10 things I have learned from being a mom

As part of celebrating the first year of learning that I am having a baby, I’ll be sharing the top ten things I have learned from being a mom.

Enjoy!

motherhood

  1. Motherhood makes a woman become more prayerful and become more grateful to God.
  2. Appreciation to mothers, especially your own mom will never be as deep until you become a mother.
  3. Being a mom exercises virtue called, patience.
  4. Motherhood gives meaning to the word, selflessness. You’ll put your preferences at the bottom of the list to give way to your child.
  5. It is mother’s responsibility to feed her child with breastmilk. If you get a mindset that it’s a sacrifice than a responsibility, chances are, you’ll find breastfeeding journey as hard and painful instead of an enjoyable time to bond with your baby.
  6. Motherhood makes a woman beautiful.
  7. Mothers are naturally, loving.
  8. Mothers play a key role on what their child will become.
  9. Motherhood is saying, “challenge accepted” to life.
  10. Mothers conquered fears and inhibitions when they give birth (may it be on a normal delivery or C-section).

What about you? Please share the top 10 things you’ve learned from being a mother. 🙂

And then it popped out, a bouncing baby girl!

“Be sorry and thankful for people and situation that pin you down when you are at most vulnerable.” Yes, that’s something that blew out of my heart a few hours ago.

Postpartum, they say. But so many lessons learned as I get through it with God’s help. At one point of my life, I thought I had what it takes to be called a “strong willed woman”. Things began to change after giving birth to a 8.10 lbs baby girl on a normal delivery.

There were sleepless nights that I had to endure pain. Physical pain and pain from within. There were flashbacks from yesterday. There were deep sadness that I want to see my loved ones. There were moments were I become to sensitive with what I feel and hear. Sounds simple but only a woman who underwent the same would understand.

I can never say, “let me handle this”. May God help me get through all the after-birth hurdles.

I am vulnerable. I surely am.

Till There Was You

(In my mind and in my heart I’m singing this song considering a different context)

different kind of love

by The Beatles

There were bells on a hill
But I never heard them ringing
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was You

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was You

Then there was music and wonderful roses
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
Of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was You

Then there was music and wonderful roses
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
Of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was You
Till there was You

#Songs4HeroesConcert #throwbackThursday

How should I describe the concert last night in two words? These words are “heartfelt” and “inspiring”. Not to mention, it was the first time that I had goosebumps while singing the Philippine National Anthem with nationalistic fervour.

Fallen 44

Here’s the lyrics of the song, “Kanlungan”, that is definitely etched in my heart.

Noel Cabangon  Kanlungan SAF44

I could see in the song how a brave man starts wooing a woman and eventually becomes his wife. They had a child and were able to put up a loving family.

Come one day, the brave man was tasked to perform his duty to his nation. The man left his home with an earnest hope to serve the country and its people, with an earnest hope that he can go back to his home and find himself in the arms of his loving wife and children.

But due to heartless people, he faced his fate in return of serving his country. He was left breathless.

That’s how I relate this story to the life of a Special Action Force gentleman who risked his life to protect Filipinos.

Philippine National Police
Kin of SAF 44

(…now bursting into *tears*)

Kanlungan

by Noel Cabangon

Pana-panahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon?

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Nang tayong dal’wa ang unang nagkita?
Panahon ng kamusmusan
Sa piling ng mga bulaklak at halaman
Doon tayong nagsimulang
Mangarap at tumula

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Inukit kong puso sa punong mangga
At ang inalay kong gumamela
Magkahawak-kamay sa dalampasigan
Malayang tulad ng mga ibon
Ang gunita ng ating kahapon

Ang mga puno’t halaman
Ay kabiyak ng ating gunita
Sa paglipas ng panahon
Bakit kailangan ding lumisan?

Pana-panahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon?

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Nang tayong dal’wa ang unang nagkita?
Panahon ng kamusmusan
Sa piling ng mga bulaklak at halaman
Doon tayong nagsimulang
Mangarap at tumula

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Inukit kong puso sa punong mangga
At ang inalay kong gumamela
Magkahawak-kamay sa dalampasigan
Malayang tulad ng mga ibon
Ang gunita ng ating kahapon

Ngayon ikaw ay nagbalik
At tulad ko rin ang iyong pananabik
Makita ang dating kanlungan
Tahanan ng ating tula at pangarap
Ngayon ay naglaho na
Saan hahanapin pa?

Lumilipas ang panahon
Kabiyak ng ating gunita
Ang mga puno’t halaman
Bakit kailangang lumisan?

Pana-panahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon?

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Nang tayong dal’wa ang unang nagkita?
Panahon ng kamusmusan
Sa piling ng mga bulaklak at halaman
Doon tayong nagsimulang
Mangarap at tumula

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Inukit kong puso sa punong mangga
At ang inalay kong gumamela
Magkahawak-kamay sa dalampasigan
Malayang tulad ng mga ibon
Ang gunita ng ating kahapon

SAF 44's Families
Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena witnessed one of the noble initiatives of Bro Eli Soriano and Dr. Daniel Razon. They extend help to the bereaved loved ones of SAF 44 together with UNTV and Members Church of God International.

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