What’s inside your nose?

Early this afternoon while I was changing my son’s nappy, I noticed that there’s a hint of orange thing peeking from inside his nose. I thought I was just imagining things, I look closely and I’m convinced that there’s REALLY something inside his nose. I felt slightly alarmed so we brought him to the 24-hr clinic to have the foreign object removed by the doctor. My son looks very NORMAL though, happy and no slightest sign of difficulty in breathing. He must be feeling that those things inside his nose are just regular boogers and he is used to it!

Initially, I was itching to removed it but then I was afraid of making the object go further so we went to see a doctor so as not to aggravate the situation. Luckily, there weren’t too many patients by the time we visited. Otherwise, we could have waited for ages and the more anxious I will be.

Alas, we finally saw the doctor. He asked us a couple of questions like where the object came from, if we tried removing it, any signs of distress, etc. Well, he got it at the preschool.

First try, the doctor instructed us to try removing the object using a non invasive way by doing the “mother’s kiss” approach or simply covering one nostril while blowing on the child’s mouth. This didn’t work because my boy was squirming and he felt uncomfortable and even laughing when dad is blowing on his mouth like doing a CPR.

But thanks God for our life saver aka kiddie videos which was saved in dad’s mobile phone. He can watch his favorite video while we are busy figuring out how to remove the thing from his nose.

Second try, all four of us – doctor, nurse, me and husband, joined forces in removing the foreign object from my son’s nose. The doctor was holding the forceps, nurse was holding the light and occasionally holding my son’s head, my husband in charge of holding the legs and arms and sometimes the mobile phone too so toddler will be entertained and I was in charge of sucking the object from the nose using a straw. It was tiring! All my veins were popping out of my neck from all that sucking. I then asked my husband to do it because I was already tired.

After a couple of attempts, finally the foreign object was removed!

This is what we got stuck from his nose…

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An orange chalk 😐

Geez, kids do really love sticking things inside their nose. I was wondering how could this thing fit inside his nose. But as you know kids, they will find ways to put things where it’s not supposed to. So much for curiosity and exploration!

 

Time flies

My son officially started his first day in his new room. He was staying in the babies room, now he is running along with the other toddlers in the next room. Time flies! I feel emotional that he is growing up too fast. I always feel that I just gave birth yesterday, but see he is turning 2 years old in two months time.

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Bubs @ 6 months old

The tiny little boy who was just crawling and makes cooing sounds, tossing and turning in bed is now a rambunctious little tyke making funny mischief wherever he goes. He likes saying “Oh No!“, “Uh oh!“, “All gone!“, “No more!” and a lot more.

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Bubs @ 22 months old

I feel like I want more babies but daycare is expensive and we have no relatives to help us. Maybe when my little guy is big enough and can follow simple instructions, then we may consider a new one. But for now, I’m enjoying our precious time together and I look forward to the day he starts to talk and asks me lots of silly questions. 🙂

 

Happy Mother’s Day

few weeks ago, i accidentally came across this mother’s day high tea event in facebook. i’ve been wanting to go to a high tea party, ever since i got fascinated with fancy tea set and drinking different flavours of tea! haha. someday, i’m going to fill our cupboard with lots of beautiful porcelain tea set and i will have a wide range of tea collection in my pantry. aaaahhhhh. sometimes i daydream that when hubby and i are already in our 60s, we’ll just sit at the patio sipping tea (or wine – lol) enjoying our retirement and by that time already finish paying the mortgage. 🙂

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tea collection (credits to owner)
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tea set (via pinterest)

don’t get me wrong, i’m not rich nor a member of the alta sociedadmore of like a social climber wannabe lang talaga!

anyhoo, so i brought my husband and baby with me to try this adventure. my husband don’t have a choice, because i already booked the tickets before informing him. ha ha ha. i think he’d rather sleep inside the car rather joining me in this kalokohan. but as you know, i won because it’s mother’s day. MY day. ha ha ha.

when we reached the venue, the place looks formal from the outside. first panic alert because we were both underdressed. i came from a fun run/walk so i’m wearing my sweaty dry fit shirt and jogging leggings while husband was wearing sandals. while parking our car, we saw people all dressed up properly. shit i look rubbish!

then we looked for the room where we are going to have the high tea. a waiter welcomed us at the lobby and i gave him our invitation. he then brought us to our table and i feel like all eyes are on me while we walk because 1) we are underdressed and 2) i’m holding a toddler. since it’s a mother’s day high tea, i assume some of them are mums wanting to have a”me time” and the last thing they expect to see is a baby.

sorry mums, don’t judge me!

it was the longest 1 hour of our life! i was wondering how come all of them are talking in whispers and acting so prim and proper. it’s not so usssssss. it’s so hirap to make panggap talaga grabe! we ate scones, macaroons, small bread and other sweets with matching peppermint tea. yum!

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tea time
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scones and sweets

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scones

it’s really stressful to make panggap to be soshal. it’s another stressful thing also to look after my son and make sure he doesn’t make a scene inside the venue. i see to it that he’s not bored so we gave him entertainment, lots of food and making sure his mouth is full so he’s not capable of screaming and crying. ha ha ha. otherwise, he’ll end up making lots of noise inside that quiet room which is really pure horror to me.

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looking slightly haggard because i came from a fun run/walk. ha ha ha.
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husband schooling me on proper use of tea set and utensils – kaloka!

for the record, i honestly feel ashamed, stripped naked or pap smeared in public whenever he makes a tantrum scene in the public. sigh.

thanks God! we finished the 1 hour without dramas. hoorah, hallelujah! that i think, is the best mother’s day gift i received ever, to eat in public…with my boys…in peace. 🙂

 

Happy 1st Birthday Baby!

my most favorite baby boy is now a year old. how fast! he was a tiny, fragile boy when he was born. now, he moves everywhere, babbling random sounds ‘taaataaataaateeeteeeteee‘ and slowly growing up to be a playful, jolly boy.

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a year old 🙂

since baby’s birthday falls on the summer season, we’ve decided to have a summer picnic celebration for him at spencer park. perfect weather for an outdoor activity. our guests were two kids and mostly adults. i was dreaming of giving him a full blown birthday celebration having decors and stylish venue, catered food, kid’s entertainment including clowns and magicians with complete program. but that was deferred and we settled for a very simple celebration instead. i don’t want to undergo through the same stress just like the one prior to our wedding day. so hubby and i decided to have the birthday celebration here in new zealand and save ourselves from dealing with drama and tampororot relatives.

by the way, i forgot to mention that nathan’s birthday theme is ‘adventure time’. this is a cartoon show in the cable. i first found it through marian rivera’s instagram account because she watches it. hahaha! so yeah, we have a theme for his birthday. i bought a knitted beanie that bubs can wear on his birthday as he is ‘finn’. rest of his attire, i bought a cheap blue shirt at the mall and reuse his blue shorts at home.

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my baby Finn

preparing for bub’s birthday party is a breeze since we only have 20 invited guests. we bought a portable barbecue grille which is our greatest investment so far. haha! i also ordered pansit, lumpia and the 2-tiered birthday cake. the rest of the food, we prepared it ourselves. i diy the decors like balloons and the HAPPY BIRTHDAY buntings. to complete the look, i bought adventure themed paper plates, napkins and table covers. thanks online shopping!

guests were relaxing at the park under the tree shade chatting with one another, the few invited kids were playing and running around and the birthday boy…he is definitely having a good time.

it’s already autumn and i’m starting to miss summer.

 

Farewell to Milk Expressing

after a year of rewarding yet grueling milk expression at work, i finally decided to call it quits and stop pumping breast milk. it’s been a fulfilling and wonderful journey that i was able to exclusively breastfeed my baby for his first year but i have to admit that there are also days that it gets stressful especially when i am unable to meet my daily quota of two breast milk bags per day. since coming back to work from my maternity leave 6 months ago, i always bring 10-12 oz. of breast milk at home. i never feel that expressing milk is a burden because it’s been my personal goal to breastfeed my baby ever since. it’s part of my daily routine and a part of me that i share to my son whenever we are apart from each other.

i remember the last day when i went to the day-care and left the last two bags of breast milk in the fridge, i informed the teachers that i’m going to switch from breast milk to bottled milk. the teachers asked me, “oh that’s great! are you excited?” honestly, i feel heartbroken for the decision but then expressing takes so much of my time and no longer working especially in my current workload. i had the slightest separation anxiety when i brought the can of milk at school. but then at the back of my mind, i also know that my son needs to be well fed and i will also feel guilty if he only drinks a measly amount of milk everyday. he’s getting more and more active everyday so i think he will easily get hungry anytime in school.

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last milk standing

to cut the story short, bubs is now mixed-fed. it was a difficult decision but the time has come and i had to let go. i can still remember the first few days of my breastfeeding journey and i am so thankful to my midwife for pushing me and supporting me to continue the journey despite the sore and cracked nipples. i almost gave up that time because i’m not confident with my milk supply and even bought a can of S-26 at home. i was able to establish my supply of milk, though not as abundant as the other mom’s i know, at least i know that that’s enough for what my baby needs.

in the future that baby # 2 comes along the way, i will definitely go back to breastfeeding. it’s something personal to me which i will keep in my heart forever.