Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome 2008! :)

Happy New Year everybody!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Vito and Carlos at 6 months

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, about 2 teaspoonfulls per feeding. They are now practicing how to walk, with some help from the walker and yaya. (Note: It is dangerous to leave your baby alone in the walker). They are more attentive now. They reciprocate by smiling or reaching out to you. They laugh when you make funny faces and when you open-close your hand. They giggle when you tickle their neck, armpits, tummy, hands and feet.

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!". He loves to say "ehh.. ehh.. ehh.." before he sleeps at night. I would imitate him, sing and use the "ehh" syllable for the entire song.

It seems that he can already recognize his name. 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!). If he is not sleepy he will not sleep, no matter how hard you try to put him to sleep. But, when he is tired and sleepy, a few rocking movements will put him to sleep, and he will not wake up no matter how noisy you are. *:P

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.

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. (Weaning is the process of introducing solid foods into your baby's diet in order to fulfil their growing nutritional needs.)

During playtime, he can spin, turn and roll over easily because he is magaan. He doesnt sleep in the afternoon and waits for me to come home. His face lights up when I ask him how his day was. I carry, cuddle, feed him for a few minutes and he falls asleep. He can pronounce "ma.. ma.." usually at night when he wants more milk.

Vito is an Observer, and would always look around him. You can leave him on the bed or in the crib and he would just gaze around or look at the crib mobile. When you carry him, he would look to his right, to his left, front and back.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas 2007

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! :)

Santa was thoughtful enough to wrap Vito's gifts with blue paper; and used green for Carlos' gifts :)

Merry Christmas Kuya Vito! :)

Merry Christmas Carlos Antonio! :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

It's the most wonderful time of the year :)

Vito getting his gifts. He woke up in time for Noche Buena.

Carlos getting his gifts. He is masungit because we woke him up for Noche Buena. Hehehe...

In the morning, we went to mass at the Dominican Nuns Monastery. This is the twins' very first mass. They were very behaved inside the Church. :)

(L-R): Jeo, Keith, Mama w/ Vito, Justin, Papa Dong w/ Carlos, Jovie and Bogs

(L-R): Jeo, Mama, Keith w/ Vito, Justin, Papa Dong w/ Carlos, Jovie and Bogs

Vito and Carlos riding the camels, on their way to Bethlehem. *:P

Let's remember the real reason for this season...

Happy Birthday Jesus! :)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The twins @ night

Night time is something I look forward to everyday because that's the time I get to be with the twins. Bedtime usually starts at 6pm. I wash them off, change their diapers and clothes. I sing to them, cuddle, tell a story, say our prayers (the same every night). I kiss them goodnight and say "I love you Vito", "I love you Carlos".

When they're asleep, I always "siksik" beside Vito or Carlos (alternate every night). I love sleeping beside them... they smell so mabango! :) I can relax and sleep, knowing they're okay.

This is how they usually sleep at night - 3 feet away from each other. It's because Carlos sleep-crawls to his Kuya and sometimes rolls over him.

Even at daytime, we dont sit them close together because they would unknowingly pull, hit and pinch each other. Vito is always excited to play with Carlos... he smiles and flaps his arms, but Carlos would look at his Kuya with his crooked brow and inquisitive eyes, then cry if Vito touches him. Hahaha!

Here's something you don't see everyday... Carlos holding the hand of his Kuya. :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Feed, change, bathe, REPEAT

Our yayas left for Christmas vacation, so I was home alone with the twins. We had all-day singing, dancing, playing and cuddling... that's 24 hours of non-stop Vito and Carlos Hahaha! Last time I had this was three months ago when I was still on maternity leave, and I actually missed the twins.

Taking care of them can be really demanding... Feed, change, bathe, REPEAT. It is a lot of hardwork, but it's all good :) Their smiles are rewarding. I cant ask God for more... :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Vito and Carlos at 5 months

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

Vito's latest accessory is the bib because he 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 is seen here playing with his lolo papa dong (not in photo). He 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. I am not surprised. Even inside my tummy, Carlos is the "malikot" one. I had one ultrasound check-up wherein my OB just finished taking the measurements of Vito and when she moved the probe to check on Carlos, he has already changed his position. *:P

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

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Wedding - Jayson and Polly

Kabuki was reunited today at Sanctuario de San Jose for the wedding of our Kabuki sister Polly and her long time beau, Jayson. It happened to be her 29th birthday, too! :)

I was assigned to the Responsorial Psalm, which I willingly agreed to do. But, I had a few problems at the church. In respect to the newlyweds, I will forget about the argument I had with their coordinators. I will not tell that my other friends also had an altercation with the same group. Nope, I will not tell the controversial story. Hahaha!

Here's Kabuki at the altar, with the newlyweds:

Reception followed at Oasis. Food was good.. I especially loved the dessert buffet! :)

Here's wishing Jayson and Polly more wonderful, loving years together. May God continue to shower you with His graces. I love you both, mwah! :)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Xmas Party at Ratsky's Morato

This is the one and only Christmas party I attended this year. Because of my many responsibilites now, I am thankful I was able to attend even one. The twins were at my parents' house, while Keith and I attended our respective Christmas parties. Mine was held at Ratsky's in Tomas Morato; His was a Christmas dinner at Conggo Grill, El Pueblo in Ortigas. Traffic was terrible! Waahh..

The real reason for my attendance is the 42" flatscreen TV that was up for grabs. As usual, I didn't win in the raffle, not even the minor prizes. Sheesh! Better luck next year *:P

Already sleepy. Was awake at 3am. It is now 10pm. Keith picked me up, and stayed for a while to make chitchat with his former groupmates. Then, we all went to a nearby bar for more catching up, and to eat some real food. *:P

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ready.. Set.. Go!

Carlos in foreground, Vito in background. At five months, they are learning to lift their heads up, while lying on their tummies. Now, it's just a matter of months (or is it weeks?!) before they start to crawl. Ahahay!! Hehehe... :)