A Care & Share Birthday

Time really flies and little milo is 3 years old!
After days of preparations for a small celebration, glad that all went well, except for the decorations which mommy could have done better. Nonetheless at least the cake is up!

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I still remember the day I was going to deliver little milo, there were 2 other April mummies with me too (so nice to know them!). And one of them was in the other waiting room. I came in first but my gynae had to attend to another emergency, thus in the end the other mummy gave birth to her baby first.

During that whole morning and afternoon of waiting, it wasn’t as smooth as little milkie’s. There was a period where the heart rate of the baby increased but yet the nurses never mentioned anything and the next thing, I was given oxygen! And then came evening when the gynae came and said that little milo can come out already. The moment little milo came out, my gynae said, “You silly boy, why get yourself entangled?”

That was when I realised that the umbilical cord probably went around his arms or legs and thus when there’s contractions, it tightened around him and he was scare. Thankfully all was fine though little milo had to stay in the NICU for 12 hours before I get to see him.

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Okay, 3 years has passed and now he’s a little cheeky naughty boy, who has finally starts to talk a bit more ever since he went to N1 in the same preschool as little milkie.

I bought him a little care bear for Christmas last year and probably because of that, he chose the care bears when I asked him to choose his birthday theme this year.

The theme wasn’t as easy as I thought since it’s not trending now. Initially I ordered some care bear figurines from Taobao and they ended up in the wrong colours!

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I was so disappointed but I was determined to find these figurines as I simply don’t have the time to make them. So I bought another set from Qoo10 after checking the reviews but alas, it was in the wrong colours too…

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I was so upset until I didn’t know what to do and that was 3 weeks before the celebration. I didn’t want to buy from online anymore but luckily, Toy ‘r’ Us was selling those mystery packs, with care bears in neon colours! Neon is better than wrong!

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And since last weekend, I had my exams too, it was tough trying to make those preparations. I know, lessons learned:

  • Try not to buy things online unless it’s a lot cheaper and/or the reviews are really good
  • Do not expect too much from things bought online
  • Plan and do things EARLY
  • NEVER EVER give up!

We played a simple treasure hunt too, requested by little milkie and she definitely had fun eating all the goodies (when I am not looking)!

Anyway, am always thankful for the help that my big family had given. It’s great to stay together and near to each other and hope it stays that way.

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Am also thankful for the joy that little milkie and milo had brought into our life.

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Lastly, a big thank you for all the presents and ang baos! Great food, happy kids, beautiful day! It’s a care bear day so let’s start caring and sharing!

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P/S: Love you and of course your sister too! ♡♡

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. ~ H.G. Wells

A Good Long Weekend

I’m guilty and I’m guilty. I’m guilty for not spending enough time with the children. And I am really thankful for this Good Friday, a long weekend.

Ever since I made the decision to take up a 6 months course that burns most of my Fridays and weekends, our usual routine totally went chaotic. Things were mostly done at the last minute and there were hardly any activities created for little milkie and milo. Thus, when this long weekend came, we decided to spend some quality time with the children and so we did!

They were ecstatic! Waiting impatiently for us to pick them up last Thursday evening to celebrate their daddy’s birthday. We ended up at Swensen’s for dinner and ice-cream, something for them to indulge in.

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And then on Good Friday, we finally use the oven for the first time to bake some cupcakes! She had fun sifting the flour and I took the chance to explain how to mix those ingredients together as they watched the mixer do its job.

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We went out that day to run some errands and she was so happy when she won, for the first time, in our ‘Who decides our dinner?’ game which we always play in the car. Basically little milkie will choose a category, e.g. children’s songs, contains numbers or colours etc., and then we each (excluding milo who usually just hums along) will take turns to sing 2 sentences of a song without repetition. And do you know why she won? She told me that she had been secretly practising and learning new songs from a CD that we bought a long time ago!

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Oh yes! Shocking indeed! But I’m happy that she took the initiative to learn something on her own.

Well, Friday ended and we went for our morning walk the next day. That was my New Year’s resolution – to bring them for more outdoor activities. And so whenever I don’t have my Saturday class, I will bring them for a walk at the nearby park.

Of course it comes with perks for this Saturday! I brought them to the other side of the park and I told little milkie that if she manages to lead us to the McDonald’s, then we will have that for breakfast!

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Yes, she did, but after going in circles for quite a while. I had to give her some hints so that she can get us out of the hot sun! (At 9am)

Milkie then went for her class in the afternoon before we went to the Toy ‘r’ Us to search for milo’s birthday present. But they ended up just playing only…

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… and in the end, it was the sister that gotten sonething! Yes, the dad is going to teach her how to ride a bicycle!

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Saturday’s gone and Sunday came, where we dress up to meet the family for some dim sum at Yum Cha @ Changi Biz eHub. Then we shopped at Changi City Point for a while. Both of them fell asleep before we reached the car.

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And then we ended our long weekends with a treasure hunt! Love these icons from freepik.com! Really comes in handy when you need it.

For the treasure hunt, I simply cut it into small pieces and hid around the living room using blu tac. Then each of them takes one full sheet and paste those that they found on the respective icons!

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Had fun? They sure did! But the time flies and it was back to school and work.

Life can get really busy and tired at times but once in a while, you need to slow down and spend time with your children. They grow up really fast… and a lot of times, they really like you to accompany them…

Milkie: Mommy, can you don’t go to work?

*something to ponder…*