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Hello

I have been away for quite some time. And for good reason. Having a baby can definitely take up all of one’s time. You’ve heard it all before… the sleepless nights, breastfeeding several times a day, nappy changes & the dreaded colic. And then January came during which a family emergency unexpectedly came up, bringing our young family to a trip overseas. We returned just last week and have slowly readjusted to life back in the good ‘ol US of A.

My instagram page is regularly updated though, as it’s a much easier platform for someone as busy as I’ve been. I hope to be able to find time to put in a decent post here sometime soon. Til then…

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Family

 

25 Weeks

My pregnancy is becoming more and more challenging as the weeks go by. A recently-discovered condition requires me to temper my active lifestyle and get more rest. Hence, I have taken a break from my pole and barre instruction, and lessening the chore work at home as well. It’s not easy, I have to admit. My body misses what it’s accustomed to, and it seems that the more I rest, the more aches and pains I feel. Ah… to be pregnant at 38 is certainly dipping into a whole new fertility bracket.

Michael Kors dress – similar here, Zara shoes (old), Bracelets – Cartier

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Family, Fashion, Life, Pregnancy

 

Halfway point at 20 Weeks

20 weeks{BCBG dress – similar here & here, Sam & Libby wedges, Cartier Love bracelets}

20 weeks


20 weeks

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Family, Pregnancy

 

13 weeks & 4 days

These were from my last ultrasound photos {as posted on my Instagram page}.

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Family

 
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Our sweet ‘lil pea at 11 weeks

11 weeks

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Family

 

Mothering

Celebrating Mother’s Day has gotten me thinking a lot about my own journey as a parent. It has not been an easy trek. I became a mom at 17, just before I began my college life, so it wasn’t exactly the most convenient time to have a child. Nor was it the “proper” time as I’m sure most would say. With tremendous support from my family, we were able to get through with as much normalcy as possible.

Then came the period in my life when I started raising her on my own…away from my family, in a different country, where we no longer had the luxury of household help and nannies. She was just about 7 at the time. One might think I must have dreaded that next step, but in all honesty, I looked forward to it. It was a new beginning where I was finally given the opportunity to really learn what it meant to become a mother.

While I grew up in a household that had help to do just about everything you could think of, I was always the type who would insist on cooking meals in the kitchen, organizing and rearranging my own clothes and what-not, driving myself to wherever I needed to go (although the driver came in handy every now and then). So I knew deep down that living independently from my family, with a child in tow, was going to be something I could take on. But boy was I in for a big surprise. I soon realized that (single) parenting isn’t just about getting chores done and scheduling play dates, it is about shaping this other person’s life into one that would develop a strong sense of character and solid foundation of moral values, consistently supporting her physical, emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual development, and guiding her decision-making skills through open communication and thoughtful and intentional prayer.

Having parented for nearly 20 years now, I have realized that:

  • There is no such thing as a perfect parent, ony a growing parent. Whenever I am feeling inadequate and insecure with my parenting skills, I quickly turn my thoughts to the fact that I too, am growing and learning. I cannot possibly have the answers to everything.
  • No matter how they try to pretend that they have it all figured out, our kids, no matter what age, need our attention.  Given that our own lives can get chaotic, we need to set aside time during the day to reach out and find out how their day at school (or at work, as in my case) is going, then schedule perhaps a shopping or movie date and use that as an opportunity to catch up on things that may have gone by unnoticed during the week.
  • Our kids need to learn how to become independent. I admit, I am guilty of trying to control everything all the time, but in the last few years, I have learned to slowly let go and trust that she is putting to practice everything I have taught her when it comes to making sound decisions. She may fall and stumble every now and then, but that’s how she learns that with bad choices, come consequences. As parents, we can only do so much to protect and safeguard our kids… at some point, we need to step back and let them live out what we have taught.

And lastly…

  • Teach by example. Nothing else to it. We truly have to practice what we preach. Consistently.

To my dear daughter Camille, thank you for always filling my life with exciting adventures and character-building lessons along with way. You will always be my first love and my reason for living ♥ I am truly blessed to be your mom!

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Family, Special Occasions

 

Birthday

You are the reason my life has meaning. Thank you for being my best friend, my confidante and my soul mate. God did not scrimp when he chose you for me  ♥

Happy birthday hon!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Family, Special Occasions

 
 
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