Yesterday, Perze noticed that Elle has developed the “ticklish-ies” … If you bury your face on her tummy, chest, or neck, she’ll smile with glee. Also, since only a few weeks of life, she’s easily given to smiling. These days, if she’s in a good mood, she’ll smile, given the code words, “HI!, oooooooooooo, and you’re gonna smile.” She’ll show you her cute dimples on each cheek. Also, just last week, she rolled over on her own. Amidst her sisters and her cousins all making a cacophony of noises, she rolled over on the playmat, trying to get attention as well. Also, she will watch a little tv. I’ve noticed that her head and gaze will tune in to the tv for only a few minutes, then get bored. This usually allows me time to make her a bottle of milk if I need to, or go to the bathroom. ————– little tidbit of the moment: Perze came home from the Phils. and relayed that her Lola Nene calls her ‘Nonai’ … So cute how our daughters have sooooo many nicknames 🙂 … Here’s some to add for the moment. Wonder which ones will stick: 1) Elle […]
I caught Zienne on the computer trying to click on the skype buttons to dial her dad. She said to me, “Mamam, don’t you want to call Tatay? I miss him.” Twins…
This year alone, I have heard the news of people passing away- people who have left an imprint on me who I’ve always known to be admirable, spirit strong, integrity driven individuals who were called back Home. Last night, Tita Son passed away and she is in my memory as one of those strong individuals. Having grown up in the states brought the difficult challenge to spend time with my aunts, uncles, cousins. But those very few times, I’m glad Tita son reached out to know me and my young family. Once, we all went to Longwood Gardens, and I remember her walking and holding hands with Emma. It made me happy to see her fill in those missing gaps from my childhood, despite how short the visits were. It was always heart warming to hear her duets with mama as their similar laughter meld together. I cannot help but think that these are giants in my childhood that are now gone. Time is so fleeting, and those who were once pillars of strength have surrendered to death. My hope lies in my unwavering belief that there is a promise stronger than death, which lies further than the grave. My […]
We’re dedicating Elleonai on December 16, 10am at SJBCI Church. We invite our friends and family to share in this important event in her life. Join us for a lunch reception after the service. A special thank you to our families, the Fabila and Ababa families and the Godmothers and Godfathers who will stand with us in dedicating her life to God. We are indeed truly blessed being surrounded by the love and effort to guide us in raising our beloved daughter, Elle. Elle, may your life bring joy to others as you live a life making His praise glorious.
Too many parents have the misconception that early institutional education is the best for their child. I say it’s hands on time you spend w/ them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging parents who put their kids into preschool or prepreschool, or daycare the minute they’re born. I understand that people can’t afford staying home and others have jobs to pay the bills. What I do encourage, from experience is parents being actively involved in their children’s early education rather than soley administering the responsibility to a daycare/school. I had one mother who had a child in the same grade as my daughter, come up to me and ask me how Emma is at reading. I told her that she’s in a higher reading level. She started complaining that her child was in a lower reading level even though she took her child to an after school learning center twice a week. She asked me what I did with Emma to foster her reading and I simply replied, “I read WITH her everyday.” Yes, I was there to supervise her reading. And for the record, Emma isn’t naturally the strongest reader. She really works hard to progress to […]
Happy two months beloved Elleonai. Looking at this picture, I’m surprised with how big she’s gotten in just two months. On her birth day, I can remember this tiny, fragile, six pound baby with a pointy chin and inquisitive stare. Now, she has a double chin and the most pleasant heart-melting smiles. Even today, when she woke up, she greeted me with a wide dimpled grin, following with a succession of smiles for my morning. And as I continued talking to her about anything I can think of, she would try to respond with baby coos and ahs. We were at it for a whole hour, and it’s a promising sign that we’ll be best of friends indeed. She will greet me every busy morning like this. Love you little Nightingale.