Is It too Late to say Happy New Year?

I really wanted to post about how we celebrated our Christmas and New Year and then what I aim to happen for 2016 but vacation as what I used to believe as having more extra time to do the things you wanted to do and to relax no longer holds that meaning, for vacation when you become a parent means you make up for the time you were not with your family because of work. And so it was really a busy and very challenging Christmas vacation for me at least. Not that I don’t love going home and having to spend the holiday with my parents but traveling with a toddler is surprisingly hard work! I thought it would be easy but I guess we were never really prepared. Little E got sick not really sure where he got it from but when we returned to manila the doctor said little E got a cold virus. He was extra clingy the whole week we were at home that I couldn’t be anywhere or do anything to help around. I also think that we could have planned and organized this trip well but instead big E and I couldn’t agree on the luggage to use and what to bring and not. It wasn’t until 3 days before our trip did we finally started to pack. What we don’t need we packed and what was useful was left. It was a disaster. We were never really used to traveling with a lot of baggage. A back pack for each Big E and I and were ok. But when you are traveling with a child it feels like you have to pack the whole house just so your little one gets what he needs or else he’d be bored. Little E’s first airplane and fast craft ride he was asleep the whole time but on our way back to Manila because he already was sick he was being difficult. Now I finally get why traveling is not advised when you have little kids. I was so excited to finally have my parents meet their first grandson though. I couldn’t be happier for them. My heart ached when we finally had to leave them because I did feel how much they longed for a grandson. Both of them were just so happy to finally see little E. So all the trouble we have to go through is worth it because it has actually been such a long time the last time I ever saw my parents that happy. But I will definitely research more and prepare for the next time we will be travelling.  Anyway below are pictures from our vacation.

Before we got to Ormoc we first had to meet with our close friends in Cebu. We went to this beautiful place in Punta Engaño Lapu-lapu , where we had our mini reunion. We rented a place in Amisa Condominium and it was very cheap for such a place. It was short stay but everyone had fun. Little E had his first swimming experience in actual pool. Boy was he very happy. Splashing and giggling that it was contagious. Also I’d like to mention this cool bookstore in Jmall Cebu. They have this egg shaped chairs and books you can read. It is such a great place for book lovers.

 

I wish we could have stayed longer in Ormoc. I’m pretty sure my parents would have love to spend more time with little E. It was heart breaking to leave them and I could tell that they were sad we had to go home. I would have love for them to see little E grow up and to know him and I would love for little E to know his grandparents as well. Thinking about this makes me sad and I’m actually about to cry now. Soooooo… have to cut this short before a tear drops and someone sees me and think that I’m crazy. Oooopsss too late better run and hide. Sorry have to go.

 

Happy First Birthday Little E

I never thought that this day would come without me ever noticing the time that has passed. Cannot believe that it has already been a year. A year of so many first for big E, little E and I. I know that it had not been easy but the love and joy little E brings to our family outweighs the hard stuff. 1 year of being a mom and I learned so many things more than I have ever learned in any moments of life combined. I have become a different person. I’ve become more appreciative, more patient, more resourceful, more brave, more adventurous and more courageous. 1 year! 1 amazing year.

We had two celebration the first 1 was just us 3 and the next was a party with all out close friends and relatives. The first celebration we dined at Sambokojin. What’s not to love about all you can eat food? I feel like my stomach have stretched that I looked like I’m 5 months pregnant.Anyway we gave little E fruits and some fish and then yogurt. I wished that they did have high chair for kids.
The second celebration was at Shakey’s El Pueblo. I was really impressed at how well they’ve executed their birthday event package. The host was really accommodating since day 1. At the event the kids really enjoyed the games and then the give aways. The food as expected it great. Love love love everything in Shakeys. And when the party was done the crew assissted us with the cleaning up. They were kind enough to help us in distrubiting all the giveaways to our guests and then helping us with packing little E’s gift. I have nothing but wonderful comments for Shakeys.

 

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DIY Keychains!

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Cupcakes from Ikos Bakeshop

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Despite the bad reviews I still pushed through in purchasing the cake because Shakeys won’t allow any other cake vendor. I think a birthday party isn’t complete without a cake. Because I don’t have much other cakes to compare this cake I find it to be good. Not too sweet and moist. 

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Shakey’s Table setup

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Fell asleep waiting for his guests.

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Our handsome celebrant

 

CoCo Ichibanya

Because the server is down and I cannot just sit idly here I decided to share our experience with this restaurant that’s been talked a lot at work by my colleagues. I’m not a big fan of Japanese food but my husband is. Although he has already dined here I really wanted to experience Japanese curry that everyone has been raving. I love curry and so when I heard about this restaurant I immediately wanted to try it. We’ve long been planning to celebrate one of our monthsaries here but had been postponed a lot of times already. So finally one fine day in November big E had those impulsive decision to take us out. I wouldn’t wanna miss this opportunity so even though it was a weekday and it would be risky to travel with little E that we could get stuck in heavy traffic I still pushed through. The location is within the building where big E works at Estancia Mall. The mall is not crowded at that time. The park is already dressed for Christmas and so little E enjoyed the lights.

So back to CoCo Ichibanya, I love that they provide high chairs and baby utensils for their customers with children. It definitely made little E feel welcomed. Little E was really happy and smiled a lot. I ordered the shrimp gratin because I love shrimp and big E ordered their seafood curry. I was not disappointed with my order although I wish they added more shrimp. I love the melted cheese! Big E didn’t quite like his though. I had to finish his plate. I felt that the squid was a sliced too thinly that I couldn’t taste the squid but I love the curry! Little E had an egg salad because that’s the only food he can eat in the menu. He didn’t ate much because he wanted to eat what we were eating and then he got really annoyed that we wouldn’t give him.

Overall I would definitely want to come back and try their other curry dishes and hopefully little E would already be big enough to try their dishes.

What’s Your Alibi?

Goodness I’ve been away for quite sometime now. 😦 I really couldn’t keep my promises could I? I have been really busy with little E’s birthday party preparation and then we also have to move to another building at work. I’d been assigned with a lot of tasks too and needed to finish it before the holiday comes. Oh wow I’ve so much to post. About little E’s birthday party and everything that’s happened last month. My phone’s running out of space from all the pictures I’ve taken. So for now I’d leave you with this only picture I was able to take on little E’s birthday party. Hopefully before I leave for my 2 weeks vacation I could post about it here. 😀

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Happy birthday to our little E! You are such a joy to our small family. I have so many wishes for you. How much papa and I loves you so much baby. It is just so great to watch you turn into this adorable little person. I could remember the first time I ever held you, you were so tiny. Love you so much!

Trick or Treat 2015

Hello! I’ve again been ignoring this blog for a while. The only time I am able to be in the internet with my pc I mostly use it to research on party venues and ideas for little E’s upcoming birthday. It has not been easy for we only have small budget because we are saving up for our house and then vacation to Ormoc. Finding a venue to fit our budget is really a challenge and has  been the source of my stress this past few weeks. We’ve already reserved some venues but has not yet agreed on which one to book. I’m going to take a break from the party planning and share about Euan’s first trick or treat. I grew up in a province so trick or treat for me is something I never really experienced myself. I watched movies about it and wished that I could someday be in one but my chance never came. So when we had a trick or treat in our company last year and I was still pregnant then it was the very first time I ever experience what it is like to be in an event like that and ever since I have been imagining for our little E would experience it. I have never put any much thought on buying costume because I really was set in DYIng and there are so many ideas on the internet. Also I didn’t want to spend on something that will only be used once. Since Euan already have a striped shirt that would pass as a pirate costume I decided to use it and then just buy a hat and just maybe draw mustache on little E then big E made this sword out of cardboard. And since we have two trick or treat to attend to from my company and from big E we still need another costume. We are lucky that someone lent us an old batman costume. And then we were all set for the event.

Below are from my company’s trick or treat. Euan enjoyed being with the kids and we could see from his excitement how much he wanted to join them but he still couldn’t walk. He was giggling and smiling and was just too happy. He loves balloons we realized but is terrified of the magician.

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Euan getting ready for the trick or treat.

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Counting my treasures.

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Saying hi to a new friend.

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Sorry Euan you just need to stay here with mama and papa because you are yet to learn to walk.

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The next day Big E had their trick or treat and Euan on his batman costume even more had fun because the whole office of verifone had been prepared for the event. There were so many balloons and each department really did put an effort on putting up decors even adults enjoyed. Again Euan tried to play with the kids but he couldn’t still walk. One time we were watching a movie and he sat beside this kid and he tried to reach him and play with him. He so love the balloons around him the colorful decors and the kids in costume.

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Seeing Euan so happy and being amazed at the things he see is such a delight to experience. I feel like I am also experiencing so many things for the first time. Now I get what’s with all the excitement trick or treat brings for the whole family and even though in my childhood I never get to experience it at least with little E i feel like I’ve already lived another childhood dream. This will definitely become a tradition for us.

Wrong Ramen

My favorite part of the weekend, especially if we have extra budget, is we can go out just the 3 of us. I miss hanging out with my husband just us two but with little E (LE) still small every time I would be away from him I’d be completely distracted with these feelings of guilt. It’s just not easy for me to be separated from my little E.

Bringing along LE with us when we go out is extra challenge. For reasons because we don’t have a car so we have to commute. Most of the time if we get stuck in traffic LE would get really bored and starts to get fuzzy and be pulling out whatever he gets his hands to. Sometimes if we commute in a van LE would start reaching for people’s belonging. The worst thing that could happen is when he gets hungry when he would start to cry and every ones eyes would be on us. Breastfeeding in a moving vehicle is not easy especially if you are sharing it with more passenger. If we have enough money we do get a cab or Uber. It’s the most convenient way to go to places here in Manila but with a price.

So one weekend while we were visiting BE’s sister at St. Lukes we decided to have a special lunch. We usually have lunch on KFC or McDo. We finally decided to try something new. There were plenty of choices in BGC. BE is a big fan of ramen so Wrong Ramen appealed to me because I know he would love it. The place is small with I think 20 sitting capacity. It has a Japanese feel around it with all of the details which was a plus to our experience. There weren’t any people there yet so we chose an area with no one to disturb just encase LE decides to play. We chose their 2nd floor then we check the menu. To my surprise there weren’t much choices. If I remember correctly there were just 6 ramens to choose from and the appetizer that I wanted to try was not available so we just ordered Ramen. I chose FU ramen because of the bacon and BE being a seafood lover ordered sea men ramen. I’m no good in describing food because to me GREAT, IT’s OK, and YUCK are the only words in my food dictionary. I thought I’d really find my choice something that I would wanna eat again but to my dismay I just find it ordinary. I was expecting a lot because of the bacon because it is my favorite breakfast food in the whole wide world but I realize it is not as good when it is in a ramen. BE however did the right choice. I tried it and would really want to trade with him. I could taste all the seafood flavor in there. I didn’t get to eat my ramen while it was still hot because LE was just so fuzzy he wants to play. So i first let BE finish and then I finished mine. Despite our current arrangement in eating I do enjoy it. I love eating while I look at BE and LE playing.

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He loved playing with the chopstick but have to cut his short fun because I was scared he might poke his eyes with it.

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While waiting for our ramen BE gets to play and have unli kiss.

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Our order is here but where is LE’s?

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Obligatory family pic.

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Baby Wearing

I just got another notification that my views have spiked up and so it reminded me to post about my baby wearing experience. I’ve haven’t had the time to do so because of a very busy schedule. So wow I really find it encouraging that I have readers. Do I really have readers or is it just E who keeps visiting my blog. 😀 Anyway thank you.

So baby wearing was one of the top priority we also considered before giving birth but the reason was for me is strollers are expensive and are easy not to bring around when traveling. We don’t have a car so it would be impractical to invest on strollers. Doing a lot of research we found out that there are a lot of benefits from baby wearing and it was already enough to convince us to definitely do it.

There  a lot of carriers to choose from but make sure that they are safe for your baby and so I would really suggest that you do a lot of reading, join a group that advocates on baby wearing and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Since we are really on a tight budget we couldn’t really splurge on a carrier but it is a good thing that there are local brands that are highly recommended and very affordable. Our first carrier was a baby pouch from indigo baby. We bought it at a sale during a mommy mundo baby expo at the price of 600 pesos. We started using it when little E was almost 2 months. Well actually it was more of big E using it because I was so scared to hurt little E. Little E loves sleeping there. It’s big E and little E’s favorite bonding time. I don’t use it much except for this one time when little E wouldn’t go to sleep and would just cry non stop that I tried the pouch and immediately he fell asleep. I started to be getting more comfortable with the pouch when little E was already 6 months old. I could carry him with his legs out from the pouch. The only problem I find in carrying him like that is i can’t put him to sleep that way. If you carry him for a very long time in a pouch your back would also start to hurt because the weight is not evenly distributed on your shoulders. We didn’t want to give up on baby wearing so we searched for another carrier that is not very expensive. We found out about lelliebub and her mei tai that she calls bubba tai has had a lot of good reviews. The only problem is because of so much demand it is hard to get your hands on her bubba tai. The day that she had a new stock we immediately just grab what we can with a click of a button. We love our bubba tai. My back doesn’t hurt anymore and it is easy to use ones you get a hang of it and little E can sleep in it too. 😀

I love baby wearing so much because it helps us bond with little E more. You really don’t have to spend much to be able to baby wear because there are really affordable ones. But if you really do have a budget then it wouldn’t be bad to get your hands on a Tula carrier.

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I Won Something Again!!!

What a surprise when I read my fb today! I just found out I won not only 1 but 6 washable menstrual pad! 😀 I didn’t even know there was a contest to begin with so imagine my surprise when I found out about this. Apparently my profile pic is in the shop’s fb page too and my friends have seen it. I’m just so happy because I’ve been meaning to try the pads for myself but never got to really buy one because I don’t have the budget. I thought about buying this month finally but instead I got 6 for free. YEY! I’m not sure how I won though. I reread the shop’s post and it says that you could win by sharing and liking their photo about the ninoy aquino sale but I was not aware prior to my liking and sharing it to my friend or if I won because I bought worth 2000 of items well actually I bought for a friend who is almost due any months now (another cloth diapering mom hurray!!!). So anyway here is the pads that I have won from cheeky bebe shop.

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My colorful washable menstrual pads

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I wish I had a different picture though. That tummy! 😦

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I love her tea freebies and card. It makes me feel valued as a customer. 😀

Back when I was still building my stash cheekybebeshop.com is one of my favorite online shop for cloth diapers for babyland brand in particular. And I’m really satisfied and this shop is highly trusted. I received my items and my free item within the day she sent it to me and above is the picture of the pads. It is oddly thin though. I’m not sure how to use them or if how absorbent this could be. I’ll write about it next time. 😀 love love love the design it seem a waste to be using them for aunt flow. 🙂 anyway till next time.

Me Time

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I certainly am off to a good start this week. 😀 I’m well rested and relax for the first time in months since I’ve given birth. We just had our new yaya last wednesday and she’s just the nicest one and really is far better than our previous one. I am really trying to be more talkative and outgoing around her even though that’s just not me because I never wanted to lose her. Our apartment is very clean I don’t even ever remember it being that clean my entire 4 yrs stay. Even the bathroom is spotless I could sleep in there. I just love her. I love that she doesn’t wait for us to tell her to do stuff. E and I are not comfortable in ordering someone around that was why our previous help most of the time spends her time watching tv, playing games on her phone, and fbing. She got spoiled and even bored I guess. Our yaya now you don’t wait to be told what to do next, she knows what to do even if you don’t say anything. I am worried that this might be just too good to be true. Euan likes her too. I don’t want to put too much expectation on this or get my hopes high but can I just say this now… I’m just so happy. 🙂 The past weeks I’ve been having really bad headaches and I was just so tired from all the chores and worrying but now it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulder.

Even with our previous yaya I really try to do something for myself and it really is impossible considering that E and I still does pretty much everything. I planned on having a pedicure and manicure but it never really happened because I’d feel guilty leaving Euan for too long. I did have a haircut which I feel was such a bad idea. I had it cut really short which is not very easy to maintain unlike my old long hair that I can tie easily. This time I really want to do something for myself. I admit I’ve haven’t been feeling very good about myself lately. My hair is a mess and I look tired. Not that I’m complaining because I love that I get to spend time with Euan but looking at myself in the mirror is a downer these days. I read a book by Jenny McCarthy (I’m not a fan especially because she is an anti-vaxxer but I found the summary to be funny so I bought it.) and I had to agree that you need to have time for yourself no matter how seem impossible it is even it means just putting on some moisturizer on your face. And although I was not much of a beauty routine fan I always wanted to start one ever since I started working and earning money for myself. I especially wanted to realize that dream now that I’m a mom. I don’t want to be the zombie looking mom for my baby. So little by little I’m trying to buy stuff that I could put on my face. I did some research prior. Watch some youtube videos on 5 minutes make up for moms. Make up is expensive and so intimidating and so I was only able to buy a bb cream, concealer and some lip and cheek tint. That’s all I can afford for now. I’m still building my kikay kit. So this morning I tried putting on some of the things I bought and there really is a difference. Before I look really tired but with a little make up (not sure if it is considered make up) i look refreshed and it made me feel better. It only took me about 3 minutes. I don’t like making selfies but for this post i’d like to share what i did. I hope i did it right! Next time if I have the budget and time I’d definitely want to update my wardrobe. My belly is really still pregnant looking and I don’t find my tops flattering anymore. I wish I’d have time to exercise but I barely even time to read books so if I get extra time I would rather be reading than sweating.

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Update on Euan, he just turned 8 months this month. We didn’t have a huge celebration as we didn’t have a yaya then. We had a cake though. He  is really hyper now and getting really cute. He is 9.6 kilos! 🙂

 

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9.6 Kilos at 8 months

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Can I now eat my cake?

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Tous Les Jours cake.

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Getting hyper and handsome!

 

So that’s it for now. I do hope you are also having a great week!

 

Hakab Na 2015!

Hello world! 😀 How very excited I am to post about Hakab Na 2015 or Big Latch On 2015. When I found out about it, I immediately registered without even telling my husband. I was just so excited to be part of an event that promotes breastfeeding and I just wanted to be around mommies who shares the same advocacy. The registration was 150 for mommy and baby and then 50 pesos for each companion. So I paid 200 for us three.

The day of the event we were really planning on going as early as 7am but we woke up late at 6am and we have to prepare for Euan’s stuff. Thank goodness we still have free uber ride worth 200 pesos and was able to take advantage of it. We arrived at the venue at 500 Shaw Zentrum around 830 am and already the place was already packed. We met a friend there and she just gave birth a couple of weeks ago. She is not yet fully recovered but she was there and it was inspiring of her to be there despite her condition. After registration we were given loot bag with lots of goodies inside it. I was not able to take picture of it sorry. 😦 It was hard to move around the area that is why we didn’t bother visiting all the sponsor’s booth. We did however took the long queue for the picture booth and I’m very excited for our  copies. I regret not having a big breakfast nor packing some snacks. At 9 i was already feeling very hungry. Euan got hungry and I was standing in line for the picture taking. I didn’t want to give up my slot so I had to feed him standing. I was not alone though. We just had to smile at everyone who had to feed their babies in a most inconvenient position. But I love that we didn’t really have to feel awkward because everyone there understands and knows exactly why we had to do it. Did I mention that there were so many baby wearing and cloth diapering parents there? I just feel very at home at the event. I just couldn’t help but smile at every mommies even though i’m a shy person.

My friend and I then proceeded to the area with all the banigs. That was the area where all the mommies and babies latch on for 1 minute all at the same time. We were at the number 1 banig. I sat beside more mommies and I feel like I’m old friends with them already. All of then were cloth diapering and baby wearing mommies too. Euan enjoyed playing with their babies and they were amazed at how big he is. Their babies are older than Euan but he is bigger. One mom had to ask him if I was mix feeding him with formula. I proudly said no he is pure breastfed. 🙂 We had to sit there for an hour and Euan was getting really bored and sleepy while we wait for the rest of the mommies get positioned in their places. At 1030 on the dot we have to nurse our baby with the rest of other areas in the Philippines and some countries who have participated to this event. It was very exciting! Sadly Euan decided to sleep earlier and so when 1030 came I woke him up but he was disoriented with all the cheering and the noise that he was not able to focus on my boob. He was so distracted with what’s going on around him. I was able to make him latch for a second and then mommies where cheering so loud that he just had to look around for the source of the noise. Then it was over. We decided to no longer finish the event even though I still wanted to hear the speaker’s talk. Euan was just so sweaty and I was getting really hungry. We also had to accompany our friend who we were so worried about and their weeks old baby. So we have to leave early. By the way I won something. I still don’t know what it was but it was a wrap from tickledmoms. It’s nice to win something because I rarely am lucky with raffle draws. After having our lunch we immediately went to the grocery and we tried this cart with a mini car for kids to play and we were just amazed at how he enjoyed being in it. That’s it for now. Till next post.

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