Vito The Champion Baby!

While Pancho is my superhero (watch his Origin Story here!) and his twin Luna is my angel, Vito is my champion! I was told by my friend that after losing a baby, the succeeding one is usually called a Rainbow Baby or a Champion Baby. I assume a Rainbow Baby is called such because sabi nga ng Southborder, “there’s a rainbow always after the rain” hehe. My friend explained that they are called Champion Babies because they’re usually just so… so… so strong and more advanced than other babies.

She told me that before I gave birth to Vito. I thought it was a cute sentiment but I didn’t really think much of it. Now that Vito is 15 months old and I’ve seen him do things way before the baby books tell me to expect it, I guess I get it now!

Here’s a video I got of him at 1 week old seemingly attempting to crawl!! Hahaha

And at just 2 weeks old he was holding his head up for several seconds! 

Vito on his back enjoying the morning sun!
Vito holding his head up in just 2 weeks!

Needless to say, he started actually crawling, walking and running earlier than expected. It’s true when they say it’s really different for all babies but milestones are there as a guide for parents to help with their children’s development.

Here’s a quick reference guide for power parents to check on their children’s progress!

Let’s not forget that a big part of a child’s development is their confidence and comfort in their body and their environment. This is why I make sure my boys use Pampers Baby Dry from birth. I’ve never had the need to try a different brand because it’s what the hospital used from the very start and both my boys have been leak-free and rash-free ever since!

Vito showing side profile without worrying about leaks!
My champion baby!!!

Of course since they are boys, both Jim and I have experienced being peed on exactly as we opened their diapers to change lalo na nung newborn sila haha :))

When they reached a certain age, I switched them from Pampers Baby Dry Newborn to Pampers Baby Dry Pants. The Newborn variant is perfect for a new baby’s very sensitive skin because of it’s triple pwet-tection (hehe I love that tagline) – that means it saves baby’s skin from the 3 common causes of rashes! When they became more active, it only made sense to switch to Pampers Baby Dry Pants because it won’t sag thanks to the snug waist band and it has extra protection against babad! That means less diaper changes and more time to move around, explore, and learn! Yay!

Did you know that Pampers Baby Dry Pants is recommended by the Skin Health Alliance? I just recently found out about it too and it gives me even more confidence in my choice 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the new Pampers’ Smart Parenting Hub for more tips and tricks on taking care of your babies!

*This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author (AKA ME!) staying true to only supporting the products that I really use!

Every Mom’s Guide to Newborn Essentials

While I do miss having a newborn in the house, I think Jim and I have got our hands full with our two boys right now!🤪 Pancho is turning 3 in February and Vito just turned 15 months old. Para akong nagtatampo na “wala na akong baby huhuhu” pero di pa naman ako ready magkaroon ng isa pa (if at all LOL)!! So while I’m in this phase I call I-Want-Another-Baby-But-Not-Really, I’ll just help out the ones who are actually expecting!

Here’s a quick rundown of things I think every mom should have before their baby arrives!

Vito and Pancho in their diapers!
Vito’s “woke up like this” look

DIAPERING

  • Diapers – Buy boxes of newborn diapers – you will need a LOT of them! Waiting for a sale and buying in bulk is a mother’s dream haha. Kebs na sa fashion sales — we now set our alerts for baby essential sales!! For my babies, I used Pampers Baby Dry from the very start. Thankfully, I’ve never had to deal with diaper rashes because of its Triple Pwet-tection from heat, wetness, and skin irritants! Did I mention it’s smart mom-approved?✔️
Happy babies wearing Pampers Baby Dry with Triple Pwet-tection!
  • Changing pad – I haven’t heard of any newborn not accidentally peeing or pooping on their parents during the split second their diapers are undone.
  • Wipes – It’s so important to use wipes that have ingredients gentle enough for babies’ skin. I use Pampers Sensitive Wipes not just at home but more importantly when we’re outside with the boys!
Puddy and VitVit’s clothes!

CLOTHING

  • Newborn clothes:
    • Mix short sleeves and long sleeves!
    • I like to get a lot of plain white because it’s easier to just throw together in the wash and they boys just always look so fresh and clean in all white!!
    • Mittens to prevent scratching their face with their nails
    • Socks to keep their precious tiny feet warm
    • Bonnets to help regulate their temperature as they usually won’t have a lot of hair at first!
    • Side tie access is my fave because I’m very gentle on my babies especially during the first few days!
    • Easy access to change diapers because you’ll be changing it a LOT.
  • Baby-safe Laundry Detergent – Make sure to do your research on what’s safe for babies because their skin is very sensitive and we don’t want to irritate them!
  • Blankets – Sleep Sacks are great (the one with zippers) and safer for babies but if you’ve spent your days watching a million swaddling videos on YouTube and feel like you’re ready for it — go and get regular receiving blankets.

FEEDING

  • Burp cloths – they’ll be spitting up a lot and you’ll want a lot of these if you don’t want to keep changing your clothes!
  • Nursing pillow – As a breastfeeding mama, this really saves my back!! You can also use it when the baby gets older for tummy time or practicing sitting up!
  • If you plan on eventually bottle-feeding, don’t buy a lot of bottles from the same brand at once because your baby will really choose his/her preferred bottle so just buy one at a time. TIP: You may be tempted to ask for old ones from your friends but even if you buy a brand new nipple,  for them, normal wear and tear through the years may have deteriorated the plastic so it’s safer to buy new bottles.

BATHING

  • Bathtub – Honestly any tub will do, but I will recommend one that helps keep your newborn baby in place. For me, a stool is also essential for my back. (Yes, new moms really tend to get back issues!!!)
  • Bath soap – Make sure to go for a brand that has the gentlest ingredients! I’m really not exaggerating when I say your baby’s skin is very sensitive.
  • Washcloths
  • Soft hooded towels
  • Soft-bristle hairbrush
  • Lotion

OTHER ESSENTIALS

  • Alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail clippers
  • Medication in case of fever

I think I figured out why I’m getting a little baby-crazy right now. I was going through last year’s Christmas photos and saw my babies and just got emotional! They are growing up way too fast 😭

I’ll probably get over this once the new year rolls in!! Haha! Right now, allow me to congratulate you guys who are awaiting their newborns or those who have just recently welcomed a new bouncing baby!! Waaaahhhh I’m so inggit. LOL. Enjoy their first year as it will go by soooo quickly.

For more tips on taking care of your newborn, visit the new Pampers Smart Parenting Hub!

*This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author (AKA ME!) staying true to only supporting the products that I really use!

Pancho Learns To Walk | My Top Nine Moments of 2020

My Superhero Pancho

As part of our Christmas gift, we sent this video to some of the people who have been so supportive of our family, especially of Pancho and his development. His doctors, his NICU nurses, his therapists, his ninongs and ninangs, and now we want to share it with his virtual ninongs and ninangs, too!

We’re so proud of all his accomplishments and this year, I credit a LOT of it to Jim. Because he was home more than usual last year, he told me he wanted to take charge of Pancho’s therapy. He did an amazing job and I’m so proud of him as well.

Special credit, too, to his Yaya Cheng. From the very start, she had immense interest in Pancho’s progress and is one of the reasons Pancho gained quite a lot last year hehe.

Thank you to Pancho’s therapist, Jayben Sianghio for being such an amazing teacher not only to Pancho but also to me, Jim, and Cheng.

Jim, if you’re reading this (at dapat lang talaga you’re reading this… LOL), THANK YOU! You are a wonderful father and husband and I don’t say it enough. So ito na, I’m saying it na. Haha!

And to Pancho, my sweet love, thank you. Throughout this whole journey of yours, I am proudest of YOU. I love you forever!

Vito Learns To Rock | My Top Nine Moments of 2020

Vito has been winning the hearts of the Interwebz the whole year and he’s just been a BIG ball of sunshine this 2020. I don’t even know what to write, I’m just going to share some photos and videos of my tomato, most of them showing how his love for music developed.

January: Waking up from a nap
February: Crashing a Cheats jam
March: Co-working with papa
April: Banging on pots and pans with mama and kuya
May: “Look, mama, I piano”
June: Breaking his first guitar
July: Papa protecting his guitar
August: Absorbing thingzzz
September: Behind-The-Scenes with kuya Pancho, shooting a music video
October: “Look, mama, I sing”
November: Before breaking my second guitar
December: Teenage Vito 🙁

And he started the New Year with these hits. You’ve probably already seen but I can’t blame you if you watch them again (I personally can’t stop haha).

Have a rockin’ new year!