The other day, we promised Liam that we will go home early, true to our words, we left office exactly 5:30.. and this video is what we went home to. Donna is teaching Liam how to count 1 to 100 without us telling her to do so.
In one of my recent posts, I’ve mentioned being thankful having Donna as Liam’s yaya. She may not be the best out there and may have some shortcomings too. But in general, you can feel her love and concern for Liam. Paano ko nasabi yun?!?!
Before Liam even started his school this year, I think Saturday ito before Liam’s first day..
Donna: Ate, kelan nga po ulit ung Linggo ng Wika?
Me: Sa August pa yun.
Donna: Yung bookworm po?
Me: Ahh.. parang October ata un or November?
Donna: Kasya pa siguro ung Spiderman costume ni Liam no? Sana suotin na nya..
Me: Waah! mainit un! ayaw ko na pasuot saknya un!
Donna: Sa bagay….
See!!?? It’s still July and there are still 2 days before school officially start, she’s already worried about what will her alaga wear for the school programs. hahahahaha
Meron pa yan.. All students are supposed to bring their required supplies which should be labeled one by one on second day of school. While I have already bought all of Liam’s stuff, am procrastinating labeling. so Monday night comes..
Donna: Ate, nakaprint na po kayo sticker ni Liam
Me: ‘di pa, hayaan mo na, late nlng naten padala mga gamit nya
Donna: ok po (with a sad face)
Donna: Ate, need din pala ng story book sa school
Me: Ayaw ko nga pamigay mga books nya
Donna: Kahit ung pinaka luma na lang po..
Me: Ayaw ko nga.. binili ko yun para kay Liam, di para sa school.
Donna: Nagbabasa basa na po kasi sila sa school, sya lang walang dala…
Me: Dons, eto na stickers, eto pa ung mga kulang na gamit. At eto na ung libro na dadalhin nya.. ikaw na mag label.
Donna: ok po.. (with a wide smile, sabay lipat sa room nya to do all the labeling..
Aba! kinalimutan na di pa naligo alaga nya!!
There are more of these stories, baka mapuno ang post ko. Basta, we are really thankful that we got her to be Liam’s yaya. She may have shortcomings but her love for Liam is all worth shrugging those lapses off.. 🙂
Oh yes, my son loves watching TV like his Wowo and Daddy. Wowo and Daddy sleeps with the TV on. They will also turn TV on once they are awake. That’s why I insisted not having a TV in our room. Or else, TV all night and TV all morning ang mag-ama ko.. KOW!!
Though, we are not that bad naman, we still control what he watch, hmm.. or is it the other way around? Liam controls the TV, as we are always tuned in Disney Jr. or Disney Channel. Once his dad will check NBA, someone will shout “Change TV” or he’ll say “watch, Jake the Pirate” (or whatever he is currently watching). hehe.. sorry daddy..
What really amazes me is his body clock! at night, he knows when it is time for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse already. He will tell us, watch Mickey Mouse, once we open it, it’s indeed MMC on the Disney Jr. I don’t know how he do it, pero wala talagang palya. Maybe dahil din sa daily routine nya?
Hmm.. speaking of routines, Liam is at the stage now where he knows what will happen next. Like if I will take a bath in the Morning it means I will go to office after. So he will make all excuses not to make me go take bath. At night naman, he knows that after taking bath, it’s time to sleep, so he delays his bath time. Or after Lunch, it’s nap time, he will shout, “sleep with mommy only”. Now we are already teaching him to look at the clock at night. That once long hand points to 6 (9;30pm) it means lights off time. Medyo effective naman. Though, there are tawad moments talaga with him lagi. He’ll say “Last One!?” or “7 nalang?” or “No turn off light”.
Naku! He is really growing up fast! I really pray to God that he gives us the wisdom to guide Liam in his growing years.
Oh last note, it’s Liam’s first day of class yesterday.. Bad mommy moment. I wasn’t able to go with him to school, wala pang pics. pero told Ate Donna to take his pic today. Sana nagawa. hehe
Am really thankful to the person who invented Vacation Leaves! hehehe.. I was able to take a leave of work last week and made sure Liam and I have something to do together. His favorite right now, aside from tablet and TV, is Project Time! Though his not yet after the finish product, he’s having lots of fun during the process.
Who knows simple kitchen ingredients would bring so much fun. I got this idea from Pinterest. Just put Baking soda on a rectangular dish and use old vitamin droppers to to squirt some tinted vinegar (I used McCormick food coloring) and VOILA! colorful fizziness!! This project kept Liam busy for more than an hour. He likes the fizzy sounds and bubbles the chemical reaction makes.. 🙂
THE ROBOT AND THE HOUSE
Another project we made together is creating pictures from art paper cut outs.
More project time to come. Got lots of ideas from Pinterest and hope to do it with Liam soon. 🙂
Yeah, I know, it’s been a long time since I really blogged and a lot have happened since. Thus, the title..
PROUD PARENTS MOMENT
Play school have ended last April for Liam and on their last day, the teachers decided to have their own Culmination Day and we are very proud to announce that he got the Academic award. They are only 5 in the class, but he is the only one who really learned all the alphabets, numbers, colors and shapes. Teacher often tells me that Liam is very observant and good in listening. Even he’s running around during lessons, he sure knows how to answer when asked. He was even exempted from Evaluation day. Oh, did I mention that he is the youngest? 🙂
PLAYING WITH OTHER KIDS
One of the main reasons we enrolled him to play school was for him to learn how to interact with others (adults and kids his age alike). We saw a big improvement in the confidence with adults category but really failed in the playing with other kids side. Though his teacher said that there was a big improvement since Liam agrees to hold hands and let his classmates hug him (yes, he let’s only 2 favorite classmate hug him, but he never hugs them back) during their circle time. But while all his classmates run and tag each other or throw balls at each other, he would rather play by himself or with the teachers. We are starting to feel bad about it and check where we went wrong.
Since I don’t know any moms here in Cebu with kids at Liam’s age, I asked Ate Lilia (our helper) to bring his grandson, Michael with us when we go to Family Park. To my delight, he started playing with him na. They ran around and kicked balls together. Looked at animals in the Zoo and feed fishes and ducks in the pond. I learned that I need not worry and hurry, Liam will learn all these when he’s ready.
Funny side story, Michael is well versed in Bisaya, while my son can only speak in Tagalog and English. Go figure how they were able to play… hahaha.. 🙂
THE MAGIC WORDS
Please and thank you, they’re called the magic words… (from Barney)
No, Liam is not watching Barney Dino have banned Barney from our household.. hahaha.. no purple dinosaurs for Liam. hehehe
Anyway, Liam learned to say thanks already and yes at the right context of it. No need to remind him, it comes out naturally. He usually uses “Thanks!” whenever we help him or when we give him something.
As for the Please word, he also uses this once in a while and needs some reminding at times. But for the basic like asking of water, milk or a little help, he will say “water, please” or “milk, please”..
COUNTING IS FUN
Am really thankful having a loving and good yaya (Ate Donna). She is very patient with Liam (sometimes I think she is more patient than me). She is also very supportive of Dino and my ways of nurturing Liam. Last, she is very dedicated in teaching Liam. After Liam’s classes, she will be playing with Liam and review (in a fun way) all the things they learned in school.
Since it’s summer and Liam have no classes, meaning no new lessons, Donna will still play alphabets with him and best part is she is teaching Liam to count and read numbers (numerical). As of this writing, Liam can count from 1 to 30 and can recognize them too.
Funny counting stories…
Liam counting from 1 to 30..
Liam: one, two, three, four, …….. twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, twenty-ten
Mommy: Liam how may stars do we have… please count…
Liam: one, two, three, four
Mommy: very good, so how many stars do you have?
Mommy: ‘di kaya!! Count again
Liam: one, two (pause) nine, ten!!! See??
Liam is in a stage now where he shows and voices out his preferences. Usually this happens with food. Like what flavor of juice (his favorite is Blueberry), what flavor of ice cream (usually ube), what color to use in writing, who will he sleep or sit with (always ends up with mommy) and where to sit in the car (we always end up riding at the back of Pajero).
Some funny food stories…
One night after dinner..
Liam: Mommy, am hungry, Liam want to eat brown bread
Mommy: huh!? brown bread?
Liam: Yes brown bread..
Mommy: What is brown bread..
(Thinks for a while..)
Mommy: do you mean Pan de Sal?
Liam: Yes, I want Pan de Sal
Just the other day.. while having breakfast, I gave Liam “brown bread” with butter
L: please put spinach
M: Huh? what do you like?
M: Donna! anong hinihingi ng alaga mo na Spinach?
D (puzzled): ‘Di ko po alam dyan kay Liam
Liam not knowing how to explain further did not purseu the spinach issue…
Yesterday, while having breakfast, I was eating spanish bread and gave some to Liam..
L: please put butter on spinach!
AYUN!! nadale mo!!! Spanish bread pala ang gusto ng anak ko! (and so this morning, we had spinach bread again)
ONE STEP CLOSER TO POTTY
Am also glad to announce that we are one step closer to potty training. As I’ve said, Donna is very patient with Liam, during their nap time, she will wake Liam up to pee and then put him back to sleep. So for the day, Liam is diaper free already. Okey, except when he needs to poop. We need to put him on nappies so he can poop, or else he won’t go. (Mommies, out there, any suggestions?)
Also, as of this writing, we don’t need to stand on the bowl anymore to pee, Liam is tall enough to reach the toilet while he pees. 🙂
Being the first and only Apo, Liam is often visited by wowo and wawa (his paternal grandparents). Wowo never failed to fly in to Cebu every month to visit Liam. Jet-setter si wowo no!?
Since these once a month visits are the only time they spend with their precious little boy, we make sure that it’s all worth their time and effort. Last February, Dino was able to take their photos and luckily, weather was on our side and we were able to go to Family Park. Liam was so happy and eager to show his wowo and wawa the animals and play with them at the park.
To make the visit more fun, off we went to Family Park…
Thank you Wowo and Wawa for taking time off to come and have fun an
Thank you Wowo and Wawa for taking time off to fly in and spend quality fun time with Liam. Liam enjoys his time with you as much as you do. 🙂
Last but not the least for our Chinese New Year celebration. This is one thing I made kulit and made sure to happen. hehehehe.. Initially, I wanted us all to wear Tiong Sams, but it’s so hard to find one for Dino! KOW! Liam and I have ours na. Since Liam turned 1, my cousin bought him a set already (Kaya medyo bitin na ang pants ni Liam, mukhang maksaaska tuloy. haha). I, on the other hand had to buy one last united nations celebration for Liam’s school program.
Since I can’t find one for Dino, we just wore red shirts and let Liam wear his Tiong Sam.
Happy Chinese New Year!! May we all be prosperous and healthy this year of the Sanke! 🙂
If there’s one more thing am thankful about MCWD aside from the water provision, is them operating Family park! It’s a park here in Talamban, Cebu that has a big fish pond, a swimmimg pool, a big field complete with seesaws, swings and slides and Liam’s favorite part – the mini zoo. Though animals here are nothing comapred to Manila Zoo or Tagaytay Mini Zoo but it’s still better than nothing. With only 10 pesos entrance fee for adults additional 10 for parking. San ka pa!? Oh, mind you, entrance fee is for free every first Sunday of the Month!! O diba!? nakakatuwa!!??
This is not the first time we visited Family Park. But this time around, we went there prepared. We brought with us a mat, some food and drinks and a lots of toys…
But if you’ll ask what Liam enjoyed the most…
It’s so nice to spend weekends like this. Family time at the greater outdoors! (ehem! plugging yan.. ) Oh yeah, Liam’s wearing his Columbia Sportswear Anti Mosquito Pants. 🙂 Ang galing no!?
With only eight (8) full days for holiday vacation in Manila, I would say that we spent it well. With the “to do” list Dino insisted for me to do. Oh well, it’s only a few and most of it is in my head lang. hehehe Anyway, we plan for Liam to enjoy this vacation and meet most of our family and friends.
We arrived Manila a day before Christmas. I wanted Liam to rest for the day to recoup and be ready for the 8 days. But my dearest boy not wanting to spoil the day by resting and not wanting to dismay his expecting audience, he showed off whole afternoon by dancing, acting, running and playing guessing games with his Ninang Tita!
We let Liam open his gift after dinner, alam ko kasi na di na kame makakasalubong, since we are all tired na.
Christmas day was spent at Lola Pasig’s (Dino’s Grand Aunt who lives in Pasig and stands as their Grandmom since Inay passed away).
Dinner was courtesy of Ate Pen, she bought us Pizza and Clam Chowder Soup from S&R.
Dec. 26, Shopping Day for me and Ate Pen. We went to 168 and boy oh boy did I miss it!! Sayang lang, sa sobrang excitement, we forgot to take photos of us being there and we weren’t able to take photos of our loots too. Next time! Liam, on the other hand, enjoyed his day driving new car (Lolo’s car; our van here in Cebu is the old car for him…), playing his alphabet mats and swimming in his inflatable pool. That night we went to Paranaque to visit my sister and had dinner with them.
Following day was a slow one. I dropped by my brother’s house in Pandacan. Did not bring Liam since almost everyone there is sick. I just dropped off our gifts and had a little chit chat with my SIL and my mom while Liam enjoyed his swimming time in the garage (again). (thanks Wowo and Wawa for the new inflatable pool.:) )
We went to Rockwell after that and was suppose to have dinner at Chili’s, kaso mahaba ang waiting list and we don’t like other restos there that night, so we drove back and ate at Buddy’s instead. (another check sa to-eat list! hehe)
Ken, Liam’s ninong, met with us there and we had a long chit chat at home after dinner. As usual, being the best host that he is, Liam did not disappoint his ninong and showed off his fore talents! hehe (wala nanamang pictures!! tsk!!)
Dec. 28, a little me time. I met with my friends, Joy, Mar and Kim in Rob Ermita for Lunch and movie date! We watched ‘One More Try” at nakakahiya lang ako at magang maga ang mata ko when we got out! I won’t say the plot was that nice, but the story was so touching. Oh well, kasi nga nanay na din ako! hehehehe
On the other hand, Dino and Liam had a father and son bonding same day. They went to MOA with Ate Donna and Wawa. After which, they went to Manila Zoo. We initially planned to bring Liam to Avilon Zoo, cleaner but farther but with the unpredictable weather, mahirap bumyahe with a baby. So Dino decided to bring him to Manila Zoo instead. They fetch me up from Rob Ermita after and he was so excited telling me about the animals he saw. Hipopopopopothamus!
Next Day, Dino decided to treat me to a date so off we went to GB5 where we had lunch at Krazy Garlic before we head to Ocean Park. (2 check marks on our to-do list).
At first, Liam did not enjoy it and got a bit overwhelmed. But after a bit of cajoling from Dino and after the underwater aquarium, he was running about, back and forth, back and forth. Until kame na ni Dino sumuko at kumarga sa kanya palabas ng aquarium! hahahaha..
Dec. 30, I was suppose to meet with Hyziel and Baby, my sisters way back from my dormitory time. But my cousins decided to have a family reunion on this day. I have to cancel my Antipolo trip with the girls and we all drive to Escolta Binondo to see my mother side of the family.
We had dinner at CPK that night. I don’t know what’s with Chili’s laging puno! 😦 Before we end the night, we went to Cuts for Tots in Glorietta to have Liam’s hair cut. Dino and I decided not to go with them, so Liam won’t make arte. Thankfully, all is well naman. Pero as my SIL said, it was a Stressful haircut.
Day before New Year, we had our annual Family picture. This time around we all wore green. 🙂 Medya Noche was again courtesy of my SIL. She prepared Bacon wrapped Asparagus and Pesto Pasta and ordered Sanwiches from Earl’s. YUM!!!
New Years Day, we had lunch with Charles and Dinah Lim with their Kids. Charles is one of Dino’s best buddies and Dinah is the first person I’m with during my dorm days. 🙂 That afternoon, we just relaxed at home and started packing Liam’s mini toy store. hehehe.. dami ng laruan e!! 🙂
Jan. 2, 2013, with a bucket of tears, we flew back to Cebu. Can’t wait for the holy weeks. Now that Liam’s 2, it’s easier for us to bring Liam back and forth na.
I know it’s too late to greet you happy holidays now. But definitely not late to greet you guys “Happy Chinese New Year!!” hahahahaha
Whew!! Finally I can post this long overdue entry.
Note to self: Always take pictures, use iPhone if Cam is not readily available! 🙂
Since Dino and I are both working. We make it a point that we have free time for Liam during our office days. One of the perks of our Cebu Set up is we can play with Liam during lunch break, after we had our Lunch (while his yaya is having her fill too).
Here are some of the routines we do during our lunch break with Liam…
other days naman, this is what we do…
In some days, he uses his table naman to play peek a boo with his dad. He also uses all our pillows to play hiding where his butt is showing naman lagi, hehehe. At times naman, we cut his fruits and vegetables. Haay simple things but great joy for the 3 of us.