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Losing battle

4.15 am. Saitaomei and I have been up for the past couple of hours shifting from bedroom to bedroom as she makes her way through them, coughing till she pukes out the Panadol I’ve been trying to feed her to get her fever down. It’s a losing battle and I’m running out of clothes to change her into. This is her third set 😭.

Oh why oh why do the gods test me so. I’m just so tired from this holiday it just doesn’t feel like one at all.

Papa and mei mei

This is why fathers melt like putties around their daughters.

You must be doing ok as a papa for your daughter to look at you this way.

Deck the halls with holly

The Christmas holidays have been nothing short of glorious. It’s been relaxing, fun and filled with family activities. The kids are having the best time ever because they get to hang out with their favourite cousins and Yee yees.

I finally baked the turkey which was brined for two days in the fridge.

Turkey goes in the oven.

Ta-dah!!

The breast could be more moist but otherwise it was pretty good! I even made the gravy from the drippings and ah pa approved.

We had such a good Christmas spread!

Everything tasted delicious πŸ˜‹.

My Christmas log cake which was actually a chocolate Swiss roll in disguise. Cheese and crackers after dinner was pretty fabulous too.

Another look at the Christmas cake.

On Christmas Eve Saitaoha accompanied me to work for the first time. She was very excited and thrilled.

Look at that happy smile.

I think she really enjoyed herself that day.

Cousins enjoying Christmas lunch. They performed for us a Christmas song afterwards, cuteness overload.

We went for a picnic with our new friends, R and I are trying to expand our social circle.

It was a lovely day by the river, Saitaomei and Saitaoha had lots of fun running around in the grass. On days like these you are reminded how nice it is to live in Perth with its blue skies and sunny weather.

The grandchildren really enjoyed their Christmas gift from Gung Gung Mah Mah! I wish it could withstand adult weight, would have loved to go down the slide.

Celebrated my sister’s birthday, the children gave her flowers.

We brought two of them into the city today, Saitaoha is always happy when her cousins are around. She cries when they won’t hold her hand, such a silly billy.

Finally treated my parents to lunch of Bari Uma ramen. My father keeps paying for our meals, it was great that I could finally treat them to a meal. We had a fun day out in the city!

I think I will be sad when the holidays are over, and they almost are, but this time I don’t feel the blues as much because we’re going back to Kuching for Chinese New Year soon! Wah December- January really are the best months of the year.

Saitaoha’s 3 yr pre kindy graduation

I attended Saitaoha’s three year pre kindy graduation event today, it was informal, casual and intimate. The little kids were all so cute and pleased that their parents were in the room.

I’m really glad my mother encouraged me to take time off work to go, she would have been the only kid without her mummy if I didn’t go, and I’m glad I didn’t miss this milestone.

Poor girl wasn’t her usual active and bubbly self, she kept to herself and had a serious expression throughout. The virus really got to her poor child, luckily both of us didn’t have any coughing fits during the event!

She loves school so much and you can understand why when you see how much love and care the teachers and school put into creating a fun, safe and warm environment for the kids to thrive.

Happy with the scented gingerbread man that my lovely colleague bought for her.

Still praying that we all have a full recovery soon, I am really suffering at work!

Sick kids part 2

Saitaoha comatosed throughout the day, beaten by the evil bug that brings about wracking cough spasms, running high fever and full body aches.

Saitaomei was carrier No.1 or was it me? I had barely recovered from my bronchitis bout and was hit by this killer bug. It’s been a month of illness after illness, I am so sick (literally) of it!

There is so much work to be done at the office and it’s just piling up. But the kids need me now, poor Saitaoha was so miserable today and begged me to stay by her side and sit or lie next to her. She rejected food all day, threw up her milk and cried. But it was mostly her sad lethargic self crawled up on the couch that made me feel so so sad.

There were funny moments during the day though.

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(I’m drying Saitaoha after we both had our baths)

πŸ§’πŸ»: mummy is that a mouse? (Pointing at my mole on my arm)

πŸ‘©πŸ»: A mole Saitaoha not a mouse.

πŸ§’πŸ»: mummy you have a mole here, there’s another mole on your face, and another mole here , and one more here …

πŸ‘©πŸ»: πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

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πŸ§’πŸ»: Mummy! Santa was at Bunnings!!

πŸ‘©πŸ»: oh how nice! Did Santa give you any presents? Did he say merry Christmas?

πŸ§’πŸ»: ……..

πŸ§’πŸ»: 😒 (lips quivering and eyes welling at the thought of no presents and unfriendly Santa) but mummy, it’s NOT CHRISTMAS YET!!!

πŸ‘©πŸ»: (Wah still can defend Santa)

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Saitaomei during the weekend at the height of her killer bug. Falling asleep on the floor.

Thankfully she’s better now and was out enjoying the sunshine and picking ah pa’s first harvest of grapes.

Looks are deceiving, the grapes aren’t that big.

But grape picking makes for good pictures don’t they?

Ok over and out. So tired I hope we all make a full recovery soon.

Sick kids

My little girl’s 3 year old kindy class photo. She’s so big now, how bittersweet. She’s been breaking my heart a bit because she caught her sister’s virus and is starting to get feverish and cough.

I was going to attend her 4 year old kindy orientation session with her tomorrow. She was all excited about mummy being at her school and staying with her (sigh I am really quite sad about this, perils of a working mum) so when I told her she might not be able to go since she’s sick, she started pleading with me to go to school.

Every hour or so she would come to me and say ‘mummy can I drink a lot of water then I feel better then I can go to school?’

‘Mummy I drink a lot of water and I don’t cough now so I can go to school tomorrow’.

‘Mummy is it I rest now and I can go to school tomorrow?’

‘Mummy can you give me medicine then I can feel better and I can go to school tomorrow?’

‘Mummy I am better now, I can go to school tomorrow.’

‘Mummy can I put on socks then my feet won’t be cold and then I won’t cough and I can go to school tomorrow?’

I am so sorry Saitaoha. I don’t think you will be well enough to go to school tomorrow. But I promise that I will attend your graduation ceremony next week and spend the morning with you at your favourite school.

Meanwhile mei mei is a shell of a former self, she’s not even wailing and angry crying anymore, it’s little pitiful cries every now and then and lots of listless lying on mummy inertia.

My poor babies 😭

Saitaomei is two

Huh? Whose birthday is it? It’s yours Saitaomei!

My not so little one turned two today. It’s bittersweet for me, as the kids grow older they are easier to look after, but I miss their cute baby expressions and all round cuddlyness so much. Saitaomei’s personality is so different from her sister’s. Her sister is a girly girl who is sweet, bossy, affectionate and warms to everyone, Saitaomei, on the other hand, is strong, independent, feisty and indifferent to others except for her chosen few (who else but Gung Gung?).

She can be very affectionate when she’s in the mood, her hugs, mischievous smiles and her giggles never fail to light up my day.

At two, she is obsessed with the alphabet, numbers, colours and every form of learning. She likes her books a lot and also likes to copy her sister in everything she does (much to the woe of Saitaoha).

She loves her videos and her food, and will diligently work on her filled plate till it’s polished clean. Her favourite person is definitely Gung Gung but mummy comes a close second.

Her nemesis but also her love is her jeje, they can go from fighting in one second, to chasing each other around the room and rolling in bed together in euphoric laughter the next second.

We’ve been through the hard yards together, my darling Saitaomei and I. Her first year was filled with trials and tribulations for me in all aspects of life. My parents went through the hard yards with me and basically lifted me through the dark days to see the light. That’s why I really wanted to celebrate Saitaomei turning two, I wanted to celebrate my strong and bright little girl, to thank her for coming into my life and for loving me unconditionally despite my inadequacy as a mother (including constantly not protecting her from bumps and thumps, I swear she started to consciously put her hand on her head to protect herself when I put her in her car seat🀭). We’ve come a long way, my dear Saitaomei, and we made it to two! I swear the highlight of my days is walking hand in hand with you and Jeje to and fro from Gung Gung and Mah Mah’s house to our little home. I always wish time could stand still during those our little walks, whether it’s the starlit night and you pointing towards the moon and saying ‘what’s that?’, or jeje stopping to pick a yellow flower for her favourite Mah Mah. I’m always struck by how lucky I am, to live so close to your wonderful and selfless grandparents, to be able to grow up and grow old together, but most of all, to have both you and jeje in my life. Happy birthday baby Saitaomei, may you continue being independent, bright and strong and surrounded with love and warmth, I love you always my little girl.

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Decorations for the party. I was going for a colourful rainbow theme but my rainbow balloon flew away! It was R’s first time filling up helium balloons with a tank, a couple burst and an escapee rainbow but all else was good.

Check out the birthday girl checking out the decorations πŸ₯³. She sensed something was happening and refused to nap all day! She only crashed late afternoon and slept till 4 πŸ˜”.

I cooked a lot because I could! I always overdo it and should really cut down on quantity and focus on quality.

My parents bought this bainmarie from Kmart just for this party. They really ε‡Ίι’±ε‡ΊεŠ› for their precious granddaughter, it’s not easy opening your house up for a party and they did so with such generosity. Poor ah ma was my sous chef in the kitchen again, I remember last year her legs trembled after the party because she was helping so much. I hope this year the prep went better but I still feel she did too much work. Poor sisters had to help out with the washing and cleaning afterwards too. Aiyah I really should cut down on the dishes.

I mean the mountain of japchae was unnecessary. And probably teriyaki hambagu and satay as well. I also marinated 100 chicken pieces! What was I thinking? The good thing is I knew there would be lots of leftovers so asked everyone to bring their tupperwares, everyone went home ladened with food haha.

Honeycomb cake, Japanese cheesecake (baked by BIL) and mango Swiss roll for dessert.

I loved the look of the cake, it was gorgeous!

Hahaha look at that girl.

Birthday song by the birthday girl’s true love πŸ’“. Their close bond is really heartwarming but I also feel for my ah pa because she sticks to him like glue.

Gung Gung put gel on her hair and commented that she looked beautiful πŸ˜‚.

Instead of party bags I gifted the kids these balls of macarons instead, so pretty right?

Guess who was mighty pleased with her ball?

It was a fun birthday party and I think the kids enjoyed it the most, Saitaoha told me ‘mummy I had such a fun time at Mei mei’s birthday party!’ Party girl is now counting down to Tristan koko’s birthday party in December.

And that’s a wrap till February! I have promised Saitaoha that she can have a birthday party next year so we will be doing this all over again in a few months *gulp*


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