One down, few to go.. :)

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Just finished looking at the pictures of Nonet wearing her graduation dress and other dresses I bought for her. Graduating kindergarten students in their school won’t be wearing any toga at the ceremony. The parents were asked by the school administrator to buy sky blue dress and a pair of white shoes or sandals for kinder girls. It took as a while to find a sky blue dress at the mall. I really prayed that we’ll be able to find a dress that would fit her and would hide her skinny figure. :) Thank God we’re able to find one. It is not exactly sky blue but would pass for a “Mama Mary blue.” :)

They had their picture taking last Friday, but the graduation and recognition day is on March 23. I am happy. I am so proud but I am scared, too. I am happy and proud because Nonet will be finishing Kindergarten. I thank the Lord for giving me a good job that I am able to send her to a good school, and thanks to my very kind and loving mother, who never gets tired of taking care of my daughter.

Finishing kindergarden may not be a big deal to many, but for me and for Nonet it is. It is a milestone in her life. Well, one step down and few to go. :)

Nonet is smart and free spirited and I believe that she’ll go along way. :) I feel scared because I am afraid that I may not be able to support her studies until she finishes college. But, I am not losing any hope. I believe that God will bless me a good job and a good health so I can provide for Nonet. I know that she has a long way to go but with God’s help and with my family around, I know that Nonet will have a better life.

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Baby, mommy loves you very much and mommy is so proud of you. Congrats anak!

Ciao! :)

Another visit to TMC

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As I have mentioned in my previous blog, Antoinette was once again been admitted to the hospital due to pneumonia with bronchial asthma. It started out as a simple cough, then we noticed that she’s having difficulty in breathing already. Since she is aware of her asthma, she asked my mother for nebulization already. We nebulized her with salbutamol every hour for three hours then we decided to bring her to the hospital. With her condition, the ER staff of Medical City, attached Oxymeter to her and we learned that her oxygen level is below normal.

She had 3 nebulizations every 15 minutes but her breathing and oxygen level didn’t stabilize. The resident doctor of TMC told us that she needs to be admitted. :(

We spent five days in the hospital again. It’s a good thing I have her as my dependent in my health card and my Philhealth. The nurses who attended to her were all kind. They really deserve to be in healthcare jobs! :) But the nurse who really stand out was Nurse Kristin Marie Español or simply Nurse Tin. :) . She’s kind and she is very approachable. I also wanted to commend Antoinette’s pediatrician, Dr. Ardea Rabor. Dr. Rabor is always compassionate and very caring.

Being in the hospital can really be tiring and stressful. Yet, with the kind of care and compassion my daughter received from the nurses and our pediatrician, made me feel relaxed somehow. :)

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all the staff, nurses and doctors of TMC. Above all, I thank the God for taking care of my daughter and giving her healing. I would like to say thank you as well to Mama Mary, to all the saints (St. Pio, St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Therese and St. Clare) and Nonet’s guardian angels who prayed with me; and to all the people who prayed for my daughter’s quick recovery. :)

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I hope Nonet will soon outgrown her asthma. Lord, hear our prayers…

Ciao! :)

Nonet’s Lullabye

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Talking about songs, I have mentioned in my last post that we easily put Antoinette to sleep when we play one of the songs of Lea Salonga from a CD given to her by her godfather Bonnie, when she was a baby. When I was still carrying her, I often listen to the said CD for a calm and soothing feeling. When we’re still in the hospital on the day she was born, her father used to play the said CD besid her little crib. I believe that she grew up with the song and it is really one of the best sleep aids I have for her. :)

I looked over the Internet for a video of the song with Lea’s rendition, but wasn’t able to find one. :( Here’s a video of Rainbow Connection by the Carpenters instead. You can try this for your baby as well. :)

Ciao! :)

Dressing Up Dolls at Doll Joy

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The first destination in Antoinette’s field trip is the Doll Joy. It is a doll factory. It is located along C. Raymudo Avenue, Caniogan Pasig City. It is near Sta. Clara de Montefalco church.

Our tour guide, Ate Pauline, went around the factory with us. Well, we didn’t really get inside the factory but there was a simulation on how dolls are made. The children were given opportunities to dress up a teddy bear and a doll. Too bad, they didn’t get to bring the dolls home. :)

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The factory showcases not only the dolls that are being sold locally but those that are being exported. I also learned that Samuel, the creator of Precious Moments, have the Precious Moments Doll manufactured in there. We were not allowed to take pictures of the Precious Moment collection because, the dolls are being imported. Those dolls are not being sold in the Philippines.

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I didn’t have enough budgets to buy one of the fairy tales dolls collection. They have Cinderella, Snow White with her 7 dwarfs, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Little Red Riding Hood and a lot more. If my recollection is correct, there are 24 fairy tales dolls! I love to have them all… someday! :)

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Before leaving, we went to their Doll shop. I bought a Doll Coin bank with pinkish chick and beautiful eyes. I also bought a little mermaid doll which I will bring in the office. Antoinette got a singing Barney and a clown.

I really enjoyed that visit. And I intend to come there to buy dolls not only for Nonet but for me as well. Hehehe!!!

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Ciao! :)

Antoinette’s First Educational Trip

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Last February 4, my mother and I joined Nonet in her first Educational trip. Most of schools call it field trip. Though we are experiencing financial difficulties, I made sure that she would be able to join this trip. Since, this would be her first; I would love to be part of it. I also asked my mother to join us so she can also relax a bit.

I filed a vacation leave from my work and was blessed to have it approved. I bought some snacks from my office cafeteria using my meal card for our baon. My mother and I walked up very early on February 4 to prepare our meal. She cooked pork adobo and fried some pork chops. We will just buy Nonet’s lunch from one of the fast food chain that we’ll pass by on our way to our destination.

The call time was 6:30AM and the bus will leave at exactly 7:15AM. We arrived at her school at around 6:15AM. We thought that we would be the first one to arrive. But we’re wrong. We’re the third already. :)

While waiting for other students to arrive, I took pictures of the Nonet and her friends, Maverick and Audrey. They were all very excited. :)

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The bus left at around 7:20AM. We visited four interesting destinations; Doll Joy, Holy Family Museum, Malabon Zoo and Star City. Nonet’s favorite was Star City. Me? I love all of them. :)

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Not all students joined the field trip, though. I was telling my new friends, Judith and Mhyles that other parents may be able to bring their children to the said places, but the experience of visiting those with their classmates and friends is different.

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And, I am glad that I let my daughter joined the trip. She was very happy and she really did enjoy it. :)

Ciao! :)

Biking all the Way!

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I know that my daughter wasn’t able to enjoy her biking that much yet. It was my off the following day and I decided to bring her to the park near our house. Since, we will be crossing a main road to get there, I decided to carry the bike on one hand and hold her on the other hand. I must be tough! Yeah! :) After passing the busy road, I let her ride on her bicycle  to the park. :)

I let her enjoy the spacious park biking back and forth. It’s a good thing that there were only few people were in there. No one’s playing in the basketball court either, and she was able to enjoy biking there, too! I just love it when she’s happy. I guess evey parents are! :)

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It was about 9:30AM when I told her that it is time to go home. At home, I immediately checked her temperature. Then, I listened to her breathing.  I may be like high ends ekg machines in hospitals but I know that her breathing is just normal.  I am glad that she has a normal temperature, too.  I think that the maintenance medicine that was prescribed to her is doing a great job.

Well, we are looking forward to another park day this weekend! :)

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Ciao! :)

New Bike? Overhauled Actually!

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My daughter loves to bike. One of my life’s frustration is biking. :( I don’t know if I would still learn how to bike at my age. Anyway, Antoinette has a 3-year old bicycle which her father bought for her. It is a pretty good bike though some parts of it underwent the normal wear and tear stage.

The time has come that it is not safe for her to ride on it. The saddle is broken and the tires need replacement. When she has enough money for her bike, we brought it to a nearby bicycle store and have it fixed. I asked one of the store’s attendants to compute for the amount to be spent on the said bike. While the woman is doing the Math, Antoinette went over the different bikes on display. She then came to me and asked to buy a new bike instead. The new bike she wanted would cost thrice the price of getting her old bike repaired.

I talked to her and gave her options. I am glad that my daughter is smart enough to know what she really wanted. :) I told her that her money is not enough for a new bike, but mommy can add some if she wanted a new one. However, if she wanted a new bike, she needs to wait for mommy’s next pay day. Then, I told her, if we will have her bike be repaired instead, then she would be able to use and ride on it right away. She thought about the options I gave her in a while then she decided to have her bike overhauled.

We waited for about 30 minutes and her bike is as good as new. She rode on it all the way home. I guess she didn’t regret her decision. :)

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Ciao! :)

Box for Toys!

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Talking about box, I made a box for Nonet’s toys last Friday. I have been planning to store her toys in one box but I cannot decide whether to buy a plastic box from an online auction or from a nearby store, or just make one out of recyclable materials. Due to budget reasons, I decided to make a box instead. :)

I went to a grocery store near our house and looled for a box which is big enough to accomodate her toys, and be stored away under our bed. I found a box of milk which is of my desired size. It is also hard enough to handle toys. Then I bought 1/4 and 1/2 size illustration boards, 2 for each size, which I have planned to use to strengthen the box. Then, I got three pieces green cartolina to wrap around the box and a new paint brush.

First, I though of covering the box with plastic cover, but my budget will not fit it. So, I came up with a clever idea. Thank God! :)

It took an hour for me to make the box. Then, I looked for the left over natural colored varnish which my aunt used for her sewing machine’s table. I got my the paint brush and started applying the varnish on the box. I let it dry for the rest of the day. At night time, I took the box in and asked my daughter to bring all the plastic bags that carry her toys. Together we put the toys in the box! I am so glad. :)

Although not all toys fit in, like the bowling and her mega blocks, most of her toys especially the kitchen and cooking ware toys are in the same storage. The box I made didn’t fit under our bed, so we decided to store it under Pauline’s study table. :)

It was a successful project and I intend to do more of it!

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Ciao! :

A Hospital Stay

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After the wondrous party party from our Christmas party, I just found myself looking after my daughter in the hospital again. When I arrived from our Christmas party, she has fever already. My mother gave her paracetamol for fever and ambroxol for her cough. Sunday morning, she woke me up and told me that she’s having difficulty in breathing. I asked if we’ll go to the hospital already, she said not yet. We nebulized her with Ventolin and asked her to rest.

In the afternoon, I noticed that her breathing wasn’t normal anymore. I decided to bring her to the hospital. My cousin April accompanied us at the Medical City. We were escorted immediately to the emergency room. The resident doctors connected an apparatus to check the oxygen level in her. I didn’t know the medical terms that well, but the Nonet’s oxygen level was at 72. The normal is 95. :(

They immediately connected oxygen mask (with oxygen of course!) to help her breath. Then the doctors told me that they cannot let Nonet leave. In other words, she would be confined. :(

She was confined for 4 days with final diagnosis of Pneumonia with Bronchial Asthma. ? Well, we were aware that she is asthmatic. She is diagnosed to have asthma when she was months old only.

The maintenance provided is quite expensive, though. But that’s fine. As long as she would have a healthy body then spending money would be okay. Aside from that, I know that I would need to pray harder for her health. I brought her once to the St. Pio’s chapel.

I am planning to take her to one of churches dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua. I got her name from him.

I believe that God is merciful and that He loves me and my daughter that much. Maybe, that was just His of reminding me that above anybody else, I should be putting Antoinette on top of my priorities.

Ciao! :)

Nonet @ Five

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I took a 3-day vacation leave from work to spend quality time with my daughter. You bet, we really had a lot of fun! :) Since daddy is not here to celebrate with us, Antoinette’s 5th birthday, I see to it that my daughter will really enjoy her special day. :)

I am thankful to God for sending me “human angels” that made Antoinette’s birthday a special one. Their last day at school before the semestral break was October 27. Her birthday is October 28. We had a little treat for her classmates on the 27th. Then in the afternoon, we visited St. Pio’s Chapel in Libis Quezon City where we offered prayer, flowers and lit candles.

The following day, she accompanied me in buying her birthday cake. I told my mom to cook spaghetti late in the afternoon. I decided to celebrate the birthday feast in the evening for dinner already. :)

At noon, we heard mass at Edsa Shrine. The church is air-conditioned and the mass was really solemn, that my daughter almost fell asleep. Hehehe! We had our lunch at KFC then we headed to Tom’s World. I let her play every game she wanted to. I really wanted the day to be unforgettable for her. :)

I don’t remember how much tokens we have used. When I felt that she’s tired, I took her to Austin Land to relax. Austin Land is part of Tom’s World in Galleria as well. :)

When Auntie Tina arrived, we shopped for Nonet’s clothes and shoes and few toys. She really enjoyed her day! :)

In the evening, Antoinette blew her birthday cake’s candles. Our family enjoyed the extra food we have on our table and wishes Antoinette good health and bright future ahead. I love you anak. :)

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Happy Birthday Day Antoinette!

Antoinette, may have come to me in an unexpected time. I may not have been prepared to have a baby then, but I am thankful to God for giving me my daughter. She really turned my world around. With God’s help, I believe that I will be able to raise her as a fine lady. :)

God bless you anak!

Ciao! :)

Birthday Plan

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My daughter will turn five years old this coming October. My original plan is to treat her to Subic Safari or to Manila Ocean Park. Well, plans changed due to financial issues. I told her that instead of going those parks, we would just treat her classmates with spaghetti, fried chicken, cake and ice cream. Then, I will let her play in Tom’s world as much as she wanted and buy some toys at Toys R Us!

She’s happy to hear about my plan. I would like to throw a party for her but then, it would be wise to save than to spend especially during the time of crisis. What is important is that we will celebrate her birthday and thank the Lord for her life and for another happy year. :)

I know that my daughter’s birthday this year will be different from her past birthdays, because her daddy will not be around. Well, my daughter is intelligent enough why her father is away. Anyway, daddy is just a phone call away! :)

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I love you anak! :)

Ciao! :)

Quality Time With Nonet :)

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My new shift gives me time to spend quality time with my daughter. I love this shift! :) My shift starts at 5AM and ends at 2PM. I usually arrive at home by 2:45PM. If Nonet is not sleeping yet, we eat snacks together and will take a nap. Late in the afternoon, after doing her assignments, I let her play on the computer. Sometimes, we let her play outside or watch over our kittens. :)

In the evening after we finish eating dinner, we go to shower together. :) After putting on our sleep clothes, we will settle on bed and I will read to her. I love to read. I love books! I have bought her number of books as well. :) She loves to looking at pictures and asking what is it about. Her latest craze is about astronomy. My sister Patty introduced her the moon, the planets and even Laika, the first living thing in space. She even told me about the black hole and supernova. Sometimes she forget about it though but when she is reminded, she remembers. :)

She also loves the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. She always asked my mother or me to tell her that story. She never gets tired of hearing it. :)

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We also sing and dance together. :) I hope I’ll remain in this shift. I really love it. :)

Ciao! :)

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