August 27, 2012

Summer Splash Bash

Happy Monday! To those who have school age kids, I hope the first day of school went well for both you and your child.

What did you do over the weekend?

My husband and I had originally planned on having an out of town trip but we couldn't resist staying home so we didn't go anywhere. Not drive anywhere, that is. Instead, we went to the Splash Bash event that was organized for our military community. It is an event held every year. I do not know when it was first started but the event on Saturday was my fifth since moving here in Germany in 2008. The weather on Saturday was perfect for the splash event. It was warm and sunny. I looked after Skye for the most part which I really enjoyed. She had so much fun and was hopping from one pool (baby and toddler) to the next (big kids).

So ready to get in the pool.

Waving at daddy while in the baby/toddler pool.

Taking care of his princess.


BMW participated in the event as well. They are giving away a free BMW SUV in October. I wish the lone entry I submitted will be picked. Who knows?! Anyways, we walked away from their tent with lollipops. Skye dragged me to their area a couple of times after that. Yes, for the lollipos. I had to ask one of the staff to tell my daughter she wasn't getting any more after the third time.

Keeping her baby sister close.

A kiss from mommy.

She accidentally popped this balloon with the lollipop stick. Poor baby!

The scene in my house four hours later.



Thanks for reading. I hope you had a great weekend as well!

August 23, 2012

Summer Dress For Barbecue Day

I haven't been attending any of the FRG (Family Readiness Group) meetings of my husband's unit since early last year. In fact I only got actively involved during the first three months into my husband's deployment in 2010. I have nothing against the group and the Army's effort in providing support to the soldiers' families. It's just that I find it less stressful to concentrate on my family, as far away from the military as possible. So days ago when my husband told me his unit is having a mandatory Barbecue Day (yesterday), I told him I'm staying home but that he can bring Skye with him.

It was a perfect opportunity, again, to do some sewing. With the warm weather we have been having for the past days, I wanted Skye to wear something light and comfortable even while playing. I have a couple of yards of IKEA fabric that I purchased from our community thrift shop when I was still pregnant. Cost? If I'm not mistaken I got it for $5 or maybe $6.

This was supposed to be a peasant dress. Just like the polka dot peasant dress I made for Ryne. However, I didn't have a pattern and Skye was at school so I guesstimated the portions when I cut the fabric. I love how the sleeves, as a result of over-cutting the fabric, turned out. I'm imagining Skye wearing this during winter with long sleeves warmer, matching tights and mid-calf boots.

This material is lightweight but not see-through at all.

Love this fabric!

Texting her classmates while waiting for Daddy.

My husband, at my request, took some pictures of his princess for me. Unlike me, Jeff doesn't like asking people to take picture of himself or of us. He doesn't like bringing a tripod, regardless of the size. It's no wonder they came home with my camera full of Skye's but not a single picture of them together. Thank you for the effort, Hon!

Where's the barbecue?

"I want up, Daddy."

That smile is priceless!

It's time for me to catch some sleep. Have an awesome day!

August 20, 2012

Weekend Snipping

Summer, in our part of Germany, came late. Really late. We hit over 90 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend. I have not checked the weather app in my iPhone but today was even hotter. Too hot! Yes, we don't have an AC. My husband and I contemplated on buying a portable AC but we find it very expensive. Plus the summer is too short so we are braving the heat and sweat. Oh, and we do not have electric fans too. Aaahhh!! I long for the cooler days. No snow for me though, please.

A while back, two weeks ago I think, my husband and I talked about cutting Skye's hair short. Not too short. Just cut it shorter. We couldn't agree on the length and the style so that conversation did not properly end. Saturday, with Jeff at the gym, I trimmed Skye's hair at last. It was the second time I cut her hair since she was born.

She's in the mood of just saying yes to mommy...

... because she has the iPad all to herself.

What say you? Not much of a difference really, huh? Jeff was fine with it. What would have freaked him out is when I had cut Skye's long bangs.

I'm glad I was back to snipping fabrics again. Yes, it has been a while and I miss sewing a lot. I have all these tutorials from different sewing blogs saved in my reading list for a while now. Something always seems to come up though whenever I start whipping up a project. Oh well, check the beautiful toddler tunic below. I got the tutorial including a free pattern from Jessica of Me Sew Crazy. You can find the direct link to the tutorial here.

My daughter will be wearing this tomorrow (happy face).

Aren't the infant peasant dresses below just adorable? I sewed them using the free pattern from Abby of Sew Much Ado. You can find the tutorial and free pattern here. The material I used for the top dress and the matching shorts/bloomer was from my mother-in-law. One of her dresses she no longer uses. The bottom dress is a cut out from my maxi maternity dress (it was way too long for my 5 foot 0 inches height).

Ryne wore these to the Welcome Baby party that my friends
gave to us a couple of weeks after we came home from the hospital.

I made this one when I was still pregnant with Ryne. Cute, yes?

Whew! It's time to hit the bed. Good night!

August 16, 2012

Busy Thursday

Happy Friday from Deutschland!

Yesterday, was a busy day for me. I started with a trip to the WIC (Women, Infant, Child) office. I have contacted WIC regarding my need of a breast pump when I was still at the hospital. Although, Ryne and I came late, we were attended to right away. Twenty minutes later, with an electric breast pump in my trunk, I drove to the Health Clinic for Ryne's well-baby check up. She was supposed to have had the check up at 2 weeks old. But due to the lack of available appointments at our health clinic and the recent circumstance regarding my health (you can read about it here, here and here), she had her check up at 27 days old instead.

Jeff and I brought Skye together for her first well baby appointment. Back then, I was spared the agony of watching her cry when she had her first shots. Yesterday, with Ryne, I took everything in and it wasn't easy. My poor baby!

A Stork bite! Skye had a big round Stork bite on her left leg also when she was very little but it went away before she turned a year old.

 First shot, Vitamin K. By the way, all these photos of were taken at home when Ryne was sleeping comfortably in her Boppy.

Before heading back home, which was past lunch time by the way, I picked up some packages from the mail room. Look what I got! Books for an online class I'm currently enrolled in which will start on the the 1st of September. Yay, that's in two weeks!

I haven't used my ever dependable sewing machine or my wonderful serger for the past weeks but I still intend to go back to sewing more clothes for Skye and Ryne once I get the chance. With that being said, more sewing supplies for me.

It's almost 3 o'clock in the morning. Where did this energy come from? I hear Ryne groaning again... it's feeding time.

Good morning! Have a wonderful weekend!

August 15, 2012

Krankenhaus, Day Three

Because of the events that took place yesterday and particularly last night (read about it here), against my doctor's medical advice, my husband and I decided to not spend another day at the hospital.

August 15 is a public holiday for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary in the state of Bavaria, Germany. As expected, my doctor was not around to update me with my medical condition. However, I requested a copy of my blood test result, taken in the morning, from the on-duty doctor. The CRP level in my blood has gone down by half. I was feeling way better and so off we went home.

Ryne was my constant companion during my stay at the hospital and I cherish every second we spent together alone. But I missed Skye so much!

Daddy bought her a Minnie Mouse vanity mirror.
"Oh, so this is how I look when I drink from a sippy cup."
Could this be what she's thinking?
I missed kissing these chubby little feet!

My better half did a great job of putting things together at home while I'm away. Thank you, Hon!

August 14, 2012

Krankenhaus, Day Two

I firmly believe that patients, or guardians of patients who are minors and those who are mentally incapable, should be given the freedom to choose the kind of medical treatment they prefer. It is, in my opinion, downright  wrong to ignore a patient's wish or request. I also believe that patients should be treated with utmost respect at all times. Medical practitioners must listen to what their patients are saying. After all no one knows a patient's body as well as the patient himself/herself. They must also have abundance of patience, otherwise they shouldn't have any business working with sick people.

The reason why I tackled this subject is because I felt that my right as a patient has just been violated. The current (night shift) on-duty doctor who stuck (I used this word for lack of knowledge of the medical term) me with a needle for an IV was the most uncaring doctor I've ever had. I already explained to her that my two previous IVs were removed per my request because the area around have swelled.  The first one which was on my left arm got it worse because the nurse who gave me my third dose of antibiotics kept saying "it's normal" when I repeatedly complained of the intense pain seconds after the medicine started flowing through the IV. So when I felt the same pain on my right arm on the sixth dose, I requested immediate removal of the IV. I also explained that I prefer to take the antibiotics orally in a tablet or capsule form. She told me that it was my doctor, who also happened to be the chief doctor of the gynecology department, that prescribed antibiotics via IV. I knew I was losing the battle so I resorted to crying.

She made a mistake when she pierced me the first time. The needle  didn't go through all the way in my vein. The second time she chose the vein located right at the part where the arm folds (again, I do not know the name). She didn't listen to my protests and my concern about the difficulty of taking care and especially during breast feeding of my baby. Her lack of concern and obvious indifference towards me  have  contributed to my trauma. As soon as the medicine was gone, I called the nurse and insisted on the removal of my IV. When the doctor came back, she was very displeased and told me how there is just one nurse and one doctor in the department and how my behavior is not normal. At least that was my interpretation of her broken English. She was mad. Her facial expression and her actions spoke volume of how mad she was. 

The first thing I will do in the morning is to speak with my doctor about this whole "type of medication" issue. I will stand my ground of no more IVs for the rest of my stay here at the hospital. For now I have to get some sleep.  My head is throbbing with pain from the crying and stress I went through. 

Good night from Germany.


August 13, 2012

Krankenhaus, Day One

On Sunday, I was left alone at home with my kids while my husband was fulfilling his 24-hour CQ duty. I did some cleaning and took care of the laundry. I must have been too occupied with doing household chores that I didn't realize my newborn baby had way less feeding than the number of times she does during the day. She was just snoozing.

By 9 in the evening, I started feeling the pain and weakness in my joints. My whole body felt so weak. The pain in my breasts was becoming unbearable. Feeding my baby, who was very much awake after hours and hours of daytime sleep, was very painful. I couldn't help but cry from too much pain. On top of it all, no matter how many times I explained how sick mommy is, my 2-year old refused to sleep without us cuddling while I sing her Edelweiss.

At 10 in the evening, I've managed to put my girls to sleep. I was contemplating on asking my husband to come home and bring me to the hospital but instead I took a 325mg Tylenol and cried myself to sleep. Then at 1 o'clock in the morning (Monday) I woke up to the throbbing pain in both my breasts. Had my mother, who just went back to the Philippines, been home with me to watch the girls I would have gone to the ER already. It was a shot in the dark but I finally called Jeff and asked him to come. Fortunately, knowing how strict the military can be, he was allowed to come home.

We arrived at the ER of Leopoldina Krankenhaus around 2:45 in the morning and was sent to the Gynecology department on the seventh floor. My temperature was 39 degrees celsius. I was in so much pain and wanted to be seen by the doctor the soonest. Unfortunately, there was only one doctor on duty in the department and she was delivering a baby. The 45 minutes wait felt like hours. I was a total mess crying and begging the nurse to have any doctor check me. We were about to leave and head to St. Josef Krankenhaus, where I gave birth to both my kids, when the doctor finally arrived. It was such a relief when she brought me to the examining room.

I have been here at the hospital for 27 hours (as of this writing) and I'm feeling so much better now than I did 28 hours ago. I've been on antibiotic treatment and is back to breast feeding. My breasts are still swollen and tender but they no longer hurt as much when my daughter feeds.

I have to say that through all these, I have my husband to thank for. He's been taking care of me and the girls. I'm so blessed to have the most patient and caring man.

August 7, 2012

Photography: Hats & What Knots

My exclusively breastfeed newborn demands my full attention almost all the time. Her naps are way too short for me to even finish one household chore. She constantly eats which requires me to sit still for at least 15 minutes. Since breastmilk is easy to digest, she poops every so often too. But I love her so much, I can't complain. Aaaah! The joys of being a mother!

Today I'm very lucky... for finally being able to work on and finish the photos of my baby in a cocoon handmade by Kerry of Hats & What Knots. I don't know anything about crocheting, crocheting needles or yarns but I know this crocheted cocoon is a QUALITY product.

My beautiful baby snoozing in her comfy cocoon.

Can you tell she likes this cocoon so much?

If you are expecting, this is definitely a must have item for your newborn. Head out to Hats & What Knots Facebook page for more photos of handmade crocheted baby items.

Have a great day!

August 1, 2012

What's Cooking?

One of the things I love about my husband is his knack for cooking and baking. Me? Never mind.

Over the weekend, after a long nap with my one week old baby, he surprised me with this deliciously home-baked Pandesal. I grew up eating this bread and it is one of my favorite.

Freshly baked just for me!

For a detailed baking instruction, click here.

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