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Mom We Love: Tuesday VargasTuesday makes us laugh, smile and adore her with her heartfelt tale of life as a single mom, finding true love and raising a son.
Tuesday was not your average pregnant woman. A naturally slim female (babae po ako!), her classmates hardly even noticed her growing belly until her second trimester. She says the pregnancy wasn’t that difficult for her.
Her personality shone through as well. “‘Di ako nagsusuot ng maternity clothes. Rock n’ roll pa rin ‘yung damit ko.”
Her life as a graduating student even influenced her food choices during her pregnancy. When we asked her what she craved for, she said, “Wala. Nakakatawa, Royal yata at Curly Tops. ‘Yun ang lagi kong kinakain habang nagre-review. Pero konti lang. Kasi soda. Masyadong maasukal. Ayoko tumaba.”
Being the eldest child in the family, and older sister to her brother who was eleven years younger than her, Tuesday grew up with a keen sense of maternal instincts and thus felt she was in a way prepared to embrace motherhood.
“I became my brother’s ate and nanay at the same time, kasi mama ‘ko nasa abroad,” Tuesday explains. “So may training na talaga ko sa pagpap-adede. Eleven months lang si Billy nung umalis si Mama for Japan, kaya naiwan siya talaga sa amin ni Papa. Papa was very hands-on. Tinuturuan niya ako ng diaper changing, lahat. So adept na ako sa pag-alaga ng bata. Plus my cousins, nanganak sila, kami-kami, tulung-tulong, nag-aalaga, it’s a big family.”
Growing up with cousins in the same age bracket, she also grew up looking after her nephews and nieces, since her father had 12 siblings. “Parang 60 kami na mga grandkids na tumatakbo, tapos kami lang ‘yung matatanda, kami ‘yung taga sigaw ng ‘Mga bata! Dito kayo!’ Kaya trained talaga ako na mag-pluck ng mga kids dito, bigyan mo ng toys, lutuan mo, mga ganon.’
Tuesday felt the same support from her circle of friends when she gave birth, so she never felt alone during her pregnancy. “Ako, mga kasama ko, mga bakla, talagang ang iingay, nagfa-fashion show habang ako nagle-labor!” she recounts. “Super may cheering squad ako so I never felt alone the whole time, kahit na alam kong wala ‘yung tatay doon, ‘yung mama ko abroad, Papa ko wala pa, paparating pa lang, nandon ‘yung mga kaibigan ko, hindi nila ako pinabayaan, so party siya.”
She was in labor for 14 hours before Kaya, who weighed 6.5 pounds, was born. “Mahirap. Nahirapan ako, napagod ako, nakatulog ka na tapos nagising ka na sa pagod, pero still nagle-labor ka pa rin. Pero ‘pag lumabas na, ayun na.”
Weighing a mere 86 pounds when she gave birth, Tuesday was required by her doctor to keep breastfeeding Kaya for six months to regain her strength.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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