Archive for February, 2010

Bond-free scholarships

Just want to put this website here for future reference:

http://student.brightsparks.com.sg/index.php

If little Princess can qualify for some scholarships, then that would allow us more flexibility.

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Book: On Becoming Baby Wise

Was introduced to this book recently.  Couldn’t find it in some local bookstores, so I ordered it online.

Want to have a happy and contented baby that sleeps continually through the night?

Want to know how to synchronise a baby’s feeding, waketime and sleeptime cycles?

Want to be a mother who is not perpetually in a state of exhaustion?

Then this book is your salvation!

Apparently the methods dispensed have been proven true. Boys take a bit longer, but would still follow the cycles eventually.

I’m just at Chapter 3, where the actions are about to start.

Thank you for the introduction, Auntie LT!

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Wishing Everyone A Prosperous New Year filled with An Abundance of Wealth, Health and Good Blessings!

Also, see you next year, dust, dirt and grime from hard-to-reach corners, toilet windows, sofa set and lighting covers!

And next year, no more tummy-touching and comments like “wah, so big already!”

And finally, there will be angpaos coming our way!

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Valentine’s Day

Dear Baby,

Papa and Mama decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, one day in advance.

We trotted down to Parkway. Mama wanted to have dim sum, but we were sorely disappointed cos Crystal Jade wasn’t open. 2nd choice Koo Kee was also closed. In fact, many of the shops were closed!

Notice Papa was already in a festive mood

We had to settle for 3rd choice Swensen’s. As we were going over to grandma’s later for reunion dinner, we kept the meal light. What’s Valentine’s Day without something sweet?? So we also ordered ice cream.

Severely edited banana split

This reminds me of the time when Mama and Papa were still classmates and would often go to the Swensen’s at Changi Airport’s T1 as a group.

And when we celebrate our 22nd Valentine’s Day next year, the classmates won’t be there, but there’ll still be laughter, warmth and love.

Cos there’ll be you.

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Week 32 Checkup (Detailed Scan)

The day for the detailed scan has arrived!

Papa was late in picking us up due to work commitments, hence we were a bit late for our appointment. I have tried to prep baby a few days earlier to be cooperative today so that we can have a good look at her and the scan can be done smoothly. Fingers crossed that she will be good.

Went to the clinic first to register, did the usual weight, urine & blood test before heading upstairs to the 4th floor the scan. On the 4th floor, we registered and paid for the scan before proceeding to the waiting area to be called. Surprisingly, just shortly after we sat down, a lady called out my name. Papa was told to wait outside first while I was led to the room for the scan.

Jelly was spread on my tummy, my goodness, was it cold!! Then the scan started with the sonographer asking me some questions regarding the last scans which were done. Hence, the issue which we did not want to talk about was raised to her attention. She carried on with the scan but baby got either a bit excited or disturbed that she suddenly moved and jerked about which interrupted the scan. The sonographer exclaimed that she is quite an active baby!  We both tried to calm her down so that we could continue with the scan. Luckily, she was cooperative during the rest of the scan.

After that, Papa was called in to take a look. Told him that the issue which we did not want to talk about was still there but we could only discuss in detail with the gynae later. Baby was still shy about letting us see her as we were still not able to see a full frontal view of her, just a silhouette of her side view. However, she did try to say hello by giving us a wave according to the sonographer. With that, she printed out the report which we took downstairs to meet with our gynae.

From the report, baby’s growth and blood circulation are normal, estimated weight now is about 2kg. Gynae extrapolated her weight till birth could be about 3kg+! Asked about the issue which we did not want to talk about, gynae does not seem to see it as a major concern. So looking on the bright side too, it will not turn out to be a major concern, fingers crossed!

As for me, blood test shows that iron level has dropped tremendously which gynae says makes me quite anemic . So he has no choice but to prescribe iron tablets for me. Hopefully, this does not give me constipation! Other than that, all is well for me! Schedule has been changed to see him fortnightly…

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Hong Kong Space Saver

Papa spent much of one weekend planning the furniture layout of my room.

This uncle in Hong Kong makes Papa’s work look like … child’s play!

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/videos/worlds-greenest-homes-hong-kong-space-saver.html

Here’s a screenshot:

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Stretched

We are now at the homestretch of the pregnancy. Rightfully I should be channeling my attention and resources to prepare for the Big Day.

But since the beginning of the year, I’ve been really swamped. A friend asked if I was available to help him, and I readily agreed. Part learning and part stumbling, the beginning was tough. Almost everything was new to me. Unfortunately the original plan has evolved into something quite hairy. What we had hoped could complete by February will now stretch beyond March.

Thinking back, I wondered if I made a mistake in saying yes. Partly because there was an opportunity to learn something new, but mostly because there will be moolah to raise our princess.

I’ll just have to learn to better manage my time.

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