Such an eye opener when I started reading this book: The Learning Habit. We got it during the Big Bad Wolf Sale before the pandemic hit.
Here are some of the wisdom I got from this book so far:
As a parent, I think I won't get tired of saying, time flies whenever my kids reach milestones in their lives.
Last October 15, Aubrey celebrated her seventh birthday. As much as she wished to have her seventh in a party venue with all of her friends and family, we had an intimate party at home due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, it was more fun than what we've expected.
My top 3 realizations now that my second is seven.
Out of nowhere
Cassandra: Daddy you're so pogi.
Me: (blushing) wow, thank you.😊
Cassandra: You look like a frog.
Apparently, my daughter's standards for pogi is Kermit 😕
So this was last August 19 when Ate Amanda suggested she wanted to have another ate yaya friend. Her idea was to post this in our neighborhood so we can get someone to apply.
I know it's extra hard to hire an employee that can help us out at the house and be best friends with the kids. I know someday we may be able to find the right person but we're maximizing the learnings we had with just us doing everything. Heee are some of them:
Last weekend I had a chance to attend to Ate Amanda's PTA meeting. The only experience I had with PTA was when my Mommy attended a PTA meeting when I was in elementary and I just tagged along since no one will take care of me.
So for my first PTA, I was late for the general assembly. But good thing, I was able to join the break out session where parents for each level will have an election for the officers of the PTA. Not that I wanted to be an officer, but I just wanted to see the dynamics of how interactive the parents of the grade one students are.
The activity was started by the AY 2016-2017 President. Which by the way ended up being volunteered to be the new President as well.
Then, there was the introduction of the Grade One teachers.
And then, they asked all the parents to do a quick introduction... I was doubtful it would be quick as I think there are more than 50 parents inside the classroom. I contributed largely on the "quick" introduction and thankful I was an introvert and was proud to be able to do a 30-second introduction.
Then the election... it was a breeze. Just ask for volunteers OR volunteer someone.
I didn't volunteer as an officer. But one thing's for sure... me and the Rookie Mom will do our best to help out as much as possible on all the activities that would make our daughter's stay in the school much better.
The POST PTA
So after the meeting, I had a chance to stop by at the Art Exhibit. First time to deliberately have an art appreciation time. This is really helpful being a photographer as well to be inspired by other artist's work. The faces are quite creepy though.
Can't believe our little Ate is now in a big school. She's both excited and anxious on her first day. Good thing this song from Elena of Avalor boosted her confidence:
A new school can be scary at first
With unfamiliar faces
New rules, new teachers
And lots of unknown faces
But school's just a new world of problems
Puzzles for you to solve
So you don't have to worry
There's nothing you can't resolve...
What's more encouraging is that she has her little sister Cassandra by her side.
The little Ate Cassandra showing Ate Amanda their Lego figures that they built. They already have names for each of the characters.
And of course, the bunso was there to support her big Ate.
A great shot by Mommy Cali while Ate Amanda goes to the gate.
Entering the room, she saw her name tag on the table and quietly sat down on her seat. As a parent, you can observe different personalities of each kids in the room. Some are restless, some are quiet and some are just observing as everything seem to be new to them.
Then it was time for parents the go out of the room but before leaving we said "bye Ate and see you later".
On our way out, little Ate Cassandra requested for a picture with Rapunzel. This is a rare picture of her smiling.
It was a great experience for us parents to have one of our kids go to a big school. Here are some things I realized:
Our long weekend started with Ava's vaccine with Doc Yan. Ate Cassandra was prepping our bunso for her challenge.
They goofed around and pretended to be minions.
It seems Ava's all set and relaxed here...
What could be more comforting than a mother's kiss.
The two Ate's imagination at work again.
How about a wacky pose before heading to our next destination.
So on to our Artsy adventure to Art in Island, an art museum where you could be part of the art, a haven for selfie enthusiast located at 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Quezon City, Philippines.
I heard Ate Amanda said that they might find Lolo Ador and Lola Ludy there at the gates of heaven.
These ladies are natural :)
When the kids became bigger than mommy.
Good job mama!
...the most beautiful mermaid ever ;)
The following day, the kids attended Dasha's Royal Princess Tea Party. They've been so excited to attend and wear their gowns when they got invited two weeks ago.
It was a tiring long weekend but we're blessed to add beautiful memories in our kids' childhood.
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This year was different as it's our first time to celebrate Father's Day without Daddy Ador. So as our first stop, we went to Heritage and visit both Mommy and Daddy.
Somehow the three months seem to be long as many things happened after he passed away. Or maybe, all of us were subconsciously immersing ourselves in our daily activities to somehow dilute the sorrow of losing Daddy. But in hindsight, our family has become much closer and stronger.
My kid's favorite after the Heritage visit was breakfast time and bonding moments with their cousins. We went to Burger King, just a few kilometers away from Heritage.
Of course, Camilia showed her killer smiles and awesome cute moves to her Kuya, Ates, Tito and TItas.
The kids went on to play hide and seek. Good thing there are only a few customers so most of the dining area became their playground.
Ate Julianna and Ate Champee posing for the camera.
After the simple breakfast celebration, we went home and I got these priceless gifts from my babies.
Nothing melts my heart than seeing my kids taking their time and effort to make these personalized greeting cards as it unleashed their creativity and more importantly, their love for our family.
Last December 24, 2016, we had an extra special Christmas eve.
Our third baby, Ava Camilia didn't want to be left out on the family's Noche Buena. It was about 2 in the morning when the rookie mom complained that she's having a hard time sleeping and that her tummy is slightly aching. She tried not to let Ava go out since Ate Amanda and Ate Cassandra are all excited for their gifts on Christmas Eve.
So we got back to bed, but little did I know that I was the only one who slept. Cali was up all that morning until the tummy aches became frequent. That's contraction already so when we got up about 5, we know that she's getting into labor.
Good thing it was holiday so the drive from south was just about 20 minutes using the skyway. This is where experience kicks in. The regular contraction interval... being calm while driving... taking the fastest route.
I was used to waiting for 8 hours or more for the delivery but this time it was different. Just about 2 to 3 hours, they already called me to be in the delivery room so I can take pictures. Good thing I got my camera bag with me. So here I am all suited up to see Mommy Cali and Ava.
Here's our first picture with Ava Camilia with my fancy bag :) Then the doctors have to clean her up...
It's also important for newborns to have their first latch to their mommies to get the colostrum and have that special connection that only mothers can give.
Kudos to Dra. Gali's team for the successful delivery. Thank you for ensuring both mommy Cali and Ava's safety all throughout the operation. She said that Ava has two cord coils when they saw her.
The Noche Buena
After we were settled in the room, that night the whole gang came. Of course, the newly promoted Ate Cassandra (formerly the bunso Baby Cassandra) and Ate Amanda were very excited to see their baby sister. But looking at this picture, it seems they're more excited on their Christmas gifts :)
Even though we spent our Christmas at the hospital, the most important thing was we were with our family.
And here's our first Christmas photo with Ava and Peppa :)
It was Christmas morning and it's already time for Ava's first bath time.
Here's Ava... all tucked up after bathing.
During our last night, the two ates decided to have a sleep over. Good thing they have their pjs ready.
One of the tests done for newborns is the hearing test. Good thing she passed.
And before we left, Ava lead the prayer.
Babies are truly God's gift. And Ava Camilia was the best present He was able to give us on His birthday.
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