Post-Offspring-Spontaneity

Last weekend: When we proved (to ourselves, at least) that post-offspring-spontaneity is not dead.

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So here’s the scene, diaper and milk powder supplies were running low. Like any Singaporean family, we had to make a quick dash in to JB to stock up for the impending apocalypse (i.e., a catastrophic* event where cloth diapers are involved).

*  10 months in, Sam’s poo now smells like the zoo, specifically the zebra enclosure – if you’ve been there specially to appreciate the aromas. Some days, tardiness in taking out the trash results in… fermented Sam’s poo. 

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Mid-way through lunch at Nando’s (because Singaporeans can’t get Nando’s in Singapore), we decided, on a whim, that it was an excellent idea to stay the night in JB. We had with us our diaper bag^ containing (aka Surviving-JB-with-a-child guide):

  1. The clothes on our back + 1 extra top (but hey, never mind what the parents have / need)
  2. 2 milk bottles
  3. 2 rompers (we keep handy in the diaper bag)
  4. 1 baby hoodie
  5. some baby snacks

^stroller and baby carrier not included in the bag.

We had no choice(I know right!?) but to book a premium room at the Renaissance hotel (which we highly recommend by the way – there’s also plenty of street food in the immediate vicinity). WHAT A LAST MINUTE DECISION IT WAS! The free food and drinks (including wine and beer) at the lounge were a nice bonus!

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Photo of irresponsible considerate parents hiding in the lounge to play with phones cos the baby was already in bed.

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Photo showing responsible parents having supper in the toilet so baby is always supervised.

We enjoyed this trip thoroughly and even learnt a few things along the way. Specifically:

  1. Hotel toilets ARE decent places to have supper – flush before use.
  2. We require surprisingly few things to make things work – excess only temporarily allays your worries/fears
  3. Always pack an extra phone charger with you – saves the hassle of charging from the TV’s USB port
  4. Your life doesn’t have to, and should not revolve around your offspring (or does it?)
  5. This new generation will probably NOT know why we ‘pick up the phone’ what a telephone is.

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We are headed to Taiwan next weekend. See you guys on the other side…

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IN HIS MOUTH!

We all have done some strange things in life. Some you were aware of, like pooping in your grandfather’s hand (I found out that photo evidence is incriminating). While some of your strange, past actions live in the depths of your parents’ memories, only to (conveniently, embarrassingly) come up for air during family gatherings.

Sam’s closing in on 9 months in this world. During this time, we’ve accumulated a lifetime of stories (i.e., since last dec) to accidentally tell when he’s older. *hehehehe*

So Sam has recently mastered the art of half crawling half bum-shifting really really quickly, and loves to touch shiny objects. For example, watches, jewelry, and door stops (the magnetic kind that sticks out of the wall). One day, after teleporting around the house, he settled on his favourite door stop in his room. I didn’t think much of it (regular behaviour) till… he sat there for quite a while, hunched over this door stop.

IT. WAS. IN. HIS. MOUTH.

So… Sam the boy that eats magnetic door stops (super hero material?).

Other things that go in his mouth include:

(a) Carrot Sticks

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and, (c) (Venetian) Blind Control Strings

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We probably live in a gingerbread house or something.

His pace and agility has also got him in strange places. Like scooting under the SOFA, yes, UNDER the sofa. You’ll have to see it to believe it (refer to insta story on 1 Sep 17). Never had so many IG responses till that story. At least he’s now able to babble to let us know his whereabouts.

Guess it’s about time child proof our place?

Moved

It has been quite the journey these past few months. 20170605_143646417_iOS.jpg

From the excitement of collecting our keys, to managing the renovation, and finally moving in to our new place! This probably took a whole lot more out of us than we imagined.

We’ve moved and things have finally started to settle down. We’ve familiarised ourselves with the new surroundings, gotten used to the new routines (yes, this blog is back and running!), and re-started some things we couldn’t do back at the previous place: like having a quiet night’s rest, and the usual baking, cooking with proper facilities.

Sam finally has a room to himself. But actually we’re secretly happy that we have our room to ourselves now… hehe.

Enough with the house stuff, ‘what about Sam!?‘ you may ask.

He’s now 7 months old, and he’s changed a whole lot since 7 weeks old (refer to photo below). Like… who’s that baby?

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Sam’s gone through a few milestones these few months.

1.His poop smells like ours. He has started eating big boy food (pumpkin and cereal in the picture). No teeth as yet though.

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2. He sits. Which makes eating, bathing, feeding, cleaning, so much more convenient!

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3. He’s had his first overseas trips!

4. He’s had his first swim, but wasn’t too pleased about it.

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May this new home be filled with love and precious memories in the years to come!

 

 

 

We Have a Flipper!

It was a busy month of April for us. Renovation started for our new place and we’ve been scampering around the SG looking for the necessary (and some not so necessary) parts of our new home. Hence, the lack of updates. Sam’s growing up pretty quickly, he’s now 5 months old. He can flip*, but […]

It was a busy month of April for us. Renovation started for our new place and we’ve been scampering around the SG looking for the necessary (and some not so necessary) parts of our new home. Hence, the lack of updates.

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Sam’s growing up pretty quickly, he’s now 5 months old. He can flip*, but has yet to flip back around. But hey, no problem, he commands his two hand servants to reset him to his original position.

*NOTE: flip = roll from his back onto his tummy. It does not mean he can do a backflip. I’ll be the first to let you know when he does.

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There have been a few knocks and bruises recently. Although we do our best to protect him, we don’t catch all his falls – he recently face-planted a toy (that was innocently minding its’ own business) in the church creche. This led to loud wailing, and later on giving way to some whimpering, mainly from the shock of the impact rather than pain that he probably experienced – we think we know, because he was laughing 5 seconds after his immunisation jab.

Mugshot of toy in question:

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We are starting to feel like we cannot protect him forever. Currently it’s physical protection, but as he grows, he will face greater challenges in life that we may not be able to do anything about. Even now, he has already been a subject of comparison with his peers – unnecessary and unhealthy at this age.

As parents, we hope to equip him well to face these challenges. And on our part learn to let go at the appropriate time(s). Probably easier said than done. We will do our best when the time comes.

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Superpowers

“ahhh burrr (Sam’s favourite word currently), so sleepy”, said Sam. His eyelids felt as heavy as a boob waiting to be suckled. He was at grandma’s waiting for Mummy and Daddy to come pick him up.

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“just… one more…taste…my…yummy hands” but Sam unknowingly drifts off on a daring adventure, complete with all-you-can-drink milk bars (boobs), dodging crazy huge adult faces, and oversized, intruding extremities.

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BANG! a sudden, loud sound (usually a cough or sneeze) startles Sam awake. Light slowly fills his eyes as he squints to focus on an unfamiliar place. “keh keh, ahhh guuurrr, where am i?” he wonders aloud to himself.

“Sammmm, you’re at home!” cooed Mummy.

“but but… how!?” said Sam, perplexed.

“Could it really be? I have super powers!? One moment i was at grandma’s, and the next, here, at home!” Sam’s thoughts went wild. “now, if i close my eyes for a bit longer, i’ll end up back at grandma’s!”

10 hours later, Sam the teleporter, is back at grandma’s… sucking on his hands. but that is a story for another day.

 

 

Adulting

Three months of adulting has really changed our lives. we are now, officially, boring adults with a rigid routine. We do the same things at the same time every. single. day. We are no fun at all, we reject invitations for meet ups on purpose, have no sense of spontaneity, and spoil the party by leaving early.

Speaking about early, adulting has made us sleep and wake early. 545am (5am for Vanessa) early actually. to send Sam to grandma’s for the day. while we both head back to work. We also end work earlier to pick him up from grandma’s, then it’s time to head home to settle in for the night. bedtime? 1045pm. wow. so adult.

even during lunch time, adulting behaviour is observed. after buying some stuff during lunch time.

colleague enjoying bubble tea: “hey what did you buy?”

me: “oh no nothing really, just adult things…milk and bread”

colleague: haha! -_-“

Sometimes even a grocery run has to be done during lunchtime.

Adulting also means transiting back to work after maternity leave. It means you miss family a (WHOLE) lot more during the day, and go to great lengths to discreetly extract baby food at the office. And going overseas for a 5 day work trip is a whole lot more than just being away from home. It means missing out on 5 days of watching Sam grow up.

Adulting interrupts this blog post to run a load of laundry… and i’m back…

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Our adulting has meant that Sam is allowed to grow up in the best environment as we can provide. He has started sleeping for 6h stretches at night (YAY!), is suddenly much more curious about his surroundings, and acknowledges familiar faces with varied coos.

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We are thankful to be able to adult, to adjust to adulting, because the real adults in our lives (our parents) have provided us with a great model to build on, and have offered fantastic support in this phase of our lives.

a big THANK YOU to the REAL adults in our lives.

 

 

Look Ma… My Hands

Sam recently realised he has these two very useful appendages sticking out from his torso. These things are called arms / hands, and are useful for:

  1. sucking on – tasty treats
  2. grabbing on to larger, encroaching fingers
  3. smacking unsuspecting faces

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He has also found his voice, much to our dismay delight! most times, he will try to hold a conversation with anyone he sees, using his recently acquired language skills – cooing, and gurgling. this just makes our day. every. single. time. BUT…One scream can leave our ears ringing. especially when he’s HANGRY (hungry + angry = Hangry).

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Sam seems to be developing well as a human being. Hitting his developmental milestones, and surprising us all the time with new actions.

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I pray that Sam will develop into a fine young gentleman.

I’ll end with a bit of a poem that has stuck with me since I was 6. I hope that one day, Sam too will appreciate these words. To God be the Glory, The Best is Yet to Be.

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!”
Robert Browning