Counting Marbles

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Amidst all the heartaches that my daughter’s father is giving me, I have so much consolation from my daughter. Well, she’s 3 years old now. She speaks well. She knows how to count (atleast 1-10) and she sings ABC. Although she can sing the Alphabet song, she’s not really good at letters yet. She finds it boring, when I teach her the Alphabet.

Anyway, her playmates are all boys. So, instead of playing dolls and barbie, she prefers playing cars and marbles. One day, she asked me to play marbles with her in our bed. I got 4 marbles from my mother’s flower vase then we played. One marble rolled under the bed. I asked her showing the 3 marbles left, “You have 4 marbles, 1 marbles is gone, how many marbles are left?” Without hesitation, she said, “3.”

I was able to find the other marble, so again there was 4 marbles. I asked her, “If I found the lost marble and I added it to the other 3 marbles, how many marbles are there?” She replied 4. :)

I asked her different addition/subtraction equations concerning the 4 marbles and she was able to answer correctly.

I went out of the room and happily told my mother, my two younger sister and my cousins about it. Then, one of my cousins said maybe, Nonet knows addition and substraction for 4 numbers already. One of the marbles slipped from my hand, and so I decided to get 2 more marbles from my mom’s vase.

With confident, I asked Nonet, “If I have 3 marbles and mama gave me 2 more marbles, how many marbles do I have? Well, to our surprised she said, “Marami na!” (Many already!).

We all burst into laughter. Well, Nonet is really clever. :)

To which side of the family does she inherit it? Do you really want me to answer that? :)

Happy 3rd Birthday Anak!

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My princess celebrated her 3rd Birthday last October 28. She had a lot of fun that day! My mother told me that her Tita Anne greeted her in the morning of Oct. 28, but she said that it is not her birthday yet. When I arrived home that afternoon with a cake for her from Goldilocks, she told us that it’s her birthday already. She really excited on blowing her candle on the cake.  It’s just a regular mocha cake. I’d like to buy the triple delights flavor, but I remember Nonet wanted a cake with a “white” icing on it. Though, the one I bought has a “light brown” icing, triple delight actually has a “darker” color of icing.

Thanks to mami Grace for exchanging my “dollars” to peso. :) I was able to buy some food for Nonet’s birthday which our family indulged in. My mother cooked pansit (of course, that is always present in our table when someone celebrates her birthday :) ) relyenong bangus, and shanghai rolls. She also made some delicious gelatine for desert.  

Her father wasn’t able to join her on that day for he has to work in the province. But he spent quality time with us about 3 days before Nonet’s big day.

Nonet by her cake. Picture picture first befor blowing the candles. :)

Very cute! This picture really makes me hungry! 

Blowing her candle with Ninang Owie’s help! :)

With her new tiger stuff toy given by her Tita Ti and doggy from Ta Joy. :)

I love my daughter so much. Even though she’s very restless and sometimes stubborn, she is still sweet and adorable. She often say I love you mama to my mother and I love you mommy to me. Then, to her daddy, what she would do is to call him through my mobile phone and tell her father, I love you. :)

Three years and counting

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Last October 28, I celebrated my 3rd year of being a mother. As I look back, I think about the many things that happened in the last 3 years. I remembered the day I learned I am pregnant.

I was in Lucena City then, where ney and I will meet. Though I have a feeling already that I am pregnant, but I wasn’t really sure about it. One thing I remember that made me think I am was, frequent urination.  I researched about it and found out that it was one of the “obvious” signs that someone is pregnant.

When I arrived in Lucena that was sometime in March, 2005, I bought a pregnancy kit from a drugstore and headed my way to the hotel. I tested my urine sample and voila! It was positive. I did not feel any sadness or fear when I learned that I have a growing baby in my womb. I even uttered, “Oh well, so I am real woman!”. :)

The first person I phoned in to share that happy moment was my bestfriend, Daisy. She was actually 6 months pregnant then. I was laughing when I spilled out the news. When ney, arrived at the hotel, I showed him the preg test results  and he couldn’t believe it. In fact he bought 3 more pregnancy test kits of different brands. Of course, it only gave the same “positive” results. :)

Since, I will be on a long travel when I go back to Manila, we went to St. Anne hospital there and had a check up. The doctor prescribed a certain medicine (which I don’t remember anymore :) ) which will keep the baby in tack.

I have not told my mother about it until my tummy is already 3 months. But then, mothers are mothers and they have this “motherly instinct”. Hehehe!!! She noticed that I no longer wear tight pants which I normally wear when I go to work. I always vomit at night (maybe because I was in gy shift then, so it’s like “morning” when I vomit before going to work), and I wasn’t able to clean my mess thoroughly for I really felt weak after throwing up. One more thing, she noticed that there were pieces of garlic which hanged in the window near my bed. :) You see, in Philippine mythical creatures, there are tales about “aswang” who will try to get your baby from your tummy and eat it. They do it by sucking their long tongue into the expectant mother’s womb. Stories says that fetus in the womb smells very good for those creatures. And, garlic for them are stinky. My grandmother told me once that every “aswang” is accompanied of a “tiktik”. A ”tiktik” is actually a bird that gives signal to people. She said that when you hear the sound of “tiktik” loud, that means “aswang” is still away and it actually gives you a warning of an upcoming danger. But if you hear tiktik sound quite low, or seems like it came from a distant, that means aswang is just around the corner.

Before I thought, ”tiktik” are  aswang’s “side kick”. But then, it is actually a friend to people. She said that tiktiks are true though she has not seen one in her entire life, though. But she heard its sound many times already.

When I had my first ultrasound, I asked my cousin to accompany me to the doctor. Of course my mother really felt bad about it. I remember she told me once, that she’ll not take care of my baby. Oh well, she loves my baby more than she loves me.. :)

I really cannot explain the feelings I felt when I first saw my baby’s heartbeat as the doctor performed the ultrasound.

Like any other pregnant woman, I had my own difficulties during pregnancy. I experienced frequent contraction. In fact, I was advised by my OB to have a month bed rest for I had a pre-mature labor when my baby was 8 months then.

When I was younger, I was so idealistic about life. I want my first born to be a boy. Oh well, that was before I got pregnant. When I was pregnant, I really don’t care whether my baby is a boy or a girl as long as the the baby is healthy and beautiful. But ney wanted to have a baby girl. We bought baby dresses and things which were mostly colored pink. We didn’t know yet the gender of our baby then. 

A day after we bought the baby items, I had my ultrasound and found out that it is indeed a baby girl. Ney was very happy. I am happy, too.

In the early mornings of October 27, 2005, I woke up for I felt like peeing. Before I can jump out of the bed, I pee. So I thought I did. But it was actually my water bag.

Ney and I went to the hospital that morning at around 8AM. I had my labor for 8 hours. At around, 5:55PM I gave birth to a beautiful baby who is a wonderful gift from God.

As the years pass so fast, my princess is now 3 years old. For the last 3 years, I reflected on how i have  been a mother  to my baby. I know that I am not a perfect mother, but I am doing my best to be fine mother to her. I know that motherhood is a tough job. A priceless job yet the most fulfilling of all jobs. Thanks to my mom who’s always been there to guide me. :)

There was a time that I once told myself, if only I could spare her from all pains and difficulties this world might give her, then I would. But then, I would be very selfish if I would do that. I know that she may need to go through a lot of pain and undertakings for her to be strong and to be a wise person as she continues her journey in this life.

For whatever happens, I will always be her mother who will love her and take care of her. Even if she will have her own family in the future, I will always be here for her. :)  


Parent friendly Strollers

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When I learned that I am pregnant about 3 years ago, I really got excited about it. I was a bit scared also but the happiness I felt was indescribable. I was really excited on buying different things that my baby will need.

Being a new mother, I wanted to give the best for my baby but also something that will fit my budget and my lifestyle. One of the first things in my list is a stroller. There are so many strollers that a mother can choose from. Different designs with different features that would really fit the baby’s parents.

As I searched online to find a good stroller for my baby, I was surprised that there are different strollers, parents can choose from. You can select the best stroller which will give your child comfort from full-featured strollers, light-weight strollers or some call umbrella strollers and there is also something called jogging strollers. If you are blessed to have twins, then you have nothing to worry about! There is a kind of stroller called tandem stroller as, well.

Full Featured Stroller

Umbrella Stroller

Jogging Stroller

Tandem Stroller

Well, I settled in getting a full featured stroller. It’s kinda heavy but my baby liked it! :)

Sleeping Buddies

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There are children who are so difficult to put to bed. Antoinette is not an exemption. Sometimes, she’ll go to bed beyond 11 PM at night. Her pediatrician advised me that when it’s bed time, toys should be kept away so, there wouldn’t be any distraction. Well, I did that, but she knows where to get her toys and that didn’t help. Even if I give her vitamins that will make her fall asleep easily didn’t work. One day, when I visited ToyTown in Eastwood Ciyt, I found this fascinating toy. It’s a Zoo with miniature animals and what caught my attention is that it has music. There are about 18 melodies which are played randomly. You just need to push a certain button on each animal cage, then it will produce the sound of that animal and then followed by children melody like, London Bridge is Falling Down, You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little star and many more.

Since, Antoinette love music, I thought that it would be a great idea if she has something like a music box beside her bed. I decided to buy the toy, it cost around PhP 1400.00 but it was on sale then, so I got it for PhP 920.00.

Antoinette liked it so much! When she’s drinking her milk through her feeding bottle, she’ll get it and play some melodies and eventually she’ll fall asleep. Of course, she never forgets to cuddle her little Pooh.

I love calling this the Zinging Zoo.

Here’s parrot..

We have Panda Bear and Giraffe ( yah! that’s an orange giraffe)

Then we have Buffalo, Monkey and Rhino!

Here’s Mr. Zebra..

And the Mighty Lion with his cab!

But we should not forget, Mr. Pooh Bear with a Big Heart that says I love you!

On Mom’s and Babies: Do you know that …

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  • Every three seconds a baby is born
  • The most number of children born to a woman is recorded at 69 to Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev of Shuya, Russia. In a total of 27 confinements between 1725 and 1765, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. Only two of the children died in infancy.
  • Sweden has the lowest birth rate in the world, one in 100. Malawi in Africa has the highest, 5.3 in 100.
  • The world’s first test tube twins were born in June, 1981 (Whew! That’s my birth month and year! I wonder what’s their birth date?!?)
  • Australia produced the world’s first test tube twins, triplets, quadruplets, baby born from a frozen-embryo baby.
  • Twins are born less frequently in the eastern part of the world than in the western.
  • The most premature baby was James Gill, the son of Brenda and James, who was born 128 days premature on May 20, 1987, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He weighed 1.5 lbs.
  • In 1994 alone, at least 79 sets of quadruplets were born in the US.
  • There are approximately 15-19 sets of quints born per year in the US
  • The youngest mother on record was a five-year old Peruvian girl whose name is Lina Medina

Let’s Help Tara Senticeles

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My friend Jenni forwarded an email earlier today about Tara. I don’t know her personally but as a mother, I was moved upon learning what happened to her. This is least thing I can do for her. Let’s help her..


Word spreads around fast and almost everyone has already heard about what happened to our dear friend, Tara Santelices (Assumption Antipolo’s Batch 2003 and Ateneo de Manila University’s Class of 2007, AB Political Science).

On the eve of her 23rd birthday, Tara was shot in the head during a hold-up while riding a jeepney along Imelda Avenue, Cainta, Rizal. Joee Mejias, who was with her at that time, rushed her to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Marikina City. The parents of Tara and Joee arrived at the hospital shortly thereafter. When morning came, Tara’s parents finally decided to transfer her to the Medical City, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. Since 8:00am of August 6, Tara has been in the ICU fighting for her dear life. Her parents have decided not to push through with the operation.

Although it might seem that there is nothing else that we can do but wait for Tara to wake up from this horrific nightmare, we, the friends of Tara, have decided to raise funds for Tara’s hospital bills. This is the least we can do to ease the unbearable pain her family is going through. We have been given the go-signal from Tara’s dad, Tito Larry, and here are the details:

The temporary bank account is under Anne Marie F. Santelices, Banco de Oro, SA 2140-062201. For direct cash donations, please proceed to the ICU Waiting Room of the Medical City (Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City). Please look for Joee Mejias or Lila Santelices.

Any amount will be gratefully accepted. Anonymous donations are also welcome. Please spread the word. Forward this to your family, friends and even to everyone else you know. Please post this on Friendster, Multiply, Facebook and wherever else you can think of. Please send group messages on Yahoo Messenger. This will mean so much to us, her friends.

Please continue praying for Tara, for Joee and for both of their families. If you want to come see Tara, visiting hours at the ICU are at 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Thank you so much for your time and kind consideration.

For inquiries, please contact Joee Mejias (09228154987) for calls and Jac Ledonio (09167243071) or Myka Francisco (0916369514 for text messages


My daughter is confined right now at The Medical City also due to Asthma. I will try to visit Tara this afternoon but I wll not forget to pray for her quick recovery.

Bonding Moments

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Nonet and I had bonding moments yesterday. Eventhough its raining cats and dogs we still went on our trip to the mall. We ate ice cream and strolled around SM Megamall. Our daddy who’s in Palawan right now doesn’t know that the 2 ladies in his life had a date yesterday :)

I bought her a toy drum. She loves playing the drums. Maybe she got that passion from her daddy. Her daddy plays the drums pretty well. He used to be in a band. But he preferred to manage family business now. Yah, I made him realized that playing the drums is a talent which he possess but his father needs him now in their family business.

Anyway, my daughter and I enjoyed our time being together. As much as I wanted to buy more toys and clothes for her at the time, but we’re on a tight budget. Well it’s not the toys that count but the time we spent together.

Nonet and I will definitely do this again! myspace graphic comments

The Mother in ME

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Motherhood starts on the day you conceived your baby. It’s not just when you give birth to your child. It’s been three years since I become a mother. Three years and still counting:)!

I went to Megamall last Monday and bought a stainless mug for me. I don’t know but I really can’t help not to buy something for my little girl I bought her 3 pairs of pajamas.

Antoinette will turn 3 this coming October 28. Sometimes, I just smiled thinking how time passes by so fast. I remember the time I learned that I was pregnant. My family didn’t learn about it until my tummy is around 3 months. But of course and as always, my mother has been suspicious and has a thought that I am conceiving. Why? She noticed that I am not wearing tight jeans which I used to. I’m not wearing body fit shirts, and I prefer to wear sandals instead of my boots and stilettos!

But the most remarkable thing I did which gave my mother a confirmation that her thoughts are correct, was when she found pieces of garlic hanging on the window beside my bed! As we know, garlic drives away bad creatures who will try to “steal” your baby, even when it is still inside you.

I remember Mama told me that she’s not going to take care of my baby. Because I got pregnant out of wed lock. Well, she loves Antoinette now more than she loves me. How did I know? She told me ?!

Have I been a good and responsible mother to Antoinette? Being a first time mother, it was quite difficult. But I believe that I have been a good and responsible mother. With the help of my own mom, I learned to be more patient and responsible. I have sacrificed a lot for her, too. I love my daughter very much. I thank my own mother for being a role model to me.

Antoinette is growing up as a smart and adventurous girl. At her age, she can differentiate a cheetah from leopard, a toad from a frog and a crocodile from alligator. She first learned about animals instead of ABC’s. She can identify colors, too. She can count 1 to 15, but she finds ABC a bit boring. I’m not an expert mother though. But through books and experiences, I learned .

Some tips to share? Well, during your pregnancy, be happy :) ! A baby is a bundle of joy and a special gift from God. Avoid getting stress for your baby will feel the same. Don’t deprive yourself from eating, but be responsible on what you eat. It’s not only you who should be satisfied but the baby as well. Get enough rest and sleep. Visit your OB and drink only advised medicines.

Talk to your baby, while touching your tummy. Believe me, your baby hears you. Listen to soothing music. Some says, it is good to listen to classical music for baby’s intellectual being. Well, I just listened to the CD of Lea Salonga which was given by my kumpare Bonnie. If I know the lyrics, I sing to my baby. When the baby is about 5 months, you will feel him/her moving. The baby responds to you.

When the baby is hungry and you’re depriving yourself from eating, you will feel your baby kicking as if asking you to eat. Well. I had that experience. I prefer to sleep rather that eat. And so when Antoinette was inside my tummy, she kept moving and kicking that made me uncomfortable to sleep. When I eat and feel that my baby’s hunger has been satisfied, she was silent and I think she’s fast asleep.

Always make your baby feel that they love. Everyday, I tell Nonet, “I love you.” Then I kiss and hug her. When she was still a baby, and I tell her I love her, she’ll smile. But now, when I say I love you to her. She will reply back with “I love you, mommy” or “mahal kita, mommy”. It is so sweet of her.

Motherhood is a gift from God. Babies are little angels who lift our spirit, who inspire and motivate us. Oftentimes, I felt sad for babies and children being aborted or abandoned. Who would know, that those unborn children would become an extraordinary people of our century.


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