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There’s a Four-Year Old in the House!

Hey guys! How was your long weekend? Mine went smoothly, and last Saturday, I suffered sugar-overload because it was Yuri’s birthday!


I’m pretty sure I just closed my eyes for a moment and then all of a sudden, I have a four-year old child!

What sorcery is this?


Well, it’s not as if I didn’t see it coming. Everyday, I’m in awe of his new entertaining antics and — ehem — tactics to get what he want. But my favourite thing about being a mummy to a constantly curious toddler is the company.


You see, I’m a WAHM in a long-time long-distance relationship. Because of the nature of my job, I communicate with my colleagues “remotely” and my friends have super busy work and family schedules. (I have colleagues here in Davao City; unfortunately, they live in the South while I reside in the North. If you have any idea how big this city is, you would know that going from the North to the South is pretty much like going to another city.)

When Yuri was still a baby, being with him just seemed like a chore. I have no shame in admitting it — the same way as I can shamelessly say now that he looked like an old man when he was a few days old hahaha. (To be fair, my younger sister did look like an alien… I’m pretty sure I looked funny as a newborn too…) Anyway, yes I had my in-love-with-my-baby moments but most of the time, like when he was nursing or napping in my already sore arms, time just seemed to pass so slowly. Sorry baby, it’s true 😛

But ever since he turned 3, he’s become the perfect companion-slash-bodyguard for me. He accompanies me walking around the village or going grocery-shopping. He doesn’t stop talking and I’m sure many of you mums of toddlers can relate to this! We can talk about anything and everything under the sun and somehow, our topics almost always takes the absurd turn. Not a problem at all!


While he’s still a “baby” in more ways than one, I’ve noticed that he’s become more mature (somewhat). He now understands the value of obedience and generosity (though he still needs more discipline in those areas). He’s also become more considerate of others’ feelings.

He now appreciates books but still can’t resist using them as ramps for his toy cars. He also knows several Bible stories! Thank you Lord for that — it wasn’t easy trying to read him the children’s Bible each night only to discover that he prefers the Bible Story app (by the way, I highly recommend it!). We won’t give up on the Bible though but I think the app really helps.

He can be given instructions now and he follows them (most of the time). I can ask him to get something for me and so far, that’s probably my best achievement as a mum. I don’t have to do everything now! Finally! Second best achievement? He now knows how to play a prank on us, especially his aunt teehee.

And yeah, sorry organic mums, but he’s become more tech-savvy, too. It’s not the ideal setup, I know, but those gadgets keep me sane many times.

So maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that I actually have a four-year old now. I should have seen it coming! The thought of having one scares me a little but mostly, it excites me! This year will, no doubt, come with a lot of challenges but I’m sure it would be a fun, wild ride.


Cheers to more adventures, little explorer.

Both Yuri and I are not fans of birthday parties; last year, we celebrated his birthday by travelling. Unfortunately, Yayu (lolo) fell sick this year so we weren’t able to book a flight. So we just celebrated by eating!


We had a very filling meal at Yellow Fin


Had the famous halohalo of Razon’s

Bought Mango Charlotte cake at Bistro Rosario

Bought rich and decadent Mango Charlotte cake at Bistro Rosario

Lit it up with the prettiest candles which we've had for more than a year now! And some ice cream (background)

Lit it up with the prettiest candles which we’ve had for more than a year now!
And some ice cream (background)

And we had a very happy little boy with a full tummy. Happy birthday!

And we had a very happy little boy with a full tummy. Happy birthday!

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  • Reply Sarah Tirona April 1, 2016 at 11:46 am

    congrats on another milestone! 4! they grow up so quickly! god bless )

  • Reply Neri Ann April 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Happy Birthday to your little one! We are not a fan of big parties too! But we always celebrate it by cooking homemade food and simple gifts of course.

  • Reply Kati Balayan April 2, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Happiest Birthday to your little rockstar! I have a 3 yr old girl and yes, you just blink and they GROW UP. They’re like little adults lalo na when you converse with them but they still have their childish charms lalo na if they want something. 🙂

  • Reply Berlin April 2, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Happiest birthday, little boy. I hope to read more about you and see those real pearly white teeth and smile of course.

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey April 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Happy birthday baby boy. 🙂 oo nga grabe sa bilis ang panahon.

  • Reply charleys mommy April 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Bilis ng panahon!! Cheers to your little man. 🙂

  • Reply Ayi April 4, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Time flies fast indeed, if you have a child. Parang kelan lang :)) Happy birthday to your handsome little man mommy 🙂

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen April 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Happy Birthday Yuri!!! I’m sure you had loads of fun on your birthday!

  • Reply Mommy Anna April 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Happy birthday to Yuri, yah time really flies. Same here after his first birthday we don’t celebrate parties na. We just had simple celebration with the family

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei April 4, 2016 at 9:36 am

    HappY birthday to your son! I was looking at my kids’ photos last night and realizes 5 years fly by way too fast.

  • Reply Nini Perez April 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Happy birthday Yuri! 🙂 They grow up so fast.

  • Reply Eens Gonzales April 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Yuri! The cake is so cute 🙂

  • Reply Jerzee Benavente; Coffee and Beyond April 6, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Yuri! Toddlers are a mess indeed, but these are the moments that you will surely miss when he grows up.

  • Reply Michelle April 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Belated happy birthday to Yuri! You know what, I almost feel the same way with my little baby boy. He’s 11 months old pa lang and yet I feel like he has grown up pretty fast! Parang… Pwedenf slow down ng kaunti? Haha for sure mami-miss ko ang baby-moments nya when he grows up like Yuri. Kaya naman talaga I am considering the WAHM path. Para I can be with my son most of the time instead of being stuck in traffic (HUHU Metro Manila!!) or doing OT in the office. Haaay. Good for you na WAHM ka for a long time na. 🙂

  • Reply celin mendoza April 28, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Yeyy! Happy birthday to your son! Graduating from toddler na,congrats! haha. be ready for the next phase na =)

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