Monday, March 30, 2009

The Mystery of the Empty Baby Bottle

Hehe funny title. Reminds me of The Nancy Drew books which were staple reads for me and my barkadas way back in Grade School.

Anyway, what I really wanted to write about is Maia’s latest milestone! Yes, another one! Funny thing is – she’s gone through that milestone and we never noticed it. Not until last Sunday when I did some detective work myself..

It all started about two weeks ago actually. My Mom was visiting and it became a habit for her to take Maia out when she wakes up in the morning.

It was then that I started seeing an empty milk bottle lying underneath her pillow. I remember placing a bottle a few hours earlier but could not remember propping it up for her to drink. My initial reaction was to check the bed space where Maia slept earlier. Funny it remained dry when 4 ounces of spilled milk would have soaked it wet. My mom told me Maia probably took the bottle herself and drank it while we were sleeping. But I can’t imagine how she’d be drinking all the milk from her bottle without me propping it up for her. So I told myself I was probably just too sleepy to remember but I did help her with it.

I would have put that mystery to rest already only that the same scene was repeated the following morning and the morning after that. So my mom was resolved that her grandchild has indeed learned to drink her milk on her own. But I wasn't convinced (hehe...ako ang Mommy ako pa ang nagdududa). If it were indeed true, “I would have to see it for myself”…

…so last Sunday…I stayed up to confirm Grandma’s theory and eventually put an end to my dilemma (as if naman it really worries me ano? Hehe). Guess what, Grandma was right! She knew where Mommy puts her bottle! She grabbed it and sucked at it. She did not find a need to cry for Mommy and Daddy's attention anymore! And when I put on the lights, guess what? She had this silly look plastered on her face. Parang sinasabi pa, patayin mo Mommy! Matutulog pa ako! Haha. Saya.

Most days though she is still very lazy to hold her milk bottle. But that does not matter anymore. It just feels great witnessing her grab that milk bottle! My only regret was I only managed to take a picture. Di ko nakakuhanan ng video! Well, maybe next time…:wink:wink…

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Met a Friend


Good Morning Maia,

Today we made friends with a neighbor. Every morning becomes more exciting because you can now share it with a baby almost your age. :) It's just so fascinating to watch you talk to Yana even if she still can't respond to your baby talk. It's almost like you are already learning how to socialize on your own. Babies are such amazing creatures aren't they?

Now Mommy gets giddy thinking of the time when you start talking. I bet we'll go down laughing at your antics. Mommy and Daddy will forever remain your super fans.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Hello Maia!

You turned 5 months today. Mommy couldn't be more happier than seeing you interact more with her and Daddy. You're turning out to be like a mini-Daddy though. Mommy's not too happy with that because that gives Daddy a lot of bragging rights. And Mommy just hates it when Daddy makes her feel he's ahead of her...esp when it comes to you. :( This is how lambing is for Mom and Dad. You'll know when you're old enough to understand Mommy and Daddy's conversations. You might even laugh a bit yourself.

What made Mommy happy today though was that Daddy bought you a mini-cake! Daddy's slowly starting to be thoughtful and sweet. That's really something! Seems like it's not only Mommy whose undergoing a life-changing experience with your coming...Daddy's going through the same as well!


Here's how far you've developed based on Baby center:

Homing in on sounds

Your baby now realizes where sounds come from, and he'll turn quickly toward a new one. One of the easiest ways to engage him is to jingle a set of keys. Wind chimes are great attention-getters, too.

Your baby may now be able to recognize his own name and understand that you're speaking to him when you say it. You may notice that your little one turns his head when you call him or talk about him with others.

If you want to engage and entertain your baby, all you need to do is talk to him. At this age, babies don't learn language from the television or radio, so turn them off and use real dialogue instead.
A growing range of emotions

Your baby can't express his emotions in the same complex way that you can. Although he can let you know in clear ways when he's angry, bored, or happy, his ability to show love and humor are just developing.

Your baby also shows a strong attachment to you by raising his arms when he wants to be picked up and by crying when you leave the room. He may also give you hugs and kisses.

And he's beginning to get the joke — he'll laugh at funny expressions and try to make you laugh, too. Keep the laughter flowing with your silly faces!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Checklist - Maia's Baptism

Hello Maia,

We have 11 more days to go before we welcome you to the Christian World. To date, here's how far we've gone on the preparations:

Restaurant :: Booked/paid DP
Aling Tonya's Seafood Palutuan
This was really difficult and sort of tiring. I was already bent on booking Congo Grille at MoA but Daddy decided to change venue the last minute. So much for me being the stage mom. I realized Daddy is a lot worse when he gets really inspired on taking his role to heart. I just hope we did make the right decision to switch.

Church :: Booked/paid in Full
This was the most difficult part of the preparation. I did not realize that this Church is a popular one. When we inquired around the first week of Feb we were so shocked to find out that all of March is already booked. It was a bit frustrating. I got really stressed out just trying to nail a date with this Church. But I was glad all our efforts paid off.

Priest :: c/o Wowa Joyce
Booked and relayed to the Church. Grandma's taking care of this.

Baptismal Dress :: Still a work in progress.

I'll try to look for one on Friday.

Souvenirs :: Work In Progress
Guests - We're going shopping this Saturday. Hopefully we get everything done in One Day

Ninongs/Ninangs - c/o Wowa Joyce. It's the first time that Wowa volunteered to do something for an occasion like this. I was really touched by this gesture.

Invites :: c/o Kika Mao
This is finally done and sent. We're just waiting for the RSVPs to come in. About 30% has already confirmed their attendance.

Guestbook :: c/o Kika Mao and Tito Ramboy
Still a work in progress. But I am really hoping to get this done by this weekend so I can have it printed by Tuesday or Wednesday and done by Friday.


So far, so good. I get a little nervous but I'm hoping everything will go as planned. Fact is, I am more excited for this than for my wedding. I'm really hoping this will turn out well for you to look back to in the future.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Maia's Invitation

Finally. Kika Mao was able to finish Maia's invitation. Now, it's time to send them out. We're hoping for a good turn out...despite the fact that most of the god parents from my side are based abroad.

I'm betting this is going to be a get-together again for the Chavez clan. It always ends up that way. But for Tibs' sake, I am also hoping that all his friends could come. That would be really, really great if they all could show up and share this day with us.

Anyways, the invitation looked pretty nice...after all, my sister did put all her efforts into it.

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