It's been raining milestones for Pauleen and Vic Sotto's daughter Talitha Maria. She marked her first month on December 6, was Christened on Sunday, December 10, and now snaps of her newborn photo shoot are out! New mom Pauleen posted a few highlights from the said shoot, where her little one looked so peaceful, tiny (she is a preemie!), and too cute! The photos, taken by Stork Studio, were shot when she was only three weeks old. "This sweet little girl is so lucky to be surrounded by so much," the studio's caption for a group behind-the-scenes Instagram post read.
Preggy Sarah Lahbati shares videos from Zion's babyhood
The blooming preggo shared on Instagram a rare compilation of personal videos chronicling her son's childhood. "I never knew how much love I could give until you came along. I love you, your baby brother and dada so much," Sarah wrote in the caption. The video included a shot of Sarah's baby bump and a newborn Zion in the hospital in Switzerland, where the family spent Zion's early years.
In a letter published in her new personal blog, Sarah wrote a letter to Zion to preserve the memories, hoping that Zion can read it someday. "I will never forget the first time the OB-gyne made your dad and I listen to your heartbeat. It was the most amazing moment! The sound of your heartbeat was music to my ears! With just one thump you made me understand what a mother being is about. There was a life—that’s you—inside me. The realization melted me completely!" the soon-to-be mom of two wrote. "And when you were born, it was the most amazing moment of my life! I cannot begin to describe the warmth in my heart when I saw you for the first time and cradled you in my arms. You empowered me. I realized I was meant to be a mom," Sarah continued.
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"The day you came, my life purpose became clearer. I am here to care for you, nourish you, show you the beauty of the world, keep you safe. Four years in, I still doubt if I am doing the right thing," she said. "Here’s to more walks in the park, more animals to discover, more wonders of nature to marvel at, more conversations, more songs to sing, more music to listen to, more sunrises to watch, more hugs, more kisses. Here’s to more love. I never knew how much love I could give until you came along. Mama loves you so much," Sarah wrote.
Pinoy students bag 28 awards from Malaysian math tourney Elementary and high school students from the Philippines brought home a total of 28 awards, including 22 medals, from the 4th Challenge for Future Mathematicians (CFM) math tournament held last December 8 to 12 in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. It was attended by about 250 students from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand. In a statement, the Mathematics Development Academy of the Philippines (MATHDAP) president Dr. Archieval Rodriguez shared that the Filipino delegation bagged five gold, 13 silver, and four bronze medals, two merit awards in the individual contest, and second, third, and fourth runners-up trophies in the competition. Congratulations! (gmanetwork.com)
Baby survives surgery to insert her heart into her body
Baby Vanellope Hope Wilkins survived a series of surgeries that put her heart inside her body. The little girl, delivered by a team of 50 medical professionals at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, U.K. via C-section, was born with ectopia cordis, a rare congenital condition causing her heart to grow outside her body. She underwent three intensive surgeries and is now well and on the road to recovery.
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Her parents Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins found out about their daughter's condition while she was still in the womb. Tests confirmed that risk for other chromosomal abnormalities was low, so the parents chose to fight for their daughter's life. "This is only the second case in 30 years that I've seen this particular condition; it's extremely rare. Vanellope is the first baby to survive this operation in the UK," said Dr. Frances Bu'Lock, consultant in pediatric cardiology at Glenfield Hospital. (cnn.com)
Mom of four shares how a car seat saved her boy's life
Mom-of-four Elizabeth, from Minnesota, shared an incident that wouldn't make you think twice to use a car seat religiously whenever your child rides the car with you. She shared the harrowing incident she and her two-year-old son Jackson went through.
"I was driving about 40 in a 60, wasn't on my phone, and radio off so I could focus more. Jackson was sleeping in his car seat behind me," she wrote. About five miles before reaching their home, the car fishtailed, hit a ditch and flipped end over end until it landed upside down in a swamp. Good thing she could reach her phone while strapped upside down in their safety belts and seats, and called 911. She was able to unbuckle herself and her son and a passerby also helped them get out of the car before it was flooded.
"By some miracle, we were both unharmed. Jackson's car seat was right where it was supposed to be, and he was right where I had buckled him. No coat, five-point, snug as a bug. He didn't even have marks from the steps after hanging upside down for 5 minutes!" Elizabeth explained. "Without his car seat and its proper use, this day could have been much different for us... It happened so fast. We were almost home. And I never thought it would be me that it happened to," she added. (Read more about car safety here and here). (babble.com)