Thursday, July 07, 2016

Oh, boy! It's a Boy!

07/07/07, 7:16am.

The most memorable day of my life.

The judgment day.

The day when this little angel came into our life.

It was a smooth ordeal. He didn't give me a hard time. No pain. No contractions. The last few hours before my scheduled sentence were smooth sailing. I was waiting. I was bored.

Inside the OR, I felt quite nervous. This was it. No more turning back. I saw all the doctors around me. Hubby was there, too. I was prepped for the epidural anesthesia. I curled up. I was poked. It did hurt. But it didn't work. Another time. And it hurt more. I have high tolerance for pain tho'. I didn't complain. I was silent.

I didn't go through the natural way of giving birth. My previous operation prevented me to. It would've been exciting. I think. So, C-Section I go.

I was awake. This green cloth was blocking my view. I heard someone say, the baby couldn't come out. Bunny was stubborn. Yes, Bunny, that's how we called him. A lady doctor said she was going to exert pressure on my tummy to assist the exit. I obliged. I prayed. Finally, after minutes of waiting, the baby was out. I heard him cry, scream. He's here, finally! Bunny was already beside me. They let me kiss him. I was ecstatic.

I was the happiest person inside the room!

I couldn't remember what happened next. All I knew was, I was in another room and hubby was asking if I was fine. Hello, recovery room. I was still groggy to talk. 3, 2, 1.. lights out.

When I awoke, I was back in the room. I was feeling good. No pain, whatsoever. I was waiting for Bunny. I knew he was already in the nursery, post circumcision. I had hoped he was fine.

I couldn't recall what time the nurse brought him in the room. Can't describe the feeling. I held him in my arms. It's mother's instict, I guess. It will come out naturally. Cradling. Sucking. Breastfeeding. What a wonderful feeling!

I wouldn't trade the sentiment for anything in the world.

The peak. The crest. The summit. The culmination.

I am a MOM! ....without a doubt.

That was years ago. Time flies, indeed. Today, we are celebrating his 9th birthday. Please don't grow up too fast, too soon!

Happy birthday, son!

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Sound of Music.. The Sound of Silence..

My day is not complete without music. As soon as I step in the car, the next thing I do after I start the engine is turn on the audio button. I tune it to my favorite local FM radio station, turn up the volume and sing along at the top of my lungs, like nobody is listening. Err, nobody indeed, 'coz I am alone in the car. I don't have the talent, I just have the guts.....when I am alone.
I love listening to pop, smooth jazz, classics, classical, retro and sometimes rock. Fairly anything that could perk up my spirit. Or anything groovy. I have to have something playing while I am traveling to my destination.
However, I can't stand commercials. I will go up and down the dial 'til I find a station playing a song that suits my taste. One song after another, my fingers don't stop shuffling. I do have a short attention span. But thank heavens, there's Sirius. Seemingly, he is the next best thing after Siri. :)
Through this satellite radio service, I can alternatively listen to commercial-free music from every genre, anytime, anywhere. Yep, that's what the shark fin thingy on the car rooftop is for.
Music does wonders!
THIS article says, 
  1. Music Can Help You Relax
  2. Angry Music Improves Your Performance
  3. Music Reduces Pain
  4. Music Can Give You A Better Workout
  5. Music Can Help You Find Love
  6. Music Can Save A Life
  7. Music Can Improve Your Work — Sometimes
  8. Use Music To Make You Smarter
  9. Music Can Make You A Better Person
Well, I couldn't agree more!

When I'm at work, I become more productive when buds are stuck in my ear. Just me, my music, my world. The youngsters in our group are more like me. The oldies, on the contrary, are not used to it. They work hard in silence. They love peace and quiet. We all respect each other's preferences. 

Oh, wait! I, too, like PEACE and QUIET!

...peace and quiet in our open office environment, while I am confined in my spot listening to some (pleasant) noise that only I could hear.

My 8-yr old, obsolete but reliable iPod nano. Do you like my playlist? LOLz

Read more:
"What the Music You Love Says About You and How It Can Improve Your Life"