Nugget of joy #12

I was fiddling with my phone after dinner at my in laws’ place. Aly emerged from the kitchen with a slice of pear which she was clutching on to tightly. She loves fruits (as much as she loves bread) and she had been eagerly waiting for my mother in law to cut her some fruits.

I thought she would plonk herself on the floor, make herself comfortable and enjoy her fruit.

Instead, she toddled towards me, her hands outstretched to help her maintain her balance. There was a huge grin on her face. She stopped right in front of me, held the pear to my mouth and offered to let me take a bite of the pear.

It was a really simple act, but this act from my 15 month old toddler made my day (in fact, my week)! It was her way of showing her love for me. It showed that she understood what it meant to share and to give. It meant so so much to me.

I was reminded once again, of how blessed we are to have Aly in our lives and how blessed I am to be able to experience the joy of mothering – something I would not trade for anything else in this world.

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{Saturday Morning Snapshot} – Weekend Brunch and A Motorcycle

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Ys brought us to Rabbit Carrot Gun for brunch yesterday morning. It’s a charming little cafe along east coast road that I’ve been meaning to check it out for some time! Will get down to doing a review of this cafe in a separate post!

I have loved weekend brunches since before Aly came along and I am glad that we are still make effort to keep such weekend brunches going. Aly is also a huge fan because she gets to eat a bit of scrambled egg and toast (she’s a bread monster).

On top of the food, she was also really excited about this old school motorcycle ride that was placed outside the cafe. It probably has seen better days, bringing lots of joy to young children, whose parents could afford to spare some change for the ride. The motorcycle now stands as a display.

Aly has always loved motorcycles and was naturally ecstatic when we placed her on the bike! She was really pleased and we couldn’t help but snap a picture.

Lovely Saturday morning.

Wee Stories

Here comes Aly!

I was at work today when my mum sent me this video clip of Aly walking with the help of a walker

I mentioned previously that she’s still not walking even though she’s cruising comfortably. In fact, we never allowed her to use the walker because she didn’t know how to use it and would often place her weight forward, so she ends up falling forward when the walker rolls forward too quickly.

So I was really happy to receive a message from my mum to say that aly finally can walk steadily with a walker! It was a milestone for her and this means she’s one step closer to walking on her own, without support! She can even walk backwards with the walker! Haha.

My heart was bursting at the seams with pride when I watched the video and feeling really glad that the moment was caught with a camera phone. At the same time though, I felt a little bitter that I wasn’t there to witness that milestone. It’s the usual FTWM guilt.

It reminded me of something I read recently – even though i cannot for the life of me remember where, a line which says “we didn’t give birth to children so other people can raise them”.

Although I’m one of the lucky few who have great support from both sets of grandparents who take turns to look after Aly, some days I do wish that I have more time with her than the usual evenings and weekends. Today was one of those days…

Make-Up Disaster

I had a make-up disaster the other day. No, it was not the make-up on my face that was ruined. It was my MAC liquid eyeliner and the fact that Aly had her both hands covered in black liquid eyeliner when I emerged from the bathroom one weekday morning just before I was supposed to head out for work. Did I also mention that I was alone in the house, and already all ready for work?

Honestly when I came out of the bathroom and saw her sitting there with a guilty look and hands all covered in black eyeliner, I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. I was definitely annoyed but I couldn’t bring myself to be angry at her (after all I was the one who left my make up lying around)!

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I really didn’t know where to begin though. I carried her to the shower area and begun the wash her hands, only to realise that I had bought WATERPROOF liquid eyeliner. Yes that conversation with the MAC saleslady came to mind.

Me: I want something that is waterproof. Like really long lasting and something that will not smudge.

Saleslady: don’t worry MAC has one of the best waterproof liquid eyeliners. Very long lasting.

Very nice.

Aly started grabbing at my legs because she was feeling scared with all that black stuff on her hands. Yay now I had eyeliner on my arms, leg and dress. I left her on the bathroom floor and scurried to grab some cotton wool so I could apply my eye make up remover (my dior eye make up remover. Sigh.) on her. When I turned around she had used her hands to wipe her face and head and now her whole face was covered with eyeliner. Obviously I didn’t have the sense of humour at that point to take a picture. On hindsight I should have. I’m sure I will be repeating this story for many years to come, even when she grows up.

Well after using about half bottle of my eye make up remover on her and myself, I did eventually make it to work. with black nails.

The surprises a kid brings.

{Thankful Today} 29 December – 2012

In all honesty, 2012 has been really exhausting. On top of having to cope and adjust with a new member in the family and the chores that having a baby brings about, we made the crazy decision to sell our matrimonial home, moved to a serviced apartment for 3 months and busied ourselves with the design and renovations of our new home. Imagine the amount of packing and unpacking we had to do, considering there was also a two week interval where we moved back to stay with my mum before our new home was ready.

Of course, people who read my blog should be well aware of Aly’s notoriously bad sleeping habits. This means I haven’t had undisrupted sleep for an entire year (other than the 4 nights in Hong Kong). Work has also been busier than ever before. So really, I can’t even begin to describe how physically exhausted I have been.

That said, 2012 also saw me through the proudest moments in my life. These are not my moments. These are Aly’s moments, the first time she flipped from her back to her tummy, the first time she sat up on her own, the first time she pulled herself up to stand, the times she said her first words. Those moments were priceless and because of Aly, 2012 has been amazing in its own ways. I was allowed to experience the immense joy of motherhood in 2012, which has left me excited about what 2013 would bring.

It is not possible for me to exhaustively list the things I am thankful for in 2012, but here are a few.

1) For making it to the two year mark and resisting the urge to kick each other in the ass amidst all the household chores, packing, unpacking and moving. We celebrated our 2nd year anniversary in October this year with a simple art jamming session! I’m glad we keep to our weekly date nights and are committed to spending time alone as a couple. 2012 hasn’t been easy but I’m glad we kept trying to make things better. We have definitely grown as a couple and for that, I’m thankful.

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2) For our first family photoshoot. We thought it would be a good idea to have a shoot in our matrimonial home since it was where Aly was born. The photos turned out great!

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3) For being able to celebrate Aly’s first birthday. I’m really thankful that she’s a happy and healthy baby.

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4) For our new home. When we first decided to buy this place, it was more of a practical decision in that it checked all the right boxes. I wasn’t that crazy about it, but now I have fallen in love with this place! I’ve always thought we wouldn’t put in the same amount of effort for the interior design given that it’s already our second home but much to our surprise, we were even more involved in the conceptualising of the home design as compared to our previous home. The result is a cosy, comfortable home which truly reflects our personalities.

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5) For being able to grow my passion in photography. I’ve always liked taking pictures but I think in 2012 I finally decided I wanted to do more than picture taking. I wanted to take better pictures and I wanted to learn more about photography. Thankful for the camera that YS got me for our wedding anniversary. Now I just have to be more disciplined in the editing and saving of photos!

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6) For Aly. Need I say more?

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2012, thank you for all the good times.

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas…

The Christmas tree is finally up and Aly got really excited about the tree. In fact, she’s been really excited about seeing Christmas trees so it must be quite something for her to see one in our home. She would ask for the lights to be switched on and would point in the correct direction when asked “where’s the Christmas tree?”

I cannot believe that one year ago she was barely one month old when I was setting up the tree and that at this time next year, she would probably be helping me with the decorations!

Here are pictures of the simple decorations we put up in our home this year.

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8 more days to go!

Life is good…

When I am chilling and listening to Christmas songs, fooling around with Aly who is full of cheeky expressions and enjoying my favourite Starbucks Christmas drinks.

I love Christmas!!!

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A moment we shared

There is something I love about this picture. Yes the eye bags are bad and I had no make up on but it is this simplicity that draws me to this picture. It is a picture of simple joy, of a precious moment both Aly and I shared as we lazed in bed together on a Sunday afternoon, and of a wonderful bond.

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