Saturday, August 8, 2015


Hi world, meet my ZD boy! :) 

Zach Deuel C. Sanchez

  "Zach Deuel Centino Sanchez".
We come up with Zach Deuel because it is a biblical name. "Zach" is from the name ZACCHAEUS which means "pure", "innocent"  pinutol lang namin haha! kasi pag buo masyado nang mahaba and "DEUEL" means ('knowledge of God') galing nuh? Hahah ang hirap kaya mag isip ng pangalan. hehe! He is now 16 months and he is a happy and very active baby boy!

(1 year Old, before his birthday picture)

ZD boy is white, and is a very active baby boy. (nakakaloka ang kanyang pagka active, nagmana talaga sa amin ng papa nya). He is now 17 months old. He is the greatest gift from God for us and all the sacrifices and hardship are paid off when ZD boy came in our life. His smile always brings comfort to  me and makes my heart happy. Even his papa is too far from us, he's like in our side because he really looks like his papa :)

I would like to share my challenges and experiences about my ZD boy after a year of being a SAHM to my baby boy!

(Labor and Birth)

I can still remember (and will always do) the day I gave birth to my precious son ZD. My husband left in the Philippines because of his work when our baby was 7 months in my womb so I gave birth to my son without my husband in my side, it's one of the challenges that a seafarer's wife has to expect.

During my pregnancy, I always prayed to God that I can deliver my son normally like others mothers. That's why I exerted a lot of efforts doing walking exercises everyday. When my pre-labor started, my doctor gave me a capsule for me to help my cervix open, and I also ate a lot of pineapple because I read some books and search it that  it also helps to open the cervix.

During my Pregnancy Period

My Pre-term Labor: 
My Pre-term labor begins on March 16, 2014. my cervix started to dilate and I can feel the contractions are quite painful. I was uncomfortable at night and I couldn't sleep. The next morning, I started to walk from 6am-7am. I also noticed an increase in mucus vaginal discharge, which may be tinged with brown like a flour  but it is not a blood. My doctor told me that we will wait for my active labor.

at E.R  just arrived from home :) (Nakasmile pa ako lol)

My First stage of Labor: 
On March 22, I couldn't sleep for the whole night because the contractions are coming at relatively regular intervals like 2X in every 3 hours. I called my doctor again and she said just relax it is not an active labor yet, she give me an advice and instructions to what to do, and I packed my things and needs for the hospital.

Active Labor! Where's my smile now?? hahaha!!!

Active Labor
On March 23, in the morning I woke up early in the morning doing my daily routine like exercise and walking, cooking, cleaning the house, take a bath. In the evening of that day, I felt something different - the interval of contractions are getting closer, its about 6 contractions in an hour. So my sis-in-law told me that we should go to the hospital already because I'm in the active labor. But I told her, "pwede matulog muna ako, para maka-ipon ako ng lakas mamaya?". But suddenly, the contractions were getting faster, I went to the bathroom and I prepared myself then we went to the hospital.

At the hospital the nurse checked everything until my active labor. The nurses brought me to the delivery room around 11pm but I was still 1cm dilated. They waited until my water bag would break but nothing happened, because everytime na nagcocontract ako umiihi ako at yon na pala ang water ko.

On March 24, around 3am the heart beat of my ZD went down from 165-60. OMG! Yes that's right, And from time to time they monitored my heartbeat also. This is the advantage when you admit in a private hospital because of the complete facilities and di ka talaga pababayaan. My obgyn decided to conduct an emergency CS due to the condition of my baby. When they said na "ma'am cs na daw po kayo kasi ayaw po talaga mag open ng cervix nyo.", I started to chill. When they bought me in the operating room my mind just kept praying that Lord would help me, bless me and also guide the doctors and help my baby. When I heard the voice of my doctor my I felt safe, so I didn't worry that much.  Habang hinihiwa ang tyan ko gising na gising ako at hanggang na open ito, YES! sabi ni doc kaya pala subrang sakit ng labor mo mel kasi nag dry labor ka. I am so grateful that the operation was very successful! Thank you Lord.

Right after giving birth, kamukha sya ng lolo nya hahahaha!!

My first glimpse of my ZD :)
Right after my ZD came out, the midwife brought him to me but I couldn't touch him because they needed to fix my wounds, but I was able to see him because I was still awake, yes, I was, until my OBGyn finally finished everything, as in gising na gising ako hanggang nilipat na ako sa OB room lol!

Right After my CS Operation, Thank you Lord, Success!!! 

Finally my baby is okay after 9 months in my womb I can see him, kiss him, and hug him. ZD was so cute, and he was very white! I couldn't believe that my son was very white, the midwife asked me if the baby's father was a foreigner. Haha! But actually, its in our genes, in my father's side. All the sleepless nights, the pains the eye bags are paid off when I saw my ZD boy.

My firsts to ZD: First touch, kiss, and hug!!! (Haggard lang ang mukha hehehe)

Breast Milk is the best for baby!  (Pump muna then dropper but after 3 hrs napadede  ko na sya)

Welcome to the world ZD boy!

What cute baby eyes :) I love it much :)

The challenges of being  SAHM to ZD
Being a SAHM to zd is very challenging for me, first because I consider myself as a single mom because my husband is not with me during my labor moments when our ZD boy was coming. Additionally, CS-section makes it very hard to move and to carry my baby. But I had no choice. On my 2nd day after labor my sis-in-law went home to visit her children in school, (kasi sya lang mag-isa ang nagbantay sa akin may mga anak din sya na iniwan sa bahay at studyante pa, thank you ate). So I was alone to make my foods, milk and nurse my baby. I thank the Lord because on the 3rd day we were discharged in the hospital then my recovery was so fast.

After 7 days I could already do the laundry, clean and cook. On the 14th day after my CS I was able to go to the hospital to visit my OBGyn and even to Gaisano mall to buy groceries. When my ZD got sick all night I just watch him and check his temperature. And being a first time mom, kunting lagnat, sipon or ubo kinakabahan na agad ako, dala agad sa Pedia nya. Then ZD boy is very sensitive that's I'm very careful for everything.

1 month zd boy. Cuteness overload

When Zd boy was 1-4 months old di masyadong nakakapagod kasi di pa sya masyadong malikot and I'm so very thankful kay Lord because he's not a crying baby. He's always smiling, hehe. He'd only cry if he gets hurt. But when turned 5 months until now, whew! Sobrang hyper ng ZD namin!

He is soooo active, very talkative and is always smiling. And he loves catching something and put it in his mouth. Kaya subrang nakakatakot na ipabantay sya sa iba. Walang nagtatagal na magbantay sa kanya lalo na ang papa nya, haha.

It is true that only mother has patience for their children, and the most challenging for me now is ZD hyperactivity, he loves walking anywhere, then he imitates whatever you do and say, when you tell him, "NO THAT'S BAD", then he will also say, mas malakas pa at with galit effect na "NO!NO!NO! BAAD!! that's why we replace that word to "NO ZD BOY, THAT'S NOT GOOD".

Pagdating sa pagkain din nahihirapan ako sa kanya kasi di sya palakain tatakbohan ka nya, pero nagbago na sya ngayon, marami na syang nakakain. In Discipline, it is also a very hard for me because at their very young age they show their attitude problem already. Example, when you say NO! lumalaban sya. Hay ang hirap. Kaya di mo maiwasan ang magtaas ng boses para sumunod sya sa akin. (Ang hirap nuh? kala natin madali lang ang maging mom nuh? hehe).

2 months old  mas lumalaki ang SMILE

3 months old  mas lumalaki ang SMILE

Ms. D. Ybanez my OB

The lessons I learned after being a SAHM for more than a year

Being a SAHM for more than a year, I learned a lot of lessons from giving birth to him until now.

1. Prayer - Prayer is the best thing that we can do being a mom, we can do nothing without God. He sustains my strength over my super active baby, he gives me more courage and more wisdom on how to take good care my ZD alone.

2. Patience - More patience specially in your baby, to avoid shouting to your baby, to avoid hurting him.

3. Relax and Chill - Being a single mom I'd always get worried if I feel that there's something wrong. What I can advise to first time mothers like me is: "don't panic just relax and think", because if you will panic you will not able to think of the right solution. If you don't what to do, don't forget to ask those experienced moms or ask your mother. Reading about parenting tips online also helps a lot.

4. Being alert & watchful - ZD is very active that's why i'm always alert and watchful to him to avoid accidents. In everything we do we should be watchful to our children.

5. Always Love and talk to your husband - now that we have a baby, I noticed that my love for my husband is deeper than before we had a son. Although, on the first to 3 months we keep adjusting on each other, we had misunderstandings and arguments, but thank God because of those quarrels, our relationship was tested and strengthened. Talking to your husband about all your activity helps to release all your stress and pressure.

Zd is so maharot, til now. hahahaha

Please Don't Compare our Colors hahahaah!!! hiyang hiya naman ako sa anak!

My advice to moms like me:
All I can say is that love your children, pray for  them always. A child is like a "TABULA RASA" or "Blank slate"  that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perception. A new born baby’s mind is like a tabula rasa which can be then shaped into whatever you desire by training or teaching. Mother is the first teacher. We should be careful as a mother in what we do, what we say, kasi lahat ng nakikita sa bata sa atin kahit yan ay masama ay tama sa paningin ng bata. 

To all first time moms like me, don't panic and always chill. Everything will be okay! That's the key for you to think better for solutions to any problems. Be careful for the products that you're giving your child always ask and consult your Pediatrician because babies are very sensitive. Don't ever compare your child to the other child because every child is unique and different. Sometimes if there are things that we cant understand, don't hesitate to ask for those who are older than you. 

More Photos of ZD:
The Eyes :*

That SMILE that full of cuteness :)

 That Look!

I think he wants to be a basketball player someday :)

 Kisses with love

Our First Flight together

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6


  1. Hello hello there ZD boy!!!! Matagal pa taung magkakasama nila Elnathan kaya, stay put ka lang at marami pa taung adventures na gagawin. Hahaha. Love you ZD boy!!!

    1. Yes! more adventures to come with Elnathan :) hahahhah! Sana magkasundo na silang dalawa!!!

  2. What a cutie!!! Ang puti nga niya!!! :D Kudos to you mommy, for being so strong all throughout labor (and even during recovery from your CS) without your husband by your side. I agree with you whole-heartedly: being a mommy requires patience and prayer above all!

    1. Thank you mommy! Even me, hindi makapaniwala sa puti nya! hahahhaha!!! With God, I can do all things. :)

  3. You're blessed! He's a prized baby. :)
    And yes, parang foreigner ang parents! :)

    1. Thank you! yes! He's a great blessing to us from God. at everytime na lumalabas kami marami tlaga ang nag ttanong if foreigner ang father nya.hahahha!

  4. I love reading birth stories! Good job Mama for getting through your labor. I had the same thing happen to me with my first. Labored for a long time only to end up with an emergency CS.

    1. Nakakatakot isipin na e CS ka pero if you will think about the safety of your child nako go na! heheh :)

  5. Wow, ang galing mo! I don't think I can handle all that without my husband!

  6. Ang guapo naman ni baby ZD! God bless you family :)

  7. I have a nephew named Zacchaeus.. a very active boy also. Enjoy bonding with Zach :)

  8. Awww I miss having a baby in the house. All my three kids have names that begin with the letter "Z" too. :) I actually wanted to name our little boy "Zachary" but decided to use "Zeth" instead. :)

  9. He is so cute! I love babies who are always smiling!


  10. Baby ZD is such a cutie! And you're very brave to go through labor without hubby.

  11. Wow, flashback! I remembered when I gave birth to my 2 eldest long ago... You're baby is healthy and happy and is a cutie!

  12. Time flies! Parang this takes me back to my own pregnancy experience.. Hello ZD! :)

  13. Hello handsome boy! My my, he's going to make hearts flutter in the future (ayaw ko yung going to break hearts!)

  14. His second name is quite unique. I remembered the day my daughter was born after reading your birthing story.

  15. Being a mom is one of life's greatest blessings. You're blessed to have been gifted with an adorable bundle of joy. Enjoy motherhood, sis! -- Maria Teresa Figuerres

  16. Hello there ZD, you've got an awesome name! i am sure your parents feel very blessed to have you in their lives. parenting sure is a such a wonderful experience + i bet you are all having the time of your life!

  17. time flies really fast no? ZD is a big boy now and he's getting cuter!