Here comes our Little Princess

July 11, 2012


Hello there, please meet another bundle of joy in our family, our Little Princess born on 27th April 2012. 

Finally after nine months and after a two-hour intensely painful induced labour with my Husband at my side, our little princess is out at last, and it was so magnificent  hear her cry immediately soon as she emerged out of my womb and before she was placed on my belly. Her first cry brought cheers to everyone in the delivery room, especially to me, saying we both made it well. The sound of her cry was just amazing, so innocently demanding for comfort and warmth, I felt our connection instantly that first second.

We named her from an Irish word that means 'a great queen', and a second name that is in honour to her Igorot maternal great grandmother's  righteousness. 


Our Little Princess said hello by normal delivery after two hours of intense induced labour at The City Hospital Dubai. She was born at 9pm, but her dad insists it's 8:57pm when his phone rang at the same time. Little Princess measured 4.015 kgs and 55 cms. Big indeed, but because Mom had normal glucose test results, (oh, that fasting and those four needle pricks!) she was spared the blood works for being a big baby. As the Pediatrician checked her, her Dad was in awe at how she gripped and clinged on the doctor's fingers.  She had an apgar score of 9/ 10. 

She was then handed to me and she breastfed. Lo! She latched quickly and sucked as if it was not her first time. The greatness of creation indeed. 



Pear-shaped head until Week 1.
And see the eyes, made chinky  by her chubby cheeks.


A smile at home on Week 2.
Her smile reflexes already showed up as early as Day 2,
but her actual smiles reacting to coos and playtime is by  Week 3.
First coos were at Week 2, from "hhhhhh" to "haaaaa".
She coos first if she wanted something and then cries if not immediately addressed.

Visited Kuya Kalel's favorite doctor  for a jaundice check at Dubai Mall Medical Center - Doctor Ayman Jabbar. 
We defied going back to the hospital on Day 3 for another blood check on her biliburin level, 
not another needle work for the little princess. 

The big tiny foot.
In a kangaroo sling, typically called 'uban' in Ilocano/ Igorot,  as early as Day 5

Here's her photo at Month 1.
Supporting her head by her own, a feat she started showing on Day 1/ Day 2.
Other milestones and notes up to Month 1 are:
Visited the malls at Days 3/4/5 until Mom kept receiving the "newborns should stay home" comments ;
Day 4 was the first little smile caught but her picture showed she actually smiled on Day 2;
She spent Week 1 sleeping most of the day;
Week 1 was a feeding challenge with Mom's engorged cracked breasts, she only fed 5 minutes at a time.
Umbilical cord fell off Day 5;
Day 5/ 6 when her stools started turning green, meconium sort of cleared a little extended days;
Day 14 when we cleared her nostrils of green boogers;
She loves bath time, facing down, my arms supporting her tummy and neck while Dad holds the shower;
Feeding interval is 2.5 to 3.5 hours, a breast at a time;
Day 18 was for starting to regurgitate milk, once or twice a day
Day 19 saw belly button clear and healed;
Month 1 has around twice a night feeding and awake for around an hour;
Coos a lot, the best part of what she does;
Day 18 was the first caught "haaaa" coo from "hhhh"
Day 23 was for baby talking, responding to my "haaaa"s and partial smiles getting longer while communicating;
Day 25 for the first significant quantity of fresh milk regurgitated;
Day 24 was when green boogers as big as her nostrils formed, but no mucus and cough;
At Month 1, she attended her first mass at Saint Mary's Dubai; then a lunch at Hardrock DFC and a dinner at home.
At Month 1, she moved her head out her pillow;
On her tummy, she lifted and moved her head from right to left.


Yet unknown to her, and like with the coming of her brother to us six years ago, Riane has started redefining our family life the moment we've known she's coming. Yes, here is our boss # 2, and we give thanksgiving as she is adding more blessings to our Home.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. beautiful baby. nice to meet you riane. i keep asking my mom why she never gave me an igorot name. i want one :(.

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  2. Congratulations! What a beautiful and meaningful name. :)

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  3. MashAllah! Congratulations!

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