"Daddy you have a fruit loop on your face"
It was one morning where I'm bringing Champee to school and she noticed a big pimple on my face. Well, that was I thought of… or wanting to be it a pimple at that time. So after her school I brought her first at home and I went directly to the doctor to check what this fruit loop is. I also felt having a flu like symptom so it must have been something about the rash or hopefully not pneumonia.
When the doctor saw it, she immediately say, chickenpox! And I said, "are you sure?" She called another doctor and asked about rashes now in my arms and body. And she said "this looks like chickenpox"
If I were single, my initial reaction would be… oh no, I would need Belo for my beautiful face :).
But as a dad, I backtracked the events that happened that morning. Did I kiss Cassandra? Amanda? Cali? So good thing, Cali already had it when she was young. So I'm down to my two girls. Looking at Champee's vaccine records, she got one for chickenpox. But for Cassandra, hmmm she's so young, how can she be protected? Looking at some medical articles, they said that infants have immunity until three months of age if their mom has the antibodies for chickenpox. I haven't verified it yet with a doctor. But as a first action when I went home, I isolated myself from them and sanitized everything I touched that morning just to be safe.
That night, with the help of my in laws, they allowed us to stayed in their place so I could really isolate myself in a single room and make sure the kids are safe. This started my journey of hopefully just a week of battle with chickenpox.
I'm now on my third day, and these are the things I realized so far.
I'm not entirely sure if there are still spaces in my face where the rashes don't appear but I do hope that it'll subside tomorrow. One last thing I wanted to share with this experience is that I know this is just temporary. Or maybe there will be some scars that will be permanent (like emotional wounds that we got from our past)… but one thing's for sure: that God has given me the grace to become better in my work life balance and my family life.
Amanda: Daddy can you help me wear my backpack?
Daddy: Sure, where are you going?
Amanda: I'm going on training!
Daddy: (eyes wide open feeling surprised how she knew about training)
So after wearing the backpack...
Amanda: Daddy, bye bye.
Daddy: Ok, where are you going now...
Amanda: I'm going to ride the train.
Hmmm, so that's what you call riding the train... Training!
Just wanted to show our excitement through our family's maternity shots. I guess one of the perks of being a photographer is to allow other people see what I see through my camera's lens..
My wife's already in her 37th week of pregnancy. In a race, this is what we call the homestretch. The last leg. The defining moment.
Ever noticed this in life? That all great things cannot be done overnight? And have you ever noticed that the most difficult part in a long process is always the last leg?
Here are five things our family checked if we're really ready for Cassandra.
Checking out these five areas, I think we're ready and if we missed something, I'm sure these will be areas where God will surprise our family.
Amanda's favorite past time which started few weeks ago was the "What's that sign?" game. I think this is the stage where she learned how to use the "What". So here's the mechanics of the game... everytime she sees a traffic sign, she's going to ask Mommy and Daddy, what's that sign? Cute isn't it? (like Amanda's Daddy :) )
So what are the things me and my wife observed:
It's a girl!
We just found out last weekend that we're having another girl in the family.
Then, I began to think about these three things:
1. Oh my! In the Philippines, they said that if you have all girl kids, it was an indication that you were very naughty when you were a bachelor...
So then I began to reflect even more? How come?! I'm a very good boy when I was single... :)
2. Second, how can I stay manly in a world full of girls. So I started searching for articles in the internet on how a man can deal with this situation. I bumped into this article http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/how-dad-stays-manly-while-raising-daughters and find it to be very interesting. To summarize it, no matter how tough you are as a man, you really won't mind doing girly things to show how much you love your girls.
3. Third, what's good about this will be the sweetness and thoughtfulness of my girls. I may not have a sparring partner in boxing or a hoops buddy in basketball (technically they can but on a different level though) but generally and biologically, girls are more expressive of their love which could cheer me up often in this busy and crazy schedule that we have both in business and corporate life.
A sigh of relief...
After the very agonizing and grueling battle with the "poop", she finally was able to let it out...
It was difficult for me and my preggy wife to sleep while seeing her wake up every now and then last night. There were instances where she would fall half asleep trying to push hard while standing up and just barely putting her head on a pillow on top of the bed.
But, the good thing is, it's all over now... hopefully this serve as a breakthrough for her to finally eat more fibrous foods and take more than enough liquids aside from her favorite milk.
From this ordeal, I got to research some based remedies which we tried, which should work:
The best remedy I guess is the first, so we'll make sure to work on her diet starting this time..
I'm a technology geek, photographer, musician and a rookie dad trying out to speak my mind through writing my daily experiences as a young Pinoy dad.