Archive for November, 2014

Today, we celebrate the gift of life.It’s our little Nate’s 2nd birthday. If his first birthday was a blast, today we spent lunch together at home.  They came over for lunch before going to Avilon zoo.  He needs a hair trim and his daddy is planning to buy him a little car of his own.  He was so happy with his  remote control toy car which Josef has given him earlier. He kept saying “wow, galing” and “thank you” ninong.

They need to start him on potty training now that he is two so I gifted him with a trainer set that doubles as a sturdy chair with its own music that he can listen to.  We laughed out loud when we let him try it even with his disposable diaper on. How could one be happy potty-training a child you might ask, at least now he knows  what it’s meant for:) We have another simple celebration tomorrow with Nissa’s in-laws, just the family, Nissa’s and Obet’s. He has yet to blow the candles on his cake.

Time flies!  He is no longer a baby, he is a toddler now and sometimes I could see that he is starting to assert himself when it comes to wearing  shoes  (a Crocs pair that I gave him almost a year ago is his favorite footwear now), holding a spoon when he eats (is being left-handed normal to a two-year old?), to choosing shorts over pants.  Nissa says he can’t stay in one place, running all the time, imitating what he sees on TV. I told her yaya to limit TV viewing  and read books to him instead.  Terrible two, that’s what they say of this age. Where did those words come from?  It’s pretty normal for a child to be curious on everything.

Happy birthday Nate. We still have a lot to learn and discover together even if we only see each other once a month. Hearing your voice saying “lab you Nonna” over  the phone is enough for now.  God bless you baby, may you grow to be healthy, smart and a loving child.

Nate's first scribbles using my Stabilo markers.

Nate’s first scribbles using my Stabilo markers and scratch pad.

Nissa posted this on her wall and shared it with me.

Nissa posted this on her wall and shared it with me.

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Go, go baby, show Nonna how it's done.

Go, go baby, show Nonna how it’s done.

I remember one time they came over for a visit and Nate found my plastic piggy bank and a comb and drummed his way through.  Enjoy your new toy baby 🙂


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Nissa says it was the best family vacation ever. It’s Nate’s first plane ride. Every time they come over for a visit, we would  stay in the garden for a while and pick Calamansi (Philippine lime) or watch and count the airplanes going to and from the airport down south. Our place is on the eastern side of Metro Manila so we could clearly see airplanes passing by.  Maybe now that he has experienced riding on one, he would no longer embrace you  tight while pointing up (we call them big birds) in the sky. They spent  four  glorious days in Siquijor and Dumaguete City in the Visayas.

At the airport...

At the airport…

Up close...PAL Airlines

Up close…PAL Airlines

He is turning two in a few days and I wonder what he thought of seeing an airplane this close and riding in it. It’s actually their gift to him on his birthday, exploring other places and experiencing how to be a tourist for a few days.

Look at that deep frown....

Look at that deep frown….

In his young mind, he must be wondering why the sky seems so blue this side of the universe. A questioning look, some unanswered thoughts.

Using Mommy's sunglasses to see better Nate?

Using Mommy’s sunglasses to see better Nate?

What do you see up there baby?  You seem to be so engrossed watching the sky.  Now when you see an airplane in your baby books, you’ll no longer wonder how it is to ride in one. A is for airplane, right Nate?


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Nissa sent me this picture last Tuesday while they were waiting for their flight to Dumaguete City at NAIA 3, a lovely pose with Ogie Alcasid, who was also going to the same destination as they were. Nate may not know it yet but he was besides a talented Filipino singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. I learned from Nissa that his youngest is also named Nate.

with Ogie, the Pogi....

with Ogie, the Pogi….

A while ago, Nissa texted that Nate enjoyed their trip to Siquijor and they are now back in Dumaguete to explore a little more.  I am excited to see more photos of their trip since this is Nate’s first trip away from home.

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I don’t know why but as far as I can remember, our little Nate has always been fascinated with hats. There was a time when they came over to visit me and he was wearing a white cap. As soon as they alighted from the car, he removed it from his head and handed it to me like he was offering a lovely gift. Here’s another picture of him wearing hats when they brought him to the office of her mom and dad on Halloween.

the hat boy

Here’s another one,  a hat made of a towel they brought to Dumaguete .

Comfy baby?

Comfy baby?

Hahaha...he 's wearing the Crocs slippers I gave him last year.

Hahaha…he ‘s wearing the Crocs slippers I gave him last year.

And Nissa says it is his favorite footwear at the moment. You look lost in that big chair 🙂

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Dreams And Escapes

Chilling with daddy... Chilling with daddy…

Short of  20 days to being a toddler of two. He said, “daddy, milk”.

Daddy said, “May I have my milk daddy?”

As he can’t yet speak a whole sentence, he smiled and got his wish.

Look at how happy he is.

Mommy was ready with her  cam.

Precious moment, forever freezed in a photograph.

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