April 9

Losing a Nanny and my Realizations

For almost a year, Little H’s nanny has been very dependable. I was amazed by her patience and concern for my son. She was very much involved in taking care of Little H and has been taught so well by his therapist. In short, she knew so well how to take care of our Little Boy. So it came such a big surprise to me when one day she decided not to come back after taking her usual scheduled day off. No hint or whatsoever. She said her reasons (via text , no less!) but I find it shallow. But nevertheless, we have no option but to take it as it is.

To say that it was tough losing her was an understatement. It was a challenge. We immediately started looking for her replacement since we definitely need a helping hand in taking care of Little H. As days passed that we did not have a nanny, I came to realize a lot of things. And these realizations made my understand why “losing that dependable nanny” event has to happen.

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March 27

A Different Holy Week

It has been a yearly tradition for our family to have Visita Iglesia every Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We do it two nights in a row just so our kids, EA and Little H won’t get tired from driving from one church to another. It was something that we always look forward to, and this year, I already planned the churches we will visit  and our itineraries for those two days.

However, our plans made a 360 shift when Little H got sick which started on Palm Sunday morning. He had raging fever of 39.3C but we can not seem to see any obvious cause like cough or colds. We initially thought that it was Tonsilitis but then I scratched the idea since he was eating so well. Monday came and still fever is on and off despite taking paracetamol. We visited his pedia, taking with us the results of his urinalysis which also showed normal results. His pediatrician, Dra. Tita Villanueva-Uy, having been Little H’s pedia since he was born, was also concerned about his fever. The usual suspect, pneumonia, is of the running since his lungs are clear. Thus, she ordered for a complete blood count (CBC) that night. We got the result the following morning which showed that his platelets are way below than normal range. She asked that we had it repeated the following day, and we did. It was alarming how quickly his platelets dropped in just 36 hours. She then asked to take Little H to the hospital. Her hunch is correct, our little boy has Dengue fever.
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February 18

To my EA on his Eighth!

My Dearest Son Heinel,

Happy, happy birthday! Oh how wonderful it is to be eight, isn’t it? We approach this day with nothing but pure gladness and gratitude in our hearts. Looking at you now, I can not help but be proud of myself and Dad for we feel that we have done a wonderful job so far on being your parents. You are such a kind, sweet, loving, happy and understanding young man. Credits could not all go to us, son for you are raised and loved by an entire family made up of not just me and Dad, but also your Tito, Tita and Grandma. You are a reflection of the love given to you by all of us.
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September 10

Dreamplay: Our Family Experience

For our Sunday family activity, we decided to visit Dreamplay by Dream Works, located at City of Dreams in Manila. The amusement center mainly features well loved characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Dinotrux. Unlike most theme parks, Dreamplay does not have exciting rides or thrilling booths. But rather, they have different activities to awaken the mind and body of  the kids and the kids-at-heart.

Below are some tidbits about our family experience, and some tips on how to make the most of your visit to Dreamplay.
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August 4

Well Spent Rainy Holiday Afternoon

A day in which it is both a holiday and a rainy day can both mean ultimate boredom for my kids. As a mom, it is a challenge for me on how to keep them off gadgets like Ipad or game consoles. This week, I decided to engage my son into baking! No, I am definitely not a pro when it comes to baking. We just bought some ready made brownie mix from the grocery store. The good thing about these ready made boxes is that you can be 75% sure of the taste. The 25% will depend on how you will strictly follow the remaining instructions and ingredients.

It is so easy to get Heinel excited into baking, and I guess most kids are. Why? Because it is something new. As soon as I told him  that we will baking our snack for the day, he can hardly wait. He prepared the ingredients himself!

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June 14

A Productive Summer

Today is officially the last weekend of summer vacation for EA. On Monday, school will resume and he will begin his new adventures in 2nd grade. But before we start school, here is what EA was up to during the summer.

Since last year, we had been wanting to enroll EA to Karate so he can learn martial arts. But we were not successful then because EA was so scared of the instructor. I guess he found him intimidating as his voice tends to get loud (but not shouting) whenever he teaches his students. EA also does not like the loud music being played during warm up. We thought he will get over it so we enrolled him but even after 3-4 attendance in class, EA still has not joined any drill and so we decided to cancel his enrollment.

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