It’s Pokemon Again!

Pokemons are still here! Little milkie has requested for a Pokemon theme (again -.-”’) for her mini birthday celebration at home with the big family two weeks ago. Challenging? Definitely for the mommy as she cracked her head trying to think what else she can do. I seriously hope that she won’t request for it again the next year.

It’s weird though that little milkie insisted to just celebrate it at home instead of with her friends, and told me that she is too shy to want to be the center of attention in school. Not sure if that’s a bad thing but anyway, it was quite a last minute planning. Was so happy that I got to receive all the items that I ordered just slightly more than a week ago!

So after cracking my head, I decided to try and make a pinata, just for the fun of it. Had initially wanted to bake a cake too but there simply wasn’t enough time. Sometimes I really wonder how did some of the mommies do it all, to manage the chores, and homework, and yet still can find time to accompany the kids.

Anyway, the night before the celebration, I stayed up late to make the pinata. Apparently there seems to be 2 ways to make a pinata, using either paper mache or cardboard. I chose the latter one which was an easier choice.

It’s not that difficult if your shape isn’t those irregular ones. It’s just time consuming as there’s a lot of taping (use paper tapes) and gluing.

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After 6 hours of slow work (while watching movie on the TV), I am glad it’s done! And it looks like a pokeball!

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And so we started our mini celebration with openings of goodie bags…

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Followed by ‘smashing’ of the pinata… (which partly got took over by the adults)

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That dropped off the small pokemons and tidbits, and made the 2 older kids go all crazy…

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Then that’s it. No baking of cake so we bought a new cake from Bengawan solo. The pandan cheese roll flavour now made into a round cake, topped with pokemon figurines that I bought from Qoo10.

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Click! Click! Click!

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And hope these kids will grow up together and be as close as now.

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The moment she’s waiting for…

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That’s about it. A nice little celebration with the big family. I’ve always like the idea of such gatherings but of course it also depends greatly on the relationships. We are blessed to have that so treasure it if you have.

Time flies and my little milkie is already 6 years old with 3 baby teeth dropped. Hope she will continue to be as happy as now, and grow up healthily!

Happy 6th birthday! Love you always! 😘

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Weekend @ M Hotel

Daddy asked mommy if she would like to go for a staycation over the last long weekend to celebrate her birthday. Mommy said yes, and little milkie and milo said YES!

It’s the 2nd time that we chose here as the hotel rate is relatively good for a weekend. Parking is good too with unlimited entries per day. Only shortcome I can think of is the surrounding as its within a business district. So there is pretty nothing much around nearby.

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Here we are, at M hotel. Going to stay for 2 nights over the long weekend! We were all very excited but we got even MORE excited when the door of the lift opened and there stood a robot, came in and the button of the level it wanted to go lighted up!!

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Furthermore, they upgraded our room to the M Club at level 27!

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So here’s the cosy bed that we slept for 2 nights.

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And a long table with a comfortable couch where little milkie insisted to sleep at on the first night -.-”’

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See how happy little milo is?

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Of course the happiest was when it’s time for swimming! No photos for this because mommy and daddy were busy holding on to 2 kids who don’t know how to swim at all (not even balancing with the blue vest float). Yeah, will get little milkie to learn soon. Don’t really want her to end up like her mommy.

We went out for dinner and did some shopping before the children knocked out real early that night. Mommy ended up watching movies after movies on HBO while daddy watched his soccer till late…

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But because it included breakfast, mommy and little milo (the early birds) woke and dragged the other two out of bed. And that’s the face of a half-awake and irritated little milkie!

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The breakfast were alright. Not fantastic but it’s good enough for me. Not really for the daddy though.

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Both of them simply ate a bit and ended up walking around and playing with each other.

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We rested for quite a long while before we went for a swim.

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See how comfortable he is!

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And look at those row and rows of cars out there!

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Guess where we went for dinner? Little milo kept shouting “M” when we were in the hotel (‘cos there were M hotel’s logo around). When we reached here, his voice became even louder!

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A little indulgence for the kids. McDonald’s! Cheeseburger plain. His favourite! We got the Share box and the McWings tasted so nice!

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We went on to the 7-11 beside and then decided to let them try the Slurpee.

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Probably there was a sugar overdosed. They went on crazy in the room and finally stopped to have a game of Uno and memory play.

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The next morning, shortly after breakfast, we went for another swim. I managed to take some photos as little milkie learned how to balance and swim with the float. The orange one was spoilt thus daddy had to carry him.

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My two totem poles

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And that was the end of our last minute staycation over the last weekend. Time well spent!

Lastly, Happy belated Fathers’ Day!

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Kawasaki Disease…

It was late at night, on a Sunday. Under the urging of family members, we decided to bring little milo to the 24 hour clinic in Mount Alvernia, as he had been having high fever (ups and downs) since Wednesday. I am so glad that we heed their advice at that point. There wasn’t any unusual symptoms, he was still active other than the fever but I was worried as his neck couldn’t move at all (which his PD mentioned could be due to a very bad sore throat) and he wasn’t taking in a lot of food. We waited for an hour or so before we saw the doctor and had little milo admitted. 3 days, that was the estimated number of days, at max, that we will need to stay, at least, that’s what we thought.

So there we go, with his PD coming down at midnight, and suggested to increase the dosage for antibiotics, and at the same time, do some blood test to see what could be the issue. This, was the beginning…

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They brought him to the treatment room, and inserted the IV plug. He was brave, really brave, never cried at all. And then they took some of his blood, and brought him back to the room where he was put on drip. He didn’t resisted as the fever had kicked in, so he took the Paracetamol and went to sleep. Good, the higher dosage of antibiotics should work, I thought. I woke up every other hour after that, whenever he cried for milk, the nurse came in to measure the temperature or fed him the medicine. Then the lil’ hub left for work to settle some issues before coming back.

It was only less than 6 hours where I was left alone with little milo but it felt like years. He woke up and got really frustrated, demanding to go home, and kept on crying. Wanted me to carry him so I had no choice but to do that while moving the drip and stand along. That was the only way of comforting him. Even his favourite iPad was rejected. I know, by then, he must be feeling really horrible, and so did I. The doctor came with more bad news. The blood test showed an extremely high level of bacteria (where did that come from??!!), which was definitely not normal (usual around 13 [I only managed to see the numbers but don’t understand it], while his was more than 100). He started to eliminate those possible causes and then he looked at me and asked, “Have you heard of Kawasaki Disease…” …and my thoughts started to trail off while the doctor started to look for the symptoms. I’ve heard and read that somewhere before, and I don’t remember it being a good thing…

The next few hours passed quickly as I recalled what the PD said. 5 symptoms to look out for:

  • Red eyes – No
  • Swollen lips & strawberry tongue – Yes
  • Rashes in feet and hands – Yes
  • Lymph node at neck more than 1.5cm – His at 1cm
  • Peeling of the skin (occur only at later stage)

And then I started to search for all the information that I could get. Nothing. Unknown cause on how the disease was caught. Only managed to find a thesis that mentioned about the correlation between delayed allergies of pollens, and a parent whose kid caught this disease after going to Garden by the Bay. We did too. Is it because of the pollens of the flowers? Whatever it is, it is not a disease to be ignore for there is a window period of 7 days. Anything after that might lead to the dilation of the arteries connected to the heart. Possibility of thickening of blood too which might cause clots. So look out for high fever and the symptoms.

While doing that, he was brought in to another room for a heart scan. Thank God, everything looked normal. Doctor said the window is good and I should just go for the treatment before it’s too late. And after discussing with the lil’ hub, we decided to just go ahead.

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It didn’t take them very long, to do the paper work and move him to the ICU to begin the treatment, so that he can be monitored around the clock in case there are any allergies. ICU, it’s the first time I’m in it, and it sure is not a good feeling, especially when lines of tubes and cables were all around. I couldn’t sleep that night, especially after they began the treatment (dripping 3 big bottles of antibodies, extracted and filtered from the blood of a thousand donors), and I went home to bathe and had a shock when the lil’ hub said that little milo kept trembling, the fever spiked and the doctor had no idea why. Treatment was stopped till an hour later. I was back by the time he stopped crying and the treatment restarted.

Longest night ever with no proper place to sleep, and a central aircon that was freaking cold. By the time the sun finally came up, I sneaked out to the car to grab the hp’s cable and had a quick nap in the warmth of the car. But within minutes, the lil’ hub called and asked me where I was for little milo’s fever came back and he’s crying for me. I, almost broke down. Is the treatment working? He was alright for the whole night I was there. What happened? That was the last time I left his side for slightly longer during that whole period.

I took a deep breath before I ran back with my fingers crossed, and forced positive thoughts in my head. Then the hours after that felt like I was monitoring a stock market… with the fever still going up and down, and a possibility of a second dose if things didn’t improve.

Luckily, the fever stopped coming back 9 hours after the treatment, as I kept my fingers crossed all the while for another 48 hours till he got discharged and had his energy and appetite back.

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Looking back, I am so thankful we did not ignore the advice and decide against sending him to the hospital. Thankful that we did not wait for more symptoms to come out before going for the treatment. The 5D5N at Mount A was horrible but am also very thankful for all the support from family and friends.

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Two weeks has passed and today, I am back in the hospital with little milo for his follow-up heart scan, to check and ensure that things are fine. Worried? Yes, because I’ve read and heard stories but I remained positive. Again, I am so happy beyond words when the doctor said that things look normal although he will have to come and do a scan on a yearly basis for not sure how long more.

A lot of times, I forgotten how vulnerable life can be. I take it for granted. Taking up a course cannot be used as an excuse to spend lesser time with the children. Working hard to earn more money sometimes cannot be too. I need to learn how to manage my time better… we all probably need to…

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…he is fine now…

…very thankful…

*breathe*

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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

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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…*

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