Monday, August 13, 2012

Peek-a-boo and Other Anecdotes

Like most kids her age, Miya loves to play peek-a-boo (or maybe hide-and-seek at this point). She likes going under the blanket and pretends she’s not there and then says “baaa!” to “surprise” us. She even goes inside Joema’s shirt to “hide” and then would say “baaa” to surprise me. I put the quotes on surprise because we already know she’s there. It’s amazing how she can keep quiet while hiding. She sometimes surprises us whenever we go inside the bathroom. She would tell her daddy to go beside the bathroom door (outside) and turn off the lights so that when I get out of the bathroom she can surprise me.  One morning she and her daddy discovered a new hiding place.

The first time she was with her dad but she decided she wanted to do it on her own. I was scared she might get frightened inside because it’s dark. But she wasn’t afraid, my little brave girl.

She also now knows what to reply when asked: “What’s your name?” She says “Meee-ya.” And then when asked “How old are you?” she will hold up one finger and say “Two” hahaha. When we count (I count and she counts along with me), she only says two, tee, two, tee, two, tee but she gets the “tone” of counting from one to ten.

When asked “San si Mommy/Daddy?” she says “wok” and then her yaya follows with “para may pambili ng..” then miya will say “pit-sah.” Although sometimes it’s still “it-sah.”

We don’t have a hard time giving Miya her vitamins, even her antihistamine for her skin asthma. She will dutifully open her mouth wide and take the medicine. Although nowadays before drinking her vitamins, she will cover her face as if she doesn’t want to so we sort of trick her this way “Pakita mo kay bird na magaling ka uminom ng vitamins” hehehe she loves looking at birds outside our window. After that she will open her mouth wide to take the teaspoon with vitamins. Or when she doesn’t want to drink her antihistamine, I tell her Winnie the Pooh (her stuff toy) will drink the medicine too after her and Pooh wants to see her first drinking it. So after that she will happily lie down (the medicine is in the form of drops).

P.S. Miya knows how to "play" Pinoy Henyo. She says "Oo...oo" or "Hindi...hindi" and "Pde..pde" with the correct head movement (tango or iling). Sometimes Jomea will put his hand on her or his forehead, just like how one will play it if you write the word on paper, and Miya looks as if she's really looking at the forehead of her daddy. LOL!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A Little Sunshine In The Park

Hello there! I hope you’re safe and dry with your families. Let's all pray for the families affected by the floods and all the rescue team as well. Our family is okay, my parents and brother stayed with us yesterday and I think they’ll be staying with us again this evening as the roads leading to their home are still unpassable. Three years after Ondoy, and they’re back to getting floodwaters in the street. Haaay. I’m rethinking our position of getting a house near their place. What if both our houses are flooded? Atleast now, they have somewhere to go to (our home) when their area is flooded.

Joema and I talked about it this morning and figured this is one of the advantages of living in a condo – you won’t worry about flood. But we’re still convinced on getting our own house and lot someday. Anyway, one of the things I love about going to my parents’ home is that there is a small play area in the village. So one Sunday morning while staying with my parents, our little family went to the park and played at the swing for a little while.

Look at my happy little girl
Bye bye, we're going to the park
Look Ma, no hands!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

DIY Baby Shower Gift and Decor

Remember this list of tips for new mommies? I collected those from my mommy friends and we then gave them as a gift to first-time mom, Mommy C. Here she is reading one of the tips during the baby shower.

Well, first I searched for free printable templates for baby showers and stumbled upon this wonderful blog: Hostess with the Mostess. It's a wonderful blog with all the sources you need when you're DIY-ing a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, etc. I searched the site for an appropriate theme and settled for their Festival du Bebe theme since we have two mommies who don't know the gender of their baby yet at the time of the shower. I downloaded the drink label signs which is perfect for what I wanted to do. I wanted  to print out the tips in a calling card form - one tip, one card. It came out this way.

The final product -  I didn't have enough materials to wrap it so I just ended up tying a ribbon around the cards. I should have bought one of those calling card holders in National Bookstore.

For the other decors, Mommy P was designated to do it. She downloaded some of the printables from the same website and edited the template to show each of the mommies' names.

That's it! A simple DIY can make even the simplest occasion feel extra special.

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