Not so worried anymore.

About a month or so ago, I mentioned my worries with my son and his eating habits.  Thankfully, it seems like he's getting back to normal.  We went from five bottles down to four or three in a day and he's finally eating our food with less hassle.  I thought I was going to go nutts trying to figure out a way, besides pureeing his food, to feed him.  I read online that this kind of behavior is normal, but that didn't stop me from worrying about it.  That said, I guess it is normal and they do snap out of it within a month or so.  

He finally opened up when I gave him bananas with KIX.  Then, the next day he ate a peanut butter sandwich, with no problem, rice and beans (not too much, but he did eat a few spoonfuls) and peanut butter with jelly. 

Now, don't get me wrong.  I was giving him the stage 2 gerber foods, but I felt like he should have been passed that, especially with 8 teeth out, willing and able to chew.

So, if you're a first time mom, like me, who's child is toddler age and being picky with food, don't fret.  Keep on trying & be patient, eventually they'll be at the level we all hope for.  I hope this advice helps.

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Arroz con Dulce

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When I get the cravings, I'm off to the supermarket.  After that, I'm in the kitchen, working it out.  Today, I'm sharing Arroz con Dulce.  (Rice Pudding)

Puerto Rican Arroz con Dulce

2 cups Rice
2 cups Water

10 Cloves
2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 can Condensed Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tsp Ginger
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Half cup Raisins

Dash Cinnamon

*Please Note* Always cook uncovered

In deep pot, add water and rice.  Bring to boil.

  • Lower the heat to simmer, add the cloves and cinnamon stick. Stir.
  • Let this cook on low until the water has evaporated.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except the pinch of cinnamon), stir gently, and again let simmer on low until all liquid has evaporated.  [This will take some time, 20 mins to half hour, as the rice will rise to meet the height of the liquid.]
  • Once thickened, transfer into a serving dish, garnish with the pinch of cinnamon and refrigerate.
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We love Pork!

Pork Adobo
We really do loves us some pork. 
We love it so much that we eat pork about 2 or 3 times a week.   Since my preference for pork is any variation with vinegar -
here, I share one of my favorite recipes- its called Pork Adobo and it's Filipino style.

I will cut right to the chase and post the recipe below.


1 - 2 pounds of CUBED pork butt or CUBED rib tips
1 - 2 cups of vinegar
1-2 cups of kikkoman soy sauce
1 -2 cups of water
5 - 6 spoonfulls of minced garlic
pepper corn

In a deep pot put in your washed pork cubes. 

Add the 5 or 6 spoonfulls of minced garlic

Add a few pepper corn

Cover and brown the pork.

After the pork is browned, add one cup each of the vinegar and soy sauce.  

Add one cup of water.  If this does not cover the pork, add more of each but in equal portions - until your pork is covered in liquid.

Boil on medium low, COVERED for about 1 hour.  (stir it occasionally)

And that's it-  you're done..  Simple, right?  

Usually served with white rice.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

My Christmas Decorations:

Faux Fireplace.  
What do you guys think?  hahaha.. 
Even adults have wants...
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Baby Teeth

 Babies, teeth and teething.

At four months he had all the signs, crankyness, drool etc.  The fifth month was marked by red cheeks.   So at that point, I'd whip out the HUMPHREY pellets. It's so refreshing that I still clearly remember how at  5 years old, I'd indulge on those pellets.   (I had two toddler siblings at that time. )

But back to the subject, My son started showing teeth at around 6 months, namely two on the bottom.  I remember him catching a slight fever which I took care of with tylenol.  But after that, he was pretty much symptom free.  I think at times he has been in pain, but he's a tough kid and from what I notice, he's more active at times.  Meaning, he tries to keep his mind off of whatever is making him uncomfortable.  Otherwise, he's a pretty chilled out kid.

As you can see in the picture on the right, he had 8 teeth by 11 months and today at 14 months, he still has those same 8 but they are much longer and pushed closer together.  Many people seem shocked, but I don't understand why.  

I'm interested in finding out how many teeth your child had at 12 months?  And what symptoms did your baby show?

Say Cheese.  Look at my teeth!
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What's Next?

Mommy and Me meet-up Groups!
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Filipinos sue CA hospital ??

There was an article on yahoo titled "Filipinos sue CA hospital over English-only rule" and I thought I'd write my take on this since I have family members of this race.

Think about this, what word sounds softer:
ya, ak
-how about between
ak, ar ?
I'd say ya and ar.   Right?
All of those sounds are parts of languages which, and let's face it, can sound rougher than others.
It is my experience that when Filipinos start talking their language in front of people, they're really not taking into account what they sound like, or how they come across. That, in addition to the fact that they don't pay attention to who is around, they will often do it around one person. How awkward must that feel?

So, Just as Arabs and Chinese sound like they are mad when they speak their language, Tagalog just sounds harsh, harsh enough to make the person who doesn't understand it think it's a negative.  Filipinos are very nice people they just need to see things from an outsiders point of view and realize that when they speak, with their tones, they really make others feel like outsiders.  Since they do, they should be kind enough to accommodate that by simply repeating to whom ever doesn't understand what it is that they are speaking of.   Case closed!

Below is a copy of the article...
By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press
Amy Taxin, Associated Press –

Tue Dec 7, 5:52 pm ET

LOS ANGELES – Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California sued their employer Tuesday alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English.

The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint accusing Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak Spanish and Hindi.

The plaintiffs are seeking to join an August complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kern County federal court over the hospital's enforcement of a rule requiring workers to speak English.

Filipino workers said they were called to a special meeting in August 2006 where they were warned not to speak Tagalog and told surveillance cameras would be installed, if necessary, to monitor them. Since then, workers said they were told on a daily basis by fellow staffers to speak only English, even on breaks.

"I felt like people were always watching us," said tearful 56-year-old Elnora Cayme, who worked for the hospital from 1980 to 2008. "Even when we spoke English ... people would come and approach us and tell us, 'English only.'"

A message was left at the hospital seeking comment.

In its lawsuit, the EEOC has accused the hospital in California's San Joaquin Valley of creating a hostile working environment for Filipinos by singling them out for reprimands and for encouraging other staff to report them. The agency is seeking an injunction to protect the workers against future discrimination.

[Rewind: Politician caught in English-only controversy]

The EEOC has seen an increase in complaints alleging discrimination based on national origin amid a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, said Anna Park, a regional attorney for the EEOC. That's especially the case in California's central valley, where a greater share of the complaints the agency receives relate to such issues than in the nation as a whole.

In this case, the current and former hospital workers filed a separate complaint under state law in part because monetary damages are capped by federal law, said Julie Su, litigation director for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, which represents the plaintiffs. They want the English-only policy to be changed and for hospital staff to be trained on the new rule.

[Political candidate's statement: 'This is Alabama, we speak English']

Under California law, employers may require workers to speak English if there is a business necessity, Su said.

Delano Regional Medical Center is a 156-bed hospital located about 30 miles north of Bakersfield.
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Coquito for the holidays

The HOLIDAYS are here!!!  Cheer them on with a nice bottle of DELICIOUS homemade Coquito.

Yes, Coquito!!!!! A delicious coconut cream liqueur which is a holiday tradition in Puerto Rico. Impress your family and friends with this yummy beverage this holiday season.

Coquito means little coconut.  

Based on a traditional recipe, my Coquito is utterly delicious and unforgettable. Enjoy a mixture of flavors which include coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, and more.
Coquito can be poured into glass bottles (wine bottles) and given as a gift to the host/hostess of a party. Just remember to keep it cold.  

Surprise your friends with something different by gifting them some delicious home made coquito.

My Coquito Recipe

1 can of condensed milk (i use magnolia),
2 cans each of evaporated milk and coconut cream (i use coco lopez)
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 tsp of vanilla
1 bottle of Bacardi (375ml)

In a blender, put together the condensed milk, evaporated milk and coconut cream. 
Blend so it mixes well.  
Next add your cinnamon, and vanilla and blend it up again.  
Last, add half of the bottle of bacardi.  
Taste it. 
If it doesn't have the kick you are looking for, keep on adding.  
I usually use the whole bottle.

For storage, glass bottles are best however, you can use plastic.  From what I understand, as long as the Coquito is refrigerated, since there is liquor in it, it can last up to a year!  

Buen provecho!  

If you use this recipe, please leave a comment.  I'd love to know what your thoughts are.

**Please note, some recipes call for eggs.  Since I know people with egg allergies, we just don't use it.  You can store the mix in a glass or plastic bottle.  I have tastes great mixes coming from both kinds of bottles.  However some people, like me, prefer glass.           

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Love the face

I am so ridiculously in love with this little boy. No matter how tough a day may seem, just looking at his face makes it all seem worth it. How can I stay mad at a face so precious as that? How do I keep myself from melting or giving in to all his demands?

I never knew that motherhood was this emotional, with this overwhelming feeling of love, this enormous amount of love that makes you feel complete. Even though I have never even heard him say "I love you" somehow I know and feel that he does. This is true love in the simplest yet complex form.
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ABC by mom


I was messing around with a few programs and this is what I created. Its silly and kind of boring but it's the beginning of me using technology to help my baby boy figure out the world.

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