As a first time mom, I had no idea how would I be able to handle being a mother or something. I don’t have my family with me to help me with cooking, cleaning and tidying up the house, and assisting with little things like changing baby’s diaper or doing the laundry. I was in the recovery period for months because I had my thru C-section. Though my cousin lives about ten miles from my house, I couldn’t ask her for a help because she also had a newborn a month older than mine. But with my dear husband’s support and understanding, I was able to recover fast.
One of the challenges I encountered as a mom was the difficulty in putting my baby to sleep when she was in infant stage. Putting our baby to sleep is easy if we know the trick. We have different approach on lulling our little ones to sleep. Maybe some of the first time moms like me had difficulties.
During my baby’s infancy, her sleeping habits changed. Sometimes she goes to sleep easily when I put her in her crib after reading a storybook. Then it came to the point where she wants to sleep in my arms while rocking on the rocking chair. Up to now in toddler stage, she won’t go to bed if I don’t snuggle with her.
She is still full of energy in the evening. So I followed a recommendation that playing a calming music like lullabies help toddlers and babies settle down. Because of the soothing melodies, they start to feel drowsy. I found a compilation of lullaby songs and music online. I love this lullaby album. So calming that helps put my little one to sleep. Also, letting our little ones listen to soothing music helps with brain development.
Another reason why I liked this album because it has one my all-time favorite music Adagio by Ludwig Van Beethoven. It touched my heart the moment I heard it for the first time. I bookmarked this album so I can access it any time.
Yesterday, my darling daughter and I attended the Spring Concert & Awards event in Prosper High School where my sister-in-law is working. She is a music teacher and a band director of the Reynolds Middle School Symphonic I band. The event showcased the concert of the school bands Symphony I and II, Wind Symphony, and the awarding of outstanding students who excelled in individual or group performances.
I like going to events like concerts. Of course, I only go to the ones that interest me. Symphonic band concert is one of them. My darling daughter enjoyed watching and listening to the music. When she saw her aunt on the stage conducting her band, she’s very happy.
Applying makeup the toddler way. 🙂
When we were getting ready to go to the concert, my little girl joined me in my bathroom. As I was putting my makeup on, I didn’t notice she grabbed my red makeup bag and took the mascara from it’s box. She called to me and said “Mommy, look at me.” Surprised and amused, I quickly grabbed my digital camera and took her picture. The look on her face is priceless.
Prosper High School entrance
Students accepting their medals
Aunt D and her band. She’s getting them ready for a performance.
DD insisted to look at these paintings.
It was a very successful concert. My sister-in-law’s family was there including her mom, brother and his wife. I was told that this is my sister-in-law’s last concert with her band because she will be retiring end of this year.
My darling daughter and I enjoyed the concert, too. She was well-behaved and listened to the music as the band played their musical instruments together. She was talking about oboe and piccolo…that sort of stuff. I am hoping that she will have the interest in playing a musical instrument when she gets older.
I haven’t bought toys for my little girl lately. The last time I went to the toy store was three months ago when I did a shopping galore and bought big toys like the swing, toddler table, and a broom and a sweeper. My husband told me to stop buying toys for a while because our daughter barely playing with the ones in the toy box.
So after three months, we bought a new musical toy for our darling daughter. My husband and took the opportunity to look for a keyboard that will serve also as learning keyboard for my daughter. She likes music and shows interest in playing with musical instruments. So this is her new musical instrument. We bought a Casio mini keyboard. There were a few selection of keyboards at the electronics store but I chose to get the Casio mini keyboard because it has the “Ode To Joy” in the list of type of songs. As soon as we got home, our little girl wanted to play with the keyboard immediately. But to our disappointment, the sales man gave us the wrong power adapter. So my husband had to go buy AA size batteries at the convenience store nearby because we only have the AAA size.
Our toddler loves listening to her keyboard playing the music over and over…and over.
We love this mini keyboard 🙂
My daughter had a wonderful weekend again with cousins. She joined her older cousins play at my brother-in-law’s house today. After the big birthday lunch at Lucy’s Grill in Celina, we drove back to his house for a get-together and family pictorial.
Baby girl drumming
His son has a drum set and boy, my little girl loved playing those drums! She knows how to hit the drums with the sticks. When her older cousin played the big musical instrument, she danced and danced like she’s a member of a band. My husband and the rest of the family were very amused because my little girl is showing interest in music and dance. I guess she got it from me. 🙂 Her favorite dance as of the moment is ballet because there’s a cartoon called Angelina Ballerina on the Sprout channel. Whenever she hears the opening song of the show, she starts to dance and raises her leg. That amuses my father-in-law.
Since she was entering the 6th month, my daughter liked listening to children’s songs. Whenever I played a children’s music CD, she wiggles and tries to dance. Now that she is a toddler, she can sing along to some of the children’s songs. Basically she sings with her favorites. We are very proud because at 18 months, she can sing the ABCs already. Though some letters in the alphabet are not yet properly pronounced, she knows the melody. And oh, she can count now too from 1-20 (sometimes she skips the number 16). So cute!
So whenever she and her cousins get together, it’s fun!
I can say that there is nothing like how the Filipino people celebrate Christmas. The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration starting the month of September up to January (when Three Kings is celebrated).
When I was growing up in the province, my cousins and friends did Christmas carols. We rehearse our songs two weeks before the night of December 16th. Then we go to sing Christmas carols to neighbors. First we sing in our neighborhood, then we visit other places in the next evenings. We already planned a party beforehand so the money we gathered from the caroling will be used for the food, decorations, and prizes for the games. If there are some left, we divide the amount for ourselves.
Below are the Christmas songs we sing on our caroling, as far as I can remember.
1. Silent Night
2. Joy To The World
3. Oh, Holy Night
4. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
5. Tidings Of Comfort And Joy
6. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
7. Silver Bells
Visayan Christmas Songs
1. Kasadya ‘Ning Taknaa
2. Ania Kami
I still have songs in mind but couldn’t utter the titles. Anyway, I will add them in the list as soon as the titles pop up.
Oh surely I missed those times.