The moment my life changed

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I was 36 weeks pregnant, due to give birth on or before April 15, 2009 when my water broke. We called our OB/GYN who advised us to go to the hospital immediately.

My husband rushed me to the hospital and during the ride, I could feel labor pains at regular intervals. When we arrived at the Emergency Room at 6:30 a.m., my husband had to leave me to park the car. I was asked to seat on a wheelchair and brought to the Delivery Room. Inside the Delivery Room, as I was lying down waiting for my OB/GYN and my husband, I was being asked all these questions while I was trying to cope with the contractions that were becoming more frequent. Mind you, it was hard to concentrate!

It happened so quick that my OB/GYN almost did not make it!

March 12, 2009, at exactly 7:14 in the morning, I became a mother to a 5.6 pound baby boy. We did not take any birthing or parenthood seminars prior to giving birth so I had no expectations and absolutely no idea how having a baby will change my life but the moment I felt my baby came out and heard his cries, I knew that everything will be different from that day on.

Giving birth, based from my experience, was a “walk in the park”. I guess you can say I was one of the lucky ones.

But breastfeeding and taking care of my baby was not. That’s a reality that new mothers realize during the first or second week of the baby.

My first born, Tristan, came out a month before he was due. From 2.5 kg at birth, he dropped to 2 kg in his first week due to the fact that he was only drinking colostrum for a week and the actual breastmilk came out only after a week. I was just lucky because my pediatrician is a breastfeeding advocate and she taught me everything I needed to learn at that time. My husband was very supportive and would encourage me to continue breastfeeding even if my baby was crying his heart out at 3 in the morning and I felt like crying and giving up.

First time mothers, especially those who have no experience with babies, would feel overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility that having a child entails.  New born babies demand so much time and attention that a new mother would not even have the time to eat properly or even enjoy a 10 minute me-time.  It takes time to get used to the changes a new baby brings to the new parents but once a routine is established, taking care of the baby becomes manageable.

Knowing that you are entirely responsible for caring and raising another individual will make you realize a lot of things.  Some of which I have listed below:

1.  You will think more about the future particularly the future of your child.
 
2. You will learn to become more selfless and would always think about what your child needs before you can even think about your own needs.
 
3.  You would want to give only the best for your family thus making changes to make sure that they are given the best.
 
4.  You will realize that the gift of time is the most important gift you can give your child. 
 
5.  Becoming a parent is hard work, it gets tiring sometimes but a glimpse of a smile makes you forget how tired you are.
 
It is indeed true when they said that when you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
 
Everyday since the day I became a mother is a challenge.
Everyday since the day I became a mother is a discovery of all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful things about motherhood.
But everyday since I became a mother, I feel blessed and thankful to be given the opportunity to nourish, protect, teach and nurture my children to their full potential.
 

My life may have changed forever but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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REINVENT..

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The word REINVENT is defined as CHANGING SOMETHING so much that it appears to be entirely new or TAKING UP a very different way of life.

Trials, challenges, difficulties and failures are part of our lives.  Sometimes, we have a hard time letting go of the things that we are used to but in order to move forward, we need to REINVENT OURSELVES.

Reinventing yourself is not about changing into a different person but about making a new and improved version of yourself.  It is about making CHANGES in your life to become a better and more focused individual.

To be more HEALTHY, change your eating habits and make sure that you are IN CHARGE of your health and fitness. It can be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding oily and unhealthy food or checking with a doctor whenever you feel sick or taking the time to exercise or burn those calories.

To take charge of your FINANCES, change the way you handle your money. Find ways to SAVE MORE and SPEND LESS.  Make a realistic plan to save more money and grow the money you have saved. The road to financial freedom is through a thorough and careful planning of your finances and making sure that you are sticking to that plan.

To strengthen your RELATIONSHIPS especially with your spouse and children, MANAGE your time effectively and make sure you spend quality time with them. It is not about the number of hours you spend with them but about the things you do with them given the limited time you have. Quality time with your whole family is important but it is also imperative that you spend some alone time with your spouse and some alone time with your child as well.

To have peace of mind and improve your SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING, PRAY whenever you can, as often as you can. Attend mass regularly, read inspirational books and find the time to share your blessings with others.

To be HAPPY and CONTENT IN LIFE, CHANGE the way you think. Positive thinking is important as well as an appreciative heart. Changing the way you think will also change the way you react to things happening around you. A failure or a rejection will definitely make you unhappy or even depressed but if you stay positive and think instead of the lessons you have learned and the things you can do to improve your situation, it will lead you to a better future.

No matter how old you are or what situation you are in, it is never too late to reinvent yourself.   It will not going to be easy but I am quite sure that once you reach any or all of your goals, IT WILL BE ALL WORTH IT!

When you REINVENT Yourself, you also Rekindle your Passion, Relive your Spirit and Rediscover the meaning of Life…

The 3Cs of Life…

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For the longest time, I have been contemplating on starting a blog to document my journey as a mother – and I must point out that it is a journey worth taking.  I have two children, a kindergartner and a toddler, who are my life and the source of my happiness.

As mothers, we are faced with CHOICES, CHANCES and CHANGES every single minute of everyday.

When a woman becomes a mother,  she will always consider the effect her choices will have on her children and will always choose what she thinks is best for them.

Motherhood changed my priorities, my beliefs, basically how I live my life.

When I was still single, I can go out anytime I want, go anywhere I want to, buy anything I desire, make my own decisions because I am not accountable to anyone (except my parents and boyfriend ), in short, I had freedom to do what I wanted to without regard for the consequences.

Now that I am a wife and a mother, I have to always consider my husband and my children because every Choice I make and every Chance I take will not only Change my life but the lives of my family as well.

This blog is about the 3Cs of my life, particularly my life as a mother.

Welcome to my Blog!

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