This is such a late post but cute nonetheless. We took our picture during the annual sunflower field in UP. Thank you to ate Pau for being our photographer!
Whenever Julia gets the chance to hold my phone and there is no internet (how millenial!), I’m 100% sure that she’s doing animation. It all started when I was able to download the Folioscope app. She doodled away and got all excited when her drawings came to life.
Here are some of her drawings in the “Magic” series:
By Julia F. Bernardo
All the stars of light,
The clouds are cold and white;
As the sun shines bright,
Like the little stars at night.
In day and night everywhere we go,
It still won’t snow;
During the day bunnies hop,
At night birds flop.
Rain starts to fall I hear it like the faucet,
Thunder starts to come like a rocket;
The sun starts to shine,
I think summer is fine.
I know “Let It Go” has ben used countless of times and has permutated in countless different ways, but allow me to use it once more. I have opened an online shop where I sell pre-loved items from my children’s closet. I never knew how hard it was to “let go” until I was being inquired, to being offered a lower price, to wrapping it for shipping, to the courier picking it up. It was as if the link to my memories are being transported along with it.
It was even more emotional when people haggle for a lower price. I wanted to say these are my children’s clothes! Handled with extreme care and looks like new… but I know that they don’t know how much these are cared for like my children. I remember this jumper that I sold just last week. I lovingly hugged and kissed it before wrapping it up and typing this down makes me want to laugh now! But all i saw are times when he wore it and how happy we all were that day.
Here’s Jansen twinning with his tatay when we went out for lunch.
Looking back, I would like to borrow from Marie Kondo and say…
Thank you for your service.
I feel that I am nearing the end of my breastfeeding journey with Jansen. It has already been a year and six months and I can say that I enjoyed this more than my first time. It is not just because my kids have completely different behavior but because I am more prepared in terms of information with my second baby.
When I gave birth to Julia, I was not that well read in terms of how breastfeeding works. I thought that it would be naturally easy but I also believed that my own milk will not be enough so I will need to supplement with formula. It was only when I read up on breastfeeding sites and blogs that I learned all there is to know about exclusive breastfeeding. But this happened when I already gave birth and I have consumed half a can of formula already!
Now armed with my experience with Julia, I learned these realizations:
When Julia said to me at 2 years and 4 months “ayaw ko na, malaki na ako”, I felt this sadness that my quiet cuddle was over. And like when I was with Julia, I will miss our cuddle sessions every night.. I guess we have to think of other ways to bond beyond this. For Julia it’s arts, for my little Jansen, I still have to figure it out!
We seldom go out of the house on weekends because of the horrendous traffic conditions in Metro Manila but on rare occasions that we do, we opt for something more natural than the mall. It’s not that malls are a bad thing, my daughter misses the mall so much that she did a happy dance last Monday when I told her we will be going. It’s just that weekends in malls are so busy and constricting. A few months ago, we headed to Zambales to enjoy the waves. Julia, as usual went swimming as soon as we arrived. She loves the beach and making sand castles. Jansen, as usual went for the food hahaha! Here are our pics from that day.