‘No yaya, no problem’: Miriam Quiambao praises 11-year-old son for babysitting duties
Caring for a baby is a job best done with team effort, and without her husband or yaya, Miriam Quiambao was able to rely on her 11-year-old son as a babysitter.
The former beauty queen and TV host faced a dilemma when she had an appointment to attend and had no one to look after her 8-month-old baby.
“Yaya has an emergency to attend to in the province and my husband @ardyroberto left for Iloilo for a talk. I’m left alone with my kids and needed to go for some treatment this afternoon,” she said on Instagram last Sunday, Oct. 20.
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No Yaya, No Hubby, No Problem. #TheBestKuyaEver @joshwiequiambao_roberto is here to the rescue! . Yaya has an emergency to attend to in the province and my husband @ardyroberto left for Iloilo for a talk. I’m left alone with my kids and needed to go for some treatment this afternoon. . Kuya very kindly agreed to babysit his brother and they are now strolling at the park on our new @apricaph Nano Smart. . I get to see them as soon as I’m done. Will update later… #AbanganAngSusunodNaKabanata
She said her eldest son, Joshua, agreed to babysit baby Elijah at the park. Quiambao shared pictures of Joshua carrying a backpack and pushing his little brother in a stroller.
In another post that day, she said the stroll in the park took 20 minutes. “I asked Kuya if baby enjoyed it. He said baby got bored after a while. Not sure if it was really the small baby or the big baby who got bored but I’m taking Kuya for his words,” Quiambao said in jest.
The responsible big brother helped out in other ways too, such as changing the diapers and giving a bath. “Baby had a couple of poop blowouts today and even if Kuya hated changing diapers, he suffered the aroma since Mommy really [needed] an extra hand. Baby can no longer stay still to have his diaper changed,” she said.
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We survived today. No Yaya. No Hubby. No Problem. Kuya @joshwiequiambao_roberto came to the rescue! 🙌🏼🥰 . Baby had a couple of poop blowouts today and even if Kuya hated changing diapers, he suffered the aroma since Mommy really an extra hand. Baby can no longer stay still to have his diaper changed. 😳 . After that, I needed to go for treatment this afternoon and Kuya very kindly agreed to baby sit Elijah. He took him out for a stroll in the park but came back after 20 mins. I asked Kuya if baby enjoyed it. He said baby got bored after a while. Not sure if it was really the small baby or the big baby who got bored but I’m taking Kuya for his words. 😆 . Loved listening to Elijah’s laugh when Kuya sings him the Itsy Bitsy Spider song or plays peekaboo with him. This was in the car when Mommy was driving and Kuya needed to stay in the backseat with baby who was on the carseat. Same thing early evening today while Kuya was helping Mommy give baby a bath. This little boy loves his Kuya so much! I love seeing them have fun together! . Well, by God’s grace, we managed to change, to feed, to stroll, to entertain, to bathe and finally to put baby to bed. Just the 4 of us. . When God is for you, what can be against you? #BringItOn . #MomOf2 #YayaBalikKaNa #DadaComeBackSoon #LuckyMeInstantMommy #MomOfAMiracleBaby #preemiesofinstagram #SiblingLove #BenefitsOfALargeAgeGap
A minor accident happened the next day—baby Elijah fell out of his crib and hit his nose. “Apparently, there a small gap between the headboard & the pillow that I wasn’t able to secure & he managed to crawl there!” Quiambao explained. Thankfully, all that was needed was a cold compress.
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So after a very successful No Yaya-No Hubby-No Problem day yesterday, this happened! 😫 . LONG POST AHEAD! I was in the bathroom doing my quiet time when I suddenly heard a thud followed by a wailing cry. I rushed to the bedroom and couldn’t find my baby whom I left on our bed (asleep or so I thought) surrounded by a fortress of pillows. His cries were coming from the direction of the crib area so I thought he fell in. But no! The cries were coming from behind & under the crib! . So I pulled out the crib and there he was on the floor next to the changing table! Apparently, there a small gap between the headboard & the pillow that I wasn’t able to secure & he managed to crawl there! . So when he fell, he hit his nose at the corner of the diaper changing table next to our bed & now it’s red, bruised w/ a bit of blood coming out his nose. I picked him up & called the pedia right away. She said it’s just a hematoma & advised me to apply gentle cold compress on the affected area. I put baby to the breast to comfort him so that I can also apply the cold compress w/o him wriggling away from my embrace. . I can only thank God na ito lang ang nangyari! No broken bones or brain concussions. Nothing worse! . I believe that God assigns angels to watch the over our children. So even if God allowed this to happen, I’m still grateful for his protection & provision. . Spiritually, I am also reminded that we must constantly be vigilant & watchful for the enemy is out to devour us. He knows our weak spots. We must constantly be on guard lest we become vulnerable against his attacks. . In the end, we can only rely on Jesus Christ as our fortress. He will protect us & he will save us. That’s why we must pray for protection & safety for our family. Only Jesus Christ is our strong fortress against the enemy. . Psalms 18:2-3 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. #jesusmyfortress
Baby Elijah is Quiambao’s first biological child with husband Ardy Roberto. Joshua is Roberto’s adopted son from his first marriage, and Quiambao considers him all her own.
In an Instagram post from 2018 dedicated to Joshua, she said, “Although he did not come from my womb, my love for him was birthed deep in my heart. So deep that I feel he is my own child. My first son — mine to me.” /ra
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