Dan turns 3

So this boy turns 3 today!

His third year had been a joy to me because we understood each other more and he has the language to tell us how he feels and what he wants. He’s really quite adorable and made me laugh a lot. It’s a far cry from his first and second year in which I found myself wanting to be away from him; he drove me mad. 😫 #beingreal

He’s a simple boy. Give him Duplo and books and they could occupy him for a good number of hours. He’s not into puzzles, unlike his sister. Loves animals, all sorts, but only those that are found on print. If he meets any creatures, he would be the first to hide behind a closed one and cry murder. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Of all the slices of cakes I bought, he chose this piece. It’s hardly a surprise since he adores chocolate, just like the mom.

We didn’t have anything special for his celebration, just a gathering of family members over a meal, for this is how we celebrate birthdays. It’s our family tradition.

I’m thankful for this family (in-laws). Each one of them has helped in their own capacity and they have made parenting a tad easier for the hubs and me.

Thank you, God, for his growth. Our prayer is that the boy would grow up to know and love You, to be a man after Your heart.

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Dan learns Chinese

img_9897Let’s talk about this boy. Two weeks shy of 3YO, he’s a bubbly, opinionated young boy. Learnt language more from the sister and he really could talk. It’s been a joy listening to him in a conversation and the things he speak could surprise you.

We speak to him mostly in English, even though I started out with the One Parent, One Language policy with Faith. The policy didn’t quite work well with Dan because I find myself speaking to her more in English as she grows older. A lot of my instruction is in English and Mandarin has taken a backseat.

Before he entered preschool, Dan’s knowledge of Chinese was probably little. Thankfully, he learnt Chinese through 儿歌 in school and came back singing those songs which could be hilarious. His pronunciation is funny, heavily accented in an English manner, if you understand what I mean.

I always wondered if the boy was ready to learn some Chinese characters but held back teaching him because I think he wasn’t ready. Don’t waste the effort and time. What if he resists it? It wasn’t until I received the Chinese strokes sensory play kit and started to get the kids to work on it that I realised that the boy was curious and all ready to learn.

The boy was working on the play dough and repeating the strokes after me as I taught him. So maybe it’s time to bring out the Sage Chinese books! He seemed very receptive to learning Chinese.

I started the older girl on this series of Chinese books for our home Chinese curriculum. It is easy to teach and builds confidence in the kids when they find that they could read the characters and sentences. Naturally, because of the success with Faith, I tried it out on Daniel, with little to no expectation.

Surprisingly, he took well to it. We started on the second week of August and the journey has been rather delightful. There were, of course, times when he didn’t want to learn but that’s all right. We would skip that day of Chinese learning if he wasn’t up to it. We read and review the characters every day, twice each day, and such a routine was set up very quickly.

I am a bit contemplative about sending him for Chinese enrichment class. The sister went for one since N2 (the year she was 4YO) and I must say the classes have done her much good. With Dan, I am a bit reluctant simply because logistically, it can be rather complicated … and tiring for this mom. However, we really do need the environment for language learning. Hmmm…

I guess, for now,  I would work with him using the Sage books and start reading Chinese books to him, on top of speaking more to him in Mandarin.

Above is the book that I’m referring to in this post. It can be bought from the local Popular bookstore. There are a total of 5 levels but I’m uncertain if level 1 is still available. The flash cards were given by friends and relatives but the last box of cards (yellow packaging) can be bought Popular too! 😀

One year old 

Last year, this day, I held you in my arms. You were so small then but at the same time, I was amazed by the strength in which your fingers grasped mine.

One year on and I’m constantly thankful to God for bringing you into our lives.

Blessed birthday, dear son, and may you grow in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Wordless Wednesday | Birthday preparation


I will be busy this week. We have decided to celebrate Dan’s birthday this weekend. Since I have some party decor which I have bought in Melbourne, I’ve decided to do up a mini dessert table and to invite my family over for dinner.

The hubs and I are not huge on birthday party. I mean, after all, will the 1YO know anything? However, I am reminded that we should make effort to create memories for them so even if the children might not remember much about the event, at least there will be photos which they could refer to in the future?

All right then. This lazy mom had better buck up and do something about birthdays.

Daniel at 11 months old

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Dan turned 11 months old today. One more month to go! Woot!

I thought I should pen down some of his developments after reading his sister’s post a few days back.

:: Diet

Since weaning him off BM, his appetite increased by leaps and bounds. He consumes his puree stuff really quickly and needs to top up with FM. I am less adventurous with him and only supplied him with vegetables and fruits thus far. He eats carrots, green peas, beetroot, pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach, corn, potato and sweet potato. He loves fruits and has tasted honeydew, apple, pears, grapes, peach and bananas. Biscuits? Yes, of course.

His daily meal schedule @ 11MO

6.30am – Breakfast (Milk, Bread or cereal with milk)

8am – Cereal with milk, biscuits or banana

8.30 to 10/10.30am – Nap

11am – Lunch (puree with brown rice/cereal)

1.30pm – Milk

2pm to 4pm – Nap

4pm – Snack (fruits)

5.30pm – Dinner (Puree with brown rice/ cereal)

7.30pm – Milk

8pm – Zzzzzz

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Because he eats a lot, he poos daily. It’s a good thing. ;p

:: Physical development

I hate to compare but sub-consciously, I find myself comparing him to Faith. Dan is extremely active but doesn’t like to learn to stand on his own. He will cruise though and crawl all over the place. I think it will take a while for him to walk independently. It’s okay. Meanwhile, crawl more!

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He has 8 teeth as of now and I think more are coming out, judging by how much he drools.

:: Social

Dan is a happy boy and doesn’t make much noise when he is out with us. He seems to be comfortable with strangers AS LONG AS we are around. He flashes his sweetest smiles at the ladies he meets and this makes them happy.

Hmmm, he can be rather cheeky and will purposely do things that Mama says ‘cannot’! When he knows he has done something wrong, he will look up and flash his smile again. Grrr..

:: Relationship with sibling

It’s a love-love relationship as of now. Pls stay that way!

:: Others

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Loves to explore his surrounding…

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His favourite corner…loves nuts and bolts.

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Loves all things round

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Likes to mess up the books in the library. Tsk tsk.

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His mother wishes he would love to read more than he messes the bookshelves.

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Observes more than he screams when he is in the car seat these days. He waves his hands to bid folks farewell, claps his hands when we ask him to, raises his hand when we sing a familiar tune that he has heard in Sparkanauts, sign to show that he wants to eat and likes to use his fingers to poke.

Speech-wise, I think he is a man of few words. ;(

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Future F1 driver

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Dislikes being in the water.Sigh!

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So, here he is at 11 months old. Stay happy!

That magical night

Daniel turned 10 months old last week but I was too tired to record anything concerning him then.

For 10 months, I was sleep deprived. As a newborn, he woke up every 3 hours and we thought his sleep pattern would change for the better as he grew older. But we were kidding ourselves. We didn’t sleep train him since we didn’t want the sister to be interrupted in her sleep. Every night, da man would do night duty but I also gave him the comfort suck that he wanted, thereby creating this habit of having me to soothe himself back to sleep. This persisted for months and the past couple of months had been terrible with him waking up every 2 hours, then 1 hour and towards the end of September, every half an hour. Both da man and I were near fatigue and in the end, we decided to do something about it because if nothing was done to improve the situation, our health, both physical and mental,  will deteriorate.

We kept the cot and lay the mattresses on the floor. Co-sleeping? Yes. As suggested by the man in the family, I was to bring Faith to my mom’s and stay overnight. He would be with Daniel to let him learn to soothe himself to sleep.

That was last Saturday. I lay on the bed at my mom’s, wondering how Dan was doing. Would he be hungry? Would he need me? Would da man be too frustrated with him? There was no return message from him that night and I was worried. Faith was fast asleep, thank God for this ability to sleep anywhere.

The next morning, we returned and da man, upon seeing us enter the house, exclaimed,”Yay, we are alive!”

Jokes aside, all was well indeed. Dan just needed to pat himself back to sleep and the next few nights, it was really blissful. Da man turned in with him at night and I could use whatever time that was left to do some reading or work with Faith.

Huh? Just like that? So easy? I should have done so earlier! But I tend to think this is timely because he has had experienced enough discomfort during these few months of teething to overcome any similar-type of pain. He has eight teeth now for the record.

His appetite returned and increased in leaps and bounds. From mere breastmilk, now he needs more solids to fill his stomach. He’s no longer a picky eater and all these changed in just this week!

Honestly, if I could do it all over again, I would adopt what Maria Montessori advocated. Please do read up for yourself if you are interested. I would still be using the Montessori method in bringing Dan and Faith up. I’m not a purist though.


Now that I could sleep 5 hours in one shot which is truly a luxury, I could appreciate what this wonderful Makura Health and Neck Support pillow does to me. I woke up refreshed and ready to meet the demands of the day.

Because both he and I have enough rest for the night, we could do more things in the morning when the sister is in school.

On Wednesday, I was in the mood to hang out with him and after dropping Faith in school, packed the hauck Viper and zipped to Gardens by the Bay for a slow morning run.

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For once, life as a SAHM is so attractive. While others are working, I could have the luxury to enjoy these beautiful sights and the lovely orchids in the Flower Dome.

It was also quite coincidental that my friend had taken leave from work that day and could meet me for good old local-styled breakfast at the gardens.

Ok, I need to mention that this is really rare and that’s why I am recording it. But after 10 months, I could almost see the light at the end of the tunnel! So much joy! I’m waiting for the boy to turn 1YO because that’s when things get better (hopefully). It happened to me when Faith turned 1YO so I hope this time round, things would not be drastically different.

After the visit to the Gardens, I could still pop by Pip’s PLAYbox at the Esplanade for Dan to have some stimulation. What a wonderful morning eh? Taking care of young ones can be fun if they cooperate!

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Would you stay this way please?

Thank you, dear friends, for your prayers over Daniel. We truly appreciate it and it’s exciting to see the Lord at work in our lives.

Dan is 7 months old 

Dan turns 7 months old!


Dear Dan

How you have grown! You are 7 months old today! It’s been a joy seeing you develop over the months and I’m sure you enjoyed the culinary adventure over this past month.


You like sweet potato, pear, peas, carrot and parsnip but you frown at apple (so weird) and banana. I would have thought you love them! In any case, I’ll try again.

You are very much attached to me and since you can recognise faces now, it’s all the more difficult for me to get your Ah Gong or any other persons to look after you, even for a short while. You will cry non-stop till I come back and seeing your tears makes me guilty. You must understand that I need time off and I cannot always stick with you. I do need a break, my dear boy. Very soon, you will realise that your doting grandfather is fun to be with!

Your two lower teeth have finally appeared and that also means that we could have easier nights as compared to the weeks that you were teething. I know it really hurt you but that is part of growing up!

I thought I heard you cry out “Mama, Mama” for me to come to you, especially in the morning. I wasn’t hearing things, was I?

You adore your sister and was so tickled by her silly jokes each time we went to fetch her from school. I hope you will continue to look up to her because she is really an awesome sister. She holds no ill feelings towards you even though she gets ticked off because of you. See, she has a magnanimous heart. Learn from her!

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These pictures were taken shortly after the March school holidays and your rash/eczema got so bad that we had to sent you to the dermatologist who prescribed a mild steroid and antibiotic cream for you. It wasn’t the best solution but since natural remedies didn’t help and your condition worsened each day, I felt like I was at wit’s end and decided to resort this form of medication. Thankfully, it really healed and till today, your condition is under control. We are praying that it won’t flare up again!

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Mama and Papa love you and your sister a lot. Continue to grow well!