There is a give-away at the end of this post. 🙂
Hi everyone. My name is Jenny Reyes, and I pen the blog that you are reading now. If you’ve been following me you’ll know that I have two girls whom I adore to no end, both born and raised in Chapel Hill, my home away from home. I have, until this very day, managed to stay under the radar with respect to my identity and my photo. No real reason: I just liked the privacy of it all. I’ll get to why I changed my mind in a little bit.
It was around this time two years ago when I first started blogging. Apart from Sam, the next “possession” that was always by my side was my Mac. I was always online, trying to stay in touch with the world, particularly with activities happening across the Pacific. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, and after I had Sam, I never had enough time to complete my many jumbled thoughts on a sheet of paper. Typing was always much faster. So when OCMom suggested I try my hand at blogging, I went for it. I was also a few months away from having Jamie and I couldn’t imagine how I would find the time to sleep, much less maintain a physical hand-held journal. So blogging it was.
The easiest topic that came to mind was (and admittedly still is, the most prevalent one in my life) motherhood and parenting. Like many moms, I never run out of stories to tell about my girls and the twists and turns that they put me through on a daily basis. Time and again I’ve said I’m a student of motherhood, because (like many moms!) I look for whatever it is that’s out there that will help me be the best kind of mom my children need. I’ve shared a lot of my experiences and personal stories, as well as the little insights and nuggets of learning that I’ve picked up along the way. I have to say — I feel very humbled to know that other moms who have stumbled across My Mommyology have learned a little bit here and there too (Awww! :)).
A few blog posts, some tweets, and a relocation to Manila later, I was asked by Mommy Mundo along with some other moms (a lot of whom I’d “met” online, through my blog, Facebook and Twitter interactions) to be a part of a pioneering group of Social Media Moms called SoMoms. We are a collective of moms active on Social Media (thus the name!), all with unique voices and points of view relevant to moms like ourselves. We have a wide range of beliefs, concerns, and advocacies that we like to share and talk about or learn from one another as well.
Because of my family situation, I was one of the last moms to join the group. But when I first met all the other SoMoms in person, I felt right at home. Well — we’d all been communicating with one another virtually months before, but more than that, everyone was very welcoming and interested in my own experiences and what I had to say. We realized that as much as we have our own individual parenting styles, we are all passionate about sharing our discoveries with other moms, giving advice, creating conversations and building relationships with readers and followers alike. In other words, we are a social media mom support group — and why not? All moms need one after all!
While we like meeting new people online, we enjoy face-to-face encounters too. I know I’d love to meet other moms and build my mommy network, wouldn’t you?
The SoMoms will be at the Mommy Mundo Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent on November 24 and 25 (If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping, this is a good place to get started!) Come and meet us at our booth to chat, share stories, ask questions about our blogs, advocacies and passions, or simply just to make some new friends. We will also act as your personal shopping guide and customer service and tell you where to find certain things you’re looking for!
To sweeten the deal, ALL the SoMoms are giving away a Mommy Mundo Bundle prize this next week, which contain a Mommy Mundo Passport and the much-awaited Mommy Mundo 24/7 2013 Planner (I’ve heard good things and I can’t wait to get my copy!). Feel free to visit the other SoMoms’ pages and increase your chances of winning (some of the links are at the end of this post)!
Without further ado, here are the mechanics:
1. Follow the Rafflecopter give-away steps below to earn points from now until November 21, 2012;
2. The winner will be announced on November 22 here on my blog. I’ll leave your name at the entrance of the Mommy Mundo Bazaar so that you can claim your prize there (it already includes an entrance ticket to the bazaar!);
3. The prize is fully transferable so you just need to let me know if it will be you or someone else claiming the prize before November 24 (We want to make sure we leave the right name at the entrance!); and
4. The prize is forfeited if the winner does not go to the Mommy Mundo Bazaar.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
See you there! I look forward to meeting you all! 🙂
Know more about the Mommy Mundo So Moms by visiting our webpage here. Contact us at email@example.com.
Join the give-away from the other SoMoms too:
J and the Three Boys: Why I Blog
Go Jackie Go: Giveaway: Launch of SoMoms at the Mommy Mundo Bazaar 2012
Apples & Dumplings: Mommy Mundo SoMoms + Giveaway
Manila Mommy: The Mommy Mundo Social Media Mom Network (an Intro and a Raffle!)
The Painter’s Wife: Introducing Mommy Mundo SoMoms (Giveaway Alert!)
Mommy Fleur: Introducing The Mommy Mundo SoMoms (With a Giveaway!)
Chronicles of a Nursing Mom: Introducing Mommy Mundo SoMoms
Manila Fashion Observer (MFO): Meet the SoMoms + A Giveaway!
OCMominManila: The Mommy Mundo SoMoms and a Giveaway!
November 14, 2012 at 8:36 am
from the halls of Faura to the blogging world! we meet again! 😉
November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm
I know! I was just talking about Faura earlier with my sister. And to think we’re both moms with two kids!
November 14, 2012 at 8:43 am
Looking forward to future meet-ups with you! Welcome back 🙂
November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm
I know me too! Thanks!
November 14, 2012 at 9:57 am
I have a 5 month old baby and soon she’ll start eating na. What is the first thing that i should do?or the first food she should eat?
November 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Hi Aisa! Thanks for dropping in and congrats on your 5-month old! My doula always told me that the first few months of “eating” aren’t really eating… and it’s more of a test drive than anything. With her guidance we started with boiled / softened vegetables first like carrots, squash, peas, broccoli, etc(because they are less appealing in taste than fruit) — mashed and mixed in with breastmilk, so that the taste is somewhat familiar. The tip is to try one kind of food first for three days before introducing another one, and then go back to it again after another three-day round. At first, there’s more breastmilk than there is food, and then as your baby gets used to it, then you can start changing the proportions up. If you don’t have time for freshly boiled fruits / vegetables, there’s always the reliable Gerber first foods that you can start with. I hope this is helpful!
November 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Thanks for the info! Im a first time mom and your blog is a big help! Good job! =)
November 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Wow! Thanks so much! 🙂 Isn’t motherhood fun, hahaha. 😉
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November 14, 2012 at 11:48 am
Hooray for you, Jen! 🙂 Happy that this has opened doors for you 🙂
November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm
November 15, 2012 at 11:07 am
Any tips on how to make the baby turn? She’s still in transverse position and I don’t want to undergo CS just because of this.
November 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Hi Ellaine! Thanks for dropping by the blog! How many weeks along are you? 🙂 I’ve read on google (and heard from my midwives before) that a baby can turn as late as 37 weeks. I was also encouraged to do the yoga “downward dog” pose regularly to “trick” the baby into thinking that up was down and so she would turn (and conversely, if they’ve turned, then not to do it at all!). You’d know she’s turned when you feel the baby kicking your ribs constantly. For how long you should do this, you need to talk to your caregiver about that!
Some tips from the other SoMoms:
a) Shine a flashlight on your tummy below the belly button area, or play music there;
b) When sleeping on resting, lie on your left side then bring your knees up to your belly; and
c) Have a heart to heart talk with your baby and ask her to turn please!
I also found a site from google called Spinning Babies http://www.spinningbabies.com/ — you may want to read through it and see if there’s anything helpful. 🙂 Thanks again, and I hope some of these tips helped. Good luck!
November 16, 2012 at 9:55 am
What are the tips on how to train my baby to drink his milk on his bottle?I just recently introduced him on formula milk when he turned 1 last month because the entire year,I exclusively breastfeed him.
November 17, 2012 at 12:50 am
Hi Joana! Congrats on being able to breastfeed your baby for that long! That’s an incredible feat you should be proud of. 🙂 As for training a child to do anything (ie try new foods, drink from the bottle, potty train), I would go ahead and say that the first step is to be patient. It really takes baby steps. The other thing I’d say is to lower your expectations. In your case, expect that the bottle will be rejected the first few tries, and don’t get frustrated right away. Eventually they will get it for as long as you persist and find creative ways to get them to try it (try not to bribe! hahaha!). A lot of it will depend on your son’s personality too, so feel free to play around with different tactics and go back to them and see what works. I’d go as far as saying that technically there is no rush to wean him off your breastmilk just yet, but it is something to work towards. I hope this was somewhat helpful!
November 19, 2012 at 10:29 am
Hope to win the Mom 24/7 Planner so that I can give it as a christmas gift for my friend who is now a mom 🙂
November 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Thanks for dropping by Jane! I hope you win too!
November 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Hope to win the raffle..
November 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm
Thanks for dropping in! I do hope you win too! 🙂 (Oh if everyone could be winners ey?) 😉
November 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm
Congrats on your “coming out”! Hahahaha! I’m so so grateful that you decided to tell your story to the world. I am one of the many that have benefited by your stories and learnings! Thank you thank you thank you! More than that – I’m so glad we married our hubbies – because that’s how I met you! Now for the question!!! How or when did you decide you were ready with #2? Hehehehehehe 😉
November 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Thanks Tals! And yay I’m glad you joined. 🙂
As for deciding on having #2 — in our case it was purely by accident. The husband wanted kids close in age, but we didn’t plan it specifically to happen when it did. All we knew was that I wanted at least a year with Sam alone, and then anything could happen after that. I don’t think there’s any adequate preparation for having a second (or third) child? You can only hope for the best and accept the timing as to when it happens! 🙂
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November 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm
How to you manage to stay slender?
November 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Hi Mary Jane! How are you? 🙂 I am flattered that you think I’m slender, so thank you very much for making my day! Haha. I still feel that I can lose a bit more here and there… and so I just try to exercise and eat right. It doesn’t always happen and the process is slow, but I have it in mind everyday! Sometimes the exercise involves the girls and daily chores — pushing them around in a stroller or running after them in the park, or carrying the groceries and walking up the stairs, so it feels like I’m multitasking and accomplishing more! Hahaha. See you at the bazaar?
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