Saturday, June 30, 2007

What's in a Name?

Michael Vito A. Silvestre
We decided to name our first child Vito, which means "life" in Italian. We also named him after our favorite saint, St. Michael the Archangel. He is also a namesake of his Ninong Justin Mikhael Abraham.

Carlos Antonio A. Silvestre
We named our second child Carlos, which means "strong" in Spanish. We also named him after St. Anthony who is the patron saint of lost things (because I always misplace my stuff and St. Anthony helps me find them *:P). We also used the first syllable of his Ninang Karlynn Silvestre.

Twin Poem

Here's a cute twin poem I got from the Internet:

The heavens were excited -
(statistics were just right)
"Gather 'round," the wisest angel said,
"God's designing twins tonight."
It's quite a marvelous process,
As anybody knows -
Two separate souls begin their lives,
As His love just overflows.
Perhaps he'll make them just alike,
Or as different as can be,
But that's the way He wants it -
He's planned it that way you see.
He must then find a loving Mom,
A very special Dad -
For twins take special parents,
And the best just must be had.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The day we welcomed the twins :)

At 34 weeks, two weeks earlier than my scheduled CS operation, I gave birth to healthy fraternal twin boys.

Contractions were already 15 mins apart so we went to the hospital (the same hospital where I was born) - Lourdes Hospital in Sta. Mesa. We occupied the big Operating Room #4 to accommodate my entourage of doctors and nurses. I had 2 OBs, 1 Anesthesiologist, 4 Pediatricians, a bunch of nurses and nurse aides. Yes, I was awake the entire time. Finally, after an hour, my twins arrived...



Micheal Vito A. Silvestre, born June 27, 2007 at 9:49pm, weighs 4.9lbs. He got my chinky eyes, round cheeks and full lips. :)



Carlos Antonio A. Silvestre, born June 27, 2007 at 9:51pm, weighs 4lbs. He resembles his dad with his big eyes, long lashes and thin lips.

Everyone was very excited to see the twins. :) We had visitors all day, everyday. Miraculously, they only stayed in NICU for a week! :) Special thanks to Dra. Miriam Ramos (OB Head) and Dra. Ramirez (Pedia).

Praise God for giving us not one, but two, healthy babies! We are trully blessed! :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

June 27, 2007 ~ Year of the Fire Pig / Ruled by the Moon / Cancer Zodiac / Water Element / Fourth Trine

PIG BABY:

The Pig is delightfully patient as a baby. While all the other harassed parents are frantically rushing around trying to get everything done in time because otherwise baby will throw a tantrum, the Pig baby will sit there happily gurgling away until you are ready. Pig babies are also wonderfully friendly and generous by nature.

Even as infants they will try and make sure that whatever they have is shared with those closest to them. At times the Pig can opt for the easy life, and this can mean some persuading when it comes to moving them from milk to something they need to chew. However, find something that takes their interest and they will busy themselves for hours. Young Pig children will love puzzles and will happily spend the whole day working steadily through until they find the solution.

Description of Personality

Pure hearted and hedonistic, the Pig is the last but not least of the 12 signs. If for no other reason, Pigs have more fun. Who can't help but like the easy going, helpful, courteous and kindly Pig? They make great friends and sensual lovers. Yes, Pigs love anything that appeals to the senses, music, jacuzzis, and of course good food and drink. And, no one more optimistically looks forward to the joys of retirement. On the down side, Pigs are often naive and trusting to a fault. It's no challenge to con a Pig. They're not that great when it comes to managing money either. And, they can be impulsive, often reacting to a situation without thinking. These faults and a gentle nature often mask the Pig's very real inner strength.

Cancer and the Pig Chinese Zodiac Sign

There are a lot of similarities between Cancer and your Pig sign, resulting more in emphasizing rather than otherwise modifying your Chinese sign. You're likely to be even more nurturing and emotionally dependent on others than your peers. You could also be more defensive when challenged. And, you probably exemplify those Pig traits associated with home and family, that perhaps being the primary focus of your life. You may, however, be more fashion conscience and concerned with tastefully decorating your home.

Cancer

The fourth sign of the Zodiac, Cancer is ruled by the restless Moon. A cardinal (creative and original) sign, Cancer governs home life, matters to do with women (especially the mother), as well as sensitivity and emotional intensity. It is a water sign, so Cancerian people are emotionally intense and deeper than they appear on the surface, while quite sensitive and understanding once you get through that tough exterior.

The Sun, ruler of our inner nature, is somewhat dimmed in Cancer, the home of the Moon. Creative and romantic, with a strong love of home, family and tradition, you are a good communicator and a strong provider. Your deep sensitivity presents you with valuable and illuminating intuitions, especially regarding those you care for.

Paradoxically combining a love of travel with a deep need for security, you surround yourself with sentimental objects from the past, including souvenirs, hand-me-downs and keepsakes. Cancerians are remarkably good at accumulating things; indeed, you can be unwilling to throw anything out, even relationships that have passed their use-by date.

Cancer is also good with money and generally takes a long-term view. The main thing to remember is not to let the powerful, turbulent emotions of the moment crowd out your normally rational judgement. Your intuitions are reliable and should be trusted; you may even have natural psychic powers, which may be developed, given the right circumstances.

The emblem for Cancer is the Crab, a creature with a very hard shell which protects a soft interior. The crab walks sideways, which is how the Cancerian skirts around a problem until forced to take it on with gritty determination and a creative flair. The crab's large claws hang on to its possessions for dear life, just as the Cancerian collects things to beautify the environment and bravely defends the home turf.

Cancerians make good business people, combining artistry, originality and drive with an understanding of financial matters, marketing and the needs of the public. You can trust your intuitions, but you do need to generate a faith in yourself which will not be dampened by gloom or depression over what, in retrospect, may appear to be relatively insignificant problems. You have the natural ability to be diplomatic and to speak out when necessary or keep your mouth shut. Home and family ties will be significant in your life and developing a secure, comfortable home environment will be a boon to your state of mind, irrespective of your marital state.

Physical fitness or sports activities can become important ways for you to work out emotional stress. Team sports are fun, for you can adopt team members as part of an extended family. Swimming, fishing, sailing and other water activities attract you, along with skiing, ice skating, and mountain climbing. Cancerians are creative. Even those among you who may not have any particular talent can use some involvement with art, music, or writing as another method of emotional release, rather than indulging in eating binges or other destructive habits. Living or spending time near the water is a relaxing, as well as creatively stimulating environment for Cancerians.

Cancer rules the stomach, diaphragm, upper liver and breasts. People with Cancer active in their charts are subject to coughs, indigestion, gas, gallstones, general problems with stomach, liver and intestines, plus emotional disorders such as depression, hypochondria and hysteria.

Ideal colours are white, silver, and pale yellow. Cancer rules metallic silver, while both the ruby and the pearl are the traditional Cancerian birthstones. Silver reflects its environment in its shiny polished surface, yet it can tarnish and become dull unless properly cared for. In the same way, your sensitive nature reflects the people and circumstances surrounding you. The precious ruby, a variety of corundum, is one of the hardest minerals known, while the pearl is soft and easily scratched. Here we have the two contrasting sides of the Cancerian personality: hard and determined, yet simultaneously soft and vulnerable. Cancerian flowers are the water lily (lotus), iris, white poppy, white carnation and southern magnolia.

Cancer (The Crab) (cardinal, water, personal): Keyword: "I feel". The Cancer person is protective, sensitive, tenacious, retentive, resourceful, self-contained, family and home oriented, maternal, security oriented, nurturing, warm, sympathetic, patriotic, sentimental, emotional, and loving. They can also be touchy, clinging, over-protective, moody and crabby. Suitable occupations are where shrewd but sensitive nature can be constructively employed, or in looking after others; such as nurses, gardeners, archaeologists, fashion and hairdressing, hoteliers, publicans, estate agents. In medical astrology Cancer governs the stomach and breasts. In astrology Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The sun sign dates for Cancer are June 24th - July 23rd.

Water Signs--Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces-- Water represents human feelings and man's ability to love and sustain. The Water signs are associated with growth processes, identification and emotion, and people with a lot of water in their make up are sensitive, seductive, intuitive, secretive, outgoing, learned, and moody. In combination with the other elements, water feels that fire will make it boil, air will evaporate it, but earth will shape and channel it. It is the element of growth and spirit.

Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are associated with initiation and creativity. A person with a lot of Cardinal qualities in their make up will be spontaneous, restless, good at organizing and a natural leader.

Personal Signs - Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer - are principally aware of and concerned with the self. They tend to be earnest as fabricating a lie would be like lying to themselves. Attributes associated with each of them include: energy, competition; earthly pleasures, simplicity; communication, wit; being moody, or shy/attention craving.

Pig (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water): The Pig person is honest, simple, gallant, sturdy, courageous, persevering, resolute,sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, diligent, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. They can also sometimes be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, condescending, fatalistic, materialistic. The Pig person uses their patience, hard work, strength, sociability and loyalty to achieve their goals. Good teachers, fundraisers, club and society organisers. Pig years include 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007.

The Fourth Trine - The fourth trine consists of the Rabbit, Sheep and Pig. The quest for these three signs is the aesthetic and beautiful in life. Their calm nature gives them great leadership abilities. They are artistic, refined, intuitive, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The Rabbit, Sheep and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other 9 signs. These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive lover. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathetic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic.

Water: The water person is a good communicator and persuader, intuitive and sympathetic to others and good at conveying feelings and emotions. They are observant and know how to prod and influence others to their own goals by unobtrusive persistence and diplomacy. They would rather be conciliatory and infiltrate than dominate. They have good awareness and are able to see future potentials and be flexible, fluid and open to change. However, they can also be too ready to take the easy option, be inconstant, over-passive and too eager to please. The direction associated with Water is North, and the season is winter, which makes it the fixed element for the animal signs Pig, Rat and Ox.

The Twins - Monthly Pictures

ULTRASOUND



My LO (left ovary) displays two amniotic sacs. This was taken when I was 1 month preggy with the twins. On my 4th month, we found out we are having boys.


NEWBORNS:



On my 34th week, I gave birth to healthy fraternal twin boys. Vito is 4.9lbs, while Carlos is 4lbs. This is their first picture together, after coming home from NICU. They are 1 week old. They consume 1 and a half oz of breastmilk/formula per feeding. Vito drinks lacto-free; Carlo drinks regular formula.

ONE MONTH:



Vito gets startled with the sound of a motorcycle. Carlos gets startled with the sound of his loud "utot". Hehe! They now consume 2oz of breastmilk/formula per feeding. Burping is a requirement after each feeding. Otherwise, they will throw up!

TWO MONTHS:



Vito sleeps on his tummy; Carlos on his back. They can now make eye-to-eye contact. They are entertained by their crib mobile. They still consume 2oz of breastmilk/formula per feeding. They wake up every two hours to eat. Carlos cries the loudest when his milk is "bitin".

THREE MONTHS:



They are now Roman Catholics. They consume 4oz of formula per feeding. We play nursery rhymes at night (via DVD) to put them to sleep.

FOUR MONTHS:



They now smile more often, compared to previous months. They are responsive when called or tickled. Vito can hold his little bottle using two hands. Carlos can stand with support (tight knees). They now consume 4-6oz of formula per feeding. Feedings at night is down to only one or two because they are usually asleep.

FIVE MONTHS:



They now giggle and make little baby talk. Their laughs are contagious. They love to suck their hands (not thumb). They now sleep through the night, with one or two feedings.

Vito is always salivating (tulo laway). He can now reach things in his play gym. If you give him something, he will reach it using his LEFT hand. He can sit, and support himself by putting both hands on the bed.. (galing!). We gave him a teether, which he can hold using both hands, but he just licks it. During bed time, he would make long garbled sounds as if singing himself to sleep. He is actually asking you to sing for him. Once you do, he will stop singing and fall asleep in an instant. :) He sleeps late when I'm not at home, and wakes up when I arrive.. (hihihi!).

Carlos can now roll over and move about. You cannot leave him unattended on the bed! Sometimes, he rolls over his kuya, but Vito will not mind. During sleep time, he wants to be carried in an up-right position; he no longer likes the cradle position. Poor little Carlos, he seems to be a favorite of the mosquitos and other insects. No matter how much we keep our apartment spotless, there is always a new bite every day. As for his teether, he gets really irritated and throws a tantrum when he cannot tear it apart. So, no teether for him. *:P

SIX MONTHS:



This is the month of milestones. During this time, they learned to pronounce "ma..ma", "ta..tei", they started to roll and move about (you cannot leave them unattended anymore), they started to walk using a walker, and started eating solid food.

They now have the same milk - regular Enfapro Milk Supplement (stage 2), and can consume about 6-8oz per feeding. They eat Cerelac twice a day, which started with 2 teaspoonfulls per feeding. Now, they can comsume 10 teaspoonfulls per feeding!

Carlos weighs 8.2 kilos (18.04 lbs), but seems much heavier than that when you carry him. I call him "heavy-gat" (as in he-bigat) or sometimes the "heavyweight champ!". If you say "Caaar..los", he will turn his head to see who is calling. His favorite position now is with his hands clasped together over his chest (as if praying, naks!). Carlos is an Explorer. He loves to reach out, roll over to reach or look at something. He is not afraid to get hurt and would roll over to touch something. He hates the veggie line of Cerelac (He vomits and poops).

Vito weighs 7.4 kilos (16.28 lbs). He smiles easily, laughs and makes babbling sounds. He loves taking a bath, and cries when you take him out of the water. He enjoys toys that makes a sound and lights up. He has upgraded to the stage 2 version of his Pigeon pacifier, which is suitable for weaning babies. He will look at you when you call him "Kuya.. or Kuya Vito". He is still constipated, and drinks Karo with water to help him poop. Vito is an Observer, and would always look around him. When you carry him, he would look to his right, to his left, front and back.

SEVEN MONTHS:



Our favorite word right now is "No.. no.. no". When they are together, Carlos would pull the pacifier from his kuya's mouth, just to tease him. They have different Cerelac flavors - Rice & Soya for Vito and Wheat, Banana & Milk for Carlos (he poops if not).

Vito is fast to glide on his walker and would immediately pull the plastic containers on the kitchen cabinet and they would fall on the floor. He loves doing this. He now attempts to stand up, and would cry if you will not help him stand up. His favorites shows are JoJo's Circus, Higglytown Heroes, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Rolie Polie Olie. He is very playful (a.k.a. malikot), and loves to be tickled on his tummy and neck. He is now 7.9kilos.

Carlos loves to play with his toys - the abacus and the colorful balls. He is very madaldal now and loves to make baby talk. Even while eating and drinking from his cup, he mumbles. Hahaha. He is very heavy now. He would reach for you if you reach out your hands to him. He is awake at day and sleeps straight through the night. He sleeps well if the aircon is on. He hates the blanket (like his dad). If you put a blanket on him while he is asleep, he would kick it and move away from it. He is now 9.5kilos.

EIGHT MONTHS


















As seen in the photo, the twins can now sit on their own. Aside from Enfapro and Cerelac, fruits are now part of their diet. Banana for Carlos, and Papaya for Vito (coz he's constipated). Vito loves to watch his favorite cartoons, while Carlos enjoys watching balita. They are both madaldal and hyper at play. They love to play with the remote control, our cellphones, PSP or any electronic device.

NINE MONTHS
















Carlos has four teeth (two up, two down). He is now 9.8 kilos. He has grown thick hair and we comb it on one side and he looks like our National Hero, Gat Jose Rizal hehehe :P He is still very behaved, with simple wants in life. He loves crumpling paper or plastic candy wrappers. He enjoys eating sweet mango and papaya. He still gets choked drinking water. He sleeps well in an airconditioned room; still hates the blanket; still cries the loudest when his milk is bitin.

Vito has no tooth, but munches bread and oranges as if he has a complete set of teeth. He weighs in at 8.5 kilos. He is very very energetic, very bungisngis at times, and shrieks when tickled in the armpits. He puts everything in his mouth and so his yaya watches him closely. He is still very attached to his pacifier. He enjoys watching the cartoons in Playhouse Disney Channel especially Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins and Higgly Town Heroes. (Carlos is a convert and now watches these shows too hehe)

TEN MONTHS


















The twins love to play inside their inflatable swimming pool filled with colorful balls. We just put them here every afternoon to keep them entertained. They can stand against the wall. It's just a matter of weeks now til they make their first step. I guess we should dispose the walkers, so they will learn to walk on their own.

Carlos loves to eat pandesal, avocado, oatmeal and peaches. He loves nilagang baka, too. He has two additional teeth coming out, making his teeth six in all. He is asthmatic and gets cough & colds from time to time.

Vito loves to eat anything and everything! He is very affectionate and now knows how to kiss. He leans over to kiss me, his toys and Carlos (who quickly shoos him away). He is quick to learn the things you teach him; he is quick to imitate.

They have stranger anxiety and are masungit infront of new people. But later on they will lean over you to make pabuhat. They are more bungisngis now and a delight to be with!

ELEVEN MONTHS
















The twins luuuv to eat taho and pandesal. They love to climb, crawl, reach things and open cabinet doors.

Vito's tricks include doing the rolling R, sticking out his tongue, doing the mcdo sign with his hands over his head, doing close-open and waving his hand to say ba-bye. He would slowly sit on the floor, if you stand him against the wall. He has mastered the art of crying a certain way (paawa effect) so you will be obliged to carry him.

Carlos' tricks include standing up against the wall, doing the kiss sound and doing close-open to say ba-bye. He loves avocado, peaches and Nestle yogurt fruit selection. During sleep time, dont pretend to be asleep because he will slap you in the face, put his finger inside your nose and poke you in the eyes to "wake" you up. Haha!


1 YEAR OLD! :)



The twins have turned a year old and much have changed in the last 11 months. In terms of looks, they are now sporting semikal hairdos. They are more "talkative" and would sometimes shreak to get your attention. They are intelligent coz they pick-up tricks easily. Although they have not started to walk yet, they can now stand up and sit down without support, and they try to make little steps, too. They love to browse through picture books and photo albums. They dance when their favorite cartoon songs come out on TV. As early as now, we teach them how to share and we recite a prayer with them during bedtime.

Vito weighs 9.5 kilos, and loves to eat Marie biscuits. You will be amazed with his antics, which include "align", "clap", "apir" and "where is the nose?". He crawls as fast as Schumacher. He has learned to cry without tears (drama) just to get your attention, hehe. Kuya Vito finally has teeth! :) Two big pearly whites sprouted on his upper gums when he was two weeks shy of his 1st birthday. He is still very energetic, very bungisngis and would sometimes bite you if he makes gigil. :)

Carlos weighs 11 kilos. He is picky with food and prefers the more expensive kind like yogurt, avocado and peaches in light syrup. He likes it when you feed him ulam from your hand.. pinoy na pinoy, hehe! He has also learned new tricks like "align", "clap", "apir" and "where is the nose?" He is very behaved and smiles a lot :)