Pear Banana Prune Smoothie

I sometimes wish there were 3 of me, one to work, one to stay home and attempt being a domestic goddess, one to monitor the kids full time and maybe wait on the man of the house in a 50’s housewife style (naaah, that is so not me)  Wait, I want another one of me too, one to do the things I never find the time to do anymore, like update this and my other blogs.  Sigh.

Anyway, I’m hoping (again) that this post marks another “beginning” for this blog.  Lord knows, I’ve some posts on draft for the longest time but I never seem to get around finishing them.  I just might still try to go back to them and do so.

Enough rambling from me (thank you for indulging me).  For my “beginning” post, I’d like to share how I began today…with a smoothie.  I have been hearing about smoothies and juicing and how good these are, so I decided to try my hand.  Since I don’t have a juicer yet, I’ve decided to try smoothies first since I do have a reliable blender.  This is what I came up with, using whatever I could find in my refrigerator.

Pear Banana Prune Smoothie


– 1 pear

– 1 banana

– prune juice


1.  Peel and remove the core of the pear.  Slice in quarters and put in blender.

2.  Peel banana and remove unwanted areas of bananas.  (I do not like the too-soft, bruised spots on the bananas).  Put in blender.

3.  Add prune juice until the 2 cup line on the blender.

4.  Turn on blender at highest setting until all the ingredients are blended well.

This made approximately 2-3 servings.


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Only the best for my baby!

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (February). For this month, we focus on back to basics. Participants will share advices – either the best breastfeeding advice they received OR/AND the best breastfeeding advice they can give to new moms.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Today, as I’m struggling to complete this entry, my little 2.8 year old  R is a little out of sorts.  She seemed to have caught the intestinal flu virus that made the rounds in the household.  She refused to eat her usual 3 meals.  But there’s a saving grace — she breastfed all day, almost like an infant again.  I would have been worried sick if she didn’t, because she wouldn’t have much intake otherwise!  It’s easier for her bum tummy, I guess.  Aside from fulfilling her nutritional requirement, I’m also giving her comfort — what she really needs at this moment…and many moments before now.  And, any antibodies that is still produced could only help her.

Breastfeeding is one of the best decisions I made when I gave birth to my firstborn E.  Despite all the doubts, I knew I was going to breastfeed him.  All because “BREASTFEEDING IS BEST”.

I learned that in Medical School.  Yes, despite them teaching us how to dilute formula, they did tell us that breastfeeding is best.  Moms who breastfed were praised in the clinic.  The OB ward had moms who were taught how to breastfeed their babies.  And they were successful.  And I totally believed that I will be too.

I hear that from formula milk ads.  Yes, the blurb that DOH required and lasted a few seconds after a 30 second-or-more commercial for some toddler formula.  There must be a reason for the DOH requirement — the fact that yes, breastfeeding is the most natural and the healthiest.  I totally want THE BEST for my kid.

I heard that from my mom, my MIL and other people from their generation.  Yes, despite the fact that most of us were actually bottlefed and that they had a lot of misconceptions (like my milk not being enough because my kid was not chubby).  They did believe in that, although they also believed that not all moms can.  I believed that I CAN.

It was this belief that made me hang in there and breastfeed despite all the odds.  When my son had to stay in the NICU, I pumped like crazy with the manual pump that I had at the time.  Despite getting a low volume, I didn’t give up, believing that I’d give him all that I can give.  Despite the engorged breasts, despite the pain, the cracking and bleeding of my nipples, it was that belief that made me continue on breastfeeding.

It was this belief that made me breastfeed my eldest for a little before 2 years and still breastfeeding my second for only-God-knows-how-long.

It’s the same belief I want all moms to keep in mind.  Because we are moms and we only want the best for our kids!

Another advise I kept in mind and which I would like to tell other prospective nursing moms — Take it one day at a time.  Because breastfeeding is not easy — at the start.  But it becomes second nature the more you do it.  When it’s painful, it’s difficult to project 2 years, 1 year, 6 months or even 1 month into the future.  I mean, when you feel that you’re being tortured, how can you imagine doing this for at least 6 months?  Just get through the present day.  Then when that is done, get through the next day.  Small achievable goal, right?  Before you know it, you’ll have breastfed for quite a while and can’t imagine weaning!  :)

Other inspirational posts:

The Articulate Pen’s Breastfeeding needs Patience

Diapers and Stethoscope’s Back to Basic

My Mommyology’s What I’ve Learned About Breastfeeding

Ms. Masungit’s From One Mom To Another

The Odyssey of Dinna’s Breastfeeding Words of Wisdom

Mrs. Bry126’s We’re All in this Together

I Am Clarice’s Paying it Forward

My Mommy Kwentos’ Sharing My Favorite Breastfeeding Advice

Planet Marsy’s Better Than None

Mommy {T} Coach’s Saved by the Nursing Mommas

Mama Drama’s Patience and Breast-friends

Adventures on Planet Mom’s Stubborn Me! Sure Glad I didn’t give up

Nanaystrip’s Eat Malunggay, Say “I Have Milk” and Love your Baby

Starting at Twenty-Five’s My Husband’s Best Breastfeeding Advice

Nanay *Loves* Purple’s Why Attend Breastfeeding Class/Seminars

Truly Rich Mom’s My Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Legally Mama’s Take it from the non-expert!

Mommy Mama Rat’s My Breastfeeding Mantra

Mr. Jacob’s Mom’s Breastfeeding Tips from a Non-Breastfed Mommy

Hybrid Rasta Mama’s Breastfeeding Lists, Advice, Links and More

Apples and Dumplings’ One Word of Breastfeeding Advice

Touring Kitty’s Just Do It

EthanMama’s Only the Best for My Baby

the canDIshhh tales’ My Breastfeeding Advice

Mec as Mom’s Enough is Enough

Chronicles of a Nursing Mom’s On Breastfeeding Number Two – Redux

You’re still breastfeeding?

Yes I am!

I breastfed both my kids far longer than I originally intended.

With E, my firstborn, He was a few days shy of his second birthday.  I had to abruptly wean because I underwent chemotherapy and the meds are not going to be good for him.  Since he was almost 2 anyway, I decided that maybe it’s time for us to stop with the nursing.  Anyway, since I had to be confined in the hospital for a surgery and will be gone for 5 days, perhaps he won’t be looking for my breasts when I got home again.

I was wrong.  It was such a traumatic experience for both of us since neither of us was ready to stop at that point.  E was so happy when I finally got home and couldn’t understand why my breasts were suddenly off limits to him.  I knew that more than the nutrition E was getting from my milk, it was the emotional closeness that he was after.  It was his source of comfort and security and maybe a symbol of love.  It broke my heart, but he definitely can’t nurse because of the drugs in my system.  I didn’t want to repeat that experience!

Now I am still breastfeeding R, and she’s now 2 years and 5 months old!  I do not see any desire for her to stop our breastfeeding relationship.  And since she may well be my youngest child, I am hoping for child led weaning this time around. (more…)

After 24 years

Next year, our high school batch will be the the Silver Jubilarians of Saint Jude Catholic School.  I can’t believe that it’s been 24 years since I graduated from high school!

To prepare for our grand alumni homecoming, the batch core group organized a party-cum-planning session under the guise of J.O.’s birthday celebration.  It was a hit as 70 batchmates came.  Guess we were all excited about seeing each other after all those years.

What has happened to our former batchmates?  Well, I’d say we’ve gone a long way since we left SJCS.  Aside from the physical changes like the need for reading glasses and the increased girth some of us now have, it’s gratifying to see that many of us have become successes in our own right, whether in our chosen fields and / or in raising kids who we hope would grow up with the same values that we learned, grew up with, and apply in our own lives.

It’s surprising to see that while there are many changes that maturity (!) has brought about, many things still stay the same.  13 years is a huge chunk out of anybody’s life, and the influence of the institution and the “comrades” in those formative years are sure to make a mark somehow.   The beauties and hunks are still as beautiful and handsome as I remembered them.  The leaders still have that commanding presence and the shy ones like me are still quite shy. 😀

I loved the Human Bingo game, as it “forced” me to make an effort to seek out my former classmates and ask about what they are up to now.  So even if I wasn’t able to complete the form, I was able to know my former classmates just a bit better.

I really enjoyed going to this party.  I am confident that next year’s Grand Homecoming would be a success.  Go Invictus 1987!

My Best Breastfeeding Support System — My Husband

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The second most important factor in my breastfeeding success story is having a supportive husband. (more…)

Nursing must haves…and cheaper alternatives (2/10 & 3/10)

This is part 2 of a series.  Click here for part 1.

2.  nursing clothes

It is such a nice. nice time to be a breastfeeding mom as there are so many pretty breastfeeding clothes available nowadays. These clothes not only have hidden access points for your baby to reach your breasts easily, they also flatter your new shape, accentuating your much larger breasts and camouflaging your post pregnancy tummy. (more…)

Nursing must haves…and cheaper alternatives (1/10)

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (May).  This carnival is dedicated to all moms, celebrating Mother’s Day today.  Participants will share various topics covering A Breastfeeding Mother’s Top Ten List.  Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.

(This is part 1 of a series)

I would like to list breastfeeding both my kids as one of my mommy achievements.  Well, see, it wasn’t really easy, and you have people who would naysay your efforts.  But I’m so proud to say that I breastfed my eldest until he was nearly 2 years old (had to stop then because I was undergoing chemotherapy) and currently, I’m still breastfeeding my youngest, who will turn 2 next month!

I believe the true ESSENTIALS of successful breastfeeding are a mom who’s determined to do so, a baby and support from everybody who’s close to the mom (especially the dad!).

However, there are now plenty of things out there which make life easier for the breastfeeding mom.  While these are not truly essentials in the strictest sense of the word, I would say that these are must-haves for a smooth breastfeeding experience.

Moms who can’t afford these products though do not need to fret, because there are certainly cheaper alternatives, so you can still make your breastfeeding journey easier without breaking the bank! (more…)

Breastfeeding made me a better and stronger mom…and woman

Welcome to the first Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (March). To celebrate National Women’s Month, our participants share how breastfeeding has changed them as a woman. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.


There were quite a few things that I really wanted to be “when I grow up”.

I wanted to be a doctor.  Check, I was able to get a medical education in one of the nation’s top medical schools, pass the board exams, trained and qualified to be an ophthalmologist.

I wanted to be a wife.  Check.  I got married to the man I love and who I know loves me.

I wanted to be a mom.  Check.  I got pregnant a month after the wedding.

But then I quickly realized that having a baby and BEING a mom is really not the same.

Being a mom means making decisions that would affect the well being of your baby.  One of those decisions was what to feed your baby. (more…)