Learning the Art of Trantums

Cyler is not a cry baby, he rarely cry and when he does it’s for the strangest reason. I can still remember the day when he was born, he didn’t cry at all. The pedia and other nurse’s inside the operating room tried to make him cry but he didn’t, oh he cried just a little and that’s it! We always have a quiet and peaceful night with him because he never cry, although we still suffer from those sleepless night. Cj and I feel grateful because we never experience those hundred decibels shriek from our baby. So when he cries we just let him cry because it seldom happens and besides it’s good for his lungs too.

Until one day, our toddler discovered the art of tantrums. I know he’s about to enter the terrible two’s but hey does it really have to be like that? I mean those tantrums, is it really a part of growing up just like the saying goes? Yes, I think so because it’s happening now and then. I am actually not prepared, at first I really don’t know how to handle it because I’m not used to those drama, for 18 months of not experiencing it do you think I’m ready?! Of course I must, that’s part of motherhood! But I must admit that I am having a hard time dealing with it although it seldom happens. It only happens when he’s really tired and he couldn’t sleep or when someone borrows his toy.

Last night when I was asking(surfing) my very reliable source namely Mr. Google I’ve read at some random parenting site that we(parents) should always calm down(even if it’s hard) when times are stressful so that your toddler will do the same. This one really works for us because every time he throw tantrums I let him cry to his heart’s content and when he’s done crying I always say “sorry, sweetie” then I kiss and hug him after, the best part of it– he used to say sorry too. I guess that’s the best part of our drama. Sometimes we just have to weather the storm until he calm down. And when we couldn’t stop him from wailing we let him play his iPad or sing a song to distract him and viola! He’s back to his normal self. I guess tantrums is their way of showing their emotion to us so let us respect their feelings. As much as possible, we avoid harsh discipline– like shouting especially saying “No” because it only make tantrums worse. Cyler hates the word “No”, he really hates it! When he hear that word he automatically sit on the floor and started wailing. That’s why as much as possible we try to avoid that word.

We’re still on the process of teaching him the value of sharing. He still cries when someone borrows his toy especially his iPad. But we keep on telling him that it’s good to share things with other kids. Maybe for now he couldn’t understand those things but I do believe that sooner or later he’ll get the hang of it. Just one baby step at a time. These things are really new to me and I believe that I’m just learning the art of tantrums too. I know I’m not alone in this journey because every child throw tantrums at some point. Agree mommies?

How about you? How do you handle this kind of situation? Any parenting advice, Mommies and Daddies?

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Toddler’s Speech and Developmental Milestones

Our favorite pedia, Dra. Vienne Saulog says that Cyler has a good and bright memory considering that he’s not even two years old. At this point of his life he already knew so many things like numbers (he can count now from 1-30!),human body parts, alphabets, objects, and animal sounds. He can now construct two to three words like “open the door” although he’s still on bulol phase. And his still sociable just like before, wag mo nga lang patatawanin kasi mabibigo ka lang. He rarely smile to strangers although sumasama naman siya. Madali nga daw makidnap especially when he hears the magic word “bye!” because he loves going outside the house. Kung may Dora the Explorer, si Cyler ata ung nawawalang kapatid nya. LOL! Certified lakwatsero ang bagets! Oh well kanino pa ba magmamana? Hihi We told Docky that Cyler is musically inclined too. We always hear him singing or humming even without the music. Doc Vienne didn’t require Cyler to go on a toddler school since he’s developmental milestones are really fast. But she suggested that if we want Cyler to develop more his music skills then we can enroll him to a toddler music class when he reach two. So we are planning to enroll him in either Gymboree or Kindermusic maybe after his 2nd Birthday, we are still undecided though. Both toddler school are really really good (based on my fellow moms review) that’s why it’s kinda hard for us to decide. But we’ll see.

Who knew that something so simple could be so much fun for the little ones? My little Mr. Curious guy get so amazed and giddy everytime he hears the sounds of the animals. Last month, he learned how to mimic the sounds of the animals. His favorite among all the animal sounds? The growling sound of the Bear– RAWR!

Doc Vienne kept on telling to us that we are on the right track because despite of our hectic schedule still we we’re able to teach our toddler. Well technically, it’s not only us who taught him those things. Like the alphabets he learned that from watching Brainy Baby, he learned counting from watching Charlie and the Numbers, he learned the animal sounds from a particular app which I don’t remember the name already, BUT we constantly teaching him how to say those words over and over again until he get it right. See it’s not only us who influence’s our child, TV and gadgets can really influence your child too. Nowadays, modern technology becomes your parenting partner (agree mommies?), whether we like it or not, children of today are going to be involved with technology. Gadget aims to help entertain our toddlers especially while you’re doing household chores or work, and it also helps your child’s developmental milestones but I’m not saying that Television and gadgets are a good source of learning, still everything has to be on moderation. Too much use of gadgets can isolate your child from the real world. I’m no expert in parenting but I’m saying this based on my own and real experience. I bet every parents can relate to me.

Our pedia always tell us that the more we talk to our child, the more they learn. So for those mommies who keep on asking me what’s secret and how did my toddler learn those things? My answer– constant communication with your child is the number one key to your childs milestones. And also make learning a fun time for your toddler. So make it a habit, talk to your child even though he/she is not yet talking. Just say anything and be constant, you’ll be surprise one day your baby is mimicking what you’re saying. Remember, parents are the first and most enduring educators of their children. πŸ™‚

Cyler’s List of Spoken Words and Other Milestones at 19 Months Old

At 19 months old, my tot has become more talkative than ever. He communicates well compare before. He can now answer some of my questions by saying yes or no, wag lang talaga e-eksena ang mga cars kung hindi deadma nanaman ang lahat ng tao sa mundo! I think he is so eager to talk because he is trying to cope up with all the adults around him. He’s the only kiddo in our house. I mentioned from my previous post how talkative he is and that he is indeed a HUGE talker(like her mom and dad)! Oftentimes, he talk while sleeping (sometimes he counts pa nga) and talk nonstop from the moment he open his eyes. Sometimes he garble the letter and sounds like a chinese little boy especially when he tries to sing. In fairness to him he really sings well and he knows how to follow the rhythm. Yun nga lang most of the time he has his own version of lyrics. He actually memorized all the soundtracks of his favorite cartoons from BabyTV and Disney Junior, even the soundtrack of Showtime in channel 2 and other commercials in TV. He’s very music inclined. And you know what’s the weirdest thing he does? He used to recite the alphabet while crying, as in may masabi lang talaga sya habang umiiyak. So most of the time we ended up laughing at him. Hehe

And here’s the list of Cyler’s spoken words at 19 months:

Let’s start with the sound of the animals and other things that creates sounds:

β€’ Choo! Choo! (Sound of the train)
β€’ Row! Row! ( a.k.a sound of the Lion. Less the “R” at the end)
β€’ Meow- meow!
β€’ Croak! Croak! (Sound of Frog)
β€’ Bee! Bee! ( a.k.a sound of the car– beep! Beep)
He learned all these sounds from his favorite App, Pocoyo.

And here’s the songs that he already memorized by heart:

β€’ Birthday Song (I taught him how to sing this song just last week. And he sings it by heart. Sometimes with matching papikit-pikit pa at the end of the song)
β€’ The Wheel On The Bus (The best part of this song is when he says open and shut, he used to say pupuchi-pucha! Oh pero teka hindi po sya nagmumura! :p)
β€’ If You’re Happy (He can actually clap and nod his head, but still working on stamping his feet. Naa-out of balance eh!)
β€’ Hi-5 ost (He used to say “pa-pab” instead of hi-5!)
β€’ Showtime ost (He said “Showta” instead of showtime)
β€’ Jake and the Neverland Pirate ost
β€’ Mickey Mouse ost and other Disney Junior cartoon’s official soundtrack (Yun nga lang parating dulo lang ung nasasabi nya. Hehe)
β€’ Alphabet Song (He already mastered this song)
β€’ Twinkle-Twinkle
β€’ A Sailor Went to The Sea (He says “chi” instead of sea)

Here’s the other words that he can actually say, although he still on his buyoy(bulol) phase:
β€’ Oh no! (he says that whenever he stumble or drop something)
β€’ Airplane
β€’ Dirty
β€’ Stop! (He usually say this when our dogs are maligalig and sometimes he says that to me every time I tickle him. Hehe)
β€’ Mickey Mouse
β€’ Truck
β€’ TV… Patwow! (TV Patrol)
β€’ It’s Showta! (It’s showtime!)
β€’ Pupuchi pucha! (Open and shut)
β€’ Manga (But he is actually saying BANANA. This is the weirdest thing he say. No matter how we insists that it’s banana he would still call it manga! NKKLK!)
β€’ Mommy (Yes, he can now say Mommy! With matching sigaw pa yan. Before he used to call me as Mama, he still call his Daddy as Papa though.)
β€’ Cellphone
β€’ Pa-pab! (Hi-5)
β€’ Yeyow (Yellow)
β€’ Orange (orange)
β€’ Pepel (Purple)
β€’ Bwu (Blue)
β€’ Cookies
β€’ Shower
β€’ Yipeee!
β€’ Ayus Sky-ler (Cyrus Schuyler, yes that’s his name! He can actually say it now)

Other milestones:
β€’ He can now actually read the letters. Before he can only recite it, but now he can actually distinguish it.
β€’ He can recognize more colors like purple, orange, yellow,and blue. Before he only knew green, but now level up na ang bagets!
β€’ He can solve puzzles in his favorites App.
β€’ He likes art activity.
β€’ He’s no picky eater anymore (prays the Lord!) although it takes him forever before he swallow what he’s eating.
β€’ He doesn’t like sweets, which is good. Really, really good.
β€’ He knows what’s the use of yes and no at marunong na din mamilosopo. One time I was calling him and he didn’t respond to me, so I asked him if he heard what I’m saying and he said “No!”. Ay hindi nga nya ko naririnig! My gulay kang bata ka!
β€’ He learned the art of tantrums although he still give us his crocodille tears. I’m not sure if I will consider this as a milestone though. Hehe
β€’ He also learned the art of running, so his more handful now. Mas nakakapagod na din habulin! As in!
β€’ He knows how to cry now, with real tears ah. Kasi Cyler is not a cry baby, he only cry when he get hurt so badly. And he’s not fearful, most of the time I’m the one who get scared everytime he get hurt. Mas nauuna pa akong umiyak sknya. As in!
β€’ In terms of his social skills, he’s still the friendly little boy I know. But he prefer playing with adults than other kids, maybe because he is always surrounded by adults. But as time goes by I know he will learn how to play with the other kiddos. I’m just happy because he loves being surrounded by many people.
β€’ Aside from counting 1-10, he can now count from 11-20! Medyo sablay pa nga lang but we’re still working on it.

So far those are the things that I remember, hopefully in my next post I could jot down (or remember) more milestones. My only problem with Cyler is that we are having a hard time from weaning him in thumb-sucking. Dra. Vienne says that we can actually put chilli sauce on his thumb to prevent him from thumb-sucking. Actually, we already did that before but it didn’t work. And take note we used the real one, not the chilli sauce pero parang wala lang sa kanya ung anghang! NKKLK talaga! Hopefully we can wean him from that habit before he reach three yrs old. Sana ma-achieve namin yan ng bonggang bongga!

Cliche as it sound but I really can’t imagine how time flies. I can’t believe (or I just can’t accept) that my baby is no longer a baby. Hay. I just want to cherish every moment with my son and I want him to feel that he’s one of the greatest thing that happened in my life! And I want him to feel that he is always loved and not alone. I know time will come and he will be opting to be on his own, so when that time comes I’m pretty sure that he’s ready to face the world.

And yes, I’m looking forward for his more milestones, big or small, whatever it is I will always be a one proud Momma. πŸ™‚

Cyrus Schuyler’s Christening: The Details and DIYs

Here are some of the details and DIY on Cyler’s christening.

Baptismal Invitation:

Thanks to my CIL Jus who did the layout and designs of the invitation.

Baptismal Outfit:

Grey and white polo shirt from Baby Couture

Grey bodysuits from Baby Gap and shoes from Fisher Price

Thanks Ninang Yen for the bodysuits. πŸ™‚

My dress is from Folded&Hung and Hubby’s polo from Memo. Our motif is grey. πŸ™‚

Giveaways:

Cuppies

Cupcake Tower

The cupcake cost 50/each including the box, plus delivery charge. The design was in 3d and 2d. Sorry, I don’t have any close up shot of the cupcake designs, but it was a baby shoes and a star. We just borrowed the cupcake stand to our supplier. The name of our supplier is Joyce, she was introduced to me by a common friend. I ordered vanilla flavor, I want velvet sana kaso it’s not bagay to the color blue icing and motif.

Giveaways from Max’s Restaurant

This is included on Max’s baptismal package. The design was animals (who board on Noah’s ark). It’s super cute!

Decorations:

Theme: Noah’s Ark

The decorations and table centerpieces are included in the package too. Oh diba super sulit?! πŸ™‚

Guest Book:

Notebook from Papemelroti

Letters and Design from National Bookstore

For the guest book, I bought a notebook in Papemelroti , then I put Cyler’s picture on the cover. The letter’s and designs are from National Bookstore.

Meaningful messages from his godparents.. πŸ™‚

What’s next?! Cyler’s 1st Birthday party planning! Can’t waiit! πŸ™‚

Cyrus Schuyler’s Christening: The Church

“Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is our first choice for Cyler’s christening. We wanted the baptismal rites to be solemn and private. The church has they’re own Baptistry, so Hubby and I thinks that “Shrine of Jesus” is the perfect one for Cyler’s christening. The church doesn’t required any letter from our Parish, they just need the photocopy of birth and marriage certificate. Fee is two thousand five hundred pesos (Php 2,500) with one pair of sponsors and additional one hundred (Php100) per pair for the additional sponsors. We scheduled the baptism two-weeks prior to actual date, good thing the date and time that we wanted are still available. We scheduled it on Cyler’s 3rd month, so there’s two thing that we are celebrating on that day, his christening and his 3rd monthsary. The candles and baptismal dress are provided by the Parish, so it’s hassle-free.

“Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and the Life”

Brief Description:
Built in 1999, this is the only church in Roxas Boulevard and one of the newer places of worship in Metro Manila. It is made of wood and colored brown with gold highlights.

The Altar

I really love the structure of the church, I must say.

Btw, they only allow parents, godparents and photographer inside the Baptistry and they are very strict with this. We started thirty minutes late because the Priest was late, that’s the downside. But since the Priest was late they allowed all our guests to enter the Baptistry, now that’s the upside. The Baptismal rites went well and very solemn.

Inside the Baptistry

The Rites of Baptism:

The Baptism of the child

Pouring of the holy water on the child’s head.

The Anointing with the Chrism

The White Garment

The baptismal garment is put on the child.

The Paschal Candle

The father or godfather lights the Easter candle.

The Lords Prayer

Look, Cyler is listening attentively to Father (sorry, I forgot the name of the Priest).

The Blessing

Thanks be to God, Cyler is now a true blooded Christian.

More photos of the ceremony are posted here.

After the ceremony:

The handsome godfathers

The pretty godmothers

The godparents on they’re wackiest shot

More photos in the church are posted here.

Btw, thanks to my CIL Jus for being the official photographer on that day. πŸ™‚

Church: Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Reclamation Area, Pasay City

Date: August 28,2011

Time: 2:00PM

Cyrus Schuyler’s Christening: The Reception

If you are on a tight budget and you want to have a hassle free celebration , I highly recommend Max’s Restaurant .The resto offers the best menu at the lowest price ever, the food is good and affordable. Would you believe that we only pay less than 18 thousand pesos for the venue that is good for 80pax? The total cost of Cyler’s Baptismal is less than 20 thousand pesos, yes less than 20 thousand pesos only (including the giveaways and DIY’s). We are expecting for 50 guest but more than 80 guest show up! But it’s fine, the more the merrier, right?! Hehe We almost occupied the whole resto, but what I also like about having the reception in a resto is the assurance that there will be food for everyone even if more than expected guests show up. Lesson learned: Do not rely on RSVP. Hehe

Anyhoo, they have four menu for Christening package and we chose Menu 1 standard. They have premium and standard, the premium includes all the amenities while the standard doesn’t include all the amenities. Here’s the list of amenities and menu that we get:

  • Nachos with Bangus Spread
  • Soup of the day
  • Pancit Canton
  • Lumpiang Shanghai
  • Chopsuey
  • Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
  • Caramel Bar
  • Plain Rice
  • Softdrinks and Icetea

Inclusive of:

  • 2 hours use of venue
  • Free use of bassinet
  • Decorated Party Area
  • Party Balloons
  • Balloon Centerpieces
  • Tarpaulin Banner Rental
  • Invitations
  • Gift for the Baby
  • Souvenirs
  • 5% discount certificate (for next party)

Note:

  • Php2,988 per additional full table
  • Php1495 per additional half-table

I decided to forgo the cake and guest book on the package, instead of cake pinalitan ko nalang ng cupcake para pang giveaway na rin since hindi naman makakain ng guest ung cake then the guest book it’s DIY, plus naka-less pako. πŸ™‚ We added another full table and half-table nung dumami bigla yung guest, good thing the food didn’t served late.

They also have a “Ninong ko si Max” promo. Max’, the celebrated figure behind Max’s Restaurant will be the official “ninong” or godfather of every infant and child who will celebrate their christening reception at Max’s Resto. Every year, until they reach the age 7, the child can expect christmas and birthday presents from their doting Ninong Max, plus they are also priviledge to receive treats at Max’s Corner Bakery goodies every time they visit Ninong Max’s resto (with a min purchase of Php200). They also get a special 15% discount on their 1st and 7th birthday! Oh diba ang generous ni Ninong Max?! (Havey na havey!)

“Ninong ko si Max” certificate πŸ™‚

Theme: Noah’s Ark

Happy christening Cyler!

The proud parents πŸ™‚

The Ricafort Family

I am now a certified true christian πŸ™‚

  • Venue: Max’s Restaurant, Bluewave Macapagal
  • Time: 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM
  • Theme: Noah’s Ark

More photos posted here.

Max’s Restaurant never fails to amaze me and satisfy my guests tummies. I believe that christening should not be expensive. Actually, Max’s Restaurant is our wedding reception too! Hindi naman kami masyadong suki diba?! πŸ˜€