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Gone are the days when it’s just a cry for want of milk or a little cuddle that makes your life, because  today you are officially an infant. Another stage in your life, another journey to traverse.  Time flies and I mean, you can now lift your head and roll over to your heart’s desires. I laughed out loud when your Mommy told me that you are practicing rolling over every day and responds to the sound of your name. You’re definitely growing so fast. And I guess it is time  to start on  those nursery rhymes and fairy tale books that I gave you and it’s time for those Brainy Baby DVDs that your Mommy bought earlier.

How amazing it is to discover something new everyday  – the time you laughed at yourself because you saw your image on the mirror while I was putting you to sleep, the moments  you keep your eyes alert to  your  crib mobile, the times you put yourself to sleep  just listening to the sound of your musical toy. Your own personality is emerging and I won’t be surprised if  you’ll be shouting Nonna to my ears in a few months.

God has blessed us with so much baby – you!  You’re three months old now, isn’t that great?

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Tender moments between mother and child. I was so touched watching them together like this because I remember those times when Nissa was still a baby and I was so protective of her because she was born premature at eight months. And now she has her own Nate to love and to pamper. The unbreakable bond,  love clearly expressed , moment of bliss.

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Nissa excitedly told me that Nate rolled over today for the first time. Imagine at two months and three weeks!  I told her that seeing Nate do his thing by rolling over is his gift to her this Valentine’s day. Despite what he went through at birth, he is showing us that he is developing his motor skills normally. And this reminds me, they came over last Saturday for a visit but Nissa forgot to pack his milk so they have to rush to Mercury Drugstore to buy a small can.

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Does it look like he was about to cry because he was hungry?

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Ah, just so happy to see his bottle of milk 🙂

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Hahaha, he can now consume 5 ounces straight. Busog na baby?

Miss and love you Nate.  See you again soon.

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I am reposting this here. I suddenly realized that in a few years, I may be doing the same thing with Nate, that is teach him how to appreciate good books and how to do colors. I wrote this blog when my niece was five and she’s now nine years old, still bubbly and smart. She promised to spend a few days with me this summer break so she can play with Nate. Come to think of it, she’s Nate’s aunt 🙂

A box of crayons, a pocketful of assorted unsharpened pencils, a half-inch thick  coloring book – what more do you need to pass the time away?

A few months ago, I got the chance again to go home and bond with my  smart, inquisitive and hyperactive five-year old niece Bobic. No picture-taking this time because I didn’t bring my camera with me but we agreed to spend an hour or two after dinner to go over her lessons and color her brand new book. I have nearly forgotten how relaxing, how stress-free and artistic one feels when you are so engrossed in making a dull picture come to life by blending different shades and making  it colorful and beautiful in the eyes of a five-year old child. She was so lavish with her praises when we finished two pages of the book. Lesson No. 1 – simple things mean a lot to a child.

She made me go with her and her Mama to their school one afternoon so I could meet her teacher whom she calls Miss Melanie. She literally dragged me by the hand and introduced me by saying, “teacher, si Tita Arlene”. Well, that afternoon I learned my second lesson from her. Lesson No. 2 – kids shine when they are surrounded by their family and loved ones.  I was pleasantly surprised when my brother told me that she could recall every word and sentence in her two short-story books entitled Ang Tikbalang Kung Kabilugan ng Buwan and Mariang Alimango. Through frequent readings and story-telling before she goes to sleep, she was able to memorize every page of the two books. True enough, she even knows the English version although she could not pronounce the words right, she does not know yet how to read that much. Lesson No. 3 – play it by ear and it gets easy the second and third time around.IMG_3058

She keeps a piggy bank because her Papa told her that it would take a lot of money for her to become a doctor so she started asking for coins every time she gets the chance. She is so steadfast in saying that she will be a doctor someday and will treat every one in the family. I was impressed – the wisdom of a child.

And how I wish life is that simple!  How I wish that sometimes, we could see things through the eyes of a child.

Coloring books and crayons – try holding them some time and forget about your worries even just for a little while.

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These are still parts of the series of shots I took two weeks ago. I am just so happy that finally my son had the courage to hold Nate since  the latter was born. He kept saying, “let him grow a little more”. He was afraid he’ll drop him so he bargained for two more weeks. It just took Nate’s smiles to lessen his fear. So, this is it….finally!

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My precious three –  my two kids Josef  and Nissa  and our baby Nate. I love this last frame because even Nate finally adjusted to being held by his tito, see that intense look and shy smile :).

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Josef and I were supposed to go to Metro East mall yesterday after the early morning mass  to look for Karo syrup for Nate but we ended up going to SM Megamall for the Grand Baby Fair exhibit. Gosh, what a lovely way to spend the day looking at all sorts of toys, gadgets,  strollers, clothes for babies and everything you would wish for your baby to have. Of course, we had Nate in mind while looking at the colorful displays. They even had a program with celebrity moms as guest speakers.

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I ended up buying two large packs of Huggies diapers, a large box of Cycle baby detergent powder, Precious Moments cotton balls and cotton buds  and  a Fisher Price  elephant shape sorter which is new in the market. It was a real bargain to get it for only P640.00 when the original price was pegged at P949.00.

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I love these blocks,they would teach your child visual stimulation and learning about shapes. I even examined each block if it was smooth to the touch. Nothing but the best for our precious Nate.

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