Remembering Ondoy

Eight years ago today, Sidney and I got up early after a restless night to assess the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. We’ve experienced our fair share of floods before, but never anything like this – reaching more than 6 feet inside our house. Eight years ago today, we found out we lost a lot…

Breastfeeding Tips that Really Worked for Me

My breastfeeding journey with Lia in 2013 wasn’t as successful as I hoped. I remember crying so many times out of frustration because she simply refused to latch. It took me months to accept that I’d have to go via the pump-and-bottle route instead of direct breastfeeding. So before I had Sam, I already made…

The Birth of Samuel Part 3 – The Handprint of God

This is the story of the birth of our second baby – Samuel Timothy – and how all things really work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). I went into great detail because I like to reminisce, and this is my way of reminding myself how things went down. You can…

The Birth of Samuel Part 2 – The Miracle of Birth

This is the story of the birth of our second baby – Samuel Timothy – and how all things really work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). I went into great detail because I like to reminisce, and this is my way of reminding myself how things went down. You can…

The Birth of Samuel Part 1 – The Decision

This is the story of the birth of our second baby – Samuel Timothy – and how all things really work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). I went into great detail because I like to reminisce, and this is my way of reminding myself how things went down. You can…

Kids Say the Darndest Things (Lia@3)

We recently had two deaths in the family in the past six months – my father-in-law passed away in December 2015, while my grandmother passed away in March 2016. We flew back for the funeral both times. On Father’s Day, Lia watched my husband silently weeping, remembering his father. Me: Daddy is sad because he misses Lolo…

Dehydrated So Soon – 2nd Visit to KK O&G

When I first realised that my hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) is back, I knew I can manage this much better than I did the last time. For one thing – I promised myself that the moment I sense dehydration creeping in, I would immediately go to the O&G 24-hour clinic for hydration. So I went today and…

Nervous Mom – 1st Visit to KK (O&G)

I’ve been trying to get an appointment to see a gynaecologist to confirm the pregnancy. At first I wanted whoever was recommended by Ate Ailine, who works in KK, but in my desperation I would have agreed with ANY female gynae. Unfortunately, there’s a looooong waiting period for gynaes at KK Hospital, so the earliest…

We’re Expecting Again!!!

For some reason, I had the feeling that this would be it. I’m delayed for only three days, true, but that’s nothing. I’ve been delayed by up to five days and just when I’m about to buy a pregnancy test, I’d get my period. But this is different. Even last week, when I wasn’t expecting my…

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Renette, and I’m a thirty-something Christian mom with a four-year-old girl named Lia and an infant named Sam. I was born and raised in the Philippines, but my husband and I moved to Singapore in 2010. My husband I have been married in 2009 and tried to get pregnant after a year. It was a…

Things I Learned from Courageous Catie and Her Courageous Parents

When I first read about Courageous Catie, I immediately wanted to give something to the family. So when my brother-in-law and sister visited them (at the request of my cousin, who knew the parents), I decided to tag along. When we got there, I saw Catie’s mom was rushing out to look for a place to stay. Catie’s dad couldn’t…

A Two-Year-Old Asks about God

Lately, Lia has a few questions about God that is beyond me. -oOo- Lia: Mommy where is Jesus? Me: He is here with us! Lia: But you said He is at church? Me: Yes… He’s there too. Lia: And He is in my heart? Me: Yes… (wondering where she’s going with this) Lia: How does…