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New Fave Thing to Do

Here’s our two Princesses in their bikes last weekend. I like the idea that they actually go out there and do some physical activity like riding in their bikes on the trail or just in the front yard. This seems to be way far different than their city life before. In Summer, they’d just hang in the house and do electronics all day.

Here in our new house, they have a lot of explorations to do around the property. They also acquired two chickens from our family friend to check every afternoon when they return home from school. But the most important thing is that these girls are moving!

We went out to use the trail for the first time last Saturday. They loved it and so they asked again if they can go ride their bike last Sunday, so as much as I want to be outdoors and get my exercise, I did not hesitate to say yes and we were on the trail for at least 50 minutes. Got home refreshed and probably burned some calories.

Here’s photos of my Princesses proudly pedaling!

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The Ferber Method: Basics of Infant Sleep Training

Spending hours of your valuable sleep time pacing and rocking your baby at night can leave you dog-tired and edgy in the morning, which is what the majority of first-time parents go through with their little ones. The average baby is known for sleeping restlessly because babies need constant comfort and care.

Dr Ferber’s child sleep resolution is aimed at teaching babies how to go to sleep on their own especially after some crying. They literally soothe themselves to sleep seeing as crying is an exhausting business. The basics of the Ferberization Method include:

  • Creating a schedule: There should be an official sleep time which would involve a night feeding and maybe a lullaby or a chain of keywords, which would act as a sleep trigger for the baby.
  • Check-In Time: Contrary to what some parents think, the Ferber Method does not encourage infant abandonment. Parents are required to check in on their baby every 5 minutes or so to ensure the baby is not distressed in anyway.
  • Training  Duration: The entire duration of the training is dependent on the disposition of the infant. Some babies would assimilate totally in a few days while others might need weeks or even repeat sessions after breaks.

To know about Dr.Ferber’s method for sleeping training infants, here’s a good infographic from Baby In A Stroller.

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Princess M Graduated Kindergarten Today!

Our Princess M, who is soon to be 6 years old graduated kindergarten today. Proud mommy I am because she has done an excellent job in school this school year, 2016-2017. Proof are the certificates she garnered today!

Good thing I am no longer working and was able to dress her up with one of her favorite dresses, the red Kids Bowknot Beads Ruffles Lace Princess Party Wedding Dress  shown in the picture below. Looking gorgeous is of utmost importance to her so I must do my best dressing her like a Princess. Someday she will remember mommy as the one who bought her beautiful dresses.

I am just beyond proud right now knowing how my little girl loved school and she showed it through her certificates. I wish her well in first grade and that she will continue to excel in school next year. I love Bey Meg Meg so much!

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And below are the awards she garnered…

High Frequency Word Reading- over 100 words, Excellence in Creativity, Accelerated Reader, Model Citizenship, Creativity and Neatness in Writing, Mastery of Kindergarten Sight Words are her awards end of school year 2016-2017!

Princess M and Carrots

There’s a relation between Princess M and the crunchy baby carrots. She likes it a lot, like a lot! She makes baby carrots her snacks instead of just other junks we have in the pantry. I am one proud mommy here because how many small children do you know love munching on something healthy?

I saw this little Princess last night having a good time watching tv, legs crossed and snacking on carrots. I was amazed at how she made herself comfortable without bothering me to get the carrots, instead, she went to the kitchen and served herself. What a good girl she is! I found her in this position so cute, don’t care about the world!

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Princess M can Now Ride a Big Girl’s Bike

February 27,2017 was one of the most significant days I will not forget because it was the day Princess M decided to use her big sister’s outgrown bike (take note, without training wheels) outside. All she needed were a few pushes and she drove off like a pro.

At first, she was biking wobbly, got off the bike a few times, tiptoeing and trying to balance on the grass. But guess what? It didn’t take her long to get used of the bike and comfortably ride many rounds on an empty concreted lot next to our house.

I was amazed of this girl’s determination for deciding she wanted to use a big girl’s bike. And from that day, she was pedaling like a pro. I captured the first moments of her milestone that day pictured below.

Before she could use this bike, I had this toddler “cruzee” bike used for review without pedals surely helped her a lot. It is a bike that helps kids to just cruise with their feet and learn how to balance by lifting their feet off the ground as they continue to move forward.

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Having a baby? Don’t Panic Yet, Here’s What You Need to Know

From the day the doctor walked back into the office and said these 4 words – “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” your life changed instantly. Suddenly, it’s not about you anymore, it’s now about that precious little life you carry inside. From then on, the decisions you make are driven by the need to protect your baby and get the best care possible.

It’s indeed a very beautiful journey, one filled with a lot of “ooh” and “awww” moments – your body begins to make certain adjustments to accommodate its little passenger. The breasts become bigger because they’re getting ready for breastfeeding, increased trips to the bathroom to empty your bladder because your baby’s head is resting on it, you’re experiencing heartburn and constipation in addition to the weight that the doctor promises is good for you. In summary, pregnancy is the most delicate period of any woman’s life and as such should be treated with utmost care.

This is when you have to cut back on the crunches and situps as such exercises can cut blood flow to the fetus; you also don’t want to be around paint fumes as studies indicate that exposure to these fumes can lead to miscarriage. What you can and should do, is stay off your feet as long as you can as prolonged standing can result in the presence of varicose veins. It can also cause an abnormal buildup of fluid in the legs- what the doctors call edema.  

In addition to that, pregnant women are required to make some changes to their diet and we’ve come across this awesome infographic on nutrition for pregnant women, we know will be useful to you.

Please include attribution to http://midatlanticobgyn.com with this graphic.

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Nowhere Else to Go But the Park

August is always the hardest for me. I suffer so much loneliness, boredom and summer blues. All kinds of negative feelings trapped inside my body. For some reason, my soul wants to be somewhere else but I couldn’t go where it dictates me to go, the Philippines. Well, at least not this year.

The past few weeks me and my children were struggling to fight our boredom. It’s just that, there is not much to do in the house. They stay home all day doing their tablets, I do my online chores and you know when you do the same thing everyday, you get tired with it.

Gladly though, we are surrounded with several nice parks where we live. This photo below just taken two days ago, even if it was raining, the world was gloomy yet we insisted on going out, otherwise, we go crazy.

A good one and a half hours stay at Greenbriar Park was really good. I let the Princesses play at the playground, fed the ducks and just let them be kids. I guess, they loved feeding the ducks with bread. They giggled and amazed at how baby ducks waddle as they walk. Seeing my kids happy gives me joy that even though we live simply, I raise happy and well-behaved girls.

They are my greatest gifts! They give me reasons to live. Thankfully, I have them for when I am lonely in the house, I can just bring them to the mall play area, fast food play area or anywhere else just to kill the time. They give me company on days that I need them.

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Easter Egg Hunting in our Backyard 2016

This year’s Easter egg hunting is a bit different than we usually do. I did not take the Princesses to a Baptist church because it was dark, cloudy and windy that day. It would be inconvenient for all of us to be out in the open and being cold. Our neighbor told me I am a sissy for not going out and taking the girls out but hey, I’d rather be comfortable and do the egg hunting in our time instead of doing the thing that I don’t really feel like doing.

Anyway, here are a few snaps of our girls doing their own egg hunting in our clean and green backyard. I hid some of the eggs and candies real good to give them a job. Besides, it wouldn’t be an egg hunting if they are just placed right in front of them, would it?

Doing it in our backyard is easy and they do not have to dress fancy to show off. I do it because it’s a tradition no matter where they are or what they wear.

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Little M Got a Haircut for the First Time since Birth

2/28/2016 I cut the little Princess’ hair! I had to do the decision of chopping it off because she has a fine hair which gets tangled pretty easy and difficult to brush or comb. It was her first time to have a haircut since she was born. Well, admittedly, she has had a trim a few months ago but I did not chop off much of her hair so I did not consider that a hair cut.

My little girl agreed to me when I asked her if I could cut her hair, she said yes she wanted a shorter hair so the job must be done to give myself a break from doing the tangled hair all the time. The hair that I paid for 800 pesos to have it curled is gone. Photo below is how it looks now. Neat, short and easy to manage. I do not regret, it’s for the sake for both of us. She still looks very pretty though!

I did the cutting myself for I don’t my husband to be spending $30 plus tip to cut her thin hair, it’s a pretty easy thing to do and it would be such a waste of money if he’d bring her to the shop. There, I saved my husband 30 bucks!

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The Princesses’ First Day of Dance Lesson

Feb. 6 which was yesterday was the very first day my Princesses had their dance lesson. Princess M have been telling me how she wanted to go to a dance school and she said that with excitement and enthusiasm. Her wish was granted and I could tell she loved it. She followed the teacher gracefully with all smiles from ear to ear.

The big Princess told me that she does not want to dance yet I registered her anyway. I would not take no for an answer, it’s because this is to keep her active and away from the tablet even just for two hours every Saturday. After the little one’s session, bigger girls in her age group followed so sending them their both is a convenience for us.

I am just glad we found this lesson nearby at a fraction of the cost compared to The Little Gym. I inquired before and each child costs a whooping over $200 for one semester. Whereas at Greenbriar recreation center, I only paid $90 for both including their membership for one year. Ain’t that a deal? It is a government funded program that is why it is so affordable! Hopefully, they will continue to attend their dance lessons and learn to love dancing especially Princess M.

Here’s a snap of the little Princess in their first lesson. I wasn’t able to take picture of the big Princess for I had to go home and take care of some matters.

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