February 17, 2012

What's Going On

It's been a looooong time since I made my last entry. I felt bad I didn't have any single post in 2011.  But looking back, 2011 is such a busy year for me. Having Andre and Jaden have completely changed my life for the better of course but that means I don't have much extra time.  Even if I have a nanny, it doesn't feel like I have one because each of us is focused on one of the Twins at all times.  In the early months of my Twins, even bathroom breaks were considered a luxury, much more a decent shower.

I only had a reliever when we went back to the Philippines.  Actually, I had many relievers because of relatives who are excited to see and play with the Twins and volunteered in taking care of them. We stayed in Philippines, both in Manila and Bataan for about five (5) months.  During my free times, I took the opportunity to take baking and cake decorating lessons.

As soon as we got back here, the Babies got sick on and off for about three (3) weeks.  I also started the preparation for my Twins' 1st birthday party.  After the party, I got busy preparing for Christmas.  It was my intention to launch my home-based business before Christmas to take advantage of the holiday season business opportunities.  But between Twin's birthday and Christmas time is such a short-time to prepare considering that I'm still a full time mom.  I was so glad that I had the chance to participate in the Museum of Islamic Art Bazaar to make up for the missed opportunity.  It gave me the chance to showcase my baked products to wider audience.  It also gave my friends a chance to try my products by buying retail quantities.  The bazaar will be a regular activity, happening every first Saturday of the month except on summer months of July, August and September. So that's something that will keep me busy for the next few months, aside from taking care of the Twins.

February 14, 2012

E-mail Scam? - AAA Liquidators Warehouse

I just received what looks like an e-mail scam. It's either a scam or perhaps illegal activities that needs someone to work for them. I actually googled "AAA Liquidation Warehouse Scam" and it did not yield any result except for this FB link.  Looks like e-mails were sent in the Philippines sometime in December. Google search results also provide maps, etc. of this AAA Liquidation company.  There's even a positive review at bloglines though it's also suspicious. I don't believe in product reviews anymore because when I was looking for "work at home jobs," there are many "job openings" to make positive reviews of their products. If you receive this e-mail, beware. I really think it's scam because....

- First, the offer...It's too good to be true. If you search for jobs from home...the most you can receive for virtual assistants is US$ 15/hour.

- Why would a company entrust receiving payments to a stranger? Considering the offer, it is safe to assume that receivables would be large sums. For legit transactions, bank transfer is the usual mode of transfer - not western union. So either it's a scam or illegal activities going on.

Here's a copy of the email...

ATTENTION :::::::::We are one of the largest Hotel / Restaurant equipment warehouse in Miami USA. Due to the large amount of order we receive from Qatar, we are in urgent need of workers who will work part time as payment/fund receiving agents.JOB RESPONSIBILITY / MAIN REQUIREMENTSOur customers in Qatar will divert payments to you, we will then give instructions on how to remit the funds to any of our office location or clients in UK using Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram. Payment will be sent in QAR and you will instantly deduct QAR 3,500 on every payment and also get a Monthly Payment of $4,000 (USD). You will receive about 2 payments weekly.IF INTERESTED, EMAIL US THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:Full Name : Contact Address : Mobile Phone Number : Age : Current Occupation : Do you have a DOHA BANK ACCOUNT ? : Note: You are required to have a DOHA BANK ACCOUNT (Account will be used in receiving payments)Our agent will call you to give you more information and also guide you regarding this offer once we receive your application. We will also email you your employment letter and a sample of our products.Awaiting your quick response and application. Confirmation and Employment letter will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

February 12, 2012

Two More Sleeps

Note: Found this entry in my drafts. It was originally written on November 28, 2010, two days before my scheduled CS delivery.  Somehow, I did not finish it; thus, it wasn't published.  But I'm posting it anyway.

I thought I’ll write an update before I deliver my twins. Two more sleeps before my little angels will come out but tonight will be the last night I’m going to have a peaceful sleep. Tomorrow evening, I’ll be admitted at the hospital in preparation for the CS delivery the following day. When we go back home, we’ll have little angels whom I hope will not be cry babies like when mommy was a baby.

I haven’t posted any update since I entered the second trimester of pregnancy so I’ll pick up from where I left off last time. By the time I entered the second trimester, my nausea slowly went away. My sensitivity to smell also started to decrease though it did not completely go away. Until now, there are certain smells which I cannot stand for long periods. I started to have an increased appetite at around 24 weeks – about the same time I tested positive for gestational diabetes so I was put on diet for the rest of my pregnancy.

I’m glad I started my leave as early as my 29th week because my energy level has gone down even before I entered the third trimester. I easily get tired and I can’t stand for long periods. Finding a comfortable sleeping position became more and more difficult specially during the last three to four weeks. I am also struggling to get up and the and the first few steps after getting up from lying down position are painful. Trips to the bathroom became more frequent and there's always a feeling of urgency!

July 14, 2010

13th Week Scan

I had my 13th week scan on June 14th at a private hospital (Al Ahli Hospital) and on the June 16th at a government hospital (Hamad Medical Center). Yes, I go to two hospitals and two different doctors for my pre-natal check-up. If you are wondering why...My husband is not very happy that he is not allowed to join me during ultra sound scans at Hamad Hospital so we decided to do parallel check-ups at a private hospital. Why not just have the pre-natal at Al Ahli then? I didn't want to stop visiting my doctor at Hamad Hospital until I've decided where to deliver.

Scan done between 11 to 14 weeks is called Nuchal Translucency screening to assess the baby's risk of having down syndrome. During the scan, they check the nuchal fold or the fluid on the baby's neck and the nose bridge. Babies with down syndrome tend to accumulate more fluid in the neck. This test can only assess whether the baby is likely to have a down syndrome but does not provide a definite diagnosis. A diagnostic test maybe done if the fetus has a high risk of having down syndrome.

I'm glad that both scans came out with normal results. Next important scan will be between 18 to 20 weeks to determine if the baby is developing normally. It is commonly referred to as anomaly scan. At this time, the gender can also be determined, if the baby is in the right position. So excited for the weeks to come!

June 7, 2010

1st Trimester Ends, 2nd Trimester Begins

***written on June 7th***

Today, I'm exactly at 12 weeks of my pregnancy based on my LMP. The 1st trimester has officially ended and I'm about to enter the 2nd trimester. I am really hoping that I'd feel much better in the days to come.

While I've been compalining of feeling sick from time to time, I think I'm among the lucky women who have manageable pregnancy symptoms. As long as I avoid anything that triggers my nausea, I'm fine. The most challenging for me is my heightened sense of smell. There are times...I'll rephrase that - I can't really stand being in the kitchen or just being outside our room when something is being cooked in the kitchen. The smell is just unbearable and makes me really sick. I can't even bring dirty plates to the sink because it makes me want to puke even just standing near the kitchen. Walter comes to a point where he doesn't know what to do anymore :) It's also frustrating that I can't do anything in the kitchen - not even getting water from the fridge.

Well, now that I'm entering the 2nd trim, I do hope that my sense of smell will be back to its normal levels or at least at less intense levels.
How about you? How do you manage pregnancy symptoms?

May 20, 2010

9th Week Scan

Last monday (May 17th), I went for my 9th week scan. Actually it was a follow-up of the previous scan to determine the viability of the third sac. At this time, the third sac still has no heart beat and was concluded not to be a viable so it's definitely going to be twins! I did not go back to my doctor after the scan. He said, there's no need to visit him. If the sac did not develop, it will just be re-absorb into the uterus so there's nothing to worry about that.

When I found out about the possibility of triplets, I was thrilled by the idea. But somehow, I felt relieved that that there's only two and not three. Having twins will have lesser complications for me and the babies. Risk of pre-mature birth will be much lower and I'm sure the prenancy itself will be more managebale.

Given the chance, would you like to have twins?

May 13, 2010

The Cravings and Nausea

Unlike other women, I don't have any weird cravings; but, I did have strong cravings for Filipino food during the early weeks (before the 6th week) of my pregnancy. Unfortunately, there's no pork here so I am not able to eat anything pork during that time.

I'm glad that during the early weeks of my pregnancy, I did not feel sick at all. But by the time I reached six (6) weeks of gestation, I started feeling nauseated intermittently. It wasn't too bad though and good thing is I am not throwing-up. In fact, I am able to go to work without any problems. Later on, I found out that keeping myself stuffed relieves me of feeling sick. Eating cereals, apples, bananas, small sandwiches between main meals kept my nausea away.

But I have another problem. By 6th week, I developed a strong sense of smell and I feel sick whenever I smell food being cooked especially garlic. I started being picky with what I eat. I can't eat food with very strong flavor like green bell pepper and coriander although I am still able to enjoy a wide variety of dishes. I also can't stand stinky smell like that of dirty rest room and strong body odor, not even for few seconds.
Overall, my pregnancy is going well with manageable discomfort. I easily get tired and I can't stand for long periods but that's also manageable. Can't wait for the nausea to go away completely! I am so looking forward for the second timester. How's your pregnancy experience?

May 11, 2010

It's Twins

So we went for a scan yesterday morning. The ultrasound (U/S) tech found heart beats in two out of the three sacs. We're having twins!!!! I'm very happy with this development. The U/S tech gave another schedule after one week to confirm the heart beat of the third sac.

In the afternoon, we visited Dr. Shahata and he explained to us that it is unlikely that the third sac will still develop heart beat since I'm already at 8 weeks of gestation. He also told us that having twins will have lesser complications than having triplets so we shouldn't feel feel bad if the third sac will not develop at all. He gave me enough meds (progesterone and folic acid) for another six weeks. Another U/S was scheduled on the 13th week of gestation to confirm if my baby is developing normally. He also ordered blood tests and urine tests as part of routine lab tests.

While I'm quite happy with my doctor at Hamad Women's Hospital, we will be seeing another doctor in a private clinic later today because Walter wants to see the heart beat in the U/S scan. He feels deprived of the joy of seeing and hearing his babies because men are not allowed inside the U/S sound room at Hamad and copies of U/S reports are also not provided to patients.

I am happy that my pregnancy is progressing very well. Can't wait for the next months to come and finally see them in flesh.

May 9, 2010

Too Excited

***This post was witten on May 9, 2010 and intentionally published on May 11, 2006***

I am scheduled for another ultrasound tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll finally see the fetal heart beat in at least one of the three sacs in my womb. Too excited to think of anything else. Lord, we're only asking for one, but if you give us triplets, we'll be very grateful.

May 3, 2010

The Long Wait is Over

***This post was written on May 3, 2010 and published on May 11, 2010***

Finally, after waiting for six long years, I am pregnant! My husband and I are overjoyed by this blessing. I can't say much at this point because I'm only at 7 weeks of gestation. I had my ultrasound (U/S) last week (at 6 weeks gestation) and they found three (3) gestational sacs but only one of them has a yolk sac and none of the sacs has fetal heart beat yet. Actually, I was a bit shocked to find out there are three sacs in my womb and that there is a high possibility of carrying a triplets. As soon as it sank-in , my mind raced as fast as a bullet train and I thought of 3 car seats, 3 strollers, bigger car, loads of feeding bottle, baby dresses, etc. My nausea also quickly disappeared! At the same time, I was thrilled by the idea of having triplets. When I came back to the car and told Walter of the results, he was also a bit shocked but very proud :)

In the afternoon, I visited my doctor and he said, it's too early to conclude anything at this point because there's still a high possibility that fetal heart beat may not develop in any or all three sacs. I need another U/S at least a week later to confirm the fetal heart beat. Since I was scheduled for another U/S in two weeks, I'll just wait patiently for my schedule because early U/S sometimes gives unnecessary disappointment.