We usually visit Inay and Itay on November 1. This year though, husband has an important work to do thus suggests we do the visit a day earlier than the usual. It’s seems a great idea as the memorial park may be slightly less crowded on October 31.After visiting and saying our prayers for our dearly departed, we headed to Tagaytay City for lunch and leisure. The boys have been to Sky Ranch before so we opt to spend the afternoon at this premiere park and enjoy its thrilling rides, sumptuous food, and magical ambiance. Luckily, we just came in time for its wickedly fun Halloween treat. My boys got to participate and enjoy various games, a real scavenger hunt included, plus the rides and even the various food kiosks. There was even a costume contest and sadly, we didn’t come prepared. Five participants dressed to impress — some funny, spooky, and magical — won special gifts. The event got a number of sponsors, thus the overflowing giveaways and prices. Funny that I have a teen boy already and two of my children are about to enter their teenage years in a few years and yet we haven’t been to any trick or treat event. I must have been a very busy working mom then, no time for such fun.
Thankfully though, we have Yael to awaken the kid in us and enjoy life’s surprises – that includes going out and joining mall, church or amusement park activities like the Wickedly Fun Halloween Treat at Sky Ranch in Tagaytay City.
We may have missed a lot from the many years that passed, but we still have the many more years to come to enjoy what the outside world has to offer.
Again, thank you, dear Lord, for this privilege to be home with my boys. And I thank husband for letting me be a full time mom. Despite the crazy schedule and chores, I feel more complete.
“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
– Mathew 23:12
He cannot say sorry personally. But he made it a point to get the message across by writing his thoughts on a paper. He was not aware though that I have forgiven him before his message reached me.
We are very much alike. We oftentimes conceal our emotions and prefer to speak through our pens. We are very much alike. Perhaps, because he is my son and I am his mother.
I love you, son. And yes, you are always forgiven.
Another proud mama moment and again, I was not able to control my tears. As promised for his mother’s birthday today, my son brought home a medal from the Inter School Academic and Athletic League IT Challenge held at the AMA University just this morning. 23 schools joined the competition.
We have a new silver medal!
My 10-year old pump gave up already, thus for two weeks I wasn’t able to express milk. So when we had second son’s eyes checked last Friday, I also went to the baby section of SM department store and bought a new breast pump. It took me weeks to look for a replacement since I seldom leave the house as 1) no one will be left to take care of our baby, and 2) leaving the house means bringing the little munchkin with me. As much as possible I do not want to bring him to crowded places – malls in particular – for risk of exposing him to many people and possible germs.
Anyway, going back to my breast pump story –
Though I very much enjoy breastfeeding my now two-month-old son, it would be convenient as well if we have some stored breast milk in the refrigerator. I could ask husband or any of the boys to give our baby a feed should I need to 1) attend to some household chores, 2) catch up on some me-time, or 3) run an outdoor errand. Having Yael’s own stock of milk also assures this mother that her baby drinks his milk even if she is not around. Also, pumping definitely lessens the heaviness of her breasts.
So for nursing moms like me, distance isn’t an issue in breastfeeding our little darlings. Our babies can still enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding despite our absence. Breast pumps are invented to help lactating mothers express and store milk for their little angels. These pumps also come in handy for moms who want to breastfeed but their babies cannot latch well.
There are a variety of breast pumps in the market nowadays. My old pump was battery operated and husband bought me an adaptor so I would not worry about battery replacement. The pump I just bought is a manual one as I find electric pumps too expensive. The important thing is, I own a reliable breast pump that I could readily use anytime anywhere. The good thing about the pump I bought is it has an adaptor which could easily fit both regular and wide-neck bottles.
Breast pumps are not for working moms alone. Even stay-at-home mothers may find these pumps helpful. I am a homemaker and seldom do I leave the house or leave our baby with someone else. But still, I got a breast pump because it gives me peace of mind knowing there are bottles of stored breast milk for my baby. I could ask husband or any of the boys to look after our Yael should I want to relax for a few minutes. I could also run an errand and leave the baby with them without me worrying about our little angel starving. Or I could offer it to my precious darling whenever my nipples are too sore for another breastfeeding session. Regular breastfeeding, coupled with expressing milk, also increases any mother’s milk supply. And I plan to breastfeed our baby as long as he wants. I am even contemplating on sharing my milk with my three other boys (without letting them know, of course; a naughty laugh follows).
We are experiencing power interruption today. Good thing we have a rechargeable lamp and fan. Our darling Yael could still enjoy his afternoon sleep without feeling uncomfortably hot and sticky.
So for moms out there, make sure to invest in good quality rechargeable lamp and fan. You may find it not useful everyday but time will come you will thank yourself for buying one. Your kids, especially your baby, will be grateful to you as well.
Firstborn needed damath for his Mathirx club about two weeks ago. Damath is a two-player educational board game combining the board game “Dama” (Filipino word for Checkers) and Mathematics. From research, I have learned that damath is used as a teaching tool for both elementary and high school mathematics. Every piece has a corresponding number and each even (white) square on board has a mathematical symbol. The game was invented by Jesus L. Huenda.
He gave his parents a seven-day lead time to look for damath in bookstores. This mother though can’t leave the house without her new-born with her, thus asked husband to buy one. Husband, however, failed to secure any board game for firstborn. Come fifth day and firstborn, realizing that there was still no damath, took the initiative to make his own board game. He reassured his mother that he can do it himself, making it clear to her that he just needs to cover the even squares with mathematical symbols.
As I watch firstborn design his own damath, I can’t help but cry. Cry not out of pity because we were not able to buy him one, but because he took charge. He did not even follow up with his father, perhaps he knew that his papa was so busy with work.
Thank you, firstborn, for being so understanding. And thank you for acting independently.