Merry Christmas everyone!!!
We are stuck here at home because of the rain, and the expected lethargy that comes along with it. But besides that, I had also diligently worked hard (char! Pero totoo!) since this morning until about a few minutes ago. What work? Weeeeeell, Gymboree Sta. Rosa is now open!!! Waaaah!!! That’s why on Saturday, we were able to push through with Raviv’s birthday celebration. I’ll delve into more details about on another post (promise gagawin ko talaga! I know andami ko nang utang sa inyo!!!), but here are some sneak previews:
Ay I tell you, it was a super fun party! During our training I knew Gymboree was fun, but I was still surprised how much fun the kids—and even the adults—had! I tell you, if your kid is gonna celebrate his birthday soon, celebrate it at Gymboree.
Anyway, I am blogging because I can’t let this day pass without paying homage to my raison d’etre, my Ravivo. He will turn a year older tomorrow. This year, I’m gonna dish out stuff about Raviv, ala-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ang style. So here goes:
FAQ 1: Why is his name Raviv?
Raviv is Hebrew for “dew” or “rain”. We decided on his name on the day I was to be discharged from Asian Hospital, because a hospital staff said we should name him before leaving so they could do the baby’s paperwork. Pressure ito! Good thing I packed the baby names book given to me by my best friend (who’s Raviv’s Ninang) in my birthing luggage. Randy picked it up, went directly to the letter “R” (because the males in the Ladaga family—his cousins, his cousins’ sons, and his Papa—have names that start with the letter “R”), and when he saw “Raviv” and what it meant, he knew that was gonna be our unico hijo’s name. By the way, may kabaduyan kami dati ni Randy na kami ang “RainDew” . And that was before nauso ang mga KathNiel or DongYan or JaDine. Kasabayan n’yan ang Brangelina at TomKat. So “Raviv” was definitely it. Randy wanted to add “Wade” because he was so fond of Dwayne Wade assisting his forever love Lebron James in winning NBA championships, but the people he consulted were not so crazy about the “Wade”. So decided to keep it simple, and Raviv was it. And now, I’m so glad we picked the name Raviv—it is very meaningful, short and easily-spelled, sounds macho/masculine, and not common but not OA as well.
Only 134 Ravivs in the US! Told you it’s not very common
FAQ 2: Why does Raviv look so oriental? That is, why does he look like an East Asian?
If you’ve read my last Conversations with Raviv post, you’ll know the answer. But if you haven’t yet, continue reading this post and then read that post after (I swear mawawala ang stress n’yo!)
Well, the reason is that Raviv is actually 1/4 Chinese. I know it’s not obvious, but Randy is 1/2 Chinese—Randy’s father is pure Chinese (although Randy got Mama’s round eyes; his sisters, on the other hand, also have chinky eyes).
Raviv with his cousin and Tita (Randy’s sister)
So bakit Ladaga? The “Ladaga” last name was actually the last name of the nanny of Randy’s papa. I don’t really know why Randy’s paternal grandfather adapted his helper’s last name, but what I know is that our last name is supposed to be “Lim” and not Ladaga. So no, we are not related by blood to any Ladaga except for the progeny of Randy’s paternal grandparents.
Aside from Raviv’s paternal genes, his eyes may have also been influenced by my maternal side of the family. Look at Motherhood when she was in high school:
Kamukha rin ‘di ba? However, Yuna’s mom (who’s Japanese) tells me that Raviv looks more like a Korean/Japanese than Chinese. I guess that’s because even though Raviv is chinky-eyed, his eyes are hooded instead of upward-slanting.
FAQ 3: Sayang naman hindi pa Christmas ipinanganak si Raviv!
OK, so FAQ 3 wasn’t really a question. More of a commentary.
It was intentional that he was not born on Christmas. Our OB-Gyne actually asked us whether we wanted a Christmas-born baby. Although it would have sounded good if Raviv were born on a Christmas, we knew it was gonna be hard to invite people to his birthday party. And people would also forget that hey, Dec. 25 is also Raviv’s birthday. And he won’t feel it’s HIS day. So even though I gave birth to Raviv via “normal” delivery, our OB let me lie down (as walking around would speed up the labor process) and waited before she let me go into active labor first. I actually gave birth at 12:10 a.m. on December 26th.
FAQ 4: Paano mo napapa-pose si Raviv?
Bago natin sagutin ‘yan, sample muna:
Dabah?!? How I wish I could tell you that he poses all by himself, and that he’s eager to have “fashion shoots” like this (or maybe not. Parang ayoko pala na vain or masyadong ichura conscious ang unico hijo ko…mas gusto ko ‘yung “Ay gwapo ba ako?” attitude. Hehe). But truth is that to get him to pose like this, lots of cajoling and “Santa Claus only gives gifts to cute kids who send their pictures to him” threats are needed. Yes, effective ‘yung “Santa Claus only gives gifts to cute kids who send their pictures to him” threat, promise.
If he had his way, these are the poses he wants talaga:
FAQ 5: What’s Raviv’s “tipo” when it comes to girls?
So far, the girls he’s been “very fond of” are these three girls:
Raviv and Lia
Raviv and Allie
Raviv and Yuna
Notice any similarity? Of course all girls are lovely! But aside from having pretty faces, notice that they’re all slim and petite. Yes, that’s Raviv’s type. He even said it himself: “Nanay ayoko sa big girls!” OK, so Raviv seems to be looking for the antithesis of his “big-boned” Nanay.
Now, you all know my little man a bit more. I will barrage you with more info about him on my next blogs, OK?
Please pray for him as well, because our birthday boy (in a few hours) is a little under the weather (sinat + coughs + colds).
Again, Merry Christmas everyone!!! Now here’s something from the birthday boy to his Nanay’s readers, for you to feel the spirit of Christmas all the more…enjoy!!!
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