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.

{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.

{Thankful Today} 27 December – Someone

I’m thankful for this particular someone not just today, but every single day of my life.

She has taught me humility and patience.

She has allowed me to find great joy in the smallest things.

She has filled my heart with pride and love.

She has taught me how to be a better person, a good mother, in her own little ways.

But most of all, she has allowed me to experience the joys of motherhood and has shown me how amazing a mother’s love for her child can be.

Thank you Alyssa. I’m really thankful you came into our lives.

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Nugget of joy #10

The best way to beat Monday blues is to meet a super friend, with whom you share a friendship of 16 years, at a pretty cafe you have been wanting to check out, and just chatting openly and comfortably with each other, and enjoying each other’s good company over yummy food.

That happened to me today.

Oh, and Christmas came early for me too. A gift from one of my favourite brands (and from a favourite friend). Thanks E!!

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O’ Happy Day

Today’s my idea of a perfect Saturday. Lots of quality time as a family, lots of play, lots of laughter.

Amongst other things, we did some pretend play (i love lego for the endless possibilities) on our latest addition to our new home – a green rug from franc franc <;3. I think Aly likes the new rug as much as we do! She seemed pretty pleased.

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I actually like how the rabbits look on the green rug!

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Aly also attended her first wedding dinner with us! She got cranky towards the end but I’m really glad she finally got to meet quite a number of our friends.

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I love her in these “specs”!

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Can the weekend please not end so quickly?

{Thankful Today} 12 December – Growth

I was sitting beside Aly who was smiling in her sleep and thought to myself, I’m really really lucky and blessed to have her in my life and to be able to experience the joys of motherhood. So today, like many other days, I’m thankful that she is growing up healthily and happily, and I am glad I am here to witness her growth every single day.

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Aly one year ago and Aly now

{Thankful Today} 6 December – Talk

Aly hasn’t really said her first real words but I do enjoy my “conversations” with her very much. I listen intently even as she blabbers on and I respond to what I think she has just said. So today, I’m thankful for all the endless conversations we have. I hope this continues for a long long time!

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{Thankful Today} 3 December – Read

Read: I know it’s a bit late but we have only recently just incorporated bedtime reading into Aly’s bedtime routine. You see, I never got a chance to previously, since I was always nursing her to sleep. Her bedtime routine now is way better. It starts with me wiping her down, followed by milk, followed by bedtime reading followed by lullaby. My favourite part is of course the bedtime reading. Ys and I take turns to read to her but sometimes, like tonight, we read to her together. It’s a very precious 10-15 minutes period, where we spend true quality time as a family – just the three of us.

It’s funny because Aly is always so anxious to flip the pages and she would do so even before we finish reading from a page. So instead of reading, we spend more time describing the picture to her and having her point out objects or animals she knows from the picture, and laughing at the silly things she does. Oh well, whatever works.

So today, I’m truly thankful for story time. I’ve made a promise to myself that I would read her bedtime stories for as long as she would want me to.

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