PictureMe and Champee on our way home from our date.

March 29, 2014 – One of the best things I learned from the Feast when I was still attending then was to have weekly dates with your spouse.  So when Champee was still in Cali’s tummy, I planned on extending this to my daughter as well.

However, when she was in her super infant stage, I was wondering how can I have a date with her since she was too attached with Mommy Cali for her milk.  So I decided to delay this plan until she get more independent.

And so, after almost three years, now that she’s a big girl and can ride with me either using her Dr. Stone’s chair (I’ll blog about this later) or just with the passenger seat, we can go to places and spend time and do dad and daughter bonding.

So last weekend we went to a very nice place, a carwash 🙂  It’s so nice dating your baby girl, you don’t need to spend much on a fancy restaurant.  A simple carwash will do.  She’s so amazed with the cars lined up being covered with foam and a high-pressured water hose to rinse it off.  And the vacuum cleaners, it gave her a high, hearing the brrrrooom and zhooom while our car’s mats were being cleaned.

This date was also extra special, as this was the last time we’re going to use our Pipoy (our first car’s name) since we sold him to my sister in law living in Cebu.  Still we’re glad he was retained in our family.  

It brought up some good memories when we first went to Baguio as a family to attend to a friend’s wedding.  We packed it up with all of Champee’s stuff… the sterilizer, jackets, shirts, toiletries, diapers, medicines, lotions.  And since we wanted to serve our friend through our business we also brought our photobooth along.  Plus of course, our clothes which is about only a third of what Champee has.  All of those stuff packed inside a four-door compact sized car travelling more than 200km for more than six hours resulted to a very exciting road trip.

So going back to our carwash experience, it was good exchanging stories with her about what she’s doing when I’m out in the office. We also talked about Frozen and play doh videos in You Tube which I found interesting as there are lots of videos of adults doing demos for any play doh and imagined it to be a good revenue generating channel for them.  Hmmm… what if I ask Champee to do one when she gets her play doh on her birthday?  It might be a good income stream for the family as well 🙂

So there, after an hour and a half Pipoy’s already clean and ready to be shipped to Cebu.



A sigh of relief…

After the very agonizing and grueling battle with the “poop”, she finally was able to let it out…

It was difficult for me and my preggy wife to sleep while seeing her wake up every now and then last night. There were instances where she would fall half asleep trying to push hard while standing up and just barely putting her head on a pillow on top of the bed.

But, the good thing is, it’s all over now… hopefully this serve as a breakthrough for her to finally eat more fibrous foods and take more than enough liquids aside from her favorite milk.

From this ordeal, I got to research some based remedies which we tried, which should work:

  1. Diet change –  well this one failed for us.  We still can’t convince her before this to try oatmeal, apple juice, prune juice.  What we did successful was to have her drink water much more than what she consumes… the trick? we used the measuring bars on her bottle as her goal… that she should drink two bars of water and made it a game everytime she needs to drink.  The result, more water consumption but still not enough to fight her constipation.
  2. Laxatives – probably we made a mistake stopping her laxatives too early after we brought her to the hospital weeks ago.  So that’s why, this occurred again.  
  3. Suppositories – could be the one that really helped her, but after 5 hours of great ordeal?

The best remedy I guess is the first, so we’ll make sure to work on her diet starting this time..

finally starting…and waiting


This is my daughter Amanda.  Probably you’re thinking why would I be calling this blog as a rookie dad given I’m already three years being a father.  Well, simply because when I started conceptualizing about this blog, it was during the time when my wife was delivering Amanda.  Wouldn’t it be cool to think that some of the things I was experiencing as a new dad could be something that could others relate to or even get insights from?  Or isn’t just comforting to know that there is someone who might be facing the same challenges as you would from a male’s perspective?

Well, I know that was a very long procrastination on  my part but as what they say, better late than never  So here I am trying to finish this write up late at night while trying to figure what to do with my baby girl’s fight with constipation.

For us adults it may be a very funny scenario, but wait til you see your toddler battling it out the whole day and night for this matter, just to let the stool pass.  Geez it’s a very agonizing experience knowing you as a parent can’t do anything about it after letting her drink her laxatives and putting suppository.  What hurt me the most is that I know that she won’t have this problem have I forced her to eat fruits and veggies and drink lots of water.  Unfortunately, we’re not successful so here we are in the wee hours the morning waiting for her success story.