I’m one proud mama! 🙂
She’s 3 yrs and 8 mos old now.
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! 🙂
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:
These are few of the moments I’ve happened to capture within the first year:
Gillian @ 7 months
Smiling Gillian @ 5 months
This is the face that I long for every single moment of my life.
The reason that I am stronger now as a person.
The greatest achievement of my life.
And the best blessing I ever have.
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Gillian is 292 days old today and she loves to eat now. She’s eating mostly everything that I prepare for her. Apart from the baby cereals, I also cook milled rice and mix it with different vegetables. At times, I mix it with cooked squash or potato. Her favorite is when I blend it with beaten eggs. She also likes eating banana for dessert. Yes, she’s doing pretty well in using her two teeth.
She’s making baby talks and fond of yelling these days. I think Gillian has a soprano voice because when she yells, it is remarkably high-pitched. When I try to sleep in the morning, I can hear her shrill voice that only her knows what the words are meant. You know, it’s still hard to figure out all the words that she’s trying to make. Sometimes she may seem to say “De, de, de”, when she doesn’t want anything anymore. This may mean “hindi, dili, or no”. This often happens when you try to feed her with milk on a baby bottle, she would shake her head and say “de, de, de”. It is our cue that she doesn’t like it. Gillian prefers solid foods now than her milk. This is a good thing, I guess. It means that she’s growing.
One thing that she likes doing nowadays is our book-reading sessions. When I read to her I must continuously say the words or else she would scream if we will stop it. She likes me to continue reading to her and not stop, not until she gets bored anyway. Honestly, we can finish four books in one reading session. Whew!
I am constantly enjoying being a mom. Especially, being a mother of Gillian. Gillian and I are learning together each day. I – learning to be a more patient and responsible mom, and her – learning anything what she can and is able to grasp at her age.
I wonder when I can hear from her the perfect word for “mama”. It may be one of the best feelings in the world. 🙂
I know what is important to me now. I must remember not to settle this time. I may not have what I want but I KNOW now what it is and I will go for it.
These past few weeks may be a blessing in disguise. Our company is restructuring and most of the employees are on floating status. We are sent on force leaves. I am one of the employees who are on temporary FL. This may seem unfortunate but I’m honestly glad that I had been able to view it as an opportunity to redefine my career. I have been planning to try working at home, primarily because I want to spend more time with my daughter; however, I was not able to pursue it due to my shifting work schedule. Most of the time, I work on night shifts and during my free time and rest days, I rather prefer to spend it with my daughter or sleep most of the day off. But these past few weeks, I have finally decided to go for it. I had been reading and researching about home-based jobs and luckily, I also have friends who already had started their career at home while raising their families. Since there was nothing much to do anymore, I went ahead and got an e-card from the bank which I can use in fund-transaction online. I also went to one of the local internet service providers (ISP) and signed up for a phone and DSL line bundle. Unfortunately, it got me a couple of weeks of visiting and prodding, for them to finally install the lines. My computer has an internet connection now and almost all is set to start this home-based job. My plan is to start as a part-time worker, if all goes well then I may have to quit my regular job. I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t take long for me to find jobs and get hired online. Afterall, I’m doing this not only because I want to have a better stress-free career but mostly because I want to be a full-time-hands-on mom.
Goodluck to me! 🙂
Gillian has her first tooth! She’s eight months now. This explains why she’s always sucking her thumb and biting whatever she can put into her mouth. I remember once when I carried her that she suddenly bit my shoulder and when I tried to pull my sleeve off, her mouth still won’t let go. It was a real funny sight. There were times when she can’t be satisfied by the taste of her fingers and prefer to suck her toes. Of course, I’m not a fan of it but she seems to find chances to sneak on me just to do this.
Gillian is also starting to have preferences. When she sees me or her papa, she would extend her hands (with raising feet apart too), gesturing that she wants to be carried. If we ignore her, she would whimper, stomp her tiny butt and feet ‘til you go back and hold her. On the other hand, when she sees an unfamiliar face approaching her, she would curl her lips and eventually would cry with an utmost pleading wail. It’s astonishing how a little being like that can produce an enormous loud sound!
Gillian is also reaching anything that captures her interest. If she can’t do it by her tiny hands, she will reach it by her feet. Yes, she knew very well how to use those little body parts creatively. Once, I had given her a tiny brochure about baby diapers which was included on the pack of diapers given by her aunts abroad. She was amused by the colorful pictures on it and won’t let go until she had torn it to pieces. That was her first paper-tearing moment. I’m so touched how Gillian was overwhelmed and so absorbed in doing it.
She also had developed a love for music. Her favorite part is when we listen together to the ringtones on my cell phone. She wants it played in the same sequence everytime. Recently, she wants to hold the phone herself and would wave it to the air as the music plays. She even shows a sign of dancing when she waves her hands in rhythm with the music. If she’s on this state, you can’t just grab the phone back as sure you will receive her protest cry.
These are only few of the wondrous things that Gillian can do now, (with that one tooth. :-)) Those amazing things that can bring enormous unexplainable pleasure and joy to us who love her.
I’m looking forward and can’t wait to see her next baby trick!
Working in the call center can be very stressing at times, especially if you’re on the night shift. You have to fight closing your eyes to sleep and to keep from looking at the clock every now and then. Most of all, you have to keep a straight head when talking to the customer, for the entire eight hours of your shift. As a mom of seven months old baby, it’s even harder. It’s impossible to get a full six or eight hours of undisturbed sleep, especially when you are trying to do this during the day. Add the fact that Gillian needs care and attention a lot. Although we have my mom to help out in taking care of Gillian, there are still times that she would need a warm cuddle from her own mother. She would cry for no apparent reason until I hold her and amuse her with a soothing hush of “I love you” or with my childish singing voice. Thanks for all those nursery rhyme songs I’ve learned from childhood, they really came in handy. This situation may sound enduring but this is not always the case. The joy of being a mom makes up for all the sleepless and stressful days. I could trade a couple of hours of rest for my daughter’s first smile, first word, first book-reading and all the first’s, second’s, third’s and onward actions of her life. I may get off from work tired and sleepy but thinking of going home to Gillian is my shot of caffeine. I’m always looking forward to go home to a little funny smile, to a baby mumble which is almost a word for “mama” or to a crying child which can simply be pacified by my hug and voice. It is truly an unsurpassed gift to be a mother.
Gillian came to me as a blessing and I’m too grateful that she has a loving father as well. I may not be there in every events of her life but I will make sure to love, support and guide her all the way always, now and beyond.
“I love you, Gillian.”