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Values

Saitaoha is at the age where she’s starting to understand morals and values. She gets lectured by me quite a bit about manners, thoughtfulness and kindness. I hope to bring up the kids to be kind, filial, empathetic and considerate adults. Sometimes I feel sorry for her because ‘she’s just a kid’ but other times I think it’s important to teach her these values from young. She has been doted on by my parents since young and is her father’s precious little girl, this little girl of mine is rather spoilt and demanding so I need to be the bad cop!

There are days though that I feel I should cut her some slack because she is a sweetie.

Case in point, Saitaomei is running a fever and super cranky. I’m busy warming warming up milk for both of them when Saitaoha comes running up to me.

🧒🏻: Mummy why is mei mei crying?

👩🏻: mei mei is sick Saitaoha. She’s not feeling well.

🧒🏻: is it she has a temperature ?

👩🏻: (thinking wah this kid quite cheem) yes Saitaoha. So you have to help mummy ok? I’m making milk for both of you and need to make mei mei sleep so you have to look after yourself.

🧒🏻: ok mummy. You sleep with mei mei and nobody sleep with me. I look after myself and you look after mei mei. You get some rest Mummy and mei mei rest too.

👩🏻: … (stunned and a bit heartbroken at the words nobody sleep with me)

So yes, Saitaoha is really a sweetheart sometimes.

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Conversations with my superhero

👩🏻: (crawling around on all fours looking for Saitaomei’s dummies/jiu jius)

🧒🏻: Mummy what are you doing?

👩🏻: I’m looking for mei mei’s jiu jiu Saitaoha. Can you help mummy look for it?

🧒🏻: Don’t worry mummy, I change into superhero and help you find mei mei’s jiu jiu.

👩🏻: Thank you Saitaoha 😍

🧒🏻: (looks at me seriously) I am not Saitaoha, I am SUPERHERO Saitaoha!

👩🏻: 😂 ok ok, sorry Superhero Saitaoha.

2 minutes of hunting later …

🧒🏻: Mummy, superhero Saitaoha can’t find mei mei’s jiu jiu. But don’t worry! SUPERHERO papa will find it for you!!

👩🏻:😂😂😂

I love Superhero Saitaoha.

Daitaoha strikes again

Saitaoha had her first movie experience today! But there are no pictures because her Daitaoha mummy forgot to bring my mobile 😓. It was quite disastrous really and I had a mini panic session because R had dropped us at the cinema, no mobile = no way of contacting him to ask him to pick us up.

In the end I decided to worry about all that later and enjoy the movie with Saitaoha. Toy Story 4 was great if not a tad sad, I always find Toy Story movies sad, this growing up business and leaving your toys and memories behind is just heart wrenching to me. Saitaoha behaved really well in the cinema and concentrated on the movie throughout, only stopping halfway to ask me to bring her to the toilet! I was so pleased.

When we left the the cinema, I had to search around for a payphone. When was the last time you used a payphone? It was quite surreal putting in the coins and pressing the ONLY number I could remember being R’s one. As life would have it, R left his mobile at home and was at my mum’s helping them to drill hooks. My mum msged me to tell me to call her when I was done but of course I didn’t have a clue since I didn’t have my phone with me. When he didn’t answer after the third call, I was like 😓😓😓. Saitaoha who thought it was all very fun kept asking me where papa’s car was. I thought about calling for an Uber then realised I didn’t have my phone so no Uber. Was contemplating walking home when I realised we could take the bus!

Having your kid with you means you remain outwardly cool and calm despite your inner turmoil. Saitaoha thought it was great fun to take the bus and chatted away merrily to me throughout our wait. Luckily the bus came pretty quick and we got home relatively quickly!

What an adventure we had! Things didn’t go to plan but luckily we still managed to have a fun outing.

Are you happy or sad or angry?

Lately Saitaoha has been getting into the habit of asking us whether we are happy or sad to gauge our mood. At first it was quite funny and very effective in getting us to stop being angry (when she knows she’s in trouble) but now she’s repeating it so much that I’m started to get worried that we are horrible parents that are always getting angry at her, hence her need to keep gauging our moods.

It usually goes like this:

Saitaoha does something naughty like refusing to nap or not sharing with mei mei.

Saitaoha: Mummy, are you happy or sad or angry?

Mummy: I am sad because you didn’t share with mei mei.

Saitaoha: Mummy can you be happy please? Pleease…. mummy, can you say it’s ok??

Mummy: (looks at her pleading eyes) ok ok I’m happy.

Sometimes the tables are turned and she comes running to us

Saitaoha: Mummy mummy ! Can you ask me whether I’m happy or sad ??

Mummy: Er ok, are you happy or sad?

Saitaoha: I am sad because mei mei took my biscuit!

Today I spent the whole day working on my laptop, only stopping to feed and bathe the kids, plus read them storybooks and play a little.

Saitaoha: Mummy can you ask me whether I’m happy or sad?

Mummy: Saitaoha, are you happy or sad?

Saitaoha: I am sad because mummy is too busy to play with me.

(Cue my heart shattering into a million pieces)

Mummy: I am sorry Saitaoha, mummy needs to work but I will play with you in a little while ok?

Saitaoha: ok mummy! Mummy are you happy or sad or angry?

Mummy: Mummy is sad because mummy has to work and can’t play with you and mei mei.

Saitaoha: Don’t worry Mummy, you can play with Saitaoha and mei mei later. Don’t be sad mummy, you can be happy later ok?

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It’s absolutely humbling to have your daughter to remind you everyday not to be sad and angry , and that you can be happy later.

ABC with Saitaoha

Reading with Saitaoha

Saitaoha: Mummy, that is mei mei and me! And that’s Gung Gung in the garden.

Saitaoha: Mummy that’s Gung Gung and Mei mei, Saitaoha and Mah Mah! Mei mei’s best friend is Gung Gung and my best friend is Mah Mah!

Saitaoha: G is for Gung Gung!

Saitaoha: I is for icecream, Mummy, that’s Gung Gung and Saitaoha, Gung Gung always buys icecream for me 😍.

As you can tell, my kids are very very close with their grandparents.

Light at the end of the tunnel

My pretty girl and the photobombers at the back. I wanted to bring them to the playground and park to catch some Vitamin D and hopefully kill some germs at the same time.

You can tell she’s feeling better right? We still had nights of cough-till-vomit, R had one with Saitaoha at 4am, mine with Saitaomei at 1am. Both of enough spew to require bath 🛁 level 😓. It’s been a tough month lah.

Another day another playground. This one was completely empty, so good. Mei mei enjoyed the slides a lot!

Saitaoha has fun too, she told me afterwards ‘I had fun at the playground today’.

Doting grandparents came visiting with char siew baos for their darlings even though it was their day off. They had one each for afternoon tea.

Help! Help! Crawling towards the goal post. The weather was sunny and perfect, so good for running in the park. Days like these you’re so thankful to be in Perth with its abundance of parks, sunshine and nature.

Cousins hanging out. Saitaoha loves school holidays because she gets to be with her cousins all day.

Tristan getting a trim!

Looking sharp kiddos!

I feel like the kids are finally on the mend. Please stay well for longer!! I can’t be in this grey rut forever 😬.

Afterwards I play with you

Saitaomei will shove her shoes towards me when she wants to go out! She was upset with me last night because I told her it was too late to go out and told her to put back her shoes. She wasn’t taking no for an answer, look at her jeje’s amused expression, you used to do exactly the same thing at that age Saitaoha!

We finally bring her out during the weekend and look what happens!

The crowd at IKEA was madness, whilst waiting for us to get lunch, this little girl fell asleep in her high chair.

She woke up in time for lunch though.

What do you mean it’s greedy to have two?

She enjoyed eating out a lot and so did Saitaoha. We also managed to make it back to the library and borrowed a new set of books. The kids really like reading the new books every month so I hope we can make it to the library at least monthly. A nice family weekend 💕.

Tonight Saitaoha said to me ‘good night mummy, afterwards I wake up, I play with you ok mummy?’ She’s such a sweetie sometimes.


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