My DSL has been acting up since Monday. Up to now, three days later, I still haven’t received any updates nor any assurance from PLDT. If my MIL’s office didn’t have Internet, I’d probably go raving mad and call PLDT’s customer support hotline every 10 minutes. Too bad her internet is SMART broadband and can only be used in her old laptop. No one knows the keys so I check my emails using her laptop then transfer the files from my laptop whenever I have to. It’s a bit tiring but it’s the best I can do.
My BIL and his family are here with us by the way. They leave Chloe with us during daytime while they clean their three-level home. It has been four days and they are not even close to making it livable. Still, they are lucky that they managed to save all important stuff. Sandy is in heaven too because she gets to spend time with her “best friend” 18 hours a day.
Reading about manufactured homes makes me yearn for our dream house. I’ve put this project in the back burner while we are saving enough money for another huge down payment. But after browsing through photos of beautiful model homes, I started dreaming again of how ours will turn out. The Husband visited the lot that we purchased to check if it got flooded after typhoon Ondoy. According to the homeowners, not only our area was safe but most of the roads leading to it were flood-free as well. Thank God for that! Seeing houses submerged in water gave me nightmares. I just kept worrying if the place that we bought was really worth it. He also saw the first lot that we wanted to purchase but was snatched before we even made an offer. He said the owners are already building their house which made me even more excited. I wish we can win the lottery so we can build our house too and pay for it in full.
We all need the help and prayers we can get.
Just sent a few of my earnings via Paypal. Please do the same. We are dry, safe, can go online and have food to eat. It’s the least we can do.
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With The Husband away, it’s all up to me to find a way how to buy groceries. I’m used to having him drive me anywhere that I’m useless without him. We need to stock up on Sandy’s snacks (she eats every 10 minutes these days), some dog supplies for my MIL and our food for next week. I hope I can bug my brother-in-law to drive me. He owes me a lot anyway! Maybe if I can bribe him enough, he’d be happy to drive me and Sandy to the mall too so we can do some last-minute shopping for our party next week. I can’t wait to shop for our ‘white’ outfit and gifts for Sandy’s ‘baby’.’
Wish the rain will stop, though. The traffic will be pretty bad if it continues to rain like tihs.
More and more people are now pursuing higher education online. Just this morning, I came across a site that offers medical coding training courses over the Internet. I was a bit skeptical at first but when two of my friends decided to get their masteral degree through an online university, I can’t help but be impressed. Technology has come a long way that you can now get a degree or masteral without leaving your home or giving up work. This also gives me hope that if ever I find enough time, I may get a masteral on Creative Arts as well.
Sandy had her school party today. Sadly, there were no Hello Kitty toys for her lootbags. I don’t know what happened and have no strength to find out. The staff kept pointing fingers and instead of getting stressed over it, I’ve decided to let it go. I will call their manager tomorrow though just in case the 35 Hello Kitty items that they promised me last week are still there.
The party went well despite the HK incident. Sandy and her classmates loved the Hannah Montana theme, party hats, toys, lootbags and prizes. She came home with gifts and feeling pretty happy now that she got to enjoy her birthday party.
More details and photos next week!
What’s the best way to shout to the world that you just had a baby? Birth Announcements! Having a baby is just the most wonderful thing in the world and I always get excited whenever a friend of mine gives birth. Except I always find out too late. Either the text message they sent arrived late, they’re out of the hospital or just forgot to let everyone know due to excitement and exhaustion. I think baby announcements are important because not only you get to “brag” about your little bundle of joy, but it’s another good reason to have a party!
There are plenty of options online where you can order birth cards. One is Birth-Cards at http://www.birth-cards.com which offers all kinds of printable cards for baby birth announcements, baby shower, baptism and many more. You can choose from their designs (see left sample) or they can create a special and more customized baby invitations just for you. I like how you can preview the final design BEFORE you proceed with the final check out. Proofs are then emailed to you within one hour during business hours so you can approve it and send it out as soon as you want.
Whether you’re having a baby in a couple of days or throwing a shower for a friend, head over to Birth-Cards now and start composing your baby announcement!
To Sandy’s mommy – please check her list below. I didn’t want to ask for toys anymore but when she saw some of the items that I was browsing, she just won’t stop ooh-ing and aah-ing that I just had to update her list again.
UPDATED! Hello Kitty Playsets from Toy Kingdom. According to Jacqui, these are within the the kids’ budget so I’m going for this.
Convenience store (1st priority) | Playground set
Disney Princesses – Saw it from multiply or Sleeping Beauty (priority) and Cinderella Barbie/Disney dolls.
OR activity kit like this:
Speller Jr.- Toy Kingdom or Toys R’ Us (around Php350). Add pens for drawing para total of Php500 I think you can buy it here also.
Roseart: Arts and Crafts – any kind as long as it has pens, drawings, tracing, stickers (around Php350) then add some pen markers for drawings.
It’s all about Sandy this week. She’s turning four this Friday and here’s her early gift.
Sandy is okay, thank God. We spent four days switching hospitals (Makati Med and Medical City) to have her blood checked. They had to monitor her platelet count because although it was still under the normal range, it has a downward trend. Her fever was gone by Saturday and basing from what I read and see about Dengue, that’s when we should look for signs. Her platelet count was still down up to Sunday which is also when her rashes appeared. With our bags packed, we went to Medical City hoping for the worse but thankfully, her platelet count went up. I was ready for the worst but a part of me knows she won’t be admitted seeing how active Sandy is. She still eats and gets hungry every hour and being her usual talkative self. The stress/sleepless nights/worry was still too much though. The Husband and I gained weight I’m sure. Since we want to make sure that Sandy eats well, The Husband and I eat with her all the time – 6 meals (including snacks) for the past four days.
Now we’re making sure that Sandy gets enough rest. She won’t be coming to school until Friday which will be her post-birthday party.
And speaking of party, we did celebrate hers last Friday. We had mechado and pork and mushrooms (my mom cooked), ordered fried chicken from KFC (Sandy’s fave), pancit malabon and cake.
A few hours before we have her birthday dinner, we gave her Dolan (Ibuprofen) to lessen her muscle aches. Five minutes after taking it, her eyes got all swollen and it was all I could do not to cringe when looking at her. It’s really scary-looking and no mother would want to see something like that on her child. Good thing she didn’t seem to be feeling any discomfort as she still laughs and talks about her favorite shows while I fuss over her.
Here she is an hour after taking Allerkid. The swelling have subsided a little and I was really glad to see that even with fever, she’s still a happy kid.
After dinner. Her fever went down for the first time so she was more active. Of course, it all came back the day after which was when we found out that her platelet went down again.
With grandma Olive.