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Joining in the Activities

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Twerp started attending Sabbath School last April. At the beginning all she did was sit in my lap and watch. She didn't even want to sit on the little chairs for the babies and toddlers. After three months of attending Sabbath School, she's beginning to be more active. I'm happy with this new development because it's a big concern for  me that she learn to socialize. I was an only child and was painfully shy growing up. I don't want her to be like me.


And here she is the other Saturday, kneeling to pray.


Cherishing the Moments

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I just realized, I actually wish that yaya would go on a day off (overnight off actually) more often. Since she took care of my baby a year ago, she's had less that 10 days off, her choice. This weekend she asked to take off overnight again and I was excited. Early morning, Daddy left to go on duty.

So here we are, just the two of us, in front of the computer while typing this post. I love it and I really enjoy every moment with her. She full of new tricks, new words and ways of communicating and really so sweet. Right now, she's feeding me her raisins.

I won't stay here too long. After finishing this post, we will check out the Magic English video I got from Grollier's. Not too long, just 5 minutes as Daddy said strictly no TV or video. I'll do a post on that later.


What the Twerp had for Breakfast

Saturday, July 24, 2010

We are running out of breakfast ideas especially when Daddy strictly wants the Twerp to eat no meat or processed food. She gets tired of eating the same things over and over like cereals, oatmeal, raisin bread or egg. Today I thought of having grilled cheese for breakfast. Actually, Daddy is also against cheese but I think it's healthy food, a good source of calcium. A baby can really influence meals in the house.

Home made grilled cheese cut into toddler-size pieces. I guess she liked it, she ate a lot!


Trouble Sleeping

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Just last week a friend asked me if the Twerp cries before she goes to sleep. I said no. We put her to bed where she continues playing a bit, reading her book and then all of a sudden she would lie down asleep instantly. I guess I spoke too soon. Two days ago, she started crying at bedtime. It must be another phase, I hope. 

I tried to follow advise I read about helping your child sleep without having to put her to sleep. It will help her later on especially when she wakes up in the middle of the night. It's been somewhat successful except for the crying episodes the past couple of days. I will help her sleep in the meantime by carrying her as she always wanted. I hope she gets comfort from it. She has been extra clingy and has been crying at the slightest thing. 



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Typhoon Basyang was expected to hit Manila at 11PM last night. Storm signal no. 1 was up. It was right on schedule. The power went out around midnight and I heard howling of the wind and banging of the doors of the units in our building. I had hoped that power outtage would only last an hour or so. However, morning came, I was getting ready for work and still no electricity. Via had a restless night and was drenched in sweat when she woke up. I decided to bring Via and her caregiver to the office for breakfast. It was storm signal no. 2 in Manila and kids from elementary to high school had no classes.

We had breakfast of vegetable omelet, jamon and fried rice for me, beans and fresh milk for the Twerp, and bread with cheese and coffee for her caregiver. I left them in the cafeteria after breakfast. I later found out that my officemate's son was also at the office and that there was a blackout throughout Metro Manila. I decided to move Via to where my officemate's son was staying, at the lobby, so they could play. When we got to the lobby, there were so many children! Apparently we all had the same idea of having our kids stay at the office where there's electricity and it's cool.

The Twerp had fun playing with the "big" kids. After lunch, I brought them back to the lobby but after the lunchtime crowd was gone from the cafeteria, they went back there so the Twerp could nap. She looked exhausted from the rough night.

I sure hope the power comes back on so we don't have to go through hot, uncomfortable, sleepless night again. Meralco, the power company twitted that only 20% of power has been restored so far. They're charging atrocious rates for electricity, they should move faster and restore power in Manila.


Teaching a Toddler

Monday, July 12, 2010

Toddlers really do have very short attention spans. Been teaching the Twerp the alphabet, numbers, colors, etc. but it’s tricky. Sometimes, she initiates it by giving me a book she wants to read. In those instances, we are able to read and learn for a longer period of time. At other times when I initiate learning, after one or two minutes her attention is on something else. When directed back to what we were doing, she would cry and refuse.

I decided to incorporate learning with playing and doing things she enjoys. Here are some ways that I hope will help her learn faster.

  • The Twerp loves taking a shower, anything to do with water. Whenever, we bathe, I name parts of her body.
  • She now loves brushing her teeth. When brushing, I count the strokes 10 times each for the front teeth, the molars, the tongue.
  • Same when she’s playing with the contents of my bag. We count whatever catches her attention such as coins, pens, etc.
  • At the mall, whenever she picks up an item, I tell her the color.
  • When I’m at the computer, she sometimes sits on my lap and wants to “type.” So I let her by asking her to find the letter I need.

I hope the fun setting will make her more receptive to learning. 


Old Friends

Sunday, July 11, 2010

We all have friends that we have lost touch with. Once they were so much a part of our lives that we talked to them several times a day and see them all the time. I've had bestfriends at different times in my life. In elementary, high school, college, my first job...There were times when we separated just to go home and sleep, then are together again the next day. But as we move on in our life, we meet new people, make new friends and experience other things. It doesn't mean that they cease to be our bestfriends. I have kept in touch with all my old friends, even from elementary.

Last Friday I had dinner with my friend from college, Whilma and her husband. Our friend Judy couldn't make it. It came about because last week Judy came to my office for a job interview. We caught up with each other and wondered about Whilma. We lost touch with her several years ago when she resigned from her work. No mobile number or email.

I decided to look her up on facebook. No luck but I found her brother. I sent a message to him to which he replied giving me Whilma's mobile number. That was around lunchtime on Friday. After texting back and forth, we made plans to meet. We had dinner at Max's Fried Chicken in Greenbelt and had the Chicken all-you-can-eat promo. That was such a good deal. I haven't even finished my first chicken, here comes the waiter giving me my a second piece. I stopped with the second chicken. More than that feels like gluttony :)
It was funny because she couldn't believe all that has happened in my life since we last saw each other. I was shocked as well to know that my godchild (her eldest) is already working! Before separating that night, we made a vow to see each other regularly. I sure hope we do.


Dealing with Toddler Meltdown

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Twerp generally has a good, happy disposition. Lately though, she has been resorting to crying whenever she does not get her way. We try to avoid the meltdown triggers but the triggers are always different. 

One day she would happily eat her broccoli with rice but today she would not have even one spoon of it. Or she wants to have juice and would not stop crying and kicking. Daddy and I stuck to our guns though. No matter how much crying and kicking she does, we don't give in. I know it's mostly because she is still unable to communicate what she wants. We try talking to her after the meltdown to explain what happened.

It's well and good when we're home but I don't know how we would deal with a meltdown outside the home. It's important not to get "bullied" by the Twerp to give in to what she wants to avoid the stares of other people. Parents should keep cool, distract the child and leave. This phase can be difficult or manageable depending on how parents handle it.

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