Archive for May, 2010

She is Here

May 29, 2010

She is here.

Finally.

Chloe swaddled comfortably in a Babinski Swaddler Infant Wrap. Click the picture to visit our Safety Blanket page 🙂

I’ve chosen THE Name.

CHLOE.

Chloe means young green shoot; blooming. She is blooming alright. The moment Jeff and I first laid our eyes on her, without a trace of favoritism, she is the prettiest. The twenty-hour labor pains were nothing. The blood pressure that shot up to 200 that made the whole delivery room panic became plain. She is my blooming flower.

Chloe is also a Greek earth goddess. No wonder the heavenly bodies were in favor of this baby, since I gave birth to her during the Moon and Venus eclipse – Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Because you are dearly loved my beautiful one.

I wanted a name from the Bible. As I’ve searched, your name was mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11. No further meaning to me whatsoever. But what is amazing is that your name lives through ages.

…And Chloe is a fashion line. That I don’t intend to buy for myself. I don’t need it.  I still have a lot of priorities. You, for one. Mommy is last; I don’t mind a single bit. …And I already have everything. Really.

Kuya Jabez, Ate Coco and my little Blooming Goddess…

…My everything.


Babinski Mama Charlene

Fear of the Unknown

May 26, 2010

Maxine is very comfortable visiting the dentist since she had a very pleasant first-time when she was two something; she’s four now. So for their annual check-up, we brought two year old Maia along for her very first. The night before I read her a book, A Visit to the Dentist, and briefed her of what was going to happen…

“Maia, we’re gonna visit a friend, Tito Jay. He will check your teeth with a tiny mirror and count them like this…”

“No. Mama o-yee.” It means, Mama only is allowed to touch her teeth.

“…He’ll remove the icky worms stuck on your teeth if there’s any… And he’ll give you a nice balloon!”

“No! Mama O-YEEEE!!!”

So the next day, Max had cleaning, had a hole filled behind her two front teeth and sealants placed on her molars, as easy as a pie!

But with Maia, it was not at all pleasant. The moment she saw the dentist on a surgical cap, she hid behind her Daddy and has gone haywire. Argh! Scaredy-cat! Why is she so much like me?


Dr. Jay explained Maia’s behavior as a Fear of the Unknown. Children usually wonder why they have to visit the dentist, since it does not happen usually. It’s just a matter of being familiar to the unfamiliar.

No pictures happened during her first dental check-up 😦 as her Dad and I were both with her *eyeroll*. She got her balloon though.

Babinski Mama Mae

Facade of Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic

P.S.
Dr. Jay is very good with handling children. I found his info from a parenting forum when I was desperately looking for a pedia dentist, and all the moms were raving about him (he is not a pedia dent but he has learned how to handle children based on experiences). I chose him because he doesn’t need to use general anesthesia to keep kids still unlike other pedia dent I inquired about. He uses psychological method like making kids touch the tools, explaining patiently with analogy what each tool is for, etc… :-). On our first visit, there was a four year old girl who just had two bad, rotting molars surgically removed, without a fuss! Her mom also found out about the clinic from a forum. For those who are interested, here’s the address:
Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic
1091-A Tablante Bldg., Rodriguez St., Bangkal, Makati City
Contact Numbers (02)4587232, (02)4820887, (63)922.6905276
A little bit of warning to the moms: I always need someone to drive me there. I’m poor with obeying one-way signs and parallel-parking in eskinitas.

Mompreneurs are Cool

May 24, 2010

It was Expo Mom yesterday, the event that the Babinski Mamas look forward to every year. (But it was only me and Aimee who were there, because, guess what. Charlene gave birth to Chloe, the newest Babinski baby in town!) The Market was a blast! Janice and Rome of Mommy Mundo made it a success. Mommies really showed their thing back there. Mompreneurs rule the world!

Mompreneurs, as I put it, and as I describe what the three of us do, are stay-at-home moms who establish business at home so that they can help with the income and at the same time be hands-on to their children. They usually invent, innovate or improve products that they think would be beneficial to their co-mommies :-).

We launched our new 2-way Nursing Vest there, and it was all sold out even before we put it up in the website. It is really good and surprising to know that there are so many moms right now who believe in breastfeeding. The benefits of it!

For those who are still breastfeeding, don’t give up early. Do it as long as you can carry on. Personally I did get bouts of frustration when the hungry baby would start to look for me when I would be feeling like I wanted and NEEDED me-time. I was dehydrated. Had a hard time drinking and eating enough. Was down to 80 something pounds. Didn’t sleep much. Lost a tooth for every child. Plus I was emotionally drained and felt socially out of contact with the entire planet. And talk about the baby tooth! Heyyy, that’s a mean little bite! Okay baby, I’ll give it two years then we’re done, get it? As I’ve always said, having a newborn baby is not at all like a Johnson’s baby commercial where everything looks dreamy and powder-scented. Reality (literally) bites!

Aimee has Vitor breastfeeding for one and a half years now while Charlene is just starting all over again. My dear bunso, Maia, who is now two and a half, has decided to call it quits with me. After those two grueling but essential years…

…I felt like I’ve conquered the Seven Summits! Pant. Whew. Relief. Finally. Over. Relax. You mean it’s all over? That soon? 😉

Babinski Mama Mae

Maia @ 1

For the breastfeeding mom, try our Babi Nursing Pillow. It puts the nursing mom’s body into an ergonomically correct position to prevent backaches. Plus, the Babi can be a helpful tool to support your baby’s upper body to prepare him for the crawling stage and support baby’s back to help him practice how to sit.

The Eye Roll

May 5, 2010

“Don’t you ever roll your eyes at me!”

It’s that non-verbal gesture that kills it. Furthermore, I gasp. To think this lady is not even wearing bras yet.

“I said you will not leave this room until you’ve taken a shower!”

Eye roll. Her think bubble says, “You’re so annoying…”

Didn’t I just make a very reasonable request?

“I don’t like those rolling eyes, it’s disrespectful. I would have to leave this room because I don’t want to be with anyone who rolls their eyes…”

It’s a silent war between 4 vs 33. I just figured I spoke a few hundred words and she zero. zip. zilch. and I am THIS close to blowing up.  I win. She loses. Or she wins? I lose? I wish I never rolled my eyes at my mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to all patient and hardworking moms out there. Just reminding that you have the toughest job on earth.


Babinski Mama Mae

Oink

May 5, 2010

My son Railey asked me while looking at his sleeping baby brother – “Mom, why are babies soo cute? And why is Vitor cuter than a pig?” *oink!*

My two wonder boys...

Happy Mother’s Month to all the mommas out there! =)

Babinski Mama Aimee