Old school fun

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Please don’t mind my pambahay look. The panganay and I had some fun when I tried to teach her this old school game of jack stones. I used to play this a lot as a child. My childhood friends and I would “indian-sit” on the floor in the hallways of our school and while away the minutes in between classes. A far cry from kids today who are so absorbed in their gadgets, and lack a little more personal interaction. Other pasttimes at school include luksong tinik, piko, chinese garter and 10-20. We get to inhale fresh air all the time, and sweat off all that energy. I would say that generally, kids then were healthier.

Ah the good ol’ days.

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Cloth diapering

Okay so I’m trying to do cloth diapering again this time. With Mischa, I did the two way system – first the bird’s eye cloth with the side pins then the thicker cover. I knew she was a lot comfortable wearing that than disposable ones.

The thing with cloth though, the baby tends to get wet easily with disrupts sleep. And if you’ve just struggled and danced your hips away to rock her to sleep, you wouldn’t want that. Much as you love your child to eternity, your arms and torso need to rest sometime.

Still, I prepared to do the same for Maxine, even if for a couple of months only. There’s nothing like letting her bums breathe. I know it is healthier, and more friendly to Mother Nature. Thank goodness that there are new ways of using cloth nappies nowadays. And very colorful, too. So part of my before giving birth shopping were several all-in-one nappies that you just put on the baby like regular diapers. Love our Baby Leaf diapers!

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We’re using it mostly during daytime. Sleep-deprived as we are right now, every minute of shut eye is precious. I would even use them longer in the day if only we have a helper right now. At the moment when only my mother helps us, I don’t want to dump on her too many nappies to wash. Trying to be as reasonable as possible so she wouldn’t get tired of helping us at home.

Career Day

Mischa’s school held a Career Day last week. The pre-school students were asked to come in costumes that will show what they want to become when they grow up. These will be showcased in a fashion show where they were also asked why they want to be what they want to be.

As you can see from the photo, my little girl aspires to be a rockstar. I actually gave her the idea because I know how she loves music, and she is fond of singing and dancing. Glad that she immediately latched on to the concept. We already did this get-up for creative shots for the graduation pictorial of the Kinder 2 students back in September. While most of her classmates want to be doctors, nurses and chefs, I am proud that she dared to be different. That she did not succumb to what was the fad or what was “in” with her classmates.

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A month old

Our bunso is one month old today! Thank you Lord! She’s grown so much in so little time. The days since her birth seem to pass by like a blur. Of course, it’a different when she’s cranky in the middle of the night, during which I and her dad feel like the clock is ticking so slowly. Lol. But we love her to bits, and we only wish she would settle down because it absolutely breaks our hearts when she cries her lungs out and we all have to ride it out. Most of the time I wish I could see and read her mind so I would know exactly how to comfort her.

We thank God every day for the gift that is you, anak.

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June+Junie

If there is anything worth learning in life is that we will all have our chances at the love meant for each of us. Be it out second, third, fourth, fifth, well you get the drift, the One will always find us whichever path we take. I was reminded of this during my childhood friend, June’s wedding last Saturday. Details need not expounded. I am so happy for my good friend and maid of honor.

Wedding rites were held at St. James Church is Ayala Alabang and reception was at Versailles Palace nearby. Mischa, being June’s goddaughter, played flower girl.

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Happy also that the wedding was a reunion of sorts for me and our gradeschool classmates whome I haven’t seen maybe in two decades except on Facebook. Sorry for the bad quality of the photos which I took using my phone.

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Maxine’s newborn photoshoot

The bunso had her newborn photoshoot last weekend with Baby Love Studio in Paranaque City. Baby Love specializes in babies, kids and families, and is owned by a classmate way back in grade school and her husband. Maxine was 21 days old when this was done, and I have to say that the studio and photographer are really great with babies! I love the way they handled the shoot and are ready for almost anything related to photographing very young babies. Maxine got a little cranky at times, and peed A LOT, but they handled it pretty fine and dandy.

The package we got includes three sets, meaning three concepts. We threw in an additional set so the sisters have one set together. I am ecstatic how the shots turned out. We got all the raw files but here are the edited ones.

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Mischa as Terro the Lion

Before I gave birth, Mischa was given several pieces of literature, a short fable and two nursery rhymes, to memorize as part of the school’s activities for their English fest. I diligently read these to her over and over until she memorized the nursery rhymes. She had a harder time with the the fable since it was longer. But eventually she got the hang of it. When we parents were asked if we wanted to let our kids enter the school-wide contest for the said pieces, I asked her if she wanted to because it was really up to her to want it and perform. I didn’t want to be a stage mama and force her. Besides, I acknowledge that sometimes she does have a hard time speaking in front of people, and all I can really do is encourage her, and give her opportunities and chances in life. Mischa decided she wanted to.

After entering her in two events, story-telling and nursery rhyme recitation, the pupils were asked to perform first in their own classrooms where they competed with their classmates to determine who will represent their class. We didn’t get to see her perform and we were delightedly surprised when she came home with these:

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So proud of her! We were given another few weeks with which to prepare for the next round of competition. And while we kept up continuously reciting the pieces at home (so she wouldn’t forget), I wasn’t able to seriously “coach” her. Her dad also brought her the costumes she would need as she performs “The Clever Rabbit and the Foolish Lion” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”.

Come the contest proper, parents were invited to watch and support their kids. As I couldn’t leave the baby yet, the grannies came with her. Mama reported that Mischa totally blacked out and wasn’t able to recite anything during the nursery rhyme part. When the storytelling came, she was able to pull it off albeit with a very soft voice. I think she got a little self-conscious as she was pitted with students from other classes, and the crowd watching her perform solo was larger. Still, I know she did the best she could. Way to go, anak!

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