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My Treehouse

9 Sep

We brought E to My Treehouse at the Central Library for the first time over the weekend. What is nice about the place was that it truly catered to little ones and even toddlers like E. As long as you present your child’s birth certificate, you could get his/her first library card made on the spot. D, for one, was excited about it and got E’s card done there and then. I actually expected that. Ha!

The space at My Treehouse is good for children learning to walk and it was great that they have hard cover books for toddlers. E had a great time walking around, removing and putting back the books on the shelf. He was exploring the place happily. We love the fact that it is a place a child can play and learn at the same time. It does not have the usual library’s quiet and serious vibe. There was also an interactive exhibition which let us draw and “scoop” our drawings from a drawing pool and you have your picture floating around in that pool. How cool is that!

I’m pretty sure we will be going to the library more often now. Why? Because reading is fun!! <5pf>

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Milestone

8 Sep

After 14 months and struggle with various brands of formula milk, I have decided to stop expressing. I can’t believe that I have been doing it for 14 months!!!

The engorgement encounters were a torture and cabbage had become my new best friend then. If you don’t know, cabbage has enzymes in them that helps ease the flow from block milk ducts. Engorgement happened very frequently to me. Also, the waking up of every 3 hours, the coping of a new baby, washing and sterlising the bottles in wee hours were not making expressing easy either.

We made every effort to keep our life normal and met our friends for meals and gathering now and then (though much lesser than before). We had to make sure that the timing for milk feed and expressing were well scheduled and planned for. If we had to stay out a little longer, we had to lug the expressing tools, and that means the pumps, the bottles and the ice blocks. Not ideal, but we do not want to let anything hold us back from our “normal’ life.

As a new mum, I have learnt alot during this phase and really have my family and friends to thank, for their patience and accommodating me in every way.

I can’t deny that without expressing, I have gain lots of freedom and sleep-time but at the same time, I would have been happier if I could provide for E for as long as I could. But sigh, I have to stop at some point right? It has been a milestone and I am proud of myself that I have come this far.

I am happy that I can spend more time with E now. We will be going out for more walks during the weekends, an activity E loves and we are looking forward to more brunch meets with friends. Now, if you are game for an early brekkie, let’s meet up!! <5pf>

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The beach, a forgotten place?

24 Aug

With the indoor playground, electronic games, iPads and other easy and comfortable options for parents these days, I think the beach is a forgotten place. Isn’t it nice to have your child be close to nature? You don’t even need to spend a cent going there actually. All we needed was the sandcastle tools which cost us  S$2.

We had long wanted to bring E to the beach but never got to do it till today. He was initially afraid of the waters but thanks to his daddy,  he overcame it.  We could tell he truly enjoyed himself.

It was a wonderful evening spent at the East Coast beach. We may not have sand as fine as those in Mauritius and the waters may not be as clean, but this is nature after all. What’s better than letting your child grow up appreciating nature? <5pf>

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E, growing up

17 Aug

Shadow walk

Touch of Grass

That’s him. At 14 months old .

His first walk at Botanic Gardens today. His first touch of grass. I like it that he is close to nature. That he loves dogs and cats (though I stand really still when I’m close to them). That he enjoys saying hi, give flying kisses, waving and playing with others, young or old.

Next, to get him a ball to play in fields like these. Boys, are meant to rough it out, sweat it out. Don’t you think?

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Perfect? Not so perfect.

11 Aug

bread

The loaf of English Toast bread looked perfect when I bought it. But not after little E offered his help to hold it for me. Well, that’s how the loaf look after I got some help from my little helper.

Oh and happy 14th month-old darling!! <5pf>

Doggie lunch bag

10 Aug

This is a really cute lunch bag from Gap.

Doggie lunch bag

 

Insulated on the inside. I would have love it better if it had a strap to sling. Great for bringing E’s snacks/lunch when we are out. Eating has got to be fun right?<5pf>

Polka dots

10 Aug

Who says mummy and son can’t dress alike? That said, I’m actually not the sort of mummy who goes matchy matchy with my kid. It’s just too much. But while shopping online on Gap, these caught my eyes. They’ll be great for indoor playgrounds!

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And ya, who says boys can’t wear polka dots? <5pf>

Finally … …

22 Jul

Yes! Finally, I’m back.

It hasn’t been easy so far with the routine washing/feeding/changing of diaper, eye bags, dry hands (from the endless washing) and looking so “aunty” (and un-glam!). Both D and I are still getting the hang of things and hopefully it’ll get better as time goes. Also, staying home hasn’t been all that fun and stress-free either. So since D has some time on hand now, we have been trying to go out to get some breather now and then.

Will blog more when I can, in the meanwhile, here’s my latest mummy look with my dearest son, E.

 

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The Nine Months

9 Jun

My gynae informed us that I’ll be induced this coming Monday, 11 June 2012 because my blood pressure is higher than my usual. For the well-being of the baby, it is better to deliver sooner. I am at my 37+ week now and other than the high BP, things are looking great for me. Baby’s head is engaged, fluid in womb is sufficient, signs of contraction is showing and I have dilated to about 2 to 3 cm. Anyway 37 weeks is considered full term and I guess our boy is ready to see the world.

How quickly time has passed! It’s been nine months already? To think back what happened the past nine months makes me a little emotional somehow, but I thought it’ll be memorable to put it down in words here.

@ 3 weeks

First trimester was quite an experience for me. With the sensitivity to food and smell, the feeling of nausea, giddiness, bleeding and the anxiety to know if the baby was doing OK, there were highs and lows. At the same time, D and I were getting to terms that we were going to be parents soon.

@ 19 weeks

In the 2nd trimester, things were getting more settled. I began to understand the development of my body. Had rashes sometimes due to the weather and hormonal changes. I had no particular craving for food, but rather, I avoid eating certain ones which I used to enjoy because of the smell and taste. I began my 6-meals a day routine as I got hungry frequently (actually even up till today).

I felt the baby’s first movement. That day was very special as it was also the first day of the lunar new year (Dragon’s Year). D also felt our baby when I was in my 5th month. We also found out that we were having a boy and I must say, it was a surprise to me (not for D though).

@ 35 weeks

It’s amazing to see how much the baby grows each time we had the sonogram done.  As you can see from my 3rd trimester scan above, the baby has grown so much – you can only see his head now and in this scan, we love his sexy, pouty lips and sharp nose. The joy we get from looking at these scans makes D and my faces light up each time. This trimester is also the one when I cannot fit in most of my clothes and  undergarments, so it’s maternity wears if not nothing. But I am glad I got the “fashion” wears figured out eventually.

We only started stocking up the baby’s inventory at the beginning of the 3rd trimester and us being us, we got everything done (including a minor renovation in my room) a month before my EDD.

I was given hospitalisation leave to rest and so far, it has only been two weeks and we were told yesterday that I had to be induced this coming Monday.

So, am I ready for Monday? I don’t think any mothers will be ready for a delivery. I am not sure what to expect. All I wish is for a safe delivery and that the little one be born healthy and normal. D and I are looking forward to this new addition to our lives. We cannot wait to see  and hold him, and between us, we sometimes imagine and role-play how it will be like as parents already.

Till my next entry, I will embrace this new chapter with open arms and mind. It’ll be fun!! If not, hopefully we can make it fun! <5pf>

4 more weeks to go!

30 May

(I am wearing the Saturday’s dress)

I’m in my final dash and in my 9th month today. Oh goodness, I can’t believe that in 4 weeks, I’ll be seeing my little tot. The little one who has been communicating with me through his kicks, rubs and stretch. Amazing.

As you can see, my feet are swollen. Though I thought less walking is good but my gynae insist that I should be doing more exercise to prepare myself for delivery. I’m feeling clumsy at this stage and any movements (what more exercises) aren’t the easiest thing to do.

I have not been sleeping well. Breathless when I lie flat to sleep, so now I have to stack heaps of pillows to lie in 45 degrees.  I visit the toilet a lot more. I walk like a snail. I don’t feel like doing anything but to lie on my bed.  To sum it up, I’m tired.

And for now, my only hope is for me to get the rest I deserve to get. <5pf>

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