As some of you already know, my brother’s family is currently living with us. This is pabor for my son (turning a year old this Dec. 26) because he gets to have a playmate. Even at his age, he already seems extra happy when he is with his cousin Yoona (currently 14 months old) in his playroom. When Yoona is not around, he seems bored and does not enjoy his toys as much.
The same goes for their nannies/yayas, I’m sure. I believe they don’t really get bored because there are two of them in practically everywhere. In fact, whenever they are in Raviv’s playroom (which I baby-proofed), I am sure they enjoy every minute of it. Here, the babies play with blocks, toys, books, etc. thus, the yayas only supervise the babies minimally. This is also a time for them to chat (I know because I hear them—Raviv’s playroom is next to my vanity table). This is okay with us. In fact, I am happy that they seem to be enjoying taking care of our babies. As long as the babies are happy, healthy, and well taken care of, no problem with gossiping or even watching TV. I actually feel blessed because our yayas are nice, and I believe they sincerely love our babies. I even told Raviv’s Yaya Isay that should I die, “please do not leave Raviv”…I asked her to keep a close eye on how Randy’s new wife will treat Raviv. She said, “Ay pag umapi dito ako ang makakalaban”, then planted a kiss on the forehead of a sleeping Raviv.
Being babies, it is inevitable that the cousins hurt each other. My son generally hates the crib/playpen, and cries when he is placed there. But when he is with Yoona in the playpen, he ceases from crying. However, Yoona used to pull his hair or push him, which makes him cry. When any of these happened, Yaya Isay would feel sorry for Raviv and carry him and scold Yoona: “Ikaw talaga Yoona sinabunutan mo nanaman ang alaga ko palibhasa kasi mas mahaba ang buhok niya sa ‘yo.” (of course, this does not matter because Yonna can’t understand what Yaya Isay is saying). But these days, it is Raviv who often hurts Yoona! Almost everyday, Yoona has bite marks at the back because Raviv bites her. Yoona likes hugging Raviv and when she does, Raviv sinks his teeth into his cousin’s skin (could it be because ipinaglihi ko si Raviv sa vampire books? hehehe). Poor Yoona would cry hard, because Raviv’s bites are painful (I too am a frequent victim…magagalit pa sa akin pag ayokong magpakagat!) Yaya Isay would tell us (hubby and me) every time Raviv injures his cousin, and when we learn about it, we would scold Raviv: “Ay Raviv bad boy ka ha!” But Yaya Isay would come to Raviv’s defense right away–she would say, “Si Yoona kasi lapit nang lapit kay Biboy (hubby’s nickname for Raviv which I hate) kaya tuloy nakagat siya.” I shrugged off Yaya Isay’s words, until last week when I realized that Yaya Isay always blames Yoona. I told hubby about it and we laughed–talo pa kami ni Yaya Isay sa pagde-defend kay Raviv! I even told our long-time helper Alona (the now famous/infamous character of my Helper Humor blog entry) about it and she also laughed and agreed with me. She said, “Oo nga Ma’am unfair nga yun si Isay, lagi na lang walang kasalanan si Raviv, si Yoona lagi ang may kasalanan.”
Yesterday while we (hubby, I and Yaya Isay) were having lunch, Tet (Yoona’s yaya) was watching TV near us. I asked her, “Tet, ano’ng nararamdaman mo kapag sinisisi ni Isay si Yoona?” Little did I know my question opened a Pandora’s box, for Tet blurted out (with slightly nandidilat eyes, firm tone but voice is not raised): “Oo nga ‘yan si Isay lagi na lang inaapi ang alaga ko! ‘Pag may nangyari kay Raviv, may nasira o nagising si Raviv, lagi na lang si Yona, si Yoona, si Yoona.” Isay smiled sheepishly and then laughed, for she knows this was true. Hubby and I were laughing with Tet’s outburst.
What happened a few minutes after further proved Tet’s accusations. Yaya Isay and I were dressing up a moody Raviv. Yaya Isay said, “Naku Biboy wala ka sa mood kasi kulang ang tulog mo ‘no? Si Yoona kasi ang ingay kanina.” She seemed to have caught herself because she smiled and said, “Ay, sabihin nanaman, Yoona nanaman ang sinisisi ko, hihihi.”
We’ve seen videos of nannies maltreating their wards, so I feel happy that the two yayas love their own respective wards. It warms my heart that they are even more defensive of their own alagas than we parents are. So warning sa mga mang-aapi kina Yoona at Raviv: Lagot kayo kina Yaya Isay and Yaya Tet (aka Big Momma)!
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