Wheat: Positive

Jia has allergic rhinitis and her pedia allergologist (Dr. Eileen) has her tested earlier this year. She tested positive for food. Ang problem was the test done to her was not allergen-specific so we just knew that she was allergic to food but we did not know which specific food (the allergen-specific test can be done when she’s older). We knew though that she must be allergic to one of the five most common food allergens: cow’s milk, egg, soya, peanut, and fish. Also, we were told that she might be allergic to wheath since wheath is also a very common allergen.

Because of the allergic rhinitis, Jia has maintenance meds (the alternative would be to risk her having an anaphylactic shock — something I would not risk). But the quest to discover which specific allergen is the culprit is still ongoing. Super hirap kasi to make sure na yun lang yung nakain niya. Minsan pa matagal yung onset ng allergy. Kaya ang ginagawa namin is to just steer clear away of all the common allergens (except cow’s milk).

Yesterday, though, I had her eat a piece of wheath bread on the way to her check up. I knew that she might develop rashes but since kasama naman niya ako and daddy niya, okay lang.

After around 15 minutes, makati na yung neck niya. After about an hour, when we were out of the hospital,ang pula-pula na ng left leg niya. Ang laki nung pantal. Mga 2 inches in diameter. So I had her take her allergy meds. At least ngayon alam na namin na allergic nga siya sa wheath.

“Love You Forever”

I have first heard “Love You Forever” in a wedding. It was the Mother of the Groom’s speech. Although I really didn’t listen to the whole story (you know, I had to work), I got the feeling it was a really, really nice book.

A couple of months ago, my Tita Baby told me a friend of hers sings this to her kids every night before going to bed. That intrigued me and I resolved to find a copy of the book. I saw one in Fully Booked (but that was after 30 minutes of searching by the sales attendant) and although it was kinda expensive (less than Php700), I bought it because the attendant spent so much time looking for the last copy.

I love the book! It’s so heartwarming. It’s so simple but speaks of a parent’s unconditional love. Nakakaiyak. And more importantly, Jia loves the book as much as I do. She would ask me to read it to her every night. And to keep her amused, I would act out the scenes of the book. Nakakatuwa kasi she really listens and pays attention and when I rock her back and forth, she really looks at me and waits for the song to finish before leaving my arms and preparing for the next scene.

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I am planning to make this our nightly ritual until she gets older and I hope that she realizes how much I love her.

🙂

Here is the full text of the book:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother’s watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, “this kid is driving me CRAZY!”

But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

The little boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words. Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!

But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

The boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo!

But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town.  If all the lights in her son’s house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older. One day she called up her son and said, “You’d better come see me because I’m very old and sick.” So her son came to see her. When he came in the door she tried to sing the song. She sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always…

But she couldn’t finish because she was too old and sick. The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And he sang this song:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my Mommy you’ll be.

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs. Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

Waab yu!

Jia knows how to say “love you”. She pronounces it “waab yu”. Although I’m sure she doesn’t understand what it means yet, I feel so happy whenever she tells me she loves me.

The other night, while preparing for bed, I saw her writing on her book with a crayon. I was devastated, primarily because we both love that book and it’s our favorite bedtime story. Also, I want her to learn that writing on books is a no-no. It was the first time she wrote on a book and I panicked and said “No, Jia!” She looked at me questioningly and I calmed my voice and said, “Jia, you should not write on your books. If you want to write, you can write on a paper. You just tell me Mommy. Do you understand?” I think she realized how important it was to me. She nodded seriously. I said “Okay.” And then she replied, “Waab yu!”

Aaaaaw!!!

🙂

Joya’s out! My birthing kwento

When I was a new N@Wie and was reading the birth kwentos, I would squirm everytime I would read an NSD kwento. One time, I read a CS kwento. Natulog siya, pagkagising niya nasa kwarto na siya. ANg saya di ba? So sabi ko okay yun. Ang dali lang pala! Hay! Wala talaga ako kamuang-muang! LOL! Kaya the birthing part of the story really focused on my feelings during the actual operation. Hindi para manakot ha. Hahaha!

And of course, me being as talkative as I am, this is a really long read. 🙂

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I’ve been mentally ready to give birth since I was in my 36th week. I was having pre-term labor since the 30th weeks so it was such a big relief when I reached my 36th week, moreso my 37th week. Usapan naman ng OB, I would be scheduled for the CS operation on May 3 (that’s when my preferred pedia would be back from his out of the country trip) but if I go into labor when I reach my 37th week, she will have to deliver me and I would get my second choice doctor (btw, I had prenatal consult with both doctors to explain my preferences and concerns).

Since Monday, April 25, I have been experiencing pain in the upper part of my tummy. I attributed it to JOya’s kicks. Sabi ko pa sa husand ko, masyado na ata stretched yung tummy ko na masakit na pag nasisipa. Kakatawa pa kasi my husband called me up from the office MOnday morning and told me to rest kasi he has a very important meeting on Friday, April 29, that he can’t miss. Joke pa ako so okay lang na manganak ng Wednesday or before Wednesday basta wag lang Thursday or Friday. Tapos Saturday na uli pwede. LOL!
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