I have always believed that one of the best things about traveling is coming home. It sounds cliche, but really, there is no other place like home. For Juanderkid, home is Donsol, a coastal town south of Manila where a good number of whale sharks converge from December until May.
I always come home whenever there is a chance. I am blessed that with the kind of work that I have, I get to be home every October, my birth month that I share with my four other pamangkins. But this October is not about us. It is about our Baby Pancake, the newest member of the family, who we welcomed to the Christian world last Saturday.
She is just so adorable, and huggable, and beautiful, right? And she looks exactly just like me! 🙂
I have never prayed so hard for someone like her. When her Mama, my younger sister T, almost had a miscarriage last Christmas, I made a bargain with the universe so we can keep her. That’s why I almost cried when I saw her picture for the first time, taken four days after she was born.
See how really cute she is? We love calling her Baby Pancake because she was so plump and her face was so round when she was born (she weighed 3.5 kilos!), just the way her Mama wanted her mango pancake every morning when she was pregnant. She was definitely the cutest plumpest little thing I’ve laid my eyes on! 🙂
And she is a happy baby, too! All giddy and smiley when she was two months old.
And even when she cries, she is still charming and lovable!
That is why her parents beam with happiness when she came around. Here she is with her Mama. I don’t have a picture of her with her Papa because, the truth is, I didn’t tell her father that I will be blogging about Baby Pancake.
Her Papa is kinda strict when it comes to Pancake, a little stiff actually, which I understand because Pancake is their first child. I just hope he doesn’t get angry when he sees this. I just can’t wait to share this bundle of joy to everyone! 😀
Then, of course, one of the many things why I am so taken by her is the fact that we look alike! Every time I look at her, I feel like staring into my own eyes.
A lot of people notice the similarities and for those who don’t agree because maybe Pancake is just too cute to look like her Tito, I went as far as rummaging through my old photos, and came out with this. 😀
See? I guess I was two or three years old in that photograph. I wonder if she’s going to be a juanderkid like me, but I will make sure that I will introduce her to the gifts of the world.
But if there’s one thing everyone here agrees on, it is that she looks exactly like her Lola, my mother. So again, that boils down to Baby Pancake looking like me because everyone also tells me I also look exactly like my mother. 😀
Everybody at home can’t wait for her to start walking so we can take her around. Christmas will become more meaningful and happier with her. Well, Christmas has always been fun at home, what with my fifteen pamangkins – now make that sixteen because of Baby Pancake – gathered together and just having fun playing around and hitting the beach.
Her kuya’s will definitely look after her (seen with me in this photograph) and her ate’s will surely pamper her (they are outnumbered by two).
Oh, I can’t wait for Christmas to come and see her wearing the fairy tale costume I gave her. 🙂
Love and light, everyone!
- All photographs taken with a Canon 550d.