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.

Life is Not Easy for the Faint-hearted

June 15, 2010
Some wisdom I learned in life — to share with you…

THE LOVER
A speck in your eye
And a plank in mine. I say…
Love your enemies
THE SURVIVOR
Life is like water.
It has ripples of its on
Don’t be scared. Hold on.
THE FOLLOWER
Rules are everywhere
To guide you through your journey
Life is not easy.
THE WISE
Discover the world.
Curiosity killed the cat
Be wise, it will not.
Babinski Mama Mae

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

Beyond the “Name Game”

April 30, 2010

In a week or two, we will welcome another Babinski Baby! We are all excited coz Babinski Mama Charlene is about to give birth to her 3rd child … another baby girl! =) Aside from her last minute preparations, she is in panic mode …. the baby still doesn’t have a name! Mae and I have been asking her since we found out the gender of the new baby and she would always say “I don’t know yet”. I guess for most of us, naming your baby is just one of the toughest things to decide on even if it were your nth time! When I was in my teens, I already thought of a name for my future baby. But things change (and you don’t end up with the same guy) so when it was finally time for me to decide on what name to give my first born, so many names were entangled in my head!

Thanks to the internet, now we can Google baby names… unique baby names… names with meaning – to give us ideas. But seeing all those cool names can make your list too long, that we get confused even more. For one, Charlene wants a name that starts with the letter C.  So friends from everywhere gave their suggestions. From the goofy ones like Charing, Chiquitita, Chaparral (haha! Ang daming suggestions kapag kalokohan!) to the beautiful ones like Charlize (mix of Charlene and her mom’s name), Chloe, Chelsea, Callista… and the list goes on and on. It’s really not that easy ‘ya know! There are just so many things to consider, don’t you think? — are you the type who would like to “theme” their kids names (I know of a real family with kids named after holidays). Of course you also have to consider if the name would go well with your family name (remember Andy Lim? Kenneth Sy?).  Will it be prone to mispronunciation or to mockery? My former boss was going to interview an applicant with a “kawawa-naman-sha-bakit-ganoon-pinangalan-sa-kanya” kind of name and couldn’t stop laughing right in front of his face (the poor guy said he is used to it). Will the name be nice even when your child turns 50? Does your husband like it? You also have to think of a cool nickname! HAH…the mind-boggling name game!

So anyway, Charlene would actually say “I don’t know yet” whenever we ask. But what she REALLY wants is a name that has significance, a name with a special meaning that even her daughter would be happy to embrace for life. When you really think about it, the name you give your child will stay with her forever. Our name even outlives us. So we must choose well. And so I say, be CAREFUL how you name your baby! Ok, it sounds cute and sosyal, but make sure it also has a good positive meaning. That name will be her label, her identity. I wasn’t so conscious about this for my first born, but thank God I was for my 2nd child!

We know that in the Bible, one’s name encapsulates its essence or character – be it a person or an animal. The other day, Mae, Charlene and I were discussing the meaning of our names and other friends’ names and parang swak nga. So I’m just reminding each of us to be more conscious of this when naming our children. I don’t really know for sure if it will have an impact on their personality or destiny. But at least your child has a good name to begin her life with. Now who wouldn’t want that?

Babinski Mama Aimee

P.S. And so the name game is still on! Charlene’s mom is giving cash $$$ prize for the winning entry — but the cash prize is for relatives only! wink=)

I Hope You Don’t Mind…

April 29, 2010

…How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.

Happy Birthday, Mister…

Babinski Mama Mae

Jolly Roger is Here!

April 28, 2010

It was AWCP Bazaar again and the Babinski Mamas were dead tired. You see, when we have bazaars, we don’t have personal service crew and contractors with us. So if our co-bazaristas have scaffolds and high-tech lighting, we have wire-mesh with detachable wheels that we got from Divisoria, our Mecca, and a table lamp with a giant clamp. If our co-bazaristas have a team of three or four men carrying their goods, we have the three of us ladies to carry ours. And that means HEAVY and wa-poise. But then, who cares… we need this exercise once in a while. It keeps our feet on the ground and reminds us to be humble at all times.

So while Babinski Mamas Aimee and Charlene were in the booth with mommy customers, I was busy taking pictures of our new polo shirts for boys so I could post it on the website. Believe me, I’ve been attempting to do this for days, but the kids have a built-in sensor that if I am about to work they would ask me to read them a story or cuddle with them under the blanket, which is of course – irresistible.

I was taking the pictures in one corner near the a/c, on the cement floor which by the way made the fabrics looked cooler and rugged. No time for studio pictorials for our products, (plus there are two frugal moms in the group, sssshhhh). My Ate, my biggest critic, would tell me to iron the stuff that I post in the site, but I’d always reply with a, “Forget  it. My fifteen minutes is rare and precious…” So if you see folds and creases and strands of thread in our photos, blame no one else but me.

For this edition’s polo for boys, we choose something funkyish-babyish-boyish-rockstarish. Here comes Jolly Roger!

Babinski Mama Mae