Friday, March 25, 2016

Janina... among other things

I am a wife, first; and a mother, second.

Today, I came home after a two-hour tutoring session in a nearby coffee shop. I was tired and sweltering from the unbearable three to five in the afternoon heat. There was no table available inside where the heat was non-existent, and so my student and I propped ourselves under the ceiling fan outside.

My husband invited me for a photo shoot, the one that I have dreamed of for so long, but never had the budget to do so in a nice studio. I got excited, and put on a little make-up while I still had the fake right eyebrow I drew before I went to work (I lost one eyebrow, postpatrum).

After our sariling sikap photoshoot, I breastfed K to sleep.

Then I found this tagged to me on Facebook:


It's hard to be so many when you're just one person. I have been trying so hard to keep myself sane while being a mother and a wife; to help with our finances with whatever way I can; and to be a friend to other women who needed help with pregnancy, breastfeeding and postpartum.

This is what I get in return, and it is more than enough.

Thank you, Gab, for these beautiful photos and your heartfelt message. I love you and Khale.




22 comments:

  1. Such a sweet and thoughtful husband you have! Salute to you Mommy for breastfeeding your bebe! Great, "sariling sikap" photoshoot!

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    1. Thank you! I'd let him read this when he comes home. He's such a sucker for compliments. :)

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    2. Thank you! I'd let him read this when he comes home. He's such a sucker for compliments. :)

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  2. Awwww <3
    I admire mothers like you for I wasn't successful on this advocacy. Take care!

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    1. A mother is always admirable no matter what path we choose as long as we have our children as priority. :) I'm sure you did a good job even without this advocacy. So cheers to you too!

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  3. You're doing a good job! It's true that the best thing you can give your children is to love your husband/wife. :)

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    1. Thank you! And it's true that that's the best thing. Because they only have us to look up to, and it's best to show them that they're in a very loving home.

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  4. When I first saw your photos, I would like to pm you and ask for the studio. Then I saw from your caption or comment ata that its your husband's work. Galing! And super galing for the nine months of breastfeeding your little boy.

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    1. Let's do a sesh. :) He can do the editing for you. You'll be surprised when you see the original photo.

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  5. How sweet! :) Beautiful photos! Keep it up, mommy! :)

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  6. Beautiful! Just wondering though, how did you lose an eyebrow? I don't think I have a picture of me breastfeeding any of my 3 kids...

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    1. I'm not sure, too. The doctor said it's probably a postpartum effect. You know how women lose hair after giving birth? Mine was an eyebrow. I only have probably less than half an inch left on the right one with no signs of growth. I do not draw on it anymore. People tell me I should fix myself when I go out, but I'm afraid that the chemicals in they make-up will make things worse. So, if you see a woman with only 1 eyebrow, please say hi. That's probably me. :) Na-embrace ko na yung reality.

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  7. I'm also a breastfeeding advocate and was able to breastfeed my baby for more than 2 years. Yay! By the way your husband's so supportive! Us mothers needed all the support we can get in the world! Oh Great photos! i didn't get the chance to have a photo shoot like that.sayang

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  8. This is what I forgot to do when I am breastfeeding my son to have a picture on it, since I am so busy for being a first time mom. Your hubby is so nice and loving to appreciate you :-)

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  9. My heart is always touched everytime I see a mom breastfeeding her child. Bf mom here too for 15 months. Love your photos!

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  10. You're hubby is very sweet! Salute to all BF advocates :)

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  11. The portraits. It was nicely captured. very artistic. It's like it was indeed done in a professional studio :)

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  12. Lovely photos, sis! You're lucky to have a sweet and supportive husband, and he's lucky, too, to have an awesome partner like you.

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  13. Sariling sikap photography yan??? Ganda! :) Kawawa naman kayo ng student mo. Right now, the weather is unbelievably humid, so I can only imagine the two of you trying to study lessons in this!

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  14. Lovely images! :) You're lucky to have somebody like him by your side. :)

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  15. These are great photos. Despite the "stir" in breastfeeding photos, here you are coming out and proud :)

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