And so, the baby has arrived. Dad and mom need a day or night off to recharge. But, the little one won't sleep! Or his sleep pattern is so erratic it's unpredictable, therefore, they cannot leave the tot to a nanny or grandparent since sometimes only the parents or the mom in particular can put him to sleep. It might be counterintuitive to have a family sleepover at a hotel since it's not home and the baby most likely will be sensitive to the new surroundings; but wouldn't it be great to have … [Read more...]
Pregnancy Woes, Cymplified!
Ahh...Pregnancy! It does bring out the worst in women at times. Take me, for example, I know I already have some challenges in qualities as a person. But I think being pregnant magnifies them a hundred times. What are these, you ask? For one, Clumsiness. No, I haven't fallen from the stairs...yet! I don't want to imagine the excruciating pain that's going to cause. It's just that the whole shifting of my center of gravity, looser joints thing gets to me sometimes: accidentally bumping … [Read more...]
Sustaining Breastfeeding, Cymplified!
Sustaining breastfeeding, something I have not accomplished with my first two children. I am hoping I will be able to with my third. The wonderful benefits of breastfeeding should be able to empower me, even if I lack adequate knowledge, lack support and get discouraged easily. It's nice to have a friend who's also pregnant with her first baby and who's bent on acquiring all the information she could get by taking advantage of the classes and seminars offered nowadays. I wouldn't be informed … [Read more...]
We all need something to motivate us at home (chores, anyone?), at work, and even for the (supposedly healthy) lifestyle that we lead. Our efforts should always be rewarded somehow. One challenge I am facing at present is how to encourage my 4-year-old daughter to do her homework. What incentive must I employ to get her to have the desire to do her tasks from school? She is smart and I know she would do them well if only she wants to. "What's in it for me?" A question we sometimes … [Read more...]
Helper needed, but not always wanted. Here in the Philippines, helpers and/or nannies are considered needs. It seemed the demand for them had risen higher over time. Before, employers had the luxury of choosing a suitable one for their household. It was the helpers who were wanting to be hired and would work hard to please the moms. But nowadays, it is the helpers who call the shots regarding their salary, their working schedules, and whether they would help with the kids or not. Almost 5 … [Read more...]
Books of the Bible Song, Cymplified!
One of the ways to really know God's Word is by studying it. I really admire the people who know the Bible verses by heart. People absorb knowledge in different ways. Some by looking at photos, some by watching tutorial videos, some by reading words. If you learn by music or by singing it out loud, then this song could help you commit to memory the books of the Bible. What an interesting way of memorizing! Until now, I have not done so, even though I came from a Christian high school. … [Read more...]
"Promises are made to be broken." It seems this holds true these days, even among friends and family. And it is sad that words aren't honored anymore. And there's nothing we can do but to forgive them for breaking their promises. It is just disheartening to count on them anymore. I feel such a huge guilt because I promised my daughter we would take her to the beach come vacation. School is about to start and we haven't gone out of town yet. It's too bad that we cannot afford to, yet. But I … [Read more...]