My baby is officially a toddler. I can’t believe a whole year has gone pass. Sometimes I wish time would just stop and let me savor this moment with the kids.
We invited just a few friends over for some food and cake. Max really doesn’t understand that it’s his birthday, but it’s a great excuse for the adults to stuff our faces with food.
Max's cake, the figurines were all hand-made by the talented Aunty Glad
My birthday boy!
Max and his pals
Yummy food which was made with love by grandma
Max has been such a blessing, we can’t imagine life without him though at times I wish he’ll sleep better during the night! Happy birthday my darling.
We had a really full weekend, on Saturday we headed to a friend’s birthday party and headed to a Harley Davidson event after that.
The Harley Convoy
Ally is clearly a biker chick
Max enjoyed digging through my bag
He finally found what he wanted
We celebrated Max’s birthday with the extended family on Sunday. He turns 1 on the 30th of June , I can’t believe how fast he has grown up.
The birthday boy making a funny face
They couldn't believe I wanted them to write " Happy Birthday Pork Chop" on the cake
One cake wasn't enough for everyone!
Ally was more excited than Max
Needless to say I had two very happy but extremely tired children on Sunday night. The kids are very lucky to be surrounded by such a large extended family that clearly dotes on them. There’s going to be more cake in the coming weeks, Ally is going to turn 3 in 11 days.
We had quite a crazy weekend, lots to blog about but I haven’t got the time to sit down to write it all down. I did get a new camera for my birthday and this morning we tried it out with Ally at the swimming pool.
I ended up with lots of shots of Ally's tummy, I really need to wear my goggles the next time
She loves the water!
My favourite shot
We were playing around pretending to be sea animals, Ally said ” look mama, I’m a dolphin, follow me!” and proceeded to jump in and out of the water. I did likewise and she said to me ” Mama, you’re not a dolphin, you’re a whale!” Matt and I couldn’t stop laughing! Obviously no one told her that sometimes she needs to be a bit less honest.
A lot of people have asked me how do I cope with two young children on a daily basis. Besides having a great support system from my parents and a husband who is a fantastic help, a good sense of humor is also essential. When everything is going wrong, the best remedy is to just laugh.
Having a routine for the kids helps a lot. They know what to expect and when so thankfully nap times and bed times don’t become battles.
When I’m having one of those days when nothing is going right, the kids are acting up and we’re all still in our pyjamas at 10am, I pull out my secret tool. I put on some music and start dancing with the kids. Sometimes we take out their musical instruments and just play along with the music. It’s a great way for them to burn some energy and it never fails to lift my spirits. We sing along with their Kindermusik CDs and magically, everyone’s bad mood evaporates. It has been said that “music soothes the savage beast” I don’t know about savage beasts but it sure does soothe my two monkeys.
I have to give credit to the kids as well, most of the time they are really well behaved. I can count on Ally to entertain Max and look after him. She’s independent and great at entertaining herself with imaginary games or songs. Max’s laid back easy going nature makes it easy for me to get things done around the house.
Both the kids have enriched our lives in so many ways, they have made me less cynical and shown me the beauty in simplicity and innocence. Have a great weekend!
Both the kids have very expressive faces, I credit their Indian genes for that. I took the following sequence of pictures in about 20 seconds before Max crawled to me and grabbed the camera. Unfortunately the lighting was really bad so there are lots of ugly shadows.
Max spies the camera
Wait! I'm not ready!
Remember, this is my good side
What? The light is bad?
No flash please!
Tuesdays are Ally’s gym days, it’s the one activity that the whole family looks forward to. Matt enjoys hanging out at the gym & chatting with Ally’s coach. I like the whole family orientated atmosphere but Max, he really looks forward to gym class cos he gets to explore the whole gym!
During the summer months, the gym is really quiet, lots of Ally’s classmates have gone back for their summer holidays. This gives Max a chance to crawl around, up and down and in and out of the equipment. He has taken an affinity to the bars, each time he’ll crawl under it, raise his hands and go “Ahhhh!”
Look Ma, one hand!
Max showing off his strength
It’s not surprising that Max loves the gym so much, he practically grew up there. I remember carrying him in his car seat while we watched Ally have her lesson. It’s a great place for him because everything is padded and there is so much to see and do. Unfortunately he’s too young for lessons at the moment but he’ll join Ally when he turns 2 and if he’s still interested at that age.
Ally on the bars, coincidentally, it's her favourite apparatus as well
Learning a new skill
After gym we headed over to Grandma’s for a yummy home cooked meal. The kids decided to take out some Duplo to play with but Max found the box was way more fun than the actual pieces.
The biggest Duplo piece in the box
Max took his first steps today, all of us were there to witness it! He’ll be turning 1 in 8 days and I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. It was such a bittersweet moment for me, my baby has really grown up. Soon I’ll have 2 toddlers in the house, talk about chaos!
A rather blurry video still taken of Max's first steps
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