my little snuggly bear..

no more staying up late at night for me, my new mantra is to sleep when my son sleeps.

i would normally wait for my son to sleep so i can give my full attention to blogging or whatever task am doing and would normally end up staying up late into the night till the wee hours of the morning before i hit the sheets and my son ending up sleeping on his own in our bed where we are supposed to be co-sleeping!

we’ve started co-sleeping since jared was brought home from the hospital, first having his crib at arm’s reach (cause i was afraid at that time that i might crush him while we sleep so he has to stay in the crib for a while until i had enough guts to have him lay beside me in bed)  in my bedside so i can attend to his every need in a drop of a hat, and after a few weeks have him sleeping beside me or in my chest.

i have read quite a few interesting facts on co-sleeping and  is fully convinced that babies benefit much from it, even reducing the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), being less susceptible to stress related disorders and will, in later life, exhibit more independence than their peers. plus, mother-instinctively-speaking, i felt it is the best thing to do.  and it wasn’t only my son who’s benefiting from it.  i seem to relax more when i feel his breathing rise and fall and consciously would hold my breath a little to sync with his. plus i love the smell of my baby, for me it is my small bit of heaven (or big bit as my boy is quite a big baby!) i delight in the pleasure of having my son and all his 12-kilo (or more since it has bee a month since we’ve last been to his pedia) glory lay on my chest as he sleeps soundly.add to that the joy that it brings me to feel him tug me close while he sleeps or reach for me when he awakens, the bliss that is motherhood…

so the new routine now goes: i sleep with my son when he sleeps and if i wake up later on, say 2 or 3am, that’s when i plug in the pc again or read a book or go to the loo (that’s the bathroom) as quickly as i can, or anything i can do without leaving the room or waking my son up. but if i sleep soundly, blame it on my son for rubbing it on me, then it’s another long uninterrupted (save for the times i had to wake up so jared can feed or when i had to change his dappy) sleep and a more than welcome change.

how about you, when did you start co-sleeping with your baby?

 

pink for october..

you’ve probably encountered an assortment of colours here, i’ve gone green and of course, in honor of the little man in my life, from whom the inspiration to make this blog came from, the blog theme all throughout has to be blue/green. this month, though, to support a very worth cause, jared’s little corner of the world.. has gone pink to support breast cancer awareness month.


Breast cancer is the number one cancer in the Philippines with a 40% mortality rate. In fact in 2007 alone, there were about 13,000 new breast cancer cases in the country and out of than, 7,582 patients died. Very alarming if you ask me, and i believe it is high time that we help raise awareness on this concern so we can reach out to as many women as we can, and hopefully, in one way or another, help out in early detection, cure or even preventing this big C!

here are a few ways how:

1. arm ourselves with important information on breast cancer
2. get regular breast cancer screenings
3. show support to breast cancer advocacy organizations,
4. eat right, pepper your diet with leafy green and yellow vegetables, fruits and unrefined cereals and lastly,
5. stop smoking

let us all turn pink this month to raise cancer awareness, for more info visit www.pinkforoctober.org



 

it’s not easy being green…says who?

long before talks on global warming and recycling were everywhere, my first valuable lessons on loving mother nature came from my parents. early on in life we were taught the simplest ways to help save the environment like turning off the faucet when not in use, using basin when we do our “pag-uurong” (that’s washing the dishes), keeping the opening of the refrigerator  door to a minimum, cleaning the surrounding and not being a litterbug and unplugging electric appliances when not in use.  later on in life, i think the habit was stuck on me and it has become a way of living.  while still working, you will find me carrying my thermos around the office everyday, saves loads on coffee cartons and plastic cups! i would also always have spoon and fork and a set of microwavable stashed in my locker so i won’t have to use plastic come eating time. i would refuse the plastic utensils and tissues when having takeouts or takeaways. i would even bring home the microwaveable my friends would just otherwise throw away, i recycle them at home and there are just numerous ways to reuse them.
 
old habits die hard and now that i am a mum myself, i still carry on with what my parents taught me and more, i segregate the garbage, keep what’s recyclable in a different container (mineral water bottles, milk cans, paper and card boards, plastic caps) and sell it to the neighborhood junk shop, i even joined world wildlife fund . hopefully i will be able to pass this on to my son so he will be a nature-loving, earth-friendly guy when he grows up!
for mother earth, a simple act of kindness can go a long way and every little thing we do counts. today you can start by turning your blog carbon neutral, and then try to do one good deed for mother earth each day. if you run out of ideas check out my green tips on the side, it will give you loads of suggestions to help you turn green, (the other day i just found out  i can use milk cartons as alternative pots for plants, so from now on i will never be throwing my nestle milk tetra), or better yet get you own green tips here for your blog. at the end of the month you would’ve done 30 good deeds and if all of us will start maybe one day our planet will heal and hopefully we will  sure have a better planet for our children and the generations to come next.
cheers to a healthier mother earth!
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