Listful vs. Listless

My husband recently asked and followed me up on new entries on my blog.  Shows you just how very remiss I am with my blogging! 😉 Frankly, I was quite surprised that Papa Bear was diligently checking my blog… aww how sweet, right? 😉 One of the few random things about him that still surpise me. 😀 So, what’s keeping me busy… here are some samples of my gazillion to-do lists. Seriously, do these lists ever end?

StartUp Mom

1.) Buy Gerber Graduates for snack time during school – Baby Bears’ current fave munchies.

2.) Books to read for July (Dr. Seuss theme) – Green Eggs & Ham and Oh, The Places You’ll Go

3.) Print out and laminate words of daily objects and stick it around her room – This is to let her associate that there is a corresponding word for every object. (I’m copying this teaching concept from her school) 😉

4.) Select pictures for the birthday album – The photographer already following me up on this — yikes! 😦

5.) Buy VTech Bath Friends Turtle Toy – Right now, she is into standing up everytime during bath time which is a bit dangerous. We are experimenting with toys that will get her attention and make her want to sit down.

6.)Purchase Milk Bags for My Yummy Mummy – She has been so generous in sharing her breast milk with Baby Bear. I truly appreciate this very generous and noble gesture. The least I can do is to replace her milk bags right? 😉

7.) Set up play dates for Baby Bear – This super shy baby needs to interact more and get out her super shy shell.

8.) Enroll her again in Gymboree or Kindermusik – I’m leaning more towards Gymboree because I want to recoup my annual membership fee LOL. Maybe i’ll shift her to Kindermusik when her membership expires. Only problem is the Kindermusik classes are starting this August already… decisions, decisions! 😛

9.) Continue playing the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge – I got stuck with the water play activity. Still thinking of how to execute the challenge without making too much of a mess. The OC in me is prohibiting me from moving forward LOL.

StartUp Wife

1.) Book Tears for Fears Live in Manila – We missed the last show and we are not missing this one again!

2.) Cook or bake for Papa Bear – As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This doesn’t change even if you’ve been married for how many years already.

3.) Family Health Insurance Plan – This post by Topaz Mommy got me seriously thinking about what the best health plan is for The Bear Family. Health is very important and one of the most expensive costs and I agree with Topaz Mommy that we should start looking for a plan that would help us with our growing family. So far, I’ve kind of narrowed it down to the following: Caritas Health Shield, MEDICard, PhilCare, MaxiCare, and IntelliCare. Incidentally I received The Medical City Family Privilege Card in the mail but I have absolutely know idea what the card is for. Don’t you hate it that not even a letter came with the card? They could’ve explained to me what the card was for, right? Anyway, do let me know if you can recommend a good family health plan or if you have any feedbacks regarding the institutions I have mentioned above.

4.) Complaint letter to Gymboree Shang – This totally deserves another post but basically my Baby Bear got sick for 3 weeks so she missed her classes. We asked for make-up classes and even presented a doctor’s certificate stating that she was really indeed sick. Plus, they are supposedly the only teaching establishment that allows make-up classes… and they do! I used to go to Gymboree Rockwell before they closed and they were very lenient when it came to make-up classes. As long as I just called in advance to let them know, they would allow the make-up class. Besides, shouldn’t they be happy that I am being responsible in not bringing my kid to school so that I don’t spread any viruses to the other kids? It’s my pet peeve when I see parents bringing their kids to school just because they don’t want the kid to be cooped up in the house or just because it’s a waste of tuition. I think this should be an unspoken rule amongst parents. You know how hard it is to nurse a sick child so you should prevent others from sharing the same fate. ‘Nuf Said!

5.) Buy 2 cooling racks for the kitchen oven – Long overdue wish list. Lack of cooling racks is my excuse for the many foibled brownie or upside down cake attempts LOL 😀

StartUp Biz:

1.) Post finished projects pics for aKids’Life Furniture – Excited to have completed projects, praying for good ‘word-of-mouth’ and hoping for new projects and referrals.

2.) Trying to produce current P.O.s and preparing for the Christmas season – Sourcing packaging, packages, and labels and finalizing products — still a tall order!

3.) Company and Brand Web site – At this day and age who still doesn’t have a web site right? 😉

4.) Social Media Campaign – Cooking up someting… in the works… ongoing… wait for it… 😉

5.) Marketing Consultancy – Recently met with a very inspiring social entrepreneur. Haven’t worked out the kinks yet so I don’t want to jinx it. So far we haven’t had the best of luck with getting around to meeting and hashing out the details… hopefully soon! 🙂

StartUp Self

1.) Catch up on my book reading list – Can’t wait to get my hands on some new books via The Book Depository.

2.) Update this blog more often – Sorry I’ve been so remiss with the blog lately. Thank you Papa Bear for encouraging me to write again.

3.) Exercise??? – Hardest thing for me to do as I’ve become a couch potato. Thanks to the advent of fast tv and movie downloads.

4.) Sleep early – Again, another hard feat to do — this time, blame it on Twitter!

5.) Spa dates, Facials and High Tea at the Manila Peninsula Hotel with friends – Sanity breaks! Need I say more? 😉

6.) Take good pictures and finally print them – Nothing tugs at the heart strings more than looking back at those memories that we made and making sure that we always remember and treasure them.

7.) Plan a trip abroad… with mom – It’s been quite awhile since I last went out of the country or out of town with Momma. Must plan some serious R&R with mother. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone!

8.) Beautify… inside and out! – We have started regularly going to mass again and we want to start praying with Baby Bear before going to bed at night. After all, the family that prays together, stays together! For the external beauty project, Papa Bear is bringing me some cool beauty products home from Korea tomorrow. Excited to start my new beauty regimen. Here’s to hoping for a way to reverse skin aging hahaha.

There are so many other different lists that I still have in my notebook. Grocery lists, potential businesses, mp3s to download, videos to watch, sights to see, bucket lists, things to do… I don’t think our lists will ever end. There are some days that you just want to wing it without the list… but now that we have Baby Bear this is a bit hard to do — but I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s either this chaotic LISTFUL world vs. a LISTLESS world without Baby Bear. No pun intended! 🙂

Busy As A Bee

I haven’t been playing the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge for the past 3 days as I’ve had a busy week. Here’s what’s been keeping me busy as a bee:

  • I attended my first Parent’s Orientation for Baby Bears’ school. Her first day starts on Monday. I am one excited Momma Bear. She gets her own lunch bag that is so cool… it is insulated to keep the food warm plus her name is embroidered in front — talk about customized! 😉
  • My mom recently had her executive check-up and she needed to have a Gastroscopy and Endoscopy. I went with her this morning and I’m so glad she passed with flying colors!
  • I had a new client this week for my furniture shop. I blogged about this baby business of mine here. She had me customize an armoire for her 3-year-old daughter. She wanted a wardrobe cabinet that would “grow” with her daughter through the years. It’s really so dainty. Will post pics when the project is finished!
  • For my other business, we are close to sealing a deal with a supplier. I am excited to work with them for our Christmas Gift Items. Yes, you read that right, Christmas! We start this early just to prepare for that oh so, busy season.
  • Baby Bear is finishing up her Gymboree classes. She’s enrolled in Music and Play and Learn 3 🙂
  • Looking around for that illusive perfect Fathers’ Day Gift for Papa Bear… I have an idea what to get him but I haven’t squeezed in time to go to the mall to buy his gift. I don’t usually cram when it comes to getting him a present but I’ve really had quite a full week.

No, I am not abandoning the Hands on Play Challenge. I haven’t had time to read on and set up the new challenges. For now, Baby Bear has been repeating the past challenges —  so it’s okay, practice makes perfect, right? 😉 I will definitely pick up on where I left off on the challenges soon. For those who are taking on the challenge, you can subscribe to http://handsonaswegrow.com/ so that you can still get updated with the daily challenge.

Advance Happy Fathers’ Day to you, your fathers, grandfathers and or/your husbands. May you have a special celebration with your families.

Signing off for the weekend now… Ta-ta! 🙂

Personalities and Quirks

Do you believe that the personality of babies are made and not born with or born and not made? I think at the start, they were born with their own set of personalities but it is up to us, as parents, to try NOT to shape but to HONE these personalities. My husband and I both have more or less the same personality type. Suffice it to say that the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Baby Bear has our personalities. This is a double-edged sword for us. This can be good because at least we know how we like and don’t like things so it is easier to adapt to her. This is also bad because, hey it’s hard enough to change ourselves as it is, let alone get someone else to change too.

Baby Bear is a bit of an introvert like us. I scoured around the internet looking for the best description of what an introvert is. It’s hard to do so because there is a lot of misconception surrounding this specific stereotype. Here’s the best definition I was able to get that was a bit close to home of what an introvert for me is.

So what makes Baby Bear an introvert?

1.) She tends to think things through before doing – If I ask her to look for things in the room, she really looks first before pointing. Just recently, I asked her where the wall clock is in the office of her pedia. She looked around first then pointed to where it was hung. When I ask her to grab me toys from her room, she doesn’t just go and randomly throw around things looking for the object that I asked for. She will survey the room first, and when she finds it with her eyes, then she goes for the object.

2.) She observes first before diving head on – She is enrolled in Gymboree Play & Learn 3 and Music  1 class. She doesn’t participate at once because she studies the teacher intently.. and by intently, I mean if looks-can-kill type of stare. After she gets the hang of it, she practices at home, preferably when she is alone. We see her doing the stuff she learned in school via our baby monitor.

3.) She is very shy and reserved. – She shies away from people who shower her with lots of attention. She doesn’t like to “do tricks” in front of other people and literally, burrows herself when people applaud her.

No, I don’t think she is anti-social. Neither is she “gifted” in the negative way. That’s just how she is. Different strokes for different folks. This is how she moves, this is how she learns and plays. I can enroll her in all the classes I can think of or even schedule her all the playdates that she wants but I think this is how she really is. She is super happy to see her room when she comes home from the mall, classes or a trip. She plays with all her toys as if she hasn’t seen them for a week. This is her way of recharging and being herself.

Do I wish that she was more of an extrovert? Yes, I do sometimes wish that but only because I know my Baby Bear has so much talent to share. She knows so many things already and I am just a bursting proud Momma Bear who just wants to show her off. I think though, we just need to take a step back and remember that though our babies are ours, they are still their own person. They are living their own lives and we should let them live it by supporting them and not changing them. We should foster an environment wherein they will feel safe and secure enough to grow and blossom.

Here’s a list of rules for caring for an introvert that a friend of mine emailed me.

how to care for introverts

An introvert or an extrovert will have their own ways of learning and living. At the end of the day, trust that they will arrive at the same answer… just a different road. To the moms out there, who also have introvert babies, let your tiger mom instinct take a step back. You may not be able to show them off the way you would an extrovert child who loves the crowd and knows how to work them, but your baby will know if you are proud of them… and at the end of the day, that is all that will matter! Your child is uniquely yours and only a mother can love and understand their own kids the best way they know how – quirks and all! 🙂

How about you? Is your child an introvert or extrovert? Do share us your stories about your own kids 🙂 Happy weekend!