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At 1.5 months

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Baby Amelie. Everytime I scoop her into my arms she melts my heart into a puddle with her milky baby smells and cute chubby cheeks. She is one contented baby, rarely fusses but is quite a stickler for routines. Throughout the day she gets her milk in between regular 3 or 4 hour long naps, then she stays awake for a stretch in the evening from 6 to 9pm. After her night bath the cycle of milk/sleep starts again.

Last night she stayed asleep longer for about 5 hours before she woke again. I am hoping she will continue to be an easy baby and soon sleep through the night just like how her big brother did. It will be a big win for Mommy because I am due to start work full-time in November!

Being a stay at home mom (SAHM) for the past 10 months has been really great. It granted me time to coordinate renovations, moving in to our new home, spend much needed quality time with family, to catch up on my masters program and of course, to take it easy whilst being pregnant! Now it’s time for a reality check… because there is more to life that I want to achieve. I hope that with this new position at a non-profit organisation working with the elderly, I will be able to truly make a difference in bettering the lives of others. This is a totally different level of job satisfaction that I can’t wait to realise!

Life

Mid-Autumn came early

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To have great neighbours is such a blessing. Can you spot it? Nestled in this pretty blue box  gifted by my friendly neighbour lies my favourite durian flavour. Thank you thank you thank you!
[striped]花好月圆人团圆[/striped]

送上香甜的月饼,连同一颗祝福的心
但愿人长久,千里共婵娟
祝福中秋佳节快乐!

Family Kids Life

Behind every parent…

So I was talking with the husband the other day about how life has caught up so quickly when it (suddenly) dawned on my that Aidan will be going to primary school in 2 year’s time. Think half day classes, March September November December school holidays… How do working parents juggle it?!

Husband: “Behind every set of successful working parents is a maid.”

While I had a good laugh at his matter-of-factness, it hit home uncomfortably. Unfortunately, I can’t say nay to that because most parents I know do employ domestic helpers. As the brood grow larger, or as the grandparents get more frail, the need for the extra help arises. I know my husband, he wants to be a hands-on parent as much as he can… but with his ideal number (of kids, that is) being #3, I am beginning to wonder if we can survive parenthood on our own!

Family Kids Life

Of flowers, sparkles and unicorns

Week 35 of my pregnancy.

The doctor proudly announced during the ultrasound that Amelie is now a hefty 2.4kg. That’s half a kilogram heavier than her big brother when he was born!

If you don’t already know (raise skeptic eyebrow here), a full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.
That means, I only have FIVE more weeks to go! Yikes!

I love my kid as a mom would – but the thought of babies and toddlers and rebellious twelve year olds no longer cause my ovaries to convulse and ovulate. As a nurse I do appreciate the advantages of becoming a mother in my 20s where my eggs are still at their fertile, biological peak. But kids… they are such energy suckers. They demand your constant attention, have endless questions, and at times they can be so stubborn!

It feels more like mission evolution – procreate, nurture, and may the fittest (and smartest) prosper (then procreate some more).

I still coo and fawn over cute drooly babies, if only for 3 seconds or so.

People tell me that becoming a second-time parent things get easier. You won’t fret so much because you have “been there, done that”.  Little things like projectile regurgitation won’t faze you as much. Your diaper bag gets way lighter – why did we need to bring out so much stuff last time anyway? Pacifier rolled on the floor? Oh never mind! *wipes on shirt and gives it to baby*

My husband mused the other day, “Honey, I’m excited about baby #2 and all, but why do I feel like this time round we’ll probably take less baby pictures?” That’s because we are second-time parents, that’s why!

But… I am certain that our love for you will be no less. You will still grow up with flowers, sparkles and unicorns ♥︎

See you in five weeks, darling!

Amelie

Life Love

Linger till dawn dear…

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“Hurried and worried until we’re buried, and there’s no curtain call – Life’s a very funny proposition after all.” – George M Cohen

As I sit here enjoying an all-time classic Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Ella Fitzgerald, my husband is being annoying and going “buzz buzz buzz” in my ear just because. Funny how silly little things like that makes me smile like an idiot 🙂

Family Life Love

Happy birthday to me

Hubs loving note

It feels like a foreign idea to be celebrating birthdays again after a long hiatus. I turn 25 this year and although it has never been a habit to blow out candles on a cake or open fancy presents on the anniversary of my birth, I suggested to Hubs that this year I feel like I deserve to, well, enjoy my birthday and call it a celebration.

Tonight I look back on my life’s journey – the people I’ve met, the people who left, and the ones I have left behind. Feeling nostalgic becomes commonplace when we grow old, and though it feels nice to reminisce I firmly believe that it is absolutely important that we keep moving forward and create new adventures and open up all possibilities that life has to offer.

Today, I am a mother of a 2 year old. 2013 marks our 3rd year as man and wife, although it felt like it has only been our first. I strive to grow closer to my mom and brother, whom I have neglected when I was busy building walls to cope emotionally. I have not put in my 100% academically when I was younger, but I now invest 100% of effort in my career and skills. I was rusty with social skills, and now I am getting warm again. I am beginning to develop an interest in cycling. I cut my long hair short frequently, and I don’t have internal conflicts over it. We bought a house, and I am drafting a design plan which includes an indoor garden and french doors. I plan to visit Europe in 2015, and learn to speak 2 new languages by 2016. I hope my plans are not too big for me to wear.

For once, I can say I am where I want to be. And I’d like to celebrate this moment, this feeling of joy and peace inside.

Happy Birthday to me.

Family Life

Something great

It has been a rather restless week for the whole family. Hubs is planning a career switch and is keen to take up a degree in accounting and finance. We’ve been to course previews at the local campuses and interviewed his friends who are in the same industry. Thank you for those who put up with our curiosity – we really appreciate all the relevant tips and heads up!

Needless to say everyone says it’s tough work, all sacrifices and no joy. I think Hubs is a little mad having made such a sudden decision, but I also admire him for having such courage to embark on an entirely foreign path in his early 30s. I fully agree that life is a journey of continuous learning and these skill sets(nursing, accounting, finance) will always be in demand.

Entering the famed “Big 4″ – PWC, KPMG etc is no easy feat. Correct me if I’m don’t get it quite right but life in the Big 4 sounds really scary – unpaid overtime from monday to sunday(?!), endless heap of projects to complete, below average pay until you manage to climb up to the internal audit department. For someone with family commitments it is a poor choice of job – unless you’re aiming to make a career out of it. Friends have commented about how on the outside world, everyone is trying to get in but those who are already inside are all trying to get out. Oh the irony, the conundrum! Albeit the tough system it seems to fuel Hubs’ desire to challenge himself and I love that he is so motivated.

Placing my pursue of Masters in Health Admin on hold doesn’t feel as bad now compared to how I think I’d react 2 years back. Being a wife and mother has made me different. I gladly put my husband and son’s needs ahead of mine and it unnerves me sometimes to realize that there could so much unconditional love and grace inside just waiting to be discovered. At every wall you meet you think for sure this is the limit but it isn’t, it’s like the end of a rainbow, there isn’t one.

I reaffirm my husband’s doubts and worries – like in the movie “We bought a Zoo” …

Sometimes, all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. And I promise you, something great will come out of it.