Wanted: Yaya!

I’ve been contemplating on getting a new yaya for Yuri for sometime now (I’m no martyr — it’s tiring to look after a 3-year old while working full-time!), but during these past few days, I’ve gone from plain contemplation to desperation! As in!

Yuri had a fever over the weekend. That’s nothing new – kids have fevers all the time. We’re blessed Yuri doesn’t get sick often. And even though he was running a temperature, he was still playing actively. Not as active as his normal level of active, but nothing to worry about. Then he developed cough and a cold, but still nothing to worry about.

So sorry to mislead you, but this has nothing to do with Yuri getting sick. (But he was so clingy when he was sick, so I was also wishing for a yaya during the time).

But no, I found myself desperate to look for a new yaya when Yuri, who was still not in his best form, got into a mild accident.

At home.

A few steps away from where I was.


You see, Yuri, who was still bothered by his cold, lost his footing and accidentally slipped on the floor — quite badly. I was used to Yuri falling (#boys), but this must have been his worst fall yet. He split both of his lips and cut his nose. There was blood everywhere. I even had to change my shirt because the shoulder part was already red with blood.

(I also checked his teeth to see if they were still complete. I was afraid his fall knocked a tooth out because he was bleeding so much!)

And it happened while I was on the way to the kitchen to prepare a wet cloth for his runny nose. I haven’t even gotten to the kitchen yet! All in a matter of seconds, people. I’ve turned my back on Yuri for at most 2 seconds! And then bam!

Of course I’m not blaming myself. No one could have prevented it from happening (unless you’re The Flash), so I don’t think I’m at fault here (please agree with me). However, I could not help but think the chances of it happening again would be reduced if he had a yaya again.

Not that he’d been totally accident-free when we had a yaya. In fact, quite funnily, when I saw my “memories” on Facebook, I saw this picture taken exactly a year ago:

Yuri was 2 years old!

There must be something about the 1st day of September! I even wrote about it here.

Seriously, though, even though Yuri insists he’s feeling perfectly fine now (and even denies he ever felt pain — this is despite him crying his lungs out earlier this afternoon), I need to have some peace of mind. I really think I need someone to look after Yuri full-time again!


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  • Reply ceemee September 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Nakaka-guilty when something happens to our kids, although we know we are not at fault. Accidents do happen. Glad his teeth are fine! And, hope you find a trustworthy yaya soon!

  • Reply Kaity September 3, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Hope you’ll find a yaya soon! And you’re doing a good job, mom!(: Keep it up!

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac September 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Oh wow, look out for September 1 then. I remember my eldest sitting on his toy car, but was facing the rear, when it tipped and he had a huge cut under his chin and blood was everywhere, too.

    Well, Davao is a pretty safe place, so trustworthy yayas are possible, I think.

  • Reply Steph Vergara September 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Aw same tayo ng naiisip Mommy Maan. It’s really difficult to look after the kids while you are also working. My daughter also had a mild accident last week kaya she had bruise on her face. Out of balance din kaya she fell on the floor and bumped her cheeks sa edge ng furniture. diba? nakakaloka! Oh well, sana we’ll be able to find our yayas soon. 🙂

  • Reply Monica September 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Title mo pa lang, I wanted to read the post right away! I was yaya-less for a while too and understand completely how it feels to be desperate for one. And yes, that guilt when our little ones get into accidents. : ( If only we can shield them from anything bad ever happening to them.

  • Reply Purple Pieces September 4, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I was yayaless for at least a year after I gave birth to my youngest. It’s true that there are times you want to just leave everything and hibernate, alone. Plus, mommy guilt feelings are so strong pa naman. I hope you find a yaya for Yuri soon! 🙂

  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid September 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I know how hard it is to have no help… so I hope you will find a reliable one soon!

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei September 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    It’s hard to find a trustworthy and reliable yaya. Good luck!

  • Reply Lique Dimayuga September 8, 2015 at 1:44 am

    It’s ok mommy, I feel you. Wala rin akong yaya right now, going on 4 months now! And I have 2 toddlers, 3 and 1 year old respectively. Most of the time, I lose my temper or zone out, and I’m extra tired because of the house chores and freelance work i do at home… And I’ve had my own fair share of accidents here and there. But remember that you will always be the best guardian for your child. A yaya is ok for extra help, but there are also downsides… that’s why we had to let ours go last May. What I’m trying to say is… Kaya mo yan! Good for you if you find a reliable yaya soon 🙂 kung wala pa, don’t be afraid to ask for help from relatives and friends, kahit to look after your kid for a little while 🙂 Regarding work, I usually do my work pag tulog yung kids in the afternoon or sa gabi.. you’ll find your groove rin along the way

  • Reply tina September 8, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Hello! No yaya here for almost a year! (One month lang yung isang yaya!) LOL You know what? Sometimes its more complicated to have a nanny because if your kid falls or gets into an accident, some yayas don’t tell. So me and my husband thinks the best set up is for me to stay at home although I’m still contemplating to get back to working again @@

    I fell for you mommy! It’s totally crazy having no nanny. There are times when I find myself crying especially with a hyperactive toddler! @@

  • Reply Balot's Chatter (@lotusshiella) September 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I know the feeling! I remembered the time my eldest was burned from flat-iron and it happened fast and I was there but I was not able to stop her from touching it. Hope Yuri is doing well now.

  • Reply Ayi September 13, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I know the feeling 🙂 Being yaya-less for quite sometime is no joke. I had my fair share of boo-boos too with my kids (they’re 2 and 3!). I do hope you’ll find a new yaya soon 🙂

  • Reply celin mendoza October 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I too blame my self whenever my child fell off the bed or nauntog, nadulas, nadapa, etc. But at the end of the day, I still pray to God that he gave me the strength of forgiving myself. We are all wonder woman in the making. Be kind to ourselves.

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