"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love." ~Mildred B. Vermont~

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Baby Eczema Treatment

I used to worry about my son's health when he was a baby. And so I made sure that he is always clean. I gave him a bath everyday to ensure that he wouldn't get skin care problem like rashes and most especially, the eczema. They said eczema is genetic, thank goodness none in my family neither hubby's side has eczema problem. On the other hand, a friend of mine at church has a child who suffers from eczema. Lucy's eczema gets worst during summer time and I felt sorry for her. At first I didn't know it was an eczema till her Mom told me it was. Good thing my friend equipped herself with knowledge about baby eczema treatment. Now, Lucy's skin is well taken care of. She doesn't suffer as much as before. She learned not to scratch it to avoid infection and stuffs.

For My Mother with Love

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Mother, we love and miss YOU!
A mother is a friend on whom you can depend,
she makes you feel you are never alone.
She has a very special way of cheering up a day,
and looks upon your problems as her own..

She shares your every dream and adds to your esteem.
She helps you and does favors, big and small.
She cares with all her heart she has loved you from the start
A mother is the dearest friend of all.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

We Need New Camera

This morning while at my son's school helping with the "field day" activity, I wanted to take pictures of him having fun participating. But since hubby and I were busy helping, we couldn't take pictures of him. So, when my son got into the gym, I went ahead and started taking pictures as fast as I can to the point I dropped the camera...and it even bounced twice on the hard floor...and that is the reason why it is broken right now. I felt bad, but what can I do? I cannot cry with the spilled milk. No choice but to forgive myself and get a new one. Hubby told me that maybe it is time for us to buy the camera I really want which is the DSLR. It will cost us more money, but it will be worth the price.

CC: When Matt and Cecile Became Parents!

When Matt and I became parents we were both naive. We have no idea how to be parents. But that didn't stop us from becoming one. We know with God's guidance and our parents advices, we would be okay. We have faith that in one way or another, we will learn how to be good parents to our kids...and how to raise them in such a way that the Lord would be very pleased; we don't have to be perfect to become good parents....everyday, we are learning something that will be beneficial to Jacob and to us as a person.

I am fortunate enough to have a humble husband who is willing to learn things..... to be a good father to Jake. When Jake was born, he became handy. He changed diaper, bathed Jake, fed and even cooked baby foods. He is a good father to Jake to the point that he spoils him. Yes, at home he is a kind and soft person who gives in easily to his son's wants. Me, on the other hand is the strict or the disciplinarian who says "no" to our son's tantrums, whining and all that is bad for him :-). But being the disciplinarian doesn't mean I lay my hands on him. Growing up, my father never laid hands on us, my mother on the other hand pinched and spanked me whenever I did wrong. Matt and I agreed that we would never hurt our son physically and do our best not to hurt his feelings as well. It is hard, but but in the long run it would be very good for all of us especially Jake. But one thing for sure about parenthood is that .... we are also learning from our child on how to be good parents...and person, too!

And these ten commandments to parents with small kids are our constant guide on raising our child.

1. My hands are small. Please don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture or throw a ball. My legs are short. Please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have. Please let me explore safely. Don't restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I'm only little for such a short time. Please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender. Please be sensitive to my needs. Don't nag me all day long. (You wouldn't want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God. Please treasure me, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement and your praise to grow. Please go easy on the criticism. Remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday, I'll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don't do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn't quite measure up to your expectations. I know it's hard, but please don't try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

9. Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to worship regularly, setting a good example for me to follow.

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She Wants the Field Day to be Stopped!?

The other day when I was watching one of the early show, one of their host was on leave. And so they had to get someone to fill in for her that day. I was enjoying the show till this woman talked about "Field Day" at her sons school. She said that the said activity gave her stress by just watching them play! For a minute, I thought why? Then, she goes on and said how much she hates it and hopes, that schools in Texas will not do such activity again. Why? Just because she was being impatient and inconsiderate! I am sorry to say, but I don't like this woman to host that show again...she wasn't setting a good example to the viewers. Field Day is one of the most anticipated activity at school by the children. I think that she and her kids were being competitive that is why this activity gave her stress. If that is the case...it's either she should stop attending or shut her mouth out! This woman is showing how inconsiderate and impatient she is! Shame on you for saying those things in front of thousand even millions of viewers. You are not fit to host that show!

These Dark Circles Under My Eyes Need to Go!

As a stay at home mom, I get busy too just like those mothers who work outside home. Between household chores, and running errands I still need to tend to the need of the most important men in my life which are my husband and son. Before the end of the day, I am very tired and exhausted and hope to sleep early. But because of my blogs, I need to stay late most of the night to update them as well as finish the paid tasks assigned to me that is why if you see me dark circles under eyes are very noticeable. I guess it is time for me to do something about it. I need to try cream that can be applied under my eyes to make those dark circles disappear. I wonder which one is best for me. There are plenty of cream for dark circles under eyes in the market today and I better be sure that I get the one that is effective and safe.

This is Me...

Far from being perfect....
I try my best to practice my beliefs...
I know God loves His children... Every event has a purpose...
I pray for a better world... a better place for my son.
Matthew, my hubby, is my bestfriend!
I like to... hug my son everyday... watch him sleep... listen to his snore...!

My Favorite Quotations....

"You're never fully dressed without a smile!" ~~ Annie ~~

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."
"Live out of your imagination, not your history." ~~ Stephen Covey ~~

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
"Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage."
~~ Confucius ~~

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CC: Labor, Delivery and Bringing Home Baby

After Ruth, I got pregnant again with Jacob despite of my nephrologist advised to not get pregnant again! He was mad at me because it would very complicated knowing my health condition, but what can we do. Hubby and I really thought that it was a blessing why I got pregnant. To make sure that my second pregnancy will be a success, we looked for a doctor that specializes on risky pregnancy and found one! Dr. Elmquist was very nice and sweet Ob-Gyne. She took care of me very well making sure that the baby and I were okay. By the way, this pregnancy wasn't really hard at all. No throwing up or dizziness, but only craving for foods.

One day I started to having a contraction, and it became painful every time my doctor checked weather it is time for the baby to come out despite that he was barely seven months pregnant. She said, it was normal to have a contraction and so we went home. But it didn't stop there....it gets painful and so at 3am I woke my husband up saying that the baby was coming but he didn't believed me till I started bleeding. That was the time that he panicked and rushed me to ER right away! Sure enough, Jacob was coming out with his feet first! They did a C Section and Jake was borne. Yup, he was a preemie baby and was fine, no problem at all except that he was very tiny, and so they told us that Jake needs to stay at NICU to gain weight and so did he.

Now, our tiny little baby has grown so fast and is healthy! I still cannot believe that this fall he will be attending 1st grade. Oh well, he is growing alright and there is nothing we can do about it! Oh by the way, after the c-section I have to go back for abdominal surgery three days later and stayed for a moth at the hospital due to infection:-(. So after a month in the hospital, Jake and I went home together, finally.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Trip to PetCo and Target

This afternoon after lunch, I went to my son's school to help with their trip to PetCo. It was their last field trip for this school year. The children had so much fun watching pets move, petting them and listening to the manager's instructions. They got to see grooming a pretty and cute dog, too! Parents had fun as well taking pictures of the children and helping them cross the major intersections. After the trip to PetCo, we returned back to school. Some parents took their kids home with them because there is only an hour left before the children get to go home. So I decided to go to Target while I wait for the time.

I did some shopping, of course. I bought myself a bottle of mousse and a comb for my hair. Glad these item are on sale, and so I save some bucks :-). On my way to women's clothing section, I stopped by the isle where cosmetics, skin care products and wrinkle-removers are placed. I took a quick look at them thinking that I might see something that I need; I didn't find one though. Before I knew it, it was time to pick my son up. I hurry to the check out counter to pay for my stuffs. Oh boy, I thought I won't make it on time.

Updates On Building Our House

Once a week during hubby's days off, he and I go to the site to check on the progress of our house. This is what we saw a week after they poured the concrete for the foundation; three days later it was already framed. The building is very fast! We are so excited and couldn't wait till we move in. Right now, it has roof, fire placed installed as well as electical wiring. I will post some pictures next time :-)!

Hubby took few pictures of it...
it looks small though, but that's okay :-)!

On Weight Loss and Acne

The best place I always want to be in our house is the kitchen. I call our kitchen the heart of our home because that is where I cook heart healthy foods for my family. Yup, hubby and I love to cook and eat....and that is very obvious by the way we look now :-); we both gained weight in just a couple of months after our wedding. Anyway, part of it was eating Filipino foods for they are eaten with rice. Rice doesn't really have any nutrients in it, only carbohydrates that make us big. That is the reason why I try to eat as little amount of rice as possible. To help us with the weight loss goal hubby and I have, we need something that will help us lose weight fast. Lipovox is the only diet pill I can think of. The great thing about this diet pill is that it will not only help you lose extra pound in your body, but also treat you acne if you are having problem treating it. Isn't this product great or what!? If I were you, I would try this one. It's like hitting two birds with one stone!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CC: We're Pregnant!

When hubby and I got married, we were already 1n our thirties. We both love kids and wanted to have at least two children. And so we were very eager to get pregnant; after three months, we thought I was pregnant because my period was one week delayed. We were very excited that is why we went to see a doctor, but to our dismay, it was just a false alarm :-(. Because my mother in-law are very close, I asked her what will I do. She gave me few tips, but none of them worked :-); anyway, six months after our wedding, we got pregnant :-)! Hubby and I were very happy! We started preparing for the new addition to our family. Just like almost every pregnant woman, I experienced discomfort such as dizziness, throwing up a little bit and no appetite at all. I even hate drinking water that time and just the smell of popcorn made me throw up! But, because I have to eat and drink plenty of water for the sake of the little one growing inside me, I have to do what I need to do. At barely 7 months later, during our doctor's check up, we were saddened that our little one stopped breathing! We couldn't believed it... so my OB checked it again and still she wasn't breathing at all. The reason they told us that there were no fluid, or the amount of amniotic was very low, and so the baby didn't survived. Not sure of the reason why she died, they did embalm her tiny body, but didn't find any conclusive reason. Forgive me to say this but I hated that doctor. I just thought she didn't do her best to saved our baby knowing that my pregnancy was very risky due to my spilling of protein and high blood pressure. It was hard going home knowing that I was carrying inside me my dead unborn child. Hubby and I were crying together. We couldn't accept the truth that our first child is gone. The next day, I had an induced labor to get our child out. It took months and months before I finally decided to accept that "Ruth" is gone. But I tell you, I never really got over it. In fact right now while I am writing this post my eyes are wet. I couldn't stop crying! I still miss her so much! Anyway, three days later, we together with friends buried her tiny body...and even now I still remember that day we said goodbye to her.

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Rodliz’s Nest

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Best Acne Treatment

Today, hubby and I had a manic Monday; it started when we woke up early in the morning about 7am. Right after we dropped our son off from school, we went grocery shopping at Walmart; then at 9am headed to hubby's doctor appointment, followed by a brunch at Mexican restaurant where we ordered soup and breakfast meal. Since he has been wanting to buy me a new cellphone, we went at the mall to shop for it and for our son's new crocs since he already outgrown the old one. On the way to T mobile shop, we passed by a bending machine for best acne treatment. I say it is best because it really helped me cure my acne when I had it after the transplant. It was very effective, safe and cheaper than going to a dermatologist. Looking at the bending machine, I noticed that their new product is already available. I am sure the new one is even better than the old one.

To A Lucky Friend....Seiko

I am one of those bloggers who is lucky enough to meet, Seiko....a pretty Mom who is based in Japan. She is a very nice person who is a friend of many here in blogsphere. She has three daughters who are pretty just like her. Just like everybody I met online, I came to know her though the Mommy Moments meme. Anyway,just want to say....

"Seiko; ang friend na maswerte (from the famous seiko: ang wallet na maswerte)."

Wedding Invitations

How may of you are very close to your young male cousin? Probably not many, but I tell you I am lucky enough to be close to one. That cousin of mine lives in CA now and had recently got married. The wedding was for family and close friends only and so they didn't bother to send wedding invitations to anyone. I think they made a right decision because by so doing, they saved money and uses it to more important things then needed for the preparation of the wedding. We did the same thing when hubby and I got married. My in-laws also paid for the reception and foods as well; and the only thing we paid for was hubby's tuxedo. We were very blessed to have such great parents, aren't we?

Friday, May 7, 2010

To My Nurses, Sandy, Mary and Cindy...

...thank you guys so much or taking care of me. You are amazing! You both are like an angels sent from above....May God continue to Bless your heart and your family as well! Love you both, muahhh!

Mary with Dr. Elmquist (my ob-gyne) and Jacob

Sandy and I at the transplant center

Being a NURSE means you carry immense responsibility & very little authority.... You step into people's lives and make a difference.... Some bless you, others curse you.... You see people at their worst & best.... You see life begin & end.... You see people's capacity for love, courage, and endurance. Since it is NURSES APPRECIATION WEEK, I would like to say, thank and I am so proud of you, guys!

Handy Receipt Printer

Today, while I was checking our office supplies, I noticed that we are running out of them. We need to replenish bond papers, magic eraser, packing tapes, markers and pencils. I plan of going to shop tomorrow with my son before lunch. Right now, I think of buying a receipt printer so that when I order or shop online, I can just print my receipts myself. It would be a great help for us especially because we do online shopping a lot; it would be easier to have the receipts available in case we need to return or refund for the items we bought.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CC: To The Two Great Mothers Around....

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Since Mother's Day is just few days away, I would like to share my feelings about the two great mothers I know. First, I just hope she (my mother) can read this post so she would know how much I love her despite that we are miles apart. I always talk with her on the phone, and see her on the internet, but it wasn't enough to let her know how I miss and love her so much. But you know what? I know and feel in my heart that she loves and misses me, too! For me, she is the best "Mom" in the whole world. I wouldn't be what I am today without her; thanks, Mother for everything you did for us.

"No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life” ~ Anonymous ~

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln ~

My mother who is "Nandy" to her family and those who knows her will be turning 73 this month (May 30). A loving, hard working mother who always thinks of her childern's and grandchilden's welfare and well being even to this day. I grew up seeing her many sacrifices done for us. A selfless mother who loves his family more than her life itself. At her age, she is a very sensitive person...who doesn't want to hurt anybody's feelings especially her loved ones. And that is the very reason why there are things that I keep to myself so she won't get hurt especially when it comes to my siblings. But other than that, I can always talk to her about anything despite of the distance between us.

My mother is not getting any younger anymore, that is why she gets sick easily. Almost two years ago, she had a mild stroke that made me worry so much because I cannot take care of her. Thank goodness, my brothers and father were there to take care of her. Because of that stroke, she takes medications for hb pressure and diabetes now. I am glad that it is finally under control; she is well... just missing her only grandson. Thanks to the internet, she can see Jake online and even talk to him and vice versa.

“A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking." ~ Helen Rice ~

And here is my Mother In- Law who never fail to show her kids how important they are to her. I thank her for raising such a wonderful son, who is now my husband and the father of my children. My MIL is a very caring and thoughtful mother/person who is devoted to her family. And I love her for that. I thank her for accepting and treating me like her own child. She is awesome! Anyway, her name is Audrey who was born and raised in California, but is now living in New Mexico, of course with my FIL. She is a retired teacher and 76 year old, but still active, healthy and strong. She and my FIL still camp, hike, and does many things that a woman her age couldn't anymore. My son adores her so much and she is tickled with Jake's constant asking "where is Grandma? or I want to play with Grandma" every time she visits us or when we visit them in her place. Before I met her, I was worried that she might not like me, but I was so wrong! She is the opposite of what people say about MIL. In fact, she is the best MIL every DIL would want for. She is like my mother whom I also have a very close relationship with.

We love you both, mothers...and from the bottom of our hearts, Happy Mother's Day! You, guys are the "Best."

Rodliz’s Nest

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

One Sunday Afternoon...

It's 1:15pm and I have just finished lunch. The dish washer is running and I am here seating on the couch checking emails, Facebook, and dropping EC while trying to think of what should I write here. On the background, I can hear my son and husband playing "Battleship." I can't help but admire my husband for being so patient while playing with my son who talks and asks questions a lot. I just wished I have the same amount of patient like he has when I deal with my very energetic, attention seeker , but wonderful son. People who knows me well think that I am a very patient person, but little they know, I can only deal with my busy 5 year old son that much! I love him so much, but sometimes I need time for myself, too! And when I am busy with something, I don't want to be bothered. But lately, I realized that I can set aside some things and be with my son no matter what! I cannot turn back the time...so I better enjoy every moments with my son for he will only be young once. Anyway, I think they are done playing, time for an afternoon delight...a nap :-)! See you guys later tonight!