Wednesday, July 1, 2009

1 + 1 = more than 2

Hello everyone!

First and foremost, I would like to thank my family and friends for their love, kindness and prayers. To my hubby who's always at my side. Thank you to all of you.

It's been a while that I've never post and now is just a perfect time to open again and share our joy. For almost three years of our marriage, and living just the two of us, now is completely different. One is added. We received our little angel last february 15, 2009. I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Time just flies and she's now 19 weeks old. Her name is Gabriëlle Ariane.

Our baby announcement card. First photo: Front and back page of the card;
Second photo: Inside page (ordered from Poobies).

Here are my two sweeties :-): Gabriëlle on papa's lap, was just 4 days old with her beautiful, and wide opened eyes.

We've been blessed and we enjoyed our time very much with our little girl that I could not spend time in blogging. Anyways, I would still like to jot down my experiences on this page once in a while. I'm just so overwhelmed with all the changes now. It's overwhelming it is because, there are changes of more joys and more colors. It's inderdaad overflowing!

Our treat...Bischuit met muisjes (Biscuit with mice). This is a traditional food served to celebrate the birth of a baby in the Netherlands. The biscuits are round crisp bakes. They are spread with butter (or margarine) and the muisjes (little mice) are sprinkled on top. These muisjes are sugared anise seed balls. Pink mice for a baby girl and blue for a boy.

I'm trying to make up and for all my friends and to those who happened to drop by here...thank you for reading my page. See you here later...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

the baby prepees...

It was my 19th week, that hubby started to put up the baby room. It was not yet completely finished but the baby closet, bed, drawers etc. were already fixed.

Before all the fixing was done, I did my part which is cleaning the room. So, voila! Here are some shots that I took.

This was done two weeks ago...the final touch :-) where this piece finally fixed to the wall. There was a need of this annoying drilling machine.

The final view...
(below photo).

Right above is the view of the baby room, before you get in...( Is the baby in? :-))

The baby bed (at the left) with a music mobile...that plays Mozart, Bach and Beethoven... Uhmmmm..we'll see how the baby's sensory motors react to that classical pieces...

The baby box (following photo), which we placed in our living room serves as a playpen and of course, the baby can also sleep here during the day. Temporarily, we're using a baby craddle made of ratan that's placed on top of the box. This is just nice for the baby when just couple of weeks old. When the child grows, the box can be adjusted and can be lower down, just safe to play not to get out while mommy is busy later cleaning the laundry :-(

Well, with all these basic preparations, we're all set but there are just more than that. Physical, emotional, mental, social, spritual and financial aspects are combined and make them balance to the daily family living. That's the biggest challenge that we can't ever prepared for. We can anticipate them and try to plan contingencies, but still not enough not to get worried. At the moment, we're over supplied of informative books and naturally, overflowing ideas found in the web on how to survive the challenge.

But most of all, the strongest way is just to pray, pray, pray, pray....and pray.

Let's pray for each other.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

surprised baby shower

This is an old happening but I would like to post this as our baby's future to-read journal.

Our picture with all the gifts...

My friends and family of my hubby surprised me a baby shower last month. Hehehe...To remember it right, it was the last first week of december 2008. Hubby knew it actually but then, he was also surprised about the rest of the agenda. They really organized it perfectly, that they see to it that I was home that day. Thanks to my parents-in law it was because they had arranged an appointment for a short visit at home. Naturally, I was set to be home. They told me it was short so I did'nt need to prepare for them...That was it.

My parents in law arrived...and I was just relaxed to receive them and just few more minutes...a knock in our door followed. I opened the door and there a group of familiar faces greeted me.
It was really great. I was speechless. I used to surprised people but I'm not used being surprised and feel like sitting on a hot seat :-)

It was well organized that I was just receiving them and felt that I was really at our home. They brought food and of course gifts...Hmmm...we we're lucky :-) We received a lot... They also gave us a diaper warm-up. We succeeded from that test.

Thank you friends and to my hubby's loving family who are also my family now. Thanks for all your support. We would not forget that day...right Kruimeltje?

Just waiting...

So we're just waiting when Kruimel is ready to come out :-) quite exciting heh! It's a little bit sad that I'm not able to update all things happened tru-out my pregnancy. Blame the time people!
Well, still trying to post them...but now it's just too busy to sit and type.

For the record, our baby room is already finished. We received a lot of baby stuff from handed-down to new items. Some items I already don't know how exactly to use them hehehe!

Anyways, somebody will help me to set things out. A kraamzorg hulp...I don't know how to translate them exactly but she's like a social helper specialized to help the mother and newlyborn and who is paid by our insurance caregiver.

For this last trimester, I'm still enjoyong it and have much time playing with the baby...The movements are stronger now and sometimes I just received a kick anywhere...but they were tender and loving touch that the baby's ways to let us now that there's a life inside of me.

later I'll post more and even pics... wishe me well and I'll just about to got out with my bike...Don't raise an eyebrow on me...çoz yes, I'm still biking at my 37 wks +3 days old tummy...

See you later.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Welcome 2009

(This is posted in my Journal with this tag Welcome 2009.

Hello friends... I would like to start my blog with my warmest greetings to everyone. All the best for this new year 2009.

When we look back to what we did in the past few years...sometimes we're not satisfied and thought that we've done not enough. But realistically, we did it guys. Though we did'nt surpass all the challenges but then we did our best and we're now to start a brand new year.

It means that we had built a memory about things in the past, things that we once spent our time, effort, attention and even love. We deserved for a another year and even have the chance to make things right and make it beter on what we've done wrong thinking backwards.

For me, I would say that I did a lot despite of my weaknesses. Not to mention my not-easy times here in Netherlands but then, for every new year, we make things even better. For the record, I've good three years living here and am still counting.
With God's graces and his ever supply of love...I'm filled. I'm blessed with my hubby, with his family, with our friends here as well as in my native home.

With this new year, we are welcoming it with joy and more challenge to come. I'm now on my 37th weeks of pregnancy, and we're now excited to have a new family member. Basically, we're growing in number this year :-) A good sign of blessing. This is really a challenge coupled with responsibility. Sometimes is scary but then, I would think that I just have so much to share that God gives us more people to love and to care nonetheless of the difficulty that may come. For sure He will provide.

Right image is the traditional oliebollen being served during new year's eve. So we did with champagne is best lekker (taste good)!

For all the happiness and dissapointments in the past...let them be our shield to face 2009.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Maria's tummy

Hi everyone! For the record, my tummy is now 5 months old. I'm about to end my 2nd trimester of pregnancy. My dailies is even more exciting. Soft movements inside of my tummy is now remarkable. It's really special...believe me :-)

As usual, Im tight up with my schedule. My parttime driving lesson and running our errands. Hmmmnn...Even baby sked is now up to my agenda. It's quite busy nowadays. I decided now not to go to school for further professional study. I just coudn't do it along with other things. I'm already in and out of my swimming lesson but I would really try to do it deligently when I'm back after vacation. It's not because I'm busy but the reason that I just don't like to wear my two piece swimsuit with my bulging stomach :-) Luckily, I just bought a pregnancy tankini. Just on time for a beach treat this late summer.

By mid-December I'll start a pregnancy gymnastic course. It could be more fascinating I think :-) Most of my colleagues now know that I'm preggy. Some just did'nt noticed it until I told them. One said that she's ashamed of her tummy which is bigger than mine...hehehheh!
So far so good. I tried to enjoy this special time. Anyone surrounds me is very supportive. Many of them already gave baby stuff. Many are handed-downs which are just good as new. As of press time, our baby room is almost ready :-) Are we not obvious? We already know our baby's gender...but then we will just keep it with close friends and family. Hopefully I will download our filmed 19th week ultrasound sometime. Just keep on track at my journal.

Next time I'll try to share my driving escapade. It's something to jot down how's being an automobolist here in the Netherlands. I'll try when I have sometime after our vacation. Where we going? We will fly to the land of Flamengo, tapas and bull fighting :-) in Spain. There I would like to check out the roots of our former conquerors. Well, not to mention the Spanish occupation to the Philippines, where my forefathers had their 'buenas gracias, noches' great influence. It's something, right? Anyway, it's our plan to rest there and do something else that we can't here in the flatland.

I'll post pictures later. uhmmm...I think I've promised many things here. We will just see :-)
Bye for now.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kruimeltjes heart beat

We already heard for the first time our baby's heatbeat dated last friday (22/08/08). It was special. When I heard it, it was like O my God! A life breathing inside of me! We heard something like a brushing of wind, a creature just learning how to catch his breath. Amazing I should say.

At this stage, our kruimel has now developed his/her twenty tiny nails. Starts to identify the dark and light. So in the morning, I try to catch sunshine and expose my belly for the baby to feel that it's daytime.

Just last saturday night, when I was lying on bed, I had felt the move of the baby the first that I've ever notice, that made me was a little bit ticklish though.

Just had a pose of my 4 months old tummy :-)

By the way, I'm starting my list of baby names. After sunday church service, we walked down to a coffee shop and right there I did while hubby was busy reading a magazine. So far, I got five names for every gender. Take note, it was just for an hour...maybe I can write a book out of names for the next few months :-)

Have a nice day !