Saturday, March 31, 2012

Baby's Birthday - Confirmed

I just came from my OB, I'm having my repeat C-Section on Monday, 02APR12 instead of 10APR12...yay!
I don't know how I feel. Excited and nervous...
I hope everything will be fine...
God bless us! 

See you soon my little man.....

Life at 37 weeks pregnant

I’m 37 weeks  yesterday, and I feel like I’m just about ready to pop.
I have swollen ankles, heartburn& indigestion. 
The bump (and the boy) are getting bigger and rounder. 
His kicks are so strong now, and feel like they’re reaching my ribs! 

I’m still having trouble sleeping, despite my body being pretty tired and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have to go to the toilet during the day

 I just hope he doesn’t come out during the Holy week!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lexi's Recognition Day Pictures

Lexi ended up being TOP 2 of her class!
She got a scholarship grant for this achievement.

We're soooo proud of her...

Below pics were taken today before their  Baccalaureate mass...

She had her hair curled... hihi!

Not in the mood for Photoshop today so I used Picasa for this collage  ;)

Here's the DS 


Saturday, March 24, 2012

36 weeks Preggy DS

Here I am in all of my 36 week glory! 
We are entering the final countdown here. 
It is good to see the finish line right now. 
I find that I am more than ready to just bring on this next stage of our lives. 
While overall I am still feeling good, the extra weight and size are dragging me down a bit. 

I am at the point where getting comfortable can be quite difficult. 
Some nights sleep is descent and then some nights it is really hard to come by. 

Also, I really want to meet this little man.

DS - old pics of Lexi

My new pages for this month (using old pictures of my lil girl..)

Tutorial: Creating DS using MS Powerpoint

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I have received several questions from friends and online buddies on how to create Digital Scrapbook Pages but once I tell them that I use Adobe Photoshop: they seem to lose interest..
Well, I understand… Adobe Photoshop sounds too difficult.
But there’s a very easy way to create your own DS and that is by using our friendly MS tool..which is…
Microsoft Powerpoint.. yup..

 I found out that I can create DS using this tool when my Adobe PS crashed.. and I was desperate to make a Birthday page for a friend..and I was not disappointed with the outcome.

Here’s my simple tutorial…

Open your MS Powerpoint

Choose Layout then click BLANK

Open a Background Paper.
Note: Like what I’ve mentioned in my previous tuts, set a layout/design in mind so that you won’t have a hard time executing it

Download freebie kits here...

I will open a new paper and will layer this as an embellishment.
 How to crop?
Go to the Crop Tool on the upper portion of your screen.
Once you see the Crop Edges, crop as desired.

Assemble your added embellishments
I added 3 new embellishments here:
1.       Green Flower
2.       Another Flower
3.       Swirl

Add the Picture
TIP: It will appear more appealing if you choose your color combination using the base color in the picture that you will insert (e.g. you are wearing red, use red paper and elements)

Okay as you can see, the picture is HUGE.
You can resize it by using the circle buttons on the edges of the pic.. but use the upper right button so you won’t end up distorting the image.

Here’s my desired size..

Re-arranging Layers
If you noticed, the image is blocking the embellishments.
You can move the image backwards by using the Selection Pane

Click the button on the lower right side of your screen to re-arrange layers.
You now have the picture behind the embellishments

How to Tilt images or embellishments
Easy.. just click on the green circle and it will let you tilt the image

Editing the Picture.
Go to Picture tool then click Contrast or Brightness.

Adding wordart.
Go to HOME the insert Wordart

You can choose the font by going back to HOME then choose your desired font.

And here’s my finished layout

 STEP 11
Saving the image as JPEG.
You need to click the Slide Show icon.

Once you see the page, click PrtSc (PRINT SCREEN) on your keyboard.
Open PAINT (in the Accessories of Windows) then hit CTRL V.
Save the File as JPEG

Finalizing the DS
Open the image using Microsoft Photo Editor.

Click Crop then crop the unnecessary edges

Once done, save the image…


Here’s the finished DS.

It’s very simple but pretty.. right? J

Hope this tutorial helps!

If you have any question/comments, please click on the comment button below.

You can also skip the whole Printscreen part by doing SAVE AS JPEG!!!
Soooo much easier!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday night..thinking of Lexi

My little girl has been out of town for almost 2 days now...
I miss her sooo much... I can't wait to see her today. =)

I searched for her old pictures and scrapped some of it...
Here they are...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Birthing Story - Baby # 1 Lexi

About me and my Hubby:  
When i was 18 years old, I met the man i knew i was supposed to be with for the rest of my life and i knew he felt the same way so it wasn't a shock when i fell pregnant after being with him for 6 years. Our families where really happy and i had a really easy pregnancy,but towards the last few months i was really getting anxious to have my bub as it was summer and with the extra weight i was carrying,it was making it hard to stay cool 

Most unusual cravings: 
I love Oishi Chips Onion Flavor!!!

Morning sickness: 
When it started, how I tried to cure it. I didn't get morning sickness that bad but there was a couple of times when i would feel sick but the weird thing about that was i would only get it right on 10pm so when it was bedtime i would be sick and when it was morning i would sleep until i got hungry HA HA but this only lasted for about 2 months tops then all i did was eat eat EAT

The baby's sex
 On my 23rd week scan we both agreed to find out the sex of the baby because we really wanted to know whether to start buying blue or pink so when the doctor said we were expecting a girl we were over the moon especially me as I wanted a baby girl to dress up with.My hubby didn't have a frown on his face for at least a week and i really couldn't wait to go and tell everyone!!!

Best piece of advice someone gave me about giving birth:
It was definitely Ate Olive and Jochen( my co-nurses).Both told me it''ll gonna hurt like hell but once you see the baby, pain will be gone in an instant!!!

Worst piece of advice someone gave me about giving birth: 
It was another co-nurse telling me that it's like an elephant digging on your back.. waaaahhhh

Favorite maternity clothes/shoes: 
 I have no choice but to wear my typical uniform at work and it includes sneakers!! ( i Hate wearing them).But when it came to get ups outside the hospital;i really loved to wear my baggy t-shirt and maternity pants and Havaianas Flipflops!!! (love it!)  or when i was at home it would be sando and shorts! i never went for fashion,i went for comfort and i believe that every pregnant woman should choose comfort over fashion! its cheaper too ...ha ha!

Hospital of choice? 
well at first, i opted for St.Margareth Clinic (my OB owns it) since I was on a tight budget  but i was 8weeks prior to having my baby, i suffered from preterm bleeding(due to lifting) which then turned into real preterm labor because I was then diagnosed with a rare kind of placenta previa.I was rushed to Asian Hospital's ER.Unfortunately, I was actually bleeding too much that my OB decided to confine me to bed for 2weeks!!  waaahh!!!  It was so hard because I cannot get up and cannot actually go to the bathroom to do my stuff!!! Well, I stayed at Asian Hospital for 10days,and I decided to go home with my OB's permission..observing bleeding precautions!!! 

One day after discharge, I had a recurrence of bleeding but without contractions, my OB was constantly texting me & reminding to feel my baby's movement. According to him, as long as the fetal movement is ok everthing will turn out well.But still.. I was bleeding everday..It was so scary and it was really stressing me out.I ask the Lord to help me and my baby.... It was June 14, 2007,at 34weeks (8 months) AOG, I decided that I can not take what's happening to me.. I told my OB that I'm decided to have a Cesarian Section. The following day,June 15, 2007 at 7am, I underwent CS. I was so anxious and  was really thinking about my baby. I was advised that there's a possibilty that my baby's going to the NICU since she's still premature.I prayed and prayed for my baby's wellness.I was half awake during the operation.I can even hear my OB and the other staff chatting. At 7:16am, I heard a baby's cry.. still groggy from Morphine.. I saw my beautiful child.. white as snow.. I felt relief!!! I realized that everything turned out well..No need for NICU.. I had a healthy baby girl... thank God!!!

Breastfeeding or bottle feeding? 
At first i was going to breast feed but when i had Lexi she was having trouble grasping on and i really wasn't ready to see my baby screaming to be fed so i grabbed a bottle and away she went.

About baby:   
ALEXI ISABEL......When she was born she had to be in the warmer for 6 hours as she had been extremely hypothermic!! She's a tiny baby.. 4.9lbs 45cms in length.. We took her home 5 days later and have to say that motherhood was an easy and enjoyable thing to me,i just love it!!! Lexi is now 2 months and is a breeze to raise,we have a lot of fun together and she so spoilt by the family. She gave me a thousand reasons to smile....

Thanks to my OB Dr. Eric Labios.... 

and of course Lord God...You're the best!!

Our First Family Picture

Tiny Lexi... 

Our sweet angel