My future Olympian

Michael Phelps has just retired from his swimming career, with 22 Olympic medals, 18 of which are gold. And Serena Williams, who thought would not be able to play again because of her injuries, completed her Golden Slamby winning against another tennis champ Maria Sharapova. Such is the admirationĀ that I have for these players, along with other Olympic participants. These athletes are the epitome of greatness in their respective fields. For it takes more than just skills to participate in the Olympics. It also requires a great amount of discipline, handwork, and big dreams.

When I gave birth to Kaila, I told myself that I wanted her to be an athlete, a swimmer or a tennis player perhaps. Although I also dream for her to become a doctor or a lawyer. Parents always have big dreams for their kids. My Dad always wanted me to become a lawyer and I really wish to grant what he wants. Such is the joy that parents feel when their dreams come true. (I remember last week, when we had a moot court exhibition in preparation for the IHL competition this September. One of the parents of the mooters attended the exhibition to watch her daughter argue. I could imagine how proud he was to witness her daughter stood up before the mock up court room and delivered her speech. I was actually a little envious, for I haven’t seen my parents that proud since I graduated from college. It has been a long time.)

The point is, parents are always proud of their kids, no matter how small their achievement is. I have always been so proud of Kaila’s achievements. In fact, when she graduated from nursery, I was on the verge of tears while watching her sing their graduation song with the rest of the graduates. Such an emotional mom, but these milestones are big things to parents.

So, back to my dream. I know Kaila will be great someday. With her Dad and I guiding her, and with God’s blessings, I know she will make a name for herself. She may not be an athlete or may not be the one I want her to be, but I know, in her own little way, she will make us proud. As to my dream, I still wish her to be an Olympian, not just an Olympian, but an Olympic gold medalist. šŸ™‚

Here’s my princess who will be greater than Michael Phelps in the future:

Still afraid of the water.

Her few moments in the water at an early age.

Showing how courageous she is while in the water.


See, she’s trying to swim.

Fever fever go away


(Photo from here)

I get worried every time Kaila gets sick. Every parent does. Yesterday, before I went to school, her Dad and I found out that she had a fever… for no reason at all, meaning no colds and minor cough only. It’s one of the hardest things about being a parent. Your child getting sick and you don’t know what to do. I often wish that we have a doctor in the family so every time this happens, I won’t have to worry a lot. (I am a worrier, you know. Melvin’s the opposite, he seems not to worry at all.)

Good thing there’s the Internet, plus my parent friends whom I can ask about these things. Good thing as well that Kaila’s fever’s below 38.5 degrees Celsius, which means it’s just a slight one. But it made me worry still for I had to go to class, my mom’s not home (knowing my mom’s just a few houses away makes everything bearable, you know), and Kaila would be left with her yaya. Melvin’s not so hands-on when it comes to these things but he’s still her Dad and I know he won’t let anything happen to her. But I was really worried.

Thank God for simple home remedies, courtesy of the Internet and pharmacist friend. The friend told me that she usually gives her son plenty of fluids, puts KoolFever in his forehead, and rubs him wet towel to lower the fever. Kaila normally does not want to take medicines when she’s sick, which makes everything more difficult. So I took her advice and instructed herĀ ate to do those things. Internet sources say as long as the fever does not get higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, parents need not worry. Just let the fever takes its course. It’s just a way of the body to fight against infection. But then again, parents always worry. Especially when fever occurs in countries like ours, where there’s a danger of dengue fever and all that.

When I arrived home after school, her fever was a little bit higher so I had to coerce her to take her medicine. I bought a strawberry-flavored paracetamol, for she does not like the taste of the orange-flavored medicine. Then I bought her ice cream too. Another advice that I got from the Internet is that it is alright to give cold water, popsicles, or anything cold to the feverish child for it will help her body cool down. So, with some coercion and a cup of ice cream, getting her to drink her medicine was a success. I had to stay up all night though to monitor her temperature and to frequently cover her body with a light blanket to avoid chills. The air conditioning was on so I had to check her every time, whether she feels cold, or if she’s still covered with blanket. I also learned from the Internet that it is not advisable to cover the child with thick clothes when she has a fever. Just dress her in light clothing unless she experiences chills. In fact, giving a bath with lukewarm water is also recommended. When we were growing up as kids, my grandmother would not let us take a bath when we were sick. My mom would let us drink paracetamol and after that, covered us with thick blanket so we would sweat and our body temperature would go down. Doctors these days actually advice otherwise. Accordingly, the sweat glands will be able to release more moisture when the body is exposed. Moreover, sweating will not help break the fever. So much to learn, right?

This morning, Kaila woke up without a fever at all. Thank God. Hope she continues to get better.Ā Siguro e lagnat laki lang ‘to, sabi nga ng matatanda. And I wish her pedia-pulmo would come back sooner. Dra. Vina had a one-month vacation abroadĀ at ang tagal nya bumalik.

Nappy training no more

A few months ago, I wrote about training Kaila to wake up at night to pee on the toilet instead of peeing in her diaper. Surprisingly, she did not need training. It just happened. Two nights ago, I had her pee in the CR before she went to sleep. I had to put on her diaper, worried that she might pee on the bed for she asked for a bottle of milk before sleeping. When she woke up the next morning, her diaper was dry. And so last night, we had the same routine, except no milk and no diaper. Upon waking up this morning, the bed was dry (thanks God). So no need for me to wake up in the middle of the night to have her pee in the toilet. Guess other moms are right, you don’t need to force children. It comes naturally when they’re ready.

Kaila notes

Yesterday, after Kaila’s party at school, she asked me if we can open the gifts that she received from her friends and classmates. I agreed for I was also excited to know what she got for her birthday. Before we opened the gifts, I asked her to tell me who gave each of the gifts. Surprisingly, she remembered 13 of 16 of them. I thought she was not paying attention during gift-giving time (seen her pics in facebook?) for she was really shy and she would just put her fingers in her mouth as her defense mechanism. I was really surprised. I have always been amazed about her memory but she really surprised me yesterday. Sana photographic memory hehe.
Kaila is also very observant. She notices it when I’m wearing a dress (for I don’t really wear girly stuff), when the color of my braces’ band has been changed, when I’m wearing new shoes (you have new shoes mommy?) or when her Daddy wears another shirt color (wow Daddy, you’re wearing a purple shirt!). Her attention to details amazes me.

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School week starts!

The first week of school is almost done! Was called to recite on Monday (Insurance with Sir Nani) and Tuesday (Tax 2 with Atty. Amiel). Law school recitations are not something that students look forward to (and not something that you get used to) but I’m glad that they really force us to study and study and study.

It’s been a busy week that I barely play with the little girl. During the afternoons after her class, Melvin and I visit the “manghihilot” for his foot. Then we hurry to school. The routine has been so tiring but I’m glad Melvin’s here. May driver tuloy ako. Glad also that his foot is responding well, thank God.

Preggy notes: Had to visit again my OB yesterday because of severe pain in my abdomen. Doctor said there’s irritation somewhere in the rectal area. She gave me vaginal relaxant since I often experience hardness on my belly. Baby boy is doing great, thank God. Hope my pregnancy becomes easier as the due date nears.

Looking for a name for our little boy. I’ve always liked the name Marco, so we’re just searching for a second name to pair with it. I had been thinking to make it Marco Antonio, Antonio being the name of Melvin’s tatay. Cute name right, Marco Antonio Marquez (combination of boxers’ names, haha, that of Barrera’s and Juan Manuel, both beaten by Pacquiao).

Kaila anecdotes

K: What’s that mommy? (Pointing at the tomatoes in the fish}
M: Tomatoes, do you like them?
K: How does it taste?
M: It tastes… asim.
K: Asim? Like kili-kili?

Hahaha, what an analogy.

It’s a boy!

There, I said it already. I, together with Melvin and Kaila, visited my OB today for my monthly check up. And there, the doctor confirmed that Kaila’s going to have a baby brother. Yey. I was really happy about it because we’ve been wishing for a healthy baby boy. And God is good, our wish was granted. Thank you God.

Preggy notes: I’ve been feeling baby’s kicks since last month. The doctor said we’re both fine and everything is as expected. I had a UTI last month too. It was very painful that I asked to be brought to my OB. She prescribed antibiotics and vaginal relaxant for my UTI. This month, I experienced itchiness, which the doctor said is caused by fungi. I’ve read that this is common to pregnant women although I did not experience it the last time I was pregnant with Kaila. The doctor prescribed an anti-fungal vaginal tablet to treat my condition.