Anastasia’s First Birthday

So this explains why I have not been so active for the past few months. I was really busy planning and organizing my little one’s first birthday! It was not as easy as I thought. Considering how keen I am with every details, and how I always want to beat deadlines. And in this post, I will be sharing some of the few things I have learned along my supposed to be DIY party for Anastasia.

Trust me, if you are a first time mom, and really doesn’t have any experience with planning and organizing events or even simple parties, this is going to make you crazy! But of course, with the right people around you, and your “NEVER GIVE UP” mindset, you can achieve the party that you have always wanted for your little munchkin.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER?

  • Venue

= Where can your guests from North and South of your location can meet halfway?

= If you are planning to have your little one’s Christening and first birthday on just the same day, then you would have to consider the location of the church too. As much as possible, the church and your venue for your LO’s birthday should be near with one another. So you can have everyone from the Christening be able to attend the party too!

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This is the Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish & Shrine of the Incarnation church where Anastasia was baptized. It is located along Mindanao Avenue.
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And her party place! This is located along Congressional Avenue, just a few blocks from the church.
  • Time

= Of course, you have to know the availability of your guests. In my case, my little munchkin’s first birthday happened to be on a weekday (Thursday). I have to consider my guests availability, so I decided to have the event on weekend.

I also suggest that you can create an event on Facebook on your prospect date and time, and you can see there people who can and cannot come on that day. So you can gauge if you need to change the day or what have you.

  • Food

= I originally planned of having a DIY party where it can be a buffet style for the food, but due to some circumstances, I was not able to do my original plan. So what I did is to look for a restaurant that offers buffet style for parties. With the help of my loving friends and also with my research, I was able to have my party in Shakey’s that offers buffet style for the food. So I do not have to stress myself so much in thinking different packages of food for adults and kids.

  • Souvenirs

= Now, since I had Anastasia’s Christening on the same day as her birthday, I had to have souvenirs for her godparents. I do not want the usual souvenirs that are usually given, like the little angels or small feeding bottles with her picture on it. Though I have nothing against those souvenirs but I just really wanted to give something that can be of everyday use. And so I ended up with mason jars filled with popcorns! Very classy. And since for the party package I had with Shakey’s, the loot bags they have for the kids are only limited, I also decided to add more, specially for the boys because the loot bags Shakey’s can provide is depending on the theme you’ll be getting, which on my case was Barbie (not my theme though, but I have to choose). Those things I have added for the souvenirs and loot bags were all just from Divisoria! Believe me, you can buy quality souvenirs there and a lot of things to add for the loot bags without you spending so much!

  • Miscellaneous

= I also had a large tarpaulin for Anastasia, filled with her photos as she grows up. I just chose  a layout from Google, and good thing, I have my best friend Alyssa who helped me with the design of the tarpaulin.

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= Anastasia’s dress were all ordered from Amazon by my parents. We had two dresses for her, one for her Christening and another for her birthday party. If you feel like doing the same about ordering online, I suggest you give an allowance with your LO’s size so at least, it is easier to repair if needed. Or you can just shop around with your munchkin so you can be very certain with how the dress would fit. I also suggest you have it done a month before your munchkin’s first birthday because I do not know why but babies grow so fast these days! One day they’re size 8, next thing you know, they’re size 10 already!

  • Cake

= For the cake, what I did first is come up with my sample design. It is where the price of the cake will be based. Next was I shopped around Facebook, and Instagram for people who can do customized cakes. Be prepared for your sample design and additional requests so they can gauge the cost of the cake. Oh and please, be very sure before you make some reservations. It’s a bit off if you’ll be cancelling orders or if you really have to cancel the order, have it done at least a week before the event.

Few more reminders, mommies!

If you are wondering how much did we spend for our Anastasia’s party, it was roughly around Php 60,000-70,000. Not bad for 170 pax!

I also suggest you have your reservation on the venues you would like to have, a month before the party. So you can secure your slot. Usually for some restaurants or venues, they will just be asking a down payment just to reserve the slot for you!

And always have a Plan B, C and D! At least you have something as a back up if all else fails.

You can shoot me a message for more details of Anastasia’s birthday. Or if you have questions about anything, feel free to send a message!

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Anastasia @ 7(months)!

I may have been working full time on a night shift, but that does not hinder me from seeing how Anastasia grows. I have witnessed her developments and her little milestones that make us even more proud of her. I must admit, I like it more now that she’s basically trying to go on her own. She is now able to hold her bottle and drink her milk. Play with the stuffed toys she has, she even often initiates playtime. You would know that she’s in the mood to play when she doesn’t stop screaming and would laugh after. She would even welcome us from work with a very huge smile and you would even see how ecstatic she is to us come home. Oh how I love Anastasia! Sometimes, the exhaustion I get from work, the stress I deal with everyday, and a whole lot more are already making sense. What I really mean by that is I now have a purpose, an inspiration and a very strong drive to continue and work harder. Sometimes, you would just really be surprise to the things that you could do just for the ones you really love! Like how I am with Anastasia, and with our family. Below are her pictures during her seventh month! Ooh and not to mention, she’s turning 8 months in a few days. Yey for my little munchkin!

 

 

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6 months and counting with Baby A.

Imagine that! She’s turning seven months a week from now. I am just so happy to see her grow into someone I want her to be. She’s such a happy kid. She would often laugh and play by herself. She doesn’t cry for nothing. She’ll just cry whenever she is hungry or tired and wants to sleep. She is starting to talk right now, she knows how to interact and play with us. She would often shout at the top of her lungs when she wants to talk  with us. Anastasia has always been my stress reliever, the only drive that keeps me going to whatever I have to face. I don’t have much to say for her developments, I’ll just post the photos below and you’ll see ow grown up she is.

Life with Anastasia.

And so after being on hiatus, I finally have enough time to continue blogging. I just got back to working, not to mention, on a very graveyard shift. LOL! Oh and with longer hours! I must admit that it was really exhausting. But as soon I got the hang of it, and also a big thanks to Yomi who helped me cope up with the changes. A lot of adjustments were done just for us to work. Insert all words synonymous with “TIRED” here. Those are the things we often feel, but because Yomi and I got no choice, we continue to strive harder for our little angel.

But after all the stress, that’s where our Anastasia comes in.She takes away all our discomforts in life. Amazing how she is able to do that by just simply smiling. Speaking of my cutie Anastasia…

Anastasia’s second and third month!

Time flies so fast and she is almost on her fourth month. Anastasia is growing even more beautiful everyday. She is starting to have her own habits. She is now able to sleep by herself and oftentimes we need not to carry her every now and then. She started to turn on the first week of her third month. She was struggling at first, and we cannot help but try to push her a little for her to be successful. But then, little by little she is now able to turn without any help nor assistance. She is able to lift her head and would often smile. She now likes to talk, her coocoo’s, all day all night. She is now taking 4oz of milk and sometimes would ask for more! She sleeps the longest during nightime and would be awake all day. In just two months, she’s able to achieve a lot of things! I couldn’t be more proud of my little Tasia.

Below our her photos during her second and third month:

 

Embracing changes.

I have been thinking of things to blog, I have so much ideas, my thoughts are overflowing but I am not able to organize them. So please excuse me for being on hiatus, which I think will happen a bit often because my leave is almost over, as much as I wanted to stay at home and take care of my Anastasia, I also really have to return to work.

So these past few days, I have been reminiscing a lot and suddenly faced with this question…

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First thing that came into my mind were my “what if’s?” and then I find myself answering those too.

Here are my “what if’s?”

  1. What if I did follow my curfew?
  2. What if I did study harder and aimed to finish college with flying colors?
  3. What if I did not work while studying?
  4. What if I did not have much social life back in college?
  5. What if I chose to listen and obey everything my parents told me?

And so I also find myself answering these:

  1. If I did follow my curfew then I would be at home early, would have more time with my siblings, would not procrastinate with deadlines I have to meet and would have enough rest. BUT still, I cannot deny the fact that I did enjoy those times I went home late just to spend more time with my friends, doing extra-curricular activities and simply wandering alone.
  2. If I did study harder, then I would have higher average and I can also finish college with flying colors just like my block mates. BUT I cannot be so hard with myself. Considering that I help my sister study (take note, this is on a daily basis), I also worked while studying during my senior year, and still able to maintain my grades and did not fail any subject, I guess with what I have achieved, I am very much fulfilled and proud!
  3. If I did not work while studying then just like following my curfew, I would be able to have more time to do things and would be able to focus a lot. BUT I must admit that working while studying was never an easy thing to do. I dealt with serious time management, felt tired every now and then that sometimes 12 hours of sleep was still not enough and I cannot focus on things. Having experienced all of these, I still have no regret of making the decision to work. I learned to be independent because I cannot expect everyone to always be there to help with things. I learned to value time, and realized how precious every single second of my life. And I learned how to prioritize important matters.
  4. If I did not have social life I had back  then I wouldn’t enjoy college as much as I did. I will not be able to step out of my comfort zone. And most of all, I wouldn’t meet people whom I have never thought would be there with me through thick and thin.
  5. If I chose to follow everything my parents told me, then they will be more than glad that I have a good life the way they wanted it. BUT even though I may have not obeyed them often and would stick with whatever decision I have, I know for a fact that I can still make them proud and happy for me. I may be far from my them but they never fail to make me feel loved and have always supported me with whatever I do.

 

And I am very grateful that the path I chose led me to Yomi. He’s one of the reasons why I love my life so much. I am lucky to meet his very loving family. And above all the things that he gave me, I am very blessed to have Anastasia. Now I can clearly see my purpose in life.

For the very first time in my 20 years of existence, I was not able to spend the holiday season with my family. It is heartbreaking, I must say. But Yomi and his family did not make me feel like I’m an outcast with them and it made me feel better.

I am never a fan of drastic changes in life. Because  I find it so difficult to cope up. But this experience taught me to embrace the changes and learned that acceptance will always be the key to happiness!

 So cheers to a year full of dreams to make, goals to achieve and happiness that will forever be with us.

 

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This is Yomi’s very loving and happy family. 🙂
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This is my family in Cavite. 🙂 My grandparents with my cousins.
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This is my family in the UK. That’s my mom, dad, Kelly and Mikel (my siblings). 🙂
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And of course my own little family. My life, Yomi and Anastasia. 🙂

 

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First month with Baby A.

I have been thinking of words for me to describe my first month with Anastasia. Everything is surreal when it comes to my little munchkin. Now I get how rewarding it is to be a mother. Times like these, I often remember everything my mom told me before. That there are things I would not understand until I became a mother. True enough, now I am able to fully understand what she meant.

FIRST MONTH WAS:
Tiring for I really do not have a consistent sleep schedule. Anastasia would sometimes be awake all throughout the day and will sleep during night time, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Then I have to be awake every after 2 hours for she is always hungry and will wake up no matter how sleepy she is just to drink her milk. Then every after 4 hours I have to change her diaper because her skin is so sensitive. She isn’t a cry baby at all but she likes to sleep in my arms and wants her body on top of me. I think she is at ease whenever our skin touches.

Exciting for every development of Anastasia. She’s starting to gain weight and her cheeks are fluffier than ever. When she is in the mood, she will smile and will respond to us by nodding her head and then smiling. She also likes to listen to nursery rhymes, one day I tried playing nursery rhymes and then she fell asleep listening to it. And then I tried it the other day and same thing happened. It relaxes her.

And a whole lot more of emotions. She had her first check up and her pediatrician said she is doing very well, though I stopped breastfeeding three weeks after I gave birth. I just don’t have enough supply of milk for her, too sad. But she is doing great with Enfamil together with her vitamins prescribe by her pediatrician which is Tiki-tiki.

She is now starting to have a very distinctive look. I guess she has my eyes and my nose. And the rest, she got it from her father. Her round eyes, fluffy cheeks, shape of her face, almost everything.

There are a lot of things Anastasia have taught me which obviously she’s not aware of. I learned to be very patient at all times. It’s never easy to take care of a baby, specially newborns. You would have to adjust to their schedule, may it be feeding time, sleeping time or play time. I also learned to take a bath real quick for I only have a very limited time to do things at home while she is sleeping. I also don’t get to eat on time anymore because I have to wait for her to be asleep. Sometimes, when I can’t take the hunger anymore, I bring her with me while eating. Very tiring! My mom once told me that being a mother comes with no instruction. It will just come out and you will be surprised you are doing it. And that, I have to really agree with her.

My world now revolves around Anastasia. Apparently, it is really not easy but still I am able to manage it little by little. Good thing I have my support system with me. My parents whom I can just beep online for my endless queries, my mother-in-law (and the wholw gang of Yomi) who is always there to assist us in taking care of Baby A, my other relatives who would often call me just to check on Anastasia and wil then give some advices and most specially Yomi who’s really a loving father to Baby A. It’s really an amazing feeling since Baby A cme to our lives.

Below are some of her pictures taken of Anastasia’s journey to first month:


‘Til my next blog! Take care everyone!
Any questions, comments or tips, message me or send an email (mkeo.ramos@gmail.com)
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