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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Labor and Delivery Story

"The Day I became a Certified Mother"

One of my greatest fears in life is to give birth. Every mother who passed through it attested how painful it was. However, the excruciating labor pains to the great pushing minutes creates the most joyous and glorious feeling of officially becoming a Mommy!
Giving birth is truly a miracle!!!
It is somehow comparable to the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. 
He came to the earth with a purpose of saving all of us from our sins. He knew that He would passed through great sorrows, hurtful persecutions, unfathomable physical and emotional pains.
But despite this knowledge, He still chose to do it so all of us will have the privilege of living with our Heavenly Father and our loved-ones for time and all eternity. 
Likewise, knowing how painful labor and delivery would be, every woman who is blessed to bear a child still choose to pass through it.

It was around 5:30am when mild contractions every 5-10 minutes woke me up last July 15, 2016. 
The pain was uncomfortable. I told my husband to go with me to the bathroom. After I peed, I had spotting and very little bleeding. Michael was shocked when he saw the blood. He changed clothes right away. I knelt down and prayed. He then came back to me and placed his hands upon my head to give me a priesthood blessing. From that very moment, I kept telling to myself to be strong.
This is it Nyles! You were born for this. Heavenly Father will be there every second of the day!

My husband was convincing me to go to the hospital but I was hesitant. I wanted to be sure that this ain't any of those false labors since my due date was still in 2 weeks (28th of July). I called my Sister Val who is a nurse. She told me to stay calm and to wait till my water bag breaks. I then called my Mother and Sister Patch while waiting for other signs. Their reaction was opposite. They advised us to go to the hospital right away. My husband got more anxious. We decided to follow my mother's advise. Luckily, our hospital bags were ready in our trunk.

T'was one of the most memorable drives we ever had so far.....
I texted my family, my sister Ivy and Iroal. I also asked my bff Jacquie, who is closest to us in distance to come over and accompany Michael while we were waiting for our families. 
Michael drove so fast even though the hospital was just 5 minutes away from our house. He was honking all the way to the emergency room. I was trying to calm him down haha! When we finally arrived, he screamed to the guard,  "Boss, Mangangank na Misis ko!"
 (My wife is about to give birth).

Inside the ER, they checked my blood sugar and it was so high. They asked me if I was high-blood, and I responded to the nurse, "No, I'm just nervous!" Then they brought me to the Labor/Operating Room. I put on a hospital gown. The nurses placed a monitoring device on my tummy for baby's heart beat. Then they checked how far was the baby from the womb to where she supposed to come out, it was 2cm. It was crazy!!! There were other pregnant women on labor too beside me, (only curtains divided us from each other). I was hearing their cries. The pushing table was also close to us so I could hear a mother delivering her baby. The OB was like, "OK, hold your breath, Inhale. Ready... Push!!", and then she counted from 1 to 10.
That scared me. Why am I hearing all these? But in the end,  I was grateful. It was like a labor class.

From 7am to 9am, it was still at 2cm. Contractions slowed down. I told my baby to sleep with me first because I was exhausted. My OB instructed me to go home, walk some more and drink the thing that would open my pelvic (pampahilab). I agreed with her because I was very hungry too. So I came out from the Operating Room shamefully in a wheelchair. Michael was sitting with all the other fathers and relatives of those mothers on labor. It was very funny. He was carrying all our stuff. When he saw me, he was like.. "Okay, where are we going now? What room?" and I was like, "come here. Come closer. We are going back home! False Alarm."
The Nurse who assisted us told us that if this was a true labor, I wouldn't be able to smile.
So, we drove around the city to relax. But the pains didn't cease. We ate at Jollibee. I told him I wanted to sleep at home.

My Sister Ivy and her family finally arrived (from Bulacan). Ate Iroal also came right away from Pasig.  She went to the hospital. She insisted to the receptionist that she was there for Nyla Burgos. She didn't know I was sent back home.  She called me and asked for my room number. I was like, room number-bahay (house).  Their support was full-force. I was one lucky sister. Mama Lydia, Michael's mom was still on her way from Tuguegarao.
We were laughing and laughing as I related to them our "false alarm story".
I took a hot bath/shower and wore a beautiful purple dress from my Mommy. I now called this my labor gown. The contractions didn't stop. Light bleeding continued.
Ate Iroal told me to be ready any time.
I kept talking to my baby the whole day.I told her to be good, to be cooperative and to come out today.I had a strong feeling that I will deliver my baby at 38th week. I just knew it.

At around 4:00pm, the back pain got intense. I ate and kept walking.
4:30 PM - I was crying. I told them to get ready, and we shall go to the hospital.
I ate some more bread. We dropped by Mercury Drugs to buy the rest of the things we need. We arrived at the hospital around 5:00-5:15 PM. I headed straight from the Emergency Room to the Labor Room. Michael was cheering for me all the way.
He was like, "Go Nyles! Kaya mo yan! (You can do it!)

It was a perfect timing! My Ob was there with her team. They were preparing for a CS Operation scheduled at 7:00 PM.  What a glorious day! So when she saw me, she hurriedly assisted me. It was a 7-star service. I was at 6cm already! I love how they were all calm and very encouraging to me. I was shaking and chilling. I couldn't explain the feelings. I was excited, trying to stay strong. I was so nervous. Clueless. It was very painful and I just wanted to get through it so bring it on. It was like a dream!! I told my baby to stay strong and that we can do this together.
Hugging and kissing each other is just hours away.

The contractions progressed until I reached 9cm. I decided to get an epidural. The anesthesiologist was awesome. I didn't feel anything when she injected the pain reliever. They broke my water bag. Finally, the time has come! I was transferred to the pushing table. I was feeling a little calmer now. I even managed to take a selfie before I pushed.
My Ob was full of poise. She was relaxed. Her voice was soothing.
We started to push. Baby had 2 cord-coil. After 6 to 7 pushes, she finally came out.
We took some photos.

It was 6:51 PM. We became officially a family of 3.

My last 3 consecutive pushes were so memorable to me. I called Heavenly Father for help on the last one. I felt His love encircled around me. When I saw my baby, I couldn't explain the overflowing joy. When I heard her cry, it was the most beautiful and magical sound! I felt a different kind of love , a love that I have never felt before, a mother's love. 

Welcome to the world Zephrine! I now have someone I can call "my daughter".

Our first photo. Forever the most special.

11 Strategies for Managing Stress -repost

11 Strategies for Managing Stress
Evaluate your stressors to better cope.
John H. Ostdick  April 7, 2014
The root of stress management is realizing stress is information that we can examine and use, and the first step in understanding that data is becoming mindful of our stress and its impact upon us, says Kathleen Hall, founder of The Stress Institute in Atlanta.

While the subtleties may vary in stress management sources’ tips on how to manage stress, there are a number of constants. The following covers some of the universal ground, and a few wild cards.

Related: 7 Thoughtful Ways to Stress Less

1. If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it.
Often, this involves changing the way you communicate and operate in your daily life. Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. Be willing to compromise but be more assertive. Manage your time better.  (

2. If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself.
Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Look at the big picture. Take perspective of the stressful situation. Focus on the positive; this simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective. (

3. Take a break from a stressor.
It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby, or a growing credit card bill, but when you give yourself permission to step away from it you can gain a new perspective and feel less overwhelmed.  It’s important to not avoid your stress (those bills have to be paid sometime), but even 20 minutes of self-care is helpful. (American Psychological Association)

4. Breathing is the foundation to de-stress and heal.
Our normal shallow breathing starves the body and brain of oxygen, which affects the immune and cardiopulmonary systems. Develop the practice of taking several deep diaphragmatic breaths in a tense moment; it clears the mind, body, and soul. (The Stress Institute)

5. Scientific research supports the practice that quieting the mind, body, and soul offers great health benefits.
Find a quiet place, get comfortable, focus on a one- to five-word phrase you fancy and repeat it over and over. Take deep diaphragmatic breaths, in and out, in and out. You may want to set a timer in the beginning for 10 minutes so you won’t worry about time. The practice sends healing hormones into your body for relaxation and health. (The Stress Institute)

6. Be aware of your unhealthy coping methods to dealing with stress.
Turning to food, alcohol or drugs often just turns one set of problems into another that can balloon out of control. It’s better to avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start, and find good ways to keep your stress under control. (Psych Central)

7. The practice of journaling has health benefits.
Journaling reduces stress by removing the worry and thoughts racing over and over in your mind. You move these worries, concerns, hopes or dreams out of your body onto the paper. (The Stress Institute)

8. Affirmations can affect our health.
Research indicates every thought and emotion creates a chemical release into our bodies, which affect our mental, physical and spiritual health and well-being. Negative self-talk can be damaging; giving positive messages wards this damage off.  (The Stress Institute)

9. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health.
Friendship is not a luxury, but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk. (The Stress Institute)

10. Exercise regularly, sleep, and eat a healthy diet.
Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Aerobic exercise does wonders for releasing pent-up stress and tension. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Reduce caffeine and sugar. Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

11. Heighten your awareness of the moment by focusing intently on an object.
Notice a pencil’s shape, color, weight and feel. Or slowly savor a raisin or a piece of chocolate. Mindfulness leads to relaxation. Realize that managing stress is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Everyone is different, and reacts to stress differently. (Multiple Sources)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pregnancy Diaries

Life is worth recording! #journalkeeping
Hi Baby! Thank you for coming into our lives! We are so excited to meet you very soon. For now, I will keep writing you letters, and I hope someday you will feel how much you mean to me and Daddy! I love growing with you. Thank you for holding on so tight and for being as healthy as Mommy. Daddy takes good care of us so well! He is deeply grateful for you! You are a reminder of God's love and His wonderful plans for each of our lives.
You rock baby!! We will study the gospel together, listen to LDS Hymns and go to church with Daddy while you are inside Mommy's womb! Take care my little one!

Hi Baby Boo! Today is our 16th week. We successfully passed our 4-month mark! Cheehoo!! Did you know that you are Mommy's "Birthday wish"? I asked Heavenly Father to give me you right after I blew my birthday candles.  Daddy also prayed for you when we went to the temple last October (2015). You are a gift. ! Know that I feel extremely grateful that you came at a very perfect time just like how Mommy and Daddy met.

1Samuel 1:27,  "For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

#Sharegoodess at Philippines Manila Temple

Our FIRST MONTH together was unnoticed. I didn't know that you're there already! Mommy was enjoying her nightly jog with Daddy and water therapy. I remember one time when I felt so tired after running for less than 5 minutes which was very weird because Mommy could run longer than Daddy. So I decided to rest and walked home. I kinda got a feeling that I might have you inside.
We had our temple date this month with Grandma Trudee, Auntie Ives, Uncle Denz and Daddy Mike. We spent almost 2 whole days at the Manila Temple and performed ordinances from Baptism, Endowment to Family Sealing for Grandma's parents, siblings and grand parents. It was so special feeling closer to our dear ancestors. I was blessed that I had this beautiful experience in the house of the Lord with you! 

Our SECOND MONTH was glorious! I found a part of my heart I didn't know existed. It was after Daddy's haircut when we bought a Pregnancy Test from Mercury Drug. I took the test and left it on our dining table. I asked Daddy to check the results for me. Then he said, "Nyles, there are two negative lines. You're not pregnant." I got confused so I checked the results for myself.
Our first ever ultrasound at Sacred Heart Medical Center
Daddy didn't know how to read Pregnancy Test.My heart beat faster. I knew it.
I was pregnant. Daddy cried for joy.  He prayed straightway to thank our dear Heavenly Father for giving you--- a very special blessing! We waited for you! Did you know that Mommy and Daddy weren't able to sleep the whole night after our Pregnancy Test? Yes! We were thinking about you. Dreaming about you---"our little family to be!"

This month, I started to feel more sick. I had nausea. I was bloated most of the time. I had minor headaches but everything was under control. Daddy was so caring. He was very helpful in every way! He did mostly all the household chores. He made sure we had enough rest, water, proper nutrition, and vitamins. He made us our milk every morning and every night.

Christmas 2015 at SM City Clark, Pampanga
Our THIRD MONTH was a treat! It was the holiday season. We celebrated Christmas with your Lola Lydia, Nanay Suting, Tita Iroal, the Santiago Family and with your cousins Denzel, Dwayne, Daniela and Iya. Then Tito Bernie and Tita Val came over from Ozamis for the New Year's Eve.
What a blast! We had a Christmas Program at home and Dad was one of the 3 Kings who gave baby Jesus and all of us exciting gifts. Although Mommy got tired easily most of the time, she couldn't control her energy when the people she loves are around her. We can't wait to spend this moment with you! We also did a lot of shopping and organizing for ProLook's Christmas Party. Did you know that there was one night when we had to ride a tricycle from SM San Fernando to our house in Angeles? It was a 1 hour+ travel! Thank you for being such a strong baby!Thank you for holding on so tight.
I am deeply grateful that we passed our first trimester successfully with flying colors. Lastly, Daddy & I celebrated our 1st Year Wedding Anniversary too! What a month full of special days! Just how you are to me- so special, so precious!


Angeles Ward 2 Valentines' Day Party
Our  FOURTH MONTH was full of love.This month we had many challenges together: physical, emotional and mental but guess what my dear? You were even stronger than Mommy! There were rough and gloomy days but I found a new antidote for any kind of stress? It is the sound of your heartbeats plus your kicks and moves! Whenever I feel you, I feel so much love! Indeed, "when a mother is pregnant, she is never alone!" Mom & Dad were also interviewed by President Angelito Bondoc for stake callings. I was gonna say "No" but Heavenly Father taught me one great lesson through this call. I learned that the best time to serve the Lord and to express to Him our love by following His will for us is when we are least capable to obey - when we think to ourselves that we simply couldn't do it, that we are weak and helpless, or that we are not enough. The atonement of Christ is there to enable us to accomplish the extraordinary. We give our best, He will do the rest. I love that my setting-apart blessings were extended to you. I felt more confident that I am going to have a healthy, easy and blessed pregnancy

MARCH. Our FIFTH MONTH was exciting! We were scheduled for our Congenital Scan, actually we could go for the usual ultrasound to find out your gender but Daddy wanted to count your fingers, check your eyes, and everything! He told me that you're his dream and he's so excited to meet you!

Gender Reveal Teaser (from our Engagement Collection)
It was a beautiful Sunday, March 20. The line was so long at Robinsons Mills, San Fernando, Pampanga. We weren't able to attend church. We waited from 10am to 3:00pm for our turn. I laid on a bed and my heart was pumping so fast. I prayed. I couldn't wait to know if you are our princess or my Nehemiah.... and so the scanned started. I was by myself with the Doctor, little did I know daddy was just right next to us, behind the curtains that divided us from him. He was watching you at a different TV/Screen. The Doctor showed me your head and heart, and measured both. They were perfect! She said your eyes were in a good condition, lips formed well, and the bridge of your nose was starting to develop. You were so "malikot" (moving so well), then you showed us your fingers both in your hands and in your feet. You have long fingers! We counted each and they were all complete. The Doctor commented, your baby is such a poser! See? She is showing us everything! (and I was like in my mind, "Like Mother, Like Daughter!). Then, you opened your legs, then the Doctor asked me, so what do you think? Is it a boy or a girl? I knew it from the very start that you were a girl but I just said, a boy?' and then she said, "No, she's a girl!" YAY! I have now a "mini me"!!! Three times she re-confirmed that you are a sweet baby girl!! We also checked your legs, arms, bones, ribs, back bones, and your other organs! Everything was growing normal and right! At the end of our session, she congratulated Mommy and Daddy for a healthy YOU! We were so excited to break the news! I told Grandma Trudee and the Person Family right away when we arrived at our house. Then Daddy announced it to the Burgos Clan. I also told our boss Dusty since he was here in the Philippines at that time and he texted us to tell Him. hahahaha! Everyone was so excited especially to see how we will be partners in crime but I am more excited to have you as my little assistant! We gave thanks to our dear Heavenly Father for this news, for you -- "our unexpected blessing".

Hi Mommy at 23 Weeks,  @Tita Jac's Wedding.

Our SIXTH MONTH was Fantastic! I was finally convinced to buy a brand new car. We were actually looking for a quality secondhand car since January of this year but I didn't like any of our prospects. We bought a 2015 model, Honda Brio Amaze, #everydayamazing. We love everything about this car! Heavenly Father is ever so gracious to all of His children. We can now go to places faster and safer. The best part is we can serve the Lord and magnify our callings better. I can't wait to visit our loved ones, friends and the beautiful places in our country with you baby! We named our car "Lucky". Adventures await you my dear!


Mother's Day @Angeles Ward 2

SEVENTH MONTH, May 2016. It was a very spiritual month for Daddy and Mommy. We had our first long distance road trip when we attended the Youth Conference in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. I am so proud of Daddy as he develops his talents and especially his testimony of the gospel. We started to be more involved with the Youth Activities, getting to know each of them and meeting with the youth leaders per each ward. I enjoyed our stake visits as well. My favorite part of being a leader is the privilege to share our light through our testimonies, faith, wisdom and good examples. I feel extremely blessed to serve in this calling with my husband, and most of all with you baby while inside my womb. Together, we will build the Lord's Kingdom and empower our dear young friends. 

EIGHT MONTH, June 2016 . It was a fun, 
creative month. Mommy had a surprise baby shower by the Relief Society. It was so beautiful. It really touched my heart. They prepared lots of foods, games and gifts for us. Tita Patch and Tito Kev sent us a package of gifts for you too. We got all we need from baby clothes, gears, feeding stuff, toys, books and all other paraphernalias. Bishop Dan and his lovely wife gave us a pair of clothing. Tito Jeremie gave you a sleeper and a bag of clothes. Blessings were overflowing this month. We didn't need to buy a lot of things for you. Everything was provided by grace and love. I also started to make DIY organizers for your stuff. Nanay Suting stayed in our house this month. We helped her with her medications, making sure she's healthy before she left for Ozamis to assist Tita Val. We love Nanay! She is a heroine. Daddy and I were always doing our best to spend "babe time" together before your arrival. We went to Clark Museum and Parks with the Santiago Family. We were able to attend a temple session too and had our "Maternity Photoshoot" there by Ronuel Paredes. Yea! Let the good times roll! 

NINTH MONTH, July 2016. It was a workaholic month. The first week was our launching for the company's new websites and uniform builder. Jared, our CIO from Utah came over to lead this event. It was successful. We had a feast!!!! Second week was our team building at WhiteRock, Subic. There was a typhoon during this time but it didn't stop us. We had a blast! Daddy and I spent one night in the resort. I love this moment with him. This is going to be our last date before we become a family of three. Look at you baby! You were just too energetic and smart inside mommy. I can't wait to meet you! The following days, Dusty, our CEO from Utah arrived. We planned, planned and planned until you finally came out and said Hi to this world. 

My dear baby, this 9-month date blog went by so fast. You have taught me so much. You taught me to take good care of myself. You developed more patience in me. You strengthened my faith. You added joy to my life. And you gave me another reason to wake up each day with the perfect brightness of hope. I want you to know that I love each day of this pregnancy. You rock baby! 

Your one and only, "Mommy Nyles-cee"

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Youth Activities 2016


After being called as the Stake  YM 1st Counselor, Michael is now the new Stake Young Men President for Angeles Philippine Stake. The call was unexpected. But it brought a lot of growing for the both us. My love for my husband becomes stronger as I learn to support him effectively as a wife and also as a Young Women Leader. 
Our first activity as Youth Leaders was the Youth Conference 2016 last May in Gabalbon, Nueva Ecija. We also attended the Stake Seminary and Institute Graduation that same month. Those activities were very special to me as they both rekindled the joy when I was like them, a teenager.
We had our "Back to School Activity" for the month of June. It was a one day Sports event. We had basketball, volleyball, badminton, chess, and other relay games. Sister Lazatin led our exercise/warm up dance. We were so lucky because that same week, we had sets of rejected volleyball and basketball uniforms (because of minor details) from the factory where we are currently working at and had them as prizes. We also gave away football and other uniforms. It was a successful activity. Everyone enjoyed it even I myself being 8th month prego. We love Sports!

**** JUNE ****
Volleyball Champion
Basketball Champion
(reversible uniforms)

                 **** JULY ****
July was a spiritual month. We had our fireside. The theme was about Social Media and How to Use it based on our Church Standards. This was to remind the Youth that Social Media could either be a tool for spiritual progression or could serve as Satan's traps. 

I was tasked to give a short introduction of our theme. I started by sharing a thought from one of my business classes. My professor told us that students in a University are grouped into 5 looks/outfits; students who do not care about their looks, the hot/sexy students, the kikays or the fashionista, the unique styles, and the professional looks.  Then he concluded that those with a professional look are most likely the ones to succeed.  Our looks is majorly affected by our choice of Social Media and Entertainment. We look like the people we admire. We consciously or unconsciously imitate them. Then, our looks gradually becomes a part of our character  and personality.  I concluded with these guidelines from E. Bednar, 

**** AUGUST ****
Coming Soon Activity

Monday, August 8, 2016

"Our Baby's Naming and Blessing Day"


As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormons), we baptize children at the age of 8 years old. "The Naming and Blessing of a Child" is a non-saving ordinance performed during Sacrament (regular Sunday meeting) for new born babies in fulfillment of the commandment recorded in the Doctrine and Covenant 20:7,

“Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name”

Naming & Blessing of a Child
Today, our daughter was presented to our dear Heavenly Father and received her name. She shall be known as Zephrine Person Burgos. Her name meaning is "BREEZE". We chose this name because she is the wind beneath our wings. With her by our side, we know that we can reach our potentials and eternal destiny. 
We feel extremely grateful for Heaven's trust and for giving us a "fruit of our love."

Blessing was proclaimed by her father, Michael by inspiration from the Lord together with Bishop Arlan Ong (Angeles 2nd Ward), Dennis Santiago (Uncle), Jeffrey Van Merkesteijn and Niloj Manalo

Her Baby Blessing Dress from Tita Irene. 


Heavenly Father, by the power and authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we present to you this child to give her a name and blessing, and her name is Zephrine Person Burgos. 
Zephrine, bilang ama binebless kita na maging masunurin ka sa commandments ng ating Ama sa Langit at ni Jesus Christ. Binebless kita na maging healthy (saka) hanggang saiyong pag tanda. Binebless kita na maging full of wisdom, na maging matalinong bata at maging active sa church, maging masunurin sa  mga leaders, local and sa ating general leaders natin, sa ating prophet. Binebless kita na makahanap ka ng isang lalaking magdadala sayo sa temple, makapag serve ka sa Panginoon kung sakali. Binebless kita na maging safe ka palagi. At ito ay iniiwan namin sa iyong ulunan sa pangalan ni Jesus Christ. Amen 

Motherhood is becoming more real to me.