Letter to Baby Wiggle @ 5 months

5 months! The sweetest,most heart warming months of my life. Blow your candle my sunshine!

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This month the highlight of your development for me is your noises. You have the cutest little giggle that sometimes turned into happy scream, and you love when we are talking and playing with you. Daddy A can get you to laugh when his kissing your tummy. You talk all the time and how we wish we could understand what you’re saying.

I am not quite sure whether you are now ready to take solid food because you have a talent in putting anything in your mouth. Toys,fingers,pillows anything you can reach goes right into your mouth. And because I am breastfeeding you I am waiting for one more month so we can start our next journey which is the BLW (Baby Led Weaning). In the meantime I am only offering a empty plate and spoon so you can gnaw on it.

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 You are moving and scooting all over the place. We can’t just leave you on  the floor and expect you to stay put- you’ll scoot yourself in all directions and roll around to get where you want to go!

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When we are out you do so well, you love seeing the new things and love to talk to people. I love taking you around and introducing you to the world, you’ve given me a different and special perspective on life.

I know you are growing and developing well and nothing makes me happier! I hope you always remember that you are “our little darling” and you never fail give us joy!

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Happy 5th month honey bunch!!

Cook’s Nook – Easy Baked Pork Chop with Garlic Sauce and Mushroom Buttons

It’s baby Wiggle’s 5th month and to celebrate the occassion I decided to prepare a delightful dinner tonight. I cooked Ham and Cheese Penne Pasta and my newly found recipe Baked Pork Chop with Garlic Sauce and Mushroom.

This easy baked pork chop recipe will become your go-to way to serve pork chops! Add it to your easy dinner recipe collection and you won’t be sorry that you did.

Delicious and easy pork chops with a flavorful butter sauce that compliments the meal perfectly.

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Easy Baked Pork Chop with Garlic Sauce and Mushroom Buttons
 
Ingredients:
  •  Pork Chops
  • ½ Stick Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • ¼ Cup Flour, All Purpose
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 Can Whole Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried Thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat combine butter, garlic, mushrooms, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.
  3. Once butter has melted, add your pork chops and sear on each side for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Once both sides of the pork chops are a golden brown place in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until centers are no longer pink. *Time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of your pork chops.
  5. Remove skillet from oven and remove your pork chops and sit them aside to rest.
  6. Whisk flour and milk into your pan with the remaining liquids after removing the pork chops. Whisk until all lumps are removed. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Serve over the top of pork chops.

Teaching kids about bible – Jacob gets Esau’s birthright (Genesis 25: 19-34)

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So here’s a long overdue post. I’m sure this is not new anymore and you’re used to the delays by now. No worries, I’ll make this worth your time.

I am proud to say that Daddy A is now part of Kids Ministry and I am so elated to share his first teaching. This is so precious to me and our family. For most of you who doesn’t know my husband, he’s the typical shy guy who is so afraid talking in front of so many people. But believe me pagdating sa kulitan wala kang panalo sa kanya except syempre saken na mas malakas many-asar!haha

Supposed to be he should be observer muna but Teacher Marina asked him if he can teach the Level 1 since he already know how things goes every Friday. He was hesitant to accept the responsibility but with me boosting his confidence he said yes.

Side kwento muna – the night before his schedule he had a car accident in the middle of Emirates Road that lead us to stay outside till 3am in the morning. It was a long story that deserves a separate post but the good thing is he’s alive and nobody get hurt. And since he’s so puyat parang he wants to give up his schedule and he asked me if I can replace him since he’s not prepared and was saddened by the accident. And because I don’t want to stressed him out I said yes and I prepared my lesson buti na lang favorite story ko si Esau and Jacob. The next day to my surprise he was very busy doing his lesson and the activity,he said that the holy spirit spoke to him and made him realized na baka it was the enemy trying to control him to follow his hearts desire of serving God through teaching.

Fast forward the story, he executed well. It maybe his first time but while watching him sharing his insights to the kids, I thanked God for giving me a husband who has a desire to have a deeper relationship with HIM.

The lesson is about the twin brother Esau and Jacob and how Jacob used the situation to cheat to his brother so he can get the birthright. The aim of the story is to show that greed and selfishness can cause trouble to the families.

For the presentation he make it simple. You can never go wrong with toys as illustration. It was such a hit to the kids and everyone were really interested. To increase child’s participation thanks to Teacher Claire who also prepared a role-playing by using simple props and letting the kids re-enact the story. Their tandem was really a blast!

For the arts and crafts -He used paper plate and cut a heart shape in the center of the plate. Then he let the kids enjoyed doing the design using the red construction paper. Since I always wanted to work with the fine motor skills I suggested that the decors should be a small piece of papers para kids can use their pincer grasp and can work with the gluing.

And for the memory verse (Psalm 51:10) Create in me a clean heart O God..

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Let’s talk about cloth diaper,shall we?

Switching over to cloth diapers after using disposables for my first born son is a major decision for us. But what made me really pursue turning into eco-friendly diaper is knowing the good effect to our baby bum.

For quite sometime he has this diaper rash that can’t be treated no matter what kind of diaper rash cream we used. We are not also using wipes but only water and mustella liquid soap when washing him with poop. I persuaded hubby to switched and told him that maybe baby wiggle is allergic to disposable. I knew i am 100% sure that I wanted to do this but at the same time Im also worried that I may not able to do it correctly. In fact to be honest what really make me nervous is the fact the we need to wash every soiled diaper right away.

After talking to one of my online friend which I met of course through N@W,big shout out to Bhey !!- she gave the link where I can order the cloth diaper online without shipping charge. Is that cool?! Sometimes kasi mas mahal pa ang shipping fee kesa sa pinurchase.

Anyway after two weeks of waiting the package arrived and I am extremely happy to tried it right away. I ordered for 12 pocket cloth diapers (opens on one side) with MF inserts.

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A pocket diaper has a “pocket” running from front to back for the absorbent inserts, usually shaped like a supersized maxi pad, to be “stuffed” into. Once stuffed, the pocket diaper works much like a disposable, stays together in a diaper bag, and is very user-friendly. Once wet or dirty however, most pocket diapers do need to be “un-stuffed” before washing, which means you have to get your hands dirty touching the inserts and diapers to separate the two.

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After about 1 month using cloth diapers on our little guy, I can tell you  the advantages of pocket cloth diapers:

  • Easy to put on – act like a disposable, so they’re very user-friendly for people who don’t do cloth diapering all the time, like babysitters or relatives.
  • Can stuff extra inserts for added absorbency or easily bulk up near the front for boys or center for girls.
  • Very travel-worthy – because they don’t come apart once stuffed, it’s easy to pop one or two in the diaper bag and know that they’ll be ready to put on baby when you reach your destination.
  • Cozy and comfortable
  • Dry fairly easily overall since all the pieces come apart.
  • Super cute designs
  • Most inserts are interchangeable between brands, adding versatility.

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I am newbie in CD but I am telling this is worth every penny. Sunbaby pocket diapers cost me aed 268 including the inserts and up to now I am a happy mommy and a satisfied client. We no longer buying disposables and most specially the rashes fade away and that’s because of cloth diapers. Yipeee!!

 

 

Learning through play – Addition with marbles

Learning to add can be great fun especially with easy addition activities. By creating a simple addition game with marbles kids will definitely love playing it and the house are transformed into learning activity.

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This addition activity is simple to make and can lead to hours of fun.

 Materials:

  • Bowls
  • Marbles
  • Markers
  • White Board or paper

 We started with a simple ones and then eventually I introduced the additions of 3 numbers.

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Depending on your child’s level of ability, this learning activity can be modified in many ways.

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Learning to add can be a ton of fun when armed with games to keep boredom away.

Happy counting and adding!

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