Monthly Archives: December 2010

A New Year

As 2010 comes to a close, it suddenly hit me that Ally will be starting preschool in just a couple of days. As  we were preparing her school items a part of me wanted to cry. I felt like saying, “take the uniforms back, Ally won’t be starting school”  The realisation that she is growing up makes me a bit teary.

I can always count on Ally to say the darnest things, to speak the truth that most people are afraid to say, to make me laugh with her witty comments and drive me insane the very next minute. She’s the light of my life and a true inspiration. Oh, I’m going to miss my baby so much! She’s very hesitant about starting school, but I’m sure once she settles in she’s going to love it. I just hope it won’t take her a long time to adjust.

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Back To Universal Studios

The last time we visited USS, I went with the kids since Matt was at work. Ally was also running a 40 degree fever so she couldn’t really enjoy herself. We planned another trip to USS, this time with Matt and my mom, I booked the tickets two weeks in advance and we only told Ally on the day itself. She was so excited she could not stop jumping around the house.

It was a BIG mistake to go to the park during the school holidays. I knew it would be crowded since we tried to buy an additional ticket at the last minute and all the tickets were sold out. But I didn’t expect HOW crowded it could get. The average wait for each ride was an hour, with two toddlers, it was impossible to make them wait that long. I decided to buy the express pass which allowed us to bypass the massive queues. We all had a fun time despite the crowd and the weather was perfect, gloomy with moments of slight drizzle.

A very happy Ally

I love the castle in Far Far Away, makes me think of the fairy tales I used to love to read as a child

Matt enjoyed himself as much as the children

Max was really good at waiting for Ally to go on the rides

Ally like the penguins..... from afar. She stayed a good 5 feet away from all the mascots

Ally loved the water area

Max wasn't too keen

He was happy as long as he stood away from the water jets

Grandma was a great sport and went on most the rides

Quick snack break

Between the 3 adults, we managed to go on the roller costers a few times

Ally surprised us by agreeing to go on the Junior Coster, it’s a pretty fast ride and I was very worried she’ll burst into tears. She was scared but didn’t cry, after we left the ride she said ” Mama, it was too fast, I didn’t like it.”

We stayed till closing time and by then Max was exhausted, Ally was close to a meltdown so it was definitely time to go home. I had packed drinks and snacks for the kids and my mom made a couple of sandwiches. By Just by doing that, we managed to save quite a bit on meals which is quite useful since food isn’t cheap in the park.

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Christmas and A Boat Ride

We managed to get free tickets to the Singapore Flyer and the River Cruise. We didn’t take any pictures at the Flyer mainly because it was too dark. It was our first time on the River Cruise and despite the light rain, it was a very enjoyable ride.

Max doing a Michael Jackson inspired pose

The kids enjoying the light drizzle

Admiring the view

Daddy's little girl

Getting sleepy......

Admiring the city scape

We hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our place this year, just a simple fare with our immediate family. The kids were so excited to have everyone over at their house.

Ally enjoying her roast dinner

Our family tree which has been abused daily by Max and a plastic tennis racket

Opening presents on Christmas morning

Max checking out Ally's gift

Our fairy princess

All dressed up to celebrate Christmas with the family

Max looking very grown up in his new shirt

Hope your Christmas was as enjoyable as ours, can’t believe the year is nearly over!

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Merry Christmas

We just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy Holidays! The children or rather Ally is so excited, she’s busy running around the house chasing her brother and playing with their presents.  🙂

Merry Christmas everyone!

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We Are Blessed

I took the children down to KKH today to pass some Christmas presents to the staff at the cleft centre.  Ally is so lucky to have such a dedicated team looking after her, these are people who genuinely love and care about her from day 1.

Just seeing her talking to the nurses, playing and enjoying herself brings me back to the early days of uncertainty and worry.  The nurses were always a great source of comfort, even entertaining my questions at 4am in the morning.

I feel so blessed to have these special people in our lives, honestly our little gift can never fully express how much we appreciate all they’ve done.

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Miles for Smiles

We joined the Class 95 DJs on last leg of their Miles for Smiles walk in aid of Operation Smile. It was very touching to see them put in all the effort for the children of Operation Smile.  We didn’t realise that Max wasn’t feeling very well that day, he slept through the whole walk and only woke up about an hour later.

Class 95 has done a fantastic job in spreading the name and work of Operation Smile. We are extremely grateful for their continued support for a charity that is very close to our hearts.

Ally giving Max a hug while waiting for the DJs to reach Raffles City

Poor Max accidentally fell over and bumped his head

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Family Photos

I wanted to have some family photos taken, especially photos of Max and Ally. They are at such a fun age, always giggling together and doing all sorts of cheeky things.

We chose Hart from Tomato photo to do our shoot. He has shot Ally previously and we’ve always loved his work.  Take a look at the pictures and tell me what you think. We are very happy with the way they turned out, he captured the children beautifully and created very precious memories for us to treasure.

 

 

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You Forgot My Milo!

Been busy dealing with sick children and at the same time, trying to recover from a bad throat infection. Ally came down with the flu and I happily thought Max and I were spared. Who knew that I would actually need antibiotics and now poor Max seems to have a bad throat as well. He hasn’t eaten in two days but luckily he’s drinking his milk.

This evening, we were on our way home in the car when Ally asked if she could have some Milo when we got home. I wasn’t paying much attention and said yes. I had a lot of things on my mind, work mostly so when we got home I just wanted to quickly settle the kids and get them ready for bed.

I read Ally her story, brushed their teeth…etc and kissed them good night. Was so happy to finally have some time to do my work so I sat down at the computer and started working. After ten minutes I heard crying coming from their bedroom. I walked in and Ally was sitting up in her bed. I asked her what’s wrong and through her tears she whimpered ” You forgot my Milo Mama”

I felt terrible! So I quickly carried her to the kitchen and gave her a few sips of Milo. Once she was done she said ” now I can go to sleep, silly Mama forgot my Milo”

Matt and I have always said that if we made a promise to the kids, we have to keep that promise. I did tell her that she could have Milo so even though she had already brushed her teeth, I had to stick to that promise. It’s about trust, she knows that we don’t make promises we can’t keep and at the same time, she learns the importance of keeping to a promise that she has made. Next time I promise I won’t forget her Milo.

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The Breast Things In Life Are Free

Before Ally was born, I made the commitment to give breastfeeding a try. As it turned out, her cleft prevented her from being breastfed.  In the end I fed her breastmilk from a bottle till she was about 21 months. With her various medical issues, I felt it was the least I could do to help her.

When Max was born, he didn’t take to nursing straight away. I remember the first week of excruciating pain as my body got used to his nursing. I rang my doula in tears, thinking that there was something seriously wrong. How could something so natural seem so difficult!? I still recall her calmly telling me that it gets a lot easier as the baby grows older.

Turns out she was absolutely right, by the first month I started to get the hang of it. I set myself small goals, first was to be able to nurse him for 6 months. Once we reached 6 months, I told myself, let’s see if we can make it to 1 year. And here we are now, 18 months and still going.

Now that he’s older, I treasure our nursing sessions together, he’s such a busy toddler, always on the go that it’s one of the few times he’s actually sitting still and letting me cuddle him. Not only that, I’ve found that his immunity is a lot stronger. In the last week, he has been nursing every 2-3 hours and not eating much solids. Initially I thought he was teething, but then yesterday Ally came down with the stomach flu. Max seems to be hanging on and I hope he’ll stay well. I’ve noticed a common pattern whenever he feels slightly under the weather, he’ll stop eating solid food and all he wants is milk. It’s comforting to know that I can provide him with the antibodies and nourishment that he needs.

Besides the boosted immunity, Max is very good at regulating his food intake. I’ve always followed his cues and never forced him to finish his food. You can’t force a breastfed baby to nurse, when they’re full , they tell you. That’s the beauty about it. It prevents them from overeating and hopefully this good habit stays with them as they grow up as well.

I understand and respect why some moms choose to give their babies formula but for us, breast was just best.

The cheeky boy and his daddy

 

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Back to Marina Square

Ally requested to watch the Hi-5 show again, she had also drawn a card for Lauren which meant that we had to queue early in order to receive photo passes. I can’t believe that we queued from 2pm for the 4pm show. In order to make the wait more bearable, I came armed.

In a seperate bag, I packed :

Crayons and Paper

2 small tubs of playdoh

small boxes of rasins

small packets of Milo

Dry cereal

and the ultimate lifesaver, a portable DVD player!

I know it seems like a lot but asking two toddlers to stay in a confined area for 2 hours is tough. Even with all my supplies, Max was starting to get grouchy towards the end.

The wait was well worth it when I saw the joy on Ally’s face. She danced and sang throughout their performance with great gusto. Later she handed her card to Lauren who thanked her and carried her for the photo. I had a very excited and happy girl which made all that waiting worth it.

If you want to catch Hi 5 Live, go down to Marina Square before this Sunday 12th December. Shows are at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Meet and greet passes are given out for the first 50 families only.

 

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