Welcome Baby Danielle!

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Well, she’s my bestfriend’s youngest child. She was born through C-section last July 1, 2009. I just can’t help posting her picture with her kuya David because I am really happy to see her. Imagine, she’s 7.9 punds! :) I told her mother Daisy that she looks more than a month old already, yet she’s only 1 week old today! :)

Tita Anette (and hopefully with ate Antoinette and Tito Tata) will visit you and mommy soon. So, hope to see you then. Be a good girl to mommy and daddy. Kuya David, be a loving and caring kuya, okay.

Rhaine Danielle and Ron David

Daisy, her mother, is not only my bestfriend but a dear sister, too. Hope to see you soon. :)

Ciao! :)

Hanging on For Life

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My aunt asked me yesterday to search for a picture of Mama Mary holding a fetus that she will use for their badge. On the 30th day of November, Legion of Mary will hold its annual general reunion and usually a badge is made to represent a certain preasidium.

As I do my research I came accross with this picture which really strikes me. I hope that through this picture, a lot of woman will have a second thought of committing abortion. In the first place, though abortion may be legal in some countries, but hey! abortion is not legal and will never be in the laws of God.

I have found this Bible verses on what the Bible says about abortion.

Romans 1:16 (English Standard Version)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 6:3-4
3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 10:9-10
9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Mark 16:16
16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 17:30
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Acts 2:38
38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16
16And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.


Pay a close attention on the encircled portion of the picture. See the little hand of a baby clinging on to the surgeon’s finger. That is baby Samuel Alexander Armas. He was born on December 2, 1999. To this day, he is already 8 years old.

I really having goosebumps while I’m looking at this picture.

Click here to read about the story behind this.

We should always remember that a child is not a choice. And a child or having a baby, is a wonderful gift from God that has to be loved and cared for.

Three years and counting

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Last October 28, I celebrated my 3rd year of being a mother. As I look back, I think about the many things that happened in the last 3 years. I remembered the day I learned I am pregnant.

I was in Lucena City then, where ney and I will meet. Though I have a feeling already that I am pregnant, but I wasn’t really sure about it. One thing I remember that made me think I am was, frequent urination.  I researched about it and found out that it was one of the “obvious” signs that someone is pregnant.

When I arrived in Lucena that was sometime in March, 2005, I bought a pregnancy kit from a drugstore and headed my way to the hotel. I tested my urine sample and voila! It was positive. I did not feel any sadness or fear when I learned that I have a growing baby in my womb. I even uttered, “Oh well, so I am real woman!”. :)

The first person I phoned in to share that happy moment was my bestfriend, Daisy. She was actually 6 months pregnant then. I was laughing when I spilled out the news. When ney, arrived at the hotel, I showed him the preg test results  and he couldn’t believe it. In fact he bought 3 more pregnancy test kits of different brands. Of course, it only gave the same “positive” results. :)

Since, I will be on a long travel when I go back to Manila, we went to St. Anne hospital there and had a check up. The doctor prescribed a certain medicine (which I don’t remember anymore :) ) which will keep the baby in tack.

I have not told my mother about it until my tummy is already 3 months. But then, mothers are mothers and they have this “motherly instinct”. Hehehe!!! She noticed that I no longer wear tight pants which I normally wear when I go to work. I always vomit at night (maybe because I was in gy shift then, so it’s like “morning” when I vomit before going to work), and I wasn’t able to clean my mess thoroughly for I really felt weak after throwing up. One more thing, she noticed that there were pieces of garlic which hanged in the window near my bed. :) You see, in Philippine mythical creatures, there are tales about “aswang” who will try to get your baby from your tummy and eat it. They do it by sucking their long tongue into the expectant mother’s womb. Stories says that fetus in the womb smells very good for those creatures. And, garlic for them are stinky. My grandmother told me once that every “aswang” is accompanied of a “tiktik”. A ”tiktik” is actually a bird that gives signal to people. She said that when you hear the sound of “tiktik” loud, that means “aswang” is still away and it actually gives you a warning of an upcoming danger. But if you hear tiktik sound quite low, or seems like it came from a distant, that means aswang is just around the corner.

Before I thought, ”tiktik” are  aswang’s “side kick”. But then, it is actually a friend to people. She said that tiktiks are true though she has not seen one in her entire life, though. But she heard its sound many times already.

When I had my first ultrasound, I asked my cousin to accompany me to the doctor. Of course my mother really felt bad about it. I remember she told me once, that she’ll not take care of my baby. Oh well, she loves my baby more than she loves me.. :)

I really cannot explain the feelings I felt when I first saw my baby’s heartbeat as the doctor performed the ultrasound.

Like any other pregnant woman, I had my own difficulties during pregnancy. I experienced frequent contraction. In fact, I was advised by my OB to have a month bed rest for I had a pre-mature labor when my baby was 8 months then.

When I was younger, I was so idealistic about life. I want my first born to be a boy. Oh well, that was before I got pregnant. When I was pregnant, I really don’t care whether my baby is a boy or a girl as long as the the baby is healthy and beautiful. But ney wanted to have a baby girl. We bought baby dresses and things which were mostly colored pink. We didn’t know yet the gender of our baby then. 

A day after we bought the baby items, I had my ultrasound and found out that it is indeed a baby girl. Ney was very happy. I am happy, too.

In the early mornings of October 27, 2005, I woke up for I felt like peeing. Before I can jump out of the bed, I pee. So I thought I did. But it was actually my water bag.

Ney and I went to the hospital that morning at around 8AM. I had my labor for 8 hours. At around, 5:55PM I gave birth to a beautiful baby who is a wonderful gift from God.

As the years pass so fast, my princess is now 3 years old. For the last 3 years, I reflected on how i have  been a mother  to my baby. I know that I am not a perfect mother, but I am doing my best to be fine mother to her. I know that motherhood is a tough job. A priceless job yet the most fulfilling of all jobs. Thanks to my mom who’s always been there to guide me. :)

There was a time that I once told myself, if only I could spare her from all pains and difficulties this world might give her, then I would. But then, I would be very selfish if I would do that. I know that she may need to go through a lot of pain and undertakings for her to be strong and to be a wise person as she continues her journey in this life.

For whatever happens, I will always be her mother who will love her and take care of her. Even if she will have her own family in the future, I will always be here for her. :)  


Save Your Baby from Mental Retardation

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When I gave birth about 3 years ago, I was advised by the resident pediatrician that my baby has to undergo new born screening. It cost around a thousand then. I am not familiar with what newborn screening is. But if it is for my baby’s good health, then we had her undergo newborn screening. And Antoinette was about 3 days old.

For the benefit of all the first time moms and expectant moms who don’t know what newborn screening is, I have these research done for you. :)

What is newborn screening?

Newborn screening is a simple procedure to find out if your baby has a congenital metabolic retardation or even death if left untreated.

Why is it important to have newborn screening?

Most babies with metabolic disorders look normal at birth. One will never know that the baby has the disorder until the signs and symptoms are manifested. By this time, irreversible consequences are already present.

When is newborn screening done?

Newborn screening is ideally done on the 48th-72nd hours of life. However, it may also be done 24 hours from birth. Some disorders are not detected if the test is done earlier than 24 hours.

How is newborn screening done?

Newborn screening is a simple procedure. Using the heel prick method (it may sound simple but my baby was really hurt when she underwent newborn screening ?) a few drops of blood are taken from the baby’s heel and blotted on a special absorbent filter card. The blood is dried for 4 hours and sent to the Newborn Screening Center.

A negative screen means that the newborn screening result is normal. While a positive result means that the new born baby must be brought back to his/her health practitioner for further testing.

Why newborn screen your baby?

 What are these disorders to be checked in Newborn screening?

1) Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH)

CH results from lack or absence of thyroid hormone, which is essential to growth of the brain and the body. If the disorder is not detected and hormone replacement is not initiated within four (4) weeks, the baby’s physical growth will be stunted. He/she may suffer from mental retardation.

2) Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

CAH is an endocrine disorder disorder that causes severe salt loss, dehydration and abnormally high levels of male sex hormones in both boys and girls. If not detected and treated early, babies may die within 7-14 days.

3) Galactosemia (GAL)

GAL is a condition in which the body is unable to process galactose, the sugar present in milk. Accumulation of excessive galactose in the body can cause many problems, including liver damage, brain damage and cataracts.

4) Phenylketonuria (PKU)

PKU is a rare condition in which the baby cannot properly use one of the building blocks of protein called phenylalanine. Excessive accumulation of phenylalanine in the blood causes brain damage.

5) Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (G6PD Def)

G6PD deficiency is a condition in which the body lacks the enzyme called G6PD. Babies with this deficiency may have hemolytic anemia resulting from exposure to certain drugs, foods and chemicals.

The Mother in ME

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Motherhood starts on the day you conceived your baby. It’s not just when you give birth to your child. It’s been three years since I become a mother. Three years and still counting:)!

I went to Megamall last Monday and bought a stainless mug for me. I don’t know but I really can’t help not to buy something for my little girl I bought her 3 pairs of pajamas.

Antoinette will turn 3 this coming October 28. Sometimes, I just smiled thinking how time passes by so fast. I remember the time I learned that I was pregnant. My family didn’t learn about it until my tummy is around 3 months. But of course and as always, my mother has been suspicious and has a thought that I am conceiving. Why? She noticed that I am not wearing tight jeans which I used to. I’m not wearing body fit shirts, and I prefer to wear sandals instead of my boots and stilettos!

But the most remarkable thing I did which gave my mother a confirmation that her thoughts are correct, was when she found pieces of garlic hanging on the window beside my bed! As we know, garlic drives away bad creatures who will try to “steal” your baby, even when it is still inside you.

I remember Mama told me that she’s not going to take care of my baby. Because I got pregnant out of wed lock. Well, she loves Antoinette now more than she loves me. How did I know? She told me ?!

Have I been a good and responsible mother to Antoinette? Being a first time mother, it was quite difficult. But I believe that I have been a good and responsible mother. With the help of my own mom, I learned to be more patient and responsible. I have sacrificed a lot for her, too. I love my daughter very much. I thank my own mother for being a role model to me.

Antoinette is growing up as a smart and adventurous girl. At her age, she can differentiate a cheetah from leopard, a toad from a frog and a crocodile from alligator. She first learned about animals instead of ABC’s. She can identify colors, too. She can count 1 to 15, but she finds ABC a bit boring. I’m not an expert mother though. But through books and experiences, I learned .

Some tips to share? Well, during your pregnancy, be happy :) ! A baby is a bundle of joy and a special gift from God. Avoid getting stress for your baby will feel the same. Don’t deprive yourself from eating, but be responsible on what you eat. It’s not only you who should be satisfied but the baby as well. Get enough rest and sleep. Visit your OB and drink only advised medicines.

Talk to your baby, while touching your tummy. Believe me, your baby hears you. Listen to soothing music. Some says, it is good to listen to classical music for baby’s intellectual being. Well, I just listened to the CD of Lea Salonga which was given by my kumpare Bonnie. If I know the lyrics, I sing to my baby. When the baby is about 5 months, you will feel him/her moving. The baby responds to you.

When the baby is hungry and you’re depriving yourself from eating, you will feel your baby kicking as if asking you to eat. Well. I had that experience. I prefer to sleep rather that eat. And so when Antoinette was inside my tummy, she kept moving and kicking that made me uncomfortable to sleep. When I eat and feel that my baby’s hunger has been satisfied, she was silent and I think she’s fast asleep.

Always make your baby feel that they love. Everyday, I tell Nonet, “I love you.” Then I kiss and hug her. When she was still a baby, and I tell her I love her, she’ll smile. But now, when I say I love you to her. She will reply back with “I love you, mommy” or “mahal kita, mommy”. It is so sweet of her.

Motherhood is a gift from God. Babies are little angels who lift our spirit, who inspire and motivate us. Oftentimes, I felt sad for babies and children being aborted or abandoned. Who would know, that those unborn children would become an extraordinary people of our century.


Happy Babies!

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My nephews JB and JC spent a 2-week vacation in our house. JB is 2 and JC is one. Ofcourse, Nonet was very happy. But our house was a mess. Hehehe!!! Having 3 toddlers who are so restless, playful and very “makulit”, our neighbors will actually hear me yelling at the top my voice.. :)

That’s Nonet. JB is the one pointing to the camera, while JC is busy with her feeding bottle.

This is JC. He’s the youngest of the two sons of my cousin, Catherine.

This one is JB and Tita Patty. 

Wonder what brand of diaper they’re wearing?!?

This Nica. She’s 8 months old. She’s the daughter of my cousin Christopher.

I’ve got five more nieces and nephews in my father’s side of the family.

These are my Ate Marianne’s children with my sister, Patty. The one in yellow sando is Lawrence. Then Yves is in red. Danielle Ericka who’s in pink, is the eldest. And Audrey is baby my sister is holding.

This is Hans Lawrence.

This is Stephanie Nicole. She’s the daughter of my cousin Vernadette.

My sisters and other cousins say that Ykay(Danielle Ericka) is the prettiest among them. I agree. But, the cutest and smartest among the cousins is none other than..

Antoinette Ylea Jesuita. Where did she get her beauty and smartness? Well, do I really need to answer that? :)

Legalizing Abortion in the Philippines?

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I was on my way home the other day with my sister when I heard the news about House Bill 4110 or Reproductive Heath Bill being discussed in the lower house. I have not read or seen the bill but what alarmed me is that, part of the said bill is legalizing abortion in the Philippines. I heard one of the bill’s authors said that they stated abortion being legal for we have to think about the rape victims who got pregnant.

I understand that rape victims do not want to have a child out of that traumatic experience. But come to think of it. If abortion will be legalized then a lot will take advantage of it.

We know that abortion is being practiced by some. But what more if it become legal? It is sinful and the one who undergo abortion is actually taking the life of an innocent child. Some may even contest that, the conceived egg is only a mass of blood and has no form yet, but it has a life already.

What about responsibility and obligation? If ever a woman gets pregnant but she’s not ready to take the responsibility of being a mother yet, then she has the option to commit abortion. How many babies will never be born?  Every minute, there could be a thousand babies who will never see the world, if this bill will turn into law.

If a survey will be conducted about this, I will strongly disagree. I remember a sign painted on one of the buildings along Shaw Boulevard going to Quiapo. It shows a picture of Jesus holding a tiny baby on His hand. There is message underneath it which says, “THIS IS CHILD NOT A CHOICE.”

I really get affected when I hear a news about babies being abandoned. Babies being left in a pile of garbage. Being thrown out of the building or a taxi. I don’t know how their mothers bear in their conscience such act.

Being a mother, I only want to give the best for my baby. I will protect her up to my last breath. I hope and pray that this part of the said bill will never turn into law.

..my little princess

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… I named my little girl, Antoinette in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of missing objects..

… when I was I think, 6-7 months pregnant, I lost my cat whom I cared for since it was a kitten, it’s name is Chaka.. Chaka has been with me since 2003.. he’s even older than my own daughter!

…almost every day I, my mom and my sisters looked for him.. we searched every nearby “esquinita” ..even at night, although it was dangerous for a pregnant woman, my mom accompanied me to look for him..he was gone for more than a week..

…one day, while I’m in the office, I came across with a website, www.overcomproblems.com, I found St. Anthony de Padua’s novena for missing articles.. I uttered the novena and three days after, my cat was home…

..another incident was, when I and my fiancé went to SM Cubao to buy some stuff for him and the baby, I lost my wallet.. my important IDs like SSS, Philhealth, HMO and ATM card were in it.. we didn’t know how we lost it.. we reported it to the Security Officers of SM and they told us that all the lost and found items are documented.. they told me to call the following day to check if my wallet has been found…

…I knew that the money will never be with it anymore.. what was important to me was to have the wallet back for my IDs were there and I need those specially when I give birth..

…I then uttered the prayer of St. Anthony de Padua.. Alas! Three days later, somebody contacted my sister and told her that my wallet was found in his taxi. As expected, the money was not there but my IDs and ATM were retrieved..

Ylea, came from her father’s name.. her daddy’s name is Leonard… he wanted the name lea to be in our daughter’s name.. to make it unique, he added Y to lea and so it became, Ylea..

Jesuita, was also given by her father…why? I don’t know..he said he got that name from the Bible… and so our little princess was named Antoinette Ylea Jesuita


singing the motherhood in me..

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…I gave birth to a healthy baby girl on October 28, 2005..at the age of 24, I thought that was too early to have a baby, for having a baby takes a big responsibility as well..

…at around 4AM of that day, I went to the john to pee..I thought it was just call of nature.. I never realized that later that day I’m about to be a mother..

..my mom told me that it was my already the so called “water bag”.. I woke up my fiancé and told him that it’s time to go to the hospital.. being an tech support in me, I helped my neighbor to fix her printer before going to the hospital..

…I wasn’t nervous though.. while me and my honey were on our way to the hospital, I was just laughing and talking.. I remembered him being nervous than me.. Well, the good Lord and Mama Mary, my guardian angel, the prayers of my family, the prayers of my patront saints made me strong and relax during that day..

…often, people would say that when a woman is giving birth, her life is at stake as well.. true though.. and this is not to scare you.. true because, the process of giving birth, the labor pain.. the blood that you’re about to lose..everything.. that’s why, I know a lot of prayers do work..

…Labor pains? Oh my! I can’t explain how painful it was! I was at the labor room and I was shouting at the nurses.. I remembered asking them, “Akala ko ba painless!”… Hehehe!!! the normal delivery was painless for I had general anesthesia.. but the labor pain was not! I had my labor for almost 10 hours!

… at around 5:55 PM of October 28. 2005 I gave birth to a very loveable baby, Antoinette Ylea Jesuita Amandy-Labrador.. she’s 6.2 Lbs.. her looks are more of his father…

… the first time I saw her from the delivery room, I thought I saw her with almond shape head.. and I told myself, why does her head look like that… well, maybe that was a side effect of anesthesia… hehehe!!!

…when I saw my mom after I gave birth, I cried.. I don’t know… maybe because, I had experienced the same pain she had gone through when she gave birth to me.. and I remembered all my wrong doings.. that threatens me?!? Not really..

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