Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“JOHNSON’s My Kid’s Growing Up So Fast Contest”

The first time I saw my Neo, I instantly knew that he's braver than me.  He endured the hardships of labor and bore the ordeal of getting stuck in my cervix for quite some time. But still, he came out kicking and very much alive. In fact, unlike other babies, he didn't sleep for the next four hours after birth. Instead, he didn't waste time and started bonding with me and his daddy right away.

Neo Sebastian Reyes, at birth.

The next day, I was with him when the nurse gave him his first shot of Hepatitis B vaccine. He just gave a short sigh and went back to sleep. The same thing goes on the third day when for the first time, I gave him his first bath. I was expecting him to resist a little. God knows how I used to run out of our apartment door naked when I was 5, just to avoid my mother and the hose she's about to douse me with. But I finished our first bathing session in a breeze. My baby was fully awake and just totally enjoying the moment, as if reminiscing his nine months of just floating inside my womb.

Neo's first bath.

A year passed and he still loves his bath time just as much. As a matter of fact, he would be cranky the whole day if he missed his daily soak. He is changing before my eyes but his skin is still like a baby’s. We still need the gentle care of JOHNSON’s Baby Milk Bath, with Vitamins A&E and 100% more milk proteins to nourish developing skin.

Johnson's Baby Milk Bath

Bath time is fun time.

One milestone after another only strengthened my belief that my little boy inherited the genes of a daredevil. His stunts and antics are the kind of stuff that the one-year-old "me" could only dream of. My mother said the same when she saw her grandson stand up while in a moving car ride inside the mall. She also felt pride when she saw an older child bully my son inside a play house. Instead of running away, my little boy looked the big bully in the eye until he scared him with his killer stare.:) Yet still, Grandma was a little surprised when she saw her grandson not only ride but run around inside the biggest ferris wheel in the world when we were in Singapore.

Our little daredevil at the wheel.

Braving the heights inside the Singapore Flyer.

And his first dip in the pool? He had so much fun, he even complained when we had to leave.

Neo's first dip in the pool.

But in our Boracay vacation a few months ago, the mother in me was finally put to the test. My kid was totally enthralled with this giant slide inside the hotel. When my husband went to the front desk to ask if a one year-old is allowed to ride, I was secretly hoping the lady would say NO.

I wasn't a brave kid when I was young. On top of many things, I have this fear of slides since I was 7. A kid pushed me and I fell off a slide with a bloody mouth. I never went near a slide since then. Not even my husband managed to convince me to do so in our 10 years of togetherness.

As luck would have it, the lady said YES. And so, my son rode the giant slide with his daddy. His squeals of delight echoed through the room. He went for it a few more times until we had to leave. But then, my little boy looked me in the eye and pointed to the slide, as if sensing my fear. It seemed like he was asking me why we haven't tried the slide together. I didn't know what happened next but something stirred my mother's heart that gave me the courage to join my son.

My favorite mommy and son moment to date. My kid's growing up so fast, he helped me face my greatest fear.

My kid's growing up so fast, who would have thought that he would get me to face my greatest fear after all these years? But then, Neo isn't just another one-year-old. He is my son for whom I would do anything. Just like all the mothers out there who happily endured the hardships of labor and the bigger responsibilities of becoming a mom.

Motherhood is a series of adventures that not even a roller coaster ride can describe. There were days when we were high with excitement, especially, when our babies had accomplished a new milestone. There were also those quiet moments when our kid was asleep and we're just perfectly content to cuddle him close and smell the baby scent we so love. Then, the low days...when all things just seem to go haywire and we begin to wish we can live the single life even just for a day. So, I wrote this essay to remind me and all the mommies out there how lucky we are to have been blessed with our kids. For daredevils or not, they will always be the apple of our eyes.

"Thank you, Neo, for inspiring me every minute of everyday!"


I made this essay for my sake,
For sometimes I fail to appreciate,
These precious moments when I still can say,
That you depended on me in every way.

I now realize that I’m lucky this way,
That I have you all day in my embrace.
For someday this moment will be way past today,
When the world and your dreams will be yours to take.

Then you won’t have a choice but to forsake,
The mother who cared for you, so that you may,
Look for your destiny and make mistakes,
To learn to live and find your own way.

When that day comes, I will have to face,
Empty days without you when I wake.
But don’t you forget, I’ll be here to stay,
To guide you every single step of the way.

Looking back someday, I’d be able to say,
It’s a good thing I wrote my reflections today,
To remind me of my precious yesterday,
When once I was a mother to you all day.

***If you like this blog entry, you can leave a comment below and give your own title suggestion. Johnson's Baby Milk Bath will be giving away a gift pack to the commenter with the most creative and relevant title for this post. You can leave your comment from October 8-October 21, 2011. On or before November 20, 2011, I will announce the winner of the Johnson's Baby gift pack. To make your comment valid and be eligible to win, you must be a fan of Johnson's Baby World of Firsts Facebook Page


JohnsonsBabyPH said...

hi mommy :) thank you for joining the contest! please don't forget to post your entry at the Johnson's World of First Facebook page (

also, please remind your readers to also like the Johnsons Baby PH page and that only comments posted on your blog from oct 8 onwards will be considered as official entries to the contest.

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Thanks JohnsonsBabyPH. I just posted my entry yesterday.

JohnsonsBabyPH said...

Hi Mommy -

Unfortunately we couldn't see your post on the FB wall. Can you send the link where we can see that you posted your entry on our FB wall? Thank you so much!

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Hi JohnsonsBabyPH. Here is the link of my post:

Johnsons BabyPH said...

Thanks so much mommy :) This is to verify that your entry is qualified. Good luck and thanks again for your time

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Thanks Johnsons BabyPH! More power!

mcristine said...

Hi, here's my suggested title :)

"Nurturing Neo: My New Source of Strength"


mitchyweech said...

"don't worry mommy, i'll protect you!"

michelle lalic

Mylene M. Calleja said...

"You complete me baby in so many ways - Mom"


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Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys. Keep the comments coming!

Mary jane said...

The roadless travelled by Neo

Mary Jane Pineda

cj said...


Cherry Alvarez

Jenny So said...

Neo: A bundle of joy, inspiration and motivation

Jenny So

Anonymous said...

i like it:)

Anonymous said...

i love johnson <3

Merry Jane Ocol said...

My life... with NEO

Merryjane ocol

Tonski said...

A world beneath NEO.

Nelson Alejo

Pearl said...

"Conquering Fears Through Innocent Love"

:) Cute post, I'm scared of heights and slides too, good thing I'm still single so no one would get me to do that! :p

agnes mabel said...

Neo Growing Up Beyond the Matrix
agnes espino


Caption: "A Need to be Loved - and Never Outgrows It"



Caption: "Babies are a Link Between Angels and Man"


Berryblitz said...

I'll Amaze You More When I Grow Up!

Name = Marilou Lim
email = berryblitz79(at)gmail(dot)com

Ellle said...

Touch of Cheryl's love + Neo's smile = Johnson's Healthy Family

I really like your blog and the pics. Nice story telling of you and your son's adventure from birth until now. God bless

Annissa Diaz said...

Name: Annissa Vi C. Diaz

Title: "Neo: A brave blessing from heaven"

Aletha Redondiez said...

Beautiful Neo, the greatest gift his parents ever received.

"NEO, Mommy Cheryl's multivitamins!"

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Thanks to all who liked and commented about the post. You can still submit your suggestions for the best title until Oct 21, 2011 for a chance to win a Johnson's Baby gift pack. Good luck and thanks for all the support!:)

arra said...

Breaking News: The "Neo" Captain America was Born in the Philippines!

Katrina May Buna said...

Mom's Unforgettable Days!

Name: Katrina May Buna

P. Geraldine E. Belarmino said...

My children grew up with Johnson's and now my grandkids just love it. Isn't it just great to smell it on their skin and hair ?

Anonymous said...

Title:"A rollercoaster life with my precious one"
Name:Aimee Sheila Darilay

Johnsons BabyPH said...

Hello Mommy! Thanks so much for joining! Tomorrow's the last day to comment. Please remind your readers to comment on your entry if they haven't commented yet. Only comments entered from Oct. 8 to Oct. 21 will be considered valid for the reader giveaway.

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Johnsons BabyPH - Thanks a lot!

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Today is the last day to submit your best title suggestions for this post! 8 more hours before I choose our Johnson's Baby gift pack winner. Good luck!

Write Mom said...

Congratulations! :-)

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Write Mom-Thanks a lot!:)

Jenny So said...


Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Jenny So-Thanks!

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Thanks to all who submitted their suggestions for the best title for this post. I will be announcing the winner soon.

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