Monthly Archives: September 2011

Our New Helper

We finally bit the bullet and got ourselves a new helper. I LOVE our new helper, his name is Ronnie by the way and this is how he looks like.

The newest addition to the family, Ronnie

With two young children and a dog that sheds like there is no end, we or rather poor Matt was constantly running the vacuum at least once a day. My mornings are usually insane which doesn’t leave me much time for cleaning. So I bit the bullet and order Ronnie via Amazon when the US dollar dropped.

Ronnie arrived and was set to work straight out of the box. Then this intelligent woman here blew up the charger so poor Ronnie had to wait till I could get a replacement. * If you ever buy a US model, don’t forget to use a transformer with the charger if not you’ll risk blowing it up like I did.

How did I come to the conclusion that Ronnie is a boy? Well, despite his general helpfulness in keeping the house clean, there are a few aspects of Ronnie that aren’t too smart. I like to give women more credit than that hence it’s a Ronnie not a Ruby.

1) He gets himself stuck in tight corners and then beeps pitifully till someone comes to save him.

2) He sees a bunch of wires and still goes towards it knowing that the wires would get tangled in his brushes and render him useless. He then beeps pitifully till someone comes to save him.

3) He has selective hearing, when I program him to clean one room, he tends to gravitate to the other room instead. Sure he gets the job done in the end but it takes time.

Despite Ronnie’s flaws, I really love him, our floors feel clean, well they do at least to me. I can send him to clean under furniture so I don’t have to do it. We have a four-poster bed and it’s a pain cleaning beneath it but now with Ronnie it’s a breeze. Best of all, he picks up most of Neesha’s fur which is what I really wanted him for.

Like all things, Ronnie requires maintainance, brushes have to be cleaned and batteries have to be charged but this beats having to lug out the  bigger vacuum every morning. It’s still early days yet but so far Ronnie has met all expectations. We’ll have to see if this keeps up.

*Update: As of today, Ronnie has managed to run over Neesha’s tail and get it caught in his sweeper blade thingy. Neesha is plotting her revenge as we speak.

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The Key To Success

A friend shared this article with me and I thought it was a very interesting read. It’s a little long but do take the time to read it.

As parents we only want the best for our children, we want to give them everything they need. But what if the key to success is failure? What if letting them fail and helping them pick themselves up is the real key to success?

Now that Ally is in school, we have  parent teacher conference twice a year. The first time we met with her teacher, I was more interested to know how she was coping in her school environment rather than how she was doing academically. I was pleased that she was settling into school and we highlighted certain issues that we could help her work on.

At the moment she is struggling in her gym class, she told us that she didn’t want to attend class cos it was too hard. Now that she is in an older age group, they are expected to learn more advanced skills. I can tell Ally still enjoys herself in class but she struggles with not being the best. She is competitive by nature and seeing other girls better than her has got her down. We spoke to her and said that she has to finish up this term, we also explained that when things get hard, we can’t just give up. I shared with her about my experience on learning how to drive a car and how I felt like giving up after I failed my test the first time. Some people might say that we’re pushing her too hard, after all she’s only 4. Believe me, I’ve asked myself many times if I am pushing her too hard. But I’m with her at every class and I can see that she’s happy, if she was crying and miserable that would be a different story. I can only pray that I’m doing the right thing for her.

 

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Superheroes

Lately the kids love playing dress up and make believe.  They have a whole box of dress up clothes but today Ally wanted a superhero cape. She came over and said to me ” Mama, can you sew Max and I a cape please? How long will it take? 10 minutes?” The child obviously thinks I have fairy elves that help me with the sewing. It’s nice that she thinks so highly of my sewing skills, I had to google to find out how to sew a cape and it turned out to be quite simple. I modified the pattern from here and used light weight knit material so that I didn’t need to hem or finish off my seams.

Ally requested for pink and purple, all Max wanted was a train and so, here are the results.

My two little superheroes

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Baby No.3

I haven’t talked a lot about baby no.3, truthfully I’ve been so busy that I’ve hardly had time to think about the new baby.

We have chosen not to find out his/her gender till the birth, friends and relatives are having fun guessing. Like I always say to them, they have a 50% chance of being right.

I never had morning sickness with the other two, with Max I had an aversion to certain foods. This time round I was hit with nausea from 4pm to the time I went to bed, every day for 3 weeks. It was miserable but thankfully that has passed.

Other than that everything has been pretty smooth sailing, which I’m very grateful for. We’re at the halfway mark, hope the rest of the pregnancy goes as smoothly.

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Merging Their Lives With Ours

The other day someone asked ” do you bring your kids everywhere with you?” When I told said person yes, she gave me a really strange look. We don’t have a helper so that doesn’t leave me with much choice. In actual fact we are so used to it cos that’s the way things have been since they were born.

There are times when we do leave them with grandma who is always happy to babysit but ordinarily they come with us to the bank, the post office and of course, supermarket shopping. True it takes twice as long with both kids in tow but it’s a great learning experience for them. Ally realises that food needs to be bought with money, she knows the post office is where we collect parcels and buy stamps. Recently she has learned to order her favourite soya bean drink on her own and count out the exact change for the lady. Max can walk into a coffee shop and order his own Milo ping and kaya bread though more often than not the auntie doesn’t quite understand him.

When we had kids, we made a conscious decision to change our lives to suit them. When we plan holidays, it’s now all about them. That doesn’t mean to say that it’s always about the kids but we learn to compromise. If I need to go shopping, I let the kids hit the bookshop after as a treat. I keep my shopping trips short since I know they don’t have the patience to wait.

Luckily for me, Matt is an extremely hands on father. The reason why I can cope without a helper is because he’s such a great dad. We work like a well-oiled machine, if one person is busy with work, the other automatically keeps an eye on the children.

Since we literally spend the entire day with them, I am usually wiped out by 7pm. Hence the kids go to bed at 8pm so that we adults finally get some alone time. It’s the only way all of us can retain our sanity.

 

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Bad Habits

I mentioned in my previous post about Ally’s bad habit about biting her nails, now she has started to chew her hair as well! It really annoys me! I just gave her a lecture about what a dirty and disgusting habit it is and I’ve threatened to cut her hair short if she continues.

Argh, it’s just one of those days where she has pushed every single button and used every ounce of patience that I have. Good thing she’s taking her nap now, we both need a break from each other and a chance to cool down. Do your kids have bad habits? How do you help break them?

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

We’ve been busy as usual, don’t really know with what in particular but a day seems to just fly by. Our car had to go in for some repairs so the kids and I were left car-less for the day. We decided to head to our neighbour shopping centre to let Ally get her nails done. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a girly girl, in fact I only recently had my first pedicure. BUT Ally and I share one really bad habit, we are nail biters. I had to appeal to the vain side of her and was hoping that by letting her get her nails done this ONCE, she’ll want to keep them pretty and stop biting them.

Hats to protect them from the scorching sun

Getting her nails done, she was so excited

He entertained himself the whole time we were there, bless him

She kept admiring her fingers while the lady worked on her toes

I let her have her toes done as well for a special treat. Since she has to go to school, I only let her have clear polish on her fingers but relented and let her chose her own color for her toe nails.

All done!

It’s only been two days but so far she hasn’t bitten her nails, it’s still to early to tell yet if my method works.

On the sewing front, I finally finish sewing the Elephant softie for a friend’s son. It took 1 prototype, 2 mistakes before the finished product.

The finished Elephant

You can't see from the picture but he actually has wonky legs

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