Friday, October 30, 2009

A Reply to MiLo's Open Letter

To our dearest adorably grumpy little boy,

Yes, we will have a date.



Just remember to keep your promise.

Love,

Yaddy and Yammy

You can read MiLo's letter here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest Update No. 5

Baby P's Name is officially closed. The announcement of winner will be at 12 MN Manila Time on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. The winner will receive notification by email and SMS to the mobile number provided.

Thank you to all those who joined.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest Update No. 4

Baby P's name game ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM, Manila Time. You can still email me your entries at little.tin.star@gmail.com with the following information using this format:

Your Name:
Email Address:
Complete Shipping Address:
Mobile Number:
Name Suggestions: (maximum of 3 names only)

We have also chosen the third party who will help us select P's name. On November 3, PretZel will have a full name. I'm excited.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bittersweet

I went to see my endocrinoligist earlier today and she was truly, truly disappointed that I haven't been monitoring my sugar and injecting my insulin. She has given me my free kit ages ago and I just stashed it our headboard cabinet. I know, I know. My bad. but I didn't ignore her orders intentionally. I had valid reasons, but keeping baby P and I safe are more valid reasons to follow my doctor's orders to a T.

According to my OB-gynist, I'm a mabait na patient and she was surprised that my endo has given up on me for failure to cooperate. It's not so me daw. I can be very hard-headed, you know. Ask my husband. So, what made the mabait na patient uncooperative. Finances, first and foremost. Glucose strips and insulin cartridges (even with discount coupons) do not come cheap. Even insulin needles are expensive. Yung pang-RBS lang ang mura. With MiLo's milk, diapers, shots, vitamins, Inang Rose's sweldo, my pre-natal vitamins, and allowance, hindi talaga enough yung pay ko every cut-off. Even with Jowell's salary, we cannot afford it talaga. Buti na lang we don't need to pay utilities, rent, grocery, etc or else lalong wala na. Of course, who wouldn't want a stress-free pregnancy, di ba? So, in spite of it all, I have no choice. I want P to be healthy. And yes, God will provide. Or even the lolos and lolas. Hahaha.

Monitoring sugar and injecting glucose is not exactly a walk in the park. I need to monitor my sugar thrice daily. In the morning before breakfast, 2 hours after lunch, and before dinner. I need to monitor in the office twice in this case. With insulin shots naman, I need to inject once lang naman sa fatty part ng arm or sa cheek ng pwet before breakfast. And again, I need to do this in the office. I need to these until I've safely given birth to our littlest one. Mahal na, super inconvenient pa.

I promise to be a good patient na ulit for P's sake. Tomorrow I'll start na with my rituals including BP monitoring. Argh! This pregnancy is so complicated, but who am I to complain. After P, ayoko na talaga! Hindi na ko papabola sa asawa ko! Hahaha. Or sana mag-menopause na ako.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday that Felt Like a Saturday

After work, I met Mama, Chelly, Ate Rose, and MiLo at SM to bring MiLo to the barber. Jowell had the privilege of cutting MiLo's hair first back in May and now it's high time that he gets a haircut from a professional. He deserves it after getting sick due to teething and tigdas hangin. The poor baby deserves a break.


MiLo's first official haircut courtesy of Yaddy.
05.24.09


The product of MiLo's first haircut by a professional.
10.05.2009

Oh, my! Ang laki na ng anak ko. Wah! Before I know it, may nililigawan na siya. Double wah! Erase, erase. Anyway, before I get too sentimental for my own taste, I had fun today. Bringing MiLo to the mall proves to be more exciting as he learns to discover more and more things. He can now clearly distinguish a male mannequin from a female. He stops and stares when he sees a female mannequin wearing a sexy outfit. Seriously. But, he goes more gaga when he sees Jollibee. This little person loves Jollibee. For some unknown reason, he worships THE bee. I was actually planning to get him a made-to-order Jollibee costume for Halloween pero Diosmio, ang mahal! PhP3,500 for something he'll only wear once. Pambibili ko na lang ng milk nya or pang-vaccine na lang nya, di ba? Maybe if we're not expecting PretZel, I would've splurge pero with the littlest one on the way, we need to prioritize. Teka nga! I'm getting off-topic na.

MiLo wasn't exactly an angel when he was having a haircut. He was a darling during the first five minutes, but got fussy na when the shaved hair got itchy on his skin. Even Barney could not stop him from having tantrums. Thankfully, natapos din without an ear falling off. Hahaha.

Chelly got MiLo his "walking" gift. She promised the little one that she'll get him a new pair of Havs as soon as he learns to walk. MiLo is super spoiled with Chelly. She also got him this Spiderman balloon.

Before heading home, we had merienda at Wham! Burgers. Our little one shared cheeseburger and fries with his Mama Lola. Super andami niyang nakain. Napagod yata sa kakalakad at pagsakay ng escalator ng sangkatutak na beses.

I'll be yayaless again for 2 weeks starting on the 18th for Ate Rose's annual vacation leave. I think it's harder to take care of MiLo now that he can walk, but I'm up to the challenge. Aside from that, it gives us the chance to bond and make-up for lost time. Saan ko na naman kaya siya ilalakwatsa? Hahaha.

I had a fun Monday. Sana the entire week will be fun.

Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest Update No. 3

I'm excited to announce that Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest is now officially launched with 10 participants. Yay! Goodluck every one.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Name Game: Pangalanan si Contest Revised Mechanics

To encourage more participants, I extended the eligibility of participants from only those from Metro Manila to those from the nearby provinces as well.

Pangalanan si P Contest Official Rules

This contest is valid for Philippine residents only.

1. Suggest a girl's first name that starts with "PRE" or "PRET" and a second name that starts or ends with "ZEL".Example: PREcious ZELda or PREcious LeiZEL

2. Eligibility: This contest is open to family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers who reside in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. This includes Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga.

Persons residing outside of the areas mentioned are welcome to join as long as they can provide a valid shipping address within the areas covered.

3. How to Enter:
Email me your suggestions atlittle.tin.star@gmail.com with the following information using this format:

Your Name:
Email Address:
Complete Shipping Address:
Mobile Number:
Name Suggestions: (maximum of 3 names only)


Be assured that your details will not be shared or leaked to unauthorized third parties.

Important: Entries NOT following the format will be disqualified.

4.
All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Manila Time on Sunday, October 25, 2009. The winner will be selected by Yaddy, Yammy, and a third party, related to us or otherwise.

5. Criteria for Judjing:

The 2 names complement each other - 50%
Creativity - 25%
The "ooomph" factor - 25%


6. Prizes Awarded: NO FEE OR PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. BLOOD RELATIONS WILL NOT IMPROVE ODDS OF WINNING.
The winner will receive a memory or photo collage from Perfect Pixels by Melisse. A PhP200 worth of Starbucks gift certificate will be awarded as consolation prize to one non-winning participant.

7. Identification and Notification of Winner:
The announcement of winner will be at 12 MN Manila Time on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. The winner will receive notification by email and SMS to the mobile number provided.

In the event that more than one person suggested the winning name, we will draw the winner instead.

The consolation prize will be drawn from all the non-winning entries and will be announced the same day. They will also get notified through email and SMS.

8.
If the selected winner has not responded within 48 hours upon notification, we will still use the name they suggested, but their prize will be forfeited. However, as goodwill, we will acknowledge their suggestion on this site. For the consolation prize winner, an alternate winner will be drawn instead.

9.
There should be at least 10 participants for this contest to proceed. If and when we do not reach the required number of participants by the deadline, all the participants will receive a special token of appreciation instead.

10.
List of Suggested Names: On the same day the winner is chosen, I will post a list of all the suggested names on this site.

11.
Sponsor: The Yamily

12.
By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to our decision being final.

Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest Update No. 2

First, I hope all is well with you and your families. It's the weekend and we are experiencing yet again torrential rains. After Ondoy, I can't help but be paranoid. Most of us are, I suppose. Let's continue to be vigilant and let's not stop in storming the heavens with our prayers. This, too, shall pass.

Second, as of 8:56PM today, we only have 5 participants. Two n@wies have sent in suggestions, but one is from Cavite and the other did not include the other details I required. I hope they email me back para maging 7 na sila and para ma-launch officially ang contest ni PretZel.

Third, I'm revising one rule in the contest's official mechanics.

2. Eligibility: This contest is open to family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers who reside in and are physically located in Metro Manila.

The new rule is:

2. Eligibility: This contest is open to family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers who reside in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. This includes Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga.

Persons residing outside of the areas mentioned are welcome to join as long as they can provide a valid shipping address within the areas covered.

Lastly, if and when we do not reach the required number of participants by the deadline, all the participants will receive a special token of appreciation instead.

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