Parenting

A series of unusual but fortunate events…

Things have always been a bit ‘different’ or ‘unusual’ for me and Kristo, even from the start. I remember the day I found out I was pregnant. May 13, 2004. I was inside one of the cubicles of Robinson’s Galleria when I saw those two stripes appear on the pregnancy kit I had just bought. Yes, the mall restroom isn’t the typical and ideal place to find out you’re having a baby, but hey, that’s our story….and that I must say — was the start of our series of unusual but fortunate events.

A few months later, I went to the Seattle to be with family. It was the start of my adventure with Kristo. Being in the States, we had a lot of options on how to have him. Water birth was one of the options.  After researching about it and visiting a birth center which did it, I decided to go the road less taken — natural childbirth (no anaesthesia) – in a Jacuzzi. I geared up for it, studied, read lots of books and watched loads of videos about it. On the big day, I had my mom, aunt, cousin and midwives with me in the birthing suite. I had a Bamboo CD playing in the background and candles were lit near the tub. I was eating energy bars and drinking Gatorade during labor.

In labor, with my midwife, Valerie (in white), and my auntie Bie
In labor, with my midwife, Valerie (in white), and my auntie Bie

As I started to push, I was on the phone with Kristo’s dad (who was in the Philippines), so that he could hear everything. As soon as Kristo came out, we heard the midwives say ‘where’s the baby?!’ – well, he went swimming a bit (relax, it was only for a few seconds, the tub wasn’t that big anyways). As soon as they could, they put Kristo in my arms. It was love at first sight. The whole scene was beautiful, coz he wasn’t forced to cry, nor did they tell me if he was a boy or girl. They just left us to be with each other for the first few minutes.

Our first few minutes together...
Our first few minutes together...
Time alone..
Still at the birthing suite..

Our first two weeks together would mark our first adventure as mom and son. 3 days after I gave birth, my mom had to fly back to manila because my dad was in the hospital for cancer. That left me and Kristo alone during the day time, when my aunt and uncle were at work. I remember days where I’d be walking back and forth from the baby seat to the stove as I prepared our meals. I remember flying back to manila when he was only 13 days old, so that we could be with my dad who was still in the hospital. We had to stop and spend the night in China, thank God in a hotel room, so I remember giving Kristo a bath, at 14 days old, in a small sink in a hotel room in China! From the airport in manila we went straight to the hospital to be with dad. With one bag in each hand, Kristo snug safely in the baby carrier (like a joey in a mommy kangaroo’s pouch). Finally, we were back with family! 1st adventure, complete.

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The rest of this blog would be more of photos, just capturing those other ‘unusual’ moments we’ve shared, the past four and a half years.

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With us in this picture is Kristo’s older sister, Nada, and her mom, Joanne. Many people find us weird, some would even say we’re crazy. We just smile. Our kids are siblings and they love each other. Joanne and I have become really good friends throughout the years. In fact, Joanne is Kristo’s ninang (god mother). He calls her Mommy Joanne, Nada calls me Mommy owie. Everybody happy 🙂

(pardon kristo’s finger, which he conveniently stuck up his nose!)

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Kristo’s hair has always been a topic people have talked about!

His hair was really curly so we just let it grow. So it was usually up in a bun, just like in this picture. Most people thought he was a girl. We finally had it cut for the very first time when he was 2….and that started a series of wild do’s!

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We’d do unusual stuff too…like getting tattoos! I mean, fake ones. This was for a costume party. I dressed similarly, and put on fake tats too!

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He’d often sit on my shoulders too. Nice and comfy I guess, coz he still asks for it til now!

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I get to take him to wherever I work as well….

photo by Jeminah Ferrer
photo by Jeminah Ferrer
the word4utoday devotional
the word4utoday devotional

Once I brought him to the shoot of the cover of our devotional magazine…he got to wall climb that day and he got his first modeling gig that day – this photo was used as the cover for our magazine!

For one of the Gospel House parties we helped out, I brought him along.
He proves to be by far the best dance partner I’ve ever had.

he kept on screamin' "parteeeh!"
he kept on screamin' "parteeeh!"

One time on my noon show at The Edge (internet radio station I work for), we got to face paint each other!

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For two consecutive Mother’s day events, he got to get up on stage with me as I hosted.
First at SM Mall of Asia.

Mother's Day 2008
Mother's Day 2008

The following year at SM Manila, where he greeted me a Happy Mother’s day in front of everyone watching!

Mother's Day 2009
Mother's Day 2009

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On our first plane ride, we got to have our picture taken at the flight deck/cock pit, thanks to my brother who works for Cebu Pacific.

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At ‘adult’ parties and dinners..he’s my favorite date!

With Tita Liz and Tita Janelle
With Tita Liz and Tita Janelle
Thanksgiving `08 with The Edge team
Thanksgiving `08 with The Edge team
Kuya Martin Honasan's bday dinner at Edsa Shang
Kuya Martin Honasan's bday dinner at Edsa Shang
At a gig with Acel, Ate Barbie, Kuya Martin and Lei
At a gig with Acel, Ate Barbie, Kuya Martin and Lei

We always grab the opportunity when we can to play together inside kiddie play areas – like these… (don’t worry, we only do when the attendants say adults are allowed)

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We’ve done so many things together that made a lot of eyebrows raise throughout the years. From going thru water birth to dance parties, to taking him to rock gigs or having him wherever I work – call center, up on stage, on-air and more…or gatherings which were meant for adults only, etc. So far, I believe we’re doing a-ok. Loads of fun and ‘unusual’ awesome memories, lots to talk about between us, now and when he’s all grown up. He may hate me in future for his Mohawk – or he may thank me that at least once in his life he had it.

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I’ve learned throughout the years that you don’t always need to swim with the current. There are gonna be a lot of times when it’s worth going against the flow. I pray that as Kristo and I start another ‘unusual’ chapter — homeschool, may this be pleasing to God’s eyes.

I guess that’s one thing I want Kristo to realize and learn and I’m sure he will. He doesn’t need to be like everyone around him. God created each and every person differently. Each wired specially. I know he will discover that God created him for a specific purpose, and as long as he knows what that is, he’ll be fine, even if people have their eyebrows raised… 🙂

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Background music as I write this: Forrest Gump theme song
What inspired this blog: Staring at Kristo as he sleeps…and realizing how much he’s grown and how much fun we’ve had thru the years and how things have been so different for us, even from the start!

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4 thoughts on “A series of unusual but fortunate events…”

  1. Owie,

    These are fortunate events indeed! I enjoyed reading it coz I can really feel the special bond that you have with your son, Kristo. You’re lucky to have each other. I totally agree with the last few lines of your blog : “God created each and every person differently. Each wired specially. I know he will discover that God created him for a specific purpose, and as long as he knows what that is, he’ll be fine, even if people have their eyebrows raised…” …WELL SAID. =)

  2. Forrest Gump theme song = perfect background music for this blog!

    Kristo’s so special…and it’s such a treat, getting to read about your relationship with him. 🙂

    I pray for your new homeschooling journey! Exciting!!! I miss you both…tell Kristo I said hi and give him a big hug for me….I hope he’ll still remember me next time he sees me!

  3. LIZ!!!! thank you…for everything! 🙂 you’re an awesome friend and it’s such a blessing to have you in our life! 🙂

    one big hug, coming right up! 🙂 see u soon!

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