Lanna's 18th Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

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Mica is 18! 

Our daughter is now a young adult. Our baby girl is officially a lady. 

Mica's 18th Birthday Outfit

Although you are now 18, to me, you are still and will always be my baby girl. I want you to remember my love that you can always call mommy for anything and everything anywhere in the world you are (in the future) just like you always do now.

Anyhow drama aside...

To celebrate this huge milestone, we rented a 70-foot yacht and invited her closest for a sunset Dubai Marina cruise.

Yacht Cruise in Dubai

18th Birthday Party Ideas

We wanted Mica to have a unique and unforgettable 18th birthday celebration experience worth remembering for the rest of her adult years. The most "very-Dubai" party idea we had in mind was to have a private yacht birthday party.

For the cake, she asked for a simple white carrot cake with yellow roses and streaks of gold

Floral Birthday Cake

Beautifully made and deliciously baked by our friend Mae of Yamyam Cheesecake.

Lanna's 18th Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

Lanna's 18th Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

White and Khaki dress code to which we all happily obliged. Don't they all look so chic?

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

Our guests were her closest and long-time friends in Dubai and just a few family members and friends.

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

18 white roses from Dad

White Birthday Party-Father and Daughter

18 White Roses

Decorations of green, white, and gold balloon garland outside the yacht. Unfortunately, we were not able to take any photos before it sailed but the inside simply looks like this. Her friends helped us with it.

18th Birthday Party Yacht Decorations

And the food is catered by Salt & Pepper. Refreshments were provided by the yacht operator. Had I known the sea would be a little rough that day, I would have ordered dry food and given our guest some motion sickness pill before we sailed on to the sea. 
 
18th Birthday Filipino Party Food

The yacht cruise was a total of four hours including an hour of swimming which our teenage guests enjoyed.
  

Yacht Cruise in Dubai with Swimming

Just as the sun is setting, we sailed back to the Marina with all its golden hue. Took some more photos to remember this great day. 

Yacht Cruise in Dubai-Ain Dubai

Yacht Cruise in Dubai-Ain Dubai

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Isabela Beatrice - A Birth Story

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Birth Stories

I didn't realize that my last visit to my doctor would determine when my baby would be born. I was waiting for labor to begin naturally, but due to some health risks because of my age, I had to be induced at 39 weeks and 2 days. My pregnancy was full-term but with no signs of labor yet, my doctor decided not to wait. I had to be induced to avoid any unnecessary complications.

It was December 2021, a week before Christmas, the date proposed was 26 after the celebrations but my husband has another idea. He wanted to have our baby with us on Christmas day and so we all agreed it has to be Christmas eve.

I was excited. Full of courage but nervous at the same time. How hard can it be?! I had two vaginal births before, this will just be the same. Though the last one was 12 years ago. Haha

We checked in at Mediclinic Park View on the eve of December 23. The nurse greeted us with big smiles ready to deliver our baby. Her first question was, are you having an epidural and my answer was no. 

We put our things aside, get a little comfy, and even turned the tv on. The rooms at Mediclinic are well equipped and are almost hotel-like.

I changed into a hospital gown, lay in bed, and then the nurse started all procedures to induce labor. For a few hours, I was alright, the pain was manageable but after a few more hours I was riding in pain. They gave me pain relievers, pethidine first and then I was on air and gas. Last-minute when I was 6 cm dilated, I could hardly bear the pain. Ferald was watching me helpless. I thought I could do it but I was suffering so we decided to have an epidural. When the pain subside, it was the only time I was able to fall asleep, waiting for the baby to arrive.

Somehow, the birth was not progressing. The baby is stuck inside and not coming down the birth canal as it should. My doctor arrived. She suggested that if after half an hour and birth does not progress, they will have to take me to the operating room for a c-section. She doesn't want to stress the baby cause that is not good news for both of us. 

It was the last thing on my mind. I told my doctor that I wanted it to be a vaginal birth and I was clear about it during our prenatal visits. My baby have other plans but I was determined to have a natural birth. I asked the nurse to change my lying position, she turn me to my side and put a pillow between my legs. Somehow, this helped because after 30 minutes, there was a little movement. With tears in my eyes, I told my doctor to wait for another hour. Seeing that the baby progressed down the birth canal, she waited and without completing the hour, I was ready to push. Isabella Beatrice was born at 3:50 pm on 24th December 2021.

She came out face up and her umbilical cord was at her shoulder. It was the reason why she was not coming out swiftly. 

God is good. He listened to our prayers. When I heard the doctor say caesarian, I prayed hard. My husband and I prayed hard to God to allow this baby, being born on Christmas eve, to have a natural birth story. 

Family photo on Christmas day at Mediclinic Park View Hospital

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