Friday, June 26, 2015

Everything's normal here

It's been quiet on this space lately mostly because the family has moved halfway around the globe and has just settled here in Zurich, Switzerland. It is here where the little one has turned 10 months and will be 11 months real soon (and 12 months, oh, so fast).

It's already been a month since the move. Family life here is different. Life here is different. I am happy that the little one gets an appreciation of nature and outdoors; as opposed to the concrete jungle where we came from. Everyday is play day outside as long as weather permits.  He gets to interact with other kids and it's nice to note that to them, language is not a barrier. They just play, smile, roll around, laugh, etc. A lot of people easily get fond of the little one - with his big round eyes and his up-do. And he loves the attention.

We easily got adjusted to life here though, except for the weather which gets pretty much unpredictable sometimes.

Everything here is normal and has gotten simple, really, more on that soon.

Waiting for bath time

His favorite part of the day

A family picnic to celebrate Luke's 10th month

Friday, May 1, 2015

Luke is 9 months!

Today, instead of having Luke pose for me, I followed him around with my camera. It's difficult for a crawler to stay put for more than a minute. Let's follow him:

Luke enjoying the view from the window. We live in a high rise.

I gave him his toys to play with so that I can take pictures of him playing.

But he decided to crawl into our room. He was crawling towards my side table where I stored my watches and accessories. I had to stop him. 

So he crawled back out but crawled back in again to give himself a kiss through the mirror. Silly baby. 

He was starting get tired so I put him in front of the television to watch some Disney shows. Those were the few minutes he was still.

During the session he attempted to stand without holding on to anything. Brave little boy.

So as you can see, at nine months, Luke is a very active crawler/"stand-upper". He cruises through furnitures and already had several bumps. They are all part of learning. 

He is still a little bit too clingy to Mommy which I really don't mind except during bathroom breaks. 

Luke at 9 months:
- no teeth yet. I thought at 8 months he already had two. Turned out they did not want to come out yet. 
- still nurses and rarely takes bottles
- loves his sippy cup (we have a Playtex one)
- love love loves yogurt. He really asks for it. 
- also loves mild and medium cheddar
- is starting to self feed but we still have some more work there. It's still early anyway.
- loves playtime with Tita Bern and Tito Glenn. They are the only people he wants to play with aside from me. 
- loves the occasional visits from other Tita's and Mommy's friends.
- appears unfriendly when not in the mood but he looks cute that way.
- he loves TV. yeah. I know this is bad that's why I am limiting it to 1 to 2 hours a day and he is not allowed to watch without supervision.
- he does a very funny baby monster voice. It exercises his vocal chords.
- he dances (though a little bit conservative) to Hi-5 music. 
- he loves being read to. Really. He asks me to read to him by putting the book in front of me. 

He is and does so much more really. Mommy loves you so much Luke. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A good news and another change

There is so much excitement in the not-geo home lately. Prayers have finally been answered. This family that has been longing to be together very soon will be. I am especially interested to see how the little one reacts upon seeing Daddy after about 4 months of being away. The little one is very fond of Daddy, will it still be? And this wife, very much excited to hold and kiss the husband.

Being together meant we will be moving out of this little place we call home and travel with the husband halfway across the world where I once was with the little one still in my belly. Though this move is not so new to me, it somehow is because we will be living there as a family and not as individuals. Yes. We lived there before as individuals. I still remember those days when we shared the same train ride to work. Who knew that after some months that we'd end up together and be blessed with this little bundle of joy. And that we'll be coming back. But I sort of had the feeling before I left Zurich that it has not seen the last of me. Perhaps I am clairvoyant or the place and I just had a special connection. We shall build another not-geo home there.

But more important than that is the fact that we are together again, the happiest part of it all. Maybe not so much for family who will be left - the grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who are very fond of the little one. Soon they will have the time to be with the little one.

These coming days will be busy with all the packing and cleaning. And visits to friends and families. Thirteen days and counting.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How has being a mother changed your fashion sense?

When I was still active in the corporate world I took pride in being able to dress nicely and appropriately. I had a good sense of style and followed the style of some hollywood stars. But gone are those days when I can wear sky high heels with white oxford shirts and pencil skirts. Lately I have been finding myself looking for style inspirations from other mothers - real mothers that is; "Mom Uniform" being my favorite google search phrase. And guess what, it is nice to know that there are a lot of mothers out there who have not lost their sense of style. They really are an inspiration. They can dress comfortably and still look really well put together. And it's very shameful that I have been dressing really badly all along making motherhood as an excuse. I am able to dress my son nicely why not dress as nice as well, right?

Anyway, I can now incorporate jackets, scarves, sweaters and cardigans in my "Mom Uniform" because the little one and I are finally joining the husband half-way across the world. Yey! No more LDR! I can't wait for the little one to experience Europe. That was a good segue, anyway, recently I have been obsessing over striped tops so I am definitely adding that to my list as I go shopping for clothes to update my wardrobe.

I can't believe I wrote something about fashion and style. Haha. So, how has being a mother changed your fashion sense?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

This motherhood thing

I was running errands yesterday. I had a list on my mind and I told myself I should be quick and be home before  the little one - who I left in the credible care of my younger sister - wakes up from his nap. 

I was waiting in line in the bank when a lady entered. She was in her crisp corporate dress and high heels, all dolled up with just the right make up and her hair was, well, really neat. And from across the room I felt confidence oozing from her. I then looked at my reflection on the glass wall, I shouldn't have. I shrunk, smaller than I already am (literally, I am less than 5 feet). I felt frumpy in my baggy t-shirt which was barely ironed, my rumpled jeans (so what if it's Levi's), my sneakers,  my oily face and my messy ponytail. I suddenly missed the old me, the one who took time to look at herself in the mirror before leaving the house, the one who put thought on what she wears, and the one who always felt confident.

What has motherhood done to me? I thought. But I did not have enough time to process the thought. I had to go grocery shopping and be home before the little on wakes. 

This motherhood thing is not always glamorous. We rarely get day-offs. We feel unappreciated. When we finally think we find time for ourselves, the little one starts to cry. Bathroom breaks need to be quick. Clothing needs to be comfortable and one should be ready to nurse any time. 

But come to think of it, it's not an excuse to not take care of oneself. Yeah, I know there are mothers there who can handle motherhood gracefully. I just need to really find time for myself, ask help and trust that others can help take care of the little one sometimes. And of course I want the husband to also see me happy and confident. 

But other than that, this motherhood thing is awesome.