I was looking at my baby Zeeka and I think she looks SO BIG already. It was just a few months back when she was so fragile, little and wrinkly. Now, she’s so heavy and she has those folds on her sides. Truly a ‘tabaching-ching’ already!

Before: Zeeka was so small

Before: Zeeka was so small

And now, she’s this really active baby! She loves grabbing things and each thing that she grabs either ends up on the floor or inside her mouth.

We sometimes don’t get to notice it (especially for moms who are with her kids 24/7, like me since I work from home), but our little babies are growing tremendously fast. And before we could finish a book on parenting (I’m a very very slow reader, btw), we may have already needed to use what we have read months ago. It’s a good thing I started reading while I was pregnant. Being a first time mom, I am so scared that I might be a bad parent.

I don’t want her to be a child that has no manners. I want her to have a good relationship with me and my husband. I want her to be a really sweet (malambing) daughter. I want her to be driven but caring. In general, I wish that my baby would grow up to be a good person. Experts say that the development of a child starts during her younger years (baby/toddler stages). And during these stages, guidance from the parents is very necessary. A main concern that I had was how can I guide her when I can’t understand her. Obviously, she still doesn’t know how to communicate that well. It would be a big surprise if she would be ‘that’ eloquent when she reaches 2 years old.

With this, I’m glad that I attended the Yes Mommy! Workshop with Jayme Gatbonton as facilitator. I realized that a huge part of good parenting is being a good listener and a good observer. Right now, I’m practicing by trying to keenly observe baby Z’s actions and words (more of grunts, googoos and gaagaas). Jayme says that in this stage, you still won’t know if your baby is more visual or auditory or kinesthetic. It’s more prominent she says when they become toddlers.

For those who did not make it to the first two runs of the workshop, there will be another rerun next year. The previous run was co-presented by Medela Moms and Unilab.

Yes Mommy Parenting Workshop

Yes Mommy Parenting Workshop

Mommy Ginger and Baby Zeeka with Mommy Phoebe and Baby Ava during Yes Mommy!

Mommy Ginger and Baby Zeeka with Mommy Phoebe and Baby Ava during Yes Mommy!

For those who have babies, this is the best time to attend so that you will be ready and you can already practice as early as now. It’s hard being a parent and we need all the help we can get!

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About The Author

Ginger is the General Manager of ManilaWorkshops.com. She is also the co-founder of a tech start-up company called Turn Up Trumps, Inc. She is a business coach and has her own program called Love the Leap. She has been a blogger since 2005, writing for MommyGinger.com, ManilaFitness.com and ManilaReviews.com. She graduated MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She worked as an account executive for a couple of ad agencies. She also managed a food franchise store. Her longest corporate stint was as a product manager for a known bank in the Philippines.

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