Mid autumn festival

Mid autumn festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month and it’s a day of reunions, mooncakes, Chinese tea, pomelos and most importantly, lanterns!!

The festival brings back fond childhood memories. I remember playing with candles and sparklers along the corridor outside my home. I also remember bugging my parents to buy me all the pretty lanterns and always looked forward to taking walks around our neighborhood with our lanterns.

That’s exactly what we did today! Brought Aly for a short walk with paper lanterns. We obviously did not allow her to carry a lit one but nevertheless she was pretty excited about her new toy!

Happy mid autumn festival everyone!

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Aly at 10 months

Aly turned 10 months old last Thursday! It’s only been a month since my last update but lots of changed and she has developed a personality overnight! This means she has been getting into a lot more trouble but i think the fun has just begun!

Here’s her 10 month update:

Feeds: She absolutely LUUUURVES food. You should see the way her eyes light up the moment she sees food. She has porridge with veg and fish for lunch these days, and baby cereal for dinner. She’s tried many different kinds of fruits and loves them! Oh and her favourite drink at the moment is vitagen (which we allow her small sips from time to time). We now try to feed her whatever we are eating, which is not to sweet, oily or salty. I guess we have learnt that it’s the best way to keep her occupied during meal times so we can eat in peace. Bread is exceptionally useful! So she’s eaten bread, tofu, mashed potato and eggs last few weekends when we were out. She’s also tried orange juice! We also allow her to indulge in baby snacks on weekends and she loves them! So strong is her love for eating that her eye hand coordination has improved by leaps and bounds and she is now able to pick up a biscuit (about the size of a honey star) and nine out of 10 times put it in her mouth. It’s cute to see her hold on to the biscuit so carefully, as she transfers the food from one hand to another hand, so she can put it into her mouth (the snack sticks to her fingers sometimes you see). I’m glad she loves to eat! After all, ys and I are both foodies!

Sleeping patterns: same.old.story. (yawns)

Speech: she has a huge “vocabulary” now although we don’t understand her 99% of the time. I think she has a rather strong understand of her surroundings and what we say, and she too tries to communicate with us, but because we don’t understand her, she’s gets really frustrated. That’s been happening a lot lately! Overall she’s really animated and we have been very tickled by the sounds she makes and her numerous expressions.

Motor skills: Aly is finally crawling!! She seemed to have developed that skill overnight, just a few days after my last update. She crawls in a rather odd way though, cos she relies entirely on her upper body strength to drag herself forward, which means she doesn’t use her legs. So she looks pretty amusing and lopsided when she crawls. I’m not complaining though! At least she has developed that skill and can now crawl around and explore her surroundings (which of course brings about a new set of problems). She has the tendency to flip quickly and lie on her back from the crawling position though, which has caused her to bump her head on the floor a couple of times! Oh and she cracked ys and i up last night because we found her crawling backwards (like reverse mode) when she hit a dead end. We thought that was hilarious! Aly is also trying to pull herself up to the standing position these days. I think the next step is to buy her a proper pair of shoes so that she can start to practise how to walk soon.

Other developments: she has this really hilarious habit of acting coy and shy in front of certain strangers (especially caucasian guys). She could be in her hyperactive cheeky mode until some random stranger enters the lift, and she would instantly lay her head sideways on my chest and smile coyly at stranger (whether the stranger is looking at her or not!!). Exit the stranger and she would be back to her normal self again. I’m still puzzled by where and how she picked that up! Not all strangers get the same treatment though. Some get greeted by her grumpy incredulous stare, which I am often very embarrassed by, because she would look like she has just seen an alien! She absolutely loves animals, especially dogs, cats and birds . The most obvious development however, is that she has developed a really foul temper. She’s only 10 months old but the stubborn streak in her is already very obvious. If she cannot get what she wants, she would scream until we give it to her. She also has this irritating habit of swinging both her arms up and down (like swatting flies) in a very spoilt fashion when she gets angry (sigh).

Despite all of that, I must say she’s a joy to be with and is a happy baby most or the time.

Happy 10 months old Aly!

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Our New Home

We finally got our keys today for our new home!! Yayyyy! Just in the process of finalizing the design now and renovations should start next week. Can’t wait to start picking out accessories for the house. I’m desperately hunting for balcony ideas. Let me know if you have any. I need to start looking out for plants to get for our balcony!

Woods in the Books

I stumbled upon a gem when we dropped by Millenia Walk last weekend. I’ve always had a thing for bookshops and there was no way I could have missed a shop with a name like “woods in the books” and with a window display that looked like this.

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The place is what childhood dreams are made of! Whimsical drawings fill the white washed walls, mobiles hang from the ceiling, and everywhere you turn, you find a nice surprise. The shop stocks picture books suitable for all age groups and it looks like there is something for everyone in the family, just waiting to be discovered.

I loved the alphabet buntings which I think I will get for Aly’s new room, the totes with cute prints, reprints of graphics by mike foo (co-owner of the book shop) and lovely lamps designed by him! I’m very very tempted to get the wooden standing lamp actually.

Definitely returning to get stuff for my new home!

Millenia Walk
9 Raffles boulevard
#02-32
Singapore

September Day 12 – Together

I love my charm bracelet and how it looks when the charms and glass beads are strung together. The first three are bought for me by ys from a shop in murano, Venice on our honeymoon. I fell in love with those glass beads the moment I set my eyes on them! The next three are from E, for my 28th birthday. The last one which is a pram charm was a very special gift from my younger sister when Aly was born. I love the meaning behind each glass bead and charm and the fact that they all represent important points in my life.

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September Day 11 – Hero

Ever since I was really little, I thought of my dad as a hero.

I have very fond memories of my childhood because of him. He used to take me to Wisma at orchard almost every other Saturday afternoon. And because it was so expensive to park in town, we would take a train. And my happiest moments are those when he carried me on his shoulder as we watched the colourful fishes in the aquarium around the bubble lifts.

This is the same guy who drove to my kindergarten during his lunchtime just to watch me take my snack at recess time, from behind the pillars. Just to make sure I was doing fine. He told me about this when I was older and I could still see the pride in his eyes when he told me how he was really proud of me because I was so independent and sociable.

This is also the same guy who woke up early every single morning to send me to school, so that I wouldn’t have to wake up early to wait for the school bus. And I remember in the evenings when school ended when I was in primary school, we would line up at the school porch for the national anthem and school song and announcements, and I would look over my shoulder to try to spot my dad, and he would always be waiting outside the school gates, with his arms folded but giving me the biggest smile.

The chauffeuring has never stopped. And even now, when I’m already a mother, he still says to me “be careful when you cross the roads”, “be careful when you drive”.

I think i’ll always be his little girl and he will always be my hero.

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