I love to feel his soft hair against my cheek, as he snuggles against my shoulder, softly snoring. I love how his tiny hand grabs hold of a lock of my hair, tugging at it ever so slightly. I love to feel the weight of his body, legs wrapped around my belly, chest gently rising and falling with each breath he takes. I love how I know he feels safe and secure in my arms, and how he comes to me for comfort when he wakes up in the middle of the night.
My sleep can wait. My arms can ache as I hold him tightly to me. I'll have my back readjisted at the next chiropractic appointment.
And meanwhile, I'll just savor these moments where my son needs me and hold him close.
What a wonderful weekend we had! Dropped babyAC off at the parents' while +3 went to City Square Mall to shop for some work clothes and to catch Alien: Covenant. The movie was ok, but I think my maternal instinct was really kicking in cos I kept squealing about how cute the baby aliens were. Hehe.
Slept in on Sunday, and babyAC actually managed to repeat "happy" "mama" "dee" which made my heart sing with joy and my soul soar to high heights.
We didn't really have anything planned to celebrate, but any excuse to go have a nice meal is always welcome, so we finally decided on heading to Ellenborough Market Cafe for a buffet lunch. Yum yum yum yum yum.
Walked around Meidi-ya after (oh I miss you Meidi-ya) then headed to the parents' place again to have dinner with them.
A simple weekend but one with the people I love the dearest, and that's always something worth being thankful for.
In other news, I start work tomorrow! Eeeks. I've got mixed feelings, of course. On the one hand I'm excited cos I'm quite sure I'll enjoy the work, but on the other hand I'm gonna miss spending time with the little one and sleeping in and napping with him.
Well, this is a new chapter in our lives and we'll just roll with it. Oh he learned a new word today, and said a big loud AIYO after lola said it today. Hehehehahahahaha.
I'm staring at babyAC as he sleeps and at 15 months, he is beginning to lose that baby look and starting to appear more like a little boy. His cheeks aren't as round, his chin is thinner, and he is growing taller and lankier. His socks are getting too small for his feet and his ankles show when he wears pants that used to be too long.
If I had to describe my boy, I'd say he is a strong willed child who knows what he wants and does not want. He is curious and alert, and constantly observing his surroundings and notices when there are new things and people around. He's a friendly kid, ready to give you a toothy grin if you smile at him and give him some attention. And he likes his ladies, long haired pretty girls are more likely to get a grin from him quickly than guys. Hehe.
He is also an active boy, always on the move from the moment he wakes to the moment he passes out to sleep.
These days, he's gotten quite clingy to me though, and prefers me to carry him around the house and cries when I put him down. But give him enough attention and he's a happy boy, and will potter around playing with his toys or exploring the different rooms at home.
Took him to Vivocity the other day and we were at the outdoor playground. There were a number of kids around and he was happily running around exploring the place. He learned how to climb up and down slopes (with mama holding his hand for support, of course), and when I put him on the trampoline he stood there unsure what to do until he saw some other kids bounce and then he tried it out for himself.
He's not that interested these days when I sit him down to read books, preferring to point at pictures in his "My First Words" book instead.
When he sees his dad, he'll say "dah-dee", and when he sees a baby or small kid, he'll say "beh-bee". No "mama" for me yet. Sigh. He can also say "ball" and "apple", and sometimes "turtle" which sounds more like "but tuh tuh".
It's amazing how much I love this kid, and how much I love +3 when I see him interact with babyAC. I feel blessed!
So after 2 years out of the full time work force, I've signed on the dotted line and will be back to work in 2 weeks time.
It feels bittersweet.
On the one hand, I'm excited about my new role and I'm definitely excited about having a paycheck again. I think this will be something I'll enjoy, and I daresay I'm looking forward to the challenges that I will be facing and to learning new skills on the job.
Having a second income is also gonna come in handy, especially once babyAC starts going to childcare. And it will give +3 a bit of a breather when we look at our family budget.
On the other hand, I know it's gonna be tough being away from the little one. I love our morning routine having breakfast together, and I love being able to bring him out and about to different places during the day.
He's in good hands, though. Between my mom, nanny and (gasp) my dad, he'll definitely have lots of love and affection and will be well taken care of.
Plus it'll be good to "train" him to get used to being apart. He turns 15 months today and in another 3 months or so, we're likely to be putting him in childcare.
So 2 weeks left of being a tai tai. Think I'm gonna go back to bed for my afternoon siesta while I still can. Hehe.
What with us just coming back from our holiday, +3 going back to work immediately, and babyAC and I feeling under the weather, I've not had the time or energy to go grocery shopping.
So I downloaded the food panda app, and we've been having dinner delivered to us for the past couple of nights.
I LOVE FOOD PANDA.
I know I'm late to jump on this bandwagon but better late than never. How convenient is it to be able to choose from eateries in your vicinity, so food arrives quickly and piping hot. I likey.
We had pho from So Pho, some tze char from Gurney Drive, and some rice and noodles from Uncle Leong's. And we're beginning to figure out what's worth ordering and what's not. Hehe.
The only downside is that you can only get food delivered when these eateries are open (normal working hours). It's 2am and I'm hankering for some supper but the eateries that work with Food Panda are all closed. Oh man, how nice would it be to have some prata now.