Still Here!

A quarter of a year has passed since I last posted something here. Yes, it has been four months! Time really passes by with a blur. Anyway, I had my hands full, what with having two girls, one of which is a really active baby toddler! Ellie keeps me on my toes most of the time. She's a little bundle of energy, I'm telling you. She can turn our room upside down in a matter of minutes... when I have just finished fixing it up for an hour. Sometimes I just let the mess be, clearing up only when she is sound asleep... at night! Haha So that means our room is only tidy during evenings. LOL.

Climbing cabinets, eating books, walking, playing. That's what keeps our super kulit Ellie busy.
As for Sophie, everything's pretty much the same. Her therapist keeps on telling us that Sophie has everything she needs to walk. It's just that she still can't get over her fear of falling. Oh, and there's her attitude as well. She is as hard-headed as she can be. It can be difficult telling whether she really is in pain or just not in the mood to do things (so that means she's forever NOT in the mood to move). Sometimes I think she's contented lying down or sitting and watching her sister scamper off in different directions. I really would like to push her to her limits. But only God knows up to what extent can she really take it. For all we know, we might be doing more damage than good to her... Sigh. Damn this CS.

Sophie's very zen while Ellie continues with the chaos.
Aside from the usual hustle-bustle of mommyhood, what kept me busy too was Ellie's first birthday celebration. You all know I'm a proud DIY mom. So with Ellie's birthday party, I pretty much DIY-ed everything. (Yes, I'm bragging now. Haha!) Check the pictures first before I tell you which ones were my projects.


A Mother's Love

My husband and I met when we were in our freshman year in college. We were together since our sophomore year back in 2004. We managed to finish our own degrees and went on to pursue our own careers. Talks of getting married came up every now and then, but we were planning to save up first. Come January 2009, we found out I was pregnant with our firstborn.

Our respective families were a little disappointed at first that things unraveled too fast. Eventually, the disappointment turned to excitement, as our baby is the first grandchild to both of our parents. To say that she's wanted and loved by everyone is an understatement. I had a relatively smooth pregnancy, though nearing my 37th week, my blood pressure remained high and so for fear of preeclampsia, my ob-gyne decided that I give birth the soonest possible time.

Sophia Adele was born 12th of September 2009. She was relatively small, but her APGAR scores were perfect. She gave me a scare though, when during her first night of being roomed-in with me, she turned blue. I screamed for my mother to wake up and call for help. The nurse on duty then assured me that Sophie's small body just can't handle the cold air-conditioning. A warming lamp was placed over her, shining her with warmth that soon brought color to her cheeks. Needless to say, I did not sleep well that night, or the nights following that incident. I am so afraid to lose Sophie when it was only just days before that I have come to hold her in my arms.


Couples' Night at Il Ponticello

Hubby was away for two weeks for a series of seminar/training in Thailand. I missed him so and was very eager to be with him when he comes back. An opportunity presented itself when emailing OpenRice for upcoming Eats A Date events, I was offered to join their first couples event. When asked about the date, it fit perfectly to our schedule -- just a few days after Hubby arrived! I gamely signed up for it and told Hubby about it, telling him that this would become our first "alone time" after he came back (yes, we would be around other people but we don't have the kids with us so it's technically an "alone time"!).

So last Tuesday, off we went to Il Ponticello in Makati. I've read rave reviews about the food, even encountered the numerous citations from various sites dedicated to rating restaurants around the Metro, so I have such high expectations that night. Upon entering Antel Suites, the receptionist told us to use the stairs going up. I was quite taken aback, I thought it was a fine dining restaurant and we were not allowed to use the elevators?! Or was it just us who were told to do that? Anyway, I didn't voice out my thoughts as Hubby didn't comment anything as were going up to the second floor. A short passageway adorned with mirrors, pseudo-torch lights and black leather couches greeted us; on the end is the doorway leading to the restaurant itself. It was dark and I had this thought that we were about to be led to some secret hideaway.


Kulinarya: I experienced the difference!

It's been more than two months ago but I can still recall everything as if it was just last night... It was a rainy Monday night then, yet we braved the traffic for this culinary escapade of epic proportions. (I wouldn't miss it for the world since the handful reviews I found online were consistently positive!) With the whole family in tow, we headed to Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati to try this restaurant which was said to be here for the longest time and yet, has to be discovered and raved about by food lovers in the metro.