Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our miracle baby

Vito and I are lucky to have a writer in Vince. Vince has written lovely articles about his love for us and I look forward to the day that Vito can finally read what his Papa wrote.

In the June issue of Good Housekeeping, Vince writes about how a baby was not in our plans--for many reasons, like medical. I have endometriosis, we were in our mid-30s, and, well, we just really didn't want to be parents. But our surprise pregnancy has proven to be a miracle and that baby boy just makes us feel blessed every single day.

Here it is:
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Vito, one day you'll grow up and read how much your Papa loves you. Till then, I hope you feel just how much we really truly do.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Papa's boy

I mentioned here before that sometimes Vito just doesn't want me. He wants his Papa. Well, now that he's almost 11 months old and wants to play all day, he absolutely adores his Papa and wants to be with him.
Vito loves his Papa lotsa lotsa!
Look at how my boy adores my man!
Vito always has to touch his Papa. So cute!

Me? I'm just food! And that's okay. I want Vito to look up to his Papa so much that he'll aspire to be just like him. And more!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Topaz Mommy meets fellow mommy bloggers

I apologize for not blogging here! I've been busy updating my personal blog and beauty blog. But I do have a lot of posts just for you!

Remember my Mother's Day contest, the one that had a LeSportsac diaper bag as the prize? Well, Vera of Slow Shuffling Shoes won it and she came by last month to pick it up just a few days before she was about to pop!
Hehe, I look preggy too!

Pretty mommy!
That's her car over there in the back. Her hubby drove her. They are such a beautiful couple! And now they have a beautiful baby girl named Elle. Congratulations, Vera! For the gorgeous new daughter and for winning the diaper bag!

A few days earlier, I also met another mommy blogger, Fleur of Mommy Fleur. We've been following each other's blogs for a while now but when she came up to me during Philippine Fashion Week, I didn't recognize her. It was only when she said, "Mommy Fleur" that I went wild with happiness!
Read about our meeting here!
Fleur is the mommy of an adorable little girl, Anika. Looking at her photos on the blog, I can tell she's pretty awesome--smart and happy and full of life. Just like my own Vito! Plus, I learn a lot from Fleur's blog. In fact, when I applied for Vito's passport, it was Fleur and Anika who helped me the most because of her blog post about it. Thanks, Mommy Fleur!

I love my mommy community. You're all so special!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day, Vince!

To the most special, most wonderful, most adored, most loving father in the whole entire world, we love you. Thanks for everything you've done for us. You're the best papa ever.

Vito and his gorgeous mama

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Love my mommy blog!

Hi mommies! I just joined Bloglovin' so I can feel more love from you!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin now! Happy Father's Day weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy update on Anika's heart surgery!

Hi everybody! Do you all remember Anika Arjona? She's the 4-year-old girl who only has one ventricle in her heart. Normally, we have two--one for pumping out blood to the lungs, the other one to the rest of the body. Because Anika only had one ventricle, her little heart had to work extra hard to keep her body alive. She needed expensive surgery. She needed it fast.

I blogged about her a couple of months ago when I stumbled upon a Tweet asking for help. I was directed to Anika's Heart, a blog her parents wrote to spread their daughter's case and to raise funds for her surgery. When I read what Karen, her mother, wrote--

"I am reaching out to the world because my daughter means a lot to me. Anika is truly a miracle baby. There are no words to describe how strong this little girl is. She is a sweet, happy, loving and smart child. When she was diagnosed, we were told that there's no guarantee for survival but she is still here with us even without the surgeries so we will fight for her no matter what."

--that gutted me to the core. I will fight for my child, too, no matter what! Many others felt the same and they shared her story through Tweets, blogs and Facebook. In the last couple of months, thousands of people have seen Anika's story and many generously donated to her cause. And the best birthday gift ever came when an American hospital offered to perform her surgery for free!


That's a scary photo, I know. But Karen told me that Anika truly is a fighter! She wrote me in an email soon after the successful operation: "The doctors said she's a miracle to have lived four years without surgery. And the surgery had risks but she was so strong. She woke up two hours after surgery, dapat mga 2-3 days pa sila gigising [patients usually wake up 2-3 days] after heart surgery. When she heard my voice, she opened her eyes and the doctors were surprised! They had to give her more meds to put her back to sleep. She's pink now, Frances! Yey!"

Yes, she's pink now. Look at her now!



Ya know, those pink cheeks did it for me. I just cried at my desk. Those pink cheeks means there's blood rushing through her little body and that she's out of danger now. Anika's going to be okay!

Anika got her parents' strength, I believe. Despite all the trials of the past 3 years, her mommy, Karen, said, "I believe God gave her a special heart so that she can touch other hearts and let others realize that they should be happy for what they have and learn to share to those in need. "

Well, she's doing just that, Karen. I'm sure you're very proud!

Thank you to everyone who spread the word and who helped raise the funds this family needed. You didn't know this girl and you had your own troubles, too, and yet you took the time and the money needed to make her life better. God bless you!