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Melon song

It wasn’t much of a weekend because we pretty much stayed home most of the time. Everytime we planned to go out, one kid would nap, when she woke up, it was the other kid’s turn to nap. I scoff at my naive self that thought we could go to IKEA during the weekend. We hardly made it to the shops!

Saitaoha who seemed to have gotten over her terrible two tantrum phase after our Melbourne trip started acting up again. I think it’s because her mei mei is here 24/7 vying for our attention, the green eyed monster in her just can’t take it.

I left her sobbing in the room whilst R and I tried to ignore her wails and wait for her to calm down. She’s normally really friendly and greets us cheerily. So it was heartbreaking when I went in to check on her and she wobbled out ‘Hi mummy!’ amidst her sobs. Oh baby 😭.

Most of the time I’m preoccupied with Saitaomei because I handle her better than R. Saitaoha is so resilient that she’s started asking R for things instead of me, I used to be her go to person. I don’t mind that at all, I think R is enjoying the attention from his first love.

This little one is a peach. Love kissing her cheeks.

Saitaoha playing bunnies with papa. They had lots of playtime this weekend. Now that gung gung and Mah Mah aren’t here, papa has had to step up.

Saitaoha was delighted with this new Wiggles car. Luckily she was ok with sharing with Saitaomei.

We had fun singing to our watermelon and rock melon patch. This big one is Daddy melon, so the song goes ‘Daddy melon, daddy melon, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do?’

There are so many watermelons of different sizes, so we had mummy melon, brother melon, sister melon and baby melon. She enjoyed singing this song so much she didn’t want to leave the garden. Then she said goodbye to the melons, I think we will be visiting them daily.

Duplo cake anyone? She’s been ‘baking’ all night and offering us cake, she actually puts her cake into my real oven too! I hope I remember to check for leftover duplo every time I bake in the future πŸ˜….

It will be just me and the kids during the day starting tomorrow. I hope it turns out ok πŸ‘Œ.

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Energiser bunnies

Oh gosh both kids are Ms Mak Kim Kim today. Past midnight and they’re finally willing to sleep for the night πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“.

I knew it was too good to be true when both kids fell asleep at 7pm. R and I looked at each other in glee and accidentally fell asleep too. We brought both kids out today and boy was it tiring. I was awaken by Saitaomei half an hour later, walked out to the living room to see a very energetic Saitaoha who was very excited to see me. R and I looked at each other dejectedly, the 7pm was just a nap! We knew we were in for a long night.

Saitaoha had lots of fun with her duplo for the rest of the night. She was trying to feed Saitaomei πŸ˜….

Ok I think they’re finally out now *fingers crossed*. Better hurry sleep before Saitaomei’s next feed, sigh.

Gung Gung and Mah Mah fly out

Ah Ma sent me this pic with the caption 兡马俑. Poor Saitaomei, doesn’t she look long suffering?

Any likeness ?

The other day Ah ma laughed when she saw Saitaomei in this beanie and said she looked like an imam πŸ˜“. Ah pa loves it when the kids wear beanies because he believes it will keep them warm. He is always very pleased when they have caps or hats or beanies on. In fact, before he left today, he gently instructed me to keep the kids warm and heavily clothed since winter is near. He also told me that I should buy a carpet for my tiled living room because Saitaoha loves to roll around and lie on the floor.

Sigh, I already miss my parents. It’s not just the tremendous help with the kids, I just miss their company. 18 days till they’re back, yes, I’m counting down 😐.

Icecream lady

Aiji! Aiji! Who wants aiji??

This girl loves her icecream cart, she’s always running up to us for our aiji orders.

Guess who has made a comeback?

I succumbed and bought her a replacement Xiu Xiu. She’s not quite convinced yet and returns it to us sometimes. But today I woke up to see this β™₯️.

This one is sick too. Sigh. But at least she’s still quite cheery. My poor parents aren’t getting much sleep though. Luckily they are flying out tomorrow, happy for them sad for me 😭.

Mah mah, gung gung is watching tv again!

Hahahaha, I love this picture that Ah Ma sent me. She looks like she’s dobbing on gung gung. I’m so happy that I’ll have both kids with me starting tomorrow but I’m also fearful 😧.

Wish me luck for the month!

Power out

Western Power is replacing a power pole/line outside my house so there is no electricity from 7.30am to 3.30pm. I was hoping it was just my house and I could go hang out at my parents’ place, but because they literally live a house away, they’ve had their power cut too πŸ˜….

So we all went out to the shops instead. My ah pa was so organised, he got up early to park his car outside the garage, I would have totally forgotten that power cut = garage door can’t open. Heng that my parents are a lot more seng mok than I am!

A few durian mochis later, both kids k.o-ed in the car during the ride home and we made a successful transfer ✌🏻. So both my parents are napping with the kids now while I am forced to do nothing but nua on the couch because no electricity = no cooking!

My parents and I took turns carrying the hefty Saitaomei at the shops. At one point Ah pa was carrying her in one arm and pushing the supermarket trolley with his other hand. I thought ‘he shouldn’t have to help me look after my baby’. I’ve been thinking of increasing Saitaoha’s daycare days when I return to work (quite soon😭). However Ah pa told me that he’s not comfortable with putting her in for so many days, his heart breaks when she cries during drop offs. He said he can help ah Ma with both kids especially Saitaomei. It reminded me of what my brother said to me after his holiday in Perth. He said that he had never seen my father in the caregiver mode because he was the youngest. During his trip, he was happy and surprised to see my father pulling his weight with the grandkids, it was heartwarming to see how tender and loving he is towards the little ones.

I’ve come to terms that I won’t be going back to Singapore/Kuching with them. For quite some time, I was still undecided especially when my sister decided that she was going to go too. Now I’m quite looking forward to it, I’m hoping my parents will have a lovely and restful holiday 😊. I will have to level up and do a lot more driving and multi tasking, let’s just hope I don’t kill R during this period 😐.

Happy Mother’s Day

Huh? It’s Mother’s Day ah? Why didn’t you tell me yee yee? Then I would sleep in a bit more so mummy can get more sleep.

Nvm, my jeje didn’t get the cue either and fell ill on Mother’s Day. She was a clingy, sobbing, booger dripping mess, but mummy loves her all the same.

Artwork from Saitaoha for Mother’s Day. Tristan also made me a pretty flower, but I couldn’t take a picture because Saitaoha processed to pick out all the pretty stickers πŸ˜“.

The day started pretty badly since we had to deal with a sick kid the night before. Luckily Saitaomei was not too bad and R took her from me in the morning to give me an extra lie in. But I felt sorry for him and got up to make breakfast for him and Saitaoha.

Then things started looking up when we headed out and met up with my sisters’ family. We went Mother’s Day gift shopping! It was really nice seeing my BIL spoiling my sister, it’s so nice to see her appreciated and showered with love by her family.

Afterwards we stopped for a coffee and a blueberry muffin. I was so pleased to have a nice coffee on Mother’s Day πŸ˜„.

A reluctant papa parts with his money on Mother’s Day. No lah he actually offered to buy me my mobile that I’ve been wanting to buy (but kept putting off coz too kiam) for months. Normally I would umm and ahh and reject his offer but heck, I just went with it this time!

Because I really want one!! I need good photos of the kids and lots of memory. I’m so happy I don’t have to keep deleting old photos now. 😍😍😍😍😍

I asked R ‘are you sure you’re ok with spending so much money on a phone?’ He surprised me by saying ‘yes, I think a good phone is worth the money and iPhone is worth its value’ after a pause, he said ‘a good mummy is worth it too’.

I’m already so lucky to be a mother to my munchkins but ok lah, it’s really nice to be spoilt on Mother’s Day.

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I’ve always appreciated having Mother’s Day to let my Ah Ma know that we cherish and love her. But now that I’m a mummy, I know that I should have showed my appreciation a lot more! Ah Ma is my kids’ second mother, and if I’m completely honest, she’s a much better, patient and skilful mummy than I am. It goes to show how great she is with my kids that Saitaoha cries for her when she is sick.

I’ve been such a whiner since Saitaomei’s arrival, complaining about how life is tough with two bubs. Yet my parents are helping me raise my kids without a single complaint and a whole lot of love.

When I fractured my foot, Ah Ma helped me with the baby even though she sprained her back so badly that she pretty much crawled to the toilet πŸ˜“.

I think Ah Ma single handedly pulled me out of my baby blues during our Singapore/Kuching trip and I’ve never looked back since.

I am not a very good mummy and still have lots to learn from my Ah Ma. But I’m thankful that I have my girls and love being their mummy, they are hard work but gosh I love them to pieces 😍. I only hope someday I can be half as good a mummy as my Ah Ma is. So Ah Ma if you’re reading this, thank you for the sleepless nights, the curries, beehoons and green bean soups, the Sunny Hill pandan ice cream hunts, the neverending searches of missing jujus and xiuxius. Thank you for all the love, generosity and care that you shower on me, R, Saitaoha and Saitaomei. Happy Mother’s Day to the best Ah Ma and Mah Mahever.

Picnic

Saitaoha, is that a nugget in your hands?

Too late mummy. Om nom nom.

It’s finger lickin’ good!

We had a long overdue catch-up with my friends. I felt really bad because they’ve been trying to schedule a catch-up with me for maybe half a year?! In the end they got so desperate they said ‘can we drop by your house to pass you presents for Saitaomei before it’s too late?’ They were worried the clothes they bought for Saitaomei would be too small for her by the time they got to see her πŸ˜…. So I suggested a picnic by the park so that Saitaoha gets to run around and go to the playground.

First time eating spam onigiri made by my friend’s Japanese wife, it was yummy!

Cousins reunite! She really misses her koko and jeje, keeps talking about them.

My Saitaoha is a fiesty one, not afraid of the bigger boisterous boys at the playground at all! There was this kid that yelled at her and Tristan saying ‘you can’t play here!! It’s for big kids!!! Not small kids!!’ She stared at him and chattered to him in her baby talk, refused to move or go away haha.

Made beef brisket noodles for R’s lunch when he returned from work.

Then we had a family dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day, ah pa paid for dinner saying ‘all my daughters are mummies’. Sigh I wish he wouldn’t keep paying for our meals, he’s retired and not earning an income leh, but ah pa is generous and stubborn like that.

Despite my best efforts, both kids are refusing to sleep early tonight. Sigh, and Saitaoha is down with a cough too, I only hope it’s a slight one and she recovers quickly. The best Mother’s Day gift would be my kids staying happy and healthy throughout the year πŸ™πŸ».


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