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Monthly Archives: July 2011
I have been so busy with both the kids that I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and imagine what life with 3 kids under 5 is going to be like. Ally and Max are great pals but at this moment they are fighting like cats and dogs on a daily basis. Throw another child into that mix and you can be sure of chaos. But with that chaos comes more love, more laughter and I think finally I will feel like the family is complete. To most people I guess it seems like we already have the perfect family, one girl, one boy and even an over friendly golden retriever. But for Matt and myself, it just felt like we were missing something. We are incredibly lucky to be blessed with another baby, let’s hope that when that baby arrives, he/she brings along a huge box of patience for me as well.
For the last week, Max has been stuck to me like super glue. There are a few factors involved in this, one, he’s teething and two, he’s still unwell. It has been tiring to say the very least.
On the other side of the coin, dear Ally has been so mature and grown up while I’ve been dealing with the sticky boy. When he is screaming and whining, she entertains herself with her toys and books. I feel bad that I’ve been neglecting her at times but on the other hand I really appreciate her understanding.
With a 3rd child due to join our family next year, it’s going to be an even tougher juggling act but I’m sure we’ll manage. Right now the kids haven’t reacted very much to the news of a new sibling, Max is still too young to understand and all Ally really wants at the moment is a cat, not a new brother or sister.
From the moment the kids wake up, I am bombarded by the sounds of ” Mama Mama!” It happens on average of once every 30 seconds, multiply that by their number of waking hours and that’s enough to drive anyone crazy.
On good days I can tolerate it pretty well, on bad days like yesterday, I’ve just about had it by dinner time. I was trying to have my dinner and both kids kept calling out to me. I turned to them and said ” I don’t want to hear a word of Mama mama until I’ve finished my dinner, talk to your father instead.” To Matt’s credit he knows exactly when I am about to lose the plot and automatically takes over. We work like a well oiled wheel which is a huge blessing on crazy days.
Before you think I’m just whining and complaining, I know that this phase will soon pass. Later on they will much prefer to hang out with their friends instead of their old mama. But I’ve had a screaming, crying and whiny child in the house the whole of yesterday and I’m not referring to myself so please allow me to rant for now.
Ally had a simple request for her birthday, she wanted to go back to Universal Studios. This would be our 4th trip back? What can I say, the girl loves her rides.
We decided to make it a girls only day, and I decided to take her out of school on a weekday cos it’s just not worth battling the weekend crowds. I was SO wrong, the place was PACKED. Tons of tourists and a whole contingent of students, coaches and chaperons from the ASEAN school games.
We started off with the new Magadascar ride, just a harmless boat ride, tame and boring. Who knew that she would be afraid of the characters?! To her credit she didn’t cry but she did keep asking me if the ride was ending.
I honestly didn’t have the chance to capture many photos, it was so crowded and hot. Besides, Ally was too excited to actually stand still and pose for photos, since it was her day, I let it be.
Her favourite ride in the entire park is the Canopy ride at Jarassic Park. That was where I had a huge scare that day. We queued up for the ride and as usual, the younger kids are strapped in with an extra seat belt, this is especially important for little kids like Ally who have just made the height limit for the ride. As the ride was starting, I heard a loud bang, her extra seat belt had come out! There was no way to get them to stop the ride, I reached over and tried to fix it back for her but I couldn’t reach her other side due to my own restrains. I didn’t want Ally to panic, so I just leaned over as far as I could and put my arm over her waist to secure her to the seat. Thank goodness the ride is only 35 seconds, the longest 35 seconds in my life. When the ride had stopped, I informed the staff about Ally’s seat belt but she didn’t seem too concern. I was worried that it would happen again to another child so I rang guest services to make a report. Universal studios was great, they closed the ride immediately to perform safety checks. The ride stayed closed for the next 3 hours which resulted in lots of complains from the park guests. Maybe I would have complained as well if I didn’t experience the seat belt malfunction first hand. Now I totally understand why there is a need for them to close certain rides at different times of the day for maintenance.
After that scare, I decided it was time for lunch and a nap. We headed to the pizza place where we shared a slice of pepperoni pizza. It’s a blessing that Ally can fall asleep nearly anywhere even though it was terribly noisy. While she napped, I just people watched and day dreamed away.
We decided to conquer the milder rides after her nap so we headed to the merry go round. It was just our luck that someone had thrown up just before our turn so we had to wait a little while they deployed the clean up crew.
Ally is a real thrill seeker and really enjoys the junior roller coster. We must have ridden it at least 7 times that day. By 6pm I was totally exhausted, considering we had reached the park around 11am, you can imagine why. We had dinner at the chinese resturant in USS which in my opinion, is the best restaurant at the park. Ally polished off an entire helping of noodles on her own in record time.
She kept mentioning how happy she was and couldn’t stop thanking me for bringing her there. I was just glad that she enjoyed her birthday treat. Happy Birthday darling Ally!
Max turned 2 last week and as per family tradition, we threw him a small party for a couple of close friends. Ally had a similar party for her 2nd birthday as well. We don’t usually organise parties for the kids each year, just on their 2nd birthdays. Why a 2nd birthday party? Firstly they’re old enough to appreciate it unlike a 1st birthday. Secondly, they haven’t yet started school so their social circle is still small. Yes, I have put thought into this.
It was roughly the same as Ally’s 2nd party, we hired a bouncy castle and a slide for the kids, young and old. I brought Max’s train set and his box of cars/trains. They turned out to be a big hit, who knew that watching trains roll down a slide could be so much fun.
I was a bit worried that Ally might feel jealous since she wasn’t getting a party this year. We explained to her that she had a similar party when she was 2. Being the sweet girl that she is, she enjoyed celebrating her brother’s birthday with everyone else.
We were so lucky to have family and friends help out, my dear cousins once again helped me to set up for the party and to clean up after. A dear friend baked Max’s birthday cake and did such a fantastic job, Max’s eyes lit up the minute he saw it. The children and I felt so lucky to be surrounded by family and friends.
Max had a great time, he enjoyed the attention and definitely enjoyed the cake. By the end of the party we had two kids who were on a massive sugar high. Happy Birthday our dear Max!
We decided to be tourist in our own country for the day. The kids, Grandma and my aunt headed off to the Singapore Flyer to get the ball rolling. We managed to get tickets for the Duck Tour, the Flyer and the Riverboat ride.
There were all these pushcarts selling little electronic devices, the kind of stuff that Matt loves. True enough he went off exploring and came back with an Angry Birds fan for Ally. Needless to say Max wanted one when he saw his sister’s, never mind the fact that he was actually petrified of the fan itself. The ever obliging father went off to get him one of his own, mean mommy here would have just told them to share.
We started off with the Duck tour and what better way to look like tourist the to paste these big bright orange stickers onto our shirts. It totally screamed ” we are tourists, come rip me off!”
We did the Duck tour in Gold Coast when Ally was a lot younger, it was a lot of fun and the guide was very entertaining. They even let the kids come up one by one to “steer” the boat and each child was given a Captain’s certificate. The Duck tour in Singapore doesn’t even come close, the ride itself was fine, it takes you around the old Parliament house and other historic sites in the vicinity and then goes down the water and takes you to the Merlion of course. Our guide was pretty dry, the children enjoyed looking at the sights and I think the most exciting part for them was when the boat went into the water from land. One thing to note, it is a rather noisy and bumpy ride, Max was a bit wary of the engine noise in the beginning but soon got used to it. I would say that kids between the 3-7 age group would enjoy the tour best. Our tickets for the day were free, given a choice, I wouldn’t pay for the Duck tour.
After the Duck tour we headed to the Flyer. Both the children have gone on before and Ally absolutely loves it. Max seems rather indifferent to the whole experience, he did enjoy walking around the capsule and looking at all the construction sites. I personally do not like the Flyer, my fear of heights might have something to do with that. I just plant my bum firmly onto the seat and let the other adults look after the kids. It’s one of those things that nice to do as a one-off experience. They changed the entrance to the Flyer dramatically, now you walk through an exhibition before reaching the flyer itself. There were some pretty cool interactive exhibitions which both the kids enjoyed.
I found the Flyer a pleasant way to spend 1/2 hour, even for someone with a fear of heights. I think kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the Flyer in their own ways. I do have to mention that the very first time we took Ally on it, she cried the ENTIRE 1/2 hour, I felt sorry for the people who had to share the capsule with us, I’m sure they were tempted to climb down just to get away from her crying.
Our last stop was the riverboat ride and my personal favourite. It starts from One Fullerton and goes along the Singapore River. It was about 6pm by the time we took the ride, the sun was setting and there was a nice breeze, in short, it was perfect.
It was actually great fun being tourist for the day, we all learned a little more about Singapore’s history and the children enjoyed their day out.