It is very seldom now that we go out as a family, just the four of us. So we took the opportunity to bond at Lois’ first birthday more than a week ago. We even got a surprise visit from one of our best friends, Jane, who is now based in Singapore.
After Lois’ birthday celebration, we strolled around the Evia Lifestyle Center, our new hangout, the kids played, and the adults had cake and coffee. Simple and lovely, but we had so much fun. It’s good that Evia offers things to keep kids occupied.
She was my dinner date last night.
Lois is the most recent among my godchildren. She’s the daughter of my one of best friends, my maid of honor, Jayjay. I wasn’t able to attend her baptism because I became a wedding sponsor on the same day she joined God’s family. When Jayjay told me I was to be Lois’ godmother, I was a little hesitant at first because there’s a Filipino superstition that you should not be ninangs to each other’s kids (Jay is Mischa’s ninang) because it’s like solian ng kandila. There’s no direct English translation to this, sorry. Anyway, how can one say no to being asked to be a guardian of this cutie. Happy to see her and my childhood friends!
Whoa, can’t believe my bunso is two months shy of turning a year old. This time last year, I was probably heaving and puffing while making my preggy way to and from the house, to the office, to the mall, to the church, scared shit that I would bleed as I was wont to experience for the duration of the pregnancy.
Now, Maxine is here, strong as a horse, and as likot as a spinning top. Happy tenth month, my darling babe! You are so a hundredfold more active than your sister was at the same age. With Mischa, we could leave her on the bed, for example, for a minute to get something across the room. But with you, two seconds alone could get you into so much trouble. No wonder you always seem to be bumping your head on the wall, or on your crib. You must be the girl incarnate of the son we were dreaming about. Ate was more finesse than you. But we love you both so, so, so much. You can now sit on your own coming from an all-fours position. And you’re beginning to reach up and stand on your playpen, although you’re still wobbly for the most part. The days when we could still restrain you are probably numbered. Soon, we would be running after you. And Mommy has to make herself fitter than she is now.
Mommy couldn’t get enough hugs and kisses from you both!
You’re getting bigger by the day, literally. If it were legal to bite those yummy cheeks, I would. Gigil na gigil na si Mommy sa yo, anak! You are such a lovable creature, not only because you are so good to look at, but because you have such a wonderful personality. You smile very easily, and you respond as though you understand the littlest things we talk to you about. Yes, before you hit your third month, you have already captured the hearts of everyone around you with your bright and cheerful disposition. I love it that your smile is genuinely reflected in your beautiful eyes! As your mother, I knew that you will be a source of good vibes even when you were still in the womb. Even then, you make your presence felt with the slightest nudge from Mommy.
You are also such a babbler and you’re still our little crybaby though. But I am happy that most days now, you laugh more than you cry (which was what you did in your first two months of life). You have also began sleeping through the night, waking up only to drink your milk around 3 or 4 in the morning. Yay, more sleeping hours for Mommy!
I know I have said this a million times, but I will never tire of saying that I love you and your sister so much. My love for you girls are bigger than anything Mommy has ever known her whole life. I never really knew what my life was for until you came along. I will love you forever, my darlings.
Hello world! My name is Maxine Athena, and I came with a bang yesterday morning (October the 18th) at 41 minutes past seven.
What a great time to be born! I’m sure my mommy has lots of things to tell you but let’s give her a couple more days to rest since between me and her body, she needs a well-deserved time off. See you all soon!
Despite waddling through life nowadays, I still managed to get my butt to the first birthday celebration of my inaanak, RV. Getting up from the bed and walking two meters to the toilet is a major feat for me lately. Good thing the venue was near our place so there’s no reason for us to miss the party. Plus, Mischa always looks forward to attending birthday parties held at Jollibee. Although I am beginning to loathe going near Jollibee because really, he’s so smelly. It’s the same for all branches. Don’t they wash those damn costumes?
Anyway, back to RV. I seldom see this guy. The last time was during his christening about nine or ten months ago. He’s a big boy now, and recently, an older brother! Here is 3-week old, Ranna Beatrice:
Some of us from work, with kids in tow, joined RV and celebrated with him. Mischa kept on choosing the dress she was wearing to every party (parang kokonti tuloy ang damit!).
The weekend after Mischa’s birthday, we trekked to the north, spent some time with Ninong before school officially starts, and attended two first birthday parties. She was a little grumpy this day before she desperately wanted to wear her Queen Elsa gown, but which for which I had to use all my charms, persuasive power and parental authority for her not to do. There is no way I am letting her upstage the celebrants.
First, we went to Mischa’s Ninang Chi’s son’s first birthday, which Lex, the celebrant, spent in Jollibee. It was a Batman-themed birthday, and I think it was the first time I attended a children’s party that the color scheme were not pastels. But it was still fun. Parties at Jollibees are.
Afterwards, we went all the way to Novaliches for Baby Renzee’s celebration. She had her party at home, and as always, Mischa had fun with her cousins.