Stork Story Snippets Part II

Lest I forget…a few things about the pregnancy…

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PREGNANCY PROBLEMS

Nothing Major. Just a painless urinary tract infection that would not go away. After 3 months and 3 different medications, we were finally able to flush those bad bad bad bacteria away!  We also took tests for our sugar level and thyroid hormones. Thank God both tests showed that everything is a-OK!

BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO BE HEALTHY AND SAFE

Daddy
.. laid down the non slip mat on the bathroom floor as soon as we got home from the pregnancy news lunch celebration
… took charge of all the chores including cleaning the toilet and  washing some of our dirty clothes
… started training with Tito Kevin so he can spend more time with us at night.
… picked us up from work even if he was tired
… bought a lot of classical music CD’s and played them before we slept

Mommy
… resisted to take a sip of the Nestle Tea Latte in the pantry vendo.
… tried to read on as many parenting books and websites as she could
… watched what she ate and avoided sweets and anything unhealthy
… tried to rest as much as she could. Slept before 8PM and woke up at 5:30AM

 THANK YOU’S

Office Nurse – for letting us sleep in the clinic every lunch break
Alphonso’s servers – our office concessionaire, for giving the extra servings of veggies and heating our food for us in the microwave
Tita Dang – for always giving us fruits to munch on
Titas Ebbie, Shine and Cye – for the maternity clothes and pregnancy tips!
Tita Jana and Lola Ming – for the maternity tops

OUR OB GYNE
… was Lola Cherry, Lola Babbie’s sister.  We had our check ups at the Medical City Pasig Satellite Clinic.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN
.. was only 26 pounds. From 122 lbs to 148 pounds.

***mega thanks to Atty. Raymond Fortun for taking our maternity pics. It was his first and last time to shoot a preggy client because his marital license is limited to weddings only. harhar***

Stork Story Snippets Part I

Dearest Aki,

I look forward to the day when you ask me for stories about our 9 month adventure last year.

Jotting down my notes for fear that I might forget..

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

You made your presence felt two weeks before Mummy took the pregnancy test. Symptoms: Frequent Urination. Mummy woke up 2-4 times every night during the first few months to empty her bladder. Sour Stomach. Sometimes right after eating. Lucky Mummy, no vomiting or dizzy spells whatsoever.

WEIRD PREGNANCY CRAVINGS

None! But Mummy had people aversion. Mummy did not want Mr E, Mrs J and Ms C to get anywhere near us.

 

FIRST PEOPLE WE TOLD

Lolo Tay and Lola Babbie and Lola Do – of course!

Chacha Jana – to find out what she experienced when Ate Jyl and Kuya Rock were still inside her tummy

Tita Grace – Mommy’s boss. So she would understand if mommy suddenly needs to rest or take a leave

Tita Ninang Ameron – Mummy’s officemate. So she can cover for Mommy. Hehe

Tita Kat – of HR Benefits, to find out what are the paperwork needed for maternity benefits

FIRST ITEMS WE BOUGHT

– 2 new pairs of flat so we can get rid of the boots and high heels

– new loose-fitting tops from Robinson’s Dept

– new hankies to protect us from pollution. We also bought face masks because of the H1N1 outbreak but we never got to use them.

– daddy also bought packs of Marie and Sunflower biscuits that mommy can munch on whenever little aki demanded for food

– mommy also bought salabat and calamansi & carrot jam for healthier snack options

– pregnancy and child care books to guide us thru the journey

– Daddy’s first gifts for Mummy were two novels by Laura Wolf, Diary of a Mad Bride and Diary of a Mad Mummy-to-be

This was you this time last year! Can you believe it? You were as small as a thumb print and weighed as light as a chocolate chip.

And this is you now! Actually last month, around mid-Feb. So cute, so curious, so heavy! With tons of personality!

Aki’s Baptism: Details and DIY’s

Date: Feb 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Motif : Green
Theme: Frugalicious/Pagtitipid

Baptismal Gown. Aki wore the same gown his dad wore back in 1980. The little catholic boy was behaved the whole time because he was having a blast munching on the ribbons of his gown.

Reception Outfit

Invitation, Envelope and Candle

Thank you tags for the cactus plants

Gift for Grandparents

Guestsheets and Pencils. Since frugalicous was the name of the game, buying or ordering a guestbook was never considered. Guestsheets are the cheaper and more fun alternative. I learned from our wedding that most people don’t bring pens so it’s best to provide one per table. I got these cute colorful pencils for a song from one of the booths in my current favorite cheap buy haven,  Ayala MRT. F is for Franco, one of Aki’s names. E is for the first letter of  our last name. Characters in Japanese just like Aki’s name.

Mega thanks to my scrap-blogging sister for the lay out and for keeping up with my OC-nes, to my MIL for the baptismal gown and to Sheela for the reception outfit. Special thanks to FIL for being the official photographer of the day.

More pictures posted here

And now i move on to the 1st birthday planning! Yehey!

 

P.S.
I always reply  when I receive requests for copies of the poems./guestsheets.  Please check your SPAM folder if you haven’t heard from me. Look for the MaquiFranky sender  

Aki’s Baptism: Decor and Giveaway/Gifts

Date: Feb 27, 2010

Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Motif : Green

Theme: Frugalicious/Pagtitipid

 
 
 
Decors were the least of my priorities. I was happy with the ambiance at Guilly’s but felt I needed simple centerpieces to add a party feel to our event.
 
Of all the balloon suppliers I inquired with, only Jojo of Mr Balloonatix had rates that matched my eensy winsy budget. Come baptism day, I was surprised that he used metallic balloons. Our mommy and lola guests were happy to take home the  centerpieces.
 
I highly recommend Mr Balloonatix to busy budget-concious mommies who like suppliers who quickly reply to email and SMS.
 
 
 
 
For the gifts for the godparents, I wanted something that  1)  is color green, 2) would not be just another dust-collector 3) is within my budget and 4) would remind them of being responsible for a precious life.  These uber cute cactus plants perfectly meet all four criteria.
 
 
 
 
Since I was working on a Frugalicous theme, I initially wanted to DIY the giveaways. I had my eyes set on making towel lollipops. however, after computing the total cost and factoring in the effort needed, I decided to give up the DIY idea. 
 
  

Come reception, the cactus plants were a hit! I just wish I ordered more of the bigger cactus plants  for the great grandmothers.
 
 
 
 
 
April, my supplier, is very accommodating, courteous and replies fast. Although I never got to talk or meet her in person, I can sense the passion she has for her plants based on the SMS exchanges that we had.
 
P.S.
I always reply  when I receive requests for copies of the poems. Please check your SPAM folder if you haven’t heard from me. Look for the MaquiFranky sender  

Aki’s Baptism: Guilly’s

RECEPTION: Guilly’s @ Glorietta 5 
 

Date: Feb 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Motif : Green
Theme: Frugalicious/Pagtitipid
 
 

Nhez, the resto manager is very easy to deal with. We communicated mostly thru SMS and all my requests were followed. A day before the event, I had this brilliant idea of asking Nhez to play songs that remind me of Aki during the event (Sweet Child of Mine, Let’s Hear for the Boy!, Be my Little Baby, etc). I emailed her the song list at 6PM . She texted me around 8PM that she might not be able to download the songs because she’d be working late that Friday night. I was happily surprised to find out that she was able download 9 out of the 16 song requests. It was actually her husband who did the downloading. Nhez was so nice that she even gave me a copy of the CD. And although the version of Sweet Child that was played was by Nirvana and not the Sheryl Crow version that I request, this OC and OA mummy is still very happy with Guilly’s excellent customer service. 
 

What I also like about having the reception in a resto is the assurance that there will be food for everyone even if more than expected guests show up. Pinoys are notorious for not RSVP-ing and I did nt have the time and patience to ask for confirmation from friends and family. Thank you to Guilly’s, everyone went home full and satisfied. 
 

Guilly’s offers daily lunch buffet for only PhP 239. If memory serves me right, Sunday lunch is a bit more expensive because of the additional food choices available. We paid a little higher than their usual per pax rate plus service charge to make the resto exclusive. 
 

Oh, make sure that you indicate Glorietta 5 in your invites. Ours only had Guilly’s, G5 and some of our guests went to Greenbelt 5. 
 

Menu
Dinuguan
Kare-kare
Chicken L’orange
Vegetable Stir Fry
Pinaputok na Lumpia
Lumpiang Shangai
Fish Fillet
Korean Beef Ribs
Pan-fried Pork Steak
Spicy Squid 
 

Pasta Bar (putanesca, bolognese and white sauce)
California Maki
Futo Maki
Kani Maki
Kani Sushi 
 

Plain rice
Seafood rice 
 

Chocolate and White Chocolate Fountains
Dippings: bread sticks, marshmallows, papaya, melon, banana, mango, watermelon, pineapple
Buko Pandan 
 

One Round of Iced Tea 
 

 

Spicy Squid and Lechon Kawali

 

Different Types of Yummy Maqui Maki

 

 

More pictures posted here

 

 

Happy Women’s Month

For my single girlfriends:

After awhile you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean possession
and company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up
and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn and you learn…with every goodbye you learn.
After awhile you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean possession
and company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up
and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn and you learn…with every goodbye you learn.

— Virginia Shopstall

 

 

 

Aki’s Baptism: Magallanes Church

CHURCH: St. Alphonsus Mary De Ligiuori Parish (Magallanes Church)

Date: Feb 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Motif : Green
Theme: Frugalicious/Pagtitipid

 

Hubby and I got married here 14 months ago. Magallanes Church was the only choice for Aki’s baptism because this is our all time favorite church. Much much nicer than Notre Dame and St Patrick’s, if you ask me. The parish office itself has the look and feel of a hotel reception area.

Aside from the impressive architecture, this church gets major plus points because Ms Cathy, the admin officer, is such a darling. We had to resched the baptism 4 times and I did not hear any complaint for her. Just words of concern for the baby. So sweet. We asked permission from her to have our pictures taken inside the church after the rites (the baptism was done at the baptistry). Before going to the reception, we tried to recreate some of our wedding shots this time with Aki.

Another good thing about Magallanes is godparents aren’t required to attend a seminar, a requirement for most churches. We started several minutes late because some godparents were not there yet. Father ( forgot to ask his name) was inside the baptistry sitting quietly and did not pressure us to start immediately.

Rate: PHP 700 for the first pair of godparents. Fifty bucks for each  succeeding godparent.

Baptism Schedules
Saturdays: 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am
Sundays : 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm 3:30pm

Requirements
1. photocopy of birth certificate
2. photocopy of marriage contract
3. parish permit

Facade

Baptistry

Inside the Baptistry

From Wedding to Christening

From bouquet to  baby!

More pictures posted here

Missing my Mojo

It is been  more than a month since I last won in a contest.

It is been a while since I last pumped my fist into the air, did my kontrabida laugh and danced my happy dance.

Hay! What is wrong with me?!

Fine, I am being OA. There are still a lot of things that I am thankful for. But I really miss the sudden rush of endorphins that I get from winning contests. Some people like feeling the wind against their face when they ride a motorcycle or the heat from the spotlight when they strut their stuff on the runway. I get that feeling whenever I received a  congratulatory email.

From December to Feb I have won the following:


Gadget Bag from ManilaMommy

Kerastase Shampoo from Hair In Manila


Bebe Chic Diaper Bag from Chubby Cheeks Baby

EcoPan Saute Pan from Yummy

And can I just say I hate chu Hizon’s for not posting the winner of your free kiddie party promo! You make me feel like an ex-girlfriend who  keep on trying to move on but can’t because there was no closure. 😛

In the beginning…

Welcome to my online diary!

I had no success/patience as a kid to religously update my old diaries. Fast forward to 2010, it is now my motherly and wifely duty to document, celebrate and share every little milestone, adventure and triumph of our small family.

 Pls feel free to browse, leave a comment or shoot a question. Happy reading!