Memoirs of a Mummy

My Toes… My Knees… and Khalil Gibran

My toes,

My knees,

May sugat!

Aki’s official first wound.

He has had small wounds before but this is the first real wound. A big boy wound.

I was expecting this to happen months ago but no, it only happened last weekend. He is 17 months old now.

I was expecting that he would cry his eyes out and run to me for comfort. No, he stood up, dusted himself and ran again as if nothing happened.

He is all boy now.  I can’t help but feel sad. Suddenly, I remember my high school literature teacher ( God bless her soul) and she now makes sense. I can’t find the words to explain why there are warm tears in my cheeks. 

 I will just let this Khalil Gibran poem do the talking. Continue reading “My Toes… My Knees… and Khalil Gibran”

Mrs. Monologues

House Blessing

Several weekends ago, we had our dear little house..

We share the duplex with Franco's brother and his wife. The right side is ours.

Blessed! Finally (11 months after we moved in) ! Yey!

If there is something I learned from the experience that is to

Always comb your hair and have a good look in the mirror before leaving the room. This applies most especially  if you are expecting visitors and a lot of pictures. I hate all my pictures from that day because my hair was just horrible!

 I hurriedly took a bath, got dressed, cut the circles for the candles and ran downstairs to greet our relatives.

You see, that morning, I was not in the mood for any family gathering. My mom and my sister were sick and advised that they could not make it.  I invited two aunts and their families. Tita Sor, my mom’s sister, did not confirm. The other one, Tita Elout, my dad’s sis, who was coming from Laguna, said they were coming in late. 

I had a lot of plans for that day. I had  theme in mind: Home is Where the Heart Is. I wanted to buy heart balloons to make the garden and the driveways more festive. I bought heart cupcake sprinkles and cupcake liners with red and pink hearts. I already had stuff for the loot bag for the kids. I have scapbooking paper with hearts and the word love printed. I was supposed to wrap them around the candles. I bought blue and orange throw pillow cases to match my new curtains. I collected items like our pay slip, our water bill,  and a Yakult bottle, for our time capsule. I wanted our souvenirs to be ref magnets with a picture of a house with a heart inside. Of all this, only the last materialized.

Aki, doing his share in preparing the house for the blessing

Anyhoo, we got a priest from our parish. We started the blessing with a prayer. After the priest blessed every corner of our houses, we did the ceremonial coin throw. 

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Memoirs of a Mummy

Toddler 101 from our Pedia plus her clinic hours

Last weekend, we visited Dra. Saulog again for Aki’s vaccine shot. Just like the other two visits, I came home feeling like a better mother because she never tires of answering my questions. And because I learn a lot of things from her, I now have this  little note pad for my questions and her answers.

Dra Saulog said Aki is “very perceptive”. As soon as we entered her room, Aki kept pointing at the jar of  lollipops! Haha. And when Dra started washing her hands (she has her own sink inside her clinic. I am not sure if it is a usual practice because some of the other pedias I met before did not have their own sinks), Aki did the no-no sign (I don’t like what you are doing so please stop).  When Dra was preparing the vaccine, Aki then did the scared sign. 

These are the concerns that I raised during our last check up:

Aki has not been drinking as much milk as he used to. What should we do? 

At Aki’s age, he should be eating three full meals. He does not need to drink as much milk because he should be getting most of his nutrition from food.  Milk consumption of 2-3 bottles is enough for my active growing boy.

Dra pointed out two possible reason for the lack of appetite for milk. One is teething. The second is milk fatigue. Milk fatigue in Filipino is nagsasawa sa gatas. She said we can switch to other milk brands or try those which are flavored. Aki is addicted to Very Berry Bear Brand tetra packs. He can finish one in one sitting. Silly me, I didn’t really consider it as “milk” until our last check up. So next time, Aki refuses to drink milk from his bottle, I will just give him Bear Brand pack.

What is the best toddler milk in the market?

According to Dra, all milks are equal.  What differentiates premium formula ( Enfa-  line, Promil Gold etc), is the chaloric factor. And for kids like Aki who are just in the right weight, it would not matter if we go for premium or non premium. High chaloric milk brands  would be prescribed for kids who need to gain some pounds.

As for formula versus fresh milk, Dra said either is fine. Her foreigner patients drink fresh milk once they reach their first birthdays. Here in the Philippines, more moms go for formula maybe because of the need for milk that has longer shelf life.

We will be trying out Lactum in choco flavor next week!

How should we take care of Aki’s teeth?  

A co-n@wie’s toddler, who is just  few days older than Aki, went thru tooth extractions recently.  I got bothered upon learning that because when it comes to brushing Aki’s teeth, I was not so OC. Yikes!

Dra said to prevent tooth decay, we should brush at least twice a day.  I told Dra that our nightime routine includes reading a book as Aki drinks his final bottle for the day. As soon as he is finished, he just rolls over and sleeps. Brushing his teeth after his bottle might disrupt our routine. Dra recommended that we make Aki drink water after his bottle if  we can’t brush his teeth. We have been doing that for a week now. Surprisingly, no resistance at all from Aki. In fact, earlier, he even asked for water after he drank his evening milk. Yey!

When should we bring a feverish child to the clinic?

Two indicators. 1) If fever persists for two days and 2) Sudden lack of appetite  and energy. The second is sign of dengue. Afraid.

When we brought Aki early this month, he had rashes. I was afraid it was dengue. But because Aki had energy to push Dra’s face and stethoscope away, our pedia confirmed that it was just due to viral infection and not dengue. Continue reading “Toddler 101 from our Pedia plus her clinic hours”