Friday, May 22, 2009

The Merry Month of May? (A long post)

The month is about to end and I haven't finished any layout yet! I can't believe it myself. The month of May must have given a dry spell on my scrapbooking. I wanted to finish the very one layout I did a week ago but I can't seem to find the right words to accompany my photos. For the remaining days of the month, I intend to reawaken my scrapbooking life, it has been in a hiatus again.

A week ago, we noticed Ethan's cough and colds keep on recurring. We cannot send him to his swimming lessons because we thought that it was one reason why he won't feel any better. We decided to bring him to his pedia. Upon the usual check up and listening to our stories about his fever and cough which usually attacks at 2am onwards, here was what the pedia said: Ethan has asthmatic cough. From a family who has asthma (Jeff, her mom and cousins, my mom and I and my cousins too) this is indeed alarming. We don't want our son to suffer the same illness. We were assured though that we can prevent 'classic asthma' by putting Ethan under medication for 2 months. If and when, things don't change for the better, we will be forced to use steroids : ( Of course, prevention includes avoidance of triggers such as smoke and dust.

Ethan was also given antibiotics, Bronchodilator (A drug that widens the air passages of the lungs and eases breathing by relaxing bronchial smooth muscle) and a chewable anti-asthma/anti-allergic rhinitis tablet - that he needs to take once a day for 2 months. He will also be under observation for that period of time. For several days, we noticed some improvements from Ethan - he no longer coughs in the middle of the night! The other day, we went to Manila and was so surprised to find Ethan coughing again! Argh, it must be the smoke and the air pollution! I really hope this isn't going to be serious ...

On a lighter note, Ethan's back to playing with his scooter. He started learning to ride the scooter early April. The scooter was a Christmas present from Jeff's aunt two years ago. We thought we needed to wait until Ethan reach 5 for him to use that (as stated in the product's box). But only after a few minutes of using the scooter, we noticed that he can already keep himself balanced. I took Ethan to the clubhouse several times so he can practice but we had to stop when he got sick for more than a week. Besides, the past few weeks, we had the rains almost everyday! Just the other day, Ethan was delighted again when I told him we'll play at the clubhouse ...

Photography by Jeff Lopez

This is one reason, my son doesn't need asthma ... he's a very active boy, very adventerous too! I hope asthma will not ruin that for him.

Oh and I remember when we went to Splash Island first week of May. We brought Ethan to Rio Montanosa, it's a mountain high river raft attraction at Splash Island. It was too high we needed to walk through a series of stairs to get to the top. I have to tell you, I'm such a coward when it comes to heights but my husband here thinks that I should go home if I don't come with them. Ok, acting to be brave, I was forced to come even if my knees were shaking. Ethan, on the other hand, was very excited about the "giant slide" (yes, he thought it was the usual slide) not until we reached the top! He saw that we were a few feet from the ground. He started telling me that he does not like the raft ride but daddy won't approve of that hehehe. We had to reassure Ethan that it'll be a fun ride. Shortly, our raft came. Jeff seated Ethan in front of him. The moment the raft slid down, I saw fear on Ethan's face although he wasn't yelling nor crying. He was saying his disappointment. He kept on saying, "Ayoko nitong ride na ito!" I was beginning to feel Ethan will stand up or cry but he didn't. Jeff, of course, was enjoying himself while I screamed on the top of my lungs. Oh ok, I screamed but I pretended it was because I was having fun hehehe! I wanted to encourage Ethan to do the same, we told him that there's nothing to be afraid of. Finally, Ethan let go of his fears and was screaming too ... with delight. The moment the raft landed on the pool, Ethan already told us he wants to ride it again! "Isa pa ulit ha", was his dialogue. Ok, so for the 2nd time we went up and waited for our raft! (I can't believe I did that hehehe) This time, Ethan sat on his own without his dad at his back. My son is very brave! As soon as the raft landed again, he was telling us he wants some more! Ok, twice was enough ... hilo na ako no!

photos taken by Tita Agnes using her Olympus cam

Things a parent will do for his/her child. Oftentimes, I needed to pretend I'm ok or I'm not scared so that Ethan will not feel the same and be motivated.

I received a letter today from Ethan's school announcing their first day of classes along with a school calendar. Sigh, it's school time once again? I haven't bought Ethan his school uniforms - his shorts and polo shirts are too tight for him. I haven't asked him to fit his school shoes too ... sana kasya pa hehehe. Kids now, they grow up too fast! Ethan's officially in Junior Kindergarten this schoolyear!

Since father's day is fast approaching, I thought that sharing this layout is very timely.

I liked this layout when I first finished it. It was pretty simple and was made in minutes. I used scraps from my Scenic Route Grafton papers. I added layers of borders at the bottom right of the photo - papers, ribbons and Ki Memories sticker borders. I ran out of letter "c" so I used "k" in my title instead and thought that that would add up on the theme of my layout. I used my American Crafts chipboard (thought balloon and pig) for the 1st time too and love the results! The thing about this layout is I don't like it now ; D



Lean said...

But i like it your lay-out.I hope your son is feeling better now.
I love his scooter WAUWWW.
bye bye,Lean.

Chiqui said...

I enjoyed reading your post & ganda ng pics ni ethan with his scooter!

iza said...

love the color.simple n fun...

bjay said...

ooh, I can't imagine ethan having asthma attacks - so not him! I hope he outgrowns it though.

love the yummy design of LO, btw. at may pig pa! :)