Friday, December 23, 2011
Of course when I told P about it, he had to see photos. They don't look so bad but she kept on pointing at them later, showing anyone who would listen.
Happy Weekend everyone!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Via turned three a couple of weeks ago. I had initially planned a proper children's party for her, inviting her friends, relatives and all the kids we know :) I had already reserved the venue and was planning the cake, giveaways, and other details. However, work was just too much the past two months and I felt too exhausted to arrange Via's party. I opted to have a simple lunch, inviting some of my friends and Via's two constant playmates.
She had plenty of presents. She's old enough to appreciate them and of course happy to have a lot of it. She needed help opening her presents though.
One of her favorite toys now is this cake and ice cream set from her Ninang Pearl. My friends also gave her a toy kitchen which needed their collaboration to put together. Children's toys are much too complicated now.
I ordered Via's cake from Red Ribbon because last time I checked, Goldilocks did not make marshmallow icing anymore. When I was still planning the children's party, I wanted to order from Marta's Cakes because they had a really nice Angelina Ballerina birthday cake which, by the way, is Via's birthday party theme. I went to Red Ribbon to order the cake 5 days in advance to make sure there was no mishap with the cake. On the day itself, I called an hour before to remind them but couldn't get through. The phone was busy. When I finally heard it ringing, no one answered and it went to voicemail. After several tries with the party already underway, I finally left a message on their voicemail. I am sooo disappointed with Red Ribbon. Via's party was almost halfway through when it arrived. Never again!
Also, Red Ribbon had limited themes. I ordered a generic cake with some figurine on top (which I did not place on the cake) and made the Angelina Ballerina cake toppers myself.
Via's party, small as it was, was a big success. Like my friend Bex said, it was a blockbuster. Our small unit, was packed. I did not expect so many people to come. Good thing we did not run out of food.
The food was super too. I ordered them from a friend from badminton who does catering. We had spaghetti, chicken lollipop, laing, and fruit salad. I made Beef Rendang and Tita N made Pancit Molo, an Ilonggo specialty. The photos don't do the food justice especially the laing. It's really a must try!
We were in constant communication with P, sending him photos and videos through BBM. It was like he was there too. I so love BBM!
The next day at Sabbath School, Via also had a celebration. We gave lootbags to her classmates and they sang happy birthday for her. The teachers had a cardboard birthday cake just for singing happy birthday to little kiddies.
Until three years ago, I told friends I did not particularly want children and I was content to have a dog who adored me no matter what. I said having a dog is the same thing. Now that I have Via, it certainly is NOT the same thing. I still love dogs but I am so very grateful to have this very special little girl. She has enriched my life in ways I have never imagined. I am also thankful for having P in my life. Before him, I did not know how limited my life was.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
We didn't stay out too long as her meds had to be taken every 6 hours. However, short it was, she enjoyed it.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Nothing is more scary for a mother than her child getting sick I woke up one morning to see Via breathing a little too fast. I decided to give her ventolin through the nebulizer. I asked her aunt who's taking care of her to give her ventolin once more at lunchtime. When I got home after work, her breathing was worse. Even her stomach was heaving with the effort to breathe. We went to the ER at Medical City. She was given ventolin again as soon as we got there. There is a pedia section in the ER and it was full of children. Her breathing was checked through a breathing monitor which indicated she was not getting enough oxygen. After nebulizing, Via had a blood test done. She was given ventolin through the nebulizer twice more, then we were told she had to be admitted. She had bronchial asthma.
She was connected to an IV. I remember last time she had a blood test, she did not cry when blood was taken and she didn't cry this time either. It looks really awful on a toddler though. Through all this I was communicating with P who was in Jakarta by BBM. I so love BBM. I just got my Blackberry two days ago and it helped me through this tough time. I took pictures and videos of Via and sent them to P by BBM. Doctors in the ER can make mistakes and it was calming to know that he was there to guide me and help me understand what was going on and what had to be done.
We stayed in the ER for about 5 hours because there was no private room available and Via had to have an x-ray. The hospital was full. While at the Admitting section, I overheard a mother being told she was number 16 on the list and there were no check outs expected that night. The earliest check out would be lunchtime the next day. What! I didn't want to spend the night in the ER even if Via did have a bed and cubicle. So I asked if maybe there was a ward available. After some checking, I was told there was an available bed in the ward and I took it. After getting her x-ray, we were brought to the ward on the 6th floor. I have never stayed in a ward and I had an idea that it would be cramped and dirty and noisy. I was really surprised to see that it was very clean and spacious. The bathroom was roomy as well with a shower stall (with hot and cold water), and a toilet for male and female. It was very clean with each cubicle having 2 trash bins emptied regularly.
A resident under Via's pediatrician came to see us that night to check on Via and her pedia also came in the morning. The x-ray result said she had pneumonia but that was expected because she had difficulty breathing.
Finally getting some rest. The effort to breathe has really tired her out. We stayed there two nights because she had to be nebulized every two hours. When she improved, we got clearance to go home and continue treatment at home, this time at 6 hour intervals which was manageable at home.
I'm very happy with Medical City. This is where I gave birth and I've been satisfied with their service every time. Prompt meals, efficient nurses, and efficient billing/check out. It took me all of 5 minutes to settle her bill.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
One Saturday, the Cradle Roll (0-3 years old) Sabbath school did not have a class. Since we were there, Via and I dropped in on the 3-5 year old Sabbath school. I had only intended to observe to pass the time before church service. However, the teacher included her in the activities. It's coloring a picture of Joseph imprisoned by the Pharoah. She enjoyed it and yes, I think she's ready to go to pre-school. She has fond memories of her summer pre-school class and still remembers the friends she made there. Hopefully, she'll see them again when she goes to pre-school fulltime.
The finished product. Needs a little work on coloring :)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Last Friday, my friend Pearl and I wanted to treat ourselves to a nice lunch. But where? We seemed to have gone through all the food places in SM Megamall. Then she said, I'd like to eat pasta. That decided it! I suddenly remembered Amici at the SM Megamall Atrium. It's been ages since I last ate there. I was also in the mood for gelato :)
I had Spinach Ravioli, I think it's new. Wasn't on the menu last time. I forgot how much, about P230. Yummy, I loved that it was creamy with some sprinkling of parmesan cheese, love cheese. The waiter placed it at the center of our table, he thought it was for sharing. I said, no I don't share, it's just for me :)
We did share this Al Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese Pizza), P290. Did I say I looooove cheese?
Pearl had Spaghetti Al Pomodoro, P175. I like that one too.
Of course, must not forget my gelato, Mint with Chocolate, one scoop, P60.
Pearl had Choco with Nuts.
I also had iced tea, bottomless at P90 and Pearl has a coke. Always happy to eat at Amici. Linking up with Food Trip Friday!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
awaited dreaded month (October) is here which means work in my office goes into high gear. My co-workers and I have mixed feelings about it. We dread the long work hours including weekends but we love the overtime pay. So we just focus on the good part.
The good news is Daddy is here to visit! He arrived this morning unannounced (well I knew he was coming but kept it a secret so Via will be surprised). Via was a little disoriented at first and could only stare at Daddy but after a while she wrapped her arms around him. She was so excited that we couldn't get her to go back to sleep. Here they sit "chatting."
Daddy gave us a little something from Indonesia. I got a nice pashmina/batik shawl and a coffee mug and organic Bali coffee.
I like that his gifts always show how he chooses them carefully taking note of what we like. Because it's so cold at work I like having a lot of shawls to keep me warm and I also love a cup of coffee in the morning. He's not showy but his thoughtfulness comes through his actions. That's it from happy, happy me :) Happy weekend everyone!
Linking up with Food Trip Friday!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Whenever I bring my daughter to the office, my bosses and co-workers just love to give her cookies, chocolates, anything they think she will like. Her haul this time will probably last her a month if Mommy can help herself not eating the chocolates :)
One boss was passing by my workstation when he saw Via. Oh, the Princess is here! he said. I'll get her cookies from the Commissary, butter cookies okay with her? :) Then a Japanese boss saw her and said I have goodies from Japan, it's healthy and good for her. Another boss also rushed to the Commissary and got her 4 chocolate bars! And they all took some time talking with her. It helps her improve her sociability. Now she doesn't cry when other people try to carry her and she remembers some of Mommy's friends and gives them a kiss when she sees them. Her favorite seems to be Tita Becky for now :)
Happy weekend everyone!
Monday, September 26, 2011
A friend's toddler went through a "belt" phase. His daughter wanted to wear a belt with everything. I guess this is the age when toddlers get obsessed with certain things or behavior. Via is obsessed with being a ballerina from watching Angelina Ballerina. She calls her dresses tutu and her sneakers, ballet shoes. That will be the theme of her birthday party and I will buy her a tutu and ballet shoes for her birthday. But for now, she's happy with her sneakers/ballet shoes.
She likes these shoes because she can walk on tiptoe like a ballerina as it's hard rubber on the toe part. She wears them everywhere even at home. She only takes them off when she goes to bed or taking a bath.
A photo of her at the park in her pajamas standing on tiptoe.
I wish I could document everything she does. Most of it are amusing and some surprises me with her understanding. Another development is that she reads out the letters in words. I've been teaching her how a letter sounds like. So when we read, I spell out the word then read it by how each letter sounds. As in B-A-B-Y. Buh Ah Buh e....BABY! This morning at breakfast, she was buttering her bread when she read out the letters of the brand of butter.
Now read it out Via, I said. So she read it out: Buh buh TTER! So much for my reading lessons :)