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Fetal development - 20 weeks!




Congratulations -- you are halfway through your pregnancy! You're probably feeling wonderful now that you've regained your energy. Finally people are beginning to notice that you are indeed pregnant, as your uterus pushes your abdomen out at the belly button. The uterus now reaches the level of the umbilicus (plus or minus a fingersbreadth). Your care provider has probably been measuring the level of your fundus, or top of the uterus, with a tape measure. It should now be approximately 18 to 22 cm. if you are having one baby and your dates are accurate. Your abdomen may start to itch a bit as stretching occurs. Let your care provider know about this even if though it's probably perfectly normal. (Better to be safe ...)

It is now possible to hear your baby's heartbeat with a special stethoscope, called a Delee stethoscope. Some providers begin to use this type of listening device instead of a doppler. It may now be possible for your partner to hear your baby's heartbeat by placing his or her ear against your bare lower abdomen. If you can't hear it right away, try the other side. Listen every day and you will be rewarded with a tiny, fast, rhythmic beat.

You may be having some trouble taking deep breaths on occasion, particularly if you are short in stature, or overweight. Call your care provider if you exhibit signs of asthma, such as coughing, wheezing when you exhale, or difficulty breathing at any time, especially during, or following, a cold or respiratory tract infection. One in every 100 women suffers from asthma during pregnancy. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that women with a history of asthma, who are pregnant with girls, were more likely to experience an increase in symptoms, possibly due to hormonal differences. Asthma can be easily treated, and medications safe for use during pregnancy are a vailable. If you have asthma, it is very important to get a prompt diagnosis so you can avoid distress and complications.


Your baby measures about 16.5cm from crown to rump and is steadily gaining weight. A whitish coat of a slick, fatty substance called vernix caseosa begins to cover your baby, protecting her skin during its long immersion in amniotic fluid. It also eases birth. Your baby's swallowing more this week, good practice for her digestive system. After your baby takes in amniotic fluid, her body absorbs the water in the liquid and moves the rest into her large bowel. In her bowel, a sticky by-product of her digestive system, called meconium, accumulates. It'll appear in her first nappy after she's born.

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Mother's Day



Motherhood is tough 24 hour job,no pay,no day off, sometimes it is unappreciated, but yet resignation is impossible. A mother is a woman who created by God to bring love, joy, happiness and caring into his world. I am so glad God has created a woman to be a mother, even though motherhood is a full time job, a mother's work is never done.

Maybe it's because I am currently pregnant that is why I am more melancholy about the day. Yes, today is Mother's Day. One of the most important days of the year. After all, everyone has a mom, right?


I for one, do not have an ideal relationship with my mom. We constantly argue and bicker about inconsequential and trivial matters. Yet, I must admit that I was probably given her because she is the one that suits me best. We are both stubborn.

We always hear that nobody is perfect. Even if mothers are the equivalent of God in their kids' eyes, they do make mistakes. What we should remember is to take the good, and make sure we do better with our own kids.

To all the mothers, Happy Mother's Day!

By the way, thank you to the following people who greeted me:

Alvin and Ron

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Fairy tales do come true


Last April 29, pinanood namin ni TSA ang kasal ni Prince William kay Kate Middleton.

Natuwa ako sa event na ito. Fairy tale talaga sya. Isang "commoner" na pinakasalan ng prince. Ang galing.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I really like Kate's wedding gown. Classic.

With the Royal family.

To the Royal couple, my best wishes. And may you live happily ever after.

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Galit talaga sa akin si Char...


Nagulat ako pagdating ko sa bahay na naglalaba si TSA.

"Ano nakain mo?", tanong ko.

Eto ang sagot nya: "Galit talaga sayo si Char."

"Bakit naman?"

Kwento ni TSA, inaya nya daw kahapon sa 2nd floor si Charcoal para picturan. Nagbilin kasi ako na kuhanan ng litrato para mailagay ko dito sa blog ang before after picture after her disastrous haircut done by yours truly.

Pinapa-pose nya ang tuta na normally ay laging camera ready. Ayaw. Iniwan ni TSA sandali. Nagulat sya pagbalik nya. Kinuha ni Char ang 2 jacket ko from Chocoboy's room. Winawasiwas nya. Panay ang angil. Pinipigilan ni TSA. Ayaw daw tumigil. Umiiyak pa.

"Galit ka talaga kay Mommy noh?", tanong ni TSA kay Char.

Tuloy pa rin sa pag-ngatngat sa mga jacket ko. Kinakaladkad pa daw sa sahig. Hinayaan na lang ni TSA. Nung nailabas na ni Charcoal lahat ng galit nya, sinalang na ni TSA sa washing machine ang mga kawawang jacket.

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Fetal development - 19 weeks pregnant



You're halfway there! The top of your uterus now reaches your belly button and will grow about a centimeter per week. The fetus measures around 6 inches/ 15 centimeters long from crown to rump and weighs about 9 ounces/ 240 grams.

She has started to swallow amniotic fluid, and her kidneys continue to make urine. Hair on the scalp is sprouting.

Sensory development reaches its peak this week. The nerve cells serving each of the senses - taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch - are now developing in their specialized areas of the brain. Nerve cell production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections. If you're carrying a baby girl, she already has roughly six million eggs in her ovaries. By the time she's born, she'll have about one million.

You may have felt the kicking and somersaulting of your growing baby. At times, you might find that she is so mobile that you can't sleep. The next ten weeks or so will be your baby's busiest and most active time, until the womb gets too crowded.

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I am so sorry Charcoal...

all seasons in one day


Mahilig akong manood ng Animal Planet. Kahapon, nalaman ko na pag buhol buhol ang balahibo ng aso, kailangan i-trim agad kasi naiirritate ang skin nila. Puede din sila magkasugat dahil dito.

Pagkatapos kong manood ng tv, naisip ko na gupitan si Char. Kasi napansin ko na nagbubuhol yung fur nya sa bandang likuran. Pero, para pantay, naisip ko gupitin na lahat ng fur nya.

"Charchar, magmumukha kang sheep mamaya. Gagandahan ni Mommy ang haircut mo," sabi ko kay Charcoal.

Syempre, wala namang nagawa ang aso ko. Higa lang sya at payag na gupitan ko.

Pagkatapos kong magupitan si Char ng super ikli, sa banyo na kami dumiretso. Binasa at sinabon ko na sya. Simula na ng pag-ahit para maging pantay ang gupit. Kaso, Disaster struck. Ayaw gumana ng razor kay Char. Syet.

I had no choice. Tinuyo ko na lang si Char at kinausap.

"Baby, okay lang yan. Summer naman ngayon. At least, presko diba?"

Panay ang iyak ni Char. Ayaw akong tignan. Alam nya ata na the height ng kapangitan ang ginawa ko sa kanya. Lalo pang na-emphasize na palpak ang ginawa ko nung dumating si TSA.

"Anong ginawa mo kay Char? Mukhang cancer patient!", gulat na sabi ni TSA.

Lalong nag-iiyak si Char. Ayaw na akong tignan. Na-feel ko, galit sya.

I am really sorry Char. Hindi sinasadya ni Mommy. Promise, sa professional dog groomer na kita dadalhin next time.

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Happy Birthday Papa!



My baby-faced Dad celebrated his birthday on May 4, 2011. He is 58. TSA and I will be visiting him on Saturday for his belated burthday celebration. Happy Birthday Papa. Thank you.

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A Love Story

all seasons in one day


What would you do if you met the woman of your dreams and wanted to make her your wife after you've married someone else? Ian Montes (Aga Muhlach) was the embodiement of success and despite being the son of a shipping tycoon, Ian refused to just ride the success of his father's empire. Instead, he built his own real estate company, where he earned his first million at a very young age and has never looked back since. Driven by the ambition to become as good, if not better than his father, Ian managed claw his way to the top and make it on his own. But behind the glorious facade was a broken man yearning for love and recognition, still scarred from when his mother abandoned them at the impressionable age of 17, compounded by his desire for his father's approval, Ian longed for someone who can and will love him unconditionally. Lightning struck twice when he met the two women who would change his life forever - Joanna Villanueva (Maricel Soriano) and Karyn Torres (Angelica Panganiban).

Joanna was the picture of quiet confidence and eminence. Although heartbroken herself from a failed marriage to an errant ex-husband, Joanna found love again when she rescued Ian from a water-skiing accident in La Union. Being a doctor by trade, she nurtured Ian and showered him with the love and attention he craved. With Joanna, Ian found the home he sorely missed in his youth and a life of bliss he never thought possible. But then came Karyn Torres, a vivacious flight attendant he met on a business trip to Macau. At twenty-four, she was the epitome of youthful sensuality and worldliness- with her, every moment Ian spent was filled with excitement and spontaneity, along with the realization that this was the life he's always wanted. So now, Ian is left with a choice... although through as painful as it maybe, Ian, Joanna and Karyn must learn the true meaning of unconditional love and forgiveness.

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The Blessed John Paul II

all seasons in one day


Undoubtedly, the most loved Pope worldwide (especially by Pinoys), John Paul II's beatification is set on May 1, 2011.

Pope Benedict XVI set the date after declaring that a French nun's recovery from Parkinson's disease was the miracle needed for John Paul to be beatified. A second miracle is needed for the Polish-born John Paul to be made a saint.

Though I have never seen JPII, I hold him in high regard. My father was very lucky to have attended a couple of masses that he officiated when he visited Rome in the 80s. My dad told me that seeing the Pope in person was a surreal experience. It still gives him goosebumps, just talking about it.

As for me, I always get teary-eyed when I watch stories about JPII. I remember crying while watching the World Youth Day celebration here in the Philippines in 1995.

Childhood in Poland


Born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920, Karol Josef Wojtyla was the son of a retired army officer and a school teacher. He studied literature and philosophy and later was a playwright and poet.

A man of the cloth


Wojtyla secretly studied theology during the Nazi occupation of Poland. By age 34 he had two doctorates and was a professor of ethics. A cardinal at 47, he led the only moral and social force in Poland that could counter communism.

The highest order


In October 1978, Wojtyla became the first Slavic pope ever and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. He took the name John Paul II.

Returning to Poland

Within months of his election, the pope went to Poland for a June 1979 visit that some historians say helped end the Cold War. He gave his blessing to an underground labor movement called Solidarity.

Assassination attempt


While the pope was circling St. Peter's Square before a general audience in May 1981, Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca opened fire. He returned to the Vatican after 22 days in Gemelli hospital in Rome.



In December 1983, the pope offered forgiveness to Agca during a meeting in prison. During the trial, Agca had claimed that East European communist agents had helped him set up the attack on the pope, but he later recanted.

Governing a world of spirit


By the 1980s, the pope had reaffirmed the church's position on controversial issues such as abortion, birth control and the ordination of women. He communicated his message in eight languages and traveled widely.

Papal media


A recording of the pope reciting the rosary in Latin was set to music and sold commercially in 1994. An Italian journalist published the pope's responses to 20 questions; the book became a best-seller.

Confronting communism


The pope's historic trip to Cuba in January 1998 celebrated Catholicism and urged Cubans everywhere to find "new paths" of reconciliation. He met with President Fidel Castro and condemned the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba.

Easter Mass at the Vatican


The pope wished a Happy Easter to the world in 58 languages as part of his "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) address in April 1998. Age and deteriorating health forced the most traveled pope to cut back on his visits.

Papal health


The most widely traveled pope in history, age and deteriorating health forced John Paul II to cut back on his visits. He suffered from arthritis and Parkinson's disease. John Paul II also is the third-longest serving pope.


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Fetal development - 18 weeks pregnant

Excited na ako magpa-ultrasound. Boy or Girl?

all seasons in one day


Your baby is approximately 6 inches/ 14.2 centimeters long from crown to rump and she weighs about 7 ounces/ 190 grams. Her chest moves up and down to mimic breathing but she's not taking in air, only amniotic fluid.

A mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan is often done sometime in the second trimester (usually between 18 and 22 weeks) to assess fetal growth and development, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord and determine whether the gestational age is accurate. During this scan, you might see your baby kick, flex, reach, roll, or even suck her thumb. Bring your partner along, and whether or not he's able to accompany you, make sure you ask for printouts of the baby in various poses.

If you're having a girl, the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes are in place. If it's a boy, the genitals are distinct and recognizable.

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