The first term (2019)

I’ve been away from this space for so long that I find myself not knowing how to start a post.

Where shall I begin?

In the twinkling of an eye, term one has departed and we are now journeying into the second term. I survived the first three months with a new schedule and the girl seemed to enjoy formal school life. I could tell, by how she skips to school each day.

My worries were unfounded, up till this point in time. I fear that she would be bullied, that she would not be able to overcome her shyness to make new friends, that she would be alone. I’ve come to realise children, my kids, are resilient and they adapt to their environment easily. Before I knew it, she would come out of the school gate and bidding her friends farewell with a cheerful note in her tone.

All is well.

That’s us on Chinese New Year, taking the opportunity to capture a family portrait since we were dressed rather, erm, well. This was perhaps the first year I enjoyed CNY as a parent. The kids were older and didn’t really require naps or being breastfed or whatever. It’s so much easier to ๆ‹œๅนด with them now.

Dan has always been looking forward to school and he was all ready to meet his teachers and friends. This year, we have the whole afternoon to ourselves and it is indeed a great opportunity to bond with the little man. We spend the afternoon reading away and venture out for some outdoor activities when it doesn’t get too hot. The school started him on blending of the letter sounds and this teachermom also helped him along the way. His attention span is depressingly low – five to ten minutes each time – and that’s basically the amount of time I could spend to coach him. Thankfully, he could stay glued to stories when I read aloud to him.

Since the afternoon was so long, we could have big blocks of time to do art. Dan loves painting and he showed pride in his artwork. If you know me well, I don’t particularly love to keep their art pieces which could create a mountain at a corner of our apartment. So it’s a common practice of mine to dispose of their work after, say, a week or two. So our little man’s memory of his work was sharp and he would ask where his work was. Oops… this mama has thrown his work away! (Recording this down to remind myself not to throw his stuff away).

From the light Cruzee balance bike, Dan has progressed to the kinderbike after he could maintain a good balance. He soon managed to cycle and we made 4 April as the official date that he could ride a bicycle. ๐Ÿ˜„

Faith was promoted to an 18″ bicycle… finally. We would love to have her own a 20″ one so that we could stretch the mileage of the bicycle but we have to recognise that she is petite by nature so….

The girl adopted a new sports – rollerblading – much to my delight! She had initially wanted to learn skateboarding but thankfully on one occasion, her cousins went to try on the rollerblades and all four of them were on the wheels and left Decathlon with a pair of rollerblades each. That was the start of the new sport.

During the March hols, I plucked up the courage to drive the family up to Malacca with two other families. I’ve met the two moms online through Dayre and we soon become good friends, supporting one another in this motherhood journey. I find myself entering another season of being a mom with the girl entering Primary School and the moms whom I spent time with during her kindy years have moved on. I’m thankful that I still have these two moms with me and that we could share our joy and struggles together. ๆ„Ÿๆฉใ€‚

Up till this point, I’m just sharing snippets of what went on in the early part of this year. There is so much more to record and be thankful for – CG, serving in Chinese Sunday School, my dad, how the Lord has guided us, etc.

I’ve also intentionally taken a small step back with regards to my time spent on social media. I question my purpose for sharing on the various platforms and if what I’ve been doing is necessary. I do still want to record for memories’ sake but it may not take the usual form.

In any case, I do really hope to write more on this little space that I’ve owned for more than 10 years. With Dayre turning into a subscription-based app in late April, this might be a good motivation to return to WordPress?

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