Rain Rain Go Away

It's raining cats and dogs again. I used to love the rain. A slight drizzle gives for a cold afternoon and a good night sleep. These days, all I can think of when the heavy rain pours is how flooded it will be across the metro. Would water get inside the house again?

Habagat Maring did this to me a little more than one year ago. August 20th to be exact. Mila was just 5 days old. We had been through dozens of storms and heavy rains and it may flood outside but we've always been safe inside our apartment. It was surprising to wake up at 4am and see water coming out of our bathroom floor. It didn't take too long until it's thigh high. Hubs was still in his parental leave and Mama Grace, my mother-in-law was stayed the night to visit. They were convincing me to go and move somewhere safer. But we had no where to go. We couldn't go to my mom's place because roads are not passable even if we get lucky to get a cab, or jeep or any vehicle. My would was still fresh and the water is high enough to get it wet. Most importantly, how can Mila be safe outside? She's too small and fragile. What if I slip while carrying her? What if she catches a cold or worse?

When we had to turn the power off because water is already coming out of the power outlets, I knew it was time to go. Hubs has a friend 3 blocks away where we could stay. Those 3 blocks I had to walk seem to take forever. I put Mila on our Next9 Carrier and put another layer of blanket and covered us both with a thick jacket. I walked looking down at her making sure she's breathing. I completely forgot about my wound. When we got to the house and lay her on the bed, I couldn't help but cry. I felt sorry and helpless. Then I looked at my 5 day old baby sleeping soundly with a tiny smile on her lips, I just had to smile too. We were safe. And God had sent His Angels to protect my baby. I know Mila is a strong girl. And I need to be stronger for her.

One year since, we're back in the same apartment. Mila is on her playful mood. Her joy is so contagious. I can stop worrying about the rain and the flood that may come with it as we sing "Rain rain go away, come again another day, little Mila wants to play."

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  1. I admire your bravery and to think na kakapanganak mo palang then you go out and never mind your wound, That was so epic! I salute you mommy for being brave for your little one.

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  2. you were so brave! it's really hard talaga when you have a little one na, you will always think about their safety, you have to be strong for them, esp on your situation na bagong panganak. unlike when we were single, go lang ng go!

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    1. One if the many things I thought I couldn't do when I was still single. Thank you!

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  3. Talagang we would do anything for our kids just for them to be safe, healthy & happy, even at our own expense. It's hard talaga when the house is flooded. When I was single, our house would be flooded often when it rains hard. We always move the things, even sofa, to the second floor.

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    1. It's frustrating and tiring having to move things all the time. Hubs had a stand made for our ref so we don't have to worry about it if it floods again. And we used wood picked up from trash after the water subsided. ;)

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  4. aww, that must have been stressful, and only 5 days after giving birth at that! I used to love it when it rained as well, but you're right, things are different now. these days, when it rains it's hard to be really pleased even if you're safely indoors because you know that the streets will get flooded quickly and a lot of people will be affected. choice of residence is really important. should you consider moving in future, make sure to ask locals and check flood maps to see if your target area is prone to flooding. stay safe mommy and mila!

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    1. Agree. Actually, before we moved here, we asked around and checked if it gets flooded. Ondoy wasn't abke to get our streets flooded. It was really different that day. And even worse for others too.

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  5. The worst habagat memory for me was back in 2012. I was 7 months pregnant then. We were driving home from the grocery when it started to rain. Water began to rise and started ENTERING the car! Grabe lang because I was pregnant, had a 1 year old with me, plus I was worrying about all the groceries I bought getting submerged in flood. Ang ending, we were rescued by a fire truck. One of the things I'm thankful about for my husband being in service.

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    1. Wow, that is scary! Hooray for the little big heroes.

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  6. We never got to experience flooding inside the house - thank goodness! But nakakaimbyerna talaga yung grabeng ulan plus meron pang undergoing road rehab. The other day, my dad and I experienced sitting in the car for almost two hours only to cover less than a kilometer! Actually, we just covered one whole block of SM. Grabe yung traffic and the water was just ankle deep!

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    1. Two hours? Grabe talaga. I wish our roads get better.

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  7. When I was small, I lived in Balintawak area. Flood then was as in, river talaga. But it brings memories to me how we enjoyed flood hehe, making paper boats, playing under the rain. I am sad my kids don't experience playing under the rain. But not the floods of course. Sana wala ng flood ulit ever.

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    1. I'm still being over protective and don't want Mila to play in the rain specially here in the city. Maybe when we're in the province, where there's less pollution. But definitely, I'll have her experience just dancing and playing and having fun in the rain.

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  8. Ohhh.. Be careful and always be safe na lang.. I had my share of flood stories too when I was in Manila.. But good thing I decided to leave the big city and stay here in the province of Palawan..

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