Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival – My First Taste of Fatherhood

Photo by Guardian Angel

I would like to reserve this post as my first entry to Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival. I am a father of 2 wonderful children and I am here to share my first taste of fatherhood.

The year was 1996 and the place is Quezon City, Philippines. My wife gave birth to our eldest child, a cute and lovable tiny baby girl in a private, but cheap hospital. She was all white and I thought she had a skin problem. The nurse calmed me down and told me it is normal because she is a mestiza. My wife has an American blood, lucky me!

But unfortunately, I lost my job 2 weeks before that very special day, but I had some money because of the separation pay. Yes, the company closed literally and in front of my face.

After 2 days, we decided to rest at my cousin’s house since we are living in Laguna then. But the day was not yet over when my cousin noticed that my baby turned yellowish and as a mother and a former nursing student, she knew my daughter is in deep trouble. We immediately rushed her to a well-known hospital to make sure proper attention will be given to my poor little angel.

During the 4-day stay in the hospital, nurses kept on doing numerous laboratory tests and frequently getting blood from my daughter’s arm. Imagine the size of a needle compared to her arms! Four hot fluorescent lamps were also placed on top of her bed. My wife and I wish that we will wake up from this nightmare!

According to the doctors, my first baby had an infection on her navel possibly due to contaminated surroundings when she was born. My wife somehow agreed because she observed that the delivery room was not really clean that time. She even noticed that there was rust on her bed.

But because only a few hundred bucks were left from my separation pay, we did not bother to file a complaint. In addition, I have to prioritize finding a new job and we were just so lucky because our landlady was kind enough not to get our apartment rent, which is 4 months after when I was finally hired again.

After almost 12 years, that little baby who almost died instantly is now blooming into a young lady. Yes, my daughter is now the most charming and talented girl I ever saw. She is even helping her mother in watching over her brother.

Sometimes, we must learn the hard way.

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20 comments:

  Jena Isle

May 10, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Good post. We always overcome whatever God blesses us with. Keep posting.

  Guardian Angel

May 10, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Thanks for the moral support Jena.

I send you a mail through EC. It's about your EC widget.

Again, thanks.

  Jenaisle

May 11, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Yes, I've read it, Thanks.

  Joy

May 11, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Hi, passing by ,, I also joined the PPBC and checking other parents about their experiences...
Have a nice day

  Jena Isle

May 11, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Guardian Angel , can you be my guest blogger at my Random Thoughts blog? The topic is supposed to be about being a supportive parent to college students. I can't pay you but I am willing to give 150 EC points to you. I would appreciate it a lot , if you will accept my invitation. I know the ec points are not enough to pay you but I am asking as a Kabayan. Thanks.

  Guardian Angel

May 11, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Nice to meet you, Joy. It's glad to know more parent Pinoy bloggers are ager to join.

Thanks for dropping by.

  Guardian Angel

May 11, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Hi Jena Isle,

No problem, Kabayan! It's such a great for me to be invited as a guest blogger, esp. from a fellow Pinoy parent.

I became a guest blogger for 3x for bloggingtips.com using my other blog - Humane Blogging Tips.

By thew way, is there any particular topic about being a supportive parent to college students you want me to tackle? This is because I already made a post entitled How to Help your Child choose a College Course in which you can find it in My All-time Favorite Family Tips.

Don't worry about the EC points. A 100ec will do for me...tawad na po yung baryang 50ec...he3!

Lastly, you can call me Angel because it's my real nickname.

Thanks.

  Jena Isle

May 11, 2008 at 11:11 PM

That is great Angel. The topic is about parents helping college students to cope up with stress caused by peers, college work and deadlines and of course family pressures too. Thanks for the tawad. You can email me your article . If you have an image in mind , then attached it too with the email, Thanks a lot.

  Guardian Angel

May 11, 2008 at 11:40 PM

That was a fast reply, Jena. I did not expect it because it's almost midnight.

Anyway, I got your point and I'll try to make one the soonest time available. I think I can make it within this week. I still have an office work and that's what killing me from blogging.

I will give you the honor to choose the appropriate image though.

By the way, what's your email ad? Pls. send it through EC mail for your privacy.

Thanks for including my blogs to your list of interesting sites to visit.

PS. Sorry for my wrong grammar on my last comment. I was so excited to post it.

  megamomph

May 14, 2008 at 7:11 PM

I am so glad for the happy ending, Angel! Thank you for the story, and the constant reminder that we do have guardian angels.

  Guardian Angel

May 14, 2008 at 9:59 PM

You are right, Megamomph. That is why I choose guardian angel as my pen name, lol!

By the way, I cannot see any community widget on your sidebar. I suppose you found my blog through JoeyMD, am I right?

Oh, you have such lovable triples!

Thanks for dropping by.

Mabuhay ka, Kabayan!

  theworkingmom

May 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM

You were the only Dad in the PPBC 1st edition! Thank you so much for the lovely contribution. And great things happen if we just keep the faith. Your daughter is lovely. :)

The 1st edition of the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival is up! Click here to view the roundup. Thank you so much for participating! I'm inviting you to join us again in the 2nd edition. Here's the call for articles.

Joey
http://the-working-mom.blogspot.com
http://www.joeymd.com
http://www.practicaltipsandmore.com

  Jo Ann

May 15, 2008 at 1:21 PM

dropping by from the PPBC. i like your story and I can totaly relate to the feeling of losing a job. my work is in helping people transition from losing a job to a new career. by the way, i like your articles in ezine.

  Guardian Angel

May 15, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Hi Doc Joey,

I did not realize at once that you are the brain behind this PPBC. This is brilliant and I am very proud to be the first Dad here, and only one so far. I hope other Dads would also join.

Thanks for finding my daughter lovely...mana sa ama! lol!


Joan,

Thanks for visting my articles at ezine. Just hope I can also visit your blog, but I can't find a link to your name.

  Jo Ann

May 15, 2008 at 11:02 PM

hi... my url is www.joannrosary.com. i do hope u can drop by!

  Guardian Angel

May 16, 2008 at 6:24 AM

Hi Jo Ann,

I just checked your blog and I must say it's a clean blog. Not that the template is neat, but the contents are good and has good intentions.

Thanks and Mabuhay ka, Kabayan!

  mon

May 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Hello Angel.My 5th child game me a nightmare I won't surely forget.Please see link:http://www.fatherlyours.com/2007/11/19/when-my-faith-was-tested%e2%80%a6/

  Tricia

May 17, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Hi G.A., first time to visit your site. I loved your entry to PPBC #1 and how everything went well in the end. It's nice to read something from a father's perspective. Looking forward to your next post!

  Guardian Angel

May 17, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Hi Trisha,

I am glad you found my PPBC entry interesting. Thanks for that. I will try my best to make my 2nd entry valuable too.

I wish I could also visit your blog but I can't find a link to your name.

  Guardian Angel

May 17, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Hi Mon,

I read your post about the challenges you faced with your son.

Yes, sometimes our faith is being tested. I am glad you did not give up.

Your children must be proud of you having a strong father.

Thanks for sharing your story.