Tag Archives: Motherhood

Welcome to Teenage Parenting

The teenage years – I now welcome this new phase into my parenting karir career.

Daughter Patch turned twelve early this month. She’s not quite into the teen years yet, but the inevitable changes are happening so fast. And I’m talking milestone after milestone here.

Days before her birthday, I noticed a tiny red bump on a corner of her nose – the official first zit.

A few days after her birthday, she finally volunteered to sleep in her own room – the official first solo night.

Despite wanting her to leave the family bed for the loooongest time (masikip na eh), I felt some pangs of separation anxiety that night. I went to check on her at 11 PM – she was snoring so soundly. *sigh*

Oh, the official first period? It happened months ago. (She is so gonna kill me for blogging this! )

Her taste in music is also shifting – from HSM and Camp Rock soundtracks to Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas and Greenday. (I’m surprised she knows Greenday!)

The other day, I was talking to a couple of mom-friends from school. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to hear that this girl and that boy already broke up; this boy likes this girl but the girl likes another boy; this girl is nursing a broken heart…

As a mom of a teenager, I get palpitations when I hear these things.

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Two Birthdays In A Row and A Granted Wish

VGood’s and MagNate’s birthdays are only a week apart. In the past two years, we’ve been celebrating the double birthdays with out-of-town trips. Incidentally, both were at Subic (well yes, it’s one of our fave places).

This year, due to time and budget constraints, their birthdays were celebrated simply with the ceremonial birthday candle blowing and a family dinner.

Nate turned 3, while V is now 8.

Thanks to the gift certificates that I won from a blog-writing contest by Red Ribbon, I was able to save on the two kids’ cakes! Yay!

We loved Nate’s animal-designed cake. BUT- next time I’m only ordering white-icing cakes. No more food-colored icings. Why, you ask? Continue reading Two Birthdays In A Row and A Granted Wish

I Can Haz Separation Anxiety??

So.
Finally, after over 3 months of summer vacation and of almost non-stop rowdy play at home, my two girls went back to school yesterday. I should be feeling relieved, glad for peace and quiet once more.

But what was that tiny kurot, kirot I felt the night before they went back to school? I was actually dreading it??!!

Yeah. I guess we never outgrow them. And I find this cliche – they will always be our babies – truer than ever. The house feels empty without those two girls (and with Nate on *sleep mode*). For a few moments after dropping them off on the first day of school, I felt alone in the quiet car, I thought I’d get lost and need gps systems to guide me. (awwww-ayyyy, haha! 😛 )

Now I really wonder how I’d feel when one of them gets a boyfriend or worse, a husband!!! *shudders*

That’s too much forward-thinking, hehehe. Back to the present…

I am happy that we enjoy every moment of bonding with each other. And yeah, call me smug, but I’m glad I felt this separation anxiety. It somehow brings comfort that I can still get it.

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Mommy Bloggers Meme| 5 Things I Love About Being A Mom

I got tagged by Noemi weeks (or months?) ago to join a global meme for mommy bloggers from around the world. I actually waited for Mother’s Day to do this. 😀

Mommy bloggers meme mother's day
My kids (actually, Patch, but the other two provided moral support hehe) surprised me with this creative piece of work on Mother’s Day! I felt so loved.

Here’s how the tag works:

I’m going to link to a couple of other mommy bloggers here in the Philippines, and to a couple of mom bloggers from other countries around the world, and they’ll write their posts, sharing 5 things that they love (or maybe what they don’t so much love – this playground doesn’t force conformity) about being a mom, and then they’ll tag a few more bloggers from their own country and from other countries, and so on.

Here are the top 5 things I love with being a mom:

1. I love the hearty hugs and wet kisses. My kids are, right now, at that stage where they love being hugged and kissed. I’ve even coined a term for this part of my job description – on-call hugs dispenser! And I love that they reciprocate! ( Well, okay… sometimes the pre-teen in the house feels awkward, especially when there are other people around. But I understand it’s a phase she has to go through, and that it could get worse. *heart breaking* ) Nate, my little baby boy, is the most malambing of the three. Methinks boys are naturally sweeter.

2. I love the giggling and laughter. Continue reading Mommy Bloggers Meme| 5 Things I Love About Being A Mom

Do you love your job? (Thoughts on SAHMing, Blogging and Domesticity)

This week, Julie’ question at GreenBucks is:

Do you love your job?

I  L-O-V-E my current ‘jobs’ – being a fulltime mom/wife, and being a blogger.

There are times when the mommy duties get too overwhelming, the daily routine becomes tiring ( I can say “boring“, Julie. Who’s gonna fire me?? LOL ), and I wish I had a bit more to spend. But looking back to those days when I was still working in the marketing industry, I say I love what I am doing now – more than the income I used to make.

Yes, life was more comfortable then. But, as I always say, no income or title is worth sacrificing my children’s growing years for.

As for my other ‘job’ – blogging… I have been blogging for nearly three years now. Through it I make a little bit of income, just enough to pay for monthly internet subscription and a few other things.

Aside from the beautiful friendships, blogging has led to many opportunities to improve myself. Writing has always been a frustration, but now it is something I  actually do (whether you like it or not, hehe).

Some people have frowned upon my going from corporate to domestic. Someone once even said ‘sayang ang pinag-aralan’. But going full-time-mom doesn’t mean going ditzy. I blog, and strive to improve my skill as a blogger. Everyday, I learn new things as husband throws me some technical thing to research on. I am currently studying Mandarin. And, oh yeah, I am also considering going into a new business venture (more details later, folks, when it is nearly tangible. Right now it’s just an idea I’m toying with).

It all really depends on the person. If you go stagnant as soon as you decide to be a stay-at-home, that is entirely your choice. As for me, WHAMing/SAHMing is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

More “Do you love your job?” stories here.

[UPDATE, 5/17/2011] The most important point (with regard to that comment from someone) is this:

How can anything parents invest in their children be a waste? More than for your day jobs and careers, using your education to teach your own children and guide them through their most important years is the best way to put your education to good use. IMHO. Bow.

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