Archive for May, 2007

Erin’s Baptism and more…

Posted in Baby Talk, Erin Chloe, Family, Home Front on 30 May 2007 by Leah

Last Saturday’s mass turned out to be quite nerve-wracking for all of us because we had to bring Erin along with us as she was going to be presented to the parishioners and welcomed into the Catholic community. It was a very cold night and we were afraid that Erin might feel uncomfortable and end up crying the whole time in church. Good thing her aunt J was there to help us make her go to sleep while the presentation was going on.

It was a full house at the Holy Family Church at Gowrie because some kids were also having their first communion that night. Good thing we were able to get some seats. And since the church was fully packed, there were lots of people who came to bless Erin as she was being presented. As in, pila talaga! 😀


Erin officially became a Catholic last Sunday, the 27th of May. She was exactly ten weeks old. There were three other kids who were also scheduled to be baptised that day. And out of all of them, Erin was the loudest! Hay naku, of all the time in the world, this little baby decided to make her baptism a crying session from start to finish. I’m sure everybody will remember her for this. hehehe… 😀

At the reception venue, it was like playing ‘Pass the Parcel’ as Erin hopped from one set of arms to another. This time she was not crying anymore. Apparently, she was enjoying herself, being entertained by all the different faces that greeted her. She’s always like this whenever we attend a party. Hmm.. something tells me she might be a party-goer when she grows up. 😀

As with every Filipino party, food was overflowing! We couldn’t have done it without the help of Mama, Ate J, Ninang E and some of our very good family friends. The yummy and beautiful two-layer cake by C was also a wonderful delight. C also did the cake for my baby shower last March.

Fellow blogger and Canberran Jean was also there with her other half. It was good to finally meet her in person after emailing & blog-commenting for a year or so. 🙂


My mom left yesterday for Sydney. She’s going back to the Philippines on the 31st. It’s just the three of us from now on. Oh boy, what a challenge! Let’s hope all will go smoothly and I won’t have to resort to QE. Am still thinking of canceling our appointment for several reasons. But let’s not get into that. 😛


Poor Erin developed a cold today. It must be due to the weather here. Also, she’s been out of the house for three consecutive days. Her exposure to the freezing temperature must definitely be the culprit.

She’s been sneezing every so often and sometimes her nose get so stuffy she can hardly breathe. And because of this, she can only sleep for short periods. Nakakaawa talaga! 😦 I hope she gets better soon.


Good on ya!

Posted in Aussie Life, Home Front, Making Headlines on 26 May 2007 by Leah

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We can now say goodbye to those pesky telemarketers. Finally! 😀 Being a stay-at-home mom, I have been a victim of unwanted telemarketing several times already. It’s so frustrating because sometimes I find myself politely entertaining all their questions. At the end of each sales pitch though, I feel guilty because I let them ramble on with their marketing BS when all they’ll ever get is a “No, I’m not interested.” reply from me. Tsk. Tsk. I should learn to say no immediately. 😛

I’m glad the government did something about it. There is actually a Do Not Call Register Act 2006 that protects the consumer from receiving these unsolicited telemarketing calls.

Telemarketing calls will not be permitted after 8 pm on weekdays, with research calls not permitted after 8.30 pm on weekdays. No calls covered by the standard will be permitted before 9 am on any day, after 5 pm on Saturdays or at any time on Sundays or national public holidays.

You can register all your home and mobile numbers here.

The Abandoned

Posted in Making Headlines, Ramblings on 22 May 2007 by Leah

swiped from; credit: Craig BorrowIt fills me with disgust whenever I hear news about abandoned babies. The latest of these is the abandonment of Baby Catherine, who was left in a cardboard fruit box outside Dandenong Hospital on Mother’s Day (of all days!). The poor infant was found blue and was suffering from hypothermia.

Speaking of abandonment, my mom recalled an incident in Manila and told us that Baby Catherine was better off than this other baby. It turns out the infant was found in a toilet bowl in the comfort room of a major fast food chain. Apparently, the parent wanted to desperately get rid of the child, he/she was hoping the baby would be flushed down the dirty toilet. Buti na lang, the baby survived after being rushed immediately to a nearby hospital.

When I was still single, I have always been pro-life and am very against abortion and abandonment. Now that I am a mother myself, I feel more strongly about it. For the life of me, I cannot imagine leaving your newborn child out in the cold, knowing full well that he/she might die if nobody cared to pick him/her up. Wala man lang kalaban-laban yung bata! If they can’t handle the responsibility, there’s always adoption. For me, it is the lesser evil. At least this way, the child will get proper care, even if it is given by mere strangers.

My Visual DNA

Posted in Techie Stuff on 20 May 2007 by Leah

This is a cool widget! Kainis lang kasi WordPress doesn’t allow scripts on their site. Hence, it’s only the link I can display below. But for a sneak preview, here are some screenshots that I took of my widget.

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Read my VisualDNA Get your own VisualDNA™

Astig! 😀 If you’re getting one for yourself, do leave a comment here so that I can hope onto your blog and take a peek at your widget. Have fun! 🙂

2-month-old Erin

Posted in Baby Talk, Erin Chloe, Family, Mommy Diaries on 19 May 2007 by Leah

Here’s how Erin looks at 2 months: 

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At two months, she also had her second batch of vaccines (first time was right after she was born — for Hepatitis B and Vitamin K). This second set included vaccines for Hepatitis B (hepB), Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (acellular pertussis) (DTPa), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Polio (inactivated poliomyelitis IPV), and Pneumococcal conjugate (7vPCV). The first five vaccines were injected on one leg, the pneumococcal conjugate on the other.

Erin was already crying when we arrived at the community health centre yesterday morning. She was tired and wanted to take a nap. But that proved to be impossible because we had to undress her to expose her thighs. I was anxious myself because I had to hold her very well to keep her still so that the nurse could properly inject both thighs with the vaccines. I had to look away as it was happening because I couldn’t bear to see the actual procedure. I was left with no choice but to look at poor Erin’s crying face as she screamed with pain. I thought she would go on crying for hours. But surprisingly enough, she immediately stopped wailing when the whole thing was over.

She’s been such a good little girl now, I tell you. She wasn’t as fussy as I’d thought her to be when we got home. After twenty four hours, she was back to her normal self. We knew because she greeted us with her cute little smile when she woke up the following morning. 🙂


Posted in Baby Talk, Erin Chloe, Family, Home Front, Mommy Diaries on 15 May 2007 by Leah

What a godsend this contraption is! Whoever invented it is a genius! My mom left for a short trip to Melbourne early this morning, leaving Erin and me alone at home for the entire day. I thought I was going to have my hands full for as long as mom’s not around (meaning: can’t do much anything else but tend to Erin). But today really just surprised me! I did a little experiment and used the bouncer as an aid. As soon as Erin drifted to sleep, I gently placed her on the bouncer, making sure the vibration modewas turned on. Lo and behold, she slept on that thing for at least an hour and I am dumbfoundedly left with empty hands! 😀 I was able to wash and hang her clothes on the line outside, tidy the house a bit, prepare her bath, set the table for dinner, eat, wash a few dirty dishes and obviously, blog (with both hands free). I am seriously considering of getting the toddler rocker for future use. 🙂

I guess she really has grown up. She’s not anymore the fussy little newborn we once knew. There was once a time (maybe a few weeks ago) that I thought this day would never come. But, come it did! Poor Erin! I underestimated the little bub. *sigh* All’s well that ends well. Maybe we won’t need to stay at QE anymore. 😀 *still crossing my fingers*

Job Description for Mom

Posted in Food for Thought, Humor, Mommy Diaries on 13 May 2007 by Leah

Got this in my inbox today…

POSITION : Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Momma, Ma

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys , and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Now ain’t that the truth? 😛

Oh, and here’s a wonderful tribute naman to all mothers. This is really touching! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mums out there. I hope you’re getting spoilt, even if it is just for today. 🙂