Showing posts with label Buhay Nanay (Motherhood). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buhay Nanay (Motherhood). Show all posts

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bedtime Stories With My Daughter

My love for stories, story-telling and reading story books started at a very early age. As a kid in the 80's who grew up in the province of the Philippines, I was luckily surrounded by a whole village filled with adults who just didn't have anything better to do on lazy afternoons than tell stories (a la Kuya Bodgie) to a bunch of kids as one of their pastimes (that, or exchange gossips with other adults... but that's another story).

Speaking of Kuya Bodgie, like me, you also probably enjoyed watching "Batibot". I was always looking forward to the show's segment where he tells a story. He tells the stories in very interesting and animated way. It was never boring. Some of my favorites were "Nguyamyam", the one where all the nguyamyam  (or are they ants?) creatures ate the whole planet, and the one with the barracuda... I forgot the title. But I remember the barracuda would go, "Ngasab, ngasab, ngasab... nguya, nguya, nguya!" :D

I had a lot of children's books while I was growing up. But I've lost all of them in all the major floods that we had in our province, and also during the time my family moved a lot after I graduated from the university. I remember telling myself as a kid that I would keep all my childhood books to pass on to my future child/children. But now, they're all gone and it makes me feel a bit sad... maybe I'll try to find them on Amazon.

As an adult, I never lost the habit of reading children's books. I remember, I was a volunteer at the Museo Pambata (Children's Museum) in Manila, where there is a children's library. I would borrow and/or read books while helping to organize them. At one point in my life, I even considered becoming a children's book illustrator and/or author. But for now, I am quite content to have some of my husband's french childhood books to read to my daughter at night before bed. Here's a video I took last night. Please forgive my horrible Southern french accent. :D



It's a perfect bonding moment for me and my daughter, and it's also a helpful way to improve my french at the same time. I don't know if it's just me, but I find hearing somebody reading in french a lot more soothing than somebody reading in English... and one day, I also hope to read Tagalog books to her.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mother's Month

In our household, we have two Mother's Day celebrations -- the second Sunday of May, as most of the world know it, and the last Sunday of May, otherwise known as Fête des mères in France. But why limit myself to just two days when I can choose to celebrate Mother's Day the whole month? And in celebration of Mother's Month, I am writing this blog to impart some useful tips and talk about my experience on being a mom of four years... whether you like it or not. I rarely ever write about being a mom, so please bear with me.

My daughter and I at Federation Square in Melbourne, April 2016

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Three Years at Being a (Not-So-Smug) Mom

my little kitten and moi
I’m not really in the habit of talking about being a mom so much, as I think it bores and annoys most people. I remember back when I was single, I thought about parents, especially new parents as smug, self-righteous and overbearingly annoying, especially when they are bragging about their kids and offering you unsolicited advice on how to become a good parent even when you're not even a parent yet, or have no plans of being one.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Festive Lemon Pound Cake

For my daughter's birthday this year, I decided to make a lemon cake. I'm very partial to lemon. I just love its clean, sweet smell and tangy acid taste. In French, they would call any sweet stuff with a citrusy flavor, acidulé. I really like this term. It makes the flavor sound even nicer and tempting to taste.

My very simple, but very delicious Lemon Pound Cake

I found this very simple, fuss-free recipe on the internet that I just watched a few hours before the party itself. How very convenient it is nowadays to learn anything at the tip of your fingers and at the convenience of your own home. The internet is really good for this.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Anticipating spring, no more

un bisou pour mon petit bébé
Our little baby girl arrived in the springtime, so we have decided to give her a name that is similar or synonymous to Spring.

When I first heard her voice, it was the loveliest sound imaginable.  I thought to myself, all the nine months of pain and effort are worth it.  And that I would do it all over again just to see this amazing bundle of joy that my husband and I now share.

I spent a week at the clinic for the delivery and recuperation.  It was a good stay at the hospital especially since all the nurses and doctors and caregivers really took good care of me and the baby during our stay there.  we managed to find a room of our own for privacy, and my husband was able to stay with me the whole time.

 There were a lot of friends who visited, and even brought some lovely presents, food and some entertainment.  I couldn't be thankful enough for having them around during this time.

pancit and brownies for my baby's first week
friends visiting at the clinic
one of the many gifts from relatives and friends
Finally, there were also my husband's parents who took leave from work for a week.  They managed to help us with a lot of chores, especially with regard to the baby's room.  They took some time to complete and arrange all the furniture and decors in the room.  And it ended up looking all warm and a lot lovelier than I have imagined.

nappy changing table and painting by Lola
painting-framed mirror by Lola
my baby's crib
my cozy feeding nook

It has been a good first week for my daughter, indeed.  and I feel like celebrating especially since my in-laws left a boxful of champagne at home.

My in-law's very thoughtful gift to me. They know I've been thirsty for champagne for nine months :)
Cheers everyone! :)