How To Survive A Day Without Sleep

Ever since I became a mom, eight hours of sleep became rare to me – more like non-existent. It’s like they suddenly added unicorn hair to the list of ingredients to a good eight hour sleep, and no matter what I do I just can’t seem to find that elusive unicorn. See? I haven’t slept in the last 24 hours and now I’m talking nonsense. My son is  18 months old now and we follow a strict bedtime routine, but I still have sleepless nights because of conflicts at work, Ethan getting sick, never-ending chores – situations that call for supermom’s cape.

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I’m not talking sleepless nights anymore – I’m talking sleepless DAYS, days when the universe does everything in it’s power to not let you doze off and enter Dream Land a la Gandalf. But hey, WE’RE MOMS. We survive, we pull through and we conquer. But at the end of the day you might leave yourself thinking, “How on earth did I do it?”.

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Our Baby Name Story

I’ve been seeing several articles lately about the possible trends in baby names this 2015. Browsing through the lists suddenly made me remember how we came up with our Little Troublemaker’s name.

 

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According to Baby Center, the top five names for 2015 are Liam, Noah, Jacob, Mason and Jackson for boys (Ethan was number 6!) and Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella for girls.

Although “Ethan” seemed to be a trend even last year in baby names, we did not choose it from a list. It was purely coincidental.

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The Clueless Mom Has Moved to a New Home!

I’m so thrilled to announce that my blog has finally moved to a new home! I managed to buy my own little space on the web with the help of Marge of The Happy WAHM and migrated all my content with the help of Jenn of The Techie Mom, who are both my fellow bloggers at Mommy Bloggers PH. A big shout out to these awesome moms, they made the whole process less overwhelming than when I was attempting to DIY everything.

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Why buy my own domain?

I’ve decided to take my blogging to the next level. It’s only been a year since I started the blog but this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I figured that getting a domain will help increase my credibility and obtain more opportunities as a blogger. I’m so excited now that I have my own website and I’m glad that you’re here, reading this! Right now!

Why thecluelessmomph.com?

Because thecluelessmom.com was taken. BOO. I also wanted to retain ‘thecluelessmom’ because I have readers who keep coming back to certain articles and I want to make sure they still find me! I did consider thecluelessmom.ph, but I did some consulting and some seasoned bloggers encouraged me to go for .com instead for a wider reach.

Why the heck were you gone for a week?

The process of getting my self-hosted WordPress website involved migration of content from Blogger to WordPress. I decided to wait until the new blog was up and running before posting again. Though I could have saved some scheduled posts instead, I also had deadlines to meet at work, so either way I would have been too busy to blog.

What now?

I’ll get right back to blogging of course! There are still a few things I need to fix and tweak on this new site plus I need to come up with a new banner. And my previous posts are a bit of a mess! By the way, while I was categorizing my old posts, I realized something. I read through them again and I thought to myself “Who the heck wrote this?”. Most, if not all of my previous posts make me seem so uptight! I guess I’m so used to writing for scholarly purposes that I forgot to inject my personality into my writing. I’m not uptight at all! I’m this ball of crazy and goofy.. my husband can attest to that! So yeah, I’m definitely going to work on that and let my personality shine, shimmer and sparkle through.

I’m really glad to be back and I’ve got quite a few stories to share with you all! I’ll be posting again very soon. Laters, mommies!

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Rainy Day Reflections: My Ups and Downs as a WAHM

Our country faces yet another storm today and I pray that everyone is safe. I’ve seen a lot of photos on Facebook and Twitter of floods that go up to the neck, and I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for people in these heavily affected areas. I sincerely hope the storm passes soon.

I’ve never been a fan of the rain. Coming from the BPO industry, I know how difficult it is to brave the rain, traffic and floods just to get to work. I even bought myself boots at some point because I dreaded having to get my feet wet, because I was always dead scared of leptospirosis. I just hated commuting on rainy days, everything was just so inconvenient.

I’m glad that I made the decision to quit my call center job and work from home. I remember having so many hesitations, even crying over my decision, because I felt that I was leaving behind a career that I worked so hard to build. But at the time, all I could think of was Ethan, and how he was barely spending his first year with us. I spent more time sleeping than playing with him, and it also came to a point where my mom was having a hard time with the sleepless nights while I was at work. I felt that I was being unfair to her, too. I weighed the pros and cons and wrote them all down on paper, and even though the pros outweighed the cons, I couldn’t find it in myself to up and quit my job. I was overwhelmed with the things I was going to lose, quite selfish if you ask me. I kept talking to my husband about it, and one day, he eased my worries and simply told me that whatever happens, that if my work from home gig did not work out, he’d take care of us no matter what. It may not sound like much, but he did put my mind at ease.

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Momble: Social Media Redefined for Mothers

 Back when I was pregnant with Ethan, I was constantly “googling” about what to expect during my pregnancy, childbirth, and of course, motherhood. Though I had a few friends at work who were more than happy to share their pregnancy and motherhood war stories with me, there were times when it felt awkward to talk about it around our other officemates. Admit it, mommies. When you were pregnant I’m sure that’s all you wanted to talk about, non-stop. Well, at least I did. Sure, reading articles on the web can prove to be informative, but nothing beats hearing first-hand opinions from actual moms.

What if I told you that there is now a social media site designed specifically for parents, especially moms like you and me?

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Momble Philippines is the go-to website for Pinay moms, whether you’re a mom-to-be or a mother of three. Here at Momble Philippines you are sure to get relevant advice and information to anything from pregnancy to parenthood from fellow moms in the Philippines.

Signing up is only takes a few minutes! The website will only ask for minimal information which will never be shared to third party websites. Visit https://momble.me to register.

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Once you register, you will be asked to confirm your email address and you’ll be good to go! You can complete some profile details so other moms can get to know you better.

WHAT CAN MOMBLE MOMS DO?

I think a more appropriate question is “what can’t you do”. Momble is more than a website – it’s a community. Here you can share tips, advice, photos and even recipes! Make new friends, reconnect with old ones – Momble is all about bringing mothers together. Let’s take a quick tour, shall we?

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