Another First: Solid Foods
Well, guess what?
I’ve just introduced solid food to Marcelo’s diet! Pedia instructed me to give him rice cereal for his “first meal”. With that, she meant- cooked rice with breastmilk, sort of like the ever famous lugaw or congee.
There’s a variety of choices in the market- of course there’s the normal white rice that we eat, a healthier alternative would be brown rice, Gerber for those who are too busy to cook, and my personal pick- fine organic brown grains available at Healthy Options.
A few days ago, exactly on his father’s birthday, Marcelo tried his rice cereals. Spoon fed the little one and as expected, he made quite a mess. Spits here and there, some residue of the cereals on this chin and over to his bib. It was quite an experience, really, and it’s exciting! I read in Babycenter that parents have to make “eating” more fun by making sounds and silly gestures as if the spoon’s either a helicopter or a rocket landing on his mouth. It was nice seeing my son open his mouth or even reach for his spoon and his bowl! At least he’s interested, right?
Hopefully, within the next few weeks, we can introduce more varieties like squash or potatoes! Now that would be another awesome thing!
Hello from my 6-month old boy!!!
One fine Sunday, my mom, sister and I decided to go out on a date and we decided to try Green Pastures. Since my mama’s an advocate of organic ingredients, she accepted my request to try this place even if it meant burning a hole in her pocket!
Green Pastures (Shangri-La New Wing)
Need I explain more? This place of organic goodness was created by Cyma’s chef Robby Goco. No wonder its getting all the buzz these days because of its farm-to-table set-up giving one’s palate a healthful mix of organic dishes. Walk-in’s are always welcomed with a long list of reservations it’s almost insane!
So you may ask, is it worth it? A definite YES.
Mother Earth Salad
Warm grains, organic arugula (my fave!), broccoli, tomatoes, konbu roasted chicken, sharp cheddar, raw corn, housemade siriracha, and pesto vinaigrette
Now this defies your usual perception of a salad. If you’re up for an interesting twist, then this will surprise you in a good way because of the greens to warm grains ratio. In this dish, you’ll get more grains than greens. Now that’s a tongue twister! Haha. I had a pretty hard time finishing this salad, truth be told. I guess I was not expecting such a hearty salad w/carbs in it. Overall, it was tasty most specially the konbu roasted chicken!
Al Funghi Pasta
organic mushroom, garlic, creme fraiche, pecorino, fettucine
For those like me who like mushrooms, you will love this. Pasta was cooked al dente and the sauce was just too good to resist!
duck fat fries, duck skin chicharon, duck confit
By far the best fries I’ve ever had since Mcdonald’s, hahaha. Kidding aside, this awesome dish will leave you wanting more. Wondering what’s in that bottle? Its vinegar! Yep, you spray it on your fries!
80% wagyu beef and 20% smoked organic panchetta, with house made stracciatella, buttered brioche
My sister ordered this so I just had a bite (yes, she can finish this big of a dish..she turns into a monster when she’s hungry so I dont usually grab a bite from her food hihi) Peace, Bb! I can say that it was delish! The cheese was rich enough to complement the tender and juicy meat!
Last but not the least, the pineapple-malunggay drink, which I was unable to take a picture of because we finished it even before I took out my phone. It was that good! Great for a nursing mom like me!
Since time in memorial, Valentine’s Day has always been celebrated by plenty of men and women, whether or not they’re in a relationship.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking of where your boyfriend will take you tonight. You’re probably itching to know if you’ll get your beautiful bouquet of flowers. Or maybe you’re trying to find of where to take your loved one for a sumptuous dinner. Or best yet, you’re looking for a place to have a booze w/your fellow single friends.
So, what’s the plan?
In my case, I don’t really “celebrate” the day neither do I expect something from the hubby. Whatever floats the boat, right?
Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
To the love of my life
3 years, 11 months. A month short of 4 years.
Being with you has truly been a wonderful blessing, love. 4 years of life’s best. We’ve had our own share of heartache, petty and big fights, misunderstandings and what not, yet we’re still here- building a life together as husband and wife and as parents to our little bundle of joy, Marceo, taking every challenge one at a time and conquering them all by His grace.
Being with you was one of the best decisions I ever had to make. Not only did I say yes to a generous, passionate, kind-hearted and witty man, I said yes to God. Because you’re nothing short of a man after His own heart.
Thank you for staying with me, for making me laugh every single day, for making me feel special and for making me thank God every day for simply having you around.
They say we’re lucky to have each other but I say it was all part of God’s faithful plan.
Can’t wait to grow more in love with you, with life, and with God in the many more years to come!
Happy 47th month, my love.
A little tribute -
Anonymous asked: If you didn't have a baby do you think you would've left your job? Sorry to play the 'if' card. All the best!
Hmmm, honestly, having Marcelo made me think of quitting! Haha. I thought of being a full-time mom but I guess for now, I shall stick to playing double. I can still be hands on even when I’m working. :-)
Not that I “need” to work, my hubby encourages me to do whatever I really want, which I really appreciate!
Thank you, anon!:-)
Mommy Diaries: Marcelo’s 5th Month
I still can’t believe how fast time flew by. Marcelo is about to turn half a year old in about two weeks time and I’ve hardly forgotten every minute of my labor and delivery experience! What is living out the carpe diem mantra! Reminds me to really squeeze every ounce of learning and joy in each day w/my boy!
Anyway, almost 2 weeks ago, we celebrated Marcelo’s 5th month at his grandparents house. I think some people still wonder why families celebrate on a monthly basis until their babies hit a year old, I have no reason to give that but for me, it’s just nice to get together, pop out a cake and make our son feel that he’s a welcome addition and that we’re proud of the things he’s been able to do and accomplish the recent months! Yes, cooing and smiling and giggling, among others are accomplishments worth celebrating! These are milestones that every parent looks out for and are excited to learn about and witness right before his eyes.
Had a simple salo-salo with the Sazons and Belarminos. Cake was a staple so that month we bought Mango Bravo from Contis. Well, pansit is another must-have when celebrating his birthday!
Happy birthday, sweetheart! We love you so much!