16 months old

January 9, 2013

I haven’t blogged in a while. I have been too lazy and didn’t want to continue boring the few readers of this blog with our daily milestones and achievements we’ve had with Milo. But then I realized there are a few people who would care for it to be documented – mainly me and Renz, and perhaps Milo when he’s older.

14 months old

at 14 months old

On Breastfeeding

Yes, we are still breastfeeding! When I first started to breastfeed, I was determined to keep at it and told myself just to just take it day by day. My stubbornness about not giving up has paid off. There were a few times when I had plugged ducts and it was so painful, I definitely wanted to give up. Around the time Milo turned 1 year old, it was getting so painful, I was ready to stop. I told myself that I made it to 1 year already and that is already a tremendous achievement – it was enough. But the pain went away and I didn’t stop for several reasons. First, formula is expensive! Secondly, it’s just so much more convenient to whip out a boob rather than have to go to the kitchen, get a bottle, prepare milk, and wash the bottle afterwards. In short, I’m too cheap and too lazy to stop breastfeeding. We do mix feeding now though with fresh milk and it is a relief to be able to give him that when we are out and about rather than having to worry about where I can breastfeed and not expose myself.

On Cloth Diapering

Yes, we still continue to use cloth diapers! I am still extremely in love with our cloth diaper stash. I’m sure the investment we made on these diapers have already paid for themselves with how much we’ve used them already.  I have to admit though, there is a place in our lives for disposable diapers. There were a couple of times when he got horrible diaper rashes (I think from diarrhea) and we had to use rash cream/medication so we resorted to using disposables. We also use disposables when we are traveling for more than an overnight trip.

On Baby Wearing

We don’t get to use our baby carriers as often now. Mainly because most of the time, Milo would much rather prefer to walk and explore rather than be carried. If we do need a carrier, for his age and weight now, we would use our pouches or the Ergo.

On Baby-Led Weaning

More often than not know, we do spoon feed him or at least assist him in holding the spoon. The main challenge I’ve encountered with BLW is rice. It’s such a staple in our household but it’s so damn sticky and messy for a baby to try to eat with his hands. Aside from that though, we do try to offer him a variety of healthy option at every meal and he decides what to eat. He can point and he says ‘mamam’ when he wants something.  He’s quite stubborn in that way. If doesn’t want to eat it, there’s just no sense in forcing it. The way he’s eating is definitely led by him.

On Baby Food

He loves grapes, corn, and watermelon.  Those are the food that come to mind when I try to think of his favorites. He also likes noodles/pasta, sinigang, apples, pears, carrots, bananas, kiat-kiat, and a slew of other things. He is usually keen on trying whatever food we have at least once.

On Toys

I don’t know of any toy that he does not like. He received a lot of new toys for Christmas from our family and friends and I think he loves them all. Lately, he plays a lot with his blocks, anything with wheels, magnetic drawing boards, his magnetic alphabet, his golf set, and his fake dog. But really at his young age, it is so hard to distinguish what toys are from everything else. Sometimes he prefers to play with the empty boxes rather than the toy that was inside those boxes.

On Developmental Milestones

When Milo was first born and was just a blob that had to be carried all over, my aching arms and body yearned for the day when he would be mobile enough to carry his own body. Well, that day has arrived, and he is super active and hyper and we are often chasing after him. Now, I yearn for those days in the past when he was just a blob lying down and not moving so much. Another reminder that the grass is often greener on the other side.

He has a few words he can say – apple, mama, dada, ba (for bye), up, baaah (for bulaga). I swear he can speak in full sentences when it’s just the two of us. I just haven’t been able to document it yet. We’re working on that.

He knows where his belly button is. Bow. He knows how to bless, how to shake hands, and how to fist bump. We joke around that he is going into politics someday because he is never satisfied with just shaking one person’s hand. He has to shake everyone else’s hand.

Now, he is not just walking, he’s often trying to run somewhere. He dances (bends his knee) when he hears music. He’s always trying to climb everything and anything. He’s also getting taller so it’s only a matter of time when he will be able to fully reach the door knob and escape!

so curious about everything

so curious about everything

There’s so many other things I could take note of so that I don’t forget but this blog is long enough for now. Every day is a constant adventure. Our worlds have been turned upside down since he arrived into our lives but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

For your continuous reading pleasure, Renz and I area also working on updating our other blog (Excess Baggage) to document the travels we’ve had with Milo.

12 months old

September 14, 2012

Dear Milo,

My baby boy is no longer a baby! I feel like I just blinked and then all of a sudden you were a toddler. Today, you are 12 months old already – 1 year old! Time really does fly by. It has been really interesting and so amazing to see how you have developed from being just a blob that had no neck control to the active toddler that you are now.

This past month, we went to the beach with Tita Lou and Tito Raylan. We also took you to Manila Ocean Park and the Avalon Ark Zoo while they were here visiting. You also had your first trek going up Taal Volcano – if you can count that as ‘trekking’ since we carried you the entire time.

You also had your first plane ride going to Hong Kong. I was worried about how you would handle being confined in a small space and whether your ears would hurt from the pressure but you did very well. You slept most of the way going to Hong Kong and cried only a little bit on the way back.

While we were in Hong Kong, we visited the nearby islands, walked around the city, and we went to Disneyland! People were saying that you might be too young to enjoy Disneyland but I think you really had fun. You are so much more aware of your surroundings now. You were pointing everywhere, smiling, laughing, giggling, and playing around. It was really priceless to see how your eyes lit up and to see how happy you were. It was really helpful to use your baby carriers and ‘wear’ you around Hong Kong.

Development-wise, you are definitely a walker now. Sometimes, it’s more like running. You also love to climb up on everything. You are so active and so curious about everything that we’ve had a good share of bumps and falls. Most of the time you don’t even want us to carry you around anymore. You squirm until we set you free to roam around. Now you also clap and you point a lot – ‘Boy-turo’. Your favorite foods change a lot but sometimes you just gobble up bananas, yogurt, cherries, and crackers.

Oh, and we couldn’t resist cutting your long hair anymore. Your Daddy cut it a couple of weeks before your birthday because it just seemed so hot. It was a bit hard to cut it while you were awake and so curious so you ended up with jagged bangs and still a few strands of long hair.

Happy birthday my toddler! We made it through our first year! 🙂

I will…

May 9, 2011

*Updated with a drawing. Didn’t seem right to have a blog entry without one.*

I panicked at first. I didn’t know what I needed to do and what I needed to read and learn about. Fortunately, the Internet is a plethora of information. Everything you need (and don’t need) to know is somewhere on some website on the wonderful world-wide web. For the past 5 months, my brain has been acting as a sponge soaking up all the information and advice that other parents and marketers have posted on the Internet.

The abundance of information is all overwhelming but at my age, I really should be old enough to know what I can and cannot manage. I figure, if it’s something I believe in and other women can do it, why can’t I? It’s a matter of trying to filter out what is really necessary from what is unnecessarily just trendy methods and products.

You may call me ignorant, stubborn, driven, competitive, or wishful-thinking but these are the things that I have decided I WILL do.

1. I WILL cloth diaper (most of the time) – It’s quite an investment at first but hopefully it will be more economical in the long run. We will leave a smaller carbon footprint on Mother Earth and I love doing laundry anyway. We’ll start with disposables during the newborn stage.

2. I WILL breastfeed (exclusively at least for the first 6 months) – I’m a bit scared about this just because it’s supposed to be so natural but it comes so hard for so many women.

3. I WILL baby wear – I’ve ordered a Moby wrap and I will order a Saya carrier too. No stroller for us for now.

4. I WILL not resort to getting a full-time yaya – I will, hopefully, be able to continue to work from home afterwards so that we can manage to do this.

5. I WILL (unless absolutely necessary) have as natural birth as possible – No, I don’t want an epidural – I wonder how realistic this statement will be once I’m actually in labor at the hospital.

The breastfeeding book that I’m reading now (The womanly art of breastfeeding) says that I have to decide that these are things that I’m GOING to do, not TRY to do. I just hope the people around me will be supportive about our decisions whether they agree with it or not.

No drawing with this post today. My creative juices have dried up with all the baby-related information soaked up in my brain. As of today, I should be 21 weeks and 6 days buntis – I’m following the original due date (Sept 13) provided, not from the latest ultrasound.