As promised, I’m popping back in on the blog to share some happy news with our readers. Baby Candace arrived on 15 June and join her sisters in completing our sweet trio of Cho Colette & Claire & Candace (geddit, geddit?! :D) We can still scarce believe that this little one came to us after two IVF babies (making this strangely similar to a ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ supermarket promo, no?) She is indeed our littlest miracle.
Cristan is 4 years old! Woohoo! We spent most of the month of June celebrating his birthday in multiple mini-celebrations. 4 celebrations, in fact, for our darling 4-year old! After his 2nd birthday party, we decided that instead of having one big party, we should do smaller, separate celebrations with different groups of people who matter to him. The big advantage of celebrating his birthday this way, is it allows him to spend quality time with each small group. This is also less overwhelming and tiring than a big party, and seems to suit his rather introverted personality better. We kick-started the» Read More
And with that eyebrow-raising title, we kick off this (research-driven) blog entry with amazing news. The summer brought to our household a newborn gnat! She joins the other two in bringing chaos and destruction Joy, smiles and peaceful nights. But that’s not the reason I’m writing on this topic. Two months ago, I found myself agreeing to join a local tech company as a curriculum developer. The amazing team has developed and rolled out an App that helps women lose weight and stay fit. My first project was to write – a breastfeeding module for new Moms. I had no» Read More
The last 1 month of my marriage resembled vaguely a superhero movie plot. It all started when my mother-in-law was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke. While she has made a 80-90% recovery since, it is inevitable that things will change. Ronald had to step in to put order into the family situation to ensure finances were taken care of while his mother recovers, which includes cleaning up the place and releasing a room to rent out and setting daily routines for her medication and exercise. All this whilst managing his new business. Just when everything had settled, his» Read More
Caris is finally walking!!! She took her first wobbly steps on 2 May, and within two weeks, she was walking everywhere. Even as a 2nd-time mom, it still amazes me how fast they progress! I still recall the time when Cristan was one year old, and I was fretting about how he had not started walking yet. We even raised our concerns with his paediatrician, who gently reassured us that there is a wide range of “normal” for when a child should reach this developmental milestone. Fast forward three years later, and I found myself feeling rather relieved that Caris» Read More
Ronald and I recently visited a Ba Zi Master to have our ‘destiny’ charts deciphered. Boy, were we in for a shock. I’ve had Feng Shui friends do casual readings for me before, but this was the first time Ronald and I were going to engage a Master to do it, in a 1-to-1 consultation. Our life now is pretty different from just 3 years ago – marriage, financial commitments, changing family dynamics, health and with us both running businesses, we wanted to seek assurance in planning for our family and future. Engaging some expert views will help us understand» Read More
I’m a foodie, and these past 7 months of being pregnant has been a tasty journey of relishing some great foods in Singapore, thanks to the hubby who insists I eat the best of what I crave. For that, I give him a… …thumbs up! Mums-to-be, if you have a craving for any of the following, this list will help you know where to go to satisfy it. Of course, even if you are not a mum-to-be, but simply love to eat, you ought to check them out too, if you haven’t. 1) Fishball noodles This is my favourite Dry Mee Kiah» Read More
My eldest child, Ethan, is attending a school that just started three years ago. I love the idea of literally growing with the school. The school uniform has not even been designed and my son has been wearing his PE attire since his enrolment. Similarly, the school song was co-written with the parents’ input over one year. Ethan is now in Primary Two and we are on a beautiful journey of growing together with the school. It is with this spirit of growing and partnering that I am writing on a potentially sensitive topic – bullying. Ethan has the unfortunate experience of being» Read More
Recently, it struck me that Cristan has become extremely independent in his daily self-care routines. His preschool teacher even mentioned this in his end-of-term report. I think this is probably quite common in families with more than one child (and no helper/ other caregivers), where the older child is expected to be more independent because mommy has to attend to the younger one. While Cristan is now able to do many tasks on his own, it certainly doesn’t mean he would do them willingly, and most definitely not immediately when asked. There is still a fair bit of nagging, cajoling» Read More
This is going to be a really short entry. It will also be my last entry on Maybebaby. As I’ve shared with the folks at I Love Children, when Dannie and I first started blogging in March 2010, we were more than happy to invite readers to join us on our rocky road to parenthood. We shared our challenges with fertility, meticulously recorded the events of every hospital visit, opened our hearts to hope and disappointment and finally, celebrated the joy of parenthood with our online audience. 5 years on, we have been blessed with 2 lovely daughters via IVF» Read More
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