Sunday, December 18, 2011

Feeling Christmas Finally!!!

Finally, I am slowing down after buzzing about like a crazy bee! Also, I have Internet connection again after 3 weeks of interrupted signal.
Now I am super ready for some family time and looking forward to having breakfast my eldest girl with us (my eldest has been having breakfast ahead of the family since June). I can't believe its been 5 weeks since my 2 younger girls and I read a book together!
It makes me so happy when the little people here ask me where I kept the baby Jesus. And just like last year, my reply is "He is still in his mommy's tummy." I can't wait for Christmas morning when they check out Jesus in the manger!!!

I asked the little people here to pick out something they would like to give to another kid.

My 2 girls all serious and not very happy that their brother joined in.

This is the first gift my son has ever wrapped!!!
I said if they have not played with it in a while then it should be given away. I gave them a plastic bag to fill up. The toys went straight to the plastic, but the books, to my surprise, they decided to wrap.

The plan is to meet my friend Hannah in the Mintal Gym. I am not sure if we should go down, but I do want the children to see the Lumads. I have a lot of questions about them. Why they come down to Davao every December? When did this start and why? Are they comfortable and better off being in the gym? Are they catechized? Where exactly do they come from? Etc. etc. etc.
From there we will bring what we prepared to the day care center.
 Christmas is so in the air!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Musical Instrument in the House

I had a Eureka moment!!! My dear sweet L took to whistling- nonstop!!! For 2 weeks now!!!

I tried with all my might to let her be and enjoy the 'show' or her random untimely whistling.
I hate to tell you, Dear L, to stop whistling as you seem to be so relaxed and into it.
Why oh why can I not stand it!?!

Then this afternoon, shortly after 3 o'clock. Eureka!!!! It must be that dear L needs a wind instrument. So tomorrow, is the first day of her flute lessons.

Note to Self.
1.Next time I buy an instrument, I should look at the simplest first instead of excitedly checking out the shinny complicated super looking ones, like what happened yesterday. It intimidated Dear L and reduced her to tears when I asked her to try the shinny silver flute! Golly it was half her entire height and it cost P40k!!! Whoa!!! Thank heavens she did not want to touch it. AM and AS got all happy and excited and held it. Huh!!!
2. The guy in the music instrument store can sell well. He knows the instruments very well, but then he is talking to me who knows nothing. And he is very forward thinking, he said that I should get the P40K flute, as dear L can use it until she becomes a professional flute player!!! Hu!? Dear L is only 7!
3. Most importantly, look at the price first!

Dear L's flute cost P100 (plastic black and shinny with its own case and cleaning stick) + 12 Sessions Flute Lessons in Jhine P 5,180. I am saying goodbye to the Christmas tree I was thinking of buying. And it is my most joyful hope that her whistling will be channeled into flute playing... What I bought is called a recorder not a flute.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Its Happening Next Week!!!

Marco Polo Christmas Bazaar here we come!!! Nov, 18, 19 and 20 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Last year was my first time to join and it was so much fun! Super worth it. Not just because I had a booth but my fellow sellers were great with items that I could hardly resist! From all natural make up to eye catching heartwarming Christmas Decors and the food finds too.

Checked my list twice of what not to do and what worked out well from last year!!! Made my Christmas list too as I am sure to find what I am looking for! I hope I win the raffle this year and I am going to buy what I see right away as most of the stuff I liked and thought of getting were so there now but totally gone later! I am excited to set up my space too!

And here's a sneak peak of what I have!!!

How could you ever go wrong, for P750, you have a dress you can turn into a top and style it in 10 different ways.
Comes in blue, black, brown, white and grey!! Sorry no reservations. Good until the few supplies last.

 Bags by T and Pockets!!!

Aquazorb- our family favorite!!! Finger tip towel, ULS face towel, Body Towel, Hair Turban: 
For your gym/running buddy!!! For the mom with a sweaty little one...

Cute baby stuff from Baby Must Haves

There were a lot of a picture perfect moments I failed to capture last year and this year I will surely try to take some pictures!!! I'm thinking maybe this should be tradition for my family- join the Marco Polo Christmas Bazaar!!!
There's more stuff on the big day! I wonder who my 'neighbors' will be this year. What food and baked treats will delight my little ones? And of course for preggy moms and dads you can register for Childbirth Preparation Class and Prenatal Yoga at the bazaar. Drop by our booth and find gifts for everyone in your list or get a treat for yourself!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How Do You Teach Your Kids?

Plain and straight forward as this question is I always feel like I get lost in my own answer. I teach!??! 
How do I teach? I maximize what's in front of me.
 "And do they listen? What if they don't?"
I stop. If they do not listen, I stop.
There are some things that I can not forgo as a mother, for I am, at the moment the person in charge of 4  young, promising, amazing, beautiful beings. And one day I will face my creator and answer to him- for all I have done and for all I failed to do.
 So academics can wait. I stop if the interest is not there. But, to let them know that they are loved, to address attitudes and matters of character these things can't wait!
Considered as spelling lessons/ arts and craft/ working together/ cleaning up. Making a birthday card for lolo! What could be more important for this two. The motivation and creativity is all there!
Like all other teachers (i suppose) I bring up information (knowing that I do not/ will never know everything). Example, my 3rd daughter and I are currently reading The Mysterious Benedict Society. A book that was read and recommended by my second girl. And in the first chapter the main character took a test that had something to do with hexagons. So I stopped reading brought up other shapes from triangle to decagon. And made drawings in her notebook while the book we were reading stayed open in the bed. And after about 10 minutes of this she wanted to go back to the story. So we did. 
There! We did math for the day! Since I am reading, we are doing literature, grammar, some spelling and critical thinking all at once while hugging in bed with a lot of pillows.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Last Sunday while driving on our way to have an early dinner my second daughter pointed to a sign and said, "What? So Elves are real?"
The sign is clear enough to read but subject to the reader's interpretation!
I had a vision of this coming right around the corner to apply for the job!!!
  As I was laughing so much with tears streaming down my face my husband explained that what elf meant was a small truck not Lord of the Rings (movie) or shoe maker elf!!! We started recalling the signages we saw that made us smile or stop an wonder.
 Ala KFC!!!

This isn't really funny but since we are planning our home it just struck me. 

And this is my husband's all time favorite. We have to drive all the way to the other side of this city so I could snap a photo of this.

We could not recall where we saw Bill Gets Internet Cafe and Kini Roger's Fried Chicken or was it Kini Roger's Chicken Barbecue? Whatever sign you come across have a great weekend :D

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Can I be a Left Handed?

This has been going on for some time now. My dear 11 year old uses her left hand when doing her math and makes identical drawings with her left and right hand.She has used her right hand when writing or maybe I gave her the pen and instructed her to use right I am really not sure. But as far as I can remember she has used her right hand when writing or coloring.

If we work with the clock and a strict time table this endeavor of hers won't be permitted. But since we just have a deadline and its really up to her how much work she will, writing with the left hand became possible. She writes faster now with her left than when she started a few week ago. It also did not result in more mistakes in her math work.
Why she does this I do not know. It may have something to do with her piano playing that made her think this can be done or is reasonable to do , maybe even useful...
Can you tell which is drawn with the left hand, drawing A or B?
Drawing A
Drawing B

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pushing Position

On our third session in childbirth preparation class we try different positions for the Second Stage of Labor. Considering the many types of babies and mommies and all the body types of each pair, it can't be right that everybody pushes in the same position. This last 4 Batches of Childbirth Preparation Class, we tried different pushing positions and I asked the 17 moms what they would say is the best position for them during birth.
We first try, Supine or Flat on my Back
Then we roll to the side and try, Side Lying
Come up to a Semi- sitting Position
Then we try, On All Fours and sometimes one of the moms or dads would ask, "Where will our doctor be?" and usually they give the answer by themselves.
Followed by a Squat (only for those who want to)
And finally a Standing Position
After trying the different positions, I ask the moms what their top choice is and list it on the board: 1 being the position they like the best, n/a if they did not try it. The Result:
Top Choice: Semi- sitting
2nd Choice: Standing
3rd Choice: On All Fours
4th Place: Side Laying
Least Liked: Supine or Flat on my Back
 I did not include squat as it would rank as #1 for the simple reason that not all moms try the position. Some are not comfortable or scared to come into a squat. Like in this class, all 3 moms did not try to squat.

This exercise is usually followed by,
"Can I do this in my birth place?" 
I wish I could give a YES you can, but I can't. Some moms were able to give birth in a semi sitting position while another one was in a semi-standing position but another mom was placed in a supine position in the same birth setting. Its best to check your birth place and see what they have and how the staff is. Get a feel of the place and you might get the answer to your question. Share this with your doctor or  midwife so you can all plan things out. It is also worth checking out:  Newborn Care Until the First Week of Life Clinical Practice Pocket Guide, page 38, regarding your birthing position.
If you happen to live in Davao City, you can drop by The POD, sign up for a library card and borrow a copy of the Newborn Care Until the First Week of Life Clinical Practice Pocket Guide  for free for 15 days. You can also get a free printed copy of breastfeeding TSEKlist and Breastfeeding Checklist. The POD is open  only in the afternoons from 1:30 to 6 pm Mondays thru Saturdays.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Week Begins...

Yesterday, I arrived home from prenatal yoga just before my second girl and her piano teacher was about to start their lesson. 
My eldest left for school way earlier in the day. I go upstairs and find my 7 year old daughter telling my 3 year old son in all frustration, "You can't teach me!! I will teach you!"  
And my 3 year old calmly saying, "No you can't. Me first!" 

My arrival interrupted them. And my 7 year old wasted no time in telling me that she made the chart and planned it and should therefore be the one teaching, besides younger brother does not know the colors by heart etc etc... 
I really don't like getting involved in stuff like this so I said I have to change and left the room. I came back to the room to find this,
 I had to get my camera!!!
When there was nothing left to point out in the chart, my 3 year old goes, "Okay, finish, your turn". And they exchange places. How they solved this? I don't know but it worked well, I think, since there was no more arguing...

I wished I hanged around the room a little longer and I could have seen how they solved it. I am in a bit of a dilemma at the moment and would benefit from some lessons on problem solving skills involving people who are doing stuff that I think needs serious correction. But if I did hang around the room my 7 year old might have included me in her cause and might not have solved it as peacefully?!

 Finally, my dear seven year old gets what she planned, to the tune of whatever my 11 year old is learning on the piano...
Have a great week every one.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Schubert Xenophilius
arrived 31 Aug 2011, 
passed away before our eyes 4 September 2011
"God, please fix Xenophilius."
"No.... Wake him up..."
"Are you sure he's dead?"
"Mommy, why do rabbits die on Sundays?" 

In his silent ways he made us laugh...
He left us after one last silent breath. 
His ears fell limp...

We said our goodbyes.
Wrote notes, lighted a candle and burried what little personal belongings he had in a little grave dug by my husband.
Sincere tears flowed from 2 little girls with broken hearts...
Irreplaceable...Relevant to us who spent very little time with him.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Breastfeeding Textmates 2

This is the continuations of my post for  Natural Parents Network Breastfeeding Week Celebration

The information was collected and tallied in: Microsoft Excel

The 2 questions regarding G6PD are from 2 different mothers. I reffered them to the following websites:

I have started collecting information again. This time instead of waiting for a full year, I shall share the information per quarter. This way it will not be overwhelming. This time working under the premise that informing parents will fuel change in the system and because of this document from WHO and the Department of Health and Lamaze International Webinar: 5 Hospital Practices that Support Breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care.

I have made changes to the BWC talk to address the biggest amount of breastfeeding questions:  sore nipples, breastfeeding when mom is sick (cough/ colds) and importance of keeping baby with mom during immediate post partum period.
From this data collected from June 2010 to May 2011, I have a lot more questions. I was not able to record how many of the babies passed by the nursery. Could it be that the moms where buying breastpumps because baby is left in the nusery for a few very vital days? Again, I was not able to collect information to support this feeling as I also did not record follow up questions. It's interesting to find out exactly how many of the BWC moms are actually working moms.
I did meet ups with moms at The POD who's babies were left in the nursery and when reunited with mom were said to cry a lot, wouldn't latch and /or always hungry. More to learn, more to do, improvements should follow...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Garden Time

Garden time makes academic time way way way faster, definitely easier and soooo in place!!! Its the place to go right after breakfast!
After this Nic now knows that aphids exist!
A little time out of the house in our small strip we call a garden and the rest of the day is light and feels like as it should!!! Less complains more cooperation.  
A little time out of the house in our small strip we call a garden and the rest of the day is light and feels like as it should!!! Less complains more cooperation. 
Schubert Xenophilius' Cereal Box

Cereal: dried Kamias leaves

Time in the garden working with no agenda but just be there and somehow a project is thought of, a tiny thing discovered, a joy from inside awakened...By 10 am the kids, sometimes without being told, just come inside the house. 
Ash: Working on some signage
Allegra: Spelling Check

      Retreating from the heat/sun
or driven 
by hunger or both.
 Thanks to
Schubert Xenophilius, 
the gang is so game
to learn about 
A Garden obstacle course
with safety features is now being

Learning about animals/ science stuff  won't be complete without out favorite nature/ globe trotter tutor, David Attenborough, although I could not find any videos of him talking about rabbits, hares, picas... 
I did find this video while searching for jackrabbits. The girls described this video as: amazing, cute, a bit freaky.... Oh! Wow!... Now I think our pet might just have a career!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Family Member

After months of begging I finally said yes to my dear girl's request for a rabbit. She even got to the point of saying, "Mom, if I can't have a rabbit, can you have another baby?"

After buying the rabbit that matched some unspoken criteria, I took the kids to the grocery and there we thought hard for the right name. My dear Allegra was even reduced to tears at one point. The suggested names were:
#1: August, since he was bought on the last day of the month.
#2: Sirius- Not for the star, for Sirius Black. 
#3: Voldemort, another Harry Potter Name. This is when the tears started rolling
#4: Sam, Allegra's sudden suggestion
#5: Regulous- Yeah we are so into Harry Potter

Finally, as we were paying our grocery, the perfect name was uttered. We shall call our new family member,  
 Schubert Xenophilius Hao. 
 Welcome to the family and I pray that you have a longer life span than Peter, our first rabbit.
Schubert Xenophilius' House, inside our home. Complete with signage.

May you know that you are loved and cared for...

With every stroke and cuddle...

Water break after all that grass...

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