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Buchi Dialogues

11 March 2011 (Friday)
I was following the news on CNN, BBC and twitter about the earthquake and tsunami. I was so engrossed in it and naturally Buchi became curious. So I explained what a tsunami was and what happens during an earthquake. 

Buchi: Let’s call ninong and tito (referring to his godfathers and uncles). No surfing right?
Me: (amazed) Wow! Yes, let’s post what you just said on twitter so that they won’t go surfing.

Me: There are so many people who don’t have houses and cars because of the tsunami.
Buchi: Don’t worry Mama, it’s okay. I have an airplane. I will pick them up.
(such a sweetie)

12 March 2011 (Saturday)

Grocery shopping is one of my favorite activities. Buchi also looks forward to this. We’ve come to an agreement that he can buy something he likes for as long as he lets me shop in peace (no bugging).

We’re at the meat section, I’m undecided on which cut to buy, and he volunteers to help me out.

Buchi: I like that Mama (pointing to liempo)
Me: That has a lot of taba (fatty portions)
Buchi: I like taba!
Random woman suddenly comes up to him and says: <Gasp> Baby, you shouldn’t be eating fat. It’s not healthy for you.
(Am thinking she’s thinking I’m such a bad mom feeding my son fatty unhealthy food)
I smile at her and push our cart a few meters away from her.
Buchi: Sino yun?! (Who was that?!) I like taba!
Me: hahaha, good question.

15 March 2011
At UP Shopping center…

Buchi: I like icecream.
Me: But we just had icecream last night.
Buchi: Last night, ‘yon. (that was last night)
Me: You can’t have icecream everyday. You’ll be obese.
Buchi: Mama, what’s obese?
Me: Fat.
Buchi: Like that? (pointing to a guy next to us who was a bit overweight)
(Guy looks at me. I look away and grab Buchi’s hand)
Me: (whispering) Yes.

He’s brutally frank these days. But really funny.

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beach pictures

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Buchi, taken during their recent out of town day trip.

Buchi with the big boys
Enjoying cheese icecream on a hot sunny day

This is my favorite part: watching the waves and the sunset.
How time flies. He’s getting taller and smarter everyday. It was good that Eug took these photos. I love looking at photos of Buchi on the beach. It feels like I was there.
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Lessons at home: Writing

Buchi knows how to type his name and some words, so he asks me what’s the point in writing. For now he doesn’t understand its use. So we’re trying our best to show him that writing is a fun activity. No pressure, just taking one step at a time.

My mom suggested that we draw circles and lines first before I formally introduce writing letters. I think it was an awesome idea.

Today we officially started writing lessons. I let Buchi write big O’s and small O’s. We did this for 15 minutes. We had a watch beside us so that he was aware of the time. He did pretty good. He wrote about 40 O’s.

We also read two books today and he ‘read’ the first three pages. (He memorized these parts already).

He was really proud of himself.

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boys day out

My two boys are out today. They woke up at three this morning. I was so sleepy I didn’t get out of bed to see them off. I’ve never seen the two so excited. When we go on a trip, I usually pack everything – clothes down to their toothbrushes. Oftentimes they offer to pack the “goody-bag” (snacks, toys, gadgets, etc.) spending hours arguing how many packs of chocolate or bags of chips they plan to eat. Last night I was too tired from work and household chores, that I plopped on the bed, while the two were busy discussing what to bring. I think I was also a bit blue knowing I’ll be home on a Saturday without them. I’m working hard to get this job I really like and that meant working on some weekends for the meantime.

When Buchi found out they were going surfing, he was literally jumping all over the place. He was looking forward to doing all the moves of the penguins in the movie Surf’s Up. He even pretended he was riding the waves last night. My two boys went on a roadtrip to the beach together with 5 other male friends. I can imagine Buchi’s anticipation — he’ll be hanging out with the big boys. He likes feeling all grown-up. Eug has been missing out on all the guys’ nightouts recently, so I know he’s really having a nice time now. And I think it’s good that he and Buchi will do something together (most of the time I’m with the little one)

On their way out, they both kissed me this morning. I must have been sleeptalking because I don’t remember what I said. I’m eating MM’s and it’s no fun munching on these alone.

I shall preoccupy myself with work, writing, twitter and Japanese drama today. No space for boredom today. =)

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Goodbye yaya/ nanny

When I was pregnant with Buchi, I was still working full-time so I knew that we had to get a yaya/nanny. It was a good thing that my parents’ household had two maids so my Mom willingly trained the other one to be Buchi’s nanny. During the first month, I was really paranoid to let anyone carry the baby, so most of the time he was with me. Since I had to rest and recuperate from the operation (c-section), my father would carry/watch the baby while I catched up on some zzzzs. What did the nanny do, you might ask? She washed the bottles, baby’s clothes, prepared the bath, fixed baby’s stuff. She didn’t do any household work since she had to be clean and alert all the time in case I needed her. In addition to that she would bring my food, and sometimes massage my back to relax me when I expressed milk. She hardly touched Buchi up until he turned two months old (I finally overcame my fear and let her carry him for the first time)

She was a relatively good nanny considering she was young and did not have kids of her own. She would watch over Buchi while my husband and I were at work (I arranged a schedule that allowed me to be home by 4pm so that I would only be gone for a short period of Buchi’s waking time — he usually woke up at 10am). When Buchi turned one, she said goodbye. Buchi hardly remembers her since he was still very young. Her replacement (her cousin) was trained for a month, mostly on preparing his food (I cooked baby food in batches and this needed to be thawed properly) and following the routine (Baby Whisperer).

The second yaya was very energetic and it was easy for me to teach her nursery rhymes and play activities she could do with Buchi when I was not around. She followed the 2-hour tv time (we’ve experienced a lot of yayas who would watch TV all day and I wouldn’t be able to supervise the shows/language the kid gets exposed to). She said good bye 2 weeks after Buchi turned three. We spent a month talking and explaining to Buchi that his yaya would leave him for good and that she had to take care of her little brother in the province.

The day she left, Buchi was at my parents’ house. He said his proper goodbyes to her, smiling and waving happily even as she walked out the door that morning. He was cheerful the whole day and did not look for her. Then when dinnertime came, he just suddenly burst into tears. He was trying so hard not to cry, even chuckling at times. I had to be somewhere at that time (I know, bad mother), and my mom called me up so that I could comfort the little guy. He said he was sad that he was a big boy and that he has no yaya anymore.

Everyone around him made him feel extra special that week. He was showered with more attention. I was scared that he would start crying again and look for her. A few weeks after yaya’s departure, I finally found the courage to ask him. Do you miss yaya? He said no. I said, it is okay to miss yaya, I miss her too (I don’t get a time-out from running after Buchi now). He said that yaya is taking care of her brother because Buchi is a big boy. I think it was his way of letting go and telling me that he understands the situation. I’m really proud of my brave independent boy. Sometimes kids are more understanding than adults.

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odd dream

Two nights ago, I had an odd dream. In my dream, I was brushing my teeth and when I smiled in the mirror I saw that my two upper teeth (not the front ones) were rotten. In my dream I just kept on brushing and brushing my teeth. I even told someone that I wanted to see the dentist because I was worried about my teeth. In my dream, I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort. I was just bothered by the fact that my smile was no longer nice since one could see tooth decay.

When I woke up, the first thing I did was search on the Internet for the meaning of this dream. Research led me to this and this.  It said that my health was probably in jeopardy and that I was having problems with my emotions and spirituality. Yikes. I got scared.

Yesterday I didn’t feel well. I felt so exhausted that I slept early and was practically lying down the whole day. My whole body felt heavy and I had sore muscles. Today I still feel a bit tired. I regularly take my vitamins, eat properly, drink fluids — wondered then what was wrong. I had the most terrible headache and back pains. Then I remembered my dream.

Eug says I need to eat and rest. I think it’s an early warning so that I pay attention to my health. And a reminder to also remain healthy spiritually and emotionally. Thank you Lord for that dream, I know that it was a

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Valentines day

It’s funny how people become mushy on this day of the year.

1. Giving flowers: Flowers are ridiculously expensive in February, especially on the 14th. A few days after, they’re wilted and unless you are my mom (who likes potpourri) you’ll have to throw these out. (there goes your money). My brother asked me to buy some flowers for his girlfriend, so I checked out the florists nearby. Php300 for one small close-to neon pink bud? Never mind. Send flowers the next month and you get to impress her with 2 dozens of roses.

2. Giving chocolates: Now this, I really like. Keep them coming. But really, you can give/receive chocolates anytime of the year sans the red ribbons and pink candy foil.

3. Dinner reservations: I’m a sucker for lovely dinner dates with good wine and dessert. But not when you have to call weeks before for reservation, go in circles until you finally find parking space, and squeeze your way to a designated table.

4. Matching outfits: Eug and I like wearing couple T-shirts. (cringe-worthy for some of our siblings and friends, but we have fun picking these out haha) We have several pairs and we don’t need to wait for Valentine’s day to wear these.

5. Public display of affection: Why do we need a special day to tell/show someone we love them?

It’s good to have a day to be cheesy and gooey, so I’ll join the bandwagon: Happy valentine’s day. I’m eating chocolates with the two sweetest guys in this planet. Gush.


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planning a wedding

A friend is getting married, and I’m gonna be part of the planning and preparations. I’m so excited.

Time to bookmark all those sites about tying the knot.

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The little one and I have had several conversations about him wanting an Ipad.

Buchi: Mama, puwede ka buy ng Ipad.
Me: What will you do with an Ipad?
Buchi: Games. Zombies. (referring to Plants vs. Zombies)
Me: You can play Zombies in Ninong’s computer. (referring to my brother)

Buchi: (tallking to his grandma on the phone) Mamita, where’s your pasalubong?
Mamita: What do you want? (expecting answers like “Gummy bears, chocolate or donuts”
Buchi: Ipad.
Mamita: Baby, that’s more expensive than Mamita’s phone.
Buchi: No, we can buy. I have 20 pesos.

(the day after my friend Pam let him play with her Iphone4)
Buchi: Mama, I like Ipad.
Me: I know you do. I like one too.
Buchi: Ipad has Zombies.
Me: I know but it’s expensive to buy one just so that we can play Zombies.
Buchi: Ok mama =)

Buchi: Mama, work ka?
Me: Yes, I have so much work today. Sorry we’ll play later.
Buchi: Yey! After, gift mo kay Buchi Ipad?
(Okay, Ipad pa din.)

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Busy Day

Today I woke up at 7am. That’s way too early for someone who sleeps at 2am. Good thing I was able to take a nap in the afternoon in between work.

Such a long day… I’m looking forward to seeing my friends tonight for a few drinks. (Although I think we are having coffee, which I’ll probably skip because I want some sleep)

I was getting a bit stressed from all the work today, and Buchi noticed it.

Buchi: Mama, are you okay?
Me: Yes, just tired.
Buchi: Okay lang yan. I love you.

Hay…. Such a sweet little guy.

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