Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 4

Welcome to another round of Friday's 10 Happy Things where I jot down ten things that made me happy this week. Keeping this list gets easier every week. Click the image below this blog post if you wanna join us spread happy cheers all around.


1.   Meeting friends from the office where I used to work before for breakfast. A moved to Germany to be with her husband and she's in town so we made plans to meet.

2.   Finding a fitted crib sheet with anchor design - a homage to my husband who works as a navigation officer in a tankship.

3.   Ginza Bairin - I love their kurobuta rosu katsu. Oh and yes their ice cream trio (black sesame, green tea and vanilla) is also a must try.

4.    Receiving a call from a diaper brand informing me that they will be sending me three months worth of diaper supply for my little one. Yay!

5.   Free goodies from Smart Parenting magazine and Pond's. I have a bag filled with products now that I will try and probably review.

6.   Receiving orders for the organic soaps, lotion, body oils and scrubs that I am selling (shameless plug).   If you want to try organic products, please check out our humble online store through Instagram and Facebook.

7.   The Picture Company - love photo sessions. We will be back again next month so I can avail of their anniversary offer (buy 1 take 1 on prints).

8.   Tucking my daughter into bed every night while whispering "good night" and "I love you" and kissing her softly on the forehead. Warms my heart.

9.   Credit card annual membership fee waived. That's Php2,250 back to my pocket.

10.   Xiamara Sophia Vigor - the little girl in the milk commercial and the winner of a noontime show's Mini Me contest. She's so smart and oozing with confidence. I hope my little Summer will be full of spunk and confidence too when she grows up.

What made you happy this week? I would love to know. Join the linkup!      


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Life With Summer: 3rd Month

Holy Moly! Summer is almost 14 weeks old as I write this. I have tried to sit down a few times and write this post, but my errands and daily mommy chores have kept this post as a draft. If you want to read about our daily adventures, head on over to my Dayre account.


This month is shaping to be the best month of being a mommy so far. I am so happy to be this little munchkin's mom no doubt about that. I love that she showers me with unlimited smiles and it's incredibly adorable and heartwarming when she giggles when I entertain her. Each giggle and gummy smile and every toothless grin is like a medal to me. It's a very rewarding feeling. I feel so accomplished. Even though we are nowhere near any routine, our bond is simply something that makes me happy - something that always reminds me why I quit my corporate job. I feel more confident being Summer's mommy compared to how clueless I was when she was born and I shared my realizations in this post. The weeks are flying by quicker than I anticipated it to be. She will be 16 weeks old sooner than later.

After she fell from the couch, I became even more paranoid. I sleep so late because I wanted to make sure that she is breathing normally. Every grunt, gasp and grimace makes me get up and observe her. I am just so glad that nothing bad happened to her after the fall. She's such a strong "viking" baby. I say a prayer with her before she sleeps and she pays attention (keeps quiet and looks at me intently). I wonder if she ever understands a word I say (well maybe who knows).

Summer is very social. She likes it when you talk to her and she always has a ready smile when you smile at her. She smiles even to strangers or to just about anyone she meets for the first time. She also loves to stick her tongue out when coaxed to do so. I guess she copied it from me because I always do that when I try entertain her.

Summer is no milk monster. She only consumes 4oz of milk every feeding. She feeds at an average of six to seven times every day so that means she gets 24 to 28 ounces. For her current weight, she's supposed to consume 2.5oz for every pound of her weight. She's currently a little over 13 pounds so she's supposed to consume 32 ounces at least. Then again, I only feed on demand so I am not really worried about it.

Summer loves her nap and sleep. She naps whenever she's carried and swayed. Her naps are an hour at least every time. She can also sleep through the night already. Such a trooper!

Summer has a jam. She likes Watch Me Whip and Nae Nae a lot. She would flash a gummy smile whenever she hears the song or when I sing it to her during our playtime.

Summer loves the mirror. Mirrors are her favorite. She would stare at her reflection and smile and sometimes even giggle. Even if she is crying, she would stop and smile.

She loves to roll - from her back to her tummy and from her tummy to her back. She's advanced as her pediatrician noted. As much as she loves to roll, she also loves to practice standing up.

Summer is not a crybaby. She is just a happy baby and I am very thankful for that. She's so generous with her smiles and giggles and I couldn't ask for anything more.

Summer loves to listen to music. Thank you Spotify! I have a playlist of classical music that we both listen to before bedtime. She almost always stops wriggling or trying to roll over when she hears the first note.

I am thinking of buying her a rocker but she's growing up so fast that I am afraid she will outgrow it fast too. I have not introduced reading to her yet but I have shared stories to her about my pregnancy and her birth and daddy's work and that stuff and I love that she looks me in the eye and appear really interested.   I am looking forward to every single day that I spend with her and motherhood just keeps getting more and more exciting each day.

On that note, let me go back to bed so I will have energy to spend with the little one tomorrow. Thank you for reading my update. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 3


Welcome to another round of Friday's 10 Happy Things where I jot down ten things that made me happy this week. Keeping this list gets easier every week. Click the image below this blog post if you wanna join us spread happy cheers all around.

1.  Savoring the 150 degree view of Metro Manila from the 70th floor of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Makati City. The wind against my face, the flickering lights at night, the cotton-like clouds and the numerous taking off and landing of planes were beyond wonderful.

2.  Knowing that my daughter was not injured when she fell from our couch. I thought she was already sleeping and so I got up to get myself a glass of water. When I turned my back, I saw her on the floor face flat and about to cry so I scooped her up and said sorry to her and my tears started to fall. I am happy because she is out of any danger now.

3.  Receiving an email from Creative Market informing me that free goodies are out and ready to download. The Serendipity font is free this week. Check it out! Who doesn't love free goods?

4.  Completing my Royal Albert Serena trios. I can't wait to have friends over our house and serve them tea and some cookies too.

5.  Knowing that it will be flea market season in Copenhagen when we travel there. I am so going! Who wants some Royal Copenhagen teacups, saucers and plates?

6.  Successfully cooking black tapioca pearls - the one you normally get when you order pearl milk tea (30 minutes in boiling water and 30-40 minutes covered = perfect chewy yummy goodness!)

7.  Opening the May issue of Smart Parenting and finding out that the editor chose my letter as letter of the month. Yay!

8.  Discovering Daiso Japan. The store is a wasteland - my favorite kind of waste. Haha! Colorful notebooks, mugs, cellphone covers, bolster pillows, shabby decors and a whole lot more. I can't wait to go back.

9.  Bath and showers! Anything to make me feel refreshed this hot hot summer.

10.  Having a lot of time in my hands - I didn't miss any chore this week. Being a stay-at-home mom is a whole new ballgame for me and I think I am getting used to it.

What are the things that made you happy this week? I would love to know. Join the link-up!  

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Better World


I found this quote in my Facebook feed and I thought I would share it to parents like me:


It just hits home...

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Best Friends Forever

I think Photobook and I will be best friends forever. Oh and Photoshop too. I've been teaching myself a thing or two about photoshop for the past 2 weeks and so far I am loving it. Yes, I've never made an effort to learn how to use it until I had time on my hands. Summer has her regular naps in the afternoon and I have to keep myself busy otherwise I will be bored to bits.

Here are a few of the pictures that I used in my recent Photobook project. Lined notebooks were on sale and so I decided to hit the order button and design the front and back cover.

Of course, my daughter and my niece will be best friends forever for sure...






Aren't they the cutest? 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 2

Yay, it's week 2 of my Friday's Happy Things and I am so excited to share what I have in my "happy-ness box" today. Other than adjusting to the loneliness of being away from my husband again because of his work, everything is by far very bright and cheery at home.


Anyway, here are 10 happy things for me this week:

1.   Seeing fire trees in bloom around the metro.

2.   Booking our flight tickets to Copenhagen. It will be baby's first long haul flight and I am so excited for her. Although she would probably forget all about this when she's older.

3.   Nutella! And it's buy one, get one at S&R! Somersaults, backflips and high-fives to all Nutella lovers out there. Correction: It's not buy one, get one, I just checked my receipt. It's buy two and you can avail discounted price for both. 

4.   Hearing my Baby Summer laugh for the first time. Priceless!

5.   Having tea using my vintage bone china tea sets. It's so regal. Lakas makamayaman! 

6.   Clearing my office pedestal. I am finally free from the corporate world. I am now a full-time mommy and the feeling is indescribable.

7.   Thank God for Bio Oil and Vitamin E capsules! Love, Kessa's tiger stripes 

8.   Aircon! Ah, what would I do without aircon in this crazy summer heat?

9.   Army Navy Fearless Chicken. Go and order if you want to know why this fried goodness makes me happy. Haha!    

10.  Summer falling asleep in my arms. My heart melts for joy!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Motherhood and Me: Three Months Down The Line


This year is my first time to celebrate the holiday and I am overflowing with so much love and several other emotions that only a mother feels. I knew having a child would be life-changing and I have for the most part wished to become a mother and so today I consider myself lucky to be ever granted my wish - my self-actualization. Truth be told though, nothing could have prepared me for the massive onslaught of emotions, both euphoric and downright dramatic. But at the end of the day, seeing the twinkle in Summer's eyes and savouring the sweetness of her every smile has given me so much happiness that I only once wished.

I was basically clueless when she came out - heck I was even scared to bathe her, but now things have changed and everything just feels normal (except trying to decipher what her every cry means). Here are a few things that are worth sharing from a 3-month old mommy.

1. Life with a newborn is far from perfect. 

It sure isn't perfect at all and is riddled with spit-ups and sleepless nights as well as poop blow-ups. You will catch your self second guessing yourself sometimes or even crying for feeling like a total failure. You would panic every time your baby's breathing sounds different or when her temperature is higher than normal. I am just so glad that I have a very supportive family and friends that are ever willing to help me make life with Summer close to being perfect. Life may not be perfect but it sure is full of memories that money could not buy.

2. Twenty four hours in a day is never enough.

Every one I talked to before I gave birth has told me that time management is key when caring for a newborn and I chalked it all up and claimed that I would ace managing my time but boy I was wrong. I can't seem to fit all the things that I need to do in 24 hours. It just feels shorter now and that leads to me skipping some daily rituals that I used to do, or sometimes even missing shower or sleep. They say I should sleep when baby is asleep but I use her nap time to wash her bottles, hand wash her clothes, iron and/or fold freshly laundered clothes, tidy her crib, clean the house, prepare food among other things. My husband and I have slowly adjusted to having Summer in our lives though and the situation has forced us to strive to be more efficient to make every thing we needed to do fit in our short 24 hours. So far our daily routine, although far from being 100% efficient, is working wonderfully for us. An extra hour wouldn't hurt though.

3. It takes a village to raise a child. 

And that is not a joke nor an old wive's tale - it really does take a village to raise a child. Every time I get an offer for a friend to babysit Summer, I gratefully say yes. I always accept the offer graciously and never will I ever decline such gesture (if only so I could stay in the shower longer to give my hair a proper lather). I also allowed myself to accept advices (even the unsolicited ones) and then decide which advices to follow eventually.

4. You will feel several aches and pains - I kid you not! 

I had water retention after I gave birth and it was not pretty. Good thing, one of my mommy friends shared with me that the best way to cure the bloat is to submerge my feet in icy cold water. I was hesitant to try it at first for fear of hypothermia but I eventually gave in after more than a week of enduring the sight of my bloated feet and when I followed it - it worked like magic! I delivered my baby via C-section so I also had to endure the pains of the incision until it healed. If I sit for a long time, I also feel pain in my midsection when I get up and a couple of weeks ago my right arm felt like I broke it. I had a hard time writing and lifting things and there was also a time when it felt like I've lost all feeling in my right hand. It felt like something I have never felt before. It was scary but it eventually disappeared without me taking any medication.

5. I need self-control. 

I sometimes feel like I am over sharing on social media. There's always a new picture everyday on Facebook or Instagram. I don't know how to curtail this because really I don't see anything wrong as long as I exercise discretion in choosing what I share to family and friends and to you my blog readers.  I guess I am the kind of mom who loves to document my child's milestones and I won't ever apologise for that. What's your take on this? I may reconsider and reevaluate my social media activity altogether.

So yes, I am a three-month old mommy and although challenged at times, I welcome everything that motherhood will throw my way. Let me know what is the best and worst part of your motherhood - I would love to know.



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