It’s A Dance off!

How lovely to see my 10 month old dance. He can’t walk nor stand on his without support yet but man, can he dance and do some fancy foot work. A little bit later big sis did some “Hot Dog, Hot Dog..” dance then started twirling and thus our Papa quips “Oh no! You want to study ballet?” Haha.

Daughter is barely 25 months and son is almost 11 months but I can see that our life would be one big happy dance.

I love you my lovelies. Mama is so proud of you!

Good Morning?

Time check is 4:19am. Good morning.

The night routine started fine. We had a very late dinner because our dear Papa had an outside work event to work for.

***Let me just clarify that what we termed a late night is 10:00 to 12:00mn.

Dinner done, off to cleaning up the kiddies and tidying up the kitchen and whatnots.

We were in bed by 11:00 and our daughter has to put all her dollies and stuffed animals to sleep first before we can pray and sing and unwind.

By 12:30 we were all fast asleep when I heard the first sign of what my night  erh dawn would be like. Daughter whimpers. The kind of whimpering that has a lot of gas.

She went back to sleep without much fuss.

1:45 am and it begun. She cried, that kind of cry where fat tears continually rolls down the cheeks. She has  stuffy nose. Son woke up and screamed and cried his protest. Total chaos at 1:55am.

While I was attending to my daughter who just wont stop crying, Papa is so busy shushing his son. Well of course as expected didn’t stop crying until I carried him as well. 2:00am and 2 kids in my arms, CRYING their eyes out.

Son and daughter decided to stop crying for a bit. Hand the son to a very sleepy Papa, the tears started flowing again. Mama off to get milk for sis.  Back to bed, all is at peace. Gave milk and coryzalia and some Vicks vaporub to daughter and son the pacifier.

Ah peace and quiet. Sleep. NOT!

I got up and sat in front of my mini work station in our bedroom and I have been awake since then. I did some VA work, answered some emails, applied to a job advert, read some more emails and research a website where I will be doing an article soon.

Went back to bed. Closed eyes for 15 minutes or so. Nothing.

Switched on phone and wrote this. It’s 4:41am. And in a few minutes i’ll hear hubby’s alarm which by the way was outside. He moved to the couch so he can get some sleep. Poor papa. :(.

So whomever thought that motherhood is easy, I say think again.

It does and will not stop, you know! 🙂

Thanks for being with me. Good morning again. As soon as this post is up, I will be switching off phone and start counting sheeps.

No sleep? You a Mom?

24 Hours, At Home

Yes I am home all day and has no income to speak of, so do you have a problem with that?

Let me just describe a 24 hour period of my life and let us start at 6:00 pm.

6:00 pm – Naptime for the the little boy.

7:00 pm – cook and/or feed Big sis.

7:30 pm – wake son and give him dinner.

8:00 pm – clean up big sis and get her ready for bedtime.

8:00 to 9:00 pm – Mama dinner

9:00 to whenever my daughter deemed it the right time for her sleep – bedtime routine

11:00 pm give or take a few minutes – wash dishes, bottles and clean up living room.

12:00 to whenever Mama’s done with whatever work back log she has.

1:30 to whenever insomnia has had enough with me. I sleep.

3:00 am – milk or something.

4:30 am – my husband is up and is getting ready for work.  It is either I am too zonked out to say bye or still up because of Mr. Insomnia.

6:00 am – milk or something.

7:45 am – son stirring. sleep.

8:00 to 9:30 am – bleary eyed. In bed. either just playing with kiddos or kiddos just woke up. It really does not matter what comes first as usually when son stirred at 7:45, big sis wakes up.

10:00 am – breakfast. Mama do some online work.

11:00 to 1:00 pm  – playtime or TV time depending on mama’s stress level for the day. Mama tries hard to do some more work.

1:30 to 4:00 pm – naptime. tidy up. eat lunch.

4:00 to 6:00 pm – play time/TV time.

So my friend that’s how my regular day looks like. It does seems like I do not accomplish anything. It seems like what I do all day is just sit and watch my kiddies and that’s like nothing.

I stay home all day. No income.

Thank you for noticing my inadequacies.

 

 

Sibling Love

It is Sunday and our family day.  We had forgone Family day’s for a couple of weeks as our Papa has to work but now all is back to normal.  I love our Sunday afternoons when kiddies had their naps at different times thus allowing Mama bonding time with whomever is up and awake.

Today was a good day.  I bonded first with my son as he had his nap when we were in church so when we got home, it was only big sis who has fallen asleep while i laid down with them.  I had such a great time with my son.  I crawled with him.  We danced.  I sang a song and he danced.  We practiced walking.  Rode his trusty old jeep/walker.  And lastly we ate.  We had Cheerios and some Mum-Mums.

And big sis woke up.  So son and daughter played till Mama was cross eyed.  To see sibling love at playtime is a wondrous feeling. Mama felt so blessed.

Today is also Palm Sunday.  A very important day and the homily was reliving the Passion of Christ.

There is so much to be thankful for and there is so much to ask but by far the thanksgiving outweighs the needs and wants.  Thank you Lord for all the blessings.  May your healing power heal my loved ones and may your Love comfort all.

This I write in Jesus name.

Random Things by 9:30pm

The kiddies are still up and mama sure did some random stuff.

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I sent a tweet!

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Talk to some friends!

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Uploaded some photos on Facebook!

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Posted a photo on Instagram.

Random stuff that somehow completed our day.

Happy days!

Images edited and or taken by Samsung galaxy siii and entry was posted using WordPress for Android.

DIY – My First Prayer Booklet

It’s been a couple of weeks now that my daughter does not want to pray with us.  As our bedtime routine apart from the bedtime stories, Angel of God is a big part of it and now every time we start doing the sign of the cross, a prelude to the actual prayer, she starts screaming.  To make her interested again I am making this Do-It-Yourself prayer booklet.

I am using MS Word for the lay out as I am much more adept in it than, say Publisher and the angel images that I used are all from the internet, so credit goes to whomever drew these wonderful angel colouring images.

I have been at it since this morning and so far I have 75% success rate.

75% Success

75% Success

Above is a screen capture using MS Word Snipping Tool.  I used a 2 column lay out  and plan on just cutting it half and  using a yarn to sew the edge and make a little book.  I thought that yarn is colourful and will make it more attractive to my 2 year old but I remembered how much fun she had untangling the balloon string from where we tied it, so change of plans.  Now I have to redo the lay out and make it so in a way that I will just fold it to form the little booklet.  So here’s to another hour of lay outing.  Skills are a bit rusty so it is taking a long time. Whew~

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The above image is what I ended up printing.  Considering the fact that my 2 year old won’t really have any idea on the aesthetic, let alone that 2 column lay out that I made, I opt for this one- whole page print out.  Bigger pictures, more space to colour, much more fun.

 

 

Food, Diabetes and Me

Having been diagnosed to have Gestational Diabetes when I had my second child, it changed my food landscape for forever.  Coming from a family that has history of asthma and high blood pressure, the addition of diabetes to the mix is a no-no.

Here in Canada, the “sugar” test is mandatory for every pregnant woman.  Especially for women in certain age( i.e. 35 and above) and race.  According to their statistics Asians and Latinos are much more prone to develope gestational diabetes and 34 or 35 years old and older women has a high percentage of developing one.

So being Asian and 34 years, no wonder that my little old tummy decided to process sugar slowly than usual.  I had to undergo a drastic change on the way that I approached food and eating.  Scared of developing a big baby and getting all those complications, I went on a some sort of a diet.  If you have been pregnant, you can definitely relate about dieting.

I underwent a diabetic class and been given all these reading materials about the how, when and why of Gestational Diabetes.  And aside from that my dietitian showed me how to use the test strips, to test my blood sugar after eating.  The first week alone I have 3 overlimits which when I saw my endocrinologist told me that I can’t have that score.  My score should be not higher than 6.7.  Through the succeeding weeks, I failed miserably.  It may not be every other meal but i still failed.  I have to have a serious talk with myself before it all sink in.  This is not for me.  This is for my unborn child.  Whatever sacrifices I have to do is all for the greater good.   After another consultation with my care team, I was told to really lay off from carbohydrates and other starchy food otherwise they will have to recommend an Insulin for me.  Oh another wake up call.  And this time I really have to watch what I eat.

Pregnant and caring for a soon to be toddler is a challenged that I really would not recommend unless you have a strong constitution.  You see, my husband and I,we  do no have immediate family members around.  It is just us.  I do have a cousin but she lives far from us and has work too.  To cut the story short, my son and I survived the pregnancy and gestational diabetes. There were complications but  I do not want to revisit the memories of our hospital stay so let’s just say, we were fine then and 10 months later we are still fine, not only fine but we are thriving.

Upon advice of my diabetic team, I have to have a blood sugar test by my son’s 4th month and so I did.  The diabetes is totally gone from my system but I am a part of statistics that are at-risk to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Ten months and 2 days later my eating habit is still far from ideal but I am getting there.  I slowly and painstakingly am shedding few pounds.  I try to be very diligent in my exercise routine.  I say “try” because with 2 kiddies nothing is set in stone.

Living healthy is my mission.  I want to grow old with my husband.  I want to see my children have their own respective families some day.  I still want to visit and consequently retire in my hometown in the Philippines.

Cooking With Philly – Chicken Macaroni with Stir Fry Veggies

The first time to cook with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and man, was it good! Indeed heaven on earth.

My daughter loves pasta so it follows that mama has to be creative on what to give her as she gets bored after a couple of meals with the same meal over and over again.

The go-to for macaroni is Mac ‘N Cheese but this time I experimented.

Chicken Macaroni with Stir Fry Veggies on Philly Cream Cheese Sauce

2 Cups of Frozen California mix vegetables, blanched

Chicken Strips (I used leftover Chicken breast, cut to strips)

2 tbsp butter

3/4 cup Catelli Macaroni

3 tbsp Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/4 half and half cream

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Boil water and cook pasta “al dente”
  2. On a pan, heat butter and stir fry the chicken, after a minute add vegetables. Mix.  Cook for 5 minutes on medium.  Add half and half cream, wait to boil then turn fire to low heat. Add cream cheese. Mix.
  3. Add Macaroni. Salt and Pepper to taste.

 

Best eaten hot!

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International Women’s Day!

Let not only today that we celebrate each other. To all the girls and women all over the world, cheers to one and all.

May we be inspired to stand up for our rights, to be firm in our beliefs and to celebrate our individuality.  Each girl, woman is unique, distinct to you alone.

Let us offer a prayer to all the women in bondage, in slavery, victim of violence and all who has no voice because of fear of oppression.  May God give you strength and peace. And may you find courage to hold on and to not lose hope.

Life is good but we women make it great and awesome.

Cheers to all! 

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