Sunday, December 27, 2009

Turning 1 is So Much FUN!

Today my Momma dressed me up in a brand new dress and headband. She was so excited about today but I had no idea why. We just went out yesterday and we're going out again today! How exciting! We arrive in Makati Shangri-la Hotel and my Gwakong, Gwama and Aku were already there. We sat at a round table and ate. Mommy fed me century egg, hakaw, noodles and all sorts of chinese food. I loved it all! :)
The next day we went to Rockwell to have my picture taken :) I love the camera and the lights!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

8 mos old

You have so much teeth coming out that you keep putting everything you can in your mouth. This was also the 1st time you stood up in our crib. Exactly on your month day (9-26-09)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

7mos Old: Going Out, Out, Out!

Aug 2, 2009
Today we went to a wedding. We wore my new flower headband because mommy says I still look like a boy sometimes. I shouted as I saw mommy read in front but I fell asleep halfway through the mass, Boy! are weddings long!
This is my new friend Elmo. I love him. Thank you Uncle Kendrick for going thru all the trouble to give him to me.
Hello Uncle Pat and Uncle Mark.
Hello Dr. Seuss, thank you for always entertaining me with your funny stories, words and characters.
Aug 17, 2009
Everyone is wearing red, I wonder why. It's night time and i'm out! I love watching the lights as the car speeds by them. There are lots of people in the room and they all want to get me from my mama and dada, I do not know them and I try to cling my hardest to my parents. Thank goodness I only had to stay for a few minutes, i'm so sleepy already. Zzzzzzz
Aug 23, 2009
My mama brought me to a house i've been to before. Everyone here looks like my Gwama, i'm in sucha good mood I let them carry me. Lunch is served, byebye!

--Maxie bear

Thursday, July 2, 2009

6mos Old: New Yaya, New Day

Before Maxiebear's 6month old bday, before when she was still called little bumblebee, her yaya woke up one day and decided to leave. Linda the Yaya, gave me 1 week to find a replacement. I was devastated, the agency I got her from told me that I was one of the few she even lasted that long with. That didn't make me feel any better, I just wanted her to stay. It took me a day to find a replacement but my replacement was a failure, I barely got any sleep that night because Maxine kept waking up. I made the mistake of getting a 150lbs 5 foot 8" replacement, I no longer remember her name but I call her Hagrid. She was nice but she scared the beegeezers out of Maxine. The next one was an almost blind lady who told me she was 50 when in fact she seemed 68. By this time Maxine had gotten used to sleeping beside me on the bed, she would roll around until she fell asleep and wake me up by touching my face. What started as one of the worst weeks in my life ended up being the best. It was a wonderful feeling waking up to the face you can't get enough of. It took me a week to find someone that Maxine could get along with easily. Her name was Ana.

This was also the month that Maxine held on to her bottle for the first time. Her Daddy and I were there to witness it together. We were so proud, it was like she won an olympic medal. :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

5mos old: Solids Here I Come!

Carrots, potatoes, oatmeal and beef soup are the new foods she was able to try for this month. She loved them all except for the soup. But drank it anyways. Her 1st tooth is coming out this month and its been bothering her sleep quite a bit. She saw Elmo for the 1st time today and she laughed. She really liked him. She's still playing with her foot alot. I think it's a mystery to her how its been there all this time and yet she never saw it before. Its her teether and tickle toy in one!

Monday, April 27, 2009

4 mos old: Hello Foot

I love food. My momma gave me lugaw and I ate it up! It was wonderful. Even if my gums are really itchy and painful I didn't mind. I like making bubbles using my saliva, it makes momma and dada laugh. I also made them very very happy when i rolled over from my belly to my back. They waited forme to do it again and again. Whee! How fun! I also found a toy I didn't know i already had. My FEET! how wonderfully ticklish and soft they are.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

3 mos old: Lots of Firsts!

This is the 1st time she sat n her bumbo chair.

The 1st time she watched TV ( American Idol)

The 1st time she was ever carried this way.

The 1st time she sat up.

The 1st time to play on her mat.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

2 months old

You are growing into a round baby girl. Your daddy is ecstatic about it. We love your longganisa thighs and your round round face. We stare at you when your awake and we watch you while you sleep. You are our most precious gift from God.

This is the month you were able to lift your head while lying on your tummy.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

1 month old

Your pediatrician in Dr. Tyrone Yap. He is your Gwakong's best friend. He makes you cry almost everytime we go and visit him but you are a brave brave baby girl because you cry for 3seconds and then when mommy carries you, you stop. I think you are more afraid of the Doctor touching you than the shot itself.

Speaking of your Gwakong, you ought to know how much he and your Gwama loves you too. They adore you and dream of spoiling you with ice cream and chocolates :)

This was also the month when you 1st laughed aloud and smiled so wide :) You made mommy's heart burst with joy.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Zero months Old

I tried to breastfeed you directly but it didn't work, you were too hungry all the time. so mommy had to pump and the bottle feed you.

I sang to you while i tried to put you to sleep. My favorite song was "You are my sunshine", I really meant every word my lil' sunshine.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Fake Yaya

Location: HELL Day 1. We come home from the hospital. Maxine sleeps and eats, eats and sleeps. She's swaddled in her blanket, she wriggles out of it. I ask the yaya to do it again. She can't. Night comes and she's put in her crib in the nursery. i wake to breastfeed, I wake to find her angry. I ignore the Yaya. I wake again at 7am and she's still there angry. The yaya is angry. I find her angry at the baby, bec the baby didnt sleep last night, from 12am til 7am. The yaya says that the baby didnt sleep at all. Which is impossible bec they do get tired easily. they can't not sleep from 12 til 7am. So there's the yaya shouting at the baby. She's angry at her bec she couldn't sleep also bec the baby didnt want to sleep. Genius in the making. Day 2. Maxine came home with slight jaundis. The Pedia specifically told the yaya to lay the baby on the bed for 15 mins n her back and another 15 mins on her front by the window. The pedia also said that there doesnt need to be a strong amount of sunlight hitting the window. 7am i wake up and check, she doesn't want to do it. She says there's no sunlight coming in thru the windows in the nursery and that she wants to do it in my room. I tell her that the sun is the same in my room and the nursery's at that time. and my window is less than half the size of the nursery. She just doesnt want to do it. She knows better than the doctor. She has a PHD i didn't know about. Day 3. I askd the Yaya to wake me up for feedings. Tonight she barges in the room at 2am, telling me the baby is hungry. i get up and try to feed, i wonder why she's so cranky and doesnt want to eat. She just keeps on crying. I check her diapers... their soiled. I tell the yaya, you check first if her diaper is clean before you wake me up, she's not crying because she's hungry, she's crying bec she's dirty!" 4am the yaya wakes me up again. She hands me the diaper and cotton balls, she wakes me to change the baby's diapers. Nice. Day 4. New Year's Eve. Husband and I decide to put baby in our room til the fireworks die down bec our room is more quiet. She's trying to sleep but she gets jumpy when the fire crackers go from time to time. We go to the nursery to watch the fireworks at midnight, the yaya wakes up, i ask her to watch the baby in the other room. She stands there by the window beside me and my husband. Watching the fireworks. I stare at her for 10seconds. In disbelief. I tell her again to go watch the baby. She mutters something and is annoyed she cannot watch the fireworks. Winner. Day 5. She moves things from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor. She thinks she's the boss of everyone. She tells the cook how to cook , the driver how to fix things and the other maids how to clean the house. When she herself is doing a lousy ass job of her own job. She washed mittens and booties i was going to give as a gift to a friend. They were on a cabinet far away from the hamper. They had their tags on them and were in a christmas paper bag. When i asked her why she washed them she said because she found them in the hamper, i said are you sure? She said no, but why make the baby use them with washing them first. I said this isn't for the baby, this was supposed to be a gift. She mutters again. She's always right. She's not the yaya, she's my boss. Day 6. Hiccups, babies get hiccups alot. Its normal. How do you stop it? You dont, you wait for it to stop. She pulls a strand from the towel, bib, bed sheet, anything within reach and dips it in water and puts the strand on the baby's forehead. WOW. Note: the hiccups dont stop. The baby is crying, i have the baby monitor on. i wait for the yaya to do something. i hear her on the phone. i hear her complaining that the baby is crying and is so noisy but she's not doing anything about it. She expects the baby to maybe change her own diaper? Day 7. Visitors are here. My cousin's kids and yayas are here saying hello to the baby. The nurse my aunt has with her sees the baby crying and asks me if its okay if she tries something. She swaddles the baby, meaning she wraps her up in a blanket, they way they did in the hospital. The baby immediately falls asleep. The nurse wants to teach the yaya how to do it. The yaya says she knows how. The nurse shows her anyways, the yaya looks away and walks out the room. The yaya is better than the nurse. because the yaya is better than everyone else. Day 8. The carpenter is here to make me a cabinet. The yaya is downstairs having a one sided conversation with him. He doesn't reply to her. I ask her to stay with the baby bec the carpenter is making alot of pounding noises and the baby might wake. She stays in the nursery for 2 mins, then runs off to the carpenter. I call for her again and ask her to stay with the baby, she stays for less than a minute and runs off to chat with the carpenter. Maybe she wants to be a cabinet. Other things the yaya did... She's so noisy all the time. This yaya cannot do anything without letting the whole house know she's doing something. When she's in the kitchen she bangs pots and pans. When shes in the laundry she drops the whole pail. She's always in places where she doesn't have to be, doing things nobody asked her to. Baby is crying. Why? When a moment ago i just saw her sleeping. Bec the yaya was cleaning her room and she drops the ipod on the floor and wakes the baby I just put to sleep. The yaya has been with me since Dec 2, she's been sitting on her ass doing nothing but its okay bec i want her to be ready when i give birth. Since Dec 2 i have been waiting for her to give me the xray of her lungs. I even brought her with me to have her xray taken but she says she just had one done. Its now the new year and she still can't give me her xray. She doesn't even know how to clean the umbilical stump. My friend's yaya came over to show me how to bathe the baby. We did not trust the fake yaya to know how to do it. I watched her give the baby a sponge bath and how to clean her. It was so different with how the fake yaya cleaned the stump. I was stupefied, so thats why the stump still hasn't fallen off yet, bec she wasn't cleaning it properly. Lesson of the Story: When hiring a yaya, TEST HER. There are a lot of fake ones out there. This yaya made my life hell. Because of her i wasn't able to rest. life would have been better if i didnt have her in the house. I had to work doubly hard to make sure she didnt do any harm to my baby. She lasted 7 and a half days with me as The Yaya. The Fake Yaya. The Yaya From Hell. Now i have a new yaya and she's wonderful. Not only is she a real yaya but she really knows how to take care of a newborn and my baby is sleeping soundly day and night.