Mobile blogging

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Posted on : 29-03-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Life's Musings

Trying out the WordPress for IOS!

Busy prep days for my baby’s 2nd birthday, and my baby’s pre-2yr old developmental milestones!

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We were set on celebrating our baby’s 2nd birthday at TGIFriday’s, but, last week, someone called re: our baby’s birthday. That meant changing the venue to accommodate other visitors.

Since we don’t have much friends with kids, we opted to celebrate the party at home although it’s smallish. Our old flat here overseas was much bigger than our current flat. I cannot imagine how we can accommodate everyone should they come all together at one time.

We bought balloons and party decors from Mubarakiya. We still need to buy some more decors, and the disposable cups and spoons. As for the food, we’d be looking for a caterer; it’s too tasking to cook.

Two nights ago, we bought sound system and guitar from AlDawhiya, Hawally. We thought of buying the mixer and microphone, but, preferred not to. There won’t be any program, I guess, or maybe there will just be greetings for my baby. I am thinking of having games for the guests, but, the space is so small it would be cumbersome to conduct such. There won’t be any entertainment as we don’t have TV cable, and, we don’t have Mediacom yet. This is something that we should consider buying in the future, if parties would be held at home.

We have been surprised with our baby’s developmental milestones a week before my baby’s 2nd year birthday. She could recognize almost all of the pictures of anything in her books. And she pronounces the words well. Last night, she even surprised us when she recited the letters from the word ‘moo’ as M-O-O! Wow! Would she be reading soon? I was really surprised that she was able to identify the letters. She’s too lazy to be taught of when it comes to the alphabet. But she does like to read. There isn’t a day or night when she tinkers her books. And when she wants to read or let us read the books, she wants to read everything on her bookshelf – even at 2a.m. when she’s suddenly awakened from a deep sleep.

We bought her a lot of toys last weekend, and I opted to buy more balls for her because she loves balls a lot. Daddy said that I really know our baby because she played more with the balls than the other toys.

Both my baby and hubby are musically inclined; in fact, they are gifted in music. When we bought the toy guitar for baby, we also bought a real guitar, as I mentioned earlier. Both the daddy and baby were trying their guitars and they were singing together – much to my envy because I am musically-challenged, instrumentally speaking. I was just contented in getting their video. The next morning, my baby asked me to strum the real guitar, as she strums her toy guitar. She asked me then if we could perform a song. My goodness, it was a horror to refuse her, but, it would be more horrible, if I had tried to play or strum the guitar. I wish…I wish…that someday my fingers would learn the chords.

My baby has been exposed to an environment that fosters creativity, learning, and self-confidence. Her daily activities are varied from doodling in her notebook with her crayons, to playing with building blocks, to reading books with Walter, to playing the guitar, to watching Dora and Barney, to watching Your Baby Can Read videos, to playing with her dolls (although not much), to playing with her balls, to watching Justine Bieber, Charice, Miley Cyrus, Glee cast at Youtube, to dancing, singing, counting numbers, and more…She amazes me everyday.

I am now thinking – if I haven’t been a WAHM, I wouldn’t have witnessed her developmental milestones. I wonder, too, how she may have been in terms of her total development as an infant and toddler.

What’s in a Work-at-Home-Mom’s Bag?

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This is a bit private part of my life, but, I’d allow you to have a sneak preview of what’s in a WAHM’s bag.

I can't wait to use Mac. It's recently shipped to hubby via Aramex. I hope to sell my Dell XPS although I am having second thoughts because it's one of my childbirth gifts from hubby. During my delivery of our 1st baby, I received a notebook (which my 23-month old baby is using; and this Dell XPS.

This is my gold mini notebook where I write important notes, accounts. I bought this for KD 1.650 from The Sultan Center. The mini ballpen costs KD0.600. I so love these items!

Ballpen from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - a souvenir I bought during our SouthEast Asia tour in 2010

I always bring this anywhere. My family loves to eat outside home. It's a must to sanitize before we put something in our mouth!

I was planning to upload the individual photos of the contents of my WAHM bag, but, it’s kinda tasking. I have yet to prepare — hubby and I will have my SIM card converted to microsim, and buy veggies in Kuwait City. So, I am uploading here the overall picture of my WAHM bag: what’s lacking in the photo — my Iphone headset and USB cable, my comb, my lip liner. I don’t wear make up when I go out; just a shimmer of lip gloss and a little touch of eye liner.

what's lacking in the photo -- my Iphone headset and USB cable, my comb, my lip liner...

This is all for now. The content of my WAHM bag varies every now and then, depending on my mood, on what I want to read, and on what I want to bring. But basically, the stuffs above are common in my WAHM bag. Usually, I prefer to work (outside home) on malls with free WIFI since my ‘work’ is ONLINE. But, there are cases wherein no WIFI is offered. I have yet to activate the Zain USB WIFI. Photo to be added soon.

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Iphone 4

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Posted on : 16-03-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Kuwait Events, Life's Musings

Meet my new ‘baby’ – Iphone4, a gift from hubby last night. Supposedly, this would be given after my childbirth in June, but I couldn’t wait to get hold of an Iphone. I was eyeing for Iphone 5, but I doubt about its date of release.

I have yet to get my old SIM card be converted into microsim to fully use the Iphone. There’s a stall in Kuwait City that cuts regular SIM card to microsims so there’s no need to buy new microsims.

Since 1994, I don’t actually remember how many phones I bought or was given to me. In 1994, my 1st mobile phone was samsung, a gift from my mother. Then, I bought more phones. The 1st phone I had was snatched from me when I was riding the jeepney from office to MRT station in Quezon Ave. — to my horror. I guess, from 1994 to the present time, I already have used/bought over a dozen of mobile phones – from Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, to Iphone.

This year, I only have 5 left with me.

Imate, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung

Last night, I was awake until 3:30a.m. tinkering my new phone. I am really into it – so addicted!  I am making a new blog about Iphone Escapade in Kuwait at http://iphonescapade.dutdot.com. See you soon there!

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Dear Baby1: 86th natural letter for my baby

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T H E  86th  L E T T E R

March 16, 2011 @ 1:38p.m.

Dear Baby1,

Howdy, my baby?

Ahh, you hardly sleep these days during daytime. Growing years, uh-oh. But you do need to sleep, baby. Eleven days from now, you’ll be turning two! Wow, the terrific twos! I hope that you’d gain more kilos and add more to your height even though it seems that the ‘problem’ is genetic. Tehee. Anyway, you’re a very, very smart baby. Your pickup is so speed – like light. Zoooommm.

How are you during the past week? Ahh, Mommy was the one who took good care of you. Uh-oh. I did hope I was able to take good care of you despite Mommy’s crankiness and mood swings and heavy pregnancy. Glad that lately you’ve been allowing Mommy to brush your teeth. I wished I didn’t let your yaya do the brushing for you for the past months. Anyway, indeed, you were so stubborn when it comes to brushing your teeth. Did you know that your front teeth (upper part) are now starting to decay? Too bad, really bad.

Your learning over the past months have been too fast to measure. Thank God. You remember things so well after hearing or seeing it for the first time. Here are some of the interesting things you did:

You’re skilled at using the Iphone — in sliding it, choosing the apps, and in closing/opening it.

You said the words “sweet dreams” when you saw the pillows in the Iphone flashcards. Where did you hear those words? We don’t use them at home.(March 12, 2011 at McDonald’s)

You saw a cat on our way home, and when it escaped, you pointed your fingers to Mommy, and said, “cat” to my dismay and horror. Haha. Daddy and Mommy were both laughing so hard.

You were awakened one afternoon (weekend), and you went straight to the living room. Mommy joined you in going back to our bedroom. You fell asleep instantly. I went out seconds after you fell asleep. Daddy was already in our bed when you you suddenly shouted, in Filipino, “Mama, san ka????” Huh, how did you learn to say those words? You usually think and speak in English.

Mommy told you about how to call a teacher (when you saw it in the Iphone flashcard) — ‘ma’am’…And last night, maybe two or three nights after first teaching you about that word, you mesmerized me when you uttered ‘ma’am’ upon seeing the picture of the teacher in the flashcard.

Thank God for your vivid memory, baby. Your mind is like sponge. Your learning has been accelerated rapidly not just with the help of Iphone, but also through the many books we bought you – especially, the Total Development Program (Knowledge Volume) that was recently delivered to us by Learning Time. Speaking of those books from Learning Time, I have yet to post the pictures here…

Oh, and lately, too, you have been bored watching Dora, and you preferred to watch Your Baby Can Read DVDs. Great news! But, later, I learned that you were just bored of watching the same episodes of Dora. I learned that when you watched the new episodes of Dora.

Last March 6, on Mommy’ birthday and Daddy’s and Mommy’s wedding anniversary celebration at the TGIF’s near the seaside, we thought that we might be holding your 2nd birthday celebration there with selected friends. We don’t have much friends here overseas who have kids and you aren’t in school yet so there won’t be any kiddie party. Your 1st birthday party was held at McDonald’s and majority of those who played in the games were adults. As soon as you enter school, there will be more kiddie parties for you, baby. We’ll be holding a separate birthday party for you at the seaside (for you to swim and enjoy the sand), and another one will be celebrated at the playground for you to play at the slide and seesaw, your favorites.

Yesterday, while we were in Alghanim, someone, the security there, approached you. You didn’t see me nor Daddy so your face was a bit worried. You just smiled when you saw me. One thing I learned from that scenario was that you have an emotional quotient. You didn’t cry; you kept on looking for Mommy. Oh, I remember last March 5, we were walking at the mall. You thought the lady was Mommy (she had the same clothes as mine) and you went towards her and you were getting her hands. From behind, I told you, “baby, mommy’s here”. :)

You love to wear Mommy’s sandals at 23 months, or Daddy’s shoes when you were younger.

You love to watch singers in Youtube like Glee, Justin Bieber, Charice, and Miley Cyrus.

This is all for now, baby. I hope that you’d be sleepy after watching Dora. It’s past 2p.m. now.

iloveyou,

mommy

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