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Finally he said it

I have been real busy lately and sort of neglected this space. We had a great trip to Sydney last week and just got back last Saturday. (Definitely will blog more on that later). The new house is almost ready and we will finally be spending our first night this coming Monday. But I still have a few more things to get for the place today.

Among all the busyness, JJ is scaling the toddler development milestones at astonishing speed. He’s learning new words each day. During the trip he managed to pronounce the word “bird” and “dog” really well. Then he said “C” as in letter C which he saw on the iPad flash cards. But he said it so fast and so many times it sounded like “shit” instead.

And after 17 months, finally yesterday JJ said to me “mama book!” And brought a story book to me to read to him. Wow! Finally he said the word “mama”. I have been waiting for that for so long. It’s really a fist punch and tearly moment for me. And soon more of these baby words will follow

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Something Aussie – prelude for the trip

Have been neglecting this space abit as I was pretty caught up with everything that is happening in my life. Finally we got the bed, appliances and Internet for the new place last weekend. Now we are left with the sofa, dinning table and moving in our stuffs which I am doing it bit by bit each day at night as I totally do not have the energy to do a one shot pack up and move thing. Moreover we are going to Sydney next week hence it makes more sense to officially stay in the new place after the vacation.

This is totally not a walk in the park. Having to move house with a wobbly toddler and a pregnant-perpetually nausea body. Hope the up coming Sydney trip will do all of us especially me the mummy some good.

Here’s us at Jones the Grocer ( something Aussie) last weekend enjoying brunch on a saturday before the mayhem starts in the afternoon. Loving such rare times where I could sit down for a nice breakfast rather than running errands.

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Oh gosh! Not again!

Yes! It happened again. This time JJ woke up at 12 am and go to bed again at 3.30 am. It all started like this. JJ was all dreamy at 12 am, he opened his eyes to look at me, I try to pat him back to sleep. So he laid there and stare at me. At some point, I dozed off and the patting stop. JJ got up and started laughing and baby talk to me. ( totally not a good sign for a very jaded pregnant lady). Ok, so I tucked him back to bed and sternly told him no playing just sleeping. JJ tried to lie down and stare at me again but not long after he sat up and laugh and play again. Well this routine went on for like a good 2 hours till I gave up. I turn away and decided to ignore him and let him do his stuff hopefully he will be bored enough to decide to sleep. But, no way. He laid down, pulling my sleeves getting my attention. When that failed JJ tried to hold my hand ( well that’s a very sweet moment but at 230 am not really my kind of thing) and talked to me. Nice try kiddo, but still it’s bed time and mummy really needs some sleep. This went on till 330 am, JJ looks all sleepy (yeah a good sign) and starts to doze off. But wait when his eyes start to close, he decides to open them again. ( bad sign). Then after 5 minutes JJ dozed off again ( yeah my sleep time) but wait he opened his eyes again ( bad bad sign). This went on 4 or 5 times ( I really don’t know because I reached a point where I lost track of counting) finally JJ closed his eyes and went into a deep deep sleep. He did not even get up have his early morning feed. And JJ is still asleep while I’m blogging this!

Gosh! What a night and hope it will be better tonight. ( fingers crossed)

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All about life

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How true is this. Indeed, I’ve learnt so much this past 1.5 years of motherhood ( and much more as I track on this motherhood journey). A lot of times I thought I will be the one parenting JJ but instead he is the one that taught me how to love selflessly, be happy because it’s a good day, giggle out loud because you are really happy, be patient with every thing you do and you will be rewarded with a mega watt smile from the kiddo.

Here’s JJ trying to enjoy life watching tv , lying down while waiting for mummy to come home from work.

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Uh-oh! I had a bad fall

As the little man is learning how to walk there bound to be falls and stumbles. Since his first step on 25 August, JJ had fallen on all sorts of surfaces and had a couple of bruises. However, never once he wailed, instead he will bravely get up and try walking again. This time JJ fell on the garage floor which is a rough granite surface. He scratched his nose and lips. Horrifying it may sound but this little man did not cry and as usual got up and continued his play. Well done boy! What don’t hurt you will only make you stronger. He is really growing up to be a real man.

JJ and his scratched nose and lips

JJ and his scratched nose and lips

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Couch shopping weekend

We will be moving to our new place hopefully by end of this month. Finally our own place where the children could grow up in and hide their toys in secret corners of the house. We brought JJ to Courts to shop for sofas and take some measurements. JJ had a ball of his time, jumping, walking, rolling and back resting on the various couches we sat on. It’s as though he was also testing out the couches for us and determine which one is the best. And the verdict is this grey L shaped couch and we could even customise the couch fabric as well.

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Lets see what new stunts this cheeky fella of mine comes up with as we go furniture shopping for the next few weekends.

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Little man learning to walk – Finally

JJ’s finally taking more than 3 steps in walking from the day he stood up to walk on A’s birthday on 25 Aug. In fact he is taking 5-10 steps at a time, but JJ tips toe while walking some of the time like a little ballerina. It’s really brilliant to watch a baby progress from crawling to standing up and learning how to walk. So JJ now is like a baby that took too much wine during dinner and walks like a little drunken man.

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Kudos to awesome cuteness. I am so glad that all these baby cuteness or craziness will not end so soon as JJ progresses to be a terrible two toddler and a new baby is coming along to complete this motherhood process. Feel so blessed to have these darlings in my life.

 

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Sleep train: We are having issues again

For the past 1 week JJ has not been sleeping well at night. Here’s his sleep pattern for the past 1 week. JJ goes to bed at 9pm and will sleep quite soundly till about 1130pm. Then he will start to flip and let out a small scream before going back to sleep. At 230 to 3 am, JJ will be constantly flipping, moving and making small noises. I will try to put him in a comfortable sleeping position and pat him to sleep. This whole flipping, me putting him to sleeping position and patting him to sleep sequence could repeat at least 4-5 times till about 430 am. JJ will then sleep soundly from 430 am to 6 am. I feed him milk at 6 am and JJ will quickly go to sleep after that till 9 am.

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This has been going on for a week and I’m really very tired trying to take care of him at night and going to work the next day. I’m having a huge sleep debt and to top it off I’m constantly in nausea state. Hope JJ sleeping pattern will get better soon.

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Circumcision: Yes we did it!

That’s right! JJ was circumcised yesterday morning. Well everything went pretty well except for one part, the first wake up after the anesthesia. When JJ entered the operating theatre doors and saw those medical staffs in scrubs he started to wail. The crying became worse when he saw A in scrubs too as A followed JJ to have his anesthesia done.

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When JJ first woke up after the surgery, he started to cry, then cried very hard and thrashed around. He was starved, exhausted and recovering from the shock of how the anesthesia was administered on him. According to A, JJ cried and struggled when a mild anesthesia was given to him and the anesthetist gave up, gave him the mask which knocked him out in 3 seconds.

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After 30 minutes of thrashing, JJ finally toned down a little. I gave him milk and water then rock him to sleep. He was sobbing while sleeping, I felt so bad. But I know this will be good for him in the long run.

JJ took a really long nap and when JJ woke up the doctor say we are good to go home. I was expecting JJ to be extremely cranky and moody after seeing the thrashing episode. But to my surprise, JJ was really happy to be home, hardly fuss and was clapping and laughing till bed time. He is a brave boy and endured the pain taking it like a grown man. I’m so proud of you son. Well done!

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