Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ferberization at a Glance

Sleepless nights. Nightly tantrums. Groggy mornings. Do any of these sound familiar? For a lot of new parents, this is the story of their lives for the first year of their baby’s birth. But these issues can be addressed and resolved by initiating the Ferber Method...well, according to some parents. Ferberization or the Ferber method is sleep resolution training technique for infants that are 5 months and above.

The Ferber method relies on a few key principles which include; 

Alone Time: This is the period of time when the infant is left alone in the room. Some or a lot of crying is expected when the baby is left alone. The length of time starts at 5 minutes for the first 3 days then increases by 5 minutes every night until the baby assimilates the training.

Check in time: This is the short length of time when the parent can check in on the baby and offer some comfort. The parent may choose to sing a lullaby to give the baby reassurance of not being abandoned.

It’s also best to make sure the infant is comfortable by feeding him and keeping the environment free from distress-causing factors. It is also suggested that the lights are put out and a night light used instead.

It’s easy to throw in the towel after a few nights but persistence, as Dr.Ferber thinks,is the key. Endeavour to seek the permission of a pediatrician before practicing the Ferber Method

For more information on the Ferber Method, refer to the infographic below from www.babyinastroller.com.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

10th Year Blog Anniversary

Oh wow ... time really flies so fast. This blog of mine is 10 years already since January of 2017!!! This blog is also my 1st domain that I'm maintain since 2007 and that I consider as an achievement too.

Actually my very 1st blog was at Bravejournal that I started in 2005 but unfortunately they deleted my blog already how sad.. I don;t want to pay for a premium acct so I let it go.  So, I'm blogging for the last 12 years now and counting. I have quite a few of domain blogs that I'm keeping and even though I'm not blogging as often now, I still enjoy writing some articles and sharing my experiences too.

My very 1st post in this blog A SLICE OF LIFE.

Hooray.. here's to more blogging years!!!

Making The Living Room Fun

If you are on a budget but still want to change the look of the home, then consider starting with the living room. A general contractor can go over the details that you can change in the room so that it has a new look from the lighting to the flooring and walls. Start with the basic details, such as the painting or changing the flooring, before changing the furniture or adding new accessories. The windows should also be considered when looking at remodeling the living room as this is an area of the home where you want to have as much natural light as possible since you'll be spending the most time here.

If the living room is dingy and doesn't have a lot of color, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Add texture to the walls of the living room with ceiling medallions that are attached and painted over or by using a sponge to create a fun look to the walls. Once you have the color of the walls, you can start looking at the carpet or other types of flooring that you might want to have. Hardwood flooring is ideal if you want something that is easy to keep clean. There are laminate flooring options that give you the hardwood look without spending a lot of money. Go with a lighter color no matter what kind of floor you choose as this will create the illusion of a larger room.

Darker furniture sets the scene, such as black furniture or a dark brown, along with cushions that are light in color that will add depth to the room. Pillows with a graphic design can create a beautiful scene in the living room instead of using simple colors. Your living room might have a perfect plan where all of the furniture is in one place. Take a different approach by putting your furniture in a diagonal position in a corner or changing the angle of the coffee table or the end tables. Don't be afraid to make the living room a fun place to be during the day as this is where you'll share memories with friends and family.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Time to Try New Things

Wow, January of 2017 passed by so quickly. Spent my January with 2 trips out of town with my family. We went to Cebu in January 7 till the 12th but the weather is not that good as it is raining almost everyday. However, that doesn't stop us from exploring the province. After that, we went to Palawan, and it is heaven. The islands are breathtaking and the province is a gem.

 This year, I am planning to go travel again and explore our country more. This year, it's also a time to try new things, I have eaten crocodile meat for the first time and it tastes like chicken. I have not tried the zip line though as I was scared and my body is al little bit achy that time, oh well might try it next time.

There are also more things to explore and learn online. There are heaps of websites that are worth visiting and perusing. I have learned so many things from different blogs and sites. There are also online shops that help people shop for their things, Etsy, E-bay, Amazon and the likes are fave. For musical enthusiasts, http://www.guitarcenter.com/Snark/ can be helpful as well. Perusing the site can be worthwhile if you are in need of anything music related.

I also want to try my hand in baking, and hope that will push through in the coming months if time permits.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pros and Cons of Using a Midwife

Midwives are trained medical professionals who aid women in giving birth through natural means. But that’s not all they do. These licensed experts offer care to women throughout their reproductive lives, from puberty through menopause. Midwives also perform well-woman exams, help plan for conception, and offer new moms guidance on breastfeeding and caring for newborns.

In 2014, midwives in the U.S. attended 332,107 births, slightly more than the previous year. This according to the ACNM, a certification association representing nurse-midwives and midwives in the United States. Midwives mainly work in hospitals and other medical facilities to assist in the birthing process. According to webmd.com, women feel more satisfied being able to make decisions for their birthing experience when they work with a midwife. When you’re expecting, here are some pros and cons to weigh.

Pros
  • Holistic care: Midwives support a more natural childbirth method and are cautious to use any medical procedure, even something such as ongoing fetal monitoring.
  • More personal attention: Midwives are able to spend more time with patients during checkups and prenatal appointments. They are also able to offer clients more support throughout the labor and birth process, and postpartum care as well.
  • Comprehensive care: Midwives offer care for women beginning in their teen years and throughout menopause. Many women may be more comfortable with someone who has cared for them throughout life’s changes.
  • Focus on women: A midwife’s goal is to help women understand their healthcare choices in areas that range from exercise to contraception, fertility, and parenthood.

Cons

  • Unable to perform surgery: Although they have advanced medical training, midwives are not able to complete a C-section if it’s needed. They can assist in the surgery, however.
  • Pregnancies with risk: These are usually not handled by midwives.
  • Facility options: Midwife services are not offered in some hospitals and clinics. Check with the medical facilities in your area if this is your preference.
  • Insurance coverage: Health programs may not cover midwife services performed in anything other than a hospital. Check with your provider, especially if you are considering an at-home birth.

Types of Training and Certification

There are a few different types of midwives. Certified nurse-midwives have received training both as a nurse and as a midwife and most hold a master’s degree in nursing. They must pass a national certification test by the ACNM and qualify for a state license. Find out more about becoming a midwife through the University of Cincinatti.

Certified midwives are college-educated and also certified by the ACNM. This is a relatively new specialty and some states do not offer a license for it. The third category is certified professional midwives. They are trained as midwives and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Read more about advanced nursing degrees.

European women are comfortable choosing a midwife, with the rate of midwife-assisted births about the same as doctor-assisted births. About 90 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. have an obstetrician attend their birth experience, at least for now. In the near future, more U.S. women are likely to turn to midwives, especially in more rural areas where there is a shortage of doctors.

Gift Giving this Holiday Season

Oh wow.. Christmas is just around the corner and I can feel the Christmas spirit already. Actually, Christmas starts early here in the Philippines because as soon as September steps in, Christmas songs and theme will be heard on radio and be seen on most stores and places here. Now, that Christmas is just a stone away, Christmas fever is in full gear!

Massive discounts are offered everywhere , be it on physical stores, markets, tiangge, malls and even online. Customers will get to enjoy discounts for their holiday shopping. I only have 2 more on my to-buy list and I'm done .. yey! It's really good to have finished shopping early for I have avoided the rush. However, that rush is fine too as we get to feel the gift giving spirit and sharing too. I need to shop till tomorrow so I can wrap all of my gifts.. I have some already under our tree but needs more.

Hope you'll have a great holidays everyone!! Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Going Out of Your Way to Show Your Loved Ones How Much They Mean this Holiday Season

The holiday season seems to be an extraordinarily special time for many people, that brings them a little bit closer each year, albeit for a short period in most cases. This year, really get the most out of your holidays by making the people you love the most feel loved back. As kids, we get excited for the holidays because we got gifts and money if we were lucky. Now it’s time to turn the tables as adults, and do something in return for those who did so much for us before.

“Extra Special” Gifts
For a lot of people, material gifts don’t mean as much as making a sincere action. That’s part of maturity and growing up. So this year instead of buying your dad a new tie… again, take him out for a nice dinner. It could be a father daughter formal dinner date, or a father son basketball game or concert. For moms, the same; mother son night out dancing or a girls day getting your hair and nails done capped off with a massage. You can find deals for almost all of these at local salons online.

For Parents with Older Children
Speaking from experience, I know living as a young adult fresh out of school is hard; typically living paycheck to paycheck and possibly working multiple jobs. Life alone for the first time is difficult. If you are a parent and your kids are out on their own, maybe think of what they need more than what they want this year. Maybe you could offer to cover a partial month rent/utilities or come up with a way to help them get the lasik surgery they’ve always wanted but couldn’t get.. If you really can’t think of anything, talk to them; they’ll gladly share what they need the most. Gifts like these might not be luxurious but they are practical, which is more important at this point in many young adults lives.

The holidays aren’t just about giving and receiving gifts or doing acts of kindness for your loved ones, more important is the time you spend together. Try to put some thought into this holiday season. If you’re on a budget there are deals online or even DIY projects that are practically free. Happy Holidays everyone!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Exciting Game

I'm always looking forward for the weekends eventhough I am always at home. It's always when I have the time to go out with friends for meet up, for a coffee, ktv, watch a movie or simply do some chita-chatting. Shopping or strolling at the mall is also my fave to do on weekends for I can do some shopping around even for some lil' things for myself or around the house.

Last weekend is exceptional, I went out for a bit after lunch with some of my former highscool friends. We're scheduled to watch the basketball game of our batchmates. The game was exciting eventhough we lost by 13 points over a much younger batch. My classmates only had some practice and being a little old (late 40's), you'd not expect our players to be on their utmost shape and speed. Us girls had so much fun cheering for the boys, we're screaming at the top of our lungs to the point that we already need a megaphone or a akg p220 mic so we need not shout so loud. The arena seemed too dull bec. there's not much people around but the music and the game kept us in.

Our boys did a good job and we're looking forward to the next game.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Chocolate Overload

Ahhh.. chocolates.. how can I resist them?

I know that chocolates when eaten in too much quantities is bad for our health as it can increase our sugar levels and even added lots of calories in our body. However, research also will tell that chocolates esp. the dark one can be beneficial too as it contains antioxidants as well.

As for me, a bight or two after meal is ok enough to satisfy my choco cravings. It can also minimize the after taste brought about by some food. Toblerone are not my fave bec. kisses with almonds are my thing. These are sent to us by my sister who is working in Riyadh, Saudi arabia. From time to time she sent us some goodies and we're always grateful and happy to receive them.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Companion

I have been busy lately with my digital designing stuff and I have released about 14 digital papers just yesterday. Wow, that is record breaking! I can make about 1 or 2 sets but not 14! I'm super inspired the other to make all those papers. My creative juices are just overflowing so I just took advantage of it. While working, my all time companion is non other than music! Oh yes... I just open my Spotify account and choose whatever albums that I want depending on my mood. It's always a good companion of mine as I become more inspired to work and I don;t get bored while working.

Right now, I'm listening to some sappy and sentimental songs that I follow and the selections where are all good. Makes me in love and inspired :). Music sets our mood and just thinking about the vocalist and the men behind every song, it makes me wonder and be at awe at their talent. The drummer, the guitarist, keyboardist and more all play important role in making a song. Even if you are using a korg taktile or even not so-expensive instrument, if you put your heart and soul to it, I guess it will also turn out beautifully.