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Talking little bear

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R Bear has this little “song” when she wants to breasfeed (yes, she’s almost 2!  I wanted her to self wean but so far there’s no sign yet).

“Dede na, mmm mmm mmm”  in a singsong voice.

That has led other members of the Bear family to ask for the same things in the same manner.

So when E Bear wants me to turn on the A/C, he goes “aircon na, mmm mmm mmm”.


R bear now has the following words in her vocabulary.  This is NOT in chronological order, meaning, not in order of appearance.  And it’s from memory.  I know there are some other words that she knows, but at the moment, these are what I remember. READ MORE

On Shobe

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I was kidding E Bear last night about “throwing Shobe (little sister) away”.  Our conversation went like this:

Mama Bear:  E, throw na natin Shobe sa trash can.  (Let’s throw Shobe in the trash can.)

E Bear: Nooooo

Mama Bear:  Why?

E Bear:  Because Shobe is not tissue!


Well I was pretty persistent, so I continued with the thread:

Mama Bear:  Let’s let Shobe sleep with Tata downstairs nalang.  (Tata is our dog.  She sleeps in our garage)

E Bear:  Noooo, I like Shobe here with us.

Mama Bear:  Why?

E Bear:  (changes topic, asks something about the TV show)

At this point, Papa Bear came in

Papa Bear:  Do you love Shobe?

E Bear:  YES!!!  (Emphatic and definite!)

E Bear may have difficulty expressing himself, but there is no doubt in our minds that he definitely loves his baby sister.


Meanwhile, R Bear is starting to talk up a storm.  The other night, she started saying Good night, Mommy; Good night, Daddy and Good night, Ahia.  :)

Baby bears get vaccinated

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My little bears got vaccinated last Saturday.

Days before the scheduled vaccination, Papa Bear already started priming Big Brother Bear.  This was their conversation:

Papa Bear:  E, you and shobe are going with us to the clinic.  You are having injections.

pause, then

E Bear:  Ouchie ba?

Papa Bear:  Not really.  A little bit.  Like the bite of an ant.


When I asked Big Brother (E) Bear, he said that it’s not ouchie, it feels like the sting of a mosquito.  I’m thinking that he probably psyched himself up.  I was a bit worried that he might find it more painful than how Papa Bear described it.

The big day came.  I decided to let Big Brother Bear go first.  It was just me, the pedia and E.

He didn’t cry.  He even looked at the syringe while the vaccine was being administered.

I was so proud of him :).

As for the Little Sister Bear, she cried, but only for about 5 seconds.  I think she just cried because we immobilized her, rather than because of any real pain.

Very proud of my little bears :).

The Bears on Valentine’s Day

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As I have stated in this post, I did not expect anything special on Valentine’s Day.  In fact, I was asked several times by different people about our plans for that day and I said no, we’re not going anywhere special or doing anything out of the ordinary.

But Papa Bear surprised me with this when he got home:

I was thrilled!  :)  Kilig!  Grabe, ambabaw ko!

Then, since both my kid bears are well enough, they got to enjoy a bit of fun in our room.  E Bear bugged Papa Bear to play Just the Way You are.  It was the kid bears’ fave song of the moment.

While the strains of Bruno Mars’ voice filled the room from Papa Bear’s cellphone, my little Baby R Bear started dancing and my big E Bear sang along and “played” an imaginary piano on top of the personal ref.  It was so fun, I tell you!  It’s not easy trying to explain how fun it is, but suffice it to say that we do not regret not having a special just-the-two-of-us dinner and date.  With a front seat performance by 2 of our fave performers, flowers, chocolates…What more could a Mama Bear ask for?

Nothing.  It was perfect.

I love my family. :)

Another hospital trip

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My little baby Bear got admitted last week because she had another bout of benign febrile convulsion.

As doctors, we know that it’s really nothing to be worried about, but it really is different if the child involved is your own.

Oh well, she’s all better now, like nothing ever happened to send us parents into a tizzy.

I really hope this would be the last time that this would happen to her.  Believe me, it can look VERY scary, to see your little baby having an episode and wondering what you’ve done (or not done) wrong.

Baby says bye bye

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My 16 month old Baby Bear has been saying and waving bye-bye on cue since she was 10 months old.  But today, this is the first time she did it without any cuing on our part.  Her daddy was leaving for work, so I was telling her to kiss daddy.  She turned to Daddy and said “Bye bye, da” while waving.


Bears in Halloween costume

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Before Papa Bear and Mama Bear became parents, we really didn’t care much for costumes.  I mean, yeah, kids look cute, that’s it.  But we do not find anything special about Trick or Treating and the like.

Of course, that all changed when the Baby Bears came along.  Suddenly, the Halloween event at our village became a much awaited event!

Let’s see…

For Trick or Treat 2006, Kuya Bear was “Kobe Brant” swallowed by a shark…

2007, he was “Bob the Builder”.

2008, he was an angel.

2009, he was a vampire and Shobe Bear was a baby angel.

2010, Kuya Bear was Gus the Cat while Shobe Bear was Minnie Mouse.

There are back stories to why we chose those costumes which I might tackle in later posts, if I get the time (when, oh, when?)  Hope I can get to post some pics too!


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Nene –what Baby Bear says when she wants to breastfeed :)

Baby Bear is now 14 months old.  She’s been walking like a pro since 13 months of age. :)

She also stopped bottle feeding.  Absolutely refuses the bottle, whether it contains breastmilk or any other milk.

Her current vocabulary:

Mommy, Daddy, Aya (for ahia/kuya), Yaya, chia chia (Chinese for eat), Nene (for dede), Nanay (for our senior maid), Ama (for my mom), eyes, eas (ears), da dat (what’s that?), was dis (what’s this?)  😀

Baby walking

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Last month, at 1 year and 1 month, my Baby Bear finally learned to walk on her own.  She did it much earlier than her Kuya, who walked at 1 year 3 months.  People say that girls generally walk and talk earlier, and I guess that’s true for my kids.

Walking is one of the major milestones.  When she walked, I really felt like I do not have a baby but a toddler now.  While it’s cause for celebration, there’s a little tinge of sadness that my little Baby is growing up…fast.

First birthday of my Baby Bear!

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Finally, my little girl turns one!

We just had a simple celebration on her actual birthday.  It was a weekday so we just celebrated at home with a small cake and ordered food from Mr Sun Moon.

Her McDo celebration came on Sunday morning.  It just happened to be Father’s Day. The theme was Mulan because I wanted a kick ass female character and since she’s very Chinese looking (dapat lang), Mulan it is!

Since it was just a simple celebration, we only had a few suppliers.

Here they are:

  • McDonald”s Greenhills
  • Gateau de Manille
  • Vente, Edeng’s — Market Market
  • Brussel Sprouts

Will post more details and some pics soon!

(this is a late posting)