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Bella is 1

My baby Bella just turned 1 this month! How was it 1 year already?😩 The baby I wished for one last time, it felt just like yesterday when I said she is finally here. The sleepless nights, the exhaustion, the demands of having a newborn.. they really do passed by. The nights are long but the years are short, indeed.🥲

Nowadays I cannot seem to keep up with her! Walking, climbing, messing, tinkering with everything. She’s such a handful😫 But I’m at this stage again where I’m torn if I want her to stay as a baby (smiling, cooing, excited for her next milestones) or a bigger version (I cannot wait to see her as a schooler!) Oftentimes I feel melancholic that this babyhood is the last. Oh how I love and cherish this season of my life! Undoubtly having small kids is the hardest but I know I will yearn for it when the time comes.

My dear Bella, whatever you grow up to be, remember you are special, you are more than enough, and mostly, you are so loved! Happy birthday my darling Bella!😘 Mommy loves you like I love a dozen chocolate bars! (maybe even more😘)

Here’s Bella’s first 11 months 🫠

Isabella’s Baptism

Our little Isabella was baptized at 5 months old! It was a triple celebration since March 19 is also my husband’s birthday and the anniversary of his parents (my in-laws). A lot of friends and relatives also came, so its some sort of reunion after 2 years into the pandemic.

God bless you Isabella! May His love and grace be with you forever and always.🙏

Photos by Brewed Photo for Kids and Parties

Sophie’s Christmas Piano Recital

My child Sophia, she amazes me in so many ways. Piano, ballet, voice and swimming lessons.. and she’s even doing good with her school works. Wow, I want to be just like her when I grow up 🤩

Here is Sophie’s 2nd recital video. She just started taking lessons April this year. Proud of you always Sophie!

Ode to Joy and Jingle Bells

Piano lessons by Online Music Lessons Philippines

George & Vladimir

It was barely two weeks ago when we welcomed these 2 furbabies at home, George the British Shorthair (5 months old), and Vladimir the Russian Blue (7 months old). They are expensive cats, and we wouldn’t be able to get them if we were not given a good price. 😅 We named them after their bloodline 😉 Since then Sophie cannot seem to stop playing with them, esp. George! She’s growing up to be an animal lover like me, which is good of course. Jolo, on the other hand, doesn’t give them a care in the world.

We bought them a cat condo, but they still prefer to be in the cage. George is the outgoing one and Vladi is so reserved. I know they will warm up soon, Sophie keeps letting them out to the den to play with them.

Georgy and Vladi, lets have amazing years together with the kids, shall we? 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛

Georgy
Vladi
Sophie loves George!
Finding Vladi

My October kids

My kids were both born on October, so this has been my favorite month since, next to December. Though I get sad as another year passes, I look forward to the kids’ birthdays every year. I watch them grow right before my eyes, and as hard and painstaking sometimes tending to them, I sincerely would like to have another one, another Sophie or another Jolo to love and care for and watch him or her grow.

Anyways, Sophie turned 7 this year! It felt like yesterday when I was crying and complaining of having a newborn, breastfeeding day and night. But it really did passed, and 7 years felt like a wind whizzed by. Sophie has grown into a beautiful and obedient kid. She is smart, charming, funny and caring to her brother. Though she has her mood sometimes, I couldn’t ask for a better firstborn than her.

And Jolo turned 2, too! Jolo is our sunshine. He is a ball of energy! He goes everywhere, climbs everywhere, tinkers with everything. Though he cannot talk yet, he has his own gestures, and is already forming his personality. Boy, he is such a sweet baby. He gives me sloppy kisses when its my turn to take care of him.

We would have celebrated the kids birthdays grandly this year, had it not been for Covid. I made sure we still celebrate though simple, the days they were born are always celebrating for. As in every year, I also had them photoshot in a studio.

I’m always nostalgic when their birthdays come, but really, its just me getting all sentimental. I’m always grateful for these little beings in my life. Happiest of birthdays to my little rascals sunshines! You both are my favorites in the world! 👫🏻

Some of my favorite shots from the kids’ prebirthday shoot, and snippets of their birthdays.

Prebirthday shoot
Prebirthday shoot
Jolo is 2!
Sophia turns 7!

Prebirthday shoot done at The Concept Room

Caricatures by Artist Josh Lepasana

Ode to Ciao

You were once a smart handsome young one

How I love your fluffy fur, your thoughtful eyes

You were the most loyal trusted friend

You filled our home with warmth and fond

 

Other people and dogs alike were impressed

By how good looking you can get

You always stand proud, run free

We received tenfold your unrelenting love

 

But all the good things, they do not last

You got older, slower, weaker

Your legs failed to run and stand like before

It must be painful, said your cries on the wee hours

 

You have done your part now its time to rest

Let me take care of you til the very end

Its difficult to accept you are gone soon

I miss you earnestly, for now and hereafter

 

But how do I say my last farewell?

Flashbacks, they came flooding in

As I touched your face one final time

It gave me comfort, peace to my heart –

you are home at last

 

Thank you Ciao

Lets meet each other again in happier times ❤️

Jolo is almost 1

Has it been a year again already?! Did I not give birth to this boy just yesterday? Time is too fleeting – my baby, whom I long to have again after almost 5 years, is fast becoming a toddler! I can still recall crying in the breastfeeding station while pumping so I can feed him in the NICU. And look at him now, a happy and active little boy, our daily ray of sunshine.

Like with her Ate Sophie, I’m torn between wanting him to be a baby forever, or waiting for him to grow older so he can be independent from me, and do amazing things he is bound to do.

My son Jolo, I love you always, in all ways my love! Doesn’t matter how much you grow, in my eyes, you will always be my baby. 😘

Jolo’s first 11 months

Sophie graduates from Kinder

Time flies by indeed!

Another proud moment for my child Sophia! It hasn’t been easy, and it was love-hate teaching and guiding her through preschool. But here we are, Sophie graduates with achievement and values awards! I couldn’t be any more proud of her. 😭

Congratulations to us Sophie!

Sophie posing with her diploma

With her medals!

Academic and Values awards

Happy birthday baby boy!

Welcome to the world, Jose Lorenzo aka Jolo! Born on October 14, 2018 11:27am, weighing 7.4lbs 50in long. Safely delivered him via NSD after enduring a 16-hour labor.

To Dra. Elsie Pascua and her team at SLMC-BGC, thank you from the deepest part of my heart. Jolo my son, you were just a dream that came true. We are excited to share the world with you!❤️

Jose Lorenzo, we are so glad to see you!

11-day old Jolo

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