Buti at nakuha pa rin kahit hindi naka smile...
Thanks to The Red Carpet for the photo.
Click here for Masheng's 11th magazine appearance.
I first saw this at Gingersnaps... but I bought this one from SM Department Store...
Masheng loves it! She feels like a princess when wearing it. She even dances like a ballerina kapag suot nya 'to...
We got the gray one. Out of stock na kasi 'yung ibang color (there used to be pink and lavender).
Buti na lang at cute din 'tong gray. At least I could match it with any blouse. Buti nga at may size pa for Masheng. We got it just right for Xmas... :)
Check this link to watch her video: http://almark71498.multiply.com/video/item/115/Masheng_Learns_to_Paint
Proud of her little masterpiece...
Almost done! (may sore eyes si Big Bird)
Her finished art work... She calls it BIG PENGUIN
Yey! We finally got it!
Excited si Masheng...
Our Giftpack (worth 2400)
Sangkatutak na Double Mint :)
Here's our entry to Double Mint's Closer to Confidence promo...
"This picture was taken during a Madonna and Child Fashion show somewhere here in Manila. I was so nervous since it was my very first time to model on a ramp. But seeing how confident my baby was, I was able to outcome my shyness. She's indeed my little confident booster! :)"
I've been wanting to bring Masheng to the dentist since she turned one. Kaso maraming nagsasabi na 'wag daw muna since she was still so young then. Baka daw matakot lang at mag iiyak eh masayang lang ang ibabayad namin. Actually kahit nga ngayong 2 na sya, eh sinasabi nila na masyado pa rin daw syang bata for that.
Kaso kailan pa? Hihintayin ko pa bang masira yung teeth nya bago kami pumunta sa dentista? Syempre sa una matatakot talaga since it's gonna be a new experience for her. It won't make any difference kung dadalhin ko sya dun at the age of 3 or 4. Mas mabuti nga 'yung mas maaga para maaga din syang masanay.
Ok pa naman ang ngipin nya, maganda at pantay pantay ang tubo. 'Yun nga lang nagkakaroon na ng konting stain 'yung upper front teeth nya. Mahilig kasi sa sweets bukod sa nagmi milk pa sya. Kahit toothbrush-in kong mabuti, hindi natatanggal. Worried ako na magtuloy tuloy ang pagkalat nun at tuluyang masira ang ngipin ng baby ko eh sobrang bata pa nya. So I finally decided to bring her to the dentist na. Kesa naman magkasisihan pa sa huli.
At first, I really wanted to bring her to a pediatric dental clinic. 'Yun bang tipong may mga toys at colorful ang walls para maging at ease daw ang mga kids at hindi matakot habang chine check ang teeth nila. Kaso 'yung una naming napuntahan eh magsasarado na that time. Sabi ko babalik na lang kami. Well blessing in disguise na rin 'yun kasi napaka mahal naman ng singil nila. Imagine, magbabayad ka agad ng mga 500 or 600 ata for the initial consultation pa lang... as in sisilipin pa lang 'yung teeth ng bata, wala pang cleaning or whatsoever. Parang sobra naman ata 'yun. Eh ang gusto ko lang naman that time eh malinis ang teeth ng anak ko. Hindi daw talaga pwedeng 'yun lang ang babayaran, may initial fee daw talaga muna. Ganun din sa isa pa naming napuntahan. Oh well, ganun ata talaga 'pag sa pediatric clinic ka nagpunta.
Buti na lang at may napuntahan kami (at the same mall) na mas mura and yet ok na ok naman. 'Yun nga lang, hindi sya pediatric dental clinic so wala silang mga toys and stuff na aaliw sa mga kids. Buti na lang at meron silang aquarium na syang umaliw kay Masheng.
Kung tutuusin mas ok pa nga kasi nga tahimik (walang batang nagkalat at magugulo) and malinis (walang nagkalat na toys at kung anu ano) ang clinic nila. 'Yung dentist pa mismo ang initially nag entertain sa amin at nagbigay ng recommendations bago ang actual check up. Unlike dun sa unang 2 pedia clinics na napuntahan namin, hindi man lang namin nasilip ang dentista nila para nakapag tanong tanong muna kami dahil nakaharang na agad ang receptionists/assistants nila (na hindi naman ganun ka-friendly).
Higit sa lahat, magaling 'yung dentist. Kahit pa hindi sya nag specialized on kids lang, marunong din naman syang mag handle ng kasing bata ni Masheng.
At first, medyo kinabahan ang baby ko, syempre first time eh. That time, si Joms pa ang may kandong sa kanya. Nung pumalit ako, medyo naging at ease na. Magaling din 'yung stategy na ginamit ng doktora sa kanya to make her feel comfortable. She was able to clean Marchelle's teeth without any difficulty. You can view the video here: http://almark71498.multiply.com/video/item/113/Marchelles_First_Dental_Check_Up
Proud naman ako sa baby ko at nag behave sya all throughout. Gustong gusto pa nga and I know that she was proud of herself din since we've been praising her for being a good girl. As a reward, she was given a "hand balloon" (pinalobong glove) by her dentist. Tuwang tuwa naman ang bata sa kanyang new toy.
Sulit na sulit ang 800 na binayad namin. We paid 300 for the consultation and cleaning and 800 for the flouride application which is good for 6 months na (I heard na nasa 1K plus 'yun sa mga pedia dents). O diba, kung nagtuloy siguro kami dun sa mga unang clinic na napuntahan namin eh gagastos kami ng 2000 plus.
It was indeed a great first dental experience for my baby. Thankful talaga ako since hindi naging traumatic ang unang dental check up nya. We'll definitely go back there after 6 months. Ngayon, hindi na sya takot sa dentist and hindi na rin ako magwo worry about my baby's teeth...
* This happened two weeks ago at Manila City Hall...
Sobrang likot kasi, ayaw pasaway... takbo dito takbo doon...
Hanggang sa... ayun, nadapa na nga, una pa ang mukha! ... pati ilong sumadsad sa lupa (lalo tuloy napango, hehehe)...
Todo palahaw sya pagkatapos... At pag uwi nami ng bahay, lahat kinwentuhan at pinagsumbungan ng masaklap nyang karanasan...
Kawawang bata... buti na lang at hindi nagpeklat...
Sana lang madala na... pero mukhang hindi eh... malikot at makulit pa din... manang mana sa pinagmanahan... haaaay!
At first, I thought that I couldn't work on her second scrapbook with her around since she's so makulit and malikot. Gusto nya kasi, lahat ng gagawin ko eh, gagawin din nya. Pati yung mga scrapbooking tools ko, kinakalat.
But instead of pushing her away, I thought of getting her involved by giving her some scrapbooking tasks. As always, she enjoys the idea of being a big help in everything we do so ayun, she obediently followed my instructions and made herself busy with her tasks.
When she grows up, I would tell her that she helped me out with her scrapbook so she would treasure and appreciate it more. Sana nga matapos ko ASAP (I have to work on her 3rd scrapbook pa, yung pang second year nya...). 'Pag labas kasi ni baby boy, 'yung sa kanya naman ang gagawin ko. Although Joms told me na sya daw ang gagawa ng scrapbook ng junior nya (agawan daw ba ang mommy ng project, hehehe!).
Our busy baby... she now knows how to use a glue :)
Stickers on our wall! Na adik ata sa kadidikit :)
Masheng just came back from another check up. I got a bit worried awhile ago because we have noticed that some mild rashes are starting to appear on her skin. I didn't think twice and asked my mom and my sister to bring her to the hospital right away for another CBC since I was worried that she was having one of the symptoms of Dengue.
While at home, I was preparing myself for some bad news. Naiiyak ako sa pag aalala but I have to remind myself to relax and be strong. From time to time, mom was updating me kung anong nangyayari sa hopsital. Hinahanap daw ako ni Masheng. It was sad that I couldn't be with her at that moment but I couldn't wait for my working time to be over bago sya ma check ulit. I wasn't even able to ask for Joms' opinion and decision (who was still at work) since matatagalan pa kung ite text ko pa sya at tatanungin kung dapat bang dalhin si Masheng sa hospital or not (though I texted him after Masheng left).
Paranoid nga siguro ako since wala namang iba pang symptoms but I couldn't risk my baby's safety. I think those rashes and her fever last week are just enough reasons to worry. I've been researching about Dengue din naman kasi since she got sick last Tuesday.
Actually, magaling na sya since Friday pa. No fever and any other symptoms within the last 4 days. Her first 2 CBC results were also ok. Akala ko nga eh, hindi na talaga kami mag aalala pa, until 'yun nga, the rashes appeared today. I was almost sure that it was Dengue na nga talaga.
But thank God her platelet count didn't drop (nag increase pa nga.). Yun agad ang una kong tiningnan when they got home. Now we're finally sure that it isn't Dengue. Viral lang daw sabi ng doctor. Makakahinga na kami nang maluwag.
Hopefully, that would be her last hospital visit. Nata trauma na rin kasi sa needles and doctors si Masheng ko (3 times ka ba namang kunan nang dugo in less than a week). When she got home nga kanina, mangiyakngiyak na pinakita sa akin 'yung tip ng finger nya na tinusok para makunan sya nang dugo. I just kissed her and told her how brave she was. Haay, kung pwede lang na ako na lang ang magpakuha nang blood for her.
Buti na lang talaga at ok na sya. She has been doing good naman since last Friday pa. Hyper at makulit na ulit. Sana tuloy tuloy na...
Thanks for all those who prayed and wished her well. Thanks din to my mom, my dad, my aunts and my sisters for always being there for my baby.
Special thanks to my online sissies who helped us to win. I won't mention your names na pero kilala nyo kung sino sino kayo. Thanks talaga nang marami for always supporting us. Miss you guys! Hope to see you all again soon :)
Share ko lang 'yung mga winning pics namin for each category :)
PREGGY MOM category
CHILDREN Category (Masheng with my li'l bro, Prince)
Just a while ago Masheng was busy stacking her blocks. I noticed that she now stacks them with some creative patterns. She also doesn't get frustrated anymore when she's having a hard time unstacking them and putting them back together.
I wondered what she was thinking while seriously doing her little masterpiece. She seemed to be so engrossed with her little activity. So I decided to ask her what that model was.
She proudly said, "It's a butterfly!" I was a bit surprised with her answer. I was expecting her to say other things like a house, a train or a robot (these are some of the most common things that kids usually create with building blocks).
But when I took a closer look at her model, then I realized that yeah, it looked like a butterfly indeed!
The tallest stack of blocks in the middle serves as its body and the two shorter stacks on both sides appear to be the "butterfly's" wings.
I was truly amazed. I came to realize that she is now being more creative and imaginative.
She was so proud of her work of course! She even asked me to take a picture of her showing it.
Noticed that another piece of block was added at the top of her butterfly. I guess that serves as its antennae.
Ilang buwan na lang at lalabas na ang junior namin. My due date according to my ultra sound is on November 3 ('wag naman sanang matapat ng November 1, hehehe). Pero pwede daw maging 2 weeks earlier just like what happened on my first pregnancy. Pero maganda sana talaga kung magiging November para pareho kami ng birth month (same naman kasi sina Joms and Masheng).
Malapit na rin naman 'yun, kaso parang naiinip na ako. I constantly have to remind myself na 'wag magmadali. Hindi naman ako nahihirapan sa pagbubuntis. Just like with Masheng, I enjoy every minute of it... lalo na ngayong malakas na syang gumalaw at sumipa. I'm just so excited to meet and finally see him kaya minsan parang naiinip ako. But come to think of it, mabilis na lang ang more or less 3 months di ba? For sure, I'd be missing being pregnant after I give birth. And this might be the last so dapat i-enjoy ko na lang. Sabagay, marami pa naman akong gustong gawin so I should not be in a hurry.
Syempre, una na dyan ang pamimili ng things for him. Konti na lang naman ang bibilhin namin. He'd be using some stuff that his ate had used like white colored and some unisex clothes, receiving blankets, crib, stroller, duyan etc... May mga kulang pa pero parang ang aga pa naman ata para mamili kami. But syempre nagtitingin na rin kami ng gamit whenever we go out and go to shopping malls. I'm also now eyeing on a lot of baby things online 'Yun nga lang, parang hindi ganun ka exciting mamili ng things for a baby boy. Parang pareho pareho lang kasi sila sa paningin ko. Well, I promised naman Joms that I will let him choose and buy things for the baby so bahala na syang mamili. 'Pag nasa malls nga kami, tine test ko sya minsan. I would ask him to choose from different baby boy stuff that we see to check on his taste. So far ok naman ang mga choices nya. But still, dapat kasama pa rin nya ako to make sure that he would buy things and clothes with good quality lang. Mahirap na, may tendency kasi 'yun na magtipid at bilhin ang pinakamurang mga gamit kapag sinumpong nang kakuriputan. Hindi naman kailangang mahal talaga 'yung mga bibilhin namin. But of course, I want all the best for my kids sana as much as possible. Marami naman dyang mga gamit na hindi ganun kamahal pero maayos naman ang quality.
Second, I want a preggy photoshoot. Hinihintay ko lang na lumaki talaga at maging full blown ang tyan ko. I'm also waiting for my linea nigra to appear ('wag lang sasabay ang mga pimples na tumubo sa tummy ko when I was preggy with Masheng). This might be my last pregnancy so I want to have a lot of souvenirs sana. Kaya 'wag na kayong magtaka kung bakit ang dami dami ko nang picture na naka expose ang tyan, hehehe. Proud lang naman ako to be preggy again. I even want a shoot by the beach (seryoso ako ha). Kaso sobrang busy naman ni Joms lately so wala syang time na dalhin ako sa tabing dagat. Hindi naman ako nun papayagan lumakad mag isa. Pero may ilang weeks pa naman ako to make plans so hindi pa ako nawawalan ng pag asa, hehe!
Next, I want a baby shower. Nung time kasi ni Masheng, nanganak ako dun sa mismong araw at oras ng baby shower ko (haha, pasaway na bata, lumabas agad, eh!). Pero I got all the gifts naman. This time, I'll make sure na andun ako. Kaya nga kinukulit ko na ang family ko 'to prepare a shower for me (sapilitan ito, haha!) as early as possible kasi baka mamaya sobrang late na naman at manganak na naman akong bigla!
I also want a 4D ultrasound. Hindi ko rin 'to nagawa nung preggy ako kay Masheng kasi nga napaaga sya ng labas. Nagiipon pa kasi ako ng money that time pangpa 4D when I suddenly gave birth!. Medyo mahal kasi so hindi ko sya nagawa agad. But this time, we'll make sure to have it. We already have a schedule this month pero we decided to have it a month after na lang para talagang malaki at kitang kita na sya.
I have to finish Marchelle's scrapbook and albums pa nga pala! I'm done with her first one (which includes all her first year's pictures and milestones) but since she turned two, I haven't have any of her photos printed yet. She's now 2 1/2 so just imagine kung gano na 'yun kadami! Idagdag mo pa 'yung mga elements and kits that I'd be using for scrapping. Buti na lang at tapos ko na 'yung online scrapbook nya. Gusto ko lang talagang tapusin lahat habang preggy ako kasi paglabas ni baby boy eh 'yung sa kanya naman ang gagawin ko.
I also want to complete Masheng's homeschooling stuff before giving birth. Sa laki ng gastos kapag may baby na eh baka mahirapan na kaming mamili nang mamili for her. So dapat kumpleto na sya sa gamit para hindi maudlot ang learning nya.
At syempre, kailangang mag ipon nang mag ipon nang mag ipon hindi lang for my delivery kundi para sa paglabas na rin ng baby. For sure, magiging triple na ang gastos namin that time so dapat well prepared talaga kami financially. Kaya nga pareho kami ni Joms na doble kayod ngayon just to make sure that we could provide at hindi mako compromise and needs ng mga kids namin kapag dalawa na sila.
Haaay, ang dami ko pa nga pala talagang dapat gawin kaya hindi ako dapat mainip. But I'm not pressuring myself naman. I just have to learn how to take things easily.
View more of our Luneta pics here.
Check out Masheng's 8th Magazine Appearance here.
O nga pala, she's in Manila Bulletin din (3rd week of March issue). That was her very first newspaper appearance naman