Monday, May 30, 2011

Withdrawing Reading

Reading is something we really love doing, my firstborn and I, and because Yakee cannot read yet, we read together.

Now, I must admit I sometimes deny him this when he's especially unruly and misbehaving. Rather than scold or spank or put him on timeout, I sometimes feel it's the best punishment or consequence of his misbehavior. Because I know it really gets to him, it's something he misses, it's something he wants back.

But I also worry that I might be reinforcing a negative association here... that he'd someday despise reading because I used it to 'maintain control.'

I do read to him in so many ways, in different hours (not just bedtime), using so many books and even as a reward sometimes for good behavior. I want him to grow up thinking that whether happy or not, bored or not, behaved or not, reading is something he can do.

And I can't exactly read to him when he's misbehaving and being uncooperative since he wouldn't feel deprived of caring and bonding. Sigh. But maybe when he's still on probation, I can choose the book instead and pick one that brings home the lesson I want him to learn. Which also means, we may have to read a lot of Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum.

And no, denying him toys doesn't really work with him. He's not that dependent on them for play, anyway.


Oh, Yakee... I really hope I am doing okay with you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waldorf Homeschooling

Like I said in my FB status.... I sometimes wish I hand't encountered the words "homeschooling," "Waldorf" and "intentional parenting. Because I always feel like I am cramming for something and I feel challenged in every way possible.

But let me backtrack a little.

The decision to be a SAHM was agreed upon even before we got married... provided we could accommodate it. Since hubs was Asst. Technical Manager already then, we gave it a go. While pregnant, I encountered "homeschooling" and something inside me just clicked. It was perfect for our setup... and well, back then, I had dreams of us being an expat family so homeschooling would really be useful and practical.

As you can see though, we;re still here in the Philippines. With another child.

Now, Waldorf... I have encountered the word many times before... but it was only recently that I thought to give it a try because the day care that we had a trial class in doesn't teach academics! For me, it jived well with homeschooling's mantra of "better later than sooner."

And then I found out there's such a thing as Waldorf Homeschooling! And someone who's doing it with her children have already made contact with me so it feels like things are really falling into place!

However, the reading I have to do is piling up, I may not be able to help my brother with the hgh reviews he wanted to look into. Turns out, Steiner was a very prolific author... and I also have to read up on making homeschooling work for us, aside from all my parenting books and activity guides so I can come up with the curriculum that will work for my family.

Wish me luck!


I sometimes wonder if I just want us to be a little elite, or different, or unique, or whatever. I mean, why make things harder for myself? Why invite these struggles?

But I realize that my I really want every opportunity for my family to be more of a family... and that my most fervent wish is to send out my boys into the great big world as emotionally and psychologically-equipped as I can make them.

After all, how else will they suceed? How else will they be happy?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bloggers Engagement for DOH's Breastfeeding TSEK Program

Last May 14, 2011, I had the privilege of attending the Bloggers Engagement for the Department of Health's (DOH) Breastfeeding TSEK Campaign at Alejandra Hotel in Makati.

I was at the launch of the Breastfeeding TSEK campaign months ago but was not really familiar with the details. Still, it was really nice to see the government funding the promotion of breastfeeding awareness and support. It was now tapping new media even!

Welcome Remarks and call for support was made by Asec. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial while Dr. Anthony Calibo (Supervising Officer for Essential Newborn Care, NDCC-DOH) presented the Breastfeeding TSEK Primer. The PR is being handled by Campaigns Cebu.

Highlights of/Notes taken from the bloggers engagement include:
* We actually have better breastfeeding laws compared to other countries; we have a problem with implementation though

* Aside from the usual Milk Code Violations, we also have a culture where most pregnant mothers do not go for prenatal pediatric consultation to know their rights and responsibilities

* There is a growing trend now of OB-GYNs also pushing milk formula by colluding with their 'partner' pediatricians; "if you don't push this milk, I will not send clients your way" (on top of hospitals issuing formula cans; pediatricians ordering formula feeding for any number of reasons; and public health workers giving away formula to mothers they see in their clinics... all funded by milk company giants, of course)

* Good news: Aside from designated breastfeeding areas in public places in Davao, there are also reserved bus seats for breastfeeding moms

* Based on their most recent studies, 53% of mothers breastfeed after giving birth, but only 33.5% do it exclusively for the first 6 months of life. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 2.8 months, corresponding to length of maternity leave and an obvious room for improvement on information dissemination (that it is doable to exclusively breastfeed even after going back to work, and how) and support (both from family and employer). Sorry I cannot cite the specific study and year but maybe we can ask from the Breastfeeding TSEK Facebook page

* There is actually about 20% or more who breastfeed for the first six months and do not give formula, but give water or other things (solids, honey, etc) and it is DOH's hope to target this population to just exclusively breastfeed to bring the percentage of exclusive breastfeeding to over 50%

* A story of a breastfeeding mom who pumped in a toilet cubicle: a colleague only heard the low hum of the pump motor, reported it to the supervisor and the whole thing resulted in Bomb Squad, NBI, etc being called

* 38.4% of the labor force is composed of women; 33% of union members are women... which should empower women to insist on their needs and roles being considered and addressed

* Mothers who want to delay rooming in should also be informed of the increased chance of catching infections the longer their newborn stays in the nursery (issue of support system will come in here for the newly-delivered mom)

* Region VI (Western Visayas) showed consistent low scores in proper breastfeeding and complementary feeding scores; Region X (Northern Mindanao) consistently scored high

* Underweight problems set in at age of solid introduction which suggests a problem with proper complementary feeding

* Formula milk has to have added iron as the allergens in it result in microbleeding for babies

* to my question of whether the Breastfeeding TSEK program has anything in it to also effect changes in the training of medical students, there was no clear answer (breastfeeding is just a course topic, not even an entire subject for med students, when breastfeeding experts cannot even cover everything about it in two weeks)... however, it seems the World Health Organization (WHO) has already issued a guide for curriculum developers and that they are targetting nutritionists especially (since they are actually required to master formula components & preparation); there has also been a curriculum integration meeting where medical schools were represented last year;

* I brought the matter up because aside from the OB and the pedia, nursing mothers who get sick also see a slew of other doctor specialists who are quick to prescribe medications without considering its safety for a nursing mom or who refuse to prescribe/look up safer drug alternatives

* A good thing is the government's conditional cash transfer program (CCT) involving DepEd, DSWD and DOH wherein P5.7 billion has been allocated for DOH's social service package to cover basic emergency obstetrical and neonatal care facilities. "Under the CCT program, the government provides a monthly stipend of P500 to mothers plus P300 per child up to three on condition that they keep their children in school, that they receive immunization, and that the mothers avail themselves of pre-natal and other check-ups. (Source)" Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are also given Vitamin A and Iron supplements.

Training for breastfeeding peer counselors all over the country will also commence this June, so yes, the government is now doing more so breastfeeding can save lives.


I was a little annoyed and disappointed that only half of the bloggers who confirmed for the event showed up. As a former government employee, I know just how limited the funds are and no-shows are a waste of resources.

I spoke about this with Campaigns Cebu and asked them, should there be another blogcon on DOH's breastfeeding program, that I be contacted so I can also invite actual breastfeeding advocate bloggers.

It is good to have converts among those who make a career out of blogger events but inviting those who are already advocates too will effect bigger improvements as we can work better with the government, offer more informed feedback and see how else we can help.

I have also asked DOH to let me cover their peer counselors training so I can blog about it. Hopefully, I can be accommodated. I really believe that knowing what the government is doing, no matter how slow or small, can result in more cooperative constituents.

And I have no agenda other than to help save lives... both the baby's and the mother's.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Better Time Management, Please!

We're actually loads better now... because we generally wake up between 7-9 AM (Yakee and I) and Yamee sleeps through the night. His night feedings do not bother me much because he just feeds and sleeps.

Yakee generally knows that it's play time after breakfast and then lunch and then tub time and then nap time. After that is play time again, snacks, play time again until supper.

But I think we'd still benefit from better time management. Just so, I can have more structured interaction with Yakee... and I can enjoy Yamee more. I just cried to hubs last night about being sad that I am missing alone moments just enjoying Yamee coo and giggle (because I have to attend to Yakee too) and being scared and sorry that Yakee is growing up more competitive for attention as Yamee grows more interactive and cute. Just the other day, Yakee was hitting Yamee because Yamee kicked his face (yes, Yamee is at that age where he likes seeing people's reaction to his kicking and slapping).

The only upside to having to attend to both boys is that I don't have to buy liporexall at all because I am usually just sweating like a pig. Sometimes, i'd shower first at night before giving the boys their evening baths... then would have to shower again after. Maybe we should just really lay out a pool and spend the day there, hehe.

Plus, I discovered that there is such a thing as Waldorf homeschooling. I am now still deciding if I'd enrol Yakee there only, or do that with another curriculum (double the pressure for me? double the expense for educational materials for us?).

Better time management, please!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Philplans Insurance Strategy

We got a call that we 'won' an insurancecertificate from Philplans. I decided to check it out because it is supposedly free. Well, it is. I now have a P25,000 insurance from them. They give that for free for a chance of being able to conduct a sales talk for their Prodigy Account, which was actually interesting and tempting.

The Prodigy account is more like a time deposit sort of something wherein you commit to a certain amount to invest in them (say, P100k) payable within 5 years (so P20k annually, or staggered payment of around P1,700 monthly if charged to credit card and that would only accrue 1.5% and not the usual 3-3.5% credit card companies usually charge for unpaid balances). It will mature after 7 years and you will have the option to collect it as lump sum, or use it for educational purposes for your kiddos or memorial fund for you. It also gives you the same amount of insurance money should you die. And your money earns 4-7% annually compared to a bank's 1-2%.

The catch, of course, is I had to commit to it there and then... which I couldn't do because I had to talk it over with my husband first. Plus, he just got a new policy from Sony Life. And tuition time is up.

But it sounded a nice investment, right?


Because I took Yakee with me and he was like a withering plant in the heat, I treated him to dalandan juice the minute we got home. It would have been nice to just sink into an Adirondack chair and rest but I had to prepare Yamee's food the minute we got home because he was hungry too.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Babysitter Away For Three Weeks

My cousin, my main babysitter and girl Friday is away for three weeks to finish up all her caregiving OJT. She was already stressed packing her stuff and needed to wash the scrubs she wore to her class even because she needed to bring one to where they were going. It was too late to get her some extra discount scrubs. She also had to wash my old earth pad yesterday in time for her departure today. Good thing it's so hot, everything dried in time.

But anyway, my cousin's wife (her sister-in-law) has stepped in to help me, since I have to be away every Monday for Yakee's class. Good thing Yamee adores her to pieces. Unfortunately, this setup isn't without its challenges.

I forgot to tell her that I had extra expressed milk in the ref. She did see it but believed it was spoiled because of the color and the cream having separated from the main milk. Ahehe. Then, she also washed Yamee's feeding stuff using our regular sponge and dishwashing liquid. And she didn't steam enough squash for Yamee. Hehe. Little things I took for granted because my cousin knew these things (well, she also didn't like giving Yakee stored milk before and is still against thawing frozen milk).

But I am still very lucky. I know. And I am thankful!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Two Asthma Stories

Around two weeks ago, I finally gave in and brought Yamee to an HMO pedia to have his rashes checked. The pedia was the same one who diagnosed Yakee to have primary complex, so, needless to say, I was wary of her. True enough, she just took a quick look and said it was skin asthma. She told me to use only the mildest soap, buy a steroid-based ointment and that was it.

I decided instead to bath Yamee twice a day (yes, even at 10 in the evening!) and observe the rashes. They have improved but not disappeared. I also decided i'd just wait for the next sked with our main pedia and follow his prescriptions instead.

Last Thursday, we waited 5 hours to be seen by our main pedia. Yes, it was really rather horrendous. But out of boredom and having missed a nap, Yakee thought to amuse himself by jogging around the room (especially since we were the only ones waiting in the room, the others after us were outside). That was between 15-20 minutes of non-stop jogging. The secertary was bothered by this (haha) and offered him a candy just so he'd stop and rest. He got the candy and started jogging again.

Then, it was our turn with the doctor. Using his stethoscope, the doc heard wheezing in Yakee's breathing. Mind you, Yakee wasn't even out of breath when we saw the doctor. He could also talk just fine. But the wheezing was there. The doc even made me listen to it. Yakee has asthma... the kind that doesn't need maintenance nor medication.

And Yamee? His rashes were fungal.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Instant Playdate

Last week, I had an instant play date with fellow breastfeeding moms. Who knew there is a riding stable here in the heart of Manila? Pook Ligaya offered a real good time to the kids, and my Yakee rode a really big horse!

Can you guess how happy he was? :)

I think they sort of annoyed the chief equestrienne there though because they kept knocking some things in the fountain.

Old Pump, New Pump

Monday... I was still able to pump in the morning before bringing Yakee to our parent-child stint at St. Michael. In the afternoon, I was preparing to pump again because I have a full schedule this week when my pump fell off the table while I was pacifying an upset Yamee... and after that, the pump was just broken.

I only have a Pigeon electric. I never thought to invest in a more expensive pump because I am a sahm and do not pump that often. But yes, that pump is now 4 years old.

Talk about being upset.

I could buy the same pump again since I'm used to it and I know it's cheap... but I had bad feelings about it. I immediately scoured the net for a replacement and by the end of the day, I have decided I want to try a manual pump this time.

So, I did.

Tuesday, I bought a Medela Harmony. And I was pretty amazed at how I managed to pump 2.5 ounces last night when I have been breastfeeding from both breasts all day!

The downside? It's kinda harder to pump while nursing because Yamee keeps trying to either eat the pump or kick at it. And Yakee keeps wanting to crank the pump for me, amazed yet again at being able to produce milk!

I just hope the pump sees me thru my pumping needs. :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May Blog Carnival: Top 10 Breastfeeding Partners

"Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (May). This carnival is dedicated to all moms, celebrating Mother's Day today. Participants will share various topics covering A Breastfeeding Mother's Top Ten List. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants."


For a mother to succeed in breastfeeding, no matter her circumstance, three things are necessary: commitment, right information and the right support system. Without these three, there will be more struggles than usual and each issue becomes a bigger problem than it should be.

And if you really want to prepare to succeed, these are the breastfeeding partners you should get on board!

1) The husband/significant other/immediate family
I credit my husband with half of my breastfeeding success, not just for allowing me to be a stay-at-home Mom (and not having to pump constantly), but more for attending breastfeeding seminars with me; actually learning from them (so much that he can actually coach others); cheering me up when I am struggling (through thoughtful gestures like taking care of the babies so I can sleep longer, or nice breastfeeding outfits) and crediting breastfeeding with everything good about our sons (their health, intelligence, energy).

It is so important for a father to attend breastfeeding seminars with the wife, because he'll learn of the benefits and have an idea of how taxing it must be, especially in the early days when a mother is just recovering from the delivery. Fathers can take care of the swaddling, changing, burping, sunning, etc as the mother recuperates or pumps milk for her return to work. The more rest a mother gets, the more she can deliver, not just the breast milk, but also quality parenting and loving.

Plus, it will be like a ton of bricks crushing your heart if... at the first sign of illness, your husband questions your breastfeeding decision. So, get them on board. Good thing there's a free LATCH Best Beginnings in Breastfeeding Workshop at The Medical City every other month (the next one is May 14, 9 AM-12 NN).

Later on, as you have more kids, the older ones can also be of great help to you. My firstborn would remind me to put my milk in the fridge. Heck, sometimes he even wants to hold my pump for me. But at least, he understands that breastfeeding is something I have to do for the youngest child. It is the way I love them.

2) Your family (especially your mother)
People you love most can easily defeat you when you're not secure in your decision... and no matter how much you read and attend seminars, there will really be moments when you will doubt yourself. And a mother, especially, telling you that you were formula fed but turned out okay won't be much help when you're teaching a newborn to latch. A mother who keeps telling you that no woman in your family breastfed because you're genetically unable to produce milk can also easily cast doubts in your mind, which will translate into stumbling blocks (like when you're waiting for your milk to come in).

So, get them to attend breastfeeding seminars with you. Grow them in the idea the minute you find out you're pregnant. If they love celebrities, talk about those who breastfed. If they're worrywarts or hypochondriacs, ply them with the science that backs the benfits of breastfeeding. If they're into excellence, ply them with literature on how breastfeeding adds IQ points (if only because a child gets sick less and for shorter periods, and thus, won't miss as much school time).

And well... get them cooking the dishes that will help boost your milk supply.

3) Your husband's family (especially your mother-in-law)
We will always, at the back of our minds, seek the approval of our husband's family, if only to validate that he chose well when he chose us. Plus, it just won't do if they're harping on your hubby that you are starving your poor child by insisting to breastfeed (a newborn/baby will cry for as many reasons as we have flavors of ice cream)... or that your child is malnourished (when really, he is only lean).

One other reason why it's important to have your family supportive of your breastfeeding decision is that they are less likely to sabotage it with
junk, fast or processed food later in your child's life. Why would they, after all, spoil your child with sugary sweets when he has a great set of teeth? :)

4) Your OB-Gynecologist
Having your OB aware of just how much you want to breastfeed will allow her to take that decision into consideration about how your particular pregnancy will be approached. Will she take more risks in the delivery or limit the risks to ensure you have enough energy to breastfeed after? Will she use safe drugs, a lot of it, etc. during the delivery and for pain management after? Will she allow/help observe the newborn care protocol?

And after... will she properly advice you on contraceptives that you can use, should you want any, that won't compromise your milk supply?

5) Your Pediatrician
Few do it but parents should really go interview or consult with their intended pediatrician. After all, he or she will be taking care of your precious much longer than you'd be going to your OB. And a pediatrician can support your rooming in wishes, as well as advise you which hospital they are affiliated with is more breastfeeding friendly.

And then later... a pediatrician will monitor your child's progress. But will he do it using the right standards or will he be secretly in the payroll of milk companies and pushing formula at the slightest hint of a problem (even if it's just the common rash on a baby's face as he gets acclimatized in this environment in the first few months)? What if, like others who do not know any better, he blames your milk automatically for any little thing?

And yes, just because pediatricians are doctors do not mean they are breastfeeding experts. They are childhood diseases experts. And unfortunately for us, the topic on breastfeeding does not even take up one entire subject in medical school.

6) Your nanny/helpers
Your nannies have to learn to swirl, not shake, expressed breast milk. Or that they have to let it thaw a number of ways but not to directly heat it. They also sometimes have to be tutored to not just keep giving bottled breast milk when your baby cries when it's not yet feeding time, lest they waste the precious milk you pump.

They also have to be able to support you as you pump, by taking care of the other chores or the other kids. And... they have to be sold into the benefits of breasfeeding themselves so that they don't give your kid junk food when you're away.

7) Your friends
Some friends, though well-meaning, can easily undermine your efforts by dismissing breastfeeding as too hard... or old fashioned. And, if they do not know your decision, they might give you feeding bottles and formula at the baby shower, baptism and birthday of your child. They also might not understand why you are unavailable at certain times of the day, or that you have to properly schedule your meetups with them. Some might also get scandalized when you pop out a boob to feed a child in their presence.

8) Your breastfeeding network/support group
I have LATCH and Arugaan, two groups of breastfeeding experts. I have Pinoyexchange, Gtalk and N@W, forums where I have met other breastfeeding moms. They all offer support, consolation, validation, tips and reminders. They cheer me on. But more than that, they get me to realize others have had to struggle with bigger things but have prevailed (like say, breastfeeding triplets, or a special needs child).

They also direct me to breastfeeding-related products (from milk bags to nursing tops) and news/studies on breastfeeding benefits.

I wouldn't have succeeded without them. And always, I try to give back to them. Trust me, it is just so liberating and empowering to talk about breastfeeding with other people who have also been blessed by it.

9) Other doctors
If you're a healthy person, no need for doctors. But what if you're allergic, diabetic, or just discovered you have a lump somewhere? What if you want to have warts removed, or get varicose veins fixed?

I kid you not... some doctors refuse to prescribe other than what they're used to, or even check if it's breastfeeding safe. The usual advice in this great country of ours is to stop breastfeeding while taking the meds (usually antibiotics for something) when there's more than enough breastfeeding-safe medicines and alternatives. If you do not know better, your hard work in establishing a good breastfeeding relationship can be threatened just because you ate bad fish that got your lips swollen... and went to an incompetent doctor.

So, it's really important to have a breastfeeding circle you can get referrals from.

10) Your colleagues/boss/company
If you're a working mom... it will be important that your company knows that you are entitled by law to pump at work, even if they are unable to provide a pumping station because you're the lone childbearing woman in the company. It will also be crucial that the company believes it's to their benefit as it translates to fewer leaves of absence over a sick child. It is also important for your colleagues to support you more for taking a break to pump (and if they know how hard it is to pump, they won't call it a break) than other colleagues for taking a break to smoke.

And well, in some setups, your colleagues may just have to get used to a whirring sound coming from your desk, when you'd rather just pump there and nowhere else. And by golly, I hope none of them throws away or drinks your expressed breast milk.

In a way, it takes a village to breastfeed a child. But for a long time, we have lived in a formula-supported village... we're now retracing our steps to the good old days when breastfeeding was the norm, not the exception, and embracing the new as we employ tools like breast pumps and coolers.

Anyway, I love my biggest supporters!


Read the other breastfeeding Top 10! :)

Ten Things a Handy Mommy Can Do While Breastfeeding

Ten Life Altering Moments of a New Breastfeeding Mom

Nurturing Rafael: A Breastfeeding Mother's Top 10 List

Ten Things I Now Know About Breastfeeding Because I Breastfed

Ten Ways to Cheer a Breastfeeding Wife

Aria's Habits While Breastfeeding

Top Ten Tips for Pumping and Working Moms

Our Breastfeeding Library

How to Breastfeed in Public

Ten Favorite Foods for the Breastfeeding Mom

Ten Breastfeeding Nice-to-Have's

Nursing Must-haves and Cheaper Alternatives

Ten Reasons I Still Breastfeed Even if I Have to Supplement / Ten Milk Supply Boosting Supplements

10 Things You Don't Say to a Breastfeeding Mom

Ten Things I Wish I'd Done When I was Breastfeeding


Consider this our way of celebrating what elevated our motherhood into something more.

Blessings as a Mom

My kids are healthy and generally happy. We went to Expo Mom today and I also couldn't help but realize that more than half of the things sold there, I don't need... and the others, I don't want. Or, I already have. Or, have/do something better.

I have a great husband and partner who is involved in child-rearing and who doesn't undermine my discipline... respecting that it is I who take care of the children most of the time so he must follow MY suit.

I have resources and opportunities that may be limited but what I do have allow me a comfortable life.

Luxuries like a DSLR cam to document our everyday, and this notebook I am using which doesn't fail. (You see, my SIL is now reading netbook reviews because their laptop has been failing them)

Lots of books to occupy me and my sons... and bring us to different times and worlds and minds.

Lots of food for the soul... even if most of them fatten me up.

I have good health... and even better friends. I also have much to live for. I am blessed. Truly.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mommy and Me-Time: What Do You Do to Take Care of You?

If you're a mom, you probably wake up ahead of everybody else... and turn in the last. You're either creating makeshift princess beds or doing the school run. You're the go-to person for everyone: whether they need a shirt darned, an ouchie kissed, a lunch bag prepared. You're the main source of entertainment... starting with the kicks from inside by your precious.

Most times, you are worn and stretched and spread too thinly... and you start to feel insane! So, now, why not tell me what you do to take care of YOUR needs and wants. In a minimum of 50 words, post your answer in your blog.

And because it's the merry month of mothers, Unilab has been kind to provide a beauty bag as prize for the best blog post. We might also choose posts for minor prizes so make sure you join! And of course, please do not forget to include a link to my blog (Mec as Mom) and Unilab's Facebook Page in your blog post. Once you have blogged about your Mommy Me Time, leave a comment under this post so we'll know that you are joining the contest.

Blog entries will be judged according to the following:
Quality of blog post = 50%
Mec As Mom Fave = 30%
Unilab Fave = 20%

The contest will run from May 05 to May 30, 2011. And only one entry per Mom! :) Open to Philippine residents only.

Know that these can be yours if we choose your post!

My Sons and Their Eyesight

As I was feeding my infant his pureed carrots, I mentioned to my cousin that I really hope my sons won't end up like their Dad who needed prescription glasses at such a young age (high school). If it were up to me, I really hope they'd inherit my 20/20 vision and that all the technology in the world right now won't affect them. After all, a 20/20 vision does seem to be a pretty tall order for kids now who really grow up with TV sets, gaming consoles, computers and every other portable digital screen... like cellphones!

Speaking of glasses, though, I came across $6.95 prescription eyeglasses and I just had to research on it if it was a good deal or something with a catch. Then, I found out it was Zenni Optical glasses (Zenni was in the recently) which I keep forgetting to tell my husband about. We usually have to go to Sta. Cruz for his eye wear and he recently paid around P4k for his latest pair. If we order from Zenni, we could have a pair at a fraction of that cost... kinda like getting a good deal from a Groupon site. You have a great array of frame styles to choose from too.

Maybe I will keep this tidbit in mind for my sons, if and when they need prescription glasses. Meanwhile, I hope tons of vegetables in their diet are doing their job.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Learning Moment for Me

I met with a breast friend, intending to see the new Arugaan Day Care at PIA. We agreed to meet for lunch first at a Veneto Restaurant. Yakee adored Velvet at first sight and in less than an hour, he was already in her arms and she was making him taste parmesan cheese in his palms.

As he was dusting the cheese off his hands, he accidentally knocked over the parmesan cheese container and it fell on the floor and broke. Normally, that would have generated a "Yakee..." from me, said in a sad, disapproving voice. But Velvet was quick to reassure him and even prompted him to say sorry to the cheese and then to say goodbye. Then she matter-of-factly told my son, "It's ok, that sometimes happens. We're sorry for the cheese."

I think that moment endeared her more to my son... and it was really a learning opportunity for me. Here I am, hoping to embrace Waldorf and homeschooling, but how have I been handling my son's blunders and mistakes?

I like to believe that I am not the worst Mom there is... and that I am actually slightly better than the average Mom. But oh, I have so far to go. This week found me unable/unwilling to go online because I am trying to master my son's discipline some more... and that basically means learning patience and self-control myself, and spending more time with him so he need not force attention for himself.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Excited Over Eden Again

I just saw the pictures of the latest Eden Maternity collection and they were fab! Well, I didn't like the shade of some of the colored stuff as they were muted instead of vibrant... but I am still liking the reversible yoga pants, shorts, the pocket dress (such a summery look!) and the Glamouflage (which I can't afford, hehe).

A fellow N@Wie, who has a small business printing birthday party stationery, is also digging the new collection :)

I also like the Athena maxi dress but since I really seldom have need for a dress, I am not considering daydreaming about it. I am reconsidering their Eiffel dress though since I recently saw someone wearing it and found it really flattering.

Sigh. If only we're not scampering for tuition money!