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Monday, January 23, 2006
our 1st 'family' christmas...
it took me 1 month before i finally finished this blog. can’t let go of this because i want to remember always how our 1st xmas with baby boy was spent…

dec 3 (sat) - xmas shopping and xmas date w/ my high school bestfriend.
dec 9 (fri) – baby boy’s 8th month party w/ the Rotarians.

dec 10 (sat) – went to shang for baby boy’s photo sched and went shopping. hubby bought baby boy’s xmas gift, a nike shoes. owel, like father, like son. we also bought our gifts for each other, nike shoes din. haha. like father, like family na kami, mwehehe.

dec 11 (sun) – 1st xmas party w/ my e-friends at mc do (fort). after that, we went to glorietta for our nth christmas shopping. then, dinner out to celebrate MIL’s birthday.

dec 16 (fri) –was on vl and went to Fernwoods with my parents to attend our neighbor’s wedding.

dec 17 (sat) – my college barkada’s xmas party at italianni’s gateway.

dec 18 (sun) – shared our blessings. bought grocery items with my family and gave to Home For The Aged.
dec 21 (wed) – company’s xmas party at world trade center (didn’t attend, hehe).
dec 22 (thu) – departmen’t xmas party at Jill’s (fort). jazzed up your black shirt. =)

dec 23 (fri) – our cart business’ xmas party at IL’s house. gave away gifts, grocery items and cash.
dec 24 (sat) – went to pampanga (my dad’s family). attended mass and ate noche buena at our tita’s house. after that, went to IL’s house.

dec 25 (sun) – lunch party at IL’s with hubby’s relatives. dinner party at our house w/ our relatives (my mom’s family). opening of baby boy’s GIFTSSS!

dec 29 (thu) – went to greenhills to shop and watch the "COD" show. finally, was able to eat at the ‘n@w’ famous Conti’s, mango bravo…yummy!

dec 31 (sat) – new year party at our house (w/ my mom’s family pa din). it was a BLAST!!!

oh my, it was really a tiring and definitely a happy month! and it was all the more exciting for all of us because baby boy was part of it all. =)

looking forward to a happier 2006 w/ my soon turning lil’ boy!!!
posted by apple @ 4:36 PM   1 comments
nanay tips
last jan 7, after the chicken pox vaccine of my baby boy, we went to proj. 4 to get the package sent by my good friend (from US) mau to baby boy! and it included pooh items and cute clothes, yipee!!! after that, we had lunch at my bestfriend's house jing since i also gave her the gift of our other bestfriend bodj. chika-chika for awhile, but had to leave soon. joy, an officemate, is already calling me because they were already in greenhills and about to start the 'nanay tips'.
'nanay tips' is a get-together "mother-support group" organized by my e-group friends. it was held at their house in greenhills west.

we arrived there before 2pm. since we all brought our mats, babies and kids started crawling and playing on the floor. agawan ng toys, gapangan (pangit pakinggan! =), iyakan at tawanan. really a sight to see, they're all so cute!

it was also my 1st time to see anya, joy's daughter. we've been comparing notes here in the office eversince we've learned that we were pregnant. anya's edd was april 06, mine was april 05, but she gave birth on 04/08, me on 04/09. both on the dates we wanted, and both by c/s. haha, soulmates yata sila ng baby boy ko. =)

anyway, i think we were a total of 12 families. some of them were velvet, jen tan, joy, laura, rayz, sam, joanna, mia and the others, hehe. sorry i forgot!
to summarize, we were taught of baby massage, the main reason why i went there, the importance of breastmilk over formula milk, complimentary feeding and the role of fathers, my secondary reason, haha!
we had lots of fun while learning. and since they've mentioned and explained the benefits of breastmilk (compared w/ formula), i felt so happy and proud of myself that i am still purely breastfeeding my baby until now! oh really, the sacrifices you do for your baby! hope they'll learn to appreciate them later in life!
kaaliw din kasi dedma dun sa pagpapa-suso, hehe. even if i wasn't wearing a breastfeeding blouse, di ko na ginamit ung pantakip ko. a lot of us are breastfeeding kasi eh, kaya no need to be conscious, kasi normal scene na un dun.

wala nang titingin pa sayo dun na parang "ang bastos" ng ginagawa mo. oh well, you know how filipinos look and react to mothers nursing in public.
i was even asked by velvet to model while i was breastfeeding baby boy. she was discussing the different positions and she wanted a real model, kaya ayun, mega upo at higa ko while baby was attached to my breast and soundly sleeping. =)
baby boy was also asked by velvet to model the baby sling. they looked cute together, haha.

the session ended at 530pm. so we headed to sta lucia to hear the 6pm anticipated mass. my parents were there kaya sama-sama pa din kami nakapag-simba. after the mass, we took out some food, ang hooray sisig na pinaglalawayan naming mag-asawa sa sarap, haha.
it was a successful day, we've acomplished a lot. it built a little of my self-esteem and i know that i'm doing the right thing! =)
thanks to velvet, jen and abbie for organizing this...see you again next time!
posted by apple @ 3:46 PM   1 comments
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Before I was a Mom...
Before I was a Mom...
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried
about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
hmmm, still get to brush my teeth =)

Before I was a Mom...
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom...
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on. Spit on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
it's not as gross as i thought, hehe

Before I was a Mom...
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
oh so true!!!

Before I was a Mom...
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
yeah, i just love the feeling...

Before I was a Mom...
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and

Before I was a Mom...
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make
sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the
wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

And before I was a Grandma...
I didn't know that all those "Mom" feelings more than doubled!
ha?! can't imagine the happiness of my parents...
posted by apple @ 4:24 PM   0 comments
Monday, January 16, 2006
a walk at baywalk
last saturday ay nagpunta kaming buong angkan sa boardwalk at baywalk.
i was quite excited kasi it was a long-time plan na di lang matuloy-tuloy kasi di mag-jibe ang aming mga scheds, lalo na nung xmas time. secondly, it was our first time to ride on the new SUV of daddy. na ang sabi ng parents ko ay binili daw nila para sa kanilang apo...eh, hello, ako ung ina...bakit di ko magamit? ASA!!! haha! =)
anyway, we first went that afternoon to boardwalk. yun pala closed kasi under renovation for the "manila ocean park". naks, kagaya ba ng HK ocean park yan? so wala kaming ginawa kung hindi kumain ng merienda, balot, inihaw na pusit, kropek at kung ano-ano pang nabili lang namin sa tabi-tabi, hehe.

after the sunset, we headed to baywalk. we had a walk at the stretch of baywalk habang namimili ng kakainan (again?!). hubby and i had fun strolling because my cousins were the one pushing baby boy's stroller and they were all excited to take care and play with him. kaya kami ni hubby, having our time of our lives HHWW! =) sobrang daming tao at ang ingay, coz' there were different bands playing in every restaurant. kanya-kanya silang style na pang-hatak sa customers.

owel, finally ay nagutom na ulet kami sa kakalakad kaya we ate dinner. then we saw the shuttle ride. it's like the cable car of SF, but smaller. like a golf cart, but bigger. picture it? hehe.
luckily, we were able to catch it at the station. kaya wala pang sakay and was able to accomodate all 12 of us. sa amin pa lang, almost puna na.

it was a FUN ride, although medyo mabagal dahil sobrang daming taong nakaharang sa dinadaanan nya. we were able to see the longer stretch. whew, ang haba pa pala nun, di na kasi namin kinayang lakarin lahat eh. the P20 fare was really sulit kasi nagpabalik pa kami sa pinanggalingan namin, kaya 2-way. lahat ng taong madaanan namin, tinitignan kami at gusto ring sumakay. kaya lang parang 'private vehicle - not for hire' ang dating kasi isang pamilya lang kaming nakasakay, haha.
at 11pm, we called it a night. kasama nga pala namin ang parents namin (at si baby boy) kaya that was enough for the night, huhu, BITIN!!!
anyway, i just realized that it would be one of our LAST family gimiks with my tita and cousins. they'll soon be migrating to US and leaving us behind. sumunod na lang daw kami dun. kalungkot lang kasi sila talaga ang lagi naming kasama sa mga outings (china, bangkok, baguio, tagaytay, laguna, etc.), reunions or simply shopping and dining. hay, paano na kaya pag umalis sila, minus 6 na agad un.
tama na emote, enjoy it while it lasts, ika nga. kaya ngayon, last outing daw namin ang boracay. time to plan. excited again!!!
naalala ko lang ung yaya namin...kasi we were all paying P2.00 each time we went to the CR. pero taka kami kasi si yaya P3.00 ung nabawas sa binigay ni mama sa kanya. so tinanong namin sya, sagot nya...
yaya: eh kasi po yong 'tey-sue' pa, kaya tre pesos!
hahaha, sosyal si yaya! pa-'teysue-teysue' pa! =)
posted by apple @ 4:34 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
it was another 'panic' monday...
january 9, 2005...ang ika-siyam na buwang kaarawan ng aking unico hijo! =)
excited ako kasi i was advised by my pedia na pwede na syang kumain ng table food. kanin daw at sabaw, pwede na din ang veggies, fruits at konting mga meat. pati egg nga daw pwede na.
so sa food take-out order ko, pinasamahan ko ng soup para makakain si baby.
i arrived home at 8pm. prepared the table and took some bday shots of baby w/ his cake.

(some more pics here, please wait! =)
after that, it was time to eat. i put a little rice and some hototay soup to baby's plate and yaya fed him. dahil sobrang takaw and wailed after finishing his food, i gave him a second serving.
after eating, i carried him and noticed some red tiny spots on his mouth and neck area. medyo na-alarm ako kasi dumadami ung rashes. so we thought na baka nabigla lang dun sa kinain nya. so i remembered what cata mentioned in one of our conf/chat about virgin coconut oil. so i put some on the reddened area. later, medyo nawawala na. so ang galing, effective nga ang VCO. thanks cata! =)
so we went to our room and opened our gift to baby boy. we gave him a pooh drum kasi napansin ko lately na gusto nyang nagtatambol, hehe. he loves the drums, but he loves the sticks more, haha! we also opened the pooh piano given as xmas gift by his ninong bodj, kasi nag-give-up na ung P50 nyang piano galing divi, nyahaha.

he was playing so happily when i noticed that he was scratching his eyes area terribly! so when i checked, naku po! namumula na din ung eye area nya and they are starting to swell. nag-iba na din ung itsura nya dahil sa maga ng upper face. di ko na pinicturan kasi ayoko ung itsura nya eh, hehe.
so i called my parents and show them. then i called pedia and asked her. she told me to bring him sa emergency room na so he can be checked. baka daw kasi mahirapan huminga caused by the allergic reaction.
so ayun na nga, bday na bday pa naman eh papunta kaming ospital w/ hubby and mama. i was nervous on the way to the hospital kasi nga baka mahirapan syang huminga. kaya talagang observed ko ang breathing nya. di ko din pinapakita na tensed nako coz hubby was driving, baka kung ano pa mangyari. and my mama was definitely more nervous than i was. baka una pa daw syang dalhin sa emergency room kesa sa apo nya. hay!
at the hospital and after asking for our story, sabi ng nurse dun "hay, hototay na naman! me ganyan din po kahapon eh, allergy din". damn! i promised myself not to order hototay anymore, mwehehe.
buti na lang di sya hirap huminga. although medyo inubo pagdating dun. i don't know if that was connected to the allergy.
he was just injected with benadryl for the swelling to subside. and we had to nebulize kasi medyo me plema daw. after that, inantok na sya kaya breastfeed muna kami sa hospital. hehe, ako nga ung nakahiga dun sa bed eh w/ baby. nakabantay si hubby. sabi ko kay hubby paki-gising ako ng 6am at baka ma-late ako sa office. haha, bahay?! =)
after an hour, we were sent home.
Thank God! =)
i really hate monday!!! it was not only a manic monday, but a panic monday as well.
but still, it was a happy birthday for my baby boy! =)
posted by apple @ 5:12 PM   0 comments
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