Baby’s Milestones: How to keep records

I have been recording Mori’s milestones almost everyday as everything about her moves are first times. It certainly is a very wonderful yet challenging to be a mom but motherhood is one exciting adventure to explore!

Mori’s milestones have a huge impact to us. We were able to appreciate more the little things that connects to her, the reactions we get are like diamonds and we tend to be so upset when we kinda missed the first time she have done it.

Keeping records such as having monthly photos of her, capturing priceless facial reactions is superb (which is my favorite thing to do) and even the evolution of her eyelashes was on the record!

Mori’s milestones so far:

1 month old: Mori is able to lift her head (with support); shapes and sounds are her first love. More of hours of sleeping than awake.

I only got the chance to breastfeed Mori for a month, after returning to work, no milk anymore. Good thing, I got an organic milk that also has oligosaccharides that can only be found in breastmilk, and that the only sugar content of the milk is 100% lactose.

2 months old: Mori is more of eye contact, sharp ears and more of talking. She just had her ears pierced! Her first word at 2 months old is ‘WOW’!


Soo cute my baby with this hat.

3 months old: Mori is more observant to people and things that surrounds her. She can lift her head without any head lag anymore. She can already sit (with support) and everyone is really amazed as her bones are really strong!

4 months old: She is so excited when she got to see more colors and hear different sounds. Mori is too excited to have something to put in her mouth. Though she can be fed pureed baby food but I opted not too and will just wait around her 6 months to be confidently say that somehow her stomach can handle other foods than milk. Oh, and she just had her first ride with a token-operated car!

Her first time to be on her own tummy is just so amazing! 🙂

5 months old: She is very quite especially when she is outside home. She giggles whenever she sees chickens, dogs and cats!

Whenever we are at the mall, she just keep on looking and not a single word can be heard from her. She is happy to see people walking around and just stare at different colors from the signages then later on fell asleep on her own.

Almost 6 months old: She just had her first baby food! The yummy banana which I personally prepared for her. After which, I got the chance to buy HiPP Organic Baby Food (though you may buy these yummy jars of HiPP Organic in Manila as it is not yet available here in Dagupan City.) With her first flavor, the Apple and Pear, her first taste reaction is epic! Since it offers a little sour taste, Mori reacted what is expected from her but later on, she loved it! She loved it that she was able to almost eat half of the jar! For now, I am sticking first with this flavor and plans to explore more of its flavors later on.

Just in: she was able to say her Pop’s name, ‘Alvin’, which me and my friend were caught surprise!

She smiles easily and can talk to her as if she’s already a grown-up. She laughs when you try to surprise her with the traditional peekaboo! Oh her giggles makes you giggle too!

You may do different kinds of recordings for your little bub’s milestones.

Photo albums. Others have their own photo albums and they kinda turn it into scrap book with all the manual writings of captions. Though it is indeed a wonderful chance to have your baby’s monthly photo with different costumes, it would be a little expensive when you try to compute it in total. And so to be practical, my husband and I have decided to buy our own DSLR camera instead of us having a monthly picture of Mori to professional studios. Also, it would be a good deal to have our own high def camera to be used for whatever occasions Mori will be having instead of hiring photographers every time. Plus, you may use this as well to capture first time moments of your little bub.

Picture frames. Other moms are really into printing their little one’s pictures and have it displayed at home or at their workplace. They even use one big size of frame which has about 12 frames and have their baby’s monthly pictures be displayed.

Scrap book. I once thought of having a scrap book for Mori which is one of the things I always love to do even during my schooling days. Thus, I’ve realize that this one is not for me especially that I also have my corporate work. But maybe this may work for you, you may use different recyclable materials for your scrap book too 🙂

Video clips. It’s also a very good thing to capture that moment of your little bub real time. In my case, I always see to it that my cellphone is charged so that any moment I can capture Mori’s what about. You may also use camcordings which is my initial plan but since my camera phone is almost the same quality with the camcording I am thinking to buy. It isn’t practical anymore to get another tool.

Foot and hand prints. Well, I would really like to keep records of her growth using hand and foot prints as a proof but I changed my mind. This is something clever yet a little messy.

Whichever way you use in recording your little one’s milestones as long as you are comfortable and you can preserve it so in time you may tell the stories behind it to your grown-up little one. Just always remember to enjoy the process especially in capturing the precious moments of your beautiful blessing! 🙂




Affordable way to celebrate Christening


As parents it isn’t that easy to put up an occasion after major occasions. The hassle and budget are few of the factors to consider. After Mori arrived, my husband and I are very anxious with our finances thus, we always discuss about proper financial planning–be it small or big expenses.

We long planned to celebrate Mori’s baptismal on her 3rd month which will be on the month of December of the same year, 2016 so as to celebrate my birthday.

My husband and I agreed to just have a very simple gathering with her godparents, more of to cherish that day filled with fun and bonding moments rather than put up a fancy and overwhelming set-up. This would also save us to bigger expenditures and hassle of preparing everything. So what are the simple things to consider?

1. Number of guests. Make a guest list so you are able to identify the priorities in this occasion. Actually, your baby will not remember this event hence, you may want to consider who you will invite. The smaller the number of guests, the less expense you will incur.

2. Church venue. Make sure to register the baptismal day of your little one way ahead of the date. You may also need to consider the proximity of the church to your reception venue just to give a little convenience with your guests as well.

3. Reception venue. In this kind of event, food is very important. Make sure to somehow know the types of tastebuds your guests have. Just a little consideration that they will not just enjoy the ceremony but also, the bonding moment where everyone can relate — food! Also, as busy parents, it is also important to know a place where you don’t need a florist or an interior designer to create magic to the place, be practical to find a venue where it has everything you need, including sound system, yes.

4. Take-away gifts for godparents. As part of the culture and tradition here in the Philippines, it is but important to give something to the godparents of your little one. As of the time being, it is practical to give out something to eat or use (which I mean that it is really useful to daily life) to be given to godparents. In our case, since most of the godparents are not from our province, we have decided to give something to eat that is popularly known in our place-Boneless Milk Fish! And a bonus of home-made vinegar. 🙂

Invitations are cool to do, for less expense, you can never go wrong with a DIY invites. In our case, we no longer made one, we just made sure everyone on the list was informed ahead of time and are being reminded the a couple of days before the event day.

We did not hire a photographer and even an emcee. As simple as it is, we opted to just deliver our message to everyone who have attended our Mori’s christening and that we let them enjoy the sumptuous dinner with a cool and relaxing music. Also, we let our aspiring photographer friends to document the details of the event. As parents, our aim is to make sure Mori’s christening is a memorable one which we can repeatedly share the whole story to her alongside with all the priceless photos taken.

For Mori’s Christening details:

Church: St. John the Evangelist Parish Church of Dagupan City; Presiding priest: Auxiliary Bishop Elmer


Reception venue: Matutina Gerry’s Seafood Restaurant located at the De Venecia Highway