Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My Roundabout Train of Thought

Was at the kitchen this evening when +3 walked in. For some reason, the both of us decided to raise our hands in the air and pump it banghra style, which reminded me of an old blog post I read today at the office. 

I wanted to share the story of the night we went to the Rupee Room, but somehow ended up telling +3 about my meeting in the office this afternoon. Which led me to tell him about some back story about work. And by the time I finished telling him about my meeting, I had no idea why I was talking about it and he reminded me that I was telling him about my colleague, Jul. 

And I was talking about Jul because I was giving her a live blow-by-blow account of the meeting which she thought was funny and suggested that I should blog. Which made me read some of my old blog entries, which included the one about the Rupee Room which was what I wanted to tell +3 about because of our hands-in-the-air dancing just a few minutes ago. 


Monday, February 26, 2018

Ice Cream

This weekend, babyAC stuck his red rubber ball in an empty plastic flower pot and told us it was ice cream. Gah! The boy is growing so fast. How did he even learn to imagine and create an ice cream cone on his own and play pretend? 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Witching Hour Wakeys

So the little one decided to wake up at 330am. I knew he woke up cos he was calling me, "Mama! Mama!". Thankfully he stayed in bed throughout and didn't get out to explore like he has done previously.

Usually when he wakes up like this in the middle of the night, I don't engage him much beyond telling him he needs to go back to sleep. And he is quite happy to sing to himself. 

On the song-list this time: 

- ABCs 
- Baby Shark 
- His originally composed song with the lyrics "jabai jabai ju ju ju" 
- Let It Go 
- Numbers 

I was surprised with Let It Go because he hasn't actually watched Frozen, and only knows the song because I keep playing a video of cousin-I singing the song. So the lyrics aren't that clear but I recognised some of the words that he was singing.

Colour me impressed. 

Anyway the sweetest part was when he suddenly took my hand and put it on his chest, and settled down to sleep. He's never done that before! While most babies have a lovey or chouchou (usually a pillow or small blanket or stuffed toy), he uses my hair as his chouchou, holding it and twirling it between his fingers as he drifts off to sleep. I do pat him as well, but he has never actually asked me to hold him before. Whee! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Aaaand the little one somehow got HFMD. I'm not sure if he got it from the childcare centre or from the playground at home, but the last couple of days has been a painful replay of the last time. 

With multiple ulcers in his mouth, it's been painful for him to eat or drink. He takes ice and iced water, and thankfully today ate a bit of porridge and bread. He also happily ate some chocolate ice cream, but we really have to watch the cold food intake cos he is also having cough. 

As usual when he is sick, he becomes really clingy and grumpy, and I'm glad I have a supportive team and boss at work that took the initiative to find someone to cover my duties so that I could stay home to look after babyAC. The result of having a little koala cling on to my like I'm the last eucalyptus tree on earth is that I've been holding my pee a lot, and that led to UTI. 

Not a good time. 

And because HFMD is contagious, it's affecting our CNY plans. Namely, we won't be having dinner with the family on the first day of CNY. 

Sigh. But what can we do? 

Just gotta count our little blessings I guess. +3 took the day off to help with taking care of babyAC, which meant that we were together for Valentines' Day. Not that we are the sort to really go out and celebrate it, but it was nice to be together, even if it was to soothe a crying child and (force) feed him his meds. 

Let's hope we get all the sickness and unpleasant stuff out of the way early this year, and that the rest of the year will be a healthier year for all. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dream Speak

I love it when babyAC (not a baby anymore, he's 2!) talks in his sleep. Gives you a glimpse into the things he dreams about.

Just now- Ambulance! White ambulance! .. Probably dreaming about his white ambulance toy car cos he also reached up to grab the air.

And also- Cawfee! Cawfee! Dreaming about drinking coffee? Lol. 

Anyway he's 2 now, omg. Had a celebration in his school and brought a cake (2kg cake from Polar). Was so cute to see all the little kids sit at the table and sing Happy Birthday to him in English, Chinese and Malay. 

Took him to Pororo Park on the weekend and had a blast. Got there early at 10.30am when they opened so it wasn't too crowded, the place started to get packed at about 11.30am onwards. He was so tired that he fell asleep when we reached Marche for lunch, so I carried him while he slept. Thankfully he woke up in time to have some lunch and we headed home.

Had dinner with the grandparents on his actual day. Simple meal that we had delivered, and a small rainbow cake from Prima Deli. Also got him a little red scooter which he is slowly learning to ride. 

I can't imagine life without this chatty, cheeky boy. His appetite is growing, perhaps thanks for the iron supplements that he's been taking. He now loves hard boiled eggs dipped in kecap manis, and has that for breakfast in the mornings. Just saying "eggs" will wake him up and get him toddling out of the room in excitement. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Alphabet Dreams

Tonight while sleeping, babyAC yells out "E! ... Eggs!" 

Friday, January 12, 2018

A New Milestone

We managed to get a spot in a childcare near our home, and babyAC started daycare this week. I was allowed to join in for the first three half-days, to help him get used to the new environment. 

Before starting, there were so many things to prepare. Although there was a trial period and didn't need to buy a school uniform so soon, I decided to do so anyway because the likelihood of us withdrawing him was pretty low. I also had to get stuff I never thought of needing- labels for clothes, stickers for his water bottle, and a wet bag to put his stuff in after showering.
Got the necessary items and packed his bag. His grandma bought a cute little ladybug bag for him but after packing it with the stuff he needed, he could barely carry the bag (eeks). So I packed his stuff in a slightly larger backpack and carried it instead. 

Day 1: Got to daycare and the teachers were already expecting him. He cried through the necessary medical checks, but happily traipsed into the play area. There's an allocated space for his shoes, bag and water bottle. 

The boy was naturally curious and was exploring all the new toys while the teacher explained some administrative stuff to me. There were a number of kids (the ones who get there early) who were singing songs and dancing with another teacher. 

He would explore and play, but regularly come to me to hold my hand or sit in my lap. It was a rainy morning, so there were no outdoor activities. He had lunch there (didn't seem like enough eeks) and showered too. Wasn't happy with the shower and struggled throughout. 

Day 2: Explore and play, and the teacher set out some paints and stamps for arts and crafts. He struggled when having the apron put on him, but enjoyed playing with the stamps and paint. The class also went to the community garden and he started to get really clingy instead of holding his classmate or teacher's hand, and kept wanting me to pick him up. His body was feeling rather warm so I had his temperature taken and he was having a fever so we headed back home instead. 

I was hoping it was just teething but... 

Day 3: Outdoor activity for the day was sand play and after that they had some dough play. We took his temp and he had a fever so I had to bring him back. 

The panadol I gave him at home did not seem to kick in and he was still feverish in the afternoon, so I got nurofen. When that didn't seem to kick in, I brought him to the clinic where the doctor said it was probably a viral fever, and that I was managing it the right way. 

So I guess he picked something up from one of his classmates. I didn't bring him to daycare today as he was still having a fever at night, and will probably go on Monday instead. 

All in all, I liked the teachers and the many activities that the little ones get to experience. I've a newfound respect for early childhood educators cos the amount of energy and patience you need to have is incredible.