Monday, August 20, 2012

My Christmas Wishlist

August is about to end and the "Ber" months are gonna come in fast. Once September is in, yuletide is in the air. As Christmas is fast approaching, I am revisiting my wishlist and limiting it to four items...and here's hoping that my husband reads this post ;)

1. Sewing Machine
I like the classic one though. I've been wanting to own one
since the time my grandma's sewing machine broke. It would be fun repairing our clothes, thus less expense and hassle going to and from a modiste. Likewise, I'm set to use this for a business that would hopefully start early next year...come to think of it, if this will be for a business, the electronic one will be better, I guess.

2. Sofa set
It's actually a sofa bed. The first time my husband and I saw
it, we fell in love with it. We saw it in one of the malls in the metro, it's a product of Mandaue Foam, which incidentally was raffled off by the manufacturer just recently, I didn't win, thus still on my wishlist. The price is relatively expensive for a piece, but then again, it doubles as a bed...hubby and I are looking to have 2 pieces for our living room ;)3. A new mobile phone
hmmm...probably a Samsung Galaxy Note or an iPhone ...
this one's been a dream since I-don't-know-when, especially for the iPhone
Updating my current phone may be nice...
Just keeping this wish handy

and, finally

4. A front lawn garden
We just transferred into a rented house, generally speaking it's still a bit bare, thus, wishlist #2. Aside from the inside part of the house, I would love to have our front lawn adorned by flowers to give a more homey feeling. On our right is a firewall, wh
ich I intend to hang or put a flower stand full of orchids. On the front will be roses, different colors. On the left will be santan flowers, different colors, too, which I already have one - orange variant. The orchid will be a reminder of my parents, especially my dad who's good at caring for the flower. Roses will remind me of my dear maternal grandma and the colors of all of the flowers when in bloom will remind me of my mom who's such a jolly person.

And on the small garden patch beside the gate will be poinsettia plants hoping to have them in bloom for next year's yuletide season.

...I hope I've been good enough to deserve at least one from the list ;)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A dream coming true

It's been almost a year since I last posted a blog in this site. Yes, your guess may be right. I've been too busy with both family life and work. Work took it's toll on me that last month, when my boss arrived from a month long vacation, I submitted my resignation letter. Yes I resigned after a 9-year stint as the Head of the Administrative Unit of Haribon Foundation, a non-government environmental organization.

As much as I love what I do with the organization, family should always come first. Since the onset of 2012, I found myself more "called" by my role as a mother
, wife, sister and daughter.

January came in with so much hope. Me and my husband had plans for this year, for the two of us and for our dear children. Unfortunately though, by mid of January, we found out the my mother was suffering from breast cancer, the rare one - Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Since then, she was in and out of the hospital, bills shoot up and eventually in June, she joined our Creator. This experience somehow put a break on our plans. Most of our savings went to helping out with the expenses, though there's no regret to this.
We had to set aside, rather postpone our planned plans.

Simultaneous to this, my children's nanny told us that she was on the family way and has to leave by March. I accepted the fact easily, I knew it was the right thing to do, regardless if i find a replacement or not. Besides, based on my experience, or was I just lucky back then, it was easy to find a nanny. But maybe this time, luck wasn't
on my side, since the time she left, I found no nanny to take care of our children :-(.

These events plus my work gave out enough stress and tension on my personal being. For the first few months of 2012, I tried so hard juggling work, motherhood and family relationships. But then, by doing so, life became chaotic. I wasn't doing work well anymore, our children were forced to come with either me or my husband's workplace, and, I had to squeeze in taking care of my mom (although I have siblings, I can't leave it all up to them, besides, I'm the eldest, they refer to me for major decisions). It made me realize that there is no such thing as multi-tasking. There's one good thing that happened to me though...a granted birthday wish (though months ahead before my birthday in July), I got the desired weight...lost more than 10 pounds!!!

In spite of the above, I was still able to look at the good side of the things happening to me. The experiences made me a more responsible person, not just for myself but most especially for the people I cared for. The demise of our mother thought me to be less vengeful and more loving. Acting on the call of motherhood "set" my priorities, that's why leaving the organization isn't too difficult on me. I firmly believe that when one door closes, another one opens to a brighter future.

Embracing motherhood is more than just a priority, it's a dream coming true...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Weekend with family and friends (Mommy and Me Mondays #19)

It great to realize that from just being office mates, we are able to deepen the relationship and become friends, not just us, but also our families - our children too.

Maia flashing her smile

Leon fooling around with a dried fruit
that looks like a poop :)

Sharing with you one weekend spend with family and friends. It was just for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon but we definitely had fun. What made it more enjoyable was seeing our children having the same fun with each other.

playing with children brings back our younger years

Leon trying to fly a kite
The enjoyment of all led us to deciding to do the same activity at least once a month and invite more office mates and their families to join.

Maia wanting to play more with
her new found friends

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Over crepes and smoothies (MYM #21, Blue Monday #7)

It's been a while since my last post and I'm back sharing some yellows and blues ;)

We've met with a friend, Vanessa, who was on a v
isit from the US, t'was a quick meet. We were supposed to have dinner with her but we came in late, in time though for dessert and more chit chat.

I ordered for fresh mango shake, for me that was enough. I'm trying to go on a less sweets and low carbo diet until I reach my desired weight. My husband and I are into running these days and maintaining an ideal weight is necessary for a

But then, Leon, our 4-year old carbo-loading son was with us. Aware of
his appetite, we allowed him to order what he crepe and strawberry flavored smoothie.

fresh mango crepe

just can't help smiling when the camera's on him,
even when there's food inside

Just as he was about to take in the last piece of the crepe, our friend Anthony's order was being served. Seeing the ice cream and cherry toppings, Leon totally forgot about his crepe and flashed his smile to TIto Ants. The smile that translate into "can I have some please."
Leon, though a good eater, isn't much on sweets, he took only a few servings of the ice cream and a few pieces of cherries.

While we were still chatting with friends, we allowed Leon to play aroun
d the decorative light balls near our table, to let go of the energy he just took in.

At the grounds of UP-Ayala Technohub,
playing around with the lighted balls and
the uneven benches


Smiling Sally

Urinary Tract Infection

Caring for our kids shouldn't be half baked. I learned it the hard way. I may have all sorts of reasons but it doesn't eliminate the fact that our little Maia suffered from Urinary Tract Infection, commonly known as UTI.

While my husband and I attend to our 8 to 5, 5-days-a-week work, our children are left with their nannies. Both nannies are good in caring for our children, making sure all our instructions are noted and done as ordered.

In Maia's case, we were too dependent on using disposable diapers for her wetting. Most often than not, we change the diaper when it's already soaked up with urine or when she pooped. Since Maia can't talk well yet and cannot express what's up with her, we often detect a poop only when it's smelly.

We immediately wash her up, but then, after getting infected and hospitalized for 5 days, and after reading articles about urinary tract infection, it was only then that I fully realized what had happened to our deary.

The culprit, a bacteria Escherichia coli, better known as E. coli. These bacteria normally thrive in bowels and around the anus. Urinating flushes out the bacteria, depending on the quantity though and once it reaches the bladder, urinating cannot stop the spreading already, thus infection occurs.

This unfortunate phenomenon happened to Maia. I dread the day when I rushed her to the emergency room. Together with her nanny, we were trying to keep her conscious. Although her temperature appears normal, she was having chills, her lips and nails were turning dark - bluish black. I had the greatest fear of my life that time. I tried to keep calm and prayed and prayed to God to spare my dear Maia. The previous day though, she had fever and we managed to bring it down by giving her paracetamol and constant sponge bath.

Upon reaching the hospital, the doctor told us that she was about to have high fever. He instructed us to do a sponge bath on Maia and alas, her temperature soared up. The heat didn't come out of her body thus she was having the chills. A while after, the nurse collected blood sample from Maia and told me to collect a urine for another laboratory procedure.

Hours after, the result came out, E. coli accumulation on her urine was way too high. We were expecting for prescription medicine, instead the doctor told us that Maia has to be admitted. Due to the high occurrence of the bacteria, home caring will not be enough to eliminate the bacteria from her. They had to insert dextrose on her and through it the antibiotic.

Good thing, Maia's system is strong that it went well in dispelling the bacteria out of her body. I am very much thankful to the Lord, that aside from the medicine, our strong faith and prayers to God helped a lot in healing our princess.

Since then, we've stopped using disposable diapers during the day, instead, with the help of Maia's nanny, we are training her to use the potty this early and when she's wet, replace her undies immediately. Also, Maia seems to have learned from her experience too. Whenever she pees, talking her to wash and change her undies has been easy.

Lessons learned....sometimes, we have to maintain old traditions and practices versus new technologies, we shouldn't be too dependent on them. In other words, cloth diapers are still better than disposable ones.