Parenting Personal

Hormones, Adulting, and Hospital Hopping

Okay, I belatedly realise the title may be the slightest bit misleading. Just to avoid making unnecessary assumptions, no, I’m not pregnant. Although I did get so fat… Haha!

Dress worn as skirt from my secret store Denim shorts | Forever 21 White floral flats from Chinatown Black sling bag | Fossil

Dress worn as skirt from my secret store
Denim shorts | Forever 21
White floral flats from Chinatown
Black sling bag | Fossil

But I’ve been extremely hormonal these past few days. I’m blaming it on work-related stress (until last Tuesday, I had been busy conducting interviews with applicants), family matters (my dad was rushed to the hospital Thursday night, underwent dialysis Friday and underwent another round of dialysis today), and personal stressors (discipline problem with Yuri and a minor tampo with Job). And would you believe I caught a stomach flu last Friday? I debated sending myself to the emergency with my dad already admitted in the hospital. Good thing I got well quickly, thank you Lord.

Ah, life is good.

Because I’m the adultest adult around at home for several days now, I’ve assumed all the adultiest tasks. Looking after the house, especially with a responsible helper around, is a breeze. But replacing my mother is no easy feat. For starters, I have to take over some officer-related tasks like entertaining homeowners who need to pay their monthly dues. That was fine since I occasionally take over that one when mother’s not around. The more difficult task was paying the maintenance staff their salaries. It was the first time I did that.

It is fun to be take over the house – and even take over the external tasks – but I’m thankful Papa’s going home tomorrow. Sometimes it’s more fun to just be the third-in-command at home. (Please remind me this one when we finally finish paying for our own house.)

The weekend went by like a blur; I barely even noticed it. Save for sleeping in and not having to take a bath (ssshhh), my weekend was pretty much tiresome because I had to jet back and forth between home and hospital. Especially yesterday. I was barely home the entire Sunday and I felt guilty for leaving Yuri with my sister who had to study for her exams (children below 7 years old are not allowed in the hospital).

Michelle, our helper, wasn’t around pa because she went home. I just bought pasalubong as pa-consuelo. Also included Michelle in consuelo-giving because our house looked as if a storm passed through it — well, I did leave my sister and my son at home.


But my dad is doing fine! Time flew quickly even when we were busy at the hospital because my dad was already his usual crazy self. I was laughing the entire time! I almost hit my dad with a pillow when he shared what he did when his dialysis was over. He thought he was in a mall and the nurses were salesladies. Basta, he had a lot of crazy antics — even his doctor laughed and told Mama, “daming sablay ni tatay!” Sure, there was a hole in his neck for the dialysis, but other than that, he’s okay — a lot better than his condition here at home before we rushed him to the hospital. Thank you Lord for medical breakthroughs.

This is Baby Orluna. Sorry, I didn't have a choice. She was crying and I needed to go -- I couldn't go without taking at least one picture!

This is Baby Orluna. Sorry, I didn’t have a choice. She was crying and I needed to go — I couldn’t go without taking at least one picture!

Oh, and I was hospital hopping because I also went to another hospital to visit my sis, Bikay, who just gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Can somebody tell me why the smell of a newborn baby is so intoxicating? I was also enthralled watching her suckle — I actually missed the days when Yuri was still a newborn baby. Now he’s just a small ball of energy obsessed with Peppa Pig.

I didn’t stay long because I had to rush back to the hospital Papa was in to bring food to Mama. And then I needed to rush back home to relieve my sister of her babysitting duties, but not before buying them food. Consuelo de bobo, kidding!

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  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty October 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like you had one busy week! I’ve been very busy (mostly with work) too. Thankfully our preschooler is on sem break already so bringing her to school is one task off my schedule. Good to know your dad is doing well!

  • Reply Melisa Sanchez October 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Super busy nga! hehehe. But you look not so haggard naman 🙂 still pretty and lovely pa din. Thank God that your dad is well and what a cute baby! Sarap e kiss 😀

  • Reply Charley's Mommy October 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Wow!!! Busy week!!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply BA Isla October 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    What a busy week you had. And base from your stories, you are a one tough mama! 🙂 Keep it up. 😀

  • Reply Mommy Charm October 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I have to agree that replacing our moms at home is no joke. I can’t seem to imagine how my mom was capable of doing all the things that she does at home without going nuts! ^-^ And good thing that your dad’s better now. Congratulations to the new baby too!

  • Reply Kat Rodriguez October 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I’m glad your pop is doing fine, sending you more prayers for his health. Also, yup “hormones” kinda make people think about pregnancy, haha.

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac October 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

    It’s great to know that your papa is coming home soon. I hope he recovers soon. I pray for provisions for his dialysis.

    Yeah it can get really challenging to juggle so many IMPORTANT responsibilities, kasi sa totoo lang, parang importante sila lahat no?

    Ako naman I recently found out that my mouth sores are work-stress related. I broke out again last week because I was assigned a couple of really brain-draining topics to write.

  • Reply Pearliza Paguio October 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    It’s really challenging when everything adds up together. Job or Personal issues.
    Hope for the best and I’m sure we can get through everything.

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos October 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Seems like you had a busy week. Thank God okay na ang Papa mo. I agree na nakakaaddict talaga ang amoy ng baby. Actually bangong bango ako sa amoy ng binti ng baby ko (yung may hint na “panghi”) hahaha. Sounds weird but for me its really addicting. 🙂

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy October 21, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Glad to know that your dad is feeling better. 🙂 My boys have been obsessed with Peppa Pig also though I think they’re over it now. Hehe.

  • Reply Pam @ Hey, Miss Adventures! October 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Hey, Maan. I don’t miss you at all! Hahaha. 😛 Hope your papa gets better soonest. Send my regards and kisses to Yuri, too. ^^,

    • Reply Maan October 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      The whole city of Davao (and the Island of Samal, by extension) hates you! 😛

  • Reply Ruth October 24, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Stay strong Mommy Maan! Everything will be ok. Good to know that your daddy is getting better. Praying for your dad and baby! 🙂

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei October 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Hope your dad’s okay.

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey ★ October 25, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Super busy week. Glad to hear your father is doing better na. Prayers lang. Hugs all the way from Manila.

  • Reply Ayi October 25, 2015 at 7:20 am

    It surely is busy. Taking care of the household with kulit kids around is really challenging. I hope your dad is okay now 🙂

  • Reply Eihdra October 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    whew! girl, you’re one busy bee! Slow down a bit and take a rest 🙂

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen October 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Such a busy bee Maan! yeah, I agree with you baby smell is sooo addicting!

  • Reply Nhessie Agustin November 1, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Wow, you’ve had one busy week…praying for your dad sis and a lot of strength for you and your family.

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