(I think the partner fell asleep sitting, hahaha!)
It may not be perfect but she’s the best for her mama!
It’s the best view that I could get. Sorry for the video quality. Doing my best to save for a nice camera to capture her moments better.
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Having a flexible job enables me to spend priceless time with her. It may not buy us all the best material things in the world but it sure buys me more time to enjoy the most and the best moments of life with her. I just love watching her grow and learn everyday and being there every step of the way. Loving the simple life and enjoying family life! 🙂
On December 7th was my daughter’s 2nd birthday. The family celebrated it on December 9th because it was Sunday. No work, no school and everybody is available. It was a special day especially for us (hubby and I). It was fun, exciting and tiring at the same time. Hubby and I did the shopping and mom helped in preparing the food. I am thankful for relatives and friends who came to celebrate. I am also grateful to our families across other cities and abroad which in one way or another have extended their blessings and greetings.
I was overwhelmed because last year Gillian was so young and now she’s impossibly two and had gotten so big. She was so amazing this entire year. She had learned a lot of things and made us also realized and learned so much about responsibilities. We made small and big decisions which greatly consider her welfare. We moved to a new place, built a home, switched jobs and started a fresh life. I am so proud of her for being simply amiable and I can’t ever imagine being apart from her for even a moment anymore.
We did a small party where neighbors and families enjoy the party foods and the chats. I believe that Gillian was aware that it’s her party but she was awed by different and new faces. I just realized when I looked at the pictures that she hasn’t really smiled on any of it. But I knew she really enjoyed all the colorful balloons and had loved playing with other little kids.
Surely, will be counting and cherishing the days and months ’till her next birthday! 🙂
We love you baby Gillian! ♥ ❤ ♥
Gillian got her first haircut and with bangs. She has fine thin hair that’s getting longer and I thought it needed a cut, so that next time, it would grow a little thicker. I think she looks older with bangs, wouldn’t you agree? My baby seems a lady now. Hahaha She’s turning 2 years old in three months. How time seems to fly by so fast. I’ve been hugging and kissing her a lot lately, tripling it actually, telling her how cute she is and that I’ll always love her. I know that someday when she’s big enough, she won’t let me kiss and hug her the way we do it today. There are times though that she wants to get her own way and throws tantrums if she can’t. At times, I don’t know how to handle her temper. She may want something but both of us can’t figure out what it is. I’m encouraging her to say it in words now that she knows a few phrases.
She’s in fact good in words now. I think it’d helped all those educational videos for children which I brought home, it includes learning letters and numbers and nursery rhymes. I had downloaded several more from the internet too. As a child I also love nursery rhymes, even today. I love singing the songs with her. Hahaha She’s quite good at following the songs and has learned how to mimic the animal sounds too. When I count from one to ten, she will count with me, even getting ahead of the counting. If I say one, she’ll count two, then I state 3, she’ll count 4. It’s a great feeling to know that your child is learning something new every time. It’s like an assurance that she’s growing up, that she’s grasping the things around her and that someday she’ll be best at something.
I’m counting the days ‘til her next birthday and the next and the next. I should not forget to cherish every moment that she’s still a child. These days – that she is still allowing me to carry her, hug and kiss her in public.
“I love you baby Gillian.” – Mama
I think every time I blink, my little girl is also becoming a big girl. Gillian is one year and two months now. She has eight teeth already and keeps on biting anything she can reach. She’s also trying to rise up and walk on her own now but we’re still guiding her with it. She’s not that very good in her balance yet and had several fall already from trying to stand up by herself.
One time I happened to put my make-up purse beside her while I’m making the bed and when I checked back, her mouth was full of red and already chewing a part of the lipstick. She may have seen the way I put the lipstick on and had tried putting it on her lips but I guess eventually had bitten it. I kind of got angry and laughed at the same time. Got angry because my favorite lipstick was ruined and had to wash her again but also chuckled because my little girl knows how to do things easily, on her own by just observing.
She now insists on having her own plate and spoon during meal time. She can’t just watch and let you spoon feed her but reaches out the spoon and put it on her mouth. One time, I let her too close to my plate and she’d spread the food all over the floor. Now I give her her own spoon and plate with little food on it just to pacify her and to train her on how to use them.
Every time she sees me drink from a cup, she would wail to have a taste of what I’m drinking too. She prefers to drink from the glass now and later puts her hands in it; Feeling the water inside the glass and whisking it everywhere.
She’s a noisy baby too. Her favorite moment is during church services, she says any words her mouth can babble. She sometimes literally shouts very loudly that church goers look at us and somewhat letting me know that I have to do something to stop that little baby. But she can’t be stopped I swear; when you tell her to hush, she does the opposite, make her voice even louder. And all I can do is smile. 🙂
We had a party for my baby’s 1st birthday today and it was a long day. Since we’ve been hard saving these past few weeks but still had budgeted funds for this occasion, I’m proud for my husband and I that we’d managed the day without any embarrassment. I helped for the food preparation with our cousin, as the official cook. I did most of the shopping and organizing. I’m also glad that my husband did his share by doing the chicken barbecues and ensuring the availability of the finger foods.
It was not much of a fancy party but relatives and close friends came and had fun eating and chatting. We are grateful that they celebrated this special day with us. Pictures were taken with mostly have my baby frowning on it. I think she’s confused with all the fuzz and the people. I managed to carry her on my hip most of the day while entertaining the guests. I just want this day to be memorable to us as family. This moment, this party, may just be an ordinary one for most people but someday, I know it would be a big part of my daughter’s past. She will have signs of us celebrating this special day of her life and special moment of our parents’ lives. I could look at the photos someday and reminisce this first birthday of my first daughter. How we truly made the effort to make this day especial to us.
One of the many lessons I’ve learned from past experiences, is to celebrate every occasion like birthdays, family holidays, special events, even just with little food or gifts or plain dating out. This event how little it maybe will be remembered and appreciated as part of caring for the person and keeping the good relationship towards each other.
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My baby’s turning one year old this coming December 7th. She’s growing so fast now, from a crying baby to babbling baby and soon to be a talking child 🙂
So far here are her preferences or favorite stuff:
- Cartoon show: Sesame street
- Cartoon characters : Elmo & Abby
- Fruit: Banana
- Meal: Cooked rice with smashed egg and squash
- Skill: Shouting and dancing
- Game: Drop n’ Pick , Paper-tearing
- Word: “hindi”
- Pet: Cat/s
- Pacifier: Outdoor strolling
These are few of the moments I’ve happened to capture within the first year:
Gillian @ 7 months
Smiling Gillian @ 5 months
Drop and pick is Gillian’s favorite game now. Every time she’s bored of playing a particular toy after a moment, she would drop it, then wait for me to pick and give the toy back to her. After I’ve done that, she would drop the thing again, then look at me, observing if I would pick the item again. Surely, I would give it back to her. That is, until I would notice that she’s doing the same thing for a while and seemed to enjoy the activity. At times, tired of picking up several times, I would decide to stop, and that would begin her frustrating wail.
She’s a lot of work now. Every time she doesn’t want a certain act or thing anymore she would eventually cry. You really need to do variety of things to keep her entertained. She’s now eating and drinking like an adult too. I could be exaggerating but she can eat whatever I’m eating, at least most of it. Cooked rice, bread, fries, smashed squash, potato chips, ice cream and all sort of juices. I know some of them are not yet good for her but she would protest if she can’t take a piece of what we’re eating. So I’m giving her at least bits of every food we consume. I guess, in some way this is good, so she will not become picky with her taste.
She’s turning 11 months in 7 days and in another month, she’ll be one year old already. I hope we can have a party for her when the day comes. I’m a home bound mom with a home-based job now. So, I think I need to work double-time for the extra funds. I hope that the employer I found would be for long term and would continue to be a blessing. I’m grateful for where the things are going at the present. I believe I can be at my best on this career shift. Not only because, I already have the stored experiences and skills, but most of all, my family is my inspiration. Plus the essential things too, I’m always open to challenges and to learning new things. So, let’s get it on!
Let’s “drop and pick” now Gillian, before work starts!