They say that being a mom is the toughest job in the world. And that’s there really no break from it. It’s 24/7 gig that you sign up for—one that’s absolutely challenging yet incredibly, joyfully fulfilling. Still, it’s easy to lose your mind with all the responsibilities that come with caring for other people. #Mamathlete Fille Cainglet-Cayetano is no stranger to this adversity. Yet, while she gets movin' on the court as a Pocari Sweat Lady Warrior at the Premier Volleyball League, she takes on motherhood without breaking her cool.
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Ask around for advice. “Taking care of a newborn…wala akong masyadong alam. Good thing I had friends na mommies na rin. They really helped me. Sina Cheska Bugia-Tenorio, mga PBA wives…lagi akong nagpapatulong sa kanila. Pati yung mga products na maganda nire-recommend nila, go na rin ako.“
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Keep a watchful eye, especially while they’re young. "Nag-a-adjust naman ako now that I have a toddler. It’s different (when they’re) not babies anymore. Like, malingat ka lang 'tapos they can be eating the cord na may charger. Sobrang mahirap kasi makulit sila, pero masaya. It’s a journey talaga being a mom."
Embrace the dirty parts of the job. "Parang adventure. You have to be really conscious kasi they need to be clean. 'Di ba babies are prone to infection and disease? It’s fun to change diapers. Like, I can’t believe I’m changing at 4 in the morning! Antok na antok ako but then yung baby ko magsa-smile, tas okay na."
Treat yourself to a GNO (Girls Nights Out) once in a while. You deserve it! “Last month lang, I went out with my teammates. Nag-party kami! Okay naman kay Lino. Pinapayagan naman ako.”
Family is the best company! "Kahit ngayon, nagpapatulong pa rin ako sa mom ko. I love it when she’s at home taking care of my kids. Alam ko na my kids love (it more) kaysa sa yaya lang the whole day. I love it din when my sisters are there and syempre yung mga sisters-in-law ko and cousins."
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Produced by The @ABSCBNLifestyle Team (Katrina Angco, Julia Arenas, Duey Guison, Angela Sy, Mels Timan, & Barry Viloria) | Cinematography Jana Jimenez with Toby and Gio Vibar | Photographs by Vyn Radovan | Makeup by Geraldine Carlos for @RevlonPH | Hair by Renen Bautista and Eddie Mar Cabiltes for @LOrealProPH | Styling by Patrick Pleno
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