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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Santa's click and pay

This is the scene in the lower ground of the Mall of Louisiana last Sunday. It was kinda annoying to me. In order for kids to just sit beside Santa with a picture as a keepsake has a corresponding amount to be paid.

I would be happy to know if the organizers are doing it for a good cause. If not, then where is the joy and the fun?

Should my guess is right, my Dannielle would be doing it for a cause every year.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's Thanksgiving day

It's America's feast and Holiday. Greeting everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is another memory to build with Dannielle. It's her first Thanksgiving and of course, first for our family.

We don't have a huge preparation or whatsoever. The hubby just baked a cake and I am cooking a Filipino dish -- Menudo. We are eating it with rice and soda for dinner.

For me, this seems like my first thanksgiving. I did not enjoy it last year and didn't pay any attention to it. I was sick due to pregnancy. One more thing, I had no idea what and why this is an important holiday. So I begun searching for answers. I found one on Wiki which goes...

...Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is primarily a North American holiday which has generally become a national secular holiday with religious origins.

The dates and whereabouts of the first Thanksgiving celebration are a topic of modest contention. Though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida[1][2], the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.

Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members.

The short history above enlightened me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday bonding

The family -- Dada, Mama and Baby D had so much fun last Sunday. We spent the whole afternoon in the mall. Our purpose were to wind up and bought Christmas gifts for Dannielle.

It was another memory to keep for our family.

Monday, November 24, 2008

FIlipina actress pregnant

I just read this good news today. Give way to one of the Philippines top comedian on screen and on stage. She is Giselle Sanchez, one of my favorite actresses. According to her, having a baby in her womb is the best gift on their 8th wedding anniversary. She is eight weeks on the way, too.

Being pregnant is the best gift that a woman can have. It's life fulfilling bound with responsibilities and priceless happiness.

Congratulations, Giselle!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Featured photo : early Christmas present

Thank you Mawmaw (granny) for this sitter. Supposedly, this is Dannielle's Xmas present. Her granny decided to give it earlier when she saw her sassy grandchild lifting her head and seemed wanting to sit up. Look how scared she is.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Featured photo : my life

My husband and the fruit of our love -- Dannielle.

My life is incomplete without them. They inspire me to be a better if not a perfect wife and to be the best mother.

I love you Babe! Thanks for giving the best you can. My sweetpie Dannielle, I enjoy and treasure every gestures you show.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy birthday granny!

It's my Mamang's (grandma) 75th birthday today. The second time I missed the occasion. It's sad but I have no choice. I can not travel because of my baby. She is too young for it.

Anyway, my Mamang is my number one fan. She loves me to death and is so proud of me. What's my secret? Hmnn I just make her laugh everytime we were together before. Now, she can not see me physically but I make it a point to call her once a month and do the same thing I did before -- make her laugh.

Why she's proud of having a granddaughter like me? It may sound conceited to you but I have to share it here. She brags that I am intelligent, active, kind and all the positive in the world. As they say, "love your own" and that's what she is..."loves her granddaughter".

Happy Birthday, Mang! I know you are complaining of the tiredness you feel now. Please don't go yet. Please tell Papa (grandfather) that you are not ready yet. Wait for me as you promise. We'll have so much fun when I get back (again).

I love you so much and you know that. Thank you for loving me exceptionally.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friendship tag

Taggy tag from a mommy friend Jerla. Thanks so much gurl. We all need some friendship to obtain it we have to have a real heart and be open minded. Sincere friends are very rare to be found so and i’m so fortunate enough I found real friendship in YOU.

::: Start copying here:::

Here are the rules for this tag:

1.) Copy the badge and put it on your blog,

2.) Link back who pass you this tag,

3.) Spread this tag to at least 7 or more bloggers who you think you are friend with.

“And lovely are the blossomsThat are tended with great care,By those who work unselfishlyTo make the place more fair.And, like the garden blossoms,Friendship’s flower grows more sweetWhen watched and tended carefullyBy those we know and meet.And, if the seed of friendshipIs planted deep and trueAnd watched with understanding,Friendship’s flower will bloom for you.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mom wants hair permed

Been planning to have my hair permed. Everytime I go to the salon (hubby's haircut), I always make it to the point to ask the hair cutter/stylish about their prices. As always, I hear too much bucks to spend.

So I have decided to try it myself but when I read these rules, I think I will back out. has a very comprehensive explanation and here are those :

  • Who should get them? Perms work best on hair that has not been colored. The chemicals are too harsh for double-processed or heavily highlighted hair. Not sure if your hair is a good candidate for a perm? Ask your stylist. You’ll want to tell him or her every chemical process your hair has been through in the last couple years. One way you can find out if your hair is damaged and can't withstand more chemical processing is to do the old float trick. Take a few strands of hair and put them in a glass of water, if they sink, this means your hair is damaged and is soaking up moisture. If the strands float, this means your hair is healthy. You may want to keep it that way and avoid the perm....Oh and one other tip: The thicker your hair, the better the perm will take.
  • How long does a perm take? One to two hours, depending on how long your hair is and how fast your stylist is. Your stylist will apply a single chemical solution to break the structural bonds in your hair, and another called a ‘neutralizer.’ Also keep in mind, a perm takes 28 hours to settle. Give it some time before you get too worried about the end result.
  • How long does a perm last? Generally about two to six months.
  • Where do I find a great stylist? First call ahead to your salon (or try several salons) and ask if they have someone who specializes in perms. Since perms aren't as popular as they were in their heyday (the 80s) you'll want someone who knows what she (or he's) doing. You may have to call around a bit to find a specialist. Even in New York City, most salons I've consulted don't have a perm specialist.
  • Don’t leave home without your picture. You need to take a picture or pictures with you of the type of wave you want. Just telling your stylist what kind of curl leaves you in jeopardy of getting super-dooper tight ringlets. Stylists can control the amount of wave they give you as well as the the part of the hair they want to perm. Yours will need to choose the right-sized rods.
  • A sit down consultation beforehand is a must. So many stylists will whisk you off to wet your hair without sitting down face-to-face for a good talk. Tell your stylist not only what you want (show the pictures) but what you don't want (i.e. the crimp-like curls of the 80s).
  • The tightness of the curl depends on the size of the rod. If you re worried you’ll end up with too-tight curls, ask your stylist to show you the types of rods she is using. Keep in mind that tightness of curls can vary on the size of the rod and how long the solution stays in.
  • Some hair is trickier to curl than others. If you are African- or Asian-American, then you will want someone who specializes in curling your type of hair.
  • You can prep your hair. To prepare your hair for a perm, you'll want to use a moisturizing conditioner after you shampoo. Avoid deep-conditioning your hair for at least 24 hours before the perm, otherwise the perm may not take.

Mamalira is tired

The princess wanted to play and play with mama. She was awake for almost 6 hours the whole afternoon. I spent long hours talking and playing while holding her at times and now I am tired. Normally, she sleeps after feeding but today was different. My baby was kind of a hyper.

Finally, after hours of battle she went to sleep. Swing made her.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Featured photo : is it Pooh?

She looks so cutie in a hood.
This photo was taken last Sunday on the way to Walmart for grocery shopping.
It was already late (6pm) when we left and was so cold. So mama had to dress her princess to prevent her from freezing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Dannielle is suffering from eczema. We didn't know then until Dr. Dawn, her pediatrician told us so. We felt bad about ourselves when we knew that it burns and itches which really was the caused of fussiness. There are a lot of factors to consider why my baby has it. According to Dr. Dawn, it might be because of the laundry detergent, body wash, lotion that Dannielle is using and the rice cereal which I gave her twice before.

Now the said allergy is starting to heal. Aquaphor really works as well as changing her stuff to hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Offline this morning

Good morning!

I am an early bird. I just fed my sweetpie and she's back to sleep. Just want to sneak here and greet everyone as I will be out. Be back this afternoon after the appointment.

Today we are off to see Dannielle's pediatrician. She is scheduled for another four vaccine shots. Again, my heart will cry but vaccines are a must for her protection. As usual, Chad will be in the patient's room while the nurse does her job and I will just wait in the lobby. I can't take seeing my baby scream for pain.

I guess this is one of the curses of being a mother.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Good morning!

How was your night? Did you sleep good?

Well, I had a great one. I was on bed earlier than my usual time. My baby woke up twice to eat and went back to sleep afterwards.

For the past several nights, I had trouble sleeping. I was on bed but couldn't put myself into a deep sleep. My mind kept lurking and so on and so forth. Dannielle is not the reason, in fairness. She's always good at night.

Gotta go now. She's crying.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Her developments

My daughter has changed a lot. I'd love to share with you some new about her. She is 4 months old today and she can pretty much do the following :

  • Hold up head at 90 degree angle while on stomach.
  • Bear weight on both legs.
  • Goo and coo when I talk.
  • Laugh and smile (so cute and my fave)Pay attention to small object held in front of her face like her feeding bottle.
  • Roll over and cries if she can't move back.
  • Reach out for objects like her feeding bottle.
  • Do small mini push ups.
  • Turn in direction of familiar voices.
  • Hold head level with body when pulled to sit.
  • Sit without support just like when I took pictures of her the other day.
  • Make razzing sounds.

We'll celebrate on Friday

Today is Dannielle's 4 month b-day. Buying a cake and taking picture with Dannielle is a customary celebration of our family. But today is different. We weren't able to celebrate it coz Dada was working the whole day and he was so tired to go to Walmart to buy a piece of cake.

So instead of today, we planned to celebrate it on Friday.

Happy 4th month birthday Baby Dannielle! Mama and Dada love you so much!

Mercedes-Benz launches a Website featuring BlueTEC

For car fanatics out there, this entry is a must for you to read. Did you know that Mercedes-Benz has just launched a website for you to be informed about the newest and most awaited Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC engine? The cleanest diesel engine in the world and the only engine that meets the strict exhaust emission standards of the future.

Check out the website now for more details.

She's 4 months old today

Time flew so quickly. I still can remember how tiny she was the day she was born. Now my little princess has gotten bigger. She is growing so healthy and cuddly. From being so fussy to being so good. She is starting to show her own unique personality.

Oh boy! I just love my sweetpie. Everyday, my love for her grows more and more. I remember when me and hubby went to the State Fair, we were was just away for 2 or 3 hours but I missed her a lot. Hubby was telling me to stop thinking about my daughter and enjoy the fair. How could I? It won't happen ever!

She is Dannielle.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Friendship is like a flower

Thanks a lot to Mommy Vannie for this tag. It's been a while since I haven't received from you. I am glad and really appreciate you have think of me through this tag and our friendship in this wide blogosphere.

This tag is all about “FRIENDSHIP OFFERING” with someone whom you know, to someone whom you already knew or will know in the future, globally.

Here are the rules for this tag;

1.) Copy the badge and put it on your blog,
2.) Link back who pass you this tag,
3.) Spread this tag to at least 7 or more bloggers who you think you are friend with.

”And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.
And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship’s flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship’s flower will bloom for you. “

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Just another sunday

Today was a great day for me and my baby Dannielle. She's so good.

When it was feeding time, I just sat on the floor holding the feeding bottle and she was in her rocker. She doesn't want to be held by the way when she is drinking. I did not want her to be laying on her back (on a flat surface) while drinking coz it causes ear infection. Her head should be elevated.

The picture was taken after I had my little concert and after she had her formula.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Featured photo : TRICK OR TREAT

My cutie baby wore her Halloween costume last night. She was supposed to wear accessories that come along it but she screamed. She was not comfortable with it. So the poor mama had to take it off from her. She was fussy coz Mama woke her up just for the sake of taking pictures.

Thanks to Mawmaw(grandpa) for the costume.

Proud of Dannielle

For successive nights now, my daughter Dannielle can now put herself to sleep. I am so happy and proud of this development. I am no longer rocking her while rubbing her back just for her to fall asleep which is the caused of my soared arms.

I am just hoping she'll stay as is.


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