Jul 26, 2010

Our Bedtime Routine

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What's our bedtime routine?

The kids know that it's time to sleep when we turn off the lights. Everybody goes to bed and the kids will each have their own "sleeping tactics". Sam and Simon needs to drink milk before they go to sleep. Sam needs his Jollibee stuff toy and Simon needs whatever stuff toy he can lay his hands on as long as he has something like what Kuya Sam has.

Sam needs to be hugged, and need someone to really hold him tight for him to go to sleep. Simon needs a pat at the back, and the bottom. Basti sleeps on his own already. One thing about Basti  is that he needs to have a pillow over his head. So most of the time we need to watch him and take that pillow from his head so he won't get suffocated.

We try to make them as comfortable as possible and try to give them enough space so they can "maneuver" while they are sleeping. In the morning when we wake up, or even in the middle of the night, we will find them all over each other because they are so "malikot" in their sleep.

Very important, one thing that I discovered after attending the Johnson's Discoveries back in January and applying what I learned, is that my Sam loves to be massaged. So this is what I do most of the time for him so he will sleep better, and more importantly, so he would feel more loved and special. Simon would always look like he wanted one too, so I  try to massage the two of them as often as I can. Basti who thinks that he's not a baby anymore does not want to be massaged  but he loves the smell of  the Johnson's Bedtime lotion and powder. The smell of both is really good and relaxing, so they fall asleep easily and sleep soundly through the night.

The best part is waking up in the morning when Simon would wake up first, smiling his radiant smile, and there's nothing left to do but smile back and be happy!

Jul 23, 2010

First Half of July: Part 2 - Decisions, Blessings, Brownout

I guess the biggest decision that I made on the first half of July is the decision to resign from work. Isn't it ironic that sometimes we want something so bad, and when we get it, we realize that that something's not we want at all. After a rigorous training, I quit my job. I felt so bad yet it's something that I feel I should do. I think of it this way; I resigned from my night-shift job last March so I could be there for my boys, so I could spend more time with them. Then I went back to work in another company at a lower rate in day shift account which was great for me. But then, the thing is, I found out after two weeks, that the nature of the job entails that I spend more time at the office than at home. I spend more like around 12 hours at the office every day. There's overtime pay alright but that's still hours spent away from home. I go home each and every day dead tired and can't even manage to do anything else for the kids and hubby. Poor Nanay. She's even more tired than me, because she takes care of Simon while I'm away, and I think she got sick because of fatigue. If this will be the case I might as well go back to my night shift job, because the time I spend at home is just about the same, travel time included, and I get a higher pay . Some people will not understand my decision but this is my life and I'm the one who's gonna suffer. I'm just hoping that I did the right thing for my kids, and that God will guide me through this. Enough said.

Second week of July, younger sister moved in. Good thing for me, I don't know for her. We set up like a home office upstairs as we're both transcribing. Now that I'm again a certified WAHM, I feel better working upstairs knowing that there's someone other than me that is awake and working in the wee hours of the night. I wonder until when she'll be able to handle the noise and din at our house, with the three little boys, he-he-he. Let's wait and see.

Sam finally came home. That's one big thing. One big blessing. He'd been so used to spending time at my MIL's house that he did not want to go back home with us anymore. But since there's a new baby in my MIL's house, Sam decided it's time to come home, because he's not the baby there anymore. Now, he spends his time playing with his toys upstairs, while I work on my computer. I think he's loving it at home now because he has not been asking anymore to be brought to her grandma. My sister in law was teaching him to read and write at their house. Now I'll be the one to do that for him, since I'll be staying home from now on.

The brownouts that Typhoon Basyang brought about also brought realizations to Simon's mind and mine. Simon learned that there's such a thing as brown-out. He thought that we just turned off the lights to prepare him for sleep. We had to manually show him that even when we click on the switch there'd be no light. "La, ilaw, la" is all he said in wonder. I realized that my kids understands a lot of things now. Nobody fidgeted, nobody cried, nobody threw a tantrum because it was too hot. My boys actually behaved in the two days of brown-out, even when it's dark. Even Sam who's scared of the dark. I guess they knew that they have no choice but to embrace the situation. I was their human electric fan, haha.

So there, it felt good writing that. Hope I'll be able to post something here everyday. I have lots of time now.

Jul 21, 2010

My First Half of July : Part 1: Johnson's Bedtime Discoveries - A Very Late Post

I can't believe it took me this long to blog again. It's not as if I don't have anything to blog at all. There's so many things and thoughts running through my mind that need to be written, I simply  couldn't find the time. So little time. As I always say, 24 hours is not enough. 

Let me look back on what happened the first half of July. 

July 10, 2010, Saturday

I went to the Bedtime Believer Awards of Johnson's Bedtime Discoveries at the Aqua Knox Restaurant, Makati City. This is a very late post of that event, but I just want to say that I enjoyed that event so much. Although a very short one, there's something to be said about being in a room full of mommies who support a common cause, and that is good sleep for kids. Hosted by Caren Bayhon-Yrastorza, the Bedtime Believer Awards is actually a culmination for a series of meet-ups regarding the science of sleep for kids that Johnson's held over the past few months. The True Bedtime Believer Award was given to Pehpot Pineda (http://pehpot.blogspot.com); The Bedtime Believer – Science of Sleep Award was given to Ivy Rose Baldoza (http://mommycow.blogspot.com) and the Bedtime Believer – Magic of You Award, for Joanna Paula Briones (http://happythoughtshappytot.com). Congratulations, you guys!

I guess the reason why I enjoyed the event was because I felt like I already know most of the people there, if not personally, but by way of their blogs. I invited some friends over (Hi, Mia!) and met new ones. The venue was  not too big and not too small, just perfect for mommies to have a nice comfy chat with each other. J&J and the Nuffnang team did a wonderful job hosting the event. Had fun posing for the camera with Lourdes (who just started a blog), and Rochelle of Mom-Says(http://mom-says.com) and femme power (http://femmepower.crunchystyle.com). Oh, and I almost forgot, I won a gift check for a massage at The Spa. Lucky, lucky me. 

Nuffnang had a good post of the event at this link. I love the video that they made for mommy bloggers. Wish I could post that here. You can also visit www.babycenter.com.ph/bedtime to find out how to become a Bedtime Believer and discover the science of sleep for your babies.
Tomorrow, our two days of no electricity during Typhoon Basyang.

Jul 7, 2010

CHARICE - "In This Song" LIVE! with Caroline Zhang

Saw this on Facebook. Such a perfect pair. My search on Google pointed me to Wikipedia and it says that Caroline Zhang was born May 20, 1993 and is an American figure skater. She is the 2010 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2007 World Junior Champion, the 2006–2007 Junior Grand Prix Final Champion and the 2009 U.S. bronze medalist.As of April 2010, she was ranked 12th in the world by the International Skating Union.