Has it been two years?! It only feels like yesterday when I had painful contractions at 2am. I managed to endure the pain until 7am. Kris knew exactly when is the time to take me to the hospital. Did I mention he’s my labor coach since the successful Lamaze birth of our first son.
Unlike then, giving birth to our second, Kristoffer Daven at every inhale-hold-push combo was like fighting for my life. It was hard because we found out later on that his umbilical cord was coiled around his neck. Thankfully, my OB Gyne was super good that she took him out without needing to open me up.
I cried when I first glanced at him more than I did during my first labor. “Hay, ang gwapo mong bata ka na nakalimutan ko na kung gaano kahirap kang ilabas.” More than anything else though, I’m more excited for Isaiah to meet his new brother. I still remember how anxious Kris and I were while waiting for Isaiah to visit after my delivery. And yes I still remember how amazed Isaiah was when he saw his baby brother.
It was a beautiful sight. It brought so much joy for us as parents…
Today, it’s exactly two years past. Our Kristoffer Daven, KD to most of our family and friends, and Daven to me is now two years old.
Where did time go, I asked myself… bakit ang bilis naman? Looking back, I have all these awesome memories of his first two years;
He is polite for always saying “Pis” or “Peees” (please) when he wants something like “Mommy, ilk pis.” (Mommy, milk please)
He is humble for saying “Soyee”(sorry) when he did something wrong like “Soyee, Ya” (sorry Kuya)
He is thoughtful for always asking “Ar yah oday” (are you okay) when he see something different like “Ar yah oday, Mommy” or “Ya, ar yah oday”.
He cares about my whereabouts “Mommy, ar you?”(Mommy where are you?)
He is always happy to see Daddy and will say, “Daddy, carsh, beep beep”, which means Daddy is home because he already heard his Daddy’s unique honk.
He’s always ahead of the game. When I say “Okay KD, I’ll give you shower now” he’ll head happily right to his bathroom, play by the timba with water while waiting for me.
He is helpful and ready to obey when we ask him to do something like “KD, please give this to Daddy”or “KD please get the phone”
He is concern about saving electricity because most of the time when he goes out and in the room, he will always shut the door, para hindi sayang ang aircon.
He knows what he wants. When he say “Atch Tayo Bash”he really meant he wants to watch Tayo the Little Bus so don’t give him anything else.
He is some kind-of a health conscious little boy because he will always ask for “Kakers” which means water. In fact he loves drinking water so much that he’ll grab anything like a wine glass to get his own water from the dispenser.
He’s starting young in fashion. He chooses which shoes he wants to wear and most of the times he wants the big ones that Kuya used to own. When I tried putting on a different one he’ll say “No, no, no”. And he grins when I show what shirt he’ll be wearing.
He is a performer. He sings happy birthday and hums any tune with Daddy. He dances whenever he hears up-beat music.
He is friendly and always says hi to people introduce to him.
He has the final say after every milk time. When Mommy say “Thank you Lord for this milk, in Jesus name, Daven prays..” and he say “Aahmen”.
What a blessing Kristoffer Daven has been to us. He brings so much joy every day. Thank you Lord for this wonderful boy that I once thought I never wanted to have. I love you so much to the moon and back.
May you grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man. – Luke 2:52
Five days after my father-in-law’s passing, I didn’t know how Kris and I would celebrate my birthday. But if there is one thing I want to do on my special day that would be to have a family picture with my boys. This, for me, has become my ‘birthday tradition’. As much as I want an outdoor kind of shoot, time was limited so we ended up with these ones;
And because Kris knew that I like opening gifts, he made sure that I get to open not just one but five little gifts. I never thought such small things could make me cry because of the thoughts he lovingly put in each tiny piece he carefully chose for me.
I never imagine I could cry over a pair of scoongies, panyeta, pocket mirror, a bracelet and a gift card. And yes, who would have thought of giving me such things other than the man who knows me full well.
I have everything that I have ever needed in my life but I love how my husband taught me how to keep my feet on the ground. I thank God because He has given me the ability to appreciate the smallest of things and for guarding my heart from wanting things that the world dictates.
I thank God for thirty-six years of a wonderful life He has blessed me with. He made sure that each year is made of experiences that taught me about the greatness of life and filled it with opportunity to bless others.
Thank you to each and every one of you who remembered my birthday and send messages and sweet thoughts. I am blessed because of the people God surrounds me with.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Today is one of my favorite days of the year as I celebrate my thirty-five years of existence. Each year is different but in all of those years that passed, there is always something sweet and special to be grateful for.
As I look back at my life, I see its imperfections. Born to parents who didn’t have much in life, I was not provided with every good thing other kids have. In grade school, mean girls bullied me and that forever etched my heart. And when I learned to love, a boy broke my heart and a lad crushed my spirit. One tribulation after another came and scarred my memory. And at one point in my life, I was stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Life can be pretty tough that I asked a lot of whys… But today, as I look at my life again, I learned not only to appreciate but also embrace my beginnings.
If it were not for my parents, I will not grow up valuing the smallest of things. And had I not been bullied in grade school, I will not learn how to lift others up. If it wasn’t of that boy who broke my heart, I will not be in the arms of the man who loves me infinitely. If it wasn’t of that lad who crushed my spirit, I wouldn’t find my way back to my loving Father. People come and people go, but Jesus never leaves me.
My life is a bliss because of what Jesus has done to me.
Psalm 7:17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
I’m not big on birthdays. I never was. But this year there are few things that make it extra special and that makes it big this time.
Few days before the 7th, Kris got me a Samsung Series 3 notebook, which I needed for work. It seems like a big challenge going back to Windows considering its significant upgrade but I’m happy to be reunited with a PC again. The best part is I’m keeping my iMac that for some reason I don’t feel like selling anymore.
While Kris is also not big on surprising (I’m very easy to please, very low maintenance in that matter but Kris always finds it hard to surprise me because of my ‘investigative’ skills.) he did a great job on the eve of my birthday. He got me this watch he bought from the ship during our cruise and did a great job conspiring with his siblings to hide it from me.
On the morning of my birthday we we’re on a road trip going to Villa Escudero with my college bestfriend Tina and her husband Xave. It was great to experience new place with close friends on a special day.
It’s special not only because it’s my birthday but also because it’s the wedding of my highschool bestfriend, Keith. Who could’ve have thought he’ll get married on the same day of my birthday? It was indeed special to witness a friend saying I do’s.
What’s more? I got a text from my Tatay greeting me on my birthday. That was first time! Not for any other reason but I grew up in a home without verbal nor physical expression of love. I know he always knew when our birthdays are but this time I know he really took that effort to extend his wishes.
To sum up my day, our trip going back to Manila was filled with good laugher as Tina and I reminisced the good and funny times we had at work together. I never laugh that good for the longest time so I’m glad I got tons of it that night.
Birthdays are special. I truly felt how special I am. At the end of the day, you’ll realized that it’s not how old you get but how blessed you are through all those years of your existence…
When I looked beside me just before I close my eyes that night there I saw the two most important people in my life and that makes my 33 years sweet and blessed… and indeed extra special.
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.”