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    Halloween Trick-or-Treat With My Toddler

    It has been days since Halloween.   Last year, our office kicked off the trick-or-treat activity for employees’ kids. I was able to bring Olive, and we just tire ourselves out because yaya and I took turns lifting her while going on different stations. But we had fun nonetheless.   This year, we had a Disney Pixar themed Halloween, so it was more kid friendly. As usual, I brought along my daughter.   Costume, Costume, Costume   It was easy dressing her up the previous Halloween. I just recycled her first birthday dress and her fairy wings used during her photo shoot. It made her look like a fairy princess…

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    Forty Adorable Things Our Toddler Does

    Our daughter is now two years and nine months. Time really does fly. Who would have thought our once cutie baby is now an adorable toddler. She’s now our big baby girl.   There are a lot of things that our toddler does that I just couldn’t simply capture on video. That’s why I have enumerated forty adorable things she has been doing which we could look back to when she would have become older.   The Adorable Things She Does During Mealtime…   How she observes the spoon first to check if there were pieces of meat (and how she exaggerates her cringes when there really is meat) How…

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    My Nine Hundred and Fifty Days of Breastfeeding – And Counting

    It’s World Breastfeeding Week. So, it’s pretty timely to tell about my past and present experiences in my breastfeeding journey.   I was able to post before that I still breastfeed my toddler.  This time, I’d be sharing more moments I have gone through in this terrific motherhood stage.   Day 0 — My Decision to Breastfeed   When I was pregnant, I really wanted to breastfeed because my sister was able to do it with my nephew. Its nutritional benefit was also a factor of my decision.   I prepared by drinking more liquid and sipping more soup. I also watched videos related to breastfeeding such as how to…

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    How We Potty Trained Our Daughter

    I am so happy that Olivia is finally using her own potty! Her transition was pretty smooth and easy, many thanks to her very patient yaya. It’s indeed a great milestone!   I bought her potty last year, because I was expecting she could start early. Likewise, I was influenced by other mothers whose child is already potty trained as young as one year old (some even before they reach their first birthday).   However, it turned out the opposite in our case. The potty collected dust and was neglected for a year. Olive was just merely opening and closing its lid out of curiosity. In that regard, we just…

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    Rainy Day Feels

    The scorching days are over. It’s officially the rainy season! Mother Nature is not kidding when she decides to end the hot days and suddenly give us very gloomy days.   Some coin this as the “bed weather” days, because it’s so nice to curl up in bed and snooze all day. It’s also great to drink your favorite hot beverage and just look out the window while the rain pours down.   During my younger years, rainy days unleashed my melodramatic side and wrote poems or pen an entry on my journal. When I was still single, I binged watch movies when VCD’s and DVD’s were still a thing…

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    Why Our Toddler Does Not Go To School Yet

    It’s back to school again for most students. Time for another year of fruitful learning and making memories. I remember to have skipped nursery school and started kindergarten when I was aged 6. My other classmates were one year younger than me, but I really did not feel alienated. I guess I developed academically (and emotionally) the same as my peers. The Generation of Toddler School Of course, I no longer recall what I did when I was still a toddler. I have no memories of being taught at that early stage of life on how to read, count or sing. Everything was learned by the time I started kindergarten.…

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    What I Can Say About Motherhood

    Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies out there! Although this is a belated post, it’s still not too late to show appreciation and honor to all mothers in the world. Let’s embrace the greatness of motherhood!   Olivia is still too young to understand this special day, so I’m just happy and contented with her usual hugs and kisses for now.   What’s Motherhood ?   Motherhood is like love that’s really hard to define. It’s as if your heart has grown 1000 times bigger.   It has been two years since I’ve become a mother. When I found out I was having a girl, I was actually scared. It…

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    Parenting Lessons from a Cartoon Show

    Olivia has recently started watching cartoon programs from Disney Junior. Sometimes, she is able to sit through the entire 30-minute program. Other times, her attention span is split to watching and playing simultaneously. At her age, she’s able to identify who the characters are. She probably does not completely grasp the essence of what she is watching at yet. If I’m not doing anything relevant (or not yet sleepy when watching at night), I sit down and watch with her. “Miles From Tomorrowland” This program is one of the shows we watch prior to Olive’s personal favorite (“Goldie and Bear”). Miles From Tomorrowland is about a boy named Miles and…

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    How to Deal with Toddler Meltdowns

    Olivia has her fair share of meltdowns — some lasts for a minute, while a few lasts for more than 10 minutes. It could be as simple as being forbidden to watch her favorite video while eating or it could be as unreasonable as — nothing. Last Saturday, she had another one of those episodes. The primary reason for her meltdown was because she did not want to eat her lunch yet. She was crying hysterically and throwing her favorite toy. We tried to cajole her, but she just kept on crying. Good thing her Yaya was very patient and kept on reasoning with her. I also tried to keep…

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    Which Language to Speak with Our Kid? English or Filipino ?

    By the time Olivia has spoken her first word, I had an internal debate as to what language should I speak to her ? Should I engage her in English or Filipino? Should I enforce our entire household to speak to her in one language only so that she will not get confused ? English Only ? Social media added to the pressure in making English as a mother language to children. I become insecure how kids nowadays could speak English well (sometimes better than their parents). In birthday parties, I’d feel awkward because my daughter does not speak English like other kids her age. It makes me feel like…

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