15 months…. of milestones

Little Foot is 15 months today.

Wow… really, where has all the time gone by?

Every month on this day, I ask myself the same question.

Being a working mother is tough emotionally. Same for the working father.  We go through each day trying to run home as early as possible, just to catch that short window of time before baby falls asleep. And you hope in that short 1 to 2 hours before bedtime, she will suddenly crawl, nod head, clap or walk for the first time. It’s heart wrenching when I am informed that she has crawled or taken a step on her own.
At least I can faithfully celebrate every month-niversary. Today we went for a playdate.  I think she had fun 🙂

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15 months…

♡ Little Foot is more steadily standing and walking assisted. Still not quite ready to let go and walk on her own.
♡ Has 7 teeth (the 8th coming out)
♡Recently developed a bad habit of having meltdowns (terrible two starts early?)
♡ Had tried so many different types of food because of our Taiwan trip.

Some things remains the same…

♡ She still needs to be rocked to sleep in carrier for her naps
♡ Still needs to nurse to sleep at night
♡ Still doesn’t seep through the night
♡ Still encounters constipation / hard stools frequently
♡ Still a biscuit and puffs monster
♡ Still a fan of tetrapaks and straws

15 months on, and I am still a breastfeeding mummy… some days I think of stopping, but watching your restless sleeps, I can’t bear to. Don’t worry, mummy’s  not in a hurry. Be my baby a little longer ok?

Love you lots, my silly kissy baby. I continue to pray that you will always sing your own tune in life, and not feel pressured by your surroundings to conform. I know every milestone,  you are going at your own pace, take your time, baby,  the road ahead is long!

15 months together has been a road filled with self – discovery, laughter and tears… and that’s what makes this journey meaningful and memorable.

I look forward to being here for you for many many more months and years ahead… making memories together.

Hope your flu that is making you grumpy goes away soon!

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Little Foot at Pororo Park

Today, Papa Long and I took leave to babysit Little Foot and her baby cousin baby K who is temporarily at our house on weekdays. Since baby K arrived, my aunt had been coming over to help look after her. Today was to give her a break so she could catch up on her housework and rest a little.

As usual, flower legs mummy didn’t want to stay home to babysit, so I asked the Papa to take leave too…and so off we headed to Pororo Park at Marina Square (with permission from my bro and his wife of course!)

This is not going to be a review of Pororo Park, because others have already done a good job (you can check out bumblebeemum’s review).

I just wanted to share that Little Foot had a lot of fun today.

Do note that for babies, there isn’t much they can do there.

Baby K, at 6 mths young, was pretty much only able to play at the babies and toddlers zone…  and she also bravely went to the Shark ball pool with Little Foot (with me watching like a hawk and trying to cordon off the spot they were playing in, shielding them from the big kids).

 

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The above photos pretty much summed up what baby K did at the park (besides taking photos with all the Pororo stuff).

As for our Little Foot who hasn’t yet started walking, she attempted most of the stuff in the park except for the Jungle Gym and the activity room (where the older kids do some coloring or dunnowhat).

She even bravely rode the Pororo Express, which is the highlight of the park, although I must admit, I was super apprehensive about it, but decided to let her try because must get out money’s worth! And I tell you, when the train jerked and she got a shock, my heart nearly stopped beating! (And then I recovered speedily and started laughing at her reaction).

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Little Foot also amazed me by taking off steadily with this tricycle thing in the park. I mean, she can’t walk yet, but she used it quite skillfully!

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She did some crawling and climbing…

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Stood up and played with this brainy looking toy which baby K also liked…

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Pretended to play with a workbench and piano( which she lost interest very quickly)…

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Had a go on the swing and slides…

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“Swam” in the ball pool…

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Took lots of pictures with the characters, and watched the musical.

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At first I thought the two hour limit per entry was rather short, but I was pretty much exhausted after 1 hour, since we had to assist the babies in everything.

Verdict:
Mummy fulfilled her Pororo wish (I’m a closet fan), and we had a fun afternoon there. Worth it to go for experience and to take photos with the characters, may not be worth it to get annual pass, as I won’t see us going again until Little Foot is old enough to try the jungle gym. I do think the price list is a little steep if your kid is more than a year old (babies under 1 year old enters for free).

For babies and young toddlers, going on weekday is recommended. I heard many people telling me it’s crowded on weekends , so it can be a little scary for the babies if big kids dive into the ball pool, or ram them on the tricycles.

And I do hope they fix that jerking issue on the Pororo Express.

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A Winter ONEderland celebration!

What a day it was yesterday!

In the dead town of the CBD area on a Saturday (seriously,  it’s so different from the weekday hustle bustle), something exciting was brewing on the 8th floor of One Marina Boulevard. We gotta thank our fellow mummy organisers for pulling this gig off!

About 90 babies, their mummies, daddies, siblings, some grandmas and helpers gathered for a very special party aptly themed “Winter ONEderland”.

It’s our December 2014 babies One Year Young mega bash! The party was scheduled ahead of December so it wouldn’t clash with our individual parties.

We set off bright and early, but only managed to arrive on time (after getting a little lost downtown), collected our goodie bag and went to explore the toy zone and photobooths.

Didn’t capture much of the toy zone as my hands were full making sure Little Foot didn’t topple off the bouncy horses or fall headlong down the mini slide into the ball pool, but she enjoyed her short play for sure.

Here’s our fellow Panda babies enjoying themselves (taken by Huiyuu)

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A Major highlight was the photo booths.

Awesome setup by Phooth to suit our theme. (Photo By Papa Long)

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We also loved the pink DIY booth by our fellow mummies.

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Phooth also sponsored a large setup for instant photo prints. We didn’t manage to get a family shot in time as Little Foot fell asleep, but we got something more special — a Panda Mummies group shot!

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I spent a lot of time catching up with mummies whom I haven’t seen since Little Foot was about 4 mths old or even younger. We had all these playdates before many went back to work after the 4 mths maternity leave ran out… I missed them  a lot. It was a rather emotional gathering for me too as I see how everyone’s little ones had sprouted.  No longer fragile looking, there was a lot of laughter and mayhem with the little ones crawling everywhere and some had already started walking!  Here’s us with one of the dear friends I missed.

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Another interesting sponsor was the freshly pressed juices from juiC… just nice,  I was thirsty after chatting with so many mummies, the juice samples were refreshing. You know me and fruits are not really friends, but the concoctions were really quite good!

Of course…what is a party without cakes and a dessert table right? (Giant cake kindly sponsored by Prudential. I heard it was just nice and not too sweet).

By the way, the super animated Penguin mascot was one of the Daddies in disguise!
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Admidst all the madness, my closest friends, the Panda mummies, tried to get a decent shot of our babies… a little tricky! By the time we were done, I was sweating like mad!
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And then we went back for the mega photo session. Imagine the chaos!
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Post party, Little Foot simply couldn’t wind down for the evening. Too much adrenaline! We had her camp out in her cot and do shuttle runs up and down our tiny corridor in her walker to burn off her energy.
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Thank you sponsors and organisers for the party and the memories… till our next party!
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Lots of giggles and chuckles on our last day

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DAY 331.

5 days shy of Little Foot turning 11 months young.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, we went out and played the day away.

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Thanks to a few of my fellow Dec mummy friends. We went to Giggles at Marine Parade and had loads of fun.

Little Foot always loved a good swing,  so she was completely happy to sit in the swing for a loooong time. And slides, and things to bite, touch, pull and throw. Awesome! And she no longer fears the ball pool.  Yay!

There was more playtime at her grandparents’ place in the evening. It’s amazing how one rainbow coloured big bouncing ball could keep her clapping and chuckling and occupied for quite awhile 🙂

Tired Little Foot is finally asleep after we got home and showered her.

Tomorrow is a brand new beginning as we adjust to life away from each other in the day.

I’m getting a grip on my thoughts and emotions. May absence make our hearts fonder!

Thank you my friends for making my last day as a SAHM a memorable one. XOXO!

And now, to pack my bag for tomorrow. #feelingbleargh

Shoutout to my dearest Panda Mummies

Little Foot turned 8 months old yesterday. Seems ept that my entry at this milestone be dedicated to a group of very special friends who has journeyed with me since the tail end of my pregnancy – The group of 12 mummies and 13 babies, we call ourselves the Panda Mummies.

We were there for each other from the day we hooked up to discuss our photoshoot. It was good to have someone who was going through the same phase in life… we all started to countdown and wait anxiously for “something to happen”. They cheered me on throughout my delivery (Yes, they were actively on Whatsapp with me while I was being hooked up to the epidural machine), stayed up together to chat while we nursed our babies/ pump milk, felt my pain as I encountered engorgements, hormonal screwups, shared advice and tips when I was at my wits end whenever something cropped up – baby dropping hair, baby poo poo, baby never poo poo, baby reject bottle, baby reject me, baby having fever.. baby wants to be carried all day… the list goes on and on. Where no one else understood,  they always did, or at least made me feel like I am not as mad as the world thought me to be.

Whenever I think of how a group of random strangers can get together because of 1 common factor – our babies were predicted to be born in the same month – I am amazed and extremely thankful.

So a BIG shoutout to my panda mummies group. Thanks for being my pillars of support in this journey.  We may be a subset of the huge Dec 14 mummies group, but this subset will always be the most special one to me.

We’ve had quite a few playdates, our pregnancy photoshoot and our babies’ 6mo photoshoot… may there be more milestones photoshoots and celebrations together!

Sarangheyo! 😚

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Our very first play date when the bubs were less than 2 months old.

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CNY 2015 “Keep Calm and Collect Ang Pow” playdate.

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SG50 Playdate at City Square Indoor Gym today.

To find a group of good friends at the ripe old age of 33 (I am 33 until I hit my birthday this Sunday!), I am indeed blessed.