Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Marchelle's Date With Her Handsome Lolo

December 24, 2008

Since we couldn't spend Christmas with my dad, we had just decided to meet him before he headed home (Bulacan pa kasi sya umuuwi, so hindi kami madalas nagkakasama). We ate at Max's (Rob place) first then after that naggala gala muna. I was so happy to see my baby and my dad having bonding moments. Bihira kasi sila talagang magkasama.

As much as possible, I want my baby to be really close to her Lolo Papem. Nung una kasi, medyo nahihiya sya dito at parang hindi nya kilala (since bihira nga silang magkita). But lately, nakakatuwa kasi hindi na sya nahihiya at kilala na rin nya ito (like last night, she was looking at our family picture and nagulat ako because she kept on saying, "Papem, papem!" while pointing at my dad :) ). Masheng is now very comfortable with and it makes my dad really happy! :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Our BOLT Prizes!

We finally have our prizes from the Bolt contest na! I claimed it from their office in Makati with hubby and Masheng last Monday... Nakakapagod kasi we had to wake up early pa just to go there since I work in the afternoon at medyo malayo rin ang Makati from our house.

Pero ok lang, nasulit ang pagod namin when we finally got our prizes! We got a shirt, as very cute USB hub ('yun nga ba ang tawag dun), and a BOLT stuff toy (which is actually bigger than what I was expecting).

The staff were all so nice and accomodating. Natuwa sila when Masheng said "A-choo!" (Thank you) and "Eee-hee-Mas!" (Merry Chistmas!).

When we got home, I showed Hanna our prize! Syempre, sya ang talagang winner sa contest na 'yun. I also took some pictures of her with her new baby! :)

Thanks ulit sa BOLT and for those who are behind the contest (sorry I forgot the organization/company name). Just like what I promised, we're gonna join your upcoming contests pa din!

Once more, thanks ulit sa lahat ng nag vote sa amin (sa uulitin po, hehehe).

At syempre, thanks and congrats sa baby Hana ko, hihihi, just like my other baby (MICHI) she now finally has her own shining moment... Love you babies! :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Masheng's 5th Magazine Appearance

Yey! With Baby Mag again this time... Kahit mali ang nakalagay na name, thank you na rin, (In-ADOBE ko lang, hihi)... Sa dami siguro nang nagpapadala, minsan nagkakamali sila. So thankful pa rin ako na napili kami (wala kasi kami sa MT and WM this time so hinihintay ko talaga ang Baby Mag). It's a good Xmas present for Masheng. At least bago nag end ang year, may mag appearance ulit sya! More and more to come pa sana!

I've been waiting for it kasi nagpictorial pa kami sa house for this month's theme (not really a professional one as usual). We just used our very trusted digicam (kahit medyo Jurassic na at malapit nang palitan... yehey!), had Masheng worn her very cute Xmas outfit which I got for a very cheap price (from Rare Editions) and had her posed beside her Xmas tree (and hold some reindeers) at 'yun na, may pictiures na kami for the theme!

Thanks ulit to BabyMag! More power!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hana and I Won the Bolt Contest! Thanks everyone for supporting us! :)

Here's our winning pic!

Sobrang thank you sa lahat nag vote sa amin ni Baby Hana (hehe, 'di ko na iisa-isahin, ang dami eh!). It means so much to me! The reason why I joined was to be able to give tribute to my precious doggies.

Actually, I originally had two entries since I have two dogs (Hana and Michi). I just removed the other one kasi I've read from their Terms and Conditions na one picture lang daw per entry. Eto 'yung pic na tinanggal ko... this picture was taken on my graduation day some years ago :)

Since ayoko namang ma-disqualified, I told Michi that I had to remove our pic from the contest (yep, I literally talked to him, hehehe) since he had a magazine appearance na naman with Marchelle. So sabi ko sa kanya, this time, it's Hanna's turn to shine naman... :)

Marchelle's Second Magazine Appearance (Baby Mag)

(Marchelle and Michi on Baby Mag)

To view more of my doggies album/pictures, click here.

Or you can also view their friendster acounts:

Hana's friendster account

Michi's friendster account

Thanks ulit sa lahat ng nag vote...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Masheng's New Toys (from her papa)

Since my baby's so much into pretend-play games these days, her Papa bought her a set of new toys. He got her 2 sets of "lutu - lutuan!".

They're not so expensive... He got it for just 200 something (from SM Toy Kingdom). But even though they were cheap, Masheng was soo happy with it ... Look at her big smile while playing with her new toys!

Kainis lang, I was asleep when Joms gave it to her and took this picture. Hindi man lang ako hinintay, hindi ko tuloy nakita how happy she was! Hehe, hirap din ng may sobrang hands on na asawa, inaagawan ka ng role! Hehehehe...

Well, aside from this Kitchen set, Joms also bought Masheng a new stuff toy weeks ago... Guess, what that was... syempre, it's one of Masheng's most favorite characters...

It's none other than Jabeee!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Masheng's First Laptop :)

Thanks Tito Alex for this early Xmas gift!

Masheng really loves it!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Disciplining Masheng

Just like any toddlers, Masheng is starting to be a handful. She’s now becoming so independent and at most times, she loves doing and trying things on her own. She sometimes does things that drive us crazy. And mostly, she would do anything to get her way. And just like any babies of her age, she throws temper tantrums whenever she doesn’t get what she wants. It’s not that extreme though. She would just vent out her frustration by crying her heart out (which we always find so heartbreaking that makes us want to give in at most times). No much kicking and thank God, no screaming and yelling … yet.

As parents, of course Joms and I have our own way of teaching her. We try to calm her first by talking to her in a very gentle way and by trying to explain why she couldn’t have some things that she badly wants. She doesn’t understand everything that we say yet though. That’s why despite our explanations, she would just continue throwing her hissy fit testing the limit that we are giving her. Our next strategy is to just ignore her, which surprisingly, we found effective. Whenever she notices that we’re not paying attention to what she’s doing (like crying so hard to get what she wants), she most of the time stops her undesirable behavior and, she mostly finds her way to interact with us again as if nothing happened.

But of course, it’s not always an easy thing to do. There were not a few times wherein we felt that it was easier to just give in. As a mom, it’s not easy to pretend not to see or hear your poor little girl cry. But we have to be firm to make her understand that she’s being disciplined and to make her learn that she couldn’t always have everything that she wants.

Joms and I don’t have any disagreement on this; we both believe that this form of teaching works well with our baby. The problem is, whenever my family or some relatives hear Masheng cry, they would always hurriedly come to “rescue” her. I understand that she is their little darling who’s so precious (being the very first niece and grandchild, not to mention her being the only baby in the family) and that they couldn’t resist her when she’s already crying and asking them to carry her or to give her what she wants (especially when she’s calling their names as if making “sumbong”). But our strategy wouldn’t be effective and all our efforts of trying to be consistent would be useless if they would always respond to Masheng whenever she’s misbehaving. I told them that such acts must not be tolerated and that our goal is to make her understand that doing so wouldn’t help her get her way. They all said yes and agreed and I know that they really understand and get our point. But still, they find it so hard to say “no” and to simply ignore her especially when she’s continually whining and throwing her fit.

As first timers, Joms and I still have a long way to go in learning the most effective way/s of inculcating discipline to our child. Our beliefs and strategies clash at times, but I believe that no matter how different those are, our ways of teaching Marchelle will always include a lot of patience, love and understanding.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Potty Training Day

I was busy sending Halloween greetings to my online friends when my hubby sent me a picture thru MSN. Since I didn't want to be disturbed, I didn't open it right away. But then I got curious when he told me, "Tingnan mo na lang 'yan matutuwa ka."

I got really surprised when I opened it!

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I almost couldn't believe it! Nung huli kasi naming sinubukan, eh talagang nagwala si Masheng! I asked if she already pooped on it... hindi pa naman daw. But the good news is, nag weewee na daw siya sa potty nya. Not bad for a beginner di ba? Syempre, I'll ask my hubby to tell me the whole story when I get home from work later (yep, I'm still here in the office working... *sigh*).

My husband really amazes me. I'm really wondering how Joms was able to do it. Ako, nga, eh pinagpaplanuhan ko pa kung panong gagawin since I've heard a lot of mommy stories saying na mahirap daw talaga sa simula. Anyway, hubby and Masheng really did a good job. 'Can't wait to go home na tuloy...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Masheng's New Hairstyle

Guess who did this to Masheng's hair...

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It was her dad! ... Ang tyaga no?

At alam nyo bang it took him less than 20 minutes only to finish tying Masheng's hair with almost 30 tiny bands (while it took me half an hour removing just half of those)... At syempre, it also took him a lot of "pang uuto" to make our li'l girl stay in one place habang inaayusan. Samantalang ako eh, hindi ko sya masuklayan kahit isang minuto lang...

He knows how to braid too!

Buti na lang at marunong si Joms mag ayos ng buhok, dahil kung hindi eh, malamang pareho kami ng anak ko na laging mukhang bruha! I've been wearing a long hair since elementary days pero never talaga ako natutong mag ayos. On the other hand, marunong na talaga sa hairstyling ang asawa ko since he was young. Siya nga ang taga braid ng hair ko (at marunong ding mag cornwall!) nung college kami... Sana lang, mamana 'yun ni Masheng para lagi din syang mag aayos (not like her mom, heheheh).

Haay, how time flies... parang kailan lang when I also excitedly posted a blog announcing that we can already tie Masheng's hair. The picture below shows Masheng's very first "pusod".

Masheng's Hair at 10 Months

Monday, October 13, 2008

Marchelle's First and Second VTR

Here's a video file of my Masheng's first VTRs (ang alam ko bawal ang camera sa loob, pero hindi naman kami sinita during both VTRs.)

I filed a leave just to be able to go to those VTRs (haha, ang salbahe ko, nag sick leave ako kahit wala akong sakit!). First time namin so we were all excited! Muntik pa nga kaming magcancel kasi medyo maulan that day. Buti na lang at medyo huminto kaya natuloy kami. Sa house pa lang eh, kinokondisyon na namin si Masheng. I took her pics at pina pose at pina smile ko sa camera nang husto para ma practice muna. As usual, very cooperative naman ang anak ko.

Our own "Practice VTR" at home :)

Mukhang ready na... todo pose at smile

She did good naman. She showed her sweetest smiles (kahit pilit, hehehe) at nagpakitang gilas by showing some of her antics and tricks (she loves dancing in front of the camera). Joined forces kami ni hubby sa pagpapatawa sa kanya (my hubby was the one behind our cam).

Although, nung una nyang VTR eh medyo nagloko nung patapos na, napagod ata kaka-smile, hehe. Pero nauto pa rin namin so smile ulit 'till the end.

After the VTR, we praised her for doing a good job. Ganun din nung second VTR nya. Hehe, mukhang nasasanay na nga ang baby ko sa harap ng camera! Sana more to come pa. Kapagod lang kasi ang lalayo ng mga location ng offices nila from our place. Buti na lang at nag eenjoy ang anak ko kaya hindi napapagod.

Marchelle's First VTR

Marchelle's 2nd VTR

Click here for the video.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Marchelle's First Setcard

I'm one hopeful mom again

Thanks Mommy Grasya for allowing me to use our photoshoot pics...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Marchelle's 4th Magazine Appearance

It's our first time with Working Mom (Baby Face Section). It was for the theme "Li'l Witch" (October 2008 issue). We didn't really prepare much for it. We just had her worn my black satin blouse and a witch hat that I had worn last Halloween. We also forced her to "play" with my cousins' very old doll para may props (hehe, parang manika kasi talaga ng mangkukulam).

Here are the other pics that I sent. It was so hard to make her smile. She didn't want to wear the witch hat either (I guess it was because the hat was too big for her) so taking her "witchie" pics wasn't a breeze.

She really didn't want to wear the witch's hat...

...That's why she kept on removing it from her head.

It was so hard to make her look at the cam...

Finally!... she's waving "Hello"

The pic that they chose... She's eating gummy bears here.

She's finally posing!

Kita cleavage... :)

Thanks to Working Mom! We got a 1K gift certificate as a prize...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Masheng's 3rd Magazine Appearance

Yehey! This time for MomsToday (Milestones) naman! At this time, may prizes na! Thanks MomsToday! More to come pa sana...

Actual Pic (her vey first "Santa Cruzan" experience)

Our Prizes... yipeee!