Developmental milestones of my 3-month old

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Posted on : 29-06-2009 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Beauty Care & Fitness, Health & Beauty, Parenting, Photos

My baby girl just celebrated her third-month birthday. I was expecting that she would be rolling over, just like what she did when she was just two months old. But alas, it seemed she’s a bit lazy. My mama said that all of us, my siblings and I, rolled over at exactly three months. With my baby, the reason for not rolling over since she started to roll over then was her pillow. I am not sure though. Anyway, other than that, I thank God for making her a brilliant baby. She knows how to respond, she gazes with an intelligent look, she’s such a darling, she squeals when happy, she doesn’t cry that much (such a very kind baby!), she is both beauty and brains (PB!).

On her third month birthday, her godmother commented that baby’s lips look like that of angelina jolie’s. Whoa! Is it a dream come true? In fact, her godmother’s the second person to make such a comment. When I was pregnant with my baby, I kept on looking at Angelina’s photos. Effective!? Whoa. I hope her lips would really look like Angelina. When my baby was just days old, I also thought that there was something noticeable on baby’s lower lip but I just wasn’t sure. I thought that the slight mark on the center of her lips was just brought about by the nipple of her feeding bottle. But alas, that mark couldn’t just go away. What brought me to blog about this was when I saw Angie’s picture just a moment ago.

When I still wasn’t sure that my baby’s lips look like that of Angie, I had been criticizing her mouth for it looks like that of my MIL. hahaha. 😀 Peace. Now I am very happy that baby’s lips are, indeed, resembling that of Angie’s. (claps)…

On baby’s 3rd month and 1 day, I started giving her green barley 1ml. Thanks, God, she’s been liking the taste. There’s no wastage unlike when she was still taking tiki-tiki. I am waiting for the other vitamins of my baby (which my sister sent via express mail). I asked my sis to buy cherifer growth factor, and other 3 vitamins. Well, I really want my baby to grow taller than us, her parents. hehe.

My husband and I were both proud parents of our baby when we went to the clinic to have her BCG. We saw other kids of the same age of baby, and, her size isn’t too smallish, we guess. (PB!). Thanks God. Although there were some babies who really were so big. Nevertheless, what we both thought (last night) was that our baby has the most intelligent look among all the babies there (4-5 babies). Our baby was just the one who kept on looking around the clinic. The other babies were simply contented on being cradled or being carried by their parents. Pwera bati!

World’s youngest smoker: 2-year old Tony Liangliang

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Posted on : 29-06-2009 | By : dutdot | In : Health & Beauty, Online News, Photos

Tony Liangliang: Worlds youngest smoker at 2 years old Whoa. It seems cute, at first, but it’s scary to know that  as young as two-year old can puff a pack of cigarettes in a day! (I can’t even puff one stick. lol).

What would happen to his health? (sigh)

Tong Liangliang was taught how to light up by his father, who believed the habit would alleviate pain caused by a hernia.

The toddler now smokes a pack of cigarettes a day and throws a tantrum if he can’t get his fix.

more…

My 2-month old knows how to answer with “yes” and “no”!

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Posted on : 17-06-2009 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Life's Musings, Parenting, Video

My hubby and I were both astonished one early morning (June 15, at 3:25a.m.). I was talking with my baby that she should sleep then because mommy needed to sleep, too. So we talked and talked and talked for five minutes or more when I asked her: “Do you want to play?” She answered by nodding her head. That time hubby was looking at us. He was already quite amused. I asked again, “Mommy needs to sleep. Do you also want to sleep?” She answered by moving her head to the left and right as if saying “no”. Whoa! Are we having a baby genius here? (Pwera bati – PB!)

This morning, I asked my baby if she wanted to take a bath. While asking her, I was nodding my head so that she would nod, too. But ala! She said no by moving her head to the left and to the right. Whoala!

Sources say babies learn sign language first before they become verbal. My baby’s just over two months old. Isn’t that so advanced for her age? (PB!)

Advantages of Baby Sign Language (before baby can talk):

  • have higher IQ scores
  • are better adjusted
  • read at an earlier age

I will explore the Web on how to teach my baby sign language while she’s trying to learn verbally.

Sign Language Links for me to read:

Why I don’t post (family) photos in my blog

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Posted on : 13-06-2009 | By : dutdot | In : Life's Musings, Parenting

Three years ago, I had a blog that held my first name. I knew then that my first name’s not unique, so naming my blog domain after my name wasn’t a bad idea. I posted a few pics of my husband and me, and someone (his ex, probably) spotted that blog! Gotcha. Since that girl knew it’s, indeed, my blog, she contacted me via txt msg [I posted my mobile no., too. Well, posting a mobile number (using Phil. globe and smart numbers) isn’t a bad idea. You can always change your number and your mobile number isn’t attached to your national identification number, unlike here in our new place where my mobile no. is attached to my ID, and for all of my transactions in the bank, mall, and everywhere – name it.]

That girl didn’t mention her name, but I abruptly sensed who she was from the way she texted me. Anyway. After that incident, I immediately removed my photos from that blog.

Today, I read a story that explains further why I don’t like posting my family photos in my blog. Sure hope I can blog about my baby everyday, but I am just too afraid of posting her pics online (especially in blogs or in the Web that stores forever what we input on it). I don’t know who might stumble upon my photos and use them without my permission – just like the story of a mom blogger, Danielle Smith.

Mom blogger, Danielle Smith, posted her family picture in her blog, and that family photo ended up in a life-sized Czech grocery store ad! She says, “…it’s a little flattering and creepy”. Indeed, it is. For one thing, the one responsible for getting the picture and made it an ad didn’t ask for her permission nor paid her for using the family photo.

I post my family photos in social networking sites. But I do make sure that they are locked. I choose the people who I give access to view the photos. If posting photos cannot be prevented, particularly, in open or public sites, Ms. Smith shared a lesson that can be learned from the said incident:

Always use low-resolution images (so they don’t look so good when enlarged) or stick a digital watermark on the photo.

On setting priorities and in choosing who we want to be

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Posted on : 12-06-2009 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Business, Financial Freedom, Life's Musings, Parenting, Video

Being a new mommy, I have a lot of things to do, really, a myriad of things to do at home and with my personal life. Oftentimes I am baffled with what to prioritize!

Stephen Covey says it well in a video from YouTube (embedding disabled so just click on this link to view the video).  It’s just a matter of choosing the important things on our to-do list and not reacting on urgent, unimportant/trivial things.

Prior to watching the video, I already wrote my to-do list for today. I crossed out those that were already done. I prioritized those that were easy-to-do. I still have three pending things to do from the 10 ToDos that I identified for the day.

One thing I do know is that – no matter how busy I would seem to be (in my mind), my priority is my baby. When she’s awake, I interact with her a lot. I talk to her, read her a book, teach her the ABCs, and count to her the numbers 1-10, and other fun things to do. I make it a point to ask my baby these two questions: “Are you OK?” and “Are you happy?” as borrowed from the greetings of Misterduncan in his Learning English with Misterduncan videos. My baby may not answer me yet, but the cute smile that she gives me is enough guarantee that she’s perfectly doing all right.

It’s also my priority to record her feeding pattern for the day. I have a quota to meet. She should consume at least 600ml for the day during her 2nd month. I started recording it this month, but was only consistent in recording her feeding pattern since June 9. Soon I will make a chart of her weekly feedings.

I am still coping with the demands of household chores, in particular, in cooking our meals, and in maintaining the cleanliness of our house. It’s just two months since I gave birth so my body is still recuperating from the rigors of sleepless nights. But, in totality, I am overjoyed of having a baby who surprises me everyday with her new antics. I was just saying to my husband that when it comes to our baby, it’s as if I’m dealing with a year old baby or a 2-year old baby and not with a 2-month old. (pwera bati!)

From now on, it would be my habit to record my ToDos for the day, and screen out the important things and do them right away.

In a related video, former CEO of iBeams Peter Desnoes, talks about knowing what’s important in one’s life and being solely responsible for that in order to know who/what a person wants to be. He explained it well through his words to live by:

Figure out where you want to go and then you figure out the path to get there.

At the end of the day, no one is responsible for the trip, for that journey than you.