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  • As Rochelle Pangilinan Returns to Work, Husband Arthur Solinap Takes Charge of Baby Shiloh

    At 7 months old, Baby Shiloh, Rochelle Pangilinan's daughter, is entering the solid-food stage!
    by Jocelyn Valle .
As Rochelle Pangilinan Returns to Work, Husband Arthur Solinap Takes Charge of Baby Shiloh
PHOTO BY @rochellepangilinan/Instagram
  • Rochelle Pangilinan’s daughter Shiloh Jayne is turning 7 months on September 24, 2019, and the first-time mom had been advised early on by her baby’s pediatrician to introduce solid food to her little one.

    “Ibang klaseng happiness na naman na hindi ko ma-explain,” she told SmartParenting.com.ph while recalling the first time she fed Baby Shiloh with organic probiotic baby cereal. “Wala pa kaming recipes. Ang pinapakain namin ngayon ’yung nasa list galing sa pedia namin para ma-check kung may allergy siya sa mga food na pinapakin namin sa kanya or wala. After nito, puwede na kami gumawa ng sariling recipe.”

    Rochelle made sure she captured on video the first time Baby Shiloh had a taste of pureed fruits and vegetables, such as apple, squash, and broccoli. “Excited kami makita ang reaction niya lagi,” she said.

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    Two of those videos were posted on her Instagram account, which have become a source of delight for her followers.

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    Rochelle made it clear, though, that she continues to breastfeed her daughter exclusively. She then remembered her struggles in giving her own milk to Baby Shiloh.

    “Sa una, mahirap,” she said. “Napakasakit! No’ng araw na paayaw na sana ’ko, may kaibigan akong bigla na lang tumawag at sinabing huwag akong bibitaw. Naiyak ako! Kasi sakto talaga ang tawag niya. Hulog siya ng langit!”

    Rochelle has this to say to those in a similar situation: “Sa lahat ng mommies na nahihirapan, huwag kayong bibitaw! Sa una lang ang hirap.”

    She continues, “Napakadami kasing benefits ng breast milk — bonding namin ni Shiloh, hindi niya kailangan ng vitamins for 6 months, hindi siya sakitin, hindi namin kailangang magtimpla ng gatas o maghugas ng bote lalo na sa madaling araw na gutom si baby, ideal nutrition siya for the babies na hindi kayang ibigay ng formula, naging smart pa si Shiloh.

    “Nakatulong din sa mabilis na paggaling ng mommies pagkatapos manganak kasi habang nag-breastfeed ka, big help ang uterus contractions sa mabilis na pagpayat.”

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    The dancer-turned-actress has returned to work via GMA-7’s new primetime series, The Gift, starring Alden Richards, and she admits she feels guilty every time she leaves the house. But she doesn’t worry much because her husband, actor Arthur Solinap takes care of their baby, and they’ve decided not to hire a yaya.

    “Kung sabay kaming may work ni Art,” she said, calling her husband by his nickname, “ang mga lolas at lolos ang nagbabantay, na pinagpi-pray nila na sana may work kami lagi ni Art kasi gustong-gusto nila na sila ang nagbabantay sa apo nila! Haha!”

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    Rochelle feels lucky that Arthur is, like her, hands-on in bringing up Baby Shiloh. “Magaling siyang magpatulog,” she happily reported. “Ako naman sa pagpapaligo. Balance naman kami halos sa lahat —pagpapakain, play, etc.— kay Shiloh. Pero sa tingin ko, mas kaya niyang magdisiplina kay Shiloh. Konting tili lang ni Shiloh, natataranta ako, e. Si Art, kaya niyang sawayin si Baby.”

    As for her getting back to her pre-pregnancy figure, Rochelle said she hasn’t reached her ideal weight yet. But she’s quite determined to achieve her weight goal eat with healthy food and regular exercise (“Puwede kang maglinis ng bahay o ng kotse, or mag-akyat-baba sa hagdan,” she pointed out).

    She gave these pieces of advice for new moms who are likewise trying to lose the extra pounds post-baby weight: “First, ask your doctor kung puwede ka nang mag-exercise. Hindi rin naman ako nag-diet nang sobra kasi breastfeeding pa ’ko kay Shiloh. And tanungin mo muna ang sarili mo kung gusto mong gawin. Naniniwala kasi ako na kapag may gusto, may paraan. Kung ayaw, maraming dahilan. Then disiplinahin ang sarili. Bawal mainip sa result. Sipag at tiyaga lang.”

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    Dads are just as important as moms when it comes to child-rearing. Read more here to know the rewards.

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