Week’s Recap Part 3: Izzaboy!

I am turning 17 weeks tomorrow and thank God I made it to the second trimester! I am feeling much better now except for the dread of going back to work next week after being home everyday to be with my son.

I had my check up last Saturday and my OB GYNE said that if the baby’s position is favorable, we might be able to identify the gender through ultrasound. At first she said that 80%, the baby is a boy. Then when she moved the probe’s position to the baby’s side, she said, “Boy talaga!” (Definitely a boy!). Yep, Little Peanut wasn’t shy just like his kuya. I can imagine him thinking, “What do you mean 80%, woman! Wait…”. Lol.

Little Peanut’s doing well and results of the ultrasound is favorable. I still can’t believe that at 16 weeks and 4 days, we were able to know his gender already. I am so full of joy right after knowing it. Now that I am alone in the house, I suddenly feel blissful. Blessed, even, that there is life growing inside me again. Him, being present in me, made me love him so much, love Lucas more and love my husband more. My heart is just ready to burst with joy and love and I would like to share that to everyone. One of my favorite bloggers, Martine, often talk about making life blissful and right here, right now, I feel that. I feel contented and happy where I am as a person, as a mom.

I can’t wait to hold Peanut and tell him how much we all love him. I can’t wait to introduce him to his wonderful Kuya who taught me how to be strong. I can’t wait to introduce him to his crazy Dadi, who shows me love everyday that’s why I am able to love as well.

Sigh. It’s such an amazing feeling.

Happy Monday everyone!

Week’s Recap Part 2: Linggo ng Wika

I realized that my son rarely understands Filipino. I would ask him “Pakikuha yung upuan” and he would give me a baffled look. If I ask him “Please get the chair”, he would oblige. Uh-oh. Good thing their school curriculum included Filipino.

Like other schools, Lucas’ school celebrated Linggo ng Wika. We were asked to dress Lucas up in Filipiniana attire. I really wanted to go for the Igorot costume but the husband contested against it. Fine. So we went to the usual Katipunero costume sans the itak.

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Costume from Kultura. Total cost: Php 300



I am so0000 grateful for Lucas’ Teacher M who is so diligent in taking pictures of the kids in school and sending it to me. I love her. I saw from the school’s FB page that the children had a little salu-salo (Lucas brought puto) and played traditional pinoy games. All the photos below are care of Teacher M. :-)

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Week’s Recap – Part 1: The Field Trip

Hello! Happy Sunday! It’s 4:30 am Sunday morning and I don’t know why I am up. Pregnancy hormones, maybe? Hehe. This has been a very eventful week for the family. It started great because Monday was a holiday which means Dadi Mike spent an extra day with us. :)

This week was the first time for Lucas to have an educational trip. He was supposed to join the first one in July in which the theme was Our Home and visit one of his classmates’ houses. Unfortunately, it was the same time when I got hospitalized because I started bleeding so we cancelled our participation.

This time it was a Make Your Own Shake trip. Mike went with Lucas but I insisted on coming because I can’t miss this for the world!

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Photo credit to Teacher M

So there we were, 15 minutes late in Jamba Juice ATC, and all the children and the teachers were in Jamba Juice. I guess my son takes on after me (who hate being late) and was shy or probably even embarrassed that we went in late. The tantrum machine went off. Sayang kasi the kids were allowed to go behind the counter and make their on shakes. The other kids were too cute in their Jamba Juice caps and aprons while they put ingredients in the blender with the assistance of a crew member. They would later come out with a finished product in their hands. I must say, the crew members were very friendly and patient with the children. Lucas went behind the counter too, but he was clinging on to Mike all the time. Oh well, lesson learned. Be early next time.

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Photo Credit: Teacher M

 

Right after the Jamba Juice trip, the next stop was for the children to go to the supermarket and buy ingredients for their shake that they will do in school the next day. They were handed a “grocery list” and was guided by their teachers where they could find them. Lucas was finally in the mood, let go of my hand and went with his classmates.

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His grocery list had a picture of a mango and a small carton of milk. Lucas can already read both letters and started asking “Where’s the mango?”. Atat? When the small group reached the fruits and veggies section, Teacher M asked the kids to look for a mango. Of course Lucas knew where it was and picked it up (ok fine, I helped him pick up the sweetest-smelling mango I could find). Then he went to the store bagger to put a price tag on the mango and said, “One mango peez”. I’m glad he did not forget to say “Fenk you, Kuya”.

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While the rest of the kids were lining up for their mangoes to be bagged, Lucas and I played a little game of “Find the Fruit”. He could identify most fruits already except for the avocado (he said it was a green mango), and dragon fruit. Well, I knew about dragon fruit when I was in college already. Lol.

Next, the little group trotted their way to the milk aisle but before getting there, they passed by the cereals aisle first. The kids left that aisle with a bag or a box cereals in their hands, my son included. When the children were ready to check out, the teachers asked the parents/guardians to allow the kids give the bill to the cashier. Agad, Lucas didn’t forget to say “Good morning!” and “Fenk you!” to the lady at the counter.

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Photo Credit: Teacher M

I’m glad to see that there are so many things that the kids can learn in the supermarket. Our next trip is not going to be boring for sure. I am thinking of making a grocery list for Lucas as well. :-)

Easy 15-minute Breakfast

One morning (like last Thursday morning), we woke up (late) with no gas for cooking. Lucas and Dadi were going on a school field trip and I needed to come up with a quick breakfast for everyone. I could easily have asked yaya to buy pandesal (which is what Mike did) but for a pregnant woman with appetite and a growing toddler to feed, pandesal will not quite cut it. So I looked at my cooking options: rice cooker, oven and…that’s it. Good thing I read somewhere that a rice cooker can actually cook more than just rice and an oven can bake more than just cakes and pastries. Within 15 minutes, I was able to whip up a quick, yummy and, not to mention, healthy breakfast for me and Lucas.

Chocolate Oatmeal

This is SUPER EASY to make. All you need are:

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 cups water

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp brown sugar (I used muscovado)

 

Mix all the ingredients in a rice cooker. Cook for 5-10 minutes (check the consistency that you prefer). Serve.

Simple. Delicious. Healthy.

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Bacon and Egg cups

I made Bacon and egg cups before. You can check the first recipe I had here. Yesterday, I made it quite differently because I had less time to prepare. Here are the ingredients.

1/2 onion, chopped

3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup bacon bits

Suggested ingredients (if I had them, I would have included them):

Scallions

Button/Shitake mushrooms, sliced

 

Beat the eggs and add the  rest of ingredients. Mix well. Add a dash of S&P to taste. Pour mixture in a muffin pan and bake for 15 mins. This recipe makes six cups.

Serve. Enjoy. :-)

 

 

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Writing Books for Learning Toddlers

One of the things that I told Lucas’ teachers during our first parent-teacher one-on-one was that I wanted Lucas to learn how to write. It’s one of those things that I, as a mom, really don’t know how to teach my kid so I asked for the teachers’ help. One month after school started, I noticed Lucas being more interested in writing. It wasn’t perfect but you can see the letters in his strokes. Since I am on bed rest for several weeks, I took the opportunity to support his interest.

We started with some worksheets. I would write the letters on dots and I would ask him to trace the dots.

Then Dadi bought these neat writing books.

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These books are printed on glossy boards and the kids can write on it using a white board marker. Lucas and I loved it! Now he can practice writing over and over again because we just need to erase everything and start over. I like the Little Hands First Writing Book because Lucas learns how to the read longer words that he is tracing.

In fact, when Lucas wakes up in the morning, it’s the first thing he grabs and does even before breakfast! I received a report from his teacher that his writing has improved and he initiates doing his worksheets at school. Good job, Lucas!

Here’s where you can find these awesome books:

  • ABC board book – Tickles, Php 140
  • Little Hands First Writing Book – National Bookstore, Php 49.oo each
  • White board markers with eraser – Daiso, Php 66 for a pack of three

On Bed Rest and Other Activities

In my previous post, I shared that I am required by my OB GYNE to take a one month rest with limited movement because of the two incidents of threatened miscarriages. No matter how workaholic I am, I know that Little Peanut is far more important than any work so of course I obliged. However, with the limited activities that I can do, resting the whole day can be very very very very very boring. UNLESS you do something about it. Sure I can watch TV series and shows and movies (I have seen Master Chef season 5 up to episode 10 already!) and be in the internet all day long. I know that sounds ideal to any working individual longing for some rest but it can only be enjoyable up to a certain time. Sooner or later, you will run out of series to watch, realize that there’s really nothing good on TV (everything’s a freakin’ reality show!) and Facebook and Instagram browsing could actually just take you 30-mins to one hour.

I would love to do so many things: organize my stuff, clean the house, bake, work. I am not allowed to do the first three for obvious reasons. Mike doesn’t want me to work either. Well there were two instances I had to go online and check my mails and work the whole day (I’m sorry! I’m sorry!). The first time, I got stressed with the mails that I started feeling cramps on my lower abdomen again and the second time, I experienced migraine for two straight days. Now I can’t even log on to our office account. Yep, the odds are telling it straight to my face to STOP WORKING.

So what do you do when you are on bed rest aside from sleep, watch TV and check FB? Here’s a list of things that I have started doing in lieu of my condition:

1. Read Books

I have finished two books including GoT’s first book (finally!). I am reading Clash of Kings now but since I have experienced migraine last week, I had to stop. I am also planning to download some ebooks so I can read them with bigger fonts and better lighting.

Current read

2. Plan our menus

I have been watching a lot of cooking shows and since I can’t cook, I got all my recipe books and plan our weekly meals. I haven’t done this a long time and I have forgotten how much time I could spend doing this. I list down the grocery items we need to buy as well.

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3. Make worksheets

Inspired by Kim of Mom on Duty, I prepare worksheets for Lucas when he is in school. He like writing lately and he’s having fun working on the worksheets. Kim has shared the worksheets she also prepared for her Princess. Check it out here.

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4. Play a Game with Lucas

I can’t play rough house with Lucas anymore but we came up with new games to play. One game is Sing and Draw. He will sing  nursery rhyme and I will be drawing it. Another game that we are playing is Touch the Color and Touch What Starts with the Letter. He likes these games a lot! I don’t have to do anything but sit on the bed and give the instructions.

5. Read a Book with Lucas

We are reading more now! And we both enjoy it! Need I say more? :)

6. Blog

I finally have time to blog again so why not grab the opportunity. I also spend some time everyday to get myself updated with my friends’ blogs as well. I have forgotten how fun reading blogs is and how fun writing blogs can be. It’s such a relaxing activity.

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7. Plan for Family Activities

I am planning what to do for upcoming family activities: Our Anniversary, Mike’s Birthday, Christmas, New Year, Lucas’ birthday. I have starting making plans for the arrival of Little Peanut as well. What to buy, what to borrow, when best to buy. I want to be more prepared this time. I am also reading a lot about breastfeeding because my goal is to exclusively breastfeed Peanut as long as I can.

8. Listen to Good Music

I love listening to oldies but goodies. Y’know, 80’s and 90’s songs that I grew up to. It just relaxes me even the rockest of rock music from the 90’s soothe me. Hehe. Rock on, Peanut.

9. Do some crafts Check out Pinterest

Weeeeell, I haven’t actually started any crafting yet. Unless you consider browsing Pinterest for ideas  part of it. Hehe. I hope I can start on something this week. Ideas, anyone?

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10. Rest

I am required to do this right? I sleep when I need to and feel more positive about the present and the future. A good disposition is great preparation when the time comes that I have to face the world of work again in a couple of weeks.

 

Ten Things Robin Williams Taught Me in His Movies

1. He taught me how to treat each day.

Dead Poets Society (1989) | 22 Of The Most Powerful Quotes Of Our Time

 

2. He taught me to love poetry deeply and sincerely.

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." - Dead Poets Society

 

3. He introduced me to Pablo Neruda.

Pablo Neruda. This is the quote that Robin Williams reads in Patch Adams, which if you haven't seen it, you should.  It is a beautiful movie.

 

4. He taught me to be happy no matter what and make people happy.

"The most radical act anyone can commit is to be happy." ~ Patch Adams Quote

 

5. To have faith in the impossible

What Dreams May Come quote

 

6. To live each day to the fullest.

Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish and think of me. – Jack, Jack

 

7. Not to look for somebody perfect but for that imperfect half who will complete me.

My favorite Good Will Hunting quote

 

8. To live life like a child.

i am in love with this quote & the story of peter pan especially now that i have a little boy & i am hoping he never wants to grow up, for a little while at least :)

 

9. He taught me that a touch, a hug, a small talk can do wonders to people.

The human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter. This is what we’d forgotten – the simplest things. – Dr. Sayer, Awakenings

 

10. To understand that seeing things differently is ok.

THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY -   One of our favorite Robin Williams movies, Dead Poet's Society focuses on the magic and freedom education brings to young minds willing to embrace its wisdom.

 

To the genius who molded my teenage years with his talent, thank you and rest in peace. I don’t know you personally and you do not know me either but somewhere in between the lines of the films you made, you have touched my heart as you have touched millions. I am deeply heartbroken that you’ve gone to Neverland forever. I will share the wonderful art you made to my children and my children’s children.