Archive for January, 2009

First smile

Mommy Chris posted pictures of her kid’s first smile. I took that as an opportunity for me to “showcase” my OMB’s first smile.

Here’s OMB’s first smile ever!

OMB here was only a week old

OMB here was only a week old

This was taken when he was only a week old. I dunno if he is really smiling but what the heck! For me, he looked like he’s really smiling. Don’t you think so?

at 3 mos old

at 3 mos old

This is OMB at 3 months old. Surely now, he’s really smiling here, right?

Oh, these photos made me reminisce those sweet days from labor to delivery, to the first time I hold him, to those sleepless days and more. Indeed, pictures are good reminders that things definitely shall pass but not memories.


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frugal1I’ve posted about the economic problems our nation is facing. It is already a fact that a lot of filipinos are alarmed with its inevitability. We are not alone. Other countries are suffering from global economic meltdown. Even this we cannot do something about.
So what now?
I say, live frugally. Here’s how I’ve been combatting the crisis:
1) Buy second-hand (slightly damaged) clothes and appliances. I love going to the thrift shops or ukay-ukay. Just recently, I bought a G2000 long-sleeved polo for OMH (ohmyhubby) for only PhP150!
2) Minimize taking a cab/taxi. If it’s not that far or if I am not carrying a huge stuff, I take an FX or a jeepney to go to places. Come to think of it, the flagdown PhP35 is still much higher than the minimum fare of a jeepney or an FX, right? Think of the additional fare per kilometer; usually it would cost me a minimum of PhP100 everytime I go to a department store to buy our weekly groceries. Imagine how much I could save!
3) Go to your nearest local wet market places rather than mall market. Meats at wet market are fresher than those frozen meats we used to buy at a known mall’s hypermarket, and they are cheaper too!
4) Make one meal/viand for the whole day. This really works for us. The viand is already prepared in the morning since OMH and I are both working. It saves gas and prepping time.
5) Travel off seasons. Usually, the rates are much lower. OMH and I went to Bohol last year. Our rates were cut into half. The airline offered a 10-peso promo if you book in advance. We might do it again this year. Yipee!
 I’m still trying to follow some other frugal tips, but for now, these 5 items are in the top of my list. I’ve done them and will surely continue practicing them. So far, so good 🙂

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US recession. Intel Cavite shutdown. Accenture’s layoffs of more than 500 employees. Ten rural banks closed in a week. And layoffs happening in a lot of call centers unreported.
What are these news telling us? For me, this kind of newsbreak is alarming. Some experts say we have economic turmoil, while others say these are the impact of global crisis happening right under our nose. These terms are big. I dont know what they really mean. But I sure feel their impact in the lives of most Juan dela Cruz.
OMH (ohmyhubby) is a call center agent. The other call center office just beside their’s has been laying off it’s employees since the last quarter of 2008. He feels unsecured with his job right now.
I am a regular employee of one of the biggest BPO companies in the Philippines. I used to earn on a piece rate basis during the period of 2001 to 2005. Then came 2006, the project I was part of was transferred to a province in Visayas. The management told us, they’re cost cutting; clients were demandind lower prices. Before we knew what was really going on, almost all of the Manila-based projects were transferred to either provinces (where labor cost is cheaper) or other third world countries (again cheaper labor cost than we have here in our country). The management offered us a fixed salary – ceiling rate. That was 2006, and up to this day, my salary then remained fixed.
OMB and I are starting to make modifications on our budget. This include cutting our expenses on certain things, thinking of new ways to earn extra money, and exercising frugality.
Times are hard. We need to be tougher, but we should always remember: God will provide.

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“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Proverbs 22:7)
A close friend once told me that debt is something that seeps into most people’s lives without them knowing it. You can hardly notice it. The moment you realized the danger of having debts, you’re already in the dark pit.
I am living with quite a huge debt now. “Quite” would mean a little over 20,000.  To some, it looks unalarming. I even spoke to a person who had a accumulated debt amounting to over a hundred thousand, yet she seemed ok, appeared stressed-out though.  With me, an unpaid hundred bucks to a friend is something that disturbs me at night. I need to pay her/him immediately, the next day that is. Well, to each his own. 
I want to get out of the pit and never return, ever. It may seem too late because with my baby’s growing needs, how on earth I would be able to budget my money and that of OMH’s (ohmyhubby)?
It’s time to…
1) minimize my spending on clothes, but come to think of it, I already actually stopped buying clothes for me!
2) shorten my list of toiletries and beauty products (I feel rejuvenated from taking bath soaks and applying sweet smelly creams and moisturizers).
3) stop purchasing magazines.  There is a limited internet access at work where I
can steal (hush hush) an hour or so to visit my favorite sites.
4) limit eating takeout/delivery food. Why not optimize my hubby’s cooking abilities? He loves to cook good food.
5) lessen dining out with friends. I’ll just invite them over for a lunch or dinner. It’s OMH’s chance to showcase his skills hehe

No more self-centered living. Time to grow up in a new and better way.

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Hay… time really flies so fast. OMB (ie, ohmybabyboy) is now 6 mos old. Gee, I couldn’t believe that he is this big already — 9-kilos in weight! So that’s why my back aches a lot hehe. In another 6 mos, he’d be a year older. Now what? Oh, a birthday bash will come soon. That means, OMH and I must prepare for that exciting event. Oh well, we both got to work hard, stay a little longer at work, render an overtime, so we could have a decent party for OMB. That’s how parents these days. We work, work, work. Is that how life supposed to be? Sheesh…
Before I get emotional, here is my baby’s photo. Something that always makes me smile and love life more. Have a great weekend, y’all!
OMB now 6 mos old

OMB now 6 mos old

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According to this site, SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.


Any mother’s fear is the death of her child. It is devastating to even think about it. This was what happened to Baby Tom, the son of Beth Morris of Warwick. Baby Tom is a 20-month-old toddler who found dead by his mom at his room, lying flat on his stomach. These things happen. Babies/toddlers die due to SIDS. This fact frightens me, gives me shriver, makes me wanna hold my son and stay awake all through the night of his sleep.


OMB is a 6-month-old baby boy. He is my firstborn, the love of my life, my life. Before I knew about this dreadful SIDS, I allowed OMB to sleep on his stomach. It started when he was just a newborn. Up to this day, he still sleeps on his stomach. He loves it. He wants to sleep that way. He can’t seem to have a good sleep if he’d sleep on his back. He would quickly turn over when he’d feel sleepy. When he’s in deep sleep, I would turn him back so he could lie down face up. I worry a lot. I know. But that’s what mothers are, right? We are concerned of our child’s well-being.
So I searched the net. Here’s what I found useful:
1. Place infants to sleep on their backs, even though they may sleep more soundly on their stomachs. Infants who sleep on their stomachs and sides have a much higher rate of SIDS than infants who sleep on their backs. [It is now my practice to put OMB back to lying down face up when he’s sleeping on his stomach.
2. Place infants to sleep in a baby bed with a firm mattress. There should be nothing in the bed but the baby – no covers, no pillows, no bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys. Soft mattresses and heavy covering are associated with the risk for SIDS. [Uratex is the best 🙂]
3. Keep your baby’s crib in the parents’ room until the infant is at least 6 months of age. Studies clearly show that infants are safest when their beds are close to their mothers. [Good thing, OMB and I co-sleep in one bed.]
4. Do not place your baby to sleep in an adult bed. Typical adult beds are not safe for babies. Do not fall asleep with your baby on a couch or in a chair. [A good reminder to all of us moms and to remind our yaya as well.]
5. Do not over-clothe the infant while she sleeps. Just use enough clothes to keep the baby warm without having to use cover. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you. Overheating an infant may increase the risk for SIDS. [A good ventilation will suffice. Otherwise, we put the air-con on.]
6. Avoid exposing the infant to tobacco smoke. Don’t have your infant in the same house or car with someone who is smoking. The greater the exposure to tobacco smoke, the greater the risk of SIDS. [Hubby and I don’t smoke, thank God!]
7. Breast-feed babies whenever possible. Breast milk decreases the occurrence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Studies show that breast-fed babies have a lower SIDS rate than formula-fed babies do. [Oh, will someone pat my back? hehe]
8. Avoid exposing the infant to people with respiratory infections. Avoid crowds. Carefully clean anything that comes in contact with the baby. Have people wash their hands before holding or playing with your baby. SIDS often occurs in association with relatively minor respiratory (mild cold) and gastrointestinal infections (vomiting and diarrhea). [This is very important.]
9. Offer your baby a pacifier. Some studies have shown a lower rate of SIDS among babies who use pacifiers. [Really? OMB stopped using his pacifier when he turned 5 mos.]
10. If your baby has periods of not breathing, going limp or turning blue, tell your pediatrician at once. [This is alarming. Never should a baby become bluish. If this happens, something is very very wrong. Go to the nearest hospital at once.]
11. If your baby stops breathing or gags excessively after spitting up, discuss this with your pediatrician immediately. [Good advice.]
12. Thoroughly discuss each of the above points with all caregivers. If you take your baby to daycare or leave him with a sitter, provide a copy of this list to them. Make sure they follow all recommendations. [Noted.]
(Source: sids.org)
Prevention is better than cure.

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Whoever says that living with an infant is easy has never been actually lived with one. It is NOT easy. How could I stress it more?

The following are the reasons why my living with my 6-month old baby is not easy:

1) Lack of sleep. Since I am breastfeeding OMB (ie, ohmybabyboy) EVEN at night, my used-to-be 8-hour-sleep has been disrupted. A 5-hour sleep to me is long enough. Just enough to get me going for the whole day – that comprised working for 8 hours in the office plus travel time of 30 minutes.

2) Sore nipples. Occurred during the onset of breastfeeding and now during teething. Great!

3) Limited budget for my personal needs and the hubby’s too. Since I got OMB, my visits to the mall have become visits only to buy OMB’s supply and buying a week’s groceries. Oh, I bought a new pair of sandals just recently. That’s the only new item I got since I became a mama. As for OMH (ie, ohmyhubby), nada!

4) Poop. Poop here, poop there, poop everywhere! Cleaning OMB’s butt is a job already, not for hubby’s… na ah…

5) Lesser intimacy moments with OMH. This becomes a challenge. But the good thing is… we’re victorious at times (wink wink wink)

6) A reprimand memo at work. A first in my 8-year career! I had over 20 unpaid absences and over 30 late occurrences in the last quarter of 2008. That’s the period when I was having a blast with my newborn. Excitement and exhaustion roll into one. I didn’t know then how on earth I would managed my time. This resulted to excessive absences and tardiness. No one to be blamed but me. With this memo, I might not be able to receive productivity bonus this year. Waaaahhh…

But please, never ever think that I am not happy with motherhood. In fact, I am so loving every moment of being OMB’s mama!

OMB is sleeping a bit longer now at night. He can last up to 4 hours without waking up to nurse. A milestone that makes me smile actually. It means I could have longer sleeping time plus more chances for intimacy with OMH (ehem not intended to arouse my readers’ imaginations hehe). So generally, life with OMB is great. These “complaints” I have are so nothing compared with the joy OMB is giving me. I couldn’t live a day without him. Oh, I just couldn’t live without him, that’s all.

Updates: The soreness of my nipples faded away as of yesterday. The pain was gone. In addition, my supervisor told me that she might not submit the memo to our HR department head. I dunno if that is allowed but she said she will do what she can to save me from getting a memo. Hence, a bonus for me might not be that far from possibility. Hmmm, God is good… especially to mothers!

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