We all need some sunshine.

Before Lexi was born, our folks told us that after the baby was born, it was important to take her out early morning for some sunshine. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sold to that idea. One thing, I didn’t want to be out myself. I am not a morning person and I don’t think I will be in the near future (hehehe). Secondly, when Lexi was born, she would be awake between 2-5AM. So, we would be sleeping soundly by 530.

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However, few weeks later we noticed that Lexi was not exactly brown. She was a bit yellow. We took her to the doctor for a quick check-up and it was confirmed that she was having a mild jaundice.

I attempted a couple of times to bring her out before 7AM after that check up but we kept failing.  We would still be asleep in our cozy bed.

Good thing that Lola Marie and Lolo Joe (if we were in Las Pinas) or Papoo Manuel and Mama Rose (if we were in Manila) would take Lexi out in the morning.

After successful sun bathing, Lexi’s skin turned brown. Her color became normal. Besides that, I also noticed that Lexi became more active. From that, I’ve seen the effects on Lexi. Well, even for me. We both got some Vitamin D.

Just a few tips:

  1. Best time to take baby for sun bathing is between 6AM-8AM.   They say avoid sun bathing  between 10AM-2PM, it is at this time that the sun is too strong. For the baby or even for you.
  2. Flip the over for a period of time. So that the front and the back would get equal sunlight.
  3. Have some fun while you and you’re baby are at it. Tour the street or the neighborhood you are in if you can. Get some fresh air.
  4. Do some sunbathing at least 10 minutes everyday.

 

Lastly, getting enough sun is bad but getting too much sun can also be bad. Still consult your pediatrician if you plan to take your baby out for some sun bathing. They might have their own preferences on how to do it.

 

(Featured Picture: Papoo and Lexi ready for some sunbathing)

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She’s quite a Contortionist.

If you’re fat or large, it doesn’t mean you can’t twist, bend or touch your toes. Lexi, in several instances, has proven so. I think it’s all in the determination. 🙂

When she was a few months old, she had several weird poses when I wanted to take pictures of her. I wasn’t quite sure if she just really loves her toes, if she’s showing off how “twistable” she is or if she’s completely rubbing it in that she can do a better job at being flexible. Hehe.

Hmmm.. maybe if I enroll her in gymnastics class, could she land herself a college scholarship? Mwehehe. That, I have yet to find out. 🙂

“Breast milk is best for babies.”

I would have to agree.

Lexi was born tiny (2.4kgs) until we started feeding her with breast milk. 2 months after, poof! She became 6.3kgs.

Yup, Im an advocate for breastfeeding because we have experienced and have seen the advantages. Results may vary from one baby to another but I liked the effects of breast milk on Lexi. Sadly, my milk stopped when she was nearly 9 months old. I think because of stress from work. Hehehe.

Lexi was a happy baby because she was healthy and active. We rarely visit the doctor other than for her monthly check-ups or vaccine appointments.  I’m really glad my gynecologist was an advocate for breast feeding.

Tips that I could probably share as a first-time mom:

  1. Consistently pump on time. Do make time for it.
  2. Use a good breast pump. If you can, get the double electric breast pump. Saves a lot of time too!
  3. If Fenugreek or Brewer’s yeast doesn’t work for you, try drinking real and fresh carrot juice. Carrot Juice worked for me.
  4. Tahong (mussle) with Malunggay dish, I think, is the most effective food to eat to increase your milk supply. Cheaper too! (But ask your doctor if you can have this too.)
  5. Use a breast milk plastic bottle storage. You can reuse it after washing and sterilizing it. I prefer this over the plastic bag type.
  6. Do not drink soft drinks when you’re pregnant! They say soft drinks consume Calcium. When you’re pregnant, soft drinks consume your baby’s calcium first!
  7. Drink lots of water.
  8. Sleep on time. Don’t get stressed!

 

For other tips, do consult your doctor or a lactation expert. 🙂

Lexi’s first toy.

We forgot to get a toy for Lexi when she was born. It was only after  a month that we realized that she needed one. Her crib looked bare even if she was sleeping in it. Her daddy even said that Lexi looked “kawawa” inside her crib.

I couldn’t leave the house yet because I just went through CS. So I grabbed my laptop and went online. Little did I realize that shopping for newborn toys was as complicated as finding the right shoes for me.

After 3 hours, I finally found one. Thank goodness for modern technology. You don’t have to get out of the house if you need to purchase and pay for items.

Few days later, it was delivered at home.

Lexi’s reaction when she first saw her toy was priceless. I think I got my money’s worth for that smile. 🙂