Cheers to Life! Cheers to Everyday!

I saw this on Facebook and it made me LOL:

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I’ve no plans on being a bouncer, so might as well be great in referee-ing, haha! At this point where my kids are ages 5 and 1.8, referee-ing is just in the following situations: when the big brother is active and might hurt the little sister; when the little sister messes up big brother’s toys; and when both of them want to be on Mommy! But overall, Z and Y are very loving and affectionate of each other. And that’s my #cheers moment as of late.

Photo by: Lianne Bacorro
Photo by: Lianne Bacorro

Z takes on his big brother role seriously and will not let anyone “borrow” his sister. I also appreciate it when he’s the one doing the explaining to Y. For example, last Friday we were supposed to play in Kidzoona but it was closed for an event. Y was obviously in distraught when we were walking away and then I heard Z tell her “It’s okay Ysabelly, we’ll play there next time.” And when we went for their check-up and vaccine, Z was the one consoling Y when she cried after she got her shot. He says that Y is his best friend. Haaay, this little boy may be a handful at times but his heart is so big!

Can't sleep without one another!
Can’t sleep without one another!
She's the silly one ;)
She’s the silly one 😉

Y is at the stage wherein whatever her Kuya holds, she’ll want to have it too. We had to buy them matching shoes because Y will get Z’s rubber shoes! And more often than not, she follows Z so I’ve to tell Z to tell her to clean up or sit down. She adores her Kuya and smothers him with kisses!

Cheers products in every shape and size!
Cheers products in every shape and size!

Thank you Cheers for making me appreciate such a simple gesture from my kids, which is actually a big thing because they have no choice but to love each other! And for being our partner in cleaning up the mess this siblings make!

#CheersToLife

#CheersToEveryday

#Cheers

*This is an entry to Nuffnang Philippines Blog Contest*

My Brave Little Z Part 2

Warning: graphic content

Read Part 1 HERE.

So, here’s what happened during Z’s teeth extraction…

He was scheduled for operation at 8 in the morning at Centuria Medical Makati. We were there an hour early but there was no electricity yet as some parts of the building were still under construction. I was worried that Z will throw a tantrum or ask for food (no food or water since he will undergo anesthesia) because we were waiting for so long. I wasn’t too keen on rescheduling everything. It’ll be another day of stress for us. Thankfully, the electricity got restored a little past 8 and everything was a go!

I tried my hardest to keep calm. We were briefed by the pedia anesthesiologists on how they were going to sedate Z. We were assured that he’ll only feel uncomfortable when he smells the sleeping gas and will just go to sleep from there. I’m thankful that they answered all our questions and gave us tips on how to comfort Z when the anesthesia wears off.

Because Centuria is a fairly new hospital, they don’t have scrub suits for kiddie patients yet. Z wore a regular scrub suit but didn’t want to wear the cap. I was relieved that he didn’t resist when we were dressing him up. I carried him to the operating room and sat him down on the dental chair.

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As expected, he resisted in smelling the sleeping gas only because it was a new smell. He was even holding his breath! When he was knocked out, he got an IV line and the anesthesiologists intubated him. When everything was in order, my mom dragged me out of the operating room and we went to have breakfast. She was more anxious than I was!

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After eating breakfast and nursing Y, I went back inside the operating room at around 11:30 am. The crowns were in place and only 1 tooth was left to be extracted. It was a little crushing to see your kid in that situation. It made me think of Caitie and all the other kids who live with needles and wires every day.

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After 6 teeth extraction, 2 fillings, and a silver tooth, Z was wheeled in the recovery area, still sleeping. I asked for Bry to be allowed in so I’ll have help. It was close to 1 pm when he started waking up, crying, asking us to remove something from his mouth. I think his gums were still numb he thought something was blocking it. Blood was still trickling from his mouth but thankfully, he didn’t vomit as what was expected after undergoing general anesthesia. We had to hug him just so he’ll refrain from touching his mouth. When he finished a pack of Dutchmill, that’s when we knew that the medicines were wearing off.

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You’d expect that after a grueling morning, we’d be going home immediately. But no. We still went around Century Mall which was just across the hospital! And there, Z got his prizes (thank you Wowo and Wawa!) and even asked for food! Sadly  (or not!), he was on soft diet so I got him Bono Gelato’s Milo Dino! But he still asked for food so we just ordered pancakes and gave him small pieces to nibble.

I’m just so relieved that everything went well and that Z didn’t have a hard time adjusting now that his front teeth are gone. He even said that he looks like a vampire!

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Now, we always make sure to brush his teeth especially after eating sweets!

I’m grateful for the competent team of dentists and pedia anesthesiologists and hospital staff who took care of us! For those asking, here’s our pedia dentist’s details:

Dra. Crissy Capicoy

BrightSmile Ave. Dental Clinic

Unit 305 McKinley Park Residences, 3rd Avenue, BGC

0920-948.3561

Hooray for my brave little boy! I hope I could muster enough courage to have my teeth checked, haha!

My Brave Little Z

Because Z got hooked on marshmallows, chocolates and cookies a little bit early, his milk teeth suffered so bad. Add to that the daily and nightly struggles we had to face when it’s brushing time. We always had to pin him down so I can clean his teeth. But yeah, no matter how you brush but the teeth are already exposed to sweets, it’ll be hard to save them. Lesson learned the hard way for us even though we brought Z to the dentist early.

So this weekend, he needs to be sedated so the dentist can extract 6 (!!!) teeth. I don’t like doctors and I despise dental check-ups so I am really squeamish and anxious as to what will happen.

Fortunately, my son has been very brave during our past visit to his dentist and to the pedia to get his clearance (it is needed because he will be given general anesthesia). I’m super proud of him. At the dentist, we got to watch Inside Out first so there was a warm up time. When the dentist was asking him questions, he answered naman albeit softly. Then, when the dentist invited him to sit on the chair, he agreed!!! All throughout the procedure, I was just in front of him taking pictures. He was so brave!

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And then we needed to get him a clearance from his pedia. This means a trip to the X-ray machine and blood chem!!! WAAAH! Imagine how nervous I was when we went to the hospital.

But he surprised us once again by being obedient. All along he was saying he was scared but I told him that it’s okay to be scared, I’m with him all throughout. I think it also helped that we watched YouTube videos on anatomy and a trip to the hospital. Getting an X-ray was easy and he was so amazed to see a picture of his bones and heart. Getting a blood sample was trickier. It was the prick method so it took quite a long time to get a decent amount but at least he wasn’t hurt as much.

With Tita Dra. Paula :)
With Tita Dra. Paula 🙂

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"Don't let them get my blood. It's mine."
“Don’t let them get my blood. It’s mine.”

Oh diba, I was able to take pictures, meaning hindi s’ya nagwawala! We were all proud of him, we celebrated with ice cream and chips at the canteen, hihi!

Next stop: teeth extraction! Hopefully, both of us will be calm again! Prayers please!