My 3rd Year of Motherhood

My 3rd Year of Motherhood

Today marks my 3rd year of being a Mommy as Isaiah celebrates his birthday.

It might just be too short of a journey on motherhood because I am yet to experience the so many other exciting stages of Isaiah’s developments. But for real, it only seems like yesterday when I first held his fragile body in my arms… today he’s no longer that baby.


Now he has a mind of his own, which (seems like) automatically switches on when he wants something or off when he doesn’t. And when he listens, it seems like he has this funnel in his head that filters things he adheres to right away and ones that he needs to analyze first. And of course there are also some things that he breaks immediately. It’s amazing how his young mind functions that really make me gawk at times.


Nonetheless I am enjoying what Isaiah makes of me — a proud Mommy. He’s the sweetest thing ever happened to me after his Daddy.

Kris and I are truly blessed to have such a wonderful boy. Thank you Lord for the life of Isaiah. Thank you for the gift of life… we’re ready to have another one. 🙂

 

Matthew 18:5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.”

 

Isaiah’s Thankful Heart

Isaiah’s Thankful Heart

A couple of days ago, Isaiah and I went to buy his milk and few other items from Robinsons. By the time we finished our grocery, the rain started pouring hard and though it was just really a short walk home I knew it’s going to be a challenge with two grocery bags, a big boy, and an umbrella under the rain.

So I managed to carry Isaiah on my left, the bags on my right and the umbrella on the left as well with Isaiah helping me hold it.

Mommy: You’re so heavy naman Anak. Please tell Mommy not to give up.

Isaiah: Don’t give up, Mommy.

Mommy: Thank You Isaiah. That helps.

He says it every time I say he’s heavy and he would even try to lift himself up, while I carry him, thinking that he’ll lessen his weight somehow. When we got home, I asked him to take off his shoes and bended down in front of him to help him.

Isaiah: Thank you Mommy.

Mommy: You’re welcome, Anak.

He reached out for my chest and said;

Isaiah: Thank you Lord for his (her) heart.

The moment I heard him say it, I stared at him for second or two, touched and almost wanted to cry. (Oh yeah, I got so emotional) And he was looking at me as if wondering what he just said.

How can such a young boy know about the condition of my heart? Kris and I have been teaching him a lot of things that sometimes we don’t know if he really understands. I know it’s the same for other parents out there. Times like this would tell us that indeed kids understand what they are being taught.

Thank you Lord for the young hearts like Isaiah’s. Thank you for blessing us, parents, with our children’s thankful hearts.

Terrific Two

Terrific Two

We went around Galleria the other night and took Isaiah to Toys R Us. He was so overwhelmed with vast choices of different toys around him. He wanted to touch everything as we explored every aisle there was. We didn’t plan to buy anything for him and I’m glad we stuck to that plan. I’m even gladder that Isaiah didn’t act up when we said no to something we felt he really wanted to get but just easily let go when we said ‘let’s go.’

I realized Isaiah is already two… then I remember the ‘terrible two’,

When he was barely a year old, there were several people who warned us about the Terrible Two Stage  where the toddler is just too much to handle because of frequent mood changes and temper tantrums. While there are books that says it’s a normal stage in child’s development, I still thought that it’s not so good to expect that my child is going to be terrible just because. I mean, yes, I heeded the warning but hoping and praying that it’s not the same for every child.

I am not perfect nor an expert in child rearing. I’m not even in any position to give expert parental advice but I learn as I go and I learn from the experts. There are several people I look up to in child rearing and a couple of them is my good friend, Lynn Castillo, and her friend, Jenn Punzalan. Lynn is not so old of a mom, she’s my contemporary but she’s ahead of me in terms of mothering her 2 wonderful kids and I admire how she and her husband Noy instill good values to their kids. In fact, I learned ‘Babywising’ from her.

Going back, I so admire how Isaiah behaves so well. He’s not perfect either, he’s like any other typical kid that likes to play a lot and cries at times but the bottom line is that he listens to us when we tell him something. And it just makes us feel so good that he’s growing up confident knowing how much he is loved.

Thank you Lord that I have a ‘Terrific Two’ instead.

My Real Superwoman

My Real Superwoman

When I was sick, no matter how far our room was from theirs (or how faint our cries were), she would always hear my call for help in the middle of the night. She would give me hot tea and clean up my mess if I throw up.

When I still go to school, she would always wake up super early to prepare my needs – cooked breakfast, pressed my uniforms and prepared whatever snacks I can bring to school.

When I went on my first job interview, she assured me that I could make it because she believed in me.

When I came back from work after office hours, the table is always set and food is ready to satisfy my hungry tummy.

Whenever I needed to go somewhere, she would always help me pick my clothes and tell me how good I look in it.

When I first introduced Kris (my husband) to her, she was the happiest for me because she knows I am happy too.

In all the events in my life, whether small or big, she is always there giving me her support, her love, and her tender care. And in all those years that I have spent life with her, I am a witness to her simple joys, her pains, her hopes, and her dreams.

She is my ‘Nanay‘. She is my strength. She is my treasure. She is my real SUPERWOMAN.

‘Flower Bearer’

‘Flower Bearer’

I was busy working on my articles when Isaiah came up to me and said he wanted to go out with Ate Joy. So we exchanged kisses and hugs before he left. When he came back an hour later, he walked up the stairs. Ate Joy was following him holding a bowl full of flowers. She said my little boy picked it all up from the park when he saw none of his playmates around. The early morning rain might have kept all his other playmates in their homes so I guess he mused himself while getting all these flowers for me.

How I wish I was there with my camera to capture what could’ve been a very nice subject of thoughtfulness. Oh how I love my boy!

When he got that bowl from Ate Joy, he approached me and said “surprise!” That was the word he’s been practicing to say the other day when his Daddy came home. I was more than happy he was able to use that sweet word for me too. I was so touched.

This just made my day perfect.

Inappropriate Kid’s TV Program

Inappropriate Kid’s TV Program

Isaiah wasn’t allowed to watch television until he’s two-years-old. His Pediatrician, Dr. Joseph Regalado of Cardinal Santos believed that TV-watching for babies his age is not appropriate as their attention will be divided between us, the parents and whatever he is watching. And of course, we don’t want that to happen so we made sure that we comply…for certain period.

When Isaiah turned one, I told the doctor that Isaiah might be missing some significant things  to learn since he’s in his formative years and that there are other kid’s TV programs that are really good. With a condition, he permitted us but provided that we will be watching with him and that we interact during the process.

And so we did then later on discovered that not all nice kiddie TV programs are good for them. Here are some  and why I think it will not benefit Isaiah.

1.     Dibo the Gift Dragon – I love this show. I was actually the first one who was entertained by it. It is really good but not for Isaiah’s age as he’s more of imitating than learning. Bunny’s character is sweet but she is also selfish.  While Isaiah can’t discern that yet, then we say no to this.

 

 

2.     Timmy Time – Kris loves this one and it was Isaiah’s original favorite. They are watching it together most of the time, however, there was no dialogue from the characters. It’s all animal sounds, grunts, and sign languages. Again Isaiah is more of imitating than learning. At his age, he can already say a lot of things and watching Timmy wont help him to develop his speaking abilities.

 

3.     Little Einstein – It sure was educational but I don’t like how it conveyed the message that kids can actually command something in their own liking. I particularly watched this episode where one of the characters felt bad that the sun already set. But he said that they can do something about it if they will clap their hands and once they did, the sun rose again. I was like, saying ‘no way’. What if Isaiah got frustrated over the same thing then clapped his hand only to realize that it’s not true? I don’t want him to think that by clapping his hands, he can do something about the nature just like that.

 

4.     Mr. Bean

I don’t think I need to expound on this. This is not just for his age.

 

 

 

5.     Danny and Daddy – I don’t like the point that Danny is way smarter than his Daddy. Period. I mean, we don’t mind if Isaiah will grow up smarter than his Dad. But for him to actually watch on TV that kids are smarter than their Dad, it might convey him the message that Daddy is no good and therefore he wont listen.

 

I know it takes a lot to be a parent. It’s lifetime profession where you can’t resign no matter how exhausting it could be. Unceasing prayer for them and for us as parents is the best. Plus listening and learning to other parents helps a lot. Reading good books on how to raise them will definitely help as well.