Neri Naig-Miranda Shares How Motherhood Changed Her Life

Becoming a mom is a very life-changing thing. Your whole world can turn upside down, and sometimes the transition from before you were a mom to being a first-time mom can be very overwhelming. Take it from Neri Naig-Miranda, wife to renowned Parokya ni Edgar band singer Chito Miranda, who shares with us her experiences, tips, and insights about her new-mom life–including her son, Miggy, motherhood, family life, bath time, baby products, and more! So if you’re feeling like you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry, it’s completely normal. Let the routine of motherhood slowly sink in, and learn to roll with your new lifestyle. And hey, maybe you can learn a thing or two (or more!) from this charming momma too!

Baby and Breakfast: Motherhood Neri Naig-Miranda Shares How Motherhood Changed Her Life

 

What's your favorite thing about being a mom?

Lahat. Kasi ever since talaga, lahat ng mga kakilala ko, kahit noong bata pa ako, gusto ko talagang maging housewife, mommy, may bahay, at kaunting business. That was always my dream. So everything na nangyayari sa pagiging mommy ko, gustong gusto ko.

Although it's not an easy task, I'm happy kasi finally, may family ako--kumpleto kami at okay kami, masaya. Hindi madali, but I love the beauty behind motherhood.

Mas nagiging closer pa kami ng asawa ko. Napag-aralan ko yung mga mali at tama sa pagiging isang mabuting ina. Natetest ko din yung sarili ko kung hanggang saan ako–my patience for both my child and my husband. Narerediscover ko din yung sarili ko bilang mommy, wife, at bilang tao.

 

What are some of your favorite bonding activities to do with your family?

Ang ginagawa namin, lalo na kapag nandito si Chito, we like to play around with nerf guns.

Miggy likes to play with toy guns, just like his dad. There was also a time na ginawan namin is Miggy ng treasure hunt, which took a lot of time and effort to do pero worth it naman seeing that nag eenjoy talaga siya.

I also don’t allow him to use gadgets, although I do allow him to watch TV, pero parang mas gusto niya yung takbo ng takbo. Marami din siyang mga laruan na wooden toys and we like playing with them together.

 

How do you prepare your baby to make bath time easier and more exciting?

Actually, di naman mahirap paliguan si Miggy.

Since he loves Marvel, ang ginagawa ko ay kinukuha ko yung lahat ng toys na gusto niya, tapos he plays with them and papaliguan din niya.

Si Nemo, mga bola, lahat ng Marvel toys niya binibigay ko sa kanya para mag e-enjoy siya while I give him a bath.

 

What products do you use during bath time with baby?

Yung Babyflo Oatmeal bath (product). Yun yung pinaka favorite ko kasi mabango siya and it's really mild too. Pag naubos yung sa akin, minsan yun din yung ginagamit ko. Ang bango bango niya and it's mild and soft to the skin.

 

What makes it different from other products you've tried?

Miggy’s skin is sensitive, just like his dad’s. Dahil dito, careful talaga ako sa mga skincare products na ginagamit ko kay Miggy. I make sure it’s as mild as possible. Meron akong ginagamit na expensive skincare product before, pero nung pina-try sa akin yung Babyflo, pareho lang. Ang pagkakaiba lang ay mabango ang Babyflo, and it’s cheaper pa! Kasi yung ibang mas mahal na brands na tinry ko, besides it being expensive, nagkaroon din si Miggy ng mga rough spots at rashes sa skin niya.

I was surprised kasi Babyflo had the same mildness as the previous and more expensive skincare product I used to use, pero it was cheaper and perfect talaga siya sa sensitive skin ni Miggy!

 

What are the things you usually consider when you choose any product for your child?

As for food, di naman picky eater si Miggy. He likes to eat anything. Hindi siya takot mag try at mahilig siya sa fruits and vegetables. He likes Japanese food din like ramen and Chinese food like yang chow. As for clothes, siyempre cotton, kasi nga, his skin is very sensitive.

With skincare, ang ginagamit ko ngayon ay Babyflo--from head to toe--kasi ng it's mild and it's good for his sensitive skin.

As for toys, I make sure it’s not too small kasi baka masubo ni Miggy.

 

Do you have any memorable stories or bath time moments with baby?

Everyday is a memorable day when it comes to bath time with Miggy. Minsan, madali. Minsan, pahirapan. Sometimes, kailangan mo pang kantahan. Minsan, pinag kukuwentuhan ko na.

Lahat gagawin ko para mas madali. May iba’t ibang role ako everyday for his bath times! I have to plan anong toys dadalhin ko when I give him a bath or kung ano ano na ang nasasabi ko sa kanya para ma-enjoy niya yung bath time.

 

Do you have any tips for moms about bath time or other activities?

Isa palang naman yung anak ko, so I'm not an expert but sa experience ko kay Miggy, itetest mo kung ano yung was effective sa kanya.

For example Marvel toys, ilalagay ko yun pag maliligo na siya, he will wash his toys, and while he’s doing that papaliguan ko siya, tapos siya din naman ang magpupunas sa mga toys niya after.

Kailangan din nating makinig at maki-join sa mga anak natin sa kung anong yung gusto nilang gawin para it’s easier to communicate with them. Minsan nakaka-frustrate kapag hindi natin sila maintindihan, you wanna cry pero you can’t because you need to calm yourself, since hindi niya masabi directly kung ano yung gusto niyang sabihin.

Hindi natin kailangang i-force yung mga anak natin on what we want them to do, we always have to support them kung ano yung gusto talaga nilang gawin.

 

Can you share some lessons you learned through motherhood with us?

Everyday may matututunan ka. Hindi lang sa sarili mo, but also about your husband and child.

Kasi kahit si Miggy hindi pa makapag-communicate sa akin ng maayos, he taught me to be more compassionate. Yung pagmamahal mo, yung patience mo, and yung relationship niyo as husband and wife—lahat yun matetest. Pero you will really do anything para sa anak mo, at para sa akin isa itong realisasyon na eye-opening at heartwarming. Also, mas na-a-appreciate mo talaga yung mom mo.

 

You can find Babyflo’s Oatmeal Bath in Mercury Drug and supermarkets nationwide. For more details, visit Babyflo’s Facebook and Instagram page.

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