala kami sa pila ..heheh!) Pagdating dun sa harap ng wooden box na naka-enclose sa box, we all kneeled then i asked Bea and sam to pray aloud, then Christian, then ako naman, ewan ko ba kung saan nanggaling mga words ko, dirediretso ako nagsalita about all the blessings namin, thanking Him profusely na di ko napansin umiiyak na pala ako (nakatingin sina sam sa akin) talagang nakaka-overwhelm yung feeling. I have so many blessings talaga and i owe it all to Him ... i prayed that He always be in our family and that we never do anything that may displease Him. Ako kasi di ako naniniwala dun sa mga sinasabi ng tao na gusto nila yung mga anak nila ay maging "God-fearing" .. i do not want to teach them to fear God, i want them to respect and gain His love by being good people. I hope my job as a parent to them (yan kasi sinasabi ng papa ko sa amin, ang trabaho ng isang magulang ay maituro sa mga anak ang tamang daan, give them all the knowledge that you can to guide them to be good) sana i do not fail them. My parents has taught me so much, at dala dala ko yan ngayon, something na di matatapatan ng kahit na anong degree sa college, and i only have my parents to thank for.
So nung natapos na at lumabas na kami sa chapel, aba picture taking galore na! Kasi may mga ginawa silang parang mga castle-like structures dun, mga gazebo at super nice na mga garden na entice nga kasi nila yung mga families to go up there, hear mass then set-up a picnic, it's really giving the family a chance to be together, and that we did!


Then we went down na and went back sa resort kung where kami mag-oovernight. Everyone having a warm feeling that we did something meaningful this holy week! Next year uli!






Funny Faces



Most of the time when i meet new people thay get suprised when i tell them i already have three kids ... di daw halata ... kasi i still have a small frame despite undergoing three pregnancies ... but is it really just genetics?

Pati daw mga punchlines ko parang dalaga (baket hindi ba?) but you know it really just boils down to one thing ... if you are with your kids and are around them all the time and are involved with their lives you begin to loosen up and be a kid all-over again. That is one of the gazillion things i am thankful for, that i have children who give me strength, joy, unconditional love and youth kahit sa totoo lang "thirty sooommeetthhiinngg naaah" (pahiram Kris ha!)

Being with them can make you feel young kasi you see things in their perspective, we do things together as if i am doing it also for the very first time, the excitement abounds as they try on new things with me. It is actually like experiencing life all over again and what makes it more special is that i am sharing it with them.

Funny faces in pictures are one of the manifestations of a happy life and that i have many! Faces that show happiness and comfort with each other, it may just be a playful pose for others but for me ... it is pure joy!

Portrait Sessions


My three kiddies posing with their sketches They were all well-behaved during the session and waited eagerly to see the finished product. Look naman at Sam and Bea, mega project sa tabi ng sketch nila, si Sam may pahawak-hawak pa sa shoulder niya..hehehe!

Friday, May 11, 2007

My celebrity look-alikes ... daw?!



Stumbled into a site where you upload a picture and it gives you a match on who celebrity you resemble ... i gave it a try ... and found the results amusing! Camille Velasco, Camilla Belle, Kate Winslet, Jacqueline Bisset where are you, di ko kayo makita sa mukha ko ah! hahaha!






Decided to upload hubby's picture as well (naghanap ng kadamay)para di naman ako mukhang mag-isa lang na nag-iilusyon. After seeing it it gave me an idea to print it out and put it in a tumbler (the kind that can open and you can place photos) as a Father's day gift. Pero ewan ko din baka di ko din matiis at ibigay ko na din kahit walang occasion, though our wedding anniversary is coming up soon. I was really thinking on giving him the tumbler with pictures of him with the kids para talagang "Father's Day" gift di ba?
Try ko naman upload pictures nila bea and see the results :)
Visit din the site and try it yourself ... Myheritage.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Vin's Birth Story as told by ... VIN!

I made a narrative about Vin's birth, pero this time i made it from Vin's point of view, para paglaki niya he can see and kahit papano feel how it was during those days, kasi nga di pa niya alam yung mga nangyayari di ba? This is one of my favorite narrative, hope you feel the emotions din the way Vin would feel it too!




Hi! After two weeks at the Makati Medical Center I am finally home!


My Mama and I went through a lot due to Placenta Abruptio which made my coming to this world earlier than planned.


I was out on March 18, 2:20am and only at 35 weeks and weighed 5.1 pounds. Placenta Abruptio is a rare condition in pregnancy (1 in every 150 pregnancies) when part or all of the placenta (where I rely for food and oxygen) separates from the uterine wall.

Everything happened so fast …It was March 17, 2004 and my mama was just home when around 9pm she started to feel her tummy hardening… she tried to check if there were contractions, but there was none.

She had her dinner and at 10:30 she felt the need to go to the hospital to have herself checked because there was some pain. My papa packed our bag and we all rode the car, together with my two Ate’s, Ate Bea and Ate Sam.


On the way my Mama was getting some painful contractions and it was getting stronger by the minute…. my Papa was always asking my Mama if she could still hold on… my Mama assured him that despite the groans and grunts she could still take it. Minutes away from the hospital my Mama said that she could no longer hear anything and that her vision was blurring and everything was turning white…. She slapped herself so many times so she would not black-out… she would not give in to the blinding light… she did not want to lose conciousness… my Ate Bea was crying and kept asking my mama what was wrong for my Mama was already screaming in pain and was holding tight on her stomach and the car handle.


Finally we got to the emergency of Makati Med where the aides helped Mama into a wheelchair… but my Mama was already shivering and said she was very dizzy… she was transferred to a bed and her blood pressure was 50/70, the doctor from the Delivery Room came down to the ER to pick my Mama up to be transferred to the DR.


In the Delivery Room my mama was whisked away… my Mama said goodbye to Papa, Ate Bea and Ate Sam and promised to be back right away.


Inside the delivery room she was strapped with fetal monitors and another monitor of some kind to measure her contractions…. When they heard my heartbeat slowing down they knew there was fetal distress and that they had to operate right away.


My Mama was given the numerous skin tests and millions of questions which she answered in between moans from the pain… she no longer felt the number of times she was inserted needles for the IV, for the skin tests and the blood count all she wanted was to make sure I was safe.


She was asked to curl up on the operating table so she could be given the epidural, and after a few minutes the cesarean operation happened.


When my doctor came in you could see the panic in her eyes and that she was trying everything to make sure my Mama and I were safe… my Mama was trying to look at what was happening, she would not close her eyes for she wanted to know what was going on, despite many voices telling her to close her eyes and sleep.

It turned out that the placenta where I was in was completely detached from my mama, our only link to each other had been separated for some time… blocks of blood was also taken out of my mama, she was hemorrhaging inside as well…they opened the placenta and lifted me out… I could not move… let alone cry… I wanted to so my mama could know I was alright…but I really had no strength. I was then transferred to a table nearby where a lot of hands were on me… suddenly I was whisked away to the nursery… I was not taken to my mama’s side… I was not also shown to my papa and ate bea and ate sam who were patiently waiting for me outside the delivery room….


It was already the wee hours of the morning…. All was quiet… the activity of the nursery were all centered on me. Two pairs of kind hands were taking turns pumping some air into me… there was a lot of needles being pushed into me…tubes were attached… then I caught a glimpse of my papa trying hard to look at the glass window, trying to see me… he was carrying my two sisters…all were eager to see me. My papa introduced himself as “My Papa” so he could come in… the good resident doctor talked to my papa and although I could not hear what was being said I could only see my papa look so serious and suddenly so sad… the color of his face was completely drained…. My two sisters looking puzzled and confused… but I could see my papa putting up a brave front… he was not giving up… that was my cue… I too had to be strong… I too should not give up!


My papa said my color was gray because of the lack of air but never did it enter his mind that I would not make it through… my papa believed in me…. I could do it… I will do it! I was transferred to an incubator as soon as I was stable… oxygen was given to me and iv’s were needed to sustain me… I took them all… anything to make me strong.


I did not see my mama yet for two days, she too was trying hard to be strong so she could come and see me… but my papa and my two sisters were there all the time… my papa round the clock would often see me… my sisters were constantly tapping the glass window asking the friendly nurses to open the blinds so they could see me… I felt so loved… even inside the incubator I could feel they were all rooting for me! My grandmother and grandfather, my mama’s sisters and brother and relatives came to see me too… looking at me through the glass…. All of them praying for my speedy recovery…. But most of all I could feel God’s love upon me… giving me all the strength needed to overcome this battle!


My papa comes to visit me all the time… before he goes down to make some errands he would pass by and come in to touch me… to let me know that he is just there… the nurses were very nice and even allow papa to take some pictures of me so he could show my mama who was still being given intravenous fluids and blood transfusions so she could be strong enough to see me!


The day has finally come for me to see my mama… she came in walking… no wheelchair… she insisted on walking towards me… I could see her trying to be strong…. But tears were coming out her eyes…. Maybe it was of joy because at last we are together… she touched my feet…then my arms….then my face… it felt so warm…she even planted a small flying kiss on my cheek…. I have felt my mama’s love ….and even without her talking I knew she was my mama… the moment she touched me my heartbeat raced up… the pulsometer attached to me increased in number…. When I heard her voice call out my name I knew I was getting better… I had to be… after all there were a lot of people ready to love me no matter what.I had many tests… cranial ultrasounds, eeg, blood counts, kidneys, lungs…. all tests turned out well…all was normal…. But my doctor said I suffered a mild seizure twice…. I did not have the usual kind of seizure that arms were flying all over… mine was a sucking kind… I was just like sucking my lips…. The nurses thought I was just hungry…but my doctor said it was a seizure… I was tested and they said that my calcium was low… it was easily remedied by a serum…. The level of my calcium normalized… I did not have any of that sucking seizure anymore.

Everytime my doctor would update my mama about my happenings in the nursery, my mama would always cry… but she would always say no matter what she is ready for anything as long as we can be together. My mama said she will take care of me and shower me with her love, my papa and my sisters love me very much!

My mama could go home after four days, but it was sad that I still had to stay behind… I still had to finish a ten day antibiotic that my doctor started just to make sure I did not have contracted any infection due to the lack of air in the placenta.


My papa and mama took turns in saying goodbye to me… my sisters wre still not allowed to come in so we just said goodbye through the thick glass windows… but I knew I would see them soon!


After a few hours…. I was roused from my sleep…. My mama was back! My papa and my sisters were outside waiting for my mama… it was time to breastfeed! I snuggled close to my mama as we nursed together… our valuable bonding time. My mama stroked my face lovingly and kept on whispering sweet nothings…. She even sings to me… even when there were other people in the room… but she was singing only to me… her baby! My mama comes everyday… every three hours… I see her always trying to catch her breath… in her pink nursery robe and slippers that she was required to wear everytime she comes…. She looks a bit tired…. maybe from walking….from the stairs maybe… but as soon as we touch I could feel her face light up as she cuddles me in her arms… I felt so safe… so at home.

Then my doctor said I could just be transferred to a private room outside the nursery so my mama could be the one to take care of me all the time… and that we could nurse anytime… maybe she would not be too tired anymore… I could feel that she is still hurting from the operation but is just hiding it….at last we could be together in one room… with my papa and sisters too!


After two long weeks in the hospital we are now home…. Where I truly belong. I too have already been baptized after two days from the hospital… my mama brings back the glory to God and present me as His son… after all He took real good care of me!


In the short span of time that I was born I learned that with God nothing is impossible… He will keep you under His wing and take care of you… give you all the strength you need to whatever battle you come across with…. As long as you trust Him… He will deliver!


I am very blessed to be given a chance to be His son and to be part of a very loving family where I am assured of unconditional love forever! I have been given the gift of life and I will use it to the fullest…. To love and serve God all the days of my life!

Vin's Birth Story

Vin too had his birth story published in Baby Magazine just like his sisters ... here are the pages ... but the story following it is not the one that was published (formal composition kasi yung sa babymag) this naman is story in my words, kung baga ito yung original na narration ko, then i just revised and edited it for the version for the Baby Magazine pages. Kaya without further ado ... here it is





At last my little baby Vin is home after a gruelling two week stay at the hospital.


Everything is well and i learn to appreciate life more let alone feel blessed that i am given another chance to be a "mama" once again.


I have learned a lot from this experience and embrace life more with a more positive outlook... God is truly good and He will never leave you in your most trying times!


It all happened so fast and my OB said that had i been late in getting to the hospital (few minutes lang talaga ang difference) everything would have been different.


It was March17, 9pm, house lang ako, waiting for dinner when parang tumitigas tiyan ko... (sked ako to have my CS on a later date, kaya kampante pa ako)... so pinakikiramdaman ko lang, plus nasa Paranaque ako tapos hospital sa Makati pa.


Bandang mga 1030pm medyo may parang contractions... medyo nerbyos na ako ng konti so i told my husband Christian to take me to the DR papacheck ko lang... so he packed a few things and my two daughters (Bea 5yrs old and Sam 3yrs old) rode the car.


On the way to the hospital lumalakas ang contractions and tumitindi yung pain, medyo napapa-groan na ako sa sakit, although talagang pinipigilan ko kasi ayoko maguluhan si Christian kasi nga driving siya chaka sina Bea ayoko silang ma-alarm.... suddenly sobrang sakit na napapasigaw na ako sa sakit at napapatupi na ako sa seat ko... pero in between the sigaw ko na masakit, sinisingit ko yung "okay lang ako ha... i just need to let it out ha... but i am okay".


When suddenly nabibingi na ako... to the point na di ko nadidinig ang sarili ko and namumuti ang paligid ko, na when i looked at my daughter puro puti na lang, konti na lang ang nakikita ko sa face niya... that was the time that i panicked... i would not succumb to the blinding light... i had to fight it... i was like passing out na... kaya i thought of slapping myself repeatedly para hindi ako mag-black-out.... dun nakita ko na umiiyak na si Bea and she kept asking me what was wrong and what was happening... i was going into chills but i kept on fighting... continous ang pagsampal ko sa face ko para talagang umabot ako sa hospital.... pagdating dun diretso ako sa emergency, blood pressure ko was 70/50... i was shiverring and wala nang control mga paa ko plus sobrang sakit ng tiyan ko sa contractions.


As soon as na-stable BP ko that was the only time they brought me to the delivery room... i was strapped with mga monitors and that's where i heard the slow and very faint heartbeat ng baby ko... sanay ako sa mga ultrasound namin sobrang bilis and lakas tapos biglang ngayon sobrang hina.. parang naghihingalo na.


I was not dilated, sarado pa cervix ko pero fetal distress na kaya kailangan nang operahan... turns out pala i had Placenta Abruptio (a rare condition in pregnancy where part or all of the placenta separates from the uterine wall)... nung binuksan nila ako, completely nakatanggal ang placenta ko, kaya nung nilabas ang baby ko di siya gumagalaw.... kasi wala na siyang oxygen dun...di siya umiyak, pero humihinga siya. Apart from the placenta ang dami daw mga blocks of blood na nakuha sa akin, i was hemmoraging inside na din pala.


They kept telling me to sleep but i would not close my eyes no matter what... i was waiting for the cry of my baby... pero wala akong narinig... nakita ko lang na nagkakagulo sila sa isang table... tapos nagtakbuhan na sila palabas... still inaantay ko nailagay sa akin ang baby ko... di ko na matiis sabi ko "nasaan po ang baby ko?" my anesthesiologist kept on stroking my face and said "it's okay...it's okay... sige rest ka na.. tulog ka na.. aantukin ka na kasi nilagyan na kita nang pampatulog..sige na close na ang eyes"... pero ayokong isara... nakikinig ako... nasaan na ang baby ko... kanina pa nila sinabi ang "it's a boy" bakit wala akong narinig na iyak? bakit hindi nilalagay dito sa harap ko? bakit tahimik na ang lahat? they were talking among themselves and ako trying talaga to decipher and read between the lines... hanggang sa tapos na daw, dadalhin na ako sa recovery room... nasaan na ang baby ko? hanggang nadinig ko na " iha, okay ang baby mo, humihinga siya kaya lang di siya gumagalaw." I felt my world crashing! What did that mean? Ano yon? Baket ganun? Nasaan na siya? Naiyak ako at gusto ko nang tumayo at hanapin siya... gusto kong makita! I was wheeled in the recovery room where i was given blood transfusion kasi madami daw nawalang blood sa akin... daming tusok sa kung ano anong skin test at IV... but there was no feeling... i felt numb.. all i wanted was to know the status of my little boy!


Bilib ako sa lakas ko... di talaga ako natutulog... in the middle of it my husband came in... gulat ako kasi usually bawal ang mga asawa dun... bakit siya pinayagan.. ang tanong ko kamusta na baby?.. okay daw.. sabi ko nasan.. nasa nursery daw.. sabi ko may problema ba? nasa incubator ba? (Kasi feeling ko nun that time basta nasa incubator may problemang malaki) sabi niya wala... malakas baby natin. Then he kissed me and said lalabas na daw muna siya para puntahan uli ang baby sa nursery. Then napansin ko yung hospital bracelet ko sa right hand ko may nakakabit pa na isa pang tiny bracelet... binasa ko nakasulat "Baby boy of Ma Melissa", nagulat ako, why is it on me, nasaan ang dapat magsuot ng bracelet na ito, bakit nakakabit sa akin... i called the nurse and sabi ko to please call someone from the nursery to tell me what is going on hindi pwedeng ganitong guessing game... please call the resident now, i have the right to know.


Dumating din ang resident and she explained to me blow by blow na ni-revive daw nila ang baby ko and that everything is still 50-50, hoping for the best, they have done evrything, alam na daw ng asawa ko at malungkot na malungkot daw ang asawa ko nung sinasabi nila ang situation, karga pa nga raw niya yung dalawang anak na babae, nagpapray nga daw sila sa labas.... i could not believe it talaga.


Wala na raw kasing time ikabit yung id bracelet ng baby kasi kailangan na dalhin sa nursery kaya sa akin na lang ikinabit... i asked for his Apgar score...2.


It was really devastating. I could not believe it, parang nightmare, i was crying uncontrollably, plus nag-chichills pa ako.. i did not know what to think anymore... i prayed hard... it was beyond me... only God can help my little boy! After two days... and continous update on my little boy's situation I had to be strong to go to the nursery and finally see him.


Tumayo na ako kaagad as soon as tinanggal ang catheter and i asked to be brought to the ICU of the nursery... and for the first time i laid eyes on my little one i wanted to open the incubator and hug him... naiyak ako to see him inside... helpless...alone...daming nakakabit na mga tube... i asked permission if i could at least hold him kahit sa paa lang, para he will know na nandito lang ako, pumayag sila, nag-alcohol ako tapos nahawakan ko na siya... sobrang lambot ng skin.


I could not nurse him kasi antay pa daw ng five days... after four days discharge na ako... naiwan baby vin ko... di ako sanay to leave the hospital without him, it was like leaving a part of me behind.


The next days after so many tests na ginawa sa kanya (yung iba nga inuulit nila) di makapaniwala sila na normal lahat... cranial ultrasound, eeg, cbc, kidneys, lahat na, they said miracle daw na walang naging epekto ang paghihiwalay ng placenta sa kanya, nonetheless they want to make sure kaya kailangan daw muna tapusin yung inumpisahang antibiotic kaya stay pa siya ng two weeks.


Halos mabutas na mga hagdan ng makatimed sa akin sa kakabalik ko dun to breastfeed... start ako ng 7am, tapos balik ng 10am, tapos 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, till 10pm. pagod na pagod ako kasi sakit din sugat ko... but nothing could stop me from seeing him. hanggang sa sabi ng doctor niya lipat na lang daw sa private room para magkasama na kami... so we checked in sa privateroom where ako na ang nagalaga sa kanya.


And last friday april2 nauwi ko na din little boy ko! At last magkasama na lahat kami... my daughters love their little brother and always want to take turns in hugging him.I am truly blessed!


God has given me another chance to be a "mama", i will not fail Him, i will and have always dedicated my life to my children, He has given me a gift of life that i will treasure and love for the rest of my life!


Ang haba no... wala talagang shortcut yan...just want to share how God has touched our lives and i hope we all look up to Him in all that we do... because he will never steer us wrong!

Bea and Sam's Birth Story

My first and second delivery was featured in Baby Magazine! Here are the pages and the story too!!







I am a strong believer of giving birth via c-section… for the sole reason of being in control of what will happen.

I know that giving birth cesarean poses more risk than that of a normal delivery but I feel more comfortable and relaxed with a cesarean birth.

I gave birth to my firstborn Bea after undergoing 22 hours of painful labor which was really more than I could bear, so you could say that I already had my share of labor pains. I had really opted to have a normal delivery from the start but as time progressed I was asking for a cesarean for I could not bear the pain lest put my baby in danger.

I was admitted due to premature rapture of membranes but had no contractions, I then had to be given medicines to induce labor. I was strapped with monitors to record gravity of contractions and baby’s heartbeat. 22 hours of grueling labor pains, I was practically pulling on my hair and biting my closed fist to somehow divert the pain, I felt like giving-up, the contractions were stronger than I could imagine, but still I would not dilate, my water was drying out and I was still 4cm which made birth via normal delivery impossible. I was then wheeled in the delivery room and after being given the epidural, I blacked-out.

The next time I opened my eyes I was already in the recovery room, I was told that I will be going to my room in just a few more hours. I could not believe that I already had given birth, I do not remember anything from the moment I was taken in except the cold table on my bare back. The nurse said I was conscious at the time my baby was delivered and that she placed my baby girl on my chest and that I had smiled upon seeing her.

I have no memory of that once in a lifetime moment and that made me a bit sad… the feeling of longing…my thought was “I should have witnessed that!” The nurse was very nice to me because after a few minutes she came back with a tiny little bundle in her arms and she gently placed my little baby on my chest, I could not help myself but cry to finally see what a beautiful blessing God has given me! The feeling of completeness and bliss enveloped me to experience my baby beside me.

After a few days with very little pain from the incision I already had my baby Bea Christened at seven days old. I was back in normal shape as if I had delivered normally.

I had no post-partum blues and that made it easier for me to cope with my delicate condition. A lot of people marveled that I had just delivered and I was already moving around as if nothing happened.

I conceived again after two years and from the start I already opted to have a scheduled cesarean delivery, my husband Christian supported my decision as well. My doctor and I set out a date for the delivery which was September 22, 2000.

Since I already had my ultrasound, I knew my baby is a girl, after picking out a name, I was then busy organizing her baptism. When I was making arrangements with the church they asked me for a copy of the birth certificate for it is as a requirement before baptism, I said I will just give it to them as soon as I give birth, they were surprised that I am scheduling my baptism only a week after my scheduled delivery date. I had my invitations printed, made restaurant reservations and even my prepared give-aways, everything was set.

I checked in at Makati Medical Center the night before my schedule delivery, so that I way I can have complete rest before the big day.

My daughter Bea at that time was only two and a half years old and since we have had no yaya ever since I too had to prepare her for the event for she will be coming with us to the hospital.

I was not suppose to have anything by mouth at 12am, which is why I ate all my favorite food earlier to give me strength for the operation, I had my enema at around 4am, skintest at 6am and was brought to delivery room by 7am. I was very relaxed, there was no labor pains, nervousness and anxieties to keep me from witnessing this special event.

My doctor came in and talked me through the procedure, she was detailing everything that she was doing it was as if I was just lying down there and just listening to her and I just felt her push hard and out came another blessing from God, Samantha, my little girl!

I heard her first cry and suddenly she was placed on my chest, and for the second time I see another miracle in front of me.

The feeling was overwhelming, joy and tears at the same time, it is a feeling that only us mommies can understand.

If you think about all the things you went through, the nine months of waiting, the numerous check-ups, ultrasounds, backaches, dizzy and queasy spells and all the things that comes with being pregnant, it can overwhelm you, but as soon as you see your little angel you can say that putting your life in line when giving birth was all worth it.

After ten days, with only twitches of pain from the cut, I had my baby girl baptized as scheduled.

Everything just fell into place, a very supportive husband and a happy family what more could I ask for.

From my encounter, giving birth via cesarean was truly a liberating experience for me, for I knew beforehand when my baby will come and that gave me a hand on preparing for this special event.

There was no surprises, panic on the way to the hospital when labor starts, where will I call my husband, waiting for an available room, incomplete overnight bag, nervousness on how long labor will take, how hard will I push, is the doctor there to meet me and all the numerous things we worry about before we give birth , all of that did not enter my mind, only the thought that I was about to give birth to another gift from God and that I was truly prepared in mind, body and spirit.