Eleven

Just one more month to go before bunso celebrates her first birthday! I may have said this more than once, but when it comes to raising kids or spending time with your family, time seems to be moving like a bullet train. I wish time at work would also feel like this instead of moving at the pace of an aging turtle. Sigh.

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Anyway, we are bracing ourselves for this little charming troublemaker. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’d be climbing out of her playpen soon. Ever since she discovered how to stand and cruise around it, it is seldom that you will find her sitting nowadays. Also, I often get awakened at the wee hours of the morning and she’s all over the bed and either crawling or playing. Good thing we’ve sorted of barricade ourselves around her sleeping area so that we wouldn’t have a repeat of her falling on the floor while we are all in dreamland.

And she’s picked up quite an appetite lately. She’d always be complaining if she wasn’t included at mealtimes, never mind that she got to eat first before anybody else. Although I’m a little concerned right now that her tummy has been averse to fresh fruits. Hmmm…hopefully it wouldn’t last for long. She would be losing a lot of nutrients if she continues this. Still no teeth though…

The tenth month

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!

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Out for the 9th

Glad that Maxine’s 9th month fell on a weekend. Yey, that gave us the opportunity to go out and celebrate, albeit a simple one. My baby is getting prettier, bubblier, funnier, more lovable and more likot than ever. You’re still as charming as ever.

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We love you soooo much little one! You’re able to sit now although you do always seem like you would topple over if left for too long. You’re also trying so hard to do by yourself from a lying position but all you have managed so far is be on all fours. That’s okay sweetheart. No rush growing up. Although mommy’s getting a little impatient waiting for your milestones to come, like your first tooth coming out. Mommy knows that not all babies are alike! We’ll wait and enjoy your journey with you, anak!

Happy 8th month baby love!

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You are exceptionally malikot, more than Ate Mischa was at your age. I chalk it up to your growing curiosity. That’s good, anak. See your picture up there? You haven’t even been 2 seconds at the table and you’ve already dug your little fingers in your cake!

You really make mommy’s heart melt. I love you oh so much. I know I’ve told you that maybe a million times in your lifetime but I really do!

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Maxine at 7

Our little girl celebrated her 7th month yesterday. We weren’t able to buy her her monthly cake because we came from the airport the day before (husband picked me up after being away for 6 days). It was late by the time we got to the bakeshops and there were no cakes left. So I just took this photo at 4:45 in the morning to capture her this day.

All smiles in the wee hours of the morning!

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But we still got to buy and blow her cake when we got home later that day. I was glad she woke up for it.

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We love you so much anak!

Eating time!

Our baby just celebrated her half year birthday last Saturday. I arrived just in time from a business trip.

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And what better way to celebrate than having her eat solids for the first time! Yay! We noticed that she has been eyeing us curiously during meal times, and she would follow our movements as we lift our spoons and forks to our mouths. Now she can finally join us at the dining table.

Ate Mischa did the honor of giving her her first bites.

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Maxine’s fifth

Happy fifth month, my bunso, my love!

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As you approached this monthsary, you have already started rolling over, albeit with much difficulty, presumably because you find your body a little heavy hehehe. You always manage to turn over your hips and legs, and your head, but you have not been always successful with bringing your shoulders with them. On a few occasions, I have found you in funny positions where you just fell asleep sideways because you got tired from trying to turn over. At least you are trying, my love, that’s what’s important. I hope you keep up with being positive that you can always do things only if you try hard enough as you grow older. However, now we really cannot leave you alone like we used to for fear of you toppling over.

You also now grab a lot of things that are within your reach — your pillow, soft toys in your crib, burp cloths, bibs, and anything else that you get your little hands on. We have to be more watchful now more than ever that you don’t hurt yourself or put things over your face.

You always seem to have a ready smile for everyone, including strangers. It is such as infectious smile that lights up our days. You even have a special one for your daddy. However, we did notice that ever since we got back from getting your ears pierced that you started to be a little more reserved than usual. We’re not really sure why. But please go back to giving us that wonderful, sweet smile, baby. We all have been missing that.

We love you so much, anak. Your sister, especially, loves talking and playing with you. She is always hugging and kissing you. Sometimes, we chide her a little when she wouldn’t let you be if you are asleep. Mommy is beyond happy that she knows that you will always have someone looking after you even if mommy and daddy are not there. I am a relieved that you will have each other’s back forever.