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What? No Brakes? : Johnson’s My Kid’s Growing Up So Fast Contest

October 7, 2011

EDIT (11/09/11): This post won one of the four spots in the contest! Thank you Johnson’s and Nuffnang!

The winner of the caption contest is: rdnofera! Thanks for the title – “Move Over Van Gogh, ‘Coz I’m Gonna Van GROW”. You will receive a Johnson’s Gift Pack!


I’ve made no secret of my dreams and aspirations for Basti’s future. I’ve got my fingers crossed that he will take after his father, and become a world-class visual artist who will do his country proud. Just in case my penchant for performing is in him somewhere, I’ve also got dance and theater classes in the wings, if he wants them.

I have it all planned. He starts experiential art lessons this month in Gymboree; just textures, colors, shapes and forms, nothing formal, just art appreciation disguised as play. I already know the easels I want to buy him when he turns 3, 7, 12, 16 and 25 years old. I know which school to send him to if homeschool doesn’t work out, and his whole life will be filled with exhibits, painting sessions with his father, sketching and photography trips. I seem prepared, don’t I?

And then, just a week or so ago, my little baby boy grabbed a brush from his father’s stash and did this:

My kid's growing up so fast, and can't wait to be like his dad.

My heart broke into a thousand little pieces. My little boy is growing up way too fast. Right then and there, I decided to slow down my ambitious plans and relish the days I have with my kiddo.

Even if Basti can jump from platforms and run down the street, he still likes to take a nap in my arms and nurse at my breast. He can work the iPad like a big kid but still squeals in delight when I sing The Wheels On The Bus in funny voices. He stomps his feet and pouts when he doesn’t get his way, but after the tantrum, my little Basti crawls into my lap and gives me a hug.

One of our favorite things to do is bath time. He loves water, just like me. Since birth, we’ve been using the Johnson’s Baby bath line on him.

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, with Vitamins A&E and 100% more milk proteins to nourish developing skin. I particularly can’t get enough of the feel and smell of Johnson’s Baby Milk bath on his skin and hair. It turns my little man into a baby all over again.

I was packing up the last of his onesies, the last articles of clothing that symbolized Basti’s baby-ness. It was not without drama; for each onesie I put in the bin, there was a little prick in my tummy, a tug at my heart, and the ubiquitous single-tear-on-the-cheek that has sold lots of airtime on teleseryes. At the same time, I was sorting our freshly-laundered clothes, which included the bigger-boy clothes that would make up Basti’s new wardrobe. I sighed at how huge they were compared to his baby wear, but I also smiled at how tiny they looked next to his dad’s clothing. He has a long way to go still; he’ll be my little baby for a few more years.

So until we cut the ribbon on his first one-man show or support him on whatever path he chooses to take , we’ll be here, cheering him on his journey. He won’t be a baby forever, but one thing I want to teach him is to never stop growing up.

So, guys – what do you think would make a good title for Basti’s painting picture? The best title deserves a Johnson’s gift pack!

  • First, leave a comment with a creative and relevant title for Basti’s pic, along with your Facebook name.
  • Validate your entry by liking the Johnson’s Baby World of Firsts page on Facebook.
  • The reader with the best title wins!
  • Submission of comments with titles is from October 7 to October 21, 2011.
I can’t wait to hear your title suggestions!
39 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2011 2:03 pm

    We swore by Johnson’s when my son was a baby. I still do – the baby oil is perfect for my skin.

    Just loved the pictures here…came via @Dainty_mom’s tweet. Good luck to all the participants! 🙂

    • Eliza permalink
      October 8, 2011 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words. 🙂

  2. October 8, 2011 2:05 pm

    This is how it’s done.
    Trisha C. Montemayor

    • Eliza permalink
      October 8, 2011 9:47 pm

      Aw, thanks! 🙂 Love the great ideas on your site!!! *bookmarked*

  3. October 9, 2011 12:28 am

    Caption: “Move over Van Gogh, Coz I’m Gonna Van GROW!”

    name: rdnofera

    By the way, nicely done header photo. It’s very interesting and well composed.

    • Eliza permalink
      October 10, 2011 1:58 pm

      Haha thanks for the title entry! 🙂

      I can’t take credit for the header. A teenager from Hongkong designed it! 🙂

  4. October 9, 2011 3:47 am

    Caption: Painting the town red is overrated; painting the future wonderful– now, that’s something to aim for!

  5. October 9, 2011 1:22 pm

    i love the picture of basti at the painting!!!!!!!

  6. ELINOR SEMIRA permalink
    October 9, 2011 4:15 pm

    Caption: ” I Am Creating A Masterpiece!”
    FB: Elinor Semira
    Email: elinorsemira0124(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Eliza permalink
      October 10, 2011 12:31 pm

      Thank you! Maybe someday he’ll really create a masterpiece!! 😀

  7. October 9, 2011 7:25 pm

    he is so cute elai!! so anong sabi ni O when he saw him? dry naman yun paintbrush na hawak ni basti?!

    • Eliza permalink
      October 10, 2011 12:28 pm

      Haha oo dry naman, tsaka dry part na yung pretending to paint ni Basti. Orley was so proud of course. 😀

  8. Michelle Lalic permalink
    October 10, 2011 9:53 am

    “someday,i’ll paint you mommy”

    michelle lalic

    • Eliza permalink
      October 10, 2011 12:27 pm

      Thank you!! 😀 I sure hope he does!!

  9. October 10, 2011 5:29 pm

    cute talaga ni basti!!! maski nakatalikod kita pa rin pisngi 😀

  10. Kim permalink
    October 12, 2011 5:48 am

    Changing the world, one brushstroke at a time. I don’t think it will win you the title but i like it. Aussie kim.

    • Eliza permalink
      October 13, 2011 9:25 am

      Thanks Kim! 🙂 Hey how are you guys?? Thomas must be HUGE now!

  11. October 14, 2011 9:30 am

    “It is the Nature of Babies to be in Bliss”

    seems to be creative… so cute…


    • Eliza permalink
      October 17, 2011 1:05 am

      Thanks for the title suggestions! 🙂

  12. October 14, 2011 9:30 am

    “Every Child Begins the World Again”


  13. October 14, 2011 9:33 am

    “Babies are such a nice way to start people”


  14. Analyn Alonsagay permalink
    October 16, 2011 11:26 pm

    Caption : When I grow up, Im gonna paint the town in Red. 😉

    Analyn Alonsagay

    • Eliza permalink
      October 17, 2011 1:06 am

      Thank you Analyn! 🙂

  15. October 17, 2011 9:03 pm

    “Basti: The Next Da Vinci”

    Annissa Diaz

    • Eliza permalink
      October 18, 2011 3:18 pm

      Haha cool! 🙂 Thanks!

  16. October 17, 2011 11:02 pm

    Basti: The New-Age Picasso


  17. October 18, 2011 1:08 am

    I would follow my father’s footsteps!

    name: marilou tan lim
    email: berryblitz79(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Eliza permalink
      October 18, 2011 3:17 pm

      Thanks for the title! 😀

  18. October 18, 2011 11:42 pm

    Caption: “My destiny, right in front of me”

    Karen Claire de Guzman

    Hope you could visit mine too:

    Goodluck to us! =)

  19. October 20, 2011 3:26 pm

    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.

    • Eliza permalink
      October 21, 2011 1:08 am

      Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  20. October 20, 2011 5:07 pm

    Basti’s Inferno

    Masyado bang dark?

    • Eliza permalink
      October 20, 2011 5:09 pm

      Lol!!! Match lang sa sungit face niya!

  21. October 31, 2011 10:04 pm

    Congratulations! 🙂

    • Eliza permalink
      November 6, 2011 4:09 am

      Thank you! You too! 😀

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