Anak Pinoy Ka!

September 29, 2010

…Just couldn’t get over Charice Pempengco’s appearance in Glee. She has such an amazing and powerful God-given voice! Clap clap clap!

This new Babinski Baby ‘Anak Pinoy Ka’ Onesies is for all you talented Pinoys.

Mabuhay tayong lahat!

Happy Birthday, Papinski

September 27, 2010

Since we are the Babinski Mamas, we call our hubbies, Papinskis. And it’s my Papinski Jeff’s birthday today!

There are so many rules for husbands in the Bible and I will list my top four favorites where I can relate so much.

“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

“Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Cor 11:3

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…” Ephesians 5:25

“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Col 3:19

Jeff, thank you for being all these…

I prayed for you and God gave you to me. Happy happy birthday to the love of my life… my personal chef, driver, plumber, roommate, partner in crime…at kung anu-ano pa! God bless you more! Ten years is still too short. ♥

Topaz Mommy

September 18, 2010

Topaz Mommy and Babinski Mama met when they were in Grade 1.

80’s + Bangs = Me.

(L-R) 3rd in top row: Topaz Mommy; 6th in second row: Babinski Mama

A few weeks ago,  Topaz Mommy gave birth to the healthiest and cutest baby boy in town!

I read her Facebook status a few days after giving birth and she seemed to be getting the baby blues. I knew exactly what she’s feeling. I felt it when I gave birth to my first. That having a newborn is not at all like a Johnson’s baby commercial where everything is painfully perfect. The long nine-month wait was nothing but smoke and mirrors! I felt betrayed.

Then with my second baby, I felt it again. I wrote an entry about it in November 2007:

I’m a brand-new mom all over again and I’m lacking confidence. Even the most mundane task like going to the grocery scares me. Where do I put the older child? In the main basket? If I do that where does the food go? It’s giving me a mild panic attack. Since we’re planning to have an eyebrow-raising four children, yes you heard me, it would really depend on, one, whether we could swing it financially, and two, my mental stability.
Speaking of mental stability I had post-partum with the Bear. I found the first 48 hours after giving birth pretty easy. But then reality hit me like a truck on the third day when I had enough strength to stand up after that painful operation for breastfeeding time. Frankly, there was no halleluiah moment, no chorus in the air when all the while I thought that upon seeing your newborn there would be angels with golden trumpets singing, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah… Hallelujah…” in the background. And when the nurse handed me the small Bear all 6.8 lbs. and led me to the breastfeeding room, a group of mothers were already there feeding their babies. I scanned the room wishing I had the corner area instead because I was struggling to do the cradle position with the small Maxiebear in my arms and didn’t want to make it too obvious, terrified that I might break her little bones. I wanted to cry. What have I gotten into? On the fourth day when bff Iya visited me in the house, I remember telling her, “Is this all there is to motherhood? Where has my life gone?” …To think I’ve only been a mother for 96 hours. But then you see, having our very first newborn became a milestone that fills me with great joy and once again makes me believe that, yes, there is a light at the end of the newborn tunnel.

Photo by topazmommy.blogspot.com. Mommy & Baby are using Woodland Friends and Wheels Receiving Blankets.

HALLELUJAH!

Glad you enjoyed the gifts Mommy… He’s a real Babinski Baby! You’ve been blessed with so much.

Paisleys and Cats

September 16, 2010

The Painter’s Wife wrote a really nice feedback on her blog about our Receiving Blankets and Versavest Nursing Covers. Happiness!

We trust Babinski Mama Aimee for her super-eye when it comes to choosing fabrics for the nursing covers. As soon as she spots a design, it’s THE one. Here are the five new fabrics that we gathered for the Versavests. This week will be Paisleys and Cats…

Paisley - Pink

Paisley - Teal

These two have delicate designs in sheer fabric. It’s very soft and “flowy”. I really don’t know how to take a picture of these showing the translucent parts of the cloth. So behind it is a giant corrugated cardboard, a little bit near skin-color, to show its sheer-ness.

Paisley - Navy Blue

The Navy Blue has no sheer part. It is cottony soft. More for those who don’t like colors much. There are days that I don’t like colors, too. Remember, the rule less-is-more never goes wrong…

Cat - Baby Pink

Okay, so who wouldn’t die for a baby pink and gray leopard print? Even if I’m not breast feeding I still got one for myself. I match it with white, and looks good with denims, too! I love tying both ends on a knot. (Aimee taught me that.)

For a little trivia, the reason why we name our nursing covers, Versavest, is because of it’s versatility, how it is used as a breastfeeding cover and at the same time as a fashion piece. So it can still be functional whether you are not a mama milking cow anymore. 🙂

Cat -Silver

For me, when it comes to the design, this one is the most versatile of all, you can go casual or semi-formal with this gray on silver-gray cat print. Of course, the real breastfeeding mama Charlene couldn’t resist to get one.

There are two ways to wear our Versavest Nursing Cover. First is by wearing it the usual vest way then use one flap of the vest to cover you while baby is feeding. The flaps are wide enough. The second one is by wearing it in front, just like an apron. This is the traditional nursing cover way where the baby is under the cloth, totally covered. Since the vest is wide enough, plus the fabrics we use are light and soft, there is ventilation for baby. 🙂

Visit our Versavest Nursing Bibs page.

It’s Springtime at BB!

September 10, 2010

September is in!

We’ve been getting emails, messages and calls for Babinski Baby to come out with our Blooms Collection again. While checking our archives, it was in September of 2009 that we released the designs out in the market…

Here are some…

Now we’re bringing it back! Currently made two proto samples, one in white and one in light gray.

The bloom is softer and more “ruffled” now and sleeves are still puffed 🙂

Now my main concern is… why is the grass in the garden greener, shiny and luscious this year than it was last year, just when it is not regimented enough? Hmmm… (Haha!)

Love you all. And Happy Birthday Blooms! Glad you still give us colors…

We Love Dresses!

September 8, 2010

Who doesn’t love dresses?!

Babinski Baby and Isabela team-up to create really lovely dresses for kids and moms! The first batch is out, freshly baked! Hmmm-yum.

Get your Isabela by Babinski Baby dresses at:

Rustan’s, Edsa Shangri-La

and

Unit 16 Ground Flr., Althea Arcade, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.


Belly Mama Fair

August 30, 2010

August 21, 2010, Babinski Baby was in the Belly Mama Fair by Lifestyle Network and Working Mom at the Rockwell Tent.

Even if the three of us are already moms, again and again, we still learned a lot from the talk, workshop and forums. Jampacked activities for the VIP’s… the MAMAS!

Here at the Johnson’s Baby booth, Mama Charlene is being taught the I Love You Massage

And the food booths outside are just way too healthy! Had fruitshake and sandwich from Rachel Alejandro’s Sexy Chef. Their menu for their South Beach Diet doesn’t taste like you’re on a diet at all.

Tin-tin Bersola Babao gave a talk about losing weight after giving birth…

Since the babies inside the tummy are the stars of this event, a Listening Lounge is prepared for them… There’s a big play area for kids, too!

Free pics! We goofed around here 🙂

I Survived Linggo ng Wika

August 27, 2010

2010 August 27

It’s Linggo ng Wika! Today, Friday, Maxine was assigned to bring puto and Maia, pancit luglug for the Filipino Food. Last week I was calling up restos and shops inquiring who could deliver pancit luglug at 7am. The answer is NONE. The husband told me to better practice cooking while there’s still time, because like what he said, there’s no choice. Don’t wanna buy the night before either as this dish spoils easily. So we had pancit luglug and puto for Wednesday’s dinner. It was okay,though he said, “kulang sa kulay.” :-/ ‘Di ba pwedeng spaghetti nalang in UFC banana, sweet-blend sauce, fiesta-style sauce, name it, para pinoy parin? Wish.

So off I went to palengke in the middle of the pouring rain to buy bilao for my puto and pancit luglug, and for Maia’s embroidered organza which I matched with her pink plaid party dress so I wouldn’t have to buy an entire costume. Besides, there’s none in the world that would fit her! Talk about the palengke putik. The itty-bitty parking space. And the gloomy weather. Plus the countless ingredients for the luglug that I had to go back to the grocery three times because I forgot the chicharon, then the atsuete, then the puto molder. To think I already had a grocery list for ghadsakkkessssss. Then on my third trip just when I’ve completed the ingredients I found instant Palabok Mix (!). Got it for back-up just in case I get Murphy’s Law.

I complained. A little bit.

School is at 7:30 am so I woke up 5 in the morning to cook, hoping that the kids wouldn’t wake up yet because there would be a lot of Mommy-snuggle-with-me’s that would cause a riot between the two girls, they’d fight over which bed Mommy would stay in. I just couldn’t understand why little kids have sensors just as when you’re tip-toeing and trying not to make the slightest sound. As expected the tyrants woke up. “Mommy where are you?! MOMEEEEEE!!!” (100x). I bended the No TV Rule in the Morning just for today.

So for the finished products… Pat pat pat on my own shoulder 🙂

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.”

From Paycheck to Passion

August 24, 2010

My friend Angel asked me Sunday morning what to give a close friend who is pregnant. Angel has always been supportive of what I do because we used to work together and shared our own office highs and lows. We were exchanging messages until she said something that struck me: “Good for you – your business keeps you from going back to corporate!” and that made me realize something… oh my gosh!… I DON’T have a job! and it’s been 2 years! 2 years since I left my executive post, YET I am still alive!!! Lived for 24 months without my paycheck, yet I am still breathing!

I guess most of you will agree with me that leaving the corporate world at this time of worldwide economic struggle is almost like suicide, specially when you have a family to feed.  “Will I survive? I don’t wanna give up my lifestyle! Will it still be possible to send our children to the best schools? What’s gonna happen to our future?” Two years ago, I definitely had these chaotic thoughts in mind and these were REAL concerns. I was on bed rest while pregnant with my 2nd child and tug-of-war thoughts like these filled my days and nights.  My parents were horrified with what I was going to do but when I got my husband’s go signal, I said – this is it, let’s do it!… and I should do it now before he changes his mind! And so I did. It was absurd but deep down inside, it felt soo right. There’s nothing wrong with living in a corporate world. I literally dwelled on it for 12 years. It’s just that I knew I was an entrepreneur at heart and being in corporate was just “borrowed” life for me. And when I finally stepped out of it, I was ready to face my new world – full of hope, big dreams and excitement! I was excited to live the life I’ve always envisioned – being a work-at-home mom, spending executive time with people that matter (my kids!!!), having businesses I am passionate about (and will give me income), and FINALLY having time to do most of the things I put off because I was always too busy!

Looking back, I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s support. He was my real-life leading man. He did not only provide for our needs, but he also took a more active role in loving and caring for me and our children. He was happier seeing me take care of the kids and him. He was happier seeing me happier! =) The good Lord also blessed me with a budding business I share with my two enterprising cousins. We were together last weekend at our bazaar and while having dinner, Charlene remembered we were celebrating our 2nd year anniversary already! Our business is still in its infancy stage (thank God it’s growing!) but we know it will be BIG in God’s time. Our biz gives me a different level of fulfillment and joy. Now, I am not only a mom to my two boys but also to my Babinski Baby.

For the past two years, I am fortunate to live a fuller life. It is soo different from the kind of life I had before but I am thankful for the detour God has directed me. Day by day, I am showered with new learnings – on being a wife, a mother (formative years are the most crucial!), being a mompreneur, a Christian and all other aspects of my now multi-faceted life.  And in the past two blissful years, here are some essentials in life that I’ve come to realize. Sharing them with you coz these really made an impact on me…

Dream Big. Live simply.

In everything, be grateful.

Appreciate even little things in everyday life.

Family first or regret it in the end.

Seek God and grow in Him.

Real friendships last, so treasure it.

Be healthier. Live healthier. Now!

You always have a better choice.

Value relationships – family, work, even in business.

Live and enjoy your passion.

Balance and moderation are key to everything.

Be true to yourself and others.

Love yourself and let that love overflow to others.

And all these things make a happier me.

And a happy woman in her thirty-somethin’ makes a happy and pretty 😉 wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.

P.S. happy 2nd year anniversary Babinski Baby! =)

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