Thursday, March 31, 2011

Preschool Forum

I got this from a friend. My husband and I registered. I just hope we don't forget to attend and won't have any conflict in schedule. Our pediatrician, Dr. Jacqueline O. Navarro, is one of the resource speakers.

Pre-registration is only until April 16, 2011.

Thank you, Medical City for the free seminars. They also have parenting and breastfeeding 101, if only I can find time to attend them.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Early intervention seminar for Down Syndrome parents set

A friend forwarded this to me...


Early intervention seminar for Down Syndrome parents set

March 29, 2011, 9:48am
MANILA, Philippines — The Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI) will have its first Early Intervention Seminar for Parents on Sunday, April 3, at the Lay Force Auditorium, San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati.
This will be a good opportunity for new parents of children with Down Syndrome to meet other parents who will help them understand and learn on how to care for their children in the morning session.
In the afternoon, parents will meet Dr. Carmencita Padilla, geneticist, and other pediatric developmental doctors and therapists who will explain the medical side. For more details and reservation, call Adette at 8953606 or 8959642 or your may find DSAP on Facebook.

Taken from

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy World Down Syndrome Day (3-21-2011)

Here are the amazing children who I have come to know and love through the blogs lovingly made by their parents

Sweet Ella Grace


Ella Grace with a Pretty Face


LC and Jace








Thank you for enriching our lives with your beautiful stories. We are truly blessed to have met you.

For those of you who wish to adopt or help children with special needs especially those with Down Syndrome, please do check this website to find out how

May God richly bless you as you share your bounty with others.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thyroid Update

I would have to say we are extremely blessed to have found the best person to extract blood for our little boy. Since we know that blood extraction will be a regular thing with this thyroid concern, we tried to find THE expert. If you are in TMC and needed blood extracted especially for your little ones, look for 'Ma'am Chris'. That is what everyone there calls her. Thank you for making it easy and bruise-free for Lucas!

Now on to the results:

TSH 3.92 uIU/mL
FT4 1.08 ng/dL

These values are within normal ranges. His endocrinologist is very happy with the results. He is back to 1 25mcg a day until we see each other in June. Our goal is for him to be 85cm by next check up.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PT Activity

Lucas is practicing sitting down and standing up. His activity today is to get the letters from the wall and put them on his board. According to his teacher, he is very cooperative and finished the task without whining. Good job, Lucas!

with Teacher Kathy

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Twist Car Video, Please!

I learn from our help that Lucas has started riding the twist car. He still does not twist it but he uses his feet to move. I want to see it so much that I have instructed the people we leave at home to please capture it on video. As of today, there is still nothing. Patience. I just hope I can share it to everyone. It's not as fun talking about it without proof :) Ultimately, I just want to save the milestone on cam. Hope this post will end with the video soon.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ready or Not, Here We Come!

Rafa is turning four soon and we are looking for a place where he will have an enjoyable learning experience. We want to make sure he will always look forward to school. Yesterday, he and his friend, Augustine, sat-in a nursery class in Child's S.P.A.C.E. (School for the Practice of Appropriate Childhood Education). They enjoyed it so much that they did not want to leave. It was only when they saw their 'classmates' lining up to go that they got up and got their stuff. They did not even say goodbye to their parents and just followed the rest of the class. These boys are super ready for school!

We feel so blessed to have found this. It is no longer common to find an early education institution which includes Jesus in the curriculum. In Child's SPACE, not only do they have that, they even have worships and teach praise songs! It is very much in the middle market range at that. For those who are still on the search for a pre-school in the Pasig-Rizal area. Do check this out:

Child's SPACE, Inc.

E-mail address:
Address: Unit 2C Felmarc Business Center Amang Rodriguez Ave. Santolan Pasig City
Contact numbers: 682-2698 or
Other pages:

Rafa with Augustine before class

Monday, March 07, 2011

Cardinal Santos Medical Center Experience

Last Sunday, March 6, 2011, I accompanied my grandmother to Cardinal Santos Medical Center for a 2d echocardiography (2d echo).

Since we had an appointment, we were wheeled in the 2d echo room once we got there. I stayed behind to fill-out the required forms. After a few minutes, I was given instructions to pay at the cashier. I don't know if things are just slow since it was a Sunday but I had quite an easy time with the payment. I cannot recall having breezed through the cashier in The Medical City. This is making me consider to try to have the laboratories done in CSMC next time around.

Kudos to CSMC management and staff for the very relaxed and pleasant experience.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Adult 2D Echo Prices

My maternal grandmother, my only living grandparent, is in the hospital.She has just been transferred to a regular room after being in the intensive care unit for more than a week. Just this morning, I have learned that she needs a 2D echo to be done. To help them, I tried to canvass for the most affordable rates in the area.

Here is what I got:

Hospital / Clinic: Cardinal Santos Medical Center
Price: Php3,747 with doppler, Php2,500 for plain (new price as of May2011)
Contact Numbers: 727.0001 by appointment

Hospital / Clinic: Healthway Shangri-la
Price: Php 3,780
Contact Numbers:910.4929 to 44

Hospital / Clinic: Philippine Heart Center
Price: Php 4,220
Contact Numbers:925.2401 local 3140

Hospital / Clinic: Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center
Price: Php 4,119
Contact Numbers:531.4911 to 19 by appointment

Hospital / Clinic: HP Plus at Rockwell Powerplant Mall
Price: Php 2,945 less senior citizen discount
Contact Numbers:899.8820 Sunday to Wednesday, look for Annabelle

Hospital / Clinic: Capitol Medical Center
Price: Php 4,830 with doppler, Php 2,930 without doppler
Contact Numbers:372.3825 to 44

Hospital / Clinic: TMC - Ever Gotesco satellite
Price: Php 4,510 with doppler
Contact Numbers: 656-4969

Hospital / Clinic: The Medical City
Price: Php 5,000 with doppler
Contact Numbers: 635-6789

I pray you will not need this list but in case you do, hope this helps. God bless!