Friday, January 29, 2016

Ten Months

Happy 10 months, baby girl! :)


If last month your first two teeth were only emerging, now you have four already!  After the two at the bottom, two came out on your upper gum: one on the middle (it's missing a partner) and another one on the far side. You always grit your baby teeth! Perhaps it's because the sound gritting makes and the feeling of having something inside your mouth are new to you. :)

Her first three teeth! :)  The fourth one is hiding.

Like mommy, you always sleep clutching something in your hand, either your lampin hankie or the blanket. When neither is within your reach, you grasp the corner of your pillow instead. :)

Your hankie (aside from your thumb-sucking) gives you comfort while sleeping :)

And speaking of sleeping, you almost always have sleepies ("muta" in Filipino) on your eyes in the morning!  These are not tiny sleepies, mind you. Malalaki!  Hehe. 

You have also been practicing standing and walking, baby. You have strong arms and legs, I won't be surprised if you'd start walking without support earlier than expected.  You just have to learn how to balance. :)  You are also very confident and bold! There are times when you stand up and suddenly let go of whatever it is you're holding on to!  You think you can be on your own already? :) You need a lot more practice, baby doll. 

You are amazed with people's hands and feet.  Whenever your lolo and lola show you how to do the age-old baby trick "close-open," you watch attentively and sometimes you can do it.  I've also seen you clap your hands several times already! :) You're just not consistent. :) Also, you are fascinated by mommy's colored toes.  You watch my toes closely every time you see them move on the bed, and most times, you try to "catch" them.  Of course I never let you because they're dirty. =P

Of all your milestones and developmental progress, there's this one fact that has always remained constant - your being a happy baby.  And your dad and I love that trait of you the most. :)  Of course you have episodes of bad mood and stranger anxieties, but most of the time, you are just bubbly and smiling and giggling.  You crack up at the silliest antics of your dad, you jump up and down just hearing me sing your favorite dance tunes. Your laughter is not just a simple chuckle.  It's loud and hard and with gigil.  Hehehe.



Now before I end, here's your 10th month diaper shot!  You see how different this is from all your diaper shots in the past?  Here you're not lying on your back because you're super duper malikot now! I tried to make you lie flat on the bed but you just kept on getting up! Eventually, I gave up and took this photo of you sitting and about to snatch my phone. Hehe. Laki ng tiyan mo baby! :)



We love you everyday, baby doll! :)


Cheers,


Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Last of the Holidays


Today is a Sunday, and tomorrow, January 04, is officially the first workday of the year. I have been on vacation since the 23rd of December, you can just imagine how challenging it would be for me to get up tomorrow and bring myself back to the grind.  The past several days with hubby and our little baby doll has been very delightful, and leaving her again with the yaya while we spend hours at the office is the most difficult of all. For days, I've been doing a sad countdown in my head, until this morning.

Our family went to Mass, and as I prayed, I thanked God for all the blessings in our life.  My long list included my work, which I am going back to tomorrow.  I realized, why would I dread something which I have always been grateful for?  My job and the people I work with are beyond amazing, I can't imagine myself working some place else at this point in my life.  I should feel lucky because not everyone has a job to go back to after the holidays, many may even be praying that the vacation be over so they could resume hunting for one.  So yes, I am lucky.  I am blessed.  



As I spend the last of the holidays today, this is the prayer of my heart.


Dear Lord,

Thank You for the long vacation You gave us that allowed us to rest and spend happy moments with our little family.  As we go back to work tomorrow, may You keep this happiness in our hearts.  Help us remember that like the gift of family, our job, too, is a gift from You and that we should cherish it and appreciate it.  Whenever we would feel stressed or pressured, give us strength and patience. When we get overwhelmed, give us courage and wisdom.  When we feel the urge to complain, remind us that You are our Big Boss and no one else.  Help us trust that You will always be by our side as we complete every single task, big or small, this new year will bring.  

All praises and glory and honor to You, Lord.

Amen.




Cheers,


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016!


Grateful for 2015 - for all our prayers that were answered, the trials we overcame, and the lessons we learned. The year has been definitely LIFE-CHANGING. 
Excited to see what God has in store for 2016, He just always has the most pleasant of surprises! Cheers to a bright and sweet year ahead!




Meanwhile, this was how our little girl "celebrated" her first New Year's eve... Hehe.




Cheers,


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