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Alexa @ 8 months

Here are some of the recent Instagram snapshots of Alexa.

Isn’t she adorable? Just last month when she learned to sit on her own. She’s growing up too fast, and always excited to try out new things (like bypass sippy cups and drink straight from the glass/straw, imitating mommy).

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Thanks for dropping by,

Alexa’s Mom

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First Beach Experience

Alexa is turning 6 months this Saturday. Time flies really fast!

Last weekend, we spent the afternoon at the Palawan Beach in Sentosa. It was Alexa’s first beach experience, hoping she’s gonna love it ‘coz she loves playing with water when she’s bathing. When I dipped her feet in the water, this was what happened…

I guess she cannot handle the sound of the waves yet. Excited mommy here!

The weather was perfect so we laid out our mat on the sand and spent some quality family time together. Daddy comforted his little princess and played with her while mommy took photos of them.

That toothless smile! *heart melts*

Love at First Bite

Saturday, 22 February 2014, was a very special day because my two loves have finally met — my dear little princess and food! Haha!

A week ago, our little one had an unusual fussiness that she kept on sucking her fingers as if something in her mouth is bothering her. I tried to give her my index finger (folded, so she could bite on the mid-joint), and she bit on it real hard with her toothless gums. We concluded right at that moment that she’s teething, and she’s ready for food. But we still waited for her 5th month birthday to make it somehow special.

We gave her rice cereal + milk to start. In the next days, we’ll puree some veggies and fruits for her. Better to start them early to eat the healthy stuff!

Those facial expressions are just so precious! And I can see in her eyes, she also has a big heart for food!

Alexa @ 4 Months

My baby is 4 months old today!

Mommy and Daddy is having so much fun playing with her. She would laugh and make a high-pitched “aaaaahhhh!!!” when she’s happy. She’s is starting to imitate sounds around her, and the one she imitates best is Mommy’s cough! Lol!

Alexa loves it when people notice her and talk to her, and cries when nobody does. What an attention-seeker! Just like Grandpa, haha! She also likes watching TV, those shows with people talking because she thinks that they are talking to her. While watching, she would smile and respond.

At night, she can sleep for 5 to 7 hours straight, which is good because Mommy and Daddy gets some rest too. No more sleepless nights! I hope her sleeping pattern stays that way.

When awake, she doesn’t like lying down. She would try to pull herself to sit up, which she can’t do yet. She can lie on her side, though. And she loves eating her fingers! (I think she’s sucking on her fingers to pacify her hunger at night, she doesn’t want to wake us up!)

If only I could just spend the whole day cuddling this cutie pie. *gigil*

*Gigil n. 1 tagalog word; trembling or gritting of the teeth in response to a situation that overwhelms your self-control. 2 when seeing a cute baby, one gets overwhelmed that it’s hard to resist from pinching the baby’s cheeks.

How Dad is at Home

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I know I’ve been gone for quite some time. Here’s just some humor to start me off into the writing mood.

It has been crazy busy these past weeks with the holidays and other things. We went back to Manila so Alexa can meet the rest of the family. They were all so excited to see her. Who wouldn’t be? She’s such a doll!

She’s turning four months tomorrow! Oh, time… can you slow down a bit?

Some more recipes on my Pinterest are yet to be tried out. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Lunch break’s over, gotta get back to work! Ciao!

P.S. It’s kinda late, but I do hope you had a great Christmas celebration and a joyful start of 2014. We did! I ate too much though, so I need to do something about these extra pounds, asap!

Olive Oil Lemon Cake

Christmas is just around the corner. It’s our 3-month old baby Alexa’s first Christmas and what’s the best way to celebrate it but with our big family back home. Everyone’s excited to bite those cheeks!

Yes, THOSE CHEEKS!!! ^^

As early as the first week of December, everybody’s calendars are already booked for Christmas parties and a lot of Christmas shopping. Lighted trees and decors are up, and Christmas music fills the air.

“The tree is up, and the bestest gift is underneath it.”

Two weekends ago, we had our yearly Christmas gathering with friends. It was a potluck dinner. Our share of food were pancit palabok, brownies, and olive oil lemon cake.

This post is to share with you the Olive Oil Lemon Cake that I made. I love lemon squares, so I thought I could give this cake recipe a try. You can check out the source in my Pinterest board, Desserts.

Olive Oil Lemon Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • fresh squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon, strained
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar for topping cake

Procedure:

  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Line an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Place 2 inches of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. In a heat-proof bowl – preferably the bowl of a stand mixer – combine eggs, sugar and zest, and place bowl over pot of simmering water, whisking until egg mixture is warm to the touch.
  • Remove bowl from pot and attach to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. If you’re not using a stand mixer, place bowl on counter and use hand mixer. Beat on medium until mixture thickens and becomes pale, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, cream and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • When the egg mixture has reached appropriate thickness, drizzle olive oil mixture over it and mix until combined.
  • Turn mixer to low and add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in melted butter.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth batter and sprinkle with tablespoon of sugar.
  • Bake until top of cake is golden, about 50 minutes.  A bamboo skewer inserted into the center should come out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes in pan, then remove to rack to cool completely before cutting.

It’s an easy and delicious recipe. I love the rich, lemony flavor, and that it sounds so healthy (lemon + olive oil!). You should try it.

Gotta go, Alexa’s about to wake up… feeding time!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Alexa @ 2 Months

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Alexa turns 2 months old today. Isn’t she lovely in that little dress and pink headband?

Daddy and I were amazed the first time we heard Alexa’s “ooh” sounds like she can understand what we are telling her. She would look at us in the eye as if she’s trying to remember every detail of her parents’ faces. And those little giggles? Priceless!

At night, we sleep next to each other, and I would wake up with her lying on one side facing me. In a few weeks, maybe she would already be rolling over to lie on her tummy. Another milestone of hers to look forward to!

We can’t wait to see how she is as a toddler, a school kid, and as a grown up. But of course, we’re taking things one step at a time and we would not want to miss her “firsts” for anything.

A great weekend to all!

How to Soothe a Crying Baby

Hey guys! How’s everyone doing?

Things have been crazy at home since Alexa was born. All the crying, changing of stinking diapers, drinking milk and vomiting, and the sleepless nights which I don’t think I will be getting used to. The crying, most especially, makes me go insane sometimes. Mommy here is still learning baby language!

“Me time” (a.k.a. time while baby is asleep which is only about 1-2 hours in between feeds and burps) is getting sooo precious nowadays, and all I can do is eat my meals, do laundry, or sleep. I rarely have time for baking and blogging. *sad* (Note: this post is done in 2 days, which in some parts I have to type with one hand!)

Anyway, while going through Facebook posts, I’m glad to have stumbled upon this post by Mummys Market, Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby. Hope you find this helpful as much as I did.

Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby

Infants: Birth to 6 months
Newborns can’t control their crying any better than you can control your hiccups. In the first few weeks of life, crying is sometimes a reflexive behavior. But it gives us that panicky feeling: “What’s wrong? How do I stop it?”

It’s important to step back, take a deep breath, and remember that infants are supposed to cry. She’s crying because she has no other way to communicate.”

Babies: 6 to 12 months
Around 6 months, your baby starts to figure out that he can cry to get a reaction from you. It’s sort of like when he hurls his squash across the room and coolly watches you clean the mess, or when he extends his arms to be picked up. He’s amassing an internal database of causes and effects.

Your baby is also puzzling out a psychological concept called object permanence. He was fine if you left the room when he was an infant, because he couldn’t really comprehend that you were missing. Now when he sees you leave, he may be confused about where you are and whether you’re coming back. Since he can’t call out for you or ask where you’re going, he uses the only tool he has — crying — to get your attention. After all, his early experiences prove that when he cries, you come running.

::Soothing a Crying Baby::

1. Rock-a-bye baby: Place baby in your arms, stand with your feet slightly more than hip-width apart, and swivel back and forth at the hips. Your movement can be fairly vigorous as long as you’re holding baby close. When you get tired, use the rocking chair.

2. Baby swings offer soothing, rhythmic motion that helps calm baby down. Just make sure the swing is designed for a small baby, as little ones may slump over in a large one.

3. The vibrating motion of a washing machine or dryer has saved the sanity of many a frustrated parent. Place baby in an infant seat, put it on top of the appliance, and hold on to it firmly so the seat stays in place.

4. Swaddle away: Wrapping baby cozily in a thin, lightweight blanket with her arms across her chest has a wonderful calming effect. Swaddled babies often sleep longer and more soundly, too.

5. Try kangaroo care. This technique is especially good for preemies. Undress baby, lie down, place her against your naked skin, and cover both of you with a warm, soft blanket.

6. Strap on a sling: It’s not surprising that the warm, dark, close comfort of a baby sling is a surefire soother. An added bonus: You can breastfeed anywhere undercover.

7. Bring On the Noise: A pregnant belly is not the serene sanctuary you might imagine. Your baby can hear the pounding of your heart, the rush of your blood, and the gurgling of your stomach. For some newborns, silence isn’t golden.

8. Turn on a fan: The soft whirring is music to a fussy baby’s ears.

9. Hush with a “Shush!”: Your “shushing” sound mimics what baby heard in the womb. Say it directly into her ear, over and over again. (For more info, see this video)

10. Try white noise: Any machine with a consistent rushing sound has a soothing effect; recordings of waves on the beach, rainfall, or the sound of a waterfall will work as well.

11. Getting Rid of Gas
If you suspect your baby is crying from gas pain:
– lay him down across your knees and gently rub his back
– bicycle his legs while he lies on his back
– talk to your doctor about using infant gas drops

Or pat her back to burp 🙂

12. Could It Be Colic?
One-fifth of babies develop colic, which means they cry inconsolably for three hours or more a day for three weeks or more; it peaks at six weeks and usually resolves itself by three months.
– Try the colic hold: Lay baby facedown on your forearm, cradle her close to your body, and rock her back and forth.

13. Pacifier Cures?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there’s nothing wrong with giving a newborn a pacifier. Some children have strong sucking needs and are quickly soothed by a binky. Most babies give up the paci on their own around the seventh month. If yours doesn’t, don’t worry. The AAP says it’s unlikely to harm his development.

14. Go Outside for a Stroll
Fresh air and sunshine can help Mom and Baby feel better. A change of scenery can be distracting enough to calm your newborn’s cries.

15. Give baby a massage: Some babies find stroking soothing.

16. Reduce External Stimulation. Babies sometimes cry because there is too much going on for their little minds to process. Try dimming the lights, removing toys, and reducing noise levels.

17. Check the temperature in your house: Baby could be too hot or too cold.

18. Check baby’s clothes: Hot, tight, or confining clothes can cause tears to flow.

19. Sing or Hum. Soft, gentle songs sung by a familiar voice will often calm Baby’s cries. Humming also offers a soothing vibratory sensation. (…and a way to warm up those vocal chords!)

20. Change the Way You Hold Baby. Some little ones like to be held over the shoulder, some prefer the football hold, and still others like to be held facing out. Experiment to learn what your infant likes best.

21. Check Baby’s Diaper. A wet or soiled diaper is one of the most common reasons for a baby’s tears. Even if you have recently changed your baby’s diaper, it’s still a good idea to check again.

22. Feed Baby. Most babies cry when they are hungry. Try offering the breast or bottle to soothe your little one.

23. Distract Baby. It’s surprising how often this method works. Parents who’ve tried this suggest making faces or blowing raspberries as surefire ways to make Baby laugh, and to take her mind off of the reason for her tears.

24. Undress Baby
Sometimes the reason for Baby’s discomfort lies beneath the surface. For this reason, experts suggest undressing your baby and looking to see if you can spot a physical problem. Snaps can pinch little legs and diaper tape can stick to skin.

The best thing parents can do when their infant is crying is to stay calm. An increase in your stress level will increase your baby’s. Remain calm and your baby might follow suit.

TGIF! Have a great day!

P.S. Today is All Souls’ Day, We are lighting a candle and saying our prayers for the souls of my beloved Mom, my parents in law, and all our loved ones who had departed the world but somehow had been a part of our lives. And before I forget, a late greeting of “Happy Halloween” to all the kids and the kids-at-heart!

Thrilling Snippets of Newborns’ Parents’ Conversations

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Source: Nickmom

Oh yes, no trips for us to the cinema for now…

It has been a super duper busy week for us. All our visitors (including my uncle and aunt who helped us with Alexa) had left and flown back home to Manila last weekend.

Being (first time) parents is fun and yet challenging, especially when she cries of starvation in the middle of the night when our sleep is at its deepest. Ugh.

These are the times when we miss our pre-baby days, but it still does not beat the experience of being parents. Even better, hubby and I now get to be real hands-on mom and dad, depending on no one else but each other.

Have fun friday, and great weekend as well!