Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Keisha

Happy Birthday Keisha!!!
from all of us.

We'll be posting pictures later this week. As of now, while I'm still not done cooking, Keisha is really beyond excited and won't stop picking at her birthday cake, dipping her fingers in the spaghetti sauce, and eating the hotdogs with marshmallows.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Measles Shots

Again, my apologies for being too busy at work that I haven't had much time updating this blog. I'd just like to share that today, Keisha had her scheduled immunization for measles, coupled with a dosage of vitamin A and deworming as well. Although I don't believe Keisha has worms, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

As I was at work, I naturally missed this event. Although there were times when Keisha was a baby, I was able to go with Leslie for Keisha's shots. Now, I haven't even been with Leslie even for a single immunization shot of Simone's. But I'm glad I was able to participate by having Keisha drink her deworming tablet, which I think is almost adult-sized. It was a bit big, and I understand Leslie and my mom's hesitation for having Keisha drink it. I've seen her swallow bigger pieces of meat anyway, so I was positive the tablet wouldn't be a challenge, which I was right on.

Funny how Leslie had this weird idea of splitting the tablet into two and have Keisha drink one at a time, and my mom for even a weirder idea of melting the medicine in hot water then adding it to Keisha's milk. I understand their concern, and I'm also proud of my daughter for proving them wrong. She swallowed her deworming medicine like nothing. Hurray!

Our Trip to Ongpin

Well, what can I say? I lost Php1,000 on our trip to Ongpin and still have no idea how, when, and where I lost it. However, one thing I'm glad about is the fact that we were able to buy almost everything Keisha wanted - a ring, a pair of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet. We were even able to buy her shoes for her upcoming birthday on the 29th. Second, I was able to get some quality bonding time with my mom in law after all the headaches I gave her.

Keisha's behavior when shopping reminds me of my older sister Elena and my husband Henry. They're both like this - once they've bought what they want, they're often irritable and want to go home immediately. They also rush you when choosing your stuff, and is very impatient while you want to take your time while choosing.

Well well well, all I can say is that even though I lost Php1,000 during our trip to Ongpin, I'm just glad that Keisha is happy. That's all I need, anyway.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Just an Observation

Hmmm...I recently noticed that I've been almost taking over this blog for some weeks now. I can't blame my mom in law though, she's busy with chores and the kids and all, not to mention the headache I give her every now and then. I can't blame Henry either; he's always busy with trips and work and all, and I perfectly understand why he'd prefer getting rest on weekends than spend it sitting in front of the PC as I always do.

Keisha, my mom in law and I are planning a trip to Ongpin tomorrow, as we're planning on buying a pair of earrings and a bracelet for Keisha's upcoming birthday. If our budget permits, we might be able to buy her a ring as well. I'm just thinking of how Henry would manage the day if we were to leave Simone with him. Although he has his cousin Cris with him (Keisha's godfather), I just can't imagine what sort of a day they'd have. We'll be gone for probably just a couple of hours, but let's see how he'll manage when he's left all alone with Simone.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Leaving Home

I don't know what I was thinking, but I don't regret doing it. I took Keisha and Simone to my mom's place and we stayed there for a night and two days as I was pissed off at my mom in law. So fine, her brother stays at our house, but I don't expect it to be close to forever. I have to admit he is pretty useful every now and then but geesh, he smokes inside the house which is a big no-no for me and doesn't flush the toilet when he pees. I don't know if he was toilet trained by his parents or he just somehow lost his manners as he got older.

Another thing I find strange is that the guy has a house, family and older kids of his own. So why in the world does he choose to stay with us? I guess the answer is pretty obvious. Given his manners and his daily activities (which basically is nothing), not even his kids would want him to stay with their families. Even his own wife doesn't want him around for crying out loud.

I pity him, I really do, but I don't pity him enough to make him want to stay at my house forever. This is my house, and I should have a say with what goes in it. When I told my mom in law that the rice she cooked wasn't enough since Henry was coming home and was bound to eat dinner here, she stormed off and declared that she and her brother would just eat bread instead. Not that I was being stingy in food or anything, but I was only stating a fact which she took negatively. I got pissed so I packed my kids and left in a huff.

Henry went to my parent's house the night later and took us home. He said he had spoken to his mom, and frankly, I don't care if he did or didn't. I wanted them to realize that there are just some things that they can't always do. I don't see anything wrong with proving my point, and if they do, the door's open and they can leave.

The only thing that made me sad about leaving was the way Keisha cried when her dad called at my mom's house. She was literally crying buckets of water and asking me repeatedly if I didn't love her dad anymore. I do, but I love them and myself more. I know the day will come that she'll understand why I did what I did, and I'm just glad that she had a blast staying at my mom's place.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weaning Keisha from her Bottle

My mom in law and I have literally drained our minds with ideas as to how we can get Keisha to stop drinking her milk (chocolate or whatever) from her bottle. She knows how to drink from a glass without spills (and she's turning 4 in a matter of months) but she just won't stop. I think her drinking from a bottle is her way to make herself fall asleep or something. But I always thought that only babies enjoyed the sucking reflex...well, I may be wrong.

We're hesitant to take drastic actions like putting chili powder on the bottle's nipple so she's stop drinking from it altogether. But knowing how smart she is, she'll probably just ask us to buy her a new bottle.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Godfather

Just kidding with the title, but it's also true. Keisha's godfather Chris is staying with us for the time being. He's back in the travel industry with my husband and since he lives in Bulacan, staying here for the meantime makes it easier for him to commute. Also, their reporting times at work range from 3am-5am, so by staying here, he gets enough sleep and gets to save on fare too.

Keisha's always been nice to her godfather, and I know she's being extra nice lately since her birthday is a couple of weeks away. I'm just glad that they're getting along really well and I have an extra hand in case we're all busy. Plus, he cooks really well too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Choosing the Right Job

I'm a mother of two daughters - Keisha who's turning four in a matter of weeks, and Simone who just turned 3 months weeks ago. Whenever I mention work to Keisha, she always frowns and walks away. When she doesn't, she asks me, "Why are you leaving me? Will you be home soon?"

I've worked in call centers before, I've considered a career in teaching, nursing jobs even. But what I'm really looking for is a job that will not take me away from my kids. I've been staying at home for several months already and I'd like to help in the finances, too. I hate seeing Henry tiring himself out at work even when he's sick just so he can earn money for us. Although we have our own internet cafe, I feel somehow it's still not enough.

I've turned to blogging as a source of income for me from home, and I honestly enjoy it. I get to do what I love - write - and occasionally get paid for it at the same time. I hope this blogging venture of mine will be successful so that I don't have to work away from home.

Keisha's upstairs watching Jumong with her dad, and I wonder how tomorrow will be for all of us.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Busy with Y8

Keisha's sitting beside me right now in front of her own pc, busy playing Bratz Babyz on Y8. I find watching her really amusing, she's really concentrated and has her brows tightly knit in focus on the game. When you call he attention, she'll rarely respond; and even get annoyed at that.

She just switched the game to Scooby Doo, and just switched it to Deal or no Deal right now. She's looking at me; I think she knows I'm writing about her as I often glance at her and smile.

One of our neighbor's son JM is currently watching her play and rooting for her. I guess I'll just never cease to be amazed at her everyday activities.

Bubble Gang

Since it's a Friday, Keisha got to watch her favorite show - Bubble Gang aired every Fridays on GMA 7. For a three year old (she'll technically be four 24 days from now), I am amazed at how she manages to laugh at punchlines and read between the lines of jokes. There was even one time we were watching the show together and she looked at me first before laughing (the joke was green).

I guess I'm still amazed at how children's minds function and develop. I know she's really smart for her age and I'm happy. I don't want to take the credit for her being smart and shrug it off as genes, but sometimes I wonder how she got that smart that fast.

Now if I can focus her energies towards writing and reading, we're off to a good start before she goes to school next school year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Daddy's Home

Henry came home around 5am today, and my mom in law woke me up to share a bowl of soup with her and Henry. He had all these funny stories about his trip, souvenirs and food for us and for our friends.

Keisha is normally hard to wake up from a deep sleep, but when we shook her a bit and told her he daddy was home, she instantly stood up and kissed him.

This afternoon, we went to SM Valenzuela and brought her toys of her choice, a bit of grocery shopping, and we ate ice cream, hot dogs, and other stuff.

They're asleep already, and he'll be gone for another day tour. I'm just glad that the waiting period for Keisha's over.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Looking for Daddy Part 2

This is Monic, I forgot my Blogger password so I'm using Leslie's instead. Lol.

I wonder when my son will be home exactly. I know he'll be gone 4 days and 3 nights, but I can't give an exact date to Keisha in the fear that I may disappoint her. What's funny about my granddaughter Keisha is that there are times when she seems to have no care at all for her dad, yet while he's gone, she's the person most affected by his absence.

I remember the first time Henry went for an out of town trip and she threw a huge fit right after he left - not while he was still here. It's hard to get her to sleep since she anxiously waits for any sound our front door makes and she rushes to see if it's her dad already.

No matter how hard Leslie and I explain to her the situation, all she understands is that her dad is not home and she wants him home, fast.