My First Christmas

Here it is! My Christmas post! Hope everyone had  great holiday, because I know we did! It’s Kheira’s very first Christmas

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After driving around from family to family, countless beso’s (a common Filipino greeting, a cheek-to-cheek kiss usually made once on the right cheek), giving and receiving gifts; Kheira’s first Christmas was a success!! It was definitely hectic because – let’s face it – having a baby adds about one to two more hours of getting ready to go (practically) anywhere. 

Christmas bring families together! And I love how Facebook Memories bring up photos you have (probably forgotten) from years ago and make you remember how many pounds lighter and younger looking you were years ago. Ha! Here’s a quick glance of my lil’ family from four years ago;

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Happy Belly Happy Baby!

Who started eating solids?? Kheira started eating solids!!

This is a #latepost, but… Whooo! A major milestone was accomplished last December 2, 2015 by our darling angel. Before the year ended our little Kheira has experienced her first time eating! And she was such a pro at it too! For a first timer, she knew exactly what to do when that spoon was right in front of her – its time to open that little mouth and “chew”. Not even a joke, it’s like she read a book on how to eat. Proud mommy and daddy over here!

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The Canta’s first Thanksgiving getaway!

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I love thanksgiving just because it allows people to be reminded of the many things they should be thankful for despite at all. Me, personally, I thank God for every day that I get to open my eyes, live another day and be able to spend time with my family. That alone, I am very thankful for.♥  Plus, its a great way to start my day!

So, Happy Thanksgiving to all!! Off to the beach we go! #LaiyaCocoGrove

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Kheira’s Dedication

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What is a dedication? A lot of people ask me that question when they found out that Kheira will not be baptised but rather she will be ‘Dedicated’.
For those who do not know what a child dedication is, it is – literally – the act of dedicating. Ha! Bet you didn’t know that lol (just kidding). In this case, we are dedicating my child to Jesus Christ. As a Christian, I chose to do this because I believe that one should know when and what it means to be baptised by the Holy Spirit. I chose to dedicate Kheira to Jesus Christ to show our family, friends and community that my husband and I will be responsible parents taking on to bring Kheira up in the fear the Lord, in faith and teach her how to live life, the best way we can, as a good Christian and servant of the Lord.

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Meeting Ninang(Godmother) Chloe

I, for one, am not good at keeping secrets. I’m like a ticking bomb. For the most part to those whom I’m very close with, i.e. my husband. We’ve known each other and have been friends for so long we’ve come to tell each other everything. Even the boring noting of our everyday lives. Especially now that we’re married, I find it hard to keep things from him. So, imagine my surprise when my father-in-law gave me information on the biggest secret from my husband and mother-in-law I had to keep for about 2 months. His only sibling and sister, Chloe, is coming to the Philippines to visit us. It was the secret of the century for me. It was a mission!

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Mommy Feels Fail #2: Wear baby mittens at all times!

Here we go again… another #MommyFeelsFail I never  thought it would happen so soon. Well, sooner than I was hoping. Another MOMMY FAIL! This time there was more blood. Blood everywhere! Blood…

The husband wakes me up early friday morning (like 4am early) in panic. It was like a CSI Crime scene. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Well a dried blood type of crime scene. It had been long since the tragedy happened.
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Love your bones Bloggers event by Pfizer and Caltrate Plus

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Did you know that there is a World Osteoporosis Day? It is celebrated every 20th of October. And it has been celebrated since 1997! Last October 29, 2010 I was invited to a Pfizer event called “Love Your Bones

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Its pretty self explanatory and I could not have agreed more. As a full time mom and with a growing baby I need all the strength I can get!

They actually had a bone measurement device that allowed them to check and give you an estimated report on your bone density (fyi bone density means the amount of minerals in your bones). Results would say if your bones are in normal state or if they find a that you are in risk of having osteoporosis. I had mine done and if you would think that a 24-year old like me would have strong bones at a young age, you’re wrong!

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If you didn’t notice, in the result findings, they ticked that I my result was Osteopenia. What is Osteopenia, you ask me? I didn’t know at first, but it said ‘Osteo’ on the word itself so I knew it wasn’t too good. It meant that my bone mineral density is lower than normal. In short, I may or may not be a candidate for osteoporosis. Which makes sense, because I remember when I was a kid I ALMOST had to wear a back brace. Thank goodness my mum got into sports and yoga, and not have to go through that! Whew!

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Me with host Andi Manzano (center) and co-mommy and blogger Mafae Belasco (left).

The event was very informative. It was hosted by the lovely Ms Andi Manzano (If you haven’t seen her baby Olivia you have to, follow her ig @oliviareyes) We had a little live cooking show from the chef’s of Holiday Inn, Makati that showed us how to easily make quiche at home. Quiche?? Yes quiche. It is a great snack/meal to make at home for the family that is packed with the food group that is good for our bones. What’s great about a good quiche is you can customized what you wanna put in it. Yummy!

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Finished product! Délicieux!

There were other speakers such as Ms. Ana (bikhram yoga expert and teacher) who was kind enough to show us a few yoga moves/stretches that we can easily do at home and in our own time to prevent this silent killer (Osteoporosis). Why silent? Well according to Dra. Julie osteoporosis is considered a silent killer. Nobody knows their actual bone density state, and for all you know you have it already. She has some patients who accidentally slip and has broken their hip, spine fractures, and some who just cough and breaks their bone because they’re so weak and brittle. Anything can happen at any given time. That is why this campaign was created, to spread awareness.

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As I was saying, as a mom with a growing baby, I need all the strength I can get. With knowing that I may or may not be a candidate for osteoporosis is scary! Prevention is key! I still need to carry Kheira everywhere we go (I know I don’t have to but I love to lol) Baby-wearing can take its toll on your back as well as breastfeeding. Thanks to Caltrate Plus I can have that prevention. I was taking Caltrate Plus as well when I was pregnant, I just need to be consistent this time! I have an upcoming toddler and I still need to run around with her! We still have a load of playtime to conquer and a lot of carrying her and CARING for her. Mommy needs to be strong and healthy for all of that!

For more information on osteoporosis and World Osteoporosis Day 2015 visit their website; http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org  Instagram; @worldosteoporosisday  Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/worldosteoporosisday  YouTube channel; http://www.youtube.com/iofhealth

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Thank you Pfizer and Caltrate Plus for making me part of this wonderful event! I commit to healthy bones!

LOVE YOUR BONES 

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Happy 4 months to my baby girl!

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Another month has yet passed us by. And I anticipate every 27th day she turns another month older. Kheira has opened my eyes to life’s little miracles. Her life advancing everyday just stuns me!
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This was how I grew up in my mum’s very eyes. I can’t explain this feeling, but my husband thinks I’m crazy. Everyday there’s always a point in time where I see myself staring at her and admiring this little human I made. She’s incredible; her eyes, her smile, when she grabs my fingers, when she touches my face. I get a heavy feeling in my heart, a lump in a throat and a lil’ tear in my left eye. Oh how sweet is it to be loved by this lil’ human.
Her amazing improvements this month:
  • turns to her sides, both left and right
  • grabs her toes
  • grabs your hair, your shirt, your necklace, everything and anything she gets her hands on!
  • crawls with her head slightly up
  • can lift her head up all the way when she’s on her belly
  • reaches for her dangling toys
  • sucks all fingers
  • drools everywhere
  • talks back when you talk to her (though she seems to respond more when you talk to her in Tagalog.)
  • mimics face and mouth expressions
  • Laughs and smiles ALOT
  • Able to drink from the bottle when mommy isn’t around to fed her
  • comfortable being in her stroller while wandering around the mall

So far that’s pretty much what she’s all about now… The list keeps growing and I’m over here, looking all goofy, cheering every move she makes

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Go Kiks! Mommy loves you! 

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

From Jerseys to Onesies

Time really does fly, don’t it? Especially when you meet old friends for play dates instead of night outs. From changing outfits to changing diapers – From drinking beers and poppin’ bottles to feeding milk into baby bottles and pacifiers. Its crazy to see these transitions.

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Last weekend we were invited to the birthday celebration of our friend and my husband’s old teammate, Don Dulay, from when he played for Singapore Slingers in ABL (Asean Basketball League). They both met when they were both still single and still playing professional basketball. I can only imagine what they were up to during those times! Aaaahhh… the single life! And now, here they are several years later; Married and with babies!

Don and Glaiza (Don’s wife) have a little baby boy named Dylan. Glaiza and I met when we were both pregnant so this was Kheira and I’s first time meeting baby Dylan and he’s already 7 months old! This was the first time we’re both seeing each other without our bellies. Aaahhh… memories. Sometimes I still miss my big belly (who’s with me??) It actually became an impromptu baby playdate! I was really excited for her to meet Dylan. First play date! Yay!

This was the first time Kheira has interacted with another baby up-close and Dylan was such a delight! Here are some of their cute out-takes from that night…

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Trading places real quick because mommy wants a lil boy after Kheira and uncle Don wants a baby girl next!

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Dylan is soo sweet trying to hold Kik’s hand

I can’t wait until Kheira and Dylan can have an actual play date where we don’t have to hold them up to play with each other! I can just imagine it… both of them in a play pen on soft cushiony play mats helping each other build blocks or play catch with soft (baby approved) playing balls. I said the word ‘play’ about four times (yes, I counted). Is that accurate?? I’m new at play dates so I’m not so sure how to imagine how play dates really go.. (two more times!) Hahaha!

Nevertheless, here we are, now a bunch of parents getting together with our kids, stroller on each of our sides with our big bulky baby bags. It’s another journey in our lives and I don’t think its going to stop there!

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Look at us all grown up! This is another journey for all of us and I’m excited!

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta

the Learning Plus+ bookstore

photo by Nico Belasco (www.nicobelasco.wordpress.com)

photo by Nico Belasco
(www.nicobelasco.wordpress.com)

Last Friday, October 16, 2015, I was invited to the grand opening launch of the Learning Plus+ bookstore. This is more than just your typical bookstore with pens and stationaries. They are a bookstore for the TMA Homeschooling program. This store was conceptualized and operated by homeschoolers!

And, YES to you all wondering if I’m considering homeschooling my lil’ one 🙂 Actually more than considering, We, as a family, is already gearing up as we join the community of homeschoolers. Especially now, with the Learning Plus+ bookstore, we have everything that we would need to equip Kheira as she goes through this journey with us. I am more than excited! This place is perfect for all your homeschooling needs!

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They even have U.S Curriculums that would be good, especially for us, incase (through the years) we would go and move back to the U.S – just in case! Having a bilingual household it is imperative that Kheira learns Tagalog. And what better way to learn than from fun story books??

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Fun way of Learning!

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Molding kids to be more creative

Im not the only who thinks FAR ahead as schooling for my young one, right? Don’t get me wrong, I know Kheira is only three (3) months (almost four) but the mind tends to wonder. She’s growing so fast and, as much as I don’t want her to, she won’t be a baby forever (don’t we all wish the same?).  And most of these thoughts are about her education.

The TMA Homeschooling and Learning Plus+ has made it easy for homeschooling families to come together and achieve the goal for education! 

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If we built a school from the ground up based on how children learn best, we would build a home.

– Dr. Debra Bell

I believe in this saying of Dr. Debra Bell. Learning doesn’t necessarily have to be in a school. Children learn and grow from where the heart is, our home 

For all those who are interested or have any inquiries and want updates of TMA Homeschool, contact them at:

http://www.tmahomeschool.org

Located at: 2nd Floor Fun Ranch, Frontera Verde St., Ortigas Ave. Brgy Ugong, Pasig City

Contact No.s: (02) 234-0432 / (02) 502-7027

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TMAHomeschool

Instagram: @tmahomeschool

Be a blessing to others! xx

Kharla Ramos-Canta

Kharla Ramos-Canta