Wednesday, November 28, 2012


We are always reminded by people who works with Isabella that because of her disability, she will be delayed in a lot of things, mostly mentally, mobility and functionality.

Patience, has always been my enemy. Amazingly, God has given me this beautiful child, to teach me what patience is all about -not only to learn it, but live and accept it.

Due to Isabella's cardiac surgery, she was on sternal precautions for 6-8 weeks. Because they had to cut open her sternum (yes, that bone in the chest), we could only scoop her and could not carry or lift her in the arms and she was not allowed to have tummy time. This caused additional delays on a lot of things. 

Every morning for the past month, I would lay Bella on the mat on her tummy with a rolled towel or blanket on her chest. Starting from a minute to 2 to 3. I try and increase it each time without pushing her too far and making her feel uncomfortable. She is starting to go roll on her side. 

It's going good so far, one small step at a time. 

I am looking forward to putting up the tree this weekend with the kids. 
It's going to be Bella's first Christmas. 
And it's going to be a wonderful one. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Isabella's hearing test was cancelled today. She usually responds to sounds but there are times when I think she doesn't so part of me feels disappointed that she couldn't go because I would want to know what the results would be.

We were supposed to pick up her brothers from school today after the appointment (instead of them riding the school bus). But we thought it'd be fun to still pick them up regardless.

On the way out, I took few shots of us from my phone. I always bring her close to the mirror to see her reflection everyday. And every single day, what I see is this beautiful girl with brown eye and long eyelashes,  soft curly/wavy hair, a cute nose and  an adorable smile that comes with 2 cute dimples. A little girl full of courage and strength. Someone who can warm someone's heart in an instant. I hope someday, she would love her reflection too and see herself as how her mother sees her.

Can you tell, I love her to bits? :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sniff, sniff

Does your baby have the sniffles?

If you have a small child, I would highly recommend this product. Having a daughter with CHD (Congenital Heart Defect), we are cautious that she won't get lower chest congestion (even after having her heart fixed). When Isabella has the sniffles, I put some saline drops on her nose, wait for about a minute and use this nasal aspirator. I have to make sure that she is mucus free (or at least most of it).

My only recommendation would be is to not suck air too hard once the aspirator is in their nose. If you do, you are sucking the air that they're breathing too and it makes them very uncomfortable.

NoseFrida the snot sucker product photograph

It is affordable too. We purchased ours HERE.
Hope this information helps.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


A friend came over today with her kids. We talked about so many things. I love mom talk!
It always interests me to hear how other moms deal with parenthood. Not that I enjoy hearing part of their struggles but it but somehow, makes me feel relieved that I'm not alone on this path of parenthood & its struggles. Like what my mom always says, "we all have different cross to carry, so be nice because you'll never know how heavy the cross they're carrying". How very true.

Just the other morning, my husband and I were going out so I needed to boil some water for Isabella. I put the pot on the stove and saw a letter from Canadian Immigration about fingerprint request so I thought I'd call them (since I already submitted fingerprints with my citizenship application). But I remembered that they may ask me which agency I had it done so I went upstairs to grab that sheet of paper. I saw some invoice from the car dealership so I started creating a file folder for it. I also saw that there was something that wasn't filed properly so I filed it. On the way down, I remembered that I needed to wake Isabella up. So I did, changed her diaper, her clothes & by the time I went down, my husband said that I left the stove on, which I admitted & said, "I was boiling water". The thing is, there was no water in the pot. Ha!

What do you struggle most about being a parent? Organization, discipline, attitude, budget? I guess they all contribute to our issues of having that balance in our lives, which I always struggle with. A lot of us don't take time to just sit down and relax. And sadly, even if we do, we're thinking of what to cook for supper, or what chore to do next.

I guess, at the end of the day, our children won't remember how clean our house was or how their meals were nutritiously made, or how their clothes are freshly washed and nicely folded. They will remember more of how we played with them, or who won in scrabble, or how good that mac n cheese from the box was.

Here's to a day in a week of not cleaning up and a night of take out!

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