Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

100% Anak Pinoy in HK

December 15, 2010

Baby Claire is 50% Pinoy by blood…

…And 100% by heart.

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Chiara

October 10, 2010

Chiara means clear, bright, famous… just like her mother.

Chiara is wearing her Hearts Leggings and Love Garden No-Mess Bib

Pinoy Babinski Baby in SanFo

October 1, 2010

Isn’t he the most adorable Pinoy Babinski Baby in San Francisco, California?

Baby Jacob is proud of his roots… 🙂

You Look Like Barbie

August 25, 2010

I give her hot chocolate.

Mom… you look like Barbie!

I tuck her in bed.

You look like Barbie, Mom.

“I love you so much baby girl.”

“You really look like Barbie. ..And Daddy is Ken!”

Max, why do you always say I look like Barbie?

Umm, because you have long hair? …Umm, and nice dresses! I don’t know…

She goes.

But I’ve decoded from the cryptogram, that, You look like Barbie, simply means “I love you, Mom.”

No Children in Bed 2

August 19, 2010

Two years ago I wrote NO CHILDREN IN BED:

The four of us have been co-sleeping for half a decade, meaning, the husband & I have not been “alone” in bed since forever. During a parenting seminar, it was advised that it is about time to get the kids their own room, but in our case, their own beds, since we still live in a bachelor’s pad. So we went bed hunting with two major specifications in mind – it should be in dark wood and simple-cut, since our home is what I claim minimalist.

It has been three nights… They seem okay, though. Actually they were so excited to decorate the new beds with their, according to Max, “precious stuff.”

Lo and behold, guess who couldn’t sleep peacefully?

Yup, me.

I’ve been going to sleep for nights biting my cheek, pretending not to feel that they’re growing.

It’s me who creep into their beds in the middle of the night 😦

Stress Level: Moderately to entirely stressful to the mom.

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.