A morning at the playground

We brought Aly to a playground just beside our serviced apartment this morning. It’s my first time bringing her to a playground! We brought the bubble solution along as well and blew her her favorite bubbles. Here’s our Sunday morning in pictures. She was a little cranky though and her crankiness definitely shows up in the pictures. Haha

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Aly’s pink watch

Aly has always had this obsession with watches for some reason. So she understood the meaning of “watch” sometime back.

My parents returned from one of their day trips to JB with a pink ladybird watch for Aly! It’s the cutest thing really. And the strap is the kind which will curl around the wrist automatically, once u bend if slightly. Perfect for a baby! I mean, of course she doesn’t know how to tell the time yet, but it’s cute to see her wear the watch with such pride. She probably thinks its cool to wear a watch (like an adult). She’s never attempted to remove it or put it into her mouth.

But when she’s asked “where is your watch”, she will bring her wrist up to look at the watch, use the other hand to touch the watch, and flash a contented smile. Super adorable if I may say so!

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Grandpa

Aly’s one of the few people who can make my dad smile like this. I’m so glad she’s brought so much sunshine and laughter into his life because I love him very much, and it warms my heart to see him happy.

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Elly for Aly

Here’s introducing my favourite children’s clothing store in the whole wide world – Elly! I’m a huge supporter of local designers and Elly is actually started and run by two sisters, Audrey and Carol, in Singapore.

I love everything about Elly – the cute elephant logo, the concept behind Elly, the comfortable fabric which they use for the children’s clothes, the pretty and fun fabric designs and the amazing looking shopfront at cluny court. Oh, the owners of Elly are also super nice and helpful!

I finally found the chance to head down to cluny court two weeks ago because I wanted to buy Aly a dress from there for a family photoshoot. I must admit I had a very difficult time resisting buying the entire rack of clothes. The fabric designs are SUPER DUPER CUTE. Mums with boys should totally check out Elly because they have got shirts for boys in equally colorful and fun fabric designs. My favourite has got to be the all in a day’s work shirt which features pictures of the washing machine, milk bottle and toaster, and peppered with “mummy mummy” and “I just pood and peed”. Hilarious. I don’t think I can find anything like that anywhere else in Singapore. I bought Aly a twinkle dress at first but had to exchange it for a wonderland dress in paper hats design (which is really cute by the way – basically features graphic instructions on how to fold a paper hat) because the twinkle dress was a little big. I am loving their summer collection and think I will have to head back there soon!

Do check out their website and their blog. I’m sure everyone can find something there for someone 😛

More about the family photoshoot I had with Steph Tan Photography in a separate post, but here’s a picture from the shoot – Aly in the wonderland dress. <;;3

Mamamamama

Dear Aly,

You surprised Papa and myself on the Friday that just passed when you kept on calling “mama” in between sobs. You enunciated that word so clearly, that magical word. And at that moment I couldn’t help but plant kisses on your little tummy as my heart almost burst with pride and joy. And it didn’t matter if you actually meant “mum mum ” or “mama”, that moment was MY moment. Whatever it is, it made all the sleepless nights worthwhile. Thankfully your papa caught it on video – you saying “mama”.

And today you would went “mamamamamama” when you wanted me to carry you. My heart turns into goo when I hear you say that.

You are learning to speak really quickly. You stare intently at how our lips move as we say a certain word and try your best to follow. You’ve also called papa a couple of times and everytime you do it, we will clap our hands and call out in joy and you will also chuckle in delight! You’ve most certainly reached another milestone and this is just the start of an exciting phase as you pick up more words. We cannot wait to have kiddo conversations with you!

Big big hug.

Love, mama

Better late than never

Aly is finally flipping! At 8 months no less! Haha. Actually I have never been too worried about her not being able to flip since the doctor did comment that it will probably take her some time to do it because of her *ahem* weight.

She had been flipping a couple of times but the flips were not done at will. Most of the time she just “tipped over”. From last Friday though, she suddenly acquired her flipping skills and has been flipping like a pro ever since! I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up last saturday morning to her on her tummy, flashing her million dollar smile at me. I just HAD to pull myself out of bed to give her a hug.

On a related note, I thought I’ve been hearing her go “mama” a couple of times but im not sure if I am imagining things. Maybe she’s saying “mum mum” (baby Lang for food) or maybe it happens because she purses her lips together when she cries sometimes. Whatever it is, those episodes definitely got me pretty excited!

Aly at 8 months

Aly turned 8 months old on Friday (and weighs a hefty 9.4kg). I cannot stop marveling at how much she has grown and how quickly time has passed. She’s at a really fun stage now with all the babbling and chuckling and it feels like a mini milestone is attained every other day. Everyday is a surprise and I’m cherishing every moment of it.

Feeds: One egg yolk for breakfast on weekdays. One meal of cooked porridge with fish/meat and some veg for lunch and few spoonfuls of brown rice cereal for dinner. She has tried spinach, potato, carrot, banana, papaya, apple, pumpkin, codfish, salmon, sweet potato, broccoli amongst other things.

Drinks about 130ml of milk about 11 in the morning and between 70ml to 100ml in the evening after her meal of brown rice cereal. I latch her on and nurse her to sleep about 9pm and pretty much throughout the night (yes nothing has changed) which is why I don’t give her milk early in the morning (come on, she has had free flow milk the entire night!).

Sleeping patterns: no updates. Still waking up a couple of times a night and not able to self-soothe to fall back to sleep. I’m still the giant pacifier. In fact I notice that she has been waking up earlier than usual this entire week! She used to only wake up when she hears us preparing to go to work in the mornings. These days she’s awake even before my alarm rings!

Speech: she definitely has no problems making herself heard. She loves babbling these days and lets out these squeals every now and then (especially in her Gymboree class). She has recently started “singing”, not singing along, but singing on her own, and looking quite pleased each time she does it because she has a fan club cheering her on and clapping with pride. Unfortunately, she sounds rather tone deaf at the moment but I hope that’s not permanent. Haha.

Motor skills: still not crawling and is obviously not motivated to crawl. She has been flipping the last couple of days though! I hope she keeps it up! When she is in a sitting position and we place a toy she likes in front of her, she will reach out for it and fall flat on her face (because she doesn’t know how to extend her arms to support herself). Guess she didn’t inherit her dad’s great psycho motor skills! Definitely prefers standing to sitting down and would pull herself up to the standing position whenever she can.

Other developments she’s got two teeth peeking out of her lower gums now! Her stubborn personality is starting to show. Let’s just say she definitely has a mind of her own and hates being told what to do and how to do it (sigh). She even hates being held by the hand to be guided to do or touch something and will promptly push our hands away when we try to do that.

She’s an observer and listens intently each time we speak to her. She is able to identify certain items like light, fan, tricycle, piano, photo (the graduation pictures that hang on our parents’ living room walls), ball. She also knows everyone in the immediate family. So whenever we ask “where is ____ ?” she will look in the general direction of that object/person. She also knows that she can find birds, airplanes and cars when standing at the window so she looks in the general direction of windows when asked “where is bird/airplane/car?”

She puts everything in her mouth, like every.single.thing she can land her hands on. She hates sitting on the stroller and can’t stay there for long. The manduca carrier thankfully still works fine. She’s needier than ever before and would burst into tears if she is left alone even for a split second. I’m really hoping this is only a phase!

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Happy 8 months old Aly!