Just this week Little H was admitted to the hospital again due to pneumonia. It scared us, and memories of December 2012 came back when Little H had to spend his first Christmas in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Second to his preterm birth, it was one of the most challenging times we had as a family. Good thing that Little H was a strong boy and his hospitalization took only 3 days this time.
Now that he is at home with us, it made me look back at our Christmas celebration last year, 2013. It was memorable and emotional because it is Little H’s first Christmas at home. Let me share some of our photos:
Both me and my husband, Daddy S, work full time as accountants of different companies. We are blessed to have with us my mother-in-law who takes charge of taking care of our two kids while both of us are work. We also have a helper and nanny at home whom we really depend on to a lot. Without these people to support us, I am definitely not be able to balance motherhood and career.
And since weekdays are spent more at work (which includes the nasty travel time), Saturdays and Sundays are exclusive family days. I treasure these days so much because it is when we became the core of our existence, and that is as parents. I look forward to these days of the week when it is just the four of us who goes out, eat together and just do things together. I enjoy the exclusivity of just our small family experiencing things together. Aside from going out, weekends are also the time that I get to do usual mommy stuff. I enjoy giving my kids a bath, driving little H to therapy or playing video games with EA. Yes, it can be tiring at times. But you know what, since I have very limited quantity time, a try to make it the best quality. Kids grow up so fast (believe me, this is true!) and when they grow up, and I want to experience every thing with them.
Every year, I look forward to decorating the house for Christmas. I have always wanted a home full of lights and decors because it serves as clear indication of the great festivity and celebration that we are about to celebrate on the 25th of December. For the past years, the focus has always been the Christmas tree and the lights. But since we already have a sturdy tree and I think the decors are enough, I decided to make this year’s project, a garland for our front gate.
Merriam-Webster defines garland as a circular or spiral arrangement of intertwined material (as flowers or leaves). I have always wanted one for our door or gate.
Photo Credits: perfectly_diy_ideas.com
My first born, EA is a very shy type of kid. He is not very comfortable in large crowds and being the center of everyone’s attention. In fact, since he was born we have not thrown him a big and grand party. For his 1st and 2nd birthday, we just made reservations to a restaurant and had lunch with family and some of EA’s godparents. On his 3rd birthday, he opted to spend our day at Ocean Park.
However, when EA started going to (pre) school, it is inevitable that he celebrates his birthday in school because it falls on a school day. His pre-school allows mini parties during snack time with his classmates and I think he is more comfortable with that because it is just his classmates, teachers, and us. Of course as a Mom, even though it is a small party, I still want it well planned and memorable especially for him. Here is how I plan EA’s mini parties in school:
The past few days we had been very busy looking for the best high chair for our Little H. Alright, I admit, for Dads this might be a very easy and “no-brainer” task but hey, I am a Mom and so I am allowed to be very picky before finding the right one, after all, high chairs are not very cheap, right?
Aside from dining, Little H will also use his high chair for playing and therapy activities especially on his sitting program. Thus, the one that we will buy must meet all these requirements. I initially knew that it must be a convertible chair because most of his play activities are on the mat. There are very limited high chairs that are convertible and to be honest, I only found two, but luckily, with distinct material, so we can have a choice. But both of them can be a high chair when elevated on its stand, and a regular chair (with straps) which can be placed in the floor, and the stand can function as the table.
For working parents like me and my husband, we always look forward to weekends because it is the time that we get to spend exclusively with our kids. Each week we look forward to Saturdays and Sundays. So it is a double treat when long weekends happen!
Meal time for the Family!
Time check: 1:20am
Yup, it is indeed the wee hours of the morning. I am preparing some home drills for EA to prepare him for his upcoming quizzes and improve his cursive writing as well.
It is July so it means our EA has already been in his new BIG school for almost a month now. He is slowly adjusting and as each day progresses, I am convinced that after all our considerations, we enrolled him in the right school (read about our decision process here). Just like his former school, his big school has a small classroom setup with just 24 students (boys and girls) and 1 teacher. This made the adjustment easier for him. During those times when I fetched him, I saw that he is already talking and sharing some good laughs with his classmates and he mentions some of their names to me when I ask who plays with him often.