My Happy Place Called Starbucks

Starbucks is a happy place for me and my toddler. For me, it’s more than a coffee joint. It is where I get to enjoy my favorite Chocolate Chip Cream Frappuccino and at the same time, breastfeed my two-year-old conveniently. He would eventually fall asleep with the buzzing sound (of voices) of baristas and other guests as his lullaby. Having breastfed my son in public for a couple of years already, Starbucks is the only establishment that has made feel very welcome and comfortable.

Our little boy patiently waits for Mommy to get her caffeine fix.
Our little boy patiently waits for Mommy to get her caffeine fix.

One time, I visited the China Bank Paseo branch with a slightly heavy bag on one arm and an active toddler on another. I was glad to have found a spot near the counter that will make it easier for me to watch over my stuff while placing my order and carrying my little boy. After I have paid for our breakfast, a smiling barista quickly emerged from the counter and came to my side to help me bring the tray to our table. The manager also followed and gently asked me if I still need anything. I then asked for a mug of cold water which they promptly provided. We even had a little chat about my baby. These things may mean nothing to other people but these are things that moms like me appreciate greatly. I’ve been to other dining establishments before but only the people at Starbucks were able to give legendary customer service to their guests. That is how this coffee shop became my happy place.

Louiji’s 2nd Birthday Party

This may be late but I would write about it anyway.

We had a little celebration here at home last January 14 when Louiji turned two years old. It was a simple dinner with his grandparents, cousins and tita ninang from my side of the family. To make this milestone extra special even if we just stayed at home, I prepared food and decorations that I know will delight my little tot. I decided to have Louiji’s Favorites as our theme.

We served enough food for everyone to feast on. I baked a Red Velvet cake and a dozen cupcakes using the tips and techniques that I have learned from the Maya Cooking Class that I attended last year. I washed Louiji’s toys and made them as cake toppers. I also added a Happy Birthday washi tape and a #2 birthday candle. My parents volunteered to cook pansit for us, a recent favorite of our little one. My husband bought roasted chicken. I grilled liempo for the first time. I was so glad that they were not burned! I used the Jolly Lychees in Syrup and prepared chilled lychees mixed with nata de coco, an irresistible dessert for my husband.  Read more

Louiji Turns Two!

Our darling Louiji turned 2 last January 14! We had a mini-party here at home with his grandparents and his cousins (my side of the family). More about this house party on a separate post.

Louiji at 2

As always, I have documented my son’s milestones and antics :) Here are reasons to celebrate the days leading to his 24th month:

  • Louiji was babbling and making upward gestures. Daddy said that he was doing a praise and worship just like what we do in church.
  • Uh oh! He now knows how to unplug the fan from the socket! I have tried to cover the socket with plastic cover and duct tape but his little hands were so strong that he was able to remove it.
  • He has just finished having his milkmilk and decided that instead of going back to sleep, he will get up and play. Though it’s a bit dark, he stood up on the bed and looked around. I used the light from my phone to serve as his light. He saw a shadow on the wall so he babbled and gestured with his hands to tell his Dad, who was just beside him, that they do the shadow show.
  • He was having milkmilk for bedtime and I was humming a lullaby. He babbled and took my hand to tell me that he wants me to pat his thigh so he can sleep.
  • Our little one said “car” when he was showing Dad his toy car.
  • Louiji is getting good at sorting. He took all his train stickers and stuck them together on the door. He did the same thing with the traffic light stickees.
  • Louiji was able to follow the instructions on Barney May I.
  • We were doing a videoke at home when Louiji got hold of the mic. He was babbling while looking at the screen as if he is singing :) He kept doing it for almost half an hour.
  • We were settling in for the night when Louiji caught sight of the iPad lying on my desk beside our bed. He was reaching for it but I said, “Tomorrow na lang baby. Bedtime na e. ” He did not object and sat back on the bed. What a good and obedient boy! :)
  • We were saying our bedtime prayers and Louiji kept his hands together til the prayer ends.
  • Louiji was taking out his stuffed toys out of the big box one at a time. As he does it, I tossed the toys back. After a while, he noticed what I was doing so he took all three toys at the same time and moaned 😀
  • Our little one enjoys eating fruit salad and embutido and it was the first time he had a taste of these.
  • Louiji was able to identify the fireman in his set of Mega Blocks after teaching him about it for 4 consecutive repetitions.
  • Louiji used to rub the roll-on analgesic on his armpit because he would see us do it with our deo. Now, whenever he sees it, he would take it and rub it on my back. I hope that he will soon learn how to massage my back :)
  • Our little explorer was being creative when he took the broken strap of his diaper bag, draped it over his shoulder and was putting it together as if he is tying a sash.
  • Louiji just discovered how to do a frog hop. He just love to do this during the night when the floor gets a bit cold.
  • Louiji knew that the cover hanging on top of the microwave oven is meant for that appliance because he pulled it and was trying to cover the oven.
  • While I was mixing the ingredients of the macaroni salad, Louiji would come up to me to see what I was doing. I tried to give him a cashew nut and he liked it that he came back for more. Same thing with the cheese, potato and macaroni.
  • Louiji started eating grapes and ponkan! But would spit the skin.
  • Louiji loves dancing to the song “The Ants Go Marching.” He eapecially likes the last part and would act it out by bending his knees and springing up.
  • Louiji strummed on his side after pointing at the picture of a guitar on his toy.
  • Louiji saw a candle at Vikings and started clapping, which is actually a prompt for me to sing Happy Birthday. I did as requested. After that, Louiji tried to blow the candle.
  • Louiji dragged my lumbar pillow from our bed and rode on it. He likes riding on everything these days.
  • Most of the time, Louiji would look away when he knows that his photo is being taken. But, if he is going to be with Mommy or Daddy, he would tilt his head towards either of us. It has now become his favorite pose :)
  • Louiji can remove his own socks.
  • When I asked him to share the ball with another toddler in church, our boy gladly did so.
  • Louiji now plays peek-a-boo using both hands.
  • Louiji  did something amusing by bading bye-bye to Granny with his hand behind him, head bowed down while smiling. Silly baby!
  • After seeing my sister holding a cup, Louiji ate binatog for the first time.
  • After lots of practice, Louiji was finally able to pull the pieces of his Mega Blocks apart.
  • Learning from his Dad, Louiji knew how to use his Daddy’s phone to search Youtube for his favorite toy demo videos.
  • At night, whenever Louiji would hear a pedicab pass by, he would knock on the table or door and say, “Dada.” It’s as if he’s expecting that his Dad would get off the ped and knock on our gate.
  • Whenever Louiji would see a photo of a bee, he would point at it and buzz.
  • Louiji saw a younger baby when we entered the nursing station at Rustan’s. He waved at the baby to say hello. He is becoming more sociable :)
  • I was looking at my FB feed when I scrolled on a photo posted by my sister. Louiji quickly pointed at his Lolo in the group photo and pointed at my sister’s tiny profile image.
  • The little explorer was rummaging through his grooming box and got a hold of his moisturizer. He began squeezing it the way I would. He would pretend to get some and slather on his neck.
  • The little one saw a scrap of crepe paper on the floor and started tearing it to pieces. He placed them on the mat and started blowing a piece until it moves forward.
  • Louiji took off his long sleeve shirt on his own without any difficulty.
  • Louiji ate two small servings of tuna sandwich for merienda. First time!
  • Our little boy can now put back the screws of the wheels of his rocking horse.
  • We are proud to have been breastfeeding up to this time! Hooray! My husband has been persuading me to wean our baby from the breast. I am having mixed feelings about it which makes me reluctant to go through the process. Well, everything in it’s proper time 😉

We’re believing for more milestones for our little one. We are truly blessed to have an adorable and healthy boy. We love you sooo much, Sweetie Pie!!!

Happy 23rd Month My Dear Louiji!!!

Our darling Louiji is 23 months old today!!! He will be two years old very soon and we are happily anticipating more growth and development milestones for him.

I am more than happy and excited to have witnessed and noted his progress from the previous weeks. Here’s my list:

  • Louiji was playing with the iPad and he was able to group the same animals together.
  • He is able to identify his eyes, nose, mouth, ears, tummy, hair and hands immediately and correctly.
  • Louiji is fascinated more than ever on his shape-o-toy. He is now familiar with more shapes and works better, meaning he is patient in finding the right hole for the shape, when we just observe and allow him to work on his own.
  • Louiji is making a steady progress on the shape sorter app on the iPad that includes the circle, square, triangle and pentagon. He was also able to do it according to size.
  • Louiji now climbs the stairs faster.
  • He has discovered a new way of riding his Happy Horse. He would get into it, stand up and drag it as he walks. One time, he got more adventurous by hoisting himself up as it rocks.
  • Louiji disassembled his cousin’s beaded bracelet then sorted the wooden beads according to color.
  • While going through his cousin’s toys, Louiji separated the pink and girly toys from the gender neutral ones.
  • Louiji used to get frustrated whenever he wants to use the animals app because he doesn’t know how to begin. Now, he always remembers to tap on the yellow Start button so he can begin playing with the app.
  • Louiji likes riding. He once rode on the football section of his Little Gym as if he’s riding on a horse. He also dumped the entire contents of his toy box, stepped inside and pretended that he is driving a car.
  • Louiji picked up all the cars and put them back on top of the box drum.
  • Louiji knows which part of the book we are reading. He will take the book from my hand, fold it to where the text is, then give it back to me.
  • Louiji removed his pajama without Mommy’s help.
  • Louiji is sweeter than ever. Whenever he sees Mommy crouching to pick up his toys, he would get behind me and hug me tight.
  • Louiji has become so active that he loves playing rough, climbing over Mommy and Daddy and bouncing on our tummies.
  • Before, he finds it hard to wait and would like to have something he wants before he does something that Mommy tells him to do. Now, he would do as Mommy says even before I give him what he wants.
  • Whenever he wants to eat or play with something that he doesn’t see often (junk food, chocolates, his older cousins’ toys), he would put his hands together as if to say “Please!”
  • Louiji is gaining more control over his hand and arm muscles as he now holds crayons and pens using the Palmar grasp.
  • Reads from the app Three Little Pigs by making sounds. He would shake his head on the part where the pug says “No! Not by the hair of my chiny chin chin.” He would also point a finger on pages where the big bad wolf would huff and puff.
  • He loves to do head stand, hand stand then he would roll over.
  • Our little tot was able to point correctly at the apple, ball car, ice cream, egg, socks, toothbrush and parrot from the flashcards posted on the door.
  • Louiji enjoyed playing with his sensory box which contains rice, shovel, plastic cups, spoon and candy sprinkles. I would put him inside our inflatable pool so the mess would be contained in one area. This plan didn’t work because after playing, my little boy would step out of the pool and turn it over!
  • While using the picture book app, Louiji took Snoopy and showed the toy that there is another dog in the picture.
  • Louiji took the paper clips from the sticky board one by one and put them together on one side of the bed. He is getting used to sorting things!
  • Louiji obeyed Mommy when he pushed the Home and Power buttons of the iPad. He would also do the same for our iPhones.
  • Louiji’s fine motor skills are improving. He was able to finish the task of picking up 10 ducks at the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse app. Thanks to our sensory play activities!
  • Louiji made a barking sound when he saw a canine dog at the bazaar and when he saw one while watching Despicable Me 2. He now makes the same sound whenever he sees a dog.
  • Louiji says either Jaja or Jeje while pointing at Jollibee.
  • We are proud to be (still) breastfeeding at 23 months :) Hooray for this wonderful blessing!

 

Louiji Goes Trick-or-Treating

This post may be really late to talk about trick-or-treating but I shall write about it nonetheless because it’s my son’s first.

Louiji had his first trick or treat at his Daddy’s office last October 30. The Hubs has been planning about it since August. He wanted to take our boy to his workplace for their annual Halloween event. We agreed that we would skip the floors where the theme were about zombies and all things scary. We are Christians and we believe that it is not right to patronize stuff that are attributed to the enemy. What we like about trick-or-treating is that it sparks our creativity to dress up our boy into characters that he like or to something that we think cute. Most of all, we’re after the treats that we can get to fill his orange bucket :)

Take a look at the photos below and see how fun it was. We also took our nephew with us so he could get to experience trick-or-treating before he gets too old for that.

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Left: Kuya was happy to have gotten inside a big bubble. Right: He got a cup of popcorn when he sang at one of the stations.

We got two sets of costume for our little one. Since he loves toting around his giant Snoopy stuffed toy, we thought that he could be Charlie Brown. I’ve searched high and low at the department store and was successful to have found the perfect yellow collared shirt. We just bought a black cloth duct tape to create the chevron pattern on his shirt.

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Our little Charlie Brown

His second costume was that of Captain America. We used the Captain America bonnet that we bought last year and used for his 11th monthsary. Then his father found the perfect shield to go with his outfit.

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From left to right: My loves at the Up-themed floor; photo with the royalties; and, the dancing Lego ladies.
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Ice cream!
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Having a fondness for balloons, my son was so fascinated at this twisted spider, the cat and the bat balloons.

The people at work (that of husband’s) must have put in a lot of money and effort just to host this event. At the lobby, visitors were welcomed with a toy exhibit featuring the personal toy collections of the employees.

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Life size statues of Captain America, Batman and other superheroes were also showcased.

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A group of Cosplayers were roaming around to entertain the little guests. There’s a candy buffet, an ice cream cart and a popcorn corner that offered treats for everyone. We also lined up for the photobooth to get a keepsake of this fun event.

I could tell that our little boy enjoyed his first trick or treat. He didn’t throw a tantrum the whole day that we were in the office. He was sociable enough to go around, say hi to his Daddy’s officemates and hang out with some of them. He also danced in one of the floors. He also enjoyed playing at some of the activity areas. Overall, it has been a positive experience for him and we would like to do it again next year. We just hope that we win the costume competition next time :)

Louiji at 22 Months

Our dear little Louiji turned 22 months last November 14 (and yes, this is a late post). As my monthly ritual, I have compiled my record of his milestones and some amusing anecdotes. I have noticed a progress on his motor skills, his craving for independence, expressing himself and developing social skills. Also, there is a significant decrease for the need for timeouts. :)

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  • Louiji loves sharing his food with Daddy and Mommy. He would use his fingers to pick a piece from his bowl and offer it to any of us.
  • Proud Mommy Moment: Louiji was looking for a book in his pile one morning. He took out all of the books from the box until he found the one that he likes. I then watched him as he returned all his books one by one.
  • Louiji eats a hotdog on a fork on his own. He did the same with longganisa. Don’t worry, I don’t always feed my tot with preservatives-laden food all the time 😉
  • My little one said “Mama” and was reaching out for me while he was crying during one of his timeouts. He has been saying Mama more often especially when he wants to have milkmilk :)
  • Whenever baby sees a picture of people eating, he would put his hands together as he would when we tell him to pray before meals.
  • To pacify him during a long ride, I once taught Louiji how to drive a car. I held his arms in front of him, made his fists close and move as if he’s steering the wheel. Now, whenever we are riding on our car, he would see a picture of a car, or we are out on the streets with plenty of vehicles, he would stretch out his hands as if he is really steering the wheel :)
  • While Mommy was busy in the kitchen, baby opened the ref, found the leftover bread, took it with him in the carpet and ate it.
  • Louiji took the remaining piece of One One and the plastic pack fell from his hands. He picked it up, put the One One back carefully and ate from the pack.
  • He took his Blankie book. Turned on the peek a boo page and did as shown. He then took my hands so I would do the same. Then on the page where the child does a super blankie, Louiji squealed as if to shout “Super Blankie!” and gave a big smile.
  • My tot took his Gingerbread Man book then on the page where it says, “They gave him currants for his eyes, a cherry nose, an orange mouth, and raisins for buttons, ” he would point at his own eyes, nose, mouth and a button on his shirt.
  • He would take out his book I Like It When and he would imitate the illustrations on every page. He would take my hand, hug me, dance, do a peek-a-boo, and kiss me to say “I love you” as shown in the book.
  • Though it took a while before he did it, with perseverance, Louiji was able to climb on the chair next to my desk. He had a hard time at first because he was trying out different positions and was even asking Mommy to pull him up. I let him do it on his own for my baby to build on his perseverance and enhance his problem solving skills. I’m so glad that he succeeded!
  • Louiji would stretch out his right hand and move it to show a flying plane.
  • Our little one learned how to get on and off the bike.
  • Louiji had a grand time at his first Trick or Treat! (More on this on a separate post!) He walked around and played with the little games stationed on the corners of the office. He didn’t cry when his Dad’s officemates asked him to kiss their hand, give a high five and a peck on their cheeks. He even danced on one of the floors!
  • Louiji was watching an episode of Barney about counting. When the children on the show were counting with their fingers, he stretched out his hands and moved his fingers and made an uhmm sound as if he is counting.
  • Louiji now sits, squats, and sometimes do a forward bend when he is going poopsie. I think he’s ready to be potty trained!
  • While having dinner, Daddy was counting with his fingers and Louiji stares and smiles and makes an uhmm sound for every number as if he is saying the numbers.
  • Louiji now likes eating in his own. While I was getting his face towel, he grabbed his bowl of baked zitti and ate on his own using a spoon. At snacktime, Louiji took the fork from me and used it to eat his pancake.
  • After drinking from his sippy cup, he placed it on the right section in his food tray.
  • Baby was able to climb on our bed, which is a bit high than a standard one, on his own!!!!
  • Louiji knows how to hold an open tumbler properly and drinks from it. Though he needs to practice controlling the tilt.
  • Louiji would shake his hand horizontally to denote “no more.”
  • Louiji now enjoys running at an increasing speed. And it makes my heart race big time, especially when we’re out.
  • Louiji was running and fell on his knees but he got up right away and dust off his knees and hands. What a brave boy! :)
  • Louiji discovered the wonders of using a flashlight. He’s been holding and swaying it and gets fascinated at where it shines light.
  • I was holding a flashcard and told louiji that it’s a toothbrush. He then gestured with a finger pointing towards his mouth as if brushing his teeth.
  • Louiji rode his toy horse on his own.
  • Louiji was upset with his older cousins about something so he was raising his right arm and kept pointing with his finger at them. My tot is beginning to express himself when he is angry. Whenever this happens, gently explain to him what had happened to pacify him.
  • We are gradually starting on our homeschool program where we are studying about shapes. Louiji has just finished learning about circles where he colored, traced and made an artwork (with my assistance) about this shape.
  • He used to cry at the sight of my two younger brothers. Though he still wouldn’t let them pick him up without Mommy, he would now kiss their hand, give a high five and sometimes a peck on the cheek.

Excited for more developments and special moments with our little one in the coming days! :) Thank you LORD!

Louiji at 21 Months

It’s a special day today! Louiji just turned 21 months old today! I have recorded a lot of new things pertaining to his growth and development. I have noted some funny and amusing observations, too. The one thing that stands out, which his Dad and I both noticed is that Louiji is beginning to express his independence that sometimes lead to tantrums. That is when we began to impose timeouts.

Louiji at 21 Months

Here are moments that made me smile, feel very happy and so proud of our little one:

  • Louiji can now eat a banana properly with minimal supervision! He holds it properly. I would peel the banana half way and hand it to him. He would take a bite then give the fruit back to me. After he has finished munching, he would then take the banana from me and take another bite. We would repeat this routine.
  • Louiji finished a bowl of lomi, making me The Happiest Cook in the World! It was my first time to cook that dish and didn’t follow a recipe. I just prepared it and hoped that it will taste like my Mom’s lomi. That’s how adventurous I am in my kitchen! I was so glad that time that I did not fail to satisfy the palate of our picky eater.
  • Louiji helped Mommy clean the center table! He saw me wiping the surface and when I paused to pick up something, he took the wash cloth and wiped the table as I did. Yesterday, he did the same thing when he saw me cleaning his mat. I’m happy to have a Little Helper :)
  • Since we got back from our vacation trip in Japan, Louiji has become so fond of his two Mickey Mouse dolls. He would hug and bite on their noses and would tell Mommy to hug them, too. Last week while we were eating lunch, he took my hand and pointed at the direction of one of the Mickey dolls. He wanted me to pick that up and give it to him. When I did, he pushed the doll near our plate and spoon that I was using to feed him. He wanted me to offer a spoonful to Mickey before I feed him again. Silly little one!
  • While Louiji was watching an episode of Barney where the kids were singing about the benefits of eating healthy foods, our baby pointed at his teeth and skin at the same time the kids did. At this time, he can identify his eyes and hair without fail. We are working on the rest of the body parts and I know that one of these days, he will be able to point at the correct part right away.
  • Baby loves playing with marbles, those that belong to his older cousins. Glad that my niece let us borrowed their collection of marbles. Our little man would empty the bucket then he will put back the marbles one by one. He would do that repeatedly. My husband has read somewhere that kids his age are fond of that kind of game.
  • Recently, Louiji asked me to put on the Avengers bucket on his head and then he played around the house with that thing on his head. I think he liked it the first time I did that to him and called him a soldier.
  • Whenever Louiji would see his Enfapro activity book, he would bring it to me and turn it on the page where Move Your Body is on. He will then clap his hands and ask me to sing that song and do the actions as indicated.
  • Louiji enjoys sitting on his car seat again not inside the car but in our living room :) He uses it as a rocking chair while watching TV. He would sit on it and stand up right away to make the seat bounce a little.  But, I don’t let him do it when I or his Dad is not beside him.
  • Louiji now knows how to clean up. Once, he picked up his toys and put them back inside the box. I just hope that he does it each time I tell him to do so.
  • Louiji wants to eat on his own using his fingers. It’s a sign of independence and in a way an exercise of control of which and how much food he would take in at each meal.
  • Whenever he wants me to do something for him, he would take my hand and nudge me toward an object. The same goes for whenever he wants me to accompany him somewhere. Whenever he wants to play basketball with Mommy, he would get his ball and come to me, take my hand and lead me to where his Little Tikes is.
  • Louiji knows that socks are meant for the feet and that a cap is for the head. When he sees his own pair of socks, he would take them and place them on top of his feet. He would also take his cap or beanie and put it on his head.
  • Brushing his teeth is still a battle. Louiji just wouldn’t let Mommy or Daddy brush his little teeth and his tiny tongue. But, he already knows that the toothbrush is meant for the mouth. One time, we let him hold it and then he imitated how we did it by dipping the brush on his tumbler of water and putting it on his mouth. He was not able to do that properly but it’s a start. We are using a fluoride-free tooth gel that was prescribed by his pedia.
  • We bought Louiji a pair of slippers that he can wear at home. I’m so glad that he likes wearing it. His little feet are still getting used to his new footwear and he would walk carefully so as not to let them slip out. When they do, our little boy would come to me and ask me to put them back on.
  • He’s got a new tooth. A new one has just sprang up on the lower right corner of his gums.
  • Each time he asks me to read him the story of Little Red Riding Hood and we would get to the part where the wolf, dressed in Granny’s clothes, would snarl at the girl, Louiji would imitate the growling sound that I make for the beast. As soon as we get to the last part of the story where Red’s father arrived and made the wolf go away, he would pull me and hug me.

These are all the milestones and moments that I have recorded in my phone and those that I have remembered. I pray that there will be more in the months to come :)

May the Lord bless and protect you all the days of your life, Louiji!

 

Fab 20th!

Louiji turned 20 months old last September 14 and it felt really special because it coincided with our first ever out-of-the-country family vacation :) These are two milestones that we are so blessed to have achieved. Our trip to Japan is one of our faith goals for 2014 and we have been praying for it for the longest time. On the other hand, Louiji’s monthsaries are events that we always look forward to each month.

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As parents, we are very happy to have witnessed the following:

  • Louiji knew when a book is upside down. One time, he flipped a book in its proper orientation before he gave it to me and asked me to read it to him.
  • Louiji began to love dancing. Before, he would only dance while watching his favorite TV shows and movies and whenever we sing to him. Now, seeing an object that would remind him of those tunes will make him turn round and round and dance with his arms.
  • Louiji loved eating Daddy’s pork belly and baguio beans recipe. My husband was so happy to see that all his efforts from slaving in the kitchen that day was highly appreciated by our little prince.
  • Louiji ate his very first French toast. It’s that one breakfast recipe that I’m willing to cook and eat each morning.
  • Whenever we go to the bathroom to wash his bum after he does a # 2, I would ask, “O Louiji, pano pwesto natin pag wash ng petpet?” He would get into position right away! That task used to be a struggle for both of us and it made my back hurt. So happy and proud that my toddler and I have finally gotten over that challenge!
  • Our baby boy ate my first beef and brocolli! It was worth the hours of cooking the beef until it’s very tender for Louiji to eat.
  • Louiji has fewer tantrums and he now knows how to obey Mommy! Praise God!!!
  • Louiji’s anxiety towards other people has decreased significantly. He has become comfortable hugging and kissing our relatives from my husband’s side of the family and even our friends from church!
  • Louiji was able to recognize little details on his books. In his “Nighty Night” book, he was able to notice that Cookie Monster had his hands together as if he was praying. Louiji pointed that out and imitated it. On his book, “We Love Greendale”, he pointed at the tiny cows. I then said, “The cow says mooo” repeatedly. After a while, he made the same sound! Also, in the book “I Am a Monster”, he imitated me when I acted out “I am strong” and he insisted that we do it again and again :)
  • I forgot to note in the last couple of months that Louiji calls out to all animals that he would see whether alive, in pictures or as toys. He would stretch out his right hand and twist his thumb with his pointer and middle finger to call on that animal.
  • Whenever I would sing the song “Here I am to Worship”, Louiji would automatically raise his hand when he hears the word “worship.”
  • Louiji recognizes the photo of a duck in his photo album, points at it and makes sounds that sound like “duck, duck, duck” or a quacking sound. On the same page, he would point at the ball repeatedly and he would stretch out his arms as if he is about to catch a ball.

I am excited to see our little boy’s milestones for this month! I’m sure that God will surprise us in the best way with more progress in our son’s  learning and development :)

Louiji is 19 Months Old Today!

Hooray for today! Our baby boy just turned 19 months old today. He is recovering from cough and colds, the virus that is so common these days that it has affected almost everyone in the family (including that of my parents). It’s a good thing that he didn’t get any fever and though his appetite is not as good as it was before he got sick, he still feeds voraciously on my breastmilk. I am super blessed that I can still breastfeed my baby at this time!

Louiji at 19th

As always, I have recorded his breakthroughs from the days leading to his 19th month. They are as follows:

• This is a very notable breakthrough for Louiji. He usually felt uneasy with his grandparents from his father’s side. But, when my in-laws came and stayed at our house for a day and we were with them all the way to Tagaytay and back, he became more comfortable with his grandparents around. He didn’t cry that much. In fact, he smiled more. He even played peek-a-boo with his grandpa.

• Louiji didn’t cry when relatives at wedding of my husband’s cousin greeted him. He willingly took the hand of every lolo, lola, tito, and tita who came by to say hi. He even had high fives with some of them. What a sociable baby!

• At the same wedding, Louiji ate a lot of healthy foods but I also gave him a few pieces of nachos. He also had his first brocolli that day :)

• Louiji keeps on rocking the Lettersaurus as if he wants to put it to sleep.

• While we were having Facetime with his Ninong Dave, Louiji kissed the iPad when Ninong’s face appeared closer on screen to say goodbye.

• Louiji shakes his head and makes appropriate gestures (the ones that we have taught him) when I recite the contents of his favorite book titled, “Do Donkeys Dance?” He does these even in the absence of the book!

• Louiji was able to take away malunggay leaves from the stalk. According to Tanang, he was able to produce 5 whole leaves! Good practice for his fine motor skills!

I’m so happy with my son’s accomplishments in every aspect of his development. He is becoming more and more mobile and independent as he grows and my husband and I need to keep up with him and do more babyproofing in our home. I also pray that God will grant us more patience, grace and wisdom as we strive to be the best parents to our dear Louiji.

Fantastic 15th!

Our little man turned 15 months last April 14. And he gave us a surprise that made us so delighted. He walked independently at a greater distance without any coaching or any form of assistance from Mommy and Daddy. He did it for several times while playing around the house! It was such a big and wonderful milestone! We are so proud of our little boy!

Louiji and His Muffin
Louiji was looking at Mommy while she was singing Happy Monthsary

When our boy turned a year old last January, I told myself that celebrations would then be made every year instead of every month. Guess what? I broke  my own promise! I can’t help it. I couldn’t help but celebrate each month and look at what he has achieved and how much he has grown. I just hope that he would not grow up too fast. I pray that his Daddy and I will always be with him to savor every little bit of triumph that he gets.

With every bit of achievement that he gets, I make an effort to document it in my phone. I would take photos or a video. I would also record it in my calendar. Sometimes, I don’t get to capture anything at all. I would just look at our son, be mesmerized and just be in that precious moment. Each time, I would feel proud, happy and thankful to God for enabling Louiji to reach such milestones in his growing years.

Now that we have a little walker, I appreciate the house that we live in all the more. Our toddler gets to walk a lot in a wider space, getting curious of what’s in each corner and room of the house. My husband and I have made some adjustments in our home once again to make it more conducive and safe for Louiji to move around. We get tired at times running after our spirited toddler but we are all good. He is being more mobile now and it is such a great blessing from the Lord. After all, we could use a little exercise.

To our dear baby Louiji, have a fantastic 15th month! We love you so much!