7 Real Moments We Love From Korina Sanchez's Motherhood Journey
Has it really been just a month since Kapamilya host Korina Sanchez and her husband, senatorial candidate Mar Roxas, became parents to fraternal twins Pepe and Pilar?
Time flies fast when you're experiencing new things as this first-time mom is seeing for herself, yet in the short time that she's had her children in her life, she's already learned so much about motherhood and the practical side of raising two young ones at once!
Since the babies' big reveal in February, she's kept us posted about their developmental milestones, adorable photos, and all the the things she's realized along the way.
Here are some of our favorite moments from Korina:
1. The power of words
Though they're way too little to understand speech at this point, Korina makes sure she showers them with kind words, surrounding them with whispers of love and care. The power of the spoken word helped make her dreams of motherhood come true!
Ganon pala yun. Ang bilis ng isang araw. I while away my time just staring at them waiting for them to grow. Am waiting for the first moment they can see, and I want my face to be the first image. I talk to them a lot. I tell them they're beautiful, they're kind, they're strong, they're go getters, they love people and people love them, they love God and God loves them...paulit ulit. The power of the spoken word. I used to always say, "I will become a mom". And so it is.??
I tell my babies that they are beautiful, that they are kind, that they love people and people love them, that they are smart and strong and that God loves them. They will serve Him in so many ways, help people in need, make a difference when they grow up...???? #NanayNiPepeEnPilar
2. Shared effort
Caring for children might traditionally be associated with mothers, but Korina is making sure that Mar plays his part in raising their kids in the earliest stages of their lives. A dad needs to bond with his kids too and know the hard work it takes to make sure they're always healthy and happy.
3. Skin to skin, heart to heart
Korina is a firm believer in the advice that infants need to be physically close to their mothers in order to develop that bond like no other. She practices skin to skin contact and letting them rest on her chest so they can listen to her heartbeat and feel the rhythm of her breathing.
4. Mommy duties
Needing help to look after one's child doesn't make a woman less of an awesome mother. But on the days when she is left to her own devices and must care for not one but two of them at the same time, the satisfaction of feeding, burping, changing, and putting them to sleep all on your own is extra satisfying! It shows just how capable a mom is of being a real-life superhero.
Some nights I crash so early. Other nights I can stay up till daylight. Jet lag. Gives me Precious quiet time with the twins. The routine, every two hours, one hour apart. That's the secret to managing two babies at a time. Pilar goes first. Change diaper (there's always mess in there right before feeding), feed 2 ounces of breast milk, burp twice or thrice in between the feeding (such a challenge but para kang nanalo sa online game pag napa-burp mo haha). #NanayNiPepeEnPilar #BestLife
Milestone. For the very first time, I am alone with my children. No one, but Mommy, Pepe and Pilar. My two caregivers I gave a day off to feel the snow on their faces, went to church and shopped for themselves at Ross. In 5 hours I got to change diapers, feed, burp and put to sleep the twins 3 times! YEHEY, palakpakan naman dyan! At one point mukha akong social worker sa evacuation center. Stressed. But I survived. Kahit sabay pa sila umiyak. Found the secret. Kailangan sanayin sila to feed one hour apart. Para Hindi sabay gumigising and nagdedemand ng milk. Wonderful feeling to know I can take care of two of them even if I'm alone. Not easy. But doable.???? #NanayNiPepeEnPilar
5. Immediate response
Just like any other mom, Korina was extremely observant about her children's development. Any physical and behavioral changes can trigger concern, so when Pepe developed a skin allergy among other things, a trip to the doctor was scheduled right then and there. It's the way moms are; it's always best to be safe than sorry.
Morning appointment for Tito Pepe at the dermatologist. He developed a skin rash on his face and nag worry kami kasi flawless sya nung una, biglang daming patse sa face!!! Now, happily, he is getting back to normal. Ganun pala ang newborn: nagkaka rashes bigla, madalas sinisinok and panay atching! ????????
It's easy to get lost in child rearing when you're meeting a babies' needs 24/7, but it's important to remember to take care of yourself, too! A mom is still a woman with other needs after all, and those include spending time with friends, going out for a shopping date, and making sure she looks her best despite being busy with being a mom.
Found time with a visiting friend to do shopping of “mommy clothes”. Ano ba ang mommy clothes? Well, headbands for one, like what I’m wearing. So hair doesn’t get in my or my kids’ faces. Leggings and t shirts. Pullover house dresses like t shirt dresses. Great finds in the affordable brand Madewell. Madami din sa GAP. ??????
7. The small things
Children won't always be children whose whole universe is just mom and dad. So before they grow up to become big explorers who'll set their eyes on what the rest of the world has to offer, Korina is making sure that they celebrate all the little things and make countless memories together that they can all look back to as a family for years to come.
I never thought I’d be one of them. You know. Mothers who celebrate everything about their kids. Well...hahahaha! I’d like to greet my two heavenly blessings, my very own personal miracles Pepe and Pilar a happy, happy 1st monthsary! Kami kami lang, birthday celebration kami dito...
HAT DAY. So, dahil wala ako magawa minsan, I discovered collage photo organizing. And because I have twins, the collage comes in handy when posting.???? So it's hat-day for us mag-iina. Hehehe, we all have our best hats on. Pilar has a new chic turban ala Juanita Banana, I have my Stetson and Pepe has his "wazzup dude" beanie. And shempre, terno kami ng son ko with stripes for the day. They are growing SO fast. It's only been three weeks!???? #NanayNiPepeEnPilar. #BestLife
Photos from @korina