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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Old Stroller

Kate was having so much fun to her another stroller. This stroller was given to my friend months ago. Since her employer told her to throw all the baby stuff that they don't need. So she remembered me that maybe I could use some of it; she called me on the phone to pick up this stuff from there apartment. Fortunately we live so close together, so it is very easy for us to go to there house. But hubby suggested me that it's better if he will be the one to get those things. So I let him do it... doesn't bother me...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I gave Kate a bath this afternoon. And after her bath I dried her body by the towel. Then I put lotion on her, but i had to put her on her belly in order to massage the lotion on her back. When I was about finished rubbing her back she flipped to her front. It was amazing to see how she is now able to control herself. This is the beginning of a new adventure for her -- the day she learned to flip over. I know very soon she'll be crawling on the floor and I'll have to watch her all the time. I think there are more amazing things ahead.

Monday, January 28, 2008


I did laundry this morning while Kate was still sleeping. I cleaned up some mess in our bedroom and also in the living room. I swept and mopped the floor; I scrubbed our bath tub and washed the shower curtain. Then after all that work, my belly was asking for food, so I cooked rice and a pork chop. Anyway, my hubby got up early today because it's his first day in school. He's back again to his job. He was so busy last night preparing his class. He has two courses to teach though. Sometimes I don't see him even though he's home. He prepares his class for hours. He also does additional research about food. It seems like he only comes out if he's starving or to get a bottle of water. But I have a trick for him, whenever I steam his mixed vegetables he comes out right away. I know he smells it cooking.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

90th Birthday

partyWe were invited by my father-in-law to celebrate the 90th birthday of his sister, Aunt Mary. We went all the way to Irvington, NY. We ate lunch at Il Sorriso Ristorante Italiano. They have a very nice selection of food. In fact, I ordered fried squid for my appetizer, mixed seafoods for my main course, chocolate cake for my dessert and orange juice for my drink. Oh boy, I got so full; I forgot that I'm on a diet. Well, maybe I won't eat my dinner tonight. We both enjoyed the birthday party. Aunt Mary made a wonderful speech and she looked so happy to receive our presents. She never expected that we would be able make it since we have Kate now. Anyway, Kate was having her milk; she was so nice and kind for the whole trip even though the weather was a little bit terrible. She was quiet and calm on the train and also at the restaurant. She never made any fuss. We got so lucky; I know she loves being outside too.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I never imagined what a hassle it would be to do this paperwork for immigration. My conditional green card expires this coming February 13, 2008. And before this expiration date I'm obligated to submit some documents to change my immigration status to an unconditional green card; or else I'll be deported and sent back home. We're trying our best to finish the papers tomorrow and send them to the immigration office the same day. I know all immigrants like me are doing the same thing. Hopefully we won't encounter any problems with the process.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I had nightmare last night that woke me up. It was so scary; it was about the end of the world. I was in my hometown where I grew up. My mother was washing her clothes in the river. And I couldn't figure out where my two brothers were. My father was alive at that point; perhaps he died several years ago. I was worried about my mom because of the strong earthquake. I saw houses burning, including ours, and the mountain went down but the people continued their daily work. To them it was just like nothing happened. Eventually I woke up. Then I said, "Oh! Thank God, it's just a nightmare." Freud would have a field day with that one. But a strict Jungian analysis indicates it means I'm prepared for a new world, and that probably refers to raising baby Kate.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


My hubby got a haircut yesterday and it's a coincidence that the barber I used last time is the same person who handled him. It's not a big deal, anyway, but at least she did a good a job for us. Still, he complained that she cut a huge patch out of the left side of his head. "She made a technical error," he said. "Now I look like I cut it myself!" After that he went directly to the university. He got hired as an English professor at a second school; but before he can start this job, he's obligated to do three more weeks of presentations. It may sound funny, but that's the rule. He accepted the offer because the school is very close to us. In fact, it's just a two-minute walk from our apartment. And that's the big advantage for him, especially since neither of us drives. He really doesn't like to drive because of his eyesight. And I'm not interested yet in learning to drive since we live in the city and are very close to everything we need. Maybe if we move to another place then I'll be eager to learn how to drive a car. My husband says cars are supremely romantic places, and he loves it when we're in the back seat of a limousine or taxicab together. We really are a very compatible couple. "I'm glad I don't drive," he says. "This way, we can sit together and I can concentrate on you instead of the road."

Monday, January 14, 2008

My Girl

When I woke up this morning I went right away to the crib to check Kate. She was in a deep sleep. But I had to wake her up for her milk and also she needed to be changed. So when I started feeding her, she slowly opened her eyes and looked around while she kept sucking her milk down. When she was about to finish I burped her and put her back in the crib. For some reason she began to cry, so I picked her up and rocked her till she went to sleep again. I can't figure it out. Sometimes she get cranky and fussy for no obvious reason. Her dad claims it's existential anxiety or that she's remembering her birth. He has a lot of theories, but sometimes he has a difficult time quieting her. He applied all the techniques at his disposal from Dr. Spock in order to get her to stop crying but they didn't work. Sometimes when she cries uncontrollably I have to take care of her or she won't stop. It's a very demanding situation, though, because I would love to rest too. I wish I could fix her larynx; maybe that's the source of the problem. One thing, however, that her dad finds effective in making her happy is putting her in a carboard box to which he's attached a long rope, and pulling her throughout our apartment. She loves getting rides.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Baby Sitting

My parents in-law came to baby sit my daughter Kate. They offered to do it because we were going to the dentist again to check my tooth that had been extracted several days ago. They love to watch their granddaughter. They're always excited to see the three of us every time they come and visit. In fact they brought some stuff for the baby, like diapers, milk, toys and clothes. They are so helpful; they were giving us a lot of advice and opinions on how to take care of the baby. It is very important for us to know some tricks and techniques especially since this is our first child. I do believe that their suggestions wouldn't harm us. And they're two of the few people in this world that I can fully trust. But I don't want them to be exhausted; a couple of hours is enough. It's not easy anyway, they can strain their back holding Kate. My mother-in-law had a good trick of putting the baby face down on her knees so that Kate gets some exercise raising her head. It looks awkward, but the baby loved it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


It's my hubby's birthday today. And by coincidence he was scheduled for a job interview from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. But the good thing is, it's just across the street from where we live. It's so convenient for him. So while he was at the interview I cooked some special food for our dinner to celebrate his natal day. I gave him a surprise gift too. For him it's not really a big day because he always keeps saying to me that he actually remembers the day when he was born. First I thought that he was kidding and teasing me. It's hard to believe such a thing and even his parents didn't believe him. He's the only one who knows the truth. By the way, he keeps changing his diet too. In fact he's now believing a book by Udo Erasmus, an expert on oils. It said in the book that you shouldn't ever fry anything in oil, instead eat it plain, like on a salad (and it should be virgin or extra-virgin olive oil). Cooking with oil is not good for the body. I don't really care; I love to fry food. Perhaps there are some authors who wrote a book about what food to eat; but it sounds very confusing because you don't know who is the right one. Some say the opposite of what others say... It never ends.

Monday, January 7, 2008


I went out with my daughter to send a couple of priority mail packages to the Philippines. My mother asked me for some photos of her granddaughter. Ever since I gave birth I didn't have a chance to send any pictures to my relatives back home. They are waiting and excited to receive mail from me. I was so busy for the past days because of the holidays... My friends and my cousins were asking too but I couldn't do it all at once; maybe some other time... When I mailed my package this afternoon the clerk complained because the envelope was too bulky. She said that it's not the right envelope that I was using. She wants it to be very flat but I put some chocolates in it that's why it's bulky. It didn't bother me even though she said that maybe they will charge more. As long it didn't go over four pounds I'm in a good shape. Who cares if it's not flat... They have a big truck to carry all the mail, and plus I paid the exact amount... Anyway customers are always right... hehehe...

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Tooth Extraction

I had my tooth pulled out today. I got so nervous about the entire procedure. I chose the laughing gas instead of the IV. They said it is safer than the other drugs. I felt pain when the dentist injected the novacaine into my gum. Then I started to feel the numbness in my jaw. My lower wisdom tooth was tricky; he drilled it. I felt the pain when he did it even though I had my numbness; I don't really know why. But my upper tooth was fine; it didn't hurt when he pulled it. And it was very quick, just like the wink of an eye. After that I stood up and tried to spit, then the assistant saw me; she gave me a caveat, telling me not to spit because it would be dangerous. It could cause more bleeding. I have to wait till tomorrow, then I would be able to do it... When I got home I took a pain reliever just in case the novacaine wore out. I hate those pills, they make me dizzy.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


I had two guests last night. My friend together with her boyfriend. They spent their New Year's Eve with us. We had a wonderful dinner. She cooked the spaghetti and spring rolls while I was preparing the vegetable salad and the macaroni salad. They took some photographs when we were at the table. They didn't stay long or wait until midnight because they were going to a New Year's party at her landlady's house. So when they left I started to put the different round sweet fruits on the table and some other sweet food for the new year. Then we also took pictures of it for souvenirs. I was trying to stay awake until midnight and watch the countdown at Time's Square. And when it's about to finish I went to the table, I put two candles to my cheesecake to make a wish. Hubby and I blow the candle... I hope and pray that my wish will be granted this year 2008.