Faith is five

The girl turned five a few days back but the mom was too busy to record on this space.

Just two weeks ago, the girl performed at her school concert and it made me tear a little. A few years back, she was this chubby baby in my arms and now she is this young lady with a unique character and having a mind of her own, no doubt. Where have all these years gone?

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She has always been a sensible girl. I would always recall during the first trimester period when I was carrying Dan in my womb and having pangs of morning sickness, she would run to me and asked,”Mama, are you all right?” Now that Dan is older, she would help me take care of the brother and when I was frustrated with him, she would pull him aside and entertain him, thus giving me some space to breathe.

Concert Day

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This year, she requested that her papa attend her birthday celebration in school and asked for a PJ Masks cake. I must be mad to bake this cake for her. Baking with Dan around is no joke. It gave me much stress but in any case, I survived. 2 batches of sponge cakes, 1 batch of IMBC and 1 batch of chiffon cake in various colours for the exterior design and the cake was born. Thank you, Lord.

Before I know it, she would be in K2 and then commence her Primary School life soon. I’m…not looking forward to that day.

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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.

Dan @ 9 months old


Dan turns 9 months old today.

:: Can crawl on all fours

:: Is starting to cruise and loves to pull out stuff from the shelves

:: Has five teeth. Loves to nibble on apples and rock melon. Prefers carrots and peas to meat. Still can’t chew and needs puréed food. Can drink from a straw cup.

:: Loves to come into the kitchen when Mama is cooking

:: Will always disturb the sister when Mama is teaching her. Likes playing with her flash cards.

:: Calls ‘mama’ when he is hungry

:: Can’t sleep through the night and will wake up 2 to 3 times for feed. Requires 2 naps per day, one at around 9am, another around 2pm.

 

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!

Entering a new milestone with Toddle

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Can you sense my excitement as we enter a new milestone for Dan? He is starting a whole new adventure on solid foods!

As a second-time mother, I am more composed than when I first embarked on this milestone with my elder daughter. Having gained some experience in this area, I found myself looking forward to the day that Dan was ready for solid foods. At around five months old, he showed quite an interest in our food at the dinner table. He could sit well on the high chair and had good control of his head and neck. Moreover, it seemed that he was dissatisfied with milk feeds alone. Time to introduce solids!

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Obviously, I needed to get the equipment ready and here are some basic ones that I would need:
:: Plastic spoons
:: Plastic bowls.
:: Bibs
:: Containers/ice trays for making multiple portions of solids (for freezing)
:: High chair

I hopped on to Toddle and consolidated what I needed. If you have not already known, Toddle is an online baby and kids store that stocks the best of what’s available out there. Every item is specially selected and their collection comprises the latest, popular brands, as well as niche labels sourced both locally and from overseas markets. That means you don’t have to choose from an overwhelming selection of products and that translates to saving of precious time for me.

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My loot arrived on the second day upon purchasing (very fast) and I got down to work very quickly. Dan’s first solid food is homemade rice cereal (mixed with breastmilk) which is one of the least allergenic food. I use this set of Oxo non-slip, high-walled bowls with lids together with these Munchkin spoons that turn white when the food is too hot, so I’m always sure that the food is at a safe temperature to feed Dan.

The first time Dan tasted the rice cereal, he gave me a suspicious look and pushed out the food. Remember to chill. My aim was to start him on one or two teaspoonfuls and to encourage him to learn to eat.

After a few days of rice cereal, I thought it was time to move on. Surely, he was bored with it! This time round, I made batches of pumpkin puree using the Beaba silicone multiportions. I love this food storage container because the frozen food doesn’t stick to it but comes off easily. It’s a good investment because it grows with your kids and can easily be used to make desserts and snacks like popsicles, chocolates and even for baking cupcakes.

It’s been two weeks since I last started the baby on solid foods. He’s taking in small amount still but that’s all right. The more important thing is to enjoy this journey, both mom and baby, and to expose him to a variety of food lest he becomes a picky eater. When we are out, I would pack his food stuff in the Skip Hop insulated lunchie bag so now, he’s officially included at the dining table!

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I’m thankful to have Toddle partner us in this journey and has made the initial baby food making a breeze with the wonderful products that they have stocked. The online store is well-organised and easy to navigate. Detailed description and vivid pictures of each product are given and this helps us to make informed purchases. What I really appreciate is that the store does not have an overwhelming selection of products and what they have are what we need. In this case, really, less is more.

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Dear Daniel (@ 4 months old)

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Dear Daniel

You turned 4 months old today! And mama realised that she hasn’t been recording much of your development. It’s not that you are less precious than your sister. It’s just that Mama is learning how to handle both of you and the learning curve is super steep. Now that things have gotten better, I’d better lock some of those memories here.

I remember during your first month, I asked the confinement lady if she was tired since she had to wake up in the middle of the night to bottle-feed you and her reply was,”He’s easy to take care of. Cry so softly and it’s like whimpering unlike some of the babies who scream. He’s considered gentle to me.”

I laughed at her comments but it’s so true. I have not really heard you cry that loudly. The only few times that you did was when you were hungry in the car and when I showered you. Since then, I make sure that you have your fill before we go places.

You take to the bottle well which is a relief for me since Papa is doing the night shift and that means I do not have to wake up in the middle of the night to feed you. I hope you are not giving him a difficult time! He has to work in the daytime, you know? But he has graciously offered to do the night shift because he knows I need the sleep or maybe he’s worried that I would harm you and Jie Jie if I don’t have enough rest? *Just kidding* On the average, you wake up 2 times for milk according to Papa and we didn’t bother to sleep train you since by doing that, you might wake Jie Jie up who has school the next day. We certainly hope you will grow out of it in due time, just like your Jie Jie.

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I want you to know that you have an awesome sister who treasures you a lot. Whenever Mama asks her to look after you, she would never refuse me because she just wants to spend time with you and take care of you like a good Jie Jie. She wishes that you would grow up quickly though because she can’t wait to play with you.

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You are very predictable and adhere to the same routine each day. You nap every 2 hours and have a longer 3-hour nap in the afternoon before retiring for the day at 7pm each day. In terms of bedtime, I must say you are much better than your sister. I don’t have to sing you songs or rock you to sleep. You just, well, fall asleep. Because of that, I could spend the evening with your sister. What a wonderful brother you are!

Today, you flipped and I missed you in action as your sister was asking me to play with her. I got distracted. Sigh! But it’s a neat surprise when I turned to see you in that “flipped” position! I was quite sure your neck was not strong enough since I didn’t really conduct tummy time often enough for you. So, I was surprised and literally cried for joy.

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Mama likes the way you observe your surrounding and this shows that you have a curious mind (colloquially we term it as ‘kaypoh’) and I absolutely love it when you flash that smile of yours whenever we chat you up. So adorable. Stay that way, will you?

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Mama will try to record your milestones and development diligently from now on. It has not be an easy 4 months but I’m reminded that I can always count on the Lord for strength daily. May you grow up to love the Lord and seek Him always.

Love
Mama

[Motivational Monday] The gifts

The hubs took leave today to spend my birthday with me.

We didn’t plan anything grand. In fact, it was just another ordinary day for us. But I’m thankful…

…thankful that I can spend a slow breakfast with my family.

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…thankful that I could do grocery in the supermarket because without the hubs, it would be a highly challenging task for me with the two kids around.

…thankful that Dan is growing well.

20151207_112922Dan’s 2-month checkup.
Wt: 5.1kg
Ht: 57cm

… thankful that Faith is a caring sister to Dan and has many good qualities in her although there are still a lot of areas she has to work on.

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Wanted to buy this set of baking equipment for her but she didn’t want, explaining that she had already. Self-control in action and I really ought to learn from her.

…thankful that the hubs agreed to attempt BBG with me and today, we did out first set. Yay! More to go?

… thankful that I could prepare meals for my family and that they like the food.

… thankful that I could squeeze in time to bake to appreciate someone who helped us even though he may not know us personally.

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To be able to spend time with the family and do the things I love are gifts for me on this somewhat special day. There is really no need to ask for more because I have everything I need and I’m blessed.

 

Dan is 1 month old!

The boy is 1 month old today! Oh, what joy!

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It has been a busy day as we delivered the full month’s boxes of goodies to our relatives. This time round, instead of western desserts like cakes and tarts, we decided on something traditional like nonya kuehs.

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From Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery

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But this was not before the hubs and I had a slow breakfast discussing Faith’s recent change in habits and attitudes. The last two weeks hadn’t been all blissful. Of all times, Faith had to fall sick during the third week of the confinement period and she was all cranky and whiny. She cried at the slightest thing and sometimes we had absolutely no clue as to what caused her sudden change in attitude. Just a few days before, she was this excited and caring sister to Dan and then she morphed into one who was disobedient to her parents and always up to mischief.

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I was frustrated, no doubt. Added to this was the fact that my breast was engorged and I had very sore left nipple, thanks to Dan’s poor latching. When would all these pain end?

Thankfully, the confinement lady (CL) was all understanding and told me to be patient towards the girl who was obviously having a hard time transiting to her new role and having to share her parents with her brother. “Get her to help you more. She will appreciate it.”

And one evening, after cleaning Dan, the CL placed Dan on Faith’s lap. The little girl was pleasantly surprised. At last, someone trusted her enough! You see, I had not allowed Faith to get close to Dan because she was coughing and many times, she forgot to cover her mouth or to turn away. I wouldn’t want Dan to catch the bug and thus forbade her to get too close to her brother.

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Since that incident, Faith started to care for her brother more but her whines and cries continued until I had enough and asked her where she learnt it from. “From baby…”

She must have come to the conclusion that we would tend to her and give her attention if she cries, just like her brother. Poor girl. I admit, that in grappling with the changes, I had forgotten to pause and laugh at her silly acts (which she purposely did so to make me happy). I had, more often than not, asked her to wait and wait and wait while I tend to her brother. I had also ignored her desire to want to be more involved with Dan, together with her mother, and not to be left alone to do her own thing. Oh, the damage that I have done to her.

And then the mother’s guilt!

So, I’ve decided to intentionally set aside some time to spend with her (let’s call it mother-daughter bonding time) and sneaked out on one of the confinement days to do what women love – shop and eat! Boy, was she happy and we were both recharged!

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So, has life gotten better now?

Nope.

In fact, ever since the CL left (which was 2 days ago), I have been trying to ‘work things out’. Having two kids is definitely different and more challenging as compared to having just one. Different nap times, trying to prepare meals in time and finding time to spend with the toddler are some of the more urgent concerns. And I’m not even adding my own personal rest time (huh? what’s that?) into the list. Many moms have assured me that this is only a phrase and it would soon pass so I’m taking their word for it.

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I’m taking a step at a time now and allowing the Lord to teach me more about motherhood and myself. It can only get better.

P.S. If this post sounds incoherent, that’s due to a lack of sleep …and caffeine.

Thankful Tuesday | Faith’s 18 months old!

Today, we celebrate. Faith’s 18 months old and it’s quite a milestone for all of us, the little one and the parents alike!

It has been mostly joy spending time with her now. Ask me during my first year of parenting and you will get a pessimistic response. Now, she could do so many things with me. I don’t have to prepare any special diet for her when we go out because she is okay with the food served at the market, cafes or restaurant. This is a hassle that is off-loaded from me. Phew! The only thing that still bugs me is how messy she can get when she wants to feed herself. ;p

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I had the privilege to host a few SAHMs for our monthly meetup and this time round, Faith is the oldest of the kids. I should definitely do more of these meetups so that she could get to socialise with other kids!

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And the kids were fascinated with the baby boy or was it the rocker? We couldn’t tell. 😉

But oh, what a wonderful Tuesday!

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