Thursday, December 12, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Dutch Vergara

Brace yourselves for my cousin-in-law Dutch Vergara! (You must remember her from my feature of their romantic vintage wedding here.) 

She's always been the fashionable one - she's got the height, the body, and the taste. So it didn't come as a surprise that her maternity outfits look like they came straight from glossy magazines; I always knew she'd rock her first pregnancy! 

So have a feast with her buntis OOTDs and learn from her tips, too. Here's my darling Dutchie and her take on maternity fashion:



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Dress for comfort and be stylish as well. I love wearing dresses because I find myself having to deal with constantly wanting to pee every 30 minutes. I wish I had a bigger bladder:) I get rid of wearing heels because of the pregnancy-induced clumsiness so I always wear flat shoes that have excellent support.


Maxi dresses are a must-have and it will be useful after the pregnancy.Spice up the dress with a skinny belt just around the empire waist so you can rock your baby bump. Just add a denim jacket over it and you will be ready to go! You can be ready for the day in a blink of an eye.



You can even wear these even when you aren’t pregnant. Your figure isgonna change rapidly, new curves and new size but don’t worry about repeating your clothes. I try not to buy so many maternity outfits, because I would rather spend on buying onesies for my little baby bear.


You can never go wrong with black and white. Its simple and classic.The elastic waistband trouser is my favorite. It gives room to my expanding belly.


Don’t hide yourself over baggy clothing or your husband’s wardrobe, celebrate your pregnancy and try to look as fabulous as always. You don’t need to spend a fortune but in case you have to, buy clothes that will grow with your body. Invest in :
  • at least one perfect pair of maternity jeans (or two)
  • a good bra for your growing breasts and comfortable underwear
  • tank tops, camisoles
  • Maxi dresses
  • Slip-on shoes
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Hey, I've run out of mommas to feature! So please, hahaha! If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Loy de Leon


This post is long overdue. Loy is still pregnant (and fashionably so!) in the photos below, but now, she's already enjoying her little bundle of joy. Pardon the delay - I just find the maternity fashion feature articles so fun that I'm trying to space them out.

Loy de Leon is also a lawyer, and she was recommended by Anna because she finds her fashionably pregnant, too! And boy, I must agree! My favorite in her wardrobe is the red dress paired with a denim jacket. She inspires me; seeing the way she matches and mixes, I must admit, I'm not really trying hard enough to look better when pregnant. Must improve! 

So, thanks Loy for the inspiration, and for being gracious enough to accommodate this feature a day before your due date! And of course, congratulations on your baby.

Here's Loy and her take on maternity fashion: 
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Invest in a few items that will grow with you. Mostly clothes in jersey and stretchy lightweight material. The dresses/tops below are not from maternity lines. Choose material that adjusts as body grows and changes. Stick to basic colors and stripes. Accessorize with scarves and necklaces. Wore heels until 18 weeks. After that, sandals and flats all the way!







On the third trimester, I rarely wore pants! Buttons, zippers, waistbands are torturous. It's all about comfort. Maxi dresses also hid my swollen legs during the last few weeks. Haha.






Simple, practical and no-fuss tips, plus a lot of inspiring photos. That's Loy for you! =)

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If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next Maternity Fashion feature! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

32 Weeks - and other pregnancy news

I hit the 32nd week this week - only 8 weeks to go and I'm ready to pop! 

Again, I'm happy to share that everything is okay thus far. But that's not to say that this pregnancy has been totally worry-free. 

In fact, during my last check up some two weeks ago, my OB informed me that I lack 10 lbs. from my ideal weight gain. (I weighed only 118 lbs. when I should be hitting 128 lbs. already.) 

Also, my amniotic fluid is in "high normal" mark. According to my OB, the amniotic fluid indicates the baby's urine - which if too much or too little can present problems. She discussed a number of reasons why the baby and the mother's system produce too much amniotic fluid, like possible cases of hydrocephaly, a rupture in the baby's intestine, and Down Syndrome, to name a few. 

Of course, I was worried and anxious to know if there was any trouble with my baby. But she said she found none of the symptoms of those cases during our Congenital Anomaly Scan. "Some woman just carry with plenty of amniotic fluid, and you might be one of them," she said. Anyway, she added that I'm at "high normal", which is still within the normal range.

I've also had a number of routine tests completed. My OGTT came back negative for gestational diabetes. We did the Congenital Anomaly Scan and the result was normal, too. Thank God.

Unfortunately, I've been gobbling down sweets and caffeine these days :( I know, it's bad for me and the baby. But I seem to grow a sweet tooth and an enormous appetite everytime I hit the last trimester. (Same thing happened when I was pregnant with Zohan.)

Also, I've been waddling and finding it more and more difficult to move around. Unfortunately, my calendar of hearings is extremely full and unforgiving up until January next year. (My maternity leave starts in February.) Taking the stairs, riding the MRT/LRT, hailing an elusive cab, walking with folders on hand - all of them have been giving me a hard time now.

I'm trying to slow down, but how does one do that with a fulltime work that includes being out in the field? And also, in other news, Zohan has entered the "terrible two" phase and I am constantly at the receiving end of his tantrums and kicks and wailings. So, goodluck to me.

Anyway, here's my photo at 32 weeks:


Taken at Baby Kloud's Baptism. 32 weeks in this photo.

That's it for now. Maybe the next update will be about my delivery. Wohooo! I hope everything goes well as I progress towards the D-day. So excited!!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Where to Eat in San Fernando, Pampanga

I had a hearing last Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga; and since I still didn't know how to drive (2014 resolution!), I had to request my husband to drive for me. He'd be leaving for the States the following Sunday, so it really seemed like the perfect time to consider that day our little date.  

A few years back, my former officemates and I went out on a food trip to Pampanga. It was my first time there and we really had a grand time, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to blog about it. (Just in case you want to venture on a food trip, try VFW Canteen, Everybody's Cafe, Bretto's and Nathaniel's, of course!)

Remembering my favorites from that food trip, I planned on bringing my husband to VFW Canteen in Angeles. But when he learned that we'd travel far only for the eggs benedict, he gave me "the stare" haha. And besides, the hearing took long and we were both famished, so we decided to take our late lunch at a good place nearby.

We voted on A La Creme, a restaurant famous for their steaks and cakes. 



It was conveniently located along McArthur Highway, just a few blocks away from the court. 

Here's what we had:


CHICKEN QUESADILLA
PRICE: P265
The chicken quesadilla was my favorite. It was gooey and cheesy, and plenty enough to be a meal on its own (although it was actually just an appetizer).

SALMON ALIO OGLIO
PRICE: P235
The pasta was my order. It didn't say in the menu description, but this was a bit spicy. Just add a little bit of olive oil and perfect na!

STEAK A LA CREME
PRICE: P385
The steak was for the husband. He said the meat was good, and I agreed. (But then, we don't have steaks very often, so we're not your most reliable source of food review. Haha.)

Of course, we had to try their desserts. We were told these two cakes were their bestsellers.

UBE MACAPUNO WITH WALNUTS
PRICE: P98

I was not a fan of ube macapuno cake, but I thought this was okay for the price.

SINFUL CHOCOLATE CAKE
PRICE: P122
The sinful chocolate cake was really sinful because it was too sweet! (Poco Deli at Mary Grace chocolate cake pa rin!)

Our verdict: The main course were all good, specially the chicken quesadilla. The desserts were just okay. 

And just because it was a rarity that we were out for a long time, just the two of us, that made me one happy pregnant woman. 


31 weeks in this photo.


'Til next food trip!

There are several branches of A la Creme all over Pampanga. But we visited the one located in CTH Building, McArthur Highway, Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga.








Monday, December 2, 2013

My kind of Monday

You know how Mondays were always associated with a heavy heart to go to work? Well, yesterday was Monday but it was a fun Monday for me. That's because I didn't go to work!

My husband left for the States last Sunday to attend an international convention. He'll be staying there for long (but he'll be back in time for my 30th birthday) so it was a really sad Monday for me. It was a good thing I didn't have a scheduled hearing so I didn't have to wake up earlier than usual. I was taking my time, goofing around with Zohan before I hit the shower, when he blurted,

"Nanay, di popis, ha? Nanay baba lang? (playground)
Pis. Poh mi?" (Please, for me.)

How could you say no to that? And that was the first time he requested that I skip work. So I instantly decided - it's going to be a fun Monday for both of us!

We went to the nearby McDonald's for breakfast. Zohan insisted that I carry him (I still do that despite me being all heavy with a 7-month old baby inside) and I obliged. 

Meet my little bugoy:






Those make-faces were all his ideas! 

After breakfast, we hit the playground and played until almost lunch time. Then, I met with some friends for lunch, and decided to report to work in the afternoon. My Monday was perfect - I got to spend time with my son, I was able to catch up with some friends, and was still able to work in the afternoon. It made me think that if only I have a business, perhaps this arrangement would be possible on a daily basis. 

How was your Monday? 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sausage Penne Pasta

Last weekend, I treated my husband to a home-cooked sausage penne pasta. He arrived from a weeklong seminar in Hong Kong, so Zohan and I greeted him with our pasta recipe made with lotsa lovin! ;)

Here's the little boy trying to help me out. I allowed him to peel off the dry portion of the onions. 


I got the recipe from Real Mom Kitchen  but as usual, I tweaked it again to suit our Pinoy taste. I used Delimondo's Schublig with cheese sausage, which was my husband's favorite. I also added canned mushrooms.

Here's my version:

Delimondo Sausage Penne Pasta

  • 500 grams uncooked penne pasta 
  • 4 pcs. Delimondo's Schublig with cheese sausage
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomato (I couldn't find a can with garlic so I roasted lots of garlic first and mixed it in.)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small can of diced mushrooms
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, mushrooms, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.
  4. Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.


The picture didn't look appetizing at all because I used the wrong photo effect! But the husband said this was the best pasta I've ever served him (and I've served him a lot since we started dating!) so that should make you believe me. Haha. Even Zohan said it was good; I paired it with banana grapes smoothie.


See the look of satisfaction in his face?


I might cook it for our Noche Buena. Go try it at home and let me know how it goes :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Anna Patajo

Today, we feature Anna Patajo, a fellow lawyer and blogger. Her blog is one of my favorites because it's very relaxed, refreshing and informative. Go visit her site at www.bluelawbyanna.blogspot.com and show some love :)

Just a side kwento - when I saw one of Anna's #themommycloset posts on Instagram (with the burger wife beater top, specifically) I was inspired to do a maternity fashion feature in this blog. So I really have to thank Anna, first for the inspiration, and second, for agreeing to be featured here. Thanks AAP! Hehe.

Without further ado, here's Anna and her take on maternity fashion:

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Dressing up for this pregnancy has been easier for me because 1) it's my 2nd pregnancy, and 2) I don't work full time.  With my first kid, it was much much tougher because I had to come up with maternity corporate attire 5 days a week.  Most of the time I ended up looking really losyang - or like a really uptight stereotype school principal.  With this 2nd pregnancy, I knew better.  I limited buying maternity clothes - whatever I bought were mostly loose dresses I could wear with belts after giving birth, and I got a lot of stretchy maxi dresses which I can again wear after giving birth.   

During the first 2 trimesters, I wore my regular clothes - I just used a belly band for my pants and jeans.   I avoided loose and baggy tops and dresses because they make any pregnant woman look even bigger. I wore tight tops - I noticed that the more you emphasized and celebrated your belly, the leaner you actually look.  Now that I'm in my last trimester, stretchy midi skirts, form-fitting maxi dresses and long slim tank dresses are my best friends.




I'm sharing this because I love that burger wife beater top, haha!  It's from Forever 21.  I was 26 weeks pregnant in Outfit 2, and wearing a wife beater from Forever 21, Uniqlo joggers, and Melissa x Karl Lagerfeld flats.   Since I refused to buy maternity pants with this 2nd pregnancy, I found a great alternative with those Uniqlo joggers.  They're lounge pants actually but I can dress them up with heels if I have to - plus the waist is garterized, so I just wear it below my belly now.  (It's only Php 590 in Uniqlo, I believe, and comes in 3 colors, so bili na, fellow preggos!).  

I'm 27 weeks pregnant in Outfit 1.   I started wearing my tunic dresses as shirts at this point!   The chambray dress-worn-as-a-shirt is from Uniqlo, the belt is Calvin Klein, pants from Gap (worn with a belly belt), and sandals from Salt Water.



I'm 29 weeks pregnant in that picture.   I came from my baby shower.  I'm wearing a Basic House tank dress, bed jacket from Brown Belly, and the same Salt Water sandals.

When I have to go to the office, I wear this stretchy midi skirt from Gap, or midi skirts from Basic House, and pair those with tunic dresses in lieu of shirts.  Or I wear smock dresses (which I used to wear already before I got pregnant). Still no maternity wear.  I also live in Melissa shoes.  I just throw on a blazer or cardigan so I'll look more "lawyerly."

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There you go! Thank you for the tips Anna. And again, if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next Maternity Fashion feature! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finally found my (hopefully) VBAC doctor!

This is actually a late post because I already settled with an OB who's willing to do a VBAC at the onset of my pregnancy. But I'm quite hesitant to post specific details of my dream VBAC, baka mausog and all. 

Recently though, I realized that there could be other readers out there who may have significant experiences to share, and who, for some reason or another, stumbled upon this humble space of mine in the blogosphere. 

In addition, I was also inspired by my new-found philosophy that happiness is in the planning, so with the proper frame of mind how to manage in case all these preparations turned out to be nil, I had mustered enough courage to tell you about it.

I previously consulted two other OBs in my quest for a VBAC doctor. The first one was from UP-PGH whom I consulted for a preliminary determination of my chances. (At that time, I was not yet expecting. I wrote about it here.) Upon learning that I was pregnant, we went to the second doctor, who was from Makati Med. This doctor said she would only do a VBAC if she was the one who performed the prior caesarian. I never went back to her clinic.

Instead, I asked Zohan's pediatrician, Dra. Vienne Saulog, if she knew of a good VBAC doctor, and she recommended Dra. Valerie Tiempo-Guinto. I looked her up and learned that she is the Chief of the Section of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in UP-PGH and the Head of the Section of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in St. Luke's-BGC. How was that for a background?

So my husband and I decided to visit her clinic in Don Santiago Building in Manila, just right across PGH. At the onset, I already informed her of my preferred birth method and asked her of my chances. I took out all the medical records of my first pregnancy and she looked at my history. Through ultrasound, she examined the incision done inside my tummy to determine if its location would impede an attempt to do a vaginal birth. She also confirmed the findings of the first VBAC doctor whom we consulted.

After all the initial examinations, Dra. Guinto came up with the conclusion that I have a good chance to do a VBAC. I had been seeing her every month since, and each time, I would always ask about my chances. Thankfully, my pregnancy had been uneventful and her answer remained the same. 

I am very much comfortable with Dra. Guinto. She isn't chirpy and comforting and sweet - in fact, she's the exact opposite. She looks and sounds tough, almost aloof - but I guess when one is an expert at high-risk pregnancies, being calm, composed and detached is a necessary requirement. And that's exactly how she appears to me. Despite her lack of knack for small talks, she is very thorough in explaining things without any sugarcoating. And with the premise that I want to do a VBAC, she is exactly what I need.

I am now at my third trimester, week 29 to be exact, and it seems I'm all geared up for the delivery room. After a thorough deliberation, my husband and I have decided that I will give birth at Manila Doctors, where Dra. Guinto is also an affiliate doctor. I am looking forward to the empowering experience and with Dra. Guinto's help, I have a really good feeling this "push project" will push through. So help me God.




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maternity Fashion: How to Dress your Baby Bump in Style (Featuring Aimee Diego)

I couldn't believe myself when I typed down the title. I thought a fashion post was the last thing that could be found written in my blog because while I could be many things, being sartorially elegant was definitely not one of them. No matter how hard I tried to dress up, I would always find myself unconsciously going back to my simple, classic, if not boring, dressing style.

The dilemma worsened when I got pregnant, because dressing up a baby bump (fashionably) could be as elusive as a preggo's good night sleep. Even if I tried to find inspiration from the internet, there was no way I could pull off the suggested wardrobe pieces unless I magically turned into a pregnant Miranda Kerr.

So what's a girl to do? Well, I tapped some real talent - real women who I looked up to because they made maternity fashion looked so easy! And they sported looks that were actually comfortable and practical, yet aesthetically pleasing to the eyes - something that the rest of us pregnant mommas could draw inspiration from.

My plan was to do a one-time post featuring three of my very accommodating friends whom I coaxed to be featured in this silly post. But when Aimee sent me her photos, my eyes had a feast that I thought it wouldn't be fair if this would happen just this one time. So kindly indulge me as I would be doing a series of posts featuring my fashionable  pregnant friends. 

For the launch of this segment, and with much gratitude, here's Aimee Diego of www.iamimeediego.com and her take on maternity fashion:

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When it comes to dressing up for my second pregnancy, I only have two rules in mind...one, to make sure I dress for comfort and two, to wear only what I have in the closet and not result to maternity wear. Not that I have beef against maternity wear per se. It's just that coming from my first pregnancy, I realized that those things are not just overpriced, but also have no use whatsoever the moment the baby pops out of your vajayjay. Or in my case, abdomen. Some of the cuts can also look unflattering and matronly. 

I'm sharing three photos of my myself and 8th month belly. No glam fashion shots here but just sensible everyday outfits, utilizing pieces that I already have in my closet.  





This is my standard work outfit. We're all about casual dressing in the office so we don't need to come to work in corporate attire. Ladies, just because you're preggers doesn't mean you should shy away from prints. If you're not comfortable with prints, instead of large ones perhaps you can go with the small prints which I think work best with the preggy belly. In this outfit, I wore a black dress with beige prints from Elle and threw on a black cardigan, a bazaar find. On my neck, I wore an Elena Bautista bespoke initial necklace which I won in a giveaway from The Soshal Network and to spruce it up a bit more, I added a two-strand necklace that I found in Forever 21. I like the key pendants as I feel that they are quite symbolic. One represents my 4-year-old daughter and the other one represents the little boy who is about to make his debut next month! My kids are my treasures and they hold the keys to my heart. Naks naman!!! Anyway, I paired the whole outfit with black flat swirly sandals from Forever 21. I'm grateful that my feet have not swollen into epic proportions. But yikes pardon the dry skin on my legs! What can I say, dry skin is one of the banes of pregnancy. haha.


This is my standard shopping/grocery day outfit. Here I wore a black ribbed tank top from Uniqlo (I like showing off my bump this way hihi), faded low waist jeans from Babo, Yosi Samra flats and to accessorize, I wore a beaded necklace that I bought in Palawan a few years back. When shopping, eco bags are a must! I have tons! This one is a collab by Chalk X Team Manila. I also have my trusty Longchamp bag that is spacious and versatile enough that it can be used as a working bag, travel bag, shopping bag, diaper bag and throw-everything bag. 



For a little lunch out with girl friends, this would be my standard outfit. I threw on a flirty floral top from Elle and paired it with my Simply Vera by Vera Wang dark wash jeggings. I know some people hate jeggings but that stretchable fabric is a savior for my growing thighs! On my feet (pardon the veins), I wore a pair of beige Marikina-made shoes that I found in Market! Market! I love how comfy and cheap these shoes are. As for the accessories, I kept it at a minimum and just threw on my small vintage Casio gold watch.

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That was fun, wasn't it? And if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next series of Maternity Fashion! 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Trick or Treat Year Two: #medyofail

The little boss had spoken; he wanted to dress up as a tiger for halloween this year. So, the parents obliged.

The biggest hurdle was to look for a tiger costume that was cute but wouldn't cost us an arm and a leg. Of course, he would only be using it once, so it had to be practical. Unlike last year when we dressed him up as a Buddhist monk and the costume could easily be DIY-ed, a tiger costume was not really easy to make. Plus, the video tutorial required an orange overall, which we did not have at home. So, instead of buying a piece, I decided to buy a full costume altogether. 

Unfortunately, the ones sold at the malls (we went to four!) ranged from P500 to P1,000. I thought that was too much, so my husband tried our luck online. Fortunately, he saw one at sulit.com (we dig second-hand stuff, sue us.), which he immediately bought.



When the costume was delivered to our home, Zohan was so excited. He was so proud of his tiger costume. So I thought everything was going along smoothly.


Practice practice pag may time.

Well, what do I know, that was all for show, apparently. During the annual Trick or Treat party at our place, Zohan refused to wear the head-dress of his tiger costume. Towards the end of the night, he wanted to just wear his sando. Haha.


Sorry, I am not the techiest person. I couldn't remove the red-eye in our photos.


I had to cut him some slack as those white furs were really itchy.

When we followed the trail of the candy stations, the poor boy got scared of the different halloween creatures that added to his already sour mood.


Well, who wouldn't?




After dinner was served, we decided to call it a night. 




Look at my poor tiger who couldn't wait to undress. 


The following day, I took the day off from work because it was Trick or Treat in Kristan's office. Zohan flatly refused to wear the tiger costume, and I did not insist on it anymore. He had a rough halloween, I must say.




But he did enjoy his "pop" (lollipop) and the toy Blackberry. Thank you OSG!

At two years old, my son already had preferences and he passionately fought for it. I really didn't mind, though. After all, I just wanted him to experience these events, with or without the silly costumes.

Maybe next year, when Zohan is three, Trick or Treat parties will be a more exciting experience for him. And we can bring our second baby too. (And dress him up as a tiger, what do you think?)



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