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On Fevers and Barrage of Calls

Homaygash! Time flies so fast talaga!

If hindi pa mag-Holy week I wouldn’t be able to update my blog again.

I didn’t go to work today because it’s Holy Wednesday already and I just want to unwind from the barrage of calls, emails, FB messages, viber messages and the likes. Sometimes gusto ko na talaga isumpa ang mga tawag but then I remember something I read from Donald Trump’s book. He said as a CEO his phone constantly rings and rings. But no matter how busy he is, he always makes time to take calls and return calls because he there was the time when his phone stopped ringing and that it was scarier when his phone didn’t ring.

So whenever I feel tired and cranky I always remember this and it instantly improves my mood. I try to imagine the phone not ringing and scary talaga. That’s why even when my phone’s message notification beeps at 10pm I still take time to answer. I draw a line from taking phone calls na at night because there’s only so much I can take but if it’s a message then what’s a few seconds to answer. :)

But today is different. I forgot to tell you that the real reason I stayed at home the whole day because my youngest is sick. He’s been having an off and on fever since yesterday. I think it’s not that serious but I still decided to stay at home.  Kids need their mothers when they’re sick. I’m lucky my husband works at home and I don’t need to leave my kids with our kasambahay but iba pa rin talaga ang bond ng kids and their mommies.

Like kanina, Zack was trying to sleep. I was not with him because his Daddy was with him naman. I was at the sala watching TV. An hour passed and he was not still sleeping. I checked on them and he looked tired and but his eyes were still open. So I just laid beside him and hugged him. His Kuya Z hummed a lullaby for him – let me just put on record that although Kuya loves his little brother so much he wanted him to sleep right away so he can make takas and go outside to play. Well, it worked like magic and Zack has been sleeping ever since. I’m beside him now watching over him and blogging. He opened his eyes a few minutes ago and I lulled him back to sleep. Ayan tulog na tulog pa rin. :)

Iba talaga ang presence ng mga nanay. My kids are both boys and sometimes I get envious at my husband because with the two boys may instant barkada na sya agad. But then he tells me even though he makes it fun for the two of them mas love na love daw nila ako and nakakainis daw. hahaha!

Here’s Zack photo before he went to sleep.
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Please send prayers for my little boy. We will be spending the Holy Week together and I promise to give him undivided attention. Crossing my fingers he gets well soon!
 

2nd Birthday Celebration

We celebrated Zack’s birthday last Sunday. Since a picture is worth a thousand words let me just bomb you with pictures from his birthday.

Here goes:
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Since he was so good in blowing his candle we let him blow it three times.

Happy birthday, Zachary! Smile pa lang sulit na ang party. We love you so much!

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Two Years…

December is finally around the corner! What I used to like about this month aside from the lots of festivities of course, is the 13th month pay. It’s the only time in a year that employees receive twice the amount of their salaries. Sadly, because I am no longer an employee I don’t have this privilege. It’s been five years since I quit my job so it’s been that long too that I have not been receiving any 13th month pay. Not having an employer may mean I do away with such benefits and I don’t have the right to join worker’s unions like the nh credit union which qualifies you to get a loan when you need it but as a mom with two young kids it’s a sacrifice that I’m willing to make.

December is also pretty special because it is the month I became a mother for the second time. We waited 6 years for our second child so we thought we were quite ready when he arrived. He has been such a joy to us, his parents, and his older brother who loves him very much but I wasn’t prepared for the demands of breastfeeding. The truth was, breastfeeding my youngest exclusively for two years has been tough – many times! During the past two years there not only once did I feel like giving it up because it was so demanding. I’m ashamed to say this but there were times I felt I was losing years of my life because I was taking care of him 24/7.  But now that our breastfeeding experience is coming to an end I could not help but be wistful. When you look back it was indeed an awesome journey and something I would not exchange for the world. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I was working a 9 to 5 job. The reward was not monetary in value but something more priceless and enduring.

In a few days he will be turning two. How time flies indeed!  Everyday he surprise us with his new antics and he’s such a revelation to us. When I see he is growing up to be smart, active, and with lots of punk I know it’s all so so worth it.

Happy two years my dear Zack! We love you so so much!

 

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My Cheeky Boy

Zack is already 20 months. I have to admit, he is no longer a baby. He doesn’t want me to hold him whenever he’s walking around. He prefers to walk by himself. When I try to persuade him to go one direction, he insists on going the other direction. Such a naughty boy, I tell you! He indeed has a mind of his own.

Like this Sunday I had to chase him around the wooden church chairs because he was running. Good thing I am smarter than my 20 months old. I figured chasing will only make him run more. He thinks it is a game and that I am playing with him. So I try to ignore him and make him think I’m not looking. Sure enough he doesn’t run away. He comes back to where I am sitting.

Here’s his latest picture with his Kuya taken at Serendra last week.

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Zack’s Day Out

Last Sunday we went to MOA just to try going to a different mall. Usually, we go to the nearest mall but this time we had time to kill and we wanted to see some new sights so off we went to MOA. Now what I don’t like about MOA is how big the place is. It’s not conducive for a mom like me with two kids. It’s hard walking around with the kids in tow and at MOA you need to walk a lot because it’s really big.

Another reason why I wanted to go there was so we can hang by the seaside and enjoy the scenery and let the kids play in their outdoor playsets.

Anyway, we didn’t get to do that because when Zack saw this ride-on car he got so excited. He didn’t want to go down anymore. Just look at his smile. He really loves that car!

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Zack thought he was the driver but it was really Kuya who did all the hard work pushing him around. Good job, Kuya!

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So we walked around MOA just so he can enjoy his ride. We must have been walking for almost two hours already but he still didn’t want to go down his car. I knew he was already tired because he didn’t take a nap that morning so how he managed to keep his eyes open for that long must have took superhuman effort from him.

While he was enjoying his ride I took the opportunity to do some window shopping, going in and out of stores. But when I came back I saw this.

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I saw hubby and Z laughing at him. I asked what happened and they said while he was driving they could see he was fighting to keep his eyes open. His head was swaying from side to side coz he would fall asleep a second and then wake up in a jolt. When they tried to removed him he got mad and threatened to throw a tantrum. So hubby made him lean on the backseat. He refused for a bit but then exhaustion took over and he simply closed his eyes and slept like a baby. Poor, Zack, the mind is still willing but the body already gave up!

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The Day Zack Arrived

I found Zack’s birth pictures! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about the day I gave birth to him. It was last April 2010 when I announced I was pregnant. I had it relatively easy during pregnancy but we all know that’s not an indication with what will happen during labor.

I can still remember that day as if it was yesterday. After spending 2 days in the clinic awaiting for my baby’s delivery I finally gave up waiting and went home. Even with baby number two I still CAN’T distinguish between a false alarm and the real thing. *sigh!

That’s the reason why two weeks later, on December 2nd, I was still hesitant to go back even when my water bag was already leaking for a full 24 hours. I was waiting for contractions and I didn’t want to go until I felt them. I found out later I put my child’s life in danger and my baby was injected with antibiotics (I think it was that) for a week after he came out as a consequence. When I finally went back to the clinic (mainly because my mom ordered me to go asap) my hubby was at the office and I was only with Z and Bam. I felt no pain or contractions so I decided to just wait for the contractions to come by myself and sent them home. This was feasible because the clinic where I was giving birth was just a 3-minute walk from our house. I thought it was going to be a long wait but, surprise, within five minutes I was already doubling in pain. The midwives were in their room and I was alone in the hallway where I was previously walking back and forth. There were no patients either. I didn’t want to alarm them because I wanted to be sure. I went to the comfort room and tried to do number 2 just to be sure it was the real thing coming out and not you know what. haha! When I still felt unbelievable pain afterwards that was the only time when I called out for help.

They said each pregnancy is different. With my firstborn I was calmly timing the in-between contractions. When the contractions where about 5 minutes apart, I told my husband matter-of-factly to take me to the clinic where my baby took me by surprise by coming out only after me pushing for four whole hours! It was so exhausting I even declared I was giving up. I wanted to sleep to regain my strength and just continue pushing later. But the midwife wanted none of it so I kept on pushing until he finally came out. Thank, God!

With my second child, the contractions were nonexistent which took me by surprise and my experience was easier because I only had to push for an hour and he was out.

But the story didn’t end there. Baby and I were both cleaned and wheeled in our private room after. That’s when I realized my hubby doesn’t even know I already gave birth! Good thing the phone was within reach so I texted him. He thought I was kidding. Anyway, I never let him forget that moment until now. haha!

And here he is, his first pictures:
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With his proud Kuya.
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And proud Mom. The fact that I can already smile after a fews hours meant I had it relatively easy this time. When Z was born I couldn’t muster a smile for a picture. Labor was that difficult the first time. haha!
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Finally Dad arrived. Ehem, you were late, Dad!haha
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Guitar Lesson 101 with Zack

My hubby’s schedule is so hectic! Aside from teaching our kids basketball in the morning he also goes out of his way to teach music to other kids twice a week. That’s why when I see him doing all of this I feel proud of having a husband just like him. Never mind that he doesn’t give me gold chains I still feel blessed that he ended up as my husband. Continue reading

Look Who Attended his First Guitar Lesson!

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, there is summer music lessons in our church. It is a nice activity for the kids who are now on summer break. Best of all, it is free and their parents don’t have to pay anything. All they need to do is show up and they will learn to play a musical instrument.

Hubby is in charge of the guitar lessons.

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Zack and I tagged along to check them out.

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Before long, the little kid was walking up and down like a supervisor.

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“You got to listen to my Daddy or else…” – Zack
 

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Kuya is focused on the lesson.

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When Daddy clapped his hands Zack also clapped his little hands.

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Next time I’ll let him sit in with his guitar.

Is your kid attending summer lessons too? Tell me about it.

Zack’s First Haircut

Oh gosh, the past week has been filled of activity after activity and I haven’t blogged a single thing! I have so many kwento so no more intro and I’ll just go to the main event.

Last week, Zack had his first haircut! Actually, it’s his second haircut but during the first time we cheated and did it while he was sleeping. He just turned one year old that time. I held him while his Dad cut his hair. Result: no pic and uneven haircut.

This time, we decided to do it the hard way – while he was wide awake and kicking. Side note: on our eldest we didn’t think of cutting his hair ourselves. We had to find a barber brave enough to cut. We would get turned down because they don’t do small kid’s hair. It was only later we learned that the first haircut was done mostly by parents.

Being first timers in this haircutting thing, it was a disaster at first.

Daddy tried to cut his hair while he was standing up. It was a bad idea because he tried to run away.

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I tried to get him to sit on my lap but he insisted on going down.

At last, we found the solution.

If you want to do this at home you would need a chair, scissors, and – an iPad! The latter to keep him entertained while you snip and snip, of course. Be sure to keep his favorite toys at arm’s reach too. In Zack’s case we had his two guitars by his side.

He was so distracted he didn’t even notice what Daddy was doing.

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Got to cut these strays – Daddy.

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But watch out for sudden movements!

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Sit tight, Zack we’re almost done.

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This haircut is a success!

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24 Hour Fever

Zack gave us a scare yesterday. We were about to sleep when I noticed he was running with fever. I thought it would be gone when we wake up the next day but it persisted throughout the day. He didn’t want to eat and play. He just wanted to be cuddled. He didn’t want anyone to hold him but me. So we were together literally the whole 24 hours yesterday. His Dad is also worried sick and spent the night taking care of him. I’m glad we can be with him when he needs us the most but it was really tiring taking care of a sick baby. While some parents would resort to Acid cigars to take some of the stress off I, on the other hand, tried to sleep it off. As soon as I saw him nod to sleep I also took a rest. This way I know I’ll be strong enough to take care of him and not get sick afterwards.

Anyway, the good news is when we woke up this morning he was already fine and dandy. He’s already playing a little and eating some of his favorite food. Right now he’s at the kitchen eating some fruits with our helper that’s why I was able to sneak some time to do my work.