Back after a very long hiatus

18 Aug

I have never opened my blog after my last post which was a year and almost 6 months ago. I have not done so for so many reasons: I got so busy juggling motherhood, being a wife and work. But hey, those are just three things but let’s break it down a little bit. Motherhood means parenting, breastfeeding, making milk, feeding solids, running after my son who is now a toddler, picking up toys, arranging books (in a particular order because im OC just ike that), looking after my yaya (who needs constant follow-up), washing butts, rocking, singing ang dancing my toddler to naps and evening slumber. On top of that, let me not forget that before I became a mom, i was a wife and so I have to take care of my husband too because that’s when I am reminded that we should never stop dating and having fun and just be parents. My work, on the other hand, which takes me away from home for almost 12 hours in a day, demands a lot too. So there, blogging went out of the window.

However, I am pregnant again with my second child and I thought that I should really go back to blogging since I will be cherishing the rest of my pregnancy at home( yes, I’m quutting my job effective on the 20th), while watching my son do new things everyday and spending time with him before the new baby comes in March.

And so, I welcome ME back to the blog world.

Love,

Mela

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Along came Lucas

9 Apr

It has been over a month since our Lucas arrived and eversince then, he has rocked our mornings and evenings. Lucas, who looks a lot like his dad but embodies certain charactetistics of mine, has ruled our bedroom and the entire household. My husband and I are quite amazed how such a tiny snip of a little man can be bossy and demanding but rewarding at the same time.

Lucas who is now a month and a few days old continues to show off his different faces and attitudes and no matter how exhausting parenthood can be, at the end of the day, we can’t help but beam with a smile for the child that he is.

We love you Lucas! Daddy and I are so blessed and lucky to have you.

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1 Apr

My husband’s blog entry about our son, Lucas, his favorite subject to photograph.

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My wife, Mela, and I named him Lucas Iñigo delos Santos Enricuso. He is our first born. Having a child is unnerving. Despite all our knowledge… we still wish that babies would come with a manual. Lucas is awake at night and asleep in the morning… throwing a monkey-wrench into our body clocks. He eats, poops and sleeps… sometimes cries out for reasons we cannot understand. And yet despite all these… Lucas has captured our hearts.

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1 Apr

My husband whose photos I have been using in my blog is now in WordPress. Check his blog here for awesome photos!

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Last Easter Sunday my wife and I brought my aunt and uncle to Plantation Bay Resort for merienda. The breathtaking view of the resort with the exceptional great food at Kalimanjaro Cafe made it a perfect afternoon.

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Surviving D-day

14 Mar

“I have made tthe most important discovery of my life. It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logic or reason can be found. I’m only here because of you. You are the only reason I am…you are all my reasons.” 

A few months back, I created this blog so I can share with family and friends and to whoever comes across my blog the joys of being a mother. Indeed, nothing really prepares you for it. How I wish there was a manual that tells you exactly what needs to be done from the day your buddle of joy is born up to the time he becomes independent. However, there is none. All the books and what-not tell you waht to expect but nothing tells you about the unexpected.

Last March 5 I went through a 12-hour labor before giving birth to my son, Lucas. It was hard labor with the kind of pain I never could have imagined. I started feeling painful contractions at 10 the evening before. My husband was quite hesitant to rush me to the hospital since we had a false alarm incident last month. By 3 AM, my contractions were getting stronger and regular. I thought I could wait until my husband leaves for the hospital at 6:30 AM so we could just go together but at 5 in the morning, I was already writhing in pain.

When we got to the labor room, the OB resident in charge took a look at me and said I was dilated 2cm, 50 % effaced. No change since my last check-up. But why the pain? I was getting frustated for I didn’t want to be sent home again! Anyhow, they monitored my contractions and saw that indeed they were getting stronger. I was really in deep pain at 7 in the morning. My husband didn’t go into OR anymore that day. Instead, he sat beside me in the labor room and comforted me by massaging my lower back during and in between contractions.

My OB arrived and the moment I saw her, I just started to cry. She held my hand and we prayed together. The first thing she asked was if I wanted to go home and wait another day. I said I can no longer wait. Okay, she said. What a relief when I heard that. Thank God, I knew I was gonna have my baby that day!

The hours seemed to come and go. I didn’t even bother to look at the time anymore. Good thing they gave me Demphen to alleviate the pain. I was dozing off the rest of my labor but the pain was still there, clear and present.

Since we decided to have a normal delivery, I was not given any anesthetic. At one point I said to my husband that I didn’t think I could do it. I swear I was gonna pass out anytime. I was literally begging for epidural. Mind you, the pain was intense in the real sense of the word!

4PM. My OB did an internal exam to check how far I have dilated. Even that was painful. I was also instructed to push at her cue so the baby would descend. We did this a couple of times. The next series of events became a blur to me. Next thing I knew I was already inside the delivery room. my husband was with me the entire time. He became my strength when I almost lost mine.

A couple more pushes before I heard, ” baby out”. There was no cry. The baby had his umblicial cord wrapped around his neck. It was so surreal. I didn’t know what to think or how to feel. Then my husband whispered to me that the baby was alright. That moment, I passed out.

I could go on and on about surviving D-day but anyone who is not yet a mother couldn’t even begin to understand what I am talking about. In the end, it was worth it. The next day, I held Lucas in my arms and I felt complete. I looked at him and gazed at my husband who was with me all the way, and then there was peace and contentment.

To my husband. Christian and son, Lucas, this blog entry is for you. You are the best part of everyday.

I am sharing with you some priceless photographs of D-day, March 5, 2013.

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Baby Shower

14 Jan

This is seriously a late post. Forgive me if I had been remiss in updating my blog. My apologies. I had been busy during the past month that I hardly had the time to work on my blog entries.

Moving on. Last December, I went home to Davao City for a few days to visit my family. Since my sister who now resides in Manila with her two lovely daughters were also in town for the holidays, they (my mom, my sister and her daughters) threw a baby shower in my honor. I had no idea what they had in store for me but I was so delighted and thrilled to see how they arranged everything, from the little details to the party favors. I was surrounded by mostly family members and a few of my former students back in college. My bestfriends, Karla and Kitkat weren’t able to join since they’re based in Manila and Cotabato respectively and were scheduled to come home at a later date. Nevertheless, I was showered with love.

Thank you to all those who came and shared this time with me and my family. I am super excited to use all your gifts for baby Lucas. Most of all, thank you to my mom who bought all the materials for the props and for organizing the shower, to my sister for her presence, without which, this gathering would have been dull. If you met her, you would understand why. To my nieces, Paola and Andrea, thank you for arranging the program. I didn’t realize how grown-up you have become.

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Here are some photos.

With my nieces and my mom before leaving the house for the shower

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Our in-house decorator, AA, used my Guess How Much I love You series as props. For those of you who follow this blog regularly, you know the story behind this.

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Becoming mommy: 27 weeks

22 Dec

When I first started this blog, I said that I would document the adventures and misadventures of pregnancy and motherhood. After all, being a mom is one highlight in my dragon year. I am at the end of my second trimester as I write this blog entry and looking back at the several weeks that passed, I have to thank the second trimester for giving me a smooth sailing ride all throughout it. I have been feeling like my usual old self (with a pregnant belly in tow, of course), cheerful and energetic. That’s really a good thing, with the holiday rush and all that, I need all the energy I could get.

Since I am almost saying goodbye to my second trimester, my husband thought it would be a great idea if we did a maternity shoot, before my feet begin to swell and fatigue starts to kick in again. So last Sunday, he, along with our pediatrician, Dr. Glinda del Prado and our good friend Mai (Shutterfairy Photography), organized a photoshoot. It was my second encounter with Dr. Glinda, the first was when we were introduced at her clinic. She’s really sweet and down to earth. I am glad to have met her and I am looking forward to visit her in her clinic with our little bundle of joy.

I am so blessed and lucky that Christian is such a supportive husband and dad. What would I do without him?

Here are some photos from my husband.

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