New Work, Elise 14 month update

I’m now sitting here in the open work area in my new office. Yes, still in the IT department, still a programmer.

Elise can walk now, just before her 14 month birthday.  She’s like a walking zombie with her arms out when she toddles.  She enjoys walking now, rarely asking to be carried na (unless if it were me or Pau)  And she’s so madaldal. Check out her videos in my videos page.

I miss my daughter more when I’m at work.  At least, this time, I save around 10-15 mins of travel time so that I can be with her more.

Jealousy

I’m starting to get jealous of my husband.  Elise calls him ‘dad-duh’ now while she just points at me and says ‘hummm…hummm’ if she wants my attention.  Is it because they spend more time together than I do?

This is SO not fair! *grumble, grumble*

Malambing

Last night, my daughter surprised me by showing off her malambing nature. We were watching MTV while I sang to her when one of the good videos came up. When I looked at her to see what her reaction was to my singing, she made a “nguso”, kissed me and clapped her chubby hands afterwards. Wasn’t that the sweetest? It was the first time she did so without me asking it from her.

The other time she surprised me with her affectionate nature was last week was when I fetched her from her long 4-day stay-over at my grandma’s house. When I opened the door to see ate Linda and her playing she looked up at me and flashed me her big mega-watt, six-toothed grin. What more, she even gave me a big hug when i picked her up.

Although I maybe out of her sight for 12 hours (or more) every weekdays, her “lambing”-ness (self-made word) to me, every time I come home, is the bestest ever reward a mother could ever have.

Walk like a man….talk like a man….

The daughter walked 4 steps yesterday before falling on her butt! Goooo, elise!! A few days (and practices) more and we’ll be chasing her around like crazy. Can’t wait!!

She also did a show over skype video to my parents today. Elise clapped her hands and danced to the “Makulay ang Buhay” Knorr commercial video. Its her favorite commercial same as Kim Chiu’s “Kering-keri”. The grandparents were thrilled! Its great that we enjoy this kind of technology these days. Too bad, nothing still beats the feel of being able to hug your grandchild afterwards. Don’t worry mom and dad, we’ll be able to embrace your
solamente nieta soon.

The Elise Update: 10 months, 3 weeks

Milestones:
1. Can stand for 3-5 seconds on her own, after pulling herself up.
2. Babbles a lot (very madaldal), can’t wait til she calls me mommy
3. Drinks from a cup.
4. Can dance to the tune of “lucky me” and “arimunding”.
5. Mimics sounds and expressions.
6. Can do “beautiful eyes”
7. Understands “no” if you say so.

Still waiting to do:
– clap hands
– hold bottle when feeding
– say mama or dada to the right person

She’ll be turning 1 in 33 days. Planning for that perfect party for the unica hija fills my head all the time.

Life in the Province

Ever since we came back from driving Pau to La Union, my head is one big provincial mess. I keep on imagining myself and my family living the simple life in the province. I fell in love with Aringay, a small, sleepy town in La Union. People here are living a very laid back life. Everything I see is like a hard contrast to the urban living that I’m used to. Major banks and fast food restos are a good 7 kms away but the town plaza, church, the highway and the beach is all just a good walking distance.

What more, I hardly see any signs of poverty. There are houses as big as the ones found in the executive villages but with vegetable gardens and chicken coops in their backyards. All the small houses are well kept and brimming with flower garderns. Satellite TV and cable internet available to those who want them. And all the vegetables and seafood you want at almost 50% off manila price.

I can see myself having a small business in town, an internet cafe, perhaps. Taking on web and printshop work, having more time with my kid and the hubby who’s taking care of chickens and a few piglets in our backyard. Neighbors are like family, inviting each other for dinner or lunch for no reason at all. Old folks making ‘tambay sa kanto’ with the young ones. Picking vegetables for dinner in our vegetable garden. And the beach…a few minutes walk away.

Ahh…the simple life – a dream wishing for it to be a reality.