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This afternoon, we left Vito at my mom and dad’s for the afternoon while Ton and I attended a birthday party. While we were in the mall buying a birthday gift for the celebrant, my brother Kiddo rang me up with the news: “Vito crawled!” Apparently, he and his wife, Amy, were the first to witness the joyous milestone. My parents were able to see Vito’s subsequent attempts while Kiddo and Amy captured it on video.

Yay! Another milestone reached! (Video to follow!)


"What are you looking at, buster?"

Because it is my ninth month (and I celebrated my birthday last August 8), I thought I’d share nine things about me:

1. I am starting (trying) to crawl, but I’m taking my time. I like to push my body up with my arms a lot, but I seem to go backward instead of forward.

2. I want to stand up all the time, like real badly.

3. I can (sometimes) push myself up from lying on my tummy to a sitting position.

4. I have five (yes, 5!) teeth. My mom brushes them after I eat.

5. I like to wave at girls.

6. I have had so many haircuts by Lola, I can’t keep count anymore.

7. I am an average sleeper at night. I can sleep straight, sometimes for 10 hours.

8. I still like to watch Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind,” especially if I’m in a bad mood.

9. I hate having my face cleaned, especially when Mommy and Daddy try to wipe my nose clean from snot.

Dear Vito,

Happy birthday, sweetie!

This post is a day late. It’s because you and I were not feeling too well yesterday, your 9th month birthday. How can it be that today you are already 9 months old, little one? Time seems to be rushing Mommy and Daddy. Sigh.

You have made so much progress in the last month. You’re even starting to sit up on your own, pushing yourself up when you’re on your tummy. It’s fun to watch you try, and whenever you reach another milestone, Daddy and I are so proud of you!

You are also talking more and more. We love it when you say “Ma-ma-ma” and “Da-da-da,” which you do every day. You are beginning to realize that I’m your “Mama” and Daddy’s your “Da-da,” you look our way when you say those silly words! What a smart baby! You learn so fast.

You know how to wave hello and goodbye to people. We love it so much when you wave your hand to greet your grandparents, your titos and titas, and all the people who come to see you. You really know your grandparents now, and have a special relationship with each one. It’s amazing for your Daddy and I to see how well you know the people who love you.

You are getting so heavy, too! Even Daddy finds you so heavy, baby. How you love to wriggle around and wriggle out of our cuddles! Please don’t rush to wriggle out, little boy! We’re going to miss these cuddly times when you start running around, which may not be too far off considering how smart you are. You even try to stand sometimes in your play yard!

There are just too many things happening all too fast. We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished. We can only thank the Lord that you are such a blessing to us. We love you, Vito! Happy birthday!


Mommy (and Daddy!)

I went to Anvaya Cove, far away from home, with Daddy, Mommy, and the whole family of Lolo Pap and Lola Ma (De Luna). We all rode a big bus, and I got to ride in my car seat. But of course, I didn’t stay in it for long because I easily get bored. During the trip, I couldn’t wait to get off that crampy bus!

When we got off the bus, a golf cart took us around.

I heard we were going to see a place called the beach. When I saw it, with all the waves and the big, cloudy sky above, I shrieked; I was so happy to swim in that strange, humongous swimming pool in the sea!

Mommy and me (and Daddy taking the pic) at the Anvaya Cove beach. It was cloudy, but we went swimming anyway.

I went swimming for the first time in a real swimming pool! It was so much bigger than the one I have in Lola’s house, and you didn’t have to blow air into it. Instead, Mommy took me to a pool that had big bubbles in it! A jacuzzi, she called it.

Daddy, me and Mommy in the big jacuzzi pool! So many bubbles!

Here are some more pictures of me loving the swimming in Anvaya Cove!

Mommy and me in the swimming pool, when the sun came out!

Me and Daddy

Here's me on my deck chair by the pool after swimming.

How old is Vito?


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