Thursday, November 20

Barney Craze! (the Sequel)

like i promised, here are some of the pictures we took during our malling last weekend. it was a saturday and a payday, plus they had this midnight weekend sale. so as expected, it was almost chaos with people strolling, sale-hunting, and window-shopping that day. unlucky for us since i can't just leave ezra roaming around with all that crowd, so half the time i was carrying him.

since we can't do much shopping, we decided to just dine, hang out (tambay), and chill until the mall closes.

anyway, we were initially on our way to the upper floors when we came across barney and his friends. you can just imagine ezra's face when he saw that HUGE figure of barney standing right in front of him.
he can't even wait for me to put him down that he resisted and tried to get off me just so he can come up to barney and get a closer look at him.

so we took some pictures (yup. he posed even before i had my camera on) and i spent the next 10 minutes after that to convince him to leave already. good thing, other kids were already swarming around barney as well so i guess he finally got the point. :)

after some walking and chilling, we went to the grocery section so i can get some grocery stuff. thanks to the baby section's small lounging area with a streaming, never-ending barney show, that i found myself begging ezra(again) to move on.

but he didn't move. instead, he got a chair and sat right in the very front row of the kids lounge right infront of the monitor! ugh. what did barney ever do to him?

anyway, in this one he had his butt right in the very front row, so engrossed with the barney show.
then after a minute or two, more kids gathered around to watch with him (the leader of the band :p)

then kids started leaving one by one...

...and he didn't even noticed! hehe :)

BTW, since i actually failed to get him off that sit i decided to just do my grocery shopping as fast as i can (yes. i left him in his sit!). at first i was worried 'coz he might get up and leave and go somewhere but i figured (mommy instincts *wink*) he wouldn't. but of course, i checked on him every 5 minutes. i was running and driving my cart to and fro the kids' lounge 'til i had my grocery list complete. *Whew!*


ps: in the end, it was ezra who finally came up to me so we could go. i guess he was already too tired then which was not surprising 'coz it was almost closing time (midnight) already. he even fell asleep on the ride home, but i bet he had a great time!(i did too!)

pps: in the video, i was already done with the grocery so i guess he got restless already after sitting there for long a time. and if you happen to notice the last part, that was because he tripped off by the chair. poor thing. :(

Wednesday, November 19

Barney Craze!

i can't remember but i guess ezra's fascination with barney started like a few weeks back. and since non-cable tvs only have at most 2 barney shows a day, i decided to buy him the dvd collection so he can watch it anytime he wants.

i can still remember the night i brought home that dvd, he got this really huge smile on his face paired with his trademark..."WOW!!!"

yup. he says that all the time. i almost always make it point to bring him something (pasalubong) every night after work, and i almost always get this "wow" expression of his. makes me feel good as well, knowing he appreciates every little thing i get for him. :)

so anyway, everytime he wishes to watch his favorite show, he just comes up to anyone at home and say "...arney!" yup. no "b". he still has a couple months before he turns two so he's not that good yet with words and phrases, but he sure is doing a great job in expressing his needs and wants thru actions and keywords.

PS: we went malling last weekend, and it was a coincidence that barney stuffs were being showcased there. check 'em out in the next post. :)

Thursday, November 13

Ditch the diapers!

Just when i thought potty training isn't such a big of a deal, i found myself with an empty diaper and a plastic full of poop-soaked paper towels in one hand, and a screaming almost-two year old in the other!
i know. it IS a very big deal. for both the parent and the kid, most especially if the kid you're trying to train is not ready yet.

i've come across a lot of articles before that describe in detail, some even have step-by-step instructions, on how to get the job done. what i did was just browse through them, read at most one or two articles and then sorta forget about it as if its just another story on the web. what the heck. ezra haven't even turned one then, i wasn't really taking the tips seriously.


i should've known better.
lesson learned: it is never too early to prepare.

i can already sense it. ezra is almost ready (and excited!) to ditch the diapers. the thing is, i can also sense that he's not yet ready to be potty trained. of course he can already get his ass on the potty chair, but that's it. when he gets the urge to poo or pee, he gets up instead and do his thing, or sit down and do it on the floor and NOT on the potty chair. ugh.

but since SuperMom is a fighter and i never give up, i always use all of my convincing powers to encourage him to continue or at least finish it off on his chair, but to no avail. whats worse is, after one session (first set of poo. ew) he gets up and transfers to another location! and he does this again and again until he's done! can you begin to imagine how our living room looks like after his multi-poo session?!?! that and of course how supermom looks like...refer to first paragraph.

anyways, if you're a mom and you're also going through the same torture as i am (it's part of growing up. yeah right.), i recommend you start searching and reading potty training articles already. :) i know, we still got to trust our instincts but a little help from the outside won't hurt. right?

here are also some tips and questions you might want to ask yourself first if you plan to start potty training your kid:

* Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing
* Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
* Can your child ask simple questions?
* Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
* Does he or she wake from naps dry?
* Does your child have fairly predictable bowel movements?
* Does your child tell you when he or she needs to potty or poop?
* Is your child uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers?
* Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?

if you answered mostly yes, then your child may be ready for potty training. but if you find yourself with more no's, you may want to wait awhile...for his and your adjustment as well. there's always time for everything. the good thing is, you still have all the time to prepare yourself and your kid for the training ahead. :)

don't worry. potty training should be a fun and bonding experience for you and your kid. the secret is just to relax, enjoy each moment, and remember to take it slow...rushing will just cause you both the rash (or the pimple perhaps) :)

ps: i might be posting some tips later, for those who think their kid is ready to start with the potty ride. so stay tuned. :)

pps: there are also a LOT of articles and potty training issues on the web that all moms (and dads too) may find helpful. go and google 'em!

Monday, November 10

Ezra on a Donkey

Like i mentioned here, we went malling the other day. It was A Saturday, which was supposed to be a working day, but SuperMom insisted on staying at home in the morning and chilling at the mall the rest of the day.

We checked the terraces when we got there (which was a pretty nice place), had dinner and played at the timezone. Ezra had so much fun trying on every ride he can get his butt on. and we got this one on the record...


Sunday, November 9

A mock call

usually, when im at work, i call the house at least 3 times in a day. mostly to check on ezra. and if im lucky enough, ezra agrees to get the phone and talk to me. but what i get are just 'hello...", "mommy...", and the most popular response, "bye!"

so last night, we were making these mock calls. so i won't get all bye's whenever i call... :)


Monday, November 3

No Trick, All Treats!

october 31, 2008. ezra's first trick-or-treat.

(im not sure if people saw him as a "small devil' or the "little red riding hood" :>) (little red riding hood, is that you?)

at the last minute, we got ezra a costume. as expected, most costumes really cost a fortune (at least for me). i didn't really think of buying him one before the actual trick-or-treat 'coz i figured i could just use some stuff that my siblings used in the past years.
(check out the eyebrows...we wanted to outline and thicken his brows to make it look more "devilish", but after one try he wouldn't let us touch the other one!)

unfortunately, not a single costume was found. we got one that'll fit a teenager but not a 1+ yr old toddler! can't even find a store in the area that still sells the damn pumpkin. thank God, my dad found one that very day. (the lighting on the phone camera made his face turn/look red, another "devilish" effect)

so we headed off to the mall in the afternoon. ezra just got a short nap after lunch so he was sleeping during the ride.
but as soon as we arrived at the mall, he woke up and had a blast.
(trying to take a look at the other kids' costumes...)

(he wanted to go up the stage and be with the other kids :>)

(...had a few rides after, with the costume and make-up(?) still on)

ps. wasn't able to take more pics, we were busy running to and fro every shops. half the time i was carrying him 'coz if i don't, we'll be the ones following HIS lead.

Sunday, November 2

A fair CUT

late post : October 30, 2008

ezra got his second haircut today. :)

he got his first one months ago. and since im a super-busy-MOM, i wasn't able to spare some time to bring him to the salon. bad mommy...
thenrecently, when i noticed that his bangs were already covering and touching his eyes, i swore id bring him there asap.

so this afternoon, when everyone at work was holding there small meeting, i sneaked out and brought ezra out for a haircut. :)
so much fresher aye? :) check out the side view.
he was often mistaken for a baby girl before but now, he looks so "manly"(binata) already. i feel like i'm losing my baby already... :(

ps: im so busy lately that i wasn't able to take "good quality" pics of his new look. hence, the bad pics and the late post as well.
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