My precious babies: Cassie, Ate Kara, and Jeremy
I would always say that my biggest achievement is having three beautiful kids. The medals, certificates, and commendations I got when I was still studying are nothing compared to the joy I would feel upon seeing my babies after giving birth to them. Never mind that I had to endure 15 hours of labor with Kara, a dangerous level of amniotic fluid and emergency CS operation with Jeremy, or the possibility of longer confinement for Cassie due to pneumonitis.
Never mind, too, if I had to have progesterone injections in my butt while pregnant with Kara and Jeremy, to ensure that they would stay healthy inside my body, or this APAS (Anti-Phospholipid Antibody Syndrome) condition which necessitated twice a day heparin injections in my tummy while pregnant with Jeremy and Cassie.
Never mind if I had to have numerous blood tests, costly medicines and weekly ultrasounds to monitor the growing baby inside me. Never mind if I had to endure more as they grow. Never mind all that because they’re nothing compared to the happiness I feel when I see them, or kiss and hug them. And those experiences are certainly nothing compared to how loved I feel when I am around them.
Last Sunday was mother’s day, and next to having these three wonderful kids, I got another bonus from Ate Kara. Her gift was truly priceless…one she made and wrote herself. She put these small rectangular pieces of colored paper in a brown envelope, and when I read them, I couldn’t help but feel that I am, indeed, the luckiest mom in the world. Here’s what she wrote:
Ate Kara's mother's day gift: Priceless, indeed
For the benefit of those who might not have the patience to look closely, here they are:
My Craziest and Sweetest Reasons why I love You. Happy Mother’s Day!
-I love you because you’re my loving mother. Happy Nanay Day
-I love you because You love us. Happy Nanay Day
-I love you because…you married Daddy Happy mother’s Day
-I love you because lagi mo ako binibigyan ng load Happy Mama Day!
- I love you because hindi mo kami iniiwan kapag nasa ospital kami Happy Mama Day
-I love you because you’re an excellent gift from God. Happy Nanay Day
-I love you because nagtatrabaho kayong dalawa para sa amin. Happy Mama Day
-I love you because andami mong “abubut” na binibili sa akin Happy your day
-I love you becuz andami palagi nating libro. Happy Mama Day
-I love you becuz lagi mo akong pinapatawa. Happy Mama Day
-I love you becuz iniintindi mo mga pagkakamali ko :] Happy Mother’s Day
-I love you becuz inaappreciate mo kahit anong bigay ko sayo. Happy Mama Day
-I love you becuz sayo ako natuto maging masungit Happy Nanay Day (see? masungit talaga ako. haha)
-I love you becuz andami mo palaging binibili na napkin para sa akin. Happy Mama Day (haha! this is really funny because that’s true)
–I love you becuz inaalagaan mo kaming lahat. Happy Mama Day!
-I love you becuz sumasakay ka na lang kapag inaasar kita. Happy your day!
-I love you becuz you give me random trivias about random things. Happy Mama Day!
-I love you becuz You taught me everyting :* Happy Mama Day!
-I love you becuz you sacrificed a lot for us. Happy Nanay Day!
-I love you becuz iisang beses mo pa lang ako pinalo. Happy Mama Day! (Kara was such a gentle kid and the first time I spanked her, I cried, too, so that taught me a lesson not to spank her again.)
-I love you becuz you gave birth to our little angels Jem and Cass . Happy Nanay Day!
-I love you becuz lagi mo akong binubusog pag may date tayo. Happy Mama Day!
-I love you becuz you are Amazing. Happy Mama Day
-I love you becuz You never fail to inspire me. Happy Nanay Day!
-I love you becuz you always boost my confidence with your Pep talks. Happy Mama Day. (this happens when she has exams, or when she has to compete, or when she performs in a school program…)
-I love you becuz you’re a wonderful woman and mom. Happy Nanay Day!
-I love you becuz ansarap mo na magluto. Happy Mama Day! (I was truly puzzled kasi ibig sabihin, di ako masarap magluto noon? hehehe. Most improved cook yata ako ah. haha)
-I love you becuz you taught me how to become a bookworm. Happy Mama Day!
-I love you becuz rinereport mo mga kinaiinisan kong mga teacher. Happy Mother’s Day (hehe. I only do this when I believe she is right and has a reason to be mad at one…case in point, her 1st year high school adviser who refused to accept their project unless they gave him a blank CD without telling them why. This was in violation of school rules and the teacher was reprimanded for it. Private Catholic school na yan ha.)
-I love you becuz You gave me life. Happy Nanay Day!
Dear Mama, unti pa lang po ‘yang mga reasons na yan. But, I simply want to say, I LOVE YOU. Happy Mama’s Day! mwaah!
Well, whose mama’s heart wouldn’t melt with these? My only answer is that, I wouldn’t ever regret having any one of my kids because they’re certainly God’s greatest gifts to me.
Happy mother’s day, albeit belatedly, to moms like me!