Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grateful & Happy

I wonder where along the road of my life did I become a workaholic... if 15yrs ago someone told me I'd be a stay at home mom and working like crazy I wouldn't have believed them.  Yet here I sit on my computer chair with calloused hands and severely damaged fingers from all the work I have been doing.  But I'm happy.  The BFF sent a link which made me realize this.  Let em share it with you too.  LINK  To be honest, I didn't bother understanding #1, I've consciously done #2 in who I spend my time with and what I do.  So speaking of doing what makes you happy leads me to talk about becoming a workaholic again.  I LOVE WHAT I DO.  I love making clips and bows.  

Everything has been going my way the past few weeks. I have been working almost non stop to meet deadlines and deliver orders.  A lot of this has been due to friends or people who have pushed me to just take one more step.  Even something as simple as making a new design.  Ordering more ribbons or just plain old getting off my couch potato ass and make something.  I have to thank my manager, ASB.  She has been the support system and driving power behind the rusty oiled machine that is me.  She pushes me like no one else does, she almost literally unlocks the door, swings it open and shoves me into the room to do more.  She is the 'I' in my initiative.  Kat who practically forced me to make a new bow because she's already bought most of what I have.  And for future project ideas and where to get them, ILS.  There's always a reason why we meet new people so even if there are only a few moms who sit and wait in school with me, I'm glad they're there sitting and waiting with me.

Panda Bow

Friday, August 19, 2011

Best Friends

The fab 4 eating Jobee from Uncle T

With Achie talking

Wearing a kimono from Achie when she went to Japan
My sister in law K visits every week.  I don't remember how it all began but she came here with her bf once last year and after that they came every week since then.  I have wondered why she decided to visit but we can't really remember why but I'm glad she did.  Once a week, Poppabear has a meeting in the afternoon and comes home late, that is the day K visits.  She has been a great reliever for me.  When I gave birth to M2 and when M2 was admitted in the hospital she came to visit everyday to keep M1 company.  M1 has a picture of her "achie" on her wall by her bed.  She loves them so much it's like they were meant to be.  She is spoiled rotten by them, she gets everything she asks for from them.  But as I told my sister in law, no need for gifts, their presence every week is more than anything M1 could ask for. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Toy Review: Leapfrog Violet

It's been awhile since I wrote a toy review and the 1st toy that came to mind was violet because M2 loves her puppy oh so much!  Want a toy that says your child's name?  This is it!  You choose the songs, you type in the baby's name and you enter what she likes.  I haven't updated the information in Violet but so far the toy is still a hit.  We got this for her when she was 2mos old.  She started playing with it when she discovered it played music if she kicked the paws.  I highly recommend it to everyone with newborn children. 

What she learned:  A bit of cause and effect.
Durability:  She is still working even with a lot of baby loving.  You just need to be ready with batteries.  3x 8mos.
Fun/Entertainment Value:  It helps keep her distracted when changing her diapers of giving her milk.  Those are the only times when she isn't moving around these days.
Age:  0mos to 1yr

Preschool at 2yo

Alot of parents or non parents who hear the prices of tuition fees for preschools, complain and whine that it's a waste of money.  I've talked to a few who really choose to put their kids in preschool at an early age (1.6 to 2yo) because they really see the value for it.  One mom said that it's better the child is here than wasting time watching tv with the yaya. I chose to enroll M1 for the same reason, she was getting bored at home and I didn't want to waste her formative years learning to dance "nobody nobody but you"  from the household help. 

When you look at what they do in her class, things are simple enough and yet you cannot just copy that same scenario at home.  For 1, M1 is now more open to strangers, she has learned to trust other people because she trusts her teachers so much.  She has learned a wee bit of independence and that life will not end without mommy in the room.  She has learned to share, coexist with other kids and pay attention when someone is talking.  Oh and that she isn't the center of the universe.

They say it is at this age that the child's brain is most open to learning.  My dad shared this article with me today about the benefits of entering your child in preschool.  Read on!  Article

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Still Sick

I don't know of anyone who likes getting sick.  I hate getting sick.  I hate it when my kids get sick.  I hate seeing them cough, vomit and unable to sleep.  This virus is everywhere.  Looking at Facebook updates from fellow moms I know I am not alone in my misery.  The thing about kids getting sick is they spread the germs so fast.  M1 got sick last last week and 6 days ago her shobe got sick.  Now I am sick.  I have a fever and a gosh darned (thats not what I really wanted to say) cough that won't go away!  I have been stuck at home since Saturday, wishing that rest would help me fight against this virus... EPIC FAIL!  After ingesting so much meds and what nots I am still sick.  I HATE IT! 

Thankfully a miracle has happened and the tornado that is M1 has been calm the past few days.  She has learned to play by herself or with me just on the bed.  We read books, watch Barney (the same damned episode for 4days straight), and keep ourselves busy with the IPhone.  Yes, i've given up on the mission of not letting the kids play with the phone.  I downloaded games recommended by a friend.  Word's World is a great hit.

In the mornings we go to school and she loves it.  All is well when we are together in the afternoons, she lets me lie down in bed but forces me to open my eyes when she catches me dozing off.  What a demanding child.  M2 is so cute and cuddly and has started to say "Kk" too.  Still trying to record it.  M1 sings all day and is back to being the happy child that she is.  This Friday was the 1st day I was supposed to leave her the whole afternoon since her old yaya left... but since i'm sick I don't think I can. 

M1's newest thing is hiding stuff,  she took a lozenge and hid it the other day.  I found it today only because ants were devouring it already.  I find crackers in the towel cabinet, toys behind the dvd player and spoons in her bed. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Diet. Fever. Vomit and More...

M1 still has fever and is still vomiting at least once a day.  She cries when its time to eat or drink milk.  She's only happy when she's on the bed with us.  Today is the 1st day we've ever been absent this school year.  But we are in no hurry to go back.  I'd like for her cough to go away by tomorrow.  We are now on antibiotics and hopefully 1 day of them will do some help.  She hasn't been sleeping well because of the coughing. 

M2's yaya is going on her dayoff on Wed.  Good luck to all of us.

On another note, I've come to realize how fat I've become and dieting really isn't my thing.  So when a friend messaged me about these T4 tomato pills that Chuvaness blogged about I immediately asked my friend who was going to HK to get for me.  I started taking them today and I think that my appetite has lessened a bit.  I only ate a cup of rice for both my lunch and dinner.  I also weighed myself today and I won't disclose howmuch I weigh BUT I do know how much I want to lose and that is 22lbs.  Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2 Weeks Later

Tomorrow Maxine's new yaya will have been with us for 2 weeks.  The old yaya has been hiding in the room for more than 24hrs already.  Today was the 1st time since school started that I felt it happy that classes were suspended because at least she doesn't have to see the old yaya anymore.  They old yaya goes with me to bring Maxine to school and I don't want to put her to any more unneeded stress so I planned for old yaya to leave on Thurs because we don't have classes on Friday.  So, that's 3 days of no school.  But because classes were suspended I decided to let her leave tom.

Today she decided she doesn't want to be tapped to sleep anymore.  She's been forced to grow up and it feels bittersweet.  Another step away from being a baby.  From being rocked to sleep to lying down in bed and being tapped and now to nothing.  She lies there and closes her eyes and just talks til she falls asleep on her own.  At least she didn't cry anymore, she wanted to but she stopped herself.  I know that in a year or so all this will mean nothing to her and that when she's all grown up she won't even remember who her yaya was, but today she feels pain and cannot understand why. 

It's okay.  This too shall pass, sooner than you think.  Mommy will always be here and no matter how hard I try or want to I cannot keep you from feeling pain.  Life goes on, memories fade and all things will seem better in the morning.  Take your time in growing up and yes you will always be mommy's baby. 

P.S.  try not to sing too loudly when mommy is still sleeping.

P.P.S.  Oh and pls learn to share your toys with Shobe and stop taking her food from her.

I love you.  Goodnight.