Apr 17, 2013

Keeping Alan Warm

Something wrong with our heater and they couldn't fix it until the parts that they need arrive here from lower 48. It's been two nights no heat and hot water. Hopefully it'll get fix today. I'm glad we're not in any below zero temperature outside anymore.
Keeping Alan warm.

Apr 15, 2013

Just Chillin'

Resting after work and spending time with my Baby Alan.

Imagine That!

14 years of marriage and we just have a 7 month old handsome baby boy. Such a wonderful blessing.

Apr 9, 2013

Apr 8, 2013

Goofy Alan

He always does something that make me bust up laughing

Apr 7, 2013

Fingers in the Mouth

Alan doesn't like to use pacifier and he didn't really learn to suck his thumb but he likes to put his fingers and sometimes his whole fist into his mouth.

Apr 5, 2013

Entertaining Alan

Oh yeah! He can entertain me as long as I pay attention to him. He is a happy baby.

Apr 4, 2013

D is for Darling Cute Baby Alan

Hah! That's ABCD in one post. Alan woke up around 3am and finally had a bowel movement. Thank goodness!
I was late to work today though because my husband wasn't aware and went to work with my truck keys in his coat pocket. All went well though. I was only late for 10 minutes.

Apr 3, 2013

C is for Cute Baby Alan

Yep I'm enjoying this A to Z challenge with my baby Alan theme. Guess what would be my D tomorrow?
We went on a little road trip to North Pole today. I picked up the portable breast pump I bought from there. I want to keep producing milk for Alan until at least he's one year old. This battery operated pump should do the work while I'm at work. I only get half an hour lunch at work so I have to divide that between eating and pumping.

Apr 2, 2013

B is for Baby Alan

And B is also back to work. I'm glad that my baby and I are doing good with the transition of me working and leaving him all day. He had learned to use his bottle and he is taking solid food now. The only thing I'm worried is that he hasn't had any bowel movement for a week now. I know he had gone 2 weeks before without any poop but that was because he's exclusively taking breastmilk. But now he is taking solid food and no poop for a week. I'm a bit worried.

Mar 14, 2013

Alan 1/2 year

Time went fast! Alan is already 6 month old. I can't believe how fast he'd grown, he looks like he's not a preemie baby. According to the baby growth chart, his length was already in 75 percentiles and his weight in 50 percentiles. Breast milk rocks!
I drove my truck yesterday, first time for over 6 months. A bit scared but I'm glad the road isn't that bad anymore.
hmm.. I heard the nurse said I can have some

Mar 5, 2013

Waiting for Aurora Borealis Display

I'm staying up late hoping to see some Aurora Borealis display. It was forecast that there will be a good display tonight due to coronal holes. I don't know how good the display from downtown Fairbanks though since there's a lot of lights around. I wish I'm up somewhere away from the city lights and I wish I have a better camera to use so I can take some good pictures.
The best Aurora Borealis display I've ever seen was the one in Valdez, Alaska in 2001. It was very colorful almost looks like blood in the sky. I felt bad and sad that I didn't get to take pictures of it. Anyway, here are some Aurora Borealis pictures from Wikipedia.

My Life  With Photographs
Lorena G. Sims

Mar 1, 2013

Update on 100K Baby

I am so blessed! God is indeed greater than my worries and problems. I am still in awe to the blessings that I and my family received. In my 100k baby post I mentioned that I trust in God to help us get through our financial problems and yes he did! and did it big time. From owing almost 100k medical bills to less than $20k. Awesome!
The hospital dropped all their charges and my OBGYN doctor cut my bills in half. The pediatrician bills however are still pending, we are still waiting for their decision if they are going to give us a break or not. But anyway, at least our bills now are payable and will not make us go hungry or homeless.
Now, we can save our money towards our baby's future and not to medical bills. Although some of our medical bills are already in collection agency but I have no fear, I know it ruins my credit score but it will get paid in time if not soon. God is good all the time! I am very grateful for God's blessing and thankful for the person(s) who made this things possible.  
Philippians 4:6-7:Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

I thought I'd share this song. This really inspired me. I hope you'll like it too.

Feb 4, 2013

100k Baby

In February of last year, Joel and I decided to drop/cancel our medical insurance since we are living in Philippines and the medical cost there are reasonably cheap. We thought we wouldn't need it  since we haven't been using it for at least couple years and we've been paying $1000 dollars a month.

Sometime in March the cancellation of our medical insurance got finalized and in April 4th we found out that I'm already 12 weeks pregnant.What a shock! We were just going to stay in Philippines and give birth there but after talking to someone in the US embassy in Manila, Joel and I decided to come back here in US due to paper works and whatnot.

In August 6th, I'm already in my 28th weeks pregnancy when we arrived here in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was hoping and praying that I'll give birth naturally. However, things didn't go the way I hoped for and wanted to be. In September 12th, I gave birth to a beautiful son c-section due to he was breach and 6 weeks early.
I spent 4 days at the hospital recovering from cesarean section and the baby spent 17 days in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nothing's wrong with the baby, he was just small because he came out early 4lbs 12oz. The doctors couldn't find any reason why he came out early. The baby is healthy but they kept the baby in the NICU anyway for 17 days.

With all that days spent in the hospital and without insurance, our medical bills came to almost $100k. We applied for Denali Kid Care but we didn't get approved due to our household income which is not that much. My hope is in the Lord though, I know he will never leave us nor forsake us. I trust him that he will get us through to this.

Jan 23, 2013

A Blessing Indeed!

After 14 years of marriage, my husband and I been blessed with a baby boy who is now 4 months old. We thought we never could have any offspring. It didn't bother us before that we didn't had any baby for the past years. But now, we sure are grateful for this wonderful blessing. Our precious, we named him Alan Gasmin Sims.

April 4th of last year, I went to obgyn for a check up because I've been feeling tummy discomfort. I been having that discomfort for the past 2 months, I thought it was just a gas or something like that. But as I was walking in the clinic, the receptionist asked me,"how many months?" I told her that "Oh I'm not pregnant" After so many years, I was not expecting to be pregnant. However the doctor said that I should get a urine test. I did that and after a minute we found out that I'm indeed pregnant. Pregnant! really! I couldn't describe how I felt that moment. Overjoyed and excited I couldn't hold my tears. I told the doctor that I been married for 13 years and this would be our first baby. After my check up, I rushed home and Joel was waiting for me wondering what is going on with my tummy. I told him the good news and he was smiling from ear to ear and the first words that came out to his mouth was, "I'll be old when the baby reach high school" and we laughed together. Being pregnant was not sinking in right away, it seems like I'm just having a good dream. Anyway, after couple of weeks, I went back to the obgyn and found out that I'm already 14 weeks pregnant. I didn't have any morning sickness or something that's why I didn't know that I was pregnant then.

In May, we found out that we are going to have baby boy, so the finding of baby boy name started. I told Joel how about Alan and he said sure, named after his little brother's middle name, Geoffrey Alan Sims who died at 2 years old. Anyway, we settled on that name and use Gasmin as his middle name. Gasmin was my dad's last name and my last name but became my middle name when I got married and now it's Alan's middle name. It's how we do it in the Philippines, a very good way to tract down family. 

I didn't have any problem with my pregnancy, baby was pretty good inside. I've been traveling here and there and never gave me any trouble but in September 12, 2012 my water broke and it wasn't time. We still have 6 weeks to go before my due date. But I gave birth that day and we found out that my husband little brother (Geoffrey Alan Sims) was born on September 12 too, it was amazing. Not only we choose his name but gave birth on his birthday too.  Anyway, I had a c-section because the baby was breach, that's why my water broke because he kicked it. Alan was only 4lbs 12oz, he spent 17 days in the hospital under NICU. My husband and I spent 17 days too in the hospital checking up on Alan for at least every 3 hours.

We thank God for intrusting us this baby. We pray that we can help him grow with love, fear, passion, and compassion for Christ.He surely is a wonderful blessing to us. and he rules my life now!

Alan at new born 4lbs 12oz

He was on feeding tube for at least 14 days

We brought him home from the hospital on my birthday, What a Gift!

At the hospital, taking care of him

Alan at two months
Last day at the hospital. Tired of waiting for the doctor to discharge us.

Alan at 4 months
His first snow encounter

Couple weeks before I gave birth

Jan 17, 2013


In July last year my husband and I took a short trip to Singapore. Since it was our first time there, we really had a difficult time trying to figure out how to get tickets for train/bus and how to use it. So in order to get to our hotel we had to ride a train then a bus. We figured out about the train and rode on it but when we got to the bus stops we got confused. There were so many buses, so many people, and we don't know which bus to take. We asked around but people seems to not know what bus we should take in order to get to our hotel. After several minutes of confusion, we decided to just take a taxi. Taxi fare wasn't that bad at all.  But once we figured out how to use the tickets and what buses to take, it was great! Riding trains and buses was the cheapest way to get around Singapore.
When we are checking in in our hotel, we couldn't find my husband's passport. oh boy! we lost his passport. So the next day we went looking for Police Station to report his lost passport. But we spent almost all the day trying to locate  the police department, we asked so many people even taxi drivers couldn't direct us to any. I guess police aren't that popular there. It was Friday and we need to find his passport because we are flying out Monday morning. Anyway after so many hours of looking, we finally found one. However they couldn't help us unless we know what my husband's passport number and fortunately we didn't know the number. We finally went to the US Embassy in hoping to get a temporary passport but it was a blessing, someone found the passport and called in. We are so glad we didn't know the passport number because once they run a report of that lost passport, he couldn't use his passport anymore and it would be more trouble. We got his passport back from the person who found it. Bless him for doing the right thing and for simply caring. He said he found the passport on the ground at the bus stops.
We love Singapore and thought of going back there someday. Here are some of our photos from the trip.

 At Jurong Bird Park

 We went to Presbyterian Church that Sunday. That church was the oldest church in Singapore

Jewel Box at Mount Faber

Cable car ride  from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island
Went to see the Underwater World at Sentosa Island