Friday, March 24, 2017

Looking back at Emma's infant/child care journey and looking ahead

We recently confirmed with the school about sending our younger daughter to the infant care in the coming September and it made me looked back at Emma's infant care and child care journey.

Emma started attending full day infant care centre when she was 15 weeks young and child care centre when she turned 2 years 4 months old. As a full-time working mother, the school has been a great pillar of support in my parenting journey right from the start.

There were times where I wondered if I had put in enough effort in the upbringing of Emma by sending her to school at such young age. However, I found that having limited time with Emma pushed me to be more mindful and diligent in my daily parenting. Besides, it was a great comfort seeing how well Emma has been growing and learning with the school.

 

I'm sure every parents who have sent their child(ren) to infant care and child care centres have their own stories to tell, and here's our experiences over the last 3 years and 3 months to share!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

5 things for a Big Sibling-to-be to know before new baby arrives

The challenges that come along with becoming a big brother and sister are so real.
 
One day, Daddy and Mummy shared a big news about having a new baby in time to come. And, this brought about great excitement and fantasy to the big brother or sister-to-be. Then, the excitement gradually changed into a seemingly long period of waiting and changes. Suddenly, Mummy got rounder, tired easily, couldn't carry or run around with him or her and the list goes on. Things then got more challenging when baby arrives. Depending on the age, gender, personality and various factors surrounding the child, he or she might cope with it very differently.
 

5 things for a Big Sibling-to-be to know before new baby arrives

 
As a big sister-to-be, there are lots for Emma to learn and adapt in her new role. Thus, I've been spending more time talking to Emma about being a big sister and helping her understand what lies ahead. I doubt she can be fully prepared for the new baby at 4 years old, but I pray that she can embrace her new role with lesser difficulties by knowing and keeping these 5 things close to her heart. While these might be harder to younger children to understand, I believe the little ones will understand bits and pieces of it over time.

Learning trip to Hay Dairies Goat Farm!

Few weeks ago, we had our first trip to the Hay Dairies Goat Farm and it was so eye-opening!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Daddy & Daughter's Outing @ Universal Studio Singapore

It didn't seems like the best idea for Daddy and Emma to visit Universal Studio Singapore (USS) on the morning of Chinese New Year Eve alone. However, we had tickets that were going to expire in a few days' time and we couldn't make it earlier due to house move. Thus, I casually proposed to Daddy to bring Emma over alone and I will join them around noon after work. To my surprise, Daddy was game for it! 

It wasn't their first Daddy & Daughter's outing but their last outing to a Mickey Mouse Show was about a year ago. Besides, Daddy had been so busy with the house packing at nights and he didn't have much time with Emma the week before. So, it's certainly a timely opportunity for them to have some 1-1 time.

When the day came, Daddy and Emma were so excited. After dropping me off at office, they went back to get ready for a fun day out! To make sure they wasted no time, they arrived even before their doors opened.

Monday, February 20, 2017

All-time favourite natural look with Sephora x Estee Lauder products!

Products Review
 
People talk about pregnancy glow but I seriously haven't experienced any. I might look like I'm having it but that's only when I had some make up on. I'm serious.
 
Few weeks back, there were 2 students on house survey asking "Is there anyone at home?" when they saw me in my bare face at door. Were they too nervous or thought that I'm a maid and asking for my "Sir" or "Mdm"?
 
Anyhow, I'm thrilled to receive some Estee Lauder makeup items from Sephora to cover up my pregnancy tiredness and dullness.
 
 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A more beautiful smile with BlanX White Shock!

BlanX White Shock, the No. 1 toothpaste in Italy, has arrived in Singapore at the start of the new year.


 
It has been 1 week since I started using BlanX White Shock with LED accelerator attached and I'm loving it! I'm not a coffee/tea drinker or smoker so it never crossed my mind about using whitening toothpaste until I get to know about BlanX.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Preparing for baby 101

Less than 17 weeks to go and I still have 101 things to do and buy!

Over the last 23 weeks, I basically just ate and slept as much as I could, visited gynae, booked my confinement lady and met up with my insurance agent. After clocking a few short years of parenting experience, we are less anxious and much more focused. Since we either have the hand down pieces from Emma or know what to buy, there are much lesser research and shortlisting involved.

However, I still find it crucial to have a list to help me prepare for our new baby! So, here's one working list (with * being optional items and those in blue as my own pending items) to remind and spur myself (and Hubby) on! I hope it will be helpful to those preparing for their baby too.


1. Fixing gynecologist


Confirming pregnancy with a gynae visit is probably the first thing a couple do. We went back to our trusty doctor so there is no need to browse through the long forum threads to decide which hospital, gyane and package.