The Hubby and Goodnight Gorilla

My hubby is amazing. While it’s likely that we all might think and say that “MY husband is the best”–the reality is that MY husband is the best! Kidding, kidding.

Seriously, however, I really do think that my hubby is the best fit for me and our crazy family.

One of my favorite moments of all time with my two boys is bedtime. Little M can have us read anywhere from one page to five (or six or seven) entire books before getting sleepy. For the most part, he doesn’t really have a preference as to who reads him what book. Except for Goodnight Gorilla, of course. Daddy has to be the one to read that. Even if I read it to him first, M will always hand the book over to his daddy afterwards.

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann is beautifully illustrated and has a very funny plot. It’s basically about a zookeeper who goes around the entire zoo, saying goodnight to all the animals before heading home for the day. Little did the zookeeper know that the gorilla grabbed the keys from his pocket so he could open his own cage. The gorilla followed the zookeeper around the zoo, opening the cages of all the animals the zookeeper passed and was saying goodnight to. So the zookeeper walked home–followed by a gorilla, an elephant, a lion, a giraffe, an armadillo, and other animal friends.

Sounds like a great book? It really is! The tricky part about reading Goodnight Gorilla… is that there are pretty much no words to read.

Yep, that’s right. If you want to read this book to your child–you’ll need to use a bit of imagination and creativity.

The hubby, however, has mastered the art of “reading” Goodnight Gorilla to baby M. He can read it to him over and over again in one sitting, with each version being different from the previous one. He notices the little details I’ve never seen in the hundreds of times we’ve read the book, such as the zookeeper’s name being Joe (as apparently indicated on his uniform); that the blue key opened up the blue lock, the red key opened up the red lock, and so on.

I love listening to all the hubby’s versions of Goodnight Gorilla, and love watching the little boy completely captivated by his daddy’s storytelling. I am not only amused by my husband’s creativity, but I am reminded of how kind and patient my husband is with us. For that, I am thankful. 🙂

Happy birthday, Daddy! ❤

 

Missing in Action

I know what you’re probably thinking: Considering that I just started this blog a little over a month ago, a three-week absence from posting isn’t a good sign.

What’s my excuse?

Yaya is on vacation.

I finally found some downtime to type this post up (on my phone) because a little boy decided to nap on my belly and I’m currently stuck and am in need of distraction from the fact that I have to pee.

With yaya gone, that means I’m pretty much in charge of the little one 24/7. The exception is when the hubby arrives home from work and I all-too-eagerly hand the boy over to his daddy for a little bit while I do something important–like take a shower or lie down and play Candy Crush.

Unfortunately for me (and little M), I’ve been feeling under the weather lately and am very easily tired. This means that I’m not able to be as playful with the baby as I’d like. 😦

Thankfully, he’s been perfectly happy reading his books and “drawing” with his pens and scratch paper for the most part. When it isn’t raining outside, we’re in the garden blowing bubbles or looking for worms. We also did playtime with yogurt again, and have also had some sensorial time with water or bigas. More on that another time.

While I am enjoying the time with the little munchkin, I know I could make the experience better for both of us. I’d check Google or Pinterest, but to be honest, I’m too lazy. I have about a week and a half left and would really love some ideas on how else to keep the toddler busy at home (without resorting to plopping him in front of the TV).

Any suggestions?

Playtime with Yogurt

Baby M has been obsessed with yogurt for several months, having it for his snack everyday. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes, more than once a day. Unfortunately for me, he prefers Nestle Creamy Yogurt–the one that doesn’t come with any fruity bits or flavors to make it sweeter. 😛

The thing is, M has recently replaced yogurt with cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Say “cheese” about 130 times and that’s about the number of times the word comes out of his mouth on a daily basis. I am not exaggerating.

While I’m happy that he’s now found another source of calcium protein to add to his daily diet, this new obsession with cheese means that we had a huge tub of yogurt soon to expire in the refrigerator. So what’s a momma to do? Whip out the food coloring, of course!

This is an activity I’ve done with M once before–back when I put waaaay too much food coloring and he made an incredible (but adorable) mess of himself. I’ve since then learned to take it easy on the food coloring though, because it makes cleaning him up a lot easier!

A bit heavy-handed with the food coloring

A bit heavy-handed with the food coloring

Silly me brought out some paper today, thinking that he would want to paint with his hands like last time. But no, mommy  forgot that he is now going through a “pouring” phase. He sat patiently as I put the colorful tubs of yogurt in front of him. Then he looked at me and said, “spoon?” And so I gave him a spoon and he proceeded to transfer globs of yogurt from one container to another. Sometimes with the spoon, sometimes without.

Baby M, paint, and neglected sheets of paper

Baby M, paint, and neglected sheets of paper

While I do aim to search for a less wasteful recipe for edible paint to use in the future, I’m happy to report that this makeshift experiment was a huge hit. Not only did it expose the little boy to something different, but it kept him occupied for ONE ENTIRE HOUR!!! If that isn’t a true measure of success, I don’t know what is.

What comes next? A bath, of course!

What comes next? A bath, of course!

Items used:

  • Yogurt
  • Food coloring
  • Reusable plastic containers
  • A spoon (by request)
  • An old tablecloth
  • Puzzle mats underneath the tablecloth to make it less slippery

Items not used:

  • Paper

Reading List: My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife

Once upon a time, I used to consider myself quite the bookworm. Then one day, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy… and my reading list for the next year or so was comprised of books such as What to Expect in the First Year and What to Expect in the Toddler Years. Of course, I’m exaggerating. My reading list also comprised of cloth books, touch-and-feel books, and posts on my Facebook newsfeed.

Last week, I finally decided to get back into my old reading habits. Instead of heading to the bookstore, however, I opted to revisit my bookshelf. What did I pick out? Sara Horn’s My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife. I figured that with the birth of Mommy Minutes Manila, it seemed like an opportune time to review the role I play in our little family of three.
My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife

As you’ve probably guessed, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife is about a wife and mother who considers herself a far cry from the practically perfect woman described in Proverbs 31. Referring to herself as “Martha 31”–a mix of the Proverbs 31 wife, Martha Stewart, and Martha in the Bible–the author then launched into a personal (and rather amusing) mission to become a better wife and mom. Martha 31’s little experiment covered everything from practicing being kinder to her husband to learning how to sew and vacuum. Was she successful at everything she tried? Of course not.

In a way, the book reminded me of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Both books focused on some form of experiment on self-improvement. While both experiments did not go smoothly, they were extremely entertaining and ended with many lessons for the author (and their readers) to learn from their journeys.

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife reminded me a great deal about the importance of my duties as a wife and mommy. It’s so easy to be selfish and stress over what’s happening in my life, but I was reminded to constantly step back and keep in mind that how I feel and act greatly affects how my household feels and runs. I admit that I am often lazy and quick to lose my temper–and those that are two things that I really need to be more aware of.

The book reminded me of the bigger picture: putting God first and honoring him–through the way I love my husband, my child, and my work. One of my favorite lines from the author sums it up: “Instead of waking up each day and saying, ‘I need to prove I’m a great wife and mom,’ what if I just wake up and say, ‘God, help me be the wife and mom you want me to be today.”

Got Ants? Try the X-TERMINATOR!

I hate ants.

When we moved into our home a few years ago, we almost immediately found ourselves dealing with a major ant problem in our bedroom. We tried various things (like smashing them with our hands!), but the ants continued to multiply and insisted on ruining our lives.

After I gave birth, things got baaaaad. Did you know that ants like breastmilk?! It also didn’t help that the hubby and I found ourselves eating almost all our meals in our room since I was still recovering from my c-section delivery. So, the ant issue got even worse.

Then one day, a momma friend of mine suggested a number of products that might work. Lo and behold, we found exactly what we were looking for in a plainly packaged container labeled “X-Terminator.”

X-Terminator

My household and I love X-Terminator for several reasons:

  1. It gets the job done.
  2. It’s safe to use around babies, children, and pets! No chemicals added!
  3. The price isn’t bad at all.
  4. It doesn’t smell like anything. There’s no need to air out a room smelling of nasty insect killer spray.
  5. It’s really easy to use. Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle!

Although the packaging indicates that X-TERMINATOR completely eradicates cockroaches, termites, ants, mites, and wood borers, we’ve only tried the product out on ants. While I’m very curious to find out if it works on cockroaches, we have another very effective solution for that, which we call “the slipper method.” 

I bought our bottle of X-TERMINATOR at Sesou Nature Source for just P95. According to an email exchange with Seven Seas Multi-ventures, it is also available at SM Supermarkets, Cash & Carry, and South Supermarket.

Note: My review of this product originally appeared in”The Green Nest”– a now defunct blog that three momma friends and I tried putting up last year. Shoutout to Dalai Momma, Real Momma, and Moolah Momma! 🙂

The Right Pedia

Two nights ago, baby M started to get a cold. He would be asleep in our bed, then would wake up every so often wailing because he wasn’t able to breathe through his nose very well. One time, he sat up and groggily called out, “Mobby?” Let me tell you that I was a mess. I felt so sorry for the little boy with such a stuffy nose that he could not even say “Mommy” properly!

As of today, baby M is still sick with a cold, cough, and high fever. Unfortunately, a sick baby makes for a worried sick mommy and daddy. What makes mommy, daddy, and baby feel better? The right pediatrician.

Parents might have various criteria  when searching for  a pediatrician. Proximity, clinic hours, and cost of vaccinations? Yes, these are important concerns! Are they the only things to look out for? Nope.

In our case, one of the major deciding factors for going to our pedia is how easy it is to contact him (and how nice he is about it).

If you’re a worrier like me, you may benefit from finding a pediatrician you can reach during what you as a parent believe might be emergencies. Yes, I mean a doctor you can text  because your child has a very high fever, or can send a message to because your baby fell off the bed for the first time.

My husband and I have sent a LOT of messages to baby M’s pedia in the last year and a half. I shared to our pedia my frustrations and fears about breastfeeding and the baby not getting enough milk, and sent him photos when my son suddenly developed a really bad case of baby acne or allergies. The best part? He replies!

If you are anything like me, you will spend a great deal of time stressing over your sick or uncomfortable baby. While of course clinic visits are still essential in certain situations, there’s most definitely a peace of mind that comes from knowing that the doctor is just one message away.

What are your deciding factors for choosing a pedia?

Me, Me, Me

Before I formally “begin” my nth blogging journey, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Kris, and I’m 30-something years old. My hubby and I have been married for four years (as of later this month), and we are extremely blessed to be parents to Baby M–now a darling, toddling 18-month-old boy.

I love to eat, read, and above all, spend time with my two boys. I’m blessed because my hubby allows me to stay at home–which means that I’m able to keep an eye on the little boy AND remain unshowered in my pajamas all day! Just kidding! I try to be productive, too! But more on that later.

I started Mommy Minutes (Manila) because like all mommies, I have anecdotes, learning experiences, tips, product reviews, and random musings to share. Whether you learn from them, laugh at them, or even roll your eyes and close the browser–that’s up to you.

I’m definitely no expert at motherhood, but I am enjoying every little bit of the journey. I’d really love it if you could join me.

To new beginnings.

<3,

Kris 🙂