On new year’s day, I woke up without Nati by my side. I looked for her on the other side of the bed but she isn’t there. My heart skipped beating and I woke Ace from his deep slumber asking “saan si Nati?” to which re replied “ewan ko!”. Tama nga naman s’ya, malay ba n’ya, eh tulog s’ya at ginising ko lang para tanungin saan si Nati. Startled, he started looking under the bed but still, no sign of Natania in there. I started calling her name “Nati! Nati!” then we heard little footsteps towards our bedroom door. She appeared from the living room saying “Mama, bubbah (bubbles). *Sigh of relief* Grabe ang takot ko. Di ko sinabi kay Ace pero naisip ko baka na-kidnap o naglaro sa banyo at na-disgrasya. Jusko! So napagalitan na naman ako kasi di ko naisara ang door sa banyo. For the first time, she got up ahead of us and went out of the bedroom. Usually, dumedede lang sya if mas maaga sya nagigising kesa sa amin. But this time, bumaba na talaga sya ng kama at lumabas ng kwarto! Anyway, thank God she’s just here…in one piece.
Simple pleasure: Bubbles!
When I went to the living room, I saw this. Her precious bubble bottles! The reason why she went out of the bedroom alone…while Ace and I are still in lalaland. I assume she arranged the bottles while waiting for us to wake up because these are all in one container when we went to bed the night before.
It was about this time last year when Nati started liking bubbles. A neighbor’s son who’s so fond of Nati gave his huge bubble bottle to her. Since the little girl can’t manage to blow it that time, it was me or Ace who does the blowing for her. She finds chasing bubbles so much fun! Months after, she got three bubble bottles for participating in some games at a children’s party. You could imagine how happy the Nati is. She kept on blowing bubbles inside our room! When she saw that bubble bottles are sold in some stores, she then won’t leave a store without a bottle or two and would start blowing as soon as the situation permits. In this case, we were waiting for our food order.
Blowing bubbles while waiting for our food.
We didn’t get her a gift last Christmas but she was so happy with her bottle of bubbles!
Playing with bubbles on Christmas Day.
Blowing bubbles like a pro!
The little bottle that comes in different colors and shapes is undeniably a source of happiness for the little one. Be it a super small bottle that costs Php5.00 to the most pricey bubble bottles she got at Php99.00 for the two bottles courtesy of her Tita Carol at the mall.
And she blows bubbles anytime, anywhere.
blowing bubbles inside the Lactation Room of the family lounge in Gaisano Mall.
blowing bubbles even at night
Ace went to the office one day in January and before going home, he called asking Nati what he would get for pasalubong. She immediately said “Pa, bubbaf (bubbles)!” She was beyond happy when Ace handed her the bubble bottles he got for pasalubong and the little girl started blowing bubbles in no time.
Nati’s pasalubong from Papa.
The other week, Ace went to the market to get something. Upon leaving, Nati told him “Pa, bubbaf ha. Threeh!” to which Ace replied “Okay!”. An hour after, Ace came back empty-handed. But before he could get inside the house, Nati was already waiting for her in the living room. As soon as he opened the door, Nati was already shouting “Yey! Bubbaf!” Ace broke the news and the little girl cried. He didn’t find a bubble bottle in the market so he’s hoping that Nati is taking her nap when he gets home so he can have time to prepare a bubble mixture out of dishwashing liquid. Sadly, Nati heard the trike and hurriedly went out of the room hoping that Papa Ace got her bubble bottles as he promised. She cried. She was heartbroken.
Until today, bubbles is still her fave and I am not sure when she will outgrow it. As of the moment, she finds happiness in blowing and chasing bubbles be it inside or outside the house.