baby item review: bebeta sterilizer

i know it’s usually mommies who posts reviews of their baby’s stuff online, not dads. but i’m using blogging as therapy for my sleepless nights. what else should i blog about but my daddy experiences with baby stuff! :P

one does not need a dedicated sterilizer to clean baby’s bottles. that is my opinion. BUT if time isn’t on your side, and waiting for that pot of water to boil and steam your bottles in the kaserola, you might want to get one.

being young newlyweds, our kitchen arsenal is very small and limited. we only cook for ourselves which doesn’t require big pots. hence, sterilizing using small pots requires having to do it by batches — a time-consuming task. we decided to spare ourselves from frequent washing and boiling of feeding bottles and get a sterilizer.

we dropped by Market! Market! after our son’s check-up and bought this really cheap one from Bebeta. the saleslady said that it was a subsidiary of Fisher Price but i had my doubts. the price is a bargain at Php 1,360 compared to the Avent, Chicco, and Fisher Price sterilizers. though it had other functions (e.g. egg cooker, food warmer, juicer), i was already happy that i could warm our baby’s bottles for feeding and not have to wait too long. the time we save is translated to larger electricity cost because this consumes so much electricity as it has a heating plate. but that’s the price you pay for convenience.

Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

i just bought a Panda

hindi punda. hindi mali ang pagkaka-type ko. panda talaga. oo, yung itim at puti na panda.

pero hindi hayop ang binili ko. i just bought my first G-Shock by Casio!

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ain’t it pretty? :D

actually, i was not a fan of G-Shocks. i always thought they were gaudy and bulky — something that doesn’t suit my ‘refined’ (a.k.a. social climber! LOL!) conservative taste in watches. or maybe i was just really raised to be old-fashioned. :P Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

turning into a flashaholic

nakakainis. kung kailan maraming gastusin saka naman ako kinagat.

yes, i’ve been bitten by the bug… the EDC bug. and a symptom of the ‘infection’ is having this insane affinity for flashlights.

i already bought a Fenix E12 and i thought it would suffice. “one is enough,” i said to myself. kaso nagkatotoo yung sinabi ko. ahuhuhu…

so i got myself a second one: a Nitecore Tube.

nitecore tube and keys

it’s really really small, perfect companion for your car keys or even keychain replacement! (compare that to my personal EDC Fenix E12) gives out 45 lumens in its brightest setting which runs for about 1 hour (untested by me). and it’s rechargeable with any micro-USB charger — which is basically every modern cellphone charger nowadays. the smaller indicator light inside the transparent body turns off when it’s full, by the way.

the cost? P550 from my suki in Cubao. He didn’t give me any discount so i guess i’m still not a very “suki” suki. haha!

KitKat + Matcha

the Japanese really have it good. daming options sa KitKat!!!

officemate went to Japan last week and met-up with another former officemate who is now living there. and true to our Pinoy culture, siyempre may pasalubong!!! :)

IMG_5280-1200actually, i think another officemate now studying in Japan brought some last time. and there was one chili flavored KitKat too. they were not terrible. they were ‘pleasantly unusual’ (?).

so, doc G and doc P, salamat sa pagdala ng pasalubong! :)

online shopping again!

but it’s not about spending on personal stuff. i have discovered the joys of virtual window shopping and online stores! and now i just ordered a new package and they arrived last week in two batches. the second item i ordered was on pre-order so there was a small discount.

i just bought 8 packs of disposable diapers.

and this is my 3rd post on parenthood on the blog. and this isn’t even a parenting blog!

everything’s changed!

ganoon yata talaga. priorities change. but i still get to browse occasionally on the stuff that i want. pero yung mga mumurahin na lang ang tinitingnan ko. yung mga ‘affordable’ at ‘sale’ items. mahirap na. madami pa naman kaming utang ngayon. haha!

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wanted: sleep. again.

remember that last, quite sentimental post i made? scrap that. reality is sinking in. i want my sleep back! :P

of course, i’m not giving up my son for adoption anytime soon. kailangan lang talaga yata mag-adjust… when i asked my officemate how long before she could sleep through the entire night before being woken up by a crying baby, ang sagot sa akin ay, “ummm… mga 3 years?”

i was like WHAT THE HELL!? 3 years before i get my 8-hour sleep again!? ahuhuhu…

and now i’m feeling all the pain of lacking sleep like never before. yes, thank you aging. maraming salamat at ramdam ko ang antok di lang sa hapon kundi maghapon na.

and when you arrive home, tapos na dapat ang trabaho diba? well, not exactly. just like when i got married, i sometimes cook, do the laundry, iron clothes. sometimes. but now since someone else is in-charge, there’s no rest for the wicked dead-tired parent.

time to clean the bottles. boil more water. throw the dirty diapers. sterilize. burp the baby. soothe the baby. make the baby comfy. CR break… (long pause) and then carry the baby because he just woke up. etc.

you get the picture.

but man is it all worth it.

when our janitor would clean the office, we’d have some short conversation and one time he mentioned about his son. at kung paanong ‘nakaka-wala ng pagod’ kapag nakikita mo ang anak mo. i nodded and smiled but found that hard to believe then.

now, i understand.

a new life

when A and i got married, i expected some sort of new life. it was uncomfortable at times having left my bubble of security and familiarity with what i knew that would please me. i had to adjust but it wasn’t as difficult as what i am adjusting to now.

i am renewed everyday. i am being hammered and formed into someone better. because we have been entrusted with a new life, a new person, an entire human being.

i am now a father to a son.

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and it is fitting, i guess, that i write this on Ash Wednesday. when we are reminded of what we are and i realize what i am holding in my hands when i burp him at night and when i sway him to sleep. from ashes comes life. from ‘nothingness’ a person is made. and yet the one i cradle in my arms is someone more precious than everything in the entire world.

i am made to reflect what should i value more now. i am blessed with a new life, a new being, as well as being formed into this new life of parenthood.